The Five Definitive Moments of the 2011 Chicago Bears Season

The Five Definitive Moments of the 2011 Chicago Bears Season

#5 Tyler Palko’s Hail Mary

I was there and I sincerely believe this was the moment the energy was sapped from the Chicago Bears fan base. As Palko tossed his duck into the sky and Brian Urlacher slapped it perfectly to Dexter McCluster, the Soldier Field faithful were not discouraged or angry. They were just sad. They knew. We knew. So we raised our hands collectively for a Miller Genuine Draft.

#4 A Tale of Two Detroits

Was there a more humiliating debacle than the Bears Monday night embarrassment at Ford Field? Frank Omiyale committing eleven false starts? Chris Harris chasing bees at safety? Jahvid Best running for eighty untouched yards to ice the game? It was pathetic. What followed, however, was triumphant. Lovie Smith used that horror show to send poor performers to the bench and the Bears responded with five straight explosive performances. Those performances reached their peak with the revenge game against the Lions at Soldier Field, featuring about a dozen Matt Stafford interceptions. It was on that day I started to believe this Bears team could win the Super Bowl.

#3 Caleb Hanie’s Performance in the NFC Title Game

Yes I know it was not technically a part of the 2011 season but Hanie’s near-heroics at Soldier Field last January duped the fans, the media and the organization into believing he was a capable NFL starter. He was not. No sir, he was not. The 2011 Chicago Bears might have made the playoffs if Hanie had just been awful against the Packers.

#2 Marion Barber Runs Out of Bounds

Even through all of Caleb Hanie’s Benny Hill-style antics at quarterback the Bears had an opportunity to salvage a wild card slot out of this regular season. Then Marion Barber ran out of bounds and allowed the Denver Broncos (remember when people thought that team was good?) and gave the Broncos an opportunity to hit an almost improbably game-tying 59 yard field goal. It was an insult.

#1 Johnny Knox Falls Down on Bears Season

If you saw Jay Cutler’s sideline reaction after breaking his thumb on a tackle attempt, you know why he attempted to make that tackle. He was angry at Johnny Knox for falling down on a basic slant route. It was a sideline shot that made me proud to see the leader Cutty’s become for this group of Chicago Bears. Less than a few hours later it was revealed that Jay had broken his thumb and his regular season was essentially over. Less than a few weeks later it became apparent the Bears season was broken as well.

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  • Hanie was just sooooo terrible. I can not believe he had any success in the GB game last year and look so bad this year. All the other things were a play here, a bad bounce there. Hanie was just plain bad. Every game, and almost every play, just bad. If Frank Omiyale is still on this team next year........I'm speechless just considering they would keep him.

  • First to say "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! " im alive! Damn phone

  • In reply to Artoo:

    False start Artoo

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Damn.. I omiyaled.

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    4 whoever posted this 5 definitive moments don't post things unless u r going 2with get them right u say u were at the bear v.s. chiefs game well u must not have been paying much attention 2 the game because Urlacher didn't slap the ball into McClusters hand Conte slapped out of Urlachers hands so if u r going 2 post things get them right

  • In reply to Kevin Huber:

    u r a DOUCHE bag

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nice!

  • In reply to Shady:

    BAAAAAhahahaha...

    Clown. fucking noob better come with some better shit than that. Beat it kevin.

  • In reply to Kevin Huber:

    What I like about this rebuttal is the "4 whoever posted this" bit. I believe I know who is responsible for every post on this site since it started.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Kevin Huber is the name of the Bengal's punter... same guy? I suppose it would explain the anti-social behavior.

  • In reply to Kevin Huber:

    Ha. You forgot to type the word "stop" after each sentence. I felt like I was reading morse code there for a while.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    God help the assholes when they show up here......love this one Trac, morse code, haha!

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    In reply to Kevin Huber:

    Thanks. I was going to point that out too.

  • In reply to Kevin Huber:

    4sooth, don't post things unless u r going 2 get them right 4thwith.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    jesus buttsteak... who the fuck are these idiots. please get them some moonshine 4thwith

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I shall curtail my Walpoling activities and sally 4th to the distillery, 2t sweet.

    http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/humor/foodHumor/Python/TheCheeseShop.htm

  • Agree with your list Jeff. Same with Murph. There is no way OMG comes back.

