Monday Monologue: Trestman Under Pressure Thursday Night [AUDIO]

Monday Monologue: Trestman Under Pressure Thursday Night [AUDIO]


One of the shortish-term goals of the new DaBearsBlog will be a call in radio show on the Monday after each game in 2014. The show will open with a standard radio monologue and then go directly to calls (and hopefully include a guest each week.) For the remainder of the 2013 campaign I will be doing a Monday Monologue. Here is the first.


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  • Bears fans all across the blog asphere need to hear this. Great speech Jeff. Keep in mind though, we had better beat the Giants for your perspective to have legs. Should we lose though, the nay sayers will have plausible deniability on the Bears hopes this year.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    plausible deniability? It's Bears fandom, not the Nixon administration.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah I know. But at least we're communicating now. Lol.

  • I don't think Mel Tucker is a genius by any stretch, I don't even really consider him in the top half of working DCs right now - but now is the time for an all-hands on deck look at things.

    Ryan threw 3-5-3 looks at us, everything. The Saints are a very flexible team on D with many, many looks.

    It's time we broke out the 3-4 sets. Paea plans to be back for the Giants game, can he play NT with Woot and Pepto?

    Now we can get Dinner or Bostic in there, we are stacked up to be a 3-4 team - can we switch? Cause we need to switch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree - Emery doesn't seem to have an oracle for his coaching pick ups. Trestman seems like the real deal, but Tucker and CamelAss?

    Tucker might be okay, though his credentials don't help. (Jags)

    CamelAss needs to go after next season.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Err *this* season.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ron rivera will most likely be looking for work next year. wonder if he's got any defensive magic left in the tank.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Or 4-4 .. .with Bostic ... or a 3-5 with Bostic and Greene. It's not fucking rocket science. You get your best/fastest players on the field and have the QB blow a fuse. Just a few different looks occasionally to throw the other team off. Tucker came in and said he was going to use the same verbiage - looks like the same D though. It's not like all our players are dogshit, change it up though.

    Eli is a good place to start.

  • Eli's woes start with thier oline I think. This will be a great game to see if our D line can muster some consistent pressure. The flip side does not bode well.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    i feel like someone is saying this every week:

    "let's see if our D line can generate pressure."

    "let's see if hester can break one."

    "let's see if ginny will twerk on the 50 yard line."

    i can't wait for the day when we'll be surprised when these things DON'T happen, as opposed to crossing our fingers that they will

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Yeah Evan. It's matchups. Unfortunately if our front four lack the ability to stop the run or can't pressure the QB then we go from a good D to an average one. Same with oline issues. I'll make a promise, no more criticism until week 8. Fair enough?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    no need to make promises to me. criticize all you want. this is sports. we're sport fans. critique and second-guessing is part of the implied contract.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    That was actually more of a promise to myself. I just don't know what to make out of this years team yet. I guess I'm kinda concerned that the longer this team waits to make a playoff run, the harder it's gonna get. Peanut, Briggs, Peppers won't be around much longer.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    It's really always urgent, Trac. Any player is one play away from retirement, or at least from the specter of being a shadow of his former self. Gale Sayers, for instance.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    johnny knox, for another.

  • I thought you and I talked about the bostic thing? Didn't we? Did you not actually look at the stats I posted for you? Did you not?

    help me.... to help you... help me..... to.... help.... you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So because we have a defensive end that people think would do better as a standup OLB in a 3-4 set, you are proposing to take Lance Briggs off the field? You are proposing to take a team that is built on one-gap principals and built for those principals and completely transform the style of play? Because we're hurt at DT?

  • I think I'm gonna like this Monday monologue stuff. First, I can actually listen to the audio on my phone unlike the Revs rants. Secondly, reading Jeff's articles are interesting on their own, but adding a narration from dablogfader himself adds a special element. I just hope this segment doesn't go the way of "The play that wasn't there."

