On Emery's Press Conference: Rapid Fire Recap

On Emery's Press Conference: Rapid Fire Recap

Phil Emery was named the General Manager of the Chicago Bears at the beginning of the 2012. He waited until the final day of that year to make his most significant, dramatic and gutsy move. He fired head coach Lovie Smith - a man with significant support amongst the fans and near-unanimous support inside the locker room.

Here are my rapid fire reactions to today's press conference:

  • He's got a definitive look. The coat looks tweed. The glasses are borderline iconic. If he wins here I'd imagine this thing will take off.
  • Made a point to comment on Lovie's "defensive excellence" multiple times. Not team excellence. Defensive excellence.
  • Emery wants the Bears in the playoffs on a consistent basis. Not being there 5 of 6 years cost Lovie.
  • This change was very much about achieving consistency on the offensive side of the ball.
  • Phil Emery making it very clear this was his decision. He presented his options to Ted and George and after some hard-line questioning they allowed him to make the decision.
  • Emery truly owning the decision. Making it clear to those in the room he's in charge.
  • "Be in the hunt for championships on a consistent basis" repeated multiple time.
  • Candidate musts: (1) Excellence in their current role - will seek a wide range of candidates. (2) Administrative/organizational skills. (3) Leader of men. (4) High energy. "Pulls everybody together in the building." (5) Good on their feet with the media. Rare to hear this mentioned but very important in Chicago.
  • Process will be executed with thoroughness but with a sense of urgency. He'd like to have a head coach hired by the East/West and Senior Bowl games.
  • Makes clear that Jay Cutler is the franchise quarterback and next coach should be prepared to coach him.
  • Some of the current coaches on the staff "may end up back here". I would not rule out Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator or Dave Toub as special teams coach.
  • Assistant coaches were given extra year at start of last season to protect them and protect the team. Very interesting. Emery seems to have had this change in mind from day one.
  • Emery wants a coach to adapt to his roster and understand the roster will continue to grow. This is not the beginning of a rebuilding stage, folks.
  • Sure sounds like the Bears will stay with a 4-3 defense. He knows the talent is there to run a 4-3 and wants them in place.
  • No discussion of Brian Urlacher. Commented that 54 looked "rusty". Liked his performance in the Seattle. I maintain Brian Urlacher will be in a Bears uniform next year. Says it will be difficult to replace Urlacher's "knowledge base of our system." Sure sounds like the Tampa 2 alignment/base will be the defense in 2013.
  • Will conduct interviews with head coaches himself, narrow the pool down to two or three and bring Ted and George into the fray. The final decision will belong to Phil Emery and Phil Emery only.
  • Decision wasn't finalized to fire Lovie Smith until Monday morning. Emery dodged the question of whether making the postseason this year would have influenced his decision. (I take that to mean he knew this was coming.)
  • Wow. Phil Emery shouts out to Stats Inc. and PFF. Good for those guys.
  • According to data the Bears were 26th in the league as a pass protecting offensive line.
  • Bears were 22nd in the league when it comes to dropped passes. (Surprised they were this high.)
  • Emery makes definitive statement: you have to have more playmakers than the other guys.
  • Emery spent ten minutes explaining the decisions made along the offensive line this off-season.
  • Chose Alshon Jeffery over riskier picks along the offensive line. Does not regret that decision.
  • Bears need to get better at the midfield area of the field. Criticizes lack of using Forte in the passing game. Comments that Kellen Davis "had a rough year". Hypothesizes about the lack of consistency from Earl Bennett.
  • Emery is a joy to listen to if you're a football nerd. I, my friends, am a football nerd.
  • Stated Henry Melton "got better as a run player". Tempering enthusiasm for contract negotiation?
  • I believe Emery just said he coached both swimming and lacrosse.
  • Money will be no issue when finding a new head coach and hiring his staff. One of the antiquated concepts about the McCaskey family is they're cheap. They haven't been cheap for more than a decade.
  • "We want to win championships now." Emery being very clear the Bears are NOT rebuilding.

Three words to define Emery: meticulous, passionate, honest. If you did not watch or listen to the press conference, go find it.


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  • I can't believe they were that low on the list for drops.

    Marshall and Davis dropped a lot of passes this year. Oh, that Hester guy did too.

  • We had to be way up there for dropped TD passes, though. Seems like nearly every drop by someone not named Kellen was of a sure TD.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I could be wrong, but I think 32nd is the most drops, not the least.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Drps Stats


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Just FYI,

    Marshall was targeted 178 time, 3rd behind Megatron and Reggie Wayne.

    He had 10 drops and 11 TD.

    Wayne & Johnson combined for 10 TDs.

    He had 113 catches in 123 chances.

    That puts his drop rate at just about 8%.

    So, Marshall catches better than 9 of 10 catchable passes thrown his way, often with 2 or 3 other guys hacking away at him.

    Is expecting even more realistic?


    And I'm sure Mr. Marshall would say "Yes, I am supposed to catch ALL of them" .

    But that's just not possible.


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    More FYI:

    To their credit, Megatron also dropped 10 of 117 for a 7.9% drop rate.

    Reggie Wayne dropped 8 of 110 for a 9.1% drop rate.

    Victor Cruz 10 of 92 for almost 11%

    Wes Welker 9 of 119 for 7.6 % but you have to look where he is targeted, oftern very short underneath and bubble screen routes.

    Brandon Pettigrew dropped 9 of 66
    or 13.6%.

    Ad Winnah? (Losah?)

    JImmy Graham dropped 13 of 89.
    A drop rate of almost 15%.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I have to rest now. My widdle brain hurts from all that math.

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    I say John Gruden Bear Down!!

