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Bad Bears top Bad Chargers: Rapid Fire

| November 10th, 2015

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Jeremy Langford #33 of the Chicago Bears is pursued by Ricardo Mathews #90 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Call it what it is: This game was terrible and hard to watch. But, for the first time in three weeks, the Bears came out on top of the poorly-played game and there were a couple good signs. Rapid fire…

• There are two big stories in this game. Two stories that could have a big impact on the Bears future: Their defense got a stop when they needed it and Jeremy Langford looks damn good.

• I’ll start with the defense. Lamarr Houston is now a full year removed from a serious knee injury and had his best game as a Bear. His two sacks on the Chargers final drive saved the game. When they needed pass rush, he provided it.

• Langford isn’t as good as Matt Forte yet. He really isn’t even close, but he has at least one special trait and several other good traits. His burst is special. When he sees a hole, he has an extra gear that most players just don’t have. There really isn’t a glaring weakness in his game. He maybe isn’t as tough between the tackles as you’d like — which is why Ka’Deem Carey got the start — but the same was said about Forte and Marshall Faulk early in their careers. Langford can play.

• Jay Cutler. What more can be said? He has been one of the five best quarterbacks in the league this year and the best in the division. Even Steve Young gave Cutler some credit.

• I’d feel bad for Philip Rivers if he wasn’t so easy to hate. He’s a great quarterback and is doing the best with what he has, but he just needs to shut up.

• I have no problem with Kyle Long’s penalty. It didn’t cost the Bears points because Robbie Gould wasn’t making a 52-yard kick anyway. I like seeing an offensive lineman stick up for his quarterback.

• I was worried about Gould in the preseason and for good reason. He sat down, figured out what was wrong and came back strong. He needs to go back to the drawing board again. There’s no excuse for those two misses.

• If you took Alshon Jeffery’s per game averages and stretched them out to 16 games, he’d have 132 catches for 1,968 yards.

• Another bad game for Eddie Goldman. The Bears need him to anchor the middle.

• Bruce Gaston is a name to watch going forward. The Packers liked him and tried to stash him on their practice squad before the Bears signed him. I don’t think he’ll ever be a star, but he could become a rotational player.

• Giving up points before halftime was inexcusable. It wasn’t just that they allowed the Chargers to drive 81 yards for a chip shot field goal, it was the manner in which they did so. Stupid mistake after stupid mistake.

• I get that Vic Fangio doesn’t trust his players, but what good does the prevent defense do at the end of the half? He guaranteed the Chargers would score points by giving them a 31-yard field goal instead of a possible 41-yarder. More than that, he learns nothing about his team. The Bears should be evaluating players and doing so by asking them to make football plays. Instead, they gave San Diego an easy completion to allow an easy field goal attempt.

• Zach Miller isn’t just a preseason hero anymore.

This win makes the previous two losses even more heartbreaking. The Bears should be 5-3, instead they’re 3-5. 5-3 and they’re in the playoffs, 3-5 and they’re not likely going to get there. The Rams are going to be a tough, tough test. Regardless of what this season holds, the Bears got a few good signs for the future with their defense finally stepping up and Langford looking like a possible future star.

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  • Trac

    There are 14 NFL teams with 3-5 records or worse. The NFL is in trouble, not sure what this means other than a shitty product.

    • Scharfinator

      The inferiority (is that a word?) of the product seems impossible to evaluate since you grade NFL teams against other NFL teams.

      Or are you saying they need the parity in teams so that the business draws more views?

      • Trac

        14 out of 32 teams with shitty records = shitty product. Think about it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          For half the league to have winning records, half the league have to have shitty records?

          • Scharfinator

            Either Trac is confused on how wins and losses work or he’s saying we should have more teams closer to .500…. I think?

          • CanadaBear

            I’m still recovering from the “could the bears win out” question!!!!!

          • Scharfinator

            He’s drunk on koolaid! SOMEONE GET HIM SOME MORE

          • Trac

            Hey, they could lose 1 and still make the playoffs. Pipe dream? Yeah but if Tebow can have a winning record and win a playoff game, anything is possible. He he.

          • Trac

            There quite a few teams with only 2 wins as well. How many teams are trying to relocate? Gee, I wonder why?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            teams are wanting to relocate because of MONEY, not because of how many wins they have. Those teams have what they view as sub par stadiums and with new stadiums/cities they get better revenue streams.

          • Trac

            Party true but struggling to win games doesn’t help sell season tickets. Very few markets will tolerate bad teams over the long haul.

            Tampa, Minnesota, Detroit, St. Louis, SD, Raiders, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston, Arizona, etc..

