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Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams Game Preview

| November 21st, 2013

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Run the ball and stop the run. That’s what we were told makes successful football teams for the majority of my life. Run the ball and stop the run. Well after ten games the Bears are the 18th best rushing team in the league and only the Jacksonville Jaguars are worse at defending the run. (This is almost unfair being that Jacksonville has a points differential of -189 and teams are basically running at them non-stop from the middle of the third quarter on.)

Where does this mediocre rushing attack/awful rush defense currently sit? Of course! They’re tied for first place! So why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

BUT WHAT FOOTBALL REASONS, JEFF?

  • The NFL now ranks the Bears as the 9th best offense in terms of yardage and the Aikman Efficiency Rankings have them 8th. So now matter what numbers you’re looking at the Bears are a top 10 offense in the sport. If Bears fans had been told in August the team would be ravaged by injury on defense and play Josh McCown for two and a half of the first ten games and STILL be tied for first place in the division…how hard would the laughter be? That’s how impressive a first year this has been for head coach Marc Trestman.

  • One thing that is sneaking up on the Chicago Bears this season: Alshon Jeffery is only ten receiving yards behind Brandon Marshall and has 100 more total yards from scrimmage due to the almost insane success of the AJEA (Alshon Jeffery End Around). I wrote in August that Jeffery’s emergence was the second most important factor for the Bears to have a successful 2013. I didn’t expect this level of emergence. (Side note: I expect to see the AJEA this week as a means of slowing down the Rams defensive ends.)
  • The way to beat the Rams, especially in their building, is to run the ball down their throats. St. Louis’ defenses thrives when it can hurry your quarterback with their terrific ends and free their gutsy corners to make plays on the ball. When they’ve been relegated to mediocrity is when backs like Chris Johnson have controlled the tone and tempo of the game.
  • Playing in a dome is a significant benefit to the Chicago Bears this week due to the presence of Josh McCown, as the backup QB struggled to get the ball through the Soldier Field wind Sunday. In St. Louis I expect Marc Trestman to attack the Rams by getting the ball into the hands of the big weapons on the outside quickly and forcing Rams corners to make tackles.
  • Who would have thought the return of Shea McClellin would be so exciting? McClellin has never had the opportunity to follow-up his Packers-sinking performance of two weeks back and now he’ll be able to work into a rotation with Julius Peppers and David Bass. Kellen Clemens is not going to extend plays with his legs. He is not going to shake off pressure in the pocket. The Bears outside rush can dominate this game if they find themselves around the quarterback.
  • Evolution of Jon Bostic is palpable. There have been 3-5 plays a game where he bursts off the screen. The way I phrase it, when watching tape, is he makes you ask “What number was THAT?”
  • Could write the following two sentences every week. The Bears have Matt Forte. The other guys don’t.

NATIVE ST. LOUIS BEER COMMERCIAL

When my grandfather was serving in the second World War he used to drink Griesedieck Brother Beer by the box load. Here is a classic radio ad from this native St. Louis booze.

Sounds delicious to me.

DA BEAR CONCERNS

  • Concern #1. If you had to guess the line for Zac Stacy Sunday, where do you start? He’s had at least twenty-six carries over the last three games for an average of about 108 yards per game. He’s scored three touchdowns. So against the Bears rush defense I will predict 27-165-2.
  • Concern #2: Jared Cook has had a nothing season in St. Louis (especially since Bradford went down) but I can’t imagine him not being targeted 7-10 times this week. Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson were the chain movers in the Ravens passing game a week ago; settling into space and beating over-matched safeties. Why wouldn’t one expect Cook to do the same?
  • Concern #3: Rams have 12 sacks from Robert Quinn, 6.5 from Chris Long and 32 sacks on the season. (William Hayes is an emerging star on the unit.) This is one of the best pass-rushing teams in the league, especially on the quick surface. They can wreck games.
  • Concern #4: Was Tavon Austin‘s coming out party against the Indianapolis Colts a coming out party or an anomaly in an otherwise disappointing rookie campaign? The Dispatch’s terrific Bernie Miklasz commented in the newspaper’s bye week Football Friday program that it took the Rams ten weeks to understand Austin’s strength is on the shallow crossing routes. (How is that even possible? Brian Schottenheimer is how.) But the Bears have a pretty big hitter manning that part of the field these days.

