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Law Firm of Cutler, Porter & Gould: Rapid Fire Reaction to the Bears Finally Getting on the Board

| October 5th, 2015

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It was only one win but it felt like six. Thoughts:

  • This was the classic Jay Cutler performance, even without proper usage of his legs. He moved the team up and down the field, behind a makeshift offensive line and without his top wide receiver. He threw one stupid pass. But with the game on the line and the ball in his hands he drove the Bears to their first victory of the season.
  • Cutler continues to be a winning quarterback when the Bears play defense. The model isn’t brain surgery, folks. Cutler is not a shootout-type quarterback. There are only about five of those in the league and he isn’t one of them.
  • Losing Will Montgomery can’t be overstated. NFL teams have collapsed under the weight of losing their starting center. But the Bears used their third round pick on center Hroniss Grasu this year. If he’s not moved into the starting lineup this week, one wonders how far off the kid is from playing?
  • Still not sure I understand Matt Forte picking up 25 carries while Rodgers and Langford total 3.
  • Hated how John Fox handled the ends of both halves. In the first half, once the Bears sack Carr on first down, Fox has to use the first timeout. He gave away a clear scoring chance. At the end of the game, who plays for a 49-yard field goal? I don’t care how good Robbie Gould is kicking right now – and he might be at his career best – there was far too much time to get ultra-conservative with the game on the line.

  • Cutler pick was a stupid throw. But doesn’t it seem like the receivers on all the other teams fight for the football? Does anybody on the Bears do that?
  • When coaches look at the tape they’re going to see that Kyle Long played a hell of a game.
  • How many penalties does Vlad Ducasse need to commit before the Bears yank him off the field?
  • Who knew what the defense needed was Tracy Porter all along?
  • Pernell McPhee is really good. That is all.
  • There’s a good chance the Bears found two long-term starters in this draft with Eddie Goldman and Adrian Amos. Both are getting better every week.
  • Here’s what I know about Shea McClellin: he is just about always in position to make a play. Here’s what I don’t know: if he’ll ever consistently make them.
  • Is the response to being horrible kickoff coverage what we saw Sunday? Just handing the opponent the ball between the 30 and 40 yard lines?
  • Bears got the exact performance out of their receiving corps they were imagining coming into the season. Now if they can add their number one at the position into the mix they can be a truly dynamic passing attack.
  • Did teams stop throwing at Kyle Fuller or is he blanketing receivers? Can’t remember hearing his name on the telecast more than once or twice yesterday.

There will be more on re-watch, I’m sure. But one thing about the John Fox Bears…they play hard. And after the misery of 2014, that is as welcome a sign as anything.

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  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

  • Fox playing for a 50 yard FG to win is insanely stupid. People killed Trestman in 2013 for playing for a 45 yarder to win, and that was in a less do-or-die scenario (missed FG meant game was still tied, not a loss like here).

    Fox has a history of being stupidly conservative. It showed up multiple times in this game (end of both halves, not going for 2 to tie it on 2nd TD). Didn’t cost them here, but it will cost them a close game at some point this season (or next).

    • Johnnywad

      I’m certain he wanted to hang on to his time out and have an extra down to get that kick off at the end of the game. The way things were going, I don’t blame him.

    • Big Mike

      Very confident in Robbie’s leg. Pick up 45 yards, 49 yards all the same. So he’s looking at having to pick up up 10 plus yards with I believe 19 seconds and 1 timeout. Clearly there are numerous scenarios for picking up some yards and getting the FG unit out there. I was 50/50 on the call. Thinking about all the bad things that could happen, but thinking we could pick up a 5-10 yards.

      • Pissed Off

        That FG looked like it would have been good from 69 on the replay. Even after a bad year for Robbie last year I’m as confident in him as I’ve ever been.

    • DaBearsBlog

      First off, Trestman should never have been killed for that.

      Second, I think it was Cutler nerves. He had put them in a great position and Fox knows Jay can easily throw ball to other team. Kick from there and Jay is a hero. I still hate the decision but I think that’s the logic.

      • BerwynBomber

        Up vote for the second graph. Won’t waver from the thought that the Trestman call was dumb.

        • BillW

          Agreed. In a few ways that aren’t worth going over again.

