212 Comments

Across The Middle — Week 16

| December 21st, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve allowed the Bears to piss me off as much as they did on Sunday, but there I was angry as hell and less confident in the direction the team is headed than I’ve ever been. I don’t think John Fox is a bad coach. But if the Bears are ever going to compete in a division with Aaron Rodgers, they need more than a coach who isn’t bad.

I understand the limitations Fox has with this roster. The Bears have more players on injured reserve than any other team. They were without their starting nose tackle, both starting inside linebackers and were down to their fifth cornerback. And that’s just the defense. (But Fox also brought in his own training staff, one he insisted limit the soft-tissue injuries.)

They have been in every game — which absolutely is a credit to Fox — but they are not able to win because of the same mental mistakes every week. At a certain point you have to wonder how much of it is an issue with the players and how much is an issue with preparation.

It’s dropped passes, holding penalties, missed tackles and blown coverages every week.

When I see these losses pile up, I think of the ESPN feature story about John Elway, which detailed Fox’s exit. Elway saw a lack of discipline -the same lack of discipline we’re seeing.

Then I look at Fox’s record in his last eight seasons without Peyton Manning:

2006: 8-8

2007: 7-9

2008: 12-4

2009: 8-8

2010: 2-14

2011: 8-8

2015: 6-10

2016: 3-11

Total: 54-72

And then, I get really concerned.

The Bears lost on Sunday because the same players kept making the same mistakes and were never held accountable for them. Cre’Von LeBlanc could not cover Jordy Nelson. That was proven over and over. Yet, with the game on the line, the Bears stuck with LeBlanc on Nelson and they were roasted.

I’m all for developing players for the future, but LeBlanc isn’t going to be one of those players. Deiondre Hall might be so why not give him a shot? Furthermore, if we’ve already concluded that LeBlanc can’t cover Nelson, why would you leave him on an island on the game’s biggest play?

It was a mind-numbingly stupid mistake by a coach who should know better. The Packers saw it and they salivated. Aaron Rodgers will always make John Fox’s teams pay for a lack of discipline.

When is Enough Enough?

I don’t mean to beat a dead horse but I don’t think most fans really understand how bad LeBlanc was in this game. It isn’t just the 106 yards the Packers got off of him. They had four plays deep down the field that they simply didn’t connect on because the ball was dropped or the throw was off while the receiver was open.

He’s the fourth cornerback on a team that doesn’t have three good cornerbacks. I’d be shocked if he was a significant part of the future and surprised if he made the team even next season. So, why were they so insistent on sticking with him? It doesn’t make any sense.

Hall was a fourth round pick who has shown flashes of being solid. I don’t know if he’s the answer, but he at least has the size to match up with Nelson and Adams. Maybe Hall stinks, I have no idea, but I know LeBlanc stinks, what more do we need to see?

Why Spy?

The Bears spent much of the game using their best pass rusher as either a spy or in coverage.

Leonard Floyd broke out recently because Vic Fangio had finally stopped using him as a back-seven player and started using him as a pass-rusher. For whatever reason, he didn’t do that this week.

Floyd’s snap count percentage dropped to 80.3 percent from 86.1 percent against Detroit and 89.7 percent against San Francisco. It was still the most of any of their outside linebackers, by a wide margin, but when he was on the field, he wasn’t allowed to do what he does best.

He’s a difference maker as a pass-rusher. He isn’t in coverage or as a spy.

Charting The Bears

• The Bears missed 23 tackles. It’s just incredible. Nick Kwiatkoski missed seven on 61 snaps and there were at least three others that I easily could’ve counted because he flew in completely out of control. On a day like that, the Bears coaching staff needed to sit him for a few plays, give him some encouragement and get him back out there. Instead, they kept letting him make mistake after mistake.

• Once again the Bears won the statistical battle in regards to which team could get more pressure on the quarterback, but that didn’t tell the entire story. The Packers only managed two hits and six disruptions on Matt Barkley, while the Bears recorded six hits on Rodgers and disrupted him 18 times. That large number, however, was largely due to the fact that Rodgers held onto the ball for a long time because his protection was so good. For their part, the Bears offensive line did an exceptional job though.

• I charted seven inaccurate passes for Matt Barkley, but several were borderline as the ball placement was off, even though the passes were still catchable. He’s proving to be accurate and has continually shown the ability to make plays down the field. He’s not perfect by any stretch, but he’s an NFL quarterback.

• Cameron Meredith is sneaky elusive. I had him down for three broken tackles in this game, second only to Jordan Howard.

Bring On The Skins

I have nightmares about Jordan Reed. OK, I wouldn’t call them nightmares, per say. More like night terrors.

Who could forget last year when he caught all nine of the passes thrown his way for 120 yards and a touchdown? Or 2013 when he caught all nine passes thrown his way for 134 yards and a touchdown? They can’t seem to force even an incomplete pass when the ball goes in his direction.

But Reed hurt his shoulder last week, then was ejected for punching a dude, who was wearing a helmet…yeah…not smart. As of now, I have no idea if he’ll play, but the Redskins played on Monday night and will head to Chicago for a this week’s game on Saturday.

