This Just In: Chicago Bears are Good

While the major magazines and websites have been ranking the Chicago Bears somewhere in the bottom third of the NFL, I will impolitely and unapologetically disagree.  I don't think the Bears can make the playoffs.  I think the Bears should make the playoffs.  And while I've spent the last few months encouraging the organization to fix holes on various parts of the roster, no one should ignore the clear reasons for optimism.

We've got Julius Peppers now.  Have we become so jaded and cynical as to not acknowledge  that the Bears have their best defensive end since Richard Dent?  Everything I've read applies the word "if" to Orange Julius' production as if the player hasn't been one of the league's most consistent performers for the better part of a decade.  The Bears were not a weaker team than the Packers a year ago and Peppers will exploit their most glaring weaknesses on the offensive line.
And look at who is lining up behind him.  If there is a better linebacking corps than Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Pisa Tinoisamoa, find them.  The linebackers are the team's unparalleled strength and two thirds of them were absence from the entirety of the 2009 campaign.  Yes, health in football is a coin-flip game.  But if these guys stay on the field, the Bears defense will be much-improved against both the run and pass.
So will the passing game.  Mike Martz' arrival has been much ballyhooed and written about but I actually think it's a bit overrated.  If the offensive line makes their blocks - and they got much better as 2009 progressed - the Bears offense will score points.  How can they not?  They've got two terrific running backs.  They've got a pair of the fastest wide receivers in the league.  They've got a quarterback that, while prone to mistakes, still managed some eye-bursting numbers in 2009.  They've got too many good tight ends.  They won't only score points.  They'll be damn fun to watch.  
So will Dave Toub and the most consistently excellent special teams I've ever seen.  Robbie Gould is automatic from inside fifty.  Brad Maynard can be hot-and-cold but when he's hot, there's nobody better.  Manning, Knox and Hester can change every game on every return.  Our special teams are just plain good.
And so is this team.  They have some weaknesses, sure, but they're good.  And the fans should expect to be playing in January because the talent is there.  Most people thought the Bears would take "the leap" in 2009.  I thought it would take until November for them to find their sea legs.  "The leap" is going to come in 2010.  And it looks like the Bears are going to surprise a number of people.  
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  • GOTTA SAY IT:

    FIRST!!!

    Well said Jeff. This team didn't fill every hole but sometimes when you don't fill the hole everyone still has a good time and the job gets done.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thank God somebody still respects The First. People were getting so blas

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "well said" wtf? doesn't anyone remember that our o-line was godawful last year and looks like it will worse this year. its another losing season we're looking at with a housecleaning to follow.

  • In reply to dubsdread18:

    Dub.. We all remember.. and we all know. Either Mike Tice fixes it or we have a whole new coaching staff. Win-Win.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/morning-jolt/07/29/0729/index.html?eref=sihp

    See, that

  • Firstness

    I agree the Beloved will be good, I'm just afraid the Pack and the Vikes are going to be better.

    Hope i'm wrong.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Don't get the love for the Vikes. Suspect O-line. Their secondary sucks .... and we've got Chester now. We beat them with our worst team last year fair and square, after shutting them out for a whole half. Stick a fork in Favre.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Every year I hear it..."Cubs will win 100 games," "Bears will win 10 or 11."
    I'll go out on a limb: Bears will win 6 unless there is a major injury..then maybe it goes to 4. No offensive line, no receivers, and a quarterback who has never had a winning season..college or pro and is ranked 18 by the pundits....get real guys.

  • illegal douchebaggery on da coach

  • Well said Jeff. We are a good team, I think we are a solid team. Im so fuckin ready, I got my NFL Sunday ticket on direct tv paid off. Got everygame this year. If the Bears dont win our division then we will def. get in through a wild card.

  • What worries me is the last four games on our schedule.

  • Ok, one question:

    Who the hell is this "Lefty" character you folks have been mentioning?

    What did I miss?

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Look for a link to CHiChisportssomething on the last or second to last thread Willie. It was our boy FDQ v Lefty in "AP or Forte - who you love long time?"

  • Next topic -

    Who the heck said they are concerned for the FIRST 4 games? Lions? Really? Or did they just get packaged in with the next 3 games for simplicity's sake?

    Either way... I hope the Crock of Smith is brewing up some luck, a la Cardinals/Bears MNF game. That entire season had balls bouncing our way and big plays in crunch time (minus the SB).

    The way I feel, year in, year out, is that we can beat anyone anytime. Add a little Pepper, a revamped Butter (hopefully), and a dash of Tisa's upper-induced madness - I say we win 'em all.

    I never thought Blueberry and Orange Kooliad would tase so good, but oh my... So refreshing.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    That was me. Had to package them in with the first 4. But, it's still a division game.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Good, yes, that would be a nice change. My mind is leery, my heart is hopeful. Either way I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    trippy shit MB. Got Mushrooms?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Strong contender for Best Post of the Pre-Season, and we haven't even started.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It doesn't take much to take a good team and make them great. Here's what we will need to make us great this year.

