Urlacher Possessed, Lovie Lost, Martz On Fire...

Here are my catalogued thoughts on quite possibly the strangest Bears football game of my lifetime.
  • I am grouping Aromashodu's touchdown drop, the Olsen/Forte fumbles, Danieal Manning's dropped pick six and Jay Cutler's wildly inappropriate interception into one category: Amateur Hour.  These are the kinds of errors that could have easily cost the Bears a win and it is entirely on the players.  Not on the coaches.  Not on training camp.  On the players.  These guys are paid a lot of money to not make these kinds of mistakes.
  • The Bears won yesterday despite the best efforts of their head coach.  Lovie coached the entire second half as if his team was nursing a ten-point lead, instead of chasing a weaker side.  Not kicking a field goal, and taking a lead, goes so far beyond ludicrous that it defies reason.  The Lions had shown a complete inability to move the ball after Julius Peppers murdered Matthew Stafford.  Lovie's lucky that Calvin Johnson did not hold onto the ball or he'd be on the chopping block this morning.  After one game.
  • About the Calvin Johnson pass, Christ.  Where is the safety?  Why did Lovie go soft when the defense had been dominant all day?  The Matt Ryan moment was replaying right in front of us and Lovie seemed to not notice.
  • Brian Urlacher delivered the most inspiring defensive performance in many-a-moon, flying from sideline to sideline and truly igniting the crowd.  I have been critical of his commitment in the past but it was right there, on the field, yesterday.  
  • Julius Peppers.  One of those a week is all we need moving forward.  Amazing to see an opponent double one of our defenders on every single play.
  • Mike Martz called a masterpiece.  
  • Jay Cutler is a weird player.  He actually becomes more accurate and smarter with the football when he's been chased from the pocket.  It's when he sits in the pocket with time that he makes his big mistakes.  The Aroma dropped TD and Forte TD passes were perfect.
  • The offensive line is shaky right now but there's definitely ability there.  This group will be pretty good by mid-season.  I was surprised to see the Bears moving the bulk of their running game over Lance Louis at right guard.  They must have a lot of faith in that kid.
  • The more I see Devin Hester play wide receiver, the less I wanna see Devin Hester play receiver.  And I think the Bears should go get Vincent Jackson because Cutler needs big receivers.
  • My patience with Greg Olsen is paper thin.
  • How many times did the Bears punt in Lions territory?  Jesus, that was game was frustrating.
  • Welcome back, Matt Forte.
I'll have more as the day goes on, I'm sure.  I like being 1-0.  

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  • First to say, our linebackers will be a beast this year. All pro bowls.

  • Game was frustrating yes, but they showed a lot of promise. We were a few mistakes away from a dominating performance. I like our chances against the punchless Cowboys next week. It was nice not being able to call out what the bears were going to do next on offense. I officially like Mike Martz

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    When we get in goal-line. I can tell, I knew we were going to run, pass, run, then run again. Just seemed like something Lovie would do.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I like how when Jay ran for yards one time he thought about pitching it to Oslen and I know he was like, " wait a min, you fumbled earlier!" and took it and got the first.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yeah, my son and I laughed about that at the time. It was like Cutler looked, saw who it was, and decided he better just keep the ball.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    See!!! I knew that I wasn't the only one who saw that lol he was so close to pitching it and then was like... nahhhhh lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yeah, I saw that. He wanted to flip it outside and then it's "Crap, Olsen ..."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's exactly what he said Irish lmao

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Looks like only two readers went perfect yesterday: JMCyclone and soupbowlorbust. Albert in Tuscon has the Ravens tonight for his perfection quest.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    SF surprised the crap out of me, or are the Hags that good? They definitely drafted well ...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    What? Just me and 2 others?

    Apparenty, hell must have just frozen over.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the New York Jets from failing to learn from the Bears' mistake and dumping Thomas Jones.

    I elaborate on this subject farther down.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I was also very happy to see Urlacher do a great job. Honestly before the game I was worried about how his condition would be but a year off might have done wonders for him not only for his wrist, but for the rest of his body. He looked AWESOME.

    Peppers, 1 QB out , NEXT!

    Forte, nice to have ya back and Chesty! You are explosive! I love the RB combo we have now.

    Martz did way better than I thought he would.

    A bit of history now...before the second punic war one roman senator would start every speech with the words "Carthage must be destroyed." So I'm going to end my posts in a similar fashoin.

    "LUVIE MUST BE FIRED!"

    Bear Down!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    How can one not be happy with Urlacher's performance? What a difference having the "real" BU back makes!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    From Da Site, an interesting piece of statistical trivia:

    "Forte

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    He better fix his fumbling problem and redzone problem.

    I know why we got Taylor and we need to use him. Matt is great but he needs to stop sucking it up in the redzone. He had a great endzone catch but is it me or does it suck to see him run in the redzone.

    Bottom line use Taylor in the redzone more. He blocks better, and runs a little better. At least he didn't fumble twice.

    But Forte is looking good.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm in two minds about Forte. Didn't he cough it up twice yesterday? We recovered one, but I'm sure he fumbled it twice. Unacceptable. He gets a get out of jail card for the TDs though.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Wasn't a run, was a screen wasn't it Dave?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was a screen. It is the longest play by a RB in Bears history, passes and runs included.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Here's my proof.

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

    At 0:08 in, if you freeze frame you can see Harris standing at the 10 with his thumb squarely planted in his ass. It's blurry but you can make out 46 on that jersey.

    I can come up with no reason at all why he's there. He's like Little Bo Peep in the crack den at 2am: should not be there.

    Even if he bit coming forward, who is he covering? He has right field, and here comes Megatron out of the blocks on a fly pattern. What could he have POSSIBLY been thinking?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also of note in the above video:

    When the game is on the line and you must have pass pressure, Mark Anderson will be sitting on the sidelines. Izzy ALMOST decapitates Shawn whats-his-face.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ok, I am blind. I do not see the Harris problem or him period.

