Bears at Dolphins Game Preview

The 6-3 Chicago Bears have had one of the strangest seasons in recent memory, losing when they should win and winning when they should lose.  Who are they?  Who knows.  But stringing together three straight wins heading into the Thanksgiving holiday would surely announce them as contenders not only for the NFC North but the entire conference.

YOUR STARTING TO GEL 2010 CHICAGO BEARS
over
Miami Dolphins

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?
  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I detailed the mismatch this game presents for the Dolphins on special teams and it can't be overstated.  In a game where I think both teams will play close to the vest, especially with the short week limiting preparation time, field position will be crucial.  The Bears have Devin Hester.  The Dolphins have some of the worst specials in the sport.
  • The Ravens were able to control the Dolphins defense and neutralize Cameron Wake on the outside by throwing to Ray Rice seven times for ninety-seven yards.  Jay Cutler has found a rhythm with his hot routes and it's actually bought him more time in the pocket and enabled him to make big first downs with his legs.
  • I understand Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are tough, physical runners.  I understand Brian Hartline and Davone Bess are talented receivers.  But there are only two Dolphins that scare me this week as Tyle Thigpen assumes the starting quarterback job: Brandon Marshall and Anthony Fasano.  The Lovie Bears have a track record of identifying the opponent's number one receiver and then letting him catch a dozen balls for over a hundred yards and a couple touchdowns.  And with the new QB, Fasano will be the safety blanket over the middle.  (He's also coming off the best game of his career.)  Urlacher and the safeties have done a nice job on tight ends this year but Charles Tillman will need to keep Marshall from gaining massive yardage after the catch.
  • Jake Long is reportedly going to attempt to play this week.  If he does, I expect Julius Peppers to test him early.  If he doesn't, I expect Julius Peppers to set up base camp over the left tackle and attack Thigpen from the blindside all evening long.
  • I can't imagine the wildcat being effective against linebackers with our speed.
  • Miami is a significantly better team on the road than at home.
  • I think Jay Cutler knows he's thrown 1.6 million interceptions in primetime over the past two seasons and I think he'll be quite determined to protect the ball and let the defense/specials win this one.  (Cutler on his red zone interception: "I'm not that worried about it."  Can't lie.  I like the kid.)
  • Here's what I've noticed from the Bears.  They are improving on the offensive line.  They are starting to get short bursts from the running backs.  They are committing to the run.  I think this is the night the Bears decide to put the game on the back of Forte/Taylor.  And I think Forte/Taylor have a big night.
  • I think the Bears have found their best four down linemen with Orange Julius, Izzy, Henry Melton and Matt Toeaina.
  • I think the Bears have their ballhawk back and it's because of players like Tim Jennings and DJ Moore.  No one is more surprised by that sentence than I am.  
  • Basic reason why?  I think the Bears have found their rhythm and are coming into this game Thursday night as confident as they've been in a long time.  Watching the press conferences with Lovie, Jay and Brian made it apparent these guys were energized by that win Sunday and want back on the field ASAP.  They get their wish.  They get another win.
Chicago Bears 24, Miami Dolphins 18

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  • I wouldn't mind getting to FIRST base with Bears Chick.

  • That's exactly what I was thinking going into the next 2 games. There is no way these guys get off in the wildcat or with a scrambling QB against the Bears LB squad. And I would say that the only reason Vick was able to get off was because the skins refused to adjust and keep two backers on him.
    I watched the quick cuts replay of the Miami game on DTV last night and am not scared of this team in the least. They didnt dominate on either side of the ball and got downright lucky in that one. I'm hoping the Bears win by 21 or more and really make a statement.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Bears win by 21 only if Miami has another special teams meltdown like they did against New England. Otherwise Miami typically plays teams close and physical. This game comes down to the winner of the turnover battle. I would be shocked to see Miami kick to Hester's side of the field.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    In coming up with 18 points for the Fins, Jeff, I assume, is wishfully thinking they will score 6 field goals with the hope of kicking to Hester at least that many times in the game...

