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Bears Find Themselves in Position to Make Postseason for Single Reason: Marc Trestman

| December 17th, 2013

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I never doubted the Lions ability to lose. Monday night, at home against the Baltimore Ravens, they put on a losing clinic. The best wide receiver on the planet did his best David Terrell impression, dropping first down after first down and prompting Robert Klemko to explain his humanity to fans. Penalties were committed on what seemed like every opposing pass play. New ways to turn the ball over were invented on the spot. It became evident early Monday night the Detroit Lions had no chance to overcome the Detroit Lions.

What I did doubt – and still doubt – is the ability of the Bears to win enough. Because Sunday night in Philadelphia the league’s top rushing attack will face the league’s doormat rush defense. Because the week after, the Bears will need to complete a season sweep of the Green Bay Packers for the first time in what feels like ten generations. Can the Bears win their final two games and the NFC North? Absolutely. But Bears fans should understand that if Aaron Rodgers returns for the finale, the Bears will more than likely be underdogs in both contests.

How did they get here? How does a team with an historically poor defense find themselves controlling their own playoff destiny? (Side note: this is one of the dumbest phrases in existence. Destiny – by definition – assumes a lack of individual control.)

They got here because of Marc Trestman.

There are plenty of places you can go read X & O breakdowns of Trestman’s play-calling and dynamic offensive schematics. (I recommend Matt Bowen’s work at the fifteen websites and newspapers he works for now.) That’s not what I’ll be doing here. Because as good as Trestman has been down-for-down, utilizing the most impressive assemblage of offensive talent in the organization’s history to near perfection, he has been an even better captain for a ship that could easily have sunk at various points in the 2013 campaign.

How?

  • Faith in Players. Trestman began his tenure with the Bears by sitting Devin Hester down and saying, “You are the greatest return man to ever live. Go return kicks.” He responded to criticism after attempting an OT field goal on second down by saying, “Robbie Gould is the greatest kicker around. I trusted him to make the kick.” When fans wanted Michael Bush cut for a single poor performance, Trestman fed him the ball. When the media swirled around a fictional McCown/Cutler debate, Trestman never wavered. Listen to how the offensive players talk about Trestman and you’ll understand that there is a love affair between coach and players happening in the Bears locker room. It is that kind of love that leads Jay Cutler to say his teammates “rallied behind” him. And it’s all Trestman’s doing.
  • The Josh McCown Thing. McCown had four professional seasons of equivalent snaps to this year. His TD to INT ration in those four years: 5-6, 11-10, 9-11, 10-11. This year? 13-1. His quarterback rating in those four years: 70.3, 74.1, 74.9, 69.4. This year? 109.8. This isn’t the case of a head coach getting the best out of a player. This is a head coach transforming a player. And I would argue there’s not another head coach in the league who could have gotten this level of production out of his backup quarterback.
  • The Consistency. Lovie Smith never seemed to have a method to his madness when it came to in-game calls. Agree or disagree with Trest’s approach, it is a consistent one. And his consistency is met with applause by his sideline. No one questions why Trest makes the calls he makes.

Has Trestman had a flawless first season? Of course not. But his offense is the reason the postseason for the Chicago Bears officially starts Sunday night in Philadelphia. His style and demeanor are the reason a team with one of the worst defenses in the sport believe they can contend for a title.

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  • thejimmyforde

    My feeling is, Trestman is to the offense what Lovie had been to the defense all those years. Someone they trusted to put them in the best position to be the best they could be.

    • MB30SD

      now all we need is a real DC worth a shit to totally and completely own that side of the ball so that each can focus on their respective genius.

      Oh, and phil… can we please get toub back in this mutha!?

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Dave ain’t comin back, but to find a DC and a half-rebuilt D by training camp ’14 would sure send a message. Could it be that the GB domination era’s end is on the horizon?

        • MB30SD

          I was being a bit facetious about toub, but a girl can dream.

          yes please on the GB thing.

        • NewBearInTown

          Rodgers has to be healthy when they lose to ask that question.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            True. And Mathews is back in the lineup as well for 17.

            I can’t ask this coherently, but my “Era’s End” question was shrouded in the change in coaching and GM positions here. I think McCarthy had Lovie dialed in every season. Trestman? Not so much. Right?

          • Big Mike

            That’s a great analysis. McCarthy owned Lovie

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            No doubt. For all of Lovie’s mad D-coaching schemes, McCarthy and Rodgers routinely lit him up.

            I think Trestman is a whole different animal, and I think he’ll give the pack fits for years, provided Emery gives him the talent to do it with.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Leslie Frazier will be looking for a job soon ….. so he could be a name for our new DC.

          Philly’s rushing attack won’t beat us now that we’re the new Air Coryell Bears. If Matt Cassell and a third string RB can put up next to a fifty Burger on the Iggles then we’ll have a field day.

          Rodgers in the last game of the season … always interesting. But first thing’s first – de-wing the Eagles.

  • gpldan

    CryptKeeper for Mayor!

  • gpldan

    Here’s an idea on how to have a fighting chance at stopping McCoy:

    Bench Chicken Dinner.

    Woot-Ratliff-Paea-Pep give you the strongest front-4 for run D. Play them.

    Rotate Cohen in for Paea, and Bass for Woot and spell Pep (he needs a lot of breathers) with Cheta and maybe throw CD in there as a change-up. But for the love of God, do not start him. He’s a bust at DE. Trade him to a team that runs 3-4 and give the kid a break. He’s never gonna be Trace Armstrong, no matter how many starts he gets.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Two Trace Armstrong references in one thread. Nicely done.
      I think your post here should be integrated into a blogfadder story prior to Sunday.

    • Big Mike

      No use for McClellin. Thanks for knocking out Favre, now go away and bring us a 3rd rounder.

      • gpldan

        Woot ended Farve Mortal Kombat style. CD face planted Rodgers.

        • MB30SD

          and you forget young padawan…

          Pep also ended The Lesbo’s year 4 years ago (?)

          • TheBigCheesy

            3, I think. Peppers was in Carolina 4 years ago

    • Irish Sweetness

      Isn’t Briggsy coming back? Our run-fits have been looking better, and fatboy Ratliff is making a difference. Imagine when we get JJ Watt in there – that’s a random teenage-boner right there. Doesn’t matter so much that your safeties suck then.

