Let the Phil Emery era begin.
Sunday September 9th: Home vs Colts
Playing the Bears defense on the road is a rough way for Andrew Luck to start his NFL career. Colts in a big time rebuild mode. This one feels like blow out city. Bears 34 Colts 13
Thursday September 13th: Away vs Packers
Tough to play the Packers on the road, especially on a short week. I think these two teams are the class of the NFC North because the Bears will be much improved and hopefully healthier than last year. Tight game, but a loss. Bears 24 Packers 30
Sunday September 23rd: Home vs Rams
Rams will probably be better than they were last year, but they still suck. Bears will be plenty rested, well prepared, and playing at home. Not a good recipe for the Rams. Bears 27 Rams 17
Monday October 1st: Away vs Cowboys
Second primetime game of five for the Bears. Two of the most storied franchises in football, both of whom have been disappointments as of late. I think the Cowboys will be much improved this season. I think this one is a toss-up, but I will take Big D at home. Bears 23 Cowboys 27
Sunday October 7th: Away vs Jaguars
Much like the Rams…the Jags suck. Back to back road games, especially on a shortened week, is never easy but the Bears have too much talent to get tripped up by the lowly Jaguars. Bears 37 Jags 20
Sunday October 14th: BYE
Good spot to have a bye week. Towards the middle of the season coming off two road games.
Monday October 22nd: Home vs Lions
Huge divisional game for the Bears. The Lions will be better than last season as they get healthy at running back and improve their secondary. This will be a battle, but I think the Bears pull this one out because Soldier Field will be electric for Monday Night Football. Bears 31 Lions 28
Sunday October 28th: Home vs Panthers
Panthers could be a contender in the NFC South this year with the Saints in turmoil and Cam Newton emerging as a superstar quarterback. They just don’t have enough to beat the Bears at Soldier Field in a must win game. Shootout, but a Bears win. Bears 38 Panthers 34
Sunday November 4th: Away vs Titans
I don’t think the Titans know who they want to be as a team and I don’t think Jake Locker is ready for primetime. The Titans are proud, but don’t have the horses to stick with the Bears. Bears 28 Titans 20
Sunday November 11th: Home vs Texans
Texans are a team on the rise. They should be on cruise control at this point in the AFC South and will be playing for a first round bye in the playoffs. Great defense and a complete offense when healthy. Too much talent and better coaches for Houston. Bears aren’t quite on the Texans level. Bears 20 Texans 28
Monday November 19th: Away vs 49ers
The 49ers were a couple of fumbled punts away from the Superbowl last year. They return basically everyone, but they are greatly improved at wide receiver. Adding Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. Who knows if Alex Smith can get the ball to those guys, but their presense should open things up for Gore and Davis. Trouble for the Bears. Bears 17 49ers 27
Sunday November 25th: Home vs Vikings
Vikings are in serious trouble this year. Still unresolved issues at QB and Adrian Peterson is coming off a torn ACL. This one should be over by half time. Bears 38 Vikings 14
Sunday December 2nd: Home vs Seahawks
I think this is the year Pete Carroll’s seat starts to get warm. If Matt Flynn is more Matt Cassell than Matt Shaub Seattle could be in big trouble. This is a team the Bears should handle with relative ease. Bears 31 Seahawks 13
Sunday December 9th: Away vs Vikings
A little odd that the Bears are playing the Vikings for the 2nd time in three weeks. Should be a familiar nightmare for the Vikings. Bears too much for the rebuilding Vikings. Bears 30 Vikings 21
Sunday December 16th: Home vs Packers
The NFC North crown could be on the line against the Packers at Soldier Field, and as a fan that’s all you can ask for. Even though the NFL is a passing league now, when the weather turns colder you need to be able to run for hard yards. Bears have the advantage in that area. Bears 24 Packers 21
Sunday December 23rd: Away vs Cardinals
Cardinals are another team in a state of flux. They don’t have a ton of offensive talent outside of Larry Fitzgerald and their QBs seem to be made of glass. My guess is that they are on their 3rd QB of the year at this point and are dreaming of Matt Barkley in the draft. Blow out city. Bears 35 Cardinals 10
Sunday December 30th: Away vs Lions
The Lions season will most likely be on the line in this game. Ford Field will be rocking. I think the Bears should have a playoff spot locked up at this point, so maybe they don’t match the Lions desperation. Bears 21 Lions 28
Final Record: 11-5. I think that’s about right give or take a game or two. The Lions, Packers, and Cowboy games will decide their fate. If they can come out of those 5 contests 3-2 or better they should be back in the playoffs.
PS: Obviously a somewhat futile and pointless exercise 5 months before preseason really gets going, but it’s always fun to look ahead.
