Thoughts on a Meaningless, Injury-less Game

I spent the majority of yesterday afternoon laughingly rooting for Rex Grossman on the second television, half-afraid of looking at the Bears v. Packers game and seeing Peppers or Urlacher or Cutler being carted off the field with the sadness towel draped over their head as they headed into the tunnel.  As the game progressed and the fans around got into the game I never did.  I just wanted the clock to run out.  Here are my thoughts.

  • Matt Forte has regained his form and did it yesterday against one of the league's better defenses.  
  • The game played yesterday at Lambeau Field featured the two best defenses in the NFC playoffs.
  • Does Devin Hester have strict instructions not to catch any ball he doesn't plan on returning?
  • I think I understood the philosophy yesterday.  We don't want to get anyone hurt but if someone is going to get hurt, it's going to be Rashied Davis.  Wonderful performance by him actually.
  • If this game mattered, we'd be dissecting the Lovie Smith timeout that eradicated the third-and-long conversion late for the entirety of the offseason.
  • I don't have game tape but it seemed to me that the offensive scheme was vanilla.  It looked like the Bears were going to play their asses off but not put anything worth noting on tape.
  • Poor performance by Jay Cutler overall as the offense reverted back to the deep-drop-launch-it-downfield crap that sabotaged the middle part of the year.  Every sack Jay took was absolutely unnecessary and in the current, concussion-obsessed culture they were also infuriating.
  • Outside of one play, the Bears defense might have delivered their finest performance of the season.  Maybe that will be the positive of yesterday?
  • How about that Peanut interception?
  • Nice punting by Brad Maynard.
  • If I were tight ends coach Mike DeBord, I would take Greg Olsen into a small room and smack him in the face and say, "Catch the goddamn ball!"
  • I'll be honest, I'll mailing this in.  I couldn't have cared less about this game.  It is worth noting that the Bears have been scheduled for Sunday January 16th at 1:00pm.  
I will be announcing the framework for DaBearsBlog Fantasy Playoffs tonight - with the winner receiving a monthly column throughout the offseason (and longer if you do good work).  I will leak that I've decided to make all of you eligible for the competition as the turnout for DaPicks Contest was too good to ignore.  

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  • Still dissapointed, for the FIRST time in 9 games.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm scoping out the SECOND round of next year's draft for a Williams replacement...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and please deliver it to JA with a ticking note that says
    "Chose wisely for we know where you live"
    love Da Bears Blog

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I've been pondering the methods for his demise, Lobo. Currently I'm feeling the Denzel method in 'Man on fire'. With some minor modifications. Strap him naked face down on to the clown car. Douse the interior of the clown car with gasoline, and place Daryl Drake in the back seat super-glued together with Mike McCaskey in classic 69 position.

    Get Lovie to pour copious amounts of honey over Angelo and introduce thousands of fire ants. Whilst watching from a safe distance, get Lovie to insert a small remote-controlled C4 device up Angelo's anal passage, and prematurely detonate before he's finished. Oops.

    Did I mention that, prior to this, Angelo would have to watch the dismemberment of his own male member by way of mini-guillotine? It would drop into a basket containing a baby crocodile and he would be forced to watch the amphibious whipper-snapper devouring his manhood. The blood pouring from the gaping wound would react with special chemicals int he base of the basket that would make the letters DBB appear.

    That's the best I could come up with. It's either that our baseball bats in the desert a la Nicky Santoro.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    or baseball bats, even ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    [quote]
    I'll be honest, I'll mailing this in. I couldn't have cared less about this game.
    [/quote]

    What? That's the last time you catch me on this #$#$#$^^%$$%^ blog. Don't @#%$#$%^#^ care about a @%#^# Bears game? Against $#@%@^^% Green Bay!?! I wish somebody did ^(&^*%(%&*& get hurt, trying to @$%#^ make a %^#$%^& play!

    Dude, its 4:30 AM and I'm on the first train back to Fresno. Happy #%*$^&%* New Year, I'm blogging on E @#% S $%@##@$% P @@#%$ N from now on... at least they know they $%^$%^&$% %$^$%^&$.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    who dat?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Folks, don't get to excited about the Fantasy Playoff Thingy. I have a feeling it may amount to nothing but bragging rights. I am pretty sure I won last years SuperBowl contest and I have yet to hear a peep from anyone.
    Oh, Trac and Fres, the Blogfather is by far the most consistent Bears writer out there. How could there be any doubt about that?

  • In reply to Church:

    we turned a corner here, wiggybop.

  • In reply to Church:

    What does consistent mean in terms of blogging ? Never changes their mind? That would suggest rigidity. Regularity ? Check this place out during the off-season. Some of us should get a cut on the advertising, seriously ...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I wanted to win that fucking game, But I understand that Martz was probally just calling bullshit plays, just to see what COULD work. Lovies timout was stupid, and all I could say for the whole game was "WHAT A FUCKIN JACKASS"..Seven Step Drops should be torn out and thrown away from our playbook. If Martz wants some seven step drop deep passes, DO IT FROM SHOTGUN! DAMMIT! and oh yea.. Defense was outstanding! I think we can beat anyone in the playoffs!

