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Across The Middle With Andrew Dannehy

| December 30th, 2015

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• My biggest disappointment from this season has been the fact the Bears hadn’t been able to establish an identity, but that might have changed on Sunday. The Bears dominated the line of scrimmage against a team that ranks in the top 10 in both rushing offense and defense. If they can run and stop the run with the best, they’re going to win quite a few games.

• The Bears just looked like a completely different team than the one we’ve seen the last three weeks. They were physical and intense. I loved how the defense attacked the line of scrimmage. It’s fair to wonder how much of that has to do with John Timu.

• Another injury on Sunday lowered Forte’s price tag. 30-year-old running backs don’t typically get paid much, but that’s especially true when they’re coming off of injury-plagued years. Forte is still the Bears best running back and if they can get him back for a deal similar to what Frank Gore signed last year, why not do it? He’s averaging about half a yard more per carry than the combination of Langford and Carey and is easily the best receiver. I’m not sure I’m ready to trust Langford as a starter yet or Carey to do more than he’s currently doing.

• I know some fans are obsessed with assigning positions to players, but I don’t think referring to Eddie Goldman as a nose tackle is accurate. He lines up there in the base defense, but how often are the Bears in their base? If you’re looking for comparisons to the 49ers defense that Vic Fangio was the architect of, Goldman is Justin Smith. He’s not playing at that level quite yet, but there’s a good chance he’ll get there. Now the Bears need their version of Ray McDonald (the player, not the person) and their defensive line will be mostly set with the team playing two down linemen most of the time.

• I don’t know who should get the credit for this, but one area the Bears have greatly improved is how they react when a play breaks down. Cutler has always been able to buy time, but the Bears receivers haven’t known how to act. Now, they make themselves available by running to open spots and Cutler finds them.

• I know he says a lot of dumb stuff, but I enjoy Matt Millen’s announcing. He just sounds like a guy who loves football and has fun doing his job.

• The coach the Bears can least afford to lose: Ed Donatell. Look at the improvement Kyle Fuller has made, the solid play from Tracy Porter and the fact that they’re getting good play from two undrafted rookies and a fifth-rounder. Donatell should be a defensive coordinator next year.

• It’s impossible to say how his career will end up but Jameis Winston reminds me of Brett Favre. He has a cannon arm and is always willing to take a chance, but will make mistakes.

• Sunday will be an interesting game for Jim Bob Cooter. It’s a job interview for him, maybe for both teams. There are numerous levels to this. First, if the Lions fire Jim Caldwell and Adam Gase gets a head job, the Bears could bring in Cooter to replace Gase. (Fox tried to interview Cooter before hiring Gase last offseason and they worked together in 2013.) Of course, there’s also a rumor that Gase is being considered for the Lions job, should they move on from Caldwell. Since they’ve worked together in the past, Gase could elect to retain Cooter. The Lions could also elect not to fire Caldwell, who would then likely choose to keep Cooter as his offensive coordinator.

• Draft position be damned, this is a big game for both teams. 6-10 is bad, 7-9 in mediocre. The difference shouldn’t be considered to be all that much, but it is. Subconsciously, when you see the numbers you see a significant difference, it’s automatic. For the Bears, climbing from bad to mediocre in just one season would be a major accomplishment and going into the offseason with a win is always good for a team trying to create a culture. For the Lions, 7-9 could save Caldwell’s job. Detroit ownership is known for being loyal and I think they’d have a hard time firing a coach who has gone 18-14 in two years. Seven wins would tie for the third most they’ve had since 2001. If they go 6-10, however, it looks like more of the same.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Why are so many Bears fans and some media members saying trading Brandon Marshall was a mistake?

We know the drill. He starts out well, is a good soldier and follows the rules. Then he bends them. Then be breaks them. Marshall tried to divide the locker room. The Bears had to get rid of him or Cutler. They made the right call.

There is a football aspect to this too. They want their receivers to be able to stretch the field and make plays after the catch, two things Marshall hadn’t shown he could still do. He lost weight and has been better in that area this year. Would he have done so if he was returning to the Bears?

If you talk to anyone who has been close to the team, they make it clear: Bears don’t miss Marshall. It’s easy to focus on the good things he provides, but don’t lose track of the bad things. And, remember, the pick they traded him for became Adrian Amos, who would be considered a good rookie even if he had been a first rounder.

Player of the Week

Harold Jones-Quartey. When I watched the Cardinals crush the Packers, I admired their defensive backs. They had a bunch of guys who were fast and physical, something they definitely look for. They had HJQ in camp and, while it was always a long shot for the undrafted rookie from a Division Two school to make their talented roster, they tried to keep him on the practice squad. Last week, you saw exactly why the Cardinals liked him. He fits their profile and there’s definitely talent to work with.

HJQ is raw and probably shouldn’t be playing this year. He’s a missile when he diagnoses a play, but gets confused too often. That’s something that he’ll be able to improve on and with a key interception and a forced fumble, he showed he’s capable of making big plays. He might never develop into a regular starter, but he has talent and it’s up to him and the coaching staff to maximize it.

Goat of the Week

Lovie Smith. Lovie dropped to 0-2 against his former team with them beating him the exact way he wants to win this time around. The Bears got of the bus running the ball and forced turnovers. Maybe the best part is that they didn’t even need “Bear weather” to accomplish this.

Lovie is in Year Two at Tampa, where he went because of his familiarity and the talent that was already on their roster. Since arriving, they have won a total of eight games and almost every major move he’s made has backfired.

It looked like the Bucs were going to make a move when they were 6-6, but they lost three straight games to teams with losing records. They have talent. Winston isn’t great yet, but he makes two or three big plays a game and that should be enough with one of the best rushing offenses in the league and Mike Evans. The problem is their defense, which Lovie was supposed to be able to fix. They just gave up 26 points to a team with no receivers and a terrible offensive line.

