Season May Be Seen as Before & After the 177

Season May Be Seen as Before & After the 177

With the game on the line, nursing a 14-10 lead, the Bears allowed rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to engineer a 97-yard, implausible touchdown drive to seemingly defeat Chicago in regulation. After a miraculous connection between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall sent the game to overtime, the Bears defense rinsed and repeated their awfulness by allowing Wilson to navigate 80 yards with ease. The only way the Seahawks could have beaten the Bears on two drives was to successfully move the 177 yards for two touchdowns. They did. And they had very little resistance.

It is easy to reach for the extremes after a defensive collapse so dramatic. It is easy to blame the age of the defenders and question whether a gimp-legged Brian Urlacher is able to contain running quarterbacks the way he once did. (The Bears have been dominated by Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson.) But the age of the defense was decidedly NOT in question with three minutes remaining in the game. Is it possible age takes 57 minutes to emerge? Is it possible Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman and company only have 55 good minutes in their bodies at this stage in their career?

There was a season for the Bears defense before the 177 yards. It was a season of remarkable touchdowns, the globalization of the Peanut Punch, the best corner back play the city has seen in more than a generation, surprising development from the safeties and, well, did I mention touchdowns? They were one of the best defenses in the league and perhaps the best defense of Lovie Smith’s tenure.

What will the season be for this defense after the 177? More than anything else, this is the question that will define the 2012 regular season campaign. Not Mike Tice. Not Jay Cutler. Not the offensive line. The defense will determine how far along the NFL road the Bears travel. And anybody who tells you they know how this group will perform moving forward is selling you something.

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  • First to say that it isn't over. Not by a long shot.

  • holy shit the packers and bears both suck.

    And Ponder sucks too!

    Jim Schwartz! Hah! The worst offender of them all!

    And Jay Cutler temporarily stopped sucking! The Madness!

  • Alot of people will point to the failed 4th and 6inches, the rare Earl Bennett drop off of a perfect Cutler pass, the inability to stop Russell Wilson on first and 98, etc.

    Please don't forget Major Wright dropping a game winning pick.

    Tough tough loss to take. Lot's of fucking injuries. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't bring in a FA off the street.

    8-4 with several games to play. It can be done.

  • What really kills me is Mike Tice's continuing inability to properly use Matt Forte. I don't understand it. Everybody knows Forte is not the kind of back who can sucessfully run it up the middle time after time after time. We all know what a good receiver he is. Why can't Tice figure it out? Is he a fucking moron?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    i know, it is frustrating to watch him not be put in positions to contribute more.

    When Forte is being covered by a linebacker it's a sick matchup for the Bears.

  • Jeff,

    I agree with you that the bears' defense is responsible for this loss but you've got to be kidding me with this response. The bears offense has been unbelievably incompetent all season long and yet you've been so incredibly patient with them. The few times that the offense did get going, it wasn't until the Bears defense had already almost put the game out of reach. Think about what a ridiculous concept that is, and think about how many times this season that actually happened?

    Jaguars game was 6-3 before tillman scored at the end of the first half.

    The Rams were on a game tying drive before major wright brought one back to make it 20-6.

    The Carolina game was as good as done until Jennings (or was it moore) took one to the house to take the lead.

    Tillman put the bears up 10-0 in the dallas game, and dallas was just about to pull it to within 3 after a jay cutler turnover before lance briggs scored on a 74 yard return.

    The Bears defense/special teams effectively scored the first 3 touchdowns of the titans game!

    And they lost this game.....they did. But they only gave up 17 points in regulation..... To a quarterback who turned several busted (well defended) plays into first down gains. And yet THIS is the week you're gonna get on the bears. This is the week when you're going to not "disagree with any negative pieces from Chicago media on Bears today". And it's because of the defense. Maybe the defense isn't tired because they are old. Maybe the defense is tired of literally having to win every game by themselves.

    The bears are 3-4 this year when the bears defense does not score a touchdown. That's ridiculous.

    Jay Cutler played exceptional today, but he's been poor this year. He's responsible for the GB loss, and (I know you might not agree but) he's got to also take responsibility for the Houston loss as well. The OC has been lousy, and The offensive line has given their counterparts in Green Bay all they can handle in the race for the most laughable unit in the NFL. But yet you've been so patient all year with everything on the offensive side of the ball, and now the Defense gives up 20 points and you lose the faith?

    I don't get it.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Cheese logic:

    The Bears obviously need defense to win.
    When the Bears aging defense falters, fans get very, very worried.
    I don't get it.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I actually agree with this post.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Please, DO NOT FEED, MB. Especially the ones who don't THINK they're Trolls, try to pretend they are sentient beings
    but still come up with stand alone posts like "The Bears Still Suck" and then mysteriously DISAPPEAR when the Packers get their heads handed to them by the Giants in prime time.

