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beardownchicagobears:

PHIL RECOGNIZE TRILL

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Phil Recognize Trill

Phil Emery came into the Bears organization and immediately did what Jerry Angelo failed to do during his tenure. He addressed the Bears biggest need right away, instead of facing the same issues over multiple off-seasons. From 2008-2011, the offensive line was the Bears biggest weakness every single off-season. This year was the first time since then that the Bears needed to upgrade a different position more than the line. Emery came to Chicago with an unbiased opinion and accurately pointed at the WR position as the big weakness on the roster.

Ever since Jay Cutler came to the Bears we have been yelling for a big bodied WR to throw to. Somebody that could resemble the kind of target that he had back in Denver when he went to the Pro Bowl. Somebody who can make adjustments to the ball downfield and take advantage of Cutler’s ability to make throws through tight windows.

I asked Phil Emery to do two things for this team when he signed on. The first thing was to sign a free agent WR that could be the number one target for Cutler. The second thing was to draft one of five WRs that have the potential to become a #1 receiver in the NFL.

Phil Emery came through brilliantly on both of those wishes. He didn’t just settle for one of the three free agents WRs worth targeting, he traded for one that is better than all three of them and that already has an established rapport with Jay Cutler. Still, he wasn’t satisfied with adding just one WR. He then drafted the WR with the highest ceiling in the 2012 draft. Alshon Jeffery has the athletic potential to become the best WR out of the entire draft class, better than Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd.

Emery came to Chicago and projected this aura of competence that we hadn’t seen from the Bears GM position in decades. From his early press conferences, it was clear that he understood the Bears did not have an offensive roster up to 2012 NFL standards. So he did something about it. He identified the problem and addressed it. There’s no guaranteeing that it will work out, but with the actions he took, there’s a damn good chance that it will work out.

Phil Emery also identified the two biggest weaknesses of the defense. The Bears obviously needed a pass rusher and they are far from set at the safety position. When the Bears selected Shea McClellin most of us were wondering who that was. While we may have been expecting them to pick Whitney Mercilus or Chandler Jones, Phil Emery identified a player that he liked more than anyone and took him without hesitation. Even if you don’t know anything about defensive line technique if you watch some tape of McClellin running around a football field, you can tell that he’ll find his way to the QB. He is capable of fast, fluid movements that will allow him to get past defenders.

After the Bears made their first two picks I wondered if they would spend a draft pick on a safety after the Angelo regime had missed so many times in the past. In a move I didn’t expect, Emery went after one in the 3rd round. Even though everything about this selection screams “Lovie pick,” the truth of the matter is safety is a position that still needed to be upgraded. Major Wright is not a legitimate starting safety in the NFL, he is a backup. While he may start the season atop the depth chart, the Bears have brought in somebody else who can challenge for his spot. Regardless of how much we believe Lovie has a boner for Major Wright, if somebody else can come in and play the position at a higher level, he will go with that somebody else.

We don’t know for sure how any of the Bears picks will turn out but, now that it’s over, most of us came out with the feeling that Phil Emery has a general idea of what the game is about. Between free agency and the draft, we can feel confident that the Bears now have a GM that actually knows what he’s doing. It’s a very unfamiliar feeling but I like it.

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justbreathe831:

Ahhh just tried these out…didn’t know my back could crack so many times! Haha try em :)

I’m always looking for exercises that stretch my back :)

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Red Mango for dinner when left to my own devices! :9

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Never stop exploring
Copper Mountain (February 2011)

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Tree is up. Ready for #Christmas!! :)

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beardownchicagobears:

HO SIT DOWN! WEEK 14 - LOVIE SMITH

Ho Sit Down! Week 14 - Lovie SmithWhile it would be easy to give Marion Barber the Ho Sit Down! treatment this week after he made a terrible mental mistake with 1:55 left in the game and then fumbled the ball in overtime, this game was lost on the sidelines. The shit that Barber did was inexcusable; but the Bears lost this game because of a philosophy that they’ve followed for as long as Lovie Smith has been in charge… go limp when you have the lead.

I’ve seen it too many times in the past to overlook the fact that it happened again versus the Broncos. When the Bears have the lead in the 4th quarter, they drop the safeties back deep and leave the middle of the field wide open for easy completions. The idea is that if you prevent the big play, it makes it harder for the other team to score. The problem with this philosophy is that even though they are forced to burn clock, the offense can easily march the entire field by dumping the ball over the middle. Then once they get in the red zone it only takes one defensive breakdown to allow an easy touchdown.

Remember last year how the Bears dominated the Eagles for three quarters and then give up 13 points in the 4th and almost lost? The Eagles couldn’t do shit against the Bears all game, averaging just over 23 yards per drive through the first three quarters. Then the Eagles last three possessions go for 65, 58 and 68 yards and three scores. It’s not that the Eagles suddenly remembered how to run an offense, it’s that the Bears defense got the orders from The Top to bend over and expose their middle parts.

Sticking to the same old script versus the Broncos, the Bears held Denver to just under 20 yards per drive for their first 12 drives. Then when the clock starting running low in the 4th quarter, the Bears go soft on a 63 yard TD drive before a 39 yard drive that ends in a FG to force overtime.

They’ve been running this end-of-game defense for years, even before Rod M starting calling the plays, so it’s not like he was the one that decided to pull back the defensive reins. Lovie is the only person that makes these kinds of strategic decisions.

So while Tim Jennings allowed a huge completion to let the Broncos tie the game in the 4th, and although Marion Barber coughed the ball up in OT which gave Zack Bowman a chance to do his best “Johnny Knox falling down” impression, there was a much Higher Power to blame for this big letdown… Lovie Smith calling the shots From Above.

Lovie, drink your cough syrup and sit your ho ass down!

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Gad Valley from tram

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utahigh:

 No school, no work, no lines… No worries.

Creekside Patio, Snowbird. 

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