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Across The Middle with Andrew Dannehy

| October 7th, 2015

• Sitting in the Kapow Terrace in the north end zone, my favorite part of watching the game in person was watching Cutler go through his reads and the way he moved in the pocket. The touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett was 100 percent Cutler. The way he manipulated the defense was brilliant. That’s why the fourth quarter interception didn’t make sense. He was one step ahead all game and all he needed to do was go to his next read and he would have found Eddie Royal all by himself, likely for a touchdown. He had done it all game, why not on that play?

• All three of Cutler’s interceptions this year have been on passes attempted to Bennett. Is that coincidence? Bennett’s lackadaisical attitude on passes headed his way has to drive the coaching staff nuts.

• Last point on Cutler: The Bears coaching staff loves him. Absolutely, positively loves him.

• When is the last time the Bears have had a receiver who can do what Royal can do after the catch? He’s going to become more dangerous when they get receivers who can stretch the field playing with him.

• The Bears want one big play a week from Marquess Wilson and Wilson has delivered in his only two games with a competent quarterback.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

The Bears have scored 49 points in the first halves of their games this season and just 19 in the second half, seven of which came in garbage time. If Adam Gase is as great of an offensive mind as we think he is, why can’t the Bears score in the second half? Good coaches come into games with good game plans, great coaches adjust during the game.

Player of the Week

Robbie Gould. If it was just the game-winning 49-yard kick, Gould wouldn’t win, but he drilled the 54 yarded earlier in the fourth quarter on a very windy day. You can count me among those who were skeptical about Gould after he struggled last year and early in the preseason this year, but I was wrong. He’s still among the best in the league.

Goat of the Week

Latavius Murray. Does anyone in the league have worse hands? He cost his team two turnovers by not making easy catches.

Bold Prediction for Week 5

Wilson is going to build off of last week’s game with a long touchdown against Kansas City.

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  • Trac

    Jay is our QB!

  • Big Mike

    Jake is our Ace. Go Cubs

  • Scharfinator

    I’d argue our shit performance in the 2nd half is partly because Clausen played for 2 of them…

    • that only really accounts for 1 of the 4 games (ARI). In SEA, Clausen played the whole game. Against GB and OAK was Cutler the whole game. So I’d look just at those two games.

      • Against GB, Chicago scored 13 in the 1st half and 3 in the 2nd. Though part of that was going for it on 4th and goal and not getting anything.

        Against Oakland, Chicago scored 16 in the 1st half and 6 in the 2nd.

        So with Cutler, Bears have scored 29 in 1st half and 9 in the 2nd. Andrew’s point still stands.

        • Breaking it down further for the 2 games where Cutler played the whole game (so we can compare halves):

          1st half: 10 drives, 43.4 yards/drive, 2.6 1st downs/drive, 5.3 yards/play, 3 TD, 3 FG, 1 turnover

          2nd half: 9 drives, 40.2 yards/drive, 2.4 1st downs/drive, 5.2 yards/play, 1 TD, 3 FG, 3 TO

          So they score fewer TDs and turn it over more in the 2nd half so far, but otherwise everything is pretty darn near identical. Should be noted this is a tiny sample size and may not continue, but it’s a trend worth monitoring.

          • Big Mike

            Cutler put up 20 in the first half vs AZ. Why would you discard that?

          • because I can’t compare it to the 2nd half. Andrew’s point was that the Bears are doing way better in the 1st than the 2nd half, so I only looked at games where I could compare the 2.

          • BerwynBomber

            14 against AZ.

          • Big Mike

            I blanked out in that game.. Was 6 pts off a turnover? We scored 20 in the first half

          • TheBigCheesy

            I think he’s counting the 6 he scored for Arizona…

      • Scharfinator

        I agree, but Andrew looked at all 4, so I was commenting on his assertion.

    • Big Mike

      Oh snap.. I was wondering about that. Missed the fact that Clausen
      was in there for 2 games. 16 of the 19 points in 2nd half by cutler.

