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Across The Middle — Week 15

| December 14th, 2016

If you follow a losing team long enough, the crappy seasons tend to all blend together. But if the 2016 Chicago Bears want to be remembered, they can make it happen this week by beating the Packers.

The Bears have been a losing team for most of my life, but there are a few teams I remember fondly. I remember the 2003 team because Charles Tillman ripped a pass out of Randy Moss’ hands and cost the Vikings a playoff berth. I remember Brian Urlacher running all alone down the field after intercepting Brett Favre in a 35-7 Bears win in 2007. I remember the 2015 Bears beating all odds by beating the Packers on Thanksgiving when Favre was being honored at halftime.

Those are the bad teams I remember positively and this year’s team has a chance to join them.

This team has a chance to be more than just another losing Bears team. They won’t make the playoffs, but they can have a significant say in who will by knocking out their most hated rival. All the buzz about the Packers being the team nobody wants to play could end this week.

If the Bears pull off the win, John Fox becomes unfirable, Matt Barkley clinches a chance to compete for a job and the sour taste that this season is threatening to leave us with can go away.

For the Bears, making this season matter is all about this Sunday. They have to do one thing: beat Green Bay.

The Next Monster

The last time the Bears had a rookie as good as Leonard Floyd was when Brian Urlacher took home the Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Floyd needs to get stronger and work on his technique, but he’s such a special athlete that the other stuff doesn’t matter that much right now. He can get anywhere on the field and is just too quick for most offensive linemen to handle in a phone booth.

Floyd didn’t have any sacks on Sunday, but he was great. He drew a holding penalty, should’ve drawn two more, forced an intentional grounding penalty and provided the pressure that led to sacks for two of his teammates. He was all over the field.

Like Urlacher when he was a rookie, Floyd is still learning the intricacies. He’s already passed two really good veterans in Pernell McPhee and Willie Young as the best pass-rusher on the team. Once Floyd puts it all together, he’ll be one of the best in the league.

Back End Woes

I’m not sure there is a single member of the Bears secondary who should be starting next season.

That’s unlikely, but they have to bring in two new starters. I think Deon Bush, Adrian Amos or Harold Jones-Quartey could develop into a good starting safety, but I wouldn’t bet on all three of them and I surely wouldn’t bet on two of the three. I feel the same about Bryce Callahan, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Deiondre Hall.

The Bears need two new starters in their back end when next season opens. If they can accomplish that, we could see their defense take a big step up from good to great.

Charting The Bears

• I had Floyd down with eight quarterback disruptions, while McPhee added four. I thought McPhee’s season was pretty much over, but he was as active as he has been since the middle of last year.

• My biggest question regarding Matt Barkley is his ability to handle pressure, but we saw it a number of times on Sunday. He wasn’t under constant pressure as the offensive line did a good job once again with just seven disruptions allowed, but when he was pressured, he stepped up and found a throwing lane.  Most importantly, when the game was on the line, Barkley made big throws. He just might be OK.

• Josh Bellamy doesn’t get enough credit for the tough catches he made, making two on inaccurate passes on Sunday, but his drops are killers. Last week, he left 43 yards and two crucial first downs on the field. This week, the Bears replace him with Alshon Jeffery. Bellamy did what he could, he just has stone hands. His play on special teams makes him well worth the roster spot, however.

Lying Season Starts Early

First a Tribune clown says the Bears are, might be, or could possibly fire Vic Fangio. Then Jason La Canfora tells us Bill Polian is talking to the Bears. Two reports that, as far as anyone can tell, were completely made up.

I have very few sources in the NFL but two of them are really close to the Bears coaching staff. Fox and Fangio aren’t buddies, but they don’t dislike each other. Fangio is given freedom to do what he wants and the Bears are giving him good players. Could he leave? Sure. But Mike Mulligan wasn’t even convinced in his own story, so that should tell you what you need to know.

The Polian story was funny. Schefter called his ESPN co-worker and ended it on the spot. If the Bears wanted to hire Polian, they could’ve done it before they hired Pace. They didn’t.

Maybe Fangio leaves and they end up bringing Polian in to be Ryan Pace’s boss, but there’s no evidence that either are on the way to happening. Those reporters just jumped the gun.

Here’s a list of people to trust: Adam Schefter, Brad Biggs and Jay Glazer. Other than that, take it with a grain of salt.

