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CB Antoine Winfield to miss fifth straight game

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MINNEAPOLIS--As we reported here earlier, Frank Omiyale will replace Josh Beekman at left guard for the Bears today.

The Vikings have some lineup moves of their own. Benny Sapp will replace Antoine Winfield at cornerback. Winfield will miss his fifth consecutive game with a right foot injury. Artis Hicks will replace Anthony Herrera at right guard as Herrera sits out with a concussion.

The Vikings will have the full services of running back Adrian Peterson, who was questionable with an ankle/illness, and wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was added to the injury report as probable on Saturday.

Here are the inactives for the Bears:

WR Juaquin Iglesias
S Craig Steltz
CB D.J. Moore
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa
G Lance Louis
DT Matt Toeaina
TE Desmond Clark
DT Jarron Gilbert

Here are the inactives for the Vikings:

3rd QB Sage Rosenfels
WR Jaymar Johnson
CB Antoine Winfield
RB ALbert Young
LB Erin Henderson
G Anthony Herrera
DE Jayme Mitchell
DT Letroy Guion

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OK, tried posting this earlier but forgot to edit out the curse words. This is on my blog but I said I would post it here as well. Here's my plan for next year if we are force-fed Lovie and JA ...

I hate to break the news to everyone but Chicago isn't making the playoffs this year. The team has more problems than solutions so now the unenviable task of cleaning up his own clusterfark falls on the shoulders of Jerry Angelo. I of course want wholesale changes including the firing of Ted Phillips, Jerry Angelo, and Greg Gabriel. However, since that's not exactly a plan I guess I need to offer something up or quit my biatching.

This year:
1. Put Pace on the bench and get Chris Williams at LT. Williams is not a RT and will never be one. He was drafted to play LT and Pace is done. If Williams cannot do the job it's better to know that now and - if he sucks - see what we have in Omiyale because he's sure as shiat not a guard.
2. Put Shaffer in at RT for evaluation. If he sucks, Lance Louis can use the reps. If they both suck then put Pace in. If all 3 suck then we know where we need to focus next FA period and draft.
3. Move Hester to the slot and let Knox and Bennett play. Knox has game-changing ability and keeping him off the field is galactically stupid. Bennett needs to be more consistent and show more to make it on the field next season.
4. Either put Manning at FS and leave him there or put him at Nickel and leave him there. Pick a farking spot.
5. Put Briggs in the middle. A WLB's best attribute is usually his ability to get sideline to sideline and blitz the QB. Briggs can do the former, but sucks at the latter. Jamar Williams is a playmaker and could bring your best 2 LB's on the field.
6. Give Tim Shaw a shot at the revolving door at SLB. We're in evaluation period from here on out so why not give the kid a shot, he's hungry and has a nose for the ball.

1. Cut Pace - he's old and done
2. Install Beekman as the starting center. Give Kreutz the option to stay on or be traded. Kreutz has deteriorated greatly over the last 2 years and is no longer needed as the offense's vocal leader now that Chicago has their franchise QB.
3. Make a decision on LT. Let Williams and Omiyale battle it out for the position.
4. Cut Craig Steltz. On a scheme that needs a pass defensing free safety, Chicago has a log-jam of run-stopping strong safeties.
5. End the Garret Wolfe experiment. I don't care what he does on ST he's just not good. That was a huge reach and waste of a 3rd-round pick.
6. If Urlacher is back and the rest did him good move him back to the middle and Briggs to WLB. This will put Williams back to the bench but we need to hold onto him. If Urlacher is in decline like he has been, then give him the option to stay on as backup or trade him.
7. Move Hester to slot permanently and get him back to returning kickoffs and punts. You have the most dangerous weapon football so USE HIM AT WHAT HE DOES BEST YOU A$$CLOWNS!
8. Trade Tommie Harris. I don't care if once traded he wins NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Allow me to paraphrase Mike Singletary in saying with Tommie you can't count on him, you can't play with him, you can't win with him.
9. Fire Ron Turner and find a competent (read experienced) offensive coordinator who can build his playbook around the franchise QB.
10. Fire Rod Marinelli. I keep hearing about how our guys are out of their gaps and that's why we're getting our a$$es handed to us on a weekly basis. Marinelli was brought in to fix the d-line and so far it looks like he's doing as good of job with it as he did with the Lions. Last year the d-line compiled 23.5 sacks. This year they are projected to get 24.6 sacks. Wow, that's some terrific turnaround there!
11. Waive bye-bye to Mark Anderson and Ogunleye. Don't get in a bidding war just let them go and take the compensatory pick(s) if they do anything next season.

