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Bears Historic Awfulness Demands Historic Response From George McCaskey

| December 6th, 2014

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After the Bears lost to the New England Patriots in a fashion they should copyright, George McCaskey spoke to the media. This McCaskey, we’ve all been told, is different from the last McCaskey. His comments from an article on Pro Football Talk:

“They have every right to be [upset],” McCaskey said. “We’re 3-5. That’s a losing record. We’re winless at home and that doesn’t fit the formula for making it to the postseason. You’ve got to dominate at home. You’ve got to control your division and you’ve got to do pretty well for yourself on the road. We’re outside that formula right now and we need to correct that.”

McCaskey said he’s “very disappointed” in the 3-5 start for a team that “everybody in the building was expecting this team to contend for a Super Bowl,” adding that he is interested now in seeing how the team reacts to adversity. McCaskey said he has “every confidence” that General Manager Phil Emery, coach Marc Trestman and the players will have a successful response.

Since this statement was made the Bears have been blown out three times on national television and eked out two victories over league bottom feeders (after falling down double-digits in both contests). The postseason dreams are dead. The home form is awful. The road form is shameful. And perhaps worst of all, the Bears have become an unwatchable bore. They have drained the joy from football season by producing a product that fails to entertain, let alone excite.

With this disgraceful performance has come an opportunity for George McCaskey to grab the reigns of the franchise and faith of its fans. There is a well-founded belief that the world’s greatest art is created at times of social crisis; that great generals emerge when the battle seems lost. This is McCaskey’s time to emerge and act in accordance with what has transpired on the field.

Because the Bears have not been struggling. They have not made a few too many mistakes or missed some opportunities. They are historically bad. The most talented Bears offense ever assembled is 19th in scoring and that ranking is actually INFLATED by garbage time production. The team has been down double-digits in 10 of their 13 games, including to horrible offenses like Buffalo, Minnesota, Tampa. Every week features a humiliating loss. Every loss is followed by the same tired refrains about “beating themselves”. The Bears do not beat themselves. They are beaten severely by their opponents.

Against teams with winning records, those teams competing for postseason positions, the Chicago Bears have been outscored 289-161. Their average margin of defeat is 16 points per game. The Raiders have played 10 games against such teams and lost by an average of 10.4 points per game.

If George McCaskey does not act at year’s end a simple question must be asked: how bad must a season get for this owner to intervene?

The tail end of the Wannstedt era has always been the bellweather for futility in the modern era. But those seasons were more a private embarrassment. They came before DirecTV and the fantasy football craze and the NFL Network and wall-to-wall football coverage. Hell, they came before the internet created what we all know now as “the national football media”. Bears fans remember with a mixture of sadness and rage the first seven games of the 1997 season. Nobody else does.

The 2014 Chicago Bears have been a very public embarrassment, with three of their worst efforts coming in front of massive national audiences. (Bears v. Cowboys was the third highest rated Thursday night game EVER.) It is one thing to weigh 545 lbs and have your chili cheese fries delivered to your apartment. It is another thing to walk shirtless to the diner.

George McCaskey will set the stage for his chairmanship on Monday, December 29th. On that day he will announce, with action, whether the Bears have embarrassed he and his family enough or whether they can tolerate far more than their fans. A bold, determined action could go a long way towards changing the reputation of his family name in Chicago for an entire generation of fans. Will he be bold and determined enough to act?

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  • tobijohn

    “It is one thing to weigh 545 lbs and have your chili cheese fries delivered to your apartment. It is another thing to walk shirtless to the diner.”

    One of the best lines ever. I’m saving it somewhere on my hard drive…

  • GPLDAN

    Bears v. Cowboys was the third highest rated Thursday night game EVER.

    I feel like America has spoken:

    FUCK PETER PAN

    • CanadaBear

      GP you’ve tapped into some heretofore unknown unhappiness with Peter Pan. Who knew? Most up votes I’ve seen for a post. Well done my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Great post. The first line should read “This is my pipe-dream”.

    Since when has the McCaskeys done anything substantial for the Bears Franchise? They fired Lovie 3 seasons too late. He should have been gone after they failed in the SB, he was so blatantly out coached it was painful. Rivera resigning shortly after was the last alarm bell. They fired Angelo for Emery, the verdict is still out on this one but with the Emery decision on picking Trestman, it looks like a parallel move at best. Other than that we haven’t seen any decisions that could be considered “good moves” since George Halas was still breathing.

    The bottom line is that the Bears need a new ownership, before we can ever dream on the Bears becoming dominate ever again. The McCaskeys have ruined a potentially powerhouse football franchise with nothing but half measures and lackluster attitudes.

    • Trac

      Uh, riviera was riden outta town because Lovie favored babbich.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Soo you are asking for him to can Phillips and/or Emery?

  • Scott W.

