Audibles From the Long Snapper

I should be back to full strength by tomorrow.

Cut Todd Collins
If Jay Cutler is not cleared to play Sunday, the Chicago Bears can under no circumstances allow Todd Collins to be the starting quarterback.  They should not even allow Collins to occupy a spot on the roster.  Collins was supposed to be the caretaker, the protector of the football, the wily veteran.  Instead he looked like a combination between Jake Delhomme and a drunk trying to play darts at 3:55 AM.  Why Lovie allowed him to play as long as he did Sunday is still the most unfathomable part of a rather impressive victory.

How About Them Defensive Ends?
I'd like to go on record saying that the combined performances of Israel Idonije and Julius Peppers was the most impressive from a pair of Bears defensive ends since guys like Dent and McMichael were in town.  I'd like to see Izzy perform like this consistently over the next few weeks.  (And I think credit must be given to Jerry Angelo for acquiring Peppers.)
Look at the Schedules Now
The Green Bay Packers are going to Miami this week, possibly without their starting quarterback.  The Minnesota Vikings are in a de factor playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys.  (The Vikes most famous fan, Mike Florio, wants Favre off the field.)  The Bears, with a victory, could be up a pair on the field by Sunday night and be the team with the fewest injuries and controversies.  The Sunday night in the Meadowlands will feel like two seasons ago very soon.
Da Picks Contest
SC Dave, do, augie and Who is Willie Gault each joined the perfect week club.  So many people had the Saints, Chargers and Packers.


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  • 1st

  • FIRST and last time Todd Collins's play on the field is discussed.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Not that I'm into it, but crown gets the de facto first, since we've never seen pizza time before and he adds zero value.

    Who are these random people who come on and just post "1st" bizarre... and useless.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We been getting alot of new posters on gameday but then they dissappear for the week.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't give a shit about the 1st thing MB. But, it is weird when someone we've never seen on here posts first and then peaces out. Are they just waiting for new threads all day so they can get first? Does this boost their ego in some weird way? You got nothing to say besides first? You like the Bears? Then say something of substance.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    100% crown. My first thought was that these guys are ChiNow employees that are trying to drum up traffic and start conversations, but not like we need that here. Maybe it's just policy and they do it on every blog once in a while. Like that bearded dude who got sleighed by a few of us.

    Agree that it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha oh yea huh i forgot about the shoe bomber

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It sounds like Cutlers getting cleared to play this weekend according to our friends at ESPN. Hopefully they're right for a change.

  • OOOhhhhhhh nooooo! No one named pizzatime 7 BEATS me!

  • Did you guys see the block Sean Terminator Connor made during Sean Green's TD run. All that guy does is hit and own people. That's what I thought Manofmoolah was going to do. I will give Manu credit b/c he did spring Forte on one of his TD runs, but he has to be better.

  • Yup Bears site says Hannie is now the #2 QB .. thank God! But lets hope Jay is feeling well enough to play this week. And the Bears schedule is looking really good comparatively, but the last four games might be tough. Let's hope they're riding a wave of victory by the time they get there.

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  • In reply to creedgaming:

    You serious, pal?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    lol apparently so

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Up to date? Yeah right. Last update was on Sunday and it was a recap of the Packers game. Hello?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Idonije seems to be responding well under the tutelage of Marinelli.

    The Todd "Montgomery Burns" Collins era is over. Doooh!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    This dude is a loon.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And it really looks like Murray Hamilton was saying that :o)

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    Your site is garbage.

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    The Panthers had 146 yards of total offense Sunday. That was bookended by 55 yards on the first drive, before the Bears made their adjustments, and 35 garbage-time yards on the last drive. That leaves 56 yards in the intervening 13 drives, or an average of 4.3 yards per drive. If you hold the opponent to 4.3 yards per PLAY, you're doing a decent job of defense. Five of those drives went for negative yardage.

    Now, the Seahawks' offense isn't quite as pitiful as the Panthers', but hopefully with Cutler back, the D can get a little more help from the offense, and with homefield advantage, we can see a similar performance and another big win. The Bears will be favored for only the second time this year (that's right the oddsmakers would have the Bears at 1-4 to this point).