Free Agents and Draft
When you talk about FA signings and the draft you need to have a fluid plan that can adjust accordingly based upon circumstances (e.g. bidding wars, susprise cuts, etc.). Here are the places Chicago needs to upgrade without delay:

1. Chicago NEEDS a veteran WR. When you look at the roster and it consists of a 2 converted DB's, a 2nd-year man who didn't get on the field his rookie year, and a rookie ... Well it's not very much of a stretch to realize Chicago is in dire need of a veteran WR to help Cutler. I would like to see Chicago make a play for one of these 4 guys:
A. Brandon Marshall of the Donkeys - The disgruntled WR wants out of Denver and maybe Chicago could get a nice "hometown discount" for reuniting him and Cutler - the guy who helped get him to those Pro Bowls.
B. Vincent Jackson of the Bolts - Big, fast, and smart. The guy is a nightmare to opposing defenses and would give Cutler a big, sure-handed target. Cutler is a fan of big receivers, let's get him what he needs.
C. Steve Breaston or Anquan Boldin of the Cardinals - Breaston is headed to free agency and the Cardinals will want to lock him up or send him packing. With the shenangians of Boldin this would prove a ripe time to pluck Breaston with a high offer or pluck Boldin if Arizona is committing to Breaston.

2. The Bears are also in need of a formidable free safety who can cover. Since Mike Brown, no one has come close to filling those shoes. I'd like to land one of these three guys:
A. Nick Collins of the Packers - Collins would have the benefit of knowing his opposition quite well and we get the added bonus of screwing the Packers which always makes me smile.
B. Will Allen of the Bucs - Hey if we're going to be Tampa North, at least let's get one of their actual good players. If we can waste a farking 2nd-round pick on Gaines Adams we could find a nice contract for Will Allen.
C. Josh Barrett of the Donkeys - Barrett fared well his rookie season after being called up from the practice squad due to injuries. Barrett (for those who remember me admonishing Angelo for not getting him 2 drafts ago) is the prototype of a cover-2 free safety. This year, with the regime change, Barrett is struggling to get in at the Nickel position. A 2011 6th or 7th-round pick could entice a trade.

3. Find a pass rusher. This team needs someone who can rush the passer. I love Alex Brown but he's a solid, all-around player. We need someone to put opposite of him that can be a disruptive force on opposing QB's. Ogunleye and Anderson will both be gone so it's either promote from within or take a look at these 3 guys:
A. Aaron Kampman of the Cheesed!cks - Kampman finds himself in a new 3-4 scheme and his 2.5 sacks this season will not be sending him back to Honolulu. Kampman is a natural fit in a 4-3 and would a great rush end for Chciago. Also, with the down year he's coming off, he could be had at a reasonable contract price one would hope.
B. Julius Peppers of the Panthers - At 29 he's still performing at a high level. You have to admit the freak is a presence on pass rushing situations. Rotating him with Izzy to spell the guy would be a great idea as well.
C. Elvis Dumervil of the Donkeys - Has proven to be a force in both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. He'll command big bucks but he's worth every penny.

4. Upgrade the offensive line. An offensive lineman can be found in the later rounds but here are 3 guys up for free agency that could help immediately. I would like to see Chicago land one of these three:
A. RT Winston Justice of the Iggles - Watched him at USC and he's as solid as they come at the right tackle position.
B. LG Logan Mankins of the 18-1's - Agile and can both run and pass block. Mankins would be an intant upgrade for Cutler's blind side.
C. RG Jahri Evans of the Saints - Evans will more than likely get a long-term deal so it's a bit of a reach. But the guy is a beast.

