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Performance Coming Out of the Bye Proves Bears Have Wrong Head Coach

| November 10th, 2014

Trestman-Face

This space has never been used to call for the firing of a head coach and by all accounts Marc Trestman is a good and decent man whose tenacious pursuit of an NFL head coaching position deserves praise. But the Chicago Bears had two weeks to study the errs of back-to-back disasters against the Dolphins and Patriots. They had two weeks to prepare for the Green Bay Packers and set the stage for the second half of the season. What happened? They got worse. Somehow, they got less competitive.

Having spent a fair amount of this life watching NFL football I feel comfortable now making the following statement: Marc Trestman is not the right man to lead the Chicago Bears and the McCaskey family will be remiss not to make this change at year’s end.

First and foremost Trestman is NOT a head coach. He has no knowledge of or seeming interest in the defensive side of the ball. This can be overcome if the head coach commands the respect and attention of the men in those meeting rooms (Sean Payton) but Trestman’s locker room disarray leads one to believe he doesn’t command much at all. Many wish to pin the defensive performance against the Packers on defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and he deserves the criticism. (Playing cover-2 against the Packers wide receivers with the Bears safeties should have resulted in his being fired in the locker room at halftime.) But the blame belongs squarely on the shoulder of the head coach. It is the head coach’s team. One need only check ChicagoBears.com to learn Trestman currently holds that position.

Head coaches are allowed to lose as they develop their programs. Growing pains are condoned in the name of progress but that progress must be visible. The Bears, outside of Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, have taken a step back at every single position on the field. Every. Single. Position.

Head coaches are allowed to lose but they are not allowed to embarrass a city and commit the cardinal sin of draining a fan base’s passion for Sundays. I can’t imagine even the most die hard of die hards is excited for the Vikings coming to town Sunday. Football is a fan’s escape from the trial and tribulations of everyday life. Chicago Bears football is becoming a chore. Rake the leaves. Shovel the stoop. Clean the dishes. Watch the Bears.

What is the most distinguishing characteristic of the 2014 Chicago Bears? Their non competitiveness. If the Bears had lost 17-14 to Miami, 21-20 to New England and 30-27 in overtime to Green Bay there would be disappointment in Chicago certainly. But at no point in any of those three contests did the Bears look like they belonged on the field with their opponent. It is inexcusable.

The Bears will win a few games down the stretch. Their schedule breaks that way. But they should not let those victories fool them into thinking the head coach is capable of competing with the league’s best. He’s not. And the McCaskey family should not need another season to understand what Joe Philbin, Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy learned first-hand.

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  • TheBigCheesy

    “But the blame belongs squarely on the shoulder of the head coach. It is the head coach’s team. One need only check ChicagoBears.com to learn Trestman currently holds that position.”

    chicagobears.com might claim that Marc Trestman is the head coach of the Bears, but Trestman’s wikipedia page currently states that he is the “Head Moron”.

    • BillW

      Now it says “Title: Mrs. Trestman”!

  • CanadaBear

    My radar went off when we hired Nessman and the former Raiders Tim Brown started laughing. He couldn’t believe anyone would hire Nessman as a HC because of his wimpy presence.

  • Trestman out. Tucker out.

  • BearDown100393

    Lamarr Houston’s celebration is the hallmark of the 2014 Bears soon. Well at least so far.

  • CanadaBear

    The Fudgies actually made some adjustments during the bye week. Moving Mathews to ILB. The Bears made no changes. Just studied real hard and tried to clean up some things (Cutler’s go to line). You know you have officially hit bottom with a coaching staff when they can’t even come up with some changes/adjustments in 2 weeks of preparation. Just tighten things up because if they were a little tighter we would have held them to 35 in the first half and maybe kicked a FG.

    • GPLDAN

      The Bears probably made left/right adjustments for Matthews, changing the calls and scheming what side he would be on.

      Pack got wind of that and lined him up in the middle. All check out calls now useless. Bears baffled.

      Like playing chess with a four year old.

      • CanadaBear

        Nessman makes Lovie look like Sherlock Holmes.

  • MichiganBearFan

    I had to resort to watching High School DxD during the game to cheer me up. There is no leader in the coaching staff for the players. I wanted Lovie back. That’s hard to admit, but I’m with friends here.

    • CanadaBear

      I was one of Lovie’s big supporters on the blog but it was time for him to go. Unfortunately we hired a clueless GM who hired a wimp that’s more clueless than him. Wonderful.

    • Hiring Trestman was a mistake.
      That doesn’t mean firing Lovie was a mistake. It was the right call. He had 9 years and had proved he couldn’t get it done.

  • Saw this on twitter.
    “I see they’d pick 8th today… but play Minnesota & Tampa Bay at home next. At least 1 W there.”
    Suck for Luck time?

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      lol, if we get the 8th pick and go for a QB i’ll never watch a Bears game as long as I live. I know you were referring to just tanking to get the best player in the draft.

      • CanadaBear

        I’d be shocked if we picked a QB in the first rd this year. I’d be shocked if we didn’t take a QB in the first rd the following year. Cutler is gone after 2016.

        • BerwynBomber

          Why would you wait an extra year to draft one?

          • CanadaBear

            We have so many holes on the D we have to draft a stud on D. Safety, LB or DL. Cutler is here until 2016 for sure. No sense having the kid sit on the bench for 2 years. 1 year should be plenty. If our D wasn’t in shambles I’d say get a QB this year because we’re going to be picking in the top 10.

          • stats3599

            yeah that didnt work out so well for Rodgers sitting for three years huh? Right

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure our next QB in the draft will be like Rodgers. Or not.

  • Ososfan

    Why does it take so long just to start a play in O? The lack of play clock awareness by Cutler is unacceptable. It looks like it takes forever for the ball to be snapped with no hustle whatsoever, why? Our O line sucks again. And the Defense is…… Ah whatever. Trestman seems like a good dude and all but he doesn’t seem like he can control all the egos of an NFL lockeroom. Rant over… Bear…..down.

  • GPLDAN

    Ok, time to bet….

    The 1pm Presser. Pick one:

    A. Trestman, Kromer, Tucker all fired. Cavanaugh and Pascaloni given the keys.
    B. Trestman and Kromer and DeCam fired, Tucker stays
    C. Just Trestman Fired.
    D. Just Tucker Fired.
    E. Just Kromer fired
    F. Tucker and Kromer, Trestman lives
    G. Just DeCam fired
    H. Nobody fired, Emery says the word “tremendous” at least 10 times.

    If Trestman gets the shit can, he’ll only be one of four coaches in NFL history fired midway through Season 2. Last one was Josh McDaniels at the Broncos.

    • tobijohn

      Based on Bears history, I reluctantly have to choose H. D would be my next choice because of its expediency but how can they hang all of this on Tucker with the O sucking as well?

      • BillW

        I agree. I’m sure they’ve looked at the tape (BTW, it’s not “tape” anymore, guys. Start there with getting yourself up to date). A lot of things to clean up. The effort is there. Saw a lot of good things. We’ll go back to practice and keep working. Haven’t lost faith. The guys are all together in this team. Lot of football left. It’s only one game.

        I’m sure I’ve forgotten something these damn fools say when they absolutely have no idea what went wrong. Trestman has essentially come right out and said that by saying practive is great but he doesn’t see why they fall apart in games. Here’s a clue – practice can be MADE to look great. There is NO correlation. Besides – have you EVER heard a coach of a losing team say “knew THAT was coming – we had a horrible week of practice.”

        NO? That’s because bad practices aree the coaches fault. See – Trestman can say all day “it’s on me”. It’s like the Metra railroad “apologizing for the inconvenience” day after day without fixing anything.

        What I want him to say is “We know what the problem is. We aren’t going to address it in the media but I promise you changes will be made”.

        Or better yet – “I don’t what made me think winning in Canada would translate to winning in the NFL”.

    • MichiganBearFan

      Tucker and DeCam. Seriously, DeCam can be replaced simply by taking a knee on a kick-off. I’d take Kromer as a temp head coach.

