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Remainder of 2014 Chicago Bears Season is ‘For Entertainment Purposes Only’

| November 28th, 2014

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Note to the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips and perhaps Phil Emery…

The rest of the 2014 Chicago Bears season should come with the same on-screen disclaimer as televised mediums: for entertainment purposes only. Nothing taking place over these coming four games – three to be played at Soldier Field – should be used to validate the efforts of the current coaching staff or inspire confidence in a crop of under-performing players. These games have no meaning. None. Zero.

Even if the Bears were to miraculously run the table, beating three well-quarterbacked teams competing for the postseason, this organization can’t insult their fan base by delivering vapid banalities like “the team rallied together” or “they fought to the very end” or “Coach Trestman never lost the confidence of his locker room.” After several mid-season embarrassments, Trestman and his coaching staff had an opportunity in Detroit to prove the team had rallied. The Bears had a chance to show their coaching staff confidence and competitive fight by performing against the Lions and providing meaningful football in the month of December. They failed.

Fans can excuse losing in the name of development. They can even excuse losing tight, hard-fought contests. They can not and should not excuse the noncompetitive nature of Marc Trestman’s Chicago Bears.

Is there anything to be gleaned from the final four games of this disastrous campaign? No. The Bears won’t learn about their young corners or defensive tackles or offensive linemen by seeing them operate on the current landscape. One can be comfortable assuming a coaching regime change will feature an offense and defense not reminiscent of the current systems. Play the kids, absolutely. But don’t read too much into their work.

Hopefully the Bears will provide 12 hours of decent entertainment in the month of December but there is no reason to believe that will be the case. This team hasn’t just been terrible throughout 2014. They’ve been boring. Maybe they’ll be able to provide a memory or two by knocking the Cowboys or Lions out of the playoffs. An Edinger kicks Wayne Fontes home moment. Maybe they won’t.

One thing is clear. The only positive development possible for the Bears in the next five weeks would be the announcement they are looking for a new head coach.

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  • GPLDAN

    Awesome article Jeff.

    Since you are going to the Cowpokes game, you will get to see the beheading of Trestman first hand. Dallas is going to roll up on this team at home, and the displeasure of the middle class guys who have a shot of attending this game due to cheap tickets will be brutal. The boo birds will howl next Thursday night.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’m going to Lions. 21st.

      I think the stadium is going to get ugly over the next month. Because I’d be surprised now if this team isn’t 5-10 heading to Minnesota.

      • CanadaBear

        Glutton for punishment.

      • not only that, but I’d be surprised if any of the next 3 games are anything but blowout losses.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m hoping Garrett rises to the occasion and shits the bed. No doubt Old Sauce is a better DC than Tucker. We’ve had NO’s number in Chicago so that’s something. I’m afraid NO will get ahead and make up for those frustrating losses at Soldier Field by rolling up a huge number.

          There really aren’t many young guys on the roster to put in there if they decide to go young the last few games. With Rat and Corny out yesterday Bass and Quinn got a bunch of playing time. UGH! We’ve seen the young LB’s and they are under whelming. Was Greene a healthy scratch again yesterday? The DB’s are already young guys other than Jennings and there doesn’t seem to be anything to see there. YIKES!

  • GPLDAN

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    If that doesn’t make you like Mustangs nothing will. That car is a fitting tribute to Shelby. Too bad he didn’t get to see it, it blows that body kit mess he was selling as a GT350 away and is a proper poison snake. Turn up your speakers.

    • CanadaBear

      Sounds awesome.

  • CanadaBear

    At this point, I’m not even sure there is even a reason to watch the last 4 games. Of course, I will because it’s in my DNA. Being a Cubs fan is great practice for this sort of thing.

    • GPLDAN

      Rocky Wirtz has kept Chicago from turning into Cleveland.

      • CanadaBear

        No kidding. I think the Cubs might be really good in a couple of years but that could go South quickly. Esp if Ricketts is all talk about spending money on players.

  • CanadaBear

    I noticed CD had one tackle yesterday. Man he’s coming on. In about 5-6 more seasons he’ll be playing like an avg SLB. You know, the kind you find on the street every off season for the vet minimum. Any bets he’s on the roster next year? If PE is still around, it’s almost a lock.

    • huntinbare

      One of the only plays I saw yesterday starred CD…I have this haunting nightmare of watching the Detroit running back launching himself over the pile and just break the plane of the goaline…CD was the only player in the picture standing upright…did he not see this possibility in any film of the offense he was about to face…he was close enough to the point of attack to do a little intuitive pre snap adjusting and maybe launch his frame to plug the hole above the pile…but…he did look good posing as a statue wearing high heals…

      • CanadaBear

        That’s my whole issue with the guy. Zero instincts. Almost no impact plays. Certainly none as a LB. The only ones I remember as a DE were sacks. I can’t remember the last time he got a tackle for a loss. Nothing against the guy but you can find guys on the street to do what he does.

        • Trac

          Emery to Nelli- “you have your monster of the midway, now get to work”…riiighttt!

          • CanadaBear

            I need to hear from all these posters (Yeah, I’m looking at you MB) that told me CD was a Lovie/Old Sauce pick. Please explain why he’s still here instead of Tampa or Dallas. If that was the case, I’m pretty sure PE would have unloaded him for a conditional draft pick (7th for sure, maybe a 6 if he was lights out for his new team. And by lights out I mean on the roster).

