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Across the Middle With Andrew Dannehy

| November 11th, 2015

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• Upon further review, I have changed my mind about the biggest thing to come out of this game. Immediately after the game, I thought it was about their defense finally getting a stop and Jeremy Langford. Now, I think it was about Alshon Jeffery. He was awful at the start of the game, with a dropped touchdown, another dropped pass on third down and a pick-six that he should’ve prevented. He put the team in a big hole. In the past, we’ve seen Alshon disappear after those moments. Then something happened. It’s as if he grew up before our eyes. He was different. We saw him pounding his chest and talking after the play. He was pissed off and he was going to dominate. Maybe it doesn’t happen that way if Jason Verrett doesn’t hurt his hamstring, but I’m not sure that mattered. He just may have taken the step the Bears dared him to take by not extending his contract before the season.

• After re-watching the game, it’s easy to conclude that this was Adam Gase’s best game by a wide margin. He kept San Diego off balance all game. If the players executed better, the Bears would’ve scored a lot more.

• The game was a good reminder on why teams should probably wait to draft running backs unless the player is special. Melvin Gordon went in the first round, Langford went in the fourth.

• There isn’t anyone who would still take Teddy Bridgewater over Derek Carr is there?

• My guess is, by the end of the year, we’ll be adding the loss to Carolina in the stat about how Aaron Rodgers and the Packers struggle against top-10 scoring defenses. The Panthers were just inside the top-10 before the game, but a couple of touchdowns late in the game moved them down to 11th. When they needed to get a stop later in the game, they intercepted Rodgers.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Why did they start Ka’Deem Carey? My first thought was that it was because Carey was tougher between the tackles, but Carey only had one carry directly up the middle, while Langford had 11.

Carey got the first two attempts of the game, but it was clear that it was Langford’s job after that. Langford made several big plays and we saw why the Bears are so excited about him.   

It was hard to not like Carey, but you still have to question the sustainability. He gets north and south and isn’t going to lose a lot of yards, but he just doesn’t have the same kind of talent that Langford has. The bottom line is that there aren’t many 200-pound power runners in the league. I’d love to see him add 10 pounds.

Player of the Week

Jay Cutler. The Bears won this game because they had a better quarterback. Cutler just made more big plays when there weren’t big plays to be made, moving around the pocket and finding receivers down the field.

Goat of the Week

Robbie Gould. This game really shouldn’t have been as close as it was. If Gould makes two very makable kicks, the Bears win pretty easily. It wasn’t just about the points but the morale of having long drives end with nothing hurt them. Gould will be fine, but this was a bad game.

Bold Prediction for Week 10

Antrel Rolle and Adrian Amos will both get their first interception of the season.

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  • Big Mike

    I’ve always thought Ka’deem Carey was a good back. This Bears team is growing up in front of our eyes. They may finish with anywhere from 6-9 wins. But they are a much better club than they were a year ago.

    • The GP

      I’m sorry you feel that way.

      Carey is awful. Slow to hit the hole, no straight line breakaway speed, elusiveness that is pure NCAA Div 2.

      • CanadaBear

        Nothing against the guy but when you don’t have the speed the D doesn’t fear you and bad things happen.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    yay!! first! and i got nothing else to add

  • Viva

    BEAR DOWN!

    • The Yes Guy

      YES!!!

  • Scharfinator

    Gould was certainly the GOAT. What an aberration of a game for him.

    • MB30SD

      should have heard the (heavily bear favored) crowed after he missed the second one… it was like hushed, shocked whispering in low tones… like when the preacher drops a bomb about his infidelity in church.

      People were kinda incredulous that he missed two in a row. like, dude, WTF is going on here?!

      • Scharfinator

        Instead of booing like normal, the fans grew concerned. Is Robbie’s marriage in trouble? Is he hurt? Is there a sniper near by?

        Hah, guess we’re pretty spoiled when we react like that!

    • AlbertInTucson

      When was the last time the Bears won when Gould was off his game…?

  • “There isn’t anyone who would still take Teddy Bridgewater over Derek Carr is there?”

    I have to fess up on this one. Spent all offseason banging the “Teddy>Carr” drum, because it wasn’t close last year.

    It’s also not close this year, albeit in the opposite direction. Carr took a massive step up, while Teddy has remained the same guy, maybe even taken a small step back.

    Friendly reminder that stats and numbers, as much as I love them, are not the end all and be all and are not always predictive. Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      NUMBERS NEVER LIE!!!!!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Mark Twain never said THAT.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i read it on Albert Einstein’s Facebook page

          • AlbertInTucson

            Have you seen the site where, basically, every notable quote in history is being attributed to Bill Murray.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            nope, got a link?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Actually, no. Just heard about yesterday. Local Sports Talk guy was complaining about it.

    • The GP

      We love your dedication to using applied statistics.

      However, baseball is the game for that. Football often belies statistical trends.

    • willbest

      Last year it was Teddy’s team. This year it is AP’s team. Zimmer tried to make it Teddy’s team by quasi-benching AP vs. San Fran, and if he hadn’t they might be alone atop the NFCN right now.

