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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Play Calling Nonsense, Injuries on the O-Line & More!

| September 9th, 2014

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Enough with the Play Calling

From Mark Potash’s column in the Sun-Times:

The other issue on Cutler’s second interception was Trestman’s play-call itself. Why not run on third-and-one? Matt Forte had gained 62 yards on 14 carries to that point, though he had been stopped for no gain on the previous play.

“Most of the time we do, but we have to have some balance to what we’re doing,” Trestman said. “And the fact that it was a two-down situation gave us an opportunity to get a big play, and we’re going to take an aggressive approach at times.”

Nothing is more tiring in the NFL than fans and media criticizing play calling after the fact. If Cutler throws the football away, nobody complains. If he gets the yard with his legs, the play is an absolute afterthought. If he completes the pass, HEAVEN PRAISED TRESTMAN IS  GENIUS!

Play calling is the single most overrated element of football games. When runs don’t work, people want passes. When passes don’t work, people want runs. Now all of a sudden the Bears should run on short-yardage when the number one criticism of Matt Forte’s career has been his inability to get first downs in short yardage AND the Bears are without their starting center and left guard?

You know why offensive – and never defensive – play calling are often the most criticized elements of football games? Because it is the element of the game the casual fan and media member believe they can do. Spoiler alert: they can’t.

I prefer to exit the realm of the hypothetical and put the blame where it belongs: on the guy who threw the ball to a defensive lineman.

High Ankle Sprains for Slauson, Garza

From Rich Campbell, via PFT:

Center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson both suffered ankle injuries during the loss to the Bills and Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports that further examination has led both men to be diagnosed with high ankle sprains. Such injuries typically keep players out of the lineup for multiple weeks.

I wrote when the Bears signed Brian de la Puente it would only be a matter of time before he replaced Roberto Garza as the starting center. Why? He’s a better player. He was the Bears best offensive lineman Sunday (even according to my friends at PFF!) and a significant upgrade over Garza. I don’t expect him to leave the starting lineup after Sunday night.

BLAME THE DEFENSE?

Blaming the defense for Sunday’s loss to Buffalo is insane. The Bears allowed 360 total yards and 20 points – 3 in the second half. And understanding it is way too early to start looking at rankings, that would put them 14th in yardage allowed and 15th in points allowed through one week.

Isn’t that exactly what EVERYBODY asked for coming into the season? A middle of the road performance?

ON THE MEDIA AND THE NFL

Mike Sielski at Philly.com writes a wonderful piece about the landscape of the modern media when it comes to sports and scandal. (CLICK HERE to read the entire piece.) The conclusion follows:

The easy part of the Ray Rice story is the condemnation. Practically everyone involved deserves some. Rice himself, of course. The Atlantic County prosecutors, who allowed Rice to skate out of jail time with a plea bargain that placed him in an intervention program. Goodell and the NFL, who in initially suspending Rice for just two games had displayed moral callousness with respect to Rice’s actions and a profound ignorance of how the public would react to so feeble a punishment. The Ravens, who chose to defend Rice as a man of good character until they had no recourse but to cut ties with him.

But it’s worth remembering something: Each of them would have escaped the same degree of condemnation, or maybe any at all, if those nobodies at TMZ hadn’t gotten their hands on that video, and these days, they’re probably the only ones who could have.

Read the article if only for the wonderful references to one of my five favorite movies of all time, All the President’s Men.

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  • BillW

    First

  • Sactowns#1

    Well one good thing about an ugly loss like Sundays is the odds on NFL futures will have shifted drastically. Maybe I’ll throw another $100 down.

  • GPLDAN

    MB – here’s a good ride for you. I can see you in this.

    http://tinyurl.com/kvtv8mt

  • “Most of the time we do, but we have to have some balance to what we’re doing,”

    I saw a stat yesterday that in 2013, Bears faced 3rd and 1 31 times. Ran it 11 times, passed it 20 times. Highest passing percentage in the NFL.

    Dunno about how successful they were at each, but interesting to note.

  • So how powerful have the overreactions been on here?

    • GPLDAN

      Hurricane force winds.