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            come on CB you know that answer. He may have been a Lovie pick but it was still PE 1st pick. GMs will always give their 1st round picks the extra shots to stay with the team even if that is a position change. Also he is cheap! still on rookie contract. and cutting him probably would not have saved much as far as cap room.

          • CanadaBear

            It would send a msg. I’m serious though, vet min would be around half of CD’s salary. Not to mention, the vet would be way better. My whole point was if CD was a Lovie/Old Sauce pick he would be gone in a trade to either team. He’s still here.

      • SC Dave

        What? CDs assignment was on the opposite side of the center from where the runner went. Are you proposing that he should have dove into the pile on the wrong side of the ball, rather than being the only guy on the team that may have stopped Bell from getting in?

        Certainly one can find a bazillion plays to pick on CD about, but I just dont see that being one of them.

        http://www.detroitlions.com/media-center/videos/Highlight_Bell_leaps_across_goal_line_for_TD/f9dac444-f224-4b09-8662-85089fb4bcb5

        • huntinbare

          thanks for the link,,,I watched and I will offer this
          3 bears are lined up 3 yards deep in the end zone….they look to be over center and the guard positions…. Bell lines up at the 8 yd. line….Bell takes the handoff at the 5 …by that time the other 2 Bear players lined up in the end zone are already in the pile at the 1…CD is still 2 yds deep in the end zone getting ready to put his hands on the back of Sutton who is sliding along the goal line to meet the play…CD does not make his first contact with the play until Bell has touched the ball over the goal line and his contact with Bell is from the side….. Instead of pussy footing behind Sutton I believe he should have been cutting around Sutton’s right hip and launching toward the goal line which would have put him face to face with Bell…At which point he knocks the ball loose or stops his forward progress…..In my humble estimation he was slow and late to the play….if he got to the right spot; which was doable from where he lined up (Bell traveled 8 yds. he just needed to go about 4 to 5) he could have had a takeaway. at the very least stopped the points….but maybe I am not seeing it correctly….I had some wine yesterday

          • CanadaBear

            That would require instincts.

  • huntinbare

    I am thankfull for Jeff doing some classic journalistic sleuthing and coming up with the medium that has been guiding the offensive and defensive and special teams schemes for this 2014 campain. Now I don’t want to disparage Medium Rares abilities; maybe our record is really the result of poor execution, effort, and talent; but I propose that Virginia should bring in a different machine to put her quarters in for the 2015 season; because the Weakly astrological projections have failed to provide us any sort of entertainment……How could we be so fooled by this years carnival sideshow….I am thinking of a poster I saw advertising Barnum and Baileys Big Top….it always drew me in and got me so excited that I would throw down my last nickel to get a seat…How could anyone resist that billboard; sprawling with the ARMY OF CLOWNS jumpimg towards you.

  • CanadaBear

    We are so bad the national media isn’t even bothering to make fun of us. We’ve gone from a punch line to being pitied.

  • BillW

    Way too busy to read much less comment but I had to jump on here and express my admiration to Jeff for the last two articles. Much respect sir.

    Hope my buddies on the blog had a great Thanksgiving. And the other folks on here as well. (Joke) I gave thanks for the game being on early. By the time our 4:30 dinner was over we all forgot about it.

  • This isn’t even an unlucky team. They’re just plain bad. They are 4-2 in one score games, so they’ve actually been slightly better than expected in “tossups.”

    They have 1 convincing win (ATL) and 5 blowout losses. Their 7 losses this year have come by an average of over 18 points, with 5 by 14+.

    Pathetic.

  • wreckinball

    The RIP on Trestman is premature. Never under estimate the Bears ability to do nothing

  • wreckinball

    Biggest indictment of Trestman is the inability to adjust to game situations

  • Well, there’s a reason I changed my handle after the Carolina game in week 5.
    I didn’t need to watch more tape to understand this team. Losing at home to the Packers, AGAIN, revealed the Bears’ TRUE character [see handle]. It also made me realize we need to groom a new QB. But, I gave it one more game. It’s the NFL, after all. Teams get angry. Pride kicks in. But then, the Bears folded vs a hurt Cam. And that was that, in my book.

    So for me, firing Trestman in-season at this point doesn’t really do anything. Symbolic? Symbolic of what? This organization doesn’t do symbolism; they don’t send messages. They’re too “classy” for that.

    I like Toub as an intriguing HC candidate, but did any other team even GIVE him an interview? Not saying he won’t make a good HC, but it does raise an eye-brow.

    Also, most of the “hot” HCs are going to be locked until deep in the play-offs.
    Maybe the SEA DC?
    I almost want someone from the Pat’s staff, but we all know it’s Bill’s world, and they merely mooch off his shine.
    Harbaugh is obviously on the top of my list, and I def want us to try to make a run at him if hits the market.

    What is more “high risk-reward” is a studly college. I haven’t kept up with College enough this season, so maybe you college watchers (Corm, etc) could give us a short list.

    More dubious is old re-treads. I tend to believe the “fire” dies in them once they hit the booth, rings sparking beneath the studio lights. Did we learn nothing from Clubber Lane in Rocky III?

