Time for a bunch of guys to pack their shit and leave, and for some to get ready for the season. Others will hit the practice squad and wait for the inevitable injuries. Lets hear what you think about the cuts and the shape of the team in the comments.

Pre Season Game 4

Lots of things to be done in the next couple of days. Today is the last pre season game for all teams, and they need to cut from 75 down to 53 by Saturday, finalizing the rosters for the season. Looks like I might miss the game tonight, so let me know in the comments who looked good and who didn’t.

I honestly think that the coaches probably know who they are going to cut by now with the exception of one or two guys. I am really rooting for our boy Jordan Lynch to make the team, but I predict he will hit the practice squad.

So Long Palmer

Well, so much for Jordan Palmer. Cut yesterday along with Michael Ford.

This makes it a bit more interesting for my guy, Jordan Lynch. He had a pretty good exhibition game and from what I read he is (predictably) working very hard and throwing himself around. I like the run where he bulldozed the hapless Eagles DB in pre season.

He will not likely make the team this year, but should be a cinch for the practice squad. He can play special teams, and be a backup running back and qb. Not a lot of guys in the NFL with that type of flexibility. That is a good guy to have on your practice squad to call up to the team if things go south and he will be playing at a very cheap price since he was undrafted.

Pre Season Game 3

Here’s hoping for no injuries. I won’t be able to watch it tonight, so chime in and let me know what you saw in the comments.

Complex vs. Simple

Here at good ‘ol FRT we tend to try to do some deeper thinking and try to peel back the layers of the onion, so to say, when it comes to football.  Anybody can post “the Packers Suck” (and there is nothing wrong with that) but we feel we should be better than that.

I have been studying the economics of the salary cap for several months now and think I probably have a better grip on it than 99.9999999% of people walking around (maybe more).  We also tend to dip a little deeper into the nuts and bolts of college and pro football, to try to look at it from different angles.  This isn’t for everyone, and even I question our sanity at times, but there it is.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of football fans look at one thing – wins.  You are either good or bad, suck or not suck.  And honestly, there isn’t much wrong with this.  While we dig deeper here to try to figure out why, I guess it doesn’t really matter.  You either win, or you don’t.  Luck and all that be damned.

I am writing this because I saw the below on Deadspin today (NSFW) from our crack (ha!) correspondent Snoop Dogg, speaking of his mess that is the Pittsburgh Steelers last night:

And you know, Snoop is right in his own way.  We were able to analyze and breakdown Ron Turner’s nonsense, but in the end all you really needed to know is that “he sucked”.

Fire the Big Ten

As fans of the woeful Illinois football team Dan and I have another theme (besides hating Ron Turner and rooting on the Bears to get actual coaches and GM’s with a plan) which is “conference loyalty”.  Conference loyalty is the concept that

1. Illini play in the Big Ten

2. So if the Illini are knocked out of the Big Ten

3. We would root for OTHER teams in the Big Ten against other conferences

This is a hilarious concept, with ZERO proof, even though it is widely discussed in the idiotic general media.  In fact, we have tons of proof of the opposite, which is pretty much everyone we know and have talked to.

There is nothing that makes me happier than a big bowl game where the over-hyped Big Ten team gets obliterated by the team from conference X, especially when it is the SEC (or the ACC).  I laugh and laugh.  I can’t get enough of it.  Although the talk is getting far scarcer with the run of absolute SEC dominance (and hey, there’s not much difference between them and FSU and Clemson, so let’s throw part of the ACC in there too), we still often self-reference that “good in the Big Ten” actually means something, when in fact it means nothing.

There was a book written about the SEC and it was reviewed in the NY Times and this is what the author had to say about the non-SEC conferences:

Q. Which is your second-favorite conference?

A. I’m not trying to come up with a sequel, but I think the Pac-12 is clearly No. 2, and after that I don’t think it’s much of a contest. When we went into this, we thought it was going to be a little bit of an in-your-face toward the Big Ten. I thought I would spend most of my time attacking the Big Ten in fun, and it’s not even fun.

I cannot improve upon that quote so they get the last word.

Weems Cut

Well, that is that.  Weems is off the team, and the Bears are taking a flyer on Santonio Holmes.  Pretty amazing how far that guy had fallen from being Super Bowl MVP just five years ago.  I haven’t seen the Holmes contract yet, but I imagine we got him for league minimum (and get the vet discount on the cap).  I will update this post when I find the contract in the next day or two.

We know that pre season games suck to watch, but as you can see, they are valuable for the coaches.  Trestman saw Weems stink up the joint and immediately canned his ass, in yet another example of decisive action by the team.  I like it, and it is a huge change from the Lovie days.

We are still really hurting at the third WR position and here’s hoping Holmes can help fill the void.  He has had locker room issues in the past, but I imagine that Trestman told him right out of the gate who the boss was.