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Across The Middle — Week 13

| November 30th, 2016

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The fall guy for the 2016 Chicago Bears is most likely going to be Dowell Loggains and really, it’s too bad.

The Bears are 11 games into a miserable season and next-to-last in points per game, which could tell you the Bears have a terrible offensive coordinator. But I am just not sure that is true. The Bears should’ve won and should’ve scored at least 34 points last week with their JV offense.

This is a results-based industry, I get it. But isn’t there something to be said about having the Bears in the middle of the pack in yards with the majority of their snaps being taken by Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer? No, they didn’t score with Jay Cutler either. But Cutler has been hurt all season. And, come to think of it, the only coaches who have scored a lot of points with Cutler are Mike Martz and Marc Trestman. Even the great Mike Shanahan never finished better than 16th in scoring with Cutler has his quarterback.

They didn’t actually score enough last week. That’s because Barkley threw two interceptions in the red zone and Josh Bellamy dropped an easy touchdown. That’s 13 points that players, not the coaches, left on the board. That was a win that the players, not the coaches, let escape.

Good players score touchdowns. Coaches just put them in position.

There are a handful of Bears fans who want the team to hire Kyle Shanahan to replace John Fox as the head coach. Shanahan has the top-scoring offensive unit in the league. You know what else? His teams have finished in the bottom third in scoring five times. Other “offensive geniuses” like Norv Turner, Mike McCarthy and Josh McDaniels have finished 27th or worse. It happened because they didn’t have good players.

I thought it would take a miracle for the Bears to move the ball with Brian Hoyer and another for them to do anything with Matt Barkley. Yet, they did.

Matty Franchise

After watching Sunday’s game live, I thought Barkley was terrible, but two more viewings have helped me determine he was OK.

If the Bears had cut their drops in half and caught just the most costly of the bunch, Barkley would’ve finished 34/54 with 345 yards and four touchdowns. Not bad. After a tough start, he was accurate and poised. He delivered strikes and took chances with passes deep down the field. He was excellent on the team’s last three drives.

Of course, it also seemed that when he was pressured, he panicked and made a big mistake.

For the most part, the Bears offensive line kept him clean. Can Barkley survive if he’s being harassed all game? I have no idea, but I want to find out.

The Future Of The Secondary

Before the season, I thought Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos had excellent chances of being fixtures in the Bears secondary. Now, I’m not sure either will have a job next year.

Amos is the opposite of Chris Conte. He can come up and deliver a big hit in run support and is a sure tackler. He was adequate in coverage as a rookie, but has regressed this year. The Bears could live with that if he delivered the occasional big play or takeaway, but he doesn’t. He had two chances last week, but let an interception go through his hands and failed to recover a fumble at his feet.

Callahan’s biggest issue is injuries, but he seems to give up at least one big play a game and tends to commit penalties at terrible times. Like Amos, Callahan is athletic and aggressive, but he isn’t progressing the way I expected.

Both Amos and Callahan were responsible for two catches of 25 or more yards on Sunday. They deserve the chance to compete for jobs next year but nothing should be handed to them.

The Savior?

Forgive me if I refuse to get excited about the team promoting Daniel Braverman from the practice squad.

I loved the fact that the Bears used their seventh-round draft pick on the kid from Western Michigan and I think he can be a capable NFL receiver, but I need to see it before I get excited. Braverman had two good weeks in training camp, then disappeared. If he had been playing well on the practice squad, it wouldn’t have taken 12 dropped passes for him to get on the field.

He was a draft pick and the Bears need to give him a shot. But every other NFL team had two chances to bring him in and they all passed both times. Maybe he’ll prove everybody wrong, but we really haven’t seen any indication that that is the case. It would be a big mistake to take snaps away from Marquess Wilson or Cameron Meredith in order to play Braverman.

Charting The Bears

• PFF had the Bears with 10 drops, ESPN had them with eight and I had them with 12. Perhaps they didn’t count the last pass to Thompson or a back-shoulder catch Jeremy Langford should’ve made, but I did. The biggest culprit was Meredith, who dropped four passes, while Bellamy dropped three.

• Pernell McPhee can talk trash with the best of them, but he has been MIA two straight weeks. I had him with a stuff, but no pressures on Marcus Mariota. The strength of the Bears is supposed to be their front seven, especially with McPhee and Willie Young, but they’ve been punched two straight weeks.

• Eddie Goldman is slowly getting back in shape. He had two stuffs, both on plays in which he hustled down the line to make stops right at the line of scrimmage.

Bring On The 49ers

The worst defense in the league against the second-worst offense. Something’s got to give.

It’s been kind of low-key, but Colin Kaepernick has actually been decent this season. The problem is, the 49ers have been so bad defensively, giving up 31.3 points per game, a far cry from when Vic Fangio was running the show.

