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A Reason For Optimism: Rapid Fire Reactions to the Bears Opening Day Loss to Green Bay

| September 14th, 2015

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There is reason for optimism in the Kingdom of Bears Fans today. With a brand new collection of coaches installing a brand new scheme the Bears went toe-to-toe with a better foe and for a majority of the game held their own. Give Rick Morrissey, a guy I generally don’t care for, a lot of credit for this passage:

The Bears looked like a professional football team Sunday, no small thing after last season’s debacle, though they still walked away 31-23 losers. There are no moral victories in the NFL, but there are losses that don’t stink to high heaven. This was one of them.

It will be a long year, but maybe it won’t be the kidney stone many of us thought it would be.

Here are my rapid fire thoughts.

  • Jay Cutler threw the crucial interception. Aaron Rodgers did not. Rodgers never does.
  • On the Cutler pick, this wasn’t a typical pick. He was duped into that interception. He didn’t try to force a pass into a tight window.
  • Packers had to make every single play to win this game. James Jones was heroic. Eddie Lacy pulled in one-handers. Clay Matthews chased down sure thing touchdowns. Did the Bears have anyone on their offense do anything exceptional?
  • Catch the ball, Forte.
  • Paging Pernell McPhee. Come in, Pernell McPhee. (Side note: I earned this will become a thing if McPhee no shows a few games. Ravens have a history of letting the right guys walk out the door.)
  • With the complete absence of a pass rush it’s hard to complain about the secondary’s overall performance. Fangio didn’t get overly aggressive with blitz packages. Approach seemed vanilla but that may require a second viewing.

  • Kyle Long struggled early at right tackle and will probably struggle for weeks at the position. Not to sound like a broken record but moving him the week of the opener made zero sense.
  • If Bears continue starting Vlad Ducasse at right guard you can expect more drive-killing penalties. Ducasse was a laughing stock when he was on the New York Jets.
  • Pat O’Donnell didn’t just launch a beautiful 56-yard punt yesterday. He launched his candidacy for the All Pro team. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much but it was a punt the Bears needed and he delivered.
  • Robbie Gould isn’t done, I guess.
  • Bears seemed to lack explosiveness intentionally on offense.
  • Hell of a game from Will Sutton on first watch. His speed jumped off the screen.
  • Player who surprised me most this summer was Jarvis Jenkins. That continued yesterday.
  • Okay, Marquess Wilson. That’s a start.
  • Temper enthusiasm about Bears as a power run team. They face two tough, sturdy defenses these next two weeks. Packers are soft up the middle. Cardinals and Seahawks are not.
  • You know who didn’t do much noticeably wrong? Adrian Amos.
  • Shea McClellin and Christian Jones were both solid in the middle. Seeing Shea’s name at the top of the tackles chart is something that may be a weekly recurrence.
  • Can forgive Bears secondary having some coverage lapses but the tackling has to improve. Both Fuller and Rolle whiffed multiple times.
  • John Fox can’t use the challenge on that play. It wasn’t close. Somebody upstairs has to tell him what people can see in every barroom in America.

Overall, this is a team that looked headed in the right direction. Power run game. Well-coached. Will be exciting to see where Bears go from here.

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  • I respectfully disagree about McClellin and Jones. IMO Neither played very well. McClellin had a lot of tackles, but they were all way downfield. I call that pulling an AJ Hawk.

    I also think Fangio really screwed up today. GB’s LT, Bakhtiari, is undersized but very technically sound. He shuts down speed/technique rushers like Jared Allen but really struggles with power guys who can bull rush. On the right side, Bulaga handles bull rushers like a champ but struggles a little bit with speed. So of course Fangio runs Allen at Bakhtiari all day (when Bakhtiari has a history of shutting Allen down, even as a rookie) and McPhee at Bulaga. Should have flipped that.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t think they flipped Allen all summer. I think he’s only comfortable on one side.

      • The GP

        Allen would also be comfortable out of the NFL on a fishing boat.

      • don’t care. You tell him to do what he needs to do or you put somebody else in there who will. McPhee should have been in there on Bakhtiari, end of story. If Allen can’t go to the other side, rotate Young and Houston.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I didn’t really pay attention to mcclellin but I do remember a funny one when Lacy plowed him a solid five yards. Mcclellin got credit for tackling him, but it looked like it was the other way around.

      It was VINTAGE AJ Hawk

      • that was the comparison that kept coming to my head as he made tackles 10 yards down the field instead of meeting Lacy in the hole and stoning him like a former DL should.

  • SC Dave

    Agree on the secondary being reasonable considering the pass rush. We need to find one.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Rodgers is not a guy you blitz. McPhee and Allen had to get home. Neither did.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And so we should have guys in there that can get home.

        How many guys are starting where we have better players on the bench, or even on the practice squad? I’ve got Fuller, Rolle, Allen/McPhee.

        McClellin seemed to freeze on one Rodgers audible in particular, from run to pass, and I didn’t see him change the call – he just stumbled about in space.
        Neither Sutton nor Ferguson is a NT. But the staff will get it all straight.

        • who is on the bench who’s better than any of those guys? Terrance Mitchell? Brock Vereen? Please.

          Houston might be a better overall player than Allen, but he’s not a better pass rusher (though I really wanted to see him on the DL more yesterday). Neither is Willie Young, FYI, he benefitted from Allen and Houston drawing all the attention last year, and when teams adjusted to him after Houston went down he disappeared.

          The Bears are playing their best players, it’s just that the defensive ones are not good enough. They need 3-4 serious impact players on D, then the (mostly) competent guys they have now will look a lot better in more advantageous matchups.

          • MorganW

            Yeah, it’s just a matter of time until they can get some guys in there that are difference makers. I trust Fox and Fangio on that front. My God, look at all of the guys they drafted in Denver and SF. Incidentally, the Bears will have $62.7 mil in cap space going in to next off-season. Von Miller has not been extended and will make it in to free agency. I see the Fox connection working in that one. Marcell Darius will be available and Ratliff will be 35. Muhammad Wilkerson will be available in New York and they won’t have the cap space to keep him for what he’s worth or any where near it. Nor will Buffalo with Darius. The Bad thing is that with the other needs on the team, the Bears will probably only be able to afford one of them…..maybe 2 if they get really creative in how they structure the deals. But they have to secure Jeffery and are they gonna re-sign Forte? Don’t know yet but he has said that he’d take a pay cut to stay in Chicago if it was to help the team. Aside from hitting home runs in the draft, any one of the three defensive players I mentioned above would be a huge get next year.

          • Dareus just signed a long-term extension last week. Miller won’t leave Denver. Wilkerson will probably leave NY, but will be very expensive, and I’d rather not overpay, but we’ll see.

            They should have re-signed Jeffery this offseason. Likely will tag for next year, IMO. Their selection of Kevin White makes it fairly clear they don’t want to give Jeffery a big long-term deal.

            And Forte is gone after this year.

  • Trac

    Hey NBIT? I’ve got a couple of names for you. Travis Kelce and Percy Harvin! hahahaha

  • Trac

    No Jarred Allen comments?

