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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Game Preview Addendum Edition!

| December 3rd, 2014

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Thursday Night Will Test Bears Rush Defense

This space has mentioned often of late the Bears climb in the defensive rankings from 32nd in 2013 to 12th in 2014 against the run. It is the most significant improvement of this year’s team, owed to a much improved defensive line. Per the great Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News:

…this December has a chance to be different because the Cowboys are equipped to play a game they haven’t known since the Super Bowl era.

When the weather turns in December — the cold blows in, the wind kicks up and moisture thickens the air — you need to run the football.

The Jimmy Johnson Cowboys ran the ball in December in carving a place in history as the NFL’s team of the 1990s. From 1992-95, when the Cowboys appeared in four NFC title games and won three Super Bowls, they ran the ball almost 52 percent of the time in the month of December.

The Jason Garrett Cowboys have run the ball only 41 percent of the time in the final month of the season in his four seasons.

Sure, the Cowboys had both the best running back and best offensive line in the NFL during their Super Bowl era. Emmitt Smith won three NFL rushing titles from 1992-95, and the Cowboys sent six different blockers to Pro Bowls.

And that’s why there is hope for December 2014. The Cowboys again have arguably the best running back and offensive line in the NFL.

Even though the Bears secondary has been a disgrace in 2014 I expect the Cowboys to put this game on Demarco Murray’s shoulders to avoid putting it on Tony Romo’s back. Can the Bears defense hold up? (I’m actually borderline interested in this result.)

Dallas Defense vs. Bears Offense

The Dallas defense isn’t any good and they are concerned about facing the Chicago Bears offense. From another piece in the Dallas Morning News:

The Cowboys need to right the ship quickly on defense to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They will have their hands full trying to contain big receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte.

Those four combined for 395 of Chicago’s 490 total yards against the Cowboys a year ago.

The Cowboys’ cornerbacks will be at a height disadvantage against the Bears. The 6-0 Brandon Carr and 5-10 Orlando Scandrick will be challenged by Chicago’s 6-3 Jeffery and 6-4 Marshall.

This last paragraph could have been written about every set of corners the Bears have faced this season. To this point, it hasn’t amounted to much.

Jurko of ESPN 1000 Tweeted this yesterday:

WR’s are not in the top 10 receiving combinations in the league. Preseason we all said they were the best

The problem has not been Alshon Jeffery, who has emerged once again as a star since recovering from injury. Jeffery is going to finish the year with around 90 catches, more than 1,110 yards and around 10 touchdowns. The problem has been his counterpart on the other side, Brandon Marshall, who has seen his season slowly drifting down the drain.

FUN FACT

The Bears have only lost one primetime game at Soldier Field in the last decade. (And they were underdogs several times.) And that game has the infamous luxury of being remembered for two reasons: Brett Favre’s “last” game and Rex Grossman’s “New Year’s Eve” comments. Other than that one evening the Bears have been perfect at home in the cold air of December evenings.

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  • wreckinball

    Prediction Boys 34 Bears 14

    Same story as vs any above average team . We stop no one and we can’t score despite all of the “talent”.

    The D can’t be fixed. The O seems stuck in dink and dunk mode and it’s predictable.

    IMO lots of Boys turnovers is the only way we win

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      I agree about the dink and dunk part. It’s sad that Jay is not near the top of the league in 20+ yard passes. We are doing pretty well with 40+ yarders but not nearly good enough with 15-25 yarders which we excelled at last year.
      I do know people have been calling for “pump fakes” for whatever that’s worth but I think it’s pretty obvious that the pocket has been collapsing much quicker than last year and teams/DB’s know that if they can just hold on for 2.5seconds the ball has to come out or it’s a sack/throwaway. There is simply no time for the old 15-20yd Marshall square in or dig like last year.

      • SC Dave

        I think there is definitely truth to that, but it’s not like 2009. My biggest problem is how the o appears to just QUIT so much. And since cutty does not have walter, and matt does not get the rock, jay should be picking them up. But he doesnt.