MATCH-UP OF REMARKABLE IMPORTANCE

  • Rams guards Chris Williams & Rodger Saffold v. Bears DTs. Jeff Fisher opted to start Saffold in place of Harvey Dahl (MCL injury) against the Indianapolis Colts – pairing him with former Bear Williams –  and reports are the former tackle moved inside for the first time since the seventh grade and played well. With Stephen Paea certain to miss this week’s game, Corey Wootton will move inside from the start. Woot has shown the ability to be a disruptive presence in the middle but unsurprisingly lacks the consistency of a player with a resume at tackle. Who will line up beside him? Landon Cohen? Christian Tupou? Where are the Bears going to find viable snaps at the position most ravaged by injury? It sounds like two weeks until Jeremiah Ratliff joins the group.

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GREAT QUOTE

Football is a chess match. Marc Trestman’s explanation as to why he didn’t use his timeouts against the Ravens was the most detailed, informative and interesting illustration of that concept I’ve ever encountered. Here is the full transcript as provided by Rich Campbell in the Tribune:

“When you call timeouts at the end of halves, you want to call them in succession if you can. If you’re calling them just hit or miss, there’s really no value in them. So just a little bit of history: When you start a drive from the 16-yard line, you have a 13 percent chance, probably, over the last five years to score a touchdown. And you have to take that into consideration when you go into the game. And then when a team’s driving, you’ve got to know what they have, and you’ve got to know what you have. They had two timeouts at the time, and we have three timeouts.

Well, the normal thinking is you never want to leave the game with your three timeouts. You want to get them back, especially in those situations. But the fact of the matter is there was really no time to use the timeouts. And when you’re in a two-minute situation, if you use your timeouts, and there’s no way you can call them in succession, you give them more time on each and every play to get the people out there they want to get that play done. So you have to consider that.

So really only the first time where I considered really calling a timeout was after Ray Rice had the 11-yard run to the 5-yard line. And he took that ball, probably, I think it was about at 1:16 when he had that ball. That was the first time. I was down there with the official. That was the first time. But when you put … the numbers all together, if you call three timeouts right there in succession, you’re still only getting the ball back at 18 seconds, OK? If you let it run, they’re in a two-minute mode, OK? And now they’ve got to call two timeouts, so a couple things come into the play with their using their two timeouts.

No. 1, they didn’t call a timeout on the first one, which means they had to call a play out of their two-minute package instead of using their red-zone package. So that’s No. 1. They didn’t call a timeout and get into different personnel groupings to call the play. And then by using their two timeouts, we knew what they had to do on third down. They had to throw it because there wasn’t enough time left to do anything else. So we cut the percentages in half from run to pass. And then there was just one big leap of faith. But if we call three timeouts in a row, we’ve got 19, 18 seconds left at the max. So the percentage of them scoring — it’s a leap of faith. I mean, they went all the way down the field. Three points, yes. Tie the game. Seven points, we’re talking 13 percent.

“And then from an offensive standpoint, as a play-caller, I know if you call timeout, you can get what you want out there. If not, you’ve got a limited bag of plays you can use. So that’s the reasoning behind it. I would have loved to have been able to have a situation when they were running the ball and they started to get in that field goal area where we could have plugged the timeouts each one on top of each other, but it wasn’t the case.”

You don’t have to agree with everything Trest does. But you have to appreciate the man’s approach.

MOST INTERESTING PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

  • Rams QB Kellen Clemens. Clemens is not a good player and hasn’t played particularly well since taking over for Bradford. (His numbers are deceiving because of Tavon Austin’s ridiculous performance against the Colts. See below.) To beat this Bears defense, even debilitated by injury, you must be an accurate passer on the intermediate routes and accuracy is not Clemens’ strong suit.

  • Bears S Chris Conte. If the Bear Concerns are a speed receiver, tight end and explosive run game, much of the big play prevention onus will fall onto Conte (because Wright won’t be of much help). The much-maligned safety has now strung together his two best games of the season, back-to-back, and his resurgence has been the key to the defense’s least embarrassing performances of the year. If Conte plays a solid game, the Bears won’t have to chase the game Sunday.

A SINGLE STAT PREDICTION

  • Eben Britton logs his most snaps this season, providing support to Jordan Mills throughout the afternoon.

