DaBearsBlog Saturday Show!

The official spreads for the DaBlog Picks Contest.  
Home team in CAPS.  
Remember, you can not use the combinations used by either of my brothers or myself.
GIANTS -3 Titans                            
PATS -14 Bills
RAVENS -10.5 Browns                    
Steelers -2.5 BUCS
Bengals -3 PANTHERS                   
SAINTS -4 FALCONS
49ers -2.5 CHIEFS                          
VIKINGS -10.5 Lions
TEXANS -3 Cowboys                      
Redskins -3.5 RAMS
Eagles -3 JAGS                              
Colts -5.5 BRONCOS
Chargers -5.5 SEAHAWKS             
CARDS -4 Raiders
DOLPHINS -2 Jets                         
Packers -3 BEARS

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  • Put the show up early. I'm gone for 48 hours. See ya on the Sunday thread. Bear down. Go Lions.

  • (Real Fresno Talking) FIRST! new thread! hell yea, no more dicking around with those fuckin cheese heads.

  • MB -

    Wanted to point out something I noticed. The cheesedick posting now as woodchuck has a profile which is a riff on your profile, deliberately designed to throw people off by replacing the 'B' with an '8':

    http://www.chicagonow.com/profiles/M830SD

    What an incredible asshole. Looks like your next to get impersonated.

    Everyone: Mouse over people's posts and at the bottom of most browsers will be the profile link. See if it matches up exactly.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    (Real Fresno Talking) Fuck that guy man, shit dude fucking lil kid games. For Everybody to know MY USERNAME IS GRIZZLY559 like GP said to verify people who are actualy posting, mouse over the name or pic and at the bottom of your page in small letters it will show the url with the username of the profile.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I had my picks ahead of time before listening to Jeff's post. I'm with you on two of them Jeff. I can't do worse than week one - 0-3.
    Bears over Pack
    Lions over Vikings
    Pats over Bills

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Do we have to use the point spread?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    how does the point spread work again? so if i choose +6 then that means the team has to win by 6 or more points, and if I choose -6 then that means the team has to win by 6 or less points. is that correct?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    no. If you choose +6 you add 6 to the end of the actual score and that is the final. -6 is the exact opposite.

  • In reply to soupbowlorbust:

    (Real Fresno Talking)
    so -6 means there has to be 6 or less points between the scores. and +6 means there has to be 6 or more points between the scores. confused

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    This blog has a few too many chromosomes.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Falcons +4
    Dolphins -2
    Lions +10.5

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Skins -3.5
    Eagles -3
    Colts -5.5

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Falcons +4 over Saints
    Lions +10.5 over Queens
    Bears +3 over Packers

    Awesome intro to the blog, Jeff. Bear Poetry, nothing like it!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Colts - 5.5
    Chargers -5.5
    Redskins -3.5
    Will the real Fresno please stand up!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    (Real Fresno Talking) RIght here bro, hahaha

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    For shits and giggles from SBnation :

    This past week on Indianapolis' 1070 The Fan, ex-Chicago Bear Dan Hampton remembered a story from his playing days, when Rex's dad, Buddy, was coaching the defense in Chicago:

    "He and his brother Rob... They were knucklehead 16 year-olds trying to steal beer out of the ice chest in the back of our cars. Buddy Ryan used to just cuss 'em out, sayin 'What a bunch of idiots!' But the nut doesn't fall far from the tree, you know what I'm saying?"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Great story. Ryan on Hard Knocks, you could see his dad didn't revere him for his iq

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, If you take the Bears plus 3 and the final score is Packers 21 Bears 20 you add the 3 points to the Bears score. Then the final score becomes Packers 21 Bears 23, makes you a winner. Got it?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Just heard Gil Brandt say on Sirius that there's a rumor going around that the Chin may land a HC gig in Dallas next week. Evidently he's climbing the wall with boredom since his wife died. If Dallas loses to the Texans it's probably a done deal.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I would be bummed. Dallas, really? Jesus.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Bengals -3
    Bears +3 (take that to the f*ckin' bank and say 'cash please, I haven't got all day!')
    Lions +10.5

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Not that he's a good head coach (Lovie-like in all but temperament), but Singletary will probably be looking for a job by the end of the season. Take him over Babich in the LB room though ... that's more his level.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    if we can't get da chin... I'd love to give Harbaugh the gig. Guy did wonders for Stanford man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've always been big on Harbaugh too, but will he keep Martz around?

