Lovie On the Rocks

I don't know how to write about Lovie Smith anymore.  But I keep trying.  I don't know if I'm allowed to criticize his scheming on the Calvin Johnson fake touchdown without crediting him for a series of perfectly-designed blitzes throughout the game.  (Both Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs were untouched on stunts.)  I don't know if I should continue harping on the fact that he's ruined Devin Hester's football career or salute him for what's looking like the brilliant hiring of Mike Martz.  I don't know what to say about Lovie...until he speaks.  Because when he speaks, in this case about the fourth-and-one go for it, he says things like this:



"Nothing has changed," Smith said. "I went for it because I thought we could get it. Wanted the offense to see that I thought that. Felt good about it going for it then. And feel good about it now. In those situations, probably will do the same thing again."


Wanted the offense to see that I thought that?  Did he actually say that?  What is this, kindergarten?  You chose to risk winning a game for a moral boost?  The answer, of course, is yes.  And the coach, of course, is wrong.  All three of Lovie Smith's principle weaknesses were clearly on display with that call.


Married to Ideology
Just like his frequent defense of the Lovie Deuce, the coach has frequently uttered the phrase "we're a running football team."  Do running football teams sacrifice two drafts for a major quarterback talent?  Do running football teams hire Mike Martz to call their offensive plays?  The Bears had been moving the ball down the field through the air all day but suddenly - at the one yard line - they tried to be something they are not.  This is why they've had trouble scoring in the red zone.  Answer honestly.  If Martz lets Jay go into shotgun four times down there, you think they score?  I do.

Doesn't Recognize Flaws
The elite coaches, the elite general managers, are the ones who can recognize where the flaws are on their roster.  The Bears have a weak offensive line and no safeties.  So what do a team with a weak offensive line do on the goalline?  Explore the power running game, of course!  (Especially when the opponent's strength is their defensive line!)  The Lovie Smith era is littered with overmatched players being exposed in the spotlight - from the continual embarrassment of Danieal Manning to Rex Grossman's porous Super Bowl performance.  It is stubbornness and arrogance that lead a coach to behave this way. 

No Feel For the Game

Great coaches feel the game.  Lovie Smith does not.  If the Bears kicked the field goal in that spot, they would have taken a lead.  With seven minutes remaining.  In a game where they'd allowed about 100 yards of total offense.  Instead they risked inspiring a deflated Lions team, reduced to their lost backup quarterback, and starting the season 0-1 at home.  There is not a great coach in the sport that makes that call there.  
And yet the Bears start the season 1-0 and I think they're going to have a great many chances to win more football games this year.  The only question is, will they be able to do so despite their head coach?

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  • NOTE: Albert in Tuscon, JMCyclone and soupbowlorbust open the season with a 3-0. Nice work, boys.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thank you, Blogfather, on behalf of "Blind Squirrels" everywhere.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Wow..blogfather.+1000 you hit all the notes and the sad part of it is it sounds like LDL just keeps playing "ring around the rosie"

  • Lovie on Bowman's single coverage on Megatron: "It seems like every time we play double coverage, people ask 'Why do you guys play two deep." On that play we had a blitz on and when you blitz you can't double cover everybody on each play. Football 101. Can't do it. On that we play we didn't. The next two we did."

    Ummmmm, Megatron isn't everybody. He is the one guy on that team who can win a jump ball hail mary type play at the end of a game. Why Lovie called a blitz and didn't send a max coverage protection package out there on that play is beyond me. Jeff, I was replaying that Atlanta game in my head too at that point. Please don't answer critism by saying that the media will hound you if you do it another way. It's just not professional Lovie. Listening to how pumped Harbaugh was after the Ravens win maked me realize how nice it nice it is to have an emotional or energenic coach.

  • Jeff can you imagine the arrogance Lovie Smith would have had, had the Bears defeated the Colts in the SuperBowl???

    Lovie Smith might be a nice guy but he is a very dangerous head coach.He let his ego get in the way of what is best for the team.

    You just dont go for it on 4th&1 when you can kick a FG to get the lead with a few minutes left.

