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Most Important Offensive Player of 2014: Jay Cutler, Quarterback

| September 3rd, 2014

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Does anyone reading a football blog not understand the importance of the quarterback position? Does anyone reading a Chicago Bears blog not understand the importance of Jay Cutler? Both answers are unquestionably no. Here are four specific things Cutler must do in 2014:

  • Stay healthy. So if he could do this, that’d be terrific.
  • Accept the check down. The check down in the Marc Trestman system is not a give up play, especially with Matt Forte being the primary threat. But too often Cutler’s eyes are so focused on his gigantic wide receiving threats down the field he misses an opportunity to extend drives and gouge the defense for big yards. (As a side point, the more Cutler takes these check downs the higher his completion percentage and yardage totals will go. Quarterbacks won’t admit it but they really, really care about these numbers.)

  • Throw the ball into the third row. I have no problem with Jay Cutler believing in his arm’s ability to fit the football into places normal human quarterbacks would never consider. But one element of Cutler’s game he must improve upon is his oft-reckless attempting to execute the courageous throw when the play has broken down and there’s nothing on the field. In these moments he tends to cock back the shotgun and fire when the prudent move is to select a fan in the lower tier and aim for their chest.

  • Use the third option on the outside. I showed off the work  of my statistical research department in a post from Friday and I will repeat that information here. “Marshall and Jeffery accounted for 189 catches in 2013. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker caught 179 balls. The remaining Bears wide receivers had 35 TOTAL catches. Wes Welker had 73. If the Bears want to be a transcendent offense that can overcome almost all defensive issues they will need to find production from a third option on the outside.”

I don’t worry about Cutler’s leadership or intangibles. I don’t worry grasp of an offense he seemed exceptionally comfortable operating in year one. If he stays on the field he is going to have a massively productive season. If he does the above he is going to be the legitimate MVP-candidate quarterback of the conference’s best offense.

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  • Trac

    To be or not to be! Be the ball Jay.

    • Big Mike

      I believe Jeff made this disclaimer in his opening paragraph.

      “Does anyone reading a football blog not understand the importance of the
      quarterback position? Does anyone reading a Chicago Bears blog not
      understand the importance of Jay Cutler? Both answers are unquestionably
      no”.

      • Trac

        In other words Mike, if a fan doesn’t get it then they never will. You can’t fix stupid.

        • Big Mike

          Ah… i get it. Should have assumed.

  • GPLDAN

    Holmes is a solid 3 guy if he can keep his head on straight. He will line up at FL or 2 and Marshall will get a lot of slot work. This keeps Marshall’s issues with his legs on stretch runs in tact, not so many fly routes for him, and he will get a lot of work.

    Bears need to add wrinkles to some of the bread and butter plays. That Forte Trap Kick will now be scouted. The backside sweep with Jeffery in motion to reveal the zone/man lineup is now scouted. THey need some new routes and Holmes is a legit long ball hitter, so they have every bit the deep threat that Wilson was plus better hands. Now they need some formation based play options in the 2nd year that other teams haven’t seen before.

    • MB30SD

      Aaaaand we need to be able to run the ball juuust a little bit.

      • Being able to run between the tackles without gimmick motions/misdirection would be nice.

        • GPLDAN

          Not with Garza at center.

          • MB30SD

            : (

          • Goaline we should take him out and put in DeLaPuente.

            Everything else has a subpackage. Why not?

            #imaheadofmytime

          • For your consideration….

            No one, and I mean no one blocked the run worse this preseason than Garza. He did however fucking dominate pass blocking this preseason which was nice.

          • For your consideration….

            it was like he was cock blocking Forte on purpose.

  • Trac

    This year we’ll find out if committing to Cutty was the right move and if Cutty is worth the money. For the first time since the Bears signed him, barring an injury, Cutty will have no excuses at the end of the year.

    • CanadaBear

      I know you remained unconvinced Trac but you had to see improvement in him last year. It will continue this year. I’m not saying Cutler will ever be top 5 but if he keeps on the path he’s good enough to win a SB or two.

  • Peanut FTW

    I see something in Cutler this year already that I rarely saw before. I see trust. I watch him in the pocket look much more like a QB that trusts his Oline. I see him throw to unproven players in clutch situations, not only looking for “B” in any pressure situation. The Bears got Marshall not only because they saw the potential and needed the position but also because there was an instant trust with Jay. Cutler trusted nothing about this team when he came, not the coach, the OC, the wideouts, the line; none of it. Marshall, then Trestman, now an Oline and threats like AJ and Forte on top of some maturity and consistency. Cutler seems to trust all of it now and I think that will be the factor that makes this season great for him.

    • Big Mike

      I agree with you about this year being set up to be a great year for Cutler. I think it will happen.

      Here is the reality. At the end of this season, Cutler is either widely viewed as a top 10 QB (I don’t like the “elite” classification), or he’s an above average guy, no more.

  • Didn’t Forte rack up 70 catches? Isn’t he our default 3rd WR? Is that a bad thing?
    Behind him, Bennett and Holmes will get theirs.

    I actually want to see more running. Time control O = less defense/specials.

    Beating a dead horse – needed a better 2nd behind Forte to grind away for that reason.

    I also don’t think one can re-wire Cutler at this point in his career. Sometimes, plays break down, and QBs revert back to their primitive nature. We witnessed that as lately as two weeks ago what Cutler’s nature is – when all else fails, bombs away.

    That’s what he did vs SEA in the redzone, and it got INT.

    Can Cutler be tweaked? Sure. But I’m not expecting him to suddenly to learn Brees efficiency. He’s just not that sort of cat. He’ll convert plays that will make me jump off my couch, to either high five, or throw a shoe at my tv.

    • Peanut FTW

      It is also a bit of an unfair comparison in that Denver runs that 3wr set as a base offense. The Bears are far more likely to have a 2wr set with Bennet and Forte planned to come out of the backfield, using playaction instead of bunch formations to spread things out.

  • MB30SD

    this should be up in the locker room: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/09/03/todays-funny-photos/9

    • Would you rather be mauled by a Bear, or a Lion? hmmmm

      • MB30SD

        hmmmmm…. what kind of bear?

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

        • Polar.

          • MB30SD

            Iiiiinteresting.

