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How did they not jump on Pacman Jones?

Cedric Benson Mug Shot

Cedric Benson: Who got the tequila?

The Cincinati Bengals have picked up ex-Bear, and current draft bust, Cedric Benson.   Cedric Benson will be 2nd in the depth chart for the Bengals, but first in line for bail bonds.  Marvin Lewis and the Bengals staff have constantly overlooked character to get talent, but we have seen with the 0-4 Bengals that team chemistry is important.  A team in such disarray needs some stability, and adding a player who probably  will not successfully remove himself from the problems that followed him around in Chicago, won’t help the team in the long run.

I like Marvin Lewis at a coach, but his tenure at Cincinati has gone so terribly wrong.  On paper, they have a great wide receiver combination with Chad Ocho Cinco and TJ Who’syourmomma.  Carson Palmer should be one of the top 5 QBs in the league.  However, the offensive line can’t block together, and the defense couldn’t stop the Cleveland Browns; A Cleveland Browns team that has a QB controversy brewing and under acheiving offensive playmakers with over exaggerated sense of worth.

Side Note:  The Browns and Bengals are killing so many fantasy owners who thought the Browns could reproduce last years scoring magic, or that the Bengals lose their share of games, still put up big fantasy numbers.  I was one of the sad owners who took Carson Palmer early.  sigh.  now I scramble for a QB every week.

I’m not against giving people a second chance, but I think it has to be done in a particular way.  The Dallas Cowboys are known for successfully reviving troubled players careers.  They set up a support system and take a personal interest in the life of the player.  The Cincinnati Bengals don’t seem to structure their organization in that way.  The continually bring in players with known personal issues and have not been able to keep some of these players from bad situations.

oh well.  good luck cincinnati.  Chicago is happy with Mr. Forte.


September 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

The Jets play calling on the goal line

It’s been a while since I posted. A lot has been going on. The Cubs clinch the Central Division, the Bears on 1-2, and the fall TV season is underway. If the NFL played on 3 quarters of football, the Bears would 3-0, but that rant is for another post.

Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat himself, but it does rhyme.” How true this was for the Jets.

Last week, against New England, the Jets had the ball on what I think was the 1 or 2 yard line and a first down. They called 3 straight run-up-the-gut plays and were forced to settle for a field goal. The media and fans slammed the play calling. They didn’t understand why, with “the great” Brett Favre, they didn’t just throw it in. Well, Jets fans, you got your answer on Monday night.

With 3:41 remaining the game, the Jets just scored on a Favre pass to bring the score to 29-45. Down by 16, the Jets need to go for 2, (although this game is pretty much over).

Attempt #1 from the 2 – Pass, incomplete. Pass interference try again.

Attempt #2 from the 1 – Pass, incomplete. Pass interference try again.

Attempt #3 from the 1/2 yd line – offsides.

Attempt #3 (again) from the 1/4 yd line – Pass, incomplete.

So in 3 tries, the Jets couldn’t throw it in either. “The great” Brett Favre couldn’t get the ball into the end zone either. The real question should be, “Why can’t the offensive line get the 2 yards in 3 tries?”

Perhaps the Mangini staff wanted to throw it in to work on short yardage pass plays since the game was likely over. However, from the 1/4 yd line, you should be able to punch that through on the ground.

To paraphrase a joke I read last year; How did the Jets keep the team away from the practice facility? They painted a goal line in front of the door. 🙂

September 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Predictions I Made Prior to Week 1

Procrastination is a skill I have become quite good at.   I planned to make season predictions for this NFL season and post my picks for week 1.  With people visiting me from out of town and other random things, I didn’t get a chance to put a post together for either.  Hopefully I can get my picks in this week.  Perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday.

The annoying thing about not posting my predictions is that a few of them have come to pass.  You don’t have to believe that I had these thoughts before yesterday’s events, but I want to get them down anyway.  These are from notes I jotted down last Wednesday.

1) There will be way to much talk about the green dot on the defensive players helmet.  Yes, go ahead and mention the rule change, but I think the announcers will take every opportunity to talk about it and point it out.

2) Tom Brady is due for an injury that will make him miss significant time this season.   Something is bound to happen that will cause him to miss at least a month of playing time.

3) The Browns will finish under .500 this year.  Much like the Chicago Bears after the 2001 season, the Browns were a complete surprise.  They aren’t going to sneak up on anyone this year, and by about week 9 there will be a QB controversy brewing out in Cleveland.

4) My 2 sleeper picks for the NFC/AFC this year are: NFC: Chicago Bears – AFC – Oakland Raiders.   The Bears seemed to have a competent offense that can put up 13-20 points a game, and I have faith that the defense will straighten out and play well come the beginning of the season.   The Raiders have a pretty solid defense and although the offense is young with JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden,  they have the ‘unknown factor’ working for them.  Lane Kiffin HAS to have a good season to keep his job and the AFC west looks weak with the top competiion being the San Diego Chargers.  The Raiders could get a wild card spot.

5)  Willie Parker will have his usual great season, but will not play all 16 games due to injury.   That will allow Rashard Mendenhall to get some good experience and playing time.

6) Although Aaron Rodgers will put up decent numbers and play okay, the Packers will end up losing some close games which will start a media frenzy on how Rodgers isn’t Favre.

7) Speaking of Favre, the Jets will do better this year, but with the Patriots and the Bills in their division they won’t make playoffs.

8. Pennington is an upgrade in Miami, but they will still be at the bottom of the AFC east.

9) Forget the QB situation in Minnisota.  The Offensive line is going to have trouble.

10) Division Standings by the end of the Year:

AFC East: Patriots, Bills, Jets, Miami

AFC North: Steelers, Bengals, Browns, Baltimore.

AFC South: Jaguars, Colts, Titans, Texans

AFC West: Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs

NFC East: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins (btw, OUCH for this division. All tough teams)

NFC North: Bears, Vikings, Packers, Lions (Honestly. Even thought I am a Bears fan, I honestly believe this)

NFC South: Saints, Bucs, Panthers, Falcons

NFC West: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Rams.

September 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Here’s hoping for a 900 yd season


From Chalk Talk w/ Larry Mayer from

How many Bears rookie running backs have rushed for 1,000 yards?

Paul D.
Lake Bluff, Illinois

Three Bears rookie running backs have topped 1,000 yards: Beattie Feathers (1,004 in 1934), Rashaan Salaam (1,074 in 1995) and Anthony Thomas (1,183 in 2001). Interestingly, the top four career rushers in Bears history all failed to rush for 1,000 yards as rookies: Walter Payton, Neal Anderson, Rick Casares and Gale Sayers. Sayers came the closest with 867 yards in 1965.


Football season is upon us and that means I spend days analyzing my fantasy leagues and longing for Sundays and Monday night (with the occassional Thursday).

From what I’ve read and briefly seen, I’m hoping Matt Forte becomes a solid back for the Bears for the next few years so draft picks can be used in other parts of the offense. It’s a interesting that the top rushers  for the Bears didn’t rush for 1000 yards their rookie year, even with the shorter schedules.  Mayer doesn’t indicate if  Payton, Sayers, Anderson, and Casares were starters (eg got the most rushing attempts) their rookie year.   However, look at the names that did rush over 1000 yards their rookie year: Rashaan Salaam. Anthony Thomas.  UGH.  If you’re wondering, Curtis Enis rushed for 133 yds his rookie year.

Since I’m on the topic of Chicago Bear draft busts, my college roommate Jim and I came across this poster in 2003.

This poster is funny and sad at the same time

This poster is funny and sad at the same time

September 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm 2 comments

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