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Teammates, Media, Fans Owe Cutler One Thing: Gratitude

| October 12th, 2015

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This is the moment Cutler released the game-winning touchdown.

Jay Cutler never asked for approval.

He never attempted to win over the Lovie lobby when arriving in Chicago as Jerry Angelo’s big ticket toy. He didn’t give a shit that Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs were the big men on campus. He wasn’t going to kiss the fingers where the two keep their imaginary championship rings.

Cutler has never served up the mindless platitudes others do (especially the fella up in Seattle) in a desperate attempt to be media and fan friendly while raking in endorsement money. Cutler doesn’t care what the media and fans think of him. If he wanted to be liked he could spew things like:

My thing is, and I’ve always been this way – to get to know as many people as I possibly can on a personal level, so that way, when you get on the football field, you’ve got your buddy right beside you, and you’re ready to go. – Russell Wilson

When he shoved an offensive lineman for lack of effort or cursed off an offensive coordinator hell bent on getting him killed, he was too emotional. (He’s a brat! That’s not a leader!) When he didn’t scream and yell and throw his helmet after every interception, he wasn’t emotional enough. (He doesn’t care! That’s not a leader!)

I sat in The Billy Goat Tavern with Reverend Dave last December and watched Dave be drank, gargled and spit out by a gentleman bussing tables because Dave had the nerve merely suggest he DID NOT HATE Cutler. The forty minutes that followed revealed to me that in Chicago’s bloodstream lived a disease. If this disease was gonorrhea, hating Cutler was the burning during urination.

The fan base wanted him off the team in March. The organization tried to trade him on draft day. The head coach called him by the wrong name in his introductory press conference. So of course, feeling neglected and under appreciated by his employers, Cutler has delivered the kind of wishy washy 2015 campaign many expected of him.

Oh, what? He didn’t? I mean, but everybody told me….!

All Jay Cutler has done through three and a half games is provide the Chicago Bears a meaningful season. He has given the defensive locker room something to hit for. He has given the media (both mainstream and not) something that sends them sprinting to their keyboards. He’s given the fans a team to be excited about each and every Sunday.

Oh, and he’s doing it all on one leg.

If you remove the half he didn’t play against Arizona and the full game he didn’t play in Seattle, you know what the Bears are? A winning team. With an offensive line changing every other day and a receiving corps going three wide at Northwestern Memorial, the reason has been the quarterback. Forget about the draft position, folks. The Bears are only a half game out of the NFC’s second wildcard.

As we enter Week Six, Cutler still doesn’t care what we think of him. And while fans don’t owe him their respect or their love, they do owe him one thing: a thank you. And for those who unabashedly hate him regardless of what he does on the field, a simple request: keep it to yourself.

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  • MB30SD

    Konichiwa bitches .

    The cutty sark

    • Trac

      Disgusting stuff.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this game for this week while we prep for Detroit.

    It was weird seeing comments from Bears fans like, “i’ve got to give Jay credit….blah blah blah…” like it fucking pained them to admit we have an NFL quarterback.

    Enjoy the win, i command it.

    • Trac

      Jack Cutler sucks!!!

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Ironically that’s his dads name.

    • EnderWiggin

      Jaysus!

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I’m making shirts.

  • Sactowns#1


    I am grateful oh Cutty of virgin birth.

  • The GP

    Here’s what I think the deep down truth is:

    Cutler wants to win. He hates to lose. He doesn’t take the field with a gimp hammy because his hundred million demands it of him, he doesn’t do it because you expect him to. He does it because he wants his team to win and he knows Clausen is shit and they need him.

    Nobody questions Jay Cutler’s toughness. Nobody. He has been beat to a pulp under Martz and he is still there slinging it. He still runs for first downs and occasionally drops his shoulder on a DB rather than slide, if a first down is at stake. He is tough.

    But does he want to win? Does he CARE? He cares. He knows that if he packs it in this year, he’s done in the NFL. He has something to prove. He wants to be back. And now he’s going to show everybody why.

    Oh – and the talk this week was that Jay was yelling at guys. Not vicious Ryan Tannehill “go take your practice squad money” shine box insults, but real yelling coaching, as in “get THERE”. That smells vaguely like leadership to me.

    Biggsy was on this morning on the wavez. Biggsy actually cracked back with an Andy Reid fat joke. No, I am NOT MAKING IT UP. Biggsy said Reid checked out of the game, he was thinking about dinner. I nearly dropped my iPhone. Biggsy cracked a fat joke on Reid! That was awesome.

    He also said Gase has gotten Jay to adopt spot routes. Jay HATES spot routes. Because a spot route means you trust your guy to be there. Jay likes to visually lead his man and sight check his throws.

    But both TDs to Wilson and Forte were spot route throws. You put it there, and RIGHT there, and you know your guy will go be there and get it. Wilson ran THIRTEEN yards from the point of ball release. Forte ran nine. That’s what Gase has gotten into Jay to help him be a better QB. And it resulted in two TDs.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The evidence is clear.

    Bears with Cutler: We have life.

    Bears without Cutler: Dead on arrival.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      shit noooooo, really?????

  • FQD1911

    I’ll gladly eat my crow on Cutty this year. Dude played like a straight up champ the entire game.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    and one more thing. Everyone can probably agree that the Bears need to draft the hell out of the next couple of years while possibly hitting on key free agent pieces like McPhee. While the team needs a substantial overhaul isn’t it pretty sound logic to build the trenches, draft difference makers at skill positions and create an environment where you could bring in a rookie QB down the line and give him as much chance to succeed?
    We have that chance by just riding out Cutler and building the team until a perceived stud becomes available at QB. By that time, if the GM does it right, the conditions should exist for sustained success without needing the second coming of Aaron Rodgers. Cutlers contract will become friendlier every single year and we have a chance to see an organization that has been depleted by years of administrative ineptitude rise from the ashes of mediocrity since we know we’re good at QB for the foreseeable future.

    We can enjoy the games and still know things need to continue to change.

  • Scharfinator

    Jeff cannot get off Cutler’s D. Hey, at least you’re a man of conviction though.

    • SC Dave

      The funniest part was the pablum about giving the defense something to play for.

  • chitownproud85

    The Cutty kool aid is getting people fucked up. Dudes got some serious moxy, and there arent many people that can make some of those throws. Just wow! That being said, hes done some great things before, too. And some absolutely, terrible, terrible things as well. I expect him to continue to do both, because at 30-something, its highly unlikely that any of that will ever change. We’ve already seen examples of it THIS YEAR. Cutty is who Cutty has always been, without some of the almost over-the-top petulence we saw when he was younger. Love him, and goddamn is he TOUGH and a fighter. But can we evaluate this season when its over, and not when its 5 games in(1 and 1/2 he did not play)? I’m terrfied this Manic-style Cutty love is going to cause a few people to leap to their doom when it inevitably comes back to Earth, like it has done the other 100 times. We take the good with the bad – hes our QB and I’m damn proud of him and his guts.

    • Scharfinator

      “The Cutty kool aid is getting people fucked up. ” Haha!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Now is not the time to rave about neither 2016 draft position nor how close to a potential playoff spot the Bears are. Noboday drafts in week 5. Nobody makes the playoffs in week 5.

