Devin's Redemption: Most Underrated Story of the Coming Campaign

Devin's Redemption: Most Underrated Story of the Coming Campaign

Footballs don't have personalities. They don't have hopes and dreams, fears and regrets. They are, by most accounts, inanimate objects. But sometimes they seem to be more than footballs. When a diminutive Boston College quarterback cocked back his arm the ball had to know the opportunity for immortality was present. When Sweetness electrified the city of Chicago he held the ball in his palm like the Olympic torch - fitting for a man who was the organization's only beacon of light for so long.

For five years I thought the football was afraid. Afraid of what came next. Afraid of the unknown. Afraid to leave the peacefulness of the Sunday sky and find the waiting arms of Devin Hester. The ball hovered in the sky long enough to drain every bead of sweat from the opposing sideline and every audible gasp from the sixty-thousand plus gather on Chicago's lakefront. When Hester was right these were the most exciting moments in the NFL. The moments before the moment.

Hester has not been right for some time. Everyone has their reasons why, ranging from the limited shelf life of elite kick returners to an overload of information in Hester's main frame due to the previous regime's ill-advised insistence on making The Skunk into a full-time wide receiver. Hester was not only failing to score with regularity. He was also failing to move the ball forward and - in many cases - failing to catch the ball period.

Then something happened. Phil Emery surprised a majority of the football world and fired head coach Lovie Smith. Hester responded with the emotionally irrationality:

"I don't even know if I want to play again, man," Hester said. "You know, that's been on my mind for two years now.

"It's not (as much fun anymore). It ain't. So, I have my workers' comp papers in my pocket. See how I feel, go home and talk to my wife, my family. See where we go from there. I've got two beautiful kids, man, young. Two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately."

All of sudden the fan base that adored Hester began to sprinkle the words "trade" and "done" into conversations about him. As Dave Toub left Chicago for Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs, the writing seemed to be on the wall that Hester was also moving southeast.

Hester and the Bears were at a crossroads. And while I hate using the phrase "at a crossroads" I simply don't have a replacement in the vocabularic arsenal. (Side note: if vocabularic is not a word, it should be. Because it's wonderful.)

Now it was on the Bears.

Phil Emery said the organization did not take seriously Hester's retirement talk:

“Obviously, Devin’s under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know,” Emery said, via Adam J. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. “But I don’t anticipate that. I think he’s a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that.”

New head coach Marc Trestman iterated a desire to keep Hester, with one caveat: “Devin is strictly a specialist right now".

New special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis set out his goal to not only return Hester to the return ace of years gone by but also utilize his speed and football instincts in other facets of the special teams game From a Potash piece in the Sun-Times:

‘‘He’s definitely going to be fresher to do those things [by not playing on offense],’’ DeCamillis said. ‘‘That’s something we’re evaluating. He’ll be working on all the cover teams and working some other things for us, too. He’s a great weapon, and we want to use him as much as we can.’’

If Hester can avoid blockers like he can tacklers, he would be an ideal gunner on the punt-coverage unit.

‘‘The biggest thing about a great gunner is sometimes it’s the guy who can get there the fastest,’’ DeCamillis said. ‘‘We had a guy in Denver who was an Olympic sprinter named Sam Gaddy. Sam wasn’t the best tackler in the world. But he sure caused a lot of fair catches. Hopefully we can expand [Hester’s] role and see what happens.’’

Suddenly Hester was happy again. He said so himself:

“Me and coach Trestman talked before I went home for the break and we came up with the idea that I would just go back to being a key return man — a punt return and kickoff return man — and a little bit more special teams,” Hester said. “That would be what I know as of now my role to be for the upcoming season.”

It all begins anew for Hester on Sunday September 8th. Can Hester regain the form that should have, in my opinion, cemented his Hall of Fame status as the greatest return man to ever live? Can Hester alter opposing game plans in the Joniak-coined ridiculous fashion that forced punts into the third row and kickoffs barely by the midfield marker? Can he reignite the passion of the Soldier Field faithful who would have paid the exorbitant ticket prices just to see him field a few punts on a cold Sunday afternoon?

Will the ball ever again hover afraid in the Chicago sky, anticipating the unknown moment to come? There can't be a Bears fan alive hoping for anything else.


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  • Nice piece, enjoyed the read. Personally, I think Hester's best days are behind him and it's going to be next to impossible for him to live up to the contact Angelo gave him. Should be interesting to see him as a gunner, but if Toub couldn't make it work I don't know how Joe D can.

  • In reply to Shady:

    how is a guy who's afraid of contact become a gunner? how?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Read the quote from Joe D. He might not be the best tackler, but he can cause a lot of fair catches.

    Plus, making Hester miss or breaking his tackles might provide the extra seconds that guys like Blake Costanzo and Earl Bennett need to come in and lay the wood.

    That's the theory. I wish my special teams guys were good at everything too. But at least we're realistic about what we're working with.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    yeah, your last paragraph reigns the truest to me NB.

    I just think he'll get brutally roughed up as a gunner. Go online and look up some vids of how gunners get treated. They are often doubled, often pushed out of bounds, and often just man-handled the entire way down the field.

    If you're not a ruffian yourself, I think it's a really tough gig. (that and you can get hurt pretty easily)

  • nice piece jeff.

    Hoping it will be and believing it can be are two very very different things unfortunately.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    True hope "is" believing MB. hee hee.

  • Spot on, Jeff. Especially the end.

  • Hester is all mental. When he believes he is unstoppable he is unstoppable.

    If he feels he can't be blocked on punts coverage he won't be.

    I think that he will be redeemed...if he embraces the contact and the risk that goes along with it.

  • show me.

    He's got PTSD.

    I hope he's not done, but he seems done.

  • repost from a dead thread:

    My boy Joe Anderson gittin all the press:

  • Who's the ducheyne calling Cutler a mediocre quarterback?

  • I dont know how much gas is left in the tank but I hope Skunk returns at least one more for a TD and then he can truly claim the title of GOAT!

  • I consider Hester bonus points.

    Kinda like Street Fighter II when you had to break the car in a certain time limit to rack up some points.

    That's what I consider Hester.

    IF Hester reverts to form, it will be a HUGE boost because he will instantly become our most exciting player.

    Marshall, Forte, Black Uni, etc are solid players, but none of them provide the highlights that Skunk puts up. When Hester's on, he gets the crowd pumped; he gets the sidelines jacked. He singlehandedly raises the energy level.

    Heck, even the opposing team stops what they're doing to go watch Hester return.

    However, that's a big IF.

  • Long shot maybe, but to get it back again... as Jeff wrote - the moment before the moment. That gloriously absurd expectation (especially punts) that Devin was going to return it for a TD.

    There never has been anything better in football in my life.

    Not Barry Sanders juking around three guys six yards behind the line of scrimmage and ripping off a 75 yard run. Not Walter lowing the shoulder and bulldozing a tackling DB into the turf. Not even Butkus poleaxing a HB after meeting him head on in the hole.

    Hester mania was the ultimate - the best football drug ever*.

    I want another fix. A whole season full of them.

    * well, for fans anyway

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i really hope it happens dave. i truly do.

    fingers crossed he's not mental.

  • Sorry man but Marshall is not a solid player, he's one of the top 3 WR's in the entire NFL. A one man wrecking crew. That concept alone should blow your mind.

  • The BEST in the NFL. Who's better than Brandon? Gets the same attention as CJ from secondaries and still scored 7 more TDs last season. The best.

  • Or like the "test your might" bonus levels in Mortal Kombat. Never could break the ruby bricks though...

  • Also, five more spots open for Irish's Snake draft FF league!

    Getty up!


    Okay. ESPN league created, snake draft

    Draft: Snake
    Date: Sat, Aug 3, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM ET
    Password: blackunicorn

    Passing TDs are only 4 pts, so bear that in mind when you draft Brandon Weeden. All other TDs = 6 pts.

    Shi-vaaa shiva na-giii-laaa .."...

  • I can't speak to Hester. Time will tell. I agree that it's mental as well with him.

    What I do know - is that Minnesota must have some karma left over in the bottom of the karma pot - all black and krusty old - from the Herschel Walker fleecing by Jimmie Johnson.

    Because, and I don't know how you see this any other way, the Percy Harvin thing is possibly the worst trade in a decade. For the Seahawks.

    "The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!," he wrote. "I wish my boy Percy nothing but success! God bless you homie." - Adrian Peterson.

    That's why you don't let players, even star players, speak to the GM about anything outside their own deals.

    This is giant kick in the crotch to Pete Carroll. He gives away his #1, which turns out to be Xavier Rhodes, for essentially nothing. Harvin is done, career over. He has as much chance coming back from torn labrum and being top impact as Johnny Knox did from a broken back.

    The Vikes made out like bandits. Kicked in the stomach, AP? Ask Carroll how he feels. Try kicked in the balls.

  • Now this is fucking bad-ass

  • W....T.....F!?!?!

  • jesus fucking christ on a bike.

    just put it down.

  • wow:

    You're welcome.

  • Hey Yonny, you HAVE to get this for your wife...


    wait for it...


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, i missed this post. Nice!

