Carimi Trade Shows Bears in Confident Offensive Hands

Carimi Trade Shows Bears in Confident Offensive Hands

Gabe Carimi is no longer a member of the Chicago Bears. Last night GM Phil Emery dealt him to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a box of potato blintzes and a measly sixth-round draft pick. I will spare readers of this column the Jerry Angelo bashing you're going to find around the Bears-based internet today. We all know Angelo struggled in the early rounds of the NFL draft. I won't be writing about Angelo because I don't think this move should be viewed through the lens of negativity that skews his tenure. This move isn't about him. It's about Emery. It's about the continually arriving landscape change on the Lakefront.

The Bears will no longer be a franchise content with insufficient talent on one side of the ball. No longer will Devin Hester be uncomfortably forced into the wide receiver position. No longer will J'Marcus Webb be allowed to haphazardly protect the blindside of the franchise quarterback. No longer will a player like Carimi be kept on the active roster strictly because he was selected among the first thirty-two individuals in the draft.

Offense is no longer an afterthought. 'Tis a priority. Yes the Bears will still play defense. They always play defense. But that group will no longer be the first unit out of the tunnel. Linebackers have been the face of this organization for many-a-generation but unfortunately linebackers don't score too many touchdowns. Touchdowns win football games.

This should not have taken so long. The Bears have approached offensive football in much the same manner the newspaper industry approached the internet. They ignored it and ignore it and ignored it, even as it usurped all other media forms.  That ignorance led to a general irrelevance and the firing of a bunch of folks who probably should not have lost their jobs.

Now the Bears are playing catch-up. In year one of his tenure Phil Emery acquired two significant pass-catching weapons for his franchise quarterback. In year two he has added an offensive-minded head coach and several talented front line blockers. Emery's approach to the organization can be summarized simply: he understands the objective of football is to score more points than the other guys and he's adding human beings capable of achieving that goal.

The approach is to be celebrated. Professional. Tough. Clear. Phil Emery knows what he wants on the offensive side of the ball and the Bears have not been able to say that since number thirty-four was in the backfield. But results are, of course, are a must. The Bears can't drop to a seven or eight-win team in 2013 and write it off to a new coaching staff. The Bears won ten games in 2012 and, at least on paper, are a far more talented team this coming season.


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  • now I'm hungry for some potato blintzes

  • "No longer will a player like Carimi be kept on the active roster strictly because he was selected among the first thirty-two individuals in the draft."

    It's even worse than that. We're keeping an ineffective 4th rd TE/FB because the draft was so bad last year. He gets arrested twice in one offseason (one arrest was bogus and the other very much deserved) and the only reason he isn't shit canned is because only one draft pick last year showed anything. #1 was mediocre at best, #2 some promise but not a lot of results, #3 on IR, #4 (#1 in police lineups), #6 and #7 gone and forgotten. Oh wait, #6 is still hanging on by a thread.

    All this blather about PE is just wishful thinking. Maybe he will turn out to be a brilliant GM. So far he's JA part deux.

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    In reply to CanadaBear:

    Looks like they heard you Canada..... Rodriguez is getting cut today.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    And joy, Deviun Aromashedu is back!! Super Bowl bound, baby!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If we got to the Superbowl, he's the kind of guy that comes off the bench, grabs two scores, a bunch of yards ... and comes second to the QB in the MVP votes.Once he has a QB with more than two seconds to throw the ball he'll be a hot pickup on the fantasy waiver wire when he's mopping up Marshall's seconds. Alshon is still learning, Shabba's seasoned. Dude had to learn three positions when he was here and Cutty was always flat on his back.

    I hope he makes the squad, he's a good receiver.

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    Irish, which one are we calling "Shabba"?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada - Emery has done more in 2 offseasons than JA ever did in 8.
    Now, he's just axed ERod. Blather,blather,blather............

  • Phil Emery knows what he wants on the offensive side of the ball and the Bears have not been able to say that since number thirty-four was in the backfield.

    Except for, you know, that whole 1995 season when Erik Kramer threw for 3838 and a QB rating of 93.5.

    The '01 offense with Jim Miller could often move the ball, well.

    I would argue that no Walter led offense, including the 85 Bears, was that formidable. And often, it was JUST Walter.

    We've never been able to put both sides of the ball together at the same time. If you took the 2006 D and added the 1995 O, we would have trashed the Colts in the Super Bowl. Combine those two makes one of the most formidable teams since Montana Niner teams that wiped out Elway.

    This year we might have a balanced team. We have a vet D line, new LBs that can run, vet safeties and one more year of peanut and jennings. Get an O line and we have the skill positions. This could be one of the more balanced teams in the top 15 in both O and D. That would be nice to see after years of Lovie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Totally agree! However, until Trestman's team starts playing, I'm not counting on anything. I think we'll be better but the odds of a first year coach winning are long indeed. Hopefully PE's draft picks do more this year. Very underwhelmed with last year's picks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That 95 offense was luck as much as anything else. They weren't a compiled unit of carefully chosen players. Things just clicked for a one-off season. The '01 season was much the same, actually. And once that offense needed to score in the postseason they were embarrassed.

