No Place For Gabe Carimi When He's Healthy

No Place For Gabe Carimi When He's Healthy

Even when Jerry Angelo drafts a good player in the first round, the Bears find a way to reduce his role.  This time, however, it's a positive.  Gabe Carimi should be ready to return from his chronic knee injury for this Sunday's pivotal contest with the Detroit Lions but is there a role for him in the starting lineup?  I don't think so.

The Bears have their offensive line.  They have found the five men up front who give them the best chance to win games.  J'Marcus Webb may be getting max-protect, slide protection help but he is also clearly developing at one of the most difficult positions in the sport.  Chris Williams is in my top five voting for Bears MVP this season.  Roberto Garza's transition to center and leader of this unit has left most Bears fans saying, "Olin who?"  Chris Spencer may have been signed as a center but he is a tough, bruising type player at guard.  Lance Louis is simply excellent at right tackle.  Nothing else one can say about it.

Carimi is an excellent talent and his ability to play both left and right tackles should give the Bears their best depth along the line in years.  Carimi's return should also allow the Bears to make Frank Omiyale inactive each Sunday (though why they wouldn't just cut him is beyond me).  But Lovie Smith and Mike Tice can not disrupt the continuity and development of the five men who've lined up against Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.  If they do, they'll risk disrupting their run to the postseason.

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  • First to not disagree, which I also think is a first for me.

  • I also think we shouldn't short the importance of John Daly.

    Having a FB that can pound the lead block into the hole is a Bears staple since Roland Harper (and probably before, but he's the first FB I remember).

    What makes Clutts a threat, and why we cut the other FBs in pre-season and picked this guy up, I think, is that he can line up in the I or offset I and whiff on the block and head to the flat and catch and run. This makes the OLB job so much harder when you have a FB that can reliably do this, and if you think about all the other teams in the NFL, how many fullbacks do you see that are legit threats out of the backfield on the swing pass? Not many. Clutts is.

    Clutts, Kellen D and Spaeth offer up a variety of options for the 2nd and 8 and 3rd and 5 playbook. Having an interior push with Spencer Garza and Cookie makes all the difference in the world.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great posts on the last two threads GP. Spot on.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, Suhey-ish. Such a shame we didn't get Leshoure, and then we'd have a heavenly backfield to run behind that line. Right now it's like our offense is just getting better and better tot he point where the defense is playing second fiddle to them. When's the last time that happened? Not only are the Lions going to get pounded next week, but it's increasingly looking like the Packers might have some Bear-sized problems heading into Lambeau to wreck that perfect season, before dumping them out of the playoffs in the NFC Champs game. Ha. How sweet would that be?

    Come to think of it, there's not really anyone in the NFC that worries me. The Patriots are not the Patriots. Fuck the Chargers. Mark Sanchez? Meh. Flacco? Schmeh. The Steelers? Very do-able. How strange would it be going from a terrible-looking team early season to SB champs? I hope we find out.

  • Second to say Bear Jew should be eating kichke on the sideline while Lance Louis continues to pancake dudes with reckless abandon.

    I don't know if I've ever seen an offensive lineman for the Bears play angrier than Louis last night. Cutler had to push Louis away from a scrum and Lance almost killed Cutty for stepping in.

    Just plain nasty!!!

  • In reply to Crown:

    With you on that Crown. It was like he was taking it all personally.

    Maybe he can have attitude like a McMichael or (dream on) a Butkus. Exactly what we need for the Fudgies.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I've been talking about Lance Louis since we drafted him. He was almost charged with felony assault in college because he nearly killed a kid with one punch. He is a mauler, with great feet and great blocking ability but he plays angry like a defensive end. He and Spencer are road graders, and if these 5 guys stay together and continue to gel.......I think the Bears are the only team capable of keeping the Packers from winning the Super Bowl. How sweet would it be to upset their perfect season and send them home on our way to the Lombardi trophy. That would be epic. Scratch that......that will be epic.

  • Ohh, and love seeing Spencer get out in space and pull on run plays to the outside.

  • Tice said Carimi was the best o-lineman before he went down. If and when he becomes full strength, and if and when he becomes the best o-lineman on our team again, he will play.

  • In reply to Viva:

    No doubt. Although I'm amazed Webb didn't give up a sack on Monday - did he have any help? Any false starts? If Webb pans out, then let him pan out as a backup and let the first round money do his thing. Webb has gotten plenty of experience now - time to get back on the bench where he belongs - backup swing tackle.

  • Hey Jeff, do you think Jay is calling his own plays now?

    I agree.. but could we make him a blocking tight end?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    In the Biggs "10 things..." article there's a note about how the touchdown throw to Bennett was improvised. It was supposed to be an inside route but Bennett's cover lined up way inside and Cutler and Bennett used the Force to set up that sweet fade to the back corner of the end zone. Sweet play.

  • "The Force"? So either YODA or OBI-WAN are calling the plays.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo-

    I dont think he's calling his own plays but I did hear today that he and Earl had a little hot read going with Samuel. Apparetnly everytime there Samuel was covering Earl without help Jay looked for him. Apparently that was something they saw in the film, that Samuel likes to gamble and sometimes it leads to mistakes. I guess they did their homework on that one.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    They've been playing together since Vandy (with a brief 3 year intermission). They're like Obi and Skywalker - they've got a connection.