          • Scharfinator

            So you’re saying there should be more parity, like I was trying to figure out two posts ago?

          • Trac

            I’m saying I think more teams are shittier than ever before.

          • Scharfinator

            There’s no way to truly judge that though. You’re judging a population in a vacuum. There’s no baseline, there’s no yard stick, no standard to compare against.

            Maybe the best teams are WAY better. Maybe the shitty teams are shittier than EVER before. You can’t stack up a 2016 Bears team to a 1995 Bears team to see which is a better team – you can only judge teams compared to their records (which are the same number of W/L each year, barring the occasional tie) and their opponents (which can’t prove skill levels over time – a rising tide lifts all boats sort of situation).

          • SC Dave

            Kinda like baseball… until.steroids ruined it.

          • CanadaBear

            Steroids didn’t ruin baseball for me. I knew they were juicing and didn’t care. It was fun watching the balls flying out of the parks. It fucks up the record books but that doesn’t bother me. It’s like cycling in the Lance era. Some of the rides those guys did all juiced up were epic. I always hated Lance because he was such a prick and an asshole not because he was a cheat. I know all the counter arguments about all the guys that didn’t cheat and that’s totally valid.

          • Joecashflow

            Ruined for me. Screwed with all the classic great records.

    • Viva

      Happy Birthday!

      • Trac

        Semper Fi Marine!

        • Viva

          Semper Fi!

    • Johnnywad

      The NFL is in trouble? What planet are you currently residing on Brother Trac?

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Don’t get it…

  • Trac

    Zack Miller needs to get more playing time. Marty who?

    • Big Mike

      shhhh

    • Joecashflow

      Agree he earned some reps. He was a superstar in pre a year ago. And Bennett needs some fire in him, maybe. Is it just me or does he seems less hyped up on the field this year. I don’t see the energy. BTW, did you see Cutler walk back to Bennett after the 2 pt. conversion and chat, before they left the field? I think Cutler audibled the run, that would otherwise have been a pass to Bennett.

  • Trac

    Could the Bears win out? It’s possible.

    • Johnnywad

      They’re different players doing different things. Need both to play well. Miller is too injury prone to put all faith into.

    • it’s more likely they go 0-3 the next 3 weeks.

      At St. Louis, Denver, at GB? I’ll be very pleased if they go 1-2 there.

  • Johnnywad

    There was no dropoff from Forte to Langford last night. I love me some Forte, but how can you not like what 33 did last night? Obviously one game does not a career make, but the kid is fast, hits the hole very hard, and based on one game’s worth of play, (which isn’t enough, but…) He picks up the blitz better than Matty.

    I’m sad to see it, but if he puts a couple more games like that together in Forte’s absence, 22 will be in a different jersey next year.

    • Scharfinator

      Langford had the 2nd best catch of the night after Miller’s laser snag.

      • Johnnywad

        Best part about that catch…… He said publicly this week he was just focused and looking forward to redeeming himself on the field for last week’s drop. No excuses, pissing, moaning. Mission accomplished.

        • beninnorcal

          That was what crossed my mind after he made that grab down the sideline, he was ln’t going to drop that.

    • 505Bears

      I like how Langford picked up the blitz. A few times if he doesn’t read it correctly, Cutty would have been toast

      • SC Dave

        He had no.assignment except to block whoever ran up the middle on the two plays i remember. But he made the block both times.

        I love execution.

    • SC Dave

      The Bears would be stupid to not keep Forte, regardless of what lankford does

      • Johnnywad

        I like him too. But I doubt they’re going to pay him at 30 years old. Too much evidence across the league that it’s a bad bet

        • SC Dave

          I hope you’re wrong, but I’m not saying you will be. Unless this injury is worse than i think, matt *will* be in the nfl next season, and it should be for us. Actually, i think we could get three more solid years with him as rb and slot.

          If lankford is good enough to start over matt, it certainly helps our team. But my opinion remains that forte’s contributions could easily be beyond any reasonably expected replacement vaue for two years at least.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m afraid the Bears and Forte won’t be able to agree on a contract. If Langford keeps playing well the Bears won’t be so inclined to meet Forte’s asking price. If they don’t, I’m guessing some other team will. I’d love to see him finish his career with the Beloved …

  • BearDown100393

    “Bad Bears” in the title. And “should be 5-3” in the concluding paragraph. Bad teams don’t go 5-3. Either the Bears are “bad” and a 3-5 team or they are “good” and should be 5-3. Pick a position.