    I'm guessing JA will take a DE in the 1st. a LT in the 2nd, a WR and LB in the 3rd. I'm also guessing none of them will be impact players.

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    This is an eloquent list and accurate except I think your memory is a little poor on the 5 game win streak. This was not culminated in the Lions game and that was not the night people lost hope. the last game of the win streak was the Chargers game, and that was the night we lost hope

  • I wrote this in bad shape. Fixing it now.

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    if you're going to get a good left tackle it would probably have to be the 1st pick. also i think people are a little hard on angelo with his draft record. every team has busts. if you can get 3 starters from a draft and another contributor or two, that is a good draft. I grant you his overall record in the 1st round is less than stellar. But other than that I think overall he has done a pretty good job of drafting for a pretty average job overall.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Using your logic of 3 starters and 2 contributors, take a look at Angelo's tenure and see how often he has hit the mark. I'm not necesarily as down on him as some on the blog are, but I don't think your defense holds water under careful examination.

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    In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I think a draft of 3 starters and 2 contributors would be a very good draft. Before I said 3 starters and a contributor or two. I admit I haven't researched every team's draft picks over the last decade or anything, but have read articles on this in the past and it seems like the Bears do about average work. I highly doubt any team could meet this standard of drafting 3 starters and 2 contributors every year. I know that Angelo has accomplished in some drafts, certainly not every draft. Of course, there is more ways to evaluate a draft than just the number of starters or roster players, certainly finding stars or pro-bowlers should be taken into account as well and I admit he has done a poor job of this on offense. He should be given credit for the Peppers and Cutler acquisitions and some other free-agent signings like Ruben Brown and John Tait, Thomas Jones, etc. Of course, he has also made his share of bone-headed moves. I just thought it was a little harsh to say that none of his first 4 picks next year would be impact players. I think he has just a good a chance at hitting as the average GM. Not a great GM, but average.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Credit for Peppers and Cutler? WEll the BEars opened up a big old sack of cash for Peppers so it had nothing to do with Angela. Ditto Cutler, which was all about having Kyle Orton over Washngton's Jason Campbell. Thomas Jones was let go for a packet of crisps. We threw away a linebacker to get Chris Harris back ... plus another million or so bone-headed decisions ... no, he was less than average - a franchise as big as Chicago should not be looking for their second Lombardi 25 years later. Angelo has been a cancer for us and people that can't see that ... I really don't know know what to say to them.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    he's below average. Please name one draft where angelo fielded 3 starters and a contrib or two.

    I'll wait...

    (and let's not be silly about the definition of a starter shall we... we're not talking about a starter like cookie williams at LT in '09 (or was it '10), who graded out as the worst olinemen IN THE ENTIRE NFL are we? Cause, yeah, if that's your highwater mark gary, then Angelo hits the mark a lot)

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    2003- 3 Starters Rex Grossman, Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs 4 contributors – Todd Johnson, Ian Scott, Bobby Wade, Justin Gage
    2004-4 starters- Tommie Harris, Tank Johnson, Bernard Berrian, Nathan Vasher
    2005 – 3 starters – Kyle Orton, Cedric Benson, Chris Harris 1 contributor – Mark Bradley
    2008 4 starters – Chris Williams, Matt Forte, Earl Bennett, Kellen Davis 2 contributors – Zack Bowman, Craig Steltz
    2009 3 starters – Henry Melton, Johnny Knox, Lance Louis 1 contributor – DJ Moore
    2011 – this is a little early to evaluate but it looks like we got 3 potential starters in Gabe Carimi, Stephen Paea, and Chris Conte despite only having 5 picks.
    So Angelo doesn’t get credit for acquiring Cutler because it was Orton that procured him? Who is it that drafted Orton in the first place. I acknowledge that Angelo has made his share of moves that haven’t turned out so well, but as the blogfather himself wrote up earlier this year, even patriots and colts gms and other top gms make their share of mistakes too. Again, not claiming Angelo has been great, but he has been at least average. Now, that’s good enough for some people, but I remember the Wannstedt and Jauron years all too well and don’t want to go back to that.

