A Thursday Rodeo

Cutler to Hester

Both the Sun-Times and the Trib have columns this morning about the on-field relationship between Jay Cutler and Devin Hester.  Last year Hester had 51 catches for 665 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first full season at wide receiver.  Not bad, if you ask me, but nowhere near what a club expects from a "number one".  More than numbers, Hester needs to be the player that opposing defenses game plan against.  He needs to be the player defensive coordinators fear.  His rapport with Cutler will come and when it does, the Bears will be one of the best offenses in football.

Favre On the Spot

I'm not surprised that Brett Favre's arrival in Minnesota has created a schism in the locker room.  Players go through an exhausting series of spring OTAs and are dragged away from their families for training camp in an attempt to create a team unity.  Favre decided he wanted no role in those activities and was rewarded with the head coach chauffeuring him from the airport to the first day of post-camp practice.  Favre is set to play into the third quarter this weekend for the Vikes and he may have to do so without Bernard Berrian, still struggling with a hamstring injury.  If Favre struggles, expect the groans from the locker to only get louder.  This is not a developing roster.  This is a playoff team.  And I'm betting that most of them don't view Favre with the same rose-colored glasses Brad Childress does.

I Don't Care About Cutler Returning To Denver

Note to every writer in the Chicago and Denver sports media: nobody gives a shit about Cutler returning to Denver to play a fake game.  The only thing that is less a story is Kyle Orton facing the Bears.


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  • First, snatches.

  • The heat is on, Narcissus!

    "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people, all the time". - Abraham Lincoln.

    "You can fool most of the mopes at ESPN most of the time, and SOME of the mopes at ESPN ALL the time, but cannot fool your teammates at ANYTIME." - Albert in Tucson

    "A house divided against itself cannot stand." - Abraham Lincoln.

    "A locker room divided by a schism the size of the Grand Canyon is in a lot of trouble". - Albert in Tucson

    Thus endeth this sermon. Go in peace.

  • 1. "His rapport with Cutler will come. And when it does, the Bears will be one of the best offenses in football." Wow. I just read this and I didn't laugh out loud in disbelief. Bears. Offense. Appocalypse. Now.
    2. Orton-Cutler may not matter to you, which is fine. Two reasons it matters to me: a) I'm so hungry for football, I'm buying the hype, every ounce of it, and treating Sunday like it's the start of the regular season. And I'm not ashamed. b) I live in Colorado, saw Jay Cutler's first start at Mile High, have watched the Broncos faithful flip-flop on Cutler (pure jealousy), have taken crap for years about the Bears' stable of lousy leaders, and have earned the right to be excited about Cutler being on MY team, even in a fake game.
    3) Plaxico Burress ... might be pardoned? (profootballtalk.com) Might still be a solution for the Bears? Beating a dead horse?

  • Bears-Broncos matters to me because it will be:
    1) the longest stretch that the first team offense/defense will play this preseason and our best chance to see them gel in game conditions
    2) I'm going to be there taunting the Denver fans as best I can...which will only work if da Bears are kicking the snot out of those posers.

  • The combo of Farve dividing the team, berrian with a bad hammy and the possibility of the Steroid Abusers missing 4 games for CHEATING means that the Bears have even more of a chance to win the division.

    Hester may never be a number 1 but everyone on the field knows that he can go downtown ANYTIME and they have to plan for it. With Cutler throwing the balls this year the odds of multiple big plays to Hester just got better. If they cover him deep then we just come underneath with Olsen, Clark, Forte and the Duke.

  • hey, i'm not saying i won't be thrilled to watch the game sunday night. i'm saying the storyline is useless. the storyline sunday night - for me - is health. i'm not going to take much from the game either way. i'd like to see a couple completions to hester and then everybody off the field.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    ABSOLUTELY!!! The most important thing is not to get anybody injured.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    True true

  • Just found this article on ESPN the mag... I love it personally. Who knows how much better Moose could've been for us if someone was screaming in his face? Offense has attitude now. Dare I call it "swagger"? http://bit.ly/I1ZVV

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    Awesome. It's time for some attitude on this team. the D had it a couple years back, now it's time for both phases to show some swagger.

