Urlacher's Injury Woes a Cause For Reflection, Not Panic

Urlacher's Injury Woes a Cause For Reflection, Not Panic

Brian Urlacher vows to be ready for the start of the regular season and I believe him. What would I do if I didn't believe him? Text him? Send a team of bandits/doctors to Bourbonnais in an attempt kidnap/examine him? I'm taking Brian Urlacher at his word because Brian Urlacher's is the only word we have access to when it comes to his recovery from knee surgery.

Urlacher's injury is no reason to panic. It's not even a reason to worry...yet. Start worrying if #54 is ON the injury report and NOT ON the practice field come Wednesday, September 5th. Start panicking if Urlacher isn't full strength by mid-season. (Let's say Monday night November 19th in San Francisco for argument's sake.) Do the Bears need Brian Urlacher to make a championship run in 2012? Absolutely. But that means having their star middle linebacker healthy and available in December and January, not August and September.

The man in question is thirty-four years old. He has played middle linebacker at an elite level for twelve seasons; playing sixteen games in ten of those twelve seasons. (Plus playoff appearances in 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010.) Dick Butkus played nine years. Jack Lambert's body faded terribly in his eleventh year. Mike Singletary retired after his twelfth. After three straight seasons playing sixteen games, Ray Lewis was a liability in pass coverage and missed four games in his thirteenth year (2011). Sure there are physical freaks like the late Junior Seau, and maybe Urlacher will play seventeen or eighteen seasons. But convention wisdom and historical data lead us to believe otherwise.

The otherwise? Brian Urlacher is coming to the end of a borderline Hall of Fame career and the Bears need be prepared. It may not be this year or next year but it's coming. And just as the Ravens began relying on younger, faster players like Suggs and Ngata to carry the bulk of their defensive load so must the Bears. The organization has already begun asking #54 to do less by excusing him from the practice field. Expect that to continue. Expect Urlacher to miss practices on most Wednesdays throughout the season. Expect Lovie Smith to lighten Urlacher's early-season load in an attempt to preserve him for the pivotal end of the campaign. Expect Smith to compensate with scheme (when possible) for the step or two surely lost by a player undergoing a major knee surgery. Especially a player who relies upon speed as the centerpiece of his athletic ability.

Players are the key, however. New, young players. Players like Henry Melton. Shea McClellin. Paea. Wootton. The kids in the secondary.  Players not only situated to build the post-Urlacher foundation but also to relieve pressure from the aging superstar in the twilight of his career. (JT Thomas' excellent preseason game aside, the Bears are devoid of young stars-to-be at LB.)

Urlacher must be the on-field transition from leading man to ensemble performer. If he does he could see his career extended several years. If he does not, it will not be his own fault. It will be the failure of the young talent assembled around him.

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  • First to say I fucking hate the preseason.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Blogging from work is a no no!

    I'll have to tell hairy P.

    btw, you want something craaaaazy, here you go: http://rumorsandrants.com/2012/08/san-diego-state-aztecs-wont-punt-or-kick-this-season.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I kinda agree with the author that it would be interesting to see.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    true dave... but still crazy.

    Haaaydiosmiiiiioooooo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Funny, that strategy rarely worked for me in Madden...

    But seriously, it's fucking moneyball. All it takes is one coach ballzy enough to go for it, make it work, and change the game forever. My prediction: punters will not exist in the NFL by 2025. You'll just have one guy to handle all kicking responsibilities, cemeting Hester's place in the HOF.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hee hee.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haaaydiosmiiiiioooooo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FINALLY!! Someone is finally doing what I've been preaching for years. You would think that with all these stats guys around someone would have crunched the numbers and figured that the mathematically wise thing to do would be to go for it on every 4th down. I hope this guy is successful and shows everyone how dumb it is to punt away your opportunity at a score.

  • I expect the Bears will be Lacking Lach.

  • Same shit every single year. "Brian's done."
    Bollocks.
    He gets his Lombardi this year. Let him sit out the pre-season when he doesn't need the practice.

  • Never Mind the Bollocks, god save the queen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +5.43 blog points for any Clash reference.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    so does that get me 10.86?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You can cash in the points for exciting prizes! Like a Gino's East Coozie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    awesome!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +4.1231 points for any Sex Pistols reference

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm fairly sure that was a Sex Pistols reference.

  • it was... actually, it was two of them.

  • who was the one screaming for K Lofton in the off season.

    This kid (thumbs pointing to self)

    I get he got a monster contract, but he's legit.

    Also, I'm with Dave (I think it was), who wants us to get Mante Te'o from ND next year. Let's make this shit happen Emery.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No, I can't take credit for that. Unfortunately, I'm really hoping we are drafting way too late (i.e. last) to get that guy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That woulda been me MB. There was another Te'o backer here with me. It would be great if he was available when we pick.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    MURPH!

  • I get 11 years + 1 game, but who's counting?

    If you want numbers, here is the place.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/U/UrlaBr00.htm

  • Forget Lach's knee....

