Everyone Surprised (but me), Bears Beat Boys

Just a flat-out terrific victory for this team.  Here are some thoughts.

  • I have never seen a Bears team make the kind of adjustments the Bears made in-game yesterday.  The offensive line was so overmatched early that I thought we were looking at a thirty or forty point defeat.  Instead Lovie, Martz, Tice or whomever flipped the entire game around and dominated the Cowboys.
  • I have been defending Jay Cutler for well over a year.  He's making me look pretty good.  If he keeps playing like this, MVP talk will start.
  • As maligned as our safeties have been, I thought they played pretty well yesterday.  Danieal Manning made some terrific tackles (I was shocked) and Chris Harris should never leave the field if he's going to land hits like this.  This defense needs some anger.  Even DJ Moore said, "After that, they were looking up."
  • I don't know what Devin Hester is anymore.  I'm lost.  He made a brilliant catch on the touchdown but just looked sloppy the rest of the game.  He's still exciting with the ball in his hands though.
  • Whatever the Bears are paying Lance Briggs, it's cheap.
  • Someone has to step up opposite Julius Peppers.  Tony Romo had far too much time in the pocket and two consecutive opponents have operated under a "just block Peppers" scheme.  If Tommie Harris is going to have this so-called resurgence, it would be nice to see it Monday night.
  • Did somebody write that this game was going to come down to the Cowboys' awful kicker?  Who was that?  Oh yeah...
  • Brad Maynard gets a pass but he was awful yesterday.  A couple punts from midfield ended as touchdowns and one didn't even reach the twenty.  The Dez Bryant punt return is all on him, in my opinion.
  • When is the last time a Bears offense had that many first and second-down snaps with an empty backfield?  God I love Mike Martz. (More on this tomorrow)
  • Thanks, NJ Greg.  You'll work your way back into my good graces with more performances like this one.
  • Matt Toeiana is a player I liked very much last year and didn't understand why he wasn't on the game day rosters.  He's going to be on the game day roster the rest of the season.
  • Cutler to Knox down the field brought a tear to my eye.
More later.  Rumor is...it's Packer Week.
As for Da Picks Contest.  Crown, FQD1911, Viva and NorwegianBear pulled down a perfect 3-0.  augie and Z need the Saints to cover tonight.

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  • Double first. BOOM!

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Cutler just looks good! Dead on with his throws, didn't throw any crazy stupid balls for interceptions, and threw the ball away when he had to. YES PLEASE AND THANKYOU!

    Peppers is still a nightmare when double teamed. Seemed like whatever duo was blocking him was still getting beat up by Pep. He's got that pep in that step! But yes we need the others to turn it UP. Matt Toeiana better start next week that homeboy looked GOOD. Harris....Tommie Harris.....anyone seen em lately.

    Could be a trade off though. We haven't been getting to the quarterback but our run defense has been outstanding!! 56 rushing yards in two games, I LOVE IT! Has to be #1 in the NFL. And yes the secondary did give up a lot but not once did Romo even attempt a big passing play. I LOVE IT!

    And it almost looked like, almost...like we were allowing the short pass to be caught and then trying to get the ball out. Which worked but I doubt that was the GP but who knows.

    All I know is the Monsters of the Midway are back, Culter is looking like everything we hoped he'd be coming to Chicago, and we finally have a coaching staff who can say "hey, this inst working, let try this, or lets do this then." Ya, it's called making adjustments which sounds extremely simple/the common sense thing to do but hasn't been da case for Da Bears for Da-while.

  • Oh c'mon...I'm sure you were at least a little surprised, Jeff. Haha. Cutler looked great yesterday. It wasn't just the throws he made, but also the ones he didn't make. Nice to see him throw some balls away or scramble for a small gain when nothing was available. The oline is gonna have to be better though obviously...that 1st quarter was brutal! Can't have too many of those, they will catch up with you.

    Loved the adjustments by Martz. Quick throws to neutralize the blitz and take pressure of the line. We even learned from last week...QB sneak for the first and a pass to Forte for the TD inside of the 5 yard line. 1-11 on 3rd down is piss poor though...gonna need to improve here to beat the Pack.

