With Marinelli Out, Attention Turns Defensive

With Marinelli Out, Attention Turns Defensive

I don't know the details surrounding Rod Marinelli leaving the Chicago Bears and, to the best of my knowledge, those details have not been reported elsewhere. Marinelli could certainly have remained the defensive coordinator and led one of the top ten units in the league next year. Did he not want to work for Marc Trestman? Did he resent Phil Emery for firing his boss and buddy Lovie Smith? Did the promotion of Joe DeCamillis to the utterly meaningless role of assistant head coach rub him the wrong way? Was the lure of being on Monte Kiffin's final defensive staff in Dallas too strong? Any of these answers may be correct. Marinelli's decision is not.

Now Halas Hall's first true General Manager/Head Coach team - Phil Emery & Marc Trestman - must decide what coach will be charged with earning the trust of an installed veteran locker room while developing new talent on a consistent basis. It won't be easy for a new coach to step in front of Tillman, Briggs, Urlacher, Peppers...etc. and demand the love and attention the former defensive coaches did. Perhaps no one can.

But the new defensive coordinator might be looked at as more of a caretaker position than anything else.

Marc Trestman has been hired to re-imagine the entirety of the offense: new protection schemes, new passing game, new attack. Trestman's role is essentially to usher the Bears into the modern era of NFL football. The new defensive coordinator will have a diametrically different charge: don't fuck up a good thing.

Will it be a promoted John Hoke? Mel Tucker? Raheem Morris? Mike Singletary? We will likely find out by the end of the day what Trestman and Emery decide. One thing we know based on the track record of these two men? The decision will be handled in a thorough, meticulous manner.

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  • It darn well better not be Singletary...great player here, but not a good coach. Can't win with him...can't do it.

  • In reply to madscout:

    I was a bit dubious of that suggestion as well....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It was a joke, guys.

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    In reply to madscout:

    Singletary is the only guy that could command the locker room. I thought his run in San Francisco was a disaster. But I'm sure he's learned from that. I'd give him more consideration than he's being given.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    He was linebackers coach in Minny in 2011, then he was demoted last year. He's not doing good. Cannot win with him....

  • I've got 13 snakes over here!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey guys, I found Fido...hey, hey guys, I found Fido!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I encompass and I eclipse... got the hiccups.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    you can't learn from being bat shit crazy. You either are or aren't. He is.

  • You got my orange peanut Joe?

  • I don't want to see a caretaker here. I want to see another dynamic mind who can step in and make our unit excellent.

    A caretaker will step up and try to run Lovie's and Rod's defense. But nobody runs that defense as well as Lovie and Rod. The teaching of zone coverage technique will be less precise. The cover 2 "shell" will be more predictable. The D-line rotation will be less creative. Ultimately, we will take a step back for a year or two before falling apart.

    A dynamic coordinator will do what Trestman is doing. Walk in to an already decent team and find ways to improve without throwing out the good. Trestman will use Marshall and Forte as our primary weapons. A good DC will find a way to keep over coverage team intercepting balls. Trestman will improve our O-line. A good DC will improve our D-line. Both need work. A good DC will get more pressure on the QB, will compensate for our slower LBs or find faster players, will take what has been working for the past 9 years and make it his own.

  • Disappointed that Rod walked out. I don't think whoever we bring in can still have the D be consistently and intelligently effective like it has been. This is the end to what was a great defensive team.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    I hope your wrong Fres, but given the age of our players and the fact that they've only run one system for 9 years, I think you may be right.

    It's a bummer to. If we improve as a team, I'll be okay with it. But if we take as many steps back on defense as we do steps forward on offense, I'll be disappointed.

    I love the Chicago Bears. Read also, I love defense more than offense.

  • Totally agree Doc. Almost makes me a lil bit sad.

  • Yo, I might have missed your response. Did you get your t-shirt?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes, you missed it, and yes, I got it.

    Much obliged, man. Sincerely.

  • Your response would have been mine as well...

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    It's going to suck watching the demise of this defense while Cutler learns the 5th or 6th offense of his career. What's the common denominator between the top 10 QBs in the league? Familiarity with the system.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Assuming the system is a good one of course. Being familiar with a crap system is no help.

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    I to am disappointed that rod is going. I wish he would have thought about his team instead of just being loyal to lovie. Are defense is great its the off. that needs redone. Just picture having more than two people to either hand the ball or pass.(Thank you God for forte and marshall) I say get some fast 250-300 lb.line men and a couple ends we well could see the super bowl. Look at how far we got with what we had.I to Love the bears and have been a fan for 46 yrs. I just dont want this new coach to turn them into the Chicago Super Nannies!!!!!

  • In reply to James Maxwell:

    My impression of Tresticles and Sandpaper is that both of them are waaaay to intense to put up with Nannies.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    That's how I feel. Lac will probably retire 'as a statement' but really because he can't do it 100% anymore. Still, it would be nice to have a defense where there's occasional blitzing on passing plays. Asking four guys to provide the pass rush regardless is just frustrating to watch. The offense knows what's coming on every single down. Doubtless we have lost something. It's not like we we were Cover 2 and nothing else, it was about 30% of the time and none of us knows enough to see the little wrinkles they had in there with it. What might look like Cover 2 is sometimes not. Like I said on the last thread, maybe there's more to Rod leaving than meets the eye. Family, cold weather affecting his bones and joints. We don't know why he's leaving, just that he is. Fare thee well Rod, you were a real mensch. Happy trails.

  • Way to go, Irish. There is no reason to wish ill-will on any of the coaches that are now gone. Unless they are on the wrong sideline come game time.

  • Man, check out this bitch:

    https://twitter.com/LennayKay?tw_i=291991188607758336&tw_e=screenname&tw_p=tweetembed

    Whoever is behind this bullshit logs into the fake dead chicks account and says:

    My statement: This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but I have been told by Alabama's offense that Manti Te'o is not real.

    Wow. Somebody out there needs a fucking kick in the sack.

    (although I laughed)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why? Whoever did that wasn't hacking a dead girls account, it was a fake girls account. I think it's brilliant.

  • Spot on, Doc!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    awesome.

  • A minor league baseball team is going to hold a
    MANTAI TE'O's GIRLFRIEND BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT
    this summer.

    Fans will recieve ....AN EMPTY BOX!