    I see Manning, Bowman.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I saw Harris at the 10, but it looked like he was covering the TE roaming the middle. I'd like to know why Manning was so slow getting there. Everyone and their mother knew who it was going to. Didn't hear C. Harris's name yesterday and that is a good thing. One game at a time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I doubt Martz would have called the same play 3 times out of 4...especially when the entire Lion defense was in the box for the first attempt. Even if you want to run up the middle or off tackle then put 4 wideouts up on the line and force the defense to spread. This is HS coaching for chirstsakes!!! It's not rocket science.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    As far as playcalling there, I could not believe that there was not one single attempt out of the four of a QB Sneak... WTF, you need half a yard don't you just say hike and fall down. Instead we bring the ball back 3-4 yards on each attempt to make it harder on ourselves.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Well, at least there was no run by McKie up the middle to piss a few of you off. The firestorm over that last year...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He's thinking :
    "Man, I am one lucky SOB. My new wife is hot. Nobody responds to my weird blog on Chigago Now, but what the hey. I just can't believe the Bears gave me a contract just before the Panthers were about to waive my ass... gee, I wonder if she's TiVo'd Glee for me ..."

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    man.....Greg Olsen is pissing me off beyond belief. this shit is beyond infuriating

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Yup. The second he caught that pass in the flats I had a bad feeling. Wrap the ball up with two arms, problem solved.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I disagree about the 4th down call. Sure, the Bears would have taken the lead, but a two point lead with plenty of time to play is tenuous at best. Plus, the defense was absolutely destroying the Lions in the second half...worst case scenario there was giving them the ball back at the one yard line. I think this can be argued either way, but I don't agree that this is a point blank bad decision by Lovie.

    Agreed on Cutler...it is very strange how he seems so much more comfortable out of the pocket. I think Martz will continue to realize this and play to Jay's strength.

    Aroma seems like Jay's preferred target...and this isn't new. The trend started at the end of last season. Should this continue, and Hester's role is minimalized even more, I hope Lovie puts the kid back to returning kicks full time while playing more in the slot like we've all wanted since he signed the big contract. I won't hold my breath.

    Briggs play on the goal line was magnificent. Too bad the offense shat the bed. I thought the linebackers all played a hell of a game. Pisa didn't have a huge number of tackles, but he also blew up a handful of plays. Urch...welcome back. Let's hope this unit can stay healthy for a change, because this defense is a helluva lot better when it is.

    Anyone notice that Major Wright was taking time away from Chris Harris? Interesting.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Sorry BD but you unwittingly made the best possible argument why we should have kicked the FG. By your own account the Bears D was dominating Detwoit, so why would you not kick it? As a matter of fact, that tells me Lovie was worried our D would allow Detwoit to drive for a FG. Unfortunately Lovie is tone deaf to the ebb and flow of the game and he let the team down by not taking advantage of the situation by kicking it through the uprights. If we had been playing the Fudgers or the Colts I would be inclined to consider your argument concerning the FG. Lovie made an arrogant broad sweeping statement by saying he would have made that call every time. Really, what if there was only 30 seconds left on the clock and we were playing the Colts? This man is not right in the head anymore.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    But there wasn't 30 seconds left, there was 9 minutes left in the game. That's why you go for it.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I agree to disagree with prejudice. It's a done deal and I'm ready to move onto the Cowgirls game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I get it. The Bears defense was playing well. Why not take the lead with the field goal? I wouldn't have completely been opposed to that at all. For me though, it partly has something to do with the amount of time on the clock. 9 minutes is a lifetime. A two point lead is nice...but your defense just gave you the ball a damn foot from the goal line. Lovie actually said after the game that he went for it because he trusted the defense to stop the Lions backed up by the end zone if the Bears failed to score a touch down. He may be full of shit, but in that sense, he was correct.

    Maybe I've read too much Easterbrook through the years, but I am generally a proponent of going for it on 4th and shorts...especially close to the goal line.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Totally agree with you BearDown1982, I don't fault them for going for it on the 6 inch line. They didn't deserve a field goal if they couldn't punch it in. Forte is lucky he had that 89 yard pass/TD otherwise we'd be roasting him today. Taylor looks much tougher.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Whether he should of gone for the TD instead of the FG is a straw man argument. The result spoke for itself. It didn't work.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Don't forget the other TD reception. That was a very good play.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Would you fault them for it if Johnson gets that extra yard? Or if Cutler doesn't hit Olsen ... or Forte ... ? We'd be 0-1 and have lost our most important penalty-kick must-win home victory of the season. That game was beyond crucial.

  • In reply to Perno:

    That wasn't luck.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    I could be wrong but I thought there was around 6 mins on the clock.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Not when a simple FG puts you in front of a team that can't move the football against you.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That win felt like fuckin the hottest girl at the bar and then finding out she's your cousin the next day.

    That was a catch. Period. That rule should be changed back to where that's a TD but I'm not complaining.

    Why wasn't there 2 or 3 guys on Megatron at the end? He caught the one that didn't count and then got another good shot with man coverage on him.

    Good to see Lach making plays and being vocal. He doesn't have to be our best defensive player or even LB for that matter, but if we're going to succeed he's gotta play the leader role.

    Briggs baby!!!!

    Lance Louis played well. Please don't Beekman his ass and keep him in Lovie.

    Peppers is a game changer. He earned his paycheck for the week with that poundage of Stafford.

    Jay Cutler needs to get rid of the ball quicker.

    Keep the screens coming. We have the perfect catching backs and our o-line seems to block better in space than at the actual line. Kruetz's block in space sprung Forte's TD run. Oh yeah, it's pretty nice to have a back that can run 30+ yard outs and change his body's direction in mid air to make a catch.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    If you change that rule then it becomes all on the ref. Which you don't want to do.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    It's up to the refs and the booth people's subjective perspective no matter what way the rule goes. Regardloess, that was a catch and we luckily won on a technicality that should be changed.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I am not saying it wasn't a catch or that they already have power.

    I don't want to give the ref more lee way in making a deceison than he already has.

    The only way they could change it, is when he catches it and has possession immediately then it is a catch.

    The only problem with that is what if he does catch it and brings it in and some swats it out of his hands.. When does it count? right when he caught it or does the db not get a chance to deflect it? It then becomes a judgement call.

    I have always liked the rule. Even when it goes against the Bear's.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I define possession as maintaining security of the ball while keeping both feet or body on the ground. Megatron did this. He jumped, caught the ball with two hands w/o bobbleing, then palmed it while maintaining total control vwith one hand in bounds for at least 2 or 3 seconds.

    Virginia McCaskey even knew that was a catch.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Lol I get it Crown, I just don't want the rule to get twisted to point that the DB doesn't have chance or that wideout has possession but hits the ground a drops it.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    you must only watch it in slow motion view, but I actually watched the game, he dropped the ball as soon as it hit the ground... therefore no catch.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Very persuasive. Feel free not to let the facts stand in the way of things.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Lions +7,

    Packers -3,

    and tonight... Ravens +2.5.

