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A New Cutler Emerges: Rapid Fire Reaction to the Suddenly Exciting 2-3 Chicago Bears

| October 12th, 2015

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Where do we start? Oh yeah, the quarterback.

  • There can’t be more outlets – mainstream media or internet – who’ve been more strident in their belief that Jay Cutler can be a winning quarterback than right here. The last two weeks he’s shown why. If the Bears are in the game, if their defense does not allow 300 points, if Cutler is put in a position to win…he can go out and beat any team in the league.
  • Cutler’s touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson was the prettiest throw I’ve ever seen from a Bears quarterback.
  • Cutler dropping the snap, picking it up and finding Forte with defenders at his feet TO WIN THE GAME was no less impressive.
  • Jay still makes mechanical mistakes on a lot of throws, especially when there’s pressure coming from his blind side. Just needs to step into his throws and deliver the ball.
  • Matt Forte might just deserve a two-year extension. I don’t care how old he is. He’s playing like a 25 year-old.

  • Is there anything Pernell McPhee can’t do? The Ravens receive praise for their personnel moves, and rightly so, but there is no way to argue letting McPhee walk out the door was a wise move. He’s in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation right now.
  • Will take an in-depth look at Grasu’s first game at center with the coach tape for Wednesday. Hard to see much from the center position on broadcast.
  • Welcome to the NFL, Marquess.
  • The way Andy Reid coaches a game…I just don’t understand it. Why in the world is he attempting that field goal at the end of the game? Did you see how short his kicker was? TEN YARDS! How can he have so little feel for a game after all these years on the sideline?
  • Fox-Gase-Fangio is the best collection of Bears coaches since Ditka-Ryan. And it ain’t close.
  • Shea McClellin can’t catch a break.
  • Cam Meredith and Josh Bellamy combine for ten catches and the Bears win on the road?
  • Bears got what they needed from Young and Houston: pressure. If those guys begin producing opposite McPhee the Bears pass rush will be fearsome very soon.
  • Who the hell is LaRoy Reynolds?

Bears are 2-3 and heading to 0-5 Detroit. Remarkably they are now staring at the possibility of having a season. The reason is because of their four-headed monster: Cutler. Forte. McPhee. Coaching staff.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Well done Cuty.

    • The Yes Guy

      Yes.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Yes my son

  • Irish Sweetness

    Somehow, the Lions are 3 point favorites against us next week. ATL are very sexy 3 point favorites against NO, as are NE -8 (against Indy). We get richer next week,

    PAYMENT.

  • Aaron T. Starks

    Forte is playing the best football of his career. He takes great care of himself and could very well be like Walter Payton who still played Pro Bowl-caliber football at 30 and beyond. BUT, I really like Jeremy Langford. Then again, Neal Anderson waited his turn…

    • Viva

      The more touches Jeremy gets, the longer Forte plays.

      • SC Dave

        Agreed. Fox/Gase talk about preserving Forte, but Matt remains our offense. If I remember correctly Fox did say something about spelling him but it being too hard to do because Matt has been very effective.

        Something like that. While 4 carries is a far too small sample, Lankford and Rodgers totalled 1 rushing yard yesterday.

        Bears running backs not named Forte have 24 carries for 65 yards. Again, a terrible sample size, but 2.7 YPC may have something to do with Forte getting too many touches.

        Hopefully, the young guys will become more effective, for multiple reasons.

      • T’Challa

        I am curious to see what Carey can do. With Rodgers being hurt, Carey should see some action.

    • heavens. what a drop down there was in the Bears’ run game from Tecmo Bowl to Tecmo Super Bowl. Young Neal Anderson was no old Walter Payton.

  • SC Dave

    “Shea McClellin can’t catch a break”

    Certainly true w.r.t this blog on day game this blog.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And no love for Acho yet … he’s been great.

      Timu and Barret Jones promotions please.

      • SC Dave

        There was a lot of love for Acho on the game thread, but I assume you’re talking about this Jeff post.

        There was a lot of good stuff on defense yesterday. Attitude being number one.