  • MichiganBearFan

    Bears came out looking for confidence in what they can do as a football team. Packers were out for blood.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    I’m calling on every bears fan to quit reading about the bears, quit
    going to games, quit watching games, quit blogging, and quit listening to
    sports talk radio. If Soldier Field is a ghost town for the remainder of the
    season, only then will the brass get the message. Don’t show up and boo. Just
    don’t show up. In fact. For those of you who have already purchased tickets,
    let’s start a game day tradition of starting a burn pile in front of Soldier
    Field or Halas Hall where fans can come and burn their tickets.

    • CanadaBear

      I won’t go to games or listen to sports talk radio. The other stuff, nah. None of that makes any difference to the bottom line for the Bears other than no-shows. They won’t rake in the parking and concessions.

    • BillW

      I responded to this on the other thread. My boys and I ENJOY going to see football especially as they (and I) are older. It’s just a great day bonding with them.

      But we probably won’t go again this yeat. And you know what – I absolutely hate the Bears for taking that away from us this year. I swear I would spit in Phillips face if I could. Or Emery. Or Trestman (then I’d wipe it off because, you know, he’s such a nice man). And even any of the Mccaskey’s including Virginia (well, I’d spit on the ground in front of her probably.)

    • Robert L. Wendt

      I wrote a letter to the Chicago Tribune, that will appear in the 11/12/2014 edition in
      voice of the people. I pointed out in this letter, that Bears fans have to share the blame
      too, because they keep showing up for the home games. The only thing owners understand
      is money. As long as the home games are selling out, the Bears will not be a Superbowl
      contender. When the home games don’t sell out, the games will be blacked out, and
      you will hit the Bears organization in the pocketbook, and that would force them to make
      major shakeups, and get real football people like Jim Finks.

  • Yes. This. Nailed it, Jeff.

  • I had somebody call me out for saying Trestman needed to be fired. Said I was failing to provide specific instances of poor coaching. So I came up with this list for him. Anybody have anything they want to add?

    • ok, here are a number of specifics with the coaches that I have been complaining about for weeks:

      1) Terrible coaching on offense. A few specifics:

      a) Run/pass imbalance on offense. Bears passed ball on 13/17 plays on their first 4 drives. By the time Matt Forte-their best player-touched the ball 2x in a row, they were losing 28-0. This is not a new problem.

      b) Lack of competent blocking schemes when your OL isn’t getting it done. Cutler was sacked 3x AGAIN last night. They had no Eben Britton to throw out there as the 6th OL, and Dante Rosario played only 14/74 snaps.

      2) Terrible coaching on defense. A few specifics:

      a. lack of intelligent playcalling on defense. They continue to play soft coverage, not press at the line of scrimmage to disrupt timing, and not call for double teams on the opponents’ best player. Was a major issue with Gronkowski, was an issue with Jordy last night. He was uncovered for 2 touchdowns. Said specifically before the game they should look to put their best cover CB on Jordy with a safety dedicated to him at all times. They did not do this.

      b. They only played nickel on 25 out of about 65 snaps last night. Against the best QB in the NFL, they apparently decided it was a good idea to focus on stopping the run and dare Rodgers to beat them. This is the exact same strategy they used in week 4, when they played nickel on 28/52 snaps. And didn’t force a single punt.

      3) Terrible coaching on ST. A few specifics:

      a. pressure on the punter off the right side has been an issue since week 2 in SF. Guess where that punt block came from last night? The right side. The guy was literally untouched to the punter from the end of the DL.

      b. Chris Williams was an excellent punt returner and not much of a kick returner in the CFL. Yet he’s returning kickoffs and not punts in Chicago. Stupid.

      c. While we’re on Chris Williams, how hard is it to tell somebody not to take the ball out of the end zone? Tackled short of the 20 3x on his first 4 kickoff returns last night. Reached the 20 on the fourth. Cost his team 20 yards of field position on their first 4 drives by failing to take a knee. Not a new problem, but nothing changes. If you’re telling him to kneel and he’s ignoring you, you bench him. They haven’t, so I assume they’re not.

      4) I’ve also been complaining for a long time about poor coaching decisions regarding playing time.

      a. Forte is getting overworked, yet stayed in for 63/74 snaps last night. This is the 2nd game in a row the Bears wasted a golden opportunity to rest him in the 2nd half of a blowout loss. He is on pace for over 1,000 snaps when no other RB in PFF era (dating back to 2007) has played more than the 940 he played last year. Meanwhile, Ka’Deem Carey, who has shown promise in limited action this year, didn’t touch the ball until there was less than 8 minutes left. In a game that was over in the 2nd quarter.

      b. Martellus Bennett was questionable with a rib injury. He played all but 4 snaps. When the game was over in the 2nd quarter, he should have been pulled.

      c. Brandon Marshall was hurt in the 4th quarter. Why is he in the game with 9 minutes left and his team down 41?

      d. With a game that was over in the 2nd quarter, why are 2 old guys who won’t be here next year (Briggs and Williams) playing the most snaps of any of your LBs when you have 4 young guys you want to find PT for?

      e. These questionable decisions date back to last year. They refused to pull Cutler against Detroit last year after he sprained his ankle. He couldn’t move to avoid the rush, but they kept throwing him out there.

      f. Brandon Marshall was told to miss 4 weeks with an ankle injury but he insisted on playing.

      g. Chris Conte continues to get thrown out there every week even though he has played more than half the snaps only 2x all year (last night being one of them). Should have sat for several weeks before bye. Same with Jordan Mills, who was getting thrown out there at RT despite not being able to plant on his right foot.

      one more thing: constant miscommunications on both sides of the ball. I noted over the bye how that has led to almost half Cutler’s INTs this year. Last night Alshon was run blocking on a couple pass plays. The secondary repeatedly was confused about whether they were in man or zone, which explains how Green Bay’s best WR was uncovered not once but twice in the first half.

      • guest

        Didn’t Chris Williams have 300 yards of returns and a touchdown against the Packers ? He was fantasy gold.

        • yes, he had one huge return in the 4th quarter with the Bears down by 40+ and had about 8 other returns where he was tackled short of the 20.

    • CanadaBear

      Pretty short list.

      • you’re too quick for my copy/paste skills

        • CanadaBear

          Sorry about that. I’m in one of those moods for some reason! BTW, totally agree with everything. Almost every game they come out in a coma. Sometimes they recover but not often. Every time we face a statement game we shit the bed in colossal fashion.

          • SC Dave

            The utter lack of preparedness upon taking the field is what freaks me. I dont get it

    • BillW

      I’m in good company. At least you didn’t get called vulgar names.

      • GPLDAN
      • BillW

        OK= obviously I still can’t let that go. I’m out.

        • BillW

          Actually I’m not mad at anyone on the blog. I did become a jerk about it. . Fans want to believe. . This was a harsh awakening for some I suspect.

          I’m really pissed that the Bears don’t see it. . They are not football savvy. They probably can’t fathom that they were wrong after all those thorough interviews emery conducted.

          The Packers fired Rhodes after one year. Because they know a bad coach when they see one. And they have too much pride to let him embarrass their team by holding on.

          The Packers don’t put themselves in a position to be embarrassed. They have pride. The Bears used to but the mccaskeys ruined it

          • CanadaBear

            The Pack were pretty embarrassing for years. Once Wolf was in charge things changed.

          • BillW

            They were under Forrest Greg for sure. If that crap was pulled by the Bears I’d want that coach gone for good. Packer fans thought it was wonderful. I lost a lot of respect for Packer fans those years.

            But the fact is – it WAS embarassing to them and they decided it will never happen again. They got a class coach (Infante – who Ditka respected) and began to build an organization with pride in FOOTBALL, not head-hunting.

            Much respect for that organization. They may have losing seasons once Rodgers is gone – or maybe they won’t. But they will never sink to the level the Bears have.

          • CanadaBear

            Never say never.

          • oh, they see it. Marc Trestman has already been fired, they’re just waiting 7 more weeks to announce it.

