55 Ruminations/Predictions for the 2013 NFL Season

55 Ruminations/Predictions for the 2013 NFL Season

I do it every year and have been 50% or better on predictions each year I've done em. This year I mix and match prediction with ruminations. Every team gets at least one mention with an overwhelming emphasis on your 2013 Chicago Bears.

  1. I think the Bears win the NFC North.
  2. Without Nicks and Cruz healthy I don't see the Giants as more than an 8-8 team. And Nicks and Cruz are never healthy at the same time. Also, I think it's odd that Victor Cruz signed a lucrative contract extension and a week later: "I think the No. 1 wideout is Hakeem Nicks,” Cruz said. "I mean, he's been here longer, he understands this offense. He's our big-play guy, he's on the outside. So I definitely think he's our No. 1 receiver, there's no doubt about it." To use the Andrew Brandt approach, translation: Yeah I'm rich but don't expect too much.
  3. Second point on the Giants. What's their aversion to having talented linebackers? In the late 80s/early 90s the Giants had Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks and Harry Carson playing LB and now they have Mark Herzlich, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams...etc.?
  4. Enough on the Giants, Jeff! Okay.
  5. Cowboys have an offensive head coach (Jason Garret) whose been stripped of his play-calling duties (in favor of Bill Callahan) and has a legendary defensive coordinator (Monte Kiffin) put in place. Find me any time in the history of football where this kind of setup worked.
  6. I'm rooting against Chip Kelly because I just don't like him. I think these college coaches who cheat the system, leave their programs to be ravaged by the NCAA and flee to the NFL are one of the lowest life forms in the sporting universe. And his quarterback is a dog killer. And his team plays in Philadelphia. Has there been a team in recent memory this easy to root against? 4th place in the NFC East.
  7. If Robert Griffin III plays 12+ games in 2013 the Redskins win the division. If he plays fewer it's a crap shoot.
  8. I think Matt Forte will eclipse 1,750 yards total from scrimmage this year. If he gets to 2,000 he will be a top two or three candidate for MVP.
  9. The Bears need eighteen sacks out of Shea McClellin, Corey Wootton and Henry Melton. I say they get it.
  10. Norv Turner is probably the modern era's finest offensive coordinator but I'm not buying the preseason Brandon Weeden hype.
  11. I think Jarvis Jones is going to be one hell of a Steelers linebacker.
  12. When Joe Flacco drops back to pass and Torrey Smith is covered downfield...where is he throwing the ball? Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin are the reasons Joe is much, much richer these days. I don't see the replacements on that roster.
  13. There is no more important in the whole of the NFL than Andy Dalton. You think that's an exaggeration? It's not. The Bengals lineup is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. If Dalton plays well they are title contenders. If he struggles, they struggle.
  14. I think Devin Hester finds the end zone three times year.
  15. I think the Bears offense will finish the season ranked 14th in the NFL.
  16. I think Jay Cutler will throw more than 30 TDs and less than 15 INTs.
  17. How does the Detroit Lions buzz start each year? Do all of the national writers look at their roster, see the talented guys and declare them ready for the postseason at once? Where are they better in 2013 than they were in 2012? Reggie Bush? That just isn't enough for me.
  18. I think Matt Cassel starts more games than Christian Ponder at QB for the Minnesota Vikings. I don't think injuries will be involved.
  19. The reason Brett Favre never missed a game in all that time: luck. Not toughness. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are every bit as tough as Favre  but you can't out-tough a torn ACL or dislocated neck. And Favre was a big fan of playing poorly whilst injured and blaming the injury after the fact - because he's an asshole. If Aaron Rodgers keeps taking hits the hits will take their toll. And this looks to me like a worse offensive line than he had a year ago.
  20. Brandon Marshall will catch 106 passes.
  21. Matt Forte will catch 67.
  22. Alshon Jeffery will catch 48.
  23. Martellus Bennett will catch 44.
  24. Earl Bennett will catch 38.
  25. The Jaguars play in Jacksonville, Florida. My brother lives there. (This fulfills my obligation to discuss every team.)
  26. From our friend Jim Wyatt at The Tennessean: "Several others are also having an impressive camp, but [Chris] Johnson has been turning heads since the first practice. He’s in good shape, looks explosive and re-energized. Early signs are he’s going to benefit greatly from having Shonn Green around to help shoulder the rushing load." Why do I think the Titans won't be too bad this year?
  27. My prediction for Breakout Player of 2013: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. Reggie Wayne was excellent in 2012 but I think Andrew Luck passes the baton to his new favorite target in 2013. I say 82 catches, over a 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdowns.
  28. It is not easy to be the Houston Texans. They won't play a game that truly matters this season until January. Eventually these Super Bowl or Bust teams either win the fucking thing or implode. It's usually the latter.
  29. Adam Podlesh will cost the Bears in a big spot this year.
  30. Bears will struggle to defend the middle of the field early in the season due to a severe learning curve for Frey and Bostic.
  31. The most important statistic for Jay Cutler this year will be average completion (sans YAC). If he is completing a majority of his passes within the 3-10 yard range he is executing this offense and not taking reckless chances from a collapsing pocket.
  32. There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose their best wide receiver to free agency. There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose their best tight end to another in a long line of debilitating injuries. There are three teams in the AFC East who did not lose one of their most valued weapons because it turns out he's a mass murdering fuckhead. And I didn't even consider picking one of those three teams to win the division. #TomBrady
  33. Peyton Manning with Wes Welker is the most perfect pairing of veteran quarterback/receiver since Randy Moss signed to catch balls from Tom Brady.
  34. Why I like the Chiefs this year: (1) They've erased their two most significant issues by replacing the head coach and quarterback. (2) They have four games against the Raiders and Chargers.
  35. How long ago was it Phil Rivers was being discussed as one of the best quarterbacks in the sport? Probably back when he had Darren Sproles and Vincent Jackson and good players around him.
  36. I almost feel bad for Terrelle Pryor. He's not good. He's just not Matt Flynn, who is wretched.
  37. Seahawks GM John Schneider has been rightfully lauded for his recent drafts but this is the same man who traded for and paid Flynn millions based on one game. NFL personnel decisions are 8% analysis, 92% luck. Seahawks should have paid for that decision for years but instead the whole league - including them - passed on Russell Wilson twice.
  38. San Francisco is just good everywhere. If they are not in the postseason they've been ravaged by injuries.
  39. When is the last time Larry Fitzgerald had a professional quarterback throwing him passes? Expect one of those eye-opening statistical performances from him in 2013. I think this year's Carson Palmer-to-Fitz targets will make last year's Cutler-to-Marshall targets look puny.
  40. Has anybody mentioned the name Tavon Austin this preseason? No. The reason is simple: Jeff Fisher is too smart a coach to risk a potentially game-changing superstar for the sake of what naive fans call "reps". I hear it all the time on Twitter. THIS GUY NEEDS REPS! THIS GUY NEEDS REPS! You know which players need reps? Fringe ones.
  41. The biggest surprise on the Bears defense this year will be the emergence of Chris Conte as one of the game's best safeties.
  42. Robbie Gould will not miss a field goal of less than 45 yards all season.
  43. Bears will no longer be futile on third-and-one because they'll hand the ball to Michael Bush and tell him to follow #75.
  44. I was watching a Broncos preseason game and after Peyton Manning had been pulled from a game, he kept his helmet on. When a trainer came by and take it from him Peyton pointed to his ear. He was listening to the play calls in his helmet and watching the execution. This is what Cam Newton was doing when he was pulled from a recent Panthers exhibition: GOOFING AROUND. Does it mean Newton is not good? Of course not. But Thomas Davis - a linebacker and leader - reportedly brought it to his attention. The knock on Newton is maturity. And he doesn't seem to have matured.
  45. I'm already bored by the 10+ win Falcons.
  46. Why I like the Bucs this year: (1) Darrelle Revis - healthy - takes away Julio Jones, Steve Smith and Marques Colston. He c an seriously debilitate some explosive passing games. (2) Josh Freeman showed flashes of brilliance in 2012. Another year in Mike Sullivan's offense will do him wonders. (3) I like them to take three out of four from the AFC East. Split the division and they are 6-4 while drawing Philadelphia and Detroit based on 2012 finish. (4) I'm willing to overlook the influence of Dave Wannstedt.
  47. I make playoff predictions and try to throw a few curve balls into the mix. Anybody can pick the favorites. I like to mix it up.
  48. AFC Playoffs: Broncos, Texans, Bengals, Patriots, Steelers, Chiefs
  49. NFC Playoffs: 49ers, Falcons, Bears, Redskins, Seahawks, Bucs
  50. AFC Wildcard Round : Bengals over Chiefs, Steelers over Patriots
  51. NFC Wildcard Round: Bears over Bucs, Redskins over Seahawks
  52. AFC Division Round: Broncos over Steelers, Bengals over Texans
  53. NFC Division Round: 49ers over Redskins, Bears over Falcons
  54. Championship Games: Broncos over Bengals, 49ers over Bears
  55. Super Bowl: 49ers over Broncos

