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Looking Back, Looking Forward with Andrew Dannehy

| September 23rd, 2015

Looking Back

It wasn’t all bad.

Really, it wasn’t.

Without their best wide receiver and with a makeshift offensive line, the Bears drove down the field against one of the best defenses in the league and scored touchdowns twice.

Then Cutler got hurt.

With Cutler on the field, the Bears offense has been a positive. They’ve come away with points on seven of Cutler’s 11 drives and have been in scoring position in nine of them. A large part of the reason is because Cutler has completed 11-of-13 passes on third down with an average of 15 yards per attempt.

The Bears are also fifth in the league in rushing yards. That’s largely because of how they abused the Packers on the ground but they had some big runs against the Cardinals too.

Defensively, Pernell McPhee looked dominant at times against the Cardinals and they got an impact play from Jared Allen. Overall, their pass rush wasn’t anywhere near what they need it to be and their cornerback play was terrible. The latter should be expected.

Their special teams are cursed because they let Dave Toub get away.

The “what if” game never has any answers, but this could have been a competitive game if Cutler was never injured. They had two chances to score touchdowns late in the first quarter, but had to settle for field goals both times. They trailed by eight points at halftime and the rest is history.

In all, when the Bears have had their quarterback, they have been mostly competitive with two of the best teams in the NFC. That’s worth something, right?

Looking Forward

You know all those great stats about how good the offense is with Cutler? Forget about them for the next two weeks because Jimmy Clausen will be the quarterback. Clausen was bad against the Cardinals. He wasn’t bad because he had limited reps or because he wasn’t prepared to play. He was bad because he is bad. There are worse quarterbacks in the league, some are even starting (looking at you, Houston), but the drop off from Cutler to Clausen is steep and now the Bears have the two-time defending NFC Champions with the best home field advantage in the sport on the schedule.

The forecast for the next couple of weeks isn’t great, but their opponents aren’t as good as the two they just played.

Seattle just isn’t the same team as they have been. Maybe it’s because they haven’t played at home yet or because they don’t have Kam Chancellor. But the Seahawks aren’t nearly as physical as they have been and even Richard Sherman seems to have lost a step.

Seattle hasn’t been able to run the ball with Marshawn Lynch and, apparently, don’t have any idea how to use Jimmy Graham. Their defense was carved up by Nick Foles in Week 1 and the Packers scored pretty much every time they needed to even without Bryan Bulaga, Davante Adams and Eddie Lacy.

How the Bears Will Win

They’ll run the ball against a team that has struggled to stop the run. Seattle ranks middle of the pack in run defense, despite going against Benny Cunningham and James Starks. Matt Forte should be able to have a big day.

If the Bears get in third-and-short situations, the Bears can throw underneath to Royal, using him like the Packers used Cobb last week or the Patriots used Julian Edelman in the Super Bowl.

Seattle is worse offensively than the two teams the Bears have played so far. The Seahawks don’t really have a “go to” receiver (at least until they learn how to use Graham), which should help the Bears’ defensive backs.

Maybe it’s a reach, but the same thing would’ve been said about anyone who predicted the Bears to win in San Francisco last year. I don’t know if Seattle is going to implode like the 49ers did, but they’re certainly more beatable than they have been in the last three years.

Way Too Early Bold Prediction

Will Sutton is going to  break through with the first two sacks of his career. Look for the Bears outside rushers to set the edge to keep Wilson in the pocket, which will allow Sutton to get his hands on him.

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  • The GP

    It’s Jeff’s blog but Andrew does all the writing now?

    • Albaro Martinez

      not all the writing but Jeff did say Andrew would be writing with him a lot

      • MB30SD

        Why thank you albaro! ♡

      • Irish Sweetness

        Que tal hombre? Bienvenido!

    • DaBearsBlog

      He writes once a week. That is “all”?

      • Irish Sweetness

        What’s going on with you, Jefe? I know you were wanting to spend less time writing on the blog during the off-season. What else do you have on your plate? Theatre? Golf? Drinking? New ventures?

        • Trac

          Guinness?

          • DaBearsBlog

            All of those things. But I also just generally creating content for the sake of creating content. NFL is not a 12 month a year sport. We just treat it that way.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes we do.

  • In 12 drives with Cutler at the helm (including the 2 turnover drives), the offense has averaged 51 yards and 3.1 points per possession. The NFL leaders in 2014 were at 39 yards and 2.7 points per drive. It’s a tiny sample size to be sure, but that’s a very high level of play.

    If you want to look at it another way, Chicago’s defense last year gave up 36 yards and 2.5 points per drive; that 2.5 points per drive was the worst number of any D in the NFL (yards were 30th). So Chicago’s offense this year (with Cutler) has been better than the typical offense against them last year.

    • MB30SD

      You and your… facts! And stats even!

      Please… let’s just start fred fales from now on because cutler is terrible, this team is terrible, the coaches can’t coach, and we might as well hire wanny back. Waaaaahhh

      • Bender McLugh

        So you are against starting Fales over Clausen?

        • MB30SD

          yes. why throw him into that pit man? We know claussen sucks, but at least dude’s had a modicum of experience as a real NFL qb. Why start fred anyway… it’s almost a foregone conclusion that a concussion is in jimmy’s very near future, then the kid will have to go in.

          I think people are loosing sight of the fact the dude was cut from the PS maings. He’s obviously…. not… good.

          • Bender McLugh

            Not sure he was cut for performance, he was hurt for half the PS. Still, I agree not starting him in Seattle, but depending on Pckles performance I agree with others that Fales should get the nod next week at home.

            Even still, I’m not against going 0-16 with Pickles to get the first pick. Why the F not

          • MB30SD

            because we’re the bears not the fucking browns!

            Jesus H Christ on a bike man, pull it together!!!

            Seriously, I still think we pull out at least 6 wins this year, 10 next with a rd 1 loss, and the following we’ll be in the SB bitches!

          • Bender McLugh

            Alright alright, a brother can dream can’t he?

          • MB30SD

            not like that, no.

          • Bender McLugh

            Psshhhh

          • TheBigCheesy

            The Browns have 8 championships, zero Superbowls, 23 division titles, and a laundry list of shitty quarterbacks.