    1)6-0 in the Division.
    2)8-0 at home.
    3)500 on the road.

    That's 12 wins by my count gents. Even if only 2 out of my three scenario's play out, we can still be great with a methodical approach of pressure up front from our D-line, relentless pressure with one of the league's top ranked special teams units, and back breaking pressure on apposing defenses by our offense. A constant barrage of Forte and Taylor gut punches, combined with Cutler roll outs and the endless zip, zip, zip sound of Jays bullets carving up a weezing and bewildered defense, we will kick some serious football arse.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And it doesn't take much to make a good team bad, sadly. Cutler breaks his leg in week one (Suh), we lose Peppers and Peanut for the year in week two. Bye bye season. Alles kaput. Buenos noches. C'est la vie. Que sera sera ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Two teams went 6-0 in their division last year, 3 teams went 5-1, and 9 teams went 4-2. I'm suggesting that there isn't much difference between 4-2 and 6-0 gents, it can be done.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and 2 teams went undefeated at home, 1 went 7-1, and 10 teams went 6-2.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff, this Orange Julius nickname is really bothering me. Not only because of the nightmare's MB and I are having from the Orange Ceasar video, but mainly because of a posting Suckatansky made during the off season. I distinctly remember him referring to Peppers as Orange Julius right after the Bears signed him. I mean this with all respect sir, so please don't take what I'm about to ask you the wrong way.

    Have you "ever" logged on to Da Bears Blog as Mad Max Rockatanksy? Please think long and hard before you answer my question. (think of Perry Mason when reading the last 2 sentence's)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    well oh shit.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    What was his nickname in Carolina ? If he didn't have one then, well he will have to earn one now in Chicago.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    some1 already said it. "Features" i wanna say

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Last year was disappointing - not a disaster. We were one, two, maybe three close wins away from the playoffs (and another year of RT). Instead the season resulted in a house cleaning that gave us Martz. Do he and the new additions, including Brian "He Shall Return" Urlacher make the difference? I think so.

    This is a young offense ready to shine, coupled with a veteran defense ready to prove itself. I can't wait.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    It was a disaster for me WSR. It kinda ruins my season anytime all hope is lost with 4 games left. I've had many of them over the course of my lifetime.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Painfully true, Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    On Da Site...

    "Beginning Thursday when players start arriving at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, ChicagoBears.com will provide unparalleled coverage of Bears training camp.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears will kick off training camp Friday with a 3 p.m. practice. Senior writer Larry Mayer will post the latest news around the clock as well as features covering every storyline and position battle"

    Unparalleled is about right, wouldn't you say? I know where *I* will be coming to get my Bears fixes, and it ain't very far from right here!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    When Child Support doesn't make it past the first half of game one ... well ... only sweet baby Jay having a brain aneurysm could have topped that. Seeing Hillenmeyer at Mike. Watching Olsen trying to pat down the opposition. Swiss cheese secondary. Siss cheese O-line. Disaster for me.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Other than the obvious reason of creating depth, why did the Bears take BYU running back Harvey Unga in the supplemental draft? They already have Matt Forte, Chester Taylor, Garrett Wolfe, Kahlil Bell and rookie Brandon Minor at the position. Will Unga be switched to fullback?

    Minor or Bell are gone. Take your pick. I liked what I saw out of Bell and I don't know much about Minor.

    A: I think it was simply a case of the Bears taking advantage of an opportunity to land a player who likely would have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick next April with a seventh-round selection in the supplemental draft. (The move will cost them their seventh-round choice in next year

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Minor and Wolfe can disappear off the face of the Earth for all they matter. You forgot to mention Tofu, Trac. Tofu & Unga give us the punch that Forte and Taylor lack. We've got some nice depth in the backfield and TE spots now. We could lose two guys from the backfield and two guys at TE, and still go to war.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Echo...Echo....Echo....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Can someone explain 'Orange Julius' to me, Jeff, in fact. What am I missing here ? Otherwise it's Greg Pink, all year long baby.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It is (was really) a fast food type joint here in the states Irish.

    They were popular for their name-sake, a disgusting frothy fake-orange juice type 'drink': http://www.orangejulius.com/index.php

    Anyway, I think we all agree that it's a pretty lame nickname for the Ghost. Sorry jeff.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    All I can say is "epic"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jebus, MB. Send me some of that 'naturally made' fungi to :

    'Jim McMahon'
    90/43 Soi 6, Moo 1,
    Ratchapreuk,
    Nong Au,
    Ban pong,
    Ratchaburi 70110,
    Thailand.

    For, um, research purposes. I'm a keen botanist, and ,uh, I miss looking at God's fungus.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW31ruQG1Xk

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJeTgQ-lgvE

    I'm not too inter-web savvy so this was the best I could do to link this video, soory if it doesn't work. I'm ready for some football guys, and I hope we can run this year, if so, playoffs.