Packers fans may send their complaints to NobodyGivesAShit@dabearsblog.com.

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  • first bitches.

    because I can.

  • You munchbag.

  • thanka thanka my good sir.

  • I'll play on number five Jefe, and I'll offer you a certain team from a certain town. Ryan called the Defense and ostensibly McMahon called the offense.

  • 3. gotta root for hierlich man. dude’s a tough SOB and a fighter. Go #58!

    11. agree so far, that dude was EVERYWHERE the other night

    17. traaaaaac.

    25. hahahahaha

    26. meh

    35. rivers is the epitome of a dbag. Dude lived in my ex’s hood. He has like 6 kids… and he’s still a whiny little bitch… and a terrible QB. That sidearm throw makes me think of the way my little girl (4) throws a football right now (yes, of course I’m teaching her how to throw a football. ppshaw!), and I think she has more velocity on her throws.

    36. again, what the fuck happened here!?!?

    38. insane watching that team. even their 2s are fucking good. Jimmy H is a fucking football god. No, seriously. EVERYWHERE he goes success follows. It’s just not an anomaly or luck any more… 4 programs gone from shit to excellence within 2 years of his arrival, I think in stats they call that a trend (BOOM!!!! right doc? right?!)

    41. SMMFHVVVVV… I’ll gladly eat my crow warm, but you’ve GOT to be fucking kidding me dude.

    46. meh

    packer fans… hahahahaha. Eat a stolen bag of TJ dicks packer fans! Your reign of lovie induced terror is over bitches.

    Hey jeff, I know I know, but you really should send your long columns to one of the blog ‘interns’ for a quick proof before sending. Maybe not erik (sorry my man), but I bet 4ever85 would gladly do it.

    Fun column. thanks fo the read.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...got to agree with you about blogfader's 25...

    bbbbwwwwwaaaahhhhhaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree #41 is overstated, but I like Conte's game. It will be interesting to see how he does this season. I'm really hoping he becomes equivalent to...
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/F/FencGa00.htm

    or maybe even...
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/P/PetiRi00.htm

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jazzman77 can edit it, MB.

    Our reasent Shakespearean troll.

  • Predictions:
    12-4 record and playoff bound
    Cutler swimming in piles of money like Scrooge McDuck after season.
    Matt "white shoes" Forte, 2000 combined yds

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    In reply to Waffle:

    Even if they get bounced in the first round?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    anything can happen in the playoffs Mike. If we're 11-5 or 12-4 I think it's safe to say that the O is rolling and the D has performed well. It would be hard at that point to get bounced I'd say.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Forte was easily on pace for 2,000 until he got hurt 2 years ago.

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    Matt Flynn got more out of being a back up in a phenomenal system with great players than any player ever.

    Put Cutler there, or in Baltimore, or New England, or even Detroit or Minnesota and he'd be the elite QB. Put any of the "elite" QB in any of our offenses in the past 4 years and they''d be average. Rodgers in Chicago, without an o-line and with TE's who can't catch and Devin Hester as the #1 receiver... Joe Flacco.... might be out of the league. Eli Manning, Drew Brees, all staring up at the numbers that #6 has put up in this shit storm

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    BigMike...agree..the so called elite QB of Patriots looks pretty mediocre with no one to throw too....So tired of the sheite that Cutty gets blamed on since he's been here....sheesh...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I'm not a Cutler hater but he's earned a lot of the criticism with some terrible play. He's started numerous games with 1-12, 2-11, etc. Plenty of poor decisions and stubborn to a fault. He gets blamed for way more things than he should but he's far from blameless. Having said all that, with a decent OL (fingers crossed), much better receivers and an honest to god professional offensive system and play-caller, I look for a great year from him.

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    In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's just crap CanadaBear.. He's had nobody open, and nobody blocking, and a playbook that was pee wee league quality. 7 step drops, 90/10 Passing to Rushing ratio, don't even know what Tice was doing. Learning on the job? The starts to games are scripted. Our scripts sucked. Throw in the obligatory screen, bubble pass to Hester once in the first few plays and no wonder he started 1-12 etc.
    I hate the excuses, but every time I watched a decent offense in a non-Bears game it seemed like they were cheating. (their guys caught balls, ran routes and their play calling seemed inspired relative to our nonsense).

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Not going to go into a long dissertation over this but those 1-12 starts were due to horrible accuracy. He was overthrowing all of the receivers. Yeah the receivers usually sucked but Wilt Chamberlain couldn't have laid a finger on most of those passes.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    People really do seem to be blind to Cutler's faults.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    If we haven't seen him throw the ball away in the first few weeks of real football, then the penny will never drop for him. He's not a rookie.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    While I 100% agree with everything you said Mike... AND there is NO doubt in my mind that any of the elite QBs in cuttys position would at best be mediocre and worst dead... literally.

    That said, some of what makes him unpredictable and incponsistent actually helped him in our past 'systems' because he was so athletic and physically skilled he just made shit happen on the fly on his own. Something a manning or brady or flacco can't do in a million years.

    That said, once we get a real oline and now that we have true targets he 100% needs to stop some of the bad habits like not throwing the ball away, making poor decisions, making risky throws... and trust in the system and that he doesn't have to always be the only one making shit happen and winning games.

    I will put forth that those things are the big difference makers this year that will either see cutty's departure, or him getting paaaaaaid! I am 1000% pulling for him to make the transition (even slightly) so that there is light at the end of the tunnel and trestman sees it's possible for him to make the full and complete transition over the next 2-3 seasons.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you hear yourself? It's his 8th season and you are still waiting for him to make the "transition".

  • In reply to ChiTownCheesehead:

    Did you not read any of the other posts above mine?