    I would have preffered had he gone on 4th&goal in the first quarter when they elected to go for the FG then.Had the Bears lost the game Lovie shouldve been fired yesterday.

    Him and Jerry Angelo have to get out before we end up like the nowadays Tampa Bay Bucs.

    So many draft picks squandered so many tactical mistakes from top to bottom.

  • In reply to johnkos:

    I think we're all 100% on that same page Kos. End it now and put Martz in place.

  • The answer is no!!!!! Lovie is not an elite coach and I stand by my comment yesterday. Give Lovie a lifetime seat in Ginny's press box passing the crackers and cheese and get him the hell away from my football team. What signal were you sending our Defense Lovie? Even though we probably hadn't allowed over 100 yards all day, were you telling our D you didn't think they would be able to keep Detwoit from scoring if we kicked the field goal? Or were you telling Detwoit with a wink and a nod that they still had a chance to keep the lead and win the game? You told me something Lovie.....it's time to head upstairs to the broadcast booth so you can get a better view of the bigger picture.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMk5sMHj58I

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    At least Herm showed some enthusiasm

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    "Answer honestly. If Martz lets Jay go into shotgun four times down there, you think they score? I do."

    Based on Cutler's performance throwing interceptions last year, running the ball is PERFECTLY understandable. The problem, as others have pointed out repeatedly, is not having the right personnel on the field. Get Manu, or Dez, or even as someone proposed Melton, in there to bulldoze the pile.

    So far as your final question, it is hard to say Jeff. The team did so in 2006, but that was with Hester and Thomas Jones. On the other hand, it was also with RON EFFING TURNER.

    So in the end, why *not*?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +100 - Melton would be a great goal line lead blocker. Manu and Taylor must play within the 7 yard line. Taylor finds a way to get a yard no matter what.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    johnny I +your 100 by +1000

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Lovie/Martz, do this

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    completely agree. We don't need a fullback, when we got Manu, Dez and even Melton. I personally would've run a boot leg with either Manu or Dez dragging, esp since Crazy Legs Cutler can move. No way I'm making him throw - not with his history of turnovers in the red zone, and in the 1st game under a new complex scheme.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I meant, no way I want Cutler to throw 4 times...one play action bootleg ok with me tho.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Let's face it. Lovie and Angelo know that this year is their last if they don't at least make the playoffs. We all were shocked that he was not done when he took ownership of the Defense last year from Babich, then somehow wasn't fired after an abysmal year. I don't think anybody should be surprised that Lovie decided to go for it on 4th and goal from the one, nor should they be surprised in the future with fake punts, ill-timed blitzes, etc.

    He has assymetric payouts for all his decisions. They have pushed the chips to the middle w some huge free agent signings. If you are down 500 at the blackjack table and you have to get to even in an hour before you leave, you don't lower your bet to 10 bucks. You reach for those black chippies. Get used to the bold calls from a coach w his back against the wall.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Grant done for the season.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ouch.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    BTW, Rodgers was sacked 3 times Sunday.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Kris Jenkins out for the season too. Tough break.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good. Now we need Clay Matthews to get injured. That kid is a beast.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Careful what you wish for. Instead of putting the ball in the air 40 times a game, look for Mr. Rogers to sling it, oh, 50 or 60 times a game. That will make for a long day with this secondary gents. I don't think many teams will have much success running on us this year anyway, so Grant's injury is probably gonna be a moot point.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sorry, Trac, but the long term effects of having to "sling it...50 or 60 times a game" are not a prescription for success.

    Besides, I don't think the Packers lose that much with Brandon Jackson running the ball (18 carries for 63 yards yesterday).

    And The Jets lost more than game 1 last night.
    Beastly DT, Kris Jenkins, is done for the year, too.

    http://www.nfl.com

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Packers also lost a D-Lineman, Justin Harrell, for the season.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    o yea....Ryan Grant out for the season. that's a BIG BLOW to the fudgies

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5572144

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bob Sanders, the Colts' version of Mike Brown, is out yet again.
    This time with a torn bicep.