      • Bears might as well call it a season. 0-16 is in the works. Fire everybody.

        • GPLDAN

          Yeah…. like that. Pretty much just like that.

          • is it weird that I actually came out of that game in some ways more optimistic about Chicago’s season than I had been?

            Their defense looked better than I expected (they shut Buffalo down for the last 3 quarters), and the offense looked pretty good outside of turnovers.

            The Marshall/Jeffery injuries really worry me though. They simply can’t afford to lose either of those guys, much less both of them.

          • GPLDAN

            Yes. It is weird.

          • don’t get me wrong: still lots of problems on D, and the turnovers and offensive play calling infuriated me. But I saw signs of hope.

          • really, though, Bears dominated this game outside of turnovers.

            regulation stats
            410 yards to 290
            28 first downs to 12 (12!)
            6 drives of 50+ yards (scoring distance) to 1
            40 penalty yards to 100

            Besides the turnovers, Bears were the better team by far. If they don’t turn it over 3x, they win by 20+ and meatheads think they’re the best team in the NFL right now.

            Huge if though. Gotta cut the turnovers.

          • guest

            If they don’t turn it over 3 times ? Something about balls and the gender of my relations.

          • like i said, huge if.

            But it’s not like they just got their ass handed to them. This game went about how we expected… Bears dominated. They just happened to turn it over 3x, which let Buffalo stay in the game.

            Really bad on that front. But won’t happen every game. Turnovers are one of the least consistent things in football. You know what is consistent? If you double your opponents in first downs and pick up 100+ more yards, you’re going to win most of the time.

    • MB30SD

      brutal. totally and completely brutal

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    I would like to see a little more of Ka’deem Carey, especially with Brian DLP being inserted at C. We might be able to run a successful HB Dive for a change! I hope this is the week we get off the bus running to setup the pass game. Does anyone know what the deal is with Alshon? Sorry, I have missed the last few days due to a family emergency.

    • I was very disappointed they didn’t give him a shot on any of their myriad 2nd/3rd and 1 chances in the 2nd half.

      They can’t have a run/pass balance of 51/18. Not sustainable. But you don’t want to run Forte much more than the 17 carries he got.

      Need to run more, can’t run your starter more. Hmm… obvious solution: gotta give it to your backup.

    • GPLDAN

      Calling for more KaDeem Carey is like calling for more topless pictures of Lena Dunham.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Who would the JLaw ones be comparable to?

      • FantuzPhysics

        KaDeem is good. I am a bit biased as a UA alum though. But he isn’t going to produce if you don’t give him a chance.

        • I think he is a solid runner. Love his vision, feet, and the way he finishes runs.

          Don’t think the staff trusts him to block yet, which is why they didn’t play him much this week IMO (4 snaps).

          • FantuzPhysics

            KaDeem falls forward. He has incredible balance, but he is not Forte. Forte could be a ballet dancer he is so light on his feet.

          • Ka’Deem’s also a better short-yardage runner than Forte because he can run through tackles.

      • Shady

        Oh, that was nice. Well done sir.

      • MB30SD
        • Viva

          If you smelt it, you dealt it.

      • Big Mike

        I don’t agree, but that’s funny.

    • AlbertInTucson

      They’re saying Jeffrey’s hammy is minor. I say there IS no such animal.

  • FantuzPhysics

    “Isn’t that exactly what EVERYBODY asked for coming into the season? A middle of the road performance?” From the defense yes. 50th percentile would have gotten us to the playoffs last year. 3 turnovers by almost any team will lose them the game. No turnovers and we beat the Bills.

    • agreed. This offensive performance last year would have been a 30 point loss.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Yeah… Forte got stopped the run before… by a draw play followed by a run down the middle into a blitzing BRANDON SPIKES !!! You don’t have to be a genius to stay the fuck away from that shit. He’s the best run LB in the NFL for fuck’s sake. I’m not sure that was actually a proper called play.
    I think the Defense was decent in general, what I thought they are, but those big completions down the seam against the zone in critical moments were kicks in the balls. That’s pathetic.