    Chris Williams has certainly not been a great left tackle but he did a very respectable job at guard this year.

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    In reply to Gary Kueper:

    now if you want to call Angelo below average I'd like to see some comprehensive evidence comparing him to other gm's and not just insults off the top of your head.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    There's this:

    http://www.infographicslibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/sport/2011/11/nfc-draft-efficiency-sport-infographic.jpg

    http://www.infographicslibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/sport/2011/11/afc-draft-efficiency-sport-infographic.jpg

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    When you say contributors I assume they did more than occupy a roster spot. I would throw Todd Johnson, Ian Scott and Mark Bradley in the roster spot category. Benson was a starter but a lousy pick that high in the draft. Rex was a starter but that was due more to our futility at QB than anything else. Louis was a starter due to injuries. Kellen Davis would not be a starter on any other team in the league.

    I agree JA has done some good things and I also agree he is avg or slightly below avg. After doing this for 11 years you should be better at your job than that. His biggest failing after the horrible record in the first round is ignoring trouble spots year after year. He addresses these trouble spots with band aids when we need major surgery. OL, FS and WR come to mind.

    I'm guessing JA is a good guy. Also, I'm guessing he works as hard as any GM in the game. That thought is really depressing. We could do much better.

  • I would probably put it at #6, but Forte getting injured the next week was what probably killed me.

    Other honorable mentions:

    - Hester makes his case for the HOF
    - Week 1 dismantling of the Falcons
    - Week 2 dismantling by the Saints
    - Cutler tells Martz to %&* off.

  • Lovie smith says fixing pass rush is the number one priority and the o line is the best situation since he has been here

  • In reply to Artoo:

    and now the Spin Doctors and Bears Management mantra begins
    " We are all Set"

    just FOOK MI!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Hell lets bring Roy back...SHEITE!@!!!!!!!!#W!@#!@#@#!#

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    No. That guy has a mental block that mr.miagi could not fix.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Artoo..I was being a smartass

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If you look at what I suggested about five or six's post ago..I would start to wipe this team clean.....Last Day of Meetings for the 2011 season this week...I would open it up with.."I have good and bad news" the Good News is "Many of you will not be here next year" o btw that is also the bad news for some of you.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I know Lobo, I have been wanting to say how bad Roy is for awhile and that was my chance.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    tee hee hee

  • In reply to Artoo:

    He's no Larry Fitzgerald, that's for sure. Fitzgerald was coughing up blood on the sidelines yesterday. They think he bruised a lung.

    Did anyone see his diving one-handed grab? Fitzgerald made the catch on a low liner, and somehow managed to pull it in and turn his body before hitting the turf. I'd trade all our receivers for that guy, and Arizona could keep his left arm.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    So true. And that bit about Arizona keeping his left arm would have had milk coming out of my nose if I had been drinking any. Great line!

  • not a big fan but this nugget is on target: from #2

    The first order of business is evaluating the roster. That means everyone from 14-year veteran long snapper Pat Mannelly, one of 10 players to finish the season on injured reserve, to undrafted free agents on the practice squad.

    my .02 we will see what the Care Bears do..my gut says the Kool-aid will be splashing over soon.

  • from the same article:

