Bears. Lions. Rapid Fire.

Bears. Lions. Rapid Fire.

I never liked the Bears to win this week in Detroit but I must admit the way they lost surprised me. A bunch of pre-tape thoughts are coming here. Remember these are based on initial viewing only:

  • Jay Cutler was awful and he knows it. "I just missed the throws," said Jay Cutler. "They are throws I’m accustomed to making. I just have to make them."  Cutler wasn't making poor decisions Sunday in Detroit. He was making poor throws. It's a rarity for him.
  • Cutler missed Alshon Jeffery on that last interception by about ten yards. And Jeffery was wide open.
  • Lance Briggs has been terrible in pass coverage and it seems he's constantly isolated in the middle of the defense.
  • Adam Podlesh performed brilliantly against the Cincinnati Bengals. He's been dreadful since.
  • Martellus Bennett and Jeffery are legitimate second and third options. They played great in this loss.
  • Where is Shea McClellin?
  • Where is the interior of the Bears defensive line against the rush?
  • Where is the Bears kick coverage thus far in 2013?
  • Two weeks ago the questions was whether Julius Pepper was done. Now he's the only defensive lineman showing up on game day.
  • Sure looked like Kyle Long played a brilliant game against Suh and Suh still almost broke Cutler's leg.
  • The Bears forced turnovers in this game. They just didn't recover the fumbles. If Stafford doesn't recover his own fumble on the goal line, is it a different game?
  • Didn't expect that kind of performance from Reggie Bush. Most impressive professional game I've seen him play.
  • Is that really the best onside kick Robbie Gould has to offer? Lord.
  • Jordan Mills looked like a rookie. That's not a bad thing. It's a normal thing.
  • What was that punt return about when Devin Hester left the return post and Weems took his place? Was it the old, "You think the greatest returner ever will be involved but, nope, WEEMS!" move?
  • Chris Conte's whiff on Reggie Bush is one of those moments a player dreads in the coming film study. How can you fault a defensive coordinator when his play call is perfect and the safety does what Conte did?
  • Someone explain to me why Charles Tillman played this game. It is September. He is the team's best defensive player. Why are they risking further injury? Give the guy two or three weeks off if he needs them.
  • I heard a lot about Nate Collins this week. I heard very little about him Sunday.
  • Missed tackles are a growing trend of the 2013 season. Say what you want about Lovie Smith but his defenses did not miss tackles.
  • Major Wright seems to hit a lot of people in the head.

Overall a poor performance. But the Bears are 3-1 through 4 games and there isn't a Bears fan alive who would not have signed for that. Bears need no worse than a split of the next two and they'll have set the table for a successful 2013 meal.

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  • Suh should have been flagged/ejected for the extra twist on Cutler's leg.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    WoULD that I was he ref today and could have called

    "Personal foul, unnecessary roughness, #90 defense. #90 is DISQUALIFIED ... because I am TIRED of seeing that kind of CRAP from this THUG!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yup, I thought that was a ridiculous no-call. The guy is just looking to maim other players every chance he gets.

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  • Ouch....that was a tough game to watch. Can't have that many turnovers and expect a win. Got to do better than that next week.

  • Over the top Trac took a charter flight outta here with the tall whites yesterday. Reality Trac is back.

    1. Our Defense has no team leader.
    2. Jays meds must have been off.
    3. Special Teams ain't what it used to be.
    4. No team, especially the Lions should ever be able to run AND pass at will against us if the Bears hope to win a playoff game this year. GP is right I'm sorry to say.
    5. Emery's off season moves have hit the ceiling. They were one dimensional and our defense is the "Pink Elephant" in the room I said it was after the Bengals game. Picks and turnovers are great but without a pass rush and solid run defense we lose the edge we get from any turnovers that come our way. 4th qtr comebacks only go so far in winning titles.

    Overall 3-1 is a solid start to the season but unless our Defense finds a way to shut down our opponents 3rd down efficiency, forget about it.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Trac, the Lions were 2 for 10 or 11 on 3rd down. They did their damage on 1st and 2nd downs.

  • And we will do better next week, because we don't have an opposing defense to contend with. And then we'll de-ball the Giants and then leave them like the amateur hooker who decided to service an entire stag-do ... but what then?

