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But You Told Me the Season Was Over: Bears Over Niners Rapid Fire Recap

| September 15th, 2014

Marshall 2

Just a spectacular, improbable victory for the Chicago Bears in San Francisco.

  • If Charles Tillman’s season is over, and his eyes certainly told that tale, I don’t want to discuss it. I have made it clear Tillman is my favorite modern Bear as both a football player and man. For his Bears career to end with successive season-ending injuries isn’t right. He deserves better.
  • But I’m pretty sure Kyle Fuller is the real deal. I can’t remember the last performance by a young Bears defender that elicited so much hope for the future.
  • You know who played well last night? Shea McClellin. Maybe it takes a few weeks to learn an entirely new position.
  • Chris Conte’s interception is the reason he’s so frustrating as a player. You can’t make that play if you’re not a superb athlete with football instincts.
  • Here’s something I am starting to think. Brandon Marshall is the second best offensive player in the history of the Chicago Bears. (This will be a full column midweek once I’ve thought through the idea.)
  • Hey look, the Bears just dropped another pass.
  • Hey look, Bears special teams just committed another penalty.
  • Time to give Chris Williams a look as return man. Senorise Perry may be headed down Micheal Spurlock way.
  • Jay Cutler’s numbers don’t tell the story of his game. He was excellent throughout.

  • Phil Emery is paying Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston a combined three zillion dollars. And Willie Young is turning into his most successful move of the off-season.
  • Lance Briggs isn’t done.
  • Through two games the Bears offensive MVP is Martellus Bennett.
  • Punter report. It is sure nice to have a professional one, huh?
  • As Collinsworth pointed out late in the third quarter, Bears protection forced the Niners into the uncomfortable position of using linebackers to pressure Cutler. Jermon Bushrod is quietly having an excellent opening to his season.
  • Refs need to calm down with these defensive holding penalties. There is holding on just about every play in an NFL. You can’t call them all. The game’s fluidity and watchability is at stake here. If you want to be more vigilant with hands to the face and illegal contact, fine. But defensive holding is too much.
  • The Bears beat the Niners on the road with two backup offensive linemen. This is when fans are supposed to applaud their GM.
  • Another note on Collinsworth. He’s as good at evaluating the play of wide receivers as Madden was at offensive linemen. His breakdown of Marshall/Jeffery all night was spot on.
  • What was the inappropriate language Kaepernick used after his first pick to Kyle Fuller? Can’t we make the refs tell us that when they’re making these calls?

The entire NFC North is now 1-1 and the memories of Buffalo are shoved to the back of the closet. Hobo urine be damned!

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  • chris conte’s first positive play results in chris conte standing on the side in street clothes. you know the universe had to fix its mistake.

    • SC Dave

      Funny… the interception versus Buffalo does not count as a “positive play”?

      • buffalo game? i thought we all agreed that game didn’t actually happen.

        • Buffalo?

          What Buffalo game?

        • Viva

          Who is Buffalo?

  • Big Mike

    Adding to Jeff’s point about beating the Niners on the road with two backup offensive linemen. It was clear that Alshon was not 100%.

  • Big Mike
    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Big Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ERRBODY GOTTA HAVE A DREAM!

      • Shady

        You did it Waffle!

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR????????? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

      • Big Mike

        Experts, BAH!!!! Wish I could say I saw this coming. I had little faith, but copious amounts of hope.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Spent the whole first half TD drive and all of second half screaming IT”S HIS THRILLER YEAR and furiously moonwalking around the living room. Guys were jumping off couches,group high fives during the game like the fun bunch, Trade Wind flowing like rivers of sweet nectar, copious amounts of calling Kapernick a pussy…………

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Davis….DEAD!
    Gore….DEAD!
    Crabtree….DEAD!
    Johnson….DEAD!
    Harbaugh you whiny pussy….DEAD!

    FUCKING KAPERNICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SC Dave

      Actually, Crabtree hurt us. But not enough.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Conte’s interception was one of the greatest i’ve ever seen from a Bear…..but i think he dislocated his shoulder doing it.

    • Shady

      #worthit

      (We’re not getting any work done today, are we?)

      • Big Mike

        None. Hungover, tired and Happy as can be.

    • Big Mike

      That was an amazing pick. Completely horizontal, flying across the path of the ball. All 3 interceptions were take aways, not bad plays by SF. There’s a huge difference. Bears!

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Fuller’s picks were gangster plays, just took that first one out of the guys hands and the second was beautiful because he peeled off of his coverage to do it

        • Big Mike

          Both of Fuller’s were exceptional. All three were interceptions were great, great plays. It was not the scheme, it simply players making plays.

    • SC Dave

      It could also have been when the tight end ran into him right at the end of the play.

    • SC Dave

      In the game thread, I posted it was the best catch of the night. And I stand by that.

      • Scharfinator

        Maybe the best read of the night. Marshall’s first TD grab was better athletically and skill wise.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    lol, just watch this interview with Harbaugh and let your whole day just be bright and cheerful. Holy shit, this game fucked them up.

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014091413/2014/REG2/bears@49ers#tab=recap&menu=gameinfo|contentId%3A0ap3000000395121

    • Big Mike

      Good plays, really, good plays,…

    • SC Dave

      I almost felt sorry for him.
      No, wait. I didn’t at all.
      Not one iota.

      • Big Mike

        Zero fucks will be given for the 49ers

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Marshall’s mentally decided that no one was going to stop him from scoring. He was boxing guys out like a power forward. The Bennett TD was huge as they all thought he was going Marshall and the other Back shoulder to Marshall was beautiful. Jeffery kept beating his guys on double moves and getting held….fucking beautiful.

    • Big Mike

      The 2nd and 3rd TD to Marshall looked too easy.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Marshall boxed that guy out like Charles Oakley

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Old school!

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Posse that game was sick! Lot’s of injuries but Ratliff will be back soon. No linemen went down, Young is now going to be playing a lot more with Houston kicking down to tackle. Hope Conte’s injury is not serious or else Vereen is going to be thrown into the fire.

      • Bender McLugh

        on the 2nd (I think…) Marshall TD I really loved 1) the time Cutler had to wait for Marshall to make his box-out move, even though he stared him down the entire time and 2) the way Marshall faked out the defender by NOT making a move to one side or the other and just turned and boxed out at the goal line. Beautiful.

        “It’s called situational awareness, Lana!” – Archer

        • Big Mike

          Look, here I come. I’m going to run at you turn around and catch the ball. Not a damn thing you can do about it. My QB is going to watch me the whole way.

          • Bender McLugh

            Moxie baby, total moxie.

      • AlbertInTucson

        If you send point guards to guard centers…

        I heard 3 different analysts use “post up” to describe Marshall’s 2nd TD.

  • Big Mike

    Here’s a question. Has any 2014 1st Round draft pick had a bigger impact than Kyle Fuller?

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      we are going to need him. I think Peanut is done. He was pretty emotional on the sidelines.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        he wouldn’t leave the field to get treatment or take his pads off. It was sad and honorable at the same time.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Don’t want to see the torch passed like that…really hope it’s not another muscle tear.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            it is. I wish he just put a shoulder into that guy. Fuck.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Shiiiiiiit.

      • Big Mike

        That’s what it looked like.

  • Shady

    When you try Fuller with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get!

    • johnnywad

      Fuler went looking for Erin Andrews but she wasn’t there. So he just had to bottle it up.

    • Aaron T. Starks

      Nobody caught your Sherman reference…

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I spent the entire morning teaching my 2yr old son how to say it like Sherman.

  • TJ

    i come here often to read your opinion, but you are way off on Shae. He is terrible.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      no one is terrible today TJ. Today is the one day where we can just bask in the sun.

      • Viva

        Learning a new position at the very highest athletic level must be pretty challenging.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          the checkout lady at the grocery store was unimpressed with Cutler.
          “I mean the 49ers just gave us that game, like when they hit Cutler legally and we got a first down…… He wears pads, that probably didn’t even hurt”
          Me: “please double bag the eggs”

    • Big Mike

      Was not. Game tape will show marked improvement.

    • MB30SD

      he is who he is TJ. He and conte are pretty good athletes and they will make their plays.

      I’d just prefer to upgrade at both positions with guys who are more consistent and solid. That’s really the long and tall of it.

    • Sactowns#1

      Shove it BJ.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Boy, that Jay Cutler sure is terrible.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      “Jay’s been playing good football this year except for one pass”
      -Marc Trestman

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Colin Kaepernick just turned the ball over again

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      and Harbaugh threw a tantrum

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        My wife just asked me to hang some new curtains and i went full Harbaugh on her. Flapping arms, bitchy moany face, even she knows what it means to go full Harbaugh. She’s dying laughing right now

    • AlbertInTucson

      Colin Kaepernick need to look up the word “Sportsmanship”.

  • bearsfantillend

    oh no the sky is falling, we should fire everyone from Emery to the towel boy, and the guy massages corns on Virginia McCaskey feet, the O sucks, Cutler is awful and the downfall of the franchise, d-line sucks, Conte sucks, CD and all linebackers suck, Briggs Checked out, Allen is done why did we pay him…..

    did i miss anything? What a difference a WIN makes!!!

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      just gotta keep the faith. I watched that Bills game 3 times. We fucking stomped them. Just drive killing turnovers and two big runs where guys lost their gaps. That’s correctable. We’ll be fine. Other teams are losing guys and games as well now.

      • johnnywad

        Ahhhhhhh. Panties unbunching as we speak.

    • Big Mike

      More than just a win goes into changing attitude. For fair weather fans, you’re right. Personally, I needed to see a game like this to believe this team has SB Potential. To see that the defensive improvements translate to the game, to see Cutler lead, carry, compel his team to a win. Just a great signature win for this regime.

  • GPLDAN

    Niners had 16 penalties for 118 yards, 6 of which resulted in first downs

    • AlbertInTucson

      49er Broadcast said, after the bulk of them. “yeah, THAT was a penalty” or “You just can’t do that”

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      saw that tweet. 3 of those were on Alshon double moves that they kept trying to jump because our gazelle has one leg.

  • GPLDAN

    Bears 6 and 0 under crypt keeper when they win turnover battle

    • johnnywad

      Crypt Keeper. ……….Bahahahahahahaha!
      I wish he could keep his hat on during the anthem, you know . . . . . out of respect. My wife saw him with no hat. She says, “Holy shit. Who is that guy?”. She still refuses to believe he’s the coach of the Chicago Bears.

      • MB30SD

        she needs to buy into trestman.

        #potentialgroundsforseperation

        • johnnywad

          #tradewind

      • Big Mike

        I’ve said it before he is the president of the “must always wear a hat club”.

        • bearsfantillend

          i said it on last post – they should make an exception for him to allow him to keep his hat on during the National Anthem.

