Audibles From the Long Snapper: Rams Week

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Rams Week

Before the Bye...

I consider the next three games the completion of the first phase of the Chicago Bears season. They'll take on the Rams at home Sunday before a two-week road journey at Dallas (Monday night) and Jacksonville. All three games are winnable but if the Bears are going to consider this first leg a success they must win 2 of 3. The Dallas game is interesting, however, because it provides this team an opportunity to (somewhat) erase the taste of the Packers loss on national television, in primetime.

Pog Mo Groin

(For those who don't what phrase I'm playing off above, here is a tutorial.)

Is this year's bizarre Bears trend going to be groin-related? Jeff Fisher told the media, after the Rams 31-28 victory over Bob Griffin and the Redskins, he pulled Steven Jackson from due to a strained groin. From Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

when I asked coach Jeff Fisher about why Jackson didn't play after spiking the ball and drawing a 15-yard penalty. Fisher said Jackson had a groin strain, and that it wouldn't have been right to put him back in. With Jackson out, the Rams turned to rookie RB rushed 15 times for 83 yards including a 53-yard breakaway. And, of course, the late fumble that could have led to an unhappy outcome for the Rams. Here's what I don't understand: when a player comes out of a game because of an injury, the news is announced in the press box. That's the custom. Well, this time, that custom was broken. The Rams never disclosed the reason for SJ's removal. No announcement was made. That prompted a lot of speculation. Seems to me, the Rams could have avoided that by simply disclosing the injury.

Needless to say the Bears will be at a considerable advantage if the Rams come to town without their workhorse back. (They are nearly double-digit favorites already.) Steven Jackson's career has basically gotten lost on bad teams in St. Louis but I think he's one of the great running back talents in the league.

On J'Marcus Webb at Left Tackle

After watching the All-22 tape of the Bears loss to the Packers, two things became abundantly clear to me: (1) J'Marcus Webb was beaten in almost every single one-on-one matchup he encountered throughout the game and (2) Mike Tice did a horrendous job giving him help. If the Bears were considering making a change at left tackle they can not reopen the competition. That won't work. They have to hand the job to Chris Williams and let him play there for two or three weeks. Do I think they'll do this? Absolutely not. But I think it's the only way a change can be successful.

Picks Contest & Tee Shirts Update

I will be posting a Picks Contest Standings on the bye week - the week of October 14th. If you haven't made at least one selection by Sunday October 7th you will be mathematically ineligible for the contest. Some of you - including myself - are off to flying 2-0 starts!

We will be putting another round of tee shirts on sale that week as well. They will go on sale Wednesday October 10th and the sales window will close on Halloween. This will be the time to order shirts if you want to give them out as Christmas gifts. (We're also considering putting the image on a long sleeve tee and perhaps even a hoodie. Updates to come.)

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  • 1st to say the Rams are no pushovers...they have a decent pass rush and that would be my biggest concern.

    PROTECT JAY and we should be fine.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Howie's kid is a douche.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That may be true but he did well vs. the Skins Oline yesterday and so did Quinn. Being cocky about this game would be a mistake.

  • Also, I think The groin excuse was not the reason for Jackson being out. Right before he was pulled he took a helmet to helmet hit. I said to my wife, "I bet that hurt" and then suddenly the rookie was in. It might be a groin and I can't see any reason the Rams would lie about it but there it is.

    All the Rams fans down here are all high right now and giving me shit of course..."Look out Bears here we come" and shit like that...I told them it's easier to defend against a single offensive threat..aka RG III than several offensive threats aka the Bears.

    The Bear's better stomp the horns off these fuckers...cause if not I'll have to hear this crap over and over all year.

    The key to the stomping? Score early and hit Bradford..hit him and pressure him continually. The Rams line is almost as bad if not worse than ours and they have a few key injuries there. If we capitalize on that and sack Bradford over and over he'll become the "deer in the headlights" and he'll make big mistakes.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    if the bears d line plays like they did against GB then Bradford doesn't make it out of the game alive.

    Bears 34
    Rams 6

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Also Fisher is known as a disciplinarian. He might have pulled Jackson to send a message to the rest of the team. If you pull stupid shit like the spiked football that lead to a 15 yard penalty I'm going to sit you no matter who you are.

    Rumors are flying on ESPN radio here in St. Louis.

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    In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I don't see the Bears beating anyone the way they played against GB. The sum of their offensive weaponry was Earl Bennett.

