This Bears Season Has New Life With Arrival of Caleb Hanie

This Bears Season Has New Life With Arrival of Caleb Hanie

The Bears turned the corner on the 2011 season, veering onto Favorite Lane from Underdog Boulevard. They haven’t just been winning games. They’ve been whipping teams at the line of scrimmage, scoring points in huge chunks and assuming a position near the very top of the NFL’s table. Then Johnny Knox fell down. Cason intercepted the Cutler slant and took off down the sideline. Jay decided a touchdown was not going to happen and, in slowing the play down, broke his thumb.

Now on the talk radio shows across the country’s airwaves, on the pages of both Chicago dailies and in the internet space occupied by the Peter Kings of the world the Chicago Bears are being relegated back to the realm of the disrespected. Suddenly the quarterback who was having a tremendous season in almost total anonymity is being noted as the straw that stirs the drinks. Without Cutler (the pundits will have you believe) the Bears are no longer a contender and may be a longshot for the postseason. They ignore their running game – one of the best in the sport. Ignore their special teams – THE best in the sport. Ignore their defense – a unit that has been stabilized by LoveRod’s moves at the safety spot and have now rediscovered their edge.

Somehow a team with a five-game winning streak has their backs against the wall as Caleb Hanie takes the steering wheel of this Bears bus. There isn’t a Bears fan alive that wouldn’t rather see Cutler taking the snaps in Oakland Sunday. I staked whatever bloggy reputation I’ve accrued over the years on my support of the Cutler trade, even during Jay’s low times, and now we’re finally seeing what this guy is capable of when the gentlemen up front give him a few seconds to load his cannon and fire on the enemy. (Yes that sounds gross but I’m not deleting it.) Cutler is the greatest quarterback this organization has ever employed and I’m confident he is going to win a championship in Chicago.

But I have to admit there’s a certain thrill to Hanie’s entrance. When Cutler throws a complete pass, fans respond with a pumped fist and a knowing smile. Franchise quarterbacks are expected to perform like franchise quarterbacks and most of us are relieved to have one. With every Hanie completion there will be a sense of genuine excitement and overwhelming relief. He has the opportunity to do what the rest of the 2011 Chicago Bears have already done: inspire the city and shock the football world.

And when is the last time a team on a five-game win streak has sounded the way the Bears sound? They sound angry, defensive, motivated. Urlacher says they have to be better on defense. Lovie says the offense has to be better at running the ball. The Bears have been given reason to recommit themselves to the 2011 season not out of the desperation of struggling on the field but out of the necessity of injury. The Bears cannot and will not rest on their laurels. They cannot spend a minute enjoying their winning streak. The Bears know they MUST IMPROVE if they intend to make the postseason. They fifty roster members not playing the quarterback position must transition from a very good team to a championship team.

When the Chargers game ended I thought to myself, “Now they can lose a tough one on the road in Oakland and be fine.” But over the last forty-eight hours my mentality has gone in the opposite direction. Now I want this one. Not just for Caleb Hanie but also to reward this club’s current mentality. I want this one almost as bad as I wanted the Lions rematch and I don’t remember the last regular season game I wanted as bad as the Lions rematch. I want a win Sunday in Oakland.

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  • how many games until we start reading articles about jay has given up on the season because he's standing on the sideline without a huge smile, or because he nodded his head at hanie after a touchdown throw instead of emphatically clapping him on the back?

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    ps - i'm hoping it won't be after the FIRST game.

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    I expect to start hearing it DURING the first game.

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    these two have built a good relationship
    I think you will see jay helping him in any way possible
    he will actually be excited for his success

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Anybody who expects Hanie to be Cutler, forget it. They are close friends but nothing alike.

    “Caleb loves Cutler,” Hammerschmidt said. “Opposites attract. I asked Caleb if Cutler was tough to get along with. He said that Jay just doesn’t give a damn. He doesn’t care what anybody thinks of what he says or does. He has got talent and knows he’s good. He just doesn’t care. Caleb likes that because he was brought up to always do and say the right thing. He thinks it’s cool

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    I'm guessing Fox 'news' will show a clip of Hanie's first interception, and then cut to some old video of Cutler standing on the sideline smiling and laughing ... in a Bronco's uniform.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    come on. that would be amazing. i'd dvr the hell out of that and i bet you would too. unless you, ya know, tivo things.

    side note, how do you change your profile pic? i was sure it would be on the site's settings page. but it's not. do i have to login with facebook?

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    Mods? Mods? Is there a moderator in the... ahFuckIt.

    Do you have a Gravatar? On other blogs that use Gravatar avatars, you have to sign up at Gravatar dot com. Use the same email address you use to login here, upload a 50x50 pixel .jpg or .png (I think - it's been awhile), and then wait. And wait. And then wait some more.

    Don't bother to contact Gravatar if it seems the wait is too long. Gravatar doesn't give a shit.

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    Alas I live in land that time forgot, although ironically the year is 2554 here. I have never DVRd or TiVOd anything. Ever.

  • I didn't think a "new life" article would be that interesting, but I agree completely with everything you said Jeff. An excellent piece (well, other than misspelling cannon...).

    Here's to the FIRST win of Hanie's NFL career... Let the renewed 2011 Bears rally and make it happen!

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Fuck, alright, I'm walking off the 5 yards...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    it's 10

  • Canon - 1.A general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged.

    I suppose it almost works anyway.

    On cannon arms, Da Bears will likely see things slow down a little. A little commentary on that?

    (Apologies in advance if the audio quality sucks, I cannot listen to this using my current connection)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Canon - A 35 mm camera. Also works.

