Audibles From the Long Snapper: Lions Fan, Trestman's Candor, Bar Audio Replay...

Audibles From the Long Snapper: Lions Fan, Trestman's Candor, Bar Audio Replay...


If NFL Network just scrapped their unbearably awful programming and aired thirty-two videos like this on Monday, wouldn't be a far more popular network? It's fun to watch a fan start by telling us he's not upset and then slowly watch him descend into madness.



From Walter Payton's son Jarrett:
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. Good morning & #BeGREAT today!
You can't go "into the impossible" by the very definition of the word "impossible". If you go "into the impossible" than it was not "impossible" but merely "difficult". I'll never understand why people are motivated by these inane phrases. I'm just confused by them since they are - for the most part - stupid and confusing.
How about this instead?
Go further than you thought you could go.
Less words, more meaning.
I have been bullish in my praise of James Anderson - a revelation in pass coverage at linebacker for the Bears through two games. PFF did a solid job breaking down Lance Briggs' excellent performance against not only Adrian Peterson and the Vikings rush attack but also in the passing game.
Having long been a positive-grader in coverage, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs unsurprisingly continued on that front in this game (+3.2 coverage). Notable about his display, though, was the manner in which he made his impact against the pass, getting his hands to balls not only targeting his coverage but those around him as well.

Briggs logged one pass defense of a simple nature, reaching past fullback Zach Line who had settled just past the line of scrimmage to swap down a relatively harmless Ponder attempt. Later, though, Briggs came up with a more impressive deflection (Q2 4:28) by leaping to get a piece of a ball intended for Jerome Simpson on a route run a level deeper than his coverage.

His most disruptive – and most subtle – addition to this collection of coverage moments, came deep into the third quarter and helped keep points off the board. With Minnesota down three and driving, a third-down slant from the Chicago 10-yard line found its way into the midsection of Viking receiver Jarius Wright at the 3 – yardage that would be enough for a first down near the goal line. Briggs reacted to the throw and from his inside-out position, arrived just after the pass, swiping a paw at it as it settled into the WR’s belly and getting enough to rattle it loose.

It is just a matter of time before one of the major sports sites purchases PFF and ruins it.



This was a solid piece from Morrissey as he zeroes in on something that will surely endear Trestman to the Chicago media: he is not Lovie Smith.

Here’s what Trestman said about Jay Cutler’s fumble, which the Vikings returned for a touchdown Sunday:

“I think Jay would be the first one to tell you he’s got to do a better job of taking care of the football and recognizing blind-side pursuit in that situation. Because we ran a play which we thought, ‘It’s third-and-(nine), we’re in field-goal range, let’s get three [points] first.’ If we get more than three, that’s a good thing. But let’s come out of it with an incompletion [in the worst scenario], which we certainly could have had. Or a short gain. Or a big gain on the screen.”

Not, “Jay is our quarterback,’’ or “It’s not just on Jay, it’s on all of us.’’

Instead, an explanation.

Trestman is thoughtful. Not in the sense that he sends his wife flowers just because he loves her (maybe he does). He thinks. And he doesn't mind sharing those thoughts with the media and thus us.



Turn down speakers or plug in head phones! Now!



Dan Patrick is as good as it gets when it comes to national media perspective. How he and the Danettes handled the interview made the hour as good as any they've done this year.


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  • Last on the last thread, first on this:

  • That PFF story did not list Hester in the "Three Performances of Note", so it's hard to take the author seriously.

  • Oh gawd, enough of the drunk broad already.

    And seriously Jeff, a *Mets* story? Have you yet to figure out that no one gives a diseased rats ass about baseball? Shit, next, we'll have NBA crap on here.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Hahahaha... we posted at the same time. Check my #5. funny.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    She talks in a sine wave, her voice rises and falls like the ocean. Can anybody explain that? Is that a 'type' of speech in some part of America .. .or that's just one over-served lady?

    And props to Vince Gilligan for not pulling a 'Lost' or 'Sopranos' ending to a much-loved series. I'm going straight back to watch the whole 5 seasons again. Well done Vince, you are the real deal, Sir

  • 1. I had to turn that lions fan off after about 20 seconds. jesus.

    2. Love me some lambo briggsy

    3. Trestman's awesome. He is 100% the anti-lovie. Thank fucking god.

    4. I feel really sorry for your buddy jeff. jesus my ears are bleeding after 5 seconds.

    5. he plays baseball right? smh.

  • The Morrissey article was worth reading, but he's a little late to the story, as we've been on it for weeks. But that's ok - we remain ahead of the curve

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yup, I was noticing that most of the power rankings still begrudging have the Bears hovering around the #10 spot.