    Peppers' college transcript is on the interwebs...and he wasn't a great student.
    Oh noes!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Shocking! Call TMZ!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The guy graduated, what, like 10 years ago?

    The funny part is that UNC posted it to their own website through either stupidity or some interns underdeveloped sense of humor.

    Ah, the regular season can't get here soon enough.

    BTW - when are we buying tickets?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    whenever you want. Let's coordinate, get on stubb hubb or whatever other innerness service we chooz and make it happen on night.

    I'm in whenever. Doc, Shady, Johnny, Murph, Dave, Erik, Jeff, everyone else?

    Who's in?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    one

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lower level, section 110. Bears-Packers, Dec. 16th.

    Only $1450.00 per ticket. Same price as Max's trailer home.

    http://www.stubhub.com/chicago-bears-tickets/bears-vs-packers-soldier-field-4076057/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm in.

    Can I get a 'loan" gp?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think it would be interesting to see Barry Soetoro's (aka Obama) college transcripts. It's funny he hides them at all costs, considering how brilliant he must have been. After all, he was head of the Harvard Law Review.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Why cant right wingers call the president by his name? Just wondering. And did you prefer the C student college cheerleader/ draft dodger instead? I'm sure.

  • Sac, I've never voted for a Republican for President, and I certainly would not have voted for Bush. I could write a 10 page paper on all the policies I disagreed with, and I can say the same for Obama. Whether you like hearing it or not, there's not a lot of difference between the two. I'm just wondering why this brilliant man who is our President, who was going to have the most transparent administration in history and balance the budget, has done everything in his power since day 1 to hide his school and legislative records. Seems a little suspicious to me. Just because I don't like Barry doesn't make me a right winger.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Done everything in his power? Like he hasn't signed a release?
    You make it sound like a Nixonian operation. Those colleges cannot releast transcripts without a signature - same for him as for you or me.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    For the record, I have no idea why he hasn't just released them. It amounts to a sideshow.
    On the other hand, there is no legislation in either platform that would affect his GPA from 30 years ago. In regards to taxes, however...

  • Of course then they would have to call Mitt by his real name too and who wants a president named Willard? Reminds me of that weird rat movie.

  • Millard Fillmore was a previous President, and he had a couple great concert venues named after him.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Love me some Allman Brother's at The Fillmore East

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Well, the Mothers were there too. A bit different of a show.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Frank!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Oh, c'mon Corm.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    When I transferred colleges, I had to send my transcript to get in. When my sister applied to a very good medical school, one of the main criterion was her undergraduate grades. When she became a doctor and professor at the medical school, the grades were an important factor. If your applying for the most powerful job in the US, where you can pass fiat laws through Executive Orders on a large scale, and your decisions effect over 350 million people, you should have a complete resume. Why won't the President release his records, which much be exemplary based on his educational history?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Where's the outrage over Mitt refusing to release his income tax records, Corm? That's what stands out when you start getting indignant about Obama's college transcripts. And I guarantee you that far more candidates and sitting presidents have released lengthy sets of income tax records for the past 50 years than have bothered to release their college transcripts. Why? Because it's one helluva lot more pertinent to knowing what their personal and professional interests are NOW, not 30 years earlier.
    So, as soon as you start wondering what is possibly causing Mitt, who like it or not is the only other candidate in this race (and I know you don't), to withhold tax information for years where we know he made tens of millions of dollars in personal investment income, then I'll start wondering why Obama hasn't sent Columbia a request to release his college transcripts.
    Sounds like a deal to me.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In the meantime, there's plenty of interesting things to be looking at between the two candidates based on their espoused platforms and actual records. I don't know how you'd have time to analyze what a B in Art History would mean with all the rest of the information we're inundated with.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What's the problem, MBHP?

    Barry has assured us that entrepreneurs don't *earn* their money, and since assertion is the equivalent of truth among most Obama supporters, certainly there is no need to examine any tax returns.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Did he really? Please share the quote in its entirety.

    And if you want to cast aspersions on "most" supporters, I'm not your huckleberry.

    I assume that you also have a problem with a candidate that won't tell us what his tax plan is, what his own tax returns show (although we know he was using overseas tax shelters), has a VP who suddenly disavows a fondness for Ayn Rand that's been public record for more than a decade, wants to raise defense spending but gut the rest of the federal government (including Medicare) and whose budget plan is the laughing stock of economists everywhere....etc, the list is a little lengthy to get into. Assertion being non-equivalent to truth would appear to be a bigger issue there.