  • Did you guys see that Devin Thomas signed with the Kitties? He was the guy we signed last year as a WR/KR and he retired right away. I think Detroit is the perfect landing spot for him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh Devin, you "lost the passion" and retired last year....then remembered how awesome your game checks were and that you can't make that kind of money doing anything else without a Ph.D, MD, JD, MBA, owning a company, etc.

    and he's back in the league. I thought he would have worked out as our 5th receiver last year. Oh well, the Joe Anderson era begins.

  • Wait a minute.

    You can earn that kind of money with a PhD?

    Where's my check?

  • showoff

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You mother.....

  • that was insensitive. Wasn't it?

    I'm waiting...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ...FUCKER!

  • I'm waiting...

  • That's all I got.

  • wow. just wow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol... good shit you two

  • Come to Thailand Doc - you could earn over TWO thousand dollars a month. For reals.

  • I have to say I would not be upset if Singeltary came in to run the D. SF is still suceeding using a lot of what he implemented there. Although his personality might be a bit much at times.. combined with Trestmans energy there would be daily tornado warnings at Halas.

  • At least he knows what a D is.

    However, the talk on the radio today was "he wasn't an effective head coach [although not mentioned that he was better than who preceded him] and is and has been a linebackers' coach, so he can't be a coordinator, because he never called a play." Sounds like they are turning him into the next Tice.

  • In reply to jack:

    Again ... Ryan's nickname for Mike wasn't 'Samurai', but it began with 'S' and ended in 'pid', with a 'tu' in the middle.

  • I, like all of you, are very intrigued with who the next DC will be. I do think the idea that we have been in the same system for 9 years is a bit over stated. This defense has changed quite a bit from Rivera to Babich to Rod. The stuff we were doing this past year was FAR from the typicall Tampa 2 defense.

  • In reply to do53:

    Good point. The thing that will be hard to replace, however, is Rod's in-depth knowledge of what the vets are capable of.

  • Also is Romeo Crennel the answer at DC if he doesn't go back to NE? He has been very good in that role over the years.

  • In reply to do53:

    Uh... no.

    Trestman is a dubious enough reach, with only Canadian coaching on his resume and a need to prove himself, and to saddle him with a fired NFL coach is not a good call.

    I imagine the Bills didn't want Lovie at DC for much the same reason.

    Also, I think Lovie would have refused to take anything other than Head Coach. I think Lovie is a bit stuck up that way. He'll come off his high horse when nobody comes calling for 14.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or he could just retire. He made a lot of money as Bears HC.

    Shit, if I had $20M in the bank (and Love may have more), I'd be done.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am not sure that calling Trestman a reach is accurate. I mean the guy did have a good career as an NFL assistant and he has done a good job as being a head coach.

    I don't understand why everyone claims that Chip Kelly is a great hire but question the hiring of Trestman. CFL teams are probably better than NCAA teams. Trestman has run more NFL traditional offenses. Trestman has worked with more NFL ready talent. Trestman has developed some actual quarterbacks. Trestman has won a championship in his league. I just don't understand how anyone could think that Chip Kelly is a better hire than Trestman.

  • In reply to do53:

    Jim Harbaugh would say that we'll find out in a couple of years.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jim Harbaugh at least played in the NFL and was a QB coach for either 1 or 2 seasons in the league. Chip Kelly has no experience at all in the NFL. Oregon is a very high profile college football team but he has never managed the attitudes or the lifestyle that comes with a player being in the NFL.

  • In reply to do53:

    Romeo Crennel is a fired HEAD coach from the Chiefs.

    No matter what we think about Trestman, he's gotta be allowed to lead. You have a guy in the room with him who was a HEAD coach last year, and you risk the classic Ditka-Ryan locker room split.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "...only Canadian coaching on his resume ..."

    I didn't realize his 17 years as an NFL assistant expired when he went to Canada.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He was in the NFL for 17 years GP. Head coaching in Canada (successfully) to add to his CV, he had better credentials than Lovie coming in ...

  • In reply to do53:

    People have been saying that Crennel is proof that Crennel needed Belichick, but Belichick didn't need him.

    gpldan, all indications are that your last paragraph is correct. If you were given $5 million to sit, you probably would, too. In any event, with Buffalo going with Syracuse's coach, they definitely were going in another direction.

  • I want cake NOW! I want it now!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    America's Test Kitchen's Lane Cake, with plenty of bourbon [in the cake filling, of course, not on the side]?

  • http://www.footballsfuture.com/2013/fa/db.html

    D Goldson anyone?

    Yes please!

  • There was a report that Marinelli was offered a one year extension in addition to the year apparently everyone had left on their contracts, but he said no thanks (Vaughn McClure in the Tribune).

    The question I had after hearing Sarah Spain read off a list of Bears assistant coaches that aren't returning, how many are there? Almost sounded like the ratio of coaches to players was 1:1.

  • In reply to jack:

    Lovie reached out to Old Sauce coming off that 0-16 season in the Motor City, when everybody wrote the guy off as old and washed up.

    He was on his way out, and Lovie picked him up. Old Sauce ain't gonna turn his back on that, he's far too old school for that.

    And that, despite it being Lovie, I can respect.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But did Old Sauce have such loyalty to Lovie that now he wants to be unemployed for a year, at least?

    Unlike telling Lovie that he's gone, there may be a distinction in that Rod refused an extension, and thus quit, rather than was fired. He better hope that one of the 7 other new head coaches picks him up, unless he can afford to be a man of leisure or live off his NFL pension.

  • In reply to jack:

    Shit, what he making, $1M per year? Unless he's a dimwit he can affoord a couple years off

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sounds like Lovie will be taking up a job in Dallas not surprisingly, and Rod is just taking the job first - so thst.s good news. We know the Cowgirls are not going to be a problem. All we'll need is a gameplan and we win.

  • In reply to jack:

    So they let go of damn near everyone except WR coach Darryl Drake, who they signed to a five year extension.

    Crazy.

  • kidding, of course.

    Sorry, that was mean.

  • You trying to hurt me, Doc? What ever did I do to *you* to deserve such cruel treatment?

  • I figured about that much out, but wanted the numbers.

    Your answer is like the commercial for "People Like Us," where they ask the managing director "how many people work under you," and he answers "everybody; all of them."

