A Lazy Recap of a Lazy Performance (From Both Sides)

A Lazy Recap of a Lazy Performance (From Both Sides)

I'll be honest: I have very little to say about last night's game in the Meadowlands. The stadium was half empty. The energy was non-existent. The Giants were even pumping in fake crowd noise at several points in the game. They were clever about how they did it but they still did it.

Here are some of my thoughts from last night:

  • It was funny to wake up and see David Haugh writing the same doomsday column he seems to write every year at this point. You'd think he'd learn what everyone should learn: the preseason is nonsense.
  • The refs were terrible. They had no moment-to-moment control of the game and there was a feeling of distrust in the stadium. How can the NFL be letting this happen? Why would the most financially successful sports league in the history of the world risk its credibility over what will amount to a few million dollars? If these blow a call that decides a game a Colombian soccer match may break out in the bleachers. (These guys last night were lost on pass interference rules.)
  • Whining Bears fans would have had a different opinion of last night if Cutler hit Bennett in the seam for a sure thing 75-yard touchdown. The entire offensive unit was a bit off last night but they've got two weeks (sigh) to get things together.
  • What exactly were fans expecting from the left tackle position last night? Neither J'Marcus Webb nor Chris Williams are good enough to block the Giants ends. You know why? There are maybe three tackles in the league good enough to do that. These are men who've dominated Super Bowls.
  • On run defense, the Bears surely miss Urlacher's sideline-to-sideline pursuit. It is more evident watching them live. Backs have more time to wait for holes to develop without 54 stalking them.
  • Brandon Marshall is going to have a monster year. I think estimates have been low to this point.
  • You think I'm joking when I talk about injuries in these games? Giants lost another starting corner (Prince, pictured above) and the Bucs lost three starters to serious injuries (Joseph is already announced as out for the year.) If Chris Conte is available on opening day, the Bears will have escaped the preseason by only sustaining an injury to their punter.
  • And if Ryan Quigley punts the way he did last night, the Bears will be fine. He was consistent, if unspectacular.
  • I've said it many times. If the Bears can get a consistent pass rush they'll be a dominant defense. If they don't they'll allow between 17-24 points every week.
  • They can score much more than that. There is so much talent on this offense now.
  •  Evan Rodriguez was sure in the base offense last night. I think the Bears don't quite know what to do with him but he didn't make me forget Tyler Clutts last night at fullback. Bears have some real decisions to make at TE/HB/FB.
  • I know the Bears have liked Armando Allen throughout camp but what does Lorenzo Booker have to do to make this team? He's looked the second best kick returner and the third best back consistently.

Now it begins. The longest two weeks of the football calendar. Nothing happens. Closed practices. Boredom. DBB will begin a series of Around the League NFL previews next week and I'll be responding to all the cuts and such as they come down.

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  • First Bitches. That is all.

  • Wow, Johnny. Congrats. Or whatever.

    I know it's preseason, but if the offensive line does not improve we're in for a long season. Their run blocking was horrible, which was a strong point last season. Jamarcus Webb looks like he's constantly stuck in piles of dog shit. That whiff (you know, the one they highlighted) was just plain horrible. HORRIBLE.

    Urlacher better be ready to go. It's obvious he's needed. Badly.

    Tilllman looked bad last night. The refs were worse. A free play at the end of the quarter? False start on the QB? I've never seen that shit in my life before. It's not a coincidence.

    Lorenzo Booker plays like he's on fire. Keep him. It's a no-brainer.

    I can't stand Bryant's brother and Dan Deeeeerdorf. I'd rather cuddle with Joe Buck on a bear skin rug by a fireplace than listen to those idiots.

  • In reply to Grizz33:

    I would like to retract my last statement. Shit...

  • In reply to Grizz33:

    yes, but the first one was pretty funny.

    Agree with most of what you said... except the one about joe buck. That dude is a clown.

    btw, go chinchila next time, much softer than bear.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, that's why I wanted to retract my last statement. Even chinchila couldn't soften the blow that is Joe Fucking Buck.

    No pun intended. Yeah, I'll just stop now...

  • The offensive line will improve. So will the run game. It's August.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I admire your confidence, Blogfather.

