Reverend's Rant & Wild Card Weekend Game Threads

Reverend's Rant & Wild Card Weekend Game Threads

The following are my selections for wild card weekend - against the spread, of course.

Cincinnati +4.5 HOUSTON

I am sure the whole world will be turning on the Texans after their miserable finish to the 2012 season...and I'm one of them. I hate this Texans team and I don't trust their head coach (Kubiak) or defensive coordinator (Wade) or quarterback (Schaub) to win when the spotlight is brightest. If the Texans can't get their run game ramped up they have no chance and I think Geno Atkins will revel in the national spotlight he desperately deserves. Bengals 24, Texans 16

GREEN BAY -7.5 Minnesota

Forgone conclusion. Now that the Bears (and me personally) have no stake in the Packers winning they will beat the tar out of the Vikings and shut down Adrian Peterson. Packers 30, Vikings 10

Indianapolis +6.5 BALTIMORE

#Chuckstrong. Ravens 20, Colts 17

Seattle -3 WASHINGTON

Best game of wild card weekend by a long shot. I get the sense this will be the first NFL playoff game of the modern era to eerily resemble a college game as a pair of option quarterbacks engage in a game of "who can complete the least number of passes and still win". I like the Seattle defense to make a big play late.  Seahawks 24, Redskins 20

And for those of you not following @DaBearsBlog on Twitter - you don't know what you're missing! Here were my Tweets for each of the clubs playing this weekend.

#1 of 8. If Houston loses to Cincinnati, doesn't McNair have to contemplate making a change at head coach?

#2 of 8. If Cincinnati beats Houston Saturday it will be because Geno Atkins thrives in national spotlight and wrecks Houston's run game.

#3 of 8. True Story. In preseason I picked the Minnesota Vikings to have the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

#4 of 8. Does any Bears fan doubt for a second that the Packers will beat the Vikes by 25 Saturday night now that Bears have no stake?

#5 of 8. What if Flacco throws up one of those 11-34, 135 yards, 2 INT performances Sunday? Does Ozzie look elsewhere for QB in 2013?

#6 of 8. Ray Lewis announced his retirement for 1 reason: self promotion. He's not the type to go quietly. He's a showman. And a murderer.

#7 of 8. If Seattle had home field advantage in NFC, would any other team be a viable selection to make the Super Bowl? No. That's insane.

#8 of 8. If Redskins offense outfoxes terrific Seahawks defense with a gimpy quarterback...Emery needs to sit with Kyle Shanahan next week.

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  • Why will the APckers beat the tar out of the Queens? Does anyone on here actually believe that the Packers tanked the game?

    Our new 4.32 running WR has already scored as a Bear!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RALlVl1Q6A4

  • I almost think they did Irish...but will see what happens later today.

  • Cincy and Minny to beat the spread? IBNO, Crown?

  • No on either. Cincy could pull off an upset, but I don't think the odds are good.

    Same way with Minny. No way either Cincy or Minny loses and covers.

  • This insight from Donny 'Power Rank' Banks:

    Men get old, can't get it up anymore.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130104/andy-reid/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

  • "dabearsblog Phil Emery isn't thorough. He is giving this head coaching search a full rectal exam."

    Turn your head and coughlin? Using the whole fischer doc? Bend over while I Belichick your prostate?

    ...tare for Al.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was supposed to say, "those are for Al"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh THANKS !!!

    My last check up (October) , the gloves and the KY were on the ON THE COUNTER in the exam room but the Doc said my PSA test # was good so he said he'd give me a pass the rectel exam...unless, of course, I INSISTED!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Give it a trest,man.

    Story from 2009 entitled "Offensive guru Trestman deserves ticket from Canada to NFL."

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/12399910

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Give what a rest dude?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ahhhhh... trestman.

    Good one. I was like, wtf?! Who peed in your cheerios.

    Fucking duh.

    (in fairness to me, i've been drunk more than sober for the last 3 days)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Noll problem. It was a pretty bad pun. I just wanted to post something about Trestman because I figured it was his addition to the list of candidates for head coach that inspired Jeff's tweet about rectal exams.

  • Fuck Twitter.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Mwah! Jefe, if you want a blog T-shirt, there it is. That could be the new 'shit happens'. Excellent. Fuck Twitter.

  • It takes awhile to get into but once you do, you realize that it's pretty cool.

  • If it weren't for twitter, we might not have Bmarsh, Irish.

    Put that under 140 characters! (Or whatever the fuck it is - I don't have an account, but some of it's pretty funny and informative).

  • [snip]
    "...When Popp hired Trestman in 2008, the new coach had a request: “Can you get Russell Wilson?”

    "Popp did the best he could. He made a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for an exchange of players on the unpublished CFL negotiation list. The Alouettes traded Terrelle Pryor’s rights (then Ohio State, now Oakland Raiders) to the Riders for the rights to Wilson. They believed he was the perfect candidate to succeed Anthony Calvillo at quarterback.

    “But as his stock grew, I knew that wasn’t going to be possible,” said Popp...."
    [snip]

    http://www.torontosun.com/2012/12/13/russell-wilsons-time-is-now

  • Cincy with -6 net passing yards in the first half. Impressive.

