Chicago Bears at Midseason: Awards, Notes, Predictions

Chicago Bears at Midseason: Awards, Notes, Predictions

The Bears are 7-1 after eight games - my best case scenario at the start of the season. They are playing their best defense since the vaunted 1985 group, their special teams are coming alive and their offense is beginning, ever so slowly, to find their identity. Before we begin to look at Houston, San Fran and the back eight of the schedule we shall do our best to wrap up the first half.

OFFENSIVE MVP - Brandon Marshall, WR

I spent time last week selling Marshall as a possible MVP of the entire league. He rewarded me by turning in a receiving performance for the Bears ages. On a day in Nashville where the Bears needed minimal offensive output, Marshall caught 9 passes, for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has turned in the eight finest games in Bears receiving history.

Runners Up: none. Jay Cutler has yet to hit his stride and Matt Forte simply hasn't been given enough reps.

DEFENSIVE MVP - Charles "Peanut" Tillman, CB

I am sparing some of you. You know who you are. The folks who commented below or emailed me things like "Are the Bears going to cut Tillman?" after he struggled mightily in a meaningless preseason game at the Meadowlands. I am sparing you because I have a heart. Tillman hasn't only been the best defensive player on the Bears. He's been the best defensive player in the sport and he's turned his patented ball punch/fumble force into a near-mythological feat.

Even President Obama endorsed Tillman as Defensive POY:

Runners Up: Lance Briggs is playing as well as I've ever seen him play and Tim Jennings is complimenting Peanut's shutdown side with the perfect amount of speed and ballhawk.

COACH OF THE YEAR - Lovie Smith, Head Coach

I've given this prize at year's end to Dave Toub several years in a row but Lovie has been a masterful leader in 2012. He's developed terrific young talent along the defensive line and not struggled with the challenge/clock issues that have dogged his past on the sideline. He may finally be settling in as a terrific head coach.

Runner Up: Rod Marinelli's mixing of looks pre and post snap has been a thing of beauty and kept opposing quarterbacks uneasy all year.

FIVE THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST HALF AND BEYOND

  1. Matt Forte is averaging five yards a carry and nine yards a reception. He is also averaging just north of 15 touches a game. That number doesn't need to go up. He needs to go up DOUBLE DIGITS. Forte is a weapon in the passing game and its on Tice and Cutler to make sure he is utilized. (If he touches the ball less than 25 times against the Texans and Niners, I think the Bears may lose both games.)
  2. If the team has an Achilles heel it is what we saw on that awful Thursday night in Green Bay. The Bears offensive line can run block and they can even pass protect in spots. But if the Bears find themselves down two touchdowns late and HAVE to throw they simply won't hold up against the game's better pass rushing lines. Fortunately for the Bears their defense has not allowed many folks to get up multiple scores.
  3. Was the first half of the schedule easier than the second? Of course. But it's not as if the Bears struggled to win games. (Outside of one poor effort against the Carolina Panthers.) The Bears will be favored for a majority of their second half games but there won't be any 51-20s to be found. One of the reasons the Bears offense hasn't played a complete four quarters is they haven't HAD TO play a complete four quarters. That changes Sunday night against the Houston Texans.
  4. The pass rush should still be considered a concern as they've not been great over the last month. It is wonderful to force turnovers but my belief is turnovers can not be required/depended on to play dominant defense. The Bears need their front four to take over games again if they intend to make a deep run in the postseason and beat Rodgers, Eli, Ryan...etc.
  5. I tend to spend more time watching the punter than most folks and Adam Podlesh just isn't impressive. He's not a good directional kicker, he has a terrible track record of pinning teams deep and he seems to be at his weakest when the Bears need him to bomb a ball out of their zone. As the defenses improve field position and Podlesh will be in the spotlight more and more.

HOW DO I SEE THE REGULAR SEASON FINISHING?

I think the Bears split these next two games against the Texans and 49ers. I think they'll also split their four remaining games against the NFC North. That leaves a home tilt with the Seahawks and a road trip to Arizona and I think they'll win both of those games.

That puts the Bears 5-3 down the stretch. 12-4 on the season. Champions of the NFC North. #2 seed in the NFC with a first round bye.

