Emery's "Depth" Will Be Put to Test Down the Stretch

Emery's "Depth" Will Be Put to Test Down the Stretch

If the acquisition of Brandon Marshall for a couple of silly third-round draft picks were the only move of Phil Emery's first off-season as General Manager of the Chicago Bears, the off-season would have to be considered a success. Marshall is not only having the best season in the history of Bears wide receivers. He is having one of the great offensive seasons in the organization's history...period. And if the Bears can ever give the quarterback a few seconds to look down field, Marshall's numbers will have nowhere to go but up.

But Emery was also applauded for adding depth to the Bears roster in positions that had been somewhat neglected in recent years by the Angelo administration. He allowed Corey Graham to walk out the door but compensated for that loss by adding Blake Costanzo for special teams tackles and Kelvin Hayden for a veteran presence at corner. Knowing his linebackers were not the springiest of chickens, Emery brought in Geno Hayes - a well-regarded underperformer who would serve as a fourth outfielder of sorts for a unit sporting a pair of superstars. And while the Bears had utilized Danieal Manning and Earl Bennett in the past to step in for Devin Hester on returns, Emery collected Eric Weems - a terrific return man in Atlanta -  to add a spark and another body on the receiving corps.

Now with five days until a pivotal division tilt with the Minnesota Vikings,  Hayden, Hayes and Weems are all preparing to play starting/pivotal roles.

The Bears can not lean on the injury excuse should they fail over these final four days of the 2012 regular season. Losing Brian Urlacher or Tim Jennings or Devin Hester or Earl Bennett are not valid enough reasons for this campaign to be calebhanied into a redundantly painful death. Losing Jay Cutler is an excuse. Losing Brandon Marshall - 88% of their current offense - would be an excuse. And after watching him dominate Sunday I'm not sure losing Henry Melton would not be a a deathblow to the entirety of this defensive unit. But those three men will be on the field Sunday in Minnesota and most likely for the remainder of the year.

Emery has only had one off-season, it's true, and this season won't fall on him should the Bears fail to make the tournament. But the GM's ability as a talent evaluator will face scrutiny if players like Hayden, Hayes and Weems fail to produce down the stretch. And Emery's draft picks - especially McClellin, Rodriguez and Jeffery - will be pivotal in solidifying a roster than seems to be falling faster than the Yanks and Rebs at Gettysburg.

Championships are not won with roster depth. Teams need their stars to perform and perform well in the postseason if they want to be crowned Super Bowl champion. But seasons ARE survived with depth and the Bears may soon find themselves in need of survival. Will Emery's added talent be able to deliver? It is the question of December and its answer may determine whether the Bears are relevant in January.

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  • i'm not the first to think it, but didn't GB win the super bowl with about 37 players on the IR? if we can't make it to the playoffs at this point without a few guys for a few games, then we're in worse shape than anyone of us thought.

  • Exactly on GB. They muscled into the postseason as the 6th seed (I believe) and got a bulk of their players back. Bears need to do the same. Get into the tournament and see where you land.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Green Bay didn't really get anyone back in 2010. Well, they got Aaron Rodgers back, but everyone else was done for the year.

    This year, Green Bay SHOULD get a few key guys back, but this year the injury situation is even worse than 2010

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    it will be hard to win without cedric benson. he is a proven leader and an inspiration to every player who shares the locker room with him.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    hee hee

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Evan, are you really Cheech Marin?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    if i was do you think i'd be here hanging out with you moops?

  • Jeff, given you're uncanny ability to screw up a particular facet of a specific team's game with your Thursday night picks contest... I would hope you know better than to whip out your jinx machine like this -

    "But those three men will be on the field Sunday in Minnesota and most likely for the remainder of the year."

    C'mon!

  • I'll wait and see. Emery's attempt at getting a capable backup for Cutler? Looks like he screwed the pooch. I'd rather see McCown suited up than Cambell. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that his other signings fare better. Keep the faith brothers!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    As bad as the line played that day, I cannot as yet be too harsh on Campbell.

  • there is no depth on their team... none. zero. Angelo fucked us in the ass and will continue to do so for another 3-4 years.