    I heard that when Bennett came out of the draft that Culter flew out from Denver to be the QB for his pro-day work out. How bad ass is that?

  • Paea is horrible at stopping the run.

    Sadly I should know this mans name but Okeyeye was getting doubled teamed and playing great.

    That man is taking Melton's spot.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Okoye was a good pick-up, but Melton balled up last night. He was the one demanding double-teams most of the game.

    Henry Melton will be a staple for the Bears at 3 tech for years to come.

    He is the real deal.

  • In reply to Crown:

    After watching Tommie Harris play for the Chargers this weekend, I realized how little I miss that sack of shit. Melton and the Son of the Nightmare are excellent 3 techniques and exactly what we need to free up Pep and Izzy to wreck shop. BTW......my heart was in my throat last night when Pep went down. He's possibly the toughest player in the league currently. He has no quit, and is worth every penny we spent on him.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    What's the deal with Hester?

  • Also, the game thread (550 comments!) was so large, it ran my droid out of memory. I couldn't blog from the bar. Had to restart the phone twice.

    All hail Gnome code!

  • Before the game on the 4-letter, some douche said that after the cowboys game last week, the Eagles are the second best team in the NFC, record be damned. The Bears continue to get disrespected. 8 point dogs? I can see dogs since it was an away game and there's no denying the talent on the Eagles, but 8 points? We ALWAYS handle Mike Vick. So now, are the Bears the second best team in the conference? I'm sure the Lions, Giants, and Saints will be still be ranked higher, and I'm okay with that. The Bears lost to two of those teams already and the Bears play better when being disrespected. The pundits will say the Eagles lost the game on the fake punt or the Refs gave them the game on the roughing the passer call that kept our scoring drive alive. I say, if not for Forte's two fumbles, we'd have blown them out.

    If we handle our business, and New Orleans handles theirs, we'll be in the post season. And for a team that thrives on disrespect, maybe the wild card is the better role for us to play.

    Bear Down

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    The pundits got too high on Philly after they beat a bad Dallas team. Before we get too high on Da Bears, the Eagles are a 3-5 club.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Agreed. I just wonder if da bears will get any legit praise or respect since we beat the team they had proclaimed "The #2 Team in the NFC".

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    That's why I ended up throwing some cash on the Bears. All this sudden Eagles hype was based on them beating the Cowboys. Having the number one offense in the NFL doesn't appear to account for very much.

    Number one defense? Anyone ? Bueller ? Bueller ? The Houston Texans? Okayyyyy ......

  • GP: Previous thread, you mentioned Conte in the same breath as Fencik - does that make Meriweather or Wright Doug Plank?

    As for Carimi, I think he has to REALLY earn his way back in to the starting lineup, but the way those boys played last night, he's got a helluva road to travel to get there.

    And wow, on an unrelated note, how much does it suck to be this guy today?

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Browns-Sandusky-takes-leave-in-wake-of-fathers-scandal.html

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Is it too crazy to make him a tight end?

    I mean, just put him in as the extra blocker for a run or pass... maybe get his feet wet on the left side.

    Just saying, Can you imagine six guys guys like that on the line?

    Hell, I think we should do this so Detroit's dends don't kill Jay and so We can block the middle.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    We've done that with Omiyale in as the extra blocker a few times this year.
    If you put Carimi into that package, there are going to be some opposing linebackers just pissing their pants when the line gets moving downhill.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That is exactly what I am saying..

    I would love to see that.. Jay with that much time to block and if Carimi is that good at run blocking...

    Lord have mercy this sounds like a genius idea.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes. What do we do with Carimi/Webb? We use them for blocking. Great big fucking holes that Ginnie could wheel through.

    Play with this for a look. Carimi comes in as the extra tackle, double TE set, Forte and Clutts in the I. Who could stop that? Trap and Trey all day. Or Cutler fakes and boots out wide as the box is stacked, you've got two TEs and two backs for targets. How do you cover that? That's a superbowl offense. That's Timmy Smith's Redskins times infinity.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Can't feel a lot of sympathy for him. Sorry.
    But I feel alot of sympathy for the families of the kids who were systematically abused by that guy's father.

    Penn State can collectively go f-ck itself.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    you can't sympathize with his son? Really? His life is ruined too, to no fault of his own.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    No. I don't. I think I made myself perfectly clear.
    "His" life is ruined?
    Fuck you.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah. My brother is a womanizer who is finalizing his FIFTH divorce. Probably cheated on all of them. Oh, my life is ruined, poor me.

    His son will be fine in the long run. Those kids are fucked.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    FIve? Wow.

    I bet you really get the hang of it after 3.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You'd think, but, no.

    Oh, and the first three wives all had the same name. I shit you not. It's true what they say; real life is crazier than fiction.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    That would save money on Christmas cards, etc.

    C'mon, Doc - it sounds like he was just being frugal.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    That just made it safer when he yelled out a name during sex. Jenny! Oh baby!

