Five Reasons The Bears Are Finished Playing

It is a game I'll spend a few weeks thinking about, not sure quite how to wrap-up a performance so surreal and often downright bizarre.  But there were several key factors leading up to the Bears loss yesterday.

Jay Cutler's First-Half Inaccuracy.  Cutler missed an open Devin Hester on two throws early and both could have resulted in touchdowns.  Cutler's decision not to throw an open screen to Matt Forte - the best offensive player in the entire game - and instead lob a soon-to-be intercepted ball to Johnny Knox was a killer.
Todd Collins Playing in the NFC title game.  Maybe I haven't been paying attention but I couldn't believe that Collins re-jumped Caleb Hanie on the depth chart.  Todd Collins stinks and this decision was inexcusably mindblowing.  Hanie played with a lot of heart and showed a lot of talent but I wonder how much better he would have played if he'd gotten four quarters of action against the Pack in Week 17.  
Penalties.  The field position battle, specifically in the second half, was won by the Packers due to an alarming amount of penalties called against (1) Julius Peppers and (2) the entirety of the Bears secondary.  It seems that every time the defense made a play to change things around, a yellow flag appeared on the field.


Brian Urlacher.  Urlacher played a beautiful game for the most part but you can't let Aaron Rodgers tackle you!  You simply can't!  Not in a game like that!  And you also can't let a runner juke you on a screen pass in open field for a second-and-far-too-long conversion (and then look down like it's the turf's fault).  Urlacher was everywhere on the field yesterday but he had an opportunity to deliver a legendary performance and he simply did not.

Tim Masthay vs. Brad Maynard.  Masthay did everything right for the Packers, pinning Devin Hester to the sideline and now allowing a field-position flip at any time.  Maynard was early-season Maynard, weak-legged and unreliable.

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  • I thought it was omiyale, williams, kreutz, garza, and webb.. My bad.

  • Ohh, I think Hanie did well because no one has tape on him.

    Example, The Browns went with Mccoy in against the Patriots and won. How ? There defense had no clue what he could do besides college.

    Their Defense was not ready for Hanie or expecting him, I would have not given up so early if they would have put him in before Collins. I gave up when they put Collins in.

    Great point about Urlacher, I went to bed just thinking if he would have pitched it or just slammed Rodgers into the ground... wow.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    He would have had to cahnge direction and run towards Rodgers which would have had us calling for his head. Rodgers barely got a swipe to him, but got just enough of his knee as I recall.

  • I love the Bears and I am never happy when they loose. The refs pissed me off more than once. I know JP's head to head hit against Rogers was wrong but I loved it (of course the next drive Hanie took a shot to the head that was a no call). As for Collins, I have seen more athletic ability in a nursing home. All in all I had a great ride this year and I am ready for pre-season. Bear Down

  • posted this in the other thread, but Ochocinco is an okay dude

    "@JayCutler6 Jay if you want to go all out Call Of Duty style war on some people let me know, I'm cocked (pause) and loaded #1LUV"

    "Turned on Espn and reading the tweets current/former players have sent out based on Cutlers injury.what if he's really hurt bad :( I'm sad"

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    Well, I , for, one, would like to personally that Drs. Derek, Maurice Jones-Drew and there many learned assciates for there incredible fast exminations and diagnosies on twitter.

    Mo-Jo "I played on a bad knee" Yes, you did, and you played SO WELL on it your butt was riding the pine the last 2 weeks, when your team needed you the most, while the Jags tumbled out of the playoff picture.

    Do these people hear themselves?

    You're telling me a man who took 50+ sacks on the season, including 9 in one game that inclooded a door prize of a concussion, is just going "quit" or "go gutless" in the NFC Championship Game in front of the home crowd?

    THAT is just plain LUDICROUS!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agree

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Thank you Al. I have been arguing this point all morning, and most sadly, with some diehard Bears fans.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If you take out the 'J' from MJD ... I'm just sayin'...

  • Consistency. The Bears franchise doesn't know the meaning of the word.

    Please reference the following franchises: Pats, Pitt, Pack, Colts, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Falcons, Saints.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Pack? Eagles? Jets? What are you nuts? The Bears have three division titles and two conference championship appearances in five years. That's better than the damn Falcons. The Bears have put the thing together now, how can you not see that?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If theres one way to make Lovie worse at time management, it's making him study Andy Reid.

    And the Colts are like an 8-8 team at best without Peyton, and have an absolutely awful coach, I wouldn't hold them up as a model franchise right now either.

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    Those front offices understand how to build a franchise. When we finally get a QB, we don't protect him or give him weapons, the fuck is that?. We can't draft, we miss on free agents, we shuffle the coaching staff around. We are a disaster at times. As a top franchise we should be doing more. All that matters is the Superbowl ring not divisions. Everything else means shit. The Seahawks won their divison, big deal. 3rd largest market and we can't put together back to back winning seasons or keep our QB upright.

    O.k I take back the Falcons but they have the potential in the coming years.

