Marc Trestman Introductory Press Conference

Marc Trestman Introductory Press Conference

I will be at a funeral today so there will be very little updated information from me.

Marc Trestman will be introduced at the fourteenth head coach in the history of the Chicago Bears at 11 AM CT.

To watch the live video of the presser simply CLICK HERE.

To listen live there are multiple radio outlets available but the official Chicago sports radio program of DaBearsBlog is Waddle & Silvy on ESPN. To listen to their live audio simply CLICK HERE.

I don't expect much from press conferences such as these. I certainly don't expect Trestman to reveal anything by way of philosophy/scheme moving forward. But it should be interesting to see how the man holds up his first attempt before the Chicago media firing squad. How he handles them moving forward will be key to his survival in the city.

We are also still awaiting word on who will run the Bears defense in 2013. Brad Biggs and Jason LaCanfora are both reporting that Rod Marinelli is leaning towards leaving Chicago to be a defensive line coach in Dallas. Does this make sense? Of course not. But Marinelli may be acting out of pure loyalty.

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RIP Lindsay Gray, my old friend, my partner on walks to school.



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  • And so it begins.

    The Trestman Regime.

  • Condolences on your loss. Obviously, way too young.

  • If you're expecting fire and brimstone, don't tune in to the presser.

    If you're a connoisseur of Emeryish deconstruction, then tune in.

    Also, condolences Jeff.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Yup, R.I.P. whomsoever it may be ....

  • Sorry, Lindsay, didn't see the name there .. .R.I.P. Lindsay

  • Can't believe Marinelli would leave this D, this city, to just be a dline coach at Dallas. Stupid

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    dude fuck him. he's done. glad his ass is gone.

    new blood.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What's going on? Nothing about this on NFL.COM or the Trib!

  • If Marinelli really believes he is being loyal, he is mistaken, and an asshole.

    Oh Lovie got canned, I'm going to quit! I'm taking my ball and going home! Screw all the men on the team who think of me as a mentor and coach - I have to be loyal to that one guy instead of the ENTIRE DEFENSIVE GROUP.

    If Marinelli runs, I hope it's to Dallas. Anyone that shortsighted and immature deserves to work under Jerry. Enjoy that shit show of a front office.

    That being said, if Marinelli stays, then I think he does have his head on straight.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    If that's why Toub went then fuckim. What's this about Maranelli? There's nothing on the Trib ....

  • 2013 Prospects for the Bears at 20

    Yes, yes, it’s still 98days till the draft, Butch, aren’t you prematurely rosterbating?

    Why, yes I am. But I LOOVE football. I love all of it (except the losing). And I esp fancy the draft.

    I’m one of those guys who runs prospects in Madden through the combine to unlock their rating, (Actually, I just save the game and fast forward to the next season to see who I can steal in the 3rd).

    So, without further ado, here are some pre-combine prospects who ole Butch thinks can immediately step in and make a difference .

    1. ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia.

    From everything I read, he’s BETTER than Te’o. However, now that Te’o is going down in flames, Ogletree might not be there for us anymore. Damn, damn shame.

    2. G Chance Warmack,, Alabama.

    This is a MASSIVE man who swallows up anyone in his orbit like a blackhole. Many experts predict he’ll go Top 15 but every single year the top C/G falls to the 20s. Teams just get jumpy when the clocks ticking and always overreach for DE/CB/OLB rush lbs, leaving Warmack dangling for Emery to pick.

    3. S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas.

    Not often the top S can be drafted at 20, but this year that’s a real possibility because of the strength of other positions. He’s tall, rangy, and very athletic. Now, if you’re good with Wright (who has had 1 healthy season) or Conte (Remember how Peterson ran over and around him?), then this pick might be a luxury. However, if you want a true playmaking S (ahem, MB), this might be your guy.

    4. WR Keenan Allen, California.

    Now, I know what you’re screaming, ‘Really, Butch - a WR?!” But keep in mind we have a new sheriff in town whose playbook is as voluminous as Martz’ They also brought in a Saint O.C. and the Saints like the Pack stock pile WRs. Allen is a 6’2 215 4.40 WR who can blow the top off Ds and would excel in Trestman’s WCO. Also, riddle me this, what if (god forbid) Marashall or Alshon go down? If Allen gets drafted first, insert WR Coradelle Patterson here.

    5. G/C Jonathan Cooper, N.C.

    For all you wanting a Garza replacement, this might be your man. Warmack is too massive for C, but Cooper’s regarded as the 2nd best G can definitely man the position (He also grades higher than Barett Jones by many experts, though Jones has more versatility). He’s sort of a reach at 20, but hey, stranger things have happened.

    6. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame.

    Two words. KELLEN DAVIS. However, two other words Bear fans might keep in mind - Greg Olsen.

    7. OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

    I put him here last because he’s the most unlikely since teams before 20 are starving for OT, and Fisher is the last of 1st round worthy OTs. Supply and Demand. But hey, a gal can dream. OT D.J. Fluker is also a possibility here, but he’s more of a pure RT; plus, that would mean the Carimi experiment is likely over since he sucks balls at G.

    “According to the Pro Football Focus positional rankings, the top 12 rated OTs were all 1st or 2nd round picks, and 21 of the first 23 ranked players were all 1st or 2nd round picks.”

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    There are a lot of guys a lot more knowledgeable than me about professional football, evaluating pro talent and gauging future success.

    That said, I don't see how the Bears don't draft an OT in the first 2-3 rounds. Short of getting Clady or Long in FA/trade, there is NO WAY Emery & Trestman ignore LT. Maybe Trestman & Kromer can rehab Carimi into a quality RT--or, at worst, a quality OG. In fact, I'm expecting them to turn Carimi around and have him starting & excelling at RT or OG.

    Thus, LT is highest priority. Are Eric Fisher or DJ Fluker realistic targets? Oh wait, you put them up in your post, too. Yeah, I like Fisher. Think about all the new coaches & GMs drafting ahead of the Bears, though--what positions will they prioritize? Maybe Fisher falls to the Bears.

    OG? I don't see it being a priority--especially not in the First Round. Here are my thoughts (in general) about drafting OGs high: OGs can be made from guys who can't cut it as OTs (see: Williams, Chris; Louis, Lance; Carimi, Gabe). OGs are the lowest-paid, least-valuable players on the team. That's not to say that they aren't valuable at all--it's saying that they are the lowest priority. Thus, you don't draft an OG in the 1st round unless you're set at every other position, and that OG is heads and shoulders better than other options.

    In other words: fuck drafting an OG in the 1st round. Maybe even fuck 'em in the 2nd. Centers rarely go in the 1st, and they're more important/valuable than OGs. So go OT in 1st, and Center in 2nd.

    ILB? Yes, absolutely a priority. But will we get #54's replacement in the 4thd round? Dunno. Maybe Zaviar Gooden from Mizzou, but he's an OLB (can bulk up).

    TE? Yes, absolutely. But this is a deep FA class of TEs. Yes, the Bears will have to overpay a TE. But jeebus tebowing christ, Kellen Davis would've been overpaid at the league minimum, and he got a big, fat contract.

    Safety: DO NOT DRAFT A SAFETY. The ones the Bears have are fine if they stay healthy--and don't forget the Hawai'ian Beaver took a redshirt year. We don't need another mid-rounder who will ride the pine. You want ST bodies? Plenty of veterans will be available in FA because of all the coaching/GM changes.

    WR: The ONLY reason why I would even consider NOT going ballistic if the Bears draft a WR is the Knox situation. If Johnny Brokenback Mountain can come back at his full speed and without restrictions, the WR corps is set. If there's doubt, then take a flyer on the fastest guy in the draft. Who gives a fuck about his hands--get a new Willie Gault to stretch the field and give Beast, Alshon, and Allstate (Earl) room underneath.

    Here's a related question: where will Denard Robinson go? If he's a mid-rounder, he might be the next Devin Hester--but with throwing ability and more comfort playing offense.

    So, to summarize, my draft priorities are:
    1) OT
    2) C/OG*
    3) TE
    4) ILB*
    5) WR**

    * C/OG and ILB can flip depending on who's available and the status of Urlacher
    ** WR might move up depending on a) Knox's status; b) Urlacher's status; c) what success the new regime has in re-building the OLine in FA and in earlier rounds

    Final draft thought: STAY AWAY FROM TE'O. Regardless of whether he was duped or he was part of the hoax, there is something seriously wrong there. Sure, he would be a steal in the 3rd, but he's not gonna drop that far (he'll be a Raider or Bengal if he falls out of the 1st). Sure, he might have 1st round talent, but I wouldn't bank on his character at this point. If I were a GM interviewing him, my first and only question for him regarding the whole deal would be, "How will you become a better person?"

    I'm already sick of the coverage. Let's just drop it until Te'o explains himself and any relevant investigations are concluded.

  • Nah, you don't draft a HOF replacement for Lac - which is what we want, right?- in the 4th round ....

    Jerry Asshat has left us with urgent priorities at C, LT and MLB. All need to be top drawer, it's just not fixable in one draft, can't do it.

    And this is sad - the NFL Cheerleaders probowl. A bunch of scary lookin' white chicks ... with the only chocolate on the menu being Warren Sapp hawking something in the middle. Disgraceful. It's like a KKK calendar.

  • Irish, that's what I'm saying. There's no way you get #54's replacement in this draft unless Ogletree falls into Emery's lap.

    You take a flyer on a MLB/ILB prospect in the mid-to-late rounds, hoping you find a diamond in the rough, and/or to get a guy who can contribute down the line on D and immediately on ST.

    MLB is not the be-all, end-all of this defense or a 4-3 in general. The Bears did just fine with Dante Jones in the middle. You know, the guy who took over for HoF Samurai Mike. The defense just looks/plays different without a MLB running sideline to sideline and playing deep third on passing downs. Kuechly doesn't/wouldn't run like Urlacher, and I think he would've been a fantastic replacement.

    In other words, if a there's a MLB/ILB available in the 4th who grades out higher than the best, say, DT or RB available, then you take the LB. Simply put, BPA, but prioritizing LB.

  • It's the history of the position though, it's not just any position we're talking about here. The Mike in Chicago has to be iconic. Linebacking is what we do. I don't want the situation at Mike that we had at QB after Jimmy Mac.

    No scrubs at C or LT either ... but that's a lot of fixin' ...

  • Tomczak and Harbaugh didn't suck, Irish...

  • As crazy as this might sound Irish, we CAN actually fill C, LT AND MLB this year.

    However, it's IMPERATIVE to get Long in such a scenario (or Clady, Albert).

    That fills the LT.

    We can then get Ogletree at MLB - a converted S who is 6'3 235 (sound familiar?)

    That fills the MLB.

    Then, in the second, we can get a quality G/C like Travis Swanson or Larry Warford, or maybe Barret Jones even drops to the 2nd.

    That fills the C/G.

    Then, anything after that is gravy. We can easily draft a slot WR or project TE in the 4rth, and round out the rest of our roster with BPA.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    When is Von Miller's contract up?

  • Ha.

    Keep dreaming, Irish...

  • Burfict. Undrafted. Makes 127 tackles as a rookie. Good for the Bungles.

  • Burfict, major character issues. 31 teams took a pass. I wouldn't be surprised if he flames out.

  • Knox is never playing football ever again. He can't even run on a treadmill with a brace hanging from the ceiling. It's over. Stop it.

  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to Waffle:

    He would be an idiot to ever play again.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to SC Dave:


    A non weight-bearing part of the vertebrae was fractured, and the disc was blown. Docs fused the two vertebrae. The fused area is literally stronger and less likely to fracture than any other part of his back now.

    It was a freak injury, and he cannot reinjure the fused vertebrae short of lightning striking twice and being in the exact same position, but with a greater load on that part of his back.

    A year after my back surgery, I ran a 32-minute 10K--pretty good, considering even when I ran track in high school I never ran that far all at once. Three months after my cervical fusion, I was back to running.

    If that's not good enough for you, another guy who had two vertebrae fused in his spine started 17 games a year after his surgery.

  • Johnny Knox was not a good WR it has to be said.

  • In reply to Waffle:


    I remember wondering why they kept him on the team, and I think it was the McCaskeys trying to be good people and provide for him medically.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Honestly, that's a pretty stupid thing to think.

    Even if no one on the team realistically thought he could play again, if they cut him before his recovery is done, they're on the hook for not only the rest of his contract, but the lifetime value of his football career (i.e., they'd owe him an injury settlement that was a fair compensation for the pay he'd miss out on for the rest of his career). Granted, they have insurance that foots a large part of that bill, but still... you wait until a doc makes a determination about the player's fitness to play before you make any roster move.

