Where Else Can Bears Turn in Free Agency?

Where Else Can Bears Turn in Free Agency?

Phil Emery acquired his starting left tackle and his starting tight end on the first day of free agency. The two most significant vulnerabilities of the 2012 Chicago Bears have been, at least in the eyes of the GM, have been addressed. Now that the spending spree is over and the organization is tight to the salary cap, where else might Emery turn?

  • Stay home. Signing Nick Roach, Lance Louis and Brian Urlacher would give Emery complete freedom as he approaches the end of April. Roach and Urlacher would be penciled in as the starting linebackers, leaving the Bears only to seek depth (a Geno Hayes type) for the position. Louis would be  the starting right guard, leaving the Bears to perhaps draft his counterpart on the left side. Without these three players the Bears will INEVITABLY be seeking 2013 starters on Thursday night, April 25th. This is a position good teams usually avoid.
  • Karlos Dansby. Dansby can still be a viable middle linebacker in the right system, even at the age of 31. Would he provide the sideline-to-sideline ability of a prime Urlacher? No. But he could be an affordable tackling machine in the middle of the defense at the right price.
  • Rey Maualuga. Is Maualuga a great player? No. He's not. But is he a serviceable third starter next to Briggs and either Urlacher/Roach? Sure. The Giants are rumored to be interested so if the Bears are going to pursue, they'd need to pursue quickly.
  • Kevin Boothe & Brandon Moore - the guards of New York. While Emery told Mike Wright of ESPN Chicago that the Bears can't afford a starting guard in free agency, he does not know what the market will be for these two significant potential upgrades to the Bears offensive line. Boothe is a more exciting option since he could start at center for the Bears and allow Roberto Garza to slide back to his natural guard position.

There are options out there but they require money. If Phil Emery and Cliff Stein can find some the Bears may not be done upgrading this roster for 2013.


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  • First to say

    You've been awesome 'Lach!

    Watch out for that Jumbotron in Dallas.

  • Rey Maualuga!?

    Seriously, Jeff?

    He's a fat, slow, older Te'o.

  • 1. Cut Pep! Cut Lack!

    2. Use the $15M that saves to buy the ENTIRE Detroit Lions franchise.

    3. Profit!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    6 months! 6 months!

    Detroit is only 6 months away from flush prosperity and jobs for everyone.


    It just took the right man, that's all.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol, you know you are fucked even more than normal when you have a manager and not a mayor. Jesus Christ Kwame, what the fuck was going on up there?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm not paying WSJ to read that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Blast from the motorcity past with Brotop Sweatlard:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Made me laugh gp.

  • let's run down the needs currently on the team:

    1. Depth at LB with Urlacher, Roach and Hayes not on the team
    2. Depth at Corner/Nickel and DB's for Special Teams with Moore, Hayden, Bowman technically not on the team.
    3. Need 2 interior DL with Okoye, Collins and Toeina all technically not on the team
    4. Need 1 more TE as Bennett is technically the only one on the roster as E-Rod is a fullback for the next couple of weeks
    5. Need OL help as Louis has ACL injury, Carimi is Carimi and Webb is still Webb.

    The backup QB position is negligible as no one wins the superbowl with a backup except the Bills that one year in the history of football.

    WR is set with Marshall, Jeffrey, Bennett, Anderson, Hester, Weems, Golden all in the mix

    RB is set with Forte, Bush and Allen in the mix

    K, P and LS are set

  • Beefz and Queefz:

    Kyle Adams is:

    A. Still a Bear
    B. Still a TE

    Let's give the Purdue kid some love.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Kyle Adams? He sounds like he's in a boy band.

    I can't take Kyle seriously unfortunately. Other teams don't view him as any threat at all. He's 6 foot somethin 2 hundred and somethin, not fast, not slow, not aggressive, not a puss, not good, not bad,etc.

  • ok, not too concerned about DL. Okoye and Collins will both be available on 1Mil contracts if need be.

  • Prophetic! Bears just signed Collins for $715,000. Nice call.

    The cap hits this year are lower than I thought they would be for the new LT and TE -- but higher down the road. I now think they could sign one of the guards from the Giants. That might be smart.

    If no good OLs or WRs are available at #20, do you think the bears might take Eifert? More likely they will trade down for more picks. A lot of guys they might consider at #20 could well be around at #28 or #30, like Eifert at TE (yeah, I know they just got one in FA), Ogletree or Brown at LB, a few second tier RTs and DEs.

  • In reply to rustyw:

    Rusty, I wouldn't be mad if they took Eifert as long as they addressed OL. I wouldn't mind trading down but I feel like at 20 you can get a starter if need be or at least someone that can contribute from day one.

    In Emery I Trestman.

  • Sean Smith is now a Chief. The Giant Walrus Ship of Fools spends on...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i'm a bit confused about how some teams have 48 million in cap space and we have some crumpled up dollar bills one of which has fire sauce from taco bell on it.

  • FA is when it pays to be a loser.

    However, for the select few like the Jets, they can't even lose properly.

    The other teams who have a lot of money tend to have QBs on rookie contracts (9ers, Hawks, Bengals...).

    While other teams like the Lions just keep re-financing their house and buying used cars...

  • Love fire sauce

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yeah you do

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Love and Sauce already fired!

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • Happy pi day everybody!


  • Bart becomes a boy scout. Great episode. One of the conan Obrien seasons I think?

  • We need Lach and Lance Louis back. Enuff said

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    what we need and what we can afford are VERY different things.

    as is, I don't even know how we still have money after Bushrod and Black Uni.

    I'm guessing Emery is gambling that a Melton deal will get done, if not, we're in trouble.

  • Boy, that 7th for Burfict should would have been nice right about now...don't 7th rounders get paid in coupons and gift certificates?

    Moore would be really nice, and probably cheaper than Louis.

    Hey, I think Chris Williams is an FA too. Maybe get him back for dirt cheap and plug him in at LG.

    I'm surprised no one on here has clamored for Hanie or Rexy back (said no one ever)

  • I saw that Rex was back on the market and was touted as the 6th best FA QB available.

    I'd bring him back for pennies as a backup because Marshall, Jeffrey and Black Unicorn are fucking huge and it can't be too hard to just heave it up Rexy style and have a chance of something good happening.

  • Is this before or after he gets strip-sacked?

  • Rex Machine.

  • and you know Rex is better than a late round college draft pick. I'm a litte bit serious.

  • You never know... might end up with Good Rex.

    Come to think of it... maybe not.

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    Really? Wasn't Collin Kaepernick a 4th rounder?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    He was an early 2nd rounder.

  • Justin,
    I didn't get this done in time to respond last thread. Take a look at these stats:

    Cutler's last year in Denver, he was sacked 11x in 616 attempts.
    That's a sack rate of 1.8.

    Chi 2009, he was sacked 35x for a sack rate of 5.9.
    Chi 2010, he was sacked 52x for a sack rate of 10.7.
    Chi 2011, he was sacked 23x for a sack rate of 6.8.
    Chi 2012, he was sacked 38x for a sack rate of 8.1.

    Other Bear QB's were sacked 32x last 2 years (to Cutlers 61):

    Hanie's sack rate in 2011 was 15.7.
    McCown's sack rate in 2011 was 11.3.
    Campbell's sack rate in 2012 was 10.5.

