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Across The Middle With Andrew Dannehy

| December 9th, 2015

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• The loss to the 49ers was flat out Trestmanesque and absolutely unacceptable. I’m not mad because they lost. I’m mad because their performance, regardless of the outcome, was not acceptable. Coming off of a big win with extra time to rest and prepare against a bad West Coast team playing a noon game, there was absolutely no reason for that game to have even been close, much less a loss. As much credit as we all gave John Fox after the win over the Packers, he deserves a ton of blame for this loss. He didn’t have his team focused and ready to go.

• I get that Robbie Gould is the whipping boy. He has to make that kick, but I  also don’t really care that he missed it. They didn’t deserve to win. That said, I don’t put 100 percent of the blame for the miss on Gould. Look at the last two attempts, both of the snaps were awful (more on that later). So, lining up for a game-winner he’s thinking about where the snap is going to be and if Pat O’Donnell can even get it down for him to kick it in addition to doing his job. He still has to make the kick and that’s no excuse, but he didn’t lose the game. They were asking him to win one that they really had no business winning.

• Gould certainly isn’t as much to blame for the loss as Adrian Amos. Nobody cares if he thought Gabbert was going to slide, hit him anyway. A penalty there doesn’t lose the game. Then, in overtime, everybody else on the defense knew what the 49ers were doing, what was Amos thinking? He’s been awesome this year, but that was a horrendous game.

• Hroniss Grasu might become a great center one day, but the Bears absolutely need to bring Will Montgomery back to compete with him. Grasu has a long way to go.

• Jay was just off, but he still made more big plays than mistakes. One has to wonder how much his missing brother-in-law was on his mind during the game. How could it not be?

• Through 12 games the Bears are scoring 20.9 points per game, compared to the 21.1 they scored through 12 games last year. With Cutler, the Bears score just over 23 points per game, but that still isn’t much of an improvement. I understand that there are a lot of variables, but most of them — injuries, garbage points, etc. — pretty much even out, especially when you consider the fact that Gase is getting superior quarterback play and help from the defense. The most alarming sign for the Bears is that they’re not getting better. It’s going to be hard for an organization to justify hiring an offensive coordinator with a unit that ranked in the bottom-10 in the league as its head coach.

• Speaking of that defense, you can’t give up three touchdowns to this 49ers team and call it a good day. Just can’t. Gabbert can play a little. He’s not an ideal starter, but I don’t think he’s worse than Brock Osweiler or Teddy Bridgewater. My issue with the Bears struggles isn’t as much Gabbert as the fact that he doesn’t have any good players around him and they still scored three touchdowns.

• I’m not surprised to see Marty Bennett on IR. He was clearly hurting against the 49ers. I give him credit for toughing through it. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the last game he played for the Bears.

• Just like the 49ers, the Redskins aren’t good. They have a quarterback who makes more mistakes than plays and can’t run the ball. But, they have a good defense. I have no idea what to expect in this game.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Last week the Bears made a surprise move cutting long snapper Thomas Gafford and replacing him with Patrick Scales. They said they had issues with their snort-snapping game but nobody else really noticed those issues. If they didn’t exist before, they sure as hell do now.

Scales was horrendous. The 51-yard field goal that Gould made only happened because O’Donnell caught a snap that was almost over his head. The 40-yarder that Gould missed only missed because Scales was low and inside on the snap and O’Donnell couldn’t get it down in time.

When it comes to long snappers, you don’t fix what isn’t broken, but that’s exactly what the Bears tried to do. Now, it is broken and they better fix it.

Player of the Week

Eddie Goldman just keeps getting better and, at this rate, he’s going to become an absolute monster by the start of next season. Goldman was great in this game and managed two sacks while playing a position that isn’t supposed to get sacks. He’s supposed to just be a run-stuffer, but he has 4.5 sacks this season and ranks eighth — tied with Ndamukong Suh — in PFF’s pass-rush productivity, which has weighted values for hurries, hits and sacks.

Another reason to be happy with Goldman: He’s just 21 years old. Players who are just barely the legal drinking age aren’t supposed to be able to battle in the trenches like he does. I’m excited to see how much better he gets with a full offseason in an NFL weight program.   

With Goldman, McPhee, Callahan, Fuller and Amos, it’s looking more and more like the Bears have a big chunk of their core going forward.

Goat of the Week

Josh Bellamy. Bellamy had a chance to show he was more than just a good special teams player and, really, just proved the opposite.

On the Bears first drive, Cutler seemed to miss Bellamy a bit, but it was the perfect chance for the young wide receiver to show he could make a play. He jumped up, got both hands on the ball and just dropped it. It would’ve been a contested catch, but a catch he has to make.

Of course, that wasn’t his biggest mistake. On the wide receiver screen that was intercepted, Bellamy was supposed to block Jimmie Ward. Any time a receiver whiffs on a block on a screen, the play is going to be disastrous and that’s what happened.

Add in the two penalties and you see how big a step down the Bears had from Marq Wilson to Bellamy. I’d prover to see Cameron Meredith get his offensive snaps in the future.

Bold Prediction for Week 14

A week after having his first career touchdown taken away from him, Bryce Callahan gets one against the Redskins, taking an interception back for a score.

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  • MB30SD

    Konichiwa bitches…

    Oh, and the Cowboys just beat the redskins right. Just get the win man.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I don’t write one column a week. Yet I still get blamed.

      • MB30SD

        He missed two kicks in this game alone, no?

        He almost lost the sd game for us, another 2 missed kick game. He has huge trouble getting kickoffs into the endzone on top of it.

        I’m not suggesting instant death, I’m suggesting we bring in tons of competition this offseason and we pick the best guy no matter what his last name is. And fox now has to take robbie’s current…. state… into mind when we kick.

        • BillW

          Andrew wrote the column

        • willbest

          The first FG miss I am willing to go with bad snap and hold, it just looked ugly and I can believe the timing was all shot to hell. The second one looks fine. Even if the snap as off O’Donnell got it to where it needed to be.

          • MB30SD

            Indeed.

            …and there’s no crying in football will.

    • 505Bears

      Robbie sucks….Like I said before, his job is to kick the ball. That’s it. Millions of dollars just to kick a football. Unless he has Lucy holding the ball, I don’t give him a pass. I could imagine if everything was not perfect and I did not perform at my job, nobody is giving me a pass…come on maaaaan!!!

      • MB30SD

        Yup

      • SC Dave

        -sigh- smfh

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Jay was just off, but he still made more big plays than mistakes. One has to wonder how much his missing brother-in-law was on his mind during the game. How could it not be?”

    We can assume that the WIFE is upset and it’s given in any household…

    “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy.”