    So, fire Trestman, sure, but firing him NOW makes little sense to me, and may in fact repel other HCs who might view that as bush league, or make them believe they’ll have a very short leash if they join the Bears.

  • wreckinball

    Sure dump the whole coaching staff I mean could it get worse

    Cutler is a booger stuck to our finger for the next two years Will just have to deal with it

    The youngsters on D are really the only silver lining Build on it

    With a better D maybe just average Jay will be good enough

  • “The Bears played a lot of Cover Three in the game and didn’t press the Lions wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. Cornerbacks were playing off and to the outside, which is why you saw an abundance of inside
    breaking routes. Square-ins, curls, slants. There was a little bit of everything. When Stafford paired up some of his throws with play action,throwing windows swung wide open and he was able to simply drop back
    and sling it. The linebackers were not contesting throws and when the Lions used a slant/flat combination, it removed the linebackers from the picture on the slants. Johnson and Tate were getting free releases at
    the line of scrimmage and it put rookie Kyle Fuller, covering Johnson, and veteran Tim Jennings, covering Tate, in difficult positions.”- Biggsy

    Why is this news? our LBs SUCK in pass coverage. Playing off-man was Lovie-ish. NOT doubling Mega on every play was so insane, I wasn’t sure if it was extreme arrogance or idiocy or BOTH.

    Trestman didn’t have to think much. Just do what Bill did. Couldn’t even do that. Even Forrest Gump could follow orders and directions.

    • wreckinball

      Fuller man up Tate double Tron that is copy the Pats Why not it worked?

      Don’t understand on insisting on doing something over and over which doesn’t work

      Definition of insanity

      • The worst part is that most of watching from the couch knew this BEFORE THE GAME.
        All week Jeff, Me, Barb, GP were hammering the same strategy – do as Bill does.

        This coaching staff is just ‘Clueless’

      • all year long Bears have failed to double any crazy weapons. Didn’t do it with Gronk. Didn’t do it with Jordy. Didn’t do it with Mike Evans.
        Why would they start now? The scheme is to sit back in zone and hope the psas rush gets home before the QB can pick the secondary apart.
        Only problem? The WRs get wide open before the pass rush has any chance. it’s happened all year.

        • BerwynBomber

          Doubling up a receiver of Rodgers’ or Brady is a true pick-your-poison proposition and might even be seen as suicidal. But it makes more sense against a Stafford or mere mortal who is not as adept at working thru his progressions/spreading the ball around to 2nd, 3rd and 4th options.

          • the way teams have limited GB is by doubling Jordy and forcing somebody else to beat them . That or actually playing physical with WRs and killing Rodgers with your DL.

          • BerwynBomber

            Seattle doubled Nelson? Did Detroit? Either way I’m thinking the success of both of those schemes were more about putting constant pressure on Rodgers than anything else. Btw, I still think our O-line grades out well in comparison to the rest of the league. If nothing else we gave Cutty more time against the Kittens and the Fish than the Cheese gave Rodgers. At least for the first three quarters.

          • Cutler did not have time yesterday. The OL has been getting progressively worse as the season goes on. They’ve been complete shit for a solid 5-6 weeks now.

          • The Lions were running Garza over.

          • the Lions were running every offensive lineman not named Kyle Long over. TB also killed the OL last week, which is why they got nothing but quick passes off after the 1st quarter. Carolina did the same, as did NE, GB, etc. Bears have already matched last season’s sack total.

          • BerwynBomber

            Sack totals will rise when your O can’t move the ball and your getting blown out by halftime. Our offense clicked better last year. It’s a combination of a lot of things, and I’d argue pocket protection is the least of those things this year.

          • the OL has regressed significantly from last year, when they all stayed healthy. This year nobody but Long has stayed healthy, and that’s made a huge difference. Go back and watch the SF game, then watch yesterday’s game. Tell me the OL hasn’t gotten orders of magnitude worse.

          • BerwynBomber

            I can see some of your argument. But honestly? The SF game? The SF game was damn perfect protection (as was the Jets game and the first Cheese game). Hell, through the first four games of the season I thought we might be looking at the best O-line in football (well, short of Dallas) and yes I’ll grant that the loss of Slauson truly hurt. Still I don’t think the line has been as badly as the Cutty apologists think.

            Go back and rewind yesterday’s game and tell me who’s under more duress the first three quarters: Stafford or Cutty? And even if you conclude Cutty, a) it ain’t by much, and b) our O-line was facing arguably the best D-line in the league. (Hint: theirs wasn’t.)

            Finally, all QBs face pressure. I think that is sometimes lost here. Heck, even Romo faced a barrage yesterday behind his O-line.

          • CanadaBear

            BB I gotta go with JW on this one. The only reason it looks like Cutler has time is because he’s throwing the ball immediately.

          • BerwynBomber

            No problem, CB. I know I’m in the minority regarding my opinion about the O-line and I’ll also be looking at the last four games a little more closely because I do trust you guy’s opinions even if I sometimes disagree with them.

          • it’s not just the loss of Slauson. Bushrod has been a shell of himself since coming back from injury. Mills battling injury too. All combined to make the line struggle tremendously.

