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Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles Game Preview

| December 19th, 2013

kyle long

Relevant games in mid-to-late December are the most fun time to operate this site for two reasons: (1) Traffic numbers go through the roof and (2) Fans barely need the final whistle of Sunday’s game to begin thinking about the following Sunday’s game. Once the Detroit Lions pulled a Detroit Lions and lost to Baltimore, Bears fans became ravenously obsessed with the Philadelphia Eagles in primetime. And it is the most difficult match-up as the Bears defense will face all season.

So…

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

  • Here is the statistic I think will tell the story Sunday: touchdown percentage. That’s not a stat, you say? Sure it is. Philadelphia will have every opportunity to keep the ball away from Chicago by merely handing the thing to LeSean McCoy over and over again. Whichever team scores more touchdowns per possession wins. (I think no less than 4 TDs wins game.)
  • There are two possible approaches for Trestman Sunday night. (1) Spread the Eagles out and attack a terrible secondary. (2) Rely on the run game and boys up front to keep the ball away from Chip Kelly’s offense. I would put the ball in the hands of Marshall, Jeffery and the Bennetts quickly to force these weak tacklers to tackle. Once that approach finds some success the run lanes will be girthy.

  • Lance Briggs (see below).
  • I do wonder about motivation. Whether or not Chip Kelly decides to rest his starters for any portion of the game Sunday night doesn’t matter. Eagles players will know that with a Cowboys win against the Redskins Sunday afternoon they will have NOTHING to play for Sunday night. I used to believe in this maxim when I gambled heavily on the NFL: if a good team is playing a game late in the season and they need the game more than their opponent, bet em. If the Eagles lack any intensity the Bears could jump them early.
  • (Same could be said for the Bears. If Detroit manages to lose to a lifeless Giants team and the Packers win, the Bears will have very little to gain Sunday night.)
  • Philadelphia has allowed three return touchdowns this season and are among the league’s worst coverage units week in and week out. I don’t expect Chip Kelly to allow the ball into Devin Hester’s hands (see quote below) but if he does, look out.

MATCH-UP OF REMARKABLE IMPORTANCE

  • Jay Cutler vs. Turnovers. This is not a game where the Bears will be able to overcome Cutler squandering touchdown opportunities with misguided throws into the end zone, into double coverage. This is not a game where the Bears will be able to overcome Cutler handing the opponent six points in the second quarter. Cutler needs to maximize every possession, get every point imaginable and keep a clean turnover sheet or the Bears will be chasing the game late.

GREAT QUOTE

From CBS Philadelphia. Chip Kelly comments on how the Eagles approached Cordarrelle Paterson. Should give you a sense of what to expect from the Eagles as they prepare for the best ever.

There were some questionable decisions by the Eagles in Sunday’s game, including the one to kick the ball short on kickoffs, avoiding star returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Kelly defended his decision to keep it away from Patterson…“We’ve got the most dynamic returner in the league [Cordarrelle Patterson], that’s averaged over 34 yards a return. He’s returned two for touchdowns, one of them he took out from 109 yards deep,” Kelly said. “We could not—watching Alex [Henery] kick pre game and at half time, he was not putting the ball out of the end zone so they were going to be returned. Aside from really the last time, which came out to the 46, we ended up—their average start line was 29.8 when Cordarrelle returns it and their average start in our game, besides the onsides kick, was the 33.6 yard line. So we gave up 3.3 yards.”

MOST INTERESTING PLAYER ON THE FIELD

  • Bears LB Lance Briggs. How healthy is he? How long will he last? Peanut Tillman started a bunch of games this season and was never healthy in any of them. The Bears rush defense has been a disaster since Briggs left the Redskins game but is it unfair to ask them to return to mediocrity or maybe better with his return from injury? If Briggs returns the Bears to only allowing about a 100 yards a game (as opposed to 200) they could find themselves in complete control Sunday night.

THIS VIDEO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL

Merry Christmas, all. And you are welcome. (This video is literally the entirety of the Michael McDonald Christmas record. If you don’t laugh at the 9 second mark, you don’t get Mikey McD’s thing.)

STAT PREDICTIONS

  • LeSean McCoy will fail to break the 150 yards mark.
  • Jay Cutler will throw for 379 yards.
  • A new record will be set for least number of tackles.

WRAPPING IT UP IN A FEW SENTENCES

  • The Bears make one play on defense. The Bears make one play on specials. And those two moments are difference in an entertaining primetime shootout.

FINAL SCORE

  • Chicago Bears 38, Philadelphia Eagles 37

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  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    First to add that Jay Cutler has to have the best game of his truncated season Sunday night. Everything Jeff said about him is true. He has to see the field with McCown-like analysis and Cutler-esque dynamics, and meld the two for 4 quarters.

    Lost in the conversation (non-existent) has been Matt Forte. He needs near 100 on the ground, and to be the man in the middle. That frees Alshon and Marshall in near miraculous ways, and I think Forte can be the reason we notch a win Sunday night.

    • Johnathan Wood

      After re-watching the film a few days ago, I think Jay is ready to explode these last two games. His decision making was near perfect against CLE, he just missed on a bunch of throws he normally makes, particularly in the first half (mainly 2nd quarter).

      The only bad decision I saw him make all game was that first INT, and even that one wasn’t absolutely terrible. Otherwise he made the right reads and mentally did everything right.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        I think he was nervous as shit, and the whole McCown thing had gotten into his head more than just a little bit. I’m going with that to dismiss the couple of “whoops”.

        • SC Dave

          McCown is still in the wings. And Cutler better play worth shit, or I’ll be enormously pissed if he is not replaced.

          I *want* Jay to succeed! I *want* Trestman to have the balls to sit him if he doesn’t. Team >> Man no matter what.

          • BearFanInDE

            Amen SC Dave!! Couldn’t have said it better..

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Yeah, but he won’t pull him over performance, and we all know it. I do think, though, that if he’s riding the lightning Sunday night, he’ll light up the Eagles secondary.

      • Dale701

        On the first int the ball was on the browns 14, Number 43 clearly tried to cut Brandon off on the 7 (past 5 yards), Brandon then breaks to the right and up, with 43 directly behind him,
        Jay has already released the ball.
        Brandon continues on towards the goal line, because the ball was high and going in that direction, which allows the db to come in front and tip the ball.
        Jay simply did not lead Brandon enough, maybe the wind got it some, who knows, I do not think it was a bad decision, as I first thought without seeing the second replay, just a bad throw.
        Also, it looked like Bushrod was holding 93, and he hit Jay just before he released the ball, which could have effected the throw.

        • Johnathan Wood

          like I said, it wasn’t a terrible decision. Just a risky throw with double coverage there risking the tip for an INT. A perfect throw would have still been a TD, but there was also a decent risk of a turnover with less than a perfect throw.

  • George Hernandez

    RANDOM THOUGHT:
    I think interceptions thrown on 3rd and 8+ when you are on your side of the field that end up pinning an opponent inside their 20 should be changed to QB punts. i don’t know how many times i have watched a lazy post game analyst talk about so and so QB’s INT’s without properly contextualizing them. Another example of this are INT’s that bounce off a receivers hands, that should go on the receiver and not the QB. QB interception totals get inflated by these sorts of things and should be modified accordingly. There may be an arbitrage opportunity in scouting if these sorts of interceptions can be ignored.

