Four on Friday

Dan Pompei writes a column claiming that defensive scheming is the reason Greg Olsen's been underwhelming this season.  It's a ridiculous column.  If Greg Olsen is the elite-type player his ability suggests, he needs to beat nickel corners in man coverage.  If Greg Olsen is the elite-type player his ability suggests, Ron Turner needs to anticipate the opposition and find ways to isolate him on mismatched defenders.  When is the last time we wrote about OUR pass catchers winning battles or OUR coaching staff exploiting a mismatch?

Steven Rosenbloom is crabby but he makes a terrific point: "You would hope that Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye could make
something happen, could be game-changers. But they haven't had a sack
since beating the Lions almost four weeks ago. Anyone home?"  Remember when we were all singing Rod Marinelli's praises?

Brad Biggs apparently works for Frank Omiyale's press people now and he should be embarrassed for publishing this inane post on the Sun-Times website.  Biggs is not-so-subtly trying to make the case for Omiyale's not being benched by telling us he's only allowed half a sack this year.  Nevermind that he's failed to block a single defensive tackle in the run game or that has forced the quarterback to scramble on what feels like every down.  Let's just use a number, Brad.  One stat.  Ignore what happens on the field.  Omiyale was an organizational mistake.  They've admitted it.  Move on.

Mike Mulligan writes the most scathing indictment of this coaching staff I've read.


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  • First! We need to see a big game this week.

  • I was surprised by Biggs' story. Usually he's better than that. Liars figure and figures lie. Half a sack or not, Omiyale has been a disaster. Glad JA talked about changes. I think that meant it was OK for Lovie to ignore the big contract and put Beekman back in the starting lineup. It has to help.

    Go Bears.

  • Haha! Look at you using one stat (sacks) to question Rod Marinelli's coaching effectiveness, and then blasting Biggs for using only the same stat. Nice work! I could be wrong but I think the Bears gave the Bengals a decent amount of pressure, it's just that Carson Palmer carved up the secondary.

    Totally agree about Greg Olsen, Mr. Possible Pro-Bowler that can't catch a pass, and never seems to be open. Really glad I drafted him in Fantasy Football...but not giving up yet.

    Also, maybe Omiyale needs more work but he's definitely not ready to be a starter right now.

  • Olsen's play, or lack there of, has certainly been disappointing so far this year. Although, we are partly to blame I suppose since we expected so much from a guy who hadn't yet shown us he was capable of being an elite tight end. Defensive scheming and Ron Turner aside, I'm not sure Olsen has the ability to been one in the first place. He rarely breaks tackles, can't block worth a damn, and never seems to find any separation from just about anybody (that could be on the coaches of course). Personally, I want them to consider putting Clark back as the number one tight end. At this point, his production would match Olsen's and his blocking would be far superior...and I want Jay upright for the next ten games.

    The Bears DLine has sucked the last two games, but I think it may be more of a reflection on our Dline itself than on Rod's coaching ability. Coaching makes a difference, but it can only take you so far. Let's face it, neither Alex or Wale is an elite pass rusher. They both do some good things, but nothing great in my opinion. On top of that, we get pretty much nothing from our defensive tackles every week in regard to push up the middle. I'd say at this point our DLine is good enough to dominate crappy Olines, but mediocore enough to disappear for long strecthes...wait, I just defined our Dline from the last two years, okay, maybe Rod's influence was overblown.

    If Bigg's thinks Frank should still be starting he is nuts. I'm sure he will come with the whole 'Beekman doesn't solve the OLine's woes by himself' argument. That is really, really weak. If you can improve a shitty oline like this one even a little do it. Clearly, sack numbers aside, Frank has had all kinds of trouble at guard. I don't know if he is a more natural fit at tackle, or if he just isn't good....but I do know, right now he really blows and Beekman should be an upgrade. Not to mention, Beekman is scrappy as hell..this oline could use some attitude the way it's been getting pushed around.

    So, will the Bears be wearing the pumpkin jersey's this weekend?

  • Ok now we are getting to it. For quite a while I have been pointing out that it is our D that needs work. Granted after last weeks game its obvious many sections require a refit. But before we throw everyone off the team lets look at it from the point of view of an opposing coach. 1. The offense is one dimensional. We now throw period. Forte has no blocking back ahead of him and with the acquisition of Cutler everyone knows we throw. So with all the talk of having no receivers as an opposing coach you double up the end (the guy with potential) and pass rush like mad. The offense lacks imagination at the least and a couple of O lineman at best. We have to establish a run game of any description in order to have an effective passing game. This again is true given the O line and need to keep Olsen back to block.