        Before you jump my ass again, johnny, remember why you loved Favre. THAT intangible is what jay does not have, and why he’s just not “franchise”. Despite all the tools in his box and weapons at his disposal.

        • Old broken romanian Jericho

          lol, almost no one has what Favre had and that’s why he’s a first ballot hall of famer. The Bears O doesn’t take off after 2yrs together and all of a sudden it’s a lost cause? I can’t get behind that thought process.

          • Scharfinator

            We’ve had Cutty a bit longer than 2 years. I assume the point your making is that we haven’t had a consistent system for him ever – which I agree with.

            However, why would Chicago start now?

            I think he’s broken. I don’t think it is all his fault (maybe not even mostly), but I don’t think he will ever climb the mountain to elite. It’s too late for an old dog.

          • SC Dave

            I knew you couldn’t, because Cutler’s shortcomings are never in your view. But it’s all good. Tomorrow, I’m going to pint night at Liberty Tap Room, and it’s a damn certain that I can find *some* craft draught I’ve yet to enjoy, and I will drink it to you and Jay just like the past three weeks.

  • GPLDAN

    Are Marshall’s skills fading or is it mental with him?

    • Scharfinator

      I believe it is mental. That TD catch on a bum ankle against SF when the season was new and there was still hope – I think it showed he can still play. His heart, like the rest of the Bears, is gone for the season.

      I can’t blame most of them though, why get the shit beat out of you when the season is over? Save your knees, spine, brain, etc.

      • DaBearsBlog

        No separation on routes he usually has no issue with. I’m not ready to blame injuries but the man who did what he did in San Francisco isn’t deteriorating.

        • Yes, but this is his worst season statistically since his rookie season?

          Blame it on the show?
          Is he more injured than letting on?
          Did he finally check out?
          Cutler’s check down hurting his production?

          All of the above?

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            he can’t even jump. He’s so fucking hurt right now.

          • Trac

            Marshall conquered his inner demons. His fight is over and life is good. It happens.

          • Scott W.

            Good point.

          • SC Dave

            All

      • Brandon’sMom

        He had a bum ankle, no chance to rest and everyone assumes it’s mental? There may be no mentally stronger player in the NFL. He’s hurt, can’t jam the foot into his turns.

    • wreckinball

      He’s the same. It’s a team effort and I don’t think Jerry Rice in his prime would be producing on this unit

      He drops a few but he always has

      • SC Dave

        Jerry Rice in his prime would have a dozen TDs by now. At least.

        • Brandon’sMom

          Not with a bum ankle he wouldn’t. And not with Jay Cutler.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      skills not fading. Just some bad drops and some seriously fucked up ankles which means he can’t/won’t fight for yards while being dragged down from the side or back because every time he does he gets rolled up on now. That physical part has taken a toll on his mental side.
      Can’t get separation like he usually does because of two bad wheels. It’s just one of those years I guess.

    • BearDown100393

      I honestly do not know. I have not watched Inside the NFL this season to assess his performance.

      • SC Dave

        So this. Just retire and do TV Brandon. The fire is out.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Ankles, ankles, ankles. You can’t watch the TD here and think he lost heart or skill.

      http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/NFLN-Marshall-45-yard-TD-reception/784227cf-b4e5-4ffc-9f81-e358fb222762

  • Peanut FTW

    Trying to decide if it will be worth the effort to find a place to watch the game. Probably not, maybe I can try and find a feed.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      watch the game.

    • SC Dave

      Do it

    • Big Mike

      Its a national game.

