Rapid Fire Recap of a Dreary Sunday Night

Rapid Fire Recap of a Dreary Sunday Night

I thought it would be a game decided by a single play and it absolutely was. These were two dead even teams and the team that made the fewest mistakes won. Simple as that. Here are some thoughts...

  • The boos Kellen Davis was hearing last night at Soldier Field are just the beginning as he becomes the poster child for the offense's futility. Davis is a third string tight end, nothing more, and the quicker the Bears realize that the better off we'll all be.
  • Think about all the plays the Bears could have made. What if Robbie Gould makes the field goal? What if Brandon Marshall caught the perfectly thrown touchdown pass? What if Matt Forte or Kellen Davis catch the seam routes thrown to them? Either of those plays dramatically alter the course of this game. It just wasn't the Bears night.
  • I knew that when Michael Bush fumbled on fourth-and-one.
  • We spent all week talking about J.J. Watt and he was almost a non-factor. We spent less time talking about Danieal Manning and he delivered his best performance of 2012. Hard to dislike the guy or the player.
  • Hey Jay, slide.
  • Hey Jay, if you're concussed, get the hell off the field. Don't go out there for another half quarter with a brain injury. The tough guy thing is in the books. Your health is key to this team winning a title.
  • You saw the difference between Jason Campbell and Jay Cutler and it's this: Cutler doesn't check down. He doesn't think conservatively. It can be infuriating at times but it's the difference between a boring offense and an explosive one.
  • I simply don't like the Mike Tice approach to offensive football. When I can sit in a tavern and predict, with solid accuracy, 75% of your play calls...your play calls ain't very good. If the Bears are going to struggle in the postseason, Tice is going to be the primary reason.
  • The Bears have the best defense in football. I'm not complaining about them.
  • How many interceptions does Tim Jennings intend to have this year? 20?
  • Arian Foster played a tough, intelligent football game and his touchdown catch was simply an exceptional play.
  • Okay, one complaint about the Bears defense. Chris Conte and Nick Roach. When you get up to the line of scrimmage, make a tackle.
  • I am this close, THIS CLOSE, to making DaBearsBlog a non-Devin Hester as wide receiver zone. I can't write about it anymore. It is too frustrating. Why would you throw 30-yard down field jump balls to Hester? It doesn't make a lick of sense. Alshon Jeffery can't get back to this field fast enough.
  • Offensive line was good last night in pass protection but I'd be careful with jumping to conclusions. With that weather and those field conditions it is very difficult to rush the passer.
  • Did Adam Podlesh decide one good punt was enough? Because EVERY other punt was awful.

There's more but it's a long week ahead. The Bears are 7-2 and grouped with the top teams in the NFC. They have a lot of work to do on offense if they're going to string three playoff games together. But it can be done. And it starts against another good defense in San Francisco Monday night.

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  • bears still suck

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Wow. I usually try not to feed anymore but I have to tell you how bad you've become.

    You've become a mere caricature of yourself... just a poorly sketched animation of the real thing. Without any feeling or conviction. Reduced to a messy line drawing that's more scribble than impressionism... because of Jeff's; official refusal to acknowledge your existence here.

    Really, you should just go now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm sure he's enjoying his Bill Wadford sock puppet.

    Trolls suck.

  • Ahem, this is a repost, but it would go unnoticed otherwise.

    I echo a lot of the fans on here by saying I'm disappointed, but not disgusted. Our defense kept us in this game despite the trash the offense gave them in the first half. The ref's also boned us on many calls

    Kellen Davis, apart from two circus catches (Dallas and Carolina), has failed to produce like he's supposed to. Rodriguez and Adams need to step in.

    Despite the Texan's saying they would double Marshall, he drops a TD pass and is interfered with all night. His most important catch, and what would have broken the game open, I think, he dropped.

    The Forte Bush combo shouldn't be backs spelling for one another. It should be matched to the opponent the next week. Forte does a lot better against speed defenses where his combination of speed and strength breaks a lot of weaker tackles. Bush seems appropriate for more physical defenses, like the Texans and 49er's where he can beat them up with that huge body of his.

    Also - FIRST! (That isn't a cheese eating troll.)

  • Good recap Jeff. Kellen Davis is awful. Horrible blocker and the least trustworthy "skill" player on the O. He'll make the odd great catch, often in the end zone, and then suck moose wang for multiple games. Put Adams in his spot. NOW! The D got gashed on one drive all night and that was the game. Lots of coulda, woulda, shoulda. Oh well.

