DeMarcus Where: Rapid Fire Recap of a Brilliant Win

DeMarcus Where: Rapid Fire Recap of a Brilliant Win

Thanks to Doug Easterwood (the great FQD1911) for the photograph above. He sent a bunch and I'll try to work them in as the work progresses. I'll be re-watching the game later today and should have some more specific thoughts. Here is the first round.

PREGAME.

  • Chris Williams was inactive last night. One has to wonder how much longer he'll be on this roster as it's clear Mike Tice has no interest in him as a player.

OFFENSE.

  • DeMarcus Ware did not wreck the game and all the credit must go to Mike Tice and J'Marcus Webb. They both did a magnificent job scheming the pass rusher out of the game.
  • I take full credit for that Brandon Marshall performance. I called for it and I got. That is what a number one receiver is meant to do.
  • And while I'm sure the Chicago media will focus on Cutler walking away from Tice on the sideline, I'll focus on the excellent on-field performance from the quarterback. Cutler did everything we were meant to see from Romo. He extended plays with his legs and was deadly accurate doing so. He also refrained from throwing the dangerous ball in traffic.
  • How could Roberto Garza and Chilo Rachal not block Sean Lee on that screen over the middle? That was the most pathetic play made by this offensive line in a while.
  • How about we retire silly plays involving Devin Hester? If he wants to be a more integral part of the offense, great. Line him up at receiver, give him routes to run and throw him passes. No more of these plays that involve him running fifteen yards behind the quarterback.
  • Courageous and dangerous effort from Matt Forte last night. I was 50/50 on it. Most of the time I was a nervous mother, hoping he'd be able to walk back to the sideline. Still, it was noble.
  • Kellen Davis sighting! Without Duke of Earl out there the Bears needed Davis to step up over the middle and he did.
  • Hester's double move on Morris Claiborne was a thing of beauty.

DEFENSE.

  • They were brilliant. All of them.
  • But it certainly seemed on the initial viewing that Henry Melton was an unstoppable force in the middle of the defensive line. Paea last week. Melton this week. How good, young and deep is this defensive line?
  • Brian Urlacher is slow to the sidelines but he has a nice burst through the hole in the run game. He's coming back and I saw that last night.
  • How does Major Wright ALWAYS find the football? Always!
  • Chris Conte is going to get burned on a deep ball. It is going to happen. I'm going to ask Cam Worrell about him Wednesday.
  • Shea McClellin has great pursuit to the quarterback on the outside but has to learn contain. When he was drafted I pointed out that playing end for the Bears under Lovie Smith is a complicated gig. Shea is learning but he's damn talented.
  • Dez Bryant was arguably the best player on the Bears defense last night. Dez has more talent than most players in the NFL but he's a mental/emotional disaster.
  • Romo looked to me like he was avoiding Tim Jennings most of the night? All. Pro.
  • Nick Roach might be the most underrated player on this defense. He was liability two years and now he's turned into a steady, reliable linebacker.

SPECIAL TEAMS.

  • I know I'm punter obsessed but I told y'all how good Brian Moorman is and he kept Dallas in this game for a quarter and a half. He's the best short-range punter in the sport. Buffalo will regret cutting him.
  • And one of my favorite moments of last night was Adam Podlesh's 53-yard punt from deep in Bears territory. A poor, returnable punt to Dez Bryant there could have altered the momentum of the game. Podlesh did well.

FINALE.

This was a great win and a win I did not project at the start of the year. The Bears now have a tremendous opportunity to win in Jacksonville and go into the bye week 4-1.

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  • First place in the NFC North!

    HATERS
    GONNA
    HATE!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Nobody likes you.

  • In reply to Viva:

    They hate me, as they should.

    (But I like me, and that's all that counts)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Remember Willie .. ."sticks and stones will break my bones ..."

  • In reply to Viva:

    I like him... you know, on the innerness at least.

    Shit, this morning I like all of you cunts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You guys are all good shits in my book.

    Even ol' #16, Trac's various hand puppets, and Kim's fantasy football team.

    Veevs, I doubly love you today... In fact, you can have the first post next time, and I'll change my mantra to "Vivas Gonna Viva" (which is as profound as anything ever written).

    LIVERS GONNA LIVE!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    btw, where the FUCK have you been on Gems & Dragons!??!!

    haven't seens you once?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm a 5:30pm-7pm CT kinda guy. Get home from work, kill and get killed, eat food, watch TV, sleep. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    I was just about to bitch at you fools for never being on when I log in... I go, I buy the game, I buy a headset... to no avail.