THIS VIDEO HAS A LITTLE TO DO WITH FOOTBALL

  • The Official Lady of DaBearsBlog and I adopted two eight-week old kittens recently and we took it upon ourselves to train them with proper tackling technique. The orange tabby is called Bear. This is him executing a perfect form tackle on his sister, Beatrix. (It occurs at about the 12 second mark.)

PLAYER YOU MAY NOT KNOW

  • Cory Harkey is listed as the Rams backup tight end but he has settled into something of a mauling H-back role. He is 6’4″, 260 and born and raised in the city of Chicago. If the Bears are going to stop the run Sunday I get the feeling Jon Bostic and the linebackers will need to shed Harkey a few times.

WRAPPING IT UP IN A FEW SENTENCES

  • Bears inability to stop the Rams rush attack forces Conte and Wright up towards the line of scrimmage and leaves them vulnerable to Austin over the top and Cook in the seam. But the Bears offense makes more big plays, capitalizes on a few Kellen Clemens turnovers and wears out the fourth quarter clock like the only pair of jeans in a young man’s closet with Matt Forte, Matt Forte and a bit more Matt Forte.

FINAL SCORE

  • Chicago Bears 27, St. Louis Rams 20

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  • If Bostic can lay down his Boomstick on Tavon Austin just once, and the Bears can keep Zac Stacy under 300 yds rushing and 4 TDs then the Bears should be able to pull this one out. I totally agree that Stacy will have a minimum of 125 yds and 1/2 TDs.

  • Sactowns#1

    Doing Friendsgiving this Sunday and smokking up a 16lb bird. Hopefully it will be a happy house full of Bears fans! I see a big Sunday for Matt Forte and for the Black Unicorn.

  • Shady

    Can’t wait for Pep and Woot to wear Cookie like a hat.

    • gpldan

      Speaking of Cookie, we all wanted Glitchy to trade up in 2010 in the 3rd and take Asamoah over Wright. Or we were hoping Asamoah would fall to us. Either way, guy is playing solid LG for the Chiefs.

      Also, of those 1st and 2nd rounders we traded to get Cutler, the 2010 2nd rounder was traded by Denver to Tampa, who then sent it on to the Pats. They used it to get Gronk that year.

  • MB30SD

    not sure what being scared of the fucking rams with Kellen Clemens as QB says about this team. Last week HAS to be an anomaly right?

    • CanadaBear

      If it wasn’t in a driving rain with crazy winds, I wouldn’t have these reservations. Although they have giving up 21 pts or less in the last 3 games.

  • MB30SD

    absolutely brilliant writing and insight from you this week Don. You sir, should definitely be in-line for a Pulitzer this year. Honestly, truly gripping prose from you. I can only imagine all the research and time you put into that piece. Kudos Don, kuuuuu-dos.

    “Chicago Bears (6-4) at St. Louis Rams (4-6)
    This is a quirky one I know, but a sportswriter friend of mine the other day referred in print to Bears quarterback “Cade McCown” when he clearly meant Josh McCown. I can see how that could happen, and maybe I’ve even done it myself. But really, what are the odds that Chicago in the span of 11 or 12 years would have both a Cade McNown and a Josh McCown to keep track of at quarterback? McNown, a first-round pick out of UCLA in the celebrated QB class of 1999, of course, was quite the flop, playing just two years with the Bears. McCown, signed off the street in late 2011 for spare change after Caleb Hanie face-planted in relief of Jay Cutler, has worked out to be a heck of an insurance policy. They’re different quarterbacks, but phonetically very similar.”

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20131121/nfl-picks-week-12-new-york-jets-baltimore-ravens/#ixzz2lJ5cf57X

    Jesus, what a fucking hack.

    • gpldan

      I want to find some really fucking sick slang on urban dictionary and then hire people to do that thing to Don Banks.

      • Shady

        Two words: Arabian Sandstorm

        • SC Dave

          That would about do it, I suppose.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahahahahaha… awesome.

        • MB30SD

          Oh and that’s what I’m giving you digitally once I pick up my new system

    • CanadaBear

      I have zero expectations when I read his stuff and he still manages to slide in under them.

  • gpldan

    Flash Poll:

    Who has a bigger impact on their team down the stretch:

    Percy Harvin or Tavon Austin?

    • CanadaBear

      On their team I say Austin. As far as bigger impact on W’s, Harvin. If he’s healthy, Harvin will blow up for Seattle. They have so many other options.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Harvin.