    -- Wide receiver. Since the trade for Jay Cutler on April 2, 2009, general manager Jerry Angelo has drafted three wide receivers, all in that year’s draft class. Johnny Knox, a fifth-rounder, has emerged as one of his best offensive draft picks, period. Reports are he should be fine to return by summer, but coming off back surgery, you never know. The other players from that class? Juaquin Iglesias, a third-rounder, and seventh-rounder Marcus Monk are long gone. What jumps out about this position is the Bears have never committed much in the way of resources to it. In all, Angelo has drafted 11 receivers (not counting cornerback Devin Hester in the second round in 2006). One second-round pick, Mark Bradley, was a bust. One third-round pick , Bernard Berrian, was a productive yet one-dimensional player. The franchise hasn’t paid much for wide receiver help, either, with the only splash addition being the signing of Muhsin Muhammad in 2005. Roy Williams fell short of making the kind of impact Muhammad did. History shows it is difficult to pay top dollar for free-agent wide receivers and have them make huge impacts. Sure, you can find players who have, but there are far more instances where they flopped. The best route is to develop your own and that is where the Bears have been shy to invest because Angelo has been scared off by the high bust ratio that comes with first-round receivers. Could be time to take that gamble.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Your analysis is flawed Lobo. Ask any football coach worth his salt and he'll tell you that filling the WR position is the easiest one to fill on a roster. Calling Knox, Jerra's "best offensive player drafted" is "very" much a backhanded compliment in my opinion.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I wouldn't even call Knox our best WR draft pick. That distinction goes to Earl Bennett.

    Best offensive draft pick, hands down out the door, is Matt Forte.

    Knox was a good draft pick, but one of the best? Oh wait, we're not supposed to argue because he wrote "period" after the sentence.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    bottom line boys...we have no #1 WR....and never have had one...keep in mind these guys still have HESTER AS #1 WR ....The Great Experiment..sheesh.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Bradley showed promise till that injury he had...I have no idea on Juaquin, he was awesome in college, what happened?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Again, when do we draft Urlacher and Kreutz' replacements?

  • We already have Kreutz' replacement on the roster (Garza) we probably have Garza's replacement (Spencer) and there is an outside chance that we have Spencer's replacement (Edwin Williams???). I am way more worried about defensive end, wide receiver, offensive tackle, cornerback and like you mentioned linebacker than I am about the interior of the O-line.

  • HEL Fucking LO:

    -- Offensive line. The Bears should ask one question before every move they make this offseason. How does this particular move impact the development of Jay Cutler? Even if they’re adding a pass rusher, they need to answer how that allocation of resources will affect offensive building. Keep in mind, they essentially have a second first-round draft pick as right tackle Gabe Carimi should return after playing only six quarters as a freshman. A lousy end to the season by left tackle J’Marcus Webb raises valid questions. No, Carimi is not an option to play left tackle. While a young addition might have been in the works for the interior of the line, the Bears have Chris Spencer, Lance Louis and a more seasoned Edwin Williams now with former first-round draft pick Chris Williams also returning from his wrist injury. Perhaps left tackle needs to be prioritized and, of course, it would depend on what is available when the Bears select at No. 19 overall, according to ESPN. That’s not exactly prime range to find a left tackle of the future.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The term "only as strong as your weakest link" comes to mind.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    agree trac

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I wouldn't puke a lung if they drafted a LT. We really need a Mike and a Center, but Webb blows chunks. Luckily it should be a feeding frenzy for WRs in FA this year. Johnny Knox is a kick returner and that's all he ever will be. We need TWO dudes to put with Earl now that it seems Roy can't catch footballs and Sam Hurd watched Scarface once too often ...

    Maybe if we lucked out with a top LT, get two solid receivers not named Santonio Holmes, and pray to the 8lb baby Jebus that nothing bad happens to Lac or Garza next year, then we might have a shot at this thing.

  • Irish that made my day... Sam watched scarface too much.. Damn lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    feeling good about my continuing to whine about new oline talent as priority one this offseason.

    We need a GOOD tackle to replace the failed experiment that is J Webb, and a new center or move spencer back to center and get a mean-ass angry guard who can play both sides.

    In the second a DB or MLB, whichever is higher value for the pick. In the third the DB or LB that didn't get picked in the 3rd and a DL with the other pick if it hasn't been used in a trade. In the 4th another DB and 5th another oline. whatever after that... martz can pick up another POS QB from bumfuckwhereever and lovie can get nother white safety.

    In FA, #1WR and a LT. if a great MLB comes up take that too. There's my list for this week.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We should have nailed Poz when he came up. And if there's any truth to the rumour that GB prefer Harrell to Flynn then we should throw some cash somebody's way. It would be sweet to take a skilled player away from GB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    White Safety's do have one advantage...

