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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Shea Needed, Random Thoughts & Halloween!

| October 27th, 2015

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SHEA AND ANTREL MISSED

Yes, Shea McClellin is still learning a new position in the middle of a complicated defense. And yes, Antrel Rolle is on the flipside of his football playing coin. But both are pivotal when it comes to essential elements of playing defense in the NFL. Per Friend of the Blog Adam Jahns:

“Shea McClellin, obviously, getting him back in there at some point, as well as Antrel, from a leadership standpoint, getting guys lined up and understanding how to execute our defense is key,” Fox said. “We’ve got some guys that we’re leaning on right now that will just get better with time until those guys can get back in the lineup.”

If McClellin returns and the defense improves, expect him in the lineup beyond January 3, 2015.

THREE RANDOM BEARS THOUGHTS

(1) Am I the only person completely uninterested in the drama surrounding Ratliff’s release? If this were a Bears team on the precipice of winning a title and Ratliff was a key component, fine. But any time Ratliff spends in the middle of the defense is time he’s taking from Eddie Goldman. Who cares if he yelled at somebody?

(2) When people say things like “the Bears are in massive need of a rebuild” I just laugh. Look around the NFL. There are very few top level teams. A one-win Baltimore team was every bit as good as a five-win Arizona team last night. The trick is getting into the tournament and the Bears are one solid offseason from being a contender for that.

(3)

Bears have been in similar situations. But their quarterback has delivered each time.

Happy Halloween!

What is the most popular Halloween candy in your state?

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Some thoughts:

  • They still make the 100 Grand bar, Minnesota? Someone tell that state there have been terrific advances in candy since the mid-century.
  • Will always be surprised by the popularity of candy corn. It’s just disgusting.
  • How about Arizona going with the Upper East Side of chocolate, Toblerone? Who knew how much class resided in the southwest?
  • I mean, Georgia…Pixy Stix?

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  • Just had some Starburst flavored candy corn. Fantastic.

    • BillW

      Candy corn and peanuts make a great combination. Salt and sugar in one.

      Bonus – it’s not processed or red meat, so no cancer concerns.

      • Agreed. great combo.

      • Trac

        Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Totally meets your critera. Mmmm

        • BillW

          As long as it’s pronounced care-a-mell and not car-mell.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And…

            Nuclear is “NOOK-lee-er” NOT “NOOK-cue-ler.

            Zoology is zoh-ALL-oh-gee, NOT zew-ALL-oh-gee.

    • The GP

      Hemp has the munchies. Film at 11.

  • BillW

    Life savers in California?

    • BillW

      Swedish Fish (Pa)?

      Oreos – that’s not a candy. (West Va.)

      • BillW

        And Laffy Taffy in Wisconsin. That’s a good one.

        • AfroCelt

          That and Mike n Ikes are everywhere up here.

          As are actual chocolate shops…each town has one or two and the rivalries are fierce.

          • BillW

            Your screen name intrigues me. Any chance it’s based on an obscure band called the Afro Celt Sound System?

          • Bender McLugh

            Great group Bill, love their stuff. They’re on Spotify, found rtfm on MySpace back hwhen

          • AfroCelt

            Right on the nose. It’s been my online handle for a decade and a half. Made the cesspit that was halo 2 even more fun….surprising how racist the young folks can be.

  • Trac

    Ahhh. I finally get why Jeff oozes man love for Jay.

    Cuttys been kinda homeless for the last several years. Totally makes sense now.

  • Trac

    Bears standing fast at #24. I can handle a top 8 spot in the draft.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/10/27/pfts-week-eight-power-rankings/

  • Trac
  • Trac

    Nice piece on the tourny MB. South Africa got more love than any other team.

    http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/118977

  • I see no evidence that Shea returning will help the D. They’ve been bad in both pass and run D with him on or off the field.

    • Trac

      A girl can dream can’t she?

    • SC Dave

      What you see is irrelevant. What i see is irrelevant. What Fox and the staff sees is relevant.