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    That's probably exactly what will happen. Carpenter scores all their points.

  • This is a tough game.Even with Thigpen for Miami.Im really looking forward to these next two games.If the Bears win them we can start talking playoffs.

    Go Bears!!!!

    at least this time finish off the opposing team in Miami!

  • Melton should only go in on passing downs. Child Support has called out Anthony Adams several times in interviews, because he's a real rock in there against the run.

    Note that when Adams comes out and Butter takes his place, opposing teams will run more against Butter. Because butter is soft. Adams can take up two defenders, and not since the days of Ted Washington and Keith Traylor has Child Support been so free to run to the ball unobstructed.

    Lovie's D depends on an unblocked Lack. And now, for the first time in a fucking Alfonzo Boone's farm jug of wine long time do we have DTs that draw the 2nd blocker that allows that to happen.

    Thank you Pep, thank you Toeina.

    Melton is great to have in there, however, against a mobile QB on passing downs. Melton will be critical against Vick. But against Thigpen, I expect we will see a fair number of Ronnie Brown draw plays and play action fakes. If Miami can't run, they have a big fucking problem because Thigpen isn't mister mobile.

    On offense, we have one solid running play, whereby Williams pulls right and lead blocks into the opposite side G-T gap, and then Manofmoolah tries to block the LB down. It's the play Forte ran for a long TD in pre-season.

    We need another couple solid trapping plays like that.

    And - as one of the national sportwriters has said - it's time for Forte to hit the bench. We need Chester Taylor to start. And I hope to see more Pro-set twin HB sets with both Forte and Taylor back there, with Forte sometimes motioning outside. Forte, and i will say this again - is a deep threat when matched up properly as we saw against the Seahawks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Agree that Double A is a consummate gap plugger. An unsung hero no doubt. I also see Melton being better in passing situations and Toe and AA shoring up the run better. But, at this point I just want Melton out there. He's making plays, causing turnovers and getting up field in a hurry.

    I don't care whether Taylor or Forte start. I think both should get relatively even touches, unless one gets hot. Both are about even at catching out of the backfield. Taylor is a better blocker, but doesn't have Forte's break-away speed (remember 22's 90 yard long runs early in the year). The twin HB set that we've been calling forever would be nice to see. Taylor should get the first shot in goal line situations at this point since he fights for positive yardage and almost always seems to get it. I do think Matty is due for another long td run though. Everytime you foget about Forte's break-away ability it pops back up.

    Have a great time in Miami Joseph! Don't come back unless the Bears win and some hot peice of latin ase is calling you papi.

    Peanut on Marshall? No matter how well Smurf has been playing, you can't put him on that Beast. I hope Bowman is healthy and gets a chance against BMarsh.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    On that Kellen Davis touchdown. Watch Taylor block. I don't think Forte could have done it. The man is doing a lot more things better than Chester.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Imagine this....

    If we injure their only qb left on that roster that knows the offense. Wow... they will be in need of a run game.

    I hope we don't injure anyone simply because I hate to see any football player's career end. It's a dream we all wish we could achieve and no one should take that away.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    we will HURT their QB. it's not life or career threatening, it just takes him out of that particular game.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Pisa out is a huge blow to the defense. He was a maniac out there and not having him in there hurts bad but if there was 1 game that he should miss it would be this one i guess. If he is hurt worse that is not a good sign.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Patrick Ramsay will technically come to their rescue. Sounds more like a hairdresser than a QB, but there you go ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Didn't Ramsay play some snaps for the Redskins a couple of years ago? I don't remember him being awful.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He was their starter for a while.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    This is the longest work day ever Coach, however I fear tomorrow might feel much much longer after ingesting copius amounts of adult beverages this evening.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    They should take a page from the Bears and put in their running back at QB ala Sweetness.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    you mean like, the wildcat? I think the dolphins know a thing or two about that.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    No.. the wildcat has 2 backs/QB's. Walter QB'd with an empty backfield.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Peanut, Hitman, Hurt Locker and Manning on Marshall!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Trac,

    How does a joke make this all wrong?