    Now IS the time to be concerned about whether the Bears have enough healthy bodies to keep this boat moving UPstream and to keep the Motor City Kitties circling the drain.

    • chitownproud85

      This. Everyone, read for comprehension. THIS.

  • Sactowns#1

    Chiefs vs Vikings will be a good smell test of things to come. If Chiefs beat the Vikings handily then we know we’ve got a team here.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I don’t see the “Chefs” beating anybody “handily” the rest of this season sans J. Charles.

      I seriously contemplated Mr. Charles as the #2 pick of my FF draft.

      Shudder.

      • I drafted Jamaal Charles #5 overall. The person who went #4 took Lacy and then bitched that he meant to take Charles. So I made a straight 1-for-1 swap with him before the season started.

        Through 4.5 weeks I was hating that decision. Not looking so bad now.

        • AlbertInTucson

          You were a nicer about that than I likely would have been, JW.

          Has he called back to tell you he “..really meant to take Lacy?”.

          Lacy Went #6 in our draft.

          Levian Bell was #1.

          • I wanted Lacy over Charles. I proposed the trade. He bitched about it in the chat during the draft.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Jaws ranked Tyrod Taylor’s performance yesterday above Jay Cutler’s. At what point do they take his batteries out & send him back to Philly?”

    What’s Tirod Taylor’s shelf life if he continues to run so much?

    Jaws is probably impressed because Taylor has already passed him for career rushing yards.

    • The GP

      It’s RG3 syndrome. They love the mobility and early Falcons Mike Vick-ness.

      Then they get cracked proper and all that stops.

      • Scharfinator

        I don’t understand it, conceptually. Obviously, the evidence supports you. But what makes a QB so different from a RB getting hammered every play? Do QB’s not know how to run well? Are the pads that different so they can throw the ball? Are they just too small?

        • The GP

          Of your choices, I’m going with not knowing how to run well.

          This is, in essence, what I think a lot of the issue is. Wilson is the first QB who I’ve seen who runs like a back out of the field.

          In the Chiefs game when they did direct snap to Forte and he bolted, somebody who never watched football before could tell you that was a half and not a quarter back. It’s just evident they way they move.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yep, all about knowing how to absorb blows. Wilson is the only QB I have seen who consistently does that well.

          • it’s also about all the precision and mental capacity required to play QB. Tough to do that when you take big hits consistently.

            We saw that with Russell Wilson last year against GB in the playoffs… remember how he looked like shit for the next 1.5-2 quarters after Clay drilled him?

            Those “cobwebs” get exposed a lot more when you have to read a defense and throw the ball instead of just running forward. Not to mention the precise mechanics and touch necessary for accuracy that get thrown off after a couple big shots.

  • CanadaBear

    Lots of Cutty love today. One of these days the NFL will wake up and Andy Reid will be an OC somewhere, never to be a HC ever again.

    A guy not getting a lot of love is Alshon. Don’t know if anyone else noticed yesterday that Alshon was limping like Chester on Gunsmoke (or Grandpappy Amos from the Real McCoys). Fox doesn’t do the injured guys any favors by the double secret probation approach with the media about injuries. Not unlike Lovie when Cutler went down in the playoff game. Just come out and say the guy is hurt and say week to week instead of day to day. With Fox’s approach everyone thinks Alshon should be out there today or tomorrow when in reality he looks like he’s a few weeks away. I really don’t get why people think he’s jaking it. This is his walk year. If ever there is a year in your contract when you want to be healthy and balling it’s your walk year. Just my .02 cents.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Fox’s attitude on injuries is just standard, if tacet, league policy.

      Reid had to admit Charles was likely done for the year because you didn’t have to be Dr. Charles Andrews to see what occurred when they showed the first replay of Jamaal going down.

      • Scharfinator

        Yeah, that shudder his leg did when he planted, you knew.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Non-Contact Injury”.

          Nobody wants to hear THAT.

      • CanadaBear

        Fox would say it was merely a flesh wound. I agree coaches are alway secretive but Fox is at the front of the line with this thinking.

      • BerwynBomber

        In general, I agree with you, but specifically, Fox may take it to a Belichek-ian level.

    • The GP

      It’s the perception that Jeffery doesn’t condition his body. That he runs a bit of a jelly doughnut around the belt.

      Since Aug 9th, he was on the field for TWO practices. then the GB game. Then nothing.

      It starts early with these players. Let’s consider the possibility that he’s soft.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m not discounting he’s a bit of cream puff but none of us really know. The last week or so he’s really been getting the gears around here.

        • The GP

          He’s getting the gears in the MSM as well. Trib has taken it’s shots, Mully and Handley think he’s dogging it. It’s just here we ask if he has sand in his vagina.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He work ethic rep in college lowered his draft status, no?

          • The GP

            It did. The book on the guy at SC was that he was lukewarm on everything – he was so timid it was hard to discern his character. But now people are saying he really doesn’t LIKE football, he’s doing it for the money. And that’s bad.

          • CanadaBear

            Of course, the book on Alex Brown was he didn’t bring it. Slipped to the 4th rd and the Beloved were happy as hell. It’s tough to dispel rumors when the media and esp social media, start grinding on a player.

          • The GP

            if he’s that gimpy, he’ll miss the Lions game. And then next week is the bye.

            That gives him 4 more weeks to recover. If he can’t go after that, it really begs the question of what is really wrong with his leg. Every hammy pull is unique, but now we are looking at tear territory and nobody has said tear all along this process. So is he soft, or are we being lied to?

          • CanadaBear

            The way he was limping yesterday I’m going with being lied to.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Probably because we’re all aching to see him back on the field. How much easier will it get for guys like Wilson , Bellamy and Meredith if/when opponents have to start worrying about Jeffrey, too?

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    • BerwynBomber

      I agree with you. The Alshon bashing is basically of the same stripe that led to the immediate Cutler bashing after the NFCC some years back. (I remember switching over to CLTV immediately after that game and nearly the first words out of Pat Boyle’s mouth were the question of whether Cutler had just dogged it in the biggest CHI/GB game ever.)

      And a hamstring for a QB vs. one for a WR are probably two different things.

      • CanadaBear

        No doubt. I give Cutler all the credit in the world for being a tough bastard. However, he doesn’t do all the violent starting, stopping, cutting that WR’s do and that’s the stuff that tears hamstrings.

  • BerwynBomber

    My suspicion is the post-NFCC criticism stung more than he let on. Jay’s not stupid. He is/was aware of the talk around the league, let alone in Chicago. But the Jay doesn’t care about winning stuff was always idiotic.

    In terms of whether he is a new QB, we may want to tap the breaks a bit. The Gase system has looked good but Cutty also looked good (for a spell) under new offenses from guys like Martz and Trestman. Even last year, he had a very solid early games against SF and NYJ, so let us see how this plays out for the year. Cutler has never NOT been capable of playing like he did in the 4thQ of yesterday’s game. It has been more a matter of him consistently playing like that. Or at least playing well.

    The short-term good news is that DET is fucking mess. No reason we can beat a reeling team like that. The long-term good news is that we have professional coaches and the D has picked it up like crazy the last three weeks.

