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With Defense Non-Existent, Division Hopes Move Squarely Onto Offense’s Shoulders

| November 25th, 2013

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Does Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams really warrant a rapid fire recap? Do the folks who read this site daily not understand that Chris Conte takes terrible angles to running backs, Josh McCown is a wonderful caretaker for the offense, Julius Peppers plays well every other week, blah blah blah? Do I really need to take each member of the Bears defense to task for being who they are when most of them have less than two months remaining in a Bears uniform? My opinion on the Bears defense and the entirety of the Bears loss Sunday was summed up in two of my Tweets:

Bears fans. Ask yourself how many defenders on the unit are good. Not how many can be good or used to be. How many defenders today are good?

Sad fact: answer might be one. Tim Jennings.

Blaming Mel Tucker is silly. Bears are not being out-coached on the defensive side of the ball. They are being beaten in every single one-on-one match-up. And there’s a very simple reason. They’re not talented.

And yet the Bears find themselves in the thick of a division title race due to an injury forced by Shea McClellin and the Detroit Lions doing a brilliant impression of the Detroit Lions. As Zach Zaidman Tweeted Monday morning, “Bears coach Marc Trestman today to @WBBMNewsradio: “We’re right where we were a week ago. There’s been no change.” And he’s right. The Bears organization knows they don’t have a viable collection of defensive players right now but they can’t throw in the towel on a division up for grabs.

If it hadn’t already, if somehow the last three weeks masked serious defensive issues, now this season moves squarely onto the shoulders of the offense. And twenty-one points won’t be enough to beat Minnesota or Dallas or Philadelphia or Green Bay or maybe even Cleveland. Twenty-one points might not be enough to win the first halves of those games. The Bears need to enter a five-week, two-minute drill and score every time they possess the ball.

Crazy as it may sound the Bears may find themselves playing a football game in Minnesota for sole possession of the division lead Sunday. (They would of course need the Packers to beat the Lions on Thanksgiving.) And they are just as likely to surrender the the NFL single-game rushing record of 297 yards as they are to take the division lead.

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  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    This season has been so utterly bizarre, and yet, it’s exactly what I’ve come to expect from this franchise. The silver lining is that the offense has so many damn weapons now and we have a reasonable facsimile of an offensive line for the first time in forever (yeah, I know the Rams hit the hell out of McCown, but if you’ve seen them this year, you knew the Mighty Quinn was going to be trouble).
    The D is just decimated by injuries, and they had already shown a penchant for giving up big runs last year. When Bostic got dinged up, it just seemed like we were meant to play this season out with practice squad players.
    Both the Lions and Bears are doing themselves no favors by keeping GB within striking distance. Not that Tolzien or Flynn are scary, but at some point, somebody has to win this division. It’s looking like 9-7 just may do it in 2013 and I never, ever saw that coming.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I would have loved to see this offense play with the intended defense all year.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        We would be in the lead in this division by a mile, even with Jay’s injury.

  • IBNO

    I got so sick yesterday of saying, “Where is the play – side LB?” Then seeing the guy get swallowed up by an offensive lineman who shouldn’t have gotten past the DT. Then I’d smack my head marveling at how awful Wright and Conte have become where they can’t even take the right angle on a RUNNING play. How can you blow such basic fundamentals? I’m surprised the Bears safeties can even tie their fucking shoes.

    • NewBearInTown

      One silver lining to what you’re saying… Jeff’s tweet is wrong. There are a few decent players on the Bear’s D besides Jennings. Both Anderson and Bostic are solid if not spectacular options to start right now. But the D-line woes are so insane it covers up decent LB play.

      The decimation of our defensive tackle position (the position we used the franchise tag on this year) has been the single biggest snake bite of the year. When your starting quarterback is wearing a boot, that’s a pretty surprising thing to say.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    I think Shady mentioned it during the game thread, but my 4-yr old daughter saw the Rams #22 laying on the ground after leading with the crown of his helmet and said, “Is he dead?”.
    That was not a good feeling.

    • Shady

      Brutal. How did you handle that one? “No honey, he’s just taking a little nap.”

