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Four Down Territory, Jan. 22: Will Wolfe get a shot to be Sproles?

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One more Four Down Territory on Friday, so shoot in your questions now. We're going to suspend the Q&A next week (we'll try to get one done) while we're covering Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Don't worry, we'll resume in a big way after the season officially comes to an end.

Q: What is your opinion on the running back situation? Do the Bears bring back Kevin Jones or try to turn Garrett Wolfe into their own version of Darren Sproles? Jones was basically on the shelf all year and should be healthier than he was when he joined the roster. Do they draft a running back and cut Jones? Also, what's Roberto Garza's contract situation? I still think that while the line stayed together all year and played better than ANYONE expected, the Bears still need more interior push in the run game. I'm still sold on Olin Kreutz but I'm starting to wonder about Garza.

Ray, Connecticut

A: If the Bears want to bring back Jones, he'll have to want to come back. Jones is an unrestricted free agent after signing a one-year deal for the minimum-salary benefit. The vibe I get is that general manager Jerry Angelo would very much like to see Wolfe worked into the mix more. We don't know if he can handle a role as a complementary back at this point because he simply has not had the chance. As Angelo explained, so much of the focus was on getting Matt Forte ready to carry the load as a rookie, that the rest of the players at the position were forced into lesser roles. You can't rule out drafting a back but with more pressing needs I would expect Wolfe to get an opportunity with Adrian Peterson in place, yet again, as a fallback option.

As far as Garza, he is signed for three more years through 2011. I've heard more grumblings about Josh Beekman from this past season than Garza, who is a steady lineman. It's expected the Bears will address guard in the draft. See more on that below.


Q: With all the talk about drafting or bringing in a defensive end via free agency, what about Ervin Baldwin? I know he didn't play in 2008, and he doesn't quite have the size to be an every down player, but with Rod Marinelli working his magic couldn't he potentially step up as a significant force in 2009? Will the coaching staff give him a shot to be "the guy?"

Ari, Parts Unknown

A: That's a good question. Baldwin, or G-Ball as his friends call him, was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Nov. 11. The Bears didn't elevate him because they had plans for him--he didn't dress for any of the remaining seven games--they were about to lose him to the Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps Angelo didn't want to see another former draft pick depart and find some success with the Chiefs as Mark Bradley had.

No one is crossing Baldwin out of the team's plans at this point but he's got to be a longshot to do much in 2009, let alone be "the guy.'' I'm expecting Adewale Ogunleye to have a big year in a push toward free agency and Alex Brown is always steady. The Bears are hopeful Mark Anderson can rediscover his magic and that's the player I expect Marinelli will be charged with developing.


Q: The Bears' defensive line has a multitude of rather thin players and only two absurdly large players, Israel Idonije and Anthony Adams. What is the likelihood of the Bears signing a large-bodied tackle or making some of the present players gain the weight that could help?

Ish, Parts Unknown

A: I wouldn't call Adams or Idonije absurdly large. Seen the Falcons' Grady Jackson lately? Idonije was asked to put on weight for a move to defensive tackle that seemed short-lived and was listed at 297 pounds. He's 6-foot-6. Adams is 6-0, 307, and has more range inside than Dusty Dvoracek, who is 6-3, 303. Marcus Harrison has the frame at 6-3, 310 to put on some more size if the club wanted him to go that way. The defense thrives on quickness up front. Unless there's going to be an adjustment in philosophy with Marinelli, I don't see this happening. Remember, Marinelli ran off big-bodied tackle Shaun Rogers from Detroit. He promptly made the Pro Bowl for the Cleveland Browns.


Q: With all this talk about bolstering the offensive line and the mocks I've seen, why aren't the Bears considering Duke Robinson from Oklahoma? They're supposed to be a running team and the guard play seems to get tossed aside week after week. Why not start getting some studs inside to handle the Williams Duo in Minnesota? Everybody talks about tackles, sign John St. Clair to back up either John Tait or Chris Williams. The guy has always been a tweener, adequate starter, above average backup. If Robinson isn't there, what about that mammoth from LSU, Herman Johnson? The dude looks like a man among boys, and should be around in round two.

