Reverend's Rant: Can a Fan's Liver Handle the Bears Being "Bad at Defense"?

Reverend's Rant: Can a Fan's Liver Handle the Bears Being "Bad at Defense"?

Here is something I'd like to read in the comments section below:

Are you comfortable with the Bears abandoning their long standing identity as a defensive-minded football team? Would it be okay with you if the Bears moved into the bottom  half of the league defensively if it meant a high octane offense?


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  • When Erik Kramer was QB and Robinson/Booker were the WR stars, the defense blew chunks.

    I was fine with it, as long as Bryan Cox wasn't racking up 45 yards of penalties on the same play.

  • Oh, and first again, bitches.

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    Those teams were awful. God Awful. No, I'm not ok with this.

  • Ys, I'm, not a big fan of the Rev's rants but credit where credit is due:

    "...and you'd think the pump fake was invented Sunday night!"

    made me laugh!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "..Burleson's Pizza!' was funny too.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    just for chris conte Al.

    Right dave? DAVE!!!

    I'll tell you dave (sorry to use my reply to you as the springboard for this rant al), they replayed the NFL turning point with our game again last night and I had to watch.

    Conte got abused on that run play, then he gave ben the long TD because instead of blowing dwyer up and getting in ben's face on the safety blits, he fucking jogged in and pattycaked with dwyer.

    I guess I get some of why you like him (he's fast and usually a good tackler), but the dude is not A machinery. sorry maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not so, MB. I saw one replay where the ENTIRE defensive back field moved on a fake like it was on Nintendo 64.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I get that, but there were at least two specific plays where the safeties were called out during the broadcast.

    If you think about the other guys out there, Fry, Bowman, and timmyJ... they're all either new or not very good 1:1 coverage guys (timmyJ sadly). That said, our corners are better than our safeties.

    I'll stop with the safety talk, I know it's getting old. you guys know how I feel... I just wanted to scream at my TV watching those two plays again.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    pick other lays to watch then

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Can't watch just one.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like Conte's game

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    So don't get it dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I still think our best safety's sitting on the bench, but he's still no ball Hawk. Frey could be good, a healthy Peanut is still dangerous, but after that we have to make the next draft a defensive one whilst still finding a center.

  • Please tell me you're not talking about the cajun scud irish.... pleeeassee.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well it ain't Hardin! I just don't think Lac would big up Steltz for no reason. Hey, we don't have ANY safeties, but let's give the guy a chance. Those boys are getting toasted.

  • And, all things considered, defenses league-wide are getting worse. So the Bears "losing" their identity as a defensive team doesn't necessarily mean they'll drop in rankings.

    It's reality in the NFL that teams are routinely going to put up 21 points even on good defenses. Offenses have to put up 30+ per game if you expect to be a playoff team.

  • The Raiders put up 21 on the Broncos and could have had more.

  • Yes, but the Bears' D are still graded on a curb, so even if the smartest cat is Forrest Gump now, we're somewhere much lower like in the Paulie Shore tier.

  • Another reason to be disappointed in the NFL Network:

    Remember when they did FOUR "NFL Replay" games a week?

  • We're gonna need both to beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl. If the offense is say 5th to 8th, I think we can get by with a defense that rolls in at 10th to 12th in ppg with our propensity for turnovers. Screw yards. Points baby.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    The only thing that matters... more points than them at the end of the game. Simple, really.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    To beat Manning you need safeties who know what time it is. End of.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Seattle will come before Denver .....

  • not to take this thread in totally the wrong direction, but can someone tell me what in thee fuck is going on in Iran right now!??!?

    Trick... o treat?

    I say, you cain't trust those mothers. 'Murica!!!

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  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rouhani is a "moderate," and is making overtones toward the US in order to make some actual progress and get sanctions eased/lifted. Problem is, constitutionally, the Grand Ayatollah (Khameini) has the final say in everything, and if he's not ready for detente, he can pull the plug on anything Rouhani does.

    So Rouhani has to be careful with what he says and how he says it.

    My sense is that there will be major breakthroughs with Iran over the next year or so, though.

  • I'm with MB. I will never trust them. They exist to stop us from exiating.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    They do? Odd. Every Iranian I've met, in America or elsewhere, has failed to share with me this nefarious plan to end our existence.

