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Sun-Times Beat Reporter Adam Jahns & I Take Stock of the 2014 Bears Thru 5 Games [AUDIO]

| October 7th, 2014

Sun-Times Bears beat reporter Adam Jahns joins me to take a look at where the entire Bears organization stands five games into the season. We talk struggles on offense, Jared Allen’s inefficiency, Willie Young’s emergence, Kyle Fuller’s rookie campaign, the Brandon Marshall Conundrum and whether the league has simply caught up to Trestman’s system. This is, without question, the best summation of five games you’ll find anywhere.

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  • MB30SD

    konichiwa bitches (dave)?

    • Trac

      New material please. Hahaha.

      • MB30SD

        Ask and ye shall receive

        • Trac

          Lovie? Playoffs? Biltong?

          • MB30SD

            uuuummmm, nnnnnno.

            Not that sadly (for you. hee hee)

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    how about those Blackhawks ?

  • Sactowns#1

    This weekend is a big opportunity for the offense to get back on track. ATL has one of the NFL’s worst D’s, espescially against the run. Open up the running game and then get Bmarsh and unicorn involved. Lets get back on the goodfoot!!

  • Trac

    Who is Willie Young? For $1000.

  • Adam Jahns is full of pOop. The Garden is not a great place to watch hockey. The Chase Bridge is terrible – it blocks the scoreboard for 1/4 of the people in the arena. And the crowd is dead more often than not. They really took the spirit out of the building with the remodeling.

    • Trac

      Yes, they were both displaying some rather clumsy foreplay at the beginning there. He he.

    • MB30SD

      Um, who cares for $500 Alex?

      • that was funny. you’re a comedian. you should take your act on the road. i’d pay to see you. but i’d be pissed that i had to pay AND meet the 2 drink minimum. i mean, i’d get the two drinks regardless, but who the hell are you to tell me i HAVE to order them?

        • MB30SD

          don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the prime rib, I’ll be here all week.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    David Bass waived along with Isaiah Frey. Also, Al Louis Jean promoted to the 53 from the PS.

    • MB30SD

      ISAIAH FREY!?!?!? Say it ain… oh wait, it’s isaiah Frey. Good riddance. Kid sucked.

      yonny is going to be sad about bass I think.

      His two days post-game hiatus should be up by now, no?

      • Shady

        He just forced a fumble! I don’t get it…

        http://imgur.com/oWfirrd

        • CanadaBear

          I thought that was the only game where he showed up. Everybody (other than Dave) rips Conte but that lick he put on Benjamin (which knocked out Conte) had a lot to do with that fumble. That and Benjamin was pretty ineffective the rest of the game. I know Fuller deserves most of the credit but that Conte lick was a dandy.

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha… do you have a link to the vid? I didn’t see it

          • CanadaBear

            Couldn’t find one. He laid the initial lick on Benjamin. Hit him square in the chest at pretty much full speed. Benjamin staggered around and at least 3 guys were all over him while he staggered around. As he was going down, Frey stripped the ball out. Good play by Frey but it was all set up by Conte’s hit. Of course, Conte knocked himself out on the play.

          • BillW

            Doug Plank without the talent.

  • Peanut FTW

    Sooooo frustrated.
    I posted this earlier on what is now 2 topics old so it is a bit of a repeat.This group of Bears defense, save Fuller and Young is gutless, and that it is hard to watch. Watching the Offense be unable to score 20 points to get a win while the defense was great was a bit easier to stomach because at least our defense played with passion. Our offensive players tried back then, they just sucked at football.
    Jared Allen and Lance Briggs are HoF hopefuls, Houston and Young are amazing FAs in their prime and yet this Defense goes out there and puts in a pedestrian performance against the run, generates what 2 sacks in the last 2 games and allows the opposition to march down the field at will. Specials are even worse, godawful really.
    But even with a bad game or two, even with the media turned against you, a team can flip the switch; I saw this on Sunday when the Patriots graded the Bengals into the turf like so much dirt on the bottom of their shoes. But the Patriots have something that I don’t think we have. Not talking Brady or Belichick, they have heart. They decided that no matter who took that field on Sunday, the Pats were going to dismantle them. It is gut-check time for these Bears and I am afraid to see the results.

    • SC Dave

      Frustration and disappointment. Our lot of late it seems. Nothing about five wins in a row can’t fix

    • BerwynBomber

      Huh? The D put in a decent effort on Sunday. Only 24 points were on their watch, and of those points, 10 came off short fields on account of the offense’s turnovers. Moreover, the D provided the O three TOs themselves, one of which gave our O the ball in the opponent’s red zone. I realize the D is the weaker of the two units but exactly what did you expect or were you looking for this year? Everyone knew that the O would have to carry the team and they have yet to score 30 in a single game. Sorry, but can’t put the past Sunday on the D.

  • BillW

    Just read Jeff’s tweet about Tillman (I assume Peanut) saying some fans take the game too seriously. I hope he’s coming from the perspective of his daughter’s health scare.

    I’ve often said that players don’t understand fans. And I also check myself regularly to be sure I don’t let Bears frustration enter into my “real life”. That’s where this board helps to be honest.

    I looked it up and found that since 1963 the Bears have had back to back winning seasons only once with a coach other than Ditka (Lovie). And I don’t think any serious Bear fan would want him back. Tillman and other Bears should at least try to understand that. We care – we spend time and money – we even buy products advertised on the games (even if we’re not conscious of the connection, it’s probably there for some product for most of us.)

    Fan is short for fanatic. But we all have to admit it’s weird to care about something we have nothing to do with. A win is no reflection on OUR skills or abilities, and neither is a loss.

    But as Jeff says, who would come out in foul weather to watch a game where they don’t care about the team? The Bear players need to get that.

    Oddly enough, I seem to remember this issue happening toward the end of 1984. Don’t ask me why I remember that other than a bar conversation where I opined the same thing – it’s weird to care about something I have nothing to do with.

    Maybe the players are simply getting defensive – and that it may be a step to realizing they really AREN’T playing to their potential.

    • SC Dave

      They should remember who pays their salaries. That being said, I’ve yet to boo the Bears at a game.

      • Scharfinator

        I had this thought too. I love Tillman and what he has done, but ultimately, he makes millions of dollars off of revenues from the fans. Maybe we’re entitled to care?

        • CanadaBear

          Here’s the interview (watch the vid along with the article). Judge for yourself. I’ve read a few times here that people don’t like Tillman talking about the biz side of the game. Everything I’ve ever read or watched from Peanut, he was 100% correct. As fans we might not like hearing the truth but it’s still the truth. Kinda like how many people dislike Gale Sayers for being outspoken. He might be a crabby old bastard but he’s usually telling an unpleasant truth.

          http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/bears-charles-tillmans-message-fans-you-dont-want-truth

    • BillW

      Oh crap – I’m wrong. They did it under Wanny too (two 9-7 seasons), OK – let’s say they’ve only had one back to back playoff appearances with a coach other than Ditka.

  • SC Dave

    I did find Jahn’s comments on Trestman spending more time with the defensive players more interesting, although most of the other shit he said did not impress.

    • EnderWiggin

      I wonder if this is leading to the offensive woes…

      • SC Dave

        Possibly… I think more money has been bet on Kromer by the org.

        Let’s hope it pays – after all, there is a LOT of season left.

  • SC Dave
    • EnderWiggin

      Yeah, them youngins’ showing promise.

  • MB30SD

    you guys see this we brought in trinity holliday to return: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-trindon-holliday-tryout-20141007-story.html

    What happened to williams? Did he do anything at all?

