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Starting Jimmy Clausen a Mistake for Chicago Bears

| September 22nd, 2015

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David Fales may be shit. He may be no closer to a starting NFL quarterback than Caleb Hanie or Jonathan Quinn or Henry Burris or, hell, Henry Rollins for that matter. A look at the image above reveals three words that ask a million questions: “No stats available.” Fales is an unknown. But an unknown is better than a known when that known is…

Jimmy Clausen is shit. Everyone knows this. And the Bears, according to multiple reports across Chicago, will be starting the ex-Notre Dame signal caller for as long as Jay Cutler is unable to take to the field. It’s a mistake. And another example of the Bears taking a short-sighted view of the 2015 season instead of playing the long game.

This is the reason Kyle Long was not moved to tackle until the week of the opener. This is the reason Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett were not dangled openly on the trade market. The Bears were holding out hope for a successful 2015 campaign. But that hope walked into the locker room before the half against the Arizona Cardinals.

David Fales may be shit. But he may also be a decent quarterback. Hell, he could possibly be terrific. Or maybe he’s not terrific but proves himself to be the type of sturdy backup the Bears can rely upon for years to come. The Bears will never learn this in Bourbonnais. They will never learn this in the preseason. It will take game action and the organization is presented with two wonderful opportunities, in Seattle and against the Raiders, to give Fales meaningful game action.

Starting Clausen is conservative. It is safe. But it has no ability to make the 2016 Bears a better team. And every single decision made in 2015 should be geared toward that end.

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  • TheBigCheesy

    Who else is really sad that we don’t get to watch cutty suit up in Seattle? Come back soon, buddy!!!!!!

    • i, for one, am pretty distraught. it’s cool that The Claw is going to get the first win in our march to 14-2, but I’d really rather it was Jay.

  • Viva

    Wholeheartedly agree, Jeff. The reality is that if Fales shines he becomes a very very valuable asset during the off-season. Other teams overpay for that position all the time based on one flash in the pan. If Fales has a strong run Gase has himself a hot commodity to shop…(Matt Cassel, Matt Schaub, Matt Flynn, McCown…).

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s on a 1 year $105K contract currently …

    • Trac

      Then Gase better not call any passes deeper than 15 yds.

  • BearDown100393

    “David Fales may be shit.” Best opener ever. And to encore it verbatim in the same post is pure gold. Veni, vidi, vici Seattle.

  • Jokey

    +1 Jeff. Starting Fales means maybe we win twice – we win the game and win on Fales. We start Clausen, and that’s 2 losses.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We have a handier schedule after the bye, but Jay will be back in a few weeks. 8-8 is probably the very best we could do. I’d rather be 4-12 than 8-8 TBH.

      • willbest

        What is this 4-12 nonsense. Then we are competing with the Saints or Tampa for the #1.

  • NewBearInTown

    On the one hand, I agree with Jeff. On the other hand, I understand the coaching decision.

    We want the Bears scrappy and we don’t want to see players giving up. Its kind of hard to ask that of them when management selects the starters based on “playing the long game.”

    • I don’t want quitters. The way I see it, whoever quits, should be traded or cut.
      I don’t quit when I’m not getting paid. I’m certainly not going to quit when getting paid millions.
      I just don’t get that mentality, and if anyone quits cuz of Fales starting will just find another reason to quit down the line, maybe more injuries to the team, or the Bears are behind 14 points, and they pack it up.
      As Samurai said, “Can’t win with them. Can’t do it.”

      We need to slice those losers off this roster.

      • SC Dave

        Hmmm… guesswe should have ditched most the team last season then,.eh?

        • If it were up to me, hell yeah. Take the cap hit, go 2-14, raze the forest and hit reset.

        • CanadaBear

          I think the one difference is all the players knew the coaches were awful and wouldn’t put them in a position to succeed. Not to mention one of the top 3 coaches on the staff was planting stories about Cutler in the media to save their worthless asses. No player is going to put it all on the line for back stabbing coaches that are terrible at their jobs.

  • BillW

    Others have said it – feeding Fales to the Seattle defense would not be prudent. Especially given the noise at their field. How does it help his devlopment having to deal with extraordinary conditions like that in his first NFL start?

    Now – unless Clausen actually does well (unlikely) then start Fales the next game. We won’t hear Fox say it, but I suspect that’s on his mind.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Seattle aren’t so scary, and they’re 0-2 by the way. Checking the stas, actually their run D is pretty good. 3.7 YPC.