  • The defense isn't going to be able to stop many teams in the final minutes of overtime with Conte, Jennings, Melton, and Lack on the sidelines. This isn't on the D. This is on Earl not making the catch and Bush not getting 6" on fourth down (or Tice not just taking the easy way out with a QB sneak there). Lovie made the right call. I liked it then and I still do. A team should be able to get 6 inches when they need it to keep a drive alive.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    This is absolutely on the D.

    Putting up 17 points on one of the best defenses in the league, hobbled by injuries, with a makeshift Oline... that's good enough to win.

    The defense needs to do better--if they had stopped EITHER of two long drives, the Bears would've won.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    .....and Major dropping the game winning pick.

    The defense got shredded for 98 and 80 to lose so it's on them Johnny.

    So many singular plays had to happen exactly the way they did for us to lose. IF any of those singular plays go in our favor we win. crazy.

  • I disagree. The D held a team to 17 points in regulation. That wins a strong majority of home games.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I would normally agree with you except when the last 7 points came off of a 98 yard drive with 3 minutes to go. Then was followed by an 80 yard drive to win in OT.

    I agree that they shouldn't have been in that position. If Earl makes that catch and either scores or doesn't score we win, if Major makes that pick we win, if we stop them on 4th and 2 we win, etc.

    It was like fate, like it had to happen that way.

  • ESPN Mike & Mike brought up a good point:

    Earl may have concussed on his flip into the endzone and tried to hang in there. It may help explain his wide open drop; his head was swirling.

    Today reminded me of a day when James Jones was very unhappy in Green Bay and there was a chance at getting him. We could have really used him yesterday.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutler wondered exactly that about Earl in his post game presser.

    If they had gotten Jones, I submit they wouldn't have drafted Jeffrey.

  • Also, this may have gone un-noticed;

    Chicken Sinner spelled Briggs at Will. He also came in for Roach in a "big LB" package. He's was clearly drafted to do this; swap into both rotations and provide a big blitzer on 3rd downs.

    Pep is Wale redux. A once fierce warrior reduced to a shell of greatness, his legs have given out before his heart did. He's like Deacon Jones last days with the Redskins.

    Melton is going to get a big, big deal from the Bears.

    Anti-Plank Weapon is a downgrade from Conte.

    If Jennings is out for the season, then the Bears are probably out for the season.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I still think he was drafted as Lack's replacement. Seeing him work into the LB mix is just more evidence of that. He could be a very nasty blitzing LB. I also think it starts next year. 54 just doesn't have the legs anymore.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I have always thought this from day one. After reading all the scouting reports and watching the tape, I thought, "Lach's replacement".

    And the more the Bears protested he was a LB, the more I believed he was.

    When Lovie said, 'Shea played DE 50% of the time' I whispered under my breath, "In 2013, he's gonna say Shea played LB 50%" to justify his move.

    That's why I'm not so down on him as our draft pick this year as some others.

    Now, if he does stay as a DE than I'm gonna be pissed cause Mercilus looks like a much better prospect at that position.

  • I'm very down in the dumps today. After watching how SF stomped us and now the Seahawks beat us in our own house. I'm feeling even if we make it into the playoffs, with the injuries we are starting to suffer, that once again we'll be embarrassed. Another season of "almosts" and "could have beens".

    I won't stop cheering for the Bears, but reality is starting to slap me red.

    BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    lovie smith and his entire regime is defined by almost and should have beens B4.

    I've been sayin it for years. I still have hope IF the injuries stop and we can get some guys back... it not, it's a classic Lovie season. So much hope, so much potential, so much dissapointment.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Losing this weekend was just the football gods making every effort to ensure that Dec. 16th is the linchpin game of the regular season for us.

    It will be for all the marbles in the division...in the cold, at Soldier Field, against the damn Packers.
    And I'll be there.
    That thought keeps me from falling into the abyss of despair after a loss like this one.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yep, I said the exact same thing to my buddy the seahawks fan... who wore his seahawks tshirt out to our sushi dinner last night after the game.... motherfucker.

    I told him, you and your silly team were just a pawn in out plan little man. Now the packers game is everything for us... JUST as I always wanted it... AND, we'll meet you in the first round again this year... how'd that end up for you last time?

    (btw, if we do lose the packers game, at home, for all the NFCN marbles... again... I will be inconsolable (and lovie MUST be fired)... except by a very hot and somewhat drunk blond, brunette, and/or redhead later that night)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am not above jumping on a grenade while we're there.
    You need to hop on PS3 with me and Doc soon so we can coordinate details.

  • That slant to Forte was a thing of beauty though. Bennett's TD, Marshall being a badass overall, Cutty making things happen no matter what.

    There were so many reasons why we win that game and 4 or 5 individual events that resulted in a loss.