    • Andrew Dannehy

      Bad teams go 5-3 all the time. The Browns started 6-3 last year.

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

  • Big Mike

    Bears could also be 0-8. Three wins came by a combined total of 6 points. Enjoy it for what it was. A road victory that was in my opinion fun to watch.

    • SC Dave

      Against a 2-6 team, but as lovie would say, its hard to win in the NFL

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    3-0 vs. the AFC 0-5 vs. the NFC, even if the Beloved can rally to 9-7 there are way too many scenarios where we’d lose the tiebraker.

    • Viva

      Is now the time for reality?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        No, I guess not.

    • Viva

      Happy Birthday, Marine!

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Thanks! The Corps is looking good for 240.

    • willbest

      So what you are saying is the Bears are a lock to beat the broncos

  • Viva

    Dear MB, Sac, Murph, and anyone else I foolishly neglected,

    Way to represent!

    Viva

    • MB30SD

      FQ… although he could have been making the whole thing up since we never even sniffed his presence. hahaha

      • DaMurph

        He was the ghost of Da blog

      • Viva

        FQ represented well in Tennessee last year, my gut tells me that every time Rivers went to the sideline FQ taunted him…

    • Sactowns#1

      I had a great time and it was good meeting some of the guys

  • The GP
    • Scharfinator

      He probably doesn’t get a hand on it.

      • SC Dave

        If that was the zach catch, then he does nt catchit either if cutler threw the ball as hard as usual When i first saw it, i thought it was a truly amazing ‘softening by hands’ of a bullet. But fortunately, the ball was wobbling enough to make it catchable.

        Not by design, of course. But so fucking what? The result is all that ever matters in the end. Like when trying to excuse a pick 6 or a shitty zebra.

  • wreckinball

    Glad they won. I only saw the truly sucky parts of the game. End of first half, third quarter (mediocre I guess) and then fell asleep before the end.
    They won’t beat any decent teams (count the Chargers out of that club) with the turnovers, penalties, missed FGs, etc. But get rid of that shit and they can give the decent teams a run and maybe sneak a few more Ws.
    I think its still better than expected.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Great title. Sums it up. It was a hard game to enjoy what with two missed kicks and a pick 6 …. but I knew when Cutty got it and we needed to score that he’d pull it out of the bag. He’s money.

    Spot on about Fangio and Goldman. Data – I can’t find any figures about how much teams are blitzing through search engines. Do you know a good site? The Colts and the Cards blitz most.

    And somebody call Terry Williams.

    • I know Pro Football Focus tracks that, but they hid all that information recently.

    • CanadaBear

      I think they lost his number!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ha. I’d love to see that fat bastard in there.

    • reeeeeally wish we knew what happened on the pick-6. if alshon turns to the sideline, he’s in front of the defender and makes the catch. but he turned the other way, and gave the naysayers some more nay to say.

      • Bender McLugh

        Alshon seemed to turn, then stuttered his feet away from the sideline instead of toward it, as if he didn’t know what to do.

        Gase made sure it wouldn’t affect Alshon or Cutler too much – the very next play from scrimage with that 40+ yard completion. Gotta love that.

        • SC Dave

          This. It’s cool having real coaches. “Ok bitches, try being on the same page next time! Oh, and next time is right NOW!”

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Beloved are +8 against the Rams next week.

    The Lions are +11 at Green Bay.

    JAX are +8 at Baltimore.

    That’s a lot of free points.

    • willbest

      I will take bears and jax plus points, bears know how to chew clock and move the ball, and Baltimore can’t stop the pass while jax probably has the second best wr duo in the league this year.

      11 is awfully tempting, but the lions are a mess and GB is angry. Going to pass. I will take Arizona and the points. Seattle just doesn’t look right this year. They are still good but aren’t playing hungry

      • Irish Sweetness

        Doubles are good. It would hurt to have money riding on Stafford. Arizona carry money well. Actually, the Bears might be the dubious bet. Gurley could/will go off. We might’t have the ball a lot, and when we do, they have a good front AND good corners.

        Jax and Arizona with head starts. Sounds good.

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness

      What was he thinking do you think? How much he hates Cutler?

      • MB30SD

        I can’t stand rivers. couldn’t see the ridiculous faces he was making on the field from our seats, but I knew what they were and I wanted to run out on the field and slap him. tool.

        • CanadaBear

          He’s just like Rodgers and a few others. They all know the cameras are on them and they play to it. All that stuff is BS and means as much as Singletary’s “eyes” that they used to make a big deal about 30 years ago.