          • BillW

            I want to believe that but with this team you never know. Winning 3 or 4 more games may well be enough to save his job

          • well, I can already tell you they’re losing 2x to the Lions. Don’t see them beating the Saints or Cowboys, but maybe they get lucky and win one of those. Maybe a split with the Vikes, though wouldn’t be shocked to see 0-2 there.
            This team has quit on the coaches. Wins are not forthcoming.

  • hahah I might have found my new Avi

    http://t.co/XMSbRxrWPC

  • From Jeff’s “Poison” audio (only slighly less magnificent then BBDs).
    Briggs is already gone, but he should be cut immediately. I don’t give a shit if about the other ramifications. What’s gonna happen, we’re gonna give up 60 to the Vikes? The team is going to mutiny? They’re going to quit?

    D.J. should also be cut immediately.

    • the snap counts from last night piss me off so much.
      Briggs and DJ played the most of any LBs. DJ played more than Bostic and Jones combined.
      The Bears played base 4-3 more than nickel (also true in week 4, for some dumb reason). Because when you have to choose between focusing on Aaron Rodgers or Eddie Lacy, Lacy is the obvious choice.

      • Big Mike

        More evidence that Tucker is awful.

        • CanadaBear

          I think it’s evidence that Tucker knows he’s coaching for his further employment and isn’t about to go down with the kids. Makes no difference. He’s going down.

      • There were so many X’s and O’s fuck up, someone could get a coaching degree analyzing all the mistakes the Bears made just last night.

        I don’t think Jones even played till the 4rth.

        • he played 9 snaps. 9.
          11 for Carey.
          9 for Louis-Jean.
          DJ Williams was on the field in the last drive of the game. WTF?
          I actually wondered in the 2nd half if Trestman was doing this in an attempt to get fired. I’m still not sure.

        • SC Dave

          Jones sucks, so that’s okay.

  • Peanut FTW

    I know I’m in the minority here; but I think Trestman should get a chance to choose his own DC at the very least prior to being judged a failure as a HC. Yes, the team is ultimately on the HC BUT under normal circumstances that has a great deal to do with the HC usually choosing his own staff including a DC. Not being handed the only guy on the unemployment line that ran 4-3 when Rod walks away.

    • Peanut FTW

      Also, in the minority but in a way; I would be more upset if the Bears had lost 21-20 and 17-14 in those games. That would mean that the Defense was actually doing their f’n job. That would mean we could actually judge the offense for not executing in games that were close enough to matter if they executed. Then I would be pissed about the O because that is where we spent the money and they are the only ones not showing up. Then I would want Trestman’s head instead of Tucker’s

      • SC Dave

        Why some may argue that the defense was so bad it didnt matter, the offense has not given them a shred of hope in a month

  • Big Mike
  • BerwynBomber

    “The Bears, outside of Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, have taken a step back at every single position on the field. Every. Single. Position.”

    I’d argue the entire D-line has improved even if slightly. Yes, Allen looks like a bad signing, but Young, Ratliff and Paea have played well at times and Ferguson and Sutton have shown a couple of flashes.

    • CanadaBear

      Kyle Long has played well. The only O lineman in that category. Bennett was hurt last night but he made very little effort to catch passes thrown his way. When that TD bounced off his hands his body language said, Oh Well.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Bennett helped kill 4 drives last night.

      • BerwynBomber

        He’s had a good season. It’s like Jennings, who got burned a few times last night. Overall, Tiny Tim’s been solid this year. He’s just not a top-notch shutdown guy but you can live with him another year or two with competent safeties.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          overall Bennett has been special this year. He just wasn’t ready to play last night. Rib injury in fucking practice this week.

      • GPLDAN

        His ribs were cracked. He had no bidness out there

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          totally agree. he was fucking hurting bad I know. he plays so fucking hurt like last year but it still smarts.

        • Good thing he’s wolverine and doesn’t believe in surgery!
          (at least wear a flak jacket!)

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    I just watched the game again. Holy ball sack. I could write 10 pages on what I saw but i’ll simply say the following.
    There are dozens of guys on this team that not only won’t be on this team next year, they may not make another roster in the league except maybe on an injury depleted team that needs shitty special teamers just to have bodies.
    Mills – fucking brutal
    Bushrod – haven’t seem him play worse than I did yesterday. Looked like Mills out there.
    Allen – will not be a Bear next year.
    Sutton and Ferguson – DID NOTHING
    Ratliff – some pressure, not consistent
    Young – no pressure as if he was going up against the 90’s Cowboys line.
    Briggs – old and checked out
    Conte – just fucking be gone
    Mundy – back up safety like he should be all along
    Vereen – holy fuck he was bad last night
    Jennings – worst game I’ve seen him play as a bear
    DJ Williams – needs to start doing drugs again
    Bennett – learn how to fucking catch and block, you accounted for 3 missed 1st downs, a missed TD a sack and 2 carries for 0 yards.
    Forte – for all of the things you do well you fucking suck at blocking the blitz
    Alshon – no separation, dropping tough balls he would catch last year, when he did separate the ball was long (cutler) or way short (clausen)
    Marshall – played like a fucking beast last night until he fucked up his ankles again
    Danny McCray – thank you for your help in turning that game into a farce. Your blocking skills on the punt block were reminiscent of the 80’s Tampa Bucs low light reels.
    Demontre Hurst – who fucking let you on a professional football team? You are a bad mofo compared to common schleps like us but you got your teeth kicked in mentally and physically all game.
    Trestman – you call plays like a huge pussy this year. what the fuck happened to your awesome playcalling between the 20’s last year? where is that playcaller?
    Tucker – …………fuck you?
    Cutler – Jay is officially gun shy again. You can tell he looks different. He has lost confidence in his line. I’m not a huge stickler for “mechanics” and “throwing off the back foot” and don’t have an issue with it when he’s playing with supreme confidence. The issue is that the mechanics and confidence are gone as he knows there is no time or pocket for anything more than an 8yd route (hint:every team knows how to play our WR’s now). He knows he can’t step up in the pocket and he knows he can’t wait for deeper routes to develop. That first pick was a great play by Pep who got a finger on it and it floated to Hyde who made a great play on the ball. The one off of the helmet was Cutler trying to quickly snap it to Forte on a crossing route. Freakish play that just looks incompetent. I know we hate the short passes, bubble screens, dump offs, etc but there is no time for anything else. At least 2 new OL are needed.
    It was tough to watch.

    • CanadaBear

      Agree with everything but the first pick. Pep got a fingernail on it. Cutler floated that fucker and 99 times out of 100 that’s going to get picked.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I don’t know, it only need to float a bit. the throw could have been a yard more outside for sure but that is the NFL game. Sometimes the margin for error is that small…..except if you’re running that pattern against our guys, then you’ve got a several yard window for error and that is a reason why we make qbs look like hall of famers.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          lol, and we make Hall of Famers set even better records for posterity.

        • CanadaBear

          Nah. He floated it and only Bears DB’s wouldn’t have picked that one.

      • SC Dave

        Forte does not suck against blocking the blitz. In fact, his pass blocking may be his greatest area of improvement over the past two seasons.

    • Peanut FTW

      I think Mundy is serviceable, everything else I pretty much agree with but I have been relatively pleased with Mundy. Sadly, he is probably the best safety we’ve had in years.

    • TheBigCheesy

      If the Bears Cut Jared Allen, they’ll have to eat 12.5 million dollars.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        maybe we can frame him for something that voids his contract or maybe he’ll just say sorry and give the money back.

    • Shady

      You must REALLY not want to work today if you decided re-watching that shit show was the better option.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I used the 10second fast forward option that makes it take about 30 minutes overall, I also didn’t watch the 4th quarter.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I noticed you felt the need to breakdown the interceptions that Cutler threw, but not the would-be interceptions that that Packers DB’s dropped.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I probably would have broken those down had they been intercepted since I was breaking down INT’s.

        • TheBigCheesy

          touche

  • If we indeed draft in the top 10, we must draft a new QB.
    I was an Cutler agnostic, then I slightly believed, but now I’m back to being a skeptic. Is he Tebow aweful? No.
    Is he better than the bottom 3rd? Yes.
    Is he too inconsistent to be a viable winner. Yes.
    We draft a new QB. Let him sit behind Cutler for a year or two ala Rodgers.
    If Cutler somehow magically transforms, the new QB can be trade bait.
    If Cutler remains Cutler, aforementioned QB will take over, and let Cutler go.