            The Bears have 8 championships plus one Super Bowl, 23 division titles, and a laundry list of shitty quarterbacks.

            The Bears are the fucking Browns….which is not as demeaning as you think it is.

          • Yeah, but that one glorious superbowl goes a long way.

            It’s like winning the purple heart, fucking Kate Upton and inventing the internet in one year.

            Almost doesn’t matter what one does afterwards…almost.

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            Yes but who would be the Browns Dick Butkus? Mike Singletary? Brian Urlacher? Insert other dominant defender here? It’s the defense that made the bears who they are and it’s why many of us fell in love with them. I can’t recall the browns ever being a good to great team on D.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Clay Matthews Senior!

            Okay, so the Chicago Bears are not exactly the Cleveland Browns. Obviously. But I find it quite amusing that of all the 31 teams that MB30SD could have chosen to make his point, he picked the one franchise that is more similar to the Bears than any other.

            (In fact, maybe the only pair of franchises more similar to each other than the Bears and Browns that I can think of are the 49ers and Cowboys.)

            It’s even more amusing when you consider that MB just this week proclaimed that Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are “exactly the same guy”.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            “modicum of experience as a real NFL qb” that type of thinking has led us to have QBs like Todd Collins play games for us over the last decade or so. I agree that we should start Clausen in SEA, but if Pickles isn’t cutting it, i want the coaching staff to give Fales a chance. I don’t think Fales is the answer and i don’t expect him to do much but i want to see what he has got.

          • MB30SD

            I understand and agree with that.

            I too want fales… to succeed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Maybe the week after, but not in Seattle, not without reps. Not with Ducasse still starting.

          • Sactowns#1
          • Fales was cut and NO TEAM claimed him, even such powerhouse QB franchises like the Jets and Texans.

          • MB30SD

            right.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Going back a long time Seattle has been Jekyl and Hyde when it comes to Road/Home performances. They got it fixed over the last 3 years, but now it seems they’re right back to that same song and dance. Russell Wilson will not let them lose this game in their house to Jimmy Clausen. Pretty much anytime Vadge wanted to run he ran, Wilson is a much better scrambler than Vadge is. Even Carson Palmer showed some evasiveness in the pocket against our D. If the Bears cover that’ll be a win in my book. If the Beloved win, I like my crow marinated with cilantro and lime and a dash of Adobo served over a bed of arugula and sun dried tomatoes with a nice balsamic vinaigrette.

    • MB30SD

      so fancy!

      No fava beans and a nice Chianti?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Not with my crow.

        • MB30SD

          Sorry, I MUST down vote that.

          Sorry I’m not sorry BC.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            It’s all good, I just prefer fava beans and a nice Chianti with my liver, not my crow.

  • BearDown100393

    “Forget about them for the next two weeks because Jimmy Clausen will be
    the quarterback. Clausen was bad against the Cardinals. He wasn’t bad
    because he had limited reps or because he wasn’t prepared to play. He
    was bad because he is bad.”

    And apparently, David Fales is even worse than “bad”. The Bears during the off season could have brought someone else on board other than Clausen or Fales (or both). But they chose to stand pat. So here we are now.

    Brutal.

    • Bender McLugh

      Who else could they have brought in? Serious question

      • BearDown100393

        Kyle Orton

        • Bender McLugh

          Hahaha that’s it? I love me some neck beard but cmon man, Fales is unproven and was worth keeping, and replacing Pickles with Orton doesn’t make much sense……oh wait yes it does. I thought he didn’t want to come back to Chi

          • BearDown100393

            I’m all in on Neckbeard. Yes, it has come to this.

          • MB30SD

            um, he’s retired. He doesnt want to play football any more guys. that said, I loves me some NB. Pretty sure we’d have another lombardi if lovie wasn’t such a fucktard and NB was in instead of rexy (and they kept TJ in instead of drunk)

          • Pissed Off

            That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day and I’ve been up since 630. Sure Orton had a decent run elsewhere but he sucked while he was here. He only learned to throw tds in denver he was never good here. We wouldn’t have sniffed a sb appearance if he was the starter the years he was here.

          • MB30SD

            man, do I wish you were our coach right now. You sound brilliant!

        • Pissed Off

          Fuck that if I see that turd in a bears uniform ever again I will become a packer fan…..ok probably not but no thanks on Orton. Is locker out there somewhere. If he can stay healthy he might be the best qb on the team

      • Well, I wanted to kick the tires on Jake Locker (given how much read option Gase has been using, might have been a good match).

        Some wanted to trade for Mike Glennon, but the asking price was too high.

        I had a MAJOR woody for Mettenburg, but the Titans put the kibash on that as well.

        Other interesting prospects would be the Gmen’s and Pat’s backup, but I doubt they’d trade them either.

  • Viva

    Start Fales. Eat pickles.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Not now, not with Kam back in town. Feed Claws to the lions.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Kam Chancellor is back from holdout

    • Albaro Martinez

      he’s meeting with the team. no definitive answer yet but sure is looking like he’ll be back

      • The GP

        The Bears are like a pre-season game for him

      • T’Challa

        Breaking News; Chancellor is back with or without a contract.

        • Trac

          Screw that guy. I hope he’s outta shape and gets his bell wrung by Long on a sweep.

          • T’Challa

            I have to give props where props are due, Chancellor is very good and my hope is that he is out of shape.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I fkn knew it! Just when we’re about to play them. 50-0?

    • haha. OF COURSE.
      He’s gonna ride in in a cape and snuff out Clausen.

  • The GP

    Bring back Orton!

    • TheBigCheesy

      Orton owns the pack. He’s beaten them with at least 3 different teams.

  • The GP

    Tee hee – Hubbo put all his content behind a paywall on Chicagofootball.com

    As we say on Da Blog – Huck Fub

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      People barely want to read it when it’s free, what makes him think he can monetize his content?