    Do we make Jay the best paid quarterback in the league ... knowing that he hasn't changed .... and refuses to change ?

    I know what you'll say : "What's the alternative?"

    That doesn't mean we gotta give the guy 25 million reasons to just melt in the heat.

    I know what else you'll say : "Melt in the heat? HE was clutch the last three weeks!"

    Guess what, they weren't good teams. I thought Cincy were good, they're not really. Pittsburgh aren't good. MInny, they just beat Pittsburgh. Barely. Are the Lions good? They are with Bush, and they have a good defensive line - that still spells trouble for us in Soldier Field. Our pocket collapsed like the knot was untied in a child's balloon.

    Old Cutty was there in spades. Doesn't know how to take a sack and protect the ball. Rifles every single pass without thinking about whether or not the pass needs some touch. No clock in his head. Holds that rock down way too low. Won't throw it away. Yada yada yada we've been here before. Five years. Nothing learned.

    There's your HC, Jay. You interviewed him.

    There's your line.

    There's your receivers.

    Nothing.

    Learned.

  • New offense, New HC, New Plays? These kind of games are going to happen but I'm more disappointed in our Defense's inability to shut down opposing teams on third down. In my book, Jay won 2 games for us with heady play so I'm not ready to pile on him yet. Lets see what happens against the Saints next week.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The Lions were 2 for 10 on 3rd down, Trac (although the Lions got 23 first downs)

    The Bears were 1 of 13 with 18 first downs.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    23 first downs ???

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    By bad, they never needed needed more than 2 downs most of the game. 6 scoring drives in a row? C'mon, that sucks. The Bears were lucky to hold the lions to 3 field goals at the beginning of the game.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    They were. No answer for Reggie Bush, who actually looked pretty damn good yesterday.

  • And another thing ...

    (blog collectively facepalms)

    The defense.

    Remember Brian Urlacher, the guy most folk wanted the fuck out of Chicago? The Lions game was the kind of game where he stood up and took it on his shoulders - like in Arizona when they played lights out as a fuck-you to Grossman (yes it was 2005, but bear with me). He'd make a key pick, or he'd shore up the inside, or generally be a giant pain in the ass to the offense. The repeaters used to like to trot out "he can't shed blocks" or "he's old and slow", y'know, stuff they'd read on the internet. At least you knew he was on the field, because his name got mentioned a lot and you saw him get up off the ground with a crumpled mess of a ball-carrier beneath him. He'd chalk up ten or 11 tackles and a forced fumble, go home call it a day.

    I keep forgetting DJ Williams is a Bear.

    3 solo tackles yesterday? Sorry son, you're the middle linebacker on the team that defines the position. I don't think we have anything to lose by starting Bostic. And can we take off Conte a few snaps and rush Khaseem Greene please?

    Kudos to Pep, Wooten, Briggsy and Peanut for forcing fumbles - there was at least that.

    We've played a quarter of the season, and other than takeaways we don't look very good on defense. 19th rush defense, 9th in passing (only allowing an 87 QBR). That won't carry the offense : 20th in passing, 16th in rushing. 21st in 3rd down conversions. Takeaways are still respectable though.

    Congratulations to Seattle who went 4-0 for the first time EVER. Tough one in Indy next week after losing Michael Bennett.

    Apologies to the Saints per the above post - they are the #4 overall defense (yardage) and the #2 pass defense. They can beat us as we have no way of stopping Jimmy Graham. None.

    The Titans lose Locker, but arguably get better in doing so. Unfortunately Fitzy will play host to the Chiefs next week

    Next week:

    No Bears. You're on the shit list my beloveds.

    Patriots over the Bengals. Chargers over the McFadden-less Raiders. Broncos over anybody.

  • jesus irish. you can't emotionally implode over one game maings.

    Some of the conclusions you draw are irrational bordering on cray cray.

    Jay had the diabeetus, the D din't get any turnovers bounce their way for once, and our specials coach sucks.

    Oh, and here's one for Dave (love ya dave), we don't have competent safeties. They were fine with a good to bta Dline... with what we have this year, they are going to get us smoked by decent QBs who will carve us up like christmas papaya in thailand (you like how I brought that all back?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think I have to agree with Jeff that Briggs ain't getting it done in coverage.