  • Bullshit, wait till a tackler is 5'away and call for a fair catch.

  • Ponder out for the Vikes.

  • Ponder out tonight, what kind of shit is that? Bad elbow!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Imagin if that was Jay.............

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Don't compare him to that quitter. So what if his knee was about to wobble out of its socket (according to Garza), no excuses...

  • Me and Madd all over that stufff!!

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    I'd take Webb over Ponder. GB Defense hasn't game planned for him, and you guys should remember Webb going to Philly and owning them like a veteran. He has had a lot of bad games, but that is usually with the defenses preparing for him. He can do alot of damage if Capers doesn't handle his in game adjustments well. Vikings fan tonight, I cannot take another offseason of my brother in law constantly talking shit about Packers championships and Bears failures.

  • I remember writing this back in March.. Jerry, why is Jason still a coach!

    http://www.footballnation.com/content/5-nfl-coaches-who-are-hot-seat/14052/1/

  • God, please please please let the Pack lose at home against Joe Webb...

    How 'bout that Burfict kid, huh? Nice UFA... 174 tackles, started 16 games as a rook. Wish someone on the blog had mentioned him in the P.S. (insert sarcasm).

    I think Irish was the biggest Burfict booster.

    I wonder now that Lovie is gone if we'll now take a FEW chances on some questionable character prospects. That CB Jenkins rook for the Rams doesn't look too shabby either.

  • That's the kind of character I'm surprised we didn't take a shot on to be honest. With our locker room and the perpetual players champion in Lovie, I think we would have straightened out loads of players. It's not as if he was pushing drugs or doing a Tank Johnson/CedBen.

    Regarding Jenkins, I want to see him next year before I call him a great payoff. Yes, he had a few weeks where he had a big impact, but he was burned repeatedly in several big games this year (see any game where the rams gave up 30+ points).

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Yeah, more than a few of us here on the blog wanted to take a flier on Burfict in the 7th or UFA...esp since we were down on Roach earlier on.

    Oh well.

    CB has to be the hardest position for a rook to learn (Used to be QB, but don't know about that anymore).

    I think Jenkins just has to learn that he can't int EVERY throw, which good coaching will teach. Still, he's by far the best CB from this past draft, and he went in the 2nd. 74 tackles and 4 ints ain't too shabby. I'm very curious how he'll turn out. Peterson also had and up and down rookie campaign, so his career might give us a sneak peak.

  • I don't know about our cap situation for next season, but I DO know that $16M for a player not named Peyton or Brees is a shit load, and that's what Peppers is set to earn.

    Keep in mind that Pepp already restructured, so I don't know how many more tricks they got up their sleeves. And for those who would be open to trading Pepp for say draft picks or to make room for Long, it'll cost the Bears 8M in salary cap hit to trade or cut Pepp.

    Still have to resign Melton, Wooten, Louis, and maybe Lach, Izzy, and Scott.

    Ought to make for an interesting capology summer...

  • If the Bears are gonna take that big of a salary cap hit no matter what, then there's no reason to get rid of Peppers. That plantar injury should heal up before next, so he'll probably be better than this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    "before next YEAR"

  • From Pompei's column :

    Julius Peppers

    He is scheduled to be the Bears' highest-paid player in 2013 with a salary of $12.9 million and a cap number of $16.3 million. Would the Bears think about cutting the 32-year-old if they changed to a 3-4 defense and coaches thought he could not transition well?

    Cutting Peppers seems like a stretch. It would save the Bears money, but it would leave a messy salary-cap situation.

    If the Bears cut Peppers before June 1, he would count $9.5 million against their 2013 cap. If they cut him after June 1, he would count $3.18 million against the 2013 cap and $6.36 million against the 2014 cap.

    There also is a "June 1 designation" they could use to cut him before that date and push off $6.36 million to 2014, but to do that, they would have to carry his $16.3 million cap number until June 1, which would limit their offseason flexibility.

    And if Peppers plays in 2013 like he did in 2012, he would bring real value to the defense. Peppers finished the season with 111/2 sacks, the fourth-highest total among defensive ends.

  • First time I watched the Bengals this year. Jay Gruden's offense didn't look very impressive. In fact, they looked like shit.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Jay Gruden was not on the top of my list, that's for sure.

    "Ok, here's the play - throw it to that A.J. guy."

    The TE and HB were almost completely neglected vs the Texans. In fact, if you were to close your eyes really tight, the Bengals looked a lot like the Bears tonight. That's probably how we would have gone out. Close on paper, but never really had a chance.

  • Joe Webb instead of
    Christian Ponder(ous)?

    A "Wildcard" in the Wildcard game?

    Hmmm.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The spread went out three points ....

  • I doubt if Christian Ponder makes that escape.

  • Scouring the underbelly of possible 2013 FAs (Per Rotoworld)...

