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Bears Dominate Rams on the Road: Rapid Fire Recap

| November 16th, 2015

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Did anyone see this coming? Did anyone see the Bears going into an opposing stadium and thoroughly dominating the home team? Seriously. Any home team. The Bears were underdogs by more than a touchdown and played like Super Bowl contenders. It was impressive. Rapid fire…

– Jeremy Langford is a star. Speed, toughness, the works. If you wondered if Matt Forte was returning in 2016, you can stop wondering. Langford and Carey are a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield.

– Jay Cutler just continued to do what he’s done all season, except Sunday he was able to pile up some stats to support his excellent play. What’s been most remarkable about Cutler’s season is he is doing all this with a makeshift offensive line and without his receiving corps ever being healthy at the same time.

– Shea McClellin looked as good at middle linebacker as he’s looked all year – attacking the line of scrimmage and tackling in the hole. Easy to see what Fox and Fangio like so much about him at the position.

– McClellin’s strip of Tre Mason remind you of anyone? Sure as hell did for me.

– Zach Miller is one hell of a player. Here’s hoping he can stay on the field the rest of the season.

– Told people last week that when studying the Rams one thing pops off the screen: Nick Foles stinks. He sure does. How many open receivers does he miss by five yards?

– Tracy Porter closes on the football as well as any corner I’ve seen in Chicago.

– When Kyle Fuller has his eyes on the quarterback he’s an entirely different player.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him paired with Amos at safety next year.

– Marc Mariani can’t be returning kicks against the Broncos. Bears should probably cut him but how can they with their current depth at wide receiver?

– Neither was impressive overall yesterday but Lamarr Houston and Willie Young made plays. People seem to love this Sam Acho character but Houston and Young are better players.

– Do me a favor, fans. Next summer. Don’t bring up Marquess Wilson’s name. He’s a fourth wide receiver. And maybe not even that.

– From watching Alshon Jeffery, fair to say he played at about 60%. Gutsy performance.

– Lord, is Aaron Donald good. He’s not blockable.

Overall it was a remarkable performance. Short-handed, on the road, against one of the league’s best defenses. If 2015 was about building optimism for the future, Sunday achieved that. The Bears are well-coached and have young, developing talent at key positions. Things are going in the right direction.

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  • Scharfinator

    FIRST! Also yes, the last paragraph sums it up. Who’d have thought we would dominate the Rams like that? Solid play.

    • Trac

      Great people think alike. I purposely didn’t say “great minds”. he he.

  • Big Mike

    That we missed Aaron Donald by one spot in the draft is upsetting. Forte will dress somewhere else next season. McClellin made more plays going forward, rather than chasing than in any game he’s played for the Bears. Marquess Wilson does not know how to run a route. Kevin White will be our #2 by game 2 next year if not sooner.

    Did not see this coming. I’ve been saying all along I like this team, arrow up, good direction etc. Even with that, I did not expect it to come together in a game, on the road against a good defense.

    • Irish Sweetness

      To miss Donald and Leonard Williams by1 spot is incredible. Stick Terry in between them and you’d have gmes won before they were played.

      • Big Mike

        Terry?

        • MB30SD

          Williams… another of irish’ practice squad heros.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            except he isn’t even on our practice squad anymore.

  • SC Dave

    I love all the predictions about who will and wont be on the roster next season. Hilarious.

    Lost in all the hoopla about Langford, et al, is the fact that Alshon blocks sprung two huge plays.

    And although Langford is faster than Forte, remember that Zach Miller also outran the Rams defense.

    • Trac

      I dig your enthusiasm over Forte Dave, really I do…BUT…This coaching staff is going to go with the most dynamic cost effective players that won’t break the budget or impede their ability to sign free agents that will help this team build for the future. I don’t think Forte is in their plans for the future but he’s still a darn good player.

      • Scharfinator

        Succinctly put. I don’t think Dave disagrees, I just don’t think he wants to believe it.

