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In The Immediate Aftermath

| September 13th, 2015

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They were so close to being great. Adam Gase almost called a perfect game. Jay Cutler almost played one. Almost. But they weren’t and that was the difference.

In a game in which they ran the ball at will, the Bears had a second-and-goal at the two-yard line and did not run the ball once. Three incomplete passes, the third coming on fourth down when a blitzed came in free and the Bears gave the ball back to Green Bay.

They had one more good chance. Jay made a couple great throws on the drive. Then he made the one that everyone is going to talk about. In reality, it was more of a great defensive play than it was a bad decision. But nobody wants to hear that. Nobody wants to give him an excuse. It’s a play he has to make. He knows it.

Outside of that series, Gase was staying one step ahead of Dom Capers. We kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it didn’t. Until then.

Outside of that throw, Cutler was Rodgers’ equal. Rodgers had some great catches made by his receivers and significantly better protection. Outside of that, Jay matched him good throw for good throw and bad throw for bad throw.

Gase is still an unknown, but Cutler usually makes big throws at big times. That isn’t a concern. The defense and special teams, however, did not submit acceptable performances.

On what proved to be the most crucial drive of the game, the Bears gave up a first down on a third-and-eight play and then 10 yards on a third-and-11 play (Green Bay converted the next play). Both were on throws well short of the sticks, but the Bears defensive backs didn’t make a play on Randall Cobb on either.

The Bears secondary might be even worse than we feared. Alan Ball had good coverage on some of the plays, but apparently doesn’t have any ball skills. I’m not sure Kyle Fuller is capable of playing cornerback in the NFL.

It wasn’t all on the secondary. Their pass rush is supposed to be good, but they didn’t tough Rodgers.

The special teams allowed two 40-yard kick returns. Something that can’t happen against an offense of that caliber.

There are no moral victories in the NFL. But this game was fun to watch. The Bears were competitive. When they screwed up, they were pissed. No one was more animated than their coach.

This team might not be good, but if they continue to submit performances like this one, they will be likable. That’s half the battle.

  • beninnorcal

    Here we go..

  • beninnorcal

    Actually went better than I expected. The Bears were still competing in the final minutes.

    • SC Dave

      And there’s the problem, maybe? That we EXPECT Green Bay to kick our ass?

      It’s humiliating to be as Bears fan. Fuck. Oh wait, at least I don’t root for the Cubs! Life is good.

      • beninnorcal

        It’s no secret, Dave, that Rodgers and the Pack are far superior. We competed with them and some of those grabs by Rodgers recievers were just as big as anything else. Game of inches, Dave. We looked better than last year and that’s all I’m looking for at this point.

        Settle down, Dave. We aren’t going to the SB, bro.

        • SC Dave

          It was a big improvement to be sure. But will we settle for that? Do we become “we’ll get ’em next year” Cubs fans? Gawd I hope not.

          • Scharfinator

            As long as it isn’t perpetual losing. If we go from last year to a 8-8 season, saying we’ll get them next year, it’s not so bad.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Outside of that throw, Cutler was Rodgers’ equal.”

    Huh? C’mon. I get we are all homers here but let’s not be silly about it. Rodgers was carrying that team. Jay was not carrying us. Our run game was.

  • SC Dave

    OH for GODS SAKE ANDREW, do not become another Jeff defending Cutler. Jay threw the pick that was the nail in the coffin. We were in the game until then. The lucky Vadgers to Lucy play hurt, but that INT was the game.

    • wreckinball

      I admit I was pleasantly surprised overall
      But the difference was Rodgers over Cutler
      It just wasn’t as pronounced as usual

      • SC Dave

        You’re right. In fact, I saw a little calmness, a serenity, in Cutler in the first half that gave me some hope. But in the end, he’s 1-12.

        You, me, or anyone else can claim it’s not Jay’s fault. But the facts are what they are.

        People with foam at the keyboard in response to this, but really, could we put ANY QB in there over the last 6.5 seasons and end up worse than 1-12? At worst by one game.

        • wreckinball

          Probably not
          There’s only one thing worse than 1-12

        • beninnorcal

          He has a winning record in the rest of his games. Unfortunately for him Rodgers is the metric as long as Jay is in Chicago and we all know Rodgers is on another level. But that doesn’t mean Cutler is terrible, it just means we don’t have Rodgers.

