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Bears Beat Bucs, Put Sixth in Win Column (Rapid Fire)

| December 28th, 2015

Bears won their sixth game. Is it the biggest win in franchise history? Of course not. But a glance at their sideline as the clock wound down Sunday proved how important this win was for them. Loss after loss was tiring a staff and roster that knew they were improving but needed some tangible evidence. Rapid fire…

  • Adam Gase has a bully offensive line and a trio of talented running backs. Why does it seem like he runs the ball against his will? It sure seems like he’d prefer to throw those awful bubble screens on first down instead of pounding Langford behind Kyle Long.
  • My lord is Kyle Long something in short yardage. When is the last time the Bears had an offensive lineman who could move multiple defenders at the goal line?
  • John Timu, still making plays.
  • Pernell McPhee wants it. I get that. But why the hell are Pace and Fox marching him out there? Rich Campbell pointed out to me on Twitter that doctors have assured the Bears McPhee can’t do more damage to his knee but what about the rest of his body? He’s running at 8% speed! (He’s also a substantial financial investment. Why not protect it?)
  • If Kevin White turns out to be a star the Bears grabbed two first round picks in the 2015 draft. Eddie Goldman is that good.

  • Thought Hroniss Grasu had a terrific rebound game before his injury. But the Bears look REALLY good with Matt Slauson at center.
  • Opportunities have been there for these bottom of the roster receivers and the only one to make plays is Marc Mariani.
  • Bears should sit down with Martellus Bennett and talk to him. Bennett/Miller is too good a tight end combination to casually blow off.
  • Can we all agree that Jay Cutler shouldn’t be throwing screens near a crowded line of scrimmage? I’d like to see the Bears put this in writing.
  • Most surprising part of game? Doug Martin had 17 carries for 49 yards and a long of 9. Run defense attacked the ball like they hadn’t all season long. Inspired performance.
  • Can’t imagine the coaching staff didn’t see what I saw watching the run defense: they don’t need Shea McClellin anymore.
  • Good kick by Robbie Gould. Needed a long, tough kick in an important money and got one.
  • Langford/Carey backfield is a bright future for the Bears backfield and I love them playing at the same time, especially in short yardage.
  • Tracy Porter has amazing timing with that swat move of his. But what the hell was that angle he took on the Sims touchdown? I think we know one player who is never moving to safety.
  • Quietly, Pat O’Donnell had a really nice day punting the ball.
  • Harold Jones-Quartey making plays all over the field blew my mind. The coaching being done by this defensive staff all season long has been extraordinary. Fox. Fangio. Donatell. All of em.

Bears finish at home with a chance to improve two games on last season’s record and head into the offseason on an upbeat note. I’ll be there.

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  • The Yes Guy

    YES!

  • chitownproud85

    Please do it one more time. Winning is a lot more fun.

  • Scharfinator

    I only watched the highlights, but Timu had both fumble recoveries didn’t he? Was he around the ball that much all game? I’m crossing my fingers he isn’t a flash in the pan.

    Also, I have to agree about Shea. How isn’t the writing on the wall after that performance without him? I guess you could argue they need a few more games to know?

    • BillW

      I agree – the coaches must see that Shea can’t play the run the way it’s needed.

    • willbest

      The problem with Gould is he is somewhere around 50% with the game on the line. He did finally successfully OSK for the first time in his career. TB are still a concern though.

      • madscout12

        Did you pull that number out of your butt, or do you have a date when that started and numbers to back it up?

        • willbest

          Keep in mind he went on IR last year, and this year he has been particularly bad. So whether or not you give him anything before this year depends on your belief in whether whatever forced him onto IR last year doesn’t have any long term ramifications.

          • CanadaBear

            You didn’t answer the question.

          • willbest

            I did, because I excluded everything before this year. And he has missed more game on the line FGs this year than he has made.

          • CanadaBear

            Cherry picking to make your argument.

          • Scharfinator

            Yup, it’s pretty weak.

          • I think the bigger question is – do you trust Gould on a 50 yarder when the game is on the line?

            Once upon a time, I did. Not any more.

            We need to bring in serious competition to both P and K, IMO.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree they need to bring in competition. Robbie made a 49 and 50 yesterday on his way to 4 for 4. I’m not worried about him any more than any other kicker they will sign.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s the 38 yarders that worry me.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Facts are optional around here C-Bear. You need to pick a horse and ride it all year, regardless of the fact that the horse has three legs. See?

  • That Guy

    We’ve been saying the Bears were scrappy all season. We’ve been saying they’d win six games.

    With this win, they “improve on last year.”

    If they beat Detroit, they exceed expectations.

    But man, I’m really happy with what Fox and Pace have done so far.

    • Trac

      Jess. I’m befuddled by all the posters here who crap their diapers every week as they complain about the coaching. It’s very trivrissoral.

      • BillW

        Game day coaching seems to be the complaint; not coaching up the players to succeed.

        I hope it’s been a function of a depleted roster (injuries / lack of talent) that had them playing for a fourth quarter win most of the time.

        Yesterday it was obvious that the game plan was suited in particular to what they had and did not have on the field. And it worked perfectly. 14 points came on poor special teams and simply running out the clock. In my mind the defense gave up only 7 and the offense scored as much as can be expected without being able to stretch the field.

        I liked the fact that Cutler went to Gase and said take the screen pass out of the playbook. I realize he was saying that in jest, but there is always truth in humor. They don’t seem able to block it.

        I certainly agree that if the Bears were stuck on 5 wins at the end of the season, they still clearly improved. But being stuck on 5 wins would have meant losing 5 in the row to end the season. No matter the opponents or the circumstances, that would have a least somewhat concerning.

      • Anonymous

        The play-calling whines are particularly ridiculous, simple-minded and old.