  • Shady

    Let’s not overlook what Phil Emery has done to turn the offense around. You think Trestman could coordinate an offense with Gabe Carimi and Jamarcus Webb “protecting” Jay? Or how about calling up passing plays with Earl Bennett and Kellen Davis as your best receivers? Aaron Kromer’s name doesn’t come up a whole lot but you can tell his fingerprints coming from New Orleans are all over this offense.

    While I believe Trestman has done a serviceable job thus far, credit should really be going to Emery and Kromer as well.

    Personally, I think Trestman has been anything but consistent in his calls and has actually cost the Bears a game or two. Some games he’s been super aggressive going for it on 4th downs and some games he’s been extremely conservative, so I’m not sure where this consistency you see is coming from.

    • MB30SD

      I 100% agree with your phil and most likely your kromer comments. I think you’re being a little harsh on trestman. I think next year with one complete campaign under everyone’s belt, things will get even crazier on that side of the ball.

      Now, as I stated below, the most critical pick up this off season for emery in my mind is an A+ DC who can totally own the D side of things (someone like a young lebeau or even a r.ryan-type). Help emery bring in the best possible personnel, put the best guys we already have in the best positions to be great, and marshal the defense into the same type of scary good (or at least solid and consistent) unit the o was this year.

      If we can get a guy to blow it out at DC I think this team will be scary next year. Looooootta green between here and there, but it’s all there to be had.

      Also, we need someone else besides DeCamillis. Not asking for a toub, but gotta have specials that put games in peril for you. Just solid coverage and K/P returns that give the opty for a break now and then.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Briggs return this Sunday night. I think that’s going to be a very compelling change. Your D Dream list should be tacked to the draft board.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        In fairness to DeCamilis, the roster churn because of injuries to D starters definitely has put a hurt on the Special Teams. I miss Toub tremendously but I think even with him, we would have seen a big drop-off there this year.

        • MB30SD

          I’m not willing to give him that much of a pass my brother.

          Maybe it’s that my expectations had been set by the best for so long that my expectations got the best of me. That said, if we get a great DC and emery knocks the offseason out of the park on the d side of the ball, I’ll be ok keeping decamillis.

        • Big Mike

          I do think ST is improving as there has been consistency in personnel on that unit.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        How incredible will it be next year to be able to draft BPA on D because we don’t have glaring holes on OL, WR, etc?

      • Big Mike

        Hitting on a pick at the Alshon level on D, would be my Christmas wish. Imagine a pro-bowler in the making from the early rounds. Most likely at DT, or Safety. Ahhhh.

        • Irish Sweetness

          So the offer on the table is ….. a first rounder at DT,a DE and a safety – all first rounders … plus JJ Watt/Michael Bennett … plus McCown and say a Teddy Bridgewater … bye bye Pep … OR … Cutty .. and a pile of crap on D?

          • Big Mike

            I don’t recall saying anything about JJ Watt/Michael Bennet. I was wishing for Emery to strike gold again next year and find a pro-bowl caliber guy in the early rounds for the defense. I’m assuming it would be a DT or Safety.

            This wish coming true has no impact on Cutler, Pep or McCown.

            Not sure what you are saying to me in your post?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sorry Mike, no, I was making a suggestion, not inplying that was your stance. Different emphasis/stress pattern or sticking a comma after the first word. My bad.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Basically what I’m trying to get a feel from from the board based on the past month’s play (and the three before that) .. what’s the blog-temperature on trading in Cutty for his sticker value? If we trade Cutty and cut Pep we’d have the money to sign both those DTs (or whoever). just pick one marquee name and then re-sign everyone we want. One of which, is not Henry Melton. Listen to the following names of Bears’ tackles, from the year of our star wars until now :

            Jim Flanigan; Tommie Harris; Steve McMichael; Manimal; Alan Page ; William Perry ; Keith Traylor; Ted Washington ; Mike Wells; Chris Zorich. Does Melton belong on that list? If not, and he wants top dollar, there’s a townful of hookers here that’ll tell him he’s great. Just not the grade of tackle the franchise requires. Defense is what we do, and standards must be maintained. It doesn’t go from Defense and three yards of dust to offense and that’s it. Let’s be a throwing team then, cool. But that doesn’t mean we forget what we’re about, and that’s beating people up on defense.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      For a first year head coach I think he is doing a pretty good job so far. It is to be expected that in all facets of the game that blame will be assigned to at least someone or to a unit. As a first year head coach working under the lights of Chicago and the scutiny of its media and fan base, I think he has handled it all very well. Regardless of what happens this year, I know that the team has the tools to be contenders for several more years. On another plus note, Briggs is coming back….that should boster the run defense at least a little bit and Briggs should be able to light a fire to Bostic if he doesn’t start off well Sunday.

  • gpldan

    Interestingly, Trace Armstrong is the agent for the Head Coach for both Michigan AND Ohio State. Hoke and Meyer use Armstrong as their agent. He’s also Mike McCarthy’s agent.

    Trace was always a smart guy.

    • Cormonster

      He’s also a lot smarter than his great great great great Grandpa, who lost at the battle of The Little Bighorn.

  • Doc Nitty

    Not to piss in everyone’s Cheerios, but the other way of looking at things is that the Cheese control their own destiny as well ( sorry Jeff). We may have an epic week 17 on our hands.

    If Chi and GB win this week, Detroilet is officially in the shittter.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      The 4-letter already has a piece up recommending the Bears/Packers game be flexed to Prime Time. That would be 2 weeks straight if it happens.

      Detroilet. Yeah, that. MB pointed out on the previous thread that they even cut away in the middle of Schwartz’s post-game presser to go to Harbaugh.

      Anyone else remember B-Marsh calling Detroit’s wins “cute”, and dissing Schwartz in the same quote? Fortuitous.

  • johnnywad

    Johnny, your new handle may go viral soon. I took the game in at a bar in Lions territory Sunday. After Cutler’s second pick, the table next to me (two Bears fans, two Lions fans) cranked up the bullshit machine. “Cutler is going to fold . . . . Can’t handle the pressure . . . . McCown . . . blah blah blah.”. So I lean over to the dude closest to me, look him in the eye and I says “Cutty Badger Don’t Give a Fuck.” They all thought I was nuts. By the end of the game, they’re all calling him Cutty Badger. It was awesome.

    • Doc Nitty

      Great story.

      • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

        indeed. character development, plot twists, a narrative arc that’s easy to follow. stoked for the sequel!

        • Doc Nitty

          Tone is hard to judge in print. And I may be way off base but that seemed to land on the side of douchebaggery. Apologies if I’m off base.

          • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

            nope. not off base. i don’t really think the sequel will hold water.