    "Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego believes LT Jared Gaither will not return to the Chargers in 2013.
    Acee's column is an opinion piece, but he's also very plugged in after many years on the Chargers beat. Per Acee, Gaither "will not be back" because "he can't be," and "it has been hinted at strongly" by club brass. "I can't even look him in the eye," one veteran Charger said of Gaither, who is believed to have milked injuries in 2012. Said another, "F---ing Gaither. He ----ing cost us big-time." The Chargers would absorb a $6 million cap hit to cut him. "

    My notes. Anyone else wanna gamble with a possible headcase/ injury prone LT?

    "ESPN New York's Rich Cimini said "someone will get a great bargain" on impending free agent Dustin Keller, but it "probably won't be the Jets."
    Keller played in just eight games in 2012 as he battled hamstring and ankle injuries, so that's expected to affect his price on the open market. The Jets "probably" won't get the bargain because they'll likely have to slap the franchise tag on Keller to keep him. Keller said in late December that he is "100 percent" opposed to the franchise tag, too. He'll be highly sought after as a solid red-zone option and stretcher of the seam. "

    My notes. All systems go here. Getting a TE in FA will mean we wouldn't need to use one until later in the draft.

  • I would take Keller in a heart beat. They can have Davis in return. Him and Sanchez would make a great comedy duo.

    Wouldn't mind a look at Fred Davis or Martellus Bennett either. Under the radar would be Fasano. Other than that maybe Jared Cook?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    That Casey Guy for Houston looked okay.

  • Ain't he actually a FB? I think we already have him in Adams/Rodriguez, if Tice would pull his finger out his ass and work a FB/TE into the flat on play action.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Shouldn't that read "...if Tice HAD pulled his finger out of his ass..."? Or is he one of the coaches that might be back next year?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    FUCK that... it was a typo tobi... please god a typo.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I say go "Chemistry set" Scheffler.

  • Here's the TE FA list for 2013:

    Tony Gonzalez
    Fred Davis
    Dustin Keller
    Jared Cook
    Martellus Bennett
    Brandon Myers
    James Casey
    Dallas Clark
    Ben Watson
    Anthony Fasano
    Delanie Walker
    Kellen Winslow
    Todd Heap
    Jeremy Shockey
    Visanthe Shiancoe
    Chris Cooley
    Dante Rosario
    Travis Beckum
    Alex Smith
    Cameron Morrah
    Leonard Pope
    Billy Bajema
    Gary Barnidge
    John Phillips
    Will Heller

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I like DYL's list, but Keller would def be top of the list.

    Fred Davis might be kept for RG3, but he got suspended for PEDs, then got injured. I'm always a bit suspicious of players who get busted for PEDs, then get injured (Lights Out, anyone?).

    Tony, if he does come back, will almost certainly come back with the Falcons, so erase that name.

    Bennett I also think will be back with the Gmen, but he's been an underachiever most of his career.

    Jared Cook is one of those "athletic" projects who would be more of a gamble than Keller in my books. Kellen Davis was a project too.

    Brandon Meyers is sort of the opposite of Cook. Very reliable. He'll catch the ball; he just won't do much more like stretch the D or break a tackle.

    Winslow's knees must be shot, but maybe a year off helps? I think that GB TE Finley might be let go too, but much like Cook, he's an athletic project who has more drops than hype by now.

    No matter what though, we'll be upgraded in TE in 2013 - maybe Martz wasn't as crazy as we thought after all. He correctly judged Davis and Hanie, made Forte a probowler, and scored more with less.

    Too bad Cutler had to pay the price for points in his system.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Aww. No Scheffler.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    We don't have to target just pure FAs...Scheffler could be had.
    The Kittens need help at positions other than TE...not that I'm advocating to give up picks necessarily.

  • Joe Webb's awareness is disgusting.

  • tones of packers vermin scurrying everywhere in vegas... and quite a few vikings fans too.

    I saw one maybe two texans and bengals jerseys... but literally hundreds of packers crap. They're like fucking cockroaches man. bandwagon much. Disgusting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    tons

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How much is a hooker and an eightball?

  • did ask... neither are my thing Irish. Drinks are fucking $12-$20 though. Deeeum

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's didn't

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Vegas, baby!

    You better be typing this with one hand from your smart phone, while the other is engaged in other nefarious activities with boobs bouncing in a danky strib club showing the game.

    p.s.

    Don't eat the salad.

  • yes

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The only jerseys I have seen in Scotland are Tebow jerseys. Wait, once I saw a girl at uni who had a Delhomme jersey.

    Don't know which is worse really.

    We only glory hunt for soccer over here!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    tebow.... yeah... makes TOTAL sense.

  • So,does anyone still think the Packers didn't lay down last week?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    They didn't lay down per se, the Vikings were playing in their loud ass stadium and were gunning for the playoffs while AP was chasing the record. Now they are on the road with Joe "3-10" Webb who's best play is to run for a first or do a bounce pass 15 yards downfield. Regardless, if the Pack win they will be going on the road to SanFran and I think they will crumble there.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    If they did lay down, it was a very odd way of doing it.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    No way they laid down with a 2seed at stake. They're playing at home and they're coached better. Those coaches are better applying what they learned last week.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Oh sure, like they they KNEW the Vikings lose their starting QB and how tough it it for them to beat the Bears lately if Chicago'd made the playoffs. And thery were ready to face AP because they were able to hold him to a mere 200 rushing and prevent him from sett8ing the rushing record becuase time rain out? Yup. sure sounds like they taked it.