        • Sactowns#1

          Not calling timeouts when you have time to score before the half, not having mid-range passing plays dialed up. Seems like simple stuff to me, not simple minded.

          • Anonymous

            Not calling timeouts is not an aspect of play-calling. That’s called clock management.
            The Bears have mid-range passing plays dialed up. Don’t be silly.

          • willbest

            No they don’t.

          • madscout12

            It didn’t keep them from scoring yesterday…they didn’t want TB to have the ball back with time. JC had all the time in the world to work.

            Against SF @ home was maddening though.

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah, Fox has been white Lovie with the time outs. At least it hasn’t been the same with challenges.

          • Albino Lovie

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          John Doe, that is simply not true. Calling out a coach for not using a true weapon like a fullback that can blow up anyone on the field or Carey/Langford at fullback to automatically get a first down or touchdown seems like common sense to me.

          One could count at least 15 times throughout this year where we failed to get 2yds or less to sustain a drive on 3rd down and several times where we didn’t use it on the goal line and you can’t tell me that doesn’t impact the season.

          That is bad fucking coaching in that respect. That is unacceptable. I understand the limitations in the pass game due to personnel but don’t tell me it’s OK to sit there and ignore the weapons we do have and that it’s ridiculous and simple minded.

          • Sactowns#1

            Bully! Bully I say!

          • And if the Ds load up the box to stop that personnel, pa to Miller.

            It’s called winning

          • SC Dave

            We could get Trestman back, Yonny

        • SC Dave

          This!!! For as long as I’ve been on this blog. EXECUTION is the name of this game

        • Irish Sweetness

          Not ridiculous. There is no rhyme nor reason to Gase’s “system”.

          Stick to measurables/tangibles, not something you hang onto for the sake of argument.

          What IS Gase’s system? What is the basic philosophy? If you can’t see it, then there isn’t one.

          What is Fangio’s “system”? Or did he just get the job because Navarro Bowman et al were playing on his defense.

          The Patriots blitz less than anyone, but they’re tied for second (before last week) in sacks. Where are we in sacks and pressures? What’s our record?

      • willbest

        Coaching lost us 2 games this season.

        • Anonymous

          And how many games did coaching win us?

          • willbest

            The only team we out coached was St. Louis.

          • CanadaBear

            Until yesterday.

          • willbest

            Yesterday doesn’t count. Bears weren’t in contention. The normal pressures of a season weren’t in play.

          • CanadaBear

            OK, if you say so. Let me know when it counts from now on. I get confused.

          • willbest

            Its not difficult. “Does this game have implications for the Bears playoff chance?”. Otherwise its a scrimmage game.

          • CanadaBear

            Says you.

          • willbest

            So your theory is that when given a prime opportunity to tweak your system to see if there is perhaps a better way, Fox wouldn’t take it?

          • CanadaBear

            When did I say that?

          • Irish Sweetness

            So what’s the point of beating Detroit next week?

          • BearDown100393

            Green Bay…. in Green Bay.

          • Anonymous

            Oakland too. Del Rio totally turtled that last drive of theirs — once they got in our territory — which could have put the game away. That was a case of mentor (Fox) waiting out his protégé (Del Rio).

          • willbest

            Only if you believe the Packers are a great team, But they got beat by Arizona worse than the Bears and we didn’t have our starting QB for half the game. Fact of the matter is, GB was in position to win the game in regulation and without Rodgers completely missing an open man and throwing it to where we could make a play, it would have gone differently.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Tampa. Lovie always gets out-coached.
            Kicking cost us 2-3 as well.

        • Sactowns#1

          Thank you good sir for bringing an informed opinion to this discussion.

          • Trac

            Yesss Steadmond old chap, the riff raff rhheally are neanderthalean aarn’t thhaay?

          • Sactowns#1

            Quite right old chum, quite right.

          • Trac

            Indeed. 🙂

        • Trac

          That’s why I said it is very trivrissoral.

          • SC Dave

            Is that little circle jerk over now? Please?

  • Trac

    When “was” the last time Jeffy Boy. Tsk tsk.

    Let’s all circle around the camp fire boys, it’s cold out dare.

  • Anonymous

    The run D was the star of the game.

    Btw, was Forte injured heading into yesterday’s game? The fact that Langford received the bulk of the carries could be telling. My guess is that neither Forte or Bennett are back next year.

    • MB30SD

      Bennett is gone already. That dude will never see a bears uni again. Matt, highly doubtful. Shae… hegone! (Please 8lb baby jesus)

      • That Guy

        I agree on other two, but Forte is a bit more complicated. I suspect he will hit the open market. I suspect that if another team offers him workhorse money (about $8M/yr is the going rate), then he takes off. But there is a reasonable chance that nobody offers him that kind of cash.

        If its day 3 of free agency, Forte is still without a deal, and some other running back already got the top contract? At that point, he might come back to the Bears on a “make him feel appreciated, retire a Bear” deal in the $4-6M range (say 4 years, $24M, $12M guaranteed). That might be good for both sides.

        • Sactowns#1

          That $24 mil is way too high. Give him a front loaded $15-$17 and he should be happy.

          • willbest

            15-17 million for a 30 year old running back who missed a quarter of a season?

          • Sactowns#1

            Over 4 years, and with some of that being incentive money, I’d say that’s about right. Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Miller gets that knock for some reason. Did Zach miss a game this season?

          • willbest

            He missed the first 3 years in the NFL

          • That Guy

            I was actually going to post it as 3 years $18M. Either way, the team would only expect to keep him for 2 years and pay the guaranteed money for them. The third and fourth years would be “options.” But you’re right, the deal might still be a bit rich. Hard to say till the market gets set.