            So hears the dell… bears maul, lions kill.

            Bears don’t usually eat humans unless they’re really old/injured/staring. So if you get into it with a bear, they’ll probably just fuck you up twoooooo tiiiiiiime dooooooooood! Painful, brutal, disfiguring (see this dude: http://bharari.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/bear_attack.jpg)

            The polar bear thing is interesting, because they’re probably more apt to eat, based on their current set of circumstances (shrinking habitat, more competition, less food, etc…)

            Lions will straight up eat the fuck out of you. And they will probably kill you VERY quickly… IF they get the right bite. Problem is, there’s a chance that you won’t die right away, and they always start eating before their prey is dead, so it could be a very very horrific way to go.

            Your chances of a much quicker, painless death come from a lion.

            Lion, final answer.

            (wait… ONLY mauled?)

          • Nah, attacked.
            So, the chances of a less painful AND more grueling death are lion?
            If you’re in the polar Bears environment, maybe you’re so cold, it numbs the bites?
            Maybe I should have included a great white shark option.

          • MB30SD

            fuck that. I’m immediately out with the shark. Being in water makes it much worse… and I’ve surfed and swam in the ocean since I was a kid. fuck that.

            If it’s only an attack, I think I’ll still go with lion. Just because a bear will sit there and chew on you for a while. If lions don’t want to eat you (fantasy, cause they always will), they probably want to get out of there and not mess with you. Basically, there are probably very few lion attacks that don’t end in death… unless there’s a gun other people saving you involved.

            Lion, final answer.

          • CanadaBear

            I posted an article a few years ago about a man in Grande Prairie, Alberta that was attacked by a Grizzly bear. The guy, obviously an outdoorsman, killed the fucker with a knife. BAD ASS! The griz attacked him, he went onto his back and slit that fucker from stem to stern.

          • MB30SD
          • Trac

            Shrinking habitat? And please don’t tell me you saw one floating on an iceberg while surfing the other day. Do tell?

          • MB30SD
          • Trac
          • MB30SD

            true enough. but my site had the word “science” right thar in the url!! so it must be true… right?

          • Trac

            hahaha

          • Cormonster

            Aren’t the deniers the ones that keep telling us global warming is imminent, while global average temperatures have remained fairly constant for the last 17 years?

          • tobijohn

            my father shot one of those when I was a little kid just before they went on the endangered species list. he must have spent over $10k back then on the hunting license and taxidermy. He had it made into a rug for the trophy room. It looked pretty cool in there with its mouth open and that big rubber tongue hanging out amongst all the other heads on the wall and skins on the floor. The first week it was down, my sisters’ pet cat peed on it. Fifty years later, that stain is still there…

      • Bender McLugh

        you couldn’t do this to a bear. Kittens get scurred.

        (fast forward to 2:30…)

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBpu4DAvwI8

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… fucking San. Awesome.

          Lions were like… what the fuck are those things!?!?!

  • Cutler better stay healthy. Johhny dropped $43 on him in the FF draft!

    How other Bears fared in the draft:

    Forte: $70 (Johnny, surprise)
    BMarsh: $50 (Frank)
    Alshon: $45 (Frank. So much for byes)
    Bennett: $30 (Tobster)
    Carey: $1: (GP. He over paid)
    Bears D/SP: $4 (Johhny, tucker trust?)
    Holmes: $7 (Scharf)
    Wilson: $5 (Scharf, FTW!)
    Gould: $6 (Tobster)

    • tobijohn

      Yes, I paid six good dollars for Robbie. Cain and O’Donnell better get their act together….

  • MB30SD

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/09/03/todays-nfl-quarterbacks-if-they-were-bald-part-2/

    Bradford looks CRAZY. Also, a lot of those guys look normal without it.

    • They all look like they have down syndrome. Sorry if I offend ahead of time
      #goingbaldsux

      • MB30SD

        asshole.

        Last time I said something like that Coach left and never came back.

        I’m soooooooorrrrryyyyy coach!!!! *sobs*

        • Trac

          Welcome to the collective. hahahaha

          • MB30SD

            one of us! one of us!

      • Trac

        More like homer simpson or bozo.

  • Shady
  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Forte will be No. 3 weapon. Cutler should target him a lot. Force teams into nickel. If healthy this will be Forte’s best year ever…he’s in a contract year.
    Screens must be a huge factor this year. I believe they’ll double in number. At least. It’s in the natural flow of the O, as I see it.

    I also see Cutler as the most important O player. The 2nd for me is Mills. He must improve a lot this year. He has to keep pace with Long who hopefully improves as well.

    The O will be much, much better this year. Smarter, scarier.

    • MB30SD

      we suck at screens sadly. Lots of other teams are really good at this… for some reason we never seem to be able to make them work. Hope you’re right.

      • Trac

        Have we ever been any good at screens since sweetness cradled the rock?

        • MB30SD

          doesn’t seem like it. Strange. some teams kick ass at it. Can’t remember who it was last year, but I remember seeing them throw down the screen like every 5th play and they’d go for big yardage. (saints maybe?)

          I remember thinking, why they fuck is that so hard for us always?!

          • Eagles. But Shady McCoy is a diff type of running back than Forte.
            I think that’s mainly what it is. For screens to work, the HB needs to accelerate really fast like McCoy/Charles. Also need to be agile.
            That’s not Forte’s strength. He’s ok on screens (from memory), just not at that level.

          • MB30SD

            you may be right re: the eegles.

            Agree.

          • The Eagle’s O is interesting. They have 5 options on one play. They tend to have a bubble WR screen, some sort of deeper route, a pistol hand off/draw, dump off and WR hook. All in one play, forcing defenses to choose, and the Qb to make the right read.

            Jeff was hating on the Eagle’s O last year, but at least it’s something a bit new in the NFL (though totally overblown as to how “revolutionary” it is).

          • DaBearsBlog

            He just runs a lot of plays with super fast guys. The plays themselves aren’t all that interesting.

        • GPLDAN

          Give me a fucking break. Are you guys Bears fans?

          Go watch the best of Forte on the Tubez. Fuck, half those TDs were screens.

          • MB30SD

            no way, maybe it’s a dump off into the flat with him, but not normal, traditional screens. Those hardly ever work for us.

