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Audibles Deuce: Negativity After One Week, Briggs Out to Sea, Parcells & “Orientals”

| September 10th, 2014

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NEGATIVITY OVERLOAD

Let me point you in the direction of two Tweets, both catching my eye in the last twenty-hour hours.

First…

Up with to look for Bears silver linings at 6 a.m. on . Think it might be a short conversation?

Second…

Does think the season is still salvageable? 9:52

Looking for silver linings? Salvageable? The Bears have played one game this season, a game where they were clearly the better team but made ridiculous mistakes, and the default response of seemingly everyone covering the club is defeatist. These sad tones or moods or whatever you want to call them osmotically transfer from newspaper pages, radio waves and television screens directly into the hearts and minds around the Chicagoland.

I’ve come to terms with the media covering the Bears. They prey upon the inherent desire of Bears fans to go negative by feeding the negative beast. But I applaud the fan who believes. I applaud the fan who’ll be sitting on a bar stool or couch Sunday evening believing the Bears will beat the 49ers and set their 2014 back on the right path. I applaud the fan who understands, win or lose, watching the Chicago Bears play their 16 guaranteed games a season is still one of life’s greatest joys.

Many don’t realize until it’s too late in life but what I’m about to say is true. Being negative is easy. Being jaded is a cop out. It is the people who put themselves out there and believe – in their lives, careers, sports teams, anything – who experience the great joys in life.

ENOUGH, LANCE.

From a Pat Finley piece in the Sun-Times:

Asked on his Comcast television show about a radio report he was out partying until 4 a.m. Saturday, linebacker Lance Briggs said that “what I do on my off time is my business — it’s my business.”

Lance Briggs is absolutely right. His off time is his business. But why go out at all on a week where you’ve received public criticism from media AND ex-teammates (this column’s namesake) for opening a restaurant and skipping a short practice? Why not lay low for five days so you don’t have to answer these types of questions? I’ve written several times I believe Lance Briggs checked out on this organization in the wake of Lovie Smith’s firing. I just wish he’d do SOMETHING to prove me wrong.

HOW DID I NOT HEAR ABOUT THIS?

I am not sure what would offend most in the below clip. But there’s a lot.

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  • MB30SD

    konichiwa bitches

    • MB30SD

      Oh, and lance is done. He wants to be losing with lovie in tampa, not with us.

      • SC Dave

        Maybe; if so, Tucker needs to bench him.

        • MB30SD

          I wish tucker would bench briggs, then himself.

  • BD

    The “Jap Plays” quote is YEARS old. How did you never hear it? Also, automatic negativity from the fan base comes from, I think, being Cubs fans.

  • GPLDAN

    Repost: Irony because it’s the Long Snapper Himself bringing the negative:


    On Spielgel & Mannelly, Patrick Mannelly is going to try and establish his chops as a journalist.

    He is breaking a story, perhaps through his network of chicks that party down, that Lance Briggs stayed out to party on Friday Night / Sat Morning until 6am. Briggs went on Comcast Sports show last night and apparently had a few words about what he thought of that story.

    • MB30SD

      through his network of chicks that party down

      This is on my bucket list.

      • GPLDAN

        He was a hard-headed man
        He was brutally handsome now, and she was terminally pretty
        She held him up, and he held her for ransom in the heart
        of the cold, cold city
        He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude
        They said he was ruthless, they said he was crude
        They had one thing in common, they were good in bed
        She’d say, “Faster, faster. The lights are turnin’ red.”

        • SC Dave

          Whats that from? ( he asks ignorantly)

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I’m guessing by the term “Jap” being a surprise play is short for Pearl Harbor Play? Hey Whatever, maybe the words “Pearl Harbor” are just to long to say compared to that the one syllable “jap” word. Who really cares, I’m sick of the political correctness in our Country, we look like a bunch of Pussies in the world’s eyes thanks to it and to our current administration. But let’s not go there….

    In regards to Briggs, he had a chance to really standout and take the leadership role once Urlacher was gone. He didn’t do it. So be it…maybe he wants out…out of our control. If he isn’t going to care anymore then neither am I…show him the door.

    It’s easy to be negative after a disappointing loss. It’s also easy to be negative when the Bears defense is still so so, After last season’s disaster I wasn’t expecting a lot so I hope they can improve. Jared Allen was my biggest disappointment, He’s just not the “game-changer” guy we really need and Conte being manhandled vs. the run as usual.

    I still hope for the Bears and of course will cheer them all the way…but the 1st game was disappointing vs. the Bills. Chalk it up to “any given Sunday”.

    • MB30SD

      this entire post

    • Trac

      No. Chalk it up to ” the better TEAM won. “

      • Bears-4-Ever

        The Bills WERE the better team Sunday since the scoreboard doesn’t lie. However I think our Offense should have dominated and scored at least 10 more points in that game. Our Defense is what let us down.

        • SC Dave

          If ohr offense should have scored 10 more, how is it our defense let us down?

  • MB30SD

    Also reposting from last thread, because I honestly think it’s noteworthy and just plain old great news that one of the young pups is starting to get it:

    Johnathan Wood • 2 hours ago

    re-watched the game last night. More full thoughts coming later, but regarding Bostic, who we discussed below: couldn’t find one blown assignment. No huge flash plays, but he did his damn job. Huge improvement over last year.

    He was easily Chicago’s best LB, not that that’s saying much.

    also Shea looked fucking lost. I thought they’d be blitzing him like half the time he was in, but they didn’t, and he is beyond useless in “coverage.”

    If I’m Chicago, I put Bostic at full-time MLB, move Williams to SAM, and put McClellin at left bench.

    I also think they need to get greene in there post haste. If he can also come up and play like a starter, GP’s bourgeoning briggs story might have a happy solution, and our LB corps might actually start to look like a shit.