    Side Note: FUCK TRENT DILFER!

    My rant was my rant.. Dont give a fuck, Im still here and WASSSSSUPPP!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Nice, welcome back, yo!

  • In reply to Church:

    You'll never guess where I found him. Don't tell em Fres.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Some fuckin Packers bar, I'm betting

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I never waiver on opinions. They may not be popular but I don't waiver on them. And I see no upside to our quarterback being sacked 75 times yesterday.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Maybe one day it will teach him to throw the fracking ball away. And that would be a huge upside.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I wish I could interview him. I would only ask him about throwing the ball away. It's flat out bizarre.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    everyone dislikes Cutler's body language, and I thought "get over it, not every one plays like your boyfriend Favre" - but I could've sworn he was concussed yesterday again because he looked EXACTLY like he did in that Giants' game before he was pulled out.

    Then it dawned on me: no one could tell the difference between a concussed Jay and a non-concussed one.

    That doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. Is it the diabetic thing?

    We didn't give him a lot of hot reads either, and the TEs Rec (aside from Davis) didn't exactly great games to boot.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Good for you. I rarely waver myself, and generally take crap for it. Don't care. I yam what I yam....

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Which is precisely why I hate Jerry Angelo. Cutler's going to get sacked a whole lot more in the playoffs being that we are the most sacked team in the NFL and this is the most powerful handgun in the world.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    So you still think "Greg Olsen is the key to our offense" ?

    I'd have to agree. When the number one TE only turns up for every second game then it becomes a pretty key issue.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Glad you're back and I second that Dilfer comment. What an ass.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Unless it's simple and he doesn't want the incompletion.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    probably gets more sympathy lubbin' from Cavallari on a sack than an incomplete pass.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    So you're saying, more sacks equals more sack time? Understandable. Though I do wish he had more than his sack in mind while playing football.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Well, sometimes it looks like he's standing in the pocket watching "Land Before Time IV" in his head. And that's totally understandable since Little Foot's mom died in that one (I think). Tragic stuff that's sure to tug any man's heart strings.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    You're supposed to say "Spoiler Alert" ... I had that booked for next week ... screw it ... for anyone who hasn't seen 'Bambi', his mother gets shot dead in like the first ten minutes. But it's okay, his gigolo dad comes back in 'Bambi 2' and Bambi gets his fuck on. Not with his dad, with a doe.

    And if you haven't seen 'The Usual Suspects' yet ... it's the guy with the limp.

    And if you haven't seen 'The Crying game' ... well I'll let Andrew Biggs of the Bangkok Post say it best ...

    "When you've lived here a long time, you lose that initial titillation you had when you realised this country has - gasp - a third sex! And you start to spot 'em a mile off.

    This is not always a good thing. Back in 1993 everybody was talking about the movie called The Crying Game. This was the era prior to the internet and email, a time when we got our information from newspapers and morse code. "There's a devastating twist in the middle of the film," wrote reviewers when The Crying Game first came out. I for one was immediately down at Silom hunting out the pirated Viodeo CD of The Crying Game the very next day. I found one, then raced back to my ungainly bachelor pad in Bangna in anticipation of the "devastating twist".

    Scene one: A soldier wanders around a fun fair with his girlfriend - "Oh look, the girlfriend's a katoey". Then the soldier is kidnapped, and the story begins.

    It's not until I'm 30 minutes into the movie when an uneasy realisation descends upon the bachelor pad. Surely the twist isn't that the woman's a man? Alas, when that "devastating twist" reared its ugly multi-gendered head halfway through, I wondered: I drove all the way into Silom for that? And how the hell could anybody not know the woman was a man from the moment you saw her/him?

    Yet the rest of the world didn't. Such is the curse of the Bangkok long-term expat. As the years slowly tick by, you become immune to so many things. After year five, you are oblivious to road rules and driving like a maniac. Year eight, and you are immune to punctuality. Year 10 is NA, Year 13 is AA, and Year 15 is when you can no longer see the faults in your home country, directly disproportionate to all those injustices you see in everyday Thai society and if only this were a western country."

    Classic.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Blogfader.....it may all be numbers for him, and while your asking the questions offer him snickers bar to get him juiced.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, I get your point but don't agree. I agree with Doc, really wanted to win but the loss wasn't devastating.

    The Lovie timeout was triggered by the delay of game call early in the game. The way Cutler was jawing with the official you could tell he thought the official threw the flag with time on the clock. I think Lovie was trying to avoid another one. Oh well.

    The biggest reason we lost was Martz went pass happy, the OL was overwhelmed and Cutler had a bad game. They seem to go hand in hand. If Martz goes pass happy again in the playoffs, we're done.

    The Fudgies punter had the game of his life. I'd be shocked if he could reproduce that outcome in Soldier Field. If you looked at the stats, we were even with the Fudgies on both kickoffs and punt returns, avg/return.

    The D played really well yesterday. Jennings dropped a pass that would have been a big gainer.