      • The GP

        Younger people don’t care and older people remember what he did with Pro Football Weekly (screwed people out of lifetime memberships)

  • T’Challa

    Whether its Clausen or Fales, neither give me much hope nor confidence. One of the problems I had with our draft was why would the Bears draft RB Langford at pick 106 when QB Hundley was available and didn’t go until 147. Knowing that Jay has very seldom stayed healthy a whole year and having 4 quality RBs on the roster with Forte, Rodgers, Carey, and Perry, why not draft Hundley who was a projected 1st rounder at one time?

    • Trac

      Because we’re drafting one next year?

      • T’Challa

        Will be hard press to find 1st round talent in the 4th round for a QB in next year’s draft.

      • because his stock plummeted after people realized he’s a guy who looks like a great QB but plays like a drunk frat guy chugging beers between plays?
        Terrible pocket presence, non-existent accuracy. He’s big, fast, and has a big arm. WHEE!!! So was JaMarcus Russell, Marcus Vick, and any other number of good college QBs who couldn’t cut it in the pros.

  • “There are worse quarterbacks in the league, some are even starting (looking at you, Houston), ”

    I’m not convinced Mallet and Hoyer are worse than Clausen. In fact, I’d ague the other way around, or a wash at the very least.

    • Irish Sweetness

      On the last thread you said the fact that Fales unleashed a scary accurate pass for a TD when he was about to be sacked doesn’t translate from pre-season to the regular season. That’s not just wrong, it’s dumb.

      • He was playing with and against people who are mostly not on an NFL roster right now.
        We already know he was a good college QB. That’s basically what 4th preseason game is. Doesn’t mean it translates to actual NFL.

    • Mallet has the arm, but no intangibles (why many teams including the Pats didn’t want him)
      Hoyer has the intangibles but no arm or accuracy

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Clausen has neither

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Wilson is explosive when scrambling, he has great acceleration and speed. If our front can get to him I just hope they can actually grab him before he bursts past them and gets 10 yards. The one good thing about it is at least he’s not throwing into our weak secondary at the time. Not to mention Lynch getting past into our secondary.

    I’m not trying to get folks depressed about the Seattle game. I do think the Bears can win in Seattle, but it’s going to be the toughest game we’ve played so far this season. Without Jay to help the offense drive down the field, with our obvious weaknesses on the defensive side of the ball and having a second rate back up QB… it’s going to be scary.

    • Irish Sweetness

      28 defenses have given up more yards through the air through two weeks. Just sayin.

      • so what? Chicago’s secondary has been awful. Look beyond volume and it’s easy to see.

      • BerwynBomber

        A fact is a fact but opposing teams passer efficiency #s are more indicative of how our pass defense is playing; just as an example Rodgers only threw for a buck eighty against us but he was, as usual, mad efficient.

        Regardless, my big gauge of our D will be that OAK game. So far we look nearly as bad as last year but we have gone up against Rodgers and Palmer — we all know what the former is whereas Palmer may be in the midst of a career year.

        But if OAK comes in and scorches us then the Vic Fangio questions can commence.

        • CanadaBear

          Fangio’s record speaks for itself. Lack of talent on D is the issue.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        31 defenses have given up fewer yardage in PI penalties. Just sayin

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Without their best wide receiver …”

    Oh yeah, forgot Kevin White wasn’t out there.

    • SC Dave

      Kevin White has shown nothing.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Why was he drafted 7th overall in the 2015 NFL draft then?

        • the same reason curtis enis was drafted 4th?

          • Bender McLugh

            Too soon!

          • sorry. how about “the same reason we traded back for michael haynes” ?

      • BearDown100393

        He probably peaked.

  • The GP
    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s the Greg Giraldo of quarterbacks : no fame or glory, but wicked smaht.

      • CanadaBear

        I love the part where Colin Quinn gets between them in case of trouble. Really? Leary must weigh about 160 lbs. If you’ve never seen the roast of Joan Rivers, check it out. Giraldo was hilarious and Gilbert Gottfried gets up last and kills it. He got a standing O from the entire dais. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W4RmZ-C8cU

    • Sactowns#1

      You know who’s not smart, Geno Smith for not paying his debts. Dude if you would have just paid the $600 you’d be a starting QB right now.

      • most expensive $600 welch in history.

        Might have cost him his career.

        Moral of the story. Pay Nigerians.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I sent $200 to Prince Ngobo, just waiting for my $500,000 USD…should be here any day now.

          • MB30SD

            OMG, I’m waiting for my $45,000,000 from the prince as well!

          • The GP

            The Prince is loaded.

        • MB30SD
  • CanadaBear

    R.I.P. Yogi. Passed away at 90. Fun fact; Yogi was playing left field for the most famous HR in World Series history. http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v3218957/bb-moments-60-ws-gm-7-bill-mazeroskis-walkoff

    • Isn’t he the one who said, “It’s not over till the fat lady sings?”

      I know he had a bunch of other Yogi-isms

      • Bender McLugh

        I thought his was “it ain’t over til it’s over”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Among others.

      • BerwynBomber

        Or was it … “it got late early”?

        I know he did say “it was deja vu all over again” and “no one goes there anymore. it’s too crowded.”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yogi’s credited with “It get’s late early here” and “90% of this game is 50% mental” or some version similar to that, among others.

      • AlbertInTucson

        That ‘s actually attributed someone to a dall Sportswriter named Dan Cook.

    • SC Dave

      Didn’t realize he was still around. A clasic figure in American sports.

  • I’m decent at calling upsets, so the Butch upset special of the week.

    BEARS.

    Bears will indeed run the ball. They will come out inspired. That D knowing Pickles is limited will play their ass off after being humiliated. By hook and by crook, they’ll make momentum stops and come up with TWO big plays to turn the game.

    SEA will implode somewhere during the game. The cameras will pan to Caroll in the waning seconds of Pickles kneeling, and he’ll have the expression of getting trained by bums.

    If you believe it, it will happen

    Bear down, biatches!

    (or at least we’ll cover the spread)

    • Bears-4-Ever

      You had me up to “cover the spread”. 🙁

  • BerwynBomber

    FWIW, Pickles acquitted himself reasonably well in the second DET game last year (and Alshon did him no favors that day). Not much to hang one’s hat on but he didn’t look inept that day.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Wasn’t that game at home though?