    • I liked the D’s performance overall in this game, but felt a lot of it was self-inflicted wounds by Buffalo (aka Manuel can’t throw past 5 yards to save his life).

      I worry what Kap and the SF read-option is gonna do. Said before the season week 2 would tell us a lot more about the D than week 1.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        He completed 20 yard passes down the seam against the same fucking coverage called by lame ass Tucker. Manuel was sitting and looking at Jennings. When Tim J stopped to play the zone at the 1st down marker he threw the ball. Nothing Conte can do even if poorly overthrown balls.
        You see that and understand the level of the DC.

  • GPLDAN

    So if you don’t feel like spending the $40 on the app – you can read this

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/photos/2014/09/09/67137685/index.xml

  • I agree about DLP. With Garza sidelined for at least a few weeks with the dreaded high ankle sprain, he should grab the job and run with it. Comparable in pass protection (the one thing Garza does pretty well) and MUCH better run blocker. Should help the runs up the middle a good bit, I think.

    I’ve been wondering since May how DLP could take over without it upsetting the locker room due to Garza’s veteran status. A long-term injury like this is the perfect way for that to happen IMO.

  • GPLDAN

    Please comment on the following topics related to Jackson’s back breaking run, photo here:

    http://tinyurl.com/n9fs9j3

    1. What the fuck is Bostic doing? How many times in the All-22 do we see TWO guys spying Manuel? At least 5.

    2. Do you think that a JV Football Player from Iowa, with a good corn-fed diet, could push Paea around as easily as you see here? Because it only takes one guard. Always. All-ways.

    • if you watch pre-snap, Bostic was lined up where he is now and Mundy was right across from that big gaping hole. Mundy ran across the formation, while Bostic looked like he was reading Manuel. So IMO it’s on Mundy, not Bostic.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        You can’t know that. Maybe they were spying on the QB with the S. Maybe Mundy got fooled by Bostic motioning and following the QB. ‘Hey…he’s got it…my LBs are going that way”.

        Bostic is not new to this crap. That seems to be the norm. Look at this crazy shit against Philly last year. He has following Foles while McCoy was running for acres.
        Enjoy this photo. See that Bear going in the wrong direction ? That’s him.
        http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/article/media_slots/photos/001/685/067/14851d15588a61e92455f0f1d4acfd4a_original.png?1408680270
        In game speed it’s even more impressive. It’s actually kind of beautiful in it’s stupidity. Hey Bostic… trust Peppers. I believe he can deal with Foles. Plus….it’s his fucking man.
        http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2014/08/22/c2ebd7cc22fda0714e2ffd86b9695c7b.gif?1408680307

        • we don’t know for sure who had what gap. But based on where Bostic lined up, I would be shocked if that was his assigned gap. Why line him up on the opposite side then? He was lined up across from the RT, that gap is between LG and LT. Incidentally where Mundy was initially lined up.

          I’m re-watching the game tonight, but to my eye Bostic was Chicago’s best LB on first watch Sunday. Not that that’s saying much. But I think he pretty much did his job.

          • Bostic was shit last year. Doesn’t mean he’ll be shit the rest of his career. I didn’t see him running to the wrong place all the time Sunday like last year.

          • MB30SD

            Thiiiiiis.

            Man, peoples is impatient. Give a brother a chance! I’m still on his bandwagon, and I think he’s just going to get better and better. Playing football in the NFL is hard.

            I’ll give him at least the same time I gave our man conte… and if he’s still as shit in pass as conte is in run, I’ll blast him just the same.

            #nofavorites #watchthetape #takeyourbleedingheartoutofit #whathaveyoudoneformelatelynfl

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’m still on his bandwagon as long as he wins the nickel LB role and is good at it. He then could take Briggs’s role next year and save the Bears a lot of trouble.
            If he can’t do that with the present LB competition, brother or no brother I’m the first one off the bandwagon.