    Just like any other job. You get hurt on the job, your company wants the final prognosis before they make an injury settlement.

  • Did Jeff just catfish us? I will assume not as that's pretty dark.

    No Such Dame....err... I mean Domer central stated they believed Teo because if they didn't then they would be in NCAA violation for not pulling him for the NC game. He lied and used the story to try and win the Heismann.

    Anyway just another way the Dome has sunk even lower. The place is as bad as Pedo State

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wouldn't go that far labeling ND comparable to what happened at Penn State. People were actually physically and emotionally abused and hurt from the Penn State scandal. The Teo thing does not really affect anyone....and the Heisman as of late has just become an overdramatic, over-hyped award ceremony. Lying or not, I'm just surprised no one thought to look into the names that are involved with Teo's life in the first place considering how voracious the media can be with getting every detail out of star athletes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude. As bad as P State? You didn't mean that.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'm combining the crass complicit aspect of knowing on Dec 26th that Teo's story was bullshit, and ALLOWING Teo to go on tv and KEEP TELLING THE STORY ABOUT THE DEAD GIRL WHO WAS FICTIONAL - all because if they didn't, he couldn't play in the game because it's an immediate NCAA suspension, which

    is it as bad as covering up for a Pedo coach? No. Not that bad.

    Combine that with ND's decision to COUNTER-sue the family that sued Notre Dame because they allowed their son to go up on the crane on the windy day that blew over and killed him, they counter sued the family on a legal technicality - and I would say at least from the PR standpoint - ND is pretty bad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And my theory on WHY Teo did this is this:

    He's gay.

    And the whole story of the fictional dead GF who you just can't get over who is really some buddy of yours in California making it all up is easier to deal with when you are partying with your team mates and everybody is wondering why you won't take the BJ from the smoking hot blond cheerleader - that pretending your too emotional is a great sidestep for stuff like that, a get out of jail free card.

    That's my theory. I think Teo's world is collapsing right now. And, if I were Trestman and he dropped to the Bears for pick in the 1st round - I'd pass. Not the least of which is how badly he got blown up by Bama.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You may be right - but I doubt it. I think it's more likely he was a naive idiot that got taken. Doesn't make him any less stupid, but quite a bit more sympathetic. I don't get the Penn State comparison, even if it does turn out he was in on it, and I am pretty sure we have similarly strong feelings on that institution.

    And as to him getting blown up Bama, look at the timing on when the hoax was evidently revealed to him.

    You think it's a coincidence that this came to light the day after Christmas? A little more than a week before the national title game?

    Vegas, baby, vegas.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "Naive idiot" doesn't explain his repeated, detailed, and willful lying about everything.

    He was either duped and then bought into the hoax-as-promotion (in which case he's stupid and greedy), duped and then extorted (in which case he's stupid and easily intimidated--because if he's hetero what would he fear other than the truth that he had been fooled by people with criminal intent?), was in on the whole thing from the beginning (in which case he's very greedy and stupid enough to not realize people would figure out, eventually, that his dead girlfriend never existed), or he's gay and was extorted.

  • Have you read the Deadspin article in detail recently?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Te'o might be gay too. Just a lot of rumors flying around about that. I mean, when was the last time someone accused a badass MLB of being gay? Where there's smoke, there's fire. Reminds me of a guy in HS who we thought was in the closet. One day, he even had a hickie, and we're all, "Who gave you that?" - "Oh, my girlfriend. She goes to another school. You wouldn't know her."

    I actually think that if Te'o did come out of the closet that would actually benefit his draft stock as weird as that sounds. I think the media would be a lot more forgiving about a college student struggling with homosexuality in an ultra-masculine sport (a mormon at a catholic school, no less).

    Te'o would instantly become the Ernie Banks of this generation to the media.

    I still wouldn't want him on our team - not because he's gay, but because the daily shit storm from social-political-religious pundits surrounding such a player would be too much of a distraction for a contending team.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Jackie Robinson, duh.

    Must have Cubs on my subconscious, which is scary.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    "daily shit storms" can make a team rally together.

    See Colts, Indianapolis for one example.

    Though as a rookie drafted to replace the team's cornerstone defender, there would be a lot lower probability the team would rally together around Te'o

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's a good theory. It would also shed some light on why a devout Mormon would go to a Catholic school, and could explain his willingness to go on with the charade: he originally made up a "beard," was found out by Tuiasosopo, and then they ran a game on him in hopes of extorting him later. The story was their effort to pump up his image.

    That would be the least sordid way this hoax would play out. So naturally, now it's got me hoping the guy is gay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What about round two?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Doesn't that just mean he becomes better value in the draft though? Once upon a time Burfict was touted as top ten ... how low will Manti go? He told a lie ?? A significant number of these guys are rapists, drunk drivers and wife-beaters. He's guilty of making something up? That we could live with.

    Can he read the game and smack the shit out of the ball-carrier is what I want to know.

  • I don't care that he lied, i care that what's clear now is that the whole thing fucked the kid in the head and he played like shit. Exposing a basic fragile nature and concerns he can't handle the NFL.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I actually think that if he can pull his shit together for the combine, that he'd be the last person I would expect to be a fuck-up in the NFL.
    I mean, would he let his guard down again to anybody? Fuck, I'd be more worried he'd turn into a Howard Hughesian figure.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude. A gay linebacker? "There's nothing wrong with being gay" ... and all that .... but middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears? Wow. Cheesy would have a field day.

  • Why? Nothing Clay Mathews loves more than sucking a little cock. That's how he pulled his hamstring. Rodgers, Raji . . . . . . All those guys. Sometimes Stafford flies in for it. That's how you know shit's gonna get nuts.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    See that Cheesy? GB 'backers LOVE the cock.

    Anyone see the twitter feed on the presser? Cheeseheads all watching it and chiming in. "GB are the most storied franchise blah blah blah"

    Cheeseheads watching a Bears presser ... on

    Think they're worried yet?

    Fkn better be .....


  • I wonder what kind of trash an openly gay LB would talk to the other team...

    Maybe not different at all.

    Maybe completely gay chicken.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    absolute lunacy to think this is on par with systematic child rape and consequent cover up. CHILD RAPE. Jesus.

  • Condolences on your loss, Blogfather. Take comfort in knowing that you will never walk alone.

  • Let me add my name to the people who think Rod is worse than a fool to leave the Bears out of spite. He will never have it as good as he does here. Who does he think he is anyway? Are the players going to quit now too?

    If I were Lovie I'd be feeling pretty dumb right now. All you had to do is get a decent OC. Now no one wnats you for HC. I read he wanted Trestman originally but got Shea instead. Have to wonder how different it would all be.

    That said, I sure hope we don't do a 180 - great offense, lousy defense and ST - can't make playoffs.

    We;;, you can't have everything but I hope he has a great D-mind on his list.

    Condolences, Jeff.

  • In reply to BillW:

    It wouldn't be out of "spite." It would be because in a house cleaning of all his colleagues, he would feel some loyalty to them. And, given how Rod conducts himself and how he teaches/coaches his players, loyalty is a pretty significant element of his character.

    I can't blame him if he leaves.

    I'd prefer he stays, though. Especially because Rivera isn't available.

    But who knows? Maybe Coach Trestman, Esq. has a good defensive coord in his pocket.

  • I don't blame Marinelli, and particularly Toub, one bit for leaving.

    If Rod wasn't going to be comfortable working for Emery after Lovie's departure, fine.
    If Toub wasn't going to be comfortable working for Emery or Trestman after getting passed over for the HC position, fine.

    I still want us to kick their asses next year but I bear neither guy ill will.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't bear Lovie ill will either. He was a good defensive guy and player's coach. He needed a good, independent OC with veto power.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I don't bear him ill-will, really, either but out of those three guys, he's the only one that had control over how this played out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You never really know what you have til it's gone. Emery and Trestman are going to have to pull out all the stops, or this whole thing is going to turn into the mother of all clusterfucks.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    What you said, man. Let's hope the grass is indeed greener here.

  • Here is Lindsay's obit, if anyone wants to send flowers

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The family is asking for donations to the National Brain Tumor Society in lieu of flowers. Lindsay Gray raised over $40,000 before her death. She was a New Jersey State Trooper.

    Condolences, Jeff.

  • Trestman and his press conference in 90 minutes here:

    Ingest your 5-hr Synergy now and put your neck Lanyards on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

  • Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Jeff. Sounds like she was a fighter.

  • Marinelli out

    per Zach Zaidman from The Score.

  • Same here Jeff, wow only 30...that's young.

  • If Te'o is DUMB enough to have been "played" for 3 years is he SMART enough be the guy on the Bears' defense who , traditionally, calls the defenses...?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    See the ratio of players to paternity suits filed by strippers in the NFL (or even better, on our roster of linebackers).

  • Quic k Quiz -

    Destiny Newton is:

    A) Aaron Rodgers GF

    B) A porn star.

    C) A great name for a porn star

    D) B & C above

    E) A & C above

    F) All of the above

  • G) Colin Kaepernick's mother.

  • Presser is just about to start.

    Here's the Comcast Sports Net link:

  • Emery is at the podium.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Is he wearing a Lanyard? I had a bet on the lanyard.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The first thing Emery said was that he wasn't.

  • You're on, Trestman.

  • Jeebus, at times, this guy sounds like the guy who does the security announcements at Midway. Very strong Chicago accent in a lot of words.

  • I love Trestman's nerdiness. Look at that haircut!

    Nerd with giant schlong, obviously (wife is way too hot).

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Motherfucking blog said I needed to wait for administrative approval before the above comment would be posted.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You must have been put on "The List" , Crunch.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You caught me. I'm that mystery date on M's list.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    M? I meant Emery. Mystery Date? Sometimes I don't think at all before I post.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Stop typing "schlong".

    maybe "Schlort"

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    As I and Speigel quickly noted, how about that comeover!

  • In reply to jack:

    combover. Maybe Spiegel said the other.


    Anyone tune in early? The microphone was on for a long time before somebody twigged. You could hear a few guys bitching, very clearly.

  • He even says "Bearssss"

    Though he'd better drop that "my beloved Minnesota Vikings" crap.


  • He had to say that stave off comments by Rosendoom that HE has the best job in sports.

  • ARGUABLY the best job in Sports?

    No Marc - it IS the best job in sports. Let's not start hedging already.

  • God damnit Marc...stop rocking back and retna's are getting tired trying to keep up!

  • Marc - pally - this is for you maing:

  • Just an observation.

    He looks more like "Professor" Trestman than "Coach" Trestman.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "we're going to work as hard in the classroom as on the field"

    Yeah, I think we're getting that...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He looks like he should be in an orange jump suit in shackles in a special section removed from gen-pop.

  • Yes.

  • Sipping water while Chris Hansen asks him, "So, why do you have a bag of condoms and a 6 pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade in your bag?"

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    I've been thinking that too. He looks like a guy that will put your head in his freezer. It's much worth with his hat off. Just keep the hat on and we're good to go.

  • "treat the press with truth and integrity"
    "compete every day for positions on the field"
    "peer to peer pushing"
    "humble and disciplined, no-nonsense"
    "daily sense of urgency"

    These seem directed squarely at Lovie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    A lot of what he said, esp at the beginning with his note cards, seemed directed at Lovie (I'm sure Emery gave him a few bullet points).

    That being said, it's almost an axiom that every new coach almost always is the exact opposite of the previous coach.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    3 of the 5 could have been Lovie Smith quotes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The first comments here which seem directed at this topic. Of course, the topic was posted 4 hours before Trestman took the podium.

    My main impression was that he said darn little about defense. Covered most of the other stuff, though.

  • " guys on special teams..."

    Sound to me like he just questioned (slapped the previous regimne?) why Devin Hester wasn't returning kicks instead of wasting his time and talent on being a less- than-adequate wide reciver.

  • Bet you any money he wasn't on the debate team in high school or college.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    He says he was a lawyer. So he had to do moot court. You don't think he is the orator that the person he is emulating, Marv Levy was? Wait until he says "overofficious jerk."

  • In reply to jack:

    Probably would have had an office practice.

  • 5 utterances of "science of football"

    The Chicago Bears, the NFL's most cerebral team?

    Buffone will love that.

  • Rod's gone.

  • Um was I the only one slightly uncomfortable with all the bro love going around durring the interview? "We connected" "I cant wait to get my hands on him" etc etc

  • Maybe they should draft Te'o, then.

  • Yes! I was waiting for the hur-hur belly laughs ...

  • There would have been talk of miscegenation if Jerry and Lovie did it. But then, he was named Lovie.

