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Benching Tommie Harris

There are very few writers out there as critical of the play-for-play coaching decisions of Lovie Smith as I am.  I think he is as brutal a clock manager as there is in the sport.  I think he acts stubbornly in support of his own poor decisions.  (Who didn't know he'd go for it on the fourth down this week?)  But I think his benching of Tommie Harris is a bold stroke of desperate genius.  For too long Lovie has been The Great Excuser, putting overmatched players on the field simply because they're there and he likes them.  Benching Tommie shows that Smith is well-aware he's coaching for his NFL life.  And I like that.  (To hear Warren Sapp break down the situation, click here.)

The End of the Game "Controversy"
There has been tremendous debate over the last two minutes of the Bears v. Packers game.  Most believe, and I agree, Mike McCarthy should have allowed the Bears to score a touchdown, giving his team about two minutes to drive the length of the field to tie the game.  (Anyone who's watched Lovie's defenses at the ends of games knows this probably would have worked.)  Now questions have arisen as to whether Lovie should have had Jay Cutler take a knee instead of attempting to punch in the score.  Lovie's wrong a lot but not on this one.  Eventually the Bears will need to punch the ball in at the goal line.  Against the Packers at crunch time would have been the perfect opportunity.
George Blanda, RIP
Quite simply one of the greatest players to every play football.  John Madden's comments from the Los Angeles Times:

"If you put him in a group of most-competitive, biggest-clutch players, I think he'd have to be the guy who would win it all," his Raiders coach, John Madden, said in a phone interview Monday.

"He was the most competitive guy that I ever knew."

Never was that more evident than during a five-game stretch in 1970 when the 43-year-old Blanda, his chiseled jaw framed by salt-and-pepper sideburns, led the Raiders to four victories and one tie with late touchdown throws or field goals.

"It got to the point where when he'd come in [the game], the whole team would go, 'Here comes George. We're going to do it now,' " Madden said. "Then pretty soon all the fans started believing, and they'd all go nuts. And then the topper is when the opponents knew it. It was like, 'Oh no, here he comes.' 

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  • 2 in a row!!! FIRST!!!!

  • Any news on why Tommie Harris was benched?

  • I'd like to know more about the "Coach's Decision". It could have been 0-Rod who pulled Tommies card...I think it might simply be "Hey, if you don't practice, you don't play."

    Lance Briggs is exempt.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    I desperately want to suck on your titties

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Yeah you do

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I've been zooming in on Matty's profile pick trying to see those pepperonis hiding behind that spray paint. What brains!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'll bet you re-programmed the software to take the paint off, Crown :o)

  • To be honest, Jeff, I think Marinelli is the guy holding people accoutable. Nothing in Lovie's past leads me to belive him responsible for this decision. I know he rightfully gave it his blessing, but I don't think he was the force behind the decision.
    Either way, I read a piece yesterday that illuded to a stipulation in Tommie's current contract that requires him to make the Pro Bowl and play in 74% of the defensive snaps to hit a pretty significant bonus for next year... (Food for thought)

    When all is said and done, the BT is searching for a means to motivate him (pride and the will to win won't do with this guy), and since money demotivated him, they are probably trying to reverse that trend with more dollars. (THANK YOU CLIFF STIEN!!)

    Finally, we don't need to prove any points at the end of a game, we need to score them. Killing the clock and entrusting the leagues most accurate kicker is a proven means by which to win. Why let an enemy take another shot at you?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Last ditch effort to light a fire under his soft margarine ass. What else can you do?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    That could be it. Everyone is giving Lovie all the Kudos for shit now, maybe it's the coaches. Leopards don't change their spots.

    Benching Tommie? Okay. One game. Braylon Edwards gets caught DUI and he gets 15 minutes. One quarter of football. But okay. Make your point. Now can we have him back please? We would have murdered Rodgers with Tommie pressuring up the middle.

    And enough of this ridiculousness crack-induced cack about 'letting people score'. Fuck that. McCarthy wouldn't have been let back into Wisconsin if he just 'let the Bears score' on them. Imagine Lovie doing the same thing and losing the game? Plus, who was it against Arizona last week ... let the clock rundown ... kicked the FG ... missed it. Shit happens. You do *not* roll over and let a team score on you. It's just wrong in so many ways. You want six? Come and get it son. Can you kick *my* ass?

