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DaBearsBlog RevZone Channel: Differentiating Between “Meaningful” & “Playoff Contention”

| November 21st, 2014

REVZONE

Like Grantland, except without all that Disney money.

Reverend Dave does not like ranting anymore. So stepping in for him again this week is yours truly. Today’s discussion: how tomorrow can set the stage for “meaning” from the 2014 season and how – in context – the Patriots and Packers blowouts might not look so terrible come Super Bowl Sunday.

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  • My #1 game preview

    From one of my fav writers – Evan Silva, RotoWorld. It’s FF slanted, but very detailed regardless.
    I find that writers for gambling and FF sites tend to be more in depth.

    Tampa Bay @ Chicago

    I own a ton of Jay Cutler shares and was as pleased as anyone to see him back rolling in last week’s win over Minnesota. Cutler did throw a pair of WTF picks, but was lethal targeting Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall at the intermediate and vertical levels, picking apart overmatched Vikings LCB Josh Robinson. At the same time, I think this week sets up as a potential trap for FanDuelers considering twirling Cutler. Whereas Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made the mistake of playing Chicago’s plus-sized wideouts in constant man coverage, you can be sure Lovie Smith’s Buccaneers will show them heavy Cover 2 zone. A “see-it, throw-it” quarterback as opposed to an anticipation passer, Cutler has long preyed on man coverage and struggled against zone. No one knows this better than Lovie after spending four seasons as Cutler’s head coach. Cutler is a fantasy QB1 squaring off with a Bucs team that ranks 30th in Football Outsiders’ pass-defense DVOA, but I wouldn’t invest big money in him this week. … Matt Forte is a much safer bet with plenty of upside against Tampa. The Buccaneers have played leaky run defense over their last two games, coughing up 213 yards and a touchdown on 48 carries (4.44 YPC) to Falcons and Redskins running backs. As Chicago is a six-point favorite, this is a game where flow should work to the advantage of Forte and allow the Bears to control the ball. Forte is a shoo-in top-three RB1 in Week 12.

    Cutler’s target distribution over his last six games: Jeffery 57; Marshall 54; Forte 53; Martellus Bennett 37; Dante Rosario 11; Marquess Wilson 4. … Jeffery was a man amongst boys against Minnesota, physically manhandling Robinson. With 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown in six of his last eight games, Jeffery is a mid-range to high-end WR1 against the Bucs, who may again be without LCB Alterraun Verner (hamstring), or have Verner back at less than full strength. … Marshall showed no signs of ankle problems in last week’s win over the Vikings, scoring two touchdowns and parlaying seven receptions into 90 yards. Expect the Bears to attack the Bucs in three-receiver sets, positioning Marshall against 5-foot-11, 188-pound CB Isaiah Frey in the slot. Frey is a former Bears practice squad player. Marshall knows him well. … Keep an eye on Wilson, the Bears’ promising sophomore wideout who returned from I.R./recall in Week 11 to play 74% of Chicago’s offensive snaps. Wilson only saw four targets against Minnesota, but has a bright future in the league if he can stay healthy. I think he’s worth stashing in 16-team leagues for the fantasy stretch run. 22-year-old Wilson should be owned in all Dynasty leagues. … Bennett has barely been a factor in the Bears’ passing game of late, but the Buccaneers allow the fifth most receptions (55) and 11th most yards (588) to tight ends. Even if Martellus’ early-season production has proven a mirage, he is a top-12 tight end option in Week 12. Lovie’s Cover 2 is exploitable by tight ends.

    In Week 12, Josh McCown travels back to his old stomping grounds to face a Bears defense that has allowed a 14:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 73.1% completion rate to opposing quarterbacks over its last four games. Teddy Bridgewater did struggle against Chicago last week, but Minnesota’s smallish rookie passer has been struggling against everyone. Expect a stronger performance from McCown, who has fairly consistently moved Tampa Bay’s offense in his two starts since the benching of Mike Glennon. During that span, McCown is 42-of-66 passing (63.6%) for 589 yards (8.92 YPA), four touchdowns, and two interceptions, with 47 rushing yards. McCown has shown an obvious bond with rookie Mike Evans and is worth streaming as a QB1 in this favorable matchup. … McCown’s target distribution over his last two starts: Evans 18; Vincent Jackson 17; Austin Seferian-Jenkins 10; Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey 6; Louis Murphy 5. … Evans’ pace stats have reached 74-1,272-12 with an up arrow. Josh Gordon recently told Nate Burleson he was going to “tear this league up.” Evans already is. … One week after seeing nine targets from McCown and logging a 5-30-1 receiving line, Seferian-Jenkins saw one target in last week’s win over the Redskins. The Buccaneers played a season-low 52 snaps on offense, which may have contributed. “ASJ” remains in play as a Week 12 streamer. The Bears have allowed the most fantasy points in the league to tight ends.

