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A Win For the Maligned: Rapid Fire Recap of Bears Season-Stabilizing Victory over Falcons

| October 13th, 2014

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This was a win for the maligned, the individuals who have suffered the slings and arrows of fans/media for weeks and in some cases years. Rapid fire recap of a massive, impressive road victory for the Chicago Bears.

  • Maligned #1: Mel Tucker. Called his best game as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator and utilized the team’s 5-6-7 options at linebacker expertly. Darryl Sharpton jumped off the screen but the main reason was Tucker putting him in positions to make plays all afternoon long.
  • Maligned #2: Joe DeCamillis. While the Twitter terrorists killed Joe D for a blocked extra point (one of the dumbest reactions in many a year) it was Joe D’s punt coverage units brilliantly handling the greatest kick returner that’s ever lived that impressed me. Pat O’Donnell is a weapon.
  • Maligned #3: Jared Allen. That was a four-quarter performance from a player who’d been showing up in spurts. Getting into the sack column should be the springboard for the remainder of his 2014 campaign.
  • Maligned #4: Jay Cutler. Flawless.

  • How soft are the Falcons wide receivers? I can’t remember a game where I had less respect for a group of NFL players than that collection of alligator-armed non-factors. Catch the ball.
  • If Darryl Sharpton is not on the field next week there is something wrong.
  • Kyle Fuller is a star in the making.
  • Willie Young in a star in the moment. Seven sacks through six games and the team’s MVP at this point.
  • Matt Forte now leads the league in receptions. This was the role I imagined for him when Marc Trestman was hired.
  • When the Bears have their receivers healthy you see performances like Sunday. They are simply impossible to cover.
  • If Martellus Bennett catches the ball yesterday would have been an even more dynamic performance from the pass attack. Healthy wide outs will provide Bennett with endless opportunities to makes plays. He has to make them.
  • Did I mention how good Pat O’Donnell punted yesterday? But no, that was a wasted draft pick. Bears would have been much better off with another inactive offensive lineman.
  • Cutler took some massive hits yesterday and still delivered that performance. Remember when his toughness was in question? Has Maurice Jones-Drew played a football game since criticizing Cutler? Where is he, Oakland?
  • Chris Conte needs to go to a beach somewhere and just relax for a few months. His body is in shambles.
  • Stephen Paea is having his best season as a Bear.
  • Bears need Jermon Bushrod to return as soon as possible and when he does the team might consider moving Michael Ola to right tackle. Jordan Mills didn’t look like he belonged on an NFL field yesterday.
  • Can Bears kick returners stop taking the ball out of the end zone? If I’m Joe D I would position Willie Young directly in front of the kick returner. If said returner attempts to take the ball out of the end zone from six yards deep Willie Young is permitted to take him out.
  • Santonio Holmes may not have the speed of Chris Williams but could he really be worse on kick returns? Stick him back there and free up the Williams roster spot.
  • You want the gutsiest play call of the year? 3rd and 9. Atlanta 9. Game on the line. Trestman runs the ball! If that play fails and the Bears lose the game he is being slaughtered everywhere today. (This is why I argue the most hotly debated and overrated element of football games is play-calling. When they work they are all brilliant. When they don’t, fire em!)
  • Quick question: how are stiff arms legal? David Diehl praised several stiff arms yesterday from Matt Forte. Stiff arms are an offensive player shoving the head of a defensive player. Isn’t this completely illegal now? Like I continue to say, I don’t mind the referees calling these things if they call them consistently.
  • Same goes for Ryan Mundy flag waive off for helmet-to-helmet. How does that get waived off? What did those referees say to each other to waive it off? NFL can’t survive the game being arbitrarily officiated and that’s how it feels every Sunday.

Four road games. Three wins. Impressive. If they bring that form to Soldier Field, they are contenders for the NFC North title.

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  • Trac

    “You want the gutsiest play call of the year? 3rd and 9. Atlanta 9. Game
    on the line. Trestman runs the ball! If that play fails and the Bears
    lose the game he is being slaughtered everywhere today. (This is why I
    argue the most hotly debated and overrated element of football games is
    play-calling. When they work they are all brilliant. When they don’t,
    fire em!)” – Jeff Hughes

    Brilliant play and this was the game changer in my opinion. When a team can run down their opponents throat in that situation, what you’re telling your opponent is, “you’re my bitch”. It’s the total opposite of the “I don’t want to be your bitch” message you send when you try an onside kick against your arch rival who is scoring on evra drive.

    • SC Dave

      The onside kick would have been a brilliant call, had it worked.

      • Trac

        Do you really think we would have won the game if it worked? Doubt it. My point is that when a team makes statements of strength, not weakness, the results don’t even compare. Next time Tresty calls that onside kick, it needs to be after we go up by 2 or more scores and he’s telling the opponent, “you’re my bitch”.

        • TheBigCheesy

          The onside kick against GB was genius. Actually I can’t even say it was genius because it was so indisputable in it’s “correctness” that I can’t give Trestman THAT much credit for merely making an obvious decision. I’ll give him credit for having the guts to go through with it though.

          Even though the attempt failed, the failed attempt was arguably still better than a touchback. Those extra 18 yards that Green Bay was given was the reason the Packers scored fast enough to leave a minute on the clock. Chicago SHOULD HAVE scored 3 points before half, but they fucked it all up.

          When the Bears scored that 2nd touchdown, there was at least 3.5 minutes left on the clock. Green Bay was going to score a touchdown with that much time left no matter where they started on the field. If you doubt that, you’re fucking drunk. The only question was whether or not they would leave enough time on the clock for Chicago on the other end.

          And if Chicago recovers that onside kick, it’s very likely that they would have won the game.

          • Trac

            Dissed by Cheesy.

      • I agree the onside kick was a great call. Needed another possession and almost got it.

    • Scott W.

      Damned well said.

    • Aaron T. Starks

      It was a brilliant play because the Bears ALWAYS pass for TDs in the redzone and we weren’t on the goal line. The entire world thought on 3rd and 9 that the Bears would throw.

      It was a brilliant call.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        did you see the wall of Bears blockers steamrolling to the endzone? That was football.
        Slauson had an awesome seal on the inside and the rest of the student body went full steam up the middle destroying fools as they went. Garza, Ola, Long just laying wood.

