Three Mid-Week Thoughts

The Bears Must Win Sunday
There are always games that a team must win during the course of a season but usually those are games where they're heavily favored.  The Bears had to beat the Seahawks and Lions if they had their sights set on a division title.  They had to beat Pittsburgh if they wanted to excommunicate the Week One taste from their mouths.  Sunday the Bears will be underdogs against the division-leading Bengals and the Bears must win the game.  Hovering around the .500 mark leads to November scoreboard watching.  The Bears are as good - if not better - than every team in the NFC wildcard race and 5-2 after seven (I'm giving them the Browns) will put them in the pole position.

Devin Hester on Kick Returns?
The emergence of Johnny Knox should be enough for the Bears to move Devin Hester back to return kicks.  Hester can still make an occasional impact on the offensive side but I just miss the way Hester forced opponents to alter their game plans on a weekly basis.  Knox and Manning, while good, can never match the phenomenon that was the Skunk.  Dress Aromashodu and let JC begin developing that relationship so we don't have the same training camp debates in 2010.

T-Shirt Update
The shirt is ready and we're just finalizing the process of how to do the payment stuff.  They're going to cost like $15 bucks a piece but we'll cut you a deal if you order more than one.  The shirt is fun as hell and it's good for kids, adults, everybody. (I'm quite the salesman.)  We should get everything sorted out by the end of the week.  Apologies for the delay.     

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  • First?

    Sorry I can't help it. It's like a tic.

  • Do you have pics of the t-shirts?

    BTW did you see that Benson said the Bears blackballed him and were a large part of him not getting picked up right away. WTF, did they force his legal woes on him and force the beers down his throat? He didn't start playing well until he had no choice and he was sitting at home watching football realizing that the NFL is not just given to you just because you possess skill.

  • I gotta say, Jeff, I'm happy to see Knox/Manning back there. I think Devin should focus on punt returns. Three of his last five have been awesome, so he's obviously finding his groove there, and I disagree with you that his impact on offense is "occasional". I think he's playing like a #1 receiver, and if they got the ground game going a bit, he'd have quite a few huge plays.

    Just to clarify that last part, I agree with your general feeling that this is a passing team. But a passing team that can't run AT ALL is a one dimensional team that can and will be beat, and that's what we are right now. We need to become a passing team that can also run the ball a bit.

  • That's going to be the fastest $15 I ever spent. Make sure 2x is available please!

    Shady, I hope you don't mind if I change my name to your suggestion even if I win - it has a certain ring to it! Without throwing a lot of bad karma around, I'd like to know who here will admit that they also don't really believe in their heart of hearts that the Bears will ever win a Super Bowl with Lovie at the helm. Maybe I'm the only one, but I'd like to know if I am.

    I too want Devin returning kickoffs. I think he's got most of his ST mojo back this year, and the more opportunities he has the more scores he'll make.

    Signed Phil "I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about" from SATX.

    Yeah, it has a ring.
    Hey Rancid, come back man!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Phil, you're far from the only one who believes that. How could you be? After all most of us were watching when Lovie and company got worked over in the two biggest Bears games of the decade. Namely the Carolina playoff game and Super Bowl XLI. To me those games were as much about coaching as as any other factor. Not to mention the two year super bowl hangover that have them at .500 ever since.
    Now, for me I'm just trying to get better at enjoying the season week to week instead of focusing on the big picture and the big prize. That has been easier with Cutler around!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    It would be great though if Cutler didn't have to run for 2000 yards this season sideline to sideline out of the pocket to survive and make some acrobatic play out of a tsunami of defenders coming to decapitate him and we gave Forte 1 or 2 holes to run through before the season ends. With no more help to be gotten on O-line except for practice squad payers and FA's, we all know the 1 move they can try to see if it helps. Beekman for Omilaye. When you do something because it is tradition or expectations instead of doing it based on results or past performance, you are kinda dumb. We really are a G, a S and a true #1 WR from being really nasty for a long-time and I like it.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    The tradition part is forcing the run. If they are thinking we will always pass, they will back up. I'm not saying we should run less by any means, just at better times. Then we can sneak Forte in there and maybe get more than 2.2 yards. Draws, shotgun, no huddle, try it all. We have burners and huge TE's and a RB that can catch. Let him. Wear that D out. Soften em up and maybe even our O-line can move them off the line of scrimmage. Ok maybe not but adapt the schemes to the players and your teams strengths. Don't try to be something that you are not. That is just dumb.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Agreed. Definitely aanother "must" win.