  • I disagree with Jeff's position that the Bears shouldn't have taken a knee. The strategic decision to take a knee would have been an indication to me that Lovie was taking control of the game and the outcome as much as a coach possibly could in that particular situation. Why would a coach not use every tactic in the book to strengthen his teams chances to win the game? A smart coach would have taken a knee. Why would you want to punch it into the end zone so you can say look Ma, with the possibility of fumbling the ball and coming away with no points or give the Packers the ball back with an opportunity to tie the game back up. Worse still, what if the Packers had of scored a touchdown and gone for the 2 point conversion and won it? It's a good thing the Bears weren't able to punch it into the endzone in hind sight specially because we had just dodged a bullet with Jenning's fumble recovery and even a minute on the clock is way too much time to give a quarterback like Rodgers the ball back. Fortunately things played out the way they did, but still, Lovie's inability to be aware of the strategic advantage of taking a knee reminds me that he definitely isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Remember the Atlanta game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    We've seen Dungy/Manning do this before too, so it isn't wild unconventional thinking. I agree it isn't a terrible decision, but why open the door? You go from at least a 97% chance of sealing the deal right there (probably a lot better -- Robbie has never missed inside of 40 yards, and only missed 1 PAT, in his career) to giving Rodgers a chance to re-tie the game (call it a 20% shot).

    That said, it's possible they instructed Forte to take a knee if he reached the 1.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I'm pretty convinced that Forte was told to lie down on that 2nd or 3rd down goal line run; maybe not though.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I felt the same way too while watching... like he laid down on purpose.

    But if so, why not just take the knee and make it obvious? Otherwise it just feeds the "can't get it in" storyline.

    The only reason I can think of (and admittedly this is getting pretty high-level game/psych theory) is to not wake up McCarthy to using his final timeout.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    You're probably right. Lovie and Martz were likely trying to prove they can get in at the goal line after not being able to against Detroit.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Phil Psarchec? Just sayin. I'm sure the younger bloggers never saw that play when the Giants lost to the Eagles when all they had to do was take a knee but they didn't because they fumbled the handoff and the Eagles returned the fumble for a touchdown as time ran out and won the game

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The origin of the victory formation.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah Mike, it took me a while to find it but here it is. It doesn't get much worse than this. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML1Ixd3jiGU

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    It was Joe Pisarcik and the play was dubbed "the fumble".

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Didn't he play for the Eagles too?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Little known fact, it was also the origin of "Doh!".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Mike Lombardi is a brilliant analyst. He's got the Bears stock dropping. Here's some of his lines:
    The Bears were able to sneak away with an impressive win over GB, but they have some problems.
    Once teams start exposing their suspect OL, and Cutler starts getting hit, it could cause him to start making mistakes.
    The defense has given up a lot of passing yards, not many big plays or points, but it's an area teams can expose.
    The Bears could be in for a free fall.
    The Chargers are on the rise and can make a deep playoff run if they straighten out their special teams. They have great O and D stats.
    Al, what's that thing about statistics?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Is he Vince Lombardi's Grandson?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think he's one of Vince's long-lost bowel movements.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Nice.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +5.
    Well played, Canada, well played.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Whata dildo. Does his last name have anything to do with it?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Newsflash tubby, the OL has been exposed in all 3 wins. Also, Cutler has been hit in all 3 games.

    Does this douchebag even watch games?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's why I posted it Canada. The O-line will start to play better, and the D hasn't given up 20 points yet. If you give up less than 20, you win most games.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    new thread!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    C...trust me go to the Webster Dictionary look under Douche and you will find Lombardi's picture next to it.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Unfortunately they must have removed the pic lobo.

    http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/azhealthtopics/a/vagdouching.htm

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    NFL Replay...DA Bears are on!!!!

    p.s. Max you and your douchepackers can be reminded:

    1. Implosion of a piss poor team

    2. Your overrated team

    3. That the only thing GreenBay is known for is frumundercheese....

    yeah that's right frumundercheese from your sister after she's with the steers the far northern region of Wisconsin.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Isn't that what they consider brie in Wisconsin?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    V.....yes it is..yes it is.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I don't know why ya'll hate this guy so much. I don't think he is a bad guy just really competitive .