  • Speaking of Shea, ILBs, Chicago’s defense has been atrocious right up the middle against both the run and pass this year. You know, the area where Shea and Christian Jones most commonly play.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      but Shea and Jones are always right there after the tackle is made. They must be good because they are always around the ball.

      • CanadaBear

        5-10 yds down the field! Jones at least showed some hops last year. CD has had one good game in 3.5 years.

  • CanadaBear

    I get the part about Fox giving kudos to CD for getting the D lined up. But if that’s his biggest contribution to the D I’m pretty sure that’s under performing for a first rounder. I see his ceiling as Hunter Hillenmeyer-ish. We got him off the Fudgie scrap heap. The only way I would want to see this guy back is as a backup making the league min.

    • I’m totally fine with him back, the Bears need 2 ILBs and likely won’t replace both in one offseason. Shea has probably been better with Jones too, IMO.
      I’d be fine with Shea/Jones/high draft pick competing for 2 starting spots next year. Or bringing in a nice FA to nail down one spot and having Shea/Jones compete for the other. They just need a playmaker in the middle of that D, and neither Shea nor Jones are doing that.

      • SC Dave

        Many here were looking for that playmaker in round 1 last season. In hindsight, maybe we’d have been better off, but the staff wanted a wr

  • The GP

    Jolly Ranchers are popular in Nevada because prostitution is legal there.

    • BillW

      Well done.

      Though I don’t think Lamar Odom was too jolly at the ranch he was at.

      • AlbertInTucson

        You mean he didn’t OD on candy?

        • BillW

          It’s all relative. It sounds like he was taking herbal Viagra like candy.

  • Johnnywad

    100 Grand Bars are good Jeff. Very, very good. Crunchy, chewy, chocolatey deliciousness.

    • The GP

      Viking fans eat them. Therefore, they suck.

      • Johnnywad

        Specious at best, sir.

  • Sactowns#1

    Texas is a soulless monster filled with hate as proven by the graphic above.

    • beninnorcal

      Actually I’ve me plenty of badass folks from there.

      • beninnorcal

        They probably think the same thing about CA, plenty of like-minded folks in both states though.

    • Viva

      and Oregon?

      • Sactowns#1

        Candy corn!? I can forgive Oregon, it’s full of retirees and hippies. They just don’t know better. But Texas is probably giving out candy corn out of spite for this “pagan holiday”.

        • CanadaBear

          Tennessee and Wyoming, too. I have to doubt this survey just based on that. Like Al said, “Who eats that stuff?” I literally don’t know anyone that likes it other than little kids looking for a sugar fix.

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          As an Oregon native, I must say, most of the state is more like Arkansas than Eugene or Portland (hippies/yuppies). It’s full of miners, loggers, and the like.

          • CanadaBear

            Full of loggers and miners that are out of work. As far as I can tell, the only reason you can’t pump your own gas in Oregon is to provide some jobs. I’ve done Cycle Oregon a couple of times and the state is awesome but the jobs are pretty much non-existent in the rural areas.

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            Yep. That’s one of the reasons I no longer live there. In the rural areas, it’s no different than the midwest, the south, etc… Just a lot of under-educated out of work farmers, loggers, and miners. If you don’t want to work in food service, or some other service oriented jobs, the only place to find work outside of medicine and education is in Portland.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Candy Corn?

      Who EATS that stuff?

      It’s not Candy and it’s not Corn.

      As a kid, that was the first stuff tossed from my Halloween bag.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m with ya 100% but as a kid I was such a sugar hound I still ate ’em. My older brother used to take all my chocolate bars. Gotta love big brothers!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sactowns#1

        The only thing worse than candy corn, circus peanuts.

        • CanadaBear

          THE fucking worst!

    • CanadaBear

      Not a fan of Texas in general but Candy Corn? Holy shit, no wonder people are so angry down there! Nothing against people that live there, it just isn’t for me.