    • sounds like you’re an eli manning apologist.

      • gpldan

        Does that make him an… Eli-tist?

      • George Hernandez

        sounds like you’re an asshole. Honestly, I follow and comment on a Bears blog, there is a 95% chance I am a Bears fan and I am defending Cutler if anyone. It was really just a blanket statement about stats in general. Pull your head out of your ass.

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          I think he was making a joke about Eli.

          • George Hernandez

            Ok, i’ll remove the insults then.

          • it’s ok. we’re all friends here.

            i live in nyc so i hear lots of eli defending. between talk radio and giant-fan-friends, i’ve heard every iteration of “he was just throwing it into the end zone at the end of the half to try and bring his team back!”, “the receiver ran the wrong route!”, “his o-line left him alone to die back there, he had to just get rid of it!”

          • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

            lol, don’t worry George, if you’ve been here for a while you’ll see that I too am sometimes prone to shoot first and ask questions later to the dead body.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It hurts my soul that Eli has two rings in his possession and the NYPD aren’t trying to retrieve them. Flacco. Eli. Rohomo. Sanchize. Big dollareenies. Cutty’s agent must be asking for $300 million.

          • SC Dave

            Why? Cutler has not done anything more than any of those guys.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s nowhere near the douche those genitalia represent Dave. Although probably only Chicago Bear fans like him nationally, and not even all of those. I like him, but quite frankly I’d rather have his next five years’ salary and two first round picks in my pocket to add to what I’ve got. I’d be sitting there like the fat kid at his bar mitzvah when his dad is the biggest guy in town. The champagne room is booked and three beautiful nubian queens await him with ecstacy. The liquid kind and not the feeling. Chaufer-driven Rolls awaits outside, and a number of luxurious domiciles are reachable privately by land, sea or air.

            With Cutler signed up afresh though it’s like .. have I been here before? … can I afford this kind of hooker and what the hell are those things she’s drinking … HOW MUCH? .. hey, what are you smiling at THAT guy for? Yo! Over here! …..What do you mean “don’t feel my tit?” etc.

            Quarterbacks. Sports’ biggest prostitutes. Agents .. sports’ biggest pimps. How hard could it be for players not to be able to sit down with a lawyer and his team and coem to an amicable agreement where both sides are happy, instead of one. And at a significantly reduced overhead. Minus the slick bullshitter played by Shit LePuff, cock-knocker extraordinaire.

            Another front cover this week, I see. He’s on the cover of Le Cunt sporting a new Tupac tattoo- ‘My friend’ emblazoned beneath the rap legend’s face on one shoulder – one of Tupac’s hands dangles a Magnum .357, the other out-stretched toward camera with the letters S-H-I-A in big Mookie gold letters. LeBoef shies away from conversation about the two’s relationship, though he says “they were close …… like brothers I guess”.
            Weren’t you like 10 and he was 25 back in ’96, Shia?
            LeBoeuf nods and looks at the ground until the next question was asked.

            {Oh leave him alone, he’s such a nice boy!}

            No.

    • johnnywad

      Couldn’t agree more. Johnny Knox was the perfect
      example. He refused to come back to the ball. So is it on the QB when the receiver runs his route to a standstill and the DB runs right past him and makes the catch? Shouldn’t be. And as for the deep ball on 3rd and long. I’ll take it every time from mid field or closer. At least you have a chance of catching it and maintaining possession.
      An INT is no different than a punt, assuming a tackle is made.

      • tell that to the guy who loses his FF championship by 1 point because his QB threw a punt-int

        • johnnywad

          Never been a FF guy. Following the Bears is stressful enough.

    • Scharfinator

      If you want to say that INT’s off of receivers hands don’t go to the QB, neither do insane WR catches go to the QB’s stats. Good receiver play also *inflates* a QB’s stats.

      Alshon’s catch last week should not count for Cutler, by your criteria.

      • SC Dave

        Beat me to it!! Absolutely right. To say nothing of all the INts his WRs have stopped by knocking the ball down on a bad throw.

        It’s a team game, and stats are what they are. Next, you’re going to want to take yards from Emmitt Smith because he had a great line in front of him early in his career.

        It don’t wash.

        • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

          this is an interesting concept. I don’t take anything away from someones stats but I do take issue when pundits, analysts, fans, etc will say that one guy could or could not do something or lead a team or accomplish a goal and then compare him to a guy that did do it but under a completely different set of circumstances.

          • SC Dave

            I agree, Johnny, so long as they are talking about what someone *could* or *could* not do, they are on very shaky ground. *Did* or *did* not do is much safer territory.

            And yes, circumstances are never the same. And that’s why I’m saying none of the interpretative stuff is worth much – the numbers are what they are.

            Emmitt Smith did not beat Walter Payton’s record because he had a great line early, He beat Walter Payton’s record because he had the stamina and heart to do so. Over the course of their long careers, they both played behind great lines and behind shitty lines. With good QBs and with shitty QBs.

            I remember Payton once being asked what he was most proud of, and he immediately said that he handled the ball more than 4000 times for the Chicago Bears (4,382 to be exact). Emmitt handled the ball 4,925 times (4,539 for Dallas). Those numbers are astonishing when you think about them.

            In the end, what’s left are the numbers and the adulation and memories of teammates and fans.

    • BearFanInDE

      What abt catches made after they bounce off a defensive player’s hands? Will they become incomplete passes?

    • NewBearInTown

      PFF has stats like this that try to add context. What you can do to simplify it is give a rating the interception on a scale of 1-10 or so.
      Hail Mary picked in the end zone is a 1. Ball tipped by a defender who makes a great leap or bobbled by a receiver who had it in his hands is a 3. 3rd and 15 as you described is a 5 or 6 depending whether there was an open man. Slightly inaccurate throw or bad read where the safety jumps the route is an 8. Etc etc.
      The problem with this stuff is it gets very context heavy and it makes the numbers harder to follow. Even though “interceptions” or “receiving yards” rarely tell the whole story, they’re much easier for the average fan to understand than “turnover efficiency” and “adjusted earned yards.”

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

    Solid piece overall and agreed that turnovers have to be erased except Cutler’s first interception was not into fucking double coverage. The safety was 5 or 6 yards away and Marshall beat his fucking guy over the middle. It was a bad fucking throw and Marshall went too deep on the route. The coach, the quarterback and the WR all told you that. Stop making shit up guys. His view of the field was spot on and that is a good thing coming off of a month’s rest.

    • Johnathan Wood

      the first INT was a combination of forcing a throw a little bit and a bad throw. It’s a TD with a perfect throw, but was one I’d rather he not make because with a not perfect throw you risk the ball getting tipped and the S grabbing the INT, which is exactly what happened. The CB was in good coverage on Marshall and that pass should not have been thrown, IMO.

      The 2nd INT was the right decision, just a terrible throw.

    • last thread you said cutler waited too long to make that throw. is timing included in a qb’s read?

      • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

        Yeah, that was actually Trestman. The more I watch it (and furiously masturbate) he waited just long enough for Marshall to get past the guy and not too long where the safety is up Marshall’s ass. The other guys in their routes aren’t open. It was an aggressive play and it could have just as easily been a TD. I don’t know exactly what Jay saw but i do know his wife his hot and he probably got blown that night even though he threw that pick.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Now, if Briggs can show the same limited amount of rust…holy shit he’s crucial to Sunday Night.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wasn’t the wind terrible too? I closed my eyes every time the ball went up. Cutty did okay for a rusty hand, but I would have kept the hot hand on the field for that game at least. 4 TD passes against the Iggles this week.

      • SC Dave

        The terrible wind was the Dallas game.

  • Sactowns#1

    Not football related but holiday related and pretty awesome. http://us.moo.com/merrymusic/

    • MB30SD

      excellent

  • Johnathan Wood

    You advocate passing to open the run. This is essentially what the Bears have been doing the last few weeks, and it has been working wonderfully.

  • Johnathan Wood

    I wonder if MIN bad offense (especially with AP and Gerhart out) factored into the kicking decisions. Or, more specifically, if PHI is going to avoid giving Chicago’s very good offense better field position and risk kicking it to Hester instead.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      If it pours down rain Sunday night, I think that gives their kicker some problems in terms of directional kickoffs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Didn’t Minny put up like 600+ yards on Philly ?

      • SC Dave

        No; 455

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s ….. got three numbers in it too, that’s close.

  • foulmouthpoet

    Go Bears!! And Michael McD!!! Ya Mo Be There!!!

    • Shady

      If Jeff posts another Mike McD video, I’m going to Ya Mo Burn this place to the ground. Link please, MB!

      • MB30SD

        I failed you.

        Was at the gym.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha…. fucking viva

      • Irish Sweetness

        Shady. Dolph. Step off the Mickey McD. I’m telling you, he owed someone money. The ukelele version of ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ was okay … I mean, if you listen to his earlier …. FUUUUUUUCK!….. Michael …..Oh Michael.

        Michael bowed his head in shame before the Almighty God.
        “That’s what you get for sucking Satan’s cock, Michael.”
        And Michael Wept.
        “Now take these 1970s Stevie Wonder records to the desert island and return only when thou art filled with soul once more.”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Case in point Shady. The WASP square wants Mickey off the screen. The cool manageress who spends her downtime getting baked and watching the screen wants it on. I’m down with the lady. Soul is sexy and you know she’s a slow beast.

        And I’ll see you in fantasy consolation week brother!

        Murph’s rolling this year, as always.

  • Trac

    I don’t see this game matching Jeff’s story line at all. Call me crazy but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Bears and going to surprise the crap out of a lot of people by putting a solid thumping on the iggles. I think Trestman is going to bring his A+ + game.

    • SC Dave

      Its nice to have a coach we can think that about, for the first time in my life. Well, other than Toub and Ryan I mean.

      • Trac

        We have never had an offensive capable HC of Trestman’s caliber in my lifetime and I’m 49. If Briggs can inspire the D this week, a perfect storm could happen.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Trac, I thought you were in your sixties! I dig the way you forgive those who trespass against you brother! Show them the way, and the way is love.

          • Trac

            Thanks Irish. I really missed you. Da blog wasn’t the same without you. I value your understanding bro.

        • SC Dave

          I’ll take enough to get a win. Save the perfect storm until at least next week.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Unless I’m reading the wrong page over on NFL.com, the Eagles aren’t just vulnerable against a good passing attack, their what we’ve been against the run (292 or so per game – ranked 31st). Speaking of their run D, they are allowing over 100 pg on the ground (ranked 16th).

    Where does this NOT give Trestman, Cutty, the 2 best WR’s in the league, and Matt Forte (whose name REALLY needs to be more in the conversation – seriously) the opportunity to flat-out light ’em up? Am I missing something here?
    Can I repeat this? If Forte has a strong game, it’s going to put Philly on their heels, and by quarter 3 their defensive alignments/assignments could become a guessing game for them.

    I think Riley Cooper and Nick Foles are strong opponents, and Cooper is the one that makes me the most nervous (after McCoy). But even if they have to have this game to stay on top of the East, I really believe our offense is going to give them fits.

    It’s our “forte” after all…

    • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

      riley cooper does not scare me, only McCoy and whatever TE they line up in the game since our coverage of TE’s sucks coooooocccccckkkkkk.

      • Scharfinator

        We just need Bostic to rock McCoy like that hit in the preseason… McCoy won’t play until next August.

    • SC Dave

      Matt is the man; as good as Brandon and Alshon are, Matt is better. And what an awesome thing to be able to say.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yup, that’s why I loaded on. No matter what McCoy does, Cutty will light them up. Fear is that he’ll laser target Marshall with auto-lock-on and it costs us 3 or 4 picks. We’ll still win, but I want to enjoy the game and still leave myself the option of tearing myself asunder in the shower at half time.

      Speaking of that, where’s Crown?

  • MB30SD

    I obviously just don’t get micky d or whomever that turrible ear-burning garbage was made by Then.

    Jesus like mike bolton and mike fucking buble had an Iillegitimate son… who’s a turrible artist himself.

    And what’s with all these turds being mikes?

    • Irish Sweetness

      MB, no mang … don’t. There were threats involved. A bunch of money or drugs went missing. This isn’t the real Mickey McD – I mean … it’s him… it’s his voice .. .but … something went badly wrong in his life.It’s clear. It’s inexcusable and unexplainable at the same time .. like Elton after ’85. Collins after Genesis. The band Chicago after the Seventies …. leave it mang. It’s a disease. Feel for the man. Feel for Steely Dan.

      God, I just watched this. Timberlake and Fallon are closet Mickey McD fans. This has to be heard.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Michael McDonald on Soul Train! A WHITE man on Soul Train! COME ON !!

        And they blow him off afterwards!!

  • EnderWiggin

    I seriously doubt Trestman rest key guys if game is “meaningless”…
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000300967/article/marc-trestman-open-to-resting-chicago-bears-starters

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    if rodgers doesn’t pay this week, and it doesn’t look like he will… do you bring him back for the last two? Do you bring him back if they win and we win? What about if we all lose (NFCN)?

    Should be interesting to see how it all goes down

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    I refuse to post the story about the texans interviewing lovie.

    Good luck with that texans.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I would looooovee to get a transcript of that interview.

      Texans big bosses with handle bar mustaches, horn belts and boots

      “So, Mr. Lovie, what’s you’re plan for these here Texans?”
      Lovie looks for the nearest window to gaze blankly out of, “You see those clouds over there yonder? I plan to look at them during the game.”
      Texans big shot, twirling their mustache, “That there sounds poetic. Is that one of those zen thingy-magigs where it’s some sorta metaphor for football and how the Texans will like those clouds soar over mortals?”
      Lovie, “I suppose, but mainly I’m just going to blankly stare at the clouds. You see, that one over there, it sorta looks like a turkey, but then maybe I’m just saying that cuz I’m hungry. When I’m full, I reckon it will look like an origami dragon.”
      Texans big shot, “You must be a genius because that’s exactly what we’re looking for. A feller who’s hungry to win and slay the enemy like dragons. You’re hired!”
      Lovie, “If you say so.”
      Texan’s brass getting out aged whiskey, “Here’s to your new job! Always great to have a homegrown boy return. So, who’s gonna be your offensive coordinator?”
      Lovie temporarily awakens from his stupor. His eye glistens, and a sinister grin slowly emerges…

      • SC Dave

        No… more like “What’s you plannin’ for these here TEXANS, Mr. Smith?”