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4666510/rodgers-makes-good-on-restaurants-slight

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Oh yeah '85, he's a swell guy... why don't you have him over to fuck your sister? Jesus fucking chris boy... are you serious?

    Here, can I fucking show you something at the 2:24 mark: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81ae5b52/Week-3-Aaron-Rodgers-highlights

    Jesus '85, put your game face on... jesus.

    Yes, in all seriousness he's a damn good QB and probably a stand up guy, but dude. common now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, I didn't see that because I was pissed that no one contained on that side.

    Sorry, that was wrong.Why the hell did he do that? Damn. Hell, I'm not gonna lie, if he wanted my sister, wish I had one, because I wouldn't mind him giving me money to buy more Bear's stuff.

    But damn, that is like saying hey, your cool and then he goes over to the cool guys and says how your a dweeb. Wtf.. How did I miss that?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Watched the punt return for a touchdown. Some fucking faggot Packer douche on this blog had the sheer audacity to say that the punter got blocked in the back. I am going to find the post and i am going to expose this nerd. every time he tries to post ANYTHING on this blog I will remind him of his post which was the epitome of a desperate, sad, whiny bitch that doesn't know football and can't even admit that the most talented returner in the history of the game took one back on his team during the most crucial point in the game after a goal line stand(dropped TD pass).

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Pisa shut have shut his piehole and not told anyone that.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    tunred on the NFL replay just in time to watch Jay avoid a sack by flipping the ball to Forte. Woodson makes an incredible tackle. Next play Jay threads the fucking needle to Olsen cutting over the middle right past Chillar and his gay ass hair. Touchdown motherfuckers!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Just watched Rodgers go 9 for 9 on a drive which was really awesome for him BUT...Peppers blocked the field goal. Ooooops!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Found this feed of the Bears sideline after Hester threw that block on AJ Hawk:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95SYdjRVCR0

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeee!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Lombardi. King Ducheyne and producer of bile-inducing 'analysis'.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Who was that asshole who took a knee on fourth down? McNabb maybe?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    It took a little while to get used to, but I really like the trowback uni's. Gave me an burnt orange and navy erection.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1... but I loved 'em right away. Simple... and fucking mean.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 they looked badass. dark and fucking mean...haha

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm going to get my little girl the throwback jersey for Cutler now. I liked them quite a bit...waaaaay better than the Halloween Orange.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Non football comic relief.

    My 65 lb. 5 month old English Mastiff finally got house trained about a month ago. I sure am glad we have wood floors.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    those must be some brutal droppings. Like a grown man.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I wish, more like a small horse.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    awesome dogs

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    This has to be one of the best commercials I've ever seen... and strangely arousing at one point. Brilliant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bevJr3Ra84Q

    Oh, and by the way... out of the 3 currently defeated teams, which do you think Banks picked most likely to go 4-0 this week? Yes, us. But not because we're a great D with a dangerous o... but because the Giants will for sure 'continue to implode'.

    Assssshoooooole. You can't use that excuse for much longer dickhead. What, are you going to be saying that 8 teams just imploded and we got lucky? Asssshooooole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How is that legal? It is brilliant and smart. I don't think anyone can deny that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i just rewatched the Dez drop again. Dez started at fullback, shifted to the slot, Jay saw the coverage did a quick drop and threw it right to him. The NFL films angle shows how catchable the ball was. The play call was perfect. I want that done every time. That play was awesome and will result in many scores this season. no field goals on that play.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    This is awesome

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4088180950_7dd8ea09bb.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...nice label!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You know, our football coach would post the most evilest shit they could about us and it would piss us off and actually work to help the team.

    How can Tommie not get mad about half of the crap that is happening or being said about him. Tsk tsk

    Great find GP.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Can I post this again: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81ae5467/Knox-taps-toe-to-haul-in-35-yard-catch

    You know dude was so pissed. Man getting earholed sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know, Knox is going to be our number one. He just gets open all the time and has he dropped any yet? Hope I didn't just jinx him.