  • http://espn.go.com/chicago/college-football/story/_/id/8857057/friend-says-ronaiah-tuiasosopo-confessed-manti-teo-girlfriend-hoax

    Maybe Te'o is just a naive little nerd ball and was in love with the idea of someone being in love with him. He seems like a naive, sheltered, religious type who doesn't have the same "relationship maturity" as a normal 20yr old that has had relationships, crushes, hookups, etc.

    I had a friend who went to a conservative religious highschool and college and grew up kind of sheltered and naive. This kid made out with one girl and was talking about "soul mate" type shit. It's not bad to be naive. It's just not smart these days as most people are damaged goods.

    I think this is just a case of that kind of situation.

  • maybe... maybe he's just a super savvy PR guy... or his friend and/or family are.

    And are dumb enough to think they wouldn't get caught.

    I do think your explanation is much more plausible than the gay one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I bet he's gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • So Teo tells the dude he'll pay him a cool mil after he hits the big time if he claims responsibility. No surprise.

  • Anyone know about the 7 UP series? The subjects are all 56 now, and its' powerful stuff. I was in tears halfway through episode 2.Given the crap on TV this is absolutely essential viewing.

    Synopsis :
    "Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.

    The latest film is 56 Up. It's on Putlocker and variosu streaming sites, or download at toorentz.eu. Ebert calls it the most noble use of film that there has been. I tend to agree, as would my two year old who hadn't seen her daddy cry before.

  • www torrentz eu

  • I think I saw part of one of thosr a few years ago, seemed pretty interesting. Maybe I'll check it out.

  • The whole thing's on YouTube as well.

  • Perhaps Emery interviewed Singletary to see if he'd fit as a DC in case Rod walked. If so, he must not have been impressed - else Marc would have had him in for an interview by now.

    Totally irrelevant point - I hope Marc carries on the tradition of wearing the cap with the script B on it; I love that throwback to the Halas days.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Thats the cap I've been sporting this year. I buy a new cap each season and I'm still wearing that one, I like it as well.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I'd give my left nut for one of those caps.

  • I think John Marshall should get a look for the DC vacancy.

    I still think Lovie will be the next HC for the Dallas Cowboys. Jason's got one more year to get it right (which he won't).

  • In reply to Viva:

    I concur, viva.

  • In reply to Viva:

    About Lovie, not Marshall.

    Why would Marshall make a lateral move like that? Isn't he still Seattle's D coordinator?

  • The rumors today seem to be Mel Tucker, the Defensive Cord. for Jacksonville. Do we like this guy?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    not as much as I like John Marshall..

  • In reply to Viva:

    The Chief Justice? I think he passed.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    almost as old....

    He's a tough old school dude that is an aggressive play caller...I think our vets would play hard for him...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Yeah, Chickenhawks D looked good enough this year, even with two over sized corners. Their D also talks a lot of smack and gets into a shoving match after every play. I like that.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    their DBs are fucking BEASTS!!! I would LOVE to have a couple dudes like that.

    here's what their DBs look like:

    LCB - Browner, Brandon, 6-4, 221
    RCB - Sherman, Richard, 6-3, 200
    SS - Chancellor, Kam, 6-3, 232
    FS - Thomas, Earl, 5-10, 202

    Dude, that's fucking a BIG ASS secondary... and they are GOOOOOD. I'm drooling.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Date #2 yet?

  • Nope. Not really into it. We'll see. Not into working for anything right now. All these chicks want boyfriends, not friends with bennies.

    You're shocked... I know.

  • I understand completely.

    I've often said, if I ever got divorced, I'd never marry again. Long term relationship is the same thing basically. Women are waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much trouble.

    Can I have a "fuckin A"?

  • Fuckin' A.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Marshall is the DC for the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL the last two years. Before that he was with the Raiders and Seahawks.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thanks for reminding me that I COULD have had semi-pro football available to me before that league folded (again).

    Dammit, Corm.

  • Is it possible LDL has left us holding the bag?

    scary reading this now ancient D
    Cover Who?
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8392529/chicago-bears-minnesota-vikings-only-teams-using-cover-2-defense-espn-magazine

    Now that the D is stuck in this mold it may take years to revamp....

    LDL IS STILL FUCKING US WITH HIS POMPOUS ASS!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    ESPN are a joke. Two teams in a 4-3 are using two safeties to cover half the field each? What a crock. EVERY 4-3 team uses cover 2 at some point - it's only a formation, and one that we use a third of the time.

  • And what were Minny and Chicago's records this season anyway? We're 10-6 because of our good D.

  • O.K. boyz...I know this may be out there.."WAY FUCKING OUT THERE"..but is it possible for Lach to be a Player Coach? He has been in this system and as we all know he is the fucking QB of this D...

    now some of you may take me to the woodshed...but take a deep breathe and digest it before you rip me a new one.

    comments anyone?????

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    this maybe the opportunity for him to ease out while still on top

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    no comments????really?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If we want to keep the LovieTwo, then Lach knows it better than anyone else alive with the exception of lovie/rod/DUNGy. Hell, just make him the Defensive cord. Let him decide if he should play or move over for Roach.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Ender.........that's what I was thinking

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Fekkin do it! Out of the box. Innovative. Bearish.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    C'mon guys, it's a certain alignment of players with relevant assignments, let's not pretend it's particle physics. Football is not hard.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I'd actually thought about that, but did not dare post it.

    All I will say is that I think he'd be a better choice than Singletary. But he should start as LB coach first.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Singletary is not really qualified to be anything other than a lb coach.

  • Doc -

    Marshall is out of football for the time being. His last stint was DC of the Raiders in 09/10. Their D was actually very good, but Al Davis just loves to sabatoge success.

  • You guys think there is any chance that the Bears move to a 3-4 defence? At least then the McClellin pick won't look quite as bad.

  • In reply to Justin:

    What Trestman and Phil want they get....as it should be.

    But,

    We are seriously close to being dangerous...they know it. Changing gears with the personnel on our roster would be surrenduring a year of Cutler's prime, and I don;t see that happening.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Yeah that makes sense. Man that D is old though. Emery really needs to hit a homerun with this draft, and get some good young talent in. I just don't see Shea doing much of anything in a 4-3. Hope I am wrong.

  • In reply to Justin:

    Depends on the roster, as Trestman said that the scheme would be based on what the team could do to meet offenses.

    Other than that, he dodged.

    Still, the only justification I heard for the 3-4 was Marv Levy's in Buffalo that "we have 4 good linebackers." I mentioned Smerlas's "talent" earlier.

