Emery Rocked the Free Agency Boat for Bears

Bears new players

Touche Mr. Emery! After last year we had a feeling you were a shaker-and-maker type of guy and you’ve proved us right again. On Tuesday the Chicago Bears picked up not one, but TWO fantastic additions to their offense on the first day of free agency. On Wednesday the Bears welcomed left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett at Halas Hall.

bushrod w breesBushrod is a two-time Pro Bowler, has a Super Bowl ring under his belt from 2009 and has been anchoring the Saint’s offensive line the past four seasons. You haven’t seen Drew Brees get creamed in every game and this guy is one of the reasons why. We have to keep our QB standing to keep the offense moving and Bushrod is an immediate improvement for Jay Cutler.

Bennett is the complete package – a tight end that can block and CATCH the ball. He set career highs with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Giants. YES PLEASE! With the addition of Bennett the Bears said goodbye to both Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth (no tears were shed here).

With the two free agency pickups the Bears got themselves some legitimate players, addressed immediate holes in their offense and also gave themselves some flexibility in the upcoming draft (4/25-4/27).  Cutty gives two thumbs up!

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Cutler smiles are hard to find

Cutler, the King of Romance

Does Jay want us to dislike him? After ranking #4 on Forbes 10 Most Disliked Athletes list (the steroid using Lance Armstrong, catfished Manti Te’o and womanizing Tiger Woods topped the list) that surfaced Monday, Mr. Jay Cutler has given the people of America another reason to judge him.

According to Kristin Cavallari, the ever smooth and romantic Bears’ Quarterback proposed via text message and then she received her engagement ring in the mail a few days later. Way to put your faith in the American Postal Service Cutty…

As I’m sure you know the couple first got engaged in April of 2011, but then broke things off in July of 2011. They rekindled their flame in November of 2011 and had their first baby (Camden – love that name) in August 2012.

When asked about the second engagement Cavallari said, “It was so silly. I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, ‘Oh, shall we get married?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah, OK.’ And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on.” Why don’t you just take our breath away Jay?

Keep your eyes peeled, this “fairytale” romance may finally make it to the altar. The couple has apparently chosen a date for 2013, colors and have people booked according to the former Hills star.

jay cutlerBears fans WANT to like you. Why do you have to make it so hard for us buddy?

BEARS: Lovie’s Out, Who’s In?

Chicago Bears v Arizona Cardinals

After nine years as the Chicago Bears head coach the soft spoken and level headed Lovie Smith is OUT. It wasn’t the best way to ring in the new year as Smith was fired by the Bears on Monday after a 10-6 season. Smith did quite a bit of good for the Bears in his time with Chicago, but his downfall was the part of the game in which he had no experience; the offense.

Chicago is now on the hunt for a new head coach and guess what they’re looking for…an offensive minded guru. Bears General Manager Phil Emery described his current head coach search as “fast, furious and thorough” on Thursday after conducting the initial round of interviews with prospective candidates. He held a press conference to discuss Lovie’s firing on Tuesday and was jet-setting to Atlanta for interviews almost immediately after.

Who are the Potential Candidates?

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It’s not required to have an offensive minded coach to be successful in the NFL. We’ve seen the defensive minded coaches get the job done as well, for instance Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick and John Fox, even special teams guys like John Harbaugh. But if offense is the reason Lovie was booted, offense is what the Bears are looking for. Our defense is solid for at least another year with Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings all still under contract.

There are definitely other head coach openings around the league, but hopefully the Bears position is the most appealing to the potential candidates. Sometimes coming into an organization who believes they already have their “franchise quarterback” (Jay Cutler) and other star players in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte takes some of the fun out of the job. Instead, we can only hope the large market, fantastic city and impenetrable fan base will lure the best of the best to lead the Bears.

Tillman Welcomes Another Peanut to the Family

Congratulations are in order for Bears stud cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman again. This time it’s not football related, he and his wife Jackie welcomed a baby girl to their family on Monday.

Peanut announced their fourth little nugget’s arrival by Tweeting:

The actual date of the baby’s birth caused a bit of a ruckus in Chicago earlier last week when Tillman said he could potentially miss the Texans game if his wife went into labor. Teammate and proud papa Jay Cutler had Peanut’s back explaining he wouldn’t have wanted to miss his son being born either because it’s such a special moment. In the end, Tillman was able to play in the most boring game of the season AND make the birth of his little girl.

Peanut has been terrorizing the offenses of the NFL this season. He’s currently in a postion to be slated for Defensive Player of the Year.

Bears Blowout Titans 51-20 in Music City

There’s is nothing like a Chicago Bears romping in Nashville to start your week off right. I swear when the Bears play well I begin the week in a better mood. Plain and simple, the Titans got their “asks” kicked (please watch this adorable youtube video to understand the reference). The Bears have now won six consecutive games in a row; this hasn’t happened since 2006, and may actually be considered a contender heading into the difficult part of their schedule (Texans and 49ers woowee).  If you missed the Bears Titan mauling, below you will find a quick recap.

Who Needs an offense when you have the Bears defense?