          • Trac

            A question deserves another question! Yes?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OnpkDWbeJs

          • MB30SD

            Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

            hahaha

      • One of the reasons I think we kept Senorice.
        He excels on screens. That’s his thing.
        But he’ll prob get as much playing time as Ford last year.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m always right.
        Jokes aside I see them using Forte’s skills as a receiver much more this year. He is vital for their strategy at all levels…in order to open up the big time WR and also they’ll want to protect Cutler physically and keep him rolling.

        I mean it’s pretty obvious. Trestman can’t watch last year and not understand this. So… they’ll do just that.

        The beautiful thing about it is that everybody knows Cutler throws deep at ease. He isn’t familiar with the check down concept. So you use that to your advantage. Then people won’t know what to do. I also thing they trained him enough where it’ll come naturally… here, throw this check down or screen so you’ll have the deep ball opened up for you.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB have you seen any of the Vuelta? Quintana went over the bars yesterday during the ITT. The race has been great. All the heavy hitters except Nibbles and Horner.

    • MB30SD

      Sadly haven’t had time canada.

      I think horner is done maing… at least as a top contender. I see him on the road here once in a while (he lives here). He’s a beast.

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah, I just threw him in there since he won it last year. Quintana had another crash today and is out (broken shoulder). I missed the Tour due to retirement and moving. Catching all of the Vuelta.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Let’s make a bet… I bet under on Carr getting injured for 1+ month on the 3,5 games line.
    In other words he doesn’t arrive at the bye week in one piece.
    NFL rule against getting sacked from your big money, status job… It’s better to start the season with Schaub than end it with Schaub.

    • I actually agree with you.
      I think Schaub should have started until the bye. So what if the Raiders lose. They’re not gonna be winning the division against Denver, Chiefs and Chargers.
      Get some losses. Get a higher draft pick next year.
      Bye week, Carr knows a little more about the NFL. Travel. Gameday. Prep. Playbook. Chemistry.
      Start him, pray he doesn’t get the “Carr syndrome”

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Find out who you are first, please. What are your advantages and weaknesses. What you do best and what you can’t do. Know the opposition also.

        This is their schedule the first 3 Weeks: Jets, Texans, Patriots, Dolphins. The D coordinators have more than 150 years of experience and all of them use all kinds of nasty, aggressive systems. Prepare yourself to see Schaub come mid November.

  • MB30SD

    I sincereally hope the hawks take apart the packers: http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/09/03/seahawks-bruce-irvin-brandon-mebane-packers-corey-linsley

    hee hee

  • MB30SD

    ok, last one for a while. There’s just something about this girl that I love. Can’t place it: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/photos/2014/09/03/devin-brugma-lovely-lady-day

    • tobijohn

      Hey, I think those might be real breasts!

      • MB30SD

        Hey, as long as they’re not gross and they’re big… I’m in (if you know what I mean)

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    I predict there is going to happen a tragedy dressing green Tomorrow…

  • You know what I like about the Bears right now? It’s quiet.
    No one getting arrested for punching fiances. No one mouthing off on twitter about winning a SB. No one holding out or griping about their contract year. No major injuries that doom a season before it even begins (besides Wilson, but that’s not catastrophic, and one might even argue that Holmes is actually an UPGRADE over Wilson at this point).

    Ho-hum.

    Just all about destroying the Bills.

    • Trac

      Yeah but no Super Bowl Shuffle either!

      • Save that for our playoff run.
        You shouldn’t have left the FF league. The draft was crazy, and that’s just the beginning!
        How many leagues draft Wilson, Carey and Holmes? Answer: ONE.
        Pat Odonnel would have been drafted too, but for some reason, he was absent from the draft pool.

        • Trac

          Too much homework involved to win a league like yours. Meh, just wasn’t in the mood, maybe next year.

          • AlbertInTucson

            My Fantasy Football Philosophy in a nutshell:

            “I just want a hobby, not a second job.”

    • Big Mike

      But wait. David Haugh disagrees. He thinks Trestman is losing the team because Briggs opened a restaurant on a practice day.

      • GPLDAN

        Is that Haugh’s piece today?

        The guy on the train across from me had the Trib Sports section. It had Tresty looking down and sad and the headline was “Tough Enough?”

        I figured it was another Haugh hatchet piece on the Bears, so I didn’t even ask if I could see it when the guy put it down.

        • Big Mike

          yes

        • Big Mike

          Behind the pay wall. Here’s the title and the highlights

          “Briggs’ absence says more about Trestman”

          Briggs should’ve have been at practice, but Trestman didn’t have to let him go to restaurant opening.

          Given Briggs’ past, controversial preseason incident has no impact on regular-season performance.

          Did Trestman set bad precedent excusing team leader from practice during game week to attend a party?

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think it was the ideal way to start the season but if any player has earned the right to take a day off it’s Briggs (or Peanut). They have been here forever and always leave it all on the field.

      • I didn’t like Briggs taking the first day of a true team practice off either, but I wouldn’t go as far as Haugh.
        Of all ppl, Hub convinced me it was no biggie, that the tues practice was just a walk through.
        Even though that’s true on a PRACTICAL level, on a symbolic level, maybe Briggs should have been there.
        But Trest losing the team over it? Haugh is a bigger drama queen then a go-go dancer at the Blue Oyster (NTTAWWT)

        • Big Mike

          in the piece he accuses Briggs of manufacturing controversy. My thought. “Much like you try to manufacture stories?”

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        It is an interesting way to start your last season as a Bear.

        • Big Mike

          If it’s his last season as a Bear its the perfect way to spend it. Getting yourself ready for life after football. My comment is really about trying to create a controversy over something this irrelevant. Trestman granting permission isn’t the issue.

          My guess is the scenario went down something like this. Briggs invests tons of money to get this restaurant off the ground. The planned opening date is Mid – Summer. Project gets delayed. The last possible day to to this before the season really gets underway and all the other details of the opening aligned was Tuesday. So he asked for that day off.

          • johnnywad

            I thought the same thing. Nobody would purposely make it harder than it has to be I’m sure it was contractor delay.

          • MB30SD

            it’s always the fucking GC.

          • johnnywad

            Guess how I make my bones. You no good son of a…….