          • MB30SD

            indeed. I’m all about tape my man… not emotions and nostalgia.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re right. It wasn’t Bostic’s fault. The Bills ran the perfect play against e poor Bear one. Mundy was man on man on the TE, Bostic was in zone while defending the middle of the field and spying on Manuel. Briggs who had Jackson blitzes on what ended up being the wrong side and Paea gets double teamed and then sealed. Fantastic play by the Bills. Poor Bear D design.
            Every Bear Defender executed more or less Tuckers play. Maybe Tillman does the wrong thing, as he should have played the inside and force the Rb outside.

            http://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/fred-jackson-run-against-chicago-a.gif?w=640&h=339

          • Tillman tried to get over to the hole but was sealed off.

          • Shady

            Story of MB’s dating life.

          • GPLDAN

            BOOM!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            he doesn’t date…he just bangs.

          • MB30SD

            this one is perceptive.

            I do date, just hard to find one worthy of it these days it seems (or my bar is now ridiculously high… on purpose maybe)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yes. He made a minor error though. If you try and get around the seal I think you have to lean inside and force him to the outside. That’s just nitpicking. The terrible news is that they executed the defensive play called to perfection.

          • MB30SD

            barb, wtf happened to you mainj?!?!

            You were the worrier on the blog man. one fucking game and you turned like Mihail Kogălniceanu. SMHAY

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I see chronic problems and they start with the leaders of the team. Sunday version of Trestman, Tucker and Cutler are mirror image of last year. Trestman doesn’t give a shit about the running game, Tucker is a pussy when he needs to risk and when he takes risks it’s always complicated for his guys and predictable for the opposition, while Cutler is Cutler.

            I was a warrior when I thought they’ll learn and improve because I have faith in Emery’s skills and presence. I fooled myself, shame on me.

          • MB30SD

            ONE GAME!?!?!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’m trigger happy. It’s not just 1 game. The Bears go into the playoffs once every 5 years these days.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Read below. Here’s the play gif also.
      http://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/fred-jackson-run-against-chicago-a.gif?w=640&h=339

      Paea gets double teamed and has no chance at making a play. Not even JJ Watt can do anything about that. Paea sits on the ouside shoulder of the C away from the strong side. At the snap he must cross the C face so he can shot the other A gap and help free Briggs for his blitz.

      The alignment of the D is incredibly bad. It’s mind blowing. I hope they did it the wrong way, but I don’t think so. I think they executed the play to perfection.

      After watching the play 20 times things are clear to me. They had Briggs defending man on Jackson, but he blitzes. That’s a very poor choice. It’s the play called. The center first double teams Paea, helping the G seal him and then picks up Briggs’s blitz. Even without his blitz pick-up I don’t thing Briggs can tackle Jackson.

      Fucking Bears defense is pathetic.

      • MB30SD

        my god, the dude who finally ran him down with a great angle and great pursuit… albeit a little late, was bostic from the entirely opposite side of the field.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well he was playing zone, so he was free to to that. Briggs was down in the backfield and the CBs where neutralized by the Bills perfect play call.

      • SC Dave

        It’s one play.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          yeah… like we don’t remember the play before that when Manuel found Williams down the middle against a weak zone coverage, same one the Bears got beat before by Woods.

  • Sactowns#1

    Btw… Chris Conte proved he is a NFL caliber safety. The guy has taken a lot of flack but with little prep time he suited up and played well.

    • he showed what he can and cannot do.

      He’s a fine coverage safety with good closing speed who can read pass plays fairly well.

      He’s terrible against the run, and if you let a RB get to him 15-20 yards downfield with a full head of steam he is not making the tackle.

      If the front 7 does its job, he’s an adequate deep safety.

      • MB30SD

        this… not that (sac’s)… but this.

        I think we’ve all come to terms with this… I would like to see what a McCray/Mundy on run downs package looks like in use.

        • SC Dave

          Now THAT I would go with, MB. I think I’d rather have Conte in on passing downs, at least until we know what McCray can do.

          • AlbertInTucson

            In today’s NFL, isn’t almost EVERY down a “passing down’?

  • Shady

    Attention members of DBButchers FFL, do not accept any trades offered by Butch. He may seem like a stand up guy, but he’s really out to take complete advantage of your ignorance. I repeat, do not accept any trades offered by this man. He will fack you.