    For years now I've even asking everyone and their father with a bearsblog to host a call in show for the fans. Yourboyroy started it a few years back and I thought I was a great success. I just hope the show will take place later in the evening to give people who work during the day an opportunity to call in at night without having to deal with the usual crap from stations like ESPN or TheScore.

    Excite Jeff, very excite.

  • Okay so .....

    We pay Jimmy Graham the big bucks we're giving Peppers next season plus what we save dumping Matt. How much will he cost?

    Beast / Uni / JG / Alshon. Nothing like that in the NFL. We wouldn't even need a defense.

    Ford's compact enough for the quick draw up the middle.

    Cover that and stay fashionable.

  • Since I cannot deal with the smug sense of entitlement that the call screeners at the Score seem to have I will post this rebuttal to yet another misdiagnosis of Marshall's "diva" behavior in the words of that former fat fuck Matt Spiegel and the drug addict gambler Dan McNeil.

    my response to the "Marshall issue"

    Marshall is just frustrated because, as a top WR, if you feel that the offense is stalling like in the first half of the game and you aren't targeted, even on short, momentum gaining throws, that the offense is missing the simplest way to get things going.

    The fact is that M.Bennett, Marshall and Jeffrey are being used incorrectly.

    M.Bennett was barely targeted in the first half when a 5 or 6yd pass on first down, like the saints do, would have been a great momentum shifter.

    Marshall needs to be moved around in the formation to get him the ball early and take the pressure off of the line and Cutler.

    It's not rocket science. Just watch the Saints run their short and mid range passing game for a great example. High percentage throws to gain momentum.

    The Saints routinely gain 5-7 yards on first down because they don't pigeonhole themselves into thinking that first down is a "running down". They view the short pass as a high percentage way to set up a 2nd and short which is a great way to get a 3rd and short or a first down. Teams that do this frequently have multiple long drives in games and quarterbacks with high completion percentages, low turnover rates, high QBR's and efficient offenses that control time of possession.

    We have the same exact tools to accomplish this and in fact we've done it on several occasions. Trestman just hasn't mastered the way to do it consistently for the whole game. Once he does the games will look a lot different and the proof will be in the final score.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Perspective, Waffle. Brees and Peyton have been doing this for years. Trestman and Cutler have done it for 5 games. Play calling wasn't as big of an issue for me as the protection schemes. The bears weren't getting beat physically, they just got out schemes by Rob Ryan. How Kromer let that one slip I just don't understand.

  • In reply to Shady:

  • In reply to Shady:

    maybe because bushrod really is just a more highly paid jamarcus.

  • In reply to Shady:

    We have done it THIS YEAR. We just don't do it consistently. This whole spread the ball around shit is fine and dandy but if you don't sustain drives you're fucked. I'm not going to stop saying it because it is really that simple. USE THE WEAPONS THE WHOLE GAME.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Just curious, at what point did we stop using the weapons? Let's be honest, the only people know what play was called, if Cutler changed the call, and if it was run properly are the guys in the meeting rooms. My point was that comparing the NO offense to the CHI offense at this point is silly. They are years ahead because of a consistent and stable environment. Maybe you should take a break from blogging, you're getting way too worked up and frankly you've crossed the line a few times recently. Pump yo brakes kidz.

  • In reply to Shady:

    last time:

    we don't use the weapons we have on consistent basis throughout the entire game. Brandon Marshall simply cannot have 1 catch in the first half. Martellus Bennett can't have 1. That is just poor playcalling. It can't happen and if you think that it is ok then I can't help you. Marshall is a top 3 WR and he caught 1 pass in the first half. Bennett is a matchup nightmare and we managed to find him once? Did we hit him on any short passes off the playaction when he's matched with a LB? For god's sake even fucking Ron Turner called that play.