So, I think the Bears have a chance.

The Redskins have a good offense, but I don’t trust Kirk Cousins. He aggressively tried to lose the game between the two teams last year, throwing into coverage multiple times, but the Bears couldn’t make a play. Maybe they still can’t, but they should be able to get more pressure to force more errors.

Washington’s defense isn’t any good. They’ve given up at least 20 points and 350 yards in their last five games. The Bears should be able to score and they should be able to win.

At least, until some stupid mistake happens late in the game, robbing them of yet another victory.

Tagged: , , , , ,

  • Doc Hamstring

    First?

  • SC Dave

    First

    • Doc Hamstring

      Nope

    • antityco

      He’s about the best corner they’ve got. I know that that’s not saying much. But I remember Chris Conte getting death threats from the meat balls because he played in a horrible defense.

      • MB30SD

        Please. Kid might be green, but he sucks right now. He should be getting reps with the 3rd string… Not be a starter

      • SC Dave

        My opinion is that Callahan is better than LeBlanc, and by a fair margin.

    • David Green

      He had a very bad game, but before that game he was only allowing 50% off the passes thrown at him to be completed, and just returned a td last week, everyone has an off day, that was one of them.

      • willbest

        Jordy Nelson is going to the pro bowl this year. He was beat but he should never have been alone on him.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Oh, and it’s per se.

    Didn’t the Blogfather tweet that he edited this column? So that’s two people who missed it.

    • MB30SD

      Leblanc, is a total shitweasle… Per se

  • willbest

    I like Meredith as our #2. I don’t think he is a #1 though. He is solid when teams sell out to stop Howard, but he doesn’t punish them when they do. If they leave Jeffery in single coverage its going to be 40 yard bombs all day long.

  • willbest

    If the mistakes were just coming from dumbass coaching decisions or the QB then I would say the Bears were absolutely tanking. But they are dumb ass penalties, missed assignments, dropped passes too.

    The holding penalty while ticky-tack bullshit also shouldn’t have happened. howard getting stuffed for a 2 yard loss and not stopping the clock was far and away better than getting backed up 10 yards and stopping the clock.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I don’t know that Jordan reed can be a factor on Saturday.

    I listen to a D.C. based podcast and they were wondering out loud today who thought it was a good idea to play an obviously hurting Reed in Monday’s game against Carolina. He got dinged again nd now has a VERY short week to recover.

    They also wondered who thought Vernon Davis could make the block that was missed and led to the game-changing sack fumble to start the second half.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He was in agony in that game. He can’t do shit to us. But we don’t need to be beating the Skins anyway.

  • willbest

    No doubt. F it. University isn’t going to take care of you the next 60 years if an injury causes you to lose out on $10 million dollars. And you won’t be eligible so the school doesn’t have a recourse.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000759847/article/scout-fournette-mccaffrey-made-smart-decision-to-sit-out-bowls

    • MB30SD

      Totally agree with this logic.

      Bowl games for super stars are fucking worthless anyway… Unless you’re in the big show… Bail.

      • Catherinejhaag

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !sr344c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !sr344c:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash634MarketFreedomGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!sr344c:….,….

    • BerwynBomber

      Hope it becomes a trend. Could force big time college football and the NCAA to become more honest about a host of things.

      • SC Dave

        It’s so funny that Jeff compared the combine to a slave market, but said nothing about the real slavery, NCAA football.

        • MB30SD

          Too lazy to look up and post my favorite Cartman slave driver clip

  • MB30SD

    Here’s to coming up juuust short because of stupid mistakes in the last seconds Andrew. Not rooting for a loss, but certainly no need to pray for a win now.

    Sooooo, fox isn’t a bad coach, he’s just stupid?

    I’ll vote for the affirmative on both accounts Thanks. Next up please… And can we get someone good, young, aggressive, AND not already Fucking retired this time? Thanks in advance.

    • beninnorcal

      Harbaugh, in some kind of dream-scenario?

      • SC Dave

        Fuck Harbaugh. He would be a disaster.

      • MB30SD

        I wish. Not for another couple/few years.

        But yeeeeesssss… That’s my ultimate plan… Now I just need to figure out how to get teddy’s job and put it into action

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fox called the three man rush on A-Rod? That was him and not Fangio? Source?
      Fox gets the blame for the defense giving up 250 on the ground? Not Fangio?

      Let’s not look at facts, just shit on the guys we like to shit on without letting reality into it.

      You guys are unreal.

    • I want a win, man. We’ve been too damn close the last couple of weeks, I just want to feel the W!

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        Like kinda how evil knievil must have felt when he jumped the Colorado River?

        • CanadaBear

          That chute was open before he got off the ramp. An all-time con job.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            So thats why my parents never bought me an evil knievil action figure!

      • MB30SD

        Fuck that shit pern… I want Allen or Garrett or peppers… FUUUUCK a meaningless win right in the face

        Trust me, we pull another Aaron Donald (or countless others) and you’ll be punching yourself in the face for wanting and getting a win Saturday.

