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Across The Middle: Preseason Week Four

| August 31st, 2016

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Admin Note: the five things I wish the Bears had columns will return Thursday & Friday.

John Fox made it very clear: Preseason games are just more practice and should be evaluated and valued as such. So why won’t people listen?

Like most people, I’m sure, my Twitter timeline was full of people freaking out over how the Bears were practicing on Saturday. Fox told the world before the game that it wasn’t crucial.

“It’s not the season. They call it preseason for a reason, it’s to evaluate, put your players in positions, take a look at players,” Fox said last week before the game. “We put a lot of stock in practice as well.”

After the game, his attitude was the same saying “we got a chance to look at some young guys and make some evaluations. That’s what preseason is for.” He later referenced preseason as “practice games” and spoke multiple times about playing players in different positions.

If you think it’s just coach speak, consider Fox is one of the most secretive coaches in the league. He won’t even acknowledge who is going to start for his team. There’s no way he’s going to give opponents something to look at before the regular season begins.

So, why exactly are people freaking out?

I’m not just talking about fans. The Trib has some seemingly intelligent guys, so why are they acting like the sky is falling? Better question: Why wasn’t the outlook sunny after the New England game? Are preseason games only important if the Bears struggle? Is that subjective reporting?

Calling the third preseason game a “dress rehearsal” has become just media talk. There are some coaches who take it more seriously than others — seriously, Andy Reid challenged a play — but the Bears’ coach isn’t one of them.  It’s OK to accept it and move on.

When the teams played for real a year ago, Alex Smith couldn’t do jack and the Bears won.

Patience with White

I get why people are frustrated with Kevin White. He makes himself an easy target with the drops and he looks like he’s lost confidence. Now, the Bears need to build him back up so he’s ready to go in the regular season.

Jay Cutler was frank when talking about White, saying he told him they “can’t have repeat mistakes.” He went on to say the Bears are mostly limiting him to running routes 15 yards and closer because they know what he can do going deep. It seems like a safe bet that allowing him to play to his strengths will lead to more production.

He’s raw and it’s going to take him time, that should be expected. I also expect him to explode over the last eight games of this season.

Braverman Could Be Cut

There seems to be a large contingent of Bears fans who don’t think there’s any chance Daniel Braverman gets cut, but it’s hard to see how he’ll make the team.

Braverman has been quiet in preseason, which isn’t a surprise given the team’s quarterback play. His camp performance was always overrated, something even Dowell Loggains pointed out when he said “He just has to understand to continue to grow and get open in the timing of the play and not just when the route’s at 10 (yards), break it off at six — but he’s open.”

Consider this: The Bears have had seven different receivers get reps with the starters this training camp and preseason. Braverman wasn’t one of them. He’s currently listed last on the depth chart, behind Cameron Meredith while B.J. Daniels is listed as the fourth string with the other group of receivers. Daniels was their starting kick and punt returner with Deonte Thompson being out against Kansas City. That special teams ability would seem to give Daniels the edge over Braverman and even Daniels is a long shot to make the team.

The only debate is if the Bears should cut a draft pick, which isn’t something they want to do. But do you keep a third string slot receiver over a core special teams player like Bellamy? Or over someone with a considerably higher ceiling like Meredith? Or an explosive kick returner like Thompson? I think I’d have to answer no in all three cases.

As for what comes next, I think there’s a very good chance the Bears could keep him on the practice squad. No team in the league thought he was worth more than a seventh-round pick and, if they were to claim him, they’d have to give up a roster spot for him. Just seems unlikely.

Hoyer Looks Bad Because He Is Bad, But…

Remember how bad Josh McCown looked in 2013?

Hoyer isn’t going to look good in preseason. At least not on a team that lacks depth along the offensive line because the dude can’t move.

If this is your first time evaluating Hoyer, I get the frustration. The Bears know who he is because they’ve seen him before and Loggains has coached him before. If everything around him is perfect, he’ll be fine. If it isn’t, he’ll struggle.

There’s no denying Hoyer has been bad, just like McCown was bad in 2013 when he had a passer rating of 44.9 in the preseason. When McCown got in during the regular season and everything around him was clicking, he was fine.

From The Chart

• The Bears’ biggest issue against Kansas City was their offensive line, specifically Edison and Larsen.

I credited Edison with one win and five losses and Larsen with two wins and five losses — all other plays were graded as neutral because it wasn’t clear who “won” or “lost”. The good news for the Bears was their tackle play was pretty good as Bobby Massie and Charles Leno combined to go 13-3, while Whitehair was 4-2.

While I think my charting accurately captured how each played, charting the offensive line is tough and damn near impossible to do accurately. Take the first sack of Cutler, for example. The Bears ended up with Whitehair, Edison and Larsen blocking one guy, two guys had a free run at Langford. Who messed up? Only the coaches and the players know.