    "[FS Ryan] Clark did not play the most recent time the Steelers were in Denver in 2009, because of the violent reaction his body had when they played there in '07. He has the sickle cell trait and the exertion of playing in Denver prompted a reaction by his blood that caused him to lose his spleen and gall bladder, ended his season and nearly his life."

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12002/1200787-66-0.stm

  • The Dolphins have entered the Dave Toub sweepstakes:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-toub-to-interview-for-dolphins-headcoaching-job-20120102,0,4710776.story

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    sorry Crunch to step on your toes with the same link.

  • In reply to lobotobear:
  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I have to agree with Jeff, Miami will want a bigger name. But Toub would be a nice fit down there with his uncanny ability to get great play out of a substandard roster

    But the Miami job is a death sentence. No QB, no high draft pick. AFC East (even Buffalo looks good right now). Whoever they hire needs 3 years to put together a competitive roster, minimum.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I see now that Jeff tweeted the Dolphin story. Sorry. I block the Twitter thing on this blog (plus ChartBeat, DoubleClick, Dynamic Logic, Gigya Beacon, Omniture, Outbrain, Google PlusOne, Facebook Social Plugins etc etc etc). My crappy DSL just can't handle it all.

    Just the fact that Toub's name is being kicked around for head coaching positions probably guarantees he'll go somewhere.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    yep. sucks. Our best coach gone.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I think he'd be a great choice for San Diego personally. Rivers is a solid QB and the right OC will get good play from that team stars. Where they need leadership is on special teams and on general discipline. I think Toub could do a lot for them on both of those fronts.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    hey we can send them Rax Hanie.

  • here we go:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-toub-to-interview-for-dolphins-headcoaching-job-20120102,0,4710776.story

  • Toub. Good luck.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    It would be sad to see him go elsewhere and suck at being a HC - which is exactly what would happen.

  • 100% on the first part of your statement, not so sure about the second part irish

  • so tired of LDL say..

    "We are a good football team...really????" 8-8..... not good....

  • youch:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d825a6ca7/article/colts-fire-executives-bill-and-chris-polian-after-214-season?module=HP11_breaking_news

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The Chin will go there now.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I'm not sure he wants a small market job. I think they need to fire Caldwell. He showed his worth. We all could be successful head coaches with Manning as our QB.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    agree on the small market...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If the Chin wants to win a superbowl he will go there. All they need is a defense. Cowher is pretty good at building those

  • In reply to Artoo:

    fuck the colts. He should come here. Send him a tweet erik.

    Lovie can stick to nyquil commercials.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can see Jay leaving the one time Cowher got in his face

  • In reply to Artoo:

    common!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    cowher doesnt get in the faces of guys that go balls out pal

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Good point but Cutler doesn't take shit

  • So I've been out and I wasn't around here for Packer week but I made sure to check the tape and after further review, the bears still suck!

    man, the 2011 calendar year realllly had to hurt for you guys. I almost feel sympathetic.......

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    sad to see your new years resolutions included, "return to being a typlical d-bag packer fan on another teams blog"

    Score!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LOL! However, wasn't the good witch from the north named The Big Cheesy (y on the end of cheese)??

  • that's great news, finally some luck this (last) fucking year:

    DavidHaugh 42 minutes ago RT @vxmcclure23: Brian Urlacher suffered damage to both the MCL and PCL in his knee. He says the word is he won't need surgery.

    vxmcclure23 39 minutes ago Urlacher is looking at 10 weeks of rehab from the injury. No Pro Bowl, of course.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good news. Waffle's prediction last post had me worried when it turned out to be right about the tear to the MCL. Luckily the ACL wasn't damaged.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    thank god the ACL wasn't torn. Just a slight tear of the MCL and PCL. Not awesome yet not career ending.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    At least this year he really is injured!

  • Holy shit are heads rolling today... although as usual, not at halas (where a couple specific heads need to, as usual): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/01/02/raheem.morris.fired.ap/index.html?sct=nfl_t2_a4

    How about raheem morris for OC? Is he an O guy... I don't know anything about him?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In your face kind of guy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He already proved he's a loser....lets hire winners!! I think he's a defensive guy anyway.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    with you on that murph.. I figured he'd gotten the HC gig by proving himself by being a successful coordinator somewhere. Anyway, just searching for answers.