  • Ok so quick recap... who all is heading up a fantasy league, what type of draft are you doing and when?

  • Sorry to be the guy with the constant alerts... but the Auction league we created last year technically still exists.... and has been reactivated.

    We had the following individuals -

    Steltz's Goldenlocks
    Team MBP
    Gaulter White (Me)
    Death From Above
    Team Grogan
    Canton Bean Counters
    Team Sweetness
    85Clobbering Clutts!
    Stafford's Last Season
    JJ Walkerz
    Team Bearly Able

    We can always create a new league, or just continue with the old one. Not sure if everyone on this list is even still around, so maybe it would be beneficial to kill this league and start a new one.

    I love me some auction... let me know.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    jesus, your names suck. you guys aren't very fucking imaginative or funny.... no I take that back... you are, you're just lazy.

    common, you can all do better than that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I resemble that remark!

    If YOU have a better name, MB, get off the sidelines and enter the game!

    My auction one is pure brilliance. Shakesperean, or Oscar Wild-ean, really, but I'll reveal that one later

  • I have no desire to play, but I will come up with some if anyone wants them. remind me later.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How bout, "Gone in Sixteen Seconds"? with Cutler playing the part of Cage, and one of Trestman's daughter playing the part of Jolie?

    eh, if you can think of a cleverer one than that, or Marty Saurous Rexes (Black Unis other nick name), I'll change my team name.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Kill it and start a new one. I just joined Irish's snake draft, so if you could keep it in the ESPN universe thad be great.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I was in that one and I would say you should cut it to 10 max. Anything more than that and I'm drafting no name rookies by the 6th round.

  • Someone did one last year with 20 teams. It was just silly. There was literally nothing to do with your team once the draft ended. One injury, one bad pick, your season was over.

  • I think 12 is OK, Sac, especially in an auction where, if you want, you can hoard your money till the mid-late rounds and get whomever.

    In 12 team leagues, you can still pick up the some waiver wire gems, though not as many as in a 10.

    You gotta remember that there's always one or two teams who aren't all that active, so 12 team Bear Blog Leagues are really 10 teamers, and 10 teamers tend to be like 8 team leagues (that's been my experience at least).

  • 10 means you get a fair pick of players. More competitive. An interesting question raised by Artoo is who should win a league, the team that scores the most points or wins the most games? After giving it some thought I would say games. Picking the right players on the right week adds more skill to the mix. If you just tabulate your entire rosters scoring for the season ... well ... there's less value to actually winning a matchup in that case. Keep as is methinks, if one has a choice as commisioner.

    Two spots left in DBB -League the first. Snake draft. only 4 pts for passing TDs, so be aware of that if you normally go QB in round 1. Re and Ru TDs are 6.

    Password: blackunicorn

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'm willing to reprise my role as Team Bearly Able...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    here's some help

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Every one of those names is too long for the character limits in ESPN


    this was one of my very favorite drills in HS and college. Fucking awesome.

    At the pro level... honestly... kinda scary and irresponsible in my mind.

  • In honor of Devin's redemption Joakim Noah's dad Jannick singing his version of Bob Marley's Redemption song:

  • In reply to Shady:

    kinda awesome.


    "The way he performed in Wednesday's training camp practice, Jay Cutler didn't look like a quarterback who's learning another new offense.
    The eight-year veteran heaved a long touchdown pass down the left sideline to Earl Bennett—just out of the reach of a diving Chris Conte—and dominated during a red-zone drill, throwing touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett."

    If that's not a fucking recipe for Boner soup I don't know what is. Red Zone TD's to Jeffrey, Marshall and Black Unicorn. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • Less than a week into training camp, Trestman likes how Cutler is executing within the structure of the offense.

    "He's practicing very efficiently,"

    "He's throwing the ball away; there's nothing wrong with that with the defense we have"

    "He's been checking it down a lot during the practices—I think all of us have seen that—finishing his progressions and he's just moving forward."


  • Shar Kini

  • I like the fact that Trestman specifically pointed out two areas which we as fans want Cutler to improve in.

    1. Throwing the ball away.
    2. Going through progressions/Checking it down.

    It shows me that Trestman knows wtf he's doing at QB.

    Trestman is also drilling that 16 second clock into the O so deeply that they probably eat, breathe, and crap in 16 second intervals now.

  • The 16 second clock must come from his days coaching in Canada. There's definitely some benefits to running quicker plays at times. Keep the defense on their heels and possibly out of position. Stop the other team from making substitutions, or taking advantage of a team trying to substitute players. And best of all, give Jay the extra time to read the defense and change the formation or call an audible. I'd don't think Jay had enough time to even call an audible on half the plays because Tice didn't get the play in fast enough.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Not to mention Martz didn't even allow him to audible.

    I don't even remember the last time a Bears QB pulled a Manning or Brady and caught the D subbing.

  • That was insane. Not allowing a QB to recognise a problem and audible/adjust out of the situation is like lap dancing. Look but don't touch. I don't see the point. Then again, and this is what I wonder about Jay sometimes .... why didn't he audible anyway? If he was afraid of Martz then it means he wasn't really the leader. There were few coaches as fiery as Iron Mike, but a cetain punky QB had no qualms about changing the plays even knowing the thunderstorm that follow.

  • irish... he couldn't make up his own plays maing. This ain't sand lot ball, you have to plan and practice audibles not make them up on the spot

    besides it's hard to find enough sticks, bottle caps, and rocks to represent all of the players.

  • Are you kidding, Irish.

    Imagine how the media would've killed Jay if he had made up his own audibles!?

    They practically crucified him for walking away from Tice.

    We're living a a 24hr twitter-roid-raged world, my man. The likes of McMahon we'll never see again.

    Favre was perhaps the closest to just making his own plays in spite of his coaches in the modern era.

    Now, every team wants a manufactured QB right off the assembly line. Look at how much beef Manziel's getting, and he's not even in the NFL yet.

  • I always thought Jay could be great just by forcing himself to throw it into the bleachers 4 times a game. Just don't give the defensive linemen that thrill. Frustrate them. Let them know it's coming out in 2.8 seconds no matter what.

    Can a leopard change its spots though?

  • common fallacy, leopards don't have spots, they have rosettes.

    Cheetahs have spots... so really, can a cheetah change his spots?

    I know, shoot me.

  • Personally I think Hester's comments about retiring when Lovie was canned was a smoke screen. That gave him an excuse to whine and not man up about his play on the field. It's awfully hard for a man to excel once his passion is gone. That for me is the million dollar question. Has Devin lost his passion? If so, forget about it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

  • In reply to Shady:

    da faqu?!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What's not to understand MB? The sloth is clearly mocking Trac's theory about Hester's "smokescreen".

    Ridiculous! (SHIDT?)

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes the two ts are on purpose. fuck you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    exactly Trac.... exactly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I meant exactly about the last part, not the first btw.

    I'd hate for shady to give me the sloth.

  • JJ Walkerz was a brilliant team name

    cause we....

  • "I spoke to a former CFL defender who is familiar with Trestman, and he described the 57-year-old as a "mad scientist" with a creative mind and an aggressive disposition. He raved about Trestman's willingness to push the envelope with tempo and pacing, and he suggested that opponents should expect to see a complex, quick-rhythm passing attack complemented by a diverse screen package as the basis of the game plan. He also anticipated Trestman using a variety of unbalanced formations and odd personnel packages designed to keep defenders guessing on a down-by-down basis."

    We're actually going to be able to runs screens this year. Fucking finally!

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Actually there's a better video of Forte breaking a screen for a TD in the link I posted. Just seemed too few and far between knowing what Forte can do with the ball in his hands in open space.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I watched the Trestman interview, but none of the other videos showed up for me. Maybe I need to reboot. Are you talking about the screen in the Colts game? That was badass. That screen against the Lions always stands out to me, especially ending the 1st half.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    There are 5 other videos embedded in the article, the Forte screen is next the the paragraph titled "Matt Forte is a potential 1,000/100 back in Trestman's offense." It's against the Titans, the Bears offense is 3-wide with Cutler in the gun. The line does a great job, as usual, letting the defense run free to the QB leaving Forte room with blockers in front. Lance Louis, Kellen Davis and Earl Bennett threw huge blocks. Forte had one of his patented cutbacks, and if Marshall could have gotten his hands on the DB, Forte could have gone the distance.

  • In reply to Shady:

    fuck, watching that same commercial 5 times sucked. marketing people


  • Just quick-fire going down the roster.

    between a rock and a hardin place

    Eben Brittons give up sacks

    Heyden did you see where my man went

    Lenz me a first down brother?

    Mind your maneris

    Hola signor

    if you go twice you tupou

    Marquess the spot, cause it's a first down bitches

    Zbikowski Jabronies

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you are gay.


  • are you propositioning me? Cause that's what it sounded like.

  • the gnomes deleted his #1 name


  • niiiiiice, like that one. see. that one alone is better than all the old ones.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It works on many levels. He's always injured, and as a double-entendre...

  • I think the big question about Hester this year is whether or not he still has that explosive burst through an opening. If he does, then the Bears are golden. Once he gets past the first wave into the open field, he's hard to catch.

