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With Four Games Remaining Til Bye, Bears Must Settle For No Worse Than .500 Record

| October 1st, 2014

Billete de 500

The Bears play three of their next four games on the road: at the Martz-had-no-use-for Greg Olsen in Carolina, at the Lovie-found-no-use-for Devin Hester in Atlanta and at Tom Brady and the now prematurely-buried Patriots. Sandwich in a home game against the Miami Dolphins and you have a four-game stretch that will set this season’s tone. Some teams battle for division titles. Some teams chase the top of the table all year long. How the Bears perform over these four games will position them in one of those two categories.

This is not a long-winded column. This opinion does not require a ton of explanation. When the Bears emerge from their bye week in November they play five of the their final eight games at home, including the warm weather, dome-based Saints and Cowboys in Soldier Field on cold evenings where both have been unmitigated disasters in the past. The other three games are at their division rivals. Those eight games will define the 2014 Bears.

Four out of four means the Bears are title contenders. Three out of four means they’re a serious playoff team. Two out of four means they’ll have a meaningful final two months of the season. Anything less is a crap shoot. Anything less than .500 over these next four games will be a serious cause for concern and more than likely leave the Bears with a second wild card ceiling.

To paraphrase Al Davis, “Just win…half of em…baby.”

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  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Aim high, Jeff.

    • MB30SD

      awww… look at you with the firsty.

      Btw, I’m glad we didn’t go to that game. That really would have sucked.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Yeah, two of those in a row to the Packers would have ensured I never attended a home game again. At least now I know…it’s not my fault.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtkST5-ZFHw

        • MB30SD

          Well, we need empirical evidence maing. Scientific method… we need to test it this year. For all we know, it could have been doc!

          Didn’t we kill the vikings (and farverererah) when you attended the ice bowl?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Yes and yes. I’m for sure that it was Doc.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Easy fellas. Easy.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Wasn’t me!

  • BerwynBomber

    These manufactured one game playoffs of Selig’s are the worst. What a horrendous commissioner he was. Baseball became a regional sport on his watch; its national presence is all but on the floor now, gasping for air while frantically pressing its medical alert device. Here’s to you, Bud. You and your novelty ideas: like the All-Star game winner hosting the WS after you embarrassingly had to call off the end of one of those exhibitions. What you never understood was that the famous Bucky Dent game (or even the Bobby Thomson game) was so special because it was such a rare occurrence. Having them every year for teams that “qualified” for the post-season is inane and unnecessary. You fucking doofus.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      I kind of miss Irish venting about alien bankers stealing our gold as soon as we start talking about baseball.

      • BerwynBomber

        Have at it. It’s a Tuesday night.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Now that you mention it, why hasn’t the NFL expanded to the second worst night of the week?

      • SC Dave

        Do you suppose the choice of the 500 Euro note was to goad Irish back?

      • GPLDAN

        Alien Bankers by Weird Al Yankovic.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I could write that song. I might.

  • NewBearInTown

    About right Jeff. But entering the buy week at 3-5 doesn’t spell the end of the season either. Just means we’re battling pretty much sweep the rest of the division games to close out the season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I prefer to focus on week-to-week. Let’s just worry about the Panthers for now.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Looking down the road beyond this week’s game serves no purpose.

      You don’t even know who’ll still be in the lineup in two weeks.

  • Trac

    I can see the Bears winning all four of these games but I can also see them losing all of them. Does that help?

    • Frank Schoenburg

      No

  • Trac

    In case some of you aren’t aware, the Bears are 2-0 on the road and 0-2 at home. Home games haven’t helped us this year so far and I’m not putting any stock in them.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears aren’t in a bad position. You could argue they are in a great position taking into account the injuries they had. Their projected 3 WR are either out, dinged or injured. 2/5 OL out, including the best one. 4 starters on a new D out, many dinged up.

    So all in all they are in a good position. My problem with them is that they don’t seem to have learned from last year and have no clue on who they are and where they want to go.

    It’s all very nondescript. Trestman did little to change the perception he is an offensive Lovie. That’s a bummer, because he seems to be much more than that. That Forte run before the half is such a bad decision you can’t even phantom.

    • BillW

      fathom

      The first Forte run was a good call; the second was a head scratcher at best and I think led to the clock problems at the end.

      Then again, Lovie would have taken a knee.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The second of course.

        It wasn’t a head scratcher, it was a blunt force trauma to the head.

        They haven’t scored since…

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          lol, easy with the drama Barb, they drove 80yds in 1 minute and missed a TD either by a centimeter or at the very least because the NFL couldn’t figure out how to put another camera in at the goal line for the Bears home game.

          • BillW

            Real late to this (I do work sometimes during the day).

            If they had a timeout or a few seconds to kill the clock we would have had a play for the FG or the TD. My guess, based on the onside kick, is that Trest would have gone for the TD rather than FG.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        That was exactly what he did at the Packers game that 30, my bros, and Doc attended.
        Nearly the exact same situation.
        Don’t miss that.