          • SC Dave

            Yes, and no. It also means that no matter how many times Rodgers beats Cutler, we won’t try something else. And that irritates me.

    • beninnorcal

      Dave you do realize that Jay was also a big part of why we were still IN the game at that point too, right?

      • SC Dave

        You mean that he had not turned is over yet? The running game was why we were still in it, and a defense that played well despite shitty field position from the specials.

        • beninnorcal

          Yeah your right, we had zero passing yards and zero first downs thru the air.

          • SC Dave

            Ah, you’re not interested in reading my response. It’s all good.

    • WP34

      Not getting any points on the prior possession.

      Fuller PI in end zone.

      Get over jay

      • SC Dave

        I see. So “not getting any points on the prior possession” excuses Jay from throwing an interception? Are you serious?

        • WP34

          Did I say that or U say that.

          Game is 60 minutes.

          I think what Bears fans are pointing out is that there is more than 1 pivotal play that decides that game. Yes, jay pick was one of them, and I was listing others…

          Does Rodgers win that game by himself with out resigning James Jones…

          Come on man

          I am more concerning with the playcalling /execution on jay’s pick drive with no runs being called when we were keeping them off balance in every drive of the game until that drive, and our inability to punch the ball in on the prior drive.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe a little both of us. My statement was that we were in the game until that pick. Do you think otherwise? To me it was the decisive play.

            Were there other important plays? Absolutely. But that was the one play, other than perhaps that lucky Vadgers to Lucy play (leading directly to sufficient momentum for the fudge to score their first TD), was the most important/decisive.

          • Getting stopped on 4th and goal was pretty decisive.

          • Joecashflow

            Well, you could also talk about GB getting backed up by 3 penalties in red zone and settling for 3. We were in GB territory when that pick was thrown. Winners win and losers lose. That’s 1-11 vs Rogers for Cutler. I hope he corrects this going forward this year. Hope is not logical. Bear down Bears!

    • BerwynBomber

      AD already flashed his Cutler excuse chops over the summer. Can’t say I’m surprised by the post-game spin.

      Anyway, accentuate the positive: run game looked awesome and at least our D made Rodgers earn his day’s work. Bring on AZ.

    • Joecashflow

      That pick was all about Mathews reading Jakes eyes. He was coming across at full speed. That’s where Jakes INT’s come from and that’s what makes Rogers the no INT guy. Rogers does not lock on WRs. Too bad. Otherwise maybe we win. We were competitive. That’s all I wanted. I hoped for more…..

  • Trac

    The way I see it, the Bears are a team finding their sea legs. It will come with time and for Bears fans to salvage the season, we have no choice but to be hopeful. This is going to be a Burma road march kinda year, there’s no doubt it’s gonna be tough sledding.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed. Positive outing compared to last year. My only worry — well my only worry w/out drawing the ire of the Cutty supporters — is that the Cheese D might be weak.

      Anyway, will be interesting to see if we can gash upcoming opponents run D as we did theirs.

      • SC Dave

        Agreed. Though I am still a bit mystified why a team would take a two time Pro Bowl guard and try to turn him into a mediocre tackle.

        • Trac

          It’s not that hard to go from RG to RT if a player has the body to make the switch.

  • The GP

    I’d like to have seen them run Langford at the 2 yrd line. They can’t go 4 wide inside the red zone the rest of the way. Thomas Jones, Anthony Thomas… we need a between the tackles banger.

    • Trac

      I was wondering if the were trying to prep for a 2 point conversion by not running it there.

      • The GP

        We don’t have a fullback. Miller will probably do it, but he’ll probably break while doing it.

        Maybe Jared Allen can be a fullback

        • SC Dave

          Maybe we should try Goldman as Fridge Mark II

          • Irish Sweetness

            Terry Williams. He’s barely 6 feet tall.

    • I noticed that in the PS games too.
      I was hoping that Gase was just getting it out of his system, but this empty set inside the redzone shit gots to go.

      Shades of Tresty there.

  • The GP

    I get why the Bears got rid of cancer Marshall – he would have melted down during another rebuild year – but minus White and a hobbled Alshon – we need more wideout weapon

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, but I wonder if a healthy Alshon looks much better than what we saw today. It’s not like he is fleet of foot anyway. I thought he looked rather solid out there.

    • beninnorcal

      We missed Marshall on that ball that sailed over Royal in the endzone. Although Marshall probably doesn’t make that catch either.