            Running back salaries are all over the place right now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If they split Matt out wide more, then maybe you could justify paying him 6M – especially if we can’t hold on to AJ. As a runner, Matt’s not there anymore, but as a pass-catcher …. he has some use, and he’s 6’2.

        • willbest

          You are nuts if you think 12 million guarantee is good for the bears. He should be brought in on a 3-year, 9 mil deal with no more than 6 guaranteed.

          He isn’t a workhorse back anymore. He is a 3rd down change of pace back, and he already missed 4 games this year. He is a health risk.

        • Forte on day 3 won’t return. Pride will kick in like w Olin and Lach.
          It’s also a possibility. Look how pedestrian Lynch and Gore have looked this season.
          And on the flip side, look at tge young RBs around the league like David Johnson .
          Hopefully this will make Forte think twice about taking the $ to be on a bad team/fit (see Murray)

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nobody not on PCP is paying Matty 8 million a year at the age of 30 with various knee surgeries on his CV.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Speaking of 8lb baby Jebus … where’s Lobo?

        • MB30SD

          Holy shit. Lobo hasn’t been around for years. He was a good dude

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think he came up lame during the game. They spent the 4th quarter stretching him on the sideline.

      • CanadaBear

        Tweaked his back.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Quad, they said.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Both are gone.

      AJ is the problem – if they let him go, then teams bracket Kevin and we’re back to square one. If AJ goes, then we need to draft a receiver. Running backs we have.

  • Sactowns#1

    Wait, didn’t O’Donnell have one blocked?

    • willbest

      Bears won, so the fanboy goggles stayed on.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        LeRoy Reynolds whiffed on his guy IMMEDIATELY.

        • CanadaBear

          Never even touched him.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            the replay shows him turning around after missing the block like “oh fuck”.

          • CanadaBear

            Classic “look out” block.

    • CanadaBear

      I still think POD is slow to launch but when you don’t block a guy on the interior line bad things happen.

  • CanadaBear

    I hope this was the final nail in the coffin for Shea in Chicago. Two UFA’s (Timu and Anderson) have outplayed a #1 draft pick. Both guys are limited but they play tough and in Timu’s case, downhill. It’s great that Shea can call the D and be somewhat in the right place but he brings no toughness and certainly no violence when he arrives (usually 6 yds down the field).

    • madscout12

      It won’t/shouldn’t be. He’s gonna be cheap next year, and we have a lot of holes to fill. He should at least be given the opportunity to come to camp and lose his position to someone else.

      • CanadaBear

        Have no issue if he’s here on a min deal.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He calls the D incorrectly from what I’ve seen, and he pauses to think when the ball is snapped. That’s basic shit. Not to say that time does not correct that, it’s his first year playing Mike. It took Samurai a few years to get it right. No way he should be cut just yet.

  • madscout12

    Got some intel yesterday from a source that I don’t want to name (jobs and relations, etc). Bennett is gone. Via trade or cut, but he’s gone. He’s not injured enough to not play, he just doesn’t want to play and the team doesn’t want him on the team anymore.

    In other thoughts
    – the game was hot as hell yesterday.
    – it was basically a home game for the Beloved…50/50 split between Bears fans and Bucs fans. My section was majority Bears fans.
    – enough with the Bubble Screens is seconded. The league has scouted us and BSs are not a surprise. Do something else w/ our no name WR.
    – JC was making plays yesterday, and was drops away from a big day. He missed his only chance to go deep, but a defender got tangled up with the WR that was his target.
    – Zach Miller is conflicting. He is good enough to be #1 TE, but is he able to stay healthy? Bennett is gone, so do we develop Lee more, or sign someone in the draft? Options are there.
    – The most maddening play of the game was Forte failing to pick-up 3rd and 1 in the late 3/early 4th. He didn’t see another down. I love Forte, and believe him to be a complete back, excepting that he will never lower his shoulder and lay the boom. That was a bad case of not knowing the situation. It didn’t help that the left side got blown up, but the middle was clean. Cut it back, lower your shoulder, and plow for that 1 yard.
    – I was happy to see multi back sets. You have 22 who can catch like a WR, and is great at running on the outsides. Have him split out, or pitch him the ball. You have 33 who runs like a man possessed and hits holes harder that 22 ever has, but has hands of stone. Feed him the rock up the middle.

    • CanadaBear

      Forte tweaked his back on the play. If Forte is only running outside and Langford only running inside, by week 3 it will no longer work.

      • madscout12

        Agreed, but then a smart coach will use those adjustments to his advantage.

    • SC Dave

      If it is the play I’m thinking, when the primary blocker TOTALLY ABANDONS THE POINT OF ATTACK, it normally ends badly

      • madscout12

        Right…the left side collapsed…but dude needed 1 yard. If he cuts back center, lowers his shoulder, and uses all that muscle he built in the offseason running up that damn hill, he gets the yard. But he’s Forte, so he dances in front of the defender trying to make him miss, and gets tackled in the backfield.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Biggest play of the game yesterday was the face mask on TB during Jay’s INT. That was a ten point, even fourteen point swing.

    • madscout12

      Truth. I was confused on the call in the stands, as it was not clear. But I went from, “oh well, it was fun to come” to “hey, they could score this drive” in about 3 seconds.

      • Sactowns#1

        Yup. That was HUGE. I have no idea why he throws that ball in the first place though.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          they all know it’s coming so every team plays downhill on us. You can’t run that screen so close to the line.

          • CanadaBear

            Bill made a good point when he mentioned Cutler kidding about taking it out of the playbook. He was only partially kidding. Hopefully Gase gets the point. If you’ve got 3 good or better WR’s in triplet and at least one is a burner, they have to play it honest. When the 3 are a dinged up Royal and two other fill ins, ain’t nobody worried about someone getting behind them.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            they’ll take it out. There are a ton of other ways to accomplish close to the same thing. That play has 2009 written all over it. The Bears give up screen yards to other teams like it’s the first time the play has ever been run in the league because our shitty safeties line up 27yds off the ball, our linebackers are rookies and the line is so desperate to get to the quarterback due to lack of pressure that they have little awareness of anything else.