      Aside: The Pats allow 5.7 YPC !! The Cowgirls … 2.5.

      We could beat the Pats just by running the football, they literally couldn’t stop us, and Brady would hardly be on the field. That’s the Super Bowl plan.

      • You are disturbingly chipper now adays, Irish, esp with Cutler who you once wanted to bench for McCown, Clausen and Fales. If you argue that Forte should get paid, we might have to call the Irish Embassy to intervene.

        Hope the Fed didn’t reprogram you!

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i am thinking the tall whites abducted him. i am very concerned too.

      • BillW

        My concern about Seattle for Fales is as much the noise factor as the defense. What’s the over/under on false starts for the RG (refuse to look up his name)?

        So Fales gets put in >10 YTG where the crowd gets amped up even more against a team that is shockingly 0-2 and is home and is wanting to kick the crap out anyone. not a good situation. As least Clausen has played a dozen games or so.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I probably wouldn’t want to see the boy’s hair ruffled by Michael Bennett in fairness.

          And I guarantee Uni gives away 15 yards for fighting with his brother. Fkn guarantee it.

          • BillW

            Well, that’s a reason to watch the whole game if in fact the score gets out of hand.

  • Johnnywad

    Fales is shit. Might as well have stopped there. I really doubt that a handful of very qualified NFL coaches spent the summer with him, and still have hope that he’s not shit. They placed him behind Jimmy Clausen. That’s saying something.

    Start Fales, and you might as well tell the rest of the team to mail it in the rest of the year. It would be really difficult to lead a team that way. The Bears need to learn how to grind again. Find a way to win one they shouldn’t from time to time. Dicking around with an experiment like starting David Fales just in case he might not suck, is not a luxury the Bears have.

    • CanadaBear

      Not only is Fales shit, so is the rest of the team. If ever there was a time to play Fales, this is it. I get starting Pickles in Seattle but after that, put in Fales. Unlike last year when the team mailed it in, Fox will be back next year and the quitters won’t. We will be lucky to win 5 games this year with Cutler playing.

      • Scharfinator

        Yes, let the hawks dine on pickles, then Fales can move in without a completely puckered asshole.

      • Irish Sweetness

        You haven’t enjoyed Cutty’s new improved Carlito Brigante, C-Bear? I’m over the moon with the lad.

      • Couldn’t agree more, Canada.

      • BillW

        Best line – ” Unlike last year when the team mailed it in, Fox will be back next year and the quitters won’t”. Huge difference.

        I go back to the story about when he took over Carolina. He told the team a lot of them were the reason the coaches got fired and it was his job to figure out who they were and get rid of them.

        That process continues and how the players react to the adversity of 2015 will separate the keepers from the rest.

      • Johnnywad

        They stood toe to toe with the Packers for most of the game. I don’t know what this team is exactly yet, but I won’t write off the season. I think they’re probably more like the team that took the field in week one than in week two. Everybody expected them to be 1-3 at best to start the season. The schedule gets easier and the coaches should have a better handle on things as the season progresses. If Cutler is out two weeks, no biggie. If it’s worse, then we got a problem. Fox needs to do his best to hold down the fort meanwhile. Fales doesn’t help in that regard.

        • CanadaBear

          Everyone keeps saying the same thing. Easier schedule, will be better later in the year, etc. Not sure it works that way. A few more losses, a couple of key injuries and we’re looking at the first pick in the draft.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Went toe to toe with the Cards too until Precious went out.

    • MB30SD

      Thiiiiiiis!

    • Irish Sweetness

      So we think Claws sucks, but we shouldn’t start the only other QB we have?

      • Johnnywad

        Because he sucks worse. “Developmental QB’s” are never UDFA’s that get waived, practice squadded, waived again and then put on an active roster due to injury, or whatever the hell his story has been. He was waived and nobody wanted him. I’m sure Fox and Gase can properly evaluate his talent and whether he deserves a shot. If he did, they would give it to him. It’s pretty clear they aren’t fucking around. They’ve cut and benched guys in the last month that would have started and been given contract extensions with the last group of shitheads. I trust them to wade through this season and do their best to compete. If they’re done competing each week, I’m done watching.

        • Irish Sweetness

          How do you know he sucks worse? He threw a TD on the run that Claws wouldn’t make in a career. Can we at least find out?