Bold Prediction for Week 17

Deonte Thompson breaks free for his first kick return touchdown. He’s averaging 32 yards per return, it has to happen, right?

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  • BearDown100393

    Matt Millen had a lot of praise for Jay Cutler on the broadcast.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m guessing that is why some are now drinking the “Matt Millen is a good announcer” Kook-Aid.

  • CanadaBear

    I think calling the OL terrible is way over the top. They have been up and down all year but that’s a long way from terrible. Matt MIllen was always a good listen. He made so much sense the Ford’s fell in love with him. He was always positive about the players and he loved watching the D crank it up.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Agreed. Kyle should be at guard, we lost Montgomery and i don’t really know what’s going on with Bushrod.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m OK with Long at T but give him the entire off season to prepare. If it doesn’t work out, back to G. The step down from Montgomery to Grasu was massive. Hopefully Grasu bulks up a bit. Bushrod is gone unless he takes a huge pay cut.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s apparently healthy. If he was at LT, then Leno could play RT, and Kyle could go back to guard, no?

          • CanadaBear

            Healthy and effective are two different things. The staff has tried a bunch of different lineups that don’t include Bushrod. That should tell you all you need to know.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Or not. Could be drugs, could be anything …. they don’t pay him like a bum.

          • SC Dave

            Theeeessss!!

          • Leno was absolute dogshit on the right side.
            I would like that scenario to pan out, but highly doubt it.

    • Anonymous

      They have been more up and down. And I’m like a broken record on this, but you could make a strong case we had the best O-line in the division this year.

  • CanadaBear

    In my buddy Jeff Dickerson’s latest column he said Cutler was palatable for 2016. Don’t get carried away. Next thing ya know he will be saying crazy stuff like, he’s an NFL QB.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      I think he watched Dallas’ games and got confused.

  • Irish Sweetness

    1. ” It’s fair to wonder how much of that has to do with John Timu.”

    Or not-Shea McClellin … ?

    2. MVP – Harold Jones-Quartey.

    Don’t look now, he’s up for Pepsi rookie of the week. We could be set with these two guys at safety. Fix the pass rush, coach them up, and it’ll all be fine. Buy a Mike from somewhere, draft an End, a corner, and maybe a nice OLB, we’re set.

    3. I’m completely mystified by the number of different people who have mentioned Gase and HC in the same sentence. Gase is green, HC is red, and I am color-blind. The man is 37. A HC needs to be a wizened leader of men.

    4. Has Deonte Thompson seen any snaps at WR, and if not, what are we paying him for? Patrick Peterson returns punts AND plays corner.

    5. Totally forgot that Ray McDonald was a Bear.

    6. “Why are so many Bears fans and some media members saying trading Brandon Marshall was a mistake?”

    Source? I’m the only one who keeps bringing up Marshall. “Bears don’t miss Marshall.” – The hell we don’t. 13 TDs and h could have two more next week. Has the Jets in the playoffs. If it’s true that we had to choose between BM and Cutler, then look at the flip side of what happened. Cutty would be in NY. We’d have BM, AJ, plus probably Ryan Fitz at 5M a year… plus a first and a second rounder? Possibly two firsts? That means Leonard Williams is now a Bear and whoever we picked directly after ourselves. Another 13M on the salary cap to boot. No Amos, but that’s all ifs and buts. It’s a different draft in that case, and the jury is still out on Amos. Not too shabby, but I’ll take a rejuvenated Cutty (albeit with his less magnificent beard).

    I’m not saying trading Brandon was a mistake, but trading him for a bag of crisps certainly was. He’s one of the best receivers in the NFL : He catches over a hundred passes a year and makes double-digit TDs. Now, we can surmise he had to go, but nobody here really knows why.

    As for not stretching the field, BM was playing on a bum hip and a bum wheel, like a pro. He wasn’t traded for performance reasons, if anyone was to be traded for those reasons, Cutty would be history as a Bear based on his previous body of work.

    And here’s the kicker – if POX had held off on the trade, and Cutty plays like this with his BFF … we’re probably in the playoffs now. I believe – strongly – that Cutty was avoiding Brandon in his targets to some extent towards the end of the bromance. There was clearly beef between them, with Brandon likely wanting better play from Cutty and more care taken with the ball. Guess what? He was right.

    Also, I don’t care what ‘people close to the team’ think. I’m a Bears fan for life, they’re just fucking employees taking a paycheck off someone – I have potentially another thirty years of this shit. Yes he’s gone, yes we have to deal with it, but it really, really sucks when our most talented player (at the time) was kicked out the door (Matty gets half BM’s points rushing and receiving). It’s still a sore point, and when one comes out of a hot and heavy relationship, it takes time for the wounds to heal – but it’s still hard for me personally to look across the bar and see BM on someone else’s arm so to speak.

    • CanadaBear

      When the honeymoon is over in NY he will be an ex-Jet. Same as it ever was! He talked his way out of 3 NFL cities. Once the Jets come back to earth and he’s not getting his touches, he will start the cycle all over again.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Perhaps. Unless his TV thing is where his future focus is. And maybe NY is the perfect place for him because of that, and so he’s happy there and can do both.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m not sure I’ve ever seen BMarsh happy in one spot for more than 1-2 years. I love the guy and hated the trade but launching him was about the first thing this staff did when they took over. That says a lot. I’m guessing Pace tried to get more for him in a trade. If not, they REALLY wanted to get rid of him. Oh well. Like sands through the hourglass …

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        exactly, as long as he’s healthy and/or getting his touches/TD’s all will be fine whether they win or lose. The moment he doesn’t feel appreciated or doesn’t get the production he wants he’ll start to lose it. If they’re winning it will take longer to implode, if they are losing he’ll lose it….especially if they lose and he didn’t get targeted.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He sounded pretty positive about Decker showing up – hey have 24 TDs between them this season. He was talking team.