        I can’t say blame him, I can’t think of another play who has been so consistently good and long term for the Bears since Urlacher left.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Forte has been a consummate professional but there is something to be said for also having a young running back that will fucking DIE for that yard. We’ve been craving that kind of back for years because other teams have fucking destroyed us with key short yardage conversions because of running backs that seemingly could not be stopped until they got that first down. I LOVE IT.

          • MB30SD

            Yup

      • MB30SD

        Diiis

    • Trac

      I also thought some of Jeff’s in game tweets in the 1st qtr. were hilarious, specially the one about the Bears being really bad. My how the worm turns, Hahaha.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We’ve been terrible at points. To do that with the OL changes …. incredible. We’ll be scary with another PBer on that line and our center back … Kevin White to look forward to … Zach … our backs. I’m pumped. Not just for next year now, but for this year.

        • MB30SD

          Dis

      • DaBearsBlog

        Alcohol fuels my in game tweets.

        • MB30SD

          And apparently your views on Shae fucking McClellin. Smh

          • Trac

            Hahaha. THAT was funny.

        • Scharfinator

          Don’t drink and tweet – it’s dangerous! 🙂

          • BillW

            I endorse that message. I’ve run into that problem on this board a couple times after teaching and having several at the bar after that.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      no one is discounting Alshon.

      • BillW

        Agreed. Let’s take the likilhood that Alshon was far less than 100% yesterday.

        1. He gutted it out for the team instead of what was beginning to look like “I only play if I’m 100%” even though few players are 100% this time of year.

        2. He is a great blocker and doesn’t mind doing that work.

        Given both of those, I’d say he earned the new deal as much yesterday as the previous three games.

  • Trac

    I agree with this thread 100%. Oh and Jeff, your last paragraph? I could have told you that BEFORE the game. Where have you been? hee hee

  • Scharfinator

    Hey, you know what I haven’t seen much talk about either? Icing on the cake – the fudgies lost!

    I think I’ve fallen into a parallel universe where GB loses and Chi wins.

    • in the REAL parallel universe, our D stands tall in the waking moments of Detroit/Minny games, and we’re tied with the Packers and Vikings at 6-3 atop the division.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        ugghhhhh, we we’re fucking winning those games.

  • The GP

    Bring Forte back and switch up Langford and Forte in the slot.

    Anything to keep Marc Mariani from playing football for the Bears.

  • The GP
  • The GP
    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d ruin that.

      Her surgeon is excellent.

    • MB30SD

      Delicious

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Cardinals defense is coached to look at the QB. Pause a clip of their defense after the ball is snapped and look at their players. Perched up like mongeese looking for danger.

    How can we replace Mariani? What’s Ify Omodu doing? We know he has sick hands. Carey or Royal can return.

    Charcandrick West got at the Bronco’s defense a lot like we use Langford. Broncs put up 13 at home to a team we beat. Surefire victory next week, with perhaps only the Biqueens to spoil the party.

    • The GP

      As soon as Royal’s knee is good to go, Mariani is gone.

  • Acho has been playing over Houston and Young because he’s better in coverage than they are, and that versatility is needed opposite McPhee in base sets.

    But nickel looks going forward absolutely need to have Houston on the field rushing the passer alongside McPhee. You can put Houston on the DL or as OLB opposite McPhee in a 2-4-5 look.

    • The GP

      While Chicken Dinner did some actual downhill line backing against the run, he continued to show his uselessness against the drag route underneath, to the point they switched up assignments and had Jones shadow the TE.

      So I think CD’s grade needs some temperament.

      • I thought McClellin was absolutely terrible on the 1st drive of the game. Looked to me like he blew two assignments that led to the 2 long plays.