    Holy cow Jeff. You’ve written some damned fine pieces over the years, but this one….shit hot partner. You turned phrases in this piece like a fucking F-22 rockin’ and rollin’ to protect the homeland.
    THAT was some fine writing.

  • Scott W.

    You know, writing like this makes me want to do something petty, like send David Haugh, Peter King, Don Banks et al the link to it, with a note explaining that this is what actual writing looks like. It’s what their mothers wish they could produce.

  • Trac

    How does Emery sit down before the board and say “a coaching change must be made”? Knowing Phil Emery based on how he’s stuck by chicken dinner, I just….can’t ….see….that…..happening.

  • This doesn’t get any better either. You mention the blowouts. Two more games against those types of teams upcoming, one of them nationally televised again. That’s why I think changes will be made at the end of the year.

    • Trac

      We all are just gonna have to rub some dirt on it data. You know I’m right. So what if Tucker or cameltoe gets fired. Whoopty doo! Like that’s gonna change our fortune. It’s all gonna come down to draft picks my man. I’m guessing about 1 out of every 5 pics will stick. Do the math, I’m talking 5 year plan.

  • ” The most talented Bears offense ever assembled is 19th in scoring and that ranking is actually INFLATED by garbage time production. The team has been down double-digits in 10 of their 13 games, including to horrible offenses like Buffalo, Minnesota, Tampa. ”

    Yep. This is a 10-6 roster playing like a 3-13 team that somehow won 5 games. It’s brutal.

    • SC Dave

      This is an 8-8 roster playing like a 6-10 team.

  • Echoing statements below: fantastic piece. You’ve been killing it lately in a way no other Bears site/writer has, Jeff. Keep up the great work.

  • Viva

    GET SOME

  • BerwynBomber

    Well, TCU and Oregon have done their parts, but this thing seriously needs to go to 8 teams. Actually, should be sixteen given how many D1 programs there are.

    • SC Dave

      Four playoff games for unpaid slaves to make NCAA bureaucrats and tv execs rich?

      • BerwynBomber

        Why not? They’re already getting rich off the ridiculous bowls. But yes, they should do away with athletic scholarships and offer these kids full-time salaries as staff members of the university. The whole “student-athlete” nonsense is what turns it into a sham. Just turn it into the mirror leagues, which is what it is now but with tons of hypocrisy.

        • SC Dave

          That would at least be more honest. Just dont give them tenure…

  • BearDown100393

    “Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.” T-Bird
    Came to mind when I first saw McCaskey’s face on this post.

  • Trac

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/06/trestman-appears-safe-despite-bears-lousy-season/

    This is pretty much exactly what I said earlier. And I tend to agree that Emery has a better chance of getting fired than admitting he picked the wrong coach.

    • DaBearsBlog

      That article only sites Moon and the Sun Times, both guessing.

      • guest

        That would be ‘cites’, Mr. Writer.

  • BillW

    I echo everyone – great writing. I’m saving this one. Very succinct especially in holding George to his words.

    But no one of importance is going anywhere. “They deserve another chance to turn this around” . I’m paraphrasing what George will say at the end of the season.

  • wreckinball

    Bears are in deep $$s with coach GM QB I’m going to say none of them change this year no matter what happens

  • SC Dave

    Wisconsin sux. Fl st needs to lose

    • johnnywad

      Cor is going to kick you in your virtual nuts for that

  • SC Dave

    wannstat on tv?? Really?!?!?

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Winston undraftable due to sexual assault accusations. Big Ben won 2 Super Bowls with rape allegations coming left & right. Double standard?”

    But R-berger’s didn’t happen while in college; hence, the difference about the draft stuff.

    Regardless, Winston is draftable. He’ll just slide a bit. But unlike R-berger, he might not be all that as a pro anyway. Will come down to ability to shed lineman, read defenses and his accuracy.

    • Scharfinator

      I wouldn’t spend a pick on him as a GM. Winston displays a pattern of immoral and indecent behavior. Sure it’s all allegations and most of it isn’t proven in court (yet). However, you don’t pull that much flak without a real reason.

      • CanadaBear

        To me, it’s the same scenario as the Cadester. McNown wasn’t accused of any violent crimes but he was a sneaky weasel that had an unbelievable sense of self-entitlement. All of this was known before he was drafted. I was sure he’d be a bust because you can’t be a leader of men if nobody respects you.

        • BerwynBomber

          Excellent point. The whole “fuck her right in the pussy” story at FSU’s student union this year might be more damning to GMs than the rape allegation. A) you’re the Heisman trophy winner, and b) you’re chanting that in public after dodging a rape charge? Even at that young age, most kids would have more sense than that.

  • BerwynBomber

    Does Blogfather listen to the Score? This was Dan Bernstein’s point on Friday. McCaskey. Must. Speak. Now.