    But I sure hope that we don't see the Cover Lovie defense again, especially if Urlacher isn't physically fit enough to run and play in it.

  • In reply to Justin:

    no way we don't have the right players

  • In reply to Justin:

    I still think McClellin may be our choice as the QB spy to stop the read-option stuff. Whether he is capable of so doing is something that we will find out fairly soon I think.

    The read option game is here for a couple of seasons until the DCs figure out how to squash it. Or the league decides it's okay to hit QBs again

  • In reply to Justin:

    Tell us Justin, what do you see in the rookie McClellin that Maranelli missed?

  • Fuckin A, bye the way...

  • Ray Horton anyone? AZ said bye bye

  • What could Mel Tucker bring to #Bears defense as coordinator? I checked it with our X’s & O’s expert @MattBowen41 … http://sulia.com/c/chicago-bears/f/125b7ce2-f4dc-4a51-81fb-18f5e8215222/?source=twitter

  • hahahaha

    NotMarcTrestman ‏@Coach_Trestman
    Brent Musburger, of all people, called to congratulate me. Said he'd like to do one of our games. Must be a big fan of my system.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    classic

  • Do you send Chicken Dinner to the weightroom with protein shakes, and bulk him - or to the cones and sprints and speed him up to take over at LB?

    #BriggstoMike
    #ChickenDinnertoWill

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP........"MANBEEF" now!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I would want him to play the Will.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    LB - high motor. He's not built to be a DE.

  • btw...Lach for DC

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I thought about that. Hell, if that's the case, why not hire Ray Lewis or a really good retired defensive player?

    They have no experience as a playcaller or coaching other positions. However, I would love it if he could be a good defensive coordinator but I highly doubt it.

  • R2 it was more a patch for continuity for this year...I get the feeling MT is about change NOW!!

  • Good players do not necessarily make good managers, teachers, motivators. See Singletary. Brian wants to enjoy his money, play Golden Tee and make baby mamas.

  • Horton gone

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/18/browns-hire-ray-horton-as-defensive-coordinator/

  • @DaBearNecess
    RT @MikeJonesWaPo: Raheem Morris on Sat will interview with Chicago for DC job, according to a source. #Redskins

  • I would support this move.

  • O.K. I likey that

  • I thought he was off the market.just hired Jan 11th by Redskins

  • @ErikGrogan
    That was quick. @JasonLaCanfora Bears are hiring Mel Tucker to be their new defensive coordinator. Being finalized

  • wtf?

  • Dude!

    the guy is one year and one day older than me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Tucker

    But is he any good?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    correct me if I'm wrong, but the Jags D SUCKED last year didn't they?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sucked kind of.. lol He should be able to run the defense with no problems.

    The Bears kept Hoke and their defensive line coach.

  • KIND OF? The were fucking HORRIBLE.

    Fuck. me.

    DAMN IT.

    The defense is going to fucking BLOW.

    Got damn it.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady..........................................................welcome to the New Era of the Bears

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I'm could possibly the accept the defense sucking if the offense was prolific, but we know that's not going to be the case.

    I hate rebuilding.

  • In reply to Shady:

    So angry me fail english.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Why? They don't have Pep, Lac, two probowlers at CB, Melton. Izzy, Wooten, Briggsy ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like Morris better: from wiki

    During Week 13 of the 2011 NFL season, against the Carolina Panthers, Morris banished defensive tackle Brian Price from the sideline after Price shoved Panthers guard Mackenzy Bernadeau well after the end of a third-quarter play in which Cam Newton was sacked for a four-yard loss. Price was penalized for unnecessary roughness. Morris was incensed because the sack would have forced the Panthers into a 3rd-and-14 situation. However, the resulting 15-yard penalty gave the Panthers a first down, allowing them to complete a touchdown drive that put the game out of reach (the Panthers won 38-19).[6] After the game, a visibly angry Morris called Price's actions "foolish" and "selfish." The move drew comparisons to then San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary banishing Vernon Davis from the sideline after a personal foul in 2008.[7] On January 2, 2012, Morris was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers after a 4-12 season, including losing their last ten games.[8]

    FIRE AND BRIMSTONE ANYONE!!!!

  • Watch this and then tell me your one takeaway: http://teamcoco.com/video/nick-offerman-reads-tweets-from-young-female-celebs-vol-7

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    who cares

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I think you just stepped on Dave's line.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Spot on bro! So instead, I have to just say "why bother"?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    God uses Twitter to get feedback from Katy Perry.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I wanted to know what you thought about it... what it made you think Corm.

    My thought?

    Man chicks are lame.

    I don't really mean that in a misogynistic, condescending way... I just mean they are so different and are so wound up in emotional nonsense and bullshit it's always so interesting to me how different we are.

    ...ok, so maybe I am a little misogynistic these days, but are those people serious?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I could care less about vacuous comments by celebrities of all kinds.

    Regarding the other species known as females, I don't pretend to understand what the hell goes through their minds. My last couple serious girlfriends turned into drama queens once the relationship started getting serious. I got in trouble many times for making innocuous comments that were totally taken the wrong way.

    The relationships were much more fun when we got together once or twice a week and just had a good time.

    Now that your 40 MB, start looking for those hot 40 year old divorced chicks who had shitty husbands. You treat them well, and you'll have a good time. Seems like many women get over the drama around that age, especially if they are done having kids (except my last girlfriend).

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Uh uhhh, girlfriend. You don't want damaged goods. Can't fix 'em, can't win with 'em can't do it. They think all men are the same, and they're just waiting to press the destruct button once things get serious.

    I thought I had my girl. Had two beautiful twin girls, and then she walks out on the family like she did with her last kid. history repeats itself. A fucked up woman doesn't shed her scars. She picks and picks at them and wants to punish all men as a result. No, you take a virginal flower, innocent and naive .. .and then you fuck that flower.

  • Bears get a great man to run the defense, Versatile and attacking, showcasing multiple fronts and with the talent here.

    According to sources.

  • The jags!??!

  • what sources R2..Brad "get me another Double Beef" Biggs?

  • How many hot daughters does he have?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Crunch...

    stop it!!!!!....hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I honestly do not know but if you had a twitter that tweet would roam across the land forever.. or until they found out if he did or not.