    Thank you for giving me 15 minutes or so worth of genius, Jets!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Well, folks, the Ravens-Jets game tonight is yet ANOTHER one from opening weekend that goes onto the "UGLY" pile.

    Jets: TEN penalties for 100 yards.

    In the FIRST HALF!

    I think their Thomas Jones-less offense rolled up something like 5 first downs. Maybe 6. The Jets' evening ended, apropriately enough, when Dustin Keller caught a 4th down pass and blithely went out of bounds short of the first down.

    Who remembers the night in Denver when Mike Tomczak spiked the ball to stop the clock...on 4th down?

    From the "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" file: "We don't NEED Thomas Jones. We have Shonn Greene."

    Shonn Green tonight: 2 fumbles and a brutal dropped pass in the 4th quarter. He was SOOOO good, L.T. got the bulk of the carries tonight.

    More good news, Jets fans: Dorelle Revis has ALREADY announced that he might hold out again in 2 years.

    All-pro corner. All-pro douche.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    no way he said that. If Thomas Jones was on that team he would fuck Revis up. Or at least i hope he would.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Just regurgitating what I heard reported on either FoxSports radio or 4-Letter radio, Waffle.

    It dawns on me now the I should come up with better sources.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He agreed with the person interviewing him that he might be right back in this situation in 2 years. Can't remember where I read it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    But looking forward...I can't think of a way that the Bears beat the very motivated Cowgirls at their home opening this Sunday. IF the Lions made Cutler run for his life, imagine Ware and Co! Ideal conditions, however unlikely:

    1) Oline MUST minimize pressure on Cutler. I'm realistic - I'm not asking for no sacks, but if they can keep it to 3 sacks or less, and avg pressure, I would see that as a victory.

    2) We MUST score TDs. Lions with a backup QB maynot score TDs, but Dallas will. We gotta find a way to score in the redzone, and not just settle for FGs.

    3)Pressure and containment. We not only have to pressure on Romo, but must make sure he doensn't extend the play with his legs. If he starts scrambling and extending the play, that means that Manning and Harris will have to cover their zones/guys for longer, and that's a scary scenario to ponder.

    4)We have to at least pretend to run the ball. If we can keep them honest on the run, then that may neutralize the pass rush, and open up play-action. Also, implementing a lot screen passes will have the same effect - and we happen to be really good with them, to bout.

    5)Special teams must be special again. I wasn't impressed with Hester last week, or all last year, so maybe move Knox or Manning back there. We're gonna need that extra spark to quiet down that amped-up crowd, and nothing shuts a crowd up faster than a punt/kick return for a TD.

    We have to do a lot of other obvious things, like win the turnover war or not commit stupid penalties, but IF we can do these 5 things, I think we have a chance. Hopefully, Dallas will self-destruct again, but I want to feel like we won a game, as opposed to simply not lose a game.

    What do you guys think?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    1) I agree. The offense lives or dies with the offensive line. And that will determine our ability to create a run offense (your #4). Screens are good, but we have a couple of great RBs, they will ultimately be more effective than short passes if we let them.

    2) Red Zone Offense should be the top priority on the offensive side of the ball this week. Turnovers were individual issues, the team needs to get better as a group at finishing those last 20 yards.

    3) If we do what we did against Detroit, this is covered. The bigger issue is whether we can keep Romo (who can definitely throw the ball) from opening up, and that means the safeties need to keep him honest.

    5) I think we need to work on special teams, particularly Hester needs to improve his punt catching... he looked like he was scrambling too much to get under the ball and that put him on bad footing to start his runs. Just like playing outfield in baseball, if you come up too shallow you're running away from where you want the ball to go after the catch and away from the direction you want to be looking to see the catch. But with that said, I don't see this as our key to victory.

    The two keys to improving as a team in week 2 are red zone offense and consistent coverage from the secondary.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I'm more confident about us beating the Girls than the Lions. I've been watching the nation's darling SB pick all pre-season. I'm not sure if their starting offense scored a TD, they may have scored one. The Cowboys offense looks like a cheerleader in a dimly lit bar to me. Hot as fresh tar after a skinful of tequila, but wake up beside it the next morning sans makeup and her eyes are like pissholes in the snow.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The title of "nation's darling SB pick" goes to the Green Bay Packers I'm afraid. Or the Ravens.

    And those teams unfortunately looked very much like they deserve the reputation.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/bears/center?gameId=300912003

    Something cool to look at. Scroll all the way down.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wait, the Ravens secondary sucks yet Sanchize only puts up 10/21 for 74 yards and no TDs ? Good luck with that Rex.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    A positive from the game :

    Our safeties, Harris, Manning and Wright had a total of 3 solos and 2 assists (Wright not having to make any tackles at all). Top 5 front 7 in the NFL this season anyone ?

    The frightening negative:

    The Lovemeister.
    "I felt like we were playing great defense and just didn't feel good about getting three points in that situation," Smith said. "The worst-case scenario would have been not to get it and get them backed up and still make them punt and get good field position. I'd make that call every time.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I wonder why the Lions didn't try to pass the ball down field more in either half. Seemed like they were content to throw dump offs that kept getting gobbled up by our linebackers. Hopefully, this had something to do with our coverage, but who knows. I'd expect the Cowboys to try and exploit the secondary more this week, unless the DLine has anything to say about it.

    The 4th down call is what it is. Most of you guys didn't agree with it and in this case you were correct. I do think going for it in that particular instance had more merit than most on here, but Lovie is very wrong for saying that it helped win the game. It didn't lose the game, but it certainly didn't help win the game. It was a risk-high reward scenario which failed, but the Bears remained in a decent position based on where the Lions ended up with the football.

    I think the bigger question now is what will the Bears do differently in that situation next time they are on the goal line? Taylor in for Forte who has always been a mediocore goal line running back? Go away from the big package and add in some receivers to spread out the defense on a play or two? QB sneak? Sweep instead of right into the gut of the defense?

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Simple BD. The Lions thought they could play not to lose because we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It darn near worked.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah, that could be right. Seems foolish when you have a human mismatch playing wide out for you. It certainly didn't help that their backup QB was in the whole 2nd half and they were stuck with shitty field position either.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Stafford out 4-6 weeks.

    Bob Sanders may be out for the year.

    When did Bill Parcells resign his position with the Dolphins?

    Can you imagine Parcells/Cowher running the team? (Drools)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Nice one SD.