    How about this:

    Houston/Allen | Ratliff | Sutton/Ferguson | Young

    Green | Bostic | Briggs/DJ

    Nut | TJ | Fuller

    Mundy | Conte (pass downs)/McCray (run downs)

    • CanadaBear

      Really, posted 3 times. Seems excessive.

      • MB30SD

        most won’t see last thread. and it speaks directly to our current briggs don’t give a shit no mo problem.

        And my goodness, who pissed in your (canadian version of) Cheerios this morning.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m so pissed about Sunday’s game. Nothing has changed from last year and now ST’s are worse. I had a horrible feeling last year that Trest was the offensive version of Lovie and Emery was a slightly smarter version of JA. Spent the entire offseason trying to purge that train of thought and Sunday it all came back.

          • MB30SD

            I get it. I really don’t think it’s that bad though. I think if a couple things go our way, that game is almost a blow out for us. We all know that when things get dicey and a win is needed with little time left, cutty has… tendencies.

            That said, I think a lot of stuff will get cleaned up on both sides, ST will get better, and we won’t look half bad…

            I mean after SF, that game is going to be ugly. No way we can go in there and beat them in their new stadium opening night… unless they get wrapped up in it and look past us, but just prepare for our streak to start next week, not this week.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh, I’m still going to watch every week and cheer like hell for them but I have absolutely no expectations for this season. I plunked down the money for the NFL pkg on cable so I’ll get to see all the games. I’m loyal to a fault. When we went 1-13 in 1969 I watched every minute of every game.

          • Trac

            At this point , high draft picks is where the smart money should be. Sad but true I think.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t even have much hope their since I think PE is only marginally better than JA. Basically second verse same as the first.

          • johnnywad

            Phil has already drafted two Pro Bowlers and he just got here. Long is on the cusp of being the best G in football. Alshon is a top 5 receiver after his second season. To compare JA and PE is ludicrous.

          • MB30SD

            I, like you I imagine, am floored by some of this stuff coming from the regs after 1 game.

            Just wow.

          • johnnywad

            It crazy man. The Bills didn’t pound our asses up and down the field. They squeaked out an OT win in a game the Bears did all they could to hand deliver them a victory. It happens. And they’re ready to shit can Trestman and Phil. These miserable bastards have sucked all the fun out of it.

          • CanadaBear

            Sorry to ruin your life. Yes PE hit on Alshon (only pick left from that draft) and Long. JA picked Peanut, Briggs and Hester, all pro-bowlers. JA actually stocked a roster with ST’s in mind. We won a bunch of games due to ST’s. So he’s got that on PE. I do think PE is better but by how much? I don’t know how it can be ludicrous that Trest isn’t much better than Lovie. Look at the results. If Trest can’t solve the DC issue it will be his undoing, same as Lovie with OC’s.

          • johnnywad

            Stop ruining my life Canada. God…..
            I was thinking more about Phil than Trestman. The jury is still out on Trestman for me. Early returns are positive. As for Phil, he’s markedly better than JA. I agree the first draft didn’t work out, but on the whole, he’s just way better. He built a great offense in basically one season when Angelo couldn’t do it in ten. I think we’ll see that the defense proves to be much better this season too. He was handed an aging, rotting corpse of a roster. He’s fixed half of it. We’ll see what this year brings. And what was wrong with specials on Sunday? They kicked, punted and covered well. No good returns, but that’s pretty common in the NFL.

          • CanadaBear

            You have no idea how much I hope you’re correct. My issue is PE has had 3 drafts. In the NFL, you can turn things around in a hurry. I’m not seeing that. Yes the O is light years better. However, the D and ST’s are worse. If you think ST’s were OK Sunday you either set the bar too low or you forgot the last few years. Even last year, Devin was 3rd in pr’s and 5th in kr’s. Podlesh was horrible, no doubt.

          • BillW

            Respect to you sir for the 1-13 reference. I learned a lot about football from that season and the ones that followed.

            I remember kidding myself into thinking the Bears were actually pretty good – they could have won most of those 13 games if only .. yada yada.

            I eventually learned that in most games there are few plays made / not made that make the difference. And good teams find a way to assure they are the good side of that most of the time and not the bad side.

            It hurts me to say this since I’m a statistician by profession, but there is truth in the phrase “statistics are for losers”.

          • bearsfantillend

            I am going on the record we will win in SF by 14.

          • CanadaBear

            WOW!

          • GPLDAN

            Tee hee.

          • Trac

            Ah, the power of the spoken word.

          • johnnywad

            I don’t know if you’re fucking around or not. But I think the Bears win Sunday night. They’re better than they played Sunday and the Niners are not the team they were the last time the Bears played them. I’ll eat a shit load of crow if I’m wrong, but we’re winning that game.

          • bearsfantillend

            not fucking around.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck it, I’m in!!

  • CanadaBear

    On the flip side of the media driving the negativity is the hardcore fan that has followed this team forever and has enough sense to recognize Sunday’s game was like an instant replay of last year. All the same problems on D, inconsistent O and now the ST’s are ordinary at best. Show me some fucking wins and I’ll show some positivity.

    • SC Dave

      Patience compadre, patience. We all knew the early schedule was the hardest. Many new faces… let it gel.

      • CanadaBear

        I know you’re right but the Groundhog Day aspect of the loss was a bit much. Since I hate the Forty Whiners it’s always esp painful when we get spanked. Maybe the field surface is such a fiasco it helps us win. That’s all i got.

  • MB30SD
  • Sactowns#1

    It used to drive my ex gal crazy when for the longest time the grocery stores had an “oriental foods” section. So I started introducing her as my Oriental girlfriend. lol Ah she was a good sport about most things.

    • Cormonster

      The state of Minnesota, with nothing better to do, passed a law changing the name of the Asian Carp to the Invasive Carp. I guess the term offended some Oriental people and thought it put them in a derogatory light.