      • BerwynBomber

        Oh yeah. I’m braced for a disaster in SEA was only pointing out he looked half-decent his one start last year.

    • Yeah, brutal fucking drops.
      One more reason Alshon shouldn’t get TY Hilton $

      • MB30SD

        dude has to play a few downs of fucking football to get paid right? SMFH

        • I’m sure that’s one of the reasons we drafted White, and naturally, he goes down. FML.

          • Trac

            Let’s just hope he’s not the Dusty Dvoracek of WR’s.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            You mean this guy? http://kwtv.images.worldnow.com/images/11841257_SA.jpg

            At least he appeared in some regular season games for da Bears.

          • Trac

            If that’s the dude that could never stay healthy after the Bears drafted him then yeah, that guy.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That’s a mugshot, but yeah that’s Dusty.

          • SC Dave

            I remember hoping he was the next Steve McMichael… not.

    • SC Dave

      One wild card is that we have a good oc now.

      Cutler has looked way better, so why not Pickles too?

      • T’Challa

        We can only hope.

      • MB30SD

        agree with this dave

  • Chris Misenis

    Anyone seen this from SportsChannel8 in NC? A sympathy card from Panthers fans about Jimmy Clausen.

    http://sportschannel8.com/2015/09/23/panthers-fans-send-their-sympathies-to-chicago/

    • MB30SD

      hahahaha

    • BerwynBomber

      Kinda silly. No one thinks Pickles will amount to anything as the Panthers once did. But hey, thanks for caring CAR.

  • Butch’s Stewart Smalley musing of the day.

    “If we are created in God’s image, then does that mean that God has a vagina and boobs, or does that mean that s/he’s a hermaphrodite…”

  • AlbertInTucson

    YAY! Kam Chancellor ends his holdout just in time to play the Bears!

    • So much for him being a man of “principle”.

      I guess losing millions changes one’s principles.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He painted his arrogant self into a corner.

        The Seahawks were not about to set the precedent that he was holding out for.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears +14. Sounds LOW to me.

  • BearDown100393

    “We’ll see how this goes. We are confident in Jimmy.” – Kyle Long
    Somehow the first sentence doesn’t inspire “confidence”.

  • The GP
  • Here’s a hypothetical that only the immortal Keanu Reeves can accurately express

    https://imgflip.com/i/rhu3k

  • The GP

    From the ridiculous to the most foul of foul bombshells:

    It appears the rape kit in Patrick Kane’s case was tampered with. An insider from the Police who knew the Blackhawks fixer got to the bag, then STOLE the bag it and put it on the front porch of the attorney representing the woman.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/983347/attorney-patrick-kanes-accuser-rape-kit-tampered

    Now the attorney would like the FBI to come in. And he may well get his wish.

    • Trac

      Al Caponey still lives!

      • The GP

        I will say that if this attorney for the woman manufactured this bag, and this is a hoax or a fake bag and the FBI show that – then the guy is dis-barred, no other possible outcome.

        So while it’s possible it’s a ploy – it’s a fucking risky ploy for the attorney.

        • Can’t be a ploy. I’m not one to pull the race card, but I don’t remember Kobe getting the benefit of the doubt or had diehard defenders absolutely denying his involvement.

          Here in L.A., a Laker paradise, everyone was like, “Kobe, rape…well…”

          Also, I would imagine that if it is a ploy, that would be a federal offense. disbarment would just be the start.

          • Bender McLugh

            For Kobe it wasn’t the first time he had girlies called up to his hotel room, completely different scenareo.

          • Maybe. But are ppl defending Rose like they’re defending Kane?

            I don’t live in CHI

            I turned on the Score this week, and it seemed like a lot of callers were vehemently defending Kane, more than a handful were implying it was just a gold digging shakedown.

            I don’t remember that for Kobe. Kane defenders are beginning to remind me of those defending Brady or Truthers.

          • Bender McLugh

            That doesn’t surprise me, but they and we don’t know what the hell actually happened. Due process for both sides, hopefully.

          • I’m all for due process. To me there’s no point in jumping to conclusions one way or another (why I wasn’t bothered by taking a chance on McDonald).

            Obviously fans are going to be biased.

            One of the guys on the score actually compared it to liking Carravagio.

            Carravagio reportedly killed ppl with his bare hands in drunken rages. Doesn’t mean one can’t appreciate his paintings.

            Humans have a weird capacity to be able love someone’s work while despising their character.

            That is actually a big question in aesthetics.

            “Triumph of the Will” is a classic example.

            By most criteria, a great film.

            Drawback? It was a Nazi creation.

          • The GP

            The woman who accused Kobe said she was up for some possible make-out, or perhaps even a BJ – but he forced her doggie style onto a chair and did her hard in the ass. While she asked him to stop.

            So there’s that.

        • Trac

          Sadly, I actually believe there’s a good chance it’s the real deal.

          • Big Mike

            No it can’t be. Even a drunken moron wouldn’t be so stupid.

    • Waffle

      Kane will be released now. If this ends up being true the Hawks won’t stand for it on principal alone, not even in the name of another championship.

      • Trac

        I wouldn’t be surprised some crazed fan planted a fake bag.

        • Waffle

          i’m not really surprised by much anymore.

          • Big Mike

            This

      • BerwynBomber

        Who knows how the CBA works in the NHL but I wonder if they don’t ask for some salary exception — if he is suspended or unable to play — and then wait for shit to shake out and trade him.

        Seems an awfully huge talent not to try to get something in return.

      • Big Mike
        • Waffle

          and the plot thickens.

    • Big Mike

      I’m calling bullshit on all of this. No Blackhawks fixer stealing bag and placing on a doorstep. That sounds like an episode of the Sopranos. Just not buying it. Call me naive…

      • Waffle

        kind of agree. You would just subtly fuck with it or make it disappear, not deliver it to the defense to guarantee a skeptical jury pool

        #lawandorderSVU

      • The theory is that it was compromised, presumably by somebody in the establishment trying to protect Kane, and the person who delivered the bag to the accuser’s mother was NOT this person.
        They realized it had been compromised and this was how they blew the whistle… delivered the proof to people who needed it. And did it anonymously to protect themselves.
        I’m not saying that’s what happened, but that’s the attorney’s theory. It’s not that one person did this and then the same person gave the proof to them. It was two separate people. one covering up and one exposing the coverup

        • BerwynBomber

          Exactly. The anonymous person who left the bag was alerting the prosecution that evidence was compromised.