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  • SC Dave

    First.

    • MB30SD

      I’m MB30SD, and I approve this message.

      • Captain Obvious

        I’m Captain Obvious, and I approve of MB30SD’s approval.

  • Scharfinator

    Rodgers….

    • MB30SD

      FUCKING DEEEEAAAADDDD!!!!

  • Bernie Cohen

    Is this a rivalry game anymore? Not until the Bears can compete.

    • SC Dave

      The greatest rivalry in sports, bar none.

    • BearDown100393

      Don’t watch it. Then you don’t have to comment.

    • Scharfinator

      Salty old farts always complaining

      • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

        Hanukkah at Bernie’s house: you get an old wooden dreidel and some salty peanuts. That’s it. Well, that and a holocaust story.

        • MB30SD

          how do you know he’s jewish… not a very jewish name.

          And you forgot the latkes! Yum!

          • Huge Bears Penis

            Doesn’t Cohen mean ‘Priest’ in Hebrew or yiddish?

          • SC Dave

            In fact it does, although the spelling I have seen is with a ‘K’.

          • MB30SD

            it means “potato pancake”

          • willbest

            I don’t think I have ever met a non-jewish Cohen.

          • MB30SD

            I bet you haven’t. Cunt. (just kidding)

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Rascist.

        • Scharfinator

          LOL! HAH!!!!!

        • CanadaBear

          You’re a bad, bad man. That’s why I like ya!

      • CanadaBear

        Hmmmm …

      • Irish Sweetness

        But …. hey ….

    • CanadaBear

      They beat them last year on Brett Favre night. Anything is possible.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yes Bernie, when you play another team for the guts of a HUNDRED YEARS …. it could be broadly termed as a rivalry, and then certainly once one considers we’re leading it 94–93–6.

      • SC Dave

        Total points scored head-to-head (according to wikipedia):
        Packers 3,305
        Bears 3,304

        I shit you not. There simply is no rivalry remotely comparable – in any way mentioned on the same page, let alone sentence.

  • MB30SD

    Fuck the packers

    I hope Floyd rips Rodgers calf clear out of his leg and waives it around in the air like the predator

    https://youtu.be/CjWVWLTAHaU

    Dead.

    • Scharfinator

      Yo, predator has fallen on hard times in his post film life.

      http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd431/WCDon1/trilllife.gif

      • MB30SD

        Why do you say that… Looks like he’s been even more successful… Eating humans and all kinds of aliens left and right.

        • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

          We introduced Predator to Al’s #1 Italian Beef and co-opted his ass.

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears should VIP Vadgers family, don on the navy jerseys and name them honorary captains for the coin toss.

    • MB30SD

      ooohhhhh, I LOVE that idea!!!

  • dave

    Don’t be dissing Deondre Hall. He has the body and the brain, just needs the reps. When the pick six went down, who do you think was covering the primary deep target on the sideline like a glove? Yep, Deondre Hall. Look at the tape.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    Here’s a list of people to trust: Adam Schefter, Brad Biggs and Jay Glazer. Other than that, take it with a grain of salt.

    What about Andrew Dannhey? Should we trust that guy?

    • Huge Bears Penis

      I am surprised Aaron Lemming is not in that list.

      • Johnnywad

        Man I forgot about him. Fuck that guy.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Ah….actually the real list is…..

      I got nuttin.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    A tough black exterior with a weak white man inside? You’re not a Sith, you’re Drake.

    https://youtu.be/8pg1obK0Qfo?t=287

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

      Defensive douchebag narcissist w questionable talent tweeting too much while appealing to the worst in man?

      Hate the Drake.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I was LOLing at this shit today, and I never do that. Robot Chicken doing star wars.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPria4lrLRc

  • CanadaBear

    I don’t believe any of these guys when they are talking about rumors. Biggs, Glazer and Schefter will put out BS, too.

  • CanadaBear

    I really hope the Bears pay back Rodgers for that cheap shot on Hoyer last game.

    • BearDown100393

      Pacebot should sign Brandon Meriweather to a 1 game contract.

      • CanadaBear

        It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if someone chop blocked Matthews and ended his season. Cheap shot asshole.

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

        HJQ works for that too.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hey, we got upgraded at QB !