    The homer in me feels compelled to complain about the roughing the passer call on Peppers, the PI call on Jennings and the non-call when the Pecker had a hold of Knox's jersey in the end zone. It wasn't the difference in the game but it's always a pisser.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If you watched the timeout replay, he waited for the clock to run down before calling the timeout.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Not sure what you mean Jeff.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    MARTZ to Cutler: "Lets just see what works and what we can use in the playoffs"

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    MARTZ to Cutler: "I'm still pissed you haven't been over for cake and coffee. Maybe these 7-step drops will convince you I'm a good crumpet conversationalist."

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Martz didnt go into that game with a gameplan. It was clearly a Try this and that type of game.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think he thinks he can always make a play, no matter how dire it looks to those of us watching at home.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Ahhhh ....

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The timeout was stupid because it wiped out a long first down. Had Cutler thrown a pick six on the play, we'd be lauding Lovie for his foresight. And maybe his foreskin, too.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    If Cutler had thrown a pick-6, you can be DAMN sure the refs would not have called the timeout.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Ah. Because there's now an Anti-Bears sentiment playing out with the refs across the league?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    It cost us more than a first down, that was at least 3 points from the FG. GB scored on the next possession. Probably cost us the game. That's two games on Lovie's stupidity. That's the #1 seed in the NFC. How about them apples?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    whasup!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, you're back! Glad to see the old fire is still burning!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Lovies getting unjustly killed for that time out. If that play doesn't work then Lovies a genius. Who's to say Chester didn't get the first down because a few of the defenders heard the whistle and loafed? Oh, and fres, fuck you too!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    fuck all you DAMMIT!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Nah. I'll pass.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Somebody had to say Fres, glad it was you.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I like it Fres. 'My rant was my rant'. That's gravestone-grade quality right there my man. And I'm with you on the shotgun.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    classic. That was one of the most surreal experiences for me because i read it when i was hammered and started laughing after Fresno went all Jeckyll and Hyde on everyone. He probably got arrested. He was fucking fired up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff, Meaningless? Really, meaningless? I don't f'in get it. How can a game against the Green Bay Packers be meaningless? With a chance to sweep the division and very likely eliminate the cheese curds from the post season, it's meaningless? WTF? I don't get it. Yes, I understand the logic of not getting anyone injured, but meaningless? Come on. No game against the Packers is *ever* meaningless. Ever.

    Last year we were already out of any chance to be in the playoffs as we played our second game against the Pack, but you didn't seem to think that game was meaningless.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/da-bears-blog/2009/12/green-bay-at-chicago-preview.html

    WTF?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm pretty flippin' sure that the Jets get bounced by the Colts and Ryan packs it in until late spring.

    That said, both Braylon Edwards AND Santonio Holmes are UFA, and the Jets won't tender both players. I think Edwards has upside and wouldn't mind being a Bear next year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd take either one of those guys GPL, but only for the right price.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Screw the price, the oompa-loompas aren't getting it done. Bona fide ball-getters please.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Man I think Edwards just gives you heartache. The guy makes the tough catch and drops the easy ones. Him and David Terrell have some common genes somewhere.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    They both are Wolverines, perhaps?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Kinda like Penn State running backs.awsome college careers that usually don't carry over to the pros. Like our man Curtis Enis. You have to put Desmond Howard in the Michigan receivers, and didn't live up to his billing.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    And Johnny Knox is any different...?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Any word from Fres? Dude lost it a few threads ago....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Not a peep.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I am surprised.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Fres could be sittin somewhere waiting on bail.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    (Fres) : I HEARD THAT !!!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I could see Forte owning the playoffs. He is a man. I'm calling pro bowl next year. The guy is getting better and better each week.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    just gotta give him the rock on runs and passes more. he can't be covered by linebackers on pass routes and is running strong. Am i in the twilight zone? He had 8 catches and could have had 10 more runs. then we win. Martz had better stop fucking around with the pass happy bullshit. We win when we are balanced and we lose when we are not. it is that simple.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I absolutely do not think Cutler threw that last pick on purpose. Horrible way to end the game. Maybe he got it out of his system but that play should never have happened.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    hester was wide open, he just floated the ball to much...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Bleacher Report likes our chances in the coming weeks...

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/560104-nfl-playoff-predictions-picking-the-winners-of-next-weeks-showdowns/#page/8

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/560104-nfl-playoff-predictions-picking-the-winners-of-next-weeks-showdowns/#page/11

    Me too.

  • In reply to mikev:

    MVO...I likey it but I worry about the love bro...I love that we get no respect...Rocky! lets take it all the way to the Big dance...I don't want any love from the pundits.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thumbs up on Santonio.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Plus, he'll improve team chemistry. With his excellent strain of weed.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1
    The choice of music in the locker room would improve ...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    If it works....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Man I would love a rematch with the Sea-Chickens.
    What would that game open at? Bears -10 at home vs. an 8-9 team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Matt Forte has regained his form and did it yesterday against one of the league's better defenses

    Not gonna take anything against Forte: he's been one of the best backs in the game since Martz committed to the run and the blocking improved. But the Packers suck against the run. In fact, at 4.7 ypc against, they're tied for second worst.

