Audibles From the Long Snapper: Trestman, Cutler, Harbaugh, Grey Cup Video

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Trestman, Cutler, Harbaugh, Grey Cup Video

Trestman Met With Cutler Pre-Hire

Adam Schefter Tweeted the following Sunday morning:

Bears QB Jay Cutler played a small part in Chicago's HC interview process, meeting with Marc Trestman before he ultimately was hired.

If you don't follow DaBearsBlog's Twitter account (you should!) you missed my responses to the Tweet. Here they are:

(1) Either you believe in your quarterback (Cutler) or you don't. No team ever wins consistently w/ shaky relationship between coach/GM & QB. (2) Whether or not you believe Cutler can lead Bears to playoffs consistently (I do) you must like Bears now operating with unified vision. (3) Will Bears suffer defensively? Answer: yes. Rod Marinelli fleeing proves the impact Lovie had on defensive side of ball. Irreplaceable. (4) Phil Emery is operating under assumption he can restock defensive pantry soundly enough for minimal hit on that side of ball. We wait & see.

 "The Harbaugh Mentality" Reaches Super Bowl

I wrote about it a week ago and it has come to fruition: "The Harbaugh Mentality" has led both brothers to be coaching in the Super Bowl. Two bits from that piece:

When Alex Smith suffered a concussion in November, Jim Harbaugh watched Colin Kaepernick shred the Chicago Bears - at that time the best defense in the league - on a remarkable Monday night. When Kaepernick won his second start against the New Orleans Saints, Harbaugh made the decision that the human tattoo parlor from Nevada, not the Utah game manager, would be his starting quarterback moving forward. It was not that Harbaugh did not believe Alex Smith was capable of winning games. Of course he is. But just winning games is not enough for teams and coaches with title aspirations.

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens have title aspirations. And with three games to go in the regular they also had an offensive coordinator who'd lost the locker room, a majority of the fan base and his favorite bar stool at Bertha's in Fells Point. Harbaugh's Ravens were in the pole position for a division title but that wasn't enough. Cam Cameron was fired Monday morning, December 10th.

Let's hope Phil Emery's decision to fire Lovie Smith pays the same dividends.

Journey to the Grey Cup?


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  • First to say that I'm not sure what you meant by #3, Jeff. What does Rod leaving have to do with Lovie's impact on D?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    i assume Jeff means that he thinks Rod doesn't think he can get the same out of this D without Lovie helping with game plans and the like...

  • Thought occurred to me listening to all the Brady/Flacco talk this morning.

    When was the last time that a team with the highest paid quarterback in the NFL won the Superbowl?

    When was the last time that a team with the highest paid player at any position won the Superbowl?

    When was the last time that a "franchise QB" won the Superbowl after getting a contract that gave him a "first tier" QB salary?

    I honestly believe, after watching Denver, NE, New Orleans and Green Bay falter that they are hamstringing themselves with those exhorbitant QB salaries.

    And let's not even start on Arizona, Minnesota or Detroit...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I thought Eli was getting the big bucks and won 2 Super Bowls, and he was a #1 pick. Some sports site has statistics, but Eli doesn't have a Buick Verano.

  • In reply to jack:

    Eli is at $14 million per year roughly per rotoworld, I suppose that is big enough to count as "first tier." Peyton and Brady are each at $19 million. Brees is around there also.

    Maybe I'm wrong, I just see year after year these big QB teams get beat by glaring holes elsewhere on the roster.

  • Jeff: How did your prop bets do last night? They were too complicated for me to follow.

    And I wonder how irreplaceable Rod and Lovie are on defense. Lovie failed when he tried to be both HC and DC. And even a DQ Blizzard.

  • In reply to jack:

    "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."
    -Charles DeGaulle.

    Same goes for "irreplaceable" ones.

  • How does a team blow a 17 point lead AT HOME? Wow. Talk about a choke job. Matty Ice melted again when it got hottest. That shotgun fumble is INEXCUSABLE. Missing Tony G at the end is also inexcusable.

    However, as much as ppl made fun of Turner this year, I really think his inj hurt the Falcons most. It forced them to be one dimensional (please, Jaquizz is a scat back), and they sputtered.