    The Bengals are DECIMATED on their defensive line. Per Rosenbloom, they have TWO healthy guys on their defensive line and one of them is a rookie and NONE of them is NFL sack leader Antwan Odom who is on I.R.

    Omiyale starts over Beekman.
    Yet ANOTHER Lovie Smith personnel decision that does not pass
    "The Stink Test".

    Cedric Benson, blackballed?

    (Pausing here for either the laughter or the jeers to die down).

    I just LOVE these clowns who behave in a manner that makes them ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, GLOW-IN-THE-DARK RADIOACTIVE, public relations-wise, and then can't figure out why no one wants to touch them.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Watching Sunday

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I'm wondering if we're going to bother signing a veteran linebacker at all. It is a damn shame that Pisa's knee let him down. He was absolutely ferocious for 3 1/2 quarters this year.

    We damn well better blow the Bungles up this weekend. I cannot fathom listening to a happy Cedric Benson on the podium after the game. It may make me lose my shit. And no, I'm not one of those guys that's going to go, "Good for Ced". Screw Ced and his high-as-a-kite, half-assed, me-first, run into a lineman and fall over, bitch-ass. HE played himself out of Chicago. HE managed to get himself arrested twice in a month. And most importantly, HE pissed off all his teammates in the first month he was here. Freaking Gen-Y kids have no accountability.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    While I think that we can win a SB with Lovie, I do think that we are leaving our team short coaching-wise from where it could be, especially on Offense. It is not a good sign when fans of the team have to hope for an ankle sprain to get the right personnel on the field. If we make the playoffs, I guess he should stay. Anything short and I say we try to upgrade. If we make the playoffs and the O seems to be getting by in spite of bad calls then replace Turner. Never during the season. Total white flag move. With Cutler we should be doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Get creative Ron, Jay can handle it.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    We better win this Sunday! I expect our team to eliminate all the dumb ass mistakes and give the fans an exciting game to watch an not a nail biting scream at the TV game that I have experienced a lot this season. I expect more from our Bears this week... Bear Down and play the elite football your capable of!!!!!

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    You're absolutely right, the difference between 4-2 and 3-3 in this division is night and day.

    Cedric Benson (delusional or not) believes the Bears screwed him during his time in Chicago. Chicago (and most sane people) believe Cedric came into a Bears locker room with a sense of entitlement without having earned a single stripe in the NFL. Either way you want to view it, Ced is going to be out for some revenge. He is going to run hard and run often against a banged up front 7, which is probably why you'll see a safety in the box on Sunday. If the Bears don't limit Ced Benson and win on Sunday, it's going to make for a tough week for Jerry Angelo and Bears fans. That being said, I think the Bears defense shuts Ced down and puts it on Palmer to try and win the game.

    If you look at what happened after the 1st game of the season, you'll remember the Bears won their next three games in a row after a tough loss in GB. The loss last Sunday night should have a similar taste, and I think it will lead to similar results: The Bears going on a bit of a winning streak, and it starts Sunday in Cinci.

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Definitely a must-win game. Not so sure about Hester leaving the corps though. We don't have any vet receivers if Hester goes (unless you count Rashied Davis). Earl Bennett isn't an NFL receiver for me. Knox is a rookie. Olsen is a bust. Hester is by far our best receiver and we can't afford to lose him now. Knox is faster than Hester anyway. So is Danieal Manning. Hester isn't as crucial to the return game any more, we've got new guys, Devin is badly needed at WR.