    • Scharfinator

      Yeah, I’d love to go get 3 turnovers and a handful of sacks on the Kitties while we control clock.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Stafford has already thrown 8.

    • CanadaBear
      • The GP

        Good article – thanks.

        What do you think of the hypothesis that Megatron at 30 just has lost his legs?

        • AlbertInTucson

          A lot of mileage on those legs.

          General concensus is that he played hurt all or most of last season.

          • The GP

            I was down hard on Porter in pre-season, but he stepped up. He and Ball have ability and I think they can shut Megatron down.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Porter has generrally been a plus.

            Failing to set the edge on that TD pass yesterday was an exception.

        • BerwynBomber

          Could be true … but Megatron will probably still be effective even w/out his hops or speed … just not otherworldly as he once was.

          Same thing kinda happened to Andre Johnson too, or even TO, though TO seemed to last pretty damn long.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Calvin’s 30.

            Andre’s 34.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, but Andre slipped big a few years ago. It wasn’t yesterday that he lost his fastball, so to speak.

        • CanadaBear

          When I watched a little bit yesterday CJ looked mortal. Still physically imposing and talented but like BB said not other worldly like he used to be. It will be interesting to see what happens in Motown if this season keeps going off the rails for them. I’ve always thought Julia Child’s illegitimate grandson was highly over rated. I’m shocked he’s been able to avoid shit show Cutler has been subjected to in Chicago. Not saying Cutler didn’t bring a lot of it on himself but he takes 100x’s as much shit as the Fat Lezbo and they have played about the same. Lezbo racks up the stats more than Cutler but not the wins. Oh well. After the Loins fans showed what raging assholes they were last year, this REALLY makes me smile.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Dear Cutty,

    Thank you for all the joy you have brought me over the years. I am totally, wholeheartedly, grateful.

    luv you!

    The Big Cheesy

    • The GP

      Vag threw a fluke pic, but otherwise had little problem with the Rams D at Lambeau.

      You guys going all the way? Chillax.

      • BerwynBomber

        Hah! Don’t bet on it. Cheese are looking good but it is a loooooong season and we have seen this movie before.

        • MB30SD

          surprise first round loss to a lesser opponent.

          Shocking right!?

          • TheBigCheesy

            They’ve only lost in the 1st round twice. Once was to Arizona who was a lesser opponent but it was on the road. The other was at home, but it was to San Francisco who was a superior opponent.

          • BillW

            And therefore…?

          • TheBigCheesy

            E=MC^2

          • BillW

            Just checkin’

            Serious question – when does New Glarus put out Road Slush? I don’t care for Spotted Cow but I do like that. It’s seasonal though.

          • TheBigCheesy

            Serious answer – I have no idea what any of those things are.

          • BillW

            Thought anyone from Wisconsin knew about the legendary brewery that is New Galrus.. It’s such a Wisconsin cult thing (for good reason – great marketing and doing the exclusive to Wisconsin thing perfectly.)

            Maybe you’re not from Wisconsin?

          • TheBigCheesy

            bingo!

          • BillW

            So you are a fraud bandwagoner? “I pick my team based on their record, not due to any logical loyalty”?

            I think I uncovered something important here.

            Up to you, but you may want to explain your allegiance to the Packers to the crowd you love to troll.

          • TheBigCheesy

            This blog is run by a Chicago Bears fan from New Jersey. Not your finest moment, BillW.

            Keep digging though, I’m sure you’ll find something important eventually.

          • MB30SD

            DOOOOOOONNNN’TTTT CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRREEEEEE!

    • BerwynBomber

      Too big of a meatball served up over the plate, eh Cheesy? Ah well. For one weekend at least Cutty slightly outplayed Rodgers.

      Better news is that Vic Fangio is living up to his billing the last few weeks.

      • TheBigCheesy

        Sounds like Cutty was pretty good. Well, pretty clutch at least. Although, I haven’t seen too many quarterbacks post a QBR under 36 when they throw a game winning touchdown pass; that metric reaaaally loves the game winning drives. He also had a paltry ypa. But, from the few plays I watched from across the bar, he looked pretty good. Did he outplay Rodgers? I don’t know, I didn’t watch the whole game. Rodgers was kinda lousy, but he was up against it.

        • Johnnywad

          Cutler’s making lemonade out of lemons right now. He’s scoring points with wide receivers that were clawng their way onto the practice squad 6 weeks ago behind linemen that have never played in the NFL, or did and were bad at it.

          That’s where the admiration for his play of late lies.

        • BillW

          I’m late in responding to this but in reality there are simply no good QB metrics. None. I have some ideas but I’m sure on specific testing they;d have glaring flaws too.

          Was it the QBR that once rated Tebow ahead of Brady one weekend? I think it was due to the game winning drives as you allude to.

          Didn’t that same metric (or another odd one) give Rodgers a negative recently? A metric has to make sense in all cases.

          I get what they are trying to do – measure results more than style. The regular passer rating WAAYY overrates TD passes.

          Case in point:
          2 drives. Both ending in TDs. Both 80 yards. Both 10 plays. 60 yards in the air on 4-6 passing. The other 20 on 4 rushes. They both accomplish the same thing with exactly the same stats.

          Yet the QB on one drive gets a rating 40 points higher than the other. Why? Because one of his 4 completions was a TD, whereas the other QB made the “mistake” of having his 4 completions all before the end zone. Finishing the drive with a QB bootleg instead. Or a QB draw. Or a power dive. Or anything except the holy TD pass.

          It’s a dumb statistic.

          • BerwynBomber

            The old PR and ESPN’s QBR are the best out there and they are pretty indicative of the quality of QB play they rate.

            Cutty’s game is a bit of an outlier — but remember he had a TO that resulted in a TD, a pedestrian YPA and wasn’t much over 50% for the game.

            The Rodgers outlier against KC was PFF’s rating system. I don’t know what they use there, but that was silly.

    • Pissed Off

      “What do I think of Jay Cuter…..he’s a pussy”

      Sincerely,
      Brian Urlacher

  • AlbertInTucson

    For all the good stuff yesterday, kind of a sub-par day for Martellus Bennett?

    • The GP

      During game thread, I think it was NBIT said:

      “Can Bennett make ANY catch that is contested?”

      They threw Berry on him and if Berry was near him, he seemed to drop it. He also dropped that go route. He dropped alot of stuff.

      • you can tell with Bennett when he is and isn’t dialed in. His head wasn’t in the game yesterday.

        It seems to happen when they have him block a lot early. If I was the Bears, I’d make a point of targeting him 2-3x early in every game. Even if it doesn’t turn into catches, it might help him be tuned in for the rest of the game.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yup, put Berry on him (as GP said). I was surprised the week before that OAK covered him with LBs most of the game. If I am an opposing coach I make the Bears wideouts beat me, not Uni or Forte swinging out of the backfield.

  • The GP

    My favorite play of the day, outside of the scoring plays?

    The slant route to Langford. Forte was in the backfield, Langford lined up as the Flanker.

    That was nice. Langford dusted that LB trying to hang with him. Two backs, both of whom can kick out on first down and run buttonhook or slants? That was some make up space for the lack of Royal.