    What's the typical time?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    These west coast slackers play the kiddies during the day and wonder why they suck when the big boys het off of work. Then I get a 1030p invite when I got work the next day. You hear that fuckers? Get online 530-730 cst (330-530 your pacific slacker time) so Willie and I can fuck your shit up 2x dood.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wife's taking the kids on Wednesday for about 6 days and so I'll be hitting the Gems and Dragons hard! I will try to make your ridiculous central time standards.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Freedom Doc, freedom is so close you almost taste your pot smoking, music blaring, video game playing, porn viewing jerk-a-thon. Sweet, sweet freedom.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I like you.

  • Is it my proclivity towards hydro or general aptitude for maths?

    Either way, thanks. I guess I'll stick around.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Well, I didn't know about either, but now that I do, I love you.

  • The only call I questioned Tice making last night was the 3rd and one from the Dallas 11 yard line. He made the same call on a 3rd and short earlier in the drive, which resulted in a FIRST down. We did not fool them twice.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Probably why Cutler got annoyed on the sideline...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Looked to me like Cutty was clearly bitching about how long it was taking to get the calls in.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1

  • In reply to Viva:

    And I see what you tried to do there...

    Walk it off, good buddy.

  • FQD - The announcers mentioned the fact that there were several Bears fans in attendance last night, and that you guys were very loud. Well done!

  • In reply to Viva:

    Bear Down Viva. Cowboys fans had no clue what was about to happen. there were Bears fan EVERYWHERE bro...never seen anything like it. top 5 life moment, #1 Bears moment (and it's not even close).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    GET SOME!!

  • In reply to Viva:

    get some get some

  • Jefe, great breakdown.

    I stand in awe of your predictive abilities, Blogstradamus.

    - 4-0 against the spread this year.
    - Bears predictions on point.
    - The ability to jinx any team with your Thurs/Mon night bonus.

    The force is strong in this one.

  • Thank goodness Dez Bryant sucks, otherwise this could have been a different ballgame. The Bears pass rush was pretty much non-existent in the second half, am I right?

    Great job by the offense, only a few bonehead plays but mostly fantastic play.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Bryant was an absolute COMMODE down which potential big, game-changing plays got flushed. A real head coach would have benched his sorry ass at SOME POINT instead of forcing Romo to keep going there but I am SURE that is against the Dez Bryant Rules and that Jerra would first fire Jason Garrett rather than admit Dez is a bust.

  • In reply to Perno:

    I thought the pass rush was there all through the 4th, Romo had to scramble lots. Just what I remember though....

  • I loved watching Kyle Adams stick his nose in against Ware. He got lifted off his feet but he gave Cutler an extra couple seconds to get rid of the ball. I finally saw some help for Webb. Webb did a better job, still needs to improve but a remarkable difference.

    Kellen Davis made one hell of a catch in the fourth. That ball should have been picked but Davis reached over and flipped it out and then has the awareness to find the ball and make a great grab.

    Hopefully Forte's ankle didn't get too dinged up. It got rolled again and I hope it doesn't swell up on him again. He played well but we need him fully healthy. If need be sit him against a Jacksonville team that should be a cakewalk.

    I'm glad the Bears offense finally pulled their heads out of their butts, I was a little nervous those first few possesions as the Bears again struggled to move the ball. I love the way Marshall plays, he runs so damn hard every time he catches the ball.

    Defense, nothing else to say. I still think Urlacher looks like a shell of his former self but there is no denying his leadership on that team. It's so nice to see Peppers get some help but how is there not more holding penalties called for him? I saw at least three different times where the defender had him around the neck or hands to his face or just flat out bear hugging him.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Davis' catch was a prime example of the Knoxerception.

  • Watching the Bears come out of the half and throw the ball at will was surprising. I expected them to continue to running the ball, but they clearly found something with Marshall in the passing game. They opened up the game with a few nice runs, a nice quick strike to Marshall in the slot and really seemed to open things up in the second half. It feels odd to see this sort of passing efficiency from the Bears, but it was a more than welcome sight. The gameplanning from Tice and company was brilliant, but they still have a few things to shore up including those brutal timeouts and late playcalls. Obviously the offensive line was key to the success and stability of the offense. It's still the biggest liabilty of the offense, but establishing the run early seemed to take a lot of pressure off the guys. Well done Tice, well done.

