Audibles From the Long Snapper

Dan Pompei Joins the Over-Reactors.  I'm starting to wonder if the Tribune is ordering their writers and staffers to sound the doomsday alarm over preseason games because it's getting a bit absurd.  I live in Queens and read the Daily News and New York Post (two of the nation's most hostile, rabble rousing rags) every day and neither has sounded nearly as despondent about the Giants and Jets - two high-expectation teams that have looked abysmal this summer.  Pompei goes so far as to reach, "But great quarterbacks don't have games like Cutler had Saturday."  Really?  Great quarterbacks don't have bad preseason games?  Do I even have to do the research or can we assume Pompei is incredibly incorrect?  I've said it before and I'll say it again: the only thing I don't love about being a Chicago Bears fan is the seeming joy some fans and media derive from wallowing in the misery of failure.

Major Wright seems to not have not gotten the Lovie Smith memo.  He is brash and vocal.  He's not married to the "do what the team feels is best" and "whatever helps the team" language that seems to permeate out of Halas Hall under this regime.  He may be the kind of thing this defense needs and he's not shy about letting us know about it.  Shortly said, I'm rooting like hell for this kid.

Positivity and Jay Cutler?  In Chicago?  Say it ain't so!  Neil Hayes cites both Joe Thiesmann and Rich Gannon as believing Prime Cutler is going to do big things this season in Mike Martz' system.  I happen to agree with them.

Third and Long.  Anybody who has rooted for the Chicago Bears during the Lovie Smith era knows that third-and-long defense have been the blight of the entire organization.  This difficulty usually leads to an in-depth (and somewhat angry) dissection of the Lovie Deuce scheme and the usage of teams like "soft" and "terrible".  The reason is simple: third-and-longs depend on pass rush and coverage and the Bears have been wretched at both for years.  That is why there is more pressure on Orange Julius this season than any other player on the team.

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  • Man I hope Major wright gets back soon. He was all around the ball in the games he played. Hes got attitude! I watched him play at Florida, and he looks like the player we were wishing he was. Man I hope he doesnt catch on to LDL's attitude. We need some players with emotion and attitude. It can become contagious. I'm hopin it spreads like wildfire.

  • Major needs to be careful with all that emotion.. That is the same sort of talk that got Alex Brown, Mike Brown, and Thomas Jones shitcanned.

  • In reply to Church:

    I respectfully disagree with that assertion.

    Mike Brown was let go because he couldn't stay on the field long enough to be a factor anymore.

    Alex was let go to save a few bucks this year, which STINKS OUT LOUD in an uncapped year.

    Thomas Jones was traded because that FINE Judge of talent, Lovie Smith (no doubt egged on by upper management), thought Cedric Benson was a better choice and the Bears whiffed again with a #1 pick.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Thats cool Al, it just seems like when a team member tries to become a vocal leader off the field it seems that thier time with lovie runs short.

  • In reply to Church:

    Alex Brown was a class act all the way around. Even when he got booted he acted like a man and a true gentleman. Albert's right E.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Am I the only one that takes the time to extrapolate an appropriate response to a thread only to hit the wrong key and loose forever what we're certain was a work of art? Oh well, maybe next time. By the way Jeffie, I saw how you did that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That just happened to me.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Just got back from Vegas. The casino sports books had the betting line for Bears regular season wins at 8. Hated to do it but had to take the under. I haven't felt this sure of a bet since pounding the Hawks against Philly in the Cup Finals.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Seems to me that started off the year at 9 wins, no?

  • In reply to willrice51:

    There is a healthy balance required when critiquing our team in order to be constructive I suppose. At times, I use a twisted brand of comedy to tackle our deficiencies. I know it can become easy to get things out of whack but I still haven't seen anything different from what I came to expect watching the Bears last year. There are 2 improvements of note however, 1)our running backs and 2) our run D. Two positives to build on is a start I guess. I just seem to think that the teams we have played so far were more prepared than the Bears were. That's my 2 cents anyhow. All I'm saying is don't expect a phantom team to show up once the regular season starts. What you see is what you get.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My big concerns are the O-line and the safety. If we get Wright at FS I will breath one huge sigh of relief. The O-line, however, scares the shit out of me. I predict we will get off the bus running so we don't get 6 killed.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think the whole preparedness thing is key. It is hard to imagine that Martz will be less prepared than Ron Turdner was, so that should be cause for optimism too.