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  • first order of business in the second half? figure out what the hell we've got in kellen davis and evan rodriguez. kellen can't catch and evan can't block. but wasn't this supposed to be kellen's year to show he's up there with the gates and the wittens of the world? HA.

    and we dumped clutts because e-rod was the blocking back we always wanted. so why is he whiffing every big spot he's in?

    protection, boys. let's make it happen.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    second order of business? throw the ball to someone not named brandon. i love his 9 and 12 catch games, but it's silly to look at the stat sheet and see him with 13 catches and the next closest guy having 2.

    spread the rock, dawg.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    dude,

    9 catches on 10 looks with 122yds and 3 TD's.

    It's like saying "Guys, is my wife too hot?"

    You'll see more looks to Earl I promise and Alshon will be worked into the offense when he gets back. Also, Matt Forte doesn't count in the pass game???

    The stats are fine. Jesus.

  • right. like when we played the packers and jay had twice and many INTs as marshall had receptions.

    obviously if he can get 9 catches on 10 looks every game, i'm a happy fan. but it's those games where we're playing a good defense that keys on marshall that i'm worried.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    it was our 2nd game and TICE shit the fucking bed with the worst Martz-like playcalling ever.

    Did you see what we did as a result of that game? We adapted. Marshall in the slot? Ran the ball more? Both.

    Marshall is putting up those numbers every game and the catch % vs targets is awesome.

  • again, i just hope it keeps up once we play a team that can actually defend and shut down a receiver. i love jay, but he has a tendency to lock on one guy and just keep on trying to force it in there no matter what.

    deangelo hall would love to tell us all about that particular trait.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    i couldn't remember if that was the year we went to the NFC Championship game with one of the best records in the NFC or not. memory refresh please.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    If he's open, throw it to him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    but what if he's the only guy jay's looking at? he'll miss hester being wide open on his perfectly run post-corner route.

    HAHAHAHA.

    that's funny, thinking devin can run a perfect route. good thing the coaches never took him away from what he does best!

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Precisely. If they want to bracket Beastmode, let them. Baby Brandon will mop up.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Kellen doesn't block well either

  • In reply to evantonio:

    "kellen can't catch ".

    What are you, running for office?

    THAT statement is wholly UNtrue.

    Too many drops? Yes.

    But some nice catches on his resume this season which you conveniently ignore or were you answering the call of nature when he went up and snared that absolute BULLET from Cutty against Carolina to put the Bears back in the hunt in that game?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    no, i did not miss the catch in carolina. but instead of saying, "yeah kellen davis!" i, like everyone else said, "holy shit. kellen davis?" and that's not the reaction we should be having. this was supposed to be his year to show the league just what an athletically gifted freak he is. i'm still waiting.

    and remember - hanie had a few really nice passes last season. does this make up for the other shit he piled up?

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d824852db/Hanie-Knox-connect-for-huge-gain

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Kellen has made some scary catches - he has the ability as a pass-catcher ... just appears to have an attitude problem. He's probably a dick. You watch his highlight reel and it's like "Wow, who's this guy?" and then he turns into Greg Olsen.

  • I cannot possibly second this hyperbole on Marshall:

    "He has turned in the eight finest games in Bears receiving history."

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    can you offer a rebuttal with comparative stats so that on this, election day, we can all make at least one judgment that isn't rooted in our hearts and facebook feeds?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Okay, I'll spend ten minutes on this. Don't get me wrong - I'm certainly not unhappy with what Marshall is doing, but Jeff's comment was patently absurd.

    Format here date/opponent receptions, yards, TD

    Ditka:
    11/12/1961 GNB 9, 190, 3
    10/25/1964 WAS 13,168, 0
    12/09/1962 RAM 6, 155, 1
    11/24/1963 PIT 7, 146, 0
    11/18/1962 DAL 7, 133, 1
    10/14/1962 SFO 8, 132, 0
    09/23/1961 RAM 5, 130, 1
    09/22/1963 MIN 8, 124, 2
    10/08/1961 DET 5, 120, 1
    10/13/1963 RAM 9, 110, 4
    10/22/1961 SFO 4, 107, 2
    09/27/1964 BAL 6, 106, 0
    12/17/1961 MIN 8, 102, 2

    Morris:
    11/18/1962 DAL 10, 201, 1
    11/08/1964 BAL 10, 183, 1
    12/15/1963 DET 8, 171, 1
    10/11/1964 RAM 11, 147, 2
    09/20/1964 MIN 10, 135, 2
    10/09/1960 RAM 3, 124, 2
    11/19/1961 SFO 5, 123, 1
    11/14/1965 STL 5, 123, 0
    10/14/1962 SFO 4, 122, 1
    09/25/1965 RAM 7, 116, 1
    12/02/1962 NYG 6, 112, 1
    10/04/1964 SFO 7, 109, 2
    10/20/1963 SFO 6, 107, 0
    11/15/1964 RAM 9, 107, 1
    11/26/1964 DET 7, 100, 1

