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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Around the League, Three Bears Thoughts, Boomer on Catches, Cutler Update!

| November 16th, 2015

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Around the League We Go!

  • Through nine games, Jeremy Langford has only 100 yards less from scrimmage than Melvin Gordon.
  • Someone in the Browns organization needs to walk down to the head coach’s office and tell him playing Josh McCown is no longer an option. I’ve never believed Johnny Manziel’s ability would translate to the pro game but losing down the stretch with McCown does the team zero good. (Manziel was quietly good in that Steelers game yesterday and Manziel isn’t quietly anything.)
  • Tom Brady is full of magic. That’s the only way I can explain it.
  • Giants should be 8-1. They’ve only played one poor game all season. I wouldn’t want to be walking into the Meadowlands in January once this group puts it together. (They are also +12 in turnovers this season. They are secretly good.)
  • The NFL got what they wanted by changing the extra point rule. They made kickers way too relevant on Sundays. (And they’ve delayed at least 7-10 of my piss breaks.)

  • I have no interest in seeing Peyton Manning play football like this. 
  • DBB has been reporting it for months and nobody has been listening. Seattle isn’t any good.
  • Remember when game stats used to be indicative of a player’s performance? Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions at home against the Lions and all the morning talk shows had “What’s Wrong with Aaron Rodgers” as one of their major talking points.
  • This was the most impressive moment in the NFL I saw all week:
  • If the season ended today…

AFC BYES: Patriots, Bengals

AFC WILD CARD WEEKEND: Steelers at Colts, Bills at Broncos

NFC BYES: Panthers, Cardinals

NFC WILD CARD WEEKEND: Falcons at Vikings, Packers at Giants

Three Bears Thoughts

(1) Tracy Porter is climbing into my list of players I think can make a positive contribution in 2016. He’s by no means a shutdown corner but he’s a player the Bears can win with.

(2) Goldman, Amos, Langford are players. Grasu flashed in limited duty. Kevin White hasn’t seen the field yet. It takes two years to evaluate a draft class but early returns on Ryan Pace’s first go are uplifting.

(3) It seems in vogue to say the Bears will lose Adam Gase to a head coaching gig this January. But it’s way too early to know if Gase will be on the radars in Tennessee, Indy, Detroit, Miami…etc. My question. Why wouldn’t Vic Fangio be considered for head coaching vacancies? Fangio has the Bears playing respectable defense weekly with one of the weakest defensive rosters in the league. He’s a great, great football coach.

NFL CATCH RULE OFFICIALLY A JOKE

Nobody knows what a catch is. Sunday Odell Beckham had a catch called incomplete in the end zone. It was the exact same play as Golden Tate’s touchdown against the Chicago Bears. Boomer Esiason voiced his concern this morning.

JAY CUTLER UPDATE

Cutler has played 7 1/2 of the 9 games. His numbers:

  • 64.2% of passes complete
  • 2,045 yards
  • 13 touchdowns
  • 5 INTs

He is on pace for 4,362 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 INTs. But no, he isn’t any good.

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  • The GP
  • The GP

    Gotta watch these highlights.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000581290/article/coughlin-on-brady-the-other-guy-finished-the-game

    VIP on the Swole tries to headhunt Gronk. Hilarity ensues.

  • He is on pace for 4,362 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 INTs. . –

    Heck, I think I tried to bet Waffle that Cutty wouldn’t hover around 10INTs, and even he wouldn’t take that bet, so Cutty has exceded all expectations in that dept.

    I think Chucky or Boomer observed that Cutty’s footwork is much better now (I think he switched which foot is forward like Eli and a few other QBs) and how he’s keeping that ball higher/tighter.

    I also don’t see any of that back-peddling bs throw.

    I’m not about to speculate as to why he couldn’t change these drawbacks before, but it’s nice seeing that Cutler has seemingly refined his game.

    The one thing I don’t see him do much though is look at pictures on the sideline, but I don’t know if this is necessarily a negative. Some QBs like Peyton do it, others like Roth don’t seem to. Is this an individual QB choice, or OC theme?

    Either way, arrow pointing up. Maybe Elway’s 10th magical transformation is not a myth.

    Just hope it lasts beyond one season like with Tresty.