        • We’re going to get one of those guys even if we win out. I’m putting $20 on The Beloved to beat the Skins.

          • MB30SD

            I hope you lose it maings. Sorry.

  • beninnorcal

    I always had that thought about Fox, even before he came to Chicago. Having a HOF qb on an otherwise stacked team can really help your W/L record. Without those years, he is pretty much Lovie.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And in Carolina when he took a 1-15 team to the Superbowl the next season? Who was the HoF QB there?

      • MB30SD

        Jesus Irish… You whine about being called crazy by literally everyone on the blog, then totally ignore what’s been posted about always thoughts.

        He retired after his heart attack bud, he’s long gone for the Carolina SB man he was.

        He’s now weekend at Bernie’s… A corpse of the man he once was being propped up and carted about by the people who need to use his former greatness and power as an illusion of trying to win.

        He needs to be jettisoned to the Bahamas for good post haste

        • Wobbly Pop

          Love the weekend at Bernie’s reference !

          • MB30SD

            Love the whimsical screen name

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll re-post:

          And in Carolina when he took a 1-15 team to the Superbowl the next season? Who was the HoF QB there?

          • MB30SD

            Irish… 2003… 2003!!!!

            That’s a lifetime ago dude. Liiiifetime. My god, 13 years ago I might even have still been able to grow hair man.

            Come on maings

        • Irish Sweetness

          Even Jesus had his critics, MB. See if you can name three.

          (adjusts halo)

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Fox hatred is unfounded in logic. It’s venting without thinking.

    I want to see what other coach whose team leads the league in players on IR .. and kills it. We are not 3-12 because of John Fox.

    He took a Panthers team with one victory to the superbowl the following season. Who else did that? Vince Lombardi. Took them to the Championship game two seasons later as well. He has gotten two teams to the Superbowl. He has won both an AFC and NFC championship game. And he’s not good enough to coach us? Bullshit!

    If I’m putting practice squad players in the HOF (by suggesting maybe they deserve a start) … then it’s good to see someone else notice that Kwiatkowski is just a rookie making mistakes at this point, with zero guarantee that he progresses. It’s cool to shoot at Timu because he came from the PS. And let’s ignore Trevathan lost in coverage, and Tracy Porter who can’t cover NFL receivers vertically.

    But Fox deserves a pass. He doesn’t tackle. He isn’t the ball-less toothless doosh at DC who allowed a team that can’t run put 250 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground up on us, and allowed Rodgers to kill us on the last play. John Fox is the least of our worries by some way

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Any time a team is truly rebuilding, the coach always catches shit. That’s how it goes.

      • SC Dave

        Even when it’s poor play on the field that is the primary problem.

    • willbest

      It’s the timeout to save 6 seconds, and the not running it on 3rd down when you are kicking the FG on 4th, and the not playing Howard until Langford and Carey are hurt despite him averaging like 6 ypc for his first 10 snaps in relief and the starting out the 3rd quarter looking like dog shit literally every week that make Fox a bad coach.

      • willbest

        None of those things have anything to do with players and everything to do with how he manages his game. Team would 6 more wins in his tenure as HC if he could make game time decisions competently.

      • SC Dave

        These guys are professionals, so coming out flat after halftime is as much or more on the players than the coaches. This aint higj school any more.

        Rhe adjustments, of course, are a big part of why for have coaches in the first place, so that’s mostly on them.

      • Wobbly Pop

        Those are facts not to be denied and show Fox fits the stupid mold ! Toss in his ill prepared players who seemingly are not taught discipline or tackling skills and you see a trend ! Add a heaping helping of a very bad training staff he personally carted into Halas Hall that now has a league record 17 players on IR and a soft tissue revolving door to their credit ! Yes after further review we signed a cheerleader instead of a coach !

        • Irish Sweetness

          Tackling? 250 yards and 3 TDs? How does Fox and not Fangio get the blame for that?

          Where were all you Anti-Fox heads when we hired him? If he wasn’t good enough for the Broncos …

          The HC in football (Bellifat aside) is basically more like your CEO or GM in a business nowadays. Offensive problems with scheming? Loggains is your man – that’s where the buck stops. 250 yards rushing and three TDs on the ground? Fangio.

          • Wobbly Pop

            Ya just have to look at my past posts across time and i atleast have been consistant in my cheerleader sumize of him and his lack of actual coaching skill ! I cannot speak for anyone else nor will i , but know where i personally have been on Fox and will stay on him thanks !

    • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

      Elway fired Fox because he felt he had gone flat, and was coasting. After that, they won the Super Bowl.

      Nuff said.

      • Irish Sweetness

        … I have no idea who built that Broncos team in fairness. Did Fox have anything to do with coaching those guys when he was .. y’know …the Head Coach?

        Did Carolina go from 1-15 to the Dance the next season in spite of him?

        I’m not saying he’s Don Shula, but to cut bait now after only two seasons seems a little trigger happy. I’d give any management team three years before I fired them. And in his defense, all those IRs aren’t on his head.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Cam has been our #1 receiver for like the last 19 games, Perno.

    • willbest

      Then why does Jeffery have more yards?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Longer passes go his way?