  • MB30SD

    hockey starts soon right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkxO8L0IaRY

    Hey canada, don’t let the hunny bunny catch you watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1TwQ7PQmbI

    • CanadaBear

      The ironic part about the first link is it’s not available in Canada! The second vid? Oh my!

  • GPLDAN

    CanadaBear and I met for waffles and coffee this morning in Chicago. I grabbed a selfie of us:

    http://tinyurl.com/m8w25wv

    • CanadaBear

      I would have bet money it was Statler and Waldorf. My two favorite muppets! Loved that show. I tried last year not to go negative. Tried to keep the Trest/Lovie and JA/PE comparisons out of my mind and off the blog. Sunday it all came back. Both Trest and PE seem to be getting a pass from the faithful. It’s not like their stories have been written but so far they seem eerily familiar.

    • MB30SD

      which one’s which?

  • GPLDAN

    Is Williams going to do runbacks this weekend?

    Sinoris Perry decision to take it out 8 yards deep, after contemplating it for 3 seconds, was bad. What made it a joke was the guy himself, looking like he was running in quicksand. No explosion, no speed. If you can’t accelerate AND you have no top speed, you don’t belong back there.

    Hester is making the Bears look bad, and that’s Hester, a guy who gave up on the Bears. We need some explosion coming out for the kick in San Fran. Somebody who MIGHT break it.

    • Trac

      We need a strong game plan to have any chance of beating the 9ers or at least to be competitive. My question is, does Trestman have it in him? We shall see.

      • MB30SD

        I’m not at all worried about trestman’s game plan, I’m worried about Tucker’s.

        • johnnywad

          Wait……Tucker has a game plan?

        • Trac

          Tresty needs to game plan taking Tucker into consideration , yes?

          • MB30SD

            possibly.

    • Shady

      I keep telling you guys, we have no team speed.

      • johnnywad

        Shea is fast

        • MB30SD

          damn you

          • johnnywad

            You know who else is fast? Chris Conte. Speed only gets you so far.

          • SC Dave

            Thats why i wnt him in on passing downs

          • SC Dave

            Lol… he is

    • MB30SD

      that’s the problem with the guys that give up on us… sure they might be better when/if they go elsewhere, but that doesn’t change the fact that they sucked with us and gave up.

      Briggs might have another year or two in him down in tampa, but he don’t here.

      • SC Dave

        This…another with Lovie as surrogate Dad

  • Trac

    Jeff, on the negativity sometimes the truth hurts but it’s necessary to lance(he he ) the wound. I’d like to see Briggs ride the bench soon.

    • Big Mike

      I’m getting real tired of Briggs. On the bench would be a BIG BALLS move.

  • GPLDAN

    Did anybody else get All-22?

    If so, you may have noticed that for the Bills game, you only got the first half of coaches film. I was VERY disappointed in that. I could watch the TV replay all the way through, but I didn’t pay for that. I’m hoping the NFL corrects that problem with the GR app.

    I noticed Hubby Bubby was using the app for his website, one of his beat writers used it for their article. I see he didn’t diagram any plays for the 2nd half, so I think everyone got dicked on that.

    • BillW

      Watched some of the all-22 on Game Rewind last night. I could easily get addicted to that. They had the whole game. Two things I wish it had was slo-mo and zoom. I have an Android tablet. I wonder if the iPad has that? Or the All-22 app of which you speak.
      Said by others before but it was strnage to see Bostic and Munday both go to their left leaving a big hole. Also on the second pick – I can at least see what Cutler saw that made him throw the ball. And the play was “blowed up” almost from the start. Not criticizing the call – it just wasn’t there and it was doubtful Cutler would have picked up the first by running. And it would have been a 52 yard FG had he thrown it away. I think actually Trestman said thety are going ot go on 4th which makes sesne given the new snapper / holder combo.

      • Holmes blocked on that play instead of running a deep clear out. If he clears out Cutler has an easy run for the 1st.
        Still should have never thrown that damn ball though.

        • BillW

          Good point – I missed that though I did see him blocking (was he the one called for OPI on that play? It looked within 5 yards – or does the chuck rule go one way only? Or was I mistaken and he kept blocking down field?)

          Assuming the pass was incomplete instead of int, I wonder if the Bills would have accepted the penalty giving us another shot? Or take their chances on 4th and 1. To paraphrase Orwell – all plays are created equal but some are more equal than others.

          That whole series had a lot of weird in it. Nice gain partially wiped out by holding giving us first and 13. We get 12 on first down.

          You don’t usually know where the key moments are even when they are happening.- but they are there.

          • yeah, he was flagged on that play. Even within 5 yards, don’t think you’re allowed to block like that before the ball is out. OL can only be 2 yards past LOS before the pass, so maybe that’s the blocking window?

      • GPLDAN

        You use the Game Rewind app. They call it Coaches Film in the app. They market it as All-22.

        It has this stupid telestrator thingy that I can’t see people using but they do not have slo-mo or zoom.

        I found an article by a guy who uses his ripping software tied to his NFL account and rips down all the .flv files for all the plays from his Game Rewind account. He’s playing with fire, the NFL will descend it’s army of Monkey lawyers on his ass if any of those flash videos leak onto the web. It’s got his id encoded into the stream using DRM marking.

        • BillW

          That’s what I have is Game Rewind. The season ticket holders were given a free subscription. I didn’t see a telestrator feature though. Saw game broadcast and coaches film (all 22) and I think Big Plays.

          And I agree about ripping the video – not only would I get sued I’d lose my tickets, my PSLs, and Halas would assure my Dad, Uncle, and Grandpa were kicked out of heaven (assuming they are all there)

          • GPLDAN

            I can see old man Halas roaming around heaven in the clouds, trying to convince St. Peter that he overpaid for his book keeper and refusing to give any of the angels any raises.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I got rid of All-22. Worthless last year. Half the games didn’t load until Thursday.

    • I was able to watch the whole thing on All-22 last night.

