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Bears at Panthers Game Preview Addendum

| October 3rd, 2014

More Sondheim. It’s an addendum.

A FEW ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS ON INJURIES

  • There seems to be a consensus among fans and media that Jared Allen will be extremely limited in the aftermath of his battle with pneumonia a week ago. But reports I’ve read stated Allen wanted to play against the Packers and was working out vigorously Monday morning. Sure, he might not play 95% of the snaps but I don’t expect him to be used situationally in Carolina.
  • Jermon Bushrod suffering a knee injury in practice would feel far more serious if the Bears were facing the 2013 Carolina Panthers and their relentless defensive ends. But Michael Ola should be a capable replacement if needed and Bears have the luxury of Eben Britton to provide security on that side of the line.
  • Bears keep ruling out Shea McClellin days before the game. He must not be close to returning.
  • Panthers have essentially ruled out Jonathan Stewart. They are turning to the street at running back this weekend.
  • Put Jeremiah Ratliff in non-medical language and maybe your perspective will change. Against the San Francisco 49ers he suffered a bruise to his brain. That brain bruise has been so debilitating that he’s missed two straight games and has yet to be medically cleared for the third with three days til kickoff. Why is Ratliff even considering playing? Why are the Bears contemplating this risk? Ratliff should not only sit this week but also next week, avoid air travel, and return at home on the 19th.

After the jump you can hear my spot on SportsTownChicago.com previewing Bears v. Panthers…

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  • GPLDAN

    I heard Rat was cleared to play on the radio waves yesterday. Is this not the case?

    THe doctors and he are now aware the CTE issue. If he feels he shouldn’t play, then he should be granted the right to go on IR just as if he broke his leg.

  • GPLDAN

    Ponder SUUUUUUUUUUUCKS. That is all.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Trest confirmed he hasn’t been cleared.

      The NFL needs to go to a DL system like MLB and they need to do it for reasons like this. They should have four, eight and full season IR designations.

      • MB30SD

        I’ll assume this was for the post below. .. we’re fucked. He’s out now. Once they linger past a couple weeks that player is usually done and it’s a chronic issue. Fuck

        • SC Dave

          I’ve been worried about him for ten days or so now, and the news is not getting better,

    • CanadaBear

      He was incredibly bad last night. He’ll be lucky to land a #3 QB job next year.

  • GPLDAN

    Bushrod out at LT. Ola moves there and Slauson back

    • SC Dave

      At least with Slauson back, maybe we can run better.

      • I wouldn’t assume that.
        Slauson is an excellent pass protector, but his run blocking is not exactly a +
        Also, I don’t think Ola or Slauson have ever worked together, and we all know the oline is like a jazz band, they sorta play off each other, but we’ll see.

        Kinda curious why Britton doesn’t slide over to LT.
        I thought he was the swing OT.

        Odd.

        • Cormonster

          I heard someone on the Score today mention playing Leno, Jr. at LT. Hard to trust a 7th round rookie there.

          • Even stranger. Is Britton still hurt, that sucky, or are they saving him for the “Britton Package”?

          • Cormonster

            I have no idea. Maybe it was just one guy’s opinion. I wasn’t listening very closely.

  • Trac

    These pregames are becoming more and more like medical role calls evra week. All I want to know is who did Don Banks pick this week? I’m escared to check. Lol.

  • GPLDAN

    Chicago awarded the 2015 draft beats LA

    • Trac

      I’m there!

      • GPLDAN

        Maybe we will draft Billy Ray McClellin

        • Trac

          You’ve had better material.

        • bearsfantillend

          don’t we have enough McClellin’s on the team.

    • CanadaBear

      I should probably attend. My sister’s condo is less than 6 blocks from the auditorium.

  • I see people on Twitter calling Ratliff a pussy or saying he’s never gonna be able to play again because it’s been 3 weeks and concussions shouldn’t last that long.

    How dumb are people? Brain injuries are nothing to mess around with.

    Melton missed a month with one last year (got concussion first preseason game, didn’t practice til regular season). Hockey players routinely miss a month or two. Sometimes they’re serious. His health has to come first.

    • GPLDAN

      Fuck tweeter twatters.