          • Bender McLugh

          • SC Dave

            Marketing the personal brand

  • “The Bears should be 5-3, instead they’re 3-5′

    They’ve played 5 games that went down to the wire and came out 3-2.

    You’re not going to win every close game. They’re 3-3 in one score games this year, so about where they should be.

    • willbest

      so a .500 team in games cutler starts and finishes

      • Bender McLugh

        with this defense, that’s about right

        EDIT: like I f@#$%ing know

    • Andrew Dannehy

      It’s not about win-loss record in close games, it’s a game-by-game basis. They should’ve beat Detroit and Minnesota. They should’ve (and did) beat KC and Oakland.

      • I’m just saying that stuff evens out over time and typically you go around .500 in close games, which the Bears have done this year.

        You could just as easily argue they should have lost last night, since the odds of a backup TE making that TD catch are not very high. Or that they should have lost against KC because that Cutler pass to Forte had a really high degree of difficulty and won’t be consistently completed. Etc.

        • Andrew Dannehy

          They had the ball with 2:35 left against a bad Lions D, up 4. No business losing that game. Had the bad Vikings offense at 2nd and 17 at their own 9 with 4 minutes left, up 7. Next drive ended with a dropped pass on 3rd down. Then they allowed a QB who can’t throw deep to complete a 35-yard pass with 35 seconds left to get in FG range. No business losing that game. Those are extreme situations in which the Bears never should’ve lost. Such situations didn’t exist in their wins. Even if Forte and Miller don’t make those catches, the Bears had more chances to win the game after those moments against bad defenses.

          • Irish Sweetness

            All things being equal, we could have beaten the Bolts by 20 points. For what it’s worth, we are some way better than them. IF they can claim Keenan Allen, we can start with Kevin White. Floyd? Royal. Two centers … yad yada. We were a lot better than them.

        • WP34

          I know you have a lot of research/DaBearsBeat etc.., so do the numbers show that teams at the season end typically… go 50/50 in close games.

          I know at this point in the season Carolina is 3-0 in their close games. Is it mediocre teams (defines 8 – 8) go 50/50 in close games. Can’t be for all teams.

          • over time, that averages out for everybody. It won’t be right around .500 in close games for a season, but it definitely averages out over time, and there’s no evidence that it’s dependent on how good you are.

            There are 2 big factors to look for lucky teams likely to regress (or improve) in record the following year:

            1) Significantly off from .500 in 1-score games.
            2) Significantly off from .500 in grabbing fumbles (both those you lost and those you had the potential to get).

  • CanadaBear

    Fun game to watch if you’re a Bears fan. Otherwise, that was probably pretty painful for the rest of the viewing audience. Really glad to see Houston make a splash at the end. Hopefully that’s the start of something. Alshon looked like he was out to lunch early. After the pick six, he was lights out. Don’t care whose fault it was. It was a miscommunication, pure and simple. It will be interesting to see what Cutler and Alshon do next week against a good D. Same with Langford if Forte is still out.

    • willbest

      I don’t expect to see forte until after thanksgiving

      • CanadaBear

        I have no idea. It’s a cinch Fox isn’t going to say anything.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We’re +8 at STL. That’s a sporting bet if we do the smart thing and stack the box.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    good team or bad team doesn’t matter to me. One thing i know is this is a fun 3-5 team to watch. maybe it was my low expectations coming into the year. maybe it is that they are in so many close games leading me to believe that with a couple good players on defense this could be a pretty good team. maybe its the potential of the offense i see in the end of half drives. There is something different about the team than the last couple years and i find it fun to watch.

    • Viva

      They compete!!

    • CanadaBear

      Not to mention they have some likable players/coaches that you want to back. It was hard to cheer for Nessman/Tucker/Kromer and with the older guys that were getting close to the end. You knew it wasn’t going to end well and at some point you just couldn’t work up any enthusiasm for last year’s team.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s fun .. and frustrating more often than not. But what’s exciting is seeing the germ develop .. two more drafts and we should have the finished product … but we’ll be getting better all the time.

  • LANGFORD has a “not tough between the tackles” label? looks like he runs hard to me, gets you positive yardage even if the hole is not there. Forte is great back, but not great at short yardage or goal line. that’s why the likes of chester taylor and marion barber were brought in. I hope bears keep Forte and let him gradually pass the baton to Langford, but it is clear the kid is ready

    • Scharfinator

      I think that’s a bit premature. A good performance against a team with only 2 wins doesn’t make you a starter.

      I do agree with you about him being good between the tackles. He was doing well falling forwards consistently after contact.

      • it was nice to see them pound the ball when they were inside the 5 yard line.