        • MB30SD

          THAT is what we booed right? That’s the play lach thought the crowed was booing them? It was something idiotic like that I remember.

          How are your bros btw. Those fucking two. Looked like two hitmen from the movie fargo or from Amish justice or something. Haha

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Exactly that. I remember half the crowd going, “you dumb mfers. There’s TIME ON THE CLOCK.”
            And the other half thinking Lovie looked adorably lost as usual.

            And of course, Lach thought the crowd was booing the players. Because a big lunk like that who dates Paris Hilton and can turn down $3 million a year SHOULD be insecure.

          • Cormonster

            It was that and the wasting of two TO on one drive before that. One of the TO was right after a first down in the red zone on our end of the field. Tice didn’t get the play in on time. Part of his “duh” offense.

        • Cormonster

          I was supposed to meet you guys, but Doc game me the wrong damn phone #. He told me his old area code.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Oh, that Nitty!!
            Yeah, next time, Corm – and there will be a next time.

          • Cormonster

            I don’t think I’m going to any games this year. Maybe a December game. Are you going to any games? At Minnesota?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Trying to talk 30 into it. Also depends on holiday schedule with the kiddos.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Swell guy, that Nitty.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Do you have a google alert for “DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)”? Because that would be awesome!

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I’m not embarrassed to say that I don’t even know what a google alert is. Techy, I’m not.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            What is this, pile on Nitty day? sheesh.

          • Cormonster

            If the shoe fits….I had such a great gift for you.

    • MB30SD

      I 100% agree with you that we have zero personality on D and they are still just a bunch of guys.

      I will also say again, that this is 100% a tucker problem and NOT a trestman problem. Yes, he’s the HC, but we all (emery included) knew going in that trest was the O coach, and look what we have on O (when half the fucking unit isn’t M.A.S.H.). Look at the talent, persona, and leadership.

      IF trest was ALSO the D guy and did for D what he did for O, not only would he be one of the best coaches in NFL history, but he’d be a total anomaly. It’s almost impossible maings. You HAVE to have your DC run the D like a little D HC.

      The D not having a personality or any real cohesive character is ALL on tucker. He’s not very good at what he does. This offseason, we WILL improve the D with more guys again in FA and the draft, and if we get a real DC (let’s just say one of the ryan bros for shits and giggles), you’ll see the D turn into a top 10 unit.

      That all said, I believe the current squad can get better once our walking injured get better. I still believe we can be a 15-20 D with this talent.

      • BillW

        I agree with every word you said; never quite thought of it that way;

        So the question becomes – if Tucker is not the guy, who steps up and says a change must be made? Before your post I always said it was on Trestman. Maybe that’s wrong. He’s doing a good job at what he was hired to do – take the Bears into the 21st century.

        Would it be undermining the HC if Emery stepped in (either mid season or more likely at season’s end) and say one or both of Tucker / JoeD have to go?

        Emery stepped in and suspended Black Uni and there was no sign of Trestman feeling he was being undermined. So maybe he’d be OK with that structure of Emery stepping up on this one.

        Of course it would be spun as the coaches decision or a joint decision of the organization. But looking back, I think we all wish Lovie didn’t have total say like he did.

        One sign of a good leader is knowing your weak spots. If hiring a DC or ST coach is a weak spot, then nothing wrong with letting Emery do the job.

  • BillW

    In view of slow news etc and Jeff’s latest tweet –
    Who are the solid reporters in the Chicago media?

    I like Brad Biggs the best; read the others but none others stand out. Jeff calls out Jahns, Wiederer, and Rich Campbell.

    I want to like “Moon” Mullin but somehow he doesn’t quite make me seek out his opinions. Jim Miller sometimes has good insights, enough to keep me watching. Jiggetts is the reason I broke down several years ago and bought a wide screen TV.
    (OK- that was cheap.)

    Thoughts?

    • GPLDAN

      Wrestlemania between Jiggetts and Biggs. Who wins?

      Whatever you say, don’t say you like David Haugh.

  • GPLDAN

    This honestly may be the best TD throw in the history of the NFL. It’s almost a shame it was called back.

    https://vine.co/v/OmbaI0qJLPW

    • BillW

      So break this down and think why it works for him and not other QBs? I’ve held this belief for a while – and maybe put it out here.

      Spatial relationships – not where things are are but where they are going and when they will be there. Gretzky had it; MJ; Pistol Pete. I believe Rodgers has it big time.

      Obviously you have to MAKE the throw, but he seemingly blindly throws it to a spot. But not blindly – he knew where his receiver was going to be and that the defenders would not be there.

      I won’t compare to any other QB in particular, but for most QBs in that situation, that’s a pick. Because they throw it up and hope it works out. Rodgers knew – even as he’s being tackled – where the ball had to be.

      Again – he had to actually MAKE the throw, and that’s incredible talent in itself. But a lot of QBs could get the ball there. It’s knowing as he is falling that it won’t be intercepted.

      And yes, had it not been called back that would be the best pass ever in the history of the game.

