Looking at the First Month as We Enter the Final Month

Looking at the First Month as We Enter the Final Month

The Bears front office was destroyed for not being wheelers and dealers during the summer’s free agency free-for-all. But looking at the Sunday to Sunday contributors for this very good football team makes it evident there was a method to the perceived madness at Halas Hall. (I am leaving the draft choices out of this discussion as I like to give those guys a year or two to assimilate.)

  • The Annexation of Greg Olsen. Many criticized the move but elevating Kellen Davis and adding Matt Spaeth has led to a more powerful running game on the perimeter and little-to-no decrease in passing production.
  • The Annexation of Olin Kreutz. The Bears saw more than I did when they slid Roberto Garza to the center position. He’s been shaky in pass protection but strong in the run and overall been a far better center in 2011 than Kreutz was in 2010. This move also led to the signing Chris Spencer, adding toughness and guts to the right guard position. The leadership was replaced by the guy taking the snaps.
  • When Amobi Okoye started seeing action for the Bears during the second halves of preseason games it was apparent he could be a factor at the defensive tackle position. Now Okoye has surpassed Henry Melton as the Bears most consistent threat in the middle of the line.
  • Jerry Angelo grabbed Tyler Clutts the second he could and Clutts is a real life fullback. Fullbacks are about toughness. They’re about hitting defenders in the mouth and imposing your will at the point of impact. Clutts is a damn good player and a fitting Chicago Bears.
  • No Big Money Linebacker. We all thought the Bears would go out and make a move for one of the price tag linebackers on the market, i.e. Stephen Tulloch. They didn’t and they’ve been rewarded by Nick Roach improving week after week throughout the year.
  • The Dallas Trio. Marian Barber looks revitalized in Chicago since returning from injury, providing for Forte what Cedric Benson provided for Thomas Jones in 2006. Sam Hurd has made the loss of Rashied Davis, specifically on special teams, an afterthought. I’ll get to Roy Williams in a bit.
  • Adam Podlesh has not provided the leg strength I thought we’d see but he’s avoided the Brad Maynard deep zone shanks that had plagued our specials for the last few years. Podlesh provides consistency.
  • The safety position has been the source of this team’s most public turmoil but the signing of Brandon Meriweather, while at first looking like a mistake, is turning into a savvy move. It took Meriweather time to become acquainted with the system and relinquish his reckless style but Sunday he played his best game as a Bear and has given them depth at a position where they had none in August.
  • Dane Sanzenbacher looked like the second coming of Mike Haas throughout training camp: the white receiver fans love that ends up signing in the CFL. I didn’t quite understand Dane’s impact until Earl Bennett returned from injury. Cutty needed a receiver to cross the middle of the field, especially in the red zone, as Earl got his ribs back into shape. Dane fit the bill.

Were there bad moves? Well, one.

  • Roy Williams. I was not one of those people who believed Mike Martz when he said Roy Williams was going to catch 80 balls and have a number one receiver-type season. And I understand there was minimal risk to signing Roy to a contract worth little more than a million dollars. But the Roy Williams signing was a mistake for two reasons: (1) it has stunted the growth of Johnny Knox at WR. Knox showed once against Sunday he is the most explosive receiver the Bears have. I have a feeling Cutty doesn’t love him but the Bears should have been targeting him from the first week of the season. (2) Plaxico Burress. I was a lone man on the island calling for the Bears to sign Plax as all you moralists rested safely atop your high horses. Give Jay Cutler and his naturally rising fastball a monster target like Plax and you’d see one of the most lethal combinations in the league. Plax is a touchdown machine for an offensively-challenged Jets team and saves Mark Sanchez on two or three passes a game. Either way I can’t imagine a scenario where Roy returns to Chicago next year.

It wasn’t the type of off-season that yields stars and the Bears have proven on the field they didn’t require a star infusion to be competitive at the highest level. But what Jerry Angelo, Tim Ruskell and the folks at Halas Hall did was build the kind of roster depth that can win championships. Maybe not this season. But soon.

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  • First, thank God we did NOT free-spend in FA...being the Eagles would just suck.

    Second, +100 on your Kreutz vs. Garza sum-up. Dead-on.

    Great post Jeff. Brought me outta my funk.