    • BillW

      Add three kids with one a newborn. Maybe they have live in help but maybe not. (Live in help might sneak in someone to vaccinate the kids)

      • willbest

        If I recall for one of them, her mom was there. And if that was the case this time, he would be getting a double dose of the brother’s crisis. Back when he was doing the cutler show it did sound like there was a nanny but no live in help otherwise. I would also suspect they have a cleaning service.

        • BillW

          We used to have a cleaning service when our kids were small. I hated having to clean the house the night before so the cleaning people didn’t think we didn’t keep a clean house. I found out from other guys that was pretty common “Wife behavior.”

        • 505Bears

          Sounds like he needs a couch to crash on so he can focus. Any of you all have a free couch there in Chicagoland?

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      yet we were still winning with 3:30 left and one drive left for Gabbert. Gotta win those. The O did it’s job and finished it off.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No argument.

        Cutler did his job down the stretch.

        Twice.

        Defense and special teams BOTH had to then gack it up.

        • BillW

          I’m really surpised at the controversy going on here. If a receiver dropped a wide open pass in the end zone we’d say he lost the game. If he did it a few times in games we’d say the moment is too big and perhaps he isn’t fit for the job.

          Technically Robbie did not lose the game because it was tied. He merely failed to win it on as routine of a kick as he’s ever had.

          Robbie is a pro and will never say anything other than he let the team down. He knows why he kicked it so bad. We will never know and I do respect those like Dave who are giving him the benefit of the doubt and not feeling there is anything more than “it happens” going on.

  • BillW

    Who knew snort snapping was a thing?

    Or short snapping for that matter..

    Our long snapper can’t short snap.

    I remember when there was no such thing as a long snapper. Of course I remember fullbacks and penny candy too

  • MB30SD

    This made me laugh… not sure why: http://www.mandatory.com/2015/12/09/todays-funny-photos/15

    bonus post… because I always post pics of English Bull Terrorists: http://www.mandatory.com/2015/12/08/todays-funny-photos/7

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta agree with ya. Not sure why it made you laugh.

  • The GP

    what was Amos thinking?

    He pulled a Conte. He overran the gap with an insane angle then slid into second base. He looked foolish.

    Shae clearly had flat responsibility so that run is really on Jones or Anderson. I need to watch it again to see who the other inside LB was. Amos shouldn’t have to come up and make that stick, but the way he tried was embarrassing.

    Later Prolinski was exposed by Smith. He’s gotta know that Smith is a flat burner and start that pursuit much much earlier. He was flat footed and hesitated and that is all it takes in this league.

    Clearly we could use a safety in the draft. Amos may still work out at free, but his desire to come down and thump makes me think they want to make him into a Troy Polumalu type SS.

    • BillW

      Early in the season many of us were wondering about making Kyle a safety. But his play seems to have improved.

      Agree with what you say regarding Amos. I think at one time Fencik was a strong safety and Plank was a free safety and then Buddy switched them.

      I admire Prosinski but if he’s a starting safety next year I’d be pretty surprised.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Just checked, he’s 28. No spring chicken. Amos to SS, and continue the Homerian odyssey for a FS. Kyle? Draft a corner?

        • MB30SD

          Dis

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        if Prosinski is the starting FS for the Bears I’m not watching the season.

        • CanadaBear

          Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, you know that’s a huge pile of horseshit. You’re a lifer, just like the rest of us.

    • willbest

      Or rookies being rookies.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s a good idea – Amos to SS. But he’s young, like Prosinski, and they’ll make mistakes.

      Apportioning more of the loss to Amos rather than Robbie as Andrew says is harsh though. Messing up on a play and missing two chip shots are not the same thing. The hold for the kick t win it was good. The youngsters have excuses, Robbie doesn’t.

      Also don’t agree that we didn’t deserve to win it. A pick 6, disallowed TDs, and 2 missed FGs?
      Do SF deserve to win because of blown coverage in overtime? What did they do to deserve the game? We did plenty.

  • BillW

    I’ll give Andrew the benefit of the doubt and realize he probably didn’t mean this literally. But I was a bit taken aback when he said he didn’t care that Robbie missed the kick.

    I cared because I wanted them to win even if they didn’t “deserve” it.

  • willbest

    So what you are saying is on that particular FG, O’Donnell got the ball down in time, and Gould missed a chip shot. Yeah… nope, then its on him. That is his loss. It doesn’t matter if the Bears deserved the win. Doesn’t matter that anybody else not making a mistake would have meant he didn’t have to win it there. They were in a position to win, everybody else got their job done, he didn’t.

    • SC Dave

      The loss happened when the defense gave up a 71 yard pass in overtime. After the offense had their chance and went 3 and out .

      Truth whether or you wish to remain a hater or not.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        the missed FG at the end of regulation, played a huge role in that loss, if he makes it we don’t go to OT.

      • willbest

        Overtime is player on player. That was Robbie vs. the uprights.

  • BillW

    Speaking of fullbacks – anyone else think Unrein gets a carry at the goal line before the year is over?

    • willbest

      I suppose that depends on how well he takes a handoff and grips the ball.

      • BillW

        I would guess they practice that a little every week.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He looks more of an athlete than the Fridge … we could put Tayo in as the 340lb FB!

  • Big Mike

    That was a 48 hour black out type lost. Haven’t looked at anything since the 70+ yard pass. WTF. I know it was a rebuilding year, but could we have had a worse game? It was clear to me we were the better team. Stale play calling.. run, run, pass about about 7-8 series in a row. Kicker.. arghh, ended the season for the 2nd year out of 3. On the pick 6, receivers didn’t work back to ball. Martellus Bennet? show some heart. SMH.

    What did I miss 🙂

    • BillW

      No more heart to be shown by Bennett.

  • I talked about the offense on Twitter earlier this week. In their last 6 games, they’ve scored 20, 17, 15, 37, 22, 20.

    That’s bad. They’re winning on the strength of their defense, which has given up more than 20 points only 1x in that stretch.

    What’s worse is that I think a big part of this is by design. They’re coaching to play close, low-scoring games. Because Fox is too conservative and has been his whole career.

    • CanadaBear

      The Lovie formula, except our ST’s (although they are getting better) aren’t all that. To be honest, neither is the D. I just can’t get too worked up over the loss. There’s no doubt in my mind the staff hasn’t penciled Gould in at K for next year. There will be competition.

    • BillW

      Fox = Shoop? (Gimme three steps..)

    • MB30SD

      Maybe if we had a single full strength nfl-caliber WR or te?

      Would love to see this o with bmarsh, healthy alshon, healthy white, healthy miller and some other good te that’s not a constantly disgruntled whining little bitch. Me thinks the ledger would look a little different

      • That’s entirely fair. But I still see some faults in the game plans on offense.
        They ran it well on Sunday (for the 1st time in months). Not enough play action then, in my book.