          • Bmarsh also predicted Hester would have a better season than him.

            Can’t always believe what he says, and that’s sorta the point.

    • Sactowns#1

      Trust me Irish, I’ve been banging the BM drum all damn season. Dumbest trade to occur in my lifetime.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I shall amend the post, apologies.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      in point 2. I’d love draft DeForest Buckner, the best ILB aviable, CB. moving C Jones to OLB and breaking the bank for M. Wilkerson. and perhaps we have something happens.

    • SC Dave

      Ludicrous fantasy thinking a first and second for Cutler last season, let alone two firsts.

    • MIA fans were singing the same tune when we got him for “only” two 3rd rounders.
      Few years later, Bmarsh wears out his welcome like he ALWAYS does.

      Maybe Bmarsh has changed his tune now that he’s older and diagnosed, but we’ll see.

      NY seems perfect for him and his “platform”

  • MB30SD

    I will say this again… fuck lovie smith. He is what we thought he was… a dogshit hc. Guy is just… turrible.

    • I never got the Lovites.

      That’s like saying, “I could eat at In-n-Out, but I prefer McDonalds.”

      • MB30SD

        Yep, every Fairweather sportscenter bears fan I’ve every run into… first thing those doucheynes say to me without fail is… we suck should never have fired lovie. The last time, I literally just turned and walked away with the dude in mid sentence. Smfh

  • Irish Sweetness

    Get on Baltimore quick, some guy called Keith Wenning, will probably start on Sunday.

    • Sactowns#1

      I will follow your lead good sir.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/12/30/marquette-king-boots-his-way-to-afc-special-teamer-of-the-week/

    Nothing is so rare and intriguing as the black punter. Much like the Samoan DL or LB the Black Punter will soon be a mainstay on every team. It’s the future.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Maybe an athletic punter is the future. He might punt .. he might run for the first down, or pass it. Right now they’re just scared white guys that don’t really belong on a football team.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        jessssss

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      If I had a team I’d have
      1. black punter
      2. all samoan linebackers
      3. DL turned fullback
      4. Forte type back to run behind DL turned fullback
      5. all 6’4 225 WR’s (no whites allowed except Jordy Nelson who’s height and skin color will be disregarded)
      6. no white safeties or corners except any offspring of Weddle
      7. Angry black OLB’s and humble goofy huge black DL’s like Wilfork and Anthony Adams

      • You forgot all Polish/Norse Oline!

        (Except for LT cuz he has to be athletic)

        • Cormonster

          Joe Thomas is from Brookfield, WI. I’m guessing he has some Norse or Eastern European blood lines.

          Interesting side note: Not only is he a 9 time Pro Bowler, he’s played every single snap of his professional career. Close to 9,000 straight snaps. Now that’s an Iron Man. He’s said that playing OL means you have to be tough. I think he’s played through 3 or 4 torn knee ligaments.

    • CanadaBear

      But, but, but we have Mega Punt! POD has been only a slight improvement over Podlesh. Let that sink in for a while. Good thing PE used a draft pick on him because I’m sure whoever drafted after the Beloved were sure to pounce on him. Or not.

      • Irish Sweetness

        So … are we drafting a kicker?

        Too early for draft talk?

        • CanadaBear

          YES! On the too early for draft talk. Seriously doubt the Bears draft a kicker.

          • Irish Sweetness

            8M is a lot to pay the dude over the next two years methinks. Especially when .. y’know … the thing isn’t going through the uprights.

          • CanadaBear

            He was 4 for 4 last week with a 49 and 50 yarder. He’s 1.5 percentage pts behind his career avg of 85.4%. He cost the Bears a couple of games this year. It happens to every kicker. The kickoffs and on side kicking are another story but his misses are something every kicker in the league goes through.

          • Irish Sweetness

            True enough. But 8 million??

          • CanadaBear

            Nessman was always going for it on 4th down. Just one more thing to love about his legacy.

        • We have extra 6th rounders. Usually, those guys don’t make the roster anyways, so I say draft the best K coming out of college.

          P we can bring in a few UFDAs to compete. If a Tress Way wins out, hire him.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah we should pass on getting the next possible Andre Ellington, Antonio Brown or Charles Clay and get what could possibly be the next Morten Anderson. Dude you’re smoking crack.

          • I could list a 1,000 bums for every “Romo”.

            . Household names like Isiah Frey, JT Thomas, Dan LeFevour, JD Runnels, Tyler Reed…

            I think we have two 6th rounders

            Get the best K. Save 8M/yr. Use that $ for D.

            If that’s crazy, I don’t wanna be sane.

    • Bender McLugh

      NIGEL. GRUFF. Bring in a Scottsman!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n53wgjYPOjc

  • Doc Nitty

    Mmmmmmm. Wake n’ vape.

    You can smoke it when you wake.
    You can smoke it while you rake
    You can smoke it while you blog
    You can smoke it on a jog
    You can smoke it while you eat
    Weed with food can’t be beat
    You can smoke it here and there
    You can smoke it anywhere!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bastard.

    • Sactowns#1

      When are we all meeting in Tahoe for a most excellent adventure?

      • MB30SD

        In!

        • Sactowns#1

          Presidents day weekend?

          • MB30SD

            oh, well herrroooo… If I don’t have the kids for ski break, then I’ll be totally open and I’m in.

