When Things Seem Dark, Stars Must Emerge

2006 is quickly becoming the Diet 1985 of the Chicago Bears organization.  It is the year writers and fans now point to as that by which all championship-caliber teams must be measured.  Nobody, at least nobody with a working brain, believes the 2006 team could have stayed within double-digits of the Monsters.  (Could you imagine Fred Miller blocking Richard Dent?)  But they are, nevertheless, the modern model for the Bears franchise.  No team has since '85 has come closer to glory.

The marks of that 2006 team were many.  Early blowouts.  Quarterbacking disasters late.  They are who we thought they were (and we let 'em off the hook).  Following a ridiculous home loss to Joey Harrington and the Dolphins with two gritty, impressive road wins in the Meadowlands.  Devin Hester's returns.  Thomas Jones' runs.  Desmond Clark's endless big catches.  Rashied Davis and Robbie Gould beating the Seahawks in the Divisional round.  (I'm quickly realizing as I type how much I loved 2006.)
2006 was the year the Bears survived injuries to Tommie Harris and Mike Brown.  It was the year a mediocre quarterback, journeyman tailback and band of no-name receivers (with a jackass wearing #87) were able to keep a conference off balance for the duration of a season.
If 2010 is to become the kind of year worth remembering, it must be the year the stars emerge and plays like stars.  Urlacher and Briggs have done the job over the first quarter of the season.  Cutler was a surgeon against the Cowboys and Peppers was unblockable against the Pack.  Hester returned his kick.  Those performances were thrilling but now they are needed.  Each of the five.  To resurrect the ego of a bruised ballclub.  The five-star players on this roster must put the porous offensive line, inexperienced safeties and invisible "other" defensive end (who may have just left the UFL) on their backs and bring this team to 4-1.  
I'm not big on saying players have "pressure" on them.  But to me, on Sunday, those five do. I know Cutler doesn't have the protection he needs but it's time for him to elevate his game above that.  I know Peppers is drawing doubles on every play but it's time for him to hit the quarterback five or six times on an afternoon.  I know Hester is still learning a position but it's time for that speed to dominate a defense.  I've seen Brian and Briggs take over games.  It's time for another.
Sunday.  Carolina.  No excuses.  The higher the contract, the heavier the pressure.  Because if the Chicago Bears allow one poor performance to hinder their drive to the postseason, I know where I'll be directing my rage.

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  • In reply to brocklanders:

    ...

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I say it's Pisa...the guy is due to have a break-out type play. He's been very consistent thus far but if this team wants to be great on D, he needs to emerge as a play maker.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I have a question... when the HELL is Major Penis back. I contend that having him back on the field with a breakout game could very much change the face of a game.

    We all know that great play from a FS can change a game in many ways.

    Problem is, not only is he a rook, but he's also had about only 10 plays this year total. I would like to see him play though... I was prett damn impressed with his preseason play.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I sounded like a Javanese midget right there (not that there's anything wrong with that), sorry for the terrible grammar... long day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Baseball? BASEBALL? Jack, dude... baseball?

    Football, sir, is the sport of kings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Their is no f "I" v e in team. Nice story line Jeff, even very entertaining but possibly very, very wrong. We need a team effort and our 5 stars had better be on our O-line.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Win big in Carolina: The Bears are resilient and resourceful, Martz is a genius!!!!!!!

    Barely win in Carolina: Damn this team is gutty, damn they have heart.

    Barely lose in Carolina: Aww man, that sucked. But you know what, this team showed heart and they'll get 'em next week.

    Lose big in Carolina: Fuck it. Show Lovie the door, clean house, see everybody back on the blog in 2012.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Droppin your preggers wife to bang the babysitter doesn't play well in the Big Apple, either. Barber makes Spitzer look like a saint.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJolc2NPzgQ&feature=player_embedded

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We'll be Lucky to see him before the bye.

  • I enjoyed reading all of that. This has to be my favorite blog, by far, from you Jeff. Bravo.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I agree. Very well written. I love your passion for this team, sir. I have a question though. Has anyone thought to bring up the fact that once the O line proved to be quite porous on Sunday night, Cutler got shook. There was a few plays there where he looked lost and like he was somewhere else. Call me crazy but it seemed to me like it was a diabetic thing. Diabetes runs in my family heavily and I have seen that blood sugar spiking or dipping and what that does to a person. Late in the day and he's on meds and a lot of guys can't eat that much before games. His night games struggles are no secret and ust thought that might be one of the issues.

