Thoughts on an Exhilarating Victory

The 2010 Chicago Bears announced their presence to the NFL yesterday afternoon by soundly defeating the overhyped and overmatched Philadelphia Eagles.  Here are my thoughts.

  • Nobody has been more critical of the man than me but Lovie Smith is my NFL Coach of the Year right now.  His turning around this team coming off the bye week is the masterstroke of a wonderful football coach.  And it's borderline shocking.  Lovie now embarks on the hardest stretch of his career and I'm damn rooting hard for him. 
  • Jay Cutler didn't just play a brilliant football game yesterday.  He also looked like a leader of men and he rightfully went to the mattress for Matt Forte after Forte was shoved to the ground on a throw that would have basically ended the game.  His smiling on the bench afterwards was pretty terrific too.
  • Just because it wasn't intercepted doesn't excuse Cutler's crazy slant toss late to Hester.
  • The better running quarterback yesterday was Cutler.
  • And Matt Forte was the old Matt Forte. 
  • My only Lovie knock.  I still don't understand the rotating players thing.  As soon as Forte got hot, Chester Taylor came in.  Devin Hester looks ready to break one and Danieal Manning comes in.  It just seems like a prearranged plan that takes for granted the flow of the game.  These guys can be productive but it just doesn't add up.  That's the definition of a nitpick.
  • I can't think of a better performance by the defensive line as a hole and it is now apparent that Israel Idonije has fully developed into one hell of a defensive end.  The Julius Peppers signing alone might keep Jerry Angelo running the show.  (Pepper is the best free agent signing in Bears history.)
  • So what did Corey Graham do?  I still don't get it.  
  • My God is Devin Hester something with the ball in his hands.
  • The offensive line still needs work but it may be time for the Bears to take the seven-step drop pages from the playbook and toss them into the fire.  Cutler got sacked on the occasional missed blitz pickup but he was a dead duck on the deep drops.  We have the receiving corps for the short crosses and quick outs.  Stick with them.
  • Brad Maynard punted much better but our punt coverage looked a bit lost.  I realized why.  Maynard has been dribbling crappy punts up the field for weeks and they forgot how to do it.
  • When Tommie Harris contributes, the Bears are simply a better team.  It was good to see him contribute yesterday.
  • Earl Bennett.  Johnny Knox.  Impressive.
  • I'm getting eerily close to the conclusion that Chris Williams just stinks.
  • I came to that conclusion with Frank Omiyale weeks ago.
  • And yet the Bears are still scoring points, moving the ball and winning with the worst left-side of an offensive line in the NFL.  Coaches.  Has to be the coaches.
  • I wonder how good this offense will be if we get Martz a couple perimeter blockers.
  • Terrific defensive gameplan from Rod Marinelli and wonderful discipline from our safeties...again.  These guys have been the most surprising unit on the team and I was sure they'd get beaten deep a few times yesterday.  The coaches and players did not allow it.

First place.  All by our lonesome.  In December.  And a contender.  Bring on the Lions. 

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  • Let me be the FIRST to say Go Bears today.

  • Still running errands, in PA, dressed in my brightest Bears garb. Son's sporting #6 jersey. Smiling our asses off. It's a great day to be alive.

    Julius is an animal. Give some credit to Peanut - he played well yesterday.

  • Jeff did you see me?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    +1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Damn. I wish I could have saw the highlight packages but I did get to see all the photos.

    That was my first game ever and it was awesome.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Way to go man. You have achieved mythical status on da blog.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Chris Williams is a cream puff.

    It was great to see all three phases performing well and executing their respective gameplans. We need to ride this momentum of our current win streak and roll through Detroilet.

    Bear the fuck down!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hey Doc, or anyone else... can you please explain Peter King's maths to me on #'s 5 and 6 on this: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/11/28/week-12-monday-morning-qb/2.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The chestnut of a phrase that covers this is..

    "Consider the source."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    NFL.com's lead story is about how the Bears won't make the playoffs. Article by Pat Kirwan. What else is new.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    He has the Chiefs choking out too. If the Gods be with us I'd feel a Bears-Chiefs super bowl in the offing.