  • I know there is a certain level of serenading involved for any potential HC, but I like the fact that Emery stated, multiple times, that HE had to be convinced by the potential HC, that hed be the right fit for the job. Emery clearly demands a great level of excellence and hopefully his ideals will translate quickly in all aspects of Da beloved's game.

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    One of my favorite things about Emery is his team mentality. He uses the phrase "forgot about titles" frequently when talking about draft preparation. He mentioned several times in the press conference regarding things like who calls the plays that its about making the case that something will be the best plan. Also mentioned that he would maintain control of the 53 man roster - something of a power play, but he described it as checks and balances.

    This guy is going to build a great organization.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yea, I liked the checks and balances reference. I'm drinking the Emery Cool-Aid too, NBIT. I believe he wants to control the roster because he hinted that some of the UFA's should have had bigger roles as in Joe Anderson ( The dude should be a great WR next year) and maybe we should have kept Blanchard as well.

  • "Assistant coaches were given extra year at start of last season to protect them and protect the team. Very interesting. Emery seems to have had this change in mind from day one."

    Wat? Somebody want to explain this one to me.

  • LOVED Emery's conference. Here's my thinking after watching it. Hire McCoy. He has had success tailoring his offenses to each QB he has had. Orton had his best year with McCoy. TEBOW? He has ties to Marshall. He may also have a leg up in bringing Ryan Clady to protect Cutler's blindside. May also be able to get Sheffler from Detroit as a new TE since they worked together in Denver. Lovie tried turning the Bears into St. Louis 2. Why not let McCoy turn the Bears Offense into a high powered one like they had in Denver? Cutler, Marshall, Clady, and Sheffler all talked before the season about getting the "band" back together in Chicago. Why not give it a shot? The other free agent LT (LONG) nad TE (Finnley) would be too expensive. Sheffler and Clady may take a "discount" in getting back with Jay and Brandon. I just hope we keep Toub and Marennelli. But Tice must GO! PLEASE NO ANDY REID!!!!!!!!! Bear DOWN!

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    I also think keeping marinelli would be good move. Keep the defensive philosophy intact as much as possible.

  • In reply to brunsmk:

    Personally, I would be surprised if Marinelli stays due to his loyalty to Lovie.

  • I hope not, Doc. Marinelli can adapt too in his D schemes. I hope somehow the players can convinve him ( Marinelli) and the new HC to keep Marinelli in Chicago as long as possible.

  • I would also be surprised, but I hope he can be convinced to stay. I'm sure Emery would have loved to keep Lovie as the DC, but you just can't do that. You need an unquestioned man in charge to be the coach, otherwise competing loyalties can kill a team. Ultimately that might be the end of Marinelli as well.

    But if the new coach is an offensive mind and he clicks well with Marinelli, I could see Marinelli being asked to stay on as assistant coach and DC. If anyone could make that happen, its Emery - the man is a consensus builder.

    All of this still makes we want to see Toub interviewed. Toub has the creativity to better use guys like Forte (who Emery said was underused) and Earl Bennett (who got seriously overlooked for a lot of the year). If Toub can convince Emery that he knows who to bring in on his offensive staff to turn things around, I think that would be a great hire.

    With that said - Toub would have to bring in a total surprise for it to work. If Toub says "let's have Jeremy Bates do it" I think Emery would feel (correctly) like it wouldn't be enough of a culture change.

  • In reply to brunsmk:

    Tice has a lot of experience. He showed spurts where the line operated well together, regardless of the playcalling. He'd be fine as a line coach. Maranelli needs to stay on even if it's just as the d-line coach. After that, we just need a guy with an offensive philosophy as a HC, but Maranelli is good. Toub is probably just a good ST coach who would fall flat on his ass as a HC. Didn't Maranelli go 0-16?

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    After listening to this presser, I'm convinced that Emery knows what the fuck he is doing, so I should just sit the fuck back and watch a master ply his craft.

    Unlike the old days, Emery has proven he isn't blind to deficiencies. He knows exactly what is wrong, and is going to continue to be aggressive now that he has been let off the chain.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    "I'm convinced that Emery knows what the fuck he is doing, so I should just sit the fuck back and watch a master ply his craft."

    That's precisely the impression I got, too.

    Holy crap, I'm almost ashamed to admit I'm excited about the GM.

    I think, given all the variables, this was a brilliant move. Getting a HC for a 10-6 team with all the talent and potential here, plus the future growth when the defense needs to be re-done after all the greybeards retire, is a MUCH different proposition than trying to get a HC after a crap season. The more I think about it, Emery made this job very very very appealing to HC candidates by firing Lovie now instead of just letting his contract run out next year (or firing him last year after The Collapse).

    Emery is playing this game on several levels.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    Well said Chris. I am with you. I won't say who the man should hire or keep. I will just sit back and watch his smoke.

  • MB and Posse,

    I regret to inform you that my lucky hair is MIA. I am hopeful that I may still find it intertwined and held down by some of its jealous unluckier brethren. But we must brace ourselves for the inevitable; it was plucked in my sleep by my mean mean wife.

    However, I didn't notice it was missing until moments after I learned of LDL's firing. Coincidence? Of course not. My bet? My lucky hair used up all it's magnificent glory to oust the lovemeister.

    I'll miss you lucky hair, but your time on my chin was not in vain and will not be forgotten.


  • to follow up on our convo a couple threads back - the shows at the garden were awesome. was section 116, Page Side, for the first night. close enough to see the sweat on their brows. second night we were in 204, row 1. it's the wheelchair row (no, none of us are in wheelchairs) so there was a whole lot of room to dance around. we were straight in front of the stage, so the light show may have been the best i've ever seen.

    i'm still chasing my lizards after this run, but there's always hope that the next show will be the one.

    pretty sweet divided sky story from the gorge. it's funny - i've heard a lot of people who see divided sky at the gorge tell stories about sunset seeming to happen right at the song's turning point. it's no accident. trey is a wizard.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Cool man. I'm jealous.