  • In reply to jack:

    miscegenation... way to go Jack!

  • There's a glaring difference between Trestman and LDL that becomes apparent very quickly listening to this guy. Trestman is intelligent.

  • Puts the Oline's evaluation and development COMPLETELY on Kromer.

    Sounds like a very results-oriented, hold-you-accountable-or-you're-gone, management style.

  • Trestman has confirmed Maranelli is gone. Shame.

  • Sounds like it was Rod's choice.

  • Let's not get too lovesick over Rod. Could be a lot better guy comes along.

  • When the right guys were on the field we were solid on D. Spaghetti was renowned as a teacher. That's gone now. What if the spawn of Buddy Ryan turns up?

    Trestman just confirmed that he's calling the plays in Jay's headset, not Kromer. As it should be.

  • NO WAY IN HELL Trestman hires Ryan. I cannot imagine two more diametrically opposed individuals. Trestman doesn't hire wildebeests. The sign on his office door says "Big, fucking douchey assholes without a brain need not apply.".

  • "I will be calling the plays."

    The buck stops HERE.

  • "Yes, Jay can change the plays"

  • "I'm not willing to call Jay a "Franchise QB', yet."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's a paraphrase. Should not be in quotes.


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    In reply to Albertintucson:

    That was the best insight of the whole smash. Jay has to earn the "franchise" quarterback designation. I love it. Get to work Cutler.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    +10, or more

  • "QB..he's gotta protect the ball."

    Translation: Some terrible interceptions cost the Bears games this year and I want to put a stop to that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Imagine how powerful the offense will be if Cutler cuts his turnovers in half.

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    I like Coach's quote. "The objective of offensive football is touchdowns, nothing else".

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    The converse was Greg Blache's debate on whether interceptions were better than sacks.

  • He is very intelligent, and quick minded. Better listening than" we're gonna work on that" and "there's some things we need to fix".

  • Paraphrase: Jay can be better.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    call a reall offense and he will be

    Turner, Tice and Martz will never call plays in the fucking league ever again. Coincidence? No.

    No fucking continuity, no scheme, no coherent plan to attack defenses.

    Martz was the closest thing to a relevant OC and we went to the NFC Title game in the first year of his offense.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jay MUST be better.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gotta agree Al. I'm no Cutler hater (I desperately want him to succeed) but I'm no longer an apologist. Either he gets it done this year or we move on. It's not like he has to win the SB next year but he has to improve his completion percentage and lower his INT percentage. Not to mention lead the O.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm in total agreement with you Canada. Those throws at home vs. GB and in Minnesota were awful.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I assume we'll be expected to learn "OH Canada" now.

    Do have have to learn it French, too,?

    Because if you've ever seen it translated it's like a totally different song!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Heck, even the English versions are different in Montreal, Toronto, and Detroit. Vancouver apparently follows the Detroit version.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I think we're all that way inclined now Canada. I hreard all of the bullshit about Cutler before he got here, and when he went through his rough patch. I want to see an O-line in front of him before his epitaph is set in stone. It's easy to look good when you're set up front. He's never had that. SF had 320+ yards rushing last week? 180 from the QB on the ground? That doesn't happen by accident.

  • Wonder how many of the players are cussing out Emery..WTF did you do to us man! This gung-ho MF is gonna drive us crazy!!!! Could be just what we needed me thinks.

  • Are you on twitter? lol

  • l have an account that I signed up for about 6 years ago that I've checked maybe twice in my life. I just saw this link on another site and had to share it.

  • Thanks again.

  • well done my man:!/MILFRealMoms/media/slideshow?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Holy Fuck. What did I do?

  • Oh Man! She's so dumb! Everybody know Lach's not a center!

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  • Pumped after that presser ! This dude has a plan and a philosophy!

    Lovie? The season is four quarters. We'll look at our mistakes and try and fix 'em .. .take it from there ... blah blah ... yadda yadda.

    Coach already has his.

    Reporter : " Do you like to take it up the ass?"
    Trestman : "That's a GREAT question."

  • I love that I read about Maranelli's departure on this blog when it was NOWHERE on the web. And by 'nowhere' I mean or the Trib.

  • It was all over twitter.

  • Himmy Hohnson says that's good enough.

    But Trestman did say that he had to treat the existing staff with the respect they deserve.

  • But nobody cares about twitter.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You might hate it as I do, but you're wrong.

  • Wow.

    First off, Emery should run for office or something. He's a great public speaker.

    2nd, Trestman came off jittery when reading his note. I mean, I got seasick watching him sway, and I couldn't take my eyes off his horrible toupee like crown.

    However, when Trestman actually started talking about football on the fly, responding to questions - holy shit - he started to get animated and seemed full of energy and passion, which is polar opposite to Lovie.

    Trestman cleverly averted the question if Cutler was a franchise QB. I surmise Trestman is already putting Cutler in the accountability seat, and I like it.

    'Whether we run 12 times in a row, or pass it 12 times in a row, nobody cares, as long as we score'

    '3-4 or 4-3, doesn't matter. We just need to stop teams'

    'I'm calling the plays. I will be doing so everyday in practice and in games'

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Love the fact he's calling plays and taking on the responsibility. We should be able to speed up the offense by a lot. I think we averaged about 50-60 offensive plays/game. Part of that is due to a crappy O and part of it is due to taking every last second every offensive play. At times you'd swear the sidelines were voting on plays it took so long to get lined up.

    Also, hate to see Old Sauce leave but not surprised. If he goes to Dallas I'd be really uncomfortable is I was Garrett. I know Jerry likes to throw the dough around so maybe that was it more than anything else. Who knows? No hard feelings towards Lovie, Marinelli or Toub.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I also think the CFL play clock is 20 seconds, so Trestman should be conditioned to calling plays quickly (also only had 1 TO per half, I think, so that requires one to be efficient).

    The only thing I might be worried about is that Trestman's playbook is Martz-ish in size and complexity, which might initially lead to a lot of player confusion and misalignments, hence, stalling, TOs, and sub/delay of game penalties.

    This offseason is going to be more important than usual for a lot of the players.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    However, I didn't take Trestman to emulate Martz in the sense of "it worked in St. Louis, so it has gotta work here, and I am not changing." Trestman at least acknowledged that the scheme has to meet the players you have and the defense, not vice versa.

  • I can't say I am shocked that Trestman will not say Jay Cutler is a franchise quarterback. Contract year, stats, and health are in play.

  • Why would he say it? It's not like he's proven he is. All of us except Johnny are on the show-me bandwagon when it comes to Cutler. I'm hoping Trestman is the coach Cutler needs to step up in class. If he doesn't do it this year, I'm guessing we start over at the position.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's what Emery comes of to me what you get paid to do and do it well or your gone. That's what happened to Lovie and the Band...right?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    I've got no problem with accountability at Halas Hall. Either you get the job done or you don't. No grey area.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm actually on the "get the guy some NFL quality components, support and scheme before you judge what he can and can't accomplish" when it comes to Cutler instead of saying "he's no Brady" without thinking about the other 5 million things that go into succeeding on offense in this league.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Marshall, Forte, Bennett, and Jeffrey are all quality NFL components. If we can muster say three between the TE and Oline, there will be no more excuses.

    And if we do get that, I honestly expect Cutler to kick ass.

    For some reason, I'm thinking we should go after Barrett Jones. Not that I really know shit about it, but there is too much to like about him. But that would mean that an LT would have to come from the free agent market.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Agree Canada, and I'll go so far as to say that if Cutler does not step up this year, we *should* start over.

    This season was proof-positive that rookies can come in and play QB effectively in the current pass-biased version of the National Football League.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Wow, are you telling me that a mixture or combination of an NFL caliber OC, a dominating rushing attack, moving the pocket, short quick passes, solid offensive line and the intelligent use of your weapons can yield success with the number 1 and 2 picks in the draft and a 3rd QB that was judged to have first round talent and merely slipped because of the bias against shorter QB's???

    We averaged 1.8 yds a fucking play on first down man. The majority of which were runs...behind a shitty line....with no coherent scheme of attack....with an injured running TE....etc.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    In February 2012, former NFL quarterback and director of the IMG Madden Football Academy Chris Weinke said of Wilson, "If he was 6-5, he'd probably be the No. 1 pick in the draft."

    Also drafted into the MLB.

    No shit....3 guys with immense talent can thrive in environments where they are surrounded with other talent and a plan to succeed.

    I think i'll write that down.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You're saying stupid things, Johnny, as usual when it comes to Cutler.

    Remember, we gave up TWO first round picks for him. And a quality backup QB.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Luck joined a team that was 2-14.
    RG3 joined a team that was 5-11.
    Wilson joined a team that was 7-9.

    You really should think a little more before you write about Cutler. It so often makes you look silly.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Agree with you on this one dave. I'll stay out of the name calling, but agree 100% that cutty also needs to be held accountable... especially if we get him some time in the pocket and a smart, dynamic, successful game plan.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hate agreeing with a Packer, but Charles Woodson perhaps summarized it best, "Same old Cutler."

    It's time for a NEW and improved Culter to emerge like a glorious phoenix ascending. I want Smoking Jay to raise the SB trophy (I refuse to call it The Lombardi), and helicopter dick all his critics.

    Penis Dilfer
    I suck Rodger's dick Aikman
    Goofy ass Young...

    I hope Cutler keeps a Nixon enemies' list and at the end of the season pulls a "Jay and Silent Bob"...

  • I'm very curious who Coach K (new nick name) will hire at DC.

    Some say Hoke.

    But remember the last time we promoted someone for the sake of "continuity"? Cough-Tice suckass-Cough.

    Marinelli will be missed, I don't care what anybody says. He was very hands on and emphasized technique and fundamentals while firing them up.

    Whoever we get I hope has a fire and is a bit more aggressive while still remaining within our 4-3 scheme.

    We need a DC who has coached a top 10 D.

  • With Rod out we will likely take a step or two or three back on defense. Hopefully the offense will finally pick up the slack.

    I knew Jay was on the bubble this year from what Emery said. But I also believe he will perform and earn an extension.

    GO BEARS!!!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Maybe the D does digress, but that might due to the laws of averages or injuries. It's hard repeat being a top 5 D.

    Case and point - Ravens.

    Their D definitely took a step back this year compared to last; however, they're still in the AFC Championship game like last year.

    Meanwhile, the Steelers, who fielded a better D this year than last year, are watching from their couches.

    I doubt the players, esp the vets, will just forget what Lovie has taught them for the last 9 years.

    It's not like Peanut will forget how to donkeypunch footballs out, that Briggs will forget how to tackle, or that Pepp will forget he's a genetic freak.

    We just need a D coach who can earn their respect and think of new ways to motivate them.

  • Trestman looks like the villain from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    And I like that.

  • I wish it were Packer Week.

    Condolences, Jeff.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I'd settle for the HOF game at this point.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    me too...

  • Whats everyone think of Aaron Kromer? I dont know much about him but it looks like he's another unproven play caller. idk

  • I think he's a great hire.

    A. He's called plays for the Saints and know what a modern O should look like. It's an added bonus that he actually was an interim coach for them last year, and in the five games he HCd, the Saints never scored less than 24 points.

    B. He's not going to be asked to call plays for us. Trestman has made it more than clear that it's his playbook - he's going to be calling the plays, and creating the game plan with some input from his assistants.

    C. Kromer is mostly going to focus on Oline, in which he excelled. He has sent every single Oline position to the PB. He's trained guys like Evans and Nicks. He was responsible for keeping Brees upright, and did a good job of it. Kromer also benched Kruetz even though he was an overpaid FA vet, showing that he will demand results regardless of money or experience.

    I'm actually pretty surprised we were able to get Kromer. Payton raved about him.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Saints O-line in last four seasons combined under Kromer have allowed 96 sacks...same period of time, the #Bears have allowed 184

  • Well, if that's not a depressing statistic...thanks, 'Too.

  • Yes, but as 4ever ponted out above he was also working with guys who wound up going to the Pro Bowl.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    True but I assume his coaching played some role in their development into PB caliber lineman unless they all were amongst the top 20 players drafted each year. If they were all in the Top 20 players drafted, I'd assume he had an important role in their selection. Either way, the Bears O-line should see improvment IMO.

  • In reply to Good Captain:

    I didn't mean to totally discount his coaching ability but it helps to have some quality raw materials to start with and I HAVE previously stated my approval of hiring anybody who helped make that Saints offense go.

  • I'm too lazy to look but I bet the Saints have thrown WAY more passes too.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    With that D and the Saints trying to break Marino's record every year, I'm more than certain they did throw it much more.

  • he's not calling plays

  • I think Bob Papich should be interviewed for the DC vacancy.