    Hopefully Cutler is back next Monday night but Campbell has enough moxie to win a few games. Bush's fumble was a real pisser but he was much more effective than Forte last night. Why we didn't ride that horse more is a mystery. What isn't a mystery is Tice. And not in a good way.

  • 1. Tice is horrible. I was willing to give the guy a little time, but you have BM, matt forte, AND michael bush. Really tice... you can't figure it out? Fucking really?

    2. If I was Jay I would be thinking about retiring after this contract. New baby boy, hot wife, many many millions of dollars in the bank. He's received what, 3-5 concussions already in his 4 years with us? That's getting sketchy. I'm just saying man, if it was me and my life, I'd want to spend it with my family and not be a fucking vegetable by the time my kid was in college.

    3. Dinner sucks, as GP alluded to. You'd really rather have him over chandler jones... or the other two beast kicking ass and taking names that we left on the board for him.

    4. I'd rather lose that game than next week's. If we win next week this game will be forgotten... that said, we really should win a game on our shitty home field, in weather that the other team isn't used to.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and I hate to sound like a fucking whiney bitchass packer fan and their whiney bitchass QB, but why were the refs trying their best to fuck us in the ass last night on our home field again?

    I mean, it's always zero excuse, but it was getting a little silly man. Did texas get a penalty all night...

    oh wait, yeah they did, the one I remember was a 15 yard offsetting penalty for concussing our starting QB a full 3 steps after he'd already thrown the ball. A very fitting penalty for potentially losing our QB for the toughest 2 game stretch of our season… 15 yards seems fair for a blatant headhunt on a totally defenseless QB.

    So you know, thanks for that cuntbags.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On point #3 if you were referring to Mercillus as a beast, I'd like to point out I heard his name as often as Chicken Dinner's last night. That would be once and that was also on a kickoff. Jones is playing great. Mercillus not so much.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There were about three guys in that bunch that we could have taken, right Canada? We chose the small fast white dude that's really a linebacker with known concussion issues.

    Very very Jerry-like. I'm getting a bit worried about emery to be honest. Dinner, Hardin, and the others.

    The only hit was ashlon. Can't afford one dude out of 7 every year... not after the multiple gaping holes Jerry Angelo has left us to fix.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not arguing about Chicken Dinner not being all that. I thought you were going overboard on Mercilllus.

    I think a lot of us are getting way ahead of ourselves on Emery's picks. We've only played 9 games. I'm still not convinced C.D. is a DE. He may end up a LB. Jeffery looks like a good pick. Who knows about Hardin? Major Penis looked awful his first 2 years and now he looks like fixture at SS for years to come. Rodriguez. Who knows? He's a decent blocker. I wish Tice would take him out of the garage once in a while and run him down the seam. The other two guys? Who cares? Any time you hit on a 6th or 7th the planets aligned for you. We're 7-2 and still have a chance for a special season.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    wasn't talking about our chances this season whatsoever canada... just focusing on picks.

    I'll be shocked if hardin ever plays more than a couple games in a row in the nfl... he's brittle. If CD is a LB why the fuck did we draft for a DE and not a LB. That 'strategy' makes zero sense to me.

    Agree on Erod. He looks pretty good for a rook and think he'll be ok. Using major penis as an analogy doesn't work.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Explain to me why the Major analogy doesn't work for Hardin.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I guess you can if you'd like...

    major was a star FS at florida, he wasn't a known injury risk. So while he wasn't a first round eric berry level talent, he certainly was a known entity for a 3rd round pick.

    Hardin was a corner in college and NEVER played safety in his life. He played for a shitty pac-10 team, he wasn't a star, he didn't play for his entire sr year due to injury, and he was oft injured before then.

    He was a BIGTIME risk. Emery was digging for diamonds. I think this pick will blow up in his face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's definitely an injury risk but his upside is tremendous. 6'3", 220 with CB speed. If you've seen him interviewed you can tell he is an intelligent guy. If you want to give up on him after one season on IR so be it. I'm a little more patient.

    If we shit the bed this year Lovie probably would have been sent packing. If the new coach used a 3-4 D, Chicken Dinner would be an ideal candidate to move to LB. Emery may have been hedging his bets. It's not like he can't play.

  • when is the last time we dominated a game in Bears weather? is Bears weather a myth? or does Bears weather mean it's weather that will suck our team's will to produce?

    on the plus side, the D was much more bears-like than the Bears weather game against the pats.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    2005 against the Falcons when Vick hid in his parka like a little bitch and Grossman took over for a struggling Orton. Last one I remember.