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I think I said something to the effect that he wasn’t dead but he wasn’t feeling very good…and that there’s a reason you don’t tackle with the top of your head first. She’s pretty fun to watch games with, particularly when she says stuff like she thinks Shea McClellin and Jay Cutler look alike because they’re both “pale”.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha S is a racist!!!!

          Little kids are funny.

  • gpldan

    In his last 42 carries, Mike Bush has run LESS than ONE yard on 22 of them.

    His ypc over those 42 carries is 1.9.

    Can we call it now? Just cut him. A waiver wire guy would be better. Bring back Armando Allen and make Ford the situational back. Trestman must act on that clown.

    • Jokey

      Yeah I’m pretty surprised he has sucked so badly… after all that scouting I did, too! And at the goal line he was trying to be too cute – he’s gotta accept he’s a a cut-inside not bounce-outside player. You could read his reluctance the day after he was signed.

  • gpldan

    In addition to the era of dominant Bears D being over, the Derrick Rose era is also over.

    • Viva

      Another day another setback.

    • Shady

      Evvvvvvvery Rossssssse has it’s thornnnnnnnnn… So sad…

    • BerwynBomber

      Huge contract to be saddled with. Rose’s contract escalates the next few years too.

  • gpldan

    Cut Steltz. Cut DeCamillis.

  • Viva

    Good news about out LB corps, rookies aren’t rookies forever.

  • Viva

    I liked the 4th and 1 decision, but I hated the call, and the execution was atrocious.

    • Jokey

      Can’t agree. You go for it there if you think your D could use it to their advantage. Our D can’t use a roll of toilet paper after shitting themselves.

  • Maddbearfan

    Can someone explain to me the point going for a 4th and 1 instead of taking the 3 pts. and keeping the score closer, along with the chance of handing over the momentem to St. Louis if they made the stop…which is exactly what happened.

    • AlbertInTucson

      It’s just Trestman’s way of saying, without have to verbalize it and publicly slam his defenders, “I cannot count on my defense. When we get that close to paydirt, we HAVE to had TDs, not FGs, to stay in games.”

      • DaBearsBlog

        Exactly. 3 point was useless yesterday and Trest knew it. Belichick has coached that way through the years.

        • Shady

          Bullsheite. You kick the FG every time. Trestman didn’t have the horses yesterday, but he was outcoached again.

          • 10 point game. kick the FG, get the points, make it a 1 score game. and please, for the love of god, if you’re going to go for it on 4th and 1, don’t fucking rely on michael bush to pick it up.

          • Shady

            Exactly.

          • Trac

            Trestman has the Bears among the top 3 scoring offenses this year. You’re gonna blame him every time a player stubs his toe or fails to do their job because they’re 2nd or 3rd on the depth chart? I think it’s amazing he’s got this team tied for the division lead in spite of our shitty D. The way I think we have to start looking at the season from here on out is that whatever wins we get, we should count ourselves fortunate. Lets face it, our D is shot.

          • DaBearsBlog

            I think the flaw in Trestman’s approach is in the call, not the concept. I thought the Bears needed 7 there because being within 7 is useless. They were allowing 25 yards on every third down!

          • Trac

            I get it but c’mon. Watch the highlights again, we got schlobber-nockered yesterday.

          • Shady

            I’m taking about his decisions on offense Trac, there are no 2nd or 3rd stringers stubbing their toes on offense. That’s the defense. You’re gonna give him a pass on decision making because the D is crap? That’s bullshit Trac. Just because the defense is decimated doesn’t excuse his amateur decision making. As I said, it’s not the biggest reason WHY the Bears lost, but he can’t escape blame for those kinds of calls.

          • Trac

            I disagree. Watch any NFL game. There are almost always a half dozen plays that any coach wishes he could have back on any given game. To expect a coach to be perfect and then blame him for a loss where we got our asses handed to us is insane. Take away that phantom roughing the passer penalty the Rams got when they recovered McCown’s fumble for a TD and your argument becomes even more hard to make with a straight face.