    • MB30SD

      sounds like someone got HOOPTIED!

      the fool and his draft picks shall soon be parted!

      • Shady

        Not me, just trying to keep my competition at bay. I see him taking advantage of others and worry if the trend continues, he may one day wield FF powers stronger than my own. But for now, Multiple Scoregasms rules the day. Gimme mah trophies biatches.

        • MB30SD

          Hmmmm… the manipulation is strong in this one.

          One of you better beat shady and his horrible FF team name.

          Do, or do not… there is no try.

    • I traded Hunter for Bortles w Jericho. Bortles doesn’t even start. I’m harmless.
      I’ll trade u Dwyer for one of ur weenie dogs

  • MB30SD

    “We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator. We assumed that there was a video. We asked for anything that’s pertinent. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.

    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/09/09/roger-goodell-nfl-ray-rice-comments

    Ohhhhhh, I so hope this blows up big time on roge and that scourge of this beautiful game is removed post haste! He’s been killing this game for years, now he’s caught in that lie. Wow, the fucking balls.

    Alas, the next guy up will be just as bad for the game and only concerned in $$$ and not maintaining the dignity of the game itself.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It won’t blow up. Their PR is too good and they are big, the american version.

      Richard Sherman knows. Listen to him. I do.

      “NFL wouldn’t ban a Donald Sterling-type owner. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned,”

      It doesn’t effect their bottom line.

      • MB30SD

        probably right

      • the NBA also relies much more on African-American fans than the NFL does, so they have to be more sensitive about that.

        My wife teaches in a charter school on the south side of Chicago that is 99% black students and about 90% black teachers. She said most of the students there don’t care about the Bears, none of them care about the Blackhawks, and every last one of them lives and dies with each Bulls game.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          99% black students and about 90% black teachers ??????? That’s institutionalized racism over there.
          I don’t think race has anything to do it.

          • it’s more that it’s an inner-city school and they have a tough time getting white teachers willing to work there. It’s not in a very good neighborhood.
            My wife has been told she actually had a leg up in getting her job because she was white and they were looking to get more white (or at least non-black) teachers.

        • MB30SD

          wow, that’s interesting. Football is a southern thing I guess. Cali, texas, and FL are traditionally the big strongholds for HS players

          • I guess it’s just more of an inner city thing than race maybe. Nowhere to play football. Plenty of concrete to bounce a basketball.

  • MB30SD

    BOOM!

    There is it. One dropped pass: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-eben-britton-set-to-return-20140909-story.html

    Britton back in the fold, spurlock, out.

    • CanadaBear

      Oh no, now we’re fucked. Who are we going to find to call fair catches or take a knee?

      • MB30SD

        hee hee

    • SC Dave

      A good move, based on the oline injuries.

      • guest

        Good move? Shouldn’t have cut him in the first place.

    • Shady

      #62 is once again reporting as eligible… “Who cares?”

    • Speed dial

  • MB30SD

    and the preassure mounts: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/09/us/nfl-ray-rice-criticism/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    more powerful men have fallen.

  • MB30SD

    come back to us yonny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YLy4j8EZIk

    We all know you can’t stay away long.

  • SC Dave

    Well, I’ve been reasonably calm this time around, having learned a lesson or two last season.

    Overall, I am a long ways from dismayed. While we all have concerns about the defense, it may be beneficial to the blog gestalt to remember that there are a LOT of new faces on the defense this season. New DEs, at least one “new” LB (Shea), a new safety (or two if MB has his way), two rookies backing up at DT, and another year of age on Briggs and Tillman.

    Let’s give Allen and Houston a chance to show what they can do.

    Also have to add kudos to Jeff jumping on people’s asses about the play-calling bullshit. Plays that work are good calls – those that don’t, not so much. I note Barb’s analysis (well, second or third one) about the perfect fit of Buffalo’s call versus whatever Tucker had called on the long run in OT. That shit happens in football, and it is often how “explosive” plays are made. But even with that, if Paea somehow slips the double team *though poor execution by the Bills*, the play does not go far,

    In the end, it’s what the guys do on the field that matters most.