  • Old broken romanian Jericho

    I’m not going to predict victory or defeat but I do know that we are going to watch old man Witten go for at least 110yds and 2TD’s and somehow tiny white Cole Beasley will be referenced in the same sentence as Wes Welker.
    I don’t care about wins or losses at this point. I want to see points, extended drives and 15+yard plays on O and I want to see pride and aggressiveness on D. I want to see kickoffs kneeled in the endzone and no penalties on punt returns.
    Most of all, if we can’t go to the playoffs, I want to see us help ruin the Cowboys and Lions season. Green Bay will ruin their own season with a one and done appearance in the playoffs so that one is covered.

    • wreckinball

      Well said Compete don’t lay down

    • TheBigCheesy

      i’m surprised you’re even predicting the packers will make the playoffs

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        Then you don’t really know me now do you my little hunk of stinky cheese?
        I grew up a Packers and Bears fan because my dad’s family is from Green Bay. Not like a lot of you transplant bandwagoners.
        I was there from the beginning (of my life). I had a fucking Lynn Dickey jersey and Green Bay starter hat for god’s sake (which I never wore at the same time). Sterling Sharpe is my favorite WR. I fucking love Favre because he’s a god damn warrior especially when you fair weather pussies ripped him down even though that dumb hillbilly is one of the best to ever fucking do it.
        I had to endure actual Green Bay life when visiting relatives. From forcing my dad to take me to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with a bunch of weird and awkward Green Bay kids wearing weird plaid shirts to later in life watching the only movie projector in town fucking break right before Nicholson was about to give it to Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf. Love me some Pack.
        lol, that doesn’t change the fact that they are one and done my man. Domestic abuse and lots of Bambi’s gon git killed as a result.

        • SC Dave

          Damn… welcome back!!

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            i’m here but have made a conscious effort to not respond to every post that I don’t agree with.
            It’s weird that this team is struggling so much but that’s the beauty of football I guess. The Bears need another year of drafting and free agency to bolster positions and not just to put bandaids on them.
            I felt like the offense would have more continuity this year. Having all 3 WR’s go down with leg injuries in the first game did not help.
            Marshall is probably dealing with ankle issues that would put a normal man on crutches and unfortunately his production is at it’s lowest level ever.
            I know that running the ball is important but I think people are overlooking how crippling it has been not having Marshall and Jeffery at anywhere near full strength this year.
            Holmes is a talented player but we saw what happens when A QB and his WR are not on the same page. INT’s happen.
            Allen and Houston have been profoundly disappointing. They were brought in to help cover up the weak safety position and, ironically, the weak corner position (due to injuries).
            Our linebackers have been catastrophically bad and have let multiple quarterbacks have record breaking or at the very least personal best type days. The O has been noticeably disjointed. The Bills and Carolina game stand out as the two most brutal because of the asskicking that was being delivered by the O and the less than brutal performance of the D despite not being able to stop either team when it counted multiple times during the game.
            Trestman doesn’t seem to have that mojo that he did between the 20’s last year. The line is collapsing much quicker than it did previously and our gameplan’s inexplicably didn’t allow for any relief by moving the damn pocket.
            Cutler has looked excellent at times, above average at others, average against good teams and downright bad on a handful of plays against multiple teams.
            With that being said I’ve also watched game and drive killing performances from the guys that are also paid a shit ton of money to perform be they OL missing keys when they pull, getting beat off the ball on the first move like fucking Carimi resulting in sacks and fumbles, OL false starting, or dropped first downs by guys with historically good fucking hands, etc.
            I watch a shit ton of football outside of the Bears and see players do things that make me green with envy…lesser TE’s catching crossing routes on 3rd and short, fucking trucking the nickel trying to tackle them and just converting the damn 1st down. Not our TE.
            Quarterbacks tucking the ball from time to time and running for that easy…and sometimes hard first down. Not our QB (this year).
            WR’s diving and laying out to bring in game changing deep passes. Not our WR’s.
            Running backs squirming, trucking, diving, going over the top, spinning in the fucking hole, diving with the ball extended to get every single fucking inch available to convert 1st downs and to score TD’s. Not our RB.
            DE’s and OLB’s rushing the passer hard from all angles with all schemes and creating havoc. Blowing RB’s the fuck up on little dump offs and crossing routes and contesting short and mid range passes consistently…not our LB’s.
            Our special teams have been laughable. I don’t even need to elaborate.
            It’s been a tough year. I hope we finish strong so everyone knows that you don’t have to blow up the whole team to get better. I’m just confused why it’s been so hard this year.

