Bears Hold on at Heinz, Stay Unbeaten: Rapid Fire

Bears Hold on at Heinz, Stay Unbeaten: Rapid Fire

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A lot of developments from last night's game worth discussing but here are my thoughts before re-watching the game this afternoon.

  • Sad to see the cart come out for Henry Melton. Melton does not have a contract in 2014 and has now gone from looking at one of the more lucrative defensive deals in the league to signing for the veteran minimum in an attempt to prove he's healthy. Here's hoping Melton has the time and drive to get back on the field by the start of next year - whether that's in Chicago or Dallas or wherever Lovie Smith lands.
  • If Charles Tillman wasn't 100% last night, why put him out there at all? Calvin Johnson is on the calendar next week.
  • Marc Trestman may be Willy Wonka but he is an aggressive play-caller. I think he's already gone for more fourth downs in three weeks than Lovie did in nine years.
  • Cris Collinsworth was as fair to Jay Cutler as any analyst I can remember. Cutler's first-down scramble in the fourth quarter took the air out of the stadium.
  • What a throw and catch by Cutler and Earl Bennett. Why did people want to trade Earl? Probably has something to do with the salary - the NFL fan's new obsession.
  • What a throw and catch by Cutler and Brandon Marshall. I still marvel at a receiver's ability to adjust with the ball in the air, turn and make a catch while another man is trying to stop him.
  • Matt Forte is one hell of a running back but the Bears are wisely working Michael Bush into the game plan. Forte may lead the league in touches this season but that means he'll also approach the league lead in times tackled. Bears need him in December and beyond. Can't lose him in September.
  • Impressive night for all three Bears linebackers. D.J. Williams looked like the fastest man on the field at times, Lance Briggs destroyed the Steeler running game and James Anderson continued stellar work in coverage. Bears defense was cut to ribbons at times by a brilliant quarterback but the linebackers weren't to blame.
  • Raise your hand if you thought Joe Anderson would return more kickoffs than Devin Hester. (Joe Anderson does not have his hand up.)
  • One of the emerging stories of the 2013 season: pump fakes. It seems Bears safeties have no answer for them.
  • I watched Jordan Mills and Kyle Long closely late in this game and both - at least on initial viewing - played pretty darn well in a difficult environment.
  • THE PODLESH REPORT: He was pretty bad but his punt at the end of the first half, sparing the Bears some poor clock management, was excellent.
  • Antonio Brown's touchdown catch was just spectacular. I could watch that play 1,000 times.
  • Anthony Walters almost Marion Barbered this game. How can an NFL player be so unaware of the game circumstances?
  • Is there a backup quarterback with a better relationship to the starter than McCown? Every time the Bears offense, specially Cutler, do something well McCown is rushing onto the field and chest-bumping Cutler.

There is more but I'll get to that when I look at the game a second time. One general theme was summed up brilliantly by the Reverend from his barstool: "I'm not ready to be an offensive team." Guess what? The Chicago Bears are an offensive team.

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  • First. Sign Cuttty now.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Repeating myself vut...

    And now, a word from our (very relieved) sponsor...

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  • Am I the only one who through Antonio Brown's knee came down first? Twitter sure wasn't going to fathom the possibility. Neither were the commentators.

    Looked iffy to me. Way more iffy than Earl.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    His foot was down before the knee but I was surprised it wasn't given a full look. The man upstairs took about three seconds to look at it.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    If that. I don't think they reviewed that play, despite the rule. Orders from gambling interests?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    +++ on the Earl thing, Jeff.

    To think people wanted to trade Earl and not pay Matt. smh whenever I think about that stuff.

    I hope Earl gets enough chances to make up for most of the pay cut by meeting incentives. Ya'll know I've been a big fan of his since he came to the Bears.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    it wasn't that we didn't want matt to get paid. we just didn't want him to get chris johnson money. which i think was totally fair.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Would you take 8M in the coffers plus Doug Martin? He's not Walter, he's npt even Neal Anderson. He's not Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy ... he is not a top tier runner. Is he a good receiver? Blocker? Nope. Yes, Can he do it all? Nope. He's nothing between the tackles, and he's nothing great outside them. He's just a good back with good hands.

    He wanted paying like he was the shit. He's not.

  • And before I get shit for saying he's not a top tier runner (RUN-NER) .. how many backs are inthe top tier. There has to be a limit. Ace-Queen suited in Holdem is a nice hand, but it's not top tier.

  • He is absolutely a top tier RB. His rushing numbers vs. Charles this year are basically identical, same with the receiving yards - and that's with Marshall, Jeffrey, and Black Uni being the focus of the O this year.
    McCoy is electric but the guy has missed way more time than Forte with injuries over his career - durability counts.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    agree with this. I see what irish is saying at the core. Matty seems to disappear a bit. Yes, a lot of that is scheme/play calling, but AP doesn't dissapear... he may get quiet for a game or two, but dude is a boss in some way or another every single game.