    • Trac

      There’s two factors now. The legal issue comes first, rehab 2nd. Welcome to the new NFL. It’s aftually been that way forever. The players used to get doped up and sent back out because legally, the coaching staff had no blowback, now it’s just legally prudent to keep em out.

    • MB30SD

      that hurts data. : (

      Here’s what I’ve noticed, and I only play a doctor on the innerness… is that if they linger past a few weeks, it can mean that the player has had many of them and it could become a chronic issue and like you said, much more than just a concussion. It can become brain damage. The LB from AZ just went on season ending IR for a concussion.

      I’m just hoping it’s not the same kind of situation, it’s just feeling like it.

      • SC Dave

        Hunter went on career-ending IR.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Every Brain injury is a big deal, I don´t mind wait for him till second half of the season, left Sutton cooking against the ropes, he will be fine.

    • Trac

      Speaking of Melton, he has 2 tackles, 1 assist and 1 1/2 sacks.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m always amused when people call NFL players pussies. Really? Esp someone like Ratliff. Been around forever, tough as nails and he just might kick the crap out of you if you said it to his face. All he would have to do is scowl at one of those losers and they would wet themselves.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      it’s just his brain dude, the single most mysterious yet important organ in the entire body and the reason why we’ve evolved as a human race…. he can just get another. what a pussy.

    • CanadaBear

      Eric Lindros is a prime example. For whatever reason, he had the horrible habit of looking down all the time. Took some crazy hard shots over the years. Hopefully he will be OK later in life

    • AlbertInTucson

      “How dumb are people?”

      There is no known depth to the Ocean of Stupidity.

      Any time you think people can’t possibly get any dumber, somebody steps up to prove you wrong.

    • bearsfantillend

      Come on man, its just a brainnn……. wait what was i talking about? where am i?

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    A joke a colleague shared with me this morning:

    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears.
    The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all
    the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a
    ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

    Then, one night while watching Fox News he saw a war-zone scene in the
    West Bank . In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.

    KABOOM!

    He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.

    KA-BLOOEY!

    Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.

    BULLS-EYE!

    “I’ve got to get this guy!” Coach said to himself. “He has the perfect arm!”

    So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football.
    And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl. The young man is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his
    mother.

    “Mom,” he says into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl!”

    “I don’t want to talk to you,” the old woman says. “You are not my son!”

    “I don’t think you understand, Mother,” the young man pleads. “I’ve won the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of my adoring fans.”

    “No! Let me tell you!” his mother retorts. “At this very moment, there are
    gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two
    brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your
    sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!” The old lady pauses, and then tearfully
    says,

    “I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago.”

    • MB30SD

      Hahahahahahahaha!

      broken caaaalarbone… fucking broooken caaaalarbone… fucking pussy!

      • CanadaBear

        Those fuckers hurt like hell. I broke 4-5 ribs below my armpit in the same fall but that collarbone was one painful injury and it took a long time to heal.

        • MB30SD

          never did a caaaallorbooooone, but did two ribs in a football game. Hard to breath never mind run and def not hit. sucks.

          • CanadaBear

            How long were you on the shelf? I’ve broken ribs 3 different times and it depended on the location as far as pain. I was in my 40’s the first time I broke ribs. That collarbone accident was about 5 years ago. That first week if I sneezed or coughed I’d suck wind and try not to groan.

          • MB30SD

            I was a freshman in my first tackle game. I think I was only out that game and I played the next one. I was the running back and IMLB

            I just remember being really scared right before that game. And it was in La Canada near simi valley in LA so it was like fucking 105. The bus ride home was so fucking painful and uncomfortable. Every bump hurt… it was hard to breath. Sucked.

    • Trac

      An atheist while being attacked by a Bear cried out to God. Miraculously time stood still and he heard a loud and audible voice say , this is God, I will grant you one miracle. The athiest not believing it was God he heard relied, “I haven’t believed in you all my life and to do so now would be hypocritical of me so if you are God, make this Bear a Christian”, to which God replied, “ok”. All of a sudden the bear began to talk and he said, “thank you God, please bless this food I’m about to eat. “.

      • MB30SD

        wow, first ever atheist joke. My god you people (see what I just did right there)

        • Trac

          Lighten up Fancis. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            I was just kidding, I don’t care. the joke was ok… you’ve had better material. ; )

          • Trac

            Lol. I know but I heard it yesterday and thought some might get a kick out of it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            beauty trac… is in the eye of the beer holder.