  • In reply to Viva:

    just kidding.

  • Anyone have the video

  • Likely will be on Da Site

  • In reply to BillW:

    The Bears horrible NFL site has video of Trestman's prepared comments, but not the reporter Q&A, nor the intro by Emery. Hopefully they'll post the full video later (hopefully someone will).

  • didn't see the presser and I don't get all the fucking rod angst. fuck that dude, have fun at the cowboys asshat.

    Now if we promote fucking hoke I will go bitchslap trestman myself... but there are PLENTY of DCs in waiting out there. If we're breaking the bank elsewhere, we better do it here too.

    Now enough fucking whining about his leaving... you buncha slapjaw faggots.

    Secondly, I don't give a rat's ass if manti is fucking gay, a liar, a good PR guy or anything else... and I think his brain will be fine (as $ mentioned, if fucking Burfict can straighten out in the NFL Manti can) so we better fucking take him if he falls to us. He IS #54's replacement. If we don't take him AND don't get a real #1 LT or OL prospect I will shit all over Emery's draft god damn it.

    that real enough for you motherfuckers? Yes, I'm on a rip today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    You going to be on tonight?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    prob not my man. have to bolster the rotation... and my dick ain't gonna suck itself!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let's hope so...or else it is shaped like a mobius strip.
    And THAT would be confusing for the ladies.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ouroboros, complete with forked tongue. Women would love it, if it would stop sucking its nuts.


    You're welcome

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Wilson parody from Cast Away was a fucking winner.

  • here's one for all you golf nerds:

  • OK, So, he looks like Bud Seligs illigitimate child and public speaking is not his strong suit.

    But give him credit, he set the bar pretty high.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    On the other hand, I have to hope Chip Kelly falls flat on his face in Philly.

    Nothing against the guy (although I AM betting he just pulled a "Pete Carroll" and abandoned ship because the NCAA has the Oregon football program lined up in it's periscope for a couple of sanction torpedos) but to hear Sal Palantonio on the 4-Letter, you'd think Christ, himself, had just reappeared in Philadelphia.

    "The biggest story" he'd covered in his 30 years of reporting in Philly.

    Really, Sal. Bigger than that corrupt SOB, Frank Rizzo?

    Stick that hyperbole where the sun don't shine and get a life you Eagles sycophant masquerading as a national sports "Journalist" (ugh!).

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That IS excellent MBHALP !

    Sal indicts his own hyperbolic statement with his own book credential.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I thought that was pretty amusing. I only found it because I am too young to remember who the fuck Frank Rizzo was.
    The stuff I learn on this blog.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He was a controversial Police commissioner before he became their controversial mayor.

  • Regarding the T'eo weirdness:
    Has anyone read how he found out his "girlfriend" died?

    (Did she text him? Wasn't he suspicious?)

    Seriously, it seem in all the timelines etc I've seen, no one is even thinking to ask this pretty basic question.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Supposedly it was the girl's family lol

  • In reply to BillW:

    I assume Alabama covered the spread. Seems to be the most logical reason for the "call from the dead" Te'o received. Making sure he knew the hoax was going to be exposed to affect his play.

    In my mind, Te'o was in on it all along due to the attention and sympathy he was getting. The "gay" angle fits there too. One article said his teammates felt he enjoyed the attention he got from the dead girlfriend situation.

    All that fits OK until you consider the AZ fullback who supposedly met her long before Te'o did.

  • In his interview with Phil Emery, Marc Trestman planned out every day of the season, including the championship parade. He's detailed.

    #Bears coach Marc Trestman presented Phil Emery w/ a 13-month calendar to Super Bowl XLVIII in his interview.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman clarification on his 13-month schedule: "Up until the parade."

  • Trestman is walking into a perfect scenario. A team with playoff capability that requires no major overhaul. Talent at key positions, a draft and FA period to fill in O line holes and TE, a solid defense and no quarterback controversey.

    If the line and TE are addressed and a big boy offense is used where Forte is used properly and Jeffrey, Marshall and Bennett/Anderson/Hester are used properly we win 11 games or more and go to the post season.

  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to BillW:

    I honestly don't care if he's on the team. If he is now a headcase we have other guys that will step up. I want young, aggressive guys that want the ball and want to fucking kill people when they don't. Joe Anderson needs a shot, and not just on special teams.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anderson? Dude makes 4 special teams tackles and all of a sudden he's a starting wr?

  • When you make 4 tackles and 1 almost resulted in Randall Cobb's head coming off, another forced a fumble on the opponents 10yd line and the other two were straight hustle plays....and you did it all preseason including outmuscling dudes at every turn...and the biggest badass WR in the league thinks you are a badass also then yes, coach, he needs shot. Much more so than fucking dane sanzenbacher, the pussyfied version of Hester, Rashied Davis, etc.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    all in the 2 games you were activated for.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    and he almost blocked a punt. Either bring in a more talented, athletic guy or give him a shot. Don't pull a bullshit move by putting a physically deficient or athletically inferior guy out there like Dane or Scrappy.

    Put a Weems or Anderson in there and let them mix it up. You'll see. I predict the acquisition of of a more talented FA or draft WR or you'll see Anderson make this team and earn a spot. Marshall loves him. That means something.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anderson is a solid depth guy at WR. He'll compete with Sanzy for that spot.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I thought Sanzy was in Cincinnati...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    He is

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You are right. Waived with a couple of games left in the season. Thanks for the correction.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    What he said.

  • GB's running back was a fucking car salesman when he got the call to come in and ball it out. Dude ran angry and aggressive like he was trying Roethlisberger some chick at a bar.

    One of the top Receivers this year Ramses Barden for the Giants was a late round pick that took 4 years to develop.

    Vontaze Burfict didn't get drafted because he's a twisted motherfucker and also because he fell down at the combine.

    Coaches and evaluators make mistakes. The bears have definitely made their fair share.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anderson looked as good as any other Bears depth receiver has on Specials. The difference to me is he's bigger and appears to be stronger. Scrappy, Sanz, they've all been small.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Ramses Barden caught 14 balls all season for 220 yards and 1, count em 1 score. Your argument is invalid.

  • He's a Tom Waddle - you throw the ball at him and he catches it. Watch his highlights - college or no, the dude catches the ball when it's thrown in his direction. I'll take that over deSean Jackson,

  • Dude, Tom Waddle fucking sucked harry balls, and he continues to suck harry balls on the tv and radio. He was a bad, bad receiver.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    The offense needs a major overhaul.

    You have Lance Louis and perhaps no other NFL-caliber lineman playing. And he's in rehab for his leg.

    You have Marshall and Bennett and Jeffery, all of whom are good but I would argue that Jeffery is not yet a legit 2, and Bennett is no Greg Jennings in the slot.

    You have Forte who has had his ankles busted up more often than a deadbeat gambler, who has lost a bit of his quick hitting the hole.

    You have no working tight ends unless you count your H-back.

    The best FB around these parts was let go.

    The QB has Jeff George-itis - the propensity to sit in the pocket too long, an insistence that the field must be in front of him with a bad habit of backpedaling - looking for his cannon arm to get him out of bad decision making

    The only speed weapons you have are Hester, who has mentally folded, and Armando Allen.

    The offense needs a total overhaul.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Total overhaul means every position.

    Marshall - best receiver in the game
    Bennett - top 5 "hands" in the league
    Jeffrey - rookie that contributed and will be spending the offseason with Marshall in south florida training like fucking psychos.
    Forte - PROLIFIC pass catching ability. Trestman will abuse this.
    Cutler - let him work with Trestman and a real gameplan. Also, you are way too smart to compare Cutler and this squad, the OC and GM he had to play for, etc to Jeff George.
    TE - addressed in draft or FA
    O Line - 2 to 3 spots addressed in draft and FA
    Rodriguez - fucking run actual patterns with him (see James Casey). Decent blocker already as rookie.
    Speed Weapons - umm.. I'll take a 6'3 215 and 6'5 230 WR, a guy that almost never drops the ball in Bennett, a running back who could probably start at WR on at least 6 teams in the league, etc over a "speed" option any day of the week. What is a speed option?
    That is not a total overhaul. That is an intelligent draft, 2 existing guys stepping up a bit on the OL, a solid FA class and bringing on one of the dozens of athletic freak running backs that don't get drafted or get drafted in the late rounds that end up killing it for other teams.
    We are just not out of the picture as most would have you believe. People talk about the fucking Seahawks??? Holy shit dude, the Bears could just as easily be exactly where the Seahawks were. There simply isn't some monumental drop off. There are definitely things that need to be addressed but that is why they are addressing them, fully expecting to be right back in the hunt this year.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You forgot to mention Joe Anderson

  • He's my sleeper pick and you can all put this post in your Favorites. Then come back to it and praise me for my football acumen. Anderson 2013. Bank.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I'm on that boat with you Waffle. It's a small dinghy but I've got my bunsen burner, beans, and marshmallows with little cocktail sticks.

    In other news, Schefter tweets that Cleveland has hired Michael Lombardi as their GM. That has got to be a joke.i don't care enought to search through NFL.COM, but it just has to be. From Fantasy 'expert' to GM of a clusterfuck?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Jeff George-itis. Not a comparison. Just symptoms. Cutler likes to backpedal, he likes to show off that big arm. Both need to be tamed. George was a disaster BECAUSE he was in love with his arm. He kept getting work because of that exact same arm, coaches thought they could "fix" him - but he never got fixed.

    Cutler ventures down this path at times.

    O-line? If you hit the lottery and got DJ Fluker AND Barrett Jones - you would STILL need work.

    You would have:

    Fluker - Spencer for Hire - Jones - Louis - Scott

    You would STILL want to address LG in FA there.

    I'm curious to see if Trestman will have much use for E-Rod or not. That was some wacky Emery-Tice thing.

    The Alouttes ran spread alot. I am also wondering if our idea of short-yardage formations is singleback with a slot guy - and in the middle of the field we are routinely lining up 4 wideouts.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Every coach in the league...except Tice knows that you can run a quick 5 yard pattern on 2nd and 3 or 3rd and 4 and you commit no crime. Run picks, cross it up, simply come off the line in the slot and fucking turn around. Creativity, keep the other team off their feet. Fucking Tice had so many chances to not suck but he stayed on his knees and took it all down.

    We got to the NFC title game with;

    1. A pass catching RB
    2. A slot guy to catch hot routes
    3. A non blocking pussy TE that could catch a seam route once in a while
    4. A 13 yr old gameplan that Martz dusted off when he got drunk on plastic bottle scotch and crossed out the names Holt, Hakim, Faulk, nameless faceless white WR and Pace.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Fun fact:

    Pace was both the name of the Rams LT and Martz' favorite salsa.

    Tice proved a cum-burper, no doubt

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You did not just dog Ricky Proehl like that...

    SMH, Waffle. That's cold blooded. Guy played in 4 Super Bowls, catching 3 TDs that either won or tied the game with less than 4 minutes in regulation.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I love Ricky, I was on a role and didn't have time to google him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've said this a lot, so I apologize if it's grating

    {Oh no, Irish, NEVER ....}

    Without any further improvement, if Jay just learns to throw the ball away four times a game, we're good. I think I've seen him do that once in three years.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Spaeth is not a "pass catching" TE but he's a solid option for this team on run plays and in play action. Rodriguez is an HBack, which is fine as long as they use him that way. Clutts was a shame, but it gives Rodriguez the chance to get more snaps. We really need 1-2 TEs, but we're not totally empty there.

    The O-line had some rookies step up at the end of the season. We're not all-star and we need an anchor or two, but we have some talent that deserves another season. I also think Carimi could benefit from a fresh start with a fresh coach to get his technique fixed. He has the physical tools to play RT, he just lost his head last year. Get him playing confidently and correctly and he'll compete to earn back his job.

    QB? Cutler is the man for at least another season. He's the leader of this team. He's earned the chance.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Cutler will do well this year. I'm excited for an aggressive, attacking, common sense offensive strategy.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    get rid of spaeth
    if he was so stellar
    on opening holes for yardage
    or keeping our QB off his ass
    then why weren't the results better
    jetison him
    he is dead weight
    too slow developing
    get us some power with speed

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll buy all of that except for Hester. He USED to be fast. Equally, Big Ben and A-Rod sit in the pocket forever and they're not bad. What I'm worried about is that we won't get the line fixed before Cutler gets killed or goes somewhere that has a line already.

  • Another hire… RT @clarencehilljr: Former Cowboys running back coach Skip Peete has accepted the same position with the #Bears.

  • Sean Jensen ‏@By the way, Skip Peete is the brother of former Lions QB Rodney Peete. He spent nine years with the Raiders in the same capacity.