        • MB30SD

          that’s what she said ev

      • Irish Sweetness

        He has great lateral motion when he decides to change direction though, you could see that if there were just traffic cones out there. Perry has a great burst too, that was a shame.

        Antone Smith got introduced too at HB. I wonder if he could be a slot guy.

    • beninnorcal

      My thoughts exactly. Forte’s only weakness has always been between the tackles, especially in short yardage situations.
      In his limited time so far, Langford seems stronger in that area.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Fantastic catch by Zach Miller but, he was WIDE open. All Cutler had to do was lay it out there for him.
    A Laser Beam was not required.

    • Bender McLugh

      details details

    • beninnorcal

      It was beautiful.

    • Trac

      Dwight Clarks “the catch” was a poorly thrown ball as well. He was wide open when Montana almost threw it into the stands that day.

      • Bender McLugh

        “poorly thrown ball as well”

        smh

        • Trac

          It was, even Dwight Clark said that. Said he was wide open on that throw. I guess I shouldda said could have been thrown better than they were.

          • Bender McLugh

            Cutty can do no right

          • Trac

            That’s not what I’m saying either. I hardly know you anymore, jeez.

          • Bender McLugh

            just seems like even when he does well there’s something to complain about. I didn’t think it really wasn’t THAT bad a pass, just a fast ball on the money that a highly paid TE2 made an astounding catch of.

            I had my wheaties for lunch in the form of rum. I should be better……..

          • Trac

            Not trying to be argumentative but from a fans perspective, 2-6 or 3-5 is pretty shitty. That’s 14 fan bases. Almost half the league. There’s a difference between that and .500. Fans can live with mediocre for a while but their patience wears thin when it comes to just plain bad.

          • MB30SD

            if we had been getting blown out, I agree. We’ve had, what, 5 games be either way up to the last minute?

            I’ll take that in ground zero of a rebuild year any day. I actually thought the D looked strong on a couple key drives yesterday. And while the SD D sucks, their O is pretty powerful.

            …and yes you are. haha

          • Trac

            Haha. I’m feeling grumpy today.

          • MB30SD

            I can tell. sorry you didn’t pull up stakes and meet up with all us old boys huh. Don’t blame you. Please refer to the text murph sent you yesterday. hahaha

          • Trac

            I don’t regret not going but I wish I had. Ah hem….

          • Bender McLugh

            definitely agree

    • Scharfinator

      I agree he had maybe too much zip on it, but he couldn’t have lofted it. The safety in the middle to Zach’s left could have closed if it was a soft ball. Some middle ground would have been good.

      EDIT: Actually after watching it again, he totally could have lofted it. The safety was lower than I thought.

      • SC Dave

        Like the underthrow to jeffrey, that could have been a td. But otoh, I’ll take 30+ yards over and over.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Lower zip – it was very high.

    • willbest

      I had thought Cutler might have been under pressure, but on review it was just a bad throw.

      • SC Dave

        Unless he did it to boost miller. Um… unlikely?

    • SC Dave

      So totally true. Fortunately, his hand slipped amd the ball wobbled enough to make ot catchable. Jay.must have been.too excited to have someone that open.

      Except, maybe tbe bad underthrow on the long sideline pass the alshon.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Homey don’t play dat. Two things have plagued Jay – his decisions, and lack of touch.

  • wreckinball

    The Bear Necessities
    That’s what we got. Enough to make it interesting and a heck of a lot better than the Jeffersonian end of last year.
    My grandson is over watching Jungle Book and the song came on.

    • MB30SD

      one of my favorites

    • CanadaBear

      Here’s a great live version. Gotta love Louis Armstrong!

  • Bender McLugh

    I’m really curious why Houston & McPhee don’t play together on downs, on opposite sides. Is this just the rotation Fangio is sticking to, or can that lineup be possible?

    • willbest

      Because McPhee is primarily rushing the passer, so the other OLB is primarily in coverage.

      • Bender McLugh

        gotchya, scheme. So FangMan would only use this when calling a bull rush blitz or whatever, if he would at all.

  • The GP

    I left the bar I was at because the bartender was rooting Chargers and I was gonna kill his fat ass – and so I listened to the 2nd half on the radio.

    Thayer’s reaction to Miller’s catch was “no way did he just catch that!”

    The excitement of the radio broadcast is way more fun than Chucky, minus that Joniak fade to black bit.

    • CanadaBear

      For me the perfect scenario is always to watch the game with the sound off and listen to the Bears announcers on the radio.