  • uuuhhhh, yeah.... good luck with that: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7415327/buffalo-bills-fire-d-coordinator-george-edwards-name-dave-wannstedt-job

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Buffalo is dumb.

  • This is great news for Bears fans.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/01/02/likely-first-round-picks-jeffery-dennard-ejected-for-bowl-game-fight/

    Either one of these guys would be a quality first round pickup, and now they're both more likely to slip a few spots.

  • I hope Bucky rapes those Ducks in the Rose Bowl today.
    The OC for the Badgers, Paul Chryst, is one of the best in the country, and they run a pro style offense. His one bad game play calling was in the Rose Bowl last year, when they threw too much. I wanted him in Chicago before Martz got hired. Now he's going to take over for Wanee at Pitt. His offense is perfect for Chicago and Lovie, and wherever he goes his offense is one of the top scoring offenses in the country (Wisconsin and Oregon State).

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What's he taking over from Wanny? He didn't coach Pitt this year. He must be taking over for Todd Graham.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    My bad Murph. I thought he got fired this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I looked it up fifth, he had resigned after last season and was like the assistant AD or something like that. I didnt know he was itching to get back into the NFL. We will probably get our fill of Wanny sideline shots next year. I guess the guy that took his place went to Arizona State.

  • I see our needs as LT, DE, SLB, FS, CB, 2 WR's, TE (positions are in no particular order). These are for starting jobs. The backup jobs are always up for grabs every year. Hopefully we can sign Orton. If not, keep McCown. Enderle will probably stay as the developmental QB. If we get a SLB Roach would be a good backup. Hopefully we can resign Graham and Jennings (not as starters). I don't care how JA gets these players, just get them.

  • Jeff, I am positive we are drafting only D players, in round. 1-3 Unless, we pick up Mario and stud safety and if we do that then we will draft only offensive players in the first three . Only then will we draft a stud Wideout.

  • MB, remeber that missing from the group that allowed 7 sacks might be our 2 best offensive lineman. There is a shot that Williams and Carimi will start on the left side together next year with Louis/Spencer at RG and Webb at RT. I am all for drafting an interior lineman, been saying so since we passed on Carl Nicks a few years back. That said if we draft offense in the first round I would like to go WR.

    And no I was not sugar coating it, I want this team to win. I don't care if it costs us 9 spots. You play your best guys to win the game especially on the defensive side of the ball. Urlacher falling like that is a fluke accident you cant predict it. It sucks but you play to win not play to lose so you can draft a rookie at 11 instead of 19 just incase they might be better. Look at the draft 3 years ago and tell me which pick you would rather have.

  • In reply to do53:

    Yes, and what happens when we have injuries again next year? It's called depth do, and we ain't got any... anywhere. It's what you need to make a SB run in the nfl these days, just ask the filthy packers.

    You play to win when there's something to win for. I wasn't advocating throwing the game, I was advocating what other have... play your 2nd-4th string guys and see if any are worth a shit.

    How that's not a smart stragtegy I'll never know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What's the opposite of depth? Height? The Bears don't have that either, not in the receiver position. Bear starters just aren't very good.

    Green Bay has it up the wazoo in receiving. That's why Matt Ryan can come off the bench and throw for 500 yds, and why nothing short of an elite QB can excel in Chicago despite a healthy receiving corps.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Matt Flynn.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    correct BS, they have a GM who knows what the fuck he's doing... well unfortunately.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was about to say "unless GB loses their starting QB" and then I remembered Flyn almost beating the Patriots last year and what he did yesterday. Guess I made your argument for you...

  • wow, the wisconsin D sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wisconsin coaches eat their boogers.

    http://cosbysweaters.com/2012/01/02/wisconsin-assistant-coach-picks-nose-and-eats-it-on-live-tv/

  • those ducks unis are the bomb diggity. Could have been the sweetest unis in the history of football if they went black and not green... except ours of course.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah I like em too. We are watching some explosive offense.