  • Back when I was in California, I used to listen to Mark and Brian in the AM. They did a hillarious sketch once on running back coaches:

    "You get the ball, and you run with it. Run as far down the field as you can and try not to get tackled."

    "Oh and also, don't fumble the football. Fumbling the football is bad."

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Mark and Brian!

    Yeah, there's a reason why a 6th round RB like Morris can come into the league and run for 1,600 yds.

    "High and tight!"

    Call it a day.

  • Hopefully he has some huge Tresticles.

  • Al Pacino has been cast as JoePa with Stanley Tucci as Sandusky. Brian DePalma to direct.

    I nominate Chaz Bono to play Scott Paterno.

  • Post-press conference thoughts (also listened to Cutler and Trestman on W&S, did not listen to Emery on the radio):

    1) Awesome job by Emery again. I could listen to him all day, but as long as those appearances are suitably rare, he will be a legend in this city.

    2) I felt really uneasy about the defense after listening to this press conference. Probably the biggest thing was that Trestman used the word "turnover" instead of Lovie's famous "takeaway." That really struck me as a changing of the guard. I don't believe Trestman has a defensive vision the way he does on offense, and I really hope he gets a good coordinator in place.

    3) Hard to tell if Trestman just hasn't evaluated Lach, but it sure sounded like he won't be coming back. Then again, that could be contract posturing, but I just don't see it. They're going to draft a MLB or pick someone up in FA.

    4) Marinelli gone is a real shame. A really bad move for all parties concerned. Problem is, we run an outstanding 4-3 defense that grows from the Monte Kiffin tree. Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli are probably the two best DCs in the league to run that defense. Who are we going to get to fill the role now? I'm sure Emery has a list, but that question will make or break the season in my mind. A bad DC and we will see a huge drop off from a lot of our vets.

    5) So on Marinelli's replacement... I'm looking at position coaches at NYG, Seattle, St Louis, and Buffalo to start. I don't know enough to know who has a good rep on those staffs, but Emery does.

    6) I think we'll be okay on special teams, but Toub leaves big shoes to fill. I hope our new assistant coach is up to the task.

    7) On offense, I have no clue what's going to happen. Trestman obviously has a plan and the skills to create a winning game plan, but he is terrible in the press box. I really hope that he can capture his players' respect when the cameras are off. We won't know for a few months I guess, but right now I think we are totally in the dark.

    All in all, Emery was good as ever but Trestman left me a little deflated. That isn't really Trestman's fault - he got the job about 36 hours before being asked detailed questions about the roster. I think they should have cut this one much shorter or given him more time to prepare.

    In 3 months, when we are heading to training camp, I look forward to seeing a different Trestman.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Good post.

    With so MANY new coaches, nearly all of whom are new to the NFL - this will be a wacky offseason, and I expect a lot of trades to happen.

    Hester, I expect, is gone. Lack is gone.

    Should be interesting to see if there is any mileage to be had with Hardin or he was wasted.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Per 1) Phil appears to enjoy public speaking and yes, he's good at it.
    Je should DRAFTso well.

    Per 2) I think "turnover" vs. "takeaway" as a "cause for concern" is a reach.

    Per 3) He's been coach for 36 hours. He ADMITTED he hasn't evalutated the roster and doesn't see ANY NFL games until the off- season.

    Per 4) Marinelli didn't want to stay. Can we stop mourning him now?
    BTW, his defense DID surrender several KILLER 80+ yrard drives down the stretch. Something it was specifically designed NOT to do.

    Per 5) Trestman said HE, not Emery, had final say on assistant coaches and he also flat out said he plans to invite members of his Montreal staff to join his Bears' staff.

    Per 6) Robbie is great. A-Pod is inconsistent. Hester is M.I.A. and
    currently has his head up his butt.

    Per 7) I thought Trestman made several clear references to what he plans offensively. Up tempo. Protect Jay so he can play better (and smarter) , spread the ball around more and make the opposing defenses worry about more than Brandon Marshall.

    Lastly, Bill Belicheat does exactly GLOW before the press, either.
    I'm sure Trestman's adrenal gland was, understandably, on "High". I'm willing to cut him some slack and if it turns out he really CAN coach and make Jay Cutler the QB we all want him to be I could care less if he EVER gets any better in pressers.

    Other than that, I have no comment on this post.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    1) Agree.
    2) By itself, I agree. It just seemed symbolic. You hear him describe defense like everybody else in the league. You hear Lovie describe defense and you can tell you've got someone special. But let's not talk about Lovie and offense.
    3) I said the same thing you did.
    4) I think I'm entitled to 24 hours. But fair point about the season killing drives.
    5) He also said (possible on W&E) that he would rely on Phil to help him get to know a lot of the new faces in the NFL since he left 8 years ago. I don't think everyone will come from Canada, but you are correct that there could be a D-guy up there as well.
    6) Kicking is very player specific. Likewise the return man position. I'm talking about coverage units, return units. Toub was great at prepping the whole group, not just the one who's referred to as a "specialist."
    7) If Mark Trestman can institute a hurry up offense in the style of the Patriots (I don't know why there isn't a single other team that does), I don't care if he can't find the mic at a press conference. But he needs to speak well enough to inspire his team.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Before we start bashing Rod - his defense led the league in takeaways and we scored the second most defensive TDs in NFL history (9).

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    #3) How can the man evaluate the roster when he's only been here 5 minutes? How can anyone watch ALL NFL games during the season? It's not physically possible when there are 24 hours in the day and humans require at least 4 hours sleep per day.
    Unfair Al.

    #4) Name a team that doesn't allow 80 yard drives. It's not Maranelli's fault if Jennings gets toasted or somebody forgets their assignment. We were missing the heart and soul of our defense there. Baltimore's defense sucked when Ray Lewis was out too. We led the whole league in takeaways and scored the 2nd most defensive touchdowns ... ever. The next DC might not be a teacher and likely won't be as great a teacher as the players say Maranelli was - he is unquestionably a huge loss with no guarantee of a replacement that can do what he did.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I felt it in my waters long ago that Urlacher has played his last as a Bear, and likely as a player.

    Watching Emery followed by Trestman (not to mention the hilarious open mike on before the presser started) filled me with confidence. Compared to the Angelo/Smith clown car, these guys sound like intelligent professionals who know what's up.

  • My thought was that the big, fast corner Hardin should....wait for corner?

  • Fun fact:

    Harvey Unga was, in fact, Lennay Kekua.

  • Fun fact:

    Manti had a tweet in November of 2012:

    If you can dream it and work hard, you can make it happen

    There is irony and then there is a loss of bowel control

  • You guys who know Xs and Os: Theoretically, would moving to a 3-4 defense be beneficial to Urlacher as his skills and abilities stand today?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I want to say he is smart enough to do that but he would be asked to drop back more than he had to in a 4-3.

    Urlacher can play a typical MLB in a 4-3 system. He won't be flashy but he will get the job done.

    I honestly think if Hoke stays and becomes the defensive coordinator that you will see Urlacher back.

  • In reply to tobijohn:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    we don't have the DL, DE's or LB's for the 3-4

  • Especially a nose tackle.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • Hi Harvey's dad.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    He wouldn't be the problem Tobi - dude's a lock for the HOF(I hope!). It's the massive Nose Tackle and other three linebackers I'd be worried about ... in that we don't have anyone other than Briggsy. I didn't notice Roach much, which isn't a good thing when you're talking about LBs. I can't see how they would build a 3-4 front 7 when you have to build the offensive line almost from scratch. My $0.02. Maybe Brian and Nriggsya as the inside guys, then McLellin as one OLB and we don't have the other ... unless Hardin is okay and gets in the gym. Lac was very positive about Hardin in camp. Built. Flies around. Sounds like a 3-4 OLB to me.

  • Mike Tice is officaly gone and Darryl Drake is too.

  • Finally.

  • thank god... now if they give hoke the DC spot and not some known entity badass... I will be VERY upset.

  • Huzzah for Drake being gone!!

    Maybe with a coach on the team, our receivers will get better. I'm really happy that Drake won't have time to ruin Jeffrey. And someone wrote that Earl is no Jennings in the slot - maybe with a coach on the team...

  • Every coach that was on the Bears staff has been let go except Jon Hoke.

    Yes. Even Bates is gone now.

  • Where are you getting this stuff?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    From the Mike Wright and Vaughn McClure.

    The minute they say it on twitter, I come on here and tell you all.

  • Hoke coached under Dom Capers when he came to the NFL. Then Gary Kubiak in Texas. Then Marinelli and Lovie in Chicago. He's been retained through quite a bit of turnover in both towns. I have to say he seems pretty solid.

    Biggest concern is that he is a 3-4 guy prior to coming here. And he's a DB guy, 3-4 teams are usually where we see big money on the cornerbacks and safeties. I do not believe that this defense should convert - Lance Briggs said it best on Lawrence Holmes last week "top 5, top 10 defense year after year, why switch?" If he has the knowledge to run a 4-3 here, I'm game.

    I would not object, incidentally, to running a bit more of a pressure based scheme out of the 4-3 base. The MLB crop this year is full of blitzers and run stoppers, so we would do well to allow a new Mike to attack the QB along with our front 4 if that's where he will shine.

    Also, and this might be a bit abstract, even though our division is built on old-fashioned big arm QBs, the NFL is changing to see more running quarterbacks. That means we need a faster defensive style that tackles well in space and understands contain. If I'm looking for a guy that understands tackling in space, a DB coach is probably a good place to start.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    We also need to draft one of these guys. The QB MUST be a runner in the modern game. If the defense shows you an empty space, if you're not running into you're not playing football. Why put the ball in the air if you can run for 18 yards?

    Kaepernick ran for 183 yards or thereabouts against one of the top run defenses in the league last week. You can't account for everyone on the field. If we see an athletic and studly QB in rd 2 we have to pull the trigger. We have to be able to win with the #2.

  • In answer to your first question - because QBs are expensive, typically not very big, and getting hit dramatically reduces their career longevity and effectiveness at the forward pass.
    Being capable of picking up yards on the ground is great. Depending on it is not. I'd much rather have my WR, RB, and TE positions taking the hits than the guy playing the most difficult position on the field.

  • Jon Hoke has a serious chance to become the Bears next defensive coordinator.

  • FUCK. THAT!!!

    What has that cunt done to deserve this? I don't get it man... I just don't get it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's called Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman.

  • Yeah, I'm sure Hoke is the one responsible for their play. fuck me.

    I've played ball maings... not at the NFL level, but you either have the guys or not. And for argument sake let's say he is responsible for those two...

    so tell me how they qualifies him to run and call an entire D?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's not like every DC has coached every position on D. They all have their specialties. Old Sauce was a DL guy. Babich was a LB guy. Wanny was everything to everyone (can't understand how Buffalo's D could have sucked so bad this year). Oh wait, maybe I can understand.

    Rob Ryan is out of work. I think he was the fall guy for Garrett (Jerry just can't admit his guy sucks ass). I'm sure there are more guys out there.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He has been a defensive coordinator before. Not at an NFL level but he can call defensive plays.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why is he a "cunt'?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tim Jennings sucked the season before last. Have we all forgotten how many times he got toasted? He still bites on stupid plays. Seeing him bite on an inside fake when the ball had to go into the endzone with time running out in our last game was unbelievable. How fucking stupid was that? Let the twat go inside and make his catch, but do not get burnt long with time running out and giv.e the guy a free catch in the endzone.

  • Okay Butch, I'm diving into draft talk.

    1) There are maybe 5 guys in the draft that could realistically fall to #20 that I would want to see us take. This is a weak class at the top this year, I am a big proponent of trading down to get back into the third round if the right player isn't there. Let someone else draft the Vacarro or Eifert, I'd rather drop 5 spots and get an extra pick in the middle. The draft is a lot more solid in the middle rounds.

    2) WR/RB - We don't need to draft a player at either of these positions. But the power offenses in this league are constantly bringing in new weapons for already potent QBs to use in new ways. If the right player, especially in round 4-6, is available, go for it.

    3) TE - We will absolutely shoot ourselves in the foot if we draft one of the fashionable "pass catchers." This team needs to protect the QB and block, we can't do that this year. We need a package guy like Aaron Hernandez or Dwayne Allen. Kellen Davis was supposed to be that guy but he didn't pan out. Fine, get someone else who does.

    4) MLB - None of the top MLB prospects is amazing in coverage. Ogletree looks a bit small in the tape I've seen - not a dominant tackler the way you want a linebacker to be. Te'o is someone I would almost certainly take in the 1st, but after the recent fiasco I'm doing my homework to make sure his head is on straight.