  • Way off topic but just got back from seeing The Hobbit. If you're any kind of a Tolkien purist, you're going to want back both the price of admission as well as the three hours of your life that was wasted. Credits say it was based on The Hobbit and yeah, about the first fifteen minutes of the movie were. After that, I don't know what it was. I have no idea where the story line came from and plenty of pointless and gratuitous special effects as well. They did an absolutely excellent job with The Lord of the Rings but this movie is total junk.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Both my son's said the same thing..the effects were good ,but that was it.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I thought LOTR was four dudes walking around with a few CGI battles thrown in. Cloud Atlas is worth a look. Sorry you got bummed. I hope Disney don't drop the ball with Star Wars.

    Thanks for the heads up on the Oliver Stone Secret history of the USA. Wow, shame that Wallace guy didn't get the nom instead of Truman. What a horrible little man.

  • LOTR (and Tolkien for that matter) might not be every one's cup of tea but the movie stayed on point with the books and never deviated, as far as I could tell (and I've been rereading them every five or six years since I was about twelve). The Hobbit was a smaller story with a lot less action so I'm assuming after LOTR, the producers/director/writers thought they had to juice it up for the hoi polloi. There's a Part II coming and I won't be bothering, that's for sure.

    Oliver Stone can be a total over the top goof and he might have slanted things a bit but he didn't make that stuff up in the Untold History. Unless you consider a day without Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity is like a day without sunshine (like my old man), you KNOW there's substance there. I'm hoping there's someway I can catch up on the earlier segments as the first one I saw was the one you're referring to. If you haven't already, try to check out A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. I don't consider myself left leaning (I describe myself as a Republican moderate trapped in a heavy metal chassis) but no matter where you fall on the spectrum, politics is a dirty business. And the higher up you go, the dirtier it gets. That's the lay of the land, though. People are people and they aren't going to change...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    A constitutional amendment that has term limits on the house and Senate is the only thing I can think of that may make things better. Included in the amendment should be no retirement fund and health care for life. They should receive SS and Medicare like everyone else. No more raises other than cost of living. Any left over campaign contributions, after their defined terms, should go to pay off the debt.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    there should be ZERO special interest/PAC money allowed to flow into the us gov... AT ALL! That'll fix a lot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Excellent ideas, both. may I also add legalizing and taxing the hell out of most drugs and adopting the flat tax as well? That would eliminate most corruption and make everything a lot simpler and more transparent...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Definitely agree on the drug legalization. I wonder how much money the gov't would make on pot. Would it still be illegal to grow on your own? It's such an easy plant to grow with a little experience.

    Your Dad sounds like two of my uncles. Rush, Hannity, and Fox News are like the gospel. Both uncles will leave the room if you turn on any news show that is not Fox. When I was a kid I thought they were so smart and well-read regarding politics. Now that I'm older, I can't even have a conversation or debate with them about political issues if I dare criticize a Republican. I totally pissed off one uncle at Thanksgiving when I compared Romney to Kerry regarding their flip-flopping while running for President.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I haven't drank or drugged since the late eighties. Stuff quit working for me so not much point in continuing. It's not like I want to decriminalize my lifestyle. If you have an addictive personality, you're going to find whatever it is regardless of it's legality. Not sure if I want folks walking into a Walgreens and pick up a packet of crystal meth but those things can be worked out. The war on drugs is costing this country a fortune in every way (extra cops/courts/prisons/corruption/violence/drug-related crime) as well as a huge capital outflow of dollars empowering all the wrong people and it's not working nor will it ever. Prohibition didn't work and neither will this.

    I don't bother discussing politics with my old man and delete most of his emails without reading them. Instead, I do sneaky things like slap DNC bumper stickers on his cars and make token contributions in his name to left wing causes so he gets on their mailing lists. Got him an Al Sharpton for President t-shirt one year. He liked that and actually wears it. The one thing he enjoys more than making sure everyone in his world is aware of evil liberals is to get people riled up...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    that fucking sucks... I was really looking forward to it tobi.

    I'm not at all an underworld geek, but the hobbit was one of my favorite books of all time. And JRRT was born on the same day as me in a town about 30 miles from where I was born in SA (like 50 years apart, but still).

    What a bummer... why in god's name would they need to change an already amazing story!?!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And it wasn't like all they did was embellish the existing story (which they did unnecessarily, imho) but they omitted entire sections and fabricated outlandish events and characters. Really, don't waste your time...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    WHat characters were fabricated?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Some crazy giant one armed Orc was chasing them through out the movie. Radagast the Brown and his rabbit teamed land sled (he was a real Middle Earth character but he played no role in the Hobbit), Saruman showed up (he was not in the Hobbit), Galadriel was also not in the Hobbit but there she was again in the movie, some necromancer in an abandoned fortress, giant eagles rescuing the party from the aforementioned orcs (pulled that scene straight out of LOTR) which deposited them right on the doorstep of the Lonely Mountain (nothing of their travels through Mirkwood and arrival in Dale). I could go on with other inaccuracies but then you'll start thinking I'm the Tolkien equivalent of a Trekkie...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    One of my favorites as well. I gave up on fantasy series after the Robert Jordan fiasco. Nobody wants to end a story anymore.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I am not a Hobbit fan but you are not the first one i have heard with just those complaints.

