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Cutler Dominant, Bears Finally Win a Game: Recap in the Way of the Rapid Fire

| November 17th, 2014

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Those who are saying the Bears should be tanking the remainder of the season are the types of fans I’ll never understand. Win games. Win as many as you can. Draft where you’re slotted. This was a nice, convincing win from the Bears. But it doesn’t mean anything if they don’t string a few together. It’s step one in a reclamation project for the coach, quarterback…etc. Here are my thoughts:

  • Yes, I’m leading off with the drive at the end of the first half. You are the Chicago Bears. You have been embarrassed on national television in consecutive games. You only have a four-point lead. You take possession at your own twenty-six with more than minute to go and a timeout and you sit on the football? If the Bears had lost this game this sequence would have made the covers of both dailies and been a talking point across the football landscape. How does Marc Trestman not understand his offense is playing at their finest level in months? How does a coach choose not to ride the hot hand and trust his quarterback? I would have loved comments from Cutler and Marshall at the half.
  • The interception thrown by Cutler at the end of that sequence was a necessary act of defiance.
  • Maybe Marquess Wilson being on the field DOES make a difference. Jeffery and Marshall played their best game as a pair by far.
  • When the Bears commit to the vertical passing game, they win. All four wins this season featured Jay Cutler throwing the ball down the field.

  • Watching football without the game clock is a surreal experience. Reminds of the line from Robin Hood: Men in Tights where Blinkin, who is blind, is asked what he is doing atop the watchtower. He answers, “Guessing? I guess no one’s coming?” Can’t imagine attempting to coach a game under those circumstances.
  • Jared Allen the pass rusher showed up. That was nice.
  • Lance Briggs the linebacker did too!
  • From Jim Souhan in the Star Tribune: “Whatever delusions of grandeur this team had were blown away by fundamental, schematic and physical failures. The Bears’ porous defense? More than stout enough against the Vikings’ tentative running game, invisible receivers and jittery rookie quarterback.”
  • Proof Referees Don’t Know the Rules, Volume XXXXXI: Go back and watch the safety called on Kyle Orton Thursday night against the Dolphins for intentional grounding in the end zone. Then go and watch the no call against Teddy Bridgewater at Soldier Field for, quite literally, the exact same play. Issue the NFL has is not with the enforcement of rules like defensive holding or hands to the face. Issue the NFL has is their referees do not know the rules of the sport and call vary ridiculously from crew-to-crew.
  • Jay Cutler sweep left? Is that actually in the playbook? Why? Did he turn into Tim Tebow without me noticing? You have one of the best tail backs in the sport, two monster wide receivers and a monster tight end and you’re choosing Jay Cutler sweep left at the goal line?
  • Don’t see it with Teddy Bridgewater. That’s not a franchise quarterback.
  • Need to watch game tape to understand how Mel Tucker called this game but it seemed like solid effort from top to bottom.

Bears did not achieve anything Sunday other than cooling the criticism for a few days. That’s fair. But it only lasts til next Sunday.

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  • Viva

    I like it when we win.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      I like it as well. I predicted the Bears would win this one and I was correct, for a change. However, as I also predict, it won’t matter. I’m not one for throwing in the towel and hope for a good draft pick. That’s just not good football. As others have said you play to win. Period. You win when you can and as often as possible. That, being said I cannot see this Bears team going to the Playoffs. I feel we are once again stuck with a Mediocre Bears Team with Mediocre Coaches, Our Defense & Special Teams is just plan bad and doesn’t rate the “mediocre” tag.

      Face the facts, the Vikes are not a good Football team. Against other bad or mediocre teams the Bears have good chances to win, and Sunday was a good example. Against GOOD teams, like GB, NE, Denver, etc. the Bears just cannot match up and end up embarrassed.

      Not sure about you guys, but this really depresses me. We all know what the Bears SHOULD be…an Empire, a Dynasty…other than one Dominate 1985 Team…will we ever see this team be what they truly are destined to be?

      We won, I’m glad. But it doesn’t change the long term facts that this team is in serious trouble and needs to be fixed in several places.

    • Beware the Jericho

      sadly there are guys on here that actually don’t if that makes any sense.

  • Peanut FTW

    I … think.. I know why Trestman did what he did at the end of the half. Cutler had played really brilliantly up til that drive. 63 seconds, maybe you get into fg range, maybe not. I think he was almost hoping that second run wouldn’t get anything. He wanted Cutler to have an entire half of clean QB play to build on. Im not saying it was right I am just saying I think he was trying to protect Cutler from trying to force something and having it end with a meaningless INT… like it did.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Cutler only forced that throw because he had to heave it down field to put them into FG range.

      • Peanut FTW

        I think he forced that throw because he’s Cutler.

        • Beware the Jericho

          He had to force it because it was 3rd down and they needed to get it to at least the 35 to have a shot at a field goal. they were at their own 42 if i’m not mistaken. c’mon man.

          • Trac

            I prefer Cutty Badger over the kindler gentler jericho johnny. lol. Just sayin.

          • Beware the Jericho

            i like Peanut FTW

      • Big Mike

        A ridiculous sequence by a guy who was coaching for his job. They could have easily gotten into field goal range. As it stands they should have scored more than 30 the way they controlled the game. Winning is fun, winning right is way more fun. Good effort, but so much left on the field.

        • Bender McLugh

          just like all season, right?

          • Big Mike

            without the winning, but yeah. Carolina and Buffalo game. Squandered chances. Should have beaten them both. we’d be looking at 6-4 not 4-6. Still wouldn’t beat GB or NE.

  • GPLDAN

    You guys have covered the end of 1st half drive and said all there needs to be said there. That is squarely on Kromer. Trestman is the HEAD coach, he went out and got Kromer, Kromer wasn’t thrust upon him. He defers to Kromer to run that offense. Just so you know where you direct your ire.

    What I want to say is this:

    Without jump ball scoring we don’t win. Marshall and Jeffery were the twin towers out there winning every jump ball. Take away jump ball scoring and you have none.

    You can’t win in the NFL every week jump ball scoring. At some point you need to break long runs or screen passes for TDs or hit somebody deep who simply ran PAST their man. Had the Bears faced the Vikes with Cassell and AP in mid-season form, they would have lost. Teddy B sucks and they have no running game behind him.

    So it’s a win, and you get wins any way you can – winning ugly is a Bears hallmark of late – but it isn’t going to last against any sort of team that can control the clock. What we saw out there will not beat the Lions twice.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Trestman calls all the plays, though. Kromer doesn’t do anything on game day. He designs the rushing attack.

    • Viva

      Fuck the Lions twice.

    • BerwynBomber

      We have little or no intermediate passing game. We’re all screens, dump off and bombs. But given that Zimmer had apparently never watched game film of us and insisted on covering us one-on-one, it worked.
      Hats off to Forte, Marshall, Jeffrey and the Oline. They were all outstanding. Cutler was a C+/B-. D was solid most of the day. STs sucked.

  • GPLDAN

    I also want to say I played Bobby Rainey who scored 2 FF points over Jonas Gray who scored 59. Shit like that makes me truly hate FF.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Somebody has to say it… ok, I’ll say it… it’s because you don’t understand NFL football… with friendly respect.

      • GPLDAN

        Holy shit Barb, I think you should be called Dick Licko.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Ok…GPLickDan

    • Sactowns#1

      Ah and I’m rolling right along in Da Bears FF league. What does the champ win?

      • Haha, yeah, you’re doing good, but four teams are actually tied at 7-3, and Shady is at 6-4 and actually leading the league in points.