          • Big Mike

            A special ruling by the NFL. To “protect the shield”.

  • GPLDAN

    Ditka is a tool and moron

    • Big Mike

      What now?

      • GPLDAN

        Whatever company he is whoring, he says “if I had THESE guys on my team, I woulda won more championships.”

        If you had been able to keep your fucking ego in check and gotten Buddy to stay, you would have won more championships you old crotchety fool.

        • Big Mike

          Have to see it. Context is everything. He’s on record as having admitted they underperformed post 1985. Buddy Ryan was a tool. Great d-coordinator but he was a jerk. Ditka’s ego, is why the Bears got to the SB and won it.

          • GPLDAN

            OK, listen to the Motorwerks BMW commercial on the radio. He says that line in the ad and they run it constantly.

          • Big Mike

            He’s a cartoon character at this point.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          lol, it was a Mercedes or BMW dealership I think. That guy is a money whore caricature of a SNL sketch. Daaaaaa Whore.

    • Viva

      Mike is his own man. Always has been and always will be. I enjoy the fact that he is not a parrot.

  • Viva

    Cutler is a fucking stud.

  • Viva

    Note to Jeffe –

    The push for Tillman to the Hall needs to start on this blog. Saw the tweet last night, couldn’t agree more. Well done.

    • Big Mike

      missed the tweet. What did Jeff say?

      • Bender McLugh

        DaBearsBlog@dabearsblog
        Peanut Tillman is an all time Bear. Deserves to be in HOF.

        • Big Mike

          That is an accurate statement.

          • BillW

            By far the best corner the Bears ever had. But HOF might be a bit of a stretch.

            Still bugs me they don’t have a ring of honor.

          • Viva

            Great human being who has forced more fumbles than any other person playing his position.

            We can lead this charge.

          • Bender McLugh

            SMH

    • Barber arguably had a better/longer career than Peanut.
      If he doesn’t get in, I doubt Peanut does.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Refs need to calm down with these defensive holding penalties. There is holding on just about every play in an NFL. You can’t call them all. ”

    But you HAVE to call the blatant, obvious ones knocking intended recievers off stride10-15 yards down field. I thought the ball was in the air on two of them against Jeffrey and SHOULD have been PI, spot fouls.

    Which ones do you NOT have called? There was video to back up most of the calls and as I said, the 49er broadcast crew, which was VERY even handed, laid the # of penalties against the 49ers right at the feet of the 49er players.

    The 49ers were missing 5 starters on defense and with it, their vaunted pass rush so backups were in there struggling to keep up as good a starting trio of receivers as there are in the game. Even if two of them were only at 75-80%..

    I thought the overturned calls were ticky tack, and for sure, the Bennett catch should have been a “Call Stands”.

    • bearsfantillend

      there were a few that don’t need to be called at all. one that sticks in my mind was against Fuller, he did a hand check on the receiver and got a handful of jersey, it did not knock the guy off the route or slow him down. Culliver did the same thing against I think Marshall(can’t remember exactly who) and it was called. Let them play a little. no reason to make those calls. If its blatant sure and effects the routes sure throw the flag.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They have been told they cannot grab the jersey.

    • Big Mike

      and 3 on offense.

    • Jokey

      Martellus on his TD gave a little hand check that I worried would be flagged. Anyone else think that?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        nope because the guy just stood his ground at the top of the route and Martellus didn’t extend his arms at all. Marshall-esque and sent that little dude flying.
        #don’tfloplikeabitch

  • FantuzPhysics

    We all thought we’d be 1-1 at this point, but wouldn’t you rather be 1-1 after winning at SF than winning

    vs Buffalo? This win speaks more about the team than a win vs the Bills would have.

    • Bender McLugh

      agree

    • Big Mike

      Absolutely.

  • GPLDAN

    The Jets harassed the shit outta Rodgers but they mostly committed 7 to the box to do it. Findlay is gone, the Pack have nobody on par with Unicorn and if they come with 7 down all the time, they will get whipped.

    Jets corners are big and physical, so that will be the end of that back shoulder fade all day that the Niner midgets had no answer for.

    • Bender McLugh

      not so sure, our wides & unicorn are pretty damn big

  • BillW

    I said if they won that I’d come on here to admit I was wrong, and I’d be happy to do it. I was wrong.

    This, like the Bills game, was just one game. They are capable of beating a team – on the road – that made it to the NFC title game three years in a row. And they are capable of losing to a team at home that they essentially outplayed.

    This game was more encouraging than the other was frustrating for a few reasons. Adjustments or whatever that made the offense effective despite SF clearly focusing on Forte and Jeffery in particular clearly limited. I don’t know what they did defensively (other than Briggs and Allen playing up to their capabilities) but I suspect they played Kaep as perfect as you can. I won’t mention special teams.

    But the main reason is Cutler – he showed true leadership and patience. The way they were sitting on the routes I feared a pick 6 was coming. Cutler – in his way – defiantly proved he can make players better around him. There was no panic, and he seemed to see the whole field.

    Funny comment I read – the blow to his chest literally knocked the crap out of him. In that there was no “crap” in his play whatsoever.

    Again – just one game. I see now they can ignore the negative and play at a high level. No excuses left – even with injuries. The Jets game better be another statement game rather than a trap game.

    I am happy I was wrong about the team. They HAVE taken a big step forward from last year.

  • GPLDAN

    Shitbird factoid:

    In their new Billion dollar stadium, The Niners have hues on the lights controlled by computer. They can add some pink or some blue shade to the lights that hit the field by computer.

    They were flipping the hue to distract the Bears wideouts while the ball was in the air to them. Hard to see on TV, Tom Thayer talked about it on the radio.

    It was shit like that which really galvanizes a road team, so thank you to the Silicon Valley nerds for that little shitbird tactic, it probably helped…

    • FantuzPhysics

      Their stadium is overly decadent and wasteful. It looks like a damn new college stadium and has no charisma or charm.

      • GPLDAN

        In Soviet Russia, we have no decadent western stadium. We build from cinder block and use the tears of children as cement.

        • MB30SD

          I hear those are REALLY sticky.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          There’s a tasteless AP joke in there somewhere, but I’m way too classy for that.
          Speaking of which, I’m stunned that he walked for 15k. Way to factor in the means of the accused, judicial system. SMDH.

    • Big Mike

      no.. seriously. I need to see more proof. I believe you, but damn. This shouldn’t be legal. How about in the cold weather the Bears turn the heaters off on the opposing sideline?

      • bearsfantillend

        i am with you Big Mike, if this is true that is reprehensible.

        • SC Dave

          Unsurprising tho

          • huntinbare

            Yepper

      • GPLDAN

        Well, all I got for proof is to pull the recording of this morning’s Mully and Handley and go to the Thayer call. He said it. Thayer was there calling the game on the radio. I mute the tv and go to the AM station, it’s a little behind TV but I prefer it to Collinsworth, and he said it during the broadcast as well.

        You could tell it pissed him off.

        • Bender McLugh

          that’s crazy if true…..

        • Big Mike

          Wow. Bears need to file a complaint with the league.

    • BillW

      Clearly illegal. But not our problem anymore. Let the Seahawks and Pete get wind of that – then sit back and watch the fireworks between him and Harbaugh.

  • johnnywad

    TJ and Fuller. That’s a hell of an athletic pair of corners. So who fills in behind Fuller?

  • soupbowlorbust

    I think Kyle Long all fired up on the sidelines deserves a bullet point. Haven’t seen oline leadership like that since Olin. He will not allow that oline to fail backups or not.

    • Big Mike

      I saw it and was very pleased.

    • Viva

      I read his lips, and he was saying something to the effect of get them the ball back. Enter Fuller.

    • MB30SD

      Love that kid

      #pedigreecounts, #goodfootballinthebloodlines, #emerystartingtolookmorelikeagenius?

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      he was pumped up. He was screaming and spit was flying out of his mouth like a dude on a 1980’s NFL Films video.

      • huntinbare

        Buffone said last week we needed players from hell for our defense…well I think we got one on the offensive side of the ball…maybe if that spit gets on some of the defense they will catch what he has got

    • I was watching the game with my Washington Franchise friend.
      I told him about Long. He said, “Dude, good blood lines” Then the very next image on tv was Long screaming and foaming at the mouth.
      “That’s him,” I said, with a prideful gleam in my eye.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Which Washington franchise? Technically there’s two….

        I keed, I keed, I know which one you meant

  • MB30SD

    Oh well….. heeeerrrroooooooo gentlemen.

    How are all of you feeling this morning then?

    (hint: me too. Hee hee)

  • GPLDAN

    Pull the post game with Kap, that’s a hoot

    “What did you say to WIllie Young that got you the penalty?”
    “Nothing.”
    “You didn’t swear or say anything?”
    “No.”
    “So when Young and Houston were saying things to you, you said nothing back?”
    “Yes.”
    “So were you surprised when they penalized you?”
    “Yes.”

    • Viva

      You show me a guy wearing a flat brimmed hat, and I will show you a douche bag.

      • MB30SD

        hahaha… you REALLY don’t like your flatbrims.

        Speaking of hats, I’m wearing my B hat all day today…. even though it’s fucking 90 already

      • Worse than dudes over 30 wearing their cap backwards?
        It’s close.

        • bearsfantillend

          oh god is the ultimate douche-baggery then someone over 30 with a flat brim on backwards.

    • AlbertInTucson

      What a little weasel.

  • MB30SD

    What a fucking game. Don’t know what it was but I knew we’d win. Didn’t know how, but I just felt it and my god that was amazing.

    Cutty, bmarsh, ashlon, BUni, matty… wow, what gutsy performances. When we’re healthy, we will be so dangerous.

    – D was awesome. Play like that all year and they’ll be top 10.
    – So bummed about peanut
    – Way to step back up and have some pride lambobriggsy
    – Young, and all the new guys… awesome
    – Not bad tucker… but I’ve still got my eye on you
    – Conte’s pick amazing… he flashes man, too bad he’s just not more consistent and solid all around… and that he’s not made of something other than glass
    – I thought McCray AND Vereen played really well
    – Fuller is a grown ass man

    What a team effort with our team at like 65%. If we can get back up to 90% we can beat anyone.

    Canada, Trac, other boo birdies from last week, time to pick up your solid panties and get back on the wagon boys!

    Oh, and Buffalo is 2-0 and kicked the shit out of the team that kicked the shit out of the pats, who kicked the shit out of minny.

    • Viva

      FUCK YES.

    • Bender McLugh

      it can’t be overstated how awesome Conte’s INT was. Gary Fencik would approve.

      • GPLDAN

        DId you just compare Chris Conte to Gary Fencik?

        #bold

        • Bender McLugh

          LOL. shhhhhhh!

