Studying the Remaining Schedules

There are some Chicago Bears fans that will start rooting for our opponents on Sundays because they are desperate to see turnover at the general manager and head coach positions.  In recent years I have castigated such behavior as at-best shameful and at-worst un-American.  Fans believe their championship answers rest in the roster decisions of Bill Parcells - who has never won a Super Bowl as a GM - and the coaching prowess of Bill Cowher -  whose 2-4 record in AFC Championship Games isn't exactly making him a first ballot Hall of Famer.

I don't root for the Bears to lose.  Ever.  I don't care if a Week 17 win is the difference between the top pick in the draft and the eighth pick, I don't do it.  I live by the mantra that we're only granted, at least for the next year, sixteen opportunities to watch our beloved ball club play.  And I want the Bears to win every one of them.

That being said, I decided to spend some time proving to myself that the Bears have no chance to reach the postseason this year.  As a desperate act, a defense mechanism, an attempt to spare myself the Lovie letdowns of the next two months.  Turns out it is much, much, much harder than I thought it would be.

Here are the schedules:
Bears.  @ Bills, Vikings, @ Dolphins, Eagles, @ Lions, Patriots, @ Vikings, Jets, @ Packers.
Vikings. @ Patriots, Cardinals, @ Bears, Packers, @ Redskins, Bills, Giants, Bears, @ Eagles, @ Lions
Packers. @ Jets, Cowboys, @ Vikings, @ Falcons, 49ers, @ Lions, @ Patriots, Giants, Bears
The first thing I thought looking at those schedules was, "Wow.  The Packers and Vikings are both going to lose this week."  If the Vikes and Pack do lose (and they are six-point underdogs), the Bears will arrive in Toronto alone in first place.  They will have lost two straight games at home, as favorites, and play their next game as lone division leaders.  Don't say much for the North, does it?  If they win that game, they will end the first half of their schedule at 5-3. 

Objectively speaking, I think the Bears don't have a single guaranteed win over their final eight but they have several winnable games.  I think the Vikings should not have much trouble with the Cardinals and Bills at home.  I think the Packers should handle the 49ers easily at home as well. (I'm not quite ready to call their Cowboys game a guarantee.)

The conclusion?  These schedules make it basically impossible for any of these teams to pull away.  And contrary to my opinions a few weeks ago, it makes a 9-7 division champion a possibility.  The NFC North will be decided by two Bears/Vikings games and most likely on the last afternoon of the season at Lambeau Field.

And wouldn't it be fitting for Lovie Smith, the man who proclaimed beating Green Bay as his primary goal the day he was hired, to have to defeat the Packers in order to have a shot to keep his job this postseason?   

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  • The FIRST thing to do is beat Buffalo. One at a time from here on.

  • FIRST of all, great opening.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Flag on MattySouth... false start and illegal formation on a second post. 10 yards and repeat second down.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    After reviewing the play on the field .... there was a false start on the offense .... that's a ten yard penalty on Matty but repeat *first* down ... NewBear will not be charged a time-out.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In complete fairness, at 7:03 the record showed no posts, and when my post loaded it was in fact at the #1 spot. Alas, though, even when commenting on this team I get screwed by technology. Like the second TD challenge that never was.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Viva, where do the 6 wins come from? Tough, tough ask my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If the ball gets rolling - we can beat Buffalo, Miami, Detroit, Minnesota (twice), and the Pats. I know the talent exists on this team, I just find it difficult to be optimistic with our leadership. Lovie is in over his head.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    By my count, first down would have been the quick slant by SC Dave. Matty's QB sneak was a second down play which, much like Cutler's, just wasn't meant to be.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    My question is why the fuck didn't they call the play dead right away instead of after it was run..huh. And where were the spotters watching the goal line on the play Cutler made at the goal line that should have caught the ball breaking the plane. The officiating in that game wasn't very good.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    The Vikes can at least count on Randy Moss to help them gameplan against the Patriots this weekend... certainly no love lost there.

    And the Pack have a tough test against the Jets in what some are still saying is a Superbowl preview, but they get the benefit of a Cowboys team with no Romo the following week. I think there's a good chance the Pack will take over the division lead by the time they play Minnesota again.

    Meanwhile I have to say I'm very afraid of the Bills. I would be much happier if we had played the Jets this week, and I'd rather be playing them after the Bye. We need a challenge right now... the whole organization is thinking the same way Jeff is "what's our season looking like? Can we still make the playoffs?" We need to focus on winning in Toronto, period. Nothing else should be on the player's minds.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    The Bills get win number one against the ailing Chicago Bears. That's the headline. Suddenly they've got a QB and two WRs very much on fire.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Great breakdown of the Skins game by Roy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMg-7IVvRbQ&feature=youtu.be

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Roy is WAAAAY to soft on Cutler.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    three of them were most defintely on Cutty. The third to Knox ? Knox would would have to be twelve feet tall to have eventually made that catch. Doesn't change the fact that he's a sucky receiver like Hester though.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Cutler number one on the shame report.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d81ba5db7/The-Shame-Report?module=HP_video

    That shrug just gets worse and worse and more annoying.

    33 interceptions 34 touchdowns, he's lost more games than he's won. How did I fall in love with this slut?

    Deep breaths. I'm not intoxicated. This is a big moment for me ... I swore I wouldn't be the kind of fan that would say this ... but let me be the first ....

    Here goes ....

    So far .... we would be better off with Kyle and those picks back.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He has certainly not performed up to any of our expectaions yet, but maybe our expectations were a bit optimistic given the state of the OL. Not to come off as a Cutler apologist, but he has not landed in an ideal situation.

    I think there will be a time (maybe it's just i hope there will be a time) when you look back at that last line and "go what was I thinkin?".

  • In reply to mikev:

    When your accuracy AND decision making are FUBAR, we have to be honest and say that so far we're down on the deal. But as many will point out, Jay is our man regardless and that's not going to change. Just would have been nice if Angelo had gotten him a receiver and somebody to block for the guy. Cutler *could* change his attitude but he won't. Leopards. Spots.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Were you really expecting a well oiled machine by week SEVEN?

    We have 11 guys learning a new offense. The learning curve is what it is. This team has not peaked.

    Answer me this, why does it always look like Kyle Orton is throwing into the wind?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    It's gotta be the neckbeard.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    LOL!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, you're far from the first to say that. Everyone bitches about Rex (rightfully so) but at least he only cost us one first round pick. Instead of 2 first rounders, a third rounder and a quality backup QB.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Good post Jeff. I think seasons are like the games they contain. Thigs can be going incredibly bad (or good) and suddenly everything changes. The 'worm' turns, the momentum shifts and it's a whole new game. It's way too early in this season to count us or anyone else in the NFCN out just yet.

    As for rooting for the team to lose. Not gonna happen. I'm pretty sure every one of the regulars on this blog would give their right nut (except MB, who would want to give his slightly smaller left one) to see Lovie and Angelo given their walking papers. But, I'm willing to bet that none of us would ever hope for the Bears to lose so much as a single game to see that happen.