    Still love on the board for Lovie ? I turned my back on Lovie after the Atlanta game. What a train wreck. He doesn't have the intelligence to win a super bowl. We've been in a super bowl and already cocked it up - even with turtlehead Manning choking for us on cue. Then we took the back that should have won us the superbowl and gave him to the Jets. Ran for 200 yards last week. Now we have a permanent hole at LG and Lovie says he doesn't see a problem ? Too much Angelo ego protection going on. Lovie's enabling that so it's his bag too ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Olsen is a bust? Earl Bennett isn't an NFL receiver? You're off the mark, man. These are two of the better performing players on the roster.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    guy you don't know football. read a "football for dummies" book, then come back to us.

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    everyone's quick to bash lovie but take this into account.....our defense was doing a stellar job before they were undone by a string of deflating turnovers and and one or two mistakes which were responsible for all of atlanta's points.....even with that said we were still able to keep one of the nfl's most potent offenses to 21 in their own house and had a chance to pull it off if for not even more mistakes..........we are a very good team that needs to limit mistakes ..... that is all

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Okay Doc, you're an idiot. Especially if you think Coach Smith should be fired.

    Now somebody hand me my shit-stirring spoon!

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Sorry Doc. I meant that as a sarcastic comment, but upon further reading I just sound like an asshole.

    Well, I am an asshole...but my point is valid! Don't fire Coach Smith. Playoffs or no!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Maybe I'm just a one of Lovie's Loyals (not many of us out there) but I know the guy can get it done. He might frustrate and aggravate a bunch of us on the way, but I have faith in the guy and think he can git 'er done. (I can't believe I just said that, but since you're both from Texas I thought it was appropriate.) If we can avoid anymore injuries on D, I believe Lovie and Marinelli have what it takes to lead an elite unit back to Miami in February and take care of some unfinished business.

    On another note, I think it's funny that you mention karma. My very first post on da blog was between the 1st and 2nd week of the 2007 season. The Bears were coming off a tough loss to the Chargers (the overhead camera line/wire debacle) and the lowly Chiefs were up next. I had read da blog on and off for a little while before, but when I saw people were pretty much writing off the game as a given that we would win, I stepped into the "first" spot and let 'er rip. I mentioned hubris and was ripped (mainly by PO'd) for thinking a blog post could somehow have a karmic effect on what happens on the football field. Well, after I told PO'd to macrame himself a pair of jean shorts you were the one guy who told me to stick around. And damn it I'm still here. I don't always agree with what you gotta say Phil, but you're good people.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    "Blackballing" by spreading rumours (true or untrue) is probably par for the course in professional sports with a disgruntled player.

    But check this out:http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=ApgQw8P2XzY9MVhjlDO4Cds5nYcB?slug=ap-bensonmeetsbears&prov=ap&type=lgns

    "He once told the Chicago Sun-Times that Jones, who eventually was traded to the Jets, punched him in the face during a practice drill, and Benson wondered why the Bears even drafted him."

    If true, that might explain why Chicago traded Thomas Jones away.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    You know it's a real shame. This week is where I miss Brian Urlacher the most. If only Brian was there to dislocate Benson's shoulder again...oh what fun that would be.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Jeff Fisher has credentials? I didn't realize that 15 years as a head coach with only a Super Bowl loss to show for it was credentials.

    Let's not talk about firing coaches. It's idiotic. I think many Bear fans forget how dark and depressing Wanny and Jauron were. Lovie Smith is a great football coach and he has a good football team. I definately see Super Bowl rings in his future either with or without this organization. I would prefer the former...

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I'm still beating around. I'm just the quiet guy in the corner of the bar who you forget is there.

  • In reply to Rancid:

    I'm with you on Hester. He is ok for a number one, but I'd be happy with Bennett as the possession and Knox out there every time. Hester could pull return duty and still make noise splitting time in the slot. You maximize his effectiveness at WR while getting back his ST magic and not taking much of a step back on Offense. He looks like he's gonna break one for a TD at some point. He's got that look in his eyes again.