      • willbest

        Perhaps. The Packers D has already seen Barkley once, plus now they have tape on him. Bears last 4 games of the season are against teams with playoff aspirations so its a really good test for the guy

        • CanadaBear

          They won’t learn much about him from the previous game against them. Definitely will study the last 3 games

      • CanadaBear

        True Dat!

  • BerwynBomber

    In regard to your “back end woes”, we are in much better shape at CB than S. In fact, it is not even close.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      cut them all.

      • SC Dave

        I think we should keep Callahan

        • Huge Bears Penis

          for what to get injured every other game he plays.

          • willbest

            He has only missed 3 games. 1 for a concussion, and I think 2 with a hamstring injury.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            that also means he was probably knocked out of 2-3 others with injuries.

          • willbest

            But that is true of anybody that gets injured. Like say Kyle Long or Sitton. Granted Bryce isn’t in their class, but then we aren’t paying him like he is. We are still in triage mode, and nickel corner is pretty low on that list of things that need our attention.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            cut him.

        • Bender McLugh

          LeBlanc is a keeper. And so is Amos

          #Amosforreal

          • Huge Bears Penis

            nope cut them both

          • Bender McLugh

            don’t make HBP cut a bitch!

          • BerwynBomber

            Amos has no coverage skills. Can’t not have those in today’s NFL.

          • Bender McLugh

            I disagree, he has them they just need to be developed a bit more. Another safety with better coverage skills will allow him to get better.

            Or screw it, cut him if there’s a better option out there.

  • BillW

    Sunday will be colder than a part of a witch they say is extremely cold.

    And that always made me wonder how they know.

    • BearDown100393

      Ted Phillips knows.

      • MB30SD

        nothing.

        fucking cunt.

    • CanadaBear

      -16 with 20 mph winds. Brrrr. BTW, like the punch line to the old joke, “Aren’t you a little old to believe in witches?”

      • Huge Bears Penis

        He is so old he was a judge at the Salem Witch trials

        • CanadaBear

          Do you know why witches don’t wear underwear? Better grip on their broom!

          Boo-Yah!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Frozen weather’s a cunt though.

          • CanadaBear

            Amen brother. If it really gets as cold as the forecast, it will be interesting to see who came to play. Glad it’s not me.

          • willbest

            Rodger’s has done tundra before. That game against the cowboys a couple years ago

          • CanadaBear

            I’m hoping his hamstring really dislikes cold weather. That and somebody knocks his ass out.

          • MB30SD

            calf… he ‘has a calf’

          • BerwynBomber

            He has both actually. Incurred the hamstring in their PHI game. Got the calf in the SEA game.

          • MB30SD

            good. cunt.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Colder than a witches titty as we used to say.

          • SC Dave

            In a brass bra

          • MB30SD

            HA!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Does anybody in that building think they’re not on the ascend? ”

    Careful when you say that so it doesn’t come out as “Ass End”.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And spell it correctly with a ‘t’, to ensure no anal misunderstandings.

    • willbest

      I don’t. You aren’t competing in the NFL without a QB or 4 healthy pro-bowlers on defense.

      I could see Freeman and Floyd making the pro-bowl next year. Maybe… maybe… Goldman or Hicks if they both stay healthy and can upgrade Unrein. But there is nobody in the secondary that is close.

      Unless of course he means on our way to an 8-8 season. Then yeah sure. I could see that.

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

        honestly, Hicks should be in the Pro Bowl this year. He won’t make it because of name recognition, but he should. Tied for NFL lead in sacks among 3-4 DL, and he’s more of a run stuffer than pass rusher.

        You could make an argument for Floyd for Pro Bowl too, though that one’s a good bit iffier due to coming on late this year. But he’s been playing at that level the last 6 weeks or so.

        • BearDown100393

          He will be a replacement. The NFL ends up naming 200 guys to the Pro Bowl because of drop outs and injuries.

          • BerwynBomber

            Especially this year with the game moving to Orlando.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

        Anybody know how Bullard is doing?

        I don’t have All-22. From what I’ve seen on him he doesn’t seem like a diff maker, but Dlinemen always round out gradually.

        • AlbertInTucson

          They sat him against SF to try and motivate him.

    • BillW

      Yes – and don’t assume anything – else you make an ass out of u and me.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “I think Deon Bush, Adrian Amos or Harold Jones-Quartey could develop
    into a good starting safety, but I wouldn’t bet on all three of them and
    I surely wouldn’t bet on two of the three. I feel the same about Bryce
    Callahan, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Deiondre Hall.”