  • Crunch does have twitter.
    I know that for a fact.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I only tweeted to annoy Jeff. I'm not sure I know my password anymore.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    But you don't need to log-in to get breaking news and great links on twitter. I use it for that all the time. Anybody who doesn't is missing out.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    hey buttsteak... how old are you and are you Mali?

    Honestly I have a mental picture of pretty much every reg except you. You're a wildcard for me maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm a white guy in my mid forties, 5'11" 180 lbs, graying hair, brown eyes, German-English-Welsh. In my youth I was often mistaken for a certain soap-opera star. I was considering posting a pic of the dude but I'd never live it down. Too many cheesy clips on youtube.

    If you want an actual pic, you'll have to register with datewithagayngel dot com and match my profile.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Sorry to see your Illini struggling. I like them better than quite a few other Big 10 hoops schools. They need to right the ship fast to stay in contention in the Big 10. What do you think their problems are? New coach and lack of cohesiveness, players not playing to potential, or just not enough talent and effort? Or something else?

    I was on cloud nine Tuesday night when WI beat #2 Indiana at Indy. First time a Big 10 team beat a top 2 Big Ten team on the road in 20 years. I'm amazed what Bo Ryan does year in and year out with his talent. It's really early in conference play, but I'm gonna enjoy WI being in the lead for hopefully another week.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Biggest thing in the last three games has just been terrible shooting...and lackadaisical effort on D for the first 10 minutes.

    They have significant talent (Paul will be drafted next year for sure, and I think Egwu has loads of potential left) but they have been extraordinarily terrible from the 3-pt line for the past couple of weeks. Compounding that, they give up too many easy points on the perimeter early in games. I'd like to see Brandon Paul get in foul trouble more often, really, because I get the sense that in trying to protect him, it puts more pressure on the other guys on switching.
    I can't get over how they dismantled OSU one day and then lose three in a row (i'm not that upset about the WI loss except for the magnitude). The Northwestern one stings more than anything.

    Bo is a helluva coach. I agree with you on getting the most of his guys. I really used to enjoy WI-ILL games. I don't except the Illini to do much in Madison this year, but Paul has the capability of taking over games so...who knows.
    If ILL can figure out their shooting woes, it could easily be an 8 team race the rest of the way, but they don't have much time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hey Rabbit... want to know the ONLY thing I give a shit about re: college hoops?

    MM in vegas baby. Book it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Illinois will get their revenge game at home in a couple weeks against WI. I think they need to move the ball around better on offense to get better shots. When they played WI they seemed to settle for too many bad shots early in the shot clock and seemed to be pressing.

    Wisconsin almost always has the best D in the conference and are rarely beaten at home. So no matter kind of talent Ryan has, they always end up in the big dance, and have never finished below 4th in the conference in the last 11-12 years. The frustrating part is Bo can't seem to or try to recruit the top players in the country. The same goes for the football program. Considering WI has some of the best sports facilities and one of the best academic atmospheres in the country, there is no reason they can't recruit enough studs to win a national championship. Year in and year out they are top 20 in football and basketball, but always a few key players short of winning it all.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    1) Too cold
    2) Too liberal

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Their problem is they are the fucking Illini. Good, but never good enough.

    The best hope for the old Alma Mater was against UNC in the championship game in 2004-05. My boss is a Tarheel and he was rather gracious about it - fuck them tho - with their pile of championships.

    Though the Illini needed a miracle vs Arizona that tourney to get to the big game, it was disappointing they picked the final to shoot their worst game of the season.

    I don't even talk about Illini football. Not since Tony Eason days anyway. The Liberty Bowl - fucking Bear Bryant decides to retire and the Tide plays six million miles over their heads to beat us 21-15.

    Being an Illini fan is almost half as pathetic as being a Cubs fan.... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I started writing a long piece about how crazy liberal the Madison campus was when I attended, but my computer decided to take a nap. I'll tell you some other time this winter. It was when Donna Shalala was Chancellor and speech codes were in full effect. Some of the stuff that I seen was surreal. When I started there I was a liberal.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Tony Eason? The famous Super Bowl Tackling Dummy?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Will always have that old crazy in me MB. Haha just trying to be more logical in the shit I say. So u guys can know what the hell I'm actually talking about.

  • A twitter that tweets is just e-nough .. to give the kids a treeeeat!

  • yep. done deal Tuckers it

  • FUCK WIKI'S FAST

    last sentence I just pulled this up:
    In 2009 Tucker was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars as the defensive coordinator. In the 2011 season head coach Jack Del Rio put Tucker in charge of defensive play-calling, and the team quickly became the fourth highest rated in the NFL. On November 29, 2011, Tucker was named Jacksonville's interim head coach following the firing of Del Rio. He ran the team for their final five games and was in consideration for the job full time until Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach on January 10, 2012. Tucker got his first victory as a head coach in week 14, a 41-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 2-3 as interim head coach. On January 12, 2012 he informed the media he would return to his position as defensive coordinator for the Jaguars. On January 13, 2012 it was announced that Tucker would also be the assistant head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. On January 18, 2013 Tucker was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

  • @JasonLaCanfora: Mel Tucker very highly thought of, very nearly got the Jags HC job a year ago. Big move for Marc Trestman's staff..

  • ‏@seankjensen
    Underrated element of Marc Trestman's staff: Nice mix of experience and youth so far. Tucker & Kromer were interim NFL head coaches

  • Yeah and how'd that work out?

  • In reply to Shady:

    wait, so they're going to be our HCs?

    (See how I did that? Bang! Bang!)

  • Am I to guess that the interview Saturday with Raheem Morris has been cancelled? or is ticket refundable

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    profootball has just posted Raheem has a interview Saturday...oops

  • @HaitianKid79
    Just got off work I see #Bears hired Mel Tucker as the DC. Great hire, he's well versed in the 4-3 & 3-4. #BearDown

  • @seankjensen
    Jags No. 6 defense in 2011. Needed talent last year RT @StateStSports does Tucker run 4-3 and does the low ranking of his D scare you?