  • Trac

    Optimism is good. Yes, I’m still optimistic.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Fox had an a great game plan. Run the ball a billion times, keep cutler on super short leash. Although it’s pretty obvious that that was really the only chance he had with this bears team against this packers team.

    “Packers had to make every single play to win this game”

    – I don’t really get this take. The Bears definitely made the packers work, sure. But the packers also had 10 penalties. They also blew a handful of 3rd downs on defense where cutler scrambled on broken plays. And james jones does that kind of shit 3-4 times a season; the only extraordinary thing about his day was that he didn’t have any drops. This was a game where Chicago tried to shorten the game as much as possible and put pressure on Green Bay that way, but rodgers marched down the field with relative ease when he had the ball.

    It was the Bears who HAD to be perfect. They had to stay in 3rd and manageable to prevent Dom capers doing his thing against Jay. They HAD to stay within 3 points or so in order to stay with the run (one of their only matchup advantages). They had to keep converting 3rd downs to keep rodgers off the field. And they did a pretty good job of it for most of the game.

    • wreckinball

      Agree it was the Bears who had to be perfect to squeak one out and they weren’t
      GB D has to cause you some worry

      • Irish Sweetness

        Matthews was lights out too. He rushed the passer from one side, ran through the backfield and caught Forte from behind on a sweep left. His anticipation on the interception was unreal.

        • wreckinball

          Mathews was a one man savior for the Pack D
          They still overall weren’t good but would have been an epic fail without Mathews

    • The GP

      Agree with most of this.

      Rodgers in the 2nd half, moved the ball and they corrected the 1st half run blocking assignments then Lacy started to chug. Once that happened, it was over. Packers responded by eating the clock on their own with long drives.

      Bears had few penalties, but the ones they had hurt.

      Andrew and Jeff are down on McPhee. I’m down on Allen. We need a pass rush, and we still haven’t found it with the 3-4. All we can hope for is that Goldman gets tougher and Rat comes back and gets some push up the middle against weaker centers. Ego gives you nothing but a body over there.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What causes penalties? Your opponents. We wold have beaten a lot of teams out there yesterday, and some of our soon-to-be starters were on the bench…. but Rodgers is unreal. The GB OL is better than I thought.

      • who are these “soon-to-be-starters”?

        • MB30SD

          Please don’t

          • i did. not trying to start trouble or anything. just curious.

        • Johnnywad

          Rat is the only one. Irish loves him some practice squad underdogs

    • I said at halftime GB was still winning by double digits, because everything had fallen Chicago’s way in the first half and they were only up 3, with GB getting the ball and poised to take the lead at the start of the 3rd quarter (which was exactly what happened).
      Chicago had much less margin for error than GB, and it was obvious yesterday.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agree with this. Thought it was an excellent game plan by Fox/Fangio/Gase, especially Gase. Also thought the Cheese were far from perfect, except Rodgers of course, and had a season highlight performance from Jones.

      Will be interesting to see what happens when the Bears running game isn’t clicking like it was yesterday as I can’t imagine we will be gashing teams for 200 yards every Sunday. Does our O begin to look like it did during the pre-season?

      Btw, you guys should have drafted an MLB in the off-season.

      • my one big beef with Gase yesterday was the goal-line play calling on the drive where they lost it on downs.
        2nd and goal from the 2 and 3 straight passes, not even a play action. With the way they were running the ball, the fact that all their WRs were banged up, and the spotty-at-best pass protection yesterday, that was completely inexcusable. It’s like Marc Trestman stole the headset from Gase there.

        • BerwynBomber

          Woudn’t totally disagree but I was thinking big picture — all 60 minutes. To Cheesy’s point, run/run/run and keep Cutler on an extremely short leash. My only issue with that template is eventually we will have to turn Jay loose as not every team’s run D will be as soft as GB’s. But yesterday it kept the Bears competitive.

          • Waffle

            the leash wasn’t extremely short. It was just that for the first time in god knows how long we didn’t have to tell or show the defense it was going to the the shiny pink leash with sparkles and glitter all over it before we even had a chance to take the dog on a walk. Get my drift????

          • Waffle

            not converting that TD was insane. Not running the ball on the goal line or using playaction or using Martellus somewhere outside of the tackle box was insane. Not scoring a TD after the beautiful drive down to the goal line was insane. Gase fucked up and don’t take it from me, every single talking head and announcer said the same thing.

        • MB30SD

          100%, that was brutal

      • MB30SD

        Stop feeding the troll and maybe ine day he’ll go away… or become a bears fan like he knows he is

        • BerwynBomber

          Cheesy only trolls part-time. That post wasn’t one, IMV.

          • MB30SD

            agree, but he is a troll and he will troll. that said, he’ll probably never leave either because deep down he’s a bears fan (he used to be before the 49s psychologically raped him as a child) and he is much more at home here with us than the hordes of filthy mouth-breathing philistines that are the packers fan base.

  • HappyFave

    Cutler’s interception happened on 1st down. Please stop making excuses for him.

    • Waffle

      i’m excited to hear about your views on Cutlers 3rd down efficiency.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yep. Best part of his game yesterday. Game-deciding INT but otherwise was not a shit-the-bed against GB performance from Cutty.

        • Waffle

          if you think that INT decided the game i cant help you.

          It’s getting tiresome to see the comments of the singular play that “decided” the game.

          Let’s make a list. i’ll post it at lunch today and to placate the townfolk i’ll put the 1 INT at the top. i’ll post at noon and i promise i won’t call people names or use profanity….though i want to do both.

          • BerwynBomber

            My bad. Should have said game-clinching.

          • Waffle

            Fair enough, I’d also like to point out the failure to score from the 2 on the previous drive. Not simply pounding it in…..just as clinching

      • HappyFave

        Sure wish he could have made it to 3rd down on that drive.

        • Waffle

          we did bro..on the play before didn’t they convert that 3rd down to Bennett?

          Why is Cutler the only quarterback in the league that has to be perfect for the team to win. Look at what almost every other quarterback in the fucking league did on Thursday, Sunday and Monday excluding Hall of Famer Brady and Hall of Famer Rodgers.

    • Cutler was a good-but-not-great QB yesterday. Which is exactly what everybody knows he is by now.

      If you have a good-but-not-great QB on your team and need him to play like a great QB to win the game, you’re not going to win very often. Same thing applies to NYG, BAL, SD, ATL, CAR, MIA, DET, CIN, SF, KC, etc.

      Those guys, as part of a strong all-around team, can be very good. But they can also be shit when you expect them to carry a bad team, because every mistake they make (like that interception) gets magnified.

      There are maybe 2-3 teams in the NFL that can count on consistently great play from their QBs. Chicago is not one of them, and they know this.

      That’s why you can’t blame Cutler for yesterday. He played like you expect him to play. Unfortunately, so did the defense, and the defense is expected to be shit.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t know if the D was as lousy as you think. We played one of those 2-3 NFL teams with a consistently great QB. I also think there are a good number of teams with quality QBs between the consistently great and Cutty. And SD and ATL might be two of them.

        • They gave up 4 TDs and 1 FG on 7 drives. That’s lousy. Gashed on the ground and via the air. Zero pressure on the QB, couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down. Didn’t really do anything.