      • BerwynBomber

        Valid point but yeah I don’t think anyone makes that catch. Still, the triple combo of BMarsh/Alshon/Uni was deadly in the RZ. We should still be good there, though, with two of them.

        • SC Dave

          Funny how it comes to the receiver not being “tall” enough instead of the throw being too far over his head.

        • Joecashflow

          It was an over throw because Long totally missed the outside backer who was on Jay before he could set. So be it. Long will get better.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Meredith over Wilson.

  • SC Dave

    I wil say, Andrew, that I can be on board with that second to last sentence. Like I told all the Packers fans at the bar, who have lorded over me for near a decade now, AT LEAST WE SHOWED UP.

    But, 92-91-6, looking to go sub .500 soon.

    • wreckinball

      I have some relatives who are packer fans. I never bring up football

      • SC Dave

        My MOTHER is a Packers fan. Ditka drove her there. It’s a tragic story.

    • WP34

      that might be you bro…have another pint and sleep it off.

      DRASTIC improvement in effort from last year.

      O did not run on drive with jays pick.

      Why we did take 3 with 8 minutes on the clock?

      Rodgers threw into some incrediblly tight windows.

      no real pass rush

      After next week 1- 1.

      LETS go Bears!

  • beninnorcal

    Hey Dave, just stick with Pepsi at the bar next week. You seem like that really annoying guy at the party who wants to scrap with everyone. Settle down.

    • SC Dave

      It takes two to tango, Ben.

  • TheBigCheesy

    After Further Review…

    Cutty!

    • WP34

      whatever…

    • SC Dave

      They’ll never get it here. I just wish we had some asswipe to do a Charles Martin on Vadgers, although to make it even it would have had to be about five years ago.

  • willbest

    Cutler put out an okay performance, and yes if his INT had come in the first half instead of the 4th quarter it would be less discussed. But he still shouldn’t have made that throw, he had a better option even if you argue Roid Rage Barbie came from his blind spot to make a great play.

    Positives – commitment to the run. A mostly disciplined passing game.

    Negatives – Pass rush? Coverage? D has a really long way to go.

    Interesting – how much Forte was used, which is fairly atypical for Fox who likes to use a split load. Cutler doing the read option had me laughing. Doubt his attitude, awareness and his ability to read defenses all you want, but he really does what his OC asks him to do.

    I am not a fan of the Bears red zone packages. They need something new and quickly.

    • Trac

      Fair enough.

    • SC Dave

      The coverage, in my eye, was decent considering the total lack of pass rush.

    • MB30SD

      yeah, I was impressed with the coverage quite a bit actually.

    • I was a bit surprised about Forte getting such a heavy workload too.
      Two theories about that.

      1. They believe he’s a workhorse back who gets stronger with more carries as the game wears on.
      2. They’re not going resign him after the season and are going to ride him into the ground (ala Demarco Murray).
      3. Jizz ran a bit, but they obviously don’t trust Lanford yet.

  • EnderWiggin

    OK Dave. If we are using your 1-12 stat logic – Since Cutty has been on our team, Gould is 1-12 vs the Pack. His ass must go, he is the problem, 1-12 doesn’t lie.

    • SC Dave

      Fine, start another kicker against the Packers. We should try anything, because none of the other shit works.

    • BerwynBomber

      Technically, Gould may have two wins. I believe he was kicking during the Shea/McCown game in GB.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Uhhhh Robbie Gould is 8-12 against Green Bay…

      • SC Dave

        So 7-0 without Cutler?

      • EnderWiggin

        Since Cutty has been on the team?

        • TheBigCheesy

          Umm….no. Obviously not.

  • EnderWiggin

    No offense to Andrew, I like having him around the blog. But I want to read Blogfather’s post game.

    • willbest

      He is at the bar.

  • Shady

    Mariotta with 4 TDs in his first HALF in the NFL. Only other rookie since 1960 to throw 4 TDs in his first GAME is Fran Tarkenton.

    • BerwynBomber

      I wanted him. I wasn’t as sold on him as much as the guy from WI who posts here (forget his name) but I thought he would be a quick study.

      Anyway, one half obviously does not make a career but will be interesting to watch both him and Winston as the season progresses.

      • SC Dave

        We don’t no stinkin’ Mariotta. We done gots a QB.

