Random Thoughts on a Disastrous Performance

Some losses hurt.  This one didn't, at least it didn't hurt me.  Here are my random thoughts on yesterday's coaching disaster at Soldier Field.  

  • It is time for Lovie Smith to start exercising some authority on the offensive side of the ball.  Continuing to drop back seven steps with no perimeter blockers is equivalent to a death wish.  The Bears are built for a low-risk, quick-hit passing game.  Every time they call a play in that vein, it goes at least 5-7 yards.  Why they don't call more plays like that?  I don't know.  I do know that it's stupid.  Just plain old stupid.
  • Frank Omiyale is terrible.
  • The kids on the right side of the line are not.
  • The Bears defense played one of those quintessentially annoying Lovie Smith games.  Allowing easy slants on third downs.  Tight end open over the middle of the field.  No pass rush at all opposite Julius Peppers.
  • Lovie Smith believes running the ball will lead to better protection.  He's right.  But the Bears don't run block particularly well.  They've got to spread out the defense.  This is Football 101.
  • Our special teams are still the best in the business.  We should have had two touchdowns from the return game, which would have won the game.  
  • The Bears need to stop being so damn careless with timeouts in the second damn half.  Simplify the formations if need be but timeouts are gold in these close games.  They don't use timeouts.  They burn them.  They waste them.
  • End of the half.  2nd and 1 for the Seahawks.  44 seconds left.  Bears have two timeouts.  They don't use one.  3rd and 1 for the Seahawks.  22 seconds left.  Bears have two timeouts.  They don't use one.  It ended up not mattering but when you have Devin Hester, you have to force the 'Hawks the punt the ball in that situation.  (I wish Lovie didn't get timeouts at all.)
  • If you let the Seahawks drive 92 yards at crunch time, you're not a great defense.  
  • How much was Lance Briggs really missed?  Answer: A million.
  • Chris Harris is back to really hitting people.  I like it.
  • I've never ventured into the Jay Cutler body language conversation but it's clear he's unhappy with what's happening on the field.  How can he not be?  He's being put in danger on almost every drop back.  The Bears need to learn the art of the checkdown and they need to learn it by Thursday.
  • Matt Toeaina should never leave the field.
  • I can't think of a single, non-monetary reason for Tommie Harris to be playing.
  • When a defense decides to bring blitzers off the edge, and notices you aren't going to block, they're going to keep doing that.  Did we really have no interest in blocking blitzers yesterday?
This should get ya'll started.  We're still 4-2.  We're still in first place.  But this offense is regressing weekly.  Something has to change.  Now.

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  • First born sacrificed!

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    By the way - I have nothing to say.

    My heart still hurts.

    Jeff, how the heck can you list all those reasons we blow, and then not have it hurt?

    Other than Valium.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Spot on all around. Not entirely sure why the Bears were unable to figure out that the Seahawks were blitzing off the edge the entire damn game. Lawyer Milloy had two sacks where he didn't even get breathed on...although I'm sure the entire stadium saw them coming. It appears that Martz isn't as innovative as we'd imagined after the Cowboys game. Since then, I've seen no roll outs, few quick patterns or hot reads to get the ball out of Jays hands, no Greg Olsen in the red zone, I could go on. This coaching staff needs to realize what they do have and use it correctly...I know the Martz offense is built on the deep ball, but there needs to be other wrinkles involved with an oline this suspect.

    It is also worth mentioning the ineptness of this offense on 3rd down. Just a disgrace at this point.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    The level of the ineptitude on 3rd down was mind-boggling. Had they converted at even a 25% clip, we would have won the game. If wishes were horses, all beggars would ride.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    The clock management was recockulous.

    Run the goddamn ball...and run it with CHESTER TAYLOR on 3rd!!!!

    How can they watch our Defense get worked on the short slants and quick release passes week in and week out and not think "Hey, we should do some more of that..."

    Weak performance against a weak opponent. Weakness.

    I didn't quite see that block in the back on D . Manning's return...was there one???

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Teams been killin us on those plays for years. Thats how the colts beat us in the SB

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    recockulous = best word ever.

    Its translation is regarding something so fucking rediculous and rage inspiring that dick doesn't do the word justice. it must be cock.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    It was called a hold and it was a BS call. Let me say this, and I know it's awful, but I wanted them to lose. Winning has been giving them a false sense of security. Maybe now they'll realize they can't operate like this.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Martz is not a genius.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Martz is no genuis. His gameplan and offensive calling was BAD!

    Sure his offense can look sexy and be good time to time, but it is not consistent.

    I think that his offense doesnt fit our players right now. Why are we not running the ball?

    I just saw stubborn playcalling with no adjustments. Martz was trying to force his gameplan to work and it didnt. Lovie needs to let this guy know that he is in CHICAGO NOW! we have to run the ball. You think the passing look bad now, wait till WINTER!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I thought we had an upgrade over Ron Turner. Unbelievably, I'm not sure any more.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I am for giving the ball to Chester more often. He seems to get to the first down marker when given short yards. I would love to see him on the goal line.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    i really felt bad for cutler. he was really trying. it has to be infuriating to be completely blindsided every play. this O line is god awful. we can't pass OR RUN until we fix something on the left side.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, I was screaming point 1 and 4 all day yesterday while watching the game. And the slant pass, yea, they haven't stopped the slant in 5 years.

    O.k, you guys can call this overreacting or whatever you want but I'm done. Seriously, I'm so sick of watching an underachieving team that relies on miracles to win a game. When is the last time this team played consistant? When is the last time the Chicago Bears played 4 full quarters of dominating football? Never, thats when. I would understand if we were the Rams or some shitty team that is in rebuilding mode every year with a top 5 draft spot. But no, we are in a top 3 football market with money flowing out of Viginia McCaskeys pussy. But we still continue, year after year, to put a shitty product on the football field every year. I have gone flaccid for the 2010 Chicago Bears. The games we lose we get embarresed, and the games we win, we still get emberrassed. Nothing can cure the debacle on the lakefront. Like GP said in the last post, we have to work with what we have I guess, blah, blah, blah. It should of never came to this. Clean House is my new theme for the 2010/2011. Fuck it, i'm done.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You're done? The bears have the best record in the Conference and you're done? Give me a fucking break.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Dude, take off the fucking blinders because I don't see a good team here. Best record in the confrence, yea, I don't see 3 more wins on our schedule.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Joseph, I don't know how good they are. But nobody else is good either in the conference.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    The emperor has no clothes. We will *not* have the best record in the conference in but a few short weeks. Once we start playing good teams we're toast.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Name one team that qualified for the playoffs when they were 4-2.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    During the game, the announcer noticed that Martz stands at the opposite end of the field from his offense. This is so he can get a good viewing angle of the defense. The announcer then proceeded to diagram the Martz viewing angle for us using the telestrator just in case we didn't get it.

    I just laughed. My girlfriend said "he wants to stand as far away as he can, so he can't hear Cutler's bones break."

    Exactly. If he wanted the angle, he could go sit up in the booth. In fact, it might help to put him back up there.

    Lawyer Milloy, mouthy over-the-hill bitch that he is, says to the press afterwards "we showed them stuff they didn't scout. They were not prepared for what we brung."

    Oh - fuck you Lawyer. the bears weren't prepared for anything that anyone brung. They couldn't block a box of hungry kittens from getting to the vittle.

    The worst slight was that big 305 DT that the Seahawks have patronizing Chris Williams. His quote to the press was something like "he's got some strength. He did alright."

    You know the opposing team completely disrespects you when they patronize your performance in the press after the game is over, like you were some NCAA team they were scrimmaging against to tune up for a real game. nice pat on the head.