    Seems to me like it’s not the returner who needs to be replaced, but the coach.

    • CanadaBear

      No.

    • SC Dave

      DeCamelis has, a word, been retarded. Wait, that’s two words. One more tban he deserves.

      • CanadaBear

        If PE gave him decent players to work with I’d be more pissed at the Camel. We got rid of all our ST’s stalwarts this offseason. The only carry over was McManis and he’s on the shelf.

        • Scharfinator

          I disagree. The lack of discipline on ST is purely from coaching. Regardless of talent, you can coach your players not to give up on the play or commit stupid penalties.

          • MB30SD

            Theece

          • Shady

            As much as I dislike DaCamel, he shouldn’t have to tell players at this level remedial shit like not tackling the returner before he has the ball or running offsides before the kickoff.

          • MB30SD

            most of these guys are lucky to have IQs above fucking room temp maing.

          • CanadaBear

            If the refs weren’t completely insane this year I’d be inclined to agree with you. I’m not sure what’s going on with the game broadcasts. I suspect it’s all greed related but with all the extra commercials, I see very few replays of ST’s penalties. It’s hard to take the refs at their word so far this season. Not sure even Toub could have stopped Teddy Williams from steam rolling the returner.

    • johnnywad

      At least they continue to try to find a guy. I don’t remember JA ever continuing to turn over stones looking for better players after the season started. I could be wrong, but it seems like the current regime is always looking.

  • CanadaBear

    From what I saw Sunday we were disorganized on O numerous times. Cutler was hurrying trying to get guys lined up Trest had to call time out once. They just strike me as terribly undisciplined at times. Both signs of lousy coaching. Once Kuechly started shadowing Matt and their DL took over, Trest had no answer. It was like the Fudgie game except on O. Nothing was working in the second half and they didn’t change anything. Not impressed. The Panthers were begging us to put them out of their misery and we kept throwing them a lifeline. I’m all in every year and I’m not going anywhere but I pretty much came to grips that Cutler was a mediocre QB after the Buffalo game and Trest was a mediocre HC after the Fudgie game. Still hoping like hell we get it together but I’m not expecting it. Maybe this is the low water mark for this group and we go off next week. I’m pretty much not expecting anything other than mediocrity as long as Trest and Cutler are here. Not all that crazy about PE either. I do like George over Mikey at the top (how’s that for ending with a positive msg?).

    • SC Dave

      The crowd was not in the game at all until the 4th quarter, other than that fiasco on the punt return and the block on Briggs by Cam.

      Had the O finished the drive to go up 28-7 in the first half, I think the Bears would have won by 30.

    • MB30SD

      yeeesh!

      • CanadaBear

        I liked the guy riding the moose.

        I’m not going to go on rants about Cutler, the coaching staff or PE. I’m also not buying into any of them until I see some positive results. Still hoping and will watch all the games just not expecting much.

  • BillW

    Slow day on the board. I guess it’s all been said. Not sure they signed that returner. Just brought him in for a tryout. He’s 5-5. A former jockey at Arlington. Played pee wee football until they found out his birth certificate was forged. Failed an audition for the Wizard of Oz remake so he turned to the NFL.

    I’m on my way home after teaching with a stop at the train station bar first. I read Rosrnbloom and I am afraid we may be twins separated at birth.

    I love the Bears. I really do.

    • CanadaBear

      Bill for god’s sake don’t ever repeat that last sentence in the second to last paragraph.

      • BillW

        I thought of posting something similar to the points I think he was trying to make. That is besides the consistent point that he’s an asshole and proud of it.

        It sucks that I agree with a lot of what he says but not the way he says it.

        Has Trestman hit a wall already?

        • BillW

          At least if I AM an asshole I’m not proud of it. . So I’ve got that going for me. . Which is nice.

    • GPLDAN

      I read Rosrnbloom and I am afraid we may be twins separated at birth.

      Crikey, that’s as fucked as Caligula’s favorite watermelon.

  • Just re-watched (most of) the game on All 22 (until Game Rewind absolutely refused to work).

    The entire O game plan was completely altered by Bushrod being out. Way more extra blockers than usual (although it’s tough to call Bennett a blocker when he doesn’t even try to hit anybody multiple times). Lots of short routes, with very little chance to go deep. Entirely designed to protect the OL by getting the ball out quickly.

    And we saw in the last drive why Trestman was doing that. Forced to go to more of a vertical attack by game situation, and Cutler got freaking killed.

    • MB30SD

      wait wait… so so so… you mean the bell hasn’t tolled for the entire Bears organization and every single person in it?!??!

      : |

      • Shady
        • MB30SD

          Hahahaha… finally some good marketing.

          • Shady

            Clever girl.

            http://i.imgur.com/fOg8nHO.gif

            omfgn why would anyone keep that thing as a pet?

          • MB30SD

            beautiful creature, but yeah, not a pet.

          • CanadaBear

            Stripper perhaps? Not a fan of snakes. Give me the heebee-jeebees.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahahaha

    • NewBearInTown

      The thought did occur to a few folks on the blog that we don’t have a great option at left tackle if we lose Bushrod. Mills was a good not great right tackle last year, and he’s injured. Bushrod was paid big money to be an anchor for this line. With him hurt, there was a definite crack in the armor.

      Here’s the thing. Jeff thinks we need one more offense to rebuild the defense. And if we finish poorly this season and get a top 10 draft pick, it will be a great argument deciding between a top pass rusher and a top safety. But if we can get another NFL level left tackle to play the right side and move over when Bushrod is injured… its hard to say no to that.

      • MB30SD

        NB, i had the kids this weekend. I made it to 1:00. Couldn’t go longer, I was feeling dizzy and weak. I have a very fast metabolism. I’m sorry.

        • Shady

          You poor thing. I’m sure He will understand.

          • MB30SD

            Can’t drive my kids around feeling like that maing.

            who?

          • Shady

            Oh…. You know who.

          • MB30SD

            jeeeebus. hahahaha

        • NewBearInTown

          Dude I’m not a policeman.

          There’s actually an interesting discussion in Jewish law about keeping the Sabbath. If a person breaks the Sabbath at 1:00 in the afternoon, is he done or should he start keeping it again? This was originally discussed because sometimes there are legitimate reasons to break the Sabbath (medical emergencies, child birth, etc.) and sometimes accidents happen. So the rule is, essentially, every second that you spend keeping the Sabbath is a good thing. If you miss an hour, you’re still doing something good. And if you mess up or cave in or whatever, you can get back on the horse.

          So the fasting from sundown till 1:00 PM isn’t worth nothing by any stretch. And if you got back on the horse afterwards and delayed snacks or dinner… that’s great too. But you still owe the Big Guy a favor.

          So here’s my suggestion. Sukkos (starts this Thursday) is a much more fun, much less serious holiday. And there is a “make up” day next week Wednesday called Hoshanah Rabba that is also a part of the “season of forgiveness” so to speak. You have my email. You email me that you’re in and I will make arrangements for you to do something very fun this Sukkos that will be your penance for Yom Kippur.

          But I warn you, it will probably involve drinking alcohol. And if you wait till next week, it might involve getting absolutely plastered.

          • MB30SD

            Oh jesus (see how I, never mind)

            I wasn’t thinking you were the holiday police, it was more about me feeling guilty.

            Fine, I’ll hit you up. sigh.

            Btw, I remember sukkot being a grass hut with candy hanging all over it… was I crazy as a child?

          • Shady

            If by candy you mean fruits, vegetables, etrogs and lulavs. Not sure how a kid could confuse candy with etrog. But knowing you, it all makes perfect sense.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… halva, and some israeli candies maings.

