Audibles From the Long Snapper: Shirts to Ship, Urlacher & Bears Disco

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Shirts to Ship, Urlacher & Bears Disco

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Urlacher Talking His Way Out of Town?

Here are some quotes from the face of the franchise, courtesy of USA Today:

"Two of the people I don't care about: fans or media," Urlacher said. "They can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It does bother me. They don't know what they're talking about, obviously

"The boos were really loud, which is always nice," said Urlacher.

"The only team in our division that gets booed at home is us. ... It's unbelievable to me."

First off, Urlacher is wrong. The fans in Detroit booed loudly and wore bags on their heads for the entirety of the Matt Millen era. So to say Bears fans are the only ones in division to boo is misguided. Vikings fans don't boo because there are 11 of them and they don't really care that much. Packers fans don't boo because they consistently WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.

As for what the media and fans know or don't know, here's what I think: we know enough. We know the team was 7-1. We know the team is 1-5 since. And we know that should not have happened. Lovie Smith has a good record as Bears head coach but this has not been a case of the Bears losing to better teams. This reason requires blame.

Hitler Goes to Chicago Bears Christmas Party?

Mel Brooks said it best. The only way he could get back at Hitler, in his own mind, was to ridicule him. I didn't know what to make of this video when I clicked the link. Stick with it. It is silly and pretty great.

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  • 1st to say good by to one of the all time greats? You will be missed Brian. Thanks for the greatest hits...but you haven't put one out in a while. I'd love to see us get into the playoffs and see a few more performances out of him in an orange & blue uni with a couple big hits rather thank sweatpants, a beanie and a couple big mouth comments.

  • *Goodbye...
    sweet prince

  • Lack is in full "defend Lovie" mode, knowing he's the only way Brian gets a 1-year deal. Nothing motivates like self-interest.

  • “Sic transit gloria mundi”.

    "Thus passes the glory of the world".

    Thanks for the memories Urlacher, every dog has his day.

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    Why wouldn't you bring Urlacher back for one year or whatever it is? Not like he was that bad this year, he still had some moments and as far as the defense goes he's the leader. Unless you can guarantee they will bring someone else in who can take command of the defense, why not bring him back? If he really is done and can't do it then have him retire or cut him...not the NBA.

    I don't think he meant in general he doesn't care about the fans. I think when it comes to his coach or what happens in the locker room he doesn't care what the fans THINK which is fine. Last time I checked Urlacher is a player not part of the media, phrasing not always thought of in response.

  • In reply to BreakingSeether:

    look. i know what urlacher meant when he was caught canoodling with paris hilton. i know what he meant went he and jenny mccarthy ended things. so i think i know what he meant when he said "i don't care about the fans."

    that's very different than "i don't care what the fans think."

    media or not, smart man or not, it's very easy to know the difference between those two phrases. he didn't misspeak. he spoke truth.

  • He said it on his Fox show; did not see it so it's possible it was part tongue in cheek - but I doubt it. I think it was all frustration. I don't mind giving him a pass on it if he were to come out and say that - but if not then screw him. Ticket prices almost at Broadway show levels, and this one would be closed down soon. Insulting the very people who pay his salary is dumb, but players do it all the time. The trick is they come back and say they didn't mean it (even if they really did.)

    The Bears conned 10 buck out of all the season ticket holdes - that's what it cost to "reserve" the right to pay for any playoff games that might be held. That decision had to be made last week. And they very clearly stated that if you don't buy tickets to playoff games in Chicago, you lose your seat license. They alternative was pay full price for two playoff games and then either get a refund or apply to next year if the games aren't played.

    That's fan friendly? I hate Morrissey, but sometimes in all the negativity he does in fact have a point.

  • In reply to BillW:

    i didn't know about that playoff ticket thing. that's some bullshit with the seat license. i thought the whole thing with buying the PSL is that you own the seat. if you actually own it, who the eff are the Bears to say you don't own it anymore? I'm pretty sure they're not going to give you back the 10 grand you spent on the PSL for those 100 level seats.

    i'm on the wait list for season tickets so i get "special offers" from them in the beginning of the season to buy single game tickets. but, of course, if i want to buy 2 tickets to a regular season game i also have to buy 2 full-price tickets to a pre-season game. what a scam.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Evantonio - do you have to pay a "service charge" to be on the wait list? I know some teams charge an annual fee, though it's applied to the ticket price once your name comes up.

    I was on the wait list for about 15 years. Wanny came to Chicago after Ditka, and they suddenly went through the list in a hurry.

    The PSL is just that - a "license". Just like you really don't "own" computer software like Microsoft Office. It buys the right to buy tickets, and if I don't then I forfit my license.

    Another aspect that fires me is that season ticket holders are responsible for the behavior of fans using their tickets. That means even if I sell on StubHub or whatever the league sactioned scalper agency is, I can lose my tickets if some jerk - who I don't even know - gets into a brawl. My boys buy the tickets now but I tell them they cannot sell them to anyone they don't know and they can't make a profit. We have them to pass down, hopefully for generations.

    Lastly - my seat license was the best bargin I ever got from the Bears. Corner of the north endzone - 200 level - even with the Bears tunnel - and only cost $750 each for two seats.

  • In reply to BillW:

    i had to pay $100 per seat and they have yet to ask me to pay more. the $100 will go towards tickets my first year.

    i'm waiting for the other shoe to drop one of these years, though. i know the jets charge people each year to stay on the list. and if the jets do it and can get away with it, why not the bears?

    ps - i'm not a jerk. so if you ever need to unload tickets to someone you trust... hi! =]

  • Urlacher can go. We can draft Manti Te'o.