      To think SEA is 10-1 without him.

      Imagine when the ‘Hawks line Harvin and Skittles up in the back-field at the same time running a triple read-option.

  • gpldan

    You got Double-A and Robbie sporting the Keep Calm shirt downstate doing right by the community.

    Several bloggers here think Robbie has a big mouth, but he’s the one who gets out there first on things like this.

    http://www.hubarkush.com/2013/11/21/arkush-bears-lending-a-helping-hand/ahd754o/?page=1

    • CanadaBear

      Holy Crap Hub wrote something nice about the Beloved. I don’t get the hate for Gould. He’s the union rep and he has to play that role. He’s Chicago’s best kicker in my lifetime. I’m still a fan of Butthead but Gould is money.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Harrison Ford and Chewbacca, behind the music…

    http://screencrush.com/harrison-ford-star-wars-jimmy-kimmel/

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    It’s unbelievable how the Rams have squandered Austin. At the start, Austin was trying to break every catch like he was Barry Sanders, but he settled in.

    Schottenhiemer is truly an idiot.

    Imagine what a real O.C. would do with that guy, someone like Sean Payton or Trestman.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears MUST play base defense against these guys. They also must run blitz because we will be fucked big time on the ground. Take some chances and limit the exposure in space of the LB corp. James Anderson is the worst run defender and he is the veteran. When you see a big hole it’s always his gap (example: first big run of the Ravens). Make Greene run blitz a lot. The offense will be at high level. The pass offense. The run offense I don’t trust at all. They are way behinf in the level of play and play calling on the ground. They should be much, much better They will pass a lot and I think Britton will not have more snaps that his usual number. The Bears will dominate the Special Teams also. The Rams are young and take many risks on SP. The veteran Bear aces will make them pay big time.

    • Scharfinator

      Anderson is also our best pass defending LB.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I know, but he only defends 2-3 passes a game max. The run plays are 10 times that. Bears D biggest problem is that they can’t stop the run. At any level. I want the opposition to throw the ball a lot. It’s our best and only chance to get of the field on down or turnovers.

  • MB30SD

    GP: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/11/20/2014-srt-viper-gts-anodized-carbon-special-edition-la/

    A little Maranello-ish reminiscent on the front scoop.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      Anyone thing he won’t get tagged?

      • EnderWiggin

        Everyone always talks about his shaky production and injuries this year will get him the tag. Shouldn’t those factors lower his value some? I think those two factors make it more likely that he signs a long term deal before the tag.
        Then again, I though he would have signed an extension before the bye.

  • Sactowns#1

    The fact that someone has seen Heavyweights and actually remembered it is whats most shocking. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-josh-mccown-ben-stiller-jesus-20131121,0,4700136.story

    • MB30SD

      “why can’t the safeties get injured… they suck!”

      Hahahahahaha… rosendoom

      • Sactowns#1

        I think he and the rest of the D line are picking up some steam. I expect to see a strong showing from all of them.

        • MB30SD

          hope so maings

          • Sactowns#1

            Apprently this poll had a very small sample size.

  • MB30SD
    • DaMurph

      BOOM!

    • Cormonster

      Since Marshall and Jeffrey are both in the top 13 in receiving, does that mean the Bears have two #1 receivers? What a difference 2 years makes.

      • SC Dave

        Sure wish they’d find a way to get Earl his 40+ catches too…

  • Cormonster

    Dave, I watched this earlier. Pretty cool.

    http://www.amazingoasis.org/2013/11/best-coin-ever-spent.html

    • SC Dave

      Seen it before, but you are on the money that I would think it cool. So thanks man!

      Just imagine were something like that actually possible as portrayed…

      But of course, the quality of the music, perfect scoring of the instruments and the chorus, and the organized cinematography is such that the whole thing was clearly choreographed and planned in advance and then staged. The only “flashmob” reality of it is some of the later members of the audience who happened to stroll by while it was happening. The joy in them is the only part of the whole thing that is “real”. But that’s more than enough.

      • Cormonster

        Yeah it’s staged, but still cool. I seen the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the 9th at Orchestra Hall in Chicago circa 1995. I’m not a big classical music fan but really enjoyed the show. Seen George Winston there a few weeks later and liked that more.