Jim, Texas

A: Those are some good points and you have picked the top two guards off the most recent Mel Kiper list of the top five players at every position. I don't know if the Bears will make a move that early for a guard, but consider that Angelo has not selected a guard in the first three rounds since grabbing Terrence Metcalf from Ole Miss in round three of the 2002 draft. Metcalf could be on his way out and nudging him out the door could be a young player the Bears groom to have ready in 2010. Based on Tait being 34 and entering the final year of his contract, and given that Williams remains an unknown because he did virtually nothing as a rookie, tackle has to remain a higher priority. It's harder to locate tackles and that will always be a greater need. However, I would not be surprised if the Bears grabbed a tackle and a guard in the first four rounds of the draft. Angelo knows the Bears have to make a move here and the club was talking with one player who might be around in the middle rounds, Oregon State's Andy Levitre at the Senior Bowl.

Thanks for all of the comments and thanks for reading. More on Friday!

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My Bears mock draft:

(1) Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR 6-2, 200 pounds, Maryland

(2) Phil Loadholt, OT 6-8, 343 pounds, Oklaohoma

(3) Rashard Johnson, FS 6-0, 187 pounds, Alabama

(3A) potential Comp pick - Ramses Barden, WR, 6-6, 227 pounds, Cal Poly

(4) Terrance taylor, DT 6-0, 319 pounds, Michigan

(5) Kraig Urbik, G 6-6, 332 pounds, Wisconsin

(6) Rashad Jennings, RB 6-1, 230 pounds, Liberty

(7) Anthony Felder, LB 6-3, 241, Cal

(7A) potential Comp pick - Victor Harris, CB 6-0, 194 pounds, Virginia Tech


Go Bears !!

For the Offense and solidifying the line it appears that Duke Robinson seems to have a no miss label on him. With Tait on his last year next year and if they could sign St. Claire the tackle position would seem solidified for a potential pick of developmental talent at tackle in later rounds. But the top guard would go a long way to helping the line get back to a strength for the team.

The BEARS have to find that starting WR talent and a backup QB, why not go for the free agent market for both or trade for a WR with another team like Arizona.
That would allow for the Bears to go with linebacker or d line in round two and pick up a QB next year when it seems the talent at QB is more sustantial.

Brad, thanks for answering the Q's, really helpful. I took your advice and looked up Jackson from ATL, and I was in dreamville. 6-2 / 345 lbs. Now thats a beast-like body that I would love to see more on the inside of the line. I do love the concept of swift bodies on the edges, but to stuff the run, especially from beasts like Adrian Peterson, Turner, and swift slickers like Sproles, I wish Marinelli would consider beefing up the line.

Brad, its nice to hear that Chicago has been checking out offensive linemen like Oregon State's Andy Levitre, this is the direction I hope Chicago goes in the first, the offensive line.

Originally, pre-senior bowl workouts, I wanted Chicago to draft Safety William Moore in the first at #18, but Moore may be slipping with some poor workouts this week leading up to the senior bowl. I've read that one scout said, "Moore was high and stiff in his backpedal, and inconsistent in his angles to the ball, which were previously viewed as his strengths." Moore is in danger of falling out of the drafts first day now, with the poor workouts. Maybe Moore can redeem himself with a good performance in the senior bowl on saturday. Moore played most of the season on a sprained foot, and toward the end of the season, Moore suffered another injury as in a rib cartilage injury. So maybe that has something to do with his poor performance this week. But to me, thats to many question marks for a first rounder, we'll see how he does saturday.

I think in the first at #18, Chicago should go offensive line, as in a tackle. I'd like to see Arizona tackle Eben Britton fall to #18, if not, I say take Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt. Loadholt is a monster at 6-8 340lbs, and his arms measured out at 36 1/2 inches this week. One scout said, "Loadholt lacked lateral movement in the shadow drill." Loadholt also had a hard time vs Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo this season. Thats no problem, Chicago would use him as a right tackle anyways. Loadholt might not have the foot speed to play left tackle in the pros, but he does have the ability, strength, and size, to be an effective run blocker from the right tackle position. And the type of big bodied mauler that could upgrade the Bears running game, and help Matt Forte. Chicago should definitely take one of the tackles, like free safety, tackle is a major weakness right now that Chicago could fix in the first with either Britton or Loadholt GO BEARS!!