          • Shady

            I hope you’re not planning on handing out raisins on Halloween.

          • MB30SD

            apples, carrot and celery sticks.

            That’s good right? Erra kid loves apples?

          • NewBearInTown

            Actually, some people do hang candy in their sukkah. Its awesome.
            Sukkah hops, particularly for young girls in the neighborhood, are a staple of the season. And much candy is consumed in the process.

          • MB30SD

            SEE!

            Shady, your punishment is to show up online tonight and NOT use any radar.

          • Trac

            I have a question for you NB and this is in all humility and with respect to your beliefs. If you chose not to answer then no offense taken.

            Here goes: Josephs brothers sold him into captivity, the People rejected Moses and worshiped idols while in the wilderness, the religious leaders of the day rejected Jesus and forced Pilot to crucify Jesus after Pilot was determined to let him go. In the Old Testament, it is written in many places that the Jews had rejected God..

            What is it about Jesus’s ministry that offends Jews so much since he fulfilled so many Old Testament Prophecies and His writings and teachings continue to offend when there is nothing he did or said that break with scripture?

          • NewBearInTown

            So a little bit too much to cover in the middle of a conversation about how the Bears not having a left tackle hurts their vertical game. But here goes…
            Yes, Joseph’s brothers sold him into captivity, but they ultimately atoned for that. In fact Joseph specifically forgives them and tells them it was “all part of the plan.” And even if that section wasn’t there and the brothers were wicked, who cares? G-d made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and then re-committed to that promise when the Jews were at Mount Sinai well after the brothers did their deed.
            Yes, the Jews rebelled, not once, but many times in the desert. And if you’re rebelling in the desert when there are literally open miracles happening daily (mannah from heaven, clouds of glory descending on the tabernacle, witnessing the ten plagues and the giving of the tablets, etc.), that doesn’t leave much hope for us modern day folks. But thanks to Moses’s prayers, G-d forgives the Jews, over and over again. There is a lengthy discussion in Deuteronomy where Moses tells the Jews that they will sin in the future, and that they would be punished, but that G-d would ultimately forgive them. All they had to do was remember the covenant He made with them and He would do the same.
            I don’t subscribe to the veracity of the your bible. Even your translations are not always accurate as I have posted in the past. But the Jews were right to reject jesus; he was a false prophet who told the Jews to reject the Torah in favor of some other set of practices. For that, he was liable for death. But it was not the Jews of the day (who 2000 years later are still accused of having way more political influence than they really do) who killed him, you guys say and we don’t disagree that it was the Romans.
            But the lynch pin to everything is the last part of your post. Its just not true. He did not fulfill the “Old Testament Prophecies,” and even if he did, there is a specific law to kill a prophet that tells the Jews reject the Torah even if he is successful in doing miracles and predicting the future.
            His writings and teaching don’t “offend,” they’re just wrong. I’m not offended by his stuff any more than I am offended by the Dalai Lama, who has a lot of Jewish followers and teaches a lifestyle that is absolutely not true to the Torah.
            But there is plenty that he did and said that breaks with scripture. In fact, setting aside the fact that many of them are not Jewish and therefore not the target of the Torah in the first place, modern day xians of all stripes do not keep the Sabbath properly, do not keep kosher, do not put on tefillin, do not practice the marital purity laws, and the list goes on. And more importantly – since this prohibition applies to Jew and gentile alike – they don’t believe in one G-d. They believe in a trinity, which has different flavors according to Mormons, catholics, Baptists, Methodists, etc. But as far as I am aware, there is not one version of the trinity that does not transgress the prohibition of idolatry as it relates to Jews.
            But with all of that said. I am not offended by the religion. I am only offended by efforts by certain organizations (and I am not accusing you of anything here) to trick uneducated Jews into thinking they are practicing “true” Judaism with a little new testament mixed in, when the reality is that they are telling Jews to reject the religion of their forefathers and go serve some other faith.

          • MB30SD

            There you have it trac… we, and not you, have the get out of jail free card when the time comes. ; )

            NB, will reply to your email today. Thanks for thinking of me. Oh, and what the hell were you doing up so late?!

          • NewBearInTown

            Appellate brief.

          • MB30SD

            uhhhggg… lovely. better you than me my man. Hahaha

          • NewBearInTown

            MB, I have emailed you the digits of a guy in your time zone who will hook you up. If you want to email me your number, I’ll have him call you. He’s good people. Bring your daughters, you will have a lot of fun

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Excellent reply. Let me say that I respect the Jewish Faith and I have several Jewish friends and I’m not trying to get dragged down into a religious debate by any means just want to point out a few things from a Christian perspective.

            Per your reply you are saying the whole rejection of Jesus being the Messiah by the Jews was that he was a “false prophet” and called upon his followers to reject the Torah. I would like to point out that if you believe in your faith and believe the miracles that are stated in the Torah aka the destruction of Sodom, the plagues of Egypt, the wall of Jericho, etc. which all came forth through the power of God and as a Christian I also believe, then believing in the Miracles of Jesus in not hard to do.

            Christians believe in the Miracles stated in the New Testament, the Water to wine, the multiple healings, the raising of Lazarus, and the Resurrection, etc. performed by Jesus. The last, proving once in for all he is the Messiah. Now, if we can believe in the first miracles stated in the Torah as “real” then it’s not to hard to consider the Jesus miracles as also “real”.

            My point is IF they were than Jesus was not a “false prophet”, he could not channel the powers of God if he was false..God would not allow this. I was brought up Catholic in Catholic schools and also have read many scriptures from the Christian Bible and Torah on my own over the years, I’m not a minister by any stretch or a theologian. But I don’t recall Jesus ever saying to totally abandon the Torah out right as a whole or Throwing away the 10 Commandments. The only rejection in the New Testament I can recall was the “Eye for and Eye” idea where Jesus preached mercy in lieu of vengeance.

            He did Add 2 commandments but didn’t throw away the other 10. Hence why Jesus’ teachings are called the “New” Testament. Furthermore, if Jesus was indeed the Messiah then He would have the right to change whatever he wished of God’s existing laws since he would indeed have the direct authority to do so. Jesus was killed by the Romans but for 2 main reasons, he was a “rebel” which in Roman eyes was a threat and deserved harsh penalty but more so He was a direct threat to the power of the Sanhedrin.

            How can a false prophet be such a threat unless He was indeed performing miracles and indeed swaying the people to a new belief system? There were indeed false prophets before Jesus and they vanished into the dust of history, What made Jesus different? The teachings of Jesus has changed the face of the entire world. That kind of change cannot be produced without the power of God. The Sanhedrin needed him out of the picture and silenced. They stoked the fires under Roman Authority to get it done and to silence Him forever. They succeeded in having him killed but in regards to the “silencing Him”…In that they failed. Had He been a false prophet I doubt we would even know his name.

          • NewBearInTown

            1. Nothing happens without G-d’s say so. Moses doesn’t exist without him. Hitler doesn’t exist without him. Nothing happens in this world without G-d allowing it. The classic example in the Bible is Bilaam – G-d thwarted him when he tried to curse the Jews, but he had lived a long life of working miracles before that despite being a truly evil, hateful man.

            2. Bottom line. There is no religion that isn’t based to some extent on faith. But if you want to take my book and say it supports your guy, we can both agree to look at the words on the page.

            3. You are incorrect. Jesus abolished keeping kosher (and the laws of purity and impurity in general), abolished sacrifices, etc. And adding two commandments is specifically prohibited twice in scripture right along with removing them.