    • willbest

      Its Tampa so grade it on a curve…

      • MB30SD

        a HUGE curve. That team is going t be hot garbage yet again. And as long as lovie coaches them.

        Right trac?

        • Trac

          Worse than any Bear team on record. Lovie won’t even be able to find a DC gig when it’s all said and done. I told you so. Hahaha

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh, if Trestman could catch on as an OC after the steamy pile he left in Chicago, SOMEBODY will take a flyer on Lovie as a DC>

          • Cormonster

            Trestman’s offense in Baltimore racked up a whopping 180 yards of total offense and got outscored by the Broncos defense 7-6. His scheme seems to work as well in Baltimore as it did in Chicago last year.

          • MB30SD

            let’s hope it’s the browns

    • BearDown100393

      He’s carving up a bunch of old Bears.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And GUESS what team Tarkenton did THAT against?

      He also ran for one that day.

      And he didn’t even start the game.

  • Cubsnlinux

    Wow the Chargers Lions game is a big pile of interceptions

    • Cubsnlinux

      And here are some (or really one) roasting Cutler for one pick and a very decent rest of the game

  • Scharfinator

    Well this was the game I hoped for, actually. Not the game I dreamt of, but the game I hoped for.

    – We were competitive with a top 4(?) team in the NFL until the final minutes.
    – We showed marked improvement in many areas.
    – I managed to keep watching until the final minutes without feeling like it was self flagellation.

    Keep your heads level, this season is about becoming a respectable team again. I think that was a respectable loss.

    Now onto respectable wins!

    • BearDown100393

      The question mark is key. I don’t think the Packers are elite.

  • Cubsnlinux

    Peyton Manning just threw a Pick 6. He must be bad

    • willbest

      But it happened in the first half so it isn’t as important (at least I think that is the logic)

      • Cubsnlinux

        Yeah, if only Cutler could have better timed his interception..

        • Joecashflow

          Denver won, Bears lost. There’s the difference

  • Cubsnlinux

    I think the takeaway is the Bears didn’t embrass themselves (against one of the top 5 teams) like they did repeatedly last year. This in itself is progress. Baby steps.

  • BearDown100393

    I only asked as a fan not to be embarrassed. And I wasn’t. This roster is limited in talent but showed heart on the field. Mistakes were made but there was no quitting. Fox has to build his system first and find his players second.

  • NewBearInTown

    I feel good about the Bears after today’s game.
    Happy New Year to the Jewish Bloggers. Bear Down and Shana Tova.

    • SC Dave

      Shana Tova umetuka, compadre.

    • MB30SD

      agree. thanks and you too NB

  • SC Dave

    AD: “Gase is still an unknown, but Cutler usually makes big throws at big times.”

    O gawd… seriously?

  • Bears looked a lot like an 8-8ish team today.

    • Trac

      It’s week 1. Way too early to say that imo.

      • MB30SD

        totally agree.

        That said, I’d be pretty happy with 8-8 this year. My best case scenario is 9-7 and somehow sneak into the wildcard, but I would be pretty happy with 8 wins.

        …that said, this continues, and next year I will expect nothing less than 10 wins, and will be looking for 1-3 more than that.

      • I didn’t say they are going 8-8. I said they looked like an 8-8 (aka average) team today. Which they did.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Which is WAY better than I feared going into it..

    • Joecashflow

      Hope so.

  • FresnoBear

    We played a great game

  • FresnoBear

    Seriously we gave this game to them. Our guys played their asses off and it pisses me off to hear and read negative shit. Out of my years watching Bears Pack games I have to say this one I actually walked away and was proud. I fell in love all over with our team today because last year was a disgrace. We are goin the right direction. It’s the packers cmon they have how many pro bowlers compared to us? We went toe to toe. Cmon guys

    • SC Dave

      I don’t think we gave them anything. The real encouragement is that we did exactly the opposite (as you state) by standing toe-to-toe and playing to the whistle.

      • Joecashflow

        Hey and don’t forget we looked pretty cool in the no huddle and got GB to jump at least once, maybe twice, which also was less than we jumped for a change. Also loved Long clocking some guy as Forte cut inside for nice gain. I saw more shifty moves by Matt than in a long time. And he had some space to make them for a change.

  • FresnoBear

    One man did not lose the game. They lost as a team.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      its actually been pretty positives on the blog today, with the exception of BillW’s cousin complaining about an interception.