    NO RON TURNER = big improvement

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Bears placed FB Will Ta'ufo'ou (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Ta'ufo'ou sprained his right MCL in Saturday night's preseason game against the Cardinals, sealing his fate.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    @#$% me ! Unga too? @$#% me backwards through a hedge !

    Eddie #@$#% Willams ! Jebus ... here we go. #%$@ !

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    im confident. So bear the fuck down!

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Betting against your own team dude? You know what happens when you do that.

    If the OL get their blocking in sync, and if Wright (FS) and Manning (SS) gel (hint hint), we could roll. There are no awesome teams out there. There are no '85 Bears waiting in the wings to run the schedule. As the year progresses - and injuries permitting - we might surprise people. We simply cannot be worse than last year. Mike Martz,, Julius and Brian Urlacher/Pisa coming back ... how can we possibly be worse? Schedule is tougher ? Says who? It's tougher if you rate the opponents on last year's results, but teams are rarely the same teams they were last year. I think we're over-reacting to these games, yes, we were poor ... but the future is not yet written.

    Game one. Game on.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's a boy Irish. Bear Down indeed.

    Bye the bye, just read you post on last thread. I'm pulling for those little girls to hurry up and come home already.

    As far as the feeding goes, changing diapers goes a long way in earning forgiveness should you miss your shift once in a while.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I just consider it a down-payment for when I am shitting in my own britches in 40 (OK, hopefully 50) years...and if I could make a suggestion, Irish, once they can handle soy formula, it'll make for a less stinky poop.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My recommendation is to type your missive in a text editor that won't hose you, and when done cut & paste into the web page. Will save you from frustration, Trac. And being Bears fans, we need all the relief we can get!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1

    And TJ *asked* to be traded ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish..he asked because he say the writing on the wall with dead-ced.

  • In reply to Church:

    We should call the Cover 2 the soft deuce.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    i'm giggling softly at my desk right now.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I was just thinking, what do we have to lose?

    If preseason means nothing then hell, we still have hope. The gay on espn nfc north seems to think we blowing preseason up too much, and hell we all know he loves the pukes. If not, we were right. Jeff, I hope your right and I hope my fear of going 5-11 will dissapear. I hope.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Me too.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I've always prefferred the "Cover who?"

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Seems to me that

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Check this skank out

    http://www.sportbikeclassifieds.com/classifieds/index.php?a=2&b=15814

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice bike!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Man, If your out to scam someone, at least make it believable. I'd buy those all day long at 4500. The old wire me the money, I'll ship you the bike trick. Jerry Angelo is probably gonna make that deal!

  • C'mon, Dan Pompeii. That "Great QBS don't..." line is absolutely laughable.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's what I signed in to jump on. Peyton Manning, November 11, 2007, San Diego Chargers, 6 interceptions. Pompeii is a tool. Or you can follow the logic and say that Manning is not a great QB ...

  • It is really funny and ironic how the Score guys and the media rags on the "meatball" fans and then go and shout all this hype putting stock in pre-season games. These games are meaningless, I have never defended Lovie before and may never again but , yes the Bears really are 0-0 and not 0-3, because these are PRE season games... PRE as in before the fuckin season you media douchebags. Maybe next year they should just call them scrimmages to give these low-IQ dolts an easier measuring stick for comparison.

    Are there some individuals I am concerned with? Yes. Can you realistically gauge the Bears as a team from these games? No. The players have 0 motivation to excel because... they are paid squat, unless they are trying to earn that 3rd RB spot or that 6th WR spot stats don't matter and neither to the scores at the end, and they don't want to get hurt. The coaches don't want to show their hand as far as offensive or defensive schemes and are really just evaluating talent and maybe a few real life instances like 4th and 1 or a 1:00 offense.