    No worries.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    My friends and I have explored all these jokes and then some. Enjoy.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    i would not want respect from anyone who shows disrespect;because a family relation made mistakes

    there is way too much guilt by association in our society
    everyone thinks they are the best judge on the docket
    judge not......just be real; and tell the truth; to power abuses

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    ?

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    I predict a Jerry Sandusky suicide in the near future as more details and victims come out. Fucking kill this fuckhead and just get it over with.
    As a society i think we are too light on these types of true predators. They can't be "fixed" and must be put down like dogs. Like fucking dogs.
    This guy created a way for him to have access to multiple kids over years and years. Who knows how many kids he hurt.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Craig Steltz is Doug Plank in bizarro world, where you instead lay killshots to your own team.

  • I really thought the Safetys played ehh..

    Conte and Major whiffed on a lot of tackles and eventually Merriweather came in for Major.

    McCoy has a juke button that is cool as hell. He juked Major without even looking at him. His back was turned!

    Urlacher had a good game but Briggs out did him in my opinion.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    It's hard for the safeties to make run stops when they're playing 25 yards off the ball. Also, McCoy is one of the best in the league and will juke most and make many players look stupid. But, our collective tackling did him in.

    I felt the effort from the D last night more than I can remember in a while. Our guys are older, some were banged up, and sucking serious wing. But, we just kept coming and coming.

    Urlacher looks faster this year than the previous three. Vick said in the post-game that he seems to get faster as he gets older. I really didn't see this second wind in 54's career coming to fruition. I thought this year, he would continue with the trend of getting slower, missing more tackles and not shedding blocks. This second wind is what has solidified him as a HOFer in my mind.

  • In reply to Crown:

    He got blocked a lot in that game but it was a collective effort and why is Vick so scared of Urlacher?

    McCoy is good.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Yeah, he's "good". He's the leading rusher in the NFL, Artoo!
    And really, the Bears kept him in check as well as you can hope for. He's a monstrous talent. I think he's a bigger home-run hitter for the Eagles than Vick has ever been, and he's young.
    Thankfully, he has a terrible head coach and a front-office that has locked in way too many aging defensive talents with guaranteed money. I don't see any way that the Eagles can afford to keep both him and DJ this year.
    Although, with the way that Jackson played last night, it's pretty clear which one of them they would keep.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    6'4 and full of muscle? I'd pee myself a little bit if I saw our Brian running at me.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Absolutely. McCoy had a 33yd run and a 19yd run. His other 14 carries totaled 19 yards.

  • In reply to Crown:

    when I played rugby in college the goal to stopping the play was to wrap the carrier, and the ball up so you could take the ball away from him
    i came to rugby from a soocer background; so i was not used to hitting people to knock them down.
    we had to keep the ballcarrier wrapped up, 'cause in rugby you can get right back up and continue running.
    so i used to focus on the carrieres waist; which is about where the ball was carried; waist high in two hands, ready to lateral it to the next back in line

    i think with McCoy, you can't try to knock him out with a big hit
    just focus on his waist and do not look at the head, our ball, or feet
    getting a hand hold on him; and waiting for help seems to be a rugby type strategy that could work

    all in all I think they did admirably especially considering their ages; and games under their belt

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Were the rules different back then HB? If you tackle the ball-carrier in Rugby by bringing them to the ground they have to then release it back to another player on their own team - the team on defense can't touch it, and neither can they.

    Anyway, I'm proud that our boys did their bit on the NFL's #1

  • In reply to Artoo:

    That play pissed me off. You could tell the the bears had really practiced breaking down in there pursuits. It helped us contain Vick and McCoy all night. If Major would just break down on that play, he's got an easy tackle. I saw McCoy juke him before he even did it, because Pringles was running in there like a missile and wasn't breaking down.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    *their pursuits

    Beat ya to it MB.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    +everything. All he had to do was slow down on his approach and get an arm around him, not even to bring him down, just slow him for Urlacher to lay his ass down one more time.

    Kinda reminds me of Wile E Coyote. Except with a massive schlong.

  • Urlacher ran free up gaps most game and I believe doubled up Briggs in tackles to lead the team with 10+.

    McCoy is good.

  • In reply to Crown:

    On Da Site, it was 11 tackles (one for loss) and two passes defensed.

    Urlacher is playing superior football.

  • McCoy's the only back I can think of that you might trade Forte for straight up.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Query: would he have more rushing yards without Vick stealing all his carries, or would defences zone in on him more when there's no danger of a qb run?

  • What about purple jesus Al?

    FYI: The Bears have given Roberto soul patch a two year extension.

    Thus, I will crush some menudo on my ipod whuile running tonight to celebrate.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Fuck Ben Franklin.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ben franklin created my position
    please don't F-him till I retire

  • In reply to Crown:

    Hell of a runner, for sure, I don't think AP is the receiver that Forte or McCoy is.

  • In reply to Crown:

    NOBODY fucks with The Jesus

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=bzEMGstc4w0

  • I had the same exact knee injury as Carimi and let me tell you, I knew he wouldn't be back in 4 weeks (see my previous post). It took mine about 2 months to get to a level where I could do my daily workout routine again. And then, and I say this hesitantly because hopefully it doesn't happen to Carimi, I found out that I also had a hip injury that was undiscovered because I hadn't been putting pressure on the injured knee for so long, and that injury has only gotten worse, knee is totally fine though which is postivie! Of course Carimi is a professional athlete and I'm just a guy.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    because I have a bit of intimate knowledge on carimi; I would say; stay steady to the course we are travelling
    he had these kneecap issues in college, and this is going to be e recuring theme until he gets to the offseason.