    Just like the Talib inj hurt the Pats. Once he went down, a UFA CB had to cover Boldin, and Boldin suddenly went off in the 2nd half. I blame Billichick for that. He always thinks he can cover for scrub talent with his genius, but that hasn't been the case as of late (and last time I checked, Bill's in charge of drafting and FA acquisitions too). It's a little different without pre-game tape, Bill.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Agree, but what I did notice, and I guess how he got the nickname... was that he stood in there and took some fucking big hits in the last milisecond while throwing frozen rope completions to dudes. I was pretty impressed with that aspect of his game.

    Also, yeah $, radiohead... and I was listening to Origins of Symetry this morning... and it reminded me of early U2 as well. Might be going to the show tonight here in SD.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're going to the show? ASSHOLEE!!!

    J/k. Some major hotties at those concerts too. And for some strange reason, a lot of potheads. I felt like I was that Chic and Chong van when I was at the Muse concert. Maybe it was just the section I was in.

    When I went to the concert at the Staples center I stayed at the Marriott, which was nice cuz I drank as much as I wanted and just walked across the promade and drank some more at the hotel and crashed out (almost jumped the fence to go swimming at midnight though, which is not a good idea lol). Strongly recommend you get a hotel near the concert (also helps with the ladies, "Hey, gals, got some booze at my hotel around the block if you wanna party").

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    I guess I'm opposite on the Matt Ryan opinion. I actually gained respect for him this postseason. After his defense sucked miserably and let Seattle back in the game he came back and led a great drive to get them a last second win. He moved the ball pretty well against a very good San Fran D also. Atlanta has a shit defnse though in my opinion. That's where they lost the game, not Matt Ryan.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Ryan's shit defense didn't fumble the shot gun snap when they were already in FG range.

    Ryan's quickly becoming the Peyton of this generation of QBs. Great regular season stats, not bad in most playoff games, but when it matters most, CHOKE (and it doesn't necassarily get better with age. Even after 30 years of quarterbacking, Peyton still decided to throw it across his body with his noodle arm, which lead to an int that pretty much lost the game).

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    "How does a team blow a 17 point lead AT HOME?"

    Its EASY!

    You just practice it by blowing a 20 point lead, at home, the week before.

    Also, it's football. its 17 POINTs, not 17 runs or 17 goals.

  • What I realized from watching the games last night is that our D has to become more physical. I mean, who on our D can put the fear of god in opponents? Briggs, maybe Wright? That's about it. The Ravens have Pollard, Suggs, Lewis, Reed, Ngata...9ers have Bowman, Willis, Goldson, Smith...all laying down serious wood. They may not be shut down Ds, but more physical defenses seem better equipped to for the playoffs and finesse Os.

    I know part of it is the scheme; 4-3 cover 2 base emphasizes technique more than thumping, but there's no reason the Bears can't be more physical. This is why as much as I like Conte and Urlacher, I'm more than open to get some new blood in there to add a little bit more attitude, swag and thumping back into our D.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    love that tact. Always a fan.

    See how many WR want to go across the middle in Seattle with Kam Chancelor (6'3" 235) patrolling. Uh, no thanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    During the reg season, this philosophy might get a few more penalties and maybe even give up a few more big plays, but in the playoffs when the refs actually allow some hitting, it pays off.

    I just remember all those dropped passes by GB when they lost last year. Maybe they were rusty, but I think a lot of them got alligator arms. Same with Hernandez earlier this season. He got lit up. There was a penalty. Then, later in the game - alligator arms. Some WRs are just maniacs (like Steve Smith and B Marsh) and don't care, but the added pressure and whacking of the playoffs seperate the boys from the men.

  • Happy MLK Day.

    Nice TD celebration by Parenteau of the RoughRiders @ 18:00. For those who didn't make it that far, he hoists the football like a pitcher of beer and drains it.


    Just put the first 4 seconds on loop.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    You watch that clip and tell me who initiated helmet to helmet contact. Ball carrier tucked in the ball, lowered his head, and smacked into the defender like a battering ram.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    and got knocked the fuck out

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    speaking of, this Baltimore reporter called it 24 hrs before it happened.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    This DeadSpin gif makes it pretty clear it was Ridley:

    Deadspin doesn't see it that way, somehow:

    "...Stevan Ridley... made it eight yards past the line of scrimmage before receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bernard Pollard that should be featured on How Not To Play Football instruction videos and maybe in a courtroom..."

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    idiotic.. how can you watch that clip then write that.

    silly man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Look at the clip. Pollard is actually on one knee before contact. Not sure he could have gone any lower.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I know... defining the hit like they did was just ignorant. That's the issue with the rule and the people trying to enforce it.