  • Here's something that will put a smile on your face. It is from Peter King's column but oddly enough he didn't write it;

    And this from the feud between the late Al Davis -- who fired Mike Shanahan as coach of the Raiders after only 20 games, and balked at paying him the $250,000 remaining on his contract:

    Prior to a Raiders-Niners game in 1994, when Shanahan was San Francisco's offensive coordinator, Shanahan admitted directing Steve Young to throw a football at Davis on the field during pregame warmups. Davis had wandered to the 49ers side of the field during warmups to check the team out. Players were complaining to Shanahan about it. Myers got Shanahan, now the Washington coach, to tell him the story inside his Redskins office recently.

    Writes Myers:

    "Guys, we'll win the game, don't worry about it. Don't let him bother you," Shanahan said.

    The end of the 49ers' pregame drill took them back to their own 5-yard line. Davis was standing 35 yards away. "Hey, get him out of there," the players said to Shanahan. Shanahan was pissed at Davis for disrupting his pregame routine. And surely he was still pissed at him for not paying him the $250,000. "Now I started thinking. Okay, so we got one more play left," Shanahan said.

    Shanahan is telling this story seated behind his desk at Redskins Park. It's a quiet spring day, but suddenly he's animated. On the sideline, Shanahan's face gets red, and it looks like the veins are about to pop out of his neck when he gets mad. Off the field, you rarely see his emotional side. But he had no use for Davis. Davis had embarrassed him by firing him almost without giving him a chance, and during that pregame Shanahan wanted to put a scare into his nemesis. Shanahan came up with the idea of how to send Davis back to his side of the field and needed one of his quarterbacks to be his accomplice. Young said he was more than happy to oblige.

    "Throw a go route," Shanahan told Young. "If you happen to hit that guy in the white outfit with the ball, you won't make me mad." The receiver was Jerry Rice. He ran the go route. Shanahan didn't really want to drill Davis. But if it happened, maybe he would never stand on the 49ers' side of the field again. Of course, if he hit Davis, Shanahan would never get his $250,000. Young dropped back to pass. He threw the ball in Davis' direction. Rice, whom Shanahan did not bring into the loop on this little bit of mischief, was running downfield, looking up for the ball. He was not looking at Davis. He didn't see Davis. Shanahan saw the ball. He saw the receiver. He saw Davis. All three were about to occupy the same spot. Shanahan thought Davis saw the ball coming. He did not.

    "Oh, my God," Shanahan said. "I wanted to scare him. I didn't want to kill him." The ball and the receiver were closing in on Davis. "Al realizes that the ball and everybody is coming at him about five yards before there is going to be contact," Shanahan said. "I think he's going to be run over. And he dives; he actually dives out of the way. Well, half of our players see what happens, and they are all laughing." Young drilled Davis in the leg.

    It was not surprising that he found his target. Young completed 64.3 percent of his passes in his career. "Ten years after this happened, I was walking out of a stadium on a Monday night, and Al came up to me," Young said. "He told me that he knew it was me." Young told Davis that he was ashamed of himself, more so than with anything else he had ever done. He then sent him a letter of apology.

    Shanahan is so fired up that he gets out of his seat to finish the story. He loves this story. It was revenge. He explains in great detail Davis diving on the grass at Candlestick Park, getting to his feet, his hair falling down in front of his face. Davis stared him down from 35 yards away and gave him the middle finger.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/11/12/week-10/index.html#ixzz2C1bN3L41

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That is a fucking great story. Fuck the Crypt Keeper.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Is there youtube footage of this!? I would love to see Ole Al dive to the dirt!

    Chucky got his revenge too.

  • Kind of doubt it. It was before the game in warmups. That and it happened in the '90's.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Maybe Billichick has some tape on it then.

  • Agree on Davis, he is total garbage. The Bears need to find a way to get Kyle Adams on the field, and at a minimum should make Davis inactive on game days. Enough.
    2nd, Jason Campbell was a bust last night. $4.5 million for that?? I thought at the time we should have saved the extra money and re-signed Grossman or Orton. They could have done that last night, Campbell was a bad starter in the league. Our old guys at least had stretches of brilliance, and again we could have saved at least a couple million bucks that could have gone to a legit tight end.

  • Cutler needs to learn to slide. He double pumped that throw to Hester to allow the DB to break on the ball and Hester to get open. If Hester had any skill, he would have BEEN open on the first pump, which was WELL before the line of scrimmage and Jay could have slid.

