The Expectations of the 2012 Season

The Expectations of the 2012 Season

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Expect greatness. Nothing less.

The fans remember 7-3 - a team surging up the inane Power Rankings that fill national sport media web pages on Wednesday each NFL week. They remember 7-3with an enigmatic offensive coordinator putting his quarterback and line in poor positions on almost every other down. They remember 7-3 without a bona fide #1 wide receiver lined up on the outside and with a fella called Hanie charged to keep the house warm for the winter. They remember 7-3. And On the Lakefront, they coulda been a contender.

That's where expectations begin. 7-3. Except new GM Phil Emery has ensured losing the starting QB will not mean a broken bungee cord for the 2012 campaign as Jason Campbell's strong arm now backs up Jay Cutler's. Brandon Marshall (trade) and Alshon Jeffery (draft)  have instantly become the most exciting/promising Bears receiver tandem since the underrated '95 duo of Jeff Graham and Curtis Conway. A rash of potential impact rookies and collection of depth-providing veterans have also made their way to Halas Hall thanks to Emery and company's understanding of what makes a championship NFL roster.

There is only one true question mark on that roster: left tackle. And nobody, not even the most negative of Nelly's, is naive enough to think sub-average play at that position from either J'Maligned Webb or Priss Williams (that's a low blow) will sabotage a very talented roster. (Just look at the number of elite left tackles to hoist Lombardi trophies over the last decade and you'll realize how easy the position has become to compensate for with scheme.)

Are there specifics attached to this season's expectations? Yes. There have to be. If the Bears fail to make the postseason - even in a deep NFC field that may require eleven wins - Lovie Smith must be walked to the front door of Halas Hall before kickoff of the wild card round. Don't even bother with the cliched cardboard box bit. Just throw all his things in a  bag and slap a Big Sandy, Texas label on it.

If the Bears do make the postseason, they must play well there. No double-digit road loss in Philadelphia or the Meadowlands. No last minute fumble in San Francisco or special teams blunder in Atlanta. Lovie Smith and company have shown fans they are capable of winning playoff games with a talented roster. They have also shown us they're capable of failing in the brightest of lights. The postseason in 2012 is a must. But a solid showing in that postseason might be of even greater importance, as the pessimistic fan will argue a change in short-term football leadership will ultimately yield greater long-term rewards.

For me, it all starts at home. The NFC North. And whilst the rest of the football world will surely pen the Green Bay Packers as champions of the division before I have my first cold beer on Labor Day weekend, I believe the talent gap between the two sides is nowhere near as wide as some perceive. My expectation, my personal expectation for the Bears is not making the playoffs. My personal expectation is for the Bears to win the NFC North and host a postseason game at Soldier Field - preferably after taking the WC round off. I then expect them to win that game and play, at the least, in the NFC title game.

Why? Because I believe they are a top two team in the NFC. It is the Bears and the Packers. The Saints have no coach. The Giants are not a regular season juggernaut. The Eagles are a chatty group of underachievers. The Niners will be asking the genie for a fourth wish. Bears. Packers. Emery has done his job. Now it's time for Lovie and the players to do theirs.

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  • Super..... Bowl.

  • PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FUCKING DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tice: "I think I know what a good offense looks like. At the end of the day, we're going to have a certain personality and at the end of the day it will be one of explosiveness and one of intelligence and one of rhythm and one of tempo and one of enthusiasm. You have to have all of those to be an elite offense."

    Waffle: "fuck yes"

  • Phil Emery... he is Gotham's redemption...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, did you see Dark Knight Rises? Epic.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Dang, went to the movie theater on sun - they were sold out for 4 hours (and they were showing Batman every 30min)!

    I'll prob go sometime during the week when there's less annoying tweeners.

    God, so glad I'm not that age anymore. The pimples, the awkward body, the cracking voice, dressing clownishly, jizzing at the slightest female touch...cruising around malls, movies, school dances for chicks with your equally clueless friends...ugh.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    It was good. Except for the sound.

    He may win some Oscars for the flick, but not four sound or sound editing. That was ridiculous, it sounded like a teenager mixed the film.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    I couldn't understand Bane 1/2 the time. Great flick in spite of that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    does that make lovie the joker?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe he can make the challenge flag disappear...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think he did that on some goofy play where Jay had an obvious QB sneak TD...

    But seriously folks - I hate Christian Bale, and here's why: His goofy lisp. If you're playing Batman, you wear a mask. When you wear that mask, all I see is your mouth. When you have a Butthead-esque lisp... Maybe even a "thufferin thuccotash" type speech (thpeech?) impediment... YOU SHOULD NOT PLAY BATMAN.

    Where in the fuck has Michael Keaton gone!?!!?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Well.. Bane doesn't have that problem. As Bane says when Batman escapes his trap:


    Seriously, the sound was ridiculous.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    That would have been way mo' betta'.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    so what exactly about Batman (specifically) makes the fucking nutjobs come out and kill people? Just curious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, this is pretty amazing.

    Hope I'd have that much courage in the unthinkable scenario of me losing one or more limbs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is there some other example you want to share?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nutjob fans? Anyone who thinks the Joker is 'cool' will have serious issues.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In response to your paralympics post (which I can't reply directly to (stupid gnomes)):

    One of my students just participated in the paralympic trials. He's severely handicapped. Stuck in a wheelchair, hands held at weird angles, severe speech impediment... I'm not sure what his condition is classified as but you get the point. So this kid, who's bright and energetic and happy with life, does 10,000 sit-ups a day to prepare for his chance (some kind of throwing event (hammer?)). The kid is a total stud. He's ripped from head to toe. He can leg-press 1000 lbs. Total bad ass, this kid.