          • BerwynBomber

            We completely disagree there. Other than the Fish (and the nightmare that is Wake) and Detroit (arguably best D-line in the league) I have seen no game-long pocket collapsing. NE and Carolina got to Cutty but in both instances it was pin your ears back time, virtually when every O-line in the league will begin to crack.

  • Hub, “I don’t think this team has quit on the coach, but do I think they want to play for Trestman? No.”

    “Certain segment in that locker room DON’T want to play for Trestman”
    “So, is it easier to get rid of the players, or the coach?” Host
    “Depends on how many players.” Hub.

  • Scharfinator

    Cross post from the last thread.

    I think it is easy to blame Nessman, the players, PE, and whoever else is highly visible in the organization. The true problem, I think, is with the ownership. Until the McCaskey’s die off or get someone truly organizationally minded, the franchise will suffer as a business, team, and community.

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0913/nfl-values-10-bears-chicago-football-money-midgets-midway.html

  • Also, I was being a lil sarcastic about Cutty yesterday. I think for the most part, he played a solid game considering the Lions weren’t playing the run at all, up-down protection, and drops.

    However, Cutty still can’t hit guys on stride, and when he DID finally decide to not dump off and take a shot, he immediately proceeded to throw an INT.

    Also, for anyone arguing that some of Cutty’s turnovers are on desperation plays. Guess what? I’m pretty sure the Jags are losing horribly most games, and some of Bortle’s turnovers are also on WTF plays.

    Then, of course, the dump-offs on 3rd and long…I seriously think Cutler has checked out on Trestman.

    Is anyone surprised?

    • BerwynBomber

      Cutty had a decent game for three quarters. I thought it was his best game since Atlanta. Also I thought the line played well for three quarters too. They were facing arguably the best D line in football and by comparison Stafford seemed to have less time to throw than Cutty. Again, at least for the first three quarters. (Btw, as bad as the D got gashed, I thought our pass rush showed up.)

      The problem with Cutty is it is a bit of damning with faint praise. Atlanta was six games ago and it’s not the like the Bears were facing historical Ds since (although the Cheese’s and especially the Pats might be better than initially thought). And it is not like he was driving us up and down the field and lighting up the scoreboard. (Still, it is the Kittens so he deserves a bit of a pass there.)

      Anyway, keep the sarcasm going. This blog has more than enough Cutty lovers and apologists.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Is there anything to be gleaned from the final four games of this disastrous campaign? No.”

    Can’t say I agree. Good players will flash their wares in poor schemes or under bad coaching; you just won’t see it as frequently. Take a young player in the NFL that a few DBBers love: C Borland out in SF. Would he be playing as well under Tucker and surrounded by our personnel? Hell no. But my bet is he would still be showing you flashes and lead you to conclude that you had a gamer for the future.

    The problem is there is virtually nothing to evaluate on O side of the ball. The meal is baked there. Pretty much what you see now — in terms of personnel — is what you will see next year. But yes on the D side of the ball there is still much to evaluate these final four games.

    • I agree. On D, lots of young talent to evaluate. Washington, Bass, Sutton, Ego, Young, Bostic, Greene, Vereen, Hurst, Sharpton (if he gets healthy), even Paea (on a contract year)…we gotta figure out who flashes enough to save us a draft pick or two.

      On offense, yeah, not really much. I heard De La Puente might be gone for the year, but really Garza should be gone anyways. We need to draft a few more Longs anyway so that we can ATTEMPT to run against stout Dlines (and needless to say, get a mauling HB).

      We have to figure out if Mills is inj, regressed, or if his true position is inside.
      Experimenting with a FB might be interesting, or getting the 2nd TE (Rosario) more involved.
      Of course, would like to see if Wilson can be a good 3rd WR, and I would like to see him more outside to see if he can possibly step up as a #2 in case Bmarsh goes off the reservation.

      I don’t necassarily like Carey, but I agree with Data that we need to see more of him to figure out if he can handle the load in case Forte goes down. It would be criminal to keep heaping carries on Forte in a losing season. Not only would it expose him to injury, but wear and tear for future seasons.

      I already made up my mind about Cutler, though some still need convincing.

      So really, lots to evaluate. This season might make better for a better “All 22” season than actual football experience.

      • BerwynBomber

        The only thing about another OL player in the draft is it is almost a luxury pick unless a can’t-miss Pro Bowler slips to our spot. The first couple/few rounds have to be about D (LB and S most notably). And again, I seem to be in the minority but I like what I have seen of the O-line this year. In short, doesn’t seem a necessity.

        Yep, just saw that about DLP. But I think he can be more than adequate as a Garza replacement. So we shouldn’t miss a beat there and it might even be a slight upgrade.

        • I think it depends if we keep Trestman or not.
          I assume if we get rid of Trestman, then Kromer will be gone too.
          Kromer imported or drafted this entire line, which has a certain philosophy.
          Bushrod and DLP are almost strictly zone blocking guys. Long is so athletic, it doesn’t matter.
          If we bring in Harbaugh, he’ll most likely want the Tice-type mauling Oline, and I’m not sure DLP (coming off an inj) would be in the cards for that type philosophy, though I could be wrong.

          • GPLDAN

            Good point here. Harbaugh and the Niners use a drive blocking scheme, and that would need a re-tooling here in Chicago to work. Yet, at this stage, there are only a handful of players worth keeping around next year, so a re-tool isn’t impossible.