  • Welcome back with open arms. Oh yeah!

  • "I won't be writing about Angelo because I don't think this move should be viewed through the lens of negativity that skews his tenure. This move isn't about him. It's about Emery. "

    Hmm. Seems to me this would be the PERFECT opportunity to view the tenure of one Jerry Angelo through the lens of negativity. But since you're an Angelo apologist, I wasn't expecting much from you in that department anyway. Although... You WERE a Webb apologist who after years of below average play, but it's seems you've come to see the light on just how turrible he's been.

  • In reply to Shady:

    In the scheme of things Shady, I think Jeffy is taking the position that bashing Angelee is akin to crying after spilled milk. If that's his perspective, I get it. Going forward though, Emery will either get us to the shore or we'll crash upon the rocks with the personnel moves he's made over the last 2 off seasons. If Izzy doesn't sign with the Bears, this will be a great year to assess the Chicken Dinner pick because he'll get waaaay more playing time with Izzy gone. In my opinion, Alshon has the ability to be a mammoth draft pick if he can stay healthy. We won't have much of a feel for this years draft picks until another year or and all we can do is wait and see. At least we know this, "Carimi sucked".

  • I have never apologized for Angelo. But I've been fair to him and this defense you all love so much, that has won nothing, is built almost entirely by him. And I haven't been a Webb apologist either, even though all statistical analysis has determined he's not an awful player. He's prone to awful stretches which come from being very, very young.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Hey look who's slumming it down in the comments section!

  • In reply to Shady:


  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Urlacher, Briggs and Mike Brown were Mark Hatley picks. He inherited Peanut.

    Angelo gets credit for Melton. He gets credit for the Cutler trade. He gets credit for the Pep deal. Both the Cutler deal and Pep deal were "big moves" designed to stir the pot and save his bacon. It worked. For awhile.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Correction, Briggs and Brown were Angelo, but it's arguable that he initially listened to Dickie J on those.

    Hatley's track record included:
    Tony Parrish, Olin Kreutz, Rex Tucker, Marty Booker, Warrick Holdman, Rosevelt Colvin and Jerry Azumah.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've always maintained Angelo should not get any credit for the Cutler trade. Kyle Orton got us Cutler. End of. If Angelo had any brains he would have snared Marshall in the same trade, then at least in the NFC champ game, Cutler/Hanie have somebody to throw to.

  • I thought the dude that pushed for the Cutty trade got canned? Am I right?

  • The problem Bears fans seem to have is an inflated view of self-worth. This team has ONLY BEEN TO TWO SUPER BOWLS. The second most successful year in the SB era was under Jerry Angelo and with Jerry Angelo players.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Sounds like an Angelo apology to me...

    By the way, when are you busting this pop stand? Murph needs to know.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    The problem Bears fans seem to have is an inflated view of self-worth.

    You just concluded this?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    For someone who has a Bears blog Jeff sure doesn't care for much Bears fans... I can't blame him though, I'd hate us too.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't get it though. Bears ARE the reason football exists today. They even bailed out the Packers. They made it popular.

    Bear fans SHOULD have an inflated view of self-worth, which I guess would be a healthy dose of self-esteem.

    Bears have just hit 30 year drought, is all. Kinda reminds me of this Quote.

    "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
    - John Steinbeck

    All Bear fans are merely temporarily non-SB champs.

  • Not any more, they don't. Of course, no way for Mr. Steinbeck to have been able to predict that.

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    Classic "All Bear fans are merely temporarily non-SB champs."

    I'm borrowing this.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Hey, hey, HEY there, Blogfather!

    I resemble that remark!

    Do NOT paint ME, or anyone ELSE who lived and suffered thru the Dooley/Gibron/Armstrong regimes with that "Inflated View" brush.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    But nine league championships and 18 divisional championships .... had Angelo had the intelligence to supply us with a decent QB in ten years we might have achieved something. Getting to the superbowl on the back of your defense - with Wrecks as your man - is failure in itself. He failed to find a guy to fill the most important spot on the offense. There was nothing positive about his reign, it was all guaranteed implosion. Grossman should have lost his job at Arizona that night.

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    What this is fellow Bears fans is the new regime Emery and Trestman, setting themselves up for the long run. That's great news in the long run. You wonder if they are sacrificing the potential of this season?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    sacrificing the potential of this season by.......:
    a. keeping the exact same defense in principle but replacing broken/average parts with new, younger, better ones?
    b. adding 3 veteran OL players that all could start on the line if needed.
    c. drafting 2 OL that are being groomed to start if needed.
    d. signing a 6'6 TE that is faster than our WR's?
    e. installing a faster paced offense that relies less on the OL being HOF'ers and more on protecting just long enough for the QB to quickly get the ball out of his hands to reduce pressure and sacks and coached by a guy that came in and reduced his previous OL sacks given up by over 50%?

    Sounds like they are loading up to win this year and not be one and done chumps as we head into the next couple of years. That's called being a GM.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I totally agree.

