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Thoughts From Inside Soldier Field as Chicago Bears Whallop the Dallas Cowboys & Keep 2013 Alive

| December 10th, 2013

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It was a cold, cold evening at the ballpark but the Bears did everything they could to warm the hearts of their loyal fans in attendance. I Tweeted the following Monday afternoon:

Tonight: Marc Trestman & Bears offense need to give season statement win in front of national audience while preserving meaningful December.

That is exactly what Trestman and the offense did last night. They out-gained the Cowboys by by 150 yards (and really more). They didn’t punt the football. When they grabbed a serious lead they dialed up the run and their offensive line put the game away. Dallas’ defense is a wretched group but the Bears did what they needed to do: they dominated at home.

More thoughts:

  • I was going to write a full column on the Jay Cutler/Josh McCown scenario but I don’t have much to say that furthers the story. Nobody on earth would make the argument that McCown is a more talented player than Cutler. But Cutler isn’t out there. He isn’t playing. And sadly his inability to stay on the field is the biggest blight on his Bears tenure. If I’m Marc Trestman, I stick with the hot hand and McCown is announced my starter in Cleveland as soon as today. (We can debate Cutler’s long-term viability and worth in Chicago when that time comes. That time is not now.)

  • Oh, and forget the debate! Can we not just celebrate what Josh McCown has done as Bears backup QB without putting a negative spin on it? Bears are only two years removed from a season going up in smoke due to the play of their backup QB and now they have the best in the business. McCown made every right decision last night. He can’t always make the throw associated with that decision but his understanding of this offense is exemplary.
  • If someone told you right now you can have any wide receiver in football for the next five years, you’d take Calvin Johnson. But I am not taking another receiver in the game over Alshon Jeffery. Not with that size and those hands. That kid is special.
  • Does anybody find it strange that it took Cutler’s injury for Earl Bennett to enter the 2013 season?
  • Michael Bush doesn’t look so done, does he?
  • I thought Rod Marinelli was the greatest coach that ever set foot on the earth?
  • Tony Romo throwing that fourth-down pass into the ground was a head shaker. It read like a complete give-up moment for a player who can’t afford to have those in December, in a division title race. He was awful on the whole last night.
  • I would credit Tim Jennings for his work on Dez Bryant but Dez was open quite a bit. Romo missed him.
  • What the hell was up with Robbie Gould’s kickoffs last night?
  • Matt Forte had the kind of game Monday night I envisioned for him in this offense. Lined up everywhere. 175 yards of offensive production. Touchdown. Cowboys never had an answer.
  • Bears haven’t had an offensive lineman who gets the field like Kyle Long in a long time.
  • Brandon Marshall’s brutal block on Sean Lee might be one of my five favorite moments of the 2013 season.
  • Side note: Shame on the Parks Department for not doing a better job shoveling the stadium. It was cold enough without having to stick your feet into mounds of snow.
  • Another note on Jeffery: fans in the stands now identify his location on the line of scrimmage almost every play. You hear loud whispers of things like, “He’s over there in man coverage” and “he’s in the slot”. He’s electrified the building in the way an offensive talent has not done in an awful long time.
  • I would say I heard a dozen fans call him “Jefferies” too. Is this really that hard NOT to do?
  • Loved the applause when Kyle Orton was announced into the game.
  • Hard to do a lot of commentary on the defense without seeing the tape but two players stood out in the building. (1) James Anderson whiffed on one tackle but he looked like the fastest Bears defender by a mile last night. (2) Khaseem Greene has boat loads of talent. If he and Bostic can continue developing, the Bears LB situation is in fine hands for years to come.
  • Nice game, Adam Podlesh. Great holds.

Bears did what they had to last night. They dominated a poor defense and gave themselves a meaningful December of football. And it was a great night at Soldier Field.

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  • MB30SD

    first… let’s beat the Browns…. the fucking browns

  • Johnathan Wood

    I really like the potential of Greene and Bostic. Both are athletic guys who tackle pretty well.

    But neither has looked good as of late. They both overrun gaps way too frequently. Hoping Bostic will settle down with that once Briggs is back helping him out.

    • MB30SD

      it’s not lambo he needs, it’s a dline to keep the oline off him maybe just one out of every 30 plays.

      • Johnathan Wood

        it’s not the DL’s fault that Bostic and Greene consistently run themselves out of plays and leave the cutback lane wide open.

        • MB30SD

          it sure don’t help none.

        • johnnywad

          I spent most of the night watching Bostic in particular. He consistently guesses wrong against the run, runs into the waiting arms of a guard and stays there.

          • MB30SD

            love at first bite?

    • SC Dave

      The love for Bostic is almost as irrational as Waffle is about Cutler.

    • Saren Arterius

      Bostic was the second coming of Ray Lewis according to his fanboys, and somehow they concluded DJ Williams was the problem. I didn’t get it.

  • Kyle Long is a beast and will anchor that line for years to come, same with that Ashton Jefferies kid at WR. My mouth was literally agape while I sat in my recliner on that TD catch, what HANDS!

    Robbie Gould’s kicks sucked because the ball was hard as a rock, neither kicker had much oomph from what I saw. As for the linebackers, they looked horrible to me but I’m no expert. James Anderson came on at the end, but the 3 of them were largely invisible if not horrible for most of the game.

    • SC Dave

      How can you do that when Jeff shouted it out?

      On the kicks, you’re on target for sure.

  • Bender McLugh

    “I would say I heard a dozen fans call him “Jefferies” too. Is this really that hard NOT to do?”

    Hey Jeffries, can ya go down to the Jewels and pick up some brats & hot dogs?

    • MB30SD

      he should just change his fucking name for us.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        He should. I remember my cousin dated a gal named Cassandra, except she spelled it “Kassandra” and made sure everyone knew it was spelled that way.

        So, from then on, her name ceased being Cassandra, and commenced being “Cassandra with a K”. 15 years later, I still ask him, “Hey, what ever happened to Cassandra with a K?”

        • MB30SD

          women, and dudes who do that are so fucking annoying.

          ‘No it’s not casandra… it’s kassaaaaandraaahhhh’.

          ‘No, you can’t call me dave… my name is david.’

          oh, ok… david…. fuckface.

        • ErikGrogan

          Hey, check your email. I know you are busy here lol

  • MB30SD

    * Mike bush IS indeed done. It took a defeated and beaten down cowboys worst in the league D to give him a pulse. Get him off the field and give ford a few carries. If he stinks ok pull him, but he won’t from the limited time I saw him and he won’t be any worse than bush has been the first 12 games of the season.