      • BillW

        Which is still only 8 per game – GB and Oak. Too small a sample size but still an interesting point worth keeping in mind as we go on.

        • BillW

          OK – just saw JWood breakdown for Cutty. Only 9 total vs 29 in the first half. Again small sample – worth keeping in mind. Good point Andrew.

          • I had bad numbers. Fixed now.

          • BillW

            29/9 for Cutler? In two halfs each? Or is that 3 firsts and two seconds?

          • 29/16 for the 2 games Cutler has started and finished

          • Irish Sweetness

            Someone explain to me why it matters how many points we’re scoring in each quarter? Please.

          • MB30SD

            If you get more points than the other team, you win Irish.

            Btw, who do you have taking the cup? I think NZ v. AUS… AUS in the upset. Sadly… I’ll never live it down with my fucking dodgy aussie buddy.

          • BillW

            Well, it’s halves, not quarters. And since they are close games (not sitting on a lead or taking more risks being way behind) it’s a potential indicator of how well or poorly we adjust vs the other team. As has been said a few times, two games is way too small a sample size but it MAY be indicative of something.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We’ve played good teams and we have a couple of key injuries – but the arrow is definitely pointed up … as long as boy wonder is under center.

          • MB30SD

            Thiiiiis!

        • Big Mike

          Agreed. However, doing the math, with Cutler the Bears are scoring 26 points a game (65 points over 10 quarters). Not crappy. Had 20 in the first half vs AZ.

  • Cubsnlinux

    Go Cubs!

    • MB30SD

      Meh, baseball

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Now that the Mariners are done (surprise), I’m all in for the cubs.

  • The GP

    • Last point on Cutler: The Bears coaching staff loves him. Absolutely, positively loves him.

    Is this backed up by something other than the usual rhetoric, or is this just Andrew speculation?

    • Andrew Dannehy

      Know it for a fact and Fox pretty much told the world after the game last week.

      • MB30SD

        The things that pass for science these days andrew!

    • Scharfinator

      He saw them kissing on the sideline. Pretty conclusive.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Ewwww. Even with Cutler’s cigarette breath? Nasty.

        • Sactowns#1

          I heard they held hands for like 2 hours last night while watching game film, so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.

        • Scharfinator

          Passion overwhelmed them!

  • I think Cutler absolutely made the right read on the INT. He had Bennett WIDE open. A decent throw and that’s an easy TD. He just missed the throw by 5-10 yards. Put it toward the sidelines.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      he missed the throw…by 2yards. That was an easy play for him and he just didn’t make it.

      • it was more than 2 yards. He should have led Bennett toward the sideline. Instead Bennett had to stop his momentum and try to go backwards. That’s a big miss.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          i hear you. 5yds and it’s a TD, 2yds and it’s not a pick by Woodson IMO. We can both agree that Cutler has to and usually makes that play. He had some pressure in his face but i expect him to make that play.

          • oh yeah, just a little bit more outside and it’s an incomplete at worst. He had a lot of space to work with and put it where he absolutely couldn’t.
            Part of that is on piss-poor blocking (Forte and Long both get blown up, so the entire right side collapses and he has to throw off his back foot without stepping up). But part of that is on the QB. He has to know anything but a turnover there. Throw it away and kick the FG if you can’t make the throw, but Cutler has always trusted his arm too much.

          • Andrew Dannehy

            Would have still been a more difficult throw. If he looks to his left he had an easy throw for an easy TD. Maybe not an awful read, but not the play he should have made.

          • Fair enough. I haven’t seen the all-22 with Royal, I just know that Bennett was wide open

    • Irish Sweetness

      It was 3rd and 1. You get a yard and the game is over. The play should have been a dive right to Matt Forte. We needed one freakin yard to win the game, but no, we have to get all clever with the old “They’ll never expect this call!”

    • Irish Sweetness

      And he also won us the game. He’s not getting a whole lot of love around here. He’s playing better football than Andrew Luck and a lot of other guys.