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8536

    stupid as stupid does....FOOK MI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    sigh

    “How close are we to them? Not close enough,” Smith said. “We need to close that gap and I think we are. I think we’re as close as anyone else has been to them. I mean they’ve had their way, but things change. And that’s why we have to make good sound decisions in this offseason and do what we can to improve our ballclub and then see.”

    Delusional. I wish it was just marketing speak, but I think he actually believes that... despite losing to them for two years straight. SOS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "close enough"..is for government work and hand grenades..not for football teams...moron.

    and MB..I think you are correct he's drinking the kool-aid and it's really piss in a cup but he's been brain washed to think it's Champagne....nice job Bears Management.

  • these statements make me pissed off:
    “If you’re watching football and you’ve seen us, I think you’ll say that when we were 7-3, that’s a pretty good football team coming off an NFC Championship Game, so I think we’re still close. I think if we keep the core in place and just make the changes that you normally make after a season, we get back there.

    hey ass-clown you finished 8-8..yes, I agree with you at 7-3..but the fucking season didn't finish at week 10 you fuck...we got hit by the hurt bug and imploded form there!!!

    IT"S CALLED DEPTH YOU DIPSHIT AND "GLITCHY" YOU FUCK GET YOUR ASS WORKING ON DEPTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's like watching a monkey fuck a football..you know it's wrong but you just can't stop watching it to see the what outcome maybe ...that's our 2011 season boys and girls.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    from the same article...ugh

    “I made the statement that that was the best team that we have had since we’ve been here,” Smith said. “When you’re not in the playoffs, those words don’t mean an awful lot. But just looking back at the season, that group was able to get to a 7-3 record, and that’s hard to do in the NFL.

    good god do the spin masters at the DaSite have it going fulll tilt today

  • Jeff makes a great point for Stevie he beats Revis a lot

  • Interesting mock draft for two rounds.

    http://mockdraftcentral.weebly.com/2012-nfl-mock-draft-round-1.html

    Two major questions.

    Will the Colts trade Manning?

    Will the Vikes try to get Luck?

  • If they do, I'd be happy for us to take webb off their hands as our 2nd/3rd

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes, Webb looked better than Ponder to me.

    The Vikes might be sitting in a good spot. They can make a move for Luck, they can sit on it and see what teams will give them, or they can take RBGIII, Blackmon, or even Trent Richardson to replace AP.

    This mock draft has us picking...

    Round 1. Courtney Upshaw. DE/OLB Alabama.
    Rd2. Kelechi Omeyale G Iowa ST
    Rd3. Michael Brewster C Ohio

  • Round Two guy sounds like Omiyale. Upshaw is a prototypical 3-4 lb..

  • In reply to Artoo:

    A 3-to-4 pound what?

    Just kidding.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Like that one, heheh.
    Good run on the fantasy football.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Congrats, Murph!!
    You kicked my ass in the championship round. Ouch.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Upshaw doesn't sound like he's coming to the Bears. I see a lot of D-line talent still on the board in this mock at our spot, plus there's still Burfict (MLB) and Peter Konz (C). We are most likely to pick a lineman in the draft given our offensive needs and Lovie's focus on the pass rush (plus the investment in Peppers).

    Also, if the draft goes the way it projects here, I would not be furious at trading down a few picks to let someone grab Landry Jones. This is a good example of a draft where the main targets have been taken at #19 and we could stand to pick up an extra 2nd rounder. Particularly if we do land a big DE free agent, a trade could make sense.

    On the pessimistic side, if we had lost to the Vikings and picked at 13th (I think it would have been 13th), then two great WRs would have still been available.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    WRs can, and should, be had in FA NB. Plenty to chose from this year as mentioned by all... guys who've scored TDs in the NFL and have already proven themselves to be powerhouses.

    No thanks to a 4 yr project like crabtree or a hayward-bay. You just never know what you're going to get that high. Could be the next anquan, could be the next fucking madonna (see how I did that?).

