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Chicago Bears 2018 Week 3 – there is legitimate reason for optimism
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The first drive in the first game against Goon Bay was one of the most magical things I’ve seen from a Bears offense in quite some time.  The first drive in game 2 against the Seahawks got off to a little of a rough start, aided by penalties against Seattle, but by the end was also pretty sweet.  Half of the battle in getting the new Bears offense NFL ready seems to have been won.  Because Nagy’s scripted drives have been very innovative and very effective.  Now it is up to Trubisky to take that and up his game accordingly.

I look upon the situation as Trubisky still having training wheels on.  And as long as someone has control of the handlebars, he can keep his bike upright.  The end goal is for Trubisky to be in control of those handlebars on his own and then the training wheels removed.  It would be nice if that was a completed process this season, but it may actually take year 2 of him in the offense for it to happen completely.

The flaws in Trubisky’s game are pretty obvious.  When he is in control and sets himself, he can be quite effective.  When he is bouncing around before throwing, he is not as effective.  Then there is also the mystery of why he will sometimes miss wide open receivers even if not under duress.  I suspect he is maybe too anxious in those situations and rushes himself when he doesn’t have to.  The good news is, these flaws can all be corrected with coaching, teaching and repetition.  And once Trubisky’s mechanics catch up to his talent, he will be the franchise QB we have been longing for over these past many seasons.

Yeah I know, it is only 2 weeks.  And while that may not be enough to get a clear picture of what can happen, it is enough to realize a very nice foundation from which to build is being set.

Thank you Mr. Nagy. 

And on the defensive side, Thank You Mr. Pace.

Khalil Mack is not only paying dividends with his personal efforts, but he is setting a high motor tone for his defensive mates to follow.  And they are.  So much so that a couple of defensive linemen not even expected to make the roster are effectively in the defensive rotation and having an impact. 

And with the front 7 making things difficult for the opposing QB, the secondary is free to make reads, stay with their assigned responsibilities, and not be exploited.  Tie it all together and you have a Bears defense leaps and bounds ahead of what was expected and proving that the addition of 1 key pice of the puzzle can in fact have long reaching effects to more than 1 position.
So thank you Mr. Mack.  May your time as a Chicago Bear continue to be exciting to witness.

Yes, it is only 2 weeks.  Still a long season to go.

But what I have seen in those 2 weeks is enough for me to justify my giddy optimism of even better things to come.

Week 3 Picks :
Last Week = 11-4-1
Season = 18-12-2

Bears  @ Cardinals
The Cardinals are in complete disarray.  They may only win 3 or 4 games this season, and I do not expect the Bears to be 1 of them. 
Sam Bradford might not be sleeping too well heading into this game.  Or maybe the coaches won’t show him Bears defensive footage so he can get some shut eye?

Bears 31  Cardinals 3

The rest of my week 3 picks :

BROWNS over Jets
VIKINGS over Bills
TEXANS over Giants
Packers over REDSKINS
CHIEFS over 49ers
DOLPHINS over Raiders
EAGLES over Colts
JAGUARS over Titans
PANTHERS over Bengals
RAVENS over Broncos
Saints over FALCONS
RAMS over Chargers
SEAHAWKS over Cowboys
PATRIOTS over Lions
BUCCANEERS over Steelers

Chicago Bears 2018 Week 2 – the good, the bad and the ugly
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The first half against Green Bay was everything we could have wanted or hoped for.  We saw an exciting and diverse offense marching down the field and an aggressive attacking defense preventing the Packers from doing the same.  Trubisky looked in control, albeit with some clock management issues, and Khalil Mack looked all-world with sacks, strips and an interception for a touchdown.  And though injuries are never a thing to celebrate, I have to confess I did not feel too bad about Aaron Rodgers leaving the first half on a cart.

If the game had ended at that point, all would have been happy in Chicago-land and the Bears faithful would have been satisfied.  But of course that didn’t, and couldn’t, happen.

The second half was a nightmare we have seen all too often.  Aaron Rodgers walked out of the locker room and back onto the field, where even on 1 leg, he resumed his role as BearKiller.