    How many second year receivers drag their feet perfectly the way he did in that game for the nice big gain? Not many and one them is on our team. Knox.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23....don't jinx him!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    uhhhh... undefeated

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hate em. No 'C'. I love the 'C'. Gotta have me some 'C'.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1 i plan on buying one soon, I love them. Great to add to my collecting. Im thinking maybe Urlacher or Peppers.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/09/29/power.rankings.1/index.html?eref=sihp

    I HATE DON BANKS! this guys is completely stupid!. He says the packers self destructed, and thats why we won. Did we not have a lil self destruct also, or missed oppurtunities, but hey we still came out on top, how come the Pack didnt? FACT: we should of won that game by 10 or more points, how come these media fuck heads dont point that out. Listen no matter who we beat they will always find some bullshit reason as to why we won.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fuck the Media...the only analyst who picked the Bears that I know of was Waddle, so props to him. These two other analysts, whom I never even heard of on ESPN on at like 7am picked them too, but this was before my coffee, so I may have still been dreaming lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    haha

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Waddle picked the Giants for next week.
    The Bears really need to win now because the second half of their schedule looks really tough right now.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Waddle's trying to climb the media ladder and doesn't want to seem overtly Bears friendly. I for one prefer his playing days to his broadcast ways. Still, the guy is entitled to his opinion even though he's not buying into the 2010 Bears. Take a hike Tom.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Suck on it Waddle. Shill.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    5 of 8 on the broadcast picked the Bears. Not sure if that is what you mean by analysts, but it's true.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I have a grrrrreeeeat story for you guys. I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    by not buy (got excited)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 nice! should of offered him some cheese, pissed him off even more.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A yellow hankey would have been a great accessory.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Great story MB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great story MB. Love it they are taking it so hard. They've bought into all the media hype. That's the main reason Banks and a bunch of others won't give the Bears any credit. They would have to admit they were wrong. Ain't gonna happen.

    One last point about Lovie and then I'll let it go. I think Lovie has been playing the good soldier with JA as far as playing the big money guys and keeping draft picks over other guys. This year it was obvious that Lovie has one foot out the door and the other on a banana peel. I think he said fuck it, if I'm going down I''m going down swinging with my guys. At least that's my pet theory because I blame the last few years on JA first and foremost, Lovie second, lame-ass coaches 3rd and the players fourth.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Let's not forget Ron Turner. I really don't think it is possible to overestimate the damage that pinhead did to the players on the Bears offense. Seriously.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    For example...

    "Mike Martz has brought a whole new element to this offense, not only philosophy-wise, but I think mentally," said Cutler of the Bears' first-year offensive coordinator. "He's getting guys prepared, getting ready to play games."

    Imagine, an OC getting his players READY TO PLAY GAMES!!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I listed crappy coached #3 because Lovie is responsible for them. He should have hired Martz whenever he was available and willing to take the job. Totally agree about RT. Cutler never directly bashed him but indirectly he killed him. Rightfully so!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Sorry to keep talking to myself, but maybe the VERY BEST thing about getting Cutler is that they knew Turner had to go. Cutler's comments last year were only the most thinly veiled.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Let's DO forget Ron Rurner. PLEASE?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Who? Was there someone before Martz?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Re: Giants game: Listening to Sirius today, they were talking about how horrible the O-line has been for the Giants this year. We could be in for a monster day on D Sunday Night. Come to think of it, we've seen flashes of how dangerous our O can be but we really haven't seen a genuine ass whooping from our D yet. I for one would love to see our boys turn in an all around hum dinger this weekend.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    T. Harris is being sold on Ebay, hurrying up and bid! U gotta check out this link, funny shite.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/9/29/1717666/oss-shopping-tommie

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Good one! I think I like the seller testimonials the best.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha! U should erect like a ten foot statue of Da Coach on ur yard with a big inscription: Bears v Packers: 91-82-6.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice post and follow-ups. Well done, men!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Perfect.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of Don Banks, at what point do you finally make the correlation between other teams playing "bad" against the Bears, and the fact that they are saving their "bad" games for the best rush defense and most efficient quarterback in the league?
    Paging stupid, come in stupid...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB -

    Do you live IN Wisconsin?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A Packers fan working in waste management. That's a shocker.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A Packers fan working in waste management. That's a shocker.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    NFL replay FTW. Again.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fudger.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/

    Hester's hit

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wow. That was a helluva block by the little man. Next time...he can just get in the way though, don't want a separated shoulder.