    * Jeffery is awesome, but it’s all made possible by his mentor and serious MB30SD mancrush Brandon Fashonista Marshall. Love you bmarsh

    * Love me some kyle long, and you know who else had a hell of a game… where I saw him making run breaking and TD making blocks 20+ yards down field…. our 5th round rookie RT mills. Welcome kid, you and long are a sight for sore eyes (and in the same breath fuck you to hell angelo and lovie)

    * D was horrid again. Zero push from the line, rookie LBs out of place and getting swallowed up because of no dline, safeties totally putrid on almost every play. Tough sight to swallow as a bears fan. Hoping that emery can pull the same magic to completely rebuild the d unit this offseason, as he did with the o last.

    * Thanks for being romo in december romo. Sean lee is a VERY good LB, sad to see him so hurt… but nice to see last night, Hey dez bryant. STFU you douche.

    • Bender McLugh

      Agree with all of this. Also Bushrod had a good/great game. I can’t believe how many missed tackles Conte makes at or near the line of scrimmage. I think he makes these type tackles in the red zone (sometimes) only because of the shortened field…..dude is HORRID.

      • MB30SD

        Daaaave, are you listening to the voices of reason? You sir, are actually the yonny of the D (although I mostly agree with the content of yonny’s rantings)

        Conte is the worst safety I’ve ever seen maings.

        • Bender McLugh

          Is Conte better suited as nickel?

          • MB30SD

            he’s better suited as a fucking bouncer at the local five and motherfucking dime.

            I honestly don’t give a shit where they play him, as long as the ‘they’ is not the Chicago Bears. Really.

          • Bender McLugh

            haha fair enough

          • MB30SD

            Maybe he can work for Dave or something. Dave? Can you spare a dime?

        • Jokey

          He looks like he’s afraid to tackle, half the time he’s bent over at the waist pulling the other guy on top of him.

        • Scharfinator

          Worse than Wright? They consistently compete for fuck up of the game.

        • johnnywad

          That’s being pretty generous to Wright. You see him ride (I think it was Witten) like 9 yards like a fucking pony because he tackled his shoulder pads? Craig Steltz is slow and bad but he’s better than Wright. Time to make that switch until the draft

          • DYLbear23

            He also had no idea where he was on the 3rd Cowboys TD. He’s fucking clueless and the only thing he’s ever achieved is the shortening of #54’s career by a few years.

            He’s a FA after this season so hopefully he can fuck off to GB and injure some of the fudgies for us.

        • SC Dave

          Ask yourselves a simple question. Why do you see Conte miss so many tackles? Could it be, perhaps, that there are no linebackers in sight? Or because Wright is off in the ozone someplace? Or because the corner that is supposed to be holding the edge has been pushed out of bounds?

          I have not defended Conte’s play since about week 3, and even then it was more about my incredulity how much worse he looks than last year. I’ve just refused, and will continue to refuse, to join your jihad in the same way I’ll never join Waffle’s lovefest about Cutler.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Was Jeff sitting in the nose bleeds? Bush looked like molasses. He’s got NO explosion. Again, I was calling to test drive Ford (eh, see what I did there?) esp since last night was most likely the only blowout we’ll be in all season.

      Jeffery! To make you appreciate him even more, just look at Stephen Hill on the Jets. If you’re asking, ‘Who?’ – exactly.

      I love Long’s enthusiasm. Hard to imagine that dude wanted to be a pitcher. He was born for the trenches.

      Ugh, the D. Again, what was Jeff seeing? Anderson I agree looked spry, but the rook LBs just looked lost to me, which does not complement an atrocious Dline. I actually didn’t think the safeties played Viking/Redskins bad, but that’s not saying much. That’s like getting polio and saying, “Well, at least I didn’t get the AIDs!”

      It wasn’t really Romo’s fault, but the cold did seem to affect his accuracy. Or maybe he does just choke in Dec. Everyone thinks Manning sucks in the cold, but maybe that narrative should be shifted to Romo?

    • SC Dave

      Alshon did not need Marshall to make him. I told you guys when he was drafted how good he is. Although I do give BMarsh big props for speeding up the process by a year or two.

  • MB30SD

    Also, I think Dallas does us a solid and beats the shit out of the packers this week IFF good ol douchey rodge is still out. I also think the ravens beat the lions… and we beat the brown.

    That all happens and this thing might actually get more interesting.

    • Trac

      Don’t know about that(cheese game) but we can hope, right? No doubt the Ravens have a strong shot at winning, my thoughts exactly. Also, glad to see us pick up a game on da Puddy Tatt’s.

  • Bender McLugh

    Browns game will be the toughest of of the three left……their D is no joke. They held the Patriots (#1 offense over last 4 weeks) to ZERO points in the first half….although that was with Brady over-throwing until the second half. With that said, I’m not sure the Browns can D can handle three tall-ass studs McCown can throw the ball up to like Alshon/BMarsh/Bunicorn…..they will win most of those toss ups based on shear size advantage.

    • Trac

      Our offense has more firepower than the Patsy’s. They are not what they used to be and 7 of their victories this year have been by 3 or fewer points.

    • Johnathan Wood

      at PHI the week after that will be tougher. LeSean McCoy against this run D… not good

    • SC Dave

      According to the graphic I saw on ESPN today, McCown is playing better than Brady anyway. In fact, his QBR is #1 in the NFL.

  • Shady

    Tuesday is 50 cent wing night a B Dubs. Just sayin.

    • MB30SD

      I’m in!

      Do they have carrot and celery sticks?

  • thejimmyforde

    It looked like on the kickoffs, they were scared to death of that Harris kid… and when he got one to return, he justified that fear

  • Trac

    My thoughts on where the Bears now find themselves:

    1. If ever there was a reason for the Bears to go on a 3 game winning streak, I can’t think of a better time than now.

    2. Josh McCown has made me forget about neckbeard. Can he get us into the playoffs?

    3. It’s great to see Trestman excelling at what he was hired to do.

    4. We badly need Briggs back in the lineup.

    5. A Ravens victory over the kitties has to happen.

    • SC Dave

      1. No shit
      2. Absofuckinglutely
      3. Second that motion
      4. Peanut would be good too, although Bowman was not useless last night
      5. *Anyone* victory over the Kittens has to happen. That Redskins loss still sticks in my craw.

  • Shady

    George McCaskey enthusiastically introducing Da Coach has to be one of my favorite moments from last night.

    • MB30SD

      you are one strange dude.

      • Shady

        You didn’t think it was funny? I thought it sounded like he was washing his balls in ice water .

        • MB30SD

          hahahahaha… it was funny, but he’s such a nerd. Kinda sad actually.