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    Cannon - Frank. Fat detective.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Canon rock - Matt Rach

  • houston moved UP one with matt fucking lionhart... we moved down 2 with hanie


    “The Denver Post reported that Orton, 29, and his agent David Dunn helped to facilitate the quarterback's release by requesting it after they learned of Cutler's thumb injury.”

    Ok, so if neckbeard and his agent made the trade happen after hearing about cutty… but didn’t when they heard about schaub or cassell… wouldn’t that lead one to believe that he wants to come home? Sure as hell sounds like it to me.

    So basically if a team ahead of us on waivers tries to claim him, orton and his agent can just say no thanks and go on to be an UFA that would leave him open to a deal with us. I kinda see this happening if the whole reason he asked to be waived was because he wants to come back.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Get claimed, and say "No thanks" - Is that possible?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    if you can't work out a deal? if you read down in the article it says that he could become an UFA and do a deal with the bears... so I assumed yes (but you know what happens when you assume)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So many words! I couldn't find it... but then again, it's early.

    Wouldn't the deal essentially be already made? You pick up his remaining salary and it's done?

    It seems that if another team picked him up, it's done... Otherwise, any released player essentially gets his pick at what squad he goes to.

    If only my fantasy football team worked that way... Who doesn't want to play for Willie Gault?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    My understanding is that the team that claims him on waivers (if anyone does) owns his rights for the remainder of the contract.
    So, he can retire (for the rest of the year) or he can play for the team that claims him. I'm assuming that a no-show, no-retire would mean that he would start getting hit with penalties by the club.
    The Bears can't contact him until he clears waivers or is claimed by them in the process.
    I don't think there's anything that says he and his agent cannot tell clubs he's not interested though.
    It seems to me that I should go buy an old Orton Bears jersey while I still can. I'm sure they are cheap right now.

    If I'm the Packers, I might put a claim in just to f-ck with us; it puts pressure on the Bears to eat the $2.4 million rather than try and get him past waivers. The trade-off is that we can also pick up a compensatory draft pick when he moves to free agency after the year -if- we claim him on waivers. I don't think that's true if we sign him as an UFA after waivers.
    I don't think the Lions have the luxury of the roster spot with their depth issues.

  • Jeff, I understand why you didn't mention K.O. from a fans point of view but isn't it journalistic malpractice not to cover this story? Are you gonna force us to look to E@#$ for update's and opinions?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    no gnews is good gnus Trac... I am sure there will be a big jeff story once neckbeard inks a deal with us. Patience my man... is it not a virtue?

    Common Jerry you fucking pelic, don't fuck this up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No need to worry about changing teams war room plans MB. Teams are gonna make their decisions based on their needs, not because the Bears want Orton. Jerra needs all the encouragement in the world to make the smart play.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Jerry also can't talk about it publicly, lest we get hit with tampering charges and lose a pick.

  • Bye the bye, the latest speculation is that Orton will clear waivers and the Bears plan to pick Orton up for the league minimum after the deadline passes at 4pm today. By clearing waivers, Orton not only will get the remainder of his contract but whatever amount a team signs him for and he'll be able to choose where he signs. Orton needs the Bears to wrap up a deal with another team next year with positive game time performance's this year and the Bears need him for insurance. It seems the Chiefs have more of an interest in signing Orton than any other team but the Bears because they are the only team needing a quarterback right now that could possibly fit Orton into their long term plans next year. It has also been reported that Orton is telling teams other than the Bears that if they sign him, he won't show up.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:


  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    That's what I like to hear!

    My neckbeard, oddly enough, is about 3 weeks deep...


  • No comment on Orton, Jeff? I'm a bit surprised. I got texted by a Steelers friend last night about whether we were going to sign him, didn't learn until later what he was talking about. I would assume he would be a good signing if we can get him reasonably (and claiming him off waivers for $2MM plus is obviously NOT reasonably).

    I'm not even rendering an opinion as to who would be better for us, mostly because I don't know Hanie - I don't think any of us do, his relief performance in the NFC Championship game notwithstanding. But I continue to believe Orton is a solid backup quarterback. He has plenty of NFL experience, unlike Hanie. He successfully operated the dumbed-down offense in 2005, and I believe firmly he has to be MUCH better than he was then. The big question would seem to be whether he could get down the Martz offense in a hurry. I think he's a very intelligent guy, so my money would be on him for that. Plus he's a great character guy, and I believe a leader in his own right.

    I continue to believe that with EITHER QB we're going to be able to go at least 3-3 in the next 6 games and more likely 4-2. Next game is the hardest, and an okay one to lose if there is such a thing. After that, we should certainly be able to take care of Chiefs, Broncos and Seahawks. Even carding a loss to the Pack, we will obviously still be playing for our lives against the Vikings and they will be playing for pride, we'll take that one, whether Cutler has returned or not. 11-5 is completely achievable with either Hanie or Orton.

    Then it's time to sharpen the Cutlery - Jay rides in on his white horse to take us past the Cowboys, past Green Bay and then to Super Bowl XLVI against the repeat Steelers - who will sadly (for them) lose their second in a row while Your Chicago Bears celebrate their second Super Bowl win!

    How does that sound Bear fans?

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Fine, other than the Steelers part. Screw them.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    I'm in phil... all in


  • Re-sign K.O?

    I'm down with that.

    Article in today's Trib now speculates that a "4 Week recovery" for Cutty is possible.


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    According to the website of the Steadman Clinic in Denver, it's 4-6 weeks before the cast comes off. Then there's therapy.