          Funny I’ve not really thought of what kind of game coach Fox is until yesterday. I’m so happy to have a professional with experience and credibility that right now his style seems relatively unimportant.

          Besides, I have a hunch he is a transition coach. Could be wrong, but I somehow think Gase or Fangio will be in at the helm eventually.

          • BerwynBomber

            Agreed. Fox strikes me as a Marty Schottenheimer/Bill Cowher-type HC, which is to say a guy who is excellent at preparation/fielding a professional, accountable team but one whose game coach skills are probably only average.

          • Showtime Smith

            I Hope it’s Fangio we seen what happened when we hire a Offensive guy

    • BerwynBomber

      Not surprisingly Del Rio was stupidly conservative too. He seemed to play for the FG after the Woodson pick rather than go for the TD and potentially ice the game given the little amount of time that would have been left after another OAK first down or two.

      Easy to forget that this was somewhat a mentor/protégé match-up. Not only did Del Rio work for Fox at DEN, he also worked for him at CAR. They’re two birds of a feather.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They didn’t. Remember the pick? That was 3rd and 1. If they wanted a FG then they just run the ball, get the FD, run, run, kick FG. Which they didn’t do. For some reason.

    • Pissed Off

      And they say I’m the negative one.

    • Was thinking at the time of the kick, “this is the first game John Fox (with his play calling at least) loses for the Bears.” Thankfully Gould nailed it.

    • Albino. Lovie.

  • You can’t blame Bennett for not fighting for that ball. He was running toward the sidelines and had to reverse his momentum just to have a chance to catch a pass that was thrown behind him. He had no chance to fight Woodson for it.

    • Harley Weewax

      I don’t think Bennet even saw Woodson coming

  • Who are the Bears gonna yank Ducasse for? With Montgomery and Bushrod hurt, the only backups currently on the roster are rookies who didn’t look ready in the preseason.

    I could see them yanking him for Omameh once they plug a center in and put Slauson back at LG, but it’s not like Omameh is good. At least he doesn’t have the penalty streak though.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Right now I’m in anybody else mode. He is a drive killer. Put a kid in.

      • The GP

        He’ll get better with more PT

      • Viva

        Continuity is value…

    • BerwynBomber

      Bushrod should return this week, correct?

      • no idea. Needs to pass concussion protocol, that’s unpredictable.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Tayo. Obvious man to put in there. He did nothing wrong when he was in at RT. Yes, it was PS. But he did his job, and helped Fales to a 134 rating, keeping the right side clean, and clearing a path forward with his frame. He cannot be worse than Ducasse, deservs a shot, he’s perfect for a big guard a likely he would get done for speed outside.

      Tayo to RG.

      • Big Mike

        I plan on watching the All 22. Watching as a fan, Ducasse wasn’t awful except for the terrible penalties.

  • Big Mike

    🙂 🙂

  • The GP

    The trade deadline is when? The 25th?

    Some trades are in order to pick up a guard and move perhaps a RB for them. Unless we are tanking.

  • The GP
    • Viva

      I don’t know if it’s just me, but that website is shit.

      • not just you.

        • BillW

          Stopped going there altogether after the last redesign. But the Trib is getting bad too on the Bears coverage (except Biggsy of course). By that I mean the after game story is just a couple sentences followed by a bunch of tweets. Don’t get what’s happening.

          • Big Mike

            These designs are meant to be mobile and advertising friendly. The problem is the desktop experience.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So anywho ….

    Can this be for real?

    CHI are +10 to beat the Chiefs.

    Our survey says: Piece of piss.

    STL + 10 to beat the Packers.

    Riddle me this.

    Who are the top red-zone offense in the NFL? Quick. Have a think. Got one? It’s Arizona. Not even close at 92% TD. Their offense looked lovely in spurts, but got generally beaten up, walloped,stripped, intercepted and hammered about. Manhandled at every turn. ARI are easily as good as GB, and they were foiled. But you give STL a ten point booster? In what will be a fairly low-scoring game with these defenses, that’s huge is it not?