        It’s by far the most competitive DA FF league I’ve been in.

        Mostly because and awesome and badgering Commish.

    • I don’t even have to wait. I’m already giving you the Homer Award of the week.

      http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/trophyhistory?leagueId=1177278&trophyId=5

      Gray was ONE yd away from 200 too, which would have triggered even more bonus.

      DOH!

      Pass the Gray Poupon…but of course…

  • Viva

    Dear Mark,

    On 4th and goal from the one while nursing a 4 point lead…kick a FG and make the other team need more than a TD to beat you. In the rulebook of life that should fall somewhere in between rule # 1. breathe often, and #3. piss often.

    Viva

    • Peanut FTW

      I actually liked that call. The defense was actually earning their pay and worst case they get the ball inside the one and maybe get a safety. They did actually get a safety, it just wasn’t called.

      • Viva

        “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” The D was holding them, that’s why you take the 7 pt lead and force them to get into the end zone…

        • Peanut FTW

          With our specials… I keep the 4 and give it to them at the 1 every time.

          • Viva

            Rule # 5 in life: never underestimate the ability of an NFL ref to throw a phantom PI flag.

            We’ve all seen teams with shitty O’s sustained drives with the help of inept officiating. Hence, I’m on the take the easy points bandwagon…

        • Doc Hamstring

          Gould missed a FG earlier. So even a chip-shot FG in what weren’t great conditions is not a bird in the hand.

      • Big Mike

        No it was a terrible call. The whole play calling inside the 10 was terrible.

    • Big Mike

      agreed

  • John Doe

    Who is leaking the details of Cutler’s contract about trade and leaking it to Adam Schefter that Bears will be able to trade Cutler? Is it Emery or is it Cutler’s team?

    I think signals are being sent to interested teams and potential suitors.

    • GPLDAN

      Whomever is leaking is saying there is interest from other teams when it’s extremely doubtful there would be. If they trade him in March of next year, they will have paid him $38 of the millions he is owed.

      The team that picks him up picks up a 2-year $16M deal. Who is going to pay Jay Cutler $8M a year given he stays healthy this year? The Vikes?

      • John Doe

        I think interest will be there.. especially if Mike Shanahan becomes HC again. Shanny will swing a trade for Cutler if there is no QB on the team.

        Jets, Titans, Rams are all looking for QBs. Jets and Rams have strong defenses where Cutler will be good fit and strong defense will limit the impact of his turnovers.

        • Beware the Jericho

          insanity levels being breached again. why are we talking about this when there are so fucking many issues on this team that need to be addressed?
          Cutler:
          Completions: 5th
          Attempts: 6th
          Comp%: 5th
          Yds: 7th
          TD: 6th
          Rating: 9th
          A Chicago QB has these numbers and we’re talking about this. My head is melting.

          • John Doe

            All bullshit stats and big chunk of them compiled in garbage time in blowout losses.

            I also notice that you did not include league-leading turnovers.

            Jay Cutler is only slightly better than Geno Smith and Blake Bortles but is getting paid like a top QB. Yeah, we should be happy.

          • Beware the Jericho

            Top 5 to 7 in 5 of the most important areas and they are bullshit?
            Your comment is garbage. There have been 2 blowout losses and in those games it’s not like Cutler threw 6Td’s in them am I right. So now we have to start qualifying which plays are eligible for your stat discussion? We have to now discount solid quarterbacking in situations where the other team is effective against our defense? Unreal.
            Your comparison to Geno Smith and Bortles is unfortunate but telling. Our interaction is finished.

          • Beware the Jericho

            you just had the AUDACITY to compare Cutler to a guy with 7 touchdowns, 10 INT’s, 1370 yds and a 65 rating and a guy with 8TD’s 14INT’s, 1921 yds and a 72 rating. Dude, go fucking kill yourself now and save yourself the agony of living while missing 4 chromosomes.

          • BerwynBomber

            TOs are part of the big picture, though, Waffle. And his rating varies: QBR has him at #15. PFF, last I heard, had him way low — in the 20s among starting QBs — but J Wood might be able to verify. Bottom line Jay is a mixed bag. He is certainly NOT Geno Smith (or for that matter Teddy Bridgewater) but your top ten stats (w/out proper context) are misleading too.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            thank you for reassuring me that he is not Geno Smith or Teddy Bridgewater. You guys are insane. I feel like i’m on punk’d.

          • CanadaBear

            I love you Johnny!

          • Bender McLugh

            Totally disagree and stats do not bear this out. EDIT: except on the money side, Cutler is overpaid, yes.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            did you honestly up vote this Sac? unreal.

          • GPLDAN

            We’re talking about it because all the news outlets are running stories on it, Jerry Licko.

          • Kyle’s Mom

            Conveniently leaving out one of the most important stats. Only one QB, Bortles, has thrown more interceptions than Cutler. Rodgers and Orton have 3.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            first, it’s weird that you’re deadposting TJ. Second, when you bring up Bortles it blows any credibility out of the water since he’s thrown 100 less passes and has the most INT’s in the league and a 1-2 TD to INT ratio. it’s just trolling at this point. Why would i include the one stat that means almost nothing in the context of losing games by 40pts. My point is that we have a QB with top tier stats like we’ve always wanted on a team with so many problems but you’re too busy with your hard on for being a Yahoo troll to understand that it’s not fantasy football and you actually need a full team include a real live defense. Luck and Brees have 10 picks each and i don’t see you comparing them to Bortles now do I? Stop being a fucking homo. Stop deadposting like a creep. Bring some fucking value to your posts you fucking Yahoo troll.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            and go to bed, it’s way too late to be up masturbating, you can barely keep your eyes open.

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            orton has thrown 150 less passes first of all pal. That’s almost 5 fucking games worth. Go watch the Cubs.

    • Viva

      Media smells blood. This story will generate clicks. They’ve probably been sitting on this info for a while. Timing is everything. Waiting for Cutler to start taking heat..and presto…a panacea.

  • Peanut FTW

    Is the Broncos O hitting a wall similar to the one ours hit in game 1? It seems like people have figured that O out now too. They obviously have a much better QB so they should be fine but the one glaring weakness of Manning is that he’s a statue. If that Oline falters, that whole thing crumbles.

    • BerwynBomber

      More about the Rams vaunted pass rush finally showing up the last few weeks than anything else. Denver is still the most talented/dangerous team overall in its O and D combo, even if not perfect. But right now NE sits atop of the power rankings. Winning at Indy by 20 with Brady delivering a crap game (by his standards) might be THE most impressive performance by a team all year.

  • BearDown100393

    The game ball belongs to Matt Forte. He stabilized the offense after a less than desirable start to the game (yellow flags everywhere). Forte got the Bears offense on track which opened up the passing game later. Without him, Bears probably lose and the tone here completely different.

    • Peanut FTW

      I would give the game ball to the Defense. If they didn’t up their game it would have been 28 – 14 at half and we would have been in real trouble. But yes I love me some Matty as well.

      • Viva

        Two game balls it is.

        • johnnywad

          Two game balls

      • BearDown100393

        Agree that the defense was much improved yesterday. A lot more fun to discuss game ball statuses after a win then what we have experienced for the past few weeks huh?

    • Big Mike

      Forte gets the game ball for the season. But yesterday the defense played better than I thought they were capable. Forte is by far this teams MVP.