          • SC Dave

            “Our linebackers have been catastrophically bad”
            So this. Damnit I wanted Kuechly. The next Bears HoF MLB. Fuck.

            “I hope we finish strong so everyone knows that you don’t have to blow up the whole team to get better.”

            I think in your comments, you unfairly call out Forte. Of all seasons so far, he has put the shoulders down to grind out yards as well or better than ever. I get the sense that he is trying to lead by example. Of all the offense, do you really doubt Matt’s commitment? Certainly by attitude, posture, and effort, he *is* the #1 on offense? Only Kyle seems remotely close so far as giving a shit.

        • BerwynBomber

          Lynn Dickey. LOL. I will admit to being glad that Peyton fell short of Favre’s consecutive start streak. Favre totally earned that one. Dude took some hellacious hits and played with all sorts of injuries. Peyton has always been too smart to take many hits.

          If Eli breaks it I won’t be as bothered. Eli’s been clobbered over the years too. Not as much as Favre but a helluva lot more than his older brother.

        • TheBigCheesy

          Great stuff. However, I wasn’t commenting on your feelings about the Packers whatsoever. I was commenting on your proclivity for ridiculous predictions.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            It’s not ridiculous to predict that a team with this much talent would win games. It was not ridiculous to predict that they would do well over the last couple of years. This league is about staying healthy. Bears have not as well as many other teams and the results show. Packers will point to one year that they went on a run after some crazy injuries but overall will look back and see a HOF quarterback with that ONE season where it all came together. That fact alone illustrates my point that anything can happen and if you have talent you can win any game or do well in any season for the most part.

            With that being said, it looks like this is not the year but it also won’t be the year for 31 other teams.

          • TheBigCheesy

            You live in an alternate reality, which is great. If you don’t believe the predictions you set forth at the beginning of the year are ridiculous than that’s fine. I’m comfortable with my accusation.

  • Looking at the specifics of how Dallas’ rush O matches up with Chicago’s rush D, I’m not optimistic. And don’t even get me started on the passing game matchups.
    Chicago didn’t punt once en route to blowing the Cowboys out last year. They may return the favor in this game.

    • Peanut FTW

      Flatbread and an (hopefully) inspired Rat could keep it from getting out of hand but we will see. Flatbread has been crazy good lately.

      • SC Dave

        Amazing what contract years will do

    • SC Dave

      No josh this season, so dont count on it.

  • I am very curious how the defense will respond now that it fully recognizes Briggs is gone. To me, it seemed that part of the “miscommunication” problem was on Briggs. Wasn’t he the one responsible for getting the defense properly aligned? How many blown coverages has there been?
    Or is that responsibility left to Mundy or Vereen? (Would be ridicules to expect a late round rookie to do that).
    This will be a good litmus test for the run D.
    Fuller hasn’t been the same since the inj, and he seems to get knicked up in-game. However, I am still looking forward to him covering Dez. Dez is a lot like Bmarsh. He can blow up, or can be a total non-factor.
    This will also be a good test to see if Vereen can take proper angles in the run (unlike Conte).
    On Offense, I’m curious which Cutler will show up.
    The constipated check down Cutler (he seems to do it to stick it to Trestman. Am I imagining this?)
    Or the Old Cutty Badger who throws it up 40 yards and hopes Alshon out-jumps 2 defenders?
    I would also like to see a lot more Wilson, esp on the outside. Rest Bmarsh a bit. Last thing we need is the annual Bmarsh off-season surgery/scope.
    This should be a big Bennet/Forte game, but that assumes rational coaching, which we haven’t seen much of.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t understand check down cutler. Only ones who can really know why he’s doing it are Cutler and Trest.