  • In reply to JWilson:

    is he still on the board at 21? or even at 15?

    and do you take him over offensive line? i know we're pretty watertight up front, but it may be nice to draft a guy to replace j'marcus after his HOF career comes to a close.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I think that there is a problem with the scheme as opposed to the players. The answer is to throw as much money as possible at Alex Gibbs, have him come in a coordinate the run game and let Bates be the OC/Passing game coordinator. Forte would be an excellent zone back and it is what Carimi succeeded at in college. Do this then try to trade up to take Te'o, give up a 1 and 2 if necessary.

    I think our offensive problems could be solved with a scheme adjustment. I do not coach in the NFL but who in their right mind moves a 6'7'' 316 pound tackle into guard then asks him to pull, yes he is not going to be successful doing that. The footwork to pull from the guard position is pretty difficult and can not be taught in 2 weeks, no matter what type of athlete. For all the credit that Tice gets (I think he is a good OL coach) that move and then the subsuquent beching is absolutely stupid.

  • In reply to do53:

    Moving Carimi was desparation. And like most acts of desparation, it didn't succeed.

    I want Lovie gone because he has no clue about offense and almost seems to not care.

    What if Emery convinces him to hire an offense consultant. One with credentials - and let's say that person like the Cutler - Marshall - Forte potential AND is in sync with Bates. (Why do I always envision him as a kid getting mail address to Master Bates? I igress.)

    Then I can see Lovie staying. As they said on the Score, Lovie is certainly better than any first year head coach we'd get. And the Bears won't pay for an expereinced one.

    Food for thought...

  • In reply to BillW:


  • In reply to BillW:

    why would a consultant come in knowing that lovie may not be there the next year? isn't that why we got stuck with martz and then tice? because the good offensive minds just didn't see any job security in hitching their wagon to the lovie horse?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    If the Bears fire Lovie, the logical move is to hire Toub. Would this happen, probably not, but it at least provides the most consistency. A lot of people think that he will be a good head coach so why not give him the chance, if you fire Lovie.

  • In reply to do53:

    I think most of us like this option as much or more than cleaning house.

    that said, what has toub done for us this year? I think he's ready to bail. I would be.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    A consultant woudl be on a year to year contract; not the OC, but a consultant to work with the HC/OC.

    But to that point as stated by 'posse - they have to fire him or extend him. No lame duck year. I think Emery knows that. I also think Emery's made up his mind already - and nothing short of winning the next three games would change him.

  • In reply to BillW:

    let's not be happy with winning the next three games. i want to win the next five!

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • In reply to BillW:

    Stating "the Bears won't pay for an experienced one" is an unsupportable statement. You, nor I, have a clue whether they will or not.

    Despite some people on here continually pointing out that the Bears payroll is in the top third of the league for some reason does not disabuse the prejudice that the Bears are "cheap".


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I personally don't think it's a money issue at all Dave... I just think no one at the top levels of this org knows what the fuck they are doing re: football.

    it's pathetic. We need someone who loves, lives, breaths, and breeds good football, at the very top... not some fucking nerdy dbag bean counter who is totally and utterly clueless about anything football... and who loves crocket and baccarat.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Did not say they were cheap. I agree that opinion has been disproved many times over the last several years.

    But it's not been their MO to get a "name" coach either. So maybe I should have said it that way - rather than say they won't pay for one.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Te'o probably won't be there, but if Lovie and Rod stay we will need a good middle linebacker. Urlacher has nothing left! He is done! And, yeah we need at least 4 new bodies on the o-line. Bad! So maybe the first few picks should be o-line. Guess it all depends who's all available and what Emery can do in the offseason.

  • In reply to JWilson:

    Two more good linemen could make the best of the others more effective than they are (were) with one. Don't forget, Lance Lewis should be back.

  • Speaking for myself, as one of the myriad Bears fans that expressed their displeasure at the end of the first half and at the end of the game...
    The booing was directed at the lack of urgency by the coaching staff in the final minute of the first, when we went empty set for one play and then dicked around and let the clock run out.
    Then at the end of the game, with the Bears astoundingly still hanging in down by one score with possession, we again showed no sense of urgency, no intent to fight for a scoring chance with time left on the clock.
    That's what I was booing, and based on what I heard around me, what most of the other fans in the stadium were pissed off about as well.
    So, screw you, Lach. I want to take the expensive bobblehead I have sitting in my office, that has followed me across the country as a symbol of my Bears fandom...and I want to run over it in my jeep, put it in a baggie, and ship it COD to your fucking apartment as a symbol of how much I care what YOU think about the fans, you insipid old fuck.
    Defend Lovie, defend the rest of the coaching staff, and see how far that gets you in contract negotiations this off-season when you are trying to wring a last few bucks out of the system.

  • I'll give #54 a pass because he was pissed, frustrated and trying to defend his coaches and teammates. It was a stupid thing to say but we've all said or written things we wished we could take back.

    My only dealings with an NFL team for tix has been the Bears. I'm guessing they aren't any different than any other franchise with a huge waiting list for season tix. Gouge, Gouge, Gouge.

    I've told the story a couple of times about getting a refund for tix to a game that was cancelled by a strike (back in the '80's). Since then I literally haven't purchased anything Bears related (officially licensed) since then. I'll root for them until I"m in the grave but they won't get any of my money. Nothing against anyone that buys the tix, jerseys, etc.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Remind me. You mean you didn't get the refund?