The Bears were even kind enough to help him by blowing a coverage and also by dropping what could have been a game clinching interception. 
Game, set match.  Rodgers adds to his resume as a QB deity, and the Bears add to theirs as the team that cannot finish what it starts.
There are some positives to take from the game, but blowing a 20-0 third quarter lead to lose to the damn Packers does not encourage me to search for those nuggets of positivity.  There were just so many bad things happening that had such a surreal feeling of deja vu that words cannot adequately describe.  And I think the Packers almost have a patent on a semi-broken play that ends up as a short pass reception that then turns into a 70 yard touchdown.  Change the number of the receiver from 18 to 87 or 87 to 84 and it doesn’t matter.  You can find an eerily similar play from seasons past that match up favorably with what the Packers pulled on Sunday Night. 

That is what separates the Bears from the Packers – an ability to finish.  And that is what this young Bears team must learn, and must learn quickly.  Because there are no excuses for surrendering a 20 point lead in less than a half of football, even if you are facing one of the best in the game.

The opportunities to make a statement were there.  The ability to take full advantage of those opportunities was not.  So instead of getting a new tune, we get the same old song.  And the old stuff reeks of decades of failure.  So while Rodgers gets another feather in his cap and accolades galore from those covering the sport, the Bears yet again are the ones pointed to and laughed at.

Week 2 Picks :

Last Week = 7-8-1

Seahawks @ Bears
I am looking for the Bears to maybe play 3 full quarters this game instead of 2.

Bears 23  - Seahawks 20  (17 Seahawk points in 4th quarter)

The rest of my week 2 picks :

BENGALS over Ravens
Chiefs over STEELERS
JETS over Dolphins
BUCCANEERS over Eagles
SAINTS over Browns
REDSKINS over Colts
Chargers over BILLS
Vikings over PACKERS
Falcons over PANTHERS
Texans over TITANS
RAMS over Cardinals
49ERS over Lions
BRONCOS over Raiders
Patriots over JAGUARS
COWBOYS over Giants

Chicago Bears 2018 – will there be magic or misery?
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I plead guilty to being a regular abuser of Bears Kool Aid.  I start most seasons with hope and anticipation of new things panning out, which of course they don’t, which then has the Kool Aid being swapped out for something with a bit more kick.  Then the new season rolls around, wash, rinse, repeat.  And every year I talk myself into why THIS year is going to be different.

Well dammit, THIS year IS going to be different.

Ryan Pace hasn’t had all of his moves be magical (see Mike Glennon) but for all the moves he has made, he at least presented a reasonable case for making them (except Mike Glennon).  And it has been interesting seeing him grow into his GM position and reform the team in the process.  And it is pretty clear that when he sees the guy he really wants, he does what he needs to do to get him.  His latest get is his most intriguing.

A sidenote on Glennon - he had a decent enough resume in Tampa to warrant him being considered as a potential free agent pick up to compete for a job and show you what he could do.  He did not have a good enough resume to sign him for mega bucks and annoint him as your starter.  So that is where I really disagreed with what the Bears did in his case.  But, they didn't ask me, so I certainly had no influence or sway.

What Pace did to get Mack shows a totally different mindset and approach.  S
hipping off a couple of first round draft picks to the Raiduhs for an extremely talented defensive sack specialist and 3 time All Pro who is still in his prime is a far cry from taking a multi-million dollar flyer on a second tier guy becoming all of a sudden great.  Many have discussed the cost as being too high for Mr. Mack, but the counter argument is Bears history.  And in tribute to his versatility and what he will bring to the team, he became the very first first-team All Pro player in NFL history to be selected by the Associated Press at 2 different positions (defensive end and outside linebacker) in the same season.  Yes, this man can play.  And did I mention he is in the prime years of his career?

Go ahead.  Look up the Bears first round draft selections over say the past 2 decades.  And play some “where are they now?” with most of them.  When you are finished throwing up, come back and continue reading.  And then tell me how many of them developed into anything approaching what Khalil Mack has done in a very short time.  Seriously, it makes me giddy knowing he is only really getting started in his career.

Then consider the man Pace had to have last year – Mitchell “Mitch” Trubisky.   Many figured the Glennon deal was Pace’s smokescreen to lure others into thinking the Bears would not be drafting a QB while he was secretly having dinners and discussions with the guy he would move up a spot in the draft to make sure he obtained.

