Super Bowl Champions at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Super Bowl Champions at Chicago Bears Game Preview

I don't believe in litmus test or turning point games this early in the season but I'm starting to sense that's exactly what faces the Chicago Bears this week at Soldier Field.  The Super Bowl champions are coming to town having been handed a blueprint for scrambling the Mind of Martz by Gregg Williams and the defensive coaches down on the bayou.  I can see this game going two ways: (1) The Bears stabilize their issues and deliver an inspired effort on the lakefront or (2) Injuries, flaws, coaching issues compound and the Bears are watching Matt Flynn throw passes in the fourth quarter.


  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I have to believe the Bears are going to play angry this week because if they don't play angry this week there isn't much to them.  Their coaches looked like fools in New Orleans.  Their offensive linemen looked like amateurs.  Their quarterback looked like he was ready to shoot someone in the face with a gun.  What better remedy than your oldest rivals in front of your fans?
  • This rivalry of late is as balanced as it gets.  Including the postseason, Lovie Smith is 8-7 against the Packers.  Mike McCarthy is 6-5 against the Bears.  Throw the records out.
  • Three things scare me about the Packers: (1) Their ability to bring linebacker pressure off the edges. (2)  The ability of their corners to muscle the Bears wide receivers off their routes at the line of scrimmage.  (3) Jermichael Finley.
  • (1) The Bears have to design protection schemes that border on max-protect.  Two tights on occasion.  Use the fullback Clutts as a blocker.  But perhaps most importantly, the Bears need to be less willing to release Matt Forte over the middle and keep him at home to protect the quarterback.
  • (2) The Bears HAVE TO take shots deep.  The absence of Nick Collins for the Pack leaves them more vulnerable to the deep ball and the only way you can get corner to play off receivers is by threatening them with long-range passes.  With the amount of speed at the position for Chicago, it will only require a three second pocket.
  • (3) Jimmy Graham had 6 catches for 79 yards but more important than the stats were the situations wherein he made the catches: big third downs late.  Tony Gonzalez had 5 catches for 72 and the same can be said.  At this stage in all their respective careers, Jermichael Finley is the best of the three and he's capable of taking over Sunday afternoon.  The Bears need to hit him off the line of scrimmage and defend him with anything but a linebacker (and preferably a cover corner).  To be fair, I don't think this will happen.
  • I'm starting to think Matt Forte might be a great player and I expect the Bears to rely heavily on him Sunday.  Both the Saints and Panthers had success running the ball against the Packers but both decided to put the game on the arm of their star quarterback.  (Yes it's fair to call Cam Newton a star.)  24 carries, 121 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Robbie Gould has been consistently knocking the ball through the end zone.  Mason Crosby has not.  Devin Hester has been a shoestring tackle away from breaking a touchdown in both of the first two games.  I think he makes a big play on specials.
  • Chris Harris will stabilize the safety position.  Roy Williams will stabilize the wideouts and win a big one-on-one battle on a crucial third down.
  • I like the Bears of this era when they're angry and feeling unloved.

Bears 27, Packers 26 

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  • First off, as strange as it sounds to say so, the Packers don't have the personnel to pressure as successfully using the so-called blueprint the Saints showcased. That is not to say their defensive personnel is worse (because position-by-position I think GB is better than NO), but they appear to be significantly less dangerous and significantly more susceptible to big plays when they bring extra pressure.

    As in, the Saints have gotten excellent results whereas the Packers have gotten the opposite -- 100+ passer ratings and TDs given up, without enough sack production to make up for it. For that reason, they may well try to duplicate the Saints game plan (and it may well work) but they might not have the personnel to make it work as well for them. Instead, it might present just the opportunities Cutler needs to get back on track...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    BTW, here're the numbers if you're curious:

    "The prospects for resurgence appear promising. Green Bay has given up 851 yards passing over the past two games, and while Cutler compares the Packers defense to that of the Saints -- based on their blitz tendencies -- the numbers don't fare well for the Bears' rivals to the North.