    That was a vicious head shot that Cutler took, and had that been pussy Rodgers the whole NFL would be calling for that Texan LB to be expelled from the NFL. Goodell would have him extraordinarily renditioned to Guantanomo. But everyone hates Jay, so they're glad he got cracked.

    I read what MB said about Dinner. The guy had Concussion issues at Boise State? Are you fucking kidding me? Emery and Jerry are like motherfucking Herbie the Dentist, we only want an island of broken toys? WTF?

    The right thing to do, Tice, is even after Bush gave up the rock, was to keep him in there and pound the ball with him.

    Davis is a joke. When he fell on his whittle head I was yelling like fucking Mickey in Rocky 3 against Clubber Lang. "Get down and stay down! Stay down!" Bears fans should not yell that at their tight ends. Emery Moorehead is a Winnetka realtor, somebody call him - see if he wants to play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    True story gp. I think he had 2 or 3 in college that they tried to keep hush hush. We could have had chandler Jones dude.

    I just hope emery wasn't trying to reach to prove he was a diamond in the rough finder... and in the process passes on the no brainers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great. We passed on Chandler Jones for a 245lb redneck who is going to be back shoveling chicken shit in his dad's barn next year. Fantastic.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Chandler went way ahead of us...

    Do you all realize that most players hide concussions .. ? Very few are documented.

  • Sorry. I was wrong. I thought you were talking about Irvin

  • Yes, I know. You are forgiven.

  • Jeff - Good to see you are coming around on the predictability of our offense...I'm sure the 75% comment was lowballing it!

    We do not have a TE worth a shit, but there is another (nonTE) big target out there for the taking, and his name is Plaxico Burress. Sign him. When AJ gets back we will have 3 guys to man up in the red zone. What are we waiting for?

    Corn - Still in (reserves) 9 years to go. Promotion looks likely...

    This team is a team through and through, and it is awesome to watch.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I almost got run off the blog for suggesting Kellen Winslow a few weeks ago, but how does that idea sound now? Yeah, he's a douche, but we're 8-1 if he was in instead of Davis.

    Only concern I have about Winslow is his knees, but why not kick the tires? We have like 4 TEs, rotate his ass in.

    I also was really pissed off at the Colts in the draft. They gobbled up the best TEs at the top of the 2nd and 3rd round with Fleener and Dwayne Allen. I was REALLY hoping Allen would have fallen to us in the 3rd or that we traded up, but I guess Emery was targeting Hardin all along.

    The other TE we could have drafted was Ladarius Green who the Chargers drafted right before us in the 4rth. Fucking Chargers always seem to steal all are draft picks one spot ahead of us only to waste them with soon to be fired Norv.

  • Ha, the fucking Chargers fucked our entire draft by being 1 spot in front of us. I was super pissed on draft night. They picked Melvin Ingram who was the LB/DE that we wanted to take instead of Shea. Then they picked Kendal Reyes at DT/DE but I don't think we had our eye on him. The next pick killed us though. They picked Brandon Taylor from LSU at safety which made us pick Brandon Hardin. Then they stuck it back in and twisted the knife by picking Ladarius Green who was one of the best TE's in the draft.

    Fucking Chargers.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    fucking chargers indeed.

    and to add insult to injury, it came in a year where they'll see their QB, HC, and GM shitcanned and they'll have to totally start over from scratch...

    ...and we're going to the big show.

    Fucking chargers.

  • I'm sick and tired of watching this offense fuck up year after year after year. Teams are more fearful of Devin Hester scoring points than the entire Bears offense. Maybe Emery can find and sign some High School kids who can play and and a playcaller who isn't fucking brain dead. I'm tired if it. Imagine how ugly it would be if the defense wasn't playing lights out. The Bears would be competing with detroilet for last place in the NFCN. Fucking pathetic. This offense has about as much ryhthm as Lou Dobbs at Showtime at The Apollo. Unacceptable and something needs to change. NOW.

  • In reply to Shady:

    trade hester?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bring back Ron Turner?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't you fucking troll me today dood.

  • In reply to Shady:

    cooooomaaaaaaaahhhhnnnn doooooood!

    Come get some maings. You escared? I had a 30 game last night. Fucking foos up.

    Common cletus, coommmoooooown!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, ya know... it's not too late to go pick up a 360 & Halo 4 and start playing a big boy's game... Ha!

  • In reply to Shady:

    We will peak, Shady, and you will enjoy it!