    Minor correction to the post: Green Bay hosts Miami Sunday.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Welcome Ufficio. I wouldn't take anything from the Panthers game other than the W though. They suck. They're 0-5. We'll see how those three-TE packages that helped our run game shapes up against the #2 rated Hawks run defense.

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    SPAM. Eject him and pizza time Jeff. Fucking detritus.

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    My buddy the Seahawks fan (the dude with the tat if you remember), sent me this today:

    "Seahawks stats:
    run offense

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I'm with you man. I think the Bears should kill them but you just can't ever tell with this game. I think that's why football is the greatest sport ever.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Yep, should be interesting... especially with Jay's return JAB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And Chris Williams! They're talking about Webbs replacing Shaffer and Edwin to replace Louis which means ... no Omelette ? Sweet.,0,1169071.story?obref=obinsite

  • In reply to jbenton:

    And here

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    That guy was so bad (can't even speak his name) that not only should he be fired already (not just demoted, OFF THE TEAM) - that the guy who recommended picking him up should be fired, as well as the guy who placed him ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart, as well as the guy who thought, after he threw his 3rd interception, that it might be a good idea to have him throw again.

    Let's see... are we talking about Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith, and Mike Martz, in no particular order? Well I definitely don't want Mike Martz to be fired but as to the others...

    No, seriously, I thought it was an extremely impressive game, marred only by a few inexplicable but BIG offensive bonehead decisions... like calling passes for The Soon To Be Fired QB after 1) we were well ahead in the game, due to 2) Matt Forte running like a wildebeest on fire...

    and its corollary -

    why the hell wasn't Matt Forte allowed to continue to run the ball? Was he being punished for already putting up over 100 yards and 2 td's in the first quarter? THAT wouldn't make any sense, obviously. So why???

    like calling for more passes when 3 interceptions had already been logged...

    Is it because of a nagging problem I think we may discover with Mike Martz - that in and amongst all of his evident geniusity - does he have just a leetle bit of a problem handling a game plan that screams for a predominance of running plays? Nothing else really explains his game plan after the first quarter.

    Did anyone hear Matt Forte on ESPN's "Live Take" (I think that's what it was) - first, he was very funny, second, it seemed obvious through his veiled mild comments that he has been pretty pissed about how Martz has used him so far. That may be a stretch from what was actually said and how it was said but I totally believe it. He did say if he was the coordinator he'd get himself 25-30 touches per game, in some combination of runs and catches, that he needed that to get into a groove in a game. Guess what? I agree with him! (I'm sure so do most of us).

    Bottom line - we have two excellent runners on this team, we need to use them. So Mr. Martz, love your creativity, but you need to prove to us that you can sublimate your creative passing desires for a pound it out (creatively) running game when it is called for - and it WILL be called for, more than once, in this season.

    That game should have been about 40 - 6, and the ONLY thing that could have lost it for us was turnovers, and yet the playcalling through much of the game after the first quarter led to exactly that. The only downside to the game.

    Julius Peppers, you are a BEAST!!!!

    Definitely the best Bear lineman since Richard Dent, no one else even close. Thank God he's on our team! I agree with Jeff, credit to Angelo for making that happen - same as with Jay.

    GO BEARS!!!! 4-1 and in the division lead!!!!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    In Martz defense, running the ball all day just keeps the game close. You can run it and run it and take time off the clock and maybe not score any points, which is the name of the game. I'm glad that he takes shots, but a bit more balance would be nice. Interestingly, they shaved Hester's time at WR. Really giving him a 'rest' or realising that he ain't all that at receiver? End the madness and crown Shabba as the rightful king ....

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    Good post phil. Don't get me started on how brilliant Jerry was to use covert strateegery to somehow get us Pep. Anyway, glad he's ours.

    Hey Pack and Queens, we'll see you both on the other side of the half. Should be an interesting 3rd quarter gents.