    I like matty a lot and think he's a very good all around back... I also think we should use bush and sprinkle in a bit of ford every game too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just because you want to sprinkle and tinkle (which I support) doesn't mean the main man isn't the main man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i do indeed like to sprinkle and tinkle.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bush is getting just about every goal-line carry, maing.
    And I think yes, Ford should get some carries, but you don't trot out your 3rd string running back in competitive games. And each one of these three has been competitive (until the last five minutes anyway).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    So how many backs are in the top tier? Who are they?

    And I did say RUN-NER .. .we all know he's money in the receiving game. I'm talking about moving the rock, jinking, bull-dozing, doing all those things. Bush may have lost something. Forte is somewhat robotic as a runner. I want to see a lot more of Michael Ford, a young hungry can-do back.

    I'm not ragging on Matt by the way, but how big is this tier exactly?

  • If he's not a top 5 running back in the league right now, I don't know who is.
    AP leads the pack, but he's not the receiving threat that Forte is.
    I don't understand the love affair with Jamal Charles. His numbers are identical to Forte's right now on a Chiefs offense that has a run-first offense and no goal-line back (unlike Bush) to steal TDs and reps.

  • Matt is #5 in the NFL right now in yards from scrimmage. And I'm not talking about running backs. I'm talking about ALL players in the league.

    Yeah it's early, and yeah, there is a game tonight so he might lose a spot or two, but I call #5 in the league top tier. No one in their right mind would not.

  • Thank you Dave for pointing that out.

  • Over Forte? Absolutely not.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Okay. Top five would be top tier I guess. The bottom end of it ... but top tier. I retract that.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    So God is in charge of official replays now? Well played Goodell.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    His toes hit the turf before the knee comes down. When you look just at the kneww hitting the toes are off the ground, but he definitely got them down. Great play.

    If Earls TD had not been allowed it would be obvious the fix was in. That could be the most lazy, lacklustre ref crew I've seen in a while. Pete Morelli looked like he wanted to be anywhere but Heinz Field on a Sunday night.

  • Second that viva.

    He BLEW that dude UP!

    so awesome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn you willie

  • Sad to see Melton go down, but that's why we gave him the Tag. I just hope he doesn't become Tommie Harris part deux.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    He was TH part 2 until that play sadly.

    Rabbit and I talked about it over text last night... the dude is tagged, in a make/break superstar potential contract year... and he's invisible in 3.5 games?!?

    How does that happen? He didn't condition, train, or 'practice' properly this offseason? He all of a sudden lost all his ability? He's hurt?

    I don't know man, if it was me and I had a huge opty to become a multi multi millionaire by training harder and going harder this year... I'm kinda scratching my head.

    To sum it up, sadly we didn't see much of a drop off with collins in there. Hope melt gets better, but all we really lost from his performances up to this point is dline depth.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He did miss a lot of preseason with a concussion, but when you are playing on a $10mil contract...I dunno.

    Collins provided just as much as Melton sadly, hopefully we'll get a look at Minter against DET next week. Need another body on the line though. Okoye is a free agent.....

  • I have some thoughts on two aspects of our game, but I'll post later. Until then... this... just.... this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkSkOLs398I

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    + 100

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    Trestman rightfully turtled up the offense with a big lead and the Steelers blitzing every play. But when the game got dicey in the 4th, he re-opened the playbook and Jay Cutler pulled out yet another 4th quarter gem.

    I can definitely get used to this!

  • In reply to Aaron Starks:

    No doubt.

  • http://tracking.si.com/2013/09/23/rashad-johnson-loses-finger-top/?sct=hp_t2_a3&eref=sihp

    Ouch!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He played on! I would have been crying like a little girl ... with a superglued vagina, I guess.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "When Johnson removed his glove, the top of his finger was still in the glove. He wrapped it up and returned to play for the remainder of the Cardinals’ 31-7 loss."

    Hooooooleeeeeeesheeeeeeeeeeeet.

  • that's gotta be more hardcore than ronnie lott having the tip of his pinkie amputated. guy waited until after the season to get it done. pshaw. what a yuss.

  • Jay is a tough, tough sonofabitch - but please don't dislocate your shoulder doing that shit, hombre.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Cutty can throw lefty.

  • In reply to Viva:

    If that were true, we'd have another championship by now.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm not expecting that to become a regular thing. Although Cutty said he "wanted to be sure to get the first down", I really think there was more to it than that.

    The Steelers were physically abusing the Bears, and he needed to do something about it. And he did.