    Now that Hester's not pretending to be a WR this year, he should be a lot fresher and get the burst back. He can concentrate on what he's always done best.

    If he has his confidence back, then I think he will be a dangerous weapon this year. The key is getting some good blockers on specials to allow him to thrive. When Hester was at his best he had guys like Ayonbadajo, Idonije, and Tillman blocking for him. Hopefully the Bears have the next generation of guys on the team to give Hester some confidence.

  • In reply to Cormonster:


  • “Me and coach Trestman talked before I went home for the break and we came up with the idea that I would just go back to being a key return man — a punt return and kickoff return man — and a little bit more special teams,” Hester said. “That would be what I know as of now my role to be for the upcoming season.”


  • In other words, Phil gave him the "gentle" dear John speech about playing WR. he he.

  • Blog FF league .... 2 spots left .

    Date: Sat, Aug 3, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM ET
    Password: blackunicorn

    Passing TDs are only 4 pts, so bear that in mind when you draft Brandon Weeden. All other TDs = 6 pts.

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    Jeff Hughes, love the blog but you've just written your best piece in the 2 years I've been reading the blog. Tones of Frank Deford..


  • The Puke of Earl
    Lester Hayes and Bostic'um
    Ur Locker's Empty
    Flammetta Saganaki
    Isiah Fried Potat'ers
    Garza Crossing 50
    Alshon on you Crazy Diamond
    Lenz Flare
    Shea me the money
    Mo' Cheta Blues
    Screw you, Paea Me
    Tea for the Tillman
    Webb of Cries

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Percy Whipped
    Repent your Olsen (and Be forgiven)
    Black Unicorns and Blue Skittles
    Unga the Boardwalk
    Eben Weemzer Scrooge

    need. to. stop.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Touch Cutler and get Suh'ed
    Sour Carimi and Cheese

    ok. enough.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Well done. Mine were easy and weak and without much more effort than the originals. I loved all those. Very good my maingses!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    1st grinch comment of the day:

    I don't understand how people can still mispronounce his name. It's UrLACKer. Not UrLOCKer. It should be easy to remember because it rhymes with LINEBACKER.

    On a related note, Paea is pronounced 'pie-uh'. Like, "Are you ready to taste my delicious pizza Paea?"

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I should have just taken the day off and everything.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • Just saw the Cooper "mia culpa" - seems sincere.

    So, when players throw around "fag" in the locker, twitter or at random social events which are youtubed, we should expect the same routine of self-flagellation in front of the podium, right?

  • Also, if Maclin didn't go down for the season, Cooper would be off the team.

  • Have you seen the comments from Mike Vick's piece of shit brother Marcus? (Smh) fucking twitter.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeah, I saw that too. Vick's bro is an idiot.

    At least Mike Vick forgave him right away.

    When you fuck up at the level of Vick, it's hard to be so judgmental. Something about stones and glass houses...

  • Mully & Handley at Bubbinmays today, watchin practice.


    The D looks to have as much new with it's playbook as the O.

    Extremely uptempo O

    If we have to call a timeout in the 1st Q to get the O aligned, aka the Lovie Special - Trestman will totally lose it.

    Bostic to start in 1st PS against Panthers

    Emery describes Trestman this way "he's totally spent each day." Nice Phil. Nice wording.

    Trestman runs around all practice, He's sweating and just hustling from place to place to coach up. Polar opposite of Lovie "clouds are nice" Smith style at camp.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Okay, I can't stop laughing at the "clouds are nice" quip....crimminy.....someone pass the oxygen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...can I get an "AMEN"....and lets finish of with a little song..."KUMBAYA"...with hugs all around.....LDL

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    In reply to gpldan:

    I'm a big Lovie Smith fan. But that comment "Clouds are Nice" is so dead on. I can see his grin, arms folded.. Dead on. Well played...

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    how in thee fuck can you be a big fan of fucking doofus the king of mediocrity Mike.

    Christ on a bike.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Stick 'Fluffy' in there instead of 'nice' and it's him.

  • This one's for MB:

    Brick Top vs. the Ghouls

  • Corey Wootton being looked at by trainers. Bears need a big year from him and CD, but both guys are injury prone. The D could be proper fucked if these guys both miss significant time.

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    McBride out. Bushrod, Williams and now Wooten coming up lame and they're not even a week into camp.

    I do not care for this trend.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agree 100%..........don't like it, not one bit!!!!!!


    All Mental..????...maybe..I wonder if this is the dagger behind thee cloak for skunk.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    JUST when you though the Pro Bowl could not be a bigger joke than it already was, the NFL "fixes" it.


    Her's the fix: Choose the teams, give the players there free trip to Hawaii ,but for pity's sake DON'T play the game.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    They don't need a free trip to Hawaii. Send them to Cleveland or someplace that could use the money.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    How about Detroit? If they're not going to have kickoffs, they can play in the new Red Wings stadium that is still being built with about 300 million in taxpayer subsidies. Curiously, this handout to a billionaire will be unaffected by the bankruptcy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I still think the NFL should eliminate the pro bowl and just have an all rookie bowl.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I am against adding any exibition games. There's already too many and they are just opportunities for needless injuries.


  • In reply to lobotobear:

    My hope is the calf strain is no big deal. The silver lining may be he gets through preseason unscathed while he nurses a minor calf injury and hits week one in good shape. Bushrod goes down for long and all bets are off.

  • If Wooton has a torn labrum I'm going to puke. He was poised to have a monster year and now he's fucking hurt. I'm not happy right now. The fact that people aren't more pissed that our starting middle linebacker is hurt with a WEEK TO WEEK injury is concerning to me. he could be down for months.

  • Nick Barnett just got scooped up too. He would have been a solid MLB option from FA.

    Anyone want Mark Anderson?

    Available DE FAs (that we hopefully won't need).

    Cliff Avril (Signed two-year, $13M deal with SEA)
    Michael Johnson (Signed one-year, $11.2M deal with CIN)
    Elvis Dumervil (Signed five-year, $26M deal with BAL)
    John Abraham (Signed two-year deal with ARZ)
    Osi Umenyiora (Signed two-year, $8.5M deal with ATL)
    Israel Idonije (Signed one-year deal with DET)
    Dwight Freeney (Signed two-year, $8.75M deal with SD)
    Michael Bennett (Signed one-year, $5 million deal with SEA)
    Matt Shaughnessy (Signed one-year, $1M deal with ARZ)
    Mike DeVito (Signed three-year, $12.6M deal with KC)
    Mark Anderson
    Andre Carter (Signed one-year, $1M deal with OAK)
    Kenyon Coleman (Signed one-year, $1.005M deal with NO)
    Juqua Parker
    Darryl Tapp (Signed one-year, $865K deal with WSH)
    William Hayes (Signed three-year, $10.5M deal with STL)
    Kyle Vanden Bosch
    Ray Edwards
    Lawrence Jackson (Signed one-year, $780K deal with MIN)
    Kyle Moore (Signed one-year, $715K deal with CHI)
    Jonathan Fanene
    Wallace Gilberry (Signed three-year, $6.75M deal with CIN)
    Antwan Applewhite
    Lawrence Sidbury (Signed one-year, $715K deal with IND)
    Vaughn Martin (Signed two-year, $4M deal with MIA)
    Robert Geathers (Signed three-year, $9.5M deal with CIN)
    Jason Hunter (Signed one-year, $715K deal with OAK)
    Marcus Spears (Signed two-year, $3.55M deal with BAL)
    Jamaal Anderson (Signed with Bears)
    Frostee Rucker (Signed one-year, $905K deal with ARZ)
    Trevor Scott
    George Selvie (Signed one-year deal with DAL)
    Dave Tollefson
    Matt Roth
    Turk McBride (Signed one-year, $715K deal with CHI)
    Jarius Wynn (Signed one-year, $745K deal with SD)
    Antwan Odom
    Derrick Harvey
    Keyunta Dawson (Signed one-year, $715K deal with TEN)

    I'm still crossing my fingers with Williams, but getting off PEDs usually wrecks the body. If so, ILB options...

    Dannell Ellerbe (Signed five-year, $35M deal with MIA)
    Karlos Dansby (Signed one-year, $2.25M deal with ARZ)
    Rey Maualuga (Signed two-year, $6.5M deal with CIN)
    Desmond Bishop (Signed one-year deal with MIN)
    D.J. Williams (Signed one-year, $900K deal with CHI)
    Tim Dobbins (Signed one-year, $905K deal with HOU)
    Moise Fokou (Signed two-year, $2.8M deal with TEN)
    Brad Jones (Signed three-year, $11.75M deal with GB)
    Bart Scott
    Bradie James
    Larry Grant
    Dan Connor (Signed one-year, $715K deal with NYG)
    Takeo Spikes
    Keith Brooking
    Chase Blackburn (Signed two-year, $2.05M deal with CAR)
    Ernie Sims (Signed one-year, $715K deal with DAL)
    Larry Foote (Signed three-year, $5.5M deal with PIT)
    Jasper Brinkley (Signed two-year, $3.5M deal with ARZ)
    Joe Mays (Signed one-year deal with HOU)
    E.J. Henderson
    Stewart Bradley (Signed one-year, $1.2M deal with DEN)
    Paris Lenon
    Rob Francois
    Mike Peterson
    Channing Crowder
    Brandon Siler
    Barrett Ruud
    Tavares Gooden

    Out of that list, Spikes and E.J. Henderson (who played in a 4-3 for the Vikes) interest me.