    Oh and Manu, Olsen, Forte, and KD need to watch this over and over and over again

  • In reply to creedgaming:

    Don't over-correct, Blogfather. Like Brad Biggs says, if you cut Todd Collins with whom do you replace him? They won't cut someone who has already swallowed up guaranteed money when there isn't a free agent QB out there to replace him. Garcia and Culpeper are refusing to leave the UFL so that doesn't leave many options.

    Stay with Collins. If Prime Cut can't start on Sunday I think they should start Hanie. I want to see what the kid can do if he's given the reins.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Agreed Ghost, start Hanie and if he goes down the we still have Collins to hand it off to Forte/Taylor.
    The reason Collins was in so long Sun was because I'm sure Martz wanted him to stay in and tough it out. I believe Martz was the one pushing for a vet QB, so Collins failure is egg on his face.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:


  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    soooooooo.....question: anybody still questioning the Chris Harris-Jamar Williams trade?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Common FQ. Here, let me put it this way... talk to me in a year (if there is a next year).

    We continue to mortgage the possibilities of our future for the uncertainties of today.

    Like doc says, chris harris has stepped up to fill a gap, but we're going to need someone to take over for 54 and 55 soon, and the best way to do that is to grow from within. Not a strength, or even a thought, of JA's.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think Iwuh can fill that role and I'm pretty sure he'll get a look this week with Briggs nagging ankle injury. I got a feelin 55 is sitting this week.

    And I wouldn't be suprised if Favre is ruled out for at least a week due to vaginitus. That elbow pain ain't going away bud. He was holding it like Charlie stole his kidney.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Roach fills 1 void....Bears get LBs like it's a clinic. and who's to say Panthers won't cut him? this is the same team that seriously considered trading DeAngelo Williams

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    They won't cut him, I was just over on the Panthers SB nation site and one of their LBs has gone down.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    let me ask you this FQ... if we could do it over would you rather:

    1. Trade roach instead of jamar? (We've seen all that roach is, we hadn't even pricked the surface of what Jamar could do)

    2. Have waited an extra week or two and gotten Harris for free, while shopping Jamar (or roach) for something of value (anything, a beer and a sangwich is better than nothing)

    Completely hypothetical of course, because we don't have anyone in management who at least ponders these types of things unfortunately.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    2 of course, but you were pounding the trade from jump it seems like. now i'm IN NO MEANS saying JA is a shrewd businessman (he's far from it), but Harris is a major addition to what the defense is doing. plus, we have yet to see Major Wright yet (could y'all PLEASE stop calling him "Major Penis"), so who knows...?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Precisely, the panthers were cutting Harris anyway, we could have given them Roach, Hillenmeyer, anyone ... why oh why did it have to be my boy ?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Ok last post for a while: Hey Max and buddies...

    Even this asshole thinks you guys are a bunch of cheapshot artist clowns:

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I still get upset about our draft.

    We got Pringles, but he hasn't shown up and is starting his career being injury prone. I hope that sorts itself out. He may be packing the Hickory Farms and all, but he's got to realize that the Gators ain't a pro team, even though they all think they are. Welcome to the real Pros, Pringles. You better start conditioning better than that, because that's what happens to your hamstrings when every return guy in the league has 4.4 speed or better.

    And we lost that Illini Guard, damn we should have had him. And we just threw the La Favor pick away. I mean, we got no fucking value out of that AT ALL. The kid showed he had some heart and maybe he could develop, BUT WE DIDN'T NEED THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking Eli Manning didn't start as a rook, what was Angelo thinking with that kid?

    So Hanie gets his shoulder pounded because Williams still can't block despite being a 1st rounder, and lo and behold - everybody goes "Sorry Favor, we drafted you as a favor to your family, but now you gotta go, cause your a rook from a Division II school and you have no fucking idea how to run the most complicated offense in the NFL. Piss off."

    So then we need brainiac Collins, and he fucking REBUFFS the initial offer, which was what - something like $1.5M guaranteed. Holy shit, Collins agent told Angelo to stuff it. And guess what? Yeah, that's right, Angelo made some noise like he would get somebody else - he came back and paid Collins the $2M or whatever it is he wanted.

    Angelo was shook down for $500k by Todd Collins and his agent. Michigan educations do pay off, I guess. Bears paid 2M for him to throw 3 pics and probably get released.