        • The team overall was hungry. I don’t mind losing some, just as long as they don’t look like zombies out there like vs the Bills, but yesterday the Bears just wanted it more than the Falcons.
          Sometimes, it’s just that simple.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I hear you but people forget that the offense fucking stomped on the Bills. They fucking killed them. 6 or 7 65yd+ drives. They just didn’t punch it in.
            The Bears O stomped on the Panthers and just didn’t punch it in.
            1 or less turnovers and even just field goals in the red zone some of the time and this team will rarely get beat.

        • Jokey

          We set up a kick return wedge 3 yards downfield, Forte didn’t get touched til the 3. Manelly says it was the same play as the first Forte td run, but to the other side. D caught with their pants down.

  • IBNO

    Mel Tucker deserves ALL the props for getting those 3 LBs ready, and putting a scheme together that prevented Atlanta from exposing them. I mean, seriously: you’re Atlanta and you get the news that the Bears will be without their 4 best LBs. Don’t you try to capitalize on that? I’m sure they did try, and Tucker (and the players) prevented it from happening.

    I owe Tucker an apology. He’s not a fuckup.

    • Trac

      See IB, it’s contagious. Ha ha.

    • Big Mike

      Remember when the Lovie’s Bears lost their top 4 LBs and held a team under 300 yards?

      • AlbertInTucson

        No, I can’t say I do.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Sharpton played like a guided Cruise Missile.

  • SC Dave

    My opinion on the game is nicely paraphrased here:

    A fine, all-around win.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    i agree Pat O’Donnell is a weapon. But he needs to work on his coffin kicks. that one punt looked awful. sometimes the target is better hit by lobbing a hand grenade than launching a mortar.

    • DaBearsBlog

      That was a strange kick. I think he wanted to pin em deep but also not give Hester a chance to catch it. If I were him I would have kicked the ball into the third row.

    • TimmyJ

      Tress Way is out-punting O’Donnell by 7 yards per punt Btw …. averaging 51 yards, including a 77 yarder, and only three touchbacks.

  • Trac

    I likery. D called a great game. Win by committee. Willie Young is on Fyure!

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-musketeers-throttle-atlanta-offense-defense-and-then-finish

  • GPLDAN

    Atlanta dropped 8 passes and their TE Toilolo was doing his impression of Kellen Davis. Part of why I think some of the passes were dropped however was straight intimidation. Guys were hitting out there. Mundy was hitting, The LBs were hitting… hard.

    Atlanta wasn’t ready for that game. They were not ready to be that physical in the wideout corps. So I give credit for the level of play that all the coaches inspired. They played like a team that was refusing 2-4. I’m not sure they can keep it up, but next week is home against the Fish, so we will see.

    • Big Mike

      Miami took GB to the wire. Should have beaten them. Rodgers pulled a horseshoe out of his ass again. Miami, needed to grind more clock. Stupid.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Twice now the Packers have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to the AFC east. Their luck cannot hold.

        • Big Mike

          It has for a decade and a half

      • Trac

        On paper, the fins grade out slightly better than the cheese. The Packers got away with one.

        • Big Mike

          Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beats Paper, Paper beats Rock. Rodgers beats all three. Grrr.

      • Sactowns#1

        Miami calling the timeout for GB with one minute left was possibly the dumbest clock management move I’ve seen someone not named Lovie make.

    • Scott W.

      I think intimidation was a very big part of the alligator arm disease, which they all caught flawlessly.

      • Doc Hamstring

        IT’S LIKE EBOLA!

  • Doc Hamstring

    The emblematic play of the game, for me, is one that didn’t count. Cutler directing traffic and throwing the ball perfectly (while avoiding the rush) to Alshon in the end zone. Pity that Alshon had stepped out of bounds.

    Did anyone else notice that Cutler took care of the ball very well–not a single throw into coverage where I thought, “Damn, he’s lucky that didn’t get picked.” How often have we seen Cutler throw for 350+ yards and not make a single dumb throw?

    • GPLDAN

      It helped that Marshall showed up early and often. When he’s getting out of his breaks and getting separation, it just seems to cascade from there. If you have a healthy Marshall, Jeffery and Bennett then pretty soon Josh Morgan is catching TDs.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Yeah, it seemed like on Morgan’s TD, Cutler was looking everywhere else, then finally said, “fuck it, let’s see if Morgan can catch the ball, too.”

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Morgan played big on that one. He’s a big dude and got whacked coming across the middle but stayed in his route. A smaller weaker WR (read: 2009-2012) does not get open after taking a LB shot.

  • Doc Hamstring

    So, let’s recap the season:

    Week 1: good first half, lousy second half
    Week 2: strong game throughout
    Week 3: good first half, decent second half
    Week 4: decent first half (very good on offense, lousy on defense); lousy second half
    Week 5: good first half; bad second half
    Week 6: strong game througout

    If not for bad second halves in 3 games–really, 4 bad quarters, overall–the Bears would be very, very good and no one would be worrying.

    • GPLDAN

      10 games to go, this is the inflection point for seasons. You get hot or you go cold. THere is one other middle way, the win one lose one up and down roil the whole way through.

      I still could not tell you which of those three ways this team would break. I simply can’t read this team.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Agreed. I think a lot of it comes down to injuries. If the offense can stay healthy, and the D-line can, as well (and Fuller, too… MVP of the back 7), then good things can and will happen.

        As much as it pains me to say it, Garza might be doing more on the O-line than De La Peunte.

      • Jokey

        +1 for appropriate usage of calculus term. Irish come back we miss you.

  • Doc Hamstring

    One more point and then I’ll shut up from my giddiness over the very impressive performance.

    Emery deserves kudos, and the coaches do, as well, for identifying Fuller as the most NFL-ready and -capable DB in the draft. For all the hype and talk about Dix, or Pryor, or Milliner, Fuller has had the most impact. Yes, safety was a concern and still is, but how would the Bears have done with Frey backing up Tillman and Ha-Ha or Pryor instead of Conte? Jones would’ve run roughshod.

    So Emery made absolutely the right choice. You could say “well, at that pick with what was available and what the Bears needed, he couldn’t go really wrong!” But then, indications are so far that he didn’t just not fuck up, but indeed made a stellar pick.

    But let’s not forget that the coaching has made an impact on Fuller, as had Tillman. Fuller is ripping at the ball while being a sure tackler–that’s Peanut all over again.

    Let’s feel really good about the organization. The defense was historically broken and aging, and we can’t expect it to turn around in one season. But the parts are there, and one more draft should get the defense back to what we expect as Bears fans.