    Put your bugeyes behind our 'line' with our 'receives' with 4 different 'schemes' over the last few years and rodgers would look VERY similar to cutty. Probably a little better, but still similar.

    Let's give him this year to see how he does with a semblance of a line, real wrs and a good scheme... shall we?

    Oh, and btw... why in god's name are you, as a packers fan, on a bears blog?

  • In reply to ChiTownCheesehead:

    What other option do we have? Not-waiting is hard to do.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    MB on the money. He has to grow up as a QB and channel his ability. I 100% believe he can. He's matured quite a bit, I think with what we are building around him, he is going to excel. He's got 5-7 more years where he will be able to compete at a very high level. I think his best football is ahead of him. MVP? Super Bowls. and so on.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Eli Manning is one of the luckiest QBs of all time. 2 rings and he's average at best.

  • It is still funny to see this stuff.
    Is Eli great? No.
    Is he above average? Easily.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    +1

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Eli has proven clutch though.
    Flacco has proven clutch.

    Can we say the same about Cutler?

    Not yet.

    And to be honest, that's always in the back of my mind. As much as we all hate to ponder the proposition, it could be that even IF Cutler has a great Oline, O-cordinator, WRs and weapons, that he can still choke or make horrible decisions in the biggest games.

    I, like most Bears fans, don't want this to be the case because it would mean years of Romo-ish heartbreak or rebuild.

    Stay tuned.

  • Agree totally, Butch. While their skill levels may be less than Jay's, the do win the big games. As you point out, Cutler has yet to do so.

    Obviously, we want Jay to excel. But if he doesn't, we are not necessarily facing a rebuild - just the need of a different QB.

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    Clutch and Lucky are identical twins.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I prefer Seneca:

    "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

    Or

    "Clutch is like charm. You either got it, or you don't." - Butch.

  • Was Eli clutch last year?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Pass rush, he shits the bed. He's a Romo. With a shit-load more luck on his side, granted.

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    In reply to Big Mike:

    Listen I agree that Cutler hasn't had a line but Rodgers O lines over the past two years may have been worse and he still got it done. This year with the injuries that may catch up with him though. I like Cutler but he's not close to Rodgers in talent.

  • In reply to TC421:

    also have to agree here.

    That said rodgers is an IMMENSE dbag. so there's that.

    Need a visual? Want to actually see the difference? Ok, I submit...

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201101/110124.15.jpg

    http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/fp/Kristin+Cavallari+Jay+Cutler+Walk+Flips+Off+kmi-R-Yj88Nl.jpg

    do you see it? right there... see it?

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, what are you talking about? That's Ms Wisconsin.

  • In reply to TC421:

    +a lot.

    All the talk about "nobody could do better with what he had than Cutler" is bullshit.

  • In reply to TC421:

    This year will be a test for Rodgers. In the past, even if his Oline was suspect; he's had one of the best receiving corps in the league. There were years when GB's third WR was better than our first. Now the tables have turned and other than still having a great TE, his WR corps and oline are suspect. For me this will really show how good Rodgers is. All that said, Rodgers has also had one OC, one HC and one playbook his whole tenure, that can not be overlooked. Jay has had what 4 HCs, 5 OCs and 5 playbooks? Quite a difference.

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    In reply to TC421:

    Have you forgotten who Rodgers has to throw to? Or who is calling his plays?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Isn't it widely regarded that GB doesn't have an o-line much like the Bears? Quit trying to tell yourself Cutler is a great quarterback. Talented? Sure. But not great.

  • In reply to ChiTownCheesehead:

    Yes, I would say it is generally acknowledged that the GB oline sucks. Nor has Rodgers had a Matt Forte. Since we're being fair here, one must admit Aaron's receivers have been a lot better overall.

    And yes, Jay is definitely not a great quarterback, at least not yet.

    But we're looking for bigger and better things starting 8 September. My opinion is that if he becomes a "very good" QB it will be enough to get the Bears to the big dance in February.

  • Just checked Matt Flynn's stats. He started 2 games for GB in 4 years. Basically he had 1 good game and parlayed that into a great contract.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I don't think he's had a fair shake. He learned the game watching Aaron rodgers for years like Steve Young learned the game sitting on the bench at BYU behind McMahon. Flynn had 9 dropbacks in the last game and he loses his job? 2 INTs admittedly, but his line sucks.

  • Predictions are like assholes, everyone's got one and they usually stink.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The Dead Kennedys once did a song called "Santa Claus' asshole smells like peppermint schnapps."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bahahahahahahahaha

    That was such a coach post.

    Coach... where art thou coach?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And Ghost ....

  • In reply to Shady:

    that's only because not enough people use baby wipes. why wouldn't you want your asshole to be as clean as possible. WHY?

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://themetapicture.com/heres-what-to-do-with-your-opinion/

    For the Fudge fans.

  • We could be here .. .well ... all week ..... carving this one up and getting into the marrow. NIce one Jefe.

    12. Flacco has Ed Dickson, Dallas Clark, Ray Rice and Berard Pierce also at his disposal.

    13. You could say that about 95% of the teams in the NFL.

    15. Mid-table offense, really Jefe? If it takes off it'll take off bigstyle, although I don't think we'll ahve the depth at WR. Shabba's gone and Tolliver will likely follow, leaving us with precisely one tall guy to back up Alshon and BM. A very green, very skinny Mr. Wilson. Hopefully our run game is so strong that won't mattter too much.

    34. It's not just that they changed their HC it's who they changed it to. Reid will be good for them, Charles will run for more yards than anybody and they have a talented defense. Combined with an easy schedule the Chiefs will be better this year. So will the Titans.

    36. How could ANY quarterback look good behind that Raiders line ?

    41. I'll go with Cornelius Washington as the biggest surprise on defense this year, with Isaiah Frey, who might pick more than anyone - and would obviously benefit from solid production from Mr. Washington. Bowman's got a hammy, Hayden is done, it's all his. Have fun lad.

    55. The Broncos with no Von Miller? Let's have an historical rematch with our beloveds against either the Pats or the Colts. Similar scoreline to '86.

  • Why are you worried about receivers, Irish? After all, Michael Ford is on his way to Canton.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hee hee

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ya never know ....

  • I was reading a short article about the best defenses in the NFL on SI's site. Once I got to Green Bay I had to look at the byline. Needless to say, there won't be a link.

  • Did MB just bust my balls for no reason?

    The season can't start soon enough.

  • He did.

    I say you should get to roshambo him for that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Classic!

  • love you my maingses

  • Tee hee!

  • Matt Flynn, say hello to Elvis Garbac.

  • Dude! It's Grbac. No a. The Michigan man.

    See, I stick up for you and then you prove his point! Come on!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bang! Bang!

    Fucking journalists and their 'creative license'.

    Baaaaaahumbug!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's why I don't post from my phone anymore.

    Sigh.

  • Fuck them phones. Fuck them right in the face.

  • I love how you never mentioned the word Packers. Nice work Jeffy-Poo.

  • I just hand an interesting Reality TV Drama thought. What if Jay Cutler was found to have cheated on Kristin with Trestman's daughter Chloe. Aside from likely wrecking the season, that would make for some more than interesting gossip. Has anything like that ever happened in football or in any other sport?

  • In reply to Shady:

    shhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Does this count?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/nate-webster-former-denve_n_906264.html

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I don't remember Nate Webster, but that is certainly along the same lines. Definitely more fucked up situation because it involved a minor and Webster threatened her and her family. Seems to be more of a rated R movie than a reality show. Jebus.