  • The GP

    Hub is always such a Chiefs homer. He must have a lot of contacts in that org.

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2015/10/11/hub-arkush-bears-rebuilding-a-bit-ahead-of-schedule-right-now/aaov86l/

    • BillW

      Just read this. The theme is a lot like the post I made earlier – saying things are obviously better but with the injuries it’s not obvious what to attribute it to. Cutler has had big games before. But with his regulars usually. The more I think and read it’s more than the coaches. It’s Cutty taking on a tangible leadership role at a level I don’t think he has before.

      (Now take some responsibility and get your kids vaccinated!)

  • The GP
    • CanadaBear

      When he made that TFL on the RB I almost jumped off the couch. That was the headiest play and best burst of speed I’ve seen from that position all year. BTW, I thought Jones looked good yesterday.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I yelled out at the bar ” Reynolds Wrap!”

        • The GP

          Al’s genius has no off switch. Things like this just come to him.

        • Viva

          I blogged the same thing yesterday!

          • MB30SD

            I did the same thing last night after I made dinner for my kids. We had leftovers…

            …great minds, right?!

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            asada?

          • MB30SD

            of course!

            And braaaaaaats (in honor of you guys and our bears)

        • BillW

          I yelled out WHO??

    • I was just talking about this on Twitter:

      Shea and Jones this year have combined for 2 TFL (1 each), 1 pass defensed (Jones), and zero interceptions, fumble recoveries, forced fumbles, or sacks.

      Zero playmaking ability out of either of them. It’s embarrassing.

      The only time I noticed Shea yesterday (well, today, I had to watch the game this morning on Game Rewind) was when Jamaal Charles used him to block Kyle Fuller in the open field.

      When Reynolds burst through that gap in the 4th quarter and made a TFL, I was shocked, because I thought Shea had done that. He doesn’t go through holes, he waits for the RB to come to him (same with Jones). Rewound, watched the play again, and saw it was 52. That made a lot more sense.

  • AlbertInTucson
  • Sactowns#1

    Looking at the schedule I could still see this team going 10-6.

    • willbest

      Looking at the NFC, 10 wins is going to get you a WC bid

    • Trac

      Do you have any family history of cataracts Sac? hahaha

      Pass me some of that kool aid.

      • BillW

        I “could” see it now too. I wouldn’t bet on it even if I got good odds. But as recently as somewhere in the early 3Q yesterday I would have said no way at all.

        Now I’d say not likely but not inconceivable.

  • willbest

    Win – @Lions – their offense is a less effective version of KC at this point
    Win – MN – two weeks to get healthy and prep for a division rival.
    Loss – @SD – away against a non-conference opponent that has a time zone night game advantage
    Loss – @StL – on a short week in St. Louis. Tough row to hoe
    Loss – Broncos – that D is playing out of its mind
    Loss – @GB – 4 days after playing the Broncos D in Lambeau … forget about it.
    Win – SF – 10 days to prepare for this game
    Win – WAS – playing a lot tougher this year, if it were in DC I might go the other way
    ?? – @MN – This is going to be for 2nd place in the division
    Win – @TB – still bad
    Win – DET – not playing for anything

    • CanadaBear

      The BiQueens D is legit. Who knows what SF will look like by then? Everything is evolving for everyone. If the Bears keep playing better they will surprise some people. A couple more injuries and the Bears could crash back to earth. Either way, I’m loving the fact the team is playing hard and punching above their weight.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Why even play the games?!

    • the Bears have won 2 games in a row, both on last-minute scores. It’s not like they’re blowing teams out of the water.

      They’re not winning at GB on Favre night.

      Every other game left is winnable, though I’d be surprised if they win at STL or against DEN. But I expect a lot of close games. Some will fall their way, others won’t.

  • BillW

    Many wondered if the Denver offense was Gase or Manning. Gase comes to Chicago. Manning struggles; Cutler thrives. Maybe just a coincidence regarding Manning. But no coincidence regarding Cutler. There is no such thing, but Gase clearly would win OC of the year if it keeps up.

    And also if it keeps up, we’ll have a new OC next year because Gase will get his HC gig.

    Something seems so very different (in a good way) with the offense but I can’t describe it. It might just be a level of confidence that seemed missing last year. And part of that might be coming from trusting the defense to do its job.

    Maybe that’s the key point? The offense doesn’t feel may like it has to score every possession. Or feel like once they are behind the game may as well be over.

    The value of this trio of coaches simply can’t be overstated. That’s where my admiration is directed mainly.

    But then there is also REAL leadership from Cutler and also McPhee.

    That’s a winning combination. No doubt in my mind we will beat a couple teams this year with winning records.

    • The GP

      A playbook with formations and audibles made by professionals and not some CFL re-tread offense.

      Take a look at how Flacco and the Ravens are doing. Harbaugh had to choke the cryptkeeper into mixing in the run.

      • Scharfinator

        It’s odd to me they hired ol’ Skullface. Didn’t he prove enough driving us into the ground?

        • he and Kromer made a concerted effort to scapegoat Cutler for the struggles last year.

          Worked in the media. Landed Trestman and Kromer both solid jobs, while Cutler was viewed by many as a millstone around the Bears’ necks.

          Guess who’s getting the last laugh?

          Karma, bitches.

          • CanadaBear

            Actually +100

          • MB30SD

            Is kromer going to get jail time?

          • Viva

            Fuck yes!!!

          • SC Dave

            Not yet, he ain’t. There are 11 games left to play.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            does Kromer still have a job after beating up those kids?

          • MB30SD

            yes. Bubba’s biatch in cell #1734

            Just kidding, but no.

    • The Yes Guy

      Yes.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Gase still ran an offense that Manning was very comfortable with and had a lot of input in while in Denver. This year Denver’s offense has changed from what Manning has been used to playing, on top of that Manning looks to be in a sharp decline a LOT of his passes are fluttering (more than usual)

      • Irish Sweetness

        This year, Denver has no offense.

    • Pissed Off

      Manning was great long before anyone knew who Gase was. Manning is declining due to age, not coincidence.

      • BillW

        That’s what I meant. That his decline coincidentally came right when Gase left.

        • Pissed Off

          OK Gotcha. I guess I didn’t take it read it that way initially.

          • BillW

            No problem.

  • The GP

    Lions Week Fun Fact:

    In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

    • MB30SD
    • Scharfinator

      I wonder if he brought it up at trial.

    • SC Dave

      Well, the Iraqis were killing a lot of Iranians then, iirc. We liked Saddam then. At least Time and Newsweek, et al.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Be very surprised if Jeffery is on the field before November 1st. https://twitter.com/ZachZaidman/status/653637956801007616

    …So here’s my deal. If Alshon doesn’t play before November… he’s dead to me and he needs to GTF off this team. Trade his ass for some picks. I HATE laziness and loafers. My hypothesis is that without BMarsh pushing him every single day, dude will continue to be a drag and a loafer and more issues than production.

    There is NO WAY a hammy should take that long, unless he tore it, which I did hear (not that Fox is forthcoming with any of that, but still). If I hear he tore it, ok, I’m fine then.