    Not sure it is needed until the end of the season. Unless Phillips, PE or Trestman will be let go before week 17.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t think McCaskey must speak now though. Nothing is gained by announcements or firings in-season. But the organization must act decisively at season’s end.

      • GPLDAN

        I disagree. The time for the Bears staid ways and polite governance needs to end. Decisive action is needed to prevent this team from spending the rest of the 20-teens as the new Detroit Lions in the NFC North. Now is the winter of our discontent.

  • Viva

    Under normal circumstances, I may give a shit about the winners and losers of today’s games. But not this weekend, when you suck as bad as we suck, it just doesn’t fucking matter.

    • johnnywad

      Not even watching today. Going to get the Christmas tree, decorate and eat various seasonal baked goodies while old holiday flicks roll in the background. Thank you Bears.

  • Scharfinator

    I’m not sure if I consider this news. Who wouldn’t be regretting that deal?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000439530/article/bears-have-case-of-buyers-remorse-with-jay-cutler

    • BearDown100393

      So the Bears reportedly regret and doubt Cutler? As a fan, I have even
      more regret and more doubt about the GM who gave Cutler the contract
      extension instead of the franchise tag. Stupid is as stupid does.

      • John Doe

        Trade Cutler to Rams for Chris Long. Straight up trade.

        • Old broken romanian Jericho

          Dumb

          • SC Dave

            I imagine the rams would agree

    • TheBigCheesy

      Jonathan P. Waffle

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        This article had the audacity to insinuate that NOT changing plays FROM runs TO passes is why the run game is suffering? What the fuck?

        • TheBigCheesy

          The point of the article is that management regrets the cutler extension. Ignore the straw man for once.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            Lol, out of all of the things that could have “leaked ” from an anonymous source….
            Out of all the things this group could regret….

        • SC Dave

          You stick with a running play when the defense is in perfect alignment to stop it

          My guess, anyway..

    • BerwynBomber

      Only real news is that they considered benching him during the TB game. Hadn’t heard that before.

      • TheBigCheesy

        I heard it the week after from some national guys. Mark Clayton and another

  • BerwynBomber

    Hoyer likely out of Cleveland at the end of the season. Wonder how much he will fetch on the open market.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11992638/brian-hoyer-expected-leave-cleveland-browns-free-agency-2014-season

    Cutler will almost certainly be the starter next year, BUT one thing the Bears should do in the off-season is either a) draft a QB in May, or b) sign a FA veteran (like a Hoyer) who is a viable starter himself (and Jimmy Clausen ain’t it).

    Giving Cutler the keys to the franchise with no replacement or back-up plan is a dereliction of duty. This is not Peyton Manning that we are dealing with here.

    • John Doe

      Cutler will be on extremely short leash next year..if he has not been traded.

      Ian Rappoport said on NFL that Bears are not happy. First sign they might try to move him.

      • CanadaBear

        I’d be shocked if he is traded. Why would anyone else take on that contract? He’s been through 4 HC’s and 6 OC’s. I just can’t believe anyone in the NFL still thinks he’s fixable. What you see is what you get.

        • John Doe

          He is perfect for Rams. they need a middling QB who can get them to win quickly.

          I don’t think Jeff Fisher has the time to draft a rookie and win with him. Plus this year’s QB class is not very strong. Mariota and Winston will be gone when Rams pick.

          Rams have a strong D that can overcome Cutler’s turnovers. My guess is Rams would be the ideal trade partner for Emery. Jeff Fisher loved Cutler coming out of Vandy but was over-ruled by Titans owner and they got Vince Young.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not getting my hopes up but I wouldn’t cry if it happened!

          • BerwynBomber

            Bears would have to eat half of Cutty’s salary (my guess, at least, unless Long’s contract is equally horrible). Think about it, if you can pay Jay Cutler average money — say $8M to 10M a year — he becomes a tempting option. Otherwise he is a horrible contract that GMs will be too smart to take off the Bears’ hands.

            Plus, I’m not sure the Rams are giving up on Austin Davis just yet.

          • Trac

            So what? It’s just a number to the McCaskeys. Makes no difference as to whether or not they’re still on the roster cause at the end of the day, they get to go home with Andy Frain Ushers (body guards)

          • DaMurph

            He actually wanted Matt Leinart over Young, either way was a bad choice.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      HOYER? FUCKING HOYER? That’s it, you guys are fucking insane.

      • BerwynBomber

        You wouldn’t want Hoyer as a back-up? Or even as a transition guy if we draft a young QB?

        • Old broken romanian Jericho

          We don’t need to draft a quarterback. We need to stop letting opposing quarterbacks have personal record setting days against us. We need to not let one guy have 230yds of offense against us. We need nfl caliber LB’s and safeties. We can’t have 2 undrafted free agent DBS playing corner and nickel at the same time with a 4th round safety…
          We have to return kicks past the 11.
          We need a fucking passrush.
          We need to gain more than 1or 2yds on first down runs.
          we need a better offensive line, ola, mills, groy, delapuente and garza aren’t going to cut it. Even bushrod is playing like Mills….and can we get a fucking fullback please?
          Until we have these things lets ease the fuck up on the quarterback talk and focus on the real issues so we can stop giving up 40pts a game.