    I see a lot of late nights this week for the Bears, to get ready for a hard hard hitting redskins defense. Cutler might be re-named Custer and the redskins are at Little Big Horn.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    and one more point JEFF, i think you forgot to mention.

    THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS? Ive never seen that, I was completely suprised what i was seeing. We were that bad that we couldnt get a third down conversion. Horrible Horrible.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Like I've been saying for weeks: we're not a good team if we can't run the ball, and we're not good if we don't get after the other team's QB. I've raised these red flags when we were losing, and I've raised them when we were winning. These things are bare minimum. Sure I'd like to see us tackle better, cover better, protect the passer better... but without getting those two things fixed, the running game and the pass rush, we're not going to go very far. If we do, I think we've got a genuine shot.

    Also, I love that Hester is back.

    And I hope these guys don't get Cutler killed.

  • In reply to czheng:

    Cutler is halfway dead already.

    I agree with you about the run game. We definately need to run the ball. I think we can run the ball, but Martz cant just run once and then give up on it.

  • In reply to czheng:

    You guys are all delusional....The bears are tied at the top of the Conference, a game in front of the Division, and people are calling for a firesale. Jesus. If you can honestly tell me that, at the beginning of this season, that you would be upset with a 4-2 start then you are a complete moron. Underacheiving??? This team is overachieving. If you thought we'd be ahead of the Vikings and the Packers this year then you are a shameless homer. We have about 1/3 of the playmakers as each of those teams. We might even have fewer playmakers than the Lions. And that's not the end of the world, as long as you are solid upfront......which we are anything but. But we all knew that going into the season. The problem is everyone here got way too excited after our 3-0 start. One could easily argue that we should have been 1-2 after our first 3...and I wouldn't necessarily agree, but I'd understand. This team has put together 2 very impressive road victories, albeit against the 1-4 cowboys and the winless panthers....and that's about it. They've been shit the other 4 games, 2 of them they pulled out. There is nothing to suggest that the team is underacheiving. I understand that everyone is frustrated and pissed after a performance like that, but the problem is not the coaching staff, and the ownership (even though they are garbage), the problem is everyone thought this team was going to the NFC championship game after we were gifted 2 division victories at home to start the season 0-3. Jeff said it best, we're still 4-2. Calling for everyone's head right now is ignorant. You should have been doing that, and i'm sure some were, at the beginning of the season. Because we have 3-3 talent on this team, not 4-2.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I think your delusional.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I didnt see a championship team yesterday or a playoff team. Your dam fuckin right im saying there are underachieving. You sir need to stop suckin the Sac and wake up.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    What made you think the Bears are a playoff team? You thought Mike Martz was gonna turn the 7-9 bears into the 10-6 bears? If he could do that, he would stay in the same place for more than two years. Martz is nothing special, and he's a hazard when you don't have stellar protection, as we are learning the hard way. The point is not that this team has problems, the point is that this team is in much better shape, compared to the rest of the division, than you should have expected them to be in, to begin the season.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Well, thankfully we have you Wrigley to curb our unrealistic and unfettered expectations. Thank you sir for straightening us out.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Yea keep using that "Top of the confrence" argument when this team hasn't won a game convincingly all year. The Bears started off the season last year in almost the same position and look what happened. We missed the playoffs. With the amount of money we spent and the type of franchise we are SUPPOESED to be, yes, goddam right we are underachieving!! What the hell is wrong with you? We have so many issues it's not even funny. And yes, I agree, it is the ownership.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    And I don't ever spew negativity like I have today and I do apologize to the fellow bloggers if I seem like a Debbie Downer, but fuck, this team is pushing me over the edge. Mybe I shouldn't take this shit so personal but somethings gotta give men. I look at team like the Patriots and shake my fucking head. They are the pinnacle of what a franchise is supposed to look like. And its not like they have a team full of fucking superstars. I don't know. Nevermind. I guess we'll just have to see how the rest of the season plays out.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Look, there are many things to discuss, but the point i'm trying to make is, this team is not - and hasn't been - nearly as good as we all want (and most of you expect) them to be. But we are in great shape this year. Much better shape than we should be in, with the roster that we have. (And I understand that ownership is responsible for the roster, but you can't say they aren't trying. You have to give credit to Jerry angelo for going out and getting Peppers and Cutler.) I understand the frustration, and it's true - a lot of things need to be fixed. But at the end of the day, we are sitting atop the NFC. This doom and gloom is ridiculous. Frustration is always understandable after a loss, but this knee-jerk end of the season B.S. is silly. I'm not saying people shouldn't be upset with certain things, but with the season overall? c'mon.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    No, you're right but It's the inconsistancies I'm agitated about. Like Fresno said, if it's not one thing, it's something else next week. Elite franchises are consistant. We are clearly not an elite franchise.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Wasting timeouts because you don't have the right play called/personnel in the game is going to happen from time to time. It needs to be minimized, and shouldn't happen twice in the same half, but it happens.

    However, what is utterly unacceptable is the wasted timeout the Bears took before the 3rd and 14 play with 2:52 left in the game. It let the Seahawks run their play, take the clock down down to 2:04 and then punt, so that the two clock stoppages (change of possession (actually TD in this case) and two-minute warning) COINCIDE. If they don't call the timeout, Seattle has to run its 3rd down play, the clock stops at two minutes, they punt (assuming they don't convert), and the clock stops. Bears get the ball (or the touchdown) with 1:50 something (a few seconds less, whatever the exact number) on the clock, but keep their timeout.

    In this case, if everything had played out the same way, the Bears even would have had a shot at getting the ball back with a few seconds on the clock even after the onside kick failed. Admittedly, they would have had next to zero chance of winning, but I'd take that over literally zero chance.

    So they took a timeout that ended up saving a few seconds. Whoever made that call needs to be fired. (If it was Lovie himself, so much the better.)

    Of course, kicking to Devin Hester was even a worse decision, but I digress.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Yup, the timeout situation got kind of overshadowed by the surrounding filth in that game. Every silly one that got called, you just knew we'd miss it at the end of the game.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Got a question, kinda stupid but I am kinda confused.

    Do I cheer for my team, even though we lost 2 games out of 6 and beat teams that we shouldn't have beat, or do I start hating my team for two losses out of 6 with ten games to go?

    Why are we giving up hope now when we still have a chance or there is a little bit of a chance that we can turn this around?

    I don't get why we want to turn a 4-2 start around though, I mean, do you want to be the Lion's, Vikings, or the Packer's record?

    I am just confused.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Junior Seau attempts suicide.

    No, I'm not kidding.

    http://jalopnik.com/5666846/linebacker-junior-seau-arrested-for-spousal-abuse-drives-off-cliff

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Crazy!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutler said earlier this season that what he loves about the Martz system is that it provides an answer to what ever the defense is doing. If that's the case, Martz is dialing up the wrong calls or Cutler isn't recognizing what's going on. Short, quick passes saved this team Dallas. Like you said above, Jeff, I don't know why they've gotten away from that kind of ball. They had answers. Now, they don't.

    I know our speedy receivers are supposed to be deep-ball threats, but they're also shifty return men with great explosiveness. With Hester and Knox, 5-yard passes can turn into something much more, if they're given the opportunity.