    The D. What can you say. As game plans and strategies are usually analyzed in groups of 3 or 4 results and adjustments made from there. Well given the last set of 3 games we need a ton of adjustments. What does the future hold for our bears if the loss of one player for the season (Urlacher) throws the d out the door. The D needs a major reno to adjust to the league that is today namely a throwing game with an effective line to shut down the run and rush. We don't have anything that even loks like this.

    The real problem. Is lack of imagination and creativity by the coaching staff period. The failure to adjust to the other teams strategy and strengths during a game kills us. The other teams watch film and can read stats and when they see the same thing week after week from the bears it makes it pretty easy to pick us apart. If we don't have the coaching depth to offer different looks then change that. A good coach takes the talent he has and develops the strongest game plan possible using what he has and building on that talent. What we are seeing is a bunch of talented players (yes we have a bunch) doing the same thing until they get it right. That my friends is not coaching its a drill.

  • Ya,know it just pisses me off that Bears management thinks Bear fans are stupid,or blind and or delusional.
    It is clear these guys are gonna"play the money" no matter what the outcome. Case in point, Benson,Tommie Harris,Rex,Frank,Olsen,Archuleta.

    It takes a sledgehammer upside the head for anyone in Bears management to admit their mistakes. Deny,deny, deny, then lie.

    Olsen has not been the same player since getting hammered in the Steeler game. Harris expects to play while sitting on his ass on the sidelines all week while his teamates have to practice.

    Things are out of control,and i for one am glad that Lovie and Angelo are feeling some much deserved heat.

  • So what do I say.... I'm pissed and couldn't believe the way we played last week. Come on Bears have some pride and show up on Sunday and destroy the Browns. I want to see a shutout... 35-0

  • "Cleveland

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Word. It would be nice to see Harris prove us all wrong, but I sure as hell don't expect to do so.

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  • Dough!!!!1 They might be well served to go watch a Baseball movie- The Bad News Bears.

  • Mulligan's article was great. Then I saw antoher one on the SunTimes site by Potash that questions why Bear players always seem to take so long to come back from injuries. Or worse, why players cut by the Bears after injury problems show up and perfrom well on other teams. The best example of course is Marc Columbo. But there are others - including Mike Brown - who are playing well for other teams.

    This is CHICAGO - you'd think we'd have access to the best sports medicine there is.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Brandon McGowan, who started much of 2007 in place on Archuleta, got picked up by New England and won the starting FREE SAFETY job. He was injured often for the Bears, but I read a quote by Bilichick saying he really likes his football instincts. Here's the quote:
    On May 5, 2009, McGowan signed with the New England Patriots. He began the season as a reserve behind starters Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders; however, before the opener, Belichick praised McGowan:

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Don't forget Cormonster, we have the ace in the hole of all ace in the holes... whom am I referring you ask? JOSH F. BULLOCKS

    The "F" stands for fucking.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    My mistake. Payne beat out McGowan last year because he was drafted and McGowan wasn't; it had nothing to do with coverage skills. Bullocks made the team because he was signed in the offseason and has an impressive you tube video and played for the almighty Saints defense last year.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    You know what really pisses me off? the fact that the Bears coaches think we are retarded.........saying stuff like frank omiyale isn't terrible they just need to gel......gelling is one thing but suckiness is another.......everyone must watch this game film....

    film does not lie

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    During the week before the Bengals game, Lance Briggs was asked about Cedric Benson. He said a lot of players have left the Bears and performed very well elsewhere, or something to that effect. It sounded like an underhanded remark pointed at the coaching staff.
    I was in Chicago last weekend for a concert and asked a bunch of friends and family who are big Bears fans what their game plan was last week. I just got a bunch of blank stares and shrugged shoulders.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Coaching has become a true art form. Gone are the days that you can just inspire players and keep the team cohesive. This is Professional Football and there are coaches out there that actually use strategy and new ideas to exploit other teams weaknesses while showcasing their own strong points.

    The Bears have neither coaches that inspire nor coaches that are masters of strategy and gameplan implementation. That is a bad combo. You can't just have the best players anymore, you have to have a system that your players can maximize their potential in and that can exploit the other team while making it harder for the other team to implement their ideas to exploit you.

    We have sub par coaches that come up with inadequate gameplans. We rely on a guy with a cannon but no blocking, a running back that could be Marshall Faulk without the playcalling to make it a reality, 2 wide receivers that are so fast and quick but a pass plays that don't allow them to stretch the field on a consistent basis, a defensive scheme that is designed to allow a team to short pass at will and that admits that the only way it will stop a team is by a turnover, players that are told by their employer that this is the system they have to thrive in and coaches that are too arrogant and possibly too underqualified to come up with something better.