    Emery has a very tough job ahead of him. He basically has to do fucking magic to sure up this completely and totally decimated roster before getting fired for not doing enough, fast enough regardless of how unrealistic and unfair that may be.

    btw, I still like campbell Murph... he was thrown into a pretty nasty scenario. the one game Carimi did his best J.Webb AND O.Pace impression (I mean, not like he was jason peterson before, but...)

  • Not sure if you've used it before, but that new verb (calebhanied) is quite descriptive - terrifyingly so, in fact.

  • I don't know if Campbell in a monsoon in one half against the Texans or with a swiss cheese O line aginst the 9ers is a fair assessment of Campbell's talent.

    With that being said, I love McCown's scrappiness and ability to scramble like a playground QB. When shit breaks down he just takes off like a 17 yr old running from a highschool kegger when the cops show up.

    My picks to click this weekend are Cutler to Marshall, Briggsy stopping the run and then Forte in the PASSING game.

    Also, let's not let Kyle fucking Rudolph and Carlson look like Gronk this time around.

  • and furthermore, tell my wife I will be at Buffalo Wild Wings again this weekend drunk as a polack on 3rd shift because I was there for the last Vikings game and we won. There has to be a correlation there.

    Killing the Vikes chances of tasting the post season while moving a step closer to glory is at stake this weekend.

  • I will be in Minneapolis for work next week so I am flying in early for the game. Tickets were ridiculous but the more Bear fans there the better. It is time for the offense to step up and carry the defense.

  • In reply to NY Bears Fan:

    boom

  • In reply to NY Bears Fan:

    Do the Vikings have cheerleaders?

    Are they all fat Minnesota types?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I will bring my camera with 300mm zoom and let you know.

  • In reply to NY Bears Fan:

    http://www.vikings.com/cheerleaders/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fresh.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    all imported for states that don't have 100% fat/ugly chicks I bet

  • Emery is in Cinderella mode, and will be for two more years. At least.

    Lovie has also, at least to Teddy Ballgame, delivered a winning season regardless of how this plays out. He's getting a new deal and coming back, so suck it up.

    Nobody ON the team thinks this is their year. That's the problem. They don't really WANT to win. They WANT to finish the season with some mode of respectability and go home and watch the playoffs on TV.

    That's what this team wants.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...you hit the proverbial nail on the head
    "Nobody ON the team thinks this is their year."

    "it's one game"
    "we are a good team"
    ..no the fuck you're not

    and I am so FUCKING SICK OF THE WORD "FINISH".........FUCK YOU LDL

    this is how you finish:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_pvKEfTDk4

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Now your just talking out of your filthy asshole. Your entire last paragraph is a pile of shit. Pretty sure the players want to win, you Jackass.

    A win this week against a fairly shitty team, with a real shitty qb will give us the opportunity to play for the division lead the following week. The players, especially the veteran defensive players, want to win. They've played their entire careers here and have been to the playoffs only a couple of times. They believe they can beat any team. And so should we. I'm entirely sick of the doom and the gloom around here. The passing game is starting to come around these past two weeks. If we can weather this storm of injures, we'll be right in the thick of things in the NFC playoffs, then who the fuck knows whats happens come January.

  • DaCoach...I wish I could see the optimism that you see...but or scenario isn't as "Rosie" as you paint it.

    WE NEED to "WIN OUT" all four games & hope that the fudgpeckers loose three:
    Lions
    Titans
    Vikings
    Bears

    . our four games are much harder than the fudgpeckers

    Vikings
    Packers
    Cardinals
    Lions

    either way we go one the road in DEC for the playoffs...not saying we can't

    but the so called 3rd quarter of LDL's season didn't shape up, 3 out of four losses isn't anything to hang your hat on.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    We have the same record as the Packers. Why would we have to win out and the fudge has to loose 3 of 4? Riddle me that, needledick?

  • It's Mr. Needledick.....

    right now the tie goes to the fudgpeckers...because of week two
    also we are 2-1 in the division they are 3-0 in our division...simple math

    pencildick

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    In Mexico, it's Senor de tamaño de aguja

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tee hee hee

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Si' Senor

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Monsignor needledick, when we beat them they won't have the tie breaker, or the better division record any longer.

    - golf pencil dick.