          • MB30SD

            Why do you think I threw down that comment.

            Fucking slacker… like the rest a ya!

            One of my best buddies is a GC. there are some shiesters, but most are good.

      • MB30SD

        fuck haugh

  • Sactowns#1

    I’m pretty sure that auction draft was the longest in history. It took so long to weed out the suckers that by the time everyone had overspent I had to log in for my other draft. Lame. Oh well.

    • But it’s ONLY once a year. Next one will be in Sept, 2015. Think about that.
      Relish it.
      In how many other drafts will Cutler go for $40? lol
      Love our league.

      • For your consideration….

        I think I spent 43.00

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Bargain.

          • For your consideration….

            That’s right Frank…and damn you for stealing Marshall and Alshon from me. You stole my thunder!

          • Frank Schoenburg

            You can have both of them. All it will cost is Forte and Cutler. Trade offer sent.

          • For your consideration….

            let me ponder your request.

          • For your consideration….

            Frank, i can’t let go of Cutty and Forte since it leaves me with Bortles and no other viable rushing RB but i can send you Bortles for TY Hilton.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I didn’t think you would go for it. Bortles doesn’t have any trade value. Better QB’s can be claimed off of waivers, including Henne.

          • For your consideration….

            Why don’t you make me an offer for Forte from your long list of playmakers that I see on your roster sir?

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I can give you Tate and Alshon.

          • For your consideration….

            Frank, how about:
            Tate, TY Hilton and Alshon
            FOR
            Forte, Blake Bortles and Brandon LaFell (Tom Brady’s main target this year)
            You can then go to Butch to see what you can get for Bortles like a Justin Hunter, Kelvin Benjamin, Danny Amendola etc

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I can do either Hilton or Tate + Alshon for Forte, but not both. I would drop both Bortles and LaFell. If you can get Benjamin or Hunter for Bortles, do it. Butch may call the cops for highway robbery.

          • For your consideration….

            i’ll do Hilton and Alshon for Forte

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I sent the offer. Modified it slightly to get Sanu. If you like him send me a counter with anyone to even out the rosters.

          • For your consideration….

            trade accepted. oh my god I have to get some work done.

          • For your consideration….

            no more fantasy during the day for me. good doing biz with you Frank. I think we both will benefit from this move.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Yes, no more fantasy during the day and good doing biz with you too. Well, it was good doing biz with you.

          • I sent you a trade offer of Hunter for Bortles.
            Hunter might have a break out campaign ala Alshon, which is why I drafted him. But he could also be a JAG.
            However, Fraink is right. Bortles will have little trade value. He’s a rook on the Jags.

          • For your consideration….

            i’m intriqued why you would give up Justin Hunter then???

          • Because my QB has a week 4 bye, and I need a JAG, just a guy, or a real one.
            I assume Bortles will be starting by then.
            Plus, I landed Julio Jones and Antonio Brown.
            You got Cooks and Lefell.

          • For your consideration….

            didn’t you take Kelvin Benjamin off me by 1.00?

          • Maybe. I got him for $2.

          • For your consideration….

            that was my sleeper. I wanted that Bears to take that monster or Martavis Bryant who went to Pittsburgh. They are both 6’5 240 and run 4.5’s

          • Yeah. That’s why I saved my pennies.
            I got all my targets. Hunter, Benjamin, Kniles Davis (to insure Charles).
            Benjamin might be a redzone monster.
            But Hunter is Moss-ish. Tall, fast, and by all reports, ready to break out on a team that has a bunch of WR midgets.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Steal

          • Frank Schoenburg

            No way you would’ve got him for $2 if I wasn’t sleeping.

          • For your consideration….

            i’ll give you Bortles for Kelvin Benjamin. He’s just going to sit on your bench with his 2.00 contract.

          • The thing is, Bortles isn’t even the starter! I’m HOPING he’ll start by week 4, but there’s no guarantees. I’ll take that gamble for Hunter, but not for Benjamin.
            If Bortles is named the starter before week 4, then maybe we can talk about Benjamin for Bortles.
            (For the record, I spent $2 for Hunter too).

          • For your consideration….

            I know, you stole him from me when I nominated him. I only had 1.00 left.

          • I poached a bunch of guys lol
            Hilton’s ok. A bit up-and-down, but better than what you had.
            Offer still stands.
            Neither Hunter or Bortles will crack either of our lineups, but if we trade, they might.

          • For your consideration….

            done

          • For your consideration….

            I dealt Forte to Frank for Hilton and Alshon.

          • For your consideration….

            i’ll do Bortles for Hunter

      • GPLDAN

        If the ESPN app could show chicks with big racks while we waited for all the joke nominations that would be nice.

        • You and MB should work on that.
          #winning.

        • For your consideration….

          the Carey nomination did make me laugh.

          • I checked into the league today.

            “Ego dropped Ka’Deem Carey, Chi to W, cuz he sucks more than a thai hooker”

            Word.

          • GPLDAN

            I bid him as a joke. It was late and that was a long draft.

          • For your consideration….

            my finger almost hit my mouse to bid 2.00 but I just couldn’t do it.

          • For your consideration….

            I literally couldn’t do it, my max bid was 1.00

  • For your consideration….

    Regarding Jeff’s point about the 3rd WR:
    I think one must take into account that the Broncos not only ran a shit ton more plays than the Bears because their D wasn’t consistently letting teams take 8 minute 90 yd drives down the field but that they also use Welker as the equivalent of a running back. Those short passes are running plays to the Broncos. They pass on the goal line, they pass on 3rd and 1, they pass all the fucking time. Welker played slot most of the time or at least did a lot of his work underneath if i’m not mistaken and not on the outside. I remember this because every single time he got his teeth kicked in by Seattle it was underneath.
    Our top 2 guys had 189 catches
    Their top 2 guys had 179 catches
    Our top TE had 65 catches
    Their top TE had 65 catches
    Our RB had 74 catches
    Their RB had 60 and 20 = 80
    Their 3rd WR had 73 catches
    Our 3rd WR had 32 catches
    The Broncos passed 80 times more and at a 65% completion rate that about 52 more catches. I guaran-fucking-tee you that if we decided to pass more those extra 52 completions aren’t going to go to Earl Bennett last year or Morgan/Holmes this year. They will go to the best WR Tandem in the history of the Bears and in the game currently. The offense becoming unstoppable is not going to hinge on the production of the 3rd WR. It will be determined by pass protection and the ability to get the balls into the hands of Alshon, Brandon, Forte and Unicorn. meaningful production from Morgan and Holmes would be cute just like it would have been cute from Marquess Wilson.