      • FresnoBear

        Not just the blog just social media and listening the score

  • MB30SD

    I say the first 3 quarters.

    My takeaway is the same as a lot of you. Hugely impressed with the direction this org is going. I was VERY impressed with the discipline in all phases in the first half.

    Cutty is who we know he is, now the D needs to solidify and pick up the slack… which I think they can.

    The one unit that scared me was specials, then I remembered that specials need the most time to get solid since it’s a Frankenstein of parts, so I won’t freak out till game 3ish, but we can’t give them that field position and expect to win, they are the packers and once again their magician at QB who single highhandedly won that game for them. Without him, we beat them by a couple scores.

    I feel pretty good about my 6 or 7 win prediction. The arrow is most assuredly pointing up boys.

    • BerwynBomber

      “they are the packers and once again their magician at QB who single highhandedly won that game for them.”

      Felt the same. Wasn’t too impressed by GB except with #12. He’s all-world (as usual) but that did not look like an SB-caliber team.

      Conversely, our Run O looked awesome and our D looked improved/more competent. AZ game will be very interesting. I think we will get to Palmer a few times as Rodgers slithered out of a couple of sacks today. Palmer can’t do that.

      • Trac

        The truth is, very few teams look SB caliber in week 1.

      • MB30SD

        very few can do what he does. Ridiculous. That and James fucking jones… who they threw on the rubbish heap, somehow comes back after being brought back last fucking friday to crush us. smfh.

        Proof that rodgers doesn’t need a nelson caliber guy… he just needs capable and he’ll do the rest.

        • Trac

          It could also be proof our secondary is pretty bad. Maybe a little bit of both.

          • BerwynBomber

            Time will tell. People were trashing Ball on the earlier thread. For all I know, he indeed sucks, but on that first Jones TD he had near perfect coverage. You just have to tip your hat on a play like that.

          • Trac

            Yeah, listening on the radio doesn’t help me much on plays like that.

          • BerwynBomber

            Well, if nothing else, the Cheese receivers weren’t catching passes with no one within five yards of them. For the most part, we made Rodgers earn it. And Cobb was virtually shut out the first half.

          • SC Dave

            It was good coverage, Trac. You’ll see it on the replays.

          • SC Dave

            That and the shot-put pass that Lacy pulls down one-handed and turns a loss into a big gain for a first down.

          • MB30SD

            that’s the shit I’m talking about man. Fucking rodgers.

            …although cutty kinda had a couple nice ones of his own today of the same ilk

        • AlbertInTucson

          The jury may still be out on how much he misses Nelson. Yes, he made some nice plays but he passed for less than 200 yards with the Bears putting very little in the way of a rush on him.

          • BerwynBomber

            But he was mad efficient. 18/23, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, QR of 140.

            Rodgers isn’t always about huge #s — that’s more Luck, Brees, Rivers, etc. But he is historically efficient. He was that again today.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Also, he had 35 yards rushing which doesn’t get captured in the traditional QB rating stat but ultimately adds to his efficiency.

          • MB30SD

            he had at least 2 runs which sustained scoring drives, which would have been 4th downs. He kills teams with that shit.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Well, I didn’t have to leave early because they stunk the joint out so, that was nice.

    They almost filled theRX to beat Rodgers which is, of course, keep him on the sideline.

    Gould seems to have his game back.

    Offense needs to, of course, bet better at finishing but what else is new in Chicago?. Figure they left at LEAST 8 points out there.

    That said, the No-Call against a ROOKIE DB, IN Chicago against Alshon Jeffrey in the endzone on 3rd down when it was still 24-16 late was EGREGIOUS. Def Holding, illegal contact, at least, if not PI.

    Baktiari holds Allen 3 times when he tried to turn and pursue. I suppose we should be thankful they actually did call the first one.

    And James Jones (too bad he was all washed up, eh?) gets the late PI call even tho’ he pushed Fuller away with a clearly illegal hand to the face.

    But, bad teams get bad calls.

    In general, I was mildy encouraged by most of what I saw today.

    On the other hand, it’s a little sad to be basically saying “Well, at least we weren’t embarassed.”

    • SC Dave

      Mildly

    • madscout12

      I hate that bullshit…”bad teams get bad calls”.

      How the fuck do they know we’re a bad team and GB a good one before today. That shit flat out decides the game and hands it to the Pack so they appear to be good. That PI call against Fuller was the biggest load of shit…made so after the no calls after all the hand fighting in the endzone the drive prior.