    Conte whiffed on Bush, but so did most of the rest of the team. Not that it excuses that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Conte, I think, had the first BAD game I've seen from him. It was bad though.

    The fumbles were very unlucky for us, especially Stafford's self pass on the goalline.

    We should fire De Camel Ass.

  • Please, stop with the "we just needed Urlacher" talk.

    Sorry, but Urlacher would just been further EXPOSED yesterday.

    He was DONE.

    The Bears knew it, but made him a courtesy/legacy offer anyway.

    The rest of the NFL knew it as 31 other teams said "pass".

    and

    Deep down, Brian Urlacher knew it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    + a lot

  • In reply to gpldan:

    + a whole lot more.

    Dude was DOOOOOOONE and done.... and done.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Where did I say "we just needed Urlacher" . Not my point at all Al, I never said we should have Urlacher in there, I was pointing out we need SOMEBODY and that somebody is likely Bostic. Urlacher is/was done, yes.

  • Bears D allowed 10 points in the second half........they made the right adjustments as we've seen them do through the first 3 games, but the 27 points given up in the 2nd quarter were too much to overcome.

    Jay bashers were waiting for this game.....go ahead, have your fun. And while he pissed me off today, I'll still keep our best QB since Jimmy Mac, thank you very much.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Don't get me wrong, I love the guy - never cared for Rex though - Jay's the guy and there is no other, you'd just love him to learn from his mistakes but he just won't. I have no doubt he'll pull off more comebacks this season, and if Stafford doesn't make that incredible reception from his own pass on the QB dive, it's a different game.

    But Jay deserves a little smidgeon of bashing for that game don't you think? Are we supposed to just shrug our shoulders and say "Get 'em next week!" like a drunk bitch at the bar?

    If I'm honest, I'm angry at Jay for not making me $700 richer after KC and SEA won. Stafford's not great and we shut down Megatron, ergo we are not supposed to lose to the Lions. They didn't beat us, we let them win.

  • Reggie Bush was the difference, Irish.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    And Jay giving the ball away 4 times doesn't give Bush the opportunity to put those numbers up? Bush's 7.7 YPR is another reason we need Bostic in there. 4 games is enough of DJ - give Bostic a shot, if he doesn't work out, give DJ his job back. Nothing to lose.

  • well at least you can admit that you're crazy post is based on your gambling outcome. He had 3 bad throws. Not bad reads, not bad scrambles and poor decistions but just bad fucking throws. It happens. Jay makes those throws all of the time. He eluded pressure then the ball just didn't get there.

    3-1 with a first year offense that can put up points is a good thing. To sit there and say he hasn't learned anything is bullshit. It's total bullshit. Flacco, Eli, Vick, Rodgers, Brees, etc have all had games this year where they either pissed it away or fucked tried their best to.

    The seeds are there for success on offense. The offense will evolve over the year and improve. The coaches will look at the 2nd and 3rd quarters and address the issues.

    I can't listen to the radio this week. All of the pussy fairweather fans are making me sick. You'd think we were 0-4 with Josh fucking Freeman or some rookie piece of shit at quarterback. God damnit Chicago fans suck.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Already over it Waffle. We need a good vent after a tough loss. We get that onside kick at the end and I'll take Marshall in the endzone over either of those corners. Cutty makes one less turnover and maybe we win that game. Anyway, it's history.

  • We lost. I'm over it.

    Rule # 1 after you shit the bed: do not get caught sniffing the sheets.

    We have NO, on a short week, @ home. We can beat them.

  • In reply to Viva:

    It's not a short week this week. Game against New Orleans is at noon Sunday. After the Saints it's a short week, with the Giants on Thursday night.

  • In reply to jrnymn17:

    it's a short week for the Saints genius.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Thanks for correcting me.

  • In reply to jrnymn17:

    lol, now I feel bad for being a dick about it. I was still mad a Irish when I responded. Sorry for transferring my anger over Jay's bad throw to Alshon onto you.

  • In reply to Viva:

    LOL, that's a good rule.