    • Big Mike

      Interesting analysis. I think that the theory in play here is where is the biggest gain most likely. I don’t believe a scenario where our top 2 guys have 241 catches (189 + 52) is likely. I can however see our 3rd WR/TE/RB picking up an extra 40-50 catches. My rationale, is based on the “oh shit” reaction defensive coordinators will have when they have to play nickel or dime defense and they realize we have 5 threats.

      • For your consideration….

        I can definitely see Holmes and Morgan catching balls just not to the tune of 73 like Welker nor do we need them to. Part of the post I deleted was that Forte and Martellus will see more balls this year in general. I love the Holmes pickup and think he’ll do well but he’s the 5th option and we have to be honest about that. Holmes plays the outside well which opens up Marshall in between the hash marks even more so. Let that safety focus on Marshall and bracket him and Alshon and Holmes can abuse the outside edge and over the top.
        Forte could catch 90 to 100 balls this year which would be fantastic since he averages over 8 per catch. That’s a lot of first downs and gashing between the 20s.

    • CanadaBear

      Don’t agree with ya on this Johnny. Holmes might end up being the key to the passing game. If he starts tearing it up while the opponents D is concentrating on BMarsh and Alshon, our entire O will explode.

      • For your consideration….

        Holmes is a baller and his health was my only concern. If he’s healthy he’s fucking dangerous. I just feel like our offense will hum without him catching 50+ balls. When he does catch balls it’s for 17 to 20 yards on average. He’s not a possession Welker grinder. This guy makes ESPN reels.
        So we don’t need him to catch 50 but when he gets his 30 to 40 a lot of those will be game changing plays in themselves not to mention our standard Four Horsemen plays.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Great research.

      I disagree. This years schedule will be much more difficult. last year they played against a lot of shitty defenses. So the challenge is keeping those numbers and maybe be more clutch in important moments against wayyy better Ds.

      Take for example the Patriots game. Revis will shut down one WR and they’ll double team the other one with the best FS in he game over the top (McCourty). You’re fucked.

      The point is they really need a 3rd WR. And not only for the catches. For game planing also. Their base scheme is a 3 WR set so it matters. PS: This before we even talk about injuries and the depth.

      • Marshall has had some success against Revis before. One of the few who can make plays against him. I wonder if they’ll try to lock him on Jeffery and hope the double contains Marshall.

        • For your consideration….

          put them both on the same side as Revis and then spread Forte and Holmes on the other side.
          #ruhroh blackunicorn in the short seam

          • For your consideration….

            or if Revis wants to be on an island you run him off with Alshon and run Forte across the field futilely trailed by a LB

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Don’t forget about Santonio and Martellus

          • For your consideration….

            Martellus will have a much better year. He was really dinged up and they had him running a lot of flat routes. I predict much more vertical stuff and his YAC will be higher along with his yards YPC.

          • putting them both on the same side is actually an interesting idea here. I like that a lot.
            The supposed value of Revis is that he locks down his half of the field, so the other defenders in coverage can focus exclusively on the other half of the field. Putting both the stud WRs on the same side removes that advantage. You still have to cover the entire field.

          • For your consideration….

            and you thought i was just another pretty face

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Bears love Alshon and Beast on the same side. It’s a statistical fact.
            I think.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            yeap. the majority of snaps are like that. That’s where the 3rd WR comes into play. It fucking helps if they have to help on that single WR side

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Yeah…success against Revis means 50 yards. You make 75 and you go out to celebrate.
          The problem is that the only way the Bears win that game is if it’s a shutout.

          • I don’t expect the Bears to win that game. One of 3 I’ve already written off as a loss (@SF and @GB being the other 2).
            But Marshall has had good success against Revis in the past when he was in Miami and Revis was in NY.
            6 for 109, 5 for 50, 10 for 166, 2 for 16, 2 total TDs in there. So that’s 2/4 games over 100 against Revis, only 1 game where he was really shut down.

      • MB30SD

        The one big thing I’d add to your post is that no one knows which Ds will be good this year (save seattle). New year, new set of circumstances maing.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          New England, Jets, Saints, Panthers, 49ers will be great. There’s no doubt about it.I agree on Miami, Bills, Tampa and Falcons. But these 4 do have potential.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I was shocked in how Emery constructed the roster. Very disappointing. But it does open the door for the return of Collins and that makes it better. Dump Fales, bring in Collins in 6 days and it’ll be a little better.

    • What are you disappointed in? The lack of DT or S depth?

      • Frank Schoenburg

        Agreed. I love how Emery has put together this roster.

        • MB30SD

          I love thems, but I have a sneaking fear that Emery’s not as strong on D as he is O, but my hypothosis is that trestman is his support system there… and tucker sucks ass on the D side of things. If ryan was our DC, maybe trestman’s offseason D rebuilding would be a bit stronger (for LB and safety).

          Or maybe he just recognized that you caint fix it all at once and did his best with the dline and hopes to hell their strength covers our deficiencies in the middle of the field till next year?

          • Frank Schoenburg

            We have to wait and see on Tucker. He was given the impossible job of continuing Lovie’s defense combined with multiple injuries.
            The D doesn’t have to be great. I love the Houston/Allen/Young signings. Those 3 will make our defensive line formidable. Combined the best offenses in football, we are a great team.

            Yes I think we win the Superbowl this year.

          • MB30SD

            I get that frank… here’s my issue.

            That D totally gave up. They just threw in the towel and had zero identity. The ball on the ground and the conte play were endemic… and an indictment of tucker’s lack of leadership.

            I don’t care how much garbage you were handed, you fucking install some iron in the men you lead. You make them strong and discipline… even if they don’t have the collective talent to actually be good. You rally them around an identity… something… do the turnover thing, or make them punish people every play, or make them the most discipline shitty D in the nfl, or something… anything.