    I will withhold judgement on anything until Season 2010-2011 Game 1 at Soldier Field vs the lowly Lions.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    My only question with that logic FT is why did the other 3 teams we played have a better approach to the games?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know why the coaches hold back on showing their schemes FT, but why are they hiding the players talent as well?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Cutty says 'Why worry?" - so I guess we won't. Until the Lions win.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5516580

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And that why they paid him the "Big Bucks".

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I will say after losing their starting DE for the year, and now looking down the barrel of starting Jason Taylor out there - tomorrow night's Hard Knocks should be vastly entertaining, or I should say moreso than usual. Because this has been the best Hard Knocks of them all.

    Ryan has dropped so much scrutiny on his head over this show, I would be shocked if another team lets HBO have that kind of access again. I even think you may see the cameras more tightly managed for this episode, because after Sanchez stinking it up yet again, there is a wheels comin' loose feeling over there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup, no way they get a Lombardi. They have a gangster look about them, players and coaches. Tool for a QB. The East Coast Raiders.

    We should draw up a sweep for when Ryan will have his heart attack. I've got mid-season, back in time for the playoffs. Has an apparent infarction on the sideline when Dirty Sanchez throws his sixth pick against the Ravens, but it's a false alarm and turns out to be an undigested pack of M&Ms.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Undigested because he didn't bother to get them out of the fucking wrapper first...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    LOL!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It will be interesting to watch the Lions game and see Martz approach. Will he truly abandon Bears football and set up the run via the pass? Because that is NFL football circa 2010.

    It will be weird to see a Bears team take the field that never lines up in the I formation or runs the 3 hole dive.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thomas Davis is out for the year for the Panthers.

    The new starting WLB for the Panthers will be.... wait for it....

    Jamar Williams.

    If he blossoms and we gotta go with Manning+Pringles then I think we all get to roshambo Jerry on that one

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=roshambo

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Jerry knows Jamar can play. The team had a need at safety and a surplus of linebackers. and they like Roach more. So do I.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This debate can only be settled at the end of the year as it seems Williams will be starting in Carolina.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    No debate necessary. We gave up a lot for not very much in return. Although you know Angelo/Lovie are going to start the shit out of Chris Harris no matter what. Wright/Manning is the only way we can go.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    And Hattie Hillenmeyer? We keep that doosh?! A guy built like a skinny ass safety impersonating a Bears' linebacker? We couldn't use a dude who makes 19 tackles in ONE game the only chance he gets to show what he can do? We can't use that guy? We have to give him away for a so-so strong safety that was about to be cut ... and then put that guy at free safety. Beggars belief. Insane in the membrane.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hate we traded him but I wish him well. Let me know my # for the Roshambo line. I'm stretching right now getting ready for it!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MB..dont be sad..they cut your fullback bro.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Cut or put him on IR? A sprained knee only takes 3-6 weeks to heal... just fyi.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjoXsL311bg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Here it is why we are where we are:

    2009 Draft:

    3 Jarron Gilbert (Might be Cut)
    3 Juaquin Iglesias (Might be cut)
    4 Henry Melton (Might be cut)

    2008 Draft:

    1 Chris Williams (Two-Face from Batman)
    2 Matt Forte (One good yr, one bad)
    3 Earl Bennett (Might be cut)
    3 Marcus Harrison (OK)

    2007 Draft:

    1 Greg Olsen (Worth only a 3rd rounder now)
    2 Dan Bazuin (Gone)
    3 Garrett Wolfe (Will be gone)
    3 Michael Okwo (Gone)

    2006 Draft:

    2 Danieal Manning (Inconsistent, another two-face)
    2 Devin Hester(Great KR, who bears turned to a mediocre WR)
    3 Dusty Dvoracek (Isn't this guy in jail or something?)