    I guarantee you, Lovie brings the hammer down on Martz this week.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    The answer is:
    Timing, timing, timing, timing, timing, timing, timing and timing.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Some of the problems created by their blitzing might have been alleviated if Cutler had the power to audible in Martz's system. Maybe from Martz's bullshit field angle, he couldn't see the secondary coming, but I'm sure Jay did. Cutler isn't allowed to change a play at the line with Martz. Once a play is called, that's it. We need Cutty to be more vocal at the line and help them recognize blitzes, especially the young guys. I would let Jay audible out of a play, if he knows the pressure is coming.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    But can he audible? Can he read a defense? If he really wanted to audible he would 0- it's not up to the coaches then. Jimmy Mac used to get screamed at on the sidelines but he didn't give a shit. If you need to audible you just do it.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Run blocking is more complicated than pass blocking, at least the way the Bears run it. It takes drill and more drill to get the timing of a trap or sweep down.

    That may have been what you saw yesterday. The shuffling, esp. with Williams not knowing the OG spot, if we expect him to pull that may be a bridge too far. On the other wide, Webb is a big ass boy, but he's a rook from a Division III school. I mean, his playbook could probably fit on one cheat sheet in college.

    It's hard to construct rolling pockets, most high school teams never even attempt it. Even at schools that are considered offensive lineman University (Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State in the Big Ten), you don't see that much exotic trapping if half the line are underclassmen.

    The Bronco Terrell Davis super bowl O-line consisted of Schlereth and Nalen and those fucks, and they AVERAGED about 265lbs. Since then, the NFL has really cracked down on cutback blocking and chopping. I don't think we'll ever see a line like that again.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Jeff-

    You say they are not bad. Define bad? is 10+ sacks in one game and 6 sacks in this game define bad to you? Is letting DB's and D ends run FREE off the edge without so much as being touched bad? Is the inability for linemen, running backs, recievers AND cutler to read a defense bad?

    I mean, if this isnt bad I dont know what is man.

    Im not saying its not fixable, but jesus this is the worst line play ever witnessed.

    Ulitmately, the coaches cannot play on the field.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    We lead the league in sacks allowed, 27 and I think the Eagles are second on 20. That's *really* bad.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I only saw us run the ball may 3 times the whole game and it was straight up the gut. It seems like every week all the opposing DC has to do is drop into pass coverage, they know we are not going to run. In some respects we are just a predictable as last year under Ronny Turner. Don't get me wrong, I like the Martz move, but I thought this guy was supposed to be an offensive genius. After the Cowgirls game it's like his creativity went straight out the window. 5 step drop on 1st down, 7 step drop on 2nd down, sack on 3rd down. Its starting to get old. I still have faith that we can turn it around and make the playoffs, after all we are still 4-2. Bear Down!

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I found myself thinking today that I was pleased the Bears gave up ONLY six sacks.

    What on earth is the matter with this team? I have a feeling that if they are going to be very good at all, the 2010 Chicago Bears are going to continue to win games they should easily lose and lose games they should easily win. After veritable blow-out losses to the Giants and the Seahawks my hopes are dashed...
    ...until proven otherwise.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Oh, Ghost, that first line is a DEPRESSING assessment.

    Accurate, but depressing nonetheless.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I don't think Cutler is over the concussions.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Reading between the lines, it certainly seemed Lovie was displaying signs of actual emotion in the presser. 3rd down is all on Martz. And somebody explain to me why Kellen Davis is not being used. Not to labor the point but the dude is six foot seven! Six/seven yard outs, float him the jumper. You can't defend that. Why is Martz bent on 20+ yard completions? It's all feast or famine with him. It's all very high percentage complicated stuff! Why ???

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    I guess we can't blame it all on Martz, I mean the ball is in his Cutler's hands. He's the one deciding where it goes. I can't believe he hasn't got the balls to stand up to Martz and change the play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I dont think any of this is "overreaction".

    The bears are bad guys. Make no mistake about it. Let me make this clear as possible.

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN OFFENSIVE LINE THIS BAD IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL. Period.

    Its not about their record right now. Its about how many more games do you think they can win as presently constructed. One? Maybe 2? (Buffalo and Detroit).

    Good lord when Lawyer Mulloy said that they watched the film and were licking thier chops to play against the Bears that tells you everything you need to know. The first few weeks we were able to squeak out some wins. The league has figured us out. If they remain one dimensonal, Cutler is going to get murdered.

    Worst fuckin line Ive ever seen. I seriously cannot remember a game where I saw that many defenders come FREE off the side. FREE!!! UNTOUCHED.

    Wake up people. This is a shit show unless they figure this thing out. 1st place in October is IRRELEVANT.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I simply disagree with this. They are not bad. They are actually better than I thought they would. I've just never seen a coaching staff play so willingly to their own weakness.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The weaknesses are rather significant. But you're right thats not all that matters. However Im having a very hard time believing the coaching staff will make the adjustment. Its almost as if they are letting the opposing teams DC pick whatever play he would most like to defend. If they stop doing that we could be above average. Theyll need to do a lot more to cover up those weaknesses to allow this team to be as good as we want it to be.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    In regards to your last sentence, Jeff, that is one place where the Bears are consistent.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Will never change avatar because it annoys you.

    Is the following true??

    Angelo drafts
    2001 - David Terrell
    2002 - Marc Columbo
    2003 - Michael Hayne - Rex Grossman
    2004 - Tommie Harris
    2005 - Cedric Benson
    2006 - D. Manning
    2007 - Greg Olsen
    2008 - Chris Williams
    2009 - Jarron Gilbert

    Do you all think this demonstrates analsis of talent and future production? Does this list add to the reasons to get rid of Angelo?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    it appears y ou changed your avatar...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I liked that creepy shit. Made me laugh that it was creeping you guys out

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Little more than 24 hours before the trade deadline. Will we see something happen to help out the O-line? Is there a market for Tommie Harris or Dez? Any left tackles out there worth a third rounder?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Randy Moss yielded a 3rd rounder. He is among the best WR in the game. Who's going to give up a draft pick/player for Harris. if anyone is interested they can wait until we release him this off season.

    Dez I like, but Dez is old balls. He's not getting us anything.

    Any left tackle that we can get for a 3rd rounder isn't going to fix this line. They just need to stick with what we have and let them play together. Not a quick fix issue. We are going to need every draft pick we have this year. We need a guard and a tackle... and a safety, and a DB, and a young LB... and a WR. Pretty much everything but a QB and TE.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    In the draft, we need:
    OL, OL, OL, OL, OL, LB, FS

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    No more low rounder safeties please, we've been drafting them since Mike BRown and look where that got us. I've got no problem with them using our first rounder on the best there is. Draft them low and you get crap, we need another Mike Brown not another insert that we have to re-draft the next year. There are no surprises that low for safeties. And what about Urlacher ? When do we draft his replacement? That has to be a first rounder too ...

    It takes years to draft a good team and Angelo has been failing for years, so sadly there are no quick fixes. He's a cancer.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I would give up a draft pick for an offensive linesman. We're going to draft one anyway, so I don't look at it as a loss. The exception, of course, would be to trade a 1 and a 3 for a single player, but unless Miami wants to send us Jake Long, that ain't happening any time soon.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    There is a lot of parity in the league right now. Any team can win any week. 4 and 2 is a good record, but yes they could play much, much better.
    The Bears could have won if:

  • In reply to GoBears:

    The Bears could have won if the Seahawks charter plane had of crashed into lake Michigan upon arival.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to GoBears:

    You forgot the most obvious one Go..
    ...The Bears had a single offensive lineman that could be a legitimate LT in the NFL.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    +1

  • In reply to mottystone:

    A ton of TEs got banged up the past couple weeks, seems like there could be some demand out there. Be surprised if much OL talent were available. Depth is always important and the funny thing about having a good OL is that it usually keeps you from being terrible. You'd think someone around Halas Hall would have noticed that. Any support for the line would probably have to come of a waiver claim or practice squad gem.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Knowing Angelo, if he *does* make a move, it will make us worse. And the fact that he said he's categorically not making a move, means that he almost certainly will. Because he's a cockmeister.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    i heard we are getting logan mankins...and then moving him to
    H-back.

