Bears Return to House of Horrors: 3rd Preseason Game Preview

Bears Return to House of Horrors: 3rd Preseason Game Preview

Well, well, well. The Meadowlands. I remember you well. The stadium just outside the windows of my youth. The stadium where Jay Cutler was handed one of the worst beatings I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes. The Bears return to this house of horrors to complete their trio of meaningless contests before embarking on what many of us believe could be a special season in Chicago. (Yes I know there is a fourth preseason game to be played but that game makes college football spring games seem like the Super Bowl.)

Here is what might be of interest to you.

  • J’Marcus Webb against a duo of attacking defenders (Tuck, Umenyiora) has been written to death. It’ll be the focal point of the broadcasting team tomorrow evening.
  • I wrote a full-length piece on the safeties defending against the explosive big-play Giants offense. If you want to read that piece, CLICK HERE.
  • Consistency in the passing game. I didn’t speak to, email with or Tweet @ a single Bears fan left unimpressed by the ease with which Jay Cutler dissected the Redskins defense through the air. They’re hungry for a passing game capable of competing for a title with the best in the business. Cutler doesn’t need to do anything but it’d be nice to see him complete a few through the air, hit five different targets, and continue building the confidence of this newly-exciting unit.
  • Middle linebacker. It turns out Brian Urlacher visited Dr. Strangelove during his “personal time”. Now the conspiracy theorists believe Urlacher is destined for extended time on the bench. The question facing the Bears is will Blake Costanzo win the middle ‘backer spot, sending Roach back out to his more natural SLB? (Answer: Probably not.)
  • Ryan Quigley. I don’t know much about the mechanics of punting but I’ve seen quite a few in my day. It would seem the hip is – even on the not kicking side – is a somewhat pivotal component. Adam Podlesh’s hip flexor isn’t a season-ender by any means but it’s not inconceivable he’ll miss those initial two games. If Quigley punts well, he’ll earn the job. If he doesn’t, the Bears may have to return to the big-legged but wildly inconsistent Matt Dodge. (I don’t see Brad Maynard returning after the way he left but stranger things have happened in this league.)
  • Matt Blanchard v. Josh McCown. Nobody should overreact to what Blanchard achieved against the seventh-team defense of the Washington Redskins. But clearly the kid has ability. Be honest with yourself: If the Bears are down to their third quarterback, would they be in a significantly better position if McCown took to the field? (Everyone would love to see Blanchard moved to the practice squad but one wonders if Phil Emery would risk losing him and the practice squad is a risk.)
  • Evan Rodriguez. He’s an intriguing talent but I would be interested if the Temple tight end truly has a role within the Bears base offense. He looks small and a bit weak to me but his pass-catching skill is undeniable.
  • Improvement from the fringe: Sanzenbacher, Adams, Collins, Price…etc. If Bears’ championship hopes depend upon any of these guys we’re all just marking time. But depth in this NFL is important as players drop like flies across the league.
  • Remember: It’s the third preseason game, yes, but it’s still a preseason game. In 2006 this game was the foundation for Denny Green’s “they are who we thought they were” rant in Arizona. That summer the Bears looked like a team that could neither score nor tackle in their third preseason effort, leading to a cavalcade of negativity from the local media. End result? They won the NFC.

There is very little to be concerned with tomorrow night, outside Webb (perhaps). The truth of this visit to the Meadowlands for the Bears is that only one thing matters: get out in one piece. Losing a couple more starters to injury could be devastating to the early-season campaign. No more damn injuries!

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  • First to say that...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this was your best observation:

    Evan Rodriguez. He’s an intriguing talent but I would be interested if the Temple tight end truly has a role within the Bears base offense. He looks small and a bit weak to me but his pass-catching skill is undeniable.

    Yep. He's an H-back. A college H-back.

    He has no business being a run blocking TE in the NFL. But, OTOH, if the opposing D isn't in the Nickel - he will burn them. Very few outside LBs are going to hang with that kid's speed. He's not a good lead blocker, but he can probably get the job done.

    Between Dinner and ERod, I'm getting the feeling like Phil Emery likes driving Volvos.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Think of it as a souped-down Mercedes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BEIGE Volvos with "I support the sheriff" star sticker on the back window.

    I don't even like thinking about that wasted pick. Yes, I consider it wasted because I do everything prematurely!

    I've watched a lot of Kyle Adams and Rodriquez and often still get them confused.