      Thoughts from it here: http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/09/10/film-review-bears-vs-bills/

      • GPLDAN

        Hmmm. Even more pissing. That means it’s just my account.

        I will upgrade the iPad to 7.1.2 and see if that helps.

        • I had a few issues. Had to quit out and re-load the program a couple times. But got it all to work eventually.

          • GPLDAN

            Is there a way to delete any cached files to force it to retry the server?

          • I dunno. I was on a laptop, not an ipad, so I just closed the window, re-opened the internet and went there again.
            Otherwise it would do a weird thing where clicking play/pause or the 10 second jump would just send it to the start, and then I couldn’t do anything from there but watch it run

          • GPLDAN

            This thing is truly a buggy POS. I’m sure MB will just tell me to get an Android tablet, but fuck that.

          • MB30SD

            get an android tablet.

            iOS is a huge steaming pile of excrement.

            …or try a surface, I hear they are even better.

  • Trac

    Clarity gents. I think we are starting to have some clarity on the 2014 Bears.

    • MB30SD

      after one game? Do tell nostradamus!?

      (hee hee)

      • Trac

        The Bears aren’t who we thought they were?

        • MB30SD

          pretty seriously amazing stuff after one game my maings.

          That said, so are the bucs and I can’t wait for my sweet sweet prize to be delivered.

          • bearsfantillend

            brought some clarity. we are not going 16-0. BUT 15-1 is still there BITCHES!!!!

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I’ve amended my 12-4 prediction to 10-6 because of Alshon, Brandon, Morgan, Slauson and Garza all getting hurt in the same game and it will continue to affect us going into game 2.
            I have to believe that if Alshon is in the Buffalo game the bears win. Kreutz feels the same way.

  • BillW

    From the last Buffalo run – I read a couple times the opinion that Conte took a bad angle. OK – I’m going to get geeky here and say it’s not geometry but it’s calculus.

    What Conte can’t do – and it’s instinct I’m sure – is assess where the runner is GOING to be and also how fast he himself can get to certain spots on the field.

    In basketball they call it court sense – where are the players, where are they going, when will they be there. It makes no look passes possible. Pete Marovich and Michael Jordan. Wayne Gretzky in hockey. The technical term is spatial relationships. I don’t think it can be taught.

    Aaron Rodgers has that I believe. Probably other QBs. (I’m not comparing to Cutler though). All I’m saying is Conte probably needs to be more conservative in his angles – aim 5 yards further down the field than he thinks he needs to be.

    The fact is the game may well have been over anyway if Conte ran to the correct spot and made the tackle. I think it was a going to be a 20-25 yard gain no matter what once he got through the hole.

    Conte lines up often as much as 30 yards deep; he seemed to have good closing speed so it makes sense. And any back with a head of steam is going to difficult to stop much less tackle. But given how Bostic closed (reminiscent of 54 chasing Reggie Bush in the NFC Champ game) had Conte made him slow down or change direction we had a chance still.

    I guess that’s what Trestman means by “correctable”.

    (Took my Prozac MB30. Can you tell?)

    • the problem wasn’t getting to the RB. He got there just fine. Problem was trying to bring him down.
      if Conte was just going for a tackle, easy. He’s right on the sideline. You lower your sholder, hit him around the waist, and knock him out of bounds.
      Conte didn’t do that, even though I saw him do it earlier in the game at least 2x to use the sideline for a tackle. He stayed high and tried to get through Jackson to the ball. Jackson, who is bigger than Conte (216 vs. 203 listed weights), was having none of that. He stiff-armed him out of the way.
      Conte said immediately after the game he knew they were already in FG range so he wanted the turnover over a tackle. FG ended the game. Tape backs that up.

      • GPLDAN

        Also I am still advancing my theory that his upper body has some serious nerve damage issues. He’s busted is arm twice and popped his shoulder out at least once as a Bear. He’s not looking to drop his shoulder and drive. He’s looking to wrap up the legs low if he needs to, and he is going for the strip first.

        • many of his tackles of receivers down the field were simply him lowering his shoulder and barreling into them. No attempt to wrap up.

      • BillW

        I agree and I liked his explanation that he realized the only thing to do was try to get the ball out. That showed smarts. I’ll look at it again but it seemed to me that Conte got near Jackson but had to turn and chase a few yards first. Had he stayed in front and forced a change in direction – who knows. Easy to say.

        That’s the problem with studying the play and being able to stop – start it. Easy to see what he should have done.

        Same for the coaches too. You look at the video and say “well, if we don’t do this and don’t do that and we do this here and that there… yeah, it’s all correctable.”

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, a hell of a lot easier than one shot in real time.

    • SC Dave

      20 yards was still a near certain field goal

  • AlbertInTucson

    The sludge bubbling up around Briggs is getting deep.
    Almost to the point that you have to wonder if the Bears will put up with him for an entire season.

    • MB30SD

      hope not.

  • GPLDAN

    The NYT lays some heavy snark on the NFL, whose Ray McDonald will be playing against the Bears, btw.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/sports/football/ray-rice-in-lucrative-and-ludicrous-nfl-the-show-goes-on.html?_r=0

    • MB30SD

      So ambiguity curls up like a cat around the foot of intentional ignorance.

  • CanadaBear

    I don’t really care if Briggs was up til 4 AM Sat morn. He’s right. It’s his life. As long as he brings it on Sunday, have at it. If he sucks on Sunday, well then we have an issue. I expect Briggs to play with a little more passion Sunday night. It might not make any difference but he has to see the writing on the wall. Hope he reacts positively and has something left.

    • johnnywad

      Seems like he has “done” written all over him to me.

      • MB30SD

        have to agree sadly. If he didn’t have the pride to give this org his all before, he won’t now.

        When you’re done, you’re done. Seeme like he’s already flipped the switch. Hope not.

        • SC Dave

          Urlacher made Briggs all along.

          • MB30SD

            I don;t know about made, because briggs is a GREAT OLB, but he most certainly helped.