          • SC Dave

            Sad all the way to the bank, MB. Don’t feel sorry for someone that came into the Bears through marriage. Can you imagine that ?!?!?!

    • ChrisCurmudgeon

      This was on my local radio station this morning. He’s a Bears’ fan, she is a GB fan. http://media.1055triplem.com/a/84906771/packers-and-bears-are-the-same.htm

      • SC Dave

        love the shit about sounding drunk and stupid… thanks for that as I needed a good laugh this evening

    • BerwynBomber

      Couldn’t agree more. Funny as hell but also very human and cool. And hey, seeing McCaskey on a night we’re playing Dallas makes one doubly appreciate him over a hazard like the delusional Jerry Jones.

  • Shady

    Anyone else hear B Marsh talk with the Booyas after the game? So glad this man is a Chicago Bear. He may be the best spokesman I’ve seen in a Bears uniform… Although the red suit was a bit overthetop for me.

    • MB30SD

      everything but the suit. he’s the man,

    • Scharfinator

      I’ve been a big admirer of Marshall ever since he came out about having BPD. He’s shown a ton of maturity and growth since then.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I remarked that he looked like a model out of the 2030 Nation of Islam clothing catalog.

      Nation of Islam because of the bowtie and glasses. 2030 because I associate all bright red trench coaches with the collar up with evil villains from the future.

      • MB30SD

        I liked the look… not for me, but on him looked badass

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I liked it too, actually. He still looked like an evil mastermind from the future, but that’s pretty bad ass.

  • Scharfinator

    As amazing as Jeffrey’s catch was, why is no one talking about that throw? McCown puts it in the *only* place that Alshon can snag it without having the D all over him.

    Great catch, but let’s not overlook great throw.

    We should stick with McCown. He’s been better than Cutty this year. Bottom line. Look at the numbers. Rich Gannon 2.0

    • MB30SD

      oooohhhhhh…. yonny is going to get you!

    • Shady

      That throw was magic and I have no problem riding the hot hand while Cutler heals up. But when Jay’s ready to go at 100%, the coaches need to be ready to make the switch. And they will be.

      • Scharfinator

        I really hope that when they do put him back, because I think you’re right and they will, is that he truly is at 100%. He wasn’t last time he came back and hurt himself worse.

      • SC Dave

        Regardless of Cutler, if we keep winning with Josh, why replace him? The team is always bigger than the man, and if “it” happens with McCown at the helm, I’m fine and dandy with that.

    • SC Dave

      Personally, I’m not sure Cutler makes that throw (not sure he doesn’t, mind you). Sometimes, you need to drop the ball in rather than sending it on a rope.

      I think that’s what the one guy was talking about re: screens that McCown threw (you know, the post causing Yonny’s latest conniption). Whipping a bullet when the temperature in the single digits F is not typically the right way.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Few of my own thought.

    1. We MUST stick with McCown this week. I believe Cutler is better for us in the playoffs (I’ve already stated why, but weak armed QBs in freezing conditions in the playoffs don’t do well historically), but on a short week in which the Bears didn’t punt and the O seemed to be clicking on all cylinders? Gotta go with McDrago.

    I also don’t believe Cutler is completely healed. I don’t see how his groin can be. The Bears need to make sure Cutty’s 100% and gets a full week of practice before trotting him out there to determine our playoff hopes.

    2. The D improved a little bit. They give up a lot of yards, esp on the ground, but the D.C. seems to dial it up on 3rd down and in the redzone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but they made a few key plays in important downs that was just enough. That should be the 2013 Bears D motto:

    “Just enough”

    3. Can’t remember OUR special teams played scared. I know that Harris guy was good, but wow, we were more afraid of him than Dez. Wonder if that was a Trest call, or DeCamamills call? At this point, I don’t think Trest has any confidence in his D or specials, and is pretty much telling those units, “Just don’t embarrass yourselves and make a few plays until our Offense dominates.”

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Here’s another observation:

      What the hell happened to Pepp? That dude should visit Bmarsh’s psychiatrist and get treated for Bi-polar. One good game, one bad game…maybe it’s just getting old, in which case, I feel ya Pepp.

      Who was the best Dline player last night? Prob Ratliff.

      LB. Anderson.

      Secondary. You know, Bowman seemed to do ok.

    • MB30SD

      I would like to see both tucker and decamillis gone the second we’re out this year.

      Both suck. You can say what you want about all the injuries, but there’s been literally 0 improvement over the last 5-7 games… not nearly enough at the very most.

    • SC Dave

      McCown’s “weak arm” sure hurt us in “freezing conditions” last night, eh?

  • DYLbear23

    As much as I love the work that Alshon has done this season, the talking heads and their spiel (outwith the McCown/Cutler saga) that Jeffrey is now the no.1 is infuriating. Would Jeffrey be the player he is right now if he didn’t work with Marshall? I know it’s all speculation, but I’d be curious to see how things would have played out if say, Johnny Knox, was the guy instead of Marshall. BMarsh’s work ethic has really set in with a kid that was deemed to be a risk to not to stay in shape.

    That aside, the only no.1 we have is the guy who is getting the single coverage. Makes a change from triple coverage heaves from last season.

    Man I fucking love this offense.

    • Shady

      There he is!

      • DYLbear23

        I thought our first game since my birth year that we haven’t had to punt would be a good time to come out of hibernation.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I like your avi, but now it’s always gonna be accompanied by a cracking voice.

          • DYLbear23

            I want everyone to read all of my comments in that voice.

          • DYLbear23

            MIKE DITKA! BEARS!

        • MB30SD

          Hahahahaha… sweet avatar. nice to have you back maings.

          great job last night offense: https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRt-JE_q-XEJq0jRFpoPHOh_jgShQVfD5Jvd9E1kcfAzdeTYIZr

          • DYLbear23

            Thanks man, been lurking but this season has been tough to keep motivated.

            It’s weird seeing you post Jerra pics.

    • seriously. nice placement: http://www.gifdsports.com/2013/12/alshon-jeffery-incredible-td-catch-gif.html

      it helps that the defender is a DB from football powerhouse William & Mary, but still…

      Also, love this Alshon catch. Can you remember how many of these passes to Knox/Hester/Roy Williams were interceptions? http://www.gifdsports.com/2013/12/alshon-jeffery-catch-gif.html

      • DYLbear23

        Knox would have been flat on his face in front of the DB after falling on the route, Hester would be running a streak and Roy would alligator the ball away from the 1st DB into the hands of the onrushing 2nd DB. Every single one would have been a pick 6.