            4. I did a project in school where we had to list the most influential people of the last 1000 years. It was astonishing how many of the top 100 (Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin, various European rulers) were warlords and murderers. It is often the best of us that history remembers and the worst of us that history forgets.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Keeping both our Faiths in mind…Perhaps God is so Great that in the “end”. We both will get what we are waiting for…My Messiah, the lamb returning as the Lion and your Messiah, the mighty man, the man of war. Perhaps both are One. Perhaps neither of us are “wrong”. Time will tell but I’d like to think that if God is truly God then he will know our hearts and judge us accordingly.

          • Trac

            Thanks For taking the time NB. Can I ask for 1 response to your comments from my position and the I would welcome you to have the final say regarding my comments?

          • Trac

            Let me say this. I’m not going respond to you NB because I wanted to get your permission to avoid a long drawn out debate amongst an audience not interested in this matter and I wish I had your email to discuss doctrine, I’d be perfectly willing to limit our conversation to the Old Testament and Historical evidence alone. There are some things that you have said that I disagree with you on that even your scriptures address. As you know there have always been false teachers and false religions. I have noticed that few people are willing to debate their faith which is unfortunate but I understand why, due to a variety of reasons. Like you, I reject false doctrine and error and maybe one day we can discuss the Old Testament in a manner that provokes honest and thoughtful dialogue without any vitriol. Looking at our faiths from even a practical perspective, there is much to talk about. In my opinion, there is no greater friend to Israel than the Christian faith when practiced in truth and in spirit without the bad doctrine and I reject any organization that does not adhere to the simple truths of Christs teachings within my own faith. I make no apologies for being a follower of Jesus Christ who I believe was the only begotten Son of God based on his teachings, fulfillment of Prophecy, Historical evidence and the Old Testament Scriptures and I welcome further discussions of our faiths.

            My email is dbitkus@yahoo.com.

        • Trac

          Fasting, for real? Do tell?

    • bearsfantillend

      that doesn’t show much creativity with play calls then. there are other ways to buy time for QBs, what about a designed roll out?

      • BillW

        Yes – this issue of “they’re on to us” is very disturbing to me. What does that imply?

        Trestman is a one trick pony? I think it’s clear he has no defensive skills and we by and large don’t think much of Tucker. But you’d think someone would ask – how would WE stop this offense? And how do we adjust.

        Every team has video on every team. That doesn’t seem to stop other offenses. Why the Bears?

        My take is that this really isn’t, or shouldn’t be – an issue at all. It’s rationalization for their failures. And that is disturbing.

        • johnnywad

          He’s designed some of the most creative plays I’ve seen just this season. He’s not a one trick pony

          • BillW

            Of course not; that’s my point. Saying that the league has a years worth of video as a reason why the offense is not up to standards is insulting to Trestman.

            The whole “they have a year of video” is an absurd issue to even bring up. That’s my point. It’s an excuse that has no foundation.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Blog Question.

    I know it’s 2014, but is it out of line for a husband, who has to be gone for work 10 hours a day, to expect dinner when he gets home at 6 at least MOST of the time? And is it wrong for a husband, who has been gone for work 10 hours a day, to expect to have clean underwear, undershirts, socks, and the like at least MOST of the time? Keep in mind, the hypothetical wife in this situation does not, nor has not had to work a day in their 8 year marriage?

    Is hypothetical husband out of line if said situation occurs with such regularity that husband gets angry at hypothetical wife because no matter how many times he pleads with her, said situation continues to occur?

    No reason. Just askin’.

    • CanadaBear

      Hypothetically could said wife be clinically depressed? My Beloved Bride has depression issues (it seems like a lot of married women do) and when she’s struggling with it, almost everything comes to a standstill.

      • Scharfinator

        This. Assuming that the hypothetical wife did all this early on, what has changed? If it’s nothing external or visible, it must be internal.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Hypothetically? This has been an issue for the entirety of hypothetical marriage with only occasional periods where things get done.

          • Scharfinator

            Well shit man, looks like that’s what was hypothetically signed up for.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            What about what she signed up for?

          • Scharfinator

            If she knew that you expected what you’re talking about now, then yeah, she definitely should acknowledge that too.

          • MB30SD

            let me read what you just wrote back to you Scharf…

            “a woman should acknowledge when she’s wrong”

            Hahahahaha

          • SC Dave

            It *is* possible, MB. You *have* to believe. Have faith, brother!

          • MB30SD

            I’ve just never seen it myself dave… and I have a lot of now divorced friends.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Hypothetically? Yes, but she takes meds for it and is generally one of the happiest most upbeat person in the neighborhood. If a friend needs something, she’s all over it. If her husband needs something, there’s always a reason why shit didn’t get done.

        • CanadaBear

          Complicated for sure. Not sure about your Honey Bunny but mine takes meds and some days are pretty good, some days she’s kinda out of it and other days are very dark. I just try to be there for her but it’s crazy frustrating.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            She gets as much done on a good day as a bad day. Not very much. Hypothetically.

          • CanadaBear

            Wow. Pisser for sure. Have you tried counselling? Not a big fan but it might help. My Beloved Bride made me go until the counsellor started pointing out some of her faults. Never had to go again.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… 60% of the time, works… erra time.

            Counseling is utter bullshit. My ex was a fucking marriage and family therapist and is a fucking lunatic (hypothetically). The reason those clowns get into the biz is more often than not, because their upbringing and family life was utter shit and they vowed to ‘make a difference’, but in reality they have no actually experience being in healthy relationships and everything they preach comes from books.

            Also, they’re taught not to blame anyone, but just try to mediate it to a solution… so there’s never any much needed, “no, you ARE wrong. You’re acting like an (asshole, child, princess, idiot, etc…) and you need to stop that because XY and Z IS actually all just your fault.” It’s kind of infuriating.

            Hypothetically of course, and I have no real personal feeling on the matter.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            A friend of mine knew a marriage counselor. The marriage counselor told him that something like (don’t remember exactly what he said) 75% of all couples who attend counseling end in divorce. The counseling makes them say things about each other that causes too much hurt to recover from.

          • MB30SD

            yes. stay away from that shit.

            We did it cause she obviously believed in it. One guy actually told me to tell her which movie stars and famous women I was attracted to and fantasized about (‘in a totally non-judgemental and free zone’)… she’s not a person who liked that (ie., very very jealous).

            I was like, dude are you fucking kidding me?!!?!? I would NEVER live that down.

            Fucking quacks. Yeah, don’t do it.

          • Cormonster

            Did you go see a psychiatrist or psychologist? Big difference in my opinion. A couple friends are married to or dating psychologists / therapists, and both are certifiable lunatic cunts. My sister is a doctor in a couple fields, but prefers to do psychiatry and teach. In most cases I think you get better professional advise from psychiatrists. Or friends you trust and bartenders.

          • MB30SD

            totally agree corm. she, and the people we saw were of the lunatic cunt variety.

            The best medical doctors (psychiatrists) mostly do prefer the lab/teaching/medical path from what I’ve learnt being around the profession for 10+ years (through my ex). Any dipshit can be a shrink, it takes a much smarter more discipline type to go the other route in my estimation.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            …the lunatic cunt variety?!? Priceless. redundant but priceless.

          • Cormonster

            My sister gets totally pissed off when psychologists call themselves doctors. Most have a Masters, not a doctorate degree, and can not prescribe medicine. ,Big difference. My sister works at a VA hospital (by choice), mainly dealing with depression, PTSD, and drug and alcohol abuse of former military veterans. It’s a tough job, but she’s a tough woman. I give her a lot of credit for that. And she’s really cool.