          I’m not saying all those QBs are exactly the same as Cutler, but they’ve all been on teams that have bad seasons when the team around them is bad. I agree that Rivers and ATL are both better than Cutler, but the same principle applies.

          • BerwynBomber

            I didn’t see embarrassingly bad D as I did last year. And again, we are talking Rodgers. A lot of those throws had to be perfect, and unlike last year, GB receivers weren’t running three yards clear of any defender when the ball got there. So it was definite improvement, and as you indicated earlier, they just don’t have all the personnel right now — though on the flip side I don’t think GB’s D does either.

            In terms of pressure, I would like to see a replay and see how often Rodgers faced a chaotic pocket. I sensed he slithered out of pressure a few times, which if applied to Palmer next week will result in a couple/few sacks.

          • PFF says Chicago didn’t record a single sack or QB hit. 9 pressures in 33 dropbacks, which is ok, but they never came close to hitting home. And when they did pressure Rodgers, it was isolated, with just 1 person bothering him and no gap control, so he always had easy escape routes.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Do they have a statistic for when the quarterback is one-on-one with the DL, feints, and runs around as the DL falls down? BecaUse they had one of those yesterday.

          • SC Dave

            While giving up 133 yards on 30 carries is not great, i would hesitate to describe it as ‘gashed’

          • ok, the run defense was average to below average, the pass rush was nonexistent, and the pass coverage was terrible.

    • wreckinball

      Not converting the drive before the INT was also devastating
      Lowered expectations of just not being awful is what’s being expressed
      Cutler is a bottom tier QB with a top tier salary
      This year is basically purgatory

      • BerwynBomber

        Pretty well said. I would say he is average tier but the other three lines are correct.

        • HappyFave

          I haven’t been a Bears fan my whole life to hope for average. I would prefer to go 2-14 and draft a new quarterback than to go 8-8 every year and miss the playoffs with no chance of getting a shot at having a real QB. The Packers overall team isn’t much better than the Bears, take #12 off that team and they aren’t even a playoff team…. We need one of those.

  • MichiganBearFan

    Not that I got to see the game (Thank you NFL for “home team” rules), but from what I heard, I like what I saw. Good solid running from Forte, Cutler was decent. The defense for what it is; did the best it could do. Blitzing Rodgers would have been very counter productive yesterday. If Rogers wasn’t the quarterback, Bears win. Deep down Packer fans know this.

    Blitzes are the 100 shot of NOS for a defense. Your engine better be built for it before you push the red candy-like button.

    Happy happy, joy joy!

  • FWIW, I was disappointed in Vic Fangio yesterday. Didn’t get nearly as creative as I hoped he would to try and help the defense when the personnel aren’t getting it done on their own. Wrinkles I would have liked to see:
    1) Move Allen and McPhee around to play their pass rush strengths on the OT matchups
    2) Try Houston (and McPhee) on the DL in obvious passing situations to get more of your best pass rushers on the field. Houston only played 4 snaps. Don’t think either Houston or McPhee lined up as one of the DL at all, which strikes me as a gross misuse of their versatility.
    This defense doesn’t have great talent, but they do have tremendous front 7 versatility, which Fangio will have to utilize creatively to get best results. He didn’t do that yesterday.

    • BerwynBomber

      Could be respect for Rodgers and/or that Fangio doesn’t wish to suddenly put players in unfamiliar positions.

      Still, I’m betting we will see more wrinkles as the season progresses and maybe a couple changes in personnel.

      • Johnnywad

        It’s also very difficult to fool Rodgers. More so with relatively ordinary players. Blitz him or get cute with this crew, and he’ll probably beat you for a touchdown. I’m guessing Fangio was trying to build the biggest speed bump he could, without getting cute, and hope the offense could pull it off.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Baby steps?

  • bearfaninde

    Wow! The line was -7. The Bears lost by 8.
    And that is somehow a reason for optimism.

    • BerwynBomber

      They weren’t a civic embarrassment and they faced one of the best QBs ever who nearly pitched a perfect game to beat us. Next up: AZ.

    • wreckinball

      Thank God they didn’t go for 2 on last TD
      At least I made money off of them losing

      • Scharfinator

        I need to start doing this – always betting against them. Either they win and I “paid” for a win, or they lose and my winnings soften the blow.

        • SC Dave

          Bad plan. The three results are lose-win, win-lose, and lose-lose.

          • Scharfinator

            You can bet just on W-L, doesn’t have to be on the spread. Payouts are different, I’m sure.

        • I’m in an Elminator Challenge pool (pick one “sure” win every week, can’t use the same team more than once). I used GB this week, because week 1 games are damn hard to pick and that’s the only one I felt super confident in.

      • Joecashflow

        Me too. Part of winning 3 game parlay and won my other 5 games too. I heard Vegas took a bath because all the favorites won.

    • MB30SD

      You picked that single item to make your evaluation. Smh.

      • bearfaninde

        Yeah. There must be some parallel universe where at the end of the season you are not ranked based on your wins and losses…

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          So, based on your logic you cannot be at all satisfied with your team unless they win the SuperBowl? This same team beat us 93-31(38-17 at home) last year or an average of 31PPG, this year the defecit was 8. That is what we call improvement. We all know this team isn’t winning the SuperBowl this season, 30 other teams will eventually come to that realization (some later than others for sure) but that doesn’t spoil the journey of a season. What spoils the journey is knowing Sunday in and Sunday out that regardless of who the opponent is you are going to get worked (which is what we collectively felt after the TB game last year). We lost one game against a team that has the love child of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady playing QB, but as a fanbase we gained hope. It’s called perspective and you seem to lack it. The next two weeks probably aren’t going to see the boys in dark navy and orange be victorious but I expect to see them compete with the conference elite and that’s all we can ask for now. In the next season or two my expectations may change up or down based on the on field results, but for now I will allow myself to enjoy the beginning of the ascent, it’s just a long way to the top.

        • MB30SD

          What BC said.

          I didn’t even care about the W/L yesterday, and neither should you.

          Brand new head office
          Brand new coaching staff
          Brand new schemes on both sides of the ball… on D, one the bears have never played (?)

          My point is… expecting that we pull one out with all that against the top 2-3 ranked team and the best QB ever to play football (if he keeps this up for 5-10 more years) wasn’t reasonable… looking for improvement and signs of what’s to come was… and that’s exactly what I did.

  • wreckinball

    No Rodgers next week but they’ll have to pressure Palmer or he’ll kill them too.
    Cardinals will bring better D than GB

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      We shouldn’t get killed on the ground next week though, of course anything is possible, they (the Cardinals) should be relatively one dimensional. OTOH, I don’t see any of these DB’s that can match up with John Brown so that dimension might be pretty good.

    • yep, establishing the run game will be much more difficult. But getting pass rush should be a bit easier, as Arizona does not have the quality of OL GB does, especially in pass protection.
      I expect a close, low-scoring game. I’m guessing ARI wins, simply because they’re more talented, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bears pull it out.

      • BerwynBomber

        They also don’t have a QB who moves as well in the pocket as GB. Few teams do. That as much as line play may lead to a couple/few sacks.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Careful, maybe Palmer doesn’t move like Rodgers but he looked pretty nimble to me from what I saw of him on Sunday.

