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Offense Blows Home Opener: Rapid Fire Responses to a Terrible Loss

| September 8th, 2014

No picture. Nothing fun. Let’s get right to the thoughts…

  • Don’t blame the defense for this one. The Bears should never lose a game at home wherein they allow 20 points in regulation.
  • Jay Cutler was exhausting and terrible, I don’t care how many yards and touchdown passes he throws. (1) The interception to Kevin Williams is inexcusable. You don’t throw a pass halfway across the field, across your body, into traffic, when you need ONE YARD! You simply don’t do it if you’re a championship level quarterback. (2) The way he managed the end of regulation was deplorable. Why on 2nd and 1 from the Buffalo 19 is he throwing jump balls to covered receivers? Move the ball closer. Get the clock stopped. Give yourself three solid chances in the end zone. Instead he played like there was a twenty-five foot stone wall erected at the Bills 19. (3) He should have had 2-3 more interceptions over the course of the game.

  • The Bears suffered no injuries outside of Cutler to the offense a year ago. Yesterday they made up for it.
  • What we learned yesterday is something I’ve warned fans about for some time. When Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall are not both on the field, the Bears offense has the potential to look pedestrian. If Alshon’s hamstring injury is serious the Bears are in serious trouble Sunday night in San Francisco. (They’re in trouble anyway.)
  • The mistakes the offense made was eminently correctable. Marshall’s fumble, Martellus not turning on a route, Jay’s decisions making…etc. But losing this game, with the schedule that awaits, will come back to haunt the Bears.
  • Willie Young was terrific. He still looks like he’s twice the size of everyone else on the field.
  • Martellus Bennett was terrific.
  • Matt Forte was terrific. But the Bears need to start putting these one-yard scenarios in his hands, not Cutler’s. Give the guy a chance to get the yard either on a designed screen or pitch or whatever. Forte’s the offense’s most versatile weapon. Use him.
  • We all have to accept Chris Conte for what he is: a decent pass defender with no hope of making an open field tackle in run support.
  • Did the Bears dress a defensive tackle yesterday?
  • There would be reason to get upset over Micheal Spurlock dropping passes if, you know, there was any reason for him to be on the field.
  • E.J. Manuel threw some terrible passes but his receivers played beautifully yesterday. Woods and Williams caught absolutely everything. The Bears better get more out of Allen and Houston in the next few weeks or they’ll start 0-4.
  • Pat O’Donnell is a much better directional punter than I had given him credit for. He did a nice job pinning return men to the sideline.

Overall, the Bears let a game they needed to win and had no excuse losing get away. With the ball at the Buffalo 34 in the fourth quarter, the Bears should have been charging to take control. Instead their quarterback threw the football to a defensive lineman. Now the pressure will mount on the whole of the organization as they head to San Francisco for the most difficult game on their schedule. How will they respond?

 

 

 

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  • Doc Hamstring

    First to say I don’t think many teams have the luxury of NOT looking “pedestrian” on offense when their two best receivers aren’t on the field.

    • Trac

      Very profound my good Dr.

  • Doc Hamstring

    On second thought, it WAS the defense’s fault. Sure, the offense needed to score more points. But the defense let EJ FUCKING MANUEL have his way with them.

    When a REAL offense comes to town, there’s a lot to worry about.

    • Trac

      Thirdly? The Bears just could suck ball bags this year? Sigh.

    • BluMeany

      I agree. At the end of the day, the defense was tasked with getting the ball back and they let Buffalo march right down the field to the 1-yard line and get the winning FG. I’m sure time of possession wasn’t that lopsided to where the defense was gassed. The turnovers by the offense were inexcusable as well. Bennett not turning around, Marshall losing the ball, and Jay throwing just an awful, awful pass in extreme traffic. As OP mentioned, Jay had another 2 or 3 throws where they could have easily been picked off. More ill-advised, off-balance throws. This guy should know better by now.

  • BearFanInDE

    All teams have a bad game/day now and then, but this loss was simply unbearable to watch. That Williams INT was simply unbelievable, given the situation..
    It’s early in season, but how good is a team that cannot win against EJ Manuel and this Bills team at HOME?!? We’ll be going up against Rodgers, Stafford twice. Minny crushed the Rams..

    • Trac

      Minnysoota will beat the snot out of us if the Bears are who they looked like yesterday.

  • Trac

    I did not spend one dollar yesterday that had anything to do with the Bears or Football. THAT gentlemen, is called cutting your losses.

    Poor Jay, smh.

  • GPLDAN

    The Doomer’s Trib Article Today: “Now that the Bears are washed up, what do we do with our Sundays this fall?”

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      My thoughts written on paper. He’s right as he almost always is.

    • Trac

      Repent? Go to Church ?

      • GPLDAN

        Doomer’s Jewish, so I’m afraid not.

        • Trac

          He can repent.

          • GPLDAN

            He can? Hold the phone.

          • Bender McLugh

            “Lana! Kremesnki’s the mole, definitely Russian, possibly a Jew. Thoughts?”

            “Yeah. Shut Up.”

    • BillW

      I hate him – but I said two weeks ago (after the Seattle preseason game) that as dumb as it may sound, Week 1 was a must win.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    1. The Bears are properly fucked.
    2. Cutler is what he is. A loser. You try and have faith in him, but you’d better stop. He has a 3 year contract. The Bears will lose for 3 years.
    3. Trestman and Tucker made the same mistakes they did a season ago. That’s daunting and disappointing.
    4. I can’t listen to people that lament Jeffery’s absence after they weren’t very interested into the 3rd WR discussion this summer.

    • Trac

      Well why don’t ya tell us how you feel? Lol.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I ‘feel’ like the Bears will not make the playoffs the next 2 years. They’ll need a miracle this year and next year they’ll play NFC West and AFC West.

  • Bender McLugh

    The biggest disappointment for me is seeing Cutler regress. Need/stuck-with him for another two years while grooming a QB in next years draft…. I really was hoping for much more. If he turns it around because he was just low on twinkies I’ll be happy, but this was just pathetic because he doesn’t have to make those mistakes and still does, unless of course, twinkies.

    Also, what the hell was with the offensive play calling after the first drive?

    • SC Dave

      People credit/blame play calling more than they should IMO. It’s more about execution.

      • Bender McLugh

        agreed. I just don’t understand going away from the run for so long after that first offensive series. With that said, the offense had it’s chances to win in the 4th & OT and of course failed, and that had nothing to do with play calling.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I disagree. Even a nobody like Barb from Romania knew before the game that they can’t run down the middle against Spikes and that Robert Woods is their best WR right now.
        So don’t run down the middle and double team their best WR. Instead they let Spikes dominate the game and played zone against Woods. That’s amateur stuff. Stupid.

        • Bender McLugh

          step back from the ledge, Barb. Spikes didn’t “dominate” the run game to me, definitely had a good game though, he’s a beast.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He did. It’s no surprise, mind you. He always does.

          • SC Dave

            Forte got 82 yards on 17 carries, so I’d hardly say the Bills in any way “dominated” the running game.

      • bearsfantillend

        The play call on the 2nd AWFUL interception, came after a timeout. Is that the best play they can come up with. A fake pitch and roll out? they needed 1 freakin yard, with a back that is great catching out of the backfield, dominant WRs and TEs. And they decide to roll out and cut the field in half, and their options in half. 90% of the play book was probably better play option than what was called. Cutler should not have thrown that INT! That is on him no excuse for that. THROW IT AWAY! My problem is why was that the play called. Seriously they called a timeout to make sure they had a good play and they decided on that one. SMH!

        • I told you guys we’re going to be stuck with cute pussy shit on short yardage.
          Next time it’s 3rd and 1, expect a reverse.

          • bearsfantillend

            probably a double reverse

  • Trac

    Sarcasmo is back. This team has busted my chops for the last time. No more Mr. Nice guy.

    • For your consideration….

      don’t be a pussy

  • Big Mike

    I spent 5 minutes typing up a post, I looked at it and said fuck it. Pretty much like Cutler did yesterday when he tossed that second pick to a DT.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Wow, so if you lose two of the top ten receivers in the league, your offense looks pedestrian.
    No shit.

  • JerseyBear

    Same ole Jay Cutler, same shitty defense with some bad offensive play calling sprinkled in. BRUTAL

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Don’t blame the D?

    • bearsfantillend

      agree – plenty of blame to go around.

    • GPLDAN

      Bench Paea or put him behind somebody else, anybody else.
      Bench Conte, leave McCray in there.
      Bench CD, put Christian Jones in there at Sam.

      There’s a start.

      • MB30SD

        i like all of this

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        I´m all in

  • johnnywad

    Man this place is in the shitter today. Bears will be fine. Despite three VERY costly turnovers, they still damn near won with the middle of the Oline and BMarsh and Alshon in and out and playing hurt. Shea is done, and I think McCray will take over at Safety. Things will improve. They might even win in San Fran. The Niners only won by eleven with Romo doing his best to give it away. A year ago, they win that game by five touchdowns. Reality is the Bears lost a game they should have won. But there are 15 to go and they have the talent to win a bunch of those. Deep breath all around.

    • GPLDAN

      If you want a bright side – BDLP is a upgrade over Garza.

      Losing Slauson sucks, but Ola was stout.

