A Time for the Bears to Kill

I had a few thoughts last night when asked by a bartender how good I think the Chicago Bears are.  I spooned some potato and leek soup into my mouth, sipped an ice cold club soda and tried to put into perspective this bizarre season.  Exciting start, terrible four-game stretch, bye, the emergence of an accomplished football team...etc.  I came to a conclusion: the Bears need to start playing like an NFL powerhouse.

That starts Sunday.  In Detroit.  Against the 2-9 Lions.  This season feels like it has been leading up to this ballgame.  A strange thought, I know, when you're discussing eight wins against two wins.  But this should be the Sunday the Bears go to Caleb Hanie in the fourth quarter. This should be the Sunday Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs laugh on the sidelines as Brian Iwuh sacks Drew Stanton late.  
"It has been a long time and just to feel the atmosphere of what it's like to go through that playoff week again, and not only that but to have the opportunity to have it here in Chicago, I think it's huge," Briggs said. "I think that's really what we're fighting for is to make everyone come to Chicago and make the Super Bowl come through here."

Having a trip to the Super Bowl come through Chicago should be the goal now.  Forget about the minor desires of making the postseason and saving the coach's job.  The Bears have to re-calibrate the expectations of the 2010 machine.  They are in prime position to not only win the NFC North but end the 2010 season with one of the top two records in the conference.  A great team, even a very good team, does not let an opportunity like that slide by on Sunday in Detroit.  A great team handles their business with the delicacy and precision of a world-class assassin.  


Sunday we'll find out how this team handles success.  We'll find out if this team possesses the killer's instinct.  They can win without it, sure.  But can they be champions?  Doubtful. 

Site Note: Tomorrow we'll be announcing the contest to win a single (1) seat to the Bears vs. Pats game next Sunday, December 12th.  You'll be seated with me and Noah.  You'll be responsible for some beers - deal with it.  

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  • First beeyaatches.

    Jeff great point, Bears need to stay healthy and stay balanced and they roll the rest of the season going 11-5

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    personally i think 12-4 but that is because i pound kool aid and think that no one can beat us if we play balanced and creative while continuing to destroy on D and ST.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Totally agree. I hope this team can handle success and positive media coverage.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Fuck that shit Waffle, 13-3. Go into the playoffs with a head of steam all the way to Dallas.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Why the hell not, eh!?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach, i fucking agree completely. But I was accounting for at least 1 Daniel Manning/Chris Harris collossal fuckup. The deal they have made with the devil can't last the rest of the season can it? Gump has no instincts and i'm faster than Chris Harris. YET, WE KEEP FUCKING WINNING. It is meant to be.

    Does anyone else have the feeling that our D-Line is going to kick the living shit out of Stanton and Best? Isn't it fun knowing that our front 4 can tear other human beings to pieces? PEP, TOE, MOTOR, IZZY??????? It is fucking on.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Sunday = Big Win, No Injuries, Happy Me.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I want that extra ticket! Jeff I have 4 season ticket holding buddies with a sweet tailgate set up, you and Noah are in for nothing. I'm talking steaks, not burgers or brats but 3 inch thick porterhouses. Bloody Mary bar, beers galore, TV set up to watch the early games. Lets do this!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Porterhouse, huh? Fuck that noise.

    Blogfather, if you give me the ticket, I will have Prime Rib, so succulent it practically falls off the bone, served by Hooters waitresses with cheese fries imported from France. I will bring a 96" Mitsubishi screen into the tailgate with Marshall amps hooked up to a sat feed playing all the games in THX surround sound.