          • SC Dave

            I’ll drink to that!

  • Trac

    Fuller won NFL Rook of the month.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Prediction: Bears win easy 31 – 24 with 7 of the 24 coming in the last couple of minutes to make it look closer. Bears control the clock and get the run game going. Alshon comes up big as Cutler stays away from Keuchly in the middle and instead picks on the Panthers corners and safeties deep. Marshall 2 TD’s in the red zone.
    Only 1 sack by the D but a handful of pressures that result in bad passes. Olsen gets his though with 85yds and a TD but nothing crazy.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      and this week I bet on the Bears because it’s a fucking lock. Bushrod being out sucks but maybe that will help keep Trestman creative with the run game with that cool 2 back set which they can even run passes to Forte out of and the SHORT QUICK pass game then taking shots deep once Carolina starts biting to ease the pressure on Ola.

      • GPLDAN

        Oh Luftwaffle you mock the Gods

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          the gods spurned me last week with the missing NFL camera to catch Bennett’s TD and the 2nd half.
          I will now spurn the gods to profit off of our success.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I mocked the gods once on a backpacking trip. And while I’m not a believer, I’ll never do it again.

            We were hiking the Olympics near a place called Hurricane Ridge. The weather was absolutely horrible that weekend. On the second night, we set up camp and the rain was coming in sheets, the wind in gusts. To make light of the situation, in an effort to maintain a positive attitude, I stood on a bluff and yelled into the wind, “C’mon God, is that all you got?!?…” Something to that effect. Within minutes, the rain turned to snow and the wind became unbearable. We had to seek refuge in the tent by 3 PM that day. Two stinky dudes in one smallish tent, playing cribbage and smoking herb til we fell asleep. While in the tent, the wind gusted so hard it was collapsing the tent onto our prone faces. The tent stood up to the onslaught, but it was the only time in my life in the woods that I had the slightest fear I might not make it home.

            I’ll not do that again.

          • johnnywad

            Yeah. Fuck that

          • I think spurning the gods in every single myth ever created since time immemorial turned out badly.

            Then again, Prometheus didn’t have TradeWind.

          • MB30SD

            tradewind…. fuckyeah!

      • MB30SD

        don’t do it.

    • BerwynBomber

      Tend to agree. One other guy to watch out for is Kelvin Benjamin. I’ve only seen him twice but the two times I have seen him he looks like the real deal — a young Marshall, if you will.
      Still, we should control this game. I look for a slight bounce back by the D, another strong game from Forte and a solid outing by Cutty. I’ll go 27-16.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Win Easy”.

      When’s the last time THAT happened?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        lol, win “kind of easy”??
        I just feel like this one is not going to get out of control.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          I’m with Al. The bears never seem to win easy.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Our offense is going to fucking roll this week.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Reposting this because of all the scandalous sports topics we talk about, it should be this one.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/prep-rally/new-york-teen-tragedy-results-in-third-prep-football-player-death-this-week-142707585.html

  • AlbertInTucson

    And Aaron Rodgers was still in a 42-10 game late in the 4th quarter because….?

    • GPLDAN

      As his FF owner I applaud this

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha… ruining the game.

    • AlbertInTucson

      If he gets injured in a situation like that, the Packer faithful will be at MCarthy’s door with torches and pitchforks.

  • GPLDAN

    We not only passed over Chandler Jones to take Chicken Dinner, we passed on Star Loutiulei.

    Star is now a full stud and will be headed against Long and Slauson and can blow up the middle

    • MB30SD

      siiiigh.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      He was the 14th Pick in the 2013 Draft and would have been top 3 except doctors thought he’d never play football again after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

      • GPLDAN

        You sure on that? I thought he came after our pick

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          we picked Kyle Long that year.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Star is a fucking bad ass and people were shocked when he dropped.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Full Disclosure: when we picked Kyle Long I started cursing at Emery uncontrollably. Little did any of us know……

            I did flip my shit with good reason when we picked Bostic instead of Margus Hunt or Honey Badger.

          • johnnywad

            He needs to get us Kyle’s counterpart on the other side of the ball next year. Somewhere. Anywhere. Some dude that’s in the conversation for the Pro Bowl as a rook

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    if any of you guys take Fozzy Whitaker in Fantasy you’re dead to me.