    Sometimes it’s just time for players-teams to part. It happens. Look at Steve Smith “SR”, or Reggie White, or Marcus Allen, etc etc

    Cutler would be a good QB for the Rams or Texans, or some team like that. But not for the Bears. Not for THE charter NFL team.

    All our $ is on offense. Cutler next year will still give us the best chance to win last year, esp given his cap hit.
    Maybe in two years we can have a decent defense, and new QB will be ready to make a SB charge.

    All this depends on choosing the right HC, naturally. But if it’s someone like Harbaugh, remember he didn’t hesitate starting Kap over Smith. Carrol also didn’t give a fuck and started Wilson over their newly signed QB.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      it’s time to build the bones of this team. I remember watching the draft the last 2 years and people shook their heads at the Cowboys taking all of those OL dudes and now they kick people’s teeth in. They are still inconsistent in other areas but Jerry is being forced to keep his Johnny Football boner in his pants and focus on what wins games…the trenches and running the rock to set up your pass game.

      • It’s a whole philosophical shift.
        Kromer’s system doesn’t require mauling Olinemen. The old zone blocking linemen could be nasty, but for the most part, the NFL has outlawed all those crack-block blind side hits.

        The WCO works well, when, you know, you have Montana/Young.

        A more hardcore run/d team works better with the Dilfer’s of the world (and Cutty def is better than Dilfer).

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      both the 9ers and the Hawks had such badass OL , D and run games that you could have a Kap or Wilson take the helm.

    • TheBigCheesy

      “Cutler would be a good QB for the Rams or Texans, or some team like that. But not for the Bears. Not for THE charter NFL team.”

      – I’d agree with you completely…..except the Chicago Bears are known for their anemic QB play. It’s “a thing” now. It has been for quite some time.

      I think it’s actually kind of charming, in a way. That’s what I think stings some of the fans the most. The Chicago Bears tried to buck their reputation and conform to the league wide trend of high-octane offenses. Losing always sucks, but now they are setting disgusting franchise records on defense that their history doesn’t deserve.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/buccaneers-qb-josh-mccown-gets-emotional-after-tough-loss-to-falcons-000103566.html
    Josh had a tough game but i’m posting this to ask a question here…..does Josh McCown have the greatest hair in football right now?

    • He does. Was he a child of one of the “project paperclip” scientists? I keeed (muah, Irish, that was just for you).

      He looks more like an Amber Crombie and Fitch model (side note. Amber Crombie and Fintch was part of Project Paper Clip)

  • GPLDAN

    Presser starts in 8 minutes.

    Tweets are saying maybe Trestman isn’t giving this presser.
    Maybe Emery isn’t giving this presser.

    Teddy might be up in 8. FUck, maybe Curious George is up.

    • Shady

      Can’t listen while at work, counting on you to keep us informed.

      • GPLDAN

        Shady and I should have met up today and drank a shot every time they say “outstanding” and “tremendous” during today’s presser.

    • EnderWiggin

      Link?

      • CanadaBear

        chicagobears.com

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    full disclosure:
    since i’m a football fan I have to say that Clay Matthews is a bad motherfucker. I would never waste him at OLB in a 3-4 ever again. His whole family were created in a lab and it’s insane. He played MLB and looked like he belonged there.

    • BillW

      I know a Packer fan who said the Bears were dumb for playing Urlacher in the middle. Should be an outside backer like Mathews. I said Lach can be in on every play in the middle but to one side you just run the play away from him. He’s fast, but not THAT fast. Now we see the Packers belated do the same thing – to great effect.

    • CanadaBear

      Had to laugh at the announcers the way they were feeling all bad for him changing positions. REALLY?

  • GPLDAN

    Wayne Larravee is telling a story that State Troopers were asked to cordon of the Bears locker room after the game at Lambeau and “senior management” addressed that locker room. Maybe Teddy and Curious George.

    • I heard that story. Gives me hope they’ll fire Trestman, and not just Tucker.
      They fire Tucker, it’ll just be more of the same.

  • 163 yards in penalties most for #Bears since (and 3rd most all time for club) since Nov. 25, 1951 meeting with Browns when they had 165. – Biggsy tweet

    There you go, Data. Add that to the list.

  • GPLDAN

    I don’t think Teddy would have let Tresticle go on WBBM this morning if he was gonna shit can him. They had to foresee this.

    • BillW

      Football is a business until it isn’t.

      I’ve seen several similar situations in every company I worked for. Never do they wait things out – you act decisively once you have enough information. What’s the point? It’s obvious – you can’t fire 53+ players. Unless you think the coach is worth keeping another year or two, you let the team know that mediocrity can’t be tolerated for long and downright horrible can’t go on any further. Then you bench the underperformers and therefore publically embarass them (they’d be cut if not for the contracts) and give the younger players the chance to show what they have for the new regime. Let the vets rust on the bench and have their peers on other teams shun them for no longer being part of the fraternity.

      • GPLDAN

        You are right. Nessman needs to go. Keeping him would be inept.

        But Teddy and Phil are inept, so who the fuck knows how it will go.

        • Angelo drafted Forte.
          #blindsquirrel
          #tradewindHope

        • BillW

          Teddy and Phil need to go too. I know it won’t happen. They don’t run the team right. But that’s what needs to be done. Anything else is just a reboot without any substance.

          They can find a spot in the office for Teddy. Get a real football czar / guru to run things.

          Of course, they’d probably go with Matt Millen,

          • SC Dave

            Its more than that. McCaskeys have to go. More than anything we need owners that care whether they WIN

          • BillW

            They are not going anywhere. They own the team. They like owning the Bears. It’s halas’ daughter. They aren’t selling

      • SC Dave

        You could certainly fire a half dozen or so players.

        • BillW

          We agree here too. One gone though minor. Hope there are more

  • GPLDAN

    Think of it this way; you tell your grand kids about this era

    “Oh yeah, in ’14 they hired this dork of all dorks, and he was like a substitute teacher that couldn’t control the class, and the Bears took their two worst beatings ever. It was a horrible time.”

    • “It was the worst of time, it was the worser of times…”

      • GPLDAN

        That’s the slogan on the back of the Trade Wind t-shirt.

    • BillW

      Correction – two worst beating up to that point. As the Bears remind us, there’s a lot of football left.

  • GPLDAN

    Presser delayed.

    Now people are speculating if senior management and Nessman are on the same page. Nessman may not be going along with this story.

    That would be a hoot if they nailed Nessman to the cross and he turned around and lit up Teddy and Phil.

    • BillW

      What presser? Ted? George? Phil? Marc? Alvin? Simon? Theodore?

    • CanadaBear

      They can’t even run a presser. I thought PE took care of that issue during the coaching search.

      • BillW

        Where is this being reported?

  • CanadaBear

    No coaching staff changes per Nessman.

    • ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!

      • CanadaBear

        ha

    • tobijohn

      Of course not, it’s the Bears…

    • wreckinball

      not surprised, they are not going to pay two salaries

  • Trestman, “fan base passionate.”
    You’ll find out just how “passionate” they are this Sunday.

    We need to bring out the crop-duster with the “Fire Trestman/Tucker/DeCamel” banner over Soldier Field.

    • wreckinball

      Maybe a “goodbye Marc” song reminiscent of “goodbye Abe”

  • TRESTMAN NEEDS TO BE TERMINATED!
    Fuuck. How can the Bears be so oblivious and incompetent?

  • BillW

    Just Trestman’s normal weekly press conference. Saying nothing. Actually, acts like they are in a 3 game losing streak like a lot of teams go through. Totally ignoring the magnitude. Said he sees no loafing even though it’s clear on certain plays there was.

    Also talks about specific plays as if he doesn’t see the big picture. Look – EVERY LOSING TEAM
    would win if some number of plays went differently. Why are you ALWAYS losing and by such HUGE margins? Clueless – truly over his head.