  • common bleed, it's never 'the peoples'.... it's the mo fos running things.

    just like everywhere else, there is power and money structures to perpetuate. Some of these issues are simply used to enable those endeavors. So it's not even an all ideological problem.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have to disagree. In this country, it used to be the will of the people. Once upon a time, when congressmen failed to do the will of the people, Governors would fire and replace them with those that would. Back when congress had true constituents, they were held accountable to their actions by the people that elected them. Because of redistricting, politicians can screw the voters that got them elected. We are supposed to have a Republic but in practice, we no longer do because politicians fail to do the will of the people as soon as they get to Washington and become career politicians. A democracy is mob rule because it doesn't represent the majority but those who yell the loudest.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    On the whole I agree with this

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Didn't James AMdison say that the Constitution was never about the people but it was about keeping the majority of the power in the hands of the few? Anyway, like George W. said " ... it's only a piece of paper."

    Ain't that the truth.

    If there are any Tall Whites reading this .. I'm ready to go, yo. This dimension is completely fucked.

  • That's 'Madison' .. .not the vacuum cleaner guy.

  • Right. Iranian Americans. Not the people in Iran that actually dictate policy and control. Does it really matter what Iranian Americans think when the power structure in place in Iran believes it to be the will of their God to exterminate you and all of your family and countrymen? Sorry dude, no way these guys get the benefit of doubt. You can't possibly know what they may stand to gain from their most recent overtures. Until we do, I'm not sold.

  • Nobody is afraid of Iran, except the Military Industrial complex that's trying to take over the whole region. And guess who installed that whole regime, ditto the Taliban etc.


  • Congress are doing a perfectly good job of that all by themselves IBNO.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    The latest round of hysteria with Iran is because they tried to sell oil to China for yuan without having to buy US dollars first (you know, the deal the Saudi royal family made with Washington in 1973 that led to us becoming "the Great Satan"...) Once the deal with the devil is undone, the US dollar will fall into the abyss. But the banksters have not *quite* got it set up perfectly for them yet.


  • In reply to Shady:

    hahahaha... wanna get NB in on this and make it a trio of tribesmen going, "yeah, we've seen this act before and we're not falling for that shit again."

    NB, are you as hopeful as our good friend bleed? Might was well get a quorum of the DBB brethren.

  • that sounds so awesome man, and I really and truly hope this is the case.

    To johnny's point below, history (like since man came up with.... writing maings) that part of the world and those peeps have only understood one form of communication from the rest of the 'free world'... and unfortunately that's been show of force.

    I'd love it to all be above board, but let's not lower the ol' guard and start handing out wester-style blow jobs juuuuust yet shall we bleed?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What you meant to say was "Fuck'em."

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    no. I am 100% open to at least the possibility that he/they are doing a complete and utter about-face on an entire history of recorded beliefs and actions.

    Do I think there's only a hidden agenda and nothing but deception behind the facade... sadly, yes.

    ...but wouldn't it be utterly amazing if the Arab Spring actually came to full fruition and a total shift in belief systems millenia old was enacted all over the entire region from this one effort? It would be a pretty apocalyptic (excuse the word choice) happening that we would all witness.

    Maybe this guy realizes that he could literally be one of the greats of mankind if he pulled that off. Talk about leaving a mark on mankind. wow. A girl can dream right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I cannot imagine what the "hidden agenda" could be, though. We know all about Iran's nuclear program. Is the "hidden agenda" to stall any action we take against it? But we already have taken action--sanctions & sabotage. We're not going to war with Iran, period. Piddly cruise missile strikes would not damage their program, either--most of their enrichment is buried in hardened bunkers (we'd need to nuke the sites to be certain of destroying them).

    In other words, there's nothing for Iran to deceive us about.

    There is no reason to assume Rouhani is anything but sincere. He's tap-dancing on a razor, though, because even if he was the MLK of Iran, he's still got a guy above him who can pull the rug out from under him (bad metaphor, sorry). That said, if he can get Iran a good deal (i.e., get an agreement to lift the sanctions) without giving away the farm, his boss will go along. And ultimately, for many countries, that's what a nuclear program is--a bargaining chip. Ask Pakistan how valuable its nukes are as weapons (hint: they aren't useful as weapons, but as diplomatic chips, they're pretty valuable).

    There is one thing that might play into all of this, though: Persians and Arabs dislike each other on principle, and each group views the other as uncouth barbarians. If Iran wants to show the Arab world that it is a functioning democracy, maybe Khameini gives Rouhani a lot of rope, and the Iranians get to point at the Arabs accomplishing little with their "Spring."

  • Its all about Iran trying to sell oil in currencies other than the US dollar.