    Now, because of Rodriguez (don't buy that whole Emery will let go of early draft picks if they're sub par spiel), we're gonna have to let go of: Kyle, who is just as solid, if not more so (and knows the system better). OR, Spaeth, and there goes our only blocking TE for goaline and short yds. OR Clutts, who is a maniac and prob blocks better than anyone else on the team.

    Rodriguez should just take a dive, so we can red-shirt him on IR. Come back in 2013 when you've gained 20 pounds of muscle, kid.

  • I likewise do not like the idea of losing Clutts for Rodriguez.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    My thoughts there are:
    Clutts provides something that no one else on the roster does.
    E-Rod does not.

    Ergo ipso facto e pluribus unum, Clutts should make the final roster.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Clutts is making this team

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    But Clutts and E-rod play different positions .....

  • Sort of...and sort of not.
    At the end of the day, you're still talking a finite number of roster spots on both sides of the ball.
    I actually think Spaeth is the darkhorse to get cut or moved before E-rod. I thought his blocking was terrible in game 2 and he's not the receiving threat that the youngin is. I'm too lazy to look up the cap numbers at the moment but I have to imagine he's way more expensive than our other TE options.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I didn't see the 4th qtr last week so I've only seen what's on YT, but he did look like he had a nose for blocking all right. Get him in the gym and he'll be fine. Mind you I'm still blown away we didn't draft a center. Garza is getting owned ... and his backup is Chris Spencer most likely?

  • Williams is, I believe.

  • I'm also not down with the Clown. McClown.

    If we lose Cutty AND Campbell, for the season, I'd rather just watch the gutty walk-on kid with talent do the whole Breaking Away biking across Indiana holy shit he's gonna win it, god fucking bless america and apple pie anybody can make it in this country, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere tears of pride thing than watch the Clown dink and dunk in his over-the-hill way.

  • "pivotal component"

    I see what you did there.

  • MB,

    You went from Lottery Winner, to Object of my Idolatry, to Benedict Arnold, and then back around to faithful Soldier-Virgin Compadre all in about 25 seconds.

    A roller coaster of emotion in me, you have caused.

  • I saw that on the other thread doc. Yes, I did indeed.

    Much like the rest of my life these days. I just take shit a day at a time right now my man.

    btw, I watched The Change Up last night. Man it's glorious to be able to watch movies with tits in 'em again without worrying about getting in a fight. Glorious, glorious titties. Leslie Mann is hot for an older chick (not to mention that smokin munn chick)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's how it goes.

    I was married for 11 years, from age 27 to 38. I really tried to save it, but once it was over it was over. She done took the kids and left. Your mind flashes to that Simpson's episode where Millhouse's dad is putting his head in the oven. When you see that poster for that Corey bimbo lawyer, the one with a ChicagoNow blog, the divorce lawyer whose motto is "Life is short, get a divorce.", you really really want to see her fall onto the rocks off Navy Pier and slowly drown.

    But, you know what? After while, it's strangely elating. Just after I got divorced the great recession happened. Lehman Brothers capsized in cold water and the shit was ON. Suddenly, EVERYBODY was getting divorced. I felt like the first guy who ever showed up to a ski resort wearing Oakleys.

    What you will realize - and this will be hard - is a couple of things. First, fight. You won't want to, but do it anyway. Get a decent attorney, interview a lot of them, and find the right one and just dig in. The Russians stopped them short of Moscow in '43 by sheer attrition. That's your lesson.

    After awhile, you realize if you stay in shape and aren't a bum, you can have pretty much whatever you want. The only thing that can go bad for you is if the Ex tries to poison you to the kids. I am lucky in that it hasn't happened (yet), and it's been 5 years. But if she goes there, then the battle can get very very ugly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As for Leslie Mann, it's like trying to find that exact moment when Dana Delany became un-fuckable.

    2008: No Problem

    2010: Yeah, I'm still in that

    2012: WHOA! NO! Too far, abort abort!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That last one scared my penis straight.

    Kinda like that scene in the Titanic when she's a hot red-head, then the scene cuts to the 90 year old hag.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, I don't know man. There's something a little sexier about a woman with a lot of money :-)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That would be 1941, GP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow. Sorry to hear that. I remember one story you told about taking your boy to a game in his little snorkel jacket and there was like a melancholy tone to it all. I get it now.

    This is a blog of manly man pain today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can see it now;

    MB in the basement of some San Diego mini mansion. He goes to work, he checks out the scenery free from leering jealous glares, he sits in his boxers in the basement, beer cans thrown about, cigarette butts in the ashtrays just because he can, Animal House and Caddy Shack on Standby, porn and MW3 alternately on the 72" widescreen, planning his attack on the young single snatch parading the bars and beaches of Southern California.