    • CanadaBear

      And you get mad when people say you’re nuts. I’d like to point out I’m not one of them. You must have posted the exact same thing about Fangio 100 times on Sunday. That’s not an exaggeration. You also said you thought Bellamy might be better than Alshon. I thought you were trolling but yesterday you said you never troll. FFS!

      • MB30SD

        Yup

      • Irish Sweetness

        During a game thread, things get heated. I was furious. I’m over it now.
        Never apologize for being passionate.

        (shrugs)

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Hmm….I wonder how many people leave out their most successful accomplishments on their resume. You can’t do that my man.

  • SC Dave

    The most pleasant surprise to me with the current receivers is how often someone is open. Bellamy in particular – the guys seems to ALWAYS be open. If he can learn to catch, we are starting to look good at WR (assuming, of course, we keep the best one instead of letting him walk as suggested so incomprehensibly often). It would be nice if White would actually become good enough to provide reliable depth. What he showed when he was playing would put him at WR #3 or #4.

    Meredith shows good YAC potential, although it seems he’ll have to do it the hard way as he does not seem to get behind defenders. But I’m okay with that. Big strong guys making DBs work to tackle them cannot be a bad thing.

    Of course, a lot of this may be attributable to having a QB that can read the field well.

    • Do you think Bellamy is open more because of his dropsies? If that kid could learn how to catch he’d be something.

      • SC Dave

        Maybe, but he was open before the dropsies became well known.

    • willbest

      I said yesterday that Bellamy is a better version of White. He can run routes, gunner, is fast, has experience shedding defenders, and is healthy. Neither can catch the ball very well.

      • SC Dave

        I agree with this. If the kid can fix his hands, AND we sign Jeffery, I’m pretty good on the WR front. Though we do need someone to step up at slot.

  • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

    The motherfucker is soft

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-kyle-fuller-knee-desire-deadline-20161220-story.html

    He looks like Derrick Rose’s little brother, and like Rose, he can’t stay healthy. But where Rose tried to get back, Fuller don’t care. He’s soft to the core.

    Emery could never sniff that shit out because Phil Emery was a fucking worthless judge of character. But the kid was a 3rd round talent without an NFL level of desire or guts.

    Ultimate bust.

    • MB30SD

      Yep… Sigh

    • MB30SD

      They need to cut that pussy this minuto.

      Fucking ridiculous. B-U-S-T

      • willbest

        Emery’s picks fall into two categories. Those that got/will get top 15 contracts when their rookie season is over (Long, Jeffery, Leno), and those that won’t be on the team when their rookie contract is over (everybody else)

        • MB30SD

          Guy sucked ass

          • BerwynBomber

            He also gave us Trestman and a four year Jay contract.

          • willbest

            3 years.

    • Don’t the Bears have until today to activate Fuller?

      I’d activate him even if he were inj and throw him out there for being a pussy.

      • willbest

        To IR

  • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

    Apparently I am going to need to KEEP posting this to drive the crazy off the blog:
    The 4-letter fuckers article on Elway:

    Elway’s intensity isn’t for everybody. It wasn’t for John Fox, who did many things well after Elway hired him as coach in 2011, including winning 46 games in four years. Elway’s doubts began after Fox turned conservative on offense and his defense blew coverage in a January 2013 playoff collapse against the Ravens. The next year at the Super Bowl, after a week of disorganized practices, Elway had a bad feeling. The morning of the game, he woke up at 3 a.m. in a dull panic in a dark New Jersey hotel room. He knew his team wasn’t good enough. Fox wasn’t good enough. His friends say the offseason after Denver’s Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seattle was as miserable as any in Elway’s life. It harkened back to being humiliated as a player who had lost three Super Bowls. Elway gets quiet when he’s in a bad mood, orders another drink, turns inward, blames himself, jokes in a nonjoking way about jumping off a building. “When you get older, you feel like you’re getting smarter,” he says in his office. “You should be better. You should know more.”

    A rising lack of discipline under Fox prompted Elway to sometimes yell at the team because Fox wouldn’t. Before a late-season practice in 2014, Fox turned to a few people on the sideline and asked, “Isn’t winning the division enough?” A few weeks later, after the Broncos came out flat in a divisional playoff loss to the Colts, Fox got his answer. He was fired.

    Fox is soft.

    • MB30SD

      1000X this. Fire that fuck today. Give Vic a shot or he’s gone too.

      Alas, teddy… The diametric opposite of horseteeth… Doesn’t give a fuck about winning and is the opposite of a competitor

      • Annekfreeman

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !sf124c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !sf124c:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash414MarketScanGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!sf124c:….,…..

      • Marygvance

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !st134c:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !st134c:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash424MarketSpecialGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!st134c:….,……

    • And hence why I coined him “Albino Lovie” long ago, but that might actually be an insult to Lovie since at least Lovie got us to 8-8.

      Last week was a PERFECT example of Fox’s ineptness.

      Will, and I and many others in real time were completely baffled as to why Fox didn’t run it to drain the clock near the goaline.