    If Collins gets the stick this week, he will laugh all the way to the bank. His $2M was guaranteed. That's the best bank heist in history right there. Deniro and Kilmer didn't get that much in Heat.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mmmmmmmm... heeeeat. Great movie.

    Oh and I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i think he knew it was getting bad saying that over and over.

    Also, Heat is on my 10 best movies of all time. love me some Michael Mann.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Anyone think 'The town' was a bit like Heat/Carlito's way?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OK, fellow fans of "The Worst 4-1 team in NFL History".

    Here is today's "...and death is not an option." question.

    Todd Collins or Jonathan Quinn?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:


    Quinn was awful. He threw like a girl, maybe 40 yard throws at the outside. Collins can sling it, he just has no fucking clue where or what. that could be fixed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kudos to the denizens of Da dears blog.

    SOMEBODY (and, no, it was not me) posted last week that Chris Harris would be playing like a 4th linebacker Sunday.
    From today's Trib-

    Dan Pompei: "Chris Harris wore a neck roll on his shoulder pads Sunday. It's a good thing because he needed it. Harris ostensibly played strong safety, but a review of the game film shows he really was a fourth linebacker most of the time against his old team."

    MOST of us first railed against the release of Alex Brown and then KNEW, I repeat KNEW that Izzy should be starting over his erstwhile competitor, Mark Anderson.

    And that's just scratching the surface the correctly called shots around here!

    Damn, we're good!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Izzy has always been my favorite lineman, on either line. It's Jules now though ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    ... and McMichael was a tackle by the way ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 for "HEAT".

    "Where's Waynegrow?"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Regardless how well Chester Taylor plays for us, watching AP failing to pick up 3rd down blitzers last night was priceless.

  • In reply to selliot1958:

    Seeing Favre's world fall apart even more so ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Welcome back, Mayor Blogfather.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The promising seventh rounder Webb could make the draft look better GPL. We pretty much ran the ball to his side most of the game and he did a real good job. He is a mammoth. As long as he keeps bending and shuffling his feet he could become a staple. Hopefully him and Williams can finally shore up that right side. But, there is no doubt the LeFevor pick was a plain mistake, even if you're trying to pick the best value player regardless of position.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPLDan, are you sure on those numbers? Everything I've been able to find suggests a $1MM contract with only $100M guaranteed for The QB Who Was Worse Than Rex Grossman. Wasted money without a doubt, but if it's $2MM it's worse. What say ye? I can't believe they would guarantee him $2MM.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    but Kilmer was banging a YOUNG ashley judd. favre would definitely send penis pictures to her

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'll bet Morgan Freeman was sending her cock pictures in whatever movie they starred in about a serial killer ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We're 4-1, the Fudge and the Purple headed yogurt slingers are falling apart, and your bitching about the fucking draft man?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Yes. Because it goes to the point of Todd Collins.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    From the "You're just NOW coming to that conclusion?" file...

    "With Bernard Berrian really struggling in Minnesota, the Bears might have been better off having let him go to the Vikings for big bucks in free agency.' -Brad Biggs in Todays Trib.

    "Might?" "MIGHT!?"

    Mr. Biggs obviously doesn't read this blog because that's ANOTHER correct call made here LONG ago!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've been reading the blogfathers words of wisdom for about 2 years now.

    First site i go to on a daily basis, half for Jeff's posts, half for the insight/hilarity that ensues in the comments.

    It's a blog guys, Other than Max and the other pack trollers, we're all bears fan's. Take it eeeaaaassssyyyyyyy.

    I posted 1st to see what kinda shit storm it could spew... and sure enough.

    On a football note- The Queens are done. Childress looks worse then LDL this year. He decides to be run heavy against one team, with the best back in the game , putting trust in Narcissus that should never be there to begin with. His arm is going to fall off in the cold. I will be absolutely shocked if we see him on December 20th.