• I graded Cutler with three inaccurate passes in the game. He had another batted, two were thrown away and three were dropped. But, guys at the Trib will tell you he was inaccurate because of his completion percentage.

• Ka’Deem Carey had a couple nice blocks and a nice run after the catch, gaining five yards after breaking a tackle. The more I see him, the more I wonder if Jacquizz Rodgers really needs to be on the team.

• I had Tony Moeaki with another bad run, putting him at 3.5 on the team, which would lead the team, but I had Edison with four Saturday alone.

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  • Captain Obvious

    First to say I wouldn’t wish a dislocated knee on my worst enemy. That said, I’m glad it happened to Teddy and not Cutler

    • SC Dave

      I repeat from last thread that it definitely sucks for Teddy. But yes, better him than Cutler. But worse him than, say, Rodgers.

      • MB30SD

        You and me today dave… I was about to make a gillooly joke about vadge

  • SC Dave

    Maybe Whitehair can become another Long? If so, with a decent center, we could end up with a really great situation.

    • Scharfinator

      WITH A WING AND A PRAYER

    • MB30SD

      Yes dave!

  • PaceBot 2000

    McPhee out for first 6 games of year due to classic condition know as: One leg is half the size of the other.

  • Bender McLugh

    Agree on Jaquizz, I’d rather they go with Kadeem.

    • Bender McLugh

      Langford, Carey, Howard……….Braverman as the 4th!

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      IMO they’re keeping all 4. It will be interesting to see how the PT shakes out.

      I think Carey is ideal for a #2 RB. Runs well in short stretches, his attitude is something that sparks an entire offense and other guys can feed off of it. Does well in short-yardage.

      Don’t think his style/size combo would let him hold up as the guy though, so 5-10 touches a game seems ideal to me.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        Howard is supposed to be that guy. I don’t see the value in Carey.

        • CanadaBear

          I just keep hearing “Fox loves Carey”. Carey runs hard and attacks the hole. Maybe Fox is hoping that rubs off on Howard. Who knows? If Langford comes up short it will be interesting to see the depth chart.

        • Bender McLugh

          really? he’s a beast with the rock and can catch out of the backfield. I can see him lining out wide too. I agree that Howard is the bulldoze, but Carey is a great change of pace

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Howard and Carey are the same dude but Howards faster. Langford/Jizz/Howard makes the most sense to me, but we will see. They sure seem to like Carey as the blocker on kick returns.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    I do not agree with the analysis Andrew did on Braverman. Future HOFer!

    • BearDown100393

      Yep. Braverman should holdout for a raise and extension. He’s got POX right where he wants them!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Glad we saw the same game last week. Edison and Larsen cost us dearly and are the root cause of people’s displeasure as far as I can see. Get well soon Kyle Long.

    So the Niners can save 15M this year by cutting Kaepernick. They’ll pay him a minimum of 12M or a max of 27M … just to be the backup.

    What say you he ends up cut and then signed by the Bi Queens?

    • MB30SD

      It’s him or sanchise buttfumbleson… take your pick. Yeesh.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gabbert’s #1. They’re going to pay him 27M to sit on the bench? Kap to the Vikes. They’re probably better off starting Shaun Hill though.

        • willbest

          Its $12 million to sit on the bench (although I think there is $2 million of roster bonus so its $14 million and another $2 million in escalators but he isn’t going to get those). However, if he can’t pass a post season physical his 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t see him getting traded. Nobody wants to pay him that much. I think he’ll get released and sign for one helluva lot less.

        • MB30SD

          exactly. Kapernick is damaged goods.

    • willbest

      The only thing worse than paying him $12 million to back up your QB is to pay him $27 million if you stick him in and he blows his ACL. Which you actually have to worry about as he takes off after his first read isn’t available.

      • MB30SD

        One word for you will.

        …concussion protocol

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yep. THAT’S just what the Vikes need, “Fidel” Kaepernick to bookend with Child-Abuser, AP.

      • Bender McLugh

        he now goes by Che

  • PaceBot 2000

    Kruger to the Saints….looks like we are rolling with Houston, Young, the Rook and Acho.

    • willbest

      The Saints at present have $900,000 of cap space.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We have 20 gazillion in cap space and I don’t know why.

        • willbest

          22 million, but interestingly we aren’t even in the top 3

          Browns have 50 million, 9ers 49 million, Jags 41 million.

          • MB30SD

            my god, is there a direct correlation to cap space amount and abject shittiness?!?

            I hope not.

          • CanadaBear

            It seems pretty linear to me.