          So, no, I don’t want Hoyer or to draft a quarterback.

          • BerwynBomber

            LOL

          • Decatur Fan

            Preach it man. I hate losing seasons because football fans in general grab the pitchfork for the QB. Sacrificing a ton of picKS for a QB rarely works. Only hope for a new QB of quality anytime soon is to get so miserably bad we get a num1 pick. This city ran Rex Grossman out of town, they ran Kyle Orton out of town and now Cutler is next. None of these guys were the Bears problems. The Bears D has been shit for years and only the talking point of “lovie smith turnovers” from the talking heads kept people drinking the coolaid.

          • BerwynBomber

            Huh? “They” ran Orton out of town for Cutler. You are aware of this right? And you really think Grossman was superior to the defense on those Bears teams? That is crazy.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            don’t take him seriously -he’s from decatur probably high on that god awful soybean smell that emanates from ADM. its so bad that i can smell that shit some mornings and i live 50 miles away

  • chitownproud85

    Amazing article. Been forwarding it out to family members and friends alike this morning.

  • BerwynBomber

    Geno Smith throws pick-six first play from scrimmage.

  • Old broken romanian Jericho

    Only we can talk about Cutler when the D is HISTORICALLY bad and we get punts and extra points blocked and return kicks to the 11 consistently.
    Hoyer? Winston? Backups? Benching?

    teams score on 80-95 percent of possessions against us what the fuck is wrong with you people?

    fucking idiots

    • Trac

      Yonny, hear me out please. I get your passion and afinity for Cutty but c’mon bro, lighten up. The guy was over billed from the get go and he’s been rejected by most Bears fans. This is not about Hoyer, McCown or any other swinging dick behind center. The criticisms are about fans sick and tired of the failure. Surely you can understand that if you look at the big picture since trading for Cutty. I’ve never made moronic statements about Cutty but I have seen for a long time that he was a mistake. That’s really what people are saying. No one player deserves all the criticism, I get that. Personally I’m on the verge of going back to being a silent fan of a team that once was. Oh I’ll keep an eye on the headlines from time to time but getting into quarrels over the all around shittyness of this team is just silly.

    • TheBigCheesy

      They talk about the quarterback EVERYWHERE. It’s not just Chicago. Tom fucking Brady was questioned earlier this year

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        well, if that’s not my exact fucking point of why all of you are out of control then i don’t know what is. I think it’s safe to say i hate most of you at this point. Annoyed to the point that i actually hate your complete disregard of why football teams are successful on a year in year out basis. Disgusted with the lack of common sense to the point that i want mildly bad things to happen to you to knock the troll off you guys.

  • Old broken romanian Jericho

    I’m fucking sick and tired of you pussies. Parroting “turnover” phrases and talking about one guy like he’s responsible for the shiftiness of the other 52 on the squad.
    There is no doubt that turnovers fucking hurt but this is getting out of fucking hand.

    I watch QB’s fumble for TD’s, throw INT’s in the end zone that are inexplicably taken out of the end zone by the DB only to be fumbled back to the Offense for them to then go on to score….
    I watch praised QB’s throw INT after INT only to have the other team not drive 80yds for a guaranteed fucking TD or FG.
    I watch QB’s get stripped and actually NOT have the other team recover once in a while.
    I watch D’s on other teams not give up a TD or FG on 90% of drives in a game.
    I watch other teams block when they punt.
    I watch other team execute fucking Field Goals and Extra Points
    I watch teams return kickoffs…wait for it….BEYOND the ELEVEN.

    • EnderWiggin

      It’ll work out man. Just think – 14 months from now when Jay is hoisting the Lombardi, I will be the first one to say “Waffle tried to tell you fuckers!”
      I don’t care if its Trestman or Shanny, if the D gets worked out, we are going the fucking distance.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Dude, what are you talking about when you say parroting “turnover” phrases? Are you trying to say everyone is just repeating complaints from mainstream media about his turnovers? How does MORE people complaining about the same thing somehow invalidate the complaint? There is a reason everyone is talking about his turnovers. They are atrocious.

      But it’s not just the Turnovers. The offense is inept. And there is a reason the coaches have reigned cutler in… The only success he’s had all year is with the check down. Matt forte was the nfl’s leading receiver (catches) in the early goings. Cutler was 3/12 against Detroit for passes that traveled over 10 yards.

      Look dude, daearsblog is probably the most optimistic group following the team. It’s not just these guys who lament his contract. It’s the whole entire town. And now there is a report that EVEN THE GUY WHO PAID HIM regrets it. This is the same guy who refuses to give up on Shea McClellin.