    C'mon man - I've seen you harp on corporatists, and yet I have only seen you take shots at the POTUS.
    That strikes you as intellectually honest?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Then again, when you're a fan of a fraud like Rand, do you really want to get into a debate about honesty?
    The dear departed biddy, who loved to rail against "moochers", "leeches", etc...who did nothing of note as a businesswoman, artist, teacher, or architect, also felt very comfortable supplementing her income with the same Social Security and Medicare net that her ardent followers think is the downfall of the Republic.
    That's not just funny, it's sad.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    C'mon Dave, buy the damn ticket to the game.
    I'll buy the first round and we can talk politics all through halftime.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    MBP, if you would have carefully read Rand and knew what you were talking about, the "leeches" and "moochers" she rails against are POLITICIANS AND CORPORATIST business owners who gain and maintain their wealth through special laws at the expense of others. What the hell can you disagree with about that? Scams and special favors between government entities and businesses happen everyday at the city, county, state, and federal levels. It seems to be getting much worse, or else I'm older and wiser and actually see it happen all the time.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    The irony is that she railed against those same programs as theft by force and then lived off of them, while constructing a philosophical argument that absolved her of any moral failing for doing so. She would have had some manner of moral authority to critique social benefits had she simply refused to use them.

    Again, I pose the question as to why the abuse on here gets heaped on one candidate and not the other. I don't pick these arguments - I'm just responding to them.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Corm, no one with a brain in their head would argue that, except for the comment that it's worse now than it ever has been.
    With people, there is corruption, be it gold, food, money, or affection. Always has been, always will be.
    If we were sitting in a saloon in New York in 1890, I'm sure we'd be having a similar conversation.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    "must"

    Harvard Law School is supposedly one of the best Law institutions in the country. Obama was President of the Harvard Law Review. He must have done some extraordinary things through his grades to reach that level of accomplishment. What were they? No one seems to know.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What exactly is his GPA going to prove to you? I don't get it.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    You notice, those were academic applications in your example, BTW. I get your point, but that's not a great analogy.

    I haven't released my college transcripts to anyone other than the FBI and State Department since I graduated, and maybe the DOD when I became an active duty dependent.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's a fact finding mission MBHP. People who run for President are notorious liars. Part of Obama's platform was his brilliance regarding the law. Why not back it up with facts?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That he was editor of the Harvard Law Review is not enough fact for you?

    They didn't just hand him that post because his skin had some color, despite what you may think - nobody gets that job without earning it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No, it is not. I never mentioned race, you did. That says more about you than it does me. What did he do to earn that position? Is there any literature on the internet where Obama critiques a court case? If so, I'd like a reference. I can't find anything.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Self-nominated candidates for Law Review president are elected by a vote of the entire active body of editors, including second- and third-year law students."

    I've also seen reference to a writing competition that he won as part of the selection process.

    The position, as I understand it, is a leadership position, not primarily one of authorship. Politico tracked down an article that has been attributed to him. I'll let you find the link.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So MBP, what your saying is there is no proof. It's all hearsay. I'm sorry to hear that you actually trust those sources based on blind faith.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Proof of what?

  • From Sunday training - Our Boy Roy's show -

    DBs stole the show.

    Izzy was a beast on the inside AGAIN.

    Roy called the lineup of Sheamus, Melton, Izzy, Peppers as 'unstoppable' with the proviso that this was the Bears' OL.

  • One of the best things about Izzy is his versatility. Last year (I think; maybe even the year before) I asked on this blog whether people thought Izzy could play *offensive* tackle. :-)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    on our team.... yes.

    I am so fucking disgusted that we did nothing with our oline again. I mean, seriously? How?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Queue Lovie (I wish this blog had embedded audio)

    "We like the players we have."

  • In reply to gpldan:

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Should be cue lovie- queue would be a line you stand in to see Lovie where as you cue audio clips. Damn I dont mean to be captain correction today... sorry fellas.

  • I should very much like to point out, in reference to Mister Flatbread, that during his playing days - Chris Zorich had a number of ankle and leg injuries that caused him to limit his effectiveness and miss some time.

    A medical man, of which I am not - may take this occasion to point out that this can largely be attributed to effects that occur when one's frame is not functionally built to carry 300 lbs, and while one may make impressive strides or boast impressive reps in the weightroom, little of that translates to football prowess when one is... how shall we say...TOO FUCKING SMALL FOR THE POSITION.

    I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNlSv4SUYWo

  • Anybody know if Geno Hayes can play Mike?

    (Starting my "Anybody but Roach" march)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sounds like he primarily has been a starter at weakside since his days in college.
    I'd rather have someone in at Mike that has experience in our system and play Geno or JT at strong-side.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Maybe we can play Briggs and JT at the outsides and only have Lach come in part-time with Chicken Dinner on some downs.

    We can call that the "extra white meat" package.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahahaha

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good one

  • Blogfather mentions twice that Lach is recovering from major knee surgery... Did I miss something?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I think he misspoke (mis-blogged) because as far as I'm aware, Lach opted to not undergo surgery and just rehab the partial tears.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLCVQP7TxI

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that... was awesome.

    btw, not even I find this attractive: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/06/19/woman-getting-mmm-breasts-helps-her-kids

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I suddenly wish to know if I need a new net for the hoop over my garage....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ha

  • btw, I just watched the 68 yard luck TD for the first time.