  • I don't know, Jefe. You may be right, I'm just not sure I'm convinced yet. Especially about the long term depth thing.

  • Great post Jeff...I think we may have some depth on this team too... but I am worried (as much as I am lukewarm on Martz, I think continuity is crucial for Cutty) about Martzie bailing to feed his ego at Arizona St..... ugh...


  • In reply to RenoBear:

    you don't think there'd be continuity with Tice stepping up and assuming OC responsibilities? if anything, it would ensure a commitment to the run and, hopefully, an abandonment of bubble screens going for losses of 4 on first down.

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    I'd be great with Tice...he's just never called offensive plays in the NFL...even when he was HC in minny he didn't call them...but that being said, I's still like to see him give t a go, just hope he'd be way more creative than Turner, but not as crazy as martz...somewhere in the middle would be nice...

  • In reply to RenoBear:

    Depth? Where?

    QB? None.
    OL ? Nope.
    RB? Nope.
    WR? Still looking for starters. Nope.
    TE? Nope.
    LB ? Ha!
    FS? Nope.
    CB? Some depth, and Joshua Moore is on the PS.
    DL? Some depth at tackle.

  • Ok, a few more (what the hell, I'm alone for the week, so what else do I have to do at 11:40 p.m. est?).....

    --Jeff - do you see Sanzenbacher becoming better, and on the roster come next September, or not?

    --Why did anyone ever think Roy Williams was going to be anything other than Roy Williams? I hated this pickup, still do. And yeah, in retrospect, I sure as hell would rather of had Plax.

    --Why are we stuck here at Chicago Now? Did you sign a contract? Are they holding you hostage - should we call 911? The place is a dump, Jeff. Really, truly, it is. This place is beneath you, partner. There have to be better homes for the Blogfather and the smartest Bears fans on the planet.

    You wrote once, many moons ago, that "writers need eyes", which I assume was part of the reason you moved us all here - more exposure, etc. I think you've got the street cred, as it were, man.

    Meanwhile, back to your post, it's a little mind-boggling to realize that Angelo & Co. have built a team with depth enough for the future. I'm still sorting that one out, but, by god, you might be right. Crimminy.

    Where DID Melton go, anyway?

  • I still do not see what people see in Melton.

    I do not think anyone thought Plax could still run, I mean, it was not the same scenario as Vick. I do agree that you wanted him and that he would have helped us, knowing now that he can still play at a high level.

    Can you show me the stats of Nick Roach? I do not see it. Why did we try to get Pisa back if Nick was not playing so well?

    I know where our money is going now. Forte, Briggs, and a couple of our one year players. Graham is going somewhere else because he is proving he can play more than special teams.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    melton seems to have a good game every time peppers has a good game. so either pep is able to step it up because melton is playing lights out and he's getting double teamed, or melton is able to step it up because pep is getting all the attention.

    i'll let you judge which is closer to the truth.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I haven't even seen Nick Roach. That's a good sign if you're on the OL, but bad if you're a LB. The dude has 24 tackles 4 assists and zero sacks. He basically makes two tackles a game. That's pathetic for a starting LB.

  • Jeff, I agree you wanted Plax but it's not like you were the one and only. There were a few of us that were not opposed to the signing. As far as Williams is concerned, other than Martz, I don't remember anyone here being excited about that signing. Sanzenbacher is OK at best. Drops way too many passes. Gholston was a waste of time. I like Knox but he needs to concentrate more on catching the ball and staying on his feet. I think a case could be made that we do miss Olsen but as long as Martz is here it wasn't going to happen for him. Spaeth is a good blocker but not much of a threat offensively. KD is marginally better at blocking than Olsen and is nowhere near the offensive threat (again, with Martz here it's a moot point). Podlesh, Okoye, Hurd and Clutts were all good signings. Overall I'd give JA a solid B for the offseason. Could have been an A if he would have jumped on Marshall when he was available or Plax. BTW, I'd take Tulloch over Roach any day. For me the jury is still out on Merriwether.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, Blogfather. I can think of one other person who really really wanted Plax. ME.

    I thought Jeff was on the Rice bandwagon in preseason anyhow?

    I wouldn't have minded him, for the right price. He only really had one good season, and that's why I preferred Plax.