  • Big Mike

    My thoughts.
    – Special Teams are an epic disaster.
    – Tucker called a good game
    – Defense looked energized
    – Offense not as good as everyone is ranting about. End of 1st half WTF are you serious
    – Where were the first down runs?
    – Should have scored +30 the way we were moving the ball.
    – Did DJ Williams actually make a play?
    – Conte didn’t get hurt…
    – Marques Wilson > Santonio Holmes, Josh Morgan etc..
    – waiting on punter to be special.

    • Peanut FTW

      I am thinking we should have kept Tress Way…. sorry Jeff

      • John Doe

        Just typical Bears luck…Tress Way is out-punting Pat O’Donnell. You know that was going to happen the moment Bears spent a draft pick on a punter.

        And Emery was forced to keep O’Donnell because he had spent a pick on him. Tress Way did pretty well in the camp and O’Donnell didn’t beat him by a big margin.

        • Big Mike

          Tress Way Punts 44, AVG 48.9, LNG 77, Inside the the 20 – 12
          POD

          • Trac

            Yeah Mike, I touched on this last week somewhat. Green Bay still has evra one of their picks from this draft still on the roster and I could not see a “who gives a rip so just draft a warm body pick” in their draft last year. Emery has a swing and miss mentality when it comes to later round picks it seems. I think he spends so much time trying to get cute in the draft that he misses the on value picks in the later rounds. He seems to have a bird in the bush mentality.

          • Big Mike

            POD may work out. So I don’t hate that pick. He’s doing better than the guy we had last year. But Fales? 1 there are no good QBs taken after the 3rd round (spare me the Tom Brady reference), we weren’t in the market for a rookie back up, draft a football player. LB, DT, OG, C, FB something.

          • Trac

            Not saying that O’Donnell was a bum, just that he was an unnecessary draft pic. Senseless when you realize the glaring needs on this roster.

          • Jeff has gone silent on this. He’d probably argue that Odonnel is only a rook and will grow, but that assumes Tress Way WON’T progress, which is not the case.

          • I also don’t know why they drafted Fales. Could have used that pick for a possible S. Maybe to trade up for LB (Borland?) for a returner.
            We all trusted Trestman the QB Whisperer because of how he seemingly transformed Cutler and McCown.
            That trust was misplaced.

          • Big Mike

            He’s just not circled back to it. POD may turn into a pro-bowl punter. Tress Way may regress to his average. Like I had said before, I don’t hate this pick as much as the one for Fales. I’m still intrigued by the possibility that POD will knock the snot out of a punt when we need a boomer. Hard to believe that the Skins have punted 8 more times than the Bears.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Gould hits the FG, and the 4th-and-goal works, and yep, you’ve got 30+ points right there.

      • Big Mike

        That’s what a good team does. Stats say they weren’t efficient converting production into points. Happy with the win.

  • huntinbare

    Did not get to see any of the game ; but I am wondering if Marty B. was a non factor? I do not see his name mentioned much. Unitas exploited getting the ball quickly to Mackey and his “beastiness” got the majority of the yardage. Would that be a part of a short passing game that we could employ?

    • Don’t know if it was game plan, or if Cutler just saw the one-on-one matchups and played school ground ball, but Cutler didn’t look to Bennett.
      He saw the matchups on Alshon an Bmarsh and does what he likes to do best.
      Chuck it up.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Jay Cutler sweep left? Is that actually in the playbook? Why

    Because it was there for the taking.
    Too Jermon Bushrod WHIFFS his block or Cutler goes in standing.
    I don’t care what you call but players have to execute. Bushrod was AWFUL on that play.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Not just the Orton play vs. Bridgewater, but also Rodgers vs. Philly. Rodgers very obviously threw the ball away, and even though there was a receiver less than 10 yards away, they said that throwing “in the direction” of the receiver wasn’t enough. Grounding called. I look at that play, compared to other plays, and thought that Rodgers’ throw as less “grounding” than the others. In any case, if it’s called in one context, they need to be consistent.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Consistent”. What NFL Zebras definitely are NOT.

  • huntinbare

    A few thoughts on the tanking it comments ….
    In Chicago you have a beloved perennial loser who has kept an open wound festering for over 100 years. Eventually a human with an obvious festering wound; when walking the streets and keeps getting asked about that unsightly sore on their face gets tired of a medical explanation; and chooses to resort to sarcasm. That type of a response is like a salve upon the psychological scars that are created from the futility of trying to heal the wound.
    Now living away from the city for most of my adult life and interacting with the fine residents from around the country has shown me one thing for sure. I grew up in a place where overstated sarcasm was a game of choice when communicating within your peer group. The more over the top and creative the sarcastic retort the better the group dynamic laughter became exposed.
    Since leaving the city I will say things in groups that gets the evil eye; and causes my wifes bailout commentary to begin; ” he is from chicago,visit. use this form of speech to state the ooposite”. She leaves the room when the old neighborhood cones to Fla. for a visit
    Maybe some of the stuff about tanking is just ” salve on a wound”.

  • Bender McLugh

    It’s interesting to me that two of last year’s top three offenses (CHI & PHI) were both embarrassed by GB to the tune of 50+ points given up, as both teams D were woeful last year and no change this year except for the fan base thinking their teams Ds would be improved (me included). Makes me feel a bit better about our losses while I throw up a little….

    • Big Mike

      And NE dropped 42 on the Colts in Indy.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Putting 42 on Luck away is a little bit different than putting 50+ on Sanchez at home.

        Let’s not stain Patriots beautiful level of all around play.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          are you sure you are not a Patriots fan????

          • He probably would be, if he didn’t hate America so much.
            Oh, the irony.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Niceee.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I am a Patriots supporter. I root for them to win the Super Bowl each year.

  • Beware the Jericho

    I am a little baffled by the 4th and 1 QB sweep. Why make Cutler run 10yds to get 1?
    Why not spread everyone and if you really need to run the QB why not run the QB draw so he has to go 3 yds to get 1yd?
    Also, Marshall’s catch wasn’t a jump ball, he beat his guy deep and the pass was deep to the backside of the endzone. Jeffrey’s was a back shoulder pass against a fucking 5’9 DB. If you don’t run that play….THAT EVERY OTHER TEAM DOES…you’re a fucking moron. It’s there for the taking and we have two fucking beasts to do it. You don’t run Alshon on fucking Wes Welker patterns dude, with his ball skills and ability to control the ball in the air you fucking put it up when the other team is dumb enough to go one on one.
    Marshall ran Marshall patterns yesterday and look at the result. Alshon ran Alshon patterns and made Alshon plays and look at the result.

    • BillW

      “…if you really need to run the QB why not run the QB draw …”

      Thank you very much. That situation SCREAMED for a spread formation with a QB read – NOT a all or nothing sweep.

      Biggsy today on the score essentially called it another “cute” Trestman call. Said Trestman had that play in the playbook for several weeks. Biggsy essentially said Trestman simply felt he had to call it. Another case of Trestman out-thinking himself in my opinion.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Finally. A fucking win.

    Sincerely, a naive idiotic fan who still believes that in a capitalistic money driven society, the only voice we have is with our wallets.