    I do see what the Bears have put together, but what is in place was not good enough this year.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Since we do division titles not matter? Obviously having a SB victory is better, but this isn't Talladega Nights "If you ain't first, yer last". I agree that the Bears are chronically underachieving, but I could not disagree more with the "division titles don't matter" stuff.

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    er "we" = "when"

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    "If you ain't first, yer last."

    In football, that's abso-fucking-lutely positively correct. Can I get a witness?

    You think the Packer give a fuck about losing the division this year? What do you want - the Div. Title or to be where GB are now? Answer that.

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    Getting to the playoffs is the payoff. Sometimes a division title is no consolation. Especially if you lose to a wildcard team from your own division......

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    " It seems that every time the defense made a play to change things around, a yellow flag appeared on the field."
    So, so true! And almost of the time, the Green Gay WRs rise the arms to request a yellow flag!!! Come on!!
    GO STEELERS!!

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    Is it just me or does anybody else think thier coach is just a figure head.
    Payton is calling all the shots for the colts

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    It's nice to set goals such as, winning the division, playoffs, beating the Packers and suck, but in the end the Lombardi trophy is what you play for.

    All i'm saying as a paying fan is I want more consistancy, thats all. What is so wrong with that? Other teams "get it" why can't we?

    Anyways, it was a good year and we have some critical pieces in place. Full draft and a couple free agents and this team should be on top again.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    *such*

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    On offense yes

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    I just heard that Jay suffered a torn MCL. So like Albert said, don't question his toughness...especially that pip-squeek Jones-Drew.

    The thing is, people remember Jack Youngblood and his broken leg, Ronnie Lott and his amputated finger, Phillip Rivers and his torn ACL and they look at Jay and ask, "Why? Why couldn't you give us that?"

    Believe me, I was LIVID when I saw Todd Collins warming up, but my first reaction was not to question Cutler's toughness. That's tasteless and MJD (who sat on the bench when his team needed him the most) and Deion Sanders and Mike Florio and anyone else out there should know better. They just always have to find something to bitch at Jay Cutler about...throwing mechanics...decision making...LOOK! LOOK! HE SMILED ON THE SIDELINES AFTER HE THREW AN INTERCEPTION!!!

    Now, I have to say it. I want to see Caleb Hanie play 4 quarters of football. His decision making was amazing yesterday. He had two really bad throws (unfortunately they were picked off) and the rest were good decisions either throwing them away or getting them to open receivers. I thought he out-shined Cutler in that respect, got rid of the ball in the nick of time and almost always to a blue jersey.

    The other thing that I haven't seen anybody talk about in the mainstream sports media is the officiating. That was the sorriest excuse of officiating I have ever seen in a title game. I'm not saying that it cost Chicago the game...their shitty play accomplished that.

    Intentional grounding with two receivers ten yards from the ball?

    They missed Greg Jennings pushing off of Tim Jennings, but happened to catch the Bears' Jennings fend off the Packers' Jennings' pushing off.

    I saw holding on Julius Peppers nearly every play. And if my eyes can see it, why couldn't the zebras.

    I thought I saw pass-interference on that last Packers interception too. Thought it was against Knox, but I'd have to go back and look.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Sprained, not torn according to NFL.COM

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81de2cb8/article/bears-say-cutler-has-mcl-sprain-defend-him-against-critics?module=HP_headlines

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jimmy Mac. Raiders 1984. Lacerated kidney. Finished the game and pissed blood. Just sayin'...

    Ken Norton, breaking Ali's Jaw, Ali finishes etc.

    Sprained fucking knee .... boo hoo.

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    Oh yeah! And Lovie had a burn a challenge on that Todd Collins interception that wasn't even CLOSE to being a completion!

    He was pissed too! Did everyone see Lovie display emotion in front of that line judge?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    That was complete bullshit, I can't believe he had to use a challenge on that.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Also, Caleb Hanie's QB Rating for 2010 including yesterday is 71.2 (that from a guy who in the Marz system takes almost exclusively "mental reps" in practice)

    Todd Collins' 2010 QB Rating is 1.9

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I'm surprised Collins' rating is so high, frankly :P

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I'm surprised Collins' rating is so high, frankly :P

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    Lovie Smith is the POTUS, yes, he's a puppet.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Sad Keanu is sad

    http://knowyourmeme.com/system/icons/2862/original/Re2idh.jpg?1275787349

    No excuses for the whole debacle. We game out with a piss poor defensive plan to open. Rodgers looked at the way we lined up, he knew Chris Harris had a bum hip, and so they threw the slant and hook to Jennings the whole first drive and Rodgers could see that while Harris was trying to lay some punishing hits, he was slow.

    That's all Rodgers needed.

    Lack is simply not in his 20s anymore. Vintage Lack would have out run Rodgers. This Lack is bigger and slower. Physics took over.

    If Cutler skips the knife, there will be blood.