      • GPLDAN

        Rodgers has empathy. Not in the normal way, but sports empathy. Cutler does not.

        He knows pre-snap, where guys WILL be. Based on their abilities, not what the playbook says. He knows his wideouts well and has world class spatial ability to see forward in time.

        Cutler throws passes according to the playbook and gets pissed when the wideouts are not there. He knows what was called in the huddle and what it should be. Even to his close buddy Brandon, he does not line up and think “maybe Brandon has it wrong, he might do this, even though it’s wrong”. Rodgers has thrown picks on timing routes, he’s not infallible, but he has great ability to fast forward in time and know where guys will be and an uncanny touch with his arm.

        • MB30SD

          and it fucking sucks he’s on the packers. brutal.

          • BillW

            Has there been any team with back to back hall of fame QBs in the Super Bowl era? OK, SF with Montana and Young. And I don’t put Young on the same level as Montana – while I think Rodgers is even better than Favre.

            Any team with three hall of fame QBs any time in the SB era? No – but GB has (I’m projecting Rodgers).

            I’m not sure what my point is – I’m just hoping I live to see the day when GB is struggling at that position again (like with John Hadl from the Lawrence Welk trade.)

          • GPLDAN

            Go watch Young’s games again. He was Montana’s equal. He was.

            Only the Niners have transitioned from one HOF QB to another, unless you think Andrew Luck is going to Canton. I’d say that was premature.

            Sure you got Archie Manning to Billy Joe Tolliver and Steve Pastorini to Warren Moon, and Vince Young to Jimmy Mac – but it’s not the same. (Those were all jokes btw).

          • MB30SD

            young was MUCH more athletic than joe cool. By a mormon country mile.

        • BillW

          “Fast forward time” – that’s just what I mean by spatial relationships. Pistol Pete Marovich essentially invented the TRUE no-look pass based on that ability.

          For what it’s worth though, a QB can’t think “my receiver might ad-lib”. A QB would get sacked every play if he waited to see if the receiver ran the route that was called. I know there are sight adjustments but they have to be basic, not subtle.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      I have 3 thoughts on that play after watching it over and over and over. Not gospel, just my gut reactions.
      1. One of if not the most amazing throw that I’ve ever seen in my life that also took great courage as he knew he was going to get plastered eventually. Rodgers HOF’er.
      2. The pass rush on that play was so fucking bad that it took almost 6 seconds to finally get to him
      3. Our DB’s are fucking putrid and many teams pick that off or knock it away
      Number 3 just sounds like me being a hater but you have to watch the whole play again and not just the vine. How are both players out of position on that play, there is no one underneath and they still can’t cover it?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Brady regularly makes throws that leave me thinking “how did he fucking fit that ball in there”. The angles and trajectories that Rodgers and Brady can use are mind blowing.
        Manning doesn’t do that too often because his offense is not predicated on that. Brees does it occasionally but not on the same pace and with the same skill that Rodgers and Brady do it on random plays as part of their regular offense.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          it makes me love football that much more knowing that there are only about 15 to 17 guys in the world that can really do what NFL QB’s do on a consistent basis and we call them bums when they don’t go for 350 with 4td’s.

        • CanadaBear

          I agree with everyone that it was an amazing throw but let’s be honest. There has to be a bit of luck involved too.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            always need a little luck in this game. The vine doesn’t do the throw justice and doesn’t reveal the putrid defense on the play.
            A week before in Detroit Rodgers is buried under the ground on that play. Against us he makes an NFL Films highlight reel.

          • MB30SD

            and pathetically bad 3rd string (or should be on another team) DBs.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        1. Yes
        2. There were 2 blatant holding calls (regardless of what Jeff says).
        3. Damn right, that should have been picked regardless of whether Rodgers is part Jedi or not.

      • MB30SD

        yes. theece. and to yours too BC

    • bearsfantillend

      really the best TD throw in history????? it was good but i would not call it the best. i think you are getting ahead of yourself a little.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Top 5 though. Montana to Clark is #1 to me, based on Significance and Degree of Difficulty.

        • GPLDAN

          That is nostalgia and not technical merit.

          Montana rolled right and threw to Clark also moving right in the back of the endzone. Clark did the hard work of going up high for it.

          Heck, Cutler’s throw to Marshall against the Niners was the equal of that throw.

          There is a Tubez of early career Elway, rolling LEFT – against his arm – and throwing a pass 60 yards in the air to a wideout streaking the RIGHT sdieline and giving it the touch needed to go over the corner’s arm that may be #1.

          But here Rodgers is twisted, his feet not set, scrambling – knowing he’s going to be blown up, and dropping a rainbow gift to a wideout moving to the LEFT, over a safety and a corner. And he doesn’t use a cocked arm motion, he fucking forearms the damn ball.

          It’s amazing. He catches Conte way out of sorts (easy, I know) but the velocity and trajectory of the ball is such that you or I could stand there without pressure and take all day on the throw and never even make it close to the car tire target from there.

