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The Old Formula

David Haugh, drawing on direct quotes from Lovie Smith, referred to what the Bears did against the Rams Sunday as "the old formula".  Let me clear up two myths: (1) The Bears did not even average four yards a rush on Sunday.  Just because they ran the ball a lot does not mean they ran the ball well.  (2) Did I miss this era of Chicago Bears football where we were wildly successful doing things?  When did this "old formula" time take place?  Was it in 2005 - where we were grotesque offensively and got embarrassed defensively at home in the playoffs?  Or 2006 - where our quarterback threw the ball all over the field for the first three months and kick returner won three games on his own?
Imrem Supports Martz
Contrary to my personal desires, I think Lovie Smith is going to coach this team in 2010 - barring embarrassing displays these next three weeks.  That most assuredly means Ron Turner is out as offensive coordinator and Mike Martz seems to have a nice PR entourage working for him.  Martz will thrive with a strong arm quarterback, pass-catching back and speedy receivers.  But nothing, I repeat nothing, will get accomplished without a revamped offensive line.
Play Kevin Payne
Every time I see Kevin Payne on the field, he makes plays.  Then the Bears switch his position and he seems to get lost.  Payne is a natural strong safety, intimidating to receivers over the middle and backs on the second and third levels.  These next three games will be terrific opportunities to test the kid against some real good passing games in some big-time meaningful contests (at least for the opponents).
DaBearsBlog PSA
I am am begging, really begging, that Josh Elliot stop using the phrase "oh by the way" on the morning Sportscenter.  He uses it far too often and usually in the wrong context.  "Oh by the way" is supposed tie minute details to the whole, not take the place of the word "and".  What's worse is that it's trickling through the network now.  Everybody is saying it.  And oh by the way...it's fucking obnoxious.

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  • First!

  • The problem we're having is that Afalava and Payne are both strong safeties. I think Afalava is better in coverage but that doesn't unnecessarily make him good.

    You're right, Smith is going to coach this team in 2010. I think Angelo is going to force an new OC and DC down his throat. If he does that, and I'll say this again, do the following:

    1) sign a CB, or promote Graham, and move Peanut to FS
    2) sign a #1 WR, if available.
    3) move Hester to the slot and maybe even use him like the Vikes do Harvin

    Of course, if the CB problem doesn't get resolved who the hell knows what will happen.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I'm with you on the WR thing. But, I actually think our corners are one of our strong suits. Peanut is still one of our best players and Bowman had a recent streak of an INT in three games in a row. The problem is that they play 10 to 15 yards off the ball even on 3rd and shorts. It's gotta be the system. I agree with you that Corey Graham can play, unfortunately he hasn't received much of a chance in the FS carousel. Just like Jamar Willimas with the linebacker shuffle.

    Bring in lineman on both sides, and a lot of em.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Also, Does anyone else think Martz sucks? I mean, really, the guys was coaching superstars...Legitimate superstars...Bruce, Faulk, Warner...etc. Not to mention, that spread offense works a lot better on turf, and we all know the Bears playing surface isnt turf. "The greatest show on slop" just doesnt have the same ring to it, ya know. I dont know, anythings better than Turner...oh well.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    If I was still involved with the Bears I would take that top 15 pick you are going to have and get some help on the offensive line... Oh wait you traded that to Denver for Jay 'Throw another pick' Cutler. So what I would do instead is go ahead and keep Orlando Pace and check to see if Stink will get off ESPN and come out of retirement to become another washed up O-Lineman in Chicago.... No seriously I would just sit back and watch as every team in your division has a quarterback who is better than Cutler... I even give Stafford the edge because at least he's a rookie and he can improve his game. The Bears are an awful display of NFL football and as a Bears fan I am pissed. Watch Chicago as Denver drafts a QB to sit behind Orton this year with our draft pick. Do I hear Jimmy Claussen to Denver? And we have Jay Cutler... You have to be kidding me...

  • In reply to bearfanindenver:

    Have fun with Rex Clausen, noodle arm McCoy, or not NFL ready Tebow.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Crown, I watch a couple Florida games this year and though... my god this guy is going to be in a comma after week 3 in the NFL. Not only does he think he's a fullback, he's got the ugliest, most strange throwing motion I've ever seen.