    And for the most part, we did reasonably well. Maybe Buffalo is not so bad as many seem to think. Time will tell.

    • MB30SD

      good, balanced post dave.

      Tucker needs to be the next man up. If we get someone aggressive and dynamic to run the D and to help emery with his D picks (like trest with the O), everything else will be a long off second place to that in my mind.

      We need 2 new OLB… I think bostic in the middle and greene on the outside needs to happen. maybe jones will grow and work up into the beast he looks like he can be.

      I think we can go with mundy if nothing else comes up, but we desperately need a highish 1st round FS and if a cheapish quality SS option can be had, that too. I think the rest can be done in FA.

      Seems like the nut and briggs are done… maybe this year, but DEF next year.

  • Shady

    Just had dinner with Tom Ricketts. All I can tell you is that the Cubs are winning it all in 2016.

    • SC Dave

      Well, at least that’s different than the “wait until next year” refrain I’ve listened to for about 50 years from Cubs fans. Chicago baseball is about the most pathetic thing in sports.

      • clearly you never saw the boz’s junk.

    • johnnywad

      Theo. Epstein.

      • MB30SD

        Cliff. Stein.

        • MB30SD

          wait, we’re just naming nice jewish boys in chicago sports right?

          • johnnywad

            Smart, nice Jewish boys. That sign talent

        • Beer stein

          • johnnywad

            Thought was German Orthodox.

    • johnnywad

      I don’t even watch baseball, but I’m very intrigued with the rebuild the Cubs are going through. I want to believe there’s a dude so smart, he can take over a perennial loser, break it down and rebuild it beginning with the farm system. Just stock the whole damn thing with smart picks. Find the true power hitters. Load up on arms. Then just start building your big league club out of it. Trades, call ups, whatever you like. I want it to work and I’m not a Cubs fan

      • MB30SD

        we’re talking about baseball here right?

        Meh.

      • he hasn’t quite loaded up on arms. they’ve been going crazy on bats and it’s looking like the plan will pay off. can’t wait to see kris bryant in the bigs next year. not because i’m a cubs fan, mind you, but because i have him in a keeper fantasy league.

        • bearsfantillend

          if you got enough bats you can buy or trade for arms. FYI, i am a Cardinal fan and i am starting to worry about the ability of the Cubs in the near future

          • Bender McLugh

            Cardinal fan?!?! good lord………….

        • The Cubs also have a surplus of young arms. Not projected aces, mind you, but quality young guys who can be solid major league pitchers. That depth should lead to a good rotation that can get through injuries and lots of arms for the bullpen.

          Really, they are one pitcher away from having a good staff. Sign a #1 in FA, Arrieta is your #2, Hendricks your #3, then they have 5 or so guys who can compete for those last 2 spots right now (plus a couple more who should be ready in another year).

    • DaMurph

      UHhhhh……………….yeahhhhhhhhhhhh! LMFAO!

  • GPLDAN

    Only question I needed. What did Ray Rice tell you happened in elevator that led to decision of 2 games & what changed?

    That’s two questions.

  • Cormonster

    Anyone here seen Django Unchained? Any good? Thinking of watching it tonight.

    • MB30SD

      do eeeet!!!!!

      • Cormonster

        That didn’t take long. I like Tarantino, so figured it must be pretty good.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I found it a fantastic movie. Loved the variety of black characters and how Tarantino tackles the array of archetypes and stereotypes about everyone of them.
      I’ve never seen such a superior portrait for a black character as the one of Jamie Foxx. It screams ‘conscious black man’ and that scene when he enters the plantation in his new suit might be one of the best scenes ever. A perfectly placed ‘stereotype’ that I found exhilarating…. sort of a signature image from the director. HIS scene !!!

      • MB30SD

        well look at fucking you gene siskel!