        But he had a nice game after that. Made some tackles near the LOS. Had that strip/fumble recovery. Played the fake punt perfectly in the 4th quarter; even if the Ram had made the catch, he wasn’t getting the 1st down.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Instincts. Shea waits a lot after the snap. Singletary talks about knowing exactly where you’re running to as the ball is snapped. Knowing before the ball is snapped. Shea thinks about it after the ball is snapped. Too late. He’s not watching film at home, and if you’re the chief on D .. you’d better be in your bedroom doing reps at home like Samurai.

          One thing I never knew before watching A Football Life, was that the 46 relied totally on Samurai recognizing the play and calling adjustments. Buddy wasn’t calling shit (unless he was interfering in the Miami game). It was a reaction-defense. The defensive call was there for any situation, its counterpoint to any offensive play – but it needed a human on the field to identify that play – not a coach on the sideline. It took a special dude to do that if you think about it. It took the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 1985.

          Is Shea that guy – the central processing conduit through whom the defense flows?

          Is he fuck.

          • MB30SD

            One. Good. Game. In. 4. Years.

            Smh.

            Jesus, are people forgetting we are the fucking chicago bears?!?! Shae McClellin < hunter hilly.

            We need a real Chicago imlb in there to remind you guys what a real one looks like. You've been lulled into this shit about a terrible 'only option we have'.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            needs to do his homework.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Timu is waiting in the wings. I’m not sold on McClellin. He may be backup.

  • The GP

    Bingo!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysomaney/2015/11/15/all-excuses-aside-apples-major-problem-is-tim-cook/

    With Cook at the helm, Apple is headed straight for the rocks. I said that right when Steve-O kicked off.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Aren’t they the most cash-rich company on the planet?

      • The GP

        As in: Cash out.

        They hired this broad to oversee their new brick & mortar stores:

        http://www.forbes.com/profile/angela-ahrendts/

        First thing she does with her granted options? All $75M of them? Sells them. All of them.

        Way to put on the good face there, honey. She’s known for running bag and purse stores. Great.

        • Irish Sweetness

          She’s smart to sell now. They’ll tank when there’s no next-big-thing because Cook isn’t an ideas-stealing guy like Jobs.

          But how secure is FB as an investment? What happens when some new trendier thing comes along that can easily zap your FB shit into its cool new universe at the click of a button? What happens to Google when somebody comes up with the next-gen search engine – the all-important key to the age of information? What have they got ? Paper. Share-values that exist in cyber-space and can be turned to shit overnight.

          Apple have cash. Lots of it. They’re worth something because they’re worth something.

          • willbest

            If you read the rules all your FB stuff belongs to FB, if you zapped it over to Platform X, they would smack you around a bit. But FB is just as likely to buy Platform X the way they did with Instagram and whatsapp.
            As for Apple being worth something, sure. But that is just a risk hedge. Perhaps $40 of the $115 share value is backed by hard assets. The rest of it is based on present value of future revenue streams, anticipated growth, and irrational exuberance.

          • MB30SD

            Mostly the last… without jobs it’s a slow atrophy. Jobs was apple.

            Btw, apple stuff blows. ; )

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah, they’ll keep smashing heads with their IP hammer and riding their brand until they peter away or find another visionary.

          • BillW

            I’m still waiting for the Apple fan base to grow up and realize they are being played for fools.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But Apple produces stuff. FB and Google don’t. Their share price is based on things which can fluctuate very easily.

            The next search engine is being tinkered with right now. Somewhere.

        • MB30SD

          Smh

  • Irish Sweetness

    Zach Miller is very concerned with his hair. Jus’ sayin’. He’s a dude who every second is thinking “how do I look?”

    Point? Horses that flash their tails when racing are renowned as being dishonest. Flaky. Untrustworthy. So much so that it appears in the horse’s form for that race. “Flashed tail.”

    Zach needs to show up every game now, and not do a Kellen Davis or a reg Olsen and pop up every three games like … uh … Martellus Bennett. How slow does Marty look in comparison to Miller? How long before he’s the one kept in blocking play after play (if he sees the field at all)? Then the crazy tweets start. Zach ran like he was on steroids that game. Wasn’t he coming back from a long injury ….?