The 49ers have given up the most passing touchdowns in the league. The’ve also given up the most rushing yards. The Bears may not have good enough offensive players to score against most teams, but they should be good enough to score against this defense. If Matt Barkley can play at all, he should feast this game. And this could be a career game for Jordan Howard too.

The Bears really should win this game.

Seriously, they should.

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  • Huge Bears Penis

    BRAVERMAN!!!!BRAVERMAN!!!!BRAVERMAN!!!!

    • SC Dave

      I’m EXCITED!

      • Bernie Cohen

        Not!

  • Bernie Cohen

    Sorry! I feel at this point that the Bears could screw up just about everything. Not much better than the Browns.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      grumble, grumble, mumble, DAMN KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!!! grumble, mumble, mumble,

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    With as many losses as this team has, you can’t blame that on one guy. Gotta stand pat and see this thing through the end of next year. If the Bears shit the bed again, then you clean house. Rambo style.

    • MB30SD

      Naaaaaaaahhh, do it, camaaaahn… Doooo eeeetttt noooooowww!

      • CanadaBear

        You know they won’t because of all the injury excuses and the team is still playing hard for Fox. Trust me, I’m with ya all the way but I doubt the McCaskey’s want to pay two HC’s for two more years (for a total of 4 years in a row).

        • MB30SD

          yep, I know.

          if we’re much of the same next year, I’m done. Out.

          I might still come here to grabass with you lovable cocksuckers, but I will stop following the bears. Shit, I’ve only seen one game all thr way through this year due to my schedule with my kids. Won’t be that much of a loss any more.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            I’ve haven’t been following da blog for the Bears ever since Krypkeeper stained the walls.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s sad but I get it. I have made no effort to go to a sports bar to watch them this year.

          • MB30SD

            it sucks, but how long can you waste precious life watching and supporting an org that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about delivering a successful product to it’s fans?

            when we care more about winning than them, that’s just wow.

          • CanadaBear

            55+ years and counting. That’s just for the Bears. Rooting for the Cubs prepares you for these types of things!

          • MB30SD

            fuck that… you’re a soldier.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            quit whining! You will not give up on the team. You will support the Bears for years to come no matter how bad.

          • MB30SD

            never! Demand more!

            If they fire teddy and bring in Payton ‘pizza and insurance man’ manning to run the show, I’m ALL in!!!!

          • CanadaBear

            When I was a kid I would literally watch every game to the bitter end no matter what the score was. Baby steps!

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        In a perfect world? Jess, but I’m already preparing myself for another year with this staff.

  • BearDown100393

    Barkley and Braverman are the future of this team.

    • willbest

      Unsurprised.

  • CanadaBear

    Let’s hope the Beloved can play just bad enough to lose. BTW, McPhee looks about like he did last year towards the end of he season when he was playing hurt. Hopefully he fully recovers this off season. If not, the Bears have the second coming of Bryan Cox.

    • willbest

      It seems like any player Pace gives more than league min money to either gets injured or underperforms, sometimes both. He does his best work with JAGs.

      • CanadaBear

        It’s almost shocking how many of his picks/signings get injured. I don’t think he’s like Angelo where he was always taking someone with an injury history but it seems like more than just bad luck. Who knows?

  • AlbertInTucson

    “…34/54 with 345 yards and four touchdowns. Not bad.”

    “Not bad?”

    That’s a pretty stringent grading curve you keep, Andrew.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s those two RZ picks. Killer. Not that I’m upset with Barkley. i was shocked that he played so well in the last quarter. It would be a typical Bears snafu if they draft a QB in the first rd, re-sign Hoyer and Barkley and Barkley ends up the starter. With Hoyer being Hoyer and the first rounder being a bust. Other than that, I don’t have any PTSD from following the Bears for 55+ years!

      • willbest

        They are not resigning Barkley and Hoyer. Either Barkley continues to play as he does and demonstrates he is a QB2, or he shits the bed and they move on.

        • CanadaBear

          I doubt they resign both either, that’s why it’s called a snafu.

          • willbest

            That would be the cleveland triple headed horse with RG3, McCown, and that other guy. Its a mess.

          • CanadaBear

            The Bears are turning into the Factory of Sadness Part 2

          • MB30SD

            100%

            disgusting and saddening

      • AlbertInTucson

        The picks are always killers. Andrew didn’t reference them in his “Not bad’ critique so I didn’t include them.

        Here’s how I rationalize the game.

        If the Bears HAD scored the TD on that drive 1 of two things follows:

        1) Barf misses the conversion and they lose in O.T.

        2) Barf MAKES the conversion but, after a touchback, Mariota scrambles for 25 or 30, hits Walker, again, for for 110 or 15 and Tennessee kicks a game-winning FG as time expires.