    If we were truly rebuilding, Pepp might be gone already, save the cap hit from next year.

    Melton definitely would not have been franchised, or franchised and traded, and in the 1st we would have most definitely drafted that DT who dropped.

    Long, Slauson were ahean of Carimi, and after his no show, so were Brown, Bretton and Jordan.

    It's all about perspective.

    Getting a 6th for a 1st rounder is a punch ot the gut.

    Getting a 6th rounder for a back-up disgruntled OG is closer to a happy-ending.

    I prefer the latter.

  • that's more than we got for columbo, haynes, and grossman combined. i'll take it.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Good points, Waffle. Should be an interesting season.

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    In reply to Waffle:

    Wait to go Waffle!!! that's what I wanted to hear. Getting back in to the flow of it. Off season is too long yesterday's blast of news was fantastic.

    A great recap oft the entire off season, minus the drama.

    First year coaching staff has me anxious.

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    In reply to Big Mike:

    BTW, should have said "way to go". can't type. no caffeine.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    By not addressing the Center position in the draft, this would appear to be the case. I don't think Slauson is Jay Hilgenberg, and Garza is done as a football player. I don't care who we drafted or signed, there is a massive problem right in the middle of the line and it's not going away. You cannot run and you cannot pass with Garza in there.

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    How much of Garza sucking was due to the guys on either side of him? He might be improved. Although, I still don't know how the Center is off sides so often.

    Perfect scenarios, the 2013 draft, "with the last pick of the First Round, the Chicago Bears take.. [Best Center Available]"

  • Adios Rodriguez!

    Don't know why Emery waited a couple weeks, but glad to see he made the right decision. It's certainly a mark against him, but at least Emery didn't compound the problem like Angelo did with Cedrunk Benson. Emery the risk taker was bound to get burnt by one of his guys with character issues, hopefully today sends a message to the other players not to make the same mistake twice.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Erod, way to Eddie Snowden your career maing

    Also, this just in...

    Chad Johnson is in prison.

    That is all.

  • In reply to Shady:

    In the mean time I'll be pulling like hell for Fendi Onobun to make the team.

    *Grumble grumble* Tyler Eifert *grumble grumble*

  • In reply to Shady:

    Grumble, grumble... Tyler, grumble... Clutts

  • In reply to Shady:

    This will make you feel better

  • In reply to gpldan:

    guy's a beast. I just don't get how a guy who's 255 and who looks like that only does 16 @ 225?!?! Boggles my mind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    he was a basketball player not focusing on that kind of training.

    That guy is a horse and if his hands are soft and he can create separation we could have something here.

    A girl can dream in the offseason. DA is back.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Fendi was a college basketball project here at Arizona that never really panned out either.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Crowd favorite though.


  • AromashoYAY!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Scoobi-doo is back.

    Didn't Cutler really like him? Maybe Cutler lobbied for him.

  • Cutty loves him some DA, and DA played pretty well in the few games where he saw action under Martz (the first two I think).

    I think Martz hated him... and well, fuck Martz.

    They are probably saying, "Jay, what do you want so that you have NO excuses this year? You've had legitimate excuses every year you've been on this team... We've prettied up the line. Demoted Webb, cut Carimi, and signed a good TE. Anything else?"

    "My boy, Aromashodu"

    Bang bang!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Yeah, 'Shodu was one of those, "WTF went wrong there?"

    Glad that at least he gets another chance with us. If Martz hated him for his 7 step-drop pass pattern, then logic dictates that Trestman should love him for his 3 step routes.

    However, we suddenly have an embarrassment of riches of god damn good WRs (Marshall, Alshon, Bennett, Goodwin, Anderson, plus Hester is still taking up spot) It might be tough to get a roster spot.

  • Who the hell is Goodwin?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Wilson, der.

    I think I meshed Wilson and Golden Brittain somehow, another guy who sorta hung around last year.

  • never mind all this sill talk. Emery's just taking out the trash... angelo's and his own. good work phil.

    In just as important news, Happy Birthday Kate Upton! Can I buy you a drink tonight now that you're officially legal?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha. A man can dream...

    On underage women, I recently went to a party and mingled with a pretty hot gal. Problem - she turned out to be 17! Oh, and I'm pretty sure she was a Les...but I think that just intrigues me more...muahaha

    Eh, just used my charm and wit for a bit, then told her, "In an alternate universe where I am younger, hornier or morally pliable, I'd make you straght! Farewell, adieu, my dear..."

  • well played.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I felt like Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation". What the hell did he whisper in the end anyways? I think it was this,

  • excellent

  • I think it was this

  • We picked up Tony Soprano at FB

  • In reply to gpldan:

    jesus fucking christ on a motherfucking bike.

    We had fucking clutts.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    $10 says the Pats pick up E-rod, and he ends up in the PB.

  • Or possibly continuing down the same immature path and getting cut a few more times. Who knows?

  • playing exclusively h-back.

  • Yeah, and Tebow can throw to him

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    One of those moments when you are sure you know more than the GM/OC. The first difference maker blocking at the FB position in years and we give him away because the OC is too stupid to figure out how to use him properly. Even though he could have used the previous year as a template.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    painful canada.

