Audibles From the Long Snapper: Shirts, Schedules & Security Blankets

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Shirts, Schedules & Security Blankets


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If you follow Brad Biggs or any other Bears writer on Twitter, chances are you haven't been to the sports page sites of the Trib or Sun-Times in a long, long time. (Someone will present this non-existent data to me one of these days proving social media drives traffics to newspaper sites. It doesn't. They know it.) Here is Brad's breakdown of 2013:

Of course, the Bears will play the traditional home-and-home with NFC North foes. In addition, the Bears will host Dallas, the New York Giants, Baltimore, Cincinnati and the team with the corresponding finish in the NFC South.

The road trips will be to Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and the team with the corresponding finish in the NFC West.

So, the way the standings are aligned right now, the Bears would host the Atlanta Falcons and play at San Francisco for the second consecutive season. There is a long ways to go to determine the final standings this season though.

DaBearsBlog (Noah, myself and the Reverend) will be in Cleveland. Will you?


Here is a large chunk of Clark Judge's CBS Sports column on Jason Campbell taking over short or long term for an injured Jay Cutler:

"If [Campbell] has to go," said coach Lovie Smith, "we feel very confident. That's why we brought Jason here. I'm hopeful, but I'm not ruling Jay out by any means."

I'm not, either. And I'm definitely not ruling out Chicago of anything. I know the Bears travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers next Monday, and I know the 49ers are always a tough out. But they have issues of their own, with starting quarterback Alex Smith suffering a concussion in Sunday's tie with St. Louis. That means there's a chance ... and let me emphasize a chance ... that it's Campbell versus Colin Kaepernick, and, given the choice, I'll take the veteran.

I know what I have in Campbell, and so do the Bears. He can get the ball downfield, as he did with that 45-yard shot to Brandon Marshall. He will make sound and reasoned decisions. He won't commit the fatal mistake. He can run. He can lead. Most important, he can win ... and with Green Bay pulling itself together for a run at the Bears nothing is more important for Chicago now.

As one scout told me, the key is not so much Campbell as it is Forte and Bush. Because if rhe Bears can run the ball, Campbell can sell the play-action -- which is his strength. Plus, as he pointed out, the issues with Chicago's offensive line aren't as much a factor with Campbell at quarterback because of his ability to flush the pocket. No, he's not RG3, but, if necessary, he is good enough to make first downs with his legs.

"Jason Campbell is more than capable," Marshall said. "I think he came in [against the Texans] and did an amazing job and had control of the offense ... really got us into some good situations and made some great checks. I think the guys around him need to step up, myself included. We let him [and the team] down, and that won't happen again.

"I understand what Jason Campbell is. I understand how he leads. Like I said, he's more than capable, and I'm so glad we have him in situations like this."

He should be. Everyone in and around the Bears should be. Jason Campbell is here to prevent another collapse from happening ... and he will.

Kurt Warner told Waddly & Silvy on ESPN Radio he was confident the Bears could win games with Jason Campbell at QB. I agree. One thing lost on Sunday night was it was Campbell - not Cutler or Schaub - who looked most comfortable under center and managed the conditions best. I think Campbell can beat the Niners Monday night.



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  • 49ers had their hands full with the Rams, at home and, but for an utterly stupid delay of game penalty on what would have been a game winning kick, they would be staring at 6-3 instead of 6-2-1.

    Regardless, that tie could hurt them come seeding time, especially if the Bears can bounce back this week.

  • I've always liked Campbell - for whatever reason I can't tell you other than he just seems like a good QB in the games I've watched him play in the past - and I think he can win. He just needs to be more confident and aggressive this week. Lovie and bates, and especially Jay need to tell him, 'dude, this week you're not the backup coming in to manage my team. This week, this is your offense, you need to grab it by the balls and lead it to the win. Act like the starting QB and be aggressive and confident and win this one for us.'