  • great O for 2014 will be great and now the D is CLUSTERFUCKED?????? can we even figure who the DC coach is...mixed reports all over the map......DAMN YOU GINNY!!!!!!!!!!!WHY?????hahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    maybe she want's to be DP'd and see who pulls out first.......and he's the loser

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    What about DVDA?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Always though that was a gay position. Not that there is anything wrong with gay positions for gay persons not adjacent to my position in space and time. I do not want a naked man's sweaty balls touching mine at any point at any time. I do not want a naked man in the same room as me if I am doing the wild thing.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The mixed reports have nothing to do with Ginny, and everything to do with Twatter

  • looks like the wash post Mike Jones didn't get the memo

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCBmrjd76MY

  • From the moment he broke into the profession as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at Michigan State in 1997, Tucker has tried to remain true to his beliefs about where the primary focus should be: helping players get better.
    “I got into coaching because I really enjoy the game of football, and I really felt like I could make a difference with the players in terms of the teaching, the motivating, the developing,” said Tucker, who will replace the fired Jack Del Rio for the Jaguars’ remaining five games.
    “The entire time I’ve been in coaching, all I wanted to do was be the best coach that I could be. That’s all I’ve ever tried to do. I’ve had opportunities to coach with guys like Coach [Jim] Tressel [at Ohio State], the NFL, coordinator opportunities. It’s never been in my mind about me. I’ve always tried to keep the focus on the players and what I could do for them. That’s the approach I’m taking right now,” Tucker said.
    Tucker, 39, who is low-key and tends to keep a low profile, now finds himself in the national spotlight and the impending subject of a lot of scrutiny. Starting with the Jaguars’ Monday night matchup against the San Diego Chargers, he will have five games to prove to the Jaguars, general manager Gene Smith and likely new owner, Shahid Khan, that he deserves consideration for the head coaching job.
    “Sometimes, change is good,” Smith said. “I feel like Mel brought a fresh philosophy. He’s very good at teaching. He gets the guys playing together with a relentless style.”
    Tucker has the chance to follow in the footsteps of two current NFL head coaches, the Minnesota Vikings’ Leslie Frazier and the Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett, both of whom were promoted after serving as interim head coaches for six and eight games, respectively, in 2010.
    “He’ll get a legitimate shot like all members of the staff to interview [for future coaching positions],” Smith said. “I think this is a great platform for him to interview here, in essence. Other organizations will be evaluating what we do. I think he’s an ascending coach in the profession. Mel’s got a lot of things that you’re looking for in a head football coach. I think anybody who has worked with Mel will tell you that.”
    After Del Rio turned the defensive play-calling over to Tucker this season, and with new acquisitions Paul Posluszny, Dawan Landry, Dwight Lowery, Matt Roth and Clint Session in starting roles, the unit soared to fourth in the NFL in total defense.
    “Details and discipline, that’s something he has stressed to us on the defensive side of the ball from day one,” Posluszny said. “I’m sure that’ll be an aspect of how he’ll approach the entire team. What you see with him and what he says, that’s it. He’s very true to that. He doesn’t try to put on a show or an act.”

    Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-11-30/story/low-key-mel-tucker-takes-center-stage-jaguars-coach#ixzz2INBa4Vs2

  • Also, Cleveland consistantly top 5 when he was there... I love this hire... only 41 years old too

  • what about Morris?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He is supposedly still scheduled for an interview. MB might get what he wants.. people are saying that Tucker might want to bring in his own guys. So Hoke and others might actually be leaving the Bears.

  • ‏@mikecwright
    Tucker was on staff w/Joe DeCamillis in Jax. Both guys fiery. Tucker well respected by players.

  • I'm still a little worried... like I said, Jax's D sucked didn't they?

  • ... which means about 30 years less life experience than Yoda. No wars either.

  • Yippie! No need for Campbell anymore, here's our new #2

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4682192/tebow-to-bears-far-fetched-interesting#more

    Honestly, can you even imagine that? I guess you've got to write about something...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Was not impresses with Campbell.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    You both realize that he is a FA now?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Nor was I. No reason not to keep McCown at the league minimum...

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    I don't get this...

    Everyone called him shit while he was literally running for his life for 60 miniutes. Do ou honestly feel he got a real chance to show how good he is?

    To johnny's (sometimes overthetop) point of view, kinda makes you wonder how good cutty can be with an honest to goodness NFL oline doesn't it.

    I like campbell and think he'd be a great backup if we can get him for cheap.

    SKUUUUNK!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You beat me to it, MB. There is no QB in the history of the NFL that would have had a snowball's chance in that 49ers game. It was hand down the worst performance by an offensive line I've ever seen in my life.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Worse than Saints/Bears game ? NYG/Bears?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    For cheap, by all means. Otherwise, wouldn't it be interesting to see what MT could do with Josh? Of course, getting Cutty squared away will probably take most of the time he has available for that sort of thing....

  • Wow, the Tucker hire sure made the Bears website real fast. The news is flying fast and furious. I'm like Trestmans decisiveness !!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I wonder if MT hired a new webmaster as well. That site NEVER updated as quickly as it is now..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Maybe the webmaster was always ready that fast, but the "braintrust" did not let them put it up that quickly.

  • @ZachZaidman
    Bears have hired Andy Bischoff as their tight ends coach and Michael Sinclair as their assistant defensive line coach.

  • @BradBiggs
    Sinclair was the asst head coach and D-line coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders

  • smh

  • Not to be confused with the (now defunct) Ottawa Rough Riders.

  • ‏@caplannfl
    Former Seahawks DL Michael Sinclair has been hired by the Bears as their assistant defensive line coach.

  • Soooo, has there been any rumors of players threatening mutiny yet?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Niecy Nash is coming through for a visit!

  • Does anybody REALLY like French Canada?

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm pretty sure the french like it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oui, je pense qu'il ya les gens comme ci existent, certainement.

  • "I'm could possibly the accept the defense sucking if the offense was prolific, but we know that's not going to be the case.

    I hate rebuilding."

    I need you to stop, calm down, take 5 very deep breaths.... then go take an online English crash-course tonight.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know.

  • I already resent Phil Emery for making me study CFL football this offseason. I hope after looking into it I feel better about the chances of the guys hired with ZERO NFL coaching experience can command the respect of the leaders of the Chicago Bears defense we know and love.

  • In reply to Shady:

    very gloomy and doomy for you maings. I really think we have to wait and see what we get.