    Plust, the Ring Trilogy is 3 books, ergo 3 movies. Fine.

    The Hobbitt is 1, not-that-long book about 1 not-so-epic adventure and they're goona squeeze 3 MORE full films out of that?\\That has "marketing ploy" stamped on it in HUGE red letters.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ah, you guys are all full of it.
    The LOTR trilogy was a full-on bore...I enjoyed the books, and wanted to nap through seeing Elijah Wood cast longing pained looks at the camera every five fucking minutes.
    The Hobbit was, as a film (forget fan-boy dedication to the original material), far better paced, a better screenplay, and the casting was better.

  • Am I the only one scratching my head over the CFL coach interview? I can appreciate a thorough search, but the CFL? This seems like a big reach and a waste of time. Anybody know anything about this guy? Canada?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    "But Trestman earned most of his reputation working with quarterbacks in the U.S. He was hired for his first coaching job at the University of Miami in 1981 when he was a law school student and became the quarterbacks coach in 1983, when Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes to Miami's first national championship. He also has worked with Kosar with the Cleveland Browns (1988-89), the 49ers' Steve Young (1995-96) and he was the quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2002 when Rich Gannon was the NFL's MVP.

    Trestman also has worked in the offseason preparing quarterbacks for the NFL draft, including Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2006. Trestman also has worked with Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, Tem Tebow and Jimmy Clausen. "

    He also really wanted Russell Wilson, so his record shows he can develop QBs, something which I think is looming rather large in Emery's mind.

    Like I said before, I wonder what Emery REALLY thinks of Cutler. I think Emery's trying everything in his powers to develop Cutler, and might be picking a H.C. based on that factor for the most part.

    Trestman is a long shot, but often these interviews are to put certain guys GMs like (or owe in some way) on the map for other teams.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2013/01/qb_guru_marc_trestman_of_cfl_t.html

  • The more I think about it, the more I like that Cutler-Rich Ganon comparison...

  • is that a fucking pic of the guy?!?! He looks 13. WTF?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FWIW, he's 52, a licensed attorney and a motivational speaker as well...

  • So maybe a good quarterbacks guy or OC first. Seems like a solid football coach but CFL to NFL is too big a jump at the HC position for me.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Of possible interest to you:

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/football/article/1119262--nfl-coaches-gms-routinely-picked-from-cfl

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    A lot of these interviews are also to pick the brains of offensive masterminds.

    Think about all the free "consultation" Emery's getting on his team right now.

    "Can our team run the zone blocking scheme?" Well, who better to ask than the Texans coach?

    "What would you do to attack teams more vertically with our personnel?" Well, who better to ask than Arians?

    "Is Cutler a franchise QB? how can he improve?" Well, you got a QB guru who worked with Young and Ganon to give Emery some idea.

    I like that Emery cast his net wide - He's getting outside objective expert evaluations for free basically.

    And this is really the only time he'll be able to solicit it this way, so good on him.

    Just hope he has a good instinct and some luck into choosing the next guy. For every Billichick there are 5 McDaniels...

  • I like Trestman (based on what I've read. I've never seen him coach).

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    4e85 has most of the info. Trestman has been around since Steve Young. He's always had the reputation as a QB guru.

    His QB in the CFL (Anthony Cavillo) is an old vet that's probably as good as any QB in the CFL. I won't comment on the offense since it's almost like comparing apples to oranges. His team is always in the playoffs (not that hard to do) and they won the Grey Cup 2 years in a row.

    Who knows if he'd be a good NFL HC?

  • Soooooo Jeff, you said the Vikes were better than us?

  • Packers with an easy win. Webb just isn't much to work with.

  • The Pack run blitzed almost every play, not allowing the Vikes to open holes on the line and stuffing AP.

    Webb couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with that arm. And he had Simpson and Shabba to throw to.

    Game over.

  • Arians, who the Bears spoke with, is in the hospital and won't be calling plays at this Colts game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What did Emery do to him?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Doesn't the Rooney rule require teams to interview more than just arians?

  • Rimshot...

  • Well played sir. Well played.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I think it was you who said you went to college in Detroit. I just seen this commentary on Detroit yesterday written by a guy on his first visit to Detroit. Thought you might like parts of it.

    http://reason.com/archives/2013/01/03/detroit

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thanks for the link Fifth. There is more truth in there than you can imagine. I studied architecture at the University of Detroit. I got a great feel for what was going on in the city as campus is right in the thick of the mess. Every semester we devoted time
    to city projects, the focus of which was improving the public environment in hopes of reviving some small piece of the city that
    would spread to neighbouring parts and so on. Projects like this actually have been done but never work. Turns out its not the architecture. Its the people. I have no explanation as to why, but that city harbors the worst collective culture you can imagine. There are have been projects there which I have personally seen, done for the good of the community. Shelters, soup kitchens, et al. The donated materials literally get stolen from the site. This is not a rare occurrence. When I left Detroit in 96 there was a new movement in the works to buy blocks of houses (most of which sit empty) to bulldoze them and turn them into green space. This really means to let it go back its natural state. There is no money available for silliness such as park maintenance when they can't afford police and fire fighters. I could write all night on the subject but you get the idea.