    I have full confidence that Martz can adjust or else he is done as an OC in this league.

    Olsen and Bennett can be short and mid range specialists. I personally think Bennett can catch 5-7 passes a game for 5-10 yards a pop. why the fuck not?

    No 7 step drops inside the 20yd line. this is not 2000 and we are not the Rams.

    Forte and Taylor had better get 23 touches per game whether it be on running plays or short designed passes/dump offs.

    I'm no genius but with a patchwork line we need to call smarter plays. we have weapons and just need to use them correctly.

    We are 4-2 and regardless of how we got here we are here. Let's get a couple of wins and improve over the next couple of games. We physically beat up the Lions pissed away at least 3 scoring opportunities and still managed to win. We adapted in the Cowboys game and won, played with heart and intensity and beat GB. Came out flat and got blown up by NY, came out running and had a solid defensive game in Carolina and failed to adjust in the Hawks game, pissed away chances for more points and let their defense off the hook by continuing to let them exploit our weakness on offense which is the pass blocking off the edge on our 5 and 7 step drops.

    I'm still calling playoffs, i just don't know if i'll make it there alive

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Packers o line blew the first half of last season and came on strong down the stretch. Why can't ours do the same thing? We need to pick 5 lineman and stick with them the rest of the way. You can tell none of them have a clue who the guy next to them is going to block. The only way to fix that is continuity. The sky isn't falling quite yet.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1 - lot of changes every week it seems. But you can't polish coal into diamonds.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    The 2010 Chicago Bears are the embodiment of the NFC. A team that is IN every game but cannot FINISH anything. That's why the two best teams in the NFC are 4-2.

    This division is up for grabs. A trip to the playoffs could end in the super bowl for any NFC team. No one is that great. Everyone is flawed. It will come down to staying healthy, making adjustments, and luck. The Packers are a couple field goals off the wood work from being 4-2 or 5-1. That's the NFC this year.

    At least we aren't losing games like Dallas by inflicting 100's of yards of DUMB ASS penalties.

    The only thing that matters in this league is wins and loses. So far we are doing well. What team in the NFC can't we beat on any given sunday? Problem is we can just as easily lose. We are not a great team, make no mistake. Too soft on o-line, still a weak running team (take out the Carolina game and the numbers are pretty horrible). NO balanced on offense. But the D and special teams keeps us in games. The D had a bad game Sunday. Special teams almost won it for us. IF the FUCKING OFFENSE can put together a consistent 4 quarter game we will be TOUGH to beat. They can give up sacks and play from 3rd and 10 all day... they just need to control the clock better and play consistently.

    truth is, in the NFC, in 2010, these Chicago Bears are a playoff team. We missed a chance to put a strangle hold on the NFC north yesterday, and I'm pissed about it. But I'm also convinced we can win our remaining division games, take the NFC north, and then roll the dice in the playoffs.

    Chin up guys. We are 4-2. We are in 1st place. AND most importantly, as flawed as we are, we still have the pieces to make some noise this season. I'd prefer dominating football where we destroy the other team... but it's not happening, not this year. Let's see what happens next week. Huge home game. I'm a looooong way from giving up on this team - as frustrating as they are to watch sometimes!

    Bear down.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    great post and great attitude Jimmy. Wish I was 100% with you, but I will still hope and pray along with the rest of you. Fucking Bears football man.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I am not hitting the panic button now but I will say that big changes need to be made. Our offense needs to be more balanced and find its identity.

    Dont understand why we paid Taylor and Manumalua that money when they havent done shit or even our coaches havent utilize them.
    Maybe our RUN GAME sucks cause we dont have a SOLID FB. I mean wtf is the point of having 4 TEs?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    you must have passed out on the panic button on Sunday then because i thought you were gong to either have a stroke or pull a Junior Seau on us.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    you caps locked the shit out of us

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    how can you rag on Taylor?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I felt like running through a fucking wall on sunday.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I think we just found our FB!!!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    ha.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I want a FB who's 250lbs of Fuck You.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And people in hell want ice water, Irish.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Best special teams in the league hands down. Hester has officially regained his ridiculousness. The windy city flyer is back. This time he has a sidekick. Daniel manning is a beast. Bullshit holding call away from a win without a single 3rd down conversion. Pretty sure the O will get better. We're still no worse than a 10-6 team.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Pretty good safety too ... Dan be the man.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We paid Taylor, in part, so that AP would have to be a 3-down back in Minny. He's not, can't pick up a blitz. Taylor was a HUGE loss for them.

    I have no idea how good of an RB he'd be in our system. He gets like 2 touches a game. That's on Martz.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I don't think there's anyway we win in the Metrodome, and I think the only way we win in Lambeau is if they keep losing players. We probably should win at Ford Field, but it's anything but a lock. Buffalo is the only walk on the schedule.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    With that said, the only two games we really played well were on the road. We've been shit at home.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    It's not 2006. Our team isn't dominant. There are NO walks, period.

    Sorry, but the Pack is overrated. Miami just stole a win from them at home... no reason to think we can.

    The Vikes are average at best. A couple Brett Farve fumbles/dumb passes and we win that game too.

    Its my undying hope we are 7 point underdogs for every game we play in. This team is better with a chip on its shoulder.

    PS. It's hard to forecast games 6 weeks away. Brett Farve could be suspended, benched, or injured by the time we play them. who knows? Culter could be on IR.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Buffalo are 10th against the pass. They're last agaisnt the run, but that will just keep the game close ... allowing them to kill us with the pass, which we can't stop.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I always said I'd fight joining the prozac nation to my last breath, but kudos on the PMA Jimmy. That is one bright spot - fewer penalties than teams like the Packers. That's actually one area that's down to good coaching. Hats off to Toub, Tice, Marinelli and Martz on *that*. Omelette isn't listening though.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    We do one swing pass all game. It wasn't even run that well and it picked up about 10-15 yds. We could have run that fucker all day. I agree we need to run more but if you're getting 2yds/carry (Forte) it's just not getting it done. Mix in swings, draws, screens, that quick flip we scored with for the 1st TD in Carolina. All that shit would work.

    Either Cutler's still foggy or he doesn't think very quickly. Since Martz is giving him no help, this isn't going to end well.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I still think we need to run the ball more.

    Also, Why do our Blitz schemes still suck?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    o wait i forgot, its cause our coaches suck.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Sounds like Briggs will be back next week. http://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/status/27765762100

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I, for one, do not think this was a case of "too bad Jay can't call audibles". Did it seem like he EVER realized someone was coming for his head? He seemed just as clueless as our lineman.

    As well, on more than one occurence, Matty stepped up way too high to block anything.

    I found myself predicting Martz's play calling on all but 12 plays. It's easy when you just guess "pass" everytime.

    WHO'S THE GENIUS NOW?

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    You are. You are.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Jack Lacan visits Lance Briggs house

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVN6QiF4mA4&feature=fvw

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I wrote this Sunday night. Basically, Jeff and I agree on mostly everything

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, that was oddly accurate for Seifert.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    The rest of his picks seal it.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think the game changed when the Bears were driving at around the 30 in Seahawks territory trailing 16-13 and Martz dials up a 5 step drop on third and medium. Cutler is sacked and we're out of field goal range. It felt like the D just said fuck it after that.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    that fucking hurt jdawg or field goals when we had 1st and 10 from the 12 and 15. that hurt me to the core.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Here's a stat that will make you crap your pants from laughter. Just heard on the SCORE.