        • CanadaBear

          My issue is settling for FG’s way too often.

          • BillW

            My issue is when you are 36 yards away with a perfect snap hold blo….

            (HEY – who are you? Get that gag off me!!!)

        • MB30SD

          I get it and agree, but what I just mentioned changes EVERYTHING.

  • I know exactly what to expect against WAS: a close, low-scoring game. Both teams will end up in the high teens or low 20s. Outcome won’t be decided until the final few minutes, possibly the final few seconds.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And guess which kicker wins that battle.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Tress Way, oh wait you said kicker not punter.

        • CanadaBear

          I have a feeling I’m going to have a case of the ass about keeping the wrong punter by the end of this game.

          • BillW

            I forgot about that.

          • CanadaBear

            I try but every time POD gets off one of those crappy punts …

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude, that’s right! We can watch the punters go at it!

          • BillW

            In the rain too. This may be a sloppy game.

          • SC Dave

            If it plays out as jwood expects, we almost certainly will.

  • Andrew keeps predicting big interceptions for defenders every week.

    This defense has (mostly) done a good job of not giving up big plays for the last several weeks, but they still don’t make plays like that nearly often enough. Need more playmakers.

    • TBC

      Andrew is a wannabe J Wood.

      I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but…

      • and here I thought I was a wannabe Andrew

        • BillW

          The key point is no one is a wannabe TBC.

          • TBC

            BillW – what happened to us? You respond to all of my posts like a scorned lover.

        • TBC

          Yea, you’re totally a wannabe Andrew. Except you were “here” first. And you never say dumb shit.

          • I’ve said plenty of dumb shit in my day.
            Just 2 weeks ago I said the Bears had zero chance of beating Green Bay.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Interceptions come when dudes are getting blitzed. We ain’t blitzin’. Hate defenses that don’t get after the QB, and just let them stand in there. The elite QBs handle pressure – mostly. Does Gabbert? If Fangio wants to keep a shape to his defense then fine, but you get after journeymen QBs.

  • I agree Bellamy was awful in this game, but don’t blame the no TD on him. He was WIDE open and Cutler threw him covered.

    That’s a throw you expect your starting QB to make in his sleep.

    That’s not a catch you expect your 5th WR to make.

    • 505Bears

      Yeah, Cutler missed that one and the one he could/should have had to Jeffrey. Plenty of missed opportunities.

      • SC Dave

        Yet its all on Robbie

        • CanadaBear

          Dave don’t take it so personally. You and I are both loyal to a fault with the players we like. It’s easy to blame it on Gould (and let’s face it, he is partly to blame). It’s the same way with Cutler. Oh well.

          • SC Dave

            True enough. Jackass behaviors will always be around.

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt. A bunch of posters can’t wait to launch Forte and he isn’t costing the Bears any games. I’m guessing they don’t resign him and occasionally there will be some hand wringing over it next season when Langford or Carey don’t get it done.

          • BillW

            Hey Canada. I’m probably gonna step in something here, but let’s try to be fair, OK? I don’t think there is anyone who “can’t wait to launch Forte”. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t recall anyone indicating that. Many including me are merely reflecting on the likilhood that he will not be re-signed and looking at Langford and Carey and saying “we’ll be ok”.

          • CanadaBear

            Have you seen any posts from Irish concerning Forte? Maybe can’t wait to launch Forte is a little strong but other than Dave and myself, I don’t see any support for Forte sticking around. We all know he isn’t getting a big contract from the Beloved and there’s a good chance he signs elsewhere. Let’s just say a lot of people aren’t shedding any tears over it. Langford is faster but certainly isn’t the threat in the passing game.

          • willbest

            That is because he is showing signs of age and is unlikely to take a sub 3 million dollar salary to be the 3rd down/change of pace back. If he is, great. But if somebody else is willing to pay him more money, then he needs to do what is best for him.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree. I just think it’s one of those careful what you wish for scenarios.

          • The GP

            I stated twice – one in a thread I started, that Forte should be back.

            I even put it in context of Jeff refusing to part ways with any of the star vets.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m old with a shitty memory. Who knew alcohol and drugs would fuck with your memory?

          • The GP
          • BillW

            I think the loss on Sunday is having a delayed affect on us. Putting us into a semi-combative mood well after.

            I know I’m feeling like – sure, we weren’t expected to make the playoffs and the arrow is up and we’ll be contenders next year and all the good things.

            But then it hurts like a loss hurts when you expect more. It made me perhaps a bit too critical of Robbie.

          • BillW

            Well add me to the list of those hoping unrealistically that he gives us a home town discount and retires a Bear. I waxed nostalgic on that last year I think (or maybe it was early this year. Old man memory).

            At the time I said he was maybe the 2nd best Bear RB. Heresy considering Sayers I know – and I factored in durabilty in that opinion. Others said Neal Anderson and I can’t strongly disagree. And then there is Carseres and Red Grange etc but I wasn’t going that far back.

            So Sunday I am actually sad that it probably will be the last time I see him live in a Bear uniform.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m totally bummed about it to be honest. Gotta give Cormonster credit. He’s also a big Forte fan. Forte’s not all that flashy but the back of his playing card is pretty impressive.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Let’s put a number on it.

            What is Forte, at 31(?) worth to us per annum in dollars?

          • CanadaBear

            I’d go $3 mil/yr for 2 years.

          • Sactowns#1

            $6 mil year 1, $2 mil year 2, and 3. $10mil package and he should be happy.

          • Doc Nitty

            I think most of us want to keep Forte, just not breaking the bank to do it.

          • Sactowns#1

            I’ve spoken nothing but praise for Forte and support resigning him. Have you seen Carey and Langford try to catch the ball? Sign him to a 3 year deal that’s front loaded and have him mentor the new guys.

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. His agent will want silly money, and Pace will go uh-uh. Matt leaves.
            Nobody will be jumping up and down. He’ll be a loss, but between Langford, rodgers, Carey and Perry, we’ll be okay. Plus, they could draft somebody good.

          • SC Dave

            We don’t know what his agent will want, but that is not the important part. Its what Matt and the staff want.

          • Sactowns#1

            The RB market has taken a real dive. Just look at all the success backup RB’s have had this year. Now GM’s aren’t even drafting RB’s in the first round. Look around the league. If he made $6mil in year 1 he would be one of the highest paid RB’s in the league. The Bears will in no way need to break the bank to keep Forte. Vareen, Gore, Gurly all get paid less than $4mil a year. The bottom is falling out of that market and Forte will be happy with a total package somewhere around $8-$10mil

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          yep cut him.