  • Hahahahahah

  • Hope Seattle catches up. This could be a great game.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Crunch, it will be close as long as Wilson keeps trying to turn it over and the Redskins refuse to take the ball even if it is fumbled into their hands, thrown directly into their hands or fumbled in the pocket directly into their hands.

    We're at 3 and it's not even halftime.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Tempers are really flying, and the refs are letting some shit happen for a change.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    i dont mind letting them play. I just mind when the refs pick and choose the specific times and then the league has to apologize to your team when their mistakes help bounce your from the post season.

    Seattle / Bears was a fucking travesty

  • In reply to Waffle:

    thank god hockey is back. i was about to start hard drugs to cope as we wait 6 months for next season and endure hundreds of shit articles from lazy bullshit reporters and analysts getting paid for what most people here could do half drunk and having just woke up.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    It's eight months, and I don't watch hockey or basketball. I like the Cubs, but they're no help.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    8???? fuck.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    according the the Rev's rant, 253 days (about 250 now) and counting...

  • In reply to Waffle:

    The upside is the coaching search, the draft, and the release of the schedule...
    And because I know a couple of the road games will be against NFC East teams in my neck of the woods this year, I am WAY more excited than usual for the schedule to come out.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    1. January
    2. February
    3. March
    4. April
    5. May
    6. June
    7. July
    8. August

    Let that sink in.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    No doubt. Well-officiated games are the exception.

  • If RG3 in inj, he should have let Cousins play after half time. It looks like he can't even pushoff to throw.

    Damn shame. I was pulling for the Skins. I like Alf and RG3 and Fletcher. Hall, not so much.

    Also, I don't like Peter Caroll. I don't see how anyone can follow a man who cheated than bailed on a program. It astounds me that guys like that get back into the NFL (Nick Saban being the latest name).

  • It's only a matter of time before someone knocks out Wilson.

    Thus far he's been fortunate, but that only lasts so long in the NFL.

  • Seriously, why don't defenses just go for the kill shot on Wilson when he runs down to block for Lynch? That's what I would instruct the d players if I were a D.C.

    Just like on the read option. Don't worry about the HB, just blast the QB then see how long they keep running the read.

  • that's all you have to do. that's why you can't/shouldn't be able to run the option in the NFL.

  • I watched every Wisconsin game last year, and Wilson is elusive. He "maybe" took a handful of big hits last year when running the ball. He's a very smart player who rarely makes big mistakes. Loved his hustle on the Lynch TD to slow down a few tacklers. The dude is really fast.

    Seattle is running a Wisconsin style offense with Bevell as OC. Run the ball, hit the TE's and RB's on the underneath routes, and take a few shots down the field.

    One other thing I've noticed is that Seattle is platooning players at RG between Moffitt and Sweeney(?) or whatever his name. I think both are coming off injuries and they keep switching players as the game goes along.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yeah, Wilson is elusive and smart (sliding when he has too), but eventually someone's gonna catch him sliding or trying to get out of bounds, or when he goes to the read, some angry Harrison LB will just ignore the HB altogether and blast him. Always happens.

    It would be better for his career if Wilson went more the Brees route, but I don't think Carroll worries about that.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Did he get hurt much? He seems rugged.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I don't think he missed any plays when a game was still in contention. WI didn't run the read option when he was there, but not sure about his NC State career. They had designed runs for him, but not the read option.

  • Redskin's D making read option adjustments, daring Hawks WRs to beat them (and it's just dump offs to TEs and RBs).

  • Russell Wilson is one fast dude.
    He just outran the whole damn field.

  • that's why you can't always be "tough" in this game. His knee if completely fucked.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    bye Shanny.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    he won't get blown up on Twitter for being a "quitter" but he certainly lost that PLAYOFF game for the Skins.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    It's called Hubris.

    It was obvious RG3 was limping around back there. He gave it a half, that should have been it. RG3 couldn't push off to make those long throws he's usually good with.

    Cousin's is no slouch either. Critical misjudgment.

  • critical.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Yep, there went all the ligaments.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "Hey, he walked off, why isn't he playing???"

    Some random dipshit on Twitter, I guarantee.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "I saw him climb stairs, what a pussy!"

    Other random dipshit.

  • I saw him standing on the sidelines, smiling. Why isn't he writhing on the ground.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    You guys are reading my mind. Cutty left the championship game because he knew his presence was hurting the team. RGIII cost his team by staying in. But he won't get blown up like Cutty did. No way.

    "He didn't go for the fumble, what a quitter", they would have said if he was Cutty.

    "He didn't seem very bummed on the sidelines after he realized the game was lost. He must not care. He should have been chearing on his teammates", they would have said if he was Cutty.