    (8-3)

    • BillW

      I’m not a sports betting man but both those seem quite attractive.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I look at these lines every week, Bill – for donkeys yers – and you’re lucky to see 3 or 4 that really jump out. But these two do. Bigtime. It’s the market being behind the knowledge – there’s a gap there. And if Grasu is in next week … Jay’s feeling good, maybe AJ is back … ten points?? We’ll beat them straight-up (and STL could hand GB their first defeat based on this Sunday’s performance). Vegas doesn’t want any more money on the Packers or Chiefs at home, so they’ve pushed out … a wee bit far methinks.

        That’s a very sporting 3-1 double where the odds are all in your favor.

        • BillW

          I read a study several years ago by a prof named Hal Stern from I think Iowa State (maybe not). The actual point margin of a game was normally distributed with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation of (?? – don’t recall).

          The point being that point spreads are set to split the betting public in half – not intended to be a prediction of the outcome. And yet they do a reasonable job of predicting the outcome on average although with a large standard deviation if I recall.

          • BillW

            Stern, H. S. (1991), “On the Probability of Winning a Football Game,” The American Statistician, Vol. 45, pp. 179-183.

            https://www.ics.uci.edu/~sternh/hscvfull.pdf

            Found his stuff when helping my daughter for a science fair project 15 years ago. We corresponded for a short time. A lot of deep theoretical statistics but also sports related stuff too.

    • Sactowns#1

      Whats up with Washington being -8 vs ATL at home? Can we get confirmation of this?

    • GB is damn near untouchable at home. On the road, a loud stadium can limit their offense a bit because Rodgers can’t change things up at the LOS as much.

  • The GP

    Willie Young demands a trade

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bye Willie.

      (lights cigarette, kicks back, looks out the window …. feels a slight pressure coming from the sphincter … and decides momentarily whether to push through for the fart or not …)

      • BillW

        Off work already Irish? Get any sleep?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Two hours man. Worth it though. God, what a game. What a finish.

          • BillW

            I’m going to watch that one on NFL rewind later this week. Haven’t done an all 22 for over a year (not worth the time – this one is.)

          • Big Mike

            Plenty to look at. O-Line, Kyle Long adjust to RT, Slauson at Center, the 2 new guards, Leno. etc.

            On Defense watching our #90s. Who played, who had an impact. (I saw 91 and 92 all of the place) McPherson/Goldman. Always curious about 50 and 59. Did Kyle Fuller lock down his man, or did the Raiders just not throw at him,

          • Sactowns#1

            Jay driving the team down the field at the end was classic. And of course who does he target multiple times? Forte. That man isn’t going anywhere.

    • BearDown100393

      Free Willie

  • The GP

    Jeff Triplet scored lowest for Sunday on officials scoring

    • BillW

      Link? I believe it on two calls alone – hands to the face and spiking the football, neither of which you know actually happened. (Though those probably weren’t his calls.)

    • BerwynBomber

      Never cared for Triplet.

  • The GP

    “People will stone us no matter what we do. People stoned Jesus and he was a pretty good god. So they will stone us too.” -unicorn

    That Jesus cat: a pretty good god.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jesus was stoned.

      I think we should acknowledge that, and pay homage to Jesus by occasionally getting stoned enough to remember what it really is that you should be doing with your life.

      Oh wait ….

      • MB30SD

        What was I supposed to be doing again?

      • BillW

        One love…one heart…

    • BearDown100393

      Everybody must get stoned. – Bob Dylan

  • The GP

    Frankie goes to Hollywood: if I win, that’s no fun. Play all your slots.

  • BillW

    Biggsy speculation on a move at center:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-brad-biggs-bears-raiders-20151005-story.html

    Highlights:

    “There are several experienced centers on the street right now including former Bears Roberto Garza and Brian de la Puente, ex-Lion Dominic Raiola and journeymen Samson Satele and Scott Wells — among others.

    …But a player like Grasu has a chance to make real gains in practice because he’s working with the scout team and that means he’s going against the No. 1 defense every day. If he’s shown improvements over the past month, perhaps the coaches are comfortable giving him a shot.”

    It will again be an interesting week.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Biggsy actually tweeted this yesterday:

      “Bears need another 20 yards to get it into FG range.”

      That’s the kind of solid insight that Jefe dreams about.

      • BillW

        Not as good as Fox saying “we need to score more than 0 to win”.