          It is starting to smell like Winston and FSU/Tallahassee PD.

          And it sounds like the accuser has no intention of going away or settling. If nothing else, earlier reports were refuted.

        • Big Mike

          Ughh. Kane is innocent. The last rumor I read was the DNA wasn’t Kanes. Prosecution setting this up to get off the hook for a witch hunt. (that’s the story I’d like to be true).

          • BerwynBomber

            The girl’s attorney “absolutely” refuted the result of the DNA leaks from earlier. My guess is, even if evidence was destroyed, there will be somewhat back-up evidence of testimony or even lab findings on their computers, etc.

    • BearDown100393

      The bag will ultimately end up on Ebay.

      • Welcome to the Post-Internet world.

        I also firmly believe that sometime in the future, this era will be labeld 2015 P.I.

    • willbest

      It is important to note that the accuser’s attorney is not entitled to any more information about the investigation than the accuser is whereas Patrick Kane’s attorney is entitled to all the information collected in the investigation. Patrick Kane’s attorney is therefore the most informed person in the criminal proceedings.
      If the rape kit really contained no evidence of Patrick Kane, a broken chain of custody would be a disaster for him.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That smells a lot like… “If you don’t have a case, invent one!”

      • willbest

        I make the point above that the attorney for the accuser only job, that is to say what he was hired for, is to obtain a monetary settlement for his client. He isn’t concerned with justice.

  • Trac

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “Impossible to know w/o speaking to coaches. But it wasn’t poor throw. It was throw to a spot & Marty left that spot.”

    Hahaha. Jay Cutler defenders never run out things to say.

    • it wasn’t a bad throw. Cutler was throwing to where Marty was, Marty was running to somewhere else. Jay put it exactly where he wanted to (which is not hard when that’s only 5 yards away).

      So then the question becomes why they were not on the same page. Was one of them reading something wrong? Who? That’s what you need the coaches for.

      • Trac

        Lol. Just laughing at how Jeff keeps it going. Haha. I never even saw the play in question.

        • beninnorcal

          Then how can you comment and say people are making excuses for him?

          • Trac

            I’m laughing at the never ending discussion.

      • That’s what I saw, as I wrote earlier, they might both have made the right “read” and executed how they were supposed to, but they simply were on the wrong page.

        What worries me most is that at this stage both should have ample chemistry to avoid such mistakes. But hey, Cutty had great chemistry with Bmarsh and Olson and some breakdowns still occured.

        They just always happen to occur at the worst possible times with the worst possible outcomes for Cutty.

        • Johnnywad

          It’s not just Cutler. It’s magnified because they’re your team, you’re watching, and the dude got paid. Critical INTs happen all the time. Just not that often to the guys we wish Cutler was.

      • TheBigCheesy

        “Clay Matthews just made a great play”

        “Martellus Bennett should have went the other way”

        Nobody really knows exactly where the breakdown is on most interceptions, but I find it quite amusing that for someone who throws so many interceptions (including befuddling ones), Jay Cutler is given the benefit of the doubt around here more often than not.

        • Bender McLugh

          Fuck. OFF.

        • I am not exonerating Cutler here. It is entirely possible he messed up. I am just saying that the throw itself was not the problem. It was miscommunication between the QB and TE, and I have no way of knowing what the cause of that was.
          As for the INT against GB, Cutler absolutely should have seen Matthews and realized that Wilson was wide open. It was a mistake by him and a tremendous play by Clay.

        • Pissed Off

          Depends on who youre talking to. I actually think Jay is a fair qb. We move the ball with him and he can look great at times but then no matter what at some point in the season Jay becomes Jay and throws a horrific int at the worst possible time. We cannot win a sb with him is my opinion but it’s not all his fault either. We just need to ride him out until we find the next franchise guy

          • SC Dave

            First frnchise you, you mean

    • BerwynBomber

      And the Cutler excuses never end.

      Funny thing is, he has played reasonably well this year and moved the offense. Two back-breaking INTs in two games but he has moved the O. And he wasn’t moving the O often last year. At least not until garbage time.

      But yeah, this “Marty ran the wrong route” nonsense is just that. Only in Chicago.

      Oh well. Clay Matthews 1 INT. Martellus Bennett 1 INT. Jay Cutler 0 INT.

      • Cubsnlinux

        Lol, Seriously? Only in Chicago? 99% of Chicago can’t wait for Cutler to go away so that we can sign Joshy Football.

      • willbest

        1 INT a game is 16 INT. I can live with that, if they are going to score 26 ppg

        • BerwynBomber

          So far I can too but it also depends on the production. If the O becomes stagnant and it’s 16 INTs (and that is how I felt about last year’s 18 INTs), then no.

          But yes, thus far, Jay has moved the O which somewhat offsets the mistakes.

          In terms of your hypotheticals/excuses … I ain’t taking the bait.

          • willbest

            Just pointing out the only reason you are calling the INT critical is because the Bears had painted themselves into a situation where every play was critical. It would have been just as problematic if they had gone 3 and out and were forced to punt.

          • BerwynBomber

            Mitigating critical INTs by hypothetically changing the context in which they occurred is silly. You might as well say if we had been leading 42-0 the INT would not have been that important.

          • willbest

            Isn’t that the Andrew Luck philosophy? Or at least it was when he was putting up 30 PPG. Now that they are 0-2 and not generating much offense all of a sudden people have discovered that oh, he throws a bunch of INTs.

          • BerwynBomber

            He got criticized from everything I heard Mon night, though to be honest I was in and out on the telecast. And yeah, if Luck doesn’t put up the yards and TDs he did last year (or something close to it), his INT rate should definitely come under more intense focus.

