Packers Fear Bulaga Out For Season

Packers Fear Bulaga Out For Season

Losing Jeremy Maclin was bad but the Eagles still have enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball to compensate. Dennis Pitta and Dan Koppen are solid players but by no means irreplaceable.

The Packers believe they've lose left tackle Bryan Bulaga for the season. The converted right tackle is the best player on an already shaky Packers offensive line and is arguably one of the three or four most important players on the Green Bay roster.

From the Journal-Sentinel:

If the injury is significant, the Packers would have two options.

They could move right tackle Marshall Newhouse back to left tackle, where he played all 1,103 snaps in 2012 and started 13 games in 2011.

Or they could keep Newhouse at right tackle and start rookie David Bakhtiari, their impressive fourth-round draft choice, at left tackle. Bakhtiari alternated with Newhouse at right tackle in the scrimmage and didn’t have an obvious bad play in his 31 snaps.

Don Barclay, the late-season starter at right tackle a year ago, has focused on center and right guard in the last week.

Andrew Datko, a second-year tackle, doesn’t appear to have made much progress this summer.

Tackle Derek Sherrod remains on the physically unable to perform list with a leg injury dating to December 2011. The coaches say Sherrod is close to being able to practice, but he has done nothing on the field yet.

This injury does not shift the balance of power in the NFC North...yet.


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  • I hate to say it, but when the Packers lost about half their roster in 2010 they ended up winning it all. Normally when the injury bug bites that hard, a teams doesn't stand much of a chance. But when your GM isn't Jerry Angelo and your team actually has the depth to overcome these type of injuries anything can happen. I suddenly feel disgusting at the moment and need to go wash off for the next 8 hours.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Thompson knows how to play the wire and get guys that can come in and play right away. That's just reality.

    BTW, I watched Michael Douglas in Liberace story last night. Wild movie. Turns our Liberace lost his virginity to a Green Pay Packer. I nearly spit out my drink when his character tells that story.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It was great stuff wasn't it? Damon and Douglas going at it - what was that like to film. Rob Lowe probably stole the whole thing though.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ya know, to your credit, you tell it how it is and leave out bashing the fudge Packer Troll would do that here.

    Just goes to show you we can be Bears fans to a fanatical level...and still keep our brains functioning. Not sure I could say the same about fanatical packer fans, at least the trolls who stick their nonsense in here once in a while.

    I did cringe when I actually read the words "Jerry Angelo" are correct Shady...the Packer will adapt. Unlike the Lovie Smith era Bears, who couldn't adapt to a cloudy day to save their lives.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    On the flip side we could see an improved (hopefully?) Bears Dline run roughshod all over the fudge. If thats the case then I need to make sure i have enough room on the DVR to keep said game indefinitely.

  • no need. there'll be a couple dozen youtube clips of rodger's pooping himself on the 50 yard line after peppers drive him into the big green/white/gold G.

  • Pepp against a rookie LT or Newhouse? He might earn his 17M payday next year just in those two games alone.

    I also have a feeling that Rodgers pees his pants a little when he sees Pepp.

    Maybe it has a little to do with these two plays.

  • God I FUCKING HATE NFL refs. this is football cunts.

    But there was no call on Suh fucking bodyslamming cutty last year. ridiculous.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    "Clouds are fluffy".

  • And of course I wish I could see some of these practices.

  • With DJ down and looking at a Gator Rook to start at MLB, now would be a good time to see if Chicken Dinner could play a little Mike.

    Cause he ain't Elvis. Dumeravil, that is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I just don't see him as the MLB. Outside LB? Maybe. But I don't think he's fast enough or experienced enough to handle the the middle of the defense. Bostic is still the best option at the moment, as scary as that sounds.

    By the way, I know it's preseadon, but did you see Marinelli's defensive unit lady night? Looks good. Makes me worry about the impact his absence will have on the D line. I just don't see the Bears forcing turnovers at a rate anywhere near last years numbers. We'll see.

  • In reply to Shady:

    (Smh) Fucking autocorrect why doth thou taunt me?

  • In reply to Shady:

    I saw that.

    I like the Cowboys HBs too. They are carrying 4 (because Murray always gets injured), and all 4 looked good.

    (HB Jonas Gray on MIA also looked decent).

    Murray will start, but behind him are Tanner, Dunbar and the rook Randle.

    They're going to have to put one on the practice squad, and I say we move in.

    I just don't like Armendo Allen at 3. It'd be nice to have a guy who weighs more than 200 there to bang it just in case.

    Hallowman at LB, and DeSelvie at DE for the 'Boys impressed the hell out of me last night. Both positions are something to keep an eye on if we keep racking up injuries.

  • I had my fill of small RBs after the Garrott Wolfe experience.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I guess the Bears quietly signed this guy, Michael Ford (5'10 216), to compete with Armando Allen (mainly on specials).

  • In reply to Shady:

    Chicken always looked like an outside linebacker. He plays on the line, but he looks like he should be standing up IMHO. That is what the good Lord intended.

  • Hey, is someone going to start the auction league soon?

    Those are always a blast.

    I was thinking of starting a 12-team Points Per Reception (PPR) league. I never joined a PPR league, and I like trying a new FF wrinkle every year.

    Or maybe 2 QB, PPR auction league.

    That way Cutler can actually start.