    Of course, a loss next week erases all that good will, right?

  • Doc Hamstring

    Mundy should have been flagged, if the NFL and the refs want to be consistent. Dunno what they saw (or decided they saw) that made them wave off the flag.

    I don’t think it SHOULD be a penalty, mind, but if they’re going to call this horseshit, they’d better be consistent.

    And Jeff, stiff arms are legal because it’s technically a STIFF arm–the runner puts his arm out and the tackler runs into it. If/when the runner jabs at the tackler, it’s supposed to be illegal.

    That said, BMarsh was a total beast on that play, throwing off the defender. Can you imagine BMarsh playing 20 years ago? He would have been the greatest Tight End of All Time.

    • Scott W.

      Bennett threw one of the Falcons defenders to the ground like a cigarette butt. Shoulda been flagged for littering if anything.

      • Big Mike

        That was fantastic. I could hear him thinking, I’m a TE I block LBs and DEs. Sit the f.. down little man.

        • CanadaBear

          Both he and Marshall are fun to watch after the catch. Stiff arms are awesome and the Black Uni just takes a swing at anyone within his radius. Love that shit!

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        one of the best posts of the year.

  • Scott W.

    Two…

    First, Jeff’s Maurice-Jones Drew hit above was perfect. Nice shot Jeff.

    Second, I am not ready to throw Mills under the bus already. Ridiculous. He had a bad game last night, but last season and much of this one, he’s done his job. Jeff, you and all of us were damned happy with him most of 2013. Let’s not overreact.

    Okay, 3 really…Conte does need to rest up. I don’t know that he’s the best option, but he’s in trouble if he keeps this up. Hat’s off to him for bringing it all for as long as he could last night.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Not burying Mills entirely but he’s been bad in 2014. Meanwhile they have better options. I don’t think it’s giving up on the kid to sit him for a while.

      • Scott W.

        Okay. Sitting him a while I can go with. Sounded like you were ready to send him to the practice squad.

    • Doc Hamstring

      The penalty on Mills for being off the line was ticky-tack. False starts? Yeah, bad. But I’m not ready to throw him under the bus, either. He’s still got a lot of upside, and this year he’s been on a recovering foot and with a patched-together left side (which means he’s not getting the help he got last year).

      And here’s (from a physiological standpoint) the problem with Conte. He’s got two banged-up shoulders. He takes lousy angles. The NFL wants defenders to use their shoulders to hit offensive players in the shoulder or center of body. So Conte hits guys at angles, with his bad shoulders, in the heaviest, least-yielding part of their body. This leads to two things: more damage to his shoulders, and head/neck injuries from trying to protect his shoulder.

      The thing to do to protect his shoulders would be to tape/brace him so tightly he can’t get his arms above his head. Which won’t work for a defensive back.

      So basically, Conte is fucked.

      • Scott W.

        Yes to that. Your Conte perspective brings it into better focus for me.
        But damn, the friggin fire/heart he brings every game. Bad angles are, well, you know, bad.
        But he gets my respect for giving it all. He leaves nothing on the field except his mistakes and, well, his health.

      • Big Mike

        His false starts are his best attempt at getting off the ball quick to compensate for his biggest weakness which is the speed rush. He wasn’t forgetting the snap count (unforgivable), he has been jumping the snap count. Cutler’s rhythm might have changed. Mills needs to stop it. But it is an aggressive penalty, not a mental error.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Garza was at center yesterday. that could have caused a change in rhythm

        • I agree. Mill’s biggest weakness is vs speed rushers. That’s why I initially thought he would be moved to OG when they drafted him, but if anything, he has outperformed his draft value.

          Starting all games as a rook at RT is nothing to sneeze at.
          That being said, I think he has regressed, but have a sneaking suspicion that has more to do with said injs.

    • Big Mike

      Turf exposes a guy who struggles against speed. He did some nice things in there that sprung big plays. Notably the bomb to Alshon.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      I like Mills. I think I may like Ola a little more. Jigs on Comcast said he has been a baller all year. Our Canadian import. Cutty mentions him all the time.

  • CanadaBear

    I’m no D expert but it seemed like Tucker found the right balance on D to keep it simple enough so the LB’s could play fast. Sharpton over ran about 3 or 4 plays early on and I thought, he we go again. After that, I think he only over ran 1 or 2 plays. He was definitely bringing it. Greene led the LB’s in tackles and Jones seemed up and down but not lost. Hurst seemed like he was always in position and he hung onto the INT. The DL looked good but was that due to improved health of the opponent. Seemed to me a little of both.

    Holy Crap is that guy that took the screen to the house a fast fucker. When he blasted through that hole at top speed I knew he was gone.

    • Big Mike

      The BBBs (Baby Bear Backers), played hungry. Like they were fighting for jobs. Which they are. Khaseem Greene played very, very well. Jones played angry and fast and that guy Sharpton, where the hell did he come from. Maybe it was a fluke, but wow. Not often does your 7th linebacker have the kind of day he did.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Sharpton was a regular contributor on the Texans then signed a FA deal with the Skins. Then he got hurt and they cut him. He healed up and Herring jumped on that shit like a 35yr old divorcee on a drunk college kid.

        • Jokey

          He was also the Green dot playcaller for his D.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Sharpton! Preach!

  • Big Mike

    This is Cutler’s blueprint.. Article about Philip Rivers who is 1 year older than Cutler
    http://mmqb.si.com/2014/10/09/philip-rivers-2014-mvp-frontrunner/

  • CanadaBear

    Don’t think anyone has mentioned Cutler’s left-handed throw that hit the official. If the official isn’t standing there Forte catches that ball. That shocked the shit out of me.

    • Jokey

      Looked short to me. Plus there was a defender right there. Good way to prevent the sack tho.

      • CanadaBear

        It was on target but Forte probably would have dived for it. I was shocked to see Forte there on the replay.

  • CanadaBear

    I realize we are mediocre at this point and Atlanta is worse. I also realize that SI sucks big, hairy moose cocks but neither King or Banks even mention the game. Not one word between the 2 of them. WOW.

    • Trac

      They only book main events my man.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Atlanta at home is not mediocre. Atlanta on the road is mediocre. Atlanta at home score points but the Bears and the Falcons TE took care of that shit yesterday. I think their TE alone dropped 55 yds in 3rd down conversions.

    • Scott W.

      Banks and King. You couldn’t pull one whole writer out of the two of them glued together at the lips.