          It would be a mistake to assume he’s going to be an easy target but I do have hope that the Bears can bring more heat than that Saints D did.

          • BerwynBomber

            PFF said we had nine pressures on thirty-three Rodgers drop-backs. We do the same against Palmer he will go down a couple/few times.

            And remember as historically putrid as our D looked last year when did we look our absolute worst? Against GB (twice), NE, NO and DAL. What do those teams have in common? Well, three of them have HoF QBs (Rodgers, Brady and Brees) and the other has a QB (Romo) who led the league in quarterback efficiency last year.

            Palmer is good, and who knows, maybe he will have a career year this year, but I don’t know if pocket mobility is his strength.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Didn’t get to see that final drive, were the Packers playing prevent?

    • BerwynBomber

      Yup and they had stupid personal foul call — some rookie trying to spear Alshon(?) — and the TD was a total busted coverage. Uni was more wide open than any receiver was all day on either side. I think they had Hyde in there playing in Burnett’s place and though Hyde is a good depth guy/STer he looked Conte-esque at times.

      • hey now. didn’t you see how conte helped contain mariota?

        • BerwynBomber

          What a beatdown. And that was at TB, wasn’t it? Yikes.

          Here is another: with two games left to be played in W1, guess who is at the top of Total QBR in the league? Yup, Mariota. At the bottom? Winston.

        • MB30SD

          You promised me you’d never mention that name on this blog again.

          • then you took a hiatus and i shaved my mustache. sounds like a complete washing of the past to me.

          • MB30SD

            bastard.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    What I expected:
    1. Bears Loss.

    What I hoped for:
    2. A decent showing from a team that just a year ago was a joke.
    3. Solid play calling from the new coaches. (Not as predictable.)
    4. A Good Pass Rush.
    5. No major Mistakes.

    What I Got Sunday:
    1, 2, & 3.

    3 out of 5 is not all that bad. the lack of Number 4 was not really a surprise, but something you crusically need vs. Aaron Rogers. Number 5 was somewhat disappointing. Mnius the Dropped ball fromForte, which was a sure TD, and the heartbreaking pick by butt-hole Matthews. I think the Bears could of won that game.

    Overall I AM optimistic.

    Bear Down.

    • Waffle

      Which drop by forte? The backshoulder fade that bounced off his face or the one on the goal line. Both drives resulted in FGs I think. Ill have to check though.

      • he ran the one on the goal line in a few plays later. But the one that he caught without getting his 2nd foot in was a FG, I think.

  • CanadaBear

    My take yesterday was about the same as everyone else. I’m not sure our back 4 will get any INT’s this year. Fuller looked exactly like he did in the second half of last season (not good). Ball was around the ball a lot but looks like he couldn’t catch a nerf ball with a basket. Amos and Rolle did nothing of note. Allen is done. He will give 100% at all times but his skills have eroded so far it doesn’t make much difference. CD has to be the luckiest, shitty 1st round pick since he’s been in the league. He should have been cut after the first year. The front 7-8 got no pressure and weren’t exactly a brick wall against the run. ST’s (esp on KO’s to GB) were sketchy at best. Cutler was Cutler. He wasn’t the reason we lost the game but the only way the Bears were going to win was if he was perfect. Not likely. Oh well. Not disappointed but didn’t see any reason to think 5 wins is too low.

    • Bender McLugh

      Amos showed me he had good speed & instincts, but he’s still a rook….he should be better. Allen showed flashes, caused a couple holding calls, but if that’s the best he can do (I hope not) then I completely agree that he’s done.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m not down on Amos but didn’t think the back 4 did much of anything yesterday.

      • I was pleasantly surprised by Amos against the run. Didn’t notice him much in coverage.

  • The GP

    Da blog has fans. Some of these fans pose as experts (poseurs) but we have no experts. Some of Da Blog denziens have real coaching experience, but I’ve seen nobody at the Pro level comment here in 7 years. I am a fan, not holding myself out as an expert.

    So I listened to Thayer this morning, because he is an expert.

    Thayer *liked* what Allen was doing on the field. Yes, I spit up my coffee. He says Allen’s role is to get upfield, contain the outside, and that it’s Ego Ferg’s role to shed his isolation block. That it is Ego who needs to close down the lane when Rodgers ran for the first (twice actually). That Allen played with awareness, but Willie Young was just driving in.

    He also said McPhee on the far side was doing what he should and his concern is that Jenkins and Ferg cannot beat isolation blocks. Spoken like a true ex-guard.

    He also berated Amos for playing soft, saying he never came down and run filled like he should of (an advantage that the All-22 or being there provides).

    He hated Shae’s play. Not coming downhill like that position demands, making tackles 2-3 yards behind where contact is expected, and being slow slow slow on deciding to come in and force the interior lineman to pick and choose their block.

    He loved the interior trap blocking with Forte but stated flat out that the Pack are soft up front and the Cardinals will afford no such slack. (GP Aside: Beast Mode should run big against this Pack D).

    My take is that Allen is washed up. He looks soft and old, like a supermarket manager dressed in a football uniform trying to rush. I see nothing; Thayer sees “awareness”. I have no idea what that means other than he does a good job of watching Rodgers run past him.

    So the experts take from a OC angle is that Jenkins and Fergie can’t do shit out there and the pocket can be set – and that Carson Palmer will need it set because he don’t run.

    • MB30SD

      Yep.

      Allen – done

      Amos – I was impressed. A 4th (or was he a 5th?!?) round rook starting in the first game. He wasn’t espectacular, but he wasn’t jeff fucking conte either.

      Dinner – Exactly and 100% canada. dude is hot garbage. he’s a pile jumper at best. sorry dave.

      everyone else wasn’t hot garbage, which is all i was hoping for at this stage. onward and upward

      • The GP

        You’re fucked in the NFL in a 3-4, if the interior 3 can’t beat isolation blocks. At least somebody in that crew needs to demand a double, and right now nobody we have does.

        Maybe Rat will.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, I’m not totally worried about the d line yet. We have a ton of variation we can try to see what eventually sticks. Hard to test some of that shit out against a guy like rodgers… and our most hated rivals. Pretty sure we’ll start seeing some creativity come out in the next few games.

      • Ososfan

        Amos is a 5th rounder! He looks like he might be very good soon

      • CanadaBear

        I’ll have to defer to you about Amos. Hope he gets more physical.

    • I could have told you that about Ferguson and Jenkins. That’s why I’d like to see guys like CornWash and Sutton get looks there, but unfortunately Washington got hurt on his 1st snap yesterday.

      • Trac

        What was Washington’s injury?

      • The GP

        Washington flexed his Conan flex, and his muscles burst

      • Yeah, we need to give guys like CornWash, Sutton, Young, heck, maybe even Timu, more snaps if the starters aren’t making plays. (edit. Also, promote Terry Williams from PS)

        This is the year to do it.

        Let’s face it. Allen is all but likely gone after this season for cap reasons alone.

        The coaching staff have nothing invested in other guys like Shea, Houston, or even Fuller.

