Audibles From the Long Snapper

Hasselbeck Says Briggs Takes Game to "Another Level"

Matt Hasselbeck wants to carry over the confidence from their early-season victory at Soldier Field but believes Lance Briggs being on the field squelches that a bit:
"He's huge," Hasselbeck said. "I think he's arguably one of the best defensive players in the game. I think he's a great player. Going into the game we fully expected him to play. He didn't play, and that was a big deal...so for us to sit back and say, 'Hey, we beat them at their place, we can do it again.' That would be a dangerous way to feel because Lance Briggs did not play in that game. He is big, big-time difference maker and a great football player. So as hard as this game is going to be, the fact that he's back up takes it to another level."

Hasselbeck is right.  Lance Briggs is one of the best defensive players in the sport.  But the Saeahawks did not beat the Bears on the ground or by exploiting the middle of the field.  They beat the Bears by going after LoveRod's soft corner coverage and finding Mike Williams in space on pivotal third downs.  I'm not sure Lance Briggs would have been a distinguishing factor in that area.


Hot Peppers?
Steve Rosenbloom, in his now boringly negative style that seems Mariotti-esque, makes a whole lot points on his Trib blog that worth ignoring but does end with this:
Julius Peppers. Oh, I know, the Bears paid his too much money to cut him, and he has had a wonderful season --- All-Pro when you consider what he has done with Harris starting -- but I mention his name here for game-specific reasons: He isn't going to get owned by a rookie tackle again, right? This is the game -- the start of a month of games -- that the Bears really paid all that money for.

I think Julius Peppers' performance against the Seahawks and rookie Russell Okung was perhaps his worst (and only truly bad one) of the 2010 season.  I don't think that performance has sat well with him all season and I expect an inspired effort on Sunday.


Lovie Smith was asked about how they'll alter their approach to Mike Williams and gave little in response.  (I can't believe I just wrote that sentence.)

Pete Carroll believes Tatupu and Obomanu will play this week.  Obomanu dislocated his shoulder Saturday and still came back to the field and made plays.  Tatupu suffered a concussion so he is at the will of whoever it is that decides players are over concussions.  (For the record, I would love for someone to send me these concussion tests.  I'm betting 50% of the American public can not pass these things even when they haven't been slammed to turf by a 250+ pound man in pads.)

Devin Hester says he won't put extra pressure on himself Sunday and he shouldn't.  But I expect Pete Carroll to trust Olindo Mare's ability to kick the ball into the end zone for touchbacks.  If he does, Hester will have this chances to change the game.

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  • FIRST to say that I hope Hester is the deep man on every kick-off this Sunday, and that Martz gives the ball to Forte 20+ times.

  • In reply to jj320:

    I do like giving Manning some looks on returns as well. Hopefully the Seahawks will only be kicking off once, and it will be a moot point.

    20 rushes + 5 receptions for Forte sounds like a winning formula to me.

  • In reply to jj320:

    This will be a game of FOURTH down punting and field position.

  • In reply to jj320:

    I expect a strong showing by the fourth phase, unless they are discouraged and undermined by the FIFTH columnists like Rosenbloom.

  • In reply to jj320:

    If Rex had one SIXTH of the talent of his dad, perhaps he would understand that his war of words won't heal the sting of that 45-3 drubbing and that Bellichek's order of radio silence bodes badly for his M&M pretzel stuffed fat ass.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/11/belichick-tells-the-patriots-to-zip-it-as-he-tries-to-move-past-45-3/

  • In reply to jj320:

    I'm glad Mariotti got charged with SEVEN misdemeanors in connection with his domestic distubrbance, what a piece of garbage that guy was.

    Does Lance Briggs have some blackmail material on Hasselbeck or something? I mean 55 is great but come on Matthew.

  • In reply to Perno:

    I'm not a violent guy but the two guys I would hit in the face with whatever I could get my hands on would be Jay Mariotti and Sean Hannity (Keith Olberman and Bill O'Reilley would each get a swift kick in the slats)...

  • In reply to jj320:

    I might smoke an EIGHTH during this game.

    That's all I got.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    lol.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    agreed. a Fat BEAR blunt to lighten up the mood a bit.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    1/2 gallon of Bluebell Mango ice cream for me...