    And here's a sobering pic - thumb, post Bennet's fracture surgery:


    "League source: Chiefs condering putting in a waiver claim for Kyle Orton"!/wyche89/statuses/139360725331214337

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    wow, that was nasty. 4 weeks my ass.

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    I'm glad you pointed that out--I've been saying it for a while, having fractured my hand playing college ball, that people aren't being clear enough whether Cutler is 4-6 weeks until fully recovered, or 4-6 weeks until cast comes off, or what.

    I had a "boxer's fracture" in my 4th metacarpal (and the medical dumbshits completely misdiagnosed me, and then mistreated the injury, which was one of the big reasons I transferred outta that school), and it took me 4 weeks after the cast went on--which was a week after the injury--before the cast came off. And I wasn't allowed contact for two weeks after the cast came off (mainly because the cast came off early), and my 4th & 5th fingers on that hand were weak and stiff for that entire 2 week span.

    Long story short, it takes a certain amount of time for bones to heal. They're immobilized during that period. Then after they've healed, you take the cast off and you have to rehab through the weakness and stiffness left from being immobilized for all that time. In other words, anyone expecting Cutler to be back in 4 weeks needs to expect him to be out of the cast in 3 weeks. That's really, really fast. And that's with some aggressive PT to get his grip strength back in only one week.

    I really don't want to second-guess medical specialists while using incomplete information, so I'm just gonna wait & see what happens. But I don't expect him back for the Packers game--you don't want your franchise back on the field for the first time with a delicate thumb on a cold day against a team with a strong pass rush (plus, I think the Packers drop a game or two before then, and so they'll be playing for home field). Best case, he's back for the Vikings game.

    Oh, and the Trib article is pretty good about the expected time frame for recovery--things have changed since I was a pup, but in the end, let's all root for #6 to drink lots of milk.,0,2946641.story

  • The more I hear about the nature of that fracture, the less optimistic I am about seeing Cutty again during the regular season.
    And I'd rather struggle this year than have him crippled for life.

  • I'm not sure the chiefs will give us the chance to get KO back. But I like him. I have always liked him. That's a guy that despite winning lots of games, gets benched every time. And he never complains. And he has a neckbeard,

  • Ha, Jerra's laying the smokescreen as we speak.

  • The Chiefs will definitely claim Orton. And we'll end up with Mccown, the guy that has a spagettio spleen and looks the part, but definitely doesn't play it well. The difference between Orton and Mccown is at least two wins in my book.

    But, it's Caleb's turn. This is your shot kid.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Good call my friend.

  • Oh yeah, and let's expect lots of disinformation from the Bears in hopes of throwing teams off the scent with Neckbeard.

    The Chiefs would benefit from Neckbeard, but I don't see them thinking he's worth the contract. They can't expect to be competitive for the playoffs--they were barely alive with the QB that knew their system, and with Neckbeard, they're looking at several weeks with a restricted offense and learning curve. I can't think that they'd want Neckbeard just for the remainder of the season (maybe this is wishful thinking).

    Plus the rumor is out that Neckbeard wants to come back to Chicago and will refuse to play for any team that picks him off the waiver wire.

    Plus, it's smarter if KC waits until he clears waivers--then the rest of his contract is paid by Denver, and even if he signs for league minimum, he's making more money. So if KC waits, their division rival pays most of their QB's paycheck.

    Now, the big question is "Do the Bears want Neckbeard?"

    Experienced QB with proven track record with team
    A "known quantity" who is an accomplished "game manager"
    Ideal contract situation (as noted before)

    Doesn't know the system
    Doesn't have a rapport with most of the receivers
    Introduces awkwardness in lockerroom and among fans--especially if he does well, especially when Cutler is ready to come back

    But all things considered, the risk to the Bears to pick him up after he clears waivers is low. IF he clears waivers. If Neckbeard and his agent are serious about scaring off other teams, I think it can happen--especially when you consider the teams who would be interested in him wouldn't necessarily reap much benefit this season--and then his contract is up and he's a UFA.

  • With all love and respect to the Neckbeard, I don't see him playing his way into a quarterback controversy with Cutler (if he plays at all) over the rest of this season.

  • Also, Hanie is a UFA next season, and who's gonna be our back-up then, Enderle?

    I think this off-season discouraged Orton. He finally realized that he was considered a back-up when NO ONE wanted to give up anything for him.

    If Orton wants to come to Chi, that means he's ok with being a #2 going forward (unless he's really that delusional), and the way he figures it, if he's going to be a #2, it might as well be for a team he loves.

    It's a perfect fit - we'll have the gunslinger starring, and if he goes down, we'll have an experienced albeit more cautious shooter in the wings, which is how it should be.

    Now, would the Fudge actually pick him if he makes it past us on waivers? I know they don't need a back-up, but wouldn't we do it just out of spite if the scenarios were reversed?

  • In reply to 4ever85:


  • I don't know about the Neckbeard thing..Orton was ok but he dos not have the arm or the mobility that Cutler and Hanie have. The only thing he has at this point is experience. He's a good game manager but it's gonna take time for him to get acclamated to Martz system of which I'm not really sure the "Martz"is even using most of it at this point. I think there seems to be a lot of "adjusting" on the fly here with Jay and Mike and it seems to be working.
    I thought last year when Hanie came in after not playing and recovering from a shoulder injury to almost pull off a championship win when 2 other guys couldn't do shit says a lot for him. It was totally on Martz for the Collins disaster that in my opinion is what cost us the NFC Champ when we wasted a whole fucking quarter proving once again that Collins was imputant, and not letting Hanie out there first to at least give us a chance to win. There isn't any question in my mind that Hanie is gonna do just fine.
    As far as Orton goes, if he want's to come here and be 3rd quarterback in place of Elderly or Enderly or what ever the fuck his name is..fine..that's it. Not the same team when he left and I don't think he'll fit all that well.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Ortmans arm is better than Hanies. He has better size, and actual nfl experience. And he drive a Prius.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    It's a catch 22 MaddBear.