    Looked rather special though, didn’t he?

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Z.Miller is regarded as one of the gutsiest guys on the team and when other guys say, “it couldn’t happen to a better guy” it means that they’ve come through great adversity and went through it with a positive attitude.
      This guy was counted out so many times because he couldn’t stay healthy enough to convince teams to keep him. The Bears kept him and when healthy he makes plays. He also happens to have great hair and should flaunt that shit all night long.

      • MB30SD

        Fuck yes. Flip that tail baby, cause one day, those glorious locks won’t grow back.

        *sniff*

        Ps. I ♡ zach

        • Cormonster

          You may have bigger guns than me, but I have better hair and a bigger dick (although not as big as Huge Bears Penis’).

          • MB30SD

            Not so sure about the dick, but I’ll certainly give you the hair… even if you have a buzz cut.

    • Scharfinator

      Where the hell has Marty been? Zach wants his JOB.

    • SC Dave

      You’re nuts about Olsen.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Disappeared for 2 out of three games. 0.7 YAC as I recall. Soft as fuck back in the day.

    • And to that, I say…

  • willbest

    So last week we were a bad team that beat a worse team, and this week we have a bunch of playmakers and at 4-5 are in the playoff hunt right there with Seattle.

    • I think the playoffs talk is massively overstated right now. Bears are 2 games out of the playoffs with 7 to go and almost certainly will not have tiebreakers over anybody, so in essence they’re 2.5 out.

      Not to mention this was their 1st win that was by more than 3 points. They still have the profile of a .500 team, and .500 won’t be good enough to get into the playoffs.

      Realistically, Chicago has to finish 6-1 to make the playoffs. And even that might not do it, as it would require one of ATL (6-3), GB (6-3), or MIN (7-2) to finish with 9 or fewer wins.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    did Cutty throw a bad pass yesterday that was almost intercepted? i can’t think of one. it’s just strange.

    • MB30SD

      New world order baby.

    • BillW

      I was thinking something similar last night. I certainly don’t want to start up a Cutty war of any sorts. But his change in play is nothing short of remarkable. After all the years of the reputation (accurate or not) of being the fearless gunslinger who trusted his arm too much etc etc we now have what appears to be a very different (better) QB.

      I really don’t see what or how he was seemingly able to lose all the bad habits that quickly after this many years.

      One can only credit the coaching. In the sense that a personality like Cutler – who suffers no fools in the media, fans, or coaches – is working with a staff he REALLY respects instead of one he SAYS he respects but really doesn’t.

      • Trac

        It’s really simple Bill. This team has heart. Nothing like the last 2 years when they were gutless.

        • BillW

          Yep. We can now see that Jay responds to all that. In retrospect I really don’t think he bought into Lovie or Trestman.

          People can criticize an athlete making millions not breaking bad habits or whatever but it’s tough to criticize a guy who has a new OC every year and puts himself out there like he does.

          But then I wonder (worry?) that maybe part of it is there being no playoff expectation. Will we see some of the old habits next year with yet another OC and playoff contention being an expectation? I want to say know – that this year will be the positive reinforcement that prevents any regression.

      • The Yes Guy

        Yes.

        • beninnorcal

          Cheesy?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I think his rating was 151.

  • BillW

    Anyone here Willie Young’s interview with Kip Lewis on CSN after the game? I’m wondering what – if anything – to make of his insistence on being called a defensive end and not an OLB?

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Young will only be used as a DE on this team anyway so they can call him whatever he wants.

  • MB30SD

    Did you reaaaally just compare Shae McClellin to fucking Brian urlacher?!?! Did I just fucking actually read that shit jeff??? Duuuude.
    The guy has one decent game in 4 fucking years and you’re ready to crown his ass?!?!?!

