Comments on: Starting out the offseason with a bang Chicago Bears History Blog by Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:25:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Brian Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:55:34 +0000 He did cite interceptions in the press conference, but you made it seem like he was doing it negatively. He mentioned his stats, which are 155 touchdowns and 112 interceptions. It’s not like he only pointed out the picks.

By: Tres Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:10:18 +0000 I think if Emery gets creative with how he structures any free agent contracts he can do a ton in this offseason with the defense.

CUT: Peppers, Podlesh, Weems, Bush, Bennett

Let Melton, Ratliff, Wotten, Anderson, Collins, Cohen walk.

SIGN: DE Bennett-5 million per year, DE Houston-6 per year, SS Ward-6 per year, Talib-5.5 per year.

RESIGN: Garza and Williams for 2 each per year.

DRAFT: 1) Tuitt-DE, Notre Dame (play him as a DT) 2) Pryor-FS, Louisville
3) Gains-CB, Missou 4) Jones-DT, Penn St 5) Johnson-DT, LSU. 6) Ikard-C, Oklahoma 6)Ward-SS, Northern Illinois

If Emery can spread some of the contracts to keep the cap hit low this is doable.

Also consider trading Briggs and a fifth round pick for an additional forth or third.

By: Kenneth Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:17:54 +0000 On the other hand, 2013 was Robbie’s highest FG% season of his career.

Robbie is kind of unusual in that his FG% does not waver as much as other kickers. Most kickers have huge swings in their percentages. Take this year’s leader, Matt Prater (Denver):
2008: 73.5%
2009: 85.7%
2010: 88.9%
2011: 76.0%
2012: 81.3%
2013: 96.2%
(from )

compared to Robbie:
2006: 88.9%
2007: 86.1%
2008: 89.7%
2009: 85.7%
2010: 83.3%
2011: 87.5%
2012: 84.0%
2013: 89.7%
(from )

Robbie’s percentage is pretty much always within the 84-90 range. Which is why giving him a bigger contract is a decent move IMHO.

By: Grabber Sun, 05 Jan 2014 04:46:00 +0000 Also, I’m not going to go back and check the transcript, but yes, Emery did cite picks, I know I heard it and he said 112. I’ll admit it if I’m wrong, but I heard it myself and he did.

By: Matt Sat, 04 Jan 2014 16:32:49 +0000 Well, now Cutler has something in common with Obama; they’re both making me look forward to 2017!

By: andy Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:31:58 +0000 I didn’t see that Clayton article but if that is true then yikes! Need to totally clean house at safety and DE. DT, Ratliff has some promise but that’s about it. LB we have 1 good player at the end of his career. Melton might be worth resigning but who knows if he can get back to his 2012 form. If Tillman still wants to play after all those injuries (I think he might just retire), move him to safety and play Bowman at corner with Jennings. Hope we have lots of picks in April!

By: Grabber Sat, 04 Jan 2014 04:19:18 +0000 So let me get this straight – Lovie, back in the fold for all of a few days and with all that big time street cred, manages to bring on Leslie Frazier as his new DC. Meanwhile, Mel Tucker is still around and safe until told otherwise?

Also heard John Clayton this afternoon saying in reference to Tucker being under fire that the the Bears are “doing everything they can to try and keep him and everyone together” from a defensive perspective. Yes, that certainly does make a lot of sense.

By: Brian Ociepka Fri, 03 Jan 2014 04:58:31 +0000 Emery never cited interceptions. He mentioned that Cutler has missed 12 games in his career.

By: Grabber Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:52:49 +0000 One other thing I forgot to mention – as I listened to Emery’s press conference, he was reciting Jay’s stats and he cited number of picks, I think 112. Why he would even bring up a stat like that in a press conference announcing a new 7-year deal for him is beyond me.

By: Grabber Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:31:11 +0000 When we traded for Cutler, I was ecstatic and said at the time if the Bears did things right, they’d either play in a Super Bowl and/or win one in the first 3 years he was here. Obviously the Bears didn’t do it right, and that didn’t happen.

I now feel a lot differently about Cutler. I haven’t analyzed the financial numbers too much but my feeling now is once you start to look at the $$ and his actual career numbers, I don’t have confidence we’ll get the value needed for the contract. I also hear a lot of noise about the supposed leaderships he’s showing, but I don’t see it. He still looks and sounds to me like the same unproven and arrogant player that many Broncos fans said good riddance to.

If we get to the SB or win one by say 2017, obviously it will be worth it, but I highly doubt it, and if we haven’t gotten there by then it’s not likely to happen at all.

Another scenario is say by 2017-18 or so, say we get to the playoffs once, that’s not going to be nearly good enough. Bottom line is Emery’s coughing up big money to a guy that’s 1-8 vs the Packers, and Rodgers isn’t going anywhere for the next decade.