        But most coaches are conservative by nature, and usually go with “experience” over “upside” when the game kicks off.

  • The GP

    Guy dodges the roadblock, does high speed gauntlet run through the flames in Anderson Srpings, CA.

    Scary

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    This trivia question is meant to incite hatred toward Phil Emery and serves no other purpose:

    3 coaches have won the AP Coach of the Year award back to back since its inception in 1957.
    They are Allie Sherman (Giants), Don Shula (Colts) and Joe Gibbs (Redskins).

    Only 2 coaches have ever won the award twice in 3 seasons, who are those coaches?
    Hint: One of them did it with the same team and is a legend, the other has done it with two different teams.

    • Trac

      Jerry? Jerry Angelo is that you? Hahaha

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        LOL, Lovie wasn’t one of them, I saw that Bucs game yesterday. Still would rather have Nessman over Lovie.

    • Bender McLugh

      Gibbs & Chucky

      Not Gibbs, I meant to type Walsh & Chucky

    • one is obviously Arians, who Emery should have hired. Dunno about the other… I’d guess Lombardi.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i want to say Ditka, but i thought he won it 2x in 4 years.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Winston’s being compared to the Bret girl?

      • MB30SD

        my god, that whole thing is a mess.

        I saw a thing on ESPN yesterday and every time there’s been 2 QBs taken 1 and 2 one has thrived and the other has turned into some level of JaMarcus Russel.

        So guess who’s lookin like JRussel 2.0

        • Trac

          I was telling Murph the other day that most NFL GM’S have their heads up their asses. Taking Winston was a bozo pick but as usual, Lovie outsmarted the experts, again.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. He’s a train wreck. I’m just glad he’s not our train wreck any more.

          • Trac

            I was somewhat blinded by my affection for Lovie the man but now that he’s gone? As Vin Diesel says, “what took you so long?”. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            i can’t even take you right now. hahahaha

          • Trac

            God help them because the last I checked, Lovie gets to make all the roster decisions.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha… they are proper fucked trac.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I can’t wait for December 27th!

          • MB30SD

            I’m hoping he gets fired on my bday again! Yaaaay!

      • wreckinball

        Actually unfair to Brett. His pass was good and volleyed up in the air by the receiver. Jameis was awful on both picks.
        Its obviously too early to judge.

    • The GP

      Winston is a massive train wreck. Good thing he’s married to the worst QB head coach in the NFL (outside of Texan’s Bill O’Brien, who is a giant schmuck)

      • BearDown100393

        Tampa Bay is godawful. Smith, Winston & MRSA.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Jeff. Get real.

    It wasn’t just the INT.

    Cutler was 18-36, 225 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 67 passer rating and a shitty YPA.

    Yeah, there were a few drops. There is also the tiny detail that he went 4-6 for 57 yards and a TD in garbage time, which is vintage Cutler.

    He also had Matt forte running all over the packers, leaving him in favorable short yardage situations and Green Bay selling out on the run.

    Can we also talk about the turnover on downs at the goal line? Christ. On 2nd down he threw a ball through Randall’s hands and into Hyde’s lap. Then on 3rd down, he through a ball through the DB’s hands that would have been picked if not for his receiver hacking the DB. Can’t fault him too much for the 4th down play because he was under pressure but I think it’s fair to expect him to throw something more contestable than that.

    The guy was asked to do nothing all game, until crunch time. And he shit the bed on two consecutive critical drives. Even with the advantage of an excellent run game. I mean, come on man?

    You can say he didn’t lose the game by himself or whatever that’s fine. But to say he was “good”? That’s delusional.

    John Fox was good.
    Adam Gase was good.
    Jay Cutler was Jay Cutler

    • Trac

      Dave, is that you? Haha

    • RenoBear

      DOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNN’TTTTT CCAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRE….. Go away dude

    • Waffle

      Adam Jahns has a twitter feed that breaks down what was done to move the sticks on 3rd down alone. You’re supposed to be better than this. Asked to do nothing is horseshit even for you.

    • RenoBear

      We all know who Cutler is. We don’t need constant reminders from opposing fans

      • TheBigCheesy

        Apparently, you don’t…

    • BerwynBomber

      You will never get Blogfather to admit Cutler is an average starting QB in the NFL. He has a very forgiving concept of “good” when it comes to Jay. Wasting your time there, Cheesy.

  • Bender McLugh

    Allan Ball…… seriously he’s better than the guys on the bench? SMFH

    • The GP

      When Ball leaped up with Jones and his helmet hit Jones in the jaw, I thought they would say

      “Jones took Ball to the chin”

      #MissedOpportunity

  • The GP

    The Giants shit that game away.

    #FuckRomo

    • Bender McLugh

      Just heard Eli was snapping the ball on each play of the last drove with several seconds remaining on the play clock. Veteran qb eh?

  • FQD1911

    I was proud to be a Bears fan yesterday…hell of an effort men.

    • MB30SD

      there he is!

    • The GP

      I’m gonna end up sounding like SC Dave here, who sounds like the crabby old bastards on the bar stools at Chicago taverns who have PBR signs out front, but WTF:

      Is that what it’s come to? So many years of losing that we’re just happy they tried and didn’t embarrass themselves? The Bears have become the equivalent of going to a special needs Olympics?

      Christ.

      They lost because they are still the inferior org. They may have a GM and coach now, and it may start to turn – but not for 1-2 more years and that’s speculation. Face facts, this is purgatory and we can hope to see a few young players that will be here if and when this worm turns.

      • FQD1911

        Exactly. Any seasoned Bears fans know what this season truly represents; after seeing that sham of a squad called the “2014 Chicago Bears,” it felt good to see EFFORT at times. I can forgive a team not being talented enough…that falls on the people doing player acquisitions. Zero effort is totally inexcusable, and last year’s “team” played almost half of their games like that, just coasting to get a check.

        Like I said: I was proud to be a Bears fan today. We will be back on the mountaintop…just not in 1-2 years.

        • MB30SD

          this. yep, you hit the nail on the head GP.

          But if we’re honest with ourselves that’s exactly where we are mate.

        • wreckinball

          I agree Went in with zero expectations
          Effort was a plus
          They just don’t have the personnel
          I think they have a good coaching staff who will all be back next year
          A lot of the players including the QB wont be

          • FQD1911

            I disagree with the QB sentiment. If Cutty plays locked in like he did yesterday (barring the interception), then he will be back. He made pretty good decisions yesterday…just had his usually bad luck.

          • wreckinball

            Yesterday was just not bad we’ve come to think that one killer mistake is OK
            That won’t be tolerated going forward next year
            They’ll dump him Just no way to do it last year with the $$s

          • MB30SD

            it’s not just about the $$ yo, it’s about the alternatives. Who do you want, hoyer? Tannihill? some other shitbird.

            I don’t know… would you rather have some wet noodle back there who doesn’t throw the INT at the critical time, but can’t pull a needed clutch team-on-his-back win out of his ass… or a guy that can and does do both of those things depending on the week.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            If it’s not Connor Cook, then I want no part of it, give me another year of Cutty with all that non-sense.