          • Shady

            I’m not sure you really understand my point Trac, are you actually reading what I’m writing? I’m not writing the same thing 3 times for you to understand.

          • Trac

            Yeah I do. You’re pissed off at Trestman and think he made so many stupid calls that we lost the game because of it. That is just plain off base. Out Schwartz Schwartz? C’mon, take a deep breath, back away and look at the game at it’s entirety and you will see that we got porken sloshed by a better team from start to finish.

            That is all.

          • Shady

            See that’s what I’m talking about. Where did I say the Bears lost because of Trestman’s calls? In fact, I went out of my way twice to say the biggest reason the Bears lost was because of a crap defensive effort, not Tredtmans play calling. My point was that it is unacceptable to ignore his amateurish decision making regardless of what the D was doing. If the Bears D had come to play at all after the 4th down call and the Beaes ended up losing by a FG like they did earlier in the season (after a failed 4th down call) then yes, you could blame the loss directly on Trestman. But for you to interperate what I said as blaming the loss entirely on Trestman is laughable.

          • Trac

            Ok. I get it. The Bears lost, disappointment, etc., etc. but I think you’re kinda saying we lost because of Trestman and our D. If I got it wrong then my bad but actually, I’m tired of looking for excuses as to why we keep losing games. These games are gonna happen with a bad bad bad defense and coaching mistakes will be blown out of proportion because we have a sucky porous defense.

          • Ghost of Waffle

            it was a bullshit call but they are calling the quasi clothesline a penalty these days. Also, he was down by contact so it would have been 3rd down.
            Trestman has called intelligent and creative plays all over the field and then comes back to that bullshit elephant package with the most non threatening bunch of weapons on the field and a line that, although improved, usually gets fucking worked on short yardage. then you have a RB with no burst or fast twitch movements do the running?
            All of this while Marshall, Bennett and Jeffrey are sitting there waiting for the ball in one on one matchups. Unbelievable how Trestman can call that kind of play multiple times with a straight face and go 1/9 on the goal line.

          • SC Dave

            Well, more than one time out of nine, an offensive line has to man up and push the sons of bitches off the line of scrimmage. That’s what good teams do.

        • but he somehow didn’t know that michael bush was useless.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The tread is, apparently, gone from that tire.

        • AlbertInTucson

          That said, while I understand his reasoning, I am not endorsing the decision. At that point in that game I take the 3.
          Trestman made the same assumption two weeks ago against and passing on 3 loomed large all day.

  • AlbertInTucson

    As bad as the Defense was/is, the offense gave up 14 points and THAT is what made this game unwinnable. Call it 21 points if you want to throw in the early “first and goal and came up empty, again” as 7 that they could/should have had, but failed to get.

  • TheBigCheesy

    I don’t understand why you’d prefer packers on thanksgiving. If Green Bay wins, and Rodgers comes back the following week, they are heavy favorites.

    Not only that, but all things equal, I assume you’d rather the lions win the division instead of Green Bay again (if the bears aren’t gonna do it).

    The lions have proven that they can’t string together more than a few victories in a row. Green Bay has great opportunity to run the table once #12 is back.

    • gpldan
    • Trac

      I think the same can be said about the Bears and Cheese when it comes to stringing victories together this year. The division winner is going to come down to a crap shoot. Barring injuries to all teams three teams this year, I think the Bears had the better team.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Because Bears can’t win tiebreaker with Lions. That’s all that should matter. Bears need to be one game better than Detroit. They control their own fate with Green Bay.

      • SC Dave

        Given that the Packers have a tie, it is extremely unlikely that there will be any tiebreaker involved between GB and Chicago.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Who said there would be? I say it again, all that matter is Bears can’t win tiebreaker with Detroit. So you’d much rather be a half game back of GB going into Week 17 then even with Detroit.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            ugh, gotta root for GB on turkeyday?

            Maybe another tie.

    • Ghost of Waffle

      Rodgers would be foolish to come back. The first time a defender lands on him he’s fucked. I actually like that douche and don’t want to see him get hurt worse.
      He’ll get some nice referee love of course but it’s just science. That bone is going to break again.