        • johnnywad

          Doooooooooon’t Caaaaaaare.

          • Cormonster

            I’m always the cheerleader at the bar, but Sunday I was a negative Nancy. Before the end of the first half, DJ Grandmaster Chirp told me to chill. “Cutler’s gonna drive us down for a TD. That’s what he does.”

            When down 7 in the 2nd half, I started with the negative talk again. The DJ and my buddy Raz told me to chill again. “It’s not the 4th quarter yet. That’s when Cutler shines. Just wait for it.” Sure as shut they were right.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The moment he signs his extension, I want that t-shirt.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    kinda wishing I could have kept my packer game plans this year. Sheite!

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Jeff, son…you are a helluva writer partner. You really are.

    But did you forget that Briggs is returning to the “doormat defense” Sunday night? (smart-ass comment deleted by me).
    I think that’s a post-worthy topic all by its own self. What will Briggs’ return bring to the D? Oh, and as long as I’m making Letter-to-the -Editor type requests, include GP’s notes on his ideal D for the Eagles game (the one where he sends McClellin out for pizza).
    Any way you look at it – and anticipation for Sunday is already at a dizzying level – there hasn’t been a game all season I’ve looked forward to more than the one this Sunday. And I think the D, +Briggs, changes right before our eyes.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Briggs coming back is -huge-. The only downside to that announcement was the confirmation that Tillman is done…no chance of a return for the playoffs.

    • MB30SD

      I think pizza might be a little too much responsibility. Let’s go with coffee first to see how he does.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        I dunno…if people start hitting him with complex latte orders, it will get ugly. I don’t think he can screw up pepperoni.

        Does he change for the better with Briggs in the lineup? Does he become the fantasy Emery sees him as?

        • MB30SD

          no, but maybe he’d improve if melt, not old pep, and a healthy collins were still playing next to him

    • Irish Sweetness

      Thought our Run D was pretty good against Cleveland, having our playcaller back on the field should keep us within striking distance at all times. Nothing we can’t do with Beast and Baby Beast split wide. They’re our Moss/Carter. It’ll be a high-scorer but we’re a better football team, and Desean Jackson is a dick.

  • Jokey

    Jeff, are you attributing McCown’s improvement to Trestman because you have no other explaination? Or is it something McCown has said in a press conference? Is it correlation or causation?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Having a solid-ish line (apart from reverse thrusters Robocrap), the best WR tandem in the league and a pretty good run game ….are surely what’s shown improvement in MCown’s numbers. Plus, he’s smarter than Jay, or at least he plays smarter football . Maybe not having a cannon for an arm makes you play smarter and take fewer risks. If Cutty throws another clutch of blind throws against the Eagles, will we make it back? Against Rodgers ? McCown is obviously no answer long-term, but he could mentor up a new young guy, while we spend the $30 from Pep and Cutty’s contracts elsewhere. We shouldn’t over-pay any one player when their career/season can be over in a second. Watt is only 24, he’s worth the investment and he’s a defense changer for us.

      Get a new center on that line and almost any QB could run the show. If Emery has the balls to lose Pep and trade Cutty then we have the cash to make significant moves on defense .. .and that’s where the championships are won.

      • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

        did you even watch the game? Did you even see the throws that were picked? If you think they were blind then you are in fact blind. They were bad throws but Marshall was open both fucking times. They were bad throws nothing more. Not bad decisions.

        • Irish Sweetness

          No, I mean his general demeanour of throwing blind, as in, either not seeing the DBs .. or he just doesn’t give a shit. McCown looks after the ball. That’s the golden rule of quarterbacking for me. Winning? If winning is your measure of a QB, then Jim McMahon is the fifth greatest quarterback of all time. Factually. Winning percentage. But winning games depends on your team. I can’t see how a QB blocks the lineman, catches the pass, kicks the PAT etc. It’s a team effort. But looking after the ball is not. that’s YOUR job, and yours alone. It’s the only thing he had to learn – and he has improved at it, but that’s likely down to a better class of target these days. Surely it’s better to cash him in after four years for what we paid for him (minus the third). McCown stays on for a year, with junior watching from the bench – McCown looks like more of a generous teacher type than Jay does as well. things don’t work out for us? We sign him back for half the price when he bales out on his next team. No harm done, assets realized, depreciation minimalized. Job Done. Next!

  • TheBigCheesy

    This is one of your most novel, sound, and appropriate pieces.

    • gpldan

      God knows Jeff seeks the approval of douchebag Packer trolls. We’re all so relieved you like it.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I bet every down-vote he gets makes him pitch a tiny troll boner.

  • bearsfantillend

    just watched Dan Patrick’s interview of Alshon Jeffery. Jeff was right it is brutal.

    http://deadspin.com/dan-patrick-soldiers-through-a-brutal-interview-with-al-1485019687

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I dunno man. Define brutal? I thought Jeffrey was Jeffrey. He’s not Devin Hester, but he’s no Brandon Marshall either. He’s just not what people want him to be for his level of play and newfound stardom. Strikes me as a guy who’s just going to do what he does, let everyone else do the interviews.

      • bearsfantillend

        By brutal, I mean entertainment wise, it is not good for TV or radio, interviewers want more. It’s not a knock on Jeffery at all. Some players give great interviews, he is not one. Patrick tried to get more out of him but couldn’t. I enjoy, and would guess most interviewers enjoy, interviews with players like Marshall or the Black Unicorn, its entertaining, Jeffery is just not that type.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Do we want a dude that can catch the ball .. or Ochocinco? Remember Clinton Portis? That was just sad.

  • gpldan

    My favorite play of watching some of the game again – the Earl TD.

    Why? The Unicorn halo effect.

    Earl comes off the snap, head fakes to the outside, brings his right leg out WIDE then the left shoulder juke across his man and cuts back to the inside, and you can see the Brown defender #22 is burned so he is looking for help inside from Browns safety #39 and it’s not there.

    #39 has decided to backpedal to cover the zipline pass to Unicorn. Because Unicorn threatens to MAKE THAT CATCH.

    So Earl is unscathed. You can see #22 get frustrated and look RIGHT AT #39 after the play is over with the “come on man!” look.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000298266/Earl-Bennett-4-yard-TD-catch

    • SC Dave

      Sorry, you’ll have to explain better than that. Browns #22 follows Earl in motion. Browns LB is frozen because Forte comes free in the middle.

      Browns #39 makes some silly ass drop perhaps to double Marshall. Unicorn never even tries to leave the line of scrimmage. Yeah, some douche announcer claims everyone is watching Marshall (true), Jeffery (probably) and Uni. So how?