  • In reply to Shady:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=aaron+hernandez+gang&oq=aaron+her&aqs=chrome.3.0j69i57j5j0j69i60l2.3545j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#fp=6da2069b7a32db09&psj=1&q=aaron+hernandez+&safe=off

    Does that count?

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    No?

  • In reply to Shady:

    It would be all right with me Shady, if you're asking ..... the boy king wants, the boy king gets.

  • Only 55?

  • Cutler has flaws mostly related to overthrows. He has had every disadvantage that a QB can endure for his entire tenure as a Bear. No O-line, No coach, no receivers and 10,000 hits. He'll play up to his potential this year, I believe, and the team will win 12 and may make tit to the SB.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I'm ALWAYS about making tit maingses.

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    In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I sure hope you're right. Looking at the schedule I have a hard time coming up with 6 wins. Maybe I'm being over critical but two rookies on the O line scares me, then again we had veterans on the O line the last couple of seasons that scared me worse so maybe I'm wrong.

  • In reply to TC421:

    Rookies that can play however ..... it's the old guy in the middle that's the liability.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I concur.

  • cover story on si.com today....

    Don Banks article on summer busts. His sub-headline reads, "It's easy to hate on...."

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

    Do I need to write more? Is he fucking kidding with that gar-baage?! Is he a fucking 14 year old girl gossiping about a rival at school?!?!

    What a fucking hack. Mr. Banks, you sir.... are a doggie poo excuse for a real 'journalist'.

  • LOL

  • The Steelers IN? With those guards? Even Pouncy can't block 3 guys.

    Big Ben is already "old" for his age and I think that line will only serve to make him older.

  • Ok, couple AWESOME product placements for you guys:

    So in! Corm... yonny?: http://uncrate.com/stuff/realtree-x-cogburn-cb4-hunting-bike/

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/hangin-with-the-homies-air-fresheners/ - I already bought my 3 pack... bitches!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What, no gin and juice or chronic fragrance?

  • In reply to Shady:

    oh, you'd like the latter wouldn't you. Fiend.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Those airfresheners are a good way to guarantee a ticket when getting pulled over.

    Kinda like these bumperstickers

    http://www.prankplace.com/sites/prankplace/images/big/1423_big.jpg

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1358/2245/1600/BumperSticker01.jpg

    http://greenmonkey.us/files/greenmonkey/cache/7ba639fbc02799d15cb62426d6fbba5e.jpg

    And while on car accessories, can someone tell me the appeal of putting hanging nut sacks on the trailer hitch?

    What makes a grown man do that? How does that thought process go?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSOSJ68xOBA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Some neighhors are saying it's too loud"

    "That's only in the morning. You supposed to be out cooking breakfast or something so really it's like an alarm clock"

    "Whuuut-wooo!"

    Tell you what, if I owned a Fortune 500 company, I'd hire that guy as a salesman.

  • What makes a grown man do that? How does that thought process go?

    They grew up big Accept fans?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3TlrZLpQ0

  • Butch I can't believe you're not a truck nuts kinda guy! Up here in cattle country you see plenty of them. I have resisted the urge!!!!!!!!

    The last bumper sticker actually makes sense. Not sure about California but up here the cops pretty much ignore it unless you're dealing. They will write you a ticket or impound your car for 24 hours if you're driving. If you're really an asshole they'll give you an impaired charge. Weed isn't harmless but it certainly isn't worse than alcohol. If nothing else, no one has ever died from an overdose of weed. I was in Washington 3 weeks ago and it wasn't like the state had turned to anarchy after legalizing it.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You'd be surprised Canada. The world assumes everyone in L.A. drives Priuses powered by sun and seaweed extract, but lots of folks drive trucks. Big fucking trucks. And a lot of those trucks are accessorized by big hanging nuts right at eye level. Not something you want to be staring at for hours in traffic! lol

    In L.A. if you have any weed bumper sticker, that's just like a big, "Pull me over" alarm. The cops aren't about to split hairs over sociopolitical message. They're just gonna see that weed plant and think, "Drug dealer."

    Hell. I got pulled over because I was riding a bike at night with a back-pack! The cops then had the gall to tell me there was "suspicious activity reported" only to later admit, "Yeah, you don't look like a drug dealer."

    No shit Sherlock!

    But I do agree with legalizing it. As a matter of fact, I haven't come across anyone under 40 who is adamant about keeping Cannabis illegal.

  • How about this air freshener?

    http://www.gohasthings.com/frequently-asked-questions-mullet-air-freshener/

    I got one of these for my brother-in-law's Christmas present. I may never find a better gag gift.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I probably shouldn't post this, but I use depleted uranium in my arrows. It makes for a quicker kill if I'm not dead on.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Oh, and it doesn't affect the quality of the meat. Just add a little more garlic and other spices.

  • So, Blanchard reached an injury settlement, and we're now down to 75.

    "The Chicago Bears made their way to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday by reaching an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard, according to a league source.

    Because of the settlement, Blanchard will not be eligible to re-sign with the Bears until after Week 10. This also precludes him from joining the team’s practice squad. Blanchard will be free to sign with another organization after the length of the injury settlement has expired, so even if the Bears want him back down the road, that might be impossible."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-matt-blanchard-20130827,0,5073801.story?track=rss

    Gotta say, Blanchard didn't impress me as much as I thought he would in PS. 0much checking down and too little pocket/down-distance awareness

    HOWEVER, Blanchard did look comfortable running the WCO, and showed surprising mobility.

    I wonder if the Bears settled with him having a gentleman's agreement in place ("We'll pick you up after week 10") to gain an extra roster spot?

  • Perhaps, but that's assuming he'll still be free in 10 weeks. Given some of the guys that keep bouncing around the league at the QB position, I would not be surprised to see someone sign him to some kind of contract.

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    In reply to SC Dave:

    Trestman has seemed to signal that he wants to carry three QB's, does this mean Edwards and Palmer are fighting for a roster spot or will he go with today's norm and just go with two?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That article reported that last year Blanchard turned down overtures from the Fins and Cowboys, so maybe they'll revisit Blanchard come week 10.

    However, Blanchard would be smart to re-sign with the Bears.

    We really don't have a #2QB, and the Cowboys just re-signed Romo to a megadeal which guarantees he'll start there for years to come (and Orton is the #2 I think). The Fin's have Tannenhill for the foreseeable future. And almost every other team has a prospect #2 they're grooming (like Bucs with Glennon).

    Coincidentally, the Pack don't (unless Vince Young is taken seriously).

    Blanchard should also consider that Cutler is in his contract year and has a few concussions.

    If I were Blanchard, I would seriously re-sign with the Bears. He'll most certainly take over #2 spot, learn from a QB guru, and maybe even get a chance to start a game or two down the line and become "trade bait."

  • just to get the "haters" going...a man crush lovefest:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/9581430/bears-qb-jay-cutler-perfect-match-chicago-espn-magazine

  • Mully was discussing "should McCown even be on the team?" - discussing the possible surprise move of going with Edwards AND Palmer as 2 and 3.

    That would be gutty.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    it's always gutty to piss off cutty.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Didn't Trestman label McCown a "glue guy"? Maybe he meant old expired glue that no longer sticks.

    http://youtu.be/7WAwuSK36Gw

  • Brad Palmer - the Professor - as Tim Weigel deemed him - has been away from the Bears for a few years now. He's retired.