          • MB30SD

            : (

  • BearDown100393

    “Braverman has been quiet in preseason, which isn’t a surprise given the team’s quarterback play.”

    Uh wow. So if Braverman doesn’t make the team based upon “meaningless” preseason play and apparently “overrated” training camp, it is Cutler’s fault? Or Hoyer? The one legged wonder Connor Shaw? Who?

    The premise of the post is not to read much into the televised organized joint practices paid for by season ticket holders. And then it goes on to specifically indict the quarterbacks.

    Already then.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      The phrase is “Alrighty then”

  • Scharfinator

    “Fans were harassing Eddie Lacy on Twitter last season by saying he was fat and needed to hit the treadmill. I couldn’t believe what I was reading: A Packers fan knows what a treadmill is?”

    Hah, from a Packer’s fan no less.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis
      • MB30SD

        What in thee fuck is that thing… a cheesebackho?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          that is an cow on a treadmill running some kind of mill.

          • MB30SD

            (blank slow-blinking open-eyed stare)

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      • Scharfinator

        FUCK YOU BEEEEEEEEYITCH

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rewatching the Pats game to see what we looked like with Kyle and no Edison.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jsmho73878

    1. Cutler had a clean pocket and was rolling against the Pats first string.
    2. Massie can’t handle speed rushers.
    3. Moeaki will be fine for us.

  • BerwynBomber

    The Bears looked like crap last PS and then started the regular season looking like a completely different team. O-line injuries and the losses of Forte, Bennett and Slauson are a concern, but we have White this year and hopefully Long gets back soon.

    D should be improved.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    Captain Obvious,

    Did you ever hear the story about the 84th Engineer Brigade in 2003? That story would make a helluva movie.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/abandoned-in-iraq-inside-us-soldiers-harrowing-ambush-w436245

    • MB30SD

      damn, fucked up man.

      • SC Dave

        Yes, but at least it had a good ending.

  • willbest

    heh. Bleachbit is using the fact that Hillary Clinton used their product to market it

    http://www.bleachbit.org/

    • MB30SD

      pretty damn funny, and why the hell not

  • Irish Sweetness

    Shouldn’t we be signing Center John Sullivan immediately? 31?

    • ImportantBearsDefender FTW

      I think so. We certainly need help at that position as we are starting our backup center and if that last ‘practice’ was any indication they are looking for warm bodies after him.

    • MB30SD

      why not

      • willbest

        53 man cap sucks when you have so many question marks and are just looking to throw bodies at the problem.

        • ImportantBearsDefender FTW

          true. but you hopefully have among those 53 one starting center and one guy that can play center if needed. Maybe thats whitehair, but if not we have no backup center.

          • willbest

            Well we seem to be going Larsen – Edison – Whitehair on the Center depth chart at the moment.

          • ImportantBearsDefender FTW

            Right, Edison is really bad – really really bad.
            So wouldn’t Sullivan – Larsen – Whitehair look better, then Larsen can backup Whitehair/Long at Guard as well.

          • willbest

            You know what would look better? WH-Slauson-Long with Larsen backing everybody up.

            /wrist

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup. Or even WH-Grasu-Long .. .with Slauson fresh on the bench ready for action. Massie starts to stink … slap weaver in.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Edison just can’t make the calls yet. Whitehair can’t even snap the fucking ball.
            Given that Montgomery retired. We got rid of Slauson, then Grasu did himelf him, Larsen is basically our 4th choice at center this season. How will he be in the regular season making those calls? How many stunts get by him? How many penalties? We need to pull the trigger on Sullivan if he’s healthy.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He knows the division opponents well.

  • ImportantBearsDefender FTW

    I just don’t get the Bridgewater hype, at all. The guy was 14-9 TD to pick in the only real numbers that matter category. He was marginally better than Geno Smith the previous year when he lost his job and was all but run out of town. I mean, you never want your starting QB to go but even within our division he is the least important to his teams success and the least talented.

    • MB30SD

      shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • willbest

      They could have drafted Derek Carr. I liked Derek Carr in that draft.

      Though I will say Blake is probably worth his 3rd overall draft pick. Incidentally, if you give the GM of the jags a mulligan for his first year, his 2014-2016 moves look rather solid. His head coach is going to get him fired though if they don’t put together a winning season this year.

      • MB30SD

        their D looks beastly, but they are the jags, so we’ll see. they are like the Browns South. Always just seem to fuck it all up somehow.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m rolling with Carr and Bortles on my rosters this year. Getting your two QBs after round 10 is sweet.

        • willbest

          How would either of those lasted to round 10 in a 2 QB league?

    • BerwynBomber

      Bridgewater has finished 13th and 17th in the league in QBR in his two years of starting. Geno finished 25th and 26th in his two years as a starter.