    I love people like him. Just had to share.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doc, I went to school with a guy who was paralyzed from the waist down, but was on the varsity wrestling team. He was tough to beat. I would wrestle him in practice. Even though he was in a lower weight class, he had incredible upper body strength. Considering he started every match down two points, he had a pretty good record. I never seen him use a wheel chair in six years of school together. I had a lot of respect for him.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I liked Keaton a whole lot in the role too. But unlike comic book characters, actors age.

  • "Just look at the number of elite left tackles to hoist Lombardi trophies over the last decade and you'll realize how easy the position has become to compensate for with scheme"

    Very true, Jeff. A lot of SB LTs were merely functional. The problem with our situation is that Webb was not even that. Scouts Inc ranked Webb as the worst (or close to it) starting LT in the entire NFL.

    Williams, well, we all know that story. How much does a 14rth overall pick at LT have to BLOW to get demoted to LG (arguably the easiest Oline position)?

    However, like everyone's pointed out ad nauseam: no more 7 steps, chipping TEs, bootlegs, power running game, and tall WRs to chuck it at OUGHT to reduce the sacks.

    Most importantly, Cutler's familiarity with the system, Bates play-calling and Marshall's tendencies will make him more decisive in the pocket.

    People forget that Rodgers had a garbage Oline too and got sacked a lot his first year starting. He had nearly the same line the following year but got sacked a lot less because he mastered the system.

    I expect no less from Cutler and with the same end result:


  • Holy shit. I just pumped my arms in a touchdown celebration in the middle of this coffee shop. Packers. Fucking dead.

  • Stop that!

    They're all going to know that you're not writing a novella.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    hee hee

  • With the way the Bears were playing at 7-3 last year, they could've beat the Packers in the playoffs. Yes the Bears with Roy Williams starting, a brain-dead O-coordinator (Cutler couldn't ever audible) and not starting Earl Bennett, their best receiver (in my opinion, still is. Marshall's more TALENTED, Bennett is more SKILLED).

    The Packers are a one-note team. Granted, that one note is great. Fantastic QB throwing to a great WR corps. But they can't run, have mediocre special teams and a woefully overrated D. And Aaron Rodgers always plays poor to average against the Bears (particularly in the 2nd halves of their games).

    The biggest positive change for the Bears is getting rid of Martz. Utilizing Cutler's awesome ability to throw while moving (he was awesome at it in Denver and easily as good as Rodgers at it) and allowing him to firkkin' audible will do wonders. Add to that Marshal and Jeffries, a legitimate backup so we don't fall apart if Cutler misses time and finally having a good #2 RB and the Bears are easily the Pack's equal.

    And the Bears are not one-note! The Bears CAN run the ball. The Bears' special teams are the best in the league and our defense can still come up with huge games.

    They will be extremely dangerous in 2012.

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    I really like Bennett too, as you know if you've been lurking here. But living in SC, I like Alshon a lot too. Just wait :-)

  • In reply to StarkyLuv:

    The Bears have the tools to be a truly special offense this year, but until I see them do it I still give the offensive edge to the Pack.

    But I believe the Bears can beat the Packers for three reasons: (1) Our defense is better; particularly our secondary (which is saying a lot about the GB corners). (2) Our special teams are much much better, which complements our running game to control the clock and field position. (3) Our offense isn't that far behind, and any given Sunday a lot can happen.

    Even if Green Bay is a bit more explosive, we might just need that one turnover, that one extra possession, and we take them out.

  • Yet another shout out for the DBB Fantasy Auction League. We have 5 spaces filled and we need another 5. Please don't be put off by the Auction draft formula, it's truly a breath of fresh air.

    If you want to join, email me at and I will email you an invite. Or just leave me your email in a comment.

    I'm going on holiday at the end of July until the 7th of August, and I would like to get the draft done before week 4 of the preseason, so if you want to join let me know within the next week.

    Cheers guys.

    Back to the original topic and I agree Jeff, it's us and the fudgies and no one else....if we don't make at least the title game I will be severly disappointed with this team.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    And while on the FF note, I'm promoting the other league (not mutually exclusive) since Irish for all we know is in a bamboo cage being brain washed by the Fed.

    FF Update

    Irish's second league is nearly full, with 3 spots left in a 12 team BearBlog league. The Draft is on July 28th(Sat) 10AM Eastern.

    Thus far, here are the teams.

    Irish Sweetness
    Forte Got Paea'd (Ha!)
    SamHurdsMexicanCell (double ha!)
    RodgersIsaPussy! (Funny because it's true)
    Team MBP (Really, MBP?)
    This isn't Willie Gault (Willie getting all English on us)
    JessiePinkman'sRV (Meth is a hell of a drug)
    85waystoDIE! (moi)
    EmeraldTriangleWakeyBakeys (Take a wild guess who's team that is)

    Just 3 more slots open, so join up you inglorious basterds!

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

  • I joined that one too.

  • here you go GP... best of both worlds:!

    (god, dontcha just looooove Ellen?!)