  • You couldn’t be more right on Seattle, Jeff, but it’s not all that surprising.
    They’ve had to pay a lot of guys the last few years, which has resulted in them bleeding talent. They still have the starts, but the supporting cast around those stars has gone from good to terrible.
    Their 2010-12 draft classes were one of the best 3-year runs in recent memory. But they’ve been pretty meh in the draft since then, and those guys are all off their rookie deals now.

  • Cubs_Questions

    Hey guys, I read here quite a bit, but rarely comment. I just found this website: http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NFL/NFC/NFCNorth/Chicago.html

    Which seems to show that if the Bears go 5-2, they have a 21% chance of making the playoffs. That jumps to 78% with 6 wins. I know, getting way ahead of myself here.

    But with games coming up against San Francisco, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Detroit, 4 seems doable. Anybody think the Bears can snag more than 1 from Minnesota, Green Bay, and Denver? The Broncos and Packers haven’t looked super great these past few weeks.

    Either way, it’s fun to see the Bears playing well and coming together as a team just a year removed from whatever 2014 was.

    • The GP

      Todd O’Connor 4evah

    • The Potato Skins are more dangerous than most ppl give them credit for. IMO, they have an underrated D and can put up a lot of points. I think they might have a shot at the NFCE.

      SF is different at home, but luckily, we get them at our house, so that could be a win. TB. Meh.

      I think we can absolutely beat Minny, GB and Denver.

      The main struggle for us going forward is remaining consistent and learning how to win on the road in a hostile environment (let’s face it, Rams and Chargers weren’t exactly hostile).

      • BillW

        And though it’s a year earlier than I expected, at some point the team may have to deal with a certain level of over-confidence. Better to get that out of the way this year than next when we are a real contender.

      • T’Challa

        Being at the Rams game, I can say that half of the crowd were Bears fans.

        • Sactowns#1

          Way to represent!

          • T’Challa

            Bears fans were out in full force! A great game to watch.

      • Sactowns#1

        Washington hasn’t won on the road since Oct 2014.

        • This isn’t the RG3 skins though with a backstabbing coach.

          I’ve watched a few of their games this year. They’ve been in nearly all their games. Cousins is beginning to believe, and that team is gonna be a dark horse.

          • Sactowns#1

            Skins, Dark, I see what you did there.

      • Cubs_Questions

        Very true. As for the Skins, I agree with you. I’m a big believer in Cousins
        (partially because he went to Michigan State–I’m from the mitten myself).

      • Irish Sweetness

        Minny? Nah. That’s the toughest match we have. Cordarelle Patterson could kill us on ST alone.

  • Peyton officially out vs Bears via Score.

    Brock throwing the rock may actually be an upgrade for them at this point.

    • The GP

      I said that.

      • Looks like Artoo is your kryptonite in FF (see what I did there?)

        Actually, he beat me too earlier. Fucker.

        • Trac

          One more loss and GP might not make the winners bracket. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

          • And he plays me next week. Battle of the Bulge.

          • The GP

            Your league settings of pushing the bracket leaders to the end of the waiver wire each week has the desired effect. It evens everything out over time.

          • Yeah, I was really thinking of changing that this year, making it somewhat random, but figure the current model kinda emulates the NFL draft model.

            Bears505 got McCoy for free cuz he sucked earlier in the season and Waffle for some inexplicable reason let him go, and NB picked up another free HB in West once Charles went down, etc etc while frontrunners like me and you have to roster scrubs cuz we got waiver priority #11 and 12.

            Maybe I’ll change it next season. In some ways, rewarding losing seems unamerican, but at the other end, it does keep the league more competitive and everyone more involved.

            I think there’s a system where ppl have a certain amount of $ to spend throughout the year on waiver wire additions, but I’ve never played that format before.

          • Sactowns#1

            Hey I only need 84 points from Brian Hoyer tonight and I can still win!

          • Haha.

            Hey, AP racked up 51 points!

    • Irish Sweetness

      We definitely wanted to be facing Manning.

  • Who the hell is available that we can replace Mariani with?

    Given that we’ve been pretty good with discovering decent players from the scrap heap, I wonder who’s out there?

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Joe Anderson?

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          I’m half kidding but he actually returned kicks in college and is an overall bad mofo. I’m a fan of Bellamy actually.