      IMO if you’re going pass, THEN you don’t settle for the FG. On 4rth down, you go for the TD cuz then who gives a shit about the clock? You score a TD, it’s MUCH harder for Vadgers to march down with about 1min and score his own TD then simply getting into FG range.

      Throwing it on 3rd, then going for the TD on 4rth would’ve be AGGRESSIVE. Like Arians, Payton, Petey aggressive. Maybe it fails, but it’s rational.

      OR Bears could’ve run it, burned the clock till it was about 40 secs (instead of the 1:19), then kick the FG.

      This would’ve been CONSERVATIVE. Would the Puke have even tried for a deep bomb with like 15 secs left? I bet they likely would’ve run, run, and settle for OT

      Keep in mind too that Fox denied a penalty that would’ve run 10 seconds off. He assumed the Bears would stop them on 3rd and long, so he wanted time for Barkley. A rather Aggressive tactic that ended up backfiring.

      So Fox is aggressive (throw not run) then conservative (FG not TD), then aggressive again (denying TO to save time) while simultaneous being conservative (only 3 man rush).

      Does this sound like a mastermind or a scatterbrain with NO forethought or gameplan when games are on the line?

      This CAN’T be cured. It’s like asking QBs to be clutch. You either got it or don’t. Elway had it, and he figured out FOX did NOT after some trial and error.

      That Fox was a goddamn liability in fact.

      Fox gets credit for getting them to play hard (#Lovie).

      Remember that line from Chris Rock when he gets mad at parents for, um, parenting.

      “You supposed to fucking take care of yo kids!”

      These players are SUPPOSED to play hard! (See handle)

      Man, If we had promoted Fangio to interim in like week 4 like I wanted, maybe we could’ve found a real HC AND QB going forward.

  • CanadaBear

    Did you guys see Fangio’s interview where he referred to Fuller? Interesting to say the least. It sounds like Fuller has no drive to get back on the field.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-bears/kyle-fullers-future-bears-question-he-continues-sit

    • MB30SD

      Pssssst, read down canada.

      And I couldn’t give a single fuck about Kyle Fucking Fuller’s future… I’m MUCH more interested in Vic Fangio’s

      • CanadaBear

        I saw GP’s link was the Trib. Didn’t read it. Oops.

        • MB30SD

          Hahaha

    • AlbertInTucson

      Getting hurt has taken the fire out of a LOT of players.

      Neal Anderson was NEVER the same after he got hurt chasing down Brian Bosworth.

      • CanadaBear

        I always thought Neal lost the fire after the OL was awful and he was getting blasted behind the LOS on a regular basis. At some point he seemed gun shy and then retired.

  • Alex

    LeBlanc is actually not a bad player he’s just not supposed to be playing corner on the outside. His sole position is as a NB (same with Callahan in my opinion). Hall should have been playing on the outside. Why he wasn’t is beyond me.

    • MB30SD

      I think that’s apronz proz… Leblanc is the Nickelback or corners

      • Huge Bears Penis

        +1000

        • Alex

          I’d hope the Bears are able to get Stephon Gilmore in FA to play on the outside opposite Porter or Fuller (if he isn’t traded) with Hall as the depth. Callahan and LeBlanc can compete to play NB.

          • MB30SD

            Traded?!? Dude, who’s going to take a guy to play football… Who doesn’t want to play football?

          • Alex

            I am sure there would be several teams that would take a flier on a former first rounder like Fuller for a 5-7th rounder. Personally I hope he isn’t traded.

            Crikey we got a 6th for Bostic who couldn’t actually play football.

          • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

            Fine trade him while there is a whiff of legit about him.

            As soon as he takes the field a few more times, we might get a bag of chicken wings for him, that’s it.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            mmm chicken wings.

          • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

            a delicious christmas treat

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hall is more than depth, he’ll be our starter IF he progresses Ceteris paribus.
            He’s tall and he plays press. Who plays opposite him is the question.

    • BerwynBomber

      LeBlanc isn’t bad for what he is. Neither are Porter or Callahan. The problem is we have nothing near a #1 CB. Then again, numerous teams fall in the boat (or if they do have a 1 he’s shaky).

      Much more concerned about our safeties of whom I’m not convinced one of them is as good as LeBlanc is. Or Callahan or Porter.

      • Alex

        Agreed. Generally I’d be quite happy with LeBlanc and Callahan fighting over the NB slot with someone like Brandon Boykin if he could ever stay fit. We desperately need a No.1 CB though to allow everyone else to compete for the 2nd outside slot.

        Safety is desperate but that’s been the case for a while. I’d ‘pony’ up for Berry (FS) and Gilmore (CB) or Trumaine Johnson (CB) if they wanted to come to the Bears. The Bears would then have that much more flexibility in the draft rather than having to go after those positions.

        • BerwynBomber

          I agree about the #1 CB, but again, even good teams sometimes lack one. And our CBs, to me, look better than our Ss. Hence, I’d prioritize the latter when it comes to the draft and/or FA, though I get the argument about doing both or if a #1 CB presents himself you don’t hesitate.

