Category Archives: Fire Phil Emery

Eddie Royal and Will Sutton Gone

The Bears cut Eddie Royal and Will Sutton. Royal was simply a place holder at receiver for a bit. Sutton was our third rounder in 2014. Of that 2014 draft, deftly executed by that genius Phil Emery, the Bears now have left:

Kyle Fuller (likely on his way out soon)
Ka deem Carey (placeholder running back)
Pat O Donnell (punter)

If anyone ever wonders why the Bears suck, this is the reason.

2014 Draft

This week we heard the news of Ego Ferguson getting cut. He was our second round pick in the 2014 draft, Phil Emery’s last with the Bears. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look at the 2014 draft.

Round 1 – Kyle Fuller (still on team)
Round 2 – Ego Ferguson (cut)
Round 3 – Will Sutton (still on team)
Round 4 – Ka’deem Carey (still on team)
Round 4 – Brock Vereen (cut)
Round 5 – none
Round 6 – David Fales (practice squad)
Round 6 – Pat O’Donnell (still on team)
Round 7 – Charles Leno Jr. (still on team)

I imagine with our free agent signings that Fuller is probably on his way out the door. Sutton is a contributor as well as Carey at times. O’Donnell is a decent punter for us. The rest are garbage. This is why Emery got fired and also why the Bears are a laughingstock. When you produce year after year of failed drafts, it simply catches up with you. You need solid contributors especially in the early rounds or the rest of the league just passes you by as your current players age.

Let’s Talk About the Chicago Bears

Here we are, 1-6 – soon to be embarrassed on national TV (yet again) and we will be sitting at 1-7 to start the year. So let’s talk about the Chicago Bears.

There is so much to unpack here and so much history. I will begin with the boss, George McCaskey.

There are a lot of jokes that go around making fun of the McCaskey family and how they run things. But the fact of the matter is that they have not been stingy with the cash at all. Over and over they have spent untold millions of dollars on this team, trying to make it better. I question keeping Ted Phillips around, however. In what possible world can Ted be considered “successful”? But what is successful to the McCaskeys? Making money? They certainly do that. If it is simply a question of making money, well, more power to them. Nobody has to go to the games (keep an eye on the stands as the weather gets cold and things get more and more bleak). But my gut tells me that they really do want to win. So why is Ted around?

When Ted and George hired Ryan Pace, I felt really good about it. Fresh face, renewed energy, a new way to look at things. An interesting departure from stodgy Phil Emery. But what a mess. It doesn’t appear that Pace has any clear direction. Granted, our whole team seems to get injured every week (and who’s fault is that, anyways?) but we have seen hundreds of guys in Bear uniforms in just a year and a half since the Pace/Fox era started. Our drafts these first two years haven’t been stellar (jury still out on some players, I will give Pace that). But what is the plan? Is there one? The Bears have to be looking long term at this point and form some sort of plan and stick to it. Too many moving pieces.

John Fox. He seems completely clueless. Maybe it is just me. This was Pace’s big hire and he doesn’t really seem to be “with it” in pressers, or on the sidelines or…anything. I am pretty unimpressed so far.

Cutler. He’s gone after this year so everyone can stop blaming everything on him (see how well Hoyer and Barkley did in Cutler’s absence just like Pickles last year). So what are we going to do for a qb? Early draft pick? Could work, might not. Brady was a 6th rounder. The first rounder in Philly, against all of my predictions, seems to be doing well. The number one pick from last year’s draft hasn’t played a down yet. You just never know.

Our offensive line is adequate, but that doesn’t get you into the playoffs and adequate gets your qb killed. Over and over. Even Seattle is having a tough time keeping Wilson upright and Green Bay is also finding out what living with an adequate line is like. Rodgers is definitely not himself this year.

The receivers outside of Jeffrey are unremarkable and in need of an upgrade. Kevin White is a complete and total bust.

Our defense actually seems to be coming along. I know it takes time to learn a new system, but many players have played the 3-4 on other teams so it isn’t like it is as big of a deal as a new offensive coordinator. Our front seven (especially once we get McPhee back) is more stout than I have seen in a while, but our corners and safeties bite. Many injuries on that front as well.

Speaking of injuries, what the heck? Why are we so cursed? Our starting center blew his knee up on FAMILY NIGHT. That is insane. I don’t know if this is bad luck, or poor training, but it just seems like we are always the walking wounded. I have no real explanation for this as I assume that most of the trainers (maybe I am assuming too much) have some sort of NFL experience and know how to train guys up for the long season.