    Cutler comes to Chicago and suddenly he "...sucks balls at picking up the blitz... holds on to the ball way to long, and has a really bad feel in the pocket..."??? Same (but worse) for Hanie, McCown, and Campbell???

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    PS: It doesn't take a blitz to sack a Chi QB. The opposing DL is sufficient, even when the Bears best short yardage receiver (among others) is kept in to block. Extreme example, but:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    can't watch... hidding my eyes!

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Btw, the Packers rushed only 4 on that sack and brought Cutler down in about 2 1/4 seconds. Here's the play:

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    They were all types of sacks too...looping around the OTs, bull rushes up the middle, rip moves, corner blitzes, coverage sacks...

    I do like how Kruetz tried to run with the ball like Barber though. Gotta love that dude.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    hahahaha, yeah, all Cutler.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Thanks Crunch for breaking down everything. Hanie, McCown, and Campbell are horrible though, so this really doesn't give me much. Cutler is extremely talented, and has been dealt a crap hand with his surrounding talent. But I am not ready to just give him a pass and act like he is 100% innocent of bad play. I have seen him have no idea a rush is close after he sits in the pocket for too long and get crushed too many times. It's like Jay has no idea what's going on around him. I really think the Bears front office AND Cutler are too blame. And I really hope Jay pulls it together and has a great year, and makes extending him to big bucks a no brainer next offseason. I have my doubts though... By the way I love Jay's dickhead demeanor I really do. It cracks me up.. I just want to see offensive results.

  • In reply to Justin:

    Crunch. What's Aaron Rodger's sack rate? What about Eli Manning, Stafford or even Andrew Luck? Those are the guys I'd compare Cutler to.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Why? The rap against Cutler is that he causes his own sacks - that it's not primarily the fault of the Bears. If that's true, then why didn't Cutler sack himself in Denver? Why haven't other Bears QB's done better? I have no idea how Cutler would fare in Rodgers shoes.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Aaron Rodgers kicks ass despite having an offensive line that protects no better than Cutler's. You may compare sack rates and find Rodgers' is lower. That would be because Rodgers is better under pressure than Cutler.

    While it's not necessary that Jay be that good for the Bears to win the big one, Aaron *is* the benchmark in the division so comparisons are inevitable.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave I find your man crush on Rodgers disturbing.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You should find it less disturbing that your Cutler crush. Rodgers is just better. Deal with it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i think he was kidding

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave, not sure if you seen my post at the end of the last thread. Here's a bit of it:

    This is just anecdotal, but I was talking to a Packer friend last night who watches A LOT of football, including just about every Bears game. He said the Packers OL sucks, but it's not even close to as bad as the Bears last year. I have to agree.

    My buddy from above watches a lot of game tape of both the Bears and Packers. Rodgers also takes A LOT of coverage sacks. The Packers OL is not nearly as bad as the Bears. Rodgers, to his credit, is often willing to take a sack than risk a potential turnover. I agree he's better than Cutler and can scramble, but his line is not as bad as the Bears.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Data is good. Thanks man

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Sample sizes?

    Certainly Campbell's numbers are skewed by one game.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    06 Redskins 29.57
    07 Redskins 19.86
    08 Redskins 13.32
    09 Redskins 11.79
    10 Raiders 9.97
    11 Raiders 33.00
    12 Bears 8.5

    Sacked the most per dropback as a Bear. Go figure.

  • Brees in a bad sack year was at about 25.2 and some years he almost got to 40.

    40 dude. We have to talk about scheme and context and personnel in these conversations

  • I used a slightly different calculation which is amount of sacks per drop back.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    What difference does it make? The Bears haven't been able to protect any QB. Cutler's sacks more than tripled his first year away from Denver. Sample size Den. 2008 = 616 att; Chi 2009 = 555 att.

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/14/nfl-may-prevent-runners-from-lowering-their-heads-into-tacklers/

    I'm at a loss here.

    What. The. Fuck.

  • What's that sound?

    Ironhead Heyward rolling in his grave.

  • When I played ball in High School. Our starting RB used to run fools over. But one game the ref started flagging him for leading with his head. Our coach went ape-shit but to no avail. So the guy had to completely change his running style for that game. It was like a twilight zone moment. It was contrary to everything we had been taught and knew about football. It's like the ref flagging somebody because they tackled to violently. Oh wait, they do that in the NFL.

    At this rate, the game will be a vague caricature of it's former glorious self in about about 10 years. What would Walter have done if he couldn't lower his head? He'd have about 1/2 of the yardage that he ended up with and gotten a broken sternum nearly every game.

  • I asked a friend who coached football what he would do. Best answer I've ever heard.

    "Go back to leather helmets. Those hard shells turn running backs into guided missiles."

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yeah, that's my feeling too. The NFL has billions upon billions to invest in helmet technology. Have they even looked into soft or flexible shell exteriors - possibly with thin, light, hard-shell interiors and padding between that and the skull?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It really doesn't matter what the helmet is Crunch. The issue is the skull decelerating faster than the brain. The brain "floats" inside the skull. When the skull stops abruptly, the brain slams into it causing the damage. There is no technology that will change that. The investment in helmet technology is a shell game by the NFL to try to establish some credibility. I have spent countless hours on this topic over the last three years. I've looked at every angle an imaginable in an effort to protect my son. That includes discussions with pediatricians, doctors at the Mayo Clinic, proxy discussions with doctors in the brain trauma division at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, and Phd's that have participated in the studies regarding brain injuries and helmet technology.So here's the straight dope. If you play football through high school, there is a very high probability you will be totally fine. If you play D1 college football, you might have some problems. If you play in the NFL, you will almost certainly
    deal with at least some form of brain trauma issue. How bad it gets is dependant on position, duration, and each players specific physical makeup. The next helmet that comes out will have no capability of decelerating the brain more slowly. That's it in a nutshell

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I understand the problem. It's the same in car collisions. A too rigid car body is bad. It increases the sharpness of impact. It increases the impact of glancing blows. A rigidly strapped-in passenger might never be touched and yet have his internal organs turned to mush.

    I would think a more flexible, force-absorbing exterior would work better. No?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    force fields maing. force. fields.


    "after hitting the head, the threat is no more"

    Yeeeeaaaah, there maaaaaay be soooome collateral damage to the guys doing the hitting, but hey... it's all about protecting the defenseless ball carrier, right rodger? cunt.

    Oh, and leave it to the Israelis.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lol, Fox News. There is no force field. Shrapnel is fired at incoming missles.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It would be. It's been studied actually. The conclusion was that the diameter of the helmet would have to be so large to work, the players couldn't play the game while wearing one. I bought my kid a Xenith helmet two seasons ago, which sort of an attempt at this line of thinking. Google it and check it out. The science is very cool. That said, it still only proved a marginal gain over an air helmet.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'm sorry, I don't believe the modern plastic metal & foam helmet is the best we can do. Smaller, lighter, less-rigid would be safer.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    We could inject the skull with Flubber.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Just get rid of the skull altogether. Surround the brain with a large, transparent, high-impact polycarbonate bubble locked down to the shoulder pads like a diving bell. Rayguns not included.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Something like this?: http://media.screened.com/uploads/1/15141/475618-spaceballs_023.jpg

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    See, my friend wasn't referring to the protective qualities of the helmets. I hear everything you are saying and it makes sense to me.