      Bridgewater has weaknesses — his arm strength arguably being the biggest — but he is much better than Geno Smith.

      • MB30SD

        My dick iz better than gino smith

  • MB30SD
    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      I called Dr. Cantu’s office. When I told him what had happened he was nearly speechless.
      “Who cleared you to play?” he asked.
      “I don’t know,” I replied. “The only doctor I have seen of late was Tom Sullivan, I met with him a week ago.”
      “But he’s not a medical doctor. He shouldn’t be able to make that call,” Dr. Cantu said.

      The NFL is full of Tom Sullivans. Until there is independent oversight, or outright medical regulation of teams from guys who can’t be bought off, this will not stop.

      • MB30SD

        agree. fucked up.

    • willbest

      Its hard for me to understand sports at that level. If I were suffering a concussion, I would probably be about as useful as a first year law student. It just blows my mind that these guys are still better than their backups when they are in that state.

      • CanadaBear

        Muscle memory for sure.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      My bum knee says nah. My always overly optimistic wiener says, hmmmm …

      • MB30SD

        hahahahahahahahahaha! Well done!

        Hope it’s feeling better… the knee not the wiener.

        • CanadaBear

          Very slightly better each day. Thanks. Start PT next week. I know it will be a fucker but I will certainly gain confidence when they tell me I can’t hurt it doing some exercise. Right now it feels like everything is on the verge of being ripped apart when I’m doing the exercises/stretches.

        • SC Dave

          Shut up, why not both!

    • willbest

      There are hotter 35 year olds dropping off their kids at my kid’s elementary school. Though it could be I am discriminating against her because I find black lipstick/nails a complete turnoff, and I am none to fond of her hair style either.

    • willbest

      woah they photoshopped out her nipples on the mesh suit one. I was trying to place what the hell was wrong with that picture and then I noticed you can see the nipples in the mirror reflection but not on the actual boob.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “If you think it’s just coach speak, consider Fox is one of the most secretive coaches in the league.”

    Can you name one that’s not?

    • CanadaBear

      Gotta admit he seems much worse than Lovie when it comes to being secretive. Nessman was more open about it but nobody is using Nessman for a guideline unless it’s what NOT to do.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        Gotta admit he seems much worse than Lovie when it comes to being secretive.

        Ask any sportswriter in Chicago and they will disagree. Lovie held vendettas against writers and expected they would print his lies knowing they were lies.

        • BearDown100393

          Smith had many moments of outward sarcasm and contempt during press conferences.

          • CanadaBear

            And in Lovie’s defense, can you blame him? What a toxic wasteland most of the Chicago media can be.

          • SC Dave

            So this. Add the fans to the toxic list.

          • MB30SD

            Not sure lovie was intelligent enough for sarcasm

        • CanadaBear

          I know the press hated Lovie (can’t say that I blame them) but even he was more forthcoming than Fox. Either way, both of them act like the info in the wrong hands could lead to the destruction of the franchise.

    • BearDown100393

      IMHO a veteran head coach like Fox becomes a bit numb and desensitized to season ending type injuries. NFL coaching deals with “next man up” all the time and it really is part of the job to plug up the holes with whatever is left on the roster as injuries mount up. And it is probably a very honest reaction to the lessening grip/control head coaches have toward dealing with injuries. The coach is completely out of the picture regarding decision making toward recovery time as it is left in the hands of medical care (as it should). So at least in theory, when Fox learns that a player is injured and the extent that involves missing games, he moves on toward attempting to fix the problem rather than brew over the injury details. So a complicated detailed injury report may not even register, hence the vague “he’s got a knee” type response when being interviewed by the media.

      • SC Dave

        This makes a great deal of sense to me.

  • beninnorcal

    Is there any official timeline on Kyle Long? Is it worse than previously thought? He, alone, would help the OL tremendously.

    • willbest

      They are pretending week 1, but its an injury that can linger depending on how severe it is.

      • CanadaBear

        Torn labrum for an OLmen is a terrible injury. They’ve never said if it’s torn.

        • PaceBot 2000

          they won’t even say which shoulder it is because other teams would scheme for it. The fact that there has to be a published injury report is pretty amusing. I wonder why……

          • willbest

            Why wouldn’t they just prep for both sides, and then spend the first 2 snaps figuring it out?

          • PaceBot 2000

            I’m not a D coordinator Will, I’m simply a PaceBot.

          • MB30SD

            And you only play a Doctor on robot tv

          • PaceBot 2000

            jesssss

          • Irish Sweetness

            Shoot him full of cortisone week one. He needs to be out there or we lose. End of.

            If it’s torn, we’re fucked.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Asked which shoulder, Fox responded, “I don’t know. One of the two. Or am I confusing them for shins?”

