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A Nothing Team Led by Nothing Men Deserving Nothing From Their Loyal Fans

| December 16th, 2014

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In August of 2005 I self-produced my first play, Shore Points, at the Irish Arts Center in New York. It was a limited run but still ranks amongst the most exciting experiences of my life. I decided over the run to sell Coors Light cans in the lobby for the powerful, almighty “suggested donation” as a means of erasing at least some of the credit card debt I was quickly accruing. My family came. My friends came. Friends of my family came. Family of my friends came. And they all drank. A lot.

I took the cash and went to Ireland with Noah Brier, co-founder of this website, in October of that year. We were in a town called Dundalk on Sunday October 16th. Dundalk like many Irish towns is in a Catholic coma on Sundays aside from a few pubs specializing in fine Sunday roasts serving creatures most of us find cute. No smart phones. No open internet cafes. Nothing. And the Bears were playing the Vikings at noon CT.

We found a pay phone. And for three hours continually called a friend in New York. Every fifteen minutes or so. We didn’t stop calling until Thomas Jones ran in a longish touchdown early in the fourth quarter, making the game 21-3. Updates at an Irish payphone. More than $40 spent. That’s how much I care about the Chicago Bears. That passion led to the creation of this website a few weeks after I arrived back in the states.

For the last three weeks, for the first time in my life, I have watched the Chicago Bears play football and not cared an iota about the result. They have played the care out of me. They are a nothing team led by nothing men deserving nothing from their dedicated fans.

And that is what they shall receive from this column space for the next two weeks. Nothing. There will be no game previews for the final two contests. There will be no analysis of the games themselves. They don’t deserve the time required to do those things effectively. There will be content, of course, but none of that content will take seriously the on-field actions of such an embarrassingly passionless bunch.

New Year’s Eve is only two weeks away. With it comes the promise of new beginnings, new opportunities. But most excitingly, with a new year comes the opportunity to bury forever the most pathetic football team in the history of the proud Chicago Bears organization.

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  • Ososfan

    We still need a lot of help with the Offensive Line. It’s crazy how many times Cutler has been under pressure this year. I’d trade down, get as many picks as possible and get a O Line as the first pick, not sexy but very very important….

    • priority #1 this year has to be the DL. Want to win the division, have to beat Rodgers. Want to beat Rodgers, have to knock him on his keister repeatedly. It’s what SEA, DET, and BUF have done. And it’s the only way Chicago will win a division title as long as Rodgers is still playing.

      • Ososfan

        No doubt J wood. Then I guess they need to get the best OLinemen available in FA.

        • I’m talking about FA and the draft. My offseason plan would be to go big on Suh with a front-loaded contract (can open up $11M by cutting Allen) and draft the best edge rusher available in round 1.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Jared Allen’s 2015 Roster Bonus is fully guaranteed. Bears get no cap savings by cutting him unless they make him a 6/1 cut.

          • not according to DJ Durkin, who’s the authority on Chicago’s salary cap. he says the $11.5M bonus is not guaranteed until the 10th day of the new league year. If they cut him before that, it’s only $1M in dead money.

            I’d be fine with having Allen back, but would not hesitate to dump him and throw that $$ at Suh.

          • BlameAngelo

            I’d go DE in rounds 1 and 2, even with Suh on board. It’s all about the DL. If you build it, wins will come. Get a first for Cutty too. Shaun Hill, Fitzy …. don’t care … build the DL, and build the OL when that’s done, not before.

      • Scharfinator

        A stud LB or two would help with this too.

        • LB is definitely a need as well, though I wonder how much better a good DC would make them look. I like Bostic and Jones. Would love a smart, reliable MLB in the middle to anchor the unit. Not a stud, just a dependable guy.

          • CanadaBear

            Really don’t get the love for Bostic or Jones. Both of them are athletic but neither one of them have any instincts. Jones was out of position all night. Same with Bostic. They made a lot of tackles … 10-20 yds downfield. More like 30 on the screen passes.

          • maybe Love is a strong word. I think they can both be solid players. Agreed they are not smart enough, but again, I wonder how much of that is on coaching.

            I want to see how they look with a good DC coaching them up and a smart MLB in between them.

          • BlameAngelo

            We don’t have any good linebackers. Not one. We have one good player on the OL, Long, and a semi-decent one in Slauson. One of our safeties is semi-decent, in Mundy. Everyone involved in charge of talent and coaching in this organization needs to be jobless. Rather than eating salaries, they should bring Ditka in as a consultant on draft picks (with a no-dreadlock proviso on RBs).

        • BlameAngelo

          We can’t have a great DL AND great LBs AND a great OL. The Eighties are over.

          You picks your poison. The opposing QB on his back, and no runs up the middle is a good place to start.

      • huntinbare

        How about some heavy hitters and coverage skills from the LB’s . We do not make his targets pay a dear price for every catch. I agree, get to him quick…but if they succeed blow the receiver up.

        • BlameAngelo

          Heavy hitters AND coverage skills? In the same player? We didn’t have that in 85. LBs should leave that shit to the DBs, and we bring the pain with the front 7. No running, no passing, just like when we were kings. The recipe for success has not changed. 4.0 yards per carry and blood in the trenches. Monsters of the Midway, not the Bad News Bears.

          It starts with the DL. Mongo, Manimal and Dent. Build it.

          • huntinbare

            We have a good history of LB’s with both skill…start with Butkus and check it out. Of course the front has to be the drving force to disrupt the play; but in a passing league you better have coverage skills…how many ints. have we gotten from the LB’s this year?

      • JP

        At this point it’s “Best available Defensive Player” for me in the first and maybe the 2nd. After that, Center and Guard. I’m assuming De La Peunte won’t wanna stay after Kromer leaves, slauson is on the age decline, and garza is well, garza.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Matt Slauson is 28

          • JP

            His body is likely 36 at this point.

          • based on one injury?

          • BerwynBomber

            Slauson is fine unless there is something that JP knows that we don’t. Heck, even DLP did a serviceable job when he spelled Garza earlier in the year.

          • JP

            well that and the banged up shoulder requiring surgery that pretty much kept him out all off season. Pair that with the torn pec and that’s pretty concerning for a guard.

          • I see no reason to believe he won’t be his normal self come training camp. This year was first year in 6 year career missing time with injuries. Until it becomes a recurring problem, I’m not worried.

        • BerwynBomber

          You can’t go O at all in this draft unless it is a QB (whichever round) or an RT (late). Too many holes on defense. And too much money already dumped into all sub-units of the O.

          • BlameAngelo

            Fales can be the next neckbeard, we don’t need anything flashy. Running game plus top defense = success. Always has, always will.