    • wreckinball

      Someone needs to show him Ivery’s touchdown

      • BillW

        He knows. He’s just trying desperately to get the players to play hard for him by showing he won’t call anyone out. Pathetic. These guys have RUINED your NFL career. You won’t be hired as ANYTHING after this year. Start showing the world you DO know loafing when you see it.

    • SC Dave

      Actually three losses are three losses. Granted, they could not really afford three losses since they already had three, but its still three losses. Of course, it was enough point differential for ten losses, but that’s not how it works.

      • BillW

        Losing by about 30 two weeks in a row with a bye in between runs deeper than just two losses. It probably has never happened. They are setting negative records way too often. .

        But we’ll agree to disagree. You think their Jeffersonian performance is nothing different than any other two losses. I think it indicates a real coaching issue.

  • Trestman. Double-Speak.
    Jay needs to play better.
    Liked effort.
    “Personnel” changes.
    Some are more equal than others.

  • huntinbare

    I apologize for this mess…we did not get the stall mucked out after 3 weeks of accumulated waste….bottom line from the top…nothing has changed..this mess will remain ….watch out where you step….

  • GPLDAN

    I am utterly stunned.

    I can fathom no way that management would choose to stand pat for another game. None.

    This team is on the Bataan Death March at this stage. How you make NO firings is amazing. Halas Hall is totally isolated now.

    Everybody should stop believing in this club. This is beyond sad. No real NFL team comes off these games without making a change.

    • BillW

      If there is anyone on this blog (past or present) who believes in this club or this coach I’d seriously like to hear why.

      • huntinbare

        I don’t know why; but I expected some honest attempt at bitterly revealing the lack of effort….even I could see it on the screen last night; and i am just an amateur. If I took the time to watch the replay I know it would reveal more quit on film that I missed. This was a paid announcement of the most aggredious order; and because of that I have begun to lose significant respect for the leadership of this ballclub.
        If you can’t see the weak effort being put forth; then how can you possibly implement a strategy to fix that and other problems. But, sadly they are going to look again in the hopes of correcting the deficiencies. LAME….

        • SC Dave

          Coaches cannot make players play hard. They CAN and SHOULD (but evidently in Chicago DON’T) sit them on the bench.

          • BillW

            In this we agree.

          • BillW

            No one can MAKE anyone do anything. But leaders can inspire people to perform. Trestman is no leader.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Captain! Captain! We’ve hit an iceberg! We’re taking on water!

      Captain: “Didn’t I just tell you to go rerrange the deck chairs?”

  • BillW

    Is there anyone left who think Trestman should be given another year?

    Anyone think it would be a really be worse if they fired him now?

    Why?

    • wreckinball

      Just select some random drunk fan from the stands to be the “coach of the day”.

    • BillW

      I’m only asking because I feel there is some good football reason that I don’t know about. It seems so utterly pointless to keep him even today that I can only think I’m missing something.

      Maybe the team thinks they’d have trouble getting a decent coach in the offseason if that coach feared he’d be fired quickly too?

    • SC Dave

      Yes, it would be far worse. Then the players have no accountability for the fact that they have played like dogshit – “see, it was just that damn coach that was no good”.

      Last season at this point, it was in the giant majority “in Trest we trust” around here. The difference between now and then? Performance on the field. Especially the offense.

      • BillW

        I was not part of that majority. Just saying.

        And not to be argumentative but keeping trestman tells the players something too. That the team doesn’t have to worry about losing a soft coach.

        The players with big contracts know they won’t be cut. As long as trestman stays nothing changes because you know they practice so damn well.

        If there was a super bowl of practices we’d be right there.

  • GPLDAN

    Jaff twiffs:

    Brandon Marshall just posited idea of bringing in sports psychologist. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Chicago Bears.

    Jesus Christ.

    This has turned into a Walter Mattheau movie.

    • TheBigCheesy

      It worked for Liverpool last year…

    • wreckinball

      Do they need a shrink to tell them they should cover Nelson?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Well Tucker’s not going to do it.

        • SC Dave

          Primo! Best one in several days. Thanks Posse.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Rememebr the psychologist scene in “The Natural”?

  • wreckinball

    Not sure if there is enough alcohol to get through the rest of the season

  • Trac

    Here’s how I see the coaching staff situation unfolding thru the end of next season. No changes. Emery can’t fire his first HC before the end of year 3 without looking like a total buffoon. Grab your deck chairs and get comfortable aboard the Titanic gents, it’s gonna be a long voyage. Smh!!!

    • BillW

      He looks like a bigger fool by keeping him. That’s a great example of a no win situation. Hope things get better – which is plain stupid. Or acknowledge your mistake and address it.

      Now maybe in the course of NFL history there were coaches that took over a 10-6 team, went 8-8 and then (presumably) worse the next year, and then turned them around to be legit contenders.

      If so, I doubt they ever had a three game stretch like the Bears just had.

      • BillW

        Here’s the corner Emery backed himself in – how do you justify firing a 10-6 coach but keep a coach that finishes with maybe 5 or 6 wins?

      • SC Dave

        In the end, its three games.

        • BillW

          The results are indicative of a deep problem. It’s not just 3 games. If they truly were well prepared and got totally dominated then it’s likely trestman doesn’t know how to prepare a team.

          • so if they win the next 3 games 156-24, are those results indicative of an absolute juggernaut that will roll through february?

            just playing hypotheticals here, of course.

          • BillW

            VERY hypothetical. Like Easter Bunny hypothetical.

            Sure if they bounce back and win the next three by big scores of course it’s indicative of vast improvement.

            Three games of large margin of victories (all one way or the other) is not random.

    • huntinbare

      I hope they paid the band through the sinking of this vessel…I would at least like to dance through our demise

      • AlbertInTucson

        “I’m in the dance band on theTitanic, sing Nearer My God to Thee.
        The icebreg’s on the starboard bow, won’t you dance with me….” – Harry Chapin.

  • BearDown100393

    Marc Trestman’s press conference warrants its own thread. Mercy.

  • Maybe Martz wasn’t as stupid as we thought for his “no audible” philosophy.

    “Speaking Monday, Bears coach Marc Trestman didn’t
    entertain the notion that Jay Cutler should be benched, but said he’s
    “got to play better.”

    Trestman pointedly mentioned that Cutler checked out of
    multiple runs into passes on the Bears’ first possession in their
    embarrassing 55-14 loss to the Packers. The idea that Cutler should be
    benched for Jimmy Clausen is obviously absurd, but Cutler’s 10 picks are
    tied for second in the NFL. He’s also lost five fumbles.” – Rotoworld

    • GPLDAN

      What a lunkhead.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      the first drive started at the FIVE YARD LINE. is no one disgusted with that concept by itself. They got 2 first downs I think and Forte did run the ball.

    • BerwynBomber

      At this point Cutler should be making as few decisions as possible for this team. Keep it simple, Jay. Run the play that is called.

      • SC Dave

        This.

  • GPLDAN

    We’ve lost 8 of the last 9 to the Packers.

    13 of the last 16. In those 16 games, the Pack has scored a TD on the opening drive in 13 of those games.

    It’s no longer a rivalry, no matter how badly Ginny and the gang want it to be.

    • Big Mike

      Rodgers has more touchdown passes in two games this year (10) than some QBs toss in a season.

    • SC Dave

      In those 16 games, the Bears have scored the following total points in the first HALF:
      0, 17, 7, 17 (W), 7, 0, 3, 10, 10, 0, 3, 7, 7, 2, 10 (W), 3
      These are in reverse chronological order, btw. So in 11 of those games, a first drive TD was GB was enough so that our pathetic offense could at best TIE the game by halftime.

      Bears point totals for the game in these have been:
      14, 17, 28, 27 (W), 13, 10, 21, 17, 17, 14, 3, 20 (W), 14, 15, 20(W), 3

      Pathetic. I suppose I could go look up how many Bears preambles or answers to those GB drives were touchdowns, but it would likely look even worse.

  • Jets first-round SS Calvin Pryor was benched in Week 10 for being late to multiple meetings this season.