    Getting 4-6 yards per pop with these types of guys should be simple and it should be the focus until you get the D to back off. Rob Ryan was sending these guys like a Nintendo game and Trestman played right into it in the first half.. I'm not comparing NO offense to CHI , I'm saying we have the same types of play calls in our arsenal and have more weapons than they do yet we didn't use them to negate the pressure from the saints in the first half. Trestman could have negated that pressure in the DET and NO games by getting the ball into the TE and WR quicker and more simply. Failing that at least get Forte into space for more touches.

    Pump my brakes my ass. If I have to hear about Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene, aliens, bringing in Freeman, Cutlers mechanics, the need to "spread" the ball around, etc. I'll certainly be pointing out the obvious that a top 3 WR in the league can't fucking touch the ball 1 time in an entire half of football. what the fuck.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    To say nothing of the insane notion of dumping Forte

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    It's not insane, he's a depreciating asset not the fucking holy grail. He costs 8M a year, doesn't do anything a host of backs can't do for a lot less and isn't a spring chicken anymore. Give me a fucking break. He was bought for a second rounder and if you could cash him in for a second rounder then it's insane not to dump him. Business isn't your strong point Dave.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Then try and understand basic football Waffle. Trestman doesn't throw the fucking football, Jay does. There's an X, Y and Z receiver - if Brandon is X and he's not getting the ball it's because the QB can see he's covered, not because Trestman is having a no-Brandon day.

    Now pour yourself another one and STFU bitching at people.

  • Irish, out of respect for the fact that your life is tough right now and you sound like a dad just trying to make it i'll pretend you didn't just say that last line. I'm just going to let it go at this point.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Doesn't Aaron Kromer know this?

  • Couple observations- The offense seems to run much more efficiently when they're in the 2 minute drill. In the second qtr Jay marched the boys down the field with just one huddle. Why not start running no huddle all the time ala Peyton?
    And yes Chicken Dinner has a crazy looking helmet on. He looks like the son of Donald R Deccico.
    I place this loss squarely on the offense. The defense kept us in the game the whole time, had some key stops and didnt give up any huge plays save one to Jimmy Grahm. This offense needs to get rolling and I think they will.

    Have heart gentlemen and Bear down

  • Can't we put the loss on the Saints just being a better football team? Why does it always have to somebody's fault on our team?

    Cutty threw for 358 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions, fumbled it twice/had it stripped. Jeffrey had a career day. Forte averaged 4.6. Hardly a completely anemic offense that couldn't move the ball all day.

    The Saints are just better than us. We'll beat the Giants and folks will say we're back on track. No. The Giants are terrible, that's all. Even with their 'elite' QB, that some of you said was better than Cutty because he has two rings. Ahem.

  • Trac -

    This year, the baby Jebus and the whole manger and fake straw is coming out from under the tree.

    yes, kids, I have found myself a replacement for the manger set...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good Lord. Some people really do have more money than sense. $500. Only 20 sets. Hurry now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm speechless. What can I say?

  • Collins done for the season. To the scrap heap!

  • In reply to Shady:


  • Here you go - something to cheer you all the fuck up.

    Yes, it's hysterical and I LMAO (and U will 2)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That my good man, is one of the most awesomest things I've ever seen on the world wide innerness.

    Thank you for enriching my life today.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One of the twins said it wasn't funny - he should have been more careful.

    Daddy thought that was funny though.

    Good audio piece from Jefe - after thursday, we're 4-2 ... and likely Coughlin is out of a job. The Niners are similar to us, a Jekyll and Hyde team ... much has to play out this season.

    Surely we need to be acquiring a DT right about now though. Is ANYBODY healthy at DT? Tucker needs to improvise - but can he? Will he? Has there ever been a defense featuring only ends and LBs? Now is the time to start.

    Spice? Okoye?
    Lawrence Taylor is prolly 310 right now .. maybe if we shot him full of crack and told him there was a 16 year old hooker in Eli's jockstrap .....

  • Jesus... stop showing that kind of stuff to your 3 yr olds irish!!!!

    (hope you were kidding)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I envision Irish ring side at these (with some money on it).