    • I almost did. I like Fozzy. I remember he ran well against us in preseason last year.
      Then again, I could have ran for 200 vs our D last season.
      Also, I could make all these Fozzy-wuzzy-was-a-bear puns

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Jairus Byrd to IR…we dodged a bullet on that one.

    • Bender McLugh

      Hmmmmnnn…..

    • MB30SD

      can’t say that… if he’d played with us he might not have been in the situation that got him injured.

  • MB30SD

    this is starting to get a little hairy: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/10/03/ath-patient-with-ebola-symptoms-in-dc.cnn.html

    You guys ready for World WarZ? shit’s gettin’ real yos.

    • bearsfantillend

      that’s it if someone even sneezes around me, it’s an ax to the head. y’all been warned!

      • MB30SD

        just don’t get their blood on you.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Well, the Seahawks will be there this weekend. So you’re telling me there’s a chance!

      • MB30SD

        in liberia?!?

        Wow, talk about expansion!

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      we simply don’t use our fucking heads anymore.
      If you travel to the mid east to fight alongside ISIS you don’t get to fucking come back.
      If you travel to the hotbed of fucking Ebola you don’t get to fucking come back.
      We are shooting ourselves in the foot with bullets smothered with Ebola. What the fuck is going on here?

      • MB30SD

        people are morons. You want to be a fucking humanitarian, awesome. stay fucking there and deal with ALL of the bennies and consequences of that decision.

        you KNOW that dude knew he had it and said, fuck that, I’m not dying in this shithole, I’m saving myself and going home.

        • johnnywad

          Preeeeeecisely. You want to backpack in Iran? Or near it? Guess what kids. You get caught, don’t call. You want to wander JUUUUUSSSSTTT over the border in some god forsaken stretch of North Korea while site seeing? Again, you’re on you own. The world is full of safe, kick ass places to travel. Why not do that?

          • MB30SD

            because humans are dumb panicky dangerous animals.

            You can add to that idiots who want to backpack and ride motorcycles through cartel infested mexican towns and/or countryside.

            It’s called the darwin awards section. SMFH.

        • Trac

          Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if he not only knew but came to America just in case he needed the free treatment. No worries though mate, free healthcare for evra one. Nawt!!!!

          • MB30SD

            you turned that into a tea party ad?!?! SMHAYT

          • Trac

            You got the wrong guy. I think GP is the tea party guy. He he.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Jermon Bushrod gets his ankle and knee fucked up in practice on the Wednesday before the game. What the fuck is that bullshit? I mean what are the fucking odds?

    • bearsfantillend

      not to worried. its not like we have Webb as the backup LT.

    • CanadaBear

      When the Beloved are concerned pretty much better than even. I swear we still are working off some of the good fortune we had in the miracle 13-3 season.

    • How long is Bushrod out for?

  • CanadaBear
    • BerwynBomber

      Forte is the ideal back for today’s NFL, and he is still underrated and/or taken for granted. Though in fairness, there were duel threats on the all-time rushing list too, most notably Sweetness and to a lesser degree Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas. (Even a guy like Edgerin James was the goods for a half-dozen years or so.) And of course there was Walter’s blocking ability. Still the best pound-for-pound football player I ever saw, though I’m beginning to wonder if JJ Watt will deserve serious votes for that award among linemen.

      • SC Dave

        Marshall Faulk should be in the conversation.

      • Didn’t Sayers have soft hands? Block?
        I know he was a one heck of a returner, which is a super-bonus.

        “In his 1st year in the league all Sayers did was rush for 867 yards on
        only 166 carries, a 5.2 yard average. Catch 29 balls for 507 yards, an
        astonishing 17.5 yard average per reception. Return 16 punts for 238
        yards, and 21 kickoffs for 660 yards. That’s a 31.4 yard kickoff return
        average if your keeping track at home.”

        http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-sports-heroes-then-now/2013/09/could-gale-sayers-have-been-the-greatest-ever-i-state-my-case-for-yes/

        • CanadaBear

          He was an OK blocker but nothing like Walter. He definitely had soft hands. Up until his first knee surgery he was never caught from behind once he was in the clear. BTW, the PR avg was just a hair under 15 yds/return.