      You’ll never accept that cutler was a mistake. But you should at least be able to accept that you’re in the minority

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i think you misunderstood his post. He is not taking all the blame off Cutler and turnovers, but he is pointing out the ineptitude of the rest of the team. It is a team sport. While it Cutlers turnovers are bad but they are made even worse by the Defense not able to make stops. Those turnovers look worse when field position is not controlled by the STs. It’s easy to blame one person but the team’s failures should not fall squarely on Cutler.

        • BearDown100393

          I stopped reading his post after that idiotic first sentence.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            it’s true, you guys are out of control. Out of fucking control and it’s extremely frustrating to have you guys continually disregard the tenets of the game of football in order to try to sound like you work for 670 The Score.

          • BearDown100393

            Regardless of differing opinion, it is you and you alone who consistently brays like an ass on this board with respect to others. And that is why your profanity tirade viewpoints will always be dismissed as troll nonsense by many.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            Being called a troll by a troll…..

            Classic trolling right there I gotta say.

            Look back at your post history you troll ass punk. I try to cure you of your insanity by using logic and actual tenets of football and it’s all for nothing. You don’t like my language? Then stop acting in a way that would get you stabbed by a real Berwyn Bears fan.

          • BearDown100393

            You are going to have to do much better than that. But not a bad effort for a special needs guy.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            You’re not worth it, you’re such a fake fan you had a computer generate your handle.

          • BearDown100393

            Wrong again. And not that difficult to figure out.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            Only 2 possible answers then:

            1. You or a loved one was in Somalia in which case I and the rest of us that haven’t served appreciate and respect your sacrifices.
            2. the first time you asked your buddies how many periods were left in the Bears game because you had to get to a Paula Abdul concert with your boyfriend?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            probably his birthday or date of conception. either way someone had to BearDown.

  • beninnorcal

    ‘Andrew Lucktler’
    Only kidding, waffle.

  • So I got the numbers for first half only in response to some of the complaints from my run/pass splits a few weeks ago:

    So far this year, Bears have called passes on 71% of plays in the 1st half. Overall, they’re at 67%, so this means they’ve actually been MORE pass happy in the 1st half than the 2nd half, when game situation comes in and you might be forced to throw more if you, like the Bears, frequently trail.

    This comes back to Trestman… shitty playcalling. In only 3/13 games this year have they had even half as many runs as passes in the 1st half. Why would you bother respecting the run?

    • Trac

      What did he do last year?

      • I don’t know about half splits, but Bears overall called passes on 64% of plays last year.

        I ran the numbers last week and found that the offense does much better when the pass/run ratio stays at 2 or less. People were worried those numbers might be skewed by game situations in 2nd half.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Great work JW!
      Those numbers are just pathetic!!!

      • still have to run it against offensive success, both in first half and game in total. But yikes.

        • BillW

          How do they do with the score within 3 wearing their throwback unis and the wind between 10 and 20 mph at their back on a cloudy day? . (just being a smart-ass) . You are the king of turning data into information JWood!

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i am curious how many of those 1st half runs were out of the shotgun formation without a lead blocker. I have never been a fan of running out of the shotgun as much as we do. It has gotten better in the last couple weeks, but we do it way to much. Forte is more productive running with a lead guy.

    • BillW

      Not complaints JWood. Speaking for myself it was just an observation

      • fair enough. Concerns would be a better word than complaints.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    I understand the calls for getting rid of Cutler, his play this year has not been anything close to expectations. But when you look at the horrendous performance of our D, our lack of running the ball- as pointed out below by JWood, it appears that management is looking for someone to blame and its falling on Cutty. Cutty has his issues and has been part of the problem, but i think a majority of the blame should be placed on the Coaching with game planning and play calling. I got to agree with Waffle on his points that there are more pressing issues with this team than Cutler. The D needs a lot of help, the o-line has not performed as it did last year and needs help.

    • BearDown100393

      People are ripping each other apart over opinions centering upon “the biggest problem”. That right there indicts the team from top to bottom. It is all rotten.

  • BillW

    Johnny I admire your confidence and your persistence. Please forgive me but in the midst of all the passion I’m failing I think to see your whole point.

    I think you are saying that with a decent defense and specials we’d be winning more. Almost certainly true. And field position would certainly help the offense. And time of possession would be helped by a better d.

    But are you also saying that would translate to better offensive production? Or are you just saying there should be more criticism directed to the d and specials?

    If the second I can bet if there was a player on d that we gave up several high draft picks and a decent player, and then locked him in for 3 years at 54 million., and he performed significantly below that perceived value, then just as much criticism would be directed to him.

    But I will close with this for the cutty haters. We are scoring less this year than we did lovies last year. . That’s not on cutler. So Johnny has a good point.