  • In reply to Viva:

    Tice needs to get his shit together. Same thing we said about Shoop, Turner, Martz etc. When your defense is playing a this high a level, how hard is it to protect the damn ball? Fack

  • <----officially on the "Get Jared Cook in a Chicago Bears uniform" bandwagon

    as for Shea Butter - y'all need to chill. he was a legit guy up until this point, but now he's a concussion-prone waste of a draft pick? when did this group turn so fickle on players? i would expect this from the many idiot "football fans" (and fudgepacker trolls), but from Da Blog faithful? c'mon now.

  • In reply to FQD1911:


    just me but I was always on the "he's a concussion-prone waste of a draft pick" bandwagon.

    In all seriousness, I never thought he was a wasted draft pick... just the WRONG draft pick. We should have taken jones. no bones about it (do you see how I did that... did you!?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol yea...nice touch. i liked Chandler too, but willing to ride with Emery on this one...so far. 1 year's not enough time to evaluate draft picks (unless it's Cedric Benson...man what a fuck-up).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I also think that Chicken Dinner has a chance to be a PB LB, while Chandler could be good but not dominant pass rusher, which in the end I bet is what Emery was thinking.

    At that point in time none of us knew Lach's knee was that bad, but you better believe Emery got the 411 and sure enough a "surprise" pick at 19.

    Next year I really think next year Shea starts at LB, and we sign that DE FA we wanted to this year.

  • "I also think that Chicken Dinner has a chance to be a PB LB"

    WTF?!? Where in god's name do you get the feeling the dude could be a PB LB? Manti T'eo... fuck yes. Some part-time LB who's really just a smaller faster DE, uhhhhhh....

    (btw, I think you're very FB smart, just no idea where this specific idea comes from, well I do... but it would be rude to say.)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I watched the tape on Shea. He's almost a clone of Lach (6'3 260).

    He is very intelligent (FB wise). He played almost every position on that D while calling the plays. He has a nose for the football. He has a relentless motor and some wiggle.

    Shea's not gonna have a highlight reel like T'eo because he doesn't make the big hits, but when was the last time Lach knocked someone out?

    On our D, Shea can be a PB LB, but that's just my take. He needs to disengage from blockers better (sound familiar?), but has a natural feel for playing space (Bears already trust him dropping back into zone as a "DE"), and wraps up.

    T'eo is just another animal. To me he's a potential HOFer, but chances of getting him are slim and none, and slim has just left town...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We ain't getting T'eo

  • This just in. The sky is not falling. Chill.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No kidding. We're 7-2 and in first place in the NFC North.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Right on, Al!

  • Do you realize how well our defense played last night?

    In the second half, Foster had 12 carries for only 21 yards. Matt Schaub had 8 passing attempts and completing 5 for 46 yards.The Defense needs no work and anyone saying otherwise can go kiss Davis' sorry ass.

    Did you all notice how the run blocking was pretty bad? I will admit. It could have been the conditions but Foster didn't suffer in the first half.

    Everyone wants to jump on Tice and you can. I won't. If Marshall holds onto the ball, if Bush doesn't fumble, if Davis doesn't fumble, and if Cutler stays in the game.. Who knows what would have happened?

    Last but not least, Jeff explained exactly why I like Cutler. Cutler believes in himself. Campbell? I don't think so. If Campbell starts next week... He needs to learn to stop staring down receivers!!! The Forte catch would have been a pick if Forte didn't catch it..

  • Pretty much agree with ya Super. I'm not down on Campbell. With no reps you can't expect him to light things up. I'm pretty sure he's got decent wheels. Wish he would have used them instead of throwing those worthless dump offs. Wish he would have changed some of those runs to passes when they had 5 LB's in the game.

    Foster/Forsett had one good series all night and it was enough. The media acts like Foster killed us. He averaged 3.5 yds/carry. That TD catch was a beauty. He played better than our RB's but it's not like he was all-world.

  • That's the bitch about it. This offense is usually crap becuase the o-line leaks like a siv, but on the one night the blocking up front holds off JJ Watt of all people the offense turns it over 4 times. SO frustrating.

  • I did not see the game, but staring down a receiver is not a problem limited to the second string Bears QB.

  • Has anyone come out with a timetable for Cutler's return yet? I feel like he might be out for a while. He got fucking hammered. That hit was bullshit..... I would be pissed. And I don't know who's primarily responsible for leaving him in the game, but they fucking blew it too.

    Don't worry though, Aaron Rodgers is 26-5 since his last concussion. Brain injuries breed victories. It's Science!

  • Completely off topic -

    I'm a shoe whore. Blame early 90's MJ, and now D Rose.