    In fairness, I wanted to give Fat Albert a try at DT, and he hasn't really lit it up, but is decent at TB.

    However, we could've really needed a tackle, but most of them resigned with their current team, except for that guy that went to the Rams.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Offensive tackle that is...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I thought it was a good thing we did not sign any tackles.. I swear was it not just Omiyale who just kept killing us?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Yes, but we are only one injury away from Omiyale Artoo!

    And at that time, none of us were overly confident in Webb, didn't know Louis was a man beast of a RT, G, and although optimistic about the BearJew, some thought he should be moved to Guard.

    But it's hard to pry away good Olinemen from their team - those big guys are loyal.



  • In reply to Darrek:

    Check your cap button first.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Just wanted to grab some attention Artoo...lol!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    hee hee

  • Fuck me. It's shit like this... and people like you (I'm sorry to say), who are going to doom this team to almost making the big dance every 4 or 5 years. Jesus fucking christ. Do you honestly think Jerry fucking angelo was the one who asked for tyler clutts? Fucking really?

    We've got an immense defensive rebuilding period coming and you are promoting jerry fucking angelo for that effort. Yeah, good luck with that.

    I give up man. Depth?!? Are you serious? I give up. Good night.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was feeling philosophical today, I went a little too overboard. drunk no.

  • In reply to Sean:

    I was just poking fun Sean, and if it makes you feel any better, I WAS drunk last night when I posted this and I also went a little too overboard (much to viva's delight). So I apologize for the personal attack Jeff, but my feelings and thoughts about the topic remain the same (much like the song).

    And yes Artoo, a lot of luck and a few BIG stars on D , an always stellar special teams and a couple big stars on o are keeping us winning. We all know who our stars are, who are mediocre players just getting it done, and who sucks (I’m looking at you roy)… but talking about depth on this roster and mentioning the words good job and jerry angelo in the same sentence is silly. Especially when you purposefully exclude the most poignant topic. That would be like saying Hitler was a wonderful orator and leader, but leaving out that little thing called WWII/the holocaust (you’d like that wouldn’t you irish?). It’s just silly.

    I really like the Barbarian, Clutts, Hurd, okoye pick-ups… but none can or should be directly attributed to angelo. For at least a year now I’ve changed my tune to support lovie. If I were el capitan, I would go get a very good proven GM (steal one for lots of money) and personnel crew, get a new OC (the final one that we’d keep for at least 5-6 years), and swap out drake, babich, and byrd. Leave the rest intact. We’re going to need to start rebuilding on D next year, while continuing to build the oline, WRs, and maybe TEs too (along with maintain specials). Lot of work to be done… don’t want Angelo to be here to fuck it up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am a little confused on this topic.

    Has Jeff always been okay with Angelo or did he have a change of heart?

    I don't know what to make of this team. Really. I mean, how does Lovie Smith, Jerry, both Mike's, and Rod, make all this work?

    Something has or someone is doing something right... right?

    Can't be all luck.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I'm not "with" anyone. But I refuse to join the rebellious hordes who believe everything Jerry Angelo does is trash. Especially when the actual evidence goes contrary to that.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    not trash, just mediocre jeff. My bottom line is that I don't want a mediocre GM for the Chicago Bears. I want someone good to great.

    Some of the stuff you give him credit for has nothing to do with him or being a good GM. Anyone can pick up the best d-end on the market if you have ownership willing to shell out the cash. GM's make thier money doing very smart/complex moves in the draft creating long-term depth. And that exact thing is jerry angelo's biggest weakness.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Testify! And trading for Cutler without giving him any weapons or protection? Brutal. Anything good that's been attributed to Angela was a default position that a trained monkey could have taken.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I love it when your blood boils.

  • In reply to Viva:

    damn you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    His bacon sizzles

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    go back to the press of the pre-season game with cleveland
    the browns took a chance leaving him loose
    that was a last minute decision on their part
    they had 2 players they wanted to protect
    we chose clutts based solely on his play in that game
    member the kid from chicago
    who had the great night for us?"
    clutts hustled his way on to the team that night
    he signed himself
    it was unanimous
    not a Jerry scouting deal

  • Didn't we get rid of Olsen and Kreutz ? How were they annexed exactly ?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Yeah, that confused me too Irish, but it's late, maybe my mind's fuzzy.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Somehow..getting rid of Kreutz was the best thing ever.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Also, the Olsen move is still debatable.