    Couple random thoughts (I'm going to be much more of a blunt instrument than SD):

    * Yep, like I said up top. Manu and Chet inside the 20 please
    * No more turnovers motherfuckers
    * When Cutty looks at his BFF on an option and decides, "Oh, shit

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..we could have some of that but we would rather go with the Anit-Bear (LDL) and hold hands the "Dungway"...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Cowboys lost to the Redskins after Colombo's replacement, Alex Barron, was whistled for holding on the game's final play.

    If Colombo is in the lineup Sunday, Harris won't be searching for revenge.

    "Even if he didn't apologize, I don't care," Harris said. "I don't have any respect for any lineman, but I respect his apoliges

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0914-bears-harris--20100913,0,6194722.story

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The cowgirls scored ONE offensive touchdown, from the 7 yard line, if I remember correctly. Here's a pretty good comparison between them and Da Bears:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2705992,CST-SPT-bear14.article

    <CowgirlsBears

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Random funny shit while I was watching the Bears-Lions Game on StoogeTV and ppl were chatting live:

    Lions fan: Hey, what the F happened to Stafford? How come he's not playing?

    Random Fan: He got Peppered.

    Lions Fan: No, seriously, what happened?

    Random Fan: Peppers ate him.

    LMAO!

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Peppered. I like it. For what he cost us overall though, he needs to knock the QB out in *every* game.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1 down

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Let me use the Jets outcome to step up onto my soap box. Dungy criticized Rex Ryan's language for this very reason. Football is a game of discipline and like it or not, when your head coach is undisciplined, you better believe that will effect the players on your team in a negative way. Football is a game dependent upon discipline. Specially when you consider that you're dealing with along of men with more money in there pocket that they know what to do with that are young and immature to begin with. We are all held accountable one way or another when it comes to personal conduct and what we promote to those around us.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Totally, I am in no way on the Jets bandwagon. Their coaches and management are dumb ducheynes from what I saw on Hard Knocks. Sorry, but if your daddy isn't called Buddy Ryan or Marty Schottenheimer then you're flipping burgers or propping up a bar called Moe's.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I don't necessarily dispute your position, Trac, but I AM weary of the Reverend/Father/Rabbi/Imam/Guru Tony "Holier than thou" Dungy's sermons. Shut up already about everybody else's house. It's not like you did such a bang up job in your own. Stop spreading your DUNG, Tony.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    We see what we always want to see Albert. I have learned to look paste the offenses and search for the truth in a matter. You gotta spit out the bones to get to the meat so to speak.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    In the not so good categories of turnovers, I think only one team had more than us in week 1.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    More amazingly they let a very good young RB go in Leon Washington.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    1. We have chet taylor and Manu - That NEEDS to be our 3rd down and short and RedZone crew. period. Get matty a breather BJ on the sideline.

    2. Can we get harris the fuck out of the defensive backfield now? Please? Major Penis and Manning, who has impressed the hell out of me... for him, my expectations we much lower.

    3. Wait wait wait

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dead right about number one.

    It is funny how you say the cowboys played just like us and if you look at it, they really did.

    IF...and I mean IF we get Vincent Jackson. I guarantee playoffs. He has everything.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Keep dreamin lad

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Has Lovie ever heard of the TE waggle? Anyone? Hello Lovie?

    Fucking a, just chip the fuck out of the end on the block down, then slyly release and drage across the middle of the EZ... and the H back does the same 10 yards shorter. Should I email Martz?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sure, email him.

    His address is:

    87doublewidezerostopfly99cobrainsidelockbluedogleft@mikemartzindahouse.com

  • In reply to gpldan:

    .biz, .tv, .xxx and .net are also acceptable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHA: http://guyism.com/2010/09/the-aftermath-of-the-calvin-johnson-blown-call-a-glimpse-at-social-media.html (turn your speaks down if at work)

    And, that

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    All of our cash is wearing the number 90 .....

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'd say Martz (having a brain) would have gone for the FG on 4th & G. That had Gump written all over it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    One would think that a decision to go on 4th would always belong to the Head Coach. Martz may make recommendations one way or the other, but the final call had to be Lovie's.

    But as someone pointed out earlier, had Forte scored all this would be moot.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +1 on the last sentence.

    had Forte scored, that call would've been seen as "brilliant." but, those be the breaks my friends.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I still think Olsen is a brilliant player. That's what frustrates me.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Is it his speed, catching ability, or something?

    Because it can't be his all around ability.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn, left too many 'in reality's in there.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Nice avatar!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ELleCQvew

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bottle of champagne for #3 MB :o)

    And if/when we get pressure in Rohomo's smug face, he will shit the bed. He will. He only ever looks good when he gets half an hour to bounce around the pocket checking up and down and back up again.

    I saw enough from one game to see that the Monsters are back. Pity the fools that try to run against us.

    The only way we lose to the Cowgirls - America's team ! - is if our retarded receivers display more of their 'special characteristics' than usual.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB Don't encourage the use of words that causes most Bear fans the need to open their Websters in order to read this blog! Any future offenders will be "obfuscated"!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Ha! I will NOT vacillate about my decision to use the word

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nor, I daresay, equivocate whilst opining on our beloved ursine heroes in this phrontistery!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +1

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thats a bad boy there SC. +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wish I could take credit for "obfuscate" but that was Phil from SATX. There's nothing like using the perfect word or phrase to get your point across. I have a decent vocabulary but I usually end up using phrases like "fucking cocksucker" when I'm really pissed. Brain goes numb when the boiling point is reached. Oh Well.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks Canada. Apologies Phil! How's France treating you and the fam man? Can you please have one of those awesome ham and cheese baguettes from the boulangerie for me... bastard.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Lions signed CB Nathan Vasher, formerly of the Chargers.

    Vasher, 28, was beat out in Bolts training camp by Dante Hughes. With nickel back Aaron Berry (shoulder) out indefinitely, Vasher could assume the role as soon as this week. Detroit's secondary, as usual, is in shambles

  • In reply to Joseph:

    "Detroit's secondary, as usual, is in shambles"

    Here let me fix that for you.

    "Detroit, as usual, is in shambles"

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hahahah... one week off Joe. Nice.

    Also, What in THEE...

    http://www.manofest.com/Galleries/Sports/Female-Celebrities-Wearing-NFL-Jerseys/Paris-Hilton-13440.html#joomimg

    "We met, had a good time in Vegas, and she came to a game. That was about it. She's a nice girl."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doctor: "So, Coach, WHY to you continue to bang your head against the wall like that?

