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Worst Case Scenario

I had this thought this morning.  Imagine a scenario where Julius Peppers sacks Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter, knocking him out of the game.  And Rex Grossman enters, leading his team on a game-winning drive.  My God.  That would feel like the end of the world. Dan Pompei quotes the former Bears quarterback in today's Tribune, as he discusses leaving town:
"Going to Houston after Chicago was night and day. They're obviously a young franchise, but to go to Houston from Chicago, it almost didn't feel like the NFL. Washington is a lot more like Chicago. This is a very similar setup."

Grossman's career in Chicago is one of the strangest in the history of the organization.  He was both hero and heel, and often both at the same time.  He was the perfect Lovie Smith quarterback.


Not Buying Time of Possession Debate

Other than the victory against the Panthers, which was a near split, the Bears' offense has lost the time-of-possession battle in four of their last five games. For the season, the Bears are 27th in the NFL with an average time of possession of 27:57.

''It doesn't matter how much they play,'' Jennings said. ''We've just got to keep [opponents] out of the end zone.''

The issue I always have with this argument is that it's always seemed that Lovie Smith has embraced his defense spending extended time on the field.  The bend-don't-break approach is all the Lovie-Deuce can lean on without an interior-busting defensive tackle (a la Warren Sapp) or a punishing player at the safety position (John Lynch, Bob Sanders...etc.).  The offense clearly needs to improve, increase drive length, and cut down on thirty-yard throws when only three are required for a first down.  But I'm tired of the defense trying to have it both ways. 


Mulligan Believes 'Skins Show the Way
Mike Mulligan writes a strangely dispassionate love letter to Mike Shanahan's impact on the Washington Redskins over the first several games of the season.  The subtext of the argument is that the Bears mistakenly did not fire Lovie and hire Shanahan this offseason.  (Something I wanted desperately to happen and wrote about daily.)  His argument, though, is a bit of a stretch.

The Redskins' line has allowed only 14 sacks for a loss of 96 yards as opposed to the Bears' 27 sacks for minus-168 yards.

The Bears' offense has dipped to a season-low 29th ranking in the 32-team league. They have not only allowed the most sacks in the league, but they've allowed seven more than the next-closest team.

I don't think the Redskins are better than the Bears, however, and Vegas agrees with me this week.  I guess we'll see what the records of the two clubs are after Sunday afternoon.

Blog Poll Question
Giving me a full explanation why ("I hate the Packers" doesn't count), who are you rooting for in the Sunday night game - Minnesota or Green Bay?  I literally can't decide.

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  • Oh man, I'd completely FORGOTTEN about the "Rex Nightmare" possibilty!

  • Hmmm, Packers or Queens "...and death is not an option." ?

    Go Packers. They KNOW they're in trouble. The Queens probably have new hope after the Dallas win. I'd like to see that SQUASHED, ASAP.

  • Well, Rex would be a BIG upgrade over Collins.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    It's so hard... do I hate the Packers or Favre more? Gawd... guess I gotta go with Green Bay since we beat them once already.

    Actually, a dream season is that the Packers have a 15-3 season, where ALL THREE losses are to the Bears. That would give me a woody I think.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    And on the Rex nightmare thing, if the Bears lose, that is EXACTLY HOW I HOPE IT HAPPENS. SO Rex can give the foam-middle-fingered FUCK YOU of all time to throngs of assholes in Soldier's Field that booed him and his team, along with the multitudes watching on TV that did the same thing.

    In fact, it would be WORTH seeing the Bears lose to see that.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Why on earth wouldn't we boo his team? They'll be the visiting team in our stadium. That's kind of how it works.

    As far as booing Grossman personally: I agree it would be classless, but I'm willing not to convict the crowd based solely on the fact that Grossman said he expects to be booed.

    I do hope Rex sees the field, because of the intrigue it will add, but more so because it can only be a good sign for the Bears' chances of winning.

    By the way, it's "Soldier Field".

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    You are Bears through and through SC. Please explain how Rex beating us would be worth it?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I can't Crown. I did not carry the "IF we're going to lose part" from the previous post.

    And yes, I meant booing Rex and his team when he was with the Bears.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    To reply to you're open debate, Jeff:

    In short, despite my undying hate of the packers, I WANT them to win.