With these free agent targets we turn toward the draft. I believe that realistically you can find at least 2 free agents on the list of 17. From there the draft has to be to plug the places that you missed. I always feel that o-lineman can be found in the later rounds and luckily we at least have some high 3rd-5th round picks. If Chicago ignores all of the FA's please let them address the veteran WR. We cannot have inexperienced guys like this and a lack of a #1 or even #2 when we finally have a franchise QB. I guess we will see what happens in the coming months but I am not going to hold my breath. Will you?


Please, please, please, bring the ruckus to the coach during the interviews and dont let him sideline you guys. Please ask him the real questions on the issues! We the fans need solutions and answers and the biggest cure here is for the coach to maintain some dignity and step down! we the fans, the true keepers of this team need to stand up against this regime of smith and friends and tear them down. Please, guys! We need to step up here and put the owners and the pres. on the burner because this is rediculous!!!!

Hey Da Church, Hub came out and said the Bears went and contacted Bill Cowher's people, but he won't come here if Angelo is the GM.

Oh and Coach what do mean we are not making the playoff's? Did you not here Lovie Smith, just win out. OOOPS THAT WAS BEFORE YET ANOTHER BLOWOUT.

I got tell you your wrong about Williams, he has been the worst pass blocker on the team, and has actually been better against the run. Their is a reason when Pace goes down Shaffer a career RT and average at best plays LT. He's really bad, if you can't pass block on the right, you better forget the left cause its easier on the right.

Forget Boldin and Breaston, they wouldn't use Boldin the right way and Breaston is another slot reciever. Try Kevin Walter of the Texans, he was injured and missed most the of the preseason and is having a down year, but the guy is a big stong disaplined reciever who does all the right things. He's not a numner 1 but he is a legit number 2.

Winston Justice just got a new Contract with the Eagles. Evans is better than Mankins but is a zone blocker. Mankins is a man blocker. So it would depend on what the new OC runs. Jaren Gaither is the guy I would go aftter if he makes it to FA. But only if they play man. If they switch to zone they may as well test out Williams but they better have a fallback plan. Its very rare for a really good OT to make it to the market and I excoect him and McNiell to be gone before FA starts along with Evans. Mankins will probably be let go knowing how the Pats do things.

Ron Turner just said sometimes Jay is out their and his recievers are running the wrong routs on plays, like after knox had that big return he said on second down his recievers ran the wrong routs.

I just learned some of these facts this morning before the game. Some of you have known them for awhile, so please bear with me while I communicate them to everyone who doesn't know.

1. When Viginia McCaskey kicked Michael McCaskey upstairs, she hired Ted Phillips as team president. While getting the latter McCaskey away from football operations was badly needed and was the right thing to do, Ted Phillips is an ACCOUNTANT! Hiring a bean counter to run a football team ... well, that says it all about what ownership values and what its priority is. It also guarantees that you will have a lousy team just about every year.

2. In turn, Phillips hired a firm, run by a PR guy, to find a general manager. No talking to other presidents, GMs, and other front office people around the league to find out who's good and available. So they end up with Jerry Angelo. Angelo had never been a GM before he came to the Bears and is obviously not at all qualified to be one.

Forget three phases of the game. The Bears are deficient in the four levels of a team: 1) ownership, 2) management, 3) coaching, and 4) players. It all starts with ownership. Unless there is a change in either ownership or the attitude of ownership, there is no hope for this team, now or in the future.

I do not at all enjoy watching the Bears play any longer. I'm P.O.ed from the start to the finish of every game and just get more aggravated as the games go on. Even when the Bears score or get a turnover, I'm so angry I don't enjoy it, because by that time the situation already seems totally hopeless and/or the Bears have already angered me by playing lousy football. The Bears don't even physically intimidate opponents anymore. At least in the old days I could enjoy watching the Bears kick some butt. Now all I see is them getting their butts kicked.

So, I'm done with this team until I see major changes at the top that will make a significant difference, causing the Bears to be competitive and once again play physically intimidating football. I still might blog here and listen to some Chicago sports radio shows, but I won't waste my life making the effort to watch the games (it's an hour each way to the sports bar for me). George Halas finally hired Jim Finks and Mike Ditka when we stopped going to the games. Hopefully, the McCaskeys will see the light eventually, but it will almost certainly take a fan boycott and/or rebellion like we did in the '70s in order for these jerks to do the right thing.