    But the complete lack of contact on too many plays was disconcerting.

    The only guy in Chicago who whiffs more in a game than the left side of that O-line last night is Adam Dunn.

    Still , the Bears do tend to suck eggs in the exhibition games and still manage to look like a football team when the the games count.

    Alas, I hope I am wrong but I do not expect to see 54 on the field much this year. I just don't think that, even when declared "ready", that knee is going to hold up.

  • Bottom line, the offense was clicking last year. Adding Marshall, Bush, Alshon. Getting Bennet back, Carimi back (assuming he plays to something close to his assumed potential) and getting rid of Martz. This offense will be very, very good. Good enough to win any given game. JWebb whiffing last nigjt means nothing. Nobody got hurt.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    thank you for redeeming your pathetic first post with quality insight. fuck yo couch nigga.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    "JWebb whiffing last night means nothing." ...Said the man who's blind side Mr. Webb is not protecting.

  • As we march to 53, there are going to be some opportunities.

    Booker > Allen. Enough said, although they can fight it out one more week as such.

    What opportunities must the Bears seek? Secondary and OL. Anything out there merits a look. Anything. Any cover-2 ready corner is an automatic PS tape review.

    Tillman has looked battle weary all camp and slow. I think father time has him in his sights. We may wish for Darryl Green, but it's not going to happen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can't choose Booker or Allen. I would literally wait till after the Browns game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Watching him get worked over by Darden was depressing.

  • Oh, and we used the opportunity to get Mericless on a 2nd string 3-4 OLB.

    Chauncey Davis > Dinner

    Old Sauce has shit for brains.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agree here.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know I'm going to catch some shit for this comment but here it goes.

    Thaddeus Gibson (#93) is a much more aggressive, physical and dangerous rusher than Shea...and he won't make the team by a longshot. The kid plays in garbage time but reminds me of a bigger Mark Anderson. he is ultra quick and violent but lacks the finishing instincts of a consistent NFL player and thus will be a physical trainer for Bally's in 2 years.

  • "And if Ryan Quigley punts the way he did last night"...

    we will have at least 3 more punts blocked. He was taking way to long to setup his punts. You have to get the ball out quicker. That block was easy to predict.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Sorry but that block was not his fault.

    Granted he could speed it up a little bit but that guy can punt.

  • Artoo-

    I agree he was punting well, but his setup takes too long, IMO

  • In reply to Dmband:

    have to agree with Erik on this one DM. He had zero blocking on the right side on the block. Shocking that a line of ours can't black I know... alas, there it was.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He took 3 steps to get off the blocked punt. Regardless of the blocking, that 3-step shit has to go away. 1-2-punt, period. Taking 3 steps will get him blocked once a game, not to mention causing a bunch of illegal man downfield penalties and screwing up his swing.

    ST blocking in a preseason game is gonna be rough, as guys who won't make the final roster are showing why they won't make the final roster. But that punting has to improve, pronto.

    In my mind, the only play more devastating to a team's momentum than a blocked punt is a kickoff return fumble.

  • Totally agreed. We were down, what, 10-7 before that blocked punt, then after it seemed like we were down 42-7. Now I know how it feels being on the other side of bad specials. YUCK.

    Bears should just sign Matt Dodge to punt and call it a day. Put Quigley on the practice squad or something (who the hell is going to raid a practice squad for a P?).

    We can't be fucking around with rookie kicker or punters during our SB run.

  • And while on Specials, has anyone spotted Graham on whatever team he landed on? I've watched quite a few PS games, and I don't recall his name being mentioned.

    We need him back, BAD. Our gunners are used tampons.

  • Unga fucked up that punt blocking assignment and is off the team.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Say WHAT?! That block was ALL on UNGA who added yet another WHIFF to the Bear Blockers collection last night.
    When a gy comes COMPLETELY FREE up the middle the punt gets blocked even if it's Ray Guy doing the kicking.

  • We were al reaching for the famiy bottle of bleach after the Saints game last year, and we managed to turn it around.