  • In reply to Church:

    Don't know End, but from what I've seen so far, he'd be a moron not to. He can coach cutty and the QBs if he still wants to get his hands dirty.

    Harbaugh at HC, MM at OC, Fewell for DC.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd go for that.. howzabout Singletary(yeah, he'll get canned), Frazier, or Rivera at DC though? I like ex-bears!

  • In reply to Church:

    Shit, I actually meant Frazier End, not Fewell.

  • In reply to Church:

    you know what MB, I have a feeling we are going to win a playoff game. If that happens, we will probably see contract extensions all over the place..

  • In reply to Church:

    let's win the fucking show this year and then we can talk about future coaches. jesus, we are 2-0 and about to be 3-0 and we're talking about next year? am i in the twilight zone? get your heads on straight boys and let's enjoy the hell out of this ride.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    At ease Waffle boy. No worries here mate.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Anyone gonna watch the Bama/Arkansas game? Should be a good game. Possible upset? Ryan Mallet, Ar quarterback could very well be the first player taken in the draft next year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, i saw that kid play last week and he reminded me of Matt Ryan. He will have a future in the NFL. My wife gave me a pass for the day so i'm just going to watch football, workout and then on to my block party which will be absolute madness. I need to get at least 2 college games in today. mmmmbearssssss.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    He played for the local HS near me. I personally saw him throw an 80yd TD on a rope like it was nothing. Strongest arm in college by far. Doesn't have great footwork though.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Lions +10.5
    Redskins -3.5
    Miami -2

    BEAR DOWN

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Titans, Seahawks, Jets

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Redskins -3.5
    Steelers -2.5
    Chargers -5.5

  • In reply to Church:

    I sure hope Mike Martz sticks around, it would be stupid to put Cutler through another offensive playbook.

  • In reply to Church:

    Talk about next year already? Really? The Bears are 2-0 and playing GB this week. How about talking about today and not the future.

  • In reply to Church:

    I love this website, but get really tired reading all the negative shit and childish responses. You all can bitch about the poor sports reporting (drama), but many of you do the same thing. It's a fucking game, people. I would like to see more insight than management sucks, etc regarding week to week game analysis.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    +1

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Man you guys are serious. It's just talking guys. Yes, when the topic arises we can talk about whatever we want right? That's why we're here.

    I get where you guys are coming from, but it's ok to talk about anything Bears. Yes, we should focus on this week, and yes, it's been great so far... but that doesn't make everything else go away.

    Anyway, you're just as welcome to say shut up as anyone is to talk about any item of bears importance. Just my $.02.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I've read at least 100 of your thoughtful posts and agree on many, if not most, but let's focus on the moment now. We will have 6 months to bitch about management later. Let's just focus on how we're gonna kick the Packers ass right now.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    One thing that the Packers fans I know and I can always agree on:
    Thanks above that I don't root for the $*(%&(*$& Vikings.

    Go Detroit!!!

    (and coincidentally, go Bills since 95% of my knockout pool at work picked the Patriots this weekend)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I used to feel that way too MBP, but I have to be honest, the packer fans that come here have changed my perspective in a big way.

    I'm not being an over romantic douche, I really have started to hate them as much as I did queens fans because of the way they

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 on that MB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +2

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    New England -14.5 over Buffalo
    Baltimore -10.5 over Cleveland
    Indianapolis -5.5 over Denver

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Atl +4
    Skins -3.5
    Cinci -3

    Where's the Packers internet tough guys gone? BEAR DOWWWWWN!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    i don't want the weekend to go too fast but I can't stand waiting for Monday night games. Here's to a Lions victory, Dallas and Philly defeat and total fucking dominance displayed by the Bears on Monday. Winning this game by 10. Rodgers dead, rookie no name running back dead, Clifton dead, Bulaga dead, Woodson toast, Burnett rookie toast and Matthews contained.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Matthews dead and Finley dead too. Stadium collapses.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    yes, total destruction. Urlacher hits Rodgers so hard that Lambeau field collapses

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Titans +3 @ Giants
    Lions +10.5 @ Vikings
    Raiders +4 @ Cards

  • In reply to Church:

    Angelo should still be fired. I think I might have mentioned that before perhaps.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That right there is thee main issue with this team Irish.