            Timmy. Smith. One game no name.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Jared Allen’s 2015 Roster Bonus is fully guaranteed. Bears get no cap savings by cutting him unless they make him a 6/1 cut.

  • BerwynBomber

    Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS “Cutler deserve blame, but he’s had 332 atts when behind and 113 ahead.Trailing attempts: Brady, 163, Manning, 228. Rodgers,164. Wilson:146.”

    Usually when you are the trigger man for a win-a-shootout offense that only comes alive in garbage time, chances are a majority of your passing attempts will occur when playing from behind.

    • TheBigCheesy

      The Cutler debate is finished. It’s done. Jeff and Johnny and the 4 other guys still sitting in Cutler’s corner are still going to spin their narrative any way they can, no matter how poorly he plays. God bless ’em. It’s really not worth the time and energy to twist the knife.

      • huntinbare

        It is my conclusion, which I admit aint much; that Cutler is an inovator. What I mean by this is; he cannot be pigeonholed into any particular system of structure. His gifts lie in physical ability; but he must be moving to succeed. Pocket passing is never going to work; roll him out, move him all over the field and let him create from his intuitive play. So be it if he gets blown up; this will bring about wins or the end. That is something we would all be able to live with.

        • TheBigCheesy

          you might be totally right, but you’re the 123414th person to theoreticize about a system where Jay Cutler can succeed.

          First it was the WRs, so they got him WRs
          Then it was the line and so they built him a line
          Then it was the Coordinators and the coach so they brought in the “qb whisperer”
          Then he did okay and they said well it was only the first year and he’s never stayed in the same system for an extended period of time….so they kept everything the same this year.
          Now Jeff is tweeting about the Bears defense preventing cutler from being andrew luck. So now what, the bears need to get a great defense? Sooo now we’re back to where we started in 2009. Give me a mother fucking break.

          Bears brass, bears fans, and national media have been playing this same stupid game for YEARS. Cutler just needs this, Cutler just needs that. He’s this type of player, he can work under this system.

          Maybe he just can’t cut it? maybe what you see is what you get? Can we ever just accept that?

          • wreckinball

            I can Sometimes you have to just admit he’s a bust But who the fuck is available ? No one!

            He’s untradeable he’s uncuttable and you can’t let Clausen play Draft a rook and grin and bear it next year

          • John Doe

            As Steve Young said on ESPN last night to the exact same question, “Jay Cutler is not working out for Chicago. Time to move on”

            Anybody but Jay Cutler.

          • huntinbare

            That may just be the case; but I have never understood your feelings of abuse toward a team and its fans that are trying to collectively enjoy a sunday of football.
            If you think of any other ideas do let us know….your days of futility from your club will visit themselves upon your fair city…it is inevitable…be happy you have enjoyed such good fortune.
            The last sentence of your post is all life ever offers; good or bad….ease up and get some rest

          • BlameAngelo

            He’s completely correct in what he says …. even with time to throw, the receivers he’s had, Forte and then Bennett …. when does the finger finally get pointed at Cutty? Play calls my ass. You can either hit a receiver in the numbers or you can’t. Cutty can’t hit a barn door from inside the barn.

          • huntinbare

            Our reality is that the players behind him would fare no better; so at least move him around a bit and be less predictable. When you don’t have better alternatives you gotta try to make some lemonade. By the time he leaves his name will be on a bunch of statistical “best” categories in Bear record books.

          • John Doe

            Some people are personally invested in defending Jay Cutler. They might feel like chumps if they admitted they were wrong on Jay Cutler all along. So cannot admit mistake.

          • BillW

            I freely admit I was dead wrong. I had no idea Cutler was so uncoachable. I bought into the idea he needed the right coach. Now I know he’s too stubborn or something (sick?) to translate that into game action.

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah I was on board with him for a long while. I gave up on him the start of last season, despite the success of that season on O.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            And you’re a troll. So there’s that.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It’s not about a great defense. It’s about any defense. At all. They showed up for a series or two last night. Brees goes 26-29 with 3 TDs by midway through the 3rd. Two of those TDs are on the exact same play call.
            And it’s more appealing to bitch about Cutler because he has a pout face.
            I get it, but it’s still dumb. The team just sucks this year, but acting like QB is our biggest problem to solve…that’s what drives me nuts. You could put Manning, Brees, or maybe even Rodgers back there, and we’d still be no better than a .500 ball club with that Defense. A couple of games better, sure…but still an also-ran.

          • BillW

            No one said he is the biggest problem to solve. At least I don’t read it that way. The defense is a bigger problem. But there is a lot to that. On a clearly underperforming offense, the reason is pretty clear.

            And I think if Rodgers was back there we score 30 a game and are in the payoff hunt. Go ahead and think otherwise if that makes you feel better somehow. I get that – this is such a miserable year

          • BillW

            And we’d feel we were just one more off season away from being a serious contender. Not feeling hopeless.

          • BlameAngelo

            Rodgers, Brees, Manning P, they all get negated by a solid DL.

            We don’t NEED Aaron Rogers .. .we need a friggin pass rush.

            Flacco, Eli, Dilfer …..rings.

          • John Doe

            Once again, Bears are paying a ton of money to Cutler and not getting their money’s worth. A big chunk of money paid to Cutler could be used to improve the defense.

            So yes, Cutler is the biggest problem because he is sucking away resources from defense.

            Would you rather have:

            1) Jay Cutler for $18 million
            2) Josh McCown/Kyle Orton type for $5-6 million and use the remaining $12 million for Aquib Talib or Derrelle Revis?

            Derrelle Revis is the type of CB who can shut down Jordy Nelson and Calvin Johnson and improve defense by a lot overnight.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            See my Cheesy response above.

            We are spending big money for Briggs, Jennings, (Peppers in absentia), Jared Allen, Houston, Willie Young.and Tillman (rest his triceps in peace). All of them have missed significant portions of or nearly all of the entire season. That’s a much bigger problem than the proportion of D cap money to O cap money. It’s the D cap money that’s paying guys not to play OR to play like warmed up dog dook that’s the issue.

          • CanadaBear

            Cutler is a lightning rod. He’s been avg and paid elite money. That’s on Emery. The D has had a lot of injuries, esp to the old guys. That should have been factored in when the roster was being set. That’s on Emery. He over paid Houston by at least $2-3 mil/yr and the $10 mil/yr to the washed up hillbilly was like throwing the money out the window. Take that $12-13 mil and get some decent LB’s and a safety. We’d look a lot better. That’s not hindsight. A lot of us on here have been bitching about the LB’s and safeties for a couple of years.