  • I think it's important to note that while there are systemic problems with this team, even with them, this loss wasn't THAT horrible.

    First, the offense sucked on third down. But even with that and "Bad Jay," this was very nearly a game they could pull out. Honestly, Detroit should be more worried that they had a 3-TD lead on a team at home and almost let them tie it up. Bottom line: I don't think this is as big a hot mess as it felt yesterday.

    The bigger problem is the defense. The line is a rumor, and Williams can't show up for one game a month. If Briggs is going to be dropping into deep middle coverage, why not put Bostic at Mike?

    Conte and Wright are blowing fundamental safety play-- tackling and angles.

  • "Conte and Wright are blowing fundamental safety play-- tackling and angles."

    This.

    Next year's draft needs to be DBs, Dline, Oline.... FA needs to be a franchise FS. Do what you gotta do, pay what you gotta pay if one becomes available Phil.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So we can we at least give the Steltz bomber a go? Are we going to miss Conte for a couple of games seeing where he's at?

  • conte is MUCH better than steltz... who's a strong safety and would replace major penis not conte anyway.

    Steltz is average at best.

  • Anyone else notice those classy Detroit fans throwing shit on the field yesterday?

  • In reply to Shady:

    shocked?

  • What did we learn when Tommie became butter? C2 is like a chinese puzzle and it only opens one way - the 3-technique guy needs to draw the center's attention and blow up inside runs and collapse the pocket.

    Raiola didn't bother with Collins the whole day, and so he went a-roamin to blow DJ Williams up. Because of Tillman beginning to break down health wise, we played almost exclusive "soft nickel". What is soft nickel? Isiah Frey drops his man when Megatron lines up on his side, I saw it at least twice - an essential double-team at that point. When Megatron is isolated far side, they brought Wright down and boxed him - leaving Conte to play one high.

    Pettigrew and Shaeffler dragged Anderson out, Raiola was consistently getting to the 2nd level on his blocks, and thus - Bush exploded for 100 yards in the 1st half.

    All of that happens because the 3-tech guy can't get there. A healthy Tillman, you play Megatron man-up, and you hurry the Lesbian who was already making terrible throws and it's a totally different game.

    So that's the issue - we can't get a Rush in there. Thankfully, we've abandoned the Chicken Dinner experiment - he is a blown pick - a 3rd round linebacker being asked to play end was stupid stupid stupid - and I blame Emery. We probably should have kept Izzy.

    On offense - I've already posted - we are too predictable with the run-draw from the gun and Jay has fallen in love with the back shoulder fade and we aren't adjusting. Several times had Forte just split out from the backfield into the slot, and threatened a go route, the linebacker would have had problems. But we held Forte back there because Long and Mills needed the help with Suh. So there goes that weapon.

    It's rough watching the Bears get out physicalled - we just are too small and can't handle elite inside Ds.

    The problem is now, the Saints are coming to town next week and after 4 games, the Saints have the #1 defense in the NFL. So, this week has to be about misdirection and new looks from the O, or we will get rolled.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wait GP you're not following the narrative. PE is a genius. The Chicken Dinner pick was Old Sauce's, the Hardin pick was Lovie's and I'm forgetting which shitty pick was Tice's but when you add them all up, all the shitty picks were due to Love/Rod/Tice and all the good picks are Emery's. Haven't you been paying attention? Even though absolutely none of that makes any sense whatsoever.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, If the Bears are honest they will bench McClellin immediately. The film session will be humbling to say the least.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yup, I was all for selling out our draft plus say a Hester to get the Suh pick. We need that 3-T and we don't have one.

    They have some TEs - don't they? Jeez. You got those two plus the 6'8 Fauria. Six foot fucking eight. You're always open.

  • I think the story of the game was mostly special teams failures, with the fumble for a TD being the cherry on top. The kick coverage continues to be abysmal, and the big return by Detroit really changed the tone of the game early on. Bush ran for a lot of yards early, but those drives ended up in field goals by Detroit (ok, except for that one brilliant TD run that he had). The 2nd quarter was all about shitty field position and not coincidentally, it's when the game got out of hand.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The story of the game wasn't special teams Posse, it was Cutler's 4 turnovers and the defense's inability to stop the run. Special teams was garbage (Hester's still back, right? Smh) but certainly not the biggest story yesterday.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady is right.