  • Of course, the Bears wanted me to apply the money for tix the following year. I was pissed about the whole thing and wanted my money back. My sister is a lawyer in Chicago and isn't fond of football. She was more than happy to hound them for a refund. The more they fucked with her the more determined she was to get a refund. She was calling them 2-3 times a week. By the time they were tired of dealing with her and told her to come pick up the check it was the middle of March (the game that was cancelled was in October). She had hounded them so bad that when she went to the office to get the check, she announced who she was and heads popped up from a bunch of cubicles. I'm guessing I was one of a very few that got a refund. That was in 1982 and the tix were $14 (terrible seats in the end zone). There's no doubt in my mind they don't treat the paying public any better now.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Was that the "Spare Bears" year? I recall one strike year getting refuns by standing in line at one of the downtown banks.

  • In reply to BillW:

    No, the spare Bears was '87. This was '82.

  • He doesn't deserve a pass, thats bullshit. If he doesnt know they played poorly and deserved to be booed, then his time has passed. He's an arrogant fuck, but does know football and knows this team is in turmoil. Stick up for Lovie, defend your teamamtes, but dont berate the fans that cheer and spend tons of their hard earned money to go to games, and follow them around the country to support them. Fucking professional athletes that think we fans are so much below them can go fuck themselves, and all their whore ass bitches hoping to get knocked up by some dumb fuck athlete too stupid to wear a rubber. So 54, not only do we boo your teams performance, but your personal performance leaves much to be desired of too!!

  • We all know Bush is on the IR now right?

  • Why not, Artoo? The more guys in IR, the better an excuse Lovie, et al, have.

  • Bush = Merkin

  • dude, are they serious with that pic. hilarious!

  • This blog definitely expands my vocabulary.

  • When did Merkin go on IR? He was dressed last Sunday.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hence my thinly-veiled suspicion that there is more than injuries going on here.

  • I could be deathly wrong and will dodge tomatoes if so, but didn't they ask the question

    " What do you think media and fans think about Lovie?"

    And he replied the way he did because he doesn't value their opinion on a topic.. I mean, isn't this taking something out of context?

  • That definitely makes a difference. It was still a stupid comment but ...

  • is that the question that was asked? all i've seen was his comment. i agree that changes things.

    but he should still wear a rubber.

  • Huge difference if that was the question. But no one has stepped up to say that so I wonder...

  • Does anyone have a link to the Lach interview?

    Context is everything. Hence, emoticons! ;)

    Even if Lach did say he didn't care about the fans, I don't care that he doesn't care. He's a MLB, not a QB or U.N. Ambassador. They're supposed to be mean, violent and somewhat dick-ish.

    What I care more about is that he can't cover the deep middle, TEs, or chase down QBs anymore.

    I might have to change my avatar this offseason, but I'm not sure who'll still be around. And I spent so much time photoshopping it!

  • Mike and Mike played it either Monday or yesterday morning, I forget. They said all the fuss is because it was taken out of context. His comments were definitely addressing a pointed question from the media about all the fans and media talking about Lovie's future. The only problem with his response is he should have known the words "don't care about" and "fans and media" would be taken out of context. His opinion is justified on that particular topic, though. I agree it's self serving, but that's his right.

    As for the booing, he's off on that one. Fans have the right to boo if they so choose, and our consistent offensive ineptitude is certainly worthy of boos. Brian acts like everyone should blindly follow the team and cheer even when it's obvious that no one knows what the hell they're doing. Didn't he openly criticize the team's play when he was injured in 09 and WATCHED THE GAMES ON TV? That was bad form then (not being on the sideline and hosting a party during a game), and his comments on booing are in bad taste now. Grow up.

  • Not trying to stir up the angry mob but I don't understand why we take this stuff so personally. We don't know them and they don't know us. Most of the players have a violent aspect to their personalities. Otherwise, they couldn't play the game. Many of them are dumber than a box of rocks. Lots of them grew up in dysfunctional families and/or horrible economic situations. Numerous players have had more than one close friend killed while they were growing up. Most of these guys aren't like us. I get we want to like them personally and hope they are good citizens off the field. It's impossible to follow sports and not feel a personal connection to the players. However, the more you open yourself up to that the more likely you are going to be disappointed. Doing music promotion I met a ton of Blues and Roots musicians. The vast majority were super nice. Every once in a while I'd meet one that was a complete dick.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Fair point.

    As witnessed by the slurring, semi-whack Buffone on his show, these guys don't hold up too well.

    I'd rather they didn't get endorsement deals and have to watch Brian tell me why Comcast beats DirecTV when they are both scams, when we know the guy's opinion on cable deals ain't worth shit.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I understand your point, CB, but you want the adulation then you take the boos too.
    And again, if that fucktard was paying attention, the boos were directed at a coaching staff that quit on the game, not the players. That stadium was -rocking- every time GB had a 3rd down play on offense. And we mostly shut up when the Bears had possession (although there were more than a few idiots yelling).
    So, yeah, he can be a total asshole off the field and it's not going to personally offend me...but implying that Bears fans were not being supportive of the team? The shit ever, Brian. We just no longer support a shitty coaching regime.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    there is no personal I
    that's the problem
    it is all one
    emotions come from desire
    the desire to win
    that'sa tough bear to
    every fan wants success
    but....we all signed on to
    this and all bear seasons
    positive or negative is
    colored by mental concept
    out sentence started
    when the sperm met the egg
    and there is no turning back
    do not take this personal
    it is just the play
    of cosmic forces on
    the grand stage
    and players
    we are all playing a part
    just actors in a play
    driven by forces unknown
    to an individual I
    if we knew who we are
    this shit gets easy
    it we don't
    one twists in the wind

  • Rabbit is 100% right. the fans were booing lovie and tice's stupidity and incompetence, not the player's efforts.