        • Pissed Off

          Jay is not ok to throw 16 picks a year unless that is coupled with 35 tds otherwise that’s just bad qb play and I think you know his td potential is barely higher than his int potential

  • MB30SD
  • #Bears DC Vic Fangio said there was “absolutely” a message sent to Kyle Fuller with the benching: “This is a results business.” – Jahns

    Message. Don’t suck.

    • The GP

      Be Champ Bailey, not Chump Bailey.

    • BerwynBomber

      Hub said yesterday that he always thought Fuller was more cut out to be safety, not that Hub is any oracle but just another “authority” with that opinion.

      Still can’t get my head around the idea that Fuller got bad so quickly when it looked like such a good pick by Emery. Oh well. Maybe it is all about being good at C2 and bad at M2M.

  • Here’s a more in-depth explanation of Fuller not Full-filling his potential (eh, eh?)

    “Durkin’s Playbook: Spotlight’s On Kyle Fuller…

    Through two weeks, Fuller has struggled when targeted. He’s given up two touchdowns, two explosive passes (defined as 18-plus yards) and committed two defensive pass interference calls totaling 76 yards. He’s
    playing with shaken confidence and showing poor awareness for the football with his back turned to the quarterback.

    There are two ways a cornerback can be beaten when playing press man coverage — off the release at the line of scrimmage or when a receiver comes out of his break. Focusing in on the two long pass interference
    calls shows Fuller is being beaten off the release due to lapses in his fundamentals and technique.”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/09/23/durkins-playbook-spotlights-on-kyle-fuller/

    • Bender McLugh

      Rolle said Fuller isn’t engaging when he presses at the line, fundamentals that he does posses and isn’t using.

      We’ll see what he corrects from the first two games.

      • He’s a bigger CB, so it’s imperative that he jams at the line, or guys will fly right by him where he sucks at trail technique too.

        Weird thing is, I think he played a lot of man at Virg Tech, so makes one wonder what the hell is going on. It’s not the new coaching. They’ve coached CBs up with less talent.

        If they move Fuller to FS that would be a huge bust for Emery. You don’t draft S in the top 10 unless their names are Eric Berry or Earl Thomas.

        • CanadaBear

          If he panned out at FS and played 10 years for the Bears I’d be thrilled.

          • If he was a playmaker at FS, I’d agree.
            But the Morgan Burnetts of the world go in the 3rd.

          • CanadaBear

            I get it but the way he looks right now …

        • he was drafted 14th. Same spot as Earl Thomas. I’m sure Seattle isn’t bitching about that pick

          Not that Fuller is Earl Thomas. I’m just saying. I don’t give a damn if you spend a top 5 pick on a C, as long as he becomes a really damn good center.

  • Scharfinator
    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Holy shit, Jay! That shit is hilarious, bro!

  • The GP

    I’m fairly sickened by the Sun-Times and the Trib going to press with the rape bag hoax, and allowing the lawyer to trump that up. If anything, give that story 8 hours to play out – or call the Police and get a statement from their side before running the story.

    The Twitter age has made the press reactionary fools in all this.

    • willbest

      Lack of journalistic integrity is as much as result of Columbia J school as it is twitter. It used to be that reporters had to cut their teeth and gain real world experience. They wouldn’t just parrot nonsense from interested parties in order to gain splash headlines, because they would know better.
      The attorney for the accuser has 1 job, and 1 job only. That is to acquire the biggest cash payout for his client in the civil suit or in a settlement. Justice is for the DA and the police.
      Whether it was
      1) a whistleblower
      2) some sort of incompetent mistake
      3) a crazed fan/agent of Kane trying to intimidate
      4) a hoax by an “associate” of the accused
      Is irrelevant as far as he is concerned. Anything that casts doubt on the investigation only enhances his position in a civil suit.

      • The GP

        Agreed.

        He has a rape kit that shows nothing below the belt. He needs a splash.

        What better way to disarm the lack of evidence than to throw the whole thing into doubt? Smoke screen it when it doesn’t go your way. Brilliant, evil lawyering but also completely expected.

        The issue is the Sun-Times and Trib. I wouldn’t have bothered bringing it to Da Blog unless these two stories gave it credibility. A real news reporter isn’t going to get sucked into a hoax that quickly, but if you go re-read those two stories it reeks of a copy editor who wants that out on the web site before this whole thing had even a modest amount of research done. That is not Woodward & Bernstein. That is that fuck from TMZ.

        • Journalism is stuck in a conundrum.

          A journalist must now choose to either be first or to verify and risk losing the “lead”.

          Sadly, they all tend to choose being first.

          That’s why I think Schefter does an admirable job. He seems to break news with a high degree of accuracy.

          Who is like that in real journalism?

          • The GP

            David Haugh?

            #kidding

          • Johnnywad

            Brian Williams

    • BerwynBomber

      Depends on how balanced the story is. It is news her attorney went public with this claim and so long as it is balanced with police department refuting his contention then it seems fine to report.

      The booyahs did that on their site.

  • The GP

    Jay is gonna gut this thing out, isn’t he? Then make us all feel really bad that we doubted him and be worth all that money. He’ll be out there in Seattle like Elias from Platoon, running across the rice paddy while being gunned into pieces, a martyr of the highest order all to fight to the bitter end like the John Wayne Rooster Cogburn that motherfucker really is.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/180657/jay-cutler-misses-practice-not-officially-ruled-out-for-game-against-seahawks

    • Waffle

      despite some mistakes it was fun watching that Offense this year while it lasted. if he comes back he can’t run and they’ll send kamikazes at him all game. It won’t be pretty but then again neither will clausen. If Jay can go the screen game has to be tight and the run game has to be lights out.

      • willbest

        No doubt given the way they have been having Jay move, he needs his hamstring. I know he wants to get back out there, but they better lock him in the equipment room the next couple weeks.

    • BearDown100393

      Of course he is. Jay cares. He’s gonna give it the ol’ Alshon try.