        Were I a proponent of the “game ball” concept, it would have went to the entire defense, or maybe Fangio as their proxy. Forte summed it up in his presser where he talked about the defense giving them a bunch of three and outs (it was a second half shutout, after all) but they (meaning Forte and the offense) “didn’t do much with them… except we scored when we needed to”. Pretty much the game I saw.

        That being said, Cutler had an exceptional fourth quarter. It seemed to me that after halftime, the pass pressure that KC was getting up the middle was more-or-less eliminated by the line. Cutler still had to be mobile, but he could step up on a large majority of plays in the second half.

        And who is Meredith? He deserves more playing time.

        • Big Mike

          Cam Meredith is from an FCS 1(AA) school Illinois State University. An undrafted free agent who signed a 3 year deal worth about $1.5m with a $6k bonus and no additional guaranteed money. He was a practice squad candidate, back when we projected Jeffery, White, Royal and Wilson as our WR core. When White went down, he was in competition for a final roster spot with Josh Bellamy.

          • SC Dave

            Thanks man. Four targets, four catches. Including one ball not very ‘catchable’

          • also worth noting he was a QB who only played WR for 1-2 years in college. Very raw.

    • Johnnywad

      It’s because he’s not very good. He’s a serviceable linebacker but he’s not a good enough athlete to be the Bears’ MLB for long. I suppose its because we’ve been spoiled at the position historically and he just doesn’t fit the mold.

      The Chiefs didn’t score when he left the game. Although had Charles not torn his ACL, it might have looked different.

  • SC Dave

    I’m a little surprised no reaction to Robbie becoming all-time leading scorer. He has been remarkably consistent for all but one season – ‘coincidentally’ 2014.

    Well, maybe two (2005), but that was his first year.

    • Big Mike

      I think that’s a record that nobody gives a shit about. Butler had it, he was an ok kicker who benefited from the huge number of points the team put up when he was there. Also Last year took the shine off of his apple. Bears’ fans I believe have become spoiled with regard to FGs and PATs. Gould is remarkably consistent. I also believe we have become spoiled by a guy who routinely boots 50+ yarders. I suspect that some of his mouthiness may have aggravated the natives.

      Taking a look around the league there are 25+ teams that wish they had Robbie Gould

    • Pissed Off

      DId you see how the ball boy didn’t even want to give him the ball? Hilarious.

  • The Yes Guy

    YES

    • The GP

      That’s also what your mom says when MB’s dick is in her.

      • Viva

        Ouch.

        • Viva

          She also says, “ouch.”

          • The GP

            then she says ‘but don’t stop’

          • Viva

            And then she says, “yes,” again.

          • The GP

            she keeps saying that until she says ‘I’m coming”

          • Viva

            Wait. You mean girls actually say that?

          • The GP

            With MB they do. Or so I heard.

          • Viva

            He’s special.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Thanks Viva and GP. I needed a laugh this morning.

  • SC Dave

    Of course, the wankers on nfl dot com chose to show six different replays of Cutler’s fumble and a total of four for the two TD throws. Typical.

  • Trac

    I love the win but lets not forget we just barely beat a team that is 1-4. Having said that, the win was on the road and our D is playing very well so I’m gonna bask in a well deserved win for one more day.

    • Big Mike

      Any win in the NFL is big. Any road win is even bigger. But I agree it’s time to tap the breaks and stop doing playoff math. This is a team that lost it’s first 3 games by 59 points and has just won 2 games by a combined total of 3 points. With that said, getting these 2 wins is huge. Not because we are 2-3, but because it has provided a reward to the young men who wear the blue and orange. Belief that the ship has turned and they are capable of competing and winning and playing football with pride.

      • Pissed Off

        I’m glad we have some tempered expectations. I’m actually overly surprised and I thought most people would be on here this morning singing “ain’t no stopping us now”. That said this was a great victory and we should celebrate it, lets all bask in the “W” for at least one more day and then we can move on to how we are going to beat Detroit. I hope we can pull out that game and then get really health for after the bye.

        • Big Mike

          Getting to the bye and 3-3 would be huge. It would be interesting to see what this team could do healthy. Getting Ratliffe back, even if he was still working his way into game shape was huge. He is explosive. Our young interior d-line has been coming along nicely. Watching Ferguson get better, while Goldman gets his NFL legs has been fun. Sutton has also done well. Umrein looks like a solid find and when you add Ratliffe to the mix, everyone is better.