  • I talked to an old childhood friend yesterday for a few hours on the phone about football this year. He's a very knowledgeable football fan who used to be a sports reporter in Madison, but happens to like the Packers (he's a hard core fan, can't sleep on Sat. night before a game). He thinks the Bears are the team to beat this year in the NFC North. Said he's afraid of the Bears, because GB has no running game, and they drafted a bunch of defensive players who don't fit the 3-4 defense. Ironically, his favorite NFL player is Peanut, second favorite player is Peppers.
    He relayed a cool story to me. Like me, growing up in SE Wisconsin, he knows more about the Bears than most Bears fans, like I know more about the Packers than most Packer fans. It will always be the biggest rivalry in sports to us. Anyways, he was playing slots in Lake Tahoe, and struck up a conversation with the guy next to him. They talked a lot about football for over an hour, mainly about the rivalry and the two teams. This guy had been to about 20 Bears / Packers games, but wasn't letting on to which team he liked. He said the guy seemed a bit surprised how much he knew about the Bears. One of the things my buddy mentioned (he was a Mike Brown fan) was the two OT touchdowns by Brown. He also mentioned how tough it was for the Bears to lose the 2006 Super Bowl after Harris and Brown got hurt. Finally my buddy asked him which team he liked. It turns out it was Mike Brown's Dad. He went to every one of his college and pro games. He quit watching the Bears when Mike got cut, and followed them because he was on the Bears. Dad mentioned the injury the SB year was devastating to Mike.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Devastating to all of us, Fifth.

    I remember reading an article leading up to the 2006 SB, and in it the writer (I forget which one) argued that this was the BIGGEST Qb mismatch of all time, that Rex was one of the worst QBs to ever start a SB, while Manning one of the best.

    At the time I thought, "Hmmm...that seems a bit overstated", but now I must agree.

  • oh btw... fuck payton manning.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Really nice story Corm.

    brings tears. fucken A. Pourin out some of my 40oz for you right now MB my brother. *sniff*

  • I don't know why these make me giggle so much:

    hee hee

  • ummm....this dude is pretty big. He runs a 4.37?

    Maybe if he stays healthy he could bring it. I'm going in with optimism. Bring it Brandon.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Interesting... I wonder if he was prepped with the questions first. If not, then he shows poise and the ability to think fast. Good traits for someone that wants to make the NFL.

  • time for Paea to step up:

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Could sure use some of that kind of penetration wearing navy & orange...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    with two legs under him this year he should break out

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I sure hope you guys are talking about football.

  • I know I wasn't, I can't speak for Dave.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Nice highlights. He really showed some speed running down scrambling QB's. Can't wait to see if he steps up this year.

  • Long list of tweets so just bear with me and enjoy them..

    Jay Cutler said this is the most 'comfortable' he's ever been entering an NFL training camp.

    Cutler: 'It seems like every year Lovie is on the hot seat.'

    All right. Let's prove it."@ZachZaidman: Jay Cutler: "It's a win now league.""

    Thank you Tice and Bates."@ZachZaidman: Jay Cutler: "This is the most comfortable I think I've been going into a camp with the offense.""

    All I need to know"@vxmcclure23: Brandon Marshall, ``I'm focused .. most focused I've ever been in my professional career.''"

    cutler has known michael bush (by-cracky) since high school, called him one of the best under the radar off-season acquisitions. #bears

    JC: Eric Weems is another steal in the offense, couldn't believe ATL didn't keep him. #4thphase

    Cutler is absolutely excited to play in shotgun. Was really excited when fan asked him about shotgun. #4thphase

    If Cutler is not comfortable with something about the offense, he'll tell Jeremy Bates and throw it away. #4thphase

    Forte says the running plays are essentially the same as last year with a few wrinkles. Needs to lean passing game & protection schemes.

    Matt Forte on learning new protection schemes: "That won't take a lot of time to get used to."


    ESPN again puts the Bears last.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well, the list *is* in reverse chronological order.

  • Ahhhhh! I feel like Eric Cartman when he was waiting for the new Wii

  • If you're life is not going too well, just remember, you could be a Viking's fan waiting about 3 years for Ponder to "develop."

    Vikings, SB or Bust 2015.

  • Sounds like the Bulls 2014 plan.


    (Back to football)

  • *your

  • theres a new total reall movie out... is that new or a remake.

    If it's a remake... colin whatever vs. the govenator? seriously?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Evidently, they are. *sigh* You'd think with all their money they could come up with some good *new* ideas.

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    49ers are very, very strong and in a division where only Seattle can go for a Wild Card spot they are the best in the conference.
    The Bears are Top 3 in the NFC, Top 5 in the NFL.
    I expect them to play like it.

    Mihai (Romania)

  • In reply to Barb Mar:

    I think calling the Bears a Top 5 team when nobody knows:

    How much Peanut has left in the tank
    Where the DT push is going to come from
    If the rook LE can even make it in the NFL
    If the rook flanker is going to work out
    If our Mike LB and team captain has a knee that will hold out
    If anybody on this team can play LT

    might be premature. Optimism is good. Expectations are high, and Lovie needs that. But calling them Top 5 when they utterly collapsed under Hanie is a huge stretch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good points GP. You fuckin' wet blanket.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


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    In reply to gpldan:

    You over think it. Because of the salary cap system everybody has week positions.
    I'm non talking about Top 5 talent or whatever. I'm talking about Top 5 record.
    NFL is all about confidence. This Bears bunch is on the hunt. Can't you see it ?


  • Happy Birthday to one of the "GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYERS" to where navy blue and burnt orange...and a NFL football uniform...

    Happy Birthday W.P....R.I.P.

  • In reply to lobotobear:


  • Artoo -

    I had to hop out of the CFT league. I can't do that Saturday evening, I have a live draft to attend. Plus, I wouldn't feel to good about auto-drafting in a 20 team league.

    Not to mention, the fact that it's a 20 team league.

    Anybody want my spot? I'm sure there are some CFTers that would hop in.

    If you can't find anyone prior to draft day, I can re-sign up and auto draft.