        Said the pragmatic Bears fan for 52 years.

  • Weed Superman (GP)

    UK Guardian reports that the Bears are the NFL’s most mismanaged and hapless franchise

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/nov/29/chicago-bears-problems-losing-seasons-nfl

    • BearDown100393

      Cleveland. Runner up – San Francisco.

      Bears will be 7-9 this season and in the playoffs.

    • MB30SD

      yup. can be directly tied to teddy ballgame’s complete lack of fucks about winning. disgusting.

      Been consistently thinking about divesting myself of this shitshow. There’s fandom, then there’s masochism. We’re trending to the latter and I have zero intention of being a browns fan.

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        The family is a shitshow. Spoiled silver spoon trust fund fuckers who give two shits about the sport or the legacy. Ginny puts all her trust in beancounter Teddy based on his deal he got from Mayor Daley, who he lubed up good.

        Team sucks at the top. George may care, but he’s unwilling to bring in pure football people to fix it. Accorsi got them Pace, but Pace is a tool looking not to rock any boats. He wants a nice long career in the NFL and not to go the way of Glitchy.

        • MB30SD

          yep, pretty much nailed it. fucking sucks.

          If it’s the same shit next year, I’m done.

        • CanadaBear

          I think the family cares if they win but are so incompetent it doesn’t make any difference. Totally agree about Sweaty Teddy and the job for life.

  • willbest

    AD is pissing in my cheerios. Barkley’s game was inspired. And yes I am grading on a curve. A guy that is on his 3rd team in 4 years, wouldn’t even be on the practice squad if Shaw didn’t have a leg, craps the bed when thrown to the wolves against Green Bay, but when given a week to prepare and some game experiences settles in and just starts crushing it.

    And sure there should have been at least 13 more points, and yes he made mistakes, but he not only made amends for those, he put them in a position to win and it took the very best efforts by our receiving core in order to prevent him from pulling the W out of his ass.

    • MB30SD

      other teams will be able to plan for him now too. should be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

      • willbest

        Given how crappy our WR’s are, I presume it will be rush 8 every play

        • Huge Bears Penis

          We have BRAVERMAN now!

          • willbest

            Why do you think only rushing 8, need 3 on braverman.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            3 won’t be enough to cover him.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m waiting to see how he does the next few weeks. TT’s back end is really bad. Gotta give the OL credit Sunday. TT have a good front 7 and they got shutout in the sack dept and Howard ran the ball pretty consistently.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’d like to see him at least keep the remaining games competative.

        • CanadaBear

          I’d love to see Barkley become the answer but that seems unlikely. The main reason I’m so keen for the Beloved to dump Cutler is you know nothing will change as long as he’s on the roster.

          • willbest

            The 90s sucked.

          • CanadaBear

            So did the late ’60’s, almost all of the ’70’ s and the early 80’s.

          • willbest

            Man I wish I didn’t start watching football with the start of the Ditka era. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation over the years.

          • CanadaBear

            Count your blessings. At least you got to see them kick ass for a few years. Should have won more SB’s but they did win plenty of games. Not to mention, that team was so much fun watching the D destroy people.

          • Weed Superman (GP)

            I grew up watching Johnny Morris continually aggrieved with Ditka, who would tell the Grabowskis they were full of shit on the CBS morning show.

            I just thought that was how coaches acted.

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny was one of those guys that wouldn’t say shit if he had a mouthful.

    • SC Dave

      I guess we’ll see. Assuming any of us watch.

    • BerwynBomber

      Agreed: given the curve he was in B+/A- range. That said, the curve should inch up each week.

      P.S. I didn’t make much of his work at GB. If anything, I remember being impressed with a seam route he threw (to Miller, maybe?).

      Big thing with Barkley is whether he can cut down on mistakes by either throwing away or, if necessary, taking the sack. Escaping a rush doesn’t seem in the cards.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Peppers may be a transcendent player so I’d have no problem with Bears taking him.”

    I on board with THAT.

  • BerwynBomber

    Rapoport is well-connected and reliable but this seems more speculative than sourced. (Still of mild interest.)

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000746294/article/jay-cutler-might-remain-with-chicago-bears-after-this-season

    • CanadaBear

      That’s what I thought when I read it the other day.

      • willbest

        If he tore a ligament in his thumb in week 1, then it wouldn’t surprise me if he is back next year. If it really was a sprain and Hoyer “won” the job, I can’t see him being here.

        • CanadaBear

          I look at it that Pace and Fox have a much better chance of hanging around for a few years if they draft a QB early. If they stick with Cutler next year and the Bears suck, both of them have a good chance of being unemployed by the end of the season.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, Cutler’s a win-now proposition. That’s why I don’t buy him going to MIA or JAX in the off-season … at least as a starter. It is also why I was a bit surprised he stuck around here for a third regime. Then again, I think it was too much money to eat, and at the time, Fox was supposed be a win-now proposition himself. Or at least better than 2-9 after Week 12 in his 2nd season.