    Bob, I think your body is sending you a message.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ok, so I get fucking singled out huh, you bastard? This is fucking discrimination

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've got no beef with people making legitimate points about Lovie/JA/Teddy Bear. I do have a problem with blaming Lovie for everything. JA should take way more grief than Lovie. When Lovie had great players on D it was all because of R.R. Since then, it's all Lovie's fault. Look at a chart with JA's draft picks. Fuck me, is that ever pathetic and totally teflon. The one pick where everyone said the guy dropped in our lap and nobody would give JA credit for taking him, Girly Thor, hasn't been all that (I'm being kind).

    Look at the FudgePackers, the pick that dropped into their lap, Aaron Rodgers, is all that and more. I give the org credit for developing him (no thanks to the 5-star douche) but how lucky are they? They haven't been without at least a good QB since practically Starr. Not that I know all of them but I can think of Starr, Dickey, Magic Man, Favre, Brunell, Hasselbeck and Rodgers. Everyone of those guys has better numbers than anyone we've had since Bill "Fucking" Wade. Sure McMahon had a few good years with the Beloved but he was always hurt. The refs hated him so much they would let entire teams abuse him. Kramer had a couple of good years and that's it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We need to put a ton of pressure on Romo this weekend. That dude is freaked back there. He's also terribly overrated.

    Hit him early and often and we can make a serious run at the cowboys, most 'experts' pick to make it to the Superbowl. Im not sure what QB they've been watching the last few years, but in my humble opinion Romo blows.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    The funny thing, they are saying the same thing about Jay Cutler.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Which Romo is more Homo? Bill or Tony?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Kudos, Blogfather.

    I can think of nothing to add that would improve upon your dead-on disection of Lovie Smith.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I see a lot of pressure for Mr. Rodgers from - dare I say it - the best front 7 in football? And perhaps he'll get 'Peppered' and break his shoulder ... Messrs Manning and Wright will hopefully have nothing to do all game as they watch the mayhem unfold in front of them.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Don't be too sure Lovie gets fired if we don't make the playoffs. About a week before the first game, Phillips gave Lovie a soft landing spot. He didn't say they had to make the playoffs. He said there had to be improvement. You know the McCheapsky's won't want to pay Lovie and a new regime if there are no games. When Teddy Bear said that, I thought "Uh-oh, Lovie's going to survive". Oh well.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    He's more than that Crown, he's a fucking horror. Just an unleashed demon. I was thoroughly impressed with him against Philly man, he was all over that field. And he looks like fucking Rob Zombie when he takes his helmet off.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was a flying Danzig, and he said he was rusty too.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://students.depaul.edu/~pboutsik/danzig.jpg

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Goin to the Danzig show in November at the Congress Theater

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    A couple of things about Lovie. You have to be who you are, you can't fake it. The player see right through that. All of us want to see more emotion out of Lovie. We aren't around him 9-10 months out of the year. Don't you think most players see through that rah-rah shit pretty quickly? We want a coach to be in the players faces when they fuck up. That's because that's what we want to do. Why do all the defensive players love Rex Ryan? It's not because of all the bravado and hooey. It's because he plays attacking D. Didn't anyone else notice our D was jacked all game? That's because they were attacking and dictating the action. It's not because Marinara loves to yell and talk about pad level.

    Lovie's been getting killed for the 4th and goal. Was it a horrible call? Fuck yeah! However, it does jack up the Offensive players. Unfortunately not enough to score.

    I'm not trying to defend Lovie. He's a bit of a dunce and we could do better. I just think it's a little bit ridiculous to blame him for everything. Sometimes the other team is better and sometimes the players aren't getting it done. JA is worse than horrible. Our roster is nuts. A half dozen really good players, about a dozen good players and cannon fodder. Also, the talent is concentrated at certain positions and nothing at others.