    Oh and by the way, Jeff, most people go to the game not just for the experience of the game, but for the victory. I could see how in a place like Tennessee or St. Louis, the experience of the game is fine, because those are the little engines that could (or at least try). We are the big engines that don’t. We’re in Chicago. The second city. Arguably the proudest most prestigious football brand in the world. And if we keep going to the games just for the experience, the McFucksey’s will continue to trot out their 500 teams. We are the Chicago Bears, we expect victory. Especially with this offensive team. So if you can give me a viable alternative to speaking with our wallets, I’m all ears. But this fan won’t continue to prop up the already filthy rich McCaskey’s with another dime until I see some fire in their bellies. Will it make a difference? Probably not. But what alternative do we have? I’m sure Nike didn’t miss one of my dimes when I stopped buying Nike products because of their sweatshop practices. But I slept better at night knowing I wasn’t supporting their bullshit. So in the end, that’s what it will come down to. I won’t support their bullshit until it I see some fire in their bellies from management down. I’ll root for the team, but I won’t give them another red nickel. Idiotic or not.

    (By the way, what percentage of bears fans actually go the games? Less than 0.1% I’d imagine. So, yeah, not buying a polish sausage or a seat in the stadium might not effect their bottom line, but the other 99% who refuse to buy their merch definitely can)

    • Trac

      This!!!!!! Unfortunately Doc, the only way to change this is to get new ownership that are football people. The McCaskey’s have and always will be trust fund babies first and foremost.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        100% correct.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      DocNitty for Mayor!!!

    • BillW

      About 6,000 empty seats; not enough for the McCaskeys to be embarrassed (not sure it was ever mentioned and didn’t show on TV) but had it been 20,000 you can bet they’d be embarrassed.

      Jeff – I like your commentary etc but you keep insisting that the point of no-showing is economic hurt. OBVIOUSLY selling less concessions will not hurt them.

      It’s the point of embarrassing the McCaskeys – showing the fans no longer care. THAT’S the point.

      • Nothing more embarrassing than tarps and paper-bags.
        The cameras zero in on that, and the money bags do too.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I agree. It would be a huge move. The McCaskeys would meet… no doubt about that.

    • Apparently, wins are now ornamental too.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        My comment, by the way, is directed more as a rebuttal to a thread Jeff posted two days before the game. I’m happy about the win. Though in as much as it will effect our chances at the playoffs, it does strike me as ornamental indeed.

        • I agree with you. On that thread, I was the first to disagree with Jeff’s premise, “Just go and enjoy the game.”
          Some proposed to give their tickets to “less fortunate” Bear fans.
          I countered, “If you’re going to give your Solider Field tickets away to poor fans, give it to poor Viking fans.”
          Only think worse perhaps than seeing empty seats, tarps or bags-o-head, is seeing a sea of purple.

  • Trac

    To answer Jeffs twat insinuating we should be less angry when we see the Cheese or Pats blowing out teams better than us? Sorry Jeff but this is a ridiculous mindset. I get angry at blowouts because that means we are nowhere near ready for prime time. I could give a rip about the eagles and colts. I think a person runs the risk of being stupider from reading tripe like that.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The game didn’t say anything if not that the players reached the limit of feeling like despised losers.

    The schemes, play calling, the limits, pathetic image of the franchise didn’t change. They were confirmed.

    The clock not working and the field being a mixture of woolly manure and shitty crap = the Chicago Bears = losing franchise.

    Every week the fans pay some of the most expansive tickets in the world for that. It makes me full of pure anger.

    • Big Mike

      and the bullshit sod…

      • Beware the Jericho

        so….you’re not going to address the other insane shit in his post?

        • Big Mike

          No. We know why ticket prices are higher in Chicago. They have the smallest seating capacity

          • Beware the Jericho

            when you just let guys post insane shit with impunity you get a blog full of Barb’s and John Doe’s. If you guys won’t take a stand against fucking lunacy then so be it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I was reading you post… but the clock stopped working, so I couldn’t do it.

          • Beware the Jericho

            machines break from time to time. i’m sure there are a ton of non working machines strewn about out near you guys. haha, I keed I keed.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            your father’s dildos do… cause over usage.

            at least change the batteries after you ‘borrow’ them.

          • BillW

            Look Barb – I get the whole bantering on the blog thing but that one crossed the line in my mind. Don’t do that to yourself.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            There’s no line between him and me.

          • Beware the Jericho

            haha, guilty.

          • BillW

            Settle a bit…

            To quote Barb:
            “the most expansive tickets in the world..”

            I call BS. I’m a season ticket holder and out tickets are NO WIDER than any others I’ve purchased!!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            of course they aren’t.

          • BillW

            Trying to lighten the mood here. Eeyore is getting uncomfortable.

          • Big Mike

            Bears ticket prices are higher because:
            1) Smallest Seating Capacity in the NFL.
            2) Supply and Demand – Largest metro area supporting only 1 NFL team we have a small seating capacity. 9.5 Million residents. 66,000 seats
            The Bears don’t have the a turf field because:
            1) They strongly believe that player’s long term health is better served by a natural surface
            2) The Park District may or may not go along with plans to install turf.
            Note: this is far from a clear cut issue,but the evidence is growing that a top line state of the art field should be installed. The McCaskey’s have not objected to this.
            The image of the franchise
            1) The image of the Chicago Bears franchise, or it’s “brand” is out performing this years version of the team.
            2) This franchise is valued at $1.7billion or 6,046,475,000 Lei

          • BillW

            Park district wants to replace the grass with turf. McCaskey’s sound out of touch stubborn on that issue. No one really knows why. Maybe Ginny has flashbacks to Wrigley.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s were she ‘became a woman’.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Fuck them.

          • Big Mike

            Did you lose a bet? Lighten up.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I can’t. They’re historically bad for the second season in a row. I can’t lighten up Big Mike. I just can’t.

          • Big Mike

            Being a Bears fan for many of us is a lifelong journey. It has ups and downs. This isn’t even close to historically bad. Historically disappointing, absolutely. Historically mediocre, possibly.

            From 1969 to 1976 they were 28-70 (4-10) average record. In the middle of a 5 year stretch(96-00) where they never went above .500, they went 8-24 (97 and 98). From 2002 to 2004 they were 16 games under .500.

    • beninnorcal

      Wow, you really love these Bears, but how do you really feel?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Can you negate any of my statements ?

        • Beware the Jericho

          I can!
          I choose SCHEME for 500.00 Alex!
          Well Barbie, we took vertical shots successfully down the field, had multiple extended drives, utilized the run strategically, almost went 100% on 4th down conversions, won the time of possession battle, got our WR’s involved early and often and put points on the board despite a missed field goal and an inexplicable qb sweep. all of this against a D that had only given up big numbers to the Pats (30pts) and the Pack (42).
          So in closing, uh, fuck off?

          • Beware the Jericho

            actually my post covers scheme and playcalling. any retard can claim the field sucks. You’re the retard today that claimed it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            they put 21 points, at home, against the Vikings, with 40 minutes of ball possession Jerrylicko

          • GPLDAN

            Jerry Licko?

            LOL.

        • beninnorcal

          Look above, accidently replied to myself somehow.

      • beninnorcal

        The Bears are a ‘losing franchise’ this year. As a franchise all time they are the winningest. There ya go.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m not talking about WWII. Obviously, I’m talking about modern times. Last 20 years.

          • beninnorcal

            My statement is correct, you’re the one cherry-picking.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Your statement is debatable. So cherry pickable.

          • beninnorcal

            Bullshit, Barb. The Bears are the all-time winningest franchise in the NFL. That is a fact. I’m not saying that pertains to the current roster but it isn’t debatable at all.

          • beninnorcal

            So there ya go, I negated one of your comments, the one I took the most offense to.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Bears are the all-time winningest franchise in the park near your school.

          • BillW

            There are concrete things that can be and certainly are addressed in this blog. And the need for a football guru instead of Teddy is a well represented view that addresses your main point.