    ....uhhhhh... I get he's probably going to be good, but the fucking ball went FOUR yards in the air! FOUR! I pictured it in my head as this brilliantly placed, perfectly touched 50 yarder to a triple covered guy in the last yard of back-corner endzone.

    So uh, let's not anoint him just yet. smh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But I'm sure it was perfectly timed.

    And the Rams secondary is quite good....aren't they?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    -1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    perfectly touched 50 yarder to a triple covered guy in the last yard of back-corner endzone.

    Thrown across his body while running laterally at the line of scrimmage. With a db trying to horse collar him. In the driving rain.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I just realized my maths was off in that scenario (shocking).

    I guess if it was in the last yard of the endzone it would have had to be 68 in the air and not 50. Anyway, I was making it up as I went.

    Please don't fail me out of summer class Doc.

  • Oooohhhhhzzz Nooooooze

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000049179/article/mike-mccarthy-shocked-by-number-of-packers-injuries?module=HP11_headline_stack

    Sounds like the Peeeeaaackers might just have the kind of injury luck we had in 2010.

    ...Hee hee

  • ok, last post for a while....

    http://www.chicagobears.com/DailyBlogs.asp?DAILY_BLOG_DATE=08/12/12

    I like TimmyJ a LOT last year before he all of a sudden dropped off a cliff for a reason unknown to me. And I acutally like steltzy at SS a lot, we just need a real cover FS now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    before he all of a sudden dropped off a cliff for a reason unknown to me.

    The cliffs names were Greg and Calvin.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, and not much safety help.

  • fuck I miss playing football

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/multimediapopup.asp?mm_file_id=3131&play_clip=Y&rn=0

  • Chad Vader gets the axe from VH1. So, now middle age fat boomer women won't be able to watch his show about his life, in between episodes of 'Behind the Music', where Grace Slick talks about her coke addiction and three ways with Stevie Nicks.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/coach-johnsons-release-not-based-181118244--nfl.html

    Man, for whatever Emery is worth - we fucking robbed the Fish. They got jack shit for wideouts and we took a Pro Bowler for a 3rd rounder? Come on.

    After one night of the Olympics, NBC tried to pimp their new show where the smug one from Friends plays a Sports Shock Jock in the Jim Rome vein who needs to go to therapy for his dead wife.

    There's a scene where he sees T.O. texting while driving, and he throws a grapefruit at his windshield, and T.O. jumps out and they start jawing, and T.O. says something like, "come on man, I'm a Pro player" and the smug one from Friends goes, "oh yeah, from what? The Siberian Husky dog sledder and football player league?"

    That was the only LOL moment of the show, but +6 blog points to T.O. for letting himself get wrapped up like that. I guess when you are living in a car in Texas looking for money for ham samich, you'll take the TV insults for cash.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +12

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Child, please.

  • If you guys are all going to sign up for this anyhow, you may wish to just refer each other and get a free gift card from it:

    http://preseason.nfl.com/nflpl/referprogram.jsp?campaign=Ext_Email_Refer_PSL0813_Act_0_3&cvosrc=Ext.Email.Refer.PSL0813.Act.0.3

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Done did it... PLEASE REEFER.

    Err.

    Refer.

  • Apparently Tice is having trouble sleeping at night because the line is that terrible. How do you think Jay is sleeping? Can he possibly sleep less new baby and all?

    Didn't think it was possible to rage more about the O Line, but Im getting there, especially with that fuck Webb running his dumb ass mouth on Twitter... I need to calm down cause this shit ain't worth it. Fuckin' Angelo...

  • In reply to Shady:

    haydiosmiiiioooooooo!

    I won't even chime in cause 'yalls knows hows I feels abouts this's fors the lasts 4s yearses.

    Fucken a maingses.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So I shouldn't send you two JWebb Nation T-shirts?

    http://www.jwebbnation.flyingcart.com/?p=detail&pid=5&cat_id=

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh… my… fucking… GOD! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDv5kizY8oE... Best. Show. Eeeever)

    That shitstorm has his own tshirts!?!?!?!?! You HAVE to be shitting me GP.

    What has this world come to... this has GOT to be a sign of the impending apocalypse.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Warhol was incredibly dead on.

    Thanks be to the interwebs.

  • I do not think there is a bigger piece of human excrement (that hasn't committed an actual crime): http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/story/2012-08-12/lane-kiffin-gives-up-vote-in-coaches-poll/57018704/1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I volunteer Nick Saban for that head-2-head shit stain comparison.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no way man. Kiffin is half his age and is already a HUGE shyster. I'm sure he'll refine and deepen his skillset until he reaches the same age as saban.

    Gotta give it to kiffin on youthful exuberance alone.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Saban gets some sort of crapfull award for telling the LSU student base that he cares for them and the program, and is committed to staying - then leaving for the Tide, a conference rival, the SAME WEEK.

    I mean, that's like....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P5pmkJzAjo

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I totally get it GP, and agree... I just think Kiffin is so young and has so so so much potential to do much more damage throughout the breadth of his future career.