          • Bellamy returns punts? If so, fuck it, why not? I think he’s a gunner too.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            Mariani drops them anyways so who cares? Fuller returns punts. Cutler returned punts and played safety in highschool. Just get Mariani the fuck out of there.

          • That would be funny if the Bears used Cutty to return punts (just to fair catch). It would save a roster spot!
            #revolution

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i have a feeling that there would be more than a few teams that would say HIT him anyway, we will take the 15yrd penalty.

          • Scharfinator

            Until we play the Lions and they cheapshot/blow him the fuck away.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            haha, that’s what I would do.

        • MB30SD

          Beeeeeaaast!!

    • DaBearsBlog

      Anybody who can simply execute a fair catch will do.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        at least with a fair catch we don’t get a half the distance to the goal penalty.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Carey. Royal. Meredith. Bellamy. Ify, if they haven’t lost his phone number. Remember that TD grab he made from Fales?

  • willbest

    I had a bet that Cutler was going to be the better QB than Peyton Manning this year. I didn’t realize I would be in a position to collect on that before December.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    on the possibility of losing Gase or Fangio to a HC gig. Wouldn’t the Bears need to give Gase or Fangio permission to interview for HC jobs? They both are under contract. I just can’t remember the protocol in these situations. I know teams can block coaches from interview and accepting jobs where it would be a backward step or equivalent position from their current position, that’s why coaches usually end up with ‘Assistant HC’ titles.

    • I seriously doubt either Gase or Fangio get a real shots at HC next year (barring a Bears play-off berth, which automatically gives them immense hype and publicity).

      For some odd reason, I don’t think Fangio even had an interview this last round, including with his own 9ers.

      Gase is still too young for a conservative NFL that likes a certain track record.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I agree, but since people including the BlogFather keep bringing it up i was curious on the hiring rules for open HC positions.

    • willbest

      No. All NFC coaching contracts allow any coach to interview for and take HC jobs. NFL teams can however block position coaches from interviewing for coordinator jobs the way Indy blocked teams from interviewing Chud. Who they ended up promoting to OC mid season anyway.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I just looked into this a little further. According prostarcoaching website(which is sited by a number of other sources as being accurate)

        1. An Assistant Coach MUST be given permission to discuss a Head Coaching
        opportunity if the request comes from the day of their last game, through March 1st.

        2. After March 1st, a club is not required to grant permission for another team to
        interview any of its Assistant Coaches.

        Since HC positions rarely stay open till March 1st, any club can basically lock down their coaches by not giving permission. Link below breaks down the scenarios pretty good.

        http://www.prostarcoaching.net/library/NFL_Contact_Rules.pdf

        • BillW

          Maybe you mistyped or maybe it end of victory Monday fog in my brain.

          After March 1st they can lock them out of interviewing. But from the last game until then, they have to let them interview. Since as you say HC jobs rarely stay open until March 1, I don’t see how the Bears can lock them out of interviewing.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            yep long day, little hung over and i have been looking at too much code. i misread the bullet points.

  • Trac

    Re: Tom Brady

    There’s 2 things you don’t do to a man. Take his money or steal his food. Messing with a man’s women follows closely.

  • willbest

    Seattle might not be good, but they aren’t bad either. And they will still play you tough.
    I think the reason Vic doesn’t get the credit is because the Bears defense still doesn’t pass the eye test. They make some nice plays which is way up from last year when they didn’t, but they allow big chunks regularly and quite frankly if Cassal/McCown/etc had been in St Louis yesterday to not overthrow the wide open receiver 6-8 times the game would have turned out a lot less lopsided.
    Meanwhile, Gase with an above average to good QB, patchwork line and receivers, and good to great RBs, has demonstrated he can move the ball against some pretty stout defenses.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fangio will continue to let decent passers tear us apart.

  • Anyone hear Bennett talking trash postgame? Holy crap.

    http://deadspin.com/martellus-bennett-roasts-the-rams-1742681594

    • The GP

      He called them “a bunch of fart runners”

      Hmmm…..

      Bennett = Barb?

      • I wonder what his beef was with #97? And why the power ranger pouring milk into cereal?

        I don’t think I ever want a “Being Bennett” (a la Malkavich) movie.