    Cutler's fumble for the TD is a case study in bad Jay. He steps to the left and just STANDS THERE, with the ball in one hand BELOW HIS BELT LINE - it looked like he was waiting to be sacked. Suh obliged.

    That was terrible - and the story of the game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    at least he didn't pull the geno smith behind the back handoff.

    http://cdn.ksk.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/genofum.gif

  • In reply to Shady:

    Between the failures of the kick coverage unit and Podlesh's abysmal punting, yeah, I'd put alot of the loss on special teams. And the Cutler strip-sack for a TD was huge too.
    Oh, and of course there were two missed opportunities at fumble recoveries where the Lions scored immediately after (the goal-line fumble, and then Tillman's punch-out the play before Bush scored on his 37 yard run).
    The momentum changer in the 2nd quarter was the Lions getting the ball to our 22 on a kick return. That led directly to their first touchdown and the lead.
    Of course, then Jay followed it up with that floater on the sideline and things were out of hand.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Podlesh averaged 28 ypp. I never normally comment on punters or ST because you should win with the other two, but that's about time to lose the guy.

  • Flatbread really lived up to his nickname yesterday, didn't he?

    The interior of the D line was fisted agape leaving the safeties to make 1-on-1 tackles in the hole. Recepie for disaster. Bush looked like he was in a damn video game yesterday.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fisted agape.

    Another for the DBB annals.

  • annals

  • Sit Peanut? I'll tell you why not, blogfader. Cause this is football, not the NBA. You don't sit your players to save them for the future. If they can play, they play. And I thought Peanut played pretty well. The Lions had less then 200 yards passing for crying out loud. Plus, he'll have plenty of time to get healthy when the bears play one game in a 23 game stretch in late October early November.

    The loss hurts. They all hurt. But it is just one loss, on the road. No right thinking human thought they would go undefeated. We're still first in our division and all that. I just want to make sure nobody starts freaking out here. Players have games like this. If Cutler could hit his target today we likely would have won the game. Every player has bad games. I haven't been reading the comments but hopefully people haven't started freaking out and shit.

    Besides, after what I've witnessed the first four weeks of the season, the SB is a foregone conclusion: Seattle vs Denver. Two teams that seam to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A lot can happen, I realize this. But damn. Those teams are playing great right now.

  • That's my point! He COULDN'T play. He missed 1/3 of the defensive snaps due to the injury he was trying to play through. That "this is football" shit is why players like Gronk and RG3 come back too early from injury and do further damage. It's silly.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I'd like to see the proof for that. I watched the game, and I can't swear he played any particular percentage of the snaps, but I saw him flying around most of the game. Sometimes guys come out to take a blow. He didn't practice all week.

  • I didn't think Peanut was a problem, Megatron had 4 catches. That's pretty much taking him out of the game when most consider him the best receiver in the NFL. Everyone plays hurt every week. this will sound harsh -and it is - but we don't need Peanut healthy for next year, this is probably his last. So use the shit out of him. It's just bidniz.

  • Ohm and in Jeff tradition - I want to hurt my arm patting myself on the back for a correct prognosis:

    Breaking Bad as Moby Dick.

    Spoilers if you haven't seen the end yet:

    Walt is the White Whale. He even wears white at the end. He's speared in the side, like the whale. Jesse is Ishmael, just as I called it. I looked at the Wiki, and the ship that saves Ishmael is called the "El Rachal" and Jesse leaves in an "El Camino", to tell the tale of the White whale.

    Walter leaves a legend, the great white who wiped out the whole "crew" after killing Ahab, just as the Whale turned and destroys the Pequod. Ishmael holds on to Queequeg's coffin at the end, his HAND CARVED coffin. Jesse holds onto the dream of his HAND CARVED woodworking until he is rescued.

    So, there you go. I am a genius and now I take a parade lap. La La la la la la!

    Oh, and Badfinger's "Baby Blue" was *awesome*, so so so much better than Chase's "Don't Stop Believin" at the end of the Sopranos.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Baby blue was such a great choice... kind of a no brainer in retrospect, but a great choice.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    (standing ovation)

    Genius indeed, sir - you are smarter than the average Bear (and we're all smarter than Martellus Bennett). The Melvillian twist eluded my small brain.