          • CanadaBear

            Between eating Nessman’s and Emery’s contracts I don’t think the McCaskey’s had the stomach to pay Cutler to go away.

          • willbest

            Emery and Trestman are 1 thing. Cutting Cutler while writing him a $16 million check negatively impacts your cap, and then you don’t get the service. And its not like he didn’t have a bounce back year in 2015.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, if only you could win with him. you can’t.

          • willbest

            We got to the NFCC with him. It just so happened that Rodgers, like Brees the year before was having a season of destiny.

          • CanadaBear

            1 trip to the playoffs in 8 years. Color me unimpressed.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha, that was what 50 years ago. fuckenA will, what have you fucking done for me lately man.

            Come… ON!!!!

          • BerwynBomber

            More and more I’m thinking Rodgers and Brees could have had a couple/few seasons of destiny apiece since then. It is their teams and organizations that are incapable.

    • Weed Superman (GP)

      Rappaport deals in rumor, it’s his stock and trade.

      Hoyer got robbed of his best career chance with that arm breaking. Sucks for the bagboy.

      • willbest

        His best career chance was last year on the Texans when he went, 5-4 with a passer rating in the low 90s and a QBR in the high 50s. If he didn’t shit the bed in the playoffs, he would be starting someplace rather than backing up Jay Cutler.

        • Weed Superman (GP)

          You could see on Hard Knocks that OBrien and Godsey were frick and frack. I did not watch Houston’s playoff games, so I cannot comment on how much was performance, but the OC planning in Houston is awful. Osweiller is wrecking his career being there.

          • willbest

            He got like $37 million in guarantees. Not exactly the worst way to fail.

    • Sactowns#1

      Let me get my speculation spectacles so I can read this.

    • BearDown100393

      Jay will be a Bear in 2017.
      And win the NFL MVP.

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        And his blood pathogens will reform and cure his diabetes. He will also be tapped to be the new Bozo on WGN, which he will do because he “just loves people”.

        • BearDown100393

          I think you mean his midichlorians

      • BerwynBomber

        19-0

        • BearDown100393

          Of course. Back to back Super Bowl championships.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well in other news, my lady friend is heading to Chicago this weekend for the game. She has Thurs- Sunday there so any suggestions on must do, see, eat spots. I told her she should go to Al’s for a beef sando and John Barleycorn for a drink. Any other suggestions?

    • BearDown100393

      Ditka’s

      • Sactowns#1

        I wasn’t impressed with the food there but the décor was pretty cool.

        • MB30SD

          Seafood. Tower.

    • Sactowns#1

      Is Uno’s still the spot or is someplace else the pizza destination now?

    • Huge Bears Penis

      stay in bed, only get out for the game and hydration.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        my bad forgot you were not in Chicago.

        • Sactowns#1

          haha I thought it was a reference to how bad the weather will be.

    • Bender McLugh

      Barleycorn’s is excellent, I recommend the original location in Lincoln Park.

      Send her to Vito & Nick’s for thin crust.

    • Bender McLugh

      OH….also, a must do everytime I’m downtown, visit the Signature Lounge at the Hancock Building for a drink, preferably at Happy Hour.

      • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

        touristy but worthwhile nonetheless.

    • BerwynBomber

      The museums and the architectural boat tour are always a good bet — although obviously not optimal weather for the latter. And most women love the Mag Mile.

      A bunch of the northside hoods can be fun but that sort of excursion can be a bit daunting to an out-of-towner.

      • Sactowns#1

        Yeah, even I haven’t been to much of the North Side. I did enjoy getting out of downtown though and seeing some of the other boroughs.

        • Bender McLugh

          haha “buroughs”, this ain’t NY baby

          • BerwynBomber

            I caught that too but wasn’t gonna call him on it …

          • Bender McLugh

            I keed, I keed

          • Sactowns#1

            Well what the hell do you call them? I mean, I don’t even know what to call them around here other than “parts of town”. There are a ton of places that are in the county of Sac but aren’t officially cities ie Arden, Natomas, Land park etc.

          • MB30SD

            DAVIS BABY!!

          • Bender McLugh

            they are commonly referred to simply as
            “neighborhoods” as far as I always knew.

            This should be zoomable:
            http://chicagomap.zolk.com/

          • BerwynBomber

            Didn’t check the link, but yup, that’s how I’ve always referred to them (and heard others referred to them).

            Gets a little trickier when you get out of the city proper. Oak Park? It’s a “village”.

          • dang. Never realized Chicago is so close to Michigan.

            How long would it take to drive from Chicago to Juggalo country?