    ...or you know, something like that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (and yes, I passed on the all-too-easy "SECOND-string QB' shot.)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    agree on the "be aggressive" angle. there was one play last week, one of his multitude of check-downs, where the replay showed marshall open about 15 yards downfield because the defender fell on his ass. had campbell been looking downfield and not in the backfield, bears have a first down and that final drive continues.

    so, ya know, man up, campbell.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do not agree. Campbell shouldn't go out and act like Jay Cutler Monday Night. Like Jeff mentioned yesterday, this gives the Bears an opportunity to commit to the run instead of getting greedy through the air. Campbell is known for protecting the football. If the Bears can get the ground game going I think Campbell is a great option at QB. If the Bears decide to air it out or if they're forced to air it out, then the Bears are in trouble. The way the defense is playing I think a game manager is exactly what te Bears need Monday.

  • In reply to Shady:

    We lost that game Sunday night on turnovers.
    At first blush, I thought Campbell was too conservative, particularly in the final drive. But we lost that game in the 1st quarter by turning the damn ball over, and over, and over, and over.

    So, as much as I got frustrated watching him throw checkdowns, and of course missing a wide open Marshall on the aforementioned play, I gotta go with Shady. I don't want to see Campbell unleash the dragon against SF. I want to see him play smart, conservative football and let Matty and Bush do their thing. With the D playing the way they are, that should be enough.
    And I don't see Harbaugh playing that keep-away shit with his kicking game like the Texans did.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    you too?? jesus

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    say it with me: "We lost the game because of Kellen Davis."

    there. feels good to let it out, doesn't it? =]

  • In reply to Shady:

    I said aggressive, as in more aggressive than checking down and throwing to backs on swings every single down... not stupid or reckless.

    Fucking contrarian.


    Hee hee (it says "fuck SC"... hee hee)


    Hahahahaha... is that Major P back there? If he'd been turned around I guess we'd all know for sure.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's hilarious.

    Major would have been my guess too. Second choice is Armando Allen. Is there a contest?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    sure, winner gets a 10" plastic phallus. Yay!

  • Hey Canada, isn't this just so cute:

    Now let's see them do a hilly 30 on a 19MPH average in that shit.

  • I likewise think we can win with Jason Campbell. I guess we will see what the offense can do against the 49ers. This game is not likely to be pretty, but who knows?

  • I really hope they play the 49ers again. This can't be Urlacher's last year right?

  • The Bears tried out 4 punters today..

  • fucking podlesh

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What happened to that kid we had in the pre-season who punted better?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think they cut him. See that's what pisses me off... why can't we pick up a crosby or the dude for the vikings? common emery show me something next year maings... some super spiderman shit where we pick up two HOFers from the 5-7th rounds. Make that shit happen dude.

  • Bears signed McCown to a one year.

    Guess to back up Campbell...Looks like Jay will be sitting for sure.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Yep. Why pay for someone you will not dress for the game?

  • The whole let's start Evan over Kellen reminds me of a funny situation.

    Remember a lot of people wanting to start Carimi over Webb? Saying he can't be worse than Webb... right..

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • Point taken, but I was on the right side of the Webb/Carimi argument...and the wrong side of starting Davis.
    So, ipso facto, sit his ass. He has the physical tools to be a great TE but he is so damn frustrating...especially the route where he got bumped off, leading to a pick by Jay very early in the game.
    The one where he fumbled, that was just a perfectly timed hit by a guy we let go too cheap...but that damned route running...

    BTW MB30, I'll see if I can hop on tonight. Booked my flights to the Chi...when are you guys getting in? And I assume it's O'Hare, not Midway that you are coming into?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What bothers me the most about Kellen is not his ability but the trust that Cutler has for him.

    How many times has Cutler tossed it up for him or forced a pass to Davis? Too many. Davis is not Marshall.