        Even Alshon earlier in the season had a few plays where he let the defender get in front of him and get the pick, but now he just lifts it away from over their heads.

        • SC Dave

          Well, maybe Kyle or Matt would have made the tackle to prevent the 6 part of it…

  • BerwynBomber

    I’m not seeing all the positives in regard to Bostic and Greene. I get that they’re rookies and that needs taken into account but I don’t know how anyone can come away from last night thinking our LB situation is in fine hands for years to come.

    • Shady

      I have to agree. Jeff mentioned “continued development” but I just don’t see ANY development at this point. I’m afraid they’re victims of circumstance at this point. Getting a leader like Briggs back on the field should help though.

      • MB30SD

        sadly yes. when you compare them to players like luke K and alonso… problem is both of those guys came in as rookies with bad ass fronts and other LBs around them. Hard to know. Obviously they should at least get a chance to prove themselves once we’ve rebuilt the D with real guys and then go from there.

        • BerwynBomber

          In fairness, a guy like Greene wasn’t projected to be much more than an ST player this year. And I have heard decent arguments that Bostic is playing out of position.

          • Johnathan Wood

            they both have the physical tools to be good LB. Both over their heads right now as they are playing in the middle of a bad defense.

          • SC Dave

            Physical tools with no brains = suckness. We’ve heard Emery talk about “football intelligence” with all sorts of guys, but based on the sample I’ve seen, Bostic just does not have it.

            Seems a bunch of people on the blog got all excited about him because of some photo from a college game and a hit on some dude in preseason. Big fucking deal.

          • Johnathan Wood

            to my eye, he looked much better his first 1.5 games. Then Briggs went out, and it’s been downhill since then.

    • SC Dave

      God, no shit

  • Sactowns#1

    I still dont understand all of the anti Bush rhetoric. I think when you get him involved in the ofense he’s productive. He’s a smart player and if you mix it up and dont just run him up the gut he can get you some production and save some miles on Forte.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Bush looks old and slow to me. Once he gets momentum going, he’s hard to stop cuz he’s like 240; last night he had those holes due to the worst D in the NFl right now (they took the crown from us).

      That’s just what I see with my own eyes. Look how Bush did vs Vikes and Rams. I agree though, Forte should get spelled a little more, but we no longer have that luxury. Every game is now an elimination game.

      • MB30SD

        Agree with everything here… but I would really like to see if ford can add anything to the mix in a real NFL game. Give him the ball where you would be giving it to bush. Dude get’s 1 yard if that for 99% of his carries… how can ford be any worse as long as he holds onto the ball.

      • Jokey

        He’s been reluctant to be the basher back, and even said so in his first presser. That’s unfortunate because that’s his role! Who among us succeeds in what we hate?

      • SC Dave

        What Bush cannot afford to do is drop passes, and I remember a couple at least. Much more of that and he’s done in the league.

        Personally, I’d rather see Fiametta get the opportunities.

  • gpldan

    You didn’t think McCaskey was hysterical? I was looking for Scooby Doo!

    • BerwynBomber

      McCaskey was fantastic. I loved that his voice was cracking like cheap plaster and he was giving it his all. A nice moment. And how lucky to have an owner like him instead of Jerry Jones.

      • MB30SD

        that’s like saying, thank god we have Idi Amin… at least he’s not hitler.

        Not really, I just liked the sound of it.

  • BillW

    While I can’t understand how the Bears D seemed so unprepared again at the start of the game (they DID know the Cowboys would run at them), this bit from John Mullin gives me a bit of hope:
    “The defense was rocked backwards for touchdown drives of 75 and 68 yards on two of the two possessions. Coaches had a sideline meeting to reinforce specific assignments and mindsets. The result was that the defense allowed 151 yards on the first three possessions and only 177 over the final six, the last two of those accounting for 143 of the yards when the Bears were ahead 42-14.”
    An unsung contributor to the defense was the time of possession factor; Bears had the ball for about 13 minutes more.
    I also thought Trestman called a great game overall. Again, against a bad defense, but you can’t do more than score everytime you have the ball. (well, I guess they coudl all be TDs with 2 pt conversions, but you know what I mean.)
    Speaking of which – two decisions I question: one is deferring; worked out fine but I think with the bad d we have we’d rather start with the ball. Second was the 2 pt conversion; I get WHY – but without going into a lot of analytics I think unless the game is winding down, take every point that is presented to you rather than risk leaving one or three on the field. Minor points to be sure but again it shows his tendancy to over-think.

    • Guest

      I think the conversion was the right call. Overthinking? Maybe. But then why kick on 2nd down? Or go for it on 4th and goal? He’s laid a few eggs. But I think the play calls and designs have been excellent. I think the Alshon end-around succeeds even when it fails, because when they fake it, it’s an effective play-action.

    • Jokey

      I think the conversion was the right call. Overthinking? Maybe. But
      then why kick on 2nd down? Or go for it on 4th and goal? He’s laid a
      few eggs. But the play calls and designs have been excellent. The Alshon end-around succeeds even when it fails, because it’s often called later as an effective play-action.

    • Jokey

      I think the conversion was the right call. Overthinking? Maybe. But
      then why kick on 2nd down? Or go for it on 4th and goal? He’s laid a
      few
      eggs. But the play calls and designs have been excellent. The Alshon
      end-around succeeds even when it fails, because it works later as a play action fake.

      • BillW

        But did you think the conversion was the right call?.

        • Jokey

          Yep. I didn’t do the math, but the more time is left, the more you start considering multiple TDs. And it was pretty close to the 4th quarter.

          • BillW

            Sorry Jokey; I was just messing with you becasue of your accidental triple post.

          • Jokey

            lol that was ocd re-editting, actually. Sorry for the lame answer – it’s not like anyone on this blog doesn’t know the 1 vs. 2 point logic.

        • SC Dave

          I saw what you did there

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Great friggin’ post, Bill. I missed the yards-allowed change when I was watching the game last night. Thanks for solving a mystery I wish I’d been able to identify earlier.

    • SC Dave

      It surprises me that Bostic, Greene, and Mills get so much slack for being rookies but not our head coach.

  • gpldan

    “That was the best game I’ve seen a Bears QB play since maybe a couple games from Erik Kramer.” – Hub

    • SC Dave

      There was one Cutler game, I think against Detroit, that was as good or better. But only one.

  • gpldan

    Pep didn’t make the stat sheet. No sacks, pressures or tackles.

    #PepVanishes

  • BerwynBomber

    Wow, Bears/Iggles flexed to Sunday night.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Heard that on the Score. Taking Pats-Ravens off? wow.