    Somebody help me snap out of it. I think the wounds are too fresh. Needed to wait until Thursday or Friday.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Mike, if the defense alone plays like they did at GB then Stafford will leave the game on a stretcher.

    The Bears will come out with a plan in case St. Louis thinks they can bracket Marshall and rush 3 or 4 without getting fucking worked over. The gameplan will be catered to teams thinking they can cover Marshall like that. The simple answer is Bennett and Jefferey and RUNNING THE BALL. If the Bears would have done that and focused on short slot passes they would have won or at least wouldn't have given up sack after sack and 3 and out after 3 and out.

    Bears win this and move on to Week 4.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    meant Bradford

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    In reply to Waffle:

    What makes you think they'll get it right this week? Wasn't that supposed to be the plan in GB? Did Mike Tice choke?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Big Mike, Tice choked like Blitzkrieg chokes on penis.

  • If not a high ankle sprain then what is it LDL???

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4678119/lovie-no-high-ankle-sprain-for-forte

    and now we are look and signing backs??

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I think we just got Bell back...

    ALL OF OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8381618/chicago-bears-bringing-back-rb-kahlil-bell-injury-matt-forte

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    can he play O-line too????

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    If all our prayers have been answered.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Anthony Adams for LT.

    You feel me?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'm down with that.

    Is Toe gonna play against the Rams?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    hee hee hee

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    BANG! BANG!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Yeah for a 1 year deal I read.

  • I hate me some dog killa as much as the next guy, but let's be real here for a sec:

    Vick manned the fuck up yesterday. In a way Jay Cutler never, ever, would have.

    Eagles only suited 7 OL, and lost their best two yesterday. They were down to the final 5. This would be the equivalent of us lining up with Webb, Chico, Garza, Spencer and Cookie, having lost Carmini and Louis.

    Vick had NO protection. The Ravens were having a ball doing center stunt blitzes and it was a fucking jailbreak on Vick. Get it? Jail break?

    Vick used his legs, scrambled, ran - did every fucking thing except go wheel the water bucket onto the field and give the last 5 guys drinks between plays. He scored on a 3 yard dive at the end to win the game.

    Say what you will, but that performance is simply not in the Cutler playbook. Had that been Cutler, he'd have just started whipping the ball at the groins of Ravens, Mean Machine style while backpedalling and then screaming at somebody and brooding the whole time in the huddle.

    Vick showed some stones. For a Dog Killa.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    or Cutler would have thrown bubble screens to his WR's like Vick did to Desean or handed the ball off to Forte and Bush like Vick did with McCoy.

    The gameplan was dogshit and the result was the same as Martz. Everyone knew what was coming like a bad horror movie. If we use the short game and run game to neutralize the rush game then we win the fucking game. Game over. Game.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    oh, and Flacco fucking handed that game to Vick. 8-24 in the second half or some shit? give me a fucking break Flacco.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    THe funny thing is that Say-it-ain't-so-Joe walked away from the paper that the Ravens put in front of him.

    He's gonna play his way into a bigger contract than that.

    Not like that he isn't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    maybe Cutty was enamored with "GayMathhews" Hair... the way it flowed from his helmet and Cutty was follicle envy. Every time he sacked he got a closer view wanted to ask him what kind of conditioner he used. All I know is that Cutty and GM never seemed to be to far apart.

    I'm just saying

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    There's that one sack where Matthews just blows past Webb like he was a big black, fat version of Doctor's Who Tardis, and then he circles back and literally LEAPS onto Cutler's back.

    That was a little gay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well, he does say "I will eat you" in that ad. Maybe all the folk run away from the invitation?

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    In reply to gpldan:

    Love the Doctor Who reference.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Well, if Clay doesn't already know, Biolage is an excellent product. I've been using it for years and heartily recommend it....

  • Cutler and Vick are two different style QBs. IF we had a GOOD O-line I'd take Jay over Vick. Vick runs and takes a lot of chances with his body...QBs of that style will have great games here and there but they WILL get damaged using that play style. Newton and RG III also fall into this category.

    You get a good line in front of Jay AND he KEEPS HIS COOL....He can stay healthy and perform like we want him to. Vick is a loose cannon and is not even close to consistent.

    The Jury is still out on Jay...is he a head case or just a good QB in a frustrating situation? I still like him and am willing to give him some more chances...how many I'm not sure...BUT I don't think it matters. "Jay is our QB" and that will not change in the short term...Just like "Lovie is our coach."