          • MB30SD

            agree with all this, and then….

            “He catches Conte way out of sorts”

            When is conte ever “in sorts”? Making a diving int one a year. Fuck me, that cat is just…. turrible.

          • GPLDAN

            Even throwing Adam Archuleta (whose body was just shot) and Al Afalava (who was TURRIBLE) in the mix; they didn’t consistently be in the wrong place like that.

            I’ve never seen a FS with Conte’s closing speed continue to get starts when:

            A. He’s never in the right spot
            B. he injures himself everytime he hits a RB.

          • MB30SD

            I’m totally flogging a dead horse, but I just want him off the field. He’s not even good in pass defense like I’ve succumbed to in the recent past.

            He is ONLY good at making really athletic ‘out of the blue’ ball hawk place every 3-6 games. He’s turrible at the run, at angles, at tackling, AND he’s always out of position or just not where he should be (not really the same thing) in the pass.

            So are the constants of the list above worth the once in a while wow play?

            The answer is no. Not even close. Put McCray cray and vereen in rotation. you might not get the WOW play every 50-100 snaps, but you also won’t get beaten almost erra play. Besides, like you said, even if conte got more consistent, he has zero future… he’s already so injury prone. hedone.

          • GPLDAN

            So why is Mel Sucker down on McCray? I never really see McCray get torched.

            And you can say he’s not down on him – except he seems to itching to replace him with Conte as soon as Conte is not hurt.

          • MB30SD

            Maybe because tucker is a fucking horrible DC? Maybe it’s hoke?! He wants a whitey back there? I’m kidding, but I really don’t know.

            that’s the thing. McCray ain’t mike brown, but he ain’t conte either. He’s always pretty much where he should be… he might not actually make the play because he’s not that athletic, but at least he’s there trying…. not 15 yards away looking dumb and useless.

      • johnnywad

        Yeah, I don’t get all the slobbering over it either. It was good, but like Johnny says, that gets picked most of the time. Had it gotten picked as it should have, it would be a really bad decision and throw. Its more absence of D than presence of greatness.

        • GPLDAN

          Its more absence of D than presence of greatness.

          No. It isn’t.

          If I said “greatest leadership of a drive” or “best poise” – then that’s one thing.

          It’s the best THROW. Doesn’t matter if it’s lucky or not, it’s how DIFFICULT the throw was to make.

          • MB30SD

            I was just upset he got up. It looked like he was torn in fucking half. I thought, oh yes, that fucker isn’t going to get up from that at least. Damn it… we couldn’t even hi/low someone right in that game.

            I was expecting at least a torn spleen from the looks of that hit(s).

          • johnnywad

            Brett Favre best throw ever vs 49ers: http://youtu.be/BhWP_0l2gA4

            10 seconds on google. Tell me how its better than the touchdown to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone. It isn’t. Rodgers throw gets picked 9 times out of ten in the NFL. It was I’ll advised at best. If Cutler makes that throw, and he can, he gets an “Attaboy, but holy shit that was stupid”. Rodgers makes it and its the greatest in History.

          • bearsfantillend

            McCown’s pass to Marshall against GB last year with a d-lineman hanging on him was just as impressive, and it counted.

          • GPLDAN

            THat throw to Greg Lewis was a rocket. I will give you that. His feet are set and he does a full lock n load, but that was a .50 cal Barrett shot to the head across the desert.

          • MB30SD

            that’s my favorite scene/segment in The Hurt Locker. Love that whole segment.

            Good flick.

          • johnnywad

            I think the thing for me is this….. Rodgers’ throw was damn good. It was extraordinarily difficult to get off. But, despite being caught for a TD, it was a bad idea and should have taken points off the board, but for our defense. The difference between that one and Favre’s, is that Favre’s was the right throw and well executed. It was impossible to defend. It was either going to be a touchdown or an incompletion. I think to be considered the best throw ever, it has to at least be smart to begin with. My .02. Plus I hate that smug mother fucker. So I’m setting up a new camp site where, rather than giving him his due, I burn him in effigy and continue to belittle his play. Its my new way of coping with his presence.

          • MB30SD

            I agree with you, but how much did rodger’s KNOWING our dbs sucked play into his decision. you know he’s watched film like crazy… and we KNOW he knows who conte is (SMMFH), so would he have even made that throw against seattle or denver?

            So many variables you just kinda have to take it at face value… it was an insane play.

          • johnnywad

            Maybe all true. Still fuck him. I can’t even believe I’m using Favre to tear down Rodgers. I need a shower.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. you filthy man

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            What is WRONG with you, maing?!?

          • SC Dave

            When you can set and throw, it’s completely different, and you can have a bazillion ways to make great throws… for example, this is a perfectly placed ball into double coverage. Nice catch to be sure, but the throw has a soft arc, and is every bit as impossible to defend as Favre’s throw.

            http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Jefferys-TD-voted-top-play-of-year/014931ce-a658-4d3e-8507-428317cb8ff8

        • Scott W.