      • SC Dave

        And the offensive coordinator

        • Scharfinator

          Kromer is the golden boy here – he’s the back up head coach. Just like how people love back up QB’s

          • DaBearsBlog

            Because he’s a glorified offensive line coach. He is offensive coordinator in name alone. It is trestman’s offense, trestman’s play-calling…etc. Kromer has ZERO to do with the passing game. he designs the run attack.

          • SC Dave

            According to…?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Thanks for pointing that out again, Jeff. I tried making that point before – Kromer has OL and some pre-game planning responsibilities. Tresty calls the game.

    • BearDown100393

      After reading Cutler’s comments about the lack of running the football, Trestman offers 2 words of defiance:

      “Wild Cat”

  • BearDown100393

    Long live the new field goal kicker. Let the Jay Feely Era begin.

  • Bears have 0.8% chance to make the playoffs!

    http://chicagosuntimes.com/sports/bears-still-have-0-8-playoff-odds-heres-how-they-can-get-in/

    Insert Dumb and Dumber meme here…

  • And you thought Crystal Pepsi was a fast fad…

    “Former NFL GM and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian believes “what we’re seeing this year is the incredible erosion of the running quarterback.”
    NFL.com draft guru Gil Brandt agrees, saying “I think we’re slowly, slowly going back to the age of pocket quarterbacks.” Specifically, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton have been two of the least-accurate quarterbacks in the league this season, and they’ve noticeably regressed or flatlined as passers. Both have cannons for arms, but don’t display the touch and aren’t making plays with their legs due to injuries or the realization by the coaching staffs that it’s not worth the unnecessary hits after seeing Robert Griffin III tear up his knee in 2012 and ankle in 2014. SI’s Peter King has a good read on the topic at the link below. ” – Rotoworld

      • BillW

        Blame Cutler yet again (sarcasm). After he (wisely) stayed out in the NFC Championship game and was called “Quitler” by so many – including NFL players – RG III unwisely stayed in / was left in that game and has never been the same since.

        • BearDown100393

          This is true. RGIII has never been the same since that ill fated playoff game. Meanwhile #6 has been exactly the same.

          • Big Mike

            Fuck Cutler.

          • Jay

            Fuck you

          • Big Mike

            Excuse me? How about understanding that this is a forum for commenting on the Bears. Second my comment on Cutler is my opinion and if you had been on this blog before you would know I’ve supported Cutler beyond reason and have simply given up on him.

            Grow up.

          • Jay

            Sorry, man. I was just dicking around. You’ve been here a long time and I’ve barely posted. Didn’t think you’d even notice this comment. Anyway, my apologies.

            On the subject, I love Jay and you can imagine how crushed I am after this season. If somehow miraculously Jay came back strong next year and won SB … I would rip the whole media department if I were him in pieces.

          • BearDown100393

            I always thought you would speak of yourself in the 3rd person. Thank you for not disappointing.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Kristin, is that you?

          • Big Mike

            I’ve wanted Jay to be a winner as well. I’ve wanted Emery, Trestman and Cutler to be the answer. My opinion has been that this was Cutler’s year to prove it. I thought he would. Nothing holding him back. Solid O-line, 4 great weapons (Forte, Bennet, Jeffery, Marshall), 2nd year in the system all excuses gone. But he has not changed one bit. Leading the league in turnovers, simply is unacceptable. He will never improve. He’s just a guy. Mind you there are a dozen or more teams where Cutler would be an upgrade, so I’m not on the let’s draft a rookie QB for the next 5 years until we find one we like bandwagon But for not leading the team, for not improving, for 19 turnovers, for the simple inexcusable inability to throw the damn ball away, for getting my hopes up so high and so on, I am on the “Fuck You Cutler” team.