    But might as well ride with Bostic. He's gonna start eventually, and I rather him get in this year while we still have Pepp, Jennings, Peanut, Briggs to cover for him as opposed to next year when who knows who will still be on the roster.

  • Fuck it then, let's ride with Bostic. DJ will be ok if he's ok.

    Wouldn't mind Bart Scott though. He's a dick but he's an experienced dick.

  • can this guy be ay more of a fucking whiny bitch?!?

    The answer is... no, he can't.

    Just catch the fucking ball and run ok forest. smfh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    whoops... sorry lobo.

  • Our Green Bay drought is over this year.

  • In reply to Viva:

    That's good, 'cause I was getting sick and tired of losing to those motherfuckers.

  • In reply to Shady:

    + I can't tell you how much

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm still not over the NFC Championship loss. Looking at the Pack go on to win it all almost made me switch to a ping-pong fan.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Damn right it is. Can't wait for these games. No more sitting back and waiting for the Pack to blitz. Trestman will attack and GB doesn't have the Defensive power to stop Marshall, Jeffrey, Black Unicorn, Bennett and Forte.

    Since Martz and Tice won't be there serving up Jay on a platter to Matthews we will win both games this year.

  • dude... FUCK Matthews.

    ...and fuck martz AND tice. cunts.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Oh yes. Cutty and co will steamroll that defense and our new linebackers will be flattening the Widow Rodgers. Oh yes.

  • A torn labrum usually involves going to the ground and being carted off. Does anybody know if he walked off?

    Biggsy's comment on the calf strain for DJ was, WORST CASE, missing Game 1. He could be back before pre-season. Kromer played in cool in the clip.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and this, is for you sir:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He was carted off but that could have been precautionary. i didn't see him with crutches.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sorry, was thinking of DJ about being carted. I think Wooton walked off.

  • FF reminder (FF haters, move along).

    "Blog FF league .... 2 spots left .

    Date: Sat, Aug 3, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM ET
    Password: blackunicorn

    Passing TDs are only 4 pts, so bear that in mind when you draft Brandon Weeden. All other TDs = 6 pts"

    The draft is tomorrow morning gents, so lets go! Something to fill in the dog days of camps. Tobi, Murph, NB, where art thous?

    If not, post-pone the draft Irish until we get the other 2 spots filled because I'll be damned if I play in a 8 team league, which is like playing on the practice squad.

  • I'm not joining any league that drafts on a Saturday. Sorry...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'll do the next one on a Sunday NBIT.

  • No worries Irish. Last year I got killed by autodraft and basically had nothing to do but lose all season because there were like 20 teams.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I think it's just as much fun to rank your players and then set which position you want drafted in every round. Try it.

  • I might be busy at 11am EST (4pm GMT i think?) so I may have to suffer the wrath of the autodraft.

    WIWG, the previous league has been deleted.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I'll probably have for next week Sunday morning (so I can get in on the draft. Then I'll do one that's most convenient timed for all of you and just rank my auto picks. When is most convenient for all of you?

  • Maybe just change this draft for the League the first to Sunday Morning Irish? (if it works for all in the league).

    What happens if it remains at 8 teams? Does ESPN fill it with random FF folk, or does the league constrict to 8 teams, or two robots enter the league and autodraft?

    If it stays at 8, I gotta bow out cuz I'm not into 8 man leagues con-padre.

  • I signed up before I saw this post, Sunday morning is a no go for me.

  • I've got to work Saturday so will be unavailable for the draft. Would participate if I could...

  • this is what it would look like if a shark attacked me and I had a knife

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    on that page I found my way to this epic Sharknado clip. This is courage.

  • Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Now that's how you prep your ribs.

    I see your mayor is keeping it classy in San Diego. Hopefully the city pays his legal bills, because he didn't get the proper sexual harassment training before taking over.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    the guy is a fucking scumbag. jesus. politicians should just all be flushed. pathetic bunch of worthless cunts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good story about Congress.

  • Just caught an early flight on standbye. Woo hoo! I hate waiting in airports. It's almost as painful as waiting for the season to get here. He he.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    +1 Except when waiting for football, you don't get fondled by TSA

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Exactly... at lease there's a little action at the airport!


  • It occurred to me in the shower last night that Magnum P.I. was gay-friendly programming back in the Eighties, as Starsky And Hutch was to the Seventies. Pronbably. NTTAWWT.

  • whoa, whoa, FUCKING WHHHOOOOAAAAA!!!!

    Don't you EVER fucking talk that way about Magnum PI again dude!


    (I've been wanting to fly out to thailand and kick some nazi ass for a while now. Just fucking keep it up tiger)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I just reread that and it sounded really aggressive.

    It was all a joke my man...

    ...except that part about not ever saying mean things about the best tv show ever made again.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A gay man would never drive a Ferrari 308 with a Hawaiian shirt on.

    Would. Not. Happen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    exactly!.. I think!....?

  • ...and no, I wasn't rubbing one out to Tom Selleck. Or the other guy ...

  • I don't know Irish, you do have a penchant for black folk.....

    hahaha, i keed, i keed.

  • the thought of you beating off in the shower to the image of TC made me laugh



    The scarf thingy he's wearing is kinda gay. (NTTAWWT)

  • I was doing the dishes and thinking about Brandon Marshall. As you do. Most folk seem to think CJ is the best receiver in football. Why? You play the Lions, you know they're throwing it to CJ. You play the Bears, you know Jay is looking for BM. Thing is, you can gameplan CJ out of the endzone, you can't stop the Beast. CJ caught 30 points season. Brandon caught 72. Same danger, same coverages. Different QB of course, a man who might have his career year this year.

    But Brandon Marshall is the best receiver in the NFL. Yay or nay?

  • Okay, 60 points then Doc, digit-police, jebus ....

  • Brandon Marshall is a top 3 WR in the league.

  • Tough question to answer. CJ does have the record but there are so many variables to consider. CJ may be just a touch more athletic, but BM seems to make tougher catches. I wonder what BM's numbers would look like if he hadn't spent several years dealing with mental issues and bouncing around the league.
    Put him with the Patriots or Manning Colts and he's probably already a HOF candidate. I suppose the same could be said for Johnson. At the end of the day, I lean toward Beast. Why? Cuz he's a Bear. I'm not ashamed to lean on my bias when its too close to call.

  • The Martellus Bennett interview with Zack Zaban is going to be on later today. You are going to want to download and listen to it, it's funny. Bennett is a funny guy.

    He doesn't want to be called Black Unicorn anymore. Now he is Orange Dinosaur. And dinosaurs (real ones) still roam the Earth, we just haven't found them yet.

    Also, he has a little white Schnauzer named Sebastian Janikowski, and he does call him SeaBass.

    He sits behind Cutler in the "classroom" and shoots rubber bands into his head and tries to piss him off as much as possible. BMarsh and him think it's hysterical to make Jay mad.

    He's a real joker, but I think also serious about the game. He says he was pissed in Dallas because Witten was always going to be ahead of him, but he learned lots of tricks and prep techniques from Witten.

    Bears have Leonard Pope there today, he's on the field (or going to be when it stops raining) and so they figure his deal is inked. He's 6'8" TE.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I heard it this morning. He's a funny guy. He's going to apply for future jobs by calling himself Marty so people think he's white.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Certainly something no white guy could say about wanting people to think he's black.

  • Bad camp news:

    JWebb has pancaked Chicken Dinner. Twice.

    Story is, dinner bulked to 270, found all his speed and quickness was shot (he probably didn't get it into muscle), so he spent the hot part of the early summmer dropping all of it, he looks 245 or maybe 250 now.

    So basically, we have a linebacker. He's a true 3-4 linebacker, and he's probably not a bust in talent - he's just not a 4-3 DE. He's a linebacker. Prone to concussions. He's a bust.

    Wooten is getting a MRI today. We will know more then.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Meanwhile the guy this blog was SCREAMING for us to draft when Dinner was picked up, just got this article written about him:

    Alshon needs to go to the Pro Bowl and Hardin needs to start this year to redeem that class. Emery's first class was idiotic.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wonder just how much last year's pick truly Emery?

    Someone brought up an interesting point that he basically inherited the same scouts, not to mention the same coaches (was Shea a Lovie special who loves himself speed DEs like Mark Anderson?)

    I know the buck stops at Emery regardless, but whoever got that GM job was probably going to draft Shea because he seemed like a classic Lovie Dline choice.|

    I mean, look at this year. I don't think we draft Long if it weren't for Kromer.

    Or maybe not. Maybe Emery did out-metric himself and went for a prospect PFW (sad tear) ranked as a 4rth rounder, while everyone else had Chandler going to us.

    Tell you this much. If Wooten can't go I feel much better with Chandelr Jones than Chicken Dinner, just like draft day.