    Jesse the little shit. Walt goes and sets him free (in the most awesome macgyver fashion), allows him to strangle his tormentor .. .and how does the little peon bitch repay him ? He ratfinks him out to the cops!!! Surely Lydia doesn't know where the lab is.

    The scene where he's dropping off the cash for his kid's trust fund was priceless.

    Felina? Spanish female cat? Finale? Fe Li Na ? Iron Lithium Sodium?

    I'm glad there was no crappy Sopranos ending ....or 'Lost' jumping the shark and proving that the writers couldn't tie the 6 years of threads together

    Moby Dick.

    Fe

    Half of me was hoping that Walt and peon would look at their motherless meth lab and start the whole thing off again, but .. .nah.

    Moby Dick.

    I only just discovered Talking Bad, had no idea that was happening at all (I'm on episode 2 of the first season of BB right now, withdrawal symptoms already).

    Here's the last one. Felina.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK3i0X_1pFk

  • And do we find out what happens to Saul in the new spin-off? Hardly, seeing as he's on the run. Should have been a short scene of whereabouts he ended up.

  • I don't think Izzy gets an X-mas card from the Bears. I've been reading Bush was killing us whenever we did a line stunt. Apparently Izzy told them everything about the DL stunts. You would have thought Tucker would have stopped calling them after about the 3rd one got blown up. Total team loss. The D got dismantled by Bush, ST's were far from special (we HAVE to get another ST's coach next year, or earlier) and Cutler was awful. We've lost twice to the Kitties in 4.5 years so I'm not going to jump out a window over this. It just sucks because I hate them so much.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

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  • I'm just pissed because Jay makes those damn throws all of the fucking time. I can't explain why that ball sailed 10yds over Alshon's head after Cutler somehow kept the play alive. I'm frustrated because Reggie Bush had over 100yds rushing in the first half and the lions scored 27pts in the second quarter.

    I'm optimistic though because we're 3-1 and have a lot of things to be optimistic about. Just don't listen to the radio or you'll want to kill yourself.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I was hoping and praying he hadn't gotten his knee jacked by Suh and was not just "toughing it out".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    oh, that was definitely an MCL tweak. Jay won't say shit about it. When the knee goes down and to the inside it's an MCL. He was on the ground for a while.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Suh is a m*****@#$%%@r.

    I wish he played for us though.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Other than Trac, we all knew we were going to lose some games this year. It's a pisser because we all hate the Kitties so much. I'm quite certain we blow their shit away at Soldier Field. As long as we make some adjustments (fire Decamillis (sp?)) and the O keeps progressing, we should still end up in the playoffs. I give you credit for staying the course on sports talk radio. I never could stomach listening to morons. It's like reading the comments on ESPN. For every smart comment there are at least 100 stupid ones.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada, if you want to make yourself truly angry just read the Facebook comments on the Bears website. Truly the worst of the uneducated fair weather fake fans of all time.

    I'm going to only come here during the week. I'm confident that Jay will come out with a strong game this week and you'll see a lot of Martellus, Brandon and Alshon for 5-8 yd gains. Teams can't stop it and it gets the ball out of Jay's hands quickly. We just didn't do it in the 2nd and 3rd quarter for some reason.

  • Jeff, you should have plenty of plays to choose from for your "play that wasn't there" post this week. Tons of missed opportunities yesterday.

  • Does anyone else think Bush's success can be traced quite clearly to the loss of Melton?

    I'm thinking it's a much larger loss than most of us gave it credit... including myself.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I can see that being the case. Melton was having a decent impact on the run game in the first couple of games.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    DJ Williams my friend. 3 solos. Middle Linebacker makes 3 solos. Fail.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I didn't notice it during the game, but Jurko (local ESPN radio host) was just screaming about the fact that they moved Paea to the 3 technique and put Collins in at nose. He was calling for who ever was responsible for that move to be fired. His thought - why move arguably the best performing D-lineman this year out of position?