    I'm totally manic about this team. I'm completely depressed for days after a loss, especially one as painful as this one. But I'm totally high and over the moon when we win. Losing is NOT an option.
    I want us to do well in every single game. If that means we're stuck with Lovie, so be it.

    Anyway, Lovie should not be fired because we miss the playoffs. He should be fired because he is a terrible head coach

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Without some serious changes in route design, we're fucked.

    The Pack have James Jones and Greg Jennings, both of whom have speed and go get the ball. The Vikes have Harvin and Moss, and we know Moss is the best jump ball wideout of all time.

    We have Hester and Knox. Shabba hasn't shown up. Our physical wideout is Olsen.

    MB is right, we need Dez back out there at TE, Olsen needs to move to the slot and Bennett can go back at #2. We can't have Hester and Knox out there at the same time anymore, because we don't utilize their speed properly and they can't run cutback or out routes for shit. That has to stop.

    I think Manofmoolah sucks. Let's get Kellen Davis and Dez out there on dual TE sets, with Olsen running the slant in routes. He can also block down and let's get more off tackle running.

    Williams may get pulled for the Bills in favor of Garza, and then Williams may be done. As in, Stan Thomas done. Bust city. GTFO and take Butter with you.

    And I don't think Shaeffer could be as bad as Webb at RT. I just don't. Tice is fucking up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Three TE sets? I smell Carolina. And ditto on Shaffer, he's our best RT. Period. CW should go back to the position he owned Jared Allen at. WTF is the obsession with Omelette? HE CAN'T RUN BLOCK!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    But you know what? Chris Williams and Webb got owned in the pass blocking too ... tough one. How do you arrange a pile of turds to look less like a pile of turds ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The more I see of that game, Webb is absolutely USELESS at pass blocking. He's like a cartoon Egyptian mummy at tackle.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    By going after the guys that left you a bunch of turds in the 1st place.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    add water

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    [url]http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/10/26/la-canfora-examines-the-coaching-hot-seat/[/url]

    You watch that video and tell me if you do not "support" the Bears to lose.

    Fine.

    I 'll support them to win but they cant.They are a bad team and they will find ways to screw it.

    In Buffalo its gonna be sth else.

    Bill Cowher linked to the Bears!!

  • In reply to johnkos:

    Agree with the not-rooting for your team to lose. Once you're sitting there watching the Bears and you want the other team to win, you are by definition the opposite of a fan.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1 I can't see it any other way and I have tried to make myself think the opposite before because I want LDL and JA gone so bad. Once that ball is kicked off it is just impossible for me to cheer against them. They are my team and I always want my team to win.

  • In reply to johnkos:

    For anyone who DVR the game, check out Cutler after DJ Moore's touchdown. Cutler walks by his fellow alumni, taps him on the head, and sits down by him looking glum on the sidelines. I don't think DJ even acknowledged Cutler. I might be reading too much into this, but it seems like Cutler doesn't have much respect among many players, especially on defense. He showed NO EMOTION after his team makes a big score. He just goes through the motions. I seriously wonder about his heart and commitment to winning.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor...many of past post's I have expressed the attitude a HC should bring to the Team..LDL is not a HC he is incapable of keeping our Gladiators at a level of accountability.

    People can rip into Rex Ryan all they want but he has his gladiators believing..and it shows on the field. Watch the body language our team has on the sidelines it is not of grandeur it is of disillusion. That is the stamp LDL has left on the minds of this team. "It's just one game" we always have next week to win. no urgency..he guess what LDL you only have 16 weeks.

  • In reply to johnkos:

    I hate to do this Blogfather, but I am going to quote you twice...

    The first quote happened Oct. 18 2010 under the ~Random Thoughts on a Disastrous Performance~ thread...

    Jeff Hughes said:

    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.

    The next quote is written on the above post:

    I don't root for the Bears to lose. Ever.

    OK... What the fuck man?!

  • In reply to Church:

    Jeff gets a little va-klempt sometimes. His emotions run wild.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The good Jeff never wants the Bears to lose. It's the angry disgusted frustrated Jeff that said that. Ripple in the force kinda thing endy.

  • In reply to Church:

    Sorry - Jauronstedt -

  • In reply to Church:

    Actually - Gibruonstedt is not all that strange and spelled incorrectly.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack, are you feeling ok?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    schaffing blows, and looks a lot like a comic book evil nazi.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I used to love reading this blog but I've stayed away this year. I really can't buy into the "we shoudl want the Bears to win" thinking, and that's as a lifelong fan (I'm in my late 50's). I've seen this movie too many times - we sneak in the playoffs (and that's really not that hard to do) and the regime is satisfied becasue the bar is set so low. And so they get "re-upped".

    Jeff - do you really think this is a President/GM/Coach that can make us perenially contenders? If not, we sohudl want them gone, and that can't happen if they win the division.

    The only thing the McCaskeys understand is being made to look like fools.

    I really wish Brad Palmer kept his blog going; he really understood the whole scenario and told it like it was. That's not incompatible with being a fan.

  • In reply to BillW:

    When do we sneak into the playoffs? I wish we did ...
    The last time we got to the superbowl we were lucky to run into the biggest choker of all time at QB and we still couldn't close the deal.

    To be honest I think the McCaskey's bottom line is cash money. It's clearly not about winning super bowls.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The fucking merry-go-round on the OL needs to stop, and part 1 of that is the goddamn tackle spots. And yes, Shaffer is as bad at pass-blocking as Webb and considerably worse at run-blocking which as I keep trying to point out to Irish, is what he's getting paid to do at that spot. I could give no fucking shits about how well Omiyale run blocks. What I care about is whether he is doing the best job out of the O-linemen we have at keeping Jay's jersey clean. Whether you like him or not, he is better than any other tackle we have on the roster until CW grows up and starts performing at a 1-rd pick level.
    The worst thing that can happen to this OL THIS season is for yet another round of plug-the-duck.
    And Dez ain't coming back, so keep rooting for KD to get in there.
    I heartily agree with you on Manu. The guy should be moved to FB if all he's going to do is whiff on speed rushers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think we're going around in circles with the o-line talk. We have a bunch of pre-teens and we're arguing over which one we put in against Tyson.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How did Irish not bash you for saying Olsen is our physical wideout lmao good post though.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    His height is the only reason for his existence ... did someone say Olsen was physical ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    On paper everything looks like we have room for optimism. Picking games, with us and with our division opponents, sure, it can work out. But here's what I am sitting here wondering.

    Can we win any more games this year if Mike Martz continues to call the inexplicable game plans he's called in the last 4 games?

    Probably not. So the real burning question is, when the fuck is Mike Martz going to pull his greeeat Sputnik head out of his ass? And why is he not being called to the carpet for it? How the hell can Lovie say "I'm happy with the offensive game plan" but add the caveat that "we just need to cut down on turnovers" - the idiot doesn't reason that it's the game plan that's directly leading to the turnovers?

    Cutler sucked in that game. But give Cutler a more conservative game plan to run and it's a good assumption he'll do better and throw fewer picks, get sacked fewer times. But I see nothing in print or quotes or video that tells me that Martz plans to do that. He's had 4 games to implement that game plan and continues to go back to his same shit. So I don't believe he's going to do it.