            Should never get personal, though. Apology accepted.

            Bear Down. Game Day. Like a fool, I will be watching, hoping tonight is the night Cutler doesn’t play like a douche, the Head Coach gets his head out of his ass and runs Forte 15-20x. Marshall rediscovers his hands, Jeffery is Jeffery and Bennet gets the ball in stride. Hoping the D-line continues its strong play and the secondary doesn’t embarrass us.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            That is painfully true.

    • GPLDAN

      Ebb and Wane. The pistol caught coaches with their panties down, and when they schemed it – they taught the LBs and Lineman to punish with maximum force the QB. Steve McNair and Culpepper were using their legs for a long time, this is nothing new, except the new breed isn’t as big or as tough as those guys were.

      • I don’t remember McNair or Culpepper running the pistol/read option though.
        Even fast ass Vick in his prime made most of his long runs on broken down pass plays.

        The main draw-back with read-option/pistol QBs is that they’re not mentally prepared for the labyrinthine nuances of an NFL QB.

        – Can’t read defenses (even QBs who were classic pocket passers struggle with this coming into the NFL).
        – Can’t go through progessions quickly (one read, chuck-and-duck-run)
        – Erratic accuracy (If Kap had touch, he might have had a SB ring already)
        – Inj prone (due to running).
        – Leadership? (The Leadership of many of those running QBs has come into question. RG3, Cam, Kap…Wilson seems the exception to many of these drawbacks, but it wasn’t that long ago that rumors swirled of a mutiny against him via Harvin).

        • BerwynBomber

          Wilson is fantastic at shielding his body from big blows, plus he’s built a bit like a small RB and is ALWAYS looking to pass first when he scrambles.

          The other three you mentioned don’t have near his moxie or instinct.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree about Wilson but one of these days he’s going to get his clock cleaned. It only takes one great hit to put him out of commission and re-thinking exposing himself to another one.

    • Jack Lacan

      Cherry 7UP tasted like Chanel #5…it went quick…and didn’t Coca-Cola have a Coke 2 or something that was supposed to taste like Pepsi??

      • Sactowns#1

        They made new coke. It lasted about a year.
        I miss TAB

        • stats3599

          TAB still out there

    • Jack Lacan

      Ben Rothlisberger can run the 4/40 in six or seven minutes…

      • BearDown100393

        About half the time if the 40th yard coincides with the bathroom entrance.

  • GPLDAN

    Rumor Mill on the Score is that we may see Chicken Dinner at mike.

    #poormansZachThomas

    • Lol…. I might have to dig through Da Blog on ChicagoNow to find where I said he should have been MLB when he got drafted even though Lovie was telling us that Shea played DE 50%.

      Do I dare scour Gnome-land…hmmmm….

      • Big Mike

        I can vouch for you saying that. I thought it was an interesting spin to draft a DE/3-4 OLB that looked like a Urlacher lite. You put the comment out there first.

        I have so much dislike of the performance this year, I forgot they were playing on Thursday.

        • I NEVER understood their rational for making him a DE, or OLB for that matter.
          Played DE 50%, but how about the OTHER 50%?! It was at LB.
          Shea’s weakness even out of college was that he got swallowed up. Well, to me, you move him at MLB, and put Ted Washingtons at DT (something else I’ve been calling for since forever) to counter that, and let him do what he does best: fly around and play on instinct.
          Even if an OG gets to him, OGs tend to be less massive then OTs since they need to be more mobile for pulling.
          But NO. The Bears had to put Shea in the worst possible scenario, trying to convince us that his first step was elite. IT NEVER WAS.
          He never jumped off tape in the pass rush. He wasn’t “quick twitch”. He was never a Freeny type in that department.
          The fact that I could see this from youtube videos and they couldn’t boggles the mind.
          I’ve been wrong before, but holy cow, this was a first rounder!