    This is the way I saw it from the beginning of the season.

    If Roy, Spaeth, and Davis (guys who from the start were expected to pick up the slack) equal Olsen's TD and Receptions from last year, we really didn't lose anything besides the threat of running the seam, which is offset by the reality of a better run game.

    It's no coincidence that our run game is suddenly better.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Doesn't Kellen need a single TD to equal Olsen's haul from last year? He's already got four. One more than Forte's rushing production.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Yeah, its called "no Omelette"

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    it more like a colonization thing
    they were shipped to penal colonies
    for poor performance

  • Meriweather - He does seem to be learning a little about tackling rather than mere mindless hitting, which is a welcome development. But Marinelli/Lovie have it wright with Major and Conte starting.

    Podlesh - Definitely an improvement, but that is not saying much. The decline of Brad Maynard was rather startling.

    Barber - Looking like a good move, especially if Marion plays more games like last week.

    Sanzenbacher - Impressive in pre-season but seemingly too nervous about real game opportunities, thereby blowing them.

    Hurd - Sam is perhaps the best acquisition of all. I would like to see him get more looks at WR instead of Roy; he seems to catch the ball (the most important trait for a *receiver*) and no doubt is able and willing to lay the wood to DBs and LBs when blocking.

    Clutts - This guy gets a lot of love here, all deserved. He is the reason I used "perhaps" talking about Hurd. Jeff hits the nail on the head about this guy just fitting as a Bear.

    Kreutz - Oline who? He had been living on reputation for a long time, and as mentioned oft times before on this blog, interfered with Jay Cutler's ownership of the offense.

    Olsen - Others have mentioned the idea of converting him to be a WR, which I believe should have been tried (perhaps cash was the problem?). Greg is not as fast as some #1s, but he sure as hell ain't slow. And at 6'5" and --> 255 lb <--, not someone CBs are going to like to tackle.

    I know Jeff specifically excluded the draft, but...

    Conte - Chris has been a big factor in the improvement in the defense in my far-from-expert opinion. Yeah, he over-committed and missed a tackle allowing a big gain last Sunday, but he has been very solid back there.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I love Barber's intensity. He is a passionate runner.

  • In reply to Viva:

    agree, my only issue with him, as I've mentioned a few times before, is he almost looks for guys to hit near the end of runs instead of trying to get into space to get more yards.

    In the grand scheme of things, I'm fine with that because he's a bad ass, but when he gets in the open I wish he'd look for more yards instead of looking to punish someone (I can't believe I just wrote that last sentence).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    he seems to want to hit people unless he's near the endzone, then he tends (it seems) to want to waltz inbetween defenders. Of course the O-line and the play call has alot to do with that.

    Either way, I really like having a bruiser blasting it upt he middle John Holmes style

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Walter looked for guys to hit too. I liked that, it's perhaps smarter than running away from people and giving them a target to chase - instead, you surprise them by going straight for them and knocking them onto their ass. Become the fox, not the rabbit.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i agree on conte. he's the white safety we were promised with archuleta and steltz.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    conte's cornerback skills have served him well
    and this is really onbly his second season as a safety
    so he should be improving his field positioning
    the more situations he is exposed too
    he is great
    i do miss the picture they used the first week he plyed
    most of you thought he looked like
    a covict
    or molester
    that was a hoot

    sam hurd should get more touches
    third and short
    or first down throws
    his hands are exceptional

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    re Olsen - can't we just split one of our 6'7 TEs out wide? How hard would that be ?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    We could Irish, but Olsen is considerably faster than Spaeth and no doubt Davis.

  • Our biggest shortcoming in 2010 was our inability to convert on 3rd and 4th and short. This offseason was all about overcoming that deficiency.

    Anyone have time to look at our 3rd/4th down conversion rates from last year and compare them to this year? I'm pretty confident their production has increased rather dramatically. If so, the net gain = more time of possession, better field position, and more points on the board...