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I think Jay's problem isn't being a headcase... that requires a hint of him over-analyzing things.

    His problem is that he makes stupid decisions. Always has. In Denver, he would throw some of the most idiotic passes into the most heavily covered of windows. Many of them worked.

    He has the sort of irrational confidence that allows someone like Monta Ellis to put up close to 30 ppg, an "I can do anything" sort of confidence.

    A "if I throw this football hard enough, leather will penetrate skin and move through the defenders hand and into my receiver's arms" type of confidence.

    Sure, constantly being a split second away from certain death or paralysis will make someone a bit jumpy... That would be headcase territory. However, I don't think that is his big problem. His big problem is throwing passes to people who are triple covered. Not seeing defenders who will almost certainly pick off the pass.

    But, I love the cajones on the guy and I hope it works out in the end.

    Haters Gonna Hate.

  • I also gotta agree with the Waffle Iron on Woodson.

    Swinging your lower body weight and dropping your hip down onto the back of the RB's ankle is a classic High School dirty play move. No way does a guy with Woodson's ability and experience pull that one accidentally. Subtle, but totally effective.

    Reminded me of the time Psycho Romo did a takedown of Shannon Sharpe when he was a Raidah and Sharpe was a Bronco. That's gotta be on the Tubez somewhere. Pulled Shannon's arm clean outta the socket.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Elbow out of the socket, not shoulder.

    Here it is. It's almost beautiful in it's simplicity and artistry in a Bruce Lee snaps two fingers into your Adam's apple and then you die kind of way.

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was thinking that it was just coincidence for a couple of days but then watched it again and couldn't believe the bullshit tackle. Classic Roy Williams intent. Roy pulled the classic horsecollar move because he knew it to be devastating and that it resulted in injury in a shocking percentage of instances.

    Woodson is a POS.

    Bears 34
    Rams -3

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Totally agree Woodson fell intentionally on the ankle instead of form tackling. I also thought that on that play w/ Woodson and Cutler that he was trying to hurt Jay and not the other way around as most seem to think.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I also think that Woodson dove for Cutler's knees on that play and just instead came up short. Jay was right to kick him in the face.

  • Boyz..Boyz.... remember who we are talking about the "FudgePeckers"

  • Didn't someone say that Cutty was going to be Mic'd up for the Packer game? I'd love to hear that.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Here it is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj3DBcpfMNQ

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ya got me!!

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Ok, ok. Enough kidding around. Here it is:

    http://tinyurl.com/2g9mqh

  • These guys don't look like guys who were just watching Youtube in their tents. Streaming it using 4G and a iPad while riding around in a fire scorched Toyota pickup with a AK-74 strapped to them, drinking camel milk from a straw.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/world/asia/unrest-protests-over-mohammed-film.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.www

    I'm getting fucking pissed about this. The FBI ran a sting here in Chicago, some haji was going to blow himself up in front of a Chicago nightclub. Little did he know the guy who was posing as the bombmaker was really FBI. When he pushed the detonation button on the bomb, silly string squirted him in the face from a secret dispenser in the sunshade. Duh, winning!

    This fucking stupid shit ass movie is all it took to rile these fuckers up, huh?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In Jakarta, the Indonesia capital, police firing tear gas and water cannons moved against hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered outside the American Embassy to express opposition to the film. Some protesters set fire to an American flag, while others hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails and burned tires, news reports said.

    Note to self: cancel sightseeing tour of Jakarta in October.

    Also, when I express opposition to something like a strategy at work or a request that I put on a tie for Easter mass I usually don't hurl rocks and firebombs at those that I disagree with.

    Along the lines of disgracing Mohammed by depicting him in print I was once pee'd on my friend Tom's laundry when he drew a picture of me in ethics class with a slight paunch and what looked to be a slightly too small t shirt on. When he drew this cartoon it was all I could do not to grab my video camera and cut off his head with a combat knife. Alalalalalalalalala!!!!!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    you do need to cut back on those R&C's dawg... know what I'm sayin?

    Oh yeah, and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPGyt3ZDv2Y

  • In reply to Waffle:

    NSFW

    All other religions just moving on...

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/no-one-murdered-because-of-this-image,29553/

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    hee hee

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree, and everyones trying to blame the people who made the movie. Really? The filmmakers are the problem here? Those folks over there are pretty fucking irrational.