            Really don’t get the love for this draft. Too early to tell for sure but Fuller has been avg at best after September. I like the guy and he’s gutting it out but he isn’t doing all that well right now. Ferguson hasn’t even been mentioned during the broadcasts for weeks. A street FA (Dunn) was getting more snaps than him. Sutton has flashed slightly but that’s all. Carey … RB’s like him are a dime a dozen. Vereen looks like just a guy at most. Fales … really? Leno has been passed up by a street free agent (Troy). All his filling out the roster moves are designed to get the most athletic guys possible. Well we’ve got a ST’s roster full of athletic guys that play with the discipline of a 6 year-old soccer squad.

          • BlameAngelo

            I could give a fuck who the corners are.
            If you have JJ Watt, Warren Sapp and Richard Dent bearing down on you every snap then Richard Simmons could play CB. Optimus Peanut used to shut down Megatron. fensess aren’t built around peripheral guys, it’s won or lost in the trenches, or don’t people look at the teams from history? Purple People Eaters, Steel Curtain, the Bills line, the old Cowboys lines, Bears 85 …..

            Build it.

          • Scharfinator

            1st Quarter –
            2 plays and an INT for our offense.
            D forces a turnover.
            Offense runs 5 plays and punts.
            Saints get a few first downs, held at 4th down, miss FG.
            Bears drive, 1 penalty, 3 negative plays, 2 positive, Punt

            2nd Quarter –
            Saints score.
            Bears go 3 and out.
            Saints forced to punt by our D
            Bears go 3 and out. Punt Debacle
            Saints forced to punt by our D
            Bears get a first down, but don’t get out of own half, punt.
            Saints score in 2 minute drill.

            The D was pretty solid the first half. Even saved us from Cutlers early INT. The offense did nothing with it. It isn’t all Cutler, but he does touch the ball EVERY offensive snap. The saints had seven drives and got points on 2 of them. We had six drives and got NOTHING against the Saint’s D, which was 31st prior to playing us.

            This is a bad Bears team, but the offense is worse than the defense.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            LMFAO.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It is a historically bad Defense. The worst I have ever seen, particularly given the FA’s that were brought in this year.
            They gave up back to back 50-burgers.
            And I’m being an apologist for Cutler? C’maaaaaaain.

          • TheBigCheesy

            i wouldn’t necessarily say that the offense is worse than the defense, but it definitely was yesterday. You’re drive recap proves as much. And there have been other games where that is the case as well. Especially to start off games. There have been several times where the defense has punched above it’s weight and held off the opposition, waiting for Cutler and company to get it going…..

          • BlameAngelo

            Nothing is worse than our defense, crackbaby.

          • Scharfinator

            Crawl back under your bridge.

          • BillW

            And please – no one is saying anything anymore about his pouting. At least not on this web site. They are talking about him seemingly out of sorts and speculating it’s diabetes related. Not jerk related. It’s stuff like locking in on Jeffery on third and 3 and throwing deep giving the safety plenty of time to get over for the pick. That crap will never end. It’s not finding open receivers like the CBS guy Durkin clearly pointed out on his site. It’s poor decision making – not his pouting face for God’s sake,

            Sorry but the Cutler apologists are really grasping at straws now.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It’s not a apology, dude – it’s pointing out the obvious.

          • Scharfinator

            He’s had diabetes for a number of years. He should know how to manage it by now.

          • TheBigCheesy

            It’s almost impossible to have an acceptable defense given the resources invested in the offense. Not only did the Bears ration a large portion of the salary cap on Jay Cutler, they also spent a ton of resources (picks, $$$) on his supporting cast. The graphic last night showed that 43% of the cap is reserved for Cutler, Marshall, Forte, and Bushrod. On top of that, they brought in a GM who clearly only has an eye for offensive talent, and they brought in an offensive minded head coach.

            How can you possibly expect to build an adequate defense with the resources left over?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Oh horseshit. 43%?
            WTF are you talking about? They account for about 43 million in cap space, not 43% of the whole cap.

            And this argument that your salary cap numbers have a direct correlation with expectations on either side of the ball is bullshit too.
            GB outspends on Defense by $10mil this year…and it’s Rodgers that carries them.
            Dallas has a closer split to where we are, and I’d say it’s their D that has proved the difference for them as well.
            We are spending big money for Briggs, Jennings, (Peppers in absentia), Jared Allen, Houston, Willie Young.and Tillman (rest his triceps in peace). All of them have missed significant portions of or nearly all of the entire season. That’s a much bigger problem than the proportion of D cap money to O cap money. It’s the D cap money that’s paying guys not to play OR to play like warmed up dog dook that’s the issue.

          • TheBigCheesy

            you are right about the 43%. I read that incorrectly. it’s more like 35% I believe. sorry to mislead.

            The rest of it, i’m not going to address. if you think it’s reasonable to expect the Bears to build a respectable defense with the resources left, than I guess there’s nothing I can do to convince you. Phil Emery hired Mel Tucker, drafted Shea McClellin, and bought Jared Allen. The guy can’t do a fucking thing on that side of the ball, and you can’t expect him to be able to, otherwise he would be a much better GM than he is and probably would have been hired elsewhere by now. The GM has offensive strengths, the coach is offensive minded, and the salary cap is disporportionally spent on the Offense. The offense has to be elite. Period.

          • yeah, they got him a line and WRs. Then he got hurt in 2013.

            Then the line and WRs got hurt in 2014.

            That said, Cutler is who he is: an average NFL QB who will have some great games and some terrible games.

          • BlameAngelo

            Exactly, but I’d rather pay a Kyle Orton $5M to do that and keep the ball in our hands, and then keep the rest for my my stud D.

        • Trac

          Even if you’re right, that doesn’t fit Trestmans offensive scheme. Look at Pete Carroll and recent coaches that are relatively new to the NFL and you’ll see that they draft QB’s to fit their scheme, not the other way round.

          • BerwynBomber

            Moreover, even if he is right (and it is somewhat a straw grasp) defenses are too smart for an offense to make a steady diet of that and be successful. Unless you have some badass D and STs of your own that carries the O (sound familiar?), at which point you don’t need to pay a QB $58M.

          • huntinbare

            I know I am just grasping at straws….and that cryptic line of we win or he gets blown up was a bit harsh

          • Cormonster

            Wilson was Darrell Bevell’s project. Pete Carroll even admitted as such. It was Bevell who wanted Wilson. Wilson didn’t fit his scheme at all. He adjusted the offense throughout Wilson’s first year to fit Wilson, not the other way around.