      • BillW

        I’ve been impressed in a few ways. One in particular is how the game plan adjusts to the opponent AND how Cutty stays within it.

      • oh yeah, he was fantastic. I was just talking about this one throw that Andrew mentioned. He talked about it being a bad read, but I disagree.

      • Pissed Off

        IMO I think everyone appreciates him and loves him when he’s good. If he didn’t throw that pick vs GB late in the game who knows how that turns out, maybe a Bears W. Unlikely but we didnt even get a chance. Then on Sunday when he threw the pick (again late in the game) I was like “here we go again”. I was stoked to see him recover with the next drive and was loving him all over again. For me anyway it’s just hard to get head over heels on a consistent basis when we know he’ll do again what he’s done twice already this year. If he can keep recovering for “W’s” or somehow reduce the frequency of bad TO’s at this stage in his career everyone will love him. I understand the Luck comparison but is there anyone here who doesn’t think Luck will figure it out sooner than later and that he will be elite for years to come?

        • BillW

          I don’t know about Luck. I’d be concerned if I were a Colts fan. It’s possible it’s a bad streak and he will be better for it. It’s possible he develops bad habits trying to over-compensate. The former is more likely but who knows.

      • beninnorcal

        A lot of people don’t recognize why we’re IN the Oakland game to begin with at the point of that pick. Jay played a good game.

    • BerwynBomber

      A) Woodson had the play sniffed out; much like Matthews in the first game, except that Woodson was 1-on-1 and the last line of defense, and b) Cutler didn’t get enough on the throw. It was one of his less than classic back foot numbers.

      Technically, it was the right read in that it was 1-on-1 but practically it was wrong on a couple/few different levels.

      • if that throw was anything but a terrible miss, Woodson was a complete nonfactor in the play and would have been notable only for giving up a long TD that iced the game.

        • BerwynBomber

          Nah, he had the play read. It was just a weak, back foot throw.

          • He can read it all he wants, he barely got there for where the throw was, and Cutler put it at least 5 yards behind where it should have been. Woodson had zero chance to do anything but watch Bennett waltz into the end zone on that play if the throw was even decent.

          • BillW

            Want to look at this on all 22 when I finally get a chance – but was there pressure that led to back foot throw as well as Jay not having time to take another read?

          • Yes. Forte and Long (both on the R side) both whiffed, so Jay couldn’t step up. Consequently he lofted one off his back foot.
            The ball hung in the air for too long and was well behind where it should have gone. Bennett was breaking towards the sideline and there was no defender in that direction, but the pass was behind him, which allowed Woodson to get there and make the play.
            It also explains why Bennett was so “passive” going after the ball. He was slowing his momentum and twisting backwards to try and position himself for the catch, he had zero chance to get there before Woodson.

          • beninnorcal

            Totally agree with this assessment. Wouldn’t matter what Woodson was doing as he was out of position had Jay LED Marty B.

    • Irish Sweetness

      IT WAS 3RD AND 1 !!!!

      • I’m not talking about the play call. I’m talking about who to throw to within that play.

      • SC Dave

        Nothing wrong with the play call, only the execution.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    Dan Weiderer: The Bears O-line has been flagged for 15 penalties this season. Seven by right guard Vlad Ducasse.

    Holy Shit, that cannot be right.

    • I’ve seen the 7 on Ducasse reported elsewhere.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Weird part is…this is his history! Local radio in NY used to scream about him when he was on the Jets. He cost them touchdowns weekly. He’s awful.

        • eventually I’d like to see somebody else (likely Grasu) at C, Slauson back at LG, and Omameh at RG.
          Before training camp I said Ducasse was the type of guy who shouldn’t stick on a team, but he would with the Bears because they didn’t have anybody else. So far, that’s proving to be sadly true.
          Of course, I said the same thing about Jarvis Jenkins, and he’s been way better than anybody had any right to expect.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Jenkins has been their second best defender. And he’s been great.