  • The NWO is gearing up for a third world war so that they can really take over and do what they want. This may appear a very bleak view but it's the perfect thing for them to pull it off. You get population control, martial law, it all falls into place for them ... and the Rothschilds get to bank roll everything and then go in and mop up, like they have been for centuries.

    ASEAN kicks in in 2015. That's the three major blocs formed ... then they unify those three blocs into one bank, one army, one currency etc. Then it doesn't matter what you or I think because we are then living in Orwell's 1984, and Huxley's Brave New World. At that point it's all over folks, and we'll be alive to witness it .. .as of course will our children. What's most disheartening is that the masses will go to their slaughter willingly like the sheep that they are.

  • Where do the tall white aliens fit into all this?

  • his peeps

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Actually, it's Western civilization that is doing the about face. It is America who is losing our culture, not the Muslims. Even though I strongly disagree with their belief system, I admire thier ability to maintain thier culture. They are not losing thier identity, we are. They are getting stronger while western civilization is getting weaker.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    A different opinion:

    And some trends:,2

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    God knows SC. God knows.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I think most Americans forget that our country was merely an "experiment". The Founding Fathers had no clue if a system of governance not used for over 2,000 years could actually work.

    They knew their history. They saw what happened to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and they had no delusions about it lasting forever, but they decided, "Fuck it, we'll give it a try."

    True democracies never actually existed, in ancient Greece or the U.S. If that were the case, then The Confederacy would be a real country right now.

    It's important to recognize that the U.S. is merely an experiment. We're 200 years into it. That's nothing. We live in a whole new digital age of information. I can walk down the street and visit an orthodox temple, a Buddhist temple, a Mosque, and a porn store in less than 30 min. This ain't 1777. Democracy is easy when everyone thinks alike, but now we're not as homogenized and the experiment is beginning to stall. Maybe it gets going again, maybe it doesn't - it's up to us.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "That part of the world and those peeps" have been on the receiving end of shows of force repeatedly. We don't try to reason with them, we just fuck their shit up.

    1953. They elect a government we don't like, and we have the CIA overthrow it.

  • oh my.

    I don't even know where to start with that.

    Someone else please take over.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I dunno - I don't take any issue with that particular point on Iran. The CIA has openly admitted it, as if it was any great secret before.

    I vaguely remember reading up on this last year or I'd get more into the details.
    By no means does it justify the actions of the incendiary whackjobs that rose to power and deposed the Shah...but that guy existed solely to protect British and American oil interests, and he was a brutal mfer.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And yes, on general principle, I think a moderate Iran is a good thing - let's hope they get caught up on the last 150 years of progressiveness before the end of this century. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be a very pleasant surprise.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ha! I think the fastest way to get them off their game is for al gore-leoni to head over there and confuse the shit out of them with some good ole fashioned global warming speeches. That kind of progressiveness Brownie? hee hee.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Trac, Trac, Trac...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's true MB, that's old news man. Mosadek. The good old US of A has been installing tinpot dictators all over the shop since WWII. Noam Chomsky is the most articulate source for all of that. Armed Iraq, armed Iran, stood back and watched it all kick off. Like Bill HIcks said : Sold a bunch more weapons to Iraq, wait til the cheque cleared, then went in and blew the shit out of them. CIA armed and trained the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, you-name-it. And the U.S. taxpayer foots the bill.

  • 135 countries (and counting) have permanent U.S. military installations that you guys pay for. Standing armies are what make every empire fall.

  • The CIA armed and trained the Taliban to fight the Ruskies.

    At that time, Communism was a far greater threat (and the Russians are trying to regain their old bad guy role again, like those bad 80 remakes).

    Not defending it, but at the time, I didn't hear anyone on any side protest too much about that 'policy'.

    Enemy of my enemy sometimes becomes a new enemy I suppose.

    Also, think-tanks thought that "god fearing" people were preferred to amoral atheists. Guess not.

  • Fool me once Butch .. and I ... well fool me twice ... and uh ... well .. you won't fool me a third time.

  • yes. same in south and central america. It's just the way things go down.

    I have to agree with dave that this go round is all about money not ideology.

  • This crazy, insane fucker (me) agrees with your stance on this issue.

    What is wrong with having some diplomatic talks? The US has helped entrench the clergy's power base by putting the sqeeze on Iran for over 30 years. The US has done a lot worse shit to them than they have done to us.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Question :

    If Israel have nuclear weapons (ref Mordechai Vannunu) why can't Iran? The world sees what happened to palestine, and Israeli neighbours are worried. Isn't that perfectly understandable? Israel has the world's second largest fleet of F-16s. Where did they come from? When has Iran ever imposed their will on the world?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you know who the People's front of Judea are now, MB? Not to be confused with the Judean People's Front BTW.