    I believe this is # 2 within 3 years.
    at wisc. it was a top priority, keeping that kneecap healthy;
    and they were always concerned that the next play could drop him

    let him heal as long as possible; his future is better on 2 legs than 1 and a half

  • Sandusky is married and has six adopted children. He also took in foster children.

    awesome.

  • Not only did he take in foster kids, he created a residential non-profit program called The Second Mile for at risk youth in which he picked his victims and decided whick ones he would take into his home. The Second Mile was his feeder fund for choosing his prey.

    Also, I cannot believe he wrote a book entitled, "Touched." You have to be a cocky egomaniac abuser to call your book that. He must have felt so secure, so insulated in his college fottball haven that he had no recourse.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Everyone in that athletic department that had the slightest idea of what was going on, and it seems like it was most of them, should be strung up like pinatas. And then let the fathers choose a baseball bat and have at it. This guy shouldn't be walking. On behalf of those families, I wouldn't mind beating that guy with a tire iron until he was mush.
    I think this is the straw that breaks my back when it comes to college football and maybe college athletics at all at the Division 1 level. It's obvious these assholes will do whatever it takes to protect each other and the big money coming in, and not protect the kids or the community.
    The priorities at these programs have nothing to do with what amateur sports are supposed to revere.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No doubt bro. The graduate assistant that saw Sandusky raping the kid in the locker room shower should be beaten to a pulp too. He didn't know waht to do so he told his dad? He was 28 at the time. Call the fucking police yesterday. At least he ended up telling Paterno, but my first reaction is 911 within 30 seconds. Shows you how powerful and protected these D-I coaches are.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Hell - SAY something.
    Walk in and say, "Excuse me, what the fuck are you doing, you sick fuck?" and then call the police.
    How do you walk out of that room and not do anything???

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Exactly. Beat the shit out of the guy. I don't think I'd be able to control myself not to.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Perhaps because it could have been consensual?

    All so quick to judge...

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Are you fucking kidding, SC?
    When did you become the President of NAMBLA?
    Please tell me you don't think a 10-yr old boy is capable of giving consent. Please tell me you were kidding, really - because that comment sure didn't come off as tongue-in-cheek.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That comment was either:
    a) completely uninformed by any information about the case, which begs the question why you commented at all,
    b) a really gross attempt at humor about the anal rape of a 10-yr old.
    or
    c) you should be serving felony time.

    You can pick whichever one you want. Either way, what the fuck.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'll go with (b). Nothing you wouldn't hear at a roast. I've seen a couple of these recently and I am somewhat bemused by them. It may have been Charlie Sheen's roast ... but that girl Robyn from the Howard Stern show was sitting there and somebody was alluding to the fact that her father had abused her. Apparently she referred to it on the show, the abuse that is. So this guy is ripping on her about her dad abusing her- joking about it - saying he told her not to tell anyone ... because she was so fkn ugly he didn't want anyone to know that he did her etc. Har de har har. And she's got this fake laugh happening, going along with the roast as these idiots do. You can literally say anything at these things. Rarely is it funny what they say, but there are no boundaries anymore it seems. There are no longer taboos in 'comedy', and it's a specifically American thing.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave... what the....

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    SC, you need to explain yourself. This is the worst comment I've ever read on this blog.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    these children probrably had difficult home situations
    and society has let them down
    but an inner strength can arise from the ashes of their minds and produce some very suppotive; giving, and loving souls
    if you hope and pray; these abused individuals are in need for lifes' good fortune and loves blessings; to shower down on their damaged psyches

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    No kidding.
    However, society didn't let them down though; a very specific individual and the assholes that protected him did.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that structure at penn state; where the kids were perticipants, had to go through a vetting
    process before it could be created

    and in eugene robinson's piece in the Wa Po
    said that there were authorities on the other end of a phone call listening to his admmission

    those are both societal structures in my world
    they failed

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    My point, Huntin, is that it is a cop-out for the people who had those responsibilities and failed. We're not talking about structures, we're talking about flesh and blood people with names who did really terrible things and they should be held criminally and civilly liable instead of passing the buck off on "society". It's not a philosophy exercise..

  • In reply to Crown:

    fucking execute that animal right fucking now. I want to know why he wasn't busted for this when he admitted to it in the presence of the police and a mother years ago.

  • Because JoePa is God in State College.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3504915

  • o.k...o.k...o.k...blogfader........mea culpa...mea culps.....on your man crush of C.W...

    I am hesitant and still suspicious on our line, but will admit that they gelling well as a line. I do have one question for you and that is why does it take to the "bye week" for the the last two years to get our line settled..hhhmmm? I this not what pre-season is for?

    as for the "Bear-Jew"........what!? we actually may have depth for the O-line? I think we ease him in and make him for possible rotation if needed.

