For all of the hype, both of these events in and of themselves are pretty stupid, but here is an open thread so our tens of readers can talk about all of the great things the Bears did this free agency and draft seasons.
One of our favorite sites is “Over the Cap” which reviews the economics of football. An added bonus is that the head of the site is a Jets fan, so he gets to watch his favorite team essentially do everything wrong with football finances (so far, at least).
There is a great number there – Trubisky at 3.72% of our cap space, with our divisional competitors ranging up to 14.95% for Stafford and Rogers at 11.6% (before his next contract, where he is sure to break the bank). Who knows what Minnesota will do but I hope they break the bank going for Cousins and then they get a mid range QB for what will probably be the largest contract in the history of the NFL.
I’m up in the Pacific Northwest now and watching the Seahawks dismantle their team and start over. Their 3 awesome years coincided with getting a top five QB on the cheap (Wilson) but now that he is getting paid they can’t re sign their stars and are going to let a lot of them go.
Every single Bears fan is like “duh” to this whole thread… we know that bad QB’s kill the team since we’ve lived through generations of them. We also lived through terrible offensive coordinators, such as the immortal Ron Turner, who spurred the original intent of this site (Fireronturner.net will ALWAYS point here). Even today I heard a podcast talking about how terrible Norv Turner was with his 7 step drop like some sort of idiotic time capsule of how the NFL used to work (along with Jeff Fisher a horrendous coach / coordinator). The analysts seriously have to start putting an asterix next to these seasons because they are outliers.
In any case, there is a lot of cause for optimism if we can 1) keep Trubisky from getting killed 2) install a modern offense that actually leverages his talents 3) get an O line that isn’t a fricking turnstyle 4) maybe not have literally the worst receiving corps in the NFL. I know Chicago loves defense but this game is 90% offense… just look at the Super Bowl and most of last years’ playoff games (the ones that mattered, not the horrendous ones like the Bills ha ha).
The NFL is changing FAST. History means… not much. And the NFL is now super stacked in favor of drafting effectively since those positions give you top flight talent on the cheap. And damn have a coach and coordinators into what’s happening right now not based on some idiotic history (I love Gruden talking about bringing back the fullback for the Raiders ha ha).
Bears fans may think that we have a proud history and are a storied franchise, but the reality is that we are 33 years away from our last Super Bowl win and haven’t even knocked on the door for the last 10. Minnesota has a beautiful indoor stadium as we saw last Sunday while Dan and I trudge up 10,000 steps to our seats at the top of a windy outdoor bowl with crappy concessions and not even a place to warm up.
So it didn’t really surprise me when the Bears search, led by a guy with little success in the NFL (Pace) and an accountant who’s done nothing to create a winner (Phillips) found a guy who had been an offensive coordinator at the pro level for half a dozen games to be our head coach, Nagy. While teams like San Francisco and even the Raiders ($100M!!) paid up for talent, we scraped up someone with nothing to lose at taking a flyer at being an NFL coach who doesn’t mind working for a franchise seemingly going nowhere and led by this diminutive duo. Hell I was just happy we didn’t get an old blowhard like Jeff Fisher. Maybe Nagy will at least have an entertaining press conference after each loss most likely.
The guy I thought we should at least try to get was McDaniels. Sure he flamed out the first time he was a head coach at Denver but he’s learned a lot since then and ran the most fearsome offense ever. With the NFL’s idiotic “wink wink nudge nudge” model of having coordinators for teams in the playoffs not being able to accept jobs for next year (but they can just sign the day after their team isn’t in the playoffs) – the Colts seemed to one-up the Bears by taking arguably the best candidate out there while we selected a nobody (at least a nobody who wasn’t already a bust or old fart).
But now the jokes’ on Indy. Ha ha. Still hate you for beating the Bears after the 2007 season anyways. But probably there still are a lot of guys out there as candidates who have 6+ games as an offensive or defensive coordinator under their belts, maybe 500 or so.
Another glimmer of laughter was that Detroit is picking up the Patriots defensive mastermind who couldn’t stop the Eagles AT ALL under that Hall of Famer Nick Foles. Ha ha.
Here at Fire Everybody we get most of our satisfaction from the failures of others since our own hopes have inevitably dashed by injuries, ineptitude and just plain lack of talent. All the while freezing our asses off in the cheap seats of what soon will be the worst stadium in the NFL (since the San Diego Chargers moved, although the worst day outside in San Diego is usually pretty damn awesome).
Hey everybody. We changed the domain name “firejohnfox.wordpress.com” to “firemattnagy.wordpress.com”.
I think a lot of the folks that used to find us now see a blank page over at “firejohnfox.wordpress.com”. I will try to fix this through wordpress.
Of course I am telling people how to find us who can’t find us so I am kind of shouting out into the void. Obviously if this was a commercial site this would be more of a problem…
It seems that football coaches are getting a bit smarter than they used to be. Probably the first thing a coach does when they start moving up the ranks is buy the domain “Fire(insert name here).com”
So to get to this site directly – it is going to be https://firemattnagy.wordpress.com/
Sorry John Fox I gave back the domain but we will still leave the “true” name of the site that way unless I get super industrious and figure out how to change it.
So what points here?
- FIRERONTURNER.NET – this is a classic and we can’t give it up. Terrible Ron Turner, with a career of futility who cost the Bears the 2007 Super Bowl, will forever be linked to our lives. Or at least until the Bears win a Super Bowl in which case maybe we’d forget but that sure seems a long ways away
- FIRERYANPACE.NET – Ryan wasn’t a coach but still snagged his domain
- FIREMATTNAGY.NET – Matt Nagy joins the club! Welcome! Remember we are die hard Bears fans up in the cheap seats and we want you to succeed. Sadly, the odds are that you won’t
So there you go. What is funny is that John Fox’s domain registration was just about to auto renew… but now it’s gone and we have a new victim.
Also since we are talking about boring site stuff they really have a lot of annoying ads on the mobile plan for wordpress. Maybe if I am feeling up for it I will spring for an ad free site. It is just the price of a couple cases of watered down beer.
Well, we have come to the end of yet another year of futility for the Bears. Double digit losses, no playoffs, and all that jazz. The elves here at Fire Everybody will be hard at work on Black Monday, updating and changing the masthead with the inevitable changes that are forthcoming.
Ho Ho Ho! And what a Christmas present for the Bears faithful to be able to see this game on Christmas Eve. Don’t worry everyone, the season is almost over and we will be able to start working on the new masthead for this site.