    I said before the games to the Pack trolls that we were all in. And we put down a pair of jacks against 3 aces. We had bad calls, but no worse than the holding call that brought back Chester Taylor's screen pass.

    Knox cannot compete against physical, fast corners. He's too small, he's a slot guy playing 1 and nobody will call it.

    Hester is a poor WR and probably should stop playing the position.

    Manu was a waste of money.

    Pep will draw the chip back just as long as A. Adams and Butter can't get to the QB, and they can't.

    Cutler has problems with leadership on a team that needs him to lead.

    I do not think this regime can achieve greatness. Ever. Too many mental issues going on collectively.

    I'd still rather be a Bears fan than a Giants fan.

    I hope and wish with all my heart that Peter King chokes on a brat and lays wriggling on the ground and nobody can lift him to heimlich it out so he turns viking purple and expires.

    The theme of the 2010 season seems to be "Farve is so going to wish he stayed retired.", because if Rodgers wins the big game, then Farve is dead to Packers fans for good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Totally agree on Know - I said all year that Shabba should be in his spot out wide with Knox spelling Hester.

    Although Lac was great yesterday, he did indeed look less-than-speedy, and we need to draft his replacement soon (which means a first rounder).

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In fact, I agree with all of that GPL - and what the hell was Harris playing for anyway. Bum hip? You sit down, you can't help us.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Bears future doesn't seem so bleak from a Packer fan perspective. Weak at #1 wide receiver? Affirmative. Weak at O-line, glaringly obvious. Some age present in the defense, without a doubt. All easily correctable with young, hungry, coachable players. Can Angelo and Lovie take the Bears over the next hurdle? Draft day will yield some indicators; some gems need to be found in the latter rounds and free agent market. Personally, I would enjoy an eternity of Packer vs. Bear NFCC games. Good Luck next season, if there is one, to the Bears franchise and all their fans.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If I recall correctly, the Packers have 2 conference championship appearances in 4 seasons. The Packers have been perennial contenders since the early 90's. Compare Packer v Bear winning percentages over the last 20 years or so, if you dare. That goes for the Eagles since, the Walrus took over, too.....

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Joseph - I have to ask - the avatar amn. I know we have to suffer Angelo on our team, but do we have to look at his smug fkn face too? Why man, why?

  • It might just be me reverting to my conspiracy theory ways, but didn't it seem like the refs had already been informed as to who the winner was going to be?

    Not to say it was all on them (it wasn't), but a lot of those calls were iffy.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Willie, I still think that first GB TD was actually not a TD. But that's just me.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I didn't see anything that didn't say "TD" on that play, but I DID think Knox had a touchdown on the throw from Hanie.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I honestly can't remember right now, but AR's foot looked like he was out of bounds. Could be wishful thinking too, I will admit.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Agree, it did look once sided. The D line was held all day long.

  • In reply to Sirwiz:

    pep was held all day and knox and olsen were tackled a couple times.

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    Once we start blaming that game on the penalties we become no better than a Packer fan. Those penalties didn't cost us the game. Now if you want to blame special teams,o-line,first couple of series by the defense(they were very good after that so I don't blame them, 3rd and 3 running an end around,chester taylor holding, or any of the other many a things that seemed boneheaded then I would completely agree but non called penalties were the least of our problems yesterday.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I don't think anyone said that penalties cost us the game, just that the calls were unanimously unfavorable to the Bears. Mathematically so.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I never question Cutler's physical toughness, but I do question his mindset and heart. He couldn't rememember the play he got hurt (I never saw it). He didn't appear to get x-rays at half. He was able to pedal on that 80s wind exercise bike. He ran into the locker room. He came out mobile the first possession of the 3rd and didn't get hit. He was walking around the sidelines. If the docs were concerned, they would have instructed him to stay off it to avoid furtehr exacerbation or tearing. It's not like the doctors told him he couldn't come back in the NFC Championship game; it was his call. I don't want to sound like a meatball, but I think he just tapped out because he was having a bad throwing day. I think he deals with the pressure with indifference. Some people can't put the hopes of the people of the City of Chicago on their back. Hopefully, he can learn and grow stronger from this. Hopefully, that's in his DNA. Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I wouldn't be suprised if Bears PR/Docs makes his injury look much worse than it actually is in the press to protect his image. I know I would if I were in that situation.

    Pretty much all of us knew Collins was a shrivel dick ol' timer that shouldn't have been any number QB for any professional team. For all those who didn't think Hanie should be no 2; he certainly proved you wrong yesterday. Collins was Martz's guy and Lovie let him decide who his number 2 was. Big mistake; could have cost us the game.

    Thanks to all of you for the entertainment this year, especially GP, Coach, Doc, MB, Canada, Corm, Irish, SC Dave, Al, and especially Jeff for his thoughtful and insighful writing.

    BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    The doctors WERE concerned. The DID instruct him to stay off the field. The Bears did anything BUT protect their QB to the media.

    I am so sick of defending Bears QBs over the years - and this offseason has just begun. Fuck. Me.