    I'd never heard of Joe Anderson before last night, but check this dude. He could push Hester/Earl for the slot. He's not fast, but he coud be a good safety plug at 6'1 210. Makes the tough catch and rumbles for another 10-15.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-RbbPBX4AE

    It was indeed tough watching Peanut look human out there ... Jennings looking like Barden's kid brother ... if corner pay isn't so important in the cover 2 then how about some corners who are built to be able to challenge big receivers?

  • in that tape... was his college playing high schools?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hehe...Men amongst boys?

    That kid did look good, but we already have Bennett, Hester and even Sanzen for slot guys.

    I need me more 6'5 WRs like Summers. I think the Bears pulled a classic "Maybe if I don't play Summers in the 3rd game, other teams will forget about him" move. Well played, Bears, well played.

    Even though Summers struggled in the previous game, boy, he sure looked good jumping over tiny cbs and running after the catch.

    But, we'll see.

  • Irish, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester have nothing to fear from Joe Anderson even though I would like him to make the team over Dane. Anderson is tough but i haven't seen enough of him.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    That's the thing. I sat through 13 minutes of his highlights to give him a fair go. All he does is catch the ball. He's tough. 6'1 210. Anquan Boldin type. Not fast, but he'll catch the ball and then get a few yards for you. The opposition wasn't great, no, but that doesn't affect how you catch the ball - especially in traffic with people all over you.

    Since Sanzy got here he's been 'meh' for me and I wouldn't miss him. Anderson is slower but good, and he's got power there.

  • Also is anyone else a bit concerned that a fully unleashed Jay Cutler will see him revert back to throwing some mind boggling interceptions? The ONE positive of Martz offense was that it significantly cut back on Jays intereceptions. The numbers dont lie in regards to that issue.

    I think its something to keep an eye on, in the first few weeks of the season.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    No doubt. Say what you want about Martz but he did make Jay a better QB. Made him understand concepts and timing more, and you know Martz made Cutler study his 1,000 page play book and memorize it (Not to mention all the new plays Martz made up every week), so that Cutler was forced to become more cerebral.

    Jay is still doing that back-peddling throw from your back-foot shit. If he were to step up in the pocket, that might make it easier for the Ts to push out the DEs when they loop around.

    When I saw Rodgers against the Bengals, I didn't see him once throw from his back foot. They did roll him out a lot, even to his left though, which is something the Bears are saving for the reg season I suppose.

    I guess that's why Rodgers is a 68% completion guy, and Cutler a 58% completion guy.

    Bottom line, Bates need to get on Cutler about his mechanics and accuracy. You can't always rely on 6'4 WRs with Stretch Armstrong Arms to bail you out.

  • In fairness to Jay, the Packers dink and dunk a lot more than the Bears under Martz. I wonder what the percentages would be if the two teams switched receivers. The Packers #3 option last year was better than anyone on the Bears.
    Jennings > Knox
    Nelson > Bennett
    Driver > Hester
    Finley > any Bear TE
    Jones >= Williams

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Jay threw those picks coming off of a 30lb weight gain after being diagnosed with Diabetes and changing teams. He was obviously not in shape and it showed at times. The next year we were in the NFC Championship. Bang Bang.

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    One thing that I thought about as I watched the online play last night was that while there was a lot of bad play, they were playing against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, and that line was playing like the game mattered.

    They didn't give up a sack to one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. That is progress in my very humble opinion.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    Yeah, I thought the same. They didn't look TOO horrible in pass protection given the circumstances, IMO. Cutler was rushed a little, but who isn't against the G-Men? The QBs just have to stay cool and hit their targets.

    The run blocking worried me more, but then again, we were shuffling in that left side. It usually takes the run blocking a little longer to gel because it requires chemistry, and given that we rushed for 2,000 yards last year with essentially the same line minus BearJew, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.

    Once they move Williams back to starting LG, it'll be fine come week 1 or 2.

  • matty is fucking HORRIBLE at blocking btw. that dude gets runded over a LOT.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think that's why Cutler loves Bush. To be honest. Why did Cutler want to get Bush so bad when we had Forte?

  • I watched Roy's quick post game vid. He had Carimi as only maybe having made one mistake, but CW and JW apparently didn't have too many each. Garza wasn't great. We've been here before. It'll be better later on ... but GB is week 2.