          • BillW

            Counselling only works when both parties really want to find a way to make their marriage work. But it’s a cash cow for the counselor too. Especially in a long marriage – there is so much stuff that comes up you could go on and on forever. And as some have said, stuff can come up that was buried or forgotten or maybe never brought up before and cause more issues.

            Without getting personal here – I have seen it work. But it’s also true that in many cases – maybe all of the 75% you mention – one party only went to show “due dilligence” – so that when they divorce he or she can say “yes, we tried counseling.”

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            fair.

          • GPLDAN

            Here’s my therapy story –

            With my current GF, when I was coming off my divorce in 2006, the first few years were lean. Divorce is very expensive.

            So I started seeing her at Christmas of 2007, and in 2009 in January – a year and a month in – she wanted to go to Bermuda for her birthday and have a big bash. I couldn’t go. I needed to take care of the kids, my ex was having issues, and I just couldn’t go.

            So she gathered some friends from college, two women and a guy, and they all went. I mentioned that we could have a party or something, and I took her to the Keys for a few days, that’s all I could do.

            She did that, and went anyway. I didn’t really know the relationship with this guy and her and I didn’t ask. When she got back, I broke up with her.

            So we went to see a counselor and I said, “look, I’m right here. Imagine if I were the woman and she was the man, and I was divorced and needed to take care of the kids and made some concession to making her birthday as nice as possible, but I could only do what I could do, and it was a man and he took off to Bermuda, possibly with a old college flame. he would be booed off Jerry Springer’s stage.”

            The therapist sided with my girlfriend. So… I dumped the therapist and accused her of being more loyal to the feminist cult than making an objective call. I got a little Malcom Tucker on it. I may have insinuated she was a cunt.

            So I left. Broke up. My girlfriend since then has come back, and we don’t discuss this, but it has stuck in my craw for a long time, and even today I haven’t let it go. If she does it again I’m having hookers over to our place, end of discussion. I think she knows that now.

            But i think therapists are twats.

          • MB30SD

            100% GP. I would totally still feel the same way. My god chicks suck at that stuff.

            They’re just flawed people too. They hook up with clients, do drugs, have mental issues, side with the person they like more, etc…

            It’s fucking useless and can destroy, not fix, your relationship.

            The bottom line doc, is that you already know in your heart if it’s salvageable and whether you feel it’s worth it to say and do what you gotta do to keep your fam in tact. (hypothetically)

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            If I’m being honest with myself. If it weren’t for the kids and money, I probably would have ended it long ago. Matter of fact, the day we found out we were pregnant with our first, we got in a big fight, broke up and got back together. She told me about an hour later (at 2AM after said fight and make-up sex) that she was pregs. Before I found out, I had already convinced myself that, make up or not, this relationship wasn’t going to last.

          • MB30SD

            yeah. well, there it is. To be blunt. You gotta be happy my brother. I know you hear all my stories and see all my pics, but you know me and how I am. I have a blast and it’s a ton of fun, but I also miss my kids most of the week and miss having a nuclear family for them. I def don’t miss the ex and all the shit that came with her, she’s a good person, just not good for me. I expect you’re in a similar boat, cept the issues are verra different.

            That said, you gots to be happy my maings. You only go round once. Like I said, I’m here to talk about anything you want. text or call anytime. I’m here for you maings.

          • Jokey

            Holy shit is all I can say after reading that. How long ago was this?

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Oh I don’t know. About a decade.

          • CanadaBear

            Here’s mine. First week I don’t want to be there but … Lot of tears from my Beloved, by the end of the hour, I’m below contempt. Next week fewer tears and maybe I’m not the biggest asshole on the planet. Third week, counsellor points out to my Beloved that she doesn’t listen to anything I say. Is always prepping her next diatribe instead of listening. Week four, there is no week four!

          • SC Dave

            Maybe it’s a conversation you should have with her. Or maybe not.

            I believe we men internalize things, and deal with them. I believe women don’t understand that. And that is why their friends know EVERYTHING about you.

            Or so goes my theory. But really, I don’t know shit.

          • MB30SD

            none of us do when it comes to weemangses.

          • SC Dave

            I’ll buy that, but w.r.t me, I was speaking more generally. And you have my permission to quote me on that. If there is anything I’m certain of, it is that I will leave you ample opportunities to do just that.

          • SC Dave

            When I went to counseling after Laurie died, it really was of no value to me, unfortunately.

          • MB30SD

            that’s diff dave. I believe in that. Just you having someone totally impartial to listen to your thoughts.

            That said, nothing was going to help with that. Sorry again maings. Can’t imagine.

          • SC Dave

            I know. And I honestly believe there are many aspects of the “death do us part” thing that are *easier* than other ways that relationships end.

            I can retain the belief (the *truth* of which I will of course never actually know) that she and I would have stayed right, or at least close enough to right.

            There is, sincerely, comfort derived from that.

          • MB30SD

            It sounds like it would have my man, it really and truly does. And that’s beautiful, and much more than most people will ever have. Nice to have that.

          • MB30SD

            you’re a good man canada.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      How many kids?

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Hypothetically? One kid at home, two kids in school all day.

    • BillW

      It depends on the wife’s answer to your requests. That is, does SHE see it as unreasonable requests? (I don’t think they are in the situation you describe, and obviously you don’t, but does she?)

      If so, then there is something else going on – as CB says. If she does agree it’s reasonable to expect that given this hypothetical couples situation – but does not anyway – then it may be passive aggression for some underlying cause.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Hypothetically? She does not see it as unreasonable. Let’s just say that she loves to talk on the phone, gossip with neighbors, and allows her good intentions to be derailed like a leaf in a breeze.

        • Trac

          This is correctable and be sure not to violate the rule of thumb law Doc. Just kidding my man. Seriously though this is normally due to expections needing to become more practical but it always takes two to tango.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I don’t follow the rule of thumb comment.

            Would it be acceptable if despite her expectations that I work and bring home the bacon, that I just slack off and get fired?

          • Trac

            If a husband loves his wife and a wife respects her husband then a marriage has a chance. Sometimes we have to find ways to let them know we love them even when it hurts.

          • MB30SD

            are you a therapist in your spare time?

            Hahahahaha!

            Give the man some practical advice my saffa brother! the good doctor and I do not prescribe to the concepts of faith that a greater presence will automagically help us out of our worldly prediciminks.

          • Trac

            It’s very practical. You can’t bargain with a women, you’ve got to win her heart my man.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Well, apparently I haven’t done that. At this point, I know not how.

          • Trac

            Women have to respect their husbands. Normally it’s a combination of fire and ice that motivates them.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha… trac. Beat her, then buy her flowers?! Is that what you mean?

            Old test sytle?

          • Trac

            Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            bad! no trac, NO!

          • GPLDAN

            bad dog.

          • Trac

            Actually what I mean is that begging and pleading has no effect. Let them fear at times. They’re always testing us maing. Just to see our reaction. Once in a while you’ve got to let em know that you have a line you’re willing to cross.

            See MB, you squeezed a pearl out. I know you knew I could do it. Hahaha.

          • MB30SD

            I still don’t know if you mean walking aways for a bit, or picking up a chair and smashing it over her head.

            Either way, I’ve never hit a woman in my life. I ALWAYS walk away. If a woman gets you to the point where you want to raise your hand… more than one very out of character time. you should just walk away from the whole thing anyway, cause it ain’t gonna werk yo.

            Knowwhati’msayin’?

          • Trac

            GP gave a rather tasteless but effective example.

          • GPLDAN

            You know me Trac. Tasteless heathen.