          • Bender McLugh

            I think you’d get there without the need to go all the way to Detroit, just head out to BERWYN. AMIRIGHT Bomber?

          • Weed Superman (GP)

            Home of Slippin Jimmy.

          • BerwynBomber

            Hah! Funny.

            But to his question, it’s about three or four hour drive up to DET. Pack your Glock.

          • willbest

            Only Glocks? I have an S&W

          • ah, so it’s about the same time from L.A. to SD but without the beautiful weather/ seaside view and Juggaolos jumping on windshields and a post-apocalyptic landscape instead .

            Or maybe from L.A. to Vegas (usually a 4 hr drive)

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            Glock(s)

      • Jokey

        Wrigleyville is a 25 min el ride with no transfers. It doesn’t get much easier.

    • Jokey

      If she likes dive bars, Rossi’s on State is legit divey. It’s the place Jeff likes.

      • Sactowns#1

        Divey is the only way I like my bars.

    • MB30SD

      Wiener circle for a chocolate shake

      • Huge Bears Penis

        that sounds dirty.

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        We need Da Coach to explain to us the slang meaning of Chocolate Shake.

        Like: “Getting a large african american hooker above 270lbs and putting your head between her butt cheeks and then slapping them against your temples.”

        Something like that.

    • CanadaBear
    • Weed Superman (GP)

      Don’t send her to Barley Corn. That place sucks.

      She can go to Cubby Bear for a drink and see the stadium.

      MB’s suggestion of Weiner Circle where they insult you for being a customer is good.

      Have her see the bean and the Art Museum campus.

      • MB30SD

        don’t forget the chocolate shake

      • SC Dave

        The bean is good. So can be the self-guided architecture tours where you look at lobbies in the buildings. But that does take a bit of work.

    • If you really want to impress her, you should take her to SF!

      • Sactowns#1

        lol. Go there all the time. just saw Sturgil Simpson in Oakland last weekend. Man he played for almost 2 hours. Great show.

    • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

      Fado is a solid bar, good food and live music on the weekends.

  • The 49ers D began the season with a historically horrendous D at every level, though recently they have stiffened vs the run, so I wouldn’t pencil in Howard for 200 just yet.

    I’m curious how the Oline performs though with Larsen/Kush/Massie seeming like a good combo in 2/3 games.

    Barkley didn’t get sacked last week, and I read a stat (that I haven’t verified yet, but sounds close to true) that the Hoyer/Barkley were sacked a combined 4 times, while Cutler was sacked 17 times, so continuing to unload the ball in Birdcage time should help.

    I must say, Hoyer/Barkley/Shaw have all flashed under Birdcage when it would’ve been easy for all of them to be Clausens.

    Maybe the Gase system lends itself to helping QBs (as opposed to that 200 play bible on Wentz arm), and in many instances, the other players have stalled many scoring chances, from penalties, to drops, to fumbles.

    I think Alshon’s agent just jizzed a lil after last game.

    On D, if Floyd is back, he can spy Kap.

    Someone said we can win if we pass rush, but disciplined, staying in their lanes, keeping him in the pocket.

    But we didn’t do it vs Winston, didn’t do it vs Marriotta, and Kap is a much better runner than either.

    Hicks might be good, but I don’t know how many times a QB has run right by him on the way to a big gain.

    The thing with Kap is he has lil touch, and his balls tend to sail, so the secondary should have its best chance of the season to actually make a play, for once.

    Kap also is pretty much a one read QB, so don’t expect a big game from their WRs. TE might get more than a few dump offs, and I would focus on him and the read-option with Hyde if I were Fangio, with strategic blitzes.

    • BerwynBomber

      “I think Alshon’s agent just jizzed a lil after last game.”

      Hah!

      Not sure that Kap is a better runner that Mariota. If he is, it ain’t by much. And Mariota seems to have quicker, more nimble feet. It’s kinda like the mobility comparison between Cutler and Rodgers. Cutler might be able to hang with him in a straight foot race, but beyond that (dancing in the pocket, elusiveness, open-field jukes), it’s not even close: Rodgers is decidedly superior.

      Quick feet is vastly underrated in QBs, mainly because many don’t have them. But those that do — Rodgers, Wilson, and to a point Mariota — really stand out.

    • willbest

      I wouldn’t pencil Howard in for 200 mainly because they don’t seem to like him to carry the ball more than 18 times a game.

      Fun facts:

      Jordan Howard has carried the ball more than 18 times twice this season. The Bears are 2-0 in those games.

      In the 3 games he carried the ball 16-18 times we lost by exactly 6 points.

      In games he carried it 15 times or less we lost by an average of 13.8 points.

      • Yeah, but running less = losses is sorta chicken and egg.

        When teams are down, they abandoned run.