    Lovie Smith: "Because it feels so good when I stop."

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ...Oh, and if we got V-Jack I would shit a golden brick. Can you imagine... alas, Jerry Angelo is our GM, and Lovie Smith is our HC.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Listen up... V-Jack is in da house

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KQm8CyswjI

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vee-dub, representing Deutschland! Classic! :-)

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Matt who do you think ordered

    1.to go for it on 4th&1 when the FG to put us ahead 16-14 was the obvious choice.Martz or Lovie?

    2.to switch to prevention Cover Who in Detroit's last drive.Marinelli or Lovie?

    If the real answer is Lovie the guy just needs have his coaching license revoked.Especially for number1

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://deadspin.com/5636093/lions-fan-goes-fing-nuts-about-the-calvin-johnson-non+catch-catch

  • In reply to Joseph:

    He said it himself, the ball touched the ground.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Man, I hope that guys family snuck out the back door and went for a drive in the country after that play.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    * Crown, wouldn't you be more turned on if you found out she was your cousin afterwards? I mean she was the hottest girl at the bar ...

    * By the NFL's very definition of a catch, it wasn't a catch. Ruled on twice by the officals, and even Mike Pereira for Fox, that's pretty much as officially not a catch as it gets.

    * If there was three guys on Megatron then we'd get flagged no doubt. A tall receiver is a valuable weapon - hence my endless smurf-bitching. Hester and Knox are fast - so what? They can't remember their playbooks and they're useless in jump ball situations.

    * Urlacher baby.

    * Briggs Baby.

    * Can we have Asiata in for Garza now?

    * Peppers baby.

    * I've flip-flopped on this. Like Rodgers, I'd prefer to see him hold onto the rock and get sacked. Your team gets the ball back on the next down.

    * We kill people with screens, especially when they're play-action. More please.

    * Wait. Can't you marry your cousin ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It depends if we're talking about a 1st cousin compared to like a 3rd cousin Irish.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Seems like we have a keeper in Lance Louis. I thought his play stood out yesterday. If our tackles can become more solid the line will be o.k. Hope Urlacher can keep it up all year, Pisa looks great back there and Briggs is Briggs. If the team can just do some of the little things better, I think we will have a decent year. I thought we moved the ball well against a pretty stout Detroit defense. I have a feeling Major will be a "General" back there for us for years to come. Man I'm glad we don't have Sanders for our safety, the guy can play but man he is brittle. Big game next week gentlemen, lets get them Boys while they are floundering. I'm heading to NY over the weekend and watching the game with my Brother in law who is the biggest Cowboy fan I know. Man I want to ride him like an old Nag!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Gaylord.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Word on the street is that the Bears are bringing in a plethora of WR's to evaluate. Hmm, why not look at TJ Housh when he was available? Instead, theyy are bringing in Burton from the flippin' RAMS? and Clayton from...wait for it, the BUCS! What is the obsession with picking up hot garbage from both of these shit teams??

  • In reply to Joseph:

    What street is this? Bourbon?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lovie Smith Dr.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    The Bears will reportedly work out free agent WR Keenan Burton next Tuesday.

    The Giants have also shown interest. It's hard to see where the injury-prone Burton fits in on the Bears depth chart. The team is likely just doing due diligence here in case of in-season injuries.

    The Bears have scheduled a workout with free agent WR Michael Clayton.

    It looks like the Bears are just seeing where the free agent market is at, because there's no room for a guy like Clayton on this team. They are also working out Keenan Burton.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Zing!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lovie got it backwards:

    He should have went for the TD in the first quarter when he decided to kick the FG, and he should have taken the lead when he went for it.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    +1

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Noooo. Absolutely, positively NOT.

    Do the math.
    If the Bears don't get that FIRST 3, the Lions are only looking for a field goal at the end.

    You take what you're given and go for it when you HAVE to.

    Notre Dame wishes they'd taken that gimme 3 at the end of the first half against Michigan.

    "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
    Also with the wreckage of teams that "went for it" went they didn't have to.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Good call Al. I thought the same thing in the ND Michigan game. How many games are decided by a FG or less? A lot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This is fucking hilarious:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zso_DSNlYME&feature=player_embedded

    Lions Win baby! Lions win it ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lions fan watches that before bed each night.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Aroma was Jay's favorite target but he is getting the case of the drops. He had one sure td, two first downs that he dropped because he got knocked the hell out of. Just catch them, you are getting paid to do all of that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Somebody mentioned in an earlier thread that Jay needs to learn how to preserve his receivers better.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    At least it makes us aware that *they're* aware their receivers suck.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Exactly Trac. There is no argument to be made. Take the lead first.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    "My patience with Greg Olsen is paper thin"

    Just like his verticle...

    Roberto Garza had a bad game. He looked a bit lost out there. My worry is how will this o-line look against the Cowboys next week? Those guys are big, fast, and proven.

    The game yesterday should of never been that close. I like the gameplan the coaches drew up. Now, they just need to focus on the execution aspect of it and hanging on to the ball. This isn't Minnesota! lol

    Our Linebackers are SICK! Welcome back Lach!

    And I would of went for it on the 1 yard line also. I would of tried and punched it in on first down, after that, I might of even taken a delay of game and lost the five yards, just to give the smurfs a chance to get open. No way I would have taken the FG. They better work on goaline packages every day this week because there is no excuse for not getting 1 yard. There was too much time left in the fouth quarter not to try and score, expecially with Shaun Hill at the reigns. If they would of scored on that play, everybody would be singing a different tune this morning.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    It was a weird game... I feel like our front 7 on D is going to be as advertised, as for the rest, I dunno. I am sick of hearing about the call on the dropped pass being a bad rule. It isn't a bad rule... he didn't complete the catch. Two years ago when we were fighting for a playoff spot, we go for it on 4th and 6.. Maynard puts a perfect pass into our Adrian Peterson's hands and he catches it.. has two feet down and goes to the ground with the ball, then he hits the ground, it pops out and they say no catch. No-one was crying a river for a no-name player, but this is Calvin Johnson, lots of media people apparently started him on their fantasy leagues because they are pissed now that it happened to him. I think the rule is fine.. use two hands and hold on to the damn football, you have only been taught that since what pop-warner?

    It was also a little bit of Karma possibly sneaking in seeing as Best's 2nd TD never crossed the damn goalline - the Best Ghost TD. You win some, you lose some.