      Exactly how was #39 or anyone else on the Browns fooled by a Uni threat on that play? It looks more like #39 missed the call in the defensive huddle than anything else, and #22 got pissed because Earl schooled him

      • gpldan

        Sorry, I looked again. The guy lined up wide left is BM not Unicorn. It really does look like the jersey number starts with an 8, and they are built similar.

        I have seen Unicorn line up as a wideout in short yardage. I do think #39 cheats Marshall. Both safeties do.

  • bmwchifan

    Having the smartest of the two head coaches on the sidelines during the game (instead of the Stoic Dunce), does make a difference!

  • bmwchifan

    So does having a GM with intelligence and cojones. (Would Angelo the Clown have violated his “floor criterion” by hiring Marc Trestman?!)

  • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

    Interesting tidbit from the 4 letter network:

    Jay Cutler was 6-of-13 for 95 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions when targeting Brandon Marshall and 16-of-18 for 170 yards and two touchdowns targeting all other players.

    That right there is a big reason why McCown had such success. He wasn’t just zeroing in on his best buddy. The more Jay starts to get the ball to everyone and not just sit and wait for a tiny window to wing it to Brandon, the better off we’ll all be.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Cutler needed more than just Marshall. So what did Marshall do? He took Jeffrey to Florida, and brought Jay and the Bears back a receiver who has the entire fan base and the opposing D on the edge of their seats when the ball is headed to #17.

      That’s gonna be the gift that keeps on giving for a long time.

      • gpldan

        +1

        BM “anointing” Alshon was a big big deal.

      • NewBearInTown

        I agree that Marshall has been great. The stat-line is a knock on Jay more than Marshall. Jay has to spread the ball around more; that’s what all the top QBs are doing these days.

      • SC Dave

        True that. But Earl has been there all along, and I am glad that they are occasionally looking for him now. But this is choir preaching – there is no shortage of love for Earl on Da Blog, and I say rightfully fucking so.

        On Alshon, he has clearly become a beast catching the ball. The next step is to get his blocking up there with Brandon and Earl. Shit, and Matt for that matter.

        This offense could be SO FUCKING good, it boggles my mind.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Earl got praised on a bad offense – no other fan in the NFL knows who EB is, and there’s a good reason. We need a YAC guy on offense and Earl’s not it. Right now the only thing he brings is that everyone else is covered. He’s serviceable yes, but he’s punching above his weight on such an explosive offense. You want the offense off the chain? Remove stop-gaps like Earl. A burner in the slot and we are hot to trot. Don’t mean to be hard on Earl, he’s done nothing wrong .. but we’ve got a nice new carpet down and the curtains are looking a little shabby.

    • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

      figures that such bullshit would come from the 4 letter network. Look at some context.
      Dude, on the first pick Marshall beat his guy to the inside and then didn’t flatten his route at the goal line. the pass was about one and a half feet from where it should have been and it was tipped for an INT. It was not forced as Trestman told you, it was a bad throw and Jay waited too long.
      On the second pick Marshall settled into a pocket on the left hash and was wide fucking open and Cutler hits him on that route 9 times out of 10. He was wide open and the ball sailed. He didn’t force it in.
      On the 2nd and 11 where Cutler bombed it to Marshall the ball bounced off his facemask at the goal line. It was a tough catch but that’s what Brandon does….except he didn’t and it was incomplete. Next play Jeffrey TD.

      • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

        He also had another one where Marshall beats his guy and comes back for it. the throw was high but Marshall is wide open.
        Is he not supposed to throw to a wide open player who was owning the DB’s covering him? They were bad throws for sure but by no means were they throws that shouldn’t have been made. They were the correct reads.

        • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

          pick one: jay waited too long. correct. he was looking at brandon, didn’t like what he saw, and instead of checking down to the next option he kept waiting until he felt it was time to fire it in.

          i won’t say anything about the other throws because i don’t disagree with your points.

          but for you to ignore the simple math of 13 Marshall targets vs. 18 Everyone Else targets is just plain silly. it shows that jay focuses on brandon. last season he had to because there was no other choice. this season he doesn’t have to. in fact, it’s almost criminal to ignore the other weapons who are trying to help pad his numbers and help his flip off the haters.

          • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

            watch the play, Marshall was the only one that was open. It is also not silly to target a top 5 WR in the league 13 times when he is wide fucking open which he was. He simply did not force passes in to Marshall. He threw some bad fucking passes but they weren’t forced and they didn’t come at the expense of others.

          • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

            in fact look at the numbers. He spread the fucking rock around beautifully. Man this guy can’t catch a fucking break. He throws for a 102 number with almost 150 in the 4th quarter and 3 TD’s and we’re inventing mythical passes into double coverage, we’re inventing Marshall being molested all over the field by defenders, etc.

          • bearsfantillend

            I would love to see Cutler spread the ball around, also i thought he did a pretty good job at spreading it around last game. Throw it to Marshall 25 times a game. If we win, WHO CARES!!! As long as he catches it and we win the damn game. Hell i would not care if they put the ball boy out there as a WR and throw it to him on every snap, as long as we win the game.

          • SC Dave

            Did you really watch the game closely enough to determine they “didn’t come at the expense of others”? I only saw the first half and only live, so I’d never make that kind of a statement.

            Not that I’m saying that targeting an open Marshall is a bad idea!

      • SC Dave

        The numbers are what they are. The throw to Jeffrey was even more a jump ball than the first one to Marshall. But in the second case the defender mistimed and Alshon pulled it down. And that’s why Jay threw both of those passes – because the guy at the other end can make the play.

        Sometimes, I really wish Jay would be a little more conservative. It worked for Josh and it would work for Jay.

        Physical difference is when you HAVE to burn on in there, Jay can and Josh cannot. Mental difference is knowing when you should, and knowing when you should just throw it away and go to the next play. In fairness to Jay, he is better at that this year. In fairness to we fans, he can certainly get better at it and I hope he watched Josh film to show how. No one should be too proud to learn from his teammates.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Maybe the penny didn’t drop for Josh until he was 34. I don’t know what he was like pre-Bears. Maybe the same could happen for Cutty – but are we going to give him $100 million to find out? John Elway put up horrendous stats for the first ten years of his career. If Cutty could play like Josh he’d be awesome.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Excellent point. Everyone got the ball around Josh. Cutty takes the snap and his eyes go straight to Marshall. His numbers go down when Cutty’s not in there.