  • I'll be at the Jacksonville game Sunday. It opened as Bears -3, I think that's a bit low, no?

  • In reply to Perno:

    The Bear betters are still hung over from last night and haben't had a chance to push the line higher with their wagers.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Put the house on that... I just saw it -5.5 and that's still a deal.

  • Helluva game last night fellas. Great way to start off a week.

    So now have we beat a good team? I'm guessing probably not.

    Very impressed with Webb or whomever kept Cutty upright. Nice to see for a change. I'm telling you boys, with this defense and special teams, I see no reason why we can't beat anybody. And the offense hasn't really even hit it's stride yet.

    Three victories, each by at least 16 points. We held Rodgers in check for the most part when we played them, but obviously had trouble protecting the franchise. But it was a winnable game and GB isn't the juggernaut people think they are.

    Can the chicken little's finally rest easy? It's a roller coaster, gentlemen. We can't get too high with the high's nor too low with the lows. Steady as she goes, as they say. I'm not crowning our asses yet, but I like this bears team and see good things ahead this year.

    BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow.

    That's all I have to say about last night. My wife even told me to close the windows because I was screaming so loud when Briggs took it to the house.
    Jay and Marshall had the "magic" last night. Outstanding job and the Defense was dominate. I was hoping for more Sacks but as a whole they did the job. I don't like the fact they let Orton take them down the field and score...that last TD and going for 2 made me a bit perturbed that we just let them do that. Yeah there was no way coming back but I always feel no matter the score you give it your best until the final whistle...The Bears let them have that last score.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    The second stringers were in for that final drive.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Some #3 guys too. I say , Good for K.O. !

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    with you on the KO love Al, but pissed me off they got a free 8 on the 2nds and 3rds.

    Wish we had kyle on the team still.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I 'm sure that last 8 points flipped some fantasy matchups too.

  • Haven't seen anyone mention it but Conte got dinged up and Steltz played most of the second half. Steltz does what he can but he doesn't have the athleticism of Conte.

    Part of the reason the OL looked better last night was the refs were letting both sides get away with a lot of holding. Naturally I thought the Girls were the worst offenders but ...

    Not taking anything away from Webb/Tice. The game was a thing of beauty.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The CajunSkud is a SS not a FS. We need a real FS and conte can back him up. Next year in the draft we need Mante Teo in the first (move up with whatever it takes), then OL, OL, OL, OL, OL, etc...

    We need to get a real proven FS in FA... no matter what the cost. That's it. ILB in the first, then the rest OL, and a FS in FA and we're set.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What... No backup QB?

    No white safety?

    Do you actually think Angelo will ever be really gone?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    no.

    sadly, no... I think his disembodied ghost stalks the management's thoughts. Not sure how he does it, but pretty sure he's an evil demon sent by Lucifer himself.

    The McCaskey's sold their souls for the '85 season, I am very convinced of this.

  • My favorite moment from last night that wasn't on the field: seeing Hester, Marshall & Jeffrey laughing and smiling on the sidelines together in the 4th, maybe talking about the plays they made, routes run, etc. Seems to me these three guys are gelling together and that can only mean great things for Cutty and the offense, and nightmares for other teams.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    especially when you add Bennett to the mix of course....

  • Also, I don't think Dez Bryant is as bad as some are making him out to be, and certainly not a bust at this point. Romo did not have his usual accuraccy last night due to the pass rush/down field coverage. It seemed to me that whenever Dez was able to get open Romo would throw a crappy ball. But the dude did end up with 9 catches for 100+ yards.

    I could be wrong and this could only be my blues-brothers-colored glasses......

  • Finding consistency is crucial for this offense going forward, and blocking/running the ball is going to be a big part of it.

    Watching Cutler spread the ball around to Jeffrey (not Jeffries), Heater and Davis was nice to see, but it's crystal clear "B" is Cutler's go-to guy. When the Bears had a third and short early in the 4th quarter, I fully expected the Bears to run Bush up the gut, but the fact Cutler went to Marshall on a jump ball 1 on 1 showed he clearly has faith and full confidence in his buddy B in big situations.

  • 2nd Quarter (I think):

    Marshall steaks down the right sideline. Cutty throws a fade that is a tad bit too inside. Marshall adjusts to the ball, cuts in front of the DB, jumps high like Mike and comes down with a 30+ yarder.