    I agree with Jeff. I want Cutler, Forte, Olsen, Pace, Williams and Hester off of the field immediately after 3 or 4 sustained drives. If Cutler gets hurt in the pre-season I will cry like a child. If Hester gets hurt Matt Jones will be receiving a phone call...i don't think i'd cry if he got hurt but i would definitely get mega drunk and break something valuable in my home.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    BT can you (or anyone else) with insider maybe email the body of that article to me? Though its illogical, I am gonna blame being Africa for why I cant access insider. Really its cause I am cheap.

  • Actually ESPN had less of a story than even Kyle Orton playing against the Bears on SportsCenter this morning: Kyle Orton having better numbers than Cutler in the preseason. Ha.

  • I think the storylines for me on Sunday are two-fold:

    1. How does this team, rebuilt offense in particular, perform in a hostile environmet? It should give us a peek into how things will go week 1 in Lambeau.


    2. How does this team respond to success? Last year, if I remember correctly, this team would not stop the win-loss cha-cha - "win loss win loss WIN LOSS!" (Can't you just imagine JA and Lovie at the front of the conga line?) Hopefully after a strong showing last weekend, the Bears put together back to back good performances and start a trend for 2009.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The best test of a team that is supposed to have "swagger" is how they respond to a stiff punch to the nose. I have a feeling that this offense will be able to take a punch and come right back with their own in the form of a big F you from Forte, Olsen, Hester and Cutty.
    I agree Shady that i'm more interested to see how the rebuilt offense responds because i know how the "new" old Alex Brown will react, i know how our 3 shit kicking linebackers, Izzy and Adams will react and i know how the Vol-fucking-cano and the human "sometimes guided missle" payne will react...with their own brand of hostility.

  • true...a little restraint mixed in with our hostility would be a good combo.

  • That was FANTASTIC! I absolutely love the fact that Jay's an asshole - hey, he's OUR asshole!! The bigger the better if you ask me!! You absolutely know in your hearts that the Bears of the past two years have had a tendency to be coddled, to hear their coaches make excuses for them, to hear Lovie saying "it's going to be okay, we're going to be fine, the ball just didn't bounce our way..."


    I still love Kyle Orton and what he did and tried to do for us - he's an overachiever and a mensch (that's a good thing for you Yiddish-disabled) - and if it weren't against us, I'd be rooting for us - but since it's against us, I hope we take another 3 balls away from him, and I hope he uses his left to throw another red zone pick!!


  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Bah! The obvious better choice is that Kyle never gets to throw a pass in the red zone.

  • I meant rooting for HIM. Didn't make sense otherwise.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Phil - if you ever make a spelling error again...

    i think this is the new sentence structure that we will all be using in our lives from now on. It's easy, just start with a statement about someone doing something and then tell them the consequences of their continuing to do that something that you hate.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I will use it on myself...

    Johnny Chicago, if you ever go off on a rant about losing Mike Brown again...

    I will never post your stupid comments ever again Motherfucker.

    - Jeff Hughes

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Isn't it wierd to say, "the Bears will be one of the best offenses in football."??

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ghost, i watched the game at Chief O'Neills on the Northside and seeing grown men with perm-a-grins and giddy laughter as Cutler completed passes never really seen before out of a Chicago QB was a weird feeling.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Guys aren't we getting a little over our heads with Cutler? I know it's exciting and everything, but to say that the Bears will have one of the best offenses in football is absolutely ridiculous. With a guy like that who can throw the ball so fast in the tightest spots NEEDS someone who can catch, the Bears don't have that, not to mention the offense. See ya Lovie.

  • In reply to nojo:

    I agree entirely with your first sentence. IMO, your post would have been much better had you stopped there. :)

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Cutler is not going to save the day. sorry. He's got a lot of learning to do before he has "the presence" on and off the field.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    If the Bears keep Hester as the No 1 WR, Cutler will not mater at all. Hester is not a WR. Never was and never will be. Why the Bears keep pushing this I don't know.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Are we hyping Cutler? Hell yes we are. Why? Because it takes so goddamn much energy to believe in the last 20 guys. We're used to holding our breath every single year, hoping that the position will be sorted out. To quote a multitude of annoying characters in movies, "Where have you been?" .