    In the last 6 quarters of play, Jay Cutler has been sacked 15 times.

    Peyton Manning has been sacked 16 times in his last 23 games.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Jay Custer faces the Redskins!

    Johnny Knox stars in Little Big Man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Old Lodgeskins(Chief Dan George): "Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't."

    "Jay Custer". +1, GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Irish stumbled onto the key to our season. Find the pattern:
    "Bears' 3rd down conversions :
    Week 1: 6-14 (Det)
    Week 2: 1-11 (Dal)
    Week 3: 3-9 (GB)
    Week 4: 0-13 (NYG)
    Week 5: 3-15 (Car)
    Week 6: 0-12 (Sea)"

    That's right - when Jay and his merry midgets convert on at least one third down in a game, these Bears are unstoppable.
    We are unfortunately 0-1 when we give up a safety, but give this OL time, that could change.
    Eat that one, statisticians.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    JWC-

    Thats also not counting D. Hester's superbowl return or his FG return for a TD, otherwise he would have BROKEN the record.
    Sick.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Peyton Manning has the luxury of a GM that knows what the fuck he's doing....Fire. Jerry. Angelo. NOW!!!!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    That's why he's the most over-rated QB in football. Been in the same offensive scheme forever, all day to stand in the pocket - not that he does. Come crunch time, he chokes in the playoffs. They all look good with time to stand in the pocket.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    This is how good Hester is:

    He tied Brian Mitchell's career record for TD's on returns in 262 career returns. Mitchell retired with 1,070.

    Holy shit. Pay that man his money. You can justify #1 receiver type coin with those numbers and still get a number one receiver too without feeling bad about spending that kind of money.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I second that emothion, Johnny. Think of how many FULL TIME receivers the Bears have had who never scored as many as 13 TDs in Hester's span of time.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If they are not bad, then they're okay or good by definition. 3 for 40 yada yada, can't pass, can't run. No, we we're bad.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bears' 3rd down conversions :

    Week 1: 6-14 (Det)

    Week 2: 1-11 (Dal)

    Week 3: 3-9 (GB)

    Week 4: 0-13 (NYG)

    Week 5: 3-15 (Car)

    Week 6: 0-12 (Sea)

    Season: 13- 87 (14.9%)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm not much of a stat guy, but I think I just puked and swallowed it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    At this point in time, isn't Frank Omiyale just the "Tommie Harris of the offensive line"?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That is a little rough, Al - Tommie is way suckier per $ than any guy on that OL. Besides, would you rather we still had Shaffer out there doing his best Fred "Turnstile" Miller impression?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    At least Tommie was class once upon a time. Frank was just a night-time emission.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Someone tell me why they paid so much godamn $ for Taylor if they are not going to utilize him? Was it just to take his production away from the Viqueens, but not translate it into production for our team?

    He's a terrific 3rd down back. Awesome on the goal line and totally bitchin when he's catching the ball in flats and out of the backfield in general.

    USE 'EM!!!!

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Forte is better, so we use more Forte. I'd like to see them out there at the same time more.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Forte can't seem to punch it into the endzone in goal line situations and our 3rd down #'s are atrocious. Not to mention the fact that we paid a shit ton of money for the guy!!!

    Use 'em for what he's good at!

    12 rushes is just unexplainable.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Matty had 8 man. CT had 4

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    The OJ joke made me crack up

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikwrm3uYRk&feature=related

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5697290

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4667071/is-tice-overloading-ol-with-schemes

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Irish, you never heard butter's name called? I'm fucking shocked! The last time they called that piece of shit's name it was because be punched a guy in the helmet on the 2nd play of a game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aha, I missed most of the first drive because I was trying to find a stream. Only found out later on that the only reason we got down the field was because it was the longest PI call since God was a boy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ironically, Einstein did the same thing by trying to solve his theory of everything equations persistently ignoring the quantum mechanics maths. The same approach, over and over again, even on his deathbed.

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Einstein's rejection of quantum and his adherence to Newtonian laws. On the Bears blog today.

    Over on the Packers blog today, they are discussing colostomies and viagra.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Maybe that's why we don't cheer so loud - or is it the prawn sandwiches ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Doesn't it? Lovely profession.

    And then there's this: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/238830-butkus-rips-bears-wonders-if-lovie-is-lame-duck

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    let's see if Urlacher tells *him* to shut his pie hole and call him a loser.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bears Truism #6: The Practice Week Warning

    If the Bears tout a 'great' week of practice, and claim that 'it is all coming together', bet the under because the opposing defense is about to score 20 fantasy points against them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good point. I'm picking up the Redskins DST this week.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Thanks for the articles Artoo, very revealing

    Chris Williams :" I don't think they ran anything too exotic."
    > Hate to be Cutler when they do ...

    "You can talk all day

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, is this bizarro world? Did you guys EVER invision a time when you'd be saying the bears need to run more and throw more screens?? What world is this? hahahaha.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    12 total rushing attempts = Sure fire way to get the offense off the field

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can't drive 55!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't know if anyone has posted this link, but it's pretty good stuff from Jim Miller, who I always liked.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/10/18/miller-cutler-wasnt-mentally-into-it/

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Jim breaks down a few plays that Cutler missed. Martz is giving him the short stuff, but Cutler's not taking it.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Like I said earlier, I don't think he was over the concussions.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My diatribe in a bite gents. In the meantime... one. bright. light. from. yesterday....

    Yes yes, hester hester hester. But this is for all you earl the pearl haters out there (irish!!!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6bA6I9jxdQ

    Oh, and have you guys seen this shit: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/10/18/violence.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

    Know what's next? No 3 free throws in basketball or pitching in baseball, rumor has it the MLB is going to all t-ball next year. Fuck me, should I stop watching right now, or wait?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    bit not bite... damn it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Martz will adjust. He has to. He is not that big of an idiot that he can't see the weaknesses and the opportunities that we pass up when we don't look to our tightends and RB's, quick hitters and screens. Mike, if you happen to read this:

    You are better than this. Outscheme the other team, throw the short passes and quick hitters. Get Taylor and Forte the ball damnit whether it be on runs, dump offs or screens. When they get burned enough they will play honest and then you go for the 65yd Knox killstroke. not on every play like a drunk 7th grader playing Madden.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, I do agree with a lot of what wrigly said... just not his usual tone. Common man, you don't have to be a jerk... you make excellent points, don't piss people off by calling them out. Everyone's entitled to their piece.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wait until it becomes flag football.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 man. Tackling will be outlawed the way they're going, when it should be the other way they're going. Give them short swords.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1 on the short swords idea.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gotta love that block by Bennett

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Some helmet to helmet are from the tacklee's position changing unexpectedly. I think on one of those injuries the tackler started lined up to hit his side or shoulder.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The close up slo-mo of the hit on Jon Ryan is better than the return :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJa81h1cato

    That was funny all right. The punter is killing us the whole game and giving su crappy field position and then Bennett is like 'Fuck you! Bang."
    But he's a special-teamer for me, these receivers are lost in space man, sorry. We could have had Marshall and Owens on the outside and let the little fast guys fight for the slot. If that was the case we're not having these bile sessions right now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    A Bears fan posted :

    Roughing the Caddy. 15 yards and loss of down.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    "But we are in great shape this year."

    3 for 40!
    Can't run it (except against ducheynes like Carolina)
    Can't pass it.
    Can't stop the run.
    Can't stop the pass.
    Can't do SHIT.

    What kind of shape is that? Morbidly obese.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Also, People actually say running the ball more if more helpful for a young inexperienced Oline.