    I think I understood the philosophy yesterday. We don't want to get anyone hurt but if someone is going to get hurt, it's going to be Rashied Davis.

    Or Cutler. Hey look, another seven step drop!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I'd like to know when it was Forte allegedly lost form, and why any reduction in rushing yards is not directly attributable to our crappy o-line?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bears 2011 opponents (yeah, I know, insert appropriate caveat here):

    Home: NFC North, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks

    Away: NFC North, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought as long as we were up or tied, we should keep the starters in, but as soon as GB went up 10-3, I thought they should have been yanked. Oh well, no injuries.

    Vanilla was the name of the game.

    Also, I was all over going for 2 if/when Cutler scored that touchdown late in regulation. Overtime was just going to be an excuse to get someone hurt in a meaningless game.

    Anyone see the opening line for Saints @ Seahawks??

  • In reply to jmcyclone:

    8

  • In reply to jmcyclone:

    +1 on the "go for 2 idea" in that scenario.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ooo... A chance to be a DaBears blogger? Count me snoggered!

    As for the game, I agree with all of you on the Rashied Davis sentiment. It's like Martz told Cutler, "hey. playoff teams are going to be watching tape of this game. do NOT throw it to anyone we'll need to count on in the playoffs. every time you even so much as LOOK at hester, knox, or olsen, i'm going to call a 7-step drop on the next play."

    I was hoping we'd see a big day from Dez Clark. He got screwed this year.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Welcome Waddle. We need a Waddle weally quickwy.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Earl Bennett is kinda Waddle-esque in that he'll go over the middle and get murdered because the QB is putting him in position to get his head knocked off.

    But until he does the whole "smelling salts in the playoffs" routine, he just won't reach that upper echelon of waddleness.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff, I understand your view. Don't make me sad though saying you didn't care about this game. We all "care" even a bit when it comes to the Bears.

    I wish they would have won but they didn't show a lot. They did show that oour Oline sucks..it's improved but under a heavy blitz it cannot hold and Jay getting sacked 6 times is testament to this. Can we trust them vs. the Saints? I hope so.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    No I really didn't. I only wanted health.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    So the fact that our first offense only getting 3 points - trying their best - doesn't worry you Jeff?

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Unless Martz truly is a genius and he was playing cat-and-mouse with our 1st playoff opponent.

    "Now listen here," I imagine him saying to Tice. "The Pack is gonna blitz and we're gonna let them be successful. We've got to protect Jay, though, so let's not go Giants apocalypse. Maybe a nice 5-7 sack performance by their D. Then, when we play on Jan 16 at Soldier Field, we'll unleash more hot routes than you can shake your wiggle stick at. We're gonna set the record for most 3-yard passes turned into 50 yards scores!"

    He's crazy enough to say that.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    That works on X Files.

    Doesn't fly for me.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    when Cutler throws 5 TDs in the face of the inevitable blitz onslaught, you'll owe me a cookie.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    How does he throw TDs by tossing quick slants to smurfs that can't break tackles? And on the other side of things, hitting people deep usually comes down to who jumps for the ball better. Who do we have?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    you, too, will owe me a cookie. and if it's oatmeal, you're done.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Thou doth protest too much Jeff. It's pretty obvious that your story line got stolen because there were NO INJURIES to speak of. I have to say, I'm starting to agree with Fresno's take on your bla se rambling contradictions concerning this game. Is everything ok? Have you seen a doctor lately?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You can't alter your opinion because of results. My opinion was don't play any of these guys because the risk (injury) was not worth the reward (beating the Packers). I'll tell you this - watching our o-line yesterday, how can you rather face the Giants down the road than the Packers? It's insane.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Would it really matter Jeff? I mean the writing has been on the wall since mid-season on the Bears Oline. The way to beat Culter is to blitz him and blitz him often. No matter who we face they will follow this tactic.

    This is why getting Forte up to speed and getting those break away runs is going to really throw a wrench in defensive plans vs. the bears. This and a good quick pass scheme should do the trick. Still hoping!!! BEAR DOWN!!!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    We haven't seen enough screens thrown. Along with the counter trap it's one of the most holy and perfect football plays in existence. Even if it gets tumbled, you just go the other way and someone's open.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It seemed everytime we ran a screen this year, it went really well, until, we saw the penalty flag on the field and one of our Oline was called for holding...I considering the blitz crazy schemes against us, I would still call them.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    "IF" is the keey word here. All is well, Jay's OK and they sat Bennett which was smart. Everything worked out except beating the Pack. All in all we're in the same place we were before the game. Every had a side before this one but it's done. Let's move on and look to who we'll be facing next. Anyone think the Seahawk's have a chance in hell vs. the Saints? It would the upset of the century!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Snow in the forecast. If the Seahawks win, will people still root against the Packers?