    • BillW

      To that point, if as Andrew says Bellamy missed the block on the pick 6, why even call that play (Jay checked into it – not on Gase)

      And now I go back to the missed practice due to “illness”. Jay lost needed time working with Bellamy. My contention is that it is related to the missing brother in law – there was no “illness” – Maybe Jay stayed home with his wife and kids because she was losing it.

      Anyway that situation very well have been a factor in Jay’s performance.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He checked into a Gase play, which they no doubt have used before and the DB had done his film study. It was a good defensive read on the part of both Cutty and the DB. Cutty lost.

      • willbest

        Its not like Bellamy hasn’t been getting first team reps. Before Wilson was out it was Jeffery. Missing 1 practice didn’t help, but that play has been in the book and he should know what his assignment was.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      I’ve got to look at that play again because if he led him more it would have led Bellamy right out of the back of the endzone. He’s 5’11

      • he threw it too late, had him open for a while before he threw it.

  • Scharfinator

    Typical Cutler apology with his missing brother. MAYBE GRASU, AMOS, AND GOULD ALL HAD SHIT GOING ON TOO?

    Yet, Andrew chooses not to acknowledge they may also be having personal issues.

    Edit: Had to credit the proper author. 🙂

    • 505Bears

      They were all at a sleepover and stayed up too late playing video games and drinking root beer floats. Woke up sleepy eyed?

      • Scharfinator

        Well at least they had a good reason!

    • TBC

      It’s the other guy, not jeff

      • Scharfinator

        I don’t know what you’re talking about… *whistles*

        • BillW

          I conditioned myself to remember Andrew does “Across the Middle”. On Wednesday. Hump Day. The Middle of the Week. I get puns.

          Well, and the fact he puts his name in the title too….

    • BillW

      Well, I think whatever is going on with Kristin’s brother is pretty big stuff. We’ll see.

      Jay certainly didn’t use it as an excuse, but I have to agree with Andrew. NOT during the game itself but in the week before.

      I mentioned this already – he missed a day of practice due to some “illness”. Losing time with Bellamy. Am I the only one not buying that? No mention of what the “illness” was, and then no further mention that it even existed.

      • CanadaBear

        For fuck’s sake Bill, get a search party together and get it over with.

        • BillW

          I’m in! Haven’t been to Utah in years. Used to travel there (SLC) for work. Loved the Wasatch Mts being right in town

          • CanadaBear

            I’m in Mesa, let’s do it!

          • The GP
          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i always pictured BillW looking more like the Muppet movie critic with a mustache, just less funny.

            https://the2womancrusade.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/statler-waldorf-muppet-critics.jpg

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha

          • CanadaBear

            They’re my faves from that show.

          • BillW

            You said that once. And I wondered how you know how I look!

          • Sactowns#1

            That would be Waldorff good sir.

          • Doc Nitty

            Are you driving? If so, stop by for a beer on your way through seattle.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m already here but on the way back would be a possibility. I’ll let you know when we’re on the road back home.

    • MB30SD

      Great minds scharf… ♡♡

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        haha, bullshit MB, he conducted yet another 4th quarter drive to put them up with mere minutes to go and one drive left for the other team and look what happened……again.
        That is what you want your QB to do. It’s not a video game as you know. The O brought it home and just needed one stop from the D and instead Gabbert drove them down the field like a field general….

        • BillW

          I think his “great minds” comment merely referred to them both thinking Jeff wrote this piece and not Andrew.

    • Irish Sweetness

      3 kids. No poon for Cutty. And he’s a very rich NFL QB.

      • MB30SD

        sad right?!

        I really hope his response to her nagging about taking out the trash is….

        • Johnnywad

          Dooooonn’t Caaaaare……

          • MB30SD

            I cain’t quit you maings.

    • SC Dave

      Well, at least he mentioned the Bears have had long snapper problems. Of course, the haters will still hate.

      And Jeff keeps using that picture of Mannelly to remind us what a real one looks like.

    • CanadaBear

      The flip side of the argument is, of course it’s a huge issue at home and he should be happy to go to work and get away from it. You can’t tell me he was thinking about his brother-in-law when large, angry men were chasing him around with bad intent.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And from the evidence so far, that story is not going to end well.

      • BillW

        Missed practice because of it maybe?

        • Johnnywad

          He missed multiple days last week with an “illness” if I read the story right. Certainly can’t help production on Sunday.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Gabbert’s run in for the TD was the crushing blow for me in that game. No one was in a position to really stop him. Slide or no Slide, that was bad defense. Gould probably has some serious confidence issues at this point, hopefully he can get over them fix our kicking game.

    • BillW

      I expect our buddy Aaron to do that more. People are playing tight man on his receivers. So run them deep and to the sidelines and you have the middle wide open – like it was for SF.

    • Irish Sweetness

      At some point you have to say Gabbert made a great play. Right move right time. Bears – wrong moves.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I agree, I think almost any of the QBs in the League could have done that with the space he had to run.

    • Bad play call by Fangio, IMO. Gabbert had been terrible passing all day, but had just killed them with a couple runs. Call a play to focus on containing him in the pocket. Don’t call a play that leaves your defenders in man with no QB spy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy 73rd birthday, Dick Butkus!

    “Sveiks!”

    • CanadaBear

      I saw a woman in a really nice Butkus jersey at the sports bar last Sunday. I said something to her about how much I liked it. She reacted like I was stalking her. I’d like to point out my wife was with me and she’s about 100x’s more attractive than woman in the Butkus jersey.

      • Irish Sweetness

        People who hate people. That’s her problem, C-Bear. Don’t change.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        maybe refrain from touching yourself and lightly moaning next time.

        • CanadaBear

          In my defense my hearing is shitty and I didn’t realize my moaning was audible.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            completely understandable

      • AlbertInTucson

        Disappointing reaction.

        Whenever I’m out and see anyone in Bears gear (and you see plenty here in Tucson)
        I always say “Nice hat / shirt” and give them a “Thumbs up” and a “Go Bears!”

        I have yet to get a negative reaction.

        Maybe it’s just you, Canada? (JUST kiddin’!)

        • CanadaBear

          Me too. That was the first time it’s happened like that. Although I have complimented people on their Bears gear before and gotten no reaction or “Do I know you?” looks.

          • Trac

            Did you check to make sure your fly zipper wasn’t down? Hahaha

          • BillW

            I have sweatshirts from each of the three colleges my kids went to. Sometimes when I wear them I’m not even aware that’s what I have on. Then someone will say something like “Go (mascot name)!!” and I think “what brought THAT on?” If I don’t realize in time they probably think I’m a jerk.

            Not that they’re wrong, mind you – but…

          • CanadaBear

            I used to have a bumper sticker on my car back in the early ’70’s from Creighton University (my youngest sister went there). It had a drawing of their mascot (a really pissed off Blue Jay) and it said “Give ’em the Bird”. People would pull up next to me and flip me off on a routine basis. Lots of fun. Of course, I had hair halfway down my back so I’m sure some of them weren’t really being all that playful.