          • Alex

            Agreed. If it was a choice between Berry and a No.1/No.2 CB I’d take Berry. I am not even sure if Gilmore and Johnson would be classified as out and out No.1s anyway.

      • Add in a good FS this offseason and let Bush/Amos fight for SS next year.

        Add in a good CB and let the guys you have fight for the other spots.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I say add Jabril Peppers.

  • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

    Ha. The lesbian was snubbed for the Pro Bowl.

    Fuck Detroit.

    Melvin Gordon and Blount were also snubbed, but that is legit.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Stafford has had pretty quiet second half of the season.

      • BerwynBomber

        Rodgers has definitely re-asserted himself as the best QB in our division. His year long brush with QB mediocrity seems over.

        Still think DET will win the division though. Too little/too late for the Cheese.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I dunno.

          Loins are AT Dallas this week, with no running game, then they host Green Bay, which, apparently, has FOUND a running game. Montgomery was rolling up yards even before he saw the Bears.

          • BerwynBomber

            Montgomery’s highest game total before Sunday was 60 yards. Against us no less on that THUR night debacle a month or so ago.

            I think the guy is baller. GB’s O seemed to nosedive last year when they lost him about six games into the season. But I’m unconvinced he is the next AP.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Still, a tough roe to hoe for the Loins.

            I wouldn’t have minded doing them the favor of putting a torpedo into the SS Packer last Sunday.

        • willbest

          Except in the case where the Vikings beat (or tie) GB and Lions beat Dallas, the week 17 game will determine who wins the division.

          As the Lions are @ one of the top 3 teams in football, and GB is hosting a team with no offense, I am liking GB’s odds as the Lions will be coming off MNF. Its also likely to be Sunday Night football in week 17 though there will probably.

    • Bender McLugh

      Blount is not legit being snubbed, neither is the lesbo. Both should be in there.

      • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

        LeSean McCoy
        Le’Veon Bell
        DeMarco Murray
        Latavius Murray
        Todd Gurley
        Lamar Miller
        Jay Ajayi

        and fuck Detroit twice. If he wants to make a statement, beat the Pack this week to stay in. Bet he won’t.

        • Bender McLugh

          Blount has over 1k yards and 15TD’s dude. How can that be kept out.

          • Bender McLugh

            not that it really matters, just seems to be bs to me

          • willbest

            Because he isn’t involved in the passing game and is only averaging 4 yards per carry. And they take 3 AFC RBs. Bell and Shady are givens. DeMarco Murray is averaging 4.6 YPC. Between that and his passing game involvement he has 500 more yards from scrimmage, but only 3 less TDs.

          • Bender McLugh

            pfffft to your facts!

          • Bender McLugh

            (good points btw)

          • He has easily been better than everybody on that list but McCoy and Bell this year. Maybe DeMarco Murray.

      • BerwynBomber

        Ryan, Rodgers and Prescott have all been better than Stafford. Tough break, though, as he’s had a good year.

        P.S. Brees didn’t get in either. Happens.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Blount led the league in rushing TDs, he didn’t get in?

    • willbest

      Gordon wasn’t snubbed. Freeman over Howard was bullshit.

      • willbest

        Fitz has no business getting the nod over Brandon Cooks or Jordy Nelson.

        • MB30SD

          Man, mother fuck that ugly cracker Nelson.

      • SC Dave

        Well, I voted a couple times for Howard (but didn’t bother with the entire rest of the ballot, so I don’t know if they counted). Did you?

        • willbest

          I only vote once and try to do every position. I did vote for Howard. I guess I understand why he didn’t get it. If you don’t follow the Bears you don’t know he spent the first 3 weeks waiting for somebody to get injured.

      • BerwynBomber

        Freeman and Howard are quite close. Howard has fantastic YPC but Freeman’s isn’t horrible either, and Freeman has superior receiving #s.

        Sucks for Howard. But it also doesn’t appear to be robbery.

        • willbest

          My analysis of Howard involved me adding about 180 more yards since he would have about 40 more rushing attempts if he had started the season.

          • BerwynBomber

            I gotcha but I don’t think voters project like that and I don’t know if they would be smart to anyway.

            P.S. I would have leaned Howard, but again, doesn’t seem a WTF result in Freeman. Rep and ATL”s record might’ve helped too, not that either should.

        • SC Dave

          It is really close. This one is a simple matter of who is on the better team.

          • CanadaBear

            I watched a couple of Atlanta games and Freeman was running hard. He seemed a little more polished in the passing game. Either way, Howard is an awesome pick and I’m thrilled the Bears got an impact player that late in the draft.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Freeman had 4 more rushing TDs and 1 more receiving TD, so I’ll say fair enough. Not bad for a rookie season though.

    • willbest

      And it looks like they have gone back to NFC v. AFC which can screw some people over if one league ends up more stacked at a position than the other league.

      • BearDown100393

        Poor Mitch Unrein.

    • BearDown100393

      When it is all said and done, after injuries and invite declines, Matt Barkley will be in the Pro Bowl.

      • BerwynBomber

        Cutler!!!

        • willbest

          He would decline. They got Zika down there in Florida.