  • I think he's a promoter of the 3-4 year old division.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey we've got 9 year olds taking trips to Vegas baby.

    3 is just the new 13.

  • I propose a new term when discussing over-rated Chicago media figures like Lawrence Holmes and pretty much anybody on the Score.

    "Shit the dryer"

    As in, that opinion really shit the dryer it was so stupid.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I suppose that's better than "shitting the hot tub":

    or having the "shit hit the fan":

  • could be worse cutty haters

  • another. level.

    (sorry irish, the dude might be trac's second coming)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Best season I've ever seen from a QB thus far, MB. Has to be said. . 5 games , 20 TDs ... 1 pick. It will be interesting to see how he fraks up the post-season.

    48 points is an awful lot to let the Cowboys paper you with. That was Tony Romo out there.

  • uhhh... ouch:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. Dude thought he'd killed little dude.

  • haha. yeah. i like how he just kind of starts walking slowly over. like "oh shit. why you twitchin like that?"

  • You know what I hate worse than losing?


  • In reply to Viva:

    losing twice in a row?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Dave, just checking in. How you feeling about starsky & Hutch?

    Any changes?

    @ :46 seconds dave...


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    kenny vaccaro looking pretty good about now though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I told you fuckers, but he was gone before the Bears had a chance to draft him. Kyle Long was the right draft pick. Joeckel broke his ankle yesterday, done for the year. Lane Johnson looks terrible for Philly. Outside of Chance Warmack, Long may be the best lineman in the entire draft.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oh, I'm way down with the long pick. WAAAAY down.

    I just know that we need a FS or DT in rd 1 next year. We simply can't keep ignoring positions (or drafting fucking clowns there) and expect that we have anything even close to decent.

    Earl thomas & Cam Chancellor
    Eric Berry
    Kenny Vaccaro
    Eric Reid
    Marc Barron

    All recently drafted STUD @ S that are 100% making a difference for their Ds.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jimmy Graham will beat every safety he plays against at least twice every game. Certainly you could have found a better example than that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yes, I most certainly could have Dave. And I agree with you about JG, but that clip was the best/perfect example showing of BOTH of them getting man-handled on the same play.

    I just do it to get a rise outta ya. Very good job not taking the bait. ; )

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Like maybe that play when Conte fell down in his gap, and the RB obligingly did the same?

  • for those worried about BMarsh... he explains his thoughts/feelings perfectly himself

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I gotta say that Marshall and Cutty represented themselves extremely well in those clips. Class acts all the way. Cutty is definitely responding more positively and his body language is great.

  • It's pretty clear the Bears have a ways to go before they can compete for a trip to the Super Bowl. I'm not saying they can't figure it out along the way this year, but it's not going to happen next week.

    One of the most important areas to focus on to get there is eliminating the negative plays. Getting into 3rd and long just kills the offense. I believe the Bears had at least three 3rd and 13s or longer. They would pick up 12 of the 13 yards, 14 of 15, 15 of 17. The Bears have had way too many negative plays these last two games which makes it incredibly difficult for a new offense to operate smoothly.

  • Biggest positive, other than Alshon, was that Briggs decided to look like a real linebacker yesterday. Lance had a hell of a game.

    The biggest disappointment was that the offense was not ready to play football until the Bears were down 13-0. Although I have to give some credit to the Saints defense; they are playing pretty well.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    ::looks around and wonders if anyone will question why a real linebacker would jump offsides on 4th and one::

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Fuckin A. Defensive captain?

  • Well, my two main upsets happened.

    Colts over SeaChickens
    Raiders over Chargers

    I called off my third after remembering Locker was out, but the Titans still hung with the Chiefs.

  • Fitzy is a better QB than Locker IMHO. Dude hasn't played football in a long time, I thought he did great, they had KC on the ropes there. Titans look okay.

  • I don't know how another man could make Garza look small, but Long does it.

  • Shower room pics?

  • I hope that was before the game.