      • SC Dave

        Even both sets of their lips

  • IBNO

    I missed some of the game action and TV because I was using a lousy Canadian feed for a good chunk of it, but the TV play-by-play and color seemed to do a crappy job of letting viewers know what was going on with the lineups and with injuries. Just read Jennings missed several plays due to being shaken up. Can’t recall hearing either TV guy say anything about Sharpton and who he was. For that matter didn’t hear anything about Conte’s injury, or even see a lineup of the Bears’ starters on D.

    I should go back to listening to the games on the radio (streaming online, of course), but the feeds are rarely synched up and it gets frustrating to hear the action 2 minutes before I see it (or vice-versa).

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      lousy fucking Canadian feeds.

  • Viva

    Now…we get to win our first home game of the year, and beat the Dolphins.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      I was just offered tickets to that game. I will be witnessing that victory in person.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        all I have to do is pay my way with a batch of my bourbon bacon chili that has won countless awards in my own mind.

        • MB30SD

          very nice. Hope you’re good luck my maings.

          I think you need to make some kind of sacrifice using tradewind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85i5CpyBv-Q

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            lol, “you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?”
            fucking classic

  • Decatur Fan

    Willie Young plays until the end of the play. It’s been a long time since I have seen someone go after a tackle as much as he did with that sack on Flaco. He just kept pushing/grabbing/fighting until he brought him down. Simply amazing.

    • beninnorcal

      Ryan, I think you mean, not Flacco

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        he’s been so good this year he probably got a sack on Flacco yesterday too.

        • MB30SD

          Ha!

          I don’t think flacco got touched yesterday. Like he was at home running his O with madden

          • Cormonster

            Gotta give props to Lovie’s boys. They came out and won the second half yesterday.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Bears had 5 plays of 20 or more yards Sunday, and another one of nineteen.

    Plus a 16 yarder, 2 x 15 and a 14 yarder.
    Source: Atlanta Journal

  • AlbertInTucson

    I love to read the opponents recaps after a Bear win…

    By D. Orlando Ledbetter – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    
    Home cooking was not enough for the Atlanta Falcons.
    They were hoping a return to the cozy confines of the Georgia Dome would lead to a victory after road losses to Vikings and Giants, but the Chicago Bears were rude and nasty house guests.
    More at…

    http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/football/cutlers-aerial-attack-leads-bears-over-falcons-27-/nhhJr/#4b6b3303.257071.735519

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Oh how a victory takes the sting off of Mondays.

  • Herring, LB’s coach, should get props too. Sharpton played with him in Houston. Once Cushing went down, Sharpton started and LED the team in tackles, so he’s very familiar with the system, and obviously effective. Needless to say, he should start from now on at Mike.

    The question is, what to do with the rest? Greene led the teams in tackles with 8. Do we really sit Briggs? I wish we could mix and match, with power backs, throw in Briggs, with read-option gazelles, Greene, but wasn’t Briggs playing well before the inj anyways?

    Also, The Score brought up a good point. If Sharpton, who evidently is very familiar and comfortable calling plays, now lines them up, perhaps that frees up Briggs’ mind to focus on his play as opposed to the whole defense which might be a distraction and lower play level.

    Some guys just can’t process info as fast as seamless as others, and Briggs inherited that responsibility, didn’t necessarily earn it.

    At the SAM shit gets interesting.

    We can continue to roll with Christian Jones, but if we start Sharpton at Mike, then we can move D.J. to Sam. Not to mention that Bostic, Shea and maybe even Greene would be in the mix too.

    So now D.J., Bostic, C.Jones, Shea and Greene are competing for the SAM.

    What I think will happen once ppl get healthy.

    Briggs-Sharpton-DJ
    Greene-Bostic-Jones (backups) This mainly for specials purposes because I doubt D.J. Williams would play specials.

    • Also, at the risk of upsetting Jeff, here’s a decent Haugh article on that group.
      (If you can get passed the paywall)

      http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-haugh-bears-spt-1013-20141013-column.html

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I thought DJ looked slow when he was playing earlier this year. He is a stop/gap player in the LB core, show him the bench, and give him a cushion.

      • MB30SD

        Agree with this.

        How old is Sharpton? Damn, he’s 26!!! I know it’s only one game, but could he be our next IMLB?

        Can you imagine that shit… found him on the garbage heap and he becomes our next guy in the middle.

        It also super cool to hear Jones didn’t shit the bed. I know what I saw in his college tape, and that dude is a fb player. I would love to have sharpton, jones, bostic, and green man the duties and become a solid unit. If they can own it and be our guys next year when briggsy is done (maybe), then we can let DJ and CD walk and have a SUPER young LB corps.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Sharpton is a great guy for depth or to start in a pinch. He started a couple of games in Houston and wasn’t bad at all. They had another young guy step up and play even better. I think it was Dobbins? Dobbins is a fucking axe murderer. Like, concussions? man, fuck concussions.

          • MB30SD

            well, we need to find our next lach at some point, but if this dude can come in and be better than old DJ and somewhat lost in coverage Bostic, then awesome. The bottom line seems to be that we have 4 guys 26 and under that can play a bit.

            Not a bad core of dudes to start getting better and better.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            DJ blitzes well too so i have no issue sending guys in to keel when needed. It’s never bad to have LB depth.
            Lach is a once a 10yr type player. He was 6’4, could run sideline to sideline and could drop back into coverage.

          • MB30SD

            I think it’s probably more like erra 20 years, if that.

            Going to be tough to find. I just want one serious bad ass and a bunch of other very good guys. I think bostic and green can become better than just solid. It looks to me like jones has the raw talent, and maybe sharpton too.

            It would be nice to find a guy on par with a bobby wagner or bowman type to be our franchise for the next 5-10 to lead that core of younger guys. I’m getting tired of the roster roulette at LB and safety.

          • Great GMs need to find Wagner type gems.
            Seahawks use some sort of future-metrics shit to scout draftees. Look it up. Not sure how it translates to success, but other teams are adopting it.
            Considering Emery is a progressive type, I wouldn’t doubt he might have something similar in place or his own “E system”.
            Either way, whatever works, but how awesome would it be if those Hardin, Rodriguez picks would turn into Shermans and Wagners?

          • MB30SD

            well again, I know he’s wiffed on some picks, but at this point you gotta be happy with the guy. And if you’re not, then you’re delusional about how easy/hard it is to pick guys.