    How's their new material?

  • not sure what you'd consider new, but i'm a big fan of everything they've been doing post-trey's-parole/rehab-stint.
    they're like that bennett bubble screen: starts off innocent enough, then BAM! you realize it's not a play to hester so there's a chance for day light. =]

  • Good bye lucky hair.

  • The one thing that hit me (brief allusion was made in your Stats, Inc. point) of the highly analytic way Emery approaches his task. For instance, his references to the o line needing improvement, but teams with worse stats making the playoffs, so there is other work to do At least he is beyond the meatball theory on Chicago Sports Fan Talk that somehow Tice's worse ranking vindicates Martz.

    Also, he went into a lot of depth of how he made last year's draft selections, so at least it wasn't another of Angelo's "we picked another safety to make him into a kick returner/pass receiver." Hopefully, the Bears will have fewer players playing out of position. The only thing that bothered me was that he said that there wasn't anyone on the board better than Webb and Carimi.

    Now we'll have to see if the criteria for excellence result in improvement next year, or we have another Theo Epstein with the equivalent of a 101 loss season.

  • I see the "Money will not a factor" as them now being open to hiring someone with NFL head coaching experience.

    And I'm not wowing anybodywith football brilliance by stating the obvious fact that when you hear the phrase "High Energy", the first name that HAS to come to mind is, Jon Gruden. So, maybe that is now a genuine possibilty and no longer just a fanbased fantasy.

    On the other hand, when I hear "HIGH ENERGY" I certainly do NOT think of Andy Reid.

  • So, Blogfather, did we glimpse YOUR hand up Phil's back and working his mouth?

    Should we now refer to you as one of the following:

    A) Edgar Bergen
    B) Senor Wences
    C) Danny O'Day
    D) Paul Winchell
    E) Jay Johnson
    F) Willie Tyler
    G) Jeff Dunham

    ??? (Sorry, that's all the famous ventriloquists I could think of.)

    OK, probably NOT.
    Looks like NOBODY'S moving Mr. Emery's lips but Mr. Emery.

    But for what came out of that mouth, it sure sounded a lot like it COULD have been you!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


    Your omission of Ray Rayner is forgiven, since you are not a Chicagoan, but please - let's get on board with the Windy City lore. Garfield Goose anyone?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, Ray was not a ventriloquist. And you must have missed the major exchange tobijohn and i had regarding ray rayner, Bob Bell, Frazier Thomas, gar Goose, et. al a few threads back.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As a kid, I loved RAY RAYNER & FRIENDS and GARFIELD GOOSE & FRIENDS like I love the Bears.

    Those of us old enough to have enjoyed those shows as kids are fortunate, indeed.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I have indoctrinated my 3 year-old daughter into the cult of "Hardrock, Coco, and Joe" via Youtube.

    Ray Rayner was at his best when he was carving the turkey or screwing up a simple craft project.

  • I salute you!


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No, I didn't know it was available. Did you get it? If so, how's the quality?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And before I was "AlbertInTucson" I was first, "AlbertInChicago" and grew up watching said shows.

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    In reply to Albertintucson:

    Danny O'Day (and Farfel) was a dummy, Jimmy Nelson was the ventriloquist.

    Nestlé's makes the very best...

  • Jon Gruden was hired to coach the bucs after several promising but ultimately disappointing seasons in Tampa under Tony Dungy. Dungy used the cover deuce and his teams featured defenses that always finished near the top of the league. But his teams also had some of the most inept offenses in the league.

    Enter Jon Gruden. He spiced up the offense and kept the defense intact. I'm reminded of Warren Sapp saying how Gruden would talk to his defensive stars around the facilities. Dungy would say things like, "how's the family?" things like that. Gruden would challenge his defenders, saying things like "We're coming at you today, you better be ready" He got his already stout defense to perform at an even higher level, simply by raising the energy level and challenging guys on a consistent basis. The Bucs used to lose Phili (under Dungy) in the playoffs year after year. Gruden comes in and loses a close regular season game to Phili. The players are thinking "here we go again". But on the bus ride to the airport, Gruden tells his players, and I paraphrase, "yeah they won....but I got em. I know how to beat this team". He was able to dissect the team that seemed to own his guys and when they met again in the playoffs, they won, ultimately hoisting the Lombardi.

    Does any of this sound familiar to you guys?

    My vote is for Jon Gruden. But his younger bro might be nice too.

  • ..and who was Gruden's QB that season? Brad "I certainly don't have the tools/skills Jay Cutler has." Johnson.

    But Gruden's record DOES have it's ups and downs...


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Seems my pro-football-reference thing has crept into the blog. Good... nothing like real data :-)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bottom line on Gruden:

    11 seasons as HC between two teams. Best record (2 years) 12-4, the Superbowl year with TB and 1 year with Oakland. 11-5 once, 10-6 once. Two 9-7 seasons, two 8-8 seasons. Playoffs 5 times (one-and-done twice).

    Statisically, that's not much of an upgrade over Lovie.

  • Good info but..

    SCREW Warren Sapp.

    Great as he was on the field the man is an absolute tool.

    He had the temerity to go on Dan Patrick this season and call Brandon Marshall "Retarded".

    THIS from a guy whose OWN personal life would have have to IMPROVE just to qualify as a "Train Wreck".

    Multiple children (who he does NOT support) by multiple women.

    Bankrupt, financially AND morally.

    He sounds like he SHOULD have played in the NBA.

    Even worse, Patrick lets him get away with crap comments like that because "Danny, the Incessant Name- Dropper" considers Sapp a "Buddy".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Total agreement about Sapp.

    This is the same guy who, on his bankruptcy filing, listed a couple hundred pairs of Air Jordans as assets.