          • Trac

            That was meant to be homage to your brilliance GP. Don’t always be so down on yourself maing.

          • Scharfinator

            Might be the smartest thing I’ve seen you write on here. I don’t mean that as a slight.

          • MB30SD

            again… what does that mean. If bringin home de bakon, breakin necks and cashin checks ain’t winning hearts….

            I. Jus. Doe. No.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Hilarity.

        • BillW

          Not to make light of the situation, but ever see Mr. Mom? Michael Keaton basically got paralyzed with the depression of not having adult contact during the day. Three kids – never worked during that time – maybe it’s gotten to her so bad she doesn’t see any urgency. Every day is the same as the one before and the only escape is the phone, gossip, etc that is a sort of “drug” to numb the “pain” of feeling useless.

          Plus you work 10 hours as you say – so you’re not home to relive that stress. And it CAN BE mentally stressful – even if it seems easy. There may be some passive aggression going on – you’re out in the world getting professional fulfillment while she’s stuck at home.

          I’m no therapist so these are just random thoughts that may be totally irrelevant.

          • Sactowns#1

            Is retirement getting to you Bill?

          • BillW

            Probably won’t see this but I am far from retired. Day job of 45 to 50 hours a week and teaching two nights a week – 40 students each class

          • Sactowns#1

            I see all Bill.

          • MB30SD

            that shit was funny. your best day in a while today. rare form

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Net Net fellas. This hypothetical husband is tired of working every day, picking up extra classes so we can make it, picking up side work like tree-trimming on the weekends so we can make it, only to come home to a dirty house, no dinner, and no clean clothes for the next day. Just a flurry of excuses.

      Sorry to air dirty laundry guys, but I’m grasping at anything here. I’m at my wits end. Hypothetically.

      • MB30SD

        Sorry doc. I’m here is you wanna talk my man. You know my digits.

        • Shady

          Sounds like Doc Nitty Gritty has done enough chatting, the man just needs some dinner and clean underwear already.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Preach!

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… spoken like a true 26 yr old bachelor.

            Ahhh ’twere it so easy.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          You’re good people, MB. Thanks brother.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Hang in there maings. Maybe time for some couples therapy.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Thanks man. See therapy discussion below. (Or is it above?)

        • SC Dave

          You mean like a couple of dozen beers?

      • Sactowns#1

        Sounds like Doc needs 5-10 of us to show up at his door and pour bourbon down his throat. Any takers?

        • CanadaBear

          I’m in another country but probably closer to Doc than most of you. Count me in, I’ve got a passport.

    • GPLDAN

      The formula is:

      SQRT of (Income/Housework) * Timely Completion / (Blowjob Skill * Rating in a Bikini * Sack Freakiness Overall) ^ (40 – Age)

      Or as the exec from the show Silicon Valley put it, “you can’t have 4s acting like 9s. That just doesn’t work.”

    • Trac

      It depends on what said hyperthetical wife is doing to pass the time Doc and what said hyperthetical husband is doing to keep her motivated. Not all women can cook or look at their responsibilities like we expect them to. I’m very fortunate that my wife is ACD and loves to clean but she hates to cook so I do all the cooking.

      • MB30SD

        Braai!!!

        • Trac

          It’s actually a very selfish move on my part MB. Her cooking is turrible. Haha.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahahaha! If it makes you feel any better trac, I did most of the cooking as well. My moms taught me growing up, so I have some killer dishes, and the ex just SUUUUCKED. Guess that’s what happens when you have ‘the domestics’ cook you erra meal growing up. Hahahaha

            Btw, I liked their ‘domestics’ so much more than her parents. BAAAAAAHAHAHA

    • johnnywad

      I’ve always looked at marriage as an equal partnership and it has worked quite well for us. Is she doing other things that amount to holding up her end of the deal? If not, then yes, you should expect more on the home front when you get there. At our place, everybody stays busy doing something, whatever needs doing, until the needs of the day are met. We do have some division of labor. But its usually a matter of availability of time measured against a particular set of skills. If there are a pile of bills to be paid and we also need dinner, I pay the bills, she makes dinner. We’re better at those respective things. Works pretty well.

    • Sactowns#1

      As a younger single guy I can say that women have been fed a steady diet of “you dont have to”. And starting with my generation they’ve been told theyre all princesses who deserve to be “taken care of”. The level of effort women today are willing to put in to a relationship is slightly higher than zero.

      • MB30SD

        agree

    • CanadaBear

      Doc you should squirrel away a couple hundy and talk to a good divorce lawyer. Tell them your financial situation, 3 kids, wife doesn’t work outside the home (insert your own joke here) and see what you’re facing financially if you split. After child support, paying some alimony (never sure on this one but if she hasn’t earned any money in years …), amount of bills you have to pay, cost for a shitty bachelor pad and possibly another vehicle if you have only one. After crunching all those realistic numbers, see how you feel about things. I’m hoping you and your Honey Bunny can work things out but if not, you should know exactly what you’re looking at before you make any decision. Like B.B. King likes to sing, “Never Make Your Move Too Soon”.

      • MB30SD

        doc, the canadian is a VERY smart man.

        This is a BRILLIANT idea. Def do this, it may bring some… clarity to your mind (sadly)

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Preciate it man.

    • SC Dave

      This entire thread blows my mind. We really *are* a brotherhood here, aren’t we?

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        No shit, right? I love these guys.

    • huntinbare

      Tell her the truth….Baby, when you don’t care enough to make sure I leave the house in the morning looking and feeling fantastic; are you aware that this form of disrespect reinforse the fact that what you do to me, actually is done to yourself. When you do not take the time to set up my evening so that the stress of the day leaves my body; you are actually abusing yourself. If we are truelly one whatever you do to me; you are doing to yourself.
      Then walk over to the oven; preheat it to 400…toss in a frozen pie…pour a glass of strong red wine and go find the youths and play games…Do not say another word..words are like seeds…let them work on her…Peace and Love my Bear Brother

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Might be my favorite advice yet. Thanks brother

      • SC Dave

        Good shit, huntin. Good shit indeed.

        And my favorite part, that we all want to extend to Doc, is that last sentence.

      • MB30SD

        very well put Hunti. excellent.

  • Ososfan

    As much as I liked Frey and hoped he would pan out, I’m glad he was let go. Dude kept getting burned and didn’t produce much. He was a liability. Bass is still a surprise, wow.

    • BillW

      2-3 by itself is not a problem. The problem in my mind is the team’s reaction. No heart – urgency – fire etc. Two very winnable games are now gone – and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Who’s to say there won’t be more injuries to important players at the end of the season. That schedule may look easier – but may not be when we get there. Wasting opportunities and falling back on the idea “there is still a lot of football” strikes me as too casual of an attitude. THAT is the issue I have.

  • Sactowns#1

    Whats the latest injury news gents? Are we getting healthy at the right time?

    • MB30SD

      I think theeeece sac.

      I really think we will be and the second half will be a Bears second half! Who’s with me??

      Yonny?

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • MB30SD

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    3 of 10. Never seen a WR have the impact on an offense Calvin Johnson has. With him they are a dynamic, top 5 unit. Without him? Awful.”

    Yes, you most certainly have Jeff.

    His name is Brandon Marshall, and his injury/mental state has had the EXACT same impact on us… as I’ve proffered for the last week or so.

    • SC Dave

      I call bullshit. There is no fucking way Brandon Marshall, apparently too busy with outside pursuits, is remotely important to the Bears offense as Johnson is to the Lions.

      If you *really* want to see the Bears offense die, wait until something happens to Forte.