    Aside from NOT even holding a 1st or 2nd round pick, these debacles by scouting get's compounded by management trading away good players, like Jamar or Jones, or coaches, like Rivera, being too cheap to obtain good FA (with the desperate save my job exceptions of Julius and Cutler), bad coaching like Turner and Lovie, and lastly injuries, but what team doesn't deal with those?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Oh it goes back a lot further than that, and the players we *could* have had .. well I've posted that shit all over the web and it hurts too much to revisit. The cliff notes version is .. yes, Angelo would have done better picking players randomly. Although he seems to have done that anyway ...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Damn. That reads like a Crime Scene investigation.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That being said, Go BEARS! lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    not a bad assessment of the picks except Cutler and Peppers. Teams need franchise QB's and we finally got ours after 70 years. Peppers was the best Defensive player available and he happened to be a DE which immediately got Angelo aroused.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Trac... G2 (obviously)

    Also, man, I have to start reading up more. (From the last thread) Sorry to hear about the twins Irish. Just give them that much more love when they come home. Best wishes. Oh, and yes... I don't speak thai (as in culturally), but I understand just enough 'woman' to know that she's luring you into the pungi stick-lined tiger hole. Abort, abort, abort. Just say, "No way baby, I'll be there to help with whatever I can." It will take care of itself.

    Corm, nice. Sexy rexy lettin it go. Where you been man?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks for the sentiment man, I will ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    of course.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    OK Jeff, I'm trying to agree with you, but here's the thing. Yeah, the preseason record was meaningless but we saw the same problems that dogged the Bears last year get even worse. I don't care that we lost, it was how. Bad tackling, The worst pass protection I may have ever seen, still not enough pressure on the D-line and the porous secondary.
    I still think there's a slim chance to get the wild card spot, but c'mon. That's a lot that has to be turned around, and you're starting to sound like Lovie (low blow, I am sorry). When is the time to panic, after they lose to a bunch of bottom feeders and the Fucking Brokebacks?

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Yes, that would be time to panic.

    No way did we get "even worse" in pass protection, pressure from the D-line or our secondary. We may not have improved enough, but we certainly didn't get worse. Do you recall the Orlando Pace experiment? And sorry, but Peppers is a huge upgrade over Alex and Wale. Huge.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's way more than than Brownie. 1st year in Martz's system. Not only is it a new system but it's a difficult one to implement. Hopefully Martz will keep it as simple as he can.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think that's a fair criticism...but Martz is not a bad problem to have, given the alternative (Wrong-way Turner).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Do we all see MBP at the front class? Can anyone tell me why that statement was wrong? Anyone? Anyone?

    MBP, that is *exactly* why I've been such a pessimistic downer this preseason. I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Martz sucks. I'm not a huge fan either. However, I think the criticism that his system is going to take longer for the current group to learn is fair.
    I'm down with having high expectations for this team, but I think the critiques should be objective, that's all.
    Omiyale, Louis, Garza, Kreutz, and Williams is objectively better than the disaster on wheels that we had at OL for the bulk of last season.
    Defensively, we still haven't seen what I believe will be our starting lineup. IF (and I've said before I think it's an IF) Lach gets healthy and stays healthy, Pisa stays healthy, and Briggs stays healthy, then I think we're going to be looking much better on D than we did against the Cardinals. Had Major Wright not injured his pinky, I have no doubt he would have supplanted Harris already, and he probably will within a couple of weeks. That alone should cheer us up. I'm still on the fence on switching Bowman and Peanut, as to whether Peanut fell off that much after his destructo-ribs incident or whether Bowman has improved that much.
    Anyway, SMDS is fucking funny stuff (but I'm not buying the book)...I'm sure you've heard that the Shatner will be starring in the tv version.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And hell, if we lose to the Lions, I'll be inconsolable for days and you know I'll be back here to take my lumps.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I understand MBP. I just really want a real team with real coaches and real players... enough of the lovie/JA era. We've tried it and it sucks. Bring on Cowher and a real football GM (you know, one who's done the job well before).

    Funny thing about shat-ner. I guess he lives here in SD, cause I had breakfast with him a few months back... ok, not really, but he was at the table next to ours. Weird thing, when I got up to walk out and threw a look-see his way, dude gave me the stare down. To the point where I said to my buddy, "Dude, did you see shatner give me the stinkeye? That was fucking weird." Anyway, I think he's a bad pick for the part... he's too soft. You need an old man who doesn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You should have hit Captain Kirk in the solar plexus. You could have walked out of there saying, "I am Legend" and meant it.