  • I hear what Jeff is saying, namely that he despises fans who dream of firing every coach and cutting nearly every player after a loss. For some reason, I wanted to stand at attention, snap my heals together and thrust my palm up and out, but that's probably just me....

    He's right (as are most of you) in that we can't just throw in the towel and declare the season over if we don't win Thursday night. Jeff's declaration that we aren't going to play in the SB for another couple of off-seasons, though, is completely without merit. There are far, far too many variables and unforseens to make that kind of statement. By the time this season and the next pass, nearly everything will be completely different than it is now.

    For me, the biggest target for head shaking and muttering wears number 23. Teams and schemes have changed dramatically because of him, he's aged some and changed a lot since his rookie year, and I'm going to quote Thomas Wolfe (the real one, not Tom): "You Can't Go Home Again". Hester might get to the neighborhood, but he'll never be his former self.

    Secondly, I think there's a B-Marsh issue howling just out of earshot. I won't claim to know what it is (I'm just an idiot fan), but something isn't right. It makes me want to just throw up that it's some big mystery now. Jeffery does 218 yards in one fucking game, Bennett (83, not 80) continues to be a raging carnivore, and Marshall suddenly looks pedestrian? Really? WTF?

    And while I'm being offensive, here's what I have trouble with in regards to Jeff's manifesto; it fails to take into account, it seems, the fact that Jay Cutler is now surrounded by arguably the best talent of his career. He is being mentored by the second coming of Bill Walsh, and is himself immensely talented on a top tier level.

    To suggest then that the offense has to be recalibrated by Trestman now to accept that they are a 30-points-per-game unit is absurd. I don't think that's Trestman's job at all, and I think it's insulting to say that it is. They aren't morons.

    Rather, it's Trestman's job - in 3 days and every day thereafter - to figure out why in the hell our offense isn't living up to its clearly evident potential, and why the defense looks anemic even on its good days.

    The Saints are better than we are? Well, why exactly is that? Talent-for-talent, we are every bit as good on the offensive side of the ball as they are, if not better. Please tell me why the Saints are better. But don't tell me they have more talent, because they just don't.

    So here's my thing - my "heads-must-roll" screed: If we don't beat both GB and the Lions, we do suck. Someone isn't utilizing the talent correctly, someone's not bright enough to design the right defensive schemes, or something. But we ARE good enough, player-for-player, to beat both of them, and we were good enough to beat the Saints. Someone, somewhere, dropped the ball, and it wasn't Jay Cutler, Earl Bennett, or Mr. Happy Feet Lance Briggs.

    They don't need a psych evaluation, they need the right playbook. And that IS Trestman's job. Every day.

  • What 46 said.

  • Here here. Bully, bully indeed! The crowd roars. Thank you for that.

  • wait, was that a nazi reference?!?

  • No offense, DPF, cuz I do love me some Earl, but he DID literally 'drop the ball' twice in a row with the game still in reach, with #6 putting it perfectly into his hands where only he could catch it.

    Other than that, I agree.

  • Actually, Earl did drop the ball. That's part of the issue.

    Lack of execution. If Earl dropped that other ball two weeks ago, we could be 2-3 easily.

    In fact, we're about 3 plays away from being winless period.

    But that's the NFL.

    I don't think GMs think in terms of '2-3' years anymore (unless you're a total dogshit team like the Jags).

    If Emery seriously was thinking about 2-3 years, then he should have let Pepp and Hester walk this year, and switched to a 3-4 and began that transition.

    The B-marsh post game comments really irk me. Like I said before, I'm always a little worried when he opens his mouth. Can't predict crazy.

  • Did I miss something? Earl dropped the ball on 4th down for sure. But if I'm remembering correctly, the other one was actually some pretty damn good defense - in fact, you'd all be praising any of our DBs that denied a catch that way.

    We're spoiled by Earl's past and expect him to NEVER drop a pass. BM could drop two a game and no one would bat an eye.