    It’s like the guy was raise by Ellison himself and grew up at Oracle. Asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ellison! Count Dooko himself....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's plausible that he could grow up.

  • Damn: http://tracking.si.com/2012/08/13/nnamdi-asomugha-eagles-injury-training-camp/?sct=nfl_t2_a4

    I do believe the eagles will be dangerous this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    People have been saying that for years now.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Honestly, they are competitive every year. Even last year when didn't exactly post a stellar record, they weren't an opponent anyone could just sleep on. That whole division is like that - for a long time none of those teams had a truly poor year. The Redskins are slipping now, but they're doing everything they can to get good again quickly.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The Eagles suck. .

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'm really not worried by a team that has Vick as its starting QB. I do like what they did with their off season, especially the capture of Ryans at LB for a ham sammidge, but Vick is too brittle and stupid. When he goes down on a scramble and i lost for a month the Iggles will flounder.

  • I just thought of something. It's just about a year ago that Brian's mom passed away. Do any of you think that he wanted to take some time to go to New Mexico to pay his respects and be with family before the season starts? Just a thought since they said he needed to take care of some personal business.

  • Brian's mom died (I'm pretty sure) on 13 Sept 2011 so the timing is not quite there. Not to say you're wrong Sac - I thought your comment pretty damn perceptive.

  • for what it's worth: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/08/12/mmqb/2.html

    (hint: not much)

  • Uuuuummmm.. yes please! (from king's piece linked above)

    "I was young at one time. I've made some mistakes. Like I've been saying, I've made some mistakes in my life and I've moved on from them and I wish that everybody would, also. I've put those things behind me and I'm just focused on being a better person and moving forward in life ... If I don't play football, let it be because I can't perform physically, not because of what my past has been or what somebody has said. The crazy thing about it is nobody's even seen me or seen the kind of shape that I'm in. I just want to get out on the football field and get back to dominating my position.''

    -- Free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress, to KILT radio in Houston via sportsradiointerviews.com. Burress, who turned 35 Sunday, has watched Randy Moss, 35, and Terrell Owens , 35, get chances to play in San Francisco and Seattle, respectively, and is frustrated no team has given him a chance to show he can play."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Miami should offer him Johnson's spot. Good for Hard Knocks, and basically trades one problem child for another. Difference is, after seeing what happened to the last guy, he'll seriously be on his best behavior.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    There's no way his agent isn't jacking his price up. Someone would take him otherwise...I gotta believe that.

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    Willie, regarding the league, you know anyone who would be interested if no one else joins?

    Also, over the next week I will be putting together a Pick 'em League. Michael L (who seems to have disappeared) introduced us to it last year and it's very good.
    If you are unfamiliar with how it works, each week you pick against the spread using 'confidence points' from 1-16. For example, in week 1, if you think 100% that the bears will beat the colts AND the spread, you give them 16 points. You then predict the rest of the games, but you can no longer use 16. Then for every pick you get correct, you are awarded the corresponding point total. Person who has the most points at the end of the season wins.

    To join, simply go to the link below, click on 'Join a Group' and then enter the ID and password given below. Again, I will be posting this over and over until the regular season starts

    group ID: 19489
    password: jwebbnation

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    What "link below"?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Ah, apologies,

    http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Re: auction league - We've filled it up! Just waiting on Osos to join.

    Tobias, if we can find another guy to join, we can go to 12 teams...

    GP, this has to be your cup o tea with the finance thing and all... Whaddayasay?!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Do you re-pick every week?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Is this on the ESPN web site?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No, you draft your team for the year at the start of it.

    And yes, on ESPN. You can do a mocky mock if you wanna see if you like the format... I like it, but it might not be for everyone.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    How do I search on ESPN for the league?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you will have to email me or willie or give us your email address here. We have to send invites by email, as it is a private league.

    you can email me at dylmar1@gmail.com

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Here's the link, but I don't know if you can see it...

    http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=163407&teamId=3&seasonId=2012

    It's a 10 team auction league with standard scoring and salary - $200 for typical roster.

    You can find a 10 team auction mock draft here:

    http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/mockdraftlobby

    Gives you an idea on how it works... basically, let idiots pay $75+ for Arian Foster, et al... Come in and swoop Forte for $30. Or drop big dough on the big names, fill the squad with $1 budget players.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    pretty optimistic if you think you'll get forte for $30 in our league...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Link works but the league is full.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    re GP, try again, I extended the league. If you can't join, then let us know.

  • How does the Fantasy Auction league work?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Never mind:
    http://www.kffl.com/a.php/90714/512/nfl/Introduction-to-fantasy-football-auction-leagues

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Tobias Beecher, if you want a spot - let me know. We can probably get a 12th team in the next 2 weeks.