    The throw by Jay on that play was equally as impressive. Right over the linebacker into the zone for Johnny.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    I loved it and I hope he does it every chance he gets. Almost reminded me of #34.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Melton should be your goal line blocker for Chester Taylor or running back all by himself. The kid has played running back his whole life and was turned into a D-lineman later in college. He is explosive and hits like a truck. I'm going to call Halas Hall right now and talk to them. i'll let you know how it turns out.

    4th and 1 call was the right one. Martz dialed up the right play and the Bears were in the right spot to get the job done. Dez is strangely silent on the drop and Jay has to throw a little better ball. It still hit him in the hands and the play call was perfect. 1 defender to cover 2 guys. I say continue to go for it. Drop those nuts and get it done if you aren't going to put Chet and Manu or Chet and Melton back there.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm sure Des Clark would say "I should have caught it" but Jaws & Gruden said it was a rushed, poor throw (point of the ball down) and Cutler said after the game "I should have thrown a better ball".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agree, i still like the actual play call though.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree with everyone here.

    Dez is normally the most reliable pass catcher, but I suspect he's not used to running routes out of the backfield. That turnaround outside shoulder catch every RB does is probably a little foreign to him too.

    I think with a little more practice, Jay delivers a better ball there and Dez is back to his usual, reliable self.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ha Ha...maybe we should all pitch-in for a Big Billboard next to Soldier Field that reads:

    Dear Lovie,

    If ur going to go for it on 4rth and 1, plz do us the favor of using Melton as FB, and possibly Taylor as HB.

    P.S. shout or smile occasionally to disprove the theory that ur an automaton.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    ever since i was a small child i've always loved the word automaton.

    I will email Larry Mayer the question regarding the goal line package but he will probably answer the question regarding the last time the Bears won against the Giants when wearing their all white away uniforms.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    lol... even if he has to ask it himself!

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I wouldnt like Taylor in GL situations. He doesnt hit the holes hard, and he has happy feet. He trys to juke more than power it in. I Still like Forte in GL situation but I blame our Oline, Forte always runs into there backs because they never generate push. Forte hits holes harder than taylor anyday.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Would love to have the $$ to have a billboard right by them to put something new up each week.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Power rankings dont mean shit. You play the game to see who the better team is, and we beat the Pack and yet they are still ranked higher then us. BULLSHIT!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Oh yeah, "POWER RANKINGS".

    That and 50 cents will get you a cup of crappy coffee from the vending machine.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Who cares about power rankings?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Taylor has no punch - he basically weighs the same as Forte, we need a 250-260lb FB.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm figuring that that -3 spread goes down to at least -2.5 before Sunday.

    Noteworthy:

    Titans' average drive start last Sunday was their own 38.

    Giants' average drive start last Sunday was their own 23.

    Tom Coughlin described the Giants
    Special Teams play to date in these 3 words:

    "They've been horrible."

    Advantage, Bears.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wow great hit. Also J'Marcus Webb made a great block. Now that's encouraging.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Some good footage from Our Boy Roy, including Hester's hit. Some Bowman/Jennings. Apparently Jennings is the starter now.

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

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Roy is great.

    Not sure Jennings is the starter though. I think Lovie wanted him for GB because he's a surer tackler, and they were relying solely on the short-intermediate game (hoping to break one at some point).

    The Giants look downfield more, so he may want Bowman for his coverage/ballhawking skills there.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I want Frankie and Webb to start for this game. If Webb doesn't do a good job this week put Williams or Shafter back there.