    I thought that Martz was going to be the one guy who could save Lovie's ass this season. Now I believe he's going to be the guy solely responsible for getting him shitcanned.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Phil..Martzy is as stubborn as LDL.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Phil..was in your neck of the woods last week and then part of the weekend and then got dumped on by rain. Damn! going through San Angelo couldn't see a foot in front of me. LOL!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Next time you better let me know Lobo - I'll buy you a tequila!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Trac, Irish Sweetness, FQD1911 and Michael L all went 3-0 this week. Michael L actually went 5-0.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Hey Jeff, check again. I was perfect, a perfect 0-3. DOH!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thank you Jeff.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    thank you sir

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Don't want to beat the bee's nest but damn:
    From PFT
    Bears offensive ineptitude:

    1. The Bears failed on 28 straight third down conversion attempts before Jay Cutler completion to Devin Hester midway through the third quarter Sunday.

    2. Chicago is converting 17.9% of third downs, less than half the league average. The next worst team is 25.3%.

    3. The Bears turned the ball over five straight times against the Redskins, the first team to do that since the 2000 Rams. (Guess who was the coordinator.)

    4. The Bears have allowed 31 sacks this year. The next closest team has allowed 21.

    5. The Redskins said the Bears offense had a ridiculously easy tell for many of their plays on Sunday. Albert Haynesworth just watched to see which Bears offensive players were talking amongst themselves before the play. Of course.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I don't have so much a smurf complex about our receivers as I do about the fact they sometimes come off as very low wattage bulbs.
    Knox: "Skunk, do I square in at the 5 or the 10?"
    Devin: "Just quit running at the count of four."

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It wouldn't hurt so much if it wasn't so real.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Funny... and true. Yay!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Mike in O... where you been man. Oh, and thanks for giving the left bozac props.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Been hospitalized for bipolar disorder after watching the last few games. Besides, Mama always said that if you don't have anything good to say don' say anything at all. The last few weeks there has not been too much to say.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Here's something to help you through the collective Bears misery

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2010/10/1e0f8ad1a1a18053fa2127d31d0cf4fd/340x.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jebus H Christopher. Librarian?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh my!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    can I be the seatbelt!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thank you my man, thank you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hopefully the Bears got a money back guarantee for lack of preformance & maturity_ if so its time to invoke it & cut the losses-Cutler is who we thought he is -not a capable quarterback...course neither is Lovie......

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    and just watched that piece by jason canfora posted by irish above. Cowher... oh please... oh please... oh please... oh please... oh please...

    And this is funny, and sad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZVJEeVAnI4

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    :o)

    or ...

    DH : "How do you play receiver Johnny, what's the trick?"
    JK: "I just look at the DB's eyes ..."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bwah!!!
    Nice.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "Have at you then" Part Deux:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5733407

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Did you see the sidebar piece?

    Ahhhh... yet another prestigious club of fools that we shamefully laud over. What a group of losers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's even worse if you go farther back.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    One name keeps creeping into my pre-Halloween mind - Gironstedt.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Both Cutler and Martz are arrogant pricks. Come to think of it, so are Angelo and Lovie ...

    My favorite coaches were humble men like Landry and Walsh.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I'm dumping Cutler wholesale, not even offering him in trades at the risk of offending people's intelligence. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer are just sitting there in every league, even found Kyle Orton in one.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish but look at the WR they got. Cutler has no WR not one that is capable of being a #1 or 2. The guys we have are small and inexperienced, the perfect dinner for a Cornerback.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    An even better reason to dump him fantasy wise. But in reality you can only blame the line and receivers for so much. If there's no option there within three seconds and your RB is on the floor then throw it away or tuck it and run. I can't take any more laser bolts randomly launched in the general direction of a WR or throwing off the back foot. Take the sack, run and slide, anything, but don't try and force it time and time again. I know QBs take a few years to get into the swing of things, but his attitude is the most worrying aspect of that. He doesn't *want* to change.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dez = matlock/murder she wrote fan

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Sad to say, but if Detroit catches fire they have a very real chance to finish 8-8 as well.

    Figure they split their division games and get a win against Chicago, Minny and GB, plus wins against Washington (beatable), Buffalo (Detroit by 10+), Dallas (still without Romo and with no playoff hopes left), and Tampa Bay (weaker than their record) and they're in the mix.

    Granted, the other games are against the Jets, Pats, and Dolphins, but these guys can play. It is not imposible for the Lions to go 7-3 the rest of the season.

    If the rest of us all lose to Detroit, that means Chicago and Green Bay would need to play .500 to finish in a tie. And Minny can catch fire a bit to go 6-3 and also be at .500.

    Do I think we will see a battle to win the division with 8-8? no. Do I think 9-7 can be in the discussion? Yes. Will anyone finish with more than 10? I doubt that very much.

    Then again, it looks like the supposedly walk in the park Giants might finish with the best record in the NFC, so nobody's that good this year.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    +1 on Detroit, they're the only team that is clearly improving and going in the right direction.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Not sure why all the love for the Leos. Of course they're improving, when you go 0-16 you have to improve. They've got a good O and a great DL. Their back 7 on D is subpar. If Stafford goes down again (a very real possibility), they have to go to their 3rd stringer. Not good. I'm not saying they won't beat us but to beat all the NFC North teams is a VERY tall order. They just aren't that good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    They can score points, we can't. Team with the most points wins I think.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If you would take time to read my post I said they could beat us. What I don't believe is they will sweep the NFC North the second time through.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Jeff, who won the pick em challenge this week? I finally won one and didn't even get an honorary mention, tanks fir nuttin. Does anybody have multiple wins?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    OHHH God dats all I neeeed! I don't wanna get married Danny!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    And I say, "Hey, Lama! How about a little something,
    you know, for the effort?"

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Caddyshack?

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    I have a different take on your analysis about how the division winner will be determined Jeff. I have long said that a 8-8 may very well win the division. While nobody will pull away, I definitely think a team or two or three will fall away. Lets just hope it's not the Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Do you think we will be come the next NFC west?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No. Packers are injured like we were last year. Our O line needs lots of experience to get better and the Queens can beat anyone on any given Sunday but for some reason they keep on coming up short. Every team in our Division has the capability to be pretty darn good. Things just haven't come together for anyone in our division for one reason or another. Brutal schedule has alot to do with it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That reason you are searching for is a broken down old coot who sends dirty pics to the ladies.
    And Childress.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    This team knows how to win, and this team knows how to lose.

    They need to find a way to win 4 of the next 5, and 2 of the last 4.

  • Secondly, I cannot bring myself to throw in the towel on a FIRST PLACE TEAM. That's what we still are right now. With 2 weeks for Cutler to calm down, regain his sense of composure, and realize that he needs help understanding how to play QB at this level, we should see a better 6 under center. Also, I expect Tice and crew to get back to basics and figure out how to block, and more importantly work as one unit. I think the work done this week is the difference between 7-9 and maybe 10-6 and the playoffs. Let's see if they have the common sense to work together and make it happen. Also, I love me some Tim Jennings.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Should be interesting when Pringles gets back and starts mixing it up with D.J.Hands and the rest. And does CW get benched when Garza comes back for the Bills game? Or does he go to LT and we bench The Egg?