    The problem is that brian and everyone else in the shitshow that Halas Hall has become is too close. They can't see the forest for the trees (and vice fucking versa)... they can't see how bad things have truly become, and the sweeping changes that are needed to get a different result than we've seen over the last 2-4 years.

    Clean. Fucking. House.

    It's time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, to you and the whole clean house crowd. Are you prepared for a few 4-12, 6-10 years while we rebuild?

  • Exactly Coach. Exactly.

  • in the same light... are you two willing to endure the same maddening bullshit we've been forced to take for the last few years. Just good enough to maybe make it to the first round but nothing more?

    Why in god's name would you sign up for that status quo just because it's not total rebuilding? As long as it's rebuilding to get somewhere... why not?

    And who's to say we can't pull a 49ers? They kinds sucked under Singletary even though they had some pieces there... all they needed was a few more piece and the right staff to make it click.

    Every team needs luck and some breaks during the year, but having a coaching staff like we have has PROVEN to doom us to top of the mediocre pile.

    I’m willing to endure some shitty years as long as there’s light at the end of the tunnel… the only light at the end of the lovie tunnel is a speeding fucking train.

  • yes, I am.

    As long as we make smart decisions and spend the money and time/effort to get the RIGHT people in there not just the usual second hand and/or unproven cronies HH usually trots out.

    btw, where in thee fuck were you last weekend?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's just the thing, who know's if the rebuilding will work. With Lovie, I don't think we'll ever be 4-12 bad. To your point I'm not sure if Lovie can get us over the pretty good phase and into championship. I suspect with some consistency on offense we could win a superbowl with Lovie. It's never happened. We have a new coordinator every year and the offense blows. Our D has been champion caliber for just about Lovie's entire tenure. Our O has been fucking awful. What happens when both our O and our D suck? 4-12. I just think we are light years closer to a championship with Lovie Smith as our coach next year then without him.

  • I had my girlfriends family xmas party on saturday last weekend. Sorry I couldn't make it out.

  • totally agree coach. There aren't ANY guarantees in football... or life for that matter.

    There are so many factors to talk about... I wish you would have come out so we could have discussed in person. My basic thought is that we need a different staff to go a different direction. they've proven that lovie can't take it to the next level... I'm willing to take a flyer on a new regime.

  • Lovie being here or not being here, I see as mostly irrelevant to that.
    We will end up having to draft well and find an offensive philosophy rooted in the existing NFL rules in order to win on a consistent basis going forward with the continued aging of our Defensive core players (Lach, Peanut, Briggs, Peppers)...neither of which seems likely to happen with Lovie in charge.
    Tice is a waste and needs to be gone as of four weeks ago.
    Until Lovie is either extended (what?!?) or fired, the Bears organization is going to find it extremely difficult to hire an OC worth a shit, which means our next best option is Bates as OC.
    If we promote Bates without extending Lovie (what?!?), and Lovie is gone/fired, then Bates becomes another lame duck OC and kiss Jay goodbye.
    So, gimme Toub as HC, Bates as OC, Marinelli as de facto DC next year and Emery an opportunity to draft his way.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No chance in hell Old Sauce stays if Lovie is fired. Too loyal to Lovie.

  • You know, I don't EVER want to see the Bears lose.
    I just no longer believe that Lovie can get the Bears to win.
    1-5 so far in the second half of the season has eroded my faith in his judgement (mostly in coordinators) and his ability to inspire performance. I never thought he was a good in-game coach.
    And the team got a free pass from me last year because of the loss of Cutty and Forte for the second half of the season. This year? Losing Lach doesn't seem to have hurt the D that much; it's the continued offensive ineptitude that is burying us.

  • It might just be worth it as opposed to 3 more years of false hope under Lovie. And you never know, with some shrewd moves and some luck along the way, the rebuild could happen sooner than people think. The Colts were an absolute dumpster fire last year, and with 36 new players and a brand new coaching staff, they're now 9-5 and will make the playoffs with a win over lowly KC on Sunday. Granted, they had the luck to draft Luck (couldn't resist), but still, that's a crap ton of new people. Plus their coach is on IR. So all those who worry about new systems and time to get, forget about it. Talent and coaching will prevail. Irsay did it right. Clean house and start over. Not one or two pieces. The whole damn thing. Build it from the ground up with good coaches and see what happens.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    brian u
    sees this whole mess
    through a players filter
    a fan can criticize with a boo
    player b.u. can criticize
    through a quote
    he still has the heart
    of a champion
    he still ends up
    in a "bears" share of tackles
    all of the mistakes are leading
    towards a finish still unknown
    I have no choice
    but to observe
    this is the most
    "misterious" season
    we are playing in a fog
    but, forces change
    and we may just find
    that good fortune
    is waiting to be kind
    may she give us her hand
    and say
    "she'll be mine"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dude, I wish I was there. I would have come with a preemptive "FIRE TICE NOW!" bright orange sign that I know would have got zoomed in on by Fox after that pathetic goaline try at the 5.

    And I would have booed, and booed loudly.

    Does security check for tomatoes at Solider Field?

  • This one is even better

  • I still favor keeping Lovie. But consider this: a number of teams have been great recently when an offensive minded coach brings in someone to basically be the HC for the defense. Wade Phillips comes to mind as an example.

    If Lovie is fired, he's not staying in Chicago. What team could install the Lovie-2 and let him take over the defense while their offense takes the headlines? The New Orleans Saints.