    It would require a totally different strategy to win.

    Let me know who would be interested.

    I'm tentatively thinking the draft will be held on either next friday night (16th), or next sunday morning (18th).

    Let me know if you guys are interested.

    If not, we can always do the standard auction, but sometimes you gotta try something else besides the missionary position, jabrones!

  • please wait until at least 3rd pre-season game.

    FF leagues that form pre pre-season invariably have monster suckage down the line. This is Year of the Crazy. Rosters are gonna fuck up, yo!

    so, ya know, pretty please

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, I feel the same about after the 3rd preseason game, but damn, it'll give us something to do besides discussing whether Tolliver or Weems will get cut.


    Would you be interested in two QB, PPR auction league, GP?

    It'll be wackier.

    I also think that would play to the Bears strength.

    1. Paying $70 for Forte would be less crazy
    2. PPR I think would benefit all TEs, and TE this year is grim. This includes Black Unicorn.
    3. Cutler can actually start on a team without making you lose (as the 2nd QB).
    4. Might slow the roll on HBs in the first two rounds, so that you may end up with a HB you actually like and not just leftovers.
    5. There's a lot of interesting PPR HBs like Spiller, Charles, McCoy, Forte, S-jax etc who can spice up the first two rounds from the usual -Peterson, Foster, Martin, Lynch routine. Not to mention that elite QBs like Rodgers, Peyton, Brady, Brees probably won't last beyond the 1st.

    It's different. Like I said, I never tried either, so it'd be a fun curve ball.

  • I like effect #4 the best.

    The last two years have turned into a waiver wire guessing game on RBs you started the season never even hearing about. You could ride a good guess at Roy Helu to a championship, simply in the face of Shanny not doing anything predictable.

  • I'd create an Auction League, I was commish last year so I know the ropes. PPR is interesting, but would everybody be up for it?

    Tbh I'm happy just with the draft.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    DYL - I sent you an email. Kill the old auction league... As co-commish, I tried, but couldn't.

    We'll start a new one.. and please no PPR. Too weird for me.

    Nevermind, looks like you did.

  • This article would make it appear as if Thursday, Sunday and Monday (ESPN) Night games are available at a fee per game rate of $5.

    I moved a bit farther west and my HD over-the-air based signal is weak, I am looking at 1080i boosters. But I would love to supplement with streaming, minus the whole bullshit NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3, gotta have DirecTV contract no thank you fuck off crap island fantastik deal. Cause I hate me some of that.

    I just want an NFL app on my AppleTV and I can buy games at $5 per. That would be great. Make that happen, Commish!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, the $300 ST over PS3 is a gem. Baring $5/game on AppleTV, which ain't gonna happen this season I take it... it's the best thing out there.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but you are sitting on a contract with DirecTV that mandates you have the tv service, yes?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MikeV (who hasn't been around in a while) told me last year that he found a reasonably priced, no contract, streaming NFL package a few years back. Not sure if its HD or not. He was going to send me a link before this season started as even the people selling it don't seem to know about it...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm still here. Just lurking and not keeping up on the truly riveting news during the NFL off season.

    To be clear. To get Sunday Ticket you DO NOT need a contract with DirecTV, AND you DO NOT need a PS3!

    DirecTV doesn't offer it until like a week before the reg season starts, but they do offer a full HD streaming ST that will run on anything with a web browser and an Internet connection. You need 6-10Mb/sec for good HD quality. I've used a PC with an HDMI output in to my tv/AV receiver. 5.1 surround sound and 1080i HD

    You need to fill out a little disclaimer form online swearing you are not able to get satellite reception at your location

    But, I also used what I thought was an awesome (and cheap) service by our good friends at the NFL, their NFL Replay package. Many of you thought the idea of paying 39 bucks for delayed streaming of games. I used it, and it was awesome. If I missed a game on ST in real time, I just streamed it later that day on my NFL provider infinite capacity DVR. Stream any game from any team at any time in HD for 40 bucks or so? No brainer awesome. I just auto renewed it for this year

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nope... Just the $300 and all you get is ST... No contract and nothing but streamed football madness through your ps3 baby. It's pretty sweet actually.

  • Isaiah Frey getting alot of love and reps at nickel with Hayden sidelined. Spectators and reporters say he's actually looking good.

    Nice to see a little depth from a young player.

  • I was just reading that. Good stuff. It made me start thinking about the roster dates, and I found this. Useful.

  • my penis looks good next to fucking kelvin hayden. smh.

    That sounds good though. Glad to hear it.

    oh corey graham... where art though my corey graham

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Super Bowl Champion Corey Graham is kissing his super bowl ring right now getting blown in a hot tub in East Baltimore between position meetings

  • I know... I weep... I weep for the ignorance and shortsightedness of lovie smith, jerry angelo, mike tice, and anyone else on that entire staff.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    just on the basis of Graham making the PB as a Bear gunnar, we should have done his deal.

    The fact he was much better than DJ Moore when given the chance and coaching was salt in the wound.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Please stop... If you continue I may have to go commit ritual seppuku.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I never got the letting-Corey-Graham-go thing. We couldn't afford him? Really?

    How about we wrap a big bow around Webb and post him to Lambeau?

  • that sucks for them and for him.

    Injuries are already a big story of the 2013-2014 season. sucks.