    ...oh the trasparencey of the hypocrisy.

  • RG3 directly resulted in the game being lost. He was THE reason. Fucking tragic.

  • Damn...tough to see RGIII go down untouched. That is never good.

  • Hmmm.

    RGIII goes out of a playoff game just because his knee won't support him.

    Shouldn't there be Tweet any moment from that renown hypocrite, Maurice Jones Drew, calling RG III a "quitter'?

  • Oh fuck, nice rush.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Pass rush.

  • Seattle living a charmed life this year.

    Handed a phantom victory against GB

    Bears hand them a victory by dropping 2 TD's and INT on a shit Wilson pass to seal the game and League sends secret letter to Bears apologizing for 3 blatant OPI calls, 2 of which resulted in TD's.

    Skins PISS away a certain victory by not capitalizing on 3 brutal Wilson "turnovers" and then keeping a one legged rookie in at QB when they had a perfectly capable backup ready to win the game.

    #Juggernaut

  • In reply to Waffle:

    This is exactly why I'm rooting against the Hawks. They just seemed to catch a lot of breaks this year, most notably the fail mary. That, and I can't stand Carrol dancing around on the sidelines.

  • anyone else here fucking disgusted that the Vikings and Seahawks were even in the playoffs????

    what a fucking waste of 2 wildcard spots.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    When Webb was announced as the Vikings starter, I wish the NFL had some sort of emergency plan where they can summon a worthier opponents on call like in a Vegas undercard fight...

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Vikings yes, Seahawks no. I don't give a fuck who wins these playoff games, as long as it's not Green Bay. Seahawks are fun to watch.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I want to see Seahawks-Niners.

  • Is that Kyle Shannahan's stock I see dropping on the big Board?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i don't know Al. I think Daddy Shanny's insistence on keeping RG3 in was the key fail here.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    He should have pulled the chain on him; the analysts sound like RGIII stayed in of his own volition, but Shanny has to have the guts to say, "No, you are the future of this franchise, you are hurt, and I'm not going to risk losing this game and you on the same day"

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Lying about it didn't help either.

  • I sooo hate the Kissing of Ray Lewis' tush being done by the taliking head.

    Why would anyone "celebrate" the career / accomplishments/retirement of this poser/ despicible creature?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Roger Goodell gave him a nice, long hug before the game today. He probably whispered in his ear something like, "Sorry the NFL fined you $250,000 for being involved in the murder of two people. You were obviously innocent, because there is no trace of the white suit you were wearing that night, and you only got a year probation for lying in a murder investigation. Hell, you even 'cooperated' in the investigation, even though your accomplices got off with no punishment. The NFL fine should not have been that big because you paid huge undisclosed settlements to the families of the two murdered individuals. It's not like you criticized officials. And even though you have been under investigation several times for violence against ex-girlfriends, fiances, and other women, the charges have always been dropped. We know you've been a good father to your six kids from four women, and you've done lots of good charity work, even if it is for self-promotion. And we know your a good Christian, even if your doing your prayers on the field for self-promotion. Your a great role-model and spokesperson for the NFL. If only the NFL had more high-character people like you for the young NFL fans to look up to. Oh, and you should have been Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in the past. Maybe you will win it this year."

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Rae Carruth will be out of jail before the end of the decade.
    Ponder that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Shouldn't a person get life in prison if you purposely take a life? Like that lunatic in Webster? NY who killed his Grandma, then after getting out later killing those firefighters and his sister.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Oh man, I JUST saw "The Hug" in replays.

    Ugh.

    TRULY revolting sight.

  • Ya know, after watching the Seahawks vs 'Skins game I don't feel quite so bad about our loss to the Seahawks. Don't get me wrong, it still sucked to lose that game after the last minute comeback, but I think the Seahawks get added to the list of good teams the Bears couldn't beat.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Mike, I hate the phrase "couldn't beat". The Bears and the refs lost that game. The NFL admitted as such. Cutler had a 119 rating. First loss ever with a rating of 100. Ever.

    We were not beat. We lost the game though.....if that makes any sense.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    I agree. Stating the obvious here but...

    Of the eight remaining Super Bowl contenders, four played the Bears this season. Those four teams were responsible for five of the Bears' six losses. The Bears' only other loss was to the wildcard Vikings.

    The Bears were competitive in nearly all of those losses. If they'd have been less forgiving of Hester, Davis and Carimi, and if they had made better use of their best offensive weapons, they'd have made the playoffs easily. As it was, only a couple of bad breaks kept them out.

    In retrospect, it was a big mistake getting rid of Martz last year. It shouldn't have been, but Tice turned out to be a disaster. Whatever you think of Lovie, a better head coach would not have allowed him to mismanage the offense the way he did.

  • Just an FYI, Spice Adams has a Facebook page; I instant messaged with him earlier...dude is cool as shit.

  • Yeah Johnny, It makes sense and I agree. I was more (mis)quoting many both here and eslewhere who said the Bears couldn't beat any good teams. The point I was making is that I think the 'Hawks are a better team than most folks thought they were.