            Other teams know we can’t or won’t go downfield, play their safeties and corners closer to the line on us since we have no weapons and know that the screen is one of the only big play options we have right now.

            Why they don’t run short crossing routes with the slot and RB’s more is beyond me.

          • SC Dave

            This year, i would not worry about the bears throwing deep, since cutler rarely throws the ball in the right place.

            Rex had a better deep ball than Cutler this year.

            Not that I’m advocating a swap, but Jay has been consistently inaccurate throwing long this season

          • Irish Sweetness

            Run it off play-action rollout and it’s a killer everytime. Gase doesn’t see this.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      yes, unfortunately when a penalty occurs it has to be called no matter how frustrating it is. Sometimes you get a little luck in this game and luck combined with skill and very few injuries usually results in a good season.

      • SC Dave

        Injuries are awfully big

    • Irish Sweetness

      You could say that about any play in any game.
      If my aunty had balls ….

  • beninnorcal

    Anyone heard about the severity of Goldman’s injury?

    • CanadaBear

      I keep looking around but the only thing I’ve found was he left the stadium in a walking boot. That probably doesn’t bode well for next week but certainly doesn’t give any other insight. DAMN!

  • BearDown100393

    When is it a nice day to have a blocked punt resulting in points on the board for the opposition? Weird.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      when the punter is not the one that completely whiffed on the block from the snap. Ray Guy wouldn’t have gotten that off

      • BearDown100393

        I read your comment (below) after my own however he just seems slow off the kick.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          he’s definitely a bit slow

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Regarding my (semi sarcastic ALL CAPS ranting) yesterday. Yes it was a joke after the first 2 posts but the point is valid.
    I watched the majority of the games of this year with buddy from San Diego who has moved to Chicago. When he watched Unrein blow dudes the fuck up the first words that came out of his mouth were, “holy shit, you guys might have the white Lorenzo Neal.”

    Now, i know we don’t speak of Lorenzo on this blog because of the fucking downward spiral he created for Mike Brown but think about it. Mitch Unrein is 6’4 305lbs and is quicker than our fucking H Backs that we’ve had on the team since 2009. Watch the plays where he was fullback this year. Every single play he took out 1 to 2 guys at the point of attack including one play where he fucking massacred Clay Matthews and also Navorro Bowman. He didn’t block them….he fucking killed them.

    He has played fullback for 8 plays and on every single fucking play the Bears scored. To not use him more frequently on the goal line, red zone and even between the 20’s during normal downs is straight lunacy.

    Then Gase puts Carey who seemingly cannot be stopped for less than 2yards in at fullback with immediate success and then did the same thing with Langford….then ran Carey into the flat for an easy TD once the other team was convinced that it was going straight up the gut because of earlier insane success. The only problem is that the second from last game of the year when we’re out of the playoffs is probably not the fucking ideal time to bring out such an effective personnel grouping and creative playcalling set. It is infuriating that these features were not used more during the year when they would have possibly resulted in a very positive result. Now we find ourselves on the outside looking in with 4 to 5 losses that could have been wins and it fucking sucks.

    • CanadaBear

      Coaches out think themselves all the time. Look at Bellicheat yesterday. I agree with ya Johnny but Gase has had a great influence on Cutler’s ball security (don’t tell his wife) and to me that’s just as important as the play calling.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        i know but that’s like my 3 year old being really nice to the other kids until he ultimately ends up biting or scratching one of them. It’s not enough for Gase to kind of do a good job on some aspects on the offense and then completely ignore or fuck up others. The end result is an incomplete gameplan that doesn’t take advantage of strengths that we actually do have.

        • Blackhawks63

          What an idiot. How do you dare rip Gase based on the hot garbage that has been the wide receiver corp and offensive line for most of the season. So incredibly sick of the idiots like yourself who critique Fox and Gase based on nothing. You are a jackass clown of a fan.

          • Sactowns#1

            Johnny, just remember WWCD. He would ignore the troll.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I know I should turn the other Cutty Cheek but all i really want to do is go nuclear. I took the day off instead of risking my life driving to work in Chicago today with the frozen rain storm so i’ve got some time on my hands.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            dammit…. i was hoping you would hit the button and go off. it would be a great Birthday present to me.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Happy Birthday. I did really enjoy the game yesterday especially the way the line and rb’s kept battling and moving the chains with the occasional Cutty magic. I won’t get mad at OldManBlackhawk1863WhenMenWereMen but it was pretty frustrating watching short yardage situations earlier in the game go to waste and later in the redzone because of the refusal to use Unrein at Fullback and instead trying to get that one yard using Forte from the shotgun right up the middle. It’s just not intelligent use of your players.

            Our run blocking was superior to their D front yesterday yet we didn’t exploit it in certain situations…..and we certainly didn’t do it earlier this year enough at all. That is on the coaches.

          • Sactowns#1

            Calling Play Action, Mr. Play Action can you please report to the Chicago Bears play calling staff immediately.
            How is it we run run run and then when we pass there is rarely a PA? I mean I guess if you don’t think your line can hold but from what I saw they did fine yesterday.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Well, with Gase you’d think they could incorporate the playaction with a quick pass to the lead back or the slot TE or slot WR….that’s what they did in Denver alot. I know personnel is an issue but i agree that playaction and getting Cutty to roll out would be helpful.

          • But that’s like 3 different regimes who REFUSE to roll out Cutty.

            Are they seeing something we don’t? Are they being overly protective of Cutty?