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    So, Jay Cutler isn't "Mr. Warm & Fuzzy" out there, eh? Tsk, Tsk.
    As I recall, neither were guys like Van Bocklin, Unitas or Marino, not that I'm saying Cutler is one of those guys....yet.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Jeff Thank you for pointing out that the Cutler v. Orton hype is nonsense I was concerned you were going to go the other way with that, and I am glad you did not. What happens if Orton goes out and throws 3 touchdowns? Is anyone going to say, "see we should have kept him"....if they have a brain, they will not say that...

    The Lions were 4-0 in the preseason last year. exactly....

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    nojo - You are a giant buzzkilling douche.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    well said stach-i-o

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    it's easy to be the cynic that says that things will always be the same in regards to the Bears but i guarantee you that those same people were cheering themselves hoarse when we made it to the big dance.
    Here are the types of fans (or non fans) that are out there:

    Fair weather fans - nerds that will boo their own players

    Stats enthusiasts - guys that can tell you on paper why a team should or should not do well based on past empirical data regarding the team and previous seasons. Sometimes these guys never played in a meaningful football game and might forget that this sport is about leaving your soul on the field and your fear at the door. Anything can happen.

    Die Hard fans - guys that will wear a Bears jersey on a first date and can tell you crazy ass stats about Jerry Azumah in college while tailgating in -20 degree weather. Sometimes this type of fan can get to much into the passion of the game but drinks less Kool Aid than others may even when things are going well. These guys have seen it all before and are just a little wary of getting too excited too early.

    Non fans - guys that take the easy way out and preach that the team will suck and will disappoint just to say i told you so in case they do actually suck despite all of the indications to the contrary. these nerds will say Cutler is too young, too brash, too selfish, too green, has no recievers, throws too hard, blah blah fucking blah....

    Bears fans - a true Bears fan can drink the Kool-aid once in a while when it is served, call bullshit when he sees it, knows some stats to back up his bullshit once in a while and can just fucking admit that this might be a special year and that yes, there is a possibility that everything just might go our way. It is ok to just sit back and laugh and after analyzing the team and our chances of success can just acknowledge that the team is tough all around this year and that gives us a chance to win this trophy. For God's sake, Arizona was in the Superbowl last year and at the helm was a QB who my brother in law from St.Louis once called "an over the hill has been". Anything can happen in football. ANYTHING can happen with the type of players we've assembled this year. Bear Down.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Awesome, Johnny. Put me in the last group.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Man I miss the days of Zoom and MikeB in the backfield. The Mike with a different color for a last name not so much.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    bear down....(sigh)

    i love those clips Ghost, that made me laugh out loud at work.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't know if anyone has been following the Brandon Marshall saga out in Denver but it would seem he's doing his best to get "fired" so to speak and play elsewhere. It would appear he has no intention of playing for McDickless AND since the charges spousal abuse have been cleared, gives me an intreaging idea. Enter Jay Cutler: It would appear that Mr. Cutler is good to his word (his confidence in "The Duke of Earl" comes to mind) and he has been hawking Mr. Marshall since he got here. With that said I now refer to the Giants game sat nite when Devin misjudged a throw from Jay and back out of it only to have the pass drop right where he should have been had he not slowed down and blew an easy touchdown. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but that is not characteristic that I would like to see in a #1 WR. I think you guy's can see where I'm going with this by now and I realize we have some very talented rookie receivers that I hope get some time with the first string in the next 2 weeks to see who makes the team, but I think Mr. Hester should be watched as well. Should the possibility come to pass that Denver wishes to shed Mr. Marshall what could be the possibility of..... Thoughts anyone?

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Hester will be fine.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    If McDaniels eventually plays a part in Marshall leaving and to the Bears no less he would be run out of town on a rail. He is letting Marshall act like this because he doesn't want to be seen as the reason that Brandon leaves Denver.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    plus Brandon is acting like a psychotic version of T.O with his whole victim complex...that kind of behavior turns off Bears fans.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    you know what? this is very very true. even though he's a damn good receiver, i would NOT be happy if he suited up in the pantone

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    My question is: are his action (which I find some rather hurmourous) simply an expression of what is going on in Denver since McDickless arrived? Jay read it first and decided he wanted no part of it, and Marshall is only doing the same?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You must be mad bear fan, the fans wouldnt accept a trade of hester for marshall. we love hester too much to let him go, even if he's not a real number one.