            What worries me most about tucker is not that he couldn’t make a good D out of scraps and horrible luck, but that it didn’t seem he was/is the type of man to be able to lead a unit to an identity and some basic fucking pride in your work.

            THAT is what even now sticks in my craw about the dude.

            I’m hoping I’m wrong and it was all just a shitty snowball situation last year. My gut tells me no, but…

            #whatthefuckdoIknow

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Good points. I hope your wrong. I don’t know anything either.

          • MB30SD

            me too.

          • This.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        4 DT, 8 OL, 4+1 WR.

        Why I’m disappointed is the fact he kept Fales and didn’t bring anybody on claims. The ST is a mess, bring in some prospects.

    • Big Mike

      I have to go with Emery and Trestman on the selection of Fales. Any other position, I’m not buying. Trestman wanted a QB. He must see value. Either that or Clausen came along much better than he hoped, but I can’t believe he thought Fales would be the 2. Simply have to trust the plan. No need for Collins.

      • CanadaBear

        I agree with everything but the last part. After last year, you can never have too many DT’s. Not sure if Collins recovered enough to add anything. At some point I’d like to see him return healthy and take another crack at the job.

        • Big Mike

          We’ve got 10 DL, 7 of 8 can play DT. Plus 2 on the Practice Squad.

          • that’s the oft-overlooked thing: Collins looked like hot garbage this preseason. Something wasn’t right with his knee still. Hopefully he can continue to rehab and maybe come back mid-season if need be.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Exactly, especially when his contract won’t be fully guaranteed.

          • He’s still on the streets for a reason.

          • CanadaBear

            I get your point BM but Collins was playing at a pretty high level last year when he got hurt. After you get past Ratliff and Paea, everything else is in question. I’m not saying Collins getting dumped is the end of the world just that if he can get healthy he would have added value. Not to mention, I really liked the guy and his motor.

          • Big Mike

            Before he got hurt. I agree. He’s not fully recovered and might not ever.

          • EnderWiggin

            Is the 1 of 8 Young or Allen?

          • Big Mike

            Young. I don’t see bears moving Allen inside. Might have miscounted

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I have nothing against Fales. Just put him on the Practice Squad. No need for him on the 53 roster. Collins will be back because there’s a need. They have 3NT types and Sutton who’s the quicker guy. You need DT that can pressure the QB.

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Our guest blogger predicts Da Bears will win the Superbowl! http://bearlybullogging.com/

    • GPLDAN

      At Dennehey and O’Donnell Auto, you get a ’85 Super Bowl Trophy Air freshener with every purchase of Oldsmobile or Buick.

      • Frank Schoenburg

        That’s good.

  • For your consideration….

    Anyone else watching the Seattle GB game on Thursday? I’m pumped for it. Football has arrived my friends.

    • Big Mike

      duh

    • MB30SD

      I can’t wait to see that Seattle pitbull of a D let off it’s chain against that rookie center. I hope old vadge dies on the field (not really, but you know what I mean)

  • For your consideration….

    ok, I sat down with a hedge fund guy and came up with my gambling strategy. I spread a set amount of money over the top 8 Super Bowl and top 8 MVP candidates in varying amounts based on the odds of each team/player winning and mathematically speaking, in all likelihood, the worst I will do is pretty much break even and the best I will do is triple my money unless some crazy dark horse wins the superbowl or mvp. It’s not even gambling at this point. My buddy used this strategy and put 25,000 in bets down. I put down a fraction of that but feel very confident at this point.
    #becausehehasaPh.DinFinance

    • CanadaBear

      Good luck Johnny. Hope you cash in but almost every degenerate gambler (not saying you are, pretty sure you’re not) has said the same thing (It’s not even gambling at this point).

      • For your consideration….

        lol, it’s gambling but it’s a small amount of money that would be spent on Trade Wind and chicken wings on gameday so i choose this poison instead of the other.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s why I’ve never thought of you as a degenerate gambler. You actually have priorities in life (that don’t include gambling). BTW, since you’re a rum guy, have you ever tried Kraken? My Honey Bunny loves the stuff.

          • For your consideration….

            Kraken is good stuff. I embellish a bit for effect on the blog about drinking and to keep it entertaining but as some of the guys on the blog can tell you. If i am let out of my cage once in a while at, say, Ditka’s with huge martinis I know how to have a good time.

          • CanadaBear

            So I’ve heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • MB30SD

            speaking of, next time I come into town I’m staying at the W again, and I will get that vixon euro-mutt up to my room.

            (Note: Or some other such euro-mutt of equal or greater value, whichever comes first, substitutions allowed, especially in bed)

          • For your consideration….

            haha, of equal or greater value.

          • johnnywad

            Speaking of entertaining. I’m still laughing at this one. “Your eyes are glazed over.”.
            ” You still haven’t bought into Trestman.”. That’s beautiful.

          • For your consideration….

            #TradeWind

        • Frank Schoenburg

          I’m done lecturing. Enjoy.

        • GPLDAN

          Trade Wind and Buffalo Wings needs a name. Some catchy marketing name for the combo.

          • MB30SD

            Buffalo Trade Windgs

    • Frank Schoenburg

      It is gambling. Stocks are gambling. Hedge fund guys don’t hedge. They gamble. As long as you can afford the losses, have fun. No bail outs for you (or me).

      • MB30SD

        ed zachary. this is the way I feel about any gambling.

        I personally don’t get actual gambling. In vegas all my buddies go drop hundreds on the tables. I don’t get it, it doesn’t seem like fun to me. I don’t do things I’m not good at or will most likely loose money doing. This is why I spend all my grown up fun money on good, food, liquors, fun times and pussy (prob not in that order).

        • CanadaBear

          You and I are the lucky ones that don’t get gambling. It just might be the worst addiction.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Meth and bath salts are much worse.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, eating a dude’s face doesn’t really appeal to me.

          • CanadaBear

            How can I argue with that?

      • GPLDAN

        Frank,

        Stocks are not gambling. They just aren’t. Valuation is based on EBITA and shares outstanding, and that’s all there is to it. EBITA is based on how the business performs and cost contains.

        That’s no more gambling than running the corner five and dime store.

        Only with futures can you make a valid analogy to gambling.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          I disagree. Markets are driven by greed and fear. EBITA, perfect information,etc are not what valuations are based off of. Markets resemble a casino more than anything else.