    That's the new NFL.

  • maybe a FA WR pickup xmas present? Sims Walker? TO? Or do we give mini Boldin from the scout team a shot? Mr. Joe Anderson.

  • Scrappy Doo gets no love.

    He's so scrappy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he IS so so scrappy.

  • I think we need a more dangerous slot receiver.

    Amendola's gonna be an FA next year. He's a younger Welker, except he's faster. OH, and he's a great KR/PR.

    Marshall, Alshon, Amendola, Bennett would be awesome.

    Also, we need a real TE.

    Dustin Keller will also be an FA next season, and I think he's gonna want to leave that clown car Jets.

    This will allow us to focus on Oline in the draft.

  • Eh, who cares.

    We met Fortuna, and that fickle mistress wrecked us with her destruction.

    We'll bring back the virtu and we'll make the playoffs...

    Then we'll define the season.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Ganesh be praised.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was thinking more Machiavelli, but if we need the whole gaggle of Hindu deities - so be it...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    it is diwali right now (I think it still is)

  • Looks like you got the correct font for the road sign.

    Slightly mentioned were "Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson," two instant hall of fame quarterbacks. Kaepernick showed enough to get two more starts, but couldn't beat the Rams. But the 49ers sure had enough to beat the Bears, and the Seahawks had barely enough, even though the prognosticators said "no way."

    The only question for next week is whether the Vikes at 6-6 have enough incentive to get back into the wild card race.

  • Did anyone else hear the tidbit regarding 54 saying if they win the Superbowl (I hope they can GET to the SB), that he was done? Now most people will say "No shit". But I think Lach knows he done after this season PERIOD! The man can no longer chase down opposing QBs. He cant cover a RB out of the backfield when Briggs is blitzing. He can not cover a TE. Unless the play is right in front of him, he can not cover it.
    * I did love him giving all he had to chase down Wilson on that one run. Lach covered a good 20 yards to get him. That was pure heart. After that one lone rundown, he was on the sideline. A for effort bud. We loved your time here and I hope it ends with a ring. But you just don't have it anymore.

    If Jennings is done we are going to limp into the playoffs as a WC at best. December 16th will decide this division. Lets hope the Bears can give it all they got.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    Chris Myers made that statement during the game, and it was replayed on sports talk radio later.

  • Maybe this will help sooth our pain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D40syUMnic

    Ok, maybe not, but the guy is fucking hilarious.

  • If it's any consolation, at least we won't have to hear the word "vaunted" attached to our defense much anymore...

    Unless it's used with the "once" qualifier immediately preceding it.

    Fuck.

    Playoffs. (No question mark)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    yup. sucks. We're VERY dinged up right now.

    Hope all's well maings. I know the first 6 months are awesome but rough. don't worry, you'll end up loving her, even though right now the only two big feelings are "meh" and "Stop fucking crying!!!!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks, buddy!

    Looks like I picked the wrong year to stop sniffing glue.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    exactly. most of us have been there done that. It's gets much better... in about a year. Just enjoy it, it goes quickly.

  • Fack fack fack fack fack fack fack. Didn't think it was possible but I'm actually more pissed today than I was yesterday.

    Wat dafack defense? FACK!

    I'm like the turrets guy today. Fack shit fack cunt fack fackity fack fack fack. Fuck.

  • In reply to Shady:

    yep.

  • How the fuxk do you allow two fucking rookies to completely fuxking own your supposedly great defense? How does your speed focused defense lose contain series after series after series? Peppers? Izzy? Wootton? McClellan? HELLO? Love Rod better get this shit show figured out cause its a fucking joke what these kids are doing to your overpaid defense.

  • Worst "Bad" loss since the "Orton-to-Rashid-Then-Crappy-Squibkick-sets-up-Atlanta-Win" game.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Classic Bears. Finding new and excruciatingly painful ways to lose.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You forgot the part about the D allowing the 20+ yard out to get into field goal range with what, 6 seconds?, to work with.

  • Oh and thank goodness we have Eric Weems to backup Hester. I was afraid we'd need Sausagebacon to take over muffed punt and ill advised kick return duties. Dafack Toub?!?

  • In reply to Shady:

    what a wasted year for forte and hester. Man, brutal.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, it ain't over yet for Matt, unless he's hurt.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Chalk up another name to the list of disappointments.

    We had such high hopes for you, Weeeeeeeeeems.

    Scrappy returns punts, right? Bowman? Pringles? Allen?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    here you go maings: http://uncrate.com/stuff/nike-kobe-8-system-basketball-shoes/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of chooos, I just bought these: http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/zuwrt.jvzsm/v/vspfiles/photos/PDO-01032CEB-1.jpg?1351166693

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Hey maings - I wasn't around most of last week but it was kick ass meeting ya...too bad the Vikings game was such a snooze fest and I was so damn hung over.
    I think I am cemented in first place in the "other DBB-regulars met" division.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    where did you guys meet up?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It was a good time. I owe you a few pints, a few schmokes, and an ass whooping in the billiards (it's not fair to take a hungover guy's moneys). Plus, I guess it's better to have a snooze fest than an anger inducing Seattle game. Need to check out the HUB ribs... I forgot this weekend.