          • Johnnywad

            Be hard to do that in a Bears jersey though.

      • BillW

        I’ve learned in my old age to NEVER initiate any interaction with a woman under 70 with my wife around. So good for you.

      • maybe she misheard you and thought you were complimenting her butt.

        • BillW

          Whoah – Butt Kiss. Yep – you are on to something JWood.

        • CanadaBear

          If that was the case she should have been happy because her butt was a couple of axe handles wide (at least).

          • Doc Nitty

            I REALLY REALLY like how you measure an ass in axe-handles.That’s beautiful right there, eh?

          • MB30SD

            dude, one ax handle it too many.

          • CanadaBear

            Two bulldogs fighting in a gunny sack!!!!!!!

          • Johnnywad

            What if its a tiny little ax………with a vagina just under it? Then what?

          • MB30SD

            then…. yes.

          • CanadaBear

            Old School!

      • Doc Nitty

        Maybe you accidentally called her a hoser. Like, “Nice shirt, eh hoser?” You Canucks are known to let that slip a bit. eh?

        • CanadaBear

          Pretty sure I didn’t but I can’t swear to it. How ya hanging Doc?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i really miss those infomercials he did about the grill that cooked by burning newspaper.

    • Bender McLugh

      commercials……awesome

      • Bender McLugh

        Miller Lite from 1976

        • BillW

          GOAT of beer commercials!

  • Irish Sweetness

    This is hard to watch.

    BM’s reel from the Giants game (Terrell Davis has the Giants knocking off the Panthers, and the Bucs over Panthers in Tampa)

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000597594/article/brandon-marshall-leads-week-13-players-of-the-week

    • CanadaBear

      I loved BMarsh balling out for the Beloved but he just sucks all the energy out of everyone.

      • Sactowns#1

        I think that’s all just conjecture. I haven’t heard a single player or coach come out and say anything in support of that statement.

        • BillW

          Well, I’d point out how he called out a certain someone for speaking up because he’s just a … well, let’s not start that up again.

        • CanadaBear

          Fair enough Sac but he sucked all the energy out of me and quite a few others around here. I can”t imagine what it must have been like to be around that every day. When he held that press conference about some woman from his past doing some muckraking and he passed out numerous pages of documents to all the press members, at that point I thought his time was limited. Maybe that’s just me but I doubt it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            So .. .we should have traded him because he was trying to defend himself in an organized fashion?

            He’s still tearing it up on the field, and we need a receiver that can be relied upon. We don’t have one. We traded him for a sock.

          • CanadaBear

            You have no idea what he was like to work with on an everyday basis. Nessman had no control over him and apparently Fox wanted nothing to do with him. I’m going to side with Fox on this one.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Well said Sac. Everyone says “he was a locker room cancer” without a shred of evidence. We have NO idea what happened. My feeling was always that it was a bromance breakup, and they ditched Brandon to keep the QB.

          But nobody here knows what goes on, or went on, in that locker room.

  • Bringing the Forte talk to the top, here’s my thoughts on him:

    Forte has been a great Bear on and off the field. 8 years as a starting RB with one team is a remarkable run these days; I believe only AP is longer-entrenched in the NFL right now.

    But the writing was on the wall here as soon as Langford was drafted. I hope Forte can land on an AFC contender next year and get a chance to play in the playoffs a few more times before he retires; hopefully he can even win a Super Bowl.

    He’s the 2nd most productive RB in franchise history, which is pretty damn impressive when you consider that the Bears have sent 3 RBs to the HOF (though I don’t think Forte will be a 4th). He’ll forever be a Bear, even if he plays for another team, and I hope he ends up back in Chicago in some capacity after his playing career is over

    • BillW

      Very well said.

    • The GP

      I think players are largely over the “retire as a Bear and Chicago is yours” argument – because it’s largely a lie. Even guys like Hampton aren’t pulling in the endorsements to make it rich over the years. Yeah, you’ll get invited to speak at the auto show and maybe a men’s suit place will book you for a tv ad, but that’s really it.

      And it’s really only worse now that the “war on football” is on.

      http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25406231/danny-kanell-questions-footballs-link-to-brain-injuries-says-war-on-football-is-real

      • Forte is very well-spoken and would be a tremendous media guy. If he comes back to Chicago after he retires I would think he lands a cushy gig there pretty easily.

        • The GP

          I’m sure he can get a gig at FSN Chicago in 2018 despite playing a year or two for the Chiefs.

          • Agreed. Which is what I hope he’ll do. A couple years playing for a contender and then back to Chicago.

          • SC Dave

            I would prefer that contender be the Bears, JW.

          • The GP

            I just don’t think the Bears will pay him what another team would.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know if another team will either. Might be more about Forte calculating his best chance at a ring and Pox wanting to move on more than money.

          • look at what Frank Gore got this offseason (3 years, $12M that’s really a 2 year, $8M deal). That’s what Forte is looking at, but Bears shouldn’t do that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s been whining in the social media about not having a contract, never goes down well.

          • Langford and Carey can provide you 90-95% of what Forte does for a combined cap hit of $1.3M.
            And with the way RBs hit a wall as they age, they might honestly be better than him going forward.

          • Bender McLugh

            It’s still okay to want things…..

          • SC Dave

            Certainly they will, eventually. My opinion remains that the Bears will be a better team with Matt Forte than without him, even if that have to pay him $3M+. I think they could get him for three years on $10M, and I think he’d be worth it.

            Slot him in at Royal’s position, since that guy does nothing for us.

            But shit, that wall may be between this year and next for all I know.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t forget Rodgers and Perry.

          • Rodgers has a contract that expires and may or may not be back with Chicago next year. Perry is currently not associated with the Bears in any capacity.

          • BillW

            No doubt. Howard Griffith worked on Comcast and one the local network stations (he’s still on BTN). And his only “Chicago” connection came from being a star at U of I.

          • Anonymous

            Didn’t Griffith spend a season with us at the end of his career?

          • BillW

            Not according to Wiki. I don’t remember him on the Bears.

            I have a bit of a soft spot for him – professionally he helped my daughter quite a bit when she was just starting her career.

      • Bender McLugh

        Thayer is the exception not the rule

    • Doc Nitty

      I’m not sure if this still holds, but earlier in the season they were saying that Forte has more all purpose yards from scrimmage than any player since hes’ been in the league. Some of this, of course, is due to AP’s absence last year, but still. Dude gets no credit. He’s been amazing as a bear.

      • Johnnywad

        Just curious Doc because I hear it all the time. Why do you say Forte gets no credit?