    Here's why:

    1. Brett Farve is the biggest ass-clown in the history of the NFL. Whether it's not reporting to training camp or sexting pictures of his junk to (hot) women half his age (which, indecently I would be less annoyed with had he not tried recently nursed his breast cancer stricken wife back to health), he's acting like a fucking D-bag of epic proportions. The crying, emotional, fake garbage he pulls just kills me. I think Packers fans probably agree. Sure, its amazing that hes a solid QB in the NFL at age 41... can't take that away from him. And he's tough, no doubt. But when he responds to questions about his poor performance with "i asked my family and they say I need to smile more on the field." Eat a dick! Try not throwing 3 INT's a game. Plus, an aspect that has been more or less ignored by the popular media is that he has blow the last TWO NFC championships he's played in with terrible 4th quarter INT's (with GB against the giants and Minny against the Saints). Not clutch. Not this decade.

    Great QB - yes!, Great team mate/person, NO!!! So sick of the media/ESPN Brett Farve suck-off. I just want him to lose and quit half way through the season. What better place then in GB.

    2. With all the injuries to the Pack, the Vikes are more poised to make a run at the NFC north with a road division win.

    3. We already have a divisional win against GB, so they are less of a threat.

    4. Brad Childress. How can you not absolutely hate this guy and everything he stands for. Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson were not about to send players to go recruit Farve. They wouldn't let him blow off training camp 2 years in a row. They certainly proved they weren't willing to pay him 20-mil for 1 year and (so far) 2 wins.

    5. Randy Moss is a cry baby.

    6. Jared Allen, while awesome, is a hillbilly asshole.

    7. Purple sucks worse than the piss and puke.

    8. The viking horn sucks worse then the Lambo-Leap

    9. Vikes play in a dome... pussies.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I'm with Jimmy 100% Also, the douchebags pipe in extra noise to fuck with the opposition.

    Only Favre gets away with letting the media photograph his bruises and fish for sympathy. I'd be willing to bet everyone in the NFL has some bruises all season. When he's going good he's slapping backsides and running down the field to join the party (really just trying to get a little more face time). When it's going bad he constantly needs everyone to tell him how great he is and overall is a phony fucking asshole.

    I actually love the Lambeau Leap. If you were a FudgePacker fan and sitting there, it would be sweet.

    I like Chilly in Mn. He's got to be one of the worst coaches in the league. How can you have that much talent year in and year out and not make it to the Dance?

    Come on Fudgepackers, pound the BiQueens.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I would love to see Rex bounce back and have a decent career. Just not at the expense of the Bears. The "fans" totally deserve the big FUCK YOU, along with the media. He took 10 times more shit than he deserved. Did he suck balls when he played for us? Fuck Yeah! So what. Almost every QB since McMahon fits that description (other than Kramer and KO).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You couldn't fucking pay me to pretend to hate the Vikings more than the Packers.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    here, here.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Or is it hear, hear?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    hear hear: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hear,_hear

    Although I thought I looked it up last year and it was "Hear here". Whatever.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Culture Corner, brought to you by DBB ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "hear here" makes the most sense to me.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Who do you guy THINK will win the MN vs GB game?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    btw, are people really this dumb. Man, people don't think for themselves: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1010/nflhelmettohelmet/content.1.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Disturbing poll. I don't want to see anyone get hurt, although I don't want this crap to ruin football either.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oooohhh Rah!

    http://www.brobible.com/story/how-f1-racing-legend-james-hunt-slept-with-33-british-airways-stewardesses

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah, legend. When I used to buy Look-in magazine as a nipper in the Seventies there was *always* pin-ups of the following :

    Barry Sheene (motorbikes)
    James Hunt
    Daley Thompson (athletics)

    But with all the alcohol and coke in his system I doubt he was up to much. Wait ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    * No question. Go Vikes. We want the Packers still only a game behind us if we win? Nope. Favre won't be around alter on, the pack are our main threat along with the Lions. Then again, a tied game and no one gains the victory ...

    * I hope we do put McNabb out (but that would require Peppers actually getting a sack). Then we can put Grossman out. Why does he think he'll get booed? He's not playing quarterback for us anymore ..

    * I think the Defense forced 7 three and outs on the Hawks. Amazing. Imagine if we could actually drive the ball after those gifts ... we'd be hammering teams.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    haaaa... like the booing part lol

    Yeah, Brett has an injury and I don't think Moss can make Jackson play like Cullepper.

    That last point, man if only.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think the only real hit that should be brought to attention is the Patriot hit.

