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Quarterback Dogpile

Most of the big names have been signed in free agency so we are in the NFL “doldrums” for a bit here until the draft. I thought I would take a few minutes to try to figure out just what the Bears are trying to tell us with the current dogpile we have on the team at the QB position.

Currently it is clear that Glennon will be the starter, since he has a massive guarantee for next season. Believe it or not, I am OK with this as there will be quite a few new players on offense, and if we draft a QB (more on this later) I wouldn’t want to just throw him into the fray and get killed.

Mark Sanchez was recently signed for one year. If you want to laugh, go to the Bears instagram site and check out the comments after they made the announcement. All of them (by Bear fans at least) were along the lines of “fuckfuckfuck” or “fml” or “awful!”. It is pretty hilarious. I am of the opinion that a total loser laughingstock team like the Bears should just kill their social media efforts until they are decent. Kevin White had to eventually shut off the comments on his Instagram as every time he posted, his comments filled up with “bust”, “epic bust”, “thanks for being a bust” and the like.

But I digress.

Sanchez was signed for $2mm and believe it or not I am pretty good with this deal. He may or may not make the team, and if you look around the league, that is a very good deal for a backup quarterback. Hell, McClown just signed for $6mm to play on the Jests and he is nothing more than a place filler. Would you rather have Clown at 6 or Sanchez at 2? Of course this is a dumb conversation but one that needs to be had when you are talking about a backup qb.

David Fales is a leftover from the Trestman “era” (lol) and has never really been given a chance imho. The Bears have protected him several times, promoting him to the team off of the practice squad so he doesn’t get pinched by another team, but what for? He never plays. Maybe they see something in him, but we will never know if he never hits the field.

Connor Shaw is also an unknown. After the broken leg we just don’t know where he will end up.

So we go into this year with 4 pretty craptacular QB’s in the big picture, one of whom we are overpaying by an insane amount. So what gives? What is the plan?

Well, it should be pretty clear after the draft. Of course everyone here is praying we draft a QB. I am not necessarily married to the idea that we draft the maniac Watson from Clemson with the 3 pick. In fact, I wouldn’t be adverse to seeing the Bears trade off that 3 for more picks lower down. But if they do draft Watson I would be good with it. That would basically give one of Shaw/Fales their walking papers after the Bears use them up in camp for an arm. Or maybe Sanchez will stink up the joint in camp and they will cut him.

Glennon simply can’t be the future of the team, and the Bears signed a decent deal as far as the time frame. The amount they are paying is ridiculous, as everyone will agree, but as long as there is a plan in place to bring up the QB of the future, I am more than happy to see Glennon and/or Sanchez/Fales/Shaw get killed while we are still putting our offense together. They don’t have anyone to throw the ball to anyways.

Improvement – But is it Enough For You?

At this time last year we had a complete and total train wreck of a season coming to a crash ending, with the players hating the coaches and a ton of embarrassing events across the organization. When last year came to a close, everyone got canned besides some of the very top brass.

So what do we have this year? Well, we are at least one win better going into Sunday’s game, and imho, we have a new direction. I have not seen any of the bickering or sniping of the coaches that I saw last year. When Jay (I refuse to call him Jeremiah) Ratliff went bonkers he immediately got cut – that wouldn’t (and didn’t) have happened last year. We ditched Brandon Marshall I assume because of his locker room antics (who is having a nice year in New York) and ate a ton of money to get rid of Jared Allen for poor on field performance. It has been a continuing theme that no matter what you think or hear, the ownership is NOT afraid to spend money on this team. But you can’t just go out and buy superstars in the NFL. It takes time.

Will you give these Bears another year or two go get their act together? Was the effort we saw this year on every play enough to keep you around? It is enough for me. John Fox has gotten more out of this bunch of guys than anyone in the NFL could have. The effort is there. We just don’t have the talent. Like I said earlier – you can’t just import talent. You have to draft it and bring in the right guys from free agency that work well in your system. McPhee was a solid contributor and a great fit. We need more like this but it will take time.

I, for one, notice a huge difference in how the team is handling itself and the general attitude put forth from Halas Hall. We aren’t there yet, but it is early in the re-build. I will give them another year or two (tops). Here’s hoping I am right.

Bears Playing Well, Clausen Gone

The Bears played a hell of a game on Sunday. We came up short, as teams who are not as talented typically do, but a few notes.