  • I also think that the Bears-Browns should have a gentleman's agreement about playing their starters for only one series.

    I know it's totally unconventional, but real reps could sharpen Cutler and gang for the first week (which is NOT going to be a cake walk), and maybe give them a little more swag.

    By then, the Oline should be settled, so it will give them a little time to gel.

    The D can look good against the Browns O, and boost their morale.

    We can work out the kinks on specials too.

    Just a thought. Starters, O, D, Specials, one series, then bring in the bubble guys and let the battle royal begin.

    (Browns would go for it too cuz they're starting like 8 rooks or something insane like that)

  • In this scenario I would only rest a few key guys (none on O).

    Pepp (we know he's a beast), Briggs (Can't afford two PBs at LB down), Peanut (Vet rest), Wright (he's made of glass).

    I would very much like to see what Davis, J.T., Hayden and Walters, respectively, have to offer in their place.

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    The local weekend broadcast on both stations is doom and gloom... It's FREAKIN pre-season! What the hell do you want for everyone to play all out on every down and end up getting hurt.

  • In reply to Cris Benson:

    ^ this

  • In reply to Shady:

    ^ this... is soooooo cute.

  • In reply to Cris Benson:

    Yeah, that's their jobs though. Doom-and-Gloom with a side dash of condescension and snide remarks.

    The Chi-media just doesn't like Lovie cause he isn't a media clown like Rex Ryan.

    All are problems (except for LT) are correctable.

    Cutler can regain his form with more focus.
    Running game can improve with more chemistry and settled O-line.
    Experience can only help our young Safeties in Wright and Conte.
    Toub is the Wolfe of SPs - he figures out solutions no matter what.
    Punter can be replaced by seasoned vet like Dodge.
    Someone like Collins, Paea, Melton, Shea, Woot-Woot, Davis can emerge opposite Pepp.

    Main thing about this PS: HEALTH.

    We escaped PS relatively unscathed. I guess we sacrificed enough players last year to the Injury Gods that they remain appeased, for now.

  • What worried me more (2nd only to the Oline) was the D-line.

    As Artoo correctly pointed out in his column, they could be a big concern.

    The G-Men beat Rodgers and Brady because they applied pressure with only 4. That's the only chance any team has against elite QBs. Once you start blitzing, it's over.

    That's when Rodgers runs for an easy 10, or hits Jennings/Jordy one on one 40 yds down field. And it doesn't matter if a CB/S is draped all over the WR (just look at this PS highlight, which is against an all pro CB: http://www.nfl.com/videos/cleveland-browns/0ap2000000051202/Rodgers-20-yard-touchdown-pass)

    Brady, Brees, Eli, Stafford will do the same.

    We need a pass rush with only 4, so that our safeties can help out with their deadly WRs.

    If not, game over. One more season of winning the Wild Card game, then losing the next week.

  • Live and die by the blitz.

    Unless you have a front four that is ferocious.

  • Speaking of running, anyone see Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor? Those dudes can sure run well and throw real purty like.

  • Cookie and Garza make excuses, shuffle their feet and look at the ground.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4677401/bears-staying-patient-with-ground-game

  • Haugh on why cookie is irrelevant

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-20/sports/ct-spt-0821-haugh-column--20120821_1_gabe-carimi-jay-cutler-bears-offensive-line

  • Kellen Davis is certainly a big target, but I'm not sure he has the speed to seperate from most LBs. It's breakout or bust for that kid this year. That is all. Got to go. Acting out my favorite porn tonight with my lady (Boner Jams '09). It's in my blood. Honest to god, my dad's first cousin was the main "protagonist" in Debbie Does Dallas. Good day fellas.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I once saw Broner Jams in Miami, a reggae cover band that did nothing but Led Zep tunes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That sounds like a night I would enjoy GP. Reggae, Zep, Cuban bitches and a bunch of China white. I once pounded a girl to No Quarter and it made me cry for some reason.

  • I listened to some of the silly doom and gloom online this morning on the Score, all over the first half of a pretend game. I seen the "game plan" for the starters to be classic Lovie "rope-a-dope". Don't show nothing.