    According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Packers defense leads the league in yards-after-catch allowed (367), with opposing receivers gaining 43.1 percent of their yardage after the catch. When the Packers blitz one or more defensive backs, they've netted just two sacks, while giving up one touchdown. In addition, opposing quarterbacks have completed 12 of 19 passes against the Packers when they bring one or more defensive backs as a rusher, for a passer rating of 111.5 and QBR of 98.3.

    When the Packers rush five or more, they've notched five sacks but have given up one touchdown as opposing quarterbacks have logged a combined passer rating of 97.6 and QBR of 24.4."

    (from Michael Wright at ESPN)

  • Gpldan, email me:

    First, suckas.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    You'd think being the blogfather you could time that better. Maybe try a hard count next time.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


    sorry Jeff, but that shit was funny.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:


    My GF recently gave me her old Kindle, and to be sweet she stuck 4 or 5 football E-books on there for me. I am starting with Pat Kirwan's Take Your Eye off the Ball now.

    I am bidding this week on a signed picture of Walter pulling down Suhey's shorts as they line up in a 84 summer practice. It's signed by both of them. My open bid is $25k.

    I am, seriously, the last guy who needs a free book. I don't know how many 7-figure Grabowskis haunt this blog, but I have to be at the bottom of the deserving list.

    Send the book to Irish. Dude teaches Thai kids how to curse properly in the mornings, and why Bjarne Soustroup was important in the afternoons. Irish is probably personally responsible for Al-Queda not gaining recruits in Thailand.

    He should get the book.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    7 figures, eh? Look's like GP will be hosting the blog party this year!

  • Screw that, I want GPL to adopt me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What do you do to make 7 figs and still manage to be on this blog at all times, year round? Are you Vince Vaughn? Batman perhaps?

  • It was stupid to say that out loud, even behind semi-anonymity. Forget I said it.

    Capital > Labor. End of story.

  • GP is Vince Vaughan! Awesome. Hi Vince. (blushes)

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I thought you were great in the Wedding Crashers. Do you really know John Cusack?

  • In reply to gpldan:


    There's such thing as an old kindle?
    Thanks GP. As much as I'd love that book, the cost of posting it is a no-no. Is there a kiddie's hospital in Chicago? A kiddie's ward somewhere? There might be some kids from Wisconsin who come to Chicago to avail of hospitals with electricity and plumbing. If they perchance came across some Bears literature it might seal the deal for them. Try that.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:


  • In reply to huntinbare:

    on second thought don't send it on a possible trip to wisc.
    one of the adults may take it into the outhouse and turn that thing into the next sears catalogue

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    (referee looks at the other officials, shrugs his shoulders)

    False start ... number one on the offense .... five yards ... replay first down.

    Sorry mang.

  • I got scooped on a first.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Haha, whoops. I wasn't even rushing to get that posted fast either... didn't mean to scoop ya.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    False start. 5 Yards.

    Let's hope the Bears get off the ball.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff, also:

    This rivalry of late is as balances as it gets.

    You could go two ways here. Make the word singular, or change the word balances to bananas. Either makes sense.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Singular would be "balance" as a noun. As a verb "balances" is singular. We don't have plural adjectives in the English language (except where used as pro-nouns). I believe what you want to say is "change to an adjective."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or put a "d" where it belongs. Or don't write posts in the middle of the night after carousing.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Yeah, but if you don't carous, you don't have what to post about.

    "Beer. The cause of, and solution to, all of America's problems"

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Botched the quote... here it is done properly.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    that's when inspiration is moving around the room.....
    gotta catch it when you can
    she likes to play hide and seek

  • Have to agree with Michael L, the Packers D has not shown itself to be a superbowl caliber this year, though its still early and these are pretty much all the same players. The Pack D played hurt last year and did okay. And our O is a heck of a lot more banged up than their D.

    This game will be decided by whether our D can give Rodgers his first bad game of the season. We've done it consistently the last couple of years, but Rodgers looks great this year and he's got all of his toys ready to keep our secondary busy. The D-line must get pressure, we cannot afford to give up long balls like we did to Breese.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    My concern is that A-Rodge had all day to throw against the Saints, yet they were in on top of us lickity split. One would assume the Packers will come after us, and most likely they'll be successful. Another dogfight too close to call.