          • Trac

            Your answer doesn’t make sense Cor. Bevell is the play caller, which makes my point.

          • Cormonster

            Sure it does. Bevell changed his offense to fit Wilson. He didn’t draft Wilson to fit his offense. Bevell never ran a read option, and rarely had QB’s rolling out or moving the pocket, until they got Wilson.

          • Trac

            But they picked him. They didn’t inherit him. Big difference.

          • Trac

            Pete Carroll decided to run the read option after being impressed with what the Redskins were doing with it and because the Seahawks offense was not scoring enough points.

        • BlameAngelo

          What gifts?
          I haven’t seen any positive ones in 6 years of watching the guy and I was praying real hard. If your QB can’t do the ‘pocket passing’ thing …..

      • BerwynBomber

        Ha! Not worth it to twist the knife for you maybe. Face it, Cheesey. You’d love to see Cutty get an extension from the Bears.

        • TheBigCheesy

          I still remember the moment Emery announced the extension at his press conference. The only one more excited than Johnny Waffle was The Big Cheesy

    • Scharfinator

      If you don’t score in the first half, chances are you will have a ton of “from behind” attempts. What Pete is missing in his comparison is that the exact reason they are in that situation is because they’re so bad early on.

      He’s using it as an excuse for Cutler, but it actually more damning.

  • wreckinball

    Garbage time it is. Gruden stated right from the start importance of the first few drives when you have a weak D

    Actually the teams saints Bears are somewhat mirror images. Strong O weak D

    But Saints have an undisputed leader who didn’t start out great last night But perservered

  • huntinbare

    I have posted before about why I watch Chicago sports; but for those who have not seen the words….
    I hooked up with this body over 62 years ago; I did not ask for it, it was thrust upon me. From this perspective I have enjoyed all of the sensations that the bodily presence has offered…pleasure, pain, sadness, joy, tears, laughter, fear, peace. Every moment is giving the this awareness a sensation. The electricity of competition that flows on gameday is one of my most favorite pleasures.
    Last night I must admit I felt senseless. I could not even work up a response from my mind. It was bizzare; never felt like that watching a game. It was not boredom; it was more like the sensation I get from all the games from around the league that I never see. NOTHING. They gave my body nothing.
    Even the Cubs have never produced this in the worst of times.
    I can only hope that this emptyness has infiltrated the ownership. No body deserves to travel through this gift of life and be numb to all its possibilities. So this is where my hope for the future of our franchise lies. It is the hollow sense of nothing in the bodies of the owners that can create the change.
    I hear isolation in a small cell can bring about this condition. There is no honor in tortue Mr. Halas; stop it now and get this fixed by a football mind who has freedom from your madness

    • wreckinball

      When you pull out the not even the Cubs statement you know it’s bad

      • huntinbare

        That whole experience has taught me lessons in patience…I keep saying that when we win all those years of futility will become even more haunting…the lovable losers will never be the same…right now that is all we have going…

        • BillW

          Here’s the thing. Say the Bears clean house and say “be patient – it’s probably going to take 5 years”.

          Well guess what – those 5 years are going to pass by whether they rebuild or keep going the way they are. I’m sure at the end of five years you’d rather a solid contender than a team that might get in the playoffs once or twice and then fall down again.

          • huntinbare

            I agree…fix it for the future; but this means they all go …Ted on down, and Halas family gets out of the way….I am tired of the current approach…OB and Buffone want Newsome as president; I would not think they are too far out there suggesting this…Then he sets up the scouting, gm, hc, assistants…all his dream …we have nothing more to lose.

          • Big Mike

            For the truest of fans the joy is in the building. The steady progress towards the mountain top is the bittersweet drug that makes victory so precious. Jordan’s Bulls being dominated and mocked for years by Detroit, only to shove it down their throats. The Hawks languishing for decades and being crowned the worst Franchise in all major sports, only to win 2 Stanley Cups and be in a position to compete for a Cup every year. The 1984 Bears are actually my favorite Bears team.

            One of the reasons I don’t want to give up on Emery is I believe he has a solid blueprint. From a talent standpoint the progress is there. The Bears are getting younger and more talented. This years draft should provide a bounty. Drafting near the top of each round is a great advantage.

  • Trac

    Not gonna wax poetic Jeff but I’ll say this – The Bears need to rebuild and they’ve needed to rebuild for several years now. Nobody ever likes to face a rebuild as a fan because it means several years of futility as far as our playoff hopes go. I believe Emery now knows this, and Trestman knows this. I’m gonna go out on a limb here but I think Trestman is trying to prove to Emery that he cannot move forward with Jay as his quarterback. To me that is the only logical reason why Trestman has stuck with the dink and dunk.

    Suck it up boys, we are now officially stuck with Emery and every one of us is gonna have to hope that he knows what he’s doing because he ain’t going anywhere for at least 4 more years.

    • JP

      Fire Sale time?

      • Trac

        I hope so.

    • huntinbare

      The thing that bothers me is the cover- up and subterfuge.
      Tell us the truth and get the job done. You cannot hide futility…it is breeding contempt.
      Cub ownership spelled out a plan; and we all are willing to be patient; I like the strenght of telling the world your dreams and then going out and produce it.

    • DaBearsBlog

      My issue was, after last year, you couldn’t argue the Bears needed to rebuild. They had a top offense. They needed to improve the defense and they could have been contenders as early as next year. But it was impossible, honestly, to see what’s happened to the offense coming.

      • Trac

        I get that but if you think about it, nobody expected the success we had on O last year either. I saw the defensive train wreck coming the moment Lach was gone with no replacement outside of DJ Williams and we all knew how bad our O line was back then.

        • DaBearsBlog

          I think the idea of rebuilding is just very complicated. The Bears had a completely empty cupboard of young talent when Emery took over. Doesn’t it take 5 years at least to replenish that system?

          I don’t care what people say. This offense is talented. But the Titanic was a well-built ship too.

          • Trac

            I agree 100% on the complexity of a rebuild. That’s why it makes sense for Emery to keep Trestman another year. He’s got nothing to lose.

          • BillW

            He’s lost the team. No one wil pay much attention to him. Players won’t develop. Hell, Trestman is putting players (LBs) in positions they were not acquired for. The players we have are regressing. The man has to go.

          • Trac

            Unless spectre gets an ace to take the job during a weekend getaway at Lake Geneva, I don’t see that happening.

          • BlameAngelo

            It takes exactly five years, four if you’re a lucky genius ….

  • Good for you, Jeff. I’m considering doing similar with my website (also because I’ll be on vacation and am surely not ruining a wonderful vacation writing about this garbage).