      We better win this week. We’re undefeated in primetime this year.

    • DYLbear23

      fuuuuck, I have work 🙁

      • MB30SD

        work is overrated

        • DYLbear23

          Hopefully weather picks up and I can skive. We got off the other day because of winds going up to 95mph (apparently 140mph in the highlands). More of the same please.

          • MB30SD

            aye… winds for a highlander are nathun

  • gpldan

    Shanny, Master of Nepotism, is leaking to friendly media that Dan Snyder is a douche.

    Shanny is scum.

  • gpldan

    “Conte is the worst safety I’ve ever seen maings.” – MB

    It would be time for you to re-watch tape of Adam Archuleta, then.

    • MB30SD

      i honestly think conte is a AA clone. I think they’ve found a portion of his fossilized exoskeleton, extracted it, put it in a special coke can DNA carrier and got it off the island through the hurricane.

      once back in the lab, they infused the AA DNA into a mix of an aubergine and a potato and then reanimated it using copious amounts of high voltage.

      Bingo! Chris Conte!

      • gpldan

        Isn’t that the storyline from FarCry? 🙂

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        No way. Archuleta was beyond horrific. Adam Archulata played like Chris Conte would if he were drinking all night in a bar, then crashed at 3:00 AM and had to play in the morning game.

  • DYLbear23

    Butch…can’t believe I’ve cruised the whole year only for my team to shit the bed against you in the playoffs.

    Did you draft gordon or pick him up in FA?

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      haha…you didn’t suck this week – you actually had the 2nd highest score of the league.

      Unfortunately for you, I scored the highest total of the whole year. I’m literally 100 points ahead of you lol

      I also gave you your first defeat of the year, I think.

      I picked up Gordon I think in FA in wk 1 or towards the end of the draft for like $1. I kinda sucked at the start but knew my team would improve just as long as I made the playoffs.

      If you think you’re pissed, I did the same with Irish in his league. He finished #1 and I was the 4 seed, and now he’s about 38 points behind, which in standard, is near death.

  • MB30SD
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Oh, and in case you were in Malawi or something, here’s the Bmarsh block on Sean Lee.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RBY7P-JUPV0/UqZ698JiSnI/AAAAAAAAElw/GH6Vs7yAySY/s1600/marsh.gif

  • Shady

    I like this no punting strategy, the Bears should try it again this Sunday.

  • BerwynBomber

    Man, the effort these Score hosts put in to belittle McCown’s performance is pretty amusing and lame. And this station misses Danny Mac big-time. The one adult among their children.

    • gpldan

      I heard when Hub had to shutter PFW, he was personally in debt to the tune of several million dollars.

      So now he’s everywhere hustling to make a buck. He’s got 3 shifts at the station, he’s writing for the Sun-Times, he revived his personal web site where he’s selling ads, he’s shilling for a TV gig.

      Debt does that to a man.

      • BerwynBomber

        Ah, very interesting. Did not know that. I like Hub but I can understand how he could turn off some Bears fans.
        McNeil is apparently on a leave absence due to mental issues. I have sympathy for people dealing with such stuff (or just plain physical illness) but this is the second time in two years he has been on extended leave. Eventually, no matter how brilliant a host you might be, management (one would assume) would lose its patience.

        • gpldan

          I did not know that about McNeil. Thanks.

      • BillW

        Did not know that either. I honestly wondered why he sounded so congenial lately instread of his normal arrogent self.

    • SC Dave

      Was J… oh never mind.

  • Shady

    Marshall and Jeffery, the new monsters of the midway.

    • MB30SD

      what is wrong with you today.

      • Shady

        You don’t agree?

        • MB30SD

          I must break you.

          Yes, I do agree they’re monsters. But that is our D credo… and while it most certainly does NOT apply to that unit RIGHT NOW, it is theirs to reclaim.

          Like calling Chicago the big apple.

          • gpldan

            Gruden was calling them that on the telecast. Did you watch with the sound off?

          • Shady

            No, he just had celery and carrot sticks shoved in his ears… And other orifi.

          • gpldan

            But he did dip them in the hot sauce so he could experience the same burning sensation.

          • MB30SD

            burns so good

          • SC Dave

            lol… good one

          • MB30SD

            why are you two being so mean to me today?

            Screw you guys, I’m going hooome!

            I did get some of that stuff up my nose, it sucked.

  • MB30SD

    PLEASE tell me you didn’t just tweet this absurdity out to the public Jeff. SMFH

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    You know what I never thought I’d say with three weeks remaining in season: Bears have the best #2 receiver in NFL. Brandon Marshall.

    • gpldan

      Alshon is going to the Pro Bowl this year, and he did put himself as #1 AND #2 on the all time yardage for a game list, pushing Johnny Morris to #3.

      Marshall is also able to play in the slot more and at flanker, where Alshon is usually the SE with his foot on the line. So, it’s credible to call BM the #2 and a credit to him that he doesn’t want to hog that coveted SE role only *cough cough Hester cough* and will play the slot and go strong across the middle.

      He even takes the slot and lets Earl play FL sometimes, although Earl played the slot on his scoring TD where nobody felt he was important enough to even cover.

      • gpldan

        In fact, with his crackback block – his two big catches over the middle – and his hellacious downfield run blocking – all without a trace of being a prima donna, BMarsh is playing some amazing ball right now.

      • SC Dave

        Gawd I hope we keep Earl

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    INRE the whole McCown/Cutler decision for the season, I thought that (ugh) Yahoo! had a good perspective, provided that’s even possible: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/chicago-bears-defense-demands-jay-cutler-39-money-163600918–nfl.html
    It was the comparison to hits/sacks and physical health of the two that caught my eye.
    Personally, I wonder if McCown isn’t the smarter of the two overall, which in Trestman’s PhD-required offense might be a slight nudge towards McCown.
    On the other hand, it’s surreal to be even having this conversation. McCown/Cutler. Orton/Grossman. Other/Other, etc.
    Simultaneously, we’ve become the Defense everyone loves to play against, which is also just fucking bizarre.

    • SC Dave

      I texted my son last night during the game about the how good McCown was playing, and he replied that if we could only transplant McCown’s brain into Cutler….

  • gpldan

    I can understand Jeff’s disdain for Pearlman, but it’s hard to imagine Blogfadder taking a hard stand like this:

    http://www.jeffpearlman.com/dear-wes-welker/

    Many Chicagoans hate Pearlman. The Payton family hates him. I still need to read the book. But it seems to me he approaches the game with a skeptical eye, and I can appreciate that.