  • Sactowns#1

    I think the only ones really jumping off the board for me are a struggling Chiefs team giving -6.5 hosting the Lions. And the Bears (with John Fox being excellent after the bye) a home dog (+2) to the Vikings at Soldier.
    I think the only ones really jumping off the board for me are a struggling Chiefs team giving -6.5 hosting the Lions. And the Bears (with John Fox being excellent after the bye) a home dog (+2) to the Vikings at Soldier.

    • beninnorcal

      It was so nice you said it twice.

      • Sactowns#1

        I don’t think Disqus likes copy and paste.

    • Sactowns#1

      Irish- care to chime in on the gambling this week?

  • BillW

    Didn’t know this:

    In 3 of the Ravens’ 6 losses, the final offensive play of the game was a Joe Flacco interception. (Denver, Oakland, Arizona)

    (a comment on PFT)

    • The GP

      When Trestman is whispering to you, you screw the pooch.

      • Viva

        and the pooch likes it.

      • Bender McLugh

        Apparently that was all Joe Cool the last drive, Balmer saying he lost his helmet com

        • Bender McLugh

          Which is why they drive 75 yards in 30 seconds before the int

    • AlbertInTucson

      He still had a down to play with on that last throw but, despite the fact that Arziona was obviously “sending the house” Flacco looked like he hadn’t seen a blitz all night. Or in his entire career for that matter.

      And that swing pass to to Smith, Sr. on the previous play.

      How Ill-advised was that?

      Without the illegal formation call, the clock runs out and game over.

      • BillW

        Didn’t see the game. Wouldn’t there be a 10 second run off?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I think no, becuase It wasn’t a pre-snap penalty.

          The call was for “Illegal formation”.

          • BillW

            I have to look that up. That means in effect the offense benefited from the penalty due to the clock stoppage.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That WAS the eventual effect. Tirico & Gruden wondered about a runoff situation.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Didn’t see it, but in general a 10 second run off only applies if the clock was moving. If the clock is stopped (timeout, incomplete pass, etc.) then there is no runoff.

  • Viva

    Not one Heath Bar state.

    • BillW

      Shh – if it got popular they’d have to make more and the mass production would ruin it.

    • CanadaBear

      When they are fresh they are awesome. When they’re stale, that toffee gets chewed down to the consistency of a piece of hard plastic

      • BillW

        Like many candy bars, I prefer it after it sat in the freezer for a while.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Reese’s. But just refrigerated for a while.

  • Viva

    My Dad loved candy corn.
    I hate candy corn.
    My son loves candy corn.

    I think it mother fucking skips generations!

    • CanadaBear

      Lucky for you. Your son might out grow it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Twizzlers but no Red Vines on that map?

    “In what Universe are Twizzlers the same as Red Vines?!” – Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory.

    • MB30SD

      Twizzlers are disgusting

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Red Vines>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Twizzlers.

        • MB30SD

          by so so much

  • AlbertInTucson

    Toblerone #1 in Arizona?

    OK.

    That map is about as accurate as Bobby Douglass was as a passer.

    • BillW

      I’m still trying to figure out how Oreos get classified as candy.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Moon Pies would be closer but still “not candy”.

        • Johnnywad

          Or good

    • CanadaBear

      AZ would have to be the fondue capital of the world to make Toblerone #1. Other than fondue, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone buy a Toblerone.

      • beninnorcal

        Actually, there is a great fondue place in Scottsdale called The Melting Pot. Pretty sure it’s just a chain though.

        • AlbertInTucson

          There’s a Melting Pot in Tucson, as well.

        • BillW

          Yes – used to be some around the ‘burbs but I haven’t seen one in a while.

        • CanadaBear

          There is a great fondue place in Banff. They do exotic meat like Caribou, Bear, Moose. Elk and a personal fave, Rattlesnake. Fun place when you’re with another couple or two.

          http://banffgrizzlyhouse.com/

          • BillW

            Does red meat cause cancer in Canada too?

            Besides, what does Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey know about nutrition anyway?