    Furthermore - gentlemen. Join the auction league. Email to get in. If you don't absolutely love it, I will refund your free entry. You'll thank me later.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    It's fine. I will auction your spot off on twitter to someone. Thanks and sorry the time was such a problem.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Thanks for continuing to plug away man, I'm gonna assign League Manager powers to you as well so that you can continue to recruit when I'm on holiday next week.

  • Expectations? High.

  • Tyler Clutts knows he faces challenge making #Bears roster as new OC Mike Tice hasn't employed fullbacks in past.

  • DT Stephen Paea definitely pumped some iron this offseason. #swole

  • Really hope Tice finds a way to keep Clutts on the roster. He was the best FB on the Bears roster in a really long time.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    + a whole lot canada.

  • new OC Mike Tice hasn't employed fullbacks in past.

    that's funny.. Big Jim Kleinsasser looked like a pretty prototypical FB to me, and that's how he was listed on those rosters.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But didn't Kleinsasser get turned into a TE? I can't quite remember if that was under Tice though.

    Letting go a Clutts (a PROVEN FB who was part of a 2,000 yd season and great locker room influence) for an unproven H-back in Rodriquez would be a huge mistake.

    If they have to make room for Rodriquez, then cut Kyle Adams. They're the same exact size and position. But by all reports, Adams is impressing while Rodriquez is not, so this will be one of those last minute cuts methinks.

  • Pat Mannelly is also coming off a torn ACL and Clutts is a fullback, h-back, long snapping former Defensive End and blocks like a motherfucker. They are not dumb enough to get rid of him.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Would be very surprising if Clutts's value as a back-up long snapper is what keeps him on the team. But stranger things have happened, and we do like strong specials.

  • Not that anyone here would be surprised... just hope Jay does not get too caught up in the new guys and forget about the best pass catcher on the team:

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I bet Jay won't when he needs to convert 3rd downs.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Had to laugh reading the NFC North chat on ESPN yesterday. Some Fudgie douchebag talked about Bennett being inconsistent. Even Seiffert jumped to Earl's defense.

    The drops are the one thing that concerns me about Marshall. I'm not too worried about his personality affecting team chemistry. It seems all the therapy has helped and it seems like he's grown up. That's one thing Lovie does and receives no credit. There's very little drama coming out of Halas Hall. I'm sure most of the credit goes to guys like #54 and Olin (in the past) but Lovie seems to keep things on an even keel most of the time.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's his tone, he actually puts players to sleep so that they are too tired to do anything wrong. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good One!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's the radio stuff:

    Biggsy actually got the Love Machine a little testy this week. He asked him a question about if he gets along with Phil Emery or if there is contention.

    Lovie was annoyed, he said something pretty un-Lovie like, something like "why? should there be? is that what you are expecting?"

    Who Lovester, back it down there big fella. You might actually break a sweat and we think Biggsy has the sweat angle covered.

    So Brad hit a rarely seen nerve but otherwise he was plain vanilla and deflected every question about the high expectations.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whatever works, man!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hahahahah... you are a lovie lover dave.... a dirty lovie lover.

    Damn you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, MB. Literally. Thanks!

  • Wow, too strong?

    (the answer is yes, but gotta give it to him for his huge set of balls)

  • MB, how'd you like the Tour? Happy for Wiggins. I've never been a fan of Evans but he was a true gentleman throughout the race. Looking forward to the Olympic road race Saturday. Cycling News has a great preview of the course with a low level English pro and the old sprinter Marcel Wust.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    loved it man... so sad it's over. Gave me something to look forward to every morning.

    I am pretty fired up for the Triathlon. Did my first one in 7 years last weekend. Still sore as hell. Swim was rough, but my time was reasonably strong. I took the bike easy because of quad cramps in training the previous two weeks, so was about 1-2 minutes behind my normal pace, and the run was just brutal.

    Fun as hell though, already signed up for another in Sept, and might do another in August too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What were the distances? I've never done one. I can swim and bike but I never could run worth a shit. Now I'm slow as hell at everything and literally can't run due to crappy knees.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    it was just a sprint (500m open ocean swim, 10M bike, 5K run). But this one is crazy, there's a 50m run into and out of the ocean for the swim, then the run from the beach to the bike transition area was 300-500 yards uphill! Just bad news. Pretty tough. most of the sprints here in SD have the transition area literally 20-50 yards away from the swim exit and not up a huge hill.

    Anyway, my next race will be much faster. My transitions were TERRIBLE as I was just taking my time stretching and getting geared up correctly. I plan on taking 6-10 minutes off my next race. You should do one Canada.

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  • As has been stated, happy birthday Sweetness. And happy first day of camp!!!!!!!

    Can I have a "HELL YES!" ?

  • Booyah!

    Chicken Dinner gets chewed up (a bit):

  • In reply to gpldan:

    did you see #2 GP... did ya? well did ya?!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, re: chicken dinner.... two guys mentioned MA as a one-year-wonder. If CD gets fucking 12 sacks next year like MA in his rook year, I will be slightly ecstatic.

    That and this year will be our SB year, so if he ones and dones after a 12 sack pref this year, I'll still be happy with that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So much safety hate!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Melissa is pretty good... viz:

    " Conte and Wright, both third-round draft picks, along with Steltz, give the Bears as much chance for stability as they have had in the last few years. But while Conte and Steltz had pretty good seasons last year, Smith remains loyal to Wright and will give him every chance to succeed."

    Yup. Major Wright is the weakest link at safety. Safeties MUST be able to tackle, and Wright can't.

    Yes, they don't like McDinner... maybe they're right. Maybe *friggin* not!

  • Say what...