  • Martz/Tice have shown a poor ability to play against the 3-4. Steelers, Pack - etc. The Bears have to now be known as the Confuse-a-cat team, probably the easiest team to deceive in the NFL with blitzes. The worst signal calling along the line in the NFL, esp. now that Kreutz is gone.

    And, to top it off, Cutler's voice is shot.

    Good thing audibles aren't needed. Blitz pickups - well - I expect to see a whole hell of a lot of John Daly this weekend in the backfield.

  • I don't expect a win but I would love one. If we only give up 3 sacks we have a great chance of winning. Oh.. and under 10 qb hits.

    Jeff, how do we win by a point?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I see two scenarios Artoo.
    They score 4 field goals and two touchdowns to our 3 touchdowns and 2 field goals.
    The other scenario is we both score 3 touchdowns and two field goals, but we block an extra point.
    The Bears have won a few games against the Pack recently by blocked FG's. I could see a similar scenario on Sunday.

  • Jeff, just delete the posts above yours and your "first" no problems. It's just like Grant faking injury vs. the Lambs Monday night to slow down the no huddle offense that was raping them. You have the Powah!

    Anyway, I look to past seasons when the Bears were not as good as they are today and they still beat "better" Packer teams. At Home vs. the Pack the Bears ALWAYS have the advantage. The old sang still is true today. "Bears beat the Pack twice and lose all the other games it's still a "winning" season."

    I think we'll get burned in the secondary a couple times, I also believe that we get to Bug-eyes and perhaps knock him out with a concussion. I would personally like to see that. I can still see that Douche doing that Gay "champion Belt" gesture in my mind. Every time I see that I want Urlacher to walk over to him and rip his arms off.

    I won't be at the game this weekend, but I will be there for the Panther's game. So I'm counting on those who are to lose their voices in my honor and scream and sing those Cheese-heads back to Green Bay. 4th Phase folks, stay up for our Bears and they will come through. They are going to give their best in this one...the fans also need to give it their all.

    "Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
    -George "Papa Bear" Halas

    BEARS = 38
    Packers = 17


  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    great quote from Papa Bear

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    when i was achild i hated that man
    his name was unmentionable in my brain

  • A few notes, from my perspective... (BTW sorry I've been away the past week or so --was doing some traveling.)

    Forte has looked excellent the past 2 games. He got so few carries last game it's hard to judge him there, but his open-field running after catches and on his big run was on an elite level. BTW I don't think it's necessarily wise to keep him in for blocking more. (Barber on the other hand, maybe...)
    Finley, much like the other GB receivers, is special because he finds ways to make contested catches -- by using his body as a shield, using leverage, and securing the ball through tackles -- and by being difficult to bring down. These are the things both Knox and Hester need to work on. I don't think they are lost causes yet, but it's clear they're both further behind on this than I'd hoped.
    The one thing I wanted to see, but didn't, in the NO game was Jay throwing an outside shoulder drop along the sideline against single coverage when they brought pressure. It felt like all the hot reads were inside breaking and too easily contested. I'd rather see some shots taken upfield with a real chance at breaking one vs a twisted up defender. Think like Devin's TD vs the Packers in '09 (that one was conventional double coverage though, with Nick Collins over the top) or vs the Eagles in '08. I know quick fading throws like that require trust and maybe Martz doesn't like them, but I think it makes sense to test the edges of the defense... especially if they insist on bringing pressure and daring you to beat them in single coverage (or man-under or single-high).
    Lastly, keep an eye out for the nickel blitz. Every year they pull it out against the Pack in a crucial spot and Rodgers and Co. haven't shown they've found an answer for it yet. Good things seem to happen a lot when they run it -- already this year in Week 1 DJ Moore blitzed and pressured Ryan into that Urlacher pick. Not sure when but I won't be surprised if you see it when the Packers are backed up deep, with them hoping for a repeat of that beautiful safety in the '09 opener.

    Either way the game goes, it'll still be too early to call the '11 Bears. A good performance might be just an emotional resurgence; a bad one might be more medicine swallowed as they scramble while trying to reshuffle the injury puzzle (i.e. like the Seattle and Washington games last year). Neither will be the final nail in the coffin or the boat sailing to the playoffs. But either outcome will tell us a bit more about the team we have.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    + 1 Michael - good analysis.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    +1, good analysis of michael's analysis SD. (ha!)