    • BillW

      I agree. Jeffery was anointed the #1 receiver by default. There is no body of work to indicate that he deserves it. All he has shown is he is a great #2. He certainly has earned nothing except the chance to show what he can do as a #1. Which so far, again by “default”, is close to zero.

      And then we (or someone) signs him to a big contract and expects him to suddenly get self-motivated? Pretty unlikely.

      As you say, if it really is more serious than day to day, different story. Fox does him no favors by making him look soft and lazy (like Lovie did with Cutler way back when, as someone else posted).

      • SC Dave

        The body of work was, with Marshall gone, he was the best receiver on the team. So you slot him in at #1.

        For all the bitching about Jeffery’s injury problems, we’ve gotten a lot more from him than our #7 draft pick.

        • Irish Sweetness

          …who hasn’t played.

    • Sactowns#1
      • MB30SD

        I know these facts yo…

        1. They reported he has a hamstring. Since they didn’t say tear and he’s been day to day for 4 weeks, I think it’s safe to assume one of two things.

        a. Fox is lying to keep opponents guesing
        b. He has a torn hammy

        2. Dude hasn’t played since the first game right (in which he was half speed)

        3. That’s over a month now.

        4. Nov 1 will basically be 2 full months of not playing football as an NFL #1 WR

        5. He’s in his new paper year, and all the things that come with it as canada eloquently wrote below

        These are the facts. So, FOR ME, I see there being two possibilities here based on the above FACTS….

        1. Dude has a torn hamstring and he may never fully recover from that (and Fox is just using him for what he’s worth in this case, propaganda to trick the opposing team into wasting time/focus preparing for a guy who ain’t gonna play)

        2. He’s a lazy fat ass (as was widely reported by multiple close sources as he came out of college) that without a proven bad ass Vet’s help getting off the couch, is reverting back to who he really is and is using the hammy as a way to get paid without all the uncomfortable parts of football (i.e., work)

        I can agree to wait, but my line is November maings. I’ve had all three types of hammies playing HS and college ball. A strain that I was back from in a couple weeks, a pretty bad pull that took a little over a month, and a tear that took a little more than half my freshman season and I wasn’t 100ish percent till the following spring ball.

        If he isn’t playing by very early nov @ 100%, he’s either got a tear, or he’s a POS and trade him NOW.

  • The GP
    • Scharfinator

      Tom Brady is a modern day sports super villian. Complete with crazy scientist henchmen and an old, decrepit, Emperor-like figure directing him.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      haha, love Dr. Nick.

  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    Did anyone else get a total boner when they were lining up Forte at WR?

    It just makes fucking sense and a Chicago coach actually running Forte in a trips formation screen pass with Bennett leading the way???? I’ve only been asking for that for 5 or 6 yrs. It was delicious.

    • EnderWiggin

      Every time, for the last five or six years.

    • BillW

      I guess those pills really DO work? Hope it lasted less than 4 hours.

      • BillW

        I hope you don’t take offense to that. It was meant as a joke.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          I take offense to you thinking that I would take offense to a boner joke. I love boner jokes. I’m MR. BONER JOKE.

          • CanadaBear

            My favorite boner joke. Jon Stewart is doing his monologue, after the State of the Union adress. They just showed a clip of Boehner making a reference to “his good friend” Bill Clinton. Lots of har -de-har-hars from the Repubs. The camera pans to HRC who’s not amused. Jon Stewart looks at the camera and says, “That’s where boners go to die.” Needless to say the audience went crazy. I laughed for a couple of minutes.

    • Sactowns#1

      No. It made me realize our WR corps is completely decimated.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        Forte is 6’2 220. He IS a WR that happens to be a great running back. He has better hands than Bennett. Thank you sir may I have another?

        • Sactowns#1

          Michael J Fox has better hands than Bennett. What’s your point? My point was with BMarsh we at least had a starting #1 WR. What did we trade him for again? A pack of gum? Maybe it was a team chemistry thing but that trade is looking pretty dumb right now.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            My point was that I had a raging boner because our OC actually used one of our weapons in a way that I was desperately hoping for because I envisioned that it would be successful.
            I love BMarsh and wish he was still here. Our WR corps are definitely decimated but that wasn’t my first thought with Forte out there. I am constantly aware that our #1 pick and #1 WR and the best WR the Bears have ever had are not on the field in a Bears uniform.

          • no it’s not. It was necessary to get the locker room in order. Instead of Brandon Marshall starting fights, the team leaders now are Forte, Cutler, and McPhee.

            None of this is happening right now without good team chemistry. Fixing that was smartly Gase’s 1st priority when he arrived.

            Unfortunately it meant getting rid of Marshall. It sucked the Bears had to do that, but they had to. He needed a fresh start, and good for him that he’s taking advantage of it.

          • MB30SD

            100% data.

            (sorry didn’t read down first)

          • MB30SD

            too soon.

            The ONLY reason they traded my man BMarsh was because as is normal, when things get shitty he turned into a vocal locker room cancer. That’s the ONLY reason.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think the BRomance went sour and they couldn’t have two bitches in the room.

          • Johnnywad

            “Michael J Fox has better hands than Bennett.” I’m using that. In fact I’m stealing it.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nonsense. Since when does Bennett drop a bunch of passes? That catch on 4th and 5 against OAK was NOT an easy catch, especially for a TE. And he earned is Pro Bowl invitation last year. The guy has been a helluva FA signing.

          • Johnnywad

            Oh I couldn’t agree more. Especially following on the heels of Kellen Davis. I just laughed out loud at the turn of phrase. Unless you’re bringing me Gronk, I’ll stick with Bennett.

    • BillW

      To answer seriously – it did excite me to see Gase dialing up plays to match what he has, not what he wished he had.

      The guy is going to get an HC job I believe.

      • he was a big ? for me coming into the season because he’s only ever been a coordinator with Peyton before, and Peyton ran that offense (I know people gave Gase lip service, but Peyton ran the same offense there he’s been running for over a decade, and he made all the calls at the line).

        But he’s been awesome so far this year. Not just in the play calling and adapting to offensive personnel, though both of those have been terrific. But in his handling of Cutler. I don’t know what he did behind the scenes, but this is the best-by a mile-Cutler has ever looked as a Bear.

        Sure, Cutler still has the mechanical problems that lead to accuracy issues. You know what is gone though? Those “fuck it, I’m going to this guy” throws into triple coverage. Hasn’t thrown a single one of those in 3.5 games.

        Still has the 3 INTs-at 2.3%, that’s the 2nd lowest rate of his career, behind only 2011-but they’ve been on a bad throw to an open WR (OAK), a miscommunication (ARI), and just missing a LB that broke from the called defense (GB). None of those “why the fuck is he throwing that” plays that happened 1-2x a game in previous years.

        • BerwynBomber

          Noticed the same about the 3-5 WTF throws a game. Temporarily gone, though I would say there were a couple RZ passes in the GB game that were a bit shaky, although they could have been due more to accuracy than decision-making.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          the play didn’t result in a TD as the corner made a great read and forced Cutty to put it really high on the WR’s hands in the endzone but did you see the fake swing pass to Forte and Miller going deep instead of blocking on that fake screen pass?
          KC was jumping routes and Gase dials up that beauty.