We never gave up. Fox has clearly instilled an attitude of never giving up and every guy is playing like their ass is on fire. I really like that. Once this team gets some talent, we will be good. Very good.

Our old friend James “Pickles” Clausen got waived. I think this has something to do with a dark overlord of the past.
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It has pleased me to no end to see Trestman flailing in Baltimore and watching the Ravens suck is always great in general. I still have angst over the Ravens beating the 49ers in the Super Bowl and costing me $$$ but I digress as usual.

However, with Flacco getting his ACL exploded (there is a god) in the last game, I think Trestman was sniffing around Fales due to his past experiences. Fales was on the practice squad. Teams can cherry pick your practice squad at any time. So the Bears just cut Pickles and promoted Fales to be the backup, which is smart. See ya Jimmy.
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Good job to Fox and Pace for protecting Fales. Fales isn’t the next Brady, but he can’t be worse than Clausen. Hopefully.

Bears Coaching Alumni

Coaching football is an odd and imho, a terrible profession. In contrast to the players, many coaches have life-long careers. The only problem with this is that they have to constantly move as they get replaced, fired, or take a better job. I would imagine that this takes a toll on many of the coaches family lives. It would be interesting sometime to see if their divorce and bankruptcy rates are as bad as the players. But that is peering down the rabbit hole a bit much.

So, who do you know? That is true in life outside of coaching, and is vital within the coaching community. Many, many coaches have worked with each other at some point and they never know who their next boss will be. This is why you never see coaches like Trestman burning bridges when they get fired or leave. That guy you are calling an asshole might just be your new boss (but not for long). I suppose there are a few guys who could get away with trashing people like Belichick and maybe the Chin but those guys are few and far between. You will note that GMs never trash owners, even if their reasons for departure may not be fair.

I imagine that Fox and Elway were butting heads for Elway to dismiss Fox after amassing a 46-18 record, but little was said besides Elway saying that the Broncos didn’t go down “kicking and screaming” in the playoffs. Even Elway knows that he might be working somewhere else someday.

With that, I noticed a few funnies this week. Our ex (not so) special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is now working for Denver. Funny since we just got their special teams guy Rodgers from Denver, who obviously followed Fox to Chicago.

Marc Trestman is now the OC for the Ravens. Trestman and Flacco – what a marriage made in heaven.

Aaron Kromer is now the O Line coach for Rex Ryan in Buffalo. That sort of sucks for us because Buffalo was one of the teams I thought we could sucker trade with for Cutler. Oh well.

I am sure even Mel Tucker will fall into some sort of job. It is a giant carousel and round and round it goes. Look at dumb Ron Turner, still gainfully employed. If that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does.

So Long, Year 2014

Warning: Long read!

I’ll try to go in chronological order, as much as possible. I got the impression that the 2014 season began with a lot of optimism about what kind of a season the Bears would have. And there didn’t seem to be too many people that were disbelieving.

Granted, there were plenty of raised eyebrows with the Cutler contract, but persuasive alternative choices at the time that the deal was done weren’t overpowering arguments. It was in January that this website sought out reasoned analyses as to what choices the Bears had besides to sign Cutler, come up with the name of an experienced available QB, or opt to draft and pray for a QB.  Having read what was written, I didn’t see a viable alternative to signing Cutler. As has been necessary to repeat, however, the price tag was an altogether different animal.  But, let’s not forget that QB contracts after Cutler’s deal was done, as a whole, have included less guaranteed money than they did before Cutler’s contract.  The point being, negotiators of the Cutler contract could still point to more, rather than less, guaranteed money, as indications of what Cutler, even as merely a quarterback with a pulse, should be getting in light of what QB contracts before his contract had escalated to include.

There was probably not enough emphasis and attention paid to certain developments that would come back to haunt the Bears. While the site certainly  didn’t endorse things like Briggs leaving town to open his BBQ place and B. Marshall going on The View (?) to sign his contract, stinking horseshit  like these events didn’t draw the hot flaming ire that we now hold for them.

As for the actual start of the season. the majority of us figured that the Buffalo game would be a win for the Bears. Instead, it would prove to be an omen. The win against the 49ers was an unexpected win. But again, the Buffalo loss and the San Francisco win had us doing some meaningless mental gymnastics,  trying to rationalize a loss to Buffalo with a win against the 49ers. Not something a good team does to people’s expectations.