    I would've cast Alan Arkin or Alan Ford (Bricktop from "Snatch" - http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3076496128/nm0285495, among other roles).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ah, Bricktop....

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ohhh

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    NO, wrong. Omiyale is still on the line. He is fully capable of making an oline suck, all by himself.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm down with all of that except Omelette - Shaeffer for me. Just a little afraid that Harris will be nailed to a starting spot because of what he cost us. The idea of Tillman being moved to safety has been pooh-poohed because he's 'fragile'. Well if he can't play safety he shouldn't be playing corner - no room for crocks. Graham and Bowman as the corners, Tillman and Wright as our safeties, Manning at nickel.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yes, I still have not seen where Omiyale has played better than Schaffer did.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't wait to see Shatner in the TV version. Anyone else seriously doubt that the dude's actual dad said any of that shit?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No doubt at all. I had a grampa very similar to that. Wish I would have thought writing down all the half-joking, half mean-spirited but hilarious shit he said and become a millionaire... but they didn't do stupid 'reality show' shit like that when i was younger.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Let me break this down. There are several camps establishing themselves here.

    Group 1: Preseason doesn't count, Bears have a chance to pull out a decent year cause we got Cutler and Peppers, you can't trust your eyes, pass me another beer.

    Group 2: Preseason is a lagging indicator of things to come, I don't like what I'm seeing.

    Take your pick.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    What about ...

    Group 3: Pre-season doesn't count, but it matters somewhat. Don't like what I'm seeing but appearances can be deceiving.

    Interesting chat with Martz, I like his honesty. Hanie is in the dog house for starters.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0901-bears-chicago--20100831,0,1980843.story

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "He also said the offensive line did a "remarkably'' better job protecting Cutler despite four sacks"

    Huh? Does that even make sense?

    But I like this a LOT, ""I've never scripted plays,'' he said. "I just get a feel for the game. I have it in my mind how I'd like to start the game out, but you never know where the ball is going to be. There are so many variables. I just never worry about them."

    Like the anti-turner.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A couple of em were Cutty either stepping into a tackler or coverage sacks MB. He had time on at least two of em.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Martz: "But starting quarterbacks in this league, particularly him, you just treat them differently than other guys. They have so much on their plate. They just have so much more on their minds. I don't ride starters at all."

    Something Chicago fans should have seen before beating up Grossman so badly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..of course he thinks "remarkably" it wasn't 8 sacks so they did improve!

    Oh com'n boys you did'n t enjoy the bubble screen every 3rd and 25? classic RT

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Aahhhh, the good old days huh lobo?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Ok, so one of the little promotions for another blog below caught my eye and I had to click on it. I decided to post: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/high-gloss-and-sauce/2010/09/speaking-of-tv-last-night.html

    GP, Coach, seems like something fun to do... crown, let's leave you out of this one, you're in enough trouble with the CN Gestapo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I replied. Talk about scary sheesh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Botox. Eeesh. "Hi can you give the trout-mouth special please?"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn irish! That was harsh man. She's probably crying herself to work today (dental hygienist?)... pools of dark black eye makeup all running down her face and shit. Sobbing uncontrollably.

    I'm sure she's not even close to being used to the kind of smack we talk here. Those two little girls are going to have to soften you up real good!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's like knocking on doors and running away ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Vikings fan is unimpressed by Berrian's effort. Wow - no shit? Really?

    http://www.wearevikingsfans.com/Forum/default.aspx?g=posts&t=1061

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I said it when they signed him, and this blog mostly agreed wholeheartedly. The guy was and is NOT a #1 and was not worth what he was paid. And he has fragile hammies to bot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lienart looked so good picking the Bears apart, the Cards are shopping him. I'm sure Lienart's agent also wants him out.

    http://www.sbnation.com/2010/9/1/1662872/matt-leinart-trade-cardinals-giants-bills-raiders

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think the Cards recognize that if he's not starting he loses interest because he doesn't look like he learned item 1 from watching Kurt Warner for 2 seasons. Also, he was Denny Green's guy, not Ken Whisenhunt's.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This is shaping up WAY too much like last year.