          • I want to find out too, but perhaps not in SEA.
            However, trial by fire?

          • Johnnywad

            I’ve been a Bears fan since the late ’70’s. That makes me an expert in lousy quarterback play.

            Talent at the quarterback position in the NFL, while occasionally oversold or misjudged, NEVER goes unnoticed. Nobody is interested in the kid. Not even his own coordinator.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s been with us for a year and a half.

        • TheBigCheesy

          To be fair, Fales was not UDFA. He went in the 6th.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Same as Brady ! And I bet David didn’t cry.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe Fales just needs to learn how to cheat real well for a dozen years or so.

  • Irish Sweetness

    The only things I know about David Fales are:

    1. He’s a good-looking kid.

    2. He’s living my dream right now.

    3. He’s an accurate passer.

    4. He must have shown a lot to be kept around longer than Dan LeFevour et al (drafted when James
    Starks was top of our board!)

    5. When he was flushed out of the pocket, he hit Omodu in the endzone with a crazy accurate throw when he was off-balance. That this happened in the PS is irrelevant.

    6. His name isn’t Jimmy Clausen.

    7. People are always talking about ‘developmental QBs’. Well, he’s ours.

    8. He deserves a chance, doesn’t he? How can we write the guy off when he hasn’t played a snap in the NFL?

    • Jokey

      9. The earlier we acknowledge we’re rebuilding, the more time we have to rebuild.

    • “That this happened in the PS is irrelevant.”
      You seem unable to grasp the fact that this statement is never true unless it is describing an injury (the only thing that actually carries over to the regular season).

      • crazy accurate throw while off-balance and on the run. yes it was pre-season, yes it was against third-stringers, but if he didn’t have the ability to make the pass he wouldn’t have been able to make the pass.

        • Trac

          It’s too bad we can’t marry Fales brain and legs with Ryan Malletts arm.

        • Johnnywad

          I would venture most QB’s in the NFL can make that throw at any given moment. But making it when the coverage is better, the pass rush quicker, the LB’s blitzing for real and the results of the game consequential, is a horse of a different color altogether.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cutty and Clausen can’t make that throw. Wislon, Rodgers, and Fales can make it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        ???? Fales rolls right, he’s literally about to be sacked, and somehow gets off an accurate pass to a receiver in the endzone. That skill and ability is negated because it happened in the pre-season? Bullshit.

  • Also, is it me, or are most QBs from either CA or PA?

    • Irish Sweetness

      37.8% of all NFL QBs are from Poughkeepsie apparently … and 73.8% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

      • BillW

        73.8% with a standard deviation of 11.7%

        • Irish Sweetness

          Standard deviation in place names, eh ….?

  • FF ALERT for Da League (If not pertinent, skip over).

    OK, so SOME have not been filling out their roster. It literally takes 1 minute to put ppl in your starting lineup. When not doing so, you fuck it up for others by handing your opponent a victory.

    I also take note of absentee FFers for next year invites. It’s only the 3rd wk, for god’s sake.

    Alrightee then. Carry on.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I never let it phase me Butch. A win is a win.

      • It’s sorta ridicules when someone has LeVeon Bell still in their lineup the first two weeks, then the 3rd week he comes back and the opponent’s like, “WTF?”

        • Trac

          I got a name for ya butch. Travis Benjamin. He he.

          • haha, good on you for starting him. He has like 67 points off literally 7 targets.
            That’s gotta be some sort of record.
            But that’s bound to crash, but for now, ride the wave…

    • Waffle

      holy shit dude, that was directed at me wasn’t it. I dropped Carr when I thought he broke his damn hand and forgot to put Manziel in when he cleared waivers. My bad guys my bad….

      • Not as much you. I thought you just forgot, but Manziel wouldn’t have made you won that matchup.

        However, having dude’s on IR or suspended playing two games is crazy.

  • Was Jeff channeling Rumsefld?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk

    • Trac

      I love that guy.

      • CanadaBear

        WOW!

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Just taking roll call my man.

      • MB30SD
        • Trac

          Hahaha. You come up with the funniest stuff. You’re either brilliant or……….let’s just stick with brilliant. Lol

          • MB30SD

            yes, let’s.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I love Satan.

  • BillW

    Jerry Jones on Brandon Weeden:
    Frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer.

