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Schedule, compensatory picks on their way

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Don’t expect concrete answers on everything that is put in front of the owners at the NFL meetings that begin Monday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla.

But word is the league will reveal the national television schedule for kickoff weekend on Monday, and possibly the lineup for Thanksgiving Day. The Washington Post already reported the Redskins will open the season at the defending champion New York Giants on Thursday, Sept. 4. The remainder of the schedule could come later in the week with considerable scuttlebutt that an announcement will be made Thursday afternoon.

Generally speaking, the Bears are good business for the networks because they reside in the league’s second-largest television market. But given the club’s tailspin to 7-9 last season, it’s difficult to imagine NFL and TV execs finding a delicious opening weekend matchup they deem must-see viewing for the nation.

The Bears last appeared on Thanksgiving Day in a wretched 21-7 loss at Dallas in 2004. It was Craig Krenzel’s final start as a an ankle injury did in his season, and when Jonathan Quinn’s relief effort was, well, a lot like his starts earlier in the season, the Chad Hutchinson era spawned.

The last time the Bears visited the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day was Nov. 25, 1999. Since, the Lions have played division rival Green Bay three times on Thanksgiving without playing Minnesota. Since the merger, the longest the Lions and Bears have gone without hooking up on Thanksgiving has been 11 seasons (1980 to 1991).

Compensatory picks will also be announced this week from the meetings. The Bears are almost assured of receiving one pick and could land two.

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It will be nice to know what compensatory picks we end up with. I would be thrilled if we got a 4th or 5th round pick instead of a 7th. Jerry could get aggressive early in the draft (not moving up in 1, but moving up in 2 or 3) if we know we have an extra 4th or 5th rounder that we can't trade away. I think Miami will be looking to get out of the 32nd pick, since no one is going to trade for the #1 overall, and our 44 and 90 picks are a perfect match in value. We can move up for Flacco, a RB, or a second OL that drops out of the first round (Albert possibly?) We would still have our 70th pick from the Niners in the third, so we wouldn't be missing out on any of the early rounds.

If we got an extra 4th as a compensatory selection, we could possibly move back in to the 1st at 27 to San Diego if we see someone we want by adding the 106th pick in to the mix. They would get their 3rd rounder back, and move back out of the 1st round, where there won't be any 1st round CBs left, which is their biggest need.

If we get a 5th rounder, we could make the deal with the Niners at 29, by replacing the 106th with the 134th pick. They might also be looking to trade out of the first round.

But trading up does not seem to be Jerry's style. Perhaps we can use all the picks and rebuild the depth on this roster, and find a couple of starters out of the mix at LT, RB, and maybe a guard if Beekman doesn't pan out. If you use your compensatory picks well, you can take a chance on some players who slide, or take an earlier shot at a player than you normally would. Mant teams use this strategy to improve special teams and build for the future (Baltimore and New England have been especially good at this)

Hey, I just hope they leave us off the Monday Night Football schedule, because we don`t play well in that time slot anyway, as well as on Thanksgiving Day. I am just as happy playing ALL of our games at noon on Sunday, because the team plays their best football at that time, and it is the best time to attend a game, so you can enjoy the whole experience of tailgaiting, and watching the game, and having plenty of time to return home, and prepare for the upcoming work week, after a Bear victory, of course. I am glad to hear the Bears will get some compensatory picks this season, it has helped the Packers the last couple of seasons and I`m sure Mr. Angelo will make some valuable additions to the Bears, with the extra picks.....can`t wait!

Joe, you make some good ponts, but I highly doubt the 49ers would be willing to deal with the Bears considering the tamperinig allegation/slap on the wrist/loss of picks and 3rd round positioning. It certainly seems that Chicago can address three of five needs in this draft. OT, RB and OG could be found in the first three rounds. I'm not convinced they can find a WR that could push some of the incumbents and provide production relatively quickly or a safety for that matter. A good sign is that if J.A. doesn't go OT in the first round and gets a RB like Mendenhall, suitable LT's have been located in 2nd rounds that last couple of years that have played from the start: i.e. Marcus McNeill and Tony Ugoh to name a couple.

The Bears will get at least TWO 7th round comp picks and maybe THREE.

( Not for publication: I'm so sure of TWO, that if they don't get at least TWO, I Fly you into Palm Springs for the best steak & seafood dinner in Southern Ca. ....but just One??? ....Well, let's say if they get THREE I like'd to go for Italian in Chicago:) )

If the Bears get a 4th-5th round pick I don't think there would be any sense in tradeing down. Think about it the Bears would then have a 1strd 2nd rd two 3rds then two 4ths the 5th 6th and 7th that would give Angelo a total of 9 picks. That makes for a great Bear draft day GO BEARS!!

I hate to be a pessimist, but a great Bear Draft? We need offense and the only great offensive player drafted by Angelo was a Defensive back. lol
I would LOVE to see the Bears (not Angelo as he only trades down) trade up for OT Long via our 1st/Briggs for a high 1st/2nd Is this possible?? I feel our Defense is solid enough to trade Briggs (who I feel fell off last year) Long would be worth trading up for.
I have heard Sam Bakers name mentioned lately......
Compensatory picks are great but it's how they are used.
How does Benson/Grossman sound as first round Angelo offensive picks now?