    See Stevie Johnson's tweet ? He tweeted God. Blamed him for dropping the game-winning TD against the Squealers. Unbelievable.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pretty dark cloud over an otherwise bright day in the 2010 Season with that guy dying yesterday. What do you guys think about that whole scenario? Heard anything from people who were there? Seems really weird. For those who've been in the area where he allegedly "fell", it doesn't really add up...Not an easy place to just slip and fall. The cig smoking theory seems to make some sense, maybe he was just buzzed and fell once he went over the railing. They open the report in Sun Times stating that he was "A skilled climber who enjoyed scaling up the side of buildings and trees" WTF? Then, they throw in this little tidbit. "He was twice caught by police scaling the outside of a building in Harvard."

    Hmmmm. Sad and sketchy. I

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/11/29/soldier-field-death.ap/index.html

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    First off, that really sucks that that happened. I feel awful for his family.

    I've smoked at that same location several times, and unless your an idiot your not going to fall. My guess, he was drunk and went up there to smoke doobies.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm more impressed every week by Henry "Patty Melt" Melton. Dude can flat out play. I knew coming into the year that our D line would be better just from having that beast Peppers, but man they are dominating. Correct me if i'm wrong, but Philly's o-line is pretty fucking good arent they? We owned their asses. Trap game my ballsack, we are going to fucking destroy the Lions this week. This team is on a mission, from god.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Melton has been a beast and Izzy just plays better and better at DE.
    I think they are going to tear Detroit apart.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Melton and Izzy have a nice stunt technique going. Melton swim moves and just goes straight upfield, almost past the QB and doesn't really even try and turn in.

    Izzy then uses Melton's push to pic the tackle against, and gets a free shot at the QB. I saw them do that several times.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good observation, I'll watch the first half tonight and look for that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Anyone hear Ditka this morning? Yet another Eagles excuse dead...

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4668019/ditka-field-conditions-no-excuse-for-eagles

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Wow, how fucking bad and annoying is that chick.

    Nice overdone announcers voice Rachel.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Ditka probably wanted a monsoon and knee deep mud, a Bud Grant era game when the Vikes played outdoors and you couldn't see anybody's jersey number.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I want that too. Bears fucking football baby.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was at the game yesterday thanks to Da' Blog and Stubhub and I have to say the atmosphere was electric. It almost felt like a playoff game. That was one of the best performances I've seen from a Bears team in a long time. All 4 phases were going and it was crazy. That was my sons first game and I was nervous about having his first game be a loss but this team showed up and took no prisoners. Many pictures were taken and will be sent to Jeff to post as he feels. Thanks again for the tickets Jeff they were badass seats to the best game I've seen in a long time.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Awesome man! Gratz!

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Bears-Pats next week moved to 3:15 (national stage yet again). :-)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4668022/bears-pats-moved-to-315-p-m

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I know this bugs a bunch of you guys.. This is great for me. If I don't have to pirate the game I can watch in the living room on the big HD. I really want to see Hester make history on the big screen.. this is the week!

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I was going to start this with something corny like "Bless me Blogfather, for I have sinned". Pretty lame - but I have to acknowledge that my "not minding if they lose" attitude has been adjusted finally. Lovie has quietly shown a leadership that I didn't see coming. Brilliant job of coaching - and I don't mind at all that he will be our coach into next year.

    But no extension yet - please. He's been coaching for his life and responded well. Can he build on it? Let's give him 8 games into next year first.

    Unfortunately that leaves Angelo here as well. They have done this in SPITE of him, NOT becasue of him. But a new GM means a new HC and then (likely) another OC and system for them to learn. Martz proves he can and will adjust.

    And the defense can't be better. So a change there would be a step down no matter who it is. We have to ride this one out and hope it leads to another SB appearance.

    By the way, I loved the Eagles chippiness at the end of the game. Really shows that we got under their skin.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    It was a playoff game ! We lose tot he Eagles and no wildcard for us ...