I’m not buying the whole Glennon as a smokescreen thing and believe that was a very expensive mistake.  Then again, it isn’t my money and the Bears seemed perfectly willing to pay that cost and then move on later so whether it was an effective smokescreen or not I guess really doesn’t matter.  It is now Trubisky’s offense, and he is being led into the future by a brand new offensive minded head coach.  I see potentially magical things happening in the not too distant future, which means perhaps even this season.

Yes, there are many unanswered question regarding a lot of positions.  The most troubling to me is the offensive line and how that is going to settle because no offense can truly be effective if the big guys up front are second or third tier.  The calming influence is Harry Hiestand who is regarded by his peers as one of the top offensive line gurus in the game today.  Seems he will be earning his paycheck this year.

Five days away, we will be seeing how things have come together in the opening game test against the team that has regularly owned them. 

I hate the Packers.  But I have hated the Bears even more for simply bending over and allowing Goon Bay to abuse them at their leisure.  I could feel my blood pressure rising along with the bile watching an overmatched poorly coached Bears ensemble again become the butt of Packer jokes, and usually in prime time so the entire nation could point and laugh.

That shit ends on Sunday night September 9th.

Yes, I’m picking the Bears to win their season opener in the land of cheese. 

I am looking for Trubisky and the offense to have a few opening game hiccups, but also for them to go on 3 solid scoring drives to net 17 points.  And I am also looking for them to be competent enough to have some other non-scoring drives be effective and to keep the Packers from having the ball 40 minutes like they always seem to do.

I am looking for a renewed defense with fresh young blood to run amok and keep the Packers off balance and Rodgers under duress.  I also say they will score a TD of their own on a Rodgers strip sack.

Bears 24  - Packers 16

The rest of my opening week picks :

Falcons over EAGLES
Bengals over COLTS
RAVENS over Bills
SAINTS over Buccaneers
PATRIOTS over Texans
49ers over VIKINGS
DOLPHINS over Titans
Jaguars over GIANTS
Steelers over BROWNS
CHARGERS over Chiefs
PANTHERS over Cowboys
CARDINALS over Redskins
Seahawks over BRONCOS
LIONS over Jets
Rams over RAIDERS

Super Bowl 52
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This could, and should, be an interesting game.  Or it could be a Patriots blowout.

I can see the Eagles winning but if they do it will be a close call.

Tom Brady is  .... well, he is the best.  And if you let him sit comfortably in the pocket, he will disembowel your defense.  Jacksonville found that out by playing some pussified 4 deep zone against him in the 4th quarter of the AFC Championship game.  Brady ate them alive.  And why did they change from the defense they rode to success to get to that point?  Fear.  The kind of fear Brady and the Patriots bring to their opponents.  And fear makes you do stupid things.  So instead of giving their best effort in what was most comfortable for them, they voluntarily removed themselves from their own comfort zone to try to play cutesy and got their asses handed to them in a game they could have and definitely should have won.  But instead they fell victim to Brady and his late game magic.

The Eagles on the other hand entered the post season as underdogs in their own stadium.  Not many gave the Foles led Eagles the same chance as they did the Wentz led version.  After escaping with a close win over the Falcons in the first round, they kicked the ever loving crap out of the Vikings for the honor of trying to dethrone the Patriots.  For them to have success will involve a gameplan where they stick with what they do best and to not at any time relax.  The defense needs to make Brady uncomfortable in the pocket and the offense has to convert drives to TD's rather than settle for Field Goals (the settling for Field Goals was another death nail in the coffin of the Jaguars).

I have no real interest in who wins.  I don't hate the Patriots.  In fact, I envy them.  Every fan would want their team to emulate their effort and results, playoff appearances year in and year out and multiple Championship trophies.

That said, I am picking the Eagles in an upset that will be settled in overtime.

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season Total = 167-89

Post Season :

Wild Card = 3-1
Divisional Round = 1-3
Conference Championships = 1-1

Legitimate reasons for optimism for 2018 ... a refreshing change
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Been a Bears fan forever, and have forever looked upon a new season with some hope of improvement. And have grasped at any straw of hope to lead me to drink the team Kool Aid year in and year out. And I have regularly ended up disappointed and angry at being stupid enough to be duped yet again.