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Matty this is Cutler's 5th year in the league. I'm afraid what you see is what you get.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    but his first year in Martz's system, which is by all accounts more difficult to learn than other systems.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Cutler has been a QB prone to lose his composure and throw picks, no matter who's system he's been in. Not very good at finding the open man with any consistency and is not the kind of Field General that takes over games.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    NFL:
    "Will that be cash or credit - team send check?"

    Childress:
    "Here's my card - oh wait - I've got it here in my jacket with spare change. Brett calls it 'walking around money'."

  • It was a lot easier to predict guaranteed losses last year when the defense and offense were both taking turns blowing games. With the defense having given up 21 points to an offense only once (Seahawks game) this year and holding the rest of teams at or below 17 points scored on offense, we have the chance to be in every game no matter how pitiful the offense is playing.

    Of course, this is exactly the reason why it is that much more painful to watch them lose these games... and why it's most likely that our losses in the future are going to be games that we will look back on thinking we could have easily won if we could field an even half-competent offense.

  • In reply to dkbat:

    Exactly H23

  • Root against the Bears? Root AGAINST THEM !?

    Hey, I attended the only win in the infamous 1969 1-13 season.

    The win against PITTSBURGH!

    You think I was sittin' there sayin' "GO STEELERS"?

    And guess what, neither was ANYBODY ELSE at Wrigley that day.

    SCREW that attitude and anybody who has it.

    Moving on...

    Frankly, the whole NFC ain't much to look at and The Ravens barely escaped the Bills so lets not get TOO excited over the AFC either.

    Don't know if anyone mentioned it on the previous thread but, this was the HIGHEST SCORING weekend in the NFL since 1983, averaging over 52 points a game. So, of course, the Bears managed to scratch out 14 points. Once again, THAT is SOOO Bears.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I recall the Monday Night crew saying that last night. Of course, the flip side of your comment is that Washington only scored seventeen, so our game managed to be -21 the line in the rest of the league. And that was before last nights 41-35 arena game between the Cowgirls and Gints.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    People "Trent Difler" are saying that the NFC is weak now because teams like Baltimore, Jet's, and Pitt have become the leaders in the AFC thus making them a legitimate powers.

    One, couldn't it be that the teams in the NFC have gotten way better.
    Two, the ravens and pitt play the browns and the bills and almost lost, how does that make them power houses?
    Three, The bill's are not going to just give us a win.

    I won't give up hope till we are 8-8 or worse , because till then, this division could be wide open.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I must just love underdogs, but my Browns and Bills are getting no love whatsoever. The Bills are going to kick our asses methinks, they're weak against the pass, but so is efverybody who kicks our ass. Why they got rid of Lynch I don't know. The Browns just hammered the Super Bowl champs.

    And anyone catch Cutty's comment after the game ? Something like "Eddie Royal just to beat DeAngelo Hall all the time one on one." Saucer of milk table two please. Meeow. The cracks are forming ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think Mr. Lynch wore out his welcome in Buffalo a la Cedric Benson in Chicago.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I get the feeling Big Cheesy and his fuckwad krew will come slinking back here as game week approaches, esp. if Green Bay wins this weekend.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude, your cartoon is gone, what gives ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My favorite observation ever:

    And wouldn't it be fitting for Lovie Smith, the man who proclaimed beating Green Bay as his primary goal the day he was hired, to have to defeat the Packers in order to have a shot to keep his job this postseason?

  • In reply to mtburz73:

    I always thought that was an incredible claim. How can your mission statement be anything other than winning the superbowl? Green bay is only two Ws a season. That's all it could possibly mean to us plus the obvious tie-breaker. "Hello Chicago, I intend to definitely win two games a season."

    FAIL!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    now..now..Irish...... remember our fearless leaders words.."It's only one game"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Blogfather.....GREAT POST.....I too am not happy with this organization, coaches, gladiators etc...but I BLEED NAVY BLUE AND BURNT ORANGE and always will.

    Agree on some possible wins in our schedule..some will hurt and be very painful to watch..but "will" watch and cuss,scream and feel the vein on my forehead grow again and get it's own zip code.

    oh and btw blogfather......your last paragraph... I think we call that "IRONY" and agree with you with a chuckle.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1000 Jeff

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Please take on quick moment of remembrance for Alex Anderson.

    The creator of Moose and Squirrel - Rocky The Flying Squirrel.

    Thank you

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Was checking out your pops Monsieur Lacan. Heavy Duty ... hev-eeee duty.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    What nothing for Mr. C? That's cold jack. Mr. C was the shit.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    "Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat!"

    EXCELLENT historical drop, Jack. I am a huge Rocky & Bullwinkle fan but did NOT realize until I loked up his obit, that he created the Moose and Squirrel and sued Jay Ward for due credit.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sadness hangs over Frostbite Falls tonight, folks.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I also understand that flags in Pottsylvania will be flown a half mast.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Mr. Anderson's pallbearers will be Bullwinkle J. Moose, Captain Peter "Wrong Way" Peachfuzz", Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, Moon Men, Gidney and Cloyd, who have also brought an honor guard of 1 dozen six-foot tall, metal-munching mice. Rocekt J. Squirrel will do a the honorary flyover. Wassmotta U. has endowed a scholarship fund in Mr. Anderson's honor.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I don't get it. What part of "Bill Cowher, or anyone of his ilk is, not going to work for the 'Mickey Mouse' organization that IS the Chicago Bears" do we not understand?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, that's our perspective as pissed off, let down fans.

    From the outside, you're talking about the second biggest market in the NFL and a franchise with a huge, huge history. The prospect of turning this shithole into the once great franchise it used to be HAS to be a draw for him. He loved the kind of football we SHOULD be playing based on our history, but aren't because of the current GM and HC.

    If I were him Chitown would be exactly the place I would want to go. Big money, big history, and an opty to return a once great org to the place it should and deserves to be.

    I guess it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB you beat me to the punch. There are a whole lot of reasons Bill Cowher would want to come here (and I'm not talking about the "TO has 25 million reasons to stay alive" - remember that awesome shit?!)

    Chicago has an unparalleled history in the NFL - it has Gravitas with a capital G - a fitting career progression, from the Steelers to the Bears

    Chicago is a team whose philosophy has historically fit the Bears - strong D, running football, ball control

    Say what you will about the owners, they are a private family that doesn't meddle which fits Cowher's past with the Rooneys - contrast that with, say, Jerrah Jones, who may also be vying for Mr. Cowher's services next year.

    3rd biggest media market in the country, best city in the country

    The chance to "start from scratch" - but with an intact defense and special teams

    Lots and lots of reasons. It's too early to talk about this of course, but wouldn't he be the perfect antidote to Lovie Smith?

    Of course it's wishful thinking on my part, but I have long harbored this idea that Cowher has been holding off an his reentry to coaching, waiting for this job, waiting for Lovie to be fired. It is perfect for him, and in my opinion, perfect for us.