    That said, this is the one thing that stood out for me most:

    "David Bakhtiari, their impressive fourth-round draft choice, at left tackle. Bakhtiari alternated with Newhouse at right tackle in the scrimmage and didn’t have an obvious bad play in his 31 snaps."

    Fucking thompson man. Dude is just a fucking mad scientist. He's so good and is the bane of our existence, not fatass on the sidelines. Fucking lovie could win with that team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thompson is waaay better than Angelo ever was, but that's not saying much.

    And if they're so good at drafting, then why does their Oline blow? They probably have had as many busts as Angelo with the Oline.

    One could argue that for the Pack it's due more to injury than talent, but both Williams and Carimi sucked cause of injury too.

    The Pack can't have the balls to start a 4rth rounder at LT in the first game against Aldon Smith, can they?

    Their schedule isn't going to be a cake walk either. Their LT will have to face:

    Orakpo, Dunlap, Ziggy Ansah (twice), Suggs, Jared Allen (twice), JPP, Ware, Jarvis Jones, and oh, Pepp (Twice), to name but a few.

    Rodgers is fucked, proper fucked.

  • eh. rodgers was fucked, proper fucked, last year too. he still put up numbers we'd rape our grandmas for.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I wouldn't put much stock into that scrimmage. Bakhtiari played mostly against Nick Perry, who missed most of last year with a wrist injury. He's been practicing with a brace on his left hand that covers most of his forearm since training camp started, and he was no world beater in his few games as a rookie. Let's wait until the guy actually does something against real competition before thinking he's any good.

  • oh well... herrrrooooooo


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    best G ever to play the game.

  • He played at Sonoma state in northern Cali... Rivals of my college team. As a freshman I was on the sideline watching him play our guys his senior year.

    That dude was huge and so fucking fast and athletic for a big dude I was blown away. Had never seen a dude with that size and speed was literally jaw dropping live.

    My Seahawks fan buddy played with him at butte jc before he went to Sonoma. Says he was a great guy, always joking and playing around with everyone. Good for him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah I watched it live. She also cooked two chickens and baked a cake for him. Throw in a 40 and a BJ and she's definitely a keeper. Needless to say she was quite embarrassed by the story.

  • According to the Trib, you can remove "Packers Fear.." from your header.,0,2567510.story

    Thompson's done a LOT of good things in Green
    Bay, (Including knowing when to tell Narcicissus to go piss up a rope) but I don't think you can count "drafting quality offensive linemen" among them. I'm pretty sure Aaron Rogers wouldn't.

    It just shows what a crapshoot drafting is.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    he's certainly done better than angelo or emery so far Al (I know that not asking very much)

    "David Bakhtiari, their impressive fourth-round draft choice, at left tackle. Bakhtiari alternated with Newhouse at right tackle in the scrimmage and didn’t have an obvious bad play in his 31 snaps."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think part of the reason why they have continual success without a top flight O line is because of the nature of the McCarthy scheme. It's fast paced, has plenty of weapons at the WR an TE position and moves the pocket at times.

    Rodgers gets sacked quite bit but they get a shit ton of plays off and use the short route as a running play.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bulaga and Sherrod should be nicknamed "Blue Cross and Blue Shield" and would fit right in with the walking wounded the Bears have taken at tackle in recent drafts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    (Puts my lab coat, horn rims on, picks up my laser pointer and heads to the board)


    I present for your consideration, exhibit A: Reilley Reiff.'s Ian Rapoport is now reporting that the Lions are moving Reiff inside to guard, and he may not make the roster AT ALL.

    The Lions roster since 2010 with regards to lineman is a giant carnival of fail:

    Gosder Cherilus
    Corey Hilliard
    Rodney Austin
    Larry Warford

    The Chevy Impala assembly line puts out less hunks of shit than the Lions do in Detroit.

    Exhibit B: The Vikes

    Nat Dorsey
    Jay Humphrey
    Marcus Johnson
    Ed Ta’Amu
    Ryan Cook

    Note the similarities in size and scope of suck. Both teams showing a massive propensity to draft OL that can't make the grade and bust out in 1-2 years.

    The Packers, conversely:

    Marshall Newhouse
    David Bakhtiari
    Caleb Schlauderaff
    T.J. Lang
    Josh Sitton

    Just open a page like this one and go down the "Games played" columns.

    That is all, class. Quiz on Thursday.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And still, Aaron Rogers is sacked as much and occassionally more than Jay Cutler.

    The Lions offensive line was actually playing well at the tail end of last year.

    As much as you need a quality QB to succeed in the NFL, you need an offensive line that can impose it's will.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    or a playcaller/OC that can scheme around it. (hint: we finally got them)

    Martz had success in Chicago because his system was a professional one. It was from the 90's but it was the best one from the 90's. It didn't work ultimately because he absolutely refused to adjust around the fact that our OL was dogshit.

    Tice had no scheme and a dog shit line so it became sandlot football. We still should have gone 11-5 or 12-4 which says a lot.

    Now we have 2 coaches that understand how a faster tempo and plays designed to get the ball out of the QB's hands takes alot of pressure off of QB and OL alike. See Saints.

    So we have a quality QB, more weapons and an upgraded line and system in place to ease the pressure. That equals 30+ points a game and alot of people apologizing in their own little ways to Cutler after the season.