          Absence of D…yes. Exactly that.

    • SC Dave

      That was the one i was talking about on Sunday. I won’t go so far as to says its the best ever, but i will say that one would be hard-pressed to find five that good. And as mb said, its brutal that he’s a damn packer.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Of those 4 teams, 3 are turrible at stopping the run (Carolina, Atlanta and New England) and all 3 are away. If we can run the ball like we did this past Sunday, those teams shouldn’t be able to beat us because they don’t have Rodgers.

    • CanadaBear

      We certainly have a chance in all 4. Probably boils down to turnovers.

      • Trac

        Yeah buddy. I pity the Panthers this week. I really do.

        • MB30SD

          morning cybil.

          SMH.

          • Trac

            I know nothing. He he. Hard to tell what’s tongue in cheek and what’s not. Put it this way, we can lose terribly or win badly. Take your pick.

            On my comment above, the Bears may just be pissed off enough to lay a whoopin on lina.

          • MB30SD

            I pick win badly… what do YOU pick trac.

          • Trac

            Heart speaking here. The Bears are gonna bitch slap the Panthers by going to their happy place and pretending Cam is a referee.

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a funny clip by Bill Burr about women and the NFL. He’s right on the money. Also, MB will probably enjoy the LLOD (along with everyone else).

    http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2014/09/30/kansas-city-royals-win-thriller

    • MB30SD

      Read it this mo-nin! erra mo-nin!

      Canada… I think… I think I’m in love again. and it’s the 3rd time this morning. The LLOD (my god that girl is a straight up 15+), the boxing teacher at my gym (chatted her up a bit just now. She’s really hot in a auburn hair, 5’8″ and lyth way), and a girl on match that hit me up.

      God I love being single: http://time.com/3446452/how-being-single-affects-health/

      • GPLDAN

        At least link us the match chick. We need to live a little bit vicariously here.

        • MB30SD

          get my cell # from rabbit, $, or murph. I’ll happily share once in a while.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I can just post it here, right?

            I keeed.

          • MB30SD

            :_ (

          • CanadaBear

            Will the pics show up on my land line?

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… no. sorry.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            But he could translate them to ASCII for you…you know, if he was a gentleman.

          • johnnywad

            If you plug it into the Atari they will

          • bearsfantillend

            WOOHOO Boobs in 8 bit.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I’m waiting.

          • MB30SD

            The last one I sent you got zero response!?

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Oh there was a response alright….in my pants!

            Just know that response or not, I’m always grateful for the vicarious horndogging.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Why ya gotta brag?

        • MB30SD

          cause I can?

          I send you strange/titty pics, what else do you want from me my maingses?

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Less talk, more pics.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Bwahahahahaha

  • Couldn’t agree more.
    But the nice thing is 3-1 or 4-0 are totally possible here. None of these games are gimmes, but none of these teams are terribly strong either. Hoping Chicago can enter the bye at 5-3.

  • I crunched some numbers and was pleasantly surprised to find how good Chicago’s pass rush has been this year (despite the complete no show last week):

    http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/10/01/evaluating-chicagos-pass-rush-so-far/

    • MB30SD

      without rat and allen, I fear those numbers will drastically decrease. we need those two in the lineup. Once they’re back, we’ll be fine. I thought we looked pretty beastly the first three games.

  • MB30SD

    so deangelo williams is out for our game. Who do those guys have left on O? Anyone at all?

    • GPLDAN
      • MB30SD

        jesus, if we don’t fucking kill these guys I will be very upset.

        Thing is, 99.9% of the time, after a shitty game, cutty comes back with a monster game, so I think it’s going to be a blowout. If there’s a team for us to play right now to let rat and allen rest it’s the panthers right now.

        Just sit those guys (plus Bmarsh this week), and if our D can’t keep us in this game with a streaking O, then we’re fucked anyway.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          Brandon has to sit. It’s ruining him for the season. We’ll be fine. Alshon is healthy, Bennett is playing lights out, Forte and Carey had a nice little run combo going last week and the bye week is too far away.

          • MB30SD

            thece

          • Trac

            Dan Hampton would prolly agree with you now.

          • SC Dave

            All this. I was digging the two HB set. I say try some more of that shit.

        • CanadaBear

          My only reservation is due to Bear’s history. How many times have we seen a complete unknown come in and light us up? Afterwards they become household names or fall off the face of the NFL (but for one night …). I know logically this makes no sense and it’s just me and my paranoia but …

          • MB30SD

            no, I totally understand… sadly.

    • BerwynBomber

      The other thing is that Newton isn’t 100% and is apparently not the threat running as he has been in the past. (At least not yet). Then again, I remember hearing the same thing about RG3 last year prior to the Washington game and he gashed us for a couple of key first downs. Still, we should win in Carolina. Their team is a mess and even their D, which was their strength last year, has looked very vulnerable.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    For your viewing pleasure, some of the most entertaining trick plays in college football:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZL_q7oUVrQ

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      717? Take that Hellcat Challenger.