    IF Hanie performs well, he's going to want to start for some team next year, in which case, he's not going to be our backup.

    IF Hanie sucks it, why would we want him as our backup?

    And for anyone entertaining Franchising him next year, do you really think the McCheapsters are gonna pay a backup top 5 Qb mula?...I think not...

    IF Orton has expressed interest in Chi, that means he's in for the long haul. Guess he's tired of all the trade speculation on him...

  • It's JT O'Sullivan. Book it.

  • I'm glad I found this blog!! I've never had a favorite NFL team, but I always tended to root for Da bears! for some reason. Thanks to you guys and a little google searching I've caught up on some Bears history and tradition and what-not and Ive become a full fledged Bears fan. All my NJ friends hate it cus they're Giants or Jets fans but come on, they got nothing on Da Bears! Thanks guys, I enjoy your comments and feel you guys need an ESPN show (to the regulars on the blog) peace. I hope Jay recovers soon and I feel Caleb will do well. Space Mountain here we go!!!!!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    ESPN show? Man the censors would be busy.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:


  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I agree - we are way more Showtime than ESPN.
    Plus, boobs!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm definitely down with the addition of Boobs. They really do make everything better.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    everything? do boobs make boobs better?

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    I'm not going to dignify that with a response.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I will... yes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm hurt that someone even asked the question.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exhibit A:
    "Total Recall"

  • In reply to Warrior Waddle:

    If you have to ask ...

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    go on ...

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    We would broadcast live from Tyson's Tickler, Illinois.

    MBHP is kind of the Bill Swerski host, MB is the contrarian, Waffle is the weird one, Trac/BD is the curmudgeon. Al is the greybeard sage, and Crown and Da Coach do taped segments from the field where they mostly interview women in their 20s. Sac and GP are the angry libruls and SC Dave gives us the dittohead viewpoint, and Doc Nitty does an informational segment with lots of stats.

    The show opens with the Tampa cheerleaders, since we don't have any.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh and Mongo would drive a Harley into the studio at random times, for no reason, ala D-Day in Animal House.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Im all in for that. Can also compliment Al with the gray bearded sage thing. Probably handle some curmudgeon, sarcastic, cranky old bastard on certain days.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have no passion arguing in favor or coercion and statism, from either the "progressive" or "conservative" point of view.

    But for the right paycheck, I imagine I could fake it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hey Hey HEy HEY!!! In engish dude...we don'ts likes none of that them their fancy...high folutin speakin 'round these parts...dagnabit!
    I miss Ellie May.....

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to OsosFan:

    OsosFan ~ mandatory material for Da Bears Blog Posters..

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I'm on it. lol Though, I know this sounds like a noob comment, I didn't know Halas was such a legend. My Chitown Bears knowledge is sooo infinitesimal...

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    It all starts with Halas. The NFL, everything.

    Ever heard of a guy named Sweetness? Just curious.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he he he

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can Irish and me be foreign correspondents?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Absolutely. Segments on spoiled Thai rich kids and how you didn't have to pay to have your appendix out

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    They'd cut over to Crown, but he wouldn't hear the link and all we'd hear is "....that's a really good look for you, y'know, really .... your eyes are so blue they really bring the color out in that blouse, yeah work out?"

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Welcome...the Blog Father is from NJ, so there you go...if you want to find him on game day, just go to the dankiest sport's bar in NY that telecasts Bears games and look for the most belligerent disgruntled guy at the bar...

    Well, at least that's how I imagine it...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Josie Woods is actually pretty homey. No drunks pissing in the least that I noticed.
    Then again, I thought every bar I went to in Manhattan was great.

  • I'm agreeing with gpldan on this one. JT is gonna be the one. Orton was 1-4 with that Denver defense. I want to see Hanie get a shot. The Oakland game will tell us a lot about Hanie. Getting Orton is kinda like getting a divorce and remarrying your wife, it usually don't turn out well.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Just Turnovers O'Sullivan.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh man, that pick at 2:26 was ugly. And all the fumbles...

    We need a QB with a thumb, not Just Thumbs (O'Sullivan).

  • Fuck the play book. Caleb should be reading this shirt over and over until game time:

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'm ordering a 6 pack

  • I'd like to point out that someone on twitter has already taken the NotCalebHanie username.
    I missed it by thismuch.

  • I think the Gnomes may be dead. My make or break game is against Irish this week, and he's going to pull Cutler and put in Cam Newton.

    Meanwhile, I lost All-Day, and Brady is decidedly mortal.

    Just trying to hold on and get a win these last two weeks, and make it into the winner's bracket and hope for some help from the Ghods.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks for reminding me Dan. I just picked up Matt Moore but Cam looks to have the plum draw this week.

  • No need to worry about anything.

  • Well gentlemen I'm outa here for the week so hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving. I'll be rooting against the fudge as always and feeding my fat little face. Lets hope that come Jan we'll have even more to be thankful for. Bear down!

    PS I'll try and post some pics of the Bears vs Raiders. I didnt hear back from ESPN 1000 about being able to wear the Waddle jersey. :(

  • Have one of everything for me Sac and bring home a W.

  • Have a blast!

  • have a safe and great experience
    wear an orange headband with JMAC on one side and DBB on the other

  • Enjoy the game man, hope they win it for you. I really do.