  • In reply to Viva:

    I thought it was scoring in the redzone?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    From now on, we have to look at all O stats with Cutler and sans Cutler.

    Here is how our O performed with Cutler:

    30 points against Falcons. (W)

    13 points against Saints. (L)

    17 points against Pack. (L)

    34 points against Panthers. (W)

    13 points against Lions. (L)

    39 points against Vikes (when we finally smacked Martz) (W)

    24 points Bucs. (W)

    30 points against Eagles. (W)

    37 points against Lions. (W)

    31 points against Chargers. (W)

    That's what's so frustrating about Cutler's injury - in the last 5 games, we were averaging 30 points a game. Let me say that again - the BEARS were averaging 30 points a game. With our D, that's a win every time.

    I'd say we solved our 3rd down AND redzone scoring, at least with Cutler. Clutts, the Barbarian and Bennett, an improved Oline and a more mature Cutler have a lot to do with that.

    Damn, I'm glum now.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I was talking about last year. Last year I am pretty sure we had problems scoring the in the redzone.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    oh yeah, we sucked big balls last year in the red zone and 3rd and short. Just pointing out that I think we solved it this year.

    Then, Cutler went and took off his thumb. Damn.

    Can't we get him some sort of robotic thumb or something?

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    I've only just downloaded the Philly game and I'm going over it now. Don't know what you've got til it's gone. Funky frakked up mechanics, insane throws into triple coverage, bad footwork, the inaccuracy. I miss it. I miss everything about him. We love you Jay Christopher. Get well soon you beautiful bastard.

  • In reply to Viva:

    i am still disgusted with third and short run production

  • http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201111/amazing-frisbee-throw-australian-bridge

  • In reply to Artoo:

    an Iron Sheik reference! Nice!

  • With respect to Plax, he was not a system fit. Teams who sign guys who are not system fits sign guys who will fail. Think Snyder's Redskins, this years Eagles, or any one year old trying to put a square peg into a round hole.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Not that it matters at this point, but Plax isn't a "system" guy at all. He's just a big dude that cathes everything thrown to him and can take a hit. My one complaint would be his run blocking, but he isn't terrible at it.

    There's no doubt Plax (or S. Rice or definitely Marshall) would have been a HUGE improvement over Roy Slack-Ass.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    a rare + 1 from me.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Likewise - the 'system' tag always leaves me cold. You're either a good receiver or you're not. Saying that a Brandon Marshall doesn't 'fit' Martz' "system" is baloney. You throw the ball up in the air, big guy goes up and gets it. Football is really really simple. There is always room for big talented receivers.

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8411

    For some of us who want to know who to root for.

  • Quick fun anecdote, I just found out that a guy I know settled with his ex wife for the exact after tax monthly paycheck of his mistress. I lol'ed on that one.

  • Agree to disagree on Knox he was an unproven risk himself. This is demonstrated coming into this season by his number 1 interception to reception ratio as a receiver. .Yes he is fast. Yes he is bigger this season, and he has improved on his turnover creation through not running routes or beating defenders for the ball, but Roy was necessary in case it didn't happen that way. And honestly this is the NFL you've got to put it on the field everytime, I think Knox will continue to evolve.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    I think Knox is pissed because his sloppy ass route breaking injured our stud QB.

    Hopefully, this puts a chip on his shoulder cuz he's on my shit list.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    My point exactly. if it's my team, Knox is on the bench and Cutler is still playing football.

  • 1. Clutts
    2. Barbarian
    3. Sam I am
    4./5. Spaeth (so good in run sits.)
    4./5. Spencer (just a beast)
    10,125. Roy Slack-Ass

  • I thought Plax had - perhaps - the best Super Bowl catch for a Steeler in history, and yes that includes Lynn Swann.

    But then, when he left prison, I was against him. Reports were he lost alot of muscle and was a bitch. I was also against him because he shot himself in the foot with his own gun while at a nightclub!!!!!.

    Holy Tank Johnson with a shotgun in the trunk Batman, the motherfucker shot himself with a loaded weapon while trying to smooth the ladies for a nightly trim. Lordy. Too stupid to live, aka Pacman Jones hanging at the Denny's.