  • Being more objective. Let’s say we get our dream scenario, and Harbaugh comes over.
    Well, did anyone catch the game last night? Can’t one argue that Harbaugh is equally as clueless about offense as Lovie?
    Heck, might be worse. I don’t recall a Lovie team ever scoring only 3 points against the Pack.
    Something to think about.

    • BerwynBomber

      Here is the bucket of cold water about Harbaugh. A) he seems to love living on the West Coast. B) I’m not sure he feels as loyal to Chicago as people think (his playing career memories are probably more Colts-based than Bears-based). And C) from a pure football POV, I don’t know if we are that plum of a job. Let’s face it. On O we are old with inflexible contracts and on D were a slight mix of that and unproven youngsters.

      Not saying we can’t get him: the city, the brand and the fan base might be enough. But from a pure football standpoint this doesn’t seem all that of a job unless an HC has a hard one about signing up for the Cutty reclamation project.

      • I think “The Cutty Reclamation Project” might repel some candidates. But I guess it’s just in how Emery frames it.

        If Emery tells an HC, “Look, we have a decent QB on the roster. However, we’re not married to him. If you want him gone, he’ll be gone, and we’ll get your guy. If you want him to stay, we’ll keep him around until someone better comes along.”

        Cutler as a “stop-gap” QB would probably appeal to more HCs.
        I know Arians praised Cutler, but I think that was just politeness.
        Shannahan might be crazy enough to mean it, and that’s what scares me cuz I DEFINITELY don’t want him.

        But I get it. I could easily envision Harbs liking Carr over Cutler in Oakland.

        It’s like going out with a chick. You want a divorcee with two kids who doesn’t do shots in TJ anymore but with tons of baggage, or do you want a cute 20-something with her future ahead of her?

        • BerwynBomber

          Yep. And hey I’m of the mindset that Cutty is an average QB, which isn’t a horrible thing. He’s gobs better than the McCowns and Clausens of the world. Or for that matter the Geno Smiths and Mike Vicks. But here’s the thing about those other guys: they’re relatively cheap so you clean house quickly.

          Sure, Cutty would be a damn good “stop-gap” but he’s also a stop-gap with a 3 year/$60M contract. Anyway, stating the obvious here (though sometimes the point seems lost) but it’s not so much Cutty is horrible — he’s not/he can even border good at times — it’s the fact that his contract is.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Harbaugh’s wife is a serious issue but what are his other options? The Raiders?

          • BerwynBomber

            Jets? I don’t know their roster/contracts up and down but I don’t know if they are as inflexible as we are in terms of those things. Though maybe they traded away a bunch of draft picks.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Lovie scored 3 points against the pack in week 17 2010. 11 points would have kept Green Bay out of the playoffs and prevented the most devastating loss in bears history

      • TheBigCheesy

        I believe lovie also lost 35-3 or 38-3 at lambeau in Rodgers first bears game

    • DaBearsBlog

      Harbaugh is an offensive coach. What are you talking about?

      • I know his “title” is offensive coach (came from that background), but what offensive coach scores only 3 points, at home, in what might be a knockout game vs the rival?

        Trestman is an “offensive” coach too.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          Lovie was/is an offensive coach too.

          see what i did there.

  • BerwynBomber

    Btw, one potentially interesting scenario we might see in the draft this year is the #1 pick overall being traded. Presuming OAK or JAX finish with the worst record and Mariota grades out as high as people think, I could see each selling it if they are committing to Carr and Bortles.

    • DaBearsBlog

      If someone takes Mariota number one, I have no sympathy for them.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yep, I remember seeing that you don’t like him/thought he was overrated. But then again, QBs are often overrated come draft time and for obvious reasons.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I agree.
    People said this for some time now and they were labeled as ‘tankers’.
    In theory the snaps of the young defensive players are important for signs of individual improvement. Now -after the Calvin Johnson TD- all I want for them is to not get broken. The coaching staff put 3 DB rookies in a fucked up position. That’s just bad, bad, bad. They can lose confidence and never get it back.
    Just don’t break them.

    • huntinbare

      They all need tape to see the problems…let them play…critique positively in the breakdown…give them skills to develop over the off season …and send a message to the vets that all positions are available to be had for a price next season……the co$t…hard work, dedication, and a positive team attitude.

      • CanadaBear

        There aren’t that many youngsters on the roster that haven’t already had a ton of snaps. From what I’ve seen most of them are “just another guy” types.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I disagree. None of them looks like he doesn’t belong in the NFL. You can do a lot with ‘just another guys’ if you use them the right way, have a system and some difference makers.

          The one I’m really down is Bostic. He couldn’t be just another guy if the plan was to succeed.

          • CanadaBear

            Fuller and Hurst look decent. Who else looks like more than that? Ferg and Sutton? They’ve played a lot. The more snaps they get the fewer plays they make. Greene can’t even make the active roster on game day. Bostic is OK on run plays and totally lost on pass plays. Jones? Hunter Hillenmeyer on his worst day. Vereen? Nothing. Louis-Jean? Less than nothing. McManis and McCray aren’t kids. Doesn’t leave much room for optimism.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think Ferg and Sutton have been more than ok. Fuller, Vereen and Jones are keepers. Bass could find a role for a smarter DC in a OLB/DE role.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Should have cut Briggs at the bye week in order to send that message.
        Talk is cheap, you need actual facts.