    We gotta run more gents! Adrian Peterson doesnt gain 10yrds every run play, sometimes he only gets a yrd, but HIS COACH doesnt give up on the run, and there for it wears down the D and allows those big run plays to open up!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Thanks for clearing all that up weird lurker.

    You're right. Everyone on this site thought we were going to the NFC Championship game after the 3-0 start. Dumbass.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I dont remember seeing anybody ever state that, I did however see playoff potential.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    As for the third down conversions, it helps if you don't throw bombs on second-and-five all the time.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The irony is, as Bears fans we wondered if we'd ever see a Bears team that would take down field shots. We lamented for years the lack of deep speed and possession ball dink and dunk.

    Now... we miss it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1000

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No, I think the problem was more that we would try to dink and dunk, and couldn't even do that properly.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Exactly Uffi. Cutler was off his game from the get go and I still can't understand why Martz couldn't see that. Martz is obviously trying to take the O where he want's to go faster than the O is capable of. Seven step drops need to be put in the back of the play book and a crash course on "who do I block" should be required before the O-line leaves the film room today. I doubt very seriously we would have done any worse if Collins had of been behind Center yesterday and that's something I never ever want to see again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    A couple of man-sized receivers could help that.

    Pop quiz :

    Peppers

    OR

    Brandon Marshall AND Terrell Owens.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's like giving someone a choice between having the leg or arm amputated. Both please.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Weird lurker's argument, i only skimmed his blathering:

    We should all be grateful we're not dead and 4-2 and we should have been hatin' on the Bears management sooner than we have.

    Obviously not somebody who was here this summer.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    weird lurker...Top notch Crown, top notch

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Cutler should have had 3 INTs starting with the early Hester pass interference call. A good corner picks that ball off instead we got an early Christmas present in the 1st Q.

    I like stretching the field, but not with hail marys.

    the other one is the one thrown apparently to BOTH Forte and Knox, which Knox almost won the tip drill for an easy score. That play was ridiculous. At the Lions corner shot play involves a jump ball to Megatron. We may as well line up Child Support as a wideout and run endzone jump ball.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutler is pinpoint accurate on the short stuff. The near-picks are just him throwing the ball in the areas where receivers might be. I don't understand the system. It's as if they've completely departed from what won the first three games.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I saw more passes to spots where 2 receivers were yesteday than i've seen all year. The entire offence is regressing. Simplify martz, simplify. You wild-eyed arrogant fuck.

    And we should not kid ourselves, we missed the shit out of briggs yesterday. If you ever wondered how valuable of a player he is, just remember yesterday's debacle. Iwuh is serviceble. i don't recall any glaring errors on his part, but Brigg's makes a lot of those tackle for losses turned into a 1 yard gane that they had.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Briggs was sorely missed. There were more than a few runs where the back got 4-5 more yards after contact. Briggs would have negated several of these.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Was it me or did it look like, Martz was trying to go deep for about the whole game. Didnt wanna work the clock, or the defense, He just wanted to try and score really fast and get the offense off the field.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Wrigley Blaggo fuck:

    Take a pill.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    We have to run the ball more. 12 attempts doesnt show much. We had 40 rushing attempts against the Panthers and gain 200yrds. 12 attempts this game and 40 yards. Look, we can rush one time here and gain 2 yrds and then the next play gain 4 yrds. the Points is that we have to be more balanced at offense, and not to one dimensional. Martz cant give up on the run so easily, 2 yrd gain ok run it again. Seattle had rushing losses but you know they kept at it and controlled the clock all game.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    +100 Fresno. It was never more apparent than yesterday that abandoning the running game killed us. But hey, at least we saw one fucking screen. Jesus.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Bottom line is we have 2/3rds of a playoff team, but the third we're missing is so far below that of a playoff team we might be screwed, in the asshole. no lube.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The Bears have a psychological problem.They cant win when they are favored to win.

    Thing is Mike Martz should be fired.His Cowboys adjustments were made by default because of the Chris Williams injury.

    Jay Cutler cannot read the field and the Oline's inability to pick up blitzes is a recipe for disaster.I had this team at 3-13.I was pleasantly surprised they beat Dallas and Green bay...but this team is playing BAD NEWS BEARS football.

    When youve been figured out you either alter your plan or GTFO.

    Bill Cowher 2011

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We weren't able to run it Fres. Lovie said as much and that's exactly what I saw. Every single run - bang, their players were in the backfield. Watching the Seahawk's Run D was like watching the '85 Bears. There was just nowhere to go. We seemed to have success on screens though, so why not more of those?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Second biggest market in the USA. Founding team in the NFL. Pissy little Pittsburgh has six Lombardis. Trust me, we're underachieving.

    The Seahawks' game perfectly exemplified the Chicago Bears.

    Some things we expected, we've had the same problems for a while, and they came as no shock.

    1. A poor roster, as defined by the man from whom all of our problems stem. Jerry Angelo.

    2. A desperate offensive line, being constantly rejigged a la musical chairs. Omiyale/Webb. HELLO? Who do you think is going to pick up the blitzers on the edge ?

    3. Desperate receivers who can't grasp a playbook that is too complicated and frankly unrealistic. In the absence of a competent offensive line, simplicity is key.

    4. A desperate secondary which allows teams to march up and down the field keeping our defense dog tired.

    5. A glaring lack of a bruising RB/FB. Anyone not forsee Marshawn Lynch bruising through our defensive tackles?

    6. Martz over-reliance on, and tendency to pass the ball. Even against the second worse pas defense in football - they knew we were going to pass, and that tends to help the defense Mike. Little tip there.

    7. We have no running game. Putting up 200+ yards against the 27th rush defense in the NFL and an 0-5 team does not a rushing attack make.

    These things we knew (or most of us did) coming into the game. But the Seahawks game threw up a few things for me personally which have been bubbling away under my skin and have just burst through to the surface, no longer to be contained :

    1. The elephant in the room with Bears fans. Mr. Robbie Gould.

    Now I'm not going to crucify anyone for missing a 54 yard field goal. It happens. "But he's the third most accurate kicker blah blah yada yada." So what!! If you can't even reach the goal posts on a 54 yarder, if you can't kick the ball in the vicinity of a 60 yard attempt ... you shouldn't be a kicker in the NFL. You haven't got the necessary tools to do the job. Three hundred million people in the country. Somebody else can. "But he's automatic inside 40 ..." - SO SHOULD THEY ALL BE !! Start trying out rugby kickers - plenty of them around the world. Sixty/seventy yards - BANG! - no problem. It's not beyond the realms of human possibility. If we have Scobee on our team - or whoever - then we win last night. We sucked, granted. No 3rd downs converted, but we could have won that game, just like the other games we won.

    2. Mike Martz is insane.

    I won't repeat the oft quoted definition. But he keeps doing it. 11 passes in a row ? Really? Think the defense doesn't know what's coming next Mike? Can't run it? Screen passes perchance? Counters? Traps? Misdirections? Draws? Three 3rd downs converted in 40 attempts over three games? Really? Sorry buddy, the buck has to stop somewhere. Somebody has to be accountable for that, and oh, I think I'm putting that on the OC.

    3. Jay Christopher Cutler.

    Defended the boy since he got here on all four corners of the Interweb. Love a cocky gunslinger. What now Jay? My quarterbacking hero is/was Jim McMahon. The smartest guy Ditka said he ever coached. Jimmy changed the plays so much that he was basically the defacto Bears' OC. He drove Ditka mad, but he got it right more often than not. We scored. That was that. He was Peyton Manning 15 years before Peyton Manning. He audibled DB blitzes before the DB moved up to the line, he was that good. Dare I say it, even Kyle Orton reads defenses better than Jay Cutler (and no, that's not a call for Kyle Orton, just a fact). Today's word is 'audible'. See something you don't like? Change it. Old man Kreutz is asleep again on the job? Call the assignments yourself. Protect those edges. Omiyale and Webb are too dumb to pick it up ? Do it for 'em - it's your team.