    All that being said, you cannot drop that 4th down pass.

  • Amobi? Allen Branch? Richard Seymour?

  • In reply to Viva:

    Okoye is still hurt and Seymour is holding out for a monster contract.

  • we win on Thursday. Trestman will take my advice and you'll see Forte with a lot of TOUCHES in the first half. You'll see short passes on first down to Marshall, Jeffrey and M.Bennett. Why? Because no one is that fucking stupid to not do it. The coaches will watch the film and simply through the process of watching 7yard passes rip us apart they will realize that we have done, can and fucking MUST do the same thing to other teams.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I could not agree more with the need to run the ball effectively this Thursday. Love to see a lopsided time of possession game in our favor. Forte and Bush should each rack up some mileage on the ground.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Hopefully with Flamatta lead blocking in.

    Enough with the 6 lineman down w. Eben Britton and running from the draw. Stop it!

    Bring back the FB in I or offset, and go to the 3 and 7 gaps.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and please remind Trestman that you can also use that formation and throw a playaction pass to one of the many enormous, fast super humans that we have lining up at WR and TE

    It's not a crime to start with 2nd and 4 or 5.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I think you're right, Johnny. Just got this bad taste in my mouth from these last two games. Why are we a first and fourth qtr team? We've been wasting 2 qtrs each game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm trackin.

  • "Perspective."

    Excellent commentary, Blogfather.

    The Giants are a grease fire and the Bears, early and often, need to remind the New Yorkers that their season is now an excercise in "Who's going to be around the Meadowlands next season".

    Eli is shell-shocked.
    He's coming to the wrong place for therapy.

    David Wilson is a turnover waiting to happen.
    He's coming to the wrong place to cure THAT malady.

    The G-Men 's defense was just torched by Nick Foles.
    Jay Cutler owes you guys, big time, and this time he is not coming at you with a receiving corps of Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and Rashied & Kellen Davis.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Great post Al.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That receiving corps was brutal.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I forgot to mention the "welcome matt" offensive line featuring J'Marcus Webb, Frank Omiyale and Chris Williams.

  • Twitter to me is the ultimate symbol of democracy. Every Tom, Dick or Harry can have an equal say in 144 characters or less. There's really no hierachy over there. What, more followers? Any chick with big tits and g-string shots has as many followers as Shefter.

    And as Nietzsche rightfully pointed out about a democracy, it can have the effect, not of equalizing, but of 'mediocratizing' the masses.

    If you have a room of 100 folks, and they are all screaming, it's hard to distinguish who SHOULD be heard.

    Still, what I do is keep an eye on twits, and if they type stupid shit, I know to not what they take seriously.

    This could be hard to do if you have like a million followers though.

    Oh, and naturally those hot chicks in g-string say the stupidest shit - but hey, awesome pics!

  • *to not take what they say seriously.

    WTF, the gnomes making me dyslexic?


    mmmmmmmm.... booooooobiiiieeeeesss.

    (how do you say 'boobies' in japanese?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    what else is....momoiro? Can you show us?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't think they have a word for boobies since none of them have any.


    Although, with a nice western diet of McDonald's and Arbees, I heard asian women are now growing bigger boobies, yet dying sooner.


  • hahahaha.

  • For your consideration and comparison:

  • In reply to Shady:

    seriously athletic... too bad he can't hold a football.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's out this Thursday with a neck injury. Bears have no excuse not to stop the run and destroy Eli.

  • At least we know Emery made the right call when he chose not to ink Melton to a big deal. Not because of the injury, but because of the fact that the D line looked no different with Collins in the middle. Then it looked no different when he was hurt and replaced by a guy I don't know anything about.