  • In reply to jj320:

    Stop that.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Someone had to stop if before the TENTH post, eh?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Actually yours would be the 11th POST but the Tenth Topic.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Seventeenth a charm:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7475

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    This is what the blog has come to? Counting? I'm sure I'm at least the EIGHTEENTH to say that this has got to stop!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    At LEAST the 18th? Math wiz that you are you'd think you would know exactly how many. (big #16) LOL

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    What?:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcMq131az_A

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    In case anyone wants to take a break from counting posts to actually discuss some football, here's an interesting article (WARNING: may fan the flames of Angelo-hate):

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-playoffs-rookie-report-card.html

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    nnnnnnnnnnooooooo...... Ufficio not..Mr Jerry "Clusterfuck" Angelo? he's the best at making wise choices for the Bears.....bbbwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaa!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Hopefully Atlanta will win. Otherwise, this kid comes in to destroy Angelo. I don't think I like that idea.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    jesus

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    let me ask you guy this, since Dave brought up Mike Brown above...

    Who do you think has more game left and would/will be an asset to this team next year, Mike motherfucking Brown or Chris Harris?

    Just let that soak in and then give me your answer?

    Oh, wait

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was always a big Mike Brown fan too but I can't help but wonder why KC didn't re-sign him....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I haven't commented ALL DAY!!!!

    So my husband brings home the Sports Illustrated Playoff Preview, and the first sentence in the Bears segment begins:

    "The Bears are as fickle as an Italian sports car". The article doesn't improve from there. These people get paid for this?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Nobody in the sports press gives the Bears any credit. The ONLY sportswriter I know who thought the Bears would do well this year was John "Moon" Mullin of Copmcast Sports. Even after that pre-season, he said they'd be 10-6 or better. If it makes you feel any better (it does, me), he also picks the Bears over the Seahawks by 14:

    http://www.csnchicago.com/01/10/11/Moon-Bears-will-be-ready-for-upstart-Sea/landing_moon_v3.html?blockID=388657&feedID=626

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    tobijohn...It's all good..we like getting no luv..
    a great quote...
    "Revenge is best served cold"
    .......that's how it's going to be when we bitch slap the Seachickens this Sunday

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I know you're right about Sunday but there's just something in me that expects the worst for the Bears on game day. Hell, I remember SB XX burying my face in my hands after NE scored the first three points and moaning "Oh no, here we go again". I need a leap of faith so I can relax a little....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I will not relax until Sunday evening, I fear. No one should.

    Well, except those above who will be partaking of the herbal therapies during the game.... lol.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    My wife actually made plans for her and my 2-year-old daughter to be out of the house during that game. I was that tense. I felt the same way after Walter's fumble.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Great article, tobijohn. I particularly liked the part where he referred to last week's game as "Seattle's Super Bowl".

    Yup on that one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great question, but There has to be some reason why he is a FA. Something that we dont know about maybe. But I think I would go with Mike Brown. Both have the same athletic comparisons. Mike Brown is a smarter player though. I would go with MB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Harris is four years younger, and should still more or less be in his physical prime next year.

    But if MB can be had for a samich, by all means bring him in.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    MB is MUCH faster than Harris, and a better all around player hands down. IF MB's injuries don't impact him, and a full 16 games last year tells me they won't, why in thee hell not for christs sake?

    He's a FA because he's 32 and they wanted youth, pretty simple I think.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm the biggest Brownie fan ever but he had a shit year last season. He lost 2 steps and took bad angles as well. It was hard to watch. It wasn't Brownie. God i loved that guy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I love me some Mike Brown. What I wouldn't have given for his career to pan out. But, it didn't, and so we move on. I love the guy, but if he had anything left, he'd be in cleats.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No question there's plenty of love for MB here -- probably still my favorite post-'85 player (though Hester is close and rising).

    BUT, the guy didn't play a single snap for anyone in the entire league this year. Not even a training camp rep, despite being healthy and playing 16 games in 2009. I wish he still had his speed and smarts, but I'm guessing he doesn't. Even John Lynch had teams willing to take a flyer on him after he became as slow as molasses.... If no one even brought MB in, he's probably done physically and/or mentally (I'd NEVER question his heart though).