          • SC Dave

            That’s Yogi sorta cool

    • CanadaBear

      Fox said he’s not playing Thurs but hope’s to see him practicing next week. In other words, who knows? I took it as positive news but at this point all of us are just hoping for something positive.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Does that mean it’s not torn?

        • CanadaBear

          I try not to read anything into Fox’s announcements. If he gets back on the field and looks like shit, I’m guessing it’s torn.

  • willbest

    Somebody mentioned Chris Brown yesterday.

    The defense of Chris Brown (and he has a lot of defenders) is that this “ho” was at his house, he told her to leave, and when she didn’t he pulled out his gun. It turns out this “ho” is friends with his baby’s momma with whom he is in a bitter custody dispute. AKA he was framed.

    IBT account is probably closer to the truth

    http://www.ibtimes.com/why-did-chris-brown-allegedly-point-gun-baylee-curran-beauty-queen-speaks-out-after-2409649

    Personally, I don’t really have a problem pulling your gun on a person that goes from guest to trespasser with ample warning. Although the IBT account seems to indicate he pulled his gun before he told her to leave. Before that it was just somebody in his entourage, which is meaningless.

    The altercation after she returned for her belongings was criminal. But that wasn’t Chris Brown unless he gave the order.

    • BearDown100393

      Is Brown legally allowed to have a gun?

      • willbest

        Good question. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. It doesn’t say if he was also charged with unlawful possession. I suppose that it depends what he plead to or if he was even convicted of anything with respects to the whole Rhianna thing.

        • MB30SD

          Just put this POS in jail to rot. What a waste of air. Smh

          • willbest

            I find it amusing how I am the most anti-BLM person on this board, and yet I am the most willing to give the black man his day in court.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Hope so. Better than getting shot in the face.

          • MB30SD

            I Don’t give a shit what color the dude is man… has nothing to do with his color… he’s just a pos.

        • BearDown100393

          He pled guilty.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Good News: After some doubt, The “I love it because they keep it simple” Fantasy Football league I’ve been participating in for about the last 20 years WILL go forward this season. Drafting Monday morning.

    The Bad news: Part of the delay is because two, long-time league members passed away since the end of last season.

    George. Frank. We’ll miss you guys.

    • willbest

      RIP

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Sucks.

      If u ever feel like going FF crazy, join our league.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’ve resigned myself to “When this league disbands, I’m done with FF”.

        I have no desire to be scanning waiver wires, trying to make trades or adjusting the roster on a daily or weekly basis. Neither am I interested in needing a calculator to figure out the scores of games. This is
        a very basic scoring league. We draft to start the season and we have a mid-season draft to replenish rosters.

        No Defense, No special teams.

        We use TEAM QBs and Kickers so you never run out those but injuries CAN screw you to the point you can’t field complete a lineup.

        You won’t find a more basic league these days.

        The most fun? The Draft which is live and in person.

        My mantra has always been “I want a hobby, not a 2nd job.”

    • PaceBot 2000

      AL, sorry to hear that. I promise if you join our league I will probably forget to field a full team when we face off. But, as GP can attest to, sometimes if you have enough heart you can still pull it out.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        yeah. i can “attest” to it.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          bwhahaha

          Greatest upset eva

          GP was rolling undefeated then he met Busta Douglass in Tokyo

          • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

            hookers and blow did me in

          • MB30SD

            Always do

    • beninnorcal

      Sorry for your loss Al. Glad you guys are keeping the league going on though.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I would miss it.

        One of the other guys took over running it a few seasons back.

        He’s run it thru Yahoo the last few years which allows him to tailor it to our bare bones format, He still has to go in and adjust points/rosters when some team’s QB or kicker gets hurt because the “Team QB /Kicker” concept is just too weird for Yahoo to grasp.

        He does a great job.

        Again, if I had to run it, I wouldn’t be doing it.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)
    • Irish Sweetness

      Saturday 10:a.m. here, I’ll give it a go. How do I join?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        wow. Fri 10PM eastern is 10am Sat in Thai?

        Holy shit balls.

        email me ur email

        toxicgnosis@gmail.com

        I gotta wait for one more person to join so it can be 12 teams.

        MBHP, I sent u one if ur out there, so read ur email. If anyone else wants in, ding ding

        • Irish Sweetness

          Done. Thanks!

          Is it a PPR?

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            It’s like half points. Full ppr rewards those little white guys too much lol

            2 qb. 1 IR spot. Get extra points for big plays.

            The biggest difference this year is the waiver wire is blind bid. So you get $100 for the whole season. U can hoard it incase ur stud blows out his knees and u can get the back up, or u can bid little by little week to week.