    Until we get someone who knows how to BUILD a team, and then maintain depth through the draft and a FEW, STRATEGIC FA pick ups, we

  • In reply to Church:

    Pats -14 over Bills
    Ravens -10.5 over Browns
    Bengals -3 over Carolina

  • In reply to Church:

    Just watched Ep. 1 and 2 of The League S2.

    Funny show, sometimes too Louis CK in the gross out humor though. Ochocinco's cameo was ok. The show should be on Showtime, it screams for nudity with all the strippers and the hot wives of two of the characters.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Love that show, so fucking hilarious how they bust each others balls. Oh yea that one wife is smoking hott!.. the mexican one.

  • In reply to Church:

    Bengals -3
    Steelers -2.5
    Indy -5.5

  • In reply to Church:

    Fantasy questions~ 1)Vernon Davis @KC or Olsen? 2)Knox or Clayton vs. Washington?

  • In reply to Church:

    Vernon Davis

  • In reply to Church:

    Weekend is here guys and fuck man two more days and we will be watching our Bears beating down the pack. DaBEARS!

  • In reply to Church:

    Your Boy Roy has a film room vid showing the Bills driving all over the Pack for a little bit and where some good weaknesses to exploit should be.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVHZiYEaVn8

    Bear it Down!!

  • In reply to Church:

    Clayton hands down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ok, last one tonight...

    Not sure if I'd normally read anything from Jaws , but this topic peaked my interest: http://www.uncrate.com/men/entertainment/books/the-games-that-changed-the-game/

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Another interesting article, which is pretty germane to our situation: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jim_trotter/09/23/quarterbacks/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Uh oh... looks like we know what side pep will be playing on this week: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth

    Should be an interesting game to watch gents.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Steelers -2.5
    Lions +10.5
    Bengals -3

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, just remember: the favorite always has to win by more than spread.

    Don't get confused by the signs -- they're just shorthand. You add/subtract to the final score, so the favorite is always -, the underdog +, because the fav has to win by those extra points.

    E.g. the GB@CHI is a spread of 3, so you can either choose GB -3, or CHI +3. (But we know you won't choose the former...)

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chargers-mcneill

    Looks like McNeill realized the folly of butting heads with AJ Smith. That guy makes Belicheat look like a sweetheart.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If you sign your name to a contract, player, coach, or organization, I believe you should honor it. By the way, Arkansas is giving Bama one hell of a game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    UCLA is kicking the shit out of Texas. Yes, UCLA.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Even though I live in Texas now, I never have cared much for them. The Young vs Wienhart game was good though.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well, this isn't that situation. His rookie contract had run out -- he was no longer under contract.

    The problem is that the CBA prevents any other team from signing him, except in a particular window as a RFA. After that, SD has exclusive rights to sign him to a contract -- and he has every right to sign or not sign what they offer.

    It's not that different than right after getting drafted. If the club doesn't give you a contract you think is worth signing, you can just walk. But you have to walk from the NFL, because no other team will be able to sign you until the club relinquishes its exclusive rights.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I didn't know that. Was he asking for an arm and a leg?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I actually don't know what he was asking for, though I'd assume his agent would be smart enough to accept any near-market level multi-year deal. You never know though for sure, but considering the huge imbalance of leverage and Smith's rep for hardball, you'd have to think so.

    I'd guess they wanted a multi-year deal with something reasonable in per-year average and guaranteed money, and probably Smith said "No."

    They gambled that holding out might sway Smith's resolve, and it became clear it wouldn't (and not only that Smith screwed him by scaling the $3.5M RFA tender down to the minimum $600K). So the gamble failed.