  • Peanut FTW

    My first game at Soldier Field was 2 days before Christmas, I got to watch 54 run back a Favre interception for a TD. I got to watch Kyle Orton and our Adrian Peterson own the Pack. The Pack got completely dominated in every aspect of that game. Their punter had 2 punts blocked and averaged about 19 yards a punt. The Pack looked like hammered dogshit in that game. They were 13-3 on the season.

    One game doesn’t mean anything. Literally, half the teams in the NFL are 0-1. We all need to take some advice from Mr. Pryor and have a Coke and a smile and stfu. If the Bears manage a victory come Sunday in any fashion, they will be 1-1 and right where we all expected them to be at that point. Nothing has changed, nothing has been defined, lets let them lose a few games before we start saying the wheels are off the bus.

    • BillW

      I agree with you point in general but would make one important modification. That being 1-1 by beating SF after coming off a disappointing loss is probably much more uplifting than 1-1 having won as expected then lose as expected.

      If they rise to the occasion I will have looked REAL foolish from all my prior posts this week. And be very happy that I do.

      (That Prozac shit really works!)

    • Trac

      Evra loss breakdown is subjective and the preponderance of evidence can point us in the right direction. I just don’t see how anybody can come away with a good feeling from the Bills game, however, it’s time to now focus on our next opponent.

      • MB30SD

        if it was game 5 I would SO be on board with you.

        Since it was our first game with an almost completely rebuilt D, I’m willing to give it another 2-3 games.

        How bout dem apples?

        • Trac

          :). What is truth ? Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            how long is a piece of string?

      • outside of 3 turnovers the Bears dominated. The defense performed better than anybody had a right to expect.

        Yes, turnovers are a problem. But unless you feel they’re going to continue to happen every game, then the Bears are pretty much who we thought they were.

        • BillW

          It was a beautiful day in Chicago today except for the 2 inches of rain.

          • turnovers are one of the most inconsistent things in football though. Bears last year turned it over
            I’m worried about the turnovers. Especially the interceptions. Fumbles happen fairly randomly.
            Last year Bears turned it over 1 (W), 4 (W), 0 (W), 4 (L), 1 (L), 0 (W), 1 (L), 0 (W), 1 (L), 0 (W), 3 (L), 1 (L), 0 (W), 3 (W), 2 (L), 2 (L).
            So 23 turnovers in 16 games. Pretty randomly distributed. And though they managed to go 2-2 in games with 3+ turnovers, usually turning it over that much means you lose (in those 2 wins they managed to keep the turnover differential to -1 each game by forcing turnovers of their own). It happens. You move on to the next game.

          • BillW

            Great point and numbers to back it up. And the key thing is “move on to the next game”. The players get to practice now and get the prior game out of their minds – which is a very good thing.

  • BillW

    Any truth to this? I hate myself for reading Rosenbloom, but he claims Cutler said on his radio show that he didn’t know they were in a 4 down situation on his second pick. Trestman has said they would have gone for it on 4th down.

    If both those statements are true – then there is something very wrong here. Can’t say who it’s on but the evidence points to the coach. Doesn’t excuse the decision obviously. But there are only a few possibilities that I can think of:

    Cutler is lying when he said he didn’t know that
    Cutler was told and forgot
    Cutler was told and didn’t hear
    Trestman is lying when he said that
    Trestman thought he told Cutler but didn’t

    It’s correctable I’m sure but … (damn Prozac is wearing off)

    • GPLDAN

      In the situation and distance, there was no reason for Jay to know that Trestman wanted to go for it on 4th and 1. It was midfield. To do so was a risk.

      Jay was concentrating on getting the right play called for 3rd down. And, as you can see from the video, he spent a LOT of time pointing to not only Spurlock, but Holmes and even Marshall – as to where they were supposed to line up. He had already been picked once because Holmes held his block instead of releasing, so he was focused on making the 3rd down conversion.

      Now where – in the heat of that battle – does Trestman go, “oh yeah, and if we don’t convert here, I want to go for it.” How does that get communicated PRIOR to the 3rd down snap?

      Come on. Don’t go looking for ghosts when they don’t exist, Negative Zone Bill.

      #waffle_channelling

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        lol, close. I’ve developed an APP where I can Jericho-cise any comment. I’ll illustrate:
        “Come on you fucking cocksucker, don’t go looking for fucking ghosts like a huge negative nancy pussy when they don’t exist. Now go back to your Negative Zone and fall backwards onto a huge bear dildo.”

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          voila!

          • GPLDAN

            I want to convert Siri to talking to me via the Waffle Filter in Nick Nolte’s voice.

            “Siri, where is the nearest pizza place?”

            “aahhhhhh jesus, god dammit… that is not a question you should be asking.”

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            it’s in Beta testing right now. We are using 3 different Nolte frequencies.
            Nolte from 48hrs
            Nolte from The Thin Red Line
            Nolte from Warrior
            You think they’re the same but the beauty is in the subtlety.

          • GPLDAN

            My favorite Nolte story is when they ask him how he reacted when he was nominated for the Oscar in Warrior.

            “I was asleep. They woke me up and told me, then I went back to sleep.”
            And then the reporter asks him if he called anybody or told anybody. He says:
            “Everybody I know is dead. That’s what happens when you get old.”

          • MB30SD

            my vote is the 48 hrs. one

      • BillW

        It was the 34. An iffy FG given a new LS and holder. But not midfield. Saying they’d go on 4th makes sense. I was glad to hear Trestman say that.

        Maybe we are talking about different plays because Holmes was called for OPI on the play I’m talking about (as you mention). That’s the play I’m referring to. And I wonder – not that it matters – if Buffalo would have accepted the penalty and gave us 3rd and 11 or declined and gave us 4th and 1 (had Cutler thrown in away?)

