Audibles From the Long Snapper

Will Jay Cutler Play Sunday?

David Haugh urges the Bears to rest Jay Cutler until he's fully recovered from a concussion.  This is one of those articles I think sportswriters write to feel good about themselves.  Of course the Bears are not going to put their franchise on the field if he's not fully recovered from an injury to his brain.  It's his brain.  (Side note: I still don't think Cutler suffered a concussion Sunday night.  I think his removal was about saving his life.)  Jay Cutler is going to play Sunday afternoon and play very well.

Lovie Slightly Praises Tommie Harris
I had ridiculously good seats Sunday night.  I could see the players' faces.  And I spent the second half watching particular players, as I'd come to terms with losing the second Todd Collins entered the game.  I know Lovie Smith says he "did some good things" but he didn't.  He was getting blown off the ball repeatedly, and often by the Giants backup center.  When Tommie was his best, he would blow through the line of scrimmage.  He was a disruptive force.  Sunday night he got stood up and moved on almost every play.
Miami Fires Special Teams Coordinator
I can't remember this happening before.  Miami's special teams were a disaster in their 41-14 loss to the Pats last night and they just went and fired coordinator John Bonamego.   
Bears Favored at Carolina
I was very interested to see how Vegas treated the Bears this week and it looks like they're opening anywhere between a 1 and 2-point favorite.

Picks Contest Update
Murphreprisal and Albert in Tuscon had the only perfect weeks in Week Four.  The totals update is Viva (2) and Albert in Tuscon (2) and JMCyclone, soupbowlorbust, Crown, FQD1911, NorwegianBear, CanadaBear, Tobijohn, Z, Murph and reprisal (1).  We're making one rules change.  We originally asked for five perfect weeks to make the postseason.  I'm changing that to four.    
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  • fizzzzzzzzzzz....urst

  • Blogfather, I hope you are right about no concussion. My dad looked at me right before halftime and said "They need to take him out or he is going to die". Not sure if its legal for them to say Jay had a concussion if he didn't though.

  • My only what if from last week:

    What if Jay doesn't underthrow Hester on the first play from scrimmage in which skunk totally broke that corners ankles and was totally alone for 6?

    Might have been a different ball game.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Their deep ball which was underthrown was caught, as the receiver came back to the ball. Hester was thinking TD and not about battling for the ball. Catch it, then run!

  • In reply to Jokey:

    The throw sucked, plain and simple.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Panthers are dangerous espescially when they're looking for their first win after a few close losses to good teams. But the Bears are more dangerous after the O-line, QB and WR's have taken a beating in the media the last week.. I look for Forte and Taylor to run roughshod all over Carolina and set up a balanced attack in which Jay can toss the ball more easily. And you know the Bears D is looking like one of the top 3 in the NFL. They better crush the Panthers when they dont even have their starting QB and #1 or #2 WR's. (thanks for getting that DUI dumbass!)

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    We can't run block, just sayin' ...

    Omelette can't run block. That's an official NFL statistic now, at least on short yardage it is. We know Girly Thor can't block to save his (or his QB's life), and no one is really high on Manu right now. Forte doesn't do so well between the tackles. Carolina have got some good LBs. I don't know about running it against anyone and Martz doesn't seem to give a shit about running the ball. The only way we're going to run the ball is with an O-line that looks like this :

    LT - Chris Williams
    LG - Edwin Williams or re-sign Asiata
    C - Kreutz or EW (He's a center and Kreutz can't manhandle anyone.)
    RG - Lance Louis
    RT - Webb

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agreed, Irish. How can it get worse, right? Allowing 10 sacks and rushing it for whatever embarrassing number we rushed it for.

    I would have to leave Kreutz in though, esp since the other Olinemen are so young and an experienced. Olin's 13yrs of getting them in right position/alignment should help, even if he lacks the physical now adays.

    And Martz' system can run (just look up those early stats with Faulk), but he needs an Oline. Walter Payton himself would look avg behind this line.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    inexperienced...typo.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Or what if the Bears hold on to a few of those INT's they could have come down with?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Lach was close to making several picks. Good thing he can still sniff out the ball.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'm expecting the Bears will be injecting smelling salts after they shat the sheets Sunday night. If they're not motivated after that game, I don't know what will raise their ball hairs.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Blogfather I hope your suspicion of no concussion was right, because the second one comes easier than the first:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2773216,CST-SPT-bear05.article

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Regarding concussion-gate, in case anyone missed it, here's Roy's slow-mo breakdown of the sacks. I think it's the third and the ninth where he looks to get concussed. That's right. Twice!. The first concussion is textbook. Helmet to helmet after Olsen whiffs his block. He was out of it for about 18 seconds down one knee. That means for basically the entire second quarter he was in Wonderland. The last sack where is head is slammed onto the fieldturf was possibly a second concussion, that's not good. See what you think ...