          • Also, Sweetness could throw and kick in a pinch.
            He’s truly the best football player ever in my book.
            Rice is in that convo too, but Sweetness gets the vote for me.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I don’t recall the asking Sayers to do a lot of blocking. He was and excellent receiver but, except for his rookie season when Rudy Bukich had his last good season, Bear quarterbacking in those days left a lot to be desired.

  • Blah Blah.
    We’re a 9-7 team until further notice.
    Maybe we can beat a team we’re not supposed to like with the 9ers, but I’m not getting my hopes up.
    I’m becoming zen about the Bears.
    Our Defense and Specials are huge question marks.
    Our Offense is potent, but can sputter, which makes for close games vs ANY team.
    If we played the Jags or Raiders this week, the final score would probably resemble the Panther’s outcome.
    That’s our team. Even-Steven.
    It’s only a slight upgrade over Lovie.
    When we beat the Packers at Lambeau or make the playoffs, then I can believe again.
    But until then, I’m just going to focus on my other hobby.
    Poon.

    • GPLDAN

      I have come to think that I may need another decade, past this Emery/Trestman era, to see a Bears team that can win big. My tail chasing days are long gone, so I guess it’s golf for me.

      At least this era is big O. Strangely bizarre to watch a Bears team that is All O, no D.

      • No D OR specials.
        I feel like we’re 4 years too late. Back when the Saints, Pats, Packers were all O, they had an opportunistic aggressive D, not a bend-don’t-break D.
        Now, teams are coming back more to the ground-pound-game-manager-QB, tough D, specials.
        Look at the Bengals, 9ers, Hawks, Cards, Steelers, etc Heck, even the Cowboys are trying to emulate that formula this year.
        In 4 more years, we’ll probably try that when the league has moved on to something else.

        I’m not being cynical. Anything’s possible. Maybe we snag Suh next year and a stud D in the draft and revive our D.

        But it just seems like we’re perennially a day late and a dollar short.

        • GPLDAN

          That’s the whole fucking Ted Phillips era, really.

          • We should submit that for the next T-shirt idea.
            Ted Phillips: day late, dollar short.
            Back of the Shirt:

            http://theoraclesays.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/ted-phillips.jpg

          • MB30SD

            what a nerd weasel

          • He looks like a low-level mob lawyer.

          • MB30SD

            this. Once teddy leaves (if ever) and maybe ginny kicks it and the kiddies want a payout, we’ll get something interesting up top. Once we get competence, and more so passion for this team and for putting a great product on the field again…. above emery, things will change.

            That said, I’m still hopeful for this regime though. Realistically, Emery had to come in and fix EVERYTHING. We can say no, but the real answer is yes. Lovies D was already old and didn’t want to say without lovie anyway… including some of the good coaches. Toub was gonna bolt anyway with lovie gone.

            So basically, emery had to start from scratch… save cutty, matty, and peanut/briggs. In two years he built one of the most potent O’s in the NFL. Yeah, cutty ain’t rodgers, but neither is any other QB in the league.

            I am willing to give emery one more year of rebuilding… yes, REBUILDING his team on the D and specials side before I get down. I think with one more offseason of FA and draft, and most importantly is he can bring in a DC genius and a better specials coach, we can be contenders next year.

            To his credit, Jeff’s said it all along.

          • It’s easy to say, “next year.” We all knew our D needed a massive facelift, but I wasn’t willing to cede an entire fucking season.
            I’m with Yonny on this. New season = cannon ball run.
            Most everyone has a chance.
            Our FAs just haven’t performed.
            Houston has been all but invisible and outplayed by Young.
            Allen? WTF has he done besides pressure Geno in the final minute.
            We kept Hayden instead of Bowman, then let Hayden go cuz he blows, then Peanut gets inj.
            We draft a ho-hum HB.
            I won’t even go into Shea-v-CHandler Jones, Rodriguez, Hardin, etc…
            Or hiring Tucker over a real D.C. (like Horton at the time)

            Just seems like one head-scratching move after another. Getting tired of it.
            I was wrong about Long (though not totally wrong since I wanted Sharrif Floyd who’s not too shabby), and maybe one or two other things, but when I think I can GM better than the GM, that’s a problem.