  • I was thinking the same thing. Marinelli was the assistant head coach and DL coach for the Bucs at the time they won the SB so they know each other. Sounds like a perfect match to me. Gruden's pretty head-strong though. I could see him and Emery butting heads.

    Oh, and sorry to hear about your lost hair.

  • Yep, I'm on Chucky's bandwagon. Bit of pep on offense is just the ticket. If we had a working O this year we would have kicked the shit out of everyone all the way to 16-0.

  • Emery would impress highly, and really step away from the guy we thought he was, if he hires Chucky.

    Chucky and Cutler? Chemistry? Wow, I will just go ahead and book my week's vacation for Bourbonaiss now so I can be there every day.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    While he might not be my first choice, if it will get him out of the broadcast booth, I'm all for it...

  • Ugh. Da Coach is upset, may stroke out again.


    Mike has never been a fan of any decision he thinks a McCaskey had a hand in. Lovie really covered his political bases, didn't he?

    Still didn't save him. Beating the fucking Packers saves you, Lovie. Gold plated toilets don't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ditka believes the decision came down to the Vikings' win over the Packers in the final week of the regular season. A win by Green Bay would have ensured a playoff berth for Chicago.

    "If Minnesota would have lost last night and the Bears were in the playoffs this wouldn't have happened. That's a fact. So how stupid is it then? It really is stupid."

    You know what's stupid coach? Stating your mis-informed opinions as "facts".

  • In reply to Shady:

    Disagree with Da caoch. Respectfully, of course.

    . I think Lovie had to win at least 1 playoff game to get a reprieve.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Spot on, Shady. Ditka has talked out of his ass for forty years years now.

    Really, Mike? You mean that Emery would not have fired Lovie before the season was over? Well, he didn't, you blithering fucking idiot.

    Fuck Ditka. What a fucking tool.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Getting to look/sound like he may have "Stayed too long at the fair."

    When that happens, it's sad.

    Willie Mays was the best ballplayer I ever saw but his last year, with the Mets, was PAINFUL to watch.

    As beloved as he was, Harry Caray stayed on the air LONG after he should have. Steve Stone carried him for years. Even BEFORE the stroke, the booze had killed too many key brain cells.

    On the other hand, Vin Scully, while he's lost a LITTLE off his fastball, is still viable. But he also doesn't travel anymore. He's back for the Dodgers again this year.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pursuant to a post below, you can DEFINITELY add Lou Holtz to the "Stayed too long..." list.

    Probably at "#1 with a Bullet."

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ditka is 100% right on one thing: if Minnesota had lost, Lovie wouldn't have been fired yesterday.

    Emery might've waited a week, instead.

  • +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He says himself we had no offense in the second half of the season. That's why he got fired, Mike.

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/bears-return-man-devin-hester-pondering-retirement-lovie-204613266--nfl.html

    Pretty big news here too - though if he really does, will we miss him much?

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    That's not big news. That's someone who likes being a star, but is struggling to produce like a star. Gotta get attention somehow.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    No ffense but, that's "old news'.

    Check the previous ("...fired") thread and you will find that the blog concensus was almost unanimously

    "Don't let te door hit you in the ass on your way out, Devin."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah... I realized that I was a little late lol

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Should have traded him when he had 'perceived' value.


    Yeah, I'm trying to give a bigger headache to all you hungover bastards.

    Anyone have a link to the Emery presser? I did a quick search, but only reactions to it came up, not the actual footage.

    We have a bunch of ballbusters on this blog, so if he passed with flying colors here, I'm sure I'm gonna like what I hear.

  • Check the propaganda page:


    I'm not sure if they'll post the full presser. They've been posting clips the last couple hours.

    "Emery on offense, line" is especially interesting (imo).


  • There's a handful of fairly lengthy excerpts on the Bears site. Not the complete thing but enough to give you an idea of why just about everyone here is impressed...

  • Here's a link with the complete audio:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Some good comments over there too...

  • Here you go:


    Looks like the full audio (no video).

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    yeah, thats the link windy city gridiron has embedded. In fact, I'm listening to it again. Gotta tell ya, after listening to that press conference, I no longer feel like a North Korean after the death of the Great Leader..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    No, it's a different link. The audio file I posted is roughly 4.5 minutes longer.

    Haven't listened to both files. They're probably essentially the same.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yo, thanks guys, listening to it right now.

    Holy fuck. This guy is ON it. I'm now calling him "The Wolf". No worries - he's on the job.

    "Computer based knowledge" - Emery has some sort of SuperComputer spitting out all possible draft, fa, player, coaching scenarios.

    "Consistency" "Consistency" "Consistency" - missing the playoffs 5 out of 6 years won't cut it. Amen.

    "Excellence," "Organizational skills", "Administrative skills," "Leadership skills" in that order. "Thorough", "Meticulous", "High Energy." Positive, adaptable, media savvy.

    Man, are we raising Halas from the dead? I expect our next H.C. to fly into Halas Hall in a cape and declare world peace.

    "I made the decision to move forward with our head coaching position moving forward" not Ted or George you asshats!

  • Emery got me wet son!

  • Great day for the bears, lovie will never win a super bowl, way too predictable, stubborn, and one dimensional. Took guts to fire him after 10 wins, I'm inspired. This team's on it's way. Get McCoy, overhaul the o-line, put up 30+ ppg, win at the medowlands next january. Too much talent on this team to be missing the playoffs 5 outa 6 years

  • Bears rated best place to come in and win


  • I just don't see Lovie following Jauron's path to the Bills.


    I could, however, see him in Arizona. He is... who we thought he was....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Too late, GP.

    Reid by all accounts reuniting with Kolb at Ariz.

    I think that high draft pick which Ariz has tempted Reid. Gonna prob draft "his" QB and mold him.