    I like Frankie at left tackle a lot.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Agree. Webb looks the part, and thus far, has played the part. But maybe we can "officially" start Shaffer and Omlette, and work a heavy dose of Webb in, so that he builds confidence, report and familiarity. The last thing we want to do to a late round pick is start him, then not start him...I say we just work him in throughout the game, and if he performs solidly this game, and next (and our other tackles continue to be a sieve), then start him in two weeks against the mediocre pass rush of the Seahawks, and take it from there.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I have to say that the biggest surprise to me this year (other than perhaps in-game coaching adjustments) has been that Omelet has not sucked.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I'm still the only charter member of his fan-club but you all can buy the t-shirt for $6.80 from me.
    I will post the site later.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +1
    Although mostly based on everyone's opinion here, haven't focused on him a lot during games. Still awaiting visual proof and continued success.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Speaking of shoving it in from a yard out, why don't we go back to a "Fridge" type bullrush into the endzone? Put Briggs, Peppers and Urlacher in for goal line situations and go to work with those freakish athletes... (I know, you probably don't wanna get any of those guys injured, but the Pats used to put in some of their linebackers and it worked out pretty well...

  • In reply to wpq4:

    As I recall, Urlacher DOES have a TD reception from a goal line formation on his Bears' resume.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    twas a fake punt Al. No way in shit will they put their best defensive players on the goal line. Melton would be our best option.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I stand corrected.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'm not a stat guy, but here r some that I find interesting:

    D vs Run: Bears #1, not even close. 39.7 yds/game and 2.1 yd avg/att. That's ridiculous. We've allowed 3 rushing TDs, but 1 of those was a QB scramble.

    D vs Pass. Bears #28. Allowing 279.3yds/game. At first glance, this sounds depressing, BUT, we've ONLY allowed 2 passing TDS, and one was a little dump pass to a FB (when Peppers ran over Barber). To put that into context, the Raider r ranked #2 pass defense (127 yds/game) BUT have allowed 6 passing TDS. The Giants r ranked #4 in pass D, (167 yds/game), BUT have allowed 5 passing TDS. They're both 1-2, while where 3-0...something to think about.

    Passer Ratings:

    1) Manning (what's new?)116.9
    2) Vick (Scary) 110.2
    3) Cutler (YUP) 109.7

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Also, the Bears have only given up 13 second half points through 3 games. Pretty tight.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Good news, Packers.

    You were CALLED for 18 penalties Monday.
    HOWEVER, there were 2 more infractions that were declined
    so, you were actually flagged an even TWENTY TIMES!

    Now THAT is a lot of bad cheese any way you slice it!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    LOL

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Smells like that 10 year old aged cheddar I was eating last weekend.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Anybody else point out that the G-ints have a rookie punter?
    Can't wait to see another one go to the house.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Still not Maxxy Pad or Dick Cheesy sighting's yet?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    With you Coach. Melton or Kellen Davis.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Why not just hand the ball to Peppers? haha

    ... but seriously.

  • In reply to wpq4:

    Exactly. Football teams have FBs - where's ours? Dez Clarke is TE. Putting him in as FB does not a FB make. Use Melton as a blocker, whatever, address the problem.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I think the reason Lovie didn't bench some of these guys in previous years was due to depth on the roster. Even playing half assed was better than the guy behind them. Now we have better players and more depth.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1 Yep, I was saying that too. This speaks as much to their depth and their confidence in their depth now (and perhaps more) than a lack of accountability in the past.

    When you listen to Smith's comments, you can really hear how much he wanted to give opportunities to Toe and Melton, and look at Harrison.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Jeff, have to disagree with you on the 4th-and-goal calls -- I think both in Week 1 and Monday night were the right call. Don't believe me? http://www.advancednflstats.com/2010/09/lovies-blunders.html

    Also, most coaches are bad clock managers -- many are far, far worse than Smith... Childress comes to mind. In contrast, Smith strikes me as pretty average as coaches go.

    Be careful with all the Blanda extolling... I think it will give old greybeard Favre ideas ;).

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I agree with you about the 4th down calls, but you are going to get killed for thinking that on this site as I was after the Lions game for making the same argument.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    It seems like the Bears haven't been able to get in on goal line situations, specifically within the 5 and on the 1 for several years now.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Two words, Olin Kreutz. He's fucking terrible. No push whatsoever from the guy hiking the ball. Literally, the only player on the field that knows EXACTLY when the ball is being snapped. Fuck him.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Thank you, yes. People are afraid to say it about Kreutz. Yes, he makes the calls, but can he fucking block anymore? His achilles just magically healed up in record time? I don't buy that shit.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    His Achilles wasn't damaged... the stupid Bears beat reporters kept getting this wrong OVER and OVER again.