    Either McNeill decided it's better to play some football than none at all (even if for relative peanuts)... or they came to some kind of closed-door agreement that will be forthcoming. I'm inclined to guess it's the latter, since I'd guess a lot of players would choose not to play at all out of spite after getting bitch-slapped.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Flawed thinking though, look at all the money he lost and look at how many teams would pay handsomely for a free agent such as McNiel.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Everyone wants to hit the home run today. If you chase excellence, the dollar will chase you.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Like Jackson ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    For those interested in the level of D line play:

    Brian Billick on the front 7 -- http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-playbook/09000d5d81accea9/Playbook-Packers-vs-Bears

    Packer OL coach on the DEs -- http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/09/packers_tackles_vs_peppers.html

    And a bonus article for those ragging on the receivers (and Martz's love for them), plus Cutler's endorsement gambit. Note I do think Theismann is a little wonky at times, but regardless the national recognition is clearly rising:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/jensen/2745166,CST-SPT-sean26.article

  • In reply to 750mL:

    At that point, it's only a question of fairness.

    McNeill believes he has performed well enough to deserve better than a 1 year rental (and perhaps also irrationally felt cheated by the CBA expiry, which pushed the UFA qualifier from 4 years to 6 years). The club obviously didn't. Hence, the impasse.

    But the club has all the leverage... and may have screwed him over too, though they could reverse that still possibly.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    You said the magic word Michael. Leverage. He who controls the "legerage", controls their world in the NFL.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yep. You can say that about all business in fact.

    Though it should be said: just because you can screw people doesn't mean you should. That can be bad business as well.

    I agree with you guys, in general I don't like how players handle holdouts. But the players don't have much leverage, even after "free agency" spawned with the CBA. They do need some leeway from fans I feel, especially when they're not under contract... like in this case.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Look at a guy like Haynesworth. He has all the leverage because of all the guaranteed money he got up front.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He has made himself an untouchable now, so I hope he enjoys that guaranteed money. It will probably be his final big contract.
    His complete disconnect from reality is covered in this article:
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/25/albert-haynesworth-my-contract-doesnt-make-me-a-slave/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hey man, I'm right there with you. But only 1-3% of the players are able to dictate terms to teams like that. The rest of the players have little leverage. Overall, it's the owners that are far more greedy.

    For every Haynesworth there's a dozen above average players that just have to rely on owners being good guys to get money they've earned with better than expected performance, or longer term commitments (i.e. guarantees against injury).

    I do hate how much the game has become about money, but sadly that's what an explosion in popularity does.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    If you get $100,000 a year to play foortball then you are blessed. People lose perspective when it comes to sports. 100k a year or working in McDonalds, what would you choose?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hmm, I've been trying to post a couple articles, but the blog seems to be flagging them for approval. Other comments are going up though (with links too). Anyone else experiencing this?

  • In reply to 750mL:

    For those interested in the level of D line play:

    Brian Billick on the front 7 -- http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-playbook/09000d5d81accea9/Playbook-Packers-vs-Bears

    Packer OL coach on the DEs -- http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/09/packers_tackles_vs_peppers.html

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I love it, Theismann picks the Packers, now I know we're going to win !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Sharpe, THeismann and Billick all pick the Pack? I love it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Add David Haugh and Fred Mitchell to that list.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Theisman is a twit. I'll put up with Sharpe because of his personality and Billick is an empty suit. All these guys want to pick the Bears but they're afraid of looking like fools. It's ok baby, cause my Bears are gonna destroy the Fudge on Manday Night.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    ON monday night the Bears will be playing in there 1940's throwback uniforms. Lol First time i will ever see this.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Those throwbacks are just ugly and I don't recall the Bears having a lot of success when the wear them, either.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Fuck that Al (sic)... they are going to tomorrow night baby!!!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Thought I'd posted a set of picks but, apparently not:

    Here's my Week 3 "Road favorites Jamboree"

    Packers -3 over the Bears
    (I will keep picking against the Bears until they lose.
    Nnot that I am superstitious or anything like THAT).

    Cincy -3 @ Carolina

    Pitsburgh -2.5 @ Tampa

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Dude picking the Packers over the Bears? I mean, not even abstaining, but actually picking the Packers ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No surprise but Willams is officially out for Monday's game.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/09/its_official_williams_wright_w.html

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Williams too.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Here's a bonus article for those ragging on the receivers (and Martz's love for them), plus Cutler's endorsement gambit. Note I do think Theismann is a little wonky at times, but regardless the national recognition is clearly rising:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/jensen/2745166,CST-SPT-sean26.article

  • In reply to 750mL:

    And it just supports our feelings. Theismann is a joke. He'd rather have a bunch of no-name receivers than Brandon Marshall? What a tool.