    And while we often bitch and moan or make fun of the MSM on this blog, Palmer was old school. He was a ball busting reporter - he didn't care if he pissed off the Bears.

    After Chris Hutchinson stunk the place up, there was this:

    After the visiting Texans drubbed the Bears 24-5, several players called it an embarrassing performance. But Hutchinson held his ground.

    Palmer asked him: "How would you sum up this game? It had to be disappointing, but more than disappointing. Can you pick another word?"

    Hutchinson replied: "You tell me."

    Palmer: "Embarrassing?"

    Hutchinson: "I'm not going to use that. Why would I be embarrassed?"

    Palmer: "Well, the whole team should be."

    Hutchinson: "Why?"

    Palmer: "You played the No. 30 defense out there . . . "

    Hutchinson: "We prepared to be successful. . . . So, no, we're not embarrassed."

    Seconds later Hutchinson walked off the podium, glaring at Palmer and muttering something.

    "I didn't even know he was staring me down," Palmer said.

    Everybody is cowered now, a bunch of Joniak softballs is all Trestman will get if the Bears stumble out of the gate. While asswipes like Mariotti and Lincicome gave the Chicago media a bad rap, and the guys on AM radio made it worse, there were a handful of tv guys who didn't give the Bears a pass when they were shit. And that was a good thing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    + a bunch...nice piece gp

  • forgot to tell you about this...

    so every tuesday a local watering hole has 'taco tuesdays'. It's packed. The place overlooks the del mar race track. Good joint.

    Anyway, I went last week with a few friends for some food. A buddy of mine and me are walking outside to, ummm, see what's going on and we run into none other than http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mariucci

    My buddy, a fantasy guy, got all giddy and shook his hand with a big slap on the back, "Moooch!"

    I came next, and although I knew who it was... I couldn't give a smaller fuck if I was a midget about 'stars'. He looked at me with a big self-approving smile and stood like he was ready to shake my hand. I just walked by and gave him a quick headnod 'whatsup'.

    Wasn't being a dick, just don't really give a rat's ass about him over some stranger... and I don't go around shaking stranger's hands do I?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    now, when I ran into denny greene a few years back, I did shake his hand and gave him a big 'pleasure to meet you coach'.

    I didn't do what I wanted which was to tell him to crown their ass!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't go around shaking stranger's hands do I?

    Do you shake other parts of strangers?

    Good job on Mooch. He tried to poach that Chargers job after Turner got the boot. He's been associated with everything from Michigan State to USC, he's basically shilling for a job anywhere - the whore.

    That he was Matt Millen's BEST hire, is like saying the turd I floated this morning was my best POS.

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    I think you should fire your proofreader.

  • Just want to pop on and let everyone know of a great offer.

    Go to Amazon (fast! dunno how much longer the offer is supposed to last) and buy the new Madden NFL--get the "Anniversary Edition."

    $99 and it gets you NFL Sunday Ticket for free in addition to the game.

    I don't have a gaming system, but $99 for NFL Sunday Ticket on my computer means no more cruising for shady pirated feeds on Sundays this season. And I have a ready-made birthday present for my godson, who lives in Chicagoland and doesn't need Sunday Ticket to watch our beloved Bears.

    In other news, I'm fucking excited about this season. The offense is gonna be so much more fun to watch now. I mean, it's an actual offense.

  • http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF7KVGE/ref=ox_ya_os_product

    is the link to the game.

  • +1 Good find.

    Anyone who doesn't have a system can always take it to a Gamestop (Or a local video game shop for better) and trade it in... you could probably get $30 back for it. Sunday Ticket for $70? Not bad.

  • Wow. That cheap shot cost Louis some major mula. I wonder how injured he is? He was great at pulling, and wouldn't mind him back at all (if healthy).

    "Dolphins released OG Lance Louis.

    27-year-old Louis was slow to recover from his 2012 ACL tear, falling behind undrafted rookie Josh Samuda at one point in the battle to start at right guard. Another gem from Jeff Ireland's desperation offseason spending spree, Louis cost the Dolphins $125,000 without even playing in a single game. "

    - Rotoworld

  • He couldn't beat out a URFA.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm wondering how much of that was so that the Fins wouldn't have to pay the $1.6M owed to Louis if he made the roster.

    Still, if Louis' knee is shot, that's a shame.

    If I were Louis I would Tanya Harding Mullett if I saw him on the street.

  • Ok so has anyone done the Madden 25th Aniv Sunday Ticket thing? I just ordered one for the PS3 and it says it includes a code to get Sunday Ticket. Who do you call with said code? How many devices can I set up with said code? Etc etc

  • Ha! just read up above after the page reloaded so looks like others have ordered it but has anyone activated it yet?

  • I called DTV and they were utterly clueless. I'm wondering how much of a hassle this is going to be.

  • I guess Waffle is writing for ESPN now:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/9581430/bears-qb-jay-cutler-perfect-match-chicago-espn-magazine

  • Sac - you're gonna fuck yourself with a telephone pole sized unit.

    Look at the offer:

    Exclusive to Amazon, the Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition combines all the innovation and authenticity of Madden NFL 25, a 17 week Madden Ultimate Team pack subscription, and exclusive offers for DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket. Each Anniversary Edition includes a special code for eligible gamers giving them the opportunity to unlock a special, 2013 regular season (17 weeks) trial of NFL Sunday Ticket on computer, tablet, and mobile devices. For fans who are able to receive DirecTV service, a special promo code will be included entitling them to an exclusive promotion, including $10 off per month for their first year of service, and one year of NFL Sunday Ticket Max at no additional charge.

    Fine print guys. You need DTV to do this.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Gp.. I was about to explain all of that..then I was like, nah. That's exactly why I didn't buy. That and I work at Best Buy.

  • The NFL Network app on the iPad let you stream ANY pre-season game this pre-season for $21.

    The NFL is inching towards the final goal - they just aren't ready to fuck Hughes over yet. Not yet. They could, they are building the instrument of satellite's death, i.e. streaming media farms in the cloud - they just aren't ready to go to war.

    To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in calm and confident array:—this is the art of studying circumstances. - Sun Tsu

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh jeesh "Each Anniversary Edition includes a special code for eligible gamers giving them the opportunity to unlock a special, 2013 regular season (17 weeks) trial of NFL Sunday Ticket on computer, tablet, and mobile devices." Basically if you tell them you cant get DTV (ie I live in a condo etc) you can get it streaming.
    Guess I'll let you both know when I get the game in 2 days.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That didn't do the Chinese any good during WW 2 now did it? The Japs raped and pillaged at will.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or you can stream games from any of a number of pirate tv sites on your ipad absolutely free ... I hear. If you have a pc you might even connect it to your tv, possibly ...... if you were a criminal .. or ... y'know ... .whatever ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No, you don't need DTV. From the FAQ:

    Do I need a DirecTV subscription to access NFL Sunday Ticket?
    No, it's not necessary to have a DirecTV subscription. Each Anniversary Edition includes a code that can be redeemed to access the full 2013 regular season (17 weeks) of NFL Sunday Ticket on computer, tablet, and mobile devices.

    So as long as you're OK watching on your computer/tablet/phone, you don't need to sign up for DTV or lie and say you can't get it. Just stream it online.

    I have a computer hooked up to my 55" TV. I'm set.