            We all know the Shannihans don’t give a fuck about injuring a QB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s perfectly built to do a roll-out, and it’s not dangerous at all – he’s moving.
            OCs in general exhibit very little intelligence or purpose in their ‘schemes’, and when somebody hits on something, it’s copied for 20-30 years.

            Offensive schemes should be designed by mathematicians, and not dummies that started out in the xerox room or are related to someone who started out in the xerox room.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe our qb?

          • Irish Sweetness

            This. Gase gets mad love on here, but it’s like he’s only just heard about the I-form. He refers risky bubble and mid-screens to play-action and designed rollouts that extend plays. There is no sense or purpose to his scheme. It’s random, to foolish.

            People to this day still copy Bill Walsh. Nobody will ever copy Gase, because there is nothing to copy. It’s random.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            one thing I enjoy seeing is the young rbs initiating contact, lowering the shoulder and trying to run over people.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Agreed, they are running as if their livelihood depends on it….oh, that’s right. They don’t have 20 Mil in the bank and their jobs depend on every fucking inch they get. That is the kind of running back you need. You need a Forte as well…..when you can get both in the same running back you have a gamechanger. It’s tough to do.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck off with the asshole shit. Matt has earned it all.

            Second most carries in Bears history.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Dave, you can’t be this crazy. Read the post again. What is so wrong about having running backs that actually get that yard or that goal line TD because they hit the hole incredibly fast and aggressive. They make nothing comparatively speaking yet are doing things that we’ve had done to us for years. Losing games because we can’t convert short yardage runs and goal line runs. Losing to other teams that can do exactly that against us with those types of cannon fodder backs.

            Then you get all crazy and make it about Forte. Weird dude, especially since i specifically mentioned that you FUCKING NEED a back like Forte….which is written the fucking paragraph craze ball.

          • SC Dave

            Til they’re out of the league after two years.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha, come on dave. not everyone can be matty. Give the guys a chance!

          • CanadaBear

            HBD HBP! Hope it’s a good one!

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Thanks C-Bear. I took the whole week off, like i always do, so far so good. I had a good Christmas, Bears won, won my Fantasy League so I got an extra $500 in my pocket, got a Birthday BJ last night from a random bar slut last night, and been Sailing with Captain Morgan pretty much non stop. So i can’t complain too much.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh my! HBD indeed! Glad things are going well. Nice time of year to win $500.

          • MB30SD

            Excellent. Do everything I would… and sounds like you are.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            trying my best, unfortunately it’s probably not up to the West Coast quality you deal with.

          • MB30SD

            Hey, it’s the effort that counts my man. Rock it out with your cock it out!

          • MB30SD

            happy birthday, ya cunt!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Smart move.

          • BillW

            I think what he is trying to say is that even with the hot garbage there are options to be had in certain situations that Gase in fact himself has used with success.

            On second thought, it’s not what he is trying to say. It’s what he DID say. How can you disagree with that?

            (And the insults are really low class.)

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            sometimes i insult too. That was such an innocent insult that it was almost endearing.

          • Trac

            Hahaha

          • Irish Sweetness

            The ad hominems on here are quite sad. But once you accept that they’re grown, wounded children who haven’t been shown how to deal with childhood trauma, you just feel sorry for them.

            I would recommend Gerlach’s channel on youtube.

          • Anonymous

            The O-line has been comparatively good. Compare it to the other O-lines in our division. We may have had the best one this year.

            The receivers on the other hand …

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nah – they started Ducasse again yesterday, when Tayo outweighs him by 20-30lbs and can’t possibly be any worse. They have Tayo listed as a tackle, but he could easily play guard. Ducasse is a penalty machine and is useless in pass pro.
            In fact, Long should be at RG, and Tayo should be at RT. Slauson at Center, Omameh at LG. That’s a line.

            Stick Unrein in there as FB, and we’d have the best short yardage setup in all of football. Probably.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            take your blinders off, coaches have faults and it is ok to point out those faults. the WRs may have been shit but yesterday the OLine showed they can run block, and with the proper backfield grouping they seem almost unstoppable.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I’m going to assume that you either didn’t read my posts or at the very least couldn’t comprehend the pretty clear explanation of the very specific gripe that i have with Adam Gase. You are forgiven.

          • Scharfinator

            Is it hard to type while you work one coach with each hand?

          • MB30SD

            brutal

        • Trac

          Hahaha. I wuv you yonny.

    • Trac

      You also broke your word when you referenced a “lone post” yesterday. Just sayin. Hee hee.

    • I agree w u waffle, and it was something i brought up in PS when gase inexplicably and to my chagrin, would go empty back in the red zone after riding the running game there.
      I was hoping he was just experimenting, but it doesn’t seem that way. Gase will go ‘rogue’ in one scenario then Tice duh in other circumstances. He doesn’t quite have an identity yet, and that might be partially due to Forte/Alshon being hurt and Gase tinkering.
      That being said, I’ve watched a lot of Pats/Cards/Steelers games, and they frequently make WTF calls on a regular bases, more so than Gase.
      I think it’s a matter of him being overly aggressive and imaginative when he doesn’t have a Gronk, Fitz, Brown, etc this season.
      He’s driving an accura as if it was a Ferrari, and that has lead to WTF moments.
      ‘Know thyself’ , right?
      I also got bad news for u Waffle. Gase, like McDaniels/Arians/Haley is incapable if being any other way.
      Kinda like Martz, which makes sense since he’s from that tree.
      All we can hope for is that Pace can upgrade the accura so it won’t turn out so comical

      • Irish Sweetness

        Mike Tomlin does it all the time. Early in the game yesterday he refused to take a FG and went for it on 4th down. Pointless drive. Ego-based.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Langford and Carey have been in I-form together three times, and scored 3 TDs.