    Now Lovie - are you reading this? If so, you better start some real HEAD COACHING if you don't want this to happen - go take control of your out-of-control offensive coordinator, RIGHT NOW!!!!!

    We'll know whether we have a season or not when we watch the game plan against the hapless Bills. If it's the same shit as the last four games, whatever the outcome of the game, WE ARE SUNK.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I think McCaskey meddles more than anyone realises. It would explain the general insanity at Halas Hall. I wouldn't mind an owner like Jerry Jones meddling if it got us three super bowls like he has, although he doesn't meddle - he's the owner, President and G.M. This ownership has zero super bowls and that is likely to continue ad infinitum cos they don't know football based on what I've seen since the death of George Halas. When you have an accountant for a President and a tool like Jerry Angelo as your two top guys you'll always be pissing into the wind.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Here is my theory on why we need a big physical WR.

    I have conclude that Jay Cutler is actually having to be a more accurate passer than anyother qb, why you ask? Cause look, With Big WR a QB can throw the ball to the area OF the big WR. Big WR can catch a pass in his radius way much easier than what a small WR could. Big WR are way more trustworthy. Cutler could threw for more yards and less Ints with a big WR.

    Jay having to throw the ball to smaller WRS shows that he has to be far more accurate cause unlike throwing to a Big WR he needs to throw the ball right into the chest of his small WR. A small WR cant make a catch in his radius as compared to a Big WR. Cornerbacks are having a much more easier time challenging our smaller WRs, who are also very inexperienced.

    Defenses are forcing us to pass. Our WR get shut down easily. This is why teams Blitz alot on us, and this is also why our run game is so crappy.
    Conclusion: Small Wrs demand alot more from a QB and Big WRs demand less from a QB. Look @ teams with ok QBs but big WRS they fare alot better than Cutler, WHY? cause they Big WR's and Cutler has Small WR's............. Big WR=More Yards==More Points=Less Ints=Better run game=Less sacks=JAY=More wins=Playoffs=Superbowl=Happy Fans

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Also, Why we are losing theory: OUR HEAD COACH SUCKS!
    Look I know our Oline sucks but a good coach can coach around that. There are plays that can benefit a team with Bad Olines. Our Coaches refuse to acknowledge that.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Here's my reason why we need a big WR .... cos everyone else has one.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And a FULLBACK TO

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The entire blame for recent home losses by the Bears rests with the destruction at Soldier Field in a parallel universe by Marvel Comics.

    Ask Briggs.

    I think it was in X-Men Second Coming. Many lost their lives. Perhaps some of the destruction seeped in through a small portal at the McCormick parking lot. This is not a joke. One of those eye laser things or something just blasted the stadium.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack. Can you please send some (or a lot) of whatever you're taking to me. mb30sd, san deigo, ca 92121. Thanks!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh shit, we left all that orange drank in the fridge from pre-season, didn't we?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I hope Jay learns something from last Sunday. The Hall of Fame is putting DeAngelo Halls jersey in Canton due to his 4 picks.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5729883

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Your going to fly off this planet Jack. Keep up the good work!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I thought I was the only one in Chicago with the Maui Wowi. We need to talk Jack.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    If the "old guard" stays away from DBB, because they want to root for the Bears to lose, just to bring about change, then I - for one - am glad the old guard is gone. Kind of like when Bob Avellini was arrested for something like his 4th DUI, I was glad he wasn't a Bear anymore.

    No matter how we spin it, it sucks to watch the game and cheer when the other team scores or something bad happens to the Bears. I'm not physically capable of cheering for bad things to happen. I will boo at my television, because I am so sick of the coaching and Lovie's inability to use the challenge flag because he's some sort of stoic moron robot, but I'm not clapping when we get picked. Not gonna do it.

    I really despise the McCaskeys. Mayor Daley feels the same way: they're turds. All the other owners in the NFL laugh at them behind their backs. I really wish they would sell.

    But the players play, and some of the lesser guys - you just root for them. I mean - fuck all - Chris Harris is at the end of his playing days. The dude is about to pull an Adam Archuleta and exit the NFL before you even know it. But, you know what? They guy is looking to pop somebody in the mouth. He's looking to stick the hurt in. In short, he's looking to play some god damn Bears football out there.

    And even if we get run, I watch and respect that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    + Fucking 1 GPL. I'll never root for the Bears to lose; especially with total uncertainty as to what a new regime will be able to do whoever the fuck it is. So, if Cowher or Harbaugh isn't interested, who should take this thing over?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Gotta throw Russ Grimm's hat in this ring. Brian Schottenheimer another possible. John Gruden? Kyle Shannahan, only 31....too young? I think there's options out there. Just hire someone that has some emotion.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I'm going to be a big advocate for John Fox, with Charlie Casserly taking over the GM post.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'd like to see Rob Ryan's fat ass in the hallowed halls of Hallas. Pretty sure Buddy doesn't have a very favorable look on the organization however.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    See, Bill. I kept you here.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    And you should make it your job to call me out on every column.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I've called you out twice and never got a shout-out. But its all good, I know my questions tear at you.

  • In reply to Church:

    :o)
    Enderwiggin. "The Weaver".

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We have a metric shitload of issues to contend with in the next 2-3 years if not sooner.

    Kruetz gone
    Urlacher gone
    Briggs?
    Peanut?
    Will Cuntler improve?

    So, I'd rather not think beyond this year for now. There is still a ray of hope, a dancing midget at the end of the rainbow. Until we're out of it I'm concentrating on this season.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    To replace Williams/Garza:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1262904

    To replace Omlette:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1115001

    To replace Webb:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1125958

    To replace Edwin Williams:
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1273190

    All we need is 4 1st round picks next year.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Agreed coach. Things change at meteor speed in the NFL. Since you never know what's coming next, the only thing to do is watch in the now.

    New regime talk is useless now since we don't know all the rabbits in the hat. I'm gonna pop and lock with that dancing midget on the rainbow unless we become mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Does he look like this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx-NLPH8JeM

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I think your last sentence is the most over-used cliche in sports, Crown. Every second blog has somebody spouting off about popping and locking with dancing midgets on rainbows ... and I'm sick of it.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'm thinking it was more like this...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I mean, like this...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_vlZha7bg

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    In honor of DJ Moore (our own midget):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX1cPBanxeA
    I expect him to climb up Ryan Fitzpatricks jockstrap and slap him in the balls just like that in two weeks.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP-thank you for opening me up to the world of little Superstar. The best is when he climbs dude and then smacks the shit out of him.

    SC-Seen that Twin Peaks. Great midget call.

    Here's my midget:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbQvM5Lan3g

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    BTW, don't know Charlie Casserly cept what I just saw when I wikipediaed (yes, I just turned it into a verb... follow or be left behind) him. I'm not at all a fan of Fox. What has he done that's impressed you so much?

    You'd rather have him over a Cowher or a Fraizer, everything being equal?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was for Jeff btw.

    Also, not to be a totally pretentious douche but it's: Charley Casserly

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn it... meant to include this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Casserly

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Word, Coach. Word. The window of opportunity for the this team is very small. Once Urlacher and Kreutz are gone it's a new era and a new team in need of special leaders and talent. That's why Angelo dropped the ball this year (again) in not getting us Marshall and Owens. Tick tock. The clown car is trying to make diamonds out of coal but just shitting all over themselves in the process.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    What kind of expectations did you guys expect with a brand new OC bringing in a complex and brand new offensive scheme?