    I live in the northwest and get saturation coverage of Seattle games. It sucks because I don't like them, their coach, and especially their fans. But they are a good team, peaking at the end of the season when you want your team to peak, and not fold after a 7-1 start.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    That was supposed to be a reply to Waffle.

    One more thing I don't like about the Seahawks. I have a Seattle fan friend at work and he and I have had a cheeseburger bet on the game each year. I'm down 1-3 in the Cheeseburger Bowl over the last 4 years.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    sucks man.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Not to mention, really healthy. That always makes a huge difference.

  • God, I know i sound like a whiny pussy for talking about the refs in the hawks game, a bitter fanboy when talking about the other teams in the playoffs, etc and I think I know where it comes from.

    I for one, truly believe we deserved to be in the playoffs. I know a W is a W and a L is a L but even our losses felt like victories. 4 losses by a total of 28 pts or so and so many dropped TD's, dropped INT, etc just make me feel like we are on the doorstep. To then hear how bad the Bears are from guys on this blog and the media to hear how disliked our QB is even though he is delivering the way no other Bears QB has delivered and with so little on offense is a tough pill to swallow because I don't fee that it is warranted and can easily and quickly get better with even 1 offseason where our GM addresses a glaring need.

    I know everyone has a right to their opinion. I just disagree intensely when the opinions don't take into account the facts of what happened with THIS football team over the last couple of years and instead focus on obscure what if scenarios regarding other players on other teams that could never be proved up. What other guys are doing on other teams right now that have nothing to do with OUR team.

    So, my bad for posting bitter mini rants. Just know they were out of love for my team. A team that is this close to sticking in the ass of the booyah boys, the SI team of dickheads, the haters here in chicago, our shitty media, douche fans from other teams, etc.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    As a die-hard fan of Illinois basketball, I see many similarities between this years Bears team and last years Illini team.
    Long-tenured head coach.
    Solid talent mostly with a handful of outstanding players.
    Fast start.
    Terrible finish.

    We will get there next year. I have no doubt.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    We need to figure out how to get Paul more involved early in games. I am not sure if it is Grose's fault for resting him so much, but Paul could be the best guard in the country if he could put a whole game together.
    Oh, and as good as Paul is this year, I think Bertrand will exceed next year. Joe seems to have a Jordan Essence about him. Almost freakish.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If Emery hires the right guy and both do their jobs well, we could still be a playoff team. If Emery fails at both jobs, we're fucked beyond belief.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    No need for apologies Waffle. I'm with you most of the time. I think a good hire here and a sharp off season from PE and the Bears will be very tough to beat next year.

  • Im sold on Mike McCoy.

  • Bills are a stupid team run by stupid people.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8817962/doug-marrone-new-buffalo-bills-coach-leaves-syracuse-orange-sources-say

    Terrible hire. If I'm Bills fan, I am currently despondent and breaking out my Sabres jersey.

  • I shall reveal myself as a JRRT geek, as I read them as a kid growing up, and my own kids are knee deep in them now, with my oldest reading the Hobbit after seeing the film.

    I must side with MBHP, as I do on several things, and say to tobijohn:

    In the first edition of the Hobbit (yes, JRRT edited and changed tit across editions), Radagast is present. And, there is a pretty good argument to be made that Beorn *IS* Radagast. Thus, the appearance of the Eagles. The film ends with them standing on Carrock, the home of Beorn. Beorn is sort of implied and replaced by Radagast, as he is in the first edition of the book.

    They have not crossed Mirkwood yet, and I imagine the next film will start at chapter 8 of the book, which will be just about right since they are making it three films.

    The only complaint that I have no literary reference for, or decision as to why it was done, is the frost giants fighting and that whole thing just for CGI's sake. Made no sense. A snowstorm would have been fine.

    Sorry, just wanted to throw in there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My wife and I are both avid readers, and were questioning genetics because my young (12) daughter simply did not like to read. At all. Everything we tried was simply wasted on her as reading was "boring".

    When I was a boy, H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds ignited a lifelong love of reading. So I thought maybe one good story would do the same for her. I sat down and read her the entire LOTR trilogy, including different accents for all of the characters. After the first few chapters, she was hooked. We completed the story, and she has never stopped reading since. Her reading and English scores are off the charts. She's a junior in college now and we laugh about my tactics to get her to read, but we both loved it. Thanks JRRT

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Good job MikeV. Very similar situation for how I got hooked on reading. 'Cept my oldest brother read "The Magician's Nephew" to me when I was young. I have read some sort of fantasy every day my whole life because of it.
    BTW, everyone I know that likes Wells, Tolkien, Card, etc. should read a book called "Armor" by John Steakly. You'll thank me later.

  • Mike Wise, laying it on pretty thick here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/mike-shanahan-robert-griffin-iii-end-the-season-fighting-for-each-other/2013/01/06/2de3c3d6-5877-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Jebus.

    Can you imagine the storyline today had the Skins pulled it out? had the Hogs gotten all Byron Leftwich with it, and picked RG3 up and carried him downfield after completed passes? Esp. in Skins land, where everything gets made into legend?

    Obama would have called him up and asked him if he could be his campaign manager for 2016. It would have been redunkulous.

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