        • Irish Sweetness

          Frahhh-ed shrimp … steam shrimp ….boiled shrimp ….curried shrimp …. y’c’n deeEEp Frah-ut .. y’c’n baste it … bake it .. .Saw-taaay it ….

    • SC Dave

      Sorry… wont bite. Love had Angelo. ’nuff said.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll always give that to Lovie. He wasn’t the worst coach in the world … and if there was ANY beef in the locker room you NEVER heard about it. No distractions other than contracts. He wasn’t the worst. But when it came time for those flags to come out of his pocket, boy did they weigh a ton.

    • Shady

      Lovie should get a few phone calls partly because of his track record and partly because of the Rooney Rule.

      • NewBearInTown

        Lovie’s record was as good as Andy Reid’s and as good as Jeff Fisher’s when they got fired (arguably better, he left a 10-6 team). Last year teams were all looking for the next big offensive mind, but that pendulum has a way of swinging back the other way.
        Lovie will be seriously vetted by several teams. He’s not for everyone (for example, the Texans might not want JJ Watt to leave the 3-4), but he’ll find a good landing spot.
        I agree with folks that want to see him in Tampa. Put Lovie in Tampa Bay, he might get another 9 years to look for a winning OC/QB combo to take a team to the Superbowl.

    • johnnywad

      Serious question. Is Brandon Hardin better than Major or Chris? And do you still have his jersey?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Any two safeties, or subordinates lower down the roster in the NFL are better than those two hooligans.

        Pinky and fucking perky.

        Has there been a worse pairing in Bears’ history? Normally we have great safeties and then HOFers .. and then it’s a lull of just very good ones for a while .. .but these two median-clingers … eugh. This is the Bears man. Much as it would hurt to see Cutty go, it’s the only way we hit the draft and build the whole team, not just have a marquee name on board. Think of it.

        Cuty gets tagged and traded. pep and the Bears part ways. That’s 30M+ on top of the existing salary cap, with the best D-tackle in the NFL on the market at 24 yars of age that plays for a team that sucks. What does JJ Watt do on the Bears line we give him post draft? Break all-time records I’d say. Form the awesome trench team first and we can sit around jacking off instead of trying to solve the other defensive puzzles one by one.

        Assuming somebody gives us two firsts in a likely two/three team bidding war (potentially a 2nd or 3rd also)
        1st round: Toppermost DE falls to us.
        1st round: We can’t believe the TOP-RATED tackle falls to us at 20.
        1st round: Are we reaching at 26 with the best safety in the draft ?
        2nd Round : The second rated LB in the draft falls to us late in the second round. BANG! Or do we get our next solid system quarterback here from a pro-ready school?
        3rd Round : We pick a solid Center. Smart and aggressive.
        4th Round. Can’t believe the second best RB is still there in round 4 after surprise picks.

        Now if we keep Cutler .. what happens? Well on offense we can just draft that center in the 2nd or 3rd. But what about the D? Pep’s done man. An expensive kind of done to keep around at 12 million a year or whatever. That might get us a leg of JJ Watt, but definitely gets us Michael Bennett who must have something to do with the seahawks’ strength. We don’t need Melton if our gold standard is McMichael and Hampton, Page, Chambers, whoever. He just doesn’t cut the mustard as a Monster of the Midway. Does he? For 8 Million? Let’s see how fast he disappears in some shit-hole when Julius Peppers isn’t around to take double-teams for him. Show us ten sacks then.

        Keeping Cutty will retard the growth of the Bears as a TEAM for the SECOND time. I like the guy, I do, but are we prepared to go down that road again? Yes, we’ll kill it on offense for a couple of years while the band is together .. yet killing those drives time and time again because it had to get forced in there. Ten years after that should have stopped.

        What say ye?

        Build smart and realize our assets in a competitive market for a very fair price…. or buy another bottle and hope it works out differently this time ?

        Do we cut free The Cut ? Yay or nay?

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Nope – not going to happen.

        • johnnywad

          No. This will likely be a top three offense next year. A mediocre to slightly above average D gets you a shot at the title. Its likely going to be Cutler and McCown for a while with a late round quarterback here and there along the way. When Cutty is 34 or 35, you bring in your 2nd round groomer QB and go from there. Unless somebody throws Raider money at McCown next year AND he bites. Then we need a young guy in the building learning the craft.

          • johnnywad

            Oh and yes, Pep is done. If he’ll come back for a price I’d keep him. Otherwise he has to go.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Would you take an $8M paycut? That’s a tough pill to swallow. Elite athletes always have an overblown sense of their actual value, and often hit the free-market assuming they’ll get more than what they’re worth (see Olin, Lach, etc).

            I don’t think Pepp will take a paycut, hit the free market, and go to some bottom feeding team willing to over pay a bit to “mentor” their youngins.

          • johnnywad

            No. But I’m better at my job than I was three , two or even one year ago. He can pound sand if he wants anything more than 4 or 5 mil.

        • Still a Doug Plank Fan

          No. In fact, the Bears should sell jerseys:

          McCutler
          49

  • SC Dave

    btw, I didn’t laugh. Cant understand what he says at 9 seconds. Or is that the joke?

    • Irish Sweetness

  • gpldan

    Briggs play calling alone might keep Bostic from gambling on gaps. Greene wasn’t playing badly, but Briggs is just as quick and may calm the troops.

    • Shady

      Greene wasn’t playing badly? I’m not sure about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a few reps Sunday night. Briggs hasn’t played in 8 weeks and might be a bit winded out there especially considering Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.

      • johnnywad

        Nothing but three and outs baby. Followed by 14 play drives for touchdowns by Jay and Co. Be a walk in the park for old man Briggs. Right?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I think we already went ahead and released the punter.

  • NewBearInTown

    Not sure if this was already posted, but its clever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqPmjAkK3Q
    JCVD looks like he’s got a chance to resurrect his career. Had a really well received French language film a couple of years ago, did a cool commercial for Volvo, now doing what looks like a really funny film in 2014 basically spoofing himself. Getting off the drugs probably helped too. I wish him well.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    We should start a pool to guess who Lovie will hire as OC for the Texans.

    • NewBearInTown

      I don’t think they hire him. I posted above… wrong defensive scheme.
      If he becomes available, the Texans should run to hire Rex Ryan.

    • NewBearInTown

      I also have no idea who he brings in to be an OC. Would probably depend on who the QB is.
      Interesting possibility… Texans hire Lovie (or Rex Ryan, or Wade Phillips) and draft Teddy Bridgewater with the #1 overall. They bring in Shawn Watson, who is the Louisville QB coach and Offensive Coordinator. Similar to bringing Pep Hamilton to coach Andrew Luck.

  • Shady

    “It’s Alshon, and Jeffery. Not that hard, really.

    Not Ashlon Jeffrey, Alshawn Jeffries, or Al Shonjeffery. Not Haywood Jeffries, Alsheron Geoffrey, Al Jefferson or Alvin Gentry.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/12/09/bernstein-jeffery-making-his-name/

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I blame my Jeffrey/Jeffery dyslexia on typos…but what’s in a name? Shit, I gotta work on that.