  • Okay, I haven't been around much, but here are a few thoughts I'd rather write about than do my work.

    1. The Bears defense will still be better than the offense this year, but not as good as the first half of last season.
    2. The Bears offense will finish around 14th in the league. But improvements on the O-line will make for optimistic projections for 2014.
    3. Special teams will take a step back. Hester and Podlesh will both face competition at the end of the season. Gould will be solid, but will find himself struggling to command top dollar on a new deal.
    4. Cutler's contract talks will be the most annoying story of next off-season no matter what our record is. If we do well, he will be like Forte - holding out till the last minute before signing a modest deal that many call a "market correction." If we do poorly, he will be the hottest free agent on the market since Mario Williams.
    5. This is probably the last season as a Bear for DJ Williams, Earl Bennett and Julius Peppers.
    6. Black Unicorn will have a great season, but we will still be in the market for a second tight end after the season ends.
    7. McCown will play this season, it will not be as bad as people fear, but he'll still be a liability.
    8. Melton will have an above average season, but won't put up blockbuster numbers to command a huge deal.
    9. DJ Williams will come back to earth, and therefore be lost in free agency.
    10. As Jeff said, Conte and Major will be a solid pair of safeties. Unless we get the best safety in the draft one year, they will be the starters for the next three years.
    11. Bears will lose to the Bengals in week 1. And they will go into Washington as a 3-3 team before the bye. They'll finish the season above .500, but will need to beat Green Bay in week 17 to make the playoffs.
    12. None of the quarterbacks drafter this year will ever be a long term starter. Matt Barkley will be the best of the bunch, and that's not saying much.
    13. A lot of people think Philip River will rival Cutler for the top free agent spot, but he will probably stay in San Diego. The smart move there is to trade him or cut him to try and stimulate fan interest in a market that should be better. But the Chargers will be afraid to let a genuine starter go without an heir in place.
    14. Adrian Peterson will run between 1200 and 1700 yards, and will not lead the league in rushing.
    15. Jim Shwartz will not last the season in Detroit.
    16. Rex Ryan will last the season in New York, but he won't coach there next year.
    17. I am so happy we didn't pick Reggie McKenzie (my first idea) to be our GM. He'll be in Oakland for a couple more years, but they won't be happy years.
    18. The press will talk about nothing but the read option ahead of Green Bay playing San Francisco in week 1. Kap will win the game almost exclusively as a pocket passer.
    19. Green Bay's defense will lose them games again this year. If they make it past Chicago, they don't win a game in the playoffs.
    20. The Bengals will be like the Texans. Really solid team with a decent enough QB, but not quite explosive enough to win it all. They will either need a best in the league defense or else improved QB play to win the big dance.
    21. Gronk returns by mid-season and everybody forgets that the Patriots weren't supposed to be superbowl contenders this year.
    22. Worst record this season will be Oakland at 2 wins. Worst NFC record will be Jacksonville. That means Clowney could fall to #3 overall after the first two take quarterbacks.
    23. Atlanta, New Orleans, San Fran and Seattle will all make the playoffs at 11+ wins. This will greatly dissapoint fans of Tampa Bay, St Louis and Arizona, all of which will be 7-9 or better. Carolina will also be frustrated, but they might only win 5 or 6.
    24. Whoever wins the NFC East (Dallas is the sleeper) will lose in the first round of the playoffs.
    25. Peyton Manning will be fine, but the Broncos' defense will determine whether they do anything in the playoffs or just turn into a repeat of last decades' Colts.
    26. I would love to see Luck v. Manning in the AFC championship - it could happen. Brady v. Manning could also happen. It would be fun to watch them play Baltimore, Indy and New England en route to a Superbowl.
    27. DBB will still be a Chicagonow site in February.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    28. NBIT will join Shady's Auction League of Glory.
    29. Butch will repeat regardless.

    bwhahaha!

    Lot's of good points NB, like usual.

    Few points.

    - If Bears finish 14ish in offense, I'd be thrilled. The Ravens finished 16th in total offense. They finally switched O-cordinators late in the season, and gained that elusive "momentum" going into the playoffs. That's something the Bears gotta do.

    - Bears matchup well against the Bengals. Football is a lot like boxing - it's about matchups more than previous record. Peanut against Greene. Our pass rush against their Oline. Our newly improved Oline vs their pass rush. The wildcard is Cutler. I think we win that game by a score.

    - Agree that whoever wins the NFC E will get booted from the first round of the playoffs, much like the Pack.

    - It's going to be a very interesting year for QBs. Many QBs are in a "prove it year". Cutler, Rivers, Freeman, Bradford, Vick, Sanchez (that's not mentioning other more dubious starters like Pryor, Gabbert or Ponder) one or more of these guys is going to go from franchise QB to traveling backup. 2014 will see a lot of QB change.

  • My Bengals prediction is based on three factors:

    1) They're a good team.
    2) We have a rookie head coach, which statistically makes for a slow start.
    3) We have a very young offensive line, which also statistically makes for a slow start.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    But for the first time in yeaaaaars, we have a nasty offensive line.
    I'm wholly on the Long bandwagon right now.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Mike, the only thing nasty about Garza is kneecap-related. The Cincy game tells us a lot in week one, specifically about Garza.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Only two spots left in Shady's Auction League of Glory.

    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/tools/join?leagueId=768725
    Password: pathtothedraft

  • In reply to Shady:

    I joined. Have a few suggestions about scoring that will keep the league wacky.

    But...

    Shady's auction is on Rosh Hashana. I'm out if we keep the draft then.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    See, Shady, even the Hebrew GOD himself has dictated to move the draft from the wholly/unholy weird NFL Kickoff date.

    So let it be written, so let it be done.

    I still nominate next tues. I think Michael (DYL?) said he can't make the current date either.

    Eh. Whatever floats the boats.

  • Well played. Unfortunately the draft date if written in stone, unless you know of a way to change it. I've tried but no luck.

  • In reply to Shady:

    ah, yes. The drawback to those sorts of leagues.

    That's why I wanted commish powers, to be able to change the draft date and the such (But the drawback is getting emails).

    Maybe make another Shady League of Glory with a Tues/Mon draft?

    You can leave this current one open until we transfer to the other one, and if it doesn't get filled up, just ride with the original and kickoff draft date.

    However, I'm pretty sure games get frozen, so whoever drafts Peyton Manning might not be able to start him in week one because of the Thurs game.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Also, written in stone...I see what you did there...

  • I should be good all that week, assuming it doesn't start too late as I'll be up early for work.

  • Yeah, I will hopefully try to make it. Hopefully the redneck dive bar I find in west Texas has wifi, or at least 3G/4G. If not, the cyberspace minions will probably draft me Curtis Enis for $100

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Gawd I hope 27 is wrong!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I hear the Jags have an offense now.

    I also fear the Bengals in all 3 phases.

    23. New Orleans apparently have a D now, so maybe they make it along with SF and SEA with a certain team going along for the ride. With Slauson at center.