    They'll come around when the Bears are 10-0. Ha!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Because like some of us, they aren't sure how good Hester's performance really was. There are too many factors that cause the critical eye to question the validity of his performance. Like how hard is it to get so many return yards when the opposing kickoff team plays prevent? Think about it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    My take is yards are yards. If they want to give up the midfield stripe to prevent the home run, we should be more than ecstatic to accept it all year long.

    Hell, one first down from there and we're in Robbie range.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I understand but the same can be said about a defense when they go into prevent. For instance, RG3's numbers look good until you realize they are all garbage time yards when teams had them beat. I'm not saying Hester is good, just that ten queens strategy was part of his numbers. No way other teams will do what they did on KO coverage.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Isn't good.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The difference is the Queens weren't sitting on a comfortable lead trying to conservatively ride out a win. They thought the only way they could contain Devin was using this strategy. Teams don't play prevent when they are behind or early in games. That would be admitting they can't keep up with their opponent. That is basically what the Queens were admitting with Devin.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It served us well with no offense, if skunk keeps it up we are going on a roll. SEA lost Okung BTW. If we can corral Lynch, then Russell isn't going to put 300 yards up on us.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Harrison on NFL.COM and ESPN has them at 9 AFTER DROPPING THEM ONE SPOT THIS WEEK!

    Rating the Pats and Saints above us after their troubles is a head-scratcher.

  • "Sound and fury signifying nothing."

    The Bears are ALWAYS better "below the radar".

    Let's see them beat Green Bay before we get too worked up about things.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    have to agree al. That's the big one for me too.

    I also saw you called me weak a few threads ago... for an understandable reason.

    Had to agree with you... just can't logistically make actually viewing a game work right now (shhhhh... don't tell sac, but I have my kids every sunday)

  • Possibly the worst AFTLS you've done to date. What is this, the offseason? C'mahn.

  • In reply to Shady:

    here you go shady

  • CSN Chicago just broke down the 1yd line INT again. There is no doubt that it was a solid play call but the personnel in there was not advisable and it certainly was a great play by Everson Griffin to bat that ball.

    3 TE's, Bush and Fiametta. That's a fucking run dude. A run.

    Never again. Just fucking run it or throw the Marshall "I fucking own you" route.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I thought all of his routes were called that?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Melton can run, I want Melton in the backfield as the FB.

    R.I.P. Ken Norton. One of the 5 men to beat the self-professed "Greatest'.

  • I still am confused as to why the Bears refuse to use Bush the way we know he should be used. Overconfidence maybe?

    Yup, Norton kicked Ali's ass. By the time Norton came around, no way the boxing syndicate was going to let him spoil their party. That time period was the beginning of the end of the sports purity.

  • Anyone see the Breaking Bad finale? Was that the last ever season?


  • Was that the finale? I thought it was episode 14? Don't we have 2 more? Maybe I'm behind...

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I've just checked and you are correct sir. The other seasons had 13 episodes. Though a colleague at work said he'd read it was the best episode of any show ever (I heard finale).... then I watched it, and was happy with how it was left.

    Spoiler below !

    It would have been a great finale. Hank got what all interfering dicks deserve - instead of squaring away some of Walt's money and coming to a compromise. Jesse ends up a captive cook. Walt loses his whole family and faces a life of obscurity, though his end is unknown. It was all tied up nicely.

    Two more episodes? I would have left it there.

  • not only 2 more episodes, but 2 SEVENTY-FIVE minute episodes.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Wow. I was seriously okay with that as an end - anyone else?

  • maybe. except they've flash forwarded to show walt at a diner with the bag of cash and trunk full of guns.

    they show walt going back to his house, now condemned, to get the ricin.

    what has happened between now and then?

    if he disappeared, why does he need the ricin?

  • Walt has to get his just desserts.

  • It was quite an episode, but a little bit of it would have to be wrapped up to be a finish.

    I don't think they'll leave Jesse out to dry like that either... he's too much of a fan favorite I think.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Also, remember the scene when Walt returns to his house and it's abandoned? As well as when he buys a machine gun? They've got to cover that stuff.

    Oh now I'm extra excited.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Yeah, Jesse's predictament needs resolution one way or the other, and that seems likely to coincide will the flash-forward scenes.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I'd posit that Jesse's destruction is essential to the premise of the show. Walt has destroyed, is destroying, and will destroy everyone he's ever cared about. The fact that Walt forced Jesse to team up with him in the pilot (under the threat of turning him in if he refused) was an important detail to further implicate Walt in Jesse's demise.