    V-Jax has been a major fantasy disappointment, and his target total dipped to four last week, an indication the Bucs are calling fewer plays for him. We’re delving into non-quantifiable narratives here, but it wouldn’t surprise me if McCown tried to “get him going” against a soft Bears pass defense. A perimeter receiver in Tampa’s offense, 6-foot-5, 241-pound Jackson will do battle with 5-foot-8, 185-pound Bears LCB Tim Jennings and rookie RCB Kyle Fuller on Sunday. Jackson’s price has dipped enough on FanDuel that I think he’s worth serious consideration as a tournament play. He’s a boom-or-bust WR3 in season-long leagues, albeit with upside in this matchup. … Rookie Charles Sims took over as the Bucs’ primary back in last week’s win over Washington, playing 63% of Tampa’s offensive snaps and finishing with 16 touches. Rainey “started,” but was reduced to a 37% player and only handled the ball six times. Keep in mind Doug Martin (ankle) resumed practicing this week and could further muddle the Bucs’ backfield, but Sims is trending toward flex viability in 14- and 16-team leagues. “He’s looking better and better,” coach Lovie Smith said in his post-game press conference last week. The Bears play middling run defense, ranking 15th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric and permitting 4.10 yards per carry to opposing tailbacks. Rainey looks safe to drop in 12-team leagues.

    Score Prediction: Buccaneers 24, Bears 23

    • Scott W.

      I understood about 1/3 of all of that. Okay, maybe 1/2. But thanks for confusing the hell out of me with FF terms I don’t get. That’s worth something.

      • Yeah, it’s sorta like me when I read gamblers dissecting games. I don’t know their terms, but I do understand the football analysis.
        The two things that stood out for me:
        “The Bears play middling run defense, ranking 15th in Football
        Outsiders’ DVOA metric and permitting 4.10 yards per carry to opposing
        tailbacks”
        But how much is that related to teams preferring to pass?
        “Josh McCown travels back to his old stomping grounds to face a Bears
        defense that has allowed a 14:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 73.1% completion
        rate to opposing quarterbacks over its last four games. Teddy
        Bridgewater did struggle against Chicago last week, but Minnesota’s
        smallish rookie passer has been struggling against everyone”

        • Scott W.

          Yeah, that last sentence, that’s what jumped out at me.

  • The Rev doesn’t like ranting anymore? Say it ain’t so!
    That’s like Irish not divulging Alien/Rothchild conspiracies, like MB not grading women on some insane Barbie-doll scale, or Johnny not defending Cutler on a Tradewind binge.

    Also, most fans will be dialed into the Lions game on Thanksgiving regardless because the alternative is having to converse with boring family members visiting.

    Pass the taters!

    • NewBearInTown

      Irish and MB not being around the blog has made for some rather tame comment boards as of late…

      • GPLDAN

        I tried to write a bot that would post in the style of both Irish and MB.

        It’s first post was about sniffing Ben Bernake’s panties, so I scrapped the code.

        • Scott W.

          Bernake, surfing with aliens, maybe?

        • Scott W.

          David Stockman playing marbles with Lance Armstrong’s testicles against Chris Conte?

        • SC Dave

          An appropriate response from GP with the QA hat on.

        • Big Mike

          For MB all you need to do is whine about how important safeties are, and how bad ares our.

    • GPLDAN

      Wasn’t the Rev in Sierra Leone? Isn’t that where he went?

      Considering Ebola is spreading at the rate of 500 new cases a day there, he’s probably just happy he is back stateside.

  • Get off the bus gunning

    Frey is the starting nickel for the Bucs? Oh my, Marshall and Wilson will be busy in the slot. Ignore Bennett and his sore ribs, targeting him will only end in Micah Hyde-esque hearbreak since he runs shitty routes.
    Rain should not be a factor but getting the ball out of Cutler’s hands should be the top priority to neutralize the Bucs front 4.
    Someone please tell me that Major Wright is the safety for this team. Please.

    • CanadaBear

      Is Major Penis worse than Conte and Mundy? It’s not a slam dunk that’s for sure. Is Frey worse than Hurst? Same thing. Hopefully we can abuse Frey because of his height. I think we win but Lovie will have his team amped up for sure.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Major Wright was an eyesore on the Redskins tape. He just looked like he was chasing bees.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t doubt it Jeff but I’m pretty sure you can find tape of Conte/Mundy doing the same.

          • johnnywad

            Still, I prefer to play against shitty safeties, whether ours are equally shitty, or not. I think Major would fit right in with this group of misfits.

        • Big Mike

          Great visual!

        • Better to go with the bee-keeper you know?

      • SC Dave

        Yes, he is. Or at least was with the Bears.

        • CanadaBear

          Actually his last game with us against the Fudgies was probably his best game as a Bear. If he played like that all the time he would have been as good as Mundy at FS. Of course, he could shit the bed with the best of them.