  • In reply to Michael L:


    I've found it impossible to say anything meaningful or educated about the O-Line now that Our Boy Roy's vidz are shut. I get steamed about that shit - he wasn't hurting anybody and if you didn't agree with him, don't watch.

    I found it super super helpful in coming to reasonable opinions about the line play. I'm pissed it's gone.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm not sure he couldn't have fought the cease and desist to be honest. The NFL would have a heck of a time fighting a laches defense given all of the highlight vids on youtube. On top of that, Roy usually only showed 2-4 plays in his vids that I've seen, and each was peppered with substantive editorial analysis. That's a text-book example of fair use. Anybody try reaching out to him to find out if he talked to an attorney?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    are you offering NB esq.?

    Would make for a nice pro bono case, no?

    (see how I did that?)

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Well said. And look at the x million other vids that use NFL video. Other people who get threatened or shut down normally just open another account straight away. Sad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Me too.

    Having said that, here's his OL and blocking grades for the Saints game.:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    what is this fresh h-ll
    creativity should not be censored
    imagine no possessions
    then he could show em for free
    drink strange beer
    he makes it look so good
    and give us a reel good time

  • Pretty hilarious exchange up top. enjoyed that a lot.

    I don't know about Irish GP, I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually the new headmaster at a popular madras in town. (I keed I keeeed).

    I am worried about this line, about our WRs just getting back on track as it seems like they've regressed a bit, and about the safety situation (again... or is that 'as usual'?)… but I think we pull one out against these fucks and the D takes it to them. We HAVE to win this one. we simply have to maings.

    Hey Bill… from last thread… step back from the ledge man. But your score call was reasonable. I know I say it a lot for effect, but no one’s getting fired during the season, and I’m not totally convinced lovie should be; UNLESS someone like cowher were asking to get in, AND they did part ways with Angelo as well. Teddy is just some fucking bookworm and he will follow good football advice… when we have management that actually possesses it. Tice? As OC? Good God man… why???? Keep him on the oline, but actually give him good players to work with.

    Here’s the bottom line, to get what we all want the McCaskey’s need to pay (even overpay) for really really strong, proven talent at GM and OC. But bottom line is we need a strategic GM who can draft really well and start building this team from the ground up again with good talent and some depth.

    ... I know it's his first year and he hasn't proven much yet, and he's signed a contract and all, but I'd still love to steal Harbaugh for our OC next year. I've have always really liked what he's done at every single school where he's been an HC (the program instantly turns around and turns into a powerhouse). Besides, he's one of us under there.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    maybe if fox would put out a few press releases about Dbl. M's job he would take the fake; and look for the easy way out

  • I don't know. I went into last Sunday feeling pretty good and look how that turned out. If we get a solid defensive effort, I feel good about the game. Melting Peppers combine for 3 sacks. Forte will have another great game. RW (and I don't mean McQuarters) will have a TD.

    Bears: 20

  • btw, check this out....

    This will blow Hunti's mind.

    So I was checking the blog on my Droid last night and I kept seeing this little 'floating' graphic thingy following my scrolling - i couldn't make out what it said. Finally I decided to try and click on it to see what it would do. It took me to this site:

    Ok, now before you click that link, I'll tell you what it is. All these media companies are now tracking what websites you visit (via browser cookies) and then serve up ads based on those 'preferences'. So now on this here blog, I get ads served up to me from because I buy a lot of tri gear from them. But they’re a local-only shop, so why is this showing up on a Chicago now blog? Because of these media companies.

    So aaaanyway, I knew this was happening, but it was a bit of an epiphany to find the site listed above (not the bike shop) and see what you can do with it. Go to the site and it will automatically scan your cookies to see how many of these companies are tracking your browsing and serving you up ads… then you can opt out of all of them at once. Boom!

    Sorry if this is old news to you, but I found it pretty interesting (you’re welcome doc).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, that's disconcerting.

    In some ways, I'm like Irish - looking for the black helicopters, only now, they no longer hover in the sky, but in wires.

    I have both Adblock Plus and Better Privacy as add ons for my FireFox specifically so I won't be tracked. But for all I know, they're ineffective or shams too.