    Blasphemy dude!

    • CanadaBear

      To be fair, he had a good game in GB when he broke Erin’s collarbone and had multiple sacks. I hope he plays his way into the Bears future plans but it’s hardly a slam dunk that he will.

      • MB30SD

        Look, the guy has become a decent back up option. But this is chicago, we need a real imlb now please. Enough of the bad jokes.

        • CanadaBear

          I’m just trying to be fair to the guy and throw in the GB game. I’ve always said his ceiling is Hunter Hillenmeyer.

          • MB30SD

            In his dreams. Hilly made plays

          • SC Dave

            And i have said if he was hh, he would not be a wasted pick.

          • CanadaBear

            Not a wasted pick if he played at the HH level but certainly not worth his draft position. Esp considering HH was poached off the Fudgies roster.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      in Jeff’s defense he merely said that the strip felt like Urlacher. Acho helped by creating more leverage but that was a nice strip. mmmmmm…..strip.

      • MB30SD

        Meeh

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          haha, you hate Shea.

          As do I because i look at other natural born killers at ILB in this league and we don’t have that.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t hate, just don’t think he’s even in the same universe as a bears imlb should be.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            I look at Shea and am happy when he does well and then am sad because I compare him to my favorite recent favorite players at LB and they include Bobby Wagner, Patrick WIllis, Navorro Bowman and Bart Scott (retured). Then i shed one lonely tear.

          • MB30SD

            Bingo! So this… did you see Wagner and wright last night. Dude’s were making plays literally ever single series. It’s like holy fuck, there seems to be two of each of them on the field at all times.

            Shae McClellin makes one good play and everyone’s like, see… he’s not thaaaat bad. Smmfh.

          • The GP
          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            hee hee

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha, god I hope so.

          • Sactowns#1

            I doubt he’s gone. If past drafts are any indication we will focus on drafting an unneeded offensive player in the first round. Said player will not play due to multiple injuries. We will then get an over rated corner and a couple of decent linemen. Draft concluded.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            KJ Wright is a bad mofo.

          • MB30SD

            Fuck yes he is… and did you see my man crush almost kill a man last night. Jesus that dude is a beast

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            KJ Wright was picked 6 picks AFTER we selected Chris Conte.

          • MB30SD

            Why would you do that to me right now. You inconsiderate bastardo!!!

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            had to.

            I was just thinking about all of my favorite players and how most of them were selected in the 2nd through 4th rounds and none were selected by the Bears.

          • MB30SD

            Because jerry angelo and Phil emery are…. just…. turrible.

            Now go ahead and tell me how many million each made for destroying our beloved franchise while I work my ass off for my first mill

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            haha, Brandin Hardin probably has 600,000 liquid in the bank.

          • MB30SD

            I hate you (not really ♡♡♡)

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            holy shit MB, wasn’t he a fucking 3rd round pick????

          • MB30SD

            You’re just being mean now

          • AlbertInTucson

            And still, the Seattle D got lit up for 39.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, I REALLY Like that AZ team. Complete team right there… and great coaching. Nice work emery. Smfh

          • AlbertInTucson

            Welcome to 4-5, Seattle.

          • Johnnywad

            Silver Lining. If Emery hires Arians, he’s still the GM in Chicago and running the draft and free agency period. Pace, Fox, Fangio, Gase > Emery, Arians and Co.

            Water under the bridge.

          • BillW

            Thought the same thing last night as I watched the Cardinals.

          • MB30SD

            true

          • MB30SD

            It’s all about that turrible O al. Keep any defense on the field long enough and they’ll get worn down, especially be a complete team with big weapons and a good qb. Put the pats o with that d and they’d be unstoppable

          • The thing is Shea will never be a “banger” like Bowman, Willis, Wagner.

            He’ll never lay that crushing blow that pumps up the D.

            But hey, Urlacher was never that guy either.