    Chris Harris, on the other hand, doesn't get much love here, but he's clearly on an upswing. He's young enough that he may get even better, or maybe this year was a transient blip. The area where everyone thought he'd struggle -- in coverage, defending receivers, staying on top of routes, and closing speed -- he's done remarkably well in. I think you guys are shortchanging him by saying he'd get outperformed by someone out of the league for a year... (albeit a once-special someone).

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I get you Michael, I guess I could say the same about Lach last year right (although his was an injury)? Aren't they the same age? And I don't think it's possible to lose FB smarts... speed and the rabid focus to play, yes.

    Johnny, I admit that I didn't see him play in ANY games for the chiefs in 09, but I can read stats and 79 tackles and 3 picks is pretty damn good.

    I just can't believe that if he really wants to play, and he'd come back for league min... why wouldn't we pick him up, I mean Collins is still on our roster for fuck sake.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i know, the numbers look good but every single brutal touchdown that was given up via pass or run had Brownie getting there late or falling down or getting blocked or just getting outrun. I wanted him back last year so badly because i knew the injuries were behind him. he would have been ten times better than the fucksticks we had playing there during various points in the year.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    +1 on the Chris Harris love. I WAS a fan of the trade when it happened, and I've appreciated his play all season. Daniel Manning has been more than solid at SS this year too. We went from having a gaping hole in our secondary, to a couple of safeties that have done a bang up job. I'm hoping Pringles pans out and pushes these guys, and that Manning gets an extension, cause right now, I'm loving our secondary.

    That Peanut Pick last week was unbelievable, by the way. Guy doesn't get much league love, but he just keeps bringing it year after year.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/01/11/super-bowl-xlv-scenarios/index.html?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Only one matchup on that list scares me and thats the Pats. Everyone else we could beat by double digits if everything went our way.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The more I read people like Banks, the more I am mystified that he and others like him get paid pretty good money to jack-off on their keyboards and write up the results. Why should anyone care what he thinks the optimal story-lines for the Super Bowl are? Is he judging these match-ups from some disinterested standpoint of journalist contemplation? Does he really think that most people other than Falcons' fans give a fuck about the Falcons? (If I were I Falcon fan, of course, I would give a fuck about them, and that would be alright.) The point is that people like Banks and King transform the fandom and allegiance proper to sports into a kind of masturbatory aestheticizing of "match-ups" and "story-lines," and at the end of the day you sometimes think that they would rather the games not be played at all: much better for their endless hypothesizing speculative bullshit that passes as "analysis." I get really angry when I read this shit sometimes. I probably shouldn't read it at all, but then of course I do, so I probably shouldn't get so worked up.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Breathe... center... ignore them...

    There, now isn't that better?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thanks, SC. I feel like Jeff Goldblum in Annie Hall: "What's my mantra? What's my mantra?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can't believe that the Bears and Steelers have never met in the play-offs...that just seems wrong.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was no surprise to me that the Cheese scenarios were before the Bear scenarios. That's why I keep saying that I would love a Cheese/Bears rematch. I would love to hear them choke on their idiocy. GO BEARS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mike Brown gets injured sleeping on a water bed, and we seriously expect him to play gunner or on special teams (like most back-up safeties)?

    I like Mike Brown but not as a player. Maybe he can come back as a secondary coach -

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Fan the flames of Angelo hate? Can't saw sawdust.

    That is just ball-suckingly annoying to read. Nice find though. Passing up a promising back for a third string QB that would need years of development is just infuriating. God I hate you Angelo. The Devil is a Packer fan and you are his chief imp.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "can't saw sawdust"?????? I live in a family full of weird sayings, and I have never heard that one! Excellent.

    You weren't quite clear though - am I to believe you are not a fan of Mr. Angelo? hahahahaha.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Congratulations to Ron Riviera, the new HC for the Panthers.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6011884

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    First of all, the guy had one good game. Let's not go apeshit over the guy just yet. On the other hand, if things did transpire this way, and he is any good, then he might have a chip on his shoulder when he comes to Chi for the championship game. For now, I'm not crying in my beer for the kid. He would've gotten cut in favor of Garrett Smurf Wolfe anyway.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I still think they should have taken Eric Olsen with that pick. Perfectly good candidate to replace Kruetz, or at least fill in at guard. Didn't get cut after the preseason. Yeah, Angelo's made his share of mistakes.