      • bearsfantillend

        coming back from an injury too early is the worst thing any player can do. mainly because if they are limited they put undo stress on other body parts trying to compensate for the injury.

        • Ghost of Waffle

          Football players play hurt all the time. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you’re called a warrior for playing sometimes you’re called selfish. Sometimes you’re called smart for sitting out and sometimes it inexplicably sets off a media firestorm.

          • bearsfantillend

            Players are warriors playing when hurt, and dumb asses for trying to play injured.

            there is a difference between playing hurt and playing injured. Players are expected to play hurt and not expected to play injured. For instance, OUCH i got a paper cut on my thumb, is not going to keep me from work because it hurts, is different than HOLY FUCK i just broke all my fingers in a car door there is no way i can work now because i am injured.

  • MB30SD

    Dude, they killed Brian

    You bastards!!!

    • yeah. not happy with that. i mean, nice writing to destroy the time machine before you kill him off, but shit. i like brian.

      guess we’ll have to see what this vinnie character has up his sleeve.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog@dabearsblog
    #2 of 10. When Calvin Johnson is relegated to realm of the ordinary Matthew Stafford is exposed as what he is: turnover prone mediocrity.

    This. So much this.

    • bearsFanatic

      Yes! Stafford is erratic as hell, especially on 3rd down. How many 3rd and shorts does he fail to convert with fairly easy throws for an NFL QB? There were several in our last game with them, which is why we stayed in it til the end.

  • BerwynBomber

    Did we have a chance to hire Bruce Arians? Does anyone remember? Or was he already gone by the time Emery invited candidates for interviews?

    • DaBearsBlog

      Yea. Arians was in the mix. But remember, Arians inherited one of the best defenses in the league last year and they are healthy.

      • BerwynBomber

        True. And I honestly wasn’t trying disparage Trestman by comparison — I still think, overall, Trestman has done a good job — but I don’t think anyone thought AZ would be 7-4 at this point. Anyway, thanks for confirming.

  • MB30SD

    these are the best looking packer fans ever… and they’re 4s. Well, the one second from the right MIGHT be a 5.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/packers-fans-bikinis_n_4333969.html

  • Sactowns#1

    Did anyone else notice Chicken Dinner jumping inside or crashing down on almost every play. The guy has no outside moves and we had no contain on his side the whole day! It was a pretty frustrating game to watch. Seeing the Rams keep a drive alive on 2nd and 19 with a 20 yard catch was just infuriating,

    • to be fair, we had no contain on the other side, either. we also had nothing in between the tackles.

    • Ghost of Waffle

      I think I counted 4/4 or 5/5 on not holding contain and allowing QB’s, RB’s and WR’s outside of him including Austin’s first run.
      He played like a freshman B team reject that can never remember to hold contain and runs all around the field like a spaz.

      • MB30SD

        he IS a spaz

  • please tell me one of you chicago blog peeps is the runner in this video: http://deadspin.com/footrace-between-drunk-bears-fans-ends-exactly-as-it-sh-1471237969

  • Sactowns#1

    I also think the criticisms of Bush are unwarranted. If Trestman actually used him efficiently and not so transparently (Lets see, 3rd an a yard and they’re bringing in Bush lined up in the I . I wonder what theyre going to do) I think he could be more productive. You cant throw a guy out there and expect him to be productive, get him integrated into the offense. You think Forte can be productive in the postseason after he’s already had 99% of the teams carries? Bush ran it ZERO times in Detroit and Minni, 2 times in NO and one time at home against Detroit. Come on. Either get the guy involved ala Kendel Hunter or dont use him at all.

    • As @gpldan:disqus said so eloquently earlier:

      “In his last 42 carries, Mike Bush has run LESS than ONE yard on 22 of them.

      His ypc over those 42 carries is 1.9.”

      I don’t care if the defense knows it’s coming. A power back should not be getting stopped for less than a yard on more than 50% of his carries.