  • I don't know how you line up a kid who is 6'2" and 250 at DE in this league and expect shit.

    Dinner is like a high school legend from a hick town in WAY over his head. I get that Jones is only 6'4" and 260, but he levers up his speed. And, if you read that article, Jones is already having foot and ankle issues because he uses his legs to lever his tackle. He can't keep that up, statistically he's prone to getting hurt - so you can expect Jones to work up towards 280.

    Wooten is ALREADY 280. Wooten was a steal if he plays like he did at the end of last year - but that's the kick. He can't. He can't stay healthy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You know what I expect this year (and I was going to write a little article about it on Artoo's blog)?

    A more Billichick-ean hybrid D where we switch from 4-3 to 3-4 a lot more than under Lovie (in fact, we got a little bit of it last year because of Marinelli).

    Wooten is sort of pivotal this year. In theory, a 1st round DE SHOULD start, but I have my doubts about Shea just like you.

    Cornilus Washington is an intriguing prospect, but right now he's just too raw (and interestingly enough, still listed as an OLB on the roster).

    Pepp is also getting up there in age.

    Methinks we f'd up letting Izzy walk, but Izzy might have pulled an Urlacher and expected more than he was actually worth, and when the free market determined he wasn't worth all that much, he had too much pride to return.

    Either way, I expect a lot more blitzing this year anyways, esp with two PB CBs and two sure fire returners at S.

  • Between Sedrick Ellis and Wooten, we undoubtedly fucked up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Marshall just said that Alshon is now a beast. 8% body fat at 215.

    Marshall himself is now the biggest of his career at 235% and has dropped his body fat all the way down to 6.3%


  • I worry that there is such a thing as TOO lean, precipitating more pulled muscles & hammstrings.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sheite!....that's all I can say....ugh

  • Capaldi looks to be the new Doctor Who.

    I stopped watching after Tennant, because the writers changed and Matt Smith sucked.

    But I'd like to see Capaldi play Doctor Who as a slightly less foul mouthed version of Malcom Tucker.

    If you don't know what I'm off about, just watch this scene between Capaldi as Tucker and Gandolfini (RIP) as a US Army General. It's freaking awesome.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What the fuck and the whatnow? Whoa. Back up there. Doctor Who? A new Doctor? (Checks Whovian status) How did I not wake up knowing that? Who the fuck is capaldi?
    (rushes away to check that it's not a chick)

  • "Nugget in Peppers story: He is 18th on all-time sack list w/ 111.5. Of 17 ahead of him, only 5 have had multiple 10-sack seasons at age 33+"

    Biggsy tweet

    Also, this little tidbit about the Steelers, but it applies to us too now.


    The Steelers are implementing zone-blocking schemes in addition to their traditional power-blocking sets.
    The Steelers' new offensive line coach, Jack Bicknell Jr., is a zone-blocking proponent. "The reason I like it is, if you have a running play and the defense knows how to fit it and where the ball is going, it's tough in this league in my opinion, to be successful with that," he said. Zone blocking allows running backs to pick their hole as linemen flow toward an area instead of a man. When executed correctly, as shown in the Mike Shanahan offenses, ZBS can lead to massive statistical production at the running back position"

    - Rotoworld

  • Translation : Kicking bottoms, chaps. That's what we'll be doing.


    embarrassing. Cheerleaders are so lame.

  • Any of you maingses with little ones please watch this:

    fucking terrifies me mangs.

  • ONE spot left in the league, cock-knockers.

    Password: blackunicorn

  • Muuuurph!

    Glad you joined. Weren't you champ of a league two years ago?

    Gotta get in.

    If all else fails, can Artoo get loan one of his 32 players in his league to us to fill that one last spot, just in case?

    He's just gotta be a Bear fan Artoo, keep the Packer hillbillies there yonder lol

  • Yeah was a champ 2 years in a row. Stayed out last year to give someone else a chance. Actually last year I could never make a draft.

  • God damn man... chicks be fucking crazy (better Johnny?)

  • now this is a bondage book I can get behind (get it? get BEHIND... hee hee)


    I have a theory...


  • Thoughts please

  • Saban's "coon-ass" comment was in reference to somebody he overheard working in a ditch.

    And the quote is wrong, and you refer to Saban as a player.

    My friends are okay with it. The rest of those guys? One of my, one of my guy on the board -- you guys won't be able to put this on the thing -- was walking down the street, one of the Board of Trustees guys like these people around here and sitting up on the stage today at LSU, is walking down the street yesterday before the Sugar Bowl. He calls me. There's a guy working in a ditch. One of those coon-ass guys that talk funny. I can't talk like him but he can. Most people in Louisiana can. And he says, 'Hey, you see where Coach Saban signed up with Alabama?' You know however they talk. And the Board of Trustees guy says, 'Yeah, I saw that.' And he says, 'That son of a bitch. I feel like he's f--king my wife.

    In this case, it was the guy working in the ditch (I'm going to assume he was black) who said that it felt like Saban was fucking his (ditch guy's) wife.

    Context is critical there, Saban was telling a story and describing the guy working the ditch as a coon-ass.

    Your broader point about racism has 3 remarks that are reverse racism - mostly black guys saying street justice would kill Zimmerman - and then the Saban thing.

    If your point is that the race card is ugly in this country, and when blacks often make white generalizations and get away with it (see all black comedians who open jokes with the words "white people", something absolutely verboten in reverse) then you should more overtly say that.

    The real Nick Saban is a dirtbag. So is Rick Patino. Bonny Knight is a giant douchebag. Bad people get promoted for results. Shit happens. Robert McNamara totally fucked the Vietnam war over and got 100,000 Americans needlessly killed with stupid strategies. He got rewarded by taking GM over, which he promptly put into a death spiral. Shit happens, or as Vonnegut says, so it goes. But I digress.

    It's getting better. Break your paragraphs up cleaner and make your point more overtly. It's a blog slash newspaper editorial. Don't be subtle.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks. Glad you didn't think that I was trying to be racist.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    nice review of erik's review gp

    Erik, don't be a racist man.

  • I get it, but this is just getting silly.

    Fine him and let lockerroom justice deal with the rest. This society/culture is getting fucking ridiculous. Common.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    “During this time I’m going to be speaking with a variety of professionals to help me better understand how I could have done something that was so offensive, and how I can start the healing process for everyone. As long as it takes, and whatever I have to do, I’m going to try to make this right.”

    It's like a episode of the old Bob Newhart show.

    "How could I have said something that disgusting?"

    Bob Newhart shrink:
    "Um... because you're a redneck douchebag at a Chesney show?"

    "But WHY would I drop the n-bomb?"


    "because... um... you are surrounded by like minded assholes like yourself and you didn't know somebody would drop that video on Youtube?"

    Long pause.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BTW, the real reason for all this scrambling contrition is that they play the Pats on August 9th.

    Right now, Mike Vick is on the phone to Adrian Wilson, the SS for the Pats. All 6'3", 230 of him - a huge SS in the NFL and a big time hitter.

    "I call slant across the middle. Deep slant. I drop in your lap."

    "Sounds good."

    "Then I hang that ball a bit high so he goes nice and high for it."

    "Then let's see what Chesney song he sings."

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Speaking of huge, big hitting SSs in the league, I'm still crushing hard on my boy Cam Chancellor... he's kinda like Major Wright... except you know, really really big and really really fast, and really really good.


  • Hey everyone! Hope you guys are all having a great summer! (Depends on what hemisphere you Bears fan are on, haha)

    Found this article, hope I'm not bothering anybody if someone already linked it! It's an awesome read about Phil Emery. Let me know what you guys think...

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    welcome back burnt. long time no blog.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    Interesting article. I want to print it and tack it up in my office.

    I like that he bucks the old school NFL crowd. I like that he went and got a CFL coach to put in a balanced O. It's time we joined the 21st century.

    But some of his enthusiasm to be progressive or forward thinking leads away from the pot of gold. He's been good in free agency, depending how Orange Dinosaur looks. He won big with the Marshall deal. But his drafting is suspect, a product of his life as a long time scout trying to show he sees what others do not.

    Dinner is bust. ERod was a fuck-up. The latter is more shocking because Emery was going to be all about character. Long looks like a big time character guy, now let's see if he starts. Without good drafting - well - we know what happens.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You amuse me with your silly "Dinner is bust" stuff.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He was pancaked by J Webb! Webb Nation put him off his feet!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In chicken dinner's defense, it is hard for one man to overtake a nation.

    bada bing, bada boom - I'm here all night.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    WE'll see GP. He has has two drafts under his belt now but we've got to wait and see what they throw up, so to speak. After Olin retired I felt Center was our most dire need. It was never addressed, neither was the impending swansong of Brian Urlacher. Two key positions completely ignored. I feel Emery should have reached for Schwenke in the second round if you believe in the pick. Did we need another guard? Sure. More than we need our center for the next ten years? Couldn't trade that top pick? Wheeling and dealing Emery can do. But yeah, let's see how the drafts work out.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    "He phrases it in terms that link the fans and the organization as one: "I want our fans — and everybody I work with — to understand all the thinking behind [our processes], so that they're more inclined to buy in and work toward that goal."