  • In reply to Shady:

    If you think the doctors had the final say in one of the biggest games in franchise history, then you're delusional. Cutler could have come back in if he wanted to.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    You're right, what do doctors know?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Not everything Shady, they're just people, not Gods like they like to think they are. people forget that. They're not all-knowing Gods.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Packer players are gods....

  • In reply to Crowned:

    You think Cutler could tap out of one of the biggest games in franchise history without being eviscerated by his teammates?

    What in the history of this team makes you think guys like Urlacher would not tear Jay a new asshole if he did that, much less defend him?

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    You think they're going to rip him in the press?

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    Actually Wicket, yes, I do ....

  • In reply to Crowned:

    FYI; the doctors DO, indeed, have the final say. Jay ignored them for the first series.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Well put. I am also sick of defending our QBs. Why is there always some issue? McNown was an arrogent fool. Grossman was a mental case that could not get himself straight no matter how many chances he got. Orton was the best we had lately all around but just never seemed to get to the level expected.

    Jay is just difficult to defend. I give him the benefit of the doubt, but I understand the criticism. His attitude makes it difficult - and that ends up distracting the whole team. You think Urlacher and everyone enjoys defending him when they may be wondering the very same thing themselves? That's the price of Cutler's coldness and indifference - he will always be doubted publicly and like it or not, he is a very public figure.

  • In reply to Shady:

    They most likely instructed him becasue they recognised he'd given up. You can't stand there on the sideline and scream at him to get back out there. If his heart wasn't in it - and I've seen Cutler quit mentally many many times (see multiple interception games)- then just get him out of there. It was their protective cushion around their franchise.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Very disgusted with the coaches. I hate to admit this, and I'll take all the criticism you want to give me - but I left after Collins threw the INT (apparently overturned). The fact that he was second string infuriated me that much. The fact that we get a big turnover and do less than nothignn with it made me curse the Bears "brain trust".

    As we followed the game on the way back to the L I regretted such an emotional reaction, but I thought if Hanie leads them back, I'll get over it.

    But of course he didn't - no knock on him but he had no reps. It was all mental preparation and all he did was show that indeed the coaches were morons to keep him third string.

    Then I began to curse Angelo yet again and I'm back to where I was in the beginning of the seaon. Was this run to the NFC Championship a good thing or not? Angelo stays - and yet he is the one that burdened the coaching staff with so many "almost good" players on the o-line etc. and the lack of a viable backup QB.

    I don't question Cutler's toughness. That's absurd, but people love to see high profile people fail - and Cutler is the target for many of those people.

    To Cheesy and GreenBayBoy - I congraulate the Packers on their win because they were clearly the better TEAM. I emphasize team because they won all phases - special teams indeed was important and they won that battle as well. Very well prepared and they executed better than us. Not perfect obviously - we fought back as best we could with what we had.

    I don't know Rodgers rating but I doubt it was 90 or more. So I wsa dead wrong - period - when I said we'd beat the Pack if he had a day like that. I wasn't expecting Cutler's exit, but the fact is the Packers were able to beat us without Rodgers being a superstar. Impressive - I just wish we could have seen what Jay woudl have done had he not been hurt. But he was, and that did in fact end the game.

    Tough loss - the kind I wish we could have liad on the Packers. I cannot root for them to win the Super Bowl. I want them to lose. But I do admire their whole organization. A very weel put together team. I wish we had a GM who knew what he was doing. The draft I fear will be another step backwards for the Bears. Congrats to Lovie, Martz, and especially Tice for what they did with the collection of almost good players they were given. To MArinelli - another topic on itself - it was good you made the adjustment to man coverage - but why didn't you know that going in? Why did it take several drives? I think he may be a weak link in the staff. But like I said, that's another topic.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think Rodgers was rated a 56 - he's never had a good game against the Bears.

    And agreed ont he defensive adjustments. I hate when let a team pass all over us, go in at half-time and then come out doing what we should have been doing all along! Have we not seen Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings before? Did they have some new NASA techology going on? No! So why didn't we do that before? And why do we move like greased lightning when we play the hurry-up from the shotgun? If it works - do it all the time!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Was there anyone in the Bears universe other than Martz and Lovie that thought Hanie shouldn't have been the #2 QB?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    We (Da Blog) were ahead of the coaching curve on Collins, just like we were aheasd of the coaching curve on Mark Anderson vs. Israel Idonije.

    Those situations did not require Brain Surgeon nor a Rocket Scientist, of which I am neither

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Surprise surprise, we came up a quarterback short. Thought we had that problem fixed, now I'm not so sure. Part of me wants to rip Cutler for not coming back into the game, but I don't know how serious the knee is. However, I can and will blame him for playing like dogshit the whole time he was in the game. He didn't make one good pass, not one. Valiant effot by the D and a great game by Forte was wasted because we are Chicago and we are where quarterbacks go to die. Cutler has a lot to prove to this fan. I still don't know if he is the answer at that position. He shit the fucking bed in the biggest game of his life.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:
  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    yeah - Matthews would have rathered played against a QB with a bad knee.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    One more point.. remember when we all criticized Urlacher, he is too old, he can't play any more and is just injury prone..