    I bet you hate Family Guy.

    I like your football opinions and I don't hate anyone on here regardless of who, what, or how they live their lives.
    I thought the bible taught me that I should worry about own sins and not hate anyone or call them out on their sins. It's all in his hands and not ours.

    Christians don't judge others or themselves. That's God's job.

    I just think this is all a misunderstanding and that it was just a joke. Is God going to condemn Doc for a joke? If he does then I don't believe in the right religion then.

    I never see you get mad at Irish or Lobo about saying jebus or something like that. I think it's funny and kinda creative but once again a joke.

    I believe in God. Sure some of us don't and some really don't. I don't care. What does it have to do with Football?

    I just want to talk about Chicago Bear's. You?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    you are taking this WAAAAAY too seriously my friend. lol

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    hence, I just want to talk about Chicago Bear's. Period lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I can say Jebus. Jebus. There. I said it. If people can use the 'C' word (and I don't mean Christianity). I can say Jebus. And so can Lobo, because baby Jebus is his favorite.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    nooooooo. need Forte to start b/c he's on my fantasy team. he has the talent to make shit happen....929 yds. last year w/ a SHIT o-line & 2 bad legs. the run game's going to get there...just taking longer than we all thought. patience my friend...patience.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thigpen isn't mobile? Check his stats with KC, he had almost 400 yards rushing over 10 games. He is much more mobile than Henne or Pennington. The knock on Thigpen is he takes a lot of chances with the ball. He will try to throw it in double or triple coverage. I expect Thigpen to scramble a lot with Miami's O-Line banged up. Chicago will need to setup a spy on him, or he's going to run all over the place. That will obviously setup their TE Fasano to have a big day, as the seam could be open.

    Thigpen is harder to plan for than either of the Chads. If he does force too much though, it's going to be a long day for Miami.

  • In reply to sheehanje:

    Thigpen can move. It scares me a bit.

  • In reply to sheehanje:

    I got some fantasy studly weeks out of Thigpen last year. He can play, he can *lead*, more importantly.

    Welcome Sheehanje.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hope Pisa is back in time for the Eagles game.

    Melton will be useful in running Vick down, but we still need 8-Ball in there on running downs.

    Been calling for Taylor to start for a long time, Forte has value on passing downs though. Their NT Soliai is going to be in Cutler's face all night long - he abused Nick Mangold in the one game I saw him in. Neither Omiyale or Webb can block fast guys like Wake. Need to see Olsen in at H-back more in this game. Can't believe I'm saying that.

    But we can forget about running it up the middle or running traps, because Soliai will collapse that pocket at will unless he gets triple teamed. Got to be pitches and roll-outs and quick-outs all night cos there won't be a pocket with this guy.

    And Cutler's suddenly going to protect the ball Jeff? He's not wired for that. He'll force it in there like always. So be it.

    Thigpen could hit Bess in the slot or Fasone down the seam all night too, if CH doesn't get his shit together. And do Lovie/Marinelli have a habit of not double-covering receivers and just trusting the scheme, do you think? Or was that just old Lovie? If we leave Marshall one-on-one with the smurfs, we are screwed. Teams have been taking him out of games all year long, but I have a horrible feeling he has his best game of the year against us if we don't pay him special attention. Jennings is not bringing this guy to the ground. Hartline has terrible hands.

    ST and Mr.Ridiculous to do the business for us!

  • I read the SI article on Jimmy Harbaugh at Stanford. He screams during summer camp at his players, "you got your armadillo skin on?!!!!!"

    He instills thick skin and toughness in his players. He should know. When his college coach screamed at him, it was Bo. His pro coach was Ditka. Talk about shitting down the neck, Jesus.