  • Holy tits batman... Erik, I think you should go on a smoothie diet maings. damn.

  • Artoo, didn't you mention you were moving to Monterey soon? If so, when? Will you be at the Bear-Niner contest in November(tailgate?)?

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    I will be in Monterey in like the second week of September.

  • damn.

  • Hey johnny, this will be you:

    Plus sharks, sand in your ass, and water up your nose. Fun.

  • somewhere in Thailand Irish is beating off:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I had a little pre-cum in my shorts after reading that earlier today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I read that too (I think your link is broken though MB)

    But how much do we trust the people who are gonna audit the Fed? Aren't they also receiving massive contributions from those corporations who run the Fed?

    Also, no one (except Paul and a few others) is even suggesting the Fed must go or that it's an unconstitutional institution, so it's like treating but not curing a patient.

    However, it's better than nothing...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On a somewhat related note:

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Good article Dave.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    money doesn't talk
    it swears

  • You know, even though our team is "veteran", if some young players turn out to be ballers this year, we're going to have a pretty good younger team.

    S Conte. Some on here don't like him cuz he's not Ronnie Lot, but he made the SI "All rookie team", which ought to tell you something.

    DT Paea. Huge question mark, but if he turns it on and becomes disrutpive, that means we'll have him and Melton in their primes at DT for the next 3-4yrs +

    DE McClellin. NO ONE can replace Pepp, but if he pans out to the point where he requires double teams esp if combined with the young DTs, watch out.

    S Hardin. Even a bigger question mark, but imagine two Safeties with cb coverage skills back there...

    WR Jeffries. Not even mentioning Marshall is in his prime, WRs usually take 2-3 years to fully develop, so by the time Marshall begins maybe becoming more of a possession Boldin type, Jeffries could very well become our #1 explosive stud.

    TE Rodriguez. No one knows how Davis will respond at TE, but if Rodriquez becomes Hernandez-ish, that'll make our O that much more dangerous in the foreseable future.

    RT Carimi. OH, that knee...let it hold so that we have at least one tackle position set for the next decade.

    LT Yes, I'm going there. Both Williams and Webb are still young. Who knows, maybe this will be the year something clicks in one of them. Besides, unless we're willing to throw about 50M at an FA LT (Long?) or expect a TOP 5 pick in the draft, you'd better get used to the idea that either one is gonna be our LT (cross fingers for James Brown).

    There's A LOT of IFs for all these green-horns, but hopefully Marinelli-Tice-Toub can coach them up and provide us with a good youth movement.

  • Nice post. Another guy that I'm curious about is DeCicco - who is this guy? I know that are some HH haters out here, but if he becomes a six to eight year starter on Da Bears, it would be cool.

    Not everyone is going to be a star, and if some of the younger guys are just solid (e.g. Dom, Conte and Hardin), it goes a long way towards being able to focus on critical weaknesses and replacing aged studs.

  • Oh, and others have said, find a place for Clutts on the roster.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    this off season was about
    creating effective backups
    as much as it was
    about getting starting studs
    TC found his way
    onto our team standing out
    on special teams play
    2--B will get some love
    Phil "em up" won't forget
    speacial teams strenghts
    he is building this house
    to be solid
    even in a hurricane breeze

  • The Packers have cut Charlie Peprah.

    One of the biggest reasons I think Cutler is going to have a great year is because of the horrible secondary's he is going to face.

    No team in 2011 played worse on defense than the Green Bay Packers. In 2011, the defense gave up over 4,796 passing yards and 29 touchdowns through the air.

  • The main reason the Packers went downhill last year on defense was because of their pass rush. The primary reason was the loss of Cullin Jenkins to the Eagles. Cullin was good against the run, and he freed up Clay Matthews on pass plays. I think not resigning Cullin last year was the biggest mistake the Packers made.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Johnny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins both gone. That is never good for a DL.

  • Camp starts today you brothers in beardom. Like Jeff said, the only thing I don't want to hear is "Peppers helped off the field, Cutler carted off, Urlacher/Forte/Marshall held out of drills and going in for tests, etc.

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    Here are some thoughts and questions on the start of training camp.
    -Why does Coach Smith's consistency drive everyone insane?
    - What makes Fantasy Football interesting? To me, it turns Football Fans into baseballs fans (seam heads)
    - So what if Matt Forte doesn't want to talk to the media on his walk from the Cafeteria to his room.
    - As long as the offseason was, judging by the articles written about the Bears today, training camp is possibly worse. The level of questions asked and answers given could have been taped 6 months ago.
    - Here's hoping for lots of video of training camp.
    - Is it so bad that the Bears keep shuttling safeties? I think you keep trying until you get it right.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I equate FF with Texas Hold 'Em post flop. You have 5 cards, and 2 more are coming, so you are making educated bets against your draw. You pick players who may or may not be good team players or fit into a winning strategy or players who you would pick for a Madden sim team, or anything like that - you pick players you think will rack up stats. And that is like gambling.

    Last season, I grabbed DeMarco Murray early. Had I held onto him, I would have been able to win several games I lost last year and I might have been able to win it all. But I cut him, because the pokes weren't doing anything with the guy. Next week, Felix Jones goes down in week 12 and boom, somebody - I think Murph - grabs him and off to the races with him. It felt like having a pair of clubs, with 2 on the board, and not having the balls to stay to fifth street. I was pissed at myself for that crucial mistake.