    Well, the beloved gets a version:


    This would be pair #4 of the Rose 3.0... but I gotta.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    wow those things are hidious.

    how's it going maings? Hanging in?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They're an acquired taste!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Do it. How's the familia by the way?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Things are pretty good. Baby's got the reflux and/or colic, so the 3-4 hrs of sleep are a thing of the past. As soon as she goes in the crib, it's gurgles and crying. And she's a pacifier addict. With a hole in her lip.


    Mama and baby slept through most of the game yesterday... Can't say I blame 'em, but it killed the household pick-6 inducing mojo.

    I'll get back into some G&D in no time, but right now, my free time is spent playing Halo. As mentioned above - a real man's game.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    halo is for gay teens (not that there's anything wrong with that)

    Hang in maings, the colic usually goes away in 6ish months. Most babies have it.


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Needed that pick 6 last night, tell mamma to get her priorities straight damn it! Haha

    Black Ops 2 out tomorrow. Boom. Love the commercial by the way.

  • In reply to Shady:

    surprise mamasita.

    Fucking awesome spot. Sweeeet JewFro too.


    Know who the russian dude is?

    ...oh, the nerd who did the video explains it. You'd only know him if you're into weapons usually.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    Only know thanks to the Bacon guys.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


  • Attention Jonathon Joseph (Or "Jay-Jo" in your oh so lame introduction):

    Not impressed. Apparenty you have a big enough rep now that you are immuned to even BLANTANT P.I. calls and then when Marshall catches the ball anyway you whine like 12 year old who dropped his sucker that you were pushed off even though you spent the evening initiating contact beond 5 yards clutching and grabbing every navy blkue jersey withing reach.


    Jay-Jo? Rhymes with A-HO.Much more appropriate.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gotta agree Al. I had to laugh at Collinsworth last night. When they grabbed Hester's arm and batted the pass away he said, "They always let that go". No they don't. They usually call it. Later one of their DB's has his left arm wrapped around the WR's back when he batted the pass. "That was a good non-call". Both of those are the exact opposite from what he says every other week.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    collinsworth is such a tool. Can't stand that idiot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So many people hate Gruden, but I think he's a fucking genius compared to Collinsworth. I hate everything about that bulimic bird faced dick.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    so you're saying there's a chance.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1, Canada. We get Marshall and our receivers STILL don't get anything close to an even shake from the zebras, especially Hester. Marshall made one catch ONE-HANDED because the aforementioned Jay-Jo was holding his right arm.

  • "@seankjensen: BREAKING: NFL spokesman tells Sun-Times #Bears "properly handled" Jay

  • Uh. That does what for me?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Let's US know Cutler was the reason he was still in the game and not the Bears.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Lets us know the NFL cares.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Did you say that with a straight face?

  • I said it with loathing. The NFL doesn't care about anything but multi-billion dollar exclusivity agreements and copyright law.

  • Obviously, 4 Turnovers and a dropped TD pass lost this game.
    That they were even still IN the game with 4 T.O.s is a testament to the defense.

    That said, this Zebra crew must have graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE from the ED HOCHULI COLLEGE OF OFFICIATING KNOWLEDGE. They were Brutal and apparent thought they were in Houston, DESPITE the rain.

    Then you have that OTHER Striped-Shirt disgrace yesterday from the idiot Clete Blakeman crew that worked the Rams-49ers and managed to LOSE 1:12 of game time by failing to have the clock reset after it ran during a measurement.

    Eh, what could happen in just over a minute's game timne in the NFL anyway?

    Then, insisting on adding insult to injury, good ol' Clete explains the overtime rules by simply saying "Both teams get a possession".

    BZZZT. WRONG-O, Whislte-Breath!

    A TD on the first possession and the game is OVAH!

    Feel free to learn the rules you are supposedly there to enforce.

    And DON"T tell me how much better the officating is now that the "regular" zebras are back.

    Again I say, PITIFUL.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It was aggravating to see that ref refuse to reverse himslef not once but twice. And saying "the ruling on the field is confirmed" which means indisputable evidience that he was right. Both on the Jennings potential TD and Jay (not) being over the line.

    But the NFL just keeps making the whole thing harder every time they try to "help". Refs are reluctant to blow the whistle since turnovers get reveiwed. And I've yet to hear anyone say that a whistle WAS in fact blown. That is, until Jennings was nearly in the end zone.

    Still - just like GB/Seattle, you can't let yourself get into a position where a bad call costs you the game.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I keep saying, take the Field Ref OUT the the replay process. It's a clear conflict of interest not to mention a HUGE waste of time.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Cannot agree more. College can do it on essentially every (reviewable) play and most times you're not even aware it's being reviewed.