    Plus there is no way Jerry would take the accused wife beater in place of the darling that got us to the SB and even though we didnt win, he made history. He's got more electricity to conduct before he's through.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    True, but as you said "Accused" not "convicted" which doesn't me he didn't. I'm basing my thoughts on our new QB, who has begun to show us he's for real. That's all.

  • In reply to shonbear:


    Just read that great breakdown of bears 'fans' etc....

    Hilarious and right on.

    Regarding Marshall, they gotta get rid of him..but Jeff you are 100% right about McDaniels...I dont know who that guy thinks he is...I usually dont care, but I would really love it if they (the Broncos) failed miserably.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Wouldn't suprise me if the fans don't already have a tree picked out for him.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    When was the last time Heaster put any real effort into a return? In my opinion when he got hurt that one time and he's got #1 WR on his mind and getting creamed in a return is way down the list. After seeing Jackass and the other guy's doing kickoff returns last Sat. seemed to verify to me that returns are not Hesters #1 priority anymore. I like Devin, but I don't sense he'll be great.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I think Mr. Marshall has painted himself into a corner from. Getting suspended after yesterday's camp performance is going to put a chill on any prospective suitors. Teams that might have been interested in making a big splash by adding him before the season are now going to step back and say "There but for the grace of God go I". If they step up and trade for him then they are, in effect, approving of Marshall's behavior and NO TEAM wants to put their stamp of approval on that. Likewise, Denver's now stuck with him for fear of opening the floodgates on a full-scale mutiny.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If you want to blame someone, start with Jay Cutler.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Thanks Jay!! I love the crazy shit that had to happen in order for us to get Cutty. Starting with Brady going down and Shanny dropping his last 3 games to miss the playoffs. Then Cassel had to do well and Orton had to perform capabably, then McDaniels had to suck at coaching because of his shitty Belichek attitude. Then Cutler had to grow up in Indiana and love the Bears. It is almost fate that sent young Cutty to us. And Cutler's attitude allowed it all to happen when he got pissed that coach had the gall to possibly trade him. I love it so much you don't even understand.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Just make me feel warm all over.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Everybody on here yells at me when I write about Marshall. I don't blame him for any of this. Not a single one of these Bellichick disciples has done anything positive since leaving. They are cunts and they treat players like shit and players hate it.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I appoligize and seek forgivenss Master: My major concern was that of the abuse charges. Jay has vouched for him and he has been cleared by the courts. Good enough for me. I worry a bit about Hester and have seen this before in some of his dropped returns. I am only saying that if Marshall becomes available and we have a shot...should we?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    ShonBear I think fans would accept that trade if you said that he would never return kicks again. I would trade them as recievers...still dont understand why they insist on taking that part of Devin's game away....single handedly changed field position...

  • Max, you are a special breed. you know stats and do research but also get excited about the possibilities but are wary of possible speed bumps. you pretty much ruined my scale you bastard.

  • It is a hell of a lot more fun to be optimistic and excited about the season that second guess the team that we have in place. Can anyone honestly say that there is no chance of this team making it to the Superbowl? There is a lot of potential to be excited about so I by far find myself in the last group!

  • Pisa named starting SLB. Pisa is a badass and will make us happy this year. Max, you should love this guy, he's a rainbow.

    I just read an artcle about Anthony Adams. I think both he and Harrison will have a solid year. He seems like the kind of player that could really benefit from the advice of "THE ROD".

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    johnster...put me in the last group guy. BEAR DOWN!!!!!

    o yea....i tried Da Bears in a 3-4 on madden 10.....you wanna talk about ridiculous? smh...that team was UN FUCKIN' STOPPABLE!!!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    This is the funniest God damn video I have ever seen! You all need to watch it!


  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    That was f-ing funny.
    Thanks, Ghost!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ghost, hillarious. How does one come across such priceless shit on youtube? Excellent.
    I think the Hester thing will be a non-issue this year. I think Redo is gonna be the one who makes the roster then makes a difference on our recieving core. I know it sounds like a stretch but I've wanted that dude on our wr core for bout 2 yrs and I think Cutty agrees. But maybe that diff maker is Aroma.
    And I've said it before- Brett Fav-re, the blue and black welcomes you back. Formula to success: (gb revenge mission)+(throwin to bears db's)may=Bear mvp favre

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    "i bet he's never even had lutefisk before"


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