    In last nights thread someone mentioned that the Jets D didn't look that great... The Jets are scary. Period. Holmes back, Revis still hurting, Pace back. They had their actual starting lineup on the field for the first time last night. And honestly, is there a single person here that actually think the Giants D is more intimidating then that of the only guy named Rex in football not worth laughing at? On top of it, Sanchez is turning into a stud. You give that game clear weather last night and the Jets put up 40.

    Im in Ra-Chester New York and i got to watch them whoop on the Buffalo Jills from the first row. No team is all around better right now.

    Izzy made his statement last week, and hopefully we can get Orange Julius to actually see some one-on-one schemes sometime soon. Against a busted up Seahawks line, im expecting big things week from both sides.

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    Good Shit Pizza Guy!


    Hey, "Any, anybody wanna ask about Percy?"

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    The only beef I have with the Todd Collins debacle is that they didn't pull him earlier. They only got him because they didn't know when Hanie could go and LaFevour either sucks or wasn't close to ready. And once they had him, they might as well see what he had over the more known quantity in Hanie against an 0-4 team. They just should have pulled him out way earlier.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    The only beef I have is we signed the fkr in the first place ...

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    Yup the Jets looks strong right now but we dont have to face them for quite some time. In the interim I think the next few weeks look good. If the Bears D is pumped from last weeks performance and comes out strong the Seahawks will be missing a QB just like the Lions.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I would love to see Charlie Bratwurst in by the third quarter. With an anemic offensive life, it's plausible.

    let's not forget the seahawks are a dangerous team at home, and for whatever reason the Bears seem to want to give them games every single year.

    31-10, Chicago. Cutler comes back with three scores.

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    Aren't we playing at Soldier field?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Sanchise shits the bed when he sees a pass rush. Jared Allen got owned by Ferguson the other night, but when they get a load of the Pep & Izzy show ... with 8-Ball up the middle and either Big Toe or Charles 'The Murderer' Grant ...we'll see how he does. The Joker hasn't seen a front seven like ours yet. And it's in Soldier field we play both them and the Pats, we're blessed with our schedule in that sense.

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    Yeah, that was a rough man. First time posters always get mole-whacked and it's a shame. It's a free web. Welcome, and peace.

    By the way, was there six other pizzatimes registered with ChicagoNow ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Eric Olsen. I don't even know if he's any good, but as a guard/Center we needed a look at him.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Bloggers Fantasy Football Update:

    Hats off to Team Murph II who remains the only perfect team left and is sitting at 5-0. FQ/Cutler's Forte is also undefeated at 4-0-1.

    Division leaders are Murph, FQ, Doc/MikeBrown-Tied, Chicago Cutlery?, Nagurski Bronco's?/Who B Willie G-Tied.

    Well done so far gents.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    still mad a/b that tie. some serious ass will be whooped this week

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I'd swap back for Jamar in a hot second. We have twelve thousand strong safeties on the roster, most of whom cover the pass better than CH. Harris is good against the run, but getting on in years, not so hot against the pass. Jamar was just starting out. Chicago is all about the linebackers - we've nearly always had top linebackers. I have a boner for good linebackers. Our strong safety is Danieal Manning, Pringles will be back, what then for Harris? He becomes a backup. If Briggsy can't go I'd much rather he was replaced by ... THE GUY WHO MADE EIGHTEEN TACKLES IN ONE GAME. Ahem. Jamar tackled Steven Jackson 13 times in that game on rushing downs for an average gain of just 2.46 yards. He *owned* Steven Jackson better than any linebacker had done all season. SJ leads Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk now I think. Williams in a heartbeat. i'd rather we stopped the run closer to the LOS. We don't want safeties stopping the run.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Plus, he'd be animal on ST until required.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Did Jamar Williams once give you an Irish handjob? Dude can't even start on f'ing carolina. Harris has made more of a difference in the secondary than you give him credit for. Guy is a leader and a beast against the run. Your off your rocker!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Tyler Thigpen & Sage Rosenfels are both rotting away on rosters. Do it. Experience exschmeerience. Collins blows.

  • In reply to creedgaming:


  • In reply to creedgaming:

    Turns out creedgaming is a bad video game, where you can only play Apollo Creed and no matter how much you try, you can never beat Rocky.

  • +1

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