        I hear it everywhere. I hear it from the announcers in about half of the games they play. They then proceed to list his killer stats over the last 8 years. We discuss him here on the blog and nobody has him worse than 4th best in the history of the Bears, some as high as second, which is saying something. He’s been to the Pro Bowl. He’s been a starter on the same team for 8 years. The whole world knows when healthy, he accounts for 1/3 of the Bears offense.
        He’s even mentioned as a “just off the fringe of the hall of fame”. If he runs the rock another couple years and happens to win a Super Bowl here or elsewhere, he just may get into the hall.

        I just don’t see the disrepect. It seems everybody that mentions the guys name, says he’s disrespected, followed by immediately paying homage.

        What am I missing?

        • willbest

          Basically he has never held the rushing or YOS crown. He keeps putting in the 3rd to 6th best performance every year. But then he has done that for his entire career. So he doesn’t have that Shady or Murray or AP notoriety

        • BillW

          That made me wonder so I found on Wiki –
          “Only” two Pro Bowls
          in the middle or end of whatever top 100 players they refer to – and then for only 3 years.
          One offensive player of the week award.

          And then
          Bears a pretty unsuccessful team during his tenure
          He is quiet and doesn’t get arrested

          So nationally he really doesn’t enter in the conversation. I’m going to guess that even the TV commentators are surprised when they see his stats during the week’s prep for the game.

          • SC Dave

            Matt Forte has probably gotten more respect as a result of fantasy football than anything else. FF is, after all, about production.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He doesn’t score TDs and doesn’t put up a lot of yards, he is #12 in fantasy.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He had 100+ receptions in 2014, but his other years are not extraordinary, neither in rushing nor receiving. There is nothing extraordinary about Matt Forte other than the obsession certain fans have with him.

            Certainly as a pure rusher, he doesn’t even get into the conversation with guys that are playing now. You could name 5-10 better rushers.

        • Doc Nitty

          I’m referring to national respect, though he finally seems to be getting some.

        • SC Dave

          Doesn’t seem to have had a lot on this blog, for one. Certainly you must remember the pitchfork and torch mob here when he sat out OTAs trying to get a second contract back in 2012.

          That was the second shoddiest thing I remember the Bears doing, after letting someone else wear #51 because Halas was a cheap bastard.

          • Johnnywad

            Sure. Holdouts suck.

            It just seems like damn near every Bears game includes a giant graphic showing just how productive Forte has been followed by, or just preceded by, a remark as to how he’s under rated. How?

            Everybody knows he’s really, really good. What else are we supposed to do? A parade perhaps? Just me I suppose.

          • SC Dave

            I’m not disagreeing, man. It took some time, but I think Matt has pretty much gotten the respect he is due.

            Now, I’m hoping Greg Olsen finally gets the same. Looks like that is on track too. He makes a lot more plays like that 4th down game saver vs NO than people realize. At least outside of Charlotte.

          • Johnnywad

            Still can’t believe they traded Olsen. Can’t believe it.

          • SC Dave

            That was mindbogglingly stupid, and if my poor memory serves, you and I were two of the biggest proponents of that point of view at the time.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Based on his perfomance to date it was easy. He had a 0.7 YAC, got blown up by cornerbacks and disappeared for 2 out of every 3 games. So any “I told you so” stories are invalid. He blew chunks.

            In retrospect, had he had Carolina’s coaches in Chicago, and had we still got Brandon, we would look pretty good right now.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And he’s a fucking millionaire, who gives a fuck about what credit Forte is or isn’t getting? His bank is giving him a lot of it. He doesn’t care about us. Fucked if I’m worrying about Matt Forte.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’s got just over half of Wally’s scrimmage yards, rushing yards. He’s never completed a pass in the NFL (Wally has 8 TD passes). If he played another 4 years, he wouldn’t get near Wally, Matty barely breaks a thousand yards when he does. His YPC is 0.1 more than Anderson’s, his YPR is lower. After 8 seasons, Anderson had more receiving TDs. Sayers averaged 5 per carry and more than 2 yards extra per reception. TJ was actually a tad less in YPC and in YPR. Matty’s been productive yes, but I’ve never been amazed. A great servant though, undoubtedly.

    • Bender McLugh

      “He’s the 2nd most productive RB in franchise history”

      I got some shit on game day for saying he is the 2nd best Bears RB in history……admittedly so because Sayers is most definitely the 2nd best, but Forte is my 2nd fav and he’s #2 in production.

      I just love me some Matty.

      • Yeah, I’d put him behind Sayers and probably Nagurski too. But his numbers stack up against anybody.

        • Bender McLugh

          was thinking of Bronco, but different era with different (smaller) linemen. Not that I was there or anything…..

          • yeah, comparing across eras is always tough. But Nagurski was pretty much unquestionably the best of his era, which you can’t say about Forte.
            Hell, what about Red Grange? Might have to put him up there over Forte too. He’s kind of responsible for starting the NFL, after all.

          • Bender McLugh

            true story

          • Anonymous

            My delineation is “modern era” vs. “older era”. And by modern, I would say 1960 to present.

            Sid Luckman is still the best QB in our history — no offense to McMahon or Cutler but I suspect they’re nowhere near as good in relation to their era as Luckman was to his.

            But yes, comparing Grange and Nagurski to Sayers and Forte might be tough.

            Payton, like Luckman, stands apart.

          • Irish Sweetness

            By your own rationale, then Otto Graham is the greatest QB of all-time and it’s not even close.

          • SC Dave

            In my book, longevity matters. Grange’s official NFL statistics, by the way, are far from impressive (at least here they are: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GranRe20.htm), despite him being instrumental in the birth of the NFL from a financial perspective.

            The wikipedia bio indicates he had a knee injury vs the Bears in 1927 while playing with the Yankees of another league.

            Of course, the part people never remember or never knew about Grange was that he was an outstanding defensive back, much like Sammy Baugh. From the wiki page on the latter:

            “Baugh was even more successful in 1943 and led the league in passing, punting (45.9-yard average) and interceptions (11). One of Baugh’s more memorable single performances during the season was
            when he threw four touchdown passes and intercepted four passes in a
            42–20 victory over Detroit.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Willie Gallimore. Thomas Jones. Red Grange. Nagurski. Anderson. Payton. Sayers. What’s Matty, #8?

          • CanadaBear

            I would definitely put him above Gallimore, Jones and Anderson.

          • AlbertInTucson

            BTW, it’s “Bronko”.

          • Bender McLugh

            Whhhhhhhatever, I knew that

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta keep my avatar current!

  • bigrobstunner

    Bears 38 – Skins 10

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow, is that not going to happen.

  • CanadaBear

    If any of you guys like New Orleans Funk, check out Trombone Shorty if he’s in your town. We saw him a week ago and it was incredible. Great band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccG4dFF00I0

    • BillW

      I had to look it up because the name sounded familiar. And sure enough, he does the adult “voices” in the new Peanuts movie.