        • MB30SD

          #ridicalus

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          that’s TradeWind Bold.

      • MB30SD

        it was seriously athletic… again, I just wish he was a more complete player cause he’s definitely a playmaker at times (he’s just equally a play breaker unfortunately)

        • huntinbare

          He has the time to increase his skills with training and effort…it is on him to make it happen…if he is a workaholic he could become a most memorable performer

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Mel looked like he was heading for a coronary. At least he was pissed!

      • Viva

        He dialed-up some blitzes that took the 9ers by surprise. That safety blitz that Vereen whiffed-on would have been on was awesome with better execution.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Yeah, that was ohsoclose. Kaepernick is an evasive bastard…surprisingly so being that his arms and legs are approximately 8 ft long. He’s Manute Bol-esque in proportion.

          • i would’ve liked jared allen to clean up vereen’s miss. kap got outside of vereen, then he got outside of allen. in an ideal world, allen keeps the contain so that he can clean up the mess.

            lesson learned, kids.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            thought Allen was going to rope him up and Vereen missed.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Allen can’t ‘keep contain’, because in order to free the blitzer the DE was to make an inside move on the LT. In case the LT picks up the blitzer Allen is then free to the QB.

          • i can’t say Yay or Nay, as i can’t find video of the play and memory is spotty at best. let’s just agree that it was a good play call that would’ve totally worked if it were drew bledsoe in the pocket instead of kaepernik.

        • Big Mike

          Bad angle by Vereen. But it was the right call, He was too flat to the line of scrimmage, needed more a 45 degree to maintain outside contain. But great effort, great call. Just needs more experience.

    • Trac

      Happy to be wrong my man but by halftime, I don’t think there was a fan with a heartbeat that saw the 2nd half comeback in the works. Can’t wait for the Jets game. Will be a good gauge for us as to how good or bad the packers are.

      • johnnywad

        The Packers aren’t very good. That’s a 9-7 team

        • Trac

          That’s kinds how I see them too. Still think they could end up in the cellar this year hovering around the queens.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        you didn’t see a bright spot with that long drive and TD right before halftime? That’s when my crew started getting fucking rowdy. You could feel the confidence growing.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          am I correct that you didn’t even see the 2nd half? One of the greatest team comebacks in Bears history?

          • Shady

            Oh ye of little faith.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            lol, my co-workers and friends were calling me crazy and somehow citing the Buffalo game as the reason why we were going to get murdered. Did anyone actually watch the Buffalo game? Am I so offbase that I thought it showed all of the things we could do well but just had a couple of bad correctable bounces?

          • CanadaBear

            I thought we looked like the same inept team from last year. This week, I think we have a chance most games.

        • Trac

          I saw that, what I didn’t see was the niners crumbling under the pressure of a different defense that took the field in the second half. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.

          • SC Dave

            Well, the thing is, they didn’t actually “crumble” to start the half. That field goal drive was 84 yards in 14 plays, eating 9:04 of the clock to go up by 13 points. I cannot imagine too many 49er fans felt dismayed at that point.

            But the came immediately back 80 yards for a TD to cut the lead to one score. After that, it was the Fuller brush man arriving to sweep up the Kaep mess.

            But look at the drive chart near the bottom of this page. Four consecutive TDs for the Bears offense. Nice.

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201409140sfo.htm

    • CanadaBear

      I agree with your analysis of the game. We definitely had some help from Kap. The refs were flag happy but much like the game where the Fudgies had a million penalties and we won, SF deserved most of them. The incomplete call on Black Uni was pathetic. Hell, I’m happy as a clam. Just got done watching it. The only score I saw was 20-3 when we got home from dinner so the game was great to watch. I really don’t buy Buffalo as a surprise team this year. They weren’t great, we sucked. Oh well, that’s ancient history now.

      Have no idea how we go forward with all these injuries.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Collingsworth was disgusted with that incomplete pass call on Unicorn. I mean, how crazy is this “possession of the ball” shit getting?
        The ball spun on a horizontal axis about 3 inches in his possession without the ball jostling around and somehow he doesn’t have possession of it? that took points off of the board and almost made me turn the game off in disgust.

        • CanadaBear

          I was pretty shocked that was the evidence to over turn the call. When we got home from My Beloved’s B-Day dinner I saw the score was 20-7. I watched it this morning. When we got fucked on that call I thought “One of those games” from the refs.

          • huntinbare

            I would venture that your dinner and Desert ( The Bear Sundae) was a most memorable birthday high that will go down in the books as one heck of a great day

          • SC Dave

            This. My surprise was not so much the call itself, but the fact that they considered that sufficient to overrule the officials on the field.

      • huntinbare

        HEART

  • GPLDAN
    • Bender McLugh

      but a very good point here:

      “202 yards yards on 16-for-26 passing and three interceptions, good for a 46.2 passer rating. And that’s been a continuing trend over the past two years: Decreasing effectiveness when not under pressure.”

      • Bender McLugh

        this was the game plan called for on this blog, contain Kap in the pocket and make him throw. I for one am surprised the D was able to effectively do this, and very very damn happy.

        • Big Mike

          they also forced him to run left. The pressure was unbalanced by design.

        • huntinbare

          They built the castle walls around him high and stout..there was a play in the second half where we had a free shot at him from the outside but our player went towards his right side instead of staying to his left and forcing him back towards the middle of the field..he faked out our rusher and out ran Mr.Allen on the outside to pick up good yardage… he is exceptional at getting to the outside…but for the majority of the game we kept him inside our fortress

      • GPLDAN

        A Read-Option QB, even with a cannon arm, is a poor pocket passer. News at 11.

        Russell Wilson is the exception, not the rule.

        • Bender McLugh

          Cam too

  • Trac

    It really is great spending a half hour going through all the post and guess what, all Bears football. I love it. Football is here to stay gents. For a few months anyhow.

  • Bender McLugh

    Here’s two cheers to Ola & DLP, great game from those two.

    • Jokey

      imo if we can’t run it, then the OL at most gets a B.

      • Bender McLugh

        good point, but still much better than I expected from two backups.

        • Big Mike

          DLP I believe is better than Garza. Ola not better than Slauson.

          • Bender McLugh

            agree

          • NewBearInTown

            But Ola is a pretty good sixth man.

          • Jokey

            I’ve heard this is true, I’m going to rewatch. I may have to watch part of week 1 again (shudder). From memory, each pair protected well but opened no run holes. And it’s my understanding that zone blocking takes more chemistry than assignment blocking. We need a @yourboyroy analysis video here.

  • Shady

    I know it’s random and inconsequential, but did we get any explanation from Trestmaing or Decamel as to why the Bears took a delay of game punting out of their end zone?

    • Big Mike

      No but I don’t think the Special Teams coach is long for the league. Also Shaun Draughn could be
      Shaun Draughn Gone… he was awful

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        who the fuck was number 20 and how much money did he take to try to throw that game?

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Shaun Droughn

  • Bender McLugh

    anyone else read that the 49ers are now 0-3 in their own new stadium debuts?

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    Sutton have a beast game, I thought team would lose the game when Ratliff left the game.

  • GPLDAN

    Al,

    How offensive is this?

    http://tinyurl.com/pxor3wb

    • CanadaBear

      WOW!

    • AlbertInTucson

      On a scale of 1 to 10, I have to say “10”.

      • GPLDAN

        It would be like passing out “Eat a Sandwich” t-shirts in Somalia.

    • huntinbare
  • Big Mike

    In the NFC North who has the best win?

    • Trac

      Can’t wait for the Packer game.

  • GPLDAN

    Powah Rankings:

    Bears move to 15 from 20.
    Niners stay at #3 overall.

    That makes no sense.

    • NewBearInTown

      You have to understand GP. The Bears didn’t win that game, the Niners lost it. They were clearly the better team, but a few mistakes led to a rookie (who can’t possibly be that smart yet) getting a couple of lucky interceptions. Plus two of Brandon Marshall’s three touchdowns came off turnovers, so they don’t really even count. I mean, really, when you think about, it was just mental mistakes that let the Bears luck into that fourth quarter comeback. The Niners won’t let that happen again – Kaep is too good for that.

      Plus the three yards on that offensive language penalty really robbed the Niners of the win.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        lol, that sounds eerily similar to the checkout corpse that bagged my groceries this morning. She was not impressed. She’ll be dead soon so her opinion doesn’t count anyway.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          The checkout corpse? Baahahahahaa!

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I like the cut of your jib (sp?) NB.
        “Just another new bear in town, whoah oh, whoah oh, just another new bear in town”……..

        • BillW

          However, when we lose a game like the Buffalo game, fans say the Bears outplayed them and somehow the mistakes are not indicative of their overall quality. Just saying that fans of all losing teams say (correctly) that their team would have won if this and that didn’t happen.

          But it’s the “this or that” which usually makes the difference between W or L.

          By the way, all three INTs in my opinion were great defensive plays, not poor plays by SF (except I guess for the fact that Kaep rarely looks off his primary. But Conte knew that and baited him into making the throw. Fuller didn’t bait him – he simply made great plays.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Bears on paper were surely the better team than the Bills. But watching that game, the Bills ‘D’ and offensive playmakers were playing their hearts out and I give them kudos for that.

        • SC Dave

          Proper spelling.

      • huntinbare

        i posted last week about Fuller’s sophomore brother at Virginia Tech…basically saying that he impressed me with his coverage and run support skills; and I believe he is that smart about the game…Cutler is quoted as saying he felt he played like a 4 or 5 year vet in the league and marshal said he had to watch tape of him in the pre season to get an edge on him in practise…kudos to Mr. Emery…he doesn’t get drafted and my favorite bear Mr. Tillman goes down in week 2 this year…I shudder to think of the horror we would be facing in our secondary…something about that coach at VT and the Fullers genetic line…the bad thing Kyles brother will be hard to come by on draft day…he just got exposed

      • I imagine the 9ers felt like we felt last week losing to the Bills.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Being undisciplined and bone-headed can cost you not just one game, but several. The arrogance and attitude that the coach and some of the players are holding right now makes no sense and I believe the 49ers will make more stupid mistakes. The penalties prove this. You cannot fault the Bears for receiving some “luck” because they did not make the 49ers commit penalties.

        However, there have been many times where turnovers do not lead to converting to scoring points. For the Bears to capitalize on those turn-overs against an elite NFL team speaks volumes. Regardless, to still remain #3 and have lost to a #20 team is still not justifiable in the power-rankings. It’s not luck, it’s stuff that happens when someone or several players step up to the plate and change the ball-game. The Bears won this game because they came roaring back, on their play-making.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      I think it would be awesome if we could find a way to keep moving back in the power ranking while still winning. That would be embarrassing for the power ranker.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Like those rankings EVER make sense?