      In other news, I just saw an ad on television for an $850.00 ice ball press. For just under a grand, you can make an ice cube that’s shaped like a ball.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I just got ‘Tashawn Jeffries’ tattooed on each gun. It’s T-A-S-H-A-W-N … right?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Hey, as long as we have Johnny Butler at QB …

    • Scharfinator

      Despite being spelled Jeffery, it’s still said Jeffrey. I was at South Carolina when he played.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    What a crappy day…had to come back on the blog to shovel the shit outta my ears….crimminy.

    I just listened to Butkus’ podcast over on ESPN (the Jurko link http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/), and enjoyed his take on the state of tackling in today’s game. No whining about not being able to lead with the helmet, blah blah, he was ripping the new CBA for basically ending practices, then going off on players for all the whiffing he’s seen this season. Guys trying to just hit with the shoulder without wrapping up the ball carrier. It was a good interview, worth the listen.

    • SC Dave

      “You know, hit ’em in the chest and drive him back.”

      “Once you start hitting guys high and putting them on their back, they forget about holding the ball sometimes and that’s the whole idea of hitting people hard. It’s not, you know, hit hard and then jump up and down and do a couple of cartwheels for the fans. Its your hoping to try to get a turnover. It’s very important to try to get the turnover and that’s why you try to hit hard.”

      One of a kind. I know many will pick Walter and with good reason, but to me Butkus is still the greatest Bear.

  • bearsfantillend
  • Irish Sweetness

    Jefe man, are you having your period? First, I noticed a tweeted
    reference to the movie ‘Love Actually’. Words escape me for once. DUDE!
    You said you had a girlfriend!

    Second, you completely blindside the great Mickey McD. The man was a Doobie
    Brother! Doobie. Doobage. The Green. Chiba. Paka-lolo. The Doobage! The
    blackest sounding white man in the business – I’M CRUSHED – penman of
    the greatest breakup song of all time! After all these years you have to
    bring it to my attention that he did a Christmas Album. FML!! You’re
    practically forcing me to listen to it now … I might you know …. I
    have to know it’s not true, or that he had problems with a dealer, be it narcotics or cards. I’m only just getting over Stevie’s Eighties period and the Woman in Red debacle. Fuck.

  • bearsfantillend

    Jean-Claude Van Damme has got nothing on Chuck Norris.

    • Maddbearfan

      That’s funny!

  • Trac

    Chicago Bears 8-6. Hmmm.

    Whats it gonna be? Will Chicago take advantage of the early Christmas present they got from the Lions last week when they travel to Philly on Sunday? Have the Bears hit their ceiling yet?

    Trac’s Keys to the Game vs. the Eagles
    1. The Bears have to play keep-away.
    2. Our Defense has to have their best game of the season and takeaways will be huge this week. What better opportunity will Briggs and Company get to salvage their pride this season?
    3. A surprise return game by Hester will be most welcome.

    Predictions:
    Bears 41, Iggles 20.
    The Bears will get +3 take aways.
    Cutty will throw at least 4 TD’s.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I reckon that’s spot on Trac, apart from the takeaways. I don’t see where they come from. Score and TDs about right.

    • SC Dave

      3. would sure be awesome. Putting the fear back into our return game would be such a boost going into the playoffs.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Matt.
      Forte.

      Otherwise, +1.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Not that I could give a Joe Buck about the Skins’ problems, but there’s one spin on the RGIII benching that I haven’t seen the media play on or suggest. When you’re trying to trade a guy, or discussing terms, you don’t play him in case he gets injured. He cost them a LOT of dinero. Maybe they want to cash in while they can on such a high-risk investment. meanwhile, the Rams rise. That’s our model. Cash in the Cutty.

    • Viva

      Not happening.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I think the Bears are in a catch-22.

        If Cutler reverts back to bad Jay, that devalues him and teams may not be willing to take that $16M tag.

        If Cutler goes ballistic the last few games, then how can the Bears trade him?

    • gpldan

      You can’t cash in on Cutty. He’s a RFA. You can tag him or sign him to a long term deal, if he agrees to one – or release him.

      You can tag and trade, but the tag is $16M/yr, a hefty burden for any team’s cap.

      • George Hernandez

        He’s a UFA, you can tag him, he can sign it and then you can trade him because he’s under contract. The Pats did it with Matt Cassel when they traded him to the Chiefs. That being said, I don’t want them to trade him.

        • gpldan

          If you tag and trade, the team you trade to has to accept his tag price.

          Maybe the Texans or Titans would eat $16M to have Cutty next year, but since we’d ask for at least one first rounder, you have to be willing to eat that tag price and give up picks.

          • George Hernandez

            Agreed, but if you’re trying to acquire a quasi-franchise QB like Cutty then you are eating the $16M in year one and factoring that in when you do the extension after the trade. That’s what they would have paid anyway if he was a UFA. Moot point though, they aren’t tagging him or trading him. He’s either signing the extension or being shown the door.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Raiders are going to have like $50M.

        Not sure about the Texans, Browns or Titans (according to the ‘leak’)

  • Irish Sweetness

    I just started Zach Ertz in the Blog FF league consolation playoff against Shady. Is that bad?

    …and just picked him up off waivers five minutes ago, is that worse?

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I was going to pick him up, but no way I was going to do that to the Bears lol

      It’s bad enough I have D-jax in Shady’s league, but I drafted him. I thought the Iggles would be well out of the playoffs by now. Oh well.

  • CanadaBear

    It’s good to be back (on the blog, not the cold weather). Was down at Ft Myers Beach for a week. Maybe the Beloved are peaking at the right time. The run game is cooking and the passing game has been great. Devin showed some signs of life last week and the D actually played pretty well. McCoy scares the shit out of me. Isn’t Desean Jackson still playing? He used to be scary. What happened? I think the Beloved win it mostly because we need it more.

    Hey Irish, great to see you back in the fold. Gotta give Cutler credit for bouncing back after that horrible start. I heard Marshall on Mike and Mike (I needed my sports fix and had not access to the internet) say the first INT was on him because he ran a kinda shitty route. He said the other INT was a terrible pass (an exact quote). Gotta love the honesty!

    • MB30SD

      Welcome back canada.

      Djackson had like 4 tds and almost 200 last week I think I saw.

      Yes, someone pks double check me on that.

      • CanadaBear

        Just checked his stats this year. 1275 yds and 9 TD’s for the season. Not sure Riley Cooper would be my first priority in the passing game. I know Jackson can disappear in games but with his speed and moves, YIKES! Thanks for the welcome back.

        • MB30SD

          exactly. welcome my man.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          DeSean has had a VERY solid year. You’re right, he used to disappear, but now he’s good for at least 30 yards and can go off for 200 if a D doesn’t properly account for him.

          Chip Kelly throws him a bunch of screens, so our corners and safeties better shed a block and tackle.

          • MB30SD

            BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA… that last part was funny. Thanks for that.

            …oh wait, you were serious?!

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Our safeties can shed WR blocks, right? (crosses fingers)

  • Viva

    I love the movie Love, Actually.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      You big softie…ok, I like it too. Dammit.

    • MB30SD

      what are you guys.. coupla homosapiens?

      Just kidding, I thought it was good.