    OK, just kidding. I can't go. Take Da Coach's offer, but don't let him slip you some shit Omaha steak rib eyes. Demand the best.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    you think you can take a 3 inch thick piece of meat Jeff? Who's going to your tailgage Stache? Major Wright?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Keep that 3 inch thick piece of meat in your pants...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c9c8bd/article/bad-break-jets-lose-safety-leonhard-for-season-with-leg-injury?module=HP_headlines

    of course

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That's a big loss for the Jets, johnny. He's one of my favorite players, being a WI fan. Walk on, 4 year starter, undrafted, 5'8" about 180 lbs, but the guy can make plays. He doesn't have the physical tools, but he was their leader on defense. I'm sure we will hear about it in a few weeks.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Noah died after the flood from what I'm told. More beer for us.
    What's the cheapest panther piss (apologies to panthers) they've got there? $12 bucks a bottle for stuff brewed in Packerland. Nice offer.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Wasn't Noah already like, 200 years old at the time of the flood?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Better thought - offer the ticket to someone in Belarus...sorry can't get through flight...keep ticket scalp it - you and Noah drink it all, and some club soda as well.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Or just give them to Fres. Same difference!

    Enough of this gay banter. Yes, we need to make a different kind of statement this week. Last week was about whether or not we could play with the best and we proved that we could. This week is about putting out the trash. I like Jeff's image of Hanie closing out the second half for us and Briggsy and Child Support picking out chicks in the crowd as they swig on gatorade and enjoy the game from the sidelines. As it should be against Detroit ...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hee hee.

    THAT shit was funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Quoth BIG BANG THEORY's Sheldon: "BAZINGA!"

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    When I get to Ford Field, i was going to sprinkle some Holy Water and say three Hail Marys for Cutler's continued health through the game. Since I am an unholy blasphemer, I am unsure of the efficacy of these actions. I can only hope. No...wait... pray! I meant pray!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or, just take a voodoo doll dressed in royal and silver.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff,

    I also want that ticket, and will be flying in from Vegas with hot twins. I get the ticket - you get the twins.

    Deal?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    From the circus?

    :)

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    read my note up top viva... do we know that jeff/noah would be into twins?

    I'm not fucking harping on it, I'm just curious is all. Sheesh, can't a dude ask?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hmmm. When making assumptions, always err on the higher side of probability. I think I'm safe with the hot twins thing.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Superbowl here we come!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm not even going to go anywhere near that Fres, waaay too early to be thinking that. We've got a long way to go before that even comes to mind, got to finish the season first..one game at a time.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    i second that opinion. the odds are pretty good that the winner of the last game against the packers will be the division champ. i'm not sold on us getting a wildcard spot through a tiebreaker

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I just want a solid win Sunday, with no injuries.

    Then, well, a shutout would be good too.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    +1.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    this is my scenario. its the beginning of the fourth quarter and Lovie is struggling with wether to sit the starters because of our five possession lead or if we should keep the defense in to guarantee a shut out.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Great question when you need a trivia stumper:

    What was Bronko Naguski's real name?

    Answer: Bronko WAS his given name, which is why it's spelled with a K.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bronislau, everybody knows that

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Really. I'd rather have a playoff spot SECURED before singing the Superbowl song.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Release some locusts!!!!!!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Locusts! That would be good. Perhaps some bees too.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's been a long time but I'm thinking a Novena wouldn't hurt. Need nine days though...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    FORD FIELD is where a late first half cheap shot screwed up Orton's ankle.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I like your optimism. I'm not quite there yet.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    We get to sit with Blogfather AND Joachim Noah?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So is Noah buddy or BF? Just asking.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That's what I have been waiting to see from the bear's this whole year.

    Putting up points to the point that our starting offense is out and defense shutting down teams to nothing.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Bears 85 -

    I found another pic @ Chicagotribune.com: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-week-12-chicago-bears-philadelphia-eagles-pictures,0,3151297.photogallery

    Well done!!

  • Their drop-off is bigger than ours.

    That's what she said.

    Agh.

  • Jeff, thanks for that boost to the other side of thinking.

    The Bears have been dissed for too long, and I too would LOVE to see our starters warming their hands on the sidelines while the others get a chance to show what they have.

    Time For The Bears To Kill. I am so all over this.

  • Pisa's resting up for Tom.