    It's been said you're less likely to get hurt when you do the hitting rather than being hit. And Jay *hit* him.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yup. He would have a basic understanding of the laws of physics and sized that guy up. The munckin was always coming out of that matchup worse off, plus it announces to the DBs "You want some?"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Don't get it twisted - I thought it was an incredible play, and I thought it was the gutsiest thing I've seen a QB do in awhile. But I really don't want to see him injure that throwing should - use your left one next time you gotta head-hunt a safety, Jay.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Agreed. Trestman wasn't thrilled about it either.

    I think those kinds of plays and reactions are perfect for meatballers. Jay did well to pick up the 1st, but it was not smart lowering the boom with his flesh cannon. Now defenders will look to tee off on him next time he takes off running.

  • He is the ideal Bears qb...I hope he gives us a discount, so we can remain cap competitive. He is a warrior.

  • In reply to Viva:

    He's Jimmy Mac in a bigger body. Just not as good at the audibles. Jim didn't call timeouts when he didn't like the look of something, he just called the right audible because he knew what to do.

  • It's hard to make audibles when you have like 4 different OCs. Cutler could make the correct audibles, but his lack luster talent couldn't be trusted to correctly follow them and execute.

    On that 3rd and long in the fourth (pick one), do we pick it up if Hester is still our #1?

    No no, my friend.

    Audibles only work if a team has TEs and WRs worth a shit, and naturally, Olines that can block for 3 seconds.

    In two/three years, we'll see Cutler tea-bagging teams with audibles in his sleep (he's already getting a head start).

  • Too often I watch Cutty not liking what he sees, he calls a timeout and walks off the field shaking his head. Don't ever recall seeing Mac do that, not that he didn't perhaps. I'm sure there's a good reason for it, it's just an observation that he does it a lot.

  • Mac wasn't smart enough to do that.

  • Last couple of years it was because between the imbecile that is Mike Tice and the gasbag that was Mike Martz, it took forever and a day to get a play call in. This year, the mantra for Trestman is no wasted downs, so if there is no good option out of the formation, Cutty is supposed to time-out and give them a chance to reset, versus risking a playcall that shoots us in the foot. At least that's my current understanding.

  • It's good to see Earl the Pearl and Da Bears all over the the front pages with positive remarks. Something smells a little different in Denmark these days. Ha!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    What he said. Love me some Pearl.

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    Still can't get used to a 40-23 type of score... Almost hate to say this, but I don't think I had any doubts we would win. Not at 27-23, not ever. I was bummed because we weren't blowing them out by more.

    On to Detroit.. Nice test.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Putting 40 up on a good defense was nice. Only Seattle scored more.

  • Certainly not a perfect game, but a win is a win.

    Didn't you write a column not too long ago about the Bears defense not being able to rely on turnovers as an effective strategy? Whelp, that's exactly what they continue to do. Again, I'll take 3 turnovers over 6 sacks any day.

    The good: Another 5 turnovers and 2 for TDs. These results should seem unbelievable, but the trend continues for a defensive unit who could care less about yardage and thrive on mistakes. Major Wright has issues with man coverage, but his INT for TD and forced fumble were both extremely timely plays last night.

    Cutler wasn't perfect, but he managed the fuck out of the game and made plays when it mattered most. Again. There's a trend here and if it continues he should be in the discussion for MVP. Seriously.

    I fully expected the rookies on the Oline to struggle last night, but once again they surprised me, pleasantly. There were moments in the 2nd and 3rd quarters where Lebeau unleashed his dogs, but the kids held up down the stretch. The first drive was basically flawless and the final drive was clutch. Starting fast and finishing strong are what it's all about.

    Robbie Gould has quietly been money.

    The bad: I understand it happens, but enough with the blown timeouts. Seriously. Fortunately it didn't come back to haunt the Bears last night, but there were about three timeouts in that game the Bears easily could have avoided. And to make it worse, the play call coming out of that timeout was a simple bubble screen that lost yardage. Really guys? You needed to take a timeout to call that one? This area needs more improvement.

    The Bears scored about 4 times on the goal line on one series, but only got credit for one. I thought the challenge by Trestman came about a play too late. The challenge almost seemed like a make up for not challenging Forte's first attempt. Now Bushy had a hell of a run to get into the end zone on 4th, but the refs certainly didn't do the Bears any favors.

    I don't understand why the refs don't lean towards calling the play a TD on the field as they are automatically reviewed. Not calling a play a TD when it's that close forces a coach to burn a challenge (if he's still got one) instead of having the replay ref review the play. The goal line runs were one example, but imagine if Ttestman didn't have any challenges left for the Earl Bennett TD.

    The ugly: I know he wasn't producing a whole lot, but the loss of Henry Melton is huge. Especially for his financial future. The Bears need a 3-tech for this thing to work right, and without that key position, the Bears have struggled historically. I hear Tommie Harris is still available.

    The Anthony Walters play was terrible. There was really no excuse for that play. That being said, it shouldn't have affected the defense for more than one possession and shouldn't have affected the offense at all. The Bears can't let bad plays affect the next drive. They need to respond better in those situations, especially the offense. Pick your defense up, they do it enough for you!