    I would be shocked if Clutts not only doesn't make the team, but isn't an important factor in their offense this year.

    I would be shocked if the NFL doesn't settle with the real ref's. Maybe these pretend ref's are a PR move by the NFL to show that the real ref's aren't that bad after all. I can't see the season starting with these clowns.

    IF this was a real game, Cutler would have ran for a 1st down on the first drive instead of sliding a yard short, extending the drive. Forte would have been used in the passing game. The Giants would not have reversed field position at the end of the 1st / start of the 2nd quarter. Most professional ref's would not have called Tillman for that pass interference for essentially standing still while the receiver ran into him. Guys who won't be on the team missed assignments that caused the blocked punt resulting in 7 points. Too much over-analysis and false conclusions about a pretend game.

    I'm with Jeff 100% regarding his thoughts on pre-season. Or as my brother, a die-hard fan would say, "I won't watch that garbage. I'll evaluate them after the 53 man roster is set and what they do in a real game."

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    +1

  • Anyone else see the focus in Alshon Jeffrey's eyes after getting attacked by Mothra? Like a laser.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Alshon looks like he has something to prove to the world. Like he is just getting started. Like he is ready for this moment. Like he knows he belongs. Shady, are you the oldest contributor on this site? I remember when I first battling Ghost at the old site, you were already all over it. I also remeber Doc being around. That was a while ago. Respect.

  • In reply to Crown:

    If I find out Shady is older than I am, I'm gonna be really fucking pissed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know you're an Izzy type vet GP. I remember you on there too. Oh shit, Rancid. I remember that dude; he was Bears deep.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Definitely not the oldest, but I've been around a while. I think Max from Hawaii was the OG, Phil from SATX, Mike, Mikebdot, Midway Monster, Rancid, dmband and the Reverand have been posting a while too. Every once in a while someone posts a link to the old site and it's fun to look at the old archives. The format of the old site wasn't the best, but it sure beats the hell out of this gnome code garbage. My posts back in the day were much more coherant and lucid than they are these days. I think there was also a lot more fighting between posters as well, everyone is pretty respectful these days which is cool, but a little boring to be honest.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fuck you.... dick

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There it is.

  • In reply to Shady:

    ^ this is cute.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well played.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'll show you well played later punk.

  • D. Manning just got a strip and fumble recovery on the saint's 20. Great call Lovie!

  • dude, he just made another great play inside the 20. Fuck man. Could we have used Dmanning right now? Sheeee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was really pissed when we were too cheap to keep him. Loved him on kickoffs and his last year with us he played very well at SS. Oh well.

  • Yes, especially because Hardin was just placed on IR. Sucks. I though he could be an impactful rook this year: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-will-place-brandon-hardin-on-injured-reserve-20120825,0,5744877.story

  • In reply to Crown:

    I guess we didn't fire Jerry after all.

    Drafting 3rd round injury prone "safeties", neglecting the Oline, drafting positions we're already good at (TE), red shirting rookies...

  • I won't say I told you guys so...

    ...wait, yes, of course I will.

    Canada? Where are you now? Huh? HUH!?!?!?!

    Just kidding, but I did tell you so. It's pretty simple guys.... if it looks like a duck and it sounds like a duck, it's probably a duck.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well as long as you called me out, here's a dose of reality. We weren't good at TE. We still aren't. E-Rod might be a great pick for the 4th rd (or he might suck moose wang). I was disappointed we didn't address the OL. I'm underwhelmed by Chicken Dinner but if he proves to be a good situational pass rusher this year, that will be enough. Loved the Jeffery pick and the trade for Marshall. I was worried about the Hardin pick (turns out, for good reason). 6th and 7th rounders, if you get anything from those guys it's a bonus. If Sanzenbagger makes the roster and Clutts doesn't (a real possibility) there is no justice.

    I'm not getting too excited about the OL just yet. Even without JPP the G-Men have one of the best front four's in the NFL. We didn't stonewall them but there weren't any sacks in the first half. Last year our running game didn't come together until the 3rd or 4th game. Part of that was Mad Mike and part of it was the OL. We ran for 2,000 yds last year and think we'll still have a potent run game.

