Friday, March 25, 2005

Oh what a feeling...TAFOYA!

New President/GM Tim Ruskell did his used car salesman routine, reaching back into his past to claim another DE, Joe Tafoya, off waivers yesterday.

Looking through the NFL classifieds, the following ad caught his eye:

99 Tafoya - low milage, economy model with plenty of tread left on the tires, but not really tested much on the open road. Asking League minimum or BO.

On one hand it's a little concerning that he was released, picked up, released again by the Falcons, and didn't play at all last season. But on the other hand, there's a steady growth and consistency in his stats in his first three years with the Bears. The best stat of all has got to be: 4 kickoff returns for a total of 55 yards, with a long of 19!

Not that he's the answer to our kick return question, but maybe he's the kind of guy you can put in the backfield for the "heavy jumbo" set, or line him up as a tackle-eligible, like the Pats sometimes do with Vrable!

Anyhow, if this guy passes the Ruskell Rules of Order, then we can be sure one thing...he's gotta have a clean CarFax Vehicle History report!


  1. Alba, you slay me! I considered this a nonstory, other than it adds a little depth going into the preseason, but I pretty much expect them to cut him before the season begins. On other news, everyone expects Joe Jurevicious to be signed today.

  2. I agree it's not really a big story, but we gotta keep the blog site fresh, right! It will be interesting to see how many of these DEs remain on the roster after the 53 man cut down.

  3. Well, we're apparently trying for another, the Miami Sun Sentinal (no link yet, it's not on the site yet) is reporting that Seattle is interested in Free agent DE Jay Williams, although he supposedly just received contract offers from both the Chiefs and the Broncos. Courtney Brown is expected to sign with the Brocos as well. (according to the Seattle Times.)

  4. Speaking of D Ends, did anyone know that Chad Brown's younger brother is in this years draft?


    Oklahoma State DE Van Brown worked out in Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center. He measured in at 6-5 1/2 and 277 pounds. Brown, the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks OLB Chad Brown, had a 4.39 shuttle, 7.03 three-cone drill, 41-inch vertical, 1.63 10-yard and 2.75 20-yard times in runs. On a wet track, he also had a 4.71 40-yard dash time.

  5. Chalk him up with Tim Hasslebeck and "Better B-Ware!"

    (Vinny will explain!)

  6. All we need is Buffy, Jody, Sissy and Mr. French! :)

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  8. Yeah, I don't really think that Van will get alot of attention, but I think it's funny that the brother of one of the better LB's in our history is in the draft, and it's gone unnoticed. I think he will make a roster and be a fairly good backup.