      • BillW

        In a way it’s a compliment to the Bears – that losing to them doesn’t affect their ranking like losing to the Bills affected the Bears.

        If SF had dropped significantly that would be like saying the Bears had no business winning.

    • huntinbare

      they are still non-believers…it will take them a couple more weeks to get up to speed with our club…
      Shiloh always says this to me when we play video games and I believe the Bears said it last night …
      LET ME SHOW YOU MY REAL POWER.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Who makes power rankings before all the week 2 games are even over? Who made these? Farmer Fran?

    • Bills were still ranked lower than us even after they beat us.
      Go figure.

  • Bender McLugh

    Hoge saying Kap gave away the ball on the picks, no mention of how good those pics were.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I believe Merrill’s dislike of the Bears is well established

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I believe Merrill should fire his stylist.

        • GPLDAN

          Hoge’s toupee is part of the Michigan State agricultural farming seminar for graduate students.

    • huntinbare

      I agree; we took those balls away…they were spit seconds and inches from being excellent plays by Kapernick…but, instead of being the hero for “almost” he will get the tongue lashing from the san fran press club as the goat

      • CanadaBear

        They were in tight windows for sure. The Bears don’t deserve a lot of slack from the press after that dud last week.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Martellus Bennett ‏@MartysaurusRex 1h
    I’ve been working with Jay for about 17 months on the fade route lol. Finally got one. Very cool how happy everyone was about it working.

  • Trac

    I was impressed with Gore last night. That guy is a monster. That TD run that got called back was huge. We need a back like that to compliment our offense.

    • GPLDAN

      Boldin’s downfield block on Jennings that got flagged allowed us to get back in the game.

      Had Gore scored there, I don’t think we win. They ended up settling for the FG, and then the momentum turned.

      That’s the one play I want to watch on film again. Because I really don’t think Boldin held Jennings on that play. I thought the officiating was pretty nuts overall.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I watched it a couple of times. The football player in me didn’t like the call too much but he extended the inside his forearm twice way outside of his body to impede the progress of the tackler which made me think it could have been.

        • GPLDAN

          But even at your most Homer-ific, you acknowledge that left unblocked – Jennings didn’t have an angle on Gore and had no hope of making the stop.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            agreed. That would have been a dagger.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          The play that I was not happy with was the tackle on Vernon Davis. That is the actual mechanism of the horsecollar tackle.
          The retards in the NFL rules committee will flag someone for throwing someone down by the back of the jersey but when a tackler drags a guy down from behind, leaves their feet and rides up the legs it’s somehow not a penalty? That’s how guys break their legs and how Davis got fucked up.

          • GPLDAN

            Bostic made that tackle and for a split-second, I thought Bostic was going to lift Davis completely up and spike him.

            Instead he rolled up on the back of his legs and the way Davis lurched forward before falling, you sensed that might be bad.

          • Davis. DEAD.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Davis Dead…..check.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I was livid when Woodson did it to Forte on purpose so I have to call out our guy for the same shit.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Makes up for the missed delay of game call on the Niners first TD.

      • didn’t even get the FG. Kaepernick fumbled it away.

        • GPLDAN

          THat’s right, sorry.

      • It wasn’t a blatant holding IMO.
        Then again, the 9ers didn’t get called for that delay which would have nullifed the touchdown.
        Also, that “non-catch” by Bennett was a catch or at the very least, not enough evidence to overturn.
        That took at least 3 points off the board for the Bears (not to mention time of possession, etc).

    • michael bu… oops. sorry. didn’t mean to waste anybody’s time.

    • I’ve only been saying this since Jan.
      Apparently, the higher ups thought that guy was Carey.

      • Trac

        Unfortunately players like Gore don’t hang around the 4th round. Gotta look in the second or early third for a guy like that.

  • Trac

    Here’s the funny thing. Evra one, and I mean evra one in the media was blowing kapernick before this game. Cutty took the spear like a man last night and last nights grit and performance give me a lot of reasons to be excited about how good we can be with some tweaking over the next year or two. Stock up ! Boo yah.

    • GPLDAN

      I was bathroom breaking when Cutler took the spear to the chest. Haven’t seen it yet. I will on the app once they get the footage. I heard it was bad.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      There is no year or two from now. Marshall could rip his knee apart this year. Jeffery could leave for a monster contract in San Diego. The only season that matters is right now.
      The league is a right now league and we can win right now. Let the brass worry about years from now. We have the horses to win right now.

      • Trac

        I’m talking out team tweaking and D dude.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Donnnnn’t Caaaarrrrrre!!!!!!

      • Jeffery is getting a fat extension as soon as the next league year starts.

        • MB30SD

          you mean jefferies

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Ashlon Jefferies

          • johnnywad

            You busted his balls didn’t you? He always writes “Ashlon”. I just don’t have the heart to correct him.

  • GPLDAN

    Also, the Lesbian looked god awful throwing jump balls to Megatron. So there’s that.

  • Trac

    You want to know what excites me the most guys? We may very well have a dominant defense on the horizon. Think about that guys. Mmmmwwwwhhhaaaa!

    • not dominant. I said before season I expected around average, and that’s exactly what they’ve been so far. And that’s perfectly fine by me. When the O gets in gear (when, not if), that’s a very potent combination.

      • MB30SD

        they were more than average last night data. Against that O. More than average.

        • SC Dave

          Gotta second this. I thought the defense played a damn good game. The SF touchdown drives were 8 and 30 yards.
          Their best drives (1Q, 72 yards and 3Q, 84 yards) only produced field goals.
          The scariest thing was that the Bears only had 8 (!!!) yards of offense with two minutes left in the first half.

      • Trac

        Key words “on the horizon “. Not here yet but with some tweaking, could be dominant after they get their sea legs and become more comfortable playing together. I can see it data, can you ?

        • I have a hard time seeing this unit be dominant. It could happen, but would need a lot of things to go their way.
          Pass rush improve. Allen/Houston especially, rookie DTs too.
          LBs improve, sustained excellence from Briggs, Bostic, McClellin
          Need Fuller to play consistently well and somebody (McManis?) to emerge as a reliable 3rd CB.
          Basically need a lot of young guys to be consistently good and old guys to not drop off. That’s asking an awful lot.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Watch Harbaugh’s Post Game Presser on NFL.com. He looks like he was shot full of novocaine.

    • GPLDAN

      Telander seems kind of pissed the Bears won:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD4Ktx4e6mk&feature=youtu.be

      Refers to Kap’s picks as “Cutler-esque”
      He also looks like he prefers the all you eat buffet down on the Wharf.

      #biggsing

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Conte’s INT and Fuller’s first INT will make it to league highlight films. Fuck Telander. What kind of a tool do you have to be in order to be mad that Bears won that game?
        That’s just disrespectful reporting.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          if you watch the video you see two old guard jaded hacks being forced out by young hungry and excited guys like Adam Jahns.
          Chicago deserves better than guys that obviously have axes to grind…old, broken, useless axes.

          • CanadaBear

            Couldn’t possibly agree more. They are both just hanging on. Jahns is good. Potash looks like he’s insane but he’s OK. He’s always trying to be more clever than he is. Not unlike Rosendouche with the Trib.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I just want my reporters to report. Guys like Telander, Morrissey, etc have been eclipsed by young excited guys and girls that actually want to be there and want to work.
            We give Biggsy a lot of shit and sometimes he can be clownish but for the most part I read him pretty regularly.

          • CanadaBear

            Exactly. Both the Rick’s are columnists so they really aren’t out there grinding but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to work. Both of them seem to write lazy pieces with lots of fluff and no real facts.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “How DARE they make me look bad.”

      • huntinbare

        Maybe he is just trying to defend his angry mental constructs..He wasn’t very positive going into the 9ers game and he got exposed….
        picks are picks…I wish they would stop defining picks as descriptions of quarterbacks….this is a Cutler type pick..that is a Kapernick type pick….last night the picks for the Bears were high quality athletic ability on display…if our D does not make the play each one would have been a completion…sometimes the ball gets thrown into a defenders hands..we went and took those away from receivers.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Those were great plays by DB’s and not bad throws by Kaepernick. Maybe the 3rd pick was a little forced but the other two required movie scene interceptions by our guys.

          • BerwynBomber

            You’re right: they were all superb individual D plays but I also think Kaepernick can be faulted for the first one as that was awfully tight window of double coverage to be forcing a ball into. But yes, doesn’t detract from the superb play Conte made to pick the thing.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        That’s bs that people are now using Cutler’s name to refer to bad throws or games. Seriously, if Eli Manning wasn’t a Manning, they’d be using his name to compare bad throws or picks.

  • GPLDAN

    Vikings announce AP will play against the Saints next week.

    I imagine we’re going to see some epic blowback here. I can’t imagine that New Orleans crowd is going to take to this very well. Let’s see if Goodell has some balls to take on Zygi and stop that shit.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Viking coaches are in a world of hurt at the possibility of having no offensive playmakers, thus, another terrible season for the team. I agree that there will be loud protests from all sides about letting AP play if the league does not do something about it.

  • Don’t overreact to one game. Don’t overreact bad last week, don’t overreact all happy this week.
    This doesn’t mean Bears are going to SB. They’re still what they were before the season: a talented team that should contend for a playoff spot.

    • I thought we were going to lose this game, but still get a wild card spot.
      That has more to say about our division probably since I don’t think it’s as strong as some might believe.
      The Lions got shut down by Chico; the Vikes got destroyed by the Pats and the Pukes should have lost to the lowly Jets – at HOME!

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Haha, that reminds me of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when he goes to learn how to surf, and the Paul Rudd character says, “No, do less. Do less. Ok, no, that’s good, no do more” That’s how you’re telling us to react to Bears games.

      • I said last week after the game to calm down (Jeff said same). Don’t freak out.

        Now I’m saying to calm down. Don’t get overly excited.

        It was just one loss; it was just one win. Give it time to see how the season plays out.

  • “Through two games the Bears offensive MVP is Martellus Bennett.”
    Disagree. I’d go with Marshall (4 TDs already!) or the OL (excellent pass protection so far). Probably Marshall.

    • CanadaBear

      Black Uni has played well in both games but when one of your WR’s is on pace for 32 TD’s …

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Willie Young.

      • this quote specified offensive MVP. He’d probably be my defensive MVP so far.

  • “As Collinsworth pointed out late in the third quarter, Bears protection forced the Niners into the uncomfortable position of using linebackers to pressure Cutler. Jermon Bushrod is quietly having an excellent opening to his season.”
    Chicago’s pass blocking has been EXCELLENT through 2 games against really good pass rushes. Gonna have a post on that later this week. Really impressed, especially considering the pass/run imbalance in playcalling.

    • CanadaBear

      SF’s pass rush was somewhat neutered by guys not playing. Injuries aren’t an excuse but they always are!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once Cutler got comfortable in the second half, he was deadly. Always good when there are no happy feet!