            If Shea begins making tackles at the LOS and causing turnovers while covering decently, that might be enough.

            Now, if a Kuechly is available for us in the draft next year, then maybe, but we still have other holes to fill.

            It’s going to be interesting to see who pans out in this new D.

            Houston, Goldman, Sutton, Rolle, Jones, Acho and essentially all our CBs are still huge question marks, bigger than Shea at this point.

          • MB30SD

            lach was 150% that guy. all the time. dude was a beeeeaaaast. he was 6’4′ 250 and ran a 4.4 back in the day. he used to destroy people. Brian Urlacher has more IMLB in the very tip of his huge bear’s penis, than shae mcclellin has in his entire penis-shaped body.

            How quickly they forget. PAH-LEEZE!

      • AlbertInTucson

        It should take a helluva lot more than 1 strip to evoke comparisons like that.

        • BillW

          Our Blogfather does get a bit excited at a Bears dominant victory.

          And would we want it any other way?

      • I give Jeff credit for giving Shae credit. Jeff kept laughing at Shae and the idea of the coaches liking him all preseason.

        Now, if he can only admit that Trestway was a better punter than Odonnell…

    • AlbertInTucson

      That’s not even a stretch or a reach.

      That’s a delusion.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And BTW, it was the FIRST forced fumble of McClellin’s career. Hope we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.

        • MB30SD

          Me too al, I hope some other team will next year

    • don’t be a dink. he was referring to Leon Joe.

  • WP34

    W! ….and whiney Smackers lose. Bring on Denver.

    • BillW

      You know, I actually don’t care how idiotic it is. I love the sweater jinx thing going around.

      • WP34

        me too. Hate the pack anyway I can.

        • BillW

          The fun thing is there nothing Pack fans can do about it. It’s really happening. Even though all logic says it’s a coincidence, it IS in fact happening.!

          If we were in serious playoff contention I’d want GB to beat Min and then we can go beat them both. But I want the fun to continue. Let’s go Vikes!!

          The promotion goes on until late December and one can assume the Packers will win another game before then.

          Or will they??

          • WP34

            I think they win at Vikes, get back false confidence and their smugness… then we beat them on Turkey Day! No one has given a chance since the schedule was announced.

          • CanadaBear

            My favorite part is the fans are getting on them and Rodgers is showing his whiny ass, bitchy side. Yeah, it’s all fun and games and a day at the beach when you win all the time. A little different when you’re getting your ass kicked on a regular basis.

          • WP34

            LOVE IT

          • AlbertInTucson

            It IS fun when the SMUG the MUGGED.

          • BillW

            And while I hate myself a bit for thinking this – I wonder if Rodgers calling out a fan for an anti-Muslim comment during the moment of silence wasn’t a bit of media pandering given his crappy performance.

            Serious question that Jeff will answer in a heartbeat:
            Who would you want in the fourth quarter needing a TD drive? Rodgers or Cutler? NOT for the whole game – but in that situation?

            If you answer Rodgers, you are not paying attention.

          • CanadaBear

            I totally agree about the media pandering. He learned it from the best (Favre).

          • Scharfinator

            I would agree with taking Jay over Rodgers in a 2 minute drill – this year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You’re taking the QB AND his team … I’d take Cutty + Bears right now. We’d kill them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            GB isn’t capable of beating the Vikes methinks.

          • willbest

            Vikings sweeping the Packers is the Bears best chance to make the playoff.

      • Sactowns#1

        Da Coaches mustache rebelled and late that night after filming, it whispered an ancient curse which doomed the Pack and any hope of Aarond Rodgers growing facial hair. .

  • The GP

    Irish –

    Holm was +900 for the KO. Ka-ching! Tell me you did it!

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/11/ronda-rousey-holly-holm-ufc-193-betting-odds

    • AlbertInTucson

      This is too easy. But THAT notwithstanding…

      “There’s no place like HOLM as she makes Rousey feel Lousey!