    "No actually I don't, I play real sports... not trying to be the best at exercising."

  • I didn't give up on E-Rod until I read he was out clubbing 2 nights after his DUI.

  • Joe Anderson vs. Shabba in camp.

    Shabba is doomed because Anderson got scrap.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How many WRs did we take on last year?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I think we ended up carrying 5 WRs.

    Marshall, Alshon, Bennett, Hester, Weems

    Sanzenbacher, Golden Brittain and Joe Anderson didn't make the cut.

  • Oh, and Chris Summers, that 6'5 guy who showed some potential.

  • Summers gave everyone a huge boner because he was 6'5 and then you saw him play and he dropped passes and was a huge pussy.

    I'll take DA whose a scrappy 6'2 205 and can/has played specials and can perform when needed and Joe Anderson who is the football equivalent of a pitbull just waiting for a chance to kill.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I predict we carry 6 WRs this season for a few reasons.

    1. Trestman is offensive minded, and usually they like keeping many WRs in the stables, ala the Pack.

    2. Hester no longer is going to be running routes. So in essence, we have Marshall, Alshon, Bennett + 1 (Hester, who prob won't gun) inked in. That means at minimum, Joe Anderson, 'Shadu, and Wilson will be battling for that gunner spot (Weems is still on the roster on Da Site too - but I thought he was gone?)

    The question comes down to whether or not the Bears are comfortable putting Wilson on the practice squad for other teams to poach. My feeling is they might not risk that, and if that's the case, Joe Anderson or Shadu will also be active on game day because Wilson is NOT a gunner at 6'4 185.

    But if the Bears do decide to put Wilson on the practice squad, them we could conceivably still carry 5 WRs, which would really be 4 on game day since Hester isn't even learning the routes.

    That might be a little too risky for Trestman.

    Of course, if Hester gets cut or something, all bets are off.

  • I agree that we will have 6WR's.

    I can't see them risking Wilson on the Practice Squad.

    I see:

    and a huge fight between Weems and Anderson. If they put Anderson on the Practice Squad he will be picked up immediately after he almost decapitated Randall Cobb last year. He's not a secret anymore. I love Weems though because he's such a little wolverine.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Emery has already assured everyone that a top priority was to put girth on Wilson...about 7lbs of muscle i think he said.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anderson might be a better WR, but Weems can return, which is extra value in case Hester hurts something or just continues to just collect pay checks.

    It's gonna be a tough call.

    Shadu might end up being the odd man out, unless he lights it up in camp.

    Wilson needs to add AT LEAST 10 pounds. He looked like a twig in the highlight reels, but he's only like 20yrs old.

    I did notice Wilson's now listed as 6'3 194, but I never trust those things.

  • Hester isn't a receiver any more, scratch him off. Weems was only around for return work methinks. I hope we keep Terence Tolliver, and Anderson for the slot.

  • First Mandela, now this:

    Newfuckingflash everyone... once you hit fucking 80 all bets are off!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought you were going to link this classic.

    "That stuff [Heroine] will kill you"

    "What am I, an idiot?"

    "Then why do yo do it?"

    "I'm OLD. When you're old, you'd be crazy not to do it."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha. Tell that to Moses.

  • I was watching the Fendi Onobun video and noticed this other video. It's actually pretty funny:

  • "It's better to be strangled by a necklace of Mexicans, than no one at all."

    ~ Kenny Fucking Powers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    love that show.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    how could you not.

    Lube the fuckin deal!

  • Here's the positive recap of 2012/2013

    A lot of things to be excited about boys.

  • Whose oil is the most changeable?

    I like the Maserati airbags.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    the lines on the Chevy are classic.

    Joe Anderson if you've got half a work day:

  • Pats sign Tebus.

    And everyone thought I was crazy for wanting to give Tebus a shot.

  • This one has Josh McDaniels fingerprints all over it

  • you are crazy for wanting this Bears team to give him a shot. Tim's skill set doesn't fit with what our offense is trying to do.

    Tim is a special guy off the field and had tremendous success on it in college. Most times guys just can't translate that skill over to the pros....especially at the QB position.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Read-option? Can't say he's not used to that. As long as he keeps it on the ground, the ability to make yards with Cutler standing on the sideline is a good thing. Belicheat understands that. I guess we didn't have the cash. Josh McCown ... Blanchard ... really?

  • fucking.... crazy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Crazy like a fox!

    I wanted Tebus more for H-back, Tight End and occassional wild-cat/pistol formations, and punt "protector" trick play provacateur, more than 2nd QB.

    I have a feeling that's what Billichick is going to use him for. When Tebus meets the Jets, I'm sure he'll have something special up his sleeve.

  • jesus christ man.

    (see how I did that)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you are forgiven, my son.

    Oh, and Tebus against the Broncs ought to be fun.

    I could see it's the AFC Championship game, it's snowing, it's the final drive of the game, 35-28 Broncs - then, Brady goes down.