  • NewBearInTown

    As a fan with 16 games to choose from every week, I can certainly understand the idea that a team that isn’t contending is a team that isn’t worth watching. There’s so much information to track in the league nowadays that you almost have to narrow your focus. And if you’re narrowing your focus, why not concentrate on teams that will still be playing in January?

    With that said. If I’m taking my kids to a football game, its a Bears game. And if we go to the stadium, we root for the Bears. And if we’re already there, rooting for the Bears, we want to see a win. It doesn’t really what the standings are league wide – we want to enjoy the game for that one day.

    Probably a lot of folks in Oakland had a great time last time cheering for their team. That game was meaningful for them.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve been to a handful of games back in the ’70’s. The only time they won while I was in attendance was the 28-27 barnburner against KC. The one where Walter broke about 8 tackles on 1 run. All the other times they lost. I still had fun every time I went. Driving to and from sucked but that’s life.

      • Big Mike

        I’m jacked about being there this weekend. It’s a great time. Where else can you tailgate in the rain, sit outside in shitty weather, watch a disappointing football team, AND still have a blast.

        • At a NickleBack concert?
          Oh, disappointing TEAM…

        • CanadaBear

          My only issue was the driving. That always sucked.

          • Big Mike

            I cab it. Staying at the Palmer House. Cab to tailgate. That’s about it. Bears stay there as well. Usually run into a couple of those guys.

          • CanadaBear

            Awesome! I was always driving in from Iowa. I’d drink during the game but not on the way up or back. My buddies in the car made up for me!!!!!!!!!!

    • Scott W.

      Bet payoff time. I’ll wait to hear back on the vig…..

      WHY THE GREEN BAY PACKERS SHOULD HOST A SUPER BOWL
      by Scott W., proud member of Da Bears Blog, and Rivalry Fan extraordinaire.

      Lambeau Field in Wisconsin is perhaps the cheesiest stadium in the NFL, one that could easily be converted to a dirt track with grass bench seats for NASCAR hopefuls. Only in Green Bay could an NFL team easily step aside and surrender its turf for sheep herding contests or state fair level milking competitions without making significant modifications. It truly is a State Farm for anyone who chooses to double check.

      As a Super Bowl venue, it offers something for everyone. Cold. Snow. Pictures of Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers, all genuflecting to the Lombardi statue. Recordings on endless loop of Jerry Kramer bitching about the aforementioned cold and snow. The chance to eat donuts with Mike McCarthy. Bear rugs with Jay Cutler’s face on them as swag at the parties. Perhaps the most powerful argument for a Super Bowl in Green Bay, though, is the color chartreuse.

      Vincent Van Gogh loved the color yellow, exclaiming, “It’s the color of the sun!”. However, the psychology of the color is less cheery than one might believe. It is, according to Color Psychology experts (and no, I’m not making this up), the color is “…the most fatiguing to the eye” and easily “…creates feelings of frustration or anger”. Tests have proven that people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms, and babies more likely to cry. Exposure to the color has also proven to increase people’s metabolism. Can you think of a more adroit reason to play the biggest, most violent game in America at Lambeau Field? Well, there’s more.

      While too few of us know that the color yellow, when blended with the color green produces chartreuse, a romantic, feminine and baby-shit color all by itself, the color green, according to color psychology, is “soothing, mentally and physically relaxing, helps alleviate nervousness and anxiety, and offers a sense of renewal, self control, and harmony”. Counterbalance, anyone? From the rage produced by yellow to the romance of chartreuse we arrive at the intersection of harmony and insanity, the path most traveled by NFL fans young and old. No where in the NFL landscape can there be found a more fitting destination than Green Bay Wisconsin for the Super Bipolar Bowl.

      Final thoughts on a Green Bay Super Bowl

      I lived in Wisconsin for a while. I don’t remember anything about football, since I was only 2 years old, but later in life my mother told me that Milwaukee, at least, had an outstanding, prolific, and aggressive population of bed bugs. So for years, that’s how I thought of Wisconsin; a state rife with insects that wanted to sleep with you. I don’t mean to suggest that bed bugs would be a factor in a Green Bay Super Bowl, but it’s, you know, possible that they could be trained, like fleas, to do the Lambeau Leap as a swarm. Ah, but I digress…

      Chartreuse. The Green Bay Packers are a smudge, a blur away from being chartreuse. If anything will attract the female fan base, that will.

      Bet satisfied. I’m going to go color for a while.

      • Cormonster

        The fish in Wisconsin like Chartreuse lures as well. I’ve caught a lot of fish with that color.

        • Viva

          I caught a musky in the Chippewa Flowage on a chartruce rapala

          • CanadaBear

            Was it as big as the one Cor used to have as his avatar? That one was a beauty! I’ve caught a lot of Northerns and Walleyes but never a Muskie.