    Pryor, the No. 18 overall pick, didn’t play a single defensive snap. Rex Ryan rolled with Jaiquawn Jarrett, who had 10 tackles, one sack and two interceptions as the Jets cooled off a
    white-hot Ben Roethlisberger. It’s safe to say Jarrett will be getting another start. – RotoWorld

    • GPLDAN

      Well Emery dodged that bullet.

    • BerwynBomber

      Dix has looked half-decent for the Cheese but can’t fault PE for Fuller, although the latter has looked mortal the last few weeks.

      • EnderWiggin

        Fuller, like everyone else on the team, was in full-don’t-care mode. It seemed like most of our team were fighting to hold back smiles and laughter.

  • GPLDAN

    Question:

    If the Vikes and Bridge Over Troubled Water lays 50 on us and we lay down, does Marc get fired NEXT week?

    Or, is it just a 2014 shitshow? Our Christmas is get basement dwelling quitters, is that it?

    • Depends on how many paper-bags and boo-birds converge at Soldier Field.
      It’s one thing for the Quitters to do it on the road, but for the crowd to turn at home might be too much even for the McBurgers.

    • Big Mike

      It’s really a race to the bottom. I bought tickets for the TB game. It’s a road trip for me, I live near Dulles Airport in the DC Metro Area. Trip costs a few grand with airfare, accommodations, refreshments, meals for the weekend. Bet your ass I will be booing this group. I plan on starting up the “We want Lovie” chant if they repeat the miserable effort they’ve been putting forward. Who would have thought that 27 games into the Trestman ERA we’d miss Lovie’s teams, who never once quit.

      • SC Dave

        Lovie had Urlacher, not Briggs. I imagine that helped a little, anyway.

        • Big Mike

          Trestman has more talent. Lovie dictated character. Couldn’t coach offense, but apparently neither can Trestman.

  • Well, they did it. This Bears’ tragedy has moved me to verse:

    They floated in like ghosts
    With broken ranks and faces
    Half-there and forlorn
    Without any graces
    Or other virtues known
    Guts. Brains. Discipline. Traces
    Of what constitutes a man
    Or team. Papa H, embrace us!

    • Trac

      Really wish you hadda found a way to put in an “aplomb” on that 85.

      • I was going to insert “ephemeral” instead of “half-there.”
        The burden of the bard.

        • SC Dave

          Just go edit it. We can do that now.

  • EnderWiggin

    I’m glad Emery didn’t have a presser.. If I heard him say “Coach Trestman gives us the best chance to win NOW”, my head would explode.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’ve actually wondered if Emery’s hands on approach has hindered Trestman. Emery is usually the one to break the exciting news. Trestman gets up second and talks about how great we feel about this that or the other.
      Put Trestman up first. Make him take the tough questions. Let him experience what the players are feeling on the field – they are in the spotlight and they don’t trust anyone to teach them how to come out the other side.
      Let him decide how he wants to handle it. Emery is giving him more time – let him decide what how to handle the heat. If he figures it out, maybe he can help the players figure it out too.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s a huge mistake. He should have sized the opportunity to clean house and assert himself as the bad boss.

    • huntinbare

      An astute reporter might ask PE..
      Isn’t it a little late in the season to start winning?

      • BillW

        An astute reporter should have asked trestman if you think the coaches are working and teaching as hard as they can, then do you have bad coaches or bad players? Has to be at least one if not both.

        • huntinbare

          The staff is looking at film as we speak to help us determine the answer…and we will work day and night until we come to a conclusion….thank you that was a good question …next

  • huntinbare

    My hope for this weekends game….
    The fans attending the game put up significantly more opposition to the Bears players than the Vikings do…
    In the spirit of November the fans should vote against this team with their collective voices early and often…do not cheer for any good plays by our D or O or Specials…those should be met with complete silence….
    Fans need to go only to grumble and complain for the miserable play through week 10. If Mgmt. won’t call these players out ; it is a fans duty to give them the whole truth and nothing but the truth….

    • huntinbare

      I would like to see a thread that is called ….
      Game Sign Essentials For Sundays Vikings Bears Matchup….
      Hopefully fans will get creative and fill Soldier Field with signs of wit and sarcasm

  • NFL Helmet Heater
    • EnderWiggin

      Get the fuck outta here with your spamming bullshit.

      • NFL Helmet Heater

        Just trying to spread the word of a bears product, fan and follower myself.

    • GPLDAN

      When the coils get lint in them, it’s no problem!

      Then, it just blows smoke up your ass.

      • NFL Helmet Heater

        Lol, thats a good one. Thats true for several teams/players this year.

  • Big Mike
  • GPLDAN

    We can play “Who is IBNO”?

    IBNO says he played on a NFL team just after Jeff George left that team. He confirms that George was hated in the locker room.

    IBNO now works in some unspecified job analyzing the Middle East. Something think tank-ish.

    So, I’m going to go with the Skins, George’s last stop before bustville.

    That means IBNO is on this roster:

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/was/2002.htm

    Who is he?

    My guess: Shane Matthews. Shane, is that you? (ha!)

    • Trac

      I’m rolling with Lavar Arrington.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      weird, that team had two of Florida’s most prolific college quarterbacks of all time. Shane and Danny Boy.

    • Zeron Flemister. He lettered in high school basketball and track. That’s the kind of thing that sparks middle east minds.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I have a very good guess but won’t out the poor guy on the internet.

  • Big Mike

    It’s really a race to the bottom. I bought tickets for the TB game.
    It’s a road trip for me, I live near Dulles Airport in the DC Metro
    Area. Trip costs a few grand with airfare, accommodations,
    refreshments, meals for the weekend. Bet your ass I will be booing this
    group. I plan on starting up the “We want Lovie” chant if they repeat
    the miserable effort they’ve been putting forward. Who would have
    thought that 27 games into the Trestman ERA we’d miss Lovie’s teams, who
    never once quit.

  • Double D……

    Well said Jeff, on every front…….for those of us who love the Bears and will follow them into eternity, there is no excuse for a professional football with absolutely no heart…….no passion…..no pride in how they make their living……….I’ve never felt disgraced by a Bears team but the last 3 weeks have changed that……time for some major changes, starting at the top!

  • huntinbare

    A sign you may see at Sundays game

    AUTHENTIC BEARS GEAR
    2014 GAMEDAY PADS
    GAMES 1 – 9
    LIKE NEW .. SLIGHTLY USED

    http://WWW.GIVIN-UP

  • BillW

    Thank God! . The shake up is underway! Bears release Teddy Williams. Way to take control!

  • tobijohn

    Looking at the remaining schedule and how those opponents have played so far, I see maybe (and that’s a big maybe), three more wins?

    Sun 11/16 Minnesota 1:00 pm ET
    Sun 11/23 Tampa Bay 1:00 pm ET
    Thu 11/27@ Detroit 12:30 pm ET
    Thu 12/4 Dallas 8:25 pm ET
    Mon 12/15 New Orleans 8:30 pm ET
    Sun 12/21 Detroit 1:00 pm ET
    Sun 12/28@ Minnesota 1:00 pm ET

    • BerwynBomber

      Remember when the second half of the schedule was thought to be gravy?

      • tobijohn

        Yes and now it seems so long ago…

    • BerwynBomber

      Nada for Mariota?

    • If we were to play the Raiders and Jags the rest of the way, we would still finish below .500

    • Trac

      3? Which ones? I see Tampa as being the only game we have a probable win. Any other team left on that schedule will have to self destruct for the Bears to win. I think that even the queens are playing better than us..

      • tobijohn

        Hey, I’m trying to be optimistic here…:)

  • GPLDAN
  • BillW

    Jeff tweets that losing concession money doesn’t sway owners. Of course not. But empty seats or a large contingent of visitors can be embarrassing. Remember reggie whites victory lap at soldier field?

    • tobijohn

      I don’t think there was any paradigm shift after that. The way I see it is that Emery wants to see how Trestman handles adversity and the rest of the season. If the Bears somehow manage to beat a decent team or two on the remaining schedule and finish 7-9 or 8-8, he’ll be back for 2015. Most likely a new DC and ST coach though, regardless…

      • Trac

        I call bs on that tobi,. Emery has no choice. Kinda like the English sneaking out of Dunkirk under heavy fog to fight another day.