    I can't even go on Facbook with certain privacy add-ons, which made me VERY suspect of what the hell Facbook and Google is tracking. I literally can't log onto FB unless I turn some of my privacy settings off. WTF?!

    At best, they're just data collecting banks for advertising, at worst, well, I'll let Irish take that one...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    (taking off his tin-foil helmet)

    Pull up a chair 85, here's what's going on with that .... hold on .... there's somebody at the door .....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    before these people have any effect on "me "; they will have to realize I have spent most of my adult life cracking the code of who i am.....,
    they don't know there are those of us out there that have nothing
    to lose.....
    i went to college with tons of marketing....accountancy....and marketing majors.....i rejected that very early as anything to be curious about......they is the new me you should see the corporate and political whoring that goes on through me every day....remember boys you will never get away from this...
    tell those who are tracking me... I'm not there

    Here is a good one from my teacher
    find out where you were eight days before you were concieved
    and stay there

    because the forces on this body have been blowing so severe
    for several weeks
    I have picked up a book I read a long time ago; my mind had dropped some of this stuff; so it was good to revist. Other parts have come through much clearer, now The Tao of Physics...fritjof capra

    it has helped maintain clear awareness....for riding out the storm...
    regarding the bears????? the way that life has been storming this castle......I'm going with another good dose of vitamin pain, washed down with a glass of misery
    but.....I also told my bear game story; and to come up with some numbers cause you guys are so good to me on that weekly; i did some research on gale sayers.....I am not saying that mat forte is gale sayers, not in the body anyway; but I believe in his ability to be most remember i have harped on the 2-8 record when he catches more than 6....sooooooo..try to think of some other way to get him the ball
    But if you would go back and u-tube the six touchdown day; and watch how beautifully rudy bukich pitched that ball out.....check out the spiral....why doesnt that happen more often today? help my troubled mind.....
    after getting pumped on bear success videos;and recalling a positive time; and wanting forte to get his due for the working man....he would also score one for me on the McCashkey's....
    I can see the forces being kind and bringing a miracle into this profound losing streak

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    it's 8:07 yor late for the three stooges

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    no disrespect to any profession we are all forced to do wicked things in life no body escapes it
    i like to say as the good apostle paul said:...I was cheif among the sinners.

    remember he had a rap sheet that included murder (he dragged christians out of there homes and did the deed)

    i bear no hatred to the human. so it's just a job... i just thought these people were arrogant...they were young and feeling it...and i was only a ed.major

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I've subscribed to Reason Magazine for about 17 years. It's a political magazine with only about 70,000 subscribers, plus retail sales. I was blown away in June 2004. I get my copy in the mail, and on the cover it has a satellite photo of my neighborhood with my house circled, and the headline says Mr. Cormonster The Fifth, They Know Where You Are. Inside the cover, it has all sorts of data about where I live. It even has a few specialized adds for me, including my business name. Every subscriber got the same thing, a personalized issue. It freaked me out at first, but I've learned to live with it. Here's an example of the cover.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Good magazine.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    direct mailers have been trying to get better at this for years....
    but, they didn't have the ability of electronic surveilance....
    they always wanted to know more

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Excellent MB, now that's the nerdy stuff we want ....

  • I was wondering if we can swap out ach-for-man for this guy:

    Laaaaaaaarrrrryyy..... a su casa! Tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch down!

  • 26 points, eh? How do they get there?

    2 touchdowns and 4 field goals?

    2 TD w/PAT, 1 TD w/2 pt, 2 safeties?

    2 TDs w/PAT, 2 TDs w/missed 2 pt conversions?

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    Could be a blocked PAT via the Izzy-Peppers tandem. GB seems to really inspire the kick-blocking team under Smith/Toub...

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    See what you did Jeff?

  • not feeling too good about this:,0,6680499.story

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    jesus, that thing was fucking horrible.

    Here is one of my favorite shows (and opening themes) of all time:

    Fuck I loved that show. Cried when Magnum died. *sniff*

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    this was a bad ass show/theme too: (24 second mark?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My god, they just don't make shows like they used to guys:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Someone stop me:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Riptide! Remember Riptide:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't diss the fattie!