  • reports that Bears giving up a 2nd round pick for orton.

  • In reply to Sean:

    You must work for ESPN.

  • I don't see us giving up a second rounder to get Orton back. That makes no sense. Since he has no exposure to Martz's offense, I just can't see MM giving him the keys to the car for at least a month.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It was a joke.

  • In reply to Sean:

    I'm a little slow on the uptake.

  • Ok, I'm back. I was teetering on the ledge of a high bridge when a divine wind brushed my cheeks and whispered, "Fear not, for Hanie shall show them the way..." Like most spiritual messages, I know not what it means, but I'm going with it.

    Also, this is the way I see it.

    If the 49ers can win 8-of-9 with Alex Smith, Alex 'I was a bust in a totally new system' Smith, then we can win 4-of-6 games.

    I don't want anyone's pity, either.

    The Raiders are playing with a guy who was watching from a couch a month ago. The Chiefs are playing with - is it Stanzi yet? May even be Orton. The Broncos are playing with a fullback who only throws it in the last 2 minutes. While the Seahawks are playing with Travis Viking Reject Jackson, and the Vikes a rook.

    There's NO reason we can't beat them. Hanie has been in the system longer than most of those guys for their respective teams. Does he have as much upside as Palmer? Maybe not. Is he as athletic as Travaris. No, I don't think so. But does he have grit like Tebus? Yes, he does. And he's almost as elusive and a hell of a lot more accurate. More importantly, he's been in the Martz programme for some time now, and say what you will about him, but Martz made a grocery boy a Hall of Famer, and a Mercurial Upstart a consistent winner.

    Also, this may in the long run be a blessing in disguise. After a 5 game winning streak, it's only natural for a team to maybe lapse into complacency but NOW the D and SP teams may revert back to the 2005 mind set when we had the original Rex Hanie, and as long as Cutler rides in the last act to save the day, wow, can you imagine how pumped up that would make this team on the road during the Wild Card game, or even, god willing, on Xmas?

    This injury will sharpen the focus of our team's mentality like a Samurai sword, and beware all who dare to stand before them...

    Bear down.

  • Props to the blog for consistently funny comments that make me laugh out loud while reading. Sean, that was funny! GPLDan, hilarious! MikeBrown, plus Boobs! Yes! And I need to look back at the earlier thread, but whoever was responsible for Jay Cutler's sweater telling us his family was taken hostage - I laughed hard and long.

    Today I'm thankful for Da Bears Blog and its many excellent, insightful and often extremely funny posters!

    Happy Thanksgiving guys! You all rock!

  • Oh, injuries...We lost Cutler, C.Williams, BearJew, Mannelly, all in one week...

    And my FF team was equally decimated...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    hee hee

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    That's what I get for choosing Dirty Sanchez instead of Tebus cuz Vick was out...

    I was Smote by the almighty for my lack of faith...

    Also, is Best retiring or what? or where thee HELL did Kevin Smith crawl out of? Did he get robotic knees or something?

    And Hillis, fuck you - fuck you right up the ass. Madden curse alive and well.

    And on top of that, Miami suddenly scores 30 points WITHOUT Marshall...

    And Ray Lewis misses a game for the first time since "Who let the dogs out" was popular - not good for my D....

    Rough week for me in football land, rough week...

  • I really think there is some back room dealing going on today. Between the Bears and the Chiefs. These reports just keep coming:

    The Chiefs QB is awful. Terrible. He SUCKED on Monday night, he's a college QB. Denard Robinson would be a better threat.

    Orton really wants to come back to the Bears. He requested the release because Jay got hurt. I think he really thinks he can come in here and lead this team to the SB.

    Angelo has to give something to the Chiefs, so they don't pick up Orton's 2.1M flyer. Maybe just money would do it. Maybe a 3rd round pick or promise of a trade next year's draft. I don't know. But I think something is going down, and the Chiefs will pass on Orton.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If you were the Chiefs, would you trust anything that comes out of Angelo's mouth?

    I mean, for a guy who knows that much about "dirty pool"...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Money is money, and a signed contract is a signed contract.

    We'll see how it plays out.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Next year, the Chiefs are going to be making plans with the 4rth rounder Angelo promised them this morning, but the clocks gonna run out, only to find that the Bears selected yet another white safety...

  • I agree with everything in the column. It's an exciting week.

    Anything can happen this weekend; we could win by 30 or lose by 30 or anything in between. I don't know that there's an outcome to this game that's going to leave my jaw on the floor. Okay, that's not exactly true. If Hanie throws for 400 yards and 5TDs my jaw will probably fall off. But all in all, I just can't make a prediction about what's going to happen. My gut says we'll win, my head says we'll lose. Well, actually my head says we might win.

    Anyway, if Caleb plays as well as he gave his first presser as a starting QB, we'll be just fine. There's something about this dude.

  • Mmmmmmm...... Tebowing

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Now THAT's Tebowing I can get that I mean I can literally get right behind and watch it all day...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Even though Warrior Waddle doesn't understand, I think this proves my previous statement.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    you're telling me those boobs wouldn't be better with more boobs?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    what in the fuck is #5 doing... did she just step through a fucking wormhole from 1982??

    Wow, I didn't know they even sold brown 1-piece 80's porno-pool-party bikinis any more. And get a boob job won't you please. Jesus, that is the fucking strangest grouping of bikini shots I've ever seen.

  • Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

    8 minutes.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Jason LaCanfora tweet...'Feeling he's going to become a Bear...'


  • Enderle - welcome to waivers. Yet another wasted pick.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • He's been word yet.