      And fuck Jared Allen. Just once, I’d like to see us fight through holds like they were nothing. Just once, I’d like to see him punch fools in the face the way he did in Minny.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “I hate that bullshit…”bad teams get bad calls”.”

        Hate it all you want, and you’re correct – it IS BS, I can tell you that after watching the game for 50 years, it’s ultimately true.

      • MB30SD

        I agree with your basic premises… def agree on allen.

        I think what al means is, we don’t get the… leeway… given to certain teams. Pats, packers of late, maybe seahawks soon if they keep it up.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Talk about your LOL.

    Lovie at his post game presser:

    “Thought we were ready. Had good practices.”

    • SC Dave

      Sounds a lot like “at least we weren’t embarrassed”

    • BearDown100393

      Smith has an experienced defense and it was lit up by a rookie QB in his 1st NFL start. The Bears faced Rodgers.

    • Trac

      I’m embarrassed for him.

      • MB30SD

        you should fucking well be… you keep betting for him.

        smh. I won’t let you off the hook again, just to teach you a lesson. Next time you bet for him with me, they’ll need a forklift to deliver all the SA goodies at my door.

        BAAAAAAAAHAHAHA

        • Trac

          hahahaha. You sir are a great teacher.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    remember all the talking heads upset and wondering why Lovie did not get a job right away after getting fired from the Bears…..42-14 Titans.

    • MB30SD

      I keep telling this to trac. that dude is not going to have a winning season ever again. He LUCKED out… and I have to believe angelo did too with a couple holy shit did i do that’ drafts.

      That collection of talent (D) is never going to happen again… at least not for that buffoon.

  • wreckinball

    I think we can will get some wins. I was worried about entering Jag territory.
    I don’t think Fox teams ever enter Jag territory
    Best offseason pickup was the coach

  • AlbertInTucson

    I thought it was a bad decision to make that challenge. Seemed clear me at the time there was not enough evidence to overturn the call. Too reminiscent of a Lovie Challenge.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Trestman put two field goals on the board today in his debut as Ravens OC.

    • BearDown100393

      I’m sure his offense looked super awesome all week in practice and the players really grew as men.

      • MB30SD

        his daughters are still smoking hot.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Man, if you told me yesterday “Rodgers throws for under 200 and Lacy rushes for less than 100″…

  • AlbertInTucson

    They could have packed it in after the LACY TD and they didn’t.

  • Waffle

    Wille young and Houston have to get a shot over Allen. They simply have to.

    • MB30SD

      allen is toast. guy is useless now

  • Waffle

    Also, I think mcmannis got hurt on the onside kick.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    “Well at least we weren’t embarrassed.” is not a statement of defeatism or contentment, it is a statement of cautious optimism. After 2 years of a total shit show on the field, especially defensively, who wouldn’t have a cautiously optimistic outlook after today’s game. This team stood toe to toe with a “superior” team and for the most part held their own. Yet it is still only the 1st game of the season. We don’t know exactly what this coaching staff can get out of this team of misfits. But after today there were some very promising signs of a team that is on the right track, with a coaching staff that is capable of inspiring players. there is no doubt this team has a long way to go, but this team seems light years ahead of the teams of the last 2 years. Could things change for the worse? hell yes they could, but i don’t see this coaching staff ever letting the team give up. and that is reason for cautious optimism.

    • BearDown100393

      Well expressed. What impressed me was John Fox on the sideline. Finally it appears that the Bears have an engaged yet sensible head coach on the sideline. Furthermore, he seems to understand his own demeanor sets the tone for the team. Everyone on and off the field had to take notice of their head coach going face to face and jawing away at Aaron Rodgers. There is being beaten. And then there is being humiliated. Last season, the Bears were humiliated. Today was a loss. Sure in the column, a L is a L. But there has to be a different vibe for the team going through its practices this week for the next game versus last year’s debacle. I still don’t expect much in the win column for this season. This team is paying for the sins of its previous management now. But the Bears appear willing to play hard. And give whatever they have now to at least put up a fight game in and game out. That warrants respect from its fans.

      • MB30SD

        exactly what you both said.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So…

    NO PI on Jeffrey today when it was as plain as the striped shirt on the Zebra looking right at it but there WAS PI tonight on Rogers-Cromartie just now that was, apparently, ONLY INvisible to everyone (including HD TV Cameras) EXCEPT Zebra who threw the flag.