            And it’s not as if I’m narcissitc. I look at some of the deep gems the SEA GM finds, and I tip my hat off.

            That’s what GMs should do. They should impress their fanbase more often than not, not make them collectively groan.

            Season still young, but it’s gonna be a lot of close games and brutal losses, once again.

          • bearsfantillend

            every fan thinks they can GM better than the GM. The D needed a total overhaul we all knew it. the coulda/woulda/shoulda crap about draft picks and FAs is getting old. We did not draft C. Jones, we let Bowman walk, get over it.

            Btw, i wouldn’t be blowin the SEA GM to hard until you reviewed the draft picks the last couple years. 1st and 2nd rounds buried in the depth charts. they have had their misses too. and late round picks are crap shoots every team gets lucky throughout the years

          • But it WASN’T woulda-coulda-shoulda
            It was in REAL time, like when it was happening, not 20/20 lenses.
            That’s what disturbs me.

            I know no GM is perfect. Lots of misses everywhere, and naturally the 2014 class can’t even be judged till the “three year mark”, but thus far, outside of Long/Alshon (who I too liked in the 2nd), haven’t been blown away.

            Emery was brought in because he was supposed to be a draft guru.

          • bearsfantillend

            we did not draft Jones, but you are still crying about it today. get over it already.
            Btw – Jeffery was a great pick, Mills has been good as a late rounder.

            Also don’t forget Lovie still had a lot of influence on Emery’s first draft.

          • Yes, but I loved Alshon in the 2nd. Had no issue with that.
            And I loved Mills even more. As a matter of fact, I told the Blog we’re probably drafting him in the late rounds.

            But I’m not gonna get over Jones and a few others like Hardin and Rodriguez, etc.

            That’s why we’re 2-2 and got creamed by the Pack at home.

            You don’t think Chandler Jones could’ve helped a little?

            I like Emery, but he’s gotta be held accountable too. Most will give him a free pass this year cuz of the whole “cleaning up Angelo’s crap” angle, and I agree mostly. However, I’m not necessarily ecstatic over the trends.

          • bearsfantillend

            i agree Jones would be awesome to have, but we don’t have him. Deal with what we have. MOVE FORWARD!! sorry it just get old hearing it.

          • Every time I see Jones is like a slap in the face.
            It’s like dumping an ugly duckling in HS who grows up to become Scarlett Jo.
            Kick. to. the. nuts.

          • MB30SD

            i get it. and you make some good points. in the end we’ll just have to wait and see.

          • CanadaBear

            You sound like my dark side. I try to keep that under wraps so I’m not a wet blanket. I’m still hoping we get healthy at some point and start clicking. Our ST’s aren’t that bad. If we can find a decent returner we’d be a little better than avg. The D? Hoping the young guys step up. Briggs is slower but still balling. He jams up a lot of plays around the line of scrimmage. Pretty slow in coverage. Bostic may be pretty good by the end of the year. At least, I’m hopeful. Either DJ is hurt or he’s pretty much done. Can Mundy and Vereen be avg? Maybe. Desperately need someone to step up and play nickel. That new punter hasn’t been all that but I think he starts getting better. That how I talk myself into thinking we could go 10-6.

          • Cormonster

            Not sure if your an Allman Brothers fan, but this is pretty cool. Doc Severson and the Johnny Carson horns jam with them on the second song. This performance is about 3 weeks before I seen the Allmans for the first time,

            A life changing musical experience.

          • I’m pretty optimistic in general, and I always root for the beloved to win, but just looking over all the moves raises an eye-brow.
            In a best case scenario, all those things will happen, but this is the NFL. If anything, more of our players are going to get hurt. Always a chance of some idiot going AP and getting suspended or just checking out.
            In season trades that matter are rare, but that’s another hope to (though I doubt Emery the scout sacrifices the future for the present).

            I’m not about to bring a torch and pitch fork to Emery yet, but I am allowed to grumble about some questionable personnel/draft/FAs moves.

            I’m not alone. Right now it’s sorta just like a bad feeling, not full on doomsday apocalypse.

            But I think Trestman at this point is about .500 coach.

          • SC Dave

            Hopefully, whatever happens at the top does NOT involve Cliff Stein’s departure.