          • BearDown100393

            Jay’s natural immunity and echinacea would defeat zika.

          • MB30SD

            But no vaccinations please

          • BearDown100393

            Of course not.

        • BearDown100393

          IR

          • BerwynBomber

            Oddly enough, I sometimes forget that. Probably like how I won’t believe he is gone even if we finally get rid of him. Quite the shadow.

  • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

    Today is the day they send the Elf from the home office. Mitch and Murray sent him:

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

  • AlbertInTucson

    Familar complaints about a coaching staff / coaching moves and general post-loss disarrary coming from this week’s opponent such as;

    Where’s the Edge for this team?
    How could they come out on a Monday night at home for a must-win game and be so terrible against the struggling Panthers?

    Who cleared Jordan Reed to play? Did the docter examine him from across the room and say
    “Shoulder LOOKS OK from here.”

    Who thought Vernon Davis could make a key block in the shadow of his own goal posts?

    Why is Wil Blackmon returning a kick out of his end zone when he hasn’t returned one in 5 years?

    We can’t find somebody off the street better than Donte Whitner?!

    BTW, The Redskins record on Monday Night at Fed-Ex field is 1-15.

  • BerwynBomber

    “The Redskins have a good offense, but I don’t trust Kirk Cousins. He aggressively tried to lose the game between the two teams last year, throwing into coverage multiple times”

    I’m with you but his #s (up until Monday night at least) have been outstanding this year.

  • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

    I’m really confused with a lot of you guys. Not mad, just confused.

    • CanadaBear

      Hope this helps; most of us are sick to death of Cutler and want to start another chapter in the Bears saga. We don’t care if the replacement is Barkley, we just want to move away from Cutler. What else confuses you about us?

      • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

        I think the main thing is everyone’s almost blissful ignorance of 3 brutal turnovers that effectively lost the game for the Bears as they all resulted in GB scoring points and I believe all of them were by the QB….and I think the weird part about that is that no one has said a fucking word about that and has still managed to just focus on the good stuff.
        Holy shit, Cutler would get MURDERED if he had a 2 TD 2 INT day. Murdered.

        When Cutler gets sacked it’s lack of pocket awareness despite his ability to keep plays alive.
        When anyone else gets sacked or stripped it’s the O line.

        Which is it? It’s a weird double standard and it’s odd watching guys fall over themselves to justify it while ignoring the actual football that was played just because it was someone else playing it.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          strip sack was on Leno, one INT was on Braverman for being a short little shit and not paying attention. The other INT was caused by a huge wind gust coming off the lake causing the pass to sail, so none of them were truly his fault.

          • willbest

            lol. Thought it was on the veteran holding.

        • Few reasons for this.

          1. Barkley wasn’t a 1st rder coming off a PB season with all the hype, so expectations are lower.

          2. Barkley didn’t cost the Bears two 1sts, a 3rd and a beloved QB (Orton), so expectations are lower

          3. Barkley has not been having 3 TO games for 7 years, so some patience is extended. It’s only his, what, 5th game as a Bears throwing to scubs?

          4. Most don’t count the Hail Mary, a lot don’t count the Braverman one, fewer don’t count the other two, though I def do.

          5. Barkley doesn’t cost $15M

          That being said, if he continues turning it over like that, #BarkleyTime will go the way of #CutlerDoesItAgain

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            I started typing a reply to this post and just stopped. It’s that bad. Your rationale is so bad that I can’t even refute it, I simply have to let it go. Your post is Bears Facebook bad.

          • You asked why. Doesn’t mean you’ll like the answer.

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            Bears. Facebook. Bad.

          • How about I ask you a question

            Why would you forgive Cutler’s TOs and not Barkley’s?

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            ugh, I fucking don’t. I watch football like it should be watched and only point out when people are being fucking craze balls. Simply ignoring 3 turnovers while you made your hay pointing out the very same fucking turnovers is craze balls.
            I know football is an imperfect game and even though you white fantasy football fucking stat jockeys want it to be in a vacuum…until it suits the point of your post it is maddening when you can’t even point out that a guy fucked up.

            Instead we revise history and ignore deficiency. I get it, it’s the new Bears fan mentality.

          • I didn’t say that I forgave Barkley’s TOs.

            I hate them just as much as Cutler’s, but as I have already illustrated, there’s a WORLD of diff between the two at this stage in their careers in Chicago.

            Lots of fans, including me, excused Cutler’s TOs for a long time cuz he did indeed have a shit supporting cast and idiotic OCs.

            Same courtesy is being extended to Barkley. I don’t really see any difference.

            If 7 years from now Barkley is still turning it over a la Cutler, you’ll find him getting booted out of town just like Cargo.

            What’s so hard to understand about that?

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny, in the last few years you would have had an aneurism defending Cutler over the hail mary and the receiver quitting on the route. You would have vented your spleen defending Cutler on the int where the receiver was held. Good on ya. Fuck, most of us went along with that for years but at some point a change of scenery is best for both. Nobody is shitting on Cutler, it’s just time for both sides to move on.