    He was talking about the way helmets are such a weapon, not a shield. Every time the outer shell gets harder, that's more stress you put on the other guy banging into the helmet. Put everyone in leather helmets and have a running back put his head down - the potential for injury is much less.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    they do that NB, it's called rugby.


    (yes, the only two guys wearing 'helmets' in this shot are the aussie... pussies. and yes, I chose a shot of the Springboks ((South African national team))

    Here's a close up of the helmets they wear in rugby: http://sandyputra.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/puma-rugby-helmet.jpg

    Would be interesting to see the data on rugby v. football concussions. I'm sure the data exists somewhere.

  • This stuff actually shows on how the NFL wants more offensive scoring.

    On passing plays, the defense is responsible for controlling the way a tackle happens and avoiding helmet to helmet. On running plays, the offense is responsible.

    On passing plays, the defense is hamstringed on the technique they can use to prevent a pass, particularly the cornerbacks playing man coverage. On running plays, the offense is going to start being penalized because they want to eliminate the chop block.

    My opinion: I'm not saying 7 on 7 can't be fun to watch. I'm saying that's not what I want to see. I'm paying to see football.

  • football as we know it will be dead. they should parade goodell out in the streets and shoot him in the head on PPV for killing the most popular new american institution.

    Fucking cunt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The NFL didn't create football. They don't own it. It's not theirs to destroy.

    It's time for a new league. Who wants to start the collection?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I'm in charge of IFL Cheerleader selection. Chloe, call me.

  • I'm happy that Collins is coming back for the vet minimum, if he does a serviceable john, he should be extended for more than just a year. I'm still the only one on the JT Thomas band-wagon, correct? JT needs to step the Fuck up! He's had plenty if years to learn from some of the best LB in the game, damn it!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    I didn't read anywhere that Collins is coming back.....

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    dude, you are not only the only one on that bandwaggon, you're the only one who remembered that he's still on this team.

    You're still pinning your hopes on that dude? Don't get it... why? What has he ever done just smoke week and be a good dude to some high school chick?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    except.... weed


  • In reply to OsosFan:

    lol, Collins coming back for league minimum. Good call Osos. Bears rolled the Dice and didn't tender him at 1.3M , no one bit and we got him this year for 700k.

  • I'm done with the past. I've been too hung up on what fans think of our quarterback. I guess it just sucks to know you have talent at the position and the Coach and GM did nothing about it for years.

    Now that we have that talent the new regime is at least making moves that will put the whole team in a better spot.

    The real question is this: What is the over/under on Biggsy dying at training camp with bits of italian beef in his teeth and traces of classic coke mixed with oil from giardiniera coating his lips?

  • agreed. It's a losing battle trying to convince haters re: cutty my maings. Let's just hope he pulls it together and is able to do his thing in a system and with players that finally allow him to do so without running for his life.

    btw, also a losing battle is... not rage quitting in a free for all with shady and me.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, i'm going to blame that one on the crying baby.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You guys are too much... seriously. It's not about hating Cutler. We're just not so enamored that we have to make excuses for the guy all the time.

    I've been calling for an OLine for this team on this blog for at least four years now. Hopefully we'll have a dream draft ala 4ever's (I think) mock with Cooper and Jones.

    With the tools being put in place, the excuses will be gone. And trust me, MB, I'd love to see Cutler kick ass ala Rodgers.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oh I'm not at all a cutty apologist Dave. You should know this. I actually have called out his terrible mechanics and I am one fo the guys 100% in the camp that thinks he relies WAY too much on his physical abilities and that he has turrible pocket presence.

    My issue all along, as you very well know by now, is that JA and lovie and then martz and tice did fuck-all to supply him with the necessary tools to give him a fighting chance. and now it's a very very strong possibility that he's already damaged goods. I just fucking detest the fact that while all of us have been screaming for a real oline and real received for 6 years, bears management refused to do anything about it even in the face of overwhelming proof that it was broke-dick.

    So, my net-net is as you said... if we go OL 1 and 2 in the draft and pick up another burner at WR, AND kromer and trestman call even a sane fucking plan each game finally...cutty has ZERO excuse and if he's still the same on/off, hit/miss untrustworthy QB, I think it's time to move on and cut bait for young new blood.

    That’s my POV once and for all.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As usual, MB, we're pretty much on the same page. I should be a little more careful at which level of a post I respond.

  • For Jeff and the rest of you soccer fans:


  • I'm pretty happy with where we are right now, with the exception of SAFETY!!! Why is nobody talking about our complete lack of a good safety? D-line- we have a probowler or two, LB's? Yup another couple there. Corners? Dont even ask.. those guys alsmot played their ways into canton. The biggest hole we have on D isnt being addressed and it scares me.

  • We have two decent starting Safeties. We currently have 1 starting LB signed in Briggs and two starting CBs in Peanut and Jennings. We need a nickel CB, two LBs and at least 1 DE before we should even look at Safety.

  • dude, seriously? I've only been screaming that for 4 fucking years!

    I'm done though... no one listens to me cause I can be a tad emotional about my views (yes, I'm hurt you guys).

    Well, feel free to pick up my dropped torch my man. Have at it. We still have glass one and glass three back there, and haven't had a real franchise FS since my namesake. DManning came closest, then of course lovie and JA let him bail.

    Anyway... all yours senor.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha MB. You mean people dont listen to the angry curmudgeon shouting from the mountain top?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Must agree with DYL. You were right for three years, MB. Now, not so much - we have higher priorities.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Serious question. Is there still such thing as a high quality safety that is truly durable? They have to be big/strong enough to come down inside and work against running backs and tight ends. They also have to be fast/small enough to get on the edges and run deep with receivers. Not to mention the receivers are fucking huge now too. So, can a guy that's built like a traditional safety be durable anymore? I am really beginning to wonder.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    MB and I talked about this many threads back, but I still contend that S position is the most injury prone only behind HB.

    Just look at all the stud Safeties - Polamulu, Berry, Bob Sanders, Mike Brown, Ed Reed, Landry...they've all missed season(s). The ones with size/speed just collide at such force that something's gonna give (reason why we all worried about Wright - esp with his bad habit of lowering his head. Reason why I worry about Hardin).

    Seems to me that the Conte type who do not make the ESPN highlights have healthier careers.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    So here's my thing Jwad and dave...

    Take a look at Seattle's Chancelor (dude gives me a man-football-hard on. WISH he was on our team), Gholston, thomas, etc... etc...

    There's a very big difference between having a first-half round one guy back there and a 3rd rounder and a fucking converted corner who's told to line up 40 yards deep.

    Look, those guys did much better this year and I was impressed for the most part… but they are both very injury prone and they just aren't tier one guys maings. Yes, there will always be injuries, but we haven't put a real pair of safeties back there since manning/harris (and harris was old and SLOOOOOW by then).

    I do agree that we have higher priorities THIS year (like OL, OL, OL, and then ILB and WR), but for me we need to draft a franchise FS with our first pick at 32 next year (I know you saw how I did that). Of course if we completely wiff on ILB this year, we might have to go ILB 1 and FS 2. My $.02 maings.