          Facebook has a market cap of $195 billion. Any chance in hell that Facebook will generate $195 billion in EBITA profits discounted to today’s dollars? I’ll take Jacksonville in the Superbowl over that. Many more examples out there.

          • GPLDAN

            But you can go to the SEC’s website, pull their Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement and business plan.

            Future revenues, if they materialize or don’t, is not the same as rolling the dice. You may not know enough about Facebook’s business plan to have an educated opinion if it will work or not, and it is *speculative* in the sense it may not come to fruition – but the idea that Valuations are gambling belies a misunderstanding of market principles vs. actual random chance.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Today’s market has no principles. It’s a casino. The music has been playing much longer than I thought possible. Valuations are a joke. Bubble psychology.

            We will disagree at the end of the day.

            Bottom line is that today’s valuations resemble Tulip mania, the roaring 20’s, the tech boom, the housing boom.

          • But isn’t that what gambler do?
            They see the line. Take into consideration opponent, conditions, who’s injured, who’s hot, coach, home/away, etc etc
            There’s different types of gambling. Informed, and kamikazi I’m putting my mortgage payment on red, which is truly chance.
            But if the economy was more science than art, then how come VERY few “experts” predicted the crash in ’29 or ’08? There were a few who sold the market short (talk about gambling. That’s like when you’re playing craps and betting against everyone at the table), but the Phd and chairmens, ceos, etc didn’t see it coming.

            I think in some ways you and frank are both right. It is gambling, just informed gambling

            I argued the same when Jeff stated that FF is gambling. FF is an informed calculation that CAN rely on chance, but a excellent FFer will win more than lose (though it’s no 1-1 analogy with the market which may be more volatile).

            And on that note.

            Prepare your Angerer!

    • GPLDAN

      Your buddy has a Ph.D in Finance? Seriously?

      I have a MSF, and the idea of a Ph.D. is just – well – nobody I know has one. It’s insanely daunting.

      • For your consideration….

        uh, I think it’s actually economics or something. If it was Ph. D in finance wouldn’t he be the fucking Fed Reserve Chairman or something? it’s money/finance related, he’s does well for himself and somehow seems pretty normal I just don’t think it’s finance, just finance/investment related. I’ll find out what it was because now that I think about it, to get a doctorate in finance would be pretty crazy.
        With that being said, I didn’t see the calculations but is there an actual way to break down the mechanics of the bet to see what my actual chances of winning are?

        • GPLDAN

          Sure.

          The way this is typically done is you factor the expected winnings based on odds. This is called Expected Value. Knowing your EV is the way to know if the summation of your spread is positive or negative.

          http://faculty.atu.edu/mfinan/2043/section36.pdf

          • For your consideration….

            I have a finance boner right now.

          • For your consideration….

            GP, my wife just called me into the living room. She asked why i had transferred money and knew it was going towards NFL …ahem….wagering.

            I gleefully skip out of the room and came back with those Equations printed out.

            Me: “Expected Value baby, it’s not even gambling, it’s just using math to turn some money into more money”

            Her: “are you mentally retarded?

      • For your consideration….

        not my buddy, a guy I met through my buddy. lol, I don’t know anyone that smart.

  • This is a great article. I couldn’t agree more.
    I think the bit about taking checkdowns and throwing the ball away are often overlooked but extremely important. Not just for stat inflation (in terms of checkdowns), but staying ahead of the chains. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady are really good at this. Take the short stuff. It makes it really hard to get to you for sacks (so fewer negative plays) and makes 3rd downs typically much shorter.
    Throwing the ball away is something Cutler got better at last year to me. Hope he continues being more willing to do that.
    Somebody asked me last night why I predicted Cutler would never be at the level of those top few guys. These were 2 of the reasons I thought of but didn’t specifically mention (I mostly just said turnovers, which both of these play into).

  • Bender McLugh

    RUM! This is by far my favorite. The 23 year is spectacular, and the XO is on another stratosphere altogether. Highly recommend for those who like rum……… best served on the rocks with a key lime quarter.

    http://www.zacaparum.com/en-us/start/

    • Bender McLugh

      something is telling me I’ve posted this before…..worth a re-post. GET SOME.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Sweet, I’m gonna look for this rum next time I’m out buying more. I was actually drinking some rum as I was reading this article/comments. Thanks!

  • Sactowns#1

    Can someone please send out a search party for Irish? While we’re at it maybe check the jails for Fres.

    • MB30SD

      I’ll trade you an irish for a crown and coach. They were as entertaining with about 99% less fucking crazy or terrorist loving. Hahahaha

      That said, I did loves me some irish and he should come back to us. As long as he agrees to stick to aliens and the fed… not bring up his new found love for ISIS.

      • Sactowns#1

        I just want to make sure Irish isnt rotting away in some Blackwater holding cell in the pacific for thought crimes.

        • MB30SD

          he very well may be sac, he very well… may… be.

          these are the decisions we all make on our own. And if you do the crime…

          • I think I missed that thread. Something about Irish defending Palenstine?
            Well, hope he comes back. He’s the one that actually got me into FF. And Aliens – with boobs.

          • Cormonster

            He’s turned me onto some good music. I learned a lot about the Federal Reserve from him too.

        • GPLDAN

          like Pete Townshend should be.

      • tobijohn

        I was off buying electric guitars and hanging out on Les Paul forums when Irish went missing so can somebody clue me in? Was it some apocalyptic post event or did he just quietly go missing?

        • Cormonster

          There was a big argument regarding the Israel – Gaza conflict and Irish didn’t like that most other bloggers were siding with Israel.

          Tobi, did you ever see my post about Warren Hayne’s touring guitars? Might give you some more ideas.

          • tobijohn

            Yes, thanks for the link. I watched the whole thing. And please, thanks but I don’t need any more ideas. I’ve already got thirteen guitars here and four more on the way, not to mention four amps. I’m out of control…

          • MB30SD

            how much that run ya… just out of curiosity. I have NO clue about that stuff.

          • tobijohn

            All told, I think I’m in about $5K which is peanuts. If these were vintage Gibsons or Fenders you’d be looking at ten times that easy….