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          Gotta figure a Bennett Brothers reality show is in the works post-NFL. Dudes are hilarious.

          • MB30SD

            Diiiiis!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kind of makes you wonder where his focus is. That’s okay, we don’t him.

  • beninnorcal

    You have to kind of assume that Gase and Fangio both consider themselves prime candidates to take the Bears HC gig in a few years.
    I like what Gase is doing just like everyone else, however, I’m more excited about Fangio going forward. I’ve been very impressed with our over-achieving D, can’t wait til we add more talent.

    • BillW

      If one leaves I hope the other is named assistant HC next year.

      If they both leave I’m afraid we could stall a bit next year.

    • Maybe in two years.
      Like I said, no team even interviewed Fangio (still don’t know why) and Gase is too young and one year of Cutty production won’t make teams buy into him (Trestman had a good first year too).

      In 2 years, esp if we make the playoffs, maybe. But not now.

      And in two years I’d just as likely promote Gase or Fangio if push comes to shove, over Fox if need be.

      • CanadaBear

        When you see Fangio he seems like a great guy and not too polished (in a good way as far as I’m concerned). I could see GM’s being afraid of him being too close to the players and the owners being afraid he’s going to say something they don’t like.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If he wants to run a Bears D he’d better learn to call blitz. Not blitzing is for pussies.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree to a point but if you don’t have the horses to get there it’s not a great strategy.

  • Sactowns#1

    Looking at the schedule, I can easily see this team making a run for it.
    Broncos (without Manning)
    GB (faltering for sure)
    Niners (who is their QB? This team stinks)
    Washington (they haven’t won a road game since last Oct)
    Vikings (tough team)
    Bucs (meh)
    Lions (home field revenge? )

    • willbest

      That is the olé, can’t have a 9 game winning streak without winning the first 2? I can honestly say there isn’t a game in there they can’t win. But I think 4-3 is the most likely outcome.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I’m calling a 5-2 run which would put us at 9-7 for the year. People will bitch because we didn’t get a high draft pick but i’ll sit back and enjoy the effort on the field. you play to win the game.
        I just don’t know which 2 games we’ll lose. I want to say we’ll win out because I think MINNY is fucking dogshit and there is no way that the Lions will beat us twice especially after we pissed away the victory last time.

        • SC Dave

          Um, we play at Green Bay.

        • Trac

          We’re going 10-6 minimum. Take THAT waffle boi!

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            can’t go 11-5 without losing 5. lets run the table.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            Personally I think we are going to win out but it sounds so crazy and I’m a homer to begin with. I just can’t see us losing at this point. I know its an irrational thought.

  • BillW

    Looked at the QB stats sorted by passer ranking. It had all QBs no matter how few attempts so not clear. And yet it sure shows how the game – not just the rules – has changed. QBs ranked in the 20s have rating above 90.

    I never liked the stat – few people do. But I can only assume this grade inflation comes from higher percent complete as offenses set up way more shorter higher percentage passes.

    I thought Cutty’s 95 would put him near the top 10 for that stat. But it’s around 15 (depending on who you include exclude based on attempts).

    I’m sure the 95 is a career best but it’s all relative to what the league does.

    To be clear – that’s no matter at all other than a curiosity on the numbers.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      I’ve seen Cam Newton put up 2 god awful stat games in back to back weeks against Philly and Seattle, win both and be called an MVP candidate. I see Cutler throw a perfect game with a 151 rating on Sunday and know it’s not even his best game this YEAR. Stats can be misleading sometimes.

      • BillW

        So many variables. For Cutler yesterday he benefited from a high yards per attempt given the two long “yards after the catch” TDs. Should a QB get those yards in his passer rating? Who knows? Hit a guy in stride and yes the QB gets some credit. But if it’s a busted coverage or a great broken tackle by the receiver then no.

        Anyway, 95 is damn good. Just not as damn good as it used to be. Not that it matters.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          football is eye test for me. Sometimes you just have to put the stat sheet down and ask yourself if the guy out there playing the game helped his team win and put them in positions to succeed. I will never try to marginalize a player hitting on all cylinders just because he didn’t throw a perfect bomb to a guy in stride to make an all time highlight film reel. Sometimes you need to do the little things correctly and consistently and let the other professional football players on your team win their matchups as well.