    • CanadaBear

      Come on Doc. Tell me the brand, model, price of your vape. Canada is going legal. I’ve got a vape at home but it’s not portable (gotta plug it in).

      • Bender McLugh

        get a Crafty, great reviews, easy to clean albeit a bit pricey.

      • Doc Nitty

        The “battery” as its called apparently, is from EVERGREEN. It’s like this:

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      haha, go to work you lazy motherfucker

      • Doc Nitty

        Still on vacation

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          CORRECTION: don’t you dare go to work, you deserve the time off, vape that shit.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Bastard.

      • CanadaBear

        You do remember the song “Whistle While You Work”?

    • I smoke two vape’s in the morning…smoking two vapes at night…I smoke two vapes before I smoke two vapes…makes everything alright…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grNM1-XE9v4

  • Sactowns#1

    Bears put Alshon on the IR today. I don’t really get what the point of that is. Is it so you don’t have to pay him for one game? Seems silly.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Ahhhhh …. wrap and sell. Wrap and sell. He gone.

      • CanadaBear

        Seriously doubt it.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          franchised guaranteed

          • Sactowns#1

            But what do you think the purpose of putting him on IR the last game of the season is?

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            don’t know, all i know is i want to hang with Doc today.

          • 505Bears

            Clear up a roster spot to sign ol Terry Williams it looks like. Give him a look before the offseason.

          • Irish Sweetness

            12.8 M ?? I’ll puke a lung and cough a nut.

            Matty did his back. Goldmember did his ankle. Alshon ….. ?

      • Sactowns#1

        Maybe trying to salt the market and play up the injury angle?

    • BearDown100393

      Perhaps he has an audition for Inside the NFL?

    • CanadaBear

      Oh, he’s getting paid. Not sure when the insurance kicks in for injured players but either the insurance will pay for that game or the Beloved.

    • Irish Sweetness

      HAMSTRING !!! AGAIN?!!!

      http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/329210/Alshon-Jeffery's-disappointing-'15-ends-on-IR

      Walter Payton. 13 years. One game. Jesus what are these guys like?

      • CanadaBear

        You do realize there will never be another Walter? Comparing every player you dislike to Walter is pretty ridiculous.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          haha, like guys saying Cutler is no Rodgers or Brady. Yes, we can pretty much all agree that most guys aren’t hall of famers.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I don’t dislike AJ !! He’s just not worth the tag, and especially if he can’t stay off the table. But it is strange how Wally could prepare his body for the rigors of football back in the seventies and Eighties, and now these guys all seem to get holidays every year. We know for a fact that he did special exercises to protect his cruciates. What’s going on with AJ’s hammies?

          • MB30SD

            I’ll say it… I dislike that vagina. Fucking soft lazy bitch….. who can catch a godt damnt football

          • Irish Sweetness

            I was dancing around it, wasn’t I …. I don’t dislike him … but it’s really not a love thing.

          • MB30SD

            Fuck that, I’m not here to make friends. .. oh, wait.

      • Sactowns#1

        Walter didn’t juice. Todays NFL athlete has pushed his body beyond its natural capabilities.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ohhh Sac. Controversial. I like.

        • CanadaBear

          How so you know Walter didn’t juice? They never tested for it back then.

          • Irish Sweetness

            (jukebox screeches to a halt, the room goes silent)

          • Scharfinator

            If nothing else, he had some serious pain pill issues.

          • Sactowns#1

            Oh no you didn’t…

          • CanadaBear

            I love Walter as much as anyone on this blog but we have no idea if he did or didn’t.

          • Sactowns#1

            Walter Payton was a Saint! He once delivered a baby while simultaneously thwarting a terrorist plot, all while having a 107 degree fever.

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve told this story before but it pertains to this thread. I was riding my bike on the bike path along the river in downtown Calgary. An extremely intoxicated street person steps out of the bushes directly in front of me. No way could I stop. The only thing that flashed through my mind was Walter saying he felt like he never got hurt as long as he was delivering the blow. I hit the drunk. As I’m going over the bars, i lower my head and launch myself into him with the crown of my helmet. Center punched the drunken ass in the middle of his chest. DOWN WENT FRAZIER!!!!!!! When I hit him it knocked me back on my seat. I didn’t even go down. The drunk tried to get up a couple of times but couldn’t manage it. I asked him a couple of times if he was OK but all he could do was moan. His drunken buddy kept giving me dirty looks. At some point I realize this is a lawsuit waiting to happen so I graciously said, “Fuck it, it was your fault” and rode off. Walter was right!!!!!!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            Bingo! I played ALL my football like this… and only had one concussion that I knew of, but left some dude’s in the wake. I even seperated a teammate’s shoulder doing bull in the ring once. I felt bad, for a second.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            “bull in the ring”
            Isn’t that when a couple of guys surround a chick and take turns stabbing the “bull” with their swords?
            or, a teammate, in your case? NTTAWWT!!!!

            and you separated that poor kids shoulder!!!???!!!

          • Irish Sweetness

            He wore out his Brokeback Mountain DVD and it wasn’t the Hathaway scenes.
            Bull up his ring all right.

          • Irish Sweetness

            See? A juicer wouldn’t say that.

          • Scharfinator

            Stories like this keep this blog interesting! Love it!

          • Bender McLugh

            the good samaritan in me says “come on man….” and then my reality shoves that back into it’s hole and says “fuuuck that, I’M OUT!”

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            you fucking Chuck Cecil’d him. Way to bring the heat Canada.

          • Doc Nitty

            Love that story

          • Irish Sweetness

            Toothpaste for poo-poo, and dental floss for pubes. Yes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He did.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            oh hell no

        • SC Dave

          Dunno about Payton not juicing, but I agree that modern athletes are pushing the structural limitations of the human body.