      • Sactowns#1

        Wow Irish- you’re really bangin the Josh drum pretty hard these days.

      • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

        i’m sorry Irish but this is not 2012. This comment makes no sense. Look at the fucking ball distribution this year. look at the fucking numbers. Forte has 66 catches. Marshall and Jeffrey are neck and neck. Martellus is on pace for a career year and Earl is in the mix.
        Stop being dumb.

        • Irish Sweetness

          No, since he got back. Previous games, Alshon looks like a stud, making most catches. Jay gets back and Beast KNOWS the score. You saw the way he grabbed him on the bench after we won. He knows. As long as Jay’s in there, BM will get the looks. It’s mutually known and understood. If Alshon wants to be #1, he won’t do it with Cutty at QB and he knows it if he’s smart.

  • MB30SD

    Jeffery interview. So so bad.

    But it’s like anything, media presentation is a skill. A learned skill that takes time to master. He was giving short uninteresting answers. Patrick had to pull everything out of him.

    You could tell how frustrated he was at the end when he was talking to his producer.

    Bottom line, the PR gurus at Halas need to grab him for a weekend once the season’s over and make him go to PR camp. Brutal indeed.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I hear ya man. But I don’t think he was all that bad. Some guys, it’s not their thing. Years ago (x’s a few lifetimes) I covered the NFL for print – via the Colts, I was a beat writer – and I can tell you that lots of the players weren’t good interviews, and it was std. practice to dress up their quotes, place them in new contexts than the original intent, etc., because we didn’t feel it was their fault they weren’t media savvy.

      Marshall is the unquestioned team spokesman for a reason; Cutler isn’t a great interview either, and never has been, franchise QB though he is.

      It’s all changed dramatically since my days behind a typewriter. Some of the best interviews I got back then were actually from linemen, and the kickers and punters were nearly always great quotes.

      I did an interview with Joe Montana once after a Colts game. Hmmm, how to put this…he wasn’t the most articulate guy in the room, to put it nicely. But he was Joe friggin’ Montana. Every sports writer knew they better “fix” him when they wrote him up, and they did.

      Now, with social media and the countless blogs, etc., it’s gotten better – and worse – in my opinion. Access to certain players is limited if not banned now, whereas “back in my day” (waving my cane at the screen, taking a hit of Geritol), no one was off limits. Some chose to not talk, but you were never told no by the PR guys from the teams.

      Alshon, in my opinion, could be a great, great interview. I’ve heard him a few times now, and the mistakes the interviewers make, I think, is that they don’t let him tell his story his way (that’s when even Homer Simpson can shine), they want what they want, then get frustrated or sneery when they don’t get it.

      You have to go where the player is most comfortable, let him talk about what he is passionate about, without him being afraid he’ll be misquoted or diced up on twitter later. Jeff did a great job in his last Hester interview (let’s face it, Hester doesn’t strike anyone as being animated and energetic in an interview), in that he let him talk about his charity. Did you hear the difference in him then? It was night and day vs. him being asked about records and runbacks.

      That’s my 52 cents, anyway.

      • MB30SD

        good story and insight. thanks for sharing DP

      • SC Dave

        You know, for some of our guys we should be happy that they do their jobs well, keep their mouths shut, and stay out of trouble. c.f. Earl Bennett

        Personally, I’d love to see Alshon behave the same way if he’s not comfortable with the media attention. Hell, M Bennett can carry the load for most of the team.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Was Devin asked if he felt at all guilty for half-assing it for two years, pissing all over my team in the process ?

    • DaMurph

      Since he has the receiver thing down pretty good, Brandon M can spend part of the off-season tutoring him on media skills and the fine art of Bullshit!

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

    Jeff, after re-watching the game please address the lunacy that is the ESPN “tidbit” trying to invent a narrative using out of context target/reception stats for Marshall and the rest of the team.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Amazing thing about Bears games this year is even many of the wins had moments where ya thought, “They’re dead.” Min, Cin, Pit, NYG, Cleve.

    Pittsburgh? I thought they were basically cruising all game

    • SC Dave

      I don’t watch a whole lot of their games, but don’t the Packers do that too?

      • TheBigCheesy

        I’m not sure what “that” refers to, but….

        Since Flynn has come in, he’s had 3 double digit comebacks in 4 games (1 ended in a tie).

        Before that, Green bay lost both of their close games (as they have done throughout his career) and their victories were rather comfortable (as they have been throughout his career)

  • MB30SD

    DAAAAAMNNNNN!

    ESPN guys all comparing lesbo to romo. Wow.

    • EnderWiggin

      Haha. My brother, father and I were all calling him Tony turnover all last night..

      • MB30SD

        saying he is actually WORSE. Hahahahaha

    • MB30SD

      also saying that if gym shorts doesn’t make the playoffs this year he might get fired.

      Please no!

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Exactly, I want Jim Schwartz coaching the Lions for the next decade!

    • SC Dave

      Well at least they are not spouting some bullshit about Cutler

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s amazing that Eli can throw five picks and nobody in the media can say a word because they’ve already branded him elite. He’s not elite, never was, nor was Flacco. Amazing what a superbowl ring does for your rep. I guarantee you if the Bears win it all this year, then Trestman takes the bows and half the blowjobs, the thousand-yard-trio will take the other half. Somebody else will get the MVP and the Pepsi ad.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          Yeah, but they won’t be able to take Disney away from us….never Disney…

  • gpldan

    Michael Irvin said it was racist that Shanny benched RG3 for the remainder of the season.

    As if that kettle needed any more heat to boil.

    That is the most fucked up situation since Ryan Leaf. RG3 may end up going bust because of his stage dad, his bullshit attitude and everything else going on. I don’tlike Nepotism Shanny very much, but in this case putting the kid on the bench was the right call to try and salvage the kid’s career.

    • Cormonster

      Ten bucks says Al Sharpton’s producer has already called Irvin for an interview.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That is sooo weak. Irvin must be back to snorting coke.

    • Irish Sweetness

      All for rookie QBs sitting on the pine and learning their trade, GP. Also all for the end of Irvin’s TV career because he’s terrible. Predictions all over the shop … eugh. If he wasn’t a footballer he’d be a toothless meth-head living under a bridge. It is nice to see the Redskins drowning though.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I still think the most moronic racist charge was ala Jamie Dukes, when he said that teams not hiring Lovie Smith was racist. But I’ll give Irvin 2nd place and dishonorable mention. He’s a reliable source of idiocy.