    I doubt Lovie gets an H.C. job this year, unless all those other candidates stay put.

  • Is it just me or is Andy Reid looking more and more like Wilford Brimley?

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  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It's the diabeetus!

  • Easy trip from Phoenix to Dana Point.

  • Wow, crazy stat of the day via Emery via Stats, Inc.

    Our Oline ranked 26th in pass blocking.

    9ers ranked 25th.

    How the fuck is that possible?

  • The 49ers Qb's take a lot of sacks. They have some beastly offensive lineman in the run game, but none of them are great in pass protection. What hurt the Bears more than pressure was the huge number of mental error penalities by the offensive line.

    You also have to look behind those stats. The Packers giving up pressure when they are in a 4 or 5 wide set set where Rodgers can quickly deliver to the open receiver is different than the Bears max protecting and still giving up pressure with no outlet receiver because they're all engaged as blockers, but both count the same as pressures.

  • Awesome defense. SF aren't all that good.

  • As for Toub and Marrinelli (as well as position coaches), if they're under contract and the Bears want them to stay next year, they really don't have a choice, do they? Obviously, you don't want coaches that don't want to be here but I'm misunderstanding something, technically, it's not their decision to make...

  • Emery discussing the Oline by far the most interesting part. It revealed the thought process of deciding to ride with essentially the same o-line as last year.

    Franchise LTs in past FA market non-existent.


    That might not be the case in the next one with Long and a few others. It's gonna be very interesting to see if Emery goes after a Tackle in FA. At least now we know he goes by Stats, Inc and PFF, so when time comes around, we can look at the FAs available who rank highly and see who Emery might have his eye on. It might not even be Long since his play has declined in the last two years, perhaps due to inj.

    I think Emery was cherry picking a bit with the stats though. He said Carimi did well in preventing "disruptions" - but did not include how Carimi ranked in penalties or run blocking. Carimi was Tice's golden boy, so for him to get benched in favor of an FA is pretty damning.

    I think everyone, including us here, didn't expect Carimi to suck so much this year, and that's why Emery went for Alshon in the 2nd.

    I told you guys I had a good feeling about Scott, and I think he's gonna be our RT going forward, with Carimi playing swing.

    What they do with Webb is beyond me.

    We're definitely getting a new LG from reading between the lines. Garza according to Emery was "solid" but does that mean we're not looking to upgrade there? Lance Louis is gonna get resigned, no brainer there.

    Keep in mind we still have James Brown, and if anyone has Stats Inc, PFF info on him this year, that might give us some insight into where he stands in Emery's mind.

  • Brown was a natural tackle being looked at for RT by Tice for next year. Tice once said early in the season that seeing Brown in there would represent panic. I guess that was panic.

    Considering the soap opera that transpired (a starter QUIT the team in Chico is not the Man drama, after that rape at Candlestick. Have you ever seen an OL starter QUIT playing football in mid-season under contract? Just invoke Illinois right to work statute, and QUIT?) it was a wonder to see Brown in there at LG, and any stats collected on his snaps should probably be meaningless, as are Carmini's stats at RG.

    I found a sign of the weakness of the OL coaching, and lowered my consideration of Tice considerably, when he didn't take Cookie, who was performing at LG at the end of last season, and keep him there. Instead, he told Williams he could compete for swing tackle. And it was a disaster. They CUT him.

    By the time we were at Carmini at RG, it was a full fledged fiasco.

    If Emery is a stat man, he'll let Garza go for the same reason we walked away from Kreutz. No push in the triangle.

    I really hope the next regime knows how to coach an OL and drinks deeply from the Jim Finks fountain of wisdom.

  • I think all of us were shocked that Carimi was so bad. Maybe his leg was still an issue this year. If not, oh boy. Other than Louis, I wouldn't be shocked if the OL has 4 new starters next year. I could see Webb or Carimi as a swing tackle. Unless we can't find an upgrade at center, Garza is probably out the door. Same with the other 500 LG's. A new coach means heavy roster turnover.

    Of the starters/backups I see the following on the bubble; Moore, Steltz, Hayden, Okoye, Collins, Izzy, #54 on D. On O Campbell, all of the OL not named Louis, all TE's not named ERod, Hester and Knox.

    That's 20 guys who played a lot this year. I'm not counting the guys that are in the last few roster spots. Should be interesting.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Of course, I managed to forget Toeinia. Nothing against him but he's gotta be on shaky ground.

  • Garza is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. The guy is a shit center who false starts WHEN HE'S THE DUDE THAT SNAPS THE BALL. Two knee braces??

    Whatever happened to last years centers that got drafted?

  • Go Badgers! Win Rose Bowl # 4 for legendary coach Barry Alvarez. For those watching the game, some WI players to watch are:

    WR Jared Abbrederis (4) - Only good receiver on the team. Walk-on who's been great the last two years.

    TE Jacob Pederson (48) - Good blocker and receiving TE.

    RB Montee Ball (28) - Most TD's in D1 college football history. Will be a top 3 pick in the draft, but has a lot of wear on his body. Character guy who came back to get his diploma.

    RB James White (20) - Ave. 6.7 yds / carry as the #2 back. Would start for most teams.

    RB/ ? Melvin Gordon (25) - Freshman, but a future great running back. Could be the wild card in this game. Very fast.

    LB Chris Borland(44)- Walk-on undersized MLB but one of the best defenders in the Big 10.

    LB Mike Taylor (53) - One of the leaders in tackles in the Big 10 last two seasons.

    DL Beau Allen (96) - Will be key in stopping the run and creating pressure.

    Badgers are the underdog, but Barry's won 5-6 bowl games as the underdog. He's a great motivator.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Montee Ball won't be a top 3 pick in the draft. He will be drafted in the first three rounds.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    ah, didn't see this.

    yeah, he's one of those whose combine will mean a lot.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    There's a lot of WI guys walking around over here in Pasadena. A lot of them were sleeping on the street for the Rose Bowl Parade.