          • Viva

            It was about 40″…I let it go.Cors looked a lot bigger.

            I love walleye

          • Cormonster

            Nothing tastes as good as fresh caught walleye, especially in the late fall and early spring. The Mississippi River around here grows some big ones.

          • Viva

            I’m officially jealous.

          • CanadaBear

            Even Northerns are good if you have a charcoal grill and some butter.

          • Cormonster

            They certainly do.

          • Cormonster

            That’s great country around there. I go Musky fishing every year by the Turtle-Flambeau flowage a little farther NE in Mercer. It’s an annual fall trip. My buddy has a cabin on the Turtle River right by the start of the flowage. Great scenery. My brother-in-laws family owns a cabin and land that connects to where the Chippewa River enters the Mississippi River / Lake Pepin, very close to where Laura Ingalls Wilder was raised as a young pup. I don’t hunt, but it is prime deer and duck hunting land.

        • johnnywad

          They do in Michigan as well. Perhaps it fills them with hatred and they must kill it.

          • Cormonster

            Johnny, in the past you talked about how clear Traverse Bay is in Michigan. Have you ever thought about scuba diving there, maybe with your kids as they get a little older? Even snorkeling can be a great time.

          • johnnywad

            I’ve never been scuba diving. Might be worth a try. This summer my son got in with a pair of goggles on while I was fishing in 15-18′. I caught a couple while he was in and he was able to see the whole thing unfold both times. Pretty cool experience.

          • Cormonster

            Scuba diving is the bomb. Might be worth starting the young ones out with a snorkel, mask, and fins. They will have an absolute blast. Your better off going to a scuba shop to get the gear where they can get fitted properly for the mask. Don’t buy the anti-fog crap. Spit works just as well or better. I guarantee it will make their water experiences that much better once they learn how to clear the snorkel after diving down by the fish.

            My parents live close to a lake in the UP where we camp all the time. The water is very clear. I will snorkel around, find where the fish are, then call the boat over. It’s great watching the fish being caught. I’ve even grabbed lines and brought them down to where a school of fish are hanging out, but watched the fish get caught. It is a great experience.

          • johnnywad

            Thanks Cor. I’ll look into it next summer. Way too far away right now

          • Scott W.

            To earn extra bucks, I became a certified instructor for a while, years ago. An amazing experience. I hated being an instructor though after a while. Back then, pressure was on to pass students. Scared hell out of me, some of the people who could meet all the low standards. Many thought they were invincible. It sucked, dragging morons out of trouble at below the 50 foot max depth by their weight belts.
            But I saw the coolest things.

          • Cormonster

            Did you teach PADI or NAUI certification? PADI pushes the students through a lot faster. I’ve talked with new students preparing for their first dive through PADI and most of them didn’t know half the things we learned through NAUI. At least where I went, the NAUI instructors didn’t mess around. You had to read the entire manual and have all their test questions filled out before the first class. If not, they kicked you out of the class. They warned us ahead of time. The instructors were great, but they were very safety conscious.

          • Scott W.

            PADI, unfortunately. The full court press to build grad numbers was ridiculous. I and another guy really tried to toughen it as we could, but word got around and we actually wound up quitting over it. I saw one guy die (nitrogen narcosis, he drifted down a ledge into the abyss) and another come up right into a man o’ war because he was trying to impress some chick. But heart attacks were the biggest problem, because students lied on their med forms, got quacks to sign them off, etc.

          • Cormonster

            The first time I dove in Antigua I wasn’t even certified. Was at a Sandals. Me and my brother showed up at 7:30 am, swam some laps in the pool to show we could swim, put on the gear and farted around in the pool for about an hour, watched a 30 minute video, took a 20-30 question test, then went diving. We only went about 40 feet and had an instructor with us the whole time, but it still wasn’t very safe. I’m a really good swimmer and was comfortable down there after clearing my ears, but one girl panicked right away and had to be brought to the surface.

            I understand why you quit. PADI seems to be irresponsible and downright dangerous at times. Our instructors had a very negative opinion of the organization.

          • Scott W.

            Not at all surprised. PADI is a money driven org, period, or it was back then. NAUI wasn’t as big, and to teach, the money was with PADI. But the shit they wanted instructors and dive masters to pull was really bad. Their idea of open water certification dives was a joke.

          • Cormonster

            Yeah, the NAUI instructors didn’t get paid much. They were doing it more for the love of diving and making it as fun and safe as possible. No knock on you by the comment. Where were you teaching?

            I did my open water dives in Lake Wazee by Black River Falls, WI. It’s an old mine and over 500 feet deep. Very cold and hazy water. After the second thermocline about 55 feet down the water temps were about 34 degrees. Our instructors said if you can dive here, you can dive anywhere.

          • Scott W.

