- Bless Bears wide receiver Rashied Davis for trying to organize team offseason workouts during the labor stoppage. Via Vaughn McClure at the Chicago Tribune.
- ESPN‘s Todd McShay on the possibility that the Bears will find a good defensive tackle that fits their scheme. Via John Mullin at CSNChicago.com:
“There’s not many perfect fits for that three-technique for Chicago but you could see maybe a Corey Liuget out of Illinois. I’ve got him going 14th to the Rams but after the Rams, there’s not many teams looking for a true defensive tackle. I personally think he’d be a better fit as a nose tackle in a 4-3…[but] if he’s there at 29 you’d have to think long and hard about passing on a guy like Liuget.”
- With a $10 million roster bonus due in 2012, Michael C. Wright at ESPNChicago.comthinks this will be an important year for Devin Hester to start showing what he can do.
- The Bears didn’t receive any compensatory picks in the NFL draft.
- Though the Bears constantly say that they are happy with the receivers they have, many fans continue to call for the team to add another one. Head coach Lovie Smith sounds like he’s open to the idea. ViaESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert:
“Most of our guys … they are smaller receivers, so to have a little bit of a different flavor wouldn’t be a bad idea.”
- Omar Kelly at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has posted this interesting video of Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano talking about finding an NFL center. He’s talking about moving guard Richie Incognito to the position. Many believe that the Bears are looking for someone to either replace or groom behind Olin Kreutz:
- Bob Sturm at the Dallas Morning News points to this video which demonstrates why he thinks offensive tackle Nick Solder is overrated. Most experts believe that the Bears would take Solder if he fell to them. This is not a flattering picture of a guy who was flat out dominated by a smaller, quicker man.
- Former Bear Alonzo Spellmanis a spokes person for an interesting new product. From Kissing Suzy Kolber.
- Tom Pelissero at 1500ESPN.com in Minnesota adds up the clues and comes to the conclusion that the Vikings may be looking to trade up and take a run at Blaine Gabbert.
- Elizabeth Merrill at ESPN profiles Gabbert. I know that there are no character concerns for him but there’s something off when a guy has had a personal trainer simce the eighth grade. I don’t want to make too big a deal of it but it hardly sounds like a normal upbringing. I hope we aren’t talking about Todd Marinovich.
- Drew Sharp at the Detroit Free Press tries to convince us that the lockout will hurt the Lions “far worse” than most teams. The Lions have a stable coaching staff with no scheme changes.
- Chris McCosky at The Detroit News quotes Lions head coach Jim Schwartz on Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith:
“I learned a long time ago that you can’t judge a guy on a quote, on what a guy said or what you heard that he said. If you don’t know the guy, you can’t judge him.”
Smith has four failed drug tests. I don’t think this is a case of “he said, she said”.
- Schwartz and Tom Kowalski at mlive.com are still trying to find a way to twist poor coaching and Calvin Johnson‘s error into a catch. These guys need to get together with Bob Costas and get it all out by throwing a pity party and having a good group cry. I was at Missouri during the fifth down controversy and even we didn’t whine this much for this long with a lot more justification.
- Vic Carucci at NFL.com has Bear fans weeping over the idea that the lockout as put a wet blanket on the Green Bay victory celebration.
- Seifert makes the case that the Packers might have a need at wide receiver. Could be but I would still put it no higher than fourth on the list.
- Kendrick Ellis appears to be the latest beneficiary of the constant need to nose tackles for the 3-4. Via Aaron Wilson at The National Football Post.
- Johnny Jolly we hardly knew ye.
- Armando Salguero at the Miami Herald writes that Dolphins owner Steven Ross has told Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland that they don’t have to win now and that they have guaranteed job security. So basically they’re dead men walking.
- Former NFL safety Matt Bowen at The National Football Postcomes out strongly against HGH testing because it requires drawing blood. But I’m pretty sure players have to give blood already for AIDS testing. Fear is almost certainly what is stopping testing for growth hormone. But I doubt its fear of a needle.
- Bowen also points out that rookies will be behind due to the lockout for a number of reasons including lack of a playbook. Though he has a point, most rookies will almost certainly find a veteran to help them out with these issues.
- The Charlotte Observer got beat writers for the top 5 teams in the draft to do a mock draft. Its a neat concept that I’d like to see done for the entire first round.
- Joe Reedy at the Cincinnati Enquirer does a comparison of the top two wide receivers in the draft. A.J. Green is a possibility for the Bengals but that fourth pick would be awfully high for Julio Jones.
- I’m way behind on my videos. The Seattle Seahawks are on the clock at ESPN:
- So are the Saints:
- and the Eagles:
- and the Colts:
- and finally the Chiefs:
“If you polled the entire league, I would guess the opinions are split on (Auburn QB) Cam Newton. Anyone that really knows the kid and did their homework will have him down on their board. We had him at the very top of our board before the Combine. He’s got talent — you have to give it to him. But I wouldn’t think about him until the end of the first (round), and even there, I’m not sure I’d want him. Now it’s a little different when you’re in the hunt for a quarterback. We got a good one. … I just think you’re asking for too much trouble with a guy like him. It’s just like Vince Young — all the warning signs were there. The lower (Newton) goes, the better his chances will be.”
and on a related note:
“What do you think the hit ratio is on one-year wonders in the first round. We did the study over five years. It’s not very good. What’s scary is how many of them there are in this year’s draft. I would not touch either of the two at Auburn that everyone is talking about. I hope they go early so that some good players fall to us.”
I’m on the fence about Nick Fairley but I’ll say out right that Newton in the top ten is a boat load of bust waiting to happen. Both of these guys seem to me to have potential football character issues.
- Sturm offers some insight into the what the Cowboys will do depending upon what happens in front of them:
“Trading down is an option that I am sure they would love. I also here of several other teams that would love to move down, too – Washington for sure. So, you need a partner. That is why we look at 2 particular positions – QB and WR. Here is why you want those guys taken at 1-8 (Gabbart, Newton, Green, and Jones) – so that the good DE/OL/DT prospects get to you at #9. Here is why you DONT want them to be taken at 1-8 – so you have teams calling you to move up and snag them. This is the draft day chess game that the Cowboys have to play and have to play right.”
“(Georgia OLB) Justin Houston is very talented, but he could be the next Vernon Gholston. It’s scary, but he shuts it down way too much. He’s one of the draft’s great magicians. He can disappear with the best of them.”
- Shocking news from the The Onion which is reporting that NFL is considering hiring replacement owners for the 2011 season.
- And The Sports Pickle has obtained an official proposal for rules changes from the NFL Kickers Association. Amongst the suggestions is the elimination of tackling on kickoffs to avoid injuries (i.e. humiliation, embarrassment and emasculation).
- After paying a 16 year old girl for sex, former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor got sentenced to 6 years probation and to a lifetime of humiliating jokes and laughter from
this bloggera total stranger who occasionally breaks in and hijacks my keyboard. In Lithuania.
One Final Thought
The fifth Season of Mad Men looks like it will be delayed to 2012 as executives from AMC and Lionsgate Studio can’t agree on who gets more of the lucrative amounts of money that the show brings in. Suddenly I have the urge to show DeMaurice Smith a picture of January Jones, wait about 30 seconds and then kick him in the balloons…