    • She almost got knocked out as badly as Teddy.

      • Sactowns#1

        I still cant believe the NFL let him play yesterday. I can see they are reeeeaaalll serious about this whole dane bramage thing.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I didn’t even look into her. There was so much hype and so many Joe Rogan BJs flying around that I didn’t even bother watching her fights. She opened at 20/1 I believe.

      McGregor is 5/6 to beat Aldo by TKO/KO/Disq, and 10/11 to win inside 2.5 rounds. That’s a nice double.

      But 20/1 opening? I think Holyfield was 18/1 to beat Tyson. We ran a sweep in a house with a bunch of friends, everyone had a round for Tyson. Nobody took Holyfield to win in any round.
      Hype.

      I’m glad she got beat, she was a witch. Holm is a good kid.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Things are going in the right direction.”

    I second that emotion.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Who knew Zach Miller could run like THAT?

    • BillW

      He had great vision. That is, looking up at the video board and knowing EXACTLY when to make that cut. That’s stuff you can’t coach. (At least I assume so.)

      Not being sarcastic. It was indeed brilliant.

      • Scharfinator

        In the post game, Jay is talking about how smart Zach is (prior QB). He knows all the counts and adjustments and Jay doesn’t ever have to worry about him.

    • Not I.
      Wow. I knew he was very route savvy with good hands and a willing blocker.

      But NEVER imagined that speed.

      Remember. Miller was playing FB for us! That’s gotta be the fastest FB in NFL history.

  • BillW

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-biggs-10-thoughts-bears-rams-20151116-story.html

    Really good story about how Howie helps both his boys – via FAX actually – ever week. From Biggsy’s 10 thoughts.

    • BillW

      I recall Ditka didn’t like Howie for some reason (called him Huey) but I though maybe it was because he got more attnetion than Dent (who Ditka called “Robert” for some weird reason)

      But it sounds like Howie is a very good and understandably proud father.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    I said something felt different about that win in San Diego. I’m not sipping playoff koolaid for this year, mind you, but this team is really coming together. What a win to listen to on the radio. Can’t wait to watch the game today.

    BEAR DOWN!!!

    • willbest

      You can sip the playoff koolaid in 11 days if both the Bears and Packers are 6-5 with 3 division losses each.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        And we get the Broncos at home with Brock Osweiler? Hells to the yeah! I’ll take that shit.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’d prefer Peyton.

  • BillW

    And one more:

    Before the Bears opened the locker room to media after the game, tight endZach Miller was taken across the hallway into the X-ray room at the Edward Jones Dome.

    “I can’t tell you (what they X-rayed),” Miller said. “It’s nothing big. They just wanted to take a picture”

    There is a joke in there somwhere.

    • willbest

      There is, but I am confused by the “I can’t tell you” line. Every X-ray I have ever had has involved a lead blanket on the part of my body that wasn’t going to be checked out. So do football players just stand in front of screen while they zap everything?

      • BillW

        I think he meant he was not allowed to tell them what was X-Rayed. Part of the obligatory Fox secrecy.

      • Sactowns#1

        They were xraying his junk. They said there’s no way a man with cajones that big can run that fast.

  • Viva

    You are all a bunch of good mother fuckers.

    • Sactowns#1

      Except for Cheesy. Speaking of which, someone sure has been quiet.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Anybody seen Cheesy today?

    • BillW

      Cheesy said he was having trouble getting verified on Disqus. I can’t fault him – I had a similar issue for a few days but mainly because I didn’t have time to see what was happening.

      • BearDown100393

        Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we oughta have an introspective moment of silence for poor ol’ Cheesy.

    • He clicked in yesterday.
      He can’t wait for Thanksgiving.

      I can’t either. That would be the sweetest victory since the Cards crown their ass game.

  • Jokey

    It’s great that we can add Miller as a receiving threat, but Martellus is on my fantasy team and I need him catching those TDs! There’s a lot of “Forte is gone next year” talk, does Miller threaten Martellus now?