        But they got the message – that’s all that counts!

      • Pissed Off

        Robbie is back in form. He had that bad year or two (was it just one?) but before that he was awesome. But doesnt it feel like he’s way better from deep now than ever? Sure back in the day he was always money from inside 45 but now he seems like 50+ is no problem either. Maybe a few years back we just didnt kick as many long FGs?

        • it was just one. He was really good in 2013.

        • Gould def improved with his 50+ kicks.

          It was a confluence of events, methinks.

          Lovie trusted his D more, so no need to risk giving opponent good field position in case of miss.

          He preferred pinning them at the 10 with the Podlesh special.

          And Gould’s leg wasn’t that strong back then.

          Much like arm strength, he improved it a bit and it’s paying off.

  • Big Mike

    A few weeks ago, I put out a thought on the blog that the Bears could be 1-5 or 2-4 and still be making progress. Between the schedule and the injuries that has been spot on. I thought with a start like that 10-6 was not our of reach. The full team gets on the field, (healthy Bushrod, Alshon, Ratliffe) and we found some nice pieces along the way. Porter, (the safety that came in for Rolle with the “-” in his name), Long to RT.

    • Johnnywad

      Been saying the same thing Big Mike. This team is not horrible. The defense is beginning to look serviceable. Cutler seems to be pretty comfortable under Gase. And Gase really seems to understand his team and what to do with it.

      • Big Mike

        Love how Gase has dealty with what he has and remained competitive when he was outgunned. I mean Clausen, in Seattle and it was 3-0 at the half. If special teams had not crapped the bed, we were in that game.

  • Pissed Off

    My take on some of Jeff’s comments

    The offensive line was pretty good yesterday. Cutty had some decent time but he was also very good moving the pocket as needed.The O-line was a lot better than I thought they would be with Bushrod out and Montgomery for most of the game. I’m nervous to get the injury report today.

    I actually feel like Cuter could be a shootout QB if needed with all his weapons on the field. Hopefully we don’t need that with some solid D play but he could rise to the occasion. The only problem is that gives him a higher probability to throw that terrible INT at a crucial time…again.

    Montgomery reminds me of the Kreutz days, you just know he cares and gets things right. I hope the next man up takes that same kind of pride. He will be sorely missed I’m sure.

    I love Forte getting most all of the work. Assuming he’s not gassed….in a tight game give the ball to your best players. When we are up by 2 or 3 scores on a team then lets have the scrubs come in. The coaches know where their bread is buttered and who gives them the best chance at any given point.

    Tracy Porter was nice. He looked spry as I said yesterday. I thought he was a million year old but man he was fired up and we need that on this team. I look forward to seeing him out there a lot and keeping everyone fired up.

    We gotta get that special teams thing figured out. It’s almost as if we conceded the 30 yard line…..which may be better than the alternative but like I said in a thread last week maybe we could hire a guy to make sure the ball is kicked out of the end zone every time and if O’Donnell is capable of doing that as Jwood suggests than what the hell are we waiting for.

    I still need to see more out of Fuller. I will have to rewatch as well but come to think of it I didnt hear his name called much which might be a good thing.

    Basically after a horrible week 3…largely in part to having Jim in at QB, the arrow is indeed pointed upward after all. Fox gets guys fired up and even if the talent is lacking and we lose a lot of games the team is going to be unified and fired up and fighting hard to the end which definitely means something. The talent will work itself out if you have faith in the front office.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Bears are 9/2 to beat KC. Winning ATS is pretty certain with CHI +10 … but 4.5 to 1 in a very fair match is great value.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      I like it.

  • WP34

    Monday is a lot more fun with a – W. GO BEARS!

  • BillW

    Can’t wait to see the “spike” again. This site, which seems to be pretty good, claims he tossed the ball about 5 yards which would in fact constitute delay of game even if not a spike. Problem is, from the replay I saw it didn’t look like he tossed it far if at all.

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/10/04/13240/

    • Sactowns#1

      There were a lot of random calls in yesterdays game. For a while there I was thinking the refs were in the tank for Oakland.

      • CanadaBear

        Triplette has been the worst ref in the league forever. His crew routinely leads the league in penalties called. They also lead the league in conferences for obvious calls, good and bad. Whenever the Bears get this crew anything is possible as far as bad calls. I don’t think he’s biased. Just completely and utterly clueless and incompetent.