  • DSupreme

    So nobody is going to bring up how shitty the LB’s looked yesterday? Briggs out of fucking position all day! Did DJ even play MLB?? Chicken Dinner looked worthless and I’m pretty sure Bostic never knows where the fuck he’s supposed to be… Our safeties suck, but we already knew that. Forte is a beast! Do we have a 3rd WR that can catch a pass and make a play?? FUCK Cutty for that 2nd interception! Okay, I think I’m done now…

    • johnnywad

      We covered that pretty well last night. 6 tackles for the entire LB group. 6.

  • GPLDAN

    The song goes “Mamma gonna knock you out”, not “I’m gonna knock mamma out.”

    http://www.tmz.com/2014/09/08/ray-rice-elevator-knockout-fiancee-takes-crushing-punch-video/

    He went with the left uppercut.

  • CanadaBear

    Total team loss. D was so-so and just like last year implodes at the worst possible time. 193 yds on the ground? Yep that sounds familiar. D out of position, A LOT? Yep that sounds familiar. Cutler throws a horrible pick at the worst possible time? Yep that sounds familiar. DL and LB’s can’t get it done? Yep that sounds familiar. Trestman gets too cute with the play calling and we stumble on O? Yep that sounds familiar. Aw, fuck it, we aren’t going anywhere this year. Tucker will be out of a job at the end of the year. Trestman, like Lovie’ will stick around a few more years by firing assistants and coordinators and then go quietly into the night. His kumbaya bullshit a fading memory. Other than that I didn’t take this loss to heart.

  • Willie

    Hi guys,

    I miss you, but I didn’t miss this…

    • johnnywad

      Yesterday morning was way more fun. Welcome back.

      • Willie

        I was drunk by kickoff, and I wish I could bottle the feeling after that first drive. Perfectly intoxicated and full of optimistic rainbows.

        • Trac

          I don’t drink any more, Thank GOD!

    • MB30SD

      well, well, well…. looooord buuuuusiness.

  • Trac

    Maybe some you guys know why I was so up for drafting Mosley this. Our LBs are old, retreads or not good enough. How do you pass on the Best ILB of the draft when our LBs are this bad? Yeah CB or safety was a sexy position to address but it was a mistake to not address this position as a priority. I’m starting to think Emery just likes to make moves to get a pat on the back. I’ve seen enough, we were better under Lovie and that isn’t saying much.

    • MB30SD

      this whole post is…. juuuust… reedikulous.

      Speaking of, let’s see how lovie’s new team did against a team missing thier star player: http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2014090711/2014/REG1/panthers@buccaneers#menu=gameinfo%7CcontentId%3A0ap3000000391269&tab=recap

      • Trac

        Nope. I have just decided I don’t like Emery. He’s a man in a time capsule from the 80’s trying to be relevant. He’s not a visionary, he’s an ex scout with a bad eye for hidden talent. The Bears will not prosper under him. Mark my words young man.

    • Bender McLugh

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

      This is a joke right?

      • GPLDAN

        Trac may have wish to note that they didn’t test Fuller – they went after Jennings.

        When I watch the All-22 later today, I will note what I think I saw: Fuller locked his man down.

        • Trac

          Not sure if I’m more pissed at yesterday or the flight delays. He he.

        • The Score said they went after Peanut.
          Peanut might be a liability against smaller faster WR (he usually always struggled vs Steve Smith’s types, even in his prime, and now Peanut’s older and might be a step slower).

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      drafting or hiring a middle LB next year is a Priority!!

  • Jay Cutler could have gone 25-26, 400 yds and 4 TDs, but if that ONE incomplete is a bone-head INT that loses the game, that’s all that ppl will remember.
    It only confirms what many worry about Jay. When the pressures on, he improvises, Throws Trest out the window, lights up his cig, and chucks it, for better or worse.
    Obviously, yesterday was for worse.
    Some say, “So does Luck” but Luck is a 3rd year QB. Cutler’s been in the league for like a decade.
    Wilson is already more QB savvy than Cutler.

    But if we blame Cutler for ONE play, we gotta blame Bmarsh too for that fumble.
    And Trestman for throwing the ball when we only need 1 yard.

    Who said we need a basher for short yardage? Who said that would be a weakness all year and will cost us game and possibly the play-offs? That would have been a perfect time to trot in a hungry big HB and just run it, twice if necessary. Funny how they didn’t put Carey in for that.

    I’m actually kinda hoping Garza misses a few games cuz DeLapunte can prob block better. Slauson is more of a pass protector, but I think we need him back, but Ola might be better in the run (don’t know yet).

    The old axiom of injuries at one position kills team holds true. Wilson, Marshal and Alshon all got injured to various degrees of severity. We were basically left with Holmes (who most likely doesn’t know the entire playbook) and Bennett. That stalled our offense more than anything else.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Cutler is a dump ass who thinks can made any throw and left Forte aside who can steal camera from him. Cutler is a fucking yerk.

      • stealing your quarterback’s camera isn’t nice. jay probably spent a lot of money on his DSLR.

        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha. .. that made me lalz.

          Ghost it’s time to change translators maing.

          • but then we won’t have gems like “dump ass”

          • MB30SD

            true enough. I give him tons of credit for posting even. Must be hard.

          • i think it’s jeff’s alter-commenting-ego. the other being Cheesy.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            hahahaha Did you keep last comment after my “spanish corrector”? hahahaha jerk!!

  • Artoo

    Just a friendly reminder, Jay Cutler’s contract is set up quite nicely.

    It was the first game. I don’t think it will continue.

    Last but not least, the defense allowed a player who literally almost lost his job to Kyle Orton. Manuel just literally earned another start through this win. That’s just sucks.

  • On an FF note, this is what I’m doing to GPs team:

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    Cutler must STOP changing plays at eleventh hour and keep following game´s plan. he has never showed take “the smart” decision since he´s been here. besides what a fuck is doing forcing plays when we have one of the best catching backs in this game and need to get A YARD!!!??

    • For your consideration….

      did you just get mad because Jay actually ran the play that was called? are you high? You’re fucking banned clown.

      • johnnywad

        Jay made one really bad decision yesterday. To me that’s it. If he doesn’t throw that pic, and instead, they score, it all looks different. The throw in overtime that was going to Holmes, and hit the DB in the chest, was because Homes slipped and fell. Shit happens. Good read, good throw. The offense will be fine so long as BMarsh and Alshon don’t miss much.

        • I blame it on three. The Cutler pic, Bmarsh’s fumble AND Trest playcalls (not to mention no Alshon, a gimpy Bmarsh and two starting OL out).

          On D, I will always blame it on the D.C. first. Everyone knew the Bills would run, and the Bears STILL couldn’t do much about it.

          Poor angles, tackling and execution also a reflection of the D.C.

          Lack of inside pressure didn’t help.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            LB is the real gamble with the dfense, must improve or this boat is going to sink quickly.

        • For your consideration….

          agreed, it’s football. I saw a pro bowl QB throw 5 possible INT’s in one game last night in the Denver/Indy game and thank god only 2 were caught by the other team. This player is deemed elite but since there are 11 guys on the field and their Defense sucks balls Indy will only make the playoffs because of their weak division. Does that make Andrew Luck a shitball? I say no and everyone else says no as well. Luck went 35/53 for 340yds 2TD’s and 2 INT’s. TEN of his completions were 5 yard passes on the same end of half drive when Denver was in prevent since they were up by multiple scores.
          You simply can’t ascribe a loss to one player. Your opinions mean, or should mean nothing, if you do. You must look at football purely from a team perspective especially when a guy like Luck or Cutler have solid numbers but a couple of mistakes and also Defenses that just folded like cheap suits.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        must of the time he is trying to outsmart himself dude, it doesn´t matter who is running the offensive if he is not TOTAL Agree change plays or execute poorly. or are u a “Cutlerfencer”? if u are, this is totally nonsense.

        • For your consideration….

          read my post above rookie, I break down all of the plays for you.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            Wake me up when you break all the plays since Jay is playing here to realize that WHO is your QB, dude.

          • For your consideration….

            your opinion means nothing to me. I gave you multiple examples of game changing plays and your reply is “realize who is your qb, dude”. You win, awesome logic.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            I´m gland you are cool, but you´d better calm down before extending your comments and take it personal whoever disagrees with you. have a nice day.

          • GPLDAN

            But he is the LuftWaffle.

            Did the Germans calm down before heading east to Warsaw in ’39? Fuck no.

          • For your consideration….

            your opinion means nothing to me not because you are a bad person, simply because you don’t support your dumb fucking comments and instead throw out gems like:

            “must of the time he is trying to outsmart himself dude, it doesn´t matter who is running the offensive if he is not TOTAL Agree he will change plays or execute poorly. or if u are a “cutlerfender” this is totally nonsense.”
            I’m sorry man, i’ll never attempt to respect or agree with posts like this.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    PLAY CLAUSEN!!

    • For your consideration….

      sorry Ghost of Super Bowl XX, you can’t take it back once you’ve said it, it’s on the record now.

      • For your consideration….

        you delicately placed your credibility into a small decorative bowl and proceeded to urinate all over it. Please cease and desist all future posting of football related opinions.

  • Listening to Mannelly is a treat.
    He said that Monday will be gloomy. Tues will be gloomy.
    But Weds, someone tends to crack a joke, then it’s on to the next team.
    He also said, it depends on a team. He said back when Olin was there, everyone waited for him to crack that joke so the team knew it was ok to move on.
    If someone else horsed around before that, Olin would prob Ray Rice them.
    Rice is now a verb.

  • Manelly thinks that Briggs and Peanut’s play has declined.
    “They can still be good enough to start in the NFL, they’re just not going to be as fast as they used to be”
    That’s not exactly comforting. We were all hoping we can squeeze at least one more year out of both, or even one, but maybe not.