    • johnnywad

      Quarterbacks are lightning rods, and there’s no player on D that gets that kind of money anywhere so that analogy doesn’t work.

      Its laughable that now the Bears management now is leaking that they have buyer’s remorse. They want us to know they’re unhappy? Give me a break. Emery himself has called Cutler elite this season. So which is it Phil? They guy that pays him now distances himself 12 games after paying him top tier money through his “disappointment” in Jay’s performance because it isn’t going well? That’s weak, especially given the complexity and extent of the problems that have overtaken this team in less than two seasons. I will be ignoring Emery’s remarks from now on. Let’s see what he does. Because that’s what he thinks.

      • BillW

        I’m close to calling bs on that story. See my recent comment. It sounds made up or the source is unreliable. Your point is another reason it doesn’t make sense

      • BearDown100393

        I agree. I find it entirely plausible that the Bears would purposefully leak this bit. Watch management pin this on Mel Tucker. Nothing would surprise me anymore about Halas Hall Hijinks.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      Just that it’s laughable with the insane issues that the bears have to make the quarterback the continued focus. It is insane. This is not fantasy football for all the younger fans and it’s not the fucking 80’s for the older fans.

      • BillW

        It sure is nice not seeing the graphic of all those qbs the Bears had.

        Seriously I do agree with you in this way. GIVEN the situation the thing that makes the most sense is build up the d and specials. Since no one undoubtedly better is or will be available no point in making a change with so much else to fix

        And one more time – the NFL remorse article is bs on some level. At best maybe emery said it hasn’t turned out as he expected and that got blown up to buyers remorse

  • Huge Bear’s Penis
    • BearDown100393

      Yes it is. And then the Rams shutout Washington. Dan Snyder fully deserves the humiliation.

  • BillW

    I just read the NFL article on buyer’s remorse. Can someone please explain the comment in there that the run game suffers because he does not check out of bad plays?

    It seems one complaint was he DOES check out of runs to passes too much. Sounds like they are saying he should do that even more. I don’t understand. Maybe I’m missing something or maybe it’s yet another case of sloppy journalism. Don’t research. Just make something up. Unnamed sources I think are often voices in someone’s head.

  • BillW

    Oakland will beat sf. Our only quality win is further diluted. .

    • BearDown100393

      Colin Kaepernick threw a block on a camera man apparently.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      no win is diluted. SF beat quality opponents and lost to quality opponents like every team in this league.

      • BillW

        I wanted to be able to say we beat a playoff team. Or at least one team with a winning record. . In retrospect all of our 5 or 6 victories will be no big deal.

        • BearDown100393

          Not necessarily. Beating the 49ers in Santa Clara is a big deal to the franchise.

          • BillW

            It is. Especially first home game. I’m just feeling depressed bear-wise being eliminated so early

          • BearDown100393

            Agreed. It sucks. Regardless of the ultimate opponent records, IMO the Bears played a solid 2nd half vs 49ers and a general good game in Atlanta.

          • BerwynBomber

            Did you prefer last year’s Week 17 punch in the gut by Rodgers and the Cheese? Serious question: which do you think is worse? Playing out the string this year or last year’s season-ender?

          • BillW

            I never played “would you rather” but my kids have. So I’ll try my best. Analytically this year is worse given last year. Expectations dashed so thoroughly. Last year was upsetting but losing was not completely unexpected prior to the game. Of course by the time of the blown defense I did expect to win.

            This year each week I expect the offense to wake up and they don’t. I hoped trestman would improve and he got worse. . All in all this year was worse. I was upset last year. I’m disgusted this year

          • BerwynBomber

            Yes, I suppose the Dante’s Levels of Hell games are better left to the young.

  • BillW

    Didn’t see anyone comment on this. We are officially eliminated from the playoffs. So no more bs from trestman on that topic

    • BearDown100393

      “He’s the first one in the building, last one to leave now, his
      leadership is through the roof,” Marshall said on Wednesday’s edition of

      Inside Training Camp Live. “He’s correcting the coaches. This is his
      offense. This is his organization, he’s running it, and I love it.” Oh
      and Marshall also said #6 would win the MVP. A lot of faux bravado. Officially playing for nothing in the 1st week of December.

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        how did i know you’d vote this shitty post up ?

        • BerwynBomber

          Your posts get enough votes among Cutty lovers. And I had forgotten the leadership quote. Good one, BD.

          • BearDown100393

            Brandon Marshall is a science guy also.

          • BerwynBomber

            He and Cutty will always have each other’s backs. They’ve both made each other millions.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            Your disregard of how much these guys have invested in their profession is sad.

          • BerwynBomber

            When did I question their commitment?

          • BearDown100393

            The comment you question is not even relevant.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i think its time for someone to holster his weapon. getting a little too close to friendlies.