    You can't make a teethy girl give the best sloppy bj right away. She needs to be molded, gain some confidence on her own which should be encouraged and reinforced by her coach. This takes time.

    If you want to talk about not living up to expectations look at the Cowboys and Packers. Everyone had them in the NFC title game in June of last year.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I DO expect the new OC to see that repeated, seemingly BULL-HEADED, 7-step drops are a recipe for disaster given the limitations of this offensive line.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As someone pointed out ... the super mega 12-step drop is just around the corner. The QB will have to throw it to a spot in a parallel universe where football hasn't been invented yet, there it will enter a wormhole and slingshot back here ... where it will sail over the head of Johnny Knox.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    that was a truly entertaining comment. i can't use the laughing expression for personal reasons but i really enjoyed it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm going to shift gears here and express my happiness that DJ Moore looks like he belongs out there. He is still young and raw but i like the way he plays and he has already shown big play making ability this year. Can we all agree that this pick may be working out?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I like him too. However, as far as JA is concerned, I'm going with the blind squirrel finding an acorn theory.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    :o) +1

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/da-bears-blog/2009/11/fire-lovie-smith-tomorrow.html

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Wow, we used to have a lot more posters on here ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You are a cosmic motherfucker Irish.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Fantasy free agent raft last night. Piked up jJremy Maclin and
    Mike Tolbrt. sumped Pierre Thomas and Mike Ctabtree

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I certainly didn't expect a stubborn dumbass who couldn't adapt his playcalling to the situation at hand.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, we can do much better than Fox. The Panthers fans want to get rid of him as much as we want to get rid of Lovie. Maybe it's the devil you know but he seems like a slightly smarter version of Lovie.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    OC: Young Schottenheimer

    DC: Singletary or Frazier

    Head Coach: Chucky

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Can't call you out on every column; I agree with too many of them.

    This is admittedly a really down year for the NFC. Can't see anyone except the Giants emerging as any threat to the AFC champ.

    Man, I really am undecided on Martz. I like his agressiveness, hate his stubborness, like his abilty to adjust; hate his refusal to run etc etc.

    By the way, we do need to give Marinelli credit.

    But the bottom line is Angelo ruined the Bears with worse than bad drafting. I could accept this coaching staff with a better OL and (and maybe secondary and maybe a receiver who can finish a route inside.) All on Jerry.

    Packers will likely win the North (did I REALLY just type that??) as long as they don't get too many more injuries.

    How many sacks will Mathews get next time? I bet he wishes they didn't play that dumb "Psycho" defenese where they all stand around until the snap. If went off the edge every play and ignore the run, he'd have a dozen sacks/hurries/knowdowns.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Coaching is more important in football than other sports, but ultimately I put the onus on the players to perform. Bad coaches are bailed out by good players all the time. Great coaches are made to look like shit by bad players. What the most important aspect is talent and personnel evaluation. That's why Angelo should be the first to go.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    ...handcuffed to Ted Philips ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +100 GP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    From NFL.com:

    I hope the McCheapsky's get more of this embarrassment:

    Challenging times
    One of the NFL's worst call challengers was at it again on Sunday,
    Watch: A crucial mistake | A comedy of errors |

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81ba944b/article/with-little-margin-for-error-bears-faulty-challenges-costly?module=HP_cp2

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Simply amazing. This is from Wiki so I don't know if some joker made this up or not :

    Jerry Angelo's honors :

    Best General Manager in Chicago (Forbes.com 2007)[1]
    3rd Best NFL General Manager (Forbes.com 2007)
    8th Best General Manager in Professional Sports (Forbes.com 2007)

    Pass the bucket.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wonder whether we'll see Haynesworth get punished as suggested by that next story on that page...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.chicagonow./blogs/geek-to-me/2009/12/marvel-comics-blows-up-soldier-field.html

  • In reply to kenbill:

    jack...bad link

  • In reply to kenbill:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/columns/story?columnist=isaacson_melissa&id=5734215

    Wow...

  • In reply to kenbill:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/geek-to-me/2009/12/marvel-comics-blows-up-soldier-field.

    Maybe this one ---

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Fuck it - I'm cutting the pills in half and going for a lie down.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    jack..lmaof

  • In reply to kenbill:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/geek-to-me/2009/12/marvel-comics-blows-up-soldier-field.html

  • In reply to kenbill:

    AAADD.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Coach , you made me think of something, if we do great this year and move on to the next year, how do we replace all those old parts in one draft?

    I don't think we can.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    A good coach can still make his team competitive while rebuilding 85.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Did someone say Regis Philbin will replace Kreutz at center?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Don't root for the Bears to win...

    Just put your abused Chicago love into the damn Bulls.

    Ahh... never thought I'd look forward to a post-MJ NBA season.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Me too. Love the heart in that team.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Hub is on the Score tonight:
    http://radiotime.com/station/s_22732/670_The_Score.aspx

    I guess Cutler got pissy and snotty with a female reporter today. Hub is ripping Cutty, citing the knock on him from Denver: he's a big baby, a childish prick to everyone he doesn't like.

    Hub is even throwing the Jeff George analogy around.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ouch. The Jeff George thing is starting to get a little creepy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did Arkush ever get reamed for 'breaking the news' that Cowher was going to be the new HC this season?

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I'm going to side-step all the geekery... as impressive as it was... and say that I hope farve plays this weekend and he snaps that damn thing off and leaves it gushing blood on the field. Fucking megalomaniac.

    Bill, common man... stop the negativity. We all know that nothing will change while Angelo/Lovie are still here. We hope that george will shake things up, but it's all just hope until he actually does something. You need to accept that every franchise has its ups and downs

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    NBA? Sorry...YAWN.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Use to attend games in the Chet Walker- Bob Love - Jerry Sloan days eons ago.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    By "win", I meant "lose"

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Lemme help Jack out, since he's resting comfortably at the moment...

    Marvel DID destroy Soldier Field. Post renovation even. It's the series where the Hero registration act makes Captain America take sides against the US Government, and Tony Stark gets a fat contract from the Bush administration, and so it's the rebel heroes vs. the establishment heroes. In the end, they find out that Nick Fury was playing them all for fools.

    It starts because a mutant X-man named Pyro or something, he can basically enrage himself enough to cause a small thermonuclear blast around him decides to do so during a Bears-Packers game. He gets that angry because Lovie didn't throw the challenge flag (ok, I'm making that part up.)

    Here's the URL:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/geek-to-me/2009/12/marvel-comics-blows-up-soldier-field.html

    So yes, now Daley can extend the Miegs field park for much more space. Bad news: it's radioactive ground zero.

    Good news: LSD traffic is drastically improved.

    Bad news: Property value of 1211 S. Prairie building has gotten worse.

    Good news: Aaron Rodgers is dead.

    Bad news: Matt Forte is dead.

    Good news: Ditka is ready to step in with a UFL team.