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    God damn you, now I need to Wikipedia it.

    Magnum didn't die at the end!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    worst accent EVER, but awesome scene:

    Man I loved this show. Just amazing.

    Ok, os the ending was rick’s wedding… same basic principal right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Steltz and Conte need to sit down and have a heart to heart with the def line. It needs to go something like this:

    "For the love of god please fucking put pressure on Rodgers. You are aware we're fucking white right?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    they better take good lines and explode through the hit
    this is the packers
    they need to get a little xtra on their licks

  • Hey MB! I think you should really read what Tricia and Karen have to say (But maybe avoid Brianna)...

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Doc, we got a positive test this morning.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wait, what?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    just kidding.

    ...but I do want one of these:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn it all to hell.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    hahahahah... you bastard. you just want someone to commiserate with.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm okay with my situation. Dare I say, happy?

    But I do want you to suffer for your continued slaps to karma's face.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I've already apologized for pete's sake. Man, you can hold a grudge.

    Can I tell you a secret Doc, you know.... just between you and me...

    After I went through the shock, awe, disbelieve, and anger stages and had already reached the, ‘well, we can’t really get an abortion in good concious, so fuck it' stage… I got a little excited about the prospect of another little girl (man my daughter is awesome. Coming from 5th gen all boys, I never imagined a daughter could be so great (until she turns 13 of course, but I have a while))… Yes, I'm sure my little guy will be amazing too, but he's still just a baby, not a real person yet.

    SHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Common man. I do NOT want my wife to hear that shit!

    Oh and don't tell anyone else on the blog we had this convo, ok?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    let me congratulate you both on the miracle of life....
    i believe all the young ones coming along will be bright lights in these dark days....they will both be special....the times call for the extraordinary power of love.....

    a cool sports son experience bedtime story for ya:
    as I stated a couple threads back (hidden in a rant ; in a reply to irish); shiloh came with RTS. We were lost as far as info on the condition; but, the parent support group had a detailed directory of parents with RTS just our luck; nobody in the state had a child with was tight so there was no travel money in the budget...
    The forces were filled with angelic flavor when I noticed in the directory under M was ....Dale Murphy....right fielder for the atlanta braves.

    off to west palm in the spring, after a few letters (God i love the mail man); to meet with mr. murphy.
    after we watched the game, he came outside the entrance to meet us and walked us onto the field through a gate in the fence along 1st base. he took us out to the infield; and these kids were screaming through the gate at him.... i asked if he wanted to sign autographs; and he said, "they are there every day. this is more important"
    he then kneels down on the dirt and starts to draw three circles on the ground ....and told me about life and spirit, and the body......I was blown away..he was at the end of his run; but what a positive soul.....

  • Forte will have success, but most likely only as a pass catcher. If you're going to take the GB pass defense's performances through the first two weeks as a legitimate indicator, than you have to do the same for the rush defense. The rush defense has played excellent, especially on pivotal short yardage occasions.

    I don't know why you would prefer to keep #22 back to protect - Forte has accounted for over 35% of the passing game so far this year. Then consider than another 10% of the passing game came on that Hester bubble screen, and I think it's safe to say screen passes and gimmicks are what the Bears do best. I think it's naive to expect the Bears WRs to beat Williams, Woodson and Shields. However, it's not too difficult to imagine Forte/Hester ripping off big gains when their giving a lot of space at the line of scrimmage.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    then considering that*

    when they're given*

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    i believe the ghost of bears past is going to make you rethink some of the concepts you have about the pack going into week three.....

  • Jeff... next time you make up the blog, please try some of this:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the cheese has been out of the fridge for over a week now
    does it get moldy when left out?

  • Cheese is right on. Green Bay has been giving up quite a bit of yards to the backs in the flat and over the middle. This should be a good thing for Forte ....they have on the other hand completely shut down the running game.

    GP- I also make 7 just have to add the 2 past the decimal point.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    you should always count those when speaking about your carreer
    that's no foul


    I think Cutler's agent ought to threaten a defamation suit against Fox. I'm getting so sick of people questioning his toughness - and Fox has the nerve to make these implications while the poor guy is getting pummled but keeps getting up - and do they mention that he never ONCE has called out his linemen, his coaches, or the GM?