    That play right there is the play that we've not had on this team since I've been a fan. We've never had a big true #1 who can adjust on the fly, time his jump perfectly, catching the ball at the peak of his jump. That shit right there is what having a #1 reciever feels like.

    And it feels good.

    Other than that....

    Loved Briggs sprint to the endzone. Loved Peanut's pick six. Loved seeing the defense dominate from start to finish. Loved seeing Cutty upright for most of the night. Loved winning big in Big D.

    But most of all, I loved the feeling I had when B Marsh made that grab. THAT is what we've never had, and THAT feels great!

    grrrreat!!!!

  • don't forget about Marcus Robinson and his ability to jump to the highest point and snag the ball with two hands on each end of the ball. I still don't know how he was able to grab the ball by both ends nearly everytime. Of course, those teams were mediocre at best on O.

  • I like the way the O came together much more last night, which is a good sign. I hope that with better game calling by tice & master bates that the protection will mirror last night's performance and will thus, keep jay from going into the diabeetus shakes.

    We keep playing like last night and get some (non)injury luck and this season might get exciting.

    That all said, I am in $’s camp that I am still nervous until we beat a top tier team or two. I do think the Vikings are HIGHLY overrated and are about to start getting smashed, and the packers are now highly underrated, but let’s kick the shit out of the jags then go into the bye week strong.

    Btw, anyone know what’s wrong with Earl?

    (oh and one last fucking BOOOYAH! For one of my favorite bears of all time, Peanut tillman. Man I love that cat... he is the definition of a fucking football player isn't he?!)

  • Holy fucking shit... this makes me want to move to where there is a lake!!!

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/hottug/

    (don't you just love smart people?)

  • it's always them and not us: http://nfl.si.com/2012/10/02/bumbling-cowboys-make-bears-their-fans-feel-right-at-home-with-loss/?sct=nfl_t11_a0

    motherfuckers.

  • Listening to the replay of the National Radio broadcast (Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts) via NFL Audio and came across this:

    Harlan: "Tim Jennings is playing left corner as well as anybody in the National Football League."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Boom!

  • hee hee

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/jon-gruden-really-really-really-really-likes-texas-010456007--nfl.html;_ylt=AkKcTZKuT3_by5j7upBqcWkLcykA;_ylu=X3oDMTFsYmxwdDFlBG1pdANCbG9nIEluZGV4IGJ5IEF1dGhvcgRwb3MDMQRzZWMDTWVkaWFCbG9nSW5kZXhUZW1w;_ylg=X3oDMTFrODdzYXZuBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANhdXRob3IEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

  • ALSO heard on the Dial-Global National Broadcast:

    Dan Fouts, following Marshall's TD:

    "And a great moment just a coupla seconds ago. Jay Cutler talking to his left tackle, JaMarcus Webb, congratulating him on doing such a great job against the great DeMarcus Ware."

    Thanks for paying attention, Dan.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    and Jay pointing out that Tice came over pissed off and said "we need those" referring to third and one's. Cutler said "I know" and got up and got some water.

    He goes back to Tice not fucking 15 seconds later to review and go over other gameplanning. The media acts like he raped Tice's mom and personally insulted his wife. this is crazy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I picture you with a transistor radio near Area 52, lounging in your rocking chair with a shotgun in hand, listening to the game intently, while morse coding Irish in Thailand....

  • hahahahha... me too!

  • Gabbert DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that is all

  • Please go back to a real handle. This one has "Ignorant Troll" written all over it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    but i used the word "visage".

    The handle specifically addresses dirty trolls and their lazy taglines and recylcled bs sub 78 IQ comments about Jay. Unfortunately the handle must remain as is.

  • Willie stamp of approval.

    For "visage" alone.

  • So be it. I will continue to detest it as I consider it a form of "feeding".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    When our own QB is treated like a member of the Bears instead of a member of the Packers then and only then will I change my handle. In fact, as we continue to put feet to multiple asses, the handle shall only grow longer. So long that in fact you won't be able to read the whole thing. I'll only be able to read it and you'll have to just imagine what it says.

    All in support of the best qb we've ever had and gives us the best chance to win yet is treated like the worst qb we've ever had and who gives us the worst chance to win.

  • Oh my head still hurts. That whole taking a shot for every TD caught up to me. I had a house full of Bears fans (which is always a surprise for the non Bears fans that come over... they always wonder where I found 5 other Bears fans here in Cali) and they ate me out of house and home. Luckily the bar down the street delivers mexican food late night via bike so i got my drunken taco grub on.
    And right after the game I flipped it over to watch the Oakland A's clinch a playoff birth. Going to the game tonight and hopefully they sweep.