    The others are a part of football.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tough question, think about it for more than a few seconds and you talk yourself out of what ever you were about to answer. So I'll just go with my initial reaction. Packers, I really want to see what Farve does when he find the Viks sitting 2-6 or 3-7. Finally a media circus we can all enjoy. I also dont like the chance of back to back big wins actually getting the Viking's ship back on course...everyone knows Childress cant do it on his own.

  • In reply to reprisal:

    Also, I like Charles Woodson vs Favre(or maybe double up on a Farve, Harvin parlay) for first player suspended after the league's recommitment to preventing violent hits.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    With that said

    The Pack are 3 - 3, and there next 5 opponents are Viks, Jets, Cowboys, Viks,Falcons

    The Viks are 2 - 3, and their next five opponents are the Pack, Pats, Cards, Bears, and Skins

    Insofar as we have a head to head game up on the Pack it is in our best interest for the Pack to win this game. They have a hellish 5 weeks ahead.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I will root for neither. I will however, be jumping for joy every time a player from either team limps over to the sidelines. I don't care what Vegas thinks, the Bears will not field an NFL ready O-line by Sunday. The only game I see left on the schedule as a clear cut win is the Bills. We'll get lucky here and there but don't hold your breath. I'd much rather have Rex as a backup to Cutty than Collins.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    "Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson were not about to send players to go recruit Farve. They wouldn't let him blow off training camp 2 years in a row."

    Well, to be fair, the might have if Tarvaris Jackson rather than Aaron Rodgers had been waiting in the wing.

    I think it's better for the Bears if Green Bay wins, but on the other hand if would be hilarious to see Favre (scumbag that he is) beat Green Bay yet again. I'm ambivalent on this one.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    damn Trac, you're on and off quicker than a light bulb man. Not saying that I can disagree very much with your latest fall into 'we're not guaranteed another single game', but damn man

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Giants game MB. Still having nightmares.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know Trac, I know. I totally get it man. Just trying to keep the faith a little. Hoping that what we've been seeing won't continue. You never know in this league.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I think we have to root for Green Bay and I've been thinking about this. i feel much more confident taking my chances with the Pack down the stretch, beaten and battered, and having lost to us once. I'd love to see Minnie buried as deep as possible.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    yeah, i'm wid it.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    Ok, that's interesting: http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_705163.html

    You mean like this, ol' timey Joe? http://mywifemademewatchthis.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/leatherheads.jpg

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I despise the Pack. I found their blog invasion offensive, esp. when Cheesy and his dickweed fucktard clan slinked away when they lost. Anything that is bad for the Pack is good for us.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vikings fans aren't even passionate enough to act out like those douchebags. They're too busy sipping zinfandels on the patio and listening to Prairie Home Companion reruns until ice fishing season starts.
    Once the novelty of Favre wore off, it's been all downhill for them.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, love the description of the fans/MN.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I lived up there off and on for about 6 years, in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, and St. Peter - I know those folks.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    You made up my mind for me. Great post.

  • Brilliant.

    Wonder how many people feel the same way about that dipshit Kiffin. Assholes.

  • Oh yeah, and FUUUUCK rex grossman.

    We might have turned him into a headcase unfairly, but fuck that guy. We don't owe he's sally ass anything.

    I've always like orton a lot and wish him the best, not that pecker rex.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    his

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How bout a tie?

    That way if we beat packers again and mn both times, their tie will mess up their chances in the playoffs or taking our division.

    ON the other hand, I want MN to win, the best team when healthy in the league is going to be Greengay, take away Urlacher's fumble and we would be 4-3.

    If Rex Grossman comes in the game, I will turn it off. Period. That guy broke my heart to many games and to many times.

    Bastard.

    The Defense is different, when Lance is out there. Don't know why but it is.

    Our season is not on the qb, no, that would be to easy, it's on the Oline this year.

    We have the Qb, RB, and a decent enough WR to make this team click on the offense. We just need better run and pass blocking.

    Give me a game where Jay doesn't get sacked more than 3 times. We win. I guarantee it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Who's the receiver Artoo ? :o)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I said decent!!! Was that too much credit for our receivers? lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Apparently we only need to convert one third down to win a game. And a GB-MIN tie is clearly the best thing for us.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    It was Brigg's fumble. And we would be 3-3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1
    I'd love to get Kyle back when Denver install T-bone.