  • btw, when we beat the lions this weekend, monday night will be a battle of the unbeatens to see who is going to join us as the only 4-0 team in the NFL.

    Bang! Bang!

    Gonna be a fun game to watch

    BTW, are the dolphins for reals?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    only other

  • ohhhhhh... common peanut, fucking heal up and blanket this guy.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    Not going to happen this time. I think Megatron was due to have a big game against Peanut anyhow. Less pass rush, more bush than we had last few times when Peanut shut him down.

    No worries. Bears win track meet

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Hope you're right Mike, but Peanut's groin thing worries me. We need to blitz the shit out of Stafford and knock him into last week.

  • hope this is just chess maingses. without the nut I'm more worried than I was with him:

    Also, Landon Cohen... good jewish boy:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fun factoid: Cohen is a hereditary title/name--the Hebrew priesthood. Being a Cohen is a mark of honor, right? So you'd think that here and there throughout the 3000+ year history of Judaism, a guy would pretend to be a Cohen and reap the benefits.

    Turns out the DNA studies show that for the most part, that didn't happen. Cohens mostly share DNA markers to indicate that they're all descended from the same stock (within the Hebrew community, that is).

  • Actually, I believe that.

    The Jews weren't exactly buddy-buddy with everyone. In fact, they were pretty much at war with all their neighbors, so I would imagine "Cohen" also came with a big red bulls-eye to many enemies, and those within the community knew who was and wasn't a Cohen.

    I imagine after the destruction of the temple and their diaspora that maybe in far off places a Jew could get away with pretending they're a Cohen, but Jews were persecuted in other countries too, so I'm not sure the slight benefit in status within the Jewish community would outweigh the prejudices (not to mention I'm pretty sure pretending you're a Cohen might be looked down upon in the old community if discovered).

    It's sort of like "O'neill" with two Ls signifying "royalty". Now every O'neill spells it with two Ls cause they all think they descended from kings or something lol

  • There a plenty of Cohen substitutes. All of the names with Got, Gutsman, Gotlieb are all preist references.

  • You too Butch?

    Am I the only genital on here ?

    {Blog sniggers}

    What? What'd I say? Hey .. c'mon ... what?

  • I'm reposting this from the last dead thread because it's awesome.

    Any Tool fans in the house? Check out these kids kicking ass on the song forty six and 2, one of the best metal songs in the last 20 years. They look like they are in jr. high.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    The same dude has another bunch (?) doing Maiden's number of the beast. All awesome. I'd be selling that shit on iTunes if I was him.

    This is how geeks get laid.

    Rock on.

  • That was awesome Irish. Thanks maing. It almost brought a tear to my eye.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    That led me to this. Great doc on the genesis and early years of the Irons.

  • Piece of Mind was the first album I ever bought. I still know almost every lyric. I'll check out the doc later. I've probably already seen it.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    That was my first metal T-shirt. I haven't listened to the last few albums, were there any great songs on there, or did you lose touch like me?

  • I had a jacket with a big logo of that album cover on the back. I too lost touch after a while as I got older and started listening to all different kinds of music. Good documentary, I hadn't seen that one.

  • Dad examples for those of you with younguns...

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Actually very funny dave.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I was giving Dave shit because I posted it last thread.

    Semicolon.... close parentheses.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And it's frigging hilarious.

    Although I wasn't too happy he used "ass" with his 3 year old (guessing).

    i have never once cussed in front of my kids (well, under my breath)... fucking shocking i know

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I didn't see it. Honest. Came at me through a text from someone that I don't think reads this blog.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I was just giving you the requisite sheite dave. I post a lot of stuff for you guys, you aren't going to catch all of it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    Good for you MB ... I .. uhh ... I ...... ah fuck.

  • yeah, I'm sure I've slipped up once or twice just because it's so natural to swear... but I try to be pretty conscious about it and with others around my babies.

    Same with violence, sex, bad stuff, etc...

    It's ok to keep them sheltered for a while, they'll get plenty of reality in school I'm sure.

  • Is it Sunday yet?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    No... it's Saturday. we all need to chip in and buy you a "smokin hot ladies of islam" calendar trac?