    In other words, Emery WANTS the fans/organization to understand, or endorse, his rationale for decisions, and unlike Billichick, he's not worried about the info being used against him.

    When Emery stated that he uses Scouts Inc, PFF(?), I was a little taken back. I thought, "Now another team can just go to those sites, see the ranks, and predict how Emery values." But that's not really the case.

    Bushrod is exhibit A.

    PFF essentially ranked Webb and Bushrod about the same, even giving Webb the slight edge in pass protection.

    SO, one would deduce that Emery would skip Bushrod in FA, but that wasn't the case.

    Emery seems averse to "group think," but sometimes group think can be beneficial like in the case of Shea over Chandler Jones, etc (yeah yeah, wait three yrs yada yada).

    Well, at least these next few years will be more intellectually engaging than under blind squirrel and he-who-gazes-at-clouds. Let's hope they're also emotionally fulfilling culminating in a SB, or three.

  • Good response 4ever85.

    As of late, I am against the "group-think" philosophy because it is mostly the mainstream media and "experts" whom are brainwashing the fans with their bias and I'm sick of it. It is why sites such as Da Bears Blog and its followers is what has made me enjoy and respect this sport much more immensely because I am enlightened about what I read and learn here.

  • In reply to burntorangenavyblue:

    I also question PFF's 'grading' that has Bushod and Webb as being similar animals. If that's the case, then why does one guy have 2 PBs, when the other was a seventh round afterthought who has never been anything approaching good? And if Bushrod is Webb-like, why would we have signed him?

  • Speaking of "He-who-gazes-at-clouds"/jumbotron, what would Lovie have done if the Bears still played at Wrigley Field? What do you think he would be "gazing" at? The ivys wilting away to the colder weather? Just for laughs, I'm bored at work

  • Just found out that i'm going to the Bears/Pack game in December. Giddy like a schoolgirl.

  • Rabbit, murph, and I have been talking about that game as the possible meet up game again.

    You up for some cab air-bj surfing again?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know he's in! Hope some others can make it up. gp, put it on the calender now and take antibiotics a week before! I'm going to forgo surgery on my junk at all costs!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:


    yeah, that would be a good idea. always try to limit junk surgery.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahahaha... I like that costume, maybe I'll do that one this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How about this guy?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck man, i'll do anything after a pint of grey goose, a splash of olive juice and some blue cheese olives from Ditkas.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm thinking I may be in for that game, hopefully can meet you fellas in person over some brews.

  • AWESOME pics for #s 5 and 3... awesome.


  • Check this out... amazing story:

    The movie's producer is the little bro of one of my good friends from HS. he's a good kid.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Black Unicorn got into it with a bunch of DB's at practice today. Mike Wright from ESPN said that multiple guys were "raining down" punches on him.


    He's solar powered.

    I like that he also described himself as having a better physique than Atlas himself.

  • Nice. love that attitude.

  • A music friend of mine who's a die-hard Cowboy fan went into a little mini-tirade, Waffle-style, talking about Bennett. He said he was a cancer in the locker room and that the Bears will regret signing him. Sour grapes? I think so. This guy also thinks Michael Irvin is a great analyst and really funny, so what the fuck does he know?

  • at the end, check BMarsh catch one with the nut draped all overhim

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, "own you boy, own you boy"

    talking mad shit to the Nut.

  • Black uni is #83 right?

    Who's #81... that's sam hurd, right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tolliver, but don't tell Irish, he'll want him to start in front of Marshall

  • I went to the roster... I was just trying to be funny.

    so, you know, thanks for fucking that all up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha, glad i could help.

  • deeeeeeeeum:

    If I lived in Chicago, I'd camp out, outside shady's place of work and make him pay when he walked out, all colin farrel style (ahhhh forfucksaaaake!)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're going to need an extended clip for that bad boy, 6 shots ain't gonna be enough for you to take me down. I'm the most dangerous game...

    I do love how it comes with a bipod though, nice touch for the campers out there.

  • Drafting in one hour ladies. Had to open up team spot #10 to a member of the great unwashed. That's the public, not Packer fans ....

    It won't be a free ride for the non-Bear fan. They have to draft either Brandon Weeden or Nick Foles in the first round.

    Remember, only 4 pts for a passing TD.

    (does jedi mind trick wave)
    Muuurph .... Nick foles is going to owwwnnnn ... he's first round material ..... Artoo .... grab Beanie Wells in the first before anyone else gets him .....4Ever .... Romo is under-rated ..... get him in the first ....... injury risks come back better ad stronger ... sleeep ... sleeeeep ...

  • Mini Rant of the day:

    I don't know why I did it but I was up early with my little guy and decided to take a quick drive to Dunkin Donuts to get him some hash browns.

    Rosenbloom and Grode are on the Score. Keep in mind that these guys are fucking idiots so usually I don't get too frustrated at the dumb shit that comes out of their mouths.
    The subject was Martellus Bennett getting into it at practice and how it was nice to have a weapon at tightend and that the bears suffered by losing Olsen and then having Davis suck cock. So far so good.

    Then Grode proceeds to flip the script and say that the blame rests on Cutler as well for (1) targeting Brandon Marshall too much and (2) that he was trying to prove to everyone how good his chemistry was with him by throwing to him all the time then (3)lamented how often Jay forced passes into Marshall that resulted in Interceptions and his final nugget of infinite wisdom was that (4)the Bears will be better off this year if Marshall catches between 60 and 70 balls.

    Needless to say it was time to stop the madness so I called and as you know did not get through. I proceeded to text them because I knew it would pop up on their screen. The text was simple: Please do us all a favor and just fucking kill yourself.

    Let's break down the insane arguments of this fucking clown:
    1. If a guy has a catch percentage of almost 68% and is number 2 in the league in that fucking category, you cannot actually target the man too much. Those kinds of numbers suggest that this fucking guy was catching almost everything thrown in his vicinity and dominating defenders one and two at a time. Yes it would be nice to have Bennett and Jeffrey stay healthy and catch 55+ balls this year along with Unicorn and Forte getting 55+ touches as well but please simply say that Marshall was targeted too much is incorrect.
    2. Trying to prove to everyone how good his chemistry was with Marshall was by throwing to him? are you fucking high son? His tightend was a joke, his offensive line was a sieve, his playcaller was an OL coach and he had one of the most dominant WR's in the league at his disposal. Logic would dictate that when all else fails and your WR is just fucking bigger, stronger, faster, meaner and more hardcore than anyone else out on the field that he'll probably be open more and even when he's not he'll make the play. That is why he gets the fucking ball.
    3.Jay's interceptions didn't come when trying to force the ball into Marshall. Watch the fucking game tapes you fucking cocksucking radio whores.
    4. If Brandon Marshall, one of the top 3 WR's in the league and the most dominant WR in the history of the Bears has 60-70 catches then the Bears will be 4-12, everyone will be fired, Trestman will be shot, the city will burn, Marshall will go fucking crazy, they'll do an NFL films segment on how the Bears managed to ruin Brandon Marshall and i'll fucking kill myself. I'm all for getting more guys involved (which is why you actually hired a offensive coach and talented playcaller) but to try to force balls to other guys when you have a once in a decade type guy like Marshall is the dumbest shit i'll hear today...until tomorrow when I listen to another Score host fucking suck at his job and say something even dumber.

  • Next time just tell the producer how much you love the show and they'll get you on air in no time, THEN drop verbal bombs on their dumb asses. Bang! Bang!

  • Well fucking done, man.

  • I wish I could assemble a worst-of clip with the passes that hit Davis in the hands last year and he dropped. It was spec-fuck-u-lar.

    Cutler stopped looking mad. He just had this "why do I bother?" look on his face when throwing to Davis. Davis could not catch SHIT. He had bricks for hands.

    When Bennett was healthy, he threw to him. Jeffery jammed his hand in Detroit on a slant in - which he caught anyway - for a TD, but he broke two fingers and impacted one into the joint. He was done.

    We started lining up Forte as a slot guy by the end of the season.

    I can't listen to the Doomer or his cohorts. Can't do it. He's lower on the radio totem pole than Les Grobstein.

  • Nice rant, but don't blow your brains out over these guys at the Score. I have noticed lately that they almost all treat their callers like shit and don't ever know what they are talking about. It is understandable that they just might be doing it for "shock" value, but I am very surprised at the lengths they will go to get their listeners and callers having heart attacks during their shows. Not all callers are the most knowledgeable and brightest of people, but ultimately, they are the consumers of their products, lol.

    I just flip around to different stations and just listen to whatever is good and not pander to their "doom and gloom" topics if they are on one. We do have the power to affect their jobs...if they are talking shit and have shit for a show and topics, don't listen them. Hopefully they get canned for treating their fans like crap and we'll get a real sports show.

    Besides, I'm barely lucky that I can turn the damn radio on to even find them talking about sports because I am always catching them being way off topic and they'll just take it through the next commercial break, and bam, I'm at work, fml. So more sports please!?

  • I don't care if Marshall catches only 30 passes if we win the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i know that Dave but it doesn't happen like that.

  • We had a discussion this offseason regarding FA tight ends. Leonard Pope was near the top of the list for me, glad to see the Bears will give him a chance.