    Sack breakdown from Our Boy Roy :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JtHSaT5AjU

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/-1,bears-giants-observations-04.photogallery?index=1

    "As poorly as the Bears' pass protection was against the Giants, it could be worse. If the Bears hadn't signed Julius Peppeers in the offseason, they'd be facing him on Sunday."

  • Or had we recovered that near muffed punt deep in Giants territory.

  • Yeah, well - they don't recruit in the pros - they draft. So that skill is pretty much useless.

  • Great stuff Doc. Sounds about right re JA mang. He reminds me of a really good car salesman that exudes lots of confidence and persuades people he knows everything about cars, but in actuality, he couldn't tell the you the difference between a normal car engine and hemi.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    A hemi refers to the fact that in 1966 or so, Chrysler engineers figured out that with a hemispherical head on the cylinder, the compression ratio could increase to ratios such as 11:1, producing much greater horsepower. Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth at the time released the Hemi as the top of the line engine across many of their car lines, including the Barracuda, Roadrunner, Challenger and Charger (A Hemi Charger is worth a fortune if its' numbers match)

    Just in case you wanted the answer to that...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks GP. All I know is that Hemis are panty droppers. Told some girl I had a hemi in my car after hearing it in Joe Dirt and it got me some car azz.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I learned something today, thanks GPL. I'll forget it tomorrow, but thanks.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Lovie preparing as if Cutler is playing.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/2773212,CST-SPT-bearnt05.article

  • I don't know about the rest, but Pep credited Lovie coming to visit him in making the difference in him signing with da bears. That and the 91.5 million...

  • And when Tommie wasn't being stood-up or moved he was lying on the ground.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The Butter has melted. All we need now is popcorn.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It seemed like every time I saw Tommie he was belly first on the ground. How sad to see how fast his career has fallen.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Anyone know if Lance Louis is going to play against Carolina? He's gotta be better than Edwin Williams, who I saw a Giant literally just step around without touching him, like he was a tackling dummy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know if I was Jay returning to practice on Tuesday I'd be all over those lineman like flies on shit and I damn sure wouldn't be the least bit nice about it.
    At this point maybe Angelo should do like Gene Hackman did in the movie "The Replacements" and hire 4 350lb.+ sumo wrestlers to use as guards and tackles, (god I love that movie!!) just don't let them bulk up on hardboiled eggs before the game! Maybe we'd get some pass protection.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    anybody else hearing Mark Anderson is getting cut today?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    thanks for the link. I thought I heard it but wasn't sure if I believed it. Pretty scary if a guy from the UFL is taking your job.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Wonder if they're looking at UFL offensive linemen?

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Mark Anderson was a premature ejaculate that shot his whole load his first season. Heads will rollllllllllllll. Let the bodies hit the floor.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Didn't a head already roll on Sunday night. Cutler's, I mean?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Angelo again. Just sayin' ....

  • In reply to jbenton:

    daaaamn....looks like management isn't fucking around (FINALLY)!!!! now w/ the release of Alex, this is some bullshit, but....we'll see what happens w/ Charles (he was a beast in NO for a sec.)

    inclined to think if the O-Line fucks up like that again, somebody's getting cut. and very very soon...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I watched him play Saturday night and although it was the UFL, he wreaked some havoc.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They did the same to Kreutz.

  • I was wondering about the concussion as well, Jeff. I agree, I think they held him out because if they didn't his season would've been over three seconds into his first third quarter snap. Better to call it good at half, than have your franchise's knees blown out and head smashed, especially in a game where absolutely nothing is working.

    They might hold him out Sunday just to give him time to collect himself, but something tells me he's gonna go.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    He should have been pulled at the start of the second quarter after Goff(?) tattooed the back of his head.

  • Might want to double check the contest results.

    I posted these on October 2, 2010 3:25 PM
    in the "Saturday Show" thread. I can't hear the Saturday show because of my dial up connection so, if I duplicated you or your brothers picks, I understand that is verboten and too bad for me, but if I didn't...

    Week 4 Picks; (Copied & pasted from Saturday Show thread)

    Giants -4 (NOT that I'm superstitious or anything though someone STILL has to explain THAT spread to me).

    San Diego -8 (Steve Breaston is out, I'm not sure how healthy Larry Fitz REALLY is, Derek Anderson is hovering at a 50% completion rate and Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower both seem to be graduates of the "Adrian peterson School of Ball Security".

    Houston -3.5 (Because my favorite teams are the Bears and whoever plays Oakland.)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Thank you, Blogfather.

  • Mix some remi with that hemi, and my semi gets as angry as Marinelli (should be.)

  • WOWSERS!

    Only 2 years after this blog had dismissed him!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    From the "No I'm not kiddding" deopartment:

    The Bears get rid of the steady, reliable, Alex Brown and keep the highly suspect, inconsistent, Mark Anderson.

    Brown now starts for the reigning World Champions and Anderson is cut after 4 games.

    I can just hear Rosenbloom saying....

    "This is sooo Bears."

  • Amen. How pathetic.

  • Angelo is a fucktard? Who woulda thunk it? :o)

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