  • Buffone quote of the day: “Bears are as soft as a grape. No intensity. They’re like zombies out there.”

    • This is a direct reflection of the D.C.
      I was hoping Rex Ryan would get fired last year, and that the Bears would scoop him up, but wasn’t meant to be.

      Also of note. When Buffone asked Mannelly who on that defense is tough, Mannelly responded, “Ratliff. Young looks tough too”.

      Not Briggs. Again, reflection of leadership.

      • CanadaBear

        Ratliff and Young were about the only ones on D that showed up yesterday. If Briggs and Williams don’t start playing better it’s time to put Bostic, Greene and Jones in there and see if their athleticism can make up for their lack of instincts. CD looks like me out there. No clue about 90% of the time.

  • Trac

    Those fast paced practices really paid off didn’t they boys?

    • For your consideration….

      they didn’t finish drives , they drove up and down the field.

  • For your consideration….

    To say this game is squarely on Cutler is fucking retarded Jeff, fucking retarded. Saying that “holding” Buffalo to 20 at home should be enough to win? Dude, Buffalo shouldn’t score 10pts a game with the horseshit they trotted out there. Did you see those fucking ducks that no one got to on those 3rd down conversions? Holy shit dude.
    Cutlers interception was a bad decision and it resulted….after Buffalo drove all the way down the field again…in THREE FUCKING POINTS. Marshall fumbled at the 26yd line as we were going in to score after a 50 something yard drive, it was returned 30 fucking yards and they ended up scoring points of that play. That simple event alone makes your comment fucking idiotic. Fucking idiotic.

  • BluMeany

    The defense’s true weakness is at linebacker. How do I know this? It’s simple. Think back to when this defense was dominant under Lovie. Who were the leading tacklers? Linebackers – Urlacher, Briggs, and usually that third linebacker was up there too. If guys got past the line, the linebackers were there to take them down. Now, go back and look at the box score from this game (and I’m sure from many games last season). 1. There’s no one with double-digit tackles. 2. The majority of tackles are by DBs – which tells you that players are routinely getting past the front 7 of the defense. Emery took a huge gamble this year by letting the LB position pretty much rot. He held onto the two old vets in Briggs and Williams, has stuck with his two (apparently) failed draft picks in Bostic and McClellin, and the guys behind them are another possible failed draft pick in Greene and an UDFA. This team is going nowhere unless they suddenly get a resurgence in their linebacking corps.

  • Viva

    Bad press will always follow a Bear loss. This team hasn’t yet earned a mulligan. Tough opener. Time to get better.

  • Graham on Cutler (from Biggs 10 thoughts)

    “Spend some time chatting with Bills cornerback Corey Graham after
    Sunday’s game and he sounds a lot like Charles Woodson did two years ago
    when he uttered the words “same old Jay” after the Packers picked off
    the Bears quarterback four times in a Week 2 meeting at Lambeau Field….

    Same Cutler that Graham remembers playing with as teammates from 2009 to 2011?

    “Oh yeah,” Graham said. “He is a gunslinger. You already know that. He can
    make some dynamic throws but when it comes down to it he will give you
    opportunities to also make plays. That’s just how he is.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-10-thoughts-after-bears-loss-20140908-story.html#page=1

  • Trac

    Does anyone know if the Bears have ever not won a divisional game in a season because it looks like the Lions and Queens are much improved.

  • For your consideration….

    I try to stay on this blog and keep a bunch of you guys from getting all Yahoo Sports crazy on us. If you can for one minute type into your computer that 1 bad choice by the QB that resulted in a turnover which then resulted, after another extended drive by Buffalo, in a fucking field goal, is the reason the Bears lost and the reason why Jay sucks then you must hand in your man card, admit you have no fucking clue about football and stop fucking posting here.
    When your QB throws 49 times with a 69.4 completion rate the result in 34 completions for 350 yards. The INT to Kyle Williams was bad but look what happened after it and look how the offense then bounced back again. The game did not end with Kyle Williams running that back for the game winning score now did it?
    It was just a play in the course of the game, a game which had a handful of those crucial plays. Our LB’s had like 6 tackles. DJ Williams our starting middle linebacker did even show up on the stat sheet. Steven Paea was a ghost. Jared Allen almost played worse than Shea McClellin used to at the DE position. Marshall fumbled on a 1st and 10 play during a drive where we were slamming it down their throats on our way to the red zone, do you fucking recall that?
    Do you remember the fucking 60yd drive at the beginning of the 3rd quarter that should have been punctuated by a perfect deep ball TD to Forte who was matched up on the LB only to have it fall right through his goddamn hands and resulted in the Bears getting 3 pts instead of 7?
    What about the end of the 3rd quarter after Conte picked it off and Cutler proceeded to go 4/4 for 40yds and a TD to Marshall, do you remember that?
    To pick one bad play and erase all of the other good ones is the hallmark of someone that knows nothing about football and should be banned from posting here. take your Yahoo! Sports fantasy football idiotic perspective somewhere else. Unbelievable.
    Jeff, of all people you should be ashamed of yourself.

    • CanadaBear

      Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, take a breath my man. Cutler’s pick was like a shiv to the heart. After almost a decade in the league he shouldn’t be throwing that pass. Period. Cutler did a lot of good things but he undid all of it with that pick. The pick to Bennett wasn’t exactly all on Uni either. Even if Uni wasn’t running blindly down the field, that ball was way behind him. Trying to deflect blame by shitting on Forte for that pass is crazy. The defender had his hands between Matt’s as the pass arrived. Maybe it was PI. Maybe not. It wasn’t called. However, when a defender has his hand between the receivers when the ball arrives will almost always end up in an incompletion. Nobody’s fault, just a good play by the D. Our D sucks ass and almost everyone knew it. Cutler is supposed to be The Man. He wasn’t much of one yesterday. And then to appear in front of the media and act like a spoiled, petulant child is mind blowing. Cutler isn’t stupid. Why does he spar with the media? It’s pointless and stupid. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a smart person so opposed to making things easier on himself.

      • For your consideration….

        sorry man, can’t sit by after this game and ascribe this loss to one guy. That is crazy. I am simply breaking down important plays that if they go a different way result in a different outcome. That is the game of football. you can’t call someone elite without giving credit to the guys that help make the elite plays and you can’t ascribe a loss to a player when the results he delivers are influenced by those same guys.

        • CanadaBear

          I agree it’s not all on Cutler but that’s life. He gets too much credit when they win etc. I’m just royally pissed because our D is no better and Cutler made a mistake that should never happen.

          • GPLDAN

            Cutler is only digging himself a hole by being a petulant spoiled asshole with the media. Yes, I know – Doooooooon’t Care.

            But Trestman was supposed to make over a new, media savvy Cutler.

            I don’t see it. The wolves will not back down and will double down on hate as long as he acts like that.

          • For your consideration….

            It was an emotional game and day and taking questions about an obviously frustrating situation right after it happens from fucking nerdball beatoff reporters has to be very difficult. Why do you think there are such amazing and entertaining post game interviews from coaches and players from the last 40yrs? jay didn’t invent it GP. jay was definitely frustrated and he should have kept his fake face on. I agree on that.
            He’ll tone it down and while he won’t apologize, and nor should he, you’ll see a more calm version of everyone from here on out.

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny I wish that last sentence was believable but after all these years with Cutler at the helm, what you see is what you get.

          • For your consideration….

            Well Canada I hope we get Sunday’s version of Cutler then. If we can get 35-49 for 350 and 2 to 3 TD’s from our QB then I think we’ll be just fine. Do you know why? Because some games Marshall won’t fumble at the red zone marker and have it returned 30yards.
            Because some games Forte will beat that linebacker AND hang onto the ball.
            Because some games Trestman will call quick hitting plays to get that 2nd and 1 or 3rd and 1 instead of a 1998 bootleg.
            Because sometimes Jay will run for that 3rd and 1 or throw it away instead of trying to jam it into Unicorn.
            Because sometimes a defender will be out of position on a seam route for Bennett.
            Then instead of crying and wailing about how we’ll be 3-13 if we’re lucky we’ll actually pull out some 28 to 35 pt games even when the defense makes guys like Manuel look like Montana and the Bills O line look like Dallas in the 90’s.

          • CanadaBear

            That really sounds like a certain Bears fan from the late ’60’s until the early ’80’s (me). It’s all woulda, coulda, shoulda.

          • For your consideration….

            no it’s not, it’s the reality of how every single game plays out every single sunday. The plays were there to be made. Sometimes they are and sometimes they aren’t and it’s usually a combination of factors that ultimately lead to the result.
            Was his performance so terrible yesterday that it simply can’t be tolerated or was it that bad INT? I think it was the INT because there were a lot of other things that were fucking awesome like his dumpoffs to Forte, 3rd down conversions, multiple long sustained drives, his use of Bennett, etc.

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny I’m not arguing with you about Cutler. He was only partly responsible for the loss. It’s rare when one person is responsible for a loss. Overall his play was about like his QB rating, meh. Some really good, some really bad and a bunch of just so-so.

          • Bender McLugh

            it was the INT and the type of INT it was, something that should be behind him at this point. He doesn’t get a pass from me on the game, but it wasn’t all bad either, it can’t be with the stat line he had. Still a loss and still shaking my head over Jay’s decisions on critical downs in that game……

          • bearsfantillend

            God I hope not. I don’t want a calm version. I want to see the frustrations and the emotions. I hate hearing the cliche machines(Mannings, Luck, Wilson, Brady etc.) talk to the media. I like seeing the absolute disgust towards the media.