    Who got Fresno's tix ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fat Basterd has to sit down with D Jackson and smooth his ruffled chicken feathers after the pecking he dished out yesterday. Poor DeSean, his feelings were hurt.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The Eagles have absolutely no moral "high ground' to stand on when it comes top "field conditions. That crap that passed for a field at the Vet cost excellent Bears' receiver, Wendel Davis, his career.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I had that conversation with the resident Iggles fan at work today. He began complaining about the field, I agreed and added, "You have no room to complain...the Vet?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No kidding. When that carpet came loose and destroyed both his knees, I was sick. He didn't play long enough to project a career arc but I sure thought he was going to be a good one.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Davis was in his 6th season and coming off 61 and 54 catch seasons.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DaviWe00.htm

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Field didn't seem to bother them when they won last year ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oh, um, well..er...THAT was DIFFERENT.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1
    It looks like the Bears are blitzing, and then you realise it's just the four guys going all kung fu on a stunt. Very sexual.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Doc, just like to point out that next week you will be playing Fresno for your playoff life in DBB league #1. You and I are in a two-way tie for the last spot in our division after this week.
    Fresno - kick his ass, sea-bass.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ha

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    You put a hurting on me in the other league Fres!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    i know i seen that.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Last one from me today....

    Despondent. Delusional. Sounds about right:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Eagles-Despondent-Delusional-After-Loss-to-Bears-110966164.html

  • In reply to sjvl:

    If he dies, he dies.

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2010/11/206ae19426a64894d443afc1830ea427/340x.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vanilla Ice ? Tee hee!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    For tonight's game gents... use it like garlic against vampires: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1zcqge/i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201011/101129.19.jpg

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I am encouraged by what Tice has done all season to get us in the position we are in with the O-Line. He waited to see everyone play - evaluated them, and put them into a position to contribute. (The fact that we have two young guys developing on the bench (Lance and Asiata) will only make us better.)

    His patience is paying off.

    Great in-game adjustments yesterday as well...

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    No sacks in the second half, nice.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I just got my tickets for the game Sunday at Ford Field, I'll be plenty loud and obnoxious.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Greg Jennings to sit all week with a "foot injury." Jones and Nelson are good, but if Jennings misses extended time, the NFC North is ours. He is the guy that makes the Pack's O tick. Without him, they're done.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    McCarthy getting criticized for not developing a run game. Rodgers is their leading rusher, that's just fuckin' stupid.

    Brandon Jackson is shit. That converted FB sucks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I say let rodgers run... I think Pep, Lach, and briggsy might have a treat for him once he breaks it to the outside. You run enough as a QB and you're going to have that one very unlucky chris sims moment sometime or another.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If we contained the best in the business we can handle a Fudger!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm not that scared of them, we pretty much had their measure even last year in game one. we're way better this year and they have zero running ability. It's down to whether or not Cutler will shit the bed ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Given our better running game, and better run defense, I think we should be hoping for some nasty weather for the NFC North title game* in January.

    *Assuming we don't have the division wrapped up by then.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "My only Lovie knock. I still don't understand the rotating players thing. As soon as Forte got hot, Chester Taylor came in. Devin Hester looks ready to break one and Danieal Manning comes in. It just seems like a prearranged plan that takes for granted the flow of the game. These guys can be productive but it just doesn't add up. That's the definition of a nitpick."

    Totally agree about Forte and Taylor, but I think the decision to put Manning in for a couple returns was a good one. Hester sometimes makes poor decisions on his returns, and this was evident yesterday on his first kick return. Instead of hitting the seam, he ran backward, away from his blockers, tried to beat five guys to the edge and failed. Manning fielded the next one and ran 45 yards right up the field. I think this also sent a message to Devin, as he did the same on his next chance.

    I also like the psychological edge that having two very dangerous returners gives us.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Totally agree. I love the way Manning returns KO's. If they both get 25 KO's Devin will score more TD's but the avg/return would be about the same. Devin is head and shoulders above everyone else on punt returns.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Well, Tommie Harris is now totally irrelevant. Just good enough to let everyone else catch their breath. Step aside Tommie, someone is takin your roster spot next year.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    We probably won that game because of Tommie's tipped pass into Harris' hands. The Eagles are basically in our endzone and would most likely have scored. We went straight in and scored on that possession instead. Huge swing. That was the game right there.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    One tipped pass in one game doesn't make him a player. His contributions to the team are practically non existent.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I saw that replay several times from several angles on Comcast Sports. Where was the ball going even if it wasn't tipped? I think there was a chance for a pick anyway. But still, Tommie made a great play.