    "IF this happens..." and "If THAT happens..." yada, yada, yada.

    It was a given: The Offensive line must be better than they were last year. Because of the major shuffling, I don't think they look as good as they did during the last part of last season. They certainly don't scare anybody right now, besides Jay Cutler, that is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutty banging Kristin Cavalerri on Monday.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/08/cutler_and_cavallari_the_qb_ex.html

    If I were Lovie, I'd force the whole team to wear dick chastity belts until after the Detroit game.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Mouthbreathers breed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Speaking of Jay Cutler Al, how about this: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/hwood_party_girl/b198196_kristin_cavallari_scores_chicago.html

    Damn, this might be shaping up to be another Jessica Simpson bad-luck charm thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, looks likes she passed the physical.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Indeed!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This one goes out to Irish and the rest of us conspiracy theorist's out there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b309_YspwMk&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Like Astronaut Charlie Duke said : "I can understand that there are people out there who think the moon landings were faked ... I get that ... but to fake it nine times ... NINE TIMES ..."

    I equate moon hoax people with holocaust deniers and people who think Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK with a Winchester bolt action from the wrong direction with magic bullets.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Those lunar hoax documentaries always go pear-shaped within seconds.
    Case in point, "The LM blasting off from the lunar surface would have removed the footprints ..."
    Yeah? And? No lunar landing ever returned to the same spot so how would anyone know otherwise ?

    Get him Buzz !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUI36tPKDg4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes, I'd say she defifintely passes the physical.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1KesvMCV18

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Full bore man, full fucking bore. Just not liking the lack of change that I've seen so far, but everything will reset in two weeks.

    I'm really prayin that the D steps up with everyone (54, 55, 59, 27) healthy and that Martz didn't show even a tiny portion of his magician's book... and we come out fucking smashing people in the mouth and throwing bombs.

    If we can come out and just fucking crush the lions, I think we'll start building momentum. If we see more of the same (from the last year), I think it will be a very long year.

    Bear down!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ha! Crown. Great minds my man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP4CH0D31fc

    Fockin pykees.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Pikies wouldn't be that stupid :o)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Indeed MB. Do me a favor and keep a little faith for the season opener. I know mine has waned a little bit, but I'd like know you will be balls to the walls pumped for the Lions game.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3TlrZLpQ0

  • In reply to Crowned:

    All issues w/the offense last week aside, the one thing I've noticed this preseason: I have NO idea what play is coming. I could call Ron Turner's plays with about 65% accuracy, but with Martz, I don't have the slightest clue. That one end-around was executed marvelously. we can't really tell, but I think we've got something special this year. The defense, eh, same as it ever was. Urlacher is in = good. Urlacher is out = bad.

  • In reply to BearsTransplant:

    And that was just Vanilla stuff ...

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Rook decides to drop and give 'em forty

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20015271-504083.html

  • In reply to Crowned:

    This one is even more interesting.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1CpNoI4WGc&NR=1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Some things to think about.

    (1) We don't play the Vikings till week 10... let's see if Favre can stay healthy that long. One bad hit and that ankle could go for good.

    (2) We have some talent on the O-line, we just don't have a great unit. We may not have the best WR group in the league, but we've got some playmakers there too. Cutler said it best, the team is losing because people are making too many mistakes. If the team gels, we're a lot better with exactly the same players.

    (3) Our D relies on the pass rush because coverage is thin. Our DC is the former line coach... he's not gonna fix the coverage problems, but he definitely has the tools to beef up the pass rush.

    Football is a lot about momentum, its a much shorter season (16 games) than the other leagues (60+). We could catch the right breaks and be in good shape, just give it a chance.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Riffin on the Eagles. Nice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W444_V7ETnA

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Everyone loves the handle. Maybe I should start using it more places than here...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "Just another New Bear in town, oh oh, oh oh, just another New Bear in Town..."

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Love the commentary from Marinelli today in the interview about 3rd and long. Did he even answer one question. He should be a politician. The Bears have been great at saving a poor performance from the offense and my opinion is that it will all come down to if they can get off the field in third and long. I swear if I see another soft coverage from the DB's that leads to a slant for a first down I am rushing the field!