    • BerwynBomber

      During the ill-fated Dennis Miller MNF years I remember Miller saying essentially the same thing near the end of Aikman’s career when the latter had been racking them up. Young had a similar # by the time he hung up in his cleats in Candlestick.

    • Cormonster

      Didn’t Jeff do an interview with Pearlman about his Payton book and praise him?

      Do I get the 89 blog points, or was the contest over?

      • gpldan

        You get 890 Blog points for pulling James Scott as the only Bear wideout to wear Ditka’s #.

        Here’s his Topps Card for the work…

        http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/183/81325766/424%20Scott.jpg

        • Cormonster

          I still remember more Bears players from the late 70’s and early 80’s than the Wanny era. Me and my brother collected cards and our room was a shrine to the Bears and Cubs. We had all the team photos on our bedroom walls. My brother still has a bunch of shoeboxes filled with Topps cards. Chewed a lot of that shitty gum getting all those cards.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I can still smell those stale gums which was like biting a pool diving board.

          • Cormonster

            Big League Chew was so much better, along with candy cigarettes. And if I couldn’t afford that or Bubble Yum, I could always get some Now and Laters that would last all day for a few cents.

          • MB30SD

            I was JUST about to post that Corm. Ha!

            The BLC part… not all of it… I’m not a fucking clairvoyant!

          • tobijohn

            You know who was behind Big League Chew? Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four, my all time favorite sports book. I reread that and Lord of the Rings every couple years..

  • Doc Nitty

    Great Win last night. The defense did enough and the offense was spectacular! Love seeing the Cowboys get owned by the beloved. Great night for Ditka too. A proud night to be a bears fan!

    • Shady

      What up docta Nitty?!?

  • Shady

    Any guesses to the name and avatar Waffle will use when he makes his triumphant return?

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Here’s my question, after I thought more about my previous post…
    Is it possible – just possible, mind you – that Trestman’s offense is a more compatible fit with Josh McCown?
    In the Yahoo piece, the writer made the point that McCown’s body hasn’t taken near the punishment that Cutler’s has, and so may be a more durable option overall.
    One of you posted the link from a preseason story that McCown spent hours every week teaching the rookies and new-to-the-Bears players Trestman’s complex offense. So I’m wondering – just idly and outloud – if McCown isn’t in a better position both physically and mentally to have the reigns. Clearly, Cutler has more of an arm. McCown doesn’t make that amazing throw to Jeffery in the end zone if they are 10 or 15 yards further back whereas Cutler can.
    But, I’m asking. Is it possible that McCown is a better fit?

    • Jokey

      Cutler has more upside but McCown is more consistent. The question is, how much do we pay for the upside if he can’t stay healthy to develop it in the system, with current weapons/oline.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I think that’s the million dollar question (or more like $90M question): how much MORE is Cutler worth than McCown?

        We can most likely sign McCown to a 3 yr deal, with the first year around $1-2M.
        Cutler will cost at least $8M, and escalate quickly thereafter and I can’t imagine anything less than a 5 yr deal.

        In other words, with the difference between McCown and Cutler, the Bears can probably get a high impact FA like Pepp, Mario Williams, etc (maybe can even tag and trade for someone like Watt and absorb his contract).

        If the Bears go this route, Emery and gang better BELIEVE McCown can win a SB and not be another Schuab/Dalton/Hasslebeck.

        • CanadaBear

          Where are you coming up with $8 mil? He’s making more than that now on a contract that was signed 5 years ago. Everything I’ve read said the tag is going to be $16.2 mil and a multi-year contract would be close to that annually. I get he might give the Beloved a hometown discount but half? Not likely.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I’m being conservative with that $8M figure, but usu the first year of contracts are super low, then they skyrocket. I also take seriously what Emery said about managing the cap.

          • Jokey

            I’m just gonna let NewBear tell us what the contract should be and call that good… I bet if you use the same logic from Forte’s contract, it’ll come close – something close to 16M for 4 years, but with all the cap shennanigans and escalators built in to minimize the initial hit.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            NewBear will probably echo me since he’s pretty familiar with overthecap and spotrac, etc which have player contracts.

            My guess is that if Cutler gets re-signed, the FIRST year will be between 8-11M; it’ll go up incrementally the 2nd year, and the 3rd year will shoot to $18M/yr.

            so it would go something like.
            2014 $8M (against the cap)
            2015 $11M
            2016 $18M

            It all depends on how much Cutler and Emery agree he’s worth – TO THE BEARS.

            That’s important because I have no doubt that teams like the Texans would gladly overpay for him.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Here’s a playoff cheat-sheet. I hope the Ravens post this everywhere in their facilities.

    Bengals: Clinch the AFC North with a win and a Ravens loss.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/10/six-more-teams-can-clinch-playoff-spots-this-week/

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Here’s an interesting point for Biggsy on the Trib.

    “10. This is the prime time of the season when teams
    begin trying to poach practice squad players off the rosters of other
    clubs. Before you expect general manager Phil Emery to poach a player
    from another club in the next few days, keep in mind it is a hard
    addition to make. The Bears have had success going this route in the
    past. Former general manager Jerry Angelo added two players from other
    teams late in the 2007 season, getting linebacker Nick Roach from the
    Chargers and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina from the Bengals. Both became
    solid contributors quickly.

    But convincing another player to
    jump ship is tricky. Players feel loyalty to the club they are with and
    often get promises, pay raises or both to remain in place. The key is
    finding a young player on the bottom of the roster with another team
    that can help. Emery would only add a player this way if he forecasted
    him being a contributor in 2014. But if a team has an injury, it can
    easily promote the player from its practice squad to its own 53-man
    roster by placing someone else on IR. We’ll see how much player movement
    there is this way in the coming week.”

  • BillW

    A final thought for the day…
    The overall dominance in this game SHOULD give them the feeling that they CAN make the playoffs. But they should also hopefully know that a loss Sunday makes it all for nothing (almost). I do suspect the Lions loss gave them the extra motivation to keep the foot on the pedal in this game.
    To make the playoffs with this horrible defense says a lot good about Trestman and his offense. Unfortunately, being a Bear fan for so long. I think the overall lack of defense in the league is NOT a good thing. I truly enjoy a key defensive stop than watching 45 points. But I’m not complaining…

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    ahahaa…

    ““I just got back from feeding some homeless in downtown Detroit,”
    Burleson said during an interview with 105.1 FM. “Not saying that to get
    a pat on the back, but I was sitting there — it was a happy moment, you
    see smiles on peoples’ faces, giving hugs and taking pictures — and one
    guy who was there getting some food said, ‘Man, you guys are sorry. Same old Lions.’”