    I think it's easy (and cheap) to say "I always wanted Plax" now that he is producing for the Jets. Blogfather also will have to point to his exact posts, because I mostly remember him jocking Sid Rice. I was on the James Jones bandwagon, stealing a rival's 2 man, which I think would have been great had we done it.

    I was baffled when we gave Eddie Williams the FB axe and had none, I really was pissed that we were without a FB again, I had no idea they had Clutts in the waiver pipeline. I give them that one.

    I watched a Patty game, and I want to re-iterate: Dane Simzenwacker is not, and will never be, Wes Welker.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Effing 100 pts for the "Holy Tank Johnson with a shotgun in the trunk Batman" comment. Priceless.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have to go with Santonio Holmes game-winner against the Cardinals.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tyler Clutts is a very interesting guy. Undrafted out of Fresno State, he went to the Canadian League and played for the Edmonton Eskimos. From there, it was on to the Arena League where he played for the Utah Blaze. Up until that point in his career, Clutts had been a defensive end. His next stop was the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League. There, he was converted to fullback. Finally, the Browns gave him a look-see last January. In his final preseason game for the Browns against the Bears, the Bears were impressed and took note. Chris Tabor, the Browns special teams coach, was an assistant special teams coach with the Bears last year, so Clutts already knew the Bears special teams playbook. They knew the Browns liked him but couldn't hold a roster spot for him because they had drafted Owen Marecic in the fourth round to play fullback. The Browns wanted very much to keep Clutz, but could only offer him a spot on their practice squad. The Bears swooped in and poached him.

    clutts also played a little QB in high school and wing it
    he was also holds a state wrestling title from clovis h.s. in texas

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't remember any fucker calling for Plax that wasn't drunk or stoned. A few of us mentioned it, but nobody was "calling" for Plax. Jefe wanted Hip-job Rice, I wanted T.O. and there were a lot of calls for Boldin and some other dwarf. Not Steve Smith. Nobody wanted him either.

  • for the record, I was for BM and Anquan and have been for 2+ years... but last off season I think my favorite was.... 'any fucking proven #1 WR over 6'4" and 220Lbs... ANY of them'

    I was also very much on Mal Floyd's jockstrap. Look, I don't care who we get... we just need to get one. again... 6'5" and 225 please!

  • Most Android phones, and almost all of them in the United States - are rootkitted.

    It's pretty sad, beause this isn't tin foil hat stuff. This is real. Every text message, email, basically every keystroke you make on an android phone, goes to an unauthorized 3rd party back across the air in a way you never even knew about


  • In reply to gpldan:

    good spot gp. It'll be interesting how this is settled...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Turned off the IQRD application via "Force Close" - it actually worked...

    Until I went to take my mid-morning dump, where most of the good reading occurs, and my phone couldn't connect to the internet.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Didn't expect to first read about this on a Bears blog, good stuff GPL.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Root your phone and install this https://market.android.com/details?id=com.lbe.security.lite

    It allows you to set access of all resources for all apps. When you send a text, this app asks if you want to send those shadow texts and you deny those but still send your intended text.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Root my phone so I can trust a chinese app to block my Motorola unauthorized rootkit .

    That's freaking brilliant.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't trust Shitty Wok GP? lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    do they want
    with me now
    are there no
    stones left

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Anyone want to be this is NOT the work of Homeland Security?

  • I was never against Plax either, never saw his transgression as that big of a deal, although it WAS stupid - but weren't there mitigating circumstances - his buddy Steve Smith had gotten jumped 3 nights earlier? But signing him would have gone against well-established Bears philosophy, one I personally appreciate, of not deliberately signing bad actors. Just wasn't sure he was that bad of an actor. And btw there are plenty of stupid football players out there, and I'm quite sure some of them are on our roster.

    I disagree strongly with Jeff's comment about the Olsen trade working out fine. Yes, we have greatly improved in the tight end blocking, most of that is Spaeth, not KD. And KD is proving to be about 20% of the receiver Olsen was. We're no different from other franchises - and all the really good ones have a really good pass catching tight end. We no longer have one. It's a hole, a pretty big one.

    I love Marion. Just love the guy. I'm not sure how much upside he has - breakaway speed and long touchdown-wise - but I've always been an admirer from afar (actually aclose since I'm in SA), and I was thrillled to get him on the team, and I love the effort he's giving.