    • BillW

      So minus Ducasse it’s 8 for the four other positions or 2 each. So Ducasse is 3.5 times higher than average. Obviously an issue but they don’t have the horses to do anything about it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m telling yiz … he’s got to go.

  • Irish Sweetness

    You’ve got to be kidding me on player of the week. Jay Christopher Cutler dragged us through that game , a game where Robbie Gould shanking an extra point had us dangerously close to losing it.
    Jay made throws few could make. He lifted that game out of the fire. His sideline demeanor before our final drive was aint-no-thang. This is what I do.

    MVP = Cutty. Robbie just slipped himself off the noose with that FG.

    • Pissed Off

      I think you’re forgetting the dagger like interception he threw that almost cost us the game. I would call it a combined effort on the last drive for Cutty recovering and getting us down the field (which would have been nice if he would have gotten us further) but thankfully just enough to get Robbie to hit a bomb. Gotta agree with Andrew and give it to Robbie but the nice recovery by Jay to lead us down the field right after a terrible throw showed guts.

      • BerwynBomber

        I would actually give it to Bennett. He had a monster game.

        • BillW

          How about Slausen for not messing up. I read he had to drink himself calm after the game – can’t find the link in a hurry but it was an interesting read. He was really concentrating so hard that he had a very hard time coming down even hours after the game. Unsung hero.

          • willbest

            Don’t know why he would have needed to do that
            a) they won
            b) he only had a couple bad snaps
            c) the line was serviceable under his direction

            Also of note, if Slausen had that much anxiety from it I can completely see where Grasu might not be ready.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But Grasu is an actual center – he was the leader of his offense in college. Slauson took 6 snaps this year.

        • willbest

          But your TE is supposed to have a monster game against the raiders.

      • Irish Sweetness

        That play should have been a run, wasinsane, and therefore the interception should not have materialized. That said, he won the game for us. There aren’t many QBs in the league that can march don a field like he can.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        How could Cutty have gotten us further when Fox was making the call to bleed the clock?

  • MB30SD

    Oh thank gooood, new thread.

  • The GP

    If Grasu can’t play because he lacks the upper body to handle a 0-tech in his face then he is a blown pick. Period.

    • MB30SD

      I agree with that premise, however… strength can eadily be built (and or injected)… and he is a rook, so if this is still the story in a year or two I would agree.

      Not every rook can start his first year, especially guys past the 2nd and 3rd round. I know long thought he was a good pick based on playing next to him, so that accounts for soooomething…. hopefully

      • I was really confused this preseason with how overwhelmed he looked, because I watched tape several times last spring of him going against Danny Shelton and he more than held his own.

        • MB30SD

          He probably just needs a little time and experience data. He seems to be pretty damn fast/athletic early on.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He kept Fales clean in the ‘134’ game. As did Tayo.

      • The GP

        I didn’t say he was a bust. A blown pick.

        The Bears are abject idiots for taking a project at center in the 3rd round in a rebuilding year knowing the OL was patchwork

        • Irish Sweetness

          Not really, they had Will Montgomery, Slauson ….

    • FourFeathers

      No, he was not a blown pick if he is not ready to contribute his rookie season. We aren’t the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots in terms of being in a “win-now” mode. Rather we are a team in full-scale rebuilding mode. If Ryan Pace drafted Grasu based on his projectability, then I’m perfectly fine with that. Judge the pick in 2 or 3 years. Not now. Foolish on your part.

      • MB30SD

        jes!

        just delete the last pointless sentence and this was a solid post maing.

  • MB30SD

    Am I the only one that goes into the 3rd quarter shitting my pants that the lead we have built in the first 1/2 is going to get chewed up and spit out on the first and/or second drives after out first 2 3 and outs?

    Why don’t we adjust well in the 2nd half…. to andrew’s point. I don’t get it, but it’s so us.

    What’s the theory here. … anyone? It would be nice to turn that ‘trend’ around and see us come out even stronger. Weird.