    Secondly and more importantly,
    I thought yesterday was the first game Briggs really took the reins on the defense. It looked like he decided it was time to step out of Lach's shadow and make this his D. I look forward to the next month or so to see if anything comes of it. Holding the Saints under 30 when the offense is sputtering and providing them a short field turnover is pretty damn good. I'm betting his off sides penalty on 4th down was just him trying to make a play and give the Bears a chance. A tackle for a loss would have been huge there.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    The Saints were cruising through the second half. If we made a game of it earlier they woundn't have taken their foot off the gas.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I don't think so CBear. No way Sean was content with a 13 point 3rd quarter lead. The Saints don't take their foot off the gas, especially not with less than a two score lead and a half to play.

  • "... it was time to step out of Lach's shadow..."

    On 4th and inches when the Saints were never going to snap it?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I wasn't referring to one play Al. Especially not that one. Outside of that synapse misfire, he looked like the dominant player on the defense for the entirety of the game. So yes, I meant exactly what I said. And while I tend to agree with you in that play, they on sides kicked to open the second half of the Super Bowl. Its foolish to assume there is a 100% certainty
    they wouldn't snap it.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    NO way was Peyton going to actually go for it with the footing issues they'd been experiencing all day.

    That said, Briggs made several excellent plays Sunday.

    It was just mind-boggling to see him, of all people, suckered at crunch time.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Completely agree with your last two sentences. 50/50 on the first.


    jesus, keepin it classy detroit.


    this wasn't the same guy earl laid out a couple years back was it?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Shady:


    Homio doesn't learn. Enjoy your concussion dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, say what you will, but the kicker ran faster than Hester. Couldn't believe he chased down the returner.

  • you're welcome

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I always thought Hooters should implement some sort of tier system. Green for double D, yellow for Cs. Red for "fake".

    Also, I've seen some dads in there with their 8-9 year olds.

    Is that appropriate? I'm no dad, but that seems a little young for that.

  • Halo is the best

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Addy... what did you do... did you eat uncle shady's stash?!?! WHAT DID YOU DOOOOO ADDY?!?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would imagine that's how meetings go on Tuesday's in the Bears' safety locker room.

    Majorrrr, did you blow that coveragggge?

  • In reply to Shady:


    Neither Major nor Conte looks directly at the coach... instead they both give downward and sideways glances now and then... heads dropped down, shoulders crestfallen, arched in a open "C" shape exposing their unprotected underbellies and genitals (very large genitals in Major's case).

    Yep, happens every. single. week.

    BAD Major!! BAD conte!!! Bad! (literally)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice. I imagine Conte slowly creeping away like that last dog in the video.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • aaaaaand.... discuss:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I said that after his sophomore season. There's no way he'd live up to the hype this season, nor would USC win a national championship (maybe somehow luck into the SEC championship, but that looks far from likely now)

    It's a business decision. Rest a year, train really hard, stay physically safe so you can provide for your family with NFL ball. Not like he's going to graduate anyway.

  • So who's gonna take Collins spot? Minter? Any chance the Bears bring someone up from the practice squad?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    move shea to the inside? i mean, they don't seem to care that he's undersized and overmatched to man the edge. so why not see how much smaller he gets at the 3T position?


    Well this makes me happy

  • Some moneyball breakdown about Bears

  • Six teams have a better record than the BEARS.

    PERSPECTIVE. Blogfather, Shady, and Al all said the same above.

    Shady made the best point at the top of the thread about the offense. It's a work in progress. 5 games so far under the new system. Give the O some time to gel and see what works against different D schemes.

    Trestman is playing chess right now, seeing what plays work. I don't get some of the doom and gloom already.

    Fuck this site. Can't write a long post without technical difficulties. I feel like I'm trying to sign up for health care.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    +1, Cor. Professor Trestmen is not installing "Offense 101" and I'm sure a COMPLETE re-working of the offensive line cannot have the effect of speeding up that process.

  • So are the jets actually decent, or are the falcons dogshit this year?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    gotta believe it's the latter right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Falcons are soft. Initially in my pre-season projections, I had them missing the playoffs and the Saints winning division.