            Media: you won the game, how do you feel.
            Cliche machine: I wanna thank god to put me in the position, my players are awesome, we are glad we had enough to win today.

            Media: you lost the game, how do you feel.
            Cliche machine: I wanna thank god to put me in the position, my players are awesome, unfortunately we didn’t have enough to win today.

            THAT SHIT is boring. Who cares if a player is a media darling? If we had won the game no one would give a shit how Cutler treated the media or acted during a press conference. If you are going to ask questions to players expect emotional responses. I don’t want to hear the canned answers, I want honesty. Besides a lot of these “reporters” ask stupidly insane questions. Sometimes they need to be treated like idiots.

            Just think back to most memorable press conferences in history. Not one of them are full of cliches. PLAYOFFS!!! PLAYOFFS!!! We talkin about practice, PRACTICE. If you wanna CROWN them then Crown their ass!

            Fuck the media, if they ask the questions they should be prepared for any and every type of response.

            Any “fan” that takes into consideration a players demeanor in a press conference to how good or bad that player is on the field is an IDIOT.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s total bullshit. Most of the fans are driven by the media. Cutler acts like a jackass to the media. The media buries Cutler. The fans take up the chant. Now that’s idiotic but that’s reality. Why keep going down that road? So “fans” like you can be entertained?

          • bearsfantillend

            Its all meaningless. Its the media. Whats the point of even asking any questions if you don’t want an honest response? The media would bury Cutler even if he kissed the media’s collective ASS. Thats what the Chicago media does. If he gave the standard canned answer the media would bitch cause he doesn’t give an honest answer. Its pointless.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree with ya about it being pointless but I do think the media wouldn’t kill him so much if he wasn’t such an ass to them. Either way, it makes no difference on the field but why would you want the meathead fans on your ass almost every week when it would take so little to defuse the situation? At this point everyone knows how Cutler feels about the media. It would make more sense for him to be a smarmy suckass. Everyone would know it was phony, the media would look like school girls with their hurt feelings and the meatheads would be totally confused. To me that sounds like a win-win.

      • Viva

        I could give 2 shits about how the media wolves are treated. Jay has to answer to his team…which includes the staff. Team lost…people get wound up..time to harness the loss into a positive.

        • CanadaBear

          I agree with ya about the media but Cutler has to deal with them in a positive manner. After all these years of dealing with them he has to know being a petulant jerk is going to lead to more piling on by the media. Which in turn leads to more piling on by the “fans”. Why would you keep going down that path when you know there’s a big pile of dogshit at the end of it?

          • Bender McLugh

            positive manner? screw the media.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree dealing with those brain-dead jackals has to be a pisser but that’s part of his job and he knew it when he signed up. You know it doesn’t make his bosses happy or the owners. Time for him to grow up and act like an adult.

  • Trac

    My last words on this loss and I’ll quote Mike Ditka, “we suck”. This Team? This schedule? We’ll be lucky to win 5 games. I’m actually looking forward to the Bears nosediving because we need new meat via the draft. Tresty ain’t smart enough to win with this bunch. It’s total rebuild time, all the puff pieces on Emery and the Bears won’t sin us any games.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I’m getting you a “Jump to Conclusions” board for Christmas. It’s probably redundant,but safety first!

      • Trac

        5-11! We’ll talk in Dec?

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Hey, no editing your shit after posting!

          • Trac

            That’s more like it. Lol.

          • CanadaBear

            Old School!

      • CanadaBear

        MBP right now I’m ready to be Trac’s right-hand man. I know it’s crazy to go nuclear after the first game of the season but this game was like an instant replay of last year.

  • Peanut FTW

    Sigh… thats my general response about that game.
    The LBs were really bad. Non-existent bad. We either dropped them for minimal gain at the line or allowed them to get 20 yards plus on the ground. Meaning, you get the Dline blocked and you can just run it down our throats. What did we give up 200 yds rushing, redonkulous. Allen looked bad on the run also; just to pick on one play, the touchdown run by Manuel, if he even somewhat identifies and makes EJ take a different angle , Conte MIGHT have a shot at him, but no he stands still and even manages to get in Conte’s way a bit.
    Offensively, I dunno; Jay’s mechanics reverting to form scare me a bit and Alshon being out very long scares me. I kind of agreed with announcers for one of the first times ever in that, on their second drive I wondered why the O was getting cute instead of just running the base O until they stopped it. The loss to me falls mostly on the Offense, can’t have 3 turnovers, can’t look for the long ball when you need 2 yards, don’t get cute unless you need too… etc. But, I would say that in OT, you put them at their own 20, you’d like your D to get the ball back for you one more time at least in OT.

  • Viva

    Trac …. there is something wrong with your madulla ablongata

    • Trac

      Yesterday was of the devil.

    • EnderWiggin

      Happiness comes from rays of sunshine when you are feeling blue.

  • BillW

    Haven’t posted since the end of last year. I was disappointed at so much (in my opinion) baseless optimism. I think one of my last posts said we’d be calling for Trestman to be fired by the end of 2014. Sunday showed why – he is a great OC but a terrible HC.
    1. Flea Flicker?
    2. “We did some good things out there”. Guess what – even the 0-16 Lions did some good things. You don’t win by GOOD THINGS – you win by scoring more points.
    3. In the NFL with multi-million dollar contracts, “trying” isn’t enough. This isn’t park district pee wee football.
    4. “We made them go a long way to score” WTF??
    5. Mel Tucker is our Defensive Coordinator for 2014
    6. Joe D is our Special Teams Coordinator for 2014
    7. This week I’m handing out excused absences to …
    8. “Jay made a lot of good decisions out there” (So? One bad one negates 20 good ones.
    9. He’s got plays up his sleeve that he simply has to show off no matter how well the offense is doing
    10. His team never really seem ready. Ever notice how he points out “the team was ready to play” even though it doesn’t seem like it? He’s just as defensive (and maybe defiant in quieter way) as his QB.

    To this man, failure is acceptable so long as you tried hard. Mistakes are acceptable as long as they are correctable.

    I’ve saw enough last year after he kept Tucker and JoeD to know he is a failure as a head coach. He will show it often all year, like he did yesterday.

    Now I wait for the vulgar insults I got last year from several of you “fans” (who, in my humble opinion from over 50 years watching the Bears closely, don’t know football – or refuse to see reality.)

    • Bender McLugh

      I understand the feelings after a loss like this, but you are off here:

      To this man, failure is acceptable so long as you tried hard. Mistakes are acceptable as long as they are correctable.

      Just nope.

      • BillW

        Show me where I’m wrong. Quotes – not opinions. I hear him make what to me are excuses when he says “Jay did a lot of good things..” WITHOUT following up “but he made a poor decision at a critical moment – can’t have that.”

        “We made them go a long way to score” not followed up by :but at some point we have to stop them”.

        “We did some good things out there”. C’mon – that’s stuff you say about kids learning the game.

        Dumb but true phrase – Do or do not – there is no try.

        • Bender McLugh

          ah I see, media crap. well, every coach has this side…..

          • BillW

            Media crap? I’m quoting Trestman, not reporters.

          • BillW

            What I mean is this – fans expected them to win this game and they lost. So fans want to get an idea of why. From the coach. If all he’s going to do is praise the effort then it’s worse than worthless. I don’t expect him to throw players under the bus (and wouldn’t respect if he did). But is it throwing players under the bus by saying that a huge mistake by his (well paid) offensive leader was a critical turning point? Or any other honest assessments as to why they only scored 20 with such a high powered offense?

          • Bender McLugh

            have you watched any Bellichick media talking?

    • “10. His team never really seem ready. Ever notice how he points out
      “the team was ready to play” even though it doesn’t seem like it? He’s
      just as defensive (and maybe defiant in quieter way) as his QB.”

      This is what worries me the most. It’s the HOME OPENER! Everybody is relatively fresh, healthy, and hungry.

      How could you not come out and blow ppl up? Get hyped up.

      Bears looked like they were still in pre-season.

      And a lot of critics laughed at SEA trying to win PS games. Who’s laughing now?

      • Bender McLugh

        yeah I agree, but only after the first D & O series. D seemed more ready, the O seemed to go to the green room after that first series.

        • BillW

          I agree there and ALMOST didn’t include that, because the D got a 3 and out and the O scored smoothly.

          Maybe I’m wrong about that one. Maybe the team is ready but the coaches (Trestman, Tucker) can’t adjust as the game goes on. Like other teams (winning teams) can.

          • Bender McLugh

            that seemed like something Tucker did well with what he had last year, adjustments, but it didn’t prove out in the execution.

          • BillW

            So what I think is likely true is that the D is still a work in progress and may get better as the year goes on. But what will hold them back is age and overall softness. Can’t stop big runs. That’s who they are.

            SO – the O cannot afford to turn the ball over. Period. It’s an offense better suited to a Josh McCown than a Jay Cutler.

            Put the discount dah-ble check back there and they threaten to go 16-0 scoring 40 a game.

          • bearsfantillend

            “It’s an offense better suited to a Josh McCown than a Jay Cutler.”

            Congratulations, that is one of the stupidest statements i have read on this post today. 1st McCown got lucky in the offense last year. 2nd, He rallied that luck into a decent contract and a starting position. 3rd watch the game he started yesterday. Who would you rather have?