      • bearsFanatic

        Trent Richardson is having the same issue in Indy with less than 3 ypc. I say part of that is that the line still doesn’t get any push up the middle. To run between the tackles, you have to move people off the ball, and we don’t do it consistently. Forte gets yards, but most of it is outside the tackles or when the defense has to prepare for multiple options. When its third and short or fourth and short, the D-line has to just hold the line and not get pushed back.

        • bearsFanatic

          That said, Bush stopping on the goal-line run was ridiculous. Why would any runner ever stop moving his legs, especially when he hadn’t gotten hit yet? Payton used to just churn through people, fighting to fall forward every time he got the ball.

          • gpldan

            Bush hasn’t been the same guy since his ribs got slammed last year.

            Hey, I get it. I may have a torn thoracic wall muscle – fucking HURTS. For long time. But then, hang it up if the fire isn’t there anymore.

            We need a name for holding onto your position long after your skill has faded and you are a shell of your former self: Call it… an Orange Julius or something.

            Bush – you are an Orange Julius!

        • gpldan

          BF –

          If you can’t AVERAGE 2 yards per carry over 2 dozen runs running behind Long with Flametta blocking – your team is weak, you are weak, hit the bricks pal! 3rd place is you’re fired!

          Seriously – dang, come on, I form or not, the team had EIGHT shots on the 1 yard line. EIGHT! Statistically, at what point should it happen?

          Moose the ex-cowboys FB calling the game, was flabbergasted. They had the temerity to suggest – WATCH THE DVR I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP – that after so many attempts at the 1 yard line, the Rams DL might be WEARING DOWN the Bears OL.

          IT”S SUPPOSED TO WORK THE OPPOSITE WAY YOU FOX PUTZES!

          Try to imagine Madden and Summerall passing off the idea that after repeated short yards re-tried due to penalties, it might be the OFFENSE getting worn down. It turns everything you know about football on it’s head. It’s the most pathetic excuse for an OL not getting it done I ever heard broadcasters make.

  • BillW

    Admittedly most if not all already said here:
    Said it before – Trestman out thinks himself. Martellus TD perfect example; some “trick” play before that (don’t remember what it was) but then went with his strong TE at the goal line like real offenses do.
    Agree totally that Trestman misuses Bush; if the only time you bring him in is to give him the ball on short yardage, then when you bring him in on short yardage the other team figures he’s going to get the ball. DUH! Or is Trestman thinking “they will assume I assume they think Bush is getting the ball, so they will assume that I have something else in mind so I’ll trick them and give him the ball anyway.” Unfortunately, there is a real chance he does in fact think like that.
    Why aren’t ANY of these players on defense that seem so FUNDAMENTALLY bad being held accountable? And by that I mean benching for a series. Same with the dumb penalties. Seriously, Tresatman is as likley to lose the team as any coach at this juncture.
    I get that since they amazingly are still in the playoff race they have to go with their best – even though half of their best on D will be doing something else for a living next year. Still – why not a “public hanging” so to speak this week?
    The fact that Shea McClellin is still being even remotely praised by th ecoaching staff is another example of no accountability. Emery made a huge mistake with him.
    Hub today on the Score said Tucker shoudl be back because of the injuriies but he should essentially get one year to put in HIS system. If it doesn’t work out then get someone esle. I can buy that. Holmes did not. Hub said the linebackers were horrible in over-pursuing continually. Holmes and his partner let him go on that one but later said that’s on Tucker if it lasts the whole game without him stepping up and addressing it. We’ll see this week. If there is not SOME lineup change – even if it’s just to make the point – then he’s a bad coach.
    Jeff – I respectfully disageree with the premise that we will be able to win with offense. The logic doesn’t hold up – we lose to Rodgers with this defense becasue they will score on every possession. We may lose to Minn becasue they will game plan around our bad run defense. Maybe we’re ok against the Browns; Phil offesne may well score 60 on us; Romo will probably give us a couple so we may get that one. The fact is, no one has a defense nearly as bad as ours. So we go into every shootout at a distinct disadvatage.
    AND YET – 6-5 is better than we’d be with a Mike Tice offense even with Lovie and Rod running the defense. With the injuries, we lose yeaterday anyway. We probably lose one of the comeback games earlier in the season and probably the Ravens game and maybe even the Packers game. No 9 minute drive with a Tice offense.
    Notice how not having Cutler doesn’t matter at all? If it were me, I’d really think hard about using the money for a couple good D FAs and roll the dice with McCown now and a draft pick later. If Cutler eats up too much cap space, we will have 9-7 seasons with a few Rams-like games for years to come.