    He may "look" like a jerk to some people but he obviously is tough and obviously is a great teammate.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Its Obvious Fox has chosen their media badboy, but the question is "Will Jay Cutler fall into that?"

    Its a setup, nothing more.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Not to mention Cutler does a lot of charity, UNDER the radar, and never fuckn bitches in public. Even his break-up with his girl seems to have been somewhat amicable (but I don't want to turn this into a gossip column).

    Jay is a TOUGH S.O.B. You can question his decision making, his accuracy, or his fundamentals, but NOT his toughness.

    He's the only player on Madden that I changed his rating. The toughness rating from 70 something to 99. Period. End of Story. Next.

    The only thin I'm worried about is turning him into David Carr. The dude was sacked 76 times! 76! First of all, if you get hit that many times by 300 pound men, you're tough. Secondly, the trauma may have changed him, permanently. A lot of experts are still debating how great he would have been if it weren't for his shitty line. I don't want that type of debate happening about Culter 5 year from now...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Listening to Sirius today, a diehard Packers fan called in and said that anybody that questioned Cutler's toughness, after watching the Saints game, was just out of it.
    So, even the enemy respects the guy to some degree.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    jay is going to be fine. This is just part of the personal drama that the real life reporters will be dragging up; when we are waiting to play the super bowl...Media whores love this stuff...
    the game isn't good enough for them

    this is like when Roy Hobbs, asked max ever play the game no i haven't.....but i make it alot more interesting...

    no you don't ...theres nothing like the real thing....
    the map ain't the territory

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    ...."cracking the code of my life" ..... "the map ain't the territory" .... damn 'Bare you done gone all Kerouac on us ! This thread is better than the last one.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    that would be alfred korzybski
    you take any vacations in angkor

    my favorite kozybski can always say something more about what's already been said

  • In reply to BillW:

    rupert just wants to be a real time barnum and bailey

    i wonder if the game for lambeau will include a little eve'sdropping ala the beatle paul

    i am sure it will sell

  • In fact, if Angelo/Phillips/McCaskey(s) had any character, one fo them would demand a nationawide retraction and apology from Fox. Why do they trade so much for this guy, and let him get beat up ON and OFF the field?

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think you're more angry than cutty is Bill.

    It is Fox after all.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I've seen some stuff they clipped together that Jonathan Stewart showed and it was completely invented and bogus "news". Why aren't they pulled up on that, or is it becasue the same guys that run congress own the media ...wait ... there's somebody at the door again ....

  • In reply to BillW:

    bill that joke about character and angelooooo-phillips and the cash keys was the highlight of the night for me

  • Point well taken. Still, I find myself daydreaming about how Ditka would have handled this. Moose Johnston would spend the rest of his life wondering what he was supposed to do with that second a-hole that Ditka ripped for him.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think he already had two bill.

  • I forgot my login and all that other bullshit for the fantasy. Looks like Fresno is the detroit lions these year for yall. Count me as a win.

  • it should be on your email Fres. And the Lions have more wins than you, Zing!

  • I love you Fres :o)

  • I don't agree w/ Irish's nutty ass often, but he's right about Angelo. After that bullshit ESPNChi article, he needs to be fired. "We did everything you could possibly do to that [offensive line] position. Nobody did more than the Chicago Bears" is not the answer you're looking for when your franchise QB has his knee ligaments ripped apart because the fucking GM is too stupid to hire someone who knows something about drafting offensive lineman. Fuck him, fuck Ruskell, fuck Thompson, fuck the McCaskeys too; i guarantee if ANYONE ELSE owned the Bears, this wouldn't be a problem.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    *sorry...meant (Ted) Phillips (been drinking after a long day of work). that fun boy looks like he's fit for a lemon snow cone.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    It's all done out of love mang. All love. And sprinklings of fiery hate.

  • wtf?

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    League minimum is just not enough these days.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    I must admit I'd thought it was Benson again .... I'll bet he was holding/selling to Benson ....

  • Hold the fkn hot sauce here !! MB ! You're pregnant ?!! WTF?? Again?? I thought your woman's waters broke like five minutes ago?