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah pretty sure red meat is the same on both sides of the border. Not sure what you’re getting at with the PT/RD reference. I’m not a Who fan so I have no idea what those two are up to.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          It is a chain, it’s here in Tampa too.

      • Trac

        Guilty as charged. Only the Super big ones are any good for some reason . The smaller ones just don’t taste right.

    • Sactowns#1

      Ah yes. All those times as a kid when I went trick or treating and got Toblerone… ??

      • AlbertInTucson

        Um, that would be “Never” here.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I miss MILKSHAKE Candy Bars. From the same folks who used to make ZERO bars and ZAGNUT.

    • CanadaBear

      Now you’re going down memory lane. I liked Zagnut’s. The other two were OK. Which means I would eat them if they were free but never bought them. My faves as a kid were Snickers and Powerhouse.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Cracker Barrel restaurants carry a plethora of classic candy including Zagnut and Zero bars but, sadly, NOT Milkshake bars.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hey, I LIVE on Memory Lane!

        The house on the corner of Memory Lane and Glory Days Drive.

    • The GP
  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Jay Cutler could throw 40 interceptions over the final ten games and it wouldn’t mean he wasn’t terrific over his first 4 full ones.”

    True.

    It would mean John Fox was an idiot for standing around and watching him throw 4 picks a game and leaving him in there long enough to get anywhere NEAR 40.

    • Scharfinator

      True!

      And yes, Jeff, while it is true he had 4 good games, if he throws 40 more interceptions this year, he had a shit season.

      • BillW

        Of course. no one – not even the most severe Cutler hater I ever heard or read – ever said he wasn’t capable of good games. It’s the body of work.

        The reverse is obvious true. Four good games doesn’t mean throwing 40 INTs makes him anything but a terrible QB.

        • Scharfinator

          You put it better than me, but we are in the same vein.

          • BillW

            The (hopefully false) impression I get is Jeff is worried Cutler is due for a bad game and he wants to proactively remind everyone he’s had 4 good ones. Before the inevitable criticism comes from the (potential) bad game.

          • Sactowns#1

            The Rams game is coming and it scares me.

    • BearDown100393

      Never has mediocrity been championed so mightily.

    • BillW

      Jeff – step one is admitting it. You are clearly obsessive about this. It’s actually getting sad and uncomfortable.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Yes, I am obsessive about writing about what actually happens on the field and now what I perceive to happen.

        • BillW

          I just don’t hear anyone disagreeing with the fact that Cutler this year looks better than in recent years.

          • Yet you still have national media writing shit like this: ” Assuming the Bears find a way out of the Jay Cutler contract, an upgrade at quarterback will be top priority in the draft for first-year general manager Ryan Pace”
            1) Getting “out” of a market value contract isn’t hard.
            2) No rookie will improve on what Cutler is now (though that doesn’t mean it would be a mistake to move on with one)
            3) QB is far from the top issue on this team

          • BillW

            True – unfortunately. I find it easy to ignore lazy reporting like that. By saying I don’t hear anyone disagreeing, I’m not counting writers like that.

            I’m addicted to the blog because I respect and trust the general viewpoints I read here. Collectively the blog as an entity provides the best view of the team I don’t know if this counts as social media (not that it matters) but it’s how I see that medium working positively. The whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

            .

          • AlbertInTucson

            “An upgrade at QB”.

            Yep, only what?

            Probably 20 or more other teams looking to do that, depending upon whom you talk to?

            And this does not appear to be a “QB Draft”.

          • BillW

            I get impatient with a Packer fan I know who for years keeps saying “the Bears need a quarterback”. As if all you have to do is go on Amazon and get one. And as if a good QB is all that a team needs. I remind him his team has had two of the best ever and it translated to only 1 SB each. There must be a LITTLE more to it than that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Packers wondered the QB wasteland for a while after Bart Starr.

            Lynn Dickey was not bad, but he was kind of the Chris Chandler of his time when it came to staying on the field.