    He proved them all wrong.

    Can't wait to see Cutler do it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I hope you're right, 85.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    See the next thread for a comment from a Broncos fan.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'm torn here. Yesterday I bashed Cutler and was so pissed about him not going back in but I had time to go over it and calm myself down some. Cutler did look off all day, whether it was from nerves or whatever I don't know. What I do know is the guy has talent and after getting his ass beat game after game from standing behind an incompetent offensive line who am I to question his toughness.
    Cutler is the least of the Bears problems. The problem starts with Angelo and his non-drafting of lineman. Now we're fucked due to the last year of this CBA saying that the top 4 teams(2 NFC 2 AFC championship competitors) can't sign a free agent unless they lose one to another team. That puts the Bears at a huge disadvantage going into the off season. I'm not sure who's free agents for the Bears coming up but they need to lose some people to be able to go out and get a top caliber lineman. That's tough because now you have to lose someone to gain someone. O-lineman in the draft should help supplement but I hope were not counting on a rookie or two to come in here and deliver right away, especially with Angelo's drafting history.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Was it just me, or was a LOT of the Jay Criticism on the blog yesterday being posted by new, unfamiliar handles?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yes. I called a couple of them on it. What crap.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Was it just my perception or was a LOT of the Cutler-loathing seen yesterday on the Da Blog being post by new, unfamiliar handles?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    We simply had our chances to win that game. Our offense just had to show up. Cutler had to be on his game yesterday but he clearly was not. Where was all the quick hits, 3 step drops, playaction roll outs? Bad playcalling by martz yesterday!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    bingo.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    My take on the game:

    Packer offense vs. Bears defense -> Bears win by a little
    Packer special vs. Bears specials -> Packers win by a little
    Packer defense vs. Bears offense -> Packers win significantly
    Packers zebras vs. Bears zebras -> Packers dominate

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Here is what some players have been saying.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1101/cutler.criticism/content.15.html

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    And how many of these guys are still playing? Oh yeah, didn't look like any of 'em. Bruce Gradkowski, really?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    They can all go eat a dick

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Why bother to reference what a bunch of jack-offs are saying?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I agree. It seems he plays only we he wants to play. Sorry ppl but it looks like another rex grossman. He needs to fucking be a smarter qb!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Mobile Rex from Santa Claus. Could it get any weirder ...

  • In reply to Crowned:

    What we saw yesterday is very well what we could be seeing for a long time to come. As much as I love our Bears, short of all the bounces going our way again, that window is closing fast.

    Just a few things of note:

    1. Talent evaluation, plain a simple the talent levels aren't even close. We watched a team Lovie and Jerry put together with a few big names, but mostly duct tape and twine. We finally had years of suspect drafting, trades and free agency signings come back to bite us in the ass. With the way we've hamstrung ourselves with an aging time and lack of quality drafts, things look bleak. Worst part is, here's to looking at the bottom end of each round. I guess we can look forward to whatever player is jumping out of a pool or whatever.

    2. Coaching... We give the hottest QB rolling a chance to come out warm and thrash us. I love the D mentality, make 'em beat us, but we really needed Cutler and Co. to come down and make a statement. But it's not just that, every time Forte had the hot hand and we needed yardage, in came Chester. Let's have our slowest wideout run an end around. Let's come out flat as hell and not look like we prepared at all. Apparently Gould isn't on the roster and that was just a ghost I saw nailing 50+ during warmups. So many questionable coaching decisions, so little time.

    2a. Cover 2... If there was ever a clinic on how to destroy our base coverage, well that game can just be replayed. Same for our nickel coverage. Everything that was thrown out there... bad, poor execution and poor scheming.

    3. The front office... As long as they continue providing poor evaluation, accepting moderate performance as adequate, and all around questionable decision making; we're in for some long seasons. And where's the support for your QB, today's Cuter-fixion in the media and fan base is alot more muted if the team had just come out and said he's out. There's no tomorrow, it's the end of the season, there's 0 reason for being cryptic about how he was hurt. Hell, I woulda taken Lovie sounding like he was kicked in the nuts saying Cutler was out like he did earlier in the year.

    I ain't going to argue with a trip to the Championship game, bonus football is always welcome. Especially where the season seemed headed, this was never a remote thought.

    It's just unfortunate to see that everything that went our way for 17 weeks all snowballed in the end and blew up at once. All we can do is hope for a decent draft, some decent free agency signings, and some further improvement in the coaching.

  • In reply to jkuhn57:

    +100

  • In reply to jkuhn57:

    Regarding #2a, the hottest offense in the NFL scored 14 points, starting with good field position most of the day. Rodgers had two picks and no touchdowns. How you can say the scheme failed defies reason.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Well, I'll admit I let my dislike of the cover 2 influence that a little. We did lock them down, but the thrashing in the first half was a pretty strong indictment of it. If you're looking for 20 yds a pop against that thing, GB knew exactly what to call.