            I STILL think CD, Hardin, the other dude were lovie’s guy’s picks. After seeing the last two drafts, I think emery got to go after alshon and that was his one big pick that year.

            The last two drafts have been way more than just decent and I think they’ll continue to produce players/contributors as time flows:

            * Long (possible multiple PBer – he went last year right?)
            * Fuller (possible PBer – WILL go this year if he plays at this level. Might even be DROY)
            * Bostic
            * mills
            * Green
            * Jones
            * PoD
            * Ego
            * Sutton
            * Vereen
            * M.Wilson

            I mean ALL of these kids are contributing and will continue to, given what’s been seen so far. Emery’s been B+ at worst in my mind.

          • SC Dave

            Kuechly was the one… expect to wait another eight years or so

          • MB30SD

            too spensive at the time.

            When ‘he’ comes, it will be right.

    • Scott W.

      Because I don’t know the details of what Briggs was dealing with in terms of the personnel on the field and the play calling, etc., it’s hard for me to immediately vote for benching him.
      But, something bothers me about him this year. I ain’t seein’ it/feelin’ it. Dunno. Might be the 5 hour Energy and Viagra hotshots I do on occasion, but something about that boy just ain’t right.

      • I have reservations about both DJ and Briggs.
        But it’s too early to hand over the starting job to these young bucs.
        Atl’s Oline were like 3 starters down (plus Mike Tice coached), not to mention no stud HB.

        We’ll find out more about them if they start vs MIA, which I think they should.

        The coaching staff can still use the “inj” excuse for Briggs/DJ to find out if the ATL game was an anomaly.

  • Trac

    Outside of 85 trembling that Cutty would throw a pick in the red zone, it was great to see evra one enjoying the crap outta the game yesterday. For me, a peace settled on me right before we scored to make it 19-13. At that point it was obvious that we were in control of the game. Don’t get too many Sunday’s like that.

    • We almost did screw up again. Cutler had to make a left handed throw to avoid the sack and get a FG at the end of the half. A great play by Cutler, but my worries weren’t entirely unfounded.

      • beninnorcal

        I think what Trac was referring to ocurred after the lefty toss.

      • GPLDAN

        And Cutler had the presence of mind to go Longest Yard on that throw and chuck it right into the back judge’s sack.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I wish there was a better video of that. It was heeeeelarious.

      • Trac

        Hahaha. Just pulling your chain 85. It was fun to see you so escared.

  • Mannelly blaming Garza and Britton for the blocked PAT, not DeCamel.

    Said Garza used wrong technique (maybe do to some rust) and if DeCamel can’t rely on a vet to make a routine play, then who can he rely on.

    STILL, it’s just symptomatic of all those other little specials fuck-ups this season. These hiccups just tend to pop-up under DeCamel when they didn’t under Toub.

    Now, maybe we were spoiled by Toub/Hester, etc, but I don’t think it’s totally unfair to say our specials has struggled and that DeCamel should receive some of the blame.

    Lets hope they build on yesterday’s game though.

  • Shady

    Sorry Jeff/Trac, the play call in the 4th on 3rd and 9 was neither ballsy nor brilliant. The bears were already up 6 and knowing a FG made it a 2 score game, Trestman went conservative and dialed up a simple trap play. It was blocked perfectly and resulted in a TD. What was truly ballsy was the decision to go for two risking going up by 12 instead of 13.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      it was ballsy and smart. The play worked earlier in the game and they saw the same look. Cutler had the option of changing it to a pass and went with the same run. Boom.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        The 2 pt conversion was simply fun to watch. Watching older, bigger kids taking candy from younger smaller kids.

        • MB30SD

          that’s what you do in your spare time for fun?!

          (couldn’t resist)

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            we’re a rough group down on the southside.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            It’s keel or be keeled.

          • MB30SD

            Then keeeeeeeel

      • Shady

        Smart but not risky. Conservative playcall. Sure he gave Cutler the option to change the call if he saw an all out blitz, but Trestman would have been fine with a FG in that situation. If he wanted to score a TD, he’s not dialing up a run from the 9.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          there was so much benefit to that play across the board. it was smart, conservative, strategic (clocks runs if unsuccessful), unexpected and then at the very least gives Cutty the option to throw it to 3 power forwards covered by 5’11 corners.
          Loved it overall.

        • I agree with you. IMO, he wanted to avoid Cutty forcing it into shell coverage when a FG puts us up by 9, esp with the way the defense was playing.

          If the defense was getting torched, then it might have been a different call (we witnessed how aggressive Tresty can be last year when he believed the defense couldn’t hold pee).

      • Trac

        Read up.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      why would going for 2 be risky. either way it is a 2 score game, making 2 got us to 14pt lead meaning if crap hit the fan 2 TDs is a tied game instead of down by 1 if they only took the EP. that was not ballsy in anyway. every head coach in the league would go for 2 in that situation.

      • Shady

        My point was about Jeff’s response to the playcall on 3rd and 9. The game wasn’t on the line and the playcall was conservative. There were bigger plays in that game.

        Re the PAT, the risk of not converting the 2-pt conversion and only being 12 outweighed the benefit of going up 14. Probably negligible, but I’d just kick the PAT at that point. Why give yourself a chance to lose on a couple of FGs the way Bryant was kicking?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I agree with the play call being conservative that is not the issue i had with your statements.

          Really you are worried about a kicker?? with Hesters big return capabilities, and Ryan’s history of late game heroics against us, who cares about a KICKER’s capabilities. We know 1st hand how much of an impact to a game a Hester return does. How can you be worried about a KICKER??? It was the 4th quarter, if ATL was thinking that they can win the game with FGs they had serious problems.

          • Trac

            Then you would be incorrect kind Sir.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            incorrect about what?

          • Trac

            That. Lol.

          • Shady

            Bryant had already hit 2 50+ yd FGs at that point. And don’t forget the last debacle in ATL came down to a long FG kick.

            Relax Penis, lay off the Cialis. As I said, it wasn’t a big deal. Probably negligible. I’d just rather make ATL drive for 2 TDs to win it rather than lose it with a TD and two FGs.

          • MB30SD

            penis… cialis…

            Yeah, don’t be so…. hard… on him.

            Hee hee

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            oh i am as flaccid as a wet noodle. i am just a little more optimistic that ATL wouldn’t have 3 scoring drives in less than 10 minutes left in the game with the way our O was playing.