    But here's the other worrying thing - even when he did have time to set and throw ... virtually every pass was overthrown. Zero accuracy. He was cleared to play, so concussion is not an argument here. Are we beginning to see why Denver let this guy go ? How many more times can we defend him by saying he has no protection? He gets time to throw *some* of the time ... and does he carve up defenses then ? Not really, no. He's still just as likely to throw into triple coverage over the guy's head into the welcoming arms of a deep safety. One, two, three ... set your feet, release. Be it into the ground, up in the bleachers or out of bounds - don't care, just get rid of the ball. Just
    do it four or five times a game and you'd be a much improved quarterback. We love you Jay, but in the way a mother loves her perpetually misbehaving adopted child.

    4. Where's the beef? Didn't we miss out on Brandon Marshall et al because we spent all our pennies in the one shop? Julius, you cost us some serious wedge dude. Looking good against bad teams isn't going to cut it. We paid you above and beyond - we need you to be very special indeed. You were supposed to make our whole line better. Mr. Angelo, you've been tending to the defensive line at the expense of almost every other position - so where's the pressure? Cover two doesn't work without pressure from the front four - y'know - like the front four that the Giants killed us with? Charles Grant - you're up next. let's see what Angelo saw in you, Sir.

    5. Mike Tice.

    Hiestand was gone. Ding dong the witch is dead. Now we had a guy who knew the time of day. Or did we ... ?

    6. Daryl Drake.

    Why is this guy still employed again?

    7. Lovie.

    Last but not least, Lovie. You pace the sidelines ... looking up at those screens ... looking as if you're doing long division in your head. No emotion. No expression. Nothing. A very guilty bystander during the weekly car crash. Get thee hence to endless night, Lovie, and take your idiot friends with you.

    We're still top of the division you say. The Seahawks were coming off a bye week after a big shiny new acquisition in Marshawn Lynch. The line needs time to gel. There's a ways to go yet. But fail to prepare and you are preparing to fail. And Jerry, oh Jerry, how you have failed us ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1000 Fantastic Irish

  • In reply to czheng:

    This could just as well have been "NEW YORK GIANTS - PART II" except Seattle isn't as good as the Giants.

    Think Packer fans are even MORE pissed at Ted Thompson after seeing Marshawn Lynch as a Seahawk?

    Note to ZEBRAS: Trite or not, here it is again.
    NOBODY PAYS A NICKEL TO SEE YOU THROW YOUR HANKIE OR HEAR YOU BLOW YOUR WSHISTLE. Quit flagging the tickiy-tac crap and let the game flow. How many times do you have to be told? Moronic.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Packer fan tells himself that John Kuhn and Brandon Jackson will be just fine. Packer fan is a moron.

    Packers suck.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Now I have this bad vision of money flowing out of Virginias pussy. Thanks for that

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Not sure I buy this: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/10/19/sports.nfl.player.cliff/index.html?hpt=T2

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A good lawyer makes all the difference.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We are 3 for 40 in the last 3 games on 3rd down. We have zero points in the 3rd quarter in 6 games.

    The burning of timeouts due to wrong personnel being out there was ridiculuous. This was the sixth game. Players need to know when they're supposed to be on the field and the coaches need to know too. We could have used one or two of those timeouts at the end.

    I didn't see any block in the back by Rod Wilson on the Manning return, but that's life.

    I don't know if Lovie has the persona to bring in the reigns on Martz; but we need to get back to how we schemed against Dallas. Call that same game yesterday and we win. Hassleback and the Seahawks did and you see the result.

    I agree Tommie Harris should sit permanently now. I don't want him in for 50% of the snaps. Melton and Toe get better interior pressure.

    We lost to a team with less talent and less coaching experience at home. This was as much of a gimme that we have all year. It doesn't come often, but when you go against a team you should beat in this league, you have to get it done.

    We got beat off both sides of the line. When that happens, you're gonna lose.

    The biggest concern was the o-line being unable to adjust to their safety and DB blitzes. The tackles continued to help double their DTs leaving the ends wide open. Why was Omilaye and Webb constantly doubling their tackles? It's not like they are all world DTs. Worry about the little fuckers coming unabated. I can understand Webb not picking these up as he's still learning, but there's no excuse for Omilaye. He got Cutler pummeled a couple times. Did Tice not see tis happen over and over?

    Teams are going to continue to bring everyone and their mother to get pressure on Jay until we can show we can beat it. Blitz him; they can't block and he'll make mistakes. Until we correct our blocking and change to a Dallas type scheme, that's how teams will game plan us. If you thought Milloy was a beast wait till the Skins Landry is breathing down Jay's neck.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Well, we could try having a running back in the backfield with Jay to put a hammer on the blitzers on occasion, no?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I am so fustrated and tired of this team right now. Every week there is always something new and Lovie fronts up an excuse for it. I wish the Lovie coaching era will go away soon. I hope our next coach is acutally a good coach. Wantsthat, Jouron, Lovie, ????

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Damn Blogfather, weren't you just chewing some of us out earlier this year for wanting to lose?

  • In reply to Church:

    +1. It's where you stop being a fan and become something else. We might criticise a lot, but we support the team, the players, winning is everything.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    When will they announce raising the ticket prices?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    when will you change your avatar?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    2 comments:

    1. I don't have a problem with the pass to run ratio. I do have a huge problem with the types of passes called. We are perfectly designed for a short to mid range passing game with flashes of knox and hester deep. we have abandoned the very things that other teams do to us that kill us, namely short and mid range passes to the tight end and the use of Bennett who fucking catches anything you throw to him. The short pass can be used as an extension of the run game. Martz knows better, he fucking did it all the time in St. Louis. Fucking do it here.

    2. Matt is My Forte came up with the greatest word ever in his description of the clock management:

    recockulous = best word ever.

    Its translation is regarding something so fucking rediculous and rage inspiring that dick doesn't do the word justice. it must be cock.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The pass:run ratio against the Hawks was 4:1. That's ridiculous. You're basically telling the opposition what the next play is.

    You know that headset in Cutler's helmet? Surely it must be really easy to intercept on a ham radio? Anyone?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Irish -

    I saw the Kluneberg and the next episode. Butt mountain. Funny.

    That show needs female nudity, esp. from the wife. You know she's gonna run the table in the League this year. the Spunk gag was disgusting. I'm running a marathon. A what?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    marathon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hester's a badass. Glad to see he's back to his old form. If we had a better o-line, I'm thinking his receiving numbers would be sick, too. Figure out how to get that guy the ball on a slant or in the flat. Remember the short pass against Dallas? A little shake 'n' bake and he was gone for 38 yards. Almost scored. Remember the slant against Dallas? It seems like we've we abandoned those plays.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Jewish guy's wife is hot. Just saw episode 8 of weeds and the main chick gets absolutely hardcore up against a bar. respect.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    It's almost Halloween.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I just watched Lovie at the after the game press conference.

    Lovie Smith is a classic turd. He sits there, does nothing, and smells badly. Martiz is a slug, he cannot adjust quickly and when he realizes he has to it's too damn late to make a difference. We could have made something happen yesterday if we blitzed once in a while. The front four is never enough against guys like Hasselback, the Manning bros or any half way decent QB with a decent line. Very sad today. But I'm NOT surprised at all.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    we blitzed a shit ton on 3rd downs and it never worked. Hassle Chode knows our style of D really well and he can usually get the ball out fast enough to be effective.