          On offense, our o-line spare parts did a fine job. A healthy Bushrod lets us slide Leno back in at RG. Jeffery will makes us better. Basically we’d be placing Mariota with Jeffery. In the meanwhile, Marques Wilson, Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy have all gotten better. Wilson in particular. Rolling out Jeffery, Wilson and Royal is a nice upgrade from Wilson, Meredith and Mariota

          • Pissed Off

            Who is this Mariota you speak about? Marc Mariani? I’m not sure what Mariani is bringing to this team at this point. He’s not returning any kicks and even with all of these injuries to the WR’s he doesnt seem to get any action. I’m sure when some of these guys come back healthy he could be expendable. There’s gotta be someone who can return kicks. Langford?

          • Big Mike

            yeah, that guy. But what an upgrade. Alshon for Mariani

        • Sactowns#1

          Who was better, McFadden of Whitehead?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          cant go 13-3 without losing 3. We are winning out!!!!

    • willbest

      It was on the road and the Chiefs three losses before us were to teams that are now 15-0 and headed to the playoffs this year after going last year

    • the team was 1-3 when we beat them. totes diff, brah.

      • Trac

        I Said is, brah. You want some of this? Hahaha

  • chitownproud85

    Well, I’ll be damned. They did it. Cutty was having to throw passes to the waterboy and Jeff Joniak, but they still managed to find a way to win. I actually feel bad for the D – they only gave up 10 of those 17, which regardless of opponent – when you consider the last two years – its incredible. This isnt a very good team, and with all those injuries, its not really even an OK team, but they just KEEP PLAYING. Fighters, one and all.

    • Pissed Off

      I think by the end of the year we’ll learn that the waterboy and Joniak are actually pretty serviceable receivers.

    • Trac

      You may very well be but yes, our lads are scrappers.

  • Viva

    Fuck the Lions.

    • Big Mike

      Lioins Dead

      • Viva

        Did you mean to say loins? That funny. I’ve never heard them referred to as the Loins before, but it is perfect. Wish you would have rolled that out during the Gym Shorts era!

        • Big Mike

          I did mean loins, but i misspelled that. They are having a year like we had last year. Great Expectations shattered.

          • Viva

            Well done, lad.

  • Scharfinator

    Anyone know where some extended highlights are? I’m only finding the 3 minute clip on NFL.com

  • Robert L. Wendt

    Lets not got to excited about Jay Cutler. Wait till the end of the season.

    • The GP

      LET’S not get TOO excited about Robert’s grammar.

    • if people are allowed to shit on jay, people are allowed to get excited. it’s in the bible.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Cutty 4:16

        Thou shall not shit on me whilst failing to praise the incredible touch i showed on the Wilson and Forte TD passes.

      • Sactowns#1

        Shhh…Trac will hear you.

        • Trac

          A master does well not to eaves drop on the slaves lest he find out they’re speaking ill of him and provokes him to sin.

    • Johnnywad

      Jesus. Are you the same guy that’s been saying the Bear Market is coming for the last 40 years so that when it cycles through you can say “I told you so.”? Meanwhile everybody else is making money and enjoying the Bears’ quarterback playing well along the way.

      You are aren’t you?

      • Sactowns#1

        There’s also a super quake coming along with a 40 year flood. It has been foretold. Woah though shall stock up on dehydrated food stuffs and tp.

        • Johnnywad

          Not me. I’m just buying ammo. Then I’ll go take other people’s shit after the quake

  • The GP

    Jay played his best game as a Bear in a year, maybe more.

    A couple throws that were questionable, including some lane bullets to Bennett that a better team may have picked, but he got away with it and made two touch throws to Wilson and Forte that were two of the best throws of his career.

    If the season was in the tank, somebody forgot to tell Cutler and Forte.

  • The GP

    I also want to thank the ownership of Kansas City for hiring Andy Reid. He coached that team like shit. They had no trick plays or hook and ladder – things that would have actually fooled the rookie D out there and won them the game.

    Nope, just vanilla bullshit from Alex Smith and a 60+ yarder that didn’t have a prayer.