    We're at 10 right now.. assuming OsosFan accepts the invite.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I extended the league to 12, that should create space for GP and TobiJ. A poll is up to determine draft time as well. It will be on a sunday. We can run a mock draft before hand if anyone wants to learn how the process works.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Sorry about that. I just joined! I will need a couple to get used to the site but it should be fine. Thanks

  • You know, I don't believe anyone has commented on the picture that Jeff chose for this thread. My entry for the caption contest is would be in one of those clouds with bubbles leading to it that the comics use for silent thoughts. And it would be coming from Urlacher's head saying:

    "You're fucking kidding me, right Coach?"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm sure I'll lose this contest, btw.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Lovie: "Yeah, i remember Jenny from the Rams SB party. She could suck a living room set through a keyhole."

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    "Whoa.... Nyquil makes the scoreboard lights dance..."

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Lovie: "Oooh! Man Brian, we've got a keeper here in DeCicco, you better watch your back..."

    #54: "Oh Lovie!"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    "So Coach, are you going to kill Martz or am I going to have to do it myself?"

  • "Coach - no matter how many times you look at the review, our offensive line still sucks."

  • I am watching the Pats/Saints game and I am shaking my head watching Chandler Jones at DE. Are you fucking serious that we had a chance to have this motherfucker on the Bears? Fucking Richard Dent incarnate.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    That's only half of what Bellicheat picked up.

    With Lach looking possible to miss games, how is Hightower looking right now?

    Talk about shoring up the D.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ring ring ring.....

    "Brackett residence Gary speaking"

  • hahahaha... Dave! Can't tell you how many times I thought that EXACT thing every time I posted and the page reloaded and the shit gnome code automatically takes me all the way up to the top again.

    I had the words, "Dude.... are you fucking serious!?!?!?" echo in my head.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4677053/injury-could-hurt-lb-dom-decicco

    ummm....sucking balls at football could also hurt Dom's chances of playing for the Bears.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    (Cancels Dominator Nation T-shirt order)

  • The Packers loss of Devon House is an equal injury to losing Bishop. House was the only guy who was going to legit cover BMarsh. 6'1" and 200, they have to replace him with 5'11" rook Casey Heyward.

    Seine, Starks and Kuhn all sidelined, and now Greg Jenning concussed, it's a bad camp so far. Any camp where you are forced to sign CedBen to shore up is a bad camp.

    Plus, of course, Philbin is a fish now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Marshall will look across the line at young Casey Heyward with a smile and with a quick look to Jay will proceed to embarass the young man....over and over and over and over until they over compensate. then the Earl, Alshon, Devin and Davis show will start.

  • So Bellicheat picks this guy up at the start of the season: a Clay wannabe and possible career underachiever who looks ready to bust out of the NFL. And the guy has been great in camp, may move into starting rotation and be a big contributor.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9604/bobby-carpenter

    Geno Hayes, it's your move...

  • Now I'm confused. Does little Timmy love Jebus with all his heart, or is he ACTUALLY Jebus?

    http://www.justjared.com/2012/08/14/tim-tebow-shirtless-for-gq-september-2012/

    Strike the pose, Timmy. Strike the pose.

  • Urlacher had surgery today on his knee. Should be back for the opener.

  • http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8268083/chicago-bears-brian-urlacher-undergoes-surgical-procedure-knee

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Sigh. I do not find the trend in this situation at all encouraging.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I agree Al.........100%

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    In reply to Albertintucson:

    Trend line is bad. I keep thinking even if the Bears had somehow made the playoffs last year, we wouldn't have had Urlacher. The news keeps getting worse about 54.

  • Ugh.

  • How does this happen once training camp starts, couldn't they have figured out his knew wasn't right during the off season? I don't think it's unrealistic to think he's going to miss the opener but also the Packers game 4 days later! WTF

  • First, they said "It's just a sprain"...
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    ...BUT, now Lach's getting "Scoped".
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    And the situation at Left Tackle...
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    ...sure ain't what we had hoped.
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    Burma Shave.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    tee hee hee

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Senor En Fuego: +1954 Blog points

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Actually, GP, 1952 points would be more accurate, if you get my drift...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    wtg, Al!

  • This is really interesting...hope he's right...must missed something in the MRI.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Those MRIs see a lot, but they don't always see it all.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    hopefully just cleaned out some scar tissue or loose cartilage....as Al posted earlier..."BIG" sigh!!!!!!

  • Arthroscopy for the knee is most commonly used for:

    1. Removal or repair of torn meniscal cartilage
    2. Reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament
    3. Trimming of torn pieces of articular cartilage
    4. Removal of loose fragments of bone or cartilage
    5. Removal of inflamed synovial tissue

    Hopefully either 4 or 5...ppppllleeeaaassseeee!!!!

    http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00299

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    6. Discovering that things are worse in there than expected.

    Sorry. Dr. Pessimist had to put his 2 cents worth in.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    yeah Al...I know that is a scenario, lets just hope it's not the one we are dealt....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I had #2 on the left and #4 on the right. #4 was nothing - #2 on the other hand...