        • tobijohn

          Emery has no choice…on what? Keeping him for 2015 or finding another HC?

          • Trac

            For Emery to fire Trestman before the end of year 3 he would have to stamp a huge red “fail” on his own forehead. He’s too prideful for that, aint gonna happen.

          • tobijohn

            You misunderstood. I’m talking about after the season is over. I don’t think PE would do anything as drastic as getting rid of MT before the season ended regardless of what happens from here on out.

          • Trac

            gotcha tobi. my bad.

      • BillW

        If my memory serves me (a shaky deal at best) it came in December 1998 which was reggies last season. (though he came back in 2000 to the panthers) . Green Bay won. Soldier Field was full of packer fans. He went around greeting fans around the stands.

        Wanny – who said green bay was just another game – was fired shortly after.

        Then came the McGinnis fiasco that led to Mikey being sent to his room by Ginny.

        The McCaskeys do not take kindly to being laughing stocks.

        • tobijohn

          LOL, well Reggie’s victory lap couldn’t have helped matters any but don’t you think Wanny was on his way out anyhow?

          • BillW

            Probably but who knows with that bunch!

        • AlbertInTucson

          McGinnis then went on to flop here with the Cardinals.

  • huntinbare

    I knew that after watching the film Mr. t and his minions would find the culprit and send him packing…
    The Bears release cornerback Teddy Williams
    It was that penalty on special team play from him that was the final nail in this coffin of a season…
    IT WILL ALL BE BETTER NOW…

    • BillW

      I hear emery made the call. Told trestman he is gone today if you don’t get rid of that locker room cancer. Thank God the nightmare of teddy Williams is finally over.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Teddy Williams ALSO know as “The Splended Splinter” from sitting on the bench?

      Truthfully, I didn’t even KNOW he was a Bear. Guess that’s what I get for checking out before halftime the last two games.

      • huntinbare

        You didn’t miss anything that would have enhanced your experience….
        Checking out was the wise move…
        Staying was self inflicted abuse

  • Jack Lacan

    I await my t-shirt…

  • Shady

    “Chicago Bears football is becoming a chore. Rake the leaves. Shovel the stoop. Clean the dishes. Watch the Bears.” Thing is, when you’re done with your chores you end up with something good. A nice looking lawn. A snow free entrance to your home. Clean dishes for your next meal. But with the Bears? There’s literally nothing good that comes from watching this team right now. Even court appointed community service is more appealing than witnessing this horror show. Fuck this “team”

    Per ESPN “The Bears joined the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons as just the second team in NFL history to surrender at least 50 points in back-to-back outings, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.”

    I will now be referring to these particularly unlikable cast of clowns as the Jeffersons. They’ve lost the right to be called Chicago Bears.

    • I was gonna call them The Quitters, and put a Q where the C was.
      But the Jeffersons works by me.
      Moving on down! to the South Side. In that deluxe project in the hood.

      • Shady

        Where the hell is MB? I know you know I know you know.

        • I was gonna text him last night because it was so bad, I felt like sharing the misery, but he might send me another dick-in-shoe pic in retaliation.

    • Trac

      I was thinking about the Chicago Jaguars. A year ago I woulda said Chicago Browns but they’re in first place now. Lol.

    • huntinbare

      Weren’t the Jeffersons in the cleaning business..so far they have gone through the pockets of our laundry and taken what they could from every available Bear fan in the world…enriching the family in the process…unfortunately the garments remain stained…but we keep coming back to see if they will make it right; always losing more in the process.

      • BillW

        At least the Jeffersons were movin’ on up

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Rochester Jeffersons. A frnchise I didn’t even ever know existed.

      • they existed for 4 games before folding.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Well, now we know which team to put on the front of the “I watched the 55-14 shellacking at Lambeau and all I got was this t-shirt” t-shirt.

          • turns out I was a little off. They existed for 5 years. But apparently these 2 games came in the season in which they folded after 4 games.

  • BerwynBomber

    Weirdly, the prospect of this upcoming Minny game seems semi-fascinating. It might be the most interesting “meaningless” game in years. Odd that had we lost to the Cheese by a semi-respectable score, say 34-24, the thought of the Minny game would seem a lot less compelling.

    *Ducks tomatoes as he exits stage*

    • huntinbare

      Save the tomatoes for sunday

  • Shady

    Hope none of you assholes were a part of this. I see a familiar avatar and I’m looking at you Butch…

    http://deadspin.com/twitter-users-harass-marc-trestmans-daughters-after-bea-1657009542

    • Haha. I would never disrespect my future wives!
      I don’t know who El Gooche is, but he’s giving my avi a bad name.
      I actually haven’t been on Twitter since aug until today.

    • BillW

      My God that stuff is disturbing. I know it’s a relatively small number of people but so out of line I hope one or two of them get prosecuted

    • NewBearInTown

      The ugliest side of the anonymous internet. I don’t understand how anyone can think its okay to write that stuff to those poor girls. “You’re Dad’s gonna get fired” is in bad taste, but some of those tweets were genuine threats of violence.

    • Trac

      Twatter and facebook are breeding grounds for shitheads just like that Shady.

  • beninnorcal

    How long is Jeff Fisher stuck in Stl? He could come back to his NFL roots

    • NewBearInTown

      Fisher’s not going anywhere. He’s building a solid team over there and competing in a tough division.

    • no thanks. Most overrated coach in the NFL. When’s the last time he had a team that didn’t suck?

      • BerwynBomber

        I’m sorta with you. I like Fish but I think he’s benefited from HCing in soft media markets. Thought the same of Kubiak (though I think Fisher is better than Kubiak.) Kubiak only lasted as long as he did because he was in Houston. Marvin Lewis has had an extra long leash too.

        • at least Lewis has consistently put his teams in the playoffs. Fisher has coached 20 years and finished >.500 on 6 of them.

          He hasn’t finished above .500 since 2008, and is on his way to his 5th straight losing season.

  • Cubs_Questions

    Two things stand out to me that sum up the Bears season: 1) going down 42-0 to the Packers coming off the bye and 2) Lamaar Houston tearing his ACL celebrating a sack in a 51-23 loss to the Patriots.

    In Lovie Smith’s final year, the Bears were 5th in the league in yards allowed per game, 8th in the league in rush yards allowed per attempt, they allowed just a 71.3 passer rating (2nd best in the league), they constantly forced turnovers, and they took the least amount of penalties in the league.

    They won 10 games, and narrowly missed the playoffs despite simultaneous long-term injuries from both Matt Forte and Jay Cutler.

    They fire Lovie, bring in Marc Trestman, and the ship starts to sink. Emery hires Mel Tucker (who had previously been the DC on the overwhelming defenses of the… Jaguars and Browns), and the defense takes two steps back.

    Offensively, the game has fallen apart this season despite the return of many offensive players (though the offensive line hasn’t been super healthy, most recently Slauson’s addition to the IR). Teams have learned to adjust, and the Bears haven’t.

    The 2012 Bears drew 78 defensive penalties all season, the 2014 Bears have drawn 68 through 9 games. Offensively, the 2012 Bears drew 102 penalties for 811 yards, the 2014 Bears have drawn 64 for 588 yards through 9 games.

    This is an undisciplined team. The play-calling has been awful, and so has the preparation, highlighted by the extreme regression in the team’s results and their unpreparedness for Green Bay coming off the bye week.

    Their lack of discipline can be seen in their increase in penalties and yardage, as well as the arrogance to celebrate during a blowout on the road in New England. Trestman simply doesn’t have the locker room, and he isn’t an NFL coach.