  • BerwynBomber

    Seattle is rounding into form. Impressive performance by their D. As is often the case, Wilson playing smart, productive ball while tossing to a bunch of no-names.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      that’s what happens when you don’t get -3 yards on your first down runs and you play to the edge of the D to fucking make them make plays.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “If you go buy Alex Smith, you get Alex Smith.”

    We have no room to talk.

    • BillW

      You extend Jay Cutler, you get Jay Cutler

      (incoming Jericho in 5. 4. 3…)

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        i’ll be gentle:

        NFC:
        2nd in completions
        2nd in attempts
        3rd in comp %
        3rd in Yards
        3rd in TD’s
        5th in First Downs
        7th in passes over 20yds
        4th in passes over 40yds
        effectively 8th in avg yards per pass
        91.7 Rating

        That tells me a couple of things:
        1. everyone should shut the fuck up until we fix the D and Specials
        2. we need more passes over 20yds and more yards per pass

        To get more yards per pass and move the chains more effectively you simply need to adjust some common routes and also Trestman should stop being a huge vagina.

        If Forte got 1 to 2yds deeper on his dump off routes we’d be seeing a Demarco Murray-ish 5-8 yds gained on those plays instead of our 3-4yd specials.
        More Alshon down the field and more crossing routes underneath with Wilson and Forte.
        Don’t make Bennett be Gronk, just get him to much vertical a another 2yds then fucking turn around and be happy with 7-10yds on those post up plays and settling routes.

        In regards to more plays over 20yds i think it’s fair to say that Alshon and Brandon weren’t used properly earlier this year whether it be because of injury or gameplan.

        • BillW

          I wuz pullin’ yer chain, bro.

          I am on your stfu about Cutler side given so many other problems.

        • TheBigCheesy

          1st in INTs
          1st in Fumbles
          (1st in Turnovers)

          • BerwynBomber

            Actually I think Bortles is still ahead in INTs. Funny that Waffle pimps Cutty’s 91.7 QR as if it is the goods. A 91.7 lands you 17th among this year’s QBs.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            I was just mentioning it because it’s not bad and a lot of QBs are in that low 90’s range right? Im not pimping it because you and I know how easily those numbers can change.

            Can you wrap your mind around the fact that if your qb’s numbers are in those other ranges and you’re having a tough season that there may be other really valid reasons? Hence my annoyance with the replace the qb talk?

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I get that. QR and QBR are not always indicative. Anyway, I think you get too sensitive about Cutty. I don’t think he’s horrible. I just think he’s on average, average. No one, as far as I know, has another starter in mind for the Bears next year. But I think the reality is the Bears might have to think of an eventual future without him.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Bottles is AFC

          • BerwynBomber

            Good point. Waffle was going NFC only.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            Luck has 13, many have double digit or damn near. Kind of misleading when the TD’s are double.

            Are you really going to talk about fumbles?

  • BillW

    Cheesy. Curious which team in the nfc you feel would give your Packers the most trouble

    • TheBigCheesy

      49ers

      • BillW

        Reall? This year you guys would get your revenge if they even make it. But get your point

        • TheBigCheesy

          Yeah that was mostly tongue in cheek. Seahawks then cowboys

  • wreckinball

    Astounds me how much NE gets out of some guys Edelman!

  • Viva

    We’re all alone at the bottom of the NFC North.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      hawksce?

      • Viva

        All I want for Christmas is the Blackhawksce and Bullsce healthy for the playoffs!!!

    • BearDown100393

      Where the Bears belong. They’ve earned it.

  • Viva

    Bears points allowed = 378 (worst in NFC)
    Bears points scored = 281 (middle of the pack in the NFC)
    If Cutler were our MLB I might have a beef with him. But he’s not, so I would rather not go down the “we don’t have a starting QB” road that we were on for three (arguably more) fucking DECADES before he showed up.

    • BerwynBomber

      PE decided to build the team around Cutler and the O so in some sense it is the reverse of the issue we had with Lovie. The difference is, thus far, that Lovie’s Ds were better than PE’s Os.

      In short, the current D sucks major ass but the O was expected to carry us yet we have only looked like a “shootout” capable offense once the entire year — that was in the first half of the first Cheese game. That’s it. That’s your Pro Bowl shootout offense for the year. A half.

  • BerwynBomber

    Questionable play-calling by the ‘chick and McDaniel in these two NE red zone opportunities. Seemed to abandon the run too soon, especially the first time when Blount was gashing the SD defense.

  • GPLDAN

    Bears facebook feed states that Mel Tucker will not be back after this year

    • BerwynBomber

      Yep, NFL Network was reporting it earlier.

    • beninnorcal

      I saw that earlier today, surprised no one else had mentioned it.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      why not just fire him now? I know if i was told i would be fired in a month that i would not be much use in my job.

    • Viva

      NOT ENOUGH.