      • MB30SD

        Come on maings… look at the first three games, of which we won 2 and should have won 3 (right?) Forte isn’t the spiritual leader of the O, Bmarsh is… by a wiiiiide margin

  • GPLDAN

    I came up with 0.009% of total NFL Profit since 2009 with Excel

    http://www.sbnation.com/2012/10/26/3498376/nfl-pink-flags-breast-cancer-charity

    If you give the NFL every benefit of the doubt, that’s a charity that raised $4.5M over 5 years. Individual players regularly outperform this charity in contributions, but we have to have pink ref flags for several weeks while this works itself out.

    This year, more than other years, this rings pretty hollow. The Rice Scandal, the Cheerleader calculations that show they make less than minimum wage when their time is factored in – it all points to the fact the NFL is not friendly to women despite all the pink gear

  • BillW

    Peppers got Player of the Week for being lost in coverage and actually managing to catch a ball that was tipped right to him and then outrunning a bunch of offensive linemen.

    Oh year – he had an entire half a sack too.

    Fuller shuts down the offensive rookie of the month – you know, something that takes skill but is not on any highlight reel.

    • more ammo for the PFF is dumb department: they gave Fuller a negative coverage grade this week.

      I literally cannot comprehend how that is possible.

      • MB30SD

        who cares about any of that bullshit. It’s all a fucking popularity contest anyway.

        Just win baby! https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRhUGnXIrEsEWoqOS-hoePBgxSd14C1n-quI8UhnB818JIR21Qm6Q

      • BillW

        I guess you have to subscribe to get that detail. Saw negative for Slausen, neutral for Forte (due to fumble) and positive for Ego(n).

        Can you paraphrase their rationale for Fuller? Did the PI weigh heavily?

        • They give him a -2.0 coverage grade, which is different from penalties.

          Credit him with being thrown at 10 times, 4 completions, 49 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 PD, 55 passer rating.

          Those 2 things really make no sense to me when you combine them, but whatever. Fuller had a damn good game.

          • BillW

            Maybe saying that some or most of the incompletes were due to bad passes and not coverage. It’s the 1 PD out of 6 incs I guess.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    This is a great idea. I kinda want one: http://uncrate.com/stuff/plastc-card/

    • NewBearInTown

      Dude, check your email.

      • MB30SD

        I did. thanks NB. I’ll drop him a line a little later. Again, appreciate you thinking of me.

        Sigh, do I still owe him one if I don’t really believe in ‘him’?

        • NewBearInTown

          No. You owe him two.

          Remember, he doesn’t use the phone after sundown for like three days.

          • MB30SD

            Had a doc apt today, will hit him up tomorrow. it’s in my calendar. thanks NB

  • MB30SD

    If the rodge wants to do something that actually makes the game better and not just change it without regard for how it breaks what wasn’t… oh, and makes more money…. he’d outlaw this abject bullshit.

    There is no place in fb for this move. None: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2222493-mike-freemans-10-point-stance-campbell-discusses-intent-of-thomas-chop-block?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial&hpt=hp_t

    • SC Dave

      Absolutely spot one.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Dear NFL, It’s not you, it’s me. (a breakup letter)
    Boys, i’m been away for a couple of days and to be honest I haven’t checked the site once, haven’t turned on the radio once, haven’t watched a football related show once, haven’t argued about football or the Bears once……and it’s been the most relaxing, enjoyable experience for me in at least the past couple of years.
    Sunday was my epiphany. I don’t need the NFL. I simply don’t need it. I have been lamenting the fact that even though I want to rid myself of this product that they shove out there in front of us, daring us to turn it off, I simply have been unable to in the past. The game that I love is gone and even though it was a couple of years in the making with all of the rule changes and lack of common sense in how the rules are enforced the tipping point for me was the Marshall block being called a penalty. That was the exact moment that I knew that it makes no difference to me if I watch this league anymore.
    I watched the Bears give the game away in the second half and although it made me a bit frustrated since it should have been a run away game I quickly got over it and vowed never to make it a priority ever again.
    I didn’t check the blog during or after the game because when it comes down to it the opinions of you or me or random guys that work for radio stations or ex players that played in a different league have no relevance to our lives. I simply choose not to argue anymore or get worked up over things that I can’t control.
    I will continue to watch the Bears and even accepted tickets to the game on the 19th. I no longer expect the refs to know what they are doing, the league to care that they are ruining the game, the fans to be able to put a game, especially a loss, into context and for radio and media personalities to have any accountability for the drivel that they push out there in the name of pageviews.
    I didn’t like who I became when I cared about this NFL and these Bears. You know me as the guy who draws both guns when you spout insane, extreme, nonsensical absolute truths about Cutler and the bears team. The truth is that I’m just a guy that likes to watch a game for what it is and who knows that it’s never one play or one player who produces the result. (unless your Geno Smith or Blaine Gabbert or someone like that). I felt light and unencumbered over the last few days as I divorced myself from the interactions that I would normally have with the sports and sports entertainment world.
    Normally I would sulk and let the loss affect me the rest of the day and even into the work week. Instead, I had a bunch of sex, got a bunch of new business later that day, played with my kids in the jumpy in the backyard, got a workout in and saw a movie that night. It’s my new normal. A lot of you get crazy after a loss and I found myself reacting in a crazy manner trying to point out how crazy you were being. Hopefully, a couple of you guys will quietly admit to yourself that you let the NFL and the Bears get to you in the same way that I noticed it was getting to me. I just am choosing not to be involved in those discussions anymore. Guys like Rosenbloom and Haugh make their hay playing those cards and we shouldn’t, as intelligent fans, fall into the same pack mentality about such a unique and complex game.
    I can honestly say that I will enjoy the game this week. I will win my chili cook off on Sunday. I will play hide the sausage yet again. I will not listen and give validation to random guys on radio shows and even more random callers to those radio shows spout opinions on this subject. I will not let the NFL and this new league affect my life because the league is now bullshit. I am breaking up with you NFL, i’m breaking up with Talk Radio, print media and my previous modus operandi on this blog.
    NFL, I wanted to say “it’s not you, it’s me” to make this breakup easier but in reality, i’m breaking up with you simply because you’re a fake bitch and you don’t excite me the way you used to and you’re annoying and I feel like shit when i’m around you. Sure, i’ll get drunk on TradeWind once in a while and puppy fuck you with my eyes closed as I reek of buffalo wings and shitty rum but I promise you NFL that your impact on my life is now minimal because 4’s can’t go around acting like 9’s. You’re a has been even though you still make fuck you revenue.

    • GPLDAN

      Just wait for the playoffs Johnny.

      It will be like your GF dropping 20 lbs and putting on red lipstick and the hottest teddy you have ever seen. And bringing her friend, who is even hotter and into a 3some. That’s the NFL Playoffs. It’s Viagra for the sport, and you know it.

      If there is a something to break up with, it’s this Bears regime. I have mentally resigned to waiting out this Cutler/Trestman/Emery era, because this group does not appear to have it. I could point out all their individual faults, like pointing out that mole on her ass you really can’t stand, it does no good – it’s not going away.

      So move on. Watch other clubs. The sport is simply making minor adjustments to not wear itself out or cause physical damage, like your girlfriend stopping anal because her backdoor looks less like a balloon knot and more like a manhole cover. It’s a course correction, that’s all. Don’t let it spook you, because when it’s good, it’s still good.

      Bring back Ditka in ’15. That’s for you Shady.