      Like so many things Hennessey builds, it will grind it’s trans-axle into metal filings in a year and burn through 230/20s like an addict popping bennies.

      When Ferrari gave Chris Harris the F12 to test, they provided him 4 full sets of tires for him for THAT DAY. He burned them all up save for the last set.

  • MB30SD

    It just makes me laugh how much of our money the US Gov pisses down the drain, and how inept it all is at every single level and in every single branch, office, agency. What a joke. SMH.

    Alas, I guess it’s better than being behanded for shoplifting a pack of juicy fruit.

    • CanadaBear

      I always like the pols talking about saving money through efficiencies. Never fire anyone, never downsize, just get more efficient. Sure that will work. Or not.

      • Trac

        Take a private Jet to South America to go camping to find yourself, send Congress the bill when you return, and look straight in the Camera when you tell your costituants how sorry you are for making a bad decision. Works evra time.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          That sounded like an equal opportunity pot-shot, Trac! Look at you!

          • Trac

            MB and I are in the same camp I think. I used to bite the hook politics would use to get my emotions going and then a funny thing happened. After joining the blog I realized the other side did that too and all it does is pit Americans against each other.

          • MB30SD

            they’re all total useless garbage just in it for themselves… but whaddayagonnado?!

          • SC Dave

            Support the fairtax

          • MB30SD

            that’s like saying I want a unicorn for xmas.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMxZEXjZr4E

          • SC Dave

            But, we DID get a unicorn. So he’s black?

            Donnnnn’t Caaaaaarrrrre

          • Trac

            Yes don’t you see? The people need a King. Hmmmm. Hahaha

    • GPLDAN

      Are you talking about the report that said it’s cost a couple bill so far to bomb ISIS?

      Figure alot of that is sunk cost. Jet fuel and payroll, ok. But those JDAMs were already built and sitting there, and the GAO is taking ordinance dropped and using it in the calc.

      • SC Dave

        I’m sure it’s in double, and working on triple digit billions by now

    • GPLDAN
      • MB30SD

        hahahaha… and it sounds so peaceful.

      • MB30SD

        “Broken collarbone… broken collarbone (uncontrollable laughing)… you fucking pussy!”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ybqsis4A64#t=195

        • SC Dave

          “where is it? where is it?” (18:18)

    • SC Dave

      Government employment is a form of welfare

      • MB30SD

        theece

  • GPLDAN

    Jesus, Cam Newton’s flak jacket looks like something from the Hurt Locker.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Brandon Marshall was a full participant in practice today, only DNP’s were Briggs, Dixon, McClellin and DJ Will. Limited were Allen, Slauson, Bushrod, Garza, McManis and Ratliff.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      so…..only our entire starting LB corps didn’t participate…got it.

      • Trac

        No, Bostic and Green suited up.

    • surprised to hear about Marshall. ankle did not look right on Sunday

      • johnnywad

        Marshall was a full participant

      • SC Dave

        Robocop

  • BillW

    Anyone watch Gotham? Not a great show but I was a comic book geek as a kid and Batman was my favorite by far.

    Anyway, the guy playing Edward Nygma, who eventually becomes the Riddler, could be Mark Trestman’s brother.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Tresticles just said that Garza is the starting C when healthy….

    • boo hiss

    • MB30SD

      Bullshit, DLP is the better football player.

      • bearsfantillend

        and DLP sounds like an awesome WWF wrestling move.

        • GPLDAN

          A couple hookers stopped by and we did DLP.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Yeah, what the what…this is the NFL, baby. Next man up…showed up!

  • Bears-4-Ever

    I don’t mean to be the storm cloud on parade day but I have to be realistic. With the Bears Defense the way it is now, we will not make 500. If we make the wildcard we’ll be seriously embarrassed by whoever shows up. I’m really depressed about how Our Defense looked last game. I know Allen was out and maybe that could have changed things, maybe rogers would have gotten sacked a few times. But right now I feel we’re in “Lovie Limbo” like so many past seasons where we had a bad ass Defense but or Offense reeked. Now it’s the opposite and shit if I can’t see any easy way of fixing our defense unless we pull in some off team talent and I mean right freakin now.

    Sorry just depressed about the Bears right now…if we had the defense we had 3 or 4 years ago and the Offense we have now, we would rule the NFL hands down.

    • BillW

      Well, yeah. But I doubt any team has a top 5 O and D due to the cap.

      I’m usually Mr. Doom n Gloom but I see the Packer game as areal anomaly. Make no mistake – our defense is not good, but seriously you rarely if ever see even the worst defenses give up scores on every drive (except a blocked FG that probably was more lax play on their part than a brillian ST play on the Bears).

      It’s too many “ifs” to be a useful observation, but our offense is a 30 point per game machine that trip a few times. As opposed to Lovies that was a 30 point per month “machine”.

      We really should be able to outscore most teams even with the D we had Sunday. And we will have at least a marginally better D this week and then more than that in the weeks to come with the normal rotation of D-linemen back.