          • BillW

            Cutty of Nazarene delivers the Sermon on the Gridiron.

            Well said.

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            And this, my procreating friend, is why I continue to subscribe to your newsletter.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup. Elway would have been fired on stats alone.

      • SC Dave

        Panthers are 9-0.
        Bears are 4-5.

        Team record is pretty critical for MVPs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cutty was rated 151 on Sunday, no?

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Love this from Slauson:

    “Slauson sounded much better after the game on Sunday than he did in the locker room on Thursday when he was nearly without his voice. It was his third game starting at center as Hroniss Grasu has missed time with a neck injury.

    “My voice isn’t used to it, making all the calls out there,” Slauson said in a near whisper on Thursday. “I have never experienced it before. It just came on, started coming on Wednesday. It’s probably from the game on Monday.”

    Did Slauson turn to any lozenges to get ready for the game?

    “No,” he said. “Chew.””

    I liked it so much, I’m going dip-in right now.

    • MB30SD

      out of all the cancers, mouth and throat would be the two I’d least want.

      Of course, if you ask old man douglas, I’m proper fucked.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Gotta make sure its organic my man.

        • MB30SD

          you can only do so much… the smell and taste test.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Stomach might be the worst. A friend of the family’s wife had it. Her stomach was finally rejected by the body. The last thing that happens is not something you would want to see.

  • T’Challa

    I am really impressed with this coaching staff. The Bears lack talent, but they have been in every game that Cutler has played. With another draft class and a few more FA signings next year, this team should be playoff bound. The coaches actually seem to be developing their players, something that derailed the potential draft picks like Bostic, Greene, Vereen, Mills, and Thomas.

    • We still have a lot of leftovers from a 4 front scheme too like Young, Sutton, Ego, Fuller, etc.

      Once Pace/Fangio get their hands on their own guys in a few drafts, watch out.

  • Cutty goes 9 games without throwing multiple INTs. 2nd longest streak in the NFL currently.

    Anyone want to guess the first guy (15 games without a multiple INT game)?

    -via Score.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Brady

    • willbest

      Score relating a positive stat about Cutler? Did somebody lose a bet?

      • Zaidman relayed it.
        He usually tries to keep it positive and informative while the other guys make fart jokes.

        • MB30SD

          mmmmmmmm… faaaaart jooookes

  • BillW

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/11/16/nfl-says-officials-erred-jaguars-winning-fg-shouldve-never-happened/

    How does this keep happening? The Jaguars won a game the league freely admits they messed up on. A false start should have been called on them, and with the 10 second runoff the game would have been over and the Ravens would have won.

    OF course, it’s a great opportunity for Trestman to continue to grow the man given the adversity that he’d never complain about.

  • The GP

    Hey look…. Chuck Norris can write.

    He wrote an article saying that the Paris attack is the start of WW3. And he’s gonna go kick their ass, like a karate Captain America.

    Right now, you are thinking, “Fuck that GP, making shit up”. But then you will click this link and see that I am not.

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/world-war-iii/

    • CanadaBear

      Hope he stops by and takes Steven Seagal with him.

    • Isn’t Chuck Norris a Christian nut?

      Only evangelicals are more obsessed with the end of times than ISIS. Heck, ISIS even agrees that Jesus is going to lead the holy army to defeat the anti-christ, chuck norris style.

    • Irish Sweetness

      (buries face in hands)

      Honestly? I hope Chuck signs up and then goes over there and gets shot in the face.

      How did such a brainless pansy point fighter ever become an internet meme for toughness?
      Ever see the guy in competition? It’s a joke. Yet kids who weren’t even alive when he was making those movies in the Eighties are falling over themselves painting Norris as the King of tough.

      It’s inexplicable.

      As for the stupidity of Mr. Norris, WWI and WWII involved countries that had borders. That’s kind of what makes it a world war.

      So where you goin’ Chuck?

      • Trac

        You and the rest of the mindless zombies carrying their pitchforks should be ashamed. Do you know what the guy overcame as a child? Do you know how easy it would have been for him to choose the wrong path in life? Smh.