    Do I hope we get a new coach. Fuckin' A (or eh, in my case) right. But I think we lay a lot of shit at Lovie's door that belongs other places.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I agree that Lovie get's the blame on things that we probably will never know what really happened or who's fault it is at times. If we had of spanked the Lions 42-14 or something like that, I don't think you would have seen more than one or two posts about the bad call. That decision had the potential to cost us the game and it turned out to be the wrong decision at a crucial point in the contest. I am starting to see a pattern emerge over the last few years where Lovie is maybe trying to win games from the sidelines and it backfires more often than not. Unfortunately games are won on the field of play.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Or fortunately, depending upon how you look at things.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Great points Jeff.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    New power rankings are out. What a joke, the Fudgers moved up to #2, we move up one spot to #21(what a joke, stick it where the sun don't shine espn). The queens moved down one spot to #6 and Detwoit dropped down one spot to #29. Do these guys close their eyes and stick their hands into to a hat or what. Both Buffalo and the Lambs lost but move up one position.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    haha i guess winning aint everything win it comes to rankings

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...did I not say that the last post..we are the Rodney Dangerfield's of the NFL..and as long as we have LDL..we will stay there!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Eagles placed Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver and starting center Jamaal Jackson on injured reserve.

    The Houston Texans, who lost defensive end Connor Barwin for the season Sunday with a dislocated ankle, signed defensive ends Ryan Denney and Adewale Ogunleye Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reports, via Twitter.

    Packers also place Justin Harrell (DE) on IR (knee).

    Seahawks Center Max Unger Placed on IR (left toe).

    Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford expected out 4-6 weeks and the Lions signed (CB) Nathan Vasher and placed (CB) Aaron Berry on IR (right shoulder).

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Way to go Wale. Playoff bound my friend.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Critique away Lobo. And it's just a posh french word for 'bitching' anywayz ...

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good points, Canada. I'd like to see more fire from Lovie on the sidelines, but I don't give a shit how he acts with the media. It's great for fans to get a few honest sound bytes, but at the end of the day the media's the media. I'm sure Lovie hates the sight of these guys.

    The Bears play fired up D, not only because the players are fired up and passionate, but because the coaches get them ready to play that way. Like you said, Canada, they dictate the action, they attack and our players execute that game plan. Lovie's a part of that. As much as it drives me nuts that we shut down Shaun Hill all day and then operate some cover 2/prevent bullshit and let him march his team 80 some odd yards for near victory, I do think Lovie gets his players emotionally ready for every game. And he deserves credit for that.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Trac, good point about Lovie trying to win from the sideline. He drives me nuts too but to me he's like Rex. Good guy, tries hard, takes way too much shit and really isn't all that bright or good at their jobs.

    WSR, totally agree about the cover-2 (or 3 on the almost, should have been, Lions took the pipe play). You dominate all day and then play passive at the worst possible time. Duh! Up until last year I'd agree with you about Lovie getting the players ready. Last year we weren't in 3 games and got completely waxed. Something was beyond haywire in all 3 games. Gotta blame those on Lovie.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    KC knew that SD wanted to go to Gates at the end of the game and triple teamed him. Make someone other than the superstar beat you.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Ya, I saw that too - TRIPLE-Teamed Gates, that was funny. Makes you wonder, if SD had Jackson, the Chiefs prob couldn't have gotten away with that, not to mention they would've had another 6'5 body out there to possibly win the game...

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I think speculating what happens after this year is kind of pointless. There may not be football in 2011. It's headed that way.

    If there is a full on strike, it will be seen in 20 years as a turning point for football. Football is already under assault for the injuries and head trauma. The sport is a collective drain on the healthcare system in what is turning into bloodsport. I know we all love our football, but the players, coaches and everyone will lose and lose big if they walk away for a year or even half a year.

    I think the McCaskeys know this, and I think between the Forbes article calling them fools and the inevitable siding with the players union that will happen in Chicago (this is one of the last pro-Union cities in America) - the McCaskeys know they will be facing a shitstorm to sell the team to Ryan if they don't post a good season this year. So that's why they spent like they did.

    I have to travel to Dallas sunday night. I want to wear my Bears gear on the plane, but if we get routed I won't. If it's a close loss or we win, then I will. But I'm sick of carrying the flag in public for a mismanaged and mis-coached team.