            If there was really a way the fan base could make that happen, I’m all in. But they can’t.

            Your post was too scattershot and in several cases talking about past games (and maybe even future games) and not this one.

            Scheme was perfect for the game being played. For the defense the Vikes insisted on playing.

            Play calling was suspect in spots – true enough. But not overall all.

            The field was improved and the clock has nothing to do with the team. Yes – it’s embarrassing but they use the same company that nearly all teams use – it’s not like the McCaskey hired some relative to run it.

            Nobody is say the Bears are now a good team. But as a fan I’d rather see a W than an L no matter what. Put it another way – I’d rather see them play up to their abilities than seemingly give up.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I keep hoping the Bears start playing nickel as main D scheme.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          This is Jeff Dickerson on Carmen & Jurko, after the Pats game, espn beat reporter of the Bears since forever:

          Guys, guys… I know the initial reaction is shock and all, I understand that, because it’s such a horrible loss, but LET’S REALLY THINK ABOUT IT for a second here. THE PATRIOTS ARE A DIFFERENT LEVEL FRANCHISE THAN THE BEARS. That’s a hard thing for people, in this market to hear, the second largest market in the NFL, the charter franchise of the League. Guys… the Bears have made the playoffs 5 times since 1994. They’ve won 4 playoff games since 1994. Four !
          Tom Brady has won 18 playoff games himself.
          Carmen: So you’re saying he’s better ?
          So these are NOT SAME LEVEL FRANCHISES and you could point to injuries, but the Patriots didn’t have Jones, Mayo, Ridley, but it doesn’t matter for them because they have the most important pieces to the puzzle.They’ve got great ownership in Robert Kraft, a great HC in Belichick and a great QB in Tom Brady. End of story. SO PEOPLE GO “WHY ARE THE BEARS ALWAYS RUNNING IN PLACE?” Well is it really all that of a surprise when you’re going on the 30 year anniversary next year of winning a SB and you’ve made the playoffs 5 times in 20 years ?

          • johnnywad

            The Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl in ten years. Wouldn’t the Giants or some other awesome “winning” ownership like the Steelers better illustrate your point? They’ve each won it twice since the Patriots last won it all. Hell, the Cowboys won three in four or five years for Jerry Jones, the second worst owner of all time behind Al Davis. This argument of yours that ownership wins championships doesn’t hold water. The Patriots are winning because they hit the lottery on a sixth round pick in Brady and happened to pair him with Belicheat before anybody knew he was good. That’s all. Its not some secretive style of winning ownership.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Good for them. Bad for us.

            Button line.. they’re winners, the Bears are losers. It’s reality.

    • BillW

      By the way – the field was playable yesterday.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        for a rugby game in a 3rd world country.

        • BillW

          No – I heard a few radio comments saying the new turf held up well.

          • Beware the Jericho

            don’t fucking bring up facts Bill, it only confuses the young man

          • BillW

            By the way, I’m trying to change my avatar but can’t do it at work for some reason. I don’t like the “Jeffs” logo because I don’t want Jeff to think I’m referring to him. Plus (thankfully) the whole Jefferson thing is in the past.

          • BerwynBomber

            But the Sherman Hemsley avi was the best.

    • Peanut FTW

      What I don’t get about the clocks thing is, WTF, how about plan B?

      I mean portable wireless timers are less than 2K each. You think it might pay to have a couple sitting around for just such a case? I get big stuff like turf vs sod or lighting issues like NY had a couple years back but this is just a stupidly simple and easy fix.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I agree.

        Maybe they don’t have the money to invest in such a futuristic device.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/emmanuel-sanders-taken-out-with-violent-hit–but-was-it-illegal–195130313.html

    I’m sorry but this is a CLEAN hit. It just goes to show that no matter how “clean” a hit is going to be…if it is Brutal or Violent it’s going to draw a flag every-time.

    Welcome to the New “pussified” NFL.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I not sorry he got a flag for that. Fucking Jeff Fisher. I hate him.

      I loved the hit.. great stuff.

      When I saw the hit on Redzone… my thought process was ‘waaawww, now that’s the shit…. you can’t see such a play at Sodier Field’. For that kind of speed you need proper playing conditions.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yep, clean hit. I don’t know about the “pussified” aspect, though. NFL is still violent enough. And I agree with Collinsworth that they should extend the defensive chuck rule from five to ten yards.

      • BillW

        People have been calling for that for years. Surprised Fischer doesn’t push that one more.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          How can Fisher push for ‘defenders’ rights if he’s the one that came up with this pathetic form on football they use this year.

          I laughed my ass of when he was crying about a soft PI flag against the 49ers. He’s the one responsible for this year’s flag party.

          • BillW

            I don’t specifically know what he advocated vs not. He’s just ONE member of the competition committee. He’s not the only voice.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Fisher is Co-Chair of the NFL competition committee along with Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Cutler “dominant”? Convincing win? Oh how the “mighty” have fallen…

    • beninnorcal

      Hey, congrats on already winning it all and coming to boast about it, Cheesy.

      • TheBigCheesy

        thanks buddy

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        They beat Mark Sanchez. Order the rings, Teddy !!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Let’s bet. I give you Packers +6.5 against the Patriots at home. I win you don’t ‘visit’ this site for a week with your Rodgers wood and your Packer delusions. You win… I don’t show my face for a week.

      What say you ?

      • beninnorcal

        Barb, why don’t you spend your time on Pats blogs with your little Brady erection?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I do.

          • Beware the Jericho

            you can’t edit posts a half hour after making them….especially to make them more gay.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I have to relate with you somehow. I’m sorry it took half an hour. I can’t talk ‘bisexual’ like you do. I need google.

          • Beware the Jericho

            Is “google” some sort of eastern European bathtub gin that you slam down in order to hit on chicks with full confidence at 90’s dance clubs while smelling like you just ran a marathon?

          • Beware the Jericho

            damnit Barb, I have to work, let’s pick this playful banter up later.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Go to work my white english friend… got to put food on the table… those slaves you have back at the ranch aren’t going to feed themselves.

            http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/3361534304_e7cc8f1d03.jpg

          • Guest
          • Beware the Jericho

            I’m American of Irish and Nordic descent. The irish side drinks you under the table and the Nordic side bangs your women desperate to leave your abusive Romanian relationships and homemade porn slave circles.

          • CanadaBear

            The drunk side isn’t banging the women. It’s trying to push a rope uphill.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            As I said… a bloody english shitface.
            I don’t drink, I smoke.
            I understand why you seek Romanian women. All American ones are into black men.
            That has to kill your KKK ass pride, doesn’t it ?

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            haha, that KKK comment was weird.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Hah. Only that one was weird ? You really do have high tolerance… and not only for alcohol. Hah.
            I like that.

          • guest

            This is MB, right? You guys change your handles so often

      • TheBigCheesy

        Why would I ever want you to leave? You do better troll work here than I do.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          never thought i would up vote one of your comments. but that is hilarious and unfortunately true.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Agreed – that made me laugh. Way to break the streak, Cheesy.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m Boss.

          • BillW

            Upvoted you to make up for misunderstnading that Waffle was OK with your zingers.

        • Trac

          Laughed so hard that I farted. Hahahaha

  • beninnorcal

    Wow, this place has turned into a real shit-hole this year. A losing season really brings out some turds around here. More than any other team Bear fans have a large contingent that love when they lose, people like Barb here and many Chi-town beat writers.