  • The GP
  • AlbertInTucson

    “Through nine games, Jeremy Langford has only 100 yards less from scrimmage than Melvin Gordon.”
    AND, I believe, 4 fewer fumbles.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The “Catch Rulle” cost me 6 this week. Minutes after the hold on New England negated Blount’s 2nd Td of the game which cost me another 6. I haven’t checked may game score i’m just assuming I’m, screwed. 12 points is a lot in our league. There MAY be hope. I have Eifert, Bernard And Hill still alive with Cincy but I expect now all that means is the score of tonight’s game will be something like,16-13.

    • SC Dave

      It was New England. Is anyone actually surprised? I know I’m not, and called it at the bar.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hochuli HATES to reverse calls so the boys from the NFL offices must have ordered him to.

        I was hoping he’d made the call against the Bears on the Tate catch but that was Walt Anderson’s crew.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Giants should be 8-1. ”

    Well, the Bbars “should be” 6-3.

    But you are what your record says you are.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Tom Brady is full of magic. ”

    He’s full of something else, too.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      my guess is not air…. he likes things a little deflated.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Manziel was quietly good in that Steelers game yesterday…”

    And he put up a whole 9 points.

    You can have him.

    He looks like a boy among men out there, especially when the ball just falls out of his tiny hand.

    • MB30SD

      Not a fan of that douche.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        He’s the Brian Bosworth of QBs (minus the roids plus lots of other drugs). Just a college star who read too many press clippings.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I have no interest in seeing Peyton Manning play football like this. ”
    I do, if he wants to turn in a repeat performance THIS week.

    Beyond that, his career path is starting to scream “Johnny Unitas as a Charger” or Joe Namath as a Ram”.

    Both of whom “Stayed too long at the fair.’

  • AlbertInTucson

    It’ll be a shame if/when the Bears lose Gase and/or Fangio.

    It’s obvious that, beyond being good coaches, there’s a great chemistry on this staff.

    Something the previous regime couldn’t even SPELL let alone possess.

    • SC Dave

      I credit Fox for that. Although maybe I should give Pace some credit too.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DBB has been reporting it for months and nobody has been listening. Seattle isn’t any good.”
    Bit of an over statement, no?

    We all take that defense in heartbeat.

    The Bears with THAT defense and their own offense and the sky is the limit.

    Jimmy Graham looked like a bright, shiny, Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree las off season.

    But Seattle clearly misses Max Unger and the league may be catching up to Mr. Wilson.

    I guess you could say they “Shot their eye out” with that deal.

    Bet Unger misses Seattle, too.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      I see how you did that, Al.

      What I don’t get is how Seattle is using, or rather NOT using jimmy Graham. Dude can’t block but excels when set out wide. So they play him at the natural tight end spot? Cmon Bevel, you traded for a Sprint Car and you’re using him as a Stock Car. I don’t get what they don’t get. Not to mention the trade should have never happened. They traded an all pro lineman when their line has always been patchwork and suspect. And they do this despite their run first philosophy.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Thank you, Doc.

        My lovely wife totally does NOT “get” “A CHRISTMAS STORY.

        Of course, it TOTALLY speaks to MY childhood at Christmas.

        Fortunately, I never got my mouth washed out with soap.

        The ‘Old Man’ (Darren McGavin): “I TOLD you not to use LIFEBUOY!”

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          How can anyone not GET that movie. It’s American suburban Christmas at our country’s peak. A true timeless classic. I still find myself tempted to put tongue to frozen steel and I’m still too scared to try.

          • MB30SD

            escared…. to try.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Girls don’t covet Red Ryder BB guns, I guess.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ve flat dropped him in fantasy. Barnidge and Eifert could be found on waivers early on.

    • SC Dave

      The mighty Seattle secondary is tied for last in the NFL in interceptions.

  • All Score is babbling about is how Gase and Fangio are getting HC jobs.
    Are other talk show radios around the country talking about them becoming HCs?

    Texas, Indy, Miami radio? Are they throwing their names in the hat?

    Somehow, I doubt it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fangio escaped scrutiny yesterday because Foles sucks. He had guys open downfield but he just couldn’t hit them. Fangio lets QBs stand in there against us – he calls the game as if he has the D-line to get pressure on the QB. He does not. Eddie Goldman is not looking like the man. Sutton is not the man. Jenkins? Fangio needs to adapt to his players.