  • MB30SD

    check nfl.com right now.

    lead story is,

    Bear of an offense
    Whoever takes the helm at QB for the Bears in 2014 will inherit one of the league’s most talented units.

    BOOM!!!

    • Viva

      Headline should have read: Tresticle of an Offense (all cred going to Shady)

    • have a link to the article? i’m not seeing it on the page…

  • DSupreme

    Well guys, I’ll be at the game in Philly Sunday night. I’m going to drive up from DC and meet my friend who lives up there and is a die hard Bears fan. We got awesome seats, 50 yd line 2nd row behind the Bears bench! I’m fucking amped!!! Just pray I don’t get killed in that stadium with all my Bears gear on… #BearDown

    • Sactowns#1

      You’ll be fine. Bears travel well so you’ll have tons of backup.

      • DSupreme

        Yeah, I know. I went to the Skins game at FedEx this year as well and we almost took over a section!

    • gpldan

      50 behind the bench. Nice.

      Philly fan is really nice. So so nice. I wouldn’t be shocked if you got some Christmas cheer early.

      • MB30SD

        just watch out for a rock-filled snowball to the back of the dome

        • DSupreme

          I hope not, its supposed to be 65 degrees in Philly on Sunday

          • MB30SD

            then just watch out for the rock

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Get ready for this, in that language.
      http://youtu.be/hSopmh9GHiE

      • MB30SD

        jesus

  • bearsfantillend

    Hey Jay,

    Yeah we know you read ‘DaBlog’.

    Just wanted to give you a little pep talk. You got one game under your belt after the injuries. That was enough time to get the rust knocked loose and get your mind right, remember ‘Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck’ about the media and any perceived QB controversies. Go out there with that cannon attached to your shoulder and put up 350+ yards and 4 TDs. You got the greatest WRs out there so if you get in trouble remember what McCown did, just yell ‘SHIT’ and throw it in the vicinity of Jeffery, he will catch it and make you look good. If you start to get tense and the pressure is getting to you, to calm down just think about that fucking hilarious Anti-Porn PSA McCown did. How the hell can anyone not laugh at that?

    BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

    Cutty
    Badger
    Don’t
    Give
    A
    Fuck
    27/36 320 Yards 4TD’s 1 INT (because you can’t throw 4TD’s in the rain without one)
    Season of Destiny

    • but i’m guessing the INT won’t be his fault? martellus will run an in instead of the out cutler called? 😀

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    It’s interesting hearing Christopher Harris break-down Alshon and Gordon.

    He argues that Alshon at this point of his career is a more polished receiver. That he runs better routes and seems more aware. I wonder how much of that is Bmarsh and Trest. He’s taking an AP course, while Gordon is stuck with (insert Brown’s QB name here) and no mentor.

    That’s kinda scary though. If Gordon is that unstoppable with 3 different QBs and little route precision, imagine if he get’s a qb and begins running better routes. Holy shit.

    The Browns also don’t have another WR to take the bracket coverage off Gordon. Dude’s a beast, but Alshon will only improve too.

    • MB30SD

      let’s make a play for gordon!

      Beast, Baby beast, and gordon. and black uni, forte, and earl. yikes!

      Hahahaha

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    In FF news, I made the FF championship round in all 3 Bear leagues (Irish, Shady, Artoo’s).

    In the words of the great wordsmith Charlie Sheen, “Winning!”

    • Trac

      Great job 85, not that it matters. He he.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Bragging rights. All about bragging rights. And if I ever make a pilgrimage to see you fools, I’m gonna make myself 3 trophies for the past 3 years, and bring them with me.

        • Trac

          I joined one league and made the finals with these cats.

          Cutler, Rivers, Rashaad Jennings, Frank Gore, Dennis Johnson, Mike Tolbert, Bobby Rainey, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin, Da’Rick Rogers, Vernon Davis, Chiefs D/ST, Rams D/ST, Steven Hauchska.

          I had McKown and dropped him for Cutty when he got healthy. Very glad the Bears D didn’t fall to me this year.

    • gpldan

      I got your Tiger Blood right here!

      I think I was a personal curse to both RG3 and Bradford.

      Next year I’m drafting the Lesbian.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I know you’re still bitter because Tucker gave you das BOOT from the championship round and robbed you from the privilege of playing me, so I’ll let it slide bwhaahha

        I’m playing Murph in Irish’s league, and it sorta sucks cuz he has a lot of the same players I have in another league. Oh well. He’s always tough.

        In Artoo’s yahoo league, Ender gave my 13-1 team a run for their money.
        I’m also going to make an “I survived Jamal Charles wk 14” Tee-shirt. DYL almost made up 100 points when Charles went nuclear for 90 points! whoa.

  • MB30SD

    here comes the weekend y’alls.

    http://coed.com/2013/12/18/ucla-sdsu-chapman-coeds-strip-for-winter-undie-runs-on-instagram/#photo=01

    you’re welcome.

    Ps. be warry of girls in full chamises… they’re the fat ones.

    • gpldan

      8 of 86. Far right.

      Hell-oh.

      • Viva

        72 of 86. Far right.

        • Viva

          just kidding.

      • MB30SD

        yes. I’ll also submit

        13 on the right and 74 left maybe?

        Why do all the dudes in these shots look like such tools?!

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Chapman Univ? Isn’t that a private christian college? lol

      I almost went there. I toured the campus, and I ran across an old worn wall with graffitti and barbed wire in the middle of the campus. I stopped in my tracks, and the girl I was with asked, “What’s wrong?”

      I responded, “Nothing. Don’t you see it?” She said “What, the wall? It’s some art instillation”

      I said. “No. It’s not. That’s part of the Berlin Wall.” I stopped a professor walking by to confirm, and sure enough, it was.

      It was a surreal experience. I felt like touching it, but didn’t know if that was allowed or if French Paratroopers would drop from helicopters and arrest me for desecrating historical monuments.

      • bearsfantillend

        LOL French Paratroopers….no worries. just point your “finger gun” at them and they would have surrendered.

        Seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall is definitely surreal. I was in Portland, OR couple years back and they had a section at a museum i went to. I got to looking at it and to my amazement. there was some graffiti on it with my last name and a date. Unfortunately no one at the museum could tell me if it was meaningful, i tried to look it up to see if the name was relation in any way or what happened to him but i had no luck

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Wow. That would weird me out. Maybe you time traveled to the past.

          It was definitely surreal because I wasn’t expecting it. I was just touring the campus, and bam, the Berlin Wall. I just recalled those images of Germans running full speed while being shot at with 50 calibers getting their face close-lined by barbed wire. Weird how certain objects stir up all sorts of imagery.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Oh, good NF story.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Hey, did that pass already? If not, let’s crash it!

      I’ll dust off my cheetah thong with matching bow-tie and uggs.

  • johnnywad

    Its official. Rodgers out. Bears could be Champs by midnight Sunday

    • you’re asking a lot of the NY Giants. they don’t win games.

      • johnnywad

        They can win in Detroit.

      • bearsfantillend

        we should probably start a pool on who will throw the worst timed interception, Eli, Romo, or Stafford.

      • CanadaBear

        Hopefully they will be embarrassed by the shutout last week and come to play. If the Lions fuck this up Gym Shorts has to pay.