            I’ve never played that format before, so should be interesting.

            BUT, I need 1 more player. Once we get that other guy in, you’ll be in like swchinn. I’ll keep u posted

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sounds interesting. So you just secretly bid on the players you want?

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            from what I gather, yeah. The player goes to the highest bidder, so you kinda have to judge the market (which I have no idea about).

            But it seems a lil fairer than the bottom teams ALWAYS get first waiver wire picks.

            Like I said, never played it before, so I’m gonna learn too.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I guess you find out when a stud is not a stud .. at like $40. Definitely need to keep your powder dry for that waiver wire.

          • EnderWiggin

            The fekkin market changes every pick. Hold on to your hat, Irish…

          • 505Bears

            I was looking at the scoring and I think the XP points are a little off if I remember correctly. Each PAT attempted is 3? Plus 1 point if it is made? Did I read that correctly?

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            No. I thought I did the standard for kicking. But I’ll double check.

            it’s the usual. 1 kick per PAT. 3 for 30, 4 for 40, 5 for 50 is how I should have it. But I’ll check it out

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Changed the PAT.

            Yeah, I just clicked on that thinking it was standard, But odd they have 3 points for PAT attempt as default.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Watching the Chiefs game again. Some reasons to step back from the ledge.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXQe3ij9moU

    1. We looked good – even with that line – running the ball. We were moving it at will against a good KC defense (admittedly without Tamba Hali).

    2. Fangio wasn’t interested in stopping KC it looked like. He basically played a 4-3 with no blitzing – or a stand-up LB /3-4. Alex Smith had time to throw, and he hit six different receivers on his first six passes. We let him do that by design. We didn’t pressure him except for when our front four won. Maybe Fangio just wants a look at his DBs?

    3. They blitzed the shit out of us. We didn’t show them anything.

    4. If the Chiefs cut Tyreek Hill I’d love to see us pick him up. That’s your Mariani/Braverman and better. Not quite vintage Hester, but a dangerous little fucker all the same

    5. Jacoby Genn AND Deiondre Hall are press corners. How cool is that?

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      Fangio rarely blitzes, so that doesn’t bode well going forward.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I hope his new toys change his thinking. I hope.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          Maybe. But McPhee has a bum knee, and onyx Shea will spin nicely in place like a ballerina.

          The hope I have is in Hicks, Bullard and a svelte Goldman

    • SC Dave

      11. Connor Shaw. Oh, wait…

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    Here’s my deal with US in PS.

    I think we have to win maybe 1 or 2. We’re not the Cards. We’re not the Pats. We’re not the Panthers.

    We’re a team that is only 1 season removed from abject misery, and a 6 win team. The stink of losers is still on us. I’m all for evaluating players, but a coach can’t be dogmatic about philosophy. If a coach senses the energy level down, the ‘meh’ attitude (that usually comes after losses) then he’s gotta rally the troops with a nice win to bring a little optimism, a little bit of energy, a nice spring on those monday mornings.

    Winning just feels good, whether it’s PS or winning at bingo at the local VW hall against grandma. It shouldn’t be the be-all of PS, but one CAN do both – player evaluate and win (or at the very least, not completely fuck it up).

    Again, we were LAST in our division. We one SIX games

    The fucking LIONS beat us twice and finished with a better record.

    The fucking disaster 9ers only were one game behind us.

    The Browns traded their punter (a good one) cus he didn’t want to tackle a returner. in PS!
    Pete Caroll admits he wants to win EVERY game, even PS, cuz it’s a mentality (and did u see Kam trying to hurt ppl in PS? Yeah. It’s an attitude).

    I say we should follow the same mantra as long as it’s with reasonable parameters (gotta pull the starters out per protocal).

    Maybe after we win a few SBs we can just be non-chalant about the PS and continue looking like zombies. Oh, it’s ok to drop passes like White cuz PS doesn’t matter. It’s ok for Gould to miss kicks cuz PS doesn’t matter. It’s ok for Freeman to get targeted over and over again cuz it’s only PS.

    Fuck that. At least make it a lil competitive.

    That being said, 4rth game REALLY doesn’t count. That’s the one game I agree with Jeff on.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    They are Packers and stars, so nobody will touch them if they were injecting horse steroids into their ass while Jose Canseco watched.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000692974/article/nfl-clears-harrison-peppers-matthews

    • CanadaBear

      We asked them and they said they were clean. Good enough for us!

  • PaceBot 2000

    I’m just a simple PaceBot but I would imagine other humans in Da Blog’s Fantasy League would appreciate one more applicant. I know MB is busy hunting down plus size models with 70’s bush now but if anyone else is interested in a little fantasy football this is pretty much the easiest and low commitment league out there. A couple minutes a week at most so stop being pussies and play the greatest game on the planet… Football (fantasy for white’s that can’t play real football anymore)

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      I am the commish and I approve this msg.