It was after the 38 – 17 home loss to the Packers that, more than confusion about the Bears consistency, but the season’s true ugliness began to show. It was then that we had to realize that with Jay’s lifetime record against the Packers and our remaining schedule, things were grim.

Dan made the call on Jared Allen’s invisibility as early as September 23,  when the team was just 2 – 1, stating that Allen “has to start getting sacks.”And, as the season progressed into a lost cause, Allen’s practice and polish in front of the TV cameras seemed to allow him to avoid and escape being cornered  as the rat he was this season. Pneumonia my left nut.

As to the team, Dan posted “Conditional Critical” as early as October 9, a few days after the Carolina game.

I think it was around the Miami game on October 19 that most of the readership  started to fully admit that the Bears were not who we hoped they were. Of course, it was the week after the Miami game that the Patriots put up 51 points and any and all hope seemed to absolutely turn into delusion.

The site has been exploring damage control since at least October 20, when the “What is to be Done?” thread appeared.  Interestingly, a comment back from that thread is as follows:

“…start showing the high priced vets the door via trade and begin grooming a qb.”

It was on November 10 that Dan floated “Put A Fork In IT” on the site,  following up by declaring that from that point on, he would be giving the remainder of his tickets for the season away. Actions, people, speak volumes.

The site didn’t really rake Lamaar Houston over the coals too badly, though the (expletive deleted) more than deserved it.  The guy was so completely and utterly a sorry excuse for a Bear he seemed to be creatively exploring new ways to be a distraction.

“Stop Harassing Marc Trestman’s Daughters”  had to be published by the gentlemen in charge here at the site.  Apparently, there are people in the population at large who call themselves fans with too little honor and self-respect than to terrorize offspring about their father, who is a public figure, though the children are not.

The website included a podcast and a poll in 2014.  As well as several pieces about the U. of I.  The talk about the Bears cap situation has been interspersed throughout the year  and Dan has made this one of the few forums, if there are any others, devoted to the Bears where the readers  have gained some understanding about this thing called the cap because someone took the time to focus on it, in an environment that is conducive to learning.

As for the content of the majority of the posts throughout the year, it seems to be that the love of the Bears out of a sense of history and faithfulness remains strong. As is true about at least a few players, like Forte, Bennett, Long, and Paea, most of the time. But, as far as liking every single player or coach that puts on the uniform of the Bears, well that has been impossible.

Black Monday came and the Bears told Phil Emery and Marc Trestman that they would be parting ways from the Bears  before 9:00 am. George McCaskey  and Ted Phillips held a press conference stating that they’ve retained Ernie Accorsi, an expert consultant, to guide them in reaching out to a new GM and HC.  Perhaps Accorsi will be given a lot of weight. Perhaps McCaskey and Phillips think that they need to continue to think the way that they have been thinking.  Certainly we’ll all be doing a lot of reading in the coming weeks about the new blood, whomever it may be.

Domains Released

Well today we have our own little post Black-Monday routine which is the “releasing of the domains”.  I had Fire Aaron Kromer and Fire Marc Trestman which I released back into the general pool.  For some reason I never bought Mel Tucker in the first place but I’ll be sure to buy the DC coordinator next time because boy did we stink up the joint on defense.  I didn’t try to buy Emery either will look into that next GM as well.  And another learning is to buy up the special teams guy – man we’ve fallen apart over the last few years.

One thing we never do, however, is give up the domain for Ron Turner.  Even though it is a sad ol’ “.net” domain we keep fireronturner.net forever and I consider that money well spent.  Unlike the guys up above who came through town and failed and moved on, Ron Turner wrecked the Illini AND the Bears TWICE and we just can’t believe he still has a job anywhere in football.  He also blew the only chance we probably will have for a super bowl win in my damn life time, a game so sad that Dan and I never even discuss it.

Black Monday Open Thread

So I got this “to the point” email from Halas Hall over the weekend:

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Well, today is the day.  I am quite sure that there will be some office cleaning at Halas Hall.  I will be busy updating our masthead while our crack tech staff (Carl) will be working on dumping our past re-directs and setting up new ones as events unfold.

Personally, I want a presser from ownership that lays out a clear plan on the future, once the pieces are in place.