        And I have no idea what is said in the headset in the short time the coach talks to the QB. But I would think that info (2 downs here) could be added to the play call. But obviously I’m simply guessing about that.

        yeah – heading back to the negative zone and in the scheme of things this is minor – not the deal Rosenbloom made of it. But still when you hear two different statements from QB and coach something is off at least a bit.

      • SC Dave

        Anything to defemd Cutler. .. if he thought there was no fourth down, he should have run for tjhe first down

  • MB30SD

    This is awesome. And I am HORRIBLE at this.

    I really need to do this and so should everyone else: http://greatamericanrivalry.com/x-battle/

    • johnnywad

      Dude. Tell me you don’t text and drive.

      • MB30SD

        all the time. I’m bad man. I know. It’s bad. I’m a fucking idiot.

    • Cormonster

      Django was a great movie. I already want to watch it again.

      • MB30SD

        Boom! Welcome.

  • BerwynBomber

    “I’ve written several times I believe Lance Briggs checked out on this organization in the wake of Lovie Smith’s firing. ”
    He was playing like an All-Pro until the Washington game last year. Could be that Father T merely caught up to him; same with Tillman.

    • Big Mike

      Remember Urlacher. He hit the wall hard two years ago. The players that extend their careers are singular in their purpose. Briggs not so much. Hopefully he can find his game. Could be the new approach to training camp, not playing much in the pre-season etc just has him starting slow.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, we can only hope. I just think his first half of last season disputes Blogfahter’s claim that he checked out when Lovie got the axe, even if I believe Briggs and Tillman preferred playing for our former HC. Still, they’re professionals. It is just a rare D player who can play into his late thirties. Might be that Briggs and Peanut are merely hitting a natural wall in terms of their effectiveness. Happens to the best.

  • BillW

    Last post of the day and unrelated to the Bears.

    So from what I read and gather in the NFL thing, this seems likely:
    Rice and his now wife together pleaded for leniency
    Given her (bizzare) apology for her part in it, they tried to convince Roger she provoked him to a breaking point
    Either they knew the elevator video would prove that wrong – or more likely in the heat and emotion (and you know – being knocked out seconds later) they weren’t really sure exactly WHAT led up to the punch.
    Roger figured (wrong) that everyone would be better served to settle this without real severity since Rice was essentially let off by the law
    No surprise of course that Roger misjudged public reaction

    Here is the troubling part – including the ESPN clown who tried to argue that women have to understand their role in these things:

    MAYBE (I have no way of knowing ) just like there is a drug and crime and weapons and bullying element to many players past (and present) there is a violence against women part. An attitude I would think that could be summed up as “the bitch needs to know her place” or something like that.

    The ambiguity that Roger speaks of is precisely that. Bluntly – Ray and his wife convinced him she was to blame for starting it. “Bitch had it coming”. And now he realizes that if he gets called out on that he’s gone.

    • BillW

      In fact, I sense a bomb is going to drop on this somewhere. Someone knows something that Roger would rather we didn’t know.

      Maybe he was offered the video and didn’t want it (so he could maintain plausible deniability.

      I forgot that Rice saw the video (his lawyer had it); don’t know if he saw it before or after his meeting with Roger. If before, that’s another bomb that could go off.

      But more than anything will be the fact that he based his initial decision on believing “she had it coming” (not really – but that she provoked it).

      Once that comes out – Roger is toast. Women are already in an uproar and men will feel they better be too.

    • NewBearInTown

      Here’s my thinking…
      Ray’s now wife (and the mother of his child) knew that Ray only has 2-3 big money years left in the NFL. If he gets suspended or the domestic violence thing blows up, that kills the golden goose that will provide for her and her children for the rest of their lives.
      What she, Goodell and the Ravens were hoping to avoid is what happened. Ray became a poster boy for domestic violence, the team cut him, the league suspended him and now he, his wife/victim and his children will lose literally tens of millions of dollars.
      That’s the saddest thing. By reporting the incident, the woman has become a victim again.

      • MB30SD

        NB, reports say rice will keep $25M of his contract.

        I don’t think they’ll (or his kids kids if they’re smart… wait) be wanting much erra again.

        • NewBearInTown

          That’s the guaranteed money. He would have earned a bunch more. Not saying he’s poor, but players don’t tend to save away much of what they make.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Uncut-Allen-Briggs-Presser-91014/7757ec84-bba9-43a2-a3a5-11c6a5271c21
    Man, I don’t know how these guys put up with some of these questions. I give Cutler, Briggs, Allen, etc credit, I could not keep it together like these guys. I’d be laughing and calling the reporters a bunch of pussies.

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      I’d have to go with Sammy Baugh for Washington.

  • huntinbare

    I will be lighting Surya Incense and burning the sage on Sunday. We need to clear the ether of negative impressions; and replace the field with good vibrations.

    • MB30SD

      hunti!!!!

    • Shady

      Jesus, where have you been?

      • huntinbare

        Wandering to and fro about the earth seeking out who to destroy….Satan said that.
        I’ve been nowhere and everywhere…little bit o both

    • NewBearInTown

      Welcome back. Glad to see a new season brings back some of the regs.

      • huntinbare

        Thanks good to be back.

  • huntinbare

    Some of the greatest highs and horrible lows in our ball clubs’ history have been provided when playing the San Francisco 49ers. They are my favorite opponent; only because it seemed to be 49ers tickets that ,The Butcher, kept getting comped. I saw them probably 80% of the time we went to the Bears games. I sat through the one below; and unfortunately I am pretty sure it was a 49er that blew up Mr. Sayers knee the first time. So we sit in the chair that the Bills sat in last weekend; no chance….been losing to this team since God knows when. Then the unthinkable occurs; well I am believing that on Sunday night we are going to do, what right now, seems improbable. Why not some magic; I feel a change coming on…..Run Mat Run.

    • Shady

      I’m disappointed you can’t format this post into a single column.

      • huntinbare

        I would not want to be dragged by my hair out of the classroom by the “grammarians” and told to conform. I despise the “way things ought to be” as dictated by upstanding societal leaders who are in way over their heads.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Hunty? Is that you man?