    • MB30SD

      Yeah, I never got this from you data. I just did the ‘ol eye test on teddy, and never got what people saw. That said, he did look like the most solid/mid-line guy from his class.

      • I still think Teddy is a solid QB. Didn’t see Carr making a leap like this.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, mid-line.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Carr has Andre Holmes, Amari Cooper, and Michael Crabtree to throw to. That’s two first rounders right there.

  • ThompsonWay

    I would vote to start Langford over Carey everyday, all day… There is something about speed that changes the way a “D” handles a running back. Langford is a speed threat, Carey isn’t!

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

  • FQD1911

    I was at the game and it was a wild experience. Once I have more time, will type out what happened from my perspective.

    Get better soon, MB.

    • The GP

      What happened to him? Overdose on tunafish?

      Gotta watch out for that mercury.

      Yes guy, you can just go ahead and respond to this post with a Yes.

      • FQD1911

        roflmao. I think it is a minor bug, but don’t quote me.

      • DaMurph

        He ate red meat both days I was with him, I think it was just in honor of the Bears being in town, or to honor my Chicago roots.

    • MB30SD

      Thanks FQ!! Bummed we never got to hook it up my maings. Next time! Totally get family first, as we discussed.

      GP, sick like a fucking dog man. Bug going around, my kids had it for 2 weeks. Thought I slipped it, then it hit me sat night. I was a mess at the game. coughing, sore throat, aches. No fucking way I was missing that game. Woke up yesterday and felt like my throat was swollen almost shut. Went to the doctor and fucker says, it might be an abscess forming and might have to go in through your neck… or we can try antibiotics first and see what happens?

      Hahahaha, I was like, WTF?!?! Go in through my fucking neck?!?!?! Dude, give me the fucking antibiotics and let’s see what happens before you cut my fucking neck open to lance a boil inside my fucking throat. I feel better today on antibiotics. Fucking doctors. SMH

      • DaMurph

        That polish sausage slipped down your throat pretty easily! Haha!

        • MB30SD

          It was all that ketchup

  • The GP

    Could Iowa beat Baylor in a bowl? Come on….

    • AlbertInTucson

      Go Gophers!

  • willbest

    Carey got the “start” but that is more meaningful for position that don’t ordinarily get rotated through. Touches is what matters.
    Chalk it up to keeping SD off guard, making the rookie earn it (especially after the game losing drop the week before).

    As to Jeffery $35 million in guarantees will properly motivate anybody, and he knows he has to book another 1k yard season if he is going to get the $13mil a year contract.

    • Bender McLugh

      agree completely about starting Carey, gotta chalk it up to Gase messing with SD’s defensive game plan, at least to start the game.

      • MB30SD

        this

      • Johnnywad

        Very crafty of Gase to put in the guy that isn’t as good as the other guy. “Surprise!!!! Try and stop this guy that sucks.”. Very much like Trestman trying to use Ebon Britton to score touchdowns while BMarsh, Bennett, Forte, and AJ watch from the nether regions of the play or the sideline.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Thank you, Veterans.

    Fly the Flag today, folks!

    • MB30SD

      Ohh RAH!

    • madscout12

      Huah!

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      first of all, this is beneath you GP.

      Second, did you read that post – I got about 4 lines in before I threw up a little in my mouth. sweet jesus that dude has the IQ of a 6th grade bully.

      Now I TOTALLY understand why cheesy comes here. That green bay gene pool needs a heavy does of extra-strenght clorine

      • The GP

        I claim innocence. If you tell Google you are interested in ChiBears then it puts together a RSS feed for you and just shoves this crap at you, from underneath every rock that it scours.

        And, in the case of these blogs, it’s pretty moldy.

        • MB30SD

          ahhh, guilty!

  • MB30SD

    Hey Sac! You make it back alive?!

    • Sactowns#1

      I did. My liver may be mortally wounded but I live on!

      • MB30SD

        well done lad. pleasure meeting you and the little lady. Welcome in our fine city any time. Too bad we never hooked up at the game. Just as well, I might have gotten you all sick.

  • MB30SD

    I did want to comment on the hit to bridgewater that knocked him the fuggout!

    How was the guy supposed to stop mid flight. There was no way that hit was avoidable, and he hit his head with his frickin arm! ridiculous

  • MB30SD
    • government is so dumb with this. Legalize gambling, prostitution, and pot. Tax the hell out of it. Make more $$, plus save money wasting government resources trying to prevent it.
      Boom. 2 birds, 1 stone.

      • MB30SD

        100% with you

      • BearDown100393

        The government does not care about gambling, prostitution and pot. Or drugs for that matter. What it does care about it preserving its own bloated self-indulgent bureaucracy. It cares about wasting our money to feed itself. And it cares about finding a way to get its piece of action on those 3 vices without pissing off its collective voting bases.

      • Trac

        Move to Thailand.

        • MB30SD

          move out of texas. hahaha

          • Trac

            Irish is living it up in the land of the little brown peoples.