          • Big Mike

            He was a high motor guy, that was his thing. Never was a quick twitch guy. Has excellent speed for his size. But his reaction time wipes out any advantage. More reps for him in the last 4 games is a good thing. With Briggs out Bostic also can assume his natural spot. Maybe they put CD at mike and let K. Greene on the field. I thought CD make an impact at LB this year. I’d say he’s a better LB this year than he was a defensive end last year, by a long shot.

            It’s so hard to grade the Bears defense, because the whole is so much worse than the sum of the parts.

          • From day one, I thought Bostic was Brigg’s replacement.

            Bostic at Will, Shea at MLB, Jones at SLB.

            That doesn’t work, put Sharpton at MLB once he gets healed, or move Jones at MLB.

            But keep Bostic at Will. He’s a brick wall. That’s his spot.

          • CanadaBear

            I’d put Bostic at WL, Jones at MLB and leave CD at SLB. Once Sharpton is back on the field put him at MLB and Jones at SLB. The only knock on Sharpton was staying on the field. Too bad. CD has zero instincts. NONE, ZERO, NADA, ZILCH. You can’t play LB at a high level in the pros without instincts. If he’s here next year with no improvement, I guarantee you guys will get sick of me grinding on Emery.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Me too. Argued it up and down, backwards and forwards with MB. But the guy is a natural Will. He is a mirror image of Briggs.

          • SC Dave

            It would be interesting if cd can cover the middle. We sure as hell knowbostic cant

          • Big Mike

            What’s up with that? Man Bostic looks horrible in coverage.

          • Scharfinator

            I don’t know if he’s smart enough to figure it out at that spot. *sigh*

          • Big Mike

            We’ve drafted some really dumb players it seems. Bad football IQs. What’s up with that?

          • Emery goes for guys with the highest upside. Those are usually guys with incredible physical gifts who need to figure out how to use them to be great football players. AKA they’re physical studs who don’t have a terribly high football IQ yet.

            Those tend to be guys who have a really high ceiling but also a pretty low floor. IMO he also needs to supplement that with guys with a lower ceiling but higher floor. Smart guys who are better football players than athletes. Need a balance.

          • SC Dave

            agreed… I was hoping that CD had the football IQ but it grows harder to keep the faith every new season.

          • Big Mike

            Need a better coaching staff to do that. Rod Marinelli, Dave Toub, you know guys that can teach. The guys Emery has drafted are rotting. The special teams guys have it worse. Sometimes it looks like they’ve not seen a meeting room, or a practice field.

          • Sactowns#1

            A fast tall guy to take away some of those crossing routes would sure be nice.

          • if CD goes to Mike that opens up the SAM for Christian Jones, which is his natural position.

            It’s a last-ditch attempt to get something out of McClellin, because IMO Jones is the starting SAM next year.

          • SC Dave

            Really? Hope you’re right. We need *SOME* starter of this crop at *any* LB next season.

          • IMO Jones and Bostic are starting OLBs next year and they need a smart MLB to run the D. Not necessarily a stud, just a smart, solid guy who can make the correct calls. Somebody like Nick Roach would be perfect, IMO.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            someone like Luke Kuechly would be better.

          • Big Mike

            He certainly plays more physical than McClellin. I don’t know what the measurables are, my guess is probably pretty similar, with the exception of the bench press (McClellin, if I recall graded out like a CB). But Jones expodes into the ball carrier, whereas Mclellin always seems to be chasing.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Me-too’ism is rampant in the NFL. Hate to see us copying the Packers blueprint after they rolled it up and put it in our puckerhole.
      But hey, at this point, I’m sure the Bears staff would consider him at long snapper if they thought it would give him a purpose on the field.

  • Big Mike

    I’ve been wavering on this. But Big Mike’s making the call (for himself at least). Trestman needs to go. Don’t have a replacement. But the right move is to bring in a HC and let him build out his own staff. Coach needs to be able to work with players he has on offense (shouldn’t be a problem). Defense is getting rebuilt as we go, lot’s of flexible players, DC should be able to run his own scheme.