    Apologies for grammatical and spelling errors. I can't proofread a post this long from a cell.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Anthony Walters was what almost cost us the game, and he should be gone.

    Bush scored the first time, and Trestman certainly should have challenged it.

    I like that we're being tested every week, we're getting practice that Seattle aren't. It's tough stuff to watch though. We can open it up against the Giants, sit back and enjoy a pound

    Are we signing Okoye? Do we transfer pep's cash to Jimmy Graham next year? Marshall, Martellus and Graham would put us over the top offensively. We draft our DT/DE in the first, DB in the second and C in the third. Win superbowl. Repeat.

  • That play shouldn't have come close to costing them the game, that's the point. The Bears were up how much when Walters fucked up? It was a bad play but shouldn't have resulted in the cluster duck that followed. Bears need to do a better job of staying focused and executing after bad plays. Don't let it snowball.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think we're overlooking the fact that the Bears weren't the only team playing last night. Heinz field isn't necessarily an easy place to play, especially when the team and fans are given some hope on a penalty and a TD.

    I think the fact that we didn't panic and Jay's lowering of the boom are how we weathered the storm

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    +++

    They still are the Steelers, guys.

  • Melt. Melt..gone for the season... going to see how the line reacts.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Ho-leeee shit. So we didn't escape with no serious injuries, then. Can we shop for JJ Watt? Houston won't be needing him, they suck.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Not that I wanted something like this to happen to Melton, but I really hadn't seen much from him so far this season. Could have been the rust of no preseason. Either way, Paea and Collins will do alright, I think.

  • No pre snap penalties on the road. Well done rookies.

  • The Jets had 20 flags thrown. Wow.

    Hakeem Nicks said : "I can't throw it to myself"

    Mwah!

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  • Let me sum up why this offensive scheme is perfect for reducing sacks and bad pressured throws and getting the ball into our playmakers' hands quickly.

    First or 3rd series, can't remember which. Troy sneaks up to the line, Cutler drops back, Troy fakes like he's turning his back to drop into coverage, Long blocks down as a result but Troy loops around the tackle UNTOUCHED and is headed for a NFL Films strip sack for a TD......except the fucking ball was already in Alshon's fucking hands by the time he got to Jay.

    If that was Martz or Tice people are cursing Jay for fumbling or getting concussed for "holding the ball too long". Instead we drive down the field and score. It's about improved personnel, intelligent scheme and using the weapons we have in ways that increase the likelihood of success.

  • All kudos for the nailbiter game. Jay is the fucking man, so is bmarsh, and my boy earl. Awesome scary, sloppy in the middle win. Pretty awesome to be 3-0, even though there is a LOT that still needs cleaning up.

    OK, so three main thoughts/theories for you guys today:

    1. Melton: I know it sucks to lose melton, but I can’t get past the fact that he hadn’t shown up at all in 2.5 games fo his tag/contract this year. You know when something really bad happens, but then a couple months down the line you end up in an even better situation and you look back and think, huh, actually ended up better than before? Hmmm…

    That said, feel bad for melton and I’m sure he’ll be back…. maybe with us, maybe not.

    2. Hester: Ok, so to be fair, it LOOKS like he’s actually trying hard again.. for the most part. Problem is that I just think he’s lost it at this point maingses. No real burst, still humming and hawing and dancing around instead of just catching it and blasting up field. But here’s my biggest issue with him… if he’s not going to forest gump it (catch and just go) like he used to, he’s in deep shit. Why? Because he when he gives himself too much time to… wait for it… ‘think’ too much… he makes abjectly TURRIBLE decisions about fielding/fair catching/letting it go…. just. fucking. horrible.

    And yes Dave (and others), I did see them kick away from him all game. To that I say, he had one good game on a soaking wet soldier field and pitt reacted to that. He has one or two more game like last night (and basically exactly like every single other game over the last two years) and they won’t be kicking away from him any more.

    It’s fine, he’s already on the roster and isn’t too expensive this year (right? $? NB?) But I say unless he breaks a couple and starts looking like his old self CONSISTENTLY (not just in one fucking rain game at soldier) then cut him (or let him walk) next year. Cause, hedone! unless he goes forest gump again if you ask me.

    3. Our safeties: (I promise I’m not picking on you dave!)… they. are. bad. Not bad bad… but bad mediocre. Nothing remotely special. Please don’t talk to me about those picks… BOTH were pretty much early Xmas gifts from rapey. The hit by major to cause the fumble was good, but my god they can’t cover worth a shit, and without any real consistent dline pressure good QBs (rodgers, brady, manning, etc… etc…) aren’t going to be throwing the ball on the ground or throwing directly to our guys every other play, they’re going to fucking eat our lunch every series.