This time, it's different.

This time it seems the team actually did hard work and due diligence to get the right guy to lead a rebuild/rebound. This time they have a guy who is in sync with the GM. This time they have a guy who comes from a very successful coaching tree (Andy Reid's) which indicates sound philosophies.

And after being brought on board, Matt Nagy has proceeded to fill out his staff with others who provide hope and sound philosophies to the equation.

Just go watch the various press conferences from Nagy and his staff members. Of course talking a good game is only half the battle. The real substance here is a feeling they know how to implement what they say.

I'm not expecting a Super Bowl in 2018, but I do expect a competitive team with a solid foundation built to achieve that in short order. As for 1 year turn arounds and how they can happen, see the LA Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

I am truly excited for what will transpire over the next few years.

Wonder if I can find a Matt Nagy Arena League jersey on e-Bay?

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season Total = 167-89

Post Season :

Wild Card = 3-1
Divisional Round = 1-3

NFL Conference Championships :

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots - I'm not buying the Brady hand injury sideshow. I am 100% confident he will play and play well unless the Jaguars defense can stop him. And I expect them to do just that. Tom Coughlin's Giants found ways to take the wind out of his sails, and though Coughlin is in the front office for the Jaguars and not on the sideline, I expect he has had some useful input for the Jaguars in their preparation for the game.

I'm picking them. Jaguars 30 Patriots 28

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles - the Vikings wouldn't even be in this game if a Saints rookie safety had any concept of proper tackling technique. The Eagles are once again underdogs on their home field. If the Eagle defense could ice Matty Ice and the Falcons with ease, I think they can shut down Case Keenum's miracle season. Matt Foles will do just enough to ensure the Eagles offense gets the deciding points.

Eagles 26 Vikings 24

Holy crap, I think we're in good shape ...
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I almost don't feel like a Bears fan right now. The past week has resulted in so many positive developments that we Bears fans only watched other teams accomplish. For us Chicago faithful, we always seemed to be on the outside looking in. The poor kids, with noses pressed to holiday decorated glass, looking at toys we knew we would never have.

Not any more.

Welcome to Chicago Matt Nagy. Welcome back Vic Fangio. And welcome back a blast from a successful Bears past Harry Hiestand. Welcome everyone.

This looks to be perhaps the most exciting coaching staff the Bears have had in quite some time, and by exciting I mean effective. And winning.I salute Ryan Pace for aggressively getting things upgraded with first choice caliber selections rather than sitting around and sorting through the dregs no one else wanted to hire.

Getting Vic Fangio back was causing some angst with some. And I understand the impatience to a point, the desire to get him back on board quickly. I was confident it was going to happen. The main reason being while the talking heads were spinning themselves into a tizzy about the various potential landing spots for him, the Bears were quiet. Turns out they were quiet because they were actually doing work. So those who brought out the torches and pitchforks because Fangio didn't re-sign immediately can go sit on their implements.

This is the most pumped I have been about a Bears off season in some time. Because I can see all this potential and can now see personnel in place who know how to utilize it.

I'm not expecting an immediate championship, but I am expecting the Bears to announce by their play they are no longer doormats, and Bears weekend on the other teams schedules is no longer going to be like a bye week.

Thank you Ryan Pace. And thank you George McCaskey for letting him do his thing without front office intervention.

Weekly Picks :

Regular Season Total = 167-89

Post Season 3-1

Divisional Round :

Falcons @ Eagles - the Eagles have not been the same since Wentz went down ... their 6-0 loss to Dallas to finish the year was as inept an offensive performance as they could have had ... can they get it right for the playoffs? I say no ... Pick = Falcons

Titans @ Patriots - Tennessee gets the honor of being the Patriots first sacrifice to the playoff gods ... the Patriots aren't as explosive as last year, but they are still the Patriots ... Pick = Patriots

Jaguars @ Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger had one of the worst games of his career against Jacksonville during the regular season ... will it be a redemption game for him or will the win ugly Jaguars yet again have an answer for him? Pick = Steelers

Saints @ Vikings - Saints let the Panthers back into the Wild Card game, but their offense was not the issue ... I think Brees and his backfield duo will put up more than the Vikings can match ... Pick = Saints

Please Bears - get this right ....
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So John Fox no longer leads the Bears.  I remember the happiness when he was hired, where everyone pretty much felt he was the right choice to correct the Bears freefall derailment into suckdom.  And he did provide at least a sense of progress in that regard.  But now 3 short years later, he is out.  And the results of his 3 year run are mixed.  The Bears certainly didn't win consistently.  And the team itself seemed like a yo-yo with their week to week scattershot performances.