  • FourFeathers

    Observations…

    Cutler is Cutler. And Adam Gase is rapidly going to find out what Ron Turner, Mike Martz, Mike Tice and Marc Trestman did…and that is that Cutler is a non-salvageable enigma and a coach killer more than he is a talented QB who can actually lead a team to good things.

    McLellin is marvelous at showing up a nanosecond after the defensive play has been made by somebody else to be in the picture frame. He sucks. He just does. He will definitely be gone next season and the 4 year nightmare of his existence in a Chicago uniform will be done.

    John Fox and staff proved why they are a SIGNIFICANT upgrade to the coaching staff. They are a solid professional staff. “IF” Ryan Pace can draft well over the next couple of seasons then I’m fully confident in Fox and his staff getting the most out of the talent.

    • BillW

      Yes, Cutler is Cutler. I’m glad we got that cleared up. I’m also glad Cutler isn’t Clausen, Hanie, Grossman, Collins, McNown, etc etc etc

      • FourFeathers

        The POINT being is that Cutler is a bottom 1/3 QB in the National Football League. And NOT the QB who is ever going to preside over actually winning in Chicago. Of COURSE he is light years beyond the nothingness of Clausen, Hanie, McNown, etc. That hardly should be the benchmark for a guy being paid to be a franchise QB. Rather the benchmark should be good caliber starting QBs in the NFL. And Cutler continues to fail miserably against that standard. Hence why the guy has a shockingly awful record of futility in actually winning football games in his 10 years in the league.

        • beninnorcal

          He isn’t bottom 1/3. He’s middle of the pack. He’s not great but is most certainly good.

        • beninnorcal

          You mad that we won? You really wanted to pin that one on Cutler, eh?

        • Young guys who it’s too early to say: Carr, Winston, Bortles, Mariota Bridgewater

          starting QBs who are clearly worse than Cutler: McCown, Taylor, Fitzpatrick, Mallett/Hoyer, Cousins, Bradford, Foles

          QBs who are no better than Cutler: Kaepernick, Palmer, Dalton, Cam, Stafford, Eli, Flacco, Smith, Tannehill. All have nearly identical career stats.

          QBs who are clearly better than Cutler: Luck, Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Peyton, Ryan, Romo, Ben, Rivers.
          So Cutler is clearly middle of the pack, not bottom 1/3. Bottom 1/3 is that 1st list. The gulf between bottom 1/3 and middle of the pack is massively important.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I think Dalton is figuring it out this year though, he’s the only one I would graduate to better than Cutler but other than that this list is pretty dead on. Cutler won the heads up battle vs. Dalton but that was 2 years ago.

          • yeah, a case can be made for that. need to see it for at least a full season first though.

      • Pissed Off

        I’m fine with any QB that we can get to the SB with. I don’t think that is Jay Cutler but I pray that it is so long as he’s a bear. I still want us to keep drafting for a franchise guy year after year till we hit on one. And no it doesn’t have to be Luck or the great Manning type, it could be a type like Eli, Flacco, Palmer, etc…..these guys are out there.

        • beninnorcal

          I think, paired with a capable D, Jay is definately enough QB to get to a SB.

          • Pissed Off

            It hasn’t been thus far…..but then I suppose you’d argue that we haven’t had a capable D. I don’t know man. How many years do we give this experiment? I’m not saying it’s easy to find a good alternative but its just so frustrating. 2010 was the devil and that will stick with me and it hasn’t been rosy since. All we need to do is beat GB in week 17 and they arent even in the playoffs. Then sure enough they make it to the NFCC game and it bites us in the ass as we all know what happened.

    • BearDown100393

      Bears win. Enjoy it.

    • Pissed Off

      Has Shae been that bad? Maybe I’m not paying attention clearly enough but I thought he has been getting it done overall.

      • beninnorcal

        I see it different from Feathers but still not good. Feathers says Shea shows up just after the play happens, true sometimes, I guess.
        I see him often in the right postition but still unable to make the play on his own or making contact in the right spot but still giving up several yds trying to take someone down. He never hits people and drives them backwards, you always see him riding the person he’s trying to tackle a few extra yards.