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    I'm going put on a limb here, but I'm going to say it's not so much diabetes as Osi Umeniyora putting his helmet through the back of Jay's skull.

    The story of the third sack and Cutler's likely first concussion. 3:15 in ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JtHSaT5AjU

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Go out on a limb, even ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I kinda hoped you were attaching an extra arm or leg so that you could try out for left tackle!

  • In reply to foulmouthpoet:

    If its a diabetic thing, then this franchise made a huge mistake trading away 2 drafts and Orton for the guy. If you are going to put the team on his shoulders, diabetes cant be used as an excuse anymore. If you really believe this is the case, then the Bears made yet another great personnel decision by letting someone who is handicapped QB this team.

    Myself, I would rather side with Irish on this one and hope that it was the hits that did it, plus the fact that Cutler isnt a mature QB. Like Jeff said, its time for him to elevate his game and match this maturity as a QB with his natural talent.

  • well, we said all along that, win or lose, this season was going to be entertained. Are you not entertained?

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I love that movie.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    For my money, the best gladiator scene is in the HBO series Rome. I can't remember the character's name, but when he starts yelling the number of the company its pretty awesome.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    BEST GLADIATOR SERIES IS SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND! a must WATCH!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    ROGER THAT!!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Horse racing? HORSE RACING?!?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Sport. Of. Kings. No nobler sport. Man and beast. Beautiful. The only sport that can make me cry.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    good one Irish

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Have you ever watched a movie with gladiators in it?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    LET THE RATH OF CUTLER BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Entertained, indeed!

    A wild card would be nice too, Jeff. Someone (like Earl Bennett for example) to become all that he can be and way more than we expect. The unexpected superstar - like Hester was in 2006.

    Yeah, let him emerge this weekend.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Tough to be much when you're wide open and the QB doesn't see you.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah, I know.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Everyone's favorite buffet queen Peter King says Bengals to cut Carson Palmer after season over.

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/39517494/

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I still love Victor Mature in DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS.
    When Demetrius goes nuts and kills Richard Egan and then just takes on everybody!

    Unknown terrified gladiator watching Demetreius slaughter his pals: "You can't make us go out there Straybo! You know the rules!"

    Straybo (Ernest Borgnine) as he cracks his whip: "We've CHANGED the rules!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Also Woody Strode's "Drabba", refusing to kill Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) and instead taking off after Crassus (Lawrence Olivier).

    Manly. VERY manly.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gladiator, awesome. Rome, also cool. And of course, there's the old school flicks, where the Roman legion wear wristwatches lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Do you like Gladiator movies? Have you ever seen a grown man naked?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hahahaha... exactly Coach. I just wrote the same thing above.

    Funny, and a bit troubling, that we both thought of that.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Joey, you ever been in a...in a Turkish prison?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Some of you said that it's time for other players to step up and help this team. We all know that half the players on this roster cannot change a game like Jay, Urlacher, Pepper's,Hester, and Brigg's. All Jeff is saying is that they need to carry this team because no one else on this roster can.

    It's time we had players that people don't want to face or put the ball in their hands. Thus, those few people need to start doing what they do best, what they are paid to do best, and what is needed for them to do best.

    We might not win a game with poor blocking or no run game but I like my chances with Jay Cutler getting it to someone just in the nick of time.

    We might not have any player on the line that can pass rush, but I know Peppers can eat up three or four players and still get to the qb.

    I know people fear our linebackers, they are very, very, beastly. We all know what Hester can do with the ball in his hands.

    Like Jeff said, it's time for them to change the games like they use to and can, and carry this team to the playoffs.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    This is turning into QUITE the watershed year for USC and several Alumni:

    The Ald Alma mater gets hammered by the NCAA with probation & loss of many scholarships.

    Pete Carroll flees the heat in L.A. and heads to Seattle.

    Carson Palmer - Now apparently on the "The Turk's'" "to-do" list.

    Reggie Bush -Disgraced, injured.

    Matt Leinert - Beaten out by a journyman and a rookie and summarily shown the door in Phoenix.

    Dwayne Jarrett -A 2nd DUI bust and shown the door in Carolina.

    Lendale White - Suspended, dumped, picked up, injured.

    OH, and there was that "US AGAINST THE WORLD, WE'LL SHOW THEM AND WIN ALL OUR GAMES EVEN ON PROBATION, NYA, NYA, NYA"! That's now history with a loss, at home, to Washington last week.

    BUT, at least fomrer Detroit #1 pick bust, Mike Williams, seems to have found work in the NFL again.