    Dick Gordon:
    11/19/1967 STL 4, 179, 2
    11/15/1970 GNB 5, 158, 1
    12/15/1968 GNB 6, 147, 2
    10/10/1971 NOR 8, 139, 1
    12/20/1970 NOR 9, 119, 1
    09/26/1971 MIN 10, 115, 2
    12/06/1969 SFO 10, 108, 1
    11/22/1970 BUF 6, 107, 2
    12/03/1967 SFO 7, 105, 1
    10/05/1970 DET 4, 95, 2
    12/13/1970 GNB 7, 92, 2

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    For comparison:

    Brandon Marshall:

    10/07/2012 JAX 12, 144, 1
    10/01/2012 DAL 7, 138, 1
    11/04/2012 TEN 9, 122, 3
    09/09/2012 IND 9, 119, 1
    10/28/2012 CAR 9, 98, 0
    10/22/2012 DET 6, 81, 1
    09/23/2012 STL 5, 71, 0
    09/13/2012 GNB 2, 24, 0

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Who knew Gordon was such a beast?

  • All the old guys that saw him play. He brought it every week.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    thank you for pulling that together. just nicer to see actual comparisons vs. gut reactions.

    though i think (and i could be wrong) jeff meant "8 games in a row." it's easy to cherry pick 8 games from an entire career, no?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Yes. I think that is what Jeff meant.

  • I'd like a clarification from the Blogfather.

  • Well, perhaps so, but it is not what he wrote.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i think his point was that he's doing it in consecutive games and having an incredible impact and is on pace to be the single most dominating recevier in Bears history.

    Your other comparisions show that the bears had other good players but the stats are over periods of up to 4 years. Let's see how this season plays out.

  • sorry doc, just read your post. i concur.

    schaub dead.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    And Dick Gordon did not have a Jay Cutler throwing to him.

    He caught a team record 13 TD passes in 1970.

    In 14 games.

    From the late Jack "I later served time in prison for drealing drugs" Concannon.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hyperbole is right because that is sooo NOT true.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That is, pending clarification requested below.

  • Nope, the #1 problem in sports is not performance enhancing drugs, it's cheating. What are performance enhancing drugs anyway, but a form of cheating?

    And this doofus wants credit for Belicheat's victories? I'm voting Tillman.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That's primarily why I lost interest in football (soccer). You can't watch a game without some overpaid wanker rolling on the turf like BJ Raji sat on him.

    Fitba (soccer) is even worse in South America, players constantly diving/flopping and the fans are all certainly crazy as well.

  • Excellent write up Jeff, you have no idea how jealous I am that you were able to attend the game.

    Watching the game with my girlfriend and I was trying to explain why everytime Tillman punched a ball out I ended up jumping up laughing and pouring half my beer over her. Her response was "why doesn't every player try to punch the ball out then?". What else could I say except that peanut is a monster and he can't be replicated?

    For those keeping track, Tillman is now tied 1st overall in forced fumbles for a DB with Brian Dawkins, and he is tied 9th overall with Dawkins and Pat Swilling for all defensive players. He's only 1 behind Peppers and Dent who both had 37!!!

    this link hasn't been updated yet but you get the picture. Look at some of the names he is above. Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor!

    http://www.playerfilter.com/nfl/most-forced-fumbles/#/g,u;ffum,desc,r;deftd;dintc;dsack;tot&s=t&gtf=career&limit=180

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    The thing that I notice about that stat sheet, are the graphs. Each player on that list has peaks and valleys in their graph. Meaning they have some great years and some not so great years (with regard to forced fumbles). But not Peanut. His graph is a steady climb followed by a plateau of consistency. He is a marvel.

    When I'm Chicago for the GB game, I'm buying me a Peanut Jersey.

  • If da Bears record is tainted by weakness of schedule, then Houston's is as well. Houston's wins came courtesy of teams with a combined record of 25-32; Chicago's came against opponents with a combined record of 21-36. The slight difference in opponent's winning percentage is meaningless, obviously. So why is Chicago considered by many to be a team with a lot to prove, while Houston isn't?