So where does all of this armchair quarterbacking leave us? I really don’t know. Will upper management give Pace and Fox another year? I think that is the real question. I don’t know how much pressure there is on these guys but the owners have to feel tired of seeing their franchise being a laughingstock for so long. If the pressure is too great, there will be sacrificial lambs first (coordinators) then probably Fox, then Pace will go. It is in all of their best interests to show at least a little flash of brilliance (ha) at the end of this year to give Ted and George some sort of confidence in what we have here.

In the end, I am sort of clueless. I know that all of these folks are working as hard as they can, but nothing seems to be clicking. Again.

We Will Soon See If Ryan Pace Gets It

Alshon Jeffrey is a free agent at the end of this season. We all know that.

Ryan Pace needs to sign the extension now. Why is this so urgent? We need to accelerate as much of Alshon’s signing bonus and salary into this season as we can. We are done for this year (and likely next year). Putting as much money as possible into this year does nothing but benefit us in later years when we may need a bit of cap room to put us over the top to reach a playoff spot. Phil Emery made the classic error of waiting until the season was over, and THEN signing Cutler to his deal, wasting a full year of salary cap pro-ration. That especially hurt us seeing the structure and size of Cutler’s contract and is likely one of the main reasons he is gone. He didn’t get it.

While we are at it, I wouldn’t mind seeing some cuts this year to free up cap room for players we don’t really have any intention of signing (Willie Young, among others) so we could get some more deals done. We need a short term extension for the Black Unicorn and I wouldn’t mind seeing Long get an extension even though we are still a year out on his deal. Again, accelerating Long’s money into this year and what is likely another “tank” year in 2016 does nothing but help the future.

The way the Bears are running Forte into the ground, I don’t think we have any intention of signing him, unless he would give us a sweetheart deal. He might have to anyways. The market for aging NFL running backs does not exist – especially ones over 30 with some injury history.

If the season ends and then we see Pace sign Jeffrey (wasting a year of salary cap pro-ration), we will know right then and there that he doesn’t get it. But I think he does.

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.

The Benching of Jay

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We all heard it last night – Jimmy Clausen is starting Sunday and Jay is benched.  Jason from Over the Cap speaks to the situation but the money is this:

Trading Cutler leaves the Bears with just a $4 million dead money hit on their salary cap and would create $12.5 million in cap space in 2015. Cutler’s contract contains dead money because the Bears converted a portion of his base salary to a signing bonus to aid them in signing Jared Allen.  If he remains in Chicago he will carry a $16.5 million cap hit in 2015 and $17 million cap hit in 2016. The 2016 number would be completely wiped from the books.

Cutting Cutler is not really an option. If they release him the Bears will still need to pay him $15.5 million.  In addition his bonus money would accelerate, leaving Chicago with a $19.5 million cap charge. That cap charge would result in a loss of $3 million in cap room. If they were to consider it they would need to release him in early March. On the 3rd day of the 2015 League Year $10 million of Cutler’s $16 million salary in 2016 becomes fully guaranteed.

So by the numbers, this is the situation.  I have a few theories I would like to present.  Most of it is black helicopter stuff, but work with me.

One theory I have is that the Bears already have a deal done with someone and part of it was to keep Jay out of the last couple games to keep him healthy, especially against the ferocious Lions defense.  It will be interesting to see if Fales is active this week – he was inactive last week, so collected a nice, higher paycheck for doing basically nothing but standing on the sidelines (good for him).  For those not in the know, the Bears signed Fales off of the practice squad when it was heard that the Patriots were making him an offer.

If Cutler is inactive on Sunday, I think that is a sure sign that a trade has been done, and we can all start complaining about the next qb (that is, after we are done laughing at Clausen).

One other thought I had was that Jay would take a decrease in salary or some sort of restructure just to get the f1ck out of town and start over somewhere else, even as a backup.  If the Bears got creative, and Cutler swallowed some pride and some dough, I could see him helping out on certain teams.

A last thought I had was that perhaps management will just cut him and eat all the money and just say “to hell with it”.  But I doubt with this type of money that this situation is grounded in reality.

Anyways, esteemed commenters, lets get those tinfoil hats on and speculate.