  • Packers still have to be concerned about the number of times Rogers has been sacked. lately. Those kinds of numbers are like tossing around live ordinance.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    (removes horn-rimmed spectacles, placing one arm against the lower lip)

    A giant carninval of fail eh ....? That's the Lions that is.

  • The blog was high on this guy (I think 4Ever or NBIT, I liked him too), the LA Times is not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    LA Times? That's fucking B/R maings. My blind CAT writes for B/R. He's a bigger, faster, stronger version of Percy Harvin. Now, should the Queens have traded up the way they did for him? We'll see, but this kid is going to end up on a ton of weekly highlight reels at some point in his career.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Patterson, not the cat.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I was about to say can we pick your cat up off waivers?

    damn it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can tell you it wasn't me. And not because I don't like him, but because I don't really remember much about him pre-draft. I didn't look at the WR class much to be honest, I felt (and still feel) like we've got a lot of guys already in house that need more reps to get better, not more competition.

    We'll keep six. Marshall, Jeffery, and Bennett are all locks. Then there are a lot of guys trying to get those last 3 spots. Shaba, Anderson, Wilson, Weems... those are solid prospects, but they can't earn a spot sitting on the sidelines.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I liked him for the Bears, but not as a #2.

    I liked Alshon more, and I'm glad everyone thought he was fat and lazy or else we would never have stole him in the 2nd.

    Patterson for us would fill the Harvin role like Shady mentioned. We need a slot that doesn't get hurt laying his head on a pillow. We need a slot that is dangerous and who can take it to the house on any play. Patterson could run it too, and would add another threat Ds would have to game plan for. He lines up at RB in Trestman's O, what do Ds do? put a LB on him? A nickle? A S?

    Oh, and he is also a stud returner, and I am almost done with Hester.

    I would rather have drafted Austin over Patterson though (I don't care about the size).

    Patterson could have also been insurance for Alshon/Marshall. Patterson didn't have to be thrust right away as an every down player for us, which would have worked out because it takes usually about 3 years for any college WR to learn how to become an NFL WR, and Patterson was especially raw, but for all those other dimensions he would have added to the team, I don't think I would have had a problem drafting him.

    The biggest questions about him are his hands and his attitude, so there is definitely bust risk with him.

    And there is no way I would have given up what the Vikes did for him.

    The NFCN draft 13 class will be interesting to monitor. There really aren't any sure fire studs. They all come with questions.

    Lions took a big risk with the raw Ansah.
    The Vikes drafted Floyd, but why did Floyd fall so far?
    Patterson comes with red flags of immaturity and bad hands.
    Rhodes is a big CB who some project more at S, though I like him.
    Pack drafted Datone Jones who doesn't wow anyone.
    And of course, Long and his two starts raised many eyebrows.

    I guess we'll see in 2016.

  • Oh, and the BR article mentions that Patterson has to work on his route running and beating press coverage, but that's EVERY rookie WR.

    Besides, in the slot, Patterson wouldn't be going against those bigger press coverage CBs, but the little D.J. Moores of the world, where Patterson wouldn't be pressed as much, but would have both size AND speed advantages.

    Not to mention the Safeties would have to hang back because Cutler, unlike Ponder, has the canon to hit him over the top, thus opening up more lanes for Forte and Bush.

    Oh my, who did we draft again?

  • jesus fuck, I was about to make a comment asking if the pillow shot was a shout out to the earl underwears commercial... but your post(s) were so fucking long I forgot.

    Just kidding maingses. Very intelligent analysis and input as usual. Enjoy reading it... during my entire 45 minute dump.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You do that too huh? Legs ever fall asleep?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha...dump reading are the best! Very quite.

    I find myself getting more long winded as I get older. Eventually, I'll become John Kerry eventually.

    I really looked at Patterson in the pre-draft rummaging. He's an exciting player, just inconsistent. He would have been more of a "luxury" pick for the Bears, like Eifert or Floyd, but that goes back to the whole need-value etc.

    The Vikes need him more than we do, that's for sure. Ponder has a noodle arm, and NEEDS a WR like Harvin/Patterson to get YAC.

    When Harvin went down last year, the Vikes pass attack resembled Harvard circa 1921. That's why they gave up a ransom for Patterson.

  • Eifert on the Bears with Bennett, Marshall and Jeffrey would have been legendary. Eifert would have been the slot!!!!!! unstoppable. instead we got Long.

  • And we'll get to see them both in the season opener...

  • Smh

  • I liked your other handle more.

  • It's ok, we're still winning the superbowl.

  • The double eventually tells me you're closer to John Kerry than you might think, dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, you blog on the shitter?

  • Yes. Often. In fact... right now.

    Hairpie.... Sank-u

  • I was pulling for this guy in the draft. Amyock loved him.

    Are they burying QBs that quickly now? He was in the starting QB race? How could you do that to the guy?

  • Tolliver is the backup material for BM and AJ, he may even have more upside than AJ.


    This guy.

    Tell me why we don't need that guy on our team.

  • Because we have this guy:

  • In reply to Machine Marshall:

    The Three Amigos !
    Four WR set. (BM/AJ/TT ....DA in the slot) Black Uni. Shotgun formation. Bang.

  • On the Green Bay thing... Rich Eisen says it best.