  • On an FF + Boob sidenote, after exhaustive meticulous research, long laptop hours, and scientific quantification, I have finally discovered the 200! Cover girl (NSFW)

    https://www.google.com/search?q=emily+rata&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMIzfiElIaOyAIVAzo-Ch393AGS&biw=1787&bih=896&dpr=0.9#tbm=isch&q=emily+ratajkowski+hot

    You’re welcome.

    http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/trophyhistory?leagueId=835653&trophyId=5

    • MB, your expert analysis?

      • MB30SD

        11

        • Shady

          So did you fast like a good jewish boy today?

    • willbest

      Tasty.

    • CanadaBear

      She’s the one dancing around naked in that Robin Thicke video that I posted a couple of years ago. I was so smitten I posted it twice!!

    • The GP

      The Camelot Knight from Indiana Jones is excellent.

      The chick is good too.

      • You are one lucky SOB, GP. Maybe this is your year.

        Not only does Sac’s Lacy go down, but Decker who was balling goes down too and he loses by 3.

        You got a voodoo doll of Sac or something?

        • The GP
        • Sactowns#1

          Man I couldn’t believe that. Squeaking past me and putting me in a 0-2 hole. Ridiculous!

    • Shady

      How many gifs did you go through looking for a winner?

    • MB30SD

      have i ever mentioned how much I love boobies? my goodness.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “it wasn’t all bad…Then Cutler got hurt.”

    And THEN it was all bad.

  • Pissed Off

    I just hope the bears aren’t embarrassed. That’s all I hope for. I could be proud of the performance after the gb game and say things are in the right direction then last Sunday happened and we start all over. Give me something bears….anything positive would be nice. I know the post says not everything was negative but everything is pretty fucking bad right now. Possibly the Worst team in the league and the fact that some positives were mentioned amidst this debacle just goes to show there is still some kool aid out there if anyone wants it. I honestly thought it was all gone.

    • BerwynBomber

      We should remember a few things:

      1) the O moved under Cutler for a game and a half w/ a banged up receiving corps. Yes, he still authored two killer TOs but against inferior teams the point production/yardage might be enough to overcome those INTs.

      2) we played two of the best NFC teams (if not THE two best), and in regard to one of them (the Cheese), Rodgers had to be near perfect to beat us

      3) (and maybe most importantly) IF Vic Fangio is everything he is cracked up to be, the D SHOULD improve

      Like you, I was okay with the GB performance, mainly because we were in the game for a full sixty minutes. But the ARI game started to have a Bears 2014 Mel Tucker feel to it.

      My early litmus test for the D will be that OAK game. Yes, Derek Carr seems like a young QB on a mild Tannenhill-like rise and they do have a few playmakers, but he also ain’t Palmer or Wilson, let alone Rodgers. If OAK comes in and lights us up, it’s time to have some doubts.

      • I’m actually very impressed with Cutty this year. Maybe Irish’s “Elway 10 yr magic” is a thing.

        Cutler looks much more in control, poised and crisp than anytime since perhaps under Martz before he broke his thumb. More so, I would say.

        But his soul crushing INTs have to stop.

        Granted, they’re soul-crushing mostly because our D can’t stop a bleeding nose, but that’s the way it goes.

        I hope he doesn’t come back till he’s truly ready.

        • BerwynBomber

          Cutty’s TOs will never stop. Hoping for that is useless. What is more realistic is to hope he can emulate Rivers-type production; i.e., offer top half of the league production to offset some of the mistakes — and 34/17 TD/INT year if you will.

          But yes I have liked what I have seen out of Cutler and the Gase system thus far too.

          P.S. I never understood Irish’s “Elway ten year” thing. Elway was one SOB of a QB as early as his second year in the league. Carried those DEN teams.

          • willbest

            TD to INT seems a bit imprecise to me. Perhaps something like net offensive points per drive. So subtract 7 points for each pick 6 or 3 points for every turnover on your side of the field.

          • BerwynBomber

            Valid point. TD/INT can, at times, be misleading. Case in point Cutty is at 2/2 this year but it feels decidedly more productive than his 26/18 last year.

            That said, in this era, TD/INT ratio is pretty indicative over the long haul.

          • His TOs might not stop. I don’t expect them to actually, but they can be reduced and not as boneheaded.

            This Cutty looks MUCH different than the Cutty who threw 4 INTs to DeAngelo Hall, so there’s a glimmer of hope.

            But we’ll see. As many know, I was a Cutty believer turned agnostic turned skeptic but now meter is moving back to believer ever so slightly.

            I’m not one of those that hates his guts, thinks his an apathetic wuss, or beyond redemption, but at this point the burden of proof is on Cutty.

            Stay tuned.

          • Irish Sweetness

            http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/E/ElwaJo00.htm

            Elway came into the league in ’83. Terrible stats until ’93 in terms of TD – INT – comp % – QBR. Night and day.

          • BerwynBomber

            Different era. Also played under Dan Reeves, a.k.a “bash it into the line with inferior RBs on first and second down and then save us on third and long, John.” But no doubt Elway benefitted from the arrival of Shanahan and Terrell Davis. So I half-get your point.

            Still, comparing TD/INT ratios from those days to our expectations now is a bit daffy. Statistically, Jay Cutler is a better QB than Roger Staubach and Staubach’s stats are good for his era.

          • SC Dave

            Elway never had good receivers. Shannon Sharpe and a pile of nobodies.

            On the other hand, great QBs turn nobodies into somebodies.

          • BerwynBomber

            Sharpe came along in the later Shanahan/TD years. But yeah, Elway (I don’t believe) ever played with a single HOF player in his entire career, right? Offense or Defense? Or did Terrell Davis get enshrined? I forget ….

            But the two best players during Elway’s Reeves years, which comprised the majority of his career, were Karl Mecklenberg and Steve Atwater (who were both Lance Briggs caliber players). But on O it was, as you said, largely a pile of nobodies.

          • MB30SD

            steeeeeve aaaaaatwateeeeer!

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

          • Irish Sweetness

            Okoye hates hearing about that tackle for good reason.

            1. He was standing up.

            2. He had run over Atwater about 50 times prior to that (well, often). Players were known to have avoided tackling him.

            3. HE WAS STANDING UP!

          • MB30SD

            kinda have to be standing up to run, right? Did he want to by lying down?