            Yeah, a lot of shops did open waters in quarries too. Super deep, often clear to an extent, and relatively safe; fewer variables. Several had dive platforms at 25 and 50 feet, which was supposed to be the max depth. My very first qual outside the pool our instructor wanted to collect some salt water fish for his aquarium, so – no kidding – he took us all to 90 feet to a shipwreck off the West Palm coast. That was my first open water dive. 90 feet, steady currents.
            To top it off, my dive class buddy, who had been a diver years back and decided to get his cert card again. Well, he told me he was too scared to go in, so my instructor, safety conscience guy that he was, looked at me as I’m gearing up, and told me to just be more careful. Then he went over the side and descended. So I was last off the boat, first time ever in a body of water not surrounded by concrete. Hand over hand down the anchor rope I went, through shit vis for the first 40 feet, then it opened up. Got to the ship wreck, the other students are just flopping around, the instructor and dive master are in and out of the wreck collecting fish in baggies.
            You know already, that’s a dive that requires decompression on the way up, in stages. My dive tables were clipped to my belt, thank God. But I had no buddy. I just drifted a while, browsed, we did ZERO work, students bobbing and some flailing wide-eyed, terrified.
            I went up the rope when it was time, but the instructor and dive master were paying no attention at all. Did my hang time, got back on the boat.
            Instructor took me aside that night back on shore, handed me my cert card, said because I knew to decompress and was on my own, I didn’t need the other 4 required dives. The guy was a top shelf dumb ass.
            I eventually wound up teaching all over Florida, mostly the east coast, some in the Keys.

          • Cormonster

            Wow! Just wow! I’ve done a lot of crazy things on skis, but I was experienced and knew my parameters. Same goes for diving. I’ve done a few dives I’m not certified for, but I knew what I was doing. What those instructors did is just reckless and life threatening.

            I got certified with two good friends. The first time we went diving on our own with just the three of us, one friend just took off on his own. Me and the other friend spent our entire dive trying to find him. He did the same thing on the next dive after we gave him an earful. I quit diving with him in a small group after that. Just not fun. He thinks he’s invincible. He was telling me about some really deep cave dives he was doing in Cancun(?) a year ago. When he told me some of his stories it was totally reckless. Not my idea of fun dives.

          • Scott W.

            Very smart to quit diving with him. I had students and met lots of those guys
            Many wound up getting their buddy hurt, or wound up in a hyperbaric chamber. Some worse.
            That week, the 5th and final open water dive was held near a breaker in – get this – 5 to 20 feet of water. The sea floor was a blanket of sea urchins, and the current (as around all breakers, hence the name) was just violent. People got hurt, but not seriously. One student quit.
            As a celebration of certification dive, the instructor set up a night dive. Corm, that was for 9 people who had been in the ocean as divers exactly 5 times, none under good conditions.
            Ok, this is one of those stories that is hard to believe, but every word is true…ready?
            When the boat got to the night dive location, way off the coast, there was much debate by the crew as to whether or not conditions were safe enough. They decided we would do a drift dive due to the strong current. We were on a boat that had our class as well as local, more experienced divers. I think there were 20 divers in all. Big boat.
            As you already know, I had no official dive buddy. So one of the female dive masters said I could hang out near her. Over we all went…into raging currents and rising seas, with the currents ripping all the way down to at least 60 feet.
            When I went over, the surface wave swells were at around 3-4 feet.
            We flew when we hit 55 feet. 4 of my fellow newbies had massive buoyancy problems, some were being whipped off course because of the inexperience, etc. I think you get the idea.
            My tank valve sprung a leak after 20 minutes or so. I had to surface, so I told the very busy dive master I had to head up, and off I went.
            When I surfaced, the swells had increased to 8 feet at least, and the currents were crossing, and had picked up enormous speed up top.
            I did as I had been told, waving my dive light in a circle over my head. But there was a problem. The boat was now racing to keep up with the float, and never saw me surface.
            We had gotten so much further out, I couldn’t see the lights of shore any longer, and in minutes, the boat was gone from sight as well.
            I was completely alone, being pushed out to sea in a hurry. It was 10:30 at night.
            After 10 minutes of sheer panic and fear, it dawned on me that there wasn’t one fucking thing I could do about it, and I started to relax. I filled my vest completely and kicked back, leaving my light on.
            Every now and then, I shone my light below me, and one of those times, I saw a very large, indiscernable figure coming at me at an angle from below. I waited, watched, and thought, can this get any worse?
            It surfaced, a giant leather back sea turtle, looked at me as we were both tossed up and down in the waves, and then, it spit an arching stream of sea water thst landed right on my face.
            I laughed so hard I literally pissed in my wet suit.
            I drifted for 2 hours before the boat found me. One of the spotters had seen my light when I surfaced, but they had to calculate for the increased currents and waves to find me.
            What a ride. What a fucking ride.