Ish I left a voicemail with Coach Marinelli about my concerns with our personel at the defensive tackle position earlier this week. You can bet he wouldn't have heard anything like this from Lovie or anyone else since all they will probably talk about is the pass rush or Tommie Harris. Someone had to let him know about our abilities to stop the run. I mentioned to him about the posibilities of adding some lean mass to Harrison or Adams in terms of staying in house to resolve this issue, or adding Haynesworth which would in my opinion be the one idea that would completely turn around this defense in the quickest way possible. In terms of the aging Grady Jackson, he is a sloppy 345 pounds who is not at all mobile at this point of his career. He is not solid all around in his physiquelike when we had big Ted Washington here, or with Albert Haynesworth. One more thing to add about what you said on this issue Brad. You stated that this defensive front relies on quickness, which you are right about, but how effective would a quicker guy like Kevin Williams in Minnesota be without Pat Williams by his side. Quickness alone without the ability to have a true nose tackle next to you means nothing, and if Tommie Harris had this kind of presence next to him at the nose it would change the whole defense. And why Brad do you assume that if a nose tackle is on the bigger side that he is not quick enough to play in this scheme we run. That is frustrating to hear you say that. I never heard anyone say that Keith Traylor wasn't quick enough when he constantly stopped the running back 2 or 3 yards into the backfield time and time again. Heck I bet you big Albert is just as quick as Tommie, and until we get this position resolved on our defensive front, WE WILL NOT be a dominant defense, PERIOD!!

Kevin I am fine with the Bears adding a right tackle to themix somewhere in the draft to bring some youth to the picture. But the giant Loadholt is not the answer. At senior bowl practices he looked slow at tackle and guard, and was even being mauled by 295 pound d-tackles while shifting to the guard position. I'm not saying he can't be someone's project, but he didn't look ready right now to step in anywhere on the line. I havn't seen Britton as much yet so I am curious their, but we'll have to wait and see this weekend.

"I left a voicemail with Coach Marinelli about my concerns with our personel at the defensive tackle position earlier this week. You can bet he wouldn't have heard anything like this from Lovie or anyone else since all they will probably talk about is the pass rush or Tommie Harris."

Dude, what is wrong with you??? I mean, a couple of weeks ago you were boasting about leaving Jerry Angelo a voicemail and now this? What's next? You're going to tell us about your personal collection of Turner's hair clippings?

Not to burst your bubble pal, but those guys could care less what you think regardless of the fact that you "leave messages on their voicemail."

I know, in your mind, you are the Bears' #1 fan and you happen to know more about the team than the coaches and reporters (such as Biggs, who has exclusive access to inside information on the team) combined. But in reality, you are just that, a fan.

Not to deter you from posting Bill, because your delirious rants are worth a good laugh, but you may want to consider booking an appointment for a CAT scan sometime in the near future.

Bill Holland, Eben Brittan has 37 consecutive starts at tackle for Arizona, the last 13 starts were at left tackle, this is who I would really like to see the Bears land at #18. You won't see him in the senior bowl this weekend because he is only a junior, and is not eligible to play in the game.

As far as tackle Phil Loadholt is concerned, I don't think he is as much of a project as you think. Loadholt has started at left tackle the last two seasons for Oklahoma, and before that, he was one of the top JUCO players in the nations. Loadholt might have struggled at guard because he doesn't have a lot of experience at the position, its hard for anyone to get push when their not use to playing the position. I still think Loadholt would be a good right tackle for Chicago. I wouldn't listen to all the nit picking that is said about all of these linemen, it happens every year. Just last season scouts were saying Pitt tackle Jeff Otah wouldn't be able to come right in and start, here we are a year later, and Otah came right in and started for the Panthers and helped their run game. I think Loadholt can do the same thing for the Bears. John Tait will probably start at right tackle for the Bears next season anyways, so Loadholt would have a year to develop. It might be a reach to take him at #18, but I think it would be worth it in the end GO BEARS!!