    Do I care about Murray? No. Would I take him on a simulation team? Probably not. But he was going to get the carries. And then you have guys like Shanny, who fuck with FF from week to week because you never know if it's Helu or Hightower or what the fuck the guy is going to do. So that makes it interesting, but not in the traditional football fan way.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I picked up Murray in Da Bears Blog II and rode him like a rented mule all the way toward my SHIVA ring (beating Murph like a redheaded step child). Bwhahaha...I also picked up M.Bush off the scrap heap.

    Hey, Big Mike, I was against FF for a long time too because I didn't want to root for players from opposing teams (last year was my first season playing), but it's not like Baseball Stats at all.

    In fact, I found little correlation between players putting up big stats and winning. Case and point. I had Megatron on my team. He put up huge #s and pretty much carried my team.

    However, I want to say 50% of the time he did put up big #s, the Lions lost, which was a win/win for me.

    Also, FF (standard) only counts a few stats. TDs, yards, turnovers, points scored for/against. It's not like Moneyball or anything where you have to have a PhD in math.

    I actually think you'd like Mike because it forces you to kinda really track players and teams you would otherwise neglect. For example, I also had Brandon Marshall, and because of that watched a few games Dolphin games that I never would have if he weren't on my team.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Big Mike, I will address the Lovie question.

    Why does Coach Smith's consistency drive everyone insane?

    It drives everyone insane because as the Bears continued to not address quarterbacking issues several years ago, don't address the offensive line now, never got a big receiver for 3 years even though everyone knew we desperately needed one, etc Lovie and Angelo kept that same smug attitude as if everyone and everything was fine when it obviously wasn't.

    They are literally foaming at the mouth with a guy like marshall on the team, why couldn't we get that kind of guy 3 years ago? what the fuck? that's why people get pissed at him.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I get what you're saying Johnny but I think it's mostly misplaced anger. What's Lovie supposed to say? Fucking Numb Nuts Angelo whiffed on 2 WR's (Moose and Mark Bradley) so he's given up wasting top picks on them? That Numb Nuts Angelo's specialty is OL and he doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground about OL? That Numb Nuts Angelo should have picked Rodgers instead of Cedrunk?

    I read recently that Lovie and Angelo had a somewhat strained relationship and I'm guessing it was due to the fact that Numb Nuts was an incompetent boob. Oh well, glad he's gone.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I would have taken Cedric Benson too. There is now way people could have predicted that the biggest badass running back in the country since Ricky Williams would become....a poor mans Ricky Williams.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    No doubt he was the consensus #4 pick. Also, Jones was hurt the year before and nobody knew if he would come back healthy. I was on the Trib board back in those days and one astute poster was totally against the pick. Mostly because he had run behind a great line and nobody ever touched him until he was at the second level.

    When Benson started crying after he got picked I thought it was odd. When he held out alarm bells were starting to go off. When he was such an arrogant asshole that all the vets hated him and the OL let him get smoked in practice, I knew there was trouble. And then he started getting arrested. That's one of many reasons why I like Forte so much. He's the anti-Cedrunk and he's the reason the Bears got rid of Cedrunk. Win-Win!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Let alone that Matt is a better football player...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Amen, brother.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    amen for RW

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    In reply to Waffle:

    My take on that is Lovie was putting the best face forward for the good of the team he has at the moment. Would it be better for the coach to rant and rave, "My QB is a midget with teeny tiny fumbling hands" and my GM is a freaking moron?

    I blame Angelo and I blame Michael McCaskey. I praise Lovie for making the most of it. I praise him for sucking it up and going out there every week, knowing he had 1/2 a hand (defense).

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Rex had some awesome games, it's just that when a team can't adapt and it costs you everything, that i have a problem with.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    small hands.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    agreed but we were still in the superbowl.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Mostly because of the D and ST's. Rex was fabulous for the first month. Then teams found out pressure was his kryptonite. Ever since then he's been the Sex Cannon.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    We definitely think alike.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Gotta agree with ya.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    everybody and their
    extended families
    are reporters today
    creative inquiry
    ain't what it used to be

  • Bears All-Access tonight at 6pm Chicago time on the Score, you can listen online, here is the schedule:

    Tonight's guests will be Cutty and Marshall, those guys on the t-shirt. During yesterday's preview, the thing I found interesting was Jay's take on Mad Martz being gone, and he wanted to dispel the story line that now he has all this freedom to audible and that's all he ever wanted and now we're going to see a ton of that.

    He said, "in truth, I rarely audible." He went on to say his issues with Martz were play selection based and some package selection issues.

    Should be an interesting interview. One hour, no direct caller questions, maybe an online poll question or two.

  • Help me out here, because I don't get this...

    Knox, at this stage, can only run on the treadmill with a harness. Yes, that's right, he needs a back brace and a harness to run, and it's nearly August. He's not going to play this season, I will bet my 3D Kate Upton Calendar on that.

    So, why put him on PUP? He'll probably be PUP at the start of the season, so he'll be on PUP for six weeks after that, but why not just stow him on the practice squad. I get that it would be bad PR to cut him now, even though part of me suspects he will never play ball again I understand the Bears can't just waive him. At least now. But what is the logic of the PUP list? Thanks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't have an intelligent answer for you (shocker I know), but I do know that the dude should never play football again.

    Sadly, he's toast.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    At this point I think it's more of a motivational move for Knox and a boost to team morale. I'm guessing he will end up on IR after the first 6 weeks of the season. I'm just reading between the lines of Emery's answer when he said Knox has earned the right to be on the active PUP list.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    I think/hope the Bears keep him on whatever roster/status etc that takes care of him. Does the PUP list count towards the roster? If it doesn't and the Bears can pay him his contract, that's what I hope happens. 1- it is the right thing to do, 2-it sends a message to other players.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Bears are doing the honorable thing and getting Johnny some extra cash before his career ends officially. They know he played on a fifth round rookie contract. It's cool that they are throwing him a couple hundred thousand extra so he can start the rest of his non football life on the right foot with some dough in the bank.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I think this has been the plan for the entire off-season. Nobody expects him to play this year. Being on the roster gets him a ton of free extra medical services and gets him some extra cash.