          • MB30SD

            man crush?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            You know it…6’4″, takes care of the ball, moves well in the pocket, accurate (even on the run). He’s got a lot of tools you like.

          • MB30SD

            Sounds good. Worth trading up for the #1 next year?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Not at the current price of acquiring the #1 overall pick (assuming it would even be for sale). The year Luck came out there’s no way in hell the Colts would have traded the #1 overall pick.

          • BerwynBomber

            At this point I would take Tannenhill over Cutty w/out batting an eye. But yeah, Hoyer and McCown are journeymen/back-up quality and obviously inferior to Jay.

          • wreckinball

            True on the alternatives
            Just my opinion that unless Cutler has a complete turn around they aren’t keeping him for the $$s and accepting just not awful play

  • MB30SD

    something not really touched on… the ability to get much better in the 2nd 3rd 4th etc… game.

    The packers have had the same basic coaches, scheme, personnel, etc… for years and years in most cases. What you saw yesterday, for the most part, is what you get from them… and the wizard.

    We have TONS of upside… even with this group of players. Think about all the points we left on the field. Gase will def throw a run or two in next time we’re on the 2. Forte rarely has drops like he did. We don’t face the best QB in the game every week. Rookies like amos will get much better (I’d assume), guys like long will get used to brand new positions he’s never played before that game, fangio will start getting more creative and will find a set of guys that gives us the best results. Alshon and royal will heal (hopefully).

    Anyway, you get my point. We have a ton of room to improve… and I think we do do in most of the areas mentioned above, the first turn-around season could even be an 8-8 season.

    Yeah, it’s not a ton to ask for look forward to, but given all of the layers of a total rebuild we’re staring at, I think that would be a good outcome.

    • Yeah, but these things balance out too. As the season progresses, injuries happen, for starters.
      Opponents will have more tape to counter tendencies and exploit weaknesses.

      Also, we all expected Trestman to actually commit to the run like he said he would, and he never did, so “assumption of rational coaching” is only that, an assumption.

      I remarked in the PS how his goaline play-calling resembled Tresty, and I hope he’s learned, but hey, Tresty never did. More cute then sledge-hammer.

      But overall, I agree with the arrow pointing up. Just so many unknowns at this moment. I actually think next season will be the true purge, when POX can dump many leftovers with minimal cap repercussions.

      • The GP

        Hey Butch –

        I was curious: whose DBB FF team posted the highest score this week? People want to know.

        • Well, the results aren’t quite official yet since it’s a double header MNF tonight, but so far it’s looking like Ender(SC), Frank (Pooper) or Sac, and I think Frank and Sac were even missing a player.

          I basically need 26 points from Bradford tonight to beat Artoo who had a BRUTAL outing from Flacco with his 1 point.

          I unfortunately had two HBs play in a that Broncs-Ravens game in which the defense scored more than the offense. Brutal.

          Peyton looks noodled-armed.

          http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/scoreboard?leagueId=835653&seasonId=2015

    • Ososfan

      I remember Fangio said early the D needed some time to get used to his scheme and used to playing together so they stick to some basic concepts at the beginning of the season and progress and advance later on, which is exciting noting that this D is waaaaaay far from being remotely close to being a finished product….

    • Trac

      Now you’re talking my language. Your reasoning is spot on. I also get GP’s post as I was thinking pretty much the same thing as far as a fan base settling for less. I think it’s only fair that this group of coaches and players are given the season to prove themselves but come next year, Fox will take off the gloves.

  • Will Fangio become more aggressive/exotic?”

    I noted last night that I felt that Fangio was playing sorta “contain” vs Rodgers hoping the front 4 could pressure. Obviously, it didn’t work out. Our best defense was TOP. Maybe Fangio is used to guys like Aldon, Justin Smith and McDonald being able to collapse the pocket, but we have none of those type of playmakers on our Dline.

    Fangio will have to be a bit more aggressive going forward to make up for the lack of elite playmakers, which means perhaps giving up more big plays by our secondary, but our D needs to create an identity, and I’d rather it be aggressive than passive.

    • The GP

      In a 3-4, to get exotic means to drop out the LBs.

      Fangio keeps correcting reporters who tell him it’s a 3-4. He keeps saying “it’s really a 5-2”. And he brought 5 plenty of times and relied on Jones and Shae to pick up the TE and the back.

      So, what’s a blitz if all 5 come? 6? 7?

      Rodgers torched us when Shae crashed in. I also saw a double strong side stack – where Shae lined up outside Fergie, and Allen went and split even FARTHER to the strong side and put his hand down. Did you see that formation?

      They must have promised Allen some % of downs they would strong side stack like that and allow him to come off the line with his hand down.

      • He might line up, or feign, 5 guys at the line, but I’m curious to see the breakdown of how many times Fangio rushed more than 4, and from where they came.

        (Or the % of when he played cover-2/3)

        By “exotic” I mean that the 5th guy can come from anywhere. CB, Nickle CB, SS, FS…I don’t think we saw any of that.

        By aggressive, I mean bringing the house and letting the CBs go one-on-one (and exotic and aggressive are a mixture of both).

        This might not have been a good formula vs Rodgers since he’s very savvy and accurate, but vs mortal QBs, it could be enough to at least rattle them.

        If we had a Watt or Suh, then we wouldn’t have to resort to this, but we somehow need to force more stops and turnovers cuz relying on Cutty to not turn it over and deliver in the clutch is not a winning strategy.

  • The GP

    Jameis Winston’s first completion as an NFL QB

    https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/COz4NwqUsAAJnxk.mp4

    Also, Mariota scored a perfect 158.3 QB rating. A feat unlikely to ever be duplicated by any first time starter QB in the NFL again, even a vet.

  • The GP

    Buffalo erects a billboard for their 1-0 start

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CO4EmXgWsAA6rQs.jpg:large

    • Rex called upon the crowd to defeat Luck.
      Guess this is their lil thank you.

      Also, I think this is the 1st time a new BUF HC won his first game, which is hard to believe since they’ve been around a while and hired Marv Levy who took them to 4 SBs.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        especially since they had coaching greats like Dick Jauron

    • Trac

      Uh oh. Don’t let Jeff see that sign. Can you just imagine how many animal shelters could have bought puppy chow with that money? Hee hee.

    • 13th man? who’s the 12th?

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Eli told Jennings not to score late in the game against Dallas last night.

    http://espn.go.com/newyork/nfl/story/_/id/13656963/rashad-jennings-new-york-giants-says-was-told-not-score-end-dallas-cowboys-game

    real reason? Jennings was on the team Eli was playing against in fantasy football, and Eli wanted to win his week one game.

  • WP34

    The Cowboys have waived OT Jordan Mills but plan to sign OT Charles Brown, a former Saints 2d round pick who worked out for team last week.

    • The GP

      Mills is worse at sports than Charlie Brown

  • MB30SD

    ancho back in, Washington on IR for the rest of the season

    • Trac

      There you go. All things happen for a reason.

  • Trac

    Ok Yonny, if AP and Kap just put up pedestrian numbers, your ass is mine. Lol.

  • MB30SD

    omg, football is back

    • Trac

      Yes it is!

  • MB30SD

    kiko…..