    Now that Tommie Harris is back on milk cartons, if the C2 is the path to the promised land we need somebody that can push up front. And lest we forget, there's a reason Tim Jennings was cut from a team not exactly known for it's defense (Colts).

    Someone said it on Doug and OB last night, but the C2 may work against alot of teams, but you get to the top tier offenses and it, like any other D is going to get torched.

    I'm not sold that we've got/can find the talent to really maximize it's effectiveness, especially when we made Starks look all world every time he touched the ball in the first half.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    The scheme is terrible. Look at the Pats game. Also look at last year, we got picked apart by teams with good QB's. How many back-up QB's did we face this year? Alot

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I agree with many of these comments above. I think the thing you need to remember about Bears' fans needing to defend their quarterbacks is that the story is driven first by the media and not by the facts. The FACT is that in the second year of his new contract Jay Cutler, aided by an excellent defense and special teams unit, the WORST OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE FUCKING LEAGUE, an adequate running game and SMURFS FOR RECEIVERS, NO ONE OF WHICH IS A LEGITIMATE "1" RECEIVER, ALL OF WHOM ARE SLOT OR POSSESSION GUYS, lead his team to the NFC Championship after taking FIFTY FUCKING TWO SACKS OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEASON. When you appreciate these facts, you may be disappointed in Cutler's performance (he did miss two throws to Hester) and you may have been perplexed and worried when he did not return (as I was--hell, it was the middle of the NFC title game, and I was emotional), but on retrospection you can't seriously maintain that Cutler isn't just qualitatively better than any QB we've had since McMahon. I mean, he's pretty fucking good. Look at his TD/INT ratio: improving slowly over time (and tracking with Manning and better than Aikman). Look at his toughness, his competitive drive, etc.

    The perception that CUtler needs "defending" is driven by ESPN's need to deliver a prepackaged narrative for all the idiotic fucktards who think Colin Cowturdsforbrains is an "intelligent" analyst, who overlook the FACTS about the Oline, receiving core, and questionable game-plan in order to heap blame on everybody's favorite goat: Jay Cutler.

    It's all just bullshit. Was Culter perfect? No. Did he need to play better? Yes. Is he an elite QB? No, not yet. But he's pretty fucking good, pretty fucking tough, and he deserves a lot more respect and a more honest appraisal of his strengths and weaknesses than most assfucks are willing to extend to him.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Sounds like we have a GM problem.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Already posted - just repeating. Jay tore his MCL.

    Also - Mike Periera said the INT near the end of the fist half shoudl have been overturned. We would have gotten another play or two, maybe a FG.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Fact 1: When was the last time an MRI was not scheduled the day after a game in the event of a knee injury? Never. The MRI is always scheduled the day after the game.

    Fact 2: Knowing full well of fact # one, "professional" analysts on ESPN decided to disregard it, and make personal their opinions of our QB without knowing the extent to which Jay was injured. They do not like Cutler, so they attacked him. They attacked him when he was down. They questioned his manliness. Trent Dilfer and Mark Schlereth's comments yesterday were not professional, they were personal. ESPN is driving this story to get ratings.

    Are you going to buy into it, or support your QB?

    In my book, I say fuck ESPN, we got your back, Jay.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I want to +1 this post all day long.

    Since when did we start buying into the shit that ESPN spews? It's like some Bears fans feel uncomfortable if they don't hate their quarterback.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Fuck yes, Viva. These are my sentiments exactly. Bears fans need to stop getting their information from the assmonkeys in Bristol, we need to say: Fuck it, ESPN. Cutler's our guy, and we give a shit if you don't like him. Go fuck yourself. Trent Fucking Dilfer. Unbelievable.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I've long realized that true sports journalism is dead. Too many people are happy to feed the negative frezy that fans seem to clamor for. It is BEYOND disgusting that a "journalist" would criticize Cutler without knowing the facts. And once the MCL tear is reported, there will be no apology. Jay may seem like a jerk b ut he is a human being. Someone's son, friend, significant other. And he's treated less than human. Sad.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    The sad part about everything that took place was that the game was still doable until Hanie threw his second pick. That last drive was killed because of the time out called by the bench. Deja Vu of one of the games during the season. Collins should not have been on the team period. Who ever made the call not to release him after the Giants game needs to have his paycheck docked. Bottom line, the game was not an enjoyable game to watch. I expected more. Than doesn't mean I'm not happy with the year overall, just that our team seemed unprepared when the opening whistle blew. That my friends falls on the coaching staff. In a nut shell, the coaching staff lost this game and I very rarely say that. I'm a firm believer that coaches coach and players play but this time, our coaches didn't have our team ready for what Green Bay threw at us during the game.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Oh and Jeff. Please drop the week 17 schtick. The Bears should have thrown everything including the kitchen sink to win that game. Hanie could have played that game? Please, give me a break.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    +1 Viva. I have been supporting him since I started hearing all this shit this morning. Mike Golic is an absolute ass, and I am done with him.