    Then again. Cutler got hurt this year and you saw what we had to back him up. Can't blame Angelo for trying to deal with that issue as well.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I quote ESPN:

    Rivera already has begun the process of seeking out assistant coaches to fill out his staff. He reportedly already is showing interest in hiring former University of Pittsburgh and NFL coach Dave Wannstedt as his assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. But Rivera may have some competition for Wannstedt. The San Diego Chargers are interested in Wannstedt to fill Rivera's old job as defensive coordinator.

    I have nothing to add to that.

    Except HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    Rev...I think that maybe what we call ironic? hehehehehehehe

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    I think the best time to replace Angelo would be in about a season or two when all of our aging talent is going to want extensions. Having a different GM will ease the transition and limit feelings of betrayal. There won't be a guy around that claims to "reward his own first" and the inevitable rebuilding can begin a little more peacefully.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2011/01/b45fcde783c3bf4c515ade14d53db72c/340x.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    crazy pic GP.. I can do that if it was joints instead though.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice pic!
    I know I'm in the minority, but I just don't want to kick Angelo to the curb when the record shows he's not THAT bad. Look at the record of service since hiring Lovie (a coach that schemes to his drafting talents) 2004-Present - 64 wins 48 losses for a winning pct of just over 57%. Look at the Bears history. There aren't many spans of 7 years any better (mid to late 80's being the lone example). Do you want to go back to the 1990s...I don't.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Best time to replace Angelo was about five seconds after he got here.

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    By the way. Is anybody on here an ESPN Insider? I saw a link to this article by KC Joyner:

    http://goo.gl/Qxm2F

    I was curious to see what the reasoning behind his prediction of the Seahawks going to the NFC Championship game is. My suspicion is that there is always one guy who makes a prediction to say "I told you so" even though he has no real conviction behind it. He then comes up with some arcane BS reasons why he's making his predictions, so on the off chance he's right he can dust up some career credibility.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Buck, Joyner has a low opinion of Cutler. When we got him last year he said he would remind everyone of the Sex Cannon. He was partially correct. Since then he's been on his jock. Not unlike other ESPN douche buckets like Trent Dildo and Mark Schlereth. They are wrong more than they are right but they really bang the drum when they're right. Quiet as mouse when they are wrong.

    Anyone that pays for the ESPN Insider finds way more value on that website than me.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I wonder what the profile is of someone who actually pays to be an ESPN insider.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Not sure. Other than a rabid sports fan. I read some stuff on their site but not once have I ever been tempted to give them any money.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In case any of you younger fans wonder how we were so bad back in the '70's, read this article. More importantly, click the youtube link for almost 7 minutes of Abe Gibron wired. It was a love/hate relationship. All the fans loved him but hated the results. A truly fun guy but a terrible HC. Enjoy.

    sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jeff_pearlman/01/11/rex-ryan/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fuck! Try again.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jeff_pearlman/01/11/rex-ryan/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I Abe Gibroned the first link!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He could eat a restaurant hamburger in two bites.

    Awesome.

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    I thought Rivera was smarter than that. Wannstedt has turned everything he touches into garbage. Jimmy Johnson is last generations Bill Belichik in this regard; everyone hired his assisstants thinking they were Jr. geniuses. Wannstedt has been living off Johnson's shine for 2 decades now. I repeat, I thought Rivera was smarter than that.

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    What will be our X factor in this game?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Hmmm...I'm thinking Tommie Harris might have something left in the tank. Good question. I'll report back after I think about it a little.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Tommie's best game as a pro came against the SeaScrotes early in 2006. He was unblockable that game

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Exactly what I was thinking about stache. That game was huge for Alex Brown too. Best game for the defense that year in my opinion (against legit competition).

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    DBB Question of the Day for 1/11/11: When is the last time a Pro football team scored 11 points?

    First one to answer correctly is DBB Mench of the week, or MOTW.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll guess Pittsburgh 11-10 over San Diego in 2008, I think it was. No idea if it's right, but I remember they made a big deal at the time because it was the first 11-10 game in the history of the NFL.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...?

    http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/how-unlikely-was-the-historic-11-10-score-458/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Looks like we were both wrong, but that's a nice article, thanks for the link. I'm especially fascinated by the fact that there have been five 2-0 games in NFL history. All back in ancient times, I suppose.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I know Rev had given us a glimpse earlier on this but..