          • BillW

            McCown got “lucky”? You don’t get lucky that many games in the NFL. I didn’t say I thought McCown was better, I said the offense is better suited to someone like him – but CERTAINLY to someone like Rodgers.

            This offense has a guy open almost every play. The QB needs to find him or scramble or throw out of bounds.

            By the ay, did Jay take off EVER yesterday? Maybe they had that sniffed out.)

            Anyway it’s an offense that is better suited to a QB that makes the right decision nearly 100% of the time even if he can’t make throws Cutler can make. Believe it or not with those receivers and the plays and playmakers they have they don’t need a guy who can thread the needle.

            I always thought Jay could be an MVP caliber player if he made the right decisions and trusted that over the course of the game they will get their yards and points. (They had a remarkable 29 first downs!!) That’s the plays and the playmakers – including Jay many times.

            But as lucky as you say McCown is, I believe he would have beat the Bills. That’s not a compliment to him – it’s a criticism to Jay.

          • bearsfantillend

            i really wish i had some of whatever you are smoking. that shit must be awesome.

          • When another former player Harrison on national tv calls the Bears’ D “soft” and Buffone, a former defensive player himself calls them “soft as grapes”, and when they ask Mannelly who on that D is tough, and he has to think a bit then respond “Ratliff” and pretty much that’s it, then that D is lacking intensity/energy/violence.

            I don’t think the D was putrid (against the Bills O, who is?). They actually got a crucial turnover too (Conte of all ppl), but overall they seem to be lacking that certain je ne sais quoi…moxie. grit. mojo. scwhag. etc…

  • GPLDAN

    I just do not understand keeping Steven Paea and cutting Nate Collins.

    Can Anthony Adams suit back up?

    I am the Naan hater – cause I’m down on flatbread. Just started the All 22 app and BOOM – does that stick out.

    • CanadaBear

      I can remember a couple season ago you were ripping on him and I stood up for him. I didn’t think he was the reason we lost yesterday (he did have 2-3 tackles) but you never see any impact plays from him. Let’s just say I won’t be arguing with you this year about flatbread!

      • For your consideration….

        he showed a lot of flash in the preseason. Good penetration, high motor and caused a lot of disruption. I can’t explain what happened with Paea.

      • GPLDAN

        Get the All-22 app.

        Everybody: get the All-22 app on your iPads. It’s $40.

        You get the All-22 camera for every game played in the NFL. It’s very very worth it and will raise the level of shouting and posturing in here by a lot. Bitches be cray cray and all that.

        • BillW

          Cool thing about being a season ticket holder – you get NFL Rewind for free. You get the all 22 and lots of other angles (all games all year long).

          • GPLDAN

            Nice. Can you pass the Grey Poupon?

          • BillW

            But of course.

          • MB30SD

            awesome, you should use it to watch the good plays too Bill.

            When there’s a good play do you hide your eyes like in a scary movie?

            You haugh’s grampa or something?

          • BillW

            OUCH! Really – that hurt.
            But seriously you’re starting to sound like Trestman. Watch the good plays too. Of course there were good plays. But they lost a game they should have won. All the good plays in the world don’t count (for that game) if you lose.
            The goal is to win – not make good plays. OBVIOUSLY you win by making good plays. But don’t lose sight of the why you play the game (in my best Herm Edwards).
            Here’s what I let myself think after the first drive – well the Bears solved their long snapper issue by simply never needing to punt.
            Then came the flea flicker.
            But sure – I’ll watch the good plays too. And at the end the score will still be Bills 23 Bears 20.

    • Jokey

      Who’s flatbread?

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    LB is Emery´s gamble, can´t remember when was the last time a SS had more tackles than all LB together.

    • Our fears that both Briggs and DJ’s PS was not just them half-assing it. They’re just both old/inj/ineffective.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        (T^T)

    • Trac

      Yup, I agree. DL + DB’s -LB’s = Fuzzy math while trying to build a defense. The real ass kicker is that our offense cost us the easiest game on the schedule. Jeff, I apologize. You were right when you said the Bears were not ready this year about a month ago.

  • Bender McLugh

    wow……….Ray Rice just cut from the Ravens.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ravens-cut-ray-rice-2014-9

    • Bender McLugh

      deserves it to…………NFL knew of the video before the release, so I have to think Ravens knew too.

    • Trac

      That is how society is supposed to correct bad behavior. Good to see the team take responsibility.

      • Bender McLugh

        then they should have taken it when they knew of this video, as the NFL did, prior the NFL suspension. convenient of them taking care of it now after the vid leaked….. still should have happened, just don’t like the way it went down.

        • Trac

          The public caused this action, lets be honest. I’m just glad they didn’t waffle for a week or two before doing what had to be done.

          • Bender McLugh

            oh I agree Trac, or rather the Ravens were forced to cut him due to the public now knowing the full extent of his douchebaggery. And it bugs me………should have cut him from the start.

          • Trac

            I can’t believe that video was not seen by them or the NFL.

      • For your consideration….

        now, let’s see if a RB needy team can stop themselves from signing him at some point this year. That will be a true test.

        • GPLDAN

          It won’t be a test, Waff. ‘Cause the Commish is gonna ban him for life real quick here.

          • johnnywad

            He needs prison time for that.

          • For your consideration….

            I say 1 year. Stallworth killed that dude and he came back.

          • bearsfantillend

            Ray Lewis killed a guy and didn’t get jack.

          • CanadaBear

            No video on that one.

          • SC Dave

            Both Ravens. Coincidence?

          • CanadaBear

            But that was an accident. Rice spit on her and then knocked her out the second she got on the elevator. That was pre-meditated.

          • GPLDAN

            perhaps

          • For your consideration….

            I wonder what kind of legal chicanery went on when the league was informed there was another video…because it’s probably safe to assume it was known about before the 2 game suspension.

          • bearsfantillend

            I thought the NFL was good at destroying tapes like in SpyGate. I figured they had already made all the “tapes” disappear.

          • GPLDAN

            I agree. The NFL knew that video was there, and knew it showed Rice knocking her the fuck out.

            They were probably trying to balance the wishes of the Ravens ownership against what they knew TMZ’s next chess move would be.

          • johnnywad

            No way. He’s gone for good Johnny. That dude needs to go to prison. No way Roger can limit damage here with the video out there.

          • For your consideration….

            that punch was like a video game punch. How did she not die?

          • MB30SD

            she’s bigger than him.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      How would NFL or bears conduct now a days when Ollin broke Fred Miller´s Jaw years ago?.

      • Bender McLugh

        difficult to compare the two….but I see what you are asking. Suspensions definitely.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Please do extrapolate.

      • johnnywad

        Punching a woman in the face, one you propose to love enough to marry nonetheless, and punching another man in an NFL weight room couldn’t be more remote from each other.
        The two scenarios have nothing to do with each other.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          From the point of view of the “macho” of course assault a woman is manless and coward but both are the same infraction, my point is how media can influence preceptions and decisions NFL´s today. Do you remember Ray Lewis? he killed a person not a dog, and still play.

  • Bender McLugh
    • BillW

      McCown is playing for LOVIE for God’s sake. I think McCOwn would be better in TRESTMAN’s offense – not LOVIEs.

      Geez – now I’m fast remembering why I left this board.

      Seriously – you don’t think the offensive scheme makes a difference?

      Le tme say this – Trestman’s offense is near genius. I don’t know enough to explain it – but somehow (and look at the all-22 which I hope to do) someone is open nearly every single play. That didn’t happen under Martz or Tice or even Turner. So Josh went through the reads , found the guy that was open – NEVER tried to force it in to someone who was “sort of” open (like Jay can do most times but sometimes we get a “fat guy INT.) (Jay has SIX of those in his Bear career by the way according to Biggsy – that’s got to be a record).

      That’s why Josh did well under Trestman and NO OTHER TEAM. And I suspect other QBs coudl too.

      So again – I am NOT implying McCown is better than Cutler. Just that in THIS offense he (and other QBs lesser than Jay in talent) can succeed – and as I said up above in reply to another comment – he would have beaten the Bills.

      • bearsfantillend

        You have got to be kidding me with”NEVER tried to force it in to someone who was “sort of” open” what games were you watching last year. Marshall and Jeffery bailed his ass out on numerous occasions every game he played.

        • SC Dave

          I guess it depends on what you mean by “force it in”. Josh did throw some jump balls to be sure, but *as I recall*, most of them were sideline/back of the endzone where only one guy on the D had a chance to pick the ball off. Hence Josh only throwing one INT last season.

          • CanadaBear

            He got lucky on about 4-5 other balls that should have been picked. Oh well. Hope Josh has a good year. I get Bill’s point that a game manager type QB is probably ideal in this system. The problem with a game mgr type is we win this game but have no chance against elite teams.

          • BillW

            Thanks (?) for the support. But what that implies is we lose games we shoudl win and have a chance against elite teams (but probably lose those too. No- I know you didn’t mean that.
            OK – for clarity – all I’m really saying and trying to get across is GIVEN a bad defense we can’t afford three TOs.
            And yet – our multi-millionaire QB got the ball in his hands to start OT. And went three and out.
            Look – you don’t pull that kind of salary and then say crap like “well, it takes all 11 guys”. If it does, then spread the $$$ out over all 11 guys. And if not, BE THE DIFFERENCE MAKER (for the team paying you the money – not the other team).
            Same old Jay, as Woodsen and now Corey Graham have said.
            Nobody said “same old Josh” las tyear.
            Don’t bitch at the media – PROVE THEM WRONG!