    • Big Mike

      If we give Fox/Gase/Fangio the benefit of the doubt, here is what I believe is happening. The Coaching staff has put together a game plan that squeezes every ounce of talent out of the Bears. Opponent adjusts to the wrinkles at half time. Talent and execution become the issue.

      Exact opposite of Trestman shitting his pants when the defense doesn’t line up how he drew it up in practice.

      • MB30SD

        I think that’s a viable theory Mike. I would just like, at that point, to see additional adjustments or changes in scheme or something to counteract that.

        help me to help you help me… to help you.

        • Big Mike

          We all would like that. Could be the Bears just don’t have enough talent. I’m realistically optimistic about this team. Getting Alshon and Ratliffe back will be nice boosts. Stealing one in KC would be rocket fuel for their confidence. It will take a very nice game plan.

          • MB30SD

            Agree whole heartedly Mike.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Adjustments to what? We were getting after Carr, we shut down the run.

          How about adjusting to a run play when the game is on the line and you need a yard, instead of riskily calling a shot downfield? Fullback, stretch-play, Forte, game over. Instead, crazy call, interception, fuck.

    • Pissed Off

      Yeah I don’t know, the kick return in Seattle was like a dagger. That’s gotta be on the coaches. Come up with a set of plays or something like they do to start the game for use in the 3rd quarter.

      • MB30SD

        exactly. just seems to be our style and I hate it. Lovie was the very best at this…

      • Irish Sweetness

        And Arizona ….

    • willbest

      But Gase doesn’t need to adjust at half time. What he was doing in the first half was working. So the DC adjust to him, and they suffer in the 3rd quarter for it.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        See? Math is everywhere!

      • Irish Sweetness

        We were better than the Raiders but we were up against the refs (two imaginary penalties that allowed them to score), an XP miss by Gould, and an interception on a play that should have been stretching for a yard.

        We didn’t need adjustments other than moving from sloppy to perfect execution.

        • Sactowns#1

          True. With the refs in the tank for the Raiders, a bunch of self inflicted wounds and a limping QB we wtill walked out with the W. I expect the game to be a little cleaner this Sunday and for the beloved to post 2 in a row.

      • BillW

        I’d hope coaches play at least a little chess here. They have to think “what adjustment is logical here and when it happens, what then do I do?”

  • The GP

    Mully gets pissy with Alshon because he threw out the first pitch but his hammy is still not a go for the Chiefs.

    Facts are facts: kid was a bit soft outta SC and his training is probably weak. He deserves criticism for not being able to get his legs sorted.

    • MB30SD

      Seems like BMarsh was holding him up. Now that he’s gone…

      Like the roommate who works out and only buys good food for the house and pulls his lazyass roommate with him.

      Once that dude left, he reverted to sitting his fat ass on the couch eating cheesy poofs and playing Xbox all day.

    • Pissed Off

      And hasn’t it been basically his whole career he’s probable or questionable with something week after week? Dude is good when he plays but he better get out there ASAP or the offense will pass him by and the coaches will realize he’s expendable.

      • MB30SD

        yes

      • Scharfinator

        Outside of his 2nd season, yes.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Trade deadline, he might be worth a second.

    • Sactowns#1

      Did anyone say he’s a scratch for this week?

      • The GP

        Mully did.

        • Sactowns#1

          You mean someone on The Score is whining and crying about something? I’m shocked.

          • The GP

            Fair enough

  • The GP

    There is a gofundme to bring Steve Bartman to Wrigley for the series.

    Bartman wants no part of it. People are shit. Anyone who attacked the guy is a scum and a discredit to the city.

  • MB30SD
    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      “The local people of Myanmar know it well. Scientists first learned of
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      And the Dracula Fish? Holy shit!

  • Pissed Off

    Regarding your first point, we’ve all been wondering that and trying to figure it out for Cutlers entire career.