      So far here are the playas

      Moi, Ender, Artoo (yes, that one), Trac (he’s alive!), Sac, 505, Waffle, GP, Shady, NBIT (though I made a stupid mistake in interpreting Shabbos) .

      Need 1 more so Irish can be in, so come on down!

      • EnderWiggin

        beninSC, SCDave, Canada, willbest, berwyn? C’mon guys!

        • CanadaBear

          None for me, thanks.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

          I know Data plays too!

  • willbest
  • PaceBot 2000

    Not gon lie. When I hear Zach Miller and Eddie Royal talk I feel like those guys are going to come in and really contribute fast. That first underneath route that Royal takes into the endzone from the 18yd line is going to be awesome! Hey watch the head!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      For some reason, I think we all kinda treat them like they’re not on the team.

      Both are so inj prone, it’s like counting on Conte to last more than 1 game.

      I think that’s def part of the doom and gloom

    • BearDown100393

      Zach Miller was born for 2 purposes:

      A. TE for the Chicago Bears
      B. Hospital patient

  • Big Mike

    Kadeem Carey.. That’s what I’ve been saying. Don’t know why he gets no love. This might be the best quote from Jeff ever “Why wasn’t the outlook sunny after the New England game? Are preseason
    games only important if the Bears struggle? Is that subjective
    reporting?” .. maybe because the guys who cover the Bears think they are investigative journalists and are only happy with bad news.

    • PaceBot 2000

      I’ve been saying from the jump that Carey has had a complete attitude adjustment and is balls to the wall every play. That guy knows his short time in the league is going to be violent and he wants to be here as long as possible. This kid wants to make the team badly.

      • Big Mike

        I’ve always thought he was a decent back, he’s gotten better each year. Glad he’s with us.

        • PaceBot 2000

          he completely changed his mentality after the realities of the NFL set in. Everyone has noticed it on the team and continue to mention it.

          • Big Mike

            The talent was always there. It’s up to his coaches to bring it out of him, or cut him. Sounds like Kadeem grew up/Fox et all helped him.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Maybe a season with Forte showed him how to man up too.

          • Big Mike

            He’s played with forte his whole career hasnt he?

            Sent from Gmail on my iPhone

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

            Yeah, he was a bit of a douchaine.

            But Carey’s willingness to play specials shows something. He also runs angry.

            Gotta say, I didn’t like his college tape. I thought he had a bit of Eddie Lacy in him, just a rumbling back with little burst and unprofessional attitude.

            But Carey IMO has run better in the NFL than his college tape shows. Not extraordinarily better, but better. It’s a bit rare, but it happens.

            A lot of it has to do with attitude adjustment, like you said, and there’s no real predictor on that.

            (See Trent Richardson)

      • Irish Sweetness

        We’ve got a semi-great roster of backs. Jocksqueeze is a weapon. Howard can bang it. Carey and Langford are the same guy.

  • PaceBot 2000

    Do you guys realize how bad the Texans are fucked 2 weeks from now?

    • MB30SD

      DEAD

      • PaceBot 2000

        Fangio is going to set the dogs loose on Osweiler forcing quicker throws. Stork is going to get it from behind by Young or straight in the face by Trevathan.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If Fangio does not unleash hell on Osweiler then he’s a numbskull.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

        PSA from Bears to all opponents.

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

    • EnderWiggin

      31-0
      Cutty 0 pass attempts
      Langford, Jizz, Howard = 410 rushing yards
      Gould kicks 62 yard Houston stadium record at the half

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        62 yards? is that counting a bounce?

        • MB30SD

          Two

    • BearDown100393

      Houston’s got a problem.

    • willbest

      Honestly I don’t even know why the NFL bothers with the formality of the game on this one.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yes. The necessary funds have yet to be transferred, but yes.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
    • BearDown100393

      Dak. Heck of a name. Only 2 Dak’s I’m aware. The first rode shotgun and fired harpoon cables at AT-AT walkers. The other is the new starting QB of the Dallas Cowboys.

      BTW – Somewhere out there, behind a huge plate of cheeseburgers, is a deliriously happy Drew Bledsoe.

      This blog was fantastic: RIP – http://www.tonyhomo.com/

      • SC Dave

        DAK? Only one. Deutsches Afrikakorps.

    • PaceBot 2000

      that’s cool, how did you put up that fake blog so fast?

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        Dak Prescott is the new Vince Evans.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Cleanup on aisle 6, please.”

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

        Cowboys offer:

        Dak Prescott
        Two 2nd round picks, next year and 2018.

        for Cutler. They pick up the remainder of Cutty’s deal, since it isn’t that burdensome anyhow.