          • CanadaBear

            Not to mention the Bears still owe him $10 mil guaranteed. Might be able to trade him in the off season but unless he goes tits up the last 10 games, why would you?

          • That’s what they were saying about the contract… Chicago can’t get out of it because it sucks so bad. Even though that’s not even close to true.

    • AlbertInTucson

      PS: I do not think John Fox is an idiot.

  • CanadaBear

    My biggest head scratcher is Sour Patch in ND. That stuff is hideous.

    • Sactowns#1

      You take that back right now!! Give me sour candy over chocolate any day.

      • Johnnywad

        You’re dead to me

      • Trac

        If you get your wish and Mallet ever has to start for the Bears, you won’t need any stinkin sour candy to make you pucker up. Hahaha

      • CanadaBear

        WOW! Good on ya! If we ever meet I promise not to steal your Sour Patch stash.

  • BillW

    Man – we need a football game big time. we’re all fired up about candy instead. NTTAWWT

  • Sactowns#1

    Ryan Mallet released by the Texans. He’s got to be better than Cheddar Bob. Send a charter plane for that man ASAP.

    • BillW

      Missed the team flight this week plus other incidents from what I read.

    • Scharfinator

      He doesn’t want to play football. He says he does, but his actions show otherwise.

      • Trac

        He was a dope head in HS with spoiled brat syndrome. In Texas, they really do drop criminal charges and fudge grades so a football player can stay on the team. Really bad character guy.

        • Sactowns#1

          Has he hurt anyone? If not then I don’t care. He has to be better than Cheddar Bob. And he’s young. Maybe getting released will be the slap in the face that he needs.

          • NE already gave up on him too. Has had numerous off-field problems.
            Pace is working on improving character of locker room. Not bringing in a backup who does the opposite, especially when he sucks.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah, locker room harmony. Harmony gets you a ham sandwich for the best WR in the NFL and a 2-4 record.

          • he’s working on the talent too. You can take a risk on troubled talent once you have the structure in place. This year is about getting the structure in place.

            The only “risk” player Pace has tried to bring in was Ray McDonald, and by all accounts he was a great locker room guy who was just an asshole away from football. Totally different.

            Ratliff creates problems related to football, Ratliff goes bye bye.

            And again, MALLETT ISN’T GOOD. 53.1% completion, 5.3 yards per attempt, 5 TD, 7 INT, 62.7 rating.

            So to recap… crappy player + crappy attitude. Why bother?

          • Scharfinator

            In Mallett’s case, there is no harmony and no talent.

          • Trac

            It’s time for you to put a squeeze on your chatbox. Hahaha

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kiBfmcma11U

          • Sactowns#1

            Wait… someone actually watched that movie? Like, the whole thing? I had to blink a few times because I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie get 1% on RT. 1%. Think of the worst movie you’ve ever seen. I’ll guarantee it got more than 1%. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/master_of_disguise/

          • CanadaBear

            Holy Shit! How bad is that movie? I thought nothing could be worse than Gone Fishin’!

          • Trac

            My son and I watched it like 5 times. Awesome movie to watch with the younguns for some clean fun and laughs. It’s actually a good movie.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m taking your word on that Trac. No way I’m watching it!!!!!!!!! If you haven’t seen Gone Fishin’ it’s mindnumbingly bad. I like both actors but it was like a bad SNL skit that went on for 90 minutes. I actually bailed after about 45 minutes.

          • Sactowns#1

            Trac- you are the one percent my friend.

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            If you’re a Dana Carvey fan (as I am) it’s decent. But it’s clearly designed for kids, and my kids seemed to like it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Other than 1, anomalous season from Matt Cassel, New England has had zero success developing any body behind Brady.

          • Trac

            Didn’t belicheat raid the backup closet for Bledsoe as well? Ole bill likes to put lipstick on turds and sell them for draft picks.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I think Bledsoe was a high pick in the Parcells regime.

            Brady was HIS backup.