  • MB30SD

    this thing on?!

  • MB30SD

    oh look, was that devin hester… on the sidelines… in a tshirt.

    • Trac

      It’s too bad his talent never coincided with Bears glory. Still, take away Dave Toub and Hester never comes close to the record books. Too subjective?

      • MB30SD

        nah. i get it.

  • BerwynBomber

    Quinn turning the ATL D around in a hurry. Did we interview him?

    • Shady

      Yes.

      • MB30SD

        bang bang?

    • Trac

      I guess the Eagles could use a few of those pro bowlers they cut or traded for a bag of balls right about now.

    • Trac

      Philly has attempted 27 passes and 7 runs. That’s not how you win in the NFL. I predict Kelly will be back coaching college before he signs another NFL contract. Ain’t no way he survives trading away all that talent if he lays a goose egg this year.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I get that but right now I’m more interested in Quinn, Beasley and ATL.

  • WP34

    GRUDEN: BRADFORD AND EAGLES A GREAT FIT
    In previewing the Eagles-Falcons Monday Night Football game (6:55 p.m. ET on ESPN), Jon Gruden says Philadelphia trading for QB Sam Bradford “could be the story of the year.”

    I know its only 1 half. But these guys make millions win their BS proclaiminations! For some reason this kinda crap irks me… maybe because its all just bs until the games.

    What kinda story…

  • Robert L. Wendt

    Jay Cutler is a big waste of time and money. He is paid more than Tom Brady, and Aaron Rogers,
    and has nothing to show for it. Aaron Rogers has helped Green Bay win an NFC championship,
    and a Super Bowl. Tom Brady has helped New England win 6 AFC championships, and 4 Super
    Bowls. They also submit to their coaches. Jay Cutler does not. One of the reasons Bears GM
    Phil Emery was fired,was for giving Jay Cutler that big contract, that he clearly did not deserve.
    Jay Cutler was at the end of his current contract, and Phil Emery did not have to offer him
    a new contract, but he did. Jay Cutler is considered one of the biggest jerks in the NFL.
    Last season the Bears had to move QB David Fales from the practice to their active roster,
    because New England tried to pry him away from the Bears. This tells me David Fales is worth
    a look, (especially when New England wanted him) so bench Jay Cutler, and start David Fales.
    He might be able to give the Bears the spark they need. Remember, in 1982, Mike Ditka decided
    to start Jim McMahon. And in 1985, the Bears won Super Bowl 20.

    • Trac

      Have you nicked Waffle’s Tradewinds?

    • WP34

      http://overthecap.com/position/quarterback

      Look @ annual guaranteed money

    • beninnorcal

      So start Fales over Cutler? Although Cutler may be over-paid and you don’t like him, he still gives us the best shot at winning. I’m pretty sure we aren’t going to the playoffs either but that doesn’t mean we should just give up and try to get a high draft pick. I want to see the team compete against every team they face.

      I like Fales too but I’m not sure he’s the next Brady or even the next McMahon. Odds are he is not. In fact, the odds are that he isn’t even as good as Cutler.

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. Still would have liked to see Fales in the season-ender vs. Minny last year. If we get to that point again, I would have no problem telling Cutty to grab a ballcap and an IPad. Anyway, long ways off …

      • he could be the next Caleb.

        • MB30SD

          I thought we agreed you’d never mention that name here again

          • Keith Jennings? Can I bring him up when someone goes on a Bennett rant?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Agreed. I like Fales too, but he’s a last resort (that you can have some confidence in).

    • MB30SD

      wah wah wah… so sick of all these whiners. Here’s bill’s brother. jesus.

      We already gots 99 fucking problems bob, give me a viable solution to the problem der glory days. smfh.

      • Shady

        Pretty sure George here was sent back in time to troll Yonny before he can lead the Tradewind reveloution of 2025.

        • MB30SD

          hahaha…

    • listen here, bub. Tom Brady is paid less than Jay Cutler. Know who else?

      Nick Foles
      Ryan Tannehill
      Matt Stafford
      Cam Newton
      Sam Bradford
      Carson Palmer
      Matt Stafford
      Alex Smith
      Andy Dalton
      Philip Rivers

      there are 9 more, but i think the point is made.

    • BearDown100393

      Grantland says you’re hired.

    • Irish Sweetness

      See the game, Rob? I was/am one of his critics, but that was a brand new Jay Cutler that I saw against GB. 50% completions. That means he was throwing it away. If there was nothing on, he either threw it away or he ran with it. The interception was a brilliant play by Clay Matthews. Matt Ryan threw two INTs tonight – nothing will be said.

      Jay was in complete control of his offense on Sunday. We hammered them on time of possession. He is without his de facto #1 receiver Kevin White, Eddie Royal was playing and shouldn’t have been, and his #1 is carrying a calf injury and didn’t look himself. That’s his first three receivers either not there or playing injured. Notice how we couldn’t go downtown even when the box was stacked? No Brandon Marshall. AJ/Eddie can’t jump … Marquess Wilson lucked out on a crossing route.

      We were a pubic hair away from beating the Packers. Rodgers had to make some insane passes happen to win that game. A P.I. gets called here or there …. we were not disgraced and pantsed in that game like we have been in the past, and we do possess the ability to beat a lot of teams. Some chairs need to be rearranged at LB, and they will be.

      Sitting Jay at this point would be insane.

  • BerwynBomber

    Iggles storming back. Ice hurting as much as he is helping the Falcons tonight. Entertaining game.

    • Shady

      Impressed with the ATL RB Coleman out of Indiana. Melvin Gordon had some nice runs for SD yesterday. Todd Gurley should get going in a few weeks for STL. When it’s said and done, I think this may be one of the better RB classes we’ve seen.

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, Coleman has looked very tough. Is Gurley still recovering from his knee injury?

        Actually, Ryan Matthews has looked decent for PHI, which is a little surprising, though I think his knock (like Bradford’s) was often durability.

        Oh, and Abdullah looked decent for the Kittens too.

        • MB30SD

          and he fumbles like he hates all footballs.

      • Waffle

        Think someone on this blog liked coleman

  • BerwynBomber

    Malcom Jenkins. One of the stupidest moves NO made was letting him go and then signing Byrd to a ton more money. Jenkins is a baller.

  • Shady

    Brutal loss if you’re Chip Kelly. You know he wanted to go for the 1st on 4th and short. How could you not? Philly was moving the ball at will! But the guy who rolls the dice more often than not made “the right decision” and it burnt him. Being an NFL head coach could be one of the hardest positions in sports.

    • MB30SD

      aside from vince wilfork’s jock

      • BearDown100393

        and the suspenders to those overalls.

        • MB30SD

          titties titties titties

        • Irish Sweetness

          Competin’ … azzwatitsallaboutman.

  • Shady

    Berman and Dilfer? Oh please no.

    • MB30SD

      berman is SO brutal.

    • BearDown100393

      Perfect broadcast crew for two f*cked up franchises.

  • BearDown100393

    The 49ers look like a prison team from the Longest Yard. And if Adrian Peterson’s knee ligaments decide to shred like baby fat off a switch, I won’t give a damn.