    As Davis says, just win baby. Winning makes everything go down better. i don't care how ugly it is, just what the scoreboard says when the clock runs out.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL, still wear that gear! Don't let thos Dallas folks keep you out of your gear. I wore mine to,at,and after the cincy game last season. I took a beating from all those Cincy people. If we had won big I would have taken it off for fear of those scoundrels spitting in my food. So once again wear it and wear it proud!! Take it off if we win big and your going out to eat!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude, wow. Always proud to wear my soldier-field bought Bears shirt. Always wear it with pride man, come hail or shine. And shoot the other fans you see on the plane a big smile if you see them wearing theirs. Enjoy. I've only ever witnessed a crappy pre-season game against the Steelers ... I envy you guys sincerely. Being able to go to games and talk to other people about the Bears and have actual conversations ... I can only dream about that shit.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I just want it to be known that i don't just blindly think that the Bears will do well just because it would be awesome to see them do well.

    When i look at other teams and watch every game i can (and believe me, i watch the fuck out of every game i can when the wife is sleeping or out with friends,etc) I see holes and room for improvement everywhere. While it is spot on true that we didn't address safety or O-line in the offseason and we didn't get a Vjack or Marshall, a couple of things did happen that even out the score like that Seinfeld episode.

    1. We didn't address holes and other teams did...but then those players got hurt for the season or other holes opened up because of season ending injuries to vital parts of their teams.
    2. we brought in an OC that actually exploits other teams weaknesses and doesn't necessarily require a 6'5 beast.(even though its nice to have one)
    3. We have THREE healthy bad ass motherfuckers at Linebacker that would all start on any team in the league.
    4. Julius Peppers scares the shit out of head coaches around the league and he is on our team and he changes games.
    5. We have a money fucking kicker and even though it doesn't seem like it all the time all of our return guys can take it to the house.
    6. Our D line is pretty solid and seems to be able to stop the run fairly well. If we can step up the pressure it may cause less heartbreaking 3rd and long conversions that are the dagger in the Bears side. If we can hold teams to 30% conversion on 3rd down we are good to go.

    Those are my main reasons why i haven't taken such a negative view of the team this year. I truly feel that we can beat every team and the the only teams that scare me to death are the Saints and the Pack and even the Pack can be beat. Just ask Rodgers how he feels after playing against Peppers as he goes unblocked. DEAD.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    True stuff. We have a chance to be in the mix with just about every other team in the NFC if the O-line and WR's can get it done and the D-line can keep pressure off of the Secondary. We look real tough everywhere else.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I successfully resisted the temptation to pick Vick up on the waiver wire and start him at FF QB against the Lions. I know he's gonna run for 100, if Cutty can get loose on the Lions imagine what he can do. I know Kolb is gonna be back though.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    f*** mike vick, i hope he dies a terrible terrible death.

    sorry.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Oh yeah, then there's that whole killing dogs for sport thing too.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I'm right there with you, little doggy.

  • In reply to SpawnOfDitka:

    Maybe a #7 Eagles jersey that says "R. Mexico" on tha e back would help.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Full discolsure. I should not post anything until 24 hours after a game is over. I think I asked for Lovie to be fired and congratulated WCPF on winning the Division (blasphemy of the worst kind, I know) when it hit 14-3. I very much regret one of those statements. I guess I am just too jaded from watching JA and LDL keep us out of the playoffs the last 3 seasons. I was not of sound mind when I was envisoning losing to the Lions at home to start this year.

    Those of you saying that there is no point bitching now that the season has started are right. Barring a very unlikely trade, this is our team and coach and GM so positive vibes to them to get the job done may be where our collective energy is best spent.

    All I ask of Lovie is that he not cost us a game. You always take the lead and pressure the other team to have to score. Go for it from the 2 in the 1st Q or go for it on 4th down on one of the drives in Lions territory instead of punting or at least try a QB sneak when you need only inches.