    This comes from the WTF file:
    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Wannstedt-in-demand-in-the-NFL.html

    really? how low can you go....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    NOBODY WANNSTEDT!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Can I get a order of some CUTLER Sliders, and The FORTE Whopper, with extra PEPPERS, and some HESTER Fries, With a side of KNOXtastic nachos. oh yea and the BRIGGSURLACHER COKE.. thanks.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    ????

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    uhhhh????

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    BC, it's cool that you're here and all and that you don't come here to just lash out with silly insults, but I still can't figure out why you'd waste your time hanging out on a Bears blog.

    Do tell.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw... I have my own hypothesis, but want to hear it from you first.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Perhaps a closet Bears fan and just need some encouragement and support from us to come out?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I was being serious, I'd really like to know.

    I think cheese is the one that lives in Santa Cruz not Wiscaaaansin, so he probably a lot more reasonable. I have to believe he relates more to us (city folk) than to the moonshine swilling pig farmer brethren in WI?

    Just a guess, but in actuality this blog is about a lot more than football, and there are some very smart and funny personalities that make this a great place to hang out. If he doesn

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I propose a rule banning all discussion of bringing Mike Brown back

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    sad

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    "I'm a rocker. I don't care for ruuuules." -Who said it?

    no fair googling.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Dying would be a stone groove. Got any messages for Jimi Hendrix?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    How's it goin' Jimi ? You rocked.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Jeff, the WLB has coverage responsibilities in Cover 2 -- in fact the first Seattle snap in Week 6 went for 14 yards to TE Carlson with Iwuh making the tackle. Normally you can't easily tell the impact of the absence of a player on playcalling (CHI defense or SEA offense) -- at least without examining the tape.

    LoveRod, as you call them, tends to mix 8 man front calls in with Cover 2 (which is primarily a 3rd-and-long call) -- particularly against dangerous/hard runners. If LoveRod wasn't confident enough in Iwuh, they might call more 8 man fronts. It's these 8 man fronts that have the "soft corner coverage" that many here hate with a passion. Cover/Tampa 2 instead jams outside receivers at the line. (BTW, these 8 man fronts can be either zone (Cover 3) or man-to-man (Cover 1 or Under 10).)

    Also if LoveRod isn't confident in Iwuh in coverage (or if they get into 3rd-and-shorts), they may well call more zone pressures too.

    Bottom line is Briggs's absence impacts playcalling which can show up in many different ways (for example, asking other players to do more than they should, or in more off-man coverage or deep zone calls). I for one will be glad to see him back, and see the defense operating at its full potential.

    For anyone interested, here was Iwuh's day on defense:
    14 yd catch TE Carlson, short right
    12 yd run RB Lynch, left end
    6 yd run RB Lynch, left end (w/Tino)
    -1 yd run RB Lynch, right end (1st and goal)
    3 yd run RB Robinson, right tackle (w/Lach)
    0 yd run RB Lynch, left tackle
    2 yd run RB Lynch, left guard
    5 yd catch RB Lynch, short right (w/Tino)
    0 yd run RB Lynch, left end

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Wow.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Reading the "Seattle Times" sports page online is an interesting experience. Rather than discussing matchups, concerns, strategy, etc., they dive into the always important discussion of which city has the best song (REALLY?), and how ticket prices for Sunday's game are falling......

    Oddly enough, the only real article about football was about Hasselback and his great and possibly final game as a Seahawk last week. Seems as if they are writing his obit before he is dead.

    Maybe they know something we don't.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    There really isn't nothing to write about when you don't know what you're talking about I guess.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well I suppose you could rank the most meaningful superbowl matchups from 1-16 a la Banks. Shit. Center. Center. Center.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1....trac

    I mean B/R has an article about Comrate calling Brady an asshole....ooooohhhhhhh there some football news..hahahahahahahahahahahah

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    from now on i will only refer to Antonio Cromartie as Comrate. It just sounds cooler. It sounds like a cable company or an energy provider.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    See they were charging Seahawks fans $1.25 more for a large beer than a small beer ... and there was exactly the same amount of beer in both? That's just plain wrong.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Kinda like how the Steelers D is nowhere near as dominant without Palimalo. When you remove a perennial pro bowl LB there is no way a player like Iwuh can fill the void. Good post Michael.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    Michael, my man crush has extended beyond the Matthews family and now includes you.