        • CanadaBear

          I was traveling all day yesterday and didn’t see the game. I would say this is probably the best description of CD I’ve ever read.

        • BerwynBomber

          He is a discount version of AJ Hawk.
          (Someone else on the blog came up with that description earlier and it is dead-on.)

          • CanadaBear

            I guess I should be happy the Bears got a discount!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • BerwynBomber

            But think quality of product too. Hawk was/is better but they’re basically the same type of player. Little to no impact plays (except Shae’s claim to fame a couple of years ago in Lambeau) and guys that will make tackles a few yards after the point where they should have made the tackle.

        • Pissed Off

          I guess I will say that not once this year sticks out in my mind where he made a big play, a big tackle for loss or a sack so that might speak for itself I guess…..just never thought too much about it

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Gase is going to rapidly find out that he is predictable(Turner), stubborn(Martz), incompetent(Tice), and uninspiring(Trestman) as an OC. Oh that’s right i forgot its all Cuttys fault that they all got fired, not the fact that they all sucked at their jobs. I am not saying Cutty did not have a hand in the offensive issues over the years but i will not throw all blame on one player.

  • WP34

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Sounds-of-the-Game-Kyle-Long/9e5b0bc4-85b8-40cd-9527-6f04aee6c03a

    Kyle long…check it out.

    75 blocks defender…jay is extending play defender going after Jay…Kyle screaming ..Throw it. End of Game.. Kyle scream out Jay Cutler.

    • Big Mike

      I saw that. I love the sounds of the game clips on the Bears’ site.

  • BerwynBomber

    We sometimes take Robbie Gould for granted — I suspect because we don’t notice kickers/punters much unless they suck.

    But damn he is good at his job. Look around the league. Hell, look to our yellow and green rival up north. The majority of teams would love to have Gould, including the Cheese.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      If the Bears stall on 4th down, Gould’s missed extra point would be the story.

      • beninnorcal

        No, that should be what the story would have been but Cutler’s pick would’ve been the story no matter what if we lost.

        • Irish Sweetness

          How about Robbie missing an XP that had us screwed for most of the game?

          And in news that will surprise no one, Joe Philbin just got fired.

          • beninnorcal

            I’m not saying I’d pin it all on Cutler, there were many other variables. Just saying that he makes a good scapegoat for ppl like Feather-guy down there.
            I thought Cutler played well given the shitty circumstances.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jay won us the game. Robbie can’t kick 85 yard FGs.

          • beninnorcal

            I think you and I are actually agreeing, I’m just whining about arguing with dumb fans on FB. Jay’s actions on that kast drive most certainly made up for his bad throw, IMO, and he did win us that one.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We’ll beat KC and they’ll still whine. They’ll whine right up until a playoff loss and then pile it on.

            (shrugs)

          • CanadaBear

            I still think the Bears are a 5 win team but I’ll never be unhappy with a win (even when it costs us draft position).

      • Sactowns#1

        More like not going for 2 in the 1st qtr would have been the story.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    OH MY GOD. I lived.

    • CanadaBear

      Love the new avatar Johnny!

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        haha, that was a crazy ass game.

        • CanadaBear

          Wish I had seen it. I was traveling all day yesterday. How’s the head today? I’m guessing the tradewinds are pounding!!!!!!!!

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            I got home yesterday and disappeared into the cold dark basement never to be heard from again…until this morning. I woke up completely hung over but before the rest of the house, made myself a 20oz iced coffee with every type of sugar, cream, flavored creamer, my kids Nestle Quik, etc and acted like nothing happened by the time everyone meandered downstairs.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re a tough bastard!

          • Be prepared to do it all again this Sun, Johnny!

          • WP34

            classic

    • Sactowns#1

      How was the game? Did Raider fan play nice?

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        we had the best Raiders fans ever right behind us. Two mid 40’s Mexican dudes and their hot wives that now live in Chicago and run a company. We were buying each other beers all game. We hugged it out at the end and decided that this was why football was the best game on the planet.
        I got my tradewind into the game using a daring maneuver and narrowly was frisked and discovered.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Will Montgomery done for the year. I like Grasu, but I think he’s in the same boat as Tayo in that he needs to get stronger before we put him out there. In the meantime Dominic Raiola is on the street and he played for Martz and Gase in Detroit in 2009 (I believe, I’m too lazy to go check), he can at least serve as depth in case Grasu is not ready/or gets hurt. Not sure if Raiola has Garza syndrome (can no longer get any push up the middle) but he at least knows the offense.