    That's what we need here at DBB. Armadillo skin.

    Having said that, in every long term forum I've ever been in, going back to chi.internet on Usenet in the late 1980s, there is always, ALWAYS some righteous wingnut who comes in and tries to piss in the collective General Mills cereal bowl. Best tack: tell 'em to get fucked. Fuckity fuck fuck fucked. Then relax, it's only the interwebz.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dan, you and others are always ripping on my beloved land of cheese and it hurts my feelings. Yeah right. On a homer note, I would love to see the Bears draft WI left guard John Moffitt next year. The guy is a brawler who punishes people every game and he can play center.

    If the Bears had this offensive line, they could be Super Bowl contenders. http://bulldogvintage.com/2010/09/22/chicago-bears-black-and-blues-brothers-poster-1985/
    A friend of mine got punched in the face by #62 at a party at UW-Platteville back in college. He was drunk and mouthing off, and Bortz floored him. He deserved it being a Packers fan.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, I've ripped on wisconsinites as a method of taunting the cheeseheads that dare step on this blog. The same things I've said can also be said of almost anywhere in this country; including where I currently reside, and other places I've lived like AZ.

    What I mean is sorry if I offended one of my very own brethren. But that phroze guy is most certainly the product of inbreeding, not to say it doesn't exist elsewhere.

  • I'm glad this is all cleared up now Doc. I really enjoy reading opinions on the Bears from most of the bloggers here. I won't judge people by what I read here, it's so hard to truly express who you are in a couple of paragraphs. I would rather save my discussions and debates of personal beliefs for face to face meetings. Now if we can all just get back to football.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Well put Murph.

  • Wonder what's going on. Took all this time to find out there is a problem and that it's serious enough to miss a game.

  • FUCK! He is the true unsung hero of the team! He does it all. Plays D and is even in on nickel packages AND plays specials. He is a true football player and I never have any doubt about him making the play.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    That really sucks. Here is the rest of the practice/injury stuff from yesterday for both teams.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/11/bears-at-full-strength-in-preparation-for-dolphins.html

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Did I read a Boone's Farm reference here?
    Can I get a witness?
    Now, how about some Bluebird Gin?

    Remember the 11th Commandment -
    Thou shalt not take thyself too seriously.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Albert in Tucson -
    Jean Rodgers was a beautiful woman and a huge Bear Fan.
    Charles Middleton - Ming The Merciless will support the Bears against the Dolphins (Dauphins) and give Zarkhov a laboratory.

    King Vultan's bear Urso will also chew on some Dolphin.

    (I've got ALL the DVD's and then some)

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Vultan was a hoot! AND his pet was URSO, a BEAR!
    I loved it when he went from "Ming Minion" to Flash's ally.

    Don't forget "Thun, and his Lion Men". Think he moved from Mongo to Detroit? Maybe it was from Detroit to Mongo?

    I have the Flashes, both 40s BATMAN serials and RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON (Commando Cody).

    Haven't gotten around to BUCK ROGERS though.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Erin Gray as Wilma Deering on Buck Rogers was the shit when I was a kid.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Nah, Princess Ardala was way sexier in Buck Rogers. Wilma looked like an FBI agent. I submit for the court's consideration ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnYrm2-Gm4U

    Princess Aura in Flash Gordon was sexier again :

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

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ardala was played by the Lovely Pamela Hensley, but I DID favor the lovely Ms. Grey.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I vote for the lovely Wiulma, Erin gray.

    Azura, Queen of Magic, was pretty tasty in FLASH GORDON'S TRIP TO MARS. Didn't want to piss her off though because she could turn you into one of the CLAY PEOPLE!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Cool it with the Four Loko DMB. They don't fully know the side-effects. It might cause you to cast spells and locusts on the other bloggers here.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Shit yeah, we'll miss him on specials too ...