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Like it New Bear, like it. We've got talent everywhere, just not on the bench.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I vote for this song as the official theme song of DBB and perhaps the entire 2010 Bears season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDgS6qLsVM4

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that was scary

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I make myself laugh almost every day with the thought of #16 humming that tune with a picture of Irish taped to his mirror.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahaha... brilliant!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ... or it gets the hose again ....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or if the O-line doesn't wake up and start smacking people ... it could be this ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTo7VHFvu6o

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It sounds like with Martz, he's got the world's most complicated PC Sim playbook - something like Total Pro Football's advanced book:

    http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sports/totalprofootball/images/6089295/1/?tag=thumbs_below;thumb;1

    Then he gives codes and signals for all the formations and checkdowns, and it's taken him 10 years to get this playbook system exactly where he wants it, you need a Ph.D level IQ to absorb it in a few months. Memorizing it is like trying to memorize the lead in Hamlet, and on top of all that unlike a stage play its more like improv where you are not sure what you are about to see but need to react immediately to it.

    Martz eventually had to develop a color coded system for Kitna in Detroit, I wonder if the wideouts here also need to keep it simple

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..ah.."to be or not to be"..that is the question. and for LDL playbook..I think it is "Clifford the big Red Dog"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    One thing that struck me about Wrong Turner was how scripted the offense was and how it didn't react in any seeming way to what was happening or happened.

    They stuffed every other Hester screen? They probably know the code for the Hester option? Doesn't matter. Play #28 on offense calls for it again, so we are running it again.

    Martz does not play that way. He's more Bobby Fisher than Kasparov. He's just going to see what happens, and adjust. He'll also totally change directions based on personnel changes on the field. I'd often see an opposing corner or DL go down, and we wouldn't go after the rookie corner at all. It was so frustrating to watch. Martz I do think will react quickly to what is happening on the field, and actually call down plays based on what he sees is actually happening. That alone will be a fresh perspective.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Exactly. Didn't seem to account for who was in at RB either. Asking Garret Wolfe to plough it up the middle was pointless ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wolfe..another fu#!@$#!@$#ng experiemnt

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm just hoping for a wild card birth. Green Bay looks like it could have the best passing game in the NFC.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Just a little word search nugget:

    Definition of Wish: A desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.

    Definition of Hope: To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment.

    In order to make the transition from wish to hope, there usually needs to be some factual basis present to justify an expectation.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    FYI Trac, you cant use a phrase like "extrapolate an appropriate response" when posting in a Bears Blog. Something more "appropriate" would be, "I just wrote da idea I had and den dis stupid computer ting made da ting disappear" Got it? LOL

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    murph..whad da yah mean by dat?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Dat's Jamaican youze are speakin' so it is. to be sure to be sure begorrah. Where's me shillelagh and me auld pot o'gold, bejaybus?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hhahahahah

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhheeeeeeee!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm hopeful about the season. Pre-season is nothing but it is a glimpse into our attitudes fan, front office, coaching, player, etc. If you don't tackle you lose, if you throw interceptions in a basic offense you lose, if you don't run routes correctly you lose, etc. If you can't run the ball in preseason when there is no gameplaning then how are you going to run it when there is? I think the Bears go 12-4 with 1 of those loses against the "lie-downs" week one. That will invite the nay "Sayers" (pun intended) and haters and wake us up for the rest of the season. The worst thing that could happen is that we blow out the "lie-downs" and then bumps and bruise start to create excuses. It will be down hill from there. IF we lose then we go into reverse cowgirl country with an attitude and we see what we can do with our backs against the wall.

    We will be fine but we have to tackle, run the ball and good routes, catch the ball, and pressure the QB. Everything else will work it self out. Lovie is a better coach when he is winning and everyone on his coaching staff is tired of losing. Totally agree with Jeff about Major, Mike Mar"k"z offensive impact on Cutler. He will reduce Jay's interceptions and increase the touchdowns. The return of a complete pro-bowl defense will out us over the top. Bear down DAMMIT!!! If we don't think that way it becomes contagious and we have enough jackasses out there doing that already.