          • MB30SD

            Daaaave!! You survived your sweat tent marathon pining for matty! Welcome back my brother! (Hee hee)

      • 505Bears

        Walter was a beast. His offseason workout regiment is/was legendary. Now, I think these guys are too busy vacationing with Jay-Z and whoever the hell to take football as a full-time job….One good thing about BMarsh was having his guys down to his training facility in the offseason. That’s when Jeffrey was his healthiest. Now, dude has an injury walking to Starbucks fetching a latte…UGH

        • Yeah, but the thing is, Bmarsh is also always dinged.

          But yeah, Bmarsh has shown Alshon the path not just the training, but diet and dedication, but Alshon always had the bad rep of being “flabby/soft” coming out of college (that’s why he fell to the 2nd).

          But who knows? A lot of WRs seem to get dinged up easily now adays.

          Julio Jones is almost always listed with something. Same with Megatron, DeSean Jackson, etc.

          Like I said, Alshon might be the Arian Foster of WRs. ALWAYS with the soft tissue shit.

          Then again, Foster is a Vegan.

          Someone at Halas has to def investigate Alshon’s soft tissue issue before investing in him.

          • Foster is also an atheist. So he doesn’t have god or jesus watching his back.

          • In hell, everyone must eat plants and suffers from soft tissue injuries.

      • Doc Nitty

        Walter was the exception.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        Jeffery is a giant, floppy, meaty, Vagina. But man he’s good when healthy. I’d like him back for the right price. We have no idea if White will be awesome or be David Terrell.

        • CanadaBear

          He’s the perfect WR for Cutler. Since Jay never seems to hit anyone in stride it helps if you have a boarding house reach and can jump like a kangaroo.

        • Yes, and like a giant, floppy, meaty, Vagina, it will be hard to just let it walk out the door for little in return.

          • MB30SD

            100% Coach. Where have you been all my life? How’s the life?

    • has nothing to do with $$. It’s about having an extra roster spot for this week.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just about to watch The Lobster. Colin Farrell.

    Synopsis: A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

    Mmmkay. I’ll let you know.

    • BearDown100393

      Odd, Marc Trestman kind of ran training camp in a similar manner.

    • MB30SD

      Sounds like my weekends

  • Irish Sweetness

    WE SIGNED TERRY FUCKING WILLIAMS !!!!! CALLED IT !!!

    AND CHRISTMAS IS 360 DAYS AWAY !!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!

  • Irish Sweetness

    We are forbidden from mentioning injury-prone and Zach Miller again a long as Alshon is a Bear.

    No way he gets tagged for the guts of 13 million dollars. No way known.

  • Irish Sweetness

    TERRY FUCKING WILLIAMS !!!!!

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      you love Terry.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Can we get a thug life video going?

        Stafford most definitely DEAD.

    • Sactowns#1

      I wish we signed Terry Cruz. He’s great on Brooklyn Nine Nine.

  • Scharfinator

    “My biggest disappointment from this season has been the fact the Bears hadn’t been able to establish an identity, but that might have changed on Sunday. The Bears dominated the line of scrimmage against a team that ranks in the top 10 in both rushing offense and defense. If they can run and stop the run with the best, they’re going to win quite a few games.”

    “The problem is their defense, which Lovie was supposed to be able to fix. They just gave up 26 points to a team with no receivers and a terrible offensive line.”

    I’m getting some cognitive dissonance here.

    • Irish Sweetness

      5 blog points for getting “cognitive dissonance” in there, and for raising the thread above a mere Brandon Marshall and Terry Williams wank-fest.

  • MB30SD

    Based on Irish’ post below…

    If you were going to be transformed into any animal, which would it be?

    • Bender McLugh

      Bobo the Bear.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Tardigrade.
      Fascinated with those fuckers since I was five.

      http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/05/the-amazing-tardigrade-the-toughest-known-creature-on-earth-and-beyond/

      Which led me to :

      How long you could survive in space without a suit. (HInt: In space, it’s better to be a chimp)

      http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/09/long-survive-space-without-space-suit/

      • MB30SD

        The Mico bear.

        Fuck that, I’d be an eagle, cause weasels can’t fly

      • SC Dave

        For the fucking win! Awesome… thanks for the education, Irish. Way fucking cool.

        • Irish Sweetness

          You don’t look very cool as a tardigrade, in fact you kind of have an asshole for face, but if you were a Top Trump card, you’d be winning.

    • Which one bones the most? Rabbits?

    • SC Dave

      Not many choices…. hard to know what the consciousness levels are.

    • Shady

      Rob Gronkowski.

      • MB30SD

        Good pick

    • Cormonster

      A barn swallow. It’s a precision flyer cruising around all day and eating twice it’s body weight in a delicious variety of insects. I think the Supermarine Spitfire’s wing design was based on the swallow.

      • Irish Sweetness

        “The average lifespan of barn swallows is 4 years. Barn swallows of 8 years of age have been documented, but these are considered the exception.”

        Hmmm.

        • Cormonster

          Yeah, but I’ll eat you before you even get to a year old.

    • Scharfinator

      Probably a dolphin. Not many nations fish for them commercially, they’re pretty smart, they fuck for fun, etc.

      Some of them commit hate crimes on humans but what can you do 🙂

      • MB30SD

        I would too. We suck

  • Trac

    See ya later Chipper!

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/12/30/pro-the-four-personnel-moves-that-cost-chip-kelly-the-eagles-coaching-job/

    My gut feeling is the Iggles have their eye on a coaching candidate not going to the playoffs. Who dat?