    5) O-Line - There is not one spot on the O-line that we cannot upgrade. I think Lance Louis will be a key contributor for us, but can play either guard position, so drafting a guard would still be great. Likewise, I think Garza would do well to move back to his natural spot at guard - drafting a center would thus upgrade two spots at once. Barrett Jones might be someone we trade down to grab in the mid to low 20s. If we can get an affordable LT in free agency and fix Carimi in the off-season imagine that improvement. Jake Long - Lance Louis - Barrett Jones - Roberto Garza - Carimi/Brown. All of a sudden Jay has time to throw.

    6) D-line - This team is not stacked at DT or DE. Melton is a great 3 technique, but we need more at NT. Peppers, Izzy and Wooton are all great, but all have drawbacks. We were built on the front four pressuring the QB last year and we did not produce enough sacks. We aren't desperate at this spot, but the draft has a lot of talent here. If we can't trade up or down and need to make a pick, this is where we make it.

    My way pre-mature home run draft?

    1st - Barrett Jones (G/C, Alabama) (trade down for a 3rd or high 4th)
    2nd - Oday Aboushi (OT, Virginia) (if he plays well in senior bowl, he will be a great second round pickup) or Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma)
    3rd (trade) - Gerald Hodges (LB, Penn State)
    4th - Dion Simms (TE, Michigan State) or Gavin Escobar (TE, San Diego State)
    5th - Michael Williams (TE, Alabama)
    6th - Terry Hawthorn (CB/PR, Illinois) or Josh Evans (Safety, Florida)

    This version of the draft has us trying out a 3rd rounder at MLB for a season and bring in some FA competition. If he struggles in that spot, we can move him to OLB in a year or two. If he's not a replacement for Lach, he might be a replacement for Briggs.

    Also has an open competition at TE. I stayed away from the true pass catchers, that I think are a fad, but there really isn't any great talent at TE in rounds 2-3. Hence, we're better having a competition.

    Note that the draft is offense heavy. Our D needs help all over, but the choice of coach makes me think that we will be leaving the D for a year to focus on scoring more points. Let us hire a new coordinator, let him see what he's got, then determine your philosophy for 2014.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    1) We probably will HAVE to trade down to make up for not having a third round pick.

    2) I like Alshon's upside. Bennett's okay. Anderson is like a slower slot guy in Earl's mold. Injuries happen and with that in mind, drafting a WR would not be a dumb move.

    3) Tim Tebow at a knock down price as our TE ..... anybody? Bueller ... Bueller ? Or how about Houston's other TE - Casey? He's solid as a catcher anyway. The Raiders guy - Brandon Meyers? Can Denver afford to hold onto Dreesen AND Tamme if we make one an offer?
    4) I've been throwing all my toys out of the pram for a MLB for years so that Lac could school him up. Fuck you Jerry.

    5) Garza's done.Lance is good. Jonathon Scott could be good. Carimi might get his act together as a guard? Erm ... that's maybe three players. Maybe. Edwin is a backup type. We could get a center in the third, if we had a third. Should have dealt Hester when he was worth that, if he ever was. Again, Angelo knew Olin was near the end, and Garza is a HUGE part of our line sucking as bad as it does. I had never heard of a false starting center before Garza. Two knee braces? It's a bad joke on repeat.

    6) Our DEs are pretty good I thought. Izzy is my man until he retires. Pep - legend. Wooten - improved and improving. McClellin needs time in the gym and must learn another move, but I don't think they drafted a bum. He would have had Maranelli's draft approval and he knows more than any of us.

    I am aware that college football exists, and that someone called Manti T'eo is coming into the draft. The Heisman trophy winner was ... nah ... it's gone.

  • Talk is cheap.

  • In reply to Shady:

    WTF are we here for?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I didn't think we'd get into the existential conversations until February.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That's about the time we switch from 'you cunt' you 'you Kant'

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The dyslexic insomniac philosopher? He sat up all night wondering if there was a dog.

  • An oldie but a goodie...hahaha

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oldies are goldies.

    Darth Vader rings up Luke.
    Vader : "Hey Luke, I know what you're getting for Christmas."
    Luke : "How so?"
    Vader : "I felt your presents."


  • I have to remember that one - my daughter loves Vader. I'm not sure what that says about our relationship but it's true.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I'm talking about Trestman. I don't care about press conferences, I care about whetner or not he can lead this team to multiple Championships.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeah but talk is cheap. I mean, you SAY you care, but how do I really know?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    make humanity better... or get laid. Still haven't figured out which. I'll let you know when I figure it out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am pretty well convinced the two are not mutually exclusive.
    Working for an ad agency that does fast food campaigns AND making humanity better...yeah, you can't do both.

  • Jeff, Sorry to hear you lost a friend. My best to her and her family. And to you.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Jokey! Where you been, maing?!

  • In reply to Jokey:

    JOKEY! WTF? Long time no smell!

  • ‏@seankjensen
    Appears the team's website already has the latest: DeCamillis, Kromer, Byrd (S), Hoke (as DB coach), & Phair (DL)

  • Bang Bang!

    I'm fine keeping the clown holdover to stay as DB coach, but NOT as DC. We need some high-power at DC please. Go all out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just no fucking Rob Ryan. Please. Dad's playbook doesn't work without about four HOFers in your front 7.

  • There could be some more turnover or promotions. The strength and conditioning team stayed the same, but I could see a Canadian import in a role like that as well.

    The obvious hole is at defensive coordinator. But there are other question marks too...
    No QB coach.
    No mention of the Skip Peete RB coach hire.
    No WR coach.
    Surprised to see we have a DB and an assistant DB coach. No LB coach. I think a new DC might make changes there.
    Plus, no special teams staff other than DeCamillis.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    So the only guys left from Lovie Smith's staff are Jon Hoke, Mike Phair and Gil Byrd. All defensive guys.

  • According to Vaughn McClure at the Trib, as of around 8:30pm CST, Hoke is the only one left....

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'm pretty sure Trestman will be the qb coach... because he hired Kromer to be the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

  • He actually specifically mentioned being together with "the quarterback and the quarterbacks coach" as his main focus in head coaching. I think he'll bring someone in who can basically reinforce the things that he teaches Jay himself.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Do we really need a QB coach? Isn't that Trestman's job (one of).

    Can I have the strength coach's job?

    "Okay push ... one more ... no you can do it ... attaboy ... okay one more .. .don't be a fkn pussy gimme one more ..." - repeat etc.
    "Stop eating pizza you fat fuck! Eat good shit."
    "McLellin .. .are you fucking serious ? Try putting some weights on the ends ..."

    Did I get the job?

  • For the 3 minutes until Peppers drops a plate or three on your head, I'm sure you'll be great!

  • finally
    we have sh*tcanned
    the norm
    the play of football
    moment by moment
    enjoyment comes unexpectedly
    as each play unfolds
    anything can happen
    at any moment
    and now we are in
    deep into
    that unexpected intuitive
    everything fresh and unpredictable
    the bears have been
    hibernatingly boring as of late
    thanks be to god
    for the changes
    emery leaves no stone unturned
    and tressman is that man
    to roll away the stone
    that begins to
    gather moss
    may they make our future
    about the middle
    our strenghts on the O and D
    are wide on the outside
    but we couldn't sniff out
    a half yard in the middle
    to save a drive
    we couldn't even break
    a hymen to score
    spend lavishly for
    a dream tight end
    as the butcher say's
    get some corn fed beef
    fattened on the open range
    wild outta the shoot
    the kind that remind D-Linemen
    of the stampede
    then pick me a clean up hitter
    for the middle of the order
    on the other side of the ball
    one who carries a big stick
    a contact hitter...with plenty of
    bone crunching pop
    one who doesn't just
    run down his prey
    i pray for the one
    who drives the prey back
    from whence he came
    that should fix us just fine
    normally i won't bash a bear
    hester must be put
    on a barbed hook
    and cast into the sea
    bring back anything
    we catch from
    this self inflated bait
    never have i seen
    a player refuse to
    play his whole position
    as this bear has
    his purpose was field position
    and he neither fullfilled it
    on the punt team
    or the O
    i will say this to the
    going over the middle
    to keep a drive alive
    or waving
    as another unfielded punt
    rolled on by
    the guy unravelled
    like a cheap chinese suit
    totally exhaustipated
    too tired to give a sh*t

  • In reply to The Void:

    HUntinbear, tell Allen Ginsberg to get bent

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I see what you did there GP.

  • In reply to The Void:

    Hunti - hook me up man, seriously. You can mail me the microdots on the back of the stamp. cheers.

    Anyone seen that Ginger Baker documentary yet?

  • There is nobody left in the org insisting Chicken Dinner is a DE. I'll be shocked if he isn't playing LB next year. We've got plenty of cap space to be creative but not enough to go crazy. I'm guessing Emery goes after a bunch of second tier guys to fill out the roster. I just can't see him blowing all his cash on Jake Long. I have no issue with Hoke at DC. Not campaigning for him but I thought he always did a good job with our DB's. I don't care if we're 4-3 or 3-4. Whatever works with our roster is the way to go. I'm guessing we'll have at least 20 guys turn over on the roster this off season. Should be interesting.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Maybe the QB spy role is the one for Shea

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    As soon as we drafted him I felt the dude would end up as an OLB. If not here then elsewhere. As usual.

  • Jon Hoke
    Jon Hoke is currently the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. Wikipedia

    Nothing is final but I thought this was funny lol


    You're welcome GP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Keepin Oprah busy

  • I tend to agree with NBiT today. I'm looking forward to an offense that can score points but I'm concerned about the drop off defensively we're going to witness next season.

    Much to MB's chagrin, I was hoping the vet Rod Marinelli would stick around. Not for his scheming but because of guys like Briggs, Tillman, Idonije, Peppers and other guys who have been disciples of a unit that has carried this franchise for the past ever. If Trestman can't keep a carry-over coach on defense I think he's going to have a VERY hard time getting some of these guys on defense to buy-in. Can he let go of the players who don't, and bring in his own guys? Sure. But how long will that process take? It seems to me that this is a case of “if it isn’t broke why fix it?”

    Ultimately it's up to Trestman to decide, but I believe he can do himself a big favor by convincing Hoke to stick around and, perhaps more importantly, finding a way to keep the penultimate leader and Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher in a Chicago Bears uniform.

  • In reply to Shady:

    old suace got blown up
    more than once
    by O-coordinators
    that exposed the weakness
    of our tattered "lanes"
    and you know what,,,,,,
    he had no answer
    no other answer
    to address the exposure
    except keep trotting out
    the same old tired crap
    he may have been
    a great teacher of skill
    and technique
    but in the heat of the battle
    he was too often
    and it was pathetic
    to watch
    as he stood on the hill behind his troops
    and could not change the tactics
    that were shredding our team
    the bears have been
    HAPPLESS at halftime adjustments
    get me a defensive general
    that has multiple options
    so that we counterpunch effectively
    in my opinion
    we have been looking like
    anthony quinn in requiem for a heavyweight
    for several years
    once proud heavyweight champs
    turned into WWF chumps

  • In reply to The Void:

    Requiem for a heavweight - eight seconds in - the gayest punch you will ever see ( thrown by the sarge from Hill street Blues)

  • In reply to Shady:

    "I'm looking forward to an offense that can score points but I'm concerned about the drop off defensively we're going to witness next season. "

    Nail on the fucking head my friend. Nail on the old head there.

  • Did I post this already?

  • It's gonna be a wierd thing to see the offense out perform the defense on a consistent basis. Our identity was strong defense, but now that may not be true anymore. Sigh... I'm gonna miss the d. Cause it will change.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    it is time for change
    how many championships
    with our stellar D
    did we collect
    pry the D concept
    from your cold dead heads
    this is no longer
    a defensive team first
    emery is no fool
    the D won't be neglected
    but our inabillity
    to put points on the board
    has kept us from rejoicing
    movement towards a fast paced O
    is present day NFL
    Lose the Tull
    quit living in the past
    learn to be present
    if it is the past
    where you want to stay
    why not go down
    to the unemployment bureau
    and offer Lovie a day job

  • i have so much faith
    in the brainpower of emery
    that it would not suprise me
    if he isn't aware of college
    replacements for his future team
    five years out
    this man came prepared
    to blow this thing up
    get us out of our
    old school thinking
    and force this club
    to take a whole new route
    to the promised land
    my guess
    he goes outside the boundaries
    and brings in a D co-ordinator
    that is beyond our scope
    that has been mounted
    and pointed aft on
    the stern of this destroyer
    waaaaaaaaaaayyyyy tooooooooooo long
    who saw tressman the day lovie
    got thrown overboard
    maybe the man called chicken
    was a precursor to the type
    of D co-ordinator he had in mind
    once the old guard was released of duty
    suprise me phil
    let your intuitive power
    change the way we know D
    I for one want to see
    a change from the norm
    give me something better
    than the safety of a
    lackluster cover 2
    bust it up good
    and bring on the future
    make this the most
    exciting 5 years of my football life
    that i have ever known
    roll the bones sir 'cause
    frankie wants a new pair of shoes

  • In reply to The Void:

    Kerouac? Keroshmack.