    I'm willing to trade a high-powered O for a more mortal D. I know we all love the Bears D tradition, and god knows I am a D guy... but D don't win you champeenships these days... and that's all I care about (well, me and phil that is).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You have a good point MB. I think for the most part is that we fans really only know an exciting D. I loved watching the D we had for the pass 9 years? but even with the D tearing up some games, we still fell short of winning. How many games did we see our D hold opponents to points where our offense should of scored enough for us to win? Truly nowadays Offense wins championships. I think that we will keep a Good D in place but not a great D. This is Chicago, Monsters of the Midway, and defense is what this organization has built its reputation about. We may lose some edge. We are just scared of having an offensive mind instead of an defensive mind in charge. Does this post pair up to what you said IDK cause I have a lil bit to drink, and I just keep typing man.
    FUCK IT!

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    thaaaaaat's the old fres I know.

    Buck up little guy... I'll take a SB over a +takeway stat at the end of the year, right? Think of it that way.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Settle girls.How many defensive players have we lost thus far? Will they all have forgotten how to play football because Rod's gone?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Turnovers are not a reliable defensive strategy, regardless of how strongly they correlate to wins.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Actually I'd say it's been a rather reliable strategy.

    Why am I having to defend the performance of the defense? This is nuttier than having to defend Jay Cutler.

    People are acting like having a good defense and offense simultaneously is impossible, like they're are mutually exclusive. They're not. If this club had any kind of offense over the years the Bears would have been contending for Championships on a regular basis. They didn't. Lovie got fired. Now all of a sudden we need to blow up the D to fix the O. I don't get it and I don't like it.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Now Jokey, re-read the second half of that sentence and re-calculate.

  • Seriously, is their really talk about Tebow to Bears. Who made up this mumbo jumbo bullshit?

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    total bullshit. Get that soap opera out of the nfl please. I bet he'd make a great pastor... just not an NFL... well, anything.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    I'd take him as a tight end. The dude weighs 250 and is a clean-living guy. No crack, no bad influences.

  • Quite the purge in the coaching staff. Wonder what it will be with the players. I'm sure a few are a bit anxious these days.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    god. everyone should be on the SB or get out bus Dave.

    no more lovie fucking kumbaya... we did our best.

    SB relevancy or bust. Who else is on board? WOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOO!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    good

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup. Chicago. Second biggest market in the USA. One team. One Lombardi.

    Pittsburgh. Small mining town. Shithole. 6 Lombardis.

    What's wrong with this picture?

  • Did anyone catch Trestman yesterday in his introduction say "My beloved Vikings"? This was in the beginning when he kept swaying back an forth.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    monks sway
    when in deep meditation
    it is a vibratory response
    centering
    influential on a whole nother level
    one can consider ir a good sign

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    That is a GREAT question .....

  • SHADY BEWARE
    THIS POST WILL BE
    HAZARDOUS TO YOUR FINGERS
    and though you dabble in it GP
    you're no Ginsberg
    even if you are
    on the road
    consider the coming year
    as the comet from outer space
    shattering what it struck
    with an extra-terrestrial force
    upon inspection...nothing
    from our once beloved planet
    is recognizable to the conceptual eye
    the ET era has landed
    christian's likened the arrival
    to their born again belief
    old things have passed away
    all things have become new
    many followers long for the days
    where defensive players were offensive
    ET comes from a distant galaxy
    we now orbit offensivley
    some discredit T
    'cause he came from a foreign land
    others know he was once
    one of us
    before he infiltrated the northern hordes
    and learned their foreign ways
    only to rise and conquer their best
    showing great ability to learn their strange new ways
    and apply them to his troops advantage
    a wise T left the VICTOR
    knowing the ways of change
    makes him a wise leader
    he understands well the ways of defense
    that have been inserted on the field of battle
    he can shift and change
    in ways others have not seen
    ET posesses a different type of scrutiny
    being close to the great Khan
    who has a special affinity for Bears
    it is with great thanks
    that we accept his offering
    of defensive leadership
    now we are ETsquared............
    .................................................
    ................................................
    Irish ---you will enjoy tucker
    being a descendent
    ofthe IRISH hordes
    ruthless drunks
    that muscled their way
    to the top of the
    wind swept city
    .........................
    and licking stamps
    is so passe
    ancient....but
    still preferred by some
    sorta like eating paste
    in kindergarden'''''''''''''''
    ......................................
    still all in Shady
    or are your eyes
    still longing after
    the replaced

  • In reply to The Void:

    Khan!

    I was looking for an excuse to post this:

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

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    absolutely perfect

  • In reply to The Void:

    Oh dear. "Hordes of ruthless drunks".

    I'm afraid you really have disconnected Hunti. I was actually worried for your sanity previously, genuinely . .what with not being able to communicate coherently on a board dedicated to communication. Not now.

    Those "ruthless drunks" built the country you call your own. There's forty million of us keeping it going right now. The greatest president of the modern era was Irish, the one who with his brother pulled the world back from nuclear holocaust, put men on the moon and who threatened to free the USA from the slave-shackles of the Federal Reserve only to be shot for his troubles. Remember him? Remember when the USA had hope and the future looked bright?

    Don't mix the anti-psychotic medication with alcohol Hunti. The racism just flows ....

  • Interesting read about trestman: http://nfl.si.com/2013/01/16/marc-trestman-carries-impressive-cfl-resume-to-chicago/?sct=uk_bf2_a6

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    this is the power of E
    into the heart
    of the bears inner sanctum
    he inserts a familiar force
    interviews gave him
    a sense of lovie
    and his players
    will pick up on this too
    E is a wisened leader
    we are lucky and blessed
    all at the same time
    thanks for the insight
    profesionals will not be
    standoffish
    T's demeanor will remind them
    what lovie instilled inside them
    be responsble for your craft
    for your teamates
    and be the best one can be

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sounds like bizarro-Lovie. Great offenses, hard time picking the right DC's.

    Hope I'm reading too much into that.

  • There's a huge difference though, Doc.

    Great offenses can carry shitty Ds to SBs...Saints, Packers, Pats...

    When was the last time a great D carried a shitty D to the SB? Probably us in 2006, and looked how that turned out.

    Can't win SBs in this league anymore with a great D and manager QB. That Raven's team with Penis Dilfer model is obsolete in the Goodell era.

    Harbaugh realized this, and switched to Kap.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    *great d carried a shitty 0

    I also seriously doubt we'll drop out of the Top 15.

    At worst, the Bears D will fall off a bit like the Raven's D this year, but hey, they're in the AFC Championship.