    • MB30SD

      what good would that do Bill?

      Bench them all for who… is the issue. If they had better options, I assume they’d be in there already.

      I like trestman a lot. He needs to work on his GL/SY play calling. Oh, and cut bush, put ford in.

      • SC Dave

        I know that many of the Bush calls are predictable, but the guy has to CATCH the fucking flare. That play call was perfect – Michael should have walked that one in.

        So yeah, let’s try Ford.

        • bearsFanatic

          I agree he should have scored there, but that pass was not good. It was short. If it hits his hands, he should catch it, but let’s face it, that was not a gimme for Bush. That’s the one area where Jay is better…Bush would have to catch that or it would break his ribs.

          • Scharfinator

            I disagree, Jay would have had to loft it as well. The DE was coming in McCown’s face pretty directly from Bush’s direction.

            Now I would be willing to agree that Jay’s loft would have hit Bush in the head.

  • gpldan

    Robert Quinn spanked Bushrod.

    Bushrod should send his wife over to Quinn’s house after that beating. I hadn’t seen that level of abuse since I watched the Tina Turner story on E!

  • MB30SD

    hey shady, ever done Assassin’s Creed? Any good?

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    It was a nice day for me yesterday. I won all three of my FF leagues and effectively eliminated three teams from the championship playoffs, including Shady from his own league (poetic justice since he payed for Rodgers!)

    Yes, quite nice indeed.

    Am I missing anything else? oh yeah…

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Anyone watch the Pats last night? They spotted the Broncos a ton of points, and they still won.

    They, like us, are missing their two starting DTs, their MLB, a few CBs, etc…

    In other words, their D is as injured as us.

    Yet, they still won and really limited Peyton.

    Sure, Moreno rushed for 200 yds, but Bill said “Peyton isn’t beating us. They could rush for 1,000, but he aint’ gonna beat us” and it worked.

    Eventually, it comes down to the decisions the GM makes (Shea over Chandler, Tucker over Horton?) and coaching (Bill somehow still manages to make that D respectable inspite of the injuries).

    Luckily, the J-E-T-S are tanking again, and I keep hoping they lose from here on out so that they fire Rex, and we can pick him up next year.

    Trestman needs a guy he can just hand over the keys to the D and not worry about it. Not sure Tucker is that guy. Sean Payton has the other Ryan, and it seems to be working in NO.

    • MB30SD

      agree with the last 2 sentences… a lot.

    • Ghost of Waffle

      lol, their D is nowhere near as injured as ours. We are missing a perennial pro bowl LB and CB. A pro bowl DT, his backup, our nose, his backup, our middle backer and our nickel.
      Oh, and the backups that are currently playing? Undrafted free agent ROOKIES because the normal 3rd stringers retired on the day of camp and tore an achilles.
      This is the most hurt i’ve ever seen a bears team.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Pats lost

        DT Wilfork who probably means more to that defense than Melton
        DT Tommy Kelly = Irvin
        MLB Mayo = Briggs

        CB Talib (their Peanut) is also hurting, and a few other guys in their secondary.

        Also, unlike us, they’ve lost their two starting RTs and Mr.Glass Amendola/Gronk were out for like 10 weeks.

        We might have a few more injuries on D (but teams were running all over us even with DJ Williams and Paea so not sure they’re huge losses), but not by much.

        A great DC schemes ways to make up for the losses. Look at how the Pack DC during their SB run adjusted.

        Billichick has found a way to keep their D competitive.

        Tucker has not.

        That’s just how I see it.