  • MB30SD

    LOVE the new unis. They look badass

  • BearDown100393

    Catwoman is the theme for the cheerleaders.

  • MB30SD
  • BerwynBomber

    Much as everyone predicted SF’s immediate demise they still have arguably the best set of playmakers on O in the NFC: Kap, Hyde, Davis, Boldin, Smith and Bush. And yeah, Kap often appears more an athlete than an NFL QB but he can be electric at times. Ask the Cheese.

  • Trac

    Darren Sproles still has it. Demarco Murray, not so much. Of all the players Kelly got rid of, Shady McCoy was probably the best one. Remembering how badly he torched us a few years back.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m not writing off Murray, yet. They ran amok in pre-season. Best in the league. I’d say Atlanta have themselves a run-defense.

  • Shady

    Jaquiski Tartt is my new favorite NFL name.

    • Waffle

      Insert key and peele video here….

  • BearDown100393

    “It’s a left leg”
    That is some quality sideline reporting right there.

    • BerwynBomber

      In fairness NFL teams don’t provide much more info than that initially.

      I found it more interesting that — surprise! — Reggie Bush is immediately dinged again.

      • BearDown100393

        I understand but the breathless eager “reporting” of that sideline twit makes it appear she broke Watergate. It is absolutely useless. Bush was carted off the field. Status unknown. ‘Nuff said.

  • Waffle

    I feel like Dilfer is going to cry with how bad Bridgewater is. He just can’t fathom it.

    • BearDown100393

      Dilfer and Berman sound hung over.

      • Waffle

        Differ looks like a coke dealer in a seagal movie

    • Irish Sweetness

      Has he seen the constant pass rush in his face?

  • Waffle

    Is unexcusable a word?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Supposably.

  • BerwynBomber

    Putting Bridgewater in shotgun 90% of the time seems questionable. You have AP put him in the I with a FB in front of him. Why F around?

  • Waffle

    Wallace, catch it

  • BerwynBomber

    This is a poorly played but entertaining game.

    Man, that field looks pristine.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Go Niners.

    (I hate myself)

    • Waffle

      Lol, a wager sir?

      • Irish Sweetness

        No. Just the thought of wishing the Niners good fortune … makes me feel dirty.

      • Shady

        Niners opened as 3.5pt faves, ended up as 2.5pt dogs.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Seems like only the bookies knew about the pass rush.

  • MB30SD

    Jesus Carlos hyde just BLASTED smith

    • i thought we agreed that you’d never mention one man blasting another ever again.

      • MB30SD

        liar

      • Irish Sweetness

        Especially up the middle.

  • BerwynBomber

    Thus far, Zimmer seems too carried away with making Minny Bridgewater’s team. Bridgewater has passed it ten times; AP has ran it four.

    • MB30SD

      not impressed with any of it

  • Irish Sweetness

    Has anyone ever drawn 0-0 after 60 minutes?

    • Shady

      Once. Both teams were ritually sacraficed after the game.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If it does ever happen it will be in Cleveland, and called the ‘donut bowl’.

  • MB30SD

    mike zimmer looks like he has a mixture of turrets and Aspergers

  • MB30SD

    oh meooow. those cheerleaders outfits are seeeexy! haha

  • Waffle

    Brutal drop

  • WP34

    2015 Bears @ Lambeau in playoffs:

    Bears 27 Wackers 23.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yes.

  • MB30SD

    that kicker got….. BLASTED!

    • Waffle

      Ummm nope

      • MB30SD

        I know, that was for Ev.

        Work with me yonny

        • Waffle

          I’m not privy to this particular inside joke. Sarrry

          • MB is blasting men up the middle. it’s tragic stuff.

          • MB30SD

            I used to ev, I used to.

            It was glorious. I miss it a lot. I know yonny does too.

  • Waffle

    Ohhhhhhhhhh

  • MB30SD

    hahaha

  • Irish Sweetness

    As soon as he said it was low ,…..

  • MB30SD

    I hate the refs… doing everything they can to make the game suck more

  • Waffle

    I would have turned it off if they would have Called a fucking penalty

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    wow

    • Waffle

      I love matty but he doesn’t do that stuff. Matthews chased him down from behind like a cheetah

      • MB30SD

        hyde is a beast. def not same as matty.

  • MB30SD

    well, I know what I’m going to be doing on the night of nov 6th

    • Waffle

      Love it

      • MB30SD

        fuck yes. can’t wait.

      • MB30SD

        • Waffle

          Epic

          • MB30SD

            just watched it again… so pumped.

            Chis waltz is a total badass as well.

  • MB30SD

    that was retarded

  • Shady

    This football is hot garbage but I can’t stop watching it.

    • MB30SD

      turrible

      • Shady

        Although something about that clown Tomsula intrigues me.

        • MB30SD

          he looks like something from a bad B mob movie

  • MB30SD

    jesus, that was ridiculous

  • MB30SD

    hope fangio is watching his old team’s D on these guys

  • Shady

    Dilfer is such a dildo.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Are these good defenses making offenses look bad? Or is it just two bags of shite fighting it out?
    I just wish it was over. 20 waiver wires to assault. (only three losses in week 1 thank you.)

    I’d take still take Cutty over Kap, and I am no longer worried about the Vikings.

  • Waffle

    Sad, a true warrior may be done. Bowmans knee just buckled again.

    Phew, just tweaked it a bit

  • Waffle

    Bridgewater looking
    much better in 2nd half.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s a good QB, they were up in his face in the first half. If we start Allen/McPhee against him, we’re in trouble.

      • Waffle

        I am not going to.make that assertion. They have 0 pts

        • Irish Sweetness

          There’s a guy running directly at him all night, right up the middle.

          Now who’s that going to be for us? Not Sutton or Ferguson …..

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just saw this …..

    reverenddave @reverenddave
    Uh, playing football will not absolve you of beating your children #nothowredemptionworks
    Retweeted by DaBearsBlog

    Anyone see AP’s words? His feelings tonight were excitement … and … redemption ???

    REDEMPTION ?? Uh-uh, son. You don’t get to say that. You don’t get to redeem yourself on your say-so.

    • BerwynBomber

      Did AP use the word “redemption” or is that just Blogfather and others putting a word in his mouth?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Sideline reporter asked him what he was feeling tonight. She said he said “excitement … and redemption.”

        • BerwynBomber

          Thanks. Yeah, stupid comment.

  • willbest

    So I still then 3-3 in the division is likely. I still think Oakland, Tampa, Skins is going to be doable. I am no longer comfortable with beating San Fran, but at least I think we will have the opportunity to win another 1 or 2 and go 7-9 or 8-8

    • BerwynBomber

      Oakland got even easier with both their starting safeties being lost for significant time.

    • Waffle

      Is it the uniforms or do the 9ers look 100 times faster,meaner and explosive than the bears…..every guy holy crap

      That was some bad football but neither team played their best.

  • BerwynBomber

    Only a week in the books, but SF might be the best looking team in the NFC.

    Questionable play-calling by Norv Turner and Minny. Running AP only ten times and half of those out of the shotgun seems a mistake. Bridgewater had a good rookie year but his ceiling might be Alex Smith.

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