  • here you go Corm: http://www.alabamashakes.com/

    I think you'll like that. I was watching Slightly Stoopid on Paladium and these guys came on after. pretty interesting

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I enjoyed the song. What do you think of the singing and lyrics in this song? I'll go out on a limb and say it's badass.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi8wxF5Z3nM&list=PL2A18C116B0350564

  • @ErikGrogan
    Jon Hoke will return per @BradBiggs

  • yaaaaay!

  • i never cared for conformity
    english class was confining
    corraled by sentence structure......?
    NEVER
    jettisoned that SH*T long ago
    language is just a way
    to express your long held cocepts
    inserted into the brain
    by sensory imput only
    actually nothing said is new
    it is all just archaic thought prosesses
    dusted off in each minds
    own unique way
    remember....
    one can always say something more
    about what has already been said
    our verbal maps will NEVER
    be the territory this team travels
    the last nine years were just O.K.
    bland and never imaginative
    the offense in chicago was hypnotic
    and we never struck fear into opponents
    when we had the ball........
    it is hard talking football
    in SWFLA
    when you can't score credibly
    laughter and derision were often used
    in conversation after conversation
    a bears fan's words were punchless
    our only offense in conversation
    have been individual talent
    and 1985
    after those 2 bullets
    more laughter and derision
    when i speak of the bears
    i long for thunder
    but thunder only comes with
    POINTS and CHAMPIONSHIPS
    all else is fodder for our bruised ego's
    God...I am so glad the future is so uncertain
    knowing what was coming
    year after year
    agonizing play after agonizing play
    is like doing 27 years
    day in and day out
    at the P.O.
    repetition was not
    the Mothers Of Invention
    it sure has been
    a mind numbing run
    sitting there in bear dyslexia
    backasswardly hoping
    our D outscored their O
    that is not the way
    this team will be run
    and I AM
    filled with gratitude
    knowing we will learn
    to add seven to 28
    more than once a year
    doc
    ET will be a math teachers
    dream
    S.H.I.T.
    or in long form
    Sorry Shady I Tried

  • Matt Cavanaugh, hired as QB coach? You mean Dirty Sanchez's QB coach? A Wannstedt-era retread?

    WTF?

    And the guy we hire for DC was Interim HC for Jacksonville but not good enough for the fulltime job apparently, only to be replaced in Jacksonville by Babich?

    Is this really happening?

  • You are missing a killer show right now going on at Highway 99.

  • Tucker isn't a terrible choice for DC, he did some really good things with the limited talent that Jacksonville has had. Not the best candidate in my opinion but we could have done worse.

    That said, how the hell does he go out and hire Matt Cavanaugh as his QB coach? I suppose I could be short sighted on this and perhaps his time with the Jets isn't a good representation of what he can do but come on Sanchez was terrible and got worse every year.

  • In reply to do53:

    Hub Arkush LOVES the Cavanaugh hire. That in itself gives me a bit more confidence cuz Hub will find any reason to shit on Bear decisions.

    Hub said that it wasn't Cavanaugh's fault Sanchize sucked, and he had no hand in drafting him or bringing in Tebus. Keep in mind too that Cavanaugh coached Sanchez well enough to get the Jets to the AFC championship twice in his first two years. That's quite a feat.

    I don't really like retreads either, but Hub further elaborated that Cavanaugh is a no none sense life taker and heart breaker who will put Cutler on check. Remember last year when Cutler was just waiting back there with the football on his hip, hopping around waiting for Marshall to get open? Well, none of that shit anymore.

    Cavanough's gonna be the bad cop to Trestman's good cop.

    Obviously, we need to shake things up. Really, this is a make or break contract season for Cutler. If Wilson, RG3 and Luck could come in and take their teams to the playoffs in their first year with a whole new O-cord, NO reason why Cutler can't do it either.

    Unless of course, he really is Romo's doppelganger...

  • In reply to do53:

    He'll do the photocopying and bring Jay his juice and meds.

  • Bingo.

  • Hey Void, Zappa kicking some ass.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHFg2AVa_SI

  • Mel Tucker, eh?

    I have mixed feelings about that. The Jags did suck cheetah balls in 2012 (I imagine that's the mortal enemy of jags), but the previous year they were ranked 6th. Many credit the precipitous drop to injuries and horrible drafting/personnel by the now fired GM. You know, the same guy who drafted a punter in the 3rd...

    Tucker, quite honestly, seems like Lovie 2.0 (and no, not just cause he's black.) By all accounts, Tucker simplifies his Ds so they can play fast. Players (including former S Harris) claim they love working with him, and he's very player friendly. As Harris said, he treats players like grown ass men. Sound familiar?

    Obviously Tucker's versed in the 4-3, as well as some 3-4. What I'm more worried about is the little wrinkles Marinelli implented - I fear they may be gone. I really liked what Old Sauce did - he spiced up Lovie's nyquil D with 4 DEs, CB blitzes, A gap blitzes, bluff blitzes, cover-3, cover 4, fake cover 2 then drop into a different coverage, Chicken Dinner roaming and spying...

    I hope to god Tucker mirrors more Hot Rod than Lovie when it comes to creativity and technique. Points scored and takeaways should still be top priority, followed by getting off the field on 3rds, stopping the run, and sacks (all means to those ends).

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Cheers and Jeers from the peanut gallery...

    "Mel Tucker is the guy you want to be running your defense. He’s “very laid back, but will get in your face & sit your ass down if you mess up every now & then” type of coach. Don’t listen to all these haters on here, listen to a die-hard Jags fan. Yeah, we were ranked extremely low in the statistic column, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. We endured injuries, most notably to our best LB Daryl Smith, not to mention his replacement sucked ass, LB Kyle BOSworth (please don’t get that twisted). Our #1 corner Derek Cox was also injured & out a few games along with Rashean Mathis, & Aaron Ross couldn’t cover anyone if his life counted on it (he’ll be cut by day 1). Otherwise, the guys love playing for him, & more importantly he brings simplicity to your defense, but it works. Ask our #6 ranked defense the year before how that felt. However, the team in a general sense was bad overall, & I admit, newly signed HC Gus Bradley has his hands full, this team needs a revamp & I wouldn’t doubt 20+ new faces next year. With “your” personnel in tact, I’d fear playing against you guys in the coming years.. Good Luck anyways!!"

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/18/bears-announce-mel-tucker-is-their-new-defensive-coordinator/

  • Nice pic of Trestman & les filles at the 2010 Grey Cup game.

    http://instagram.com/p/LAxuSZk_QF/

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