  • I hate all the media crap about how lucky we are in facing 3rd string QBs...
    Really? If you could pick two teams this year that would be the same regardless of which of their QBs start, Im pretty sure it would be Miami and Detroit. Miami is supposed to be a wildcat, two-headed running attack team. They ran the ball 7 fng times. That is why they lost; 7 total rushes in a 16-0 game is ridiculous and is the Miami HCs loss if you ask me not the fact that they had a 3rd stringer at QB. And Detroit, at what point were they piling up the wins with unbelievable QB performances? I missed that... look if we play the Pack and Rodgers is hurt, that is luck... if we play the Pats and Brady can't go.. LUCK but this are teams with below average QBs to start with... it's not like Picasso lost his brush in either case here.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Agree with ya but there's definitely a drop off from Henne to Thigpen and Stafford to Stanton. Are we lucky? Fuck Yeah! So what! How many years were we down to our 3rd-4th string QB? Anybody throw a pity party for us? Nope.

    The one that bugs me is Philly douchebags and media talking about Ellis Hobbs being out. The fucker lost his job and was second string when he got hurt. They all fail to mention that.

    Also, did you see Tubby bitching about guys taking late shots at Vick the other night? Philly has always had a bunch of cheapshot artists on their roster. Cry me a river.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good call Canada. In the 2001 playoff game against the Eagles, with Fat Bastard as the coach, Hugh Douglas purposely tried to take out Jim Miller after an interception early in the game, and succeeded. I think he separated his shoulder, and it was done on purpose. He TRIED to do it. The Philly press praised him for it.
    Did ANY reporter make excuses for the Bears loss in the Super Bowl due to injuries? NO! Two of the Bears three best defenders at the time, Tommie Harris and Mike Brown, were out for the year and did not play. Before the injuries, the Bears were on pace to have the lowest scoring defense in history. I don't remember any excuses by the media. They just talked up how great the Colts were against the run once they got Sanders back.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thanks for digging up that shitty memory.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Sorry.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    My memory still spikes 30 points on the visual memory of that cheapshot.
    Jimmy Miller may not be my favorite Sirius NFL announcer but dammit, he was our QB.
    He's kind of a dingleberry as an announcer.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +1.
    That WAS a takeout sack. Said so to the bar the moment to occurred. Same as that fat slob Siragusa intentionally taking Rich Gannon out of a Ravens-Raiders game and you all hear me say taht KNOWING I can't stand the Raiders.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Are the Titans totally a team out of control?

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101203/SPORTS01/12030347/2080/SPORTS

    This season, and the farce it has become for the Titans, may get Jeff Fisher completely run from the NFL. He's a Lovie like character - easy going, a player's coach. If you can't play for Fisher, then you can't play for anybody etc etc.

    Well, nice guys finish last. Bellichek sold Mister Noodle a bill of goods, a total short con played to perfection. Fisher needs to do something beyond finishing Vince Young's NFL career off, he needs to win his last few games.

    It's just stupid the drop off in Sonic's production this year, too. How does he morph from the best back since Barry to a total flop in one year without a major injury?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    when teams know you can't throw, that tends to happen. just stack 8 in the box & double Moss. take whatever happens w/ the hodgepodge of Young/Collins/Dusty Rusty. seriously...would you be scared of a Titans' pass attack w/ no Kenny Britt?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff Fisher isn't at all Lovie like. He shows emotion, he's not a "players coach". He doesn't kiss their asses but expects them to play hard. GPl you better go look at Fishers stats and coaching record. http://www.titansonline.com/team/coaches/Fisher_Jeff/baac4b91-f07d-4641-a181-2d7474f11033

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Fisher has run the Titans all the way back to when they were the Oilers. 15 years is a fucking great run in the modern NFL, that makes him god damn Don Shula of modern times.

    But this year has gone fiasco for him.

    This ain't Penn State, where they'll put up with a guy in an oxygen tent on the sidelines. If he doesn't right his ship soon, even his best friend Bud Adams may have to consider that maybe his era has ended.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh and I disagree. Jeff Fisher is a player's coach.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He's a players coach in the sense that he is fair and the players respect him. No in the sense that he takes it easy on the players and expects very little from them. That's the take I got from your first post. If I took that wrong I stand corrected.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    "Players Coach" or not, his recent track record, to quote John Wayne's Admiral Rockwell Torre "..reads like a bunch of pig tracks."