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    JEFF TWEET: Tank conversation. How would any team convince players to not play hard? If you don’t play hard in NFL, you can get fucking killed!
    You can also get fucking CUT!!! …. and your film will show that you are a pussy and you won’t get any future work because it looks like you suck. These guys have a chance to make millions and you think they are going to risk it all so another guy can get drafted from college to take a spot on the team?
    Do you honestly think a lot of these guys that are getting a chance to show their worth on the field give a fuck if they win or lose as long as they do well and extend their own careers?? I’m sure some do and those are the guys that have millions in the bank and are working on their legacies. Other guys either play or work at Play It Again selling second hand golf gear. Those players will never fucking tank. Ask a lot of these guys to play like a pussy and see how fast you get fucking choked out.
    Everyone points to the Colts when they sucked for Luck. Funny thing is…..those players didn’t tank. The coaches made personnel decisions that more than likely resulted in losing.
    The Colts had Curtis Painter as their backup quarterback. They let him fucking suck cock for a bunch of games then inserted Kerry Collins…a street free agent at the time…to the starting job. Guaranteed losing.
    No one is fucking tanking anything and certainly not to move up 4 slots in the middle of the first round.

    I’m going to need all the white middle aged men in America to stop talking about TANKING like it’s a thing. You should hear the outrage on the airwaves as if it’s already happening. That’s how fucking dumb our fans are.

    • AlbertInTucson

      They watch too much NBA.

    • I would go with the Colt’s route, but for a different reason.

      To keep our core healthy.

      You really would risk your beloved Cutty getting driven into the dirt and him tearing his shoulder ala Brees back in SD? Or McPhee tearing his ACL, or Long shredding his Achilles?

      Injuries like that can happen in the last game (we should know, see Lach). And for what?

      Like I argued before. Cutty, McPhee, Long, etc (the core that will return) aren’t going to suddenly like losing next year cuz we lost in wk17.

      Choosing earlier in the draft is just the gravy.

      I’d rather put in some backup and call up some PS guys.

      I wanna see if Fales is a viable option or if he’s Clausen 2.
      I wouldn’t mind seeing Tayo or anyone else at OG/RT.
      I wouldn’t mind riding Carey for a whole game to see if he really can handle a full workload.

      etc etc.

      Promoting PS guys would be beneficial twofold.

      1. It would reward guys who’ve been working their ass off by giving them a chance to shine.
      2. Never fucking know. We might find another Timu, Quartey, Unrein, etc.

      That’s my take on it.

      If we lose to the Loins it’d be like a bad BJ.

      I may not enjoy it, but I wouldn’t complain, esp if our starters don’t get injured.

      • Doc Nitty

        Here’s what it comes down to men. Not one of us knows when our day will come. For all I know Sunday’s bears game is the last one I’ll ever see. I don’t want to go out with a memory of MY team playing to lose. What am I going to tell Halas when I get there? That HIS team layed down like a bunch of pussies? To the Lions? Hell no, I’m going to tell him how, with nothing to play for except Chicago Bear pride, they fought like ass-kickers and sent the Lions limping home.

        Now if he responds and says, “well there went our draft position” , then I’ll shine a little rainbow on your house letting you know you were right.

        • SC Dave

          Your opening four sentences say it all, compadre. Bear. The. Fuck. Down!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Exploring the roster is not playing to lose, it just “might happen” that you lose, but you can say that every week. We lost a lot this year. It’s up to the players if yu rest a few, and give a few a chance, it’s saying “you win now – show us what you’ve got … play for a job”.
          That’s not a losing mentality, it’s a winning one, and it’s planning to win for the future, when it counts.

          How about them apples? I think that’s fair and good.

    • BearDown100393

      If management wants to tank, it has to sit out its better players. The players are not going to embarrass themselves for the purpose of a higher draft position. The NFL is a dog eat dog world. Substandard play means losing a job.

      • Trac

        If teams have no problem putting out an inferior product after clinching a playoff spot in order to “rest” their players, I see no problem with a team that is rebuilding, suiting up their untested roster at the end of the season.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Is it sub-standard? I felt we started this season with better players on the bench, namely Timu, Anderson, Acho. Seeing what you have in real game situations is almost a necessity if there’s nothing o the line. WE should be doing it this week, because we’re not playing for anything. Get Fales out there, get Tayo out there, get the scrubs LBs and DL out there. Not to lose (but kind of, yes), but to evaluate against pro players.

    • MB30SD

      All fans

    • Irish Sweetness

      “How would any team convince players to not play hard?”

      I have never heard anyone on here ever suggest that happen, it’s not human nature.
      What some of us were going back and forth over this week was “exploring the roster”.
      There are other ways to take your foot off the gas. Trying to lose by not trying, or playing weak, Never heard anyone suggest that – and it’s even more tiring that there are people suggesting that it’s being suggested.

      It is a certain fact, that – for example – Donald and Williams would be on our DL if we had finished the last two seasons “exploring our roster” and letting injured players heal when there was no hope of playoffs. If folk think it’s more manly to finish 7-9, then so be it. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. It’s a blog of opinions.

  • Sactowns#1

    Irish- (and other degenerate gambling types like me) I think the Minnesota GB game will be really interesting. The O/U opening at 48.5 (it’s pushed down to about 46 now) it almost sounds like both these teams will be playing without much incentive to win. in fact winning might be a disincentive. I’m thinking if you can get 48 points or so pound the under.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m not seeing any good bets in week 17. But running the numbers last week on teams that get 6 points (or greater) starts in the spread … maybe some of those dogs are worth looking at?

      Bueller?

      At Carolina -10.5 Tampa Bay 47 The Falcs just beat Carolina Yo.

      New England -10.5 At Miami 47.5 Any room for wiggle there?