        • Trac

          Did you not hear.Trestys comments about that play Shady? They knew Altanta would be in the right defense for that play to work. Cutty had an audible just in case Atlanta showed a blitz package. Sorry my fiesty freind, your comments are illogical. He he.

          • Shady

            Post the link or quote, will ya?

          • Trac

            I heard it on a Sirius post game show yesterday. Does that count?

          • MB30SD

            hearsay

          • Trac

            Guess we’ll have to take it up with the council of Elders.

    • Trac

      The net net of that play was GAME OVER. I’ll take that any day over a “brilliant” failed onside kick attempt. He he.

      • Shady

        You know better than to say game over before it’s over. It’s the Bears Trac, c’mon.

  • GPLDAN

    Story on talk radio this morning, with Thayer et al. is that Rosario when lined up either in his offset FB or as a 2nd TE, was there to help Ola on the blind side. And this time, unlike a lot of last year, they left Mills isolated on his man. And he got whipped a couple times.

    So the hope is that Bushrod can come back and they can chip a bit for Mills, else they will sit Mills for Ola, who was brought down from Canada to play RT but instead has done everything but

    • Esp vs the that Lion’s Dline.
      Heck, even MIA brought the heat to Vadgers. They knocked the shit out of him.
      Cutty better be prepared.
      Luckily, Cutler transforms into Clutch Cutty when walloped.

      • Ososfan

        It’s Cutty Mutant power transformation.

  • Random ATL factoid Ole Butch never knew.
    So, apparently, there’s this “theme park” “attraction” in Georgia known as “Stone Mountain” in which 3 Confederacy Generals are immortalized like Mount Rushmore.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Stone_Mountain_Carving_2.jpg

    As a general rule, I try to stay out of the South, though I have been as far down as Louisiana, not quite far enough to have a fiddle-off with the devil for a fiddle of gold…

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • Jokey

      Wtf I hope that was roid rage and not real rage. Jesus.

      • MB30SD

        Guy’s a total meathead idiot.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    “Maligned #1: Mel Tucker. Called his best game as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator and utilized the team’s 5-6-7 options at linebacker expertly. Darryl Sharpton jumped off the screen but the main reason was Tucker putting him in positions to make plays all afternoon long.”

    So you’re cool with one good game and what, 2-3 shitty ones? That’s a sheite ratio. If he’s going to be the HC of such a young D unit, he’s gotta be better than has been. He has to be consistently good. In more than a couple games he’s failed to adapt in the 2nd half (our opponents def. have), and until he does that, he’s going to remind me of lovie (and tice/martz/turner) on the O side.

    I’m still pretty convinced he’s not the right guy for our future.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      I was leaning toward getting rid of Tucker.
      Yesterday, did make me think otherwise. The D looked different, they seemed to play with ‘heart’ and they all seemed to have hard-ons when it came to hitting people. It made me wander if the problem isn’t with the ‘old’ LBs. Yesterday showed us some young, hungry players, getting a chance to shine. The one thing i mentioned before is that i was disappointed with the fact that the D was not going after balls on the turf. Yesterday i watched Greene pick up an incomplete pass and run to the end zone, we haven’t seen that in a couple years. One spoiled apple can spoil the bunch. Could Briggs and DJ be part of the problem? Older players, only playing for the check? Briggs looks like at times he has checked out since Lovie and Lach are gone. But then again it is up to the coach to keep players motivated.

      • MB30SD

        I think it’s a valid thought, whether it is the actual problem I don’t know.

        I would like to think that the coach sets the tone/personality of their unit, since that’s ALWAYS the way it was with me in HS and college. If your coach was more of a quiet thinker type the D would be somewhat the same. If he was a fiery badass the D followed suit.

        So, I don’t know. We have one game of data for this new world order, guess we’ll see more next week. I hope it’s as easy as that, but if that is true, we’re basically saying tucker let one, maybe two guys set the culture for HIS defense. which is a total indictment of the type of coach he is in my mind.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          uh-oh. is this a sign of the apocalypse? MB and Bill kinda agree on something…. i am a little skeered… Trac, since your the resident christian here, can you teach me how to pray?

          • MB30SD

            I throw my own shit out there maings. Whether people agree or not is up to them.

            I have my $.02 on some shit… tucker is one of them. I don’t bend my opinions without good data.

            14 points.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            lol, i am just stirring the pot a little. i couldn’t resist.

          • MB30SD

            I knows.

        • I’m no Tucker apologist, but he did inherit Briggs, and given how shitty our LBs performed last season, he had no choice but to keep him.

          However, if Briggs has checked out, then it’s Tucker’s JOB to cut his ass. Be a little Billichick.

          Besides, it’s hard to decipher if Briggs has indeed checked out. Even in his prime he’s been mercurial at best.

          I still haven’t forgiven him for proclaiming he’ll never play for the Bears again during his hold out.

          He was collecting checks then; he’s still only collecting checks now. Only difference now – he’s 34 and a step slower, and gut fatter.

      • BillW

        I said a while ago that maybe the defense needed a message sent via someone (Houston?) being benched. Well there were three inadvertent “benchings” yesterday to great results. Your suggestion has merit. I don’t know how you sit Briggs without risking a locker room problem, but maybe we give him another week to let his ribs heal?

        • SC Dave

          Rest him

    • AlbertInTucson

      I don’t think this team is 3-3 because of what the defense has or hasn’t done.
      The fault is clearly at the feet of the offense which, more often than not, has failed to produce the kind of point production that was advertised / expected.

      • MB30SD

        that’s a point we both agree on Al. I’m specifically talking about the persona/culture/identity of this D. I get we have a TON on youth (emery? hero? maybe?) on that side of the ball, and tucker hasn’t been turrible all year… but I guess I’m just looking for something much more than ‘not turrible all year’.

        I’m kinda looking for Trest’s yang on D. I would like a guy like ryan, or some young aggressive totally creative stud who’s time has come. No idea who that is or if he even exists, but would love someone who comes in and makes the entire D side of the ball his, has guys flying around and causing turnovers erra game, etc…

        Guess I’m just looking for the best. I’m done with mediocre after the lovie/angelo era

    • it’s not his fault. you see the shite linebackers he was forced to use before last game?

      • MB30SD

        I don’t know what to do with you lately.

        Just post another swoon-worthy stach pic and we’ll call it even.

        How’s the married life? When’s the first little stach coming?