  • this is... kinda awesome

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    GP you HAVE to do this on your ride into work next week.

  • This just in. Irish walked away with the draft. Just put it down to practice lads, there'll be another league soon.

  • Good article on our GM:

  • "To Emery, focusing on the process not only provides a better chance of building a winner, it performs the perhaps more-meaningful role of preventing you from overreacting to fleeting streaks of success or failure. 'Some of those bumps along the way are like hitting a tree; losses are very tough, particularly ones that have more impact than others [at the end of the season]. They're tough to work through, but you have to believe in the process and the talents of the people you work with. If you let outcome drive you, you'll be all over the place and never develop the process to get to the final goal.' And to Emery, the final goal isn't simply winning a Super Bowl, which itself usually requires some incredible luck along the way. It's 'to be a consistent winner, to consistently be in the championship mix, and win championships.'"

  • In reply to Shady:

    well said

  • Even though i disagreed with most of his draft picks you have to respect that he has a vision for the team and will fill areas of need when necessary.

  • Fill areas of need? Uhhhh... what is that? Are you speaking Chinese to me right now?

    ...Oh look, a kid who can jump out of a pool!!!!

    ~ Jerry Angelo & Lovie Smith

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    think about what the bears could have had with the pool boy and iglesias picks. They are called starting Guards or LB's.

  • ed zacahry

  • This is shocking!

    I NEVER would have believed that Mugabe would win another elections... what with the hundreds of thousands of fictitious and dead people voting for him

    Poor fucking Zimbabweans. SMMFHVV

  • Anyone else as excited as me regarding the fast development of future great, Joe Anderson? He is ready to step up, and he will be polished in no time, and to top it off, he can air out all his frustrations of not getting enough PT by simply mauling guys in ST, he is a team player though, he says it himself, he doesn't mind whereever he is needed, he just wants to help the team win. I am soooo hyped for thus dude!! SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!! SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!Anyone else as excited as me regarding the fast development of future great, Joe Anderson? He is ready to step up, and he will be polished in no time, and to top it off, he can air out all his frustrations of not getting enough PT by simply mauling guys in ST, he is a team player though, he says it himself, he doesn't mind whereever he is needed, he just wants to help the team win. I am soooo hyped for thus dude!! SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!! SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    UH....don't know how that happened....

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Some sort of channeling from Joe's dad?

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    ive been known to wax poetic on the man every so often

    also, anyone find it weird that bears arent talking about wootton mri? think they saw something and told him to tough it off

  • out

  • Kolb = Dork

  • In reply to gpldan:

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this played after the kolb vid for some bizarre reason:

    Looks super interesting actually.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    what the what.. yakoval brink:

  • Here you go Bulls fans:

  • shuffle shuffle

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    don't know what this says about andersen and greene, but the kid kinda looks like a bad ass... you know, for the ive league

  • Pope is a big guy. He's the freaking Orange Dinosaur.

    Pope also, at a rec lake in 2011, saw a 6 year old boy drowning. Kid's mother did nothing, but Pope dove in and saved the kid's life.

    I wonder if HOF Warren Sapp would do that. Or Cris Carter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1, although I guess it depends on whether they can swim.

  • Okay, I've been compiling news sites to drown in as the season gets closer - I do this every friggin' year - and loading them up in my favorites, etc. God, that sounds like a lonely blog post...

    Anyway, I've come across a few pieces y'all might not have seen yet, and, well, here's a couple of o-line links. Enjoy....

  • MB -

    My oldest daughter did some aid work in Zimbabwe some years back...she came home pretty pissed off.

  • yeah, it's a shame DP, but nothing at all unique to zim... there are 3-4 other north and/or central african nations that sustain the exact same structure... or worse, at any time.

  • Here's a piece on Cutler...

  • *ahem* ...

  • Interesting... I assume this

    'He also trailed only Russell Wilson, Alex Smith and Michael Vick in “time to sack,” and the latter two lost significant time last season with mid-season concussions.'

    means that Cutler took *longer* to sack than all QBs in the league except those four. If he just learns to get *rid of the ball*, his sacks should go way down.

    Also, if I'm interpreting this correctly, perhaps the "line" problems are not all the fault of the guys up front.

  • I recall watching HBO Inside the NFL one night, with that smug Dolphin Linebacker, Bonacontti, and Len Dawson. They were going over the fact that the Eagles had enough of Cris Carter and this was probably it for him.

    But he earned a 2nd life as a short yardage go-to guy with the Vikes. His career was a lot like Brandon Lloyd's, his specialty was the sideline catch and for a few years, he had a near-monopoly on the back corner of the endzone.

    His career was probably extended another two full years by his personality rather than his skill, in taking young Moss under his wing and keeping Moss from de-railing.

    Bears fans often lament that we picked up Orthodontist Enis Breath instead of Moss ('98), but the truth is - we didn't have a Carter like guy to keep Moss' head on straight. Two weeks in Chicago, and Moss would have been going Sam Hurd. He would have been big pimpin by week 2.

    I'm not sure Carter's stats argue for the HOF even still, though. His induction seems the most BS to me. We need Al to tell us about Robinson and Culp.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I told you guys this last year.

    Watched one of those 'old nfl star' competitions where they try to score tds 1:1 with a defender, do agility drill and strength drill stuff, and then have a little 7:7 game.

    They had guys like dickerson, neon, carter, aikforman, rodney pete, the hof lineman for the vikes (rudolph maybe?) and a bunch of other guys... anyway, in watching it, the most athletic and still fast and agile as hell of them all by far was carter. He literally wowed me for a guy his age. HUGELY impressive. I was kinda awe-struck. And you guys know how not fucking wowed by much I am.

    No idea how that relates to him as a player in his prime, I can personally attest to the fact that the dude has aged INCREDIBLY well.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great hands Cris Carter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If you look at all of the other WR's in the HOF.. It doesn't make sense to leave him out.

    However, I'm not going to say you are wrong. I could care less about his HOF bust. A good player that worked his ass off to get there but nothing great, in my opinion.

  • It really all depends on how one defines a HOFer.

    I go by the criteria: "Can the history of the NFL be written without this player?"

    And looking at it objectively, the book doesn't need Carter. Same goes for Tim Brown.
    I really liked Tim Brown, but I don't think he's a HOFer.

    The "good" but not "great" distinction.

    I think a HOFer should wow you. Carter never wowed me.

    As much as I disliked Sapp, he wowed me. He changed the game. 3tech DTs were much more valued after him. The Cover-2 scheme became popular because of his production. He helped turn around "the Yucks" and won a SB. He made Ds have to account for him (can you say the same about Carter?)

    That's just the way I see it.

    It's sorta the same as I see White and Jones on the Falcons.

    White will end up with all these stats, but like Carter, I don't think it should be enough.

    Julio Jones is like the Moss. The younger GREATER player who will eventually make Canton.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Reporting as ordered, Sir.

    Culp and Robinson are both worthy tho' they also both benefitted from playing on defenses littered with stars. IN SB IV, the Viking offense could do virtually NOTHING against Culp and his mates who included Willie Lanier, Buck Buchanon and Emmitt Thomas. Robinson had Wille Davis at his opposite end and Ray Nitchske, Herb Adderly and Willie Wood among the back 7.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My complete distaste for Mr. Sapp is already well- established.

  • I've got one last piece, which may have made the rounds already, but worth a glance if it hasn't...and yeah, I know it's Mullins, etc....but his quick hit on Jeffery's progression is good...

  • Not very happy:

    Peppers hurt
    Washington hurt
    Bennett hurt
    Wootton hurt
    Williams hurt
    Bushrod hurt
    Scott hurt
    Ellis retired
    McBride hurt
    Anderson hurt

    What the fuck man.

  • list looks the same for everyone right now maings.

    If the list still looks like that come the second half, then you can worry... actually, with that list you'll prolly be able to kiss the playoffs adios.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh No!!! Kelvin Hayden is injured. what ever will we do.

    I'll take that one... not give up first downs and tds?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    speaking of...

    he was the one who got burned for that TD, and then had the BU kick his ass. smh

  • Yikes

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i'm sure alot of them are little tweaks but as we all know, little tweaks always linger and cause problems later. Ain't nobody got time fo that.

  • At least it's not all coming down with week of Sept 8th.

  • J'Marcus .... feeling fine ....

  • everyone say goodbye to the dirty sanchez!

    he was a somewhat equally bad matt lienart.

    sad, really.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    this might help:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, he gone!

    Then Geno will shit the bed. Sucks to be a Jets fan. Sucks to be from Jersey in general.

  • Earl Bennett with concussion

  • fuck man. second one isn't it? damn man

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yup got one against seattle last year

  • damn it.

    (ps., that chick is SO jersey showah. gross)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you. are. crazy.

  • really? you like that look?

    I didn't say she's unattractive, she has really pretty eyes. I just can't get past the orangeish face and 6 lbs of cover on her face (or whatever that base stuff is called)

    She obviously has a nice rig.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm an equal opportunity employer. I don't mind the glam look once in a while. I also love the jeans tee shirt and pony tail look as well.