    That’s about the size of it. IF they develop … we’re sweet. Can Ed Donatell get them there? IF Fangio is gone, so is he.

    • BillW

      Yeah – I just hope we figure out which one or two it is and not release the good one, only to see the Patriots make a player out of him.

  • willbest

    Its this cold in December and we have already had like 6-7″ of snow. Going to be a brutal winter.

    • BillW

      I recall a brutal December several years ago. Turned out we had below average snowfall in Jan/Feb and above avg temps then too.

      But who knows. I was at the Fog Bowl – very warm. Then the NFCC game the next week the coldest game I was ever at. Only went because it was the NFCC.

      There will be a lot of no-shows Sunday. My son can’t even sell his tickets to Packer fans. (EDIT – said Packer fans are co-workers of mine and not the PITA type. They are actually from Wisconsin and respect the rivalry. It’s the Chicago born Packer fans that get to me.)

  • Irish Sweetness

    From Larry Goodfeeling :

    The Bears on Tuesday signed tight end MyCole Pruitt off the Vikings practice squad and waived cornerback DeVante Bausby.

    MyCole Pruitt

    Pruitt was selected by Minnesota in the fifth-round of the 2015 draft
    out of Southern Illinois. He has appeared in 18 games with three starts
    over two seasons, catching 11 passes for 96 yards. Pruitt played in two
    contests for the Vikings this year, catching one pass for seven yards.

    Bausby
    recorded 12 tackles in three games with the Bears this season. He
    entered the NFL with the Chiefs in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from
    Pittsburg State and signed with the Bears late last season after
    recovering from a broken collarbone.

    • willbest

      Brown is apparently the only player that can catch Barkley’s perfectly thrown balls. Bellamy apparently can catch Barkley when it is a poorly thrown ball. I hope Barkley makes a note of that.

    • Bender McLugh

      SIU represent!

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

      I did hear some good things about Pruit as well, relatively speaking.

      I’m waiting for Braunk to do anything, and just when I think he did, the annoncer says, “Dan Brown”

  • MB30SD

    GP… oh well… heeeeerroooooooooo!

    Hubba fucking hubba!

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/ferrari-j50/

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

    Quote from Vic Fangio today that literally made me laugh out loud: “The group we inherited wasn’t built for the 4-3, either … They weren’t built for anything, so we had to start at ground zero.”

    They weren’t built for anything. If I wasn’t laughing, I’d be crying.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      most amazing is that he turned them into almost a top 10 unit.

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        HOF starting lineup.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      That is funny.

      Exhibit A: I give you Chicken Dinner!

      • MB30SD

        tried to up-vote you more than once, wouldn’t let me.

    • BearDown100393

      Classic Chicago Coach statement.

    • MB30SD

      yep

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

      This is why I wanted to give him a try for interim.

      Oh well. let him focus on building that D.

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    MB –

    Me llamo Alphanzo

    https://youtu.be/GPria4lrLRc?t=345

    • MB30SD

      EN ESTE CLASSE, HABLO EN ESPANOL!!

      Si! Tree pee jo!

      Hilarious!

  • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

    Why the Bucs are allowing the D to rock out with their cock out

    http://deadspin.com/the-bucs-defense-finally-figured-things-out-and-now-it-1790103314

    • MB30SD

      damn, I miss having a fucking ball crushing dominant D.

      So much miss. very wow.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Any interest in Michael Floyd? Cut by the Cards for drunkenness. We could probably get him for a song and a dance.

    • MB30SD

      WTF!?

      Um… fuck yes!!!

      COACH!! Happy Kwanza dude!

    • BerwynBomber

      Former round 1 guy. Gotta imagine he ends up with a late season contender. Would seem the interest would be high. Titans, maybe? Their receivers are PS level dudes.

    • BearDown100393

      Drunk football might be the next big thing.

      • willbest

        Is that like 16″ softball?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

        If we’re going drunk WR, mayb Josh Gordon offers more upside.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

      A flier for the rest of the season.

      I knew something was off with Floyd. Thought he was just soft or dumb, but maybe he was just drunk (or all of the above).

      He’s NOT a #1, but can’t be worse than the clowns we’re trotting out now.

      Just as long as Pace is under no illusion that Floyd is more than a #2.

