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We figured the Chicago Bears were done making idiotic moves that alienate pretty much any and everyone when they canned former general manager and Matt Millen clone Jerry Angelo.

Apparently, we were wrong.

Although current general manager Phil Emery is clearly a step up from the bumbling Angelo, he’s still managed to pull off some of the biggest gaffes of the offseason thus far.

Example 1: The handling of the Matt Forte situation.

Forte, the Bears best player, got the franchise tag when the offseason began after clamoring for a new, well-deserved contract last season. Instead of making signing Forte to a long-term deal their first priority, the Bears went out and made several other moves. Some of them looked good, until the team signed running back Michael Bush.

On the surface, the move looks great for Chicago. Bush is a starting-caliber back as he proved last season, running for 977 yards and seven touchdowns. Bush did the bulk of his damage after starter Darren McFadden went down with an injury, putting up seven games of 70 yards or more. He also had more than 400 yards receiving.

Bush came relatively cheap too. His deal is for $14 million over four years.

So what’s the problem? The deal further alienated Forte and he let it be known publicly via Twitter.

There’s only so many times a man that has done everything he’s been asked to do can be disrespected! Guess the GOOD GUYS do finish last…

for the record I’m not mad at the signing of another running back. This is 4th time that’s happened. I embrace competition as well as help

But as for not taking care of ur own and undervaluing a player under his market value is another story! #twitterrant”

We understand signing Bush gives the Bears insurance should Forte play under his one-year tender and leave the organization next year, but they’re constantly saying Forte will remain with the team. Why not make him happy before signing another back? The market was set when Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster signed their contracts this offseason.

Example 2: The Brandon Marshall trade.

We were fairly impressed when the Bears traded for receiver Brandon Marshall just as free agency began. Marshall gave the Bears a weapon they haven’t had since Jay Cutler has been on the team — someone who might actually be considered a No. 1 receiver on another NFL team.

Sure, the luster came off when Marshall was accused of hitting a woman in New York, but if he isn’t suspended, Marshall is still a weapon. Of course, it turns out the trade now looks pretty stupid. Why?

The Dolphins, his former team, were going to release Marshall, according to their owner. The Bears could have had him for nothing instead of the two third-round picks they surrendered.

Team owner Steve Ross reached out to at least one of those upset fans Thursday night, calling protester Jason Lawrence, a Dolphins’ season ticket holder for more than 20 years.

“[Ross] said they had been shopping [Marhsall] for a couple weeks,” Lawrence said. “Nobody would return their phone calls about getting him. If Chicago didn’t take [Marshall] … they would have ended up cutting him very shortly after that, and got nothing.”

Emery had something stupid about the changing landscape of free agency to say when he was asked why the Bears rushed into the trade.

All we could do was laugh.

We’re going to sit back and assume the Bears will be better this season if everything goes right. Of course, that looks like a big if right now.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Nano March 24, 2012

    With Forte, the Bears never had as much cap space as everyone thinks, so they locked him up for a second so they can see what they have to work with after other moves are made. They’ll get back to that after other cards are dealt. And they can do it again next year.
    With Marshall, they got a talented big threat for at least a couple of years, without giving up huge amounts of money (therefore cap space to pay Forte with) reserved for free agency. Plus, Marshall’s likely to resign if he does well.

  2. Aj March 24, 2012

    Were your parents brother and sister.

    1. Hacksaw March 25, 2012

      Were your parents Bill and Steve.

  3. Cuban March 24, 2012

    I think this is all bullshit and ross just trying to save face cuz his franchise is shit and every1s calling the dolPhins out

    He also said the reason they didnt get flynn is cuz philbin didnt want him as the starting qb, so hed rather have matt moore and david garard than a guy he developed in his system, bull fuckin shit

  4. PackerBob March 24, 2012

    Say it with me. Fuck. Da. Bears!

  5. Dhilip March 25, 2012

    Spoken like a true Packers troll.

    Firstly, Bears can still sign Forte to a long-term deal. Also this allows them to not lose the season if Forte holds out for a few games. Maybe he is looking for AP style money. Wouldn’t that be stupid?

    Secondly, Bears did the smart thing by trading for Marshall. If he had been cut, either they would have to pay a lot more money or watch him sign elsewhere. While the Dolphins (if what their owner is saying is true but wasn’t that the guy who was gonna get Manning or Flynn) won, the Bears won too. Marshall might yet be banned for 4 games but they have him under contract for 3 seasons.

    All in all solid moves so far.

  6. Savage57 March 25, 2012

    Allright – Fuck. Da. Bears! and everything else about their shitty team, city, roads and the assfaced, seasonally migrating, locust-like hoard of outdoor wanna be’s that just fuck up Sconni by their very presence.

    And the Purple Horned Dickheads to the west, too!

  7. Cuban March 25, 2012

    Anyone read the full article about ross talking to the disgruntled fan he said philbin didnt want flynn, and that alex smith wanted to play for miami but it was ross’ call not to sign him

    Ross didnt get the better of anybody as much as hes trying to convince everyone he did

  8. cc July 14, 2012

    IS it just me or do packer fans sound dumber every time they open their mouth? LOL