    At worst, other players look at Johnny and see that the team really wants to do right by him. At best, Johnny is actively a positive source of inspiration for the rest of the guys. Maybe even to the point that he can serve as a sort of assistant coach type (like the third string QB). Either way, I think its awesome what tey are doing for him.

    Plus, on the off chance that he recovers with a year of rehab, they'll sign him to a one year deal and he won't have missed a beat.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    This. One of the things that makes me proud to be a Bears fan.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    the value of
    love and gratitude
    cannot be calculated
    in this dimension
    godspeed J Knox

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    No the PUP list doesn't count against the roster. After the first 6 weeks of the season they have to activate him, put him on IR or release him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Why would you not just put him on IR now, since you know that's where he'll end up?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think that's the motivational part of it. It's not going to hurt us either way. At least this way there is a glimmer of hope that he can play this year. I don't think he will but at least there is a remote chance and it gives Knox something to shoot for.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    seeing him in jeans
    and his jersey
    pumping his fist
    on the sideline
    during the superbowl
    rooting on his favorite's
    will be inspirational
    which is what his life
    in an undersized football body
    has been all about

  • those are the exact same reasons I like girls:

  • One meeting was held way from the cameras when Romney was briefed by Sir John Sawers, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. This prompted Romney's third blunder of the day when Romney announced in Downing Street that he had met Sawers. Visiting dignitaries tend not to announce when they meet the head of MI6.

    First rule of James Bond club: Nobody talks about James Bond club.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I really wished we had dems and republicans working on solutions together. I know it will never happen because it's all about getting your party in power and holding on to that power but Imagine if you had a guy like Obama with economic ideas from Romney tempered by common sense....oh my god, you'd be a centrist and things would actually get done, and benefit the most amount of people.

    Romney is not a foreign policy guy and these days we need guys that understand geo politics or at least know enough not to run their mouth so people know that they don't know about geopolitics.

    Romney should run with Hil-Rod as his VP. Romney and "insert name of tea party candidate to satisfy the far right here" just won't cut it. Obama and his sycophants just aren't cutting it either. I don't know what the solution is but it may involve me making a shit ton of money, moving to St. Thomas or St. Lucia and becoming that benevolent white guy that lives on the cliff and pays for medicine and shit for the villagers as I drink locally made rum and imported coca cola all day.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    ...don't forget the locally grown 'organics' my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i don't mess with the "organics" , i become a silly laughing mess. I'm a whiskey and rum guy. I mean, if you held a gun to my head I'd do it.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    "a silly laughing mess"

    Sounds horrible.

    I don't do it at all much either. once every 6-8 months Max maybe. it's great for occasional mind expansion.

    Speaking of, I wonder when Trac will come back.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did he leave in a huff? Or as Groucho would say "in a minute and a huff."

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I don't think so.

    but, this is one of the funniest shirts I've ever seen:

    (every time I see that sticker, I think the same thing)

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You're no Californian Johnny. Tisk tisk

  • California and I would be a great couple. I don't smoke but my spirit was destined to reside in Cali or the Caribbean. Fish tacos, tecate con lime, grilled swordfish, hot chicks with huge fake racks wearing little to nothing, Patronnnnnnnn!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Johnny I know you were kinda, sorta kidding about moving to the Islands but it's not that easy. Trust me on this one. Immigration has a LOT to say about that shit.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    maybe for you it is Canada, the world has a subtle distrust of Canadians! You're too nice, too accomodating, too normal. You guys have to be hiding something. Tell me what you are hiding you bastard(s).

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Lots and lots of resources. Not to mention, Harper and his inner circle are about as private and distrustful as any cabinet in the Western World.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Romney (I think) is doing everything he can behind the scenes to get Condi to run with him. I don't think she will, but they want her to.

    She would singlehandedly reverse the course of that campaign in a Palin like way.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It would essentially prove what we already know about this campaign...that it is ABO as a platform. Condi is from the Bush II inner circle, she is pro-choice, and has held no elected public office in her life, not even mayor of Wasilla. She brings foreign policy experience at the highest level but with plenty of baggage (OBL, Iraq War WMD, etc).
    Big gamble, and Romney isn't the gambling kind.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'll "waste" my vote on Gary Johnson, the Libertarian guy. He makes way too much sense, and actually practiced good governance when he was Governor of New Mexico, so he has no shot. He doesn't "promise" enough shit (other people's money) to incestuous large corporations in bed with the Federal Government, or the idiots on the bottom of the totem pole who are too lazy, stupid, and "entitled" to take care of themselves.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    mum is the word
    for the queen
    and what you said

  • Kelvin Hayden said he was told he'd get a legit chance to start. Tim Jennings might have something to say about that.

  • It feels good to have 3 legit corners on the team, 1 solid backup in Wihilte and DJ Moore at Nickel. Waffle like.

  • In reply to Waffle:


    Hayden is a TURNOVER MACHINE. He's played in the Cover 2, is big (6-195), and clutch (unfortunately, we found out 1st hand).

    The big drawback with Hayden is injury. IF healthy, MB you can get your with with two big CBs with tremendous turnover and press skills locking down our corners while Pepp and Melton destroy QBs.

    My feeling is Jennings will prob start the season, and when he drops his first int, Hayden will be inserted.