  • After the Giants the schedule gets tougher. I don't see much chance of beating the Saints ,so 4-2 and we'd better play some D or the season will be long. This team better get back to denying, or We'll be embarrassed plenty. BTW Urlacher doesn't play here anymore, which I think is okay. Long is the real deal, and yes Suh is Ed Sprinkle but much bigger and fast enough to play safety.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Again, I never said he should be. He's done. Everyone knows that. But Chicago requires a dominator in the Mike. Bostic may be that man, cos DJ ain't.

  • IS,

    Once again just another short-sighted critique of Cutler here.

    Yesterday I tweeted @Jeff that this was the worst game I've ever seen Cutler play. Because he was throwing poorly. Both him and Trestman said post-game that the decision-making was excellent, just bad throws. How the hell is that "Old Jay"?

    Oh and Urlacher has one whole emotion-charged win to his resume and that was the game you mentioned. What I remember him for is missing tackles in key situations, having approx. 0 percent visible leadership(Except making play calls) and coming up small in huge moments. Does anyone remember an Urlacher play from the Super Bowl? What about the Championship game leading up to that? The only play I remember was Colston bitch-handling him on a post down the middle of the field.
    What about the 2010 Championship game? Gets a gift-wrapped INT from Sharon and then gets pinkie-tackled by the faggiest QB in the league.

    Big moments, big failures, padded stats.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    How about the SF monday night game (sunday night?) he throws 4 picks and only has to hit Kellen in the endzone to be a hero and redeem himself... and then he threw another.

  • I hate being one of those superstitious fans. I broke on of my Bears shot glasses on Saturday and I instantly had a bad feeling about Sundays game. 1st thing my buddy says when the game comes on and Jay hasnt even played yet is "Jay looks tired! Did he get any sleep?" Again a pang of doubt. But when Jay threw the 1st int and it was so horribly thrown I knew we were in for a long day of Bad Jay.
    I guess all we can say is lets hope we right the ship next week. Bear down gentlemen.

  • Give me your address, I will send you some stick-um. Your butter fingers are costing us ball games.

  • Against one of the top defenses .. .with Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham? Don't fancy it. We have no answers for those guys. That's the #2 pass defense right there.

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    Duds of the week.
    McClellin - Not even a fast surface helped him to show up
    Conte - your pants, shoes and socks are at Ford Field
    Podlesh - I'm betting a few punters are on their way to town
    Cutler - have to put him here. He played poorly. No panic. But he's a Dud this week.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Mike .. .you were saying something about Jim McMahon, Cutler ... and talent? My memory's a little hazy ....can you remind us ?

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    McMahon had entire postseasons where he was worse than Cutler was yesterday. Other than 1985, his Passer Rating was sub 50. Look I loved the 85 Bears, McMahon could be brilliant. But for the most part he was extremely average. Look it up.

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  • In reply to Shady:

    I fucking love this.

  • These types of weeks happen to QBs. Obviously, Cutler was off. It's sort of like basketball. A player hits 80% on free throw, then every blue moon, he just can't hit a free throw.

    Last year an elite QB threw 5 int to their arch-rival.

    That arch-rival? The Falcons. The QB? None other than Brees.

    That's right, just last year Brees chucked 5 Int in Hotlanta.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=321129001

    He's also had other 4 Int game, but that game is perhaps more similar to Cutler's game this past Sun.

    I'm not giving him a pass since I'm an infamous Cutler agnostic and these types of game are why, but I'm also don't have tunnel vision and realize that good qbs have bad games.

    I'm actually a lot more worried about our D and Specials because when those play poorly, it puts an absurd amount of pressure on the QB and O to be perfect. That's what happened last year with Brees. His D and Specials were crap, and he felt like he had to push.

    I think that's what happened in that Lion's game, and if it continues, more performances like these might pop-up. Either way, we won't really find out who the "real" Jay is until the end of the season. We need to make the playoffs to find that out.

  • I used to like to point out P Manning's six INT nightmare. Used to.

    Do we really have to wait til the playoffs to find out who the real Jay is? It's been five years in a Bears jersey already man. I feel well acquainted with Jay Christopher.

    Now, the elephant in the room is making noise again. How did Roboknees Garza do last night? I just pockets imploding play after play.

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