    One guy had a WI sweater with a Stanford hat. I was about to ask him what that was about, but then didn't care enough to ask.

    I felt like I should have been wearing my Bear gear since no doubt there are lots of cross-over Packer fans, but I had to dress nicely for New Years, and I don't own a Bear bow-tie - not yet at least.

    I'm not sure Ball will go in the top 3...it'll be hard for any RB to go top 5 from now on.

    T-rich had a solid season, but so did some other HB rooks like 6th rounder Alfred Morris, or late rounder Doug Martin. David Wilson also began getting hot at the end, and that Colt's rook HB Ballard was unspectacular, but solid.

    I'm more interested in that Stanford TE Zach Ertz who should be there for us at 20...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    We need a running back, a center, a middle linebacker of legendary proportions and a quarterback. I want my LT NFL ready. FA please.

  • Here in Illinois, there is a great deal of parties going on between where I live in the Western burbs and Dekalb.

    NIU plays Florida State tonight at 7:30 CST. I think it's crazy, but Dekalb is treating it like a tiny school getting to the NCAA Final in basketball. Total madness out there tonight, hope they don't get their hearts broken by Seminoles.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Go Huskies! My late nephew's Alm Mater!

  • Caution: Wolverine explosion dead ahead. May be debris.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Clowney is a beast. I love watching that kid play. The next Peppers.

  • If Rivera is fired do yall believe Marinelli would be happy to stay if Rivera can come over to Chicago again?

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    I don't see Rivera in the mix for the HC job. They are looking at offensive minded coaches.

  • All of you guys kicking dirt on Hester surprise me. He had a mediocre year (at best). He still averaged 8.3 yds/punt return and 25.9 yds/kick return. The previous 2 years he had 3 return TD's each season. Other than Gale I don't believe any other Chicago Bear has 3 return TD's in a season. Did we see any other person on the roster do anything in the return game this year? No. It just wasn't a great year for us on ST's. I think the constant roster turnover was an issue. Also, the league might be catching up to Toub. Just a few years ago at least half the punters just wailed away. Now almost all of them kick directionally and can make the ball back up. Maybe Devin is done. Maybe not. He's got one more year on his contract at $1.8 mil. Why rush him out of town? He's a simple, sensitive guy. Lovie getting canned is probably close to seeing his dad getting fired. Can't be easy. Give the guy a break. For all that he's done for the Beloved, he deserves that much.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good points, all...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Thanks Canada... I felt all alone on the other thread(s).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He just looks done Canada. Too many mental mistakes. Turning around, running backwards, etc. How about the one this Sunday he too out of the end zone to the three yard line. Those kinds of mistakes can lose you a game. Add to it that other teams seem to be able to get quality yardage out of fast rookies. Look at the kid that took over for Randall Cobb
    against the Vikes. I loved watching Devin do his thing. In fact, I wonder how many games he won for Lovie with his return skills. Its not quantitative enough to pinpoint exactly, but I can think of a few for sure. The Panthers game this year is a good example. He didn't even return anything because Rivera had some sort of brain fart and kicked it to mid field half the day out of fear of Hester. I think that win may have come on Devin's reputation more than anything else. I used to watch every return with the thought that he was about to break one. This year, I just kept hoping he wouldn't run backwards.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Like this mistake?

    Big difference now is no one doing what HH did on that play

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You don't see a difference between that play and his play on Sunday? This clip exactly proves my point. 1.)He ran his ass off on that play.
    2.) In 2006 he was a rookie and he was very fast.
    3.) By your own statement he only makes that play with Hunter Hillenmeyer laying guys out. True. Danieal Manning, Johnny Knox, or any other really fast kick returner could have made that play.
    How many would have? Probably not many. Devin was the greatest there has been. Most returners don't have the capital banked with the coach to take that one out. But he isn't the guy in the clip you posted anymore.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    He LOOKS done, yes.

    Even worse, he TALKS done.

    Think it would do any good to tell him "Forget wide receiver, DH.
    Just return the kicks."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I confess, Al, that is does dismay me that Devin certainly *is* talking done. Not sure if anyone can light a fire under him again.

    Maybe Deion should give Hester a call

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Come on Canada, this isnt nursery school, its football. If he is sensitive hes in the wrong profession. He cant rest on his past performances. Whats he done for us lately? Nothin! In fact he has lost his drive and passion, and this is before he got his feelings hurt. He gets paid too much to waste a roster spot. Let him come to camp and prove himself, or let him quit.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I've got no issue with him fighting for a roster spot. Most of the anti-Devin crowd on here are trying to push him out the door before next season. He had a down year. The prior two years he had 3 return TD's each year. So I'd say he's done plenty in the recent past.

    Put yourself in his place. The fans have turned on him and he's no longer The Man. The only HC he's known in the pros gets canned. No doubt the guy was like a father figure to him. He just finds out Lovie is canned and a reporter starts pounding on him. It's a lot easier being a hard ass from your living room.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1000 on that last paragraph

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It's not the down year Canada, it's the lack of effort!!!!!! He sees a defender and gives himself up. He's lost his heart, and its obvious to most on this blog. So I think he should be relegated to his living room where he can be a hard ass, because he has become a pussy and a liability on the field!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I know what you mean Murph. I was pretty shocked when he did a couple of dives. I just think the guy's a bit of mess right now. Who knows where it will all end up? My only thing is give the guy a chance next year..

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hester is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    He'll come around.

    Or he'll be out the door.

    Don't waste the effort worrying about him. The new HC--if he's an offensive whiz--will make Hester productive. Or Hester will be trade bait. Either way, it's a big improvement over this year, right?