      • Viva

        I try that sometimes but the timing is usually off…so then I go silent mode. Just watch and form my own opinions…

        • SC Dave

          Mute is the best button ever!

  • The GP
    • Viva

      or me.

    • MB30SD

      Mmmmmm…. 7

      • Viva

        7? Family girl. Works hard. Loves her job. Cooks amazing food. She is the whole package. 7 my ass. She’s an easy 8.5.

        • Bender McLugh

          that laugh has to knock her down a point

          • The GP

            John Mayer said she gave the best head of anyone he’s been with. So she gets 2 points back.

          • Bender McLugh

            well now! Done and Done.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m amazed how much he kisses and tells. It does point out one of my fatal flaws when it comes to women. I would have bet the house Giada was one of those that if you were going to have sex with her, she would ask you to pull down her nighty and pull up the covers when you were finished.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… I agree. maybe that’s why I never really liked her.

            And yep, I double down on my 7 call. 100% a 7, nothing more: https://www.google.com/search?q=giada+de+laurentiis&espv=2&biw=1280&bih=685&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIw5Kire-GyQIVFF1jCh0lcgG9#imgrc=1BIIE1Pw9TN7wM%3A

          • CanadaBear

            For me it’s the big toothy smile and she seems kinda fake. Oh well, she’s still so far out of my league I can’t see her league.

        • MB30SD

          I was not taking the ‘intangibles’ into consideration. Solely the outside. She’s not my style, just something about her o don’t love. The nose maybe, or the huge Cheshire cat grin. She looks annoying.

          Settle down soldier. Keep your focus and stay on target.

          • Viva

            8.5

          • MB30SD

            to each his own my brother

        • MB30SD
      • RenoBear

        Agreed. My wife pointed out that she has little t-Rex arms too, now it’s all I see. It’s pretty damn funny. She does have real nice tits though… Maybe cuz she’s so little. But they are pretty decent

    • Bender McLugh

      that chick is BABY CRAZY

  • beninnorcal

    These guys on The Score are a joke.

    • Trac

      What are they belly aching about now?

    • willbest

      Really? I would expect B&B to spend a good chunk of today with their faces firmly between Gase’s legs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We overcome two missed FG’s a pick-six and a sack-fumble … and we sucked?

  • Scharfinator

    I haven’t seen any mentions of it yet, but I really appreciated what we did with the screens in the 3rd quarter. San Diego decided they were going to start bringing the heat, and after about a drive’s worth of screens, they were gassed and stopped blitzing.

    • Viva

      Whenever I see Case run a WR screen I tell myself he is setting up a play later…

      • Scharfinator

        We had a pretty good average on them from what I recall. The biggest thing was it tired out the blitzers and shut down that aggressiveness.

        • Viva

          Cutty makes those throws look easy…it’s a loooooooong hand-off, that does force the D to alter their game plans.

        • willbest

          I don’t know if the screens did that so much as San Diego was down to 4 d-linemen by the end of the 3rd quarter.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t get why we don’t blitz and run screens more, it would be my mantra as a HC.

      How often do you see mid-screens fail? Teams love blitzing us. There is a way around it.

  • The GP

    Biggsy on Bears

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-chargers-biggs-thoughts-20151110-story.html

    In the video down the page, Biggsy stands 3/4 rotated so as not to blot out the whole picture. He looks like tailored the main sail of the USS Constitution into a shirt.

    • MB30SD

      Biggsy… SO phat, that he fell down, broke his leg… and gravy pour out.

      • WP34

        funny funny…thanks for the chuckle

  • MB30SD

    If you look at the INT, it SEEMS to be Alshon’s fault for a totally shitty route.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap3000000577034/Bears-vs-Chargers-highlights

    I could be wrong but seems like they drew up an out, and alshon broke it in as the ball was leaving cutty’s hand.

    • The GP

      After the pick, next possession, they went deep to him. He was pissed. Cutty was pissed. So maybe it’s what he needed to get his fucking head in the game.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I’ve never seen alshon that animated and pissed. I love that they went right back to him

    • AlbertInTucson

      Has anyone fessed up and actually said “My bad of that one.”?

      • MB30SD

        nope

        • AlbertInTucson

          My money would be on Alshon who, to that point, had not demosntrated he was ready to play.

          • MB30SD

            100% with you here Al.

      • SC Dave

        No reason to

    • Bender McLugh

      seems like he shuffled in instead of out to the sideline

      • MB30SD

        he turned into the field instead of out where the DB was

        • Bender McLugh

          yeah, by shuffle I meant it seemed to be an uncertain move by him, referring to him not looking ready for play time with the big boys. Love that Gase called that next play to him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It was identical to the Uni pick a while back.