    They won a lot of games with a lousy offensive line the past few years. They'll put that same line back in and win a lot more.

    But I doubt they can do much in the playoffs without stopping the pass rush. You can ask Tom Brady how that goes...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Rodger's decision making and accuracy make up for a lot, but when the Packers face a top pass rusher this season, they'll be severely handicapped.

    They're going to have to use two guys to block Aldon Smith, Suggs, Ware or Pepp.

    They'll still score, but if the opposing team scores too, that'll only put more and more pressure on Rodgers and their WRs to be perfect.

    The bad oline will also hurt their run game, which they were trying to get going this year by drafting Lacey and Franklin, so those 3rd and shorts will be harder to convert.

    It's going to be tough sledding for the Pack. I see them winning no more than 9 games this year, and Rodgers getting hit a ton.

  • I'd take the over on that one. I think they get 4 in the division. And I think they go at least 6/11 in the rest of their schedule.

    But once again it looks like a late season game against the Pack could decide our playoff fates.

    Would be interesting to see both teams at 8-7 or 9-6 looking for the division. Would also be interesting to see both teams at 10-5 or so looking for a bye week, but I doubt that happens.

    I honestly have no idea what to expect from the Bears this year...

  • Paea with hip injury. Trainer says only precautionary hold out tomorrow

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Camp beatoff reporters keep mentioning that Paea is fucking even more jacked than he normally is and is super quick. i'm expecting good things this year but never feel good about a hip injury. That's got to suck balls.

  • He's always had muscle. Needs to keep improving his technique. The guy is a beast at nose tackle and the more he improves, the more Melton can pin his ears back and get after those sacks.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    I forgot he was a Bear.

  • Nice excerpt from an ESPN article on McCown:

    Not long after taking the job as Bears head coach, Marc Trestman witnessed firsthand the depth of McCown's intangibles. Driving in the vicinity of the hotel where the team houses its rookies during the offseason, Trestman decided to stop in and take a look, just to see who he might run into.

    When Trestman stepped into the lobby, he saw McCown sitting with the rookies poring over film, and helping them digest loads of new information so they could perform their best once the team hit the practice fields at Halas Hall. McCown had even borrowed a grease board from the hotel so he could draw up plays.

    Nobody asked him to do it. He did it on his own. Cutler also became a part of the hotel tutorials, and spent much of his time in that lobby helping the club's rookies learn the system.

    That's the type of influence McCown -- described as "fatherly" within the organization -- has on teammates, and why Emery once called him a "glue guy" and that he's "more than confident that he can get on the field and help us win."

  • Is there some rule in the NFL that says if youre a backup QB you have to be one of the goofiest looking dudes in America?

  • Packers signed Vince Young. They must be pretty solid at back-up QB.

    Packer fans are crazy. They sold out again for their family night scrimmage, and it was broadcast on TV all over the state.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Well, what else is there to do in Wisconsin? That being said, It's still definitely a unique culture up there...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, gotta hand it to them. Meaning, Rodgers' head on a platter.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hee hee

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Has anyone got ANY cofidence in either of our backup QBs?

    Could you see either of them winning a competitive NFL game playing start to finish?

  • McCown could come over and bake me brownies and sweep my yard, and I would still want him out.

    He may be a great locker room guy, but his arm is gone and he can't make the big throw any more. So - if he goes in - we go dink and dunk.

  • In reply to gpldan: that not what the said about "Walsh's"..West Coast Offense"?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I gotta figure Trestman will like the deep pass.

  • Wow! I signed on to check out the Bears news and notes and Wala, the big cheese are front and center.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The worm is turning, Trac. It's the sweep over the Fudgers this year me laddo and three times if they make the playoffs.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It's all good Trac...let the darlings of the NFC North keep going...

    ooppppssss...."roa roh"...can VY play receiver?

  • You know you're a degenerate gambler when you're betting NFL preseason games...

    ... Bears are 2.5 pt dogs by the way...

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to Shady:

    Eh, make it +2 to 1.

  • This is supposed to be really really funny:

    But this was what I looked like through the whole thing...

    : |

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • "Yes. RT @jermaine611: @dabearsblog will lovie be a head coach again?"

    Yes. Lubbock, Texas High School.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Go fighting oil pumps!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie follows in my footsteps?

    After Chicago, my family moved to Lubbock for a few years... I had to ask my Dad why I was being called a "yankee" when I was a Cubs fan.

    Fuck that state in general, and Lubbock specifically.

  • Gonna go to Bourbonaisse on Sunday, I think.

  • Holy hell. I just got back from Lubbock. I knew I thought I saw Lovie at Cheddar's..haha

  • I guess booze brings out the "N Word" in almost everybody...

    BTW, I BELIEVE Hugh Douglas is the thug who's blatant cheap-shot knocked Jim Miller out of the playoff game against the Eagles after the Bears' miraculous 2001 13-3 season.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Then we should award him the Charles Martin award for assaulting someone who has achieved an NFL career that more than their family will remember.

  • Hey, whilst doing research for my new super cool article, I came across this gem.

    I call it, "Emery stroking you gently while whispering, 'shhh, forget about Chandler'"

    "Emery said the Bears drafted McClellin with the 19th pick to fill a need at defensive end and “to immediately upgrade our raw mix and our rotation.”

