Audibles From the Long Snapper: Another Long Week Edition

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Another Long Week Edition

Why does it feel like we're constantly waiting a month to play these games? It isn't factual but it certainly feels that. If you haven't had a chance to to listen to former Bears safety Cameron Worrell, do yourself a favor a check it out. He's got some really interesting stuff to say. CLICK HERE to listen now.

REPLACEMENT REFS REPLACED

It is seemingly over but never to be forgotten. (I have been trying to make #Remember924 happen on Twitter but I seem to be failing.) I'll put a bow on the replacement referee era by citing the best piece on the issue written in the country. It is from Sam Mellinger in the Kansas City Star:

This NFL referee lockout has raced past annoyance, blown past scandal, and has now become the cardinal sin that sports leagues previously reached only by cancelling the World Series or entire seasons:

They’re making fans feel stupid for being fans.

And that’s unforgiveable. We don’t ask much as sports fans, and good thing, because in most ways the game is rigged against us. The most passionate of us care more than we should and probably more than is financially responsible. But we do it because it feels good, because that’s what our fathers did, and that’s what our friends do and at some point it becomes more than just liking a team or sport and more about liking this part of our life we can’t imagine giving up.

And then a league that already prints money fights over the equivalent of chewing gum money and reminds us how silly we all are for caring this much about what is transparently a cold-hearted business.

Fans give so much to their sports. Time. Energy. Money. In return we ask to not be taken advantage of, not be embarrassed, not made to feel silly for the investment.

(then)

Laughter is our best way to cope, after all.

It’s just that here, it feels like the joke is on us. Shame on the NFL for letting it go this far.

So it ends. One of the lowest moments in the history of this great league.

INJURIES PILING UP IN THE BEARS BACKFIELD

Here are a bunch of Tweets from Vaughn McClure of the Tribune. (No, but really, Twitter is not keeping folks away from the newspaper sites. It's really not.)

1. Evan Rodriguez sprained his MCL on the opening kickoff vs. Rams,tried to play through,then pulled himself out.

2. "I'm lucky it wasn't a lot worse," Rodriguez said of the knee injury. He hopes to be back for Jacksonville but wants to be smart about it.

3. Unsure bout Michael Bush's practice status, but word is he has a shoulder injury (AC joint). Bush wouldn't confirm it when I approached him.

What is the Bears backfield going to look like Monday night in Dallas? Matt Forte and Michael Bush each participated in practice Wednesday so here's hoping the Bears are not relying on Bell/Allen to keep DeMarcus Ware from wrecking the game.

GOSSELIN: COWBOYS LACKING AT TIGHT END

Jason Witten has been one of the best tight ends in the NFL for a decade. He's an old school tight end because he can throw a block as well as most starting guards in the league. But his game has noticeably slipped over these first three game and, unfortunately for the Cowboys, that has coincided with the emergence of Martellus Bennett in New Jersey. From arguably the best daily football writer in the country, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News:

What explains Martellus Bennett's emergence in NY? A lucky couple of catches or do you think the coaching staff up there has gotten him to focus?

Gosselin: The Giants made a commitment to Bennett, something the Cowboys never did. The Giants also are a team that wants to run the ball and Bennett has few peers as a blocker at the tight end position. New York was the right fit, the right situation for Bennett. Shame on the Cowboys for never tapping into the talent Bennett now has on display in New York.

Witten has only three catches over three games and I've seen half a dozen drops on the highlights alone. Will he be able to find the space in the zone defense and reboot his 2012 campaign or will the Bears send another "it's over" message to possible Hall of Famer Monday night.

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  • Monday will be a tough night. Ware is a beast...this will be a real test for our Offense and it's scary as shit.

  • For what it's worth, Cutler pwned the Cowboys in La Casa de Jerry in 2010:

    Game time: 1:00 PM EDT (12:00 PM CDT)
    Game weather: Played indoors, retractable roof closed
    Game attendance: 85,168 (106.5% full)
    Referee: Scott Green
    TV announcers (FOX): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, & Pam Oliver

    Recap:
    Hoping to continue their winning streak, the Bears flew to Cowboys Stadium for an NFC matchup with the Cowboys. In the first quarter Chicago took the early lead as kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 38-yard field goal. Then they trailed with WR Dez Bryant returning a punt 62 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. While the Cowboys were able to pressure quarterback Jay Cutler in the early stages of the game, the Bears' offense made adjustments and regained momentum. The Bears got the lead back when Cutler made a 39-yard TD pass to tight end Greg Olsen. In the second quarter the Bears trailed again when QB Tony Romo made a 1-yard touchdown pass to RB Chris Gronkowski, but took the lead with Cutler making a nine-yard TD pass to WR Devin Hester. The Bears increased their lead when kicker Robbie Gould made a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter Dallas would reply with kicker David Buehler nailing a 28-yard field goal. The Bears increased their lead in the fourth quarter when Cutler made a three-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forte. The Cowboys made the final score of the game with Buehler hitting a 48-yard field goal.
    With the win, Chicago improved to 2–0.