    $30K. Probably about right. Wonder what he makes per game?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yeah, good news. All the Bears need to secure the division is a second string linebacker with 30k to spare and one good shot at Rogers.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


    all the bears need to secure the division is for Cutler to stay off the field. Green Bay's injury report is better than their 53-man roster. The only way the Bears lose the division is if Cutler comes back and continues to gives the other team the ball back right after Tim Jennings hands it to him.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:


  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Rogers is worth 30,000, that's all I'm saying. It's a small price to pay.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    You can get it for free. Green Bay just Bulaga for the year. Now they have a backup and a starting guard playing both tackle positions...........just in time to face Donkey Kong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul. And the Packers are going to have to throw 40 times a game now that Clay Matthews is out, in order to keep up with Stafford and Manning. I would be somewhat surprised if Rodgers made it out of November.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Legal hits are always free. Carolina sacked Cutler 6 times in one half, all for free. GB sacked him 7 times. Houston didn't get a single one.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Dobbins make 47,000 a week.

  • Pay him to wipe that shit eating grin from his face.

  • I have a question to ask you legal minded people and for those who have been in the same situation.

    My uncle has power of attorney over my grandparents. Now, my grandfather passed away on April 13,2012 and just a week before that we put my grandmother in a nursery home.

    No one can pay my grandmother's nursery bill and the only thing going to it is her SS but that's only 1300 and the nursery bill is around 5000.

    My grandmother has nothing in her name except a truck payment that was originally in my grandfather's name but now in her name because he passed away but cannot be made because 1. she can't drive 2. she is not all there. and 3. she has no income.

    The land, house, and all the bills were in my grandfather's name. The only bill that had my grandmother's name was the truck. That being said, is my Uncle responsible for the truck payments and is everything in his name now? If not, who's name is it in?

  • Artoo... email me.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Cue the theme!

  • He have a will Artoo? If not, I would imagine your grandmother would have inherited most if not everything. (every state has different laws) That being said, if she now owns the property and home, chances are that would have to be liquidated to pay her nursing home bills. You need to contact a lawyer from the state they lived in. It's way more complicated than could be answered on here.

  • I seem to remember a wise gentleman predicting that Cutler wouldnt play all 16 games this season.. and that wise gentleman was me. His nickname shall continue to be Mr Glass until proven otherwise.

  • Hahahaha.. That's so funny. Wait.. You're serious?

    So.. what do you call Big Ben? Besides a rapist.

  • Nothing..he's just a dirty rapist that I wouldnt be caught dead rooting for, even if he led my beloved Bears to the promised land 10 times over. I call Troy Uncle Gimpy though.

  • Oy vey.

  • Wow. You're just wrong about Cutler. There's a difference between being soft/injury prone and getting the shit beat out of you repeatedly. If he were soft enough to merit the gay nickname of Mr. Glass, he would already be paralyzed or dead. Dude's tough as hell. The fact that he's not on IR at the moment is testament to that. You're crazy Sac.

  • @AdamSchefter
    49ers QB Alex Smith has passed concussion tests this week and, so far, is on track to start Monday night vs. Chicago.

  • Shocker. Their QB took a more vicious hit yet he'll be back sooner than ours.

  • I would have to disagree that the hit on Smith was more vicious.


  • With all due respect, Sac, I bet you wouldn't call him Mr. Glass to his face.

    One thing I've learned about Jay Cutler over the last few years is that he is one tough Hombre. Betcha he's telling the coaches he should play simply because his head is still attached to his body.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    But at the same time, hats off to you for being right.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    Ben- I would have much rather been wrong.

    And why would I not call him Mr. Glass to his face? Is he going to kill me with condescension and dismissiveness?

  • Only a total tool would look at that hit and make a dumb fucking comment like you did.

    You're the fucking expert on taking a fucking headshot from a huge fucking linebacker?

    Why even make the comment you fucking nerd? why?

  • And why would I not call him Mr. Glass to his face? Is he going to kill me with condescension and dismissiveness? - Sacramento's biggest fucking tool

    The question you piece of shit, is why you think you have the right to call him anything to his fucking face.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    Jay Cutlers not your boyfriend dog so calm it down. Toughness isnt the question... finishing a season having played all 16 games is. Would Brady have held onto the ball that long and taken that shot? Probably not. Wil Brady play every game this season? Probably. Hell, even the old man with a broken neck in Denver will probably play every game.

  • If toughness isn't your question then the nickname Mr. Glass sucks and makes no sense.

  • Please stop feeding that.

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