    As for Omelet's fucking ass...he maybe the bad apple that had a stench to it. They need a strap boy to carry the jocks for the real men in the locker room don't they?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    We KNOW what Omiyale can offer, and it ain't good.

    The Bears claim that he has experience, but what they don't realize apparently is that there is such a thing as "bad experience".

    I would scout whatever o-linemen fresh from college are out in FA still - some 6'7 300lb dude with serious upside like Webb for Tice to groom.

  • not sure if this got posted earlier:

    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bbX9y

    Is this true Double Deuce? say it ain't so!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    #signdacontract?

  • Vick unable to muster the strength to throw the hail mary at the end, instead settling for weak ass dump off pass while turning and leaving the field in a disgusted way - says all you need to know.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 GP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vick is drastically overrated because he is good in fantasy football. Mediocre. Period.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1. I couldn't believe it when I saw it.

  • What is this? I have this strange sensation in my chest...my breathing is lighter...I feel a little taller...did I get laid last line...no...what an alien feeling...yes...I think I heard of this phenomenon...I think it's called...confidence.

    Wow. It feels good to be confident in the Bears for once. Haven't felt like this since beating the Falcons in week one. What happened the next week again? hmmm, I'll just block that out like Tina Turner blocked out Ike's punches to the face.

  • Captain Obvioius finally visits the Bears.

    Captain Obvious proclaims that the Bears corners shalt not play 5 yds off from midget WRs. Instead, the corners shall bump them off their routes to disrupt timing and prevent the young safeties from getting burned.

    Captain Obvious proclaims that the Bears shall henceforth run the ball, then run the ball some more. Furthermore, that on short yardage and goaline situations, the Barbarian shall be summoned.

    Captain Obvious proclaims that the Bears call quicker routes with the ability for Jay to call hot reads and actually adjust to the defense instead of dogmatically following the Martz "no audible" philosophy.

    Captain Obvious proclaims that the Bears use more roll-outs, traps, and screens to further protect Jay Cutler.

    Captain Obvious began proclaiming, "Thou shalt not use Bennett out of the Wild Cat" and "Thou shalt not go empty backfield on 3 and 1" but sadly, his visage disappeared before anyone could scribe his sage words...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    If only Martz had a pencil, or perhaps a bit of coal!

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    what about puttin carimi and bartber in the backfield?
    just a thought
    'cause we still suck at short yardage

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Captain Obvious should be our HC.

  • CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Here is an article that made me lol. This article might as well read: "I'm having a hissy because you beat my Eagles." He goes on to highlight the best coming games of the season, and picks Detroit and Greenbay for several of them; but none for the Bears. Banks and si.com hope upon a dream we didn't just break the living will of their Eagles.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/11/08/top.25.games.left/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_wr_a4

    THE BEST GAME OF THE SEASON WILL BE WHEN WE SHUT DOWN DETROIT'S LATEST WIN BLIP AND SEND THEM ON BACK TO THEIR BOUNCY HOUSE TO "rock out" with NICKLEBACK WHILE PLAYING HOT POTATOE WITH THE PACK. The Spiral is coming Lions fans. Prepare!

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    Clearly he wrote that before yesterday. Notice the Eagles are in their twice. And oh how much everybody suddenly loves the Lions.

    Why. Is. Everyone. So. Fucking. Stupid?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    No no, he wrote it today at least according to the posted time on the article.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    it's in the water
    don't drink the water

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    The best game of the year would be beating the Fudgies in a snowy Lambeau for the NFC Championship

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    lol

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP7zpdwo3Xo&feature=relmfu

    LOL they'll prob just make out on the field. I bet Rodgers drops an egg on the off chance they can stop the Bears from winning the wildcard. I might put a couple of Gs on that actually just in case.

  • I'll be on ESPN Radio Des Moines at 4:30 ET (3:30 CT) discussing the Bears win over the Eagles. Click to listen live: http://www.1700thechamp.com/

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Mike North is still doing Chicago radio, and Jeff is broadcasting to cornfields and sheep. No justice.

    Jeff - you are the Chet Coppick of sports blogs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff - Get on the radio!

    They are blasting Haynesworth now. Lasted 20 days longer than the Kardashian marriage! Good one!

  • Since 2002, 46 Penn State football players have faced 163 criminal charges, according to an ESPN analysis of Pennsylvania court records and reports.

    Damn. That's an average of 5 players a year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't worry, JoePa...Rush Limbaugh has your back. And guess what, you're just a victim of a vast left wing conspiracy.
    ?!?

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/11/08/joe_paterno_and_the_degradation_of_american_culture

    Fucking drivel.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I really don't know how any rational person could listen to him. It's the eighth wonder of the world if you ask me.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Well, there are bloggers here who swear by the sweaty idiot. So, you know...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    God, wouldn't that be the vomit-filled kiss of death, to have Rush Limbaugh (or for that matter, Bill Maher, blowhards et al) endorsing you?

    Fuck that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Unbelievable. I had to read it twice to make sure I wasn't missing some obscure point. That was sick commentary in the name of politics. I suppose the Catholic Church is beyond repute also.

