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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.

Staff Taking Shape

Well, we have most of the pieces in place for the new Bears coaching staff. For DC we got Vic Fangio, who had many top ten defenses in San Francisco. Thank GOD that one of the first things that Pace/Fox did was shoot Mel Tucker into the sun.
Our special teams coordinator is Jeff Rodgers, who worked for Fox in Denver. The Denver special teams were also ranked in the top ten in many categories.
The OC spot is still up in the air. I have heard Charlie “bucket o wings” Weis’s name being tossed around as well as Adam Gase, who also worked for Fox in Denver.

We will see, but to this point, I think that Pace and Fox have done a nice job of hiring experienced professionals who know how to win.

That said, they have a LOT of work cut out for them with this roster, and it will be a process – that is for sure.

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.

Poll

As we all know, what the fans think or want doesn’t really matter that much to ownership in the NFL.  But that won’t stop me from putting up this poll.  We have a lot of changes coming Black Monday (and the necessary work we need to put into updating this site).

 

2014 Season

dumpster fire

I guess the picture above pretty much describes the 2014 season in a nutshell.

Since I am sort of (sort of?) a math geek I decided to look at the Bears playoff chances and believe it or not, we are still have a mathematical possibility to make the playoffs, even sitting here at a dismal 5-8.  But let’s be real.

I think it is probably prediction time, as far as coaches heads go.

I will start.  Trestman and Emery get one more year and will receive the dreaded “vote of confidence” from the owners.  Tucker and de Camillis get canned before the season is out (who knows, maybe even today).  Pasqualoni gets elevated to interim DC.  Kromer stays put.  Lets hear your predictions in the comments.