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Ok, first things first…I LOVE the Michael Bush signing by the Bears. In this day and age, even though the NFL is a passing league, you need two running backs. I think Bears will shift back to being a physical offense with Mike Tice calling the shots, and Michael Bush is his type of back. He is a big physical bruiser that can be more than just a short yardage back. Great pick up. It’s been one of many solid acquisitions this offseason. The Brandon Marshall deal has a lot of red flags, but the positives out-weigh the negatives. The Bears also signed Jason Campbell to be Jay Cutler’s backup. I mean, that might be the most glaring sign that the Bears are becoming a competent organization right before our eyes. They didn’t over pay for a Mario Williams or Vincent Jackson, and have put themselves in a good position to address other needs via the draft. They aren’t the Patriots, but at least they aren’t the Jets.
Even though the Bush signing was a positive thing for the 53-man roster…it was still inappropriate. Matt Forte has been the team’s best player for years, and has been a model teammate and citizen. Yet the Bears have failed to give him the long-term contract that he has earned. Forte expressed his frustration via twitter yesterday.
Hard to take issue with anything Forte said here. The Bears continue to bring in high-priced backups (Bush, Barber, Jones, Taylor), when they should really just pay Matt Forte. The Bears defense is aging rapidly, and soon the Bears offense will need to carry the team. Running backs and citizens like Forte don’t grow on trees. Forte was a second round pick and has delivered incredible value. Totally out-performed that contract and never held out. In my humble expert opinion he is a top 3 running back in the NFL. Pay the man.
PS: To all those morons who say things like “I’d like to be disrespected like Forte”…shut the hell up. No you wouldn’t. Yeah he is going to make $7.7m this year on the franchise tag…but that’s not the point. Even though this is 100% about the money…it really isn’t. So yeah he is making bank this year, but he still deserves to cash in and get his guaranteed skrilla. It’s all relative.
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I know this post is a little late, but I just wanted to let the acquisition marinate. Wanted to write a blog about the Bears getting a pro-bowl wide receiver for the price of a hot dog. I was talking to my sister, who is a Bears fan and a mental health professional about Brandon Marshall. I told her that Marshall has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Her response was “Whoa! Borderline is no joke. That’s a serious diagnosis. Borderlines are the third most crazy behind schizophrenics and bi-polar.” Obviously that made me think twice about this trade. Marshall certainly has some baggage, but perhaps reuniting with Jay Cutler is enough of safety blanket to keep Marshall sane during the season. Marshall is without a doubt the most talented wide receiver the Bears have ever had. Who knows how dynamic this offense can be with a real receiving threat to go with Forte. It could be the piece that puts the Bears back in the discussion as NFC contenders. The Phil Emery era has begun and the guy is not screwing around. Made a big splash and didn’t have to dump a ton of cash on V Jax. The Bears know their window for having a dominant defense is closing as Urlacher, Briggs, and Peppers keep aging. They are doing everything to win now. It’s good to see. Bears are in “fuck you, win at all costs” mode right now.
PS: The day after the trade Jay Cutler called into the Waddle & Silvy show and just demolished Mark Silverman for saying that he was a little less excited about the Brandon Marshall trade after learning that Marshall had punched some broad in the face sunday night. Jay just boxed Silverman into the radio fetal position in about 1.2 seconds. Jay stood up for his boy and promised to keep him out of trouble and under his wing. Classic asshole Cutler. I LOVED it. Cutler might just be morphing into the definitive leader of the team before our eyes.
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I was looking around for post-combine Mock Drafts since McShay/Kiper haven’t come out with theirs yet. All I could find were a bunch of morons from Bleacher Report saying shit like Luke Kuechly was going in the 2nd round. Which is ridiculous. I am smarter than those dickheads. So here is the best mock draft you’ll see all day.
1. Indianapolis Colts– Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Probably the most obvious number one pick ever.
2. Washington Redskins– Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Redskins trade up with Rams and finally get the QB Dan Snyder has been trying to buy for over a decade.
3. Minnesota Vikings– Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Minnesota starts rebuilding their line with a franchise type Left tackle to protect Christian Ponder
4. Cleveland Browns– Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Browns probably want RGIII and could very well trade up to get him. If they don’t they take the best player available which also happens to be a position of need.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Quinton Coples, DE/OLB, North Carolina
Coples is a bit of a stretch here at number 5, but TB desperately needs a pass rush. Trading back could also make sense
6. St. Louis Rams– Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
After flipping with the Redskins, the Rams get a difference maker at WR for Bradford.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars– Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Jags really want Blackmon to slip to them, but they have holes everywhere. Adding Claiborne could quickly transform their secondary into a good one.
8. Miami Dolphins– Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Dolphins are going to need somebody to protect Peyton Manning’s noodle neck. An O-line bookended by Jake Long and Riley Reiff is a great start.
9. Carolina Panthers– Michael Brockers, DL, LSU
Panthers have a lot of holes on defense and never replaced Julius Peppers when he left via free agency. Brockers has a high ceiling and would fit well as a rusher in the Panthers’ 4-3 scheme.
10. Buffalo Bills– Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Bills are remaking their defense and adding another beast from the SEC to the D-Line will make one level of their unit dynamic. Ingram really impressed during the combine.