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I can't get an answer to this so I have to shout, sorry :

    WHAT'S UP WITH EARL BENNETT ?!! TIME FRAME PLEASE !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The Seahawks beat us B4E, so why not, yeah sure they can beat the Saints. It's noisy there.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I wanted to win that game as much or more than any other game this season. But, the loss hurt less than any other loss this season.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I too disagree the game was meaningless. It meant a lot to me, and I would have loved a win. I still say that third down bizzarre time out is what killed us - that nullified a big play.

    No injuries is GREAT and I am so relieved all is good on that front.

    PEANUT!! My favorite Bear. He does so much and gets so little love. I also thought Anthony Adams did a good job yesterday as well.

    I find myself wishing for a natural disaster in Philly next weekend...locusts? Flood? Anything? I do not want to face the Cheese again so soon, but would perhaps just die if Philly knocked us out of the playoffs. sjvl....DEAD. And that would just suck.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    While I'm not really disagreeing, I think Brad Maynard had a very strong game.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    But when the best we can say is that that our punter had a good game ...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I agree 100% concerning the Giants remark at the end there Jeff. I just think to take such a strong tact against the wind of uncertainty concerning whether or not the Bears should have played to win is carrying it too far perhaps. The played, they lost, they got one more week of game time experience with a new OC and DC in a very short season that can only help them as they enter the playoffs.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Irrelevant question, Jeff.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Things I didn't know: sidney rice is a free agent. hmmmm.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    interesting...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    congrats to MBHP for winning the league...good games brotha.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    cough (choked) cough cough

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Thanks, FQD - it was one helluva season.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    new thread

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    ?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    this maybe the new coaches first order..give his old team some love! by Sydney RICE.

    Larry Fitzgerald anyone?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Get them all, we've got five spots open in my book.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    interesting list:

    http://www.footballsfuture.com/2011/fa/wr.html

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Coincidence? Not likely.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Damn, Lovie sucks. I've held back because they've been winning but it needs to be said again. He SUCKS ASS BIGTIME!!! But if they made it to the Super Bowl in spite of him, hell maybe they can win it too.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    oooh. And he's over 4'7 too ...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    who would you prefer, Jeff: Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards or Rice? I say Rice.

    And I got this hunch that not only T.O. will be free, but that OchoCinco could be had for a reasonable trade. Didn't anyone else see Bungles game without them. It was like Palmer was playing without TWO five hundred pound gorillas on his back...

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Damn there are a bunch of whiners on this site! Lovie comes out looking like a genius. The D looked great. And as regards the O, either you believe Martz was holding back, (in which case, he accomplishes putting false tape in the hands of the next opponent), or you believe he tried and failed, (in which case he has proof that he needs to revamp-proof he would not have had with the French battle posture many wanted him to adopt).
    Lost in all of this is that the Bears came within a horrific RTP call of winning this baby. This in spite of the O line getting off slow due to crowd noise that should not be a factor if we face the Pack again-in our house. And as for the Lovie hate-tell me who could have done better with our talent?
    For those of you trying to save face because you predicted Armageddon, I can only laugh heartily at you. Your tiny little egos (amongst other things) can't handle your sports acumen being revealed as microscopic as well. Now you want to continue to rant in the face of a second round bye. So how about acting like you do when you disappoint yet another woman-slink off in shame, (and take Rosenberg with you).

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    That's a good point in fairness. 17 QB hits/sacks + concussion the last time. BTW - garza was in no man's land yesterday on some plays - Kreutz was eating him alive - nearly getting Cutler killed. If the vets aren't doing it, then we're pooched. We can't even do it through the draft - we don't have 4-5 years. We need to go hog-wild in FA next year. The window of opportunity is closing on this team.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Nope. You don't intentionally allow people to potentially injure your franchise. And anyone who thinks Martz wasn't 'showing his hand' with the playcalling needs to put the crack pipe down. The fact that some people were promoting the idea that the GB 'didn't mean anything' I find incredible. GB are probably the most dangerous NFC opponent in the NFC, combining good defense, ST and offense. We had the chance to keep them out of the playoffs. If the Bears truly wanted to 'hide their hand' (see, it just sounds more silly the more it gets said) then all they had to do was let the second string at it, and the opposition would learn nothing. Lovie wanted to win that game. He set out his stall when he arrived at the Bears with that very mission statement (winning superbowls wasn't the most important thing, but beating GB was - danger Will Robinson!).