  • johnnywad

    Just looked over the schedule again. The next three weeks are critical for the Bears. Packers and Lions have Minnesota and Tampa Bay coming to their place respectively. Then they play each other on Thanksgiving Day. If Rodgers is becoming back this year at all, it needs to happen by that Lions game. His presence determines the winner there. I think the Bears get the next two games, but then its the Cowboys coming to town. I’ll feel a lot better about that game if Cutler and Briggs are healthy. The Lions get the Eagles that week and probably lose that game. They could well lose two of their next three. Schwartz is starting to show his Schwartziness. All said and done, the Bears can be in a very strong position in a few weeks if Trest keeps his shit together.

    • SC Dave

      I have yet to see evidence that Trest will not keep his shit together, so we are in a good spot to win the division. I’m still thinking the Bears need to win 11 games to be on the safe side.

      • johnnywad

        Agreed. Niners and Panthers are going to make a 10-6 wild card pretty tough. Division or bust

        • DaBearsBlog

          Bears need 2-1 over the next three, be 8-5 heading into the final three games.

          • Trac

            I respectfully disagree. I think they need to be 11-4 going into the Green Bay game after Rodgers returns. I think the pussy cats will get to 10-6 this year.

          • Viva

            I don’t share your optimism. The next three opponents are in the conference, and another conference loss would help San Fran, Arizona, Carolina, Dallas. 3-0 is critical.

          • Ghost of Waffle

            San Fran plays Arizona and things seem to be lining up but for me the killers were Carolina somehow winning against NE, Dallas giving the game to Detroit and us losing to Washington.
            Those 3 games will shape the season.
            Losing to Detroit twice didn’t really help either. We fucking had that 2nd game.

          • Viva

            We have a winning streak in front of us. Every game is a playoff game!

          • Ghost of Waffle

            I originally called 13-3 with a fully healthy team but could not have predicted the incredible amount of injuries on defense.
            I have now switched my prediction to 11-5 and a miraculous final run of 5-1. I don’t think people truly realize how crazy it is that we have so many beasts on the field at one time and an offense that gets them the ball quickly.

          • SC Dave

            5-1 here out is definitely possible. And necessary IMO. That damn Washington game… grrr….

          • Ghost of Waffle

            that game almost broke me. I think I called every defender and defender’s mom and sister a whore or a pussy. I was beside myself.

          • SC Dave

            To underscore your point, that Washington game was the nadir of the season. Hopefully that disaster will be overcome. That was the hardest Bears game since losing to the FUCKING PACKERS in the NFC Championship.

  • gpldan

    Rams average 166 rushing/game over last 4 games.

    They are going to pound the ball against Cohen and Tatufu in the middle and get Cookie on Bostic.

    • gpldan

      Oh, and while we were all initially happy w. James Anderson, I have found his play the last few games pretty mediocre. He’s no use in the A-gap in the old Lack-Briggs Sugar. Yes, he can drop out, but he can’t get in there.

      0 sacks.

  • gpldan

    Where are the Pack Trolls?

    Vikes going to Lambeau, Vegas giving the Pack 5 full points on this match. At home.

    Yeah, how’s that Seneca Wallace thing doin?

    • gpldan

      Hell, when is the last time a game at Lambeau you got the Pack AND the points? For anyone, much less the Queens.

      • Shady

        You’re reading the line wrong, the Fudge are laying the points.

        • gpldan

          Ooops. Good thing I don’t bet on sports. I’d be turrible at it.

          • Shady

            I’m convinced NFL wagering is the hardest game in Vegas. Chess on the other hand has proven to be profitable. Magnus Carlsen is about to make me a nice chunk of change.

          • gpldan

          • MB30SD

            that looks good. i like him

          • SC Dave

            Really? Ever bet on Kasparov?

          • SC Dave

            lol… no shit

  • gpldan

    Yes, Trest sad yesterday that any thing is possible. In reference to Hester playing nickel and Frey playing safety.

    You have been warned.

    If Austin catches the slant and beats him to the edge for the score, i predict Devin takes off his pads, quits, saying this isn’t fun anymore.

    • gpldan

      Maybe the fucker could try gunner on kickoffs and punts before going full DB with it.

      • DaBearsBlog

        I don’t see Hester playing defense under any circumstances.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    what in THEE fuck is wrong with neuheisel.. I mean besides being a dogshit football coach?!?!?! Jesus… smh.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/rick-neuheisel-sings-ed-o-best-jamaican-accent-183730034–ncaaf.html

  • Viva
    • Viva

      I’ve been driving my bucket list ride for a long long time.