  • From the

    "What game were YOU watching?" file:

    "But the old, bad Eagles couldn't sack Bears quarterback Jay Cutler - once when they CLEARLY DID, officials allowed him to get up and complete a pass …" - Les Bowen, Philadelphia Inquirer

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20111108_Eagles_back_to_old_ways_in_loss_to_Bears.html

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    So, I e-mailed the guy..

    "Say what!?

    What game were you watching?

    The replay clearly showed that Cutler was neither knocked down nor touched by and Eagle when he was on the ground during you referenced.

    You should leave that kind of whining to the Eagle Fan Blogs. "

    And then I got this fairly quick response:

    "Albert- got to watch the replay this afternoon on a better monitor and you are correct. I and others sitting near me were sure we saw him brush Mike Patterson as he stumbled, but he did not. Sorry."

    Kudos to Mr. Bowen for admitting the error.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    A mea culpa from Philly media? Whhaaaaaat?
    Nice work, Al.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I thought the NFL rule was -

    behind the line of scrimmage, if you have the ball and you take a knee - the whistle blows. period.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nope - that is not the NFL rule.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The rule book says, the player is considered down when:

    "when a runner is contacted by a defensive player and touches the ground with any part of his body
    other than his hands or feet. The ball is dead the instant the runner touches the ground. A runner
    touching the ground with his hands or feet while in the grasp of an opponent may continue to
    advance; or
    (b) when a runner is held or otherwise restrained so that his forward progress ends; or
    (c) when a quarterback immediately drops to his knee (or simulates dropping to his knee) behind the line
    of scrimmage; or
    (d) when a runner declares himself down by sliding feet first on the ground. The ball is dead the instant
    the runner touches the ground with anything other than his hands or his feet;"

    A is the relevant rule

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    So, why doesn't Cutty meet the definition of (c)? His knee went down on the spin move? He gets up and pitches it to Barbarian. I thought no way that is not coming back, but they allowed it.

    Is it because once he escapes the rush, he is then a runner?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am 100% sure that C is referring to the act of intentionally downing oneself, as with the victory formation - "immediately" being the operative word.
    I think their semantics could use some work.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    my philly freinds at work were pullin' their hair out on that one
    cause the three eagles did a stooges routine
    knocking themselves down into a beautiful green heap
    arms flailling and failing to get a touch on Jay

  • There's no link for it yet, but Jim Rome blasted Cutty today for his post game comments regarding the o-line. I'll wait for the link rather than try to paraphrase it, but it may be the new Cutler bashing craze.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I love this clip:

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

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    doc...the mind is influenced by conceptual knowledge
    the real jay is starting to emerge from underneath the
    headline pile of misinformation

    allof the stories were written from afar
    how many of these creeps really are solid, truthfull, thoughtfull,
    reporters
    they just copy each other, week after week; and actually begin to believe what they write
    developing a national conceptual framework for other minds to feed from

    my guru says: QUESTION EVERYTHING
    I will pay attention to writers who have followed jay
    but; DO NOT LISTEN TO THE OTHERS
    they know not what they speak

    from Dylan's christian period
    in the song
    I Believe In You
    this line applies to Jay and the press

    "They show me to the door
    They say don't come back no more
    'CAUSE I DON'T BE LIKE THEY'D LIKE ME TO

  • Bears won despite themselves? Jeff - tell him to screw off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Like no team in the NFL ever won a game after fumbling twice.

  • Is anybody else here listening? The stream keeps dropping. as soon as Hughes comes on. Jesus.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Jeff chastises the station for not shutting up about Sandusky, and as soon as he leaves, they go right back to Penn State.

    Nothing sells like a sex scandal. Christ.

  • Was a good interview though. The host crapped his pants when Blogfather predicted a blow out if we play the same kind of game.

  • Haven't read the the posts since about 8 hours ago... definitely flying high after that win. Want to post more thoughts later, but in response to Jeff's post:

    I expect that Lance Louis will prove to be our utility O-lineman at some point - and that's not a criticism. The guy has had solid games at guard and tackle, but I think Webb/Carimi will be the starters on tackle eventually. If we have a solid offensive line with our sixth man ready to slide in when the inevitable injury happens, we're in excellent shape. If we keep playing solid O-line and nobody gets hurt, I expect the change will happen in the summer - which is fine by me as it gives Gabe the rest of his rookie year to develop without the pressure of starting.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Have to disagree, NB. I think Lance is the main reason the Bears have success running the ball to the right side of their formation (notwithstanding the fact that CW has been pulling like a mother fucker)...

    Here is what I know: in Tice I trust. Whatever decision he makes moving forward with respect to the line will be the right decision. And if it is not, he will change it. He is the anti-stubborn guy in the room.

  • 557 comments on the game day thread last night. You boys were excited! haha Well it was a great game but I'm already looking forward to the big test this Sunday. Can Soldier Field actually get loud for the Bears who are on a roll? Can the Bears receivers actually make some catches and can Forte actually hang on to the ball. These questions and many more will all be answered Sunday..... I cant wait!