    He's living the high life (though he continuously disregards The Nitty's advice that he should be doing all this while high as fuck). He's dancing on the clouds of bachelorhood and pissing in the goddamn yard. He's happy. He's free. He's fucking glorious. All while the object of his "predicament" taps her fingernails nervously upstairs on the marble countertops, scheming bitterly, gossiping falsely triumphant naive half-truths about the man who gave her two beautiful children and a life others would kill for.

    She knows not what she's done. She thinks she's slayed the beast. But she's really only unleashed the beasts inner child from the chains of female irrationality and sexual starvation.

    The Beast has not been slayed.

    The Beast is free.

    And he's glorious.

    (MBP & Irish, you'll come around to this kind of thinking soon enough)

  • Wow Doc, I missed out when I got divorced. Although I must admit the freedom was exhilarating. I ended up with a great woman and am very happily married again. That's the beauty of getting divorced in your 30's or 40's. You still have it going on, younger women look at the money and stability and you aren't so stupid to hitch your wagon to someone just because it was expected of you. Going through the divorce sucks major moose wang but once you come out the other side, life is very good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I happy for you that you found a keeper, Canada. I've been on the hunt for four years now (it's been 5.5+ since Laurie died) and no luck to date.

    My "problem" seems to be that too many of women just want to have my (for a 54yo guy fairly) hot body to satisfy their carnal desires.

    There must be something wrong with me, as that whole gig has gotten rather old.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Holy shit dave. I will take my blog-attorney's (NB) advice and keep my mouth shut, but sounds like a TERRIBLE problem you have there my man. Poor you.


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I could think of worse things but I know playing the game gets pretty old. It's gotta be tough to find someone that measures up after the love of your life is gone. Hopefully one of them will rise above the others and become something more than a booty call (not that there's anything wrong with that).

  • Holy cow... what did I miss? MB man, I didn't realize things were in such upheaval for you... sounds like some crazy times are afoot. Wish you the best man, and hope things turn out well.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    thanks very much mike. I'm going to be in a really god place in a month or two looks like. Right now kinda sucks though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    uhhhh.... I meant good. I hope not god.

  • hahaha

  • I'm there, maing, I'm there...just surviving the next two months.
    Well, mostly the next month.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, you in that new launch pad? I haven't seen you online lately. Get that shit set up maings!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not yet, close on it in 4 weeks...and then HE GONE!

    Just been super fried by work this week. When I'm pissy, I stay away from the video games.

  • thanks GP and Doc. I appreciate it.

    To be 100% honest without going against my blog attorney's orders, I will say that it's much closer to Doc's version than GPs luckily.

  • Doc, one day the door to your shower will open and you will be handed a little ultrasound photo of your babies - triplets in your case - and you will wonder why you are being showed this photo because you "can't have kids" and you certainly can't be having triplets. Except you fucking are.

    Triplets Doc. Triplets. Life is a cruel teacher, and perhaps she thinks the good Professor needs a lesson. Eh? Triplets.

    Stay high though.

    72" screen, really? I'll have to make do with a little doobage, World of Tanks, and the memory of all that time wasted on .... whatever I was doing before thing one and thing two arrived.

  • I gotta ask - what happened to thing three?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    'Sup? I'll have to go back and check that out ....

    Hang in there man, I feel it man, I feel it. Breakups are bad enough without kiddiwinks involved. My worse half keeps threatening to take the twins and generally using them as ammo just to wind me up. I become something else when someone suggests taking my kids away from me, so I know you must be pretty fucking stressed out right now. Deep breaths and good luck.

  • I thought she bailed on the twins? Sorry honey, you done fucked over the wrong Irishman.

  • I read somewhere that Brad Maynard would probably be too expensive to sign and cut because he'd have the right to get paid for the whole year due to seniority in the NFL. I hope Quigley does well.

    They must have a spot for Rodriguez, right? Maybe they're saving it for the regular season.

  • In reply to Perno:

    I would practice squad the guy. I think it unlikely that anybody grabs him.

  • In reply to Perno:

    I'm actually quite intrigued by Matt Dodge. He's only 25. He avg about 44.5 yds (if my memory serves me correctly).

    He did have that BONEHEAD punt to Desean Jax 2 yrs back, but I'm sure when Toub tells him "don't punt it to that guy", he'll more than listen now.

  • And I am very interested in said "fringe" players.

    DT Price is HUGE. You can't miss him when he's on TV. He also EXPLODES. It's scary to think what he can do if he gets it all going.