I do believe the Niners would not be overly thrilled to deal with the Bears, but stranger bedfellows have been created on draft day. I was more using them as an example of what we could do with the picks we have, and putting out a scenario involving dealing with the Packers makes my rear end itch... I still think Miami is the most likely trading partner, as they are dying to get more picks, and since no one is looking to move up to #1, they can target the 32 pick (which is really the equivalent of a late 1st rounder) to entertain offers. They can use a ton of youth, and Parcells knows it.

I agree that we should come out of the first three rounds with 3 starting candidates, whether this year or next year (if we draft QB). But if we don't have 2 OL by the end of the 4th, we are missing the boat.

If we don't draft a WR, I think we are in good enough shape to get by this season. If Booker is still as spry as the scouts seem to think he is, he should be a decent receiving option, and between Hester, Bradley, Lloyd, Rideau, Hass, and possibly Davis, we can find another 3 or 4 guys who can contribute. Our #1 target needs to be the tight end. We are much safer in that regard because we have Olson and Clark that can both be solid passing game options. I sincerely hope to see them both on the field at least 33% of the time. That will give Atari Bigby and Nick Collins fits, as well as torture Gerald Alexander in Detroit and Darren Sharper in Minnesota. If Ron Turner is worth anything as an offensive coordinator, he is devising ways to get them both into the pattern as often as possible to pull the defense away from the line, and off of Hester and Bradley on the outside.

You add in a young left tackle, a Running back that can actually get to and turn the corner, and then get a Guard (Beekman or a draft pick) that can get out of their stance before a DT blows by them, and all of a sudden we can be a respectable offense. Orton and/or Grossman are both capable of hitting the open man when they can actually set their feet and throw the ball, although it is much harder for Grossman to see over the blockers (had to get in a short joke).

I do think the OL has to be our first pick if possible, as the guys who will be around in Round 2 and 3 at OT (Baker, Cherilus, Nicks, Mills, Collins) are all guys that need work, but the running backs like Johnson, Smith, Forte, Rice, Hart, and others are players that can come in and contribute. But if there is a run on OTs (Miami, St. Louis, Atlanta, Oakland, Kansas City, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, and Carolina all could possibly use one, which is 9 out of the first 13 picks) and Long, Clady, Otah, and Williams are gone, the Bears should go for a RB or trade back with a team who wants Mendenhall in the 16-22 range, and then take Brendan Albert with the first pick. He can play either guard or tackle, but likely will not make it past 23 to Pittsburgh.

This will be interesting for sure....

I agree Kevin but it all depends on who is left at 14 that the Bears want. If the guy they want most who is still left can be had later in the round they will trade down. Nothing wrong with that. It's also about money the lower you are in the round the less you have to pay. Not that the Bears are che-- frugal or anything.

100% agree with ya Joe and Kevin.Nothing need more I say for now.

7th rd picks?Who cares about the 7th rd? We need 3rd or 4th rd picks!Bears will always suck until McKaskeys wake up or sell the team!And im a born bears fan so.You guys take it or leave it.Get rid of the owners, O-coord,D-coord,and Find a good freakin QB for once would ya guys????

joe F. are you sure you are'nt jerry angelo under a pen name? We do'nt need to trade down or up in the first just take the 14th friggin best athlete or need available! We already traded down three times for michal haynes (bust) d. Manning (bust) and r.grossman.If a team wants mendenhal bad enough trader jerry will probably oblidge.

we should have done more in free agency!!! that way we couldve done what we wanted in the draft and not went for needs!!! i think we have a pretty solid team ( if we stay healthy). so if we do end up getting 8 or 9 draft picks, why not trade a coupl of them away to move the rest of them up a little to get better draft picks. we never keep more than 3 or 4 of the people we pick, so move up and make sure these are the people you want and then keep them.

Guys, In response to anonymous and saying the McCaskey's need to sell the team, why dont we as fans rise up together and buy the team from them? I would love to get this off the ground and I bet all of us die hard Bear fans would put together something where we were all part owners and elect someone who we all could trust to run the team. Then make Angelo the GM of defense, and hire an offensive guru... let me know what you think...

Oh come on Jon! Everybody complains about free agency. What the Bears need was not there in free agency. They need a solid QB. They need a starting LT and RB. The only one they might have pursued was RB and this draft has several that should be around in the 2nd & 3rd rds.

The problem for the Bears is if there is a run on O-line before they pick in the 1st rd and before they pick in the 2nd rd. It's a crazy year, they could end up with no O-line in rds 1&2. I'm hoping they grab Albert in the 1st rd and either Henne or Flacco in the 2nd rd. If the QB's are gone in the 2nd go for RB.

I may be wrong but I thought the compensatory picks can not be traded

Looks like 3 7th round compensatory selections, so that doesn't help us much. Our 7th round picks have not been very good lately, so odds are maybe one of them makes the team. So much for having some flexibility in the earlier rounds (4-5) by using our existing picks to trade up and relying on the compensatory selections to still have a pick in the round.

Oh well, at least we know we will be busy on Day 2...

Joe the second day has treated the Bears fairly good.May not have been impact players, but player that have contributed to the team.
Special Teams unit hasnt been much talked about.Maybe,I dont know, I dont have a majical crystal ball, maybe the Bears go in thinking that they can replace 1 or 2 of the player they lost in F.A. on Special teams in the 7th round.
That would give them time to learn and progress in the system the Bears run.Any player choosen in the draft that makes the 53 man roster is a valuable asset in the teams sucsess.
Lets just hope Angelo Drafts a few future starting offensive players in the up coming draft.

Im sure I put my name on the post above.

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