      Basically – and I’ve been saying this forever – the I-form is the greatest single formation in football.
      The permutations of what can be done either passing or running is not matched in any other formation.

  • beninnorcal

    How is everyone on here trying to pin the blocked punt on POD? Someone came un-blocked, I guess he could’ve just tucked it and dove forward? I don’t get it. Thought he had one of his better games.

    • Scharfinator

      A free run at a kicker is bad news. I could have made the block with that gap.

      • CanadaBear

        Esp with him coming from the interior of the line.

    • Sactowns#1

      I don’t think anyone is saying it was solely his fault but just like a QB who sack fumbles gets some of the blame so does POD. Is he not looking? Did he have time to recognize and just go to the ground? Idk. Just saying you cant have a “quietly good game” with a TO that leads to an opponents score.

      • beninnorcal

        I watched it live, not sure how he would’ve had time to react, no one even breathed on the guy running at him.

  • BillW

    Regarding flexing the Vikes/Packers rather than Jets/Bills – I read that if the Browns beat the Steelers earlier that day, then the Jets are already in as WC.

    Granted, that’s unlikely and yet a few unlikely results happened yesterday.

    Still, both the Vikes and Packers are in, and neither is playing for a bye. So I agree that assuming the Steelers win, the Jets/Bills game would actually have more on the line.

    But Rodgers is a league darling, and in a WWE way, they figure people will tune in either to see him succeed or to see him fail.

    • Anonymous

      No doubt the league sees Rodgers as a bit of a cash cow — though doubtful he has reached the Brady/Peyton level — but there aren’t many good choices for an island game next week.

      Fluky year in that regard. GB/MIN might be as good as it gets … regardless of Rodgers.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That is true. Pitt loses next Sunday and they are done.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Or if the Jets beat the Bills.

  • CanadaBear
    • Scharfinator

      Hilarious – good gamesmanship too.

  • Blackhawks63

    The fact that Fox, Gase and Fangio got SIX wins out of this nightmare of a roster in year one is Houdini like good. Critics of the game callng are batcrap out of their minds. Fox has proved to be a freaking savior in so many regards.

    • Sactowns#1

      Wait a minute. I finally got it. This is Fox’s wife on here with all the pro coaching posts. “He didn’t call a time out because his rheumatoid arthritis was acting up. He’s a great father!!”

      • Scharfinator

        “HE STILL SATISFIES ME COMPLETELY SO THE FANS SHOULD FEEL SATISFIED AS WELL”

    • BillW

      Yes he did prove to be a savior in very many regards. Those of us with batcrap minds are in no way saying anything else.

      I think some people have a difficult time thinking multi-dimensionally. Just because the good far outweighs the bad doesn’t mean the bad didn’t exist.

      And it’s not even “bad”, just less strong than those other aspects of his coaching abilities.
      .

    • Anonymous

      Not only the wins but how competitive we have been. Night and day from last year.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Yeah guys, this coaching staff is the greatest ever, they should be beyond reproach. so no complaining about the predictability of play calling, or an overly conservative approach. It takes geniuses to come up with a game plan that overuses bubble screens or doesn’t use proper personnel groupings, or not changing audibles that have been clearly figured out.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We beat two playoff teams, and should have beaten the Redskins – so that’s three.
      Pretty good, but probably two years off a SB run. This was not our 1984 10-6 season.

  • BillW

    I assume the NFL is at least somewhat satisfied that “Concussion” did not do well.

    I had no intention of seeing it. I already know the story and it doesn’t have an ending yet anyway.

    Obviously an important issue but it doesn’t raise itself to the drama and impact of say “All the President’s Men”.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Because it’s a shitty movie. Concussion had to be a great movie to transcend sports world. It’s a bore.

      • Sactowns#1

        I cant think of a good movie starring Will Smith. I mean seriously… look at his IMDB profile and tell me which one of those movies was good. Independence day? (Ensemble I wouldn’t say he was the star and it’s decent, not good) Men in Black… maybe. That’s it. The rest is crap. He’s batting like .120

        • I think the NFL secretly funded that movie and insisted Will Smith star in it to diffuse the scandal.

          Brilliant, really.

          • Sactowns#1

            Irish would totally back this theory. lol

          • Irish Sweetness

            (makes shocked face)

        • CanadaBear

          I looked at his filmography. Wow. Lots O’ Stinkers.

        • BillW

          I liked I Robot

        • Irish Sweetness

          Good-great:

          I, robot.
          The pursuit of happiness.
          I am legend.

          Not amazing but worth watching :

          Seven pounds.
          Independence day.
          Enemy of the state.
          Hancock.

          • Sactowns#1

            I am Legend was a bad remake with CGI and the Pursuit of Happiness was a shlockfest.

    • That Guy

      The wife and I went out to a movie last night. She really wanted to see the concussion movie, but I actually vetoed the choice. My reasoning was threefold: (1) I suspect I wouldn’t have liked the way the story was told; (2) the movie is a bit more of a downer than she would enjoy; and (3) most importantly, the film is getting lukewarm reviews.

      We saw The Big Short instead. I highly recommend everyone on the blog to see it. Its hillarious, smart and very well acted. There are some real oscar contenders on the cast, particularly Ryan Gossling.

  • Anonymous

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Jets playing win and in game vs. Rex is far more compelling than Packers/Vikings. NFL making a mistake.”

    Valid point. I’d vote for BUF/NYJ too.

    Btw, wonder who NBC chose the year of the Rodgers-to-Cobb finale as that was a late afternoon game. DAL and someone?

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of questionable scheduling choices, why did the College Bowl Committee (or whatever they are called) decide to hold the national semifinal games on Thurs/NYEve instead of Saturday?

    a) more people are working thurs than sat, and b) many will have plans thurs night. Seems a brain-dead decision. (Or am I missing something obvious?)