  • I had fun runnin' my mouth
    I am like that during a game in person
    can't keep it bottled in
    I am so gratetfull to be able to do this with you all
    This is the most fun I have had on gamedays
    in years; 'cause I watch alone

    I would like to say thanks to matt for not givin' up on himself
    he shows great character; and courage to keep his head up and not get afraid to touch the ball
    Fear strikes down many an athlete after embarassing themselves; early in a game; in front of a live crowd; and a huge t.v. audience
    life set him up for a fall; and he answered the call
    this is the danger of asking for more; you can end up looking stupid
    but he did a marvelous job, handling the early and costly adversity
    I AM SO PROUD HE IS A BEAR

  • Oh and I will say that Cutlers throws in the first half were pathetic for the most part. He overthrew Forte and horribly underthrew a couple out to the flats. I think they can clean it up though and when they do look out.

  • He needed a snickers bar, it was dark.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Haha- seriously thats what I kept thinking. "Please dont let him go into one of his diabetic comas where he throws the ball and the game away." But he didnt and now we have the national game Sunday. Bear down!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    or even better... eat a dark snickers!

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=snickers+dark&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=2317183827316406526&sa=X&ei=lLy5Tpq1IaTYiAL78unwBA&ved=0CEsQ8wIwAQ#

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    amen as I said before boss spearman
    went into the biggest gunfight of his carreer
    on a cigar and dark chocolate

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    he may have just been adreneline pumped a bit

  • The dude isn't an accurate passer, he just isn't. People used to say he made bad decisions, maybe ... but he just isn't accurate, I don't think that's fixable. You're either a put it on the money QB or you're not. No biggie, but it's a fact.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/11/08/week.9/index.html?sct=nfl_wr_a1

    No peter you fuckhead, the eagle don't continue to mystify the western world... they mystify you because you're a fucking moron.

    The western world completely understands that the eagles are just overrated and that they haven't become a team to live up to their hype yet. You and fucking don banks should really just stay under your respective rocks.

    And that was such a half-hearted admission of the truth AND your insolence. Just please admit that you don't actually do any homework, never mind watch games, before you open your fat hole to regurgitate silliness you hear from silly people like trend fucking dilfer.

    You suck at your job peter... the sooner you admit that the sooner we can all move on.

  • Can you guys please look at our remaining schedule?

    Detroit (@ home)
    San Diego (@ home)
    @ Oakland
    Kansas City (@ home)
    @ Denver
    Seattle (@ home)
    @ Pack
    Vikes (@ home)

    Holy fuck! We beat the crap out of the lions this weekend and we're looking at a possible 5-game win streak if we stay focused, healthy, and aggressive like we were on both sides of the ball last night.

    11-5 Baby! (Joooooohnnnnnnnnyyyyy!)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I see no reason why it can't be an 8 game win streak.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I agree - the only game that I have serious doubts about is the one on Christmas. But we know what this team has to do to contain Rodgers. I don't think I'd chock it up as a loss.
    The rest of those games are absolutely winnable.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    For the record boys (doctor), I was chalking up the loss to the Vikings when we were already locked up to go to the playoffs, didn't give a shit, and didn't want any start hurt.

    FUCK the packers. Fuck them RIGHT in their face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    stars

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    9

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kool Aid is strong this week boys.

  • In reply to Shady:

    wicked strong sha-dy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was calling 11-5 or even 12-4 before the 1st game, so take THAT....

    Yer right - we could rip it up for the first 6 if everyone stays sane and healthy, but I'll tell ya, I REALLY want that SD game - I want Jay to flat-out light up their D, and I want Peppers, Melton, Izzy to have to file a change of address to Phillip Rivers' body by the end of the 4th.

    P.S. I admit, I thought Dane would be better than he's showing by this point, so, hell, I was wrong about something....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's right mang, you gots to believe!

    Can you feel it? Bears making a fucking run. I said it before that we are hitting our stride and we are on pace for 11-5 or 12-4.

    We easily could have been 13-3 last year so it is not out of the realm of possibility that it could happen this year.

    Pundits can't believe that they keep underestimating the beloved.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, the Vikes game is in the land of 10,000 douchebags.

  • Really glad Matt's fumbles didn't cost us the game. Agree with most of the stuff that's been posted. I'm not going to make any judgements on individual players on D because they whiffed on McCoy. I think everyone whiffed on him at least once last night. Fucker is elusive. I loved it when Izzy walloped him. Izzy got Vick a couple of good ones too. Totally agree with GP about Vick being beat up. When Briggs chases him down from about 40 yds away, you know Vick's hurting. No knock on Briggs but under normal circumstances Vick would smoke him in a foot race.

    Don't know why you guys let the media foofs get you so worked up. I'm glad they shit on the Bears all the time. It seems to really motivate them. Give Lovie credit for using that tactic. it almost always works.

    One thing I notice with the media foofs is the way they treat Cutler. If he throws a bad ball they carry on like he's Bobby Douglass. If one of their darlings throws the same shitty ball, they have a half dozen ready made excuses. Really transparent. Oh well.

    We controlled both LOS last night. If not for Matt's fumbles it wouldn't have been close. Gotta give the coaches and players credit. They wanted it more than Philly last night.

  • Mike Tice will find a way to put the best talent on the field. Personally I prefer Carimi playing ASAP knowing you have a guy in Lance Louis who can maul on the edge if necessary. Chris Spencer has been brilliant of late but he is a known commodity in the league and Gabe Carimi's addition gives the line POTENTIAL to be great.