    We did our best to beat the Packers and we scored three points. Anyone who thinks that's a superbowl team needs to cast their minds back to the Pats game to see where we are on the talent ladder.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I'm pretty sure at least two, maybe three, of those sacks should have been throwaways. Why doesn't he throw them away? One possible reason is personal protection, which I'm 100% in favor of - if you open up yourself to get rid of the ball right before a 300 pounder hits you it has to increase your chance of getting pounded and taking an injury. That's one thing Jay seems to be pretty good at - protecting himself physically. But I think it's costing us in yards and sacks. There's also the "keep the play alive" concept that's obviously always in his head. That's a great trait of his generally but does cost us with sacks and loss of field position.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I'd say it's just not having a good football brain, Phil. Simple as. And you're spot on re his "keep the play alive" mentality. Every down is played like it's 4th down with the whole game on the line. Wrong, Jay. How long is he playing football now? Twenty years? At what point does it sink in that as QB you have to get rid of the ball? There's no clock in his head. He doesn't audible from what I can see, and if the 'audibles' are built-in options to the play then he doesn't have very good vision. More often than not somebody's open. I know for a fact he's allergic to looking for Shabba. He's also allergic to heaving it into the stands. I've always said if he did that four or five times a game he'd end up in the hall of fame. He just won't do it and it's getting well into his career now. He's no longer 'the young QB'. There are no more excuses. This is the first winning season of his career and it's no coincidence that he has a championship defense behind him. He's not showing any smarts. Big arm, mobile, and that's it. I just don't think he reads defenses very well. One could argue that crappy receivers and no o-line doesn't help things. True. But when he does stand in the pocket for six seconds and either gets sacked, or still forces into triple coverage, what then? Whose fault is that?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, Happy Birthday sir. (I older people sir.)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thatshould be, I only call older people sir.

  • Hey Jerry: http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/34930/projected-2011-nfl-draft-order

    With the 27th pick overall (because we all know he won't/can't trade up), the chicago bears choose... the badest-assed, most dynamic olineman still on the board please god.

    There you go Jerry... your 1st round strategy is set.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bleacher Report has picking Mister Potter at 26.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/555790-2011-nfl-mock-draft-can-cam-newton-overtake-andrew-luck-for-1-overall#page/27

    I take it he would replace Omlette at LT.

    I would really like Wisconsin's Moffitt and would trade up in round 2 to get him, just to send Williams weak will packing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Speaking of LT's, Williams is a bust. If I were at Wrigley and he was a baseball, I'd throw him back.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...nice

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Agreed.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm glad the Bears showed up to play, but I would have been a lot happier to see Martz back off of the 7 step drops after the 3rd or 4th sack.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Again, can anyone explain to me Martz' apparent aversion to the shotgun? It's perfect for bad o-lines.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think Olin sucks at shotgun snapping.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Hmmm. Excellent point. Seem to remember Sex Cannon getting a lot of guff over 'fumbled snaps'. Could Kreutz be the culprit?

    JA: Now let me see, take a seat Mr. Kreutz. You want the position of center for the Chicago Bears, yes? Let's have a look at your CV then. Oh, look, you used to be good ... hmmm ...

    1. You're not that big are you though?

    2. You have problems snapping the ball, yes?

    3. You're quite old and can't block at the second level, eh?

    4. Feeling the years, feeling that bust achilles aren't we? That little part of your body that supports all your weight?

    5. Oh, we won't be able to run the shotgun or counter treys effectively, I see ....

    JA: Well, I see no problems there Mr. Kreutz, here's millions of dollars and the keys to our offense!

    OK: Shithead.

    JA: Yes, quite.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I seriously think Martz was trying to examine just how far the O has really gelled in his system. Here was the conversation with Lovie pregame:

    Martz:"Ok, Lovie, since the bye you tattoed "we get off the bus running" on my chest, so that when I wake up sunday morning and want to throw 40 times, I remember to give it to Forte from time to time. But this is a meaningless game, and I want to do a dry run of what I really want to do in the future"

    Lovie:"Yup. I was gonna pull my guys out, ala 2006, but if you want to see how far they've come, go ahead. I won't pull them out. I like beating Green Bay anyways."

    Martz:"Alright! Be prepared for the greatest show on Tundra!"

    Tice: Screaming something similar to Fres' rant in the background.

    3 points later...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    85 that was my thought as well. The oline played great vs. the Jets, so Martz wanted to keep trying out the 7-step drops. Everyone says he's an "offensive genius" so he knows what he was doing. It was a practice game. I think Haugh said monday that if the loss means we go back to balanced run/pass, then the loss was worth it.

    But I did hate to see us lose, even though I kept saying it didn't matter. It mattered emotionally. I hope we meet the Packers again and bitch-slap them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Saw no planned bootlegs or roll-outs either, which would have been my first call on first and goal.

    Once again, I feel our receivers are deemed "unworthy" of P.I. calls. Their guy had a handful of Knox's jesey on 2nd goal.

    And yes, you can make contact inside 5 yards, but not once the ball's in the air.

    That was a nice Tommie Harris sighting, sacking Rodgers on 3rd & goal when the 4 down linemen maintained gap integrety. They KNEW he wanted to scramble in.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Good point as well. If I'm an OC with a guy like Cutler and a crappy line, my whole life is on the roll-out or play-action bootleg on every other play. Cutler's rating on the run is much higher than when he sits there like a target.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's also worth noting that Tommie Harris was on the ground at the beginning of that sack. Great hustle though, but his body just ain't the same anymore.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    shit sign his ass now he he can start January 16th at 1:00pm!