    And who comes off the bench, not Mallet, but Tebus, with a glorious halo, walking across gatorade...

  • not interested. Wish the guy would just disappear.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lol. For the record, I never agreed with the Tebowing thing. I understand why he did it but in my opinion, that's not what being a Christian is about. He inadvertently placed all the attention on himself rather than the one he was pointing to. He was young though. You live and you learn.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I don't give a crap about that... He's a turrible QB.

  • Exactly. He's a winner, like it or not ... good character ... hard worker. It's not like our roster is so jam-packed full of talent we couldn't have found a spot for him.

  • Love to have him as a TE, Butch.

  • Dude... we need these

    ...but not, you know.... the "A" but rather a, you know... "C" for us.

  • Carimi greased the skids for this slide out of the Bears organization by missing those OTAs this off-season.

  • Shady, ya scared him away by asking when he is busting out of this pop stand. Jeff was all chatty till you ask him what we all want to know. I think the Carimi move is premature. We could have waited to see if he is a player and then gotten more or decided we should keep him. We got shit for him! Good riddance to Evan Rod, if you are too stupid to keep yourself from getting into trouble then you are too stupid to play for our Bears! I'm telling you this, Emery better hit some home runs with his drafting, its two years in a row that his choice in the first had us all going, WTF? No one on this blog has been on the bandwagon for any of his moves. He hires Trestman and no one here campaigned for his hiring. He drafts Chicken Dinner and Long and we all go WTF! I'm starting to think its only a matter of time before MB starts calling for his head. I'm gettin real fucking frustrated with all this shit, including trying to carry on a conversation on this fucking blog! Where did you go hide for a year Trac? Was it good? Is it open to all comers?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Hey Murph. I just got busy with work and Church. I kinda skimmed over da blog from time to time but alas, my boys missed the playoffs at 10-6 and I guess I got fed up for a while. Every time I watched them play, I couldn't get into the games. That was the most uninspiring 10-6 season ever.

    Also, I must be getting really old, most non football references on da blog go way over my head.

    I had an Uncle die of brain Cancer and the Good Lord used the situation to reconcile my family with each other. It's been a bitter sweet year or so.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and sorry/congrats about the family. Awesome...

    sorry, didn't finish reading.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks MB. He died in SA at a nursing home choking on blood. He went really fast though and didn't suffer for long. They kept him on meds and he was pretty much our of it. Was a very tough time for my Mom.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Sorry to hear that trac. Nice that you and your fam believes he's somewhere better now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Actually MB, My parents kicked me to the curb for becoming a Christian. Lol. It's ok though, they finally realized I hadn't gone off my rocker. They just didn't understand.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The beauty of great songs is that everyone can interpret the lyrics to fit their situation or experiences. Here's a couple great songs Trac.

    Sorry for your loss. I hope you like this one. Beautiful song.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Condolences Trac ....

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It's a busy-looking bench we have for the OL Murph, I don't blame them for caning the guy that wasn't there for the installation of the new offense. That's a real F-you to the staff and team.

  • Here, it would be canning. I realize you're a little closer to Singapore than we are, but still...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hee hee

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Good one Dave.

  • Only a playwright could force this non-story into a subplot of a dramatic narrative.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    That's why he's the best. Problem is we're being held captive in this dungeon called Chicagomeow. It's too bad all the Packer blogs blow, not that I would ever go trolling to find out.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    It's ok cheesy. You will always be welcome after you convert. Step into the light my son. Ha!

  • Carrying on the Tebow topic MB. What I love about the guy is that he is all heart. I think belacheat will find a way to use him to fill Gronks shoes spmehow. Something tells me the Pats will "resurrect" his career. Lol.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I agree with all that trac, but he's a turrible QB. He shouldn't be in the NFL. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes but he is. That's what I love about this sport. Waddle should have never made it either but he was a great human story. Rudy on the other hand, nah!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    trac, waddle had talent maings in a position he played his whole career.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Still, he ran the routes nobody else would to keep his roster spot. Gutsy player.

  • Ladies and gents, chad... ocho cinco... johnson

    Besides the fact that he's an idiot, wow, that judge needs to go home and have a nice glass of wine and really honestly take it eeeeeeeaaaasy. Sheesh, it really wasn't that big a deal.

    NB, your thoughts?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know we live in a postracial society now, but when I watch that video I see a suburban white lady showing an uppity black man who's in charge. Yikes.

  • I see nothing. Just an guy that blew his shot after he was given a deal. The Bengals and Pats didn't think he was funny anymore either. Talk about life imitating art.

  • need some advice from you about blogging. A nice opportunity has popped up and I am curious what you would do? This is what I have been offered.

    Hey man, been following the updates on the site courtesy of the Bears subreddit on Reddit.

    Wanted to inquire to see if you'd be interested in heading up our Bears writing team. All of your stories are quickly updated, just enough without getting wordy and its' to the point.

    We aren't a giant syndication/outlet yet but, we can pay $1 per article (300+ words in length) as well as offer cool opportunities. We are often invited to player charity events, we have training camp media access, player signings, etc.