    That is, unless Stone Hand Jennings drops INTs in the preseason...

  • I love little DJ moore's INTs and sucks that Grahm bailed. Man, can you imagine if we still had coryg AND D manning. I'd feel a LOT better.

  • Wow, that dude must have had some bad experiences with chickens.

    dabearsblog @adamspeaks I think chicken is gay. 4 hours ago

  • I'm buying this for shady:

  • The position that isn't shaping up to have much competition right now is SSLB. And that's too bad, because I'm not looking forward to another season of Nick Roach.

    I watched some old games I had recorded from last year. Finley abused Roach time and time again last year. All he does is make you miss Pisa, he's not a good blitzer, he can't cover, he's so-so on the run. How this guy grades out is a mystery. You keep hoping the opposing team will go 3-wide just to get DJ Moore on the field in place of him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Actually, makes me miss Hunter. Pisa was a flash in the pan for us, nothing more.


    ruh roh!!!!!!!

  • Bears trade for Buc's DT Brian Price.

    This was the DT pick-up I said the Bears would make. I still think the Bears are in the market to replace Okoye IMO

    Few things about Price.

    1) He had surgically repaired hamstrings
    2) He punched 1st round pick S Mark Barron in the face

  • so we're still taking bucs and panther cast offs huh?

    Common Emery, I thought you were above this dumpster diving bullshit... that was angelo's shtick.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bucs fan is pissed they lost him, so that's encouraging.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    where GP?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, there were 5 comments in Waffle's link, now there are 11 and the Chicago cynics have hit it, so it's a bit more balanced overall.

    One Buc fan chimes in the guy is always hurt. Kelvin Hayden got cut from the Falcons for a toe issue last year, it seems like we like them already damaged.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, that was kinda my point. Dude, please get a new disc... you've been crying for a MW3 beatdown lately.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff reports that we got him for a 7th... I guess that kinda makes me feel better

    dabearsblog Trading a seventh-round pick for a potential contributor (Brian Price) is almost beyond theft. Schiano cleaning house in Tampa. Well played.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    CoD is for lam3rz. BF3 or die.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why not? Sign them cheap, and if they can't play, cut them. I think more than anything this is a message to Paea, Melton, et al., that it is time to pick up their games.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this was my favorite comment GP

    "chibears5 says:Jul 26, 2012 5:20 PM
    Seems like the Bears are always making these trades for under-performers and it just never works out. Gaines Adams, Amobi Okoye, Brandon Meriweather, and on and on. Can we quit gambling on injured with upside guys and focus on adding solid and durable already?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Amobi Okoye is sorely missed

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I agree on that one. And he could have ben kept for a coke and a hammie sammie.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    7th round pick, seems like a lot of upside.

  • What did we pay for him? Are we ANY better off with him on the squad? Both those answers should leave you mighty pleased as a Bears fan. Bear down boys- i dont think thats the last trade we'll see this off season.

  • Just read he was a high 2nd round pick with a lot of talent. If he can get healthy he sounds like a good player. His sister died recently and he's having a real hard time adjusting to it. Tampa was a very undisciplined team with no team leaders. We're just the opposite. That should help with the mental part of his game. That's 6 guys for the backup DT position (Price, Cameron, Collins, McCargo, Miller and Pressley). Hopefully one or two of these guys can make up for Adams/Okoye.

  • MB likes the fun tech, yes?

    This SOB took a couple Raspberry Pi's (Google it) and beat Google glasses at it's own game, and also created the Star Trek universal translator while he was at it. I so want one for my next Euro jaunt. Makes negotiating with Dutch hookers that much easier.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and the meek shall inherit the earth GP... it's true.

  • Oh, you Lion fans...

  • dude, that was the most disturbing thing I've ever seen. I simply couldn't listen to more than 5 seconds of that guy screaming... and it had nothing to do with the fact that he's morbidly obese.

  • 4E85...all I can say is WTF!!! lol

  • have another ho-ho dude......nice "F" bomb barrage....and your a pussy fan...bbbbwwwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa

  • Whatever that thing is, it's disgusting.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I was trying to be a bit more PC, but yeah. so gross.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fat Bastard, Lion's edition!

  • so gross

  • oh my fucking god... can this year please start!?!?,0,5181357.story

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    " dropped passes by Brandon Marshall"
    "Matt Forte looked stronger and faster than ever"

    No surprises here.

  • Did a little research into our new DT Brian Price

    Here's two scouting report links on him.

  • JennaLaineBucs ‏@JennaLaineBucs
    I don't know if Brian Price will ever return to form prior to his hamstring/pelvis injury. Not sure his body can handle wear and tear.

  • fuck Jenna Laine. Price, like most athletes that get to this level have pain tolerance and heart that would make a regular guy fucking vomit

  • Season must start now. My productivity at work is taking a nosedive. I think I read and watched 2 hours of bears shit today.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Waffle..that's it???? what you cutting back or something??? lol

  • this may be a repetitive
    and redundant thought
    Earl Bennett will be the man
    you spell that M---A---N
    no B--O----Y
    reading GP's ESPN link
    they said Marshall was Cutler's
    "favorite " reciever
    what about Cutler/Bennett history
    did they research that chapter
    or is ESPN just revisionist
    when it comes to history
    Bennett was a target for opposing D-co-ordinators
    now they have "bigger" concerns
    after multiple "clutch" catches by Earl B
    the dagger wil draw blood
    he will get respect for his exceptional talent
    the cost he extracts on opposing teams
    will be bank breaking
    the dividends he pays will become the down payment
    on Cutler's pro bowl season

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