      At Cincinnati -9 Baltimore 41.5 Ravens just beat Pittsburgh yo.

      Pittsburgh -10.5 At Cleveland 47 Ravens just beat Pittsburgh yo.

      At Denver -9 San Diego 41 You got me. The under?

      At Arizona -6.5 Seattle 47 A lot of points to give the Seahawks.

  • Forte is still the Bears best running back and if they can get him back
    for a deal similar to what Frank Gore signed last year, why not do it? – Jeff

    Didn’t he just answer his own question?

    Gore avg 3.7 yds. He has 800 yds rushing and 6 TDs.

    And have you seen him run? No thanks.

    • BearDown100393

      Forte had a good season. He deserves to keep his job. How much that is worth is up to the Bears and him. In my opinion, he is far more than just a running back. Without him, the Bears pass game would be a complete joke. Without him receiving short passes, teams could blitz Cutler at will and get him killed. Neither Langford or Carey showed enough to replace what he does every Sunday.

      • MB30SD

        Agree, but what’s the fair/right price for that? That’s the $64,000 question.

        • BearDown100393

          No idea.

        • 2.5M cap hit, which I think is what Olin and Lach turned down.

          Whatever bonus he gets, good on him, but I don’t think he should be more than a 3M cap hit, IMO.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I submit there’s more tread left of Forte’s tires now than there was on Kruetz’ or Urlacher’s at the the time of their offers.

          • Scharfinator

            Definitely true. The staff making the offers has changed though.

          • That Guy

            Look around the league dude. Running backs are getting paid less, but $2.5M would be ridiculously low. Forte was very productive this year and there’s no reason to think he can’t be a big part of a three headed monster next year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            When you have to pay Jock-squeeze, Perry, Langford and Carey, it’s as much as he can expect.

          • That Guy

            Langford and Carey are both on rookie deals that might not end before Forte retires.

            Perry can be had for not a lot of cheddar at this point.

            We have a lot of cap space. Those guys will not be the reason Forte doesn’t get paid.

        • That Guy

          The fair/right price is somewhere between what Frank Gore signed and Steven Jackson signed in Atlanta ($4M per year) or what Shady McCoy signed in Buffalo and Demarco Murray signed in Philly ($8M per year).

          My worry is that Forte will want Marshawn Lynch money (like $9-11M per year), which is just a stupid contract.

          • MB30SD

            I guarantee you he expects that, hence my hegone! comment

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Murray deal is inexplicable.

            The guy who signed him apparently didn’t know how to use him.

            THAT had to really piss Jeffrey Lurie off.

          • CanadaBear

            Not unlike the McCaskey’s and Man of Moolah, Jared Allen, Chester Taylor, etc.

      • But Jeff is advocating a Gore type contract. That’s 3 years, 12M.

        Gore’s cap hit was 4.5M in 2015.

        Do we want to spend 4.5M on Forte in 2016?

        Think about what that could buy us (a draft class is roughly 5M)

        http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/indianapolis-colts

        • That Guy

          Yes. If Forte signs that contract, he is worth every penny.

        • SC Dave

          We can afford it, and he’s still our best skill player on o, pending Cutler proving this year was not a fluke.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I think there’s still gas left in that tank.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Robbie is getting 4M in 2016, think on that.

          • I also want to bring in a K to replace him.

            Don’t know the cap hit, but I imagine between Gould and Forte we’d save 8M of cap.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’d offer him 3M and fold my arms. No sentimental ollars. Not a one.

      • SC Dave

        And yes, Langford and Carey between them can’t do what Matt does. At least not yet. Keep Matt and let them learn by watching what a professional football player looks like.

        • Scharfinator

          I would say neither blocks or catches as well (not small things!). Otherwise they are with him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And we still don’t have a banger. The days of one-back teams are gone, you need a guy like Forte, a guy like Langford/Carey, and preferably a (Raiders-era) Michael Bush/Okoye type bruiser.

        • Scharfinator

          WE JUST GOTTA GET UNREIN TO RUN THE BALL!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I like.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Forte JUST hit 30. Gore will be 33 in May. I’d have to say “yes” to that deal.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t think it’s impossible hat BOTh are back. Nobody in the NFL is going to overpay either Matt or AJ. Matt because he’s 30.and AJ because he spends literally half the season injured. Pace isn’t dumb enough to tag AJ, and he’ll make Matt(maybe) a fair and standard offer that may not be exceeded by other rational execs. If he can get both for under ten million then he’s doing his job well. Use Matty out wide more, and get AJ on a strength and conditioning program after firing the strength coach we have.

      • Scharfinator

        I’m with you. I hope that a decent offer and Forte wanting to not move his kids will keep him in town.

  • beninnorcal

    RIP Doug Atkins

    • AlbertInTucson
      • CanadaBear

        Loved the stories in the obit. The only one I remember involved some rookies in the room above Atkins in training camp. According to the story he hollered be quiet once. It got quieter and then back to the same level. Apparently a couple of bullets came through the floor and things got real quiet. Have no idea if it’s true but my dad told me that one as a kid.

        • and the Browns are worried about Manziel drinking a bit.

          That’s my biggest complaint I think about modern sports.

          It requires such a huge amount of dedication to maximize performance that it turns athletes into robots.

          It was said the Jake the Snake used to learn the playbook by the jukebox light.

          And god knows Marino partied.

          I mean, look at Forte. He’s never sipped a soda. Probably eats only chicken and rice, and sleeps in a hypoberic chamber.

          That’s good for sports, but not sure for a person in general.

          • CanadaBear

            Honestly it’s no different than high level execs. Their lives are secondary to the corp. Whenever they are out in the public they are representing their corp, most of them work a ton of hours, weekends, etc. Both do whatever is necessary to keep their REALLY high paying jobs.