  • In reply to Ickesgrad:

    "Lovie is a better coach when he is winning."

    Wouldn't that be true of every coach?

    I appreciate that you feel the Martz timing will come, but I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with ya there (Little Lumburgh humor there) - and say 12-4 is drinking the orange drank kool-aid.

  • In reply to Ickesgrad:

    Ok. I hope we get that record but we can't run if we can't block, our wideouts are learning the routes again, Do we have anyone who catches the ball everytime?, and I wish we could touch the qb because pressuring him seems impossible.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Completely agree.

  • In reply to Ickesgrad:

    Ickes, that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh and two things:

    1. You're a very puny guy (see how I did that?)

    2. If that's you in your avatar, thank you for your service man. We all appreciate it very much.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol. That's not me in the pic. That's the beach security in Mexico. Snapped it while on vacation last year. lol

    But you are right. I'm just so tired of thinking the worst about my team and every year I have these unrealistic goals that DH is going to turn into Tory Holt or Lovie is a poor man's Belicheck.

    But your right everything is everything and we have to do everything. Thanks for the responses. Good to talk to some real folks about the greatest team in football history.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Was listening to Millsy and Adam Shine on Sirius this morning and the Bears came up. Anyhow, they addressed the smoke an mirrors statement Cutler made a polite rebuttal. Paraphrasing now but basically Adam Shine said as poorly as Cutler and the offense performed last year, the Bears were remiss to not game plan enough for some of the preseason games to at least build some confidence. They weren't buying Cutlers comments.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Thats Chicago talk Irish, For three we say tree, dare for there, dem for them. Example "Dares tree of dem Irish guys over dare!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    That's Irish Chicago talk! A *lot* of people talk like that in Ireland. So dey do.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    See Lobo above....he speaks it too.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Anyone else read this article about the offense.
    http://www.prosportsdaily.com/comments/real-offense-is-under-wraps-qb-insists-as-he-backs-martz--404095.html
    Maybe I'm an optimist but I really think they are just trying out plays instead of looking at the defenses and calling plays. Here's to hoping they can be great this year.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Bears 2010: The Corps of Deceivers

    Satan takes notes from Martz on misdirection and lying.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Oi don't speak like dat oi don't ... turty tree and a turd. See dah ? Dat's talkin' proper dat is so it is.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...the facts are still to be revealed. behind LDL/JA magic curtain.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I like it Trac.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I think you mean in the entire NFL.

    Their run game and D, not so much.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A lively bunch this morning. Oooooohraaaaah!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Impressive using a chess analogy on a football blog. And agree on the rest.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm with Irish on the #3 category: winning or losing doesn't necessarily matter in the preseason, but a fan does wish to see some consistency, or at the very least, a glimmer of explosiveness, intensity, and competence from the O and the D, and that hasn't happened, not even on special teams!

    I'm not asking for a Green Bay type preseason, but the second lowest scoring total in the entire NFL, and giving up close to 70% on the 3rd down, no matter how long it is, unacceptable!

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Wow, are you serious? Those were our stats? Brutal man. Hope there's some magic at Halas.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    correction Irish, but "you hope" looks can be deceiving.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    I heard the pass protection wasn't too bad against the Cards? I was 'watching' on WBBM ....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Testify!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wonder what they would have given up to trade for him now instead of a couple of months ago? Oh well, that's the risk you take I guess. I with we would be the ones that make out like bandits at least some of the time, it's just not fair. Ooops, now I sound like a packer fan.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Free Trac. Harris was mere days away from being cut. Panthers got the deal of a lifetime IMHO.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think they just had better reserves Trac.

    Our first strings outscored the Raiders. Our first string defense did very well against the Chargers bar the Harris brain freeze on one play. Urlacher, and to a major extent Briggs, weren't part of the Cardinals game. Also the Cards had a 10th overall pick at backup QB. Also there's the lack of tackling practice and hitting that they'll be using the pre-season to catch up on.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    agree..with calling them scrimmages..but then the business end can't ask for top dollar for a shitty product.

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