  • ya know, of all the huge hits we have seen last weekend, our man didn't get any respect... Bennett vs. Punter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJa81h1cato

  • In reply to Church:

    The best part being that it was a completely legal hit.
    Had Bennett led with his helmet, he would have, all kidding aside, killed that punter or himself. That was just beautifully timed.
    I think that's what bugged me about the Merriwether hit. He purposefully led with his helmet; sometimes shit happens, but not in that sequence. He did seem genuinely remorseful about it later.

    And I have to root for the Packers because a) the Vikings fans deserve no less, and b) I don't see the Cheeseheads holding it together much longer with no running game (hmmm) and no Finley. That guy was the difference between a pretty good offense and a great offense.
    I think the Vikings would be much, much closer to full-blown implosion with a loss to the Pack. Randy already looks irritated beyond belief.

  • In reply to Church:

    awesome... you can see bennett see the guy and just fucking heat seeking missile on him. I love forte jumping up and down in the foreground (see how I did that)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    :o)

    But, anyone worried that Hester/Knox/Bennett are better known for returns/tackles/blocking than actually catching more than 2 passes a game?
    Y'know those long passes that Cutty overthrows? It's cos this guy isn't underneath them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXNYPikw0Ao

    And when we started him out wide ... tell me we can't use this guy. All of his catches from last year. FREE SHABBA !!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW_QD3i5iik

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Scratch the "what would Aromashodu" shirt, we now need "Free Shabba!"

  • I understood!

  • I know people aren't sold on the bend-don't-break, but the fact is that the Bears lead the league in forced 3-and-outs, and it's not even close. Even at their defensive nadir last year, they still were leading or top 3 in forced 3-and-outs IIRC.

    No one can dispute the D was dominating the Giants thoughout the first 3 quarters, before breaking down in the 4th. If the offense converts even a few 3rd downs, maybe they dominate the whole the game. Or maybe the break anyway because NYG is forced to get aggressive? Who knows. But playing bend-don't-break doesn't mean they don't try (and don't succeed) at getting off the field in 3 plays.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    It's just all completely wasted when the keystone cops come out on offense.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We had seven 3 & outs vs SEA. Failing to take advantage of that is unforgiveable. We need Shabba and KD out there to give Cutler the bigger targets he loves. Stretch the field and give him the option of putting up jump balls that's he's been missing.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Roy's latest film room of the Hawks game :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gQRbnBsvWo&feature=sub

    Kellen Davis freed up Hester bigtime on that return.

    Webb is clearly clueless at pass blocking. At no point should a tackle ever be standing there not blocking anyone. Surely Shaffer wasn't this bad?

    Chester should be our #1 if Forte can't pick up the blitzers. Ditto Kellen Davis.

    And get this, Rod Wilson wasn't holding on that Manning return. Wilson was square with the guy and the dude slipped and fell over. Sickening.

    Anyone else done with Knox's "routes"? Sorry, but KRs and occasional looks for this guy only. We're better with you-know-who on the outside. I never understood the love for Knox - he hurts us more than he helps.

    Short and curlies:

    * demote Forte and Olsen, repalce with Taylor and Kellen and our blocking gets appreciably better and one can argue we get better players in return.

    * demote Knox and replace him with Shabba. Knox is as useful as a chocolate teapot and the odd 'highlight' is not producing, sorry.

    * demote Webb and replace with Shaffer. Webb is not helping and at least Shaffer is experienced.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    After this game, we do that.

    My question, if you put Aromashodu in one spot, doesn't that mean everyone will know what he is doing?

    Figures.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'd replace Olsen with Clark but I think they're done reshuffling the O-line, barring injury. Roy's videos are always insightful.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Forte is our best offensive player....benching him would be a mistake.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I think Forte could be great (see: good) with a real offensive line, but benching Chester for 90% of the plays is already a mistake.

    So often I see Forte step up into Kreutz's asshole for pass blocking. Meanwhile some douchebag comes off the edge and pummels are most NECESSARY offensive player.

    Forte can break a decent run in space, but as far as battling for yards through a group of underachieving (or maybe properly achieving considering they stink) linemen - he's got nothing. He had it his rookie year, but since then I have seen no ability to make plays on his own.

    Watching Forsett hit the pile, bounce off and go around the pack... making 8 yards out of nothing.. that pisses me off. Forte USED to do that. Now he falls over. I have seen him pull that crap maybe twice since last year, and maybe it was preseason.

    Chester has the ability to make something out of nothing. That's the kind of ability you need when you have an offensive line as well versed in the art of providing nothing as ours proves every week.