11. Kansas City Chiefs– Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Patriots-West, aka KC Chiefs, will look to get either Tedy Bruschi or Vince Wilfork with this pick. Poe had the most impressive combine in my opinion, but I think KC opts for the future captain of their defense.
12. Seattle Seahawks– Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
Pete Carroll is a moron so it wouldn’t surprise me if he traded this pick for TJ Yates, but if he doesn’t they should try to add a dynamic pass rusher. Upshaw, though not a perfect fit scheme-wise, is the best on the board.
13. Arizona Cardinals– Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Your father’s Cardinals are back. This team is a mess. They need help everywhere, but a good place to start is keeping their QBs out of the emergency room. Martin is the best option to left on the board.
14. Dallas Cowboys– Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Call me crazy…but it wouldn’t totally shock me if the Cowboys got in on the RGIII sweepstakes. It’d take a lot to move up that far, but Jerry Jones is crazy enough to try. They’ll likely stay at 14, and try to improve their secondary. Barron best DB on the board
15. Philadelphia Eagles– Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Vince Wilfork 2.0. The guy is a moster and a freak athlete. Eagles need help against the run and Poe can play either the nose in a 3-4, or a 1 gap DT in the 4-3.
16. New York Jets– Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Jets are one of the oldest teams in the NFL and with no slamdunk pick available at 16, the smart thing to do would be to trade back and acquire more picks. That’s not the Jet way, so they will continue to revamp the D-Line and take Cox.
17. Cincinnati Bengals– Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Bengals definitely need help at guard. They could go with DeCastro out of Stanford…the safe, smart, productive pick. Or they could be the Bengals and get enamored with a big dude. Glenn has Bengals written all over him.
18. San Diego Chargers– Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Michael Floyd could be an option here depending on what happens with the Vincent Jackson situation. Having said that…corner is a position of need for the Chargers and the offense will be fine with or without a Jackson replacement.
19. Chicago Bears– Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
I don’t think Kristin Cav has ever given Jay Cutler the raging hard-on that he must have gotten watching Floyd at the combine. He ran faster that expected. He is the big, fast, smart, perimeter threat the Bears have needed for…well…forever.
20. Tennessee Titans– Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
The Titans desperately need pass-rush help. There are a few guys(Vin Curry, Whitney Mercilus, Nick Perry) with about the same talent level. If the Titans don’t trade down, they take player best suited to fit their 4-3 scheme.
21. Cincinnati Bengals– Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Cincy’s running game was putrid last year. They could go and get the other guard with a 1st round grade here…or they could reach a little for the second best RB in the draft. Nobody has ever taken two guards in the 1st rd and I don’t think the Bengals start a trend.
22. Cleveland Browns– Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
If the Browns take Richardson at #4, sign Matt Flynn, and take Kendall Wright here, the Cleveland Browns would suddenly have the pieces in place to be a very dynamic offense. Wright didn’t wow at the combine, but he didn’t fall backwards into 108 catches and 15.4 yards per catch. Wright is the perfect fit.
23. Detroit Lions– Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The only reason Jenkins goes this low is because he is a problem child. The Lions desperately need DB help and are probably willing to take a chance on a knucklehead like Jenkins.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers– Devin Still, DT, Penn State
Steelers need to get younger and deeper on the defensive line. Local product Devin Still fits the bill.
25. Denver Broncos– Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The Broncos need secondary help, but there isn’t a lot of value at this spot on the board. So they’ll continue to overhaul the front seven and get a dynamic interior rusher.
26. Houston Texans– Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
This is with the impending free agency of Mario Williams in mind. Mercilus could slide into the giant void left by Williams and contribute as an edge rusher in the Texans 3-4 scheme.
27. New England Patriots– Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
The Pats biggest needs this offseason are Safety, OLB, and deep threat WR. So it would make perfect sense the Belichick completely shock everyone again and take a Konz as he continues to rebuild the O-line on the fly. It’s the smart move with both current Patriot centers entering free agency. Belichick playing chess, everyone else playing hungry hungry hippos.
28. Green Bay Packers– Nick Perry, OLB, USC
Packers defense needs help. Perry put up great numbers at the combine and has plenty of on-field production. The last time the Packers took an OLB out of USC it worked out ok too.
29. Baltimore Ravens– David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Interior offensive line is probably the biggest need for the Ravens at this point. DeCastro is the best guard remaining on the board.
30. San Francisco 49ers– Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
Nobody needs WR help more than the 49ers. How they made it to the NFC Championship with that collection of dickheads beats the hell out of me. Randle never really impressed me, but that could be because of the QBs at LSU suck hard. I wonder sometimes if those guys were actually left handed.
31. New England Patriots– Harrison Smith, FS, Notre Dame
Obvious position of need for the Patriots. Smith tested well at the combine and has shown tremendous instincts on the field. He is a great play-maker. Adding Smith to Chung, McCourty, and last year’s 33rd overall pick Ras-I Dowling(injured all season) could transform 2011’s worst pass defense into one a strong unit. Dynasty Reign.
32. New York Giants– Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Ugh, whatever. Fuck off Giants.
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