  • Biggsy says Anderson is ahead of Tolliver at WR so far. Sorry Irish.

  • Anderson is not competing with 6'5 Tolliver. Weems and Earl are his fight.

  • I spoke directly to Biggs Irish, they are indeed fighting for the same roster spot.

  • damn, how'd you do that... did you offer him 2 free Italian beefs if he'd meet you for a download at portillos?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    handjob using bacon grease

  • +1, wow. lol

  • Did he try to eat your face?
    (Silently prays for another slight concussion for Earl or Weems, a really small one)

  • Ooops. Earl got concussed, for real? I'd still need it explained how a guys who's 6'5 would be competing with small guys for a spot.
    Either way, sadly, it appears Earl just became a liability that we don't need to entertain.

  • why is chris so angry?


    This POS is saying the tax payers of SD need to pay for his legal bills because he wasn't trained properly.

    This dude is a sack of shit.

  • Snict!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "try being a mutant jew... nobody hates me more than myself"

    Even though I DETEST woody allen... little douche.. that was pretty damn funny. nice find GP (I won't even ask where the hell you came across that)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha...and you thought Seinfeld stereotyped Jews!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good line.

  • ugh, this is why it's hard to get good centers in FA. Mack, the C for the Browns and on his contract year, WANTS to stay in Cleveland!? WHY?

    Come on over to Bear country next season, Mack.

  • I wonder if Bears management has to look at Bennett and consider cutting him. This concussion thing is a problem. He's been injury prone with only real flashes of being a consistent threat.

    I think the test is: would another team sign him if we dumped him. The Lack Test. And, in this case, I don't think anyone would take a chance on him given this last injury.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that would suck. He is a true talent. A brain is a brain though.

  • Yeah, its a fucking shame. Has he actually been diagnosed with a concussion, or is it still a "possible" concussion?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    since they don't have to tell anyone anything at this point in the season no one will know.
    Just like they never came out and actually said what was wrong with Wooton's hip.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Was thinking the same. Not too mention his contract.

    Earl just seems like one of those guys who's always injured. What good is chemistry or great hands from the sidelines?

    I don't think Bennett gets released/traded this season namely because of Cutler (I think teams like the Eagles, 9ers, even the Texans or Pats would trade for a solid WR).

    But with Anderson, Tolliver, and Wilson nipping for WR spots, it'll be interesting.

    Besides, if he's going to be out for a few weeks, better now the later.

  • Absolutely, no room for deadwood this year. Too many guys with a shot at receiver. Earl could return or play ST though, and he's been around ... surprised if they let him go or traded him. He'd be worth trading all right, somebody would want Earl.

    Go with that. Earl gets traded. Beast, BabyB, Shabba, Weems, Anderson and Tolliver. Three big guys, one that can play slot or outside, two small guys that play slot. Wilson to the PS.

    Brandon is going to need plenty of rotation with that hip.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He would clear the waivers but someone would sign him.

    Hell, Austin Collie got a job with the 49ers.

  • ha. Randomly came across this

    "• Word inside Jaguars’ camp is that ORT Eben Britton is finally ready to put it all together this season. After a promising rookie campaign in 2009, Britton has lost most of the past two seasons to shoulder and back injuries. But we hear Britton appears to have turned a corner and “big things are in store” for the former second-rounder. This would be music to the ears of QB Blaine Gabbert, who did not receive adequate protection from swing tackle Guy Whimper last season."

    July 16 2012.

    Guess not. Hopefully, he does a little better with us, esp if Bushrod is out longer than expected.

  • "
    Players were introduced and ran out onto the field for the start of practice, and when the announcer got to the defensive backs, he called their names one by one just like he had done with the coaches and every other position.

    “Kelvin Hayden,” the announcer said. But no one came onto the field for several seconds. The announcer followed with “Sherrick McManis.”

    Still, nobody emerged.

    Several seconds later, all of the team’s defensive backs came out onto the field at the same time.

    Throughout training camp, the team’s defensive backs have shown more unity than most of the position groups. The group put that on display just a day before, when Hayden became involved in a scuffle with tight end Martellus Bennett that eventually involved almost every member of the secondary. "

    I wonder it's because this is the only unit that returns in tact Conte/Wright/Peanut/Jennings/Hayden AND Hoke.

    This is good, I suppose. I think our receiver unit is going to mesh soon too, especially with the Orange Dinasaur and Beast, and hopefully our LB and Oline sooner rather than later.

  • I heard Conte laid out Weems at family night. Weems looked out cold, then got up when the trainers came and got him and looked like he was going fight the trainer. Embarrassed perhaps.

    It's a rough league.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Indeed. And I'm sure Weems is fighting like hell to stay on the roster. Any attention from the trainers on the field would be unwelcome in his position. It must suck to be one of the guys on the bubble. Hope he sticks. I like watching him jack dudes up on specials. He's fiery as hell.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Okay. Weems .... or Bear Megatron? Premise: Earl and Anderson both make the roster.

  • No way Earl gets cut. Weems or Anderson? I'll take Anderson. More upside. We already know what Weems is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Didn't Conte also concuss Earl?

    I guess he's taking the mantle from Steltz.

    See, MB, white safeties are dangerous, just for their own teammates!

    Conte actually pulled up a few times last year because of the new bs rules. He's a little feistier than I thought.

  • fucking lol, just noticed JWebb quit twitter. He must have got his ass lit up at the film session after family night.

    "jmarcuswebb J'Marcus Webb
    I'm going dark. I won't be on for awhile. I need to prioritize, change up some things and make better choices. Peace.
    about 9 hours ago

  • Going twitter dark - I told you the light went on (or off) for that dude. Who said getting busted for weed and getting demoted never benefited anyone? Being on his contract year and seeing Carimi get unceremoniously dumped I'm sure helped too.

    I just have a feeling WebbNation will finally become a pro this year. Maybe Jay won't have to slap him around this year.

  • If Webb plays like a decent pro this year ... wait ... a group of pigs have been spotted entering O'Hare and are moving towards the gates apparently fully-ticketed and carrying no luggage.

  • if light had gone on for him wouldn't he have went dark weeks ago? months ago?

  • Actually J'Marcus, the time for that was about three years ago. That will be all.

  • Rur-roh

    "The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports LT Bryan Bulaga suffered a knee injury in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, and the Packers are "fearing the worst."
    The injury initially seemed minor, until Bulaga approached medical staff reporting a "problem" with one of his knees. After exams, the Packers reportedly have "concern that the injury was a torn ligament and would turn out to be season-ending." Should Bulaga's injury prove as severe as feared, Green Bay's first option would likely involve turning back to Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse started the past two years on Aaron Rodgers' blindside, but consistently struggled and was benched this offseason in favor of Bulaga."

    - Rotoworld

    Rodgers was already running for his life. They were really hoping Bulaga would step up and solidify that blindside. This is a HUGE loss for their already questionable Oline.

  • Bulaga is a local kid so I kind of feel bad for him but...


  • That's just terrible. Really bad news. Hope that kid pulls through. Gee, that's awful.

    Et cetera et cetera ....

  • I was reading a capsule on the Cardinals, and I am sure glad that we picked Forte over Mendenhall. Not that it was a popular choice on this blog.

    And I'm thinking we'll be even more glad after this year.

  • Rant of the day.

    I open nationalfootballpost this morning and I say the top article "The NFC returns to dominance; only the Broncos can contend with NFC heavyweights." This is not a rant about the love Peyton Manning gets - he's a special QB even if the Broncos love is a bit silly.

    This is a rant about all the NFC love. Didn't we just see the Ravens, (an AFC team) win the Superbowl? Didn't we see the Patriots, one of the game's great dynasties, lose a competitive championship game the year before?

    True, the worst of the league (Dolphins, Chiefs, Browns, Raiders) are AFC teams, but they've got at least one competitive team in every division. The Broncos, Bengals, Texans, Patriots, and Ravens all look solid - nobody would be "shocked" to see any of those teams win the Superbowl. The Steelers are theoretically rebuilding, but they seem to field a competitive group every year.

    Meanwhile San Francisco, Seattle and Green Bay are all struggling to get a healthy group of recievers. Atlanta and New Orleans still haven't shown they can field a real defense. And there are a bunch of good teams (including the Bears) that could challenge, but are all still trying put it together consistently in on offense.

    The point? Any given Sunday still reigns supreme. I'd probably bet on an NFC SB champ this year, but I wouldn't give long odds. Are you really dominant if you can't get 3 to 1?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I agree. This is all option the latest fad: the read option, and the fact the Seahawks and Niners run it as well as anybody. Because they have the QBs for it.

    Mully and Handley talked about how read option will be a fad. What will happen is that teams will load up with guys who are really strong safeties and put them at OLB. Then, when the QB runs - you run him down and you POUND him. Late hit him if he slides. Make him PAY.

    That will put a stop to the RO. I predict Kumar and Kap to get hurt this year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agreed, if they ran the read option in the 70's, 80's, 90's and very early 2000's a quarterback would have been decapitated on the field. Someone will put Kap, Kumar or RG3 down for the count.

    If Trestman is dumb enough to make Jay do it someone will spear his head.

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