I was one of many who applauded his hiring, expecting him to revive the Bears from the pit of despair into which they had sunk.  Yes, the team suffered injuries at key positions, but he still had a team to work with and things just did not happen in a positive way.

Watching the Bears play was like watching a video game that you don't quite have enough resources to fully load - herky jerky.  There never seemed to be a flow in their efforts, just a lot of stop and start and stop again action, and Fox simply did not seem to have a grasp of in game adjustments.  Plus, Fox's challenge decisions rivaled Lovie Smith in their head scratching quotient.

So thanks for the effort, but good bye.

The Bears are currently interviewing candidates to replace him.  I don't have a clear favorite of my own I want to get the job.  But I do have a favorite scenario I would like to see play out.

I think the Bears need to obtain a QB whisperer.  Someone who has a track record of working with QB's to make them better.  Because the key to the Bears future success lies with their QB, who has legitimate skills but needs to be nurtured to achieve greatness and success.  One of the people the Bears are interviewing is Pat Shurmer, OC of the Minnesota Vikings.  He would be a good choice to fill the QB whisperer role given his success with the Vikings.  He has helped Case Keenum to a career year, and Keenum up til now has been average or below at his previous NFL stops.

Vic Fangio has done well transitioning the Bears defense from their traditional 4-3 to a 3-4, and has created a very effective unit even during periods when key members were lost to injury.  He was interviewed for the Bears HC position, but does not seem to be a favorite to get that promotion.  He hasn't publicly said one way or the other if he would be willing to remain as Bears DC under a new HC.  But I think him doing so would be the best possible option for the Bears.  That way the defense would be able to simply continue to build on what they were already working on while the offense gets restructured under the new HC and OC.  Stability would remain on at least 1 side of the ball, and that would be extremely helpful IMO.

So that would be a dream pairing I would think.  Shurmer as the new head man who would be leading Mitch's development while Fangio remains and is given full control on the defensive side.  And there would be much rejoicing.

That's my dream anyway.

Weekly Picks :

Week 16 = 12-4
Week 17 = 8-8

Regular Season Total = 167-89

Wild Card Weekend :

Titans @ Chiefs - should be a good game in the cold, and I give the edge to the Titans and their running game.  My pick = Titans

Falcons @ Rams - the Rams have had the kind of turn around under their new Head Coach that I would love to see the Bears duplicate under theirs.  I think the Rams balance will be the deciding factor.  My pick = Rams

Bills @ Jaguars - not having mcCoy at full strength, or maybe even not at all, will not bode well for the Bills.  Taylor is a decent enough QB, but not enough to carry the full load.  They can only hope the schizophrenic Jags have an off week.  My pick = Jaguars

Panthers @ Saints - Drew Brees has a solid running game to support him which allows him to be able to pick and choose when he wants to take shots in the passing game rather than the offense relying on him doing so.  My pick = Saints

Holiday Hiatus
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Didn't watch the Bears lose to the Lions.  Won't be watching them maybe lose and give Cleveland their first win.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Kwanzaa, and merry happy joy joy to whatever else you may be celebrating.  Have fun.  Be safe.

Weekly Picks :

Last week = 13-3
Season = 147-77

Week 16 picks :

Browns @ Bears - 50-50 toss up on whether the Bears give it up to the Brownies.  As a note, the Bears are favored and the Bears haven't won when favored during the Fox tenure.

I'll take the stinky Bears in a game that will make anyone who does watch it want to puke.

The rest (home team in CAPS) :

RATBIRDS over Colts
Vikings over GOON BAY
PANTHERS over Buccaneers
Lions over BENGALS
CHIEFS over Dolphins
PATRIOTS over Bills
SAINTS over Falcons
Chargers over JETS
Rams over TITANS
Broncos over FORESKINS
Jaguars over 49ERS
CARDINALS over Giants
COWBOYS over Seahawks
Steelers over TEXANS
EAGLES over Rai-duhs

Week 17 Picks :

Bears @ Vikings - Vikings will be tuning up for the playoffs and home field advantage.  Bears have little chance to alter the Vikings' plans.