    • MB30SD

      BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        It would have been epic if the bum then turned to Burleson and said, “Now pass the pizza, loser.”

  • CanadaBear

    A little surprised Jeff was wondering about the kickoffs. The wind chill was -9 F. Sorry to see Johnny had a tantrum. He’ll be back. It’s like being crazy about a hot girl. It goes back and forth constantly but you just can’t quit. It’s too bad that he’s so blind about Cutler that he can’t appreciate McCown. I’m OK with the Bears signing Cutler to big money but it’s awfully tempting to put that $15+ mil to work on the D. The off season will be crazy. Hopefully PE is up to the task. He’s light years better than JA but he can whiff with the best of them. Not going to beat a dead horse about Bostic and Greene but they over run at least as many plays as Wright and Conte. Not too worked up over Greene since he was a 4th rounder but Bostic being a 2nd rounder should be better. Not giving up on them but their football instincts don’t seem to be any better than Wright and Conte’s and that’s very worrisome.

    • gpldan

      All this talk about a Cap friendly deal with Cutty is horseshit.

      If we tag him, he gets $16M next year, which is what the first year on a 3-year 45M deal would look like anyway.

      He has every incentive to not pout and be a prick, but show up and ball. Because the Bears aren’t tagging him twice.

      No way do you walk on a guy with Cutler’s talent and take the $16M and try and draft a rook and have McCown mentor that rook. QBs with Cutler’s talent are very hard to find. Look at Tannehill with the Fish. Kevin Kolb got paid and folded for the Cards. Plus the whole keeping BMarsh happy thing. He’s coming back.

      Now – having said that – you hold him out as long as McCown keeps playing this way, even into the playoffs. The Bears own the doctors who see him, just make up a story that his groin isn’t healing as fast as they would like. It’s all bullshit, everybody knows it.

      This team is hot and the locker room is behind McCown. Ride it out. Sign Cutler, hedge all bets. Emery will do exactly that.

      • MB30SD

        agree and think it’s a solid plan.

        Now, cut pep, CD, wright, conte and some of the other unfortunate flotsam and jetsam.

        Then turn the focus ALL to the D side. If an unbelievable deal falls to us at Center, or at tackle or guard or maybe even a crazy skill at TE, do the deal… otherwise, it should be ALL D all day in the draft and FA.

        Resign the Nut and timmyJ. Anderson… and DJ Williams on the cheap. Then go out and get us DBs and DLinemen all day long.

        I want the D, give me the D!!! Give it to me baby!

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        This is Romo’s contract here. http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/tony-romo/

        I think both sides will use it as a blue-print. Two points the Bears camp have in their favor.

        1. Romo has been more durable than Cutler
        2. Culter has already stated he’d give like a 10% discount (whether he actually meant it, is another issue).

      • tobijohn

        I know, I know, I get the Cutler thing. But it’s SO tempting to think about what that money could buy on the D side. If you could hold the other guys to around twenty and McCown can average twenty-five….
        Ah, the song of the sirens beckons me to the rocks…

      • SC Dave

        Most sensible thing I’ve seen in a while re: McCown/Cutler. Josh McCown is playing as well as ANY QB IN THE NFL right now. Why on earth fuck with that?

    • MB30SD

      Sadly, I’m coming around to move of your viewpoint canada. After my initial support of bostic and greene, I’m just not seeing any development or improvement.

      I think if we get a good DC and sub-coaches who give a shit, and some dline help next year those guys could add some great depth with the experience they’re getting in trial by fire this year. So yeah, maybe I should add another stud MLB to my list below

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I just keep thinking Bostic is a weak-side LB, and Greene looks like a converted S (which he is).

        Dline should be the priority, esp if we switch to a 3-4.

        • MB30SD

          dude, greene is a fucking beast. there was one play past night where his closing speed kinda shocked me. I was like, holy shit… he’s fucking FAST!

          Combine says he ran a 4.7 but he looked MUCH faster than that on a couple plays.

          • gpldan

            Vontaze ran a 5.

            Football is not the same as running without pads. You know that.

          • MB30SD

            indeed

        • SC Dave

          Will we have the draft position to get the animal (cf. Suh) that you need in the middle for a 3-4?

          • MB30SD

            no

    • johnnywad

      Bostic gets a pass for the moment. He’s got no help in front of, behind or next to him. As a took, its got to be hard to learn in that situation. Imagine him playing next to Lach and Briggs a season or two. Hes a year or two late. Hopefully Briggs is back soon. I thought Bostic was more comfortable and learning more quickly next to 55

  • MB30SD

    here’s my deal with McCown…

    I think this is one of those, once in a lifetime seasons that will never be replicated. It def feels like that. Kinda like AP last year or CJ’s one huge year.

    Just think the stars are aligning this year and he’d come back down to earth if he was forced to do the same next year.

    Maybe I’m wrong here and I’m only going on my gut… but that’s my theory.

    • MB30SD

      btw, I just had another thought…

      What would your opinion be if McCown took us to and won us the super bowl? What then?

      • TheBigCheesy

        What if Chris Conte records 3+ INTs and 4 TFLs in every game for the rest of the season?

        • MB30SD

          I usually wouldn’t answer since you’ve taken the troll path, but…

          conte has been dogshit for the entire season and a flip like that goes against the laws of nature. McCown has been more than solid in pretty much every outing, and seems to be getting better… thus…….

          • TheBigCheesy

            McCown has been great, but the odds of:

            – The McCown-led Bears beating out the Lions and Packers for the division
            – Trestman going with McCown over a healthy Cutler in the playoffs
            – Beating San Francisco at Home
            – Beating the Saints in New Orleans
            – Beating the Seahawks in Seattle
            – Beating Peyton Manning in the Superbowl

            Are about as likely as Chris Conte going ape shit for 6 six weeks.

            And the answer to both questions is an unequivocal “Pay that motherfucker and start him next year”

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            So you’re saying there’s a chance?

            No one thought the Gmen or Ravens would win the SB either.

      • SC Dave

        Then Cutler is not longer our starter.

    • SC Dave

      Perhaps, or perhaps we get 2000-2002 here?

      http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GannRi00.htm

    • BerwynBomber

      I tend to agree, BUT … I don’t think he is a fluke as a quality back-up. Remember when they called him up from the HS gig at the end of the ’11 season and he IMMEDIATELY looked like a professional QB against Minny.

  • MB30SD
    • tobijohn

      #26 and #31 look like the real deal…

      • MB30SD

        If forced to choose Tobi, mine would be: 5, 26, 35

        There were a couple other amazing ones, but I’m not a huge fan of abs/almost abs on chicks. There needs to be some softness.