          • Cormonster

            You a Moody Blues fan? An old hippy customer of mine (big Dead Head) invited me to go see them last night. Hot damn, those old guys can still rock! Very good show, much much better than I expected. Don’t own any of their music, but I knew about 2/3rds of the songs. They had a great supporting cast of musicians.

          • tobijohn

            I was actually, back in HS. I can’t believe they’re still alive…

          • Cormonster

            They said they started the band 50 years ago. Still three old-timers: drummer, bass, and guitar / lead vocalist. The lead singer still has an amazing voice, but between some songs he was taking oxygen. The harmonies were some of the best I’ve heard at a live show.

          • tobijohn

            Without Googling it, Justin Hayward was/is the lead singer….

          • Cormonster

            He still has one hell of a rock voice. I heard most of the songs on the radio growing up, but I have better appreciation of many of the songs after hearing them live.

          • Cormonster

            Tobi, check out this huge warehouse full of guitars right down the street from where I live. The link to Dave’s personal collection is very cool. Just nice to look at all these guitars.

            http://davesguitar.com/

          • tobijohn

            That is WILD!. I posted that link over at the primary guitar forum I hang out at….

          • Cormonster

            Sorry for giving you more ideas. I couldn’t help myself.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Fales didn’t practice today (shoulder injury) he would be a 4th option at best (Bears would resign Palmer if something serious happened to JC). Why not just put Fales on IR and open up a roster spot for Chris Williams or Eben Britton?

    • johnnywad

      Palmer is awful. No need to think about him again.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Yeah, but should they really turn to Fales?

        • johnnywad

          Not this year. I think you’ll see a vet come in off the street if it gets that far.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Palmer is in that line because he knows the offense.

          • yep. He would be called up if Cutler or Clausen goes down and be the backup.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Either way, Fales to IR is a good plan.

    • People on IR can’t practice, which limits their development. Just a thought there. But that could be a possibility.

      Still might put him on the PS at some point.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ian O’Conner, sitting in for Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio today, made a complete ass of himself making the case that Michael Sam “should have been on somebody’s practice squad before this” and that he wasn’t because GMs “didn’t want to deal with the distractions.”

    After the “Josina Anderson /Sam Showers Alone” crapstorm that required apologies all around I would have thought that the higher ups at ESPN would have told staffers to quit making up Michael Sam stories which I submit there is NO evidence that any GMs have said such.

    O’Connor rambled on about how somebody could use Sam on special teams MOMENTS after Herm Edwards explained Sam’s limitations as an NFL prospect and that Sam is NOT a good fit on special teams.

    • For your consideration….

      it was tough to listen to Al.

  • Briggs interviewed. First 9 questions in one form or another, “Why weren’t you at practice?”
    Briggs responded that his “partner” decided (biz partner, I’m assuming).
    Something along the lines of ‘I’ve played my heart out for 12 years, that should speak for itself’

    I expect that to be the last of that. This story will disappear faster than Briggs running from his Lambo in the middle of the night.

  • This is dedicated to Haugh and all those other hitman journalist (oh, and for Albert).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p51cQzrjEs

    • tobijohn

      I tossed Haugh into the Rosenblog trash bucket quite a while ago. I’ll read the fine print on appliance warranty disclaimers before I ever read their stuff again…

  • Bender McLugh

    I seem to remember Cutler using the dump-off more last season than in previous seasons, but that may be inaccurate. It just seemed to me he was much more comfortable in the offense and seemed to know when to dump it to the RB or throw it away entirely to the sidelines. Anyone have stats on this?

    • EnderWiggin

      Oh, he did. He dumped it off way more. Especially before his first injury. He looked like a totally different QB.

      • yeah, his completion percentage was MUCH higher pre-injury than post. Post injury, his stats looked much more similar to pre-Trestman days.

    • this preseason he looked much better with decision making except for maybe the SEA game. He looked like he was forcing it a little there. I really expect bigger and better things from Cutler this year.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      To me, winning 2 Super Bowls with Eli Manning proves Tom Coughlins sheer brilliance. I have always said he’s one of the few coaches I’d roll the dice with in tough match ups. Oh and I was the only one pulling for the Gmen at a SB party when they ripped the heart out of bellicheat. You coulda heard a pin drop when I yelled boo yah when Tyre caught the ball. One of the few sporting moments I’ll cherish for a while. The Patsy’s have never been the same since that game.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Now THIS is an interesting read: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/09/03/green-bay-packers-ted-thompson/

    Pulling back the curtain on Ted Thompson’s GM tenure at GB

    • Trac

      Good read. I wish the Bears had of hired him.

      • MB30SD

        too bad their little one and done dynasty is going to come crashing down around them this year.

        Much to the chagrin of the sloppy blowjob giving nfl media.

        • For your consideration….

          Death to Rodgers.

        • tobijohn

          Hey, hey hey! Cool it with the c word. I used to be married to one….

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… i think all of us divorcees were.

  • Trac

    Big Sam in Dallas now eh? The term “ride em Cowboy” will never be the same. He he.

    • bearsfantillend

      isn’t the nickname of Dallas – “The Big D”. strange a gay man would be drawn there.

    • tobijohn

      You men are so, so, so cruel and insensitive….

  • Do “experts” pay attention? Last year’s D was definitely horrific.

    http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball/live#seasonType=reg&week=1&day=2&seg=33

    Yds/Game: 161.4
    AvgYds/Carry: 5.35
    10+yds play: 84
    100 yd rushers:10

    HOWEVER, we now have a totally revamped Dline.
    Houston, Young, Allen, Ratliff, Healthy Paea, plus Ego, Sutton and Scott.
    Even Tucker can’t fuck up that line-up too much.

    Not to mention we have a healthy Briggs and D.J. (though how they perform still remains to be seen).

    I’m lukewarm on how our D will perform, but no way will they repeat that level of ineptitude.

    Still think they hover in the lower 20s, but they’ll revert back to their turnover forcing ways, esp with Peanut out there.

  • Agree with Mullet-Man

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Allen-I-am-in-typical-season-mode/a0623d47-f56f-4429-b35b-671657d11ea3

    Gap discipline. Angles. Tackle. Tackle. Tackle.

    How fast/slow our D is will be interesting.

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