  • MB30SD

    And here’s my Trac post of the day. Enjoy it boikkie, I know I deeed: http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/10/12/buccaneers-lovie-smith-nfl-week-6

    • Trac

      But…but…but they were supposed to win the NFC South. Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… riiiiiight. Just lovie being lovie my maings.

        14 points. ; )

        • Trac

          This has me thinking. A double or nuttin vs the bucks could make it more sporting wager wouldn’t you say old chap. Eh, on second thought, I’ll just wait on a miracle. Hahaha.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, that kinda seems to be your thing. hahahahahaha

            Sure, I’m a sporting fool… what did you have in mind boikkie?

          • Trac

            Smartass. Lol.

            Nov 23rd. Bucs and 11 points. You want the Bears or Buc’s.

          • MB30SD

            bears straight up. I’m giving you a fucking miracle by taking this bet.

            Don’t be a pussy… or look a gift whores in the mouth.

          • Trac

            Have you ever had a girlfriend eat oats out of your hand before? Game on! I’m gonna hate myself for doing this.

          • MB30SD

            kinda…

        • Keep calm and Lovie on…

  • BillW

    I said this on the other thread (about post 7,842 I think) but did you all notice how the Bears went and picked up (and ran with) EVERY ball that was on the ground?

    The game ball in my opinion and others goes to the entire coaching staff. That was not only the best game planning I’ve seen in a while, but also the best teaching / coaching / motivating.

    Also been said, but big props to both Jeff and MB for recognizing the offense mis-fires were in large part to a less than 100% BMarsh. They were both proven to be spot on.

    Bear Down! I will be there Sunday having many several $10 beers with my oldest son. Can’t wait to see Jared Allen’s first Soldier Field victory!

    • BillW

      (And no – no one hijacked my account.)

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Not enough Negativity!

        Using “BillW Standards” this is a fail.

        • BillW

          Should I say FYVM or PFO? I’m easily confused at my age.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            LOL!

          • SC Dave

            Seems you’re coming along just fine, Bill

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Wow. Nice win…I’m still in shock.

    See what happens when our Offense makes no game-killing mistakes?

    Wow…

    Oh and I agree with MB that Mel Tucker is still “lukewarm” in my book…I need more proof he can do the job well consistently.

    I saw that stiff-arm and thought what kind of roids is Marshal on? I mean it practically threw the guy 5 yards.

    • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      “When our offense makes no game- killing mistakes” .. exactly. But more tham that, picks up the gauntlet when the otjer team ties the game, rather than go into hiding.

      All encouraging, no?

      • MB30SD

        yes. wait…. no?

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    lol, Kreutz making Haugh verbalize Jay’s great calls on the 2 “check with me” inside trap runs that resulted in 2 TD’s.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/video_content_type/kreutz-jay-made-great-decision-crucial-forte-td-run

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Haha, own it Haugh! You piece of crap!!!

      • Trac

        That guy reminds me of the old Dave. Kinda. Just kidding Dave.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      2 TD’s.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Olin was always a class act…sad he went a bit koo-koo in the end with the Saints crap. Still one of the greatest all-time centers to play the game. Everytime I see Garza at center I miss Olin.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Garza has been a warrior. He was a solid Guard for many years before being thrust into the role of Center.

        • Scott W.

          Garza struggled at first, but your warrior tag is spot fucking on.

      • SC Dave

        Class like when punching his teammate in the face?

    • I thought Haugh’s head was gonna explode like in the movie “Scanners”

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    I just read that the youngster Wilson is about to start practicing again. I’m sorry Marquis but I don’t think Josh Morgan is letting his position go. Holmes may be out after this season to make way for Wilson but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    • Big Mike

      Josh Morgan has what 5 catches, in 6 games? I think Marquis is back in play right after the bye.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Morgan is a big dude and Forte just praised him highly for his blocking. It’s not about the catches. If Morgan is catching more balls at the expense of alshon, marshall, Bennett and Forte you’ve got a problem.

        • Big Mike

          A nice problem. Young guys with takdbt competing. Way better than scrounging for a fill in

    • Scott W.

      Interesting indeed.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    One of the things that I took away from the game yesterday was how intelligently the Bears used Forte. You don’t play Luke Keuchly every week just like you don’t play Aaron Rodgers.
    Forte will light up 95% of D’s when used like that. Jeff called it, when Trestman came in the first thought that came to my mind was, “holy shit, Forte will be a mix of Faulk, Roger Craig and hopefully, Marcus Allen”.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      there is no reason Forte shouldn’t catch 90 balls this year. At 5 to 11 yards per catch that’s a lot of fucking chain moving.

      ….and at 60-1 as MVP my “investment” would pay pretty nicely.

      • Cormonster

        At his current pace, he will grab 122 balls for just over 1,000 yards.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          and at that pace I will grab his balls and blow him because we’ll be in the playoffs with those numbers.

          • MB30SD

            I was just about to say. .. that’s a lot of ball grabbing

        • Cormonster

          I see what I did there.

        • SC Dave

          Wait until all the wr are healthy and uni learns to block. The latter may not ne possible tho…

          • they can’t all be keith jennings

  • AlbertInTucson

    Question: Why don’t they just issue Eben Britton a number in the 80s and spare us the endless “#62 has reported as eligible” announcements?

    • Captain Obvious

      Because you can’t be ineligible if you’re wearing an eligible number, and they need him to be able to line up as a lineman.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        sarcasm: noun ˈsär-ˌka-zəm : the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, OR TO BE FUNNY.

      • MB30SD

        Thank you, captain obvious.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Biggsy says 3 LBs as leading tacklers: Khaseem Greene 11, Darryl Sharpton 10, Christian Jones 6

    That is what it’s supposed to be. Not the 2 safeties.

    • SC Dave

      Soooo this!!!!

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      He could block on a screen pass tho

      • MB30SD

        does fucking Jimmy Graham block on screens Dave?!?! WELL DOES HE?!?!?

        He’s just a big WR trapped in a lineman’s body. Let’s try to be a little more tolerant of others who are different than the rest shall we?

        (hee hee)

        • SC Dave

          Brandon and (to a lesser extent) alshon can.

          • MB30SD

            see yonny’s sarcasm definition below dave. ; )

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, yeah.. started a little early today

          • MB30SD

            hahaha

  • MB30SD

    as requested: https://vine.co/v/OA9UJ0v0ZZ7

    You’re welcome

  • MB30SD

    and here’s one for Willie.