        BTW, that entire site is dangerous for a guy who loves the female figure as much as I do.

  • MB30SD

    Yonny, come back to us: http://thechive.com/2010/10/26/jessica-simpson-there-was-a-time-man-30-photos/

    Oh and NSFW shady… you pussy. (love you)

  • Trac

    Totally off topic but what the heck. Maybe there’s 1 or 2 of you guys that might learn something.

    Not sure if any of you guys saw our commander in chief shaking one of the Castro’s thugs hand today but here’s something that the media will never tell you.

    Last month a Pastor from Cuba came State side for a conference. I was fortunate to be able to sit down to lunch with him with a small group one day and I asked him to tell me about the Cuban government and whether or not the Castro regime was as bad as it’s reputation.

    He told me about his brother that was a member of the Castro communist youth party and how when his brother became a Christian, he was sent to a mental institution and given shock treatment and experimental drugs for 9 months in an attempt to erase his memory and to get him to recant. This was done because they had invested a lot of money in training him to be inserted into the Cuban government and no good communist can be a Christian. They had to wipe out the embarrassment of losing one of their hand picked recruits after spending 12 years teaching and training him. He had even met with Castro several times on a national stage and received numerous awards and commendations. Eventually, after realizing he would never renounce his faith, they kicked him to the curb.

    My Cuban friend then proceeded to tell me of Castro’s favorite compound that is still in operation today where the Cuban government sends their political enemies or anyone who they deem a threat to their government. This compound consists of 3 six story building’s wired with explosives that face each other in a triangle over looking a large court yard. The prisoners are told that if anyone ever attempts to escape, all three buildings will be blown up. To let them know how serious they are, every week political prisoners are taken into the courtyard and executed as the rest of the inmates are forced to watch. These are not murderers or rapists, they’re people who think differently than the communist party in Cuba and had the courage to speak out against the Castro government at one time or another. Many of them are family members and relatives of Castro’s political enemies.

    The last thing he talked about was that from a distance, Cuba looks very beautiful but up when you get up close and really take a look what Castro has done to the country, it resembles a once rich field that’s been devoured by locusts.

    There was more we talked about but I just wanted to pass on another perspective as to why some people are angry when they see our commander in Chief give a murderous thug the time of day. But hey, Cuba has a wonderful “free” heath care system.

    I know some of you guys may get really pissed at this post because you think I’m trying to besmirch your guy. If that is you, let me ask you something, what if you’re wrong?

    • MB30SD

      they’re all thugs liars thieves and megalomaniacs trac. there is no lesson there, just the corrupting forces of power and money. nothing’s changed since organized humanity came about.

      it’s all the same shell game my man. The party, regime, country, or affiliation means nothing, only the names change. Those in power create the illusion and those not in power live within the matrix.

    • gpldan

      Trac crazy is like mold in the basement. You may think it’s gone but it’s festering behind a wall, and eventually you’ll smell it.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      So you’re saying that the president, red or blue, shouldn’t shake the hand of a leader who has blood on his hand?

      How about the leader of China? How about Russia, or Iran?

      • Trac

        No, I’m saying that the general public does not know the full extent of atrocities committed by despots. You can’t change their stripes with a hand shake.

  • MB30SD

    His spacey and his ford are… awesome.

    Pitt and galdolfini are pretty damn good too

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG4NyTP6OlQ#t=92

    • gpldan

      His Harrison Ford is funny.

      • gpldan

        “I said knock it off!!”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKI5tZQeovw

        Man, his Harrison Ford is killer.

        • tobijohn

          Loved John Malkovich but they’re all excellent

        • MB30SD

          yeah, it’s good. LOVE his spacey though. SPOT the fuck on.

          Also, his pitt is growing on me. He’s def got the mannerisms very much down.

  • SC Dave

    Well, lookee here… which team is it with TWO real QBs higher rated than pretty boy Brady?!?

  • AlbertInTucson

    In my mind, the question with Cutler, as with other “Franchise” QBs is always the same:

    “Who are you going to get that’s better?”

    Much as I love how he’s performed on the field and carried himself off of it, I do not believe the answer is Josh McCown.

    I repeat myself: Remember Cutler’s jump in performance from season 1 to season 2 under Madman Martz? A jump that was made despite an offensive line that needed to improve just to be rated “Poor” and wideouts that scared nobody other than Bear fans. A season of promise snuffed out by a broken thumb.

    Is Cutler a Rodgers, Brady or Brees?

    No.

    Do I want to see what he looks like in season TWO under Professor Trestman behind an up and coming offensive line with a TRIO of receivers that are the envy of any team in the league? Not to mention Matt Forte?

    Damn right I do.

    • johnnywad

      Well said Al. This is it in a nutshell.

  • A7Xthebest

    Okay am going to sound like a douche but here is some truth.

    1. People need to stop with the McCown over Cutler bullshit. A week ago everyone was talking about McCown’s “Ceiling of 21-24 points.” One elite game later and he’s going to replace the greatest QB in Bears history…smh(Side note gp: Cutler has several games as a Bear that are as good as Mccown’s last night-’09 Vikings game is just one example)
    I like McCown BTW but he threw 2-3 could be/should be ints last night.

    2. Chris Conte hate needs to stop until the front 7 is playing better. I don’t care who you are, you will look bad 1on1 in open space vs a running back. They responsibility of making open field tackles should not be pinned on either safety.

    3. Stop with the “Jeffrey over Marshall” talk too. Jeffrey RIGHT NOW is the best wide out in the NFL. But Marshall is the number 1 wide out on the Bears. He draws the bracketing and the corner on every team and he is still keeping pace yardage wise.

    • gpldan

      Okay I am going to sound like a douche but here is some truth.

      Jeff – can we have this saying on the back of next year’s DBB T-shirt?

    • MB30SD

      1. agree

      2 Dude’s dogshit, you and dave can have a farewell party and cry in your respective beers over losing a guy who played corner his entire career and is a shitty FS. buh bye chris, you suck no matter what is in front of you.

      3. 100%.

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    • gpldan

      It’s not Josh’s fault. Sometimes he clicks on links that say “Hot Bear Action” and just ends up places he didn’t expect.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahaha… that was the strangest fucking video i’ve ever watched.

        No offense trac, but these guys seem like 10 year olds to me, just fucking clueless to life and scared and brainwashed by their teachings not to experience anything outside the narrow scope of the bible and their particular pastors interpretation of it.

        pretty sad actually. I’m sure he’s a great guy and a good human, just such a narrow provincial view of life.

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