        • huntinbare

          He took a beating for us when he could play; I don’t think showing him up at the end helps our tradition…sit him with “injuries”after the bye and thank him for his service.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well, if want to send a message.
            You could always trade him- by a contending team and you can sell it as leaving him go for a Super Bowl hopeful. Example Eagles that now play Clay Matthews brother who’s really bad.

          • huntinbare

            That would be cool…but I have a sense he may go the way of Brian and hang it all up…specially if the dbl. nickle bbq is raking it in…

          • Trac

            Uh huh.

          • Not in Romania!

        • CanadaBear

          Problem is he’s our best linebacker by a lot. Might want to cut the shittiest ones first.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            he’s also the shittiest ‘leader’ ever. Which is why you cut him. The BEars lack leadership more than value.

  • huntinbare

    Heard Jim Miller critique Cutty today…He said his 1st int. was thrown late with poor mechanics…basically 2bl hitched after his drop…one too many hitches…it is a timing thing that he says JC struggles with. He doesn’t have good anticipation …he waits till his receivers are open then throws; instead of seeing the opening before the receivers arrive to it…..He worked with Brady and .if Brady wanted to improve his footwork he would tell his QB coach to watch his footwork the whole practice. That became the emphasis for the day and they worked together to polish it up….Jay needs to get humble; work on his weaknesses and his results will get better. …Swallow your pride JC ….you will not die…it is not poison…Give Miller a call; go over your weaknesses with him this summer and get a guarantee on less ints. for next season

    • Cutler sucked in the 4th quarter. Cutler in the 1st 3 quarters did what he did with a neutered offense and game plan. Wasn’t great, wasn’t bad, just was trying. Then he went into “F it, I’m going deep” mode in the 4th. not that it mattered at that point.

      • BerwynBomber

        I thought he played a little better than that the first three Q’s but I agree about the Shoop-like gameplan. Bears need to allow Cutty to let it rip even if it results in more INTs. Game manager Cutty is not the reason for signing him.

    • BerwynBomber

      Thumbs up for the Mildew critique but the whole JC-will-work-this-summer-on-his-mechanics storyline is a dubious one at this stage of his career. Cutty is what he is: a gunslinger with shaky mechanics. I say let him throw downfield these last four games. Let him be himself.

      • huntinbare

        I am hoping he does something to cut the turnovers in half next season…His stat sheet is screaming…”WHEN YOU THROW PICKS jAY YOU LOSE”…He needs to own his shortcomings; if he doesn’t he is not a team player…Trade him

        • Jay doesn’t know not to back-peddle throw? to look receivers off? to pump fake? to run for a first when possible? to not dump it off on 3rd and long? to not dangle the football at his hips like a euro-purse? to not over-throw, under-thrown, late-throw guys on crosses, slants? To see LBs and safeties SITTING on routes…

          And it sure appeared to me yesterday that entire O just quit.

          I can go on and on, but in the words of a HOF safety, “Same ole Jay.”

          Time to move on (when a better QB becomes available).

          • BerwynBomber

            Btw, watched 30 for 30 special on Randy Moss the other week. Thing I had forgotten was the Heisman trophy finalists for 1997. Three of the four finalists that year? Peyton Manning, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson. That’s about as good as it will ever get in terms of future pro talent for that ceremony.

          • johnnywad

            Hell of group. Who was the fourth?

    • BearDown100393

      Jim Miller is usually spot on with his quarterback critiquing, positive or negative. Didn’t Elway want to discuss some of these points back in the Denver era?

      • huntinbare

        Wow this means he is a slow learner or god forbid STUBBORN

  • Briggs to IR. Done as a Bear.
    I know it’s en vogue to hate him right now, but I’m going to choose to remember him as the stud he was in his prime.
    It’s been a brutal last 2 years for Briggs and Tillman. Sad to see them go out this way. They both deserved better for all the years of great play (and Tillman for just being such a great man).

    As always, Father Time remains undefeated.

    • CanadaBear

      Last year Briggs was playing very well before he broke a bone in his shoulder. This year he has noticeably slowed down, not unlike Lach. I’m blown away how quickly Bears fans on this blog turned on Devin, Lach and Briggs. I’ve even heard guys on here diss Peanut. Almost all of it due to something they said to the media. Really? Years and years of great play thrown out the window because you didn’t like something they said? Crazy!

      • huntinbare

        He showed up when he could; put mileage on his frame; will feel it in the future…I respect those contributions. I can forgive everything except not being a great teammate. Do that and goodbye…and do not let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way out of Chicago

        • CanadaBear

          Thing is he was a great teammate. He’s not a leader for sure. He just wants to show up on game day and ball. And he did that for a long time.

          • huntinbare

            So true

          • he and Peppers were in the perfect situation here through 2012 because they just wanted to show up, do their jobs really well, and not have to be the guys responsible for the unit. Since Urlacher took care of that, they could just play at their borderline All-Pro levels and not worry about anything else.

            We saw it unravel for both of them pretty quickly after Urlacher left. Neither ever had being “the guy” in their DNA. that’s fine. They were still both great players.