  • In reply to BillW:

    +1. I Agree. That play was D.O.A.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Glad to see Ditka has returned to his senses and has gotten off the Peckers bandwagon. About freaking time.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    +1 amen

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh well, good thing you passed on him because I'm sure Marshawn Lynch probably wouldn't have helped MUCH, eh, Ted thompson?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Yessir.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Dude, give me a link to the pics or vid? I want to see your Superman work.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    moment of silence btw: http://www.brobible.com/story/10-hilarious-leslie-nielsen-scenes-from-airplane-naked-gun

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    SURELY, we should pause for a moment to honor a fine actor...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    yes we shoulod Al...

    ... and don't call me Shirley.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Like how I served that one up for you, MB?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You wanna be Abbott or Costello?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Plus, the late Mr. Nielsen was QUITE good in a straight role the sci-fi classic, FORBIDDEN PLANET as "space cruiser" commander J.J. Adams.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    To honor DBB's own Bears85 for going all DC Comic and making it on tv, we hereby award thee the DBB hood ornament.

    Please place it on the hood of your car, be it a Rolls or 97' Toyota Tercel. All hail!

    http://cache-01.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/12/2010/11/340x_dartzrolls.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Classy!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That touchdown to Knox.

    Did anyone notice anything about it?
    Cutler let it go way before he got open and Knox actually got there.

    Timing and Trust. It's starting to come together.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Me likey mucho.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    From Philly CSN:

    Several players said Monday Reid was as furious after the game as they

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I understand his feeling totally, because if the Bears lost that game, our chances of a wildcard were next to nothing. Our season would be effectively over. Can't think of a team that have a harder run-in than we do. The Packers have it easier, the Falcons schedule is a joke. We'd have the worst conference record of all teams involved in the wildcard chase.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    True, Irish.

    But it's the Eagles, not us, so it's pretty sweeet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like it believe it or not lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I still get the Pack newsletter in one of my accounts, despite being banned from the forums. Here is their wet tissue:


    Hey Cheeseheads,

    I am just going to come right out and say it, that loss hurt. I thought when we put up the game tying TD with seconds to go in the game, we had the momentum and the game. However, due to an unfortunate series of incidence on the following kick off (face mask mainly), we lost on a last second field goal. To make things worse the stinkin' Bears won too, and now we are a game out of first.

    The good news is that it is that we are only 1 game back of Chicago with 5 to play. The bad news is that we probably lost any shot we had at the number 1 seed. Of course, if we win out, anything is possible. More good news, we have 3 of the last 5 games. 3 of those games will be critical, the Patriots, the Giants and the Bears. We need to find our running game fast if we want to take this division.

    Up next for us? The San Fransisco 49ers in Green Bay. Can't over look this game, San Fran may be down, but they have a couple of play makers that could turn the tide in their favor including Frank Gore and Patrick Willis. I think we will find a way to get it done though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Brilliant writing. he must be looking down the short barrel of a Pulitzer, no?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I just wanted to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Do you like Galdiator movies?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Municipal Bonds - I'm talking double A rating. The best investment in America.

    I could do Airplane quotes all day.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did you notice the hustle of Urlacher after the pic, he ran down there and laid a nice lick on vick. Vick didn't look very chippy when he got up. Bear down!!!

  • In reply to GetsomeBears:

    Yeah, definitely saw that. Nothing like an extra freebie shot on the QB, eh? And Brian did hit him a bit, didn't he? :-)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Today's definition of "Funny" is watching Gruden and Jaws doing the promo for tonight's titanic Monday night Football matchup between the 49ers and Cardinals.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mike Mora is an ass. Although he gave the Bears a little love, he made all kinds of excuses for the Dog Killer. It's just one game, they're playing on a short week, bla, bla, bla.

    Makes me sick.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Don't get the short week comment. Yes they play on Thursday. The short week excuse only works for that game, not the Sunday game. Fuck is that reaching for an excuse. Were Mora and Peters off together someplace having a crying jag?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BillW, great post!! I would like to paraphrase our last president -

    "I can see into your SOUL!" - meaning, I know what you meant before when it was taken by some as blasphemy, it's a conundrum to a diehard fan even if some don't see it that way.

    Jeff, I agree with every single thing you said - in fact if I didn't know you better I'd swear you were stealing my lines in my Monday morning discussion with my brother.

    Lovie? He's apparently coaching his ass off, which may simply mean staying out of these coordinators' way, but likely means more than that.