      • MB30SD

        YONNY!!!!

        I knew you were lurking. Stealthily reading.

        You just cain’t quit us maing.

        Here’s one just for you: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/09/10/pkg-shark-kills-swimmer-as-wife-looks-on.seven-network.html

        • huntinbare

          It has always been just one thing. There is no quit in consciousness. I read when I suspect that things are getting interesting; drafts, pre-season, meaningful games. You are all a hoot. You know we are not part of the sharks food chain. They never stop to finish the meal; just a massive gash and then they move on. The sort of thing we need to do on the left coast this sunday. I always wondered if “human” tastes foul in the mouth of a shark?

          • MB30SD

            I’m with you hunti.

            I think it was Meta World Peace who once said (paraphrasing here): It shouldn’t be called a shark attack. We’re in their world. They’re just eating. It would be a shark attack if one broke into your house and bite you while you lazed on your sofa.

            Funny.

          • SC Dave

            It was Gilbert Arenas…

            “There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack. I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.

            We’re humans. We live on land.

            Sharks live in water.

            So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack. A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

            When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”

      • huntinbare

        It is I

    • beninnorcal

      Long time, no see, sir.

      • huntinbare

        I have been in the background; hiding out on back pages.

    • SC Dave

      Fucki n a… welcome back, prodigal bro!

      • huntinbare

        Thanks for the greeting; I posted a Biblical response below to Shady, so I will let the new testament reference slide.

  • huntinbare

    Forgive me for posting a clip that all Bears fans have most likely viewed. In this clip I dig the description by Bill Cosby. But, the thing that stands out as the single most important aspect to Mr. Sayers success was the fact that he had a “FEEL”. He discusses this at about 3;50 into the clip. As you know I am not as educated about the X’s and O’s of this game, (that is why I read this sight; your minds do that for me); but I do know about the “feel” in athletic competition. As you might recall I work at experiencing the “beingness”of each moment; and it is an athletes ability to tap into that intuitional space that sets the great ones apart. Sayers described what it felt like to him; and it is what I hope the current roster will start to display. There is a field of knowing that an athlete can tap into; and if they develop this trait; it will be as if they sense what is coming; it will help them be in the right time and place. I get all the classroom education that is given to each athlete through playbooks, and technique; but for the love of God,,,,could someone on this team go to the next level of existence and play with passionate intuitive force and blow up some plays defensively. Please Jay Cutler, meditate and focus before each game; see what you want to happen actually take place in your minds eye….sit with it and chill; get into a zone where you play as if the game is in slow motion. Stop playing scared; fear and panic is causing you to clutch up; and then screw up. Bottom line…I believe the sense of what is coming is out there in the field; look for it, ask for it to reveal itself to you and trust that sense. without it, we are just an average ball club that can repeat technique and look good on film most often….but cannot get a whiff of the playoffs. It is time for the coach of the D to get this into his bag of tools also; get out of your head Mel Tucker and get into your heart. Oh, and Mr. Tresman….Run the ball on 3rd and 1. Study the weakest link in the opponents line and work on that spot in practice getting hit so hard and fast that the opening for Mat looks like a black hole. Getting third down conversions may not get you down field quickly; but it breaks the will of your opponent….and that gentleman and ladies is what we are out to accomplish sunday. Sorry for the length, but it aint easy building a wall to keep the negative out.

    • Trac

      Hunti, when you go to war, it’s the army with the best intel, best weapons and most ammo that win. That’s pretty much the only way you win in the NFL. I get what you’re sayin but you can’t chee and zen your way to victory in this league.

      • MB30SD

        correcting my good sir…. it’s the army w all the best everything near the END of the war that wins.

        See what I did there boychick?

        • Trac

          I love you bro, really. Lol.

          • MB30SD

            love you more

          • Trac

            Hahaha

          • SC Dave

            That looks sooo… nttawwt

          • MB30SD

            Wanna join in?

      • huntinbare

        the question one must ask oneself about war would be ….who is it that is fighting? War never produces a permanent solution; and there is no winner in the struggle. Whatever you do in life to another; ultimately you are doing it to yourself. I do believe that each individual aspect of the organization, from top to bottom, can bring a clearer focus to their experience. Talk with martial artists about warfare and see if there won’t be a recognition of another level of experience.applied in the fight. It takes training and clarity that requires discipline. Ask Mr. Briggs how the clarity of the bottom of a jigger helps his focus on sunday. As Wilford Brimley said in the movie The Natural, “Lay off the sauce Lance, you ain’t won nothing yet>” And I don’t think he was talking about “55 Barbeque” sauce

        • AlbertInTucson

          Brimley and Richard Farnsworth were absolutely great in THE NATURAL. And, boys & girls, that really WAS Robert Redford doing a fine impression of a baseball player as he did, in fact, play the game in college.

          Farnsworth is great in THE STRAIGHT STORY about the old guy on an long trip on his riding mower but my favorite role of his was “Dodger”, Jane Fonda’s old ranchhand in COMES A HORSEMAN.

    • MB30SD

      Hey hunti, how’s the boy?

      Still love his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJj6S0dgw0s

      • huntinbare

        Shiloh is well, we only watch on the weekends now; still 8 p.m…..with a bowl of ice cream…he loves routine. He made a big step in his life last oct. by moving into a group home. He worked hard getting the basic life skills down and we decided to loosen the chain. He loves the independence and is flourishing; but he does come home for the Stooges most every weekend. I hope your children are well and enjoying life with you. I have not been able to tell from reading if they are surfing yet.

        • MB30SD

          That’s great news hunti. Very happy for you both. Nice work shiloh!!