    OL or DB or ILB if 'the guy' is there... not sure who the guy would be, but we need him to start learning from lach next year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    just got my bluetooth set up. now i keel

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, we might get the leftovers of hideouts though

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Wideouts you motherboards. Phone!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    PLUS, MB, this year's draft is deep in WRs. If Floyd and Blackmon are gone, then I'd have no problem trading down.

    Here's another good link for WRs. It's an Eagle's fan, so he's looking at WR, Oline and LBs too.

    Just scroll down.

    http://swoopsnest.weebly.com/2012-draft-prospects.html

    Unfortunately, as NEWBEAR observed, if we'd have lost that last game, we'd be in decent position to get a top 3 guy...

    This is the biggest FA class in NFL history, and we have all our draft picks and an extra in the 3rd, so Jerry better strike gold.

    This year's off-season moves can shape us for the next 5 years.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That's what I said!
    Trade down a few spots and get the extra second rounder.

  • The Vikings would be retarded to go after Luck. They have so many holes all over the place, and they just spent a mid-to-high first rounder on Ponder. What they need to do is trade down and get multiple picks if they can. Their O-line is in tatters and their D has holes all over the place. Mortgaging the next two or three drafts for another QB would be typical short-sighted thinking for Minny, but it would set them back years.
    So I hope they do it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hah, just looked at that mock draft - that's exactly what they need to do.

  • For those of you who don't make it over to CHFF much:

    http://coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_5143_Bears_Team_Report%3A_Last_hurrah_for_2011%28in_2012%29.html

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    last paragraph and last three sentence's is all on "Glitchy"

    It’s not going to be an easy thing for the Bears and their fans to watch the action next weekend considering the growth and cohesiveness the team was developing over their five game win streak. Still, the test of a team over the entire season is whether they can withstand the inevitable injuries and still, not only keep themselves afloat in the standings, but also continue development as a team as the playoffs approach. When injuries set in, the Bears fell short in that test. Next September, we’ll see what they’ve learned.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    This is exactly why I don't like Martz's system. It's too complicated for a backup to step in and not be lost in the scheme. In football, you have to have a scheme that fits your players skill sets and his system is not forgiving enough to be effective when backups get the call.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    You better tell that to Kurt Warner. He stepped in as a backup and is possibly heading to the Hall.

  • Angelo you fucking dickface please ask someone for help with the draft this year so we don't take another "project" or "athlete". Get me a motherfucking offensive lineman and then another offensive lineman after that. Then open up the fucking checkbook and bring in a proven WR. Those simple 3 moves would have yielded a run deep into the playoffs this year. and a superbowl the year before. fucking fuck

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    welcome to the "FUG" club...we have jackets.....o btw

    F...FUCK
    U..YOU
    G..Glitchy

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    The Bears are one very good WR away from Bell being an All Pro. In other words, if you think our run game showed moy bueno promise, you ain't seen nothing yet. As much as I would love to see our D line get attention first in the draft, I can't help but wonder what a stud WR would do for Jay if we got one early in the draft.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    agree with the WR sentiment but I feel it should be a veteran who has already performed in the league.

  • Blackmon was a beast tonight, I know he has had some character questions in the past but watching this video http://ohboom.com/tag/justin-blackmon-olivia/ shows him to be a pretty good person. Not that he will ever drop to the Bears. FA will be the better route.

  • Yes we all know the o-line was a bit wobbly last year but they performed fairly well there for a stretch Can you say the same of the DB's? Please pick up a DB or two!! Pretty please!!

  • You don't go 7-3 score, 32 pts a game in a 5 game stretch with a bad line.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I think going OL again in the first round would be a brutal mistake if we're not getting a franchise LT...and THAT is not going to happen at pick 19.

  • Forte had an 4.7 ypc vs 4.3 for Bell. Bell's numbers were pretty solid considering a majority of his carries came with a depleted O-line and Cutler sitting on the bench. Bells numbers will improve with time as he learns to be patient behind his blockers with more playing time. I really would like Matt to come of his high horse and ink a deal with the Bears as I would hate to see the Bears have to franchise him.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7415221/matt-forte-uncertain-future-status-chicago-bears

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    He needs to learn not to fumble.

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