  • adbrandt Have been informed that Kyle Orton has been claimed. No notification of team yet.

  • Not us.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Twitter says the Chiefs grabbed him, but no confirmation yet.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • BAAAAAHAHAHAHHA:!/kingneckbeard

  • A swing and a miss.

    The Chiefs picked up Orton. End of story.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    damn you matt cassell... pussy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If the Chiefs didn't blow so much and showed even a little potential and QB, this would never have happened and we would have neckbeard.

  • RT @BradBiggs: #Bears have agreed to terms with Josh McCown on a 1-year contract to be a backup QB

    BradBiggsless than a minute agoKyle Orton lands with Todd Haley and the #Chiefs

  • Another reason to hate the trailer-park team of the NFL - Chiefs suck.

  • Christ - I am 0 for 2.

    No Sullivan. Bears signed Josh McCown.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    thought for sure with the Martz history it was Sullivan.

  • And we signed McCown.

    Well, there ya go, Caleb.
    It's all you.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Fear not, McCown spent the 2010 season with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. It's not like he can't hang with the best. The Lions, Panthers and Niners all just completely failed to see his potential ...wait ....

  • fine Haley... see if Jerry even looks your way in the next draft if you want something from us... never mind, allowing you to get totally fucked in a deal that he botches. So take that.... asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Biggs says that the Cowboys also had a claim in...probably just to fuck us.

    Haley is a bitch - I'll be surprised if Orton shows up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I am convinced now that Sean Jensen reads this blog.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    They have to get their ideas from somewhere ....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    they should admit it

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Orton can't be happy to still in the AFC West...

    I hope he does hold out - he's a vet - he should be able to choose where he plays. That dude just can't catch a break.

    However, the Chiefs play the Broncos in week 17 that ought to be interesting...

  • The move makes sense. Cassel looked like a filthy shit sack this season. Orton just may be able to compete for the starting job over there next year. Good for the bearded one. Chances are he wouldn't have played a snap here and would be a #2 next year. That dude has been fucked over so much in his career I really hope for his sake he catches on in KC.

  • Palmer dead

  • And if Hanie happens to get hurt, we should ego ahead and utilize the backwards punt it to hester offense. Might work

  • The other Lion thugs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sadly gp, I think that's the case at most high profile D1 schools.
    Here's an extreme example:;col1

    Now let me give you some background information on Tyrone Williams. Original reports are he unloaded a gun into another vehicle with two people in it in January of 1994. He was a star cornerback for Nebraska at the time. Nebraska had just won a National Title. He played all of the next season and won another National Title. He was voted an All-Big 8 first teamer in 94 and 95 and has been voted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. The case didn't go to trial until September of 1996, where the "Judge" was going to make an "example" of him by giving him six months in jail. The judge was a former Nebraska football player. The Packers were on there way to the Super Bowl. Somehow, he never missed a game all year. From what I can find online, I don't think he ever served any jail time, at least not until after the Super Bowl. He played in every game that year. He was charged with "unlawfully unloading a gun". Wouldn't that be called "attempted murder" if any one of us did that? He did serve some community time. He finally got 35 days jail time in 2007 for assault and battery on a police officer. In 2009 he was arrested for threatening his ex wife, but don't know what happened. I essentially took over three years before he even had to do community service for shooting at people. He was a good football player.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Dammit, I wrote the post too fast. He shot at another vehicle with two passengers, but luckily for him he's a bad shot. No one was hurt. He would be a horrible Gangster Disciple. The charges against him lasted 3 years in court. He never missed a football game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That's why I despise the Huskers and Saint Tom. They are even more sanctimonious than PSU fans and their program was dirty as hell in the '90s. That's not even the worst example out of Nebraska at the time. And just like Penn State, Osborne and his program were (hell, still are) untouchable.
    They just didn't keep a child molester on staff. And that's evidently what it takes to shake up a D1 athletic department.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    When Nebraska played at Wisconsin, Osbourne complained that the Badger fans were rude and "used bad words." What a joke. One of my best friends is an athletic director who was on the fast track. He took a D3 school to D2 level with good results. His original goal was to be AD of a major D1 school. Now, he wants nothing to do with D1 sports. The corruption is out of control. He always used Penn State as his example of what is wrong with D1 sports. It's kind of weird how right on he was. I looked in an old notebook from a few years ago when he called President of Penn St. Spanier "an arrogant asshole". My notes actually say "jackass" instead of "asshole".

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    hey happy thanksgiving 5th
    I left this in reply to you at the end of the thread; a couple of days ago
    just before the willie nelson song

    my daughter lives in waynesville,
    with her husband; and my wife and I will be up 2 times in the beginning of 2012
    feb. for the first grandson's birth
    and May for her graduation from grad. school at WNC
    will you be around
    I would love to finally hang out with you
    My wife and I plan on settling near the nantahala gorge
    in a couple years...retirement
    will be livin in the yurt we put up a while back
    I will be staying near the gorge
    if you are near ashville it will be easy for us to meet up

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Congratulations Grandpa! And congratulations to your daughter. I don't live in NC, just visiting for a few days. I live in Wisconsin on the "west" coast, along the widest spots on the Mississippi.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    reminds me of most power structures
    they get together to hold meetings to meet on the meetings that will decide in the future which place to hold the meetings that will decide on the policy structures and the perameters that will envelope the authority figures in charge of the furniture that will be purchased for those soon to be held meetings so we can discuss how to arrange the furniture in hopes of finally coming up with a majority decision on what day to have another meeting

  • as i always see the play of independent forces working in our football life
    here is some Hanie history that shows this kid is fearless
    and seems to know just what is needed of him
    have heart
    we are kickin' oaklands ass
    this will be a determined and energized group
    I hope oakland is ready to get punched in the face
    'cause we are bringin' the A game to sunny californ I A

  • so how many time have you seen a special teams player try to call out the great D Hester and try to get inside his head?,0,1228456.story

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    "Mitchell doesn’t believe the Raiders will order Lechler to punt the ball out of bounds, a strategy a lot of opponents have been using recently.