          • MB30SD

            100% with you there dave. Hopefully, it involves Cliff taking dipshit teddy’s lunch

          • Hope not too, Dave.
            But sometimes, good men leave once the garbage is dumped, like when Toub and Marinelli left once Lovie was gone.

          • Ososfan

            Hey I said the same thing MB! We needed some patience so Emeryville can help rebuild a team that had very little talent. It is unfortunate because the Bears are such a storied franchise. I’ll give Emeryville two more years till we get to the SB. Seahawks coach had a two lousy years when he started. Let’s have some patience… I don’t know about Mel, he too was put in a weird situation, but I won’t mind if we upgrade the D coordinator PRONTO……

  • bearsfantillend

    was just watching some MLB playoffs. runner thrown out stealing 2nd. the camera angles were amazing. Just made me think. Why the FUCK can’t the NFL have better angles on the goal line?

  • GPLDAN

    Here’s my mock the gods story.

    In Colorado, it’s kind of thing with some people to try and climb all the fourteeners. There’s a bunch, some on private property, I think it’ s in the high 20s.

    I was climbing 14k’r #2 with a semi-experienced climber and as the afternoon rolled in, a thunderstorm rolled in BELOW us. The metal climbing tool I had started to buzz in my hand. We laid on the ground, well past nightfall – it’s a long and weird story that involves no cuddling but a lot of “how fucked are we?” moments that we eventually survived well after dark in truly terror ridden conditions.

    • GPLDAN

      That same year a guy I worked with that had asthma and used an inhaler was hiking near Pike’s. They set a campfire and the wind shifted and blew the camp smoke right into him, and he couldn’t get to his inhaler in time, and boom – that was it. Sad story.

      • SC Dave

        Wow. A sad tale.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “A man’s got to know his limitations”.
          -Inspector Harry Callahan, “Magnum Force.”

    • johnnywad

      It sucks when you can literally die, just by being outdoors

    • CanadaBear

      Anything can happen in the mountains at any time of year. Glad you survived it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Glad you lived to tell the tale.

      As many of you know, I am a confirmed weenie.

      I consider “Roughing it” to be Black & White Television.

      Any place in Tucson that isn’t walking distance to a Circle K or a 7/11 is considered by me to be “The Boonedocks” (Cue, Billy Jor Royal)

      My theory of nature is this:

      “Nature call kill you, without even thinking about it. And afterwards, Nature won’t care.” This includes mountain climbing, hiking (yes, Arizona kills several hikers annually and has to rescue MANY others) and almost anything to do with the Ocean. I don’t white-water raft, either.

  • Bear Poll:

    If the 9ers rumors are true about Harbaugh, would you replace Trestman with Harbaugh in 2015 if we go 8-8?

    • bearsfantillend

      NO!

    • MB30SD

      as much as I think jimmy boy is a badass, he’s also a drama queen. It’s just not the Bears way.

      • Yeah, Ditka was low drama. (sarcasm off)

        • MB30SD

          he started out low drama.

          • CanadaBear

            Not so much.

          • MB30SD

            Less than jimmy

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta say yes in the beginning but Ditka went full on drama 24/7 pretty quickly. He’s much easier to relate to because he’s funny at times and knows he’s full of it. His wife tells him on a daily basis!

      • SC Dave

        I was going to say that Butch! DItka was the ultimate drama queen coach.

    • SC Dave

      No

    • CanadaBear

      I’d love the better record but I would really hate rooting for Harbaugh. I’m going with no. If he could run the table I’d say yes but so far he doesn’t look like a closer.

  • NewBearInTown

    To all the Jews on the blog.
    Have a sweet new year, an easy Yom Kippur and be inscribed for good in the book of life. Remember that the most important thing on Yom Kippur is simply not to eat or drink. If you drive, if you go to work, if you break every other rule in the book; fast from sundown to sundown and you’ve accomplished more upstairs than you ever know.
    And as is customary, I take this moment to ask forgiveness to any of you (Irish) I may have wronged. And if anyone feels that they should ask the same of me, you are forgiven, there was never a problem in the first place.
    I wish the American public would remember as often as a lot of great football coaches… no matter how far off the road you stray, you can always come back. Starting to walk the right path can happen as fast as turning your head.

    • Do you forgive me for that massive upset in FF two years ago in the championship?
      You are truly magnanimous.

