Dan and I used to say that he
When he would take the ball on a kickoff and run backwards, sideways, and generally get nowhere.
He can thank the idiotic former Bears coaches for trying to make him a wide receiver.
I will remember him for the good times and he did go out saying good things about Chicago.
It is a virtual lock that Pep gets cut soon for cap reasons. I am pretty agnostic about Pep – he did great last year, but seemed to me to be mailing it in at times this year. Any way you slice it, he is a major drag on our cap and needs to go.
Along these lines, I asked Jason at Over the Cap what he thought about the way Emery is running the team, as far as managing the cap was concerned. He talked about it on their last podcast for a bit. Jason seemed a bit concerned about the Cutler and Gould deals, but gave Emery an “incomplete” at this stage. I plan on following up with a question this week on how long should a new GM have to unwind the deals of the past. I expect the answer to be 2-3 years but will let you know if Jason talks about it. You should take an hour every week and listen to the podcast and you will learn a lot.
The quote of the day comes from the same website, from a recent post about the Panthers restructuring a couple of contracts:
…making it more difficult to consider eating a year for cap purposes in 2014.
The NFL, sometimes, isn’t what you may want to think. It is routine for teams to “eat” a year of losses to get themselves back into good cap shape. And that is what makes it a great and entertaining league.
Recently we posted on how the Vikings and Pack picked up connections with the Bears and Illini (no matter how tenuous like a family name) and here at Fire Everybody we hoped for continuous failure to harm those rivals’ chances.
I had to look it up but the Bucs were in the same division as the Bears from 1977 to 2001 so hell they are close enough for this site. Of course the Bucs picked up some of our major nemeses (I looked it up it is plural) when Lovie parked his no-enthusiasm and no-expectation rear end in Tampa Bay and brought along Mike Tice. Then this was a bit surprising -
Lovie Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears when they selected Gabe Carimi with their first round pick in 2011. While Carimi struggled during his first two seasons with the Bears, the connection seemed like it could work in Carimi’s favor when Smith was named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach in January.
Instead, Carimi was released by the Buccaneers last week. He didn’t remain on the street long as he quickly signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.
Ha ha what is a “Bears connection” worth, anyways? Likely zero, especially with anything related to offense and / or coaching (on the defensive side you have a legitimate heritage). With Trestman and Emery in charge I can see the opportunity to build a real tradition of offense that can spawn a legitimate web of interconnected successes downstream. But past coaching and offensive connections to the Bears ought to be viewed as a cause for alarm. At least until you are released…
I think that could spawn a great post here though… the “Imaginary Reunion of Terrible Bears Coaches and Offensive Busts”. You could have Lovie, Martz, Shoop, Turner (hell, bring his brother too), Gabe, all the broke down and hellish running backs and offensive linemen we’ve picked up over the years with high draft picks, David Terrell (damn he is in his early 30′s and has been out of football like 8 years). Now this is a post that I will goad Dan to do because he would do it much, much better than I ever could.
Here at Fire Everybody we have a long term hatred for Ron Turner, for wrecking our beloved Illini and harming the Bears for years with his complete ineptitude as an offensive coordinator (and he’s continued to be a bust at roles after finally getting fired by the Bears). Even to this day I get to the site by typing “Fire Ron Turner” into my browser and we pop up.
We also hate the Queens. Their fans are very obnoxious at Soldier Field and they have been a divisional rival forever.
And while it isn’t usually fair to hate on someone just because they are the brother of someone else you hate, in the case of Norv Turner we now have enough kindling to do just that. Norv Turner famously ran the San Diego Chargers as a head coach with his mopey, do-little hangdog vibe, accompanied by little innovation. They even had a partner “Fire (insert name here) Turner” site up in San Diego for a bit (wow, that’s a sad partnership).