    Everybody sing now:

    "Fight onnn, for USC,
    la la la laaaa,
    la la la,laaaa...."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Williams was benched last week. He had fantasy owners interest - for about a week - when it looked like he might emerge as the Seahawks' big man receiver and downfield jump ball threat. But just as quickly, Carroll had him riding pine.

    Maybe we should call it the OJ Curse.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    U know, it's funny - even IF we win the Carolina game, we still won't get any respect by the media cuz it's Carolina. As a matter of fact, even if we beat the Panthers, Seahawks, Redskins and Bills and are 7-1, I bet we still get no love from the media, and I perfectly fine with that. It'll keep us hungry and playing with a chip on our shoulder. Then, it's time to pimp-slap the Viqueens like a 40yrs hooker lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    just need to win by 1 point and give Jay a week to rest up and recover. This is the perfect game to do it.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Cutler is a machine that has been sent back from the future to throw laser beams to our receivers, lead us to the promised land and to bang hollywood starlets by the dozen

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You don't like Cavalerri's trashy look just a little bit Waffle? Suprising, thought you would be all over it. I would rip her a new one in a good way; love a little bit of that skank look.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    2+ Crown

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Kick his ass sea-bass!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OK gang. You knwo the rules. No humping, no licking, no sniffing hineys.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    hahahaha... the best.

    Crown, did you know that Jay C. did a cameo in D&D?

    Check it (starting at the 35 second mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io30s7-5VaQ

    (no it's a cardigan, but thanks for noiticin' - BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAAA)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Niiooooccccee MB, nice! Thanks for the blast from the past.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This is just peachy...why not Caleb, I like him a lot better than Collins, lest the shoulder isn't 100% yet. No problem with letting Cutler sit this one out.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    hahaha good one crown, skank look is always good in some ways. If Jay Cutler ends up boning MEGAN FOX then he will be king.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    To be honest, I don't care if he bangs the three tittied dwarf from Total Recall as long as he's getting protection and dissecting defenses like we know he can.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Two different characters, Crown.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bwahahaaaahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! You're right MBP. Haven't seen the movie in years, can't believe I combined em.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Just glad you reminded me...lol.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    todd collins announced as starter

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Cutler OUT
    Collins IN.

    Fuck my life.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    todd collins announced as starter

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bwahhhaaaahaaahahahaa! You're right MBP. Haven't seen the movie in years. Can't believe I combined them. At least both were prostitutes.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Please pass the crackers, dear.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Chargers' Merriman could get cut
    By Mark J. Miller

    San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman(notes) was back in practice yesterday after missing a lot of the snaps so far this season due to a strained left calf and an injured right Achilles.
    The Chargers have been trying to deal him for more than a year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, and his status on the trading block has not changed.
    He "could be moved before the Oct. 19 trading deadline," the paper notes. "But there has been little activity on that front."
    And if he's not dealt, the Union-Tribune claims that "it is a very real possibility that Merriman will be released before January."
    Merriman, who showed up for camp two weeks late, is making $3.269 million this year.
    Let the rumors come to you. Follow Scoop du Jour on Twitter or Facebook.
    Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Oh, i like me some trashy reality tv star mouth.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You don't like Cavalerri's trashy look just a little bit Waffle? Suprising, thought you would be all over it. I would rip her a new one in a good way; love a little bit of that skank look.

    Oh, and epic story about the shrooms and Rumplemintz a couple posts back. My freshman dorm roomate named Sea-Bass did the same exact thing. Hilarious, but not pretty.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Please pass the crackers, dear.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    And epic story a couple posts back about the shrooms and Rumplemintz. My freshman dorm roomate named Sea-Bass did that exact same thing but with Jager. Hilarious, but not so pretty.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Dude no matter what we do, we wont ever get respect.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I don't want respect, just victories.

  • cmon Jack.

  • Whatever.... horse racing is about as much a sport as auto racing.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +1

  • I'll tell you who has to step up and it's not Peppers, Briggs or Urlacher. They're frakkin professionals who bring it every week. It's the show ponies Hester and Knox. When they aren't running into somebody or blowing their routes (every damn week) they're getting jammed at the line. The Giants went for the achilles of the timing offense and held them up on the LOS, Cutler had no one open and in his muddled state with the fear of retribution for throwing more interception, held onto it way too long. Yes, it's partly on Jay, but it's also on the receivers. Ain't nobody gonna jam Shabba, but he was on the bench. Lobo wants his two guards, I want my physical receiver. Brandon Marshall was called, wrongly, the other night for pass interference against the Pats. Dude tried to jam him, Marshall sweeps him aside and the guy crumples to the turf. We passed on Marshall, just passed on Moss I guess, but Patrick Turner is out there, sign him, lock in a gym with buckets of chicken and pints of milk. Get some men on the roster.