    Right now I'm more worried about the D than the OL. Without #54 we're pretty flaccid. We look pretty wimpy against the run and that could kill us this year. We're going to give up a ton of passing yards (almost every team does) so if we can't stop the run we'll be in shoot outs every week. YIKES! Still love our ST's (without Ungabunga).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm underwhelmed by Chicken Dinner but if he proves to be a good situational pass rusher this year, that will be enough.

    Sigh.

    That's what it's come to.

    We could have had a guy that could have pushed Izzy for the starting role.

  • Still not convinced our TE group is as strong as advertised. TE has been the most over-rated position on the Bears for several years, with limited results. I fucking miss Dez. That guy was like clockwork. But I do agree on all other fronts 4ever.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'm not saying we're the Pats, but last year the staff was raving about Kyle Adams as the H-back, and he looked pretty good.

    So we have Davis as the pure TE
    Spaeth as the blocking TE
    Adams as the H-TE

    Clutts as the "F".

    Rodriguez doesn't look like too much of an upgrade over Adams, but maybe he'll will be.

    I'd much rather have spent that pick on an Olinemen, but I'm beginning to sound like a broken record I'm beginning to sound like a broken record I'm beginning to sound like a broken record

  • Not trying to be a dick (who needs to try?) but I kinda doubt a 4th round OL pick would have made the difference with this OL. I would have been happy to see one picked in the first rd but if Chicken Dinner can get 6-8 sacks as a situational pass rusher I'll be relatively happy with that pick. I wish we would have brought in some FA's to compete for the OL. I think our OL will be mediocre. That might be enough to get us into the playoffs. Can't wait for Indy to come to town.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Dez was the last really good Bears TE. He was an every down TE who was a great blocker and reliable receiver. I don't miss Olson, and don't understand some of the high reviews on this site for Kellen Davis. He's a very inconsistent blocker and hasn't done much in the passing game. He's just tall.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Totally agree.

  • We fired JA but may have gained another. With all those dropsies going around, love to see us keep Joe Anderson.

  • Jeffery and Earl dropped sure TD's but Jay was off most of the night. He was throwing high and/or behind the receivers all night. Campbell started out doing the same thing and then settled down. I doubt Anderson makes the final 53. I'd love to see him make it over Sanz. I'd still rather see Clutts make the roster over either one of those guys.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    What up Canada. Glad youre still going strong on here. Sanz has already made a spot based on the fact that he is Cutty's off-season traveling companion buddy.

  • The Lions are getting banged up.

    Stafford hurt his left hand really bad.

    Smith injured his ankle.

  • Starting Lions CBs Houston and Bentley also left game with injury.

  • Douche Karma.

    Can't wait till we break Stafford.

  • We are going to certifiably kick the living shit out of the Motown pussycats.

    Nawlins in February. Yah mo B there.

  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqMTkJjeqbI

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSLR9PVWxg

    Mike was the fucking man.

  • Jesus, it looks like he's about to go down on that mic. Sweet mullet though.

  • *sniff*

    Payback's a bitch ain't it boys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like the fact that Leshoure is more interested in smoking bud than getting on the field. Reminds me of a certain RB of the Beloved. Hopefully it will turn out the same for the Kitties.

  • I gotta say I was a bit nervous when our boys came out last week looking so sharp, not really thier preseason norm. This week was a lot more like it, although it's a hard pill to swallow, no good Bear team of the last decade has looked the part in preseason. And I'm fine with that.

    Regarding the missed block by a guy who won't be on our final 53 that resulted in a blocked punt by another guy who won't be around long- it changed the whole Fucking (preseason)game. Clutts doesn't whiff on that one which is part of why I say we don't let that man walk.

    But that is further compounded by several of the calls by the undrafted talent at ref. How was the call against the Gmen on Marshall called back in the beginning(when they actually made contact with his head), and then called against one of our DL on Eli when his head wasn't even touched nor was he roughed? I believe the latter negated a pick by us, right?(need to watch again but erased it from my dvr)

    The PI against Peanut(not the one in the endzone) was horrible not only because it was non-existent, but because the ball was 20 ft over their heads.