          We’re doing amazingly thanks sir. My baby girl just went into kindergarten. She got tested yesterday and is reading at 2-4 levels above every other kid in her 15-20 kid class. I was super proud, but also disgusted at the linear teaching of normal schools. As the teacher was correcting her in front of her mother and I for reading the instead of them or some such other bullshit, I wanted to grab her and run out of there and book a trip to France for her ‘schooling’ instead of that bullshit. She’s reading 4 levels above every kid in her class and the teacher is correcting individual words she misses. Brutal. More of the above.

          No surfing yet. When I have them, I have both. My daughter can swim and if ready to learn, my little guy is afraid and can’t swim yet. Next summer.

          Thanks for asking hunti, and glad you are back.

  • MB30SD

    Watched this show last night: http://www.lakissfootball.com/welcome.html

    Brutal.

  • Shady

    Is anybody else here generally disgusted by sports?

    With all of the horrible shit that’s come out in the last few years and obviously this Ray Rice fiasco, I’m finding it harder and harder to focus on the game because of these distractions.

    Ironic considering sports are supposed to be a distraction from all the other shit going on in the real world. But, as it turns out these ‘heros’ we ‘idolize’ are just as human as any other asshole on the street. I dunno, maybe it’s always been this way and we just didn’t know about it because there weren’t any cell phones, camcorders or a TMZ culture back in the day. But how can we get sports back to sports? Because right now, I can’t support this garbage.

    • johnnywad

      Get into a local junior college or high school program. I watch a few local games every year. Sometimes you can even wander down to the sidelines. If you can make your way down to the visiting team’s sideline, and keep a little distance, nobody knows who the hell you are. You can really get the vibe down there. Its pretty cool.

    • BillW

      Old man talk I know but most of these guys get a check at 22 bigger than most see in a lifetime. So they think the rules don’t apply.

      • BillW

        You have to think some people are considering if they can market a league where the emphasis is football and not off field stuff and fantasy stats and personality and arrests etc

        • BillW

          Here’s a weird thought after a couple beverages after teaching tonight. Virginia sells and tells the family to start over in Decatur

          • GPLDAN

            She opens Ginny’s Dusty Muffins next to the Archer Daniels plant.

          • MB30SD

            I hear the marzipan flavored ones are to die for.

      • SC Dave

        So this… esp those raised with no father

      • AlbertInTucson

        “Old Man Talk”?!

        Hey, I resemble that remark!

    • huntinbare

      It is only about the motion of the game; that is where the juice comes from. Those of us who occupy the field and its periphery are the carnival. Most all of humanity is asleep and that is why the “sports scene” is just more of the same old same old. You won’t find any answers from the actions of another “knocked out loaded ” body.

  • johnnywad

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/10/world/meast/isis-vs-al-qaeda/index.html?c=world&page=1

    WTF? I am beyond tired of this shit. These guys are fighting each other over which version of destroying America is really the way to go. There is no solution. None. WTF is wrong with these people?

    • SC Dave

      They are the invented enemy to keep you under the patriot act jackboots

      • huntinbare

        C’mon Dave…We are just in the manufacturing stages of our economic recovery. How are we gonna have anybody to go to war against 30 years from now unless we get busy and piss off enough enough of the worlds grammar school population; you know piss em off just enough so they do not forget the horror. We are not just keeping the factories of never ending war here for our own population though. We are “outsourcing” so that our friends and neighbors can enrich their societies down the road also. We are not going to war; we are just picking the low hanging fruit off the “trees of intimidation” that were planted by belligerent field hands 30 or 40 years ago. The financiers say the harvest has been bountiful and the coffers are overflowing.

        • SC Dave

          …. manufactured enemy… would have been better had I used it.

  • NewBearInTown

    I am more offended by the fact that Jeff posted a Jim Rome clip on this website than I am that Bill Parcells used the term “Orientals.” That age group used that term to refer to that region of the world… maybe its not PC today, but it wasn’t really a derogatory term.
    As to the term “Jap Play” I don’t really care. Again, that age group likely remembers Pearl Harbor as the definitive “surprise attack,” so why not use it? I’m not any more offended by that than I would be if, say… plays involving multiple speed rushers were called the “blitzkrieg,” or, y’know, “blitz” plays for short.

    • AlbertInTucson

      You don’t like Jim “Holier than thou” Rome?

      You’re not a “Clone”, NewBear ?

      • NewBearInTown

        Is that what he calls his fan base?
        Then no, I am not a clone, copy or facsimile. And I prefer if my sports casters are original as well.

        • MB30SD

          Girl I dated for a couple months this year is his stand-in makeup artist. She says he’s like, omg, the nicest guy erra!!!

          Of course she’s a friggin 10, so I’m sure that helps. Hahaha

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet: “Congress getting involved in NFL is pathetic. Our country is a fucking mess, morons. Go fix that & leave sports to us less important folks. ”

    Damn straight.

    • huntinbare

      Our elected officials telling the population how to enjoy our leisure time. I will laugh again one more time….this joke never gets old

      • CanadaBear

        Hey HB, welcome back! I’m in a negative funk over The Beloved. Maybe some of your mysticism can bring me out of it (that or influence a Bear win).

        • MB30SD

          I think the best meds for that is a win in SF baby!

    • MB30SD

      brutal. all of them should be flushed down the toilet. Useless grifters… all of them.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, the 49ers suspended their play-by-play man, Ted Robinson, for 2 games for this comment about Mrs. Ray Rice:

    “How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of Goodell? That’s pathetic to me,” Robinson said.

    Meanwhile, accused Pregnant-Girlfriend-Beater, Ray McDonald, will suit up again this Sunday night for ‘Frisco.

    Yeah, that makes sense.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Richard Deitch: “NFL Network is quite funny right now. You would have no idea something was happening.”

    Good. When I tune into the NFL Network it’s because I want to watch football.

    • You know what? Good point. ESPN covered the whole “scandal” for hours, and had no new information. Some official says he sent a tape that the NFL received. That’s it.

  • Win in San Fran and I don’t care what Lance Briggs does at 4am.

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