  • Just got back from a major "home" building supply joint. What in theee (watch it Trac) was wrong with those people. I browsed the isles looking for a 9/16 impact wrench socket to no avail for about 20 mins. After much frustration, I walked half a mile before I finally found 6 female employee's all mulling around at the opposite end of the store and not a one of them knew what an impact wrench socket was. So I said, what's wrong with this place? Why don't you have any men working here that know what the heck an impact wrench socket is instead of a bunch of women that don't have a clue? Is there a manager here that might know? So one of the girls walks over to the lumber dept. and comes back with some dude that looks like he still lives with his mother and he could'nt tell me either and leads me to a regular socket hanging on a wall. So I says to him, don't you know what an impact socket is, they are normally black? And he says, I think I remember seeing some but we rearranged the store and I don't know where they've been moved to. So I left without my socket and had to drive down the road to Lowe's. Krikey, whats a guy to do! .

    What is this country coming to? We're doomed I say, doomed.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    What does this have to do with Rodgers being dead? Because he's fucking dead Trac.

    Dead.

    I luckily live in the part of the south side where you don't need an machine gun to survive but what makes it truly awesome is the fact that Mt. Greenwood Hardware is right down the street. It's a tiny shop with every fucking tool ever and the guys that know how to use them. It's glorious to see gearheads and do it yourself warriors of all colors and creeds talking shop on a saturday afternoon.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Actually, Johnny, that does sound nice.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Here you go Traco

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjm4VLfG_g

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh Broduh! No wonder they lost the war.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Lesson? Go to Lowe's in the first place.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Lesson! Don't hire butch chicks to do a mans job.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    That too

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah the best hardware stores are the little ones down the road. East Sac Harware and the little Ace in midtown have some great old codgers working in there.

  • Agreed. Support the mom and pop stores - the lack of service in super stores is our fault. We chose this.

  • My niece:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odzO6KmX8Ok

    Bye Jill. Meet you on the other side.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuq7RYQ8Wa0

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ditto, GP. Condolences.

    Much too young.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's never easy to lose a loved one. Cherish the ones we love while we can. I hope you and yours have comfort through this difficult time GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So sorry, GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lovely girl GP. My heart breaks for you and your family.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Damn, GP, my sincerest condolences.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Very sorry for your loss gp! Beautiful tribute to her life on youtube!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Please accept my most heartfelt condolences GP.

    "The Seed in your heart shall blossom ..."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...brother I'm so sorry...but think of the bright light she is that lights the dark horizon from now on....blessing's

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Really sorry to see this GP. Way too young. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm sad for what your family is going through right now GP. The only thing I can do is say that I'm sorry for the loss of Jill. She looked like a great gal. RIP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    :(

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That sucks, Gp, I'm sorry for your loss.

  • I'm sorry to hear this news about your niece gp. Condolences to you and your family.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Thanks all.

  • For Murph. I mentioned a few months back that Meyer had to be dirty to allow this thug to continue on in Florida's program. More is going to come out. Watch.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/27/report-hernandez-was-on-short-leash-before-arrest/

  • 15 and 16.

    If Cutty goes better than 30 and 15 the Bears offense will be considerably better than 14th in the league.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I agree - I think Jeff was aiming a tad low with that ranking.

  • I don't know if you heard yet - they interviewed BMarsh. He said he's not 100% healthy and then he started to get emotional, started to jump the tracks a little and said something vague about how he was being treated.

    Red flag.

    Every team has had BMarsh go south on them in the 2nd season. Facing adversity has never been Brandon's thing. Let's hope Jay gives him a call and keeps his head on straight. If his hip is not 100%, well - he's not going to get every pass this year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If Lovie was good for anything, he was good at keeping these types of problems from boiling over from the locker room into the public. This is an early test for Trestman's ability to manage these issues and it will be interesting to see how he decides to handle it.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I thought the public comments that Jay and Trestman made in response to BMarsh were fair, and of course Jay is going to be able to tweak #15 a little without it getting nutty.
    I'm not skurred.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm a little escared. "Personal reasons" for most players means something in the family, but for Bmarsh that might mean psychotic breakdown, or further treatment on his hip.

    Also, I don't think it's a coincidence that when Cutler doesn't hit Marshall early in a game, he suddenly develops the drops.

    This is probably WHY Cutler targets Marshall so much. Of course, Cutler can't come out and say, "You guys in the media give me shit for zeroing in on Bmarsh without understanding that if I don't get him involved early, he zones out."

    This pattern wouldn't bode well for a WCO which is supposed to spread it out.

    Then again, didn't Marshal get stabbed by his wife like two weeks before the regular season in 2011?

    Marshall still caught 82 balls for 1,200 yards with a chump chucking him the rock, so he'll be there when it counts.

  • It may be related to his meds. I'm guessing he's on something like efexor or some SNRI. That would mean inorgasmia and he can't squirt into Mrs. Marshall, ergo he goes off his meds and the silly demons are back, which is what every non-Bear fan expected to happen 100%.

    Maybe.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Aha. This was the knock on Marshall when McTard taded him. Hip issues of a non-specific nature. And then it was all magically forgotten about ... until now. Thankfully we don't need him to repeat last year, in fact 50% would be nice.

    But .... fuck.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hip issues for BM?

    Be afraid.

    Be VERY afraid.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He had hip issues when we traded for him. Why freak out now?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bad hips sent the likes of Bo Jackson & Neil Lomax to the sidelines. Permanently.

  • Why I like the Bucs this year: (1) Darrelle Revis - healthy - takes away Julio Jones, Steve Smith and Marques Colston. He c an seriously debilitate some explosive passing games. (2) Josh Freeman showed flashes of brilliance in 2012. Another year in Mike Sullivan's offense will do him wonders. (3) I like them to take three out of four from the AFC East. Split the division and they are 6-4 while drawing Philadelphia and Detroit based on 2012 finish. (4) I'm willing to overlook the influence of Dave Wannstedt.

    Jeff, is this a joke?

    The Bucs are going to suck this year. Do you really think they will be better than the Saints? Plus, Wanny will bury them. Heck, I like the Eagles over these guys.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry, I mean the Panthers in the South. Although I also think the Eagles would whip the Bucs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tampa Bay will finish ahead of Philly and Carolina. Freeman puts up better numbers than people give him credit for, but he'll never be elite.

    I put them right around 8-8, maybe 7-9 because of the tough division.

    I do feel bad for Bucs fans though. They will have to seriously overpay for a QB or else get lucky in the draft. They're too good to get a top 5 pick in the next 2-3 years.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As NFL QBs go, Josh Freeman is a bum. A dumb bum. A Mark Sanchez. Good defense though. Running game plus play-action = potential playoffs if lucky.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You're betting a lot on Darrelle Revis retuning to form. He could easily become
    another Asomhga.

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/22208713-419/brandon-marshall-mia-at-bears-practice.html

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/22210894-606/why-we-should-worry-about-brandon-marshall.html

    Now Pot"ASS" thinks that The Beast is a "Coach Killer" too...WTF!!!! Crickey these fucks have nothing better to do than stir up sheite!!!! do us all a favor "pundits" find the third rail and ride it please...you'll do us all a favor...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I swear they sit around and try to come up with some angles to generate page views. Doesn't make any difference if they actually believe it or not. It's genuinely sad what the media has turned into in North America.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yup. An inevitable result of the internet. It will get worse with Twit

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    We live in a post-literate society it seems. We'll have twitter 'journos' feeding the 'news' to us in scraps.

    The most re-tweeted headline of the day might be 'J-Lo gone cray cray over Miley spat LOL!'

    Mary Wollstonecraft wrote Frankenstein when she was 19. The quality of writing in that novel is a lost art already. John Irving, for me, writes more beautifully than any other living writer in the English language - but it pales in comparison to what young ladies like Mary W. were capable of writing when they holed up for the weekend with Shelley and Byron, he of the mad, bad and dangerous-to-know lore. We won't see the likes again.