    He had a piece of bone removed that was rubbing against the Achilles. Essentially not that different from getting a knee scoped where they clean up any loose crud floating around.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Hahahaha. Not Cool Z. Why you gotta bring up old shit? lol

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    +1 on Harris, +1 on "End game...' and +100 on George Blanda, Blogfather.

    The line I saw today has Giants, -3, although USA Today is apparently using Bodog now instead of Sheridan.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And NO, I am NOT old enough to remember George Blanda as a Bear.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    I also am one of the few bear's fan that agrees for going for it on 4rth and goal both times.
    1) I just trust our D that much when the opponent is on their own They have done nothing to make me think otherwise, thus far...

    2)I trust our SP that much. When our D stops them and they have to punt, Hester will almost automatically return it to FG range (or better lol), and it's like a mulligan.

    3) I DO NOT trust our "bend don't break" D if we do kick a FG right away, and leave the opponent with over 1min to march it down field. I've been traumatized too much (can anyone say, Atlanta?) and until the Bear's D DO stop the 2min drill (and I do mean STOP and not rely on turnovers), I say keep punching it in on 4rth and 1-goal (unless a FG gives us a two score lead, obviously).

    As for T.Harris, it's not about motivation, it's not about health, it's not even about "awareness" or work ethic - he simply lost a step, and for Harris, it was always about that initial burst that so disrupted opponent's backfield. He lacks that initial burst (perhaps due to previous injuries), and without it, he's mediocre, which is fine, if he were paid accordingly. We can't trade him cuz we won't get much for him - it's not like another team is going to say,"with the right coaching, he can regain his dominance" cuz we have one of the best Dline coaches around. All we can hope for is that his knees recover completely so that he regains that initial punch...if not, he will more than likely get CUT next preseason - or maybe we get a 5th rounder from a desperate team...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    You know, it's weird. I don't pretend to know what's up with Harris but... Sapp and others say he still has that initial burst -- it's just that he doesn't seem to be doing the right thing after that. Hence the "blind dog" comment.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    You're kidding, of course, about the Hester thing in point (2). Either that, or you skipped every Bears game between 2007 and this Monday. Hester's punt return average since 2007 has been mediocre at best. Too lazy to look it up, but I bet it is much worse than mediocre.

    I think I disagree on Tommie Harris too. I've seen this crap before; most hurtful (gee, wonder why I chose that word in stream-of-consciousness) to me was the decline of Frank Thomas. The best hitter I had ever seen, BY FAR, in a White Sox uniform. Hell, in any Chicago baseball uniform except for a single season from Andre Dawson. MVPs, numbers for the ages (really) - then...giant contract and never trult special again. Just like Tommie, although Frank was a better baseball player than Harris was at football...

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Ever seen a coach waste 2 timeouts on one challenge before?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Seriously, that's pretty much par for the course when it comes to NFL coaches.

    Granted, they have to make a lot of real-time decisions under fire so you have to expect silly mistakes occasionally... but I've seen very few coaches that I consider competent in this regard.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Things are going very well, let's not fight about Lovie.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    We were getting on Lovie's tits about not taking the points before, and now we're having go at him for taking them? I don't get it. Like Aaron Rodgers is Superman or Joe Montana and can just automatically march down field on us and score at will.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I believe in going for 4th-and-goal from the 6 or closer -- unless you're inside of 5 minutes or so from the end of a half.

    It has nothing to do with how great the other team's O is. It's because when a team is pinned against their endzone, good things tend to happen for the defense.

    The 14 yard line is the break-even point where it's 50-50 which team will score first. Inside the 7, it dramatically favors the D. So failing to convert isn't terrible -- you still have a much better than 50% chance of scoring at least a FG before they score anything...