    There will be no happy ending for Jesse. I don't even think the writers could conceive one if they wanted to. He's so saturated with grief (Jane, Tomas) and guilt (Gale, Drew Sharp) that his life is beyond salvation.

    They do still need to resolve his fate, but it's not not going to be positive. Hank was a fan favorite too, and innocent, but "HE GONE".

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    no. Jesse is Ishmael, and Ishmael is rescued from the sea, his face sunburnt (on one side, like Jesse's beating) after the whale killed Ahab clinging to the last lifeboat.

  • In reply to Harry Johnson:

    +1 I'm liking the Moby Dick theme.

  • In reply to Harry Johnson:

    Call me Jesse - BITCH!

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    But you can't pander to fans and have happy endings. This is the meth business. Walt did get his comeuppance, he had to disappear without his family and only a barrel of cash to live with. His punishment was loneliness. Loved the way he originally picked up his baby and left though.

    Forgot about the flashback stuff.

  • Up until Lovie's firing, I never once remember Jeff voicing the same displeasure in him as some of the faithful here on da blog while he was coach. It actually feels odd reading Jeff's negative comments on him ex post facto. Welcome aboard Jeff.

    Baseball? We don't need no stinkin baseball!

    Emery and Trestman have done what no other Bears coach and GM have done since Ditka and Finks. They have moved an organization from the realm of impossible expectations to the mindset amongst the faithful that anything is possible.

    Jeff, another example of your impossible/possible comments would be, with Lovie and Angelo, a Dynasty was impossible, but with Phil and Mark, anything is possible. Ha!

  • Yeah, SMH at Jarret's wizdumb ... the apple fell in a different zip code from the tree.

    Now listen up, Uncle Irish has been hitting the books for you.

    Grab the Bears -2.5 before they hit the magical FG spread. They opened -2. That's my bet of the week. No center, running game or apparently receivers in Pittsburgh right now, although their defense does not suck. Neither does our O.

    Picks contest - let's have our own. The prize is an imaginary BJ from Pam Oliver. Four games against the board.The person with the worst record gets one of Artoo's framed signed Rex Grossman photos. and a Rick Mirer jersey.

    HOU -2.5 at BAL :
    This could be a nice little away win for HOU. Looking at BAL's stats, they aren't doing so good. Down to Pierce at RB, they haven't been running or passing it well. Cleveland held them scoreless til halftime if I recall correctly. 8 sacks on the season but no INTs. The Superbowl slump is in effect. The curse of Ray Ray?

    KC +3 at PHI :
    Cray cray? Bear with me. KC has allowed 1 TD to Philly's 6. KC have 9 sacks already. They allow 2.8 YPC, 54 YPG. The average 4.5 yards per rush and the iggles D is crap. Philly rely on their O, but the O is getting stuffed this week. Reid's offensive strateegery causes the iggles D to shed their feathers.

    DET at WAS -1.5

    21 straight road losses for Detroit against the Skins? I'll have some of that. RGIII starts running amok again. Literally. Headline? RG3 resurgent!

    GB -2.5 at CIN :
    We beat the Bengals. The Pack will cream them. Tresty didn't open up the offensive throttle until the second half against the Bungles. Starks ( who did Angelo draft after saying Starks was top of their board at the time again?) is averaging 6.6 YPC. That should take the pressure off A-Rod. The 3 receivers could conceivably all get 1000 yards each this season, or give it a go. Still think we have good receivers?

    CLE at MIN -6 :

    Cleveland have converted a fifth of their 3rd downs. Their opponents are on 50%. They were only averaging 3.4 YPC before they traded their offense away to Indy, however they have only allowed 2.0 YPC (but have not faced an AP yet). Opponents have sacked the QB 11 times. Some guy named Brian Hoyer is under center this week. Good luck with that Brad ... uh ... Brian.

    Notable mentions :

    TB +7 at NE :

    Josh Freeman is their QB!! Wait up. Amendola is out. Brady has Edelman. That's it. No Gronk. Ridley lost the rock twice in one game. all is not well. TB have a good D and sacked opposing QBs 9 times. Doug Martin is a stud and they have some nice receivers. Won't have to be great to keep within 7 of a team that can't score.

    SD +3 at TEN :
    How are TEN favorites? SD are scoring like mofos. Locker hs thrown 2 TDs. SD have held Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy to less than 60 yards each (Ben Tate wasn't bad though). CJ won't be spectacular and Locker is no great QB. Eddie Royal is catching a TD pass every 2 receptions. SD convert 58% of their 3rd downs, TEN 33%.