    It’s destroying the game in my humble opinion.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I concur completely. It amazes me that AP, Lynch and all those other tough runners are allowed to lower into defenders, which is classed as "fighting for extra yards", but a defender does it and its a crime.

    Bernard Pollard is a badass though.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    yes, he is indeed. he leaves carnage everywhere he goes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The author must be a Pats fan or half-blind. He can't be blind because he noticed that Ridley exhibited a Fencing Response (sign of brianstem trauma - here's the explanatory wiki link he posted: Fencing Response .

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    VERY interesting buttsteak, thanks for that.

    I've always just called that 'getting knocked the fuck out!" or "the UFC response"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bunch of worse/clearer examples here (start vid at 1:00):

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    One of the ugliest videos I've ever seen. The two martial artists taking each other out was where I had to stop watching.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yeah, I almost didn't post it. What bothered me most were the two streetfight knockouts. Those shouldn't have been included.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • I'm already sick of the Har-bowl hype, and it's not even been one day.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    hear hear. It's not so bad for me though cause no one cares over here. Might get an article or two the day before the superbowl, but I haven't heard a peep so far.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    I'd rather listen to that than ANY further re-hashing of the Lance Armstrong or Mantai Te'O situations.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    With ya on the ND LB. I've disliked Lance since the 90's so I'm still not tired of those stories.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I hope the people he stepped on while prtecting is big lie take he for every last nickels of his millions. The English Newspaer that settled his slander suit has already said they are coming after him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The company that had to pay him bonuses for his TDF wins is going after him. Floyd Landis is trying to collect a whistle blower payout because Lance defrauded the govt when he raced for the Postal Service. If the govt joins Landis it could cost Lance crazy money. No sympathy whatsoever.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    It sure beats Packer hype, or Brady hype, or Manning hype. You could always listen to KFI instead.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The 49ers win sure fumigated the trolls out of here, big time. Even the ones who think they aren't really trolls.

  • One thing I noticed about all the playoff teams this weekend and last is they all have pretty good pass protecting offensive lines that were able to scheme well against blitzes.

  • Jim Harbaugh, headbanger:

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    that was funny.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Good One!

  • My twitter or Twitter is down. Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful Monday. It's pretty awesome out here in Monterey.

  • It's Twitter and it's still down...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It does appear as if all of Twitter has shit itself.

    Gnome code - working
    Twitter - busted
    Irony - much

  • In reply to tobijohn:


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Wasn't there an old Star Trek where some civilization's master beaming machine went down and all the inhabitants of the planet were wondering around aimlessly?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, that episode was in the original series..there was a machine that controlled everybody except for the "Red Hour" or something like that and during that time the people would rape..pillage and plunder till the period was over then it would be peace and harmony again until the next "Red Hour". Reminds me of sometime I spent in Houma,La in the early 80's during the oil boom in the gulf. What a blast.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    "...wondering around aimslessly."

    You mean like Democrats?

    Sorry. Couldn't resist ripping off a great Bob Hope Lline.

    Actually, I don't recall such an episode but I don't own a Star Fleet uniform and do not speak a word of Klingon so I don't consider myself a "Trekkie' or a "Trekker' as "Trekkies" prefer being called.

    I think the original run on NBC starte don Friday Nights and being in high school in the late 60s I was rarely home watching TV on fridays or Saturdays.

    I did become a fan of it after it went into syndication. Eventually warmed to NEXT GEN and VOYAGER and even ENTERPRISE . I never did care for DEEP SPACE 9 although I suspect Packer Trolls inspired the the shows creators when they dreamed up the look for a Ferengi.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I didn't care much for deepspace 9 either and never saw much of voyager or enterprise, was on nights for 15 yrs after those came out. Now, with the exception of football I don't even watch TV.

  • Twitter down? Crap, it's not even my birthday!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Sports Team coaches and owners are all hoping it stays down. Forever.

  • Here it's as cold as a witch's tit or titty. I just got back in, and I'm still fucking cold. But there are no sharks here, Artoo, no possibility of tsunami's, and therefore no shark infested tsunami's.

    Looks like Twitter is back up.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    shark infested tsunami's are johnny's biggest fear. They are scary.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Somehow I had the impression he lived inland.

  • just keeping up my end boys. you're all welcome


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    God: "Hey stabby McOne-Arm, do me a favor and keep my name outta yo mouth."

    Ho-ly shit! (see how I did that)

    You guys ready for the Har-bacalypse?

  • So, THE SPORTING NEWS, has named RGIII Rookie of The Year?