    Oddly, Colin Cowturd was complimentary and decent toward Cutler.....made me really worry.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I hate those Mikes.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Thanks for the wonderfull game chicago if we hadent played you raji probly never ok got a touchdown

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Straight off, seconds into reading that, Jeff ... Urlacher was talismanic in the second half. He took the bull by the horns and from those playing in the first half, who turned themselves around more. He out-tackled everyone else 2-1 with 10 tackles (9 solo). An interception and a sack. Who else played their tits off yesterday? Forte/Briggs. Who out-performed Urlacher? Nobody. Nobody on either team.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    It was how they scored SC. The first 2 series of the game our D allowed them to scorch us at will without even breaking a sweat.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I wrote an entire essay claiming that Hanie should have played that game. Almost all of it. I wrote that it would prepare him should our QB get injured behind a shaky o-line. That happened. all of it. I won't drop it because I was right, Trac.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Firstly, your argument is a straw man argument so it has no basis in reality. No coach planning on winning a game in the playoffs starts his 3rd string QB to make him game ready just in case. Find me one example of this ever happening and I'll apologize to the pope.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That's part of the problem Trac. Hanie should never have been #3. We all know TC stinks.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    No, we should have done everything to win week 17 and kill the Packers. And I believe we did try to win that game, we just weren't good enough, because our roster isn't good enough, because Angelo sucks at his job.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yeah, we shut them down bigtime second half, no doubt. I don't blame the D at all.

  • In reply to jkuhn57:

    2a -the defense we gave up 14 points. We play cover 2 in 40% of our defensive plays. I'm so sick of hearing this shit about the cover 2. It fucking works.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    We should switch to a 3-4 lol JK

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    What about the 2 FG's we didn't go for? Has anybody talked about that? Had me scratching my head.

  • In reply to jkuhn57:

    From SB Nation, re: the 'manliness' of Cutler's injury:

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2011/1/24/1952992/jay-cutler-injury-nfl-soap-opera

  • In reply to Crowned:

    It's been reported that Cutler sprained his knee? Sprained? Sorry, I might be jumping on the posse wagon and going after Cutler. Sprained? I think he wussed it. I think he screwed the fucking pooch I really do. Oh dear Jay ... just ... oh dear.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81de2cb8/article/bears-say-cutler-has-mcl-sprain-defend-him-against-critics?module=HP_headlines

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Spare me the conspiracy theories. The netoworks LOVE it when the Chicago market is involved in Championships.

    The NHL looks more desirable to the TV nets these days because the Blackhawks are viable again.

    The Officials were incompetant. TOO incompetant to for anyone smart enough to put together anything approaching a conspiracy of that magnitude count on these Zebra to carry out the plan.

    The networks were in a no-lose situation no matter what Superbowl match-up shook out. 2 of the top TV markets (Chicago's only the #3 verall TV market, but it is the #2 NFL TV market because LA has no team) in the league or 2 of the biggest national fan bases, any of the remaing match-ups counted as a winner.

    These "conspiracies" require too many moving parts. They are, therefore, unkeepable secrets.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, does the fact you put quotes arounfd the word 'conspiracies' mean that you're one of those pepople who think there are no conspiracies in the world? I don't mean sports, but in general ...

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    The interference call against Jennings was ludicrous.

    The placement of the ball on the interception near Knox was insane (they reviewed the play and STILL did not place the ball back at the 1-yard line where the defender was obviously down by contact).

    The interception call that Lovie had to waste a challenge flag on was laughable (although the challenge was upheld, there is no conceivable way he should have had to use it in the first place).

    I'm sure there are more, but those stuck in my mind the most.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Th humor there, SC, is that yes, they blew the placement but THAT should have been moot. The ball moved in the defnders arms when it touched the ground, ergo, no catch. No interception. That's not MY call. That's the call Fox analyst, and former head of NFL officiating, Mike Pereira made when he watched the replay.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    While that may be true Al, the placement should have been indisputable. Since the Bears had a time out, they would have at least forced the Packers to make one real play. There would not have been room to take a knee twice and you never know...

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    It certainly did to me. I wouldn't offer it as an excuse, but it certainly did seem like that.

  • I think that Martz deserves a lot of blame as well. Part of the reason for the success of Hanie was that they started to run the ball and guess what...it worked! Even with GB expecting run we were still moving the ball and it opened up the passing game. If Cutler had been in with that same set of play calling we could have won or at least gone to OT. The end around was one of the single worst play calls that I can remember. They were moving the ball well and had two downs to get three yards. Run north and south. Idiot.

  • In reply to BigT:

    Unless if had worked of course, in which case you'd be calling it genius.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Bu it didn't. A fast defense like GB, pulling an end-around?