  • hahahahahahaha
    hahahahahahahahaha

    are you a
    Driver
    Wedge
    or a Putter

    God I hope you're right Coach because I likey your scenario better than the one I have in my gut.

    Monsignor Needledick

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    One more thing, my girth challenged friend. How is GB's schedule easier than ours? We're playing the same teams except they play Tenessee and we play AZ. Both teams are hot, stinky garbage, not unlike GP's unkept butthole.

  • Coach... you going to hang with us at all next weekend maings?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm definitely not going to the game unfortunately. What are you guys doing Saturday night? I have my annual gorge yourself on meat Xmas party with my highschool friends. I would be up for meeting up after dinner, and a healthy meat poop. If you've never been to fogo de chao I strongly suggest going.

    http://www.fogodechao.com/menu/dining-experience/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Went to the one in Kansas City - it was pretty fucking terrible.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been to one. Meh.

    I'm trying to eat as little red meat as possible these days.

    Yeah, let's def hook up sat night. Want to rage and hang with hot chi chicks.

    Have any suggestions for a bar to meet up at? Needs to be cool with hot wool.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and we're staying at the Hyatt Regency on wacker. They have a decent bar there to start things off.

    I'll be staying under my nom de plume: Dusty Bottoms

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Actually, I think I'll use Jack Burton this time around.

    I used DBottoms last time. Gotta keep em guessing.

  • HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    GB
    1.Pussies no W since 91' @GB
    2.Bears AWAY
    3.Titans HOME
    4.BiQueens AWAY Tinker-dome

    CB
    1.BiQueens AWAY. Tinker-dome
    2.FUDGE HOME
    3.AZ AWAY
    4.Pussies..AWAY

    Homecooking is always better for the BEARS...we don't have that...do we?????

    and as for GP's Bunghole...Wow....
    I got nothing...hahahahahahaha

  • Lol, tough blog.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dGOfFbzvq4

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Crunch I guess I'm more this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hea6JNK6ks

    hahahahahahaha

  • One would hope they want to win. Urlacher wanted to win, because I think - despite what he said publically - that this was his last year.

    My opinion isn't some uninformed, filthy dirty John Travolta bath house unkempt asshole excretion crawling with the AIDS bug, either.

    It's shared by Alex Brown, who openly questioned the team's heart on the radio following the Seahawks loss. He openly asked if they really thought they could win, or they were just collecting paychecks. And don't get me started on Buffone. If mine was manure, Buffone opened the sewage pipe on the team and gave the valve a big heave-ho.

    It's not wrong to question this team, or even the player's heart and commitment to win. Not when it's plain to see (to everyone, including you) that guys like Hester have checked out and have no fire.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 on the Travolta/bath house aids remark. Top notch!

    Your big source is Alex Brown? He's not exactly an insider any more. He does the exact same thing that I do for a living, for one of my competitors. I've directly competed with him on accounts before. He's not an insider. He's a freight broker, just like my dumb ass. His attitude was questioned just about his entire career here. So he has no room to talk. Maybe thats how he would feel if he was on the team, but not the guys that are out there.

    I love Doug Buffone. Love the guy. But he's lost his mind completely. He probably had upwards of 30 concussions in his very long and cave-man like career. Plus, him and OB get shitfaced during the game so his commentary is erronious to say the least.

    I'm not saying we shouldn't question the team. We should. But the way the mood on this blog has shifted over the past 3 weeks is fucking ridiculous. We should still be optimistic about our chances for the division. Everyone seems to be throwing in the fucking towel. I for one will not. Not until the morbidly obese lady belts out a tune from the depths of her ample moose knuckle.

  • I'm with ya, Coach.

    I'd be lying if I was as optimistic as I was earlier in the season. But that's because of injuries more than anything else. It's certainly not heart that I'm questioning. That's just plain ridiculous.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree with you GP.

    I think the injuries have made the players think, "fuck it, we're all injured... we're out"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    An NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint. This team has faced some adversity on the injury front and is in the first year of yet another offensive system.

    The offensive line is still no good, and special teams have fallen to the middle of the pack. And Tice has yet to figure out how to use Matt Forte to his potential.