    Honestly, I was expecting this. A thread or two ago I wrote that seven months ain't shit for rehabbing an injured knee. Seeing Urlacher full-time early in the season would have surprised me before this announcement, but now I'm thinking late October or November.

    From that same article:

    "Unless you have had a ligament reconstruction, you should be able to return to most physical activities after 6 to 8 weeks, or sometimes much sooner. Higher impact activities may need to be avoided for a longer time. You will need to talk with your doctor before returning to intense physical activities."

    Yeah, BU is an unusually robust specimen of our species, but the NFL is an unusually intense physical activity. We better hope the pass rush is insane this season. Eight weeks would put us into October.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    SC Dave..that's why I am hoping for #4 or #5..

    Can't say that I have had any of this but many friends & family have, and #1,#2,#3 are not pretty in any way....6 mths and more on these....6 to 8 weeks on #4 & #5...you timetable is right on target brah...and btw it's not a good timetable...these are all optimistic goals.....

  • dabearsblog: Who cares about the damn opener? Put Urlacher on the PUP if it means a healthier man come Week Seven.

    lunacy....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    fucking call Gary Brackett right now. I can't go through a full season with Nick Roach as my MLB. I just can't watch it happen. It is most unfortunate that this wasn't addressed 2 months ago to be safe.

  • Da Site calls it a "debridement procedure"... back in a minute with more.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Ce-Fi/Debridement.html#b

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Surgical debridement

    Surgical debridement (also known as sharp debridement) uses a scalpel, scissors, or other instrument to cut necrotic tissue from a wound. It is the quickest and most efficient method of debridement. It is the preferred method if there is rapidly developing inflammation of the body's connective tissues (cellulitis) or a more generalized alized infection (sepsis) that has entered the bloodstream. The physician starts by flushing the area with a saline (salt water) solution, and then applies a topical anesthetic or antalgic gel to the edges of the wound to minimize pain. Using forceps to grip the dead tissue, the physician cuts it away bit by bit with a scalpel or scissors. Sometimes it is necessary to leave some dead tissue behind rather than disturb living tissue. The physician may repeat the process again at another session.

    Read more: Debridement - procedure, blood, removal, pain, time, infection, cells, types, risk, Definition, Purpose, Description, Diagnosis/Preparation, Aftercare, Risks, Normal results, Alternatives http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Ce-Fi/Debridement.html#b#ixzz23XYtRHSt

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Debridement is #4 on lobo's list. My quick scan of sites indicates that this procedure is not really very useful at least in the context of osteoarthritis. While I obviously don't know what my right knee would feel like had I not had surgery, I can say that I have oft questioned how much good it actually did me. The NIH does not think much of it from the little I read.

    But I am not a professional athlete and ostensibly did't have surgeons with the same skill levels at Urlacher does.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave.......that's the pisser here...we are from the outside looking in...my gut tells me me that Lach thought he could take it...and as more and more signs pointed to the other..I think he finally reached a conclusion......surgery....

    I mean look at Ditka, Butkis..should I go on???? I think Lach was hesitant on the surgery..I know I would be when If I saw all these elder (old like me) players barely able to walk after how many surgeries?...

    I think this was Lach's choice not LDL or E-Train....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I agree, Lobo. My first draft of the post to which you just responded said exactly that - that Brian tried to go the route without surgery (i.e. the conservative approach) but the rigors of making real football motions, rather than just running and pushing weights around, forced a re-assessment.

    But I took it out because it's all speculative. :-)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    +1

  • Emery, who was hired on Jan. 28 after Jerry Angelo was fired, was asked why the procedure wasn't done sooner.

    "As far as the procedure to the knee, I wasn't here at the beginning of that," Emery said. "I saw Brian when I came into the situation as someone who was actively rehabbing and working very hard and felt good, so that looks like that decision was a good decision.

    ummm....it actually looks like a pretty poor decision Phil. He admitted he couldn't even play golf in May. What the fuck.

  • I can get to the Auction league via direct URL:

    http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=163407&teamId=3&seasonId=2012

    But it doesn't show up in search when I look for the name, so it makes it unpossible to join.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP - send me an email - eltrilliardo@yahoo.com

    I'll get you the invite.

    Not sure how else to get in, at this point.

  • Dear Fudgepeckers,

    Welcome to the world of the "Injury Bug" and relying on "Rah Roh" decision making...good luck with this;....hahahahahahahahahah

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/14/packers-dont-have-a-defined-role-in-mind-for-cedric-benson/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    They should use the role the Bears had for Benson. Sign late, be a jerk, be a cry baby, get arrested a couple of times and hit the street?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada...hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • If Urlacher misses any substantial amount of time then Cutty and the boys have to find that endzone and find it often. Shootouts will have to be won and they absolutely can be.

    Jay. Christopher. Cutler. Bring that fucking trophy home with Brandon, Alshon, Bennett and Forte.