    I expect a very different offensive game plan against the Skinflutes. I'm giving Martz one last chance before I start to rip him to shreds.

  • Doc, did you give a moment of selincio for old Benoit the other day?

  • Jeff,

    On Lovie

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Seattle had the bye week to gameplan for us, so there is that I guess ...

  • In reply to shonbear:

    While I am NOT ready to hit the panic button, I DO feel that my long-established pessimism seems validated.

    After the absolute SHELLACKING Cutler took against the Giants, last Sunday looked UNCOMFORTABLY like Albert (nice name, eh?)Einstein's definition of insanity which, while having been posted here by others before me, I submit again for those who may be unaware of it...

    "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    My other concern of the moment echoes Irish's final point, namely, how long do the Bears intend to keep playing the game of CHARADES that is Tommie Harris?

    I can't think of a SINGLE contributor to this blog that hasn't turned the page on that issue since BEFORE the season started.

    At this point in time, he can't possibly be a positive influence in the locker room so why don't you folks at Halas Hall just move on already regarding Tommie, please?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    We need a big slow bruising fullback.
    Tommie is big and slow.
    Tommie has been surpassed at DT by Big Toe.

    & lightbulb &

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I am contemplating taking my ticket back for the Redskins game. I know i've been hurt before but i think i will take a different approach to the Skins game. I am going to the game to support the team. I believe we will win. I am going to drink at least a half bottle of Jameson as i pregame with the boys. I will then proceed to cheer my ass off and verbally abuse the fuck out of anyone in my area that is either not cheering when they should be, booing at any point in the game or in general not acting like a proper Bears fan for a 4-2 team heading into a key NFC matchup at home. I already informed my wife that i will be getting into a fight at the game and to put aside 1,000 like Rodney Harrison to pay for my bond. This is the tipping point and we need these next couple of victories. I for one will be doing my part to make sure that my section of fans snaps straight and does their fucking job. Doc, i won't let you down.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    MB's hero of the first half of the season:

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    btw, is it just me or all of a sudden, or are you guys also starting to see 2-4 concussions a game, every game?

    Has this ever happened before? What is this attributed to... media/league sensitivity, or just that people are finally talking up about it? What do you guys think?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    don't know but i do know that an ill-conceived, hastily put together vague as hell rule about suspending players who take part in "devastating hits" is a slippery slope

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know concussions are "all the rage" these days, but props to sometimes insufferable, but always intelligent Oliver Stone for his portrayal in Any Given Sunday of concussed linebacker played by lawrence taylor. That was a decade ago, when if I recall, no one really cared or said a word about football concusssions. He had a great truthful and accurate portrayal of both sides (player and team) and the issues that arise. Say what you want about Stone, but he was waaaay a'HEAD' (get it) of the curve on that one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Talking about it, and the feeling of invincibility that the new equipment conveys. If a guy is sold a helmet that is "concussion-proof", he's going to be alot more reckless.
    Unfortunately, I think it takes seeing a guy like Desean Jackson laid out and twitching to remind people of what a spinal cord injury would mean.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah MBP, I saw the hit that paralized that Rutgers player this last weekend and it almost made me sick to watch, litterally... I had to turn it off. I feel so horrible for that kid man. Just really tragic.

    Football is a dangerous game, but no more so than walking across the street... actually, it's probably exponentially safer than that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    change of direction...

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5703064&categoryid=2378529

    Sounds like Brock has matured a little. Should be an interesting fight. Not sure how Cain's going to match up to this beast, but he's a very, very skilled guy. Just not sure he can match up to the size/strength of Lesnar.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cain is an animal. not betting the fight, but take it from someone that doubted him all along....he DESTROYED Big Nog....KO'ed dude when NOBODY did it before. Brock has been shown to weather a storm, but Cain is a different storm (they say he's a HW w/ a WW's cardio). he poses a bunch of problems for Brock come ring time

    Cain TKO 3rd Rd.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/2814172,CST-SPT-morrissey19.article

    Nail... meet head.

    Thought this line was pretty funny: "If the Bears need to pick up tough yardage, they had better start handing the ball to Chester Taylor, who can do more with nothing than Forte can. Forte is like a bag of laundry at the line of scrimmage."

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    while I'm on tanget row... Trac, here's my church (no that's not me): http://espn.go.com/#/7/

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Do the same thing without the alcohol and you'll get laid after the game too. This could be a home-field advantage match. If we magically got into the playoffs. Hope springs eternal.

    Next Monday on "Sports Arrests - Chicago Five Oh" - 'Waffle Watch'

  • I want you all to listen to Lovie Smith about this loss and ask yourselves if you want this man as your coach for another year (never mind another fucking game): http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5697810

    Jesus christ.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He said their going to get it fixed and play better. Whew, that's a relief.

  • In reply to GoBears:

    exactly go

  • I was there for opening day, and even in the cheap (comparatively) seats... The passion was nil.

    Made me a bit sick. It's almost like a Cardinals game, where it's more of a social gathering than a fan-fest. Bunch of fucking pussies they were. I got told to sit down twice, and thankfully I was not boozed enough to start a civil war.

    Wait until its 3 below and the soccer moms and Range Rover drivers stay the fuck home. Right now it's a god damn "see and be seen" type of event where people care more about sporting their trophy wives in there gold trimmed bears hats then a drunken shirtless gut-showing ode to Da Coach.

    Tickets go up 10 bucks a piece, and all of a sudden it's lifestyles of the rich and cheer-less?

    Fuck that,

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I quit going to all pro sporting events at least five years ago unless tickets are free or it's some sort of social gathering among a group of friends. Prices have got out of hand, and it's getting that way with college also. I'm pumped about my alumni the Badgers beating Ohio State, but you have to "donate" at least 2G just to get considered for season tickets. Sorry, but I can go watch Govt Mule jam a 3 hour show for $30. My discretionary dollars have switched to live music, because there's a lot of great music right now that is very inexpensive. I must admit I'm gonna pay a buck forty to see Roger Waters do "The Wall" live next Wed. Once in a lifetime show. Can't wait.

  • Damn that pissed me off. They should be *louder* when it's not going well, not sitting down and frowning. They're not fans, sorry.

  • I'll buy most of your post Jeff ...

    * But how did that not hurt? I get that we were up agaisnt the #2 run defense and had no expectation of running it with no o-line, but they have one of the worst pass defenses int he league. WTF?

    * The kids on the right looked terrible on Sunday. Webb cannot pass block, scheme or no scheme. He should be able to shove people out of the way on runs though. If he can't, then what's the point in being that big, you're just slow.

    * Harris might be laying the wood, but he can't cover for shit and that's his job. DBs shouldn't be the ones tackling RBs.

    * Was Tommie playing ? He didn't start form what I saw - did they bring him on? Never heard his name mentioned.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He did play. Saw him once or twice. Webb did block decent when he knew too.. sadly.

  • I think I might need to speak to your administrator about this Doc: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-10/celebrating-benoit-mandelbrot-man-who-made-math-beautiful

  • wow, impressive Doc. Very cool you're that passionate about the maths. I never loved it because it never loved me.... or something like that.

  • Hey Doc,
    One of my best friends went as one of the "Stormtroopers" for Halloween about 20 years ago, and made a perfect replica of the "Walking Hammers" banner. His costume was exact to the smallest detail. He sadly passed away about 16 years ago, but I still have that banner hanging on one of my walls. Any chance you can tell me where you live?

  • Fractals rock.

  • 'Us and them' is just one of the most beautiful tracks ever.

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