    DT Collins is fast. He has been disruptive and around the ball.

    DT McCargo seems to be the odd man out there.

    DE Wooten. Oh Woot-Woot...thy name is glass.

    DE Chauncey Davis...will the Bears finally let go of Woot for Davis?

    QB Blanchard-Summers. These have been my camp targets sine the beginning. McCown looked like dog-shit last game (against backups). No, No, Blanchard must be in. Summers had a rough go at it, but his size is tantalizing (That's what she said!).

    Unfortunately, our cup runneth over at WR-CB-HB (did I just say that?)

    Lock WRs. Marshall, Hester, Alshon, Bennett,
    Fringe WRs. Rashied Davis, Summers, Sanzen, Golden, Weems.

    Weems and Davis may have the inside track because of Special, which means we'll be seeing Summers and Sanzen in a Browns or Dolphin uni soon.

    Lock CBs. Peanut, Jennings, D.J., Hayden
    Fringe CBs. Frey, Wilhite, McCoy

    Wilhite has been getting a lot of playing time, so he might be in. McCoy also returns, though he didn't look all that sharp at it. Frey or McCoy we'll battle for that last spot.

    Lock HBs. Forte, Bush
    Fringe HBs. Bell, Allen, Booker, Unga (remember him?)

    Allen is all but gone. Same with Unga. Bell seems to be the fav 3rd, but boy did Booker look good returning that kick for 105 yds (and we all know how Bears value specials). If you missed it, here it is:

  • thanks for the link $... I missed that entire game. Fuck that was awesome.

    Man I can't wait for real football. Boo Yah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, that was definitely one of the highlights of the game... Although seeing the D use and abuse Griffin was a pretty sight, especially the Moore-Idonije-Peppers flush-strip-pounce trifecta play.

    I loved the comments Booker made about that kick return... it tells you just how far above the fold Toub keeps the squad... even the 2nd teamers:

    Having said that, I'm not sure Booker makes the team yet. Unga has virtually no shot. But the coaches really like Allen, and he's a different type of back than Forte, Bush, and Bell... a shifty, speedy pass-catcher. He and Booker are more alike, but Allen has shown a lot more in the passing game than Booker has. It says a lot that camp observers weren't sure if Allen might overtake Bell for the #3 spot. So Booker was definitely behind both Bell and Allen going into the last game, but he's certainly forced them to at least put him in the conversation now. I think he's still behind for now, but ultimately... it's really hard to see how the #3 (and maybe #4) spot is going to shake out...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I watched it last night on the NFL channel. If Jay put more juice on the first throw that was a lonnnnnnnng TD. Jeffery is bigger than I thought. He's pretty thick. Not to mention he's a scrappy fucker. He ripped off Hall's helmet and threw it all in one motion. You could tell Hall wasn't all that interested in fucking with him after that. Lovie had to give Jeffery the speech about playing smarter but you just know that Lovie, Tice and Drake all privately creamed their jeans. Weems was everywhere. He's a lock. If Summers could have completed some plays for TD's and/or not fumbled he might have had a chance to stick. Sadly he fucked up all 3 plays. Major Wang was blitzing effectively. He didn't get the sacks but he definitely wrecked their plays. They seem to have a Woody for E-Rod. He's fast but he's worthless as a blocker. Bell is probably the best RB of the remaining group but he's like a Forte light. Allen and Booker are change of pace guys. Depends how they view that. I never saw Unga get off the sideline. Have no idea how the Spaeth, E-Rod, Adams, Clutts derby plays out. Hope we keep Clutts. Collins is a lock at DT. Price probably makes the team. Don't see how McCargo does. Davis vs Wooton will come down to the wire. Wilhite looked awful. Waters lost contain twice by getting faked out. The 6th and 7th rounders looked like 6th and 7th rounders.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    thanks for the analysis mike and canada.

    btw canada, I just got a new rig, it's sweet! Check me out:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sweet. Apparently you're shorter than I thought!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    hahahahahahaha... I saw that and immediately started thinking about the joke I was going to use on you. Ended up just going with the simple one.

    Actually, I am going to sell the P3 (fucking white bike!?!?!) my STBX got me and treat myself to this once I am out and everything has been decided:

    (scroll down to the "frameset" box to see the full pic)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    check the electronic shifting.