    Anyway - our dline and LBs are just plain sick; if they stay healthy we will shock some teams that are "better" than us all year long. We have to stop fumbling the damn ball though, that shit will lose games for amazing teams, so... knock that off.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    It's not the player, it's the fact that it was so close and mattered. That win would have propelled them into the stars of hopes that a playoff would be possible. Exaggerating I know, but seriously, we had noting to gain in that win and everything to lose. Thus, why it mattered.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    They covered this later on FOX.

    It was a Cover 3 D called. Three safeties playing outfield. Manning played Center field, Pringles played left and Harris right.

    Bowman stayed with Megatron, but Megatron is a freak and Champ Bailey ain't makin' it into the clouds on that vertical. The safety MUST get there, and MUST put a lick on the wideout.

    So who WAS that safety?

    It was NOT Manning. He was centerfield, and yet he almost made it there.

    Nope.

    It was Chris Harris, who was burnt so badly you didn't even see him in frame. He was burnt so badly Maranelli needed a skin trauma unit. Burnt so badly we should nickname him the English Muffin, despite not being English.

    Guys - Harris is awful. His career is shot. Once we get past Pringles and Manning, we have no safeties at all. Anti-Plank is hurt, Harris sucks and Bullocks is bollacks.

    Still Bullocks would have at least gotten into the tv frame on that play.

    Harris S_U_C_K_S

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The English Muffin. Hee hee.

    And to think we gave up Lamar for that. Fucken a man. fucken a.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jamar*

    :-)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Looks like we're not the only ones in desperate need of a new WR: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/223351-vikes-to-audition-four-receivers

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup. I got creased for moaning about giving up Williams for that guy. Little did I know Lovie would make him our *FS* ...

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Can't believe Lovie didn't throw his little red hankie on that one ... what was he saving his timeouts for?

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    No way do you go for it in that position, u take the points and the lead. If you go for it, then he should have gone for it on the first drive tied 0-0, that would have been acceptable and all of your points apply, but not when you might not see the ball again.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Bears 9 pt underdogs in Dallas.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'll have a gazillion dollars on the Bears please.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    So, Alex Barron must not be in the starting right tackle anymore.

  • Btw, Jeff, what did you think about the Best's second touchdown? How come the Lion's are not asking for that one to be changed?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    To be fair 85, Schwartz handled that call like a man and a coach worthy to be heading up an NFL team. I did think he blew it by playing it safe after they went up 14 to 3 instead of attacking our secondary.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He did. Lion's want to talk all that crap about us but they can't have the decency to be fair both ways.

    Did you notice that a lot of those receivers had drop passes?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Jeff, overall good assessment. The lions came within a foot of picking up a first down after Lovie blew it by going for a FG and the lead on 4th down. If megatron had of done a better job understanding where the first down marker was we may have never gotten the ball back to take the lead. That horrible call reminded me of the numerous bonehead decisions Lovie made last year to rip the heart out of our team. While I agree with you that every turn over was on the players, I think it's pretty sorry that Lovie almost negated all the good things our players did by that one sorry ass decision. I recommend giving Lovie a seat next go Ginny in the press box holding a silver tray with grapes, crackers and cheese on it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    that's a lot of things to hold at once for lovie Trac, I think you're over exposing him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..do you mean LDL on the tray for Ginny..eww bad image

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    whoever plays me, good luck. you're getting your assed whooped thoroughly whenever you step up (Cutler's Forte)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    As long as Manning is going to put up 55+ attempts a game, Murph is going to outscore everyone at the QB position.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I know the Pack played poorly and still put up 27 (thanks Al), but it appears Ryan Grant's ankle is badly sprain with ligament damage.

    Welcome Brandon Jackson to the lineup.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sorry, I meant by not going for a field goal and the lead. I hate this laptop.

  • Welcome back Matt Forte... to not being able to finish a drive on the ground.

  • In reply to zmac:

    brutal zmac, there is no doubt that you are a football genius.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hold on there Johnny. I totally agree with Zmac... BUT, I don't see it as a Matt Forte issue, I see it as a coaching issue (shocking I know).

    Take the fucking guy OUT on 3rd and short runs, and put him in the fucking locker room the second we get inside their 20. Have a hot chick or two back there to give him a BJ until we score, then bring him back out. He is the worst RB I've ever seen when bottled up. Yeah, he'd be much much better if we had a great run blocking line, but we don't.

    It's fine, he's a great open field runner. We need to know when, and when not, to use our weapons. I suck at math, it only took my high school business project team a few seconds to recognize that and give the accounting type shit to someone else.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This is where we miss Tofu and Unga - I just don't get how we face into a season without a beast at FB ... we've basically got two receivers in our backfield.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That surprises you? Hello.. Mike Martz?

    When has he ever really just been dominating in the run category?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think we put in Melton or Chester when we need to punch it in. Melton was a fullback at one point in his career. Forte is horrible on 1 yard runs.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The more I think about this the angrier I get. This is just bullshit man. We can't fucking earn one fucking yard in 4 tries. Just abjectly miserable.

    I am going to go on record to say that redzone success is our #1 issue. Why can't we come up with a solution here? It makes no sense at all to me.

    I have much faith we'll clean up the fumbles and missed passes/INTs, but our redzone success has been shit for way too many years now. We need this fixed Martz, and we need it fixed NOW. I have two words for you sir

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    beyond retarded. i totally agree that our red zone offense is our biggest weakness. not just goal-line... but our O seems inept with a short field. we got stuffed inside the 10 on our first scoring drive too. unacceptable.

    A fumble, turnover on downs, and field goal in three trips to the red zone isn't going to win many games. i don't know what the fix is. maybe olsen showing up as an actual red zone target. maybe gettin a tall WR with actual hands/vert jump. beats me... but gotta fix it.

    still, a W against a NFC north them is KEY. I don't care it its the lions. That was a must win... and we won. period.

    1-0 baby.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...do you remember me saying we needed a beast FB to punch it in while sitting on the 1 yrd line and everyone ripped me saying that the classic FB is dead in this league..shit I think it just rose from the grave.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My guess is that Henry Melton will be used in goal-line situations in the future.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly. Why continue to run him into a brick wall? He is not a short yardage guy. He doesnt really fight for extra yards and he goes down fairly easily. He has proved that with consistency. If you want to give him a shot at the goal line why not try a toss or something?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    thought some of you guys might want to pick this up: http://www.uncrate.com/men/entertainment/dvd/ultimate-nfl/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 and a smile to boot

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thank you. Your opinion means so much.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I made it. I didn't die in the absurd heat (thanks to a white jersey), but most of all I didn't die swan-diving off the grandstands. I officially have no fingernails (or money) left.