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Bickering over lucky breaks is just like bickering over the officiating. Overtime, they all even out. There is no "lucky team" over the span of a decade, just like there isn't one that gets all the calls.

    But with that said, you can't argue the lucky breaks we've had this season, especially on the injury front. It's got to be one of the more extreme circumstances I've seen in a long time. And I would especially contend with your point about the dolphins and the Lions. Matthew Stafford would have a much bigger impact on the upcoming game than drew stanton would. To argue that would be, in my opinion, ignorant. And Chad Henne over Tyler Thigpen? C'mon.....you watched that game. That was one of the most pathetic QB performances I've ever seen. And you could say that our D was responsible for his ineffectiveness, but if you dissect it, you'll see most of it was due to his incompetence. But it's not limited to those QBs, the vikings WR injuries, brandon marshall going down (along with pretty much their entire offensive line), asante samuel......those were some eerily timed injuries that really helped us out). Injuries happen to everyone, but the lack of significant injuries on our roster is quite remarkable.

    I think that's why it's so nice to see the bears taking advantage (so far) of the breaks we're getting, because it's only a matter of time before they start piling up against us....and that's a big part of a franchise's success. There's really no such thing as a level playing field, and roster depth, resilience, succession planning is a huge part of developing a champion. And just as important -if not more so- is the killer instinct to take advantage of favorable times.

    The bottom line is that it's just incredibly exhausting and incredibly irrelevant to make excuses for how one team arrives at their record.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Detroit doesn't count as luck though because we caused Stafford to miss those games. Hill getting hurt is a little lucky no doubt but i feel like the Bears started the whole shit storm by pounding Staff into the turf to begin with.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    yeah I suppose....if you choose to see it like that. But the real point I was trying to make is that it's petty to make excuses for or discount against because of injuries and lucky breaks. But if you are keeping score, we've definitely been very fortunate on multiple fronts.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Most good teams that go deep in the playoffs get lucky with injuries and other things a long the way.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Just win, baby.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    How have I never seen this "Refridgerator Man" rap video before?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVNtLwcXjG8

    "I eat lineman for lunch, I eat quarterbacks for dinner, to wash it all down I drink paint thinna."

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    "Lucky Breaks?"

    LUCKY BREAKS"?!

    Let me remind the naysayers about some "Lucky breaks" .

    The Bears won the title in 1963. The following year Starting running back Willie Galimore and starting receiver Bo Farrington were killed in a car wreck during training camp.

    The Bears were well on their way to the old Central Division title in 1968 when WHAM, Gale Sayers tore up his knee.

    The '85 squad only went to ONE Superbowl because that was the only year of Jim McMahon's career he was healthy enough to be a real factor.

    Erik Kramer had a season for the ages for a Bears' quarterback and then an injury cut HIS career short.

    Tommie Harris was an absolute BEAST at defensive tackle in 2006 but an injury made him unavailable for the post-season, including the Superbowl, and has been figuratively "unavailable" ever since.

    Etc., etc.,.etc.

    The Bears and their fans don't have to apologize to ANYBODY when it comes to key injuries and so-called "Lucky Breaks" .

    To proponents of such arguments and as Boris ocassionally said to Natasha: "Sharrup you mouth!"

  • I agree, Jeff. This game feels like a culmination of what's come before. And it's this game that, I think, defines us going forward. If, for some reason, this game turns into a one point squeaker with the Bears on top, fine. I'll be happy. But we'll go forward with a wavering a faith in a team known for implosions. If we win big, if we show that killer instinct and play good,smart ball it will put a stamp on the Eagles game - even if it is against the Lions. A dominant division win will build more confidence and carry us through December and into Lambeau. It may not feel like it, but this is a big, big game.

  • lol. it's Joakim (although i can't tell if y'all are being funny). and i really hope he dunks on KG tonight; dude has been BEASTING lately (Jo, not KG's old bum ass)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    +1. Love Jo. You know he's ready after that performance against Orlando. Once Booz gets comfortable look out!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    been saying that all year Crown. Bulls-Celts ECF. whoever wins that series will get the chip

  • I won't mind having Vandenbosch sit.

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