      • MB30SD

        fucking Viva. I love you maaaaaaings!

        • Viva

          Right back at you!

    • Sactowns#1

      A ford Viva? A FORD?! smh

      • Viva

        You know you want one.

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      Sure!

      • MB30SD

        Very nice Dave.

        God I love MP. They don’t make ’em like this any moah.

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      Hahahaha you got it!?! I need deeetaaailsss

      • MB30SD

        no, not yet… but I liked the picture.

  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      Adriana lima by like… a country mile maingers.

      A couple of the new blondes look kinda goofy.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I think Irish would infer something about a horse-bag and a face right about now…

      • MB30SD

        No, he’d be complaining that there’s only one black model.

        What the fuck happened to that guy

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          He’s still alive. He rejected my trade proposal in his FF league. I’m guessing he doesn’t like this new site. I vaguely remember him alluding to how we would all lament the loss of gnomes since they weeded out the faint of heart.

          Or maybe not…

          • MB30SD

            my vote would be either the 9′ aliens came to take him home, or the Rothschilds finally found him.

    • SC Dave

      I think I’d have to sample everything on that platter before making a decision. I mean, why be hasty with such decisions?

      Presuming you meant, of course, the physiques of the ladies and not the ridiculous accoutrements besmirching their appearance.

      • MB30SD

        well written and thought out dave. And I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • BillW

    1. Playoffs will be tough to make I think but we had a radical transition this year; anyone think we’d be 6-4 with Lovie, Rod and Tice? Especially with the D-injuries? Didn’t think so. Despite that, I can see them losing OR winning any one of the games coming up. (OK – I can’t see them losing to the Vikings.)
    2. Trestman does in fact over-think as his timeout explanation proves. Simple explantion – a) he didn’t want to give the Ravens time to consider alternatives without them spending their own time outs; at best we’d have less than a minute and no time outs anyway; didn’t feel good about McCown in that situation. Makes sesne to me.
    3. I have been watching football since the early 60s. I don’t like the game as much as I used to. The QB is WAY too important now – and there is no better evidence than what happened to GB. Plus really good ones limit the team too much cap-wise. More rules to protect them will only make it worse. Have to figure out a way to bring back the running game. One sugestion – four eligible receivers instead of five. Sounds weird maybe, but then again maybe not.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I whole-hardheartedly agree with point 3. Maybe the NFL needs to step in and set a percentage limit on how much a QB can cost the cap. Seems unfair, but the QBs are given unfair treatment already, so this might balance it out and keep teams from sinking like the Ravens.

      I wanted something similar with the rookie wage scale, and that has worked out in my view.

      • gpldan

        I suggested going back to a rule from the 1920s, which would be great, I think.

        An incomplete pass is a live ball. If the offensive player doesn’t TOUCH it first, and the D player does, D gets the ball.

        Man would that be entertaining. It would bring back running in a big big way. But not totally.

    • SC Dave

      Echoing Butch on #3.

      The other great tragedy of the modern NFL is the cheapening of the record book. It’s much like what happened to baseball with the juicers. The ability of the fan to get a historical perspective of greatness was ruined, and some were penalized for it (e.g. Ken Girffey Jr.)

      The football analog is to look at the top passing yards seasons for QB. Too lazy to look, but its a good bet that 11 of the top 15 are within the past 5 years.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    For those undercutting importance of Cortland Finegan’s probably absence
    Sunday, don’t. He’s an instigator. He can take WRs out mentally. –

    Finnegan is the Woody-Wood Pecker of DBs.

    • SC Dave

      He’s the Steve Smith of DBs. That Panther can definitely take people out of their game.

  • Sactowns#1

    Last week the D line took a big step forward, this week I hope to see the DB’s do the same.

    Enjoy the weekend gentlemen.

  • MB30SD
    • johnnywad

      This is most likely a picture of my father. My dad would do this. Particularly if he happened to park in the general parking instead of the ER parking, which he would do, and had to walk past the cafeteria. You see the ER parking is for people with emergencies. Not people that just have nails in them.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      I think that you have got waaay too much time on your hands.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Any way you slice it, this figures to be quite a (wait for it )….”Long” game.

  • Trac

    For all the families of our troops in harms way. Mr. Obama, please send ALL our troops home.

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