    Bad news: McCaskeys were insured by AIG

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How do I know all this, btw? My son loves the videogame Marvel Ultimate Alliance II. The cut scenes tell the whole story. Available for PS3 at Gamestop or a retail outlet near you.

    Oh, and one Bear does survive. Rashied Davis. Motherfuck is that guy scrappy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And I hate myself a little bit for knowing this, but the video game version is completely different than the "real" events.
    Damn comic books.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope you don't allow him to use the same filthy language you do.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You mean like 'establishment'?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Neerrrds! (Oger from revenge of the nerds voice)

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Clap your hands everybody, everybody clap your hands.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMgG6KyhGXQ

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mully and Handley on the Score this morning have a sound loop of Martz saying: "I thought our tackles played EXCEPTIONALLY well."

    They keep using it before the break to commercials.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We have been had once again by the Bears hierarchy. We knew Lovie was terrible three years ago after getting in the super Bowl and smelling it up. We thought it was an aberation and it proved to be true.The fans wanted Lovie, Turner, at al dumped but no, Cutler would lead us into the promised land. Two years of Cutler and we see Lovie is still here and still the problem he cannot make a decision on players, on situations, on throwing the flag, on whether to punt or kick a field goal...what more do we need he should have been dumped three years ago and we could have been on with our life without Lovie.

  • In reply to FloridaJim:

    I cant go through another year with Lovie being HC. I just can take his shit no more.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I used to think "He's only in charge of his little red hanky - leave him to it." - but even that is costing us games now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPLD thank you sir. LOL --- Your son not only has remarkably good taste in electronic games, but hopefully in texts as well..

    Now then --- Brett Favre - "Have at you then!"

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/sns-ap-fbn-vikings-favre,0,441979.story

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...you are our super-FUCKING-hero!

    Good News: LMAOF!!!

    Bad News: I think I just sheite! in my pants while LMAOF!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Meigs Field? I'd forgotten all about that crashport, er airport. Richie's Dad dreamed of building a full-fleged airport in the lake.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.chicago now./blogs/geek-to-me/2009/12/marvel-comics-blows-up-soldier-field.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 man.

    Except it's not cool to give away young linebackers for guys at the end of their tether. I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. Frak the McCaskeys, they'll never sell the golden goose ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Cutler's success in Denver was over-attributed to the fact that he had Marshall. It had a LOT to do with a great line, movement of the pocket and all that.
    Trust me, he was great with Gaffney and Royal too. I am a partly removed Chiefs fan as well, and I saw Cutler play more games in Denver than any of you guys have.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Bill wish you would come around more - there's a bunch of the old posters who have mostly or fully disappeared. I don't believe in Lovie Smith, I don't think there's anyone around here who does. I too fear that winning the division this year could cause them to stick with Lovie for one more year (I believe it's farfetched to think that they'd extend him under any circumstances save another Super Bowl appearance). I am personally very pleased with the coaching efforts of Dave Toub and Rod Marinelli this year. I was pleased with Martz over the first three games and he's lost me over the last four. In retrospect we may learn that Martz is good with a good offensive line and bad with a bad offensive line. Only the latter around here! So we'll find out.

    I'm ready to fire Angelo already because of the disgusting lack of attention to the Oline over the past 5 years. I know it's a tough job, there are 22 starting positions to fill plus specials, you have to focus on all of them, but having such a horrible line since 2006 and possibly getting worse... he's put us in a major hole. I don't know if Mike Tice is doing a good job or bad job, as it's been pointed out, we have the football equivalent of Larry King at center, a colossal bust at left guard, a highly touted overrated free agent at left tackle, and some walk-ons over on the right side. I'm inclined to think he's doing as best as he can there with very little to work with.

    There, there's some negativity for you Bill! Come on back!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I'll buy all of that. But re the offensive line and at the risk of repetition ... KC's line was rated 27 last year and first this year due to scheming. Tice's scheming clearly is not working. Bad workmen blame their tools.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    So Bill, do you root against them?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Also, do you not see how you're being contradictory Bill? If they win the division this year, Lovie and Jerry will have three division titles in the last six years. How many other NFC teams do you think have done that over the same span?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Are the Eagles one?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Settling for division titles is for losers, Jeff. Ask any Atlanta Braves fan.

    I would take wild card runs to the conference championship over winning the division 10 times out of 10.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I wouldnt be surprised if the Bears win the division with a 7-9 record.But come on man.3 years of the same mistakes shows lack of discipline,coaching and urgency to win.

    The Bears played good football in 2005-2006.That's like 20 years ago.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Damn that Volstagg.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    you need a vagina in your life, sir. lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Panther's just placed Jamar Williams on IR.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/27/panthers-linebacker-heading-to-injured-reserve/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As our Boy Roy pointed out, Harris bit on the run fake, and bit hard, allowing Santana Moss an easy, uncontested, slant in to catch the TD. Peanut has to keep his position to defend the sideline, he needs Harris to be back to at least get a hand up.

    I've seen Harris bring the hurt to stopping the run. He is a good run support safety, he's trying to hit hard out there. But he's not great at pass coverage.

    Manning is pretty decent at pass defense. Manning has finally found his stride out there at safety.

    So, all things considered, we have to say we got the best of Carolina on that trade. We got a Tier II safety who is logging time out there, they got nothing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and who knows...they might cut him and we get him back. nothing lost...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey - at least I got some discussion going!

    It's impossible for me to really describe how I feel during games this year. First - when I am there at Soldier Field I cannot root for them to lose. I'm there and genitics kicks in (went to Bear games as a kid and teen with my dad and uncle.)

    Maybe "rooting to lose" is too strong. I never truly cheer for the other team even at home. Maybe it's more like "not caring". Feeling fatalistic. I don't want them to lose - but I am thinking long term - not game by game.

    Winning a division is really not that big of a deal these days with free agency and four divisions with only three competitors. Being a legit contender for at shot at the NFC title is my criteria these days.

    I fantasized about Angelo getting fired during the bye. With the trading deadline he has nothign to do really. But then it would be obvious that Lovie would be next (a new GM would want his guy). And that would be unfair to the players on a first place team to make their coach a lame duck.

    OK - so I'm part of the old guard. I've been called worse. But if the new guard is satisified with 7-9 to 9-7 year after year, then let me sell you my seat licenses.

    By the way, I'm going look up how many teams have won three out of six divisions in the last say ten years.

    Phil - thanks for the comments.

    Jeff - no disrespect meant. Just an opinion.

    By the way - what about Les Frazier as a possible successor?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Can you list a handful of teams that are legit contenders for the NFC title this year Bill?

    The Giants did a total 180; so why can't we?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    That's what we hope for but do we really think we can do it?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    They have a defensive line. We have defensive ends.

    Giants : Overall #2 in defense. Second in passing D 3rd in rushing D. Third in total offense.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Faily recently -
    NE; Pitt; Colts; SD; Seattle
    earlier in the 2000s -
    Green Bay; Eagles
    (That is, teams that won their division 3 times in six years or less.)

    Certainly not common; but I still contend we need to set our sites beyond finishing first in a mediocre (at best) division.