    Makes me glad we play that guy Aaron Rodgers twice a year instead of Brandon Weeden.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/22/jerry-jones-you-wont-see-a-more-gifted-passer-than-brandon-weeden/

  • Trac

    This let’s play Fales mantra is laughable. Now if what people are really saying is that they have an unrealistic expectation that “Fales might be good so we might as well find out now”, let me save you some embarrassment. He ain’t no good. Mmmkay. There is zero, nadda, no zip on his passes. Got it? Defenses key on his eyes and eat him for lunch.

    • willbest

      Better than Jimmy throw-so-slow Clausen that 50% of his passes get batted down at the line.

      • Trac

        I’d have less respect for Fox/Gase if they play the kid and he tanks. That would be unfortunate.

      • MB30SD

        so you think you are better at evaluating QBs from a couple PS games than fox gase are with all of camp every practice, tape, classroom feedback, drills, etc… etc…?

        Cause that’s what you’re saying yo.

        Like trac says, let’s ALL stop this silliness. Sure give him a shot at some point, then let’s sto playing grab ass and draft our next franchise high in rd 1… whatever it takes to get it done (IFF there’s a guy worth it)

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jim McMahon went 25-0 with no zip on his passes Trac. None of us know who David Fales is right now, other that his QB rating was 134 … and that he can throw accurately on the run and under pressure.

      • Trac

        I’m not saying the guy shouldn’t get a look see, I’m saying there’s a right way and a wrong way to get him on the field. Oh and McMahon? The dude would have won a national championship in college if he’d been with a powerhouse program.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    This is a pointless article as Clausen has a 100% chance of leaving this game with a concussion. He’ll be in the SeaChicken game by half, guaranteed. I’m really surprised he made it the entire half against the Cards. I thought for sure when he hit the dive button on the goal line to avoid that safety he was a goner. He is without a doubt a giant floppy pussy lip.

    • Johnnywad

      An instant classic.

    • MB30SD

      a giant, floppy pussy lip indeed!

      Speaking of which you bastard… how’s the kid?!

      • MichiganBearFan

        Nice. Now I have to wipe off my monitor. I was drinking coffee when that happened.

  • BearDown100393

    Clausen – Fales. Arsensic – Cyanide.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I believe it’s written:

      Clausen : Fales :: Arsenic : Cyanide

  • I’m all for giving Fales his shot, but I’d like him to actually have a chance to succeed. So I’d let him play against Oakland at home for his first NFL start.

    • Trac

      The knock on Fales is a weak fastball. That will never change.

      • That was the knock on a lot of QBs like Dalton.

        Doesn’t mean he can’t make it up other ways. Also, arm strength can get a lil better (Brady comes to mind). He’ll never have a Cutler Canon, but only one way to find out.

        (Though I agree with Data. Sit him vs SEA)

        • BerwynBomber

          I watched Brady twice in college. Once his junior year in the annual MICH/OSU game when he was overwhelmed and one could understand why the Maize and Blue faithful were demanding Drew Henson. And the second time in the final game of his college career in, I believe, it was the Orange Bowl vs a Shaun Alexander-led ALA team.

          I am not going to bullshit you and say I saw Brady’s pro career coming but he was a revelation that night — standing tall in the pocket and zipping thirty yard lasers down the seam — i.e., there was no doubting his arm strength, and btw, Brady’s arm strength, IMO, has always been waaaaaay underestimated.

          Anyway, helluva game too. Can’t even remember who won (think it was MICH) but the final was something like 35-31 and Brady and Alexander both played their asses off.

          • I found this as to why Brady dropped.

            “Measurables: Scouts were hard on Brady, as they are on most quarterbacks. They criticized his slow foot speed. They criticized his frame, saying he was too small.
            They criticized his arm strength. They said he couldn’t throw a tight spiral. They said he couldn’t improvise if a play broke down. Some even said that his good statistics were a product of him playing on a great team rather than him being a great player. Looking back, these criticisms are laughable. But at the time, those were legitimate
            concerns that made Brady’s value plummet. ”

            https://www.quora.com/Why-was-Tom-Brady-drafted-so-low

            2nd comment, very thorough.

      • BerwynBomber

        Pennington had a noodle and was a pretty decent QB when healthy — in fact, durability was more his issue than his weak arm.

        Also depends how weak we are talking. There is a big difference between the arms of, say, Danny Weurfell and Matt Hasselback.