      • BearDown100393

        Briggs did not look in shape at camp. Maybe he was still fighting injuries. Maybe his body was giving out on him. Maybe he just couldn’t keep up physically. Maybe it was just his time. Or maybe he checked out. Whatever the truth, this was a lost season for him. Career wise? He gave everything he had. Fans should have zero complaints.

      • DaMurph

        I’m guessing they were a little easier to turn on because they turned on us. A shit attitude will never pay dividends.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t know Murph. People persecuted Devin because he said he lost the fire. He still managed to do his job in the top 5 in the NFL so I’d say he was still trying. #54 said some stupid shit about the fans in the heat of the moment. Keep in mind he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Briggs was always bitching about money but who cares? It’s McCaskey’s money and he wasn’t over paid. People ragged on Peanut for saying the NFL is a business. Really? Oh well, different strokes.

          • DaMurph

            I mean the fans, Briggs made remarks about the fan base as did Urlacher. Devin said he was mailing it in, that’s enough to turn Chicago fans off.

    • huntinbare

      Lance got the most out of his body; I think Lovie asked a lot of that side of the ball during his time here. He used up his favorites; and Lance gave him and the fans everything he had. I salute him. His body won’t give him what his heart is asking.

    • Well, in my defense, I didn’t like Briggs since his hold-out. No, I don’t hate players for holding out. I get it. But the way he did rubbed me the wrong way. Never liked him since. Respect him, sure, but not like.

      Peanut is on the opposite end of that spectrum. Might be my fav Bear in past 10+ years.

      If we didn’t have a historically aweful run D last season, I don’t think they would have kept him. I know the organization is blind, but they couldn’t have been THAT ignorant that Briggs was a Lovie-ite and checked out like Pepp and Hester.

      I wanted to see more out of Jones, Greene, Bostic and Sharpton anyways.

      Injuries seems to be the only way the coaches hold players “accountable”

    • BerwynBomber

      Tillman might stick around as a position coach. Wouldn’t shock me.

      • CanadaBear

        I saw him in an interview this year and he didn’t sound like he wanted to coach. Too much of a family man. Gotta respect that!

    • Scharfinator

      Well put. They have both been quality contributors for a long time. Maybe we should have cut bait with them earlier, but it is hard to fault them for trying to hold on.

  • BerwynBomber

    I dig the fact that the Bears are very stringent about retiring numbers but would be nice if the team had a HoF for guys like Briggs and Tillman.

    • CanadaBear

      Bill and I are always talking about a ring of honor in Soldier Field. Both guys would be perfect for that.

      • BerwynBomber

        Actually I take that back. Looks they were “retire number happy” in the non-faceguard era. A total of fourteen numbers retired??? I had no idea.

        • CanadaBear

          Yeah, that’s why they had to stop the practice. Running out of numbers!

          • BerwynBomber

            LOL. Oh man. Btw, my list would be strict has hell. Luckman, Butkus and Payton. That’s it. That’s the list.

          • CanadaBear

            If you would have seen Sayers before he got hurt I’m pretty sure you’d include him. Some of those names mean nothing to us but they must have been lights out back then. Who knows?

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I know. He’s your guy. And I would say he and Lach are right there on the cut line.

            Well, they have Halas’s number retired. But I’m guessing that could be more like Ditka’s, which is to say more about honoring him as a coach (and owner) than a player, though Ditka was a heckuva TE.

          • CanadaBear

            Ditka could have been there just as a player. He was incredible. It was John Mackey and Ditka at TE and then everyone else. Gale was at least as good as Devin returning kicks/punts and was a shiftier version of Neal Anderson running the ball. Hampton and Dent were incredible players. I’m not as big on Samurai as a lot of guys but he was the captain of the best D I’ve ever seen.

            You know how this is. Where do you draw the line? We’re lucky to back a franchise with such a great history. Just wish the future was a little brighter.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair enough. Yeah, I’ve always been in the Singletary was a tad overrated camp if only because the level of talent surrounding him in the front seven, though I suppose one could say the same of Lambert at PIT back in the day.

          • CanadaBear

            Check out his punt return and kick return avg for his career. 14.5 and 30.6 per return. Plus 6 TD’s in one game. I’m pretty sure Bill was at that game. I was going nuts the entire game watching at home.

            http://www.nfl.com/player/galesayers/2524970/careerstats

          • BerwynBomber

            Ok, Sayers and Lach too. 😉

          • CanadaBear

            That made me laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • BillW

            No I was not unfortunately. Dad and uncle were and they were awestruck

          • Doc Hamstring

            You have to retire Halas’s number. And Red Grange was the shit. That guy made the NFL.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, true. And Nagurski too I suppose.

          • BillW

            Bears were sentimental when Willie Galimore died in a car accident and Brian Piccolo died of cancer. Two retired numbers there that few if any teams would do. Maybe wait 20 years to use it.

          • huntinbare

            unless they want to go with decimals…being the laughingstock of the packers sideline…how bad could it work out for us.

    • I would like for certain things to be named after players.
      Like “The Waddle Whopper” or “The Samurai Shake.”