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow! Are you going for the $6k or the $10k?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada, even though you are Candadian and I don't trust you completely for some reason as a result, I agree with your analysis and would subscribe to your newsletter....unless it was written in Canadian. I don't speak it or read it well.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Come on up Johnny. You'd hate the price of alcohol but you'd love the women. If you're a snow guy come up in the winter. If you're a biker, come up in the summer. You'd love the mountains. Warning; stay out of Quebec unless you speak French or like being talked down to on a regular basis. My wife is from Montreal and it's amazing what a bunch of D-bags they are if you don't speak French (even though all of them are bilingual). Gotta admit the French women are beyond hot.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Funny you mention the price of alcohol - I about shit when I stopped at a liquor store in Nova Scotia. Is it the taxes that jacks the price up? It was amazingly expensive!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was skiing at Whistler in the Vancouver area about 3 years ago, and a case of ANY beer was at least $48 bucks US. There has to be at least a 400% tax of beer and liquor.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Part of it is due to the sales tax. There is 5% federal sales tax (GST) + Provincial sales tax (PST). Alberta doesn't have a PST. All the other provinces do. They go from a low of 5% in Sask to a high of 10% in Nova Scotia. BC is 7%. So the total sales tax is 12% in BC. Adds up in a hurry.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Taxes, taxes, taxes. A case of beer will be at least $40 (you can get cheaper stuff but it's horrible). Cigs are about $10/pack. Income taxes are slightly higher than the States but sin taxes (alcohol/tobacco) are crazy. That's how they fund health care. I don't smoke or drink so it's not a big deal for me. My wife drinks so it does add up after a while. Almost all the bars measure the liquor (wine or hard stuff). There's very few "friendly" bartenders that give you a heavy pour. The popular bars almost always meter the hard liquor on a gun.

  • Dane Zizzenborker, Miami Dolphin.

    It just doesn't flow...

  • Booker it is.

  • Johnny, your Irish/Bot conversation on the last thread was gold maings.

    Two quesitons for you:

    * Your peeps gone? Jump on tonight yo
    * You coming to SD or no?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll jump on tonight. Extended family now gone.

    San Diego is being decided in the next week or so. In order for me to go and leave the wife at home for 4 days with the kids while I run around the beach and get silly drunk with my friends I would have to bring in a substantial amount of money in the next month. That is the goal. SD is the goal. Freedom is the goal.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    freedom, is indeed, the goal.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was classic, man... Good stuff Johnny...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    btw, glad you came back.

    I'm sure you missed this... Doc and I are flying in from the west for the Dec 16th packers game. MBP and his brothers will drive in and a bunch of the locals have already promised to hang out too.

    You in?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If I were still in the States I totally would... but alas I am abroad for the indefinite future (and no I'm not a broad, hehe).

    If I can swing a visit home in that time frame, I will definitely see if I can arrange to be in Chicago for that game. Are you guys buying tickets together? I don't think I've ever seen Packers tickets at SF for less than $400... that's pretty steep stuff, although with good company I imagine it could well be worth it. (Scraping by in a startup makes free cash a bit limited though sadly... not like the high flying days in previous years...)

  • In reply to Michael L:

    yep. I know the pain man. It get's better... one way or another.

    Which country?

  • Jeff, this post was phenomenal... one of the best that I can remember. Not exactly sure why, but I think maybe it's the tone and just the right mix of observation, tempered with restraint, wry wit, and nostalgic recall. Probably doesn't mean that much to you, but just wanted to say it...

    As for the observations, I'm pretty much in agreement. Only comment I might add is on the fringe players. While you're right that if they ever get to the point where they are depending on any particular fringe guy to play above the level he's been at for any prolonged period it'll be a low odds situation. But ... invariably, the fringe players are the ones that have multiple bright, shining moments alongside their more accomplished brethren during championship seasons.

    Every championship team has its David Tyrees to go with their Mannings, its Ricky Proehls to go with their Faulks, and even (once upon a time) their unlikely Tom Bradys that step up when their team needs them on the way to the Lombardi. You still always want ballers and guys who constantly strive to show up to be your fringe players... You're absolutely right that they are important for depth, but don't discount how much they do end up contributing to Super Bowl runs...

  • ERod vs. Girly Thor: 100 yard sprint

    Who wins?

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to Shady:


  • LL at first consulted his mother by phone, who suggested he knock him out.,0,6159156.story

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't call it a comeback.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I want to see a pic of this homeless dude. Im guessing he's north of 50 and weighs south of 160.

  • Dude, have you seen LL?

    Dude's all on SWOOOOOOOOOLLLLEEE!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm pretty sure Hollywood is the last place you can use PED's and nobody will ever ask you about it. Did you see Tom Hardy pack on 50lbs or so during his career. And Stalone... well that dudes just laughable.