    I like the scouting report on this boy!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Trading up ? Jerry, hey, can we ... okay, no sorry, you're right ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But if they get to the Super Bowl they will fall to 32 or 31.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Looking at the strength of schedule stats. A couple of things jump out at me:

    1) Nobody over .582 (Bengals), nobody under .414 (Chiefs) [though the Raiders are not on the list]. That's pretty good parity right there.
    2) Packers have the toughest schedule of a team in the playoffs (.520). Say whatever you want, they play tough.
    3) Bears (.473) are right in the middle of the playoff group. Nobody can accuse us of lying down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was meaningless to this coach in 2006 when the team ended up in the Super Bowl, wasn't it?

    And if we got our QB hurt in a game last season when we were going nowhere, who cares? We got our quarterback slammed to the turf 7-10 times yesterday and if you'd rather thump your chest over a rivalry, go ahead. I'd rather be healthy when the Saints or Eagles come to town in a couple weeks.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1, Blogfather.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    For MB:

    Life is about success milestones.

    At age 4, success is not peeing your pants
    At age 12, success is having friends
    At age 16, success is having a driver's license
    At age 20, success is having sex
    At age 35, success is having money
    At age 50, success is having money
    At age 60, success is having sex
    At age 70, success is having friends
    At age 75, success is having a driver's license
    At age 80, success is not peeing your pants

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wait, Time-Out oooops, sorry bears fans. The bears plain and simply lost. I love how Lucky Smith didn't rest anybody, he took that big of a chance on hurting his mediocre franchise QB, Cutler getting pounded again and again - just to gain the love of his beloved meat-headed bears fans, if they could only beat the Packers - What an enormous ego resides in that dumbfounded, ugly-fucking peanut headed loser. Lucky and the Bears tried as hard as they could to win, but they couldn't beat an injury-riddled packers team, even when Rodgers had a bad game. Keep rationalizing bears fans, your house of cards is about to topple.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    If they "tried as hard as they could," Martz wouldn't have used Week 4's offensive game plan.

    But thanks for coming out!

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    i called it! MrARodgers wins the prize for the first douche to take a great defensive effort by both teams and another great game in the rivalry and make it about injuries to the Packers. You are a fag. You know it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    If Rodgers ever met you he'd punch you in the face.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I thought yesterday proved why I'm not afraid of the Pack. Did you guys see Osi play for the Giants yesterday? You want Omiyale v. Osi in the playoffs?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Agreed. We could've beaten the Pack, but we weren't playing to win offensively. I think Martz went back to the seven step drops and pass heavy scheme as an experiment to see how the more 'experienced' O-line could handle it. If the Bears had needed that game, we would've seen a sharper unit featuring a lot more Forte.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    New York on the outside looking in is ALWALYS a good thing.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Osi vs. the Redskins Rookie Trent Williams? Not much of a test but regardless the Giants have been up and down all season. Yes they hurt the Bears but I did not expect that kind of performance repeated by the Giants the way they've been playing. As I said in another post...it wouldn't matter. The defense vs. Cutler will Blitz, blitz and blitz regardless on who they happen to be.

    The Saints D likes to blitz with overwhelming numbers as well. The Oline will not hold, we have to adjust the plays called accordingly so Jay is not back in the pocket for more than 2 steps and we run the hell out of the ball.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    I've seen every Giants game and their d-line has not been up and down. And Trent Williams is 100 x better than Frank Omiyale.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The Giants line is indeed beastly, and ours is most kitten-like.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    We are not the droids he's looking for.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    And what is your house going to do?

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    We split the season, ass. Go back to Cheddar land.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    I am rooting for Green Bay next week, with a side of 3rd concussion this season for Mr. Rodgers. This I could live with.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    do you seriously think we took that game serous? Do u think we had a legit offensive game plan? NOPE, it was clear we were just takin a practice test. Funny how u guys barely still could beat us.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Funny how these lil fuckers decide to come talk shit after week 17.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    fres....fudgefuckers are like hemorrhoids just can't get rid of them with cream, they have to be surgically removed.............philly will do that next week

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow man, what kind of hems did you have? Sounds like full-on grapes.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    hey inbred..wtf are you doing on this blog? your sister and or you mother are not here...go tip a cow/your mom

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    The game was at your place, your team had everthing to play for, and we lost by 7. Say what you will, but the Packers aint all that.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    LOL.
    Mr. A, you ALMOST had my respect, staying away as long as you did, but noooo, here you are to embarrass yourself.
    Try and pay attention.
    Take your incredeibly weak, ignorant, smack talk to your fellow MASTERS of the SNIVELING, COWARDLY POST, Big Cheesy and PhrozentuRda.
    I know this is repeating myself to Bear Bloggers but you Cheeseheads all seem to be afflicted with the same peculiar form of temporary amnesia. I believe the clinical name for it is "PackerLossOfrenia". The Packers lose a game - you guys lose your memory and suddenly forget we exist.
    You lost to the LIONS. You lost to the DOLPHINS, At LAMBEAU for cheesesakes.
    A couple of wins and it's "poof - aw bedder".
    Such abject, cowardly behavior renders ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you may have to say thereafter as Moot, Irrelevent, Valueless, Incosequential, Unimportant, Out of Order and, of course, Laughable.
    Understand? Comprende? Capire? And spare us the excuses, please. We've already had 'Turda's impassioned
    "But, wait, I'm really an intellectual and a sentient being who knws how to use the dictionary! I just prentended to be a profane, insulting, boor.".