      • Viva

        Perfectly stated, BW

      • SC Dave

        I commented on this when Pace was hired that it would be nice to have a coaching staff that rebored the holes when the pegs didn’t fit, instead of trying to pound them in with a hammer of ignorance.

  • SC Dave

    Oh gush

    • MB30SD

      Hey dave. How about an avatar after like 5 years?!

      I’m thinking something like this would be funny: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2678877977/617fd5d2ee2151b992e5617d9c834e8b.jpeg

      • SC Dave

        I took down my avatar. It was Urlacher hoisting the Halas Trophy at Soldier Field. There has been nothing since to replace it.

        • MB30SD

          I think oscar would be a nice stand-in.

          You are our resident malcontent… but not in a whiny fucking woe-is-me/everything always about me, or angry spouting of only negativity without facts to back it up way. You know, in a loving way.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Dave you are allowed to be happy that we won despite Matt not throwing the TD to himself. It’s ok, no one will judge you.

      • MB30SD

        hahaha… you should email gase with that.

        double flea-flicker bitches!

        • MB30SD

          followed by a statue of liberty and a fumbleroosky

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Dear Mr. Gase,
          I would like you to consider more scoring options that do not require Jay Cutler to be involved. Having Mr. Cutler play a part in the success of the football team on Sundays is seriously interfering with my ability to enjoy the game. Perhaps replacing Mr. Cutler in the red zone with Matthew Forte in the Wildcat and Pistol formations and possibly allowing Matthew to throw the football at times to anyone not named Cutler. I understand Marquess Wilson played quarterback his sophomore year in highschool so any substitutions prior to entering the red zone could possibly involve him as well. Thank you for your consideration in these matters.
          With much consternation and fuddy duddiness,
          David

          • MB30SD

            Perfect!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Again, does any QB split out wide – not named Jim McMahon – fool anybody?

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            Huh?

      • SC Dave

        I am happy. I’m just not going to splooge all over the blog because Cutler had an excellent game.

        • MB30SD

          eeeewwwww

          • SC Dave

            Tell Jeff, not me.

  • BearDown100393

    Da Jay Blog

  • CanadaBear

    Not sure if any of you guys have seen this. If you’re a fan of Trump you aren’t going to like it.

  • Willie

    Gentlemen,

    Haters Gonna Hate.

    XOXO,
    Willie

    • MB30SD

      WILLIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

      Dude!?!?! Have you emerged from the battle (somewhat) unscathed?!?!

      • Willie

        Hello good sir!

        New job keeps me off the internets mostly… Kid #2 came 6 months ago. Haven’t touched a video game in a year. I’m pretty unscathed considering… but… the snipidee-doodah is coming in the next month. CAN’T MESS WITH THAT IUD GAME! So, I will certainly be very scathed come that time.

        It’s just darn good to see JC flick a few non-INTs so that I can avoid reading “GIVE ME CLAUSEN” comments. Good to see you fools around, I forgot how much I enjoy this place.

        Now if only the Cheesey one could take a dirt nap.

        OH YEAH GO WATCH FARGO MY BRETHREN. STARTS TONIGHT!

        • MB30SD

          Nice! Congrats.

          I’m terrified of the snippity snip maings. Heard some horror stories… I don’t supposed you wants to hears them?!? (coughpermanentlyswollennutzandhurtswhenyoucumforevercough)

          Yes, come back to us… and get’s online and get killed by me.

          …and what job keeps you off the innernesses… you work in the fucking politburo now comrad?!

          • my brother in law had his scrotum get infected after having his (4 kids in) a couple months ago. Said each ball was the size of a tennis ball.

        • CanadaBear

          Not a big deal Willie. I had it done 37 years ago and it was fairly painless. I’m sure they have improved things in the last 37 years. I got snipped on Sat morning. Went home and iced my nuts the rest of the day. Took it easy on Sunday and had sex on Monday. It was still a little tender but nothing to worry about. Gotta love it. Takes the worry out of being close!

          • MB30SD

            being close?!?!?

            You meant fucking… right canada?

          • CanadaBear

            Yes, I most certainly did! No kids for me!

          • MB30SD

            Ok, good. I just pictured snuggling on the couch with hot cocoa watching a fucking hugh grant movie when you called it being close.

          • CanadaBear

            Nah, I’m a puss but I’m not that far gone.

          • MB30SD

            good to hear my brother. I dislike hugh grant. dude’s a poof

          • CanadaBear

            And according to the hooker that was with him when he got busted, he cried and is very under endowed (she was on Howard Stern shortly after the arrest).

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… why doens’t any of that surprise me.

            Hey at least she was a chick (I’m lookin at you nutty professor)

          • CanadaBear

            I get that Liz Hurley probably wasn’t polishing his bayonet on a regular basis but …

          • MB30SD

            jesus, back then… she was MONEEEEEEYYYY!

            So hot. titties titties titties!

            http://thesadistcult.com/victims/rape_elizabeth_hurley_01.jpg

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree. Saw her boobs in a movie years ago. They were definitely nice.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            37yrs ago? Did they use garden shears? Damn Canada, you’ve been riding raw dog.style.for almost 4decades.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      haha, Willie has entered the building.

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    Goddamn, I love Victory Monday.

    Jay, keep it up big boy. Fucking A.

    • Willie

      Doc! I know you got the ornaments… I’m about to get the “procedure” in the next month or so. Any tips? How long can I claim to be incapable of caring for our 2 children and/or going to work? I’m planning on playing video games for like 5 days straight… I’m almost excited.

      • Viva

        Any tips? I see what you did there.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Yeah. Buy some lotion cause you’ll be jerking off a lot. You have to. Enjoy man.

        • Viva

          Try to keep the neutered love-gunk off your chin.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          i’m sorry babe, i’m only playing with myself so much because I HAVE TO. It’s medical shit….you wouldn’t understand… why are you looking at me like that…?

          • MB30SD

            my bad guys, my bad.

      • DaMurph

        You get a day, maybe convince your wife you need 5. dont know about the job buying into the 5 day thing.

  • Pissed Off

    So you like Jay Cutler?

  • BillW

    Got a few things to finish up here for work then I’ll be getting ready to watch the Jake Arieta show. But one question or comment or thought re Fangio:

    Is that 8 guys at the goal line a great idea? If so, what am I missing. The scenario if I recall was that KC had no time outs. So anything completed in the field makes a FG nearly impossible. So he goes to a defense that gives them the sideline (and really, they were letting them have the sidelines a few plays leading up to that.)

    Completed pass – out of bounds – and 8 guys with a GREAT view of the whole thing. Followed by a FG.

    Or maybe I’m misremembering the situation.

    • CanadaBear

      I think all of us are scratching our heads over that D.

    • Johnnywad

      It’s working. Must be right. Right?

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    As some have projected Gase will be a HC somewhere next year. I don’t quite agree. Not that he does not deserve it, which at this point i am not sure.

    1. teams rarely hire coaches that are under 40. Mainly because the body of work is just not there.
    2. Gase had 2 years running Manning’s offense, not many gave him much credit for the success
    3. this year he is running a ball control offense out of necessity, nothing has been that exciting or explosive in the offense.