        Anyway, no one is expecting Fales to be Cutler. The (realistic) curiosity is whether he has a future in the league as a serviceable back-up.

        • Pissed Off

          See Payton manning

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude, Peyton …

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wasn’t Pennington like the most accurate QB ever?

      • WP34

        #16 joe cool

      • cutty has one of the best fastballs in the league. but, well, you know.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Joe Montana. Jim McMahon. A bunch of other guys that won SBs? Nice to have, but no necessary.

  • One random thought. Is this year’s SEA D tougher than last year’s DET D? That DET D last season was no joke, and Claus (with a week of prep) handled himself OK, keeping the Bears in the game till the very end.

    I don’t entirely blame Claus for his performance being thrown into the middle of the game with obviously no prep or plan from Gase (not to mention, no Alshon).

    SEA is certainly the most hostile place to play, esp in a must win for them, but who knows? Heavy run, TOP, some critical 3rd down shots. Fuck it. Stranger things have happen, and no telling if SEA is imploding.

    #tradewindGulp

    • Johnnywad

      That’s more like it.

      • Also, Lynch looks like age has caught up to him. We ran over the Pack.

        Lynch looked like he was stuck in mud. They seem to not be able to utilize Graham (and apparently he’s pissed at it).

        Wilson is always dangerous with his feet, but hopefully we can limit him like the pack. We might not get a lot of sacks, but we do reasonably well at containing QBs in the pocket.

        Someone just has to make a play or two on D.

        • Johnnywad

          I’m very curious to see what the presence of Rat does to this D on his return. I’m thinking things will look a bit sharper and a few more plays may in fact be made.

          The Bears just need to grind it out and let the chips fall where they may. I’m going to be really pissed if they just throw out their depth chart and say “Fuck it. Let’s see what Fales can do.”. They already know he’s not as good as Clausen. Otherwise, Clausen would have been the one getting waived.

          • MB30SD

            thiiiiiiiiis!

        • SEA has one of the worst OL in the NFL right now. That’s why they couldn’t run.
          Plus Cutler is a better passer than Wilson, so GB had to respect that a bit more.

          • It could be both. Their Oline sucks and Lynch got old (and is now paid and complacent). It happens. To me, Lynch looked slow, not as violent or determined.
            Chucky did a good job of explaining how the Pack made a conscious effort to not let Lynch cut back. Hopefully, fangio took notes.

            I think SEA will try to get Graham involved more and naturally establish the run.

            But we did a decent job of limiting Lacy who many view as a younger Lynch (behind a better Oline).

            Glass half full, I guess.

          • SC Dave

            Some guys do that after the big contract. Some, like #22, dont

          • MB30SD
          • and to think you wanted to trade him back when he was looking for a new contract because he was “injury-prone”

          • SC Dave

            Me?!? You must be mistaking me for someone else. EVERYONE here knows that I have been perhaps the blog’s most avid Forte guy he faked what’s his name on the Colts (Sanders?) out of his jock his first game in navy and orange.

          • MB30SD

            now THAT’s sarcasm!

          • SC Dave

            I can rarely see the font, mb.

          • Pissed Off

            Just seeing your post makes me want to flat out mention that I love forte. He is a true pro and a great bear. No beating kids or wives no law trouble and he’s flat out good. He is one of the only individuals I can truly root for on this team. I was watching the game with my vikes fan buddy and ap was having a good game but I just felt proud forte gets it done in all phases including catchng the ball and picking up blitzes. All ap can do is run with agression and beat his kids.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Arguably he lost us the game with crucial mistakes in the receiving game against GB. Alright, it was a factor, his 140 yards aside :o)

          • Pissed Off

            Your getting confused with jays int as we were driving down the field late in the game trying to tie

          • yes. EVERYONE knows it. that was the joke. =]

          • Irish Sweetness

            N. Suh. 2 tackles last week?

          • Pissed Off

            Not sure that’s true about Wilson being a lesser passer but I see where one could have that opinion. I think the game plan vs gb was better or whatever it was because we were actually able to possess the ball.

          • I mean in terms of pure passing from the pocket. Wilson is a better overall QB and makes smarter decisions.

          • Pissed Off

            I can get on board with that

          • Irish Sweetness

            We should blitz the #@$%! out of their backfield all day then. Their Run D is solid though, so we’ll have trouble moving the ball on them. Nobody expects us to win anyway. That’s normally when we do.