      • BillW

        Scapegoating. While he is bad that’s not the solution

  • BerwynBomber

    Horrible call on Brandon Browner. That was NOT helmet-to-helmet. That call might very well swing this game’s result considering what transpired on that play.

    • BillW

      Technically correct but I hate technicalities on huge penalties

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It doesn’t have to be helmet to helmet, it can be shoulder to helmet. It’s 50/50 and they’ll rule on the side of the ‘victim’ most of the times.
      I thought it was the right call by present standards. Browner should have been more in control and aim lower.
      PS: What makes you micro analyze the hit was the return for a TD part of it. You’re like ‘hey this might be a 14 points swing, that’s crap’.

  • wreckinball

    Wow was that bullshit call

  • Old broken romanian Jericho

    Holy fuck, an INT that didn’t result in the other team immediately driving 70yds for a TD. I didn’t know that was possible.

    • BillW

      When you’re right , you’re right. . Peace Johnny

    • BearDown100393

      Is this the one?

      • BearDown100393

        Ok. Shouldn’t be difficult.

        • BearDown100393

          later.

  • BillW

    SD kicker getting good at punting

    • wreckinball

      He’s done great

  • wreckinball

    Edelman wow only the Pats can pull this shit

  • BillW

    Al Micaels:what team DOESNT say they had a good week of practice?

    Thank you

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

    Tucker is not enough, George.

    Jeff, keep firing, you are on the target.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Are you serious with Toub ? It’s not even an option, so why write it ?

      • Viva

        Yes. And Toub consistently exploits the weaknesses of his opponents, and his squads more times than not outperform his opponents.

        He is a tactician. I believe he can oversee all 3 phases of a game plan with equal results. The leadership question is an unknown to me because I don’t know him, so naturally I would do due diligence to get that answer.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He left 2 years ago. He didn’t have to. He chose to do that.
          So now what ? You want th Bears to call and hire him as the HC. That’s fantasy land… it’s never going to happen.

          PS: I love him. I’m not talking about his as a possible HC, but as the Bears next HC.

  • wreckinball

    Pats make a play stuffing Gates

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I don’t know how much power George McCaskey has, but if he does he’s the No.1 culprit for this mess.
    He hired a GM that had to keep Lovie and everything went down the drain after that. Basic mistake… you have to have a bad guy in charge. You can’t have a President, a GM and a Coach that are all three ‘yes men’.

    PS: they’re going to change the coach, but not change the culture. How can they change the culture when the bad comes from inside them ? Change the coach and it’s done. It’s the easy way out. Plus, fans aren’t buying this crap and that affects the bottom line.
    General rule about the wealthy motherfuckers: they’re rather spend $10M than lose $2M. They’ll first try and PR sell the $2M loss, but if they can’t they’ll spend the $10M in order to come on top. It’s all about their status, not the dough…part child, part lizard.

  • NewBearInTown

    The Bears won’t fire anyone before the end of the season. There’s no reason to.
    No coach to try out with the interim tag. No specific personality issues that require Trestman or Tucker or whoever to leave – people are upset, but they’ll be upset with whoever is in charge. No real hope of being competitive down the stretch given the total collapse of the offense and mounting injuries.
    Plus, a lot of owners (the Glazers for example), don’t believe in mid-season firing. We don’t want players to give up mid-season, so we don’t give up either.
    If you’re the Steelers, you don’t fire Trestman. You believe in stability at the top over all else. If you’re most GMs, you want Trestman to finish a third year because its supposed to take three years for system to develop.
    Let’s look at the teams that do fire coaches quickly. Which ones have seen dramatically good results as a result of their quick decision making…


    Maybe there is another reason to keep Trestman. The better we treat Trestman and Tucker and co. as we show them the door, the more attractive we are to the next candidate. If we want top talent, we have to treat our staff first class. Mid-season firing is probably not the way to go.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bear Fans are mightily disappointed.

    Any more so than 49er or Saint fans?

    Wonder if Harbaugh STILL thinks Kaepernick is …”Great. With a capital G” ?

  • DAPAKRZ

    Here’s from a Packers fan who still respects the Bears for playing outdoors. CLEAN HOUSE NOW. I know the McCaskeys are so tight they squeak…so use social media to organize a walkout at halftime on Monday Night. Then, they’ll have to listen. Get rid of that bean counter who hired Emery. Can Emery. Can Coach Kumbaya. Most of all, get rid of that bum of the month, Jay Cutler. It doesn’t matter if you go 2-14 next year. Even if the offense has a “resurrection”, the defense is too old to be fixed right now so, you’re already in “rebuilding mode” whether you know it or not. Don’t let the McCaskeys get away with just throwing Tucker to the wolves and letting all the other bums keep their jobs. This fish is rotten from the head down. Throw the hole thing in the garbage.Start over and MAKE the McCaskeys spend some bucks getting top notch people from the G.M. on down. Start by stealing John Schneider from Seattle and work your way down from there.

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