  • 1. Bears D couldn't stop the run and they couldn't stop the damn PA post route ran about 5 times in the 1st half

    3. Shoddy pass protection in the 1st half (Give Dom Capers credit)

    4. Jay Cutler inaccurate in the 1st half

    5. Special teams nothing special - all game

    This one hurts and it's going to take a while to get over. I know the Bears probably overachieved this year based on the talent on the field and people will say it still was a "successful" season - but I really don't want to hear that crap this week. The Bears came out flat and there is no excuse for some of the terrible coaching decisions in that game.

    The comments from players and fans questioning Cutler's injury and toughness clearly do not like the man personally, which is their own agenda. Anyone who had remotely followed Jay this year would know the man had the shit beat out of him nearly every game and kept popping back up without throwing a single teammate under the bus or complaining one bit.

    Whether you like it or not, Cutler is the future for this team and the smartest thing this organization can do is get him a line to pass protect, consistently, and a WR who can actually win a jump ball. I'm not sure I trust Angelo to pull that off.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm with you Shady. I may never get over this game myself.

    I can't help but wonder if all the one-sided press coverage and constant negativity contributed to the flatness. And if anyone thinks the comments flying around today are going to help the situation, they are clearly delusional.

    Todd Collins is the worst football player I have ever seen. Beyond that, picking them to shreds won't change a thing. We already look ridiculous to the rest of the sports nation.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I'll call your Todd Collins and raise you Johnathan Quinn.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Hi, my name is Matthew and I am a Bear Fan. I had to walk into my cubicle today and have it decorated in green and yellow.

    Can we put our big boy pants on a minute? (SJVL excluded of course) We lost a game. We don't need to rebuild a team. We don't need a new quarterback. We need pieces, not wholesale changes.

    Is it me or did we play the same game against the pack as we did the previous two games? Yes, yes we did. We ran WR routes that offered no tangible separation, made our RB's and TE's rush block instead of getting open. We gave the same routes to gb WR's as we have in previous games. That's the very definition of insanity.

    I'll suck it in, wait for next year, and move on. One game doesn't define squat.

    We were a Calvin Johnson away from a Super Bowl team. Everything else is there. A couple of OL personnel would be nice too.

    ***I love it here! This is the best Bears blog out there bar none.

  • In reply to MichBearFan:

    Hmmm. Green and yellow. Nice way to start the week. Ugh.

    I will put on my big girl skirt (ooh, that actually doesn't sound too good), and thank you for the reality check.

    I just worry we will need a new QB by the time all this blows over...

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Something other than big girl skirt. I think those go with orthopedic shoes and hair-nets.

  • In reply to MichBearFan:

    No, we need wholesale changes and of course don't have the time/picks to do that before outr Vets are gone. The O-line needs total replacement. The receivers suck. Ditto the secondary. Teh D-line is nothing without Izzy and Pep- they've got a year or two left. That's a lot of pieces man ...

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Btw, I know we need some better wideouts..but its up the oline to get better before anything.

  • In reply to Shady:

    1. One should not throw jump balls to Johnny Knox. Olsen or Bennett please.

    2. Your QB cannot miss open receivers downfield. One of the biggest plays in the game was Cutler missing Hester on the first Bears drive. Just an awful throw that could have puched the Packers right back in the face after their opening drive.

    3. Anybody bitching about Cutler not playing just needs to shut the fuck up.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Cutler wasn't right yesterday - everybody knows that. I thought he looked defeated way before that could have been determined; head down, hands in the warmer, etc.

    Is it really going to make everybody feel better if he has a serious injury? Does it change the outcome of the game?

    With all the BS he had had to endure, I just hope he doesn't have a real breakdown and end up hanging from a rafter somewhere. Take this prediction for what you will: I bet we never see him in an NFL uniform again. And that will be a real shame.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    hanging from a rafter somewhere? Come one, the guy has millions of dollars, a smokin hot lady, and I think he really doesn't give a shit what other people think of him. He'll be back, I only hope this game makes him work a little harder, and not be such a giant douche.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I disagree, Coach. Clearly he does care, and I think that's what led to all this drama. You can't change how you are, but everybody wants him to, and the pressure is just too much. And if he really did have a breakdown, not a gristly injury, why didn't somebody do something? Are there no QB coaches? Shit.

    I want to thank you for your 'whore' comments this weekend. They were well placed and absolutely hilarious.

  • In reply to Shady:

    1. One should not throw jump balls to Johnny Knox. Olsen or Bennett please.

    2. Your QB cannot miss open receivers downfield. One of the biggest plays in the game was Cutler missing Hester on the first Bears drive. Just an awful throw that could have puched the Packers right back in the face after their opening drive.

    3. Anybody bitching about Cutler not playing just needs to shut the fuck up.

  • In reply to Shady:

    +1

  • I *completely* disagree that Martz was outcoached.

    When your #1 QB cannot throw the ball straight you will always look bad. The Bears could easily have scored a couple touchdowns in the first half by simply having Jay not overthrow his receivers.

  • They haven't managed to build anything capable of winning a Lombardi in 8 years. Why will it be any different next year?

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