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        a healthy Marshall, Alshon and Morgan would have been silly to watch against those DB’s.

        • CanadaBear

          Poor Alshon last night. At one point I thought he looked like Ditka running in 50 year-old clips. It was painful to watch him run but man was he excited when he caught a big one late. Gutty fucker for sure. It doesn’t hurt when your mentor won’t come off the field. Both guys really sucked it up.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I hope Alshon didn’t impede any recovery by playing last night. we need him at full go for this season.

          • SC Dave

            This

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Dave, I still remember when you expressed how large of a boner you had for Alshon before ,during and after the draft. That young man is special. Even at 65% he caught some huge passes and caused 3 defensive holding calls on key 2nd and 3rd downs when running double moves that CB’s were trying to jump thinking they’d be surefire interceptions.
            That’s huge and he did it with one leg.

          • Big Mike

            One legged Alshon. Love it.

          • I was really impressed by Alshon. I didn’t think he would suit up. Hamstrings are very delicate, and I was actually hoping he would sit so it won’t rip.

            Inspired performances all around. That’s what we’ve been missing for far too long.

            Some fire.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Lovie/Josh Tampa 0-2, losing to Carolina’s backup QB and the Rams #3 QB. McCown hit a pass down the middle for a chance at a winning FG late in the game BUT the receiver had to be helped off after the catch and, because Lovie was out of timeouts (Big surprise, eh?), there was a :10 run-off that ended the game. Bucs also had a short FG attempt blocked.

    • Peanut FTW

      I think Lovie is a great DC and a horrible Head Coach.

      • MB30SD

        this.

        Have fun tampa

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          They are killing McCown on the radio today…He looks a lot different now that he doesn’t have Trestman and weapons. Lovie really killed TB yesterday. 3rd and 7 in the redzone? HB dive, blocked FG. 3rd and 2 a little later on in the redzone? HB dive for -2 with the 2nd string RB. Leopard never loses his spots…

          • MB30SD

            Look, it’s like conte and CD.

            We know who these people are. What they are good at, what they are bad at, and expecting them to be any different for any reason is silly. They are who we thought they were.

            Lovie is lovie and always will be. McCown had a little Flynn/Kolb/Etc.. pop and now he’s regressed to his mean.

          • Jokey

            Shae not any better than week 1? I haven’t rewatched or All-22 watched. Kaep was contained and Shae stuck to his assignments. And got a sack.

          • CanadaBear

            I thought he played better but it was mostly a little late to the party.

          • MB30SD

            This.

            He’s a guy.

            I would have loved to have seen Jones blow shit up and take that spot. Maybe next year.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think Tucker will keep CD in the lineup if Jones is playing better. Tucker doesn’t have any wiggle room this year

          • Big Mike

            McClellin was better this week. He’s getting better each week. Tucker had a chance to play to McClellin’s strength a bit because of good 1st and 2nd down results. By season end he’ll be above average to good.

      • DSupreme

        This is what I tell everyone who will listen repeatedly! Non Bear’s fans don’t understand why we didn’t want him anymore.

      • AlbertInTucson

        A lot of that goin’ around. Rex Ryan. Buddy Ryan. A NUMBER of other Bear head coaches who were former DCs.

  • Peanut FTW

    So, we are right were we all assumed we would be after 2 games. I am fairly concerned about all the injuries again. This is starting to feel like last season all over again; things beginning to gell defensively… boom multiple defensive injuries. The Defense played very sound, and some individuals made some spectacular plays even after the injuries so I guess I shouldn’t be too concerned, yet.
    Geno next week should be fairly trivial now, he is like diet Humperdink and even worse of a pocket passer. Most annoying part of last nights win is how the media is still up on Humperdink’s jock even though he 1. played like trash 2. pouted like a child after the last pick 3. is too much of a little bitch to even admit what he said and 4. wears a str8 billed cap.

    • MB30SD

      the last one is the big one for me. fuck that guy.

      • MB30SD

        MBP in the tizz…

        Viva, can I get an upvote my brother. Oooh Rah!

  • Cutler is our QB

    Peter King used the word “acerbic” to describe Jay Cutler in MMQB. So what, our QB doesn’t fake smile and make people feel comfortable eating extra slices of pizza in sweatpants from their couches! PK did not credit Jay once for the win, only Marshall (Who DEFINITELY earned it). He also blamed Coepernick for the INTs and poor play that lost the game versus crediting our defense. What our mass appeal columnist missed was the bigger picture, a sure win for San Fransisco, coached by a harbaugh, being slowly destroyed by non other than Marc Trestman, who proceeded to eat harbaugh’s lunch bite by bite in front of tens of thousands of 9ers fans. Trestman is brilliant.

    • MB30SD

      I hate that turd peter king. How that schlub got his job I’ll never know. What a POS of a reporter.

      • BillW

        He is so monumentally wrong so often you’d think he’d be fired. He was absolutely sure Brett Favre was going to stay retired; that Saban was NOT leaving the Dolphins – just because they both told him so and why would anyone mislead the great Peter King. Then he got a lot of fans upset over how he reported the Ray Rice story (never went back to read what he said, but he again probably knew for a fact something that turned out completely the opposite. I only read that from seeing reference to it somewhere else. Stopped reading him several years ago.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          What I don’t get that if you write for one of the largest media market, that if you write stuff that is accurate and not so one-sided and opinionated for stupid reasons, that millions of more people would read your stuff. Because I sure as in hell know that people do not like reading stuff that they don’t like to read. Makes too much sense I guess.

          But if millions of people are reading because they enjoy the Jay-bashing, then how many different times and ways can your rewrite about something that you just don’t like anyways? You don’t like Jay Cutler, cool, enough said. Move along…

    • Big Mike

      Those were not turnovers. They were take aways. In my mind, big difference.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Acerbic” describes one helluva lot of Peter’s media colleagues, no?

    • Both of Fuller’s INTs were great defensive plays more than sub-par throws.
      He literally ripped one off with one hand while rolling
      The 2nd he jumped in front the the receiver who wasn’t even his man!

      They weren’t like when Jay threw it directly to the chest of the DT last week. Fuller is a hawk.

  • MB30SD
  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!
    • MB30SD

      fucking love him maing.

      Quickly becoming one of my all time bears.

      (I still love you MB and peanut!)

      • Scharfinator

        Likewise, really looking forward to this episode of AFL.

  • GPLDAN

    U2 pushed that bit of crap onto 500 million devices worldwide, into 500M iTunes accounts and so far, only 200,000 people have sync’ed it.

    That’s 0.04%

    How to undo a band’s legacy in one fateful step. Should have been the title.

  • BerwynBomber

    Tough news about Peanut. He’s the best CB in our history but I was one of the few who wasn’t turning cartwheels when we re-signed him in the off-season (mainly for this reason). Anyway, hope he stays a close member of the family if he ultimately retires. Who knows? Maybe he’s got the coaching bug and can help Mel’s staff.

    • Peanut FTW

      Man, Peanut will be missed. I could watch that Tennessee game over and over. He was one of the best cover 2 corners to ever play. Detroit just got a lot scarier without Optimus Prime on the field, and I may have to change my moniker.. again.

      • CanadaBear

        Hate to see this. Peanut is my favorite current Bear. Don’t know if he will play next year. When I saw him crying on the bench I was pretty sure that was it for this year. FUCK!

    • huntinbare

      My favorite Bear…he cared so much his passion rolled down his cheeks. He deserves to retire a Bear no matter what the $ amount costs. It is an honor knowing such class represented the team we love.

      • huntinbare

        One more thing about P-Nut…His presence can fill up an auditorium, a football field, and the void in a grieving heart like the love of God…..He is so exceptional and so rare…

        http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000321596/article/charles-tillman-wins-walter-payton-man-of-the-year

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I hope to god that Peanut becomes a coach….that he has the instincts and the knowledge of how to steal a players’ heart (ball) on the field like he does and to impart that onto the young’ens…future DC there! (I’m dreamin)

  • Trac

    As much as we all like a great offense, man what a beautiful thing if our D gets scary good. Not saying it can happen this year but another draft where we pick up a couple of studs and wa la presto.

    • Big Mike

      If Bostic, McClellin, Ferguson, Sutton, Fuller, Young, etc keep improving the defense is also getting younger.

      • CanadaBear

        I hated to see that play Bostic made on Davis but overall he looked like he belonged, CD was better but still meh, When Ratliff went out and there were a bunch of young players on the field, that was the most energetic we were all night. Not saying they were playing lights out but the energy was palpable. Last week I never sensed that energy the entire game.

        • Cormonster

          Agree with everything but the McClellin line. I thought he looked pretty good last night.

          • 2nd that.
            Shea looked much improved. The coaches have testified he’s making strides, but it’s refreshing to actually SEE it when it counts.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          lol, I mean, I wasn’t crying when Bostic did that to Davis but you do hate to see someone get hurt like that.

  • BillW

    Reading some articles in the Tampa press talking about timid coaching. Makes me glad the Lovie Smith era is over with.

  • huntinbare

    My most excellent Bears adventure week 2…I get the call Friday night late; it’s Lou. I haven’t seen much of him lately since I hung up the satchel; but we talk through the text periodically. We bonded in the post office; he was a California carrier who came to work in SWFLA and enjoyed talking about all things Timothy Leary. I had a significant understanding of TL’s running mate Mr. Alpert and the Millbrook days. Psychedelics as an avenue towards self realization created the friendship that brought him to my home to watch the 2012 San Fran/ Bears game. Of course we ended up giving up that early edge we seemed to have that night; and by the end; another losing chapter of my Bears /San Fran novel was complete. I let the enemy come into my television stadium and watch me unravel; while he lived the high of victory.
    So, I understood as I saw his name come up on the phone that I was going to be traveling into the enemy’s territory to witness a game of epic proportions. Should I make up an excuse, or man up and face the reality of my belief’s in front of a hostile crowd? I accepted the challenge. After watching the Stooges in “Ants in the Pantry”; and dropping Shiloh off at the group home I headed out to Lou’s Levi “televised” Stadium opening.
    Instead of the blue jeans I chose the corduroys and an unused Bear Down blog shirt, ( the one with cut off sleeves had too many loses in it from previous years). Even clothing must be thought out when trying to get an edge. I was hurried and running late and remembered I had not lit the incense , as I rang Lou’s bell. I promised the football gods I would burn a few x-tra sticks as victory penance when I got home. Hey Lou, how’s it going?… Not so good; you are down 7….. Oh I expected that; I meant how are you doing?
    Well we headed to his sky box and settled in for an interesting 1st half. Most of the time was spent on catching up and me talking to,or should I say admonishing the Bears. If you watch sports with me you will get a running chatter directed towards the monitor; and there was plenty of it during that 1st half; directed at the Bears and the Zebras; who were in want of being seen on camera as the league representatives in place of no show Roger.
    I was digging the irony of turning the tables on Lou; heading into the enemies territory just like my Bears; and watching the play being controlled by the home team just like 2012; for the early part of the game. But I told Lou that the Bears are actually pleasing me because if we go into half just down 17; that means to me that our D is getting their sh*t together. My only fear going into that second half was that they would get tired from being on the field too long in the first half; so much so that Mr. Kapernicks legs would start to take their toll in the 2nd half.
    Then it was if the heavens opened up; maybe it was the solar flares this past week; but when JC took that spear to the chest, it was as if the paddles of life support had been hooked up to our collective heart and the resulting jolt sparked us to life and the blood started to flow.
    Well the rest is history; I knew we had them after that “13” play scoring drive when the “Hand Of God/Marshall” delivered us from ultimate seasonal doom. The second half was as satisfying as watching Gale Sayers score six on the niners back in the day. They both felt surreal; and that is why I love the game. It mimics life on so many unseen levels and there is way too much irony to ignore; as we sometimes come full circle in a lifetime of rooting for a team. It is so sweet to be a Bear fan; we are the historical franchise that breathed life into this NFL expression; and after arguably a horrible week of negative expression; we are back again trying to create an image of “speaking positive words of life”, as Mr. Marshall knows; into our wounded creation.
    During the second half; as he loves to do, Lou gave my brain a teaser…. “If you hold a bee in your hand, what is in your eye?”….The answer is so appropriate

