Kiwanuka Out Against Bears

The news has just broken in New York that Mathias Kiwanuka is out against the Bears Sunday night at the New Meadowlands. 

With Osi Umenyiora a non-factor these day, the pass rush is thrust onto the shoulders of Justin Tuck.  This should allow the Bears to sit Brandon Manumaleuna over there all afternoon.

Other injury news:

Shaun O'Hara is out for the Giants and Keith Bullock is battling turf toe for, unbelievable, the first time in his career.  He may play but he'll be limited.

Chris Williams and Major Wright are out.

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  • In reply to Mastodon:

    T'would be sweet if Jay can spend the evening not getting pummeled. Several games off from that this year would be a positive factor in Cutler's service life.

    Do I hear a 400+ yard game?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I sure hope soo, dam it would make him the top passer then.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Let's send Pringles a get well card.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Wow, I bet the line moves to even or Bears +1. Jeffs 31-10 may very well be spot on.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Oh how I want to crush the Giants in primetime... regardless, somehow, I think this Bears team will figure out a way to almost give me a damn heart attack every week.

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    +1 and i felt like that almost every fucking game for the past three years.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Not me. The only game L spazzed on was the Lions one.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm glad there were no children present when Lovie didn't kick the FG against the Lions. And I nearly dropped a baby when Urlacher stripped the ball at the end of the Packers game.

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    anybody else love the way our safeties have been playing?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    No. Slice it any way you want bro, but only four teams have given up more passing yards. We entered this season with two major issues : O-line and safeties. We might be 3-0, but nothing's changed.

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    They certainly haven't made any critical mistakes.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    yea but they have done a great job by keeping everything in front of them. What has been the longest pass play on us this year? Our Corners have been beaten but safeties have been disciplined.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    true that.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I love the way that DJ Moore, that little smurf, has been playing. How about some god damn DBB Smurf props? Hungry like the Smurf has been making tackles on ST as well.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did he surface in the Packers game? I must have seen the game four or five times now, but can't recall hearing his name.

    After repeated viewings .... bench Garza and replace with *anyone* available. Webb to LT, keep Shaffer at RT and let's pound the rock. And Chester Taylor - I'm not impressed you want to keep your Vikings photo on your twitter page. I saw your tweet, not cool man, not cool. Our Boy Roy has even gone to the trouble of doing a walkthrough for you mang. Wear the GSH? Then be a Bear man, be a Bear.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Man I hope Aroma gets back out there and has a monster game!!! It's bound to happen and I miss seeing that dude out there. I also feel Cutty is going to have breakout game here, 3 or more TD's I'm feeling it I"M FEELING IT!!!

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Martz has stated that he is super impressed with Bennett in the slot and the opposite of Shabba in said position. He has a hard-on for Hester and Knox so where does Shabba fit in? Hester wants to return kicks, I'd say most of our fanbase wants Hester to return kicks, so why not put Shabba outside? Salary and inflexibility.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yep, it's the bread and butter plays you live off of. You gotta go with the one that know how to butter the bread.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You know, if Smith and especially Martz didn't believe Hester belonged on the field on the outside, do you really think JA would or could override them?

    If you really think about it, Smith has started and played lower paid players ahead of big money (and/or high-drafted) players plenty of times in the past. TJ over Benson, Orton over Rex, Ian Scott over Tank, Clark over Olsen, anybody over Darwin Walker or Clubby Fingers Archuleta, Graham over Vasher all come to mind.

    Also I don't buy the salary argument anyway. First off, it's not even #1 WR salary... secondly, he doesn't even get the full amount unless he meets play-time and performance incentives -- the Bears structured the contract to protect themselves if Hester didn't pan out to be a good receiver. If he wasn't good enough or deserving of them considering him their best option, they wouldn't put him out there. If he sucks, why would they force him out there -- only making him look bad, triggering his escalators, and thus also making them look stupid?

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I truly believe you're going to see Hester shine now with Martz -- an OC that knows how to use his skills.

    Even with bland Turner (who NEVER could design a play specifically for Hester that didn't get sniffed out and STUFFED by opponents), Hester was on pace for a 75 catch, 1000 yard season before he got injured. I might add that's better than Berrian has EVER managed -- and while most smart people never mistook Berrian for a #1 receiver (though some did, *cough* Vikings), nobody ever said he didn't deserve to be a starter or even ON THE FIELD like critics say about Hester.