        Like last game, Birdcage pretty much just aired it out in the 2nd half, and it SHOULD’VE won, if not for drops.

        Our O can’t get ahead enough (always settling for FGs) or our D stop enough (or cause turnovers) or specials flip field – to allow those 20-30 touch HB days.

        In other words, Bears suck too much.

        Vikings game might have been closest.

        • willbest

          Sure, the play before the pick in the endzone if that were Jeffery instead of Cam, then we are talking about a TD. But the Bears really didn’t abandon the run until the 4th. Entering the 4th quarter the Bears had 19 runs and 23 passes. Barkley lobbed the ball 31 times in the 4th and the Bears ran it 3 times. Of course without the drops it would have been more like 20 throws.

      • MB30SD

        that’s not fun at all

  • MB30SD
    • Was that b4 or after they got whooped by the Bucs!?

      • MB30SD

        lame.

        any given sunday yo… or for us… every given sunday.

        • Meh. SEA will still go to the playoffs, but their Oline is a BIG concern.

          They scored like 5 points vs a soft Bucs D.

          What impresses me most about SEA is their continual top 5 (3) D, year in, year out.

          It’s a good combination of personnel and scheme.

          • Weed Superman (GP)

            They miss Lynch.

          • SC Dave

            And cheating

  • Weed Superman (GP)

    Now, babies can have one daddy but two mamas.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/health-38159777

    • MB30SD

      W….T…..F

    • MB30SD
    • I once worked at a place with a world leading IFV dr. They will def push the limits.

      He helped some Italian woman who was like 75 give birth (which at that time was a record, I believe)>

      The secretary told us not to answer any lines cuz we were flooded by calls from new agencies, many of them wanting to know if we considered it “moral”.

      The Doc was a badass though. Think Dr. Strange but with a stache instead of goatee.

      The first time I went into his office, I asked, “Hey, you like Feynman?” and he looked at me really puzzled, this 20 something kid asking him such.

      the Doc had a poster of Feynman, but he was dressed as an Indian with Feynman symbols behind him in the desert. Have no clue were he got it.

      He responded, “you know, I don’t think anyone else has ever noticed that.”

      Then he took a call and resumed his god complex.

      • MB30SD

        that was a VERY roundabout way of bragging that your a fucking snobby elitist.

        • Only gods can speak to each other!

          Nah. It was just interesting. I think that’s the first person I met who truly believed he could walk on water.

          I’ve met arrogant ppl b4, but this dude took it to another level.

          And it wasn’t even that he was a dick (though he was to other doctors), just had a demeanor about him.

          And naturally, he drove the badass-est car there. It was like some suped up chrome porche with personalized license plates.

          • Also, I just watched Dr. Strange, which was basically Inception with magic.

            If any one still drops acid and watches movies, that would my rec.

          • Sactowns#1

            I heard the movie was pretty lame but the cgi was legit. I will check it on DVD.

          • I think the story is just hard to pull off.

            Basically a hot shot surgeon becomes the best wizard in like a month (see Luke, star wars).

            It’s “The Last Samurai” syndrome.

            But, that IS the origin story of Dr.Strange.

            The CGI though yeah, amazing.

          • Weed Superman (GP)

            Sherlock would hate on that magic.

          • SC Dave

            Maybe once I’m retired….

          • MB30SD

            asshole

          • Weed Superman (GP)

            fucking Porsche people. They all suck.

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            GP, on a hunch I waited out my purchase and now have some leverage on 2 different 911’s. Not as low mileage as the one down in Texas but if I can snag either one in the 13 to 14k range i’ll be able to do enough engine and parts repair to get a great value out of it.

          • Johnnywad

            Don’t forget to add a bedroom/nursery while you got the crew there. Lord knows sooner or later you’ll need it.

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            Spray and pray.

          • CanadaBear

            In Calgary, all the German car drivers were entitled pricks. Made no difference between the brands but I saw more BMW’s than the others so they seemed the worst.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Once more the Mercedes effect.

            I was in an ambulance for about 90 minutes going bee-baw through Bangkok. Missus was 2.5 months premature with the twins.

            The only thing I remember about the drive is that Mercedes Benz cars were the only ones who refuse to pull over. Not a generality, they were all Benzs.

          • SC Dave

            Back in the1980s (the height of the “he who dies with the most toys wins” era) a woman in our social circle told a joke, for the benefit of an owner of a certain car. It went:

            Q: What’s the difference between a Porsche and a porcupine?
            A: With a porcupine, the prick is on the outside.

            To use an expression from three decades or so later… Epic!

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            My buddy used to have a red chevette and whenever we were out chubbing, he’d tell the chick’s he had a vette.