    Absolutely loved what Cutty did in getting that penalty while I will insist that he wouldn't have done all that if the game had been in the balance at the time - which frankly it wasn't. I don't know who wouldn't want to follow that guy, and I don't know who wouldn't want to up his play to make sure Cutty approves - I think he's that kind of no-bullshit no-excuses leader.

    I think co-MVPs for this 4 game win streak have to be Mike Martz and Rod Marinelli - both of those guys ARE coaching their asses off, no doubt about it. Can't believe what Rod has turned that D line into, agree as to the overperformance of the secondary vs. my expectations, and some of that is undoubtedly due to the BEST LINEBACKER CORPS IN FOOTBALL.

    Agree as to comment, and the conclusion of nitpickery, of the Chester Taylor planned series after Matty is just killing it for us - especially the second time it happened, believe that series and decision cost us 4 points - but again, nitpicking and I think Martz learns from that for the next game. (BTW Chester had to be the only guy on the team without much personally to celebrate from that game) (but I do believe they were telegraphing things when Taylor came in - they were crashing the line like they knew the ball was going to him, he never had a chance)

    This team is on a serious roll, I was fully prepared to lose yesterday's game and okay with the concept as long as we learned from it, now, FUCK THAT, we're better than them, I watched the Falcons and guess what, Bear fans, WE'RE BETTER THAN THEM TOO!!

    We're going to beat the Lions, we're going to do something not that shocking and beat the Patriots, then we're going to beat the Vikings, then the Jets, and then...

    Lose to the Packers on the last game because it will be meaningless.

    Seriously, after beating the Eagles Packers Vikings Cowboys - and after facing the Giants and Redskins, even if those were in the middle of a Mike Martz coaching swoon - is there anyone in the NFC that you don't think we can beat in the playoffs?

    After we beat the Patriots and Jets, I think we'll be thinking the same thing about the AFC too.

    Hold on to your hats, Bear fans, the ride's about to get even more exciting!!!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Great to hear from you, Phil!

    My vote goes to "Lovie staying out of the way".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    To an extent Al, I'm all for Lovie staying out of the way. Although I am pretty sure he put his foot down during the bye week and told Martz to run more. Thats all he needs to do. Oh, and he needs to make Hester return Every kick.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    So, Denver's owner said McDaniels will be the coach next year. If that happens I would expect them to trad Orton away. Playing time for Tebow = better ratings for Denver. If they are not going to win, they will be looking for a way to sell tickets.
    I'm not sure why, but I have a feeling Frazier is going to go after him. Yes Neckbeard in a Vikings uniform. One of the best game managers in the league with one of the best running backs and a hard core defensive mind like Frazier is a scary thing.
    Wouldn't that suck?

  • In reply to Church:

    It would suck, yes.

    Orton would do best on the Ravens or Browns. He's proven he can play in the shit climates, and they need him. Maybe the Cards.

  • In reply to Church:

    Maranelli told Jennings and Peanut to play close and jam the wideouts. In inch deep mud, that worked well, esp. since Philly seemed to pack the wrong cleats.

    We could do the same to the Pats and Jets. Soldier Field's shit field sort of works for us.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Maybe against the Jets, but we're faster than the Pats on O and D.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahaha u funny ass fool... where do u get this shit..haha

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Love the softballs, thanks Al.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    You sure picked a great game for your first.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Cool seeing you on TV. Looked like you had the Superman pose going with the sign.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    if anyone finds any video of me on tv let me know because so far all I have is pictures lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Nicely done, 85. If you know of anyone that recorded the game, you were on right after the commercial break for the 2-minute warning (4th quarter). You were on camera for 5-10 seconds. That may not sound like much but on TV that's forever. Maybe the NFL network will replay the game this week.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Oh, I do want to point out that even a blind dog finds a bone once in awhile. Let's hope our Boy Roy shows plenty of Butter D snaps, because he SUCKED. He has NO PUSH.

    He got lucky by timing that jump and swatting that pass for C. Harris' pick, almost a pick 6. Tiny bit of skill, but he'd better be good at that, because his SORRY ASS was being stood up every play he was out there.

    Melton and his violently raised Pit Bull starved to kill motor was 100x more effective in making Vick rush. Butter was filth out there, and I am so happy that Toenina has stepped up his game so much.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    This week has TRAP GAME written all over it in big red letters.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    My thoughts exactly. Only slightly worried though.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I said that at the start of the season after seeing their o-line pre-season. The Lions at home are one giant banana skin. The choice of running back is irrelevant to them. Suh is King Suh Kong. But apparently Shaun Hill has a broken forearm, so we need to stand on that early ... sorry Shaun.