    Those two retards (sorry I know that was horrible, but I’m pissed) are going to fucking things up for us. I want you conte/major lovers to please watch and entire seahawks game. Just carefully keep your eyes on their Dbackfield all game. You WILL see the BIG difference. I promise you. Just watch one game then come back to me and let’s have a realistic discussion about our safeties.

    I know we can’t just get the hawks DBs, but now that we’ve patched (not fixed) what angelo and lovie did to our O over 10 years, we need to start putting equal focus on our DBs. Over the next 2-3 years we’ll probably need two new corners to go along with our new safeties. We need to take a FS in the first next year if one’s available.

    Ok, there it is. Come at me bro.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    your Chris Conte ladies and gents

    http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/09/steelers-jonathan-dwyer-jacks-up-bears-chris-conte-video/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Should have been a fucking flag.

  • In reply to Shady:

    for?

    Are they throwing flag for getting lit the fuck up like a little girl on your period?

    SMMFH.

    If I was playing safety and some RB blew me up like that and the ref threw a flag because I got fucked up, I would be so ashamed and embarrassed. You have GOT to be kidding me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152312/article/crownofhelmet-ban-nfl-rule-draws-criticism-understanding

    You fucking wrote the rule Goodell, so fucking enforce it. It's all such bull sheite.

  • In reply to Shady:

    agree that they didn't enforce a rule they put into place... but have to tell you I think the rule is fucking ridiculous.

    Like making a rule in soccer that you can't use your foot to move the ball.

    Jesus, goodell is trying to take the football out of football. so sad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know what *I* see in this play? I see the *last* man back making what is close to an open field tackle on the Steeler's starting RB. (Well starting for the night)

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Me too. It wasn't pretty but he did prevent an even bigger gain.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    mmmmmmm.... DJ was RIGHT there.

    I call that a beatdown, but you know. different strokes

    http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/09/steelers-jonathan-dwyer-jacks-up-bears-chris-conte-video/

    Also, why in thee fuck won't vines play for me!?!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You using Chrome?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    indeed. help meeeeee

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's broken for me too - I don't use anything else and Vine just doesn't work on mine. Mebbe Googles has the answer (note: I'm not looking at the moment).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was a beat down, but also a hell of a saving tackle.

    I don't see our aging DJ Williams who came off of a leg injury in the preseason catching an untouched Dwyer from behind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're going to cite an illegal play? And obvious personal foul?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You have four receivers going downfield by the Steelers the tight end and three wideouts holding the back in to block and the Bears rush the four down lineman and bring at least two linebackers on every play

    that leaves the one linebacker to play short and watch the back and two safeties and two corners playing 4 guys going downfield so Conte has to play soft and then bigben he gets all damn day to throw the ball because peppers and mcclellin cant get any pressure only wooten gets pressure at all so even bringing six guys ben has at least 5 seconds to stand in there and use the pump fake to freeze the deep guys and make a throw. rule one in football is you pressure with no more than five hopefully four and we are using six and we still cannot reliably sack the guy despite having an offensive line patched up from nobodies and that was the real problem

  • In reply to Dennis Purina:

    Thanks for Xing and Oing that out for me.... yes, it's called "football" dennis.

    You making 'excuses' for the play of our DBs last night is the problem. Please. Better players make better plays. Pretty simple equation.

    You think the seahawks (just using them as an example cause they are very good) would have been foold for 2 entire quarters because of 'pump fakes' Come on dude.

    That exact attitude is why the bears haven't had a single top tier safety since mr. mike brown. turrible.

  • In reply to Dennis Purina:

    I love that there's a period in the 4th last line. 'a'.

    Welcome Dennis.

    Next week, commas.

  • I'd settle for a logical argument (that doesn't include whining about those so hard to decipher pump fakes) before proper punctuation

    Mwaah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sometimes I wonder, MB, if having even one white guy on the defense pisses you off.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I can answer that, Dave.
    Yes, MB hates white people.

  • Oh, and besides kicking that dude's ass... cutty has magically gotten SOOO much better at just throwing the ball away when in trouble and there's nothing down field.

    Awesome work cutty and trestman!

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....

    Adrian Peterson
    So my daughter is laying here under me and just out the blue she says... I can't believe you lost to the Browns Daddy! Smh

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Adrian needs to elaborate on that statement.

    Is he still the top RB btw? What about Jamaal Charles? Can I get a witness?

  • Jamaal Charles will get broken by mid-season just like Spiller and Bush.

    Then, all these FF owners will be like, "I lost cause of injuries!" That argument only works when you don't draft HBs who weigh 190.

    Week 12 the top 5 HBs will be.

    1.AP
    2.Lynch
    3. Muscle Hamster (with Glennon at QB?)
    4. McCoy (he's a small injury risk)
    5. Forte/Alf (depending if you go just by rushing or rushing and catching).