  • Good. That way you can get some menudo this morning lol

  • Perno-

    I was at the Red Rock Casino this AM (getting paid) and the line was Bears - 5 1/2...

    Where did you see a -3 line...

  • L.A. Angels: "WHAT? HOW COULD YOU BEAT US OUT FOR A PLAYOFF SPOT? DIDN'T WE OUTSPEND YOU BY 2 OR 3 TO 1?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hahaha, Seriously. The A's are playin out of their minds right now. I just hope they stomp the Yankees in the playoffs.

  • +1 But the A's playoff history vs, the Yankess is not inspiring.

  • Great photo FQD! What a game to attend. I know we travel well but the navy and orange throughout the strip club stadium was quite impressive.

    In regards to Briggs INT TD, I haven't seen him run that fast since he deserted his crahsed lambo on the Eisenhower. Didn't know he had those type of jets, especially at his age. And some of the initial cuts and moves he made to avoid tackles early was impressive. I'd create a mini RB package for him. He wanted that six. And no one on the team hits harder on tackles than he does. Love dat dude.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I think Bears forced 2 fumbles last night as well but didn't recover them. Briggs brought heat.

  • In reply to Crown:

    +2

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    In reply to Crown:

    I dont think the Bears can afford for Briggs to take the kind of punishment a RB takes.....

  • Love.

    Dat.

    Dude.

  • A POX on the NFL schedule makers.

    The Bears, or any NFL team for that matter (well, except the Packers) should not be forced to go on the road for a Monday Nighter and then turn around and go BACK on the road off a short week.

    That is CRAP on a cracker!

  • Oh Tommie, Tommie, Tommie. Must have been tough watching last night realizing that Henry is going to be better than you were: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000068591/article/tommie-harris-charged-with-urinating-in-public?module=HP11_headline_stack

  • In reply to Crown:

    When did urinating in public become a crime? Fuck waiting in line, Tommie, piss where you want.

  • In reply to Viva:

    When you piss on the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley, that's when.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Ozzie Osbourne practically got banned from Texas for pissing on the Alamo. Ozzie didn't understand why so many Texans got so pissed (pun intended).
    He then said that a guy approached him, "Don't worry about it. Mexicans have been pissing on the Alamo for years."

  • Good job Bears. Like in pop warner, Shakeys for everyone.

    Like I said before, Cutler usually performs well against wild-cardish teams (Lions, Eagles, Cowboys, etc). That's what makes him so frustrating. Last year, in that Lions loss, Cutler showed me something that made me go, "Yeah, he turned the corner." The team then went on a 7-3 run while averaging around 30. Then the thumb. So, this off-season, I figured Cutler, finally turning the corner, would continue. Blew the Colts out, but they were the worst team in the NFL last year, still, looked good.

    Then the Pack game happened. And once again, Cutler shat the bed. Or as Woodson so correctly summarized, "Same old Cutler. We don't need luck. We just have to wait in our spots, and he'll throw it to us." And suddenly that Lion's game gets cancelled out, and I'm back to "Good Cutler, Bad Cutler" apprehension.

    Last night was good Cutler. And good Cutler leaves a nice yummy afterglow in the pit of my stomach on Mondays (or Tues/Fri), so I'm hoping against all hope that perhaps THIS game will finally be the one to get Cutler over the hump.

    I still reserve final judgement until the end of the season, esp how he performs against the 9ers and Texans, but for now, I'm basking in the warm aurora of a Bears victory.

    Bear Down!

  • Oh man I miss Shakeys pizza!! They finally took the sign down for the original Shakeys (It was founded in Sac) and I cried. I think the closest one is in LA now. Their fried chicken and potato wedges were amazeballs.

  • And who has two thumbs and wanted a quality safety back-up weeks ago before the imminent injury to that position?

    THIS guy.

    I like Steltz as SS more than some others on here, but what happens if Wright goes down? Anthony Walters/Steltz combo?

    Emery needed to be on this the second Hardin was red-shirted.

  • Conte-Wright have started 10 games together, and in those 10 games the Bears have forced 19 turnovers (per Zaidman).

  • Dayum .... now that's a nice stat.

  • Conte had cramps. He's fine.

  • menstrual?