    Hope you're all ready too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I mean 'sorry'. (no jab, canadians)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll take some of that koolaid! I am SUPER hyped now because I just found this: https://gamepass.nfl.com/nflgp/secure/registerform - if any of the rest of you guys are outside the USA, I think this looks like the perfect solution to watching games.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It feels like Christmas morning. Football is finally here gents!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't believe only 2 first round picks are signed. The NFL needs a rookie pay scale and then do contracts based on merit. I'm glad we didn't have a pick, we would just be agonizing why Angelo hadn't signed him by now.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    good point Murph.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    BOYS...here is the speech Lovie needs to give on the first day of camp rather than the one he will give
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rFx6OFooCs&feature=related

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    This burst my koolaid bubble.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/blog/roto_arcade/post/Juggernaut-Index-No-20-The-Chicago-Bears?urn=fantasy-258772

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    To our Gladiators...two words "HIT SOMEONE"! don't fall into as MB wrote eloquently about LDL.."truly sensational propensity for a blank and emotionless stare into nothingness, even when faced with the most adverse circumstances." instead follow the lead of this TRUE GLADIATOR
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L8bDZbPS1g&feature=related

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll drink DA Kool-Aid.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...WTF? We have peyote here in the southwest for vision quest's my friend..but, I think not compared to you magical mushroom! pass it on!!! for the path leads to victory!!!!
    p.s.. NICE POST!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Umm, yeah what he said.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    The addition of Chris Harris should also help mold the secondary together.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    put some prescription strength codeine in it and make it Blueberry and Orange Drank

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Oh, is that not a required ingredient? I had been mixing my KoolAid with 'Tussin DM for years... It really helps it go (and stay) down.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Tussin DM? So gangster

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Seeing those 2 posts in direct sequence of one another made me spit my diet coke out of my nose. you couldn't write it better in a movie script

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Which 2? lol

  • In reply to Joseph:

    MB's 900 word odyssey and your 12 word post. it was funny because you wrote them irrespective of each other and they looked awesome next to each other before my trippy comment ruined the continuity. You made a very good point but it just looked ludricrous (on a purely asthetic level) next to the sheer volume of the Shakespearean 12 act play that MB took his entire morning to write.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I know right, how do you follow-up that Scorsese script?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I really don't like the Unga pick.. Is he a future starter..if so where does he play?

    Does this mean Chester Taylor is a short term answer for Matt Forte? Is Matt Forte hurt more than we know?

    If he plays fullback I think he will be asked to block a lot and can he do it?

    He raises more questions than answers for us right now.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Its all about trading in your $5 chips in for $25 chips and ending up with a $1 chip when its all said and done 85. We have 2 undrafted free agents in Bell and Minor so JA figures he can upgrade the position based on a players draft grade and hope he works out. Sad part about the strategy in this case is the fact that we don't need a RB for a couple of years and a player like Bell who I was impressed with last year will never get a chance to really get a chance if you get my drift. Lets face it, Chicago is and always has been a team that goes after high draft pick RB's, so what makes you think at the end of the day Unga will ever really get a change to fill that spot on our roster. Does anyone know when the last time a 4th or 5th round RB got a chance to start on the Bears that wasn't filling in due to injury? I can't think of one. Unga will play special teams and maybe, once or twice a game he might get a touch as a RB after a year or so. I guess in the scheme of things, it doesn't really matter one way or another.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As long as it doesn't mean that Forte is hurt more than we know.

    Here is my question. Did we really need Taylor or Ugna?

    If so, tell me why?

    I know the give Forte a break idea or that he can't do it all on his own but something seems really weird that we would be the team to ask for Chester Taylor to help us out..

    Maybe I am just making mole hills out of mountains..

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Depth on the roster is what gets you that Lombardi.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1 Irish

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Love the site and comments. This video made my night.

    Nothing better then a sad Vi-Queen.

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    Welcome to the board Spawn. The more the merrier. But that's a five yard illegal procedure on not pasting the link in the original post, penalty is offset by the first post status. Replay first down.

    I love Tracy Porter doing Allen's rope-tie after the interception!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oops forgot the link http://youtu.be/CoJ_K4Mlt4w

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Not my entire morning, but...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i'm with Irish: officially on the Johan Asiata bandwagon. any man that says "i like to hit people....thank God i can hit people and not be in jail," want that man (if not starting), in the rotation. hope he supplants the LG spot

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    No if we can just get LL in on the other side we can give Suh a 'Samoan spanking' ...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQD..agree 100%... have not heard those words "I like to hit People" in a long time..FOOTBALL BOYS!!FOOTBALL let's go out and hit someone!!!!!

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Lions are a banana skin - it'll be a tight division. The name's Suh. Ndomukong Suh.

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