  • I think Gio Bernard is a star in the making. Powerful, low center of gravity, jinky-jukey but can deliver a blow too. Nice kind of back to have. 5'9 208 lbs. Know who else is 5'9 210-215 ? Michael Ford.

  • I was 5'11" 215 a year ago - that doesn't make me a starting RB in the NFL.

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  • hey Al... ok, well...

    http://thebiglead.com/2013/09/22/vontaze-burfict-got-away-with-a-nut-tap-on-ryan-taylor-of-the-packers/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They learned about antagonizing another team from Mills.

  • MB I thought Major ended up with a solid game, the coach have him the game ball so he did something right.

    Regarding pump fakes, I thought the one that was a fake bubble screen was brilliant. Peanut got caught wayyyy out of position. With the amount of times the Bears run that play, stealing that fake from the Steelers would seem like a good idea.

  • In reply to Shady:

    look guys, my bottom line with hester and our safeties is not that they don't make big plays once in a while... cause they do.

    It's that hester is most likely done or at the very least a shell of the former man named devin 'ridiculous' hester, and that our safeties are on the whole B guys.

    Major did have a good Q1 and 4, but in the middle he was just fucking as lost and bad as conte and timmyj in coverage. Our entire D is great at fill and at turnovers (causing and converting them), we just kinda suck at coverage.

    So far we've faced Dalton, Ponder, and Rapey with a broken oline. Do you guys really want to see what we saw last night against rodgers, brees, lesbian (just from a passing point on this one), flacco, and then potentially the likes of brady, manning, etc... in the playoffs?

    I want to know how you think that D last night would have held up against manning or rodgers?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rodgers? Dead.

    (Eli) Manning? Dead.

  • In reply to Shady:

    eli manning ain't going to any playoffs this year from what I've seen lad.

    http://profootballmock.com/facebookchat/nfl-qbs-facebook-place-bets/

    (hee hee)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    JOE FLACCO
    I can’t wait to get to know my son. Gosh, I wonder what his first words will be?
    4 hours ago . Like
    JOE FLACCO'S BABYJOE FLACCO'S BABY
    Dada, you’re not ee-wite.

    Mwah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think you and me could play safety against Eli and look good.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It is odd how many people thing Hester is done.. Frazier and Tomlin obviously thought Hester was a threat - Frazier keeping two deep on kickoffs and Tomlin squibbing to Weems or Castanzo.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    *think

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    consistency... which hester is going to show up every week end?

    Ild devin - some shake/speed, or Fred Astaire nowhere to go?

    consistency my man. People will stop kicking away from him after a couple/few bad games strung together.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll take all those defensive TDs in exchange for some coverage misses.

  • Hey GP, check THIS shit out: http://uncrate.com/stuff/1955-lincoln-indianapolis-exclusive-study/

  • It is pure NFL BS that a play ruled a TD is automatically reviewed but that a play that COULD have been ruled a TD, but is not, must be challenged. FIX THIS, NOW! Exaspertaing to have to watch the Vears score the same TD 4 different times.

    NOTE to offensive linemen: why Troy Polamalu leaps into the neutral zone before the snap trying to jump the count, you fire out and blast him and take the free 5 yards and the first down.

    Of course with the blind zebras on last night's game, they probably call false start.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Albert, I think that would have been a great play from Long. Drive Troy into the ground and get 5 free yards out of it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Polamalu was offsides like twice, and definitely in the neutral zone on the goaline.

    I actually think Trestman and Cutler did a great job of neutralizing him. They knew Polamalu was going to try to jump the count, and Culter usually hard counted once - made Polamalu jump - then Polamalu would reset and Cutler would hike the ball effectively nullifying his rush while exposing their coverage.

    Bears used Steelers own aggressiveness against them like Steven Seagal versus thugs in Under Siege, and Under Siege 2.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Even if the refs got the call wrong. It would would be worth 5yrd false start just to drive Polamalu into the ground

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    Yeah, exacpet that I don't think the O has a single pre-snap penalty yet this year.

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    Or pull his hair, I don't know why more players don't do that. Can't get penalized, right?

  • http://profootballmock.com/facebookchat/nfl-qbs-facebook-opposite-day-13/

    "JAY CUTLER: THAT’S THREE WINS, AND ZERO FUCKS GIVEN SO FAR THIS SEASON, BITCHES."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "ANDY DALTON: YOU CAN JUST CALL ME ADMIRAL ANDREW G. DALTON OF THE S.S. PACKERFUCKER."

  • Conte should have had the game-sealing pick on an amazing play in the end zone last night FWIW. It's the shit heap officiating crew that kept that one off of his stats. Sorry, MB, I like Conte way more than you do at this point. He is very fast sideline to sideline, he's a steady tackler, and he's going to get better.
    Is he Mike Mothertrucking Brown?
    Of course not.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    and that's kinda my point rabbit... after 10 fucking years, we deserve/need a GM to get us another MMFB for the next 10.