    By the way, if Mn wins the division, then they will have done it. Does that make Childress a good coach?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Mister Noodle is a dork. But he lets Les Frazier run the D, and Farve run the O, and he shouts and plays with Elmo.

    Wanna know who wants to win over there? The Wilfs do. And instead of Ted Phillips, they have Chris Spielman's brother, Rick_Spielman at GM. And Scott Studwell (a true linebacker's name) is head of college scouting.

    And their draft has spanked ours for the last 5 years. You pick a draft, bring up the Bears v Vikings and we'll play "who fucked the chicken?" From '05 to '10, in a head to head contest - The Bears did.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Bill I'm about the same age. I never root against the Bears but I'm over the losses pretty quickly. I look on the bright side and hope this is one more brick on the load to get rid of Angelo. I'm not crazy about Lovie but he's not the biggest issue. It's Angelo.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Lovie's non-challenge cost us the game on Sunday. Sometimes he is the biggest issue. Sometimes half the roster has done its job and Lovie still manages to frak it up when all he really has control over is his little red hanky. He was advised to throw the flag on Sunday and he over-ruled. Just because he could. Inferiority complex, and it's because of that lazy eye and being teased as a kid, if you want to get into that is .... we lost the game because of his lazy eye. There's one.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree Lovie isn't a great coach. To say he cost us the game, please. Cutler's 4 INT's had way more to do with that loss than Lovie's non-challenge. We had about a half dozen possessions after the non-challenge to re-take the lead. Martz kept calling for passes and Cutler kept making boneheaded throws.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Many here, A7, including myself, remain absolutely MYSTIFIED at Mike Martz refusal / inability to take advantage of Cutler's mobility.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    yea......... Martz is a Jackass. I cant stand they way he took this offense. Deep passes all day. No TE action. I fuckin hate him!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I was singing from that hymn sheet last year and literally screaming my tits off for a big WR. 'But we like the guys we have, we'll take it from there ...'

    We just cut Greg Matthews from the practice squad BTW - the last tall one is gone ...

  • In reply to BillW:

    + a lot on the useless goal of division titles, as I replied to an earlier post.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I'd probably be happiest with Leslie. He's been there and done that - knows what a super bowl winning team looks like from the inside. And he's been waiting a looooong time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They got a great young linebacker. Average players don't make 18 tackles and defend two passes in one game containing Steven Jackson. Like a lot of good players, he didn't get a chance to blossom in Chicago.

    I'd go as far as to say Harris is *shit* at pass defense and is only the kind of guy you want on the field in highly probable running situations. I hope Pringles replaces him as soon as he's fit. Pringles, Manning and DJ could be pretty exciting together - we mightn't need the offense if they play together and everybody stays healthy.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I can't believe that the Bears wouldn't be better off releasing Bell and using the spot to pick up somebody from this list, and work them into the lead blocking role during the bye week:

    http://thesportingreview.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/2010-nfl-free-agent-fullbacks/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..that would mean or organization would actually have to do their homework on personal.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Flying off planet - it's a bye week! -

    It was SIEGE - Marvel Comics - issue one or two - DESTROYED SOLDIER FIELD...ONE OF THOR'S / THE AVENGERS ENEMIES SOME NORMAN OSBORN BASTARD.

    Unfortunately Lovie,Jerry,Martz and other villains were not in attendance.

    No need to rebuild in the alternate universe. Soldier Field today remains unscathed. Except for our lost football games.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    The Green Goblin ? The Jerry Angelo goblin is doing just as good a job destroying Soldier field without all the laser shit.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeremi Johnson, 5'11, 275 lbs. Ouch. Yes, please. Tell me that mofo isn't getting in from the 1 yd line ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My soul can rest now, thank you brother Trac.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, I hear that, MB. Alas, it looks like it has to be a "Grim Reaper" scenario like the Blackhawks where nothing changed until Old Man Wirtz fianlly croaked.

    Until then it's a case of wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up first.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    problem with Ginny having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel is her ass-clown son..(MM)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Same story it's always been MB, only the desperate want to work for the McCaskeys.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Re: YouTube Eagles "Rap"? or whatever: (Yes I saw the Kolb.

    But who in the hell is Kevin Kobb? Is it Suzy Kobber? Cobber? Someone from the U.K. in Philadelphia - Eh, Cobber.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Jack, you lost me man.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    It's Suzy Kolber's tits.

    http://www.ourkitchensink.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/joe-namath-suzy-kolber.jpg

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Nothing sadder than seeing guys who just can't accept they're past the sell by date, but I feel you might have a genius theory to the contrary, Crown :o)

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Listen carefully to MB30SD's YouTube (above) with Andy Reid "discussing" two Eagles quarterback - He repeats over and over again - Kevin Kobb or Cobb...

    Crown's photo of Joe Namath (face) also shows defensive and offensive play diagrams just like Keith Richard's.

    It's a bye week -

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And they gave up 17 (10 by the defense). Again SOOOO Bears. In a good way.

  • Cutty. Bar stories. Share.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He sure didn't. I think he may have been full of excrement.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    ok, so i jumped the gun. Dude did email me the Jay Cutler bar story, and it was simply dissapointing. Kind of funny. Here it is as it appeared in my inbox this morning.

    "So what my friends have told me is they see Cutler in a bar downtown one night and they're hanging out with some guy who went to a rival sec school and he ran track and he claims that he knows a lot of the same people that Cutler does. So Jay goes into the bathroom and is at the urinal by himself and the track guy walks into the bathroom and starts to bring how he ran track and they probably know some of the same people. Cutler, in the middle of urinating, cuts him off and just keeps saying "don't care, don't care, don't care..."

    Guy goes on to say that him and his buddies thought this was hilarious and they say it to eachother whenever a boring story comes up...

    had to share, even thought it was dissapointing.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Tend to lean with Cutler on this one. I hate urinal talkers. These guys don't say anything to you at the bar, but then want to talk your head off at the pisser. Somethings wrong with that.

  • Jennings is a ballsy little shit. He and Moore both bring the swagger.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    As much as I love D.J.'s pics, he reminds me too much of Vasher. Jennings, on the other hand, can catch AND PLAY PASS DEFENSE. He and Peanut give us a chance in the secondary.......a slim ass chance.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Uh-oh. I did not just hear that.

    Martz sound clip from today. Question about "what went right on Sunday?"

    Martz's answer: "I thought both our tackles played EXCEPTIONALLY well. That was the kind of play we need going forward."

    He really emphasized the exceptional word. Holy shit. Mike, were you watching Webb or were you having a Rams flashback?

    I find the coaches flattery of the players a huge red flag. When a HC and OC talk up a team to the press constantly, it's a sign of incompetent coaching, IMO.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm with you GP.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick is the studliest QB in FF over the last four weeks. His two WRs are widely available ... on your marks ... get set ...

  • Of course, none of this can actually be happening. After all, I have been assured many times on this very blog that DJ Moore is too short to play.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    hee hee

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    He is Pick-Six Smurf.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    He's not going to stop the run, so he can do half the job. Like Chris Harris does half the job. And he'll be playing receiver next year anyway ... Angelo mentioned that.

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