    I want to see one person come out and say on this blog that either of our top two receivers (supposedly Hester & Knox)) are polished examples of competent NFL receivers. I dare you.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jensen and Jaworski may be geniuses. They reckon we've got problems with our offensive line. Well ring-a-ding-ding, case cracked.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think both Hester & Knox are good, and on the rise, but neither are polished and savvy like a Hines Ward nor a freak like Fitzgerald to make up for it... yet anyway.

    But that doesn't mean they can't win with what they've got. Also I wouldn't be happy if they overpaid for a Marshall, or worse a 2nd tier "top talent" like Housh, Boldin, Holmes, Burleson, Coles, TO, Stallworth, Mason, Bryant, etc which are mostly what's been available.

    It's not exactly like JA (or most clubs) has had ample opportunities to pick up a sure blue-chip WR for a good price. Sometimes you have to roll with what you have, especially if you think your young guys have potential...

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I think you and Irish both make valid points ML.

    And I do think that as our WRC continue to grow and improve, they will evolve into a pretty good set of Martzian receivers. I disagree that without a Marshall-type #1 we can

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1
    We're in such dire need of a non-smurf that I've turned around on Olsen. We need his height, still like to see more of Mr. 6'7 on the field though ... honestly, how do you cover a guy like that?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've read some posts on the our WR "problem" and I just don't see it. Cutler has cut down on int because he not only throws the ball away now, but also cuz the recs don't run wrong routes or have the ball bounce off their hands. It's the same WR corp from last year, so one must conclude they are growing as WRS. I'm not delusional, they're not Fitz or Johnson, but as long as they run their routes correctly, catch nearly everything that touches their hands, stretch the field so that maybe our run game gets some room, and at least try to block, they'll be fine.

    Besides, we CAN'T have it all. I'd much rather pay for a McNeil than a Jackson - what's the point of having a great WR when the QB is running for his life? It's like owning a Ferrari, but with no keys...

  • In reply to 750mL:

    We're over-paying for Hester though. How many people on here would be pissed of if we traded Hester away to free up some space and then gave Denver even as high as a first for Marshall? What's the point in paying Hester #1 money when he plays like #3? He hasn't returned a kick for six since 2007 either! Boldin just snagged himself 3 TDs today. With Devin Hester, you have to game-plan him into space and literally drop it into his arms. He can jaw all he wants about how he got into the gym this off-season and now he's Mr. Jump Ball. Bullshit. He's four foot nothing and always will be. Yes, we havbe to go with what we have. Pre-season is over. But what we *have* is Angelo's fault. With Cutler he went out and got us the Ferrari, yes. But he fitted out the wheels with cheap retread composites and filled the tank full of molasses.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    That happens Michael. Not so much on Firefox.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I am using FF. I think maybe I tried to put too many links (3) into one post... When I split it into two posts, they went through fine.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Exactly ML. 3 or more links and the post bonks. That's been my experience.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Michael L - i love the solid analysis you bring to the blog. I have played football all of my life but played more on instinct than actual knowledge. I know the game but my mind just doesn't work like yours. I appreciate the technical and well thought out logic that you bring to the table. Much better than my posts of pure emotion driven rants.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1, but there's a place for all of our style's Johnny. The blog wouldn't be the same without you man.

    ML, I was going to ask this yesterday, but decided not to... I will anyway. So are you just a student of football, or have you worked in the 'industry'? Just curious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    thanks mang

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ah, what the heck... here's a vid of that 4th quarter TD drive (4 plays, 4 passes) vs the Cowboys. How'd the O line do?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoetmpC95Xk

    Play 1: 1TE+2RB vs 4 man rush, 7 stop drop, Omiyale wins 1-on-1 with Ware... nobody come close to Cutler, 2 RBs unneeded. (Crazy... despite only 2 receivers in routes, and 7 defenders in coverage, Cutler easily finds Knox for 18 yards!)