    Thank you KC!

  • NewBearInTown

    Before anyone says it: Yes, the Bears are a very flawed football team. They’re dealing with heavy injuries, there are a lot of personelle deficiencies on defense, and there are several key young players that still growing into new positions.

    But this is a team that can win every week. I can sit down to watch the Bears play pretty much any team in the league outside of a couple of powerhouses and think “maybe they’ll pull it off.” That’s an exciting season. TV has made people too focused on the post-season.

    You buy your son tickets to a game. The Bears are 5-9, they’re playing a team contending for a wildcard spot. The Bears win after a 4th quarter comeback. Do you care that they’re not making the playoffs? Or did you and your boy get to go see the Bears win one?

    That’s what’s exciting. Every week is a real game.

    • Viva

      There is some very competitive DNA on this team. It is fun to watch….

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      exactly NB, every single sunday anything can happen. Fantasy and media have tried to turn this test of wills into a math problem when it’s so much more. Who cares what our chances of going to the playoffs are. I want to watch the boys fight. Rodgers could get his foot amputated after being bitten by a stray rabid cat and suddenly the division is up for grabs

      • NewBearInTown

        Football is not a math problem. If it was, I would not be so uncomfortable saying “I should have known to start Josh McCown over Aaron Rogers and Russell Wilson on my fantasy team.”

        • willbest

          My opponent this week got McOWNED. But then my primary QB is Big Ben so I have been relegated to diving in the QB waiver dumpster for decent matchup QBs. I would have started Cutler if Jeffery and Royal had played.

          • Sactowns#1

            And I edged out NBIT for the win thanks to Davante Freeman!

    • Big Mike

      I’m putting an asterisk on the Seattle game because we played with our Pickle. Losing by 8 to GB (f*%k it). Arizona was whooping our ass, before Cutler went down.

      Kickoff Returns and Kick coverage are the weakest link on the team. Kick Return was slightly better yesterday, Kick return was abysmal, I was pulling for a fair catch in order to avoid a penalty and start our drives inside the 20, or at least not inside the 10. Seemed like we buried ourselves fairly oftent.

      Great win. Getting better we are not the worst team in football.

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      What a fucking wank. Lost all respect. Sad.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        total wank. Hits the fucking lottery, makes some badass fucking movies and only has to sacrifice a couple years of his life to the crazy schedule to make like 50 million dollars.

        Casino Royale was one of the most entertaining movies ever.

        • MB30SD

          Jes. pisses me off that now I have to watch a movie that I was INSANELY excited for, and be thinking what a dick the main character is now

          totally degrades my experience. I’m actually thinking about writing the studio. pisses me off.

  • The GP

    Jock Whizz broke his arm

    • Big Mike

      Jizz Rogers?

    • that has no impact on Chicago. I’d rather Langford get the PT anyway.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Whizz got that key first down. Dude ran hard. Sad for him but life goes on. Next horse up.

        • BerwynBomber

          He’s a decent little addition. Yeah, we may not miss him much, but hard to fault him much for his play thus far.

  • willbest

    I am back to thinking we will have a .500 season.

    • The GP

      Lets see what the Lions can do. They benched Stafford and the team crashed and burned Sunday against the Cards

      They either respond or fold

      • willbest

        But when you look at the rest of their schedule you don’t see many games they have no shot at winning anymore. @GB. Maybe Broncos and @StL. Every other game left I say the Bears have a chance to win if they can show the same level of fight they did this week.

      • Viva

        Loins.

  • Viva

    Fuck the Loins. (No, that’s not a typo.)

    (Thanks, Big Mike!!!)

    • The GP

      It’s a freight train to .500

      • Viva

        I believe the wood Jones, Reynolds, and Nanny laid yesterday is proof that the freight train analogy is accurate.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    I am risen. Remember my children, you cannot reach the goal of 13 victories and 3 lessons learned without learning those 3 lessons.

    Fucketh the Loins. 13-3.

    • exactly.

    • Viva

      We’re not worthy.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        all are welcome into my church. The church of Cutty and latter day Bears Saints

        • Viva

          Ok, but I don’t do Sundays, Monday or Thursday Nights.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            i don’t do vaccinations.