    They have that right, and DPI being only 15 (or spot) but auto-first down. And one foot in bounds.

    The only thing suspect is their OT rules.

  • Haven't posted in a long time but I need the therapy. I think a lot of people saw this coming (not this particular game but this type of performance.) And obviously it's all on the offense.

    They announced a tackle as an eligible receiver and I texted my son "running play". Sure enough - as Jeff said, so predictable.

    He calls plays like he's playing Madden or something. "Let's see - how about the wide receiver screen that we always run out of this formation?" "Oh wait, we haven't called this one yet - let's do it now." No real sense of a plan of attack - just random play calls.

    The fact that we could have won the game if not for drops/fumbles speaks to the talent on the team, NOT the "skill" of Tice.

    They won't do it, but I assume Bates would call a better game.

    Not calling for Tice's head - in fact I'm convinced we have to ride this coaching staff out with this group. It would be worse to give Jay jet another OC (unless it's Bates I guess - but if he was so good why is he just a QB coach now?)

    Finally - if Davis isn't benched then "accountability" has no meaning. That's one gimme this week.

    Hopefully Campbell improves with reps with the first team and we get AJ back and relegate Hester to returns. (Assuming Toub reminds him the goal line is striaght ahead, not sideways.)

  • In reply to BillW:

    say a hail mary and three how's your fathers please Bill. Go with god my son

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to BillW:

    +1 Bill.

  • Thoughts?

    Bates joined the Denver Broncos in 2006. In his first season he served as an offensive assistant, helping offensive coordinator Rick Dennison coach the offensive line. In 2007 he served as wide receivers/quarterbacks coach, and in 2008 as quarterbacks coach, both seasons working closely with quarterback Jay Cutler. In 2008, Bates called the offensive plays for the Broncos, helping Cutler become a Pro Bowl selection and the team to have the NFL's second-most productive offense (1st in the AFC).

  • In reply to BillW:

    He was the OC for Seattle for one season and got canned. He was out of the NFL last year. Not saying he can't do a better job than Tice but I'm not convinced he's the answer. We can't seem to get this position right under Lovie. What a pisser! Of course, a better OL would make Tice look a lot smarter.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Not implying he should be OC. Just as a play caller. I don't think Tice has it in him, yet I do respect him overall as a coach.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Offensive coordinators look better when players execute.


  • In reply to Viva:

    viva, not to be too narcissistic, but know who was asking for this in in the offseason?

    (this guy)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Too late in the season to bring anyone in...but a decent TE would be nice.

    Alshon will be back for the 49ers. All will be well.

  • Alshon may be back, but Cutler won't. It's going to be Campbell and/or McCown.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That was just a pessimistic guess, btw. Cutler may be back, idk.

    Is it certain that Alshon will play in SF?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    "Alson continues to get better".

  • In reply to BillW:

    In other words - who knows?

  • In reply to BillW:

    We like the TE's we have.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think that's what Lovie said about Carimi last year...

  • Not sure we need another receiver. Getting NFL Rewind today. Curious how many times Bennet was open on pass plays. I suspect both Jay and Jason missed some opportunities focusing on Marshall.

    Not that I really blame them - the guy really is a beast. Dropped TD and all. What he does to make guys miss the first tackle is something I've seen receivers on other teams do, but only attempted by Bears receivers until now. To get over 100 again in that slop shows what he is. But somehow we have to figure out how to put drives together regularly.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I would imagine you're right. Earl seems to be the forgotten man. The guy is damn good, and I would sure like to see the ball thrown his way at least six times a game.

  • Jermichael Finley or Kellen Davis? And no, death is not an option.

  • In reply to Shady:


    Here's a list of the top TEs for FA this year. Notice the top 3.

    Finley (shoulder injury, and drops more balls than a fluffer)

    Fred Davis (On I.R.)

    John Carlson (Pretty sure he's sucking)


    Maybe they need to move back the trade deadline another 2 wks because we probably could have gotten a TE from the Chiefs or even Panthers (Olsen caught 2 TDs and got 100 yds on the same day Davis lost it for us).

  • did you just mention.... olsen.

    You are dead to me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's all relative!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would sure as hell take Olsen over Brandon Hardin, which is what we got for him.

  • Should have drafted Coby Fleener...

  • In reply to Shady:

    OMG, he is such your biggest crush.

    fag (not...)

  • In reply to Shady:

    Only way we could have drafted Fleener was to trade down from our 19 spot and got him with the 1st pick of the 2nd round ahead of the Colts, which of course would mean that Shea wouldn't be on this team.