  • "And one of my favorite moments of last night was Adam Podlesh's 53-yard punt from deep in Bears territory" - Jeff

    What the fuck?

  • And someone please explain what a short-range punter is ..... apart from Sean Landeta obviously. Bada-bing!

    Mac did tell of Theismann whiffing on a punt once. Joe didn't like Mac either. Joe doesn't like anyone who is not Joe.

  • Joe 'Break a Leg' Theismann goes to the fridge, gets a giant container of dark red gatorade, drinks it, whips it out Blazing Saddles style and pisses that dark redskin piss that you get with dark red gatorade - all over the Cowboys. And he enjoys it. He calls out EVERYONE, including, with glee - old False Face himself.

    It's a hot time in Dallas today and their long time enemies are having fun...

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20121002-ex-redskin-joe-theismann-blasts-tony-romo-jerry-jones.ece

  • In reply to gpldan:

    holy shit

    "What hit me last night is, Tony isn't really that good," Theismann said. "Just because he wears a star on his helmet -- we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, 'ooh they're wonderful and ooh they're terrific, ooh they're the next Roger Staubach' or whatever the heck they want to say. They're full of bologna."

    mmmmmm... bolo-gna.

  • 4ever85 -

    Also note last night, that about half of Cutler's throws, including his TD to Hester, were back pedalling and off his back foot. And what happens is when he gets protection, he starts - slowly - "fixing" his mechanics. But it takes several games of protection before we start seeing the classic QB form of stepping into the throw return.

    Cutler's rocket arm is his security blanket - and the worse the pass rush is, the quicker he brings it out to try and make something happen. The backpedallg as soon as he gets the ball, etc etc.

    Add a new one to the list: jump ball for Marshall. That's his new wubbie. In trouble? Looking at a blitz with island coverage on Marshall?

    Jump ball time!

    I don't know if it's "good" or "bad", it is what it is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cuter did throw a lot back-peddling throws, but he didn't look as jittery back there. It's weird. He looked relaxed, even when the game was still tight, unlike that Pack game when he just looked antsy and reverted to street ball (pick one of the last 5 losses to them).

    The refs not calling holding on Oline helped. But he just looked different (like he did against the Lions last year). It's just all in his head. He still don't like some of the "gunslinging" like that goaline chuck to Marshall. We needed a FG to go up by 3 scores. He's gotta learn, like Alex Smith, situational football.

    The WRs/TEs also looked out of sync in the first few games, so hopefully, everything got meshed out finally.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    you know why he threw off his back foot on the Hester. The defenseive lineman that broke through the line was about to end his life. Can't step into that one brother.

    I could care less about his mechanics. His picks against GB were from trying to jam one in to the receiver after breaking out of the pocket or forcing because we were behind late. He stepped into all 3 of them.

  • What I liked best about last night's game was using Marshall as a slot receiver to shut the blitz down. And overall, the rock-paper-scissors equation of Marshall-Jeffery-Heater. Matchup hell for the Cowboys, who - let's not forget - had the #1 D in the league going into the game, as well as what many analysts considered the best set of corners in the league.

    And we 0wn3d, frankly. Once Jeffery gets better at sitting down in the zone gaps, it's going to be damn hard to stop the passing. If Davis is actually catching the ball, instead of dropping it, it's a complete playbook of options.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Davis played really well, and deserves some cred. According to Bowen, when the Cowboys did play Cover-2, Cutler hit Davis like he was supposed to. Davis caught the ball like he was supposed to.

    Davis might play a bigger part going forward, esp as more teams will refuse to man-up against our WRs and play the Cover-2. As we all know, TEs are zone killers.

    Teams will also try to take away Marshall esp when in the slot.

    so Davis is gonna have to step up (as well as the other WRs).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agreed. running short routes with marshall and letting him ball after he catches it is a no brainer. Bears don't have to overthink him and don't need him running exotic routes. Get him the ball and let him embarass and abuse corners and safeties.

    We didn't do it against GB and i had to black out on rum as a result of Tice's inability to put him in the fucking slot and just run a 5 yd route with him.

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    I really think the improved offensive line play was squarely on the refs last night. I think the crew knew if they called out every holding penalty committed by these two terrible lines, then the game would have lasted 4+ hours, and that's no bueno for the league/network relationship.

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    In reply to Chris Odom:

    Basically, expect the line to revert to form in Jacksonville.

  • In reply to Chris Odom:

    I think Gruden would have been all over that.

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