    Play 2: 1TE+1RB vs 8(!) man rush, 5 step quick drop, Omiyale wins 1-on-1 with Ware, Olsen gets help from Forte... again nobody comes close to Cutler, despite big blitz with 2 free rushers. (Result: 3 receivers in man-zero coverage, Bennett beats his guy for 8 yards)

    Play 3.1: criss-cross formation shift forces DAL to take a time-out.

    Play 3.2: Clark at TB vs 7 man rush, 5 step stutter drop, Ware is left free (by design) and Clark cut blocks him to open the passing lane... Cutler is untouched. (Result: 4 receivers, 4 defenders, Hester uncovered in slot runs a quick out away from the safety, sheds a tackle, and scampers for 38 yards)

    Play 4: Manu at TB vs 5 man rush, 3 step drop, Omiyale doesn't look pretty but 1-on-1 forces Ware upfield away from the drop... again, nobody gets a run at Cutler. (Result: 6 men in coverage, but 3 receiver bunch gets the attention, isolating Forte 1-on-1 who beats his guy easily for a 3 yard TD -- a beautifully designed play I detailed on another post)

    Bottom line? On a critical 4th quarter drive, everybody on the line and in protection did what they were supposed to do on each play, including the 1-on-1 blocking assignments.

    Is the OL still a weakness that needs coaching attention to perform? Absolutely. But they've proven they're not hopeless. Let's give them a chance to develop and show us they can play when given good assignments/plays, before we dismiss them out of hand.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Nice analysis Michael, we need more tape work on here. Any chance we could get some analysis on some run plays? Why is the running game hopeless?

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Nice job ML. We should get to see another big test tomorrow coming of the edge wearing the #52.

    Let's hope that oline continues to grow and improve... quickly.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Wow, Omiyale doesn't suck.
    Who's that guy who's been preaching patience on the OL since last year?
    Oh yeah...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And great analysis, Michael. Nice breakdown of those plays...I don't suppose you have the free time to do that for the whole game? NFL on Fox could use your help.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    In other Saturday news:

    NICE day for the PAC-10 yesterday as UCLA EMBARRASSES Texas in front of the Longhorn faithful.

    Big Ten, you stink. Purdue PurDIDN'T, getting CRUSHED by a Toledo team that was spanked held to a safety AT Toledo by Arizona.

    Jim Harbaugh's Stanford gang were VERY rude guests in South bend yesterday.

    "Cheer, Cheer for old Notre Dame,
    we got our ass kicked AT HOME, again!"

    Damn, Irish fans, where at Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan when you REALLY need them?

    Soup Nazi: "NO BCS bowl-game for YOU!"

    Boise State. OK, you survived Oregon State and do I enjoy when you punk teams like Oklahoma in Bowl games but the Blue Field STINKS-OUT-LOUD because it looks TERRIBLE on television with your matching blue UNIs. Wake up, already! You want to be taken seriously? Then dump the gimmick football field.

    Minnesota loses to Northern Illinois? At Home?
    Ha-ha, way to go , Huskies!

    Penn State SQUEAKS by TEMPLE? Why is PSU ranked?

    Attention, PAC-10 Zebra Crew that officiated the Cal-Arizona game:
    It may be a cliche' but, NOBODY PAYS TO WATCH YOU THROW FLAGS AND BLOW WHISTLES! And it didn't look like there was one guy in a striped shirt under the age of 55! yuck! And I say that as a 58-year- old (Although I don't look a DAY over 57) !

    The Rant is ended. Go in pieces.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Al, very much with you about BS's field. Man, I can't even watch a quarter of those games when they play at home. It's just rediculous and painful to watch.

    Blue? Really?

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

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Steelers

    Bengals

    Jets

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Lions, Ravens and Bears - oh my!

    Yes those are my picks for the week 3 pick 'em bonanza.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Washington -3.5 over St Louis
    Seattle +5.5 over San Diego
    Atlanta +4 over New Orleans

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good for him!

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I really like Martz. The guys isn't handcuffed with blind loyalty when determining how to use the talent he's got.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0926-essentials-bears-pompei-c20100925,0,3459333.column

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good article Trac. I found the last section especially interesting.

    ...and this was funny, "It didn't take long for Jay Cutler to establish himself as king of Bears quarterbacks. Then again, that's kind of like being the fastest snail."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jimmy Mac is still the king with the ring!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1

  • In reply to 750mL:

    The owners and players are the fat kids on the teeter-totter, and the fans are the pivot in the middle.