      What we wound up with Sunday instead was
      1. Rodgers himself
      2. Rodgers coming off a poor game
      3. Rodgers going up a team with zero pass rush

      The “best” part of the loss was the fact that the offensive mistakes didn’t cost us the game. I contend that if GB needed that FG, we on’t block it. Final score at best: GB 41 Chicago 38.

      I’m not going to predict a final record but I still like their chances of staying 500 even with we are stuck with the D we put out their Sunday.

      • BillW

        But if Tucker and JoeD are back next year, Mr D&G will be back too.

        • SC Dave

          Unless the d gets way better, of course

      • BerwynBomber

        And the rushing D still looked pretty solid. I don’t think Lacy put up much more than 50 yards on us. (And Starks I never recall seeing.) In short, despite Sunday, our D still looks noticeably better than it did last year.

        • bearsfantillend

          the rooks in the middle of the D-line were solid in the run game.

        • MB30SD

          our d backfield is bad right now. really bad… a lot because tucker refuses to pull and injured (and turrible) conte.

    • SC Dave

      When we win the next three, you’ll feel better. We all will.

  • BerwynBomber

    Going back to some Rodgers/Cheese stuff from earlier, I actually don’t resent GB as much for their Favre/Rodgers fortune as I do Indy for their Peyton/Luck jackpot. Think about it. At least the Cheese earned their two guys by outsmarting most if not the rest of the league. To a degree, most if not all teams could’ve had Favre or Rodgers. But Peyton and Luck? They were once-a-generation can’t miss picks that Indy did nothing for except lose and possibly tank. That shit torques me. Back-to-back guys like that? A franchise should only get that sort of gift every quarter/half a century. Oh, and lest we forget, this is also the Irsay-owned franchise that snuck out of Baltimore one night like cowards.

    • BillW

      Interesting point. I actually wish the game was such that the QB position was not so vastly important like it is now. In the 80s you could win an SB with a decent QB and great D (Bears), or a decent QB and strong running game and decent D (Washington) and various combinations. Now it seems you can’t do it without a great QB – though Seattle last year was an exception.

      • bearsfantillend

        you consider Flacco and Eli great QBs?

        • BerwynBomber

          They were both great in their post-season runs. I believe Flacco put up a QB rating that was first all-time in the playoffs over the course of three or four games, even beating a couple that Montana had posted.

          • bearsfantillend

            i guess they just don’t fit into my definition of great.

          • BerwynBomber

            Career-wise, they don’t in mine either. But they were both great in those runs. I don’t know if guys like Dilfer, Doug Williams, Rypien, etc. had post-season stretches of play like Eli or Flacco did. In fact, I kinda remember Williams (just as an example) looking like dog shit until the SB.

          • johnnywad

            Dilfer was the poster boy of Game Managers

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          On the right day, they were.

        • Trac

          They’ve been to more playoff games than the Bears have recently but mostly because the have strong leadership. Coughlin and Ozzie.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t disagree and it’s not like I can’t appreciate Rodger genius and the jaw-dropping stuff he does even if he plays for our hated rival. (DBBers were earlier discussing that miraculous, penalized play he made on Sunday and I sorta remember some similar Houdini/seeing eye shit that he pulled against SF last year in the playoffs that, I believe, went for six.)
        Anyway, I think what the league could do is let the DBs hand-check a bit more and be a little bit more physical in their ability to contest passes. And it wouldn’t make the game any more violent. It would just make the ball more “free” every time it is in the air. And the game also would not be neutralizing the brilliance or entertainment factor of the Rodgeres, Mannnings, Bradys, Breeses, etc. They would still be great and appreciated but it would even the field a bit between the O’s and the D’s, in a general sense.

      • SC Dave

        This this this

        • MB30SD

          long gone… like not calling stupid fucking penalties on what we used to call… “football”. It’s a different game, and it ain’t going in the right direction.

    • Trac

      I’ve always said its better to be lucky than good.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So Panther DE, Frank Alexander, who was ALREADY sitting out Sunday as part of a 4 game suspension, just saw his stay on the sidelines extended to 10 games for a second failed drug test.

    DUH!

    • MB30SD

      my goodness, we’re going to be playing their JV team soon.

      Rest BMarsh please tresty!!!

      • AlbertInTucson

        I fear that ankle will not be right all season.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “The Patriots stinking is not something I’m ready to understand.”

    So, just sit back and enjoy it.

    • MB30SD

      Hoooooold your horses there tiger. I seem to remember us having this same discussion for the last three years and those fuckers ALWAYS find a way to get good and make a run into the playoffs.

      It’s like Belichick is an evil sorcerer. That or he’s lucifer himself.

      • SC Dave

        But you *could* just enjoy it while it lasts

        • CanadaBear

          I most definitely will if it happens. Can’t stand Belichick and Brady needs a little misfortune in his life (other than his wife being a colossal bitch).