          • CanadaBear

            I agree with a lot of this Bill. You know the money is never gonna be spread around evenly unless we draft a QB in the later rounds and he lights it up for a few years (ala Seattle).

          • For your consideration….

            Canada, I think the money had to be put into O because of the neglect for years and they were just hoping that the older pieces didn’t all break down at the same time…which it looks like they have.
            I’m holding out hope for a 10-6 or 11-5 season as I feel that the best is yet to come with the O. They just didn’t finish. They drove up and down the field all fucking day.

      • GPLDAN
  • BillW

    “That’s probably the stupidest play I’ve ever made,” Flacco said. (Allowing himself to get sacked with no time outs and 8 seconds left in the half while they were in FG range.)

    Now I will take Cutler for all his faults 365 days a year over Flacco, and I don’tr expect him to call himself or his play stupid – but WHY is it too much for him to admit the obvious- his 2nd INT was a critical mistake. That’s leadership.

    Being defiant in the face of criticism (or perceived criticism) is wrong for a leader on the offense.

    I don’t know if it’s contractual somehow but I wonder if Emery can tell Jay “no more post game press conferences”. That would send a statement that expect better from their (well paid) offensive leader.

    • bearsfantillend

      maybe i missed a part of his press conference. But when he was asked about his 2nd interception, he said something to the extent of “I tried to force it into Bennett, i probably should have thrown it away.” the follow up to that question was did you think about running it there to which he replied “Obviously not”.

      How are you equating his response to not having leadership qualities?
      what was defiant about his answer?

      • BillW

        The defiance came from the smarky attitude in saying “you guys think you know what’s going on but you don’t.”

        (Did I just use the word “smarky?)
        Of course they don’t know what is going on. The simple point is the Bears were expected to win – the offense was expected to score more than 20. So where is the disconnect? That the Bills really are much better than we thought? I don’t think so.

        OK- he is probably (hopefully) upset at losing and in fact realizes (as the quote doe in fact show) that he “probably” shoudl have thrown it away. (Probably?)

        But he had to realize it was coming and instead of insulting the media essentially for doing their job, go with it.

        • bearsfantillend

          Does anyone else realize that these guys in press conferences are FOOTBALL players and not Politicians? I really think people have a problem understanding that, because it is ridiculous to analyze every word any of these guys say. Oh no he said “probably”. That must mean he doesn’t think he should have. These guys, not just Cutler, are going to say things that are not exactly what they mean, they are not english majors, they don’t have speech writers, they are “probably” upset or excited about the game that just happened and to pick apart every word or quote is just plain STUPID. Oh guess what Cutler’s quote “you guys think you know but you don’t” on the whole is pretty much the truth. No one in that press know all the intricacies of the plays, they don’t know where receivers are supposed to be or what everyone elses job is. Based on some of the questions you hear in these press conferences, it sometimes seems that they are not even watching the game.

    • MB30SD

      Here comes the boo bill.

      Bill, I have an idea… show up around here other than JUST to pile on. come on man.

      • GPLDAN
        • MB30SD

          that’s EXACTLY how I picture him.

      • BillW

        Touche – I guess. Here’s my lame excuse / reasoning for not. I’ve said all of this before but I realize there is no reason for anyone to remember.
        I’m a third generation Bears fan and (no lie) the first song I ever remember being sung to me by my Dad is “Bear Down…”. I was probably 3. He saw all the championships in the 40s. We saw the ’85 game against the Rams together. Best memory ever of him – sharing a hug as Marshall ran back the ball in the snow.
        My oldest son and I shared a similar hug when the Bears beat the Saints – with the snow falling again. If I have ot turn in my man card for finding that kind of stuff special then I dont’ want it.
        So I consider myself a real fan. Period – and a bunch of younger guys (assuming there are no women but maybe I’m wrong) calling me out for being tired of the same poor decisions being made won’t change that.
        I can’t be positive about anything other than the fact that this regime has already failed – they just don’t know it. And you guys don’t seem to know it either. It’s really not negativity – even though it’s negative.
        Sometimes things are negative. Looking at the sun in the distance and ignoring a storm that is brewing isn’t real smart. Saying “better take cover” isn’t being negative.
        Recognizing that everything WON’T be alright is just saying (as I’ve said before) that I’ve seen this movie before and I KNOW how it turns out. This regime has failed already. It will just take another year or two before anything can be done.
        You guys can spread all the pixie dust and think allt he happy thoughts you want.
        (Just get the hell of my lawn!)

        • MB30SD

          not interested. I just don’t read your stuff bill. It’s all cry and whine maing. You can do better. If you want to go vent and be totally negative, go over to yahoo.

          Seriously.

          (not saying I and we don’t do that here, but I’ve been here all season erra season for 5 years now… talking all kinds of smack AND love. Oh, and boobies. Bring other value. If I wanted to read Haugh, I’d go to their site.

          • BillW

            We can agree to disagree. Maybe it’s generational. Maybe I’m a crabby old man. But it’s not cry and whine. It’s based on what I’ve observed over literally 50+ years of serious football watching. Doesn’t make me right – and trust me I’ve been very positive about this team when they deserved it.

            But I’ve yet to hear anyone tell me WHERE I’m wrong. It’s like you said – you just don’t want to hear it. (Did I just say something like “you can’t handle the truth”?)

            I’m an analyst. In my real job I find and solve problems, You solve problems by figuring out what is going wrong and deal with it decisively. You don’t sit around and wait for it to get better.

            Emery’s overall draft record is suspect at best. Two picks left from his first and one shoudl be cut. Trestman calls dumb plays despite the great offense he is responsble for. The QB is a liability at times and a tremendous asset at times. You have to actually build around the fact that he is going to kill you at times (Biggs said that this morning – can’t take credit for that one). And someone has to step up and take charge and get rid of Tucker and Joe D if Trestman won’t. Without that they are not SB contenders. They will not make the playoffs this year (UNLESS some other team gets hit with a bunch of injuries and somehow 8-8 gets them in.)

            Show me where I’m wrong. Don’t tell me I’m all cry and whine – these are opinions back by observations as I said. What are you all observing that I’m missing?

            And for all the things I’ve been called – you really hit a nerve comparing me to Haugh. I really hate him.

            See you all back in December when you are calling for Trestman to be fired.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog
    Sometimes I worry about the way football results make people behave.

    • CanadaBear

      As long as all we’re doing is bitching, it’s all good.

      • BillW

        That’s right – that’s all I’m doing. This is the only place I can go to vent. It’s the only active Bears fan site around.

        • MB30SD

          no, it’s not. Go to yahoo Bil and that’s not how this works… that not how any of this works.

        • CanadaBear

          There are lots of other Bears sites but this one has rational discussions. Maybe not after a tough loss but most other times. The other sites are like pissing into a headwind.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, check out this POV video of the winning ride in the women’s downhill championships. Fuck me, I fell down about 2 dozen times just watching this.

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/mtb/video-pov-footage-manon-carpenters-worlds-winning-dh-run_344535

    • MB30SD

      Love that shit Canada. Thanks for posting.

      I’ve posted a couple POV downhills before, like this one in Chile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ohob-4TmC4

      They’re all super gnarly. Way hardcore. I’d like to believe I’d make it down these courses… not timed or fast, but just be able to make it. Haha

      Some of the noises on your vid cracked me up. Super technical track through the forests… scary.

      • CanadaBear

        On one of those stretches in the trees she almost clipped one when she went between 2 of them. I jumped just watching it.

        • MB30SD

          hahaha… saw that one. I was thinking, one wrong twitch and you could be a veggie for life in so many ways.

    • SC Dave

      What a fucking lunatic.

      • CanadaBear

        She’s the reigning women’s downhill champ!

  • MB30SD

    I found this sad and funny

    Katie Rich
    PRO TIP: Always have footage of him ACTUALLY hitting you. Footage of him dragging your unconscious body AFTER he hit you is not enough.

  • BerwynBomber

    The first INT was bad too. Regardless of where Martellus’s head was, Jay never saw Graham (who had the play read) and the Bills safety was doubling over top. In terms of Cutler’s presser, who cares? Urlacher was surly with the media too and it never affected his play. Anyway, the O should be okay. Jay will make mistakes but we knew that when we signed him. We are still capable of outscoring teams and we shouldn’t write off the SF game just yet. Yeah, SF slaughtered Dallas. Guess who also slaughtered Dallas less than a year ago with a back-up QB? Yes, SF is a superior team, but I wouldn’t read a ton into their Dallas victory. Dallas is crap.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bennett has alrerady claimed ownership of the first pick.

      • For your consideration….

        he owned the shit out of it Al. Yesterday he said he should’ve thrown it away, albeit in a snarky way.
        Today he said it was inexcusable
        Maybe tomorrow he’ll voluntarily give back some of the guaranteed money to make people happy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I stand corrected. Actually thought he had room to scramble for the first down.

          • For your consideration….

            I watched the replay. Holmes was running a different play and instead of clearing his guy out stayed in to block. If Jay runs there he dies. He should have thrown it away.

          • SC Dave

            Like this?

        • BillW

          To my point later – maybe Trestman and Jay had a talk about leadership and what’s expected of him after the organization showed so much faith in him.
          Not perfection – just recognizing and owning mistakes. Inexcusable is correct. Had he said that yesterday it woudl not change the outcome but make me think it was an abberation.
          Today – I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders about his sincerity. And I’m sure he doesn’t care. And that’s part of what makes him a good QB.