  • In reply to 750mL:

    That's exactly the numbers they arrived at this morning on Sirius NFL when talking to Advanced NFL Statistics....giving Green Bay a roughly 10% chance to win (assuming OT) if they allowed Chicago to score a TD.

  • Sapp on M&Hanley said:

    'It's another thing altogether when the coaches think you can't help them anymore.'

    'I can't imagine walking into the locker room and not seeing my jersey in my locker. You're healthy, it means you're just not part of the family anymore.'

    On how Tommie responds:

    'If he tackles during the week, he tackles on Sunday. It's not a hard position to play.'

    'He needs to get up and perform. He can handle the job, just get it done. I call 'em like I see him. he left the Cowboys game with 9:15 left, that is a long long time to be on sidelines, I knew something was wrong then.'

    'With Peppers on the outside, he sets the stage. All they need is somebody to bull rush in and keep the QB from stepping up. #95 isn't doing that as far as I can see.'

    'If he doesn't step up in practice this week, trade him. The deadline is coming up. His contract is guaranteed, they won't cut him. He got a 2.5M roster bonus in June, that's paid out.'

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Maybe somebody shoud set up a phone interview with Tommie on how Sapp should behave in hotel rooms ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And who the hell is #95???

    Psalms 91 son.

  • Mike McCarthy moron alert:

    He actually said, "We played to stop the TD. I didn't think they would make the Field Goal."

    So his logic would have been: Gould missed a 49 yarder by a hair, THEREFORE he will miss a 12 yard chip shot.

    Brilliant Mikey. You just keep that level of coaching up against the Lions for us, okay?

  • Purple Haze all through my brain

    http://www.worleygig.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Jimi-Hendrix.jpg
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/0205_Julius-Peppers.h2.jpg

  • Mulley, Hanley, and Sapp, were talking about trying to get value out of Harris since they paid him so much money including a big roster bonus.

    Evidently they don't understand the concept sunk costs.

    The real question is does Tommie Harris cost the team more than he is worth to keep around? This is not, of course, a monetary question - but neither is it one in which money that is already irrecoverably spent should be a factor.

    Gawd, hope that made sense...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Question is - who plays the 3 technique when he's gone? We've got a better guy? Nope. So what's the point in getting rid of him. Looks like Angelo's here for another year anyway, he'll just blow our resulting draft picks regardless.

  • Jeff,

    Please sneak a boombox into the Giants new shit field and crank Soldier Boy when the Skunk returns punts. Thank you.

    Crown

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Ha. Seriously.

  • I knew we were going to win after I heard the The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ending theme as they have that last fight.

    That music somehow gets me amped, and makes you realize that this is it. This is your time and your moment. Take advantage.

  • Someone mentioned in an earlier thread about Hester blocking on Knox's pass reception. Check out the labelling he puts on AJ Hawk at about 1:33 on the "Bears-Packers Highlights" video on Da Site.

    Monstrous.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Holy shit! Skunk absolutely crushes Hawk; what a block!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I suppose I could have watched Thayer's Play of the Week first...

    Hawk has some bruises I think - Kellen hammered him on Hester's punt return too.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    This week is flying by, bad for making money, great for watching Bears. I can't wait to come in to NY, punch them in the mouth and get out with a win. NY will come to play and they do have talent so the boys have to come out and bully the Giants around. Manning must hit the ground a couple of times and guys have to fly around the field. The run game must be stopped early. Jacobs and Bradshaw are capable backs but shutting them down early would be a huge kick in the nuts to the Giants. I don't fear the Giants receiving corps but i don't want to become some ESPN story of the week with a resurgent Eli Manning either because you know how badly the boys at the 4 letter network want to unzip Eli's pants in order to satisfy him and their allegiance to the rest of the Manning family.
    I'm predicting a fast start this game for the Bears with an opening drive score. We win by 10 but Manning will still get at least a hand job by whatever hack announcer is calling the game. Multiple references to the Manning family, the Giants superbowl, Tom Coughlin's veteran leadership, etc. Fuck all that, the boys are going to take this one and then the pressure will ramp up even further. We may even get some respect from the ESPN beat writers, but only if Seifert can simultaneously get his head out of Shiancoe's lap and keep himself from hungrily sitting back to receive one of the Williams brothers.

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