    And despite all this, the Bears are 8-4. Two more wins will get them to 10-6 and it would be virtually impossible to not get a playoff spot with that record. Then the sprint starts, and we will see what this team really has. Can they be *consistently* good enough to advance to the big dance?

    Honestly, expecting the defense to continue what they did in the first half of the season all year was a bit utopian. They are beat up, and it was insane there for a while.

    It's time for the offense to step to the plate.

    It has been a long time since the offense had all skill players in place. We all would love to see Marshall, Jeffrey, Bennett, Forte, and Cutler at 100%, but after sixteen weeks of gridiron brutality that is not to be expected. We can, however, hope to see them all playing at as full a capacity as the rigors of an NFL season allow.

    And if that happens, I like our playoff changes - I really do.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    chances...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I think that was a balanced and fair assessment Dave

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Maybe we can go "Kurt Warner Cardinals" on this thing. A 10-6 team nobody thought was shit gets hot hot hot in the playoffs and springs some double square ninja shit on defenses that they just have not seen before.

    Cutler is every bit Warner's equal. I'd put Wisenhunt ahead of the Lovie krew, and have Fitzgerald and Marshall as a tie.

  • Though I do agree with most of your points Jeff..the fact remains we have NO DEPTH on the Offensive Line. It's about as solid as a rotten tree in a hurricane right now. Anyway you slice it you have to have a solid O-line to win the big one not to mention the playoff games. Emery did nothing to fix it in the draft so I'm not sure how to grade him. Sure the Marshall acquisition was awesome but it's as good as it's going to get in regards to our line...

    I'm not counting us out by any means but again the reality of it is depressing.

    BEAR DOWN.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    The O line is not great. But to say they have no depth is inaccurate. They just played one of the best defenses in the NFL with what is effectively their fourth and fifth guards and backup right tackle. Cutler was kept upright and had a better pocket to throw from than we've seen all year. If that doesn't constitute depth, what does?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    you have GOT to be shitting me dude. seriously.

    smh

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    :Not shitting you. Players got hurt or quit and the line got better. Isn't that depth? I'm not saying this is a top half of the league line. But how many teams can lose three guards, move a tackle, and still protect the quarterback against the Seahawks? I know its easy to bitch about the line this year, but the backups to the backups did fine Sunday. Disagree?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Here's where you're onto something:

    The difference in talent/ability/execution between the 1st and 2nd string on the O-line is negligible.

    But that's not a compliment to the 2nd string.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    exactly... you're missing the forest for the trees my man.

    They're all sheite. Bottom line. (see how I did that)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Possibly. We'll have to see how the last four play out. I admit this version of the line may turn out to be really bad. But I was encouraged by what I saw Sunday.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I did not see the game, but I am encouraged by what I heard about the pass protection.

  • I'm with Coach.

    GP and Lobo, you are as wrong as two boys fucking (not that there is anything wrong with that...it's just a really good figure of speech that I will not retire).

    The Packers (and they know it) are on the ropes. True, we have a Freshman OC who is finding his way, and our D has been humbled.

    We are a week and a half away from turning the tide...if Cutler stays healthy, we will beat them.

  • In reply to Viva:

    For the record, I think we can win against both the Vikes (who actually have to call on Shabba as a legit threat, remember when we called on Shabba as a legit threat?) and the Packers who are wiped out with injury.

    10-6 is doable.

    It's that I don't think this team thinks - deep down - it can beat the Giants or the 49ers.

    And, if Da Coach does a Fogo deChao meat poop, he will have the dirty asshole, and you can add that to your list of Buford T. Justice sayings.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So, you think we can beat the vikings and the packers, but not AZ and DET? For an intelligent fella, your a real dumb ass.

  • So none of us really saw the OT of the last game where our D shit their pants and then watch a rookie run

    THE FULL FUCKING LENGTH OF THE FUCK FIELD AND SCORE ON OUR FUCKING ARSES!!!!!!!!

    o btw...then the SF game was just a hiccup?????

    yes. I want to go to the SB...but we have one hell of a fucking hike to get there...and our D is now a question...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and before any of you go ape shit...the D was beaten down by our O not getting third downs...and as LDL put's it so well "FINISHING"

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    So far as I can tell, the D was beaten down by letting the Seahawks convert a bazillion third downs.