  • Good points. Not sure Hester has any trade value.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh, I think someone would give up a pick or player if the Bears shopped Hester. It wouldn't be a very big thing--think more like the Clutts trade than Olsen's--but it would be some compensation. In the end, even if the Bears cut him outright, as long as he didn't end up having a career resurgence at Detroit or Minny (don't think GB would touch him), it would be a net plus. Right now he's not performing.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He basically admitted he's been calling it in for the last two years, C-Bear. I found that shocking more than surprising, but I'd cut him for that.

  • Glad I signed myself out of hospital to see him run back that SB return though. Never forget that one.

  • @Canadabear: I only meant for Rivera to come and coach the defense only, not as head coach. I think having both Rivera and Marinelli will be special.

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Not sure how that would work. One of them would be the DC. Not sure why the other would want to take a step back to a position coach after being HC's and/of DC's. Don't see that working unless one of them had no other options.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hey Canada, it's half time of my other beloved team's game. Check out this set list from last night.


    You have any cool stories for me regarding any or all of the Three Kings?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Click on the 12-31-12 show to see the set list.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That had to be a great show. B.B., Muddy and Wolf are my all-time faves but Freddie wasn't far behind. I liked Albert but he wasn't one of my faves. Although, there's something about seeing someone playing an upside down, Flying V that's just beyond cool.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I saw Freddie King in '71 open for Leon Russell. He was awesome. He used a metal finger and thumb pick on steel strings. Killer tone. Saw Albert King in '72 open up for Jefferson Airplane and once in the late '80's in a Blues club in Peoria. Good singer, good player but a crabby dude for sure. I've seen B.B. about a dozen times and met him once. He talked to me backstage after a show for a couple of minutes. Got his autograph and he was super nice to me. My first big show ever was Canned Heat in '68 with the original lineup. They were a fave back then and I loved the show. I thought they were just about the best Blues band on the planet. About a month later I saw B.B. with a 10-piece band. Canned Heat was like a warm up band compared to him. I was one of about 8 white people at the show. Not the last time that happened.

    Here's a vid of Freddie doing one of my favorite standards.


    Tore Down and Hideaway are his big hits.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's funny you posted this video of Freddie. I watched that video for the first time either last night or the night before.

    That's weird when you talk about being one of the only white people at a blues show in the long, long time ago. Now when I go to a blues show it's almost ALL white people, other than the musicians.

    I had a chance to see BB King about two years ago, but ended up missing the show. I heard I didn't miss much. I guess he's way past his prime. But I wasn't there, so not sure. I have seen him jamming with other greats on video recently that were very good.

    George Porter, Jr. of the Meters toured with Mule for quite a while when their bass player died. Now he's filling in on tour for Tedeschi Trucks band, in place of Oteil Burbidge. Another bassist who toured with them for a while was Mike Gordon from Phish when Phish was on hiatus.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I haven't seen B.B. in 15 years. Even then he was in his 70's but could still sing and play. Nothing like in his prime but it was still worth seeing. Now his memory is going and has to use a teleprompter for the lyrics (I'm guessing it keeps him on point). To see him now it's more about saying you saw him, you're a huge fan or you just want to be entertained by the stories. My sister saw him about 5 years ago and he introduced the band twice in about 10 minutes. She is a huge fan and it really depressed her. I would never discourage someone from seeing him live. He's still the coolest guy in the room, just not what he was. Of course, at 87 who could be?

  • Watched the presser. Impressed. Let's see how it's actually executed before we start handing out blow jobs.

    Second,ari was decent to good... but he's old guard, fuck him. The new HTC should bring in his own, totally new staff. No hold overs.

    And devin's done. Thanks for your service son, now buh bye.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jesus auto correct...

    Marri ... hc

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-players-react-to-firing-of-coach-Lovie-Smith/2087d4f6-002e-4ec8-a21e-e25e43d6c986

    Btw, chris kluwe should shut his big fucking cakehole for once. Jesus dude, #shutthefuckupdouchebag

  • @BearReport
    Per @DavidHaugh #Bears have asked permission to interview Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements.
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    As guy who has coached Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre in Green Bay, his rep with QBs stellar and he's been around some high-octane offenses.

  • I am very intrigued on the Tom Clements interview. Working with Farve and Rodgers. Two future HOF.. Very intriguing Emery.

  • Didn't the Packers turn us down a few years ago when we tried to interview him for OC? Perhaps it's a different set of rules when it's the HC position...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    When another team contacts one of your own for a HC then a team cannot turn that interview down.

    That's why back in the day when the Titans wanted to interview Tice for the offensive coordinator job, we were able to turn them down.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    If the job offer is a considered a higher position, they cannot refuse.

  • i thought McCarthy called the plays.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I'm sure he does but how did Philbin get a job in Miami then...?

  • @mikecwright
    Keith Armstrong is interviewing right now in Atlanta. Joe DeCamillis' interview is Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., according 2 source.

  • @ESPNChiBears
    Emery will interview #Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis Saturday morning in Dallas, per sources.

  • @ESPNChiBears
    Armstrong's interview is taking place Tuesday night. #Bears.

  • A quick side note that is not Bears related. I recently watched a movie that I can't believe I never owned until this Christmas.


    Great movie.

  • Wonderful stuff. Written and directed by the genius that is Andrew Niccol. He wrote the script for The Truman Show, but they wouldn't let him direct it because he was a nobody. He wrote 'Lord of War', 'The Terminal' , 'In time', and SimOne,

  • great movie

  • Emery praised Scott for not allowing any sacks this season. I for one think he should stay as RT. He showed a lot of hustle at times to save and or keep some plays alive. So maybe, the O-line won't be that hard to fix......

  • Just heard Emery's presser. I love everything he had to say. Wow!

  • If you can...take the time to read this...