    I don't have much sympathy for McNeill. The original tender was respectable, and he had to know who he was tangling with. V-Jack was even stupider about the whole thing given the specifics of his circumstance; he was semi-toxic to begin with.
    Both sides can STFU about revenue when it's $500+ to take a family of four to nosebleed seats in a non-contending teams stadium.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Bengals -3
    Eagles -3
    Steelers -2.5

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Arkansas receivers keep dropping the ball.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mallet just lost any chance of a Heisman today. Not that it really matters, I never have put much stock into the award.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I watched from about mid third Q into first thrid of 4Q. By far my biggest impression was Arkansas receivers wilting under pressure and dropping balls right in their hands.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Shit MBP, he makes Mussolini look like a softie. But again, that's better than a guy who can't do his job right any day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I believe in drawing a line in the sand MB.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yep, you have too Trac. Just like kids... you don't stick to your guns and you wind up with a bunch of spoiled, whinny little brats that don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Look at the coaches MB. He's had Shottenheimer and Turner. Marty will get you to the playoffs because the teams were old school but he was always out smarted. Norv is brother of Ron. 'Nuff said.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Exactly Canada.

    Although I have to give it to Norv, he's miles ahead of his 'special' brother. Jesus.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Nice Sat. Show blog padre, your bros seem like real characters. Meanwhile, I'm trying to decide if I want to drop 3 bills to go see this MNF game. What say you people of da blog?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady, are you serious man? I'd pay 3X that to see this game. Fuck yeah, drop the cash dude... this is going to be one to remember lad.

    Doooo Iiiitttt!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd sell a kidney to be there ... if anyone wanted it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I know a coupla unicorns Irish.

  • In reply to Shady:

    You have to go...and I'm a tightwad beyond tightwads.

  • In reply to Shady:

    For those interested in the level of D line play:

    Brian Billick on the front 7 -- http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-playbook/09000d5d81accea9/Playbook-Packers-vs-Bears

    Packer OL coach on the DEs -- http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/09/packers_tackles_vs_peppers.html

    Here's a bonus article for those ragging on the receivers (and Martz's love for them), plus Cutler's endorsement gambit. Note I do think Theismann is a little wonky at times, but regardless the national recognition is clearly rising:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/jensen/2745166,CST-SPT-sean26.article

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've got to throw Rivera's name in there re choking. There's a reason we got rid of him.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No way man. Not with you on Chico. You think Marinara is better than chico... really?

    I'd take Chico any day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not a Rivera hater but he doesn't get near enough grief about the SB. Our D NEVER adjusted. Other than D. Manning's failure to cover, there was no way Peyton was going to connect on any long bombs in that monsoon. Yet, #54 was covering the deep middle the entire 2nd half while he completed about 20 throws underneath. It wasn't all Rivera's fault. Lovie, Turner, Rex, Moose and Berrian had a hand in it.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    For those interested in the level of D line play:

    Brian Billick on the front 7 -- http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-playbook/09000d5d81accea9/Playbook-Packers-vs-Bears

    Packer OL coach on the DEs -- http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/09/packers_tackles_vs_peppers.html

    And a bonus article for those ragging on the receivers (and Martz's love for them), plus Cutler's endorsement gambit. Note I do think Theismann is a little wonky at times, but regardless the national recognition is clearly rising:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/jensen/2745166,CST-SPT-sean26.article

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Colts -5.5 Over Broncos
    Skins -3.5 Over Rams
    Bengals -3 Over Panthers

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks GP.

    Whatever though. The real regulars know what I would and wouldn't say/do. I'm so over those tools - must be 15. Pathetic.

  • Isopraxism was my learning point for the day also.

  • Hahahaha... biiiit of an exageration, but pretty funny though.

    As an aside, Hawking is getting a bit whacky as he ages... talking about all the alien shit. He's obviously brillian beyond words, but...

  • I hate it when players 'respect' each other. Butkus was right. Saw a clip yesterday of Peyton Manning shooting the breeze with some Ram. It was all " Hi how are you? I'm fine thank you, and you?"

    Pass the bucket.

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