    I counted atleast 3 missed holding calls throughout the game(two alone were against our #96, who was that guy? seemed beast-like).

    Jay caught plenty of flack on this one from deeerdorff/grumble and from this blog and that's whatever. While we all acknowledge(us and deeerdorff/grumble) that our run-blocking/game was non-existent, no one's really mentioning how many balls were dropped by our WR's. I've heard the significance of several of those balls but nobody's mentioned any figures. 6? 8balls dropped by starters? I exaggerate? Either way the 1st half looks way different if Earl and Alshon held onto just two of them, as Waffle or someone already noted.

    My conclusion: we are a bunch of folks who are all extremely excited after wandering the desert of an extended offseason(started early with a busted thumb) that included some exciting additions to our team(Emery, Marshall, etc.). We are nearing the promised land(Jefe is Moses). Real football's almost here, and in closing: Preseason is bullshit.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    The regular refs miss holding all the time too.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Gotta agree with that Dave but it seems like these refs have no idea what pass interference really looks like. Not to mention roughing the passer and personal fouls. The call on Steltz when they were all going out of bounds was beyond bad. Not to mention the blow to the head call. He hit the QB on the shoulder (and even that wasn't much more than a tap). Every call requires a 2-minute conference and they all look like they are star struck and/or deer in the headlights. I'm half expecting them to ask for autographs between plays.

  • And Amen..

  • DE Julius Peppers suffers from plantar fasciitis according to a Chicago Tribune report. Peppers has been off at times in camp due to this.

  • ah, fuck. Why is he even playing in PS then? Is plantar fasciitis something that requires surgery, or just a chronic condition?

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004438/

  • Artoo, riddle me this.

    What is the co-relation of offensive performances by a team in PS and their regular season numbers?

    Might be an article in there for you.

  • Good god don't let those scalpel wielding lunatics at Pep's foot!

    Massage often works just fine. Or rest.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

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

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That is an overly-positive assessment. It can be ultra-painful and require rest for several months. I know many professional athletes that have been sidelined for many months due to this condition. It depends on the individual.

  • Plantar fascitis usually does not require surgery, but can create debilitating pain. It can either be a condition players can easily play with or it can be a big problem. Depends if it how bad it flares up. Many basketball players get this condition.

  • On first look ....

    Pre-season 2011:

    Total Offense (YPG)
    1. Arizona Cardinals 403.2
    2. Detroit Lions 385.8
    3. Washington Redskins 385.5
    4. New Orleans Saints 368.5
    5. Denver Broncos 366.2

    Passing (YPG)
    1. Arizona Cardinals 291.5
    2. Denver Broncos 254.2
    3. Detroit Lions 251.8
    4. New Orleans Saints 248.5
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Rushing (YPG)
    1. Minnesota Vikings 155.8
    2. New York Giants 148.2
    3. San Francisco 49ers 147.5
    4. Washington Redskins 145.0
    5. Houston Texans

    Regular seson 2011:
    League Leaders - Offense

    Total Offense (YPG)
    1. New Orleans Saints 467.1
    2. New England Patriots 428.0
    3. Green Bay Packers 405.1
    4. Philadelphia Eagles 399.1
    5. Detroit Lions 396.

    Passing (YPG)
    1. New Orleans Saints 334.2
    2. New England Patriots 317.8
    3. Green Bay Packers 307.8
    4. Detroit Lions 300.9
    5. New York Giants 295.9

    Rushing (YPG)
    1. Denver Broncos 164.5
    2. Houston Texans 153.0
    3. Carolina Panthers 150.5
    4. Minnesota Vikings 144.9
    5. Philadelphia Eagles 142.2

  • The lazy recap of a lazy performance requires this on a lazy sunday:
    http://www.zimbio.com/watch/2RUDluacJEI/SNL+Digital+Short+Lazy+Sunday/Saturday+Night+Live

    SNACK ATTACK MOTHERFUCKER!!!

    Mr Pibb plus red vines equals crazy delicious!!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Did you have a lovely Saturday night, Pete Schweddy?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My pipes are cleaned GP. I've been taking a pilates class to work on this side-winder move that I pulled out of my trick bag last night. I didn't actually pull out though. My cousin would be proud.

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