    We didn't get the ball back after the 3 and out we forced and get our 3 points or TD. We went 3 and out and had to force another 3 and out from the Lions. By the time we got the ball back the 2nd time there was 3:21 left in the game and then we had to overcome 2-20 and 3-2 and another 2-18 when Forte made one of the sickest grabs. That was such an amazing adjustment to turn and get that ball. Just let Martz run the O Lovie.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    always take the lead late in the game I meant (4th Q). But I would have kicked the 1st one too. Get that zero off the board and take the lead.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I picked Vick up, I don't think jay will have enough time to run away from Ware. Flacco looked like he didn't have Boldin or Whosyamomma. So, I hope Vick does start because Klob will not be back till after friday.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    No such thing in the NFL as a bad win. And a win with no major injuries is a very good win. Look at all of the players going down. (I am against an 18 game season as much as I would love to see more football).

    Lots of good stuff to build off of. D looked amped up. Our best players had huge impact plays. We should be very tough to run against. We definitely still have needs at Safety. The D-line needs to wreak havoc to keep pressure off of them. Love the big #'s for J and Forte and the O in yards but I won't trade it for the 4 TO's and only 2 FG's, a TO and a TO on downs in the red zone or we will be in big trouble against better teams.

    Of the TO's, I do think the fumbles (and drops) will get better. And if Jay can take a sack sometimes (or better yet throw the ball away) then he could have a monster season.

    We look Bad Ass everywhere else besides the ?'s at O-line, in the Secondary and at WR (I know that's a lot). We need to try something else with red zone and short yardage personnel since it doesn't seem to be Matt's Forte. (see how I did that?) and hopefully Knox and Hester will get more of the playbook down as the season progresses (Should he be replaced on punts too? He looks lost and tentative. Sad to consider but you have to make decisions with your head in football not your heart and what used to be.)

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    hillenmeyer is out for the season (and Biggs is saying retirement is not out of the question due to concussions).

    sad day....always liked this dude

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Really? Damn.

    I have to concur FQ. Even though he was a little light, he has a huge heart and motor and always seemed to make big plays (yes, I know Irish... after giving up big plays). But still, bummer man. Fuck, where is Jamar now?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sadly +1

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Hillenmeyer set career highs in 2009 with 105 tackles, four forced fumbles and six pass breakups while equaling personal bests with 2

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    even if Roach is a little dinged up, I like Iwuh...does anyone know what happened to Tim Shaw? maybe we can get him back, though I think I remember him getting picked up by another team...It'd be nice to have two special teams beast in Iwuh and Shaw, not to mention some depth at LB, if god forbid, something happens to starters.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Somebody got him. Don't remember who. Panthers? Titans?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    @Adam_Schefter Former Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye signed with the Houston Texan

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I find myself agreeing with Doc and MB on the negativity and supporting our team issue. as Doc says we have gotten (me too) a bit too negative about the team and the players for this early in the season. Largely because we are all shell shocked from last season's disaster. I had to stop reading the gameday thread for a while, it was bumming me out. We don't go all pollyanna on this, but we support our guys like we love the team, cuz we do. I support and stand behind every single one of our players because they are our Chicago Bears, and just like family, love them or hate them, at the end of the day we love them because they are ours

    BUT. Like MB, I cannot change my mind or my stance with respect to LDL and JA. I think they are terrible at their jobs and must be gone for this to be a great team again. I support Lovie in the sense that he is our coach, like it or not, and I want our team to win. But I will never be happy with Lovie until he is not our coach.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Oh and Jeff, to answer your question. If Martz lets Jay loose for four times then yes, I think we do do score. But, if Martz let's Jay loose for three times and then has Robbie kick it through if Jay does not deliver then I know we score

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    One too many do's

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    MB...no grey's in my day bro only balck & white...If it looks like a duck and walks luck a duck and then smells like a duck.......FUCK IT"S A DUCK!!!!!!

    I mean you are now in my realm:

    Critical
    1.occupied with or skilled in criticism
    2.containing careful or analytical evaluations: a critical dissertation

    Crituque:

    1.A critique is similar to a review, though the process is more in-depth and aims to illuminate the text more readily than a simple review. The author carefully examines the text, then writes the critique in an effort to reveal its overall meaning. Academic critiques are typically five paragraphs long, but you can write a longer or shorter critique if you wish. In order to do so properly, you need to become adept at analyzing text.