    I don't know how you can give super high marks for Hurd - has he really done very much for us yet? Do love Clutts, although that's admittedly in comparison with the dreck we have lived with at FB. At least he's a real blocking fullback, I still think our sights need to be higher for this position.

    MAYBE, just maybe, Roy Williams is starting to come around. He was helping in that game, no egregious drops, I'm not sure he dropped anything in fact.

    Need to make another comment about that last game and Mike Martz - it's been popular to talk about his errors in that game. After watching it again, I don't think he made that many errors. If you take out all the passes that occurred at the end of the game and end of the first half, with just minutes left and the need to move the ball down the field, it was very balanced playcalling. Two of the three INTs were definitely no fault of Martz. When Marion was racking up yards he stuck with him. Many of the series began with a run. The problem with hindsight analysis of playcalling is Martz has to look at things 3 plays at a time, and when we get stuffed on a 1st down run it changes those next two plays. You knew that Hanie was going to have to pass some, because THE ONLY defensive game plan that made any sense was to stack up in the box to stop the run, which they did. That was in part why Martz called so many delay handoffs - the first of which worked great, and then after that, none did. Also, Hanie's 5 plays for 50 yards rushing were all called pass plays, which could be considered the most consistently successful play we had all day. Martz doesn't get credit for that, but if those had all been called run plays I'm not sure the game would have been as close as it was -he was running for 1st downs and sustaining drives. For next week, I sure hope that becomes an even bigger part of the game plan. [As an aside, for the life of me I never understood why mobile QBs don't run more on plays, since they are so difficult to stop, and are very frustrating for opposing D's.]

    Anyway, too much on that, just didn't think the game plan or playcalling was that bad. BTW while we are busily bashing Martz (and I have as well this season), does anyone seriously remember what life with Ron Turner was like? I do. I do....

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Schoop is available....

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    WHOA, careful not to step in the Shoop.

    Don't forget Gary Crowton.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i liked Gary Crowton. as much as one could, i suppose. lest we forget the bears were 8th in the league in yards in his first year. sure, they were 25th in points, but 8th in yards is the highest they've finished since he left.*

    *i'm too lazy to research this, yet as a lifelong bears fan i am confident it is true.

  • Huntin':

    To answer your question on a previous thread about fractals, I am far from an expert. In fact, I'd venture to guess some of you know more about them than me. It is very interesting, but I haven't actually sat down and studied them at all. I guess you could say that while I find them interesting, they are not my Forte.

    I know you saw how I did that.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    marty feldman was a genius.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gene Wilder said Marty was the shyest man he'd ever met, but that he came alive in front of the camera. And Gene Wilder is perhaps one of the nicest people in the business. There's a nice interview with him on youtube, search for his name and non-hodgkin's.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    is that what
    eye did to
    you after that

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    wasn't sure
    but I find them interesting to mess around with
    good down time for a bored math student
    such as myself
    the programs are inexspensive
    and they create beautifull images

  • OT
    At about 1:50 into the following vid is a run by WP vs the Vikings. Can anyone confirm for me that the clip is from his 275 yd performance in 1977? It's gotta be from around that time - looks like Phipps handing off.


    I was a kid back then and have no visual memory of the game today, just a vague, verbal memory of one play - a relatively short run through heavy traffic that prompted the announcer to remark, "Payton hit everybody but Bud Grant." I thought it was a sweep to the right for 10 yds and a TD, but if it went for a TD, then the clip from the vid - a 20 yd sweep to the left - must be it (if the clip is from the 275 yd game), because Chicago only scored one TD that game (+1FG).

    Sorry to ask OT but I've been looking for that play and I'm fed up with getting shit for results with google/youtube.
    PS: Does anybody know if a dvd of the entire game is available?

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    If it was Phipps that is not the game. Avellini was the QB that game. He was 4/7 33 yards. A good day for a Bear QB back then. Over 50% and a win!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Is IS Phipps (#15) in that clip. Also, it's AT Minnesota.and Payton did the 275 in Soldier field.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    4/7 for 33 yards and a win? that's downright Tebowsian! do you think anyone was calling Avellini a savior with those numbers?