    Not going to say he will not be a candidate for HC openings I just don’t see it happening next year, unless something drastically changes in the next 11 games.

    • CanadaBear

      The one thing he has going for him is if Cutler has a good year a lot of QB desperate teams will consider Gase a miracle worker.

    • NewBearInTown

      It depends how the season goes, but I think Fangio and Gase will be largely off the radar for a year or two. If we start winning, they’ll both get a lot of attention.

      My thing is, our head coach is John Fox. Our offensive has a franchise quarterback. Our front office is well run and our city is a premier franchise. I think Fox will find the right guys to fill in the staff when we start having more success.

  • MB30SD
  • The GP

    Don’t know shinola about football @ SC, but I guess the coach was a drunk.

    http://espn.go.com/losangeles/college-football/story/_/id/13873288/steve-sarkisian-fired-usc-trojans-head-coach

    • MB30SD

      Hahahaha… jinx!

    • Trac

      Some guys find themselves in a situation way above their pay grade and just can’t handle the pressure. “BYU and the CFL” says it all.

  • MB30SD

    Holy shit, did you guys see the fucking trainwreck that is USC Football??!?

    My goodness. Steve Sarkisian is a mess. Hope he gets help. Being fired as USC’s HC is the least of his problems right now. Hope you get help maings.

    Reports had him showing up to practices AND GAMES smashed!!?!? Yikes!

    Here’s petee carol on his old assistant: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/13872724/pete-carroll-steve-sarkisian-situation-breaks-my-heart

    • SC Dave

      High stress job… evidently too high for some.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I’ll drink to that.

      • MB30SD

        meh, it’s in the jeans. And sometimes genes. But smashed AT games?!?!?! Wow, that’s a serious problem.

        …and I thought the dude was just an asshole.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Functional Alcholics”. After a while, you can smell it coming out of the pores in their skin.

          You can’t tell me Haden didn’t know this guy had a problem before all this sludge overflowed.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, haden knew. I just don’t get why he took the risk… doesn’t seem like sarkesian is a good coach anyway? Taking a shot on a harbaugh or meyer I get.

          • AlbertInTucson

            He was only so-so in his stint at U of Washington. Must have been the Pete Carroll connection that Haden found alluring.

            One of the locals I listen to called him a bad hire from the get-go and constantly ranked him as the worst coach in the PAC 12.

    • BerwynBomber

      Don’t know why USC wouldn’t fire Haden too. It’s a bit like Emery hiring Trestman.

      Did Haden hire Kiffin too?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hired Sarkesian, then tried to prop him up. See below.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Haden inherited Kiffen.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Bring me the head of Pat Haden.

      He never should have let Sarkisian start the season after that pep rally fiasco.

      The fact that the guy couldn’t lay off the booze even though he was taking a prescription med the almost SURELY had a warning label that said “Do not use with alcohol” should have set off alarm bells for Haden that the guy needed to be in a treatment program THEN not later.

      You cannot do real rehab and coach football at the same time.

      Instead, the USC AD rolled the dice, hoping Sark could manage to get through the season which, in my opinion, demonstrated poor lack of judgement that had him more concerned about the coming season than his coach with an all-too-obvious drinking problem the you didn’t need to be Dr. Drew or Dr Phil to recognize.

      “Rhodes Scholar,” Haden rolled “craps” in short order.

      There are reports circulating of ridiculous staff bar tabs running into the 4 figures including some that included 90 shots.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Fucking Murph… the up/down vote lurker.

    GET ON THE BOARD!!!

    • MB30SD

      yes, I know.

      (quietly up-votes this post)

  • The GP

    Here’s my FF tip:

    Do the opposite of anything that Matthew Berry says on ESPN and the love hate column.

    His week 5 must play QBs were Alex Smith and Peyton Manning

    His hate list was topped off by Andy Dalton who put up 32 ffp

    • SC Dave

      I’m assuming he didn’t like McCown either.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m still smiling at that Fabiano fuck putting Andre Johnson up as a bad play for the Texans when they played the Chiefs. THIS season.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Keep your own counsel.

  • MB30SD

    File this in the “I couldn’t give a smaller fuck if I was a midget” folder

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/12/opinions/opinion-roundup-dem-debate/index.html

    The only reason it caught my eye is because punked had a bears hat on in his pic.

  • AlbertInTucson

    In case you don’t ALREADY think enough of Pernell McPhee…

    Kyle Long: “”Pernell looked me in the eyes and said, ‘We’re gonna get this ball back. You just get your boys ready.'”

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Long-on-offensive-lines-performance/8e6dea76-ee48-41b3-8aa6-c451ab6035f4

    • SC Dave

      Now THAT is the shit we need.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      then he said “We looked good in practice this week”

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        oh wait had a flash back my bad.

    • Pissed Off

      Among other famous bears fans…belushi…the president….Vince Vaughn

      • Pissed Off

        Sorry this was supposed to go after mbs post

      • MB30SD

        again, who gives a fuck

        • Pissed Off

          I was always curious what celebs were fans of my favorite teams however mine are from the obvious category…someone may give a fuck.

  • EnderWiggin

    Apparently Caldwell is sticking with Babyface. I was hoping we’d face Ovaltine.

    • Pissed Off

      He even said in his presser he compared it to a starting pitcher having a bad game. He was pulled early but will be back for his next start.

    • BerwynBomber

      Caldwell ain’t that stupid. Orlovsky might be worse than Clausen.

      • Scharfinator

        How the fuck do the Lions still have him after he was part of the 0-16? Who in that org. thinks it’s a good idea?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Either way Vegas have the Kitties favorite so make hay while the sun shines.

      #PAYMENT

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Bears have something we didn’t expect after 5 weeks: Hope. The reason is the quarterback.”

    No. The reason is new coaching. We have had the same QB for seven years.

    • WP34

      maybe its a combo thing…Pickles didn’t fair to well.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Coaches aren’t under center. We have a new QB. Completely new.

    • Big Mike

      Cutler with a solid defense is the key. The more he HAS to score he presses and his bonehead plays increase. Also, Cutler fits this scheme. It’s what he should have been doing all along. If he had teamed up with this caliber of coaching at the beginning of his career, he’d be nearing the top of the QB food chain.

  • Trac

    “Have lots of Hyperbole – Will travel!”

    #JeffHughestotherescue

  • BerwynBomber

    Le’Veon Bell is fantastic. Mike Vick stinks. If I’m PIT, I might seriously take a look at Gradkowski. He has been a half-decent back-up at times.

    Btw, speaking of O-line issues. SD has had 29 O-line starters since 2011. Most in the NFL.

    • Gradkowski is on IR. That’s why the Steelers signed Vick in the preseason, because he got hurt and Landry Jones looked terrible.

      • BerwynBomber

        Thanks. I wondered. Always thought Gradkowski did a semi-admirable job when called upon. Doubt if he notched many victories but seemed like he could move a team a bit.

    • MB30SD

      so much for that

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, nice to see. Was pulling for PIT there. Who knows? Maybe he can hold things down until R-berger is back.

        • MB30SD

          he’s def an athlete still. A dog killing one still, but you know.

          Made the end of that game interesting. Yay!