    Here's what I saw from the cheap (before ticketmaster scalper anal raping) seats:

    1) Harris blows. Get him out of there.

    2) Let's not get TOO down on DA. One foolish drop. One earth shattering, getting smashed over the middle drop. Plenty of good catches with some decent YAC. Can a guy get a tiny bit of slack? Yeah, I'm rooting for him over the other jokers, so I might be biased - but Jay likes him. I like him.

    3) Too bad the Chargers have a great TE, or I'd package Greggy, C. Harris, and a pick or two for VJack. He might be a dick, but he's a big dick. We need more big dicks on this squad. One Pringles can does not a playoff team make. Olsen is a liability. When a guy makes a 5 yard run after a catch, and I'm actually SURPRISED - That's not a good thing. That twat needs to go.

    4) Lovie has his fingerprints all over the most disgusting moments. 1st and 1? Can't get in on 4 tries? Up the gut. Up the gut. Shitty roll out. Up the gut. Forget the feeble attempt at proving he's got a pair by going for it on 4th down - What's that way overused pseudo definition for insanity? Ding the same thing over again and blah blah? Yeah. He's the archetype for that one. Why not try a frickin' sweep? Why not go 5 wide?

    4b) Lovie you dick. Do you guys think the shitty prevent d on the last Lion's drive was Marinelli? I don't... Maybe I have too much faith in Rod, but that crap stunk like Lovie. Crock of Smith. The only thing prevent defense does is prevent a win. We are very lucky Semitron couldn't hold on. And by the way, reading the comments on PFT made me laugh out loud a few times: "He was just getting up to celebrate!" Bahahahahahahahahhaha. Sure.

    5) I'm still thrilled we got Jay. The guy is a fucking man. A bit foolish, but a man nonetheless. Much better than the last few pussies. "Slide? I don't fucking slide!"

    6) How about the incomplete pass to Knox in the 3rd quarter - obviously there is no talking head commentary in the stadium. I'd hate to believe Jay was THAT off... Did Knox fuck up yet another route? Number 1 receiver? I highly doubt it.

    7) The pussies in section 436 need to step their game up. I'm the only one with a hoarse voice - I can guarantee that. And what's with all this goddamn sitting? You're telling me that overweight Husker fans can stand for 3 hours and we can't? The dickhead behind had the nerve to tap me and ask me to sit down. Not gonna happen cap'n. Show some fucking support. I saw more excitement at last years PS game vs. the Giants.

    8) $6 for a non Vienna Beef hot dog? Blow me.

    9) On another note - Girodano's is the new fave. Blew Gino's outta the water.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Nice use of the word "Twat" Willie

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I'm down like Jim Brown with all that jazz willie. In fairness to Lovie, I've got no problem if he wants to try and bang it in three times in a row from the one yard line, it would be nice however to have a back that can do it. Tofu was our man, and unfortunately we also lost Unga. Henry Melton should be involved somehow, either as a blocker or just hand him the rock Fridge style. We're not playing with a full deck. Nobody stopped the Fridge for a loss.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I like the Melton idea.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Shon Greene made the Jets realize how huge of a mistake it was to not re-sign Thomas Jones last night. Does anyone think TJ wouldn't have punched it into the end zone for us on Sunday if he was still on our team?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Forte has proved to be pretty piss poor by the goal line. In his defense, the oline hasn't made it any easier for him. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see Taylor out there the next time we are inside the five. A QB sneak wouldn't hurt either the next time we are sniffing the end zone.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    The Bears are leading the league in total offense and total defense. I will be interested to see where we end up in the power rankings this week. Our stock is definitely up gents.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac..It wont matter in the pundits eyes we will be in last..bank it..they will find a way to fudge the numbers.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    we're ranked consistently between 20-25. Why? cuz we barely beat the lions, regardless of how dominant we were. It's that whole "strength of schedule" shit carried over to the NFL level...now we know how Boise State feels lol

    If we beat Dallas, which is realistic, then I bet we're ranked in the 15s, depending on how we beat them. We win 3 in a row, and we'll def be top 10 and in contention for that one surprise team that pops up every year...but, let's not get too ahead of ourselves...Cowgirls first gotta go down, like a drunk farm girl behind a barn lol

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I absolutely cannot stand how the Chicago Tribune sports writers have spun the victory yesterday.

    Now, the Detroit Free Press is shell-shocked from the Lions 2000-2009 seasons, but the Chicago Tribune is more pissed off that the Bears won that game than the sports writers in Detroit! Good God!

    I'm reading the "Rosenblog" and wondering if this asshole watched the same game!

    I've got to give a lot of props to Jim Schwartz and the way he has handled this latest controversy.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Good point on Schwartz. Handled it very well. And what would the point of dwelling on it be in the first place...can't have the game back, just accept it and move on.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    If each one of us sends a personal apology to Mr. Mankins, do you think he might consider playing for us instead... you know, since it ain't all about the money for him? http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Patriots-Pro-Bowler-holding-out-because-he-won-t?urn=nfl-269271

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's a sign of how valuable top OL talent is in this league. The Jets just dropped a whopper salary on their center. These guys feel empowered to get into spats with owners in public.

    Mankins was told to play through 09 with a bullshit contract and he'd be taken care of at the start of '10. They jacked him, he called the owner a liar, they came back with $57M and told him he'd need to apologize about what he said about Kraft. He told them to shove it.

    Not a smooth move over a bullshit apology, but he figures he's worth that, so more power to him. The owners in the NFL jack with players all the time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that's not what happened. he was told to apologize to Kraft behind closed doors and he did that. THEN AFTER THAT, management told him to publicly apologize about comments he said about the organization. at that point, he said fuck that shit. can't argue with him on that one...

    -all according to Schefter

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You know, what did Mike Martz think of his offense. I haven't heard anything from him.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23...I know one thing TT on WBBM said he saw MM pissed at Fort and Shodoo for not being in the right spots for JC's throws.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    What about Knox?

    And that is what I am wondering. Martz hasn't said a thing, neither has Mike Tice. So, I am thinking that they are either working to fix what went wrong or that they realize that we don't have what it takes to be a legit offense.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    couple a his routes were not what they were supposed to be.
    either way scares me that Tice and Martz are hush-hush

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Screaming it all off-season Lobo, they addressed every position except where we needed it most. Receiver. Shabba is all we have and he's a #2 at best.