  • Part of the latest pablum from Mayer-Angelo is this, at the end of the article (subject is Grant):

    "He also has the ability to play down inside as a three-technique. We like his versatility, his experience speaks for itself, and he was an upgrade."

    Good bye Mark.
    Tommie, you're next.

  • It is most certainly *not* Polo. It says 'Polo' on Answers.com but that's one person's opinion. And they're wrong. Just sayin' ... passionate about my horsies.

  • How about that old ABC's WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS staple:
    "Figure 8 Racing from Islip new York"

  • And you never know what you'll find in the dark, Blogfather.

    Scientists recently turned the Hubble Telescope to aim at what was, supposedly, a "dark" region of space.

    Instead, the world's most powerful Telescope saw 10,000 galaxies. Not 10,000 STARS, mind you, but 10,000 GALAXIES containing HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of stars!

    Truly, mind-boggling numbers.

    We're just looking for a COUPLE of stars.
    I don't think that's asking too much.

    Hope they have football out there.

  • Off topic, but, LOL on MLB.

    Six Umpires (Count'em, SIX) just missed a call on what should have been the last out of the game. It didn't matter in the end but it brought the tying run to the plate when replay CLEARLY showed the ball was caught. That complete doofus, Bud Selig, refused to expand replay for the playoffs and I LOVE that he gets shown up on for the INCOMPETENT BOOB he is on the FIRST DAY of the baseball playoffs.

  • Carolina game is 10/10/10

    10 + 10 + 10 = 30. Mike Brown's number.

    Ok, got it. Bet the line, Bears got this one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Numerology?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Boom!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Fudgenads LB Nick Barnett is out for the year with the same wrist injury Child Support had.

    Cutler participated in practice and from the tape I saw his arm was not affected at all by the beating; he was throwing lasers. He still has to be cleared by the independent doc. I think he's gonna play. Cutty has never missed a agme duer to injury.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Cutty must sit. He, unlike Lovie, has a long term future with this team. Anyone think they can't hate Lovie more than they do now? What if he ends the career of our franchise quarterback? Lovie will be playing golf in Florida while we watch the Caleb Hanie era begin.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    There was no actual confirmation that he was concussed. Many players say they get woozy, head rushes, light headed after continually laying wood or getting laid out. I'm not saying he wasn't concussed; but we don't know if it was diabetes, hits, a combo or what. From all reports, he hasn't show any effects...No naseau, no headaches, no memory loss, etc It's up to the independent doc now anyways; not Lovie.

    All reports I've heard still have Collins as number 2. I just don't get it. The guy cannot move. If that's the case, he better be on a REAL short leash. Fuckin A. Hanie's ready.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to Crowned:

    That's what happens after a whole lot o' roidin' '85... dudes become fragile (it's Italian!).

    Dude's damaged goods... buyer beware.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And he punched that little Latoya Jackson-esque chick, when he was dating her. Is that right?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Punched that dumb lack of talent bitch Tila Tequila during a 3 way.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sorry for the multiple posts. not my fault
    chicago now blows.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wait DM... di you just say that Jay is out and Collins is in?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    just wanted to drive that point home MB!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    well done DM.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    With Cutler sitting, this is where my "Team" comment is so appropriate from my post earlier. The Bears need team efforts week in and week out in all phases. This is why Martz's system is doomed to fail in Chicago if we can't establish at least an average run game. Anemic performance's on the ground will allow defenses to continue to wreak havoc in our backfield and with this O-line, that spells disaster. I would gladly take a loss this week because we increase the amount of runs if only to put us on a path to establishing some semblance of a running game for the remainder of the Season. We are not Indy and the Bears have to start pounding the rock. I would much rather see several run, run, run, punt series than sack, sack, sack, punt against Carolina.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Confirmed. Collins to start in Carolina.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/10/bears-cutler-out-for-panthers-collins-to-start.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Collins just shit his pant. The thin snakey variety.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jay Cutler WILL NOT PLAY ON SUNDAY

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cutler OUT
    Collins IN.

    Fuck my life.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    JB for a day? The only mug shot almost as crazy is the one of Nolte. JB's is over the top.

    http://www.arrested.com/mugs/Images/nick_nolte_A.jpg

  • I'd rather pick out my ball hairs one by one than watch a playoff baseball game or any baseball game fro that matter Doc.

  • Are you Max jack lacan? What up with that pic?

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