    Just one pick (hopefully) to get a franchise back there. I personally think there is a move going on right now to the sherman/chancellor body type DBs. Huge, fast, aggressive guys who can cover really well, AND hit like a truck, AND get ints/turnovers.

    I want a coupla thems early in next year's draft please phil.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Remind me again why MB wasn't a 1st-round pick? Guy went to Chicago in the 2nd, and played like a rolling ball of butcher knives whenever he was healthy.

    Who are the college scouts here--are there some good safety candidates out there? Or failing that, a couple CBs that can come in and let Peanut move to FS?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I like Conte's game. Especially his tackling.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    me too dave.

    http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/09/steelers-jonathan-dwyer-jacks-up-bears-chris-conte-video/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Last line of defense brings down the runner. It's what tackling is. I would think that you knew that but perhaps I overestimate you.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    hahahahaha... don't get all snippy with me young man.

    I didn't say he didn't make the tackle, I said he got blown the fuck up.

    Some of us believe in facts... DAVE!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was a great tackle by Conte on Dwyer. Textbook. Fuck style points. He squared up and made the tackle. That play goes for at least another 10 yards if Conte doesn't get in the way and make the stop.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The caption on the link you sent says it all. Since the defensive guy cannot meet him head-to-head without paying 15 yards and $15K, you get plays like that.

  • and now for something completely diff...

    you guys ever have dreams or wish you could fly?

    This is absolutely mesmerizing: http://msnvideo.msn.com/?videoid=912d39cf-4a99-4a6f-8235-6c1a6ebe0f50

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's awesome. My fav disney ride is probably the aviator one in California Adventure. I can literally ride it like 3 times in a row if the lines weren't always long.

    Also, since we're in alien week, there's gotta be a species that has wings like those guys from Flash Gordon, right?

  • weren't those monkeys?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're thinking of OZ. This is Flash Gordon.

    http://youtu.be/UoKV2dudWYk

  • ahhhh... right.

  • Chicken Dinner was absolutely awful last night. That is all.

  • In reply to Shady:

    3 good plays in a year and a half.

    I love his work ethic, but if you can't determine if a DE will be swallowed by opposing OTackles you may want to let him slide until the 5th....

  • In reply to Viva:

    Big Country is a linebacker, who is inexplicaby asked to play end. I'm worried about our D. We probably have the deepest and best LB corps in the league (slightly Homeric statement I'll grant you that) But he guys in front and the guys behind somewhat negate that. I was never a huge Melton fan exactly (other than the strong desire to see him as a FB on the goal-line), but now that he's gone - what do we have on the DL?

    Not good enough.

    Where can we get a tree the day before Christmas?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Our ends have all looked bad all year.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I think Pepp looked better this week, maybe his whole flu thing has cleared up.

  • Steelers' Radio color man, Tunch Ilkin, about 53 minutes in:

    "Cutler's a gunslinger. He WILL throw the ball to someone in a Steeler uniform before this night's over."

    Oh, really, Tunch?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You just pinned the tail on the donkey.

  • Maybe we can trade a 2nd for Sharriff Floyd.

    The Vikings are tanking the season, right?

    Oh, no, they just suck. Never mind.

  • You will never let it go, will you? Floyd or Eifert will forever be your gripe. Dude, Kyle Long was the right pick. Pretty much zero doubt about it now. All the analysts had their grades wrong, remember that shit for next year.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ohhhhhhhh... buuuurn!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No not really, just time for people to acknowledge the pick was facking money. I love watching this kid play ball. But more importantly without him it wouldn't matter who's running routes. Good job Emery.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Right on, Shady. I think Kyle will be a fixture for a long time, and well get a few trips to Hawaii along the way.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Eric Fisher was the top tackle taken, no? Apparently the penny isn't dropping for him yet. We did good. The only thing I didn't like in the off-season was the 7th round skinny guy making the team over Tolliver.

    And my tentative apologies to Garza for expecting him to suck.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nah, I like Long.

    I also like Eifert, and Floyd and Patterson to a lesser extent. I don't have to dislike one to like another.

    We went with a high upside OG, big risk/reward prospect at a position of need. I'm fine with that. It was very risky at the time especially considering Emery's first draft (Hardin, Rodriguez, Shea), but I was more confident in Kromer and his eye for talent, so I was willing to give Long a chance.

    Floyd would have been a "safer" move because Melton was not guaranteed anything, but not sure how much safer since he didn't fall from the top 5 for no reason.

    I was actually more upset that the Bears didn't get Eifert, but hey, Emery had a plan and thus far he's looking like a genius (with this past draft).

  • I said the same thing about JJ Watt. The Texans won't be needing him, they're not going to do shit this year.

    Didn't Foyd just get injured?