          • Cormonster

            What an incredible story! That might be better than any football related story your going to post in the future!

    • Big Mike

      You root for the Bears because you sat with your Dad and your uncles 45 years ago watching the Bears. You are either a Bears fan, or not. The end.

      • SC Dave

        This.

  • I done did it. Didn’t want to, but had to peak. First “mock draft” I peaked at this early. #1 and #9 should raise an eyebrow.

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2015.php

    • Viva

      Fuck Mock Draft speak during the season!

      • If we actually beat a real team like the Lions, I’ll reconsider.
        Plus, I may start watching some college football too now and wanted to know who to keep my eye on.
        #beardown?

        • GPLDAN

          His high stance and big shoulder hits remind me of Mark Carrier.

          • Interesting. Seems to have a knack for big hits an turnovers. Hopefully he’s good in coverage too.
            Jaquiiski Tartt? Sounds like some character from B-movie about Ghangis Khan.

      • Scott W.

        This has nothing to do with anything at all, except I just wanted for some inexplicable reason to point out that you were the very first poster I ever read on the blog, waaaaay back when, in the first joint.

        • Viva

          Thank you. Stalker. Just kidding.

  • Scott W.

    Ok, I hear all of that, albeit through lousy speakers. One thing that stands out though is the lack of insightful commentary on why or why not Emery, Trestman, other coaches, etc., should keep their jobs at season’s end.
    I know how Members of the Board feel, but what say you, Mr. Hughes? I appreciate your taking a cautious tone in that regard, but still would like to hear (or preferably read) a fair and balanced piece on the issue, and one that takes it head on either way.
    Fair request, I think.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Season isn’t over. I did write several pieces on Trestman last week.

      • Scott W.

        I read them, and commented. Thought they were honest, and compliments don’t come higher than that. What I am requesting is a full out, no holds barred either way piece on the staff from Emery down.
        I look forward to it between now and season’s end.

      • SC Dave

        The season is indeed not over. Your point about the necessity of winning Sunday, so that we can go into Thanksgiving trying to get to 6-6, was right on the money.

        That would be good, and would certainly up the stakes for the Dallas game. Come this Sunday, we can consider the possibility that an eleven day stretch could transfer the 2014 version of the beloved from pathetic also-rans to nascent playoff contenders.

        Make it so. Bear down.

  • GPLDAN

    Fun Fact:

    Twin Anchors was ol’ Blue eyes favorite:

    http://www.twinanchorsribs.com/content/our-restaurant

    • BillW

      And one of mine too. Was in a chick flick called Return to Me (starring the recently pictured Minnie Driver) as well as Dark Knight.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    ouch this is a bad way to find out your are losing your job.

    http://deadspin.com/the-moment-chicago-radio-hosts-found-out-on-the-air-tha-1661673605

    • EnderWiggin

      Wow. That dude on the left is pissed, and he is letting it all out on air.

      • GPLDAN

        Bring back Steve & Garry!

        • Viva

          Freebird!!

      • CanadaBear

        Can’t say that I blame him. I’m constantly amazed by supervisors that can’t do the hard part of their job. Spineless weasels.

      • GPLDAN

        yeah

  • Here ya go, old timers. Mickey Rourke at 62 boxing some Russian. Maybe he can drink a Pabst from a straw afterwards.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/62-year-old-mickey-rourke-is-reviving-his-boxing-career-in-russia

  • Big Mike

    So is anybody in Chicago that want’s to go. I may have ended up with 4 additional tickets. Section 333, row 7 1-4. If you’re interested, I’ll make you a phenomenal deal. I don’t know if I violated all the rules of the blog, so apologies. But in my zeal to trade up, which I did a few times, I may have ended up holding more than I needed.

    • EnderWiggin

      Dang. If I was still in Peoria…

    • Viva

      I don’t fly in until Tuesday night.

    • johnnywad

      Pre Thanksgiving with the in laws. That is what it means to get double fucked.

    • SC Dave

      Damn….

      • Big Mike

        It would be a blast.

    • CanadaBear

      Did you contact Waffle? He replied on the blog. Check it out.

      • Big Mike

        Didn’t see it. Out drinking. What did he say

        • Big Mike

          They are his for a song?

          • Old broken romanian Jericho

            i was lobbying to get out of a visit to my wife’s grandma to try to get ahold of you but i don’t think it worked.

        • CanadaBear

          His reply;

          Big Mike, i got a text from a buddy that you are overstocked with tickets for tomorrows ass kicking of the Bucs. If you need to get rid of 1 or more of them i can ask some of my buddies if they’d be up for it.
          You can email me at
          mccownisdead@yahoo.com with the amount you’d like for the tickets and i’ll work to scare up a group and i’ll see if i can get out of a family thing tomorrow.

  • Viva

    Bear Down Gents!