  • I'll, always see, the other side of the ball, as our identity, but in fact takeaways have supplanted that dominance currently. I'm not such a fuddy duddy as to ignore the reality that all pro sports are obsessed with offense. the league has outlawed defense, so get used to it.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I imagine some one has asked, but if so I did not see the answer. Is 1937 your birth year?

    If so, I'm sure you have some great Bears stories from times before me (I started as a fan in 1965). Two guys I would have loved to see play was Doug Atkins and Bill George.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Gah! was => were

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You bet, Atkins was awesome. Sprinkle was felonious. He broke Bobby Lane's leg against Detroit. There were the Gulianics brothers, Gerorge Mcafee, Sid Luckman, Bulldog Turner. Willie Gallimore and Bob Farrington who were killed in a car crash, in Florida in the 50s Irv Kupcinet played for the Steelers. Atkins would retire every season and Halas would coerce him to return.

  • my god

  • We seem to have gotten away from the thread topic... so I'll bring it back.

    I'm fine with losing our defensive identity - the way the league and game are changing, a team has to become a big offense to really compete.

    Our record will be better with a mediocre D and amazing O rather than vice versa.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    There's supposed to be a topic for these threads?!


    I still think Defense wins championships, -especially- when the other elite clubs can score in bunches.
    But really, all that matters is getting to the playoffs and winning the Lombardi - our statistical identity doesn't matter. And given the number of takeaways and defensive TDs the team has scored this year, I don't exactly feel like they are a bottom shelf group.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Totally agree. I'm worried about Peanut. Usually the older players don't lose it all at once they just keep getting dinged up and don't come back all the way after each injury. Hope that's not the case with Peanut. Pep looked awful the first two games but seemed to have a little more life last game. DJ looked like he's back to being a badass. Anderson has really surprised me. Briggs looks a little slower but then he blows someone up. If we can get more pressure from the DL or passes knocked down, we should handle the Kitties. If we lose the turnover battle we're screwed.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


    oh, and this:

    (figured you'd like this rabbit)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LMFAO - perfect!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Stay on topic! (taps ruler on chalkboard)

  • Stay on target!!!

  • In reply to Scharfinator:


  • Meh, I don't know... if I was going to build a pool it would probably be in the shape of a vagina

  • There was a limo driver named Mario something. He told me a Halas story about how cheap he was. He picked him up at the Edgwater Beack APARTMENT ON Sheridan to go to O'Hare. He asked hm What aitline, and George stumbled a nd wasn't sure He was pretty dotty by then Maroio said, " George, I need a dollar for the toll", George snapped back, "There's no toll on this road." Small wonder that Virginia can squeeze blood out of a nickel. Lovie hung on for two extra years because she would never pay him to stay home.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Bloomie using the innerness like a BOSS at 76.

    Well done sir. Nice to have you with us.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    "Name, sir?"
    "Eh .. Something ... Mario Something."

    That'll be ALL our last names one day ......

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Yeah, welcome aboard (if you haven't already been with us a while).

    We need someone to make Murph and Albert feel young!

    (Just screwing with you guys)

  • Hey, in case you knuckle heads missed my Bears-Meows preview, checked it out. If not, you're missing such topical gems like "In Soviet Russia, pizza takes you out!"


    Here's one for you $...

    #s 2 & 4.... but really just #2.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sadly, I know who that rolly-polly is supposed to be. This guy

    I still credit MMA to Street Fighter, although there are a lot less sweaty dudes in spandex groping each other in the video game (except the San Fran special edition).

  • ok, so check this one. I literally could not stop laughing out loud. not exactly sure why, so tell me what your reaction is... maybe I'm just fucking crazy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That first one (and some other ones) was just creepy, like a pet cemetery animal.

    But that 2nd one I busted up laughing. It looks like they hunted and mounted a retarded mountain lion. Sorry, "mentally challenged" Mountain lion.

  • hahahahaha...

    this one's for shady:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is, not for.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Well played, but...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hilarious. My fave was the bat. I've seen some real life masterpieces just like those.

  • Jebus.

    "“Aaron Rodgers threw the ball, I dove,” Finley said. “And after that I felt the hit at my shoulder. After all that happened I was unconscious by then.”

    Finley was hit in the head by Bengals safety George Iloka, who was fined $15,000 for making contact to the head/neck area of a defenseless player.

    “I looked to the sideline,” Finley said. “All I saw was jerseys. I saw pants, the yellow pants we wear. And I didn’t see no heads or legs. So everybody was decapitated and my body was just on fire.”