    • Raiola has raging asshole syndrome though. Not a fan of him, personally.
      I wouldn’t mind DLP. He knows Pace, doesn’t know Fox or Gase though.

  • BearDown100393

    Buh bye Joe Philbin.

    • he gone.

    • BerwynBomber

      Good move by Miami. I suspect that organization has deeper issues but Philbin seemed Trestman-like in terms of a leader.

      Wonder if Irsay will soon jettison Pagano.

    • overpromoted because he was Aaron Rodger’s OC. How many shitty HC’s has Tom Brady gotten hired? 4? 5?

  • 2015. The year Luck and Cutty swapped careers.

    Like Jeff said, we got the typical Cutty game. Good enough to move the ball, score some points, but at a very crucial moment in the game (usually late in the game and near the red zone), Cutty throws a soul crushing INT.

    HOWEVER, Cutty came back and lead the team to win.

    That is ATYPICAL. That’s more along the lines of Luck (pre-2015) or Roth or even Flacco, Romo.

    I can live with that.

    It’s not just the INTs, but the other things, like the ability to lead game winning drives after throwing them.

    Granted, the drive was vs the worst D in the NFL, but nevertheless, it was refreshing esp when considering our makeshift Oline and 2nd string WRs.

    So, Bear down biatches!

    Whatever you did last Sunday, do again this Sun.

    That includes me switching over to my Da Blog official orange shirt with Bmarsh/Cutty blues bros at half-time to change our luck!

    • BerwynBomber

      Mostly agree, except the Romo and Roth comps are a stretch. Regular season Flacco? Sure.

      • Both Roth and Romo have a knack for leading comebacks, esp after INTs.

        For at least one game, Cutty shares that with them.

        Then again like I said pre-season, Cutty is usually good for about 3-4 games where he magically transforms into Roth.

        • BerwynBomber

          Fair enough. I thought you were equating Cutty’s overall quality of QB play with them. R-berger might end up in Canton one day.

  • AlbertInTucson

    New thread.

  • On that Cutty pick.

    I LIKED the play call. It was aggressive – an Anti-Lovie type play. And more importantly – it was the CORRECT call. He was OPEN. It was just the execution.

    I don’t know why ppl are worrying about Gase. He has more than impressed. With Cutler in the game, we have a ROBUST running, which all Bear fans should love.

    We keep the rock for large chunks of time which keeps our D rested. Don’t know what team has the most TOP, but we have to be in the top 10.

    Gase has shown flexibility. First game, run heavy against a soft GB front. Worked.
    Vs Ariz, he surprised them by using Cutty in the read option. Worked

    (Side note. If Cutty gets healthy again, read-option might be the way to go. Cutty is not Peyton with reading Ds. Read-option narrows down his choices and reads. He can run, and has an arm. That’s a perfect read-option QB).

    With Clauson, he tried the triple TE tank formation. Worked, for a bit, but it was bound to fail since the D just moved up everyone with Pickles behind center.

    We all saw the Raiders game. The Raiders couldn’t cover TEs coming into the game, and guess what? Gase attacked them with Bennett (the DUH offense, no?)

    Our makeshift Oline is adequate. They would probably be good with continuity.

    And all this with Alshon and White sidelined vs SB contending teams (except Raiders).

    So tell me again, why are fans moaning about Gase?

    • Big Mike

      Good Post. One thing, I heard Fox, or Cutler talking about the pick. It was more of a read off of a play call. Gase’s play calling has been very good. Compared to Lovie’s offensive coordinators, it is night and day. Trestman may have had a good scheme, but his play calling, especially under pressure was terrible. His game planning was no where near what Gase has done to keep us in the ball game when we were severely out manned.

      I have to add.. going after an opponent’s weakness is a concept that Trestman never understood. He wanted to try and outsmart them, by not going at a weakness and doing something else. Seemed like he was always playing into the opponents hand.

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