          • Hoyer also went from late round pick to solid journeyman QB.

          • Trac

            Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Trac

      Wrong Sac, the guy is fools gold.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He seems to be a tool.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hey, Mallet?. Tool?

        Gee, I crack me up.

        • BillW

          Time for your nap, gramps. (Me too.)

    • The GP

      YEah well Brian Hoyer still looks like a guy who should manage a Subway.

  • Trac

    Snickers bars top candy in Chicago? Very interrrestink!

    • BillW

      Was that an Arte Johnson (Laugh In) reference?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “A one-win Baltimore team was every bit as good as a five-win Arizona team last night.”

    Really?

    Good enough to lose by 8.

    Just like the Bears were good enough to lose by 8 to the Packers.

    You can HAVE Baltimore.

    I’ll take Arizona.

    The Ravens are in a world of hurt talent-wise.

    They haven’t had a high first round pick draft pick in YERS>

    There #1 pick this season? On the shelf.

    Sounds a BIT like..the Bears situation.

    No more World Class defense for Joe Flacco to lean on.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Yeah. Jeff’s hyperbole knows no bounds these days.

      • SC Dave

        Its a twitter side effect methinks.

        • BillW

          Textbook case.

      • Trac
      • BillW

        Did Jeff take that tweet down? I don’t see it on his feed. I could have sworn I saw it before.

        If Jeff didnt’ say “a one win Balt team” etc then I apologize.

    • BillW

      And were only in the game due to a missed PAT.

      Of course, that’s what Goodell wanted to see.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And only have a win because the Steelers were in the middle of a game of “Place-Kicker Roulette.”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    What if the Bears just leave Jimmy Clausen unlocked in Houston with the keys in him?”

    Good concept but that car doesn’t even have any tires to kick.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The “Why they hang on to Clausen?” question continues to mystify.

    • BillW

      I can think of only one semi-logical reason. They don’t see themselves in the playoff picture. Clearly if Cutler goes down they would struggle to win another game. And the staff must be OK with that. As opposed to bringing in another likely bad QB to learn the system only for the same result.

      What I’m confused about is Fales. Yeah, I know he played well only against backups and guys now out of the league. But then again he did it with backups and guys now out of the league.

      • BillW

        Wait – Fales is back yet again (on PS)?

    • Bring in Mallet?

      • AlbertInTucson

        They guy was HANDED the job in Houston and quickly performed his way out of it.

        He’s not worth the known baggage the comes with him.

      • MB30SD

        Dumpster. Fire.

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      That was me last night

  • MB30SD

    100,000 grand bar is the shit. So is whatchamacallit (sp?)…. i dont even mind an occasional Charleston chew.

    That is all.

    • dude. DUDE.

      i love me some whatchamacallits. but for some reason they’re not so easy to find. what’s up with that?

      • love those too.

        My personal favs were the choclate almonds they served at movie theatres, but they don’t serve them anymore. They serve other ones with small ass almonds now, or chocolate covered raisins, which are gross.

        • MB30SD

          did you just discuss chocolate nutz as one of your favorite ‘candies’?!?!

          My godness, if you like doz, you’ll love DEEZ!

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Nobody can remember what to call them, so it’s hard for stores to order more.

    • Bender McLugh

      Love those both, Charleston not so much.

      Bit-o’-honey & mini Heath yes please

      • MB30SD

        sure sure… I’m down wid BoH, BML.

        Charleston I kinda just threw out there as it hit my mind in that moment. I’m not usually a nougat guy, but fuck it, I’ll crush oneadems if it’s given to me.

  • The GP
  • This Vikes game is going to reveal a lot about our team.
    The Bears (with Cutty) have been a score away in every game in the 3rd quarter, but some time during the 3rd/4rth, they end up losing it for various reasons.

    Penalties, turnovers, dropped passes, questionable play calling, can’t convert 3rd and short, can’t cover anyone, special teams disasters, etc

    The Bears must find a way to CLOSE. They gotta get over that hump and figure out how to win before this losing mentality becomes a habit, and they simply expect to implode in games (the Loins syndrome).