    Btw, know what the FS is called? The general of the DBack field. We ain’t got that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (originally, I wrote this before reading your response, so it may be a little strong)

    *Technique* tackling. It's been a favorite thing of mine about Conte.

    Everyone loves to dis Conte for the Peterson stiff-arm*, but there were at least a couple other times (three I think) in that very game where Conte took down AP *one-on-one in the open field* as the last line of defense. It was then, for the first time in a very long time, that a Bears safety impressed me.

    Conte reminds me of Fencik - he just does not miss many tackles. Yeah, like Gary, he did not get Earl Campbell talking about cheap shots or a Buddy Ryan defense named after his jersey like some mediocre "big hit" S that played back then.

    I've never played the game at any real level, but it seems to me that getting guys down when you are the only defender between them and the end zone is pretty fucking important. More so than providing visceral thrills for the bloodthirsty segments of the fan base.

    * as if AP never broke a tackle before!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We may have soon though. Pringles, Conte and Steltz are coming along. Do we have a probowl safety? No, but few teams do. Steltz will probably prove to be the best of them, and looking at the O-line and LB spots, safety isn't a priority. You can only have one priority, right? O-line.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    See Boldin got traded for a sixth rounder, MB?

  • To the Niners. Blech.

  • pretty funny, bet yours wasn't this good nug: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KulHKziEeMc&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha where do you find this shit?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow... That was damn good.

  • I'm guessing Lach will be back. Give PE credit for being smart enough to let the market set the price. Lach asking for $5 mil/season is laughable. It sucks to see a bunch of guys like Izzy out there looking for a payday and not knowing if they'll be back but that's the reality of the situation. That dope JA gave Olin $4 mil when he should have let him hit the open market and signed him for half that. Oh well.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Perhaps my memory is flawed but I thought Olin turned down the $4 mil because he didn't like the "take it or leave it" ultimatum tone of it and ended up signing with the Saints for around half that much

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    that was the severely abbreviated FA period after the lockout. Shit got crazy as people were signing within minutes of the starting gun.

    Bears had to make a move, offered him a great deal that he thought was insulting and was then told he had minutes to make his decision because they had to sign him or move down the list. There just wasn't enough time. Olin and his agent got all butt hurt and didn't see the extenuating circumstances. He lost...or I should say he beat himself.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    He wanted 4.5, the Bears offered 4 and wouldn't budge. I think he signed for 3.5 with NO.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You've got it right. Halfway through the season and he threw in the towel because he was heading for the pine.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Which IS the bottom line. Many on this blog believed he'd been living on his rep for at least his last 2 seasons as a Bear and OK confirmed that hypoesis by bailing on the Saints.

  • Seahawks moving all of those chips to the middle of the table:


  • damn dude... carol going all motherfucking in this year.

    Careful petey, remember the 2011-2012 eegles maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bennett is on a 1 year deal so he must be playing for a big contract.
    I might get Sunday Ticket this year just to watch the 9ers and Seahawks go at it....or i'll just be at Buffalo Wild Wings all day every sunday. Sorry kids, daddy has to go to "work".

  • daddy's gotta teach the kids about priorities at some point, right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    es verdad

  • Simón

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    9ers and 'Hawks want to win a SB while their QBs are only costing their cap under $1 mil.

    Flacco has scared the shit out of everyone with a decent QB who's contract is expiring. They saw how Flacco's contract (and Brees' last year) dismantled the team.

    Rarely does "going all in" work. Just ask the Eagles, and the Skins before them...

  • I'm still waiting for a QB to win the big one AFTER signing the monster contract.

    I see Peyton, Brees, and Brady all making the playoffs consistently. And then I see them losing to teams with more depth, better defense, better supporting cast, etc.

    The Ravens are the same way. The Broncos look like they are going the same way as well.

    I know Eli makes good money, but what quarterback has ever won the Superbowl AFTER signing a contract to become the highest paid in the league?

    I really hope we do well. But I also hope we work something out with Jay beforehand, because our team will fall apart without that extra $8 million or so in cap space.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am not a fan of the Harvin trade.

  • Emery has a plan for those birds...


  • Vikes just signed Matt Cassell.

    QB competition.

  • I was sorta hoping they would have signed the Sex Canon.

    Would have been surreal to see Rex and Lach face the Bears in purple (and I wouldn't be surprised if they kick the tires on Izzy either).

  • that would be funny.

    On the Izzy front. he is going nowhere and will stay with bears.

  • On the great Cutler debate, here's where I stand.

    I'm a Cutler agnostic.

    I'm neither a Cutler skeptic, nor a Cutler believer.

    It's kind of like UFOs. One can use valid logic and solid evidence to backup their existence or non-existence. Are they out there? Maybe. Are they jamming anal probes up Cletis? Doubtful.

    Also, there's no use in me believing in them until they land on my lawn.

    That's where I stand on Cutler. He has shown me enough to make me THINK he can be a SB winning QB (and I think all Bears fans HOPE that too), but much like with UFOs, I'll believe it when I see it.

    I felt the same way about Eli and Flacco for the record.

  • Well played, 4ever. I was going to comment until I realized the verb in your last sentence is past tense.

    Perhaps it's just my shitty memory, but it seems there are some who have praised the almighty Patriots, and denigrated the QB that beat them twice in the SB.

  • I' d like to see how he fares with reliable protection week-to-week.

  • On the NEW NFL, I'm all for it.

    We need a few maverick billlionaires to just go for it.

    Charles Branson, Mark Cuban, Vince McMahon types. Anyone know of any other ones?

    If Al Davis were alive, I bet he'd be the first one to bolt. He always loved sticking it to the NFL.

    I just finished watching the DeBartolo story on NFL network and that dude had NO CLUE how to run an NFL franchise at the beginning.

    There's gotta be 16 risk-taking billionaires. Imagine how crazy FA would be with TWO leagues! Bring back KRs, close lines, helmet to helmet and the helmet slap!

  • Bring back the Drop kick. Not the Drop Punt. The Drop KICK tackle. My old man showed me pictures from back in the old days. We were watching Rasslin when I was a kid and he told me how the drop kick was an old football tackling move. I didn't believe him. But sho nuff they did it. That would be awesome.

  • I was surprised NFL films made a program on DeBartolo, so I watched it. I didn't like him. Slimey prick. "I'll be your friend and look after you, as long as you win." Little man syndrome.

    Logged in to see who signed who ... and the Bears get Bushrod and Martellus ? Damn. Put the 'S' on Emery's cape now.

    Lions got Reggie Bush, and Boldin goes for a 6th.

    We could draft Jonathan Cooper now, or a center .. .or a gay linebacker.

  • This is the lunacy of the Cutler situation:

    Look at the question in the poll. If Cutler doesn't lead the Bears to the superbowl 42 FUCKING PERCENT want to get rid of him.


    That's why I can't put up with you idiots. Only 1 fucking team wins the superbowl per year you fucking cocksuckers.

  • I just re-read my post. To be clear, the "idiots" I refer to are those on the blog that can't understand why a team wins a superbowl or has continued success, how injuries,scheme and personnel play into consistent success and how that applies to the bullshit we've had to put up with since 1985 including what we've witnessed recently during the last 4yrs.