    That would be a scary conference foe.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, sorry we missed you. next trip hopefully.

    How about this... Sean Payton for Lovie straight up?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would take that trade in a heartbeat.

    NB, I'm thinking if we miss the playoffs (far fetched, I know) then Lovie will be fired. If Jason Garret is then fired for missing the playoffs (they will) then Lovie becomes the next head coach in Dallas.

  • Dallas runs a 3-4 and has invested heavily in talented man coverage safeties and corners. They need a head coach who can rope in their inconsistent offensive talent and consistently score more points.

    How does Lovie fit the mold on any of that?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Good points. I had not thought of scheme and personnel. I just figured Jerry Jones would be enamored with Lovie's relative success and his love for Texas. You're probably right though.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You're assuming Jerry Jones makes good FOOTBALL decisions, NBIT.

    The best decision he ever made was to hire Jimmy Johnson and stop making decisions.

    I can totally see Jones hiring Lovie in spite of how mismatched the personnel is to the scheme.

    Lovie is the ultimate Yes man. Jones can hand off his cleaning glasses duties to Lovie.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You seriously believe the Bears will pony up the kind of cash that will be necessary to lure Sean Payton to Chitown?

    I will believe THAT when I see it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    no. I don't. That's why I made the joke Al.

    Kind of like hester straight up for Fitz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oops. I missed it. Must have been an brief attack of

    "Bein' 60".

    I HATE when that happens.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, next time indeed. Gotta say, after looking at ticket prices and the good time Jeff had when the Bears played the Titans, I think a non-division game might be a better choice next year. Schedules aren't out for a while, but I think it'd be fun to see the Bears play a team like St. Louis or Tampa Bay next year - I don't need the rivalry hype to make a Bears game exciting.

    Keep in mind, I'm saying Lovie would be a great D-coordinator for the Saints. Not a head coach. I think Sean Payton comes back, fires Spagnuolo for the terrible defense he put on this year, and brings in a new face. Lovie would be a great fit.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Not sure about that either NBIT.

    One, in spite of Lovie's "Christianity" (which is often feigned humility), his ego is massive, and I seriously doubt he would humbly accept a demotion.

    Two, sooo many HORRIBLE teams will be more than happy with a wild-card team - and Lovie and Reid will be the 1st on those lists.

    Three, Payton is aggressive, and Lovie's scheme I think is too mild and unimaginative for his palette.

  • One - There are only 32 NFL HC jobs in the world. If the phone doesn't ring, I doubt he sits out a season. Plus, the Saints are built to win the superbowl now - they just need someone to come in and put up a solid defense.

    Two - I tend to think you are right. Lovie might not get the treatment Fisher got, but he does deserve another head coaching gig. I'd suggest Buffalo, but they'd have the same problem the Bears do and spend the next 5 years with a mediocre offense (kinda like now). Maybe Jacksonville though... I could see that working.

    Three - Lovie's scheme is vanilla, but the style he teaches is actually very dynamic. Nothing creates excitement for a team like a takeaway, and nobody coaches that better.

    Plus you have to remember that the Saints need someone to come in and be a boyscout DC after the bounty mess. Lovie can be so boring the press will forget all about the Saints D and move on to the next scandal.

  • 1-5 the last six games, seriously. Lovie Smith's record against the Packers is 8 -11. Enough said.

  • bright spot:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you post the wrong link, or what?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On my computer, your link takes me to the first pic in the gallery:

    "Running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans wears cleats bearing the names of the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting before the game against the New York Jets on Monday, December 17, in Nashville."

    Not a "bright spot," imo.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


    Supposed to go to BM in the air after his TD.

    Damn it!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't link the individual image in the gallery, or find another that size. Here's a watermarked version (long link; hope it works).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ach. Here it is, unmarked, from our friends at the trib:

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    well done buttsteak

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    steak and guinness pie

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • By the way - just asking...
    Whatever happened to Cutler being able to audible this year? Anyone notice him actually doing it? Successfully or otherwise?

  • In reply to BillW:

    That would seem to have gone the way of the "Hurry Up" mode.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ..along with rollouts, bootlegs and moving the pocket tho' I CAN see where the latter could well be a bi-product of the continuous shuffling of bodies on the O-Line.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    (Some Abbreviated Expression Of Mirth That Cananda Does Not Disapprove Of).

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Cananda? Canada.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Sorry to be such a grumpy bastard!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I enjoy it actually. GOL.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • In reply to RenoBear:


  • In reply to BillW:

    In his latest interview with Jeff Joniak, he talks about how he has had so much freedom compared to recent years with audibles, line checks, and changing plays..

    Which makes me wonder how much of Tice's playcalling is a direct result of Cutler changing the play?

  • You wondered that prior to the SF game, remember? You said if the Bears playcalling were to suddenly improve in SF, it would be because Cutler is out, and Tice is finally calling the plays.

    How did that work out?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    True. Sadly, there is more to the story than we will ever know.

  • I think I know the answer. Tice sucks.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Ding ding ding...we have a winner.

    Your prize? The truth.


    The truth hurts.

  • I think it is extremely telling that we're hearing guys defending Lovie, but not a peep about Tice.
    Forte sure didn't sound like he believes in the offense.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Mike Tice was an interesting idea, but he's not the OC next year no matter what. If I'm Emery, I'm looking around for someone who can take over the offense, similar to what I said about Lovie taking over the D on another team.

    Who that person is? I'll think on it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I know he gets a lot of flack, but San Diego scores a lot of points. And they've done it with elite running (LT) and elite passing (Rivers).