    • Peanut FTW

      Beauty-ful story.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Get your Bear Hard On’s Ready!!!!!

    http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2014/09/15/brandon-marshall-a-football-life-sneak-peek/

    Two 3rd rounders? Thank you Miami!

    • Big Mike

      One of the all time steals.

    • MB30SD

      thank you phil emery!!

  • Peanut FTW

    If you think about it, while we would have a much different looking Defense, if you put together a Madden All Bear throughout history team. The offense isn’t gonna change much from the one that took the field Sunday night. I mean, RB maybe a lineman or two but damn, this is the best we’ve ever had on O.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!
    • GPLDAN

      Goodell can’t allow the reinstatement to stand.

      Nobody wants to hear the court of law thing. This isn’t about the legal system and it’s due process, it can take a year or more to work out loss of custody or visitation. Or a criminal charge.

      Nope, the NFL has the pics of the kid, they have AP admitting he used the switch – so they have enough to indefinitely suspend him and send a message that certain off the field acts will not be tolerated.

      • MB30SD

        100% agree.

        And on a shallow, selfish football level… without AP the vikings are a fucking sidenote on the story of this year and one more team we don’t have to worry about. Sweep.

        • GPLDAN

          Here’s how I look at it.

          SoCal launches some giant child pron sweep with the FBI. A list of people gets out that the FBI raided and confiscated their home computers.

          One of the guys is a co-worker of yours you thought you liked and respected.

          Should your employer:

          A. Allow him to keep coming to work each day and defend his own involvement?
          B. Fire him immediately, prior to a DA indictment
          C. Put him on indefinite leave of absence while the charges get decided.

          Seems obvious, right? But the NFL is choosing A when C is the answer any other company would take.

          • SC Dave

            Even with case C, said person suffers real damages (loss of income) without being convicted of a crime.

          • johnnywad

            You shouldn’t have to be convicted of a crime to be fired from a company for behavior they deem unfit

          • SC Dave

            Based only on an accusation? Talk about opening the ladder for the career climbers…

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Are you arguing for unions, Dave?

            I keeed. Sort of. Not really, but yeah.

            Bear down!

          • johnnywad

            Its not an accusation. It happened. He admitted to doing it. They have photos of the child, his admission, his texts confirming he did it. The issue is he thinks its OK. He thinks its OK to beat a four year old child with a stick until he bled and was covered with welts, because that’s what his father did to him. To me, whether illegal or not, I would fire him were he my employee. I would press charges were I his mother.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Understandably so because the ramification of an employer letting you go is a lot bigger and trickier if the court ends up not finding you guilty of the charges brought forth. For most common man like us blogger, this will cause irreparable harm and lost future wages. AP is set for life. The NFL has an image to take care of and dollars to save. So cutting AP is not going to hurt their bottom line, and won’t hurt AP’s either. I’m not saying that AP doesn’t have a right to pursue those future wages and etc., but we all know nothing is fair and equal in life.

        • johnnywad

          We were already going to beat them down. No question. Fuck AP and the GM that’s making bullshit excuses about getting into how people discipline their children. This is not difficult. Ziggy Wilf is a piece of shit.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        He used that switch prolifically and then bragged that the kid didn’t cry when he gave him 5 extra lashings.
        All he’s doing is raising another damaged pack animal just like he was raised.

    • MB30SD

      This was SPOT ON!

      You have to be smart enough to transcend man. have to be.

    • SC Dave

      Way to go Chris Carter. You just took a big step up with me.

      I remember a time at a laundromat in Clinton, SC a dozen or so years ago when I watched two black women whacking their sons *in the head* because they were a little too energetic. Today, I’d have slapped one of the two of them, *hard* in the face. How DARE you hit those little boys that way.

      It was that day that I became a little bit more understanding of some of the shit that young black men have to put up with.

      Didn’t Cosby do a sketch about the only thing he ever feared was his mother… I have a sleep deficit from last night so this was the only quick find…
      http://twentytwowords.com/bill-cosbys-harsh-distinction-between-mothers-and-grandmothers/

  • Shady

    I have to say watching Mel Tucker flip his shit on the sideline last night warmed my heart. Hoke also got in on the action by chewing out Fuller after a terrible holding penalty on third down. Fuller and the defense certainly responded.

  • BillW

    Last comment –
    The bar has been raised on the Bears in my opinion. They are playoff contenders and less than 9-7 will be considered a bad season (unless they have a few more key injuries).

    We saw what they are capable of – in both extremes. Sportswriters across the country generally feel SF gave the game to Chicago. And that’s due to the Bears losing to Buffalo. Doesn’t matter what they think – it’s up to the Bears to show the Buffalo game was the anomaly.

    10-6 is not crazy talk assuming they play with the fire they had yesterday. But the league can be crazy too so I feel 9-7 is where the expectations should be.

  • Any word on the Rat?

  • beninnorcal

    Report from the front lines:
    Got to the game early with the wife and two Niner fan friends. Usually the Bear fans travel well and show up in force, not so yesturday, it was a sea of red and gold.
    After downing some beers with the friends me and my wife grabbed some food and were to our seats as the National Anthem began.
    Perry, or whoever, had no buisness taking the opening kickoff out of the endzone, I noted this.
    As I was nearly finished with my $12 Dog the Bears pint was blocked and the place went nuts. ‘Here we go’ I was thinking. The wife looked at me and said ‘you lost your appetite, huh?’, I said ‘Nope’ and finished the last three dollars of my dog.

    • Cormonster

      That must have been a sweet feeling walking out and listening to all the 49er gripe and moan about the loss. Did you lick the sweet, salty tears from any 9er fan’s face?

      • beninnorcal

        Got full on those tears til I was peeing them.

    • How was the stadium? I saw on TV it was like 40min south of SF. Seems like a hellava drive in what I imagine is a drunken maelstrom of cars.

      • beninnorcal

        The stadium was pretty nice. I live in San Francisco so it’s a long drive of 45 min or so. But the two friends we went with had parents who lived 4 moles away from the stadium. We parked at ygeir house and they took us their and picked us up just a few hundred yards from the stadium, went pretty smooth.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Probably why there weren’t many Chicago fans…it’s too far from San Fran and that’s usually why we represent well in opposing stadiums for all sports, b/c the venue is in the city itself and many Chicagoans retire/move to the actual cities, not 45 miles out.

    • SC Dave

      Way to represent, compadre.

    • huntinbare

      leaving the stadium hoarse…I salute you sir…..it must have been you I heard on that second Fuller pick

  • Cormonster

    I know it’s only two games, but here are some league stat leaders on the Bears:

    1) Cutler and Manning are tied for most TD passes with 6.
    2) Marshall and Julius Thomas are tied for most TD catches with 4.
    3) Conte and Fuller are tied with 3 other guys for most picks with 2.
    4) Willie Young is tied for second in sacks with 3.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      nice.
      I see Young’s snap count going up…a lot

      • Cormonster

        Since it’s a lovefest today, thought I would tell you your comments are fun as hell to read and the humor is hilarious and often witty.

        • MB30SD

          my god man, since you seem to be loosely handing out sloppy blow jobs today, where does the line start?

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            dude, it’s victory Monday. I almost bought a Vereen jersey.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… awesome.

            You fucking should have. He’s going to be a starter at some point. How many times of me being right is it going to take for all you clowns to start taking me at my word.

            Jesus

            (hee hee)

          • Trac

            Two words…….World……Cup!

            Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            we’re talking (american) football here… and more specifically individual bears players.

            Soccer is not my first language. Stay focused.

          • Trac

            You played the Ace huh. Ace of clubs. Lovie will get MCCoy back and just you wait and see. Uh huh, wait till daddy gets home. He he.

          • haha The MB kiss of death!

          • Cormonster

            MB, your alright for a white Jewish guy, and I love you maing! I couldn’t imagine the blog without you. The blog can get pretty boring when your not around to entertain. And I love boobs and boobs links!

          • MB30SD

            thanks my maings. thanks.

          • Cormonster

            If I was a chick with big, voluptuous, titties I would marry you.

          • MB30SD

            and I you mainj… and I you.

            Disclaimer: MB30 will, at this point in his free agent career, never sign a longterm contract with any team. No matter how big their tit… I mean stadium or market is.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Corm, this morning I was making breakfast for my 4yr old before she headed off to preschool to draw on her arms or whatever they have them do there.
          I asked her if she wanted cereal or a bagel and cream cheese and all I heard from the other room in this cute little voice was
          “DOOOOONNNNNN’TTTTTT CAAAAAAAAAAARRRRE!!!!!!!
          I spit my iced coffee out of my nose and my wife shook her head because she knew that it may have been me that taught her that.

          • MB30SD

            MAY, i repeat… MAY have been.

            Disclaimer: I can neither confirm, nor deny, any of the aforementioned allegations.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I too enjoy iced coffee in the morning (DC to BC: that’s what you got from my story????). I enjoy my coffee like I enjoy my women; tall, black, and cold.

  • Is Hayden back yet? I’d rather roll with McManis and Frey, but I think McManis got hurt too.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Trest decided somewhere in the 2nd quarter that the old school way of pounding the fullback lead from the I formation to open up play action in the late stages has it’s time and place. And that time and place may be a bunch of division games on the road

      Also the B n B assholes on the Score thought Vereen was taught nickel on the fly last night forgetting the kid played nickel at Minny

      • MB30SD

        they are aholes.