    ATL +2.5 at MIA :
    ATL are averaging 4.1 YPC, their opponents 3.1. MegRyan's QBR is 107. Tannehill has thrown 2 TDs. MIA average 2.4 YPC on the ground, opponents are 4.6! Steve Jackson would win this on his own. MIA have sacked the QB 9 times and also allowed their own to be sacked 9 times.

    BUF +2.5 at NYJ :
    Geno Smith.
    Stats of the Week No. 7: At New England, Geno Smith's passer rating was 27.6, below the 39.6 an NFL quarterback receives if every pass is incomplete.

    From Easterbrook's TMQ on ESPN :

    Stats of the Week No. 10: Detroit, which just lost at Arizona, has not won a game in that state since 1993. Sunday the Lions travel to Washington, D.C., where they have never won -- 21 consecutive road losses versus the Washington team.

    Lots of value bets this week. That is all.

  • Pam Oliver? Really?

    ...I'll take the Eagles -3.

  • Pam Oliver, uh, no thanks. Don't mean to burst your bubble over the Atl game but Steven Jackson is out the last I read.

    I almost never listen to any of the sound bites Jeff posts. It's almost always somebody screaming. REALLY don't enjoy that. Growing up with an alcoholic father with an explosive temper either makes you the same way or 180 degrees out. I was on the same path until I pulled the plug on booze. Nothing against my father, I loved him dearly and miss him everyday. My brother put it best, he was a great guy just a really shitty father. Thank god my mother was a saint and held the family together.

    Who cares what Jarret Payton said. It's no different than giving 110%. It's all stupid. If you want to lower your IQ about 50 points try to find the hidden meaning in athletes quotes. HINT; there isn't any!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm five years sober this month C-Bear (stopped at 36), how 'bout you?

  • Good on ya Irish. I'll be twenty years next February. Nothing against people who drink, I just couldn't handle it.

    I got the double whammy, the alcohol gene and growing up with a guy that drank a quart of gin a day (at least). 90% of the time he was a great guy. Funny as hell and would do anything for you. The other 10% of the time Mr Hyde would show up and it wasn't pretty. The biggest problem was during the 90% of the time you kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. Oh well, that's why they call it a disease.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Jekyll and Hyde. Exactly.

  • Can we add misuse of the word "literally" to the misuse list, such as: "My head literally exploded!" That's literally not what the word means.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    My friend hates it when people do this so much that I try to incorporate it into a sentence every time I'm around him.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    What are guy friends for? I do desire we may be better strangers.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Good One!


    No one can drive down the field in the waning seconds of a game like The Chicago Bears and no one can kill quite like the Chicago Chicagoans.

  • Don. Fucking. Banks.

    Has us losing to Pitt. The rest of his picks suck too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha, Banks is such a dick.

    He won't even verbalized that he can't even give a reason why they should win....but they just will.

    Holy fuck Don.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    what the fuck did I write?

    I meant:

    He even verbalized.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    when we win this week, I AM going to write him an email with something like...

    "Hey Don,

    You are such a bear-hating homer douche.

    Are you really going to wait till we're 7-1 before you begrudgingly jump on the bandwagon like all the other useless, talentless sports hacks. You sir, are just simply.... turrible."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Worry when he starts picking the Bears.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's almost like Paul Erlich predicting something... bet the other way.

  • enjoy:

  • What it feels like to be a browns fan:

  • Since when did this turn into Orpahs Bears blog? Lets all hold hands and talk about our marital problems, childhoods and how we should all stop drinking. For Gods sake men get ahold of yourselves! Find the Irishman in you and swallow those feelings along with a big glass of whiskey. Of course that may be why Ive never been married and have no kids. Might alos be why I'm extremely happy.

  • my favorite part is when Irish touts the virtues and benefits of being sober......except when you know....he's hitting bongs and taking painkillers.

    Irish, god love ya.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Not preaching man, I just can't drink. Quit the weed too, for financial reasons more than anything. My bankroll for the season's betting was $50. If that goes, it goes.

    Single dads gotta stick together, but yeah, sorry for the family stuff - it's a football blog after all. This blog is like a bar stool for some of us.

  • Irish, i'm completely kidding around. My playful sarcasm came across dickish (sp?)

    Keep your head up man.

  • Hahahahahaha... are you gay Sac? (NTTAWWT)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No. I f I were I would sit around and talk about "feelings", whatever the hell those are.

  • Hahahahahahahahahahaha... good for you man. Be a man whore forever. Probably better for all of us.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was totally going for the man-whore thing ... and then ... yeah.

  • lol... literally this time. No apology for that either, Scharfinator. Steal it for your friend.

    You go Sac... goddamnit a little old-fashioned MANness is called for!

    Gee, all that kinda makes me feel....

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