    “I don’t think Bones would ever do that because we have a guy who can punt a ball 60 yards in the air,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to take every advantage of that. We have the biggest, fastest guys in the league covering our punts. We just have to get down field and outrun their protection team and make tackles. After he gets machine gunned a couple of times he’s not going to be too quick to return punts."

    Didn't Jeff just ask WHY teams still kick it to Hester? There you go Jeff, exhibit A...

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Just like I said... these guys have pride and *know* they can stop him. And truth be told, most times he does get stopped.

    But I would not bet against him.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    mitchel keeps nrubbing Jacoby Ford into Hester's face
    playin' a head game?

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    when Hester sprints by Jacoby on the sideline on the way to a 60 yd, spirit-breaking TD, then we'll see how well their mind set is after that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He gets stopped at a lower frequency than any other Kick Returner in the history of the NFL - by something like an order of magnitude. Kicking to him is just plain stupid.

  • Word is Cutler's surgery went well, & he will begin rehab in a few days. Does this mean there is no hard cast? This sounds good for his prognosis & recovery time. I'm still hoping for a return on Christmas night. Bears sure are being secretive about this though.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    He's gotta go lefty for a while...then again, he does have Cavelleri...

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    all things are on course for a fabulous finish to a more than exciting season
    we have taken major hits to all sides of the ship
    internal contract huffin' and puffin' resulting in players financial loss
    very emotional family loss
    terrible performance losses (with horrible play that we haven't seen for a long time
    key positional losses

    in the TAO we experience the balance of both the positive and negative aspects; existing in experience at the same time to complete the whole

    we are do for good; deeded towards our bear's life experience
    raiders and the rest of the league
    we are on a roll

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    this is something I am learning about the bears
    they do not let injury info. get directed by the press

    I was talkin" to a retired Proff. today from Northwestern, who lives
    on my route
    he was one of the guys who got me interested in Wooten
    'cause he was still teaching during the years he played there
    he knew he had a great spring; but has been missing since getting blown up on special teams
    lovie says that he will be in the mix as soon as his practice play gets improved
    we both feel Wooten must be hurt; why else would they be so high on him and then dismiss him now?

  • I've been reading the wires and it definitely looks like Jerra Jones wasn't gonna allow Orton to fall to us. It seems he wanted to block the Bears from getting him. What a douche. Just for that Jerra, your team is gonna miss the playoffs. Blaaaaaaaaaaaah.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    reason 1,087,981,431 to root against the Girls.

    Gmen are gonna win that division, and Romo will get hurt again and/or choke when it counts, as usual.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    I don't blame Jerry Jones, it was the right move, & he should be worried about the Bears. Lovie told Hanie whatever vet they brought in, would not take his job. Orton would have been a backup. Sucks they couldn't have gotten him as a backup, but Hanie will be a good QB. Just has to stay healthy til Cutty comes back.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    anything to draw attention to BIG D...

  • I wish I could check the blog at work, my comments would be more timely. I've been giddy the last few days thinking about the game this weekend. I hate that Cutler is hurt, absolutely hate it. I'll say this, though, I can't remember the last time I was this excited to see how the Bears will perform this weekend. I think that Caleb Hanie could quite possibly be the 2nd coming of TOM BRADY. I can't explain why I feel this way, but this situation is very similar to the one in 2001 when Mo Lewis caved in Drew Bledsoe's chest cavity. No one gave them a chance, and look how that turned out. Caleb is big, strong, fast, smart, and would have won the F-ing NFC Championship last year if we'd not gone to Todd Collins first. As I had both Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler as my fantasy QB's, I picked up Caleb off waivers. I think he can take me to the promise land in both fantasy and reality(and Christian Ponder isn't gonna win me the championship).

    Jeff, this is my favorite post of yours to date and I'm glad those of us that have watched Caleb over the past 4 years fell as confident as we do. Greatness begins on Sunday in Oak-town!

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    i believe our confidence is also due to the other parts starting out poorly and showing maked improvement over the course of ten games
    one writer developed the idea; that it was a good situation for the bears backup
    he isn't comong in to rescue a listing ship
    he is taking the helm of a group of confident players seeing hard work and determination starting to blossom

    of course the raiders are playing with confidence and fighting for their playoff future, also
    I think we have to continue to try to play from the lead; to help Caleb be settled by Qtr. 4
    it will be better if he doesn't have thoughts that "I Have To Win This By My Own Skill "

  • Couple off-topic items for you guys:

    * BEEEEER:

    * Spensive, but you guys seem to be into it... DBB fantasy winner trophy:

    Oh and I don't know about tom brady maing... those are few and far between, but I do think he'll be good and will win us at least 3 games if not 4-5. I'm excited to see what he can do.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    four in a row gets us to a 9 game winnin' streak
    then it's on to become the "Grinch that stole Roger's Christmas"

    then we rest for the playoffs

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    IF I see that Maple-Bacon beer, I'm buying it.
    Let's hope Total Wine stocks it for the holidays.