        Do you take it? I fucking take it.

        • willbest

          Cowboys can’t afford to part with Romo until 2018 and they can’t afford cutler’s contract either.

          But to answer the question no BC I don’t want to over pay drew breed next year

        • AlbertInTucson

          I say “Pipe Dream”.

          I am betting that Jerra thinks Prescott is the 2nd coming of Roger Staubach.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s a no-brainer. I like Cutty, but if you can get younger and get picks to build an OL ….

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

      The interwebs would EXPLODE.

      Imagine, the most hated QB on the most hated team!

      But, everyone has a price.

      For Jay, two #1s and a 4rth, and throw in some Dak.

      On the plus side for Jay, he’d FINALLY have a good Oline. Plus a #1WR, ascending HB, a reliable TE playing in a weak ass division.

      • BearDown100393

        Kaepernick might be the “most hated”.

        • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

          Cutler is the “most indifferent to”

    • Irish Sweetness

      How would the Cowboys afford two franchise QBs?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      did anyone else notice that 60+% people voted to trade him?

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    I love this play. This may be my favorite Bears play of all time.

    https://youtu.be/TA4bzCITebA?t=940

    Pro set, Payton runs a fly pattern, burns the free safety so badly, it’s crazy. Evans drops it in there like it’s a newborn baby. Payton finishes with the high step.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd ArbyManager#83 (ButchDeadLift)

    FF update

    OK, so the draft time is moved back a bit cuz of my ignorance Shomer Shabbos which I blame on the Big Lebowski.

    So, NB can do it, but a lil later, at 10pm Chi hour, so that’s 11pm Eastern or 8pm Pacifc. Still on Fri.

    I don’t think we have anyone drafting from Eastern, so hopefully it’s not too late. Also, it’s only ONCE a year, so if NBIT can get special dispensation from Moses himself, you can hold off on the clubbing for an hour.

    need ONE more

    Do it for Irish!

    MB, tell MBHP to hurry up and join already!

    Ok. That’s it. Anyone else want to be cool, hit me up here.

    Your FF champ, commish and Overlord

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Haugh said this morning on @mullyhanley this years Bears team is arguably worse than last. How is that possible?”

    And David Haugh is being PAID to cover the Bears.

    SMH.

    • BearDown100393

      Based on what?

    • willbest

      Our week 1 O-line doesn’t look better than last year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I think it does … when Edison is not at Center and Long is in there. Look at the first string snaps against three of the best defenses in the league we’ve just played.

  • PaceBot 2000

    So long K’wann we hardly knew ye

    • MB30SD

      pacebot 2000… data… we need the data. Your circuits know better than this.

      • PaceBot 2000

        Failed physical. Apparently human nickel corners need 2 working ankles.

        • MB30SD

          i did not know that

  • PaceBot 2000

    Oh. Hell. No.

    Teddy B will never be Teddy B ever again. This injury is bad bad bad for even regular humans that just need to walk to the water cooler.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    “The more I see him, the more I wonder if Jacquizz Rodgers really needs to be on the team.”

    Dude’s a weapon – 37:48 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhLnslYW3Fs

    Where are we seeing him though ? He’s getting limited snaps in PS, buried on the depth chart. Don’t see how we don’t carry 4 backs. Lasike will go back to the PS. He can return kicks and catch the ball. Jaquizz makes it.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rewatching the Denver game. Again.

    1. Stat for Fales’ stats in 2015 PS:

    16/21 173 yards 2 TDs 0 INTs

    This PS, limited snaps. When he had three seconds to stand in there he looked good, and comforable.

    2. Edison might be okay as soon as he gets the calls down. Like next year.

    3. Timu can bring the heat.

    4. Wallace at RG with Gary Williams at RT did well together. Big boys good in run and pass. The pressure was from the left side mostly on a night where at least 7 sacks were allowed. Wallace even got to the second level, the fat bastard.

    5. No chop blocks this season.

    I hope the reason they brought in Hoyer after Shaw went down is that they don’t want Fales injured.

    FYI : Colin Kaepernick is the lowest rated QB out of 114 QBs this PS with 42.4, in the media, and in popular opinion … and the Vikings don’t know what to do.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    If Fox + Pacebot cannot improve the team from last year, Pacebot will get a chance to install “his guy” at QB. The general rule is that a GM can’t really fail until he’s had 2 seasons with “his guy” at QB. Emery, by signing the big deal for Cutler and hiring Cryptkeeper, cast his fate.

    But the synthetic human will get a shot at drafting a QB.

    “I can’t lie to you about your chances, but you have my sympathies. ”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-gJMs6DwuE

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