  • Any takers on Horton (from Cards) or Greg Williams (is he reinstated?) as DC?

    I can't think of any other quality 4-3 DCs available.

    Whoever we get will be a risk.

    And like I said before, it's hard to repeat being a Top 5 D.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Horton is a 3-4 guy. No thank you on Williams (totally the wrong mentality for this city).

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I think if we get Horton we'll be more of a hybrid D which might be interesting, esp with McClellin. Might also be a good way to combat the read-option.

    I think the Pats and Seahawks use a lot of hybrid, but don't quote me on that.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    As I read more about him. He coached the Bengals and Lions, both 4-3 schemes. He also coached Pitt (total 3-4 town) and Washington ("hybrid"), so I could see him making a lot of things work.

    Like I said above, we don't have the personell to run as much finesse coverage type defense this year. As our LBs are slowing down, and our front 4 struggles to get to the QB, we're going to need to do more to set the edges and pressure the pass. I'm all for change if its intelligent change. Horton definately deserves respect.

    With Emery, you never know.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I really like Horton. I know he's more of a 3-4 guy, but like you said, he has some experience with the 4-3.

    I also point to exhibit A. Jack Del Rio.

    Totally a 4-3 coach, but went into Denver and adapted his scheme to make them a top D unit this year.

    So there is precedent.

    Any D worth his salt would adapt to the personnel. Only reason Horton is leaving Cards is cause he's pissed he got passed over for H.C.

    Keep this in mind too - if we don't get him, maybe the Pack do!

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    i'd take Williams.

  • me too. fucken a

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Dude. Gregg Williams? Still can't believe MAranelli is leaving to be a line coach. ..although maybe he realises his limitations at in-game adaptation. Man's GOT to know his limitations.

  • "The Bears announced that Bates, offensive coordinator Mike Tice, linebackers coach Bob Babich, tight ends coach Mike DeBord, receivers coach Darryl Drake, offensive line coach Tim Holt, running backs coach Tim Spencer, and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will not return"

    Wow, I guess MB got his late b-day wish. Total house cleaning. Hoke must be clinging for dear life.

    I have no problem with any of those, except Rod. But if Rod is stupid and petty enough to want out, then fuck him. I guarantee you if the roles were reversed with Rod and Lovie, Lovie would have stayed on to coach the D and kicked Rod on the way out, "Never liked him anyways. Can I get you something else, Ginny?"

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Calling Rod "stupid and petty" is, itself, stupid and petty.

    The guy does not want the job any more. So what?

    One is still free to leave jobs in this country. Although with a Supreme Court that believes is it okay for the federal government to force citizens to buy a product, who knows...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    rod's time came
    and went
    he was a good fit
    for lovie's plan
    but now he is in the soup line
    he did not fit emery's philosophy
    he did not
    opposing offenses enough
    fumble recoveries...interceptions...
    lovie mentality
    sniffing out the Kapper-nicks
    and gunning them down
    that is the wave of the future
    college QB's games
    are built on speed
    and throwing on the run
    i see us drafting linemen
    to deal with this mode
    on both sides of the ball

  • In reply to The Void:

    You DO realize Emery and Trestman would have preferred Marinelli stay on as DC? You DO realize the defense was based on speed? You DO realize the defense force more turnovers than any other unit? You DO realize they scored more touchdowns than any other unit? You DO realize defense was NOT the problem this past season?

    I understand you have faith in Emery. I understand you're excited about the unknown future. But you have to stop ignoring the facts. You have to stop pretending like Marinelli was the problem. And you have to stop giving me carpel tunnel from spending 5 fucking minutes scrolling down the page because from your one word sentences.

    I love you Huntin, but you seriously gotta cut that shit out.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Trestman did indeed ask Rod to stay on .. and Rod showed him him his rusty old bullet hole, turned around and asked him to kiss his one-eyed jap.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It's stupid because why would anyone WANT to be demoted? Would you want a demotion at your job? He's not going to be a DC at Dallas. He'll most likely be demoted to Dline coach on a team owned by the biggest douchbag and megalomaniac in the league.

    It's petty because the reason Rod is doing so is because he's upset Lovie, a perennial loser against good teams, and misser of playoffs 5 of 6 years, got canned. You expect a slow witted young player like Hester to throw a tantrum, but not an older professional.

    If Rod would have accepted a HC job somewhere, then that's logical. Even if he accepted a DC job on another team for a fresh start is a bit more understandable. But that's not the case here.

    But hey, like you say, it's a free country. If someone, coach, player, blogger wants to be stupid and petty, he's free to be so.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    He night have grandkids in Dallas, there could be other reasons. Cold weather is brutal on people with bone conditions. I'm practically a cripple in Ireland, but here in Thailand I have no back problems. Possible reason. You've seen the way Yoda shuffled up and down that sideline. The guy's in pain.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave did you see the Ben Stein quote regarding health care reform? Something to the effect of providing health care for illegals while forcing citizens to pay for it as well as their own even if they don't want it. I'll see if I can find it.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    "Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured. . . but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."

    Now add this, "Many of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens."

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Ah, yes, let's have a glib discussion on health care.
    Ben Stein has zero credibility as an economist or indeed a thinker on any other topic.
    We already pay for healthcare for illegal immigrants, much less every other free rider on the health care system that thinks they are a) indestructible or b) capable of timing their illnesses based on their willingness to pay for their health care.
    But let's keep it glib since any discussion on the real economics of a universal service like health care is going to make this pretty one-sided.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    At least you used "service" instead of "right".

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ah, there's the glib...
    When the best line of attack from the "best"conservative legal mind on the ACA was the reductio ad absurdum argument that broccoli equals healthcare, then good luck.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What's glib about it? It a reasonable, well constructed thought. I'm not saying Ben Stein should run the country but its hard for me to disagree with the premise of the quote. I own a small business and I can't/won't hire more employees because of the BS that is our evolving health care system and associated laws.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    It's incredibly glib for the reasons I already laid out, and Ben Stein is nothing BUT glib. He's an entertainer at best, and a mouthpiece for irrationality at worst - as when he equates science with Hitlerism.

    I'd love to see the logic as to how the ACA cripples your business as opposed to the health care cost trajectory of the last 20 years has not. I assume the recession has also left you untouched but ACA somehow attacks small business.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You're making a lot of assumptions. I don't subscribe to some cult following of Ben Stein. Don't confuse one quote with something more than that.
    In 2005 I was designing and building $2M homes in the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan. Now I'm remodeling existing homes for the handful of people left that have enough cash to do so because banks won't lend to very many people for home improvement. So yes, the recession fucked me hard. I have managed to adapt and rebuild my business and I'm busy again. Right now, today, I could hire two guys for nothing but material pickup, clean up, trips to the landfill, etc. They're typically paid $10-$12 per hour. I've been advised by my accountant and my attorney not to do so. Why? Long term costs. It would cost me more than the help is worth to have them properly insured. So two people who currently do not have jobs, won't get one. Why? Mandated insurance coverage. So that's it in a nutshell. I'm not an idiot Posse. I just don't have the luxury to talk about this shit obliquely like so many do or to go all in on one side or the other. Its real in my house.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Slow your roll, chief.

    My point was ACA is the reason you can't afford hiring them as FTEs?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And I said Ben Stein is glib. I was asking you a literal question about why ACA hurts you versus ensuring FTEs under the existing system.
    Frankly, I think ACA isn't remotely right, but it is better than the current method. You'd be much better served by universal healthcare plus private coverage when desired, but that wasn't on the table because it's "socialist".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh I'm rolling. I'm far from knowledgeable as to "why". My expertise is building cool shit and I honestly don't know the minute details. All I know is, according to experts that I pay to advise me in such matters, hiring a low skill employee, even if they are hungry and want to learn, makes poor business sense now. By the time you cover unemployment, liability, workman's comp, and health care soon, I lose money. So I'll take the shit to the landfill myself instead of doing what I should be.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I don't doubt that for a second, but I sincerely doubt the ACA is what's created, or even exacerbated, that situation.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    ... or to let private banks unconstitutionally generate money out of thin air -\



  • You must know the location of japanese war gold.

  • I think these webmasters need to update their info...

  • Possible options for DC

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    WOW - just realize that was from last year -still some some interesting possibilities...

  • Arians got the Cardinal job.

    The Avacado green Chrysler Newport of franchises

    Don Pardo calls it a Royal, he's full of shit. It's a Newport with a trim level they may have dubbed Royal.

    Last Royal rolled outta Detroit in 1950.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Honestly, Arians would have been better staying in Indy for a season. More jobs would open in 2014 and Andrew Luck would make him look great.

    This Arizona job could potentially set his career back 5 years. He's walking into an angry DC, which is the same in Chicago except that management didn't promise Rod Marinelli the head coaching job and then string him along until Arians' schedule freed up. Plus, he's got no QB, no draft prospects at QB, an angry top player in Larry Fitzgerald that wants to get traded before his window closes, and a division featuring 3 (!) teams on the rise.

    I think Arians is a fine coach and I feel bad for him. But I doubt he makes it to the end of this contract. I think the Cardinals will finish dead last in the NFC West again next year. Maybe there is hope if they can draft be bad enough to draft Johnny Manziel, but that could just be another mirage.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Cards will be a tough tough gig - If this draft had a Luck, RG3 or Wilson, maybe they'd have a chance, but playing the 9ers, Seahawks and surprisingly tough Rams twice a season is a tall order.

    If Arians were smart, he would do exactly what you propose. Build the Oline, draft a good HB (Lattimore would be a steal in the later rounds and be a pick for the future), maybe another WR in case they trade Fitz, and hopefully next year pick up Johnny Football.

    If the Cards do this, they might be ready to go in 3 years, if the fans are that patient.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    The Cards have one of the best defenses in the NFL. People used to think they had the best receiver.

  • yet they were terrible all year.

    btw, that description sounds kind of familiar

  • Did Trestman say "My beloved Vikings"

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    The Bears PR team should probably edit that out.

    Like thus.

  • The RT and the HC are both from the Tribe.

    I guess we could trade Cutler for a guard and call Bernie Kosar out of retirement.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Whoops - he's Catholic. My bad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What's worse - I totally missed the Sid Luckman play. Damn me.

    Going to bed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Is Kosar kosher?

    At first I thought you were talking about the Cleveland Indians...that would really be thinking outside the box.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    my mother always wanted me to marry a nice jewish girl. Chloe will do.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chloe Trestman? The Trestman's aren't Jewish, afaik.

    Where are people getting the idea that the Trestman's are Jewish? I saw the Telander article, but I've also seen numerous photo's of the Trestman home at Christmas. There's a tree, stockings, Santa, the whole bit. The Trestman daughters occasionally mention their Christian faith. Sarahanne was asked if she was Jewish, and tweeted "we're all Christian" in response.

    I have seen nothing official stating that Marc Trestman is Jewish. Does anybody have any proof that he is?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Here's that tweet:

    Message from Marc to Sarahanne advising, "WWJD?":

    Mrs. Trestman & daughters with Santa:

    None of the above is proof of anything, obviously. But it's at least as convincing as Telander's piece:

    Telander's source is an article from the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency). He doesn't link the article, but here it is:

    So, if the JTA says you're Jewish, you're Jewish? You're Jewish even if you (according to Telander) "may not care a fig about Judaism"?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Not that it matters a fig but whether you actively practice your religion or not, there is a cultural aspect to it. I don't go to Mass anymore and pay little attention to what the Vatican says but I still consider myself culturally Catholic. I have Jewish friends (as well as Jewish relatives) who are pretty much the same way. Perhaps Marc's heritage is Jewish but his wife's is not? Two of my sister's fathers-in-law were Jewish (but non-practicing), their wives Catholic and their grandchildren raised Catholic. Personally, he could bow to to Mecca five times a day and I could care less. He was hired to win Championships and as long as that happens, I'm fine...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    The definition of "Jewish" according to Jewish law is a person who either:

    1) Was born to a Jewish mother (father not relevant)
    2) Converted.

    Those who practice the Jewish faith are generally called "observant" or "practicing" Jews.