    I'm withdrawing my clarion call for Todd Lowber ... just saw the final episode of the Cowboys' Hard Knocks. He ain't all there is he ... ?

    Sam Hurd on the other hand ... and where's Plax at ?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    That's it Artoo. Hence we're suddenly interviewing wide receivers. So management thinks we could use a good receiver? Let me see now, wide receivers, wide receivers .... who was available earlier this year ? Uh ... who was that guy that used to catch over a hundred balls every year for Cutler .... big motherbanger .....hardest guy to bring down in the NFL according to Asomugha ... no, the name escapes me. Or that other dude, Terrell something, was a free agent forever, looking for minimum wage .... oh wait, they're both signed, sorry.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    OK boys and Girls... throwing this out to the blogster's and wonder what you think..now everyone talked about the QB's and the yardage the pundits..four & three letter network all said scores were going to be high this year..pass,pass,pass but has anyone noticed the low scores this weekend?

    9-14
    14-17
    15-10
    9-15
    14-19
    17-13
    7-13
    tonight so far 10-9

    only six games over 20+

    which is it good D or poor O ?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    In the games that I saw, the offenses all looked like they hadn't played a serious game of NFL football in almost a year. The defenses looked better. I think it's easier (not easy, just easier) to get back in sync as a defense than an offense in the NFL. Give it a couple of weeks and I bet the scores go up.

    It would be interesting to look at the stats for the first week versus say the 10th week for the past decade. I'd be willing to bet that over a long period of time that week 10 scores are significantly higher than week 1 scores. (Any of you statistically inclined folks are welcome to prove me wrong. I'm too lazy)

    I know I expect our boys will score more points in the weeks to come than they did yesterday. A little more time to gel and work on the timing will only improve this team. *If* we can stay healthy.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Chris Collinsworth brought it up last night.

    Everyone is so busy NOT playing more than a quarter or so in all but 1 preseason game that nobody is really in shape to play 4 quarters at full speed.

    The bad news is, by their own admission the Packers did NOT play well and still put 27 on the board.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    He's probably in a dark room chewing on his lip and banging his head against the wall, shouting "Kick the ball! Take the lead!"

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Also agree totally on Schwartz. That's leadership - the Lions need to focus on the next game.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Here's something I found interesting. Although this "poll" is obviously somewhat pointless after week 1 (teams that won inevitably will have higher-ranked coaches than teams that lost), it does show how terribly Lovie is currently viewed:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/sportsnation/ratings

    Notice that Jim Schwartz is the highest-ranked coach that lost a game and Lovie is the lowest-ranked coach that just won a game (by a mile too). Sad thing, I can't say I disagree... c'mon 4th and 1 you take the points.

  • In reply to dkbat:

    Especially in the 4th Quarter

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    To take the lead.

  • In reply to dkbat:

    I'm amazed that Lovie got a 17% approval rating. What are those people smokin? Lovie has his friends and family padding the poll numbers.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Rosendoom's article made me want to puke. I think that's why they print his stuff - they want a reaction out of people, it's not enough to just report on the game objectively, y'know, like a journalist.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Wow, is there still somebody that *reads* Rosendouche?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I know everyone over-analyzes his body language, but Cutler still looks like he just got gang raped at Cook County. Maybe it's because he is so hard on himself or such a competitor that he expects near perfection, but I still hate that he looks like he's going to cry on almost every play.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBlJ9N7Ehgk

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Even after he thre that brilliant wheel route for the game winner to lighting Forte he looked like that. Not a huge deal, but what the fuck? You just made an awesome play to secure your home opener and you look like you just received the news that you have monkey-aids. How about a frigging fist pump?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    maybe you missed it, but when he scored, the cam went on him, he had that usual look, and slapped the shit outta somebody's hand and had that "yea motherfucker....i'm a got damn beast on this gridiron" face. Cutty's just fine

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I would love to see us get V. Jack or Mankins but I agree with Irish. All of the McCheapsky's money is tied up with Pep.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    And if he does what he did in each game and more. We will won't need either of those guys.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    We are going to be playing some much better teams. We'll take them all please.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    He can cry all he wants if he can put up those numbers every week.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Agreed. Cry away. As long as the O fights for him and believes in him. They are the only ones whose opinion matters on this topic.

  • ohh one more thing, can we start a Big, talented, wide receiver fund for the Bear's?

    Please. They need to be able to catch touchdowns. Thanks.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Todd Lowber please. I believe he may be currently in the employ of one Ronald McDonald.

  • I know Doc. Just found it and thought it was funny.

  • I absolutely got killed in fantasy football... ARIAN FOSTER? i sat him out.. shit man...

    I hate our defensive back. Why was Bowman on Johnson, where was tillman..

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Don't feel bad. Murph handed me a Shawshank class beatdown, well into triple figures.

    Crabtree scored 1 damn point for me as the Niners and Samurai Mike took a beatdown of their own.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Trac handed me an ass woopin too.. Should of played arian foster. What happen to Steve Slaton?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Slaton is so September 10th Fresno. Not sure why, but the guy is generally accepted as toast now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    THen i got Joe Flacco as my fantasy QB, he looks awful tonight.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    He did, so did, Greene and Ray Rice.

    I should beat who ever the hell is Hines 57 on my Roethlisberger

    Since the fool won't tell me who he is on here.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The first week or two is always a little iffy. Try to make sure you go to the website and check on the player updates a day before the players are locked in. Saturday I moved Arian Foster from bench to starter in one of my leagues cause they really liked him. Glad I did, he won the game for me.

  • Indeed. I've instantly decided it should be Cutler's Autobiography title.

  • I know what we are missing in goal line situations. A Samoan sandwich.

  • Jerry Glanville. Changing the Falcons uniforms to all black. What a Al Davis wannabe.

  • Cowboys game: do you think we win? My brother in law is a big Cowboy fan, and we will watch the game together. I so dont wanna hear his shit if we lose.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    If you think our defense can stop the following, Marion Barber, Choice, Jones, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Romo.

    Then we could win.

    I want us to win but I have a funny feeling Romo will throw for 300 and Dez Bryant becomes a beast against us.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The Cowgirls are ripe for the picking 85. Believe me, they probably have more pressure on them than any other team in the league. If the Redskins could be them, we can be them. Take that to the bank.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Grant done for the season.

    Kris Jenkins for the Jets too.

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