    With all that being said, i'm still going to be at the game on Sunday and i'm still going to Ted Washington some pussy ass Browns fan as i pour my flask of Jameson on his head...

    We will win but things will have to change

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Don't waste Irish Whiskey on those guys. I'd say you pretty much nailed it as far as the coaching staff is concerned.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny W, you're fucking classic. Wish I was at the game to see some of those antics. And to see the Bears kick the Brown's ass. Bear Down and let's get the W.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Can't condone any act that has you "pour your flask of Jameson on his head", Johnny W, so I hope it's just bluster.

    MB30DS, feel free not to encourage that kind of behavior.
    It isn't "classic", it's RETARDED! Worse than that, it's RAIDA NATION crap! It's PHILLY FAN garbage! You want to be identified with THOSE morons?

    I hope anyone who assaults another fan like that(And guess what? Assault IS what that is called you behave like that)for rooting for his own team either A)Gets arrested or B)Picks the wrong guy and get's his sorry ass kicked up so high he'll have to take his shirt off to take his next dump.

    I've been at venues near neanderthals like that and, guess what? They suck the enjoyment out of the event for anybody and everybody near them no matter WHO they root for.

    Besides, when your team is the Browns (or Raiders or Rams or Titans, etc.) you've already suffered enough.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think it's bluster Albert (who would waste good liquor?), but I HAVE seen some crazy shit at games. My old man and his buddy got their ass kicked right inside Lambeau after Bob Thomas made a last second field goal in the late 70's. The only time I ever remember him missing work was after that game. BTW, I've never seen my Dad or uncle wear green or yellow clothes, or root for the Fudge Packers no matter what the implications. Fuck Green Bay. At least one of those two dipshit teams will lose this weekend.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Have no fear Al, i'm just trying to throw a little entertainment into my posts about the Bears. The only place I pour whiskey is into my mouth. The only guys that will get pounded into the ground like Traylor is my buddy Tom whose birthday it will be on Sunday. The old highschool crew is getting back together and it will be a blast. I'm just a normal 31yr old working professional now and my crazy days are behind far behind me. I would never waste good whiskey on some tourist from Cleveland!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Check this shit out:

    Butter Harris: "I ain't got nothing to prove to nobody."

    Yeah Butter, you do. You have a lot to prove to a lot of people, namely that you aren't a washed up headcase who needs to go to the Kansas City Chiefs to regain your all-pro form.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's October 31. Yes, it's Halloween. Yes it is one day until the 10th anniversary of Walter Payton's death. But today is a special day for the only Bear greater than Payton.

    Twenty-six years ago today, George Stanley Halas died. Let's please try and remember him today. Papa Bear coached the Bears for 40 years and won 324 games, a record broken only by the venerable Don Shula 25 years later. Great coach. Great owner. Great man.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I always wondered why the NFC Championship Trophy was the Halas, and the NFL Championship was Lombardi. Should be the the other way around...if Lombardi needs to be included at all.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


    I wasn't taking Mr. Waffle at face value, and I certainly don't condone or support fighting at any public event (or anywhere other than the ring or octagon for that matter). Rather I assumed that the post was his way of 'popping off' and poking fun, which I thought was very funny. He earned the moniker

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I didn't know that. Great post on the father of the NFL, the greatest professional sport of all.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Paul Hornung relates the following story on THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO BEARS DVD

    The time, the early 60s, just prior to a Bears-Packers game.

    There is a knock on the door of the Green Bay dressing room.

    The person knocking is Bears'Owner-Coach, George Halas.

    Attendant: "Can I help you, sir?"

    Halas: "Yes, I need to speak to coach Lombardi. It's VERY important".

    Attendant:"Certainly, sir. Just a moment."

    The attendant alerts Vince Lombardi.

    Coach Lombardi: "Yes, Coach, what can I do for you".

    Halas: "Coach, I just came over to say I hope you have your team ready today, because we are going to KICK YOUR ASS!!!!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Glad to hear that, Johnny W & MB30SD! Mea culpa on me.