    His numbers don't lie, but if he thinks he's going to play with that same style in the NFL he might as well be sure to load up on life insurance.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No doubt MB. From what I've seen, Tebow will never be able to be a starting QB in the league. Maybe you can find the guy a special teams niche or put him in on some wildcat formation stuff but that's about it. The kid doesn't have a good arm, isn't that accurate in even short throwing situations, and has worse mechanics that Vince Young. I also don't like him because he looks like Rex Grossman.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    First it was sheep, now they're cloning U of F quarterbacks.
    Great.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree Shady that the team should have practiced yesterday and today, by the way. Lovie and Harris must have gone Christmas purse shopping on Michigan Avenue.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been a diehard fan of this team since I was six, and my parents have had season tickets since before I was born. But I gotta say, I feel like I'm just getting more and more ambivalent about being a fan of the Bears (or pro football, maybe) every single season. Part of it is that I like college football better; part of it is that what has made the NFL great has been leached out of the league bit by bit over the last 20 years. You go to Soldier Field and you hear shitty music piped over the PA, not the old band. You watch how a team who fucking invented the fundamentals of football forget how to tackle, run the ball, block, or intimidate the opponent. You see how a management group doesn't punish failure, and often rewards mediocrity. And so every year I get a little busier, I find one or two other things to do with my time, and my favorite team clearly a) doesn't know how to compete top to bottom in the NFL and b) doesn't show me they really care to.

    So I dunno. This team has made no commitment to winning and I'm wondering why I should commit to caring? The things I loved about the Bears, they don't do anymore. The defense is a bunch of pussies and the offense has one player clearly worth keeping. And I don't live in Chicago anymore. So I'm wondering why I still care?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, 38 carries means more to an effective run game than yards per carry in a way. If you run the ball 6 times on 3rd and 1 and get 2 yards each time converting 6 1st downs, you ran the ball effectively even though you averaged 2 yards a carry.

    A 1st down 4 yard run, 2nd down 5 yard pass, 3rd down 2 yard run series all the way down the field would be pretty damn effective and would only average 3 yards per carry.
    Don't get me wrong I would like to see a long run in there for Matt to put him over 100 and get the average up above 4 also but just because he didn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hmmmm... Harbaugh COULD be off the table if someone doesn't make a move soon: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/ncaa/12/08/harbaugh.ap/index.html

    Tom, we

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fair enough, MD! I always do in the long run!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff- in case you didnt know, Lovie Smith is the most delusional coach in the game. Also, it is what Lovie does, he takes a player and puts him into a position he doesnt know. Hester shouldnt even be a #3 WR. He should be full time KR and maybe a Sub in for the WR's. Why would you take the most exciting and explosive player in the game from what he does best? Lovie he is great at KR, i mean fuck how many games did he win for us based on his KR? Why would you take that from him and this team and try to make him into something he has not played and something he way to undersized for? Lovie you are a fucking RETARD!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's the thing that hinders my ability to like college football. The fucking BCS system is the biggest slap in the face to fans of sports. Give me ONE GOOD REASON why TCU or Cincy are not playing for a shot at the title? Not to mention the full on FIX JOB that was in play by giving Texas a mythical extra second. That was such bullshit, and I have no rooting interest either way, I went to DePaul, we didnt even have a football team. If Texas lost that game, the BCS would have shit themselves...therefore, whoops, you get an extra second.

    The BCS literally makes me sick to my stomach...All 8 teams, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Cincy, TCU, Boise should all have a shot at the title.

    And that, my friends, is why I hate college football, past December.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, all 6 teams..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    note to self:
    Do not send kids to DePaul, especially if they are Math majors.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hahahahahaaha! nice.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    ;)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just in from the score:

    Cutler to lobby Bears to hire Jeremy Bates as OC.

    hmmm...ok?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If we run the cover 2 we need:
    1) a monster at the 3 tackle
    2) an athletic Mike and a monster WLB
    3) a ball hawk FS with coverage skills

    Lovie will be coach next year and we will be running some form of the cover 2. Peanut has all the tools to be an all-pro FS.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    ala 2006
    1.) Tommie then
    2.) Lach and Briggs
    3.) A healthy Brownie (until the SB)

    and really...
    1.) He is still pretty decent, things on the Dline this year have just been so inconsistent.
    2.) We get them back
    3.) Al Afa "lovah lovah man"??