    CHI - Jay Cutler - 21/29, 277 yards, 3 touchdowns
    DAL - Tony Romo - 3451, 374 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions

  • In reply to Shady:

    what have you done for me lately?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Believe it or not, it looks like Jay performs better on Mondays and on turf. I wouldn't be surprised to see him play well. Then again I wouldn't be surprised to see J'Marcus Webb play poorly enough to get benched.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I actually don't fret Cutler melting down against wild-card tier teams (Lions, Eagles, Cowboys...) Then again, Cutler did make DeAngelo Williams a ProBowler in the span of one game.

  • Hall. Not Williams.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    What does that caption say in your avatar?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Haters gonna hate.

    It's a play on the original animation that started the meme:

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/haters-gonna-hate

    Getting this shit on a t shirt!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Found some gold on that site:

    http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/407384-nfl-replacement-refs#content_title

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Yes...got my DeAngelos mixed up.

  • Barksdale? D'Angelo of "brown sugar" fame?

  • someone with a twitter account please tweet this fucking meathead and tell him to stop fucking whining. jesus.

    https://twitter.com/TJLang70/status/250455217332711424

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ask and you shall receive:

    "NotCalebHanie2
    @TJLang70 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0 …"

  • Hey GP, I see your muffins, and raise you some cherry pie: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1011/nba-heat-dancers/content.1.html

  • NFL.com Report: Ed Hochuli is preparing locked out referees.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000066456/article/report-ed-hochuli-is-preparing-lockedout-referees?module=HP11_headline_stack

    Heaven help us!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    http://forums.corvetteforum.com/attachments/off-topic/47629313d1221597810-ed-hochuli-cartoon-hocculi.jpg

  • Yep, that's HIM, 4ever.

  • Are you a Corvette guy, 85?

  • Trib Reports Forte back at practice, expects to face Cowboys.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-forte-practices-for-first-time-since-ankle-sprain-20120926,0,1308144.story

  • I was really happy to see rookie QB Russell Wilson outplay MVP Aaron Rodgers on Monday. Wilson threw 2 TD passes, while the pistol boy threw none. The state of Wisconsin is proud of you Russell!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I just can't believe I took the over with 13 completions...I knew the Hawks would be run-heavy but wow.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I picked 18 (some crazy dude predicted 31!). I figured Wilson would dump off a few passes, then I remembered Lynch doesn't run flat routes.

  • Looking at the box score, two things still stand out.
    The 24...holy shit, did I say 24???
    Yep, 24 penalties combined for more than 245 yards walked off.
    That's more yardage than the Seattle offense put up for the game, and just a smidge less than the Packers.
    The number of average penalties this year is at something like 14.5 per game. Total. And that's LESS than the average from last year.
    So how did this crew get to nearly double that?
    And then it's the 8 sacks from the first half for Seattle...and 0 in the second.

    What a bizarre game. That's what I think is lost in the tempest over the interception. That was just a cherry sitting on top of a really weird MNF game.

  • Hey, FQD, I'd go ahead and bench CJ now.
    If he can't manage more than 24 yards rushing in a game where the Titans score 44 (!) points...#HEDONE.

  • Best thing about the NFL - it makes a guy that dress like this AND is averaging 1.4 YPC this season, a multi-multi-millionaire.
    Good on ya, Chris.

    https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/2570465917/ChrisJohnson28.jpg

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Put a gigantic clock around his neck, and he could be Flavor Flav's lil bro.

    I did read somewhere that it's not all his fault. That out of all backs, CJ gets hit in the backfield the most.

    Then again, CJ and his Oline can both suck. Chicken and Egg...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    aaaaaaaaaasshoooooooole

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I logged in with my two year old sitting quietly on my lap. I open up the CJ photo and she starts with this dirty laugh that didn't stop for about a minute. When even a 2 yr old is laughing at your shit ....

    But haters gonna hate.

  • Hahahahaha...that's awesome.

  • The HBs who I think are really done are Turner, Steven Jackson and Shonne Greene.

  • Well Jeff, I tried to listen to the audio thing, but had to turn it off after listening to all your whining about the refs. Yeah, we want the better guys back (minus Hoculi, of course) but shit...

    ALL TEAMS ARE PLAYING FOR THE SAME FUCKING REFS

    So just go out and win the fucking game.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oh, and here... maybe its not more bs?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-reports-nfl-referee-lockout-could-end-soon-20120926,0,1115799.story

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Thank you for the Hochuli support, SC,

  • how's this.... the saints are going to get theirs this weekend.

    Nail. In. The. Coffin.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Much rather see a pair of 1-3 teams come out of that game.

  • So, it's over and the real Zebras return for Thursday night.

    Too bad it got done tonight instead of late tomorrow or Friday.

    I was REALLY hoping the jerk, John Harbaugh, would have to suffer thru 1 more game with the fakes,

  • This dude has Jennings in the (top ten) running for MVP...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000066447/article/falcons-matt-ryan-leads-early-contenders-for-mvp?module=HP11_content_stream

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    It's a long season, Ender, but its nice to see Tim get some good press.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I'm addicted to World of Tanks ... and I'm outing Ender.

    Any other tankers on the blog?

  • Nice little breakdown of a few D-line things we do from OBR.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpjwk0jRs_o&feature=g-all-u

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