    “In our scheme, rotation is what it is all about,” he said.

    To evaluate McClellin’s rookie season, Emery compared him to other pass rushers taken in the first round: the Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin (15th pick), the New York Jets’ Quinton Coples (16th) and the New England Patriots’ Chandler Jones (21st).

    Emery liked what he saw regarding McClellin’s ability to disrupt the passer, especially compared to Jones and considering McClellin missed time with a concussion and a knee injury. Emery said the Bears averaged 9.5 disruptions when McClellin played and 6.5 when he was out.

    “Chandler played 66 percent of their reps,” Emery said. “Shea played 38, 37, 34 percent of the reps. Shea’s disruption rate is 3.97. Chandler’s is 4.10. There’s a .13 difference between those two individuals.

    “Now what becomes important is, do I feel like Shea’s got the motor, the athletic ability, the savvy to be a good starting player in the NFL? Yes, I do.”


  • In reply to Shady:


    fucking weak argument.

    Would have taken CJ over CD in a fucking new york heartbeat of a flash of a blink of an eye. Besides, CD brother can't kick everyone in the world's ass.

  • I think there's a good reason why Shea played half as many snaps as Jones...

    He's not as good, and certainly not as versatile.

  • So me and the fam will be in Naperville for a soccer tournament Labor Day weekend. Anybody have a good restaurant recommendation? Good food, family friendly, room for a soccer team and their parents.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    There is a Rosebud in Naperville.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks GP. We'll give it a try.


    Guy 1: Dude, what's she doing???

    Guy 2: Dominating!


    lolo jones, fucking hot and funny.

    You're welcome irish.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Again. Horse's feedbag.

  • Bears nuggets. Big Chicken Dinner having a great week.

  • Obviously, tall receivers are preferable because of the jump ball skills. But your average tall WR has longer legs and therefore struggles in making cuts as quickly and smoothly as a shorter guy. So here's my question:

    With the evolution of the NFL toward bigger, taller receivers, what offenses will gain or suffer from the change? I see a lot of "west coast" teams (although that's really just a way to say "teams that throw short passes"), but are they playing with the ideal personnel? I would think tall guys would do well in a Ravens style, deep ball heavy offense, but the tall guys aren't always the fastest.

    So where does our crop of trees give us the best advantage? I'm sure Trestman has an answer. What does the blog think?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The cool part about Marshall is that he can play the game of a slot guy. he's 6'4 235 and can play any WR position on the field. He's an absolute freak of nature and I still can't believe that he's a Bear sometimes.

    Alshon is great on inside routes, comebacks, quick slants and outs and doesn't have to just go deep on the sidelines like last year. Tice is a fucking idiot.

    DA has shown that he has chemistry with Cutler and can cross the field and even catch back shoulder fades in the endzone. I don't know if I want DA running precise routes between the 20's though.

    Terrence Tolliver is 6'5 205 so he's tall and lanky and doesn't get out of breaks well. He's your example of a guy that needs longer routes that allow he to glide and use his body position and height to shield the defender from the ball.

    Rookie Marquess Wilson is quick and is a solid route runner that can make dynamic plays. The problem is that he's 185lbs and 6'4 which means he could die on the field. If the Bears let this 1st/2nd rd talent go the practice squad he will be picked up by a team immediately that can develop him for one more year and they've essentially picked up a top round WR talent.

    The rest of the guys are 5'11 to 6'1 are quick and can make the quick cuts.

    This is the deepest crop of WR's the Bears have ever had and some quality guys will be cut.

  • In reply to Machine Marshall:

    Unless you count Shabba, who is not a quality guy. The Vikes tried to make the guy work. He may be an over the should threat, but his speed is not world class and he can't run any routes in the middle of the field. He is a big reason people put the words Ponder and Bust together.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    but he beat out Brandon Rideau.....Brandon Rideau!

    Ponderbust is actually a phrase used by the early settlers of Jamestown. It meant "a dire situation to which there is no escape.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He's a six-year vet who was asked to learn three positions, and did pretty well when he was targeted. Whith Shabba it's more like the Brandon Lloyd situation plus maybe a little issue upstairs that needed ironing out. He should definitely be on the roster. Wilson was a strange draft for me. We didn't need him and he most likely will get cherry-picked off the PS.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    How many receivers do we play on average on any given play. If it's two receivers out there, there might be a tendency to put a short guy out for the quick stuff underneath. You go 3 WRs and probably two of them should be specimens, meaning you should have four on the roster. A minimum of two short guys. Brandon's about 6'4. AJ is slightly shorter. Shabba's a respectable tweeener at 6'2 who can also go in the slot (he had to learn X, Y and Z under Martz). But Tolliver gives us that megatronic field-stretching extra inch.

    So for me : Beast, BabyB, Shabba, Tolliver, with Earl and JoeA would give us a decent roster. Throw Forte/Bush/Martellus into the mix and we must have the best weapons rack in the NFL right now. Yay or nay?

  • This one's for Al:

    Art Donovan died Sunday. He was 89. Not bad for a fatso.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks GP. Had NOT heard that news.

    Art had some of the BEST stories to tell about his days in the NFL including having to play a day after a circus had set-up on the field amidst elephant droppings.