  • I am glad that Blogfather saw what I saw in Cutler taking the 15 yards and mouthing off. Yes, it was a stupid penalty, but it served a much greater purpose. It showed that mister shit body language was going to fight and lead. By that point, the reffing was so lopsided I felt what he said needed to be said.

    I don't know what Williams did to piss in Jeff's wheaties, but he made a decent lead block on one long Forte run and he pulls pretty well, so I'm not sure what Blogfather is angry about there. I am not selling Chris Williams, I think he's a busted tackle and doing service work at guard, but it's better than having Lance Louis in there or Irish's boy Asiata.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I mentioned it to my son during the game and again today. Cutler's outburst is a HUGE step in the right direction. Coupled with Lach's "I could give a sh*t..." comment, this team is starting to get the swagger they need to get to the big dance in Dallas.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 on Williams GP. Thought he played pretty well last night. This o-line is finally gelling a bit. They look like they're getting better every week at run blocking.

    Even though I've been harsh on Omelette. He has been doing a comendable job at LT. He was horrible last year and early this year, but I'm starting to see why we took a chance on this guy.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Agree on this one. The rest of Jeff's story was pretty spot on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought Williams was OK yesterday. All the pressure came up the right middle or the ends.

  • Like a carwreck on the side of the road Doc.

  • Section 148(North endzone behind Bears tunnel) row 19. Yes, I got a bunch of pictures to share. We all hung out and had a great time together.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    We need to combine all of our pics for the game so everyone can see it JAB.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sounds good to me. I'm sending mine to Jeff, maybe you could do the same and he could do the best of...

  • In reply to jbenton:

    what is his address? Will he actually put our pics on here?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    jeff at dabearsblog.com or dabears at dabearsblog.com

  • Hmm...I wonder how long the drive from Sac to Detroit would be. haha Well my growing of the Bears Victory Beard has begun. Much to my girls disapointment it shall not be shaved until they lose.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    same here Sac, not shaving till we lose.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No offense 85 but I saw you yesterday and you're not exactly going for the caveman of the year look.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    We should start a photobucket account to post our beard photos to.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Artoo - you *are* the droid we're looking for. Awesome man.

    Particularly head-scratching blog today Jeff. But thanks for the lines ... "he rightfully went to the mattress for Matt Forte", "Nobody has been more critical of the man than me but Lovie Smith is my NFL Coach of the Year right now." & this should be on a DBB T-shirt : "I can't think of a better performance by the defensive line as a hole..."

    Agreed on most, except for ....

    * Are you serious about Graham ?

    * Chris Williams stinks .... but J Webb doesn't get a mention? He's the league's leading penalised lineman, as well as being a revolving door ...

    * You noticed that Omelette sucked A FEW WEEKS AGO ?! Mang...

    * Who got Fresno's tix ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, I've been biting my fucking tongue on this one and can

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, you know if we make the playoffs that JA isn't going anywhere. I dislike him as much as you but it's pretty easy to make a case for him to keep his job if we are in the playoffs (esp., if you're a bunch of tight asses that don't want to pay 2 GM's). I don't like it much but if we make the playoffs ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There, there, MB. Done.

    And the Peppers move only becomes justified with a Lombardi. Angelo stays regardless because nobody is paying the dude $30 million or whatever he's owed to just walk away. Financially it make no sense to pay him off. Jerry's here until 2013 no matter what. So it doesn't really matter that we gave up two firsts and a third for Cutty because he would have pissed them away anyhow.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agree about Graham. At first I was pissed about the penalty and then when I saw the replay I started laughing and said, "Yep, that ain't legal." He was OOB for about 15 yds, came out from behind everyone on the sidelines and was there to make the play. Oops!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    His foot was definitely over the white line. I saw a reverse camera angle ... he went into the locker room, had a shower, came back out, poured himself a cup of gatorade, went over and shot the breeze with a couple of players, put his helmet back on and ran back onto the field .... definite penalty. No argument.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Captain Caveman ?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Bears are rockin it, so the only negative thing I have to say is in response to your Lovie love. If the bum could have been doing this the whole time and didn't, that's almost worse than not being able to at all. If he's only going to coach when the heat is on it doesn't matter how good he can be, can the bum.