  • Sactowns#1

    Wow….The defensive lineman with the most defensive snaps last Sunday was Chicken Dinner with 46. He did not register a single official stat from the NFL

    • gpldan

      It’s like a line from a Keanu Reeves ninja movie:

      “How can one be both omni-present and invisible? Whoa.”

      • MB30SD

        hahahahahaha… 500 blog points.

        well done.

    • SC Dave

      And curiously, we had the best defensive performance in over a month… first time in six weeks a runner did not go over 100 yards… hmm…

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        That was my bold prediction of the week.

        My exact words were “If a Browns HB goes for over 100 vs our D, that would be the Mona Lisa of Run D ineptitude.”

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well it certainly didn’t hurt that the man they had to stop was practice squad refugee, Edwin Baker, so let’s not get all giddy about the run defense just yet folks.

        • bearsfantillend

          why not get giddy, there are guys that are calling for a 3rd string running back to get touches on here, a practice squad guy must be half way decent.

  • gpldan

    Outside of brazen Packer trolls, I don’t think I am reaching here to say this blog’s least favorite Hollywood anything is LaBuff. We hate us some LaBuff.

    But even for LaBuff, plagiarizing a comic book and then having your tweet apologizing for plagiarizing a comic book ITSELF be plagiarism is true scumbaggery. Is that even possible? What is that, meta-plagiarism? Is he the first Hollywood douchebag to be caught plagiarizing a screenplay and then a TWEET for that screenplay? Wow. Just wow.

    that’s fucked up.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/shia-labeouf-rip-off-daniel-clowes-howard-cantour

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Defense is Marc Trestman’s defense also.If there is to win one or more superbowls he has to become their Head Coach too. He has the OC locked at a high level, but we will be real contenders only when the defenders start talking sweet worlds about him. He can’t have a ‘love affair’ with the offense and treat the defense as a baby mama. I hope this year’s D approach is not ‘the consistency’,

    • Johnathan Wood

      Lovie’s D always fell apart when injuries were an issue too. Just losing Urlacher in 2009 torpedoed them.

      Playing the whole year without Briggs, Tillman, and Melton (not to mention Hayden, Williams, and Collins) would have torpedoed the D no matter who the DC was.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        They where poor even before they started losing players. It was turnover or bust.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      I’d take a rusty Rodgers over a hot Flynn I think.

      • MB30SD

        how about the lions over the ravens?

        HMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm?!?!

        • Trac

          How bout Phil’s 1st draft pick? Hmmmmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmm. lol

          • MB30SD

            I don’t get it? I wasn’t ever a CD fan.

          • Trac

            Hello, now you’re catching on. I was never a lions fan. Just had the smarts to realize they were going to be tough to beat and you decided to pounce. It’s alright though, I can take it.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha…. touche!

            I was just messing man. Don’t take it personally. Just hate the lions.

      • http://www.upitpuppet.com/ evantonio

        “you bring that girl home last night?”

        “yup. gave the old rusty rodgers!”

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          “Rusty Rodgers” – to stare into a mirror whilst calmly masturbating and giving douchebag answers and douchebag facial expressions to seemingly innocent questions posed by the sexual partner.

      • SC Dave

        Are you nuts? Rodgers would beat us. Flynn… probably not.

  • MB30SD

    ok, I finally found a soccer clip that will turn some of you haters around.

    Here it is: http://extramustard.si.com/2013/12/17/brazils-u17-soccer-football-quits-forfeits/

    • bearsfantillend

      that was absolutely riveting. I could not believe all the action.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s a version of that tiki-taka.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Two random thoughts…

    1) If Trestman takes them to the playoffs this year, it will be on a 10-6 record; the same record of Lovie Smith’s job killer.

    2) Liked what Ray Lewis said about playoffs and the SB last night. “You don’t have to the best team in the race, you just have to be better than the team you are playing for 60 minutes, even if they are the better team”. That right there has been proven more than once, and it gives me hope.

    • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

      Lovie was not fired because he went 10-6. That is a decent record usually. He got fired because he was a head coach who had a major hand in pissing away almost 10 years of a superbowl caliber defense because he wouldn’t know offense and a capable OC if he took out his penis that had “capable OC and appropriate offense” scrawled on it and slapped himself silly with it.
      The Bears are 10-6 this year because of injuries and injuries alone.

      • MB30SD

        although we only have 8 wins at this point maings

        Once we get to 10 all bets are off.

        Oh and fuck lovie smith

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          oh, we’re definitely winning out.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck yeah! When Rodgers comes back, CD can do him in again. And then retire to the bench a hero so someone can some in to stop Lacy.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        +1. Still haven’t forgiven Lovie for Mike Martz. Never will.

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          i loved Martz’s offense….just not for the Bears with no WR’s and no linemen.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Martz? Hell, Cutler was rolling in year 2 under Martz.

          If you want to hate Lovie, hate him for elevating Tice.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            The Martz at OC and Tice at OL was a disaster for Cutty. Fuck the W/L. They both nearly got him killed. Tice was an afterthought. Martz was an unmitigated disaster, period.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Didn’t Baltimore and the Giants prove the shit out of that. It’s also the team usually with the fewest injuries that goes to the show. No more SB appearances, just victories. The best thing about our last trip was the opening kickoff.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      If I had Trump money, I’d walk into the registar of Yale’s office and ask what tuition will be for the kid to get his Bachleor’s. Then I’d write the registar a check for it.

  • George Hernandez

    Forgive me if this has been mentioned below but if the Bears win this week and the Fudge and Kitties both lose, not only are we in, we have the #3 seed locked up.

    • Trac

      Wow, now that’s the best news yet.

    • AlbertInTucson

      THAT, folks, is one LARGE, challenging “IF”.

      What the Bears could use Sunday is a necessary appearance by Mike Vick.

      • johnnywad

        Maybe Shea can work his magic again. Breaking collar bones is really his best move out of a three point stance.

    • Irish Sweetness

      A nice thought George, but the existence of Eli Manning and Detroit’s D-line also make that an impossibility. We will however kick the shit out of Philly in a surprising manner.

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck
    • MB30SD

      Hot cheetos and Takis!

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      the blond

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      That’s called ‘one-upping’ – males tend to do it, “Hey, I went to this bad ass club where you get to ride a tiger!” other guy, “Yeah, that reminds me of the time I went to Thailand and got to ride on elephants while taking bong hits!”

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      What’s wrong with the Lions? They’re the Lions.

  • Shady

    Hey wait a minute. Do you realize what we’re not talking about? THE OFFENSIVE LINE. Do you know what this means?!