    Hope NFL NET pays due tribute because he was one of NFL Films early "star" storytellers.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Art Donovan liked to say he was a light eater —
    "When it got light, I started eating."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    AL...a man after my own heart....hahahahahaha

    something like a "seafood diet"...I see food and eat it!


    He couldn't get along with OCs.

    Lovie's legacy, I think, should be as an egotist. He fired Ron Rivera because he couldn't share the spotlight or the locker room with him. Bad move.

    He hired Mad Martz because of political favors in St. Louis. Bad idea. Tice and Martz fought like children. Lovie had to let Martz go.

    It' s a leadership lesson. Had Lovie let Rivera bloom and went and got a real OC, he may have still been here. Emery looks at Lovie hiring his 5th OC and says "enough".

    I think it was great that Teddy and Ginny let little Phillip do that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lovie hired Martz because nobody else wanted the job under a lame duck. But yes, Lovie's inability to develop a QB and offense or hire someone to develop a QB and offense is what got him canned.

    What I will never really understand is how someone so knowledgable about NFL defense couldn't manage to reverse engineer a decent offense during his tenure. Outside of not being able to draft evaluate, develop offensive talent (no biggie) his defensive prowess was based on being able to coach his players to do the simple things better than anyone else. It kinda makes sense considering his personality is just as vanilla as his defensive philosophy. So if he's not scheming complicated defenses, I'm not sure could reverse engineer an offense.

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    In reply to Shady:

    In simplest terms, I believe the first round fiascos with Williams and Carimi, cooked Lovie's goose. We wouldn't be having this conversation if those guys could have played woth a darn.

  • In reply to George Hotchkiss:

    Probably right, although its doubtful we'd have Marshall or Jeffrey, or any other decent offensive skill players we will see over the next few years.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think being in the same organization as Jerry Angelo is what got Lovie canned. A lot of bullshit drafts and ignoring open positions.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Chicago media barely covered what should have been the biggest Chicago sports scandal since the 1919 Black Sox (perhaps only slightly hyperbolic).

    Lovie Smith not using a time out to try and return a punt to force a hail mary pass is the rough equivalent of multiple players taking money to throw the world series...


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Sorry that was directed at the sportsbank article in your next post Dan.

    As to the Emery article, you're misquoting. He said that Smith had hired too many coordinators. He said that he picked Trestman because he wanted Trestman and Cutler to have a good relationship, nothing to do with Lovie and the OC's relationship.

    I feel like Lovie was a bit stuck at the end. Both Martz and Tice were hired in "lame duck" years, so nobody good was really excited to go after the job. When Lovie had time to get someone good, he had no QB or WRs to offer.

    Those aren't excuses. But they also go to show there was plenty of blame to spread around. Angelo was fired for a reason. So were Martz and Tice. So was Rex and the cast of bust receivers we drafted.

    It isn't easy to put it all together. I hope the Bears can make it happen this year.

  • Smith a quitter?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...all I can say is this...."FUCKER"

  • If Manziel quit college and announced he was going Pro, and you were Cliff Stein and had a shot at picking him up - would you?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have watched very little tape on the kid. I'd call him a 4th-5th round draft pick right now. He's got exactly one year of college experience, character issues and all kinds of question marks about his ability to run an NFL offense. And the history of heisman winning QBs is sketchy...

    If the draft didn't exist or he was a UDFA, I'd certainly put him on the 90 man roster. He's as good as anyone else we could bring in and the upside is definitely there. But I wouldn't offer him more than $1 million if a bidding war broke out.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It would be tough this year when Cutler didn't get extended. It might send the wrong message.

    But yeah, I would. Blanchard didn't get poached from the practice squad last year, so no reason to believe that'll happen this season.

    Manziel would also be like receiving a free 3rd rounder.

    But that's exactly what type of contract I'd give him.

    He's gotta sit for a while though. He seems like he still likes partying.

  • Todd Marinovich, Jr?

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Wow...Raiders fans. SMH

  • Welp, there goes our nickel. Done for the year. Why the fuck didn't we draft any DBs again? Oh yeah, we got Hardin and Frey. Whew.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Well, better Hayden then Peanut or Jennings, or our starting LT or WR like other teams.

    Bowman and Frey will now compete for that nickle.

    Oh, and Hester played some CB. Give him something to do.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oh oh, we lost Hayden with a torn hammy. cry cry cry me a river

  • In reply to Shady:

    I hear Frey was quite the magnet in camp - he'd be a better nickel than Kelvin anyway.

  • Greatest rap video since "Dick in a Box"

  • *smile* good shit

  • hmmm...I'm not that alarmed with Cutler's 4 int practice since the D seemed to bushwack the O.

    The unofficial rule is that Dlinemen don't jump up and bat down passes because the Olinemen can't cut them in practice; Dlinemen pull up from hitting the QB, so they can essentially clog the passing lanes and practice their Lebron skills and jump up and bat passes all day (which naturally leads to ints).

    What alarms me more is the defensive counter other teams might employ.

    It's no secret that Trestman wants the pass out in 3steps, and Dlines might counter by "2 steps and get your hands up" which can lead to

    "The last time Cutler was working in a West Coast offense was 2009 under then-coordinator Ron Turner. He had three passes intercepted that season by defensive tackles."

    What needs to happen is the hook-and-go or slant-and-go pump fake to keep the secondary from just sitting on the short routes, and the Dline from just jumping up and batting down passes.