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah, people assume being high level officer’s is easy. While it pays well, its a 24/7 gig and a lot of them never stop travelling.

          • CanadaBear

            The corp owns you lock, stock and barrel if you want to keep that job. I’ve got a couple of friends (both retired) that were at that level and the stress about killed them. Neither one would admit it at the time but once they retired they realized how bad it was. Chasing big money and denial is a helluva drug.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Manziel has proven he is incapable of handling the booze.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure Manziel’s next contract will have some type of clause where he can be cut if he is arrested for boozing it up. Some kids do grow up at least a little. Favre is a classic example. Man was he wild his first few years.

          • MB30SD

            He hit a girl (even if she was a moron and very annoying). Dude’s a pos

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jimmy Mac turned up for his first day at Halas holding a beer can.
            But from the look of him, Manziel doesn’t drink “a bit”. He carries himself as a problem drinker, and there’s no difference between a problem drinker and an alcoholic. Being able to have a few beers is one thing, but alcoholics can’t have just a few, we have them all, and we’ll do anything to make sure they keep coming.

          • Cormonster

            I used to resemble those remarks. Same goes for the lead female singer in this video (she is hot as hell, and I think you’ll agree). I’m going to see this band tomorrow night. They always put on a kick ass, fun show and very talented. Keyboard player is a hell of a singer too.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuLK6Va8mf4

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, she’s a doll. Nice vid/tune.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I liked…

          “Everyone knew that holding or tripping Doug was an absolute no-no, something akin to committing suicide.”

          Also the fact that, apparently, he had absolutely NO fear of “Papa Bear”.

    • SC Dave

      A quintessential Monster of the Midway.

  • Doc Nitty

    Posting this again because I’m so damn right.

    Here’s what it comes down to men. Not one of us knows when our day will come. For all I know Sunday’s bears game is the last one I’ll ever see. I don’t want to go out with a memory of MY team playing to lose. What am I going to tell Halas when I get there? That HIS team layed down like a bunch of pussies? To the Lions? Hell no, I’m going to tell him how, with nothing to play for except Chicago Bear pride, they fought like ass-kickers and sent the Lions limping home.

    Now if he responds and says, “well there went our draft position” , then I’ll shine a little rainbow on your house letting you know you were right.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    oh fuck I think I almost killed myself drinking last night and I am just now getting over the hangover, I am getting too old for this shit, but damn it was fun. Somehow i ended up on a party bus last night full of college kids, it was some girl’s 21st Birthday party. God Bless Women with Daddy issues!!!

    also here are some boobs: http://thechive.com/2015/12/29/the-best-boobs-of-2015-youre-welcome-100-photos/

    • SC Dave

      Lucky bastard. You survived!!

    • CanadaBear

      Good for you, You Fucker! Best to drink a lot of water. Gotta flush those toxins. Well done on flushing other areas.

    • MB30SD

      Eeeeeeeexcellent

    • AlbertInTucson

      I haven’t been drunk since my bachelor party, huge portions of which I have no clear memory of.

      I DO remember the next day and I NEVER want to feel that bad again.

  • willbest

    You should never try to lose. That being said, scrimmage games are a prime opportunity to experiment with things you feel could be successful.

    The move to IR for Jeffery and Goldman and the signing of the DL players is a jump start to FA and the 90-man 2016 roster. Neither is going to make the 45-man this week, and the Bears aren’t just going to pay them 1 week out of kindness.

  • CanadaBear

    Not to rain on anyone’s draft parade but i was reading an article talking about the logjam of crappy teams. They mentioned the Bears strength of schedule will work against them. They have played 9 games against teams that will be in the playoffs.

  • Anonymous

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “So I’m watching USC v Wisconsin. Why did USC rush to give Helton this gig?”

    Another Pat Haden brainfart …

    • AlbertInTucson

      SC didn’t/doesn’t want to play in meaningless bowl games.

      They want to play on New Year’s Eve or maybe New Year’s day or they’re not really interested.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe but thus far Haden seems a wreck of an AD. I’d get him outtta there before he does anymore damage.

        • AlbertInTucson

          His “vetting” of Sarkisian was incompetant.

  • That Guy

    Interesting. Kyle Fuller’s younger brother is getting first round buzz right now as a Junior cornerback at VTech. Kendall Fuller had an MCL sprain and didn’t play much this season.

    I was wondering if the Bears might grab the top cornerback in the first round. But can you see Pace putting two brothers in the same secondary?

    • Anonymous

      No thanks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Why not? Do they talk? If they’re cool with each other then it strengthens the bonds on your team. We do need a corner. No depth there. And they normally have to come high.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Lobster

    I watched a review of the movie immediately after watching the movie, and sure enough, everyone in the comments section loved it darling. All falling over one another to assure each other that “they got it”, how brilliant a satire on modern relationships. What genius to have the actors (Rachael Weisz, John C Reilly, Colin Farrell etc) all speak in robotic tones, just like in the genius’ other movies (Dogtooth).

    Irish’s 30-second Movie Review
    =========================

    Absolute, unequivocal, pointless shite. A meaningless and later-self-contradictory opening scene. An unresolved ending, with a bizarre middle. The writer is devoid of emotion, talent, and is a terrible storyteller. It’s probably worth watching it’s that bad. It’s A Field in England, or Dogville bad.

    Coming up – The Hateful Eight …. but 35 minutes in, it’s not looking good. Why does QT shoot a movie in 70mm when you need an IMAX screen to show that on? Drugs. Too many. Too much.
    Why does he always use the same actors? Is Tim Roth that legendary?

    • Scharfinator

      QT has always been overrated in my friend group. It’s hard to listen to.

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