    And if he thinks one solid season at OC would get him another HC gig... he might take the job.

    But I don't know if he's my first choice - have to think about it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    With Norv, we would automatically get a WR coach upgrade in the package, good 'ol Ron.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Whoever it is, it will be someone extremely desperate (even relative to the normal stress level of coaching at the NFL level)...

  • Like most of us here, 54 is just mightily frustrated with what has transpired lately. Add to that his declining football skills and now being reduced, once again, to being just a spectator, he just erupted and lashed out.

    Tempest in a teapot.

    Let's move on.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Urlacher only pawn, in game of life.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Thank you, Mongo.

  • @BradBiggs
    #Bears re-sign RB Kahlil Bell to take place of Michael Bush, who is placed on season-ending injured reserve with a rib injury.

  • smh (not because I didn't like bell, but because we have like 3 starters left.)

  • Well, CRAP on a CRACKER.

  • Hasn't Unga been on our practice squad for 10 years now?

    Man, I would love to have his job.

  • There's a story there,would love to know what it is. He's a bruising Bush type, isn't he? Why not bring him up instead of resigning Bell?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    He is. Bears even toyed with him at FB. One of the many mystifying tales of the Lovie era. I'm not even all that certain Bush is actually injured.

  • Going into Sunday, I believe the 49ers had the #1 ranked defense in the NFL.

    Yet, they STILL had to put 41 points on the board in order to knock off a quality opponent.

    Now, to be sure, that defense helped set up some of those 41 points.
    But that defense also got REAMED for 28 straight points in the 2nd half and their offense pulled their bacon out of the fire and spared them the ignominy of blowing a 28 point lead in the second half and losing, which would have made the trip back to San Fran seem like the longest charter flight in history.

    Jim Harbaugh KNEW that 'Frisco had to be more productive offensively to get where they want to go which is why he A) BENCHED a guy with THE BEST QB RATING IN THE NFL, and B) thumbed his nose a the "You can't lose your job because you were injured" concept to go with a QB who he feels (correctly, apparently) makes his offense more DYNAMIC.


    Can't you just hear Mike Tice scambling for a dictionary as we speak?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hahahahaha.. bingo.

    (lovie too btw... think they share a copy?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    C'mon meow. Our D is the most dynamic in the game. We run the same play 50-75% of the time and rely on takeaways. I like watching our D because it relies on individuals making plays at the line of scrimmage or after the ball is caught.

  • How in the world was Merkin dressed for the game, didn't play a down, and then go on IR? Something fishy is going on here. But is it legal to put a player on IR if there is no real injury? Can't be a LDL doghouse issue can it?

  • Bush wouldn't talk about the "rib" injury either...weird.
    He sounded a little befuddled about dressing for the game and then not getting his number called too. Maybe he told Tice to go fuck himself.
    Someone should.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Rachal may have. Total speculation, of course.

  • He has a torn Merkin cuff. Very painfull.

  • speaking of merkin.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If you click through that slideshow 48 times (I'm sorta embarrassed that I did that), eventually you get to this. That pic gives me the roethlissbergers.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Screwed up that link somehow. This .

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I give up. The Blog seems to be attaching the url from this post to my links. Try it one more time: This

  • A Merkin?

    As in PRESIDENT Mekin Muffley in DR. STRANGELOVE ?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "There's no fighting in the war room!"

  • The actual quote is...

    "GENTLEMEN! You can't fight in here! This is the WAR ROOM!"

  • Elliot Harrison @ did the latest power rankings. He has Bears at 10 and here is his quote...

    "I was typing a mean Chicago Bears blurb, but Alshon Jeffery pushed me before I had a chance to make a paragraph ... "

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:



    (btw, how are we still #10?!?!?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No idea!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shorter Elliot Harrison: Officiating sucked. Bears stay at 10.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I thought officiating wasn't an excuse?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It is. You just can't explicitly state it if you're a sportswriter or the NFL will have you killed.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • Toub, unlike Lovie, has his guys prepared.

    " The Bears knew something was up.

    “We had an alert up,” special teamer Blake Costanzo said. “No. 10 is not usually out in the slot so we had an alert. We alerted it even before the kick. We had sniffed it out. Crazy call. I don’t understand it but the coach must have seen something and that is why he gets paid the big bucks.”

    Weems said it was obvious something was up and that comes from film study and personnel review during the week.

    “(Ross) never plays corner on punt return,” Weems said. “I have seen the film. They tried it against Detroit but he didn’t throw it, he called for a fair catch. So, I knew once 10 was out there, I knew they were trying something and I called an alert. I called the slot to be ready. Anthony Walters was ready.” "

  • bang bang

    fucking packers

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So I hear that you're a Jesse the Body Ventura stunt double - but is that Predator Ventura, or Governor Ventura!?

  • Oh Predator, for sure. Minus the 'stach. And about 6 inches... of height.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I guess Movember is M-over.

    That was horrible.

  • MB has the pictures to prove it.

  • Lovie Smith: Great at beating bad teams and keeping the score more or less respectable against good teams without really being in the game. Fuck Lovie. If we need to rebuild, so be it.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    There is something impressive about the guy, though: a combined 2-10 nosedive in the latter stages of the last two seasons. That cannot be easy to accomplish.

  • Hey Jeff

    Finally, the T-Shirts!!

    I've been waiting for it since TurkeyDay.

    Unfortunately, in a cruel twist of irony, I'm no longer talking to the girl who bought it for me! She's probably gonna get it in the mail and burn it on her lawn.