    • NewBearInTown

      I think the Houston thing (like the Briggs missing a day of practice thing) is a bit overblown. But I pretty much think this nailed it.
      Lovie had his flaws, but the players played hard for him nearly every week. They were disciplined, they had a defensive system that worked, and the team had an identity they could get behind. He couldn’t put it together on offense, so changed direction.
      Trestman was supposed to fix the offense. He has maybe done better than the worst of the Lovie years, but he has not done anything that would close to justify basically throwing away all of the good that Lovie brought to the team.
      I think the “cherish the experience” message has backfired. The players aren’t scared of losing, aren’t scared of being second best, aren’t scared of failure. They practice great, but they don’t have the will to survive when it comes game time. This will not get better until they get that fear back.

    • you’re off a bit on your stuff. Cutler and Forte didn’t get hurt in 2012; that was 2011.

      Also worth noting: Lovie’s TB defense is worse than Chicago’s right now despite more talent. This team was great in 2012 because Melton, Peppers, Briggs, and Tillman were great.

      Melton and Peppers got lazy when Lovie left (Briggs a bit too), and Briggs and Tillman got old. Just like that, the D went from 4 studs to 0.

    • Big Mike

      This. +100.

  • BearDown100393

    Allen Iverson interviews Trestman and Cutler.
    [Trestman]: I expected better play by our whole team. Based on what I saw this week,
    I was confounded to see the type of play we had tonight.
    [Iverson]: It’s easy to sum it up when when you’re just talking about practice.
    [Trestman]: Our coaches did a tremendous job preparing our guys this week, and our guys did a tremendous job of preparing.
    [Iverson]: We in here talking about practice.
    [Trestman]: But none of it, none of it translated to the game tonight.
    [Iverson]: Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last.
    [Trestman]: I’m in all the meetings, I’m on the practice field, and that’s what’s
    disturbing to me is that the level of focus and work ethic is as good as
    any team I’ve been around in my years in the league.
    [Iverson]: Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that?
    [Trestman]: What’s translating to the field is not what we expect based on what we’re seeing in the course of the week.
    [Iverson]: But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man. We ain’t talking about the game.
    [Cutler]: We thought we had a great bye week. We had a heck of a three practices.
    [Iverson]: You’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, right? But we’re talking about practice right now.
    [Cutler]: We felt really good coming into this one, and to play like that, it’s embarrassing.
    [Iverson]: Man look, I hear you… it’s funny to me too, I mean it’s strange… it’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game.
    [Cutler]: It just seemed everyone was excited about the direction we were going, was excited about the week, excited about the game plan.
    [Iverson]: … The actual game, when it matters… We’re talking about practice.
    [Trestman]: It’s very surprising to me.
    [Iverson]: Anybody tell you that I missed practice?
    [Trestman]: You ask about what’s going on during the week. Our guys are locked in,
    as good a team at working, meetings, being compliant, doing the things
    we’re asking them to do.
    [Iverson]: It ain’t about that… I mean it’s… It’s not about that…At all.
    [Trestman]: This is a really good group of men.
    [Iverson]: Out of all the practices this year, that’s enough… that’s enough to get a whole lot started.
    [Trestman]: What’s transpired in the last three weeks is extremely disturbing.
    [Iverson]: If you trade somebody, you trade them to make the team better…simple as that. I’m cool with that. I’m all about that.
    [Trestman]: That starts with me, because they’re not playing as well as I think they should be playing.
    [Iverson]: I know that… And I’m not.. I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it
    don’t mean anything. I know it’s important, I do. I honestly do… But
    we’re talking about practice man.

  • BillW

    Last thought for the night. Once again I’m in the position where I want the Bears to win but I’m afraid if they do then emery will keep trestman.

    Don’t get me wrong. . If they win 4 or 5 more games then something positive happened. But it would be foolish to think it would last. . If it could it would have happened by now.

    • NewBearInTown

      See I disagree. Bill Walsh had a horrible stretch in his early days with the 49ers. Bill Bellichek was terrible coaching Cleveland before he went to New England. Having a bad season does not mean the coach can’t improve.
      If Trestman turns it around, we’ll be fine. The talent is there. It just needs to be harnessed.

      • NewBearInTown

        I should add that I don’t honestly think he will. There are a lot more coaches who stunk their first year because they just aren’t good NFL coaches. But if we start winning, I’m fine with being wrong.

        • BillW

          Me too. . Good point to end on. (these Bears don’t deserve the loyal fans they have.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not saying you are wrong but I would have to be shown the 3-game stretch from Walsh or Belicheat that approaches what we have witnessed over the last month.

        • NewBearInTown

          The Niners were dreadful Walsh’s first year and I believe won 2 games all season. He writes in his book that he basically started crying on the flight home after the 7th or so loss in a row because he was just so completely frustrated.
          Bellichek was pretty bad when he coached the Browns. The Browns have been bad for years so it all kinda blends together, but suffice to say he was fired for good reason.

          • AlbertInTucson

            yes. “Walsh’s FIRST year.”

            But halfway thru Trestmen’s second campaign and the Bear offense looks worse than before he took over. “No steps forward and two steps back.”?

      • Big Mike

        Good lord, can I have some of what your smoking. It must be awesome.

  • AlbertInTucson

    It is very difficult to argue Blogfather’s point. This “performance” off of a bye is damning.

  • AlbertInTucson

    BlogfatherTweet: “Even the Bears think you’re awful tonight, Carolina. ”

    Um, no. The Bears LOST to Carolina so they are in no position to say word one about this evening.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My fellow dinosaurs here on the blog will recognize this “We had a great week of practice.” crap as straight out of the Gibron years.

    I bet Trestman’s favorite play is WAITING FOR GODOT.

    Trestman’s version will be titled “WAITING FOR EXCELLENCE”

    Sadly, as in “…GODOT”, the title character never makes an appearance.

    • huntinbare

      Brilliant

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Did Riley Copper insist someone named White cover him?”

    Cooper was drunk. Publically Pilloried. Apologized.

    Why you felt the need to dredge that garbage up is disappointing.

  • BerwynBomber

    Kelly continues to impress in Philly. Even beyond their innovative O, they’ve rebuilt their D, which was a league worst by the time Reid left. They are a competent, opportunistic team.

    • NewBearInTown

      Yeah, he’s the real thing. If he can develop a real superstar quarterback, he’ll be set up to start a dynasty.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Look what Kelly did with Mark Sanchez tonight vs. what Rex Ryan did with him in NY AND what is happening in Chicago.

      • BerwynBomber

        The other thing is their GM/front office seems to be clicking. The FA signings of Malcom Jenkins (who’s one of the most underrated studs in the league), picking up the still effective Darren Sproles and saying so long to Deshaun Jackson and letting Dan Snyder overpay him. Those are smart moves. Heck, even signing Sanchez as your back-up is smart if you’re a playoff contender. And the Matthews kid out of Vandy tonight? Only time I’ve seen him play but he looks like he can be special.

        Philly still looks like they are a year or two away — and who knows if Foles is the answer — but Kelly looks like a keeper.

    • Jeff kept refraining, “Philly will get figured out.”
      One year later, I’m still waiting.
      And he’s doing it with mediocre (at best) QBs.

      If he ever got an elite QB like Luck, holy shit.

      • BerwynBomber

        I stated on here that Kelly would have been my choice for Coach of the Year last year. I got laughed at by a few DBBers — fair enough, there were a lot of good candidates — but yeah, this dude ain’t Saban or Spurrier.

        • College coaches are such a crap shoot. (CFL ones too, apparently).
          But recycled ex-pro coaches are too (like Gibbs).

          Getting a good HC is def a gamble. I think SD, Philly and AZ got quality ones.
          Apparently, we lost the roulette.

  • Robert L. Wendt

    Since Marc Trestman shows no sense of urgency, GM Phil Emery must show a sense of urgency.
    He should fire head coach Marc Trestman, and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker right now.
    If GM Phil Emery wants to keep his job, he will admit hiring Marc Trestman was a mistake, and
    he will have a chance to correct his mistake. Marc Trestman’s comments about believing in
    Mel Tucker, makes him the second coming of Dick Jauron, who stood by his offensive coordinator,
    John Shoop. Loyalty can hurt you, and we are seeing proof of this, in Marc Trestman’s comments,
    at yesterdays press conference.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A Shoop reference.

      How UTTERLY appropriate.

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