        • DaMurph

          Im sure they will find a way to utilize Graham against us. Im pretty sure his hurt feeling will be cured this weekend.

    • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    dead last boys: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-powerrankings/Power-Rankings-Week-3/07cdd955-1307-49e1-b744-a35b103cfe61

    Did that shit ever happen last year?!

    Not that it means anything, but still. sheesh.

    • BearDown100393

      Now it can only improve

      • MB30SD

        smfh

        • SC Dave

          Lol at both

    • if it didn’t happen last year, it should have.

    • Without Cutler, I’d say we’re 32nd.

      However, if the Saints and Lions are missing their QBs also, then they’re in the mix.

      • MB30SD
        • We were all bracing for this though MB. We couldn’t name one playmaker on D. Like I said in the PS, bunch of Jags, might as well relocate to JAX.

          Between Allen’s “awareness”, Rolle’s “Leadership”, and McPhee’s “Attitude”, we got no actual, “SKILLS”.

          That should be the headline right there.

          • MB30SD

            No, I’m totally with you maings. I get it and agree. just sucks to see in writing… ALL OVER the fucking sports site. smfh

          • Haha, now you know why I play FF. Consolation prize for sucky Bear seasons.
            And poon.

          • MB30SD

            poon first!

            Tired of shitty seasons.

          • SC Dave

            Worst is shitty poon seasons.

          • Trac

            You can do comedic relief though so at least we have that. Please don’t leave again Shane, we wouldn’t make it if you left again. Sniff….

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            let that be a lesson to you, don’t be looking at all the sports sites. focus on dabearsblog.com and any sites that focus on BOOBS!

          • MB30SD

            agree

        • Irish Sweetness

          @SI_DougFarrar certainly did his research … not. The Bears are 4th best in pass defense according to yardage. Nice research.

    • TheBigCheesy

      I think much of that 32nd place ranking is because they are taking last year into account.

      • BillW

        Even Biggsy has us 32nd. Based I think on being 0-2 at home.

        What I never understood is that if the team you lose to is much higher than your current ranking, then it’s expected you’d lose. So why fall at all from the ranking you had before if the result was what should have been expected by the ranking.

        I guess that’s too much logic being applied to something whose existence itself is kind of illogical to begin with.

        • The GP

          32 is also the amount of grilled cheese sandwiches Biggsy had for lunch.

        • willbest

          Bears are a bad team opening up their season against 3 playoff teams from last year. And not the crappy cardinals team that coasted into the playoffs but the one that was going to be the #1 seed before Palmer went down and the two teams that were in the NFCC. What did everybody expect.

    • Trac

      Not surprising but it will change.

  • Here’s Jahn moonlighting. SHHH. Don’t tell Jeff.

    http://wgnradio.com/2015/09/22/intentional-grounding-episode-8-bears-cardinals-recap-week-3-bold-predictions/

    According to PFF, McPhee played the best game of his career on Sun. Really? I don’t recall him making any plays. I remember him lining up everywhere and getting close, but defenders don’t get paid for “close” (see Shea).

    As Hoge or Jahns remarked, if that’s the best McPhee can do, then the Bears waaaay overpaid.

    • Shady

      I think McPhee suffers from being the only guy on a unit worth double teaming.

      • But that’s the thing. I don’t believe he WAS being double-teamed. He was getting pressure according to PFF, but that didn’t seem to bother Palmer or Vadgers, and won’t rattle most good QBs.

  • Shady
    • The GP

      Is Tyrod the real deal or what?

  • Shady
    • willbest

      So the cowboys gave the Bills for Cassel exactly what the Jets gave the Bears for Brandon Marshal

  • Robert L. Wendt

    I have been saying the Bears should start David Fales, for quite awhile. They need to see what kind
    of a football player he is. When he gets the chance to start, watch how his teammates react to him.
    Maybe he can spark the team. Maybe not. The Bears won’t know until they start him.

    • BearDown100393

      Did you really expect the Bears to start a practice squad QB over a healthy Cutler?

    • Johnnywad

      Yeah. Who knows right? Because nobody really knows anything about these guys at all.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    My concerns/thoughts on Fales.