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    You better believe it. With Avellini, passes attempted was inversely proportional to points scored.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Thanks Mongo, Alberintucson. It didn't even occur to me that the Bears are the away team in that clip. Doh! I just found the boxscore for the 275 game and yea, Avellini was Payton's ball boy that day. Also, Payton's TD was a 1 yarder, not a 10, so my memory of the play itself is wrong. Not surprising, my memory blows.

    Don't believe it, kids

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    My favorite run by Walter was against the KC Chiefs. I think it was '77. We were getting killed at halftime and the Bears came back and won 28-27 on a Greg Latta TD. Walter bounced off of just about all 11 Chiefs during the run. I was at the game and after that run the entire Soldier Field crowd was amped up beyond belief. I'm sure that's why they won the game.

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    He had the Flu that day. Broke the NFL single game rushing record ... as you do.

  • I call this a.....

    .... wait for it.....

    Tiki Torch


  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    he MB..don't bad my dad? lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    that's marty feldman lobo... It's long but: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpdCZHKUTOY

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    por que?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    btw...watched it this Halloween with the kids...they laughed their heads off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tiki..no respect..?? not even worth $2.50...why tiki why?


  • http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/-8216-This-time-it-8217-s-official-8217-Jay?urn=nfl-wp12883

    Like O.M.G... it's like, soooo back on!!! OMG!!! LOL!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    she snagged him at his most vulnerable. what a bitch.

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-cutler-hopeful-for-return-concedes-season-may-be-over-20111130,0,6600547.story

    That thumb got fucking worked over. I personally don't see Jay coming back this season. Sorry boys.

    I had Urlachers injury with 3 screws and 2 pins and i lost 30 to 40 percent of my range of motion.
    Jay is going to lose range of motion with his thumb since it was dislocated, hyperextended and broken.

    I'm fully behind Hanie because like it or not he is the qb for the rest of the 2011 campaign.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    What does that mean, 30 to 40%?

    How do you measure that? Do you think he'll be able to grip the ball the same way again... ever?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My hot as balls Physical Therapist did some measurement on my flexibility and put it at 30-40% loss of motion. I asked her what it meant that Urlacher was playing professional football with my injury and she said, and i quote, ...."he is a physical specimen and you are not."

    It was hurtful.

    I feel like Cutler will lose a little bit of his grip but when it comes to human beings and pro athletes that are just built a little differently than most people they tend to find ways to overcome injuries that would sideline or impede greatly most normal people.

    I feel that Jay will be fine because he will have the best and hottest physical therapists known to man.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    he will also have some crazy arthritis as his career goes into his mid thirties and beyond.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I dislocated my thumb and I still can't throw or catch a football.

    It's been at least a 2 months so far.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    gotta do 'The Stranger' once in a while Erik... will stop the heavy-use thumb injuries.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    smh.. I expected that from GP or Coach ha

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Did you show her your junk?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i was too busy wincing like a bitch when she was helping me rehab.

  • Cutty looks like he's about to pull a flounder ...hurl baby hurl.

  • In reply to lobotobear:



  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know GP love it!!!!!!!!!!!..couldn't find just the clip of him hurling on the Dean....tee hee hee but here is the whole clip...classic:


  • In reply to lobotobear:

    SOmebody should give McGill a retroactive Oscar for D-Day


  • In reply to gpldan:



  • In reply to lobotobear:


  • Yahoo! Cutler is going to stay happy... let's just hope he can get better fast! :)

  • Who cares.

  • Jay doesn't even know if they have to cut him again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    physically cut him that is.

  • I don't think anyone has posted this, but I find Kyle Orton one crazy ass white boy!

    Orton on Denver

    Check it.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    please! check last thread... or maybe even this one...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn... Johnny Come Lately again...

    Well, have you heard of epic meal time?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    that was funny

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Hilarious, but yes, a rerun.

    You can post hyperlinks in the comment section? Huh.
    Testing: Big Butter Tebow

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    Oops, didn't see your duplicate post above, MB. Well, mine's the dup.

    Now testing blockquotes:

    This should be in blockquotes.

  • good visual explanation of the different thumb injuries QBs have incured this year
    not sure if it has been posted yet
    if so
    blow this off


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