      One thing – look at Cutty’s face after the INT. Normally when he throws a pick that was just a crazy throw, his head goes down and he curses himself and gets mad. This was an “O….M ….G” look – he can’t believe what Alshon just did, but because he’s not Rivers/Manning/Brady he doesn’t chew them out in front of everyone.

      • MB30SD

        exactly. but cutty is such a whiny asshole, what do you mean irish?!

        Ashlon started that game HORRIBLY. by the third Q, he was making a huge play every few plays.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy 240th, USMC, and thank you, one and all!

    • MB30SD

      Oh Rah viva, BC, and the others!

  • MB30SD

    BTW, as usual, the Q (or the Murph) looked like soldier field west last night.

    WAY more bears fans than charger fans it seemed. We were louder too. funny. I hardly ever see anyone out wearing bears gear in SD, but I have to believe ALLLLL those bears fans didn’t fly in. We’re just secretly stashed here and there I guess.

    That’s another thing, going to the game is fun, but watching the highlights is a totally different ball game (see what…). You can actually see everything and it’s SOOO much better to watch actual football on tv. You don’t get the fat fuck behind you spilling his beer down your back or the two 6’1″ moron chargers fan couple standing 85% of the time right in front of you or anything… so there’s a trade off.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude, you guys are getting the sun blocked out on you by 6’1″? MB was hangin’ with the lollipop guild.

      • MB30SD

        This couple was right in front of me… he was about 6’3″ she was easily 6′ (big bitch). when they stood up I couldn’t see the field up to about the 40 since we were right in front of the goalpost. Fuckers stood almost the entire game. assholes.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Rodney Harrison callng someone out for being dirty IS a bit comical…

    http://www.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/st-louis-rams-jeff-fisher-rodney-harrison-cheap-shot-111015 i

    • AlbertInTucson

      Kind of like the rain complaining that the ocean is wet.

  • EnderWiggin

    Evey time ESPN tried to show a family or lone poster-holder begging San Diego keep Qualcomm/Chargers they were surrounded by tongue-out crazy Bear fans. Loved it.
    St. Louis ought to have some Bear fans too, eh?

    • MB30SD

      they were having lots of trouble finding only SD fans for their smile or high five, or kiss cams. Always a bear fan or 3 sitting right next to them.

  • The GP

    Mb, Murph and Biggsy visit a local SD watering hole

    https://youtu.be/OjQT4VkjHF4?t=276

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      That’s becoming a popular injury.

      • MB30SD

        I thought the same thing. interesting.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Nothing to be trifled with, either.

          • MB30SD

            no, doesn’t sound all that fun.

          • AlbertInTucson

            May have cost the Bears at least a TRIP to the Super Bowl for the ’84 Season.

            Steve Fuller beat Washington on the road.

            Have to believe McMahon at the helm would have given the Bears a better shot in SF the following week.

  • MB30SD
    • Bender McLugh

      Mr 4th quarter-post-1st-quarter

    • to be fair, he does have half his TDs in the 4th quarter (despite playing one more 1st and 2nd quarter).

      • MB30SD

        she’s MUCH hotter than you too. just sayin’

      • AlbertInTucson

        According to Jim Rome, who was singing Cutler’s praises today in a CBS Sports Minute (otherwise I’d never have heard it because I do not listen to his show), most 4th quarter TDs than ANYBODY since 2009.

        Of course, WE know that more than a couple of those were “Garbage Time” TDs.

        • RenoBear

          But, he’s also thrown most GAME WINNING TD’s in 4th quarter too… More than Brees, Brady, manning etc.. Not too shabby

          • Irish Sweetness

            And if he beats Jimmy Mac’s 25-0-as-a-starter streak, he’ll be in the shout for my favorite Bears QB of all time!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Did we score in the third quarter yesterday? We hadn’t scored in that quarter all year. We learn to score in the third quarter and we’re winners.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I’m sure it’s been mentioned but, The Bears are 3-0 in the AFC West.

    • willbest

      And 0-5 against anybody that matters. I did taunt my Broncos buddy, that they better watch out cause the Bears dominate the AFC. Going to be a brutal game. Ware is going to probably be out but his backup could start for half the teams in the league, and the NFL only suspended Talib for this week so he will be back when they play the Broncos
      I am going to have to take comfort in the fact that Fox/Gase know all those guys weaknesses having coached them for a bit.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, sadly. 3-0 vs AFC West translates to “Conference/Division record stinks out loud.”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Langford isn’t as good as Matt Forte yet. ”

    True, but THAT bar isn’t exactly LOW.