    I'm not saying bench Forte. I'm saying give Chester some more damn time on the field. We paid him a ton of money. Let's get some bang for our buck.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I think Forte is hurt. He has zero lateral motion now. He's not the same player he was. That MCL was no bruise, it cost him movement.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Can't block for shit, he'd play, just not as much. At least until they get the blocking up front sorted out.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I have to be honest and say I don't get the whole, "I hope rex beats us" comments. Totally strange to me. Why in god's name do you want ANYONE to beat us... and it's not like the guy was a fucking super star for us for tens of years, regardless of how he was treated by the chi fans/media.

    I would understand the sentiment a lot more if it was Mike Brown, or 54, or briggsy... but rex fucking grossman? Seriously?

    Creepy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree Grossman didn't earn anything from the Bears except a kick in the ass on the way out the door. News flash, 1st round draft picks that routinely shit the bed but get play tiime simply from their draft status, get booed. Big fuckin whiny ass deal, anyone who posts anything similar to hoping Grossman comes in and leads a comeback to beat us should get their mouth shut.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    People can say whatever they damn well please on this blog.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Ideal circumstance: They play to a tie, however, they injure each other's team in quadruple overtime. Implausible? OK - Pack for various redundant reasons aforementioned.

    I wanted Shannahan too. His teams always produce 1,200+rushers with their zone blocking - solid defense and good special teams...he would've been PERFECT for us, so naturally, Angelo keeps Lovie.

    Please, don't mention "Rex" anymore...I went through a lot of therapy to unravel the trauma he inflicted on my psyche, and now I'm having flashbacks...

    Time of Possession = D tired and injured. I don't necassarily buy it, Fudge Packers D seems to get off the field quickly and they're decimated by injuries. The "Bend but don't Break" on D + the "Score as fast as possible/three and out" O = lots of plays for D. This was a concern since preseason, and we've been lucky thus far - however, the "dings" are adding up. Urlacher, Briggs, Wright, Tillman and god knows who else are nursing "minor" injuries...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Couple random thoughts:

    1. Thank you for backing me up 100% Willie. As you know, I've said the exact same thing 50 times here. I don't want to trade matty, just don't fucking use him as a real running back. Yeah, he'll break a lucky one here and there, but chester is your man when you need the tough yards. Get matty into space where he is really his strongest. Let chester be the bounce it outside after getting stuffed guy.

    2. Harrison is a fucking beast. I would kill to have that dude on our team. I totally understand why he's so angry with the grandfathered $75k ding... I don't even comprehend that logic btw. And like '85 said, the only egregious hit this last weekend was the Meriwether hit, the others were totally legal and legit. Al, I totally disagree that JH is a cheapshot artist, he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Brett Favre is a Viking.

    Go Pack Go.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, moment of silence please gents: http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/bob-guccione-penthouse-magazine-founder-dies-at-79/19683001?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec4_lnk1%7C179132

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's not like Rex was never given the chance over and over gain. Rex is our quaterback. Rex is our quarterback. Rex is our quarterback. Ok, Rex isn't worth writing anymore about.

    The NFL is a fuckin joke. They advertise big hits, they sell big hit photos and video compilations on their website. They've made a lot of money on players bashing in their dome peices. Now, they want to curb these devastating money shot hits? I think the league is feigning concern on this matter. With all the recent brain and concussion talk, they had to take some sort of stand. They're not changing the rules; they're just going to increase the fines and possible suspensions. I think in a month or so this issue dies down, unless of course players keep getting knocked out of games. There were just more big hits than normal this week. The NFL doesn't make anywhere near the money it grosses without the physicality were used to.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    If I ever hear, Rex is our quarterback ever again, I will never watch the Bear's again.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Who wants to be number one in Offense and Defense, but have a 2-4 record?

    If you say yes you are the chargers.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    More pertinent question: Would you rather enter the playoffs as the Chargers or the Bears? I don't want to limp into the playoffs and go one and done in a blow-out, I'd rather the high draft picks. Who cares about the playoffs if you're just going to suck in the first round ?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hey Sweetness, am actually a HUGE Bears fan who has never rooted against a Chicago team in his life and won't this Sunday unless Rex comes into the game. Just the absolute horrible lack of respect people showed him in Chicago was an indictment on the city and it's fans.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude's a Broncos fan, no ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Regarding Steeler James Harrison's whine about "I may have to retire" because of the Helmet-to-Helmet rule emphasis,
    I say, "Bull!."