    The likely reason is, Chicago has a lot to prove, while Houston doesn't. Houston's schedule is weak. Houston's division is weak. The Bears have already crushed every non-Houston team in it, by an average score of 44-14. Houston will not have to run a gauntlet like the one facing the Bears, not in the regular season. In fact, the toughest teams in Houston's schedule all hail from the NFC North. And so far, Houston is winless in one Sunday home-game against Chicago's less-successful brethren.

    Houston & Chicago have had 3 common opponents:
    Jax (Chi 41-3; Hou 27-7) Ten (Chi 51-20; Hou 38-14) GB (Chi 10-23; Hou 24-42). Houston's combined score vs common opponents is 89-63 (+25 diff). The Bears is 102-46 (+56 diff). The Bears forced 2 1/2 times more turnovers than Houston (10-4), which I assume accounts for the greater point differential.

    If it had anything to do with yardage gained or yardage allowed, the numbers don't show it. Houston and Chicago are eerily identical in that regard against common opponents. Houston passed for 68 more yards than Chicago (628-559), but Chicago rushed for 67 more yards than Houston (468-401). Chicago allowed just 29 fewer passing yards (518-547). Chicago & Houston are deadlocked in rushing yards allowed (Hou 322; Chi 325), although 80 of the yards against Chicago came in one garbage-time run by Chris Johnson. Johnson ran for 141 vs Houston, with a long of 19.

    The Bears had more sacks than Houston vs common opponents (10-9), but unsurprisingly, the Bears were sacked more (11-3). The great majority of Houston's 9 sacks came from JJ Watt with 5.5. The others sacks were distributed among 3 players. The Bears 10 sacks were relatively evenly distributed among 7 players. Like da 1st Fan says in Jeffs vid above, diversity is good.

    Overall, Watt has more than 2 1/2 times as many sacks as the next best Texan (10.5 vs 4). The Bears overall sack leaders are Peppers and Melton with 5 apiece, followed closely by Wootten and Idonije with 4 each.

    Hopefully, the Bears can neutralize Watt. Without Watt, Houston got squat. Unfortunately, the Bears OL allowed 3 sacks by squat just last Sunday. Overall, they've allowed nearly 3 times as many sacks as Houston (28-10). And one final bit of bad news you already know but may not have considered: Green Bay beat both the Bears and the Texans, which would make a loss to the Texans doubly abhorrent.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    So nutshell version is this should be a close game with
    the winner being determined by what Tice decides to do about J. J. Twat. More or less?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Assuming the Bears can protect Cutler against guys not named Watt, yes, more or less. It seemed more convincing with more... numbers.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Definitely. Proof is in the pudding and what not.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    btw, great job pulling all that together buttsteak. Very cool.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Great analysis. Two comments:

    1) You have identified the biggest weakness on each team, at least on paper. The Texans don't have a great pass rush without Watt. The Bears don't have a great O-line. It is very possible that the game will be decided by whether Watt exposes the O-line or the O-line neutralizes Watt. If Kellen Davis wants to prove himself as a blocker, this might the day he steps up to protect Jay. Same goes for Lance, Chilo and Garza in keeping the middle clean.

    2) The common opponents that we beat are both weak. The common opponent we lost to is a strong team. It would be interesting to compare how the Bears and Texans play against strong competition. For us, I'm looking at the Colts, Lions and Cowboys, none of which is elite, but all of which are capable of being competitive.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Houston aren't great. One trick pony offense -shut down Arian and you're halfway there. AJ has been invisible all year.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The vs common opponents thing is a complete waste of time. Different schemes, different situations, every game is it's own animal. We need to run the shit out of the ball and stop the shit out of the run. Shwabby looks very average when they don't have the run game going.

  • You could say the same for head-to-head, and you'd be right, at least for fairly evenly matched teams. But head-to-head is still better than common opponent, and common opponent is better than overall record.

    What was bothering me, and the reason I bothered to look up the numbers, was the idea that the Bears are some kind of paper tiger because of the w-l percentage of their opponents. Houston is in the same boat. Performance against common opponents is pretty much a wash as well.

    If the Bears and Texans are evenly matched, as they seem to be, then turnovers, miraculous punt returns, home team advantage, and QB breaking sacks become especially important. The Bears have a definite edge in that type of category, if they can protect Cutler.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Great number crunching, crunch. Gives a good perspective.

  • 1. JJ Watt is my favorite non-bear player in the nfl. guy's a fucking beast!! "I've eaten burritos bigger than you"

    2. GP's back! You sunnuvabitch… fuckyou you azzhole! (said in a happy borat voice). I was about to rehook up my ps3 just to send you a scathing note about leaving us for some bullshit philosophical stance on bad technology.