    • huntinbare

      Garbage does not need to be honored with words. It must be taken to the curb and hauled to the dump. …sorry I could not help myself

  • BearDown100393

    once divided…nothing left to subtract…

    some words when whispered…can’t be taken back…

    walks on his own…with thoughts he can’t help thinking…

    future’s above…but in the present his hair falls out and the offense is false startin’…

    won a few Grey Cups…cursed the day he left Montreal…

    nothingman…

    nothingman…

    isn’t it something?

    nothingman…

    Jay never believed…in every story he had to whisper…

    one day Jay stiffened…took a kneel down…

    empty stares…from each corner of a shared locker room…

    one just gets fired…one’s left inside the Hall…

    and he who forgets…will be destined to remember…

    nothingman…

    nothingman…

    isn’t it something?

    nothingman…

    oh, Jay don’t want him…

    oh, Jay won’t text him…after he’s been fired…

    oh, goin’ back to Quebec…ah, back in Montreal…

    burn…burn…

    nothingman…

    nothingman…

    isn’t it something?

    nothingman…

    nothingman…

    coulda’ been something…

    nothingman…

    oh…ohh…ohh…

    • GPLDAN

      I shall bequeath thou 97 blog points for a Pearl Jam lyric drop.

      Well played. Well played.

  • BerwynBomber

    Jim Miller on the Score said that Cutler needs an OC or HC who doesn’t allow him to audible. Mills claims Cutty gets confused even by the most basic defensive looks and stated that Cutty would best be suited by working with an HC/OC like Shanahan, Chan Gailey or Gary Kubiak, guys who are known to either limit their QBs ability to audible or give them no ability to audible whatsoever.

    • wreckinball

      Really?
      Then its time to get rid of the player. Top QBs don’t get confused by the basic defensive looks.

    • didn’t martz forbid audibles? how’d that work out…

      • BerwynBomber

        They were 7-3 before Cutty got injured and it was arguably the best Cutty ever looked as a Bears QB — and that team had nowhere near the O talent this team does.

        • Trac

          Our D was playing balls to the wall. Evra one was talking pro bowl DB’s. Remember?

          • Big Mike

            Defense was good. But not lights out good. Offense was becoming competent.

    • BlameAngelo

      It was somebody on his line that said Jim McMahon was the greatest at audibles. He called the audible BEFORE the player in question moved up to the line .. .he’d see it in their eyes .. the change was made BEFORE it happened. Some player just understand the game. Steve Young learned the game of football from the bench at BYU, and it was Steve Young that said that.

  • wreckinball

    You wonder WTF happened to the O from last year? I would forget about facing Detroit and spend the whole week watching film this year versus last and try and figure it out. Maybe they’ve done this? You would think they have. And the solution is the game plans and execution we are seeing?
    Seems to me last years game plan was a success. Just use it. If that fails its execution.

    Can’t recall a bunch of guys, basically the same group, succeed and then flop so spectacularly. Same players, same coach.
    Can anyone else give me an example?

    • quasi-same players. haven’t we had something like 11 different OL combinations in our 14 games?

      • BerwynBomber

        Good point. Health was next to ideal on the offensive side of the ball last year.

        • wreckinball

          Except Cutler who was out some

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, there was that: McCown as the team MVP stuff. But everyone else was healthy.

          • a good OL can even make brad johnson a super bowl winning qb.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    As they say in the British Parliament.

    Hear, hear…Well said Sir…Hear, hear.

  • BillW

    From a prior thread – don’t recall who said it . But holding Buffalo to a 3 and out and scoring in about 4 plays was our Super Bowl.

    • BillW

      And Holy Crap – that must have been SOME week of practice!!!

  • BillW

    There is not a single player on this team I wouldn’t trade. I’d want a first and more for Long and Jeffery; a second for a few other players, and anything at all for the rest.

    If Emery stays I hope he becomes a seller and admits he’s doing a Cubs. Get a decent coach to manage the team and hope to attract a really good one once the rebuild is done.

  • BillW

    Jeff’s tweet about Emery’s reason for firing Lovie –
    Well, to be fair I do believe Cutler and Trestman have a very good relationship.

  • Peanut FTW

    I think that is a horrible quote, Lovie probably has a great relationship with McCown, having made him a multi-millionaire but there is no success. It is such a catch 22, teams that do well have a good relationship there but is that do to the winning or is the winning due to the relationship?

    • BillW

      Chicken and egg, not Catch 22. Yeah, I’m one of those semantics pains in the ass.

      • Trac

        In case you were wondering, the chicken came first. Just sayin!

  • Trac

    My new name for Emery is gonna be “Spectre”

  • John Doe

    Dan Bernstein @dan_bernstein · 11m11 minutes ago
    Source: #Bears ownership met last night. Trestman likely fired at season’s end, Emery’s fate still undecided.

    • BillW

      Thanks you Aaron Kromer for the info!

      • John Doe

        LOL!

        The most ironic thing about Kromer apology was he apologised to the offense for leaking stuff to the media.

        And then 4 players on offense who attended the meeting leaked his apology and other details to the media!!

        You could not make this stuff up.

  • BillW

    So contractually Emery can’t fire Kromer but apparently would have. And Trestman chooses to not fire the guy that Emery thinks should have been fired. So hopefully that’s enough for Emery to realize he can’t trust Trestman to run the team.

    • John Doe

      Do you really believe Emery? Those were some weasel words from Emery’s mouth.

      • BillW

        Yes I do. It was too weird not to be true. Maybe it’s not “contractual” though. Is that what you’re getting at? That it was a “test” to see if Trestman had the balls to do the right thing and he failed.

        • John Doe

          Have you ever been in a situation where your supervisor has no say over the fate of your subordinate?

          I believe Emery was playing politics and do not believe a word of what he said about Kromer incident and how it was only Trestman’s decision. He basically asked Trestman to take the fall. They couldn’t play last 3 games without OC and so make Trestman own the crap decision.

          • BillW

            You had me until “not play without an OC” since having an OC isn’t exactly helping any

          • John Doe

            Well you still need them to do the mundane shit. That is why none of those jokers are fired and will go through the motions through week 17.

    • Big Mike
  • Trac

    It’s official. NFL Network guys are now comparing Cutty to Jeff George.

    • wreckinball

      I think many on this site who get upset about such comparisons really are under rating George. He’s kind of assumed a folk lore of being a super shitty QB total bust.

      He never lived up to his hype but he wasn’t ryan leaf or tim couch either, He was a total dick like leaf though but a better player

      And thus the similarity to Cutler

    • BearDown100393

      Forgot the word “again” after “George”.