    The "cocksuckers" i'm referring to are the complete morons in the poll that actually answered that they want to get rid of Cutler if we don't win the superbowl. I think we can all agree that a mentality like that is 10 of 10 on the retard scale.

  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to Waffle:

    Have you seen the amount of "fans" (meatballs is what I call em) that STILL think Lovie should not have been fired? It's insane.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    THIS makes me question the future of man.

    Not just footballwise, but ALL our future.

    I mean, wow. What possible argument can anyone make for Lovie? The greatest ancient greek sophist wouldn't even attempt such a feat.

    I am SO glad someone up high, one of the McCaskeys, had a Road of Demascus moment (that's for the new pope there), and hired an new gm who could fire Lovie.

    SO FUCKN pumped.

    I think I literally jumped for joy because of the Bears like 4 times.

    1. Found out Bears got Cutler
    2. Found out Bears got Pepp
    3. Got home full of alligator tacos only to find out the Bears somehow won that Cards game.

    (then it was pretty dark for the 90s, but luckily we had the Bulls)

  • AH-HEEEM!!

    Uhhhh, you sir, are welcome for #'s 4 and for Lovie's shitcanning, which strangely you didn't numerate.

    In any case, glad to be of service and if you would like to give me the credit I so richly deserve in future annotations, I will accept that as your apology and will not brining my significant powers to bear (see how I did that) on you sir! You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

  • It's an invalid question. Anyone would give up Cutler if the price was right. There is a price on everyone's head. Somebody offers you three first rounders. You say no to that?

    That said, nobody's giving us those bananas for Jay, and good QBs are hard to come by. I think we could have a pretty interesting year on offense if they can find a guy to start at center this year. Bushrod, Louis and Carimi at guard, Scott on the right .... Webb as a swing tackle ... maybe draft Cooper and a decent center.

    Shame we couldn't find the cash for Boldin. A 6th rounder. Jeez.

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/08/nfl-requires-certification-of-field-fitness-within-72-hours-of-kickoff/

    “Within 72 hours of each home game, all clubs that own or lease their stadiums are required to certify that their fields are in compliance with Recommended Practices for the Maintenance of Infill and Natural Surfaces for NFL Games,” the league’s Game Operations Manual states. “If any parts of the playing surface are not in compliance, it must be remediated in accordance with the applicable manufacturer’s recommendations at the club’s expense. The playing surface must be retested and certified as being in compliance prior to game day. Failure to comply is considered a competitive as well as a player safety issue and will be subject to disciplinary action by the Commissioner’s office.”

  • In reply to Shady:

    The Manufacturer recommends the use of green paint for the remediation of natural grass.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Maybe my comment on the previous post about getting Fieldturf installed got back to Emery after all. Dude must REALLY read this blog. Well, SOMEBODY from the league must read it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    +1 , that's how they did it in the 90's

  • I doubt the Bears sign any starting guards. Maybe a backup..even with the market slowing down and players finding out that they can't make as much as they thought, it's look really hard for the Bears to sign anyone.

    That is until they decide to restructure or extend someones contract.

  • They don't need to restructure Artoo, they just need to sign Melton to a real contract.

    That $8.4M can turn into $3M real quick, then we have an extra $5M overnight without restructuring anything.

    I'm just curious what sort of money Melton is asking for.

    I also strongly suspect that a few Bears (esp the d) are waiting for that deal to go down.

    Roach and a few others are doing the rounds, buying time, but I think they want to remain Bears. That D is really tight.

    And Marshall has provided some leadership on the O side.

    Right now as we speak, he's training Alshon and Arod ine ways of the force.

  • freeing up a quick 5million gets us 2 vet linebackers and re-signing Bowman for corner depth and Special Teams.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    i actually wouldn't mind seeing Bowman at Nickel come to think of it. He's got a big frame, tackles pretty well and wouldn't get exposed too much with his average cover skills.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You got your wish then. The Bears resigned him.

  • cool mang, i actually feel a little bit better every time we secure another piece of the puzzle that played pretty well on D and Specials last year.

    Losing Roach, even though it won't ruin my life, was not cool. he was a big part of our defensive success last year.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    agree about roach. oh well

  • In reply to Waffle:

    We had a nickel - DJ. Why they let him go fuck knows.

    Anyone still on the fence about Emery ? Two biggest needs by position and they both got filled before the draft starts. Kudos Mr. Emery, so far so good.

  • Nice, I thought I was the only Moore supporter. Maybe he wanted to much $.

  • DJ just wasn't making the plays in coverage. His size was a liability as well defending against the run and he was only effective when blitzing unblocked off of the edge. other than that he was awesome.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    It was the blitzing unblocked off of the edge part I liked. Seemed like the only times we ever blitzed.

  • I think Tucker will unleash the hounds this year. Nothing more effective than solid DL pressure and a well timed Nickel or Corner Blitz.

  • Dude, Jonathan Cooper. You pass him up? Him and Lance. Bushrod and Scott at Tackle. Somebody at center not called Garza. I like that line. With Carimi and Webb there for you on the bench with Edwin, you've got some Hogs on the field.

  • Nick Roach follows the dollar signs to the black hole of the NFL. Hope you enjoy finishing 4-12 every year. Still, all the best eh.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I can't blame the guy actually. He's a young guy that hasn't had a big contract yet and/or won a ring. Right now it's about making this money while he's still in the NFL. Since it's completely feasible that he'll only play a couple of years he's got to take this opportunity as a young man to set himself up for life as well as future generations. Nick Roach, from Northwestern, could do some great things with that much money and i'm not just talking about chinchilla coats and rims.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    when you listen to Roach talk and comport himself you realize that this guy can probably do anything in life if given the chance. Now imagine that talent with a couple million in his portfolio.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    That was the problem, you couldn't hear the guy in the huddle. Dude was a whisperer as a MLB and an art major at Northwestern. I don't want an arteeest at LB, I want a murderer, rapist or absent father who needs child support contract money. Good luck in OAK without playing next to 2 HOF linebackers.

  • In reply to Shady:

    lol, that's the best thing about Free Agency, I'm sure if we re-structured properly we could not only get said murderer, rapist or deadbeat dad, we could probably find a combo of the 3.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    guys, burfict is already locked up... I thought we've talked about this.

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I never gave a penny fuck about Nick Roach and just shook my head any time his name was mentioned. At least now we know we're drafting a linebacker.

  • Dude, this is awesome: http://www.lostlettermen.com/nc-state-recruiter-pens-hilarious-letter/

    "See what Hughes did there? By the transitive property, NC State needs Wright."


  • you guys been following this arias trial... damn man, bitches is craaaaazy.

  • So, I consider the batch of you fellas to be musically inclined... but among all the jazz, blues, and alternative rock discussions, I never see any mention of my preferred genre of non-hiphop -

    Progressive rock. (a term I can't stand - to me it's just "good rock")

    I went and saw Yes last night perform The Yes Album and Close to the Edge in their entirety. Those 60 year olds can fucking jam. I never thought I'd get to see my 2nd and 3rd favorite albums (Thick as a Brick takes the #1 slot for me) performed in my lifetime, so the whole thing was surreal.