    3. Despite my man crush on JJ Watt, we are going to destroy the texans. fuck arian foster and fred schaub.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    JJ Watt is one of those guys who makes his shoulder pads look tiny. Yeah, he's a monster. I say load up the backfield and run right at his ass.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He's a pretty good run stopper too. No weakness in his game.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bad technology, politics, and sockpuppetry, iirc.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    indeed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who dafuq is Fred Schaub?

  • In reply to Shady:

    mike, matt... whatever. Dude looks like the everyman you'd see at home depot on the weekend.

    Bill Schub? whatever.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Barf, Puke, whatever.

  • In reply to Shady:

    100%

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_CDCrsO604

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I take offense to your man crush on Watt.

    Any man who doesn't have a man crush on Peanut is not a man.

  • did you guys see this last night?

    http://www.ridethepine.com/funny/riley-cooper-end-zone-hide/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes... it reminded me of the old fumbleroosky play we ran in HS. I was embarassed for those guys.

  • and if he had waited one more tick to get up and take off, if would have been 6 and everyone would be calling it a revolutionary play on specials today.

    : \

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was about to say.. If that would have been a TD everyone would be calling Andy Reid a playcalling genius.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i dunno. i still like the "let's all pretend the ball is kicked to devin and fool these guys because apparently they weren't coached to track the ball while it's in the air" play we had against green bay last season.

    funny that both plays were called back for penalties that had no effect on the actual play.

  • He has turned in the eight finest games in Bears receiving history.

    Please clarify, Blogfather.

    Do you mean as an 8-game body of work?

  • The Texans got their butt's whooped by the Packers because they thought they could man up on all of their receivers.. What a dumb idea that was..

    I think the Bears can beat the Texans but I don't trust the Bears enough to put money on it.

    Coach was right about Shaub.. Take away his run game and he struggles. Also, Mr. Foster has a penchant to fumble occasionally.Thus, Peanut, do your thing.

    Watt and Barwin will wreak havoic on the o-line.. Whatever you do, do not throw short passes to Watt's side. He WILL bat them down.

  • Great point about the man coverage. I was shaking my head watching GB eat up their defense and wondering why they didn't change tactics.

  • The REAL season starts Sunday.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    well, we had a fucking great fake 2012 season then. no one can take that away from us.

  • Super said it before I could. We need to get 2 guys on Watt so he can't bat down passes. He leads the league by a wide margin in that stat.. He is to batting passes what Peanut is to punching balls loose (writing that never gets old).

    I think we can stop Foster. They also have Forsett who used to run for Seattle. He's a good change of pace back who has been a thorn in our side. Andre Johnson is not quite the beast he used to be but he's still a very good receiver. Owen Daniel at TE has 5 TD's and is Schaub's security blanket. It will be fun to see Danielle Manning again. If he's running back kickoffs I hope Robbie puts them out of the end zone. This game is there for the taking but all 3 phases have to show up. I like our chances.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Watt scares the hell out of me. He's not Peppers but he's still a freak.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think three of Watt's tipped balls have resulted in pick 6's.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Run plays - Submarine Watt on every play and triple team him if necessary. Bush in as FB leading for Forte. Has there been any I-formation out of Tice?

  • Hey Irish, over react much? Calling me an asshole was pretty weak. If you think that post was directed at you I'm sorry but it wasn't. It was more to do with the general tone of the comments when we are 7-1.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Irish, step offa my boy maings. No fucking need to bash other regs.

    That's weak sauce. Don't be a bloody cunt lad.

    (I didn't see the actual post btw)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks MB. I'm not mad or anything. I was just trying to clear the air a little bit. I expected to take some shit over that post.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I ~think~ he got mad at me for flipping Artoo shit about Trent Rich.

    Yo, Irish, in the event that is what the "asshole" rant was about, Artoo and I have actually met, are friendly, and can razz each other all we want. 'Too is mah boy. If it's because I give you grief from time to time, well, I do - not because I don't like you, but because I think you can be a nutter occasionally. It's all good. You have a right to your opinions. Even the GB fans show up and get to vent their spleens on here. I agree with Dave on nearly everything related to the Bears but vehemently disagree with him on economics. Such is the greater glory of Da Blog.

    If we all agreed on everything, this place would have tumbleweeds blowing through it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hey Canada, what blog did he call you an asshole on?

    I could have sworn he was talking to Coach.