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Yeah, the first round pick of the 2014 draft goes to a bad ass mothertrucker at middle linebacker so Bostic can play the Will (where I said he belonged about 7 months ago).

      • Johnathan Wood

        badass DL guy. Personally I’m a fan of the DT from Minnesota. Guy is huge and insanely athletic.

        Would of course prefer HaSean Clinton-Dix, the safety from Bama, but I doubt he falls to where Chicago picks.

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          ….and with the 32nd pick the Chicago Bears pick…..some huge motherfucker at DT.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t we get three firsts this year ?
            {We haven’t traded Cutler yet, Irish}
            Oh.
            But seriously, what does JJ Watt cost on the open market? Michael Bennett?

            We buy our DT(s)

            We draft our Richard Dent, our Gary Fencik, maybe even one of those fancy schmancy new 6’3 corners … and THEN we get to our second round pick. QB? Could be!

            Draft the center in the third round and wipe our asses with the lower picks.

          • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

            i’m sorry Irish, I can’t get behind any strategy that involves us needlessly restarting any offensive momentum since teams now cower at our weapons IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE OFFENSE.
            We need defense and there are ways to get that without getting rid of a franchise qb.

          • MB30SD

            Agree with yonny here irish. If cutty doesn’t hold out for romo money we need to see what he can do in year two.

            I’m actually kinda leaning towards the tag, although expensive, it let’s us see what he can do in year two, and if he either doesn’t get better or hurts himself again… there’s our answer and we can sell him for picks after next year.

            Ridiculous what this o looked like in its first year. Next year should tell us everything we need to know about a cutty long term yes/no… can’t do it this year with so many other contributing factors and not enough data

      • MB30SD

        don’t get it.

        Have you not seen what moving guys from their natural positions do? Haven’t we had enough of that sheite maings?

        Bostic played IMLB his entire HS and college careers, why again, do you want to put him somewhere that’s a totally different look and position? Hardin? Conte? Hester?

        Common maingses!

        • bearsfantillend

          Urlacher was a safety… his move to MLB was pretty beneficial to him.

          • MB30SD

            no, he was a rover or Lobo-Back as they called it. which was a LB/safety hybrid, he was never a pure safety.

            besides that, give me another one that’s worked out for us in the last 5 years.

          • bearsfantillend

            Not a pro-bowler but Israel Idonije moved from DE to DT it seemed like every other year depending on what was needed. Garza moved to center from guard, which i will argue is a fairly significant change. While neither are/were considered stars and their position, they were changes which required learning a new position. so while moving Bostic to Will would be a change it would not be as significant as say moving from Will to MLB since Bostic would not be required to handle alignments.

          • MB30SD

            yep, all decent examples. still not a fan unless the guy’s an obvious fit.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Sometimes the square peg in the round hole works, but why bother if there are solid round pegs laying around?

          • MB30SD

            well put. exactly my point.

            Instead of trying all these projects, just draft the real fucking thing for once.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Bing-fucking-O.

          • bearsfantillend

            I get it but if some bad ass MLB drops to us in the draft, and we draft best possible Safety or DT, we are all going to hear bitching all next year that we could/should have drafted so and so.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Garza moved to Center… and what ? False started his own snaps? Collapsed his own line on every run play? I cannot be the only one seeing this guy get owned every week ….

          • bearsfantillend

            he only asked for examples that worked out. you are right that he is the weak spot on the line by a long shot. BUT, both rookies have praised him for being one of the keys to their success. AND no one has really been bitching about the line play all year on this site, so i am counting that as a win. While not perfect, he has been effective.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Bostic was a S in HS and started college as one as well (just like Greene). They both switched to LB in college.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Has everyone blown up on Bostic already? Really? Seems there’s no Urlacher in there calling plays and getting people set. That’s on Briggsy, and Briggsy’s been out anyway. Bostic will okay, it was a tough deal for him coming into an NFL defense that was banged up from the start. He didn’t get to be groomed, he’ll be fine.

          • MB30SD

            I—–rish.

            No, he’s just had a tough go of it mate. I’ve probably been the most vocal supporter on the blog actually. I really liked the pick based on the tape I watched of his college career (watched a couple highlight reels and some basic game play).

            My support started to wane a little in the last few weeks cause it seemed like there was zero improvement, but I think he’ll be a very solid player for us. We’re just so used to the MLB position being a perennial pro bowl position and an HOF guy for us.

            Little unfair after the rook was thrown into the deep end right away without wingies or a fucking DL. I still like him and think he’ll be good.

  • MB30SD
    • johnnywad

      Are you beige MB? I bet not.

      • MB30SD

        nope. white.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Piers. Fucking. Morgan.

      • MB30SD

        he has to be one of the biggest ponces of our time. What an absolute cunt of a man. If I saw him on the street I’d have to stop myself from open and backhanded slapping him in his puffy pompous annoying face.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Pop Quiz:

      Gina Carano one night stand. Yes or no?

      Upside: Might be the lay of your life
      Downside: She might scissors you and squeeze the life out of you like Famke Janssen in Goldeneye.

      • MB30SD

        Hell yes!

        Shit, I might even date her for a while until she decided to devour me after sex one night.

        http://media.heavy.com/media/2013/05/Gina-Carano.png

        http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11111/111112206/3366070-awesome-gina-carano.jpg

        (yes I know I’m not an ass guy, but deeeeuuuummm!!!)

        • MB30SD
        • gpldan

          I had the flu this weekend and so vegged out by renting FF6. She played a agent in that movie, has a girl fight with Michelle Rodriquez.

          The director and action sequencing sucked, the editing sucked, the sound guy sucked – all the technical aspects of movie making sucked – but the fights were still good in spite of it.

          Carano in Haywire is awesome. She is just delish there.

          • gpldan

            Not to mention that of all FF6s suspension of disbelief cartoon moments, defiance of the laws of physics, etiquette and all else – they want you to believe that a London Sotheby’s Car Auction would be auctioning a Pro-Touring Superbird and a chromed up ’69 Camaro Big Block. Brits had to be appalled by that movie.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Good Lord look at the hoop on that …..

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I’m not at all an ass guy, but that ass is pretty amazing.

      • Irish Sweetness

        One night stand? I’d fuck that MMA chick who’s about to fight a dude.

        • MB30SD

          hahahahaa… can I suggest before. She’s going to be a mess after.

          It would suck if that was the first in-fight death, but I can definitely see it as a possibility. think it’s a really really bad idea.