    Eh ... I mean congrats Mang!

    WTF? Really?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    No mang. We did have a scare, but doc was willing it to happen so I could pay for my insolence.

    We're not... thank goodness gracious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats on not being pregnant then. Kind of. My double doses of love are driving me close to financial extinction but they are the cutest little bastards. I'll miss them when they're a foot taller, babies are so damn cute.

  • sooner or later cutler's luck will turn with this team...I believe when he is done he will have some great games against the packers....
    if i were doc. i would perscribe 40 c.c's of run... make the line work, to the best of their ability; and take the positives into the next week to build on....little by little...step by step... pretty soon we will be effective at will....if we can't run we can't wear them down...if we ever get a run; i believe cutler's 4th qtr. stats will get huge.....the packers have had two high energy games....we may be catching them a bit deflated......worn out...self indulged

    does anyone think tommie harris tried to encourage melton this past week?...i believe he will bounce back and find the middle ground of consistency for will sing mr.marley's redemption song.....and maybe it's time for reality to take a seat at mr. rodgers meet the winds of change

  • I am so tired of defending Cutler.

    Heh, I bet his oline says the same thing.

    Everyone calls him a pussy and a loser.

    Jay start winning.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    How can his O-line say the same thing when they've never done it?

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:


  • In reply to Artoo:

    by yourself Jay, win by yourself.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    True words Waffle.

  • Irish - Stop it, just fucking stop it!

    posting on dead threads is NOT cool, it's NOT nice, it's NOT hip... it sucks. It makes things hard to follow.

    Stop it damn you. How's the madras btw?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He is like Jay.. you can't change him.

  • In reply to Artoo:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's all good man. Still have a tear in my eye thinking of GP's kid in his parka though :o)

  • By they way, not to sound critical, but Jeff, this is one of the most misinformed posts I've ever seen by you.

    A. Cam Newton needs to win 1 game before being considered a "Star."

    B. You take the greatest tight-end of all time(Who made perhaps the grab of the year the other night), and the most up and coming tight-end in the league in Jimmy Graham and compare them to a guy who's coming off a season-ending injury and has worse stats than both of them this year? Not only that, but he has the best QB of the three so he should have astronomically higher stats.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    Cam is proving his critics wrong so far.. Don't know about him being a star but he is doing pretty damn good for a rook.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    No one's ever ripped it up like that in their first two nfl games. Almost 900 yards passing, 5 TDs. What? Kid's a phenom.

  • Roy Williams is a go for Sunday.

    I know. We can all rest easy now, it will be fine. Roy Baby is here.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Excellent news. Can we have Barber back too, please?

    Artoo, hang in there mang. Cutty got zero help off anyone last week. The force is strong with him, he's just surrounded by Jawas at the moment....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    with Bennett out Roy needs to step into the spotlight and grab 6-8 balls and Hester/Knox need to get into their routes quickly.

    I have a good feeling about this game because it is all but certain that Martz will call a common sense game.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hope he does that all day long .....

  • btw, no one's commented on the thread pic. Brilliant choice Jeff!

    Come on back 55, it's time man. Playing like Dom Diccico all year ain't going to get you any more Bears money, or any other team's eye for that matter.

    Start being Briggsy again and maybe you'll see some extra cash at the end.

  • Its gonna be a damn good game, thats for sure.

    Chicago Self-Storage

  • Just read Matt (the man) Fortes comments re his contract and could not agree more. If D'Angelo and Matrxz fuck this up then they should both be hung. How can you charge a guy with 72% of your offense and not pay the man. What can the brain trust of Martz and D"angelo be thinking when it comes to potential repalcements next year??? Put down the fattie Jerry and pick up a pen and write out a big fat cheque and lock this guy down for 10 years before you drive the team into the dark ages again. GET IT TOGETHER WILL YOU!!!

  • Further to my previous comment if that moron Martz goes with more than 3 7 step drops this week can his arrogant ass. A system only works if people can make it work. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The line with the injuries can't protect Jay right now so use a different tool. Enough of trying to show the world how smart you are. Smart is only true if it works. Like Forrest Gump said "stupid is as stupid does" take a hint Matrz.

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