  • Fans who want to lose on purpose make me borderline sick. – Jeff

    You know what gets me sick? Continually BARELY missing on the Keuchlys and Earl Thomases in the draft because we beat Vikings/Bucs level team even though our chances at making the playoffs are 1%.

    But I understand the sentiment. I don’t get a sadistic thrill from a Bears loss like those clowns on The Score, but we DESPERATELY need real play makers on D, and not 20ish “mehs” like Shea.

    • beninnorcal

      Couldn’t you also name several guys you wish we had that were on the board when we made some of our early picks?
      What I mean is as Beas fans do we even believe we’d have grabbed Keuchly if he was there? We probably would have drafted some guy no one heard of who is ‘country strong’.

      • beninnorcal

        If the Bears were 1-14 I’d still be rooting for a ‘w’ that last game. But I’m also terrible.

      • I think most thought Keuchly was a pretty sure thing, esp in our system.
        Only reason he even lasted that long was because LBs who don’t rush the QB traditionally get downgraded, though why, I have no clue.
        Just the trend, like safeties and HBs getting downgraded, though I do understand your skepticism.
        But so far, Long and Fuller look pretty good. Shea, well, we know that story.

        • SC Dave

          I was convinced. I sooo wanted us to get him. The Bears are SUPPOSED to have a HoF-calibre guy at MLB, and he was the one.

    • I was just reminiscing about draft position.
      If we would have lost a couple games in 2005, we might have had a chance at Roethlisburger.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_NFL_draft

      However, Harris was no schmo before the injuries.

    • Earl Thomas went 14th, the same pick the Bears had last year. Plenty of studs go in the teens and 20s (and round 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, undrafted). It’s just a matter of drafting well.

  • WOW. Good thing Cutty isn’t Gruden’s QB. It’s been an 8 year “audition” in his case lol

    “It’s a production-based business,” Gruden told Albert Breer of NFL Media. “We haven’t won many games lately with him. We gotta figure out a way to get in the end zone. We just have to score. I don’t care how we do it. If it’s running the zone-read, I don’t care. Quarterback sneaks, I don’t give a damn. We gotta find a way to utilize him where we can get productive drives and stay away from negative plays and have some consistency.”

    Consistency and the absence of negative plays could help Griffin rebuild his shattered confidence. Which Gruden may have further shattered while discussing Griffin’s shattered confidence on the record.

    “His biggest thing, he’s been coddled for so long,” Gruden said of Griffin. “It’s not a negative, he’s just been so good, he just hasn’t had a lot of negative publicity. Everybody’s loved him. Some adversity is striking hard at him now, and how he reacts to that off the field, his mental state of mind, how it affects his confidence, hopefully it’s not in a negative way. I read Drew Brees said after a couple interceptions, ‘I’m never gonna lose confidence, I’m gonna come out firing all the time.’”

    And then Gruden may have stomped the shattered pieces of confidence into powder.

    “He’s auditioned long enough,” Gruden said of Griffin. “Clock’s ticking. He’s gotta play. We’ll see. . . . We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn’t been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he’s comfortable with. That takes time. But we don’t have a lot of time.”

    Griffin’s time could run out because of the backup who won two games before Griffin returned from injury.

    “We have a guy behind him that played pretty well, and people are looking, ‘OK, he’s 2-0,’” Gruden said regarding Colt McCoy. “There’s always pressure on the quarterback to perform. And if you don’t perform, like any other position, somebody’s behind you pushing you.”

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I can’t listen to this cloud thing. What’s Jeff saying about the Patriots and Pakers ?
    Is he saying the Pakers are going to the Super Bowl ?
    I hope not because that’s just… lets just say no way in hell. They’re above average… at best. At the same time I’d love to see them against the Patriots in the Super Bowl. That means Super Bowl for the Pats, which would give me as much satisfaction as I could have.

    • BearDown100393

      If not the Packers, who in your opinion represents the NFC in the Super Bowl?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I don’t know…. someone the Packers have not beaten in 3-4 years. 49ers, Seahawks.

        First and foremost the Pakers have to win the division or they aren’t making the playoffs. I see Detroit winning NFC North, right now.

    • CanadaBear

      “That means Super Bowl for the Pats, which would give me as much satisfaction as I could have.”

      And you’re a Bears fan?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m a Bears fan, I’m also an NFL fan, so I also watch the playoffs.
        I’m a Patriots supporter and follower. The Patriots are my brother’s team and are my type of sport franchise (I’m a fan of the Spurs, Blackhawks and Juventus —> that’s european football).

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sorry, but

          “I’m a Bears fan” but I’m also a “Patriots supporter”

          is just weak.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            so you don’t root for nobody during playoffs ? You just watch the games in comatose state ?

            Now that’s weak. And boring.

            PS: I’m also a Raiders supporter. I love their story.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Weak post followed up with less than weak reply, Barb.

