Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) celebrates his sack against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
I would have been perfectly content hibernating until at least the full-on training camp in the fall, but my Editor is leaning on me for something to let you guys know that I am alive. I am also in the process of buying a house, which sucks. The house doesn’t, I like the house. It’s the buying part that sucks.
My wife and I looked at a few homes, but the one that we both liked, we looked at while the family was still living there. In one of the kid’s rooms there was a full-page, old newspaper clipping with a picture of “Sweetness” tacked up to a wall. The late, great, Walter Payton.
What makes this strange is that this is in Marietta, Ohio. They are Steelers fans here for the most part. Also, the kid is maybe 20 years old at the most. Nothing else on the walls either, odd.
I took it as a sign from God, and we are buying that house.
Phil Emery and Marc Trestman are putting something together real special. Their moves in FA have been very good and I’m excited to see how they’ll play out. Jared Allen takes the cake though.
I have been watching that football rustler “rope the calf” for too long now. For those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s his sack celebration. I remember him coming within a 1/2 sack of Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22 1/2. I also remember him talking about his book, ‘The Quarterback Killers Cookbook.’
Now the Quarterback Killer is a Bear.
In fact, the whole D line seems to be shored up. The guys out back weren’t as bad as they looked last year, our line just did nothing to slow the other team down, or even keep them honest. They walked all over us. No more.
Our offense is great, nothing can be done to improve it, only make it worse.
I know that some of our guys that we bring in through FA or the draft might not make the final roster. That’s OK. Competition makes everyone better.
I’m glad we kept “Peanut” Tillman and Jennings. Miss Wooten a little, not Melton. Happy to have Izzy Idonije return for at least a couple more.
I also have to give Marc the big cajones award for having the courage to let Mel Tucker and Chris Conte have another shot. Also, Shea McClellin being shifted to linebacker instead of to the parking lot could go down as a historical move. Linebacker as a Chicago Bear is a storied position.
He’s either a genius or an idiot. We will see.
While I’m being totally honest, I’ll just say this, I’m secretly thinking, not necessarily hoping, that not only will Josh McCown choke down in Tampa, but the whole offense will. Defense will carry them though, maybe even to the playoffs. The figuratively speaking “just the tip” of the NFL. Playing for Lovie Smith.
It’s like driving down to Key West, seeing Ernest Hemingway’s house, and then driving back home. (Ask my Mom)
I liked Josh a lot, but I liked Josh here, backing up Jay for his annual injury. We want Josh, We want Jay, etc. His late career revival had everything to do with the system here. Lights it up, [Matt Flynn] gets big contract, [Matt Cassel] stops lighting it up somewhere else.
Can’t really wait to see the expression on Lovie’s face when that happens.
Oh wait…………..there won’t be one.