    I kind of assimilate Bennett with Cutler, both can be very good but both can have piss poor body language. I have no idea if there is a coincedence between all of Cuttys INT’s and going to Bennett. Better judgement says no and I dont remember them all but the one on Sunday was a terrible throw behind Bennett. He needed to lead him. I just watched it back.

    Currently we have Forte and Bennett who are both better after the catch than Royal IMO. I don’t see a ton of Bmarsh on the article I posted below but I remember him being very good after the catch. You can search by year so it’s pretty cool site. Bennett almost always makes at least the first guy miss or breaks one tackle.

    http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/yards-after-the-catch/2014/

    I love how Wilson looked on Sunday, smiling, enjoying the game, happy to finally be out there and I hope he strives to continue to make the best of it. Maybe he can be a serviceable cog or more for this team.

    • BerwynBomber

      Blaming Bennett for Cutty’s INTs is silly but expected.

      We will see about Wilson. Nice game but KC is a stronger team than OAK.

      • Pissed Off

        Who was blaming Bennett for Cutty’s INT?

        • beninnorcal

          The writer- Andrew.

          • willbest

            They just don’t have great chemistry. Like how Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers seemingly share the same brain. Cutler always seems to think BU is going to do something different than he does.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Adam Gase calling it on 3rd and 1 at such a crucial point has not been mentioned.

          • Bender McLugh

            I mentioned it on game day

          • SC Dave

            It was a great call. Execution other than piss poor and its an easy touchdown.

            Execution that bad on a run yields a fumble lost.

            Of course it is less likely that Matt would fumble than Jay throw the ball in the wrong place. Or any other qb for that matter

      • I don’t know. KC has been very not good so far this year.

        I’d say they’re roughly equal to Oakland, but they’ll have home field, which helps.

        I expect a close game overall though.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          The combined records of the teams that beat them…12-0. Could it be they’re 1-3 because of the competition they’ve faced and not because they’re garbage?

          • Bears have lost to what most people consider to be the 3 best teams in the NFC.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I agree, my point was that we don’t know if the Chiefs out and out stink (and therefore are equal to OAK) because of who they played so far. I wasn’t saying we were garbage, I was just saying we can’t assume that about KC either.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t see what you see in bennett. for a very large man he seems to go down pretty easily. I haven’t actually seen much of royal (personally) this year, but I did get a lot of him when he played at SD. He’s a shifty little stud. the dude is also tough and not afraid to catch balls in traffic (that’s what she said).

      Matty is just a stud. Dude’s like a ghost.

      Data, do you have any YAC stats for us good sir?

      • Pissed Off

        That link should show Bennett is very good. It seems like on all the screens he catches he breaks a tackle before he goes down. Maybe its just me but I always think he gets out of at least one tackle

        • MB30SD

          yes, I stand corrected, although I didn’t say he was olsen, just didn’t SEEM like he was as good as the numbers obviously show.

          • CanadaBear

            It seemed like last year Jay was always passing to Black Uni but the passes always seemed to leave BU flat footed. Jay never seemed to hit him in stride. BU would usually break the first tackle and then get gang tackled.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s one thing about Cutty that won’t change. He can’t lead receivers, they always have to break stride, or it will be overthrown.

          • part of that was the offensive game plan last year. Consistently had guys turn to face Cutler in their routes, then throw, then they had to try and turn upfield.

            As opposed to hitting them on the run in a slant, post, out, crossing route, etc.

        • Irish Sweetness

          4.3 yards is falling over, not breaking tackles. Danny Woodhead is breaking tackles.

      • Bennett does not go down easily at all. He led all TEs or WRs in broken tackles over the past 2 years, according to PFF.
        In terms of YAC, he has 65/201 receiving yards after the catch.
        That’s not necessarily indicative of how well he runs after the catch though, as much as it is where he catches it and how much room to run he has. He’s tied at 65 with Brandon Marshall (401 total yards) and Anthony Fasano (128 total yards).

        • BTW, I pulled this from ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/receiving/sort/receivingYardsAfterCatch/qualified/false
          Bennett is on page 2, tied for 58th in the NFL.
          #1 in YAC is Mark Ingram, who has 184 YAC on 203 yards total. Geez.