  • BTW, unless you see the epic meal time guy and go "yum" and not "heart stoppage", you may wish to avoid a Fogo run. If your idea of good is meat wrapped in bacon and dipped in butter then fried again until it's very existence is like kryptonite to Ditka's ticker - that place will fucking kill you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Last time I went I whacked down 9 lamb chops, along with a sampling of just about every other piece of delicous meat they have there. I met the Fridge at Fogo once. I shook his hand, it was like I was shaking 5 bratwursts.

  • All this coded gay language on the blog reminded me: Harbaugh should maybe have taken a pass on the Tom Cruise look

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FIR8EW3riZc

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and I thought he looked more like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHFnc_eV4Lg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And that was more wrong than a Dustin Diamond scat play video. Hey who wants to get Screeched?

  • don't you love it when guys who played untra nerds on TV try to get all cool later?

    http://www.syfy.com/totalblackout/article/host

    ...did Iiiiiii dooooo thaaaaaaaaaaat!?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you're welcme GP

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Danke Schoen.

    As reward, there is this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhBjvQ4Z6jw

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that SO looks like him

  • or maybe this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=gKAC69mGJYw&feature=endscreen

  • this.... might just be.... one of the greatest pics on the innerness: http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201212/121205.09.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Should have put a little "12" sticker on the cheese-colored sponge.

  • this is for Johnny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GbycvPwr1Wg

  • "While the two wideouts were back in action, two more were missing. As expected, Earl Bennett was sidelined with a concussion. Marshall sat with an unknown ailment and it should be noted doctors and trainers did examine one of Marshall’s knees during the loss Sunday at Soldier Field to the Seattle Seahawks."

    fuck

  • Greetings from Ft Myers Beach Bitches! I don't think anyone has given up (except Skunk) but it's hard to be over confident after a major beatdown and a meltdown for the ages. Our running game is awful, ST's slightly better than avg and our D banged up and ineffective. Roach will be an upgrade over #54 but Hayes is a huge down grade. Peppers is either really banged up or he's in check collecting mode. Chicken Dinner scares no one and Izzy is on his way out. Briggs is beat up and his speed is in question. Peanut has lost a step with the injury and Jennings will be out for a few games. FUCK!

    I still think we beat the BiQueens just to get back at the drunken hillbilly. I'm guessing we lose to the Fudgies because we always do. The AZ game is the season. That's the type of game none of us see coming and we get pantsed. The Kitties will already be kicking it in the Carribbean when we play them. 10-6 should get us in but it's not like the BiQueens or the Kitties are sure wins.

    #54 has been a shell of his former self all year. That's the reason we've been playing that single high safety most of the year. He can't cover the deep middle anymore.

    Let's not get too worked up over Emery either. Brandon was the best off season move in the entire NFL. However, after that, not so much. Bush is an upgrade but at an exorbitant cost. Same with Campbell. Can't say any other moves in FA were anything to shout about. His draft so far has sucked moose wang. Chicken Dinner isn't all that. I love Jeffery but would love him more if he stayed on the field. Hardin, uh no. Rodriguez? Is he really better than Clutts?

    Not saying we can't turn it around. Also, it's way too early to judge Emery on his draft picks but the early returns aren't encouraging. His moves in FA weren't exactly magic either. Gotta love the Brandon trade!

    It looks like Hayden starts for Jennings and DJ moves back to nickel. Like a lot of other people I'd rather see Thomas at SLB than Hayes.

    Hope we smoke the BiQueens and someone fucks up the drunken hillbilly.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    How long are you down here for CB? Me and Devin Hester's family are due east of you on the other side (West Palm Beach area)...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm here until next Tuesday. It rained today and I still loved it. We've had at least 6 inches of snow on the ground in Calgary since the middle of October. Needless to say, that's sucks moose wang!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I don't know. I've been down here ten years and I'm beginning to think I might be willing to trade you even up a South Florida summer for a Chicago winter. The heat and humidity are relentless plus I can't do a thing with my hair....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Visions of Robert Plant with stringy hair....

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    nice canada. Enjoy my man.

    I'm 100% with you on the draft. I would have pick VERY differently in 1 and 3.. and would MUCH rather have Clutts. I am still totally and completely baffled by that move. Dumbfounded.