      But in reading the Wiki article I will be sure to try out some of his music.

    • Bender McLugh

      yeah Canada, he’s got a beast of a band.

      Another group I like from NO is Galactic. Their last album they had one of the local high school marching bands sit in for a tune (and it didn’t suck either).

      • CanadaBear

        If ever there was a HS band that doesn’t suck it would NOLA! I’ll have to check them out.

      • BillW

        Fleetwood Mac had the USC marching band sit in for Tusk and Don’t Stop in a concert that was recorded.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent point about Amos. He had a horrible day. Matt Bowen also laid the winning TD at his and Porter’s feet rather than Prosinski’s. Suggested that it was their job to disrupt the route more underneath.

    Wouldn’t say Gabbert’s in Bridgewater’s class (and who knows about Osweiler, though he has looked solid thus far; hell, even Gabbert has played better than expected). Too often this blog views the state of QB starters in the league as 1) the elites, 2) Jay Cutler, and 3) the bums. Seems more tiered/nuanced than that. And Bridgewater, though far from elite and certainly inconsistent, is also no bum.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The first three players mentioned have all been good, certainly the first two. That was a costly play, yes, but singular. Porter’s a SB hero, everybody was blowing Amos up all season … I’d say they get to screw up at least once …. like every player in the league.

  • willbest

    The US should officially remove Wednesday from the week during football season. We could make it up by adding a day between Saturday and Sunday the rest of the year.

  • MB30SD

    GP: http://uncrate.com/stuff/bugatti-x-palmer-johnson-yacht/

    When you get it, can I ride shotgun?

    • The GP

      In the somewhat “meh” movie Elysium, Bugatti makes a kickass space ship. It comes with combat droids to protect the VIP from low rent trash.

      Matt Damon, however, has a tracker sight with exploding rounds like in that futuristic COD game you and Shady play.So Damon totally wins.

      • MB30SD

        yep, saw it. I watch all sharlto’s stuff. gotta support the motherland and all the lads yo. But agree… was pretty meh all in all. Have you seen Chappie? Interesting and kinda cool. I’m still waiting for District9 II.

        I did see the monument men last night… it was…. cute?

        • 505Bears

          If they didn’t save the dogs playing poker painting, I’m uninterested.

          • MB30SD

            of course they did

        • The GP

          I saw Chappie. I think it was a better effort overall. He’s a bit fixated on social strata as a theme, but the FX for the bots are really excellent.

          Also, he shouldn’t be in his own movies. His Boba Fett bounty hunter in Elysium was turrible, a comic parody almost.

          • MB30SD

            jeah

        • Sactowns#1

          Chappie was weird. It was like they didn’t know what they wanted to do with the movie. Make it a lighthearted action flick? A gritty sci fi? The whole infantilized robot thing was odd. The whole movie was just odd. I give him props for trying but in the end I think it failed. .

          • MB30SD

            I liked it because I’m south african and there’s a ton in there that americans won’t get. but can 100% see your POV. I thought it was entertaining.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude, Chappie?

          Antonio was in a decent one a while back, Automaton.

          Ex Machina set the bar this year for the AI thing. See that? Oscar soon-to-be-household-name Isaac plays a guy who develops an AI brain based on a search-engine. Builds a couple of hot chicks that he fucks in his forest lair. And that’s it.

          You’d dig it the most.

          • MB30SD

            I did indeed… dig it the most my maings!

            The dance scene cracked me up. Good/uncomfortable flick. hopefully that’ll be me in a few years.

      • SC Dave

        On the ‘meh’, I confess I was disappointed. That movie could have been much more than it was.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Anyone else think that ‘Elysium’ is the current destination for mankind?

        The Elite, orbiting the trashcan that is planet Earth, with all the proles scratching for survival down below.

        T minus 40 years and counting ….

        I hope GP is right and we get this thing figured out.

    • SC Dave

      You can have shotgun, I’ll take the starboard aft deck as outfitted in the photo.

      • MB30SD

        Wise choice dave

      • willbest

        been fooled too many times from the back. could be flat chested or dog faced.

  • One thing from last Sunday that I liked: Cutler didn’t dive to try and make a TD-saving tackle after the INT. I was screaming at the TV “Let him score! LET HIM SCORE!”

    • willbest

      Was he close enough? I don’t recall him being anywhere near being able to make the play.

      • CanadaBear

        It was hard to tell from the angle I saw. I thought the same thing as JW. On the replay from the end zone camera, I don’t think he was that close.

    • 505Bears

      I was either waiting for him to dive and jack up a shoulder or pull up with a hammy injury.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Are we subtly laying blame for the TD on Cutty not making the tackle ?

      You don’t let anyone score. Not like that pussy Mike Golic who admitted he did the same to Christian okoye. Fight for every inch – it’s not a cliche, it’s the essence of the game. That cheeky bastard wants to run up the field against us and score? You don’t belong on the field of battle if you’re afraid to make a tackle, or if there’s a check-list you have for “Will I bother?”.

      I’d spear the fucker thru the chest and send the message.

      • Cutler’s only chance at him would have been a diving tackle with small chance of success.

        Sometimes you let him score and don’t risk the injury. It was the smart move.

  • Bender McLugh

    Alright be honest…….which one of yous owned this Van???

    Butkus 1979 Ford Van Commercial

    • Bender McLugh

      mmmm….coach

    • MB30SD

      Speaking of trucks… I saw this on my way to workout this morning and had to snap a pic. Not a single fucking window on this thing beyond the 3 up front. Not even on the back… and the driverside window was VERY tinted.

      Are these things even legal?! Yikes!

      https://imgflip.com/i/vhuj9

      • Scharfinator

        Bangbros?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Silence of the lambs.

        • MB30SD

          totally, I thought about texting his lp # to the authorities, but I don’t think there’s a law against being a creepy fucker.

    • Sactowns#1

      We are all far too refined and intelligent to buy a Ford.

    • The GP

      that blonde is awesome

  • 1. Snapper or not, i think Gould must go. I can no longer trust him in the clutch. He’s expensive. Been hurt. Can’t make touchbacks (which have cost us prolly two more games than his misses), and the next onside kick he makes will be the first.
    2.EVERY team wins games they’re not supposed to. I don’t see this as luck, but will and finding ways to scrap out wins.
    I said before, we play to level of our competition, for better or worse, and that’ll give Loviesque records every season.gotta beat teams we should or need to defeat. Simple as that.
    3. I don’t put much stock in ppg quite yet. Turnovers are down, running game is up, WRS will not all be inj and oline is solidified by next season. Something to build on while we draft more impact players to turn these squeekers into comfy wins

    • BillW

      Point 3 is most pertinent. Jeff points out in his tweety feed how we are essentially playing with projected receivers 1 and then 5 & 6 with White, Royal, and now Wilson out. Add (or subtract) Bennett and it’s even worse. Of course the offense will be down.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Between Forte, Langford, Miller, AJ, Bellamy/Meredith … Jay has had it worse in the target department. And we’re a running team according to Gase.