      • MB30SD

        Yup. Dude can catch ANYTHING (disclaimer: when not drunk)

        • AlbertInTucson

          He can, and all too often does, drop anything.

      • BerwynBomber

        As I said earlier, I’m all for the Bears taking a look. I just don’t think we’ll get him if many other teams are interested.

    • AlbertInTucson

      No. Another “Makes spectacular grabs but drops WAY too many he SHOULD catch” guy.

  • MB30SD

    Can’t spell “slow” without “AP”

    ….wait.

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      I repeat myself: Peppers.

      • MB30SD

        Hmmmm, yes… Quite.

      • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

        I look at what Landon Collins, a 2nd rounder, did for the Giants secondary.

        That motherfucker has some swagger.

        Peppers is Landon Collins ++

        • AlbertInTucson

          I quite agree.

    • SC Dave

      I like the idea of taking Peppers. Especially if he is good enough to return punts.

      We’ll never see another Hester, but a top of the league guy would be nice.

      • MB30SD

        I am 100% in the, sprint up to the podium and take peppers if he’s there for us.

        Fuuuuck taking a huge gamble on kiezer @ 5

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

    3 things we can all agree on in spite of our differences.

    Mariotti deserves to get fucked by that contraption from “7”
    Poon is the best drug
    FUCK THE PACK.

    #pukerWeek

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jay Mariotti: Universally Despised.

      • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

        Along with Bernie Lincicome. Seriously, fuck that guy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Loathesome Licicome.

    • SC Dave

      You’re so fucking conciliatory these days. Did you take a ropes course or some such bullshit?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

        Have no clue what ropes course is and tempted to google it, but prolly won’t.

        Maybe I’m in love.

        I just met a hot ass 18 yr old who said she wants me too, well…do A LOT of things to her.

        (Expect pics MB!)

        • MB30SD

          Hell yes!! About fucking time I gots sumfim back.

          18… You sure?!??! Better MAKE sure. 17 will gettcha 18 – 20

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

            Yeah, I might check her ID to make sure, but HOLY Shite that girl is a fucking dirty horndog.

            She’s like a apple-assed green eyed version of Marla from Fightclub.

            Degenerate. I love it!

            (I also fully expect her to equally crazy, but cross that bridge when I come to it)

          • MB30SD

            You’re a pig. 23 is my floor… 41ish my ceiling… And she better be a gym but with huge fake tits and amazing genes

        • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

          How did you meet her? You are in your late 30s? Jebus Wookie man. WTF.

          • SC Dave

            Wow… fucking little girls. Quaint.

            A variant of the Electra thing, perhaps, daddy?

        • SC Dave
  • BearDown100393

    Erin has a calf and he cannot practice.

    • AlbertInTucson

      So, of course, he will throw for 350 pass for 2 or 3TDs and run for another one on Sunday.

      Ain’t that ALWAYS the way?

      • MB30SD

        Sadly, yes. Siiiigh

    • SC Dave

      He’s playing Sunday.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

    On an FF note, NB and I scored and embarrassing amount last week.

    He scored 89 – I 88.

    His HB went down, then mine. I forgot to put in Kelce. Brees, Carr tanked.

    It was a shitfest all around.

    Don’t know what it is, but every time I play NB it’s always close, whether it’s miraculous comebacks, or soccer scores.

    Shady is crusing over Ender. Ender’s gonna need to throw everything at him this week to proceed to the championship

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

    In some sense, giving Fox and gang another year of healthy players sans Cutler (whom I would argue they never really wanted) makes sense, and has the additional benefit of us avoiding Browns status.

    Even if they crash and burn again next year, at least we find out who’s worth keeping, and more importantly, signal to potential coaching candidates that even if they fuck up first 2 years, they’ll likely have a 3rd, which should provide some security.

    On that note, I do wonder if in this fast-food twitter society, if we’re doing it wrong.

    It used to be GMs-HCs got more than 3 years to build a roster. It was understood.

    I mean, look at the Steelers. They have had like, what, 3 coaches in 50 years? And they’re pretty successful. I know that’s an extreme example, but still, gotta wonder if the previous patient method is more effective in the long run – the other alternative is getting Lovie-Trestman types every 3-4 years.

    • MB30SD

      Sure if you find a coach who is good, young, aggressive, and is passionate about winning.

      Does that sound like John fox to you? It doesn’t at all to me.