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/17/after-debacle-in-green-bay-bears-bench-guard-chris-spencer/

    What's the over under that some idiot tries to write a piece on Cutler telling the coaches who to bench?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    holy fucking shit I didn't read the whole article. Florio is in fact that idiot.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If only Chris could be bad ass like the Hawk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY3xEJ4RxcA

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Waffle....I am surprised that didn't go to CW...either thier going with the attitude he's a swing tackle now...or his days as a Bear will end with his contract.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    we'll see. Can't wait until Sunday so we can stop talking about bullshit and start talking about 2-1.

  • I would like to announce that I have nearly come to a full recovery from horrible Thursday. I think it is overreaction to despair too greatly from one lousy game. If these lazy teachers would get off their fat asses and get to work I think it would be a good day. Godfather Mayor Rahm Emanuel should use the instruments of the state to compel them back to work or face losing their cushy $75K a year (9 months) jobs. It is no coincidence they wear the red of Communism. Bears should win easily in St Louis and my only hopes are that there are no very valuable personnel injured and that the offensive line can begin to improve.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    The game is in Soldier Field. Do you even follow the Bears troll?

  • In reply to Crown:

    I do follow Bears very closely and I believe DJ Moore is on the right page. Based on your commentary, you need to put down your precious law review and pay attention to the television screen. Actually, you are probably too poor to own one. I also bet you drive a bad car. I drive a Mercedes Benz Crown and I pay people like you to wash it. You probably drive a Yugo around. I must call the morbidly obese Karen Lewis to sit on your head you Jeffrey Dahmer troll sock puppet. But you would probably like that.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    interestingly enough your posts to me about wealth and your own attitude taken from this post don't add up. Also you use the word "the" properly when not deliberately attempting your little accent routine. Troll.

    end it.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    What a big macher you are.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Waffle - I see great differences in creating wealth like a business man and stealing it like criminals in finance. We pay our taxes, you cheat and move paper around. You create nothing and add zero value. You are the Trac Troll hand puppet in this mathematical equation Waffle. Go back to Belgium! HAHAHA!

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Outing him as Trac has really pissed him off.

    He's so hung up on it.

    Ah well, it's off to raid a pension fund and swipe a couple million in bogus fees before the day is over.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Not everyone in this world is a derivatives trader. If you don't know why I chose to illustrate that position feel free to just admit it and i'll educate you. If you just want to end it all and leave everyone else in your life in a better position then that is acceptable to me as well.

    end it

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    that straight razor in your medicine cabinet is calling you

  • DJ calls out Cutler: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/15207656-606/dj-moore-on-jay-cutler-i-dont-think-you-can-act-like-that.html

    Respect. I don't give a shit how he comes across in post-games, but if you're going to be the leader, then you better play like one on the field through your play. Look within Cutler. It's not always someone else's fault.

  • In reply to Crown:

    wow.

    In other news, DJ... I love you maings, but please get thee to an english class post haste lad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A little late for that - oh well, the guy isn't hurting for money.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    true dat

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha... I is thinking the same. However, his insight does not bode well for Cutler. D.J. pretty much echoed Woodson's take on Cutler.

    “I didn’t know it really happened until I looked on TV, and it kind of made you feel a certain way a little bit. But he is what he is. He’s always been that way, and I wouldn’t expect him to change.’’

    Everyone felt that Cutler's new baby maybe made him grow up (Romo in same boat).

    I guess not.

  • Jeff -

    Any thoughts on the way Garza played?

  • In reply to Viva:

    yes... he sucked.

  • I agree with entire platform: http://www.aol.com/video/youve-got-moira-johnston/517470891/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmaing6%7Cvideo-module%7Csec2_lnk1%7C205847

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would like to provide hands-on support for this movement.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you said hangs on.... hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hands

  • dabearsblog Good for DJ Moore. Teammates should defend teammates and not enough people get the back of @jmarcuswebb. Overall? Non story.

    Agree bout DJ saying what he really thinks, but Webb needed to get his own back Jeff.

  • Jay can put this whole thing to bed with an apology and a good game Sunday. I know reporters want it for pageviews but at a certain point players should let the reporters know they aren't getting their cute little soundbite from them. It only makes the issue worse.

  • I LMFAO last night at SNL for the first time in awhile.