        See how Mr. Crazy would look really good in there? See how it all looks so different with Brandon? It must have been really bad in that locker room. Or was it exactly as it should be? One guy getting after the ones picking up paychecks.

        I’d have kept Brandon and got rid of the ones that couldn’t play.

    • willbest

      “Won’t be injured next year” doesn’t work out

      In 2013 it was the defense. Melton, Collins, Tillman, Williams, Briggs. Even Paea missed time.

      In 2014 it was the o-line, d-line, and linebackers that all 2 or more starters for significant time.

      This year it was the receiving core. For all we know next year it could be the defensive backs and Cutler will have to throw it 50 times a game to keep up and we will see a lot more bad Jay.

      • I don’t think the WRS corps will be ravaged again like this year just by sheer statistical probability, which should make for more points. Now, will that transfer to more wins cuz we’re hurting elsewhere? Dunno. But the ppg should be higher (barring cutty going down)

        • Irish Sweetness

          What’s the draft list looking like?

          RB, WR?, DE, ILB, FS. K.

          Thankfully Goldman looks like he’s turned a corner, so that saves a pick.

          Amos to SS.

          We bolster O-skills positions.

          Hopefully Tayo develops and slots in at RG. Line good to go.

      • Scharfinator

        What happened with Paea? Has he done much since he left or was he playing for a contract? If the latter, I’m glad we let him go.

        • willbest

          He is actually on the Redskins, but he is injured and been ruled out. He hasn’t been a bust for them if that what is what you are asking. 1.5 sacks and a FF. 19 combined tackles. I wouldn’t think that is enough to earn him the $5 million they are paying him a year though.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This is the first time someone else has mentioned it. Money. We’re going to pay him 8M over the next two years? I don’t think so. If he was the place-kicking equivalent of Ray Guy then okay, but he’s not.

  • willbest

    On the plus side Eddie Royal practiced so that should help.

    • BillW

      Limited. Rolle and Wilson sat out.

      Jeffery practiced but was very limited due to being encased in bubble wrap.

      • Sactowns#1

        Makes us all miss BMarsh doesn’t it?
        Probably the dumbest trade I’ve seen in quite a while.

        • had nothing to do with on-field reasons.

          Marshall had to go.

          • BearDown100393

            Marshall! Marshall! Marshall!

          • BillW

            Ok the Pulp Fiction reference was good. But Brady Bunch? . Fail

          • MB30SD

            He was one of my favorite modern bears, but dude was a cancer. Agree with data. He had to go

          • Irish Sweetness

            Disagree.

            It’s business. Can you do it on the field? Yes he can. We’d be lights out with that fucker split wide. Our #1 receiver is on IR.

          • Alshon Jeffery is the best WR on this team.

            A fact that would be true even if Marshall was still here.

    • Scharfinator

      Royal has been such a non factor I forgot he was on the team.

      • BearDown100393

        Le Royale with cheese

        • BillW

          Gee. No love for your Pulp Fiction reference?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I didn’t go into Burger King.

  • fuck the bears til next season. watch the blackhawks. great organization with great bell cows, kaner toews, hossa, keith seabs. beras will get there, but it is a ways off.

    • The GP

      Isn’t that the very definition of fair-weather fandom?

      • I guess, but i been watching the bears since Bobby Douglass was QB. I have been rewarded for my loyalty ONCE. that team should have won many more. Lovie era bears had no QB and no clue what to do with Jay when we got one. This new staff seems to just want to be close in the 4th, as opposed to putting teams away. Lack of talent may make that the wisest course for now, but no playoffs again this year. I will still watch, i am addicted, but i repeat, fuck the bears this year.

        • The GP

          the path to the dark side is quick and tempting. perhaps becoming a Score caller is your true destiny.

          • Sactowns#1

            lol

          • willbest

            And that wins my qotd

          • Scharfinator

            DAMN lol

          • MB30SD

            He and cheesy should swap

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hardly “Fair-Weather” if one endured the Gibron years.

    • Sactowns#1

      Who the hell are you and why are you here? Please leave commenting to the professionals and kindly back away from the keyboard.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I feel his frustration which I find both understandable and justified.

      • and who are you? to be a professional you must be paid for your comments. I offer mine freely, and unless you can show me a pay stub i assume you are not a paid contributor either. Like I said, i have been watching the bears since i was still watching “Bozo’s Circus” and Jim Dooley was coach. I know a bad football team when I see one. Getting better, but the vikings, lions, broncos, and 49 er games were there for the taking. I hear Fox was dancing in the locker room after packers win, what message does that send to the team? A good head coach is NEVER satisfied. I like Fox and we are headed in the right direction, forgive me for being pissed that the beloved are 5-7 when we should have the inverse record at worst.

        • Scharfinator

          Well to be fair, at least we use proper punctuation.

        • Trac

          Sac is our resident commie. Hee hee.

        • Doc Hamstring

          What the fuck is it with guys who come here and bitch and then whip out their old-man credentials (“I’ve been a Bears fan since Dick Butkus ripped a guy’s head off and shit down his neck-hole! My opinion means more than yours!”) in an attempt to justify their pissy attitudes?

          • BillW

            Well now I know what it was like reading my stuff during Lovies last year or two and the whole of the Trestman nightmare. So there’s that.

        • BillW

          Ok. I can prove Mike is not me. I’m even older than him.

          Mike. If you are as you say then you saw it done right once. After a few failed reboots once Papa Bear retired

          You don’t see the similarities here? Starting with Ginny being pissed like her dad was with NiceNeill?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            LOL! i was thinking Mike was a puppet account of yours.

      • Made a trade proposal. Ingram is down. Gronk is down. I got what u need and then some

        • Trac

          Trust me, you’re going up against my 1 horse AP no name team, you do not need any more players. You’ve got a Friggin all-star lineup as it is.

    • After last season, u were honestly expecting bears to make playoffs?
      A lot of total rebuild teamsxare lucky to win 4 games.

    • Scharfinator

      Get off the blog then.

    • BearDown100393

      That’s what Leo said. Allegedly.

    • MB30SD

      I’m sure they have some awesome Blackhawks blogs around, you should go check those out you old fart. Hahaha

    • Irish Sweetness

      How does a fan say “Fuck the bears” ???

      I get “Jeez we played like girls …” … but …. “Fuck the bears” ???

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