  • Well, then he would have been right. Da Moustache is certainly an a-hole...but he's our a-hole, just like a certain ex-pat Irishman.
    (group hug).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    where the fuck have you been?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Uh, you know what I do for a living.
    And the whole big D thing...
    I'm just taking a lunch break to harass you guys. I'll be around on the regular in a couple of days.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yes, big night tonight.

    I'm still considering hooking my shit back up, but it is a big time suck. I can do without the game, but I have to begrudgingly admit that I miss hanging out with you clowns.

  • These are the relevant quotes, I think:

    [snip]
    "...I've never seen so much bitching, complaining, crazy trade talk (didn't we have enough of that ridiculous shit in the offseason?), the sky is falling, etc. after a blowout win. What's the matter with some of you guys..."
    [snip]
    -- CanadaBear

    http://www.chicagonow.com/da-bears-blog/2012/11/the-fourth-phase-most-impressive-as-bears-roll-titans/#comment-138932

    [snip]
    "...I don't like the censorship on here. I read a lot of bullshit and hatred and WTF posts and I don't say a word about it because everyone is entitled to their opinion. This a comments section. If Artoo, me or anyone else wants to talk about other running backs or fanny packs all day long, we will. You don't like someone, skip their post - nobody's forcing anyone else to read stuff. We can't all agree and that's normal, that's life. Everybody is an asshole to someone. The assholes are the ones saying that someone's an asshole for saying something. They provide no constructive input, nothing but vitriol, and when that's all you've got inside you good luck..."
    -- IrishSweetness
    [snip]

    http://www.chicagonow.com/da-bears-blog/2012/11/the-fourth-phase-most-impressive-as-bears-roll-titans/#comment-138960

    I don't see the problem. You're all bitchy, complaining, crazy assholes, imo.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    agree. fuck all of you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    All of me? Only the asshole part of me is fuckable. I'd say that's less than 33% of me.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    even at 22%, that's a tremendous asshole.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Blushing

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Since the human head accounts for roughly 8% of the human body's mass, then Crunch should have no problems whatsoever.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Let's see, MBHaP... 33% + 8% = 59% left over for dick and trace elements. That sounds about right.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I have no problem with that.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Ah, I see it. I always use "you" instead of correctly saying "one". Sorry Canada, I honestly didn't mean you. I should have written "If one doesn't ..." etc. I do that when I'm speaking too. Sorry.

  • I still have to thank you for this, Irish -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJHD6CoG0no

    - 99% asshole though you are.

    This is for you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udR0KBCbs6U

    You want to fuck her brains out, no?

    No?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Aisling Gheal, awesome song.

    Sinead O'Connor? Not even with yours, Crunch. The passage of time has not been kind ... and she's crazier than me.

  • I think he mostly went nuts due to the comment about the crazy trade talk. Who knows? I'm not pissed or totally surprised.

    I don't know if it's the age difference or fantasy football or something else but I don't get the wacky trade talk or the woulda, shoulda, coulda, benefit of hindsight draft talk. Nothing against anyone but I just don't get it. We have what we have. As far as cherry picking the draft after the fact, that's not exactly difficult. If someone has been beating the drum for a certain player before the draft, we pass on them and take someone who's not all that, I get that. Otherwise, not so much.

  • I wasn't really talking to anybody Artoo - just anyone who rips on anyone else for having an opinion they don't agree with. I don't keep tabs on who said what.

    I honestly have no problem with Canada, MBHAP etc., just get pissed off seeing people get jumped on for having oppsing opinions on certain players. No one is saying Forte's a tool - but he had a certain value to us in the trade market. That's a fact.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Amen!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Gotta agree with ya. No need to take this stuff personally. Usually if something really gets under my skin, I try not to post right away. You can't un-ring the bell.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Em, I never called you an asshole Canada - sorry if you got that impression. I was pointing out that some of us get called as much for expressing opinions. I'm never rude to posters for expressing opinions. Ever.

  • I am not overly concerned about Watt. Watt is good but he is a big, strong and somewhat slow DE. Webb and Carimi both struggle more with the Dumerville mold of rusher. Look at how well Ware was contained in the Dallas game. Plus, Watt has 16 career sacks, I mean lets not go crazy, Mark Anderson had 12 in his first season and look how great he panned out to be. Still if we could run downhill and have Louis push him around a while and some quick slants to Marshall before we even attempt any big dropbacks I will be much happier.

    I am totally and completely done with the one man route bullshit Tice has developed a love for. WTF, why does every Off Coord we have get some weird dipshit hangup, RT with the TE screen behind the center, Martz 8 step drops with no Oline, and now Tice with the one man route.