Mike sorry to bust you bubble on this one, but because of my consistent calling and talking to a lot of bears coaches I have made pretty good friendships with a few of the Bears staff, I don't just always leave voicemails. Because of calling I have become very good friends with Coach Dave Toab, and have met his wife and son. I have also talked numerous times with Jerry Angelo who has spoken to me many times, and he and I have also built a friendship, along with Rusty Jones (strength coach) who I talk to frequently since I am a high school strength coach myself. Mike I am not claiming to be more knowledgable than anyone else on the Bears or even fans for that matter, what I am saying is that persistance pays off, and I love the Bears enough where I have wanted to talk with and get my ideas and thoughts across to many of the coaches who have been very receptive and who I have become friends with through the years. I know it sounds silly to you guys out their but I take pride in being the #1 Bear fan and I will never back down from that claim. If I just left voicemails I would agree with you Mike, they probably would care less, but I have been persistant and it has paid off, I will never apologize for that.

Brad -
While I appreciate the attention the bears have paid to fixing things on the defensive side of the ball this off-season, I'm concerned about the seeming lack of movement on the offensive side. If the Bears really believe their identity is a team that gets off the bus running the ball, how can they ignore facts like these I compiled from nfl.com:

-From the Neil Armstrong era in 1979, until 1992 when Ron Turner had his first stint with the bears, the bears were in the top ten in rushing all but two of those years (81 & 82), and were in the top 5 an incredible ten times, including Sweetness' finest years from 83-86 when they were #1 four consecutive seasons. During that stretch from 79-92 the bears running game was on average 5th in the league. THAT is a team that gets off the bus running the football.

--Since the 1993 season when Ron Turner first darkened the bears collective doorstep, the bears running game was in the top 10 only twice - in 95 and 2005.

--Ironically, both those top 10 seasons were under Turners watch, but the 10-year gap in between says to anyone paying attention that both were flukes.

--Since 1993 the bears running game failed to even be in the top 20 a miserable six times.

--On average since 93, the bears running game has ranked 19th in the league.... 19 out of 32. One time I got 19 out of 32 right on an algebra test... my score was 59%... which is an "F" no matter where you go to school. THIS is a team that gets off the bus running the football ???

Granted, not all of it was Turner's fault. Matt Cavanaugh, Gary Crowton, John Shoop, and Terry Shea are all equally to blame as coordinators - though at least Crowton was responsible for fielding the bears best passing game in recent years, which was 3rd in the league during his first year in 1999.

So my question is this - Why would a team that claims to get off the bus running the football continue to try to employ a West Coast style offense like Turner's? I thought the whole point of the West Coast was to use the pass to set up the run. Would the better route to an improved offense be to re-tool player personnel to better suit the West Coast style, or to ditch the coordinator and scheme and actually live up to the "run first" self image?

Hey Bill,

I just had lunch with Lovie and Rod, they said that they appreciate your calls, and to "keep it up." They also said that they're biding their time waiting for Tim Tebow, b/c they like Florida QB's so much. I told them, that was stupid. We all laughed.

Keep up the good work Bill.

Brad,

One thing that the Angelo/Smith combo has been pretty good at is finding some diamonds in the rough in the middle rounds at LB or secondary. Have you noticed them sneaking around talking to any under the radar kids from that category?

"Mike I am not claiming to be more knowledgable than anyone else on the Bears or even fans for that matter..." - Bill Holland

Indeed.

By Bill Holland on January 9, 2009 10:32 AM
Please answer me this! Why in the world would I send you guys ANY questions regarding the Bears when I know a hell of a lot more about them than any of you. I am the Bears #1 fan, and I have already expressed all of my concerns for the upcoming year with Jerry Angelo via his voice mail. What would make you think you can answer anyone's questions regarding my team simply because you write stories on them. It takes passion for this team, and a overall attitude of willingness to do anything to help them to win a Super Bowl that is the criteria to answer any questions about our beloved Bears. Brad I am not saying you don't know a bit on my team, but to think in your own mind that their is anything that I would need to be informed about through your "opinions" is a huge leap. Why don't you e-mail me and I will answer questions for you about my Chicago Bears, I can tell you this, the answer's will certainly be informative and passionate. Keep up the good work Brad.