          • Johnnywad

            That’s why you got the beetus. No vaccination

    • MB30SD

      Whateth be thine tyth?

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        all tithing is donated to a very worthy organization based out of rural Iowa that produces the industrial cleanser “Scrub-all” that also is sold under the commercial name “Tradewinds”.

  • The GP

    http://thebiglead.com/2015/10/11/jay-cutler-dropped-snap-touchdown-pass-vs-chiefs/

    Watch the animation of Cutty’s throw.

    Holy shit, that almost was Hroniss Bonus #2. Hroniss – DUDE – you gotta at least TRY and block your man. In this case your man fell to the ground, but you gotta at least CHIP him. Jesus, what did you learn up in Oregon??? – no wonder OSU dominated you.

    • Viva

      Slauson said after the game he whiffed on that play.

    • Big Mike

      Looks like Slauson whiffed, not Grasu.

      • The GP

        Hroniss stares to his right, sees nothing except the DT brushing past his left side.

        Slauson does miss the block, but it doesn’t appear to be his block to make.

        If he fell on his sword, fine. That looked like a Hroniss Bonus.

        • Big Mike

          Grasu clearly sets up as if he is blocking to his right. 96 swims Slauson. Grasu had no shot.

    • Sactowns#1

      That’s what we call a look out block. When you don’t touch your man, all you do is yell “look out”

  • BerwynBomber

    “The way Andy Reid coaches a game…I just don’t understand it. Why in the world is he attempting that field goal at the end of the game? Did you see how short his kicker was? TEN YARDS! How can he have so little feel for a game after all these years on the sideline?”

    Reid is tough to analyze. Is he a good preparation/build a team coach and sucks royal ass as in-game strategy guy? Or, like Lovie, did he get a little lucky with the personnel in his past? Or maybe some of both?

  • Trac

    Hey Baltimore? How’s it feel to see your team have the blood sucked out of their veins?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/12/john-harbaugh-doesnt-feel-worn-down-by-1-4-start/

    • The GP

      We need tshirts that say:

      It’s Trestman, stupid

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Being there at the game I will say the fumble in the endzone had me thinking..”Oh boy here we go, Jay screws the pooch…again” But as the game progressed I had a hard time figuring out if the KC Offense was just bad or was our Defense actually holding their own. I think it was a bit of both.

    After the Bears blocked the FG and KC lost J.Charles. (Looked pretty bad, he could put no pressure on it at all and he was in some serious pain, we were sitting on the KC side and could see him pretty clearly being helped off) the game seemed to turn around to the Bears favor. Though our pass rush was absolutely crap. Maybe it was the defensive plays being called, but thank goodness Smith is not a very good QB, seriously he had all day in the pocket on many, many plays with very little pressure.

    I wasn’t paying attention to our center, but the Bear O-Line over all seemed weak. KC put a lot of pressure on Jay, at will, it seemed to me and there Defense sucks pretty badly.

    Either way is was very sweet to hear all the “Bears suck” comments be silenced in the last few minutes of the game. though the KC fans are pretty cool compared to others I’ve seen. However, there were a lot more Bears Fans there than I expected, I heard many KC fans also say how surprised they were are the Bear Faithful turnout. Only bad thing was trying to get out of their parking lot at the end of the game. It’s a “every man for themselves” kind of run out of there. Other than that is was a good day to be a Bears Fan in KC.

  • BerwynBomber

    The ageless Matt Forte leads* the NFL in rushing. Rooking Todd Gurley is climbing fast.

    *Denotes AP/MIN having a week 5 bye.

  • willbest

    Ageless until they aren’t. Would rather Forte play like Frank Gore some place else than give him Lynch/McCoy money.

    • BerwynBomber

      You may get your wish soon.

  • willbest

    Bears + 3 against the Lions? So Vegas thinks the Bears and Lions are equal. Have they seen the Lions offense?

  • FQD1911

    “Fox-Gase-Fangio is the best collection of Bears coaches since Ditka-Ryan. And it ain’t close.”

    true story.

  • Johnnywad

    My son has KC’s kicker on his fantasy team. Watching him watch that last play was nearly as fun as watching the game itself. Fantasy football fucks with your mind.

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