          Sexual dimorphism is a real scientific thing. Who knows, maybe she beats his ass?

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Do you think State Farm and Rodgers would have the balls to do a commercial where Rodgers sits down in an Amtrak car, and it’s the Superfans again, except Chicken Dinner playing Todd O’Connor’s little brother Colin?

  • tobijohn

    If Dallas wins against Washington then all the Eagles can accomplish by beating the Bears Sunday night is a possible third vs. fourth seeding if they beat the Cowboys in week 17 (whoever wins that game would then win the NFCE). But the same holds true for the Bears if the Packers win over the Steelers and the Lions lose to the Giants. The Philly game means nothing and it comes down to beating the Packers the last game of the regular season:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-spt-1218-bears-mulligan-chicago-20131218,0,5736013.column

    • gpldan

      It’s too bad this year there isn’t the Blog pilgrimage to the end of year Packer game. This might be a big game.

      • MB30SD

        I know. I was thinking, meh we’re fizzling and it won’t be worth the expense and effort.

        Now I’m kicking myself. Damn it. Hopefully next year will be a SB bound team. We should all start planning as soon as the schedule comes out. Shoot for the second packers game at home.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Au Contraire Tobias … the Philly game means 5/4 for those lucky punters wanting to place their Cleveland cash….. the merry Christmas cash. Yes, your Bears are 5/4.

      Minny get a 7.5 point start over Cincy. Mmmmmm.

  • http://thebeargarden.blogspot.com/ Perno

    I’m not a “control their own destiny” guy either. Every team controls their own destiny from the start of the season.

    • Shady

      I agree that phrase is oxymoronic.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      It’s a throw-away-cliché for every sports reporter in America. Lazy is what it is.

  • MB30SD

    Back into the top 10: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20131218/nfl-power-rankings-week-15-seattle-seahawks/?eref=sihp

    “Chicago Bears (8-6)
    Maybe we’re making too much of the Bears’ present and future at quarterback. After all, Alshon Jeffery catches anything within a city block of him.”

    • Big Mike

      Doesn’t feel like a top 10 team to me. Love them to death. But it just doesn’t feel right

  • MB30SD
    • Cormonster

      Some tough dudes. You know the story of Duncan Keith from the Hawkce? Took a puck to the face and lost 7 teeth. He swallowed two and two others “disintegrated”. Got stitched up between periods and still led all players in minutes. He played a great game to get the Hawkce to the Stanley Cup.

      Great quote, something like “I’ll be at the dentist til about 1am to get some new teeth. Mine weren’t very good anyways. Maybe I’ll get some better ones.”

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FXtXKkNO8c4

      • AlbertInTucson

        Late 60s. Black Hawk great, Bobby Hull, continued to play with a broken jaw.

        • Cormonster

          My uncle has a cool old poster of him in his basement, which is a shrine to Chicago sports.

          Al, a friend recently posted this on Facebook. Thought you might like the video. The guy does a good job explaining my basic views on this “heated” topic.

          http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2700762412001

      • MB30SD

        my god man

  • MB30SD
    • Jokey

      If there’s gonna be a protected player rule, then they need to wear red jerseys or something.

      • bearsfantillend

        I vote for all pink (jersey, pants, shoes, helmets). Also maybe a big flower sticking out of the top of their helmet, and give them a security blanket so they feel extra safe.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bottom Line: That was a a dirty, vicious, unnecessary hit DESIGNED to put a specialist on the shelf and I will not hear arguments to the contrary.

      All you need to do is look at Brandon Marshall’s block on Sean Lee in the Cowboy game. Marshall could have absolutely knocked Lee into the 12th row (and likely out for the rest of the season), or made the same hit and broken a jaw and knocked out some teeth, maybe a vertebrae and drawn blood. Instead, he put his shoulder into Lee’s chest, STILL put the defender on his ass and paved the way for a big gain.

      Nice block. Big Hit. Trip to the E.R. not required.

      Marshall’s Block: Football as it should be played.

      Terrence Garvin’s “Block”: Attempted Assasination and an all too common occurrence from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • MB30SD
  • Maddbearfan

    Like I said…Bears win out….there in the playoffs, that simple. Nobody can do it but them.

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan

    Bears fans: If I told ya in Aug Shea McClellin would have terrible year but would knock out Aaron Rodgers for year on Nov 4, would ya sign?

    I would sign Swole to a 3-year deal if he was worse than Elvis Toast Patterson at deep coverage but continuously knocked out Rodgers on the first drive of every game.

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

    Zach Zaidman ‏@ZachZaidman 1m

    #Bears Brandon Marshall, who did not practice today, is listed on the injury report with a quad and a hamstring,

    —————
    Nothing will stop him from being out there. Fucking warrior.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He was on the list last week with that Quad.

  • gpldan

    You could give this defense Mel Torme as coordinator and they’d fail to swing. Ain’t the teacher’s fault.

    I have to disagree with Blogfadder here, because I genuinely think that’s incorrect. Tucker did not run Lovie’s version of the Tampa-2 in Jacksonville. He ran a 4-3, but it was a different scheme and I think it wasn’t as predicated on the 3-technique tackle as this D is. Mel has been very vocal about how this isn’t his playbook, they kept this thing because they didn’t want to bust up a good thing – and then it busted anyhow. So hopefully he’s been able to mix in some other things, but as long as the D is really Lovie’s D, then the whole puzzle has a single cornerstone – the 3-tech tackle. And we lost our 1st and 2nd stringer there.

    Now the “teacher” should have more rapidly adapted. Can you simply switch schemes in the middle of the season? No. But I have seen some Patriots teams do some pretty wacky things, throw some pretty wacky lineups in there when they got beat up with injuries. Today’s NFL simply demands more flexibility and willingness to scramble and find something than I think Tucker has shown. His interaction with the press has seemed a bit crybaby at times. “Well, it’s not my D, so what can I tell ya?” is not really what we are looking for.

    I think I’m not alone in feeling with this. A big critic of Tucker has been Matt Bowen on Holmes show, basically advancing the same argument. You don’t stick with certain base formations come hell or high water – you adapt based on personnel. Have we had the horses? No. Cohen is nobody’s idea of Reggie White. But more creativity could have been shown. Hopefully he was holding some tricks in his bag for the run to the finish.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I agree that today’s NFL requires more flexibility, like you pointed out the Pats who run that hybrid, but Sea and the 9ers run it too.

      But that’s gotta start in the draft. We gotta draft guys who are truly flexible.

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