    A few pump-fake bombs to Marshall and Beast should discombobulate Ds and make them have to defend the entire field, while keeping the Dline honest.

    Of course, this requires the Oline to protect Cutler on longer drops.

  • A few pump-fake bombs to Marshall and Beast should discombobulate Ds and make them have to defend the entire field, while keeping the Dline honest.

    Do you know what else discombulates defenses?

    yes, that's right. Sharknado!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Meant to say, Baby Beast (Alshon).

    Jebus. That looks so bad, it might be good.

    The ultimate would be if the Snakes on a Plane plane flew over head and got caught up in the Sharknado!

    Get on it, hack Hollywood writers!

  • "I WANT these motherfucking SHARKS off my motherfucking PLANE!"

    Also, Harrison Ford replaces Bruce WIllis in Expendables 4. And the bad guy is going to be Nick Cage.

    You think I'm making this up. I am not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No really, you have to be making that up.

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    I think we need to keep in mind, that the defense knows the plays. If they wern't intercepting balls, that would be news.

  • no defense would ever do that because you'd be giving a free pass to deep routes down the middle of the field and on the sidelines. You'd also be conceding about 7 yds a run on a draw.


  • I know we are not fans of BR,,,but i thought this insight is interesting:

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Thanks Lobo. As long as the Trib hides behind a paywall, this is all the content we got...

  • Whats up bears blog bros?

    Looks like the regs have been holding things down over here, while I've been busy trying to sign the Weinergate girls to contracts and patent the pringles penis widener.

    Fuck Hayden and fuck Family Night! I'm calling Isaiah Frey to have a DJ Moore like 2010 year and to lead da squad in picks. I liked the kid on specials and in limited PT last year. Great ball instincts.

    I cannot wait for the season. I'll be at Gibsons for the preseason opener if anyone would like to join.

    And trestman better be able to coach because I won't be able to stand looking at his tranny ass unless we're winning.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Welcome back, sir. The offseason's almost done.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Damn, look what the cat dragged in! Next thing you know, Coach will appear and we'll have the band back together.

    Good to see ya, dude. Also glad to see you've been up to something more productive than hanging out here with the likes of us all offseason.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Hey, there use to be a guy 'round here who looked just LIKE you!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Crown! 'Sup?

    Frey will get his chance - that's a good thing.

  • Tobi, I replied to you directly in the thread above, but because nobody reads that far back i'm reposting here because this info may be useful to others who want to get Sunday Ticket without giving DirecTV their first born child.

    I'm still here. Just lurking and not keeping up on the truly riveting news during the NFL off season.

    To be clear. To get Sunday Ticket you DO NOT need a contract with DirecTV, AND you DO NOT need a PS3!

    DirecTV doesn't offer it until like a week before the reg season starts, but they do offer a full HD streaming ST that will run on anything with a web browser and an Internet connection. You need 6-10Mb/sec for good HD quality. I've used a PC with an HDMI output in to my tv/AV receiver. 5.1 surround sound and 1080i HD

    You need to fill out a little disclaimer form online swearing you are not able to get satellite reception at your location

    But, I also used what I thought was an awesome (and cheap) service by our good friends at the NFL, their NFL Replay package. Many of you thought (little) of the idea of paying 39 bucks for delayed streaming of games. I used it, and it was awesome. If I missed a game on ST in real time, I just streamed it later that day on my NFL provider infinite capacity DVR. Stream any game from any team at any time in HD for 40 bucks or so? No brainer awesome. I just auto renewed it for this year

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Thanks for remembering Mike, I'm definitely going to try the steaming route this season...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    And when it gets too humid from all that steam, I'll try the STREAMING route...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Steam might be bad for your 80s rockband do and coyote fur coat, Tobi!

  • Another reason I've got to get out of South Florida - terrible hair weather...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, I thought you were in Florida. Isn't it steaming there about 10 months out of the year?

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    It's not so bad if you can stay inside but I'm out in it most of the day. After eleven years down here, I'm getting to the point where a Chicago winter is no worse than a South Florida summer...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    oi vey!

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Is tehre some action on a dead thread?
    (scuttles off)

  • Frey;

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    What goes up, must come down! Ha.

  • E-train live...on Silvy & Waddle...."God Bless the Internet"...1500 miles away fro Chi-Town and I can hear about our team!!!!!!!!

  • With all due respect Jeff, change the cotton pickin thread. If I have to go another day looking at that cheese head, I'm gonna puke.

  • Ha ha ha. I love this, what a bone head.

  • Interesting quote from a Biggsy article on Eban Brittan in the Trib. A little insight on how at least a couple players feel about their coaches (well, at least what they're willing to admit):

    Britton says he has learned a tremendous amount from offensive line coaches Aaron Kromer and Pat Meyer in a short period. Kromer was one reason his agent Tom Condon steered him to the Bears.

    "It's even better than I could have hoped," Britton said. "I am learning so much and Coach Trestman is like this Zen master. I don't even know if I should say this, but Martellus (Bennett) the other day, we were in the ice tubs, and Coach Trestman is walking by and Martellus says, 'Coach, they ask me who you remind me of and I almost said Willy Wonka.'

    "He is like Willy Wonka of football. He is this mad scientist. It is awesome. It is a great opportunity."

  • new thread

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