  • Just found out I'm going to the Eagles game with my old man. I told him to be prepared to learn the lyrics of "Who Let The Dogs Out", to wear the provided PETA shirt, to drink at least one full 40 ounce of old English, and to yell Pringles whenever I do.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    That's funny shit Crown.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Irish, I'll explain it to you, both of those ridiculous posts are evidence that God exists, and He has a RIGHTEOUS sense of humor!!!

    I don't want to beat a dead horse but I will anyway. El Jefe makes a comment about a strange season, beating those we shouldn't and losing to those we should. To me, the only thing strange in this season is what happened to Martz during the losing streak. I still say he's the biggest X factor in our wins and losses, more so than the players.

    But here's the good news - the Big Brain is back. Our only plan we need to execute is the exact same game plan we've done to beat the Bills and Vikings. Just do the same damn thing.

    Do that and we'll win. Big win? Small win? Who cares? JUST WIN.

    Really starting to like these 2010 Chicago Bears!

    And Jefe, love your Cutler comment, I agree 100%. "Doesn't really bother me." Takes some balls to say that. And the man speaketh the truth, he really doesn't care, and that's not a slam on him but a compliment to his understanding of football and his belief in himself.

    Mistakes will be made. Just keep playing the way you been playing.

    BEAR DOWN MOFOS!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    +1

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    AHOY, MATES! A PHIL sighting!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Kudos to Rod Woodson for being the first person to say it. No QB has ever had the ability to run and pass the way Vick does. Not Randall Cunningham, not anyone. No turnovers. Highest rated passer in the NFL this year (115). How do you stop him? Interestingly, Woodson mentioned the Bucs and the Tampa 2 ...

    http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/11/17/woodson-vick-is-most-dangerous-qb-in-history/?module=HP_cp2

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We've always had good luck against Vick by spying him with #54. The best thing you can do to Vick is keep him in the pocket and make him beat you with his arm.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He has been doing that Canada.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I thought he fubmled? or is that not a turnover..

  • Whats up with Ricky Williams this year? Is he playing much? I haven't heard shit about the frisbee playing cheeba monkey.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Ricky this year, Coach.:

    89 carries for 400 yards and 1 TD.

    8 catches for 52 and 1 TD.

    He's also coughed the ball up 3 times.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/mia/2010.htm

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Ouch. Williams went VERY high in fantasy drafts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not as high as Ryan Grant.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Williams went higher in the league I'm in.

    They're noth equally as much help to their fantasy teams.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    He has a nice average as always, not many looks. Brother's getting on in years!

  • It's all good. The best way to stop Ricky Williams is to put a roach on the field...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +10

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll see your +10 and raise it +10.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I actually feel a little bad for these guys. DeAngelo Williams to the IR and Clausen with a concussion. They may be starting Tony Pike or Brian St. Pierre.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5817339

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Maybe we could trade them Khalid Bell for Jamar back. I wouldn't even want him, he's hurt and Iwuh is an upgrade.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm down with that. Trade for Jamar while he's cheap.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We need to pull out Khalil against the Eagles to run another 70 yarder.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    MB - Where are you?

    Did you see Roy Boy giving big love to Girly Thor? Perhaps he has transformed into the God of Thunder now. What are your thoughts? Can you forgive?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yea i saw this tape don't lie...now if he can make strides in breaking tackles & fighting for the ball, he'd be a legit TE. still work in progress

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    YAC definitely needs work. I don't think anyone has shown him tape of Walter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...just saw OBR..and yeah girly thor looked actually good..is it possible that Tice is getting to him? holy sheite...

    and as for JC I love that maybe he's getting that attitude your avatar had. I loved that about Jimmy Mac..linebacker mentality with a qb body...always balls to the walls!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Marshall looks to be out, from PFT:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/17/jake-long-questionable-chad-henne-doubtful-pisa-tinoisamoa-for-thursday-night/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    It should say looks to probable...sheite!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    When Hester breaks the record tomorrow is he a hall of famer? Sounds crazy but shouldn't the best ever at a position get a spot? I