    $330 is a little steep - you guys don't need to go dropping a grand on little old me when I sweep the leagues this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hah - I imagined this:

    in a Duff Man voice after I typed that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    find me the brewing process for that califonia blend
    that is on my bucket list
    i read about it a few months back
    weed- wine
    when I retire I will come to the left coast and check that one off the list with a sip or two
    or maybe a bottle on the coast with a beautifully coolred sunset

  • so 2bl M was just beatin' the mule to toughen him up
    McCown is comming in for his return and starring role in the Mike Martz directed
    "In my mind, he's a starter in the league," Martz said. "He's just waiting for this opportunity. Otherwise, you don't handle Caleb (tough) like that. You have to stress him and press him a little bit, get him out of his comfort zone so he can deal with some of the emotional ups and downs that come with being a starter in the league. Kind of callous him up a little bit.

    "It really solidifies inside of him that he … can handle these things. The biggest issue for good quarterbacks, when things are going bad, you have to be at your best. That's where he is right now.

    "Where I would point to is in the NFC championship game. He throws an interception and comes back and we go get a touchdown. That was a huge statement for me. That's the resilience and the toughness you're looking for in a starter."

    this last point should bread confidence in Hanie's mental state during a big game
    he is tough as diamonds in the mind

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    sorry "breed" not the past tense bread

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    The problem is that Rex Grossman often threw an interception, then lead the O down the field and scored, only to throw more ints or fumble the snap, or do some other bone-head "non-game-manager" maneuver...resiliency is fine, but give me consistency first.

    I just have the feeling that Hanie does not have the "game manager" mentality, and maybe never will (like Orton). How long were we waiting for Rex to come around, and never did?

    But, I'm optimistic until proven otherwise.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    this is where the other players help him
    they have to step it up and try to be game managers in their own right so he doesn't feel that he has to "create"

    I hope we roll the pocket
    Urlacher said they should put in some Tebow plays for him
    Do you think this is because he has recognized a running talent defenending him in practice?

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    rolling Hanie out would be one of my keys to the game Huntin, so Lach and I are on the same page.

    1) Hanie is not all that tall (he's listed as 6'2 220, but he looks smallish to me), so rolling out would improve his view.

    2) The Raiders are going to treat him like a rook. Lots of blitzes, zones, 8 men in the box, to rattle him. So rolling him out would be good to counter act that a bit.

    3) Hanie is very mobile. He proved that on the biggest stage. I was very impressed with not only his poise and confidence, but also accuracy, esp while running. No doubt Lach and gang saw the same thing. His decision making has to improve, but his poise, confidence and accuracy are there.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    i looked at photos from the game he played against Green Bay and he does look small in the one photo they had posted where he is throwing from the pocket
    i thought that; and now you confirm
    thanks for that
    I am "strangely" confident about him
    it feels weird that fear has not gripped me
    my weak mind says I should be concerned
    but, something inside keeps saying he is going to pull this off
    if he does
    he probrably won't want to stay with us
    could we get a good draft pick for him; before he becomes a RFA?

    one thing I thought after I wrote that he should roll out
    I hope he isn't asked to run tebow like plays; because of the damage factor
    but I can see him breaking out of the pocket and getting a first down or two with his legs.

    forte was the leading reciever in that last game he played against Green Bay with 10 catches
    they had to hook up a few times
    and the TD went to earl
    I expect the west coast to be stunned by his performance

    I looked at that video of his first interview on wed. and I saw a bit of Joe Montana in his facial expressions

  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    apparently he wasn't thinking
    what would we expect from him in the big game
    he got the jitters

  • Wimbley will have a field day methinks. Our OL doesn't match up so well with their DL and their OL should handle our DL. Bush will have to be gang-tackled at every turn. This will be a proper scrap right to the end.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Doesn't mean we won't win MB! After all, my Bears have been surprising me since the Minnesota game. We need to see more Barber and Clutts, not more Forte. Less JK. More play-action, screens and such-like. If our defensive line decides to play some football then we could win it and build on that.

  • we are on NFL TurningPoint tonight... cool stuff.

  • With the way Cutler broke his thumb, there's not a player on the team that is going to give less than 100% this week. How would they look at themselves in the mirror otherwise?

    Hanie is going to be good to go. He's been practicing against one of the toughest D's in the league for years, now it's time for the big show and he'll be ready.

  • Good point, whenever I get the chance to see pre game warm-ups and whatnot, Jay always says "Play every play like it was your last". That is all he was doing. Great leadership.
    I wonder if I am seeing the same clip over and over, or if Jay is ending every rally/speech the same way. Vaguely remember a Bear(Urlacher maybe) saying that nobody wanted to give the pre-game hype so Cutty stepped forward.

  • Boys, you brought me back from the ledge. I was thinking it was all over but our guys are fucking MEN and these next 6 games are going to go down in Bears lore as some of the greatest team victories in our history.

    Martz, let the kid have a chance to bring these games home. Call the games of your career.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I'm happy for you, Waffle. But I have to ask myself, this turkey day, "What do I, as a Bears fan, for whom Cutler was the answer to a lifelong prayer, have to be thankful for?"

    Things could be worse? Hope springs eternal? Our receivers won't be exposed as shit without a QB capable of threading the needle with a rope while running for his life?

    Time will tell. But that won't help today.

  • In reply to M Onan Batterload:

    Irish 2.0

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Yeah, teams win superbowls, not players ....teams. If we're going to do what hasn't been done since '86 then we need to overcome stuff like this. Both lines have to step up, Barber needs to step up, Roy needs to be the man, Earl needs to do what he's been doing, and Brian needs to re-take the reins as King of the Bears. The Raiders will be a good litmus test. If we can beat them then the rest of the league needs to sit up and take notice.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    you should be running for president... I'm confused... WHO ARE YOU!?!

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