    • Beware the Jericho

      I can’t understand it myself. I enjoyed the hell out of that game yesterday and don’t need to fucking micro-analyze the fuck out of it to sap all of the joy from it like some fucking Debbie downer. it was a win you big pussyballs just enjoy it and let’s get another this week.

      • beninnorcal

        Agreed.

      • RenoBear

        This

  • NewBearInTown

    I’m with Jeff on the wins thing. Its kind of a downer knowing that you’re on the outside looking in at the playoff picture (especially in mid-November). But I enjoy seeing my team win. I enjoy seeing great players play the game well. I enjoy seeing young talent get a shot at being discovered. There’s plenty to enjoy about watching your 3-6 team get a win.
    Plus, unlike some others, I can enjoy watching other teams play. There are great stories every season in the NFL.

    • Beware the Jericho

      NB, Lions are at Pats this week. 7-4 in just a few days. We are just starting the run. Marshall and Jeffrey all day every day.

      • Beware the Jericho

        you can’t go 13-6 without losing 6 games.
        -Evantonio

      • NewBearInTown

        Hey man, Bears can run the table, Lions and Packers can lose out. Why not right?
        Still, that’s not why I’m still watching at the moment.

        • Beware the Jericho

          I love football and thoroughly enjoy watching true skill no matter who is playing. Also I get a little pleasure out of other teams or players failing that were nominated or crowned to succeed while our guys get shit on.

      • BillW

        Bears can’t salvage the season playoff wise (though it’s not impossible) but they CAN stand up for themselves and change the conversation. I personally don’t think Trestman has what it takes to be a long term successful head coach, but if in fact they finish 8-8 or maybe even a decent 7-9 (no embarassing losses) one has to say he deserves another chance.

  • BillW

    Cheesy – who was the first team to ever beat the Packers? Let’s see if
    1) you know
    2) you’ll admit it

    • TheBigCheesy

      1). I just looked it up
      2). It was the Rock Island Independents

      • BillW

        Hmmm – not what I read in looking up the Acme Packers thing. Maybe that was from a different league. I’ll be back after a bit more research.

        I did the research because I remembered the Packers being named for the Acme Packing Company, but then several years ago read they were named after the Indian Packing Company. So I figured the Acme thing was a false memory. Then saw the Acme Packer hats yesterday (and I have to say if I was a Packer fan, I’d want one of those) so I got the story that Acme either bought Indian and/or changed the name.

        • TheBigCheesy

          I too have the same confusion with regards to the acme packing company and indian packing company

  • Beware the Jericho

    WreckingBall, Bridgewater for Cutler, straight up trade??? haha, fucking Bridgewater. Troll ass motherfucker.

    • Beware the Jericho

      old waffle back until the xmas season then i’ll play nice.

      • BillW

        Welcome back. Insult me a good one for old times sake.

        • Beware the Jericho

          I can’t. I’m a nice guy but when the crazy thermometer pops I have to lash out.

          • BillW

            Fair enough.

          • johnnywad

            I have one too. Its called my “fuckitometer”. I use it liberally at work. Its when somebody pisses you off so bad, the consequences of your pending actions are momentarily inconsequential.

          • Cormonster

            Like building inspectors?

          • johnnywad

            Certainly in the top five

          • johnnywad

            And OSHA. Holy shit. Self funded through citations now. How bout that?

          • Cormonster

            OSHA is terrible. Same goes for being a primary contractor for the Feds or Military.

    • GPLDAN

      Watch it, Jerry Licko!

      • Beware the Jericho

        I don’t know what that means but I’m sure i’d laugh if I did.

        • GPLDAN

          Barb called you that. It’s hysterical.

          • Beware the Jericho

            a play on Jericho? nicely played Barb….nicely played.

          • GPLDAN

            ROTFL

            Barb is such an idiot.

          • Beware the Jericho

            i’m laughing out loud in my office because i’m ascribing various accents to him saying it to me in person.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            take that dildo out of your ass when you typing stuff like that.

          • GPLDAN

            “you know nothing of zee fooodbahl, you stupido Beware Jerry Licko!”

            please change your handle to Beware Jerry Licko. Please.

          • Beware the Jericho

            on that note I must log off to get some work done. I officially have a perma-grin on my face now. I lov theeece country.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’m not the one that chose Bobby Rainy instead of Jonas Gray…
            fart fetishist.

  • BillW

    Suntimes Headline Bears Story:

    “Bears’ win over Vikings cost Chicago three spots in 2015 NFL mock draft
    Bears projected to get 11th pick in 2015 NFL draft.”

    If the team had any balls they’d ban that writer or someone from the Suntimes from the locker room. Essentially encouraging the fans to root for losses and be disappointed in victories.

    Besides – they are not PROJECTED to get the 11th pick. No one is doing year end projections now. That’s where they would draft if the season ended today. Which is pointless.

    • Trac

      This is a symptom of fans having zero confidence in this team/coaching staff. Just because you press the reset button by hiring a new GM, that doesn’t mean you can solve the Bears problems. I get the draft pick angle. It’s sad that the Bears have cone to this as an organization.

      • BillW

        I get the point; but what I don’t get is a major newspaper making it their lead headline.

        • Trac

          It’s called shame.

        • huntinbare

          Controversy sells in today’s world …if the Bears win next weekend the whole game gets re set and dreams of drumming detroit will fill the headlines….no commentator want’s to buy into trying to get this group coached up ….allow the youth to gain experience….develop chemistry….work on technique and eliminate mistakes….that is boring to write about. We were not ready to take the big steps this year and a lot of these writers do not want to reset their enthusiastic predictions. So lets keep going down the road to implosion in the press.
          I think this season has put much more on Emery’s plate than he expected. I would love to be a synapse in his brain right now to know which way he is thinking about adjusting to what has been presented.

  • GPLDAN

    Zimmer chose to play man mostly against the wideouts, refusing to emulate the C2 Deep Shell that the Pats and Packers played against the Bears. That was a big mistake and the deep ball was there as a result. That was Zimmer hubris.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Re: Cutler sweep left…Trestman obviously reads the comments and saw where I called him out over the missing read-option chapter of the playbook.
    Stop stalking me, Marc!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I remember that. Hahhha.

      The problem with the read option is that Cutler has to do the the reading.

  • Sactowns#1

    Yeah that sweep left was a head scrather. What was more msyterious was how they lined up. They had Forte line out wide right. Why? If you want to run the QB sweep left then line up Forte in the backfield, fake the handoff and then sweep. Make the LB bite and you might be able to get in.

    • Beware the Jericho

      that would have been too easy Sac. We’re trying to win bets AND games here. It would simply be too easy to make a FG and then kick another FG in that position for 6 pts. it would then be too easy to call an obvious intentional grounding on Bridgewater for another 2 pts and the ball given to the Bears.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Jeff I only watched the first 10 minutes of the Bears game but how did you not comment on the Cutler fumble that was challenged? The Bears kept the ball because the officials said there was no immediate recovery (although I didn’t really agree with that) and so there was no damage done (except for Cutler’s sophomoric unsportsmanlike conduct penalty).

    After the Jarrett Boykin touchdown last year and the special teams touchdown in Carolina this year, how the fuck can the Bears still sit around and let a potentially live ball sit on the ground? Minnesota jumped on the ball just in case and very easily could have been awarded a turnover.

    Don’t you think that says as much about Trestman’s coaching abilities as anything else?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The refs blew the whistle, so the play is dead.

      This is low level.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Whistle was blown. Issue wasn’t Bears. It was refs.