    MB - he came back to Slowmaha... so we met up in a nice public place with lots of witnesses where neither of us would be in danger of losing a kidney - like a Craigslist exchange. Also, MB, fuck Kobe. And those shoes of yours sure are something... but as an Italian, I'm for 'em.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Nice. Always good to have (public) blog meet ups.

    Rabbit seems like a normal guy when he's trying this hardest to kill me with... waaaaaait a miiiiinute....

    Yeah, they are aren't they? Facionabley my man... I-talian fashion. Chicks dig it... trust me. Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am the nicest guy in the world....unless you f-ck with my cereal box.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'll give you a heads up before my next trip (hopefully early Feb.) and I can find out if you're all hat, no cattle at the pool table.

    I'm pretty sure that in addition to the dude we talked about, I know some other folks at your work too...proving once again how small the circles in O are.

  • New rule in life to follow:

    1. If an opportunity presents itself to take a (99%) two possession lead against an otherwise stellar D - take the fucking two possesion lead.
    2. Seattle has our number in the regular season, we own them in the playoffs.
    3. We are going to beat the Vikings and the Lions will upset the Pack this week, so a week from today and we are back on top. Then: FUCK GREEN BAY.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Viva, when we lined up on 4th and 6 inches. I was screaming for them to just sneak it and get the first or just kick the goddamn field goal and go up 2 possessions. They did neither and I was forced to drink a huge glass of whiskey in record time.

  • this may come as a complete shock to many of you: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/New-allegations-of-unsportsmanlike-behavior-from-Ndamukong-Suh.html?sct=hp_t2_a3

    Ok, maybe not.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Being a dick doesn't make you tough. It just makes you a dick.

    Fuck that guy (but I'd still take him on our team).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOp2t0IKnUo

  • Is Hester coming back next week?

    I'm a big advocate for player safety and the long-term ill effects of concussions, and I appreciate Hunter Hillyenmeyer's willingness to publicly confront the Bears organization on their hypocritical stance privately vs. publicly.

    Having said all that, Hester is acting like a guy with a hurt vagina. How no-go can the guy be, really? Didn't he always want to stay in the league as a big time wideout? Didn't his agent sell him as a guy who could play wideout? Has the experiment ruined him for good?

    Because we really need a fucking wideout that doesn't look like a little white guy that takes your order at the BK.

  • Tice could maybe bring us a sex boat scandal. That would entertain us, at least.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/869108-50-worst-nfl-coaches-of-all-time/page/13

    (Breaking the link to BR DBB rule, because I feel like it)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tee hee

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/869108-50-worst-nfl-coaches-of-all-time/page/16

  • In reply to gpldan:

    10-38. Jesus Christ.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/869108-50-worst-nfl-coaches-of-all-time/page/47

  • No one said this was gonna be a hands down winning year..."it over till we say it's over....are you with me?"...hello...HELLO...is there anybody there?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Funny you post this when just yesterday you said you were done with the team, nay, football all together.

    Good to see you've come to your senses but don't be so bloody wild.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    So what happened to...

    "Well.defense is too old. Packer's will take the NFC North and I'm done making excuses for Lovie Smith. Fed up with the stupid ass decisions by this clown.I'm done for this year. Actually, I'm done with football altogether. Was a lot of fun reading this blog but I've had it with this team.
    Cya"

    Hmmm????

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Come on Al...MaddBearfan...woke up this morning and then watched the postgame with LDL using his line of all lines

    A. "There is a lot of football left"
    B. 'It's only one game"
    C. We are a good football Team"

    or wait for it...wait for it....

    D..ALL THE ABOVE

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Couldn't stay a way from this crowd...too damned much fun.

  • Is DJ Moore still in Lovie's doghouse for his Cutler comments earlier this year? I think he's better than Hayden in pass coverage and he's definitely a lot better tackler. I'd like to see him get the starting job back over Hayden at nickle back.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    DJ's problem is he couldn't remember the reprise in "KUMBAYA" correctly

    that's why he's in LDL's doghouse

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    another reason to say "good riddance" to Lovie: benching & deactivating a guy because he said something, while keeping guys starting when they've obviously lost it (e.g., Harris)

  • I will give this to Seattle...Wilson is deadly on the play-action pass. And his ability to sell the hand-off on designed roll-outs where he could run or dump off short-passes just killed us on the last two drives. He is nasty accurate on the move, not just out of the pocket.

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