            Atwater smacked the fuck out of him on that play. That’s the way it goes. I’m sure okeye ran him over before, he ran everyone over… homie was 6’1″ 255 and ran a 4.4 40 maings. that’s a LOT of meat.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You could say the same thing about Cutty. There can be reasons for bad stats other than the QB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh I’m not saying Elway wasn’t good for ten years, the drive was in ’87 right? But the numbers sucked, they’re there for all to see. More INTs than TDs. Crappy completion percentages. Low QBR. Tenth year … switcheroo.

          • SC Dave

            Memories are short. We liked what we saw of the Trestman-Cutty thing their first year together too. Then the league caught on.

          • beninnorcal

            How much was it the league catching on vs O-line went to shit then Tresty lost his team? I don’t think we can take much from ’14 on account of the massive shit-show that occurred after the Miami game.

    • willbest

      I will be happy with
      1) No flagrant PIs. I want to be able to at least complain that the receiver turned their head.
      2) No KR over 30 yards, and no PRs over 15
      3) Holding Seahawks to 30 while scoring at least 14 before garbage time.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Kick coverage is another of the skills suffering from limited reps.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Everything points to another trip to the woodshed for the Bears. See above.

  • Since the 90s, only 11% of 0-2 teams make the playoffs.
    Challenge accepted.

    • willbest

      Nah dawg. Gonna go 0-4 and then when Jeffery/Cutler come back finish 15-4

    • AlbertInTucson

      Have any of those 11% been The Chicago Bears?

      • They didn’t say, but since it’s from the 90s till now, I doubt it.
        I don’t recall the Bears ever starting 0-2 and making the playoffs

        • AlbertInTucson

          I actually DID the research and the answer really IS “No”.

  • willbest

    I am glad I decided to skip going to a home game this year. I had thought to go to the Broncos game to see Peyton Manning play in person even if the Bears were subpar. However, after watching the first couple Broncos games, I don’t know if he is going to make it to November.

    • Trac

      Me too. I had planned on flying back for the Broncos game as well. Barring a miraculous turn around, that’s not going to happen.

      • my buddy at work is a Broncos fan and is taking me to the game. I’m not gonna say no to free tickets.

  • willbest

    Question about the Center. Its that Montgomery guy isn’t it? Its not just the bad snap to Clausen, Jay has had a few off target as well. Is he really better than the Romanian we drafted?

    • Grasu looked overmatched in the preseason. Not physically strong enough to handle the NFL yet.

  • BerwynBomber

    Tues and Wed nights are tough during the first half of the football season. Need the NBA for a little filler.

    • AlbertInTucson

      NBA?

      Meh

      Haven’t been much of a fan since the Walker-Love-Sloan-Van Lier-Boerwinkle-Awtry days.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears are +14. Over/Underr is 45.

    Gotta figure that spread’s gonna go to 15 or 16, at least.

    If I were a betting man, I lay the points and take the over.

    The Seahwks are going to take their early season frustrations out on that hapless Jimmy Clausen led offense.

    Seattle 44. Chicago 3.

    • Trac

      I really hope you are wrong Al.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hell, so do I.

        I hope I win the lottery too.

        But to me, this has “Chicago at New England, 2014” written all over it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I think it would be HILARIOUS if Kam Chancellor came out out and pulled a hammy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I hope I’m not facing Jimmy Graham or Marshawn Lynch in fantasy this week.

    • speaking of fantasy: I’m running a 14 team league for my buddy at work. Cash league. Somebody just dropped Martavis Bryant and Alshon Jeffery, and I got both of them on waivers. Nobody else bothered to put in a claim.

      Like taking candy from a baby.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Worst thing about last Sunday: Late in the game, as correctly pointed out in the broadcast, The Cardinals were using the Bears as practice scrimmage fodder.

  • AlbertInTucson

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    • Scharfinator

      Nice!

    • The GP

      Genius has no off switch.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Way Too Early Bold Prediction
    Will Sutton is going to break through with the first two sacks of his career. Look for the Bears outside rushers to set the edge to keep Wilson in the pocket, which will allow Sutton to get his hands on him.’

    You’re dreaming. Wilson will dance his way to conversion after conversion.

    There is absolutely no reason to believe the Bears can sack him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Don’t the Hawks have one of the worst OLs in the league? If we were starting Acho and Anderson, (or Timu outside), we could contain him. Ish.

      • AlbertInTucson

        A game against the Bears seems to fix all those issues.

        • Irish Sweetness

          True dat.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Don’t be such a Debbie Downer there all kinds of reasons to believe the Bears can sack him.

      Sack Possibilities:
      1. he might slip on some skittles dropped by Lynch.
      2. get stepped on by one of his linemen and falls down.
      3. maybe a bad snap that forces him to dive on a loose ball.
      4. trip over his shoe lace.
      5. Lynch or their center may pass gas causing him to faint.
      6. it might start raining and he gets hit in the eye with a giant raindrop that causes temporary blindness. allowing a Bear to stumble into him knocking him over.
      7. BEES attack
      8. rogue pigeon or sea gull attacks him
      9. sudden bout with narcolepsy

      10. He sees the Bears pass rush and falls over hysterically laughing.

      • Scharfinator

        All legitimate arguments.

  • Scharfinator

    Haha I like Jeff’s tweet about thinking sports fans are smart.

    Does anyone, other than said fans, think they are smart?

    http://cdn.jockular.com/assets/images/2012/05/4fb51b2db6b14.jpg

  • ch0rn

    Let me correct the part where I had to stop reading because you are obviously going to be extremely biased.

    Without their best wide receiver and with a makeshift offensive line, the Bears drove down the field against one of the best defenses in the league and scored touchdowns twice.

    –>> Missing in your post –> Then Cutler thew an interception returned for a touchdown

    Then Cutler got hurt.

  • Doc Hamstring

    I’m afraid this is the week the Seahawks figure out how to use Jimmy Graham, and he ends up with 200 yards and 3 TDs.

    To go with Marshawn Lynch’s 200 yards rushing and 3 TDs.

    Simply put, this is going to be a bloodbath.

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