I will always love Wikipedia for items like this. I’m sure that some disgruntled fan like me took the time to enter this passage into Wikipedia about Norm:
With losing records in Washington, D.C. and Oakland, and a winning record in San Diego, Turner has coached more games than any other coach in NFL history who has a losing overall record
We can only hope that Norv brings his Turner family long term “career of failure” train into town at our divisional rivals the Queens and likely lasts no longer than he did at Cleveland (one year), unless he is as terrible as we hope he is and then gets an indefinite run there to hobble that franchise.
In another very weird Illini / NFC North rival connection – Ron Zook is now with the Slack, as sort-of a special teams coordinator. We always liked Ron Zook even though it ended badly for him at Champaign and he was a hell of a recruiter. He was the only “big name” college coach to take on the Illini football job and since then we have fallen down the scale and caught littler and littler fish that would barely even be assistant coaches in a “real” Division Zero school. Zook was a great recruiter but not that much of a coach so I am not sure how this is any sort of fit for him but, like the Queens, we just want our divisional rivals to do badly and however that occurs is fine by us.
While dates haven’t been determined yet, here are the Bears’ games for the road for the 2014 season…
Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Jets
Obviously the first three are divisional opponents that we always play.
But the rest of them – there are some potentially cool games for road warriors to attend. Dan and I are seriously thinking of following the Bears on the road this year (the last time I did was in 2008 when they opened the season at San Diego after the brutal Super Bowl loss that I never discuss with anyone because it is too painful).
San Francisco is an awesome city. I have been there many times. It would be a good place to see a football game.
Atlanta is a partying city. Plus we’d have a decent chance to win.
Carolina plays in Charlotte NC. That is a great place, too, and the food is good as well as the location.
NY Jets. I hate NJ. But damn NYC is always a good time. Also have lots of business in that city can combine a trip.
Finally – there is the Patriots. I actually admire the Pats, although I always will be a Bears fan. And Boston is a rocking town.
We need to take a road game this year for the Bears, and really all of these are good choices. Need to pick games that aren’t 1) Monday night 2) Sunday night.
So once in a while we talk about our beloved Illinois Worthless Illini. So here goes one of those again.
Yesterday was signing day, where all of the highly rated high skool kidz decide to “take their talents” to (insert school not called Illinois here).
Alabama, of course, again, had the best recruiting class. Illinois’ recruiting class was ranked WORST in the Big Ten. Or is it Big Telefourteen now? Anyways.
We are screwed, glued and tattooed for the forseeable future. I am not sure how much of this is Tim Beckman’s fault.
Zook was a good recruiter – it must be an immense chore to actually talk a kid into actually wanting to go to Illinois when the other campuses are so much nicer, party harder, and have better weather. And/or have a decent program running.
But Zook got fired for a good reason – he had a mediocre team and for better or worse we have had Tim Beckman the last two years giving us a grand total of ONE Big Ten victory. We are going through the standard convulsions of firing the coordinators and other coaches, then will fire Beckman at the end of next season, just to bring on the next sacrificial lamb. Nobody EVER thought or thinks that Illinois is some sort of destination coaching job.
So I am not so sure how badly I am going to bash Beckman for our recruiting woes, but he will be the fall guy anyway. At this point there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Illinois program, and honestly, I have no idea how it will ever be fixed.
I can’t remember where, but I read in one place that Julius Peppers didn’t have horrendous numbers for 2013. The writer I read was looking at category totals. Peppers played in all 16 games and ended up with 7.5 sacks and 31 solo tackles.
Let’s look at these totals a bit more. Specifically, let’s look at four of the 16 games: 1. 9/29/13 v. Detroit, 1 sack and 4 solo tackles in a game the Bears lost; 2. 11/17/13 v. Baltimore, 2 sacks and 8 solo tackles in a game the Bears won; 3. 12/1/13 v. Minnesota, 2.5 sacks and 5 solo tackles in a game the Bears lost; and 4. 12/29/13 v. Green Bay, 1 sack and 4 solo tackles in a game the Bears lost.
The above four games, three of four of which were losses, account for 6.5 of Peppers’ 7.5 sacks and 21 of 31 of his solo tackles. What about the other 12 games he played? One sack and 10 solo tackles.