      NOW, and I can’t believe I’m going to throw this out there… Let’s say we gave mcdbags another hc shot and he had matured and turned out to actually be good… I’d be allll about giving a hungry young guy like him 3-4 to show something and if it was arrow up, longer.

      Gase is the perfect model… We should have gone with him instead of weekend at Bernie’s

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

        Yeah, I agree, NOT with FOX. Can’t ride the next 5 years with a guy who is as sick as those mob heads in the movies.

        But yeah, a 35ish hot-shot (kinda like Shula when he first started).

        Let X + Pace go for 5 years, and see how it goes.

        A lot of coaches had pretty bad starts who turned it around.

        Just wonder if that model is too antiquated – if the first 3 years really are an accurate predictor of future success.

      • SC Dave

        Who the fuck it McDags? That asswipe from Denver? No thanks.

        • willbest

          McDanniels. Pats OC

    • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

      Lovie had intellectually stunted. His Cover-2-high bend but not break D absolutely HAD to have a 3-tech DT that drew a double team. Had to have that or everything else went to shit.

      When he lost his studs from the Jauron era, Glitchy started seriously fucking him over in the draft. And he couldn’t change his approach to address the players he had, not the players he needed. My understanding is the same is true at Illinois. He has a scheme that demands great play from a few positions and he does not have those players, so he fails.

      Trestman was a shit show. The Cryptkeeper was not a NFL man. He wasn’t barely a CFL man. He shoulda stayed a Bond salesman. We HAD to change.

      Fox is a lazy choice. Fox is the guy the consultant comes in and says “oh yeah, that’s the guy.” Accorsi says “get a proven commodity” despite the fact his coaching days have passed him by.

      So there’s no question another shake up is needed. But not Pace, just Fox. You have to respond to reality.

      And teddy needs to go. Mainly because Pace is probably still expected to feign fealty to his idiot ways. You know Ballgame is calling Pace up with free agent ideas, or vetoing the big spends. He needs to go.

      • MB30SD

        I loves you maings

        • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)
          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

            I’m assuming MB is Mario cuz he’s short!

          • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)
          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

            haha, jes, and you’re gigantore apparently.

            Maybe Master-Blaster!

          • MB30SD

            Dude, I gots at least 2 full inches on Hammond!!

            …and I’m taller too!

            Boom!

          • MB30SD

            Can I be Luigi

      • SC Dave

        One cannot judge Fox with half a fucking roster. But Teddy is the guy that most has to go, and that ain’t happening.

        Given Ginny’s quip, the Bears will suck forever. Expect only flashes in the pan – hopefully good enough to luck into a championship every three decades or so.

        I figure I’ve got at most two more before I die. Assuming I live to about 110 or so.

    • willbest

      1) I don’t give two shits if Fox didn’t want Cutler or not. He took the fucking job. The end.

      2) The guy is retired, but at least the lockerroom hasn’t decayed into some sort of Lifetime special.

      3) It doesn’t take more than 3 years to build a roster, and you know which direction its headed in 2 years. If you got some front office guys that are demonstrating competence, and a HC getting what he can out of it, you know it. In that sense 3 years is too fucking long. Fail faster. Find your successful guy quicker. These are professionals, they shouldn’t need 3 years to come together. Most of my friends in the corporate world see new managers every couple years and new people come and go on their teams all the time. If it took them 6 months to gel nothing would ever get done. Hell these guys are used to the churn coming up through pop warner and high school and college ball.

      The reason the Steelers are successful isn’t because they keep the same tandem forever,its because they are competent at finding successful people. The McCaskeys clearly aren’t

  • willbest

    “Subtext: “I’m a little better than Josh Bellamy.”” – Jeff

    As long as he puts up 270 yards and 3 TDs against the Packers, all will be forgiven.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      won’t happen, they are finally going to properly incorporate future HOFer Braverman into the offense.

      • SC Dave

        Um…. it’s too cold for guys that small. They have too much surface area for their mass, and hence become subject to shattering in sub-zero temperatures.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Edelman sure looked like shit the other day.

          • MB30SD

            The other day?!?!

            That dude IS the pats offense man. Warrior.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        “Hombre Bravo” will leave is mark this weekend.

  • WP4Life

    Any takers on Michael Floyd?

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd IplayHard2!(Butch)

      read up/down

    • CanadaBear

      I could see Pace taking a flyer to see if he can get a low-cost replacement for Alshon next year. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s no replacement for Alshon.