Chicago Bears #1 fan,
Bill Holland

Anyway Bill, that's wonderful to hear that you have so many close relationships with members of the Bears front office and that your persistence in contacting them influences their decisions. I'm not going to dispute that one bit. (Koo-Koo! Koo-Koo!)

And I'm sure Angelo and Rod and Lovie deeply cherish your unique, thought-provoking advice like "get Haynseworth NOW!" who just happens to be a top FA that pretty much every team wants to acquire. Yeah, I'm sure those guys at Halas never thought/heard of that until you brought it up.

And hey, if you're looking for more friends, may I recommend talking to Hadji a.k.a. Hypocrite Hadj'? You two would be a perfect match.

The Bears should draft

josh Freeman @ quarterback 1st, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With the liklihood of the Bears not signing a killer WR or Peppers in FA (according to many sources) my question is: what are the odds of the Bears drafting ANY decent player from FA and what player(s) do you think they would be?

BEARSFAN; you should not look for a QB to be drafted by the BEARS in the 1st round this year, we have too many other areas to address and need a bonifide STARTER chosen with this pick, I have seen Freeman play in person an he is solid but not a first rounder, he is being hyped up by his intangibles, i.e. size, arm, and potential. Our defense did not produce last season at the level we expect and need, or we would have been in the playoffs. We also have and saw numerous dropped passes this season that would have kept drives alive for the team, we have an aging offensive line, and need a major upgrade at both Free Safety and Strongside backer, we have too many other areas to address other than QB in round 1, please do not hype the bloggers up to looking for a QB in round 1 it just won't happen.......

Brad: what do you think of the kid from Ball St. Nate Davis and/or Brian Johnson-Utah as potential 3rd round picks to bring in this season, both have proven to be leaders and winners with teams that many fans overlook, could one of them become a pick for the BEARS this year in your opinion? What do the scouts say about their potential? Thanks.

Hahahahahahahahaha, oh Mike how long have you been saving that one?
Oh they are comming out of the wood work this year. Oh man Bill you better not let Brando hear you say your the number one fan. He may have to break his golf date with Lovie and come out of his Moms basement and show you a thing or two about BS.

Hey Brad can you answer me a question? Why does Mike Mulligan think Mark Sanchez should be at the senior bowl? Could you inform him the young man is a Junior.

Kevin A when did you become a Ebon Britton fan? Thats my boy, however from everything being said, if he performs well at the combine he will be rated the number 3 OT in the draft maybe even 2. He is a stud. I also believe Brad is correct and the Bears will not go Oline till round 3 or later. But as a counter point to that idea, the Bears have neglected there offensive line for years. So it may be time to adress that problem.

Mike I am man enough to admit when I'm wrong and when I sent those comments to Brad on Jan. 9th I went to far and I apologize to you Brad and anyone else offended, I do have better character than that and I 'm sorry. Atleast give me some credit Mike being the #1 Bear fan I promise my conversations I have with the coaches go well beyond:"Get Haynesworth". Again my apologies to you Brad.

Ish when it comes to free agency and Angelo, what you are probably going to see is Angelo waiting for teams to cut players this summer. Which is what he usually does. Don't expect a big name. The Bears are loosing very little in terms of there roster. Mike Brown is our biggest loss, but Angelo has hinted his role will be filled by Manning. The Bears have 6 DT's so that is probably not a good place to look.

For the people here talking about large DT guys you want playing NT. Please read up on the Tampa 2. If you ask Dungy, Sapp, Lovie, Rod and Angelo who was the best Nose Guard they ever had in Tampa. They will all say Brad Culpepper who was 265 pounds, and he was awsome in the scheme. Sapp credit's a large amount of his success to him as Brad always drew double teams and allowed him to play free. The Tampa two is not about size. It's about speed and stunts, and a lot of TEX games. It has been and always will be weak against the run. It was designed to beat passing teams. It's roots go all the way back to the 40's at Georgia. Now if you don't like it becaue it plays a small fast defense that should never need to blitz, is weak against power running teams, is very complicated and hard to learn, and does not play well in cold weather, that great. But putting a big NT on the line does not help fix the scheme, it makes it worse. So many people are asking for a pass rusher but the fact is the Tampa 2 needs two fast DT's who can penetrate, if your NG draws a double team then your and and 3 tech tackle are in man to man, or if the double both DT's an end come free, if they use a TE to pick him up then you bring in your SS to blitz out of cover 1. But no big DT's, it will not happen.