    I give Angelo and Martz a lot of shit on here (usually because it's well deserved) but I have to give him credit when it's due. Matt Speath has been a great pickup for the offensive line. I guess none of us really thought it at the time but his addition to the mix has turned out extremely well thus far. He's sprung Forte on a number of long runs and has come up with a couple of huge TDs in the red zone as well. Speath isn't the security blanket G-reg was for Jay in the pass game, but he can catch the ball and can neutralize most any blitzing defender.

    This offense is all over the place, but things can solidify if the line comes together and Jay can find another go up and get it guy like Earl Bennett. Johnny Knox and Devin Hester aren't those kinds of guys and Roy Williams runs like a newly born giraffe. If that guy can catch the damn ball when it counts it would go a long ways for this offense.

  • In reply to Shady:

    BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHahahaha!

    "Roy Williams runs like a newly born giraffe"

    Dude, that shit made me fucking laugh out loud so hard. Holy shit I'm glad that I wasn't drinking something... I can't afford to replace my laptop.

    So fucking accurate though... a newborn giraffe in clown shoes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and spaeth and carimi were tice's idea, not Jerry. Paea was jerry's idea.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    be carefull or PETA will be after your ass
    they would consider that an insult to the giraffe population

  • The 4-letter network does a pretty good summary of Smokin Joe's life in the video:

    http://espn.go.com/newyork/story/_/id/7206419/remembering-boxing-legend-joe-frazier-dead-67

    I remember my dad, taking me - I was 6 - to a movie theater that was showing the Thrilla in Manilla. We would shadow box each other, and go around talking trash like Ali. Back then, boxing was the shit. Don King and Bob Arum's greed destroyed all that, and as a result we have UFC and all that noise. Too bad, for - as Lennox Lewis called it - the sweet science. As brutal as it was for CTE, it was a sport in a way that UFC is not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I started following Ali's career when he was Cassius Clay and beat Sonny Liston the first time. Always felt bad for Smokin' Joe. He didn't know how to handle Ali's insults and he was made to look like the bad guy. Then he runs into Big George. Joe was always a gentleman. Can't say the same for Big George or Ali, even though I love both of those guys. I rarely watch boxing now (my wife hates it) and I really can't get into MMA.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d823e99f1/article/firsthalf-superlatives-rodgers-newton-at-head-of-the-class?module=HP11_content_stream

    Wow...I am speechless lmao

  • While still in my exuberant mood from last night
    I was dropped to the earth by my postmaster
    as he led me off the workroom floor this morning
    for being out of uniform

    apparently the orange shoe polish
    is not part of the USPS
    postal code
    i was sent home for a change of shoes
    and Earl Benett just cost my family 2 hours of overime pay

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Did you go..... postal?

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    not a good video to show me after getting undressed today
    by one of my 1%
    he had to remind me that I am jo-jo-the mail slave
    and he is the master
    and I better ask how high? when he says jump.

    I was only allowed about 13 hours of joy from the win
    before he decided to tell me how to do my job according to his rules and put me into.... a system of a down

    these multi million $ condo dwellers
    what am I going to do with them?
    I liked the part where I get to piss on them

    of course I could take some of my dogs business to work
    and stumble through it just before I enter their mailroom

  • Today, I entered the P.O.
    riding high from my exuberance
    brought on from last nights game;
    only to be thrown down
    to the depths of a coman man

    I was led off the workroom floor
    by my postmaster and sent home
    Apparently; orange shoe polish
    is not part of the U.S.P.S. uniform code

    by the time i came back
    with my feet in black
    Earl Bennet had cost my family
    2 hours of overtime pay

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Orange shoe polish? Now that's dedication.

  • sorry for the double post
    i think i like the second version better
    i was late for the stooges and logged off
    only to be told explorer had stopped working
    so I got back on and reposted
    not bad for short term memory loss
    now shiloh is tapping his foot and staring
    i really gotta go

  • one last word before I write that 1%er a "love" letter

    I am so impressed with our QB's play this year
    He looks like he is starting to have fun being a bear

    but, I am even more impressed with his character

    earlier today there was alot of back and forth
    between "the pundits"; on Jay's attitude
    and used last nights interviews
    to back up their theories

    well, none of them caught this
    after the game
    I believe it was on the field
    he was asked what he said to Michael Vick

    the first words out of his mouth were concern for his fellow QB
    he told him something like... Stay Healthy...., or something to that effect
    I believe Jay's parents raised a wonderfull son
    F---the media who try to beat the dead horse that he is a crumb
    Jay knows the danger of the position; and he has sympathetic concern, rather than ego for his fellow warrior

    I am proud to have him as a bear

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Let them hate on him. TD passes shut fans up faster than any writer could.

  • AND since this article is about Carimi and the O-line let me just be the first to say it is fixed. There is no question. I don't know all of the details of how Mike Tice and this team came together but they are looking great. So thank you from this fan to: J'Marcus Webb, Chris Williams , Roberto Garza's, Chris Spencer, Lance Louis.

  • PK saying something nice about the Bears for once: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/11/08/week.9/index.html?sct=nfl_wr_a1

  • Looks like there is room for him when he returns.

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