    And don't bother with

    "Well, I was out of cel range while hunting Bambi"

    or

    "I fell thru the hole in my ice shack yrying to retrieve my lifesize, inflatable, anatomically correct, "Narcuissus" Doll and just awoke from the hypothermia coma".

    Now, scurry on back to the clinic, I'm sure you're due your latest THORAZINE booster.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But seriously, that was awesome Albert.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Fuck off.

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Ya, because Davis is our Go-To-Receiver, right?
    You may have been injured, but our team was unmotivated, and were just experimenting. It's like trying out new moves on a fat cheesehead chick, before really bringing the A-game to a real woman. Anyhow, good game. Hope you guys do eliminate some of the pretenders, so we can beat you guys at Soldier Field for the NFC Champ crown, which like a Bears ending Favres career, is how it should be...

  • In reply to MrARodgers:

    Congrats to the Packers who've already won the Injury Superbowl. You might not have heard of it because it isn't played on the field, just awarded by the SI writers.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Packers' leading rusher yesterday was was Aaron Rodgers with 21 yards on 7 carries.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I can't see how the Pack do it with the Kuhn-Brandon Jackson suckage duo, but they do it.

    If the Ravens can win the Super Bowl with Trent Penishead as QB, anything is possible with a great D.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Anyone else notice the chanting of "Kooooon" when white running back John Kuhn is on the field going a bit too (awkwardly) far?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nah. He's white for starters. Wasn't one of the arresting officers in the OJ Simpson case called Kuhn?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm somewhere in the sex and money categories....

    I prefer both.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    How much?

    (Sorry, couldn't resist)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Even awesomer.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    More than you, I bet.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Frazier got the full time gig next year from Da Zygster.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He deserves it. He's a good man.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    You can bet his '85 teammate, Ron Rivera, will be floated again as a candidate for one the forthocming openings.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I believe he's interviewing for the John Fox's job in Carolina.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Now there is a poisoned chalice. He's from San Fran or no ? I think he'll end up there. Good roster.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Ya, I just wish he landed in another division.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    kudo's to Fraz.... childy should of been gone last year

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Which means the NFL was this close to having 4 former 85 bears as head coaches: Singletary, Frazier, Fisher, Rivera. Throw in the eventual hiring of Harbaugh and the fact that Sean Peyton once played QB for the bears, and the bears are very well represented in the coaching tree. Oh yeah, Jack-Ass Ryan is the son of Buddy Ryan, which is, as far as I know, the only reason he got his foot in the NFL's door. Anybody I'm forgetting?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Interesting stat by His Larryness,

    "In eight games since the Bears

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Another Larry Stat ...

    "When Greg Olsen is targeted on the left hash marks between 12 and 15 yards downfield, on Mondays, when Uranus is in the house of Aries, on even numbered dates .. he is the leading receiver in the NFL ... but other than that he's as useful as ttis on a bull ..."

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I remember having sex. That was good. Really good.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Still is Irish, still is...esp when one gets "sunday bears victory head in the car" sex, like some blogger here lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome thread...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'd have "success is not peeing your pants" spread liberally throughout the twenties and thirties too.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    One could say that Cutlers untimely picks and inability to make the hot reads prior to the count of 6 leading to costly sacks may very well cost us the game in two weeks no matter who we play. Nay I say, Cutler needs the Tuesday morning film time more than Orton ever did. Don't get me wrong, he's our guy, but damn he's inconsistent.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hear here

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'd say Orton just put more hours in the film room. Football isn't rocket science, I mean look at the guys who play it. Seriously. Some of them would be gang-bangers, drug-dealers and murderers if they weren't in the NFL.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Some of them are gang-bangers, drug-dealers, and murderers even though they're in the NFL.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'm not worried about the Saints or the Eagles. We can kick the shit out of them. I'm worried about GB and the NE Patriots. We had the chance to keep one of those out of the playoffs, and I'm glad Lovie tried. You play to win. I used to think football was human chess. Wrong. It's football, not chess with people, not really. You don't sacrifice winning for anything. You don't forego the chance to win. Ever. Halas would turn in his grave if he heard about the BEars not trying to win a game. Especially against the Packers. I don't care if we're 0-16 going into that game. I would send in Cutler and all the other big over-paid babies who are privileged to play this game to go into battle and sweat blood to beat our oldest rival. Records don't mean shit. Superbowls, pride and bragging rights are all that counts - leaving it all out on the field and saying "I couldn't do any more." If Butkus got 'rested' his career would have lasted longer, yes. And he also wouldn't have been half the player he was. You play to win. Anything else is women's wrestling.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I left out that in Chess you sometimes sacrifice a piece, but you can't sacrifice people in football.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It makes me smile that people got excited about the rushing numbers we put up on the Panthers. 2-14? They need a TE? Manu for Jamar please.

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