      • TheBigCheesy

        Of course, but didn’t they change the rule about 5 years ago that allows for fumbles to be recovered even though the play was blown dead? The way they explained the ruling made it sound like if they vikings had actually possessed the ball when they first touched it, they would have been awarded the ball. Am I wrong?

        • BillW

          If we have to rely on Carey to explain, we’re all wrong.

          My understanding – if a clear recovery happens before the whistle, then it can be awarded via challenge. Otherwise no. The clear recovery id happen but after the whistle.

        • TheBigCheesy

          I think that rule was actually changed after the Ed Hochuli gaffe … which was also a cutler fumble, coincidentally.

      • Bender McLugh

        and that’s what Cutty was yelling at the refs, a b.s. unsportsmanlike btw.

        • BillW

          I think he had a match up that was making him salivate; then the red flag comes in (perhaps late) and blows up the play. Cutty was pissed and rightfully so – I don’t think it was his spiking the ball (a lot of QBs do that in frustration on a play blown dead) but maybe it was. And/or he said something like “what the f’s wrong with you?” or such. It certainly wasn’t “Dooon’t Caaaare!”

    • BillW

      That fool Mike Carey said it was due to no immediate recovery. What an idiot! How did he ever keep his job as a ref! If that were true, then the Packer fumble last year couldn’t have been recovered. But obviously the reason it could not be recovered was because of the whistle.

      Mike Carey is an embarrassment to CBS. He is NEVER right it seems.

      • TheBigCheesy

        The refs also said there was no immediate recovery

        • BillW

          Before the whistle that is.

          I also think I heard them say something about “down by contact” which was not relevant in any way at all.

          • BillW

            Carey kept trying to say players stood around too long before trying to get the ball – and that was incredibly stupid. Again, that’s exactly what happened last year – with the one big difference – no whistle.

    • Beware the Jericho

      there was no recovery at all. Marshall went for it, stopped going for it. The whistle blew and then the player fell on it. No one went for it in a meaningful fashion before the whistle after marshall abandoned his attempt. Don’t revise history. Sorry, no fumble. How do you not agree with that?

  • BillW

    Cheesy – here’s what I read this morning:

    http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2046390_2046393_2046354,00.html

    “The Green Bay Packers had a stellar first season. They played 11 games in 1919, of which they won ten. Their first and only loss came during the last game of the season, when they lost to the Beloit Fairies. That’s right. There was actually a football team called the Fairies.”

  • Beware the Jericho

    lol, watch the Bridgewater intentional grounding again. I’ve never seen a more obvious non call. it would be comedy gold to film an NFL rep trying to explain that one.

    • BillW

      I had a feeling they wouldn’t call that. Didn’t see the one with (or against) Buffalo but I I have sen the situation where if a receiver WAS in the area (but ran out of it) the ref giving the QB the benefit of the doubt and consider maybe the receiver ran the wrong route.

      • Beware the Jericho

        Bridgewater wasn’t even looking down the field when he threw it because he was whipping his head back to the left and seeing the right side of the line collapsing. Laughable. Ball landed maybe 25 to 30 yds from his WR who was running a GO route I believe.

        • CanadaBear

          When TV has to go to a wide shot to show a WR, he’s probably not in the area!

      • Peanut FTW

        If the receiver isn’t close, it’s grounding; plain and simple. If the WR ran the wrong route then that’s between the QB and him to figure out but you still throw the flag. I don’t mind the throws where the QB intentionally puts it over the head of a guy by 5 yards, I can still tell who he is “targeting” but that play was a training video play on when you DO make the call. I mean they have so many ways out of grounding, that to me this should be called every time it’s close.

        • BillW

          Agree completely. Just my logical side trying to figure out what the ref was thinking.

    • GPLDAN

      Back to work, Licko! Those mortgages don’t write themselves!

      • Aveţi grijă la Ierihon

        just closed a Hinsdale jumbo my friend. Your neck of the woods.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The NFL is insane this season. It should have been the perfect year for the enlarged playoffs scenario.

    • Peanut FTW

      Not sure how I’d feel about that. I like the best two teams earning a bye, also not sure about having half of the teams in the playoffs. What do you do with 4-8, leave it a wildcard or make it top 2 from each division? Just seems watered down. I do like all the scheduling changes to put division games for the last game. That is almost like adding teams to the playoffs.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’d do this. 8 teams from each conference… division winners plus next best 4 teams. The division winners take the 1-4 seeds.

        I’d then take a week off for everybody at the end of the season. The first Sunday after the end of the season I’d make the most fantastic thing you’ll ever see…the 1-4 Seeds in each conference chose their opponents from the 5-8 Seeds. Better said the 1-3 Seeds…. No 1 Seed choses, then No 2 and then No 3.
        No 4 Seed hosts the remaining team on the board.

        It would be Insanity in the purest form.

        • Peanut FTW

          I would like the format of choosing who you play better than the bye, it could really prove painfully poetic as well. In that scenario, I would want some weighting added in for division placing that would make it nearly impossible for one division to get all it’s teams in. Something about that always bothers me, your inter-division games should be played out in the regular season.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Every team gets a bye week. The first 4 seed (division Champions) play at home 14 days later. After 7 days -and after a week of crazy suspense and millions of discussions, articles, debates- the 6 GMs of the first 3 Seeds in each conference go on TV, in prime time and they announce their choices.

            People would go crazy. The risks are enormous. What if everybody expects you to pick team X, you chose team Y and you lose the game ? That’s huge pressure.

            PS: About division games. No…no restrictions on that. That would be a big part of the charm. When No 1 picks do they go for a divisional game against a team they already beat 2 times, but that knows them to perfection ? They lose the advantage of knowing in advance their opponent… they have 1 week to prepare for them before they announce it on Sunday !!!

            And if they indeed go ‘divisional rival’ think about the insanity that would create. The rivaly would grow that much more.

    • Nah.

  • GPLDAN

    Cryptkeeper is on the Score now

  • GPLDAN

    When asked about Jay’s non-fumble, he said he hasn’t reviewed the play.

    Good god.

    • Aveţi grijă la Ierihon

      lol, I saw nothing!

    • GPLDAN

      He’s Marc Testy Man today.

  • Vechiul sistem Roman Ierihon

    David Bass sighting yesterday. Put the pressure on Teddy B to force his shitty throw to be even shittier. Game ending INT.

    • That’s good. We’re going to need him to step up for Houston cuz Young is more effective in spurts (that’s what she said!)

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Example for Jeff where the pressure was more important than an actual sack.

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        Barb, much like an old Romanian Jericho missile system, sometimes you even hit your intended target by sheer blind luck. I completely agree with your post that a pressured throw resulting in an INT is at least as effective as a sack that allows another play to be run by the other team.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          And the sack can be -as is the majority of the time- the result of a QB that choses not to throw such a risky throw and tries escaping right into the arms of another defender who never got to the QB on his own.

          Talking about ‘blind Luck’ Brady turned the ball over last night on similar type of pressures.

  • We got outcoached yesterday! That is to say, their coaching staff screwed up more than ours.
    And again, Bridgewater is yet another cautionary tale about teams drafting “franchise QBs” in the later 1st and beyond.

    If we are indeed traversing that route, I’d rather trade away our 2015 first for a 2016 first rounder from a sucky team like the Raiders, Jags (to ensure a high draft pick, and two high 1sts to move up for a true franchise QB).
    Sure, sometimes teams can luck into a later round QB (Rodgers, Wilson), but for every Rodgers, there’s a Bridgwater, Tebow, Ponder, Gabbert, Weeden, EJ Manuel, Mike Glennon, Locker, Geno Smith, etc etc

    • Big Mike

      Not a bad strategy. Hate sitting out the 1st round in any year.