    I don't know if any of you jerks are hip to the musical brilliances that are those two records, but I highly suggest picking them up - they're so choice. If you like good music, which it appears that most of you do, then ya' know - you can listen on the YouTubes before you go picking up a copy for yourself and 3 for your closest friends.

    And if you happen to live in the area where this show will be coming, go see it. Steve Howe is pretty much a deity.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Sweet. As a happy coinkidink, "Thick as a Brick" is my penis' nick-name

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "It ain't long, but it sure is skinny"

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


    I affectionately also call it, "the tuna can"

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I am glad you got to see Yes, Willie. The bands I most wanted to see have one or more dead guys (I think).

    Definitely a long ways from Yes, my current favorite act is Dala. Cannot believe it took me so long to find them - *I* have not heard two voices that fit that well since the Everlys. A few threads back, I posted something about "if talent is sexy" (or hot or whatever)...

    While I can appreciate what (for example) Ivan Moravec can do with a Chopin nocturne, there is no instrument that approaches the human voice's power of musical expression.

  • I like this mock: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1545133-2013-nfl-mock-draft-post-combine-predictions-for-all-7-rounds?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=cnn-sports-bin&hpt=hp_bn15#/articles/1545133-2013-nfl-mock-draft-post-combine-predictions-for-all-7-rounds/page/21

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha, too bad it was written in February prior to the BUSH-ROD era in Chi-town.

    Sorry unknown sports blogger/beat reporter, you probably didn't see this one coming.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I still want him. and then jones in 2

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What if Emery got gangster and took 2 OL and completely changed the makeup of the team.

    In less than 2 seasons a completely new OL, 2 new WR's, new TE

    Every time we fill a hole by signing or re-signing a guy I get more and more pumped about this year. Just get the damn playbooks done and let's get rolling.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Corners locked up:


    Just looking to re-sign Kelvin Hayden now.....

    It's starting to come together boys. LB is going to be an interesting situation over the next couple of weeks.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    worried about hayden. He was abject shit last year when in for timmyJ. I know I wasn't at practice, but just from what I saw on the field in 2011-2012, DJ was the better player... maybe not at corner only, but hayden was the one ALWAYS getting burned for the 1st down or TD.

    He was turrible.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    DJ Moore played so bad I threw up on my floor watching him get worked over and over. His size is a liability.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I have to disagree. Moore should have never lost his job to Hayden. DJ was actually playing good in my opinion.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    obviously I agree with End here.

    Johnny, litterally in ever single game where hayden was in for timmyj, every single time there was a long 1st down or TD is was hayden getting worked over. I wated VERY carefully after I started noticing it happen time and time again.

    He. was. just. turrible.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If two bears suck in the woods but one is bigger and one talks too much shit who do you choose?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I chose the one who doesn't spontaneously combust every time the ball is snapped.

    (did you see the burned/toast reference in there... did you?)

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I'm bored at work, I want to refresh my PFT page and see a shiny new toy for the Bears and I want it to happen now.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I agree with Ender and MB. DJ > Kelvin and not really a contest.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    He'll have to go OLx 2 surely - though maybe not. We got our tackle. We need a center..... so if we go Rd1. LB/G (if Cooper's there, if not then Ogletree/Minter/Brown) Rd2. C. Rds 4/5/6. BPA

  • Rabbit, you watching the B1G tourney today?

  • In reply to Shady:


    Rabbit's been MIA maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know, rabbit where are you maings?!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Badgers and Hoosiers tomorrow Shady. Should be a good game. Wisconsin has definitely had their number lately, but I gotta think all that talent on Indiana wants some revenge in this game. What the hell is a Hoosier anyway?

  • On a cloudy cold day in Chicago -

    Lance Louis is in Miami today; soaking up some rays.

    Oh, and also having a sit down with the Fish.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not good. We need to move mountains. Can't afford to let a good guard walk out the door, Can't afford to pay him? Lac could be on his way out. Or Peppers.

  • Louis is coming off an ACL. Louis, not AP. Dudes that are 320 don't rehab like the rest of us. Anthony Adams strained his calf and had to retire because it would not heal.....because it was supporting 320lbs.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    are you talking about anthony spice adams?

    Bang! Bang!

  • Do you guys think that random people now just text their penis pic to Jenn Sterger?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol, you thinking of sending a snapshot of your old gray balls over to Jenn?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    is it fashionable?

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol... one way to find out GP

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Awesome convo thread.

  • So it looks like Trestman and Emery are putting there stamp on the Chicago bears, ya know what other than depth Roach I could take him or leave him really he was ok but who knows when you play next Urlacher and Briggs it is really hard to stand out and now we bring back Bowman, 2 years ago we thought he would make a good push to start he went the same way as DJ Moore

  • 'Tis interesting that Raidah Nation gets Da Roach (perfect Raider last name)

    I think Lack's agent tried to leak this story:


    Even Raidah Nation didn't want a broken down cart like Lack.

  • fucking clown: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/15/17323938-gops-rob-portman-announces-support-for-same-sex-marriage?lite

    Can only have an open mind when it impacts them personally. Dude, you're still a fucking hypocrite and a raging philistine. ahole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He probably knew his son was gay long before his son entered college.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I just can't take the hypocrisy, BS.

    I tend to have an majorly overdeveloped sense of fairness (which doesn't server me well in many situations... coughdivorcecough).

    I could list out all of these guys who rail on about the sins of being gay and are then found tapping their foot in the bathroom at a rest stop (how fascinating was that shit... never knew that stuff existed), or doing meth and sucking off dude hookers (what is that called these days... a manwhore?), or the entire catholic priesthood.

    I mean, come the fuck on… how do those people look at themselves in the mirror every day? Guess I just have a naive outlook on how humans should treat each other… we are just a bunch of savages/monkeys underneath all the clothing after all.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No, I agree with you. I just find it hard to believe he found out about his son so late.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    he didn't... just supplement 'manwhore' for 'powerwhore' and/or 'moneywhore'

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hahahahahahah! love you dave.


  • Little Danny Woodhead is now a charger.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he's carved out a nice little career for himself. He looks really little but I think he's actually kind of jacked.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Woodhead college highlights. It's not fair to these other kids.

  • For DY.

    Awesome: http://i.imgur.com/dohicIt.gif

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's a great celebration, unfortunately, he probably got booked for it.

    One of the best celebrations ever was by Graeme Souness, when he planted a Galatasaray in the middle of the field when they beat their biggest rivals in a final. Akin to Owens celebrating in the Cowboys star, with the exception that football fans in Turkey are MENTAL, and he could easily have sparked a pitch invasion/fights/an attack on himself.


    I'd say that going to a Galatasaray/Fenerbahce match is definitely on my bucketlist, except that it would probably result in death.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh and on the lighter side of things, can't forget the classics of course:




  • In reply to DYLbear23:


    Boom! All of them.

    The toilet is the best. So awesome.

    (the blond dude is a badass)

  • willie, heard of Lushlife?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    how about some of this shit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GKL_ZoJQjc

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hahaha... I pushed myself through this one. I like some of that Tyler stuff, but can't handle most of it.