          • BillW

            Geez is right but obviously they throw him short passes. Only 19 yards at the catch? On what – 19 receptions?

          • RB screens and dumpoffs. AKA peak Drew Brees.
            I remember when NO beat CHI in 2013, I think their WRs had a total of 3 catches for 50 yards (on 3 targets). He targeted RBs/TEs 28 times for 26 catches, 238 yards, and 2 TDs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nope, Danny Woodhead is about 14 YAC. That’s insane!

            http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/yards-after-the-catch/2015/

            Matty = 8.9 yards AC
            Eddie = 4.3
            Uni = 4.2

            Brandon Marshall = 3.8

        • MB30SD

          Wow, I stand very corrected… maybe?

          Thank you for that sir, I knew I could count on you to drop the science.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Those numbers don’t take number of receptions into account.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Wow. I disagree. Black Uni always fights for the extra yards and usually gets them.

        • Yup. That’s part of the reason he’s always inj too. He never just runs out of bounds or falls over like Olsen did

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bennett is better than slot receiver Eddie Royal after the catch? Good night.

      • Pissed Off

        Proof is in the pudding as Denny Green once said

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      My belief is that most INT’s happen with Bennett because Cutty knows he’s the only receiving threat he has so he gets the most looks.

  • Big Mike

    Did anyone notice that Bears just picked up this guy

    “The 2012 Rimington and 2011 Outland Trophy winner has played every spot
    on the line while helping the Tide win three BCS championships in the
    last four years. Has spent most of his time on the interior, which is
    where he projects best in the NFL. While not the strongest or most
    athletic lineman, Jones’’ versatility, intelligence and high character
    should get him penciled in at guard or center for the next decade in the
    NFL”

    http://chi.247sports.com/Bolt/Bears-sign-Barrett-Jones-Brandon-Dunn-to-practice-squad-40041684

    • MB30SD

      Yes, check last thread… at your own peril mike

      I believe shady has already called his agent requesting a date night this week.

      • Big Mike

        How about a recap? I remember really liking this guy coming out of Alabama. The fact that he was available for our practice squad…. but still not a bad move by us. Does he have anything left? injuries, what happened to the kid. Just overwhelmed at the pro- level or a case of never had a clear path?

        • MB30SD

          shady and I and a couple others were pretty high on him that draft… it was the year we had omelette and webb I think and garza was on his last legs and this kid was an absolute monster at roll tide.

          I guess he hurt his foot badly in his last couple games in college (played through it anyway) and he’s dissapeared since. Guess it can’t hurt to take a flyer if he’s super cheap?

          • Big Mike

            Practice Squad salary $6,500 a week or so. So basically free. Once a guy who has played lands on a practice squad, it’s hard to get on a roster during the season unless there injuries on the team they are on. To get to another team, not only do they have to wait for injuries, to move up they have to fight the learning curve. For a Center that’s brutal. Bears can also evaluate him against Hrasu. Nothing but upside, and if Barret has simply been a lost soul and finds his form, this is a genius move by Pace et all

          • MB30SD

            yep

          • Big Mike

            My name is MB and I approve this post 🙂 Ok, I’ve got to work. Need to earn some extra coin to pay for Cubs Playoff tickets.

          • MB30SD

            nice. Enjoy!

          • Scharfinator

            I wish I was on a practice squad… $300k a year and you basically get paid to work out and run around.

            You do have to stay on the PS though.

          • Big Mike

            No, they only get paid for the weeks you are on the squad up to a maximum of 17 weeks. $110,500.

          • Scharfinator

            So wait, I can work out for 17 weeks a year for $110k? Still sounds pretty sweet to me.

          • Big Mike

            You have to be one of the best 320 football players not on a 53 man roster.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Other than THAT, there’s nothing to it!

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah, pretty sweet gig.

          • DaMurph

            I was in on that, I really liked him. Then he had the broken foot, then back problems.