      • As a kid, I hated Nyquil. But had to take it.
        One time I had a high fever and my family in their infinite wisdom, dumped me in a ice-filled tub.
        I got better..
        Sometimes, gotta lose the battle to win the war.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      i’d rather just draft bad ass OL tanks and keep Cutler. A strong OL and consistent running game will make any qb better.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        If you don’t draft QB…you have to draft D.

        The worst NFL teams are running Os with poor D and ST.

        • Peanut FTW

          Yup 1st pick off the board is going to be a QB or an anti-QB otherwise known as DE.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            No way. Lots of money invested in already strong DE group.

          • Peanut FTW

            We have a strong DE group? I thought we had one has been, one could be and a never was with a blown acl.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Bridgewater played the most critical weather conditions of his career.

      You can’t judge him for this game. You need patience. I personally see something in him… he might become a franchise QB at some point.

      • Peanut FTW

        I see career backup, game manager titles coming when I see troubled play. He has a lot of the intangibles, I just don’t know if he can put it all together against NFL quality D. That being said, if AP comes back, that should help his career arc more than anything.

        • He also puts his eyes down rather quickly, which is surprising cuz in college he hung tough.
          The arm will be a major disadvantage, esp vs Packers and Bears outdoors.
          At best, I see him as a Dalton-ish project.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          A Smith type wouldn’t be bad. Not particularly ideal in Dome situation, but still.

          I see more than that in him. It’s difficult right now to say much about it. He just isn’t ready for NFL football. It’s the reason the Vikings never wanted his in this position this early.

          Key fact: he’s not a clear cut bust. He’s not a disaster. That’s a good starting point.

  • A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with such a devastating cost that
    it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been
    victorious in some way; however, the heavy toll negates any sense of
    achievement or profit (another term for this would be “hollow victory”).

    The phrase Pyrrhic victory is named after Greek King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC during the Pyrrhic War. After the latter battle, Plutarch relates in a report by Dionysius:

    The armies separated; and, it is said, Pyrrhus replied to one that gave him joy of his victory that one more such victory would utterly undo him.
    For he had lost a great part of the forces he brought with him, and
    almost all his particular friends and principal commanders; there were
    no others there to make recruits, and he found the confederates in Italy
    backward. On the other hand, as from a fountain continually flowing out
    of the city, the Roman camp was quickly and plentifully filled up with
    fresh men, not at all abating in courage for the loss they sustained,
    but even from their very anger gaining new force and resolution to go on
    with the war.

    —Plutarch, [2]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhic_victory

    • Pyrrhic Victory Monday!

    • Peanut FTW

      Oh I know what a pyrrhic victory is; I play Risk.

      • Haha I play Risk too.
        If you have a PS3, you can buy it for like $8 box to download and play against the computer or others.

        • Peanut FTW

          I mostly use my PS3 for an uber-geeky game called Magic and one other called Fat Princess. I will have to get Risk for it.

  • OK, I’ll stop being a snarky douche. I’m a bit lukewarm, which I suppose is preferable to utterly embarrassed.
    I can go hike or walk with my gear and actually make eye contact with other humans sans fear that they would just laugh at me or pat me on the head and say, “It’s OK. It’s OK.”

  • I also firmly believe that Trestman and Co are already fired, almost regardless of what happens from now on.
    The Brain Trust didn’t gather in an emergency meeting at Lambeau to chat about Jose Conseco Comets.

    • Peanut FTW

      I get the sense that at the very least Tucker is gone, and probably by proxy, that whole side of the ball. I do think if the offense continues to balance out and get their selves closer to the product they were last season, Trestman has one more year.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They gathered for PR reasons. That’s it.

      On how to put sugar on the shit and call it cake.

    • GPLDAN

      But Comets can solve the energy crisis!

  • I’m surprised no one has mentioned Cutler’s remarks about us becoming “better fans” when they become a “better team”.
    I was surprised to find out that, apparently, my fandom is contingent on how they perform.
    So I guess we’re all 4-6 fans.
    Thanks for enlightening us, Cutler.
    I’ll try to become a better fan.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      When I said it I was attacked with cheap shots. Hah.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      he has reiterated many times that the fans have the right to boo because they haven’t performed and need to be better. I talked to him and he said that he’s particularly sorry that he offended you and to please accept his apologies. Also, in my humble opinion, if you boo your own team at your home stadium you’re not a good fan. You are in fact, a shitty one.
      Reports are that it was dead at the stadium which makes it easy for the opposing team to come in and not really have it be an away game. Shitty fans.

      • Big Mike

        I do not agree with you. I don’t think you become a boo-bird when something goes wrong in a game. Interception, fumble, etc. But I can tell you this. Had the Bears lost to MN because Trestman didn’t try to score before half, or if Cutler had thrown a stupid pick 6, or if the defense had forgotten to cover a guy, I would have booed without mercy. Those are not the mistakes of a team that simply doesn’t have enough talent, those are the mistakes of a poorly coached team that refuses to A) learn from mistakes , B) Play hard. I will be at the game next week cheering heartily. However, if the Bears look like quitters, make stupid mistakes I will boo them off the field at Half Time. I would not boo them while the game is in contention. Going off the field of a bad half yes. Getting blown out, yes.
        The end

        • BillW

          Dead thread but had to respond:
          I agree. Booing is the opposite of cheering. It’s that simple to me. Great play earns the crowd’s admiration which is expressed as cheers. Bad play earns the crowds disdain which is expressed as booing.

          Booing a team that simply can’t compete is NOT being a good fan. If they are giving their all and come up short, then it’s dumb to have disdain for them.

          But booing a team clearly underperforming – making unforced errors or loafing – is a reaction the team has earned.

          I showed my support by paying over $100 for the ticket. I expect them to show me they deserve that support. If not, I have the right to “tell” them how I feel.

        • Old broken romanian Jericho

          Mike, the problem is that when enough people are so fucking salty that they’d rather boo their own team than disrupt the other team with cheers and noise you have fucked up in your role as a fan. Other teams have no fear of coming here because it’s relatively quiet and our fans would rather boo their team and cheer their ass off for the jumbotron pizza race during timeouts, etc.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t think you read what I wrote. My take on it is if the game is in contention you don’t boo, except at the end of the half. And in both cases only when performance sinks to the level of quitting, repeating stupid mental errors. Not booing in those cases is exactly the wrong thing to do. When Rogers was up 42-0 do you think chants of “defense” would rattle him.

    • Big Mike

      I feel like a 4-6 fan. If the Bears are 10-0 right now, I’ve probably got a Bears tattoo somewhere and have bought Blue and Orange rims. If they are 0-10, I’m not typing this. I’m still a Bears fan, always will be. But a good team brings out a level of excitement.

  • DAPAKRZ

    I’ve always respected the Bears. I listen to Buffone, Obradovich and Arkush. They’re smart football men. They’re right. The Bears need to clean house. Cutler has a good arm but no leadership skills. Trestman? Maybe, good for the Ivy League…but not for a Chicago Bears franchise known for players like Butkus and Urlacher. Mel Tucker? Pathetic…and that’s giving him the benefit of the doubt. Defense? The old guys on defense need to go. It will take awhile but the Bears need to start from scratch so they can re-build and send the dome teams back to the bottom of the division where they belong.

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