  • BillW

    A New Orleans Saints fan was arrested at Soldier Field Monday night after he shoved Bears owner George McCaskey during an argument over seats, according to the team and police.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-saints-fan-charged-with-shoving-bears-owner-at-soldier-field-20141216-story.html

    • BearDown100393

      Update: Phil Emery signs the visiting Saints fan and is introduced to the media as a new starting defensive lineman.

      • Sactowns#1

        I imagine if this would have happened at the end of the game the Saints fan would have been awarded a medal.

  • BillW

    Coming up next week for the Lions – an unexpected 9th home game. Ticket sales are brisk I’m told on the exchanges and those aren’t Bear fans buying.

  • John Doe

    I didn’t want to believe but this now sounds prescient…

    Michael Wilbon ✔ @RealMikeWilbonFollow

    A former teammate of Cutler’s has told me each of the last four seasons: “The Bears are NEVER going to win with Jay at QB…”

    3:13 PM – 5 Oct 2014

    • Trac

      Olin?

      • John Doe

        Could be.

    • underway

      That statement feels dirty, like when a one night stand tells you she is pregnant…. Its an unbelievable truth… You cant wash that feeling off…. Was Elway making decisions in Denver when we got Cutler from them? If so, when a winner the caliber of Elway lets go of a QB the entire league should take notice…. To good to be true… usually is.

      • John Doe

        I don’t believe Elway was involved when Cutler was traded.

        Think that was all Josh McDaniel. McDaniel is a prick but, man, you have got to hand it to him. Denver lost by hiring him but he saved them from Cutler.

        • Trac

          They backed McDaniels until Tebow took the field.

        • johnnywad

          They lost Cutler because McDaniels gave up most of a draft to move up and get Tebow. This is when Cutler was at his best, which was pretty good. McDaniels is a fucking moron.

          • BlameAngelo

            This. And don’t forget Marshall. He gave up two young probowlers – a QB and a receiver – for a bag of apples … and then mortgaged the apples three fold to draft a maggoty banana.

            Just because the short-bus rider can bag sweets doesn’t mean you let him run the shop.

      • Max

        John Elway being a great QB in the past doesn’t automatically make him the smartest front office guy in the NFL. It’s not like ‘sign Peyton Manning’ was a difficult decision.

    • BearDown100393

      An inconvenient truth.

    • johnnywad

      Ooooh. Was it JMarcus Webb or that giant, fat tight end they got to replace Greg Olsen?

      • BerwynBomber

        Considering Wilbon’s stature, my guess is he would be relying on more reputable sources than those you sarcastically mentioned.

        • johnnywad

          I know. I’m bitter and being all douchey. I hate wanting the season to end.

          • Scharfinator

            Hear, Hear.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Wilbon is a chicago guy AND a Bear fan.

      • GPLDAN

        Mannymullahwalla?

        • johnnywad

          That’s the one.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX
  • BillW

    Man, I hate to be the wet blanket but read Berstein’s tweet carefully:

    #Bears ownership met last night. Trestman likely fired at season’s end, Emery’s fate still undecided.

    Ownership met. Likely fired. Emery’s fate still undecided.

    Possible translation:
    a couple of owners met after the game like they probably always do. Someone or a few people said we probably should fire the coach. And they didn’t discuss Emery.

    And then Berstein’s source says something to him and Bernstien hedges by saying “likely”.

    And then ownership decides in a week or two that they may as well give him another year to see if he can improve things.

    Again, I’ve sen this organization do dumb things. I have no faith.

    • BearDown100393

      Isn’t the General Manager supposed to decide whether or not to fire a Head Coach?

      • BillW

        Way back in the Watergate days there was a thing called the Saturday night massacre. Nixon wanted someone (I think it was the special prosecutor) fired and but his boss wouldn’t do it. So Nixon fired his boss. The next guy up wouldn’t do it so Nixon fired him too. Finally the next guy up did it.

        If Emery is told to fire Trestman and doesn’t, he’s gone too.

        And teddy – where are you??

        • GPLDAN

          Bill –

          You get some backhanded blog points for an Archibald Cox reference.

          Well done. You’ll fit in here yet.

    • johnnywad

      Bernstein doesn’t hedge. He’s a douchebag, but he seldom overstates stuff like this

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “@georgyjj09 Firing Emery would be a mistake in my opinion. Rebuilt offense from nearly scratch. Would give him another offseason.”

    Why would PE’s investment in this offense be worthy of an extra year/job security? Does someone think the O is a feather in PE’s cap?

    • Big Mike

      The talent level is.

      • BerwynBomber

        Talent don’t mean shit if your HC and QB can’t maximize it. And if you were the one to hire the HC and give the QB an elite-level contract extension, then you are the one that shit the bed.

        • Big Mike

          I simply meant the talent level is a feather is better and that is a feather in his cap. I understand you want Emery out. My opinion is hat he should stay.

          • BerwynBomber

            To tell you the truth, I don’t know if I really care at this point. I think PE’s Grand Cutler Scheme will take a couple of years to unwind anyways. I’m almost of the mind that they should hire Shanahan for the last two years of Cutler to get the most out of Jay, who to me is nothing more than average anyway.

            I just think PE is more at fault for the current mess than anyone, including the horrendously inept Trestman.

          • Big Mike

            Yeah, I’m with you on not really caring. I said during this past offseason, that this year Cutler would show if he was a near elite QB, or just a guy. Pretty obvious what he is. Don’t know how it’s more Emery’s fault unless you are going with the fact that he’s the boss. If you play that game, it’s Virginia McCaskey’s fault.

            Trestman is spineless, and not very good at being an Offensive Coordinator.

  • Trac

    http://freakonomics.com/2011/12/24/%E2%80%9Cfootball-freakonomics%E2%80%9D-does-firing-your-head-coach-fix-anything/

    This pretty much sums up my feelings. A new HC ain’t gonna change our outlook overnight for several reasons.

    http://www.nfl.com/features/freakonomics/episode-9

    • BillW

      Need to see the contrary evidence. does keeping a coach lead to winning?

      And the reason Coaches of the Year get fired is that nearly ALL coaches get fired eventually. In fact, to answer their question: did they suddenly forget to coach? Not necessarily, but once the losing starts it gets harder to lead. Especially with the players earning so much. So they need a new voice.

      (Besides – a lot of coaches of the year get that by exceeded low expectations – not by being great. Wasn’t Lovie and Jauron coach of the year?)

      • BillW

        Hell – even Wanny was NFC Coach of the year.