    Of all the Odd Future stuff, Earl Sweatshirt - Chum is the jammiest.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    speaking of the more traditional rock and roll crowd in this mother, check THESE punks out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuHUyyhgspc

    Just got turned onto them and they pretty much rock it the fuck out y'alls! Enjoy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB - never had. Enjoyable. I like.

  • now, I am NOT in favor of any grift or theft on any scale because I'm a really honest person... but this is kind of awesome: http://news.msn.com/world/man-steals-dollar33-million-from-australian-casino-in-oceans-11-esque-heist

  • this one's for yon-y: http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=4&from=en-us_msnhp#/video/0a5b62dc-d3eb-4431-a8fd-1de15f3e8a46

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, the concept of a shark as big as a bus is fucking lunacy. Just imagine how crazy it was back a couple million years ago. 70 foot long sharks, huge fucking dinosaurs, fucking teradactyls.

    Imagine surfing and seeing the shadow swimming below you that was 70 feet long and have 7 inch fucking teeth.

    I'd piss myself and faint into his mouth.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    But a Brontoburger only cost 5 clams!

  • In reply to Waffle:


    There is a full-size model of one of these bad boys in the SC State Museum.

    That mother would have have to use its teeth at all to eat something as small as a human.

  • Heard this song come on the radio driving home from work.... went to change it 'cause it was too poppy.... But I just... couldn't... do it....


    I don't care... I love it.

  • In reply to Shady:


    and...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekzHIouo8Q4

    I don't cea-ah... I love it!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, if I could rock an afro like that, I 150% would. So jealous.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You call that a fro? Go to the link in the 7th post of this thread, where it says "BroTop." That's a fro.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Shady:


  • Broncos had to release Dumerville. Elvis and Julius on the same line? Wow, make that one happen Mr. Emery!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    That would be sweet, but there's no way.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151204/article/greg-jennings-signs-contract-with-minnesota-vikings

    Now we'll get to see just how good a WR Jennings is playing with Ponder and Cassel in Minna-sooooodah.

  • In reply to Shady:

    He went to Minny and ended up with less money than what GB was offering initially?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Too busy pumping the ladies

  • Brokeback Horseface:

    Cut Jimi, sign Elvis. Have money left over.

  • Everyone is yammering that Bushrod gave up as many sacks and hurries as Webb did. On this "above average" line, Bushrod was left one on one on almost every play on a team that passed over 200 times more than the Bears did. Webb was given so many chips and helpers from backs and TEs it limited their offense, and they didn't drop back nearly as many times as the Saints did. Bushrod's one on one acumen allowed the offense to operate at a high level. Let's plug Webb into the Saints offense and put him one on one more often with 200 or so more opportunities to turnstile a defensive end, then see where his "rank" is. Maybe Emery actually watched film instead of checking stats on Pro Football Focus.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, don't come in here with your flim flam football based logic and your dippity do city folk common sense. I want cliche sayings, retreads from someones elses articles full of shitty opinions and straight black and white numbers from some random blog site to determine, before a game is even played, whether Bushrod is the right pick and will or will not be the answer at the position.

    With that being said, you can't comprehend how happy I am that Webb, the 7th rd pick from West Texas A&T Culinary Institute of the Greater Southwest Campus B Study At Home Montessori School For Gentle Men is not our Left Tackle. Bushrod is such a sick upgrade that it's not even funny.

    Love. It.

  • In reply to Waffle:


    "West Texas A&T Culinary Institute of the Greater Southwest Campus B Study At Home Montessori School For Gentle Men."


  • In reply to Shady:


    Shady, get the fuck online maings!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm coming on. no headset as my son placed it in my guinness the other day at a family party.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I was just about to call your ass out too. I'm on, hit me.

    btw, just had my bestest KC ever 29-5-15

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    my volume doesn't work again. wtf.

    i'll try to fix it but can't play without sound. It's annoying.

  • In reply to Waffle:


  • In reply to Shady:

    that was good

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I thought it was a barber college... thanks for setting me straight

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    lol, sometimes you gotta laugh at these operational decisions. I've been trying to tweet to Brandon Marshall to find out how Alshon is doing down in Florida. I can't wait to see those 2 tear it up with a threat at TE as well and Earl good for 3 first downs a game.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    And Matt in the backfield. We could be *so* fucking scary with the right man behind the curtain pulling the levers.

    As we know, the biggest change Emery has brought was to replace the coaching staff. If he made the right call there... watch out NFL...

  • Cards - the Lions of the west.

    $20M for 2 years and 6-8. That's majestic.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4682874/matt-spaeth-heading-to-pittsburgh

    Quote of the day:

    Several teams expressed interest in Spaeth following his release from the Chicago Bears on Wednesday for financial reasons.

    ....uh....yeah...."financial" reasons.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    lol, the only quote in the comments section:

    24 min ago

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Go get Brandon Meyers Phil.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofnSojq-vqI

    for some of the younger folks on the blog I found the complete standup from Dave Chappelle. This is one of my favorite shows ever.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Shit, too late. Hope I remember to watch this tomorrow. Chappelle is a beast

  • In reply to Waffle:

    "…apparently the police have been beating up Negros like hotcakes…"

    Dude, he's one of the funniest guys ever to live. You should google his interview with oprah when he disappeared for africa (4th down non the right on the youtube page above). Interesting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chappelle is definitely a funny man.

    "Yeah Oscar, you're a grouch."
    "BITCH!! I live in a fucking trash can!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I certainly knew who he was until you posted that link I'd never listened to any of his stuff. That was hilarious. I really liked his bit about a coke addict President...

  • hey dave... bang! bang!


  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000150953/article/nfl-free-agency-the-top-remaining-players

    Michael Huff in a Bears' uni? How about Peyton Hillis ? Brandon Meyers at TE?

    Horrible thought - if they dick Urlacher around on the dollars and he walks ... we will have the worst linebacking corps in the NFL .... for years to come. Play with that.

  • what do you mean Irish... talk to Shady, he thinks we're fine at ILB.

    Are you back in the homeland yet maings?

  • You think losing Urlacher would give us the worst corps in the league for years to come? Dude, we could bring in Dansby or Barnett right fucking now and they'd be a 50% upgrade over Urlacher. Do you know how many experienced 4-3 linebackers are just waiting for a fucking call right now? We will draft a linebacker as well.

    No worries.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    they will sign Okoye to round out the Dline. He will play for between 800-950k.

    Pep, Woot, Dinner, Ozugwu(better than dinner btw), Izzy,Melton, Paea, Collins, Okoye,and one or two on the practice squad

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I honestly thought they were going to sign Dan Connor at LB but the Giants got him.

  • http://now.msn.com/awkward-family-photos-the-worst-school-pictures-ever

    Shady is the one with the "roadkill" shirt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    8 of 18.

    He has a fire extinguisher to put out the fire he creates in ladies pants.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm almost positive #5 is Rodgers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Would Jermichael Finley take an incentives-based deal with the Bears just to piss off the packers?

  • all in: http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/msn/report_49ers_in_serious_talks_with_asomugha_woodson/13150459

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think Jimmy is pissed and wants to win.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I want cake nooooow..... I want cake NOOOOOOOOW!!!!