    I beleive that MB and those who critique are in the later than the before. One has the right to critique.

    Now we can also explain an opinion:
    Opinion is like a sphincter we all have one..some amy have larger than others!

    I'm here for you MB..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I wuz gunna say that, but i didn't know how to spell criteek

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    That makes one of us FQ. He's an embarrassment to the position. I knew we'd regret throwing away Jamar for Harris, just didn't think it would be after week one. Best of luck to him and everything, but At least this way Hillenmeyer doesn't get to play the Mike again and hurt the defense .... because man does it suck when he's in there.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    this should have said "Lovie on Rocks"

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Affirmative. Rex Ryan hasn't won shit and is not any kind of coach to be envious of. Don Shula, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry. Serious and legendary coaches that did not have to go ballistic in order to get results. Lovie's just a tool who makes bad decisions on top of the bad roster he's given - but that's Bears football and we've seen it all before. We support the guys in the uniforms regardless of the crap going on up front. Nothing we can do about Angelo / Philips / Gump. Now let's go down to Dallas and kick the shit of them ....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jeff,

    What can I say...of course I agree with your points on Lovie. I think the comment "He's Dangerous" really sticks out. You can have the best soldiers in the world, it only take one stupid general to kill them all.

    He needed to go after last season...everyone knows it and yet here he is this season standing behind the podium and making the same stupid comments. I'm tired...soooo damn tired of him and Angelo.

    LUVIE NEEDS TO BE FIRED!

    BEAR DOWN!

  • Dammit Doc, you actually kilt my usual rant and injected a bit of hope. I just hope the injection is not up the pooper and for nothing.

    Oh and for the record I always root fer Da Bears regardless, and if they DO go to the playoffs I'll be the loudest in the crowd...BUT

    I would STILL WANT LUVIE FIRED.

    BEAR DOWN!!!

  • Doc Nitty, Da Bears Blog's dahli lama, our spiritual adviser, i like it! I completely agree with you. I'm guilty of it just like everyone else, but we are undefeated right now and we showed some signs that we might be good this year, so lets roll with the positives. I fucking hate the Dallas Cowhumpers with a passion and I hope Tony Homo will be next on the Pepper's hit list.

  • If the Cowboys crush us, can we go back to ringing the doomsday bell?

    Just wanna know so I can plan appropriately.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think you'd better get two plans ready!

  • Yeah I get it Doc. Sometimes the misery of being a bears fan under the JA/Lovie era overwhelms me

  • I have a gut feeling our 2011 head coach rhymes with Bike Sharts. If you guys are right and he's back next year if we don't make the playoffs, I think Lovie should be a good guy and return the incriminating McCaskey family photos to their rightful owner.

  • The last time I remember there being much press about Bears at Dallas was some time back. The result? *11* friggin sacks, Danny White in a cervical collar, and...

    FORTY FOUR to fucking ZERO!

    Encore, I say! ENCORE!!

  • Here, here Doc. And just to help matters along, if anyone really want's the Bears to get rid of a player all we have to do is start commenting on how good they are or how much they mean to the team and presto, just like that, there will be a trade.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Would be funny if it hasn't happened a number of times already.

  • The Cowboys will have tremendous pressure on them in their new quadrillion $$ stadium to not start 0-2 in their expected SB year. Hopefully they will panic and make some mistakes. If Alex Barron starts and they don't give him help, do we move Peppers to the other side for this game?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Yes please. I would LOVE to see romo in the same seat as Stafford. Bitch.

    Btw, do you think Stafford felt like this after that hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tRq8ExAHzk

  • Man Doc, I love it when we get a Kumbaya moment on the blog. Bring on the Gaylord blast Irish, they are real men and they can take it!

  • Dammit Doc, dropped a tear on that one! I like the moniker Coach gave ya. "THE DAHLI DOC"

  • Martz praising Forte and talking a little about the O in game 1 and taking some of the blame for us not being prepared enough on the goal line stand.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7074

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