      • BerwynBomber

        And Trestman said today that Jay didn’t see the CB on the first INT.
        I wouldn’t read too much into a player taking “ownership”. Some don’t, some do, some over=compensate and own all faults. Better to trust your own eyes, especially on replays.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Only three points they scored was off the horrid Cutler interception.”

    Well, I guess THAT makes it OK then.

    • For your consideration….

      I think he was commenting that the D wasn’t that bad. It was, but I think he was just trying to make the point that it wasn’t. The Bills were so bad that even with zero pressure and no LB’s they still scored 20. It is true they scored very little in the 2nd half. That is how bad the Bills are. There will be multiple games this year where they score less than 10pts per game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And heaven help us with that kind of “pressure” against teams with REAL QBs.

  • BillW

    OK – I’ll bite at MB30 and post sincere positives.
    These are the Bears – and I do care whether they win or lose. I want them to see what I see. And in all fairness I’m sure they do. But it can’t all be fixed in a year or two. While I don’t see this regime doing it, I certainly could be wrong. How?
    The offense will still score 30+ a game on average (barring serious injury of course.) That will keep them in many games they may have no business winning and that may well include the game against SF.
    Trestman may be a stronger coach than I give him credit for. He may have privately and thoughtfully called out Jay for his play toward the end of the game (the 2nd INT and 3 and out in OT). And also not recognizing the siutation and how important it was to pick up the 1st on their last series before the last FG.
    Almost every strong team in the leagure loses at least one game they should have won. And again without sarcasm there is more to learn from losing than from winning. A loss like this in week 1 might be better than say later in the year.
    Football players do generally have each other’s back. The cricism they are facing already will likely increase their resolve. And IF they pull an upset against SF, they will be a better team going forward than if they beat the Bills and lose to SF. They are 1-1 either way but a world of difference.
    Trestman knows he has doubters – after all he never got a HC job despite his obvious credentials. I expect he has enough self pride to want to show he can do this. He can’t step put of character and start being someone he is not.
    And as Jeff has pointed out – and beleive it or not I said this too today – the defense played OK. That shoudl be all that is epxected and all that is necessary.

    • MB30SD

      Bill, I think you misunderstood. I didn’t mean post one good thing, I meant either come here for a different reason altogether or pound sand sir. add more value than whining after a loss.

      Hopefully that was better.

      • BillW

        I have posted lots of good things over the years. I first came on this board in the SB year (under Lovie). They had a great thing going there (even with Rex) and they screwed it all by giving Lovie total control.
        But I get your point. I wasn’t aware that I needed to “add value”. I am adding perspective based on 50+ years of watching my belvoed team (that I’ve invested heavily in via PSLs and tickets.
        And as inadequate as this post was in your view it truly was sincere.

        There is hope of course. Time will tell if my assessments are accurate. All I’m doing is putting this whole thing on fast forward. I guess you need to see it all play out first.

        • BillW

          But you are correct. No point in my posting “told you so” as the season progresses. Yes – I see where that would be as annoying as hell. So I’m off to find some sand to pound.

  • beninnorcal

    My thoughts:
    This was a game that I thought they’d win. They didn’t. Can a home opener ever be considered a trap game?
    Why do Chicago media and fans baske in the teams failures? I got on the inernets last night and apparently our season’s over.
    I’ll be in attendance next Sunday night in Santa Clara. Not expecting a ‘W’, but not giving upon them Bears either.

    • BerwynBomber

      Mostly agree but the sky is falling is expected when a) you have such a passionate fan base, b) said fan base was generally excited about the season’s possibilities, c) most fans also liked the off-season signings and d) Buffalo is generally considered one of the worst teams in the league.

      • beninnorcal

        Agreed, I also thought we should have won this one. My only point is that there are 15 more comin’ our way, and our Bears might have also thought this one was in the bag and were looking past it.
        The Bills won but I still think we have a better squad.

        • SC Dave

          “You are what your record says you are”
          – Lovie Smith

          (ducks the rotten tomato barrage)

  • TheBigCheesy

    Jeff I always criticize you for your optimism so I have to give you credit for acknowledging the gravity of the Bears’ loss yesterday

    • GPLDAN

      Yeah – me too.

      Now admit that we have a putz for a GM. A guy who stayed a scout through his 30s and 40s for a reason – he had no talent. And football front offices – real ones back in the day – saw that the guy was a putz. So he stayed a scout. And somehow his pleasant manner and military service granted him a shot with the McCaskeys, possibly football’s worst ownership. He pleased Teddy because Teddy knew the next move was to get rid of him, so he sacrificed Glitchy and took this clown.

      And this clown has made some moves, he went and got Marshall and drafted Jeffery and drafted Long – but those were probably his scout’s picks and the $36M he has spent on ends and other FAs this offseason was badly spent. Houston is not an impact DE. Allen is washed up. So he negates stealing BM from Miami for a 3rd with all the shit swizzlin’ he has done this offseason.

      So let’s cop to it: Phil Emery is a joke GM and we’re going to be a sub .500 team this year – possibly next year – and need to wait until Harbaugh pisses off everyone in San Fran before we go begging for him to come and teach this town how a winner is built again.

      • beninnorcal

        Still won’t be able to verify most of what you say here until January. It was just one game, GPL.

      • McClellin over Chandler Jones did not bode well.
        He did draft Alshon too, and it wasn’t just accidental. He moved up to draft him.
        Glitchy moved up and drafted Paea in the same manner around the same spot, and that didn’t end well.

        I just question if Emery can draft defense.
        And this last past draft definitely was a head scratcher.

        Ego in the 2nd? Why not kick the tires on that fat Notre Damer? I know, he’s fat, and has knee issues, but heck, if you’re gonna gamble, gamble huge upside or draft a position of need, like a S.

        Then he throws a 4rth and 6th away by drafting Carey and Fales.

        We could have easily traded up with a 2nd, and 4rth to draft S Buchanon.

        Tucker and DeCamillis are also underwhelming choices.

        I’m not ready to throw Emery under the bus yet, but his body of work is spotty at best, when we really need a few SEA style home runs in the middle rounds (as opposed to throwing them away like with Hardin and Rodriguez).

        • For your consideration….

          that guy already tore up his knee, again.

          • Yeah, I read that, but if the health report was that bad, then trade up to get someone else, maybe a LB. Every team was willing to trade down, it was a buyers market.
            I think we could have even traded with the 9ers at 30 to get SS Ward (with a 2nd, 4rth and 6th).
            I would feel a lot better with Ward as a prospect than having to roll with Conte/McCray and Mundy.

          • For your consideration….

            Maybe they think that with some NFL “conditioning” Ego will be a sleeper stud and Sutton as well.

          • I thought Sutton was a really good pick, esp where we got him. If he busts, so be it, but that’s a good risk/reward pick in my book.
            Ego was more of a surprise, esp with some of the guys still available. Ego reminds me a lot of the Paea pick. At the time, I wasn’t sure if Paea would pan out or not, and I’m equally as mystified by Ego. The only thing is that he’s a two-gap DT, and teams can generally get those later, but we’ll see how Ego turns out.
            Paea looked awful after a solid PS. WTF?

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            a huge guy called Ego, deserves rolling the dices.

        • SC Dave

          How do you know some fat bastard from Notre Dame has a better upside than a somewhat less fat bastard from a better team (i.e. LSU)?

      • For your consideration….

        I have to disagree GP. I think the organization’s growth was so impeded by the last couple of years of Angelo that to get out of it would have required all of the new draft picks and FA’s to be immediate and impactful for at least 2 to 3 yrs. I think we are going to see a lot of WIllie Young from here on out. Allen looked outmatched but may have success against other teams.
        I don’t think Emery is as bad as you think. He picked Fuller this year who is starting. We will see how Sutton and Ferguson pan out over the year. I don’t see Carey making much of an impact and picks 5-7 mean nothing.

        • For your consideration….

          especially when you’re picking Fales and not a 6’5 project WR

        • But how about Bostic, Greene, Hardin and Rodriquez? Ad that to Carey, Fales, and Shea, and that’s a lot of wasted picks.

          • For your consideration….

            I know. There were so many pieces he did put in place though but the list of clowns you bring up is long and distinguished. Bostic was such a killer badass in college. I just can’t see him being a bust. Greene was the D player of the year in the Big East.
            The Hardin, Rodriguez, Fales, McClellin picks will gnaw at me forever.
            McClellin hurt us so bad because of not only his play on the field but because of the 2 guys we passed up to get him. Jones and Mercilus. The other guys picked in the latter half of the 1st round would all be starting on the team right now in some form as well.
            Hardin was a joke pick and I think it was done because Hardin’s dad saved Emery’s life in a war??

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Rosenbloom?……

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        I´ll save your post and open it when season is over. to help u beating Emery´s mangement or to laugh at it. hope the second one.

    • For your consideration….

      Sounds good Cheese. Luckily, it’s not about going 16-0 or else you guys would be in the same boat. Losing HANDILY, and suffering injuries. Mind your own farm.

  • Well, at least Fuller seems like the real deal. Granted, it’s only one game.

    The Browns are considering scaling back rookie RCB Justin Gilbert’s playing time after a rough opener.

    Gilbert got smoked for three touchdowns in the preseason,
    before getting torched for 97 yards in Sunday’s opener by Markus
    Wheaton. Gilbert remains an excellent long-term prospect, and it’s not
    out of the ordinary for rookie cornerbacks to struggle. But he’s not a
    starting-caliber player at the moment. – Rotoworld

    • For your consideration….