    But right now, it's best to ignore that shit and enjoy the ride. Yeah, I know I'm the one who said it.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    I don't think Lovie is 'doing' anything. Tice is coaching up the line - who, although they suck balls, are playing better as a unit-ish. Martz isn't trying to pass it 4-1 - good thing. Yoda-nelli is a defensive Jedi master. The receivers are very very slowly getting in sync with Cutler. That's not Lovie. Hiring them was a good idea though, whoever's call that is ...

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    lol I don't care. If we keep winning then I don't care if I look like Phoenix.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    You're not shaving you sack until we lose. Manscape man.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    If it's all the same to you Crown, I suggest we not utilize the photobucket for those.

  • He was from Fort Nelson, BC. Check that out on a map. It's about 2-3 hours from the NW Territories. I was there years ago. You're much closer to the North Pole than the equator.

  • Calgary but we own a home in the mountains in a small mining town in SE BC. I couldn't afford a house in Calgary so we rent there and go to the house in BC whenever we can. It's about a 3-hour drive. Housing in Calgary is nuts. If you want to live close to downtown (within 5 kms), a 1200 S.F. home runs around 500K. Uh, no thanks.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I love that area. The wife and I took 3 tries to make the trip from Banff to Jasper over the Icefields Parkway (snow kept driving us out of the mountains). It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Totally agree. I was a guide on bicycle tours one summer (2006) and we did about 10-12 trips from Banff to Jasper. Never got tired of being on that road.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Whew! What an absolute OINKER of an MNF game. Thanks for bothering to show up, Cardinals.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I couldnt watch it. The game was so pathetic

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Yeah, I bailed at 21-6.
    I think the cardinals had bailed before that.

  • +1

    If reading King makes people angry then maybe don't read him, you're just keeping him in a job by patronising his page.

  • +1 for SURE on that stupid Super Bowl rotation, Doc.

  • Time for an off-topic tangent.

    I don't really watch the NBA but I have to admit,
    I absolute LOVE what's happening to the Miami Heat.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Go Bulls!!!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Karma - it's a bitch.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This Sunday, like most Sundays, I was traveling all day and had to watch the game delayed by DVR. So then I've gotta read everyone's posts and that hasn't left me a lot new to say.

    But, damn! Was that friggin fun to watch, or what?

    It was fun because our team played well well in every phase of the game. It was fun because we kicked the shit out of a top-rated team and made it look easy. It was fun because no one believed we could do it. It was fun because you can tell this team really is still learning the offense. It was fun because we very clearly already know the defense.

    So lets Bear Down and have some more fun!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Love how bulls are playing

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    http://tl.gd/77mf2c

    rolling. on. the. fucking. floor. laughing.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    sorry. this is it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvIE5YNh9HI&feature=player_embedded

    derek anderson went the fuck OFF!!!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    haha stupid anderson

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Derek -

    Were they who you thought they were?

  • Amen Doc.

  • Big Sam left Seattle,in the year of '92With Greorge Pratt ihs Partner and brother billy too...they crossed the Yukon river and found a bonanza gold...Below that old white , jMountain juist a litlle souteast of Nome,.Sam crossed the mjeti mountainx to the vslleys far below...he talkrfd to hi team of huskre as he mushed h the sno...with the northern a runnin wdid
    d in the land of the mindnght yes SamCCes, tyes Ama` wes AS--Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa`

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  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I prefer fragrant roses to non-fragrant.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1

  • Big Sam left Seattle,in the year of '92With Greorge Pratt ihs Partner and brother billy too...they crossed the Yukon river and found a bonanza gold...Below that old white , jMountain juist a litlle souteast of Nome,.Sam crossed the mjeti mountainx to the vslleys far below...he talkrfd to hi team of huskre as he mushed h the sno...with the northern a runnin wdid
    d in the land of the mindnght yes SamCCes, tyes Ama` wes AS--Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa`

  • Big Sam left Seattle,in the year of '92With Greorge Pratt ihs Partner and brother billy too...they crossed the Yukon river and found a bonanza gold...Below that old white , jMountain juist a litlle souteast of Nome,.Sam crossed the mjeti mountainx to the vslleys far below...he talkrfd to hi team of huskre as he mushed h the sno...with the northern a runnin wdid
    d in the land of the mindnght yes SamCCes, tyes Ama` wes AS--Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa`