    Dear NFL Zebras,

    When a DB has a handful, or 2, of the receiver’s jersey, THAT is PI.

    When the DB is facing the QB, jumps in front of the receiver and bats the ball away, it’s NOT.

    Also, Zebras, non-cals and calls like that are akin to crapping yourself on national TV.
    Bad look for YOU, bad look for the NFL.

    For the record, Giants v. Dallas, I have no rooting interest whatsoever beyond O’Dell Beckham, Jr. on my fantasy squad.

    • madscout12

      The problem is that they aren’t akin to crapping yourself on national TV. Will there be any replays, outside of Bears circles, of those plays in the EZ? Nope. There might be on that play if the Giants lose.

      And if they decide a game not in favor of the Pack, you can bet they bitch and moan for YEARS.

      Fuck that franchise. They’re gifted more calls than most, have the best QB ever, have 25 years of HOF QBing and still only manage 2 SB wins.

      • MB30SD

        this

      • RenoBear

        Yes… 2 SB’s with ha that kinda QB play is absolutely EMBARRASSING. Yet another reason I despise the smugness of fatty pig McCarthy and all packer fans… They act like they’ve won ten Super Bowl’s

        • TheBigCheesy

          Lol you tell ’em!!!

          • RenoBear

            Why are you always here? The Bears will have your teams number again someday. and you have to admit, with the level of QB play your team has had, you should have a dynasty. Instead, you have a slightly above average team w a superb QB. For all the fellatio surrounding your home grown talent that Thompson is so great at drafting, you guys just cut 3-4 2014 draft picks. Now take that draft times about 7 yrs and you’ll have an idea what kinda upper management we had. We’re comin for you, and when the Besrs get there, they’ll be there for awhile.

  • BerwynBomber

    Looking ahead: AZ lost their RB Ellington to a knee injury. Palmer played well but apparently NO’s secondary is a MASH unit at the moment. Saints totaled 408 yards but had to settle for four FGs.

    • MB30SD

      that reminds me… we need to fix our redzone O. like… yesterday. We left, what, 21 easy points on the field today? 14 of which were very uncharacteristically matty’s.

      We fix that bullshit and we’re more than in that game, even despite cutty’s INT.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They’ve been trying to fix that for decades.

        The last time the Bears Red Zone O was good was when it was Walter.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I was surprised at how nimble Palmer looked. The rookie, Duke (?) Johnson, looked pretty good on the game-clinching catch & run.

  • MB30SD

    Can I just take a moment to say how much I loath joe buck and aikforman.

    They are PAINFUL to listen to as a bears fan. If they could blow rodgers and the packers any harder throughout the entire broadcast, they would have been down on the sideline on their knees sucking off a different packer every 2 minutes.

    Those two are disgusting sycophants and I want to punch them both in the fucking head when it gets to be so over the top. It’s absurd.

    That fucking joke buck kept saying that our running game wasn’t working well against the staunch packer D all first half. I was like, dude are you even watching the same fucking game I am, or highlights from last year you clown?!?!

    • AlbertInTucson

      One of the benefits of watching at the bar. The bear fans’ commentary drowns them out.

      • MB30SD

        you’re lucky, trust me.

    • RenoBear

      You should’ve heard Buck when Cutler threw the pick. I honestly believe he orgasmed in the booth. It was so fucking gross… Aikman helped him clean it up, too

      • MB30SD

        those two are ridiculous. joe buck just looks ridiculous. I want to bitch slap him

  • EnderWiggin

    Coughlin just pulled a Lovie.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Oh, C’mon. That’s ALL on Eli.

      The play wasn’t there so just fall down, take the sack, let the clock run and then kick your chip shot field goal!

      WHATEVER you do, DON’T heave it out of the end zone and stop the clock for Dallas!

      That must have been DirecTV’s “Bad Stand-up Comedian Eli Manning” in there because that decision was a baaaad joke.

      • MB30SD

        eli manning has become a bad joke.

        • AlbertInTucson

          At only $21M per and $65M guaranteed!

      • EnderWiggin

        Oh yeah, Eli was stupid there. But giving up 80 yards with 1:30ish to go. Reminded me of the cover two of yesteryear.

        • AlbertInTucson

          You mean “Cover WHo?”,don’t you?