    No Fear.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Terrified, aren't you?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    This is exactly what I have been saying! Without the mighty Brian Urlacher commanding the defense, it is even more pressure on the abilities of the leader Jay Cutler and his new horse Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte's health and strength of will will be more important than ever. For the defense, Lance Briggs and Charles "Peanut" Tillman will need to take the lead.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    You could post the cure for cancer on this blog and no one would fucking care dork.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    hee hee

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I don't know, Waffle - maybe he's an oncologist in his spare time...being a troll can't be all consuming. It's not like he's devoting every available brain cell in his teeny tiny cranium to this. (OK, so he probably is).

    Sorry, I caught my own typo.
    I meant, "proctologist".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Actually, within the context of the joke, you meant oncologist.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I realized later that he is probably more acquainted with his asshole than with cancer treatment.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Charles Tillman's nickname is peanut? Wow, thanks!

  • Still welcoming allcomers for the DBB Pick 'Em League. Find my posts above for info and a link to the league.

  • from today's practice:

    http://www.csnchicago.com/football-chicago-bears/bears-talk/Players-not-expecting-to-be-without-Urla?blockID=756715&feedID=10330

  • The best thing the Bears can do is plan to be without Lach and enjoy him for the games he is available. It sounds to me like even when he's healthy, he's not playing every down. So its time to start getting together a plan for running plays, passing plays, goal line, etc. that does not include Lach. If he's good to go, you plug him in and enjoy the results. If not, you're prepared.

    The worst thing the team can do publicly is say Lach is anything but ready to play. The worst thing the team can do privately is believe it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NBIT...well said....

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You got my vote on that NBT. They should've been doin this for a couple yrs now...Lach isn't immortal and he's reaching the "Golden Yrs" for a LB. But he's done well.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    For years two things needed to get done in Bears' world.

    1. Fire Angelo. (Emery I did not see coming)
    2. Where's Brian's replacement?

  • A season of Nick Roach in the middle.

    Ya boy....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hopefully he can carry whatever load the Bears need him to haul.

  • WTF? Only two teams in DYLbear's Pick'um league? No excuse why everyone can't be in this league. It only takes a few minutes a week and the season long smack-talk would make getting involved well worth it.

    http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/pickem

    group ID: 19489
    password: jwebbnation

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I'll try it again. Last year I had some trouble where my picks were in according to my computer, but didn't show up and got zero points.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Thanks for the plug EW, keep up the good work

  • http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2012/08/14/dont-supersize-me-12-year-old-boy-too-big-to-play-football-says-league/

    Maybe he can play inside middle linebacker for the chicago bears?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lane Kiffin is outside the kid's house right now with a bag of chocolates and a pen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahahaha!

  • Odd on LoveRod getting shitcanned at the end of the season?

    I'd put it at about 65% right now.

  • Bring me this shit back...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR77tr-1K0o

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Stuff NFL free agents say... By Spice Adams:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoXw17yIevI

  • In reply to Shady:

    wow, tht was like, sooooo last week. Maybe if you actually read the blog anymore. SMH.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're interrupting his weiner dog time.

  • for the beer lovers (MBP, Johnny, et al)

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/samuel-adams-fat-jack/

    Not a huge pumkin beer fan, but thought I'd post it anyway.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    will check it out

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Me neither - but no harm in trying a brew I haven't had.

    BTW, my daughter broke my bluetooth headset.
    Guess I might as well splurge and buy the Sony one now. Darn.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, were you a fan of Schell's when you lived in MN? Straight out of a fresh barrel, their Octoberfest beer ranks right up there with some of the best German varieties according to my taste buds.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Schell's Octoberfest was a requirement in my frat house when it was available. Used to get cases of the returnable bottles. In fact, I bet I'm going to be using one of them to move into my new house. Those things could survive a nuke.
    I never did get to visit the brewery but someday I will.

  • I believe if you look in the dictionary under the word, "Irony" you might find a link to this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/14/csanad-szegedi-jewish_n_1776617.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing11%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D192560

    Hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or this maybe: http://www.aol.com/video/hearse-driver-dies-taking-casket-to-funeral/517442416/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing11%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D192606

  • I've always been a fan of MJ...never saw anyone like him before on the court and as far as I'm concerned, never will again.
    But I remember reading the original story on his old HS coach in SI.
    And I don't understand what kind of bubble you can live in where you don't make the slightest effort to help this guy, whatever slight you may still be carrying with you.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/thomas_lake/08/13/letter-to-michael-jordan/index.html?xid=cnnbin

  • Hey look! We have our own landed gentry now, just like the Great Britain of old...isn't it precious?
    http://www.cracked.com/blog/introducing-two-wealthy-young-celebrities-you-will-soon-hate/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_campaign=new+article&wa_ibsrc=fanpage

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The first sentence of the first comment says it all:

    "I'd never heard of them until now...so first of all, thanks for giving them press."

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You could, of course, simply ignore them.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oh believe me - I do. I just find the whole thing disturbing.
    Then again, as much as our founding fathers disavowed British society, we've spent an awful lot of our history imitating it.

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