    Who did they poll?
    Just folks within a 50 mile radius of D.C, apparently?

    Or did their staff actually decide the award in early October and are now too embarrassed to admit they goofed?

    That Russell Wilson, who was busy tying Peyton Manning's Rookie Record for TD passes (in about 125 FEWER attempts than Manning took to set it) did not win is a TRAVESTY. That he finished THIRD behind RGIII and Andrew Luck is a JOKE.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Agree al. Had that exact conversation with my very good friend tonight, who's a diehard haks fan.

    I would have given it to Wilson as well. Also, most of these awards are just overhyped popularity contests.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You mean not REALLY meaningful? Like the Pro Bowl voting that elects Jeff "Benched with 2 games left in the season." Saturday as a Pro Bowl center?

    Crushing news, MB.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    tee hee hee..

    .Dear Ms. Popularity(Pro-Bowlers) "What would you do for the world"

    "ugh" I would stop global warming.
    "ugh" I would save the hungry
    "ugh" and have world peace

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    sorry Al. At least a friend was the one to break it to you. Hang in there.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh sure. NEXT you'll be telling me there's no Santa Claus!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Wilson would get my vote too.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I disagree. I definitely would argue RG3 should be rook of the year.

    It's close, I give you that, but RG3 had to put the Redskins on his back from the start of the season.

    The Redskins suffered a shit load of injuries on their D, which must have been a bit demoralizing. They lost Orakpo and Carriker right off the bat, which would be like the Bears losing Pepp and Briggs. Then they lost Merriweather (who was playing great) and their #1 WR in Garcon, their #1 TE Davis for most of the year. As a result, their D sucked, and RG3 often had score a lot of points and usually came through, especially in the clutch.

    In spite of all this, RG3 was still arguably the most efficient QB in all the league - and not just rookie qb, but ALL QBs.

    RG3 had a QB rating of 102.4 (71.4 QBR) compared to Wilson's 100 (69.6 QBR). RG3 threw for 3200 yds, ; Wilson for 3118; RG3 ran for 815 7 Tds; Wilson for 489 4TDs .

    RG3 didn't have a top 5 D or a vet PB HB or a top big bodied WR to lean on.

    If you want to say it's an East coast bias by Sporting News, which is well respected, well Pro Football Weekly, also well respected, is a midwest publication and named RG3 rookie of the year too. The NFL and SI will almost certainly also vote RG3 for Rook of the year. So they're all wrong?

    I can also almost guarantee that next year in the Top 100 players voted by the players, RG3 will be ranked AHEAD of Wilson. And for what it's worth, even Madden will give a higher rating to RG3 than Wilson!

    I'm not saying Wilson isn't very good and deserves more national attention, but this year, RG3 edges out Wilson for ROY.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    "Griffin set rookie records for touchdown-to-interception ratio (20-5), passer rating (102.4) and rushing yards by a QB (815). He completed 65.6 percent of his throws, second only to Ben Roethlisberger’s 2004 rookie mark (66.4).

    Only one other quarterback in NFL history — Randall Cunningham in 1990 — threw for at least 3,200 yards and rushed for more than 800 yards in the same season.

    Throughout the season, Griffin had a knack for thriving on the biggest of stages, like on Thanksgiving, when he threw four touchdown passes in a 38-31 win at Dallas."

    I would also add that RG3 on one leg almost beat the Seahawks in the playoffs.

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    almost is for... hs & hg

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    haha...I just realized I circlular refrenced and blew everyone's mind.

    Here's the actual link.

    For the record, I'd probably choose Wilson over RG3 going forward because of the health issue, but this year...

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    Last time I looked, the Sporting News was based in St. Louis.

  • Not sure if this was posted but a good article:

  • i really REALLY like this new trend:

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hope University of Wisconsin doesn't follow that trend. More moobs than boobs in WI bwhaha

  • In reply to 4ever85 (O Canada!):

    bang bang

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Reminds me of the Calgary Flames when they went to the Stanley Cup finals. All the ladies were flashing their boobs (bare boobs, unlike the other site). There was a website called Flames Girls. com that had a ton of pics of the girls flashing. It was awesome. My Little Love Dove joined in the fun. Even if you don't like hockey it was a great time!

  • Dave Hester's cousin was arrested in South Florida for Murder.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Who the fuck is Dave Hester?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think he's referring to one of the people on Storage Wars. Don't ask me how I know that!

  • oh how the tables have turned!

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