    • Scharfinator

      Can Miller block well? If so (and he is healthy) I think he is a shoe in to beat Marty out.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’s small.

    • Miller can’t stay healthy. Counting on him as your starting TE going into a season is way too risky.

      • WP34

        I agree. It seems that Marty acts like he is Gronk…which we would be great, but he is not. Maybe miller, and a solid draft pick for the next couple of years. I like the team moving away from these self proclaimed super stars. I would trade Bennet Bros in a second though both these guys like to talk.

        • I agree. And it’s not as if Marty is always healthy either.
          But we have too many other holes to fill than to waste a draft pick, even a late one, on a TE when we have a PB already on board.

          Nothing wrong with running double TE sets either.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Swap them straight up. Uni is a bum. Score or score not, there is no future.

  • Scharfinator
  • BillW

    OK – I usually hate myseld whenever I read Peter King, or Rosenbloom, or Haugh, or listen to Berstein.

    But curiosity got the best of me regarding Peter King. Surely he was going to talk about Manning. And NE and the Giants. But he had to have SOME recognition for the Bears, right?

    And he did. Adam Gase as Coach of the Week.

  • Bear down,Chicago Bears…love victory Mon. That was the first game in seemingly years where i wasn’t at the edge of my seat in the 4rth waiting for our d to collapse or for Cutty to drive 80 yds w bum Wrs and bad oline.
    Said weeks ago that we’re in that 17th best team range give or take a few spots.
    I don’t believe either the Pack or Vikes are that much more better than us, and i wholly believe we have the better coaches which makes up for a lot.

    • Sactowns#1

      My buddy and I said the same thing. After weeks ansd weeks of close games this one seemed to be in the bad in the 3rd qtr. The last time I rmember that was 3 years ago against the Colts on opening day. I loved that game because I was in Mexico at an all inclusive resort taking shots for every Bears TD at 9am. I blacked out.

  • Regarding the Bronc D, I feel we have the personnel and more importantly, the OC to beat them.

    Bears have to look at what the Pats did vs the Jets.

    Pats didn’t say, “We’re going to impose our will and run it down their throats”. Why do that besides pride? Instead, they essentially abondoned the run and went pass heavy. Spread ’em out.

    The Cards did the same vs the Hawks last night. They ran it just to keep them honest, but the real attack was ariel.

    Just like how the Fins beat the 85 Bears.

    I trust Gase/Cutty enough now to think this will work.

    Are they at a Bill/Brady-Arians/Palmer level? Not yet, but it’s still the best line of attack I think.

    I could see the other argument too that the Broncs run D isn’t as formidable as the Hawks or Jets, and running it might keep that pass rush honest while negating their CBs, but heck, I say bombs away!

    It’s psychological too. We get up on them early and the sight of Brock trying to lead a comeback might be too much for them.

  • I just turned on the Score to see what they would bitch about, and first guy I heard was Hub.

    A HAPPY optimistic Hub.

    Now I’m beginning to worry. I hope I didn’t die in my sleep last night and have traveled to the hereafter….if so, where are all the 34C chicks knocking at my door?

    • CanadaBear

      34 C, mmmmmmm, perfecto on a normal size woman.

  • Fox on the Score right now.

  • BillW

    So it’s not certain but likely Manning doesn’t play this week. I wasn’t going to the game but the people using our tickets – though Bears fans – got them primarily to see him. Of course that was at the beginning of the season when the game looked like a loss. Now that ti looks like a toss up at worst, I suspect they are even MORE excited.

  • Sactowns#1

    Gaston, who saw his most playing time this year, had 2 tackles and 2 QBH. I hope he tears it up so I can then sing this song every time he is on the field. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuJTqmpBnI0

  • New thread!

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Love this from Slauson:

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

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

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

    “No,” he said. “Chew.””

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