    Fales was out of training camp until the 1st or 2nd PS game with an ‘illness’. If he was there throughout training camp could he have pushed Pickles for the #2. How many reps did he miss with this illness? Did Fox and friends see enough to truly evaluate him through the PS? Is that why he was regulated to 3rd string? As a couple have pointed out he appeared to have some playmaking ability with an off balance throw and he appeared a lot more mobile than Pickles.

    The Backup QB Conundrum. We have witnessed throughout the years QBs on the Bears and other teams come in and play out their asses, and then get assessed at a higher value. Caleb Hanie looked good in one half of a playoff game(hard not to look good compared to the shit storm named Todd Collins) and he went into a season as our #2 to only crap his pants, forcing us to pickup Josh McCown. On the other hand if he looks pretty good and is efficient his trade value goes way up ie Matt Flynn/Kevin Kolb/Cassel. There are always QB needy teams that are willing to give a small fortune of draft picks to get a QB that looked capable.

    As Jeff has pointed out, Pickles is a known quantity, and that quantity is a giant heaping pile of shit. Not sure starting Fales against SEA is a good idea but, like others, i think Pickles will get a concussion sometime in the game, i would not be surprised if it was during the coin toss. At least if Fales plays, we know what we got, if he plays decently we may have a backup for a long time, if he looks “good” we have trade bait. If he is shit, then who cares because does anyone really believe he will be that much worse than we have seen in Pickles?

    • Trac

      You forgot the 3rd and most important issue. If Fales is a legitimate QB that with grooming can actually be a decent starter one day, throwing him into a game before he’s ready could quite possibly destroy his confidence. I stand by my comments earlier. It will be a huge mistake to play him at this point.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        2nd year in the league, how much grooming does he need? He has got to play sometime.

        • Trac

          More than 2 weeks in a new system. Plus, you don’t leapfrog the backup. He’ll get his shot eventually.

          • Bender McLugh

            But when that backup is Clausen?

          • Trac

            The coaching staff will pull Clausen if he can’t hack it. That’s the only way he’s getting on the field. The rest of the players could really lose their respect for Fox if he screws the pooch on this one.

        • SC Dave

          How many years did Rodgers get?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            doesn’t matter. how many years did Brady get?

    • The GP
      • MB30SD

        yikes!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Pales in comparison to Harlequin babies. Not posting a link. God be with those parents.

    • Irish Sweetness

      So we developed Fales to trade him?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Sure, if the coaching staff thinks he is the next Matt Flynn. If they believe he is more than that then no. But my guess is that he is not the next Brady.

  • Robert L. Wendt

    I do agree the Bears will not start David Fales against Seattle. They would be better off to start him
    when they return to Soldier Field.

  • Pissed Off

    Of course we should start fales. If for no other reason than let’s see what we got. Even on the off chance we have a diamond in the rough of sorts. Pickles actually had me believing that he might be a gamer from his limited action last year and preseason and now that he got older blah blah blah but I think that’s out the window unless a full week of starter reps and a game plan for him change that. I guess I’m ok starting him this week only for one more look and if he doesn’t pass the eye test then let’s see what we got in fales.

    • Trac

      The Bears can bring Fales in off the bench. I’m sure that’s what Fox has in mind.

  • Pissed Off

    So one more thing is there any chance we pick up some guy off the waiver now or some undrafted rookie qb? That thought shouldn’t excite me but it crossed my mind.

  • Oh, Alshon. Read between the lines.

    “Bears signed WR Deonte Thompson to their practice squad.

    Thompson had a fine preseason with the Bills, posting 96 yards and one touchdown across two games. Coach Rex Ryan went as far tosay the Bills were getting “a lot of calls” about Thompson’s
    availability. That was an obvious lie because the Bills later cut him. Thompson runs 4.31 at 6-foot, 203 pounds.” – Roto

    • willbest

      Could be a Wilson replacement. Bellamy has done more.

  • wreckinball

    Christian Ponder is unemployed Sign him

  • wreckinball

    Real teams have proven backups Dallas got Cassel sign Ponder if you’re serious about winning any games

    • MB30SD

      hahahahahahahahahaha… there’s a reason he’s fucking unemployed. Are you even serious?!?!

  • wreckinball

    Can Jake Arrieta moonlight at QB?
    Guy is a machine

  • Robert L. Wendt

    Christian Ponder and Tim Tebow are not capable backup QBs.

  • Big Mike

    We are the worst team in football 🙁

  • Big Mike

    Doesn’t fucking matter.

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