        • AlbertInTucson

          We can hope for that, Canada, but these days, Eli even makes Stafford look like he’s being careful with the football. Plus, Victor Cruz is DONE for the season.

      • AlbertInTucson

        In his post game presser, Coughlin basically called out a bunch of his guys, albeit not naming names, for not bothering to show up.

  • MB30SD

    what’s up with all the FNG’s… seems to happen every time we make it further into the season.

    Why don’t summa ya’lls stick around for the offseason… make things a bit more interesting than just the 5-10 of us regs.

    If you’re going to bring some… keep bringing it

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Yeah, I’m sure the regs get tired of me and NBIT discussing 5th round FBs from Rutgers in the offseason.

      • gpldan

        And the Foot porn. Always with the foot porn.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Actually, without you and NBIT (with honorable mention to GP, MB, Canada and SC) posting the gritty details on drafts and caps, I’d be as dumb as my wife claims.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I actually was just thinking yesterday I needed to be more involved in the off-season. Funny, because I come over and read it all the time. You guys keep me juiced up before training camp.

      Used to post more, but got – well – old. Chores that used to take an hour now take half a day.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’m probably guilty on the offseason count but, sorry, I just can’t get worked up over the endless mock drafts that go into multiple rounds when you’re lucky to guess 1 thru 5. Or the peeking at the schedule and ticking off wins and losses. Or wailing and gnashing of teeth over things like Forte’s contract “PAY THE MAN! , PAY THE MAN!” when the contract issues almost always work themselves out.

      Before the draft, who thought Ryan Long would be the #1 pick or, before the final cutdown, that Josh McCown would be the backup QB?

      • MB30SD

        you’re safe Al. Def a reg.

        Little dirty secret…. we don’t talk about fb all that much in the offseason. Mostly just the boys coming here to talk a bit of sheite with each other. As you know a few of us have met and hung out in person and I consider all of you friends… most of you innerness friends, but it’s like a virtual bar, without the alcohol. We’d love to have you if you ever get an itch

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Just saw a few of those news stories on an aggregate. Un-friggin-believable. Thanks for posting ’em up – saved me the trouble.

    • gpldan

      FF is really stupid unless you abstract it into a kinda simplistic management game. And even then, there are no real lessons to learn other than an individual on your team can have +/- good fortune any weekend.

      It’s odd how FF has replaced sports gambling since the days when Jimmy the Greek used to interrupt Musburger to give his “picks” and they would joke about spreads.

      • MB30SD

        honestly, I think it’s a lot of fun for a lot of people. The place where it loses me as a fan of the game and more so as a pretty hardcore fan of one team, is that it forces you to, like you said, abstract the game down to individuals and individual performances.

        It’s just personally not the way I think or want to think about the game. Having to root for rodgers because I have him in a f league when they’re playing us just doesn’t appeal to me whatsoever. I like to have my faux hatred for rivals and rival players and only root for the bears. But that’s just me. I def get the appeal and why it’s so popular.

        That and on a human level, all these fucking dbags who tweet players to talk smack when they don’t put up fantasy #s is disgusting. Fucking dbags are probably the same nerds who were too weak to play the game in HS so they ended up being the stats guy. Sad little men.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Yeah, but that’s with ALL gambling. Back in the day I’m sure ppl sent death threats via snail mail for not covering the spread.

          Anyhow, ANYONE who sends threats via whatever method is crazy anyways.

          That’s why I don’t gamble much, and when I do it’s for very little money. I think the most I ever bet was in Vegas like $100, but I wasn’t about to send a death threat to the roulette table.

          I do enjoy a good game of Hold ’em though.

      • AlbertInTucson

        As i recall, “The Greek” was actually pretty bad picking the games on CBS.

        I find his voice absolutely off-putting much like the burned out vocal chords of Dick Vitale & Chris Berman, but CBS Sportsradio’s, Scott Ferrell DOES seem to know his stuff and do his homework on the gambling angle.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Haha…that FF owner should get 4 bullets for himself. That’s what you get for starting a fat lesbian and a WR that folds like a beach chair when it counts.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan
    • Trac

      Just did. I liked the only comment to that article way more than the article itself. Total hack job.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I can’t believe you Jabrones. We’re playing Philly and not ONE It’s Always Sunny in Philly reference? Slackers.

    http://youtu.be/L3FycxyAqR0

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, i’ve never watched “…Sunny…”.

      “Duck Dynasty” for that matter, either.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    What’s up with all these Chi sport’s talk experts? They all say, “Oh, even IF the Bears make the playoffs, they’re not winning a playoff game, and they’re definitely not winning in the 2nd round against blahablahblah.”

    And they’re so snide about it, like God came down and personally told those clowns.

    How many of those same ‘experts’ were predicting the Ravens last year? They were all smugly snarking the same shit, how they backed into the playoffs, etc.

    What douchaynes.

    Mark my words, Bears make the playoffs, they’re the LAST team those other teams who have been coasting since Nov are going to want to face.

    Ever fight a guy with nothing to lose?

    • gpldan

      Dan Bernstein is the worst of them.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        It’s unbelievable how high-and-mighty they are about it. To them, it’s ‘of course the Seahawks or 9ers will win the NFC playoffs. Only dumb-asses believe otherwise.”

        They’re sports preachers only listening to those who already subscribe to their dogmatic preconceptions.

        • gpldan

          Halas Hall has been in a covert war with Chicago Sports Media since they humiliated Mikey regularly. Lovie was an especially bitter pill, towards the end it was near overt hate. Lovie was an asshole to the media.

          I think the McCaskeys knew they went too far and asked Emery to choose a new HC and keep relations in mind. Trestman seems to have been trying to usher in detente.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Would it be fair to consider his not bowing to the intense media pressure to stick with McCown and instead starting Cutler last week Trestman’s subtle way of telling the hacks to “get stuffed”?

        • Big Mike

          While I commented above that they are just expressing likely cases. The high and mightiness, like it is a foregone conclusion is overbearing.

    • AlbertInTucson

      They cannot WAIT to say

      “See, TOLD ya so.”

    • Big Mike

      What else are they going to say? Just preaching likely scenarios. Upsets happen all the time. If we can get to the playoffs, I think we win at home and get smoked in Seattle. But what a way to go out, The possibility of winning in Seattle OH MY!

  • MB30SD

    in other news… are you fucking kidding me!??!

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/20/showbiz/tv/duck-dynasty-boycott/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    What in thee fuck happened to the constitution. Who cares what some zztop lookin cracker thinks about anything!? The same morons crying about it gave this kind of show its platform.

    Jesus, the pussification of america and americans continues. Such a repressed, buttoned down little society. Honestly, this is getting ridiculous.

    Ok, I’m off my soapbox. TIme to go out on the town. See ya’ll sunday boys! Whoop Whoop!

    • tobijohn

      He has as much of a right to express his opinion as those who disagree with him. Neither side should be castigated for it. It’s not like he said all gays should be put in internment camps or executed. And he’s right – there are passages in the Bible that say it’s a sin. There are times when I’m pretty much over all this political correctness…

      • johnnywad

        Well said Tobi. Furthermore, watch five minutes of the show. Anybody with a brain would already know this is precisely how he feels. So now that he verbalized it, in an interview, after a question mostly relative to the topic in his mind, what’s changed? I don’t get it. And for the record, at least on one count, I am squarely in his corner. Vaginas are in fact preferable to dudes’ assholes.