    I also really liked how hard the defense hit yesterday. Seemed like they made the Cowboys earn everything they got. Anyone see Peppers absolutely destroy Barber on the Romo TD pass? Yeah they scored, but again, we made them earn it. I think teams will be able to throw on us as usual...the key for this D will be to shut down the rushing attack, force turnovers, and limit the big play. Some more pass rush wouldn't hurt either.

    Question. Where was Aroma yesterday? Seemed like he didn't get any playing time at all. I know he struggled in week one, but he clearly has a good chemistry with Jay. I hope they continue to work him into the lineup even with Bennett back. Looks like it will probably be receiver by committee with this group from what we've seen so far regardless.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    It was impossible to miss Peppers's hit on Sanders. Better yet, did you see how pissed Sanders was afterwards on the sidelines? He was like, "How the fuck am I supposed to block that?!"

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Barber I meant.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    That, the Briggs hit and the Harris hit were all statements. It does seem like Marinelli has brought the Monsters back. That Peppers hit was my favorite play of the game even though they scored.

  • In reply to MikePhipps:

    Urlacher got in a couple of good licks too.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Still have chills after that game; my ball hair is raising the roof this fine morning.

    Izzy answered my questions as to whether he's fast enough to cause havoc at the end spot. He should be the permanent starter; Anderson should only replace him when he's exausted.

    Nice to see Big Toe and Melton handle the interior without any drop off.

    Iwuh is an animal and will tear someone's head off by the end off the year. That specials play where he got held but still made the tackle was impressive.

    Omelette played brilliantly. He's been practicing and preparing at the right spot. To ask him to switch sides without reps and go against maybe the best defensive player in the league and play as well as he did, wow. I'm proud of Frank today and he doesn't deserve any flack this week. Willams out and Shaeffer in could be a blessing in disguise. I liked what I saw out of Shaeffer last year, especially during the Browns game. When he came in and him and Omelette switched sides, the o-line settled.

    Hester has been a developing reciever for a while. I have been an advocate of the move for a while and he's starting to show everyone he is a legit WR. He's not a number one and probably not even a number 2 on most teams, but who cares. In a Martz spread offense, the goal is to spread the ball. One week its DA, another its Hester, another its Bennet, Olsen, etc. I don't want a #1, I want multiple weapons to keep Ds on their toes. I like his hands on the ball more than once or twice a game. He hasn't been ruined and it's not an experiment anymore; that shoe string one handed catch proved that point.

    Our guys played violent. Briggs, Harris, Lach were hitting hard. Shit, even Knox took someone out with a nasty block that spriung Hester. We were popping them hard.

    Peanut could probably average 5 steal per game in the NBA. Always conscious of the ball and how to get it out.

    Best coaching performance during the Lovie era, probably mostly attributable to Tice's adjusments on the line and Martz abandoning seven step drops for 5 and three steps quick releases.

    I guess Lach manning the middle does make a huge difference.

    I like Olsen in the middle of the field versus LBs. He showed pretty good speed duiring that TD run too.

    BIG GAME coming up! BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    I'm with you on the improvement with Jay's decision making 82, especially in the red zone. He's not trying to force balls and make plays when theres nothing. He is throwing the ball away and saving possessions. He seems like a lot smarter football player this year.

    Arosh was dressed, but I heard they were concerned with his drops (last week end zone drop). Bennett got his first playing time instead. Liked what 80 did out there, especially blocking for other WRs.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Yeah... he did get two guys just enough out of the play on Olsen's TD.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    +1 on screwing with Corey Graham.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Did anyone notice Urlacher get mad at Lovie for accepting a holding call vs taking the 2 and 13?

    I thought Urlacher was going to kill Lovie.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    For one of the first times ever Jeff, I'm with you on most of what you said. Especially #3... for the most part.

    Look, we know we are weak overall at S, but as long as they don't give up the big play (think the winning TD in last year's first GB game), then they've done their job. And as I mentioned in the last string, 100% on preassure from others if Pep is going to draw a double AND a chip. GOT to get in there and start racking up sacks somewhere man.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Oh, and Lovie's main goal when he got the job was to beat the Packers. Time to earn your millions and beat those fuckers this week. Let's take it to the next level boys. Packer's week, bear the fuck down... y'all!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    What a game! I honestly can't say I was surprised.