        • BillW

          I would venture to guess that nearly every Super Bowl winning coach was preceded by a coach that was fired. If that’s true, then you could make the fallacious argument that firing a coach is necessary in order to win a Super Bowl.

      • Trac

        It’s a sketchy piece for sure but did you notice that bit about firing a coach with a winning record (Lovie came to mind). Teams normally don’t do as well afterwards.

        • BillW

          I do get your point. Usually there are far deeper problems with the team than the coach himself. Certainly true of our clueless McCaskey led Bears.

        • GPLDAN

          Really sketchy.

          I think there are some bad statistics going on there.

  • GPLDAN

    @georgyjj09 Firing Emery would be a mistake in my opinion. Rebuilt offense from nearly scratch. Would give him another offseason.

    A GM has two BIG choices that define tenure: HC and QB.

    Enough said.

    • DaMurph

      Throw in his very first draft choice!

      • John Doe

        Throw in busts like 3rd round Brandon Hardin (out of league), 4th round Evan Rodridguez (out of league).

        I count both Bostic and Greene busts as well.

        Too many middle round wasted picks. One reason why STs suck because Emery missed on so many picks and that is why any rebuild will take much longer.

    • John Doe

      Cannot agree with you more.

  • Brian Z Zisook

    Great article. I remember going to an internet cafe in Dominican Republic years back, refreshing their dial up connection for score updates against the Redskins when Rex was our QB. I probably spent 100+ bucks based on their outrageous per minute cost. They won, so it was totally worth it. If I did the same this season, I would have to ask a friend to commit me.

    The Bears will make changes this offseason and things will be better. With Cutler, like it or not.

    • GPLDAN

      As John Lennon once intoned

      “it’s getting better all the time (it can’t get no worse)”

    • John Doe

      With Cutler, like it or not.

      Can reputed, good coach will be ready to come and tie his fate for 2 years to Cutler?

      There will always be desperate first-time NFL coach wannbes like Trestman who will be willing to “work” with Cutler. But any good coach will willingly want to “coach” Cutler after all this?

      • Brian Z Zisook

        Great question. Depends on the new head coach selection. If they were to hire Shanahan, Cutler would obviously remain and could (maybe?) thrive (hello, Denver).

        At the end of the day, with all the money they will have to eat on the fired coaching staff, I find it hard to believe they will also be willing to eat money on Cutler while watching him QB another team.

        • John Doe

          Well I hope it is not a “penny wise pound foolish” type decision again from the McCaskeys.

          They can save money by not getting rid of Cutler. But they also stand to loose a lot of money by not getting rid of Cutler.

          Jay Cutler has no respect in the locker room. I bet most of his teammates think Cutler is bum who got paid $22.5 million for league leading 24 turnovers.

          How will your motivation be affected if the worst performer on your team got the promotion and biggest raise and is now making much more money than you?

          So there is that hidden cost of keeping Cutler – a lot of disgruntled players who are locked up long-term and can get by going through motions.

          Hope McCaskeys get the big picture. Jay Cutler is poison in the locker room. There was report of one player on defense slamming his helmet hard after another Cutler careless fumble.

          • johnnywad

            You have no idea

        • BlameAngelo

          I’d happily deal him, and to an NFCN team. It’s not like we don’t know how to beat him.

      • Scharfinator

        Typically a “good” NFL HC is already established. Retreading old HC’s fails to win super bowls.

        However, I agree with your point. Cutler kills OCs and HCs. Everyone knows now.

  • BerwynBomber

    My prediction is the entire coaching staff is gone. TP, PE and Cutler survive.

    • johnnywad

      I agree.

    • Big Mike

      Not a bad outcome

      • BerwynBomber

        A half-measure but better than no measure at all.

  • GPLDAN

    The Twitter gang bang of the Bears organization going on is ridiculous.

    Maybe Kellen Davis can weigh in next, and tell us Jay was never going to be any good.

    • johnnywad

      Precisely. Unless somebody.like Charles Tillman is speaking on the record with regard to another player, I’m not interested.

      • BerwynBomber

        Mostly agree, but fat chance a Charles Tillman ever goes on record with such criticism while still suiting up. At most you will get someone like Black Uni’s brother calling an opposing player like Sanchize an imposter or you hear of some Sherman/Crabtree pissing contest.

  • GPLDAN

    At this stage, I would deem it near open warfare between the Chicago media and Halas Hall.

    The Cutler stunt last night would be, in a winning season, a real blow-up. Given this climate it’s just one more cherry on the shit sundae. But it only makes the media more hostile…

    http://www.musictimes.com/articles/20413/20141216/bears-qb-jay-cutler-walks-out-press-conference-local-media-chicago-new-orleans-saints-drew-brees.htm

    • John Doe

      I think it was planned by Emery, PR team and Cutler to avoid hard questions.

      Cutler went to the podium just as Trestman was starting his presser. They knew fully well that most reporters were in the locker room or heading to Trestman’s presser. It was a set up and it worked.

      • AlbertInTucson

        What was there to say?
        “We stunk. I was the the stinkee.”?

        • John Doe

          More question to Cutler about his contract and his play.

        • BearDown100393

          Jay should’ve held a boombox over his head and let “All Apologies” rip.

      • BearDown100393

        That must’ve been what Trestman worked on all week in practice. Evading the media. It all makes sense now.

        • BerwynBomber

          Actually, I think Trestman was kept out of the loop of that plan, as JD implied. And for a specific reason: bye-bye Marc.

    • Big Mike

      I like the move. The Chicago media is a pack of dogs.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This season has gone from bad to worse to horrifying.

    • GPLDAN

      Get this then ….

      George McCaskey was in the stands last night. Man of the people and all that, the anti Mikey.

      A saints fan was in his seat. When he asked the guy to get up and move there were words and the fan shoved George down the stairs and he fell.

      How does he not have muscle with him?

      Jesus. What a nightmare

      • Shady

        Whaaaaaat? No way maings. Where did you hear that one?

        • TheBigCheesy

          nfl.com. or the score

        • GPLDAN

          The fan was a 58 year old attorney from the Big Easy

          A Bears fan came to George’s rescue and tackled the guy.

          Turns out that was Johnny Waffle

          • BearDown100393

            A true Bears fan would’ve kicked McCaskey while he was down.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Brutal.

          • BerwynBomber

            You had me till that last sentence. Waffle defends no one but Cutty.

          • BearDown100393

            St. Cutler

          • Trac

            GP’s in fyyre!

      • Trac

        That’s also what opposing players have been doing to the Bears all year long.

      • BearDown100393

        Are you sure the fan didn’t shove Garza who fell backwards onto McCaskey?