    Draft should have 1 on offense in the top 3 rounds. 2 on defense. Don’t care which order (greatest value). Offense the top requirement it seems to me is the fastest dude they can draft that can catch. Some OL talent in the back half of the draft, no QBs or Punters this year. On defense, if it’s not obvious we need LBs, Safeties and CBs.

    I have no idea what’s in this years draft, but Bears might be in top 10. If there is a top LB out there, that’s who I’d take.

    Go bears.

  • GPLDAN

    In other news, Marc Trestman will be missing this Thursday’s game as he has a personal matter to attend to out of state. In his place, will be his twin brother, Spike. Spike Trestman will helm the Bears Thursday night

    http://wac.9ebf.edgecastcdn.net/809EBF/ec-origin.chicago.barstoolsports.com/files/2013/09/trestman.jpg

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/it/a/a1/Spike_peanuts.jpg

  • Trac

    Well gents, the season is over but there’s always bingo night. I kinda envy my father in law. He’s been the grand poobah at his neighborhood bingo gig evra Friday night for the last 10 years. The chick’s really dig him too.

  • GPLDAN

    What does it say about Johnny Football that he comes in and tries to infuse some energy into a fucked up Browns team – and STILL – this week with Johnny supposedly being the future – they STILL would rather start Hoyer?

    • GPLDAN

      Niners offer Kap straight up for Chicken Dinner in a trade
      Browns call and also want Chicken Dinner and will give the Bears Johnny Football for him.

      Which deal do you take?

      • Scharfinator

        Trade CD for Johnny.

        It’d be great fun to watch. Either Johnny would figure it out and grow up versus the brutal anti-QB Chicago fan base OR he would collapse like a dying star.

        Both would be really, really interesting.

        • GPLDAN

          And here I thought the Black Hole was in Oakland.

        • Trac

          Somehow Doug Flutie comes to mind when I think of Johnny Shitbird.

          • SC Dave

            True, but it would still be fun.

      • BerwynBomber

        Manziel. Beyond the entertainment/train wreck considerations, he is on a rookie salary. Kaepernick’s salary is arguably a larger millstone than Cutler’s, unless you believe Kaep is the guy, which I don’t.

        Teams might avoid these $20M a year QB salaries in the near future unless they have the next Brady or Rodgers at the negotiating table. Otherwise, why pay elite money to an average player, even at QB? An average QB might be okay provided you pay him average money and then use the extra, say, $10-15M on other players, to sign 2-3 quality FA starters.

        QBs are obviously a highly valued commodity, THE most highly valued commodity among player personnel. That probably won’t change anytime soon but I do wonder if the have-a-name-get-$20M market will. Could see a correction as some of these franchises don’t see a decent return on their dollar. But maybe the fear and temptation will always be too much for all teams to resist.

        • I wrote an article on this last offseason. Wondered if we would see those non-elite QBs paid huge money end up have teams doomed to mediocrity or worse, and that would lead to those deals going away.

          Last year, the really good teams either had stud QBs or good solid QBs on rookie deals. The teams with highly paid good but not great veteran QBs ranged from mediocre to good, with a bad team or 2 sprinkled in.

          http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/01/21/its-all-about-the-quarterback-catch-22/

    • BearDown100393

      Manziel is the NFL’s Bieber.

      • SC Dave

        lol… perfect

  • Viva

    The 2014-2015 version of the Chicago Blackhawcse are lethal. They have 4 lines that outwork anyone. Joy to watch.

    Have only seen a few Bullsce games this year. They are team through and through, which is inspiring.

    We could be dual cool this June. I’m knocking on my wood desk now…

  • Viva

    Bears (How does one predict a score when your kicker cant kick?): 18 (3 TD’s and 3 missed Xtra pts)

    Cowboys 17

    Fuck the Cowboys

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