    Johnny, you make my mouth water for when we had a healthy tandem of "Tractor" Traylor and Ted Washington blowing up offensive lines and allowing Urlacher to zero in on opposing runners and QBs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, i truly think that the 2 mountains in the middle is the only way to go. i like fast defenses on the edges and aggressive linebackers but there is nothing bettter, and i do mean nothing better, than 2 huge 330lb ass kickers just filling up space refusing to be moved. Those guys were like our own, legal, non steroid version of the Williams Wall. Traylor was just a huge fat old linebacker and Washington was a planet.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    remember when Traylor returned that fumble (or pick, i can't recall) like 60 yards down the field and it took him around 15 seconds and 10 of the other guys were destroying everything in their path? That truly made me laugh. Our defense used to be so bad ass.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks for reminding of that awesome play.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    i clicked on the link which was awesome and funny but then saw other youtube videos of Pre-Multimillionaire Vasher returning a field goal 400 yards for a touchdown and Vasher taking back a pick 6 and Vasher rescuing kittens from trees and shit and i say to myself. What the fuck happened to that guy?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    LOL. It's too true.

    The Traylor runback is a Sitcom in it's own right and Washington had his own weather system.

    If you can put regular pressure up the middle, you've got'em by the short hairs. And as we all know, "Once you've got'em by the short hairs, their hearts and minds will follow." That's what Traylor-Washington brought for the one healthy year they had together and that's what a pre-injury Tommie Harris brought.

    The only time we pressure up the middle NOW is when or OFFENSE is out there getting whipped up front.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Right on Johnny and Al. Defensive tackles are the key. Dan Hampton was THE key to our great defenses of the 80's, and he did it with no knees. I remember an interview with Bill Parcells back then, and he was asked, "If you could start a new franchise with the first pick, who would you choose?" He picked Danimal.
    If you have pressure up the middle, the quarterback will make mistakes.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


    No need at all... you were 100% correct in your assessment based on the face value of the comments made.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Bernard Berrian's injured ,again. Go figure.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    About as surprising as Percy Harvin being sick again.

    More vulnerable to injury than Brett Favre's ego and shoulder?
    The Vikings receivers.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Recommended viewing: PLAYBOOK NFC on NFL NETWORK.

    Early in the show (1st 10-15 minutes) Sterling Sharpe analyzes the Bears' running game and asks the question: "Is the problem the offenesive line or the running back?".

    The answer will come as no surprise to any regulars here. Frank Omiyale stars in a series of lowlights that in short order show him whiff a block, get run over and then hit NOBODY on a play designed to be run right behind him. Orlando Pace comes in for criticism as well but Omiyale is the undisputed prime suspect in Sharpe's investigation.

    Somebody please record that segment and send it to Ron "Pollyanna" Turner who still can't see why the O-line is being criticized.

  • I wonder if Biggs is watching the games. There has been multiple times where Omiyale has just flat out fallen down immediately after the snap. Its also quite possible that Pace is struggling b/c he also has to worry about Omiyale's guy also.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Interest comment re: Pace. Imagine the improvisational footwork Orlando much have to have in mind in order to not trip over Omiyale, who is on his back behind the LOS within a half second every other play.

    Maybe if more RDE bull rushed Pace straight towards Cutler when Omiyale is in there, they could blow up the whole left side of the line when a backpedaling Pace trips over the oft-prone Omiyale.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Larry Mayer logic:

    I don't know why anybody reads that tool, but read this:

    Q: I know it

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I read his stuff once in a while. He obviously has some good vision into Halas Hall, so sometimes it can be interesting, but I find his

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    whoops, sorry for the bad formatting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How many fucking first down plays are we going to run the ball right up in the middle and lead to a second down where the defense knows the Bears are going to pass. Same shit opening up the half

  • DMband - I think Frank must have been giving Biggs some material for columns. It's customary for writers to "thank" their sources by writing a favorable column in tough times.

    Another thing he doesn't say is how many times the Bears revert to 3 step drops knowing the line can't hold block longer than that. Why are there so few downfield throws? The o-line, obviously.

    Biggs made himself look like he knew nothing about football with that column. It HAD to havve been some type of payback to Frank.

  • There really is no other reasonable explanation.

    So now not only is Omiyale terrible at football, he is also a MOLE!!!!

  • Nicole, have you ever seen the band Sweet Crude or Modern Relic in Greenville? My good friend plays bass. The father of one of the guitar player/singer's wife used to play linebacker for the Bears, and her uncle was a good linebacker for the Eagles.

  • Did anybody else see what Illinois' Halloween costume was? They went as a credible football team. Scorn to all Illini coaches named Ron!

  • Rest in peace Sweetness. I know running the ball for you was like making romance. I'll be at the game, but will not be cheering due to the performance the last two weeks. I expect more from this unit. I'm planning on watching the team take care of their business quietly, and save my energy for Arizona.

  • Who the fuck am I kidding, I'll still be cheering. I'm gonna go eat and drink a lot right now. Bear the FUCKING WIN down.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Start drinking heavily now. That should help no matter what happens in 4 hours.

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