    The Cowboys are(were) overrated.

    We have a good football team.

    Our Defense was strong (except on 3rd downs).

    The Offensive adjustments that were made was the biggest surprise in my opinion. We're just not used to seeing that.

    As I've said since the day he was drafted..."Chris Williams is a creampuff until proven tough."

    DB's young(Moore)and old(Tillman) had great showings.

    Hester IS a receiver.

    Cutler/Knox connection was sweetness in motion.

    Offense as a whole was pretty impressive after reworking the OLine. (Except on 3rd Downs)

    Lance Briggs is the mother fuckin man....that Brian what's-his-name isn't looking too bad either.

    Looking forward to a Cutler/Rogers showdown. It's Packer Week!

    mmmmmBearsssss

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Thanks der sweet tits

  • In reply to Crowned:

    JEff I didnt go 3-0 all my team won.
    Green Bay 12.5 over Buffalo
    Philadelphia 6.5 over Detroit
    Atlanta 6.5 over Arizona

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Philly didnt cover

  • In reply to Crowned:

    the spread was under?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Confidence. The one ingredient that turns good teams into great teams. In the heads and hearts of the right men, confidence is the ultimate mismatch.

    This team is going places.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Yea man we are. I def. feel it. The way we played yesterday showed that we can beat anyone. Cowboys were confused the whole game. They didnt know wether to pass or run, blitz or cover... DaBEARS!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    What about our Safeties? they hit anything hard that came across the middle and kept all of Romo's pass plays underneath them. Not once did they go over the top.

    Honestly dude im fucking telling you guys, we can beat anyone if we play like we did yesterday. Packers next, we def gotta knock them off

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    lol DJ Moore was talking mad shit. i LIKE this swagger this team possesses. and when you pick off 2 passes, say what you want (but be consistent, sir)

    o and Blogfather....agreed on the "whatever they're paying Lance Briggs, it's cheap" sentiment. they need to restructure his contract whenever the CBA shit is settled

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    When DJ Moore was asked where his inspiration comes from, he said he just looks in the mirror. The kid has a weird haircut, but he seems to have a dynamic personality (and good hands too).

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Yeah, his haircut is crazy. Him and Hester must go to the same barber.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    His head looked like an amusement park ride or a skateboarding park.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    DJ was cracking me up. A reporter asked him whether he was going to be around next week as in the starting lineup and DJ thought he meant stay in Dallas, some weird back and forth and DJ says, "yeah, we'll be back in Dallas later this season, you can just stay down here and get yourself a vacation home or stay with Jerry. Jerry has tons of room round here."
    Fucking guy is talking about the Superbowl, talking mad shit about his skills. I fucking love it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    and i loved his 1992 gangster ass haircut. I really like that he is a cocky, athletic corner that is gaining confidence. There is nothing better.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    confidence is growing, defense is hitting, Cutty is gunning, Hester is juking, Peppers is looming, Mad Martz is scheming, Briggsy is pro-bowling, swagger is returning.

    Take a long sip of that sweet sizzurp boys and get ready to watch Green Bay lay down and take it prison style from our huge Bear weiner...or should i say Staley Style. It's Packer Week.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Anyone else salivating over the thought of seeing Pep potentially lining up against a rookie and smashing that cry baby in yellow? http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5596458

  • He also held up Williams on the Tillman strip play. Little guy has been making plays, no doubt.

  • Cutler working with a real OC is the difference. He doesn't call audibles but he has various options for every play. Last year it was all on him all the time. I liked how he hung in there yesterday and didn't get rattled. He didn't go off on the OL and act like a petulant child. Rivers and P. Manning could learn something from that. Once Tice switched OMG and Shaffer around, Martz adjusted to quick strikes. That backed off the Cowgirls D and from that point on, their D was back on their heels. We had a bunch of 5 and 7-step drops once they were backed off. How 'bout that bomb to Knox? A thing of beauty. Boo-Yeah!