Vikings in a one sided rout.

The rest (home team in CAPS) :

FALCONS over Panthers
RATBIRDS over Bengals
LIONS over Goon Bay
Texans over COLTS
Bills over DOLPHINS
PATRIOTS over Jets
Foreskins over GIANTS
EAGLES over Cowboys
STEELERS over Browns
Saints over BUCANEERS
Jaguars over TITANS
BRONCOS over Chiefs
RAMS over 49ers
CHARGERS over Rai-duhs
SEAHAWKS over Cardinals

Bears destroy Bengals and make me smile
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I began watching the game expecting a Bengals team still with faint playoff hopes to come out firing and the Bears scrambling to keep up.  What I saw was a dominating masterpiece from the Bears.  And the best thing about the entire day was watching Mitchell Trubisky have a complete game.  Passes on the mark, mobility utilized, and execution of a game plan that involved some nifty running contributions from both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.  He even had a TD run of his own.  Just a fun day all the way.

Doesn't much matter about wins and losses at this point.  What does matter is getting Trubisky quality starts, and with the continued help from his supporting cast, that seems highly likely.

25-32, 271 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int

Efficient and effective.  And providing hope at a position the Bears regularly have no answers for.

Weekly Picks :

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - the Lions are the tough luck team that is still in the playoff hunt.  The Bears have no playoff hopes but can help derail a division rival just for funsies.

Bears 26
Lions 24

The rest of my week 15 picks (home team in CAPS):

Last week = 8-8
Season = 134-74

Broncos over COLTS
Chargers over CHIEFS
BILLS over Dolphins
PANTHERS over Goon Bay
Ratbirds over BROWNS
JAGUARS over Texans
VIKINGS over Bengals
SAINTS over Jets
Eagles over GIANTS
FORESKINS over Cardinals
Rams over SEAHAWKS
STEELERS over Patriots
49ERS over Titans
Cowboys over RAI-DUHS
Falcons over BUCCANEERS

As Phil Collins once sang, I don't care any more
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Yet again the Bears have torn the heart right out of me and whoever else is rooting for this poorly coached under achieving  injured band of rebrobates.

The current Bears harken back to the Dave Wannstedt "all the pieces are in place" teams that went 4-12 in back to back seasons after that proclamation.

I'd like to say at least the rookie QB is getting valuable experience, but I think that would be at least in part a lie.  How much is he learning from not trying?  I'm not saying he isn't personally giving it his best shot, but the offensive plan, if there even is one, seems geared to simply not trying.  No concerted effort to move the ball.  No aggressiveness in trying to score.  And I don't think occupying the QB position as a token placeholder is an actual learning experience.

John Fox?  Thanks for your service, but it is clear the game has passed you by.  Enjoy your retirement,

Dowell Loggains?  Fuck you.  A dog randomly shitting on generic sheets of plays could formulate a better game plan than you have.

Ryan Pace?  I hope you have a plan for this mess.  You are tied at the hip to Trubisky so you need to get someone who can actually develop him and let him play.

The McCaskey Family?  Your defective, and probably inbred, gene pool has contributed to a band of misfits and losers running the team in the ground.  May you all burn in hell.

Weekly Picks :

Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals - the Bengals are fighting to keep playoff hopes alive, and are coming off a bruising painful loss to the Steelers ... Andy Dalton should have a field day against the Bears, who have a damaged secondary and a weakened pass rush due to injuries

Bengals 36
Bears 13

The rest of my week 14 picks (home team in CAPS):

Last week = 11-5
Season = 126-66

Saints over FALCONS
BILLS over Colts
Vikings over PANTHERS
Goon Bay over BROWNS
49ers over TEXANS
GIANTS over Cowboys
CHIEFS over Rai-duhs
Titans over CARDINALS
Jets over BRONCOS
CHARGERS over Foreskins
Eagles over RAMS (game of the week ... possibly decided in OT)
JAGUARS over Seahawks
STEELERS over Ratbirds
Patriots over DOLPHINS