  • Looking like a 80% chance of no Jeffery.

  • 100% chance of Marshall making it rain on the Texans though...what, what?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    66% of stats are correct 87% of the time.

    Sometimes I still shake my head when I realize that Brandon Marshall is our number 1 receiver. It is really that big of a deal. Our idiot reporters don't even know what to think about it because it is so counterintuitive to Chicago Bears thinking.

    This shit is fun as hell to watch.

  • Emery is my fucking guy just for doing that. It more than makes up for his McClellin pick over Chandler Jones.

  • Was Chandler Jones availbe when the Bears drafted Shea?..

    And I 1000000000% agree. Emery wasn't afraid to get Marshall.

  • Well, Johnny, let's see where the Shea v Chandler thing is in about three years. Deal?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    deal. I watched Shea drop into coverage on a tightend ls weekend and commented, "he's a great looking outside linebacker with another 10 lbs."

    I watched Chandler Jones and commented, "that's a great looking D end that will become a game changer in less than 2 years."

    I think Shea will be good. He's got heart and the Bears will pump him up a bit. He's got a bit of nasty already so he should be just fine.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    What about Hightower? Bruce Irvin? They did their homework on McClellin, we'll see in time if he fulfils that potential. Some more time in the weight room wouldn't go astray methinks.

  • I'm just glad we are 7-1!!! I'm not happy with the o'line, but I wouldnt trade them for Philly"s. That line is beyond bad. It will be interesting to see our tackles against Watt, J'Marcus scares me. I hope we dont have to try and play catch up with these guys. It's gonna be a great game to watch.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    100% Murph. Watching Cutler come back against Carolina gives me a little comfort about a comeback but I doubt Houston would allow the same play to work over and over. I'm totally OK with Cutler calling the plays in crunch time but not all game. I'd be afraid the running game would be non-existent.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    My favorite result would be a win. Any way necessary.

    But in giant preference, about 300 yards on the ground... say about Forte 160, Bush 80, Allen 40, Cutler 20. Yeah. On, what, 35 carries?

  • Has Jimmy offered us, like, keebler cookies from the gnome tree yet? The chocolate striped ones that taste like cardboard with crap chocolate on them.

    I saw that during the Titans game, CN was again puking posts. Do we have to have Jimmy on call, like Solo had Chewie, to be sitting on top of this wreck with a blowtorch fixing it constantly? Did you like that Star Wars name drop on the heels of the Disney sale? That's what I bring, maing: timely fucking commentary and insane clown posse wit.

    I'm going to hit the comment button now. Let's see what happens. I call heads...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP!! Thought you'd done a runner.

    Yes, more star wars movies, pumped as pumped can be. Delighted George decided to let his children go.

  • Oh gee, that worked. I guess this is happy hour for CN. I'm shocked that all that traffic over on Osterman's site hasn't brought this place to a crawl. Oh.... wait....

    Blogfather, while this thing is working, I must object to your comment several weeks back on Wonder Bread Chicken. Old Sauce has taken to modification of the Sugar package to slip the Chicken in. White meat. Something like that.

    Anyhow, he's standing up on about 1/3 of his downs. They line him up opposite Woot-Woot, and as sure as I was the Woot was on the train outta town in the pre-season, now I must eat the crow and say he's probably the best pass rusher the Bears have over the last two games, and Dinner is rapidly spiraling down into Roach's replacement. And what are you seeing in the kid? Cause I don't see it.

    I also apologize for suggesting that Roach replace Urlacher. He's come to play. His knee is gimp: we know it, he knows it, Matt UglyStick Hasselbeck knew it and tried to isolate Chris Johnson on Lack and all Lack did was hip check him out of bounds and manage to pedal those wheels just fast enough to run one back. He's also adjusted to the fact he has little lower body leverage by playing like a fucking madman, often going headfirst into the scrum and fucking up blocking schemes by a 100% sacrifice of his body. Is he going to get caught WAY out on a crossing route: it's just a matter of time. But the other times, he'll have just enough of a step to get there, and god dammit if he isn't going to lay somebody out for coming into his neighborhood, and for that I must respect Child Support and his steely determination to go out a Bear fighting. Butkus should pipe up about Lack's last season, he's going down warrior style.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wouldn't that be a thing? Gotta agree... *somehow*, sheer force of will, or "season of destiny"... whatever it is, Brian is *still* making it happen. Despite that fact that we and (infinitely more importantly) the opposition know he cannot more like before.