      I liked that Fuller got through the game on that ankle. I was skeptical of the pick because of how hurt we were by safety play since the beginning of the century when Mike Brown was still there. It looks like this kid is a baller.

      • I think on a purely drafting scale, Emery went with the right choice.
        It’s harder to get a top 2 CB than a top 2 S or ILB.
        Pack drafted Ha-Ha 21st, the 9ers drafted SS Ward 30. Statistically speaking, we can draft them in the next draft if need be. Plus, I think they might have had an idea that Peanut was far from a certainty.
        But the middle rounds…umph. Just brutal. That’s where a GM creates championships.
        And it’s not as if Bostic or Greene are lighting it up either.

        • For your consideration….

          Greene didn’t even suit up.

  • For your consideration….

    There is a lot of money tied up in the offense right now and the D has to be at or near the bottom of the league in D payroll. It had to be like that because the O was neglected for so long. One can only hope that the guys that did receive money on the D actually show up. The D will be addressed this offseason as well bringing the two sides closer together in terms of talent gap.
    In the meantime, the Giants and Lions play tonight. The Packers have already lost. The silver lining here is that the Bears, Lions and Packers could all be 0-1 with only the Vikings being 1-0. That is a silver lining because it’s the Vikings and they won’t be a problem this year.

    • BerwynBomber

      Mostly in agreement with you. The Cheese is massively overvalued because of Rodgers, and as bad Gym Shorts was, I’m not convinced Caldwell is significantly better (despite how tonight is looking for the Kittens). BUT ‘Sota could be the team to really watch as Zimmer might turn out to be a big upgrade over Frazier and likewise Cassel the same over Ponder. Zimmer could immediately shore up their D the way Trestman did our O.

  • MB30SD

    wow, that was a bomb GP.

    Hmmm… not ready to go anywhere near there, but there def were some issues with drafts. I am forcing myself to give him one more year, because he’s made some big big moves.

    Our O went from sheite to what they were last year. Let’s see what happens. So far my biggest issues have been him keeping Tucker and DeCamilis.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      GP sounds like Rosenbloom (today’s article he wrote, doomsday sounding, haha), so I thought it was him for a second.

      • MB30SD

        Look, I think we’re all a little shellshocked by the loss… I just watched an ESPN show and the one GM dude said our loss was the biggest surprise. He picked us as a darkhorse.

        He also said no one expected EJM and their line to be as good as they were.

        It’s one game, I just dont want to panic. THere’s lots of green between now and the playoffs.

        PLAYOFFS!?!?!

        • MB30SD

          Correction, the GM guy was actually Kevin Gilbraite

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I know that the Bills aren’t a good team and that the Bears made bone-headed mistakes. But you could tell that the Bills were hungry, so I do give some credit to that

          • MB30SD

            sheesh

        • I wouldn’t panic, except 6-9 next games are away.
          Oh, and we lose by an avg of 30+points in SF, and we have to travel to the West Coast after a demoralizing loss.
          We can’t stop the run or the pistol/read-option.
          And apparently, Cutler still makes game killing INTs while Conte has almost more tackles than our entire LB corps.

          Other than that, nothing to panic about.

      • GPLDAN

        No Doomer here.

        My GF for our anniversary, bought me this last week:

        http://www.golfteesetc.com/teamgolfnfl-fairwaystandbag-chicagobears?gdftrk=gdfV23696_a_7c1701_a_7c7401_a_7c30528&gclid=CLDrlMD10sACFUNgMgodInIArw

        I don’t think the Doomer has one of those. And I got myself a set of Taylor graphites as a present to myself to put in it. And I go out to the range this weekend even though I feel like shit (I found out Sunday I have the respiratory EV that is sweeping Illinois) and I have to put up with the Dupage shitbirds who have something to say about my bag. And that was before the game.

        Now? Shit. I’ll take it out anyway, fuck ’em.

        But you know what? Trestman is now 8-9 as a Bears coach. Who wants to bet he finishes his career here above .500. Anyone?

        • Viva

          I’m in. You just have to come to Vegas to collect.

        • Viva

          and I still owe MB a steak diner…maybe he can come too..

    • For your consideration….

      agreed, more time is needed. With that being said, you don’t need a perfect roster to have success.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    My two thoughts:
    1) I love the Bears and always will and wish for a Super Bowl chance/win every year. However, I kept expectations at a minimum because I honestly didn’t know what we were going to see. After the game, now I see what needs to happen, and usually by game 4 or 5 we will know what this team is. It’s just 1 game, and it’s not in the middle or the end of the season when we least expect a trap game to occur and playoff implications are more important than ever. They just need to get their shit together by game 4 or 5, or it will be a long catch-up game to make anything mean something.

    2) EVERYONE knew what happened in that elevator. Rice knocked out his fiance. How else could that have been construed? The NFL is screwed on this topic, and the owners need to get together and think long and hard about the ramifications of this whole thing. I fear that the NFL is going to come up w/ some stupid collateral damage move such as “Hey, let’s prove to the world we REALLY LOATHE domestic violence by making October a Purple and Pink month! We will sell pink and purple everything and make money off of it to show them! Oh, and refs will have purple flags too!”….

    • MB30SD

      fire goodell

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Would have typed that, but what’s the point if we know it won’t happen?

        • MB30SD

          for fun

  • MB30SD

    lions looking strong… but it is the giants.

    thier D is SO bad.

    • johnnywad

      Meh. Fuck’em both.

  • johnnywad

    I just bet a case of beer to a six pack that the Bears win straight up next week. So I’m getting four to one. I seldom bet on games, but when I do, I win. So there’s that.

    • SC Dave

      You go. man!!

  • Cormonster

    After a day to digest the game, it really all just came down to one thing – turnovers. The Defense did not impress me, but this loss is on the offense. The offense spotted the Bills 10 points with two of the turnovers.

    One of the Bills scoring drives was 14 yards and a FG. Another “drive” was 7 yards for a TD. The D gave up too many yards, but for the most part only allowed 10 points in regulation barring the turnovers.

    Most teams lose a couple games a year when they have a -2 or more turnover ratio. I still think the Bears are a bubble playoff team, even after this game. The key is the second half of the schedule when the Bears play 5 division games.

    • SC Dave

      Well,.they do need to stay in striking distance for those late games to matter…

  • bearsfantillend
    • beninnorcal

      Wow, that explains alot.

      • bearsfantillend

        new thread.

  • Alan Citero

    As a life long Bear fan I have always been optimistic about the teams chances of going far into the playoffs and / or a trip to the Super Bowl, especially this year considering the additions made to the team as well as the draft picks, and a record setting offense returning intact. But after watching their performance against the Bills, I have to voice my opinion about the hard reality of what I feel is wrong with this team. As good as an offensive mind Coach Trestman may be, I don’t feel he is the coach the Bears need. He’s too nice of a guy, always has excuses for the mistakes players make, and whenever the question arises for him to explain why mistakes are being made, his response is always, “can’t tell you what’s wrong until I look at the game film.” Uh excuse me but you just watched your team on the field in front of you getting their butts whipped and if you have to watch film in order to break down what you think is the problem and then correct that problem, then I believe that YOU are the problem.What this team needs is a good ass chewing and start being held accountable for what they are or are not doing correctly, and stop with the excuses. PERIOD. When you are the second highest paid team in the NFL then you damn well should play like it, And it starts with the coaching staff, because if you have noticed, even the ex Bears around the league are playing well with their new teams. Which means that THESE coaches are not putting the players we have now in a position to make the plays they are supposed to be making. And don’t get me started on Mel Tucker. Why he is still on the staff as the defensive coordinator is beyond comprehension. If you change the personnel you had from the previous year, most notable perennial pro bowler Jared Allen, a Lamar Houston, Willie Young, draft picks Kyle Fuller, Ego Ferguson, Brock Vereen, etc. etc., add to that mix 5 pro bowl players at one time or another, and you still yield the same result, do you really think the problem is with the players or with the coaching? The Bears players have to be held accountable yes, but the coaches need to put them in a better position to make plays. I’ll sum it all up for you with two examples of what I think is wrong with this team. When you have a player like Lance Briggs, purportedly partying til 4 A.M. a night before a game, buying shots for his friends, and also is excused for practice in order for him to attend the opening ceremony of a restaurant that he is opening, and then you have someone like Martellus Bennett, someone who is a fiery competitor and passionate about the game, slamming a team mate in practice because he felt he was being hit late and then getting suspended and fined for his reaction, what kind of message do you think that sends? The ’85 Bears had fights amongst themselves almost on a daily basis and I can’t seem to recall anyone being fined or suspended because of it. I realize this is just one game out of 16 and it’s a long season but when you allow the Bills 192 yards rushing , (a ridiculous 8.2 yards per carry average), and allow E.J. Manuel to have his best game as a pro and allow him to beat you in your home opener with a team that has never beaten the Bears at Soldier Field, then it’s time to take the blinders off and say what needs to be said, and the truth is the players and coaches need to be held accountable for their actions on the field. This is a business, and if you had a job where you are being paid millions of dollars to do, and you are failing your assignments or not doing your job properly time and time again, do you think your bosses are going to make excuses for you not doing your job or are you going to be held accountable for it? We as fans need to start holding this organization as a whole accountable for the product they are putting out on the field because the way it is right now, it’s nothing but an illusion of so called great players on a piece of paper, nothing more.

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