    No disrespect Irish as I understand your and others' feelings (i.e. he got "ruined" as a returner), but sorry this whole "Hester isn't a receiver" schtick is really getting tired and old. Especially now that his return game seems not to be ruined anymore after all...

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Oh, he's improved as a receiver, no doubt. Hard not to. But does he bring to the table at receiver what he brings as a return man? No way. He's the Jerry Rice of return men, but plain old Devin Hester as a WR. Name any good-great WRs that were converted DB/KRs. You don't pick up that craft all of a sudden. Devin may do a job for us at WR, but unless you're sending him route one, he's not exactly hard to bring down and you pretty much have to hit him in the numbers. The bigger guys give you a chance. Plus, no one is kicking it out of bounds against anymore, all that great field position we used to get is gone. Hester helps us when he's returning kicks and punts, not as much when he's a receiver- that's what I'm getting at. I don't trust his head with the playbook either. But kick him a ball and it's Run Forrest Run ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And he's got one return for a TD since 2007, it's too early to say he's got his mojo back. And what are his WR skills anyway? The only hting I see him bringing to the WR game is speed. It's not getting open, it's not jump balls, it's not being smart. Speed. I don't recall him being thrown a bomb yet.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    It just seems to be easier to get the ball to Shabba. He's bigger, and I'm guessing he has being playing receiver since he was a kid. I'd love to see polls on this blog. The s/w wouldn't be difficult. We come across issues and then ask Jeff to do a poll. I'd be curious to see how many people would prefer to see Hester returning kicks (nothing says he can't get a few looks at WR) and have Shabba back in rotation on the outside. Bennett in the slot. Kellen Davis has also disappeared. I just get hard thinking about a 6'7 target for Cutler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Haha, no I get it. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE seeing Hester out there on returns -- I don't want that to stop. But expecting more than 3 TDs a season is probably unrealistic. He'll bring more than that now as a receiver. Think of it this way: if Hester loses just 2 seasons of return production and in return (har har) learned to become a starting-caliber receiver... that's a good trade long-term for the Bears.

    A poll would be cool and interesting to see the results for, but ultimately what we think and prefer doesn't matter. It's what Martz think is best and what he prefers that is what really matters. Honestly, I trust him more than any of us... myself included =).

    Seriously though, if KD were a Gates or DA were a Marshall (or even a Plaxico) I think Martz would have been all over that by now. Size isn't all that matters -- you need the skills too. Peyton Manning seems to do just fine with all "runts" (6'0") for receivers.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Against the Packers it was 28 yards. I don't remember any pass going for that much in Dallas... but I'd have to check.

    Incidentally, I think around 75% of the Packer passes went for 8 yards or less.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    But riddle me this. Where is the advantage in letting teams march up the field on you at will? Keeps our Defense on the field and weary, eats up the clock. Does it matter that we don't give up 50-yard bombs when we'll happily let them get five ten-yarders? I'd rather give up the 50 yard bomb and get the ball back quicker.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'll settle for THAT, Blogfather.

    Is that REALLY your picture?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    DaBEARS!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    im not wearing the bears hat

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    ?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    See my Pic? its Ja throwing on Kiwanika

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    oh yea i know that yall like that, hahaha

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Other than the Packers game, this guy made alot of sense.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK75tOWJFCY&feature=related

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    well, if that's you, you look the spitting image of the late, very excellent, character actor, Murray Hamilton.
    He had a multitude of roles but is likely best known as Larry Vaughn in JAWS.

    Chief Brody (Roy Scheider): "Larry, You're Mayor of Shark City!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Is there a secret prize for being the first one to ask *why* you have a photo of Murray Hamilton, Jeff? I get everyone else's logo - except Lobo's - but Murray Hamilton?

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    That wasn't very foul-mouthed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Exactly Irish, and all the stupid mistakes we kept making.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I can't wait till I can say " See.. the Bear's were for real, they beat the people on the schedule, and you know what? You were wrong and so was I, but hey my team is better."

    Btw, how long are people going to ride that first game, sheesh , We had some time left to score and hell we score before half time in out territory.Thus, Shut up and move on Lion fans.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Kiwanuka being out is a brutal blow to the already reeling Giants. Hester will force this rookie punter to have his worst game ever. Offense will reach the endzone 3 times. Defense just has to keep everything in front of them and fly to the ball and we win by 10-14 pts.

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