  • There have rumors that professional wrestlers do steroids and HGH but I don't believe. I also think it's real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • T-shirts anyone....anyone.... t-shirts?

  • I want my two dollars! lol

  • Better off Dead reference? 2 million points if so.

    "Do you realise what the street value of this mountain is?"

  • Kahlil Bell. Cut.

    Decent RB with a good initial burst, but blocking assignments seemed to escape him.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Not gonna lie, saw that coming a long time ago. I was shocked they did it today though.

  • The ball is in Allen's court - either he shows something this week or he gone.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • Can't believe he turned down 700K a year. Good luck at Wendys.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Called it....

  • In reply to Shady:

    they cut him because he wouldn't be the 3rd back for 700k.

  • In all honesty, the 3rd RB on this team is pretty insignificant outside of special teams contributions. Double Deuce and By-Cracky are one hell of a 1-2 punch.

  • In reply to Shady:

    And that's why Booker has been the #3 since we signed him, by-cracky.

  • In reply to Shady:

    tell that to the Lions or Bengals who are down to like their 4rth and 5th backs.

    We should have at least traded Bell for a 5th (6th/7th anything) to a HB needy team (Steelers for example).

    I never get why teams just cut players.

  • I hope to god that our GMs aren't just puppets for lovie and teddy's terrible management strategies.

    btw, Shady, how much do we love za germans?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    greeeeeaaat news

  • I'm guessing PE makes some calls to RB needy teams and they aren't biting knowing we have to cut a decent RB.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    More than likely he did call around, but probably one of two things happened... either 1) nobody wanted to pay the RFA tender salary (or alternatively were prepared to risk having to pay more in exchange for not giving up a draft pick), or 2) out of respect for past contributions PE agreed to straight up release him to give him time to catch on with a time rather than draw out the process just to wrangle a 7th or 6th rounder out of somebody.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Exactly, sounds like he has Forte's agent.

  • Jesus, Arizona is getting fucking destroyed. Man those dude's suck.

    Oh, have I ever mentioned that i can't stand that dbag chirs burma... oh, yeah. I guess I have.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chris Berman, the human charicature.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


  • mark mariani of the titans just had happen what happened to me in college.

    Double compound Tib/Fib fracture on the field.

    Hang in there buddy. Sucks, but you'll be ok... maybe not as fast and your leaps will suffer, but you'll run again maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    his fucking leg broke in half. holy shit.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    you are correct sir. I had the same thing, except my tibia came out of my leg. It was fucking grusome... I did it in November, but I did play spring ball with a LOT of scar tissue pain in the knee.

    Dude is in for a LOT of rehab. Sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    his fucking leg broke in half. holy shit.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    yes... he did.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    in half

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Ah Waffle. Troll bot hilarity. Thanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    That reminds me of what happened to some dude in a Van Damn movie or something.

    P.S. Arizona SUCKS. Friendly reminder Cards, you can have Campbell for a 1st or two 2nds or Fitz straight up.

  • can you fucking imagine that shit?!?!?


    Oh my goodness!

  • btw, I just realize that the guy next to chris fucking berman is... fucking dildo!!!

    Are they fucking serious?! Talk about fucking your customers. Jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ESPN...most douche per sq feet, and it ain't even close.

  • true story

  • Come on now. Between Blitzkrieg the magic Trac puppet and myself, we give the four letter network a run...

  • my god, kevin kolb sucks balls. He is so fucking terrible... and didn't he just get $10M... or was that flynn?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like that Skelton guy from last year, he looks like a baller.

  • They both suck, but Skelton is less fragile than Kolb, mentally and physically.
    If I were Fitz, I'd be looking for the escape hatch.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yep, both TERRIBLE. Skelton SUCKS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll tell you who I like as a backup QB right now - Tyrod Taylor on the Ravens. His completion percentage sucks, his QB rating sucks, but he makes plays.
    Go figure.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yep. I've been hearing shit about the guy for the seahawks who's already taken matt flynn's starting spot.

    Charlie something maybe?

    Saw a couple highlights... dude's only 5'10", but he looks like a playmaker.

    you in the new pad man? Get your ass online. Johnny and I fucked shit up last night (and by that, I mean we got killed by teenagers a lot)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is that Russell Wilson? Corm has been raving about him. I saw him in a few Big10 games last year and was impressed. IIRC he destroyed Nebraska's D last year.

    Nope, not in the house yet - 4 weeks from today I close, then have to paint, put up a fence, etc.