    Then I thought, "Falcons won 13 games last season. They upgraded the HB position a little with S-Jax. I'm not sure how much the Saints can improve a historically bad D."

    So, I switched them.

    Falcons are a one win team now. That's nuts. They've lost back-to-back games at home. That's like the Seahawks losing back-to-back home games.

    Their D is sucking nuts. When Geno Smith is making a game winning drive with under 2 mins, you know your D sucks donkey nuts.

  • ouch

  • Your prognostication still makes sense when you factor in that Steven Jackson lasted about a half before going to the sidelines with a bad hammy and you KNOW how iffy those can be to heal. They are also banged up several other places on both sides of the ball and tonight, Roddy White went out of the game.

  • Off topic Butch. Are you an adjunct professor or tenured? I have a cousin who is on a mission to bitch about being an adjunct poetry professor at Arkansas and how shitty the pay is for adjuncts. I'm curious what your experiences have been like, like, you know?

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Doc is a tenured prof.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    He seems to wallow in his mire, and be at his happiest in this state. Now he works at an independent book store and publishes his and other equally miserable people's poetry on the side.

  • THAT was a VERY entertaining MNF game this evening boys and girls.

    Meanwhile, last year's #1 seed in the NFC is ONe and FOUR and has lost 2 straight in their own dome.

    Bugger surprise:
    Falcons 1-4 or Giants 0-5?

    I say you couldn't live long on the difference.

  • The Clay Man must have busted it real good.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Clay matthews.

    He's a Packer, he's the enemy, and I hate the hair BUT you have to admit, he IS a football player, his NFL FATHEADS commercial last year was a hoot and I say even it's no wose than money that if had it been a finger, aside from the index, instead of a thumb, Matthews would have gone all Ronnie Lott and told the trainers "Just cut it off so I can go back in ".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Er, how about " worse than even money...".


  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Living almost my entire life in Wisconsin, I've had a lot of banter with Packer fans. Mostly family and good friends. It's fun because it rarely gets nasty and certain unspoken rules are usually followed. Like don't try to rub it in right after a loss. Wait a few days and use some tact. The good fans on both sides respect the game and give credit where it is due. Usually the asshole Packer fans are not really fans at all on both sides.

    One of my best friends growing up(actually most of my friends) is a huge Packer fan. He's a total die-hard. His favorite player right now is Peanut. He's out of the norm, but he's great to talk to about the NFL. He used to be a beat reporter in WI for the Packers.

  • btw, I love the jay cutty show. he's a good fucking dude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You mean the Nation Pundits are wrong about Cutler? Go figure.

    Isn't it interesting how HIS "body language" isn't such an issue now that the likes of Brady and Rogers have been showing signs of being more than a little angry when their teammates screw up?

    I know.

    Jay is pissy.

    Tom and Aaron are, um...FIREY. Yeah, THAT's gotta be it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think most people just dont get it Al.

    He just seems like a normal guy to me. Like someone I'd totally want to hang out with.

    All these other guys, brady, manning, rodgers seem like sheltered coddled 'stars' that play to the media but that would be immense meathead tools if you were to actually hang out with them in real life.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I blame te 4-letter. They same people who want to award baseball MVPs & Cy Youngs in MAY, and NFL awards and Superbowl matchups in September.

    In the end, they know less about the Bears than most hard core Bear fans.

  • Dave, want to see what a real Dbackfield looks like?

    Bam! Bam!

    jesus fucking christ every single one of those guys is a fucking MACK! jesus they are scary.

    Oh and if you don't want to watch the whole thing.... @ One. Fifty. Five.

  • Tried, again, to sample Fox Sports LIve.

    Couldn't take it.

    The "ad libs" sound scripted.

    I realize MOST of them anywhere probably ARE these days but the ones I endured sounded like they were being read off the teleprompter.

    So it was.."Click".


    what's that dude's deal? Is he injured still?

  • One of the shortish-term goals of the new DaBearsBlog will be a call in radio show on the Monday after each game in 2014

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