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach....not before Richard Dent

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    just saying...would love to see Hester go in but damn RD has just been screwed for years now. he deserves the GOLD JACKET.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Dent will get in. Probably this year

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach..from you fingertips punching the keyboard to the HOF committee.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Buddy said that Richard would have had a ton more sacks if he wasn't covering the back or TE on those little releases on the edge. He was stellar at that. Had a couple of INT's, a ton of batted passes and tackles for no gain. Fuck he was great!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    When Philly comes to town, I hope the people in the stands remember this:
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-plaschke-20101117,0,5163298.column?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+latimes/sports+(L.A.+Times+-+Sports)

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    +1
    Been too long for the man with the tallest ass in football ...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    THe HOF pissed on Eric Metcalf, but Hester is a big step up from Metcalf. I'd have to look at his numbers again, but he was sensational yet one dimensional like Hester.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this is the first time that "one dimensional" has actually been a good thing. Hester changes games like few players have in football. in this case his one dimension is the ability to make a coach elect to kickoff out of bounds to give the other team the ball on the 40, punt out of bounds immediately or be a dumbass and actually punt to him which historically results in a Sportscenter highlight. pay that man hees money (in malkovich's voice)

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Anybody know where I can watch the game in Louisville? Does the Monkey Wrench still broadcast the Bears?

  • In reply to jdawg:

    If you don't have the NFL Channel just use the websites that most of the guys' post on here to use. They usually work.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Thanks to Irish for this one:
    atdhe.net
    had a good feed of the Bills game the week before last.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You get various choices on Myp2p.eu as well, some require software to watch, but you get a better picture and it doesn't take long to download and install. Just download Veetle and sopcast and you'll never miss a game. Justintv.com is another one too -don't need software for it, just type in 'Chicago Bears' and it will find a stream.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Our Boy Roy breaks down the Fins. Interesting point - the Vikes only rushed 4 at us mostly, hence Cutler/O-line didn't look terrible, but the Fins zone-blitzing looks like trouble for this line. This is where the 0-line gets truly tested. Also, Thigpen buys time on bootlegs like Cutler and the dude can run. Urlacher better have Fasone in his pocket or it's going to be a long night. Nice clip of Marshall mouthing off at Thigpen too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Sh-n3OlcM&feature=sub

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Interesting tidbit from Pompei's latest article:

    "The Bears made left tackle a priority in 2008 when they drafted Chris Williams in the first round of the NFL draft. A year later, they made it a priority to add more to the offensive line, so they signed Frank Omiyale as a free agent.

    "They weren't sure what they were going to do with him, but they liked his talent. And their scouting reports on him, which are still on the hard drive at Halas Hall, contained one curious comment: his best position would be left tackle.

    "Omiyale didn't play left tackle last year because the team had signed Orlando Pace as a free agent. The versatile Omiyale played guard, but not very well.

    "Last last season, Williams was moved to left tackle. He played well enough there for the team to feel confident he could it this year, and it moved Omiyale to right tackle.

    "When the Bears hired offensive line coach Mike Tice, he was asked to evaluate each player without looking at the scouting reports. His take on Omiyale contained one curious comment: his best position would be left tackle.

    "It took an injury to Williams to get Omiyale to left tackle, but everyone at Halas Hall thought he could play it better than any other.

    "So far, it looks like those evaluations were right on the money."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1118-bears-essentials-pompei--20101117,0,6974067,full.column

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Riddle me this. Tice graded all offensive linemen he had at his disposal and Shaffer was second only to Kreutz. Yet we have a seventh rounder playing instead of him. Discuss.

    I'll wager a bottle of beer covered in a dead squirrel that Omelette and Webb and the whole kit and kaboodle get taken to school by the Dolphins zone-blitzing.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Shafter sucked when he's been in the game. Remember we had him at left tackle for like 3 plays in the dallas game and it was not pretty.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Everyone at CBS picked the Dolphins.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/features/writers/expert/picks/week11

    We feed off this shit, hopefully they have this posted in the ole locker room.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    All five of those pricks picked the Vikes last week.