  • SC Dave
  • Cormonster

    This is pretty funny from the Onion:

    NEW YORK—Following public outcry over his mishandling of Baltimore Ravens
    running back Ray Rice’s aggravated assault of his then-fiancée, NFL
    commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the league has adopted
    a new zero-tolerance policy toward all videotaped domestic abuse. “We
    hold our players to the highest standards both as professional athletes
    and as people, so any violence toward women that is recorded,
    authenticated, and then publicly distributed will be met with an
    automatic suspension and fine,” said Goodell, adding that the new,
    stricter guidelines reflect the league’s hard-line stance against any
    spousal abuse that is clearly and irrefutably captured on film. “I can
    assure you that any member of this league who strikes a woman in front
    of a live camera will face swift and heavy consequences. I also want to
    stress that this utterly reprehensible behavior is something we will in
    no way tolerate as long as the footage is completely uninterrupted and
    the entirety of the assault takes place within frame.” Goodell went on
    to clarify that in such cases, the NFL will cooperate fully with local
    authorities as soon as the league can no longer prevent incriminating
    evidence from being leaked to the media.

    • Paul Stuart

      indeed. It made my blood boil watching the continuous Ray Rice show during his final season, not to mention the ravens all kissing their own ego and flexing during the SB after any and every tackle. Rice is obviously an insincere guy with many skeletons in his closet …and on video servers. And Goodell…Anyone taking his words seriously must be a nine year old.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “High Ankle Sprain”.

    Not good. Not good at all.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Blame the defense?”

    It’s a given that this offense is expected to score 20+ at home against the likes of Buffalo and that this offense would have to carry this team.

  • bearsfantillend

    Jeff i must protest on the exclamation of enough with the play calling criticism. I get that there have been play calls that have been over analyzed in the past and it is easy to criticise after the fact. But i know i am not the only one that flipped their lid at the time of the flea flicker call and especially at the call of the Cutler’s 2nd interception. These play calls baffled me in REAL TIME, while the play was going on. Why be cute with a flea flicker? Why take half the field, the ALL Pro pass catching RB, and half of the receivers out of play when you needed 1 yard on 3rd down with a fake hand off and a roll out? Yes Cutler was to blame for the interception, i think we all agree on that, there was no excuse to throw that pass. But you can’t sit there and honestly tell me that it was not a stupid call. Even if both those calls were successful they were not the right calls to be made. I agree that even if they were successful or don’t lead to the interception, they are an afterthought and don’t get the press and criticism, it still does not make them the right calls. I don’t envy anyone making play calls but since it is their job to put the team in the best situations to succeed there is nothing wrong with the media and the fans questioning the calls that are obvious failures, especially ones that you called a timeout beforehand to make sure you got the correct play call.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      There’s nothing wrong with that play called on Cutler’s 2nd int. I read it was Cutler’s only outside the pocket throw of the game. The execution was awful. And the overall strategy of using the run game sporadically makes little sense.

    • guest

      Forte messed up the flea flicker, he flicked it back too quickly.

  • guest

    “…Because it is the element of the game the casual fan and media member believe they can do. Spoiler alert: they can’t.”

    We faced 3rd and 1 five times and passed the ball on four of them. That’s just stupid.

  • 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.

      • Bender McLugh

        I was really hoping Shae’s speed could make him viable as a cover LB, and many said he wouldn’t pan out for this but only as a pass rushing LB. Seems so far that my hopes are dashed. Any chance you see (not asking MB!) him making that switch? Seems mental to me…

        • johnnywad

          They need to leave him in San Francisco and be done with it

          • MB30SD

            they may have to if gore gets to him. You can’t take a corpse on a plan can you?

          • CanadaBear

            Yes you can. My dad died in Florida and the body was flown back to Iowa.

          • MB30SD

            I was kinda kidding. Man, you’re in a bad mood this morning.

            And sorry about your dad.

        • MB30SD

          please see above bender.

          • Bender McLugh

            make me!

          • MB30SD

            haHA!

            Suckit!

      • MB30SD

        Sigh.

        I don’t want to say I was always right and you guys were always wrong, but…

        I was always right and you guys were always fucking wrong. Assholes!!

        Hahahaha… yes, I’m 5. (and I love being a self-righteous prick)

        …oh, and thanks data. Exactamundo my friend!