      I wonder if the Cincy loss had anything to do with a pass rush?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “(1) Tracy Porter is climbing into my list of players I think can make a positive contribution in 2016. He’s by no means a shutdown corner but he’s a player the Bears can win with.”

    Porter’s been an asset, no question.

  • Trac

    Sniff..sniff..whats that I smell? Ah jess, it’s Al ‘ s fingertips smoking as he types away. What time is it Al? Is it Burma shave time?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Busy afternoon. Didn’t catch up with the blog til late in the day.

      Blogfather posted good stuff I felt the need to respond to.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Can I just say for the record, I really fucking love Victory Monday? Cause I do. I care for it a great deal.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      I was so productive and happy today.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    As I told @trentcondon, I can’t take Bears seriously as playoff contenders until they win next two games. 6-5 after Thanksgiving, I’m in.”

    That WOULD be something but…

    They’ve put themselves in such a horrible tie-breaking situation that they would seem to need to run the table to get into the post-season.

  • SC Dave

    Rob Ryan toast. What a shocker!

    • AlbertInTucson

      The shock is “What took so long?”.

    • He’s been horrible for years. And getting in a screaming match with Sean isn’t exactly prudent.

      Saints arguably have the worst D of all time, and that’s saying something considering how miserable we were last year.

  • 3-3 Bengals tied with the almighty Hoyer Texans at home.

    How are they undefeated again?

  • AlbertInTucson

    And now, a word from our sponsor…



    Things ended badly for Rhonda Rousey…



    ….kicked in the head by Holm named Holly.



    NFL officials look even MORE lousy…



    …enforcing a “Catch Rule” that is total folly.



    Burma-Shave

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Solid dual sport cross referencing Al.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I think DeAndre Hopkins may have just topped Zach Miller’s catch of LAST Monday’s game.

    Wow!

  • Bad Andy Dalton showed up tonight.

    Guess he forgot the playoffs don’t start for 8 weeks.

    • AlbertInTucson

      To be fair, Dalton”s had ‘help” from “REALLY BAD” Tyler Eifert.

      • seriously, he’s going to be dropping passes in my dreams tonight.

        Somebody on Twitter asked when Kellen Davis turned white and started playing for the Bengals.

        • MB30SD

          wait, you dream of tyler eifert?

          NTTAWWT

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            (TMBSWWT) There may be something wrong with that.

          • MB30SD

            uuuummmmmmm…. little help my doc?

          • hey man, they don’t call it FANTASY football for nothing

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… touché

          • Irish Sweetness

            Langford was #1 this week!

  • BillW

    Cincy fans booing their 8-0 team. Down only 4 with over 10 to go.

    • to be fair, they are playing like shit. If they were playing a real NFL team instead of the Texans, they’d be getting blown out.

  • BillW

    Tirico all excited. Is it complete and a fumble or incomplete? . Who cares? It’s fourth down. Houston ball either way. And he is still ignoring the fact it didn’t matter?

    Chucky tried to tell him and he ignored it

    • down to 2 undefeateds. Which is still a lot when you consider they’ve played 9 games already.

      • BillW

        Bad football but an interesting game

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yeah, the only Cincy hope on that was a ‘Down by contact” ruling.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Houston shares first place in their division at 4 & 5.

    Hmmm.

    4 & 5.

    That sounds vaguely familiar.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Jay had a 151 rating against one of the best defenses in the league.

    We’re +1 against Denver.

    Indy are looking sexy at +6 against Meg Ryan & Co.

    Are Seattle 12 points better than SF. Are they 12 points better than anyone?

    And MB, in case you missed GP’s photo of Liz Hurley at 52 …

    http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20151010/rs_600x600-151110114040-600.elizabeth.jpg

  • Irish Sweetness

    Whoa Nelly. The texans beat Cincy 10-6?

    Note to self: ARI -3 at home. Jets -2.5 @HOU not looking so sexy.

    A plan is forming:

    CHI to beat DEN straight up. Who the fuck takes +1? Betting for a push?
    IND +6 (ATL)
    ARI -3 (CIN)

    Can TB +6 beat Mark Sanchez next week?

    Can Buffalo +7 trouble the Pats? The Giants did.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Shout out to Nate Solder whose infant son has kidney cancer. It’s just not right.

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