    I'll be on tonight - been sick, daughter is having sleep issues, and work is killing me this week, but I'll have a few claymores for you tonight.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mb...sheite, sorry about what's happening in the fam brah...hang in there..

    but as for Kolb...he's pulling a DJ...I have mine and now am going to play at half speed.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    thanks Lobo.

  • Excellent Youtube player for PS3 out now.

    Your excellent life just got more excellent.

  • Here's how I see the roster at this point; WR's-BM, AJ, DH, EB, EW. TE's - KD. OL - JW, CS, RG, LL, GC, CW, CR, EW. QB's - JC, JC. RB's - MF, MB. DL - JP, II, SM, HM, SP, MT, NC, BP. LB's - LB, BU, NR, GH, BC. DB's - CT, TJ, KH, BH, CC, CS, MW, DJM. ST's - PM, AP, RG. That adds up to 42. TE's/HB's on the bubble are MS, ER, KA, TC. I see 3 out of 4 making the roster. WR's OTB are DS, RD, CS. I see at least one of them making the roster. OL - possibly JB. QB's I see MB making the roster. RB's - I see either AA or LB on the roster. DL I see CD and Woot on the roster. LB - I see JTT on the roster. That leaves 2 spots for all the rest.

    I'm guessing JK will end up on the PUP list. Who knows if anyone is stashed on IR?

    It's amazing in only one offseason we went from 5 UFA's making the roster to making some painful cuts. If I was in charge Numb Nuts would have gotten fired for signing Chester Cheetah and ManofMoolah.

  • My anger is rising again over the continued calling of non helmet to helmet hits as personal fouls. If I was the Bears I would run seam routes every play because apparently every tackle or hard hit over the middle will be called a fucking penalty. How is the NFL not addressing this issue???????

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Were you referring to that Taylor Mays (legal) destruction? That was a great hit. Naturally, got penalized for it.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again - those plays need to be challenge-able.

    In the first half of a PS game, no one cares. But if that shit gets called against us at Solider Field against the Pack in the 4rth quarter, I'm gonna go ape shit.

  • The scab refs are horrible. It tells you all you need to know about the owners and player safety. Trying to squeeze the refs for a few bucks while they are lining their pockets can't sit well with most fans. Esp if the scabs totally fuck your team out of a win.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


    Sorry.. I had a replacement write that for me.

  • Good call Super. Twice last week the refs called pass interference when the players were out of bounds (once for each team). Another time they called the Bears for pass interference when the WR was about 3 yds off the line of scrimmage and the ball wasn't in the air. WTF?

  • did someone say... taylor... mays!?!?!?!

  • Fuggit. There's never a good opportunity so I'll just say it.

    We should repace Garza sooner rather than later. Like now. Two games, go. Do it. It doesn't look like Edwin is making this line, and that makes no sense. He's better than CW. He's better than Spencer. So why can't he play? Make him the center. He has knees. Knees are good. We get stuck for a guard later on in the season, there's Roberto, nice and rested. Edwin goes down? There's Roberto.

    And JPP being out does not change the fact that it was Osi who concussed Cutler the last time.

    What odds Cutler's nickname after the superbowl victory is The Gutler?
    After the Pats get trounced in a fantastically coincidental 46-10 in NOLA, folk will be "... uh yeah ... gimme two Arrogant Bastards and a Chi-town Gutler with a lemon stuck in the top cos I'm gay ....."

  • In the summer of 86, coming off the Super Bowl win, Mongo climbed up on a house that overlooked training camp's field with white spray paint and painted 46-10 on the roof.

    Ditka had a fucking fit. I think he screamed for an hour, or so the story went. I think TomCzak told that story. He probably started to cry.

  • DAMN...TICEY!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and I want women to be reasonable and logical.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...I think the 1000 yards are way more obtainable than the woman suggestions...hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    We can do it. We kinda did it last year.

  • Eight players I'll be watching when the Bears face the Giants #Bears

  • R2...
    "I am beginning to think Corey Wootton plays safety for the Chicago Bears"


    I think may have wet myself....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    can we fucking cut that overgrown pez dispencer already please. fucking useless.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He DID save the world from another "will he, won't he" silly season of Brett Favre and his Crocs.

    So for that, he gets extra patience from me. I thought he played well in the first preseason game.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    tough to make plays injured... from the sideline maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That applies to every safety on our roster not named Steltz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and that's why he's going to be gone

  • Good work, Artoo.