          • MB30SD

            hmmmm… it’s jungle fucking hot there. Wait, it’s also jungle hot where you are. No thanks.

            Their food is MUCH better though.

  • The GP

    MB –

    Driving a 930 through Vermont forests – nothing like it man.

    • MB30SD

      looks amazing.

      The bro and I are looking to get the e-type running by spring. you should come out and we’ll take it up the coast.

  • The GP

    Dickerson says the bears underwhelm for the 4-letter network that Bill Simmons hates.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4700597/chicago-bears-underwhelm-despite-jay-cutlers-strong-year

    • MB30SD

      don’t get it. Underwhelm in relation to what expectation?

      • Your mom’s?

        • MB30SD

          That’s nice evan. She passed in August. real nice. smh.

          • The GP

            smh

          • so much ham?

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahahahahaha

          • oh. well. apologies. conte made me do it.

          • MB30SD

            While true, I was just fucking with you.

            It’s the only real trump card when someone throws out a mom joke. You’re welcome you insensitive bastard.

          • you know i just got away with a conte reference, right?

            you’re slipping.

          • MB30SD

            I saw it…. and simply refused to acknowledge it.

    • willbest

      Dickerson is in that bad spot between beat reporter and talent. ESPN needs to complete that transition for him because he has been pretty biased the last year or so.

      • madscout12

        It is too bad. I like Dickerson. But the dude hates Cutler and has for a long time. It is hard to work somewhere and not let that coolaid soak in.

    • Joecashflow

      What’s that mid year MVP trophy look like? Stadium dog with the works?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Aqib Talib definitely deserves a week off or that crap.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000576617/article/talib-loses-appeal-officially-suspended-for-eyepoke

    “He acted like he got in an 18-passenger car wreck.”

    Well, Aqib, let me jab 2 fingers into YOUR right eye, in anger, and let’s see how YOU react.

    • willbest

      Was hoping he would get two and that would free up Jeffery a bit more. Hope we have Royal back by then.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yeah, he’s a jerk, but he’s a damn good corner.

      • Denver has 3 good CBs. Just having Talib out wouldn’t matter that much, though I guess the other 2 are smaller (but the small Verrett dominated Jeffery early Monday night before getting hurt).

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Line feels high. Rams are one-dimensional under Nick Foles. STL deserves to be favored but I see this game tighter. https://twitter.com/bradbiggs/status/664471996462448640

    MAYBE, but as others have mentioned, I do not look forward to watching the Rams pound Todd Gurley time and again at the Bear defense.

    And then on play-action, Foles looks up and finds Tavon Austin romping free thru the secondary.

    Oh, they get to try and cover Mr. Austin on special teams, too.

  • MB30SD
  • Bears-4-Ever

    Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who Served and Continue to do so.

    Also a Belated Happy Birthday to my USMC Bros. Semper Fi.

    • WP34

      u have a great photo/avatar

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      damn, pretty harsh on erraone else. sheesh.

      long, grassu, langford, white, alshon, slauson, amos, goldie, mcfee…gee, etc…

      I don’t think we’re THAT far away. If the coaching staff stays in tact and Pace has a super strong offseason, I think we’re at least playoff bound… barring bad injuries.

      • AlbertInTucson

        If they were “that” far away, I dm’t think they are a 3 and 5 that could have been 4-4 or 5-3.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Thayers starting to get titties?

      • MB30SD

        Starting?! Haha

  • The GP

    Pitt police issue a warrant for Raiders linebacker Ray Ray McDonald because he taunted a Pitt cops police dog as he got off the bus at the Steelers game

    Del Rio told the Pitt cops to shove it

    • AlbertInTucson

      If that is true, it’s absolutely lame.

      • The GP

        Ray Ray Armstrong.

        Felony warrant.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I support the police but some Pittburger Cop needs to be in a diversion program.

    • BearDown100393

      “hey dog hey dog” and lifting a shirt warrants a 3rd degree felony charge?

    • Scharfinator

      Pittsburgh is getting this mad and they have the fucking dog killer on their NFL team? Fuck that.

    • Trac

      Michigan gets a crack at Ohio State in 2 1/2 weeks. Are you going to the game?

      • The GP

        If they beat Indiana and Penn State, I will pull some strings.

        • Trac

          I’d be all over that. Wouldn’t an upset be something else? I can almost feel it coming on.

    • Cormonster

      I thought taunting was only a 15 yard penalty. That canine officer must have some thin skin.

  • Trac

    Bold predictions?

    A. Cutty wins MIP.
    B. Bears fans will suddenly find a reason to be hopeful.
    C. Jeff will one day be in the Guinness Book of World Records for silly twats.

    • MB30SD

      I think we need to find you a new hobby mate. haha

      • Trac

        Jess.

  • MB30SD

    this one’s for Ev, I feel badly for messing with him about my mom today.

    Here ya go bud: http://www.mandatory.com/2015/11/11/nfl-stars-with-completely-ridiculous-mustaches/

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