  • oh ok... next time i will just go with a 3 point spread

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, the favorite has to win by more than the spread, whereas the underdog needs only to lose by less than the spread or just win.

    That's why people write "Green Bay -12.5" or "Buffalo +12.5"... If GB still wins after you subtract 12.5 points, they cover the spread. If BUF wins after you add 12.5 points, they win with the spread. Since the actual score was GB 34-7 BUF, GB (easily) beat the spread. Make sense?

  • In reply to 750mL:

    yea i see thanks bro

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Agree on almost every point Jeff, but...

    How about that 38 yard quick out to Hester? That looked almost like a (classic) punt return -- he completely fakes out his man in trailing coverage, streaks down the sideline, bounced off the opposite field safety 30 yards downfield, and was only stopped short because of a heads-up hustle by Ratliffe.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/chicago-bears/09000d5d81aad0ca/QB-Cutler-to-WR-Hester-38-yd-pass

    Isn't it nice having an OC that can actually get Hester in space with one man to beat to break off a long gain? I don't think you give Hester enough credit as a WR -- before Martz he hadn't been put in position to really thrive. Yet even still he has always made plays. But now there'll just be more and bigger ones, and few of the stupid, broken, easy-to-read ones... I'm hoping anyway.

    BTW, a great little play. The pre-snap GO motion left and back across the formation clarified the coverage, cleared defenders away from uncovered Hester in the slot, and got the defense (and blitz) moving to the right. It's the little details like that have me loving what's Martz has been doing so far...

    As I mentioned in the last thread, the goal-to-go Forte fade TD was another beautifully designed play. It's a real shame the highlight clip doesn't include the pre-snap shift.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I need San Diego to cover too. From yesterday:

    Houston -2.5 over Washington
    San Diego -7 over Jacksonville
    New Orleans -5.5 over San Francisco

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Whoops, I meant I need N.O. to cover tonight....

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Was anyone really surprised we beat the Cowgirls? I mean really? Anyone see the pre-season at all? It was a close game by the way, two or three Miles Austin drops and a shanked FG close. Witten kept out of the game for some bizarre reason, feigning dizziness to elicit concern after your helmet makes light contact with the ground isn't smart Jason. Throwing your toys out of the pram afterwards even less so.

    Good to see everyone pumped after the win but let's wait until we beat a team with no question marks over them, a team that's motoring, like the Fudgers. Beat *them* and all of a sudden the division gets very interesting, especially in light of Favre finally shitting the bed. But lets stop acting like we just felt our first tittie.

    Hester made a good catch after years of invisibility. DJ moore had a couple of balls fall into his arms. Omelette didn't entirely stink for four quarters. Relax. Breathe deeply. Perceive.

    * Our O-line didn't magically get better after a few series, the play-calling changed.

    * We lost our Left Tackle, probably for a long time, that's a hamstring and can ruin his entire year. Omelette is our left tackle people. That's right, Omelette. Cutler might only have been sacked once, but he was hit and knocked down every few plays.

    * A bunch of big hits is nice to see - BUT WE STILL CAN'T STOP THE PASS!

    * No run game people. Nothing here to see. No running game = serious problems.

    * We have a solid front seven and a bitchin' QB. Depth at TE. Nothing's changed. Everything else sucks.

    Monday night is our season in a nutshell. I think we can do it and work out the rest as we go i.e. get Wright back, Harris out and work Asiata into LT if Williams can't go.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    But at least Ron Turner isn't around anymore ...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Good god its great to see these guys hitting the shit out of people again. You cant underestimate the impact that has on a team over 4 quarters. There were a few drops that could probably be attributed to two things:

    1)The recievers were scared
    2) as Ive stated numerous times, Tony Romo sucks. "Overrated..clap clap clap clap clap...overrrated!"

  • PACKER WEEK! this next game will be our real test.

  • I dont agree with that. This was a test Sunday. Monday night is about elevating our status in the league. This Bears team can go to the playoffs.

  • I dont agree, Cowboys was a step to a higher level of playing. Packers is the real test for they are favors in our division, and if not the best team in the conference. Monday will be our ultimate test blogfather. Packers are the team we must beat.

  • I would agree with that in December. Not in September.

  • i see your point

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