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah that thirty yard scramble at the end was vintage. Wasn’t sure he still had that in him.

  • Viva

    W .

  • Irish Sweetness

    Fully on board the Jay Cutler train, going choo-choo !!

    This season was his last chance under solid coaches to prove he could just throw the ball away four times a game and play a little smarter. He was listening.

    Loving our new quarterback.

    • Johnnywad

      Seconded. He’s playing to his potential at the moment. This weekend I was trying to imagine what it looks like with Alshon, Eddie and Kevin in there instead of Wilson, Bellamy/Meredith and Mariani.

    • Big Mike

      Funny thing to find out it wasn’t about a great O-Line for Cutler (he played better when he had Martz and JMarcus), or flashy receivers, (he did better with Earl Bennet and Devin Hester as 1,2 WR), it’s always been about a credible defense. Don’t make him win a shootout, pick him up with a 3 and out after a Bears turnover. What I’m seeing with Fox/Gase is they are maximizing what they have. They understand Cutler can make throws that are rare and some that are puzzling. They have minimized his opportunity to make killer mistakes, but let him go for it once in a while when the Bears need it, or can afford it.

      So impressed with Fox/Gase.

      I’m also gloating because I predicted a bounce back year for him.

  • MB30SD

    WTF was that fucking bullshit?!?!?!

    15 yard Penalty on the DB of the defense… for playing the fucking game of football really well, and saving the touchdown.

    this game has become a fucking joke.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Hilarious that this game has come to this. The clock stopped for that pussy call. Travesty.

      • MB30SD

        so fucking brutal dude.

        I jumped up yelling at that hit. LOVED it. EXACTLY what I was taught to do for 20 years playing.

        This game is a fucking joke. I literally wanted someone to walk up and slap that fat old douche ref in the face. absurd.

        …and I’m not rooting for SD.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, but he led with his helmet and made it an easy call.

      He keeps hitting like that he’ll end up like Doug Plank.

      • MB30SD

        Oh I know what the new rules are…

        but that’s the core or football al. That’s the reason they get paid millions and millions of dollars. what they are doing to the game is making it not football. Hitting IS football. they are removing what the game is.

        I’m ALL for these guys getting handed a release form when they start that tells them they will most likely get dainbramage playing this game… bail out and go work in a MickeyD’s now. but save the game.

        I love soccer, but I don’t want to watch it on sunday’s. It’s bullshit.

        • AlbertInTucson

          We part ways on this. There is no reason to lead with the helmet. That’s spearing. That defender lower his head and launched.

          • MB30SD

            that’s ok.

            yes, that called football. It was for many many years. It’s how the game was invented, played, and taught unitl about 5 years ago.

            Yes, it’s a collision sport, so there are 100% big risks. But for millions of dollars (or even hundreds of thousands… the vast majority of the guys who play at this level would never get the same opty to make that life for them and their families.

            It’s worth the risks. Besides that, having played for so long I can tell you that it is exactly because the game is so violent and like a war zone when you’re playing that it is so impactful in young men’s lives. There is no other game like it.

            The buddies I have from the football field at every level are still to this day my very best friends. This isn’t pee wee football, this is the NFL. At some point you;re going to degrade the game so much from what it was meant to be and is supposed to be, that you will lose your constituents who come to see the exact part of the game you seem to not approve of.

            Nothing against you al, I 100% support your position and beliefs, but just like the Jehovah’s witnesses who come to my door trying to push that shit on me… I’ll say no thanks to the NFL’s pamphlets and false promises and ask for my football back

          • AlbertInTucson

            This weekend in the UA game, a db caught an Oregon State receiver coming over the middle and blew him up.

            Flag flew but the zebras then got together and picked up the flag because other zebras had seen that defender had put his shoulder into the receiver’s chest.

            Explosive, but legal, hit.

            The receiver needed to be tended to for several minutes and I don’t know if he ever came back into the game.

            You can still deliver a message without head trauma.

            Today’s helmets are lethal weapons that only raise an already scary rate of attrition.

            You want to see any Bears get blown up with a helmet hit?

            Did you think it was OK when that Cardinal put his helmet into Cutler face (no BTW)?

            I don’t in either case.

            That rule is there to protect the receiver AND the tackler.

            That’s how Nick Buoniconti’s kid would up in a wheelchair and
            that’s how Darryl Stingley wound up in one.

            The more skill players you blowup and send to IR or into early retirement, the less entertaining the NFL becomes.

            If they keep losing starting QBs at the rate they have been, they’ll have to start calling it Rugby.

          • MB30SD

            I get it al. Just part of the game, if they really didn’t want guys using their heads they’d get rid of the helmet altogether… then you would start calling it rubgy.

            .,.which btw for all your americanos is enjoyed throughout the non-american world. In fact, the rugby world cup is going on right now.

            Anyway, I get your point al, it’s just not football. plain and simple. Oh, and the rate of injuries will just keep rising no matter what equipment you give them. bigger stronger faster… evolution.

          • Big Mike

            Albert, well said.

        • Big Mike

          @MB30SD:disqus The game needs to change to survive. Need to take the head out of the tackle and the hit as much as possible. For us old school guys its an abomination. But as a Dad, Coach and fan of the game, its necessary.

  • BerwynBomber

    What a ballsy call by Tomlin. A bit insane actually.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Nether ballsy nor insane.

      He rolled the diced with one of the best backs in the game instead of a nervous rookie kicker who was erratic in warn ups.

      • Irish Sweetness

        If you can’t trust your kicker from the one yard line …..

        And it was a pretty intense call : is your intention to (a) not lose the game or (b) to win the game. Tomlin looks pretty dumb if Bell doesn’t get in.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If you’re on your 4th kicker in 9 games, you probably can’t trust him with the game on the line. Even at the 1.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Todd Gurley looks like the best back in football and I’ve only seen him in stretches over two weeks. As a pure runner there can’t be one better. The same kind of feeling you get watching a great one.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I wish someone would put a sock in Mike Greenberg’s mouth.

    Dear “Greenie”:

    Yelling on the radio SUCKS for the listeners.

    It also doesn’t make you any more right.

    The fact that you “…don’t have a problem with what Chase Utley did” means you were never the middleman on a DP in your entire life.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So Jock-squeeze Rodgers is on IR.

  • Big Mike

    I’m not a Cutler apologist, I’ve had the same experience with “fans” who hate Cutler so much they can’t enjoy football. My take is that it’s either a simplistic uninformed view of the game (easy to blame the QB), or a deeper more troubling insight into mob mentality. There is no justification to have been calling to get rid of Cutler. Not that he was the best QB or top 10 QB in the game, but because if you get rid of him, you have to replace him. A more thoughtful analysis says that in the right circumstances, Cutler can be very good. (right circumstances = a decent defense). It’s not about a great o-line, great receivers, (he made do with Devin Hester as his number 1 and Jmarcus web as his LT), it’s always been about a defense that didn’t try to make him win by scoring 30 pts a game. Something Trestman couldn’t do.

    I know there is a new thread and nobody will see this, but I had to put it out there.

  • Robert Moscardini

    And……. still can’t beat our #1 Rival. His stats get cut in half, so all this jockstrapping is moot.

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