    It still reads like a high school newsletter, though. It's time for you to develop tone and style. Attitude. It's easier said than done, but continue reading the good columnists and read your stuff back out loud. Keep working at it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agreed, just don't adopt a douchebag style like Mike Florio and don't try to be witty and sarcastic like everyone on Twitter.

    Follow those two rules and you will be wearing Chinchilla coats and drinking out of chalices in no time.

  • This just in:

    The Faggot French Frogs have decided that the 1929 Yankees weren't really all the great because Babe Ruth drank a lot of beer that year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    the french aren't allowed to comment on anything that american.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    -1 for homophobia and xenophobia

    enjoy your freedom fries smart guy

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    i'm confused, that post was decidedly straightforward in terms of your linguistic style. Are you not using your accent and shtick today?. Are you still going to be foreign troll today or just domestic troll?

  • college football's back on thursday. Damn, I hate the fall, but I love the fall.

    btw, GP, do you have NCAA football on the PS3, looks kinda fun.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I pulled the Madden 13 demo down yesterday, might try it out tonight b4 the game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    let me know what you think

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The new madden looks and feels like the NCAA of last year. I will still get it just so I can enjoy having Brandon Marshall and other new players on the team.

  • what you NEED to do son, if get off that faggy (not that there's anything wrong with that) little girly console and come play with the big boys.

  • Tonight is the night for Alshon Jeffrey to show the whole world who he is and what his merits are. I am very excited for this game. HAHAHA!

    Bang Bang Mang!

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    no, no... don't do that. don't. do... that.

  • Ok can someone tell me whats up with this last question? Has there been some sort of talk of a second team in Chicago that i havent heard about?

  • Daley just had an interview about it a few days ago.

  • And G-D has a plan for the bigots like Waffles and Daniel.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    umm...apparently his plan for me is currently in the "awesome" stage. I don't know how long his plan will remain in this stage but let me tell you that it is quite awesome.

    The only thing that would make it even better is if part of his plan for me rubbed off on Urlacher's knee. #sharingtheawesomelove

  • In reply to Waffle:

    BLITZKRIEG - The German word, meaning "lightning war" and used by the NAZI's during WW2.

    Blitzkrieg as used by Germany had considerable psychological, or as some writers call, "terror" affect the morale of enemy forces.

    It is also common for writers to include psychological tactics behind the line, spreading rumours and untruths among the civil population in the theatre of operations.[10]


  • CedBen runs his mouth a little

  • Here you go MB...the Taylor May's (legal) hit, just for you...oh, and +1 that it was against the Fudge...

  • damn, boy can hit.

    Where and on what fucking planet is that an illegal hit!?!?!? He didn't even touch the guy with ANY part of his entire head. WTF!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    thanks for posting btw $

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, it wansn't even close. I think they just threw the flag cuz that Fudger squirmed on the field afterward lol

    Taylor is def in the right division - AFCN - where they're more run oriented.

    I wouldn't mind taking a flyier on Taylor, as a MLB.

    He's 6'3 230. Just make him put on 10 pounds of muscle, and he'd be a very interesting prospect.

  • oh, and he runs a 4.4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hitting a defenseless receiver, aka. one with the ball.

  • holy fucking shit:

    Did they ever actually PROVE it btw?

    (I'm not saying he didn't, just wondering if they proved anything before taking these pretty drastic measures)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No, but that witch hunt had to end this way. Even if they had to wait for him to die to do it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    sucks. I think it's ridiculous. EVERYONE on the tour dopes at some point or another, it's whether you get caught or not. And Landis is a fucking clown.

  • here you go Johnny:

    almost exactly what happened to me. Fucking brutal. Sounds like you're snapping a 2" thick tree branch when you do it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When I was in college, I could dunk. Fairly convincingly, I could clear the ball 2-4" over the rim and stuff it downwards pretty hard. I could even drive the lane and dunk in a game situation.

    One time, on a playground, I tried to dunk and the playground had rocky broken up cement. My weight planted foot slid on landing, and I came across with the opposite leg wrong, and my ankle rolled over and caught the toe. I looked down that split second and my foot was nearly facing backwards. I could hear the tendons snap.

    My ankle was on the SWOOOLE, it became enormous and I couldn't walk normally for a couple months. I could never really clear the rim after that.

    The pain in those days was gut wrenching. Not as bad as tearing my achilles, but bad. I simply can't imagine the searing white hot pain of snapping the fib or the tib, much less both at once. I'd probably vomit from the snap of pain that would hit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • mmmmmm... carl's jr.:

  • I'm on a roll...

    Think Lovie consulted on this job? He does have the world's only Jumbotron PHD after all:

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