      #FFdominance

    • MB30SD

      well said NB. Happy New Year. All the best to you and your family.

      Any I hope none of us contracts Ebola.

  • Sactowns#1

    Bear down gents and lets see what the best WR duo in the NFL can do this Sunday!

  • Gamblers looking for a new trend?

    “If there’s a new trend that’s undermining this year’s slate of Thursday Night Football games, look no farther than the fact that the last three blowouts have all come at the expense of new coaching staffs.

    From Tampa’s 56-14 trouncing in Week Three to Washington’s 45-14
    whitewash in Week Four to Minnesota’s 42-10 moonlight Marmalard, all
    three defeats were inflicted on new coaching staffs.” – PFT

    • MB30SD

      Moonlight marmalard?!

      Ohhhh brooother.

      Greg? Greg… marmalard?

      (Thank you sir may I have another! )

  • Scott W.

    It sure takes a long time for the universe to balance out.

    • Scott W.

      Brett Favre…Aaron Rodgers…Rex Grossman…Kyle Orton…Jay Cutler/Josh McCown.

      Mike McCarthy…Lovie Smith…Marc Trestman

      I’m 57 years old. If it’s really going to take the seismic shifts some of you are forecasting (change in ownership, complete administrative upheaval, etc.) Then 2006 may be the most recent season I enjoyed.

      Someone be more credibly upbeat, please. Thanks in advance.

      • Scott W.

        Although, I seriously loved watching Tillman scare ball carriers shitless, and Hester when he wasn’t depressed.

        • SC Dave

          Hester was the most fun since walter, who was the most fun since butkus. And it ends there for me… tho Sayers was pretty damn cool. Maybe alshon will get there

          • Scott W.

            I dunno man…we did have Sam Hurd too…and don’t forget Kordell Stewart.

      • SC Dave

        Or get the next brady in round six.. i mean it made belichik look like a genius

        • Scott W.

          So if we get the next Brady, we are down to 2-3 years?

  • Cormonster

    I was looking up Forte’s career stats and realized he passed 10,000 yards from scrimmage in the last game. Congratulations Matt! Funny, I don’t recall anyone mentioning this in the press. He has a total of 10,037 yards. So I started to dig a little deeper and compare Matt’s numbers to the great Walter Payton. As of now, Matt has been very durable, starting 95 out of a possible 100 games. It turns out that Payton played in a total of 190 games in his career, so this would be the half way point. It took about a half hour, but I decided to compile some numbers for both players after their 1st 95 games.

    Forte’s 10,037 yards from scrimmage averages out to 105.65 yards per game. Not too shabby. He’s had 1,981 touches, 20.85 per game, and averaging 5.07 yards per touch.

    Over the same period, Payton had 10,706 yards from scrimmage, averaging 112.69 yards per game. Payton had 2,193 touches, 23.08 per game, and averaged 4.88 yards per touch.

    Payton, the greatest player ever, obviously had to work a lot harder for his yards since many more of them came in the running game. But it’s two different eras and the league has changed a lot. Still, Forte’s numbers are pretty impressive at this point in his career. If Matt has another 4-5 years in him at this pace, he will be a lock in Canton and top ten in total yards from scrimmage..

    • SC Dave

      I posted some comparisons back contract time… thanks for the update. You guys know Matt is my man on the O. The dude is damn good

      • Cormonster

        Dave, me and you are probably two of his biggest fans on the blog. I think he is one of the most underrated players in the league. Jeff or Woody should write a story about his accomplishments.

        • Scott W.

          I also wear the Forte t-shirt. I can not imagine how awful we’d be without him.

    • Scott W.

      That was an awesome and revelatory read. Thank you.

      • Cormonster

        Every now and then, when I’m not talking about music or telling personal stories, I may actually contribute to the blog. Glad you liked it.

  • SC Dave

    The woman I’ve been dating sent a little surprise text to me. Tix to the game Sunday! I’ll tell her to represent, as the Steelers waxed her Panthers last time she wore her shirt. And i can wear y Gould shirt and expect to live

    Unless, of course, Robbie knocks thru a game winner from 60 or so…

    • GPLDAN

      Look at you, charming the ladies.

      • SC Dave

        Sometimes it works

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