  • Doc Hamstring

    1) Trestman has to go, but I don’t think the McCaskeys let Emery pull the trigger
    1a) So Tucker and other assistants fall on their swords.
    2) Emery has to cut bait on CD, unless the new DC switches to a 3-4

    • CanadaBear

      If we keep CD because we switched to a 3-4, he has to be the luckiest 1st rounder ever to stick around that long without showing anything.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Hey dreamers, Harbuagh ain’t coming here. Reports say his family loves the Bay area, so he’s a lock for Oakland. If he can convince them to leave SF/Oakland, he’s a lock for Michigan. Bears would be a distant 3rd.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yep, I think it’s more realistic to hope for the next Arians/McCoy of assistant coaches looking for their first HC gig.

    • Reports say EVERYONE loves the Bay Area!
      Yeah, I don’t think Harbs is going to Chi, or the Chin.

      Realistically I expect.

      1. Keeping Trestman and making others the fall guy, like Tucker.
      2. Hiring a nit-wit like Shanahan to “fix” Jay, part 5, this time, it’s personal.

      • tobijohn

        Unfortunately, I think you’re right. And again, we’re also back in the unenviable position of trying to find an OC who’ll work with a most likely lame duck HC. And from past experience, we all know that nobody decent wants that job. Nor should they…

        • CanadaBear

          I could see Herring or Pasqu?!#& taking the gig when they can Tucker. Do either one bring anything to the job? Who knows?

    • DaBearsBlog

      Who doesn’t love the Bay Area?

  • AlbertInTucson

    The folks who think Harbaugh is coming to Chicago are probably the same ones who thought this Bear team was going 12-4.

    • EnderWiggin

      Oops. I resemble that remark.

      • tobijohn

        Me too….

    • johnnywad

      A girl can dream

  • Things Bears should be theoretically rooting for from now on.
    1. Raiders keep winning, thus moving us a lil closer to the top pick. Also, that means they’re happy with Carr. One more possible QB available in the draft.
    2. Same with Titans. If they believe Mettenberger is worth another year, they might not be in the market for a QB (plus, again, move up draft)
    3. Bucs keep winning. They’re all but certain to go after a QB, but hey, we’ll see. Doubt the Eagles keep both Sanchez and Foles, and I can see Lovie trying to make another McCownish move. (RG3?)
    4. Same with a bunch of other sucky teams, like the Rams, Jets, NFCS.

    5. Player development. See my list below. Find out who’s can save us draft picks. Ego, Sutton, Vereen, Jones, Bostic, etc

    On a side note, some interesting QBs might be free next season.

    RG3? Seems like a mess.
    Bradford? Will the Rams finally move on?
    Locker? Titans have moved on. He intrigues me.
    Sanchize/Foles? We’ll see how this situation unfolds.
    Mallet? Spent all those years behind Bill and Brady. Osmosis?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Higher draft position. Hmmm. All I can think of is “With the 4th pick of the NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Cedric Benson, running back, Texas.”

      • All I could think of is a new QB or trade down for a ransom of picks and reload.

        But yes, I understand the sentiment. We lost that SB cuz of Benson and Lovie.

        • Scharfinator

          We lost for a lot of reasons – but I’d be hardpressed to say Benson wasn’t a contributing factor. What a bum.

          • CanadaBear

            Cedrunk has earned a special place in my Bears heart. Just a notch or two below the Cadester.

        • johnnywad

          And Al Afalava

  • AlbertInTucson

    Congratulations, Arizona Wildcats!

    You win the Pac 12 South by winning one of the most heated rivalry games there is against an ASU team that ALSO had the Pac 12 South title in IT’S reach while UCLA was gacking it up at home against Stanford.

    Maybe the Bears should take a look at UA coach, Rich Rodriguez, who took a football program that was a mess and made it a championship contender in only his 3rd season.

  • BillW

    Why I love Jeff’s last two articles. He takes a couple steps back to look at the whole picture and not any of the details

    Each game, each series, each play can be dissected. Which is what a coach of course must do. And I know many of the blog squad love doing it too.

    But as fans we have the luxury of seeing the whole. Jeff’s biggest statement in my opinion was saying simply Trestman has not made the Bears competitive against good teams. My summary is he simply does not have what it takes to effectively lead an NFL team. To get the players to see and believe in his vision.

    Ditka said to the players his first season that if they bought into his way they’d be in the Super Bowl in a few years. . They did and they were

    If Trestman said anything like that I would say the players no longer are buying in if they ever did. . And so the solution is intuitively obvious.

    Will management see it the same way? Probably not. They will cling to any small reason to justify their past mistakes (see Dinner, Chicken.) Emery fired a 10-6 coach but will keep one with worse records each year. And he’ll not see any inconsistency in that.

    It’s frustrating to me beyond words. We’re in for more of the same next year yet again. I will feel compelled internally to keep saying the same things. I’ll be tempted to annoyingly pat myself on the back and remind everyone I saw this coming at the end of 2013. (I guess I just did.) I’ll want them to win but I’ll know each victory makes it less likely that the needed change will happen.

    And so since I’m on this blog only to discuss the bears, and since I literally have nothing else to say, I’m going to leave until Trestman is gone. I’ll keep reading but not as often. I enjoy most of what’s on here and I mean no offense to anyone, but it’s time I find other ways to spend my time.

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