    Essentially we would like for you to operate BearsFam on ChiCitySports. What would it take to have that happen?

    A little information on CCS.

    ChiCitySports is a blog/forum thats' been up for 3-4 years now. We have 10,000 fans on Facebook, our home page has over 3,000 posts and our message board is one of the largest for Chicago Sports fans ( and the Bears are our major pull. If you want to check things out and get back.

    If you decide to jump on board, we'd like to have you sent to Bears training camp and you would be able to interview some players. To hear some of the interviews we've done (last year we didn't have the right technology to take advantage of the opportunity) but if you check our youtube page you can see them.

    We haven't ran into an issue with a max amount of issues. As long as it has substance, its' solid. If it doesn't flood the general flow of news, its' all good on that front. Pay is at $1 per article until we are larger, we're averaging 1,000 readers a day, need to double that before we can increase the pay.

    If we could get you writing on ChiCitySports, I think we would be happy with that. However, what would it take for you to essentially "ditch" Bearsfam and write full time on ChiCitySports. You seem like a natural blogger and your Bears coverage could really help.
    If that isn't an option, thats' fine. Just wondering if it would be. I'll be happy to compensate you for any costs incurred on Bearsfam to this point.

    What do you think?

  • I sent this to Jeff and I put it on here to hear your thoughts?

  • Walk on, Artoo. $1 per article? That's working for free. Never work for free so that others can profit.

  • This

  • Never heard of the site. You would be stupid to jump on their bandwagon. You still have a big learning curve, and it would be better to learn on your own terms.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    They are a pretty big outlet. Jeff actually provided me with the biggest question of my life.

    "Is your ultimate desire to have BearsFam be a "destination site" for Bears fan or for Erik Grogan to be a well-read Bears blogger?"

  • Do what lifts your skirt Artoo.

  • Asked about the benefits of working through ChiCitySports site..

    We also get some nice hook-ups through sponsors. For instance I have a box of 40+ chicago bears hats from New Era that they just sent me as a thank you.
    I'd be happy to send some your way.
    The official bears message board used to be on, they shut it down, and 95% of the people who posted on there moved to CCS

  • Here's my thought erik.

    how long does 300 words take you to write? Do you need the practice/experience? Would the exposure they provide be good for your budding name/brand/career?

    $1 ain't sheite, but who cares... would you be doing it for the money? If it was me I'd try to get 5-10 of these going.

    (ps. Not sure I would have posted the dudes email on the innereness tho)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    300 words is easy, I say that now. The exposure would be great and I'm pretty sure it would help my name/brand.

    I asked if I could keep my site operational while posting and working on their site, they were fine with it as long as their site got my posts first and was basically an archive.

    I know a dollar isn't much but the getting your name out there, free stuff, and training camp interviews would be the best part of it.

  • If it's a good opportunity in your mind, go for it Artoo. Look at it like an internship and gain some valuable experience. I'm glad to see you taking this seriously and pursuing it.

  • Follow your heart Super. You're working for free but there are opportunities to get access to players and schwag. Are you able to network enough to turn this into something?

  • I saw his name mentioned on here .....


  • Thanks for those songs Fifth. Both great, loved Songbird.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    This one was good for me, Trac. Hopefully you will derive something from it too. My condolences.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Sorry to hear about your family loss Trac. I've posted this one before and you liked it. Here's another dose.

  • Ruh Roh! I sure hope this cat isn't gonna be one of those players that is always battling one ailment or another.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Isn't this the same thing Julius Peppers has? He'll be fine.

    Wait a minute.. When did Shea have a knee injury?

  • That's a very painful condition Artoo. Hope he gets healthy. I still remember that dude we got from Oklahoma who was always hurt. Dvorcek. I'm looking for big things from the man with the little head.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I have it. It hurts. Alot.

    It feels like somebody is sticking a hot knife through the bottom of your foot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well, I don't think it's wrong of me to assume that they either have a small case of it or they dope their feet up...

  • A small case of plantar fasciitis is akin to saying minor back surgery.

    Suddenly I fear for our D-line.

  • In reply to Shady:

    why because the small fast white guy who only comes in situationally has PF. Who fucking cares, the guy basically had zero impact last year.

    Common maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was a rook, give him an optty to take a step this season. Granted that step will be taken on a gimpy foot and with a bruised brain, but let's wait before closing the book on Edelweiss.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Joakim Noah had a bad case of it going into the playoffs, and he played like a beast possessed during those playoffs. Once again a lot of it goes to how much heart a guy has. If Chicken Dinner has a heart like D Rose, we wont see him much this year. If he has a heart and drive like Noah, he wont miss much playing time.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It will have to do more with pain tolerance and effectiveness rather than heart. You can have all the heart in the world, but if your body won't let you perform there's not much you can do. Regarding the Drose cheap shot, I don't think you can compare an unproven Edelweiss to the former MVP of the league. You also can't compare the expectations regarding playing with injury in football versus basketball. Different mentality and expectations. Jason Whitlock tried to compare fan reaction to 2012 Rose vs. 2010 Cutler and it was ridiculous.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Man you guys should move to California and become smoke jumpers.. looks like youre constantly trying to find fires to fight.