  • Somewhat of a harrowing experience, really. Not something I'd ever like to experience.

  • this pretty much sums me up... in case you were wondering

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ...and this:

  • It's Octoberfest weekend in La Crosse, when the town is crazy. It's especially crazy where I live, with 3 colleges within 15 blocks of my house.

    I go to the gas station / store to get beer for the big Badger game tonight. While inside, a hot college girl starts doing the Haka, and all of her friends start joining in. It was quite the sight.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    What is the Haka? Do they Twerk?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's the traditional mauri war dance gp. The allblacks do it before every match.

    Corm, that's fucking awesome. .. did you ask her to marry you?

  • If you need to bring the Mike to get the QB down as a team, you are fucked in this league. Period.

    How much blitzing goes on in the playoffs? Not a lot. I pull up some highlights I have on the DVR and the UTubez, and google for "playoff blitz" and all I really found useful was this:

    "According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team sent five or more pass rushers on a higher percentage of their opponents' dropbacks this 2012 season than the Saints, who sent extra pressure on 51.1 percent of dropbacks, the only team in the league over 50 percent."

    The 2012 Saints were a bunch of reckless gamblers coming off that bounty gate slapdown.

    You bring the heat more than 1 in 4 and you will get lit up.

    That's why I don't like the Bears in the playoffs this year. The down 4 can't get there on this team, but the O is fun to watch. This team won't win in the post-season, and the reason is D.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Possibly ..... Collins turns out to get more pressure than Melton - I never bought the Melton hype. Paea is doing okay. Pep has either still got that foot problem , or he's done. Cornelius has shown that he's got speed, let's see some of that. Wooten is decent ... but I tend to agree that without a good 4-man rush then we're going to have to rely on good safeties - which we don't have. Here's hoping that Pep finds his mojo again, because that's a really expensive dude to have around if he doesn't.

    At least Peanut has been cleared to play, that's a load off. We need a pick six from him early doors, and even then I expect a tight game when Stafford starts going for it. Penalties and turnovers will decide it, and that favors us.

  • I'm with you on the Melton hype. I always had the feeling his production was a by product of a weak schedule and Pepp drawing double teams.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ha! I understand how escary it must be riding the train and all every day but hang tough GP. It's ok, we'll work on it.









  • The proto-type Wildcard game

    That is the model you build to when making a modern NFL team. Watch the Pack - when the Eagles bring the blitz they get torched. The times they sack Rodgers is when he has to bring the ball down and the 4 get to him.

    THe Pack are much more successful bringing 5 than the Eagles, mainly because Vick doesn't hit his check down well and his instinct is to run first. But a good team will just hit the back in the flat or make the the throw to the corner because the safety has to stay in his C2 zone when he knows 5 are going in.

    So- again - you can't win it all unless you can get there with 4 all the time. And unless Pep is like the lady in Houdini's show - he's gonna show up when you don't expect him in one peice - I don't see how it happens this year. Dinner has to go, bring in Cornelius - cross the Delaware Washington! I would take David Bass ahead of Dinner at this stage for no other reason MB sent me a link to a cool car called a Bass, so serendipity says he's already better than Dinner. It's that desperate if Pep goes nowhere tomorrow.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The problem with Bass is he's only a six-footer and weighs the same as Sheamus - surely that's a linebacker. Cornelius weighs slightly more than Sheamus and is an inch taller, but he appears to have that burst that Sheamus doesn't.

    We appear to have a 4-3 defense with 3-4 personnel.

    And I am reassure we ill win tonight if Dukes has picked the Lions. Now we're a lock.

  • ... reassured we will win ....

  • Breaking News: Jamie Dukes picks the Lions over the Bears!

    Oh? You're not surprised, either?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Mmmmmm. Dukes and Faulk first up.

    We have 6 defensive TDs already? What's the record, 9? Wow.

    11 takeaways already - leading the NFL. Damn, I can't wait.

  • No, we have 3.

  • Sunday Summation:

    1. With Peanut iffy and Melton on IR, Trestman is going to have to bring his "A" game today. Isn't it great to finally have an offense that can take it to our opponent? Look for the Bears to score some points today, Trestman is not going to disappoint with his game plan. If our boys can execute today, this game could easily be a barn burner.

    2. The Bears could be the lone undefeated team in the NFC after the Saints Monday night game.

    3. No undefeated team has ever lost a week 4 matchup.

    That is all.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Correction, no 19-0 team has ever lost a week 4 matchup.

  • Game thread up

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