    So, if you can, provide me your email, and I'll give you another address to send the shirt too. (or if anyone else on the blog has his email).

    If not, I may have to make a very awkward call.

  • not everyone has
    this unusual kind of power
    over women
    call her up
    or text
    ask her to model it for you
    wet t-shirt style
    then mail it
    along with the pics
    tell you want to frame them
    and hang her on your wall
    next to your bears
    time for the stooges

  • In reply to The Void:

    tell her you want....

    another thought
    tell her you will exchange
    the shirt
    for that silky thong
    she left in the kitchen
    while the 2 of you were cookin'

  • In reply to The Void:

    I'm keeping that silky thong! Besides, I might give her the wrong one, then I'd just receive a swift kick to the nuts instead of Da Blog T-shirt.

  • Let me get this straight. Your ex-girlfriend purchased a shirt over the internet. It was to be delivered to her address. You want Jeff to send it to you instead. Meanwhile, you're joking about it with an employee of the US Postal Service.

  • Try, he mentioned in a previous thread...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Thanks, Tobi!

    I knew he posted it on a thread, but damned if I knew which one.

    Will message him posthaste.

  • I've defended Lovie his entire tenure in Chicago, until now. Unless the Bears miraculously win 3 or 4 games in a row, I think it's time for regime change. I'm tired of shitty offensive football. Bring in a whole new coaching staff and start over. If the new coach wants to keep a few assistants, let that be his prerogative and not management. Lovie's time in Chicago seems to have run its course.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    corm! Where were you man? You were right next to us!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was there. Got to our seats about 10 minutes before kickoff. I know you guys were close, but didn't remember where in 349. I tried calling Doc multiple times before the game, but the calls never went through. I wanted him to sit by us, because my Uncle got the flu early Sunday morning and had to spend the game in the Jeep, so we had an extra seat by us. I was totally bummed about not meeting you guys. Problem is I don't know what any of you look like, so it was hard trying to find you at the game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Holy shit. Your uncle spent Sunday in a Jeep with the flu?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    hes like a lab

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Come on man. I know your making a light-hearted joke, but my uncle manned up big time for his nephews and son on Sunday. When me and my brother showed up at his house at 6:55 on Sunday morning (10 minutes late), my uncle was quiet and didn't look good. He's about 65, and didn't touch a drink the night before. We had a prolonged stop on the way, and my uncle was gone for quite a while. He was driving. When we started getting the tailgating stuff set up, he left for about 20 minutes. He didn't want us to know how sick he was. While tailgating, he was violently heaving in front of the vehicle. I went to help because I was worried, but he basically told me to leave him alone, he could take care of himself. He said after it was his worst game ever. Listened on the radio. And he let us tailgate after the game. Didn't complain once. In fact, he was apologizing for his illness. I think he deserves a game ball.

  • In reply to TheFifth:


  • I propose Joe Anderson get a chance to do sme damage against Arizona.: The dude is hungry and should be given his chance! Also, for next yr, bring back the honey bears! DSPACE MOUNTAIN!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Yeah, I really Joe Anderson after I found out he turned down 4 times more money to stay on the Bears practice squad rather than the Eagle's roster.

    I don't care how much you love the Bears, but if your boss came up to you and said your salary will increas 4 fold if you go work for the Pack, you'd probably do it lol

    Major props to Joe Anderson who said he wanted to earn it. It also makes me want him more that Reid wants him. Say what you will about ole Walrus, but he knows offense.

  • Yes sir. Joe is showing that he is a true loyal team player.Gotta admire that greatly.

  • When it comes to Lovie, I'm reluctantly in New Bear's camp. His defenses have generally been pretty good, he just doesn't know how to pick an OC. Let Emery find him a decent one. They shoved Lovie down his throat, only fair he can shove his offensive guy down Lovie's. And maybe with a middling to decent offense as opposed to a consistently wretched one (with the exception of the SB year ) he COULD beat a couple good teams...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Most GMs allow their head coaches to select their assistants.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I know but desperate times call for desperate measures. Plus Emery's owed one - most GMs get to pick their head coaches. How can Lovie's inability to pick a decent OC not be so glaringly obvious to all parties concerned? I'm sure it could be done with tact and discretion. Of course, Lovie could tell him to go pound sand, he's gonna get paid next year whether he's on the sideline or on a sofa...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Here's the thing Tobi.

    Let's say the Bears do keep Lovie and bring in a good O.C., then what's Lovie there for?

    We all know Marinelli is calling the shots on O, Toub on SP, and whatever O.C. they bring in will def be controlling the O.

    So what's Lovie good for? To keep the Bears "steady" and the image clean?

    What happens when we gotta go up against Harbaugh, Payton, Billichick, Carrol, McCarthy again?

    Same as always. Lovie will lose.

    Keep this in mind too - Lovie, as any HC, has input into which draftees get picked, so much so that it's hard to determine where Lovie ended and Angelo began (Benson, Cookie, anyone?).

    No GM can shove players down a H.C.s throat (look at what Ryan is doing with Tebow, or what happend with Fisher and Young).

    A G.M. must trust his H.C. to evaluate personnel (and vice versa), and I don't know about you, but I DON'T trust Lovie's judgement.

    This is the same guy who said, "Grossman is our QB" "Hester is a #1" "Benson over Thomas" "Manning to cb, nickel, ss, fs, oh, never mind" etc etc Don't even get me started on the Oline. Also, don't forget, playing Lach on a meaningless game to pad his record.