    AP and Stefon Diggs are going to get theirs, but we must make stops at crucial moments.

    On offense, can’t settle for FGs. This D isn’t good enough to win a FG game. Gotta be aggressive.

    Normally, I say run it down their throats, but perhaps they should open it up slinging it to soften that D a bit, the ole Pats/Cards gambit, esp now that Alshon is back. Then, when they’re on their heels, unleash Forte/Langford.

    This might actually turn out to be a low scoring affair as both teams like ball control offense. TDs will be at a premium.

  • Anyone watch the Cards game last night?

    It was an interesting game towards the end.

    When the Cards were trying to milk the clock, they didn’t run it 3 straight times expecting to punt. They ran pass plays expecting to win the game (and not play prevent).

    Granted, this could’ve turned out disastrous since Palmer got called for intentional grounding, and he missed a pass thus stopping the clock.

    But I like that aggressive Arians mentality. It sets a tone to the rest of the team that they’re the hunters and not the prey.

    • Viva

      Being unpredictable is a combat multiplier.

      • Sactowns#1

        Yes!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Run as much clock as you can and make’m burn TOs or throw, if need be, to try and keep possession of the ball until you can go to Victory formation?

      A double-edged sword but if you can’t squeeze the clock down to almost nothing for the other team (and remember the Bears got the ball at their 20 Sunday with 21 seconds to play and STILL moved into chip shot field goal range) I say do what needs to be done to keep that football in your possession.

      Patriots, Packers, Colts with Peyton, Saints with Brees.

      Seems to me thry ALL prefer/preferred to make that first down to keep the ball even if that means throwing it.

      Belicheat took it to the extreme a few seasons ago in Indy, going for it on 4th down which would have won the game and kept the still-great, Peyton Manning from having any chance to win the game.

      His dice roll came up snake-eyes and he lost, but I think it was the right call and the Pats lose that game anyway even if he’d punted.

  • Trac

    Four letters have the Bears ranked at 31, Oakland 25. Hmm.

    • Bears are 2-4, Oakland 3-3. Pretty easy.

      • Sactowns#1

        That’s just lazy. I will say the Oakland D looks better than the Bears, but obviously we saw who the better team overall was a few weeks ago.

        • you are what your record says. You win more games, you’re a better team.

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

    • The GP

      Mmmmmmmm….. are you sure?

  • MB30SD

    Look, all i motherfucking ask is that when you call people out on fucking twitter as ‘fucking stoopid’, that you use the right fucking ‘your’.

    https://twitter.com/TheBreenRanger/status/658427218901733376

    At least she got it right on the 3rd try. smfh.

    • AlbertInTucson

      File under “People in hell want Ice water.”

      Ain’t a gonna happen, MB.

      The gene pool is just getting too shallow and Twitter is one reason why.

      • MB30SD

        thanks for you’re take Al.

        cause or affect… either way, its sad to see.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Cause or Effect.”

          Hmmm.

          GOOD question.

          Took someone smart to come up with Twitter, I’m sure. but it seems to be dominated by the stupid and irresponsible.

  • BillW

    Speaking of the last game we played (seems like last year) – one thing I meant to ask our esteemed panel of judges:

    It seemed from those questioning Fox that he had the option of declining the 10 second runoff and yet accepting the yardage penalty on the international grounding call. That’s just an implication I got from those wondering why he didn’t’ decline the runoff (as if he could have accepted the yardage walkoff and declined the runoff).

    True?

    I look forward tot he day when I finally know all the rules of football. I’m patient because I only been watching for about 55 years.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My condolences to Andrew Dannehy on the loss of his father.

    58 is done too soon.

    WAY too soon.

    Very sorry, Andrew.

    • CanadaBear

      Condolences Andrew. Really sorry to read about it. Hang in there.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Hang in there AD. Sorry, mang.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    New thread.

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