    • AlbertInTucson

      No. I see a lot of the Cards out here and add the booze to his proclivity to remind one of Josh Bellamy and I will pass.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s losing the battle with booze … in fact, he’s not even battling. Sorry for him and his family, but no.

  • AlbertInTucson

    TIMELINE: LOMBARDI’S REDSKINS.

    Narrated by by Rather.

    Dan Rather?

    Ruined it for me.

    • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

      I saw on tv and passed.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It was more about “THE TURBULENT 60s” than Lombardi’s Redskins.

        Meh.

  • BuddhaJoe

    OK so fuck McDaniels. I know I’m gonna get crucified for this but if we’re gonna hire another retread, Gym Shorts would be the guy. He inherited an 0-16 Lions team and got them to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, and that was with Mayhew at GM, a guy who made Angelo look competent. The only downside is that we built for a 3-4 and he’d probably want to bring his wide-9.

    • BerwynBomber

      My fear with Shorts is his emotional maturity, or lack thereof, when things invariably hit a bump, go sideways, even south for a spell. He can get away with some of that as a DC, but the HC job brings a whole different level of stress. Plus, didn’t his DET teams begin showing glaring signs of undisciplined play after he was there for a spell? Some of that was no doubt to Suh, but it seemed to go beyond one player, and it was almost as if Shorts lost control of the team.

      Who knows? Maybe you’re right and he was a victim of circumstance, but he also just might be one of those dudes whose ceiling is an NFL coordinator position. And hey, nothing wrong with that if you’re a good one.

    • A Most Excellent Dude (GP)

      fuck Shorts. Hotheaded motherfucker, Lions kicked him out not only for his mouth but because the team turned on him.

    • MB30SD

      dafuck outta here with that shit yo.

      At least you knew it was a horrible idea when you wrote it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWvZGR5xfXw

    • Irish Sweetness

      McTard? Actually, I don’t give a toss who the OC is ….

    • CanadaBear

      Dirty teams always get their cues from the HC. The Loins were dirty as hell under Shorts. Fuck him! Maybe this a loser’s mentality but I’d rather the Bears sucked than played dirty. That shit’s embarrassing.

  • BerwynBomber

    Semi-interesting article about scouting/projecting college QBs entering the draft, though it did contain the following, questionable quote/assertion:

    “Those guys who were great 10 or 20 years ago would still be great today. Brett Favre would still be the best quarterback in the league if he were playing today—and can you imagine what his stats would look like in this flag football era? Scouting hasn’t changed.”

    Really? Career INT leader Favre would even be better in today’s game? Hmmm …

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2681374-the-art-of-scouting-quarterbacks-how-scouts-win-and-whiff-in-todays-nfl?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=web-des-art-top-16

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sure. I don’t know what kind of spiral Otto was throwing back in the day, but if your name is Jim Kelly or Joe Montana, I see no reason why they couldn’t be the best. They played the game when it was actually football. They had to be tougher.

      • willbest

        I mean receivers like Rice who no longer need to worry about getting mugged or plowed when going up for the ball sure. But I think Brady/Peyton/Brees might have an arm strength/accuracy skill level that the older chaps didn’t have to have.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They really got pounded back then though. Protected species nowadays.

          There’s a thinker – who had a really strong arm back in the day? Marino? Elway?

          • CanadaBear

            Rifle-Arm Rudy Bukich!

      • AlbertInTucson

        When I watch the 1985 games on DVD, it is stunning to watch what the defenses were allowed to get away with when it came to late hits on QBs.

        And, of course, the Bears absolutely beat the hell out of Y.A. Tittle in that 1963 Championship game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Paul Brown INVENTED the concept of a face mask after a cheap shot elbow to Otto Graham’s face.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rogue One ROCKS !!

    Take a leaf out of Gareth Edwards’ manual JJ Abrams. That’s how you do Star Wars movies.

    Just. Wow.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I just got home and tuned in the game.

    Those uniforms are absolutely hideous.

    Please stop the madness.

  • AlbertInTucson

    What to watch tonight:

    I benched Baldwin but left Graham in my lineup this week.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Collinsworth making excuses for Wilson’s performance last week and Russell promptly misses an open slant.

    Chris, deflections and tips or not, Wilson SUCKED in Green Bay.

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