  • In reply to Rancid:

    That look in his eye is exactly the reason to put him in on kickoff returns as well. If he breaks 1, I think he will be fully back and then what another dimension that would bring to our football team. Do you all remmeber?

  • Looks like the Beekman supporters will have to wait another week. According to the sun-times, word in the locker room is that Omilaye will get another start. Five weeks into the season is a little long to wait for the O-line to "gel." This guy has been getting blown up everywhere. Just hope this isn't about money and signing bonuses rather than winning. Omilaye must produce this week!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Damn it! What in the fuck? Omiyale needs to be holding down th bench!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I just saw that Tinoisamoa has to undergo season ending knee surgery. Great.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Phil - I am not convinced that a Lovie led team can win a SB, but I have to say he is not stubborn. He may sound clueless at tiems, but he demoted his good friend and dumbed Terry Shea after one season. RT has the tools he needs now and if the O does not produce significantly better I think Lovie will have no problem finding another O-C.

    It's his willingness to make those changes that gives me hope. It might be satisfying to have a coah rant and rave publically over under-performing players, but it may not lead to success long term.

    Along the same lines, I assume they learned from their mistakes RE Tank and especially Cedric. Make expactations known and demote/release the player if they show no effort to meet them.

    For God's sake I hope no one seriously beleives the Bears made a mistake releasing Benson. The mistake was handing him the job when he clearly didnt' earn it - and then releasing his major competiion (Thomas Jones) to make him even more complacent.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    One more - by the same thinking - Omigod gets one more game. I assume he knows it's decision time for him. Bringing in Gaines Adams means the same thing to Wale and Mark Anderson - don't think the Bears will overpay for you.

  • can't wait on the T-shirt (XL baby).

    and i hope Omilaye turns an ankle in this game (seems like the only way Beekman is gonna get clock is if he gets hurt). nothing serious, but enough time to where they have to play him (and....surprisingly....he'll do better). smh....fire turner & hiestand

  • Agreed about Fisher.

  • 3 in a row is too much. And Fisher is no Wanny or Jauron. That was a low blow.

  • LOL.

    Just what games are YOU watching, Irish, because, apparently, they don't involve the Bears.

    "Olsen is a bust" ....?

    Oh, Really? Let's see YOU make that catch down the middle in the fourth quarter Sunday OR get up after either of those cheap shots against Pittsburgh without requesting a stretcher, a morphine drip and your mommy.

    "Knox is a rookie".

    Well, DUH! That is BRILLIANT criticism! Right up there with someone criticizing you by saying "Well, he's IRISH!"
    You ARE correct. He IS a rookie. He's also scored TDs in 4 straight games and was savvy enough to make a move that drew both a P.I. flag Sunday AND high praise from a guy who knows a little about playing receiver in the NFL, Cris Collinsworth.

    "Bennett isn't an NFL Receiver for me."

    Well, feel free to drop a statement like that and not back it up with any facts. Bennett has several nice grabs on the season. Enough to demonstrate that he belongs.

    "Still love on the board for Lovie?"

    Yeah, sure, I've got some "Lovie Issues" too, INCLUDING the LG situation you cite (see previous thread), but the blame for Cedric Benson over Thomas Jones falls at the feet of Jerry Angelo.
    Feel free to aim at the correct target before you open fire.

    Other than that though, you made some REALLY nice points.

  • The Bears should have no problem beating one of my favorite girl bands of the eighties "The Bangles". I just wrote that shit. Feel free to use it. Anyway, I like their chances this year. You know what sucks though, the way the teams our division plays the teams of the NFC south according to last years records. The Bears got fucked on that one. Saints were last so they played the Lions, TB was third so they play Green Bay Fudgepackers (an easy win for them)TB sucks this year. We get stuck with Atlanta (we know how that worked out for us) and the Vikings get Carolina. This is a way we got screwed, definitely.

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