Cornerback Charles Tillman’s ball-punching hands forced a career-high four fumbles. Peanut has been a recognized player in the league for many years, but this year something set the man on fire. He’s absolutely in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. The infamous linebacker Brian Urlacher trotted (it wasn’t as speedy as Tillman or Jennings sprinting down the field, but hey he still got there) his way into the end zone after the team’s seventh interception return touchdown of the season. 7 defensive touchdowns is more than most teams score all season, let alone in 8 games – animals I tell you. If all the critical pieces to the Bears defensive puzzle can stay healthy, this may be the year Bears fans have been waiting for.

Special teams got down and dirty:

They couldn’t let the defense have all the fun! It all started when Sherrick McManis blocked a punt (I mean when does that even happen?!) that Corey Wootton returned for a 5 yard touchdown. THEN Devin Hester got in on the action with a  44-yard punt return that set up a one-play scoring drive. Yup – love it.

The offensive spark was delayed, but things heated up in the end:

Counting on your defense to score first isn’t going to cut it further down the road for the Bears, but Jay Cutler and his boys woke up in the second half. Cutty eventually threw three touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte deserves some recognition as well, his rugby style rushing touchdown was the first positive offensive play the Bears had during the game. Forte was also effective in the passing game, his 47 yard reception off of a screen pass was something to be reckoned with.

Bears fans are the BEST fans:

I don’t know what you heard, but LP Field sure sounded like a Bears home game with all that hootin-n-hollerin going on. I can’t imagine it hurts a team’s morale to know their fans are willing to pack their bags and head anywhere to cheer on their monsters of the midway.

#Beardown

Cutty is Growing a ‘Stache for Movember

Just imagine this without the additional beard scruff

Cutty is joining the Mo Bros. Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler has agreed to grow a mustache during the month of November in support of MovemberThe charity raises money and awareness to fight prostate cancer and support other testicular cancer initiatives.

The deal was struck during the Cutler Show on Monday with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman of ESPN 1000. We’ll see which pretty boy can hack a mustache for the whole month.

When asked how the mustache would make his Fiancee feel Cutler said, “I did a trial run on Friday, and it’s not pretty. (Kristin Cavallari) didn’t even notice by two hours. I’m in like fourth place, we have two dogs (and a newborn son). It got nothing for a couple of hours. I didn’t like (the look of) it. It was bad.”

I can’t wait until Cutler gets in front of the cameras for a post game conference rocking a big fat ‘stache. It might be amazing, let’s hope he sees it through.

BEAR DOWN in the Dumps

And so the hangover of defeat begins to dig deeper into our Bear-fan souls. After the debacle that went down on the field at Lambeau last night (final score 23-10), it’s not great to be a Bears fan this Friday. As the Bears sit 1-1 in the NFC, the question of – just HOW good are the Chicago Bears this year? –  lingers in the back of our minds. The season opener against the rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts went so well, Chicago fans were riding a 4 day high thinking the Bears could make an early presence in the division and then we headed up to Green Bay and watched the Bears offensive confidence crumble into a million pieces of cheese.

Clay Matthews (who is undoubtedly one of the best linebackers to ever play the position) pillaged, ravaged, and destroyed the Chicago Bears offense – specifically left tackle J’Marcus Webb. Cutler was sacked 7 times (3.5 delivered personally from Matthews), finished with 11 completions on his 27 attempts and threw 4 interceptions. Those are some real bad stats.

Part of the problem was Cutler’s cocky trash talking throughout the week wishing the Packers defense “luck” – which came back to bite him right in the a&%…”Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers … we heard about it,” veteran safety Charles Woodson told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the game. “We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons (referring to Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery), but it’s the same-old Jay. We don’t need luck; Jay will throw us the ball.” Lambeau field is like Jay Cutler’s kryptonite as a Chicago Bear.

It’s easy to place all the blame on Cutler for being a headcase during the Thursday night showdown on NFL network, BUT it all comes down to the Packers out playing the Bears. Chicago has some things to figure out:

  1. Cutler played REAL poorly, but he is not to blame for all the wrong doing. The offensive line needs to block for their quarterback. Linemen are enormous SOBs and they need to do the job they get paid handsomely for. Also, when the offense is having a tough time to begin with, how about we avoid all the false starts (cough cough Webb).
  2. The O-Line was horrendous, however, Cutler needs to learn how to get rid of the ball and not take a sack for a loss of yards. Quick-short passes can be your friend Cutty.
  3. Our much anticipated receivers need to do their job – catch passes. Brandon Marshall our talented addition to the offense cannot drop a catch-able pass in the end zone. Earl Bennett needs to come up on the ball, not drift back and get beat out by his defender resulting in a Jay Cutler interception.
  4. Where are Chicago’s trick plays? That sneaky faked field goal with the GB special teams was slick and not one person on the Bears saw it coming – perfectly executed. Last night Lovie Smith and his staff got out coached…once again.

In the aftermath ESPN published a story about Brian Urlacher and his views on the Bears this season, “maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were,” Urlacher said. “We’ve got a long ways to go, that’s obvious. Maybe Green Bay is just that good, I don’t know, we just didn’t play well. They played good enough to do what they did to us.”

I would agree with Urlacher, we have a long way to go just yet, but no need to pout it was only game two! Green Bay is a well oiled machine with great chemistry and we’ll get another shot at them later in the season. Hopefully Matt Forte’s game ending ankle sprain isn’t serious – fingers crossed. Shake it off, rest up, and let’s take care of St. Louis in game three.