Audibles From the Long Snapper: House Cleaning, Kerry Rhodes, Coats

| October 3rd, 2013

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Three Tweets from yours truly:

Bears fans face a conundrum Sunday but they shouldn’t think twice about rooting for Packers beat Lions at home.

This is arguably the hardest game remaining on Lions schedule. Should they beat GB, Bears will have to dogfight them for division all year.

Understand historic nature of rivalry but GB win will still leave them behind Bears in standings. Bears have two shots to beat em down road.

Unfortunately the Lions v. Packers game is also in the early slate so Bears fans will have little opportunity to root at all.


From Da Site:

The Bears have once again teamed up with Jewel-Osco, The Salvation Army and Wm. Meyers Movers for the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco “Coat Drive.” New and gently used coats can be donated at all Jewel-Osco locations throughout Chicagoland from October 1 through December 15. A store locator is available at www.JewelOsco.com. Thousands of coats will be collected this year as part of the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco “Coat Drive” benefiting The Salvation Army and public schools in the Chicagoland area.

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So bring that Starter or Apex Bears jacket down to the grocery store and make somebody warm as the winter approaches.


As I watched Chris Conte and Major Wright struggle mightily Sunday and fielded emails about the Bears targeting a safety in next year’s draft all I kept thinking was, “How does Kerry Rhodes STILL not have a job?” So what if he’s gay? So what if the media will obsess over that for a week? Rhodes was one of the highest graded safeties in 2012 and he’s still definitively a starter in the NFL.

If the Bears were willing to bring in ever available punter off the street for a tryout after a disgraceful Adam Podlesh performance, why not tryout Rhodes to send a message to the safeties that their positions are not secured? Can his contract demands really be that high?

To read Deadspin’s piece on the Kerry Rhodes business, CLICK HERE.


  • You can bid to win Bears v. Giants tickets (and a host of other things) for a good cause by VISITING THIS SITE. It is a cheap bid price considering the prize.
  • Friend of DBB Dave Birkett’s piece on Bill Ford referring to the Bears as “a bunch of thugs”.
  • The Times-Picayune is a shell of what it used to be and here is what their game preview looks like. (Spoiler alert: it’s poorly written.)
  • In Malawi and all over Central Africa preparing and cooking of food are women’s responsibilities. They learn the art of cooking at very young ages by watching and helping their mothers. A good wife from Malawi should know how to cook delicious meals using whatever ingredients are at hand. Apart from Nshima, a woman has to know how to cook several types of Ndiwo. The common vegetables used as ingredients in relishes are: cassava leaves, sweet potato leaves, bean leaves, pumpkin leavescabbage, mustard leaves, rape leaves and kale leaves.” That’s right. Rape leaves.
  • Bears v. Saints is now being listed as a pick em and I fully expect the Saints to be favored by Sunday.
  • One of the big questions I was asked this offseason is whether the Bears could become a top fifteen offense in year one under Trestman. Through four weeks, they are 12th.

Enjoy Bills v. Browns tonight. Suddenly it’s a game where the winner finds themselves in the thick of the playoff chase.