  • In reply to jdawg:

    MikeBrown-

    I cant reply for some reason, but I should clarify, I like him at corner. Thats his position...I dont think he should be playing safety. I do recall he broke up a pass in the endzone against the Eagles when he was in the game.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I'll have to go back and watch again. Hey, maybe it's not him - lord knows the scheme is atrocious...but one defended pass does not make up for the countless passes NOT defended in that game. And yes, he was playing out of position, fwiw. I agree with that.
    At this point, I'd much rather have Bowman and Tillman at corner than Graham and Tillman. I don't relish the idea of taking away our best cover corner to plug in at FS either. Teams do not challenge Peanut, and it's the fault of Lovie the De-dunce-ive Coordinator that he's not able to exploit that tendency.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In the cover 2, unless I'm mistaken, the FS is the most important member of the secondary. Peanut is our best and most physical player there. I say put him out there.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I'm not dead set against it, but he's the nearest thing we have to a shutdown corner, and he matches up physically well with wide receivers. I'm not sure he belongs covering TEs and being the safety valve against the run. Remember that he has two jacked up shoulders; I'm not sure I want to see him hitting Brandon Jacobs coming through the A gap until two or three bigger fellas have hit him first.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think Graham can play safety just as well as corner. That TD bomb to DeSean Jackson was on Afalava, Graham wasn't even playing. Not many safeties can stay with that guy. I just watched the highlights from the Vikes and Eagles game and Graham was only in on one TD vs the Vikes; the Harvin TD. And that looked like Payne';s missed assignment. Regardless, there should be a healthy secondary rotation where we get to see all these guys.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hey all you Bear malcontents, why not become a Packer fan until your owners actually beat the odds and put together a decent team? Look at all the upsides, you all hate the Bears Owners and the teams they field, you spend all your free time in Wisconsin anyway, and you'd be supporting a team on the rise. Quit all your endless whining and enjoy a Monday morning for a change.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    And for the love of all that's holy, can we fire Lovie after Packer week???? I'd like some good Bears news before Christmas.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll save you the time:

    Bates began his coaching career with Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive quality control coach from 2002-03; the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach for the Buccaneers, working closely with Head Coach Jon Gruden and Quarterbacks Coach John Shoop. He was the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2005; due to a series of injuries the team fielded five different quarterbacks that season, notably Brooks Bollinger. He joined the Denver Broncos in 2006; in his first season he served as an offensive assistant, helping Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison coach the offensive line. In 2007 he served as wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, and in 2008 as quarterbacks coach, both seasons working closely with quarterback Jay Cutler. In 2008, Cutler was a Pro Bowl selection and the Broncos had the NFL's second-most productive offense. At the end of the 2008 NFL regular season, longtime head coach Mike Shanahan was fired and replaced by Josh McDaniels; due to the uncertainty, Bates began looking for a new position.[1]

    On January 19, 2009, USC Trojans' head coach Pete Carroll hired Bates to replace outgoing coach Carl Smith, who had only taken the quarterbacks job two weeks earlier before moving back to the NFL; Smith had replaced Steve Sarkisian, who had taken the head coaching position at the Washington after serving as both quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator; John Morton had been promoted to offensive coordinator. Bates will call plays from the field while new offensive coordinator John Morton works from the coaches' booth in the press box, similar to a previous arrangement run by the Trojans during the 2005-2006 seasons between Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin, respectively

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Averages are often misleading because they get skewed by unusual values. If we in the US were more attuned to statistics at an early age, then we'd understand that in this situation the median yards per carry is the more interesting number. The number that splits the yards for each carry in half. Meaning half the carries are more than that number, half are less. A consistent 3 yards a carry is better than 2 yards per carry almost all the time and then one spectacular run that say ends in a turnover.

  • In reply to BillW:

    That is the point I was trying to make but I think you did a better job.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We should not forget to pass out honors when and where they are due so...
    Congratulations to the Oakland Raiders,
    NFL CHAMPIONS....of Pennsylvania,

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Oh by the way" ...

    There is no truth to the rumor that, based on their success against the Eagles and Steelers this season , His Royal Genius, Darth Vader, er, Al Davis, will move the franchise to Scranton.

    I hear he IS looking at Lancaster as a possibility though, because he thinks the Amish represent a huge untapped market.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On a more serious note that I don't recall seeing addressed here as yet, the NFL announced yesterday that they are ENDING their current $100 Million revenue sharing program. I, for one, do not consider that good news. I'll bet you Jerry Jones does.

    You can probably blow taps for franchises in Buffalo and Jacksonville in the near future and I am afraid (VERY afriad) that the competitve balance in the NFL will begin to resemble Major League Baseball's flawed model.