      Otherwise, I will miss me some Luftwaffle like when the Mustang pilots had to move to the Pacific and start shooting Zekes. It just isn’t the same shooting those rice hoppers down.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        The playoffs, if we get to them, is that hazy weekend where you look at image in the mirror and ask the age old question, “did I just fuck a tranny hooker?”. I will temporarily suspend all rational thought once we’re 9-7 or 10-6 and in the first round of the playoffs. Until that time I going to stick with my new schedule.
        I’m not giving up on the current regime because it’s still clawing out from the neglect of the last couple of years. I still believe that this team can win games but I’m not going to go nuclear if they don’t.

        • GPLDAN

          that hazy weekend where you look at image in the mirror and ask the age old question, “did I just fuck a tranny hooker?”

          As yes, the Eddie Murphy inflection point. That can be difficult without proper dosages.

          • MB30SD

            wow, two in one post.

            +500 bloggy blog points for you young man!

        • johnnywad

          At least stop by and crack jokes, have a few laughs. Don’t just disappear.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            i’ll be around. I’m still calling playoffs but just won’t be spending valuable time and intellectual currency trying to defend and shape opinions. I’ll just make my observations and keep it light.

        • SC Dave

          Love that last paragraph. Trying to get there too.

      • BillW

        ” I have mentally resigned to waiting out this Cutler/Trestman/Emery era, because this group does not appear to have it. I could point out all their individual faults…”

        Yeah – I was there at the end of last year; got blasted;

        saw I was probably right after the first game; got blasted again;

        have not seen nor heard any evidence that I’m wrong (other than the ever-popular “it’s only game 1, game 2, game 3… game 6, game 7 etc.)

        I wish I could be like “Don’t Care” but I do.

        Now don’t go thinking I spend my whole day and night thinking about the Bears. You don’t see me on the blog over the weekend nor at all during the offseason (which I was criticized for oddly). You see, what bothers me is the seeming lack of accountability or urgency on the only people who can improve the product. And comments from some on the team that imply we’re dumb for caring.

        Obviously there are more important things than football. But I kind of like caring about the Bears – it’s a harmless diversion from my two jobs.

    • Trac

      Welcome home Yonny. Welcome.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      My long insightful post got deleted. Let’s just say I’m right there with ya buddy. Roger has ruined our game.

      Fuck You Roger!

    • you sure it’s roger that’s turning you off? not jay’s 8 turnovers in 5 games?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        It’s definitely the NFL for me. I’ve seen so many teams lose games and momentum because of the policies of the NFL.
        INT’s are annoying to be sure and 3 of them were especially frustrating but has anyone ever noticed when Cutler throws an interception it’s worse because it’s GUARANTEED that the other teams scores. Other teams not guaranteed. Bears? Guaranteed.
        The offense simply cannot make mistakes because the D will give up the score no matter what yard line the other team takes over. Jay is at 12 TD’s and 6 INT’s. The frustrating part is that if that number is 3 INT’s instead of 6 there are at least 2 more victories in the column.
        That’s why I think the record will even out. I feel that the offense will improve over the next few games.

        • BillW

          Don’t recall the detail but the average return of a cutty int is 20 yds or so

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            it’s huge but it doesn’t matter. If the other team takes over at their 30 they’re scoring points, if they take over at our 45 they’re scoring points. It’s insane that every turnover results in points. Other teams turn the ball over all the time except that it just doesn’t result in a touchdown every single time.

    • Viva

      You’re a good mother fucker.

    • SC Dave

      Hmm… I retract my comments on therapy being utterly useless. Seems Yonny is better for it 🙂

  • bearsfantillend

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    2 of 10. Maybe I’ll write a screenplay called The Drunk Kickers of Peyton Manning. Affleck as Vanderjagt, Damon as Prater. Van Sant directs.

    Jeff you need a cameo appearance from Pat McAfee, the Indy Punter that decided to go for a swim in a city canal after getting drunk.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5706081

    • MB30SD

      Oh shit… that’s who I thought he was talking about. hahahaha

  • MB30SD

    this is amazing. Nature is amazing.

    https://twitter.com/nataliavega25/status/519840760959479808/photo/1

    Isn’t joko like 6’4″?!?!?! I’m 5’10” in shoes, I’d look like a baby next to that monster.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Your biceps may be, but common mang, you’re not 5’10 standing on a rainbow!

      • MB30SD

        That hurts. I’m 5’9″ barefeet you bastardo!!!

        I JUST got measured at my doc’s office (not you) last month. 5’9″ on the button baby. Jerk.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          I keed because I love.

      • DaMurph

        Hes always tryin to add an inch or two! Bwahaha!

        • MB30SD

          i’ll add an inch or two if yer not careful

  • MB30SD

    where is yonny??!?!!?

  • Scott W.

    Off the slop of my head: How the NFL can revive itself, and win back fans. Part one of God knows how many.

    –Rotate Commissioners. One season it’s a random fan picked from Stub Hub buyers, the next it’s Jeff Hughes and a randomly drawn blog follower. Yes, this rule is a shameless suck up. Bite me.

    –Double headers. Scrap the entire scheduling process. Increase the active roster to 80. No team can know who it is playing next until the end of the game they are playing.
    Division games are all double headers, played the last 3 weeks of the season. In game 2 of that day, rules include kickoffs from the 15, and no pocket protection for the QB.

    –Holding is mandatory by both offensive and defensive linemen on every play.

    –Pass interference is only called if it involves grabbing the face mask. Otherwise, all contact is legal.

    –Marijuana use by players on teams where it’s legal in that state is legal as long as they are playing a home game. Visiting team can toke up too as long as they are there.

    –Season tickets are outlawed. All seats on a first come, first serve basis. Players are assigned sections, and must interact with fans personally 2 hours after game ends.

    –Coaches must hold press conferences with randomly selected fans after each game.

    –Free Agency only kicks in after 7 years.

    –GM’S must submit draft choices to fan base for a 1/3 voting power.

    –The Super Bowl is awarded to the city that had the best defensive team that season. Actors, actresses, politicians and others who can’t stop looking at themselves in mirrors are banned from all games, period. Super Bowl tickets are awarded by random drawing, limit 4 per, to regular fans. At no charge.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Remind me. Do I already have a subscription to your newsletter?

      • Scott W.

        God, I hope not. Hate to be responsible for the assault on your neurons.

    • bearsfantillend

      i don’t think you have enough fan interaction.
      –maybe random fans get lap dances from cheerleaders during commercial breaks
      –if a team goes 3 and out 2x in a row. a random fan is selected to call plays for the next 2 series.
      –random fans get to be part of the officiating crew – well maybe just taking care of the 1st down chains.

  • Scott W.

    Addendum: All women are banned from reporting at the stadium, no exceptions. They can talk about it on “The View”, or something. Yes, I am sick of women trying to insert themselves into football. Get. Out.

    Conversely, I’m all for the NFL doing all it can for women’s charities, as well as kids, the military, the families of fallen police officers, fire fighters, and health workers.

  • BerwynBomber

    Can’t say I share everyone’s outrage about this year’s officiating if only because the NFL has always had horrible officiating. But if they are serious about addressing the issue then make the officials full-time employees of the league. Why the fuck would you want a multi-billion dollar industry being decided by part-time officials? Moreover, who has ever improved their craft by working at it part-time vs. full-time? So give the NFL officials a raise and full-time gigs, and even build a small, centralized off-season complex for them which they can report to and work on the rule changes, interpretations, and the existing rule book. This has always seemed like a no-brainer to me. Would it eliminate human error? Hell no. But my bet is it would improve consistency and the general professionalism of the officials. And in terms of the bottom line, it would be a drop in the bucket for the league and its owners.

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