      • SC Dave

        We all know he’s really a Patriots fan.

  • CanadaBear

    Does anyone on here have a way to contact Waffle? I would think either he or Murph might be able to take some of Big Mike’s tix for tomorrow. Hate to see them go to waste.

    • Jay’s Cousin

      I know Johnny and i’ll text him to let him know.

      • CanadaBear

        Cool. I’m sure Big Mike would like to get something for the tix. If not that, I’m quite sure going to a game with Waffle would be a pretty awesome experience!

  • CanadaBear

    Hey Jeff, Kingston Mines gets my vote.

  • Old broken romanian Jericho

    Big Mike, i got a text from a buddy that you are overstocked with tickets for tomorrows ass kicking of the Bucs. If you need to get rid of 1 or more of them i can ask some of my buddies if they’d be up for it.
    You can email me at
    mccownisdead@yahoo.com with the amount you’d like for the tickets and i’ll work to scare up a group and i’ll see if i can get out of a family thing tomorrow.

  • SC Dave

    Was just thinking… Mike Martz takes a grocery store stockboy and turns him into a two time MVP, SB champ, and a HoF candidate. Mark Trestman improves the play of a plethora of QBs (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1600722-breaking-down-what-marc-trestmans-past-history-with-qbs-suggests-for-cutler)

    But some how, our current situation is the fault of coaching, and not the QB.

    Really?

    • GPLDAN

      If the Bears don’t make the playoffs in the next 3 years (and it’s looking that way), then we have 38 more games with Cutler.

      Let the count down begin.

      • Old broken romanian Jericho

        GP – you just insinuated that it looks like the Bears aren’t going to the playoffs this year or in the next 2 years. That is an insane prediction and is not based on any facts at all. The fact is we were a cunt hair from being 6-4 at this point and even with several games to go there is still a chance. you have no idea what moves will be made in this or next offseason, what draft picks will be selected, which free agents selected and what other teams will do or not do over the next 2 years. This is an odd post from someone who usually uses facts to support his posts. This one was a reach.

        • BearDown100393

          I’m just curious but are you are a scientific expert on pubic hair? How does a 6-4 NFL record equate to the diameter of a pubic hair or its average length? I’m genuinely curious and fascinated by this correlation admittedly foreign to me. Surely there is some sort of empirical evidence for this claim being a self-ascribed proponent of stating facts? Enjoy tomorrow’s game. Bear down.

          • Viva

            Ladies and Gentlemen, we have found another smart ass.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, I don’t see us being nearly that close to a 6-4 record, either.

          • johnnywad

            Carolina and Buffalo hinged on a bad throw and or a Matty fumble. Take your pick. One bad decision and one VERY infrequent turnover from Matty. Take them away and they’re 6-4. Can’t take em away though, hence 4-6. But if you’re handicapping the overall talent/ability of a given team heading into a given game, those two losses are viewed differently than if they had lost by ten and never threatened. He’s just saying they were close games the Bears had a very good chance of winning. I agree.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The standard rationale for underpeforming teams. Right there with “Da Raida’s are only 3-4 plays from .500”

          • johnnywad

            Life is full of gray areas.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      Dave, i jumped on to try to get tickets from Big Mike and i’m slapped in the face with your post and from GP’s. I’ll quickly address:

      1. Martz’s offense was a gamechanger…in the 90’s. He had multiple HALL OF FAME players on the offensive side of the ball including a running back that makes Forte look like Kalil Bell. Warner wasn’t some scrub, just fell through the cracks. He did pretty poorly in certain systems and was even cut by the Giants.
      2. The article you reference is pretty interesting and actually blows up your argument if you read it carefully. I’d go back and re-read it.

    • Old broken romanian Jericho

      also, if i’m not mistaken, people are blaming the shit out of Cutler for this season. There is no margin for error with this team so the Qb has to be flawless which just doesn’t happen in the NFL. Even if he is flawless that doesn’t mean the bears even come close to beating or even staying in the game with the Pats, GB or even Dolphins. The Bears made Tannehill look like Steve Young and made Brady and Rodgers look like Brady and Rodgers playing against a group of 8th grade soccer players.
      I’m personally going to give our group more than 17games together or whatever Cutler/Trestman and the guys have in the same games before i give up on them. Tomorrow is just another game to show what they can do. When they win it will be diminished because it’s Tampa. If Tampa somehow wins it will be some sort of mandate that he should be the Bears qb even if the win comes as a result of the D giving up records to Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

      • Viva

        Bears – 34
        Tampa – Dead QB

        • EnderWiggin

          Poor Josh. Dang, I love it when tat dude cries after a loss.

      • EnderWiggin

        Fuck yes! Welcome back.

  • wreckinball

    Melvin Gordon is s fucking beast!

    • AlbertInTucson

      and his single game rushing record lasted but a week!

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