  • I will give it to Goodell, he's no amateur. He's professional grade, could work for the CIA.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9135869/two-prominent-concussion-researchers-including-nfl-adviser-served-paid-consultants-law-firms-suing-nfl-behalf-players

    How to stop the lawsuits from coming? Put all the experts on CTE on the NFL payroll. Brilliant.

  • I love Bennett when he's healthy, but that's a large salary. I don't think they would find a taker.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/28/report-bears-have-discussed-trading-earl-bennett/

  • In reply to tuanlane:

    I agree. Phone calls were made. But nobody would call back, why would they?

    At 2.2M, he's too hot to touch. Professional GM courtesy: they are going to release him and void his deal, and somebody will get Bennett at near league-min, which is about what he's worth right now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can't release him while he's injured. They'd have to have an injury settlement, and with a concussion, that would be too expensive--plus, he'd be unavailable to sign with another team until he was medically cleared (and the longer he'd be out, the more expensive the settlement, so both sides would be screwed).

  • In reply to tuanlane:

    Who wants to trade for a concussion case? Earl is too risky, he's going nowhere.

  • "Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Bears “have had some discussions” about trading Bennett...Injuries factor into another complication as well. Bennett is also set to make $2.25 million this season"

    The Bears would have to slash his salary, then trade him - I think. Lots of teams who are ravaged at the WR position would target Earl with a late rounder, but not at that price.

    This move makes sense because Joe Anderson would be cheaper, seems younger/healthier AND plays specials.

    This also suggests that the Bears are trying to make room for both Wilson and Weems.

  • On the specials thing, Earl was #2 punt returner iirc.

    Damn... I'm afraid you guys are right, and that means one of my three favorite Bears wouldn't be around.

  • If Marshall's hip is indeed back in focus then we very definitely need a man like Tolliver. No way in hell Wilson produces this year, it's not even physically possible for him.

  • GP, long life to you and your fam my man. Very sorry for your loss.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks Maing.

  • damn

    http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/the-gangster-in-the-huddle

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Check this out:
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/08/28/rsinterview/PmVxyATIAN6PhvFVkbql0O/story.html

    So basically Kraft senior is getting too old, and his kid is in over his head - and so it's basically Bellichek's club. GM, Coach, overall dictator.

    And so, Billy Boy no likey his head of security, so he gives THAT guy the axe, and thus loses his ear to the ground inside Boston PD. Bad move Billy.

    And all the horseshit about the Pats way is just that, horseshit. Urban probably told Billy he had better sit on that guy, and they just don't. They give him a long long leash, and the guy starts doing da dust and basically goes Jesse Pinkman wacko and STILL nobody does anything. They sit on it.

    The Pats man. It's the The Departed over there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yep. crazy story to read.

    Oh, and here's one for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhuccK8eCfo

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd clock in at, like, 8 minutes on this one.

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You guieses know me... I'd be like 25 minutes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The dude at 8 minutes has to be a rapist.

  • Urban Meyer looked the other way? Every NFL team except the Patsy's knew better not to draft the dude even though he was first round talent.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/feature/the-gangster-in-the-huddle
    The other two survivors were shot in their car outside a Gainesville, Florida, bar after an altercation involving Hernandez and two of his teammates his freshman year at the

    "University of Florida. While in Gainesville, he sucker-punched a guy and shattered the fellow’s eardrum, and reportedly failed multiple drug tests, though he was suspended only once for those offenses."

  • Aaron Hernandez is definitely crazy smoking pcp. Some asshole spiked some weed with that at a punk party when I was in high school. That shit makes you crazy.

    On a better note, here's an uplifting story.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qiLDMBDPCEY

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Awesome... sincerely. Thanks for this Corm.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oh and by the way, ya'll go watch that video. You won't regret it.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    awesome man.

    Whenever I feel whiny about some little fucking thing in my pretty much blessed life I will try to remember that.

    Dude is a fucking stud.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, it's kinda wild how the inspiring can really force us to reevaluate our own priorities. A pretty incredible guy.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Why do people take PCP?

  • Okay, if Shady can't change the draft date, I will resurrect the league I created. Draft is set for Monday night. I have a 12 team auction league. Email drumdood@hotmail.com (old address) for an invite and please post on the blog as well if you don't hear from me.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    A word on the league I created. I've kept it as a 1 QB league, but I have played a lot with some of the scoring. Defensive scoring is bulked up considerably (lot of bonuses for picks, stuffs, sacks, etc.), QBs are penalized for incompletions (need to avg. 50% or better on completions), skill players get points for special teams play (so you can have Hester as a WR if you want to try for TD points), and most importantly... every team has a punter. Punts inside the 10 yard line are worth 6 points, inside the 20 are worth 3 points.

    If people want me to make it a 2 QB league I will, but I'm worried that with 12 teams there won't be enough QBs to keep the waiver wire interesting.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    A punter?! Ok, this should be interesting

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Whoever gets Brees, Podlesh and the Bears DST is money in that league. Bears would go in round 5 for me, especially with all of you fuckers. I'll bet somebody might even take them in round one.

  • I think they'd have been worth it last season... at least for the first 8 weeks.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Okay, so apparently that email address doesn't work anymore. I set up a new one.

    NewBearInTown@hotmail.com

    Let's do this.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I know the point of an auction league is that you have to be there for the draft, but if you weren't ... how does that work?

  • Autodraft. Last year someone got autodrafted with very unpleasant results. I imagine there's a way to make it work, but not without a lot of work on the bid settings.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'll try it. I basically draft the same team or thereabouts in every draft, so auto-bids .... well how does that work in terms of their value? In a bidding process you can't have the last word with an auto-entry as there will be an upper limit. We'll have a bash though, I'll send you an email.

  • Peanut and Briggs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZNZTP6CXjs

    I know Watt is a beast, but the best player in the game? Hmmm.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sweet. briggsy a nice surprise.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can't believe how shitty the Madden games still look.

    Oh wait, I can, since EA bought out the NFL and has a monopoly. When you're the only dealer, you can cut with drano all you like.

  • Jeff's worst prediction.

    Niner's over the Bears? Really! Really?

    I'm disappointed that you would call that. Your post's from here on out this year are now suspect. I tell you what, how bout you just announce before each game this year,

    "Meaningless game, 9er's to beat the Bears in the playoffs but here's my schtick anyway".

    What's wrong with you man!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah, I thought it was 'I always like the Bears.' ....?

    No Packers/Niners predictions allowed. Fuck that. Not around here. This is the 25th most popular site on CN. This is a pretty niche, select, boutique, uber-specific crowd that gives a fuck about the Packers or the Niners and just wants their team to piss in the eye-sockets of those two teams in particular. I hate the packers from eight thousand miles away such is its power. Montana and - Jimmy Mac's padawan -Steve-O were great ... but their franchise will be forever gay to me. Say it was a paragraph-sized typo and we'll move on.

  • Kaepernick has good games against teams he can run against. There won't be anywhere to go when he plays Chicago.

    Ten years of tape on the Bears has gone out the window.

    Tucker isn't cautious like Lovie was. He'll blitz the shit out of Kaepernick and he'll feel it for a week, win or lose.

  • Bears don't play the Niners this year.

  • why are you guys posting on a dead thread for christo's sake?

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