    Could have had C.jones and reilly (I think? Someone not hardin). Just don't really get it. If Emery doesn't blow me away this coming draft and FA I am going to build and launch the 'oh fuck, it's starting to look like we have angelo 2.0" bandwagon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I try not to get too worked up over the draft since I don't watch college ball. I also try not to play the woulda, shoulda, coulda game. However, ignoring the OL to pick a fairly pedestrian undersized DL (or LB if Lovie gets canned) seems foolish. I gotta admit McManis has played well on ST's so we at least got something for Clutts. I just don't get the Rodriguez pick. We have a crying need for a TE and he can't take away reps from KD? WOW! Who knows about Hardin? Our luck at picking injury plagued players is horrible. They just seem to continue down that path. Hope Hardin breaks that streak.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    While my football affection for Clutts was cemented by his block* that destroyed a safety 30+ yards beyond the line of scrimmage on the long Forte run, Tyler is the prototypical FB - a position long in disfavor in the modern pass-biased NFL. Hence the selection of Rodriguez did not surprise me.

    Evan is seemingly not big enough to play the standard strong-side tight end position. But it was easy to be impressed by his downfield blocking on the college highlight reels - something that could be enormously valuable if the Bears start using Forte out of the backfield properly. Good downfield blocking could turn many eight yard passes in forty yard gains. In other words, the Bears need to put him in a position to succeed - something that the franchise has never seemed to be able to do with offensive football players with any consistency.

    It is way too early IMO to give up on McClellin. As was posited by several of us all the way back to draft day, he may well be here to replace Urlacher - it's possible we may see him at Mike before the end of the season, at least on spot duty. My belief is that Shea is more likely to be a LB if Lovie stays; we don't have a giant blob monster to play a 3-4 nose tackle, and physically Shea appears to offer much of what BU did.

    * Top three block in the last four years, along with Bennett v. Ryan and Hester v. AJ Hawk.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I haven't given up on Chicken Dinner but I just don't see him as a special player. Good motor and instincts but that's about it. I totally agree with ya about Rodriguez but am still baffled that he can't take KD's reps. He's smaller but a better blocker. He's supposed to be fast and he has to catch the ball better. If i never saw KD in a Bears uniform again I would be very happy. I think Forte is banged up and the OL isn't getting it done. If Bush was getting tons of yds I'd be more concerned about Forte.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Point taken on the KD thing, Canada. It may be just part of the personality facets that dictate positions in many an hierarchy, including football teams.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe these coaches and GMs can't see the forest for the trees Perhaps they should have a knowledgable fan or two with them on draft day just for a reality check. Couldn't hurt around here...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How are we still bringing up Clutts? 53rd guy on any roster, come on man.

  • Every little bit helps - Percy Harvin to IR:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8717215/percy-harvin-minnesota-vikings-not-practicing

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    wow... that whole team is now basically A.peterson.

    We have to beat the petersons this weekend boys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    With a dash of Rudolph...

  • I wonder if Emery can sell Cutler on taking less $$$ if they can sign some OL to long-term deals in the offseason. check this list out...there's NO excuse for Emery not to produce. sign 2-3 players off of this list, Cutler, & Melton...play ball.

    http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=OL&y=2013

  • http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-05/there-is-no-concussion-crisis-in-football.html

    Apparently a major study (using 85 players' brains) has concluded that concussions are not the cause of the chronic brain trauma effects we see in retired players. Even non-concussion related contact will do the trick. Here's the study the article references:

    http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/12/02/brain.aws307.full.pdf+html?sid=010b634a-f023-430f-8488-2d220d3300f3

    Will be interesting to see if other studies corroborate these findings.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    wow, that's a fucking bombshell. just wow.

  • "dabearsblog Percy Harvin is a damn good football player but what use is a guy who can't finish ANY season?"

    Ask Matt Forte

    (sorry dave)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Matt Forte played 16, 16, 16, 12, and 11 (of 12) games in his first five seasons.

    Percy Harvin played 15, 14, 16, and 9 (so far) games in his first four seasons.

    Perhaps there is a dabearsblog writer who might wish to check a fact or two before posting?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Daaaaaamn.

    (hanging my head in shame)

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