        I really like vereen. My analysis holds true. He’s not flashy, but the kid is solid and I think he’l be a starter later this year. Maybe not an erra down S, but he’ll make a spot for himself. He’s solid man…. solid.

        • Cormonster

          That’s what all my Gopher fan friends told me when we drafted him. They all thought the Bears made a great pick.

          • MB30SD

            I loves you mainjes!

            Yeah, totally solid. Not flashy diving horizontal pick guy, but also not totally whiff on a tackle or get pushed off like a little girl guy. While I’d love another MB back there, I’ll take a committee of conte (if he can stay on the field for more than one game), McCraycray, and vereen IFF they can find the right package of guys for the right situations/downs.

          • I agree. That’s what I thought when I first saw his film. Vereen did whiff on that blitz though.

          • MB30SD

            dude…. duuuuude.

            you can’t be cereal.

          • I honestly hadn’t heard of him at the draft. I only did my homework on guys I thought were Bears targets, and that only included the safeties who were projected in first couple rounds.

            Watched some film and read up on him after the draft. Really liked what I saw. You never know when that’s clouded by bias because he’s already on my favorite team, but just seems like a solid all-around player. Could see him as starting FS next year.

          • MB30SD

            his numbers on paper at the combine were seriously impressive. Just so strange how some dude’s are ball-hawk playmakers, and some guys just aren’t.

            Like angles and tackling, some dude’s just ain’t born wid it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            or you can just have to learn the skill. Like Jennings did. He was a 0 int/year corner and then, 3 years ago, he become a very good one. There are numerous examples. Carlos Rogers is one of the most glaring. For me it’s not a big detriment. You can teach mentality and technique, but you have to have athleticism and smarts. Vereen has both. Or at least the potential. So that gets us back to the initial question… how did he last until round 4… more so in this year’s draft where all the S were taken into the first 50 picks.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Vereen was a great pick. I can’t understand why he lasted until the 4 round. Never did. He was a CB converted to S. He was fast and quick in pre draft tests. Top 3. And he is clearly a cerebral player ad plays ST.

          • Hardin was also a converted CB to S and was much more athletic with higher upside.
            Vereen has a higher floor, but lower ceiling, in scout parlance.
            But that’s what we need right now, just solid don’t fuck up safety play.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I don’t think Vereen lacks athleticism. I think that’s his strong point. He lacks a little bit of size, but I see the nasty in him. He could play nickel or free safety with those qualities. I though at him as a Tyrann Mathieu type, but he’s much more similar to Glover Quin, one of the best S at covering TEs.
            Tyrann Mathieu 5 ft 9 in, 186 lb
            Glover Quin 6 ft 0 in, 207 lb
            Brock Vereen 6 ft 0 in, 199 lb
            Now this is wikipedia so I don’t know if the numbers are real, but you can see my point. He has ideal size, speed and quickness to play that nickel S role.
            So I don’t really understand this “higher floor, lower ceiling” concept. I mean Eric Weddle is 5 ft 11, 200 lb and he’s a fucking beast. Top 3 S in the NFL.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Brock Vereen draft profile NFL.com. He was the 2nd fastest safety at 40 yards,2nd in 20 yards shuttle, 2nd at 3 cone drill and had the most bench press of all DBs. Started 13 games in 2013 season…the first six games at safety and the last seven at cornerback.

            Strengths Very good athlete with fluid movement skills and good range. Competes hard. Runs the alley and can negotiate traffic. Good zone awareness and route recognition. Understands angles and leverage. Can carry receivers in man coverage with little wasted movement in transition on speed turns. Good leaping ability. Very smart, motivated, team player with a passion for the game. Can line up the defense. Outstanding work ethic. Contributes as a gunner on special teams. Has NFL pedigree. His 25 bench-press reps were most among DBs at the combine, and his 4.07-second short shuttle was second among safeties.

            Weaknesses Has tiny hands, short arms and lacks overall bulk. Does not have ideal length to match up with NFL tight ends in coverage. Not an explosive hitter or forceful tackler. Hands are suspect — smothers the ball and has just four career interceptions. Long-term durability could be a concern.

            http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/brock-vereen?id=2543820

            So… his weaknesses are: he has tiny hands and might get hurt. Are you fucking kidding me ?

          • MB30SD

            this. I’ve been a fan. Hence my FF name (disclaimer: may or may not actually have a FF team)

            Rock Out with Your Brock Out

          • I’m tempted to change my “Clint Hurtt Locker” (I also have Jake Locker on my team) to “The Young and the Restless”

          • MB30SD

            might want to… he’s a bad man.

          • MB30SD

            how about “Young Dumb, and Full of TradeWind”

          • I’ll leave that one for Johnny.

          • MB30SD

            get it? get it? TradeWind is RUM… so…

            Young, Dumb, and Full of Rum!!??

            Get it?!

          • Yes, I get it.
            If you would have joined, you could have used all the names you wanted.
            Right now, I’m destroying Artoo.
            GP. Check
            Artoo. Check
            This week. “Cutler’s Flesh Canon of Death” Take a wild guess who that is.

          • MB30SD

            his beard is disgusting. He looks like he’s trying out for the next fucking Tolkien adapted movie by that fat nerd jackson.

            http://timesofsandiego.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/BnHVKYqCEAIFMtC.jpg

            …but yes, he’s a very baaaaaad man. Love him.

          • You don’t understand the concept of high ceiling, low floor?

            Conte. High Ceiling. Can make spectacular plays, like the int yesterday.

            Low Floor. he is also capable of complete shitting the bed, too many examples to list.

            Vereen, from what I’ve seen on his tape, is the opposite. He’s not a ball hawk, or a sledge hammer, but he plays fundamentally sound and will make the tackles.

            We have the very definition of both.

            MB would prefer the latter, but apparently the coaches are smitten with the former.

          • MB30SD

            I.m just accepting the obvious/reality and saying that if conte can stay on the field for more than half a game, we should circulate all three FSs.

            They are all good at different things… as you mention above. McCray is a mix of both. He’s not a 7-10 guy or a 1-4 guy, he’s a 4-6 guy. Just middlin.

            I say McCray/Vereen on run plays. Conte on obvious pass plays, and vereen as the nickel FS.

            How bout dem apples?

          • I actually thought that too. That’s sorta why I wanted to keep Wilson originally. Have him in the box early, then in obvious pass plays, insert Conte.

            But Wilson was just too slow. Conte’s shoulder will be a reacurring issue, so we’re almost forced to put Vereen/McCray in.

            Maybe some team goes like 0-5 (Raiders?) and unloads a S to prepare for the next draft.

          • MB30SD

            I actually think those two will be ok for us as long as the dline keeps crushing it and the LBs don’t look like a joke.

          • Guest

            You said Vereen has “higher floor, but lower ceiling” not the other way around. I can’t understand what made you say that.

          • MB30SD

            dis

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          (tips hat to MB) you’re mighty welcome partner…..

          • MB30SD

            damn you

      • well, he was taught nickel in CHI defense on the fly. Had about 5 minutes to learn his responsibilities for the different plays.

        has done it before, but only played S for CHI so far.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    – Willie Young (a pro football focus favorite for years) can do the damage he’s always done because he is part of a unit that includes Houston and Allen. His play is a surprise for the ones who didn’t know him. He gets pressure on the QB every 7 pass rushing snaps… that’s a carer average. It’s huge.
    – The only D Bear that was poor ? DJ Williams. He’s a liability.
    – I liked how they used Holmes… always near one or both WR beasts. Have him feed on the attention they are getting. It wasn’t a ‘beat this guy one on one’. It might be a sign he’s coming into the offense
    – I hope the coaches learn from this game and build on it. They have to. The O should get what the D gives them and the D must force the action.
    – Shaun Draughn was terrible on ST. 2 holding calls and his man blocked the punt. Emery was incredibly passive after the 53 cuts. Made 2 moves…Belichick made 15+ and already had a superior roster.
    – Bostic is clearly better this year, but he still looks clueless in zone pass defense. That’s not good.
    – I lover the Kyle Fuller pick as well as the other 3 defensive players. Saw them as solid contributors from right away. They all look the part. Fuller is a real player and the others are solid depth with upside. I’m still angry the Rams took Donald and so we couldn’t see Emery get bashed for picking Fuller instead of him.

  • Ahhhh…remember the good ole days when Cutty got sacked 10 times (in a Half!)

    “Asked specifically if Henne would start this week against the Colts, Bradley cut loose some authentic frontier gibberish.

    “I’ll address that now and say that we’ve been dealing with all-scheme today – offensively, defensively, special teams – and we haven’t had a chance to talk about personnel,”
    Bradley said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “After
    looking at the tape, I thought. … It’s tough. He had a tough day. He had
    the [10] sacks. And on top of it, the missed assignments that we had at
    other positions. We’re evaluating – that’s the truth right now. But if
    you’re asking me right now, yeah, Chad Henne is our starter.”

    I was watching that game and was getting some bad flashbacks. That’s one of the worst Oline performances I’ve witnessed since Carr in Houston. Brutal.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Remember the ‘play Bortles’ chants in preseason ? That’s your answer.
      PS: The Washington pass rush is very potent. And they’ll blitz the shit out of you if they have the lead. No an easy task for a OL in construction (3 new players, 4 new positions)

      • Trac

        I whiffed on the giants being competitive this year but would love to see the Redskins win that division.

        • MB30SD

          against the….. J-E-T-S.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          they can now with griffin out. I had them as possible division winner. I’m not buying Kelly’s football system.

  • Meanwhile, Saints are 0-2, and the Pack were a bone-headed Rex TO away from that too.
    The Bills are front runners. I’m actually not as down on Emanuel as others, but they’re really not that good.
    Ariz is 2-0, and they win some tough games, but always seem to do just enough to always miss the playoffs.

    • Trac

      Breen Gay looked horrible except for when they came back from 18 down. Grrrrr

    • BerwynBomber

      Technically, it was Moerhninwig who fucked up, not Rex. So did the official as apparently only an HC can call a timeout. But it was a honest mistake on behalf the official. For Moerninwig not so much. Quite the bozo move.

    • remember that, after 2 weeks last year, the Panthers were 0-2 (coming of 2 losing seasons) and the Texans were 2-0 (coming off 2 straight playoff berths).

      The Panthers finished 12-4 and earned a 1st round playoff bye, while the Texans finished 2-14 and got the #1 pick in the draft.

      The Bears started 7-1 and 3-0 the past 2 years, and spent both of them on the couch for the entirety of the playoffs.