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    looks like Eric Weddle is going to be available this offseason. Any word on what he has left in the tank? http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2015/12/28/10677010/eric-weddle-san-diego-chargers-fine-2016-daughter

    • DaMurph

      MB doesnt like white safeties! Hes only 30 years old and an all pro, I think he has some good years left. MB, what say ye?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        forgot about the whiteness factor, we might have to fight Lovie to get him.

        • MB30SD

          Definitely we will

      • MB30SD

        Seen a lot of weddle here. He is a fucking BEAST. would LOVE him here if the price is right.

    • Isn’t he like 34? That’s perilous for a high impact position. Not everyone ages like Woodson.

      • DaMurph

        31 in January

        • Hmmmm…I read that he wanted a lot of mula, and SD didn’t want to give it to him, so he took to twitter about that.

          31 yr old overpriced S who takes to twitter when things don’t go his way? Some red flags there.

          That being said, if the price is right, then he would def be an upgrade over Rolle.

          However, I’m generally against overpaying S in FA.

          Also, don’t know if POX got lucky or not, but they definitely have shown a penchant for coaching up S, so maybe trust them to draft a counterpart to AMOS and use that $ for Dline which we desperately need to upgrade.

      • Irish Sweetness
    • SC Dave

      Yeah!! I got it!! Lets trade Forte for him. We can save $1m on the cap!

  • Pyrrhic victory Monday!

  • CanadaBear
    • Yeah, I read that he’s in a boot, which I guess is good since he can still put some weight on it.
      Need to rest him, McPhee, Long, Cutty and a few others, IMO.

      Imagine any of our core grabbing their achilles or being carted off at Solider Field this week?

      No thanks.

      Put in Fales. See if he can function or if we need to get a new backup.

      The Lions and Bears should look at this like a PS game where there’s a secret nod to preserve starters for when it really counts.

      • CanadaBear

        You know both teams will be going at it with their best players. Fox because that’s who he is and Caldwell because he’s trying to save his ass.

  • Haha. Kinda funny. “If cities were boyfriends”. Good thing they don’t show SD, eh MB!?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5reWlkY4uU

    • MB30SD

      Sf made me laugh. Hoverboardz… lalz.

      Yeah, no doubt it would be some surfer hippy dude. Snore

      • the Chi one is soooo true. “What are you doing!?” I think I heard a lot of chi peeps on da blog ask the same.

  • Shady

    If it turns out Manning took HGH is anyone really going to really care? I mean… it’s football.

    • Jack Lacan

      And it’s drugs…

      • Jack Lacan

        And more drugs…

  • Jack Lacan

    Better pizza – Better football – Better commercials – Better drugs…

  • Jack Lacan

    This year our drugs were better than Green Bay drugs…So there you have it…

  • Anonymous

    AJ McCarron??? That was one impressive drive, if nothing else.

  • DaMurph

    I wanted us to draft McCarron……looking like that would have been a good pick. Well Phil Emery ya missed this one too!

    • Anonymous

      We don’t draft future QBs because … you know … we got Jay Cutler, which is the answer to everything.

      Sarc aside, why we don’t ever draft QBs is beyond me. Even teams with elite QBs keep drafting them.

      • DaMurph

        He was a winner at Bama, made good decisions. Not the strongest arm but had a lot of other things going his way, plus his woman was smokin hot!

        • Anonymous

          I felt the same way but worried about his arm strength. But tonight I’ve seen some nice zip on the ball.

          Anyway, only one half of football, but DEN’s D is no slouch, especially at home.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ohh, we draft QBs….

        Player / Year / Round:
        David Fales 2014-6th

        Nathan Endele 2011-5th

        Dan LeFevour 2010-6th

        Kyle Orton 2005-4th

        Craig Krenzel-2004-5th

        Rex Grossman. 2003-1st

        Cade McNown 1999-1st

        Moses Moreno 1998-7th

        Wil Furrer 1992- 4th

        Paul Justin 1991-7th

        Peter Tom Willis. 1990-3rd

        Brent Snyder 1989 -7th

        Jim Harbaugh 1987-1st

        Mark Casale 1984 -9th

        Jim McMahon1982 – 1st

        Tim Clifford – 1981-10th

        Turk Schoenert 1980- 9th

        Vince Evans 1977 – 6th

        Bob Avellini 1975 – 6th

        Alan Chadwick 1974- 8th

        Joe Barnes 1974- 13th

        Craig Holland 1974- 17th

        Gary Huff 1973 – 2nd

        Jim Fassel 1972 -7th

        Buddy Lee 1971 – 7th

        Ron Mciejowski 1971- 15th

        Bobby Cutburth 1970 –

        Bobby Douglass. 1969 -2nd

        Virgil Carter 1967 – 6th

        Ron Meyer 1966 – 6th

        Tom LaFramboise 1965-17th

        Larry Rakestraw 1974 – 7th

        Dave Mathieson 1963 – 7th

        Howard Dyer 1961 -12th

        Ben Charles 1961 – 19th

        Don Meredith 1960 – 3rd

        And, remember, when they drafted McMahon, they ALMOST went for Art Schlichter instead.

        • Anonymous

          Drafting three in the last ten years — none earlier than the fifth round — is not what I had in mind.

  • SC Dave

    God… I’m so ready to leave forever. All you langford cockguzzlers advocating ditching the second most accomplished offensive player in the history of the franchise over money they don’t even need to preserve.

    All over some kid you dont know will make it through next year, or ever learn the rudiments of catching a fucking football.

    Assholes. Smmfh

    • EnderWiggin

      Just wait and see man. I have a feeling the Bears keep Forte and Jeffery. Like you said, we have the cash.