Read what Biggs said, Shaun Rogers was chased out of Detroit by Rod. Plus look at all the ex Tampa guys Rod brought in too play in Detroit, everyone says it wasn't his fault but look at the defesnse. White De Tampa, Darby NT Tampa, Smith DE Tampa, Nece LB, Kelly CB Tampa, Smith SS Tampa, he put that defense together with his guys and chased out a guy like Rogers. Oh I think Rod had a lot to do with them having the worst defense in football. Take a look at some of the players he let go from detroit and who he replaced with guys from Tampa. Welcome to Chicago. Lets see if the Bears go after some ex-Tampa players this off season.

Bensonsucks,

I disagree with you on Darrius Heyward-Bey; I think if Chicago drafts a first-round WR they had better be ready to play from day one and Heyward-Bey is not. I'd rather see Chicago use their first pick on FS William Moore out of Mizzou and then use a 2nd rounder on a guy like Brian Robiskie out of Ohio State or Kenny Britt if he's still around (though odds are he won't be).

Of course, if Moore is off the board, I say go for his teammate Jeremy Maclin, the kid has all the tools including game breaking ability.

Mike and Creighton,

I really actually applaud Bill; usually it takes several posts before someone outs themself as an idiot. He saved me time and allowed me to get back to my other favorite hobby: pointing and laughing at morons.

Bill Holland,

OMGWTFBBQ!?!? The stupid is strong in this one.

Ish when it comes to free agency and Angelo, what you are probably going to see is Angelo waiting for teams to cut players this summer. Which is what he usually does. Don't expect a big name. The Bears are loosing very little in terms of there roster. Mike Brown is our biggest loss, but Angelo has hinted his role will be filled by Manning. The Bears have 6 DT's so that is probably not a good place to look.

For the people here talking about large DT guys you want playing NT. Please read up on the Tampa 2. If you ask Dungy, Sapp, Lovie, Rod and Angelo who was the best Nose Guard they ever had in Tampa. They will all say Brad Culpepper who was 265 pounds, and he was awsome in the scheme. Sapp credit's a large amount of his success to him as Brad always drew double teams and allowed him to play free. The Tampa two is not about size. It's about speed and stunts, and a lot of TEX games. It has been and always will be weak against the run. It was designed to beat passing teams. It's roots go all the way back to the 40's at Georgia. Now if you don't like it becaue it plays a small fast defense that should never need to blitz, is weak against power running teams, is very complicated and hard to learn, and does not play well in cold weather, that great. But putting a big NT on the line does not help fix the scheme, it makes it worse. So many people are asking for a pass rusher but the fact is the Tampa 2 needs two fast DT's who can penetrate, if your NG draws a double team then your and and 3 tech tackle are in man to man, or if the double both DT's an end come free, if they use a TE to pick him up then you bring in your SS to blitz out of cover 1. But no big DT's, it will not happen.

Read what Biggs said, Shaun Rogers was chased out of Detroit by Rod. Plus look at all the ex Tampa guys Rod brought in too play in Detroit, everyone says it wasn't his fault but look at the defesnse. White De Tampa, Darby NT Tampa, Smith DE Tampa, Nece LB, Kelly CB Tampa, Smith SS Tampa, he put that defense together with his guys and chased out a guy like Rogers. Oh I think Rod had a lot to do with them having the worst defense in football. Take a look at some of the players he let go from detroit and who he replaced with guys from Tampa. Welcome to Chicago. Lets see if the Bears go after some ex-Tampa players this off season. Biggs can you do that, can you look up guys who Rod got rid of in favor of his guys from Tampa?

Bensonsucks,

I disagree with you on Darrius Heyward-Bey; I think if Chicago drafts a first-round WR they had better be ready to play from day one and Heyward-Bey is not. I'd rather see Chicago use their first pick on FS William Moore out of Mizzou and then use a 2nd rounder on a guy like Brian Robiskie out of Ohio State or Kenny Britt if he's still around (though odds are he won't be).