    We need an H.C. that can EVALUATE talent. We need an H.C. who can DEVELOP talent. We need an H.C. who can determine team needs (like, uh, Oline). We need an H.C. who doesn't burn timeouts, adapts at half-time, creates a coherent game plan that exploit opponent's weaknesses and limits our own. We need an H.C. who inspires and preaches accountability, not just on defense, but on O too. We need an H.C. that is aggressive and innovative.

    In short, NOT Lovie.

  • I can't deny that you have a strong argument for getting rid of him. So if he goes, then who is a REALISTIC replacement?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    That's the million dollar question Tobi.

    I can understand why some might say keep Lovie because they don't trust management to hire a better coach (not to mention WHO actually will do the hiring, whether it'll be pencil pusher Teddy Ballgame, or Emery like a GM is supposed to do).

    I'm not really for blowing the team up really. What I proposed was that we get Cowher, but if not, Toub has earned the chance.

    Ideally, we keep Marinelli as DC, and hire Norv Turner as HC, and pretty much fire everyone else.

    Tice I'm iffy about (for Oline coach). On the one hand, everyone claims he's an oline guru, but what we produce on the field proves otherwise.

    Other possible candidates. Gruden, Shanny JR, Kelly from college and the wild card Payton.

  • I take it you mean Norv as OC?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Repost from a few threads back (and shortened):

    1) Dave Toub - Creative, has players respect, might realistically keep Rod Marinelli at DC. But not an offense guy, and not a true sign of tear down and start over.

    2) Kevin Gilbride - NY Giants OC. "Run and shoot" offense scheme would be a good fit. Giants have a similar roster to the Bears (we have better RBs, they have better WRs, but we've got Marshall). HC experience a while back, but wasn't great last time.

    3) Joe Vitt - Saints interim coach, O-line coach. True leader of men. Hopefully can bring some of the Saints offense, but that's really Sean Payton's baby. More outspoken than Lovie, but Emery seems to like the tight-lipped style.

    4) Hue Jackson - Was discussed prior. Keep in mind I don't want him making personnel decisions.

    5) David Shaw - Stanford HC. Good leader, good offensive mind, no NFL experience. Would bring a fresh face and fresh ideas, but no idea how he would mesh with Cutler, Marshall and Forte.

    6) Bruce Arians - Colts interrim HC. Good fit on offense (was Steeler's OC with Rothlisberger), but comes from a 3-4 school. Might not know how to use our defensive talent.

    For what its worth, I have no interest in Gruden, Cowher, Reid or Turner.

  • I think Emery is going to choose one of two paths.
    1.) Lovie works under his existing deal next year. Tice is demoted back to O line and Bates is promoted to OC.

    2.) Emery blows the whole thing up and hires his guy whomever that may be. New HC brings in all new staff.

    My money is on 2. Personally, I think Emery was pissing in Lovie's sandbox when he drafted 99. There just isn't a good place for that kid in LoveRod's D. I think he was already planning for the post Lovie era last spring. If the Bears play a 3-4 next year for a new coach and Shea is good at it, PE is going to start looking like the smartest guy in the room.. That would mean in one season he brought in an impact player in 99 for a new D a year ahead of time, Marshall, Jeffrey, Rodriguez is looking like a solid late pick Hardin is an unknown but has potential depending on durability. That's a very solid first few months.

    I think Phil knew Lovie was gone 9 months ago. The 7-1 start was probably a surprise.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I don't see it. If the Bears switch to 3-4 they waste the talents of Lance Briggs, Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings. I understand the theory on Shea, but I just don't see us making the switch.

    Plus its a fashion thing. The Colts switched to 3-4, the Packers switched to 3-4, a lot of teams are toying with the idea. Every team that switches is one less team we compete with for the big bodied DEs and pass rushing 3-tech guys that make the 4-3 run. We can take a weaker NT than a 3-4 team can, we can take better cover LBs, we can spend our money on big DEs that they can't spend big on to play 5-tech. And we have a lot of talent, both in the vets, and in some of the younger guys, to play in this defense.

    The Bears prove year after year that a zone based (cover 1, cover 2), 4-3 defense can win games. They just haven't been able to match it with a good offense. 4-3 works - I will be very upset if Emery decides to drop it and be fashionable.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I do not see the Defense as the problem in this stretch.

    The Offense is doing the classic Bad-Team-Double-Whammy-Mambo:

    1) Failing to sustain drives / score even 20 points a game


    2) Setting up easy scores for opponents with "3 and outs" and killer turnovers.

    In these last 5 losses, the offense has scored all of 57 points while basically HANDED opponents 21 points over the last 2.

    EVEN if the Defense limits the 2 "inside the 5" turnovers to field goals, the offense STILL didn't score enough points to win either of those games.

    Scoring 11.4 points a game is a recipe for disaster that harkens back to the Abe Gibron Regime.

    And THAT regime did not have the likes of Cutler, Marshall or Forte on offense.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Some good points NB but I think Phil is probably looking beyond the careers of Peanut
    and Briggs if he indeed fires Lovie. You can't tailor the new coaching hire to guys near the end. I also remember the wailing and gnashing of teeth coming outof Green Bay when they switched. While their D is soft this year, it was pretty formidable shortly after the change to the 3-4. If he's not planning a switch, McClellan was a shitty first rounder. I'm hoping the switch was his long range plan. It beats thinking the brand new GM who supposedly got the job because of his eye for talent, drafted Shea for Lovie's D.

  • wow, 49er players, REALLY like their kicker.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #59 CrotchSniff LegHump, Center San Francisco 49er's.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In the GFL, the Center faces the QB. The Nose Tackle (not pictured) lines up normally.

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