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  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The evening sun is so much more preferable to the harsh midday sun.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +2

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    See Gruden's mini-blowup on MNF re the possibility of a losing crappy team making the playoffs? I'm with Chucky. Being champion of a sucky division shouldn't automatically get you into the playoffs - should be the best records from the conference. I mean, the best teams should make the playoffs, right?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The point is to maximize league revenue. Divisional races do that.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If you want to do that then the schedule should be changed so each division doesn't play 6 games against each other, only 3. If there is a division with two good teams and two terrible teams the two good teams could split their games and both get 5 wins just by playing the two terrible teams twice. That wouldn't put them on a level field with another division with 4 higher quality teams that split their games all going 3-3.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    In other words, I'm kind of ok with it as it is. There is 0 subjectivity involved with allowing one from each division to get in. There are actually some decent 7-9 or 8-8 teams. And if I remember right, a 9-7 team won the super bowl recently?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Master Yodanelli's game plan for Vick :

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1129-bears-pompei-chicago--20101128,0,2994875.column

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm thinking '85 influenced this article. Why else would he use the "Superman" thing, eh?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Superheroes are imaginary, but Yoda is real :o)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Cutler and Davis spotted taking ecstacy at Soldier field :

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1130-bears-chicago--20101129,0,412576.story

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Note to self. Record thoughts in notepad and make *one* post.

    But I had to ask this ....

    Why did Cutler line up as a receiver in the wildcat ? Who does that fool? They're never going to pass to Cutler in a million years (I know Jimmy Mac caught one from Payton, but you know that had to be McMahon's call - miss you Jimmy!). As soon as the ball was snapped he started walking slowly forward like a strung out bum ... why?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That was really weird. I actually forgot that play - or perhaps blocked it from my memory. Hope that was a once and done type thing.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    GO NINERS!!!!!! (This is a one week offer, void where prohibited.)

    Mike Singletary would feel so great if they can beat Green Bay. He deserves it.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I am pulling for the Niners in a big way.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Could be an interesting game. Westbrook ran wild yesterday, and the dirty little secret of GB's defense is that they're not strong against the run. Opponents average 4.5 yds/carry against them, which is among the league's worst. The problem is Troy Smith. He had a sick throw on the 38 yard TD to Crabtree, but most of his other throws just looked unhealthy. Of course, GB is going to stack the box and force Smith to beat them. I somehow doubt he's up to the task of winning in Lambeau, but I think the Niners will at least give them a game.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    You and your any Frannie could have run wild against that snoozing Cardinal D-line.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Let's worry about the Lions first.
    You KNOW they'll be pumped, thinking they got jobbed in week one. They don't need Johnny Unitas to just throw it in the vicinity of the beast that is Calvin Johnson.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Good call Al. Must stay in one at a time mentality.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Worth a viewing...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c846c9/article/these-eight-games-will-chart-map-to-playoff-course?module=HP_spotlight

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "Who does that fool ?" ... eh ... "Who does that?"

  • +1

  • No way in hell Thomas Jones is better than Matt Forte.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Not to mention that Chester in the game seems to telegraph that they are giving him the ball.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yeah, and the difference between 2006 Jones and Benson is far smaller than the difference between 2010 Forte and Taylor. Just look at the numbers. Benson had something like 600 yards and 6 TDs with a 4.1 yard average per carry in 2006. Taylor, for whatever reason, has produced almost nothing for us this season, and is averaging 2.6 yards per carry.

  • Frank Gore out for the season, but Bryan Westbrook had a good game last night. Go niners, kick Green Bay when they're down.

  • Give up my season tickets?? I may be dumb but I'm not crazy. No - never will give them up. My boys go now - I only went to the GB game this year. But I forbid them to sell the tickets on StubHub or anywhere - for fear some unknown buys them and gets kicked out and I lose the seat licenses (which have appreciated very nicely.)

    In fact, my oldest said to me this year "I will never give these tickets up. You went with your Dad, I went with you, and someday my kids will go with me." Actually, my Dad went with his Dad too, so we're at 4 generations now and will be a fifth someday.

  • Willie Nelson has killed one less man than Ray Lewis.

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