    I call this, "Da Bears Blog sketch"

    http://www.gossipcop.com/seth-macfarlane-bill-hader-puppet-sketch-snl-video-puppets-war-vet-puppetry-saturday-night-live-2012/

  • Rah Roh...what's happening to LDL's Kumbaya locker room????? I love it for once..shows me there is actually some emotion and everyone has to be accountable to each other...

    btw..If Cutty thinks he's the face of the franchise he better think again. He still hasn't gained the respect like Lach...simple.

  • Hey Cutty...this is man who understands about humility and the"Gift" (professional athlete) that he has been given.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC_kZd5nSjw&feature=related

    show a little of this humility and the Bear Fans will follow you anywhere.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    not this sheite

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

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Too soon.

    Too soon.

  • hey Cutty's shoving isn't new hahahah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCjg9cBovdc&feature=player_detailpage

  • nice: http://guyism.com/sports/what-was-the-best-sports-gif-of-the-weekend-2.html#22-how-about-another

  • Ryan Lochte

    http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/ryan-lochte-snl-sketch/

  • Ooooooh....... subversive.....

    GE Smith, the former band leader for SNL, was hired by the GOP to run the floor band for the RNC. Smith was also a touring guitarist for Waters The Wall Tour. Maybe...a... bad idea. I guess the Dixie Chicks weren't interested.

    He incorporated the music (but not the lyrics) from Pink Floyd's In
    the Flesh into the opening music for the convention.

    In the film The Wall, those lines open a part of the album in which a
    black-clad pop icon played by Bob Geldof addresses a populist nativist movement—telling them that they are both manipulated by spectacle and also called upon to make their nation great again by ridding themselves of foreigners, blacks and homosexuals.

    He CLOSED the convention with more music from The Wall. The interlude part where people leave the hall, he used the music from "Goodbye Blue Sky", Waters ode to a crumbling republic.

    I think Mr. Smith has indeed gone to Washington.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you couldn't make that up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I love it. Good find Gp.

    I found a similar irony during the DNC convention when they showed a video homage to Michelle Obama. Some of the background music was the Randy Rhoads acoustic intro to You Can't Kill Rock and Roll, one of my favorite old Ozzy songs. I always equated the opening lyrics to politicians:

    How many times can they fill me with lies and I listen, again
    Twisting the truth and they're playin' around with my head O.K.
    The things they will do and the things they will say
    When they don't really understand
    Tears fill my eyes when I hear all the cries
    For the reason today.
    And they don't really know even what they're talkin' about
    And I can't imagine what empty heads can achieve.
    Leave me alone don't want your promises no more

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "I guess the Dixie Chicks weren't interested." Love it gp.

  • Totally agree the media is blowing things out of proportion but that's what they are paid to do. It should be obvious to everyone (esp Cutler) to stop being such a whiny ass baby and play the game. Once the wheels come off he goes into "fuck it" mode and throws it up for grabs. That's unacceptable for a rookie let alone a 6+ year vet. Grow the fuck up and man up.

    I know he's capable of doing it. If he doesn't, I seriously doubt that Emery re-signs him.

  • Not to toot my own horn but I'm just rollin in my FF leagues, including the DBB auction league. Erik I dont count your league because there are 28 teams or soemthing. Jeesh!

  • Which team are you?

  • L'Shana Tova to the jew crew on the site. And L'Shania Twain to all the Catholics and other christian sects.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Toda lecha!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzD0nd7tzNI

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I got through about 13 seconds of that garbage... but I did like the way her titties bounced.

  • In reply to Crown:

    hahahaha... thanks Crown, you too my man. (oh, and you better ask shady for the proper fucking pronunciation cause he's obviously the head rebbi in charge)

  • Ever wonder why J'Marcus Webb has so many Facebook friends?

  • In reply to Shady:

    ... Why does he?

    (Johnny Carson move)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Because he doesn't know how to block.

  • In reply to Shady:

    hee hee

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    Knowing how hard Jay Cutler can throw a football, I'm surprised he has not gotten angry and tried to sling it as hard as he can at these pass rushers heads. That would give them something to think about.

    I'm confident he could sling it right into the little opening on a helmet and give Clay Matthews permanent crossed eyes.....

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pvc8_U6VqM&feature=related

    so if our oline is going to suck every game and the other team plays 2Man, we're going to get hammered every week? WTF?

    (yes, first time I was able to watch this)

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