        • tobijohn

          Much more preferable. Look, nobody should be denied the right to use the abilities the Creator gave them. If someone can do the job whether it’s pulling cable or catching a pass, then they should be given that opportunity regardless of their sexual preference. Professionally, I have no problem with it. Socially, however, it’s a bit of a different story with me. I have good friends who have family members who are gay and that’s fine. Years ago, I had a drinking buddy who was openly gay and there were no issues there. And if I came across some homophobe pounding on some poor gay devil, there’s no way I wouldn’t get in the middle of it. However, to be perfectly honest, I’ve been to a few gay/lesbian events and no doubt about it, I was uncomfortable. I know it shouldn’t have bothered me and in the grand scheme of things, who cares. But something best described as primordial was telling me this just isn’t right (and it had nothing to do with what the Bible says). I’ll probably get grief for expressing my opinion but there it is. Good thing I don’t have a popular television show and stand to lose a bundle for being honest…

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Yo, Tobster, I live in L.A. so I’ve been to plenty of ‘gay’ events, clubs, karoke bars etc. In fact, a lot of the ‘hottest’ clubs (with the hottest gals) were at gay clubs. I actually met one of my first girlfriend in one those clubs. She actually had a girlfriend at the time (fucking hot too. I originally was trying to bang both of them, but her GF hated dick period, and mine particularly). Some of my friends used to give me shit, and I’d point to my GF, and they’d shut up, and eventually starting going with me! It was funny, I used to joke, “Hey, you want a three some, those gay bars are the best. You got two girls already doing it, so you only need to insert yourself in the middle.” Also, if girls are at gay clubs, they’re already sexually open. So, you know.

            HOWEVER, me and a Prof (liberal as hell) started discussing Prop 8 in CA., and she confessed to me that if she had a boy, she wouldn’t want him to be gay. They can have all the rights in the world, but she didn’t want a gay son. Then I asked myself that question, and honestly, I would prefer a straight son. But who knows? I don’t have any kids, so if I had one, I might change my provincial preferences.

            Also, maybe part of the reason you felt uncomfortable at gay events is that they indeed resent ‘intruders’. The ‘gay’ bars in hollywood weren’t really hardcore gay – it wasn’t like the Blue Oyster or anything, it was more a club with a lot of bi/gays and uppity hip ppl, but tons of times I would be asked, “Are you gay?” and when I would respond, “NO” they would then get all worked up and ask, “Then why are you here?” And I would be “Isn’t this reverse discrimination?” lol

            But eh, whatevs. I don’t go to Hollywood much these days, straight or gay. I mainly just go to the local dive and hear live music, mostly classic rock cover bands, and that’s fine by me.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t get too worked up over any of this. I actually like Duck Dynasty and Phil. I have a few gay friends and we get together occasionally. It’s not a big deal. I don’t dwell on their sex lives. Also, why would anyone care who strangers are sleeping with? Why Phil’s beliefs are a shock to people is beyond me. He’s a conservative christian. Deal with it! There’s so much money on the line (I’ve read between $400-$800 million) it will get worked out.

            Gays and straights aren’t all that different from each other (other than the sex thang). There are complete jackasses on both sides and lots of really great people on both sides.

          • johnnywad

            I feel exactly the same way. It goes like this for me. While I do get a bit uncomfortable around openly gay couples, as long as there is no harm being done to me or others, I really don’t care what people do. Two of the best clients I’ve ever had were a Lebian couple. It got a little weird occasionally but they were the best outside of that I’ll take it.
            What I don’t like is constant coverage and discussion of gay rights. I have a 12 year old daughter and 13 year old son. Over the last six or seven years, they’ve been periodically exposed to gay rights issues incidentally via the radio, news programs, etc. Try having that talk with a nine year old. Enough already. They are both figuring out boy/girl relationships right now and both appear to be into the opposite sex and I’m glad for it. (You should see the tail my son is starting to pull. Very proud.). I’m glad my kids will not have to cope with the same issues gay couples do and I’m glad they will some day have kids of their own.
            At the end of the day its like this. Either there is no God, and nothing matters including sexual proclivities. Or there is a God and he gets to pass the only judgement that matters on all of us. Either way, its not my issue to resolve so I have stopped trying to understand it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          ” Anybody with a brain…”

          You just excluded a LARGE segment of the population.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The typical/standard /generic

      “The views expressed in on this program do not necessisarily represent the views of this network…blah, blah, blah, yada ,yada, yada, ”

      disclaimer should have been MORE than sufficient to cover some old guy expressing his honest opinion.

      At least that’s the opinion of another old guy. Me.

      • johnnywad

        I don’t know much about Bobby Jindal, but he
        said it best this week. “Miley Cyrus gets a smile and a nod. Phil Robertson gets fired.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      “What in thee fuck happened to the constitution.”

      I’m pretty sure it’s kept on a roll in Eric Holder’s bathroom. At least what’s left of it.

      • MB30SD

        [hulu id=574950]

    • Trac

      Think coo-ba!

    • tobijohn

      Well, I didn’t sign any of the online petitions but I did show my support by buying two packages of official Duck Dynasty sugar cookies at Walmart earlier today…

  • MB30SD
  • Trac

    Jeff? Olberman? Really?

    • beninnorcal

      Jeff says Olberman ‘has no chance in that format’. The only thing Olberman ‘has no chance’ of is getting me or most anyone else to watch his program, that’s on account of him being an arrogant D-bag. The other thing he probably has ‘no chance’ of is holding down a TV spot or remaining relevant.

      • Trac

        He would have made a great nazi.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The the real mystery regardng ESPN and Keith Ubermouth is why they ever took him BACK once they’d rid themselves of him.

    His main purpose in any format always seems to be to promote the following personal manifesto:

    1) I’m smarter and more clever than you are. Or anybody else for that matter.

    2) Don’t you EVER FORGET that I’m smarter and more clever than you are.

    3) BECAUSE I’m smarter and more clever than you are, I’m never wrong.
    Therefore, If you disagree with me, YOU must be “The Worst Person In The World.”

    In the process he chases away viewers in droves and leaves piles of Network wreckage in his wake (See: MSNBC and CURRENT TV)

    When, in short order, he wears out his welcome and is dismissed, he trashes his ex-employers and accepts absolutely no responsibility what transpired.

    Face it. His decades old “I’m such a superior intellect'” schtick is every bit as worn out as Chris Berman’s and Dick Vitale’s vocal chords.

    At some point, a person with any real “smarts” with the track record of failed jobs on Olbermann’s resume’ would look in the mirror and realize, “uh-oh, the problem might be ME.” (See: Brandon Marshall)

    You know THAT question never comes up when Keith looks into HIS mirror and you just KNOW he spends an inordinate amout of time looking into mirros.

    Keith’s intelligent. No question.

    I just don’t think he’s very smart.

    • Cormonster

      Periodically, I force myself to watch the cable news shows. Androgynous Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes both follow the same shtick as Olbermann, and both are annoying as hell. Hayes was actually decent the 1st month or so, but his ratings were plummeting. He was almost even-handed, and it drove the average bat shit crazy viewer of MSNBC nuts. Now he’s just a Maddow clone. And he looks just like her.

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