      • BillW

        It’s up to Matt. I’m sure some team will be willing to overpay for him. Will he take less to stay here?

        Sure we have the money but it could set up potential contract problems with others if they pay him “too much”.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They haven’t offered him a contract so it doesn’t sound like it’s up to Matt. And we’ve got 4 RBs not named Matt, so ….

    • Forte was once an unknown too.

      He’s welcomed back, but considering how age caught up with Gore and Lynch this year, at a CONSIDERABLE discount.

      • SC Dave

        You mean because Lynch ‘died’ for that yard?

        • Don’t know. All I know is, Gore and Lynch got pretty big contracts for their age, and they’ve done SQUAT.
          We can probably add DeMarco Murray to that list who just came off a 500 carry season.

          Then you look at other HBs off the scrap heap who’ve outperformed them for nickles on the dollar and have a bright future.

          David Johnson, DeVonte Freeman, Thomas Rawls, Chandrick West, Karlos Williams, Matt Jones, etc etc

          And I’m not even counting the high draft picks like Gurley.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          You’re weird. Lynch got hurt because they play a sport where you can fucking die.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Forte will only be back if he takes a diminished role with a contract that goes with that role. . I for one want to see more of these young guns, and it would be stupid to bring back Forte as the #1 RB and retard the growth and limit the experience the younguns could gain. Also Forte has dropped his fair share of passes throughout his career so can’t really blame a rookie for his drops. Who gives a shit about all the nostalgia bullshit? It hasn’t gotten us anywhere. I will say it will be hard to see Forte in a Dallas uni next year.

  • BillW

    Red zone question. A team has 1st and 10 at the opponents 28 yard line. Three plays get them 8 yards so it’s 4th and 2 at the 20.

    Does that count as a red zone possession? .

    • Anonymous

      I believe it only counts as an RZ possession when the first down is at the 20 yard line or closer.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Bengals haven’t won in Denver since week 8 1975, shame you can’t back in-game!

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-running-back-depth-shines-in-win/e10d6a44-39bb-4aa2-94f1-15a3e329227a

    “The new formation”. Oh dear. The I-formation is apparently a “new” concept for the Chicago Bears.

    When Jock-squeeze and Perry get back, with our de facto FB Unrein, we’re looking good. If they had the foresight to put Tayo in on run-downs, there is nobody stopping that front. In fact, they should leave Slauson in there at center and use Omameh and Tayo as the guards. Plenty more I-formation … unstoppable.

    • MB30SD

      It’s part of our fucking fight song for Christ’s sake irish!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Oh, the song thing. They’re gay. NTTAWWT.

        • MB30SD

          I kind of agree… and I fucked it up anyway. T-Formation, thrills the nation. thanks for the correction Al.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nit picky, I know, but it’shard for us old codgers to let those pass.

          • MB30SD

            no, was a stupid mistake. I didn’t even sing the song in my head, just fired off the post.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No, it’s not. T-Formation is.

        • MB30SD

          oh shit, you’re right al. whoops!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            “We’ll never forget the way you thrilled the nation, with your T Formation…”

            Problem is, that was the last offensive innovation the Bears ever authored.

  • See what I mean?

    3rd and 2. Bengals have two quality RBs, Gio and HIll.

    What do they do? They go empty back with Gio lined up on the slot.
    He goes in motion. It’s a sweep to the right. Stuffed.

    4rth down.

    This is what I mean by aggressive Os (Pats, Cards, Steelers). They often do shit like this.

    If Gase did this, da blog would explode.

    But it happens all the time. Outsmarting themselves? Most likely.
    Though the flip side is, “If we run it into the teeth of that #1 D, it’ll get stuffed.”

    • Now the Donkeys return the favor.
      3rd and 1, empty backfield, bomb to Thomas.
      Overthrow. 4rth down.

      • SC Dave

        You mean the overthrow part?

        • MB30SD

          Matty would have caught that one for sure my maings ; )

        • That’s the thing. We act like Gase is the ONLY OC to be overly aggressive, but nearly EVERY team does it.

          Those that don’t are teams like the Chiefs or Rams.

          That being said, in both of those instances, I probably would’ve went with a higher percentage play.

          Yes, the I-formation run.

    • SC Dave

      Execution. The rest is irrelevant.

  • Irish Sweetness

    That’s missing a FG.

  • SHANK!

    We know how that feels.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      cut him!

  • C’mon 80 yd bomb to Thomas! Finish off GP

  • Irish Sweetness

    Burfict costs his team the game. Silly.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That kind of crap IS his trademark.

  • Irish Sweetness

    How’s the kicker feeling, eh?

  • That Guy

    If Denver gets the Bye week they get three weeks before their first playoff game.

    If you’re in charge and Manning says he’s ready… do you start Peyton or Brock?

  • AlbertInTucson

    This game should have ended a player earlier as, yet again, Ed “I Stink Out Loud” Hochuli blows a call.

  • MB30SD

    Fucking chargers. My god spanos is a clown. Assholes.

    Ya think weddle is done in SD?! This is absurd:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14454480/san-diego-chargers-fine-eric-weddle-10000-place-all-pro-safety-injured-reserve

  • MB30SD

    stupid is as stupid does. this POS is going to be out of football sooner rather than later: https://www.instagram.com/p/_0FELhyktV/

    What an idiot.

    • Welcome to the next gen QB.

    • AlbertInTucson

      T/Sgt Moore(Jack Webb) to Marine “Boot”: “If brains were dynamite you couldn’t blow your nose!”

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, does giving up TWO strip-sacks for TDs on Sunday give a new and more entertaining meaning to

    “Discount Double-Check” ?

  • Irish Sweetness

    R.I.P. Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co9yv2NjyWs

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