    Speaking of injuries:

    GB - Clay Matthews, Starks , Finley .. .and they'll still make the playoffs. Bet they wish they had a Bostic on the bench.

    Actually, they probably do.

  • Every GM with a decent 3 Tech on their practice squad is shitting themselves right now (wonder if it is too late to IR them...). PE will come calling (raiding) soon enough.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Hunh? I thought the whole point of a PS was to protect developmental players. Teams can't raid each other's practice squads. A guy has to be released from the PS to be signed to another team.

  • Not if the other team signs the player to their active roster.

  • Interesting twitterzoid of the day.

    "Stunning RT @PriscoCBS: Mike Shanahan, Mike Tomlin, Tom Coughlin -- with five rings combined -- are 0-9 combined. Ouch"

  • I'll preface this comment by saying the Bears haven't played against any of the top scoring offenses yet.

    When grading a defense, the only stat that really matters is points allowed. This is a stat I'll call "net points allowed". The Bears defense has given up 60 points this year (two MN scores were on a kick return and fumble recovery). The defense has scored 20 points with a missed extra point, and at least 2 other turnovers that resulted in td's were easily within fg range. Give the d 6 more points.

    So according to this formula, the defense has given up a net 34 points, about 11 per game. No matter the competition, that is pretty impressive.

  • Anyone want to venture a guess as to what this week's "The Play That Wasn't There" will be?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Does running into the punter and nearly blowing up an otherwise stellar night count?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm thinking not enough X's and O's to make the cut.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Picky, picky.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I expect it would be Forte up the middle, whereby Suh and Fairley knock his testicles up through his throat until they're hanging out of his mouth.

    Have we released Anthony Walters yet?

  • just in case you didn't already hate him: http://i.imgur.com/2WPfmwa.gif

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I saw that yesterday, smh, can't stand that guy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I saw that, too, and immediately thought, "What a douche."

    I don't hate Detroit, but with him running things, I do.

  • Lovie Smith went for it on 4th down 6 times last year alone.

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2013/aggressiveness-index-revisited

    Overall, for his career Lovie Smith went for it on 4th down more often than an average coach.

  • In reply to Duke:

    why in god's name are we talking about what lovie smith fucking did... doug.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Some people are interested in facts, MB.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    meh, facts are only worthwhile 60% of the time dave... or is that stats. Anyway. Whatevs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sometimes, maybe what, 34% of the time, the distinction doesn't matter.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    73.8% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • Report: Ravens WR Jacoby Jones injured by stripper in party bus brawl

    "According to TMZ.com, Jones was on board a party bus in Washington, D.C., celebrating the birthday of Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. Also reportedly on the bus was a stripper named “Sweet Pea,” who at some point hit Jones over the head with a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne. Per the report from an alleged eyewitness, the bottle was smashed over Jones’ head, and he was 'bleeding everywhere.'”

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/09/23/jacoby-jones-brawl-baltimore-ravens/

  • In reply to Shady:

    Damn, sue that bitch!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    For what, her crack pipe?

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Strippers can make a lot of money. Certainly enough to pay the ER bill.

  • Front. Runner.

    "In the piece, Kacsmar’s research indicated the Packers dropped to 5-24 in games when Rodgers had the ball in the fourth quarter and trailed by eight points or less. Among active NFL starters, only Carolina’s Cam Newton (2-16) has a worse record in such situations. The research also showed that Rodgers has a 9-26 record in games where it was tied in the fourth quarter or overtime... Rodgers is 49-5 in games where the Packers don’t have to score the winning points in the fourth quarter or overtime, Kascmar discovered."

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/61623/rodgers-and-fourth-quarter-comebacks

  • In reply to Shady:

    So how many of those 5 were against the Bears?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    http://www.memesay.com/p/Must-Resist-Strangle

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wasn't trying to piss you off, but were any against us? You know I like data, Shady.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Looks like Rodgers is 2-1 in the only games that matter.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200912130chi.htm
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200909130gnb.htm

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200812220chi.htm

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    http://www.memesay.com/m/MTQxNg==

  • In reply to Shady:

    Nice Shady...

  • In reply to Shady:

    Cincy were ahead 14 points, went down by 16 and came back? I think they're the first Tiger-related team to do that.

  • I heard the Bears are going to bring in Jamarcus Russell tomorrow for a work-out to replace Melton.

    Just kidding.

  • dave, this is for you

    http://www.memesay.com/p/Disappointed-OnceUpon-Time-West

  • Bears sign Tommie Harris

  • In reply to Waffle:

    ...and Spice Adams!

    Bang! Bang!

  • I was just listening to the Jay show and they had the audio of the Bush TD. That is a play we should have lauded a bit more - just that was our dude just being a fucking stud. Seriously.

  • You'd think it was Toub...

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/film-study-rare-look-legal-kick-pass-first-223417840--ncaaf.html

  • http://www.memesay.com/m/MTQxNw==

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