      Point is that the first 2 weeks are not really all that indicative of how the season goes. Just get as many wins as you can, worry about playoffs in the last 5-6 weeks.

      • and now I’ve got a Houston fan on Twitter telling me the Texans are going to the playoffs because Ryan Fitzpatrick is really good and doesn’t turn the ball over.

        He’s in for a bit of a letdown. Did he forget that his QB is nicknamed Ryan PICKSpatrick?

  • Shady
    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      unbelievable. Something needs to be done.

    • MB30SD

      def need to be dealt with… AND he needs to be suspended indef.

  • Trac

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the iggles lose tonight. Colts prolly going to lose.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    ANOTHER FUCKING KID ABUSED?????!!!!!!!!???????!!!!!?

    Peterson is fucking done. Fuck that animal.

    • Accd to PFT

      “TMZ reports Adrian Peterson has already been cleared of the latest child abuse accusation involving one of his other sons.

      Peterson was accused of hitting one of his other sons, a
      four-year-old, in the forehead and leaving him with a scar after
      disciplining him for cursing at a sibling. A source said the case went
      nowhere because it was determined the boy was injured when he
      accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.
      Peterson’s form of discipline was “not impermissible.” In Texas,
      parents are allowed to administer “reasonable punishment.”

  • Watching Luck draw the Eagles offsides time after time, maybe that’s a lil something that Cutty and Trest can work on. Cheap 5 yards never hurts.

    I vaguely remember Elway being really good at that too.

  • MB30SD

    hey canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFFZnnasd_Q

    My worst nightmare.

    • SC Dave

      Stupid rider. Nobody is going to look for a bicycle when getting out of a cab. Regardless of whether people agree they SHOULD, the reality is they WONT. So ride accordingly.

      • MB30SD

        agree. riding in the big city is crazy to begin with. f that

        • CanadaBear

          Don’t miss riding in downtown Calgary.

      • CanadaBear

        You could see it coming. The cab had the signal on. They still shouldn’t be in the bike lane but nobody cares about that. When the bike blew past a couple of pedestrians I thought he was going too fast.

    • Shady

      I somehow found this awesome clip from that video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exf045b0U2Y

      • MB30SD

        jesus

        • Shady

          hahahahaha “What’s the problem sir?” “I’m crazy as hell!”

          • MB30SD

            jesus. Get online, this game is painful to watch

            And is young mr. foles having a sophomore slump year? certainly looks so.

          • Shady

            Dispatcher: “Is your number 407-883-5636?”
            Caller: “Well if you know da fucking numba why you ask me?”

            hahahaha this call is GOLD, Jerry, GOLD!

          • MB30SD

            SMH

          • Called this one before the season on Twitter. Eerily similar to RG3, minus the injury. Huge success in year 1 (though his 2nd year in NFL) with a new offense nobody is used to.

            All of a sudden people get used to the offense, and your weaknesses begin to get magnified.

          • MB30SD

            yep. and manziel might die on the field this year.

            (disclaimer: not really, but I wouldn’t be too shocked. Statements still not verified by independent party)

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            If Manziel had taken that hit that Cutty did? Right before the half?
            It would have looked like a reverse “Alien” birth.

          • MB30SD

            I would have liked to have seen that

    • Shady
  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      As usual, some penny-ante douchebag has to take a swipe (Really? Dane Carbaugh? Who THE FUCK is Dane Cowballs?).

      He *could* have simply acknowledged it as a fine play. Why is that so hard?

      • MB30SD

        we won’t get any love from the press until we win it. then we’ll be whining about all the bandwagoning

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      One of the more amazing picks I’ve seen. Ever. The guy has the speed; if only…

      • MB30SD

        agree maings.

        what up maing? We still planning a game?

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          We gotta. Work is getting back to normal, slowly but surely, so my brain has moderate clock cycles available after work to contemplate these things.

          • MB30SD

            Ok, let’s plan it.

            Who else is in? Shady, yonny, MURPH!, GP, corm? Who else?

            I actually might be there end of this month or next fo bidniz.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You know the Bears play a road game in SD next year, right?

          • MB30SD

            Shut. Up!!

  • MB30SD

    just because… eric weddle’s disgusting troll beard: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bw42cnAIEAEV-0H.jpg:large

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I saw a birdie in there.

    • Cormonster

      Speaking of Jane’s Addiction, I am so proud of my little nieces aged 4 and 7. Just got off the phone with my brother. Their favorite CD used to be a Trigger Hippy live show that I gave my brother. Now their favorite band is Jane’s Addiction. Favorite songs are Jane Says and Been Caught Stealing. Good thing they are too young to understand the lyrics. They just like the music. just because….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=165xjOwk78s

      BTW, Perry’s wife in the middle is hot as hell. Not the best video quality.

      • MB30SD

        NICE! as you know, my fav band in that genre. awesome.

  • MB30SD

    I cain’t tell y’all how fucking hot it is here right now. It’s still like 80-85 right now. I know that’s probably normal for summaya (lookin at you TJ), but in SD this shit just don happen. NONE has A/C.

    It’s brutal.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      It was 45 degrees here a couple of mornings ago (welcome back to Nebraska, I guess).

      • MB30SD

        yuck

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Cruzan coke extra ice

    • It’s fucking disgustingly hot in L.A.

      How ppl can live in the South like this is beyond belief.

      • MB30SD

        cereal man. I’m cooking in my house right now… and I live on the rim of a canyon with a little breeze (right Erik/)

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        beating children helps

        • MB30SD

          looks that way

    • huntinbare

      Don’t worry; after a few years of that you get used to it, then….T’ain’t nothin’ but a thing….
      In SWFLA 95-100 is the norm May- Sept./Oct….Back in the late 70’s the east coast used to laugh at us for starting to clearcut and pave; or build golf corses….bye-bye shade hello heat……the stuff radiating back at ya from the blacktop is like walking through a flamethrower…..pretty soon all your shirys lose their sleeves the shorts get shorter and the feet get flip flops

      • MB30SD

        exactly hunti. Just bought a new pair of Sanuks this weekend.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Do opposing teams have to sign a waiver pledging to drop at least one interception in the end zone from Andrew luck per game so it can at least result in a field goal

    • MB30SD

      I don’t know, but shady McCoy is a fucking video game character. Ridiculous.

  • MB30SD

    also, I now HATE state farm. God those vadgers commercials. SMFH

    Speaking of, where’s cheesy and his stinky little buddies? Huh… been pretty quiet around here with the trolls this week so far.

  • Boy, having a RB who can run 25 yards on a draw on 3rd and 15 must be nice.

    • Trac

      Are you managing your team in the first league you created ?

      • No. I closed that league. Or I should say, I left a notice saying it was closed because I couldn’t close it. I sent everyone an email, and left the message on the message board.
        I wasn’t sure about the other ESPN guys who joined.

        • Trac

          Last I checked your name was still there.

          • Yeah, it’s still there, but I didn’t even draft. It’s probably on Auto.
            I almost feel like managing my team just to see if I can still win it even though it was on autodraft.

            Most of the guys left to the other league I created which is all DBBers. The only ones that didn’t were you and OSO who mysteriously disappeared.

    • MB30SD

      which one? jesus

  • MB30SD

    know how much i dislike the colts?

    …I’m rooting for the eagles to win.

    • Why? Cuz of the SB?

      I blame that on Lovie and Sexy Rexy.
      And Drunk Cedric.

      • MB30SD

        no, I just don’t like them… or luck. Just so lame and vanilla. Actually has nothing to do with 06. Just never liked them, their unis, etc… they’re just… laaaaame.

        Mike kendricks is a fucking beast. damn, dude was huge.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Kendrick’s out good for bears playoffs chances

        • Can’t root for the Iggles. They bood Santa.
          Only time I liked them was when they had Randall Cunningham.

          I actually don’t like any NFC East teams. I guess the Gmen are least offensive.

    • pull for the AFC team. Always. Playoff tiebreakers down the line.

  • MB30SD
    • I noticed in the images NBC still had diabetes Jay up when introducing the O.

      WTF. They haven’t updated it since 07?

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Hahaha… smoking jay strikes again!

    http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/simpsonsnfl/

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      They certainly nailed Jimmy Graham’s weird ass hairline. I might print that out and put smoking jay on my office door next Monday.

  • Shady

    MYBADMYBADMYBADMYBAD guys. MY BAD.

    • Luck is an INT machine in the playoffs.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        BUT Sports Illustrated says he poops Neapolitan Ice Cream and is a lock for the HOF.

        I’ll take Cutler. Thanks.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Lol, that would have been his 2nd red zone pick. The first one was dropped so badly earlier in the game that the DB got yelled at on the sideline.

  • oh, that looked like a wicked horse collar on McCoy. Though that was just a jersey pull

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Refs just can’t get the horse collar call right. Just fucked the colts

  • Shady

    Colts had this game. Up 7, 5 mins left in the game, driving inside the Eagles 30. Then Luck throws the game away.

    • MB30SD

      MYBADMYBADMYBADMYBAD guys. MY BAD.

      • Shady

        Exactly.

    • Well, his WR did get knocked off his route. It’s similar to that INT that Cutty threw i the PS. Usually those are timing routes.
      Still, that 3-and-out in the very next series cost them the game.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        There was contact on that play but the WR looks to have thrown himself off balance. Tough call.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Dude is Dilfer A. luck’s cousin because he’s making some adamant excuses

  • huntinbare

    Here’s to the team from the Chicago area that started the NFL season 0-2….That would be the Chicago Press Corp….Wrong about week one—wrong about week two….Maybe JC was right last Sunday when he reminded them , “You don’t know what we are doing out there.”…..step up to the podium so I can throw my shoe at all of you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIUeEpTLBvQ

  • Did Steve Young just argue that the Eagles allow teams to get up early to tire themselves out?
    Isn’t that like that Simpson’s episode when he allows the boxer to beat the shit out of him, then pushes him over when his arms weary?
    #concussion

  • Shady
  • Paul Stuart

    Couldn’t watch it live, and spent yesterday avoiding the score…not hard when you’ve just moved to an old mining town in the uk. Just watched the game. Sorry to see some players go down, but that game was like watching evolution. Fuller, Marshall, Cutler, Allen, sprinkling of Bennet and the OL were admirable. Nice to see pressure and sacks and dare I say it – team CHEMISTRY. Briggs woke up, Mclellin getting round the corner. Great second half to watch. Conte’s int may not have resulted in points, but it seemed a pivot, and it was outstanding. Injuries are spread about among positions so they can still cover themselves, rookies are stepping up nicely, they’re heads are getting into it. Love to beat the niners. Love to beat them opening their stadium. Love to see that arm kissing – inflated phallus – flat brimmed – TV-AD – MTV pose – no character – pixie faced Kaepernick beat ANYTIME. Job Fucking Done. Good job bears.

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