        I said it last week, if Tucker somehow manages to keep Teams scoring over 24ish, he should stick around (unless Rex Ryan becomes available). But if teams continue making our D look like the Jags, fuck that.

        Zac Stacey ran for 84 yds and 1TD in 2 quarters, then his no name back-up stepped in and rushed for 100 and 1TD, and oh yeah, Austin ran for another 65.

        That’s unacceptable no matter what.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Things that keep making me go ‘hmmmm’

    1. I wanted a big fat DT since AA left. This isn’t astrophysics. The Bears can’t find ONE 350 pound DT who can put down the cheetos for early downs? I mean, if we’re reeling in the run D dept, then get a big run plugger who can at least slow down the offensive linemen on their way to wiping out our LBs, or maybe even require a double team.

    Why can’t we get one of those? Isn’t JaMarcus Russell still available?

    2. How Rhodes is an FA while Wright/Conte are starting is a crime of humanity. I’m going to hire a male escort to grab their crotch at the airport where TMZ trolls; then they too can get blacklisted so that we can upgrade the position NOW.

    3. Am I going blind? Am I suffering from some sort of neurobiological disorder that distorts my judgement? On what plane of existence is Bush better than Ford? Bush was brought in as a contingency plan in case Forte didn’t re-sign. His wheels came off late in the season in OAK, and apparently he didn’t go to Jiffy Lube. Again, Ford can make his own holes which is nice since our Oline can’t push a Dline back one yard in 8 tries.

    • MB30SD

      Yes on #2 please!! Shit if you guarantee it will happen I might even volunteer to do the grabbing.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        haha TMZ lives at LAX. If Conte and Wright ever land at LAX we’ll make a trip and do a double-crotch grab and take one for the team.

        But you take Wright cause we don’t call him pringles for nothing lol

        • MB30SD

          that’s fine. takes one to grab one I guess.

  • SC Dave
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Legion of Soon to be Suspended…

  • MB30SD

    they just did a piece on CTE on espn monday night countdown.

    Berman’s comment after chris carter’s very poignant input, “Well, I trust the league to do what’s right.”

    You fat, moronic ignoramus… shut the fuck up. God you are so fucking turrible (whhhoooop!)

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      That’s like the Marlboro Man saying, “Well, why would the tobacco company knowingly kill off their own customers?”

      DUH. $$$

      • MB30SD

        yeah, it was an inane comment. Just so bad. I was like, ‘did you really fucking say that on nat TV you fat stooge’.

        Sal palantonio actually did a pretty scathing piece about how he’s seen all the guys kill themselves and he can’t watch with a clear conscience any more. then berman dropped his brilliance.

  • MB30SD

    dude, the 9ers front 8 guys are fucking beastly. Every one of their LBs are total bad asses.

    • Shady

      Two words. Anquan. Boldin.

      • MB30SD

        stop teasing me.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Compared to us, who doesn’t?

      Pepp pretty much admitted he’s old.
      Paea has the toe of a grandpa
      Shea is playing out of position on any down that’s not 3rd and 19.

      Our LBs are getting washed out of plays, or running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

      It’s unbelievable we even have a winning record.

      • bearsFanatic

        Shea is always out of position, regardless of down and distance. For this lack of a defense, 3rd and 19 is just an easy completion over the middle away from a first down. Then we can listen to the announcer say, once again, “Bostic was a little late getting there.” As was the entire defense.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    So Kobe rapes again, this time the Lakers are the victim.

  • Johnathan Wood

    My biggest beef with the defense yesterday was this: Shea McClellin more than doubled Bass’ snaps.

    Bass has massively outplayed McClellin this year and should be playing ahead of him.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I mean, the rest of the D stuff sucks too, but I can somewhat excuse it by injuries. They don’t have anybody better to throw out there at most of those spots (although maybe a safety shakeup would be a good idea).

      But they have a clear instance at DE where they can and should be making a lineup change and aren’t.

  • Thompson Way

    So, do you want to start talking about who is in the draft, and add in a little pre season hype, even though this season is not done yet? “Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” ( The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) )

    So, get use to the suck… and Bear down.

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