    Damnit 'Lach - you're pretty fucking awesome.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    And you think about it... pick 6, fumble forced, fumble recovered... Lach was a shoo-in for the defensive player of the week last Sunday. Except for Tillman.

    And how insanely cool is that?

  • Maybe the Gnomes coded the site. I can't see Chicago voter corruption occur in real time, boo hoo:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/chicago-election-website-_n_2083803.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!

  • Here's a nice piece about the Bears D from CHFF via SI.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/kerry_byrne/11/06/bears-defense/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a4

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Very cool.

    Two interesting stats from that article:

    1. the Bears suffer a sack (29) or interception (8) on more than 1 in 8 dropbacks.

    2. Chicago's Defensive Passer Rating is 62.9, an awesome 10 points better than the No. 2 49ers. In other words, the average opposing quarterback this year has posted a 62.9 passer rating.
    For a little perspective, this DPR means the average quarterback who faces the Bears plays worse than the worst quarterbacks in football this year: Matt Cassel (68.9), Brandon Weeden (67.9) and John Skelton (65.8), the NFL's three lowest-rated passers still boast higher passer ratings than the average Chicago opponent.

  • I love this start of the article, Doc...

    "The league has spent 34 years locked in an effort to neuter every defense in football, as if they were overly frisky family pets."

    No shit. Offensive stats just don't have the meaning they used to.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks for the link, Canada.

    "In fact, with 236 points scored through eight games, the Bears are on pace for a franchise record 472, which would break the current mark of 456 points held by the legendary Bears of 1985."

    '85 defense scored 4 TD; special teams added 2. Just a reminder how good the offense was in 1985. When Alshon is back, and we go Brandon and then Alshon/Devin/Earl (even split in plays I hope) things could be different.

    But the real difference - nothing remotely close to Covert, Bortz, Hilgenberg, Thayer, and Van Horne. If this team had them, 19-0 would be quite possible.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Can't post enough yet about this article...

    'The NFL has essentially tried to legislate variety out of the game. There is only one "right" way to win in the eyes of the NFL powers that be: with a great quarterback who passes the ball as often as possible against emasculated defenses.

    That trend came to a head just last season: the Patriots and Giants won their respective conference championships with the worst pass defenses ever to play in a championship game, whether measured by Defensive Passer Rating (86.10 for the Giants; 86.11 for the Patriots) or passing yards allowed (4,417 and 4,977).

    The 2012 Bears are bucking the trend in spectacularly virile fashion, embarrassing quarterbacks in a way that does not seem possible in the modern NFL, while turning its defense into an offensive weapon the likes of which we have not seen in decades."

    All right along the lines of the numbers I posted in pre-season about last year and all the QB records set. Passing stats in the NFL of late have almost done to football what Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, et al, did to HRs in baseball. I would sure love to see things get back to square, and the fact that this defense is doing in despite the rules stacked against it just makes their performance all the more amazing.

  • http://www.maxim.com/hometown-hotties/ashley-rochester-ny-0

    You're all welcome on voting day.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I know you're more into blondes but I'm surprised you didn't link to this woman.

    http://rosieroff.blogspot.ca/

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    HA! I was going to last week Canada, but something came up and I totally forgot to.

    Great minds my friend.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That's a man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't and won't go there because I know she'll be blonde. But whoever posted that visual coffee the other day, thank you

  • I don't know if we can beat the Texans but I sure as hell know we can beat the 49ers.

    Just stop Gore and pressure Smith...

  • The problem is their D really brings it. They are very physical. Gore puts the ball on the ground once in a while so that should be a + for us.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Its going to be about Lance, Chile, Kellen, and Brandon.

    While I know everyone is stiff over Marshall's pass catching (with good reason), I must say I am really pleased his mindset blocking is as good as Earl's. I so *love* it with WRs crush LB/DB downfield.

    Like Devin on AJ Hawk and Earl on that poor punter. Beast mode.

  • We can stop Foster - AJ has left the building anyway - but can we score on that D?

    Enter Optimus Prime and Child Support.

  • Just found out what everyone was suspecting ... Knox will not be back this season.

  • My $.00 opinion? Knox should never play in the NFL again.

    Hopefully, he'll get a solid job opportunity because he was a Bear - and keep it and thrive because he *earns* it.

  • Here's to 4 more years! And let's hope it's a FAR more liberal agenda.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woySeSNBL3o

  • In reply to Shady:

    No Guy Smiley in the White House.

  • disgraceful

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