    • willbest

      It was in Kansas or Nebraska where a guy answered a craigslist ad for a Lesbian couple that wanted a sperm donor. The Lesbian couple broke up and the state sued to collect child support from the man. He won the case, and the judge ruled that if the state wanted to go after the non-custodial parent it should go after the former lesbian lover. So babies don’t even have to have a daddy anymore.

      • SC Dave

        Well, at least the court got it right.

    • SC Dave

      Wow. Fuck that shit.

  • In actual Bears news, Fuller resumed practice.

    If he’s activated this week or is any good is another debate.

    • Floyd also back in limited basis, which likely means he’s mostly through concussion protocol and will play Sunday.

      Awesome news as those are the young guys you want to (1) see what they have these last 5 weeks and (2) get them as much experience as possible.

      • I brought this up in a previous thread, but what do you think of perhaps making Porter our FS, and letting Fuller/Callahan/Hall duke it out at CB?

        Granted, Fuler/Hall have to be healthy)

        It has it’s benefits and drawbacks, be interested to see what u think.

        • I like Fuller at CB. He was their best CB by a wide margin last year, IMO. Let him continue developing there and see what he can do.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Maybe Fuller and Hall ?

        • SC Dave

          But aren’t we drafting Peppers to be our FS?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ve thought that for a while – Porter is fine with everything in front of him. Once he has to turn and run … he’s toast.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m not counting on Floyd until he’s activated. That was ugly.

        • Johnnywad

          I thought he paralyzed himself. He’s lucky he can walk.

          • Sactowns#1

            You’re thinking of Knox.

          • Johnnywad

            Only Ex Bear that can lick his own asshole.

            That’s a trivia question. Mark that down in your memory somewhere. It’ll win you beers on trivia night.

  • BerwynBomber

    Saw this tweeted by an ESPN staff writer:

    After announcing he’s going pro, Texas RB D’Onta Foreman was asked what his dream NFL team is. His reply: “To be honest, anybody who’ll give me some money.”

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        Do you feel it????????

    • MB30SD

      talk about a team leader! my god, would I want him to lead the love in my squad… like the article about Kam Chancellor I posted earlier.

      32 GMs just got wet panties! smh

    • AlbertInTucson

      Give him high marks for honesty.

      • willbest

        I always dreaded that question in job interviews because the answer is “because you are willing to pay me, if you weren’t going to do that, I wouldn’t work here.”

        • BerwynBomber

          Definition of a job: something you wouldn’t do if you weren’t being paid for it.

  • CanadaBear

    With Fuller getting activated White’s season is officially over.

    • BearDown100393

      Oh darn.

    • Johnnywad

      Man. I have very little hope left for White. He didn’t look like the guy they drafted when he came back this year. For a speed freak, he didn’t look the part.

      • CanadaBear

        I read they activated Fuller when they decided White wasn’t going to make it back in time. Not good. He looked like a possession receiver. Pretty shocking and then he goes down again. Although Q has had health issues but the thing that made him look slow was his lack of confidence and knowledge of the O. Once he got over that last year he looked pretty fast his last couple of games. That’s my only hope for White looking so slow. Feel bad for the guy.

        • willbest

          Possession receivers catch the balls.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yup, does catching the ball come with experience. Nein. Er ist ein hund.

          • CanadaBear

            #7 in the draft seems a little high for a possession receiver.

        • SC Dave

          Don’t care, really. Other than we wasted a #7 pick on what is shaping up to be a pure bust.

        • DaMurph

          Bones like fucking potato chips

    • Huge Bears Penis

      Don’t need White! WE GOT BRAVERMAN!!!!!

  • Huge Bears Penis

    My FF projection on Braverman. 175 yards 3TDs. Everyone needs to run out and grab him!

    • SC Dave

      Naw, that’s too many yards. 153 yards, 5 TD.

  • CanadaBear
    • BerwynBomber

      Nah. Just look at the emergence of Howard alone. Offensively, he could be about as close to franchise-changing as you can get from a non-QB player.

      I bet the Mike Martz of GMs — Ted Thompson — is envious as hell every time he hears of him/sees him.

      The big off-season question marks will be QB, Safety, D-line, TE and Alshon.

      • SC Dave

        Jordan Howard is *definitely* the highlight of the season, and shaping up to be the best draft move by the Pace regime. But probably mostly luck in the end.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck that cockbag. With 15 guys on IR, the whole premise is stupid.

    • DaMurph

      Yeah, that was the icing on my Bears depression cake

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Sometimes the obvious answers really are the correct ones as distasteful as they might be. For instance, the Bears really have no choice, Cutty most likely comes back for the final year of his contract.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Holiday movies watched since Thanksgiving:

    Planes, Trains
    Broadway Danny Rose
    Home Alone
    Bad Santa
    Muppet Xmas Carol

    Tonight: Home Alone 2”

    I think of none of those films when it comes to holiday movies to watch.
    Not criticizing this list, BTW, because I’m sure its a generational thing.