          • johnnywad

            That’s a WHOLE LOTTA misfortune. I’d rather be me than be married to a crazy bitch like that

          • MB30SD

            they’re all crazy my maings.

            that and that crazy bitch makes $300k A FUCKING DAY.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha…

            meh, I celebrate belichick. dude cracks me the fuck up if nothing else.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Given the choice, I think the mother of his first child, Bridget Moynahan, was cuter. She played Nicolas Cage’s wife in LORD OF WAR.

        • MB30SD

          I don’t give enough of a fuck to enjoy it Dave.

          Now the packers or lions. THAT I would enjoy.

          • SC Dave

            Fair enough

      • AlbertInTucson

        Mebbe so, but New England has a LOT of serious issues.

        I don’t think the Rob Gronkowski of two seasons ago is coming back any time soon, if ever, and The Pats made their living on mismatches with him and the gangsta, Hernandez, that no longer exist.

        They have NO bon-fide deep threat and haven’t had one since Randy Moss.

        Their O-Line is currently a grease fire and we know all TOO WELL about THAT issue.

        The “Benching Brady” is non-issue that the pundits had fun pretending was a real issue. Belicheat didn’t BENCH him. He RESCUED him from an evening that had “Tom Brady gets injured” written all over it.

        • MB30SD

          agree with all this Al, he just somehow manages to always find a way.

          Remember last season when they didn’t have ANY wrs? the dude is a magician… and eeeevil magician.

          • AlbertInTucson

            True. It was only ONE loss. They are still 2-2.

            But there wasn’t a lot of “magic’ to be seen on his sideline Monday and letting all-pros walk or be traded away may be catching up to the Evil One.

  • GPLDAN

    Joe Decam has treated the first four games of the season as an extended preseason and for that he should join Mel Sucker and leave

    • MB30SD

      I don’t think our specials are THAT bad, we just need williams to bust a few long.

      But in general, from what we’ve been used to, he’s a massive step down. can we find something in the middle… or just straight up steal toub back please?

      • CanadaBear

        Our kickoff and punt teams are doing well. Both return games suck wang. Hopefully getting C. Williams back on the roster helps and we just signed some speedster today. On kickoffs I don’t care if they down every one of them, just stop the indecision and hit it up in there if you go. On punt returns, catch the fucker first and foremost and then hit it up in there if you don’t fair catch.

    • Trac

      So far even the O has struggled. We have nowhere near the numbers I thought we’d have by now.

    • BerwynBomber

      Decam might suck, but face it, we were spoiled for years by our specials. Now we have what most other teams have: average STs, except Robbie of course.
      The days of starting on the 40 yard line every possession are, for now, a thing of the past.

  • Trac

    Someone mentioned signing Steve Smith during FA and I poo pooed it. Boy was I wrong, what was I thinking? That cat in the slot wouldda been money for us.

  • Trac

    Did the Bills just trade a 1st rounder for someone. I just caught the back end of a story on the radio and thought I heard that. If so, dumb move. They need to draft s QB bad.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Searched. Didn’t find anything or at NFL.com.

      • Trac

        Maybe what they were saying was the Bills needed to trade for a qb. lol

  • MB30SD

    This fucking cracks me up…

    Broken collarbone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ybqsis4A64#t=195

    (fucken pussy!)

    • SC Dave

      Holy shit… thanks dude! Its probably been since one of the early times I watched Team America (Fuck yeah!) that I laughed so much. Had to stop it.

      The tow truck thing at about 7 min… killer. Especially since it didn’t end up with people fucking themselves up big time… “crap… uh oh… uh oh… fuck me… you have to be kidding me”

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet: “DirecTV has about 20M subscribers. Cable companies in US are estimated well over 100M. How does NFL argue this deal is positive for fans?’

    It’s good for the NFL.

    It’s GREAT for DirecTV.

    That’s all you need to know.

    Do you actually think the NFL gives a damn about what’s good for the fans?

    Ask L.A. Ram fans.

    Ask Baltimore Colt fans.

    Ask original Cleveland Browns Fans.

    Ask St.Louis Cardinal Fans.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    • Cormonster

      Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the Bears would get blacked out in the Chicago area because the stadium didn’t sell out. Thanks to my Dad, we still never missed a game, no matter how shitty or grainy the screen. He would go on the roof and move the antennae around until we got the best possible signal out of Indiana. We had a relay system between my Dad, me, and my brother

      • AlbertInTucson

        Showing your (our) age, Cor.

        I remember the big deal was to put up a Parabolic Antenna and you could get the Bears games from the CBS affiliate in Rockford, which was ouitside the blackout zone. There were bars that put up these antennas the long before the advent of Satellite TV.

        One of the reasons I hated when Phoenix got a franchise was that the NFL extended the 90 mile blackout zone in Arizona to include Tucson. This required the that the Tucson stations HAD to show Cardinal games, whether they wanted to or not.

        • Cormonster

          Some old timers that I watch the games with occasionally mentioned the same thing.

    • Trac

      So, faithfulness does matter?

  • MB30SD

    shaaaady… 27-12-12 in KC

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