    I would have preferred Dwayne Allen more realistically, but the Colts got him to at the top of the 3rd.

    Although I would have had no problem trading a 3rd and 4rth to move into the later round of the 2nd to draft Allen, but hey, thems are the breaks I guess.

  • A lot of needs for next year's draft and FA (can't believe I'm thinking about that already). At least the corner position is a pleasant surprise and the saftey position is probably OK. Oh, and the DL too. So we may need someone to groom as an eventual Urlacher replacement; and a TE; and one or two OLs (since asking for 5 is too much).

    Oh yeah - a punter. So that's about 3 starters, an eventual starter, and a kicker. Doable.

  • In reply to BillW:

    We don't need to wait till next year.

    Drop Davis, sign Kellen Winslow. Even with one knee he's still better.

    Drop Podlesh, sign Quiggley (whatever his name was from PS).

    Our Oline did OK, but we have two LTs on the wing. The recently signed Jonathan Scott and James Brown on practice squad.

    We also got Blanchard on the practice squad just in case Cutler's brain is mush.

    If we remain healthy, there's NO reason why we can't win it all this year. There's no gurarantees for next year. Pepp can tear an ACL. Peanut could break an ankle. B-marsh could get his ribs cracked.

    This isn't Madden where we can play on franchise mode with the injuries turned off.

    If we're healthy and don't win this year, then some serious changes need to be made. OC might be the obvious start, but if Cutler keeps sucking against ELITE teams, time to start thinking about that too unless we want to be the Eagles of the 2010s...

  • Are you serious people? We are 7-2.

  • Who are you, Larry Mayer?

  • 7-2*

    (2 losses against ELITE teams).

    As long as we don't play any elite teams in the playoffs, we'll be ok.

    Maybe the SeaChickens can sneak in, and we can beat them in the wild card, then lose to a real team in the next round as per our usual...

    (Sarcasm off.)

  • We did not get outclassed by the Texans. That could have just as easily been a Bears victory. Look at what we did to Schaub. We made him look like a Dolphins quarterback.

    Please don't just off a cliff because we lost to the best team in the AFC by 7 points that could have been a win.

  • In reply to Waffle 3.0:

    Yeah, but we got pounded in the ass by the Packers earlier, AGAIN. Same as last year. Remember that Saints game when the Bears got pounded in the ass? or that Pats game when the Bears got pounded in the ass? Are readers getting tired of the phrase "pounded in the ass" ? Well, I'm tired of watching elite teams POUNDING Bear ass.

    Disgusted. All around. And there's always a built in excuse. Our OC is stupid. Our Oline sucks. We had no WRs. It was early in the season. The weather was bad...blah blah blah...

    Sick. And. Tired.

    I'm not dejected at all. In fact, I sorta feel like how the 9ers prob feel after the tie. Lukewarm. Could've been worse, Could've been better...but I recognize the trend, and am not holding my breath the Bears will end it.

    By my estimation, we got two more sure-fire elite teams in SF and Packers, so maybe the Bears can break even this year.

    All the other games will be tough, but the Bears usually win tough games against the Vikes/Seahawks/Lions of the world, just not SB caliber teams.

    That's just my take. We're a good team, but so were the Eagles in the 2000s.

  • Oh, and how could I forget the time Cutler got ass pounded by the Gmen...

  • I still can't comprehend why those penalties on the Cutler hit offset. In this time of protecting the QB, if a defense knows there is a procedural penalty on the O, it's open season on the QB with no loss of yardage, just a do over. We need Alshon back, no defense respects Hester as a receiver. I'm on board with ditching that piece of shit Davis. Tice? I was personally against that from the start, he has proven himself over-matched and unimaginative. And guys that think he should be the O line coach, he has not exactly been a success at that. All this being said, we are still 7-2, atop the division, and control our own destiny. BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Not sure if this is the reason, but the "beyond the line" carries a loss of down besides the yardage:
    The passer must be behind his line of scrimmage (Loss of down and five yards, enforced from the spot of pass).
    So in that sense it's equivalent(?) to a major penalty.

    Again, not sure if that is the reason.

  • From SI:

    What a monster day for the tight end set in the NFL. In the eight early games alone, 12 tight ends caught a total of 15 touchdown passes.

    I know Tice gets the importance of the TE and I hope he's finally run out of patience with Kellen Davis.

    I think the rule says if you're still talking about someone's potential in his 5th (!) season, he really doesn't have any.

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