    You are not walking away from football which you love to play and you are not walking away from more than 20 million bucks including
    paying back some bonus money you've already received if you left early.

    SHADDAP with that garbage.

    Besides, you are the POSTER BOY for leading with your helmet you cheap shot artist.

    If you really want to quit, fine. Don't let the door hit you in the fanny on your way out.

    By the way, Neanderthal, that rule is for YOUR protection as much or more than the guys you hit. You risk paralysis every time you lead with your head.

    Go see how Mark Buoniconti wound up a quadraplegic.

    Doug Plank shortened his career with hits like that.
    Likewise Chuck Cecil.

    If, as you claim, that's how you were taught to tackle since you started playing you are ...

    A) Fortunate not to be in a wheelchair and

    B) Your Pee-wee football coach should be in jail.

    Oh, and tell your agent to shut his trumpet while you're at it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There is so much praise heaped on Knox, like you say I see him make the wrong read every time.

    I imagine that in Martz system, the route lines have branches. Run 7 yard slant, then:

    A: If safety is coming, cut into a crossing route
    B: If safety is helping over the top, make it an out/sideline route

    Cutler has to throw the ball before he sees Knox make the cut. It's the whole Martz system. Yet Knox time and again seems to break the wrong way, or at least what Cutler thinks he's gonna do.

    So, somebody is wrong there. And my guess is, Cutler is making the right read. Knox is not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Harrison has got 4 years, 22 mill left on his contract. He's not going anywhere, unless that CEO position opens up at Morgan Stanley. I do like the guys old school tough attitide though. It seems to have spread to the whole Steelers team. He's the type of tough son of a bitch I'd love to have on the Bears. They're playing like the real monsters of the midway.

    Can someone please explain why there is so much love for midgi hands Rex Grossman. So, he got booed. So has every other quarterback in the league at some point. QB is the most pressure filled position in sports. They get booed from time to time when things aren't working. Players who worry about their reception from fans when they return to old teams are pussies. I was hard on Grossman because he wasn't consistent and I thought KO earned a shot well before he finally got it. Rex was slow, small and stupid when it came to football. We won in '06 despite him like we won in Carolina the other week. When he was on the Bears, I rooted like hell for him to suceed. Unfortunately, shortly after that, I realized he's never going to make it in the league.

    If Rex enters; Bears exit with a win.

    And rent is too damn high!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I get the rent is too damn high statement. My friend showed me the videos.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Yeah, he was just making a point. Similar to Urlacher saying they should turn the NFL into a flag-football league. I think Brian loses something in that scenario ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    On that note, I agree with Doc that the fans at Soldier Field have become vagified recently. The problem is that tickets are too expensive; especially when compared to other sports. Bears tickets are gold in this town. So, now a days, its hard for most true and authentic die-hard fans to get in. It's filled with businessmen trying to close deals and suburban families that have made it a family event.

    But, there are still those guys that haven't missed a game in thirty years, do candle opera tailgates with lobsters and black and tans, travel with the team and are on the Bears room roster, haven't missed an away game since '82, have a bears RV that's nothing but Bears inside and out. I did a documentary video my senior year in high school with a bunch of my boys called "The Bears Tailgating Extravaganza" where I met and interviewed these die-hards and I've seen them at every game I've been to since.

    One thing is for sure, our fans travel deeeep! We might represent stronger on the road than we do at home, and that sir is impressive. Look at the stands when we went to Dallas, New York and Carolina. You gotta admit, that many times there is more noise for us on the road than the home team.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Clearly Cutler likes Knox and his ass is one of the only players on the team who bails Cutler out. We should leave him on the field WITH Aromashadu.

    As far as Sexy Rexy, I would LOVE to see him beat the Bears. Other than that, Bear down.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There is no team in the NFL I hate more than the Eagles. The cheese is second - hated. However, there is no one player in the NFL I despise more than Favre. Although it defies logic for my Bears standings, I will be a temporary Cheesehead and root for the Packers. Hope my dinner stays down.

  • Totally. Big hits are about vectors and momentum, not the fact that the helmet goes in first. I'll go with Wilber's version of controlled violence though.

  • My bad, I misread that. I had just read the Trib article about Grossman expecting to get booed on his return, so I had that on my mind. That said, I don't really have much problem with fans booing the home team when they're performing terribly.

    No apologies for the "Soldier Field" correction, though. Fans should know the proper name of their stadium.

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