    I'm pretty happy with the team on paper.. now I'm just salivating at the thought of September and seeing them in action.

  • Artoo - for what it's worth i'll give you my opinion.

    I started my own company when I was 24yrs old. The thought of you doing your own research, taking the time to formulate your thoughts and then to produce hundreds of posts to the tune of 1.00 per post doesn't sit well with me. If i'm not mistaken, the money in blogging is not from blogging itself but from advertising dollars that you bring in with you posts, page clicks, etc

    With that being said, you can work on your craft and take this gig I guess but your main goals that you should probably be focusing on is branding yourself, branding your own website, filling that site with content, consulting with internet marketing guys that can get you into the monetizing aspect of the blogging and use all of your attributes to build your own brand on your own site.

    One of my old co-workers built up a straight up cash printing machine of a blog site but he didn't do it by slaving for someone else but instead just intelligently went about the business of building the site from the ground up. he started with the will to put forth consistent, timely and relevant info, added to that a solid platform that wouldn't piss off tech nerds, slowly built a following using all sorts of social media and internet marketing tactics while keeping an impeccable database and then worked on securing the most attractive monetization structures possible.

    His site has videos, links to other articles, radio interviews, tv interviews, interactive opportunities, polls, opinions, etc.

    Don't give it away like a cheap street corner hooker working for some pimp named Skinny Rodney. Dress yourself up, work on giving the best blowjob in the neighborhood and be your own pimp damnit.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Good advice Waffle! I think if we can get Artoo to Chicago and have him spend an evening or two with you and MB and MBP, he may have a whole new outlook! Hahahaha!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I'm pretty sure his wife and mom wouldn't approve/be happy about it Murph.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    attractive monetization structures

    Like these?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Those were the best investment she's ever made. She (some dude) probably spent 20K on those and she's probably made at least 200K in soft core work, modeling, online chat/porn sessions and just from random drinks, meals, etc.

    I want to fucking gobble on those titties.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Fake Tata's. Best ROI outside of diluting coke with baking soda.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you can do that and not die? Coooool.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am speaking, of course, about coca-cola a refreshing beverage.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    of course.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    There was a baby laxative that was used to cut it as well. I can't remember the name of it, it was a long time ago....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Similac. Thank you 3-6 Mafia.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Actually, Similac is baby formula. Mannitol (aka manite) is what I was thinking about. And it turns out, it isn't really a baby laxative after all...

  • Bellicheckerz just loves him some island of lost toys narrative.

    Bill should really coach the Raidahs. Bill is the cultural successor to John Madden, imho. Today's Pats are run like the 70's raiders were, if you ever read Jack Tatum's book.

    Bill gave Chad Johnson a shot. he gave Haynesworth a shot. Tebow was just sitting there like a broken wooden toy, unwanted and unloved, and Bill put on his Herbie the Dentist elf hat and said "I can fix this".

    He's the only coach in the NFL who probably WELCOMES the media circus.

    Plus McDaniels. You just KNOW that guy goes to bed saying "he WAS a first rounder, he WAS he WAS he WAS. I'll show them! Show them all!"

  • The "have to think about it way too hard" question of the day:

    What is the best movie you've only seen one time?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


    If Lopez had done nudity (I was hoping) it would be a walkaway.

    As it stands, Michael Chiklis was a pretty good villain but he dies like a pussy at the end.

    Another Statham movie, where he saves the Chinese girl who is a math savant, called Safe. You need an abacus to keep track of the killing in that movie, damn.

    If you made Safe a drinking game where you drink every time Statham kills a guy, you'd be passed out in Act I.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I had some buddies in town when I first moved to Omaha... it was their last night and we were in the middle of a blizzard.

    All we had was a 1.75 of Beam and one of the last Saw movies bootlegged.

    We drank every time we saw a key, the clown, a dismemberment (one drink for each limb), or anytime they said "live", "life", "die" or "death".

    We had no idea what we were getting into. Let's just say we had to pause the movie plenty to recount how many shots we had to take... "Oh shit, a key, 4 limbs cut off, and the clown just said death and die! FUCK!"

    We killed that bad boy.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    War Games. It was on 'GN the other day. Great movie, couldn't believe I hadn't seen it.

  • Dinner's head hurts, his foot hurts, he's counting the days 'til he can go home and live out his life shoveling chickenshit from the coop.

    If he doesn't make the 53, that's two down for Emery and this is year 2.

    I'm finding it hugely ironic that the one thing Emery seems to be bad at, is drafting. But I'm willing to refrain from full judgment for 2 more years.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry - I'm going to go ahead and count Glass Collarbone Hardin as three.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't tell Johnny.

    I thought you were going with that Jimmy Buffet song, "My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Jesus".

    Jeffery looks like the only keeper of the bunch and PE had to move up to get him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm actually in agreement right now. Jeffrey is the only keeper until McClellin shows something. A plantar fasciatis in the OFFSEASON is not fucking good. That's when you're supposed to have it healed.