        • johnnywad

          Classic

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          McCaskey would’ve avoided the sack.

        • Bruce Conrad

          Now that is funny, lol!

  • Trac
    • BearDown100393

      “You go. We go.” Bull to Axe. Admit, you misted up.

    • BerwynBomber

      PE is maneuvering himself to survive. That was the gist of the whole “Kromer is/was Mark’s decision” stuff yesterday.

      Just as Tucker would have been Trestman’s fall guy (even though Trestman didn’t choose him), Trestman now becomes PE’s.

    • Big Mike

      My 2 cents goes the other way

  • Scott W.

    The thing is, all we need as fans is hope. We don’t need the Lombardi, we don’t even need to go to the post season in a rebuilding year. We just need hope. There isn’t any to be had. No one can watch this team and have any.
    That’s what the McCaskey’s face right now. Bears fans with no hope at all.
    It will be impossible to justify keeping anyone from Emery down.

    • there’s your hope! we hope they take out the garbage and get things right!

    • Big Mike

      Hope is all a fans need. If the rebuilding process starts in earnest. All new coaching staff. Change the culture. That’s what Ditka did. That’s what Lovie Smith did. Each team they built was never an easy mark for an opponent. Not even in the early years.

  • BearDown100393

    Word circulating that Marc Trestman is finished at the end of the season.

    • John Doe

      What is the point if Phil Emery and Jay Cutler stay?

      These two saw off Lovie Smith. And now they will see off Trestman. How and why the new guy should trust them? They will always play politics to keep themselves safe.

      Cutler is more close to Emery than Trestman ever was. Not healthy.

      • BerwynBomber

        I agree with you, but in this case a half-measure is better than no-measure at all.

        And personally I don’t expect to see Cutler gone until his contract runs its course and even then you will have some arguing for an additional year. There are too many Cutty lovers to overcome — you see it among some on here, including Blogfather himself.

        Like you said last night, it is some strange personal investment/loyalty thing among his supporters that one usually witnesses among children and their sports heroes. Who knows. Maybe they projected upon him heroic capabilities when he first landed here. But the denial, among otherwise intelligent adults, is fucking baffling.

        And btw, I don’t consider myself a Cutty hater. I just consider him a highly overrated average QB.

        • NewBearInTown

          The Cutty “love” as it were comes from defending people who want him cut tomorrow. You look around the league at the Jets, the Bills, the Titans, etc. We could be much worse.

        • Big Mike

          Cutler is fine. The expectations we have of him are the problem. Cutler is a decent QB. The Bears should be above average to good on defense. You give a decent QB, the weapons he has, a little protection and an offense to run, the Bears will be OK, if they replace the coaching staff. They will start the year with some free agents, pick up a few draft picks, and set about getting younger and better. No SB aspirations, simply a fight to get competitive next year. The culture of the new coach will kick in and hopefully the rebuilding process is under way in earnest. They eventually need a new QB, but seeking a new one desperately is not the way.

          • BlameAngelo

            No. Dan Fouts was decent. Jim Plunkett. Jim Kelly. Kenny Stabler. Cutty isn’t a game-changer, accurate, a winner, or smart. He’s not decent. He’s very very very average.

          • Big Mike

            Those guys you mention are way better than decent. Those are very good QBs. In case you haven’t been watching, Cutler’s disintegration this year goes along with the team imploding. What came first, I don’t know. I’m not defending him. He’s not as bad as he is being made out to be. He’s certainly not a very good QB. His performance this year has been awful. But he can be a decent QB for the Bears for the next few years. Overpaid, absolutely. But unless you have a better answer for taking the salary hit AND finding a replacement. He’s our guy. Next coaching staff just can’t ask him to do too much.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Didn’t see that coming.

  • Ibby

    Jeff,

    You are absolutely correct. Yhe whole organization is an embarrassment. This is the first time in over 30 years that I felt this way.

    Thr problem is that they are profitable and have a great fanbase. The organization has taken advantage of this and winning a superbowl is down at the bottom of the list. Whatever happened to the true meaning of playing, coaching and managing to WIN.

    I have wstched only A handfull of gsmes this year because I am so upset. Chicago fans need to stop buying tickets and send them the message that “enough is enough”

  • Shady

    Nobody shoves my avatar, NOBODY!

    http://deadspin.com/saints-fan-arrested-after-allegedly-shoving-bears-chair-1671930002

    Police arrested Richard Kohnke, a 58-year-old lawyer and New Orleans Saints fan, after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with Bears chairman George McCaskey last night at Soldier Field. If there’s one way surefire way to get arrested at a football game, it’s by shoving the chairman of the home team.

    According to police, the altercation began when McCaskey accused Kohnke of sitting in his seat (I’m not sure how the hell some random guy got into McCaskey’s seats, but whatever). The two argued for a bit, and McCaskey eventually left to get stadium security. That’s when Kohnke decided to strike (from the Chicago Tribune):

    As McCaskey walked away, Richard Kohnke, 58, went after him and pushed McCaskey in the back, according to police and the team. A Bears fan then tackled Kohnke, who pushed McCaskey to the ground, according to the team.

    http://www.criminal-defense-new-orleans.com/
    The Law Office of Richard V. Kohnke is involved in both personal injury and criminal defense matters in New Orleans. If you’re looking for an aggressive, trustworthy and dedicated attorney, please call us toll free at 1-800-891-4490 or at (504) 899-6864 for a free consultation. We will begin work immediately and will be committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for your legal matter.

    • NewBearInTown

      Sadly the only thing that surprises me about this post is that Kohnke doesn’t do divorce work as well.

  • Viva

    Looking ahead to the 2015 season we will face the NFC and AFC West. Let’s see: Denver, San Diego, KC, Oakland, San Fran, Seattle, St. Louis, and Arizona. That smells like 1 – 7 to me, so we got that going for us.

    (For those of you who have never been to Seattle to watch a game, if the Bears play there I highly recommend you attend. I was at the last game the Bears played there and it was awesome. Went rafting the day before with 15+ friends from high school.)

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

    • BlameAngelo

      But why? Why all the Toub love around here? Because he could co-ordinate 11 men torun after a football simultaneously … he has the criteria to be a winning HC? If Toub were a movie he’d be Sharknado – does everything it says on the tin, but won’t win an Oscar.

      • Viva

        He is a stellar tactician who schemes his units to exploit the weaknesses of his opponents on a remarkably consistent basis with stellar results. That reason alone is why I am pushing for him.

  • TechnoMouse

    2005? Dude, you could have watched the game in an internet cafe ….and Noah does the web stuff on here?

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