  • jackmarius takmeretrix

    Lacarpetron dukemarius

    Djinkalidge Margoon

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    University of South Flerrrda.

  • In reply to Shady:

    xmus jaxon laxon-waxon

    California.... University of Pennsylvania

  • aaaaaand, Beezer Twelve Washingbeard

  • jesus goodell: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/kirk-cousins-drug-test_n_2876250.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D284804

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Amazing. They'll test a backup QB out of the blue at his Grans house, but Clay Matthews gets to parade his ugly ass face all over the tv with absolutely nothing to worry about. But he's probably safe because he brings in the money, eh Rodge?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Mathews walks around with a wizzinator (http://www.thewhizzinator.com/lifestyle-products/the-whizzinator-in-black) on every day all day. Not because he thinks he's going to get surprise-tested, but because the steroids have chronically shrunken his junken.


  • Sneakily smoking hot bond girls: http://quantumofsolace.tribute.ca/images/GemmaArterton.jpg

    So incredibly cute/hot/sexy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm a huge fan of Gemma Arterton.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    so hot. Love the red hair.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yummy: http://www.google.com/search?q=Gemma+Arterton&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=yBdFUfChIaXGygGPt4DgAg&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1440&bih=792

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    she could get someone to color it a little better.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I kinda have a crush on that SD. Never had a chick with her coloration, but I would love to. Milky thighs and all that.

    I find that coloration kinda yummy for some reason.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh trust me, MB, I have a giant thing for red hair (very preferrably pubes and all - i.e. natural) especially with green eyes and a few freckles. Those girls used to, and likely still would, slay my sorry ass.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    never had one, but I would 100% like to. It's on the list.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aren't her breasts a bit small for your liking?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    yes, but as long as they're perky and pretty it's ok. The one thing that will INSTANTLY kill a deal for me is bad boobies. INSTANTLY.

    Happened in high school with a smoking hot and fun chick. Finally got her bra off and they were small AND saggy. I was like, whoa.... these kinds of boobs exist? There is no god!

    ...and I was done with her in that moment Tobi..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know that sounds so so shallow... but a man has to know his boundries guys.

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  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I was hoping. and not. that link was what it is. The best Harry line.

  • Call of Duty tonight, anyone? Sans wife starting at 7:30 Pacific.

  • Any of you guys tanking out there? Is it just Ender and me?

    By the bye .... he's gone. Martellus and Myers. Would have been special.


  • Irish, I think they are going to give E-Rod a shot at TE. He tweeted something about getting his old #88 jersey back.....

    Also, couldn't afford Myers since we still need a FA linebacker and OL still.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If we draft Cooper and a center I think we're sweet. A pro linebacker must be signed though for sure. We'll probably have to draft a TE in the 4th or 5th. Can't wait to see Martellus in there.

  • cooper in rd1, jones in 2.

    That's my dream draft... everything after that doesn't matter.

    Yes, I know emery wants to trade up (down?), but I'm just throwing my dream scenario out there. Let's just be done with whole 7 year oline nightmare in one offseason and be done with it. Shall we?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +a whole shitload. Although I think, MB, of the two I'd rather have Jones.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    kind of agree dave. More flexible/utility. And he helps kids in africa... aaaawwwwwwww!

  • I can't wait for the switch from Chicago Now. It's no wonder why newspapers are dying. I was about to leave this site for good until Jeff mentioned he was moving the blog. That change can't happen soon enough.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    No Scheisse! When are we getting out of this God forsaken place anyway?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Jeff said April I think? Probably won't be til after the draft which is turrible. CN has got to be one of the worst run websites around.

  • so now for our dino lesson of the day...


    this is interesting, but go down to the bottom of the story and check out the Extinct Prehistoric Animals slideshow.

    Amazing. Mother Natur.... I mean jesus christ and the good lord above... are so grand!

    (oh calm down, I'm just mussin' around maings)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    While it may mean something else, "Smilodon fatalis" sure looks like "smily tooth of death" doesn't it?

    Too bad the slide show did not have, not as part of the drawings but instead in the margin below the left/right arrows, a human figure so one could more easily judge size. That's the shit I would do.... but I suppose that would disqualify me from employment at these internet places

  • Willie mentioned the band Yes and prog rock way up above. A couple of my good friends growing up were always scolding me for not listening to enough Yes. They were heavily influenced by Yes, Rush, and King Crimson. Here's a song of theirs from about 1997 that was heavily influenced by Robert Fripp and King Crimson. The bass player and guitar player are still good friends since 7th grade. They were a very different and original band. They did crazy stage shows and were a ton of fun to see live.


  • In reply to The Fifth:

    I literally wore out my Fragile album. A few more in that category immediately come to mind but there were plenty of others too:

    Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (before Peter Gabriel left the band):

    Humble Pie - Rock On:

    Wishbone Ash - Argus:

    The Move (with Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne) - Looking On

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Early Genesis is some of the best. Lamb Lies Down is easily in my top 5 albums of all time (doesn't hurt that it's a double album).

    Fragile is fantastic... it's tough to really pick between The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Fragile. At any given time, one of those is my preferred choice - all are equally delightful.

    I'll check out some of those others. Thanks.

    The Fifth - I'm checking out that song now. I like.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    By the way, on the Genesis topic. Fuck any of that non-Peter Gabriel stuff (though, they stayed true to form for a few albums like Wind and Wuthering).

    It makes me hate Phil Collins. With all my heart. Could that guy rip off PG's vocal style any harder?

    It's always tough to tell someone how much I like Genesis and then spend twice as long explaining, "NO, not THAT Genesis"... "Yes, I know they sung "I Can't Dance" but they also made good music in the early seventies"

    Same with Yes... Yup, they sung Owner of a Lonely Heart. For which their early fans must have apologized for infinitely.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Humble Pie, Wishbone Ash, and the Move are all fantastic.

    Thanks a ton!

  • wtf!?


  • this one's for Dave....

    Aaaaaassssssshooooooooole: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/16/sip-of-a-big-gulp-energizes-palin-pep-talk/?hpt=hp_t2

    (in all honestly, I closed the window before that buffoon even began speaking... I just can't)

    But it does allow me to post one of my favorite clips ever again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=praFGD51ih8

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why would that be for me?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I was expecting another "whatever"

    I was starting to like those so thought I'd keep mussin' with ya.

  • Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day.


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  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Phil Lynott - Last TV interview, December 1985

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    had a bit of the poitin myself this past weekend. Up Mayo!

  • Joseph Bertrand could be the best player in the Big10 next year... just a feeling.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I think you meant to say Chris Borland.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ra'Shede Hageman was also an acceptable answer.

  • Tobi, Fifth, and any of you willing to try your hand at musically inventive (see: odd) rock music... Some of my favorite -

    Gentle Giant - The Runaway/Experience

    Featuring Lazlo Hollyfeld on keyboard, Kenny from Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead on guitar, my organic chemistry teacher on drums (the highlight of the video), Lou Ferigno's brother on bass, and a really high pitched singer.

    Fast forward to 1:00 where the music starts, or 7:30 to see the part my wife hates when I scream/sing (which is also the most easily digestible guitar riff in the whole thing).


    Gentle Giant is such an acquired taste, that's the name of one of their albums. But I like it.

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