    Cornelius what's his name better be fucking ready and I guarantee you that Izzy is now signed before next Wednesday.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Izzy probably out, we just signed some dude... Ellis or somesuch.

    Sedrick Ellis... Sedrick with an "S".

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    no shit? we just signed Sedrick Ellis? Not a bad signing at all.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    He's a DT though. I don't know if he plays DE.

    lol, watch Cheta Ozougwu fucking light it up this year. He's the faster, quicker, meaner Nigerian version of Shea.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    It's looking pretty grim for Izzy. They had a standing offer to him that was not to his liking. Who knows if that offer still stands? Love to see Izzy back but ...

  • Mister Bradshaw is now a Colt.

    Dude carried me through several FF games. I think despite his foot having more pins in it than a bowling alley, he has some game left. He has big heart, big big heart. Chicken Dinner should go look at HIS foot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's not the size of the chicken in the fight, it's the size of the heart in the chicken. Wat?

  • In reply to Shady:

    should you choose to accept it:

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Shady:

    i don't know... needed a (quasi)reason to post it.

    This doesn't need a reason:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What is that all about?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    people are morons... and it's funny.

    That's all I have for ya tobi. How are things my man? Hopefully I'll get to buy you dinner in Chi this year btw.

  • see yonny, they aren't that bad:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    never had to evolve...built to actual predator above them in food chain.

    Fuck sharks.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    my buddies finally convinced me to swim a mile out into the cove in la jolla with them. Going this friday or sometime next week.

    That's a lot of open ocean. I'm... escared... so so escared.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    if, can i have your 70incher?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If this blog was Eastbound & Down... would Shady be Stevie?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    Check it out, my man Joe Anderson working with the 1's while Jeffrey lets the hammy rest:,0,2906408.story

  • In reply to Waffle:

    3rd one down.

    btw... you are going to be so sad when he gets let go.

    semi-colon, open parenthesis.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • hey shady:

    (ok ok, I'll stop)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha nice, the one in green looks like Addy. And don't stop. Don't you ever stop.

  • In reply to Shady:

    are you even allowed to look at these at work?

    Say hi to you know who for me dooooooood.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    CN is blocked, access this from smartphone. Spelling and grammatical errors galore. Too lazy to correct.

  • Nice Cutty interview:

  • In reply to Waffle:

    "Right now we're just trying to learn the basics of the offense," Cutler said. "It's a three-year process to learn an offense. It takes time. It's hard to go out there Year 1 and blow the doors off. But we're going to do the best we can with the time allowed and we'll see where we're at."

    You don't have 3 years Jay, fair or not, you've got to get it done NOW.

  • In reply to Shady:

    And don't end a fucking sentence in a fucking preposition damn it!!!

    (see how I did that... hee hee)

  • In reply to Shady:

    oh he will. he was just being gracious.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Agreed that Cutty's on a quicker schedule but he's also right, a single offense probably does take about 3 years to become second nature. Too bad he's on like his fifth offense, at least, in his 7 years since entering the league.

    Pullin' for this to be the year, if not then so be it. Was fun to have what seemed like a bonified QB for a bit. Hope he does well this year and signs the big one. I've seen enough of Cutler to be a believer, he wants too and can win. But who knows what's gonna happen, that's why the games must be played.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    A puff piece on Da Site? What a surprise!

    I'm with Ben... we'll see what happens. I want to believe in Cutler, but game time is when it counts. Cutler's longevity with Chicago will depend on his performance, obviously.

    Perhaps the Bears will consider a single-season franchise if they are on the fence with him after this season - giving him one more year in the Trestman/Kromer regime before committing long-term.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Didn't the Ravens fire their O coordinator halfway through the season? Seemed to work out alright for them.


    jesus. this is a sad shocker... michael jackson's kid is all fucked up. Smh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I guess being hung out a high rise window as a child really is bad for you.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Made me the man I am today.

    Oh wait, I thought you said spanking in public. High rise? What the fuck? That's turrible.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    it was his son Trac

    So she should be 100% fine. right?

  • There you go trac

    "The next spring, before the draft, Tebow famously worked out with current Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman to get his mechanics ready to be drafted in the first round."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Normally when a teenager does that kind of a thing MB, they are crying out. I wonder what kind of abuse if any she's had to endure?


    last one on the page... I'm uhhhh, pretty sure that's not brandon hardin.

    This is:

  • even the brawls in baseball suck


  • My buddy and I went to see these guys play Monday nigt in Davis. Probably the best idie rock band out right now. The last track (Stoned and Starving) is gonna be the big hit but Borrowed Time at about 7:30 is great too. in fact just about every song these guys did was great.

  • Hey Yonny... this pretty much sums it up:

    btw, the guy who sent me that link is the same guy trying to get me to swim with him at the cove this friday. Fucking asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #12. What the fuck.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    here's the full vid DY:

    How you doing maings?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Easy Jacques Cousteau you're going swimming in a cove not deep sea diving, calm down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The ocean is a motherfucking horror show. Yikes.


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