        • AlbertInTucson

          AND, with Dez Bryant in the locker room nursing, reportedly, a broken foot.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sadly, in a game where there was only 1 mistake to be made, Cutler made it.

  • Well, I got mixed feelings.
    On the one hand, we ran the ball very well. Long seemed to hold his own on the edge, which bodes well for our future since it’s much easier to plug in an OG. Forte looked decisive, and I loved the “keep it 3rd and managable mantra” cuz that’s a good way of preventing Cutler from pressing. Alshon obviously looked hobbled out there, but Wilson look slike the real deal.

    On the defensive side, I take a diff interpretation. I think Fangio was playing him sorta “contain” at the expense of crazy blitzes or sacks. He was trying to get home with the front 4, but Allen and co wasn’t making it happen.

    I don’t believe our 2ndary is as shitty as some. Those throws by Vadgers were perfect and almost uncoverable. A lot of the time the defenders were right there. They also seemed to make solid tackles and didn’t get totally burned. The LBs in coverage didn’t look completely lost either, and I was impressed by Christian Jones. He took Fat Eddy down a few times, which is not easy. He looks very strong inside.

    We definitely need more pressure, but we’re not going to face Vadgers every week.

    On the other hands…FUCKN CUTLER!!!

    God damn it. Same shit last year vs the Bills. Awesome game right until crunch time when he becomes Bortles.

    It’s frustrating and I don’t care what any apologist says. He wasn’t being pressured in that play. It was a drive to conceivable tie the game late. and he FUCKS up, again!

    The Packers were loading the box daring Cutler to beat them cuz they knew eventually Cutler would do exactly what he did.

    But fuck it. At this point, I’m conditioned to that type of shit from Cutler. No new scheme, personnel, etc will ever change that about it, and even though I got really pissed, I’m almost resigned to those type of turnovers from him.

    Like others have said, he did play well overall, but that’s still doesn’t soften the blow.

    That’s like saying, “Yeah, the Germans are OK except you know for small brief periods from 1914-18, and 1938-45…” those moments fucking count.

    Oh well.

    If our schedule wasn’t so brutal, I’d still hold out hope for a WC push. Still might, actually.

    We looked like a real team at least, and I don’t have look apologetic wearing my Bears gear in public this wee.

    Bear down.

    • RenoBear

      Love where this team is heading. It’s going to be rough gettin there… But I think Pace knows what he’s doing. Gotta say though, watching Mariota (even though it was against the Bucs) sure did make me wish that Tennessee would’ve been dumb enough to make that draft day trade that was rumored. It would be great to have a young stud back there under center. Damn are they hard to come by… Oh yeah except for the Fudge and their 25 yrs of HOF QB play (see below… Or above). Fuckers

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tough loss.

    I thought Cutty was great in that game. Matthews made a great play, Cutty’s only really bad pass. It happens. But he was playing smart all game, cool under fire, making nice adjustments. Well played Cutty.

    190 yards rushing would be enough you’d think, and we killed them in time of possession, but you can’t account for Rodgers, he was amazing – I was surprised we didn’t get in his face more though.

    I don’t know if Allen, Ducasse and Fuller belong on the field. We might need some Terry Williams soon because I saw no penetration from our ‘DT’s.

    We played pretty well, we’re a good team. Unfortunately we’re playing another good team next week and we mightn’t be able to run the ball against them.

  • MB30SD

    btw, I might have wiffed on Bostic (still yet to be confirmed totally), but my C.Jones love was well founded. homie looked like a grown ass man in college. and I was loving his play.

    As for chickenshit, he’s below average and is a pile jumper. I saw nothing interesting or exciting in 3 quarters. Dave, I’ll await your rebuttal. sigh.

    • Yeah, Bostic is just too clueless in zones and pass coverage. he’s more of a two down thumper, but lacks the instincts of Jones.

      Jones looks solid inside.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, that’s what I always liked about bostic anyway. Dude brings the wood and fills really well. So stick him in there on run downs. My dick is better than fucking chicken dinner. I think it should be:

        C.Jones and Deez

        in the middle.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Timu and Jones might look good together?

  • Shady
  • Robert L. Wendt

    Shea McClellin. A first bust. He should have been cut instead of Sam Acho.

  • Phrozentundra

    I see you retards are still content claiming moral victories from a less than bloody loss. Smh.

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