        • he had some back issues. Hasn’t really been ale to overcome them. Hopefully he can.
          His versatility could make him a nice reserve who can fill in at any of the interior spots.

  • BillW

    Speaking of Matt Slausen –
    Am I the only one who thinks of Johnny Carson as Art Fren when his name is mentioned.

    “Take the San Bernadino Freeway to the Slausen cutoff. Get out of your car and cut off your slausen.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      With Carol Wayne.

      • BillW

        I spent too much time reading the Wiki article on the Carson Tonight Show. There were many sidekicks for Carson on that sketch over the years, including Paula Prentiss for a while. But Carol Wayne (who died under suspicious circumstances at 42) was the most famous. Stereo-typical Hollywood blonde who eventually posed for Playboy the same year she had to declare bankruptcy.

  • BillW

    Here is the Slausen story I referred to in an earlier post. Pretty interesting I thought – how he found it toughh to de-stress:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-matt-slauson-center-bears-spt-1006-20151005-story.html

  • AlbertInTucson

    Here’s my question from Sunday:

    Why take time out with :07 to play before the FG attempt?

    Why not just run it down to :02 or :03 so when the kick is made, the game is over instead of having to kick-off and go through that Keystone Cops return and

    A) Risk a miracle runback and

    B) Risk getting somebody hurt in that fire drill?

    • BerwynBomber

      I would presume for potential botched snap/re-kick possibilities.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bears were out of time outs.

        If the snap is botched with :07 left, you’re toast anyway and you can only “Spike” from under center.

        • BerwynBomber

          Clock stops on a turnover, I believe, or after the recovery of a live ball.

        • could throw an incomplete pass to stop the clock.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Odds of getting THAT accomplished are slim and none.

  • Scharfinator
    • MB30SD

      hilarious! that is so freaking awesome.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Adam Gase was not issue in 2nd half vs. Raiders. Cutler inaccurate, WR drops, Ducasse nightmare, Forte fumble. Plays were there to be made.”
    Gase has been excellent so far. Only fear is if DCs begin to figure out his tendencies with the Bears. As Dave reminded me a week or so ago, let’s not forget that Trestman’s offense looked fantastic his first year here. In fact, I believe we led the NFC in scoring.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Here are some things that were different between year 1 and year 2:

      a) The only major offensive injury in year 1 was to Cutler but McCown outplayed him so there was 0 dropoff there, in essence offense was virtually injury free (save me the Jordan Mills in game 16 injury, Britton played good in his stead). Year 2 saw a hobbled receiving corps and multiple OL injuries. b) in year 1, the Bears SoS was weak, they had the 5th easiest schedule. In year 2 the SoS was the 4th most difficult. c) In year 1, the offense was more balanced, employing a 40/60 run/pass ratio. In year 2, they had a 35/65 run/pass ratio. They went off the rails trying to pass to justify JC’s contract. Even with the offensive line issues in year 2, the YPC only went from 4.5 to 4.1, there was no need to throw an extra 5% of the time.

      That 1st year was awesome tho, 2nd in the NFL in scoring despite only running 1042 plays (which ranked 23rd in the league) on 182 drives (27th in the NFL).

  • Sactowns#1

    Chiefs are ranked 29th defending against the pass. I’m looking for Alshon to be back this week and for all our WR’s and a certain TE to be very productive.

  • Aaron T. Starks

    I said it upon watching the replay that Bennett saw the ball coming a little short and made no effort to close on it. Was the pass perfect? No. But receivers have to make plays on the ball for their QB sometime. Bennett simply didn’t go for the ball but waited on it.

  • Austin Holverson

    I’m so sick of this blog and honestly I’m done. I’m so tired of the Jay Cutler excuses and love for him. Show me one game he wins and I show you three he throws away. My first and last post ever.

    • Sactowns#1

      Bye Felicia.

  • Uh, lemme see. Pickles was the qb for two of those post halftime games That might explain the disparity.

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