    I guess they like pain.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's called, "I am a coach and I USE the media for my own, selfish needs."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Srry about my recent post guys. Alcohol clouds judgement. Anyways, BEARS WIN 28-13

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Also, Miami has real good DE.. Our oline will have a test tonight.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fuck Miami, right in there collective faces. Starting with their I wear my sunglasses at night coach. What is up with that anyway? He have sickle cell or something?

    Starting to get pumped up. longest work day ever.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I hope lil' MB is born at the exact same time Skunk breaks Brian Mitchell's record to become the GOAT returner tonight. I imagine MB's head on a swivel with his camcorder taping the glorious birth of his child, but then panning back to the hospital TV to watch the Windy City Flyer make history. With the baby out and his wife exausted, she says to MB, "Well, here he is. Meet your boy Daniel." MB replies, "I know we liked that name in the baby book. But, there has been a change of plans. The boy's name is Devin, period." At this point, MB grabs his Devin and does the Soldier Boy dance to the best of his abilities.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    He's just gonna go for it and name the boy Hester.

    I got your Scarlet Letter right here, Brah!!!!!!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Good lord, I go away for a while and the whole blog goes to hell. WTF?

    Anyways, I cant resist the urge to weigh in on the ongoing discussion.

    I cant help but laugh at the absolute hypocrites people can be. Nothing pisses me off more than people who constantly pine for the past as if it was some utopia. They commonly make references like, "society is being eroded by this generation, drug culture blah blah blah". They are complety ignorant to the fact the precious America they pine for was pretty shitty for most people, i.e. Minorities, Gays, Woman, to name a few.

    I am extremely proud of the leaps and bounds our generation has made to seperate ourselves from the precious "Old America" these right wing religious cooks pine for.

    They should spend more time being tolerant, and less time covering up for child molesters.

    Peace and Love!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDnE-5lD7w8

  • In reply to Dmband:

    My brothers!

    Doc, looks like you get the first (virtual) ceegar.

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    Sorry, but we didn't make it to the game tonight... but funny prognostications nonetheless. He has a different name though, not into the bible names. The newest Bear nation fan was born on Tuesday the 16th at 7:49AM. He was 7 lbs 1 oz and 20 inches. He was circumcised yesterday morning and immediately lost almost a full pound. Joke the doctor told me before commencing

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Awesome!! Congrats man!! Another of the Bears brethren!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Every time the Bears have a balanced rushing rushing and passing attack they have been successful offensively. The improvement in offensive line play has warranted Forte some running room, which in turn gives Cutler more time to pass. Go Bears!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats MB!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fuck Miami, right in there collective faces. Starting with their I wear my sunglasses at night coach. What is up with that anyway? He have sickle cell or something?

    Starting to get pumped up. longest work day ever.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh Jebus. And on this very website too. Somebody else do it, I can't bring myself to. I've been doing it for years and I'm tired. I tried, I started, but I just can't.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/bear-fan-talk-forum/2010/11/simpathy-for-jerry.html#comments

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish my .02....Helen Keller..could of seen better choices. enough said....please no sympathy.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Dear Blogfader....keep it going loving the post's!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Perhaps there is a God and he's testing me. Where do they find these tools? I found this lemon straight after the last one. Who needs receivers?

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bears-huddle/2010/11/the-bears-dont-need-a-number-1-wide-receiver.html#more

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't care how fast or how many yards he puts up.

    If he doesn't fight for the ball, I don't think he is a number one receiver.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "Devin Aromashodu - while he does have some issues - has been known to be explosive."

    That's like saying Courtney Love, while she does have some issues, gives a great BJ. I think it misses the forest for the trees.