If anyone is watching the Ravens, Steelers game, Flacco just threw a post fade to Mason while Ike Taylor had him covered in the end zone, the ball was under thrown and Mason slowed down and cut in front of Taylor after being behimd him. Jumeped up and battled for the ball. Its a perfect example of what a Bears reciever will not do.

Cause its exactly what Knox won't do and is not being taught to do. Play the ball and stop waiting for a perfect pass or a flag.

wow it's come to this... looking forward to free agency
yeah the season's been lost for awhile

creighton i agree with you about wr, walters is more in the bears price range

jackson and marshall will command too much money for the bears when they think they can get something similar for less

lets face it the bears will probably end up signing a guy like malcom floyd. he's a big target and a knock off jackson.

after that the guys are too expensive or washed up garbage
miles austin is up for free agency but who knows what you're going to get?

i think o line will be easier to fix but it might be costly. i'd forget about mankins because he wants to stay with the pats or cash in and that will never happen with the bears. but there are a lot of lesser known linemen and the bears could upgrade there.

i hate to say it but lovie's not going anywhere
what will happen is the bears will fire ron turner and hire mike martz. positions coaches will be fired but that's about it. they'll sign a malcom floyd type, probably sign a tackle and a guard and that's about.

and on the defensive side they won't do anything. i'm sure they think they're really really good enough.

and all that stuff i said is why i'm sick of the bears. they won't change anything, yeah we all know turner will be the fall guy and lovie and angelo will stay.

i wish they'd get cower or shannahan and get talent like jackson but they won't. and that's why i'm finished with the bears until they get the message.

Wrigley Field Bear and Done with the Bears:

Brilliant job. Please help spread the message! Show that we have the power! We have the power of effecting the team, especially the McCaskeys. Stop the support and cut off all the financial fountains and make them realize that they need to change. Also make them realize that WE and not THEM have the power vian transaction!!! Again: spread the message of hope through ending the money fountain that we created!!!!

Wrigley just an FYI but that firm you are talking about actually got a few guys GM jobs, I believe all of them but Angelo have been fired.

As for Phillips I have said it 100 times over, real football organizations put football people in charge. Phillips is a direct indication of what the Bears are concerned with and thats money. The best football organizations have the best football people period. Unfortunate for us fans but the McStupids love Phillips because he is the guy that got them that over priced eye sore that is home to the Bears. They could have put in a top of the line Surface but instead have gone the cheap rout of painting the dirt green. Thats why the surface is so slick, freaking cemlawn. The Bears will always do things half @ssed, new stadium, bad field. New QB bad recevers and line.

The McStupids are slow to change, they run the organization with fear and what if's. To often affraid to pull the trigger, and always wandering what would have happened if they had.

Right on as usual in the Knox play in the end zone. They are hoping Cutler makes perfect throws, or they don't go get it....Those are some real playmakers we have out there.

They have two things they can do. Run back kicks, and run fly routes. They have no concept of how to help their QB out. Did you see Aromashodu make that sick athletic grab on the throw behind him? Or see Bennett continually take punishment to get to the ball and hang on? Hester and Knox are not only afraid of contact (when's the last time Knox ran a route inside the numbers? How about week 3?), but they require perfectly placed balls to succeed. I say you put Hester and Knox in the slot, and let them rotate, and start Aromashodu and Bennett on the outside. Heck, Knox couldn't beat the jam in 3 seconds on a couple of plays yesterday. He needs the slot to run free.

And while I agree that Williams has been poor on the right, let's see what the kid can do on the left for a few games. It can't get much worse than it is with Pace out there. Better to know that he can't play either side, and let him go in the offseason than expect him to play the left next year, and count on that, making no other plans for when he flops.

It's time to go Little League and make sure everybody gets a chance to play. We need to know, top to bottom, what this roster is capable of. So far, we know our 22 starters can't beat good teams, so what about the other 30 guys on the team? Can they play? Can they contribute? Are they better off bagging groceries? For once, let's answer the question with more than hoping and wishing from Lovie....

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