Of course, if Moore is off the board, I say go for his teammate Jeremy Maclin, the kid has all the tools including game breaking ability.

Mike and Creighton,

I really actually applaud Bill; usually it takes several posts before someone outs themself as an idiot. He saved me time and allowed me to get back to my other favorite hobby: pointing and laughing at morons.

Bill Holland,

OMGWTFBBQ!?!? The stupid is strong in this one.

Is there some kind of ranking system for fans? You're too wrapped up in the idea that you're the "#1 Bear fan". There's no logical way you can make that claim... there's no way anyone can. What criteria would you use? Passion? That certainly is easy to compare between millions of fans. Knowledge? Pretty sure there's media members and ex-players who know more than any average person could. What about a coach's son? A ball boy? All the Bears employees? Are they not fans? Did you take them into account in your fan rankings? You can take all the pride you want in being the #1 Bear fan. Just makes you sound like an idiot.

So, allow me to go enjoy my dinner. I am the #1 dinner fan, and I will never back down from that claim.

"Of course, if Moore is off the board, I say go for his teammate Jeremy Maclin, the kid has all the tools including game breaking ability."

I made my draft class with the thought that both Moore and Maclin will be gone before we select at #18....

Some mock drafts I have looked into have Moore going to Houston at #15 and Maclin going to the Jags at #8. Others have the Bears taking a CB or a DE with the 18'th pick.

All in all it is just a crap shoot to make predictions but like you, I wouldn't mind seeing Maclin or Moore in a Bear Uni next season. Both players could make an immediate impact to the team this coming season....


Go 2009 Bears !! Fear The Beard !!

Hey Da Coach I didn't out myself as and idiot, I just should not have made the comments to Brad that I know more than him on the Bears. I let my ego get the best of me and it was rude to him. Don't make more of it than that.

Bill,

You say "tomato" I say ... COMPLETELY DELUSIONAL FARKTARD. Can we just agree to disagree?

Wow. Just wow, man.

Anthony Adams is more like a pumped up inside linebacker who plays sideline-to-sideline and not necessarily "in the backfield". He is a good player in pursuit, but I believe that the line would benefit from more consistent interior penetration.

Beekman is a far superior blocker than Garza. Garza has some size and toughness, but he is slow and stiff. His mobility and explosiveness are barely adequate. Beekman, on the other hand shoots out of his stance with low leverage. He is fluid and light on his feet and is athletic enough to adjust on the move and block in the open field (unlike Kreutz and Garza). Best of all, he plays to the whistle and is almost always the last offensive lineman to stop moving. His lack of height would be less of a liability at center. The line will continue to struggle with the Vikings until Beekman moves to center and Angelo acquires a dominant athlete to play left guard.

The crushing "down block" that Fred Miller delivered during 2006 was key to the Thomas Jones cutback runs and the Power-O run play. If the Bears intend to get Forte loose in 2009, Angelo would be wise to select an explosively powerful Right Tackle.

How good can you be when Beekman and St.Clair are your best blockers? According to Matt Forte, only about 3.9 ypc...less than average...

Will Wolfe get a shot?

Uh, no... this is the Bears and our Offensive Coordinator has spent the better part of two seasons trying to get Hester to run correct routes and catch the ball. This is the same Offensive Coordinator who has two good to better-than-good tight ends, but elects to run the offense away from them. Asking our OC to focus on someone other than a coach's/GM's "pet" is a bit above his pay grade.

Angelo stayed in his office rather than head to TX because he has not a clue about what he is doing. It's better that he stays confined -- so fewer people realize he knows little about football (even though Bill Holland has spent hours telling him how to run the team).

We have the nucleus to be a good team, but at the pro level, it's about the mental aspects of the game. The intensity, the schemes, the players commitment to do what's best for the team, rather than the individual. That was lacking all season long on the Bears -- particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

This team forgot what it means to be a Bear -- and that begins and ends with having a defense that plays with passion and leaves the other team black and blue.

It didn't happen this year (didn't happen last year, either).

So, we blame it on our QB.

Seems fair.

Get rid of Angelo. That will be the best draft day move the Bears can make.

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