    Shabba is about on par with Justin Gage, who we decided we didn't need, and plays the same role now on the Titans.

    Olsen and Knox are the guys Cutty trusts to get open, and when Olsen is not open, he gets the ball drilled into him anyhow. Hester shocked everyone and went for a TD against the Vikes because he actually ran a crossing route underneath and shocked the world.

    Bennett is a solid slot guy.

    But the fact is, if you line up Hester and Knox on a short field, you have less to worry about. You line up Knox and TO? AND you have Olsen at TE? The safeties have a fuckload of problems, because two guys can go up and push corners out of the way and both need safeties to cover them.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Since a lot of people don't have the NFL channel, a lot of times a local channel will pick up the game.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    He'll be a first ballot...especially if he continues returns for another 4-5 years. He has the ability to put the record out of reach.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=465554771771&set=a.465548736771.254895.758696771

    My tickets to the game!! I can't wait for Sunday.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Yo im high as a mothafucka! xanax bars weed smoking, and corona drinking. hahahah Bears win 34-13.... PILL POMPIN ANIMAL

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/11/17/1819897/oss-the-windy-city-flyer?ref=yahoo

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Is Joe Berger their starting center? If he is then we'll have a field day with his replacement AND Incognito.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I forgave Brother Olsen on the last thread for one. Welcomed him into the Bear fold, and am sharpening my knives for Manu now....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    My this season! Well done, Coach

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Probably my favorite guy in the NFL. Total lack of bullshit with that guy. He saw the light. If anybody hasn't seen Run Ricky Run, watch it.

  • The Bears will never lose to a quarterback named Thigpen.
    Van Brocklin possibly, but not Thigpen.
    lol - Humpty-Dumpty Oden.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    AUGUH!, Jack, Jack, Jack. NEVER say Never.
    The Bears have a BAD history of letting mere mortals look like stars.

  • You aren't fooling me Doc. You're a godless commie and that's all there is to it!

  • Passing on MJ and Durant. Tough.

  • Shit. Pisa has been fantastic this year at SAM.

    Time for Ricky Williams to check into the Roach Motel.

  • Ditto.

  • Here here. I know 8 people over the last dozen or so years that have overdosed on prescription pills, most mixing them with alcohol or other stuff, including my Dad. They give them out like fucking candy in Florida. It's crazy.

    Go easy Fres. And never, ever mix pills with different kinds of pills. Can stop your heart. Young people too. Some multiply the effect instead of just adding to it. x instead of +

    PSA over. Da Bears Blog cares.

  • I'd agree with that; I don't think he is first ballot material now, but he also has several seasons to go.
    What do you want to be, Devin?
    Ridiculous or the GOAT?

  • Ah. Induction, you mathematical tramp you ! Surely she'll be in labor for the Dolphin's game, that's the true test. Birth or game ?

  • Mitchell did it over a long career didn't he? Hester deserves kudos. Would have done it wasy sooner without all the WR crap.

  • Ironically, the most dangerous and widely used drug on the planet, alcohol, is socially acceptable, available legally and without prescription and is widely advertised to children who grow up think it's expected of them to drink. And it's now official.

    http://www.theweeklyconstitutional.com/news/headlines/667-alcohol-most-dangerous-drug-in-the-world

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    the fact that you're Irish and posted this knowing that you're Irish makes you either gay or a nerd.
    Booze has been around for centuries and centuries. I believe Xanax mixed with Kush mixed with Corona Light mixed with Mentholated cigarettes is a little more recent.

    Fres, it's about 10:30 in the morning in Cali, what the fuck are you doing?....and can i come over?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    and i mean gay as in gay and not homosexual

  • Thanks much Doc. Really appreciate the thoughts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I heard that moyel takes all the extra skin and sowed a wallet. When he takes it out of his back pocket it turns into a suitcase. Horrible joke from my pops. Congrats to you and yours bro!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats MB...creating the next army of Bear fans one baby at a time.

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