    • Joecashflow

      There should be no comparison. Forte, it could be argued, is at the top of his game..still. An all pro. All the talk about trading him was just talk. This organization at least showed Matt some respect by not trading him in possibly his last year here. At least I look at it that way. At some point an organization can’t be just all business. There has to be some “family” thinking. Well, I can hope anyway.

      • SC Dave

        Agree!

      • Irish Sweetness

        I thought Langford showed his incredible hands yesterday, shiftiness, vision. Not that it’s relevant, but at what point does Matt’s decline meet Langford’s rise on the graph? I’d say they intersected yesterday. There is no drop-off when Forte isn’t in there now, and when Jock-squeeze and Perry are back in the fold, we have a nice young roster if Matt walks.

        • Joecashflow

          You hope. I would say the graph line intersects when you have 200 carries without fumbles, when you carry yourself off the field as a professional, when you dress and start 2 or 3 years without injury, and when you perform in more than just one game against the worst run D in the league. Nice start though. I expected it.

  • Joecashflow

    I gotta say, I enjoyed the second half. Definitely a rebuilding and re-dedication year. So, no criticisms when the Beloved win this year and no heart break about what might have been. This is not the year to open for playoffs. Hope for pride, hope for healthy, hope for a locker room together and some leaders shining through.

  • Joecashflow

    Read Rosenblog. Sometimes, maybe sometimes there is a need for the contrarian voice. But too many times this guy is just mean spirited. It’s easy to just blow him off, but he is a public voice. That voice yesterday was just lousy. If he was at a bar stool next to me, I would move. Now that’s how bad he is!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      He used to be amusing but, at some point, he decided to fill the void left by the universally reviled, Jay Marrotti.

      • Joecashflow

        Agree.

  • AlbertInTucson

    BTW, Iowa at #5 in the latest rankings is criminal. They have played NOBODY and they definitely do NOT pass the “Eye Test”.

    Wasn’t this exactly what this committee was supposed to avoid?

  • Joecashflow

    Respectfully don’t like your latest title, Andrew. The cup is either half empty or half full. This team is fighting through an identity crisis. 3 wins is bad, agree. But bad Bears, disagree.

    • beninnorcal

      I tend to agree with you here. But I have a good friend who’s an SD fan and I was referring to this game as a battle of bad teams. But after the outcome fhe Bears are just regular-bad, SD is really bad.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It was a battle of a 2-6 and a 2-5 team. I don’t think it’s derogatory to say the teams involved are bad. We are not good … and that’s okay. Like Chucky pointed out – we’re a team on the up. Right now, we’re not good. Cutty is excellent, but not everybody is.

        • Joecashflow

          Ok, hear you and I could talk about losing by 3 does not make a team bad. All I am saying is be positive when there is some signs of life there. I would say a bad team would have lousy running and passing stats and lousy D stats in relative league position. I am guessing the Bears are average not bad there.

        • beninnorcal

          We’re bad-NOW. But agreed that we’re on the up. Need some more bodies/talent.

    • Irish Sweetness

      “3 wins is bad, agree. But bad Bears, disagree.”

      Tautology, no? If 3 wins is bad, and the Bears have 3 wins …

      • Joecashflow

        Don’t make me google words on a football blog site!!! That was a little too taut. We agree to disagree.

  • Joecashflow

    Ok, just re-watching the second half. It is refreshing for a change to hear positive commentary about a “storied franchise” and Cutler for a change. Been a freakin while! Maybe a turning point?? Regarding Cutler haters, who caaaaares! Somebody posted on an ESPN site, that Cutler had most Q4 comebacks of ANY QB since 2009. Dunno if that is true or not, but if even close, it shows, IT TAKES A TEAM TO WIN.

    • beninnorcal

      I think what I read was that he’s thrown the most 4th Q game-winning TD passes since ’09. He had 12 followed by Stafford’s 10, but no source cited.

      • Joecashflow

        You have to be losing alot to have this distinction, I guess, lol!

  • Joecashflow

    One more reason we need an ownership change. Bring back the Honey Bears! http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1089259/chicago-bears-honey-bears-photos

    • Irish Sweetness

      Somebody should do a documentary and get them together again and get the goods.

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://nflpickwatch.com/

    Ranks all the ‘expert’ picks.

    Pat Kirwan has a 28% record. That’s incredible. A coin toss is twice as effective as Pat Kirwan.

    Road teams = 41%

    Team with best defense = 62%

    Team with best QB = 60%

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