  • SC Dave

    Watching this video posted a few threads back, I don’t get when people fault Matt for not being fast enough. Is he young Hester? No. But he’s fast enough.

  • Bullshit I can’t playcall, take a look at my Madden 95 team and SUCK ON THAT! UNDEFEATED FOR 20 YEARS!

    • johnnywad

      My 14 year old would beat your ass like a drum.

      • Oh absolutely. The Bears need to change the game difficulty to “easy” like I do. A walk in the park!

        • johnnywad

          Thats Packers week

  • GPLDAN

    Spurlock cut
    Britton resigned

  • GPLDAN

    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

      ohhhhh… drama.

      Briggs don’t give a fuck maing. He wants to be getting his ass kicked down in tampa with all his old buddies, not up here in Chi with the new world order.

      He’s off the waggon. We should have cut his ass and picked up a vet in FA… anderson and/or roach. Mmmmm? Yeees?

      • Roach is under contract in Oakland. Anderson got cut in NE and isn’t on a roster right now.

      • Trac

        Briggs is like the fat wife that is cheaper to keep at this point in time but is he really. I know, not very nice of me to say but it’s true.

    • Shady

      Gossip from the (former) long snapper?

  • MB30SD

    yes, I’m this much of a dick. (and I’m stoked bostic is finally getting it. I knew he just needed some time on a real D, I saw what I saw). reposting from below

    Johnathan Wood • 2 hours ago

    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.

    MB30SD to Johnathan Wood • 11 minutes ago

    Sigh.

    I don’t want to say I was always right and you guys were always wrong, but…

    I was always right and you guys were always fucking wrong. Assholes!!

    Hahahaha… yes, I’m 5. (and I love being a self-righteous prick)

    …oh, and thanks data. Exactamundo my friend!

    • Bender McLugh

      *ahem* this was not worth a re-post

    • as to McClellin, he reminds me a lot of… Bostic last year. Just saying. I haven’t given up on McClellin yet, but I also don’t want him on the field for anything but ST right now.

      McCllelin is basically a rookie at this point. he definitely has the physical tools. If I were Chicago, I’d let him sit this year out (assuming injuries don’t force him into action), and then he and Christian Jones are duking it out for a starting spot next year.
      Of course, we all know McClellin’s gonna keep getting thrown out there for his 20-30 snaps a game because he was Emery’s 1st pick and they’re determined to make him work.

    • Trac

      This is what makes you a great addition to the blog. As long as you’re part of it, it will never be boring. How’s that for a backhanded compliment. My Specialty!

  • While I’m on the Adam Hoge kick, he said the same thing in his article (http://thegamechicago.com/2014/09/09/week-1-rewind-bears-run-defense-looks-improved-even-though-results-were-the-same/#axzz3CvRgTR2K ) that I said immediately after the game: the overall stats don’t show it, but the run D was better.
    Last year teams were consistently getting 5-10 yards on runs, and breaking off some longer ones. In this game it was consistent 2-4 yard runs, with a few long ones sprinkled in. Outside of two busted gaps by LB/S, the run D was good.
    Now those busted gaps are a problem, but that’s still a world better than last year, when the DL couldn’t do its damn job.

    • johnnywad

      That’s precisely what I thought as the game ended. By and large, they handled the run well. I couldn’t believe the total yardage when I looked it up. Two badly missed assignments account for a good chunk of it. The defense looks to be very average to me. With Shea off the field and more Sutton and Ego as they gain experience, I think the D will be OK. And I agree on Bostic. He made a few nice stops in the gaps Sunday. Bears will be fine. Time for Shea and Flatbread to go. I’m also betting Greene is active this week

      • Greene was already inactive last week.

        • johnnywad

          I know. That’s what I meant. I bet he’ll be active this week

          • ah, misread that. My bad.
            I dunno about that. They’re not benching any of the LBs, I don’t think. The only one who truly sucked last week was Briggs, and it would probably take the most to get him benched.

          • Trac

            Bingo on Briggs. This ! You can’t really cut Briggs at this point but he’s insurance at the position. His day has come and gone. Can the Bears fix the LB situation this year or just grin and bear it ?

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