    Ben Harper’s reuniting with the IC baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saOoA0hCzqY

  • Irish, where art thou? Speaking of crazy overseas Bear fans, whatever happened to Barb, and that one dude from Holland and England? They usually pop up during the London game.

  • Will Young 7 sacks lead the NFL. “Oh, tell me more, Butch”
    Very quietly, Paea has 4 sacks, which for a DT, is very good. (FYI. Contract Year)

    • Bears’ D are now ranked #10 vs run.
      Allen has 14 QB pressures. Houston has 12 (1st and 2nd, respectively, according to Bears’ coaches)

      • Scott W.

        I have GOT to get caught up on our defensive personnel.

      • Shady

        Would you rather have Paea and Ratliff or Ndonkeykong Suh?

        • MB30SD

          DONKEY KONG!

          • Shady

            Forealsdoh?

          • MB30SD

            cereal dude.

            I don’t give a fuck anymo. I jus wanna wins.

          • Shady

            Problem is he’s gonna get JJ Watt money, probably end up highest paid player in the league. I just can’t trust him to pay him like a franchise player.

          • MB30SD

            we’re going to have a shitton of money next year according to the numbers boys on the board (NB, $, BC, Data) if memory serves.

            Let’s fucking spend some cashish baby. Then go #1 FS in the draft, followed up by a really good LB in the second who can turn into a bobby w.

          • Suh would be a game changer. We’d be able to afford him too, as long as Alshon doesn’t ask for the sky.
            The cap is expected to spike a little too. Then again, agents know that too.

          • call me a donkey dongler, but i’d rather pay for alshon than suh.

          • MB30SD

            Both?

          • We can get both. Stein could structure it, though we’d be very tight against the cap.
            There’s also the ‘vengeance discount’. Something tells me Suh would be VERY motivated to hurt Vadgers and Stafford.

          • MB30SD

            ohhhhhhhh (mouth waters)

          • Ososfan

            Alshon won’t be asking for the sky, Suh’s contract could be hypothetical ly structered based on goals for the year plus a base salary, do t forget that the Cap will be increasing exponentially in the next couple of years due to the fat tv contracts the NFL signed.

          • MB30SD

            fuck it, if we’re going to pay Watt money… why don’t we go after watt. Is he going to be free?

          • Texans just signed him to $100M contract. Sadly, he ain’t going nowhere.

          • MB30SD

            Shit, I thought so… couldn’t remember if that was him.

            Guy is fucking super human.

          • Best defensive player since Taylor and White.
            Yeah, I said it!

          • MB30SD

            Damn

          • Trac

            Alshon and Marshall need to get paid soon as well. What then?

          • Shady

            Marshall just got a contract this season. Cmôn maaaaingggg.

          • Trac

            Forgot it about Marshall. I’m not one that subscribes to building through FA Shady. I’m all for value signings, and occasionally a Star but I prefer to build through the draft.

          • Only big contract looming is Alshon.
            Briggs will be gone. Peanut cost us $3M. That’s an extra 3M.
            There’s also some extra fat we can cut, not to mention we won’t be taking the brunt of Pepper’s dead money (if I remember correctly).
            Add that to the small rise in cap, plus Stein-enomics.
            I wouldn’t be surprised if we could even squeeze in Paea, though not if he gets 10 sacks.

          • Ososfan

            O LINE Guy somewhere in the first three rounds. Look at what Romo and murray have been quietly doing with a very decent online.

        • Who’s most likely to ripp-off Vadger’s stache in Movemeber and wipe his ass with it?
          Suh.
          Suh, Sutton and Ego. Yes, please!
          Edit. I also have a sneaking suspicion Suh respects Cutty for getting up after all his shots.

          • MB30SD

            fuck yes.

            Young – Rat – Kong – Allen (yes, I think he’ll start coming on now)

    • ah. so paea will be gone next year is what you’re telling us.

  • Scott W.

    Jeff’s question about Fuller being best 1st rounder since Lach was timely though unintentionally so I’m sure. There was McClellin, whose abilities/value I still can’t figure out, in street clothes somewhere, while Carimi was wandering around the Falcons sideline hoping no one would notice him.
    Fuller was a great pick, one Emery needed badly, and I’m definitely a fan big time.
    Shea and Gabe, on the other hand? Sucker bets, is my take.

    Tell me why I’m wrong about McClellin.

    • because he knocked out rodgers for a chunk of last season and gave us hope that we could win the division?

      • Scott W.

        I know about that one.

        But his entire body of work? I’m sure I’m missing something.

    • MB30SD

      wasn’t well needed at all. Read down to see the list of guys emery’s hit on… to some degree.

      You weren’t around, but it’s always been my contention, backed up by the last two drafts in my estimation, that Lovie and his merry band of idiots had more to do with emery’s first draft than he did.

      At this point I’d say emery is a B+ at least.

      • Scott W.

        Yer call on Emery’s first draft is right on. I guess I’m mostly digging for McClellin upsides because I see a lot of ho hum.

        The 2 Kyles balance his 2 misses I suppose, too. But He did need to hit this year.

        • MB30SD

          he doesn’t have any upside my maings. What you seens is what we gots.

          He’s a guy that should be cut next year. We need to bring in a real OLB to fill the spot.

          • Scott W.

            Thank you Mr. MB (has a lyrical ring to it, doesn’t it?) That’s what I was trying to figure out. I saw zero reasons to keep him after this year.

          • MB30SD

            you seem like a sharp kid scott.

            Hell I like you, you can come over to my house and fuck my sister.

          • MB30SD

            garsh dorn that’s a great fucking movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTQAXX08A-s

          • Scott W.

            Yeah sure. Then you’d get pissed at me for lighting up in your house afterwards, your sister would start drinking heavily, and you’d demand all the kids be named after you, in ascending numerical order. I know a setup when I read one.

            See you Thursday.

          • MB30SD

            Now all I need is a sister scott

          • Scott W.

            So it would involve an air compressor then…

    • Ososfan

      Emery never drafted Carimi.

  • MB30SD

    Aight boys. Going to go check the game with some homies. Cheerios!

  • I know I’m late on this, but one comment: I love that “Twitter Terrorists” is now a thing. Thanks Trestman!

  • “If I’m Joe D I would position Willie Young directly in front of the kick returner. If said returner attempts to take the ball out of the end zone from six yards deep Willie Young is permitted to take him out.”

    yes please. Effective AND entertaining!

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