    In the past 200 years or so, you have the advent reform, conservative and other streams of Judaism. Each group has its own way of defining Judaism and setting the rules for a "proper" conversion.

    The result is a mess - you have people who grow up thinking they are Jewish, but really their mother simply identifies as Jewish because her father had a reform conversion. You have people who are legitimately Jewish according to all opinions, but have major headaches getting accepted into certain communities because of the history of mistakes.

    Trestman could be Jewish himself, but not observant.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I was reading that Kaifeng (long-ago Chinese immigrant) Jews use patrilinear descent yesterday...think I got lost in wikipedia last night.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hey, I just wanted to know if it would be kosher to give him Carimi's old nickname.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As is the punter..

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bernie Bernie .. .whoa yeah ... super-bowl ......

  • Final food for thought before bed.

    Toub wants to be a head coach. Is coaching in Kansas under Andy Reed the way to get there?

    Lovie wants to be a head coach. Where does he expect to open up after 2013 that will hire him after a year off? What will he do this year? Can't see him in the media. My only thought is Dallas, but does he think he has a real shot there?

    Of the 8 hires this year, which team got the best boost? I'm going to go with Chudzinski to Cleveland. Maybe they won't win the Superbowl, but he's putting together a solid staff and everyone seems on board over there. I'm excited to see that franchise transform under a new owner.

    Which team made the worst choice? Even though Bruce Arians was one of my first choices in the Bears search, I have to think he's walking into the toughest situation because of the way ownership screwed up the transition. We have some hiccups in Chicago with ultra-loyal Lovie staff, but I don't remember seeing a report anywhere that Rod Marinelli or Toub was visibly angry at the hire. That's the word in AZ.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


    2 minority coaches fired followwed by zero for EIGHT 8 minority coaches among the new hires is not an equation that will serve the NFL well.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Plus, adding insult to injury...

    "I sucked for the last 2 seasons in Philly and my personal life is a circus" was, as predicted, "..out of work (figuratively) for about 10 minutes" nd had his choice of at least 3 HC positions.

    On the other hand...

    "I got fired after going 10-6, am a solid citizen and oh, BTW I am 4-2 head-to-head vs. Andy Reid including a loss my first season when I was still trying to clean up the mess Dick Jauron left and I didn't even get a shot at him THIS season when the wheels really came off in Philadelphia." is now reduced to looking for work as an assistant.


    This is NOT going to play well for the NFL.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Had Singletary been saavy (and we know he's not) - he'd have passed on the interview. Clearly the Rooney Ruler for this go - he played his part and was a loyal soldier.

    If Phil wanted to stun the shit out of us right now, name Samurai as DC this week.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That would certainly stun me...and not in a good way.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I don't know Al, I think a lot of it has to do with perceptions about personality and capabilities too. Lovie is just seen as a deadfish who can't coach up an O-focused team to win anything more than a couple playoff games in a 5-6 year stint. And that is the absolutely correct perception.

    Now what's more curious to me is that shaw didn't get poached from Standord. I thought he def would.

    That all said... what you also don't want is a situation like UCLA/UCBerkley in the late 90's early 2000's where you had to have a 5.7 GPA and be in 3 fucking geek clubs (and it helped if you were asian... no offense Jokey) to get in. They didn't look at a normal high GPA close to 4.0 and real life extra caricular stuff like business club and football/track/any sports, etc...

    And yes, I'm still bitter that I only got into UCD, UCSB, UCI, and UCR... and not my first choice UCLA (and I even had the rugby coach trying for me damn it). And yes, it's all about me today.

  • The minority HC aspect is now officially hampered by the fact that most, if not all, minority coaches focus on defense. The trend now if going all in on offense.

    Which of course means that someone will figure out how to stop the read-option and / or quick pace that is the trend, and the pendulum will swing back.

    But not too far - the league is stacked toward offense; the silly rules regarding "blow to the head" if your pinky grazes the QBs helmet (but only if the QB is Manning, Brees, Rodgers etc). That has to stop.

    But for now - defensive minded coaches need not apply.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I am very curious as to how that came to be...meaning, most of the big name minority candidates over the last few years have come from staff positions on the Defensive side of the ball. Is it a consequence of the old school "black QB" stigma that held on for so long in the NFL?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In a word - yes.

  • In reply to BillW:

    How on earth would you know that?

  • These will probably be the highest scoring playoffs in NFL history when you tally all the points. Not an accident. A result of the hitting rules enacted, the NFL is happy to have scoring fests - for awhile. When that swings too far, you'll see them crack down on holding calls.

    It's a big game. It's the Romans. etc etc, watch or don't watch.

    Georgie Mac was on sports radio with Mully today. He insisted that nobody asked Phil to interview Singletary.

    In fact, that the whole thing - the whole process - was TOTALLY hands-off by Ted and George. This is a 100% Emery hire. Trestman and Emery were born on the same day, so it's like 5-hour synergy on steroids. THey will be football geeks and leave no stone unturned.

    Whether you buy it or not, it's told convincingly but the McCaskeys have always been convincing liars. Either way, the spin is that Phil is going to sink or swim with Trestman, and this is clearly a new era. And, as a new era, I think many of the larger traces of the last one, including Urlacher and Hester - are going away.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    money ball, eh?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Given Phil's overt shout out to Stats Inc. in his presser, I'd think Phil has a poster of Billy Beane in his office.

  • Singletary for DC! bring back the 46!

  • Vegas over/under on Kapernick's rushing yards is 62.

    I am going under - he beats the Falcons with his arm this week, not his feet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I dunno.
    The Dirty Birds struggled mightily against Cam Newton. Twice. Could have easily gone 0-2 instead of 1-1 in those games.
    Not to mention Russell Wilson.

  • Trestman quoted Criminal Minds, viz,
    "What I do for myself I bury with me. What I do for others live forever."

    A string of championships would live forever.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    so do you look like shemar moore in real life dave?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I AM Shemar Moore...only much, much paler.

    OK, so the celebrity I got compared to at the club was Conan O'Brien.
    I don't understand why.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


    awesome. then embrace it and work that angle. Fuck 'em!

    Sup maings. I got on last night after a couple joints were empty. Fucked some dudes up. MP7, rapid, Extended. Bang! Bang!

  • Corm, it is a tough life rooting for the Illini.
    Losing to NU at home? By double digits? Not leading once?


  • The real Elephant's in the room is this boyz.

    Can a team that has been so-systolic in it's ways driven by it's past HC reinvent itself without imploding from the past?

    Can a teams individual look into the mirror and create a new identity?

    And last but not least can it's ego's equivalent be allowed to speak up?

    these are the "sciences of football" the meatballs that don't understand will be shown the door soon. and as for those who need a "labcoat" who don't understand probably never will. -last ones for you biggs

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The Bear's weren't against offense.

    I for one never forgot the way they thrilled the nation with their t-formation.

  • In reply to BillW:

    +1 BillW

  • In reply to BillW:

    Much better than scaring the nation with their guns and ammunition

    Oh yeah!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No wonder Tank Johnson got run out of town.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Sadly, that's probably their most recent offensive innovation.

    Unless you count Gale Sayers.

  • ‏@seankjensen
    Indications are, #Bears are going to be aggressive about defensive coordinator vacancy today. Believed Jon Hoke is a candidate.

    ‏@seankjensen announce hiring of Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as running backs coach. It's Cavanaugh's second stint here

  • Does this guy get frequent flyer miles for jail time:

  • Thansk for the info for those of us who are twitterless.

  • suggestions of a new DC anyone?

    we are going to have some sustenance of the "Cover Who" but is there a coach who can take the "Cover Who" and spin it into a more aggressive stint?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    EXACTLY! lobo.

    Exactly what I just posted below. I am 100% on that same wavelength.

  • "Nobody ASKED Phil to interview Singletary."

    Of course not - he was TOLD to.

    C'mon, we're going back to the condescending crap. Harmless I suppose but will never convince me Emery had Singletary on his list of candidates.

    Interesting yesterday how he said he had a list all along, and then ADDED to it based on suggestions in the paper. Tongue in cheek I am SURE - becasue he then said the papers had 30 candidates or so and he had to limit it to about 13. In other words - giving them an obvious dig at how many people he intereviewd when it was less than half the number the press thought he should consider.

  • Glad to hear we're going to be as aggressive about a GOOD DC as the rest. I understand the desire to retain hoke as the last vestige of a great D unit... but there has to be a way without making him the fucking DC.

    We need someone in that hyper-critical spot that has done it before and that knows what he's doing in spades. Keep hoke, fine... but get us williams or the other guy.

    And for the record I am 100% ok with switching to a more dynamic and creative D scheme. We or course will have to utilize the players we have now initially, but planning (and drafting/acquiring personnel) for a transition in a year or two I am 100% on board with.

    I get we had an amazing D, but change necessitates change (see how I did that) and that means some growing pains. We need to come into the 21st with our O and it that means that they pull the D out of the fire from here on out instead of the other way around… then I’m ok with that. Look at NY, Pats, and the… uhhhggg… packers. Turrible Ds but their Os put up so many points they just need to be decent.

    Let’s see what happens… I’m personally not calling for the zombie apocalypse on D just yet.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..I saw what you did there......

    I'm ignorant on this boyz...anyone out there that is a splinter of the Cover Who but more aggressive?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I thought Old Sauce only called the Cover-2 about 30% of the time last year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Please baby jebus, not Greg Williams.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    well GP we know we get more hits. right? tee hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Zombie Apocalypse...crazy fucking Russian...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If we hire Williams for DC I hear every D player gets one of the for the game:


  • canada, did you watch this:

    You can tell he's being 100% honest. Looks like it was tough.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck Armstrong

    and Fuck Te'o...who gives a sheite...really?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    meh, it's RAMPANT in the sport lobo. EVERY pro cyclist who's won any race of importance over the last 20 years has doped in one way or another. Every. Single. One.

    TDF - Almost 30-days, almost in a row, of 100+ miles. Unless you ride a bike competitively you have no idea what that means man… it’s inhumane. Especially on some of the mountain courses. Just insanely brutal.

    I honestly don’t know man… he cheated 100%, but I don’t blame him I guess given the context of pro bicycling. Anyway…

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    exactly MB...EVEN ONE IN CYCLING HAS OR HAD DOPED!!!!! He was no different..please let it fucking die!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Lord knows I can't go for more than twenty minutes on the bike without some delicious Vitamin Water.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought just the opposite. I thought he told just enough truth to get him through all the civil suits that are coming his way. Totally didn't believe he was not doping in 2009-2010. I'm waiting to see if Bruyneel goes to court against USADA. That would be fantastic. I'd love to see someone take down the UCI or at the very least Hein and Fat Pat.

    I've never had any issue with Armstrong doping. That was cycling at the time. The UCI turned a blind eye to it and everyone else was thrilled with the racing.

    It's not unlike steroids in MLB. Everyone knew they were juicing Selig, the owners, the other players, the fans and esp the media. Nobody cared. The HR's were flying and so were the turnstiles at the ball parks.

    My issues with Armstrong have more to do with him being an asshole and a bully. Not to mention a liar of the highest order.

  • This is interesting:

  • Looks like Rob Ryan is going to work for Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. Both Ryan's know defense and how their father ran them. Earlier in this thread some guys frowned on him and later some say bring the 46 back. I think he would have been a good fit for the Bears. He knows D, he's intense,and every team needs some coaches with fire in their gut! I don't know if Singletary has it in him, he knows D but don't know if he has the qualities to be a coordinator or head coach. I prefer experience and a track record of some success.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I would certainly take Rob over Singletary if that had been the choice. I'm kind of excited to see which way we go. I agree about needing someone on staff that brings the brimstone.

  • Fun project for the math-heads...
    Examine relative scoring numbers of teams with young option-read QBs like Kaepernick, RGIII, and I suppose Wilson versus common 3-4 and 4-3 opponents' defenses this year.
    Extrapolate which defensive scheme handles running QBs better than the other.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Emery already knows the answer.

    In fact, I think he and Trestman consulted Nate Silver.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Well, I'm sure HE knows.

    I want to know..and I'm working too hard today between comments to go do the research.

  • I'd have been ok with Rob Ryan. Williams would bring too much press attnetion in a bad way - local and national. The guy from AZ is interesting - he certainly is angry and out to prove himself. Too bad we don't play the Cardinals next yea. I bet he'd like to go to a team that does.

  • Gregg Williams.
    Ouroboros genitalia..
    Dynamics of jewish identify.
    A round 1 ILB prospect with a make-believe internet girlfriend.
    And of course the ACA.

    Yep, this is definitely our off-season.

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