    I suspect that sound you hear is Wellington Mara and Pete Rozelle spinning in their graves.

  • In reply to bearfanindenver:

    Corey Graham SUCKS. He's even worse than Payne is in coverage but he doesn't hit nearly as hard. Cut his ass unless he is contributing in special teams.
    Jamar Williams on the other hand...well, we will have to see what he contributes this week. It would be nice to have an option at MLB since Lach continues to try and make himself trade bait. If JW is an option, and Lach can retire where he came from in exchange for Boldin, I'm all for it at this point.

  • In reply to bearfanindenver:

    Im not sure who you are watching, but Graham has played well every chance he's gotten. He is a good cover corner..I could give two shits how hard my corners hit, thats irrelevant for a corner back...

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I agree Band. Graham is a ball hawk and deserves a chance based on how he played late last year. I like him at corner or at free safety. Just get him on the fuckin field. Payne has been helpful in stopping the run but is bad in coverage. Afalava is already a good run stopper, so they should put Graham at the other safety position.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Graham has been god awful when filling in at safety, so I could give two shits what he looks like at corner. Go back and watch him get torched in coverage, game after game after game. Last year was last year. He gave up big plays all day against the Eagles and was nonexistent against the Vikings.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Great point about the running game from last Sunday.

    Just because the number of carries were up, doesn't mean they were effective running the ball. I KNEW the Bears and others would try to spin it like they had a field day against the Rams. The fact is, if they play any other team besides the Rams or Browns, the Bears don't win the game. The offense was THAT bad. Again.

    Seriously, I don't think the beatrs shouldn't have had Monday off because they played like crap. Again. They deserved to lose that game.

    Oh by the way, if the Bears continue this trend of awful play against the Pack on Sunday, this will officially seal my vote for the 2009 Chicago Bears "the most unlikeable Bears team ever."

    Oh by the way, what is Lovie smiling at on the sidelines? You're team just went 3 and out with a penalty to start the game! What are you laughing at? I want this team to have the same disgusted feeling I have when watching this crap. Failure to correct the same mistakes this team makes every week is unacceptable. And the fact you're laughing about it says a lot about how you view accountability and dicipline, Lovie.

    Oh by the way, the Bears can do better than either Martz or Weis. They don't belong on the Bears.

  • In reply to bearfanindenver:

    Kyle, I like you pal. We need dipshits of your calibre to keep us honest.

    Hell, I like you son. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Full Meatle jacket, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bingo.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    classic.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    can we have a list of the Cutler haters? like right now? so whenever he does well, we won't allow you to sully our site w/ your hypocritical tones & muddled up decisions about who you want to cheer for every sunday?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Word.
    J-Cutler haters, give it a rest for a month.
    Caleb Hanie is not the answer...unless he's a phenomenal Left Tackle.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Glad to hear that Murph, but my fear is that it is the first step towards the non-revenue sharing NFL so coveted by the likes of "Steinbrenner wanna bees" like Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I Love Jay Cutler

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    My man crush on same is well documented ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Although obviously not quite as much as one's man crush for the punky QB with the light-sensitivity problem and the floppy-down helmet. Ah.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I can't help it. I'm going for a troll. Haven't smacked the pack since the last week of pre-season. Ouch. Build up a nice belly laugh before the weekend ... and then belch it out all over them Monday morning, ai'ight ? I'll wet myself if Rodgers throws four picks. I'll go to church.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    DM, I am with you all the way. I personally don't feel Martz is worth a shit. Enough with the Rams & Bucks cast offs for fuck sake... they had a few good years and that's it, they are the fucking Rams and the bucks. Stop bringing in these shitweasles, please! Don

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Jimmy Claussen!!!!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That made me laugh...That just shows how much of a moron you truely are, "Kyle"...

    Thank you for that, seriously. Thank you.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Dear "Kyle"

    You started your post as Kyle Orton, yet later refer to "your" team as the Bears, when you said "And we have Jay Cutler"...so not only are you not funny, your also, quite dumb.

    But Im sure the other inmates find your Orton impersonation hilarious, as they are pinning you down and...well, YOU know the rest.

    Keep up the terrible work!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Funny DM.

  • "Oh, by the way", Jeff, what do you expect from the 4-Letter folks?
    "Obnoxious" is now what they do best.

  • PROMOTE GRAHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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