  • AHEM

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Was that a spellcheck 'AMEN'?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    No... I already posted that article above. aHem!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hahaha.. Sorry, I didn't take the time to read the whole blog for once.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How come I can't see it?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Seriously, if you posted that suntimes link above, I can't find it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Huh... weird. I know I posted it. Maybe last thread.

  • Hello.. is this thing on?....

    Dungeons and Dragons my ass..

  • Let me ask you guys something... how in THEE fuck is Lou holtz a sports COMMENTATOR!?!?!?

    Is that Uzbekistan Russian he's slurring?

    Jesus on a bicycle

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am crying right now... I have officially loled for the first time in awhile..

    Jesus on a bicycle

    I don't know why but that's the funniest thing in the world right now lmao

  • In case you guys are tired of H.C. chatter...

    "Bears signed WR Dale Moss, OGs Derek Dennis and Chris Riley, CB Isaiah Frey, TE Gabe Miller, and DE Aston Whiteside to reserve/future contracts.
    The minimum-salary deals will lock these players onto the Bears' offseason roster and they'll hope to make it to training camp to compete for a roster spot. Moss is the most intriguing prospect of the group. A former basketball player at South Dakota State, Moss is a big-time athlete with some potential."

  • http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=110715&draftyear=2012&genpos=WR

  • Yeah, I kept hearing good things about Moss.

    We got a 6'3 215 WR who runs a 4.38...

    But we're good with Hester...typical Lovie logic.

  • Now that Lovie's gone there really isn't a crying need to keep bitching about him. It's over, let it go.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


    Like MB30 with Angelo,

    "With my last dying breath, I spit at thee!"

    Sorry, just watched Star Trek 2: the wrath of Khan.

    I'll actually change my AKA handle back. I put it up a few weeks ago thinking Lovie would be around...I guess it was the kiss of death.

  • YIKES! Do me a favor, don't put my screen name as part of yours. I'm close to retirement but I've still got a little ways to go. Hate to get canned this close to the finish line.

  • Emery drafted Frey last year and Miller was on the roster in the past. Not going to get my hopes up for those guys. The other guys, who knows? Always try to keep an open mind. You never know!

  • Tom Clements, entering his 20th season in the coaching profession, is in his first year as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator.

    n Green Bay, Clements’ extensive tutelage of Aaron Rodgers paid dividends, culminating with Rodgers’ 2011 campaign that saw him earn NFL Most Valuable Player honors from The Associated Press. Rodgers set an NFL record with a 122.5 passer rating and franchise marks for TD passes (45), passing yards (4,643), completion percentage (68.3), yards per attempt (9.25), TD/INT ratio (7.50) and 300-yard games (eight).

    Rodgers’ career passer rating of 104.1 ranks No. 1 in NFL history (min. 1,500 attempts), and his 17,037 passing yards from 2008-11 were the most by a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter in NFL history, besting the previous mark held by Peyton Manning (16,418, 1998-2001). From 2008-11, Rodgers ranked No. 2 in the NFL in passing TDs (131), No. 1 in passer rating (105.0), No. 2 in yards per attempt (8.29) and No. 1 in 25-yard passes (150). In 62 regular-season starts under Clements’ guidance, Rodgers posted 22 games with 300-plus passing yards, 35 without an interception and 38 with a 100-plus passer rating.

    Clements helped Rodgers become the first QB in NFL history to register two seasons with 500-plus attempts and seven or fewer INTs (2009 and 2011) as well as the only 4,000-yard passer in league history to throw six or fewer INTs (2011). Rodgers ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a career interception percentage of 1.8.

  • Clements also tutored former Packers QB Matt Flynn, a seventh-round choice by the club in 2008. Flynn set single-game franchise records in the 2011 season finale with 480 passing yards and six TDs vs. Detroit, becoming just the third QB in NFL history (Y.A. Tittle, Joe Namath) to throw for 480-plus yards and six-plus TDs in a game. Combined with Rodgers’ career-high five TD passes the previous week vs. Chicago, it marked the first time in the history of the NFL that a team had two different QBs each throw five-plus TDs in consecutive games.

    Rodgers’ first 4,000-yard season in 2008, his debut season as a starter, gave the Packers 4,000-yard passers in consecutive seasons for just the second time in team history, and for the first time in league history those back-to-back 4,000-yard passers were different QBs.

    The previous two seasons, in addition to tutoring Rodgers as the backup and heir apparent, Clements oversaw a mini-renaissance of Brett Favre’s career. In 2006, Favre reduced his interceptions from a career-high 29 the year before to just 18, setting the stage for a near-MVP season in 2007, when he surpassed 4,000 yards passing for the fifth time. He also posted a then career-best completion percentage of 66.5 and a QB rating of 95.7 that was his third best at that point in leading the Packers back to the playoffs.

  • Last but not least..

    Mike Ditka gave Clements his first NFL coaching job, hiring him to coach the Saints’ quarterbacks (1997-99)

  • Not having a running game helped Rodgers become the first QB in NFL history to register two seasons with 500-plus attempts.

  • Look how tight Emery tied his tie knot at the presser. That nice polyester Bears tie ... see how fuckin' tight that knot is? I don't think you want to bring back a B to daddy on your grade report there.

  • The big thing I took away from Emery is that he is looking for a Bill Belichick type in terms of X and O's flexibility and adaptability on both a season to season and game to game basis on both sides of the ball. He wants the guy who is looking for every possible tactical advantage in every game and can push his staff to look for every advantage.

  • WOW- Jeff and Da Bears Blog getting love from Waddle and Silvy!? Silvy was citing Jeff and the fan reaction to a potential Packer affiliate coming to the beloved and mentioned Da Bears blog and gave props to the host "I dont know who he is. I think he's from New York" haha Thats awesome though.

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