    The ones I DO think of:

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)
    A CHRISTMAS STORY (I actually HAD a Red Ryder BB gun. But not the one with the compass)
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Reginald Owen or Alistair Sim or even the George C Scott version. Yeah. Mr. Magoo’s, too. No, not Henry Winkler’s)
    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
    ELF (Surprising, to me, because I am not a big Will Ferrell fan)

    And no, I do not consider DIE HARD to be a Christmas movie.

    • willbest

      Apparently the requirement for a Holiday movie is that it take place during December before Christmas.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well, THAT definition would include BATTLEGROUND and BATTLE OF THE BULGE.

        • AlbertInTucson

          A definition for HOLIDAY MOVIE I, of course, do not recognize as valid.

    • Die Hard is the BEST Xmas movie, besides maybe Gremlins!

      • willbest

        If I recall correctly one of the Band of Brothers episodes takes place over Christmas.

        • BerwynBomber

          Technically, not a movie. Great series though.

          • MB30SD

            Amazing series

          • Johnnywad

            I know you have a soft spot for David Schwimmer. NTTAWWT.

          • MB30SD

            Looooooovvvveee hiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmm (opra voice)

      • Johnnywad

        I like to binge watch Lord of the Rings over Christmas.

        • willbest

          I still haven’t watched the Hobbit trilogy

          • Sactowns#1

            I watched the first one and then ZZZzzzzz

          • Johnnywad

            A bit of a let down compared to the Rings trilogy.

          • MB30SD

            Gasp!

          • Johnnywad

            That’ll be enough out of you mister.

          • MB30SD

            Beach!

          • MB30SD

            Gasp

          • Irish Sweetness

            There’s 5 now …. all quite boring.

          • Johnnywad

            Says you.

      • Sactowns#1

        No way! Lethal Weapon is a much better Christmas action flick. It’s got it all! (Including a Mel Gibson who was still trying to perfect his American accent. Classic)

      • Huge Bears Penis

        Lethal Weapon
        Rocky IV
        Trading Places
        Christmas Vacation

    • Sactowns#1

      I’m sorry, but you are both old and wrong. lol
      Lethal Weapon is also a great Christmas movie btw.
      I have so many movies that I watch at Christmas I inevitably miss one. But there are about 20 or so that I try to get in. List coming tomorrow.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Lethal Weapon.

        That would again be, no.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I agree. Any weaponized movie is banned under the North Pole treaty,

    • willbest

      What about a Very Brady Christmas?

      • Sactowns#1

        Christmas specials don’t count nor do Christmas episodes of TV shows (Although WKRP and Seinfeld are holiday favs of mine)

        • willbest

          The Ref. Edward Scissorhands, Ernest Saves Christmas,

      • AlbertInTucson

        No.

        • MB30SD

          And no

    • SC Dave

      My last movie?

      The War – by Ken Burns

      • MB30SD

        You should check out War Dogs. Funny

    • SC Dave

      Oh, and on Hollywood…

      http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/11/28/hollywood-leftists-say-goodbye-clinton-hello-cuba/

      … “Cuba, like any communist country, already has some level of comfort for those wealthy and politically-connected enough to afford it. Celebrities would be set up with a secure compound so the only Hispanics they had to interact with on a regular basis would be their housekeepers, cooks and chauffeurs — just like Canada, but with better weather!”

    • MB30SD

      Watching Rudolph and frosty with the pups tonight

      • AlbertInTucson

        I approve, but I missed it. They converted it for HD.

        It IS, of course in my DVD library.

        NBC restored the GRINCH to its original length. It had been butchered over the years to accommodate more commercials.

  • willbest

    “So many of Kevin’s traps can and SHOULD kill the Wet/Sticky Bandits. We
    have to assume he’s fine with that, right? He wants to kill.” – Jeff

    Here is your analysis Jeff

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WKgNyvsNDM

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Bears have the eighth best rush defense in the league with 3.8 yards allowed per rush. SF have the worst with 5.1. Running it all day also keeps it out of Kap’s hands and away from his legs. He had 100+ yards rushing last week.

    Are people really getting excited about Barkley … after one game … against a bad pass defense that still picked him off twice? And we’re saying he would have done well had 10 passes been caught? Well nobody has all of their passes caught … and if my aunty had balls she’d be my uncle. There’s a game of two halves on Sunday, and he is not necessarily the better half.

    Agreed on Callahan and Amos though. I haven’t seen enough Bush recently who has, eh? Jury’s out on him.

    Either way, Kap will probably kill us on his own.

  • BerwynBomber

    For those who have wondered about Jeff Fisher’s longevity …

    … the father of the Rams VP of Football Operations/COO is Fisher’s agent.

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    Done

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