  • In reply to 750mL:

    I can't believe that any Bear fan would underestimate the importance of Lance Briggs. He was out of the SEA game and basically out for the Skins game, we lost both times. Go figure. When Hasselbeck calls him one of the best defensive players in the game it's time to listen. The fact that Iwuh made 12 tackles only means they went at him the whole game.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    The question I have is would it be a rule to have no rules? Kinda like the statement that there are no absolutes. To that I would say, "are you absolutely sure about that". Just havin fun Doc. Just starting to come out of the Haze from this Flu.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    as a backup fuck yes. anything and i mean anything is better than Bullocks, Steltz and the no name bitches that populated our training camp.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'd rather see him on the roster than a Steltz or a Bullocks or some joe. Let him retire as a Bear, you need him to come on for a game or two, he's there. How slow can he be? At least he'd be going in the right direction and he'd be in the right place at the right time which can't even be said for our current starter CH.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let's compare notes MB.

    I see a guy who was invisible at school. A wallflower, the grayest of gray. Not necessarily bullied, he didn't stand out enough for that. A lifetime of being ignored due to a flatline personality has prompted attention-seeking on the internet. Rather than foster this in a positive way, he resorts to guaranteeing he's the focus of attention by provoking people in a hostile environment, online, where none of the physical moxie is required in order to confront people.

    Lukewarm?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I see a guy. With a funny Hat. A goofy red neck smile, that only a mother could love. Holding in his hand a pound of yellow cheese, another pound stuck in the front of his teeth. A guy who wears his shirt too small with his belly sticking out. I see a Half man a Half pig. Picture that. and u seen BIG CHEESY.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm still waiting for a Cheese troll to show up that can enter into a healthy football debate without reverting back to childhood.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, no Peanuts?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Titans week 2 2010 against the Steelers. I remeber it like it was yesterday (mostly because I looked it up on ESPN).

  • In reply to buckbear:

    My spelling sucks...remember.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Winner winner, chicken dinner.

    The Titans dropped to 1-1 that game, continuing our eleven theme.

    Buckbear - you are MOTW. Congrats.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks. By the way, you look like Jim McMahon. Nothing more mensch-like than that.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    That IS JimmyMac

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I seem to remember a video performance by GPL that seemed JimmyMac esque. Shades and shaved make em hard to distinguish. Anywho...the profile pic looks like the guy I thought was GPL in the video.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The cold weather. Catching 10 yard slants/outs in the warm weather is no hard task. When it is 21 degrees out it will be a little harder. We need to run the football. A la the NO playoff game in '06. 46 rushes for 196 yards would suit me just great. Well, I'd actually prefer a higher ypc, but whatever. If you can run the ball 46 times you know you are doing something right. Like, say, 4 turnovers to 0...

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    If you are wondering, it was a scorching 27 degrees that day...

    The week before against seattle it was 31 degrees.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno...I ammend my pick. On Offense I think the return of Earl Bennett will be our X factor.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Im gonna go with our DLINE. They have to generate pressure and also disupt the run game.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Great question Fres. I don't think our defense can shut down the Seahawks offense, so our X-factor will be on offense. We'll need to light up the scoreboard and Cutler will need someone to step up at receiver. Time to shine Shabba.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I'm thinking Johnny Knox is going to have a big, big day.

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    I heard a rumor Chico is bringing in one Wrong Turner to coach his O. Rivera/Wanny/Turner...all's thats missing is a sprinkle of Dick Jauron and dash of John Shoop and we can track all of our rejects to one staff...

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    Actually, I have been mystified by all the Rivera love since I joining this blog a couple years back. Having Urlacher and Mike Brown on the field masks a lot of coaching shortcomings.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yup, he was brutal on adjustments and his career as HC will be a short one.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Eleventh to post..11/5

  • In reply to nicholsra:

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

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    my lucky #13?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    On the 11th day of the 11th year...

  • SECOND to say I hope someone knocks Martz out cold if he doesn't.

  • THIRD downs are going to be an important area of improvment for us.

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