            Fox with Barkley/Hoyer and a high draft pick will give him a little breathing room. Fox with Cutler is a great comeback/redemption story or career suicide. Pretty sure I know which way the betting public would go.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh he’ll cost 15M next season ….

        • BerwynBomber

          Really? Just this year I was in discussion with two DBBers (I believer Al and Will) in which I mentioned last year’s SF’s game and that Cutler had played kinda crappy.

          You mean the Cutler that drove us down for the winning FG that Gould shanked, one of them countered and the other upvoted.

          Yes, I replied. The same Cutler who threw a pick six that day and had a PR of 64 and QBR of 52 against one of the worst teams in league.

          The lesson? Barkley isn’t receiving much more breaks than what Cutler himself received in terms of game perception/big picture takeaways. Like it or not, Sunday’s game won’t be remembered for Barkley’s shitty 3rd Q but instead Rodgers’ final pass and Fox’s decisions leading up to it.

          Though I get your point.

        • SC Dave

          No one on this blog would have blamed Cutler on that play by Peppers. No. One.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I would.

          • willbest

            Do you blame barkley for not checking his blindside 0.7 seconds after the snap?

          • Huge Bears Penis

            No, but i would blame Cutler, mainly just to troll Waffle.

          • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

            If I was new to the blog or didn’t live in Chicago I may have believed that statement just now but unfortunately I’ve seen it all and lived through it here in Chicago.

    • Internet Smug Prick #9 (GP)

      I have a good story to cheer you up Waffle. You’ll like this one:


      Adam West was having trouble with his eyes. Fearful that he might lose his hobby as a painter, he went to see the best eye surgeon in the world.

      After several weeks of delicate surgery and therapy, his eyesight was
      restored. West was so grateful that he decided to show his
      gratitude by painting a mural at the doctor’s office.

      Part of his work included painting a gigantic eye on one wall. When he
      had finished, he held a press conference to unveil his work.

      During the press conference, one reporter noticed the eye on the wall,
      and asked the doctor, “What was your first reaction upon seeing your
      newly painted office, especially that large eye on the wall?”

      The doctor responded, “Thank God I’m not a proctologist.”

      • SC Dave

        That is a story full of holiday cheer!

      • MB30SD

        Ha!

  • Huge Bears Penis

    If Fox was any good, he would be playing Fales and Braverman right now. And it was probably Fox’s idea to get rid of Terry ‘FUCKING’ Williams and that man mountain TAYO!

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Where’s Butch on this thread? Must be wading in pee pee

  • Huge Bears Penis

    Drew Rosenhaus just stated that College players should play in the worthless Bowl games instead of holding out to prevent injury and in turn costing draft spot and money.

    Frankly, I think this guy is so full of shit. Rosenhaus makes his money on players he represents getting drafted high. I find it hard to believe that he is telling anyone he is representing to play in these crap games. I could see him telling them to play if it is one of the “Playoff”/National Championship game, but if the kid playing in the ‘Dollar General Bowl’ should sit.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      Holy Shit!!! I just looked it up, there is an actual ‘Dollar General Bowl’.
      Ohio vs. Troy
      Dec 23 8 p.m., ESPN
      Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

      • BearDown100393

        FarmersOnly Dot Com Bowl

    • AlbertInTucson

      Drew “Next Question” Rosenmouth.

      Safe to assume you didn’t tune in for the “Boca Raton Bowl”, HBP?

      • Huge Bears Penis

        it’s a safe bet I haven’t tuned into any bowl game

        • AlbertInTucson

          Likewise.

          I guess there was actually one played on Monday afternoon.

          Who thought THAT was good idea?

          LOL.

    • AlbertInTucson

      McCaffrey is just looking out for himself, as he should.

      The NCAA sure won’t.

      They added 2 or 3 games to the college schedules without batting an eye.

      Jalen Smith’s Bowl game injury cost him a top 5 draft pick and somewhere around $18 mil.

    • willbest

      Its for guys getting 5th to UDFA grades. Then there is money to be gained showcasing your talent.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Some player said of the bowls .. .”I like fruit and flowers … if it ain’t got fruit or flowers in it …”

  • Bernie Cohen

    The Bears are totally pissing off their fans.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Cricket’s….more crickets…bullfrog…

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Reminder. The debate in AUGUST was whether Kyle Fuller would be ready for the opener. He will now miss all 16 games. Strange.”

    Another Redskin Parallel:

    They used the 11th pick this year on WR, Josh Doctson, who has missed most of the season with a (some say “mysterious”) sore achillies which has a lot of locals wondering about HIS desire to play.

  • MB30SD

    Speaking of mayock and the hair…

    I read about 15 different mocks last night and there are an almost consensus top 10ish at this point.

    Garrett
    Allen
    Kizer
    Peppers
    Trubinsky
    The wr from SC
    Some ot (also SC maybe)
    Watson
    Some CB with a weird name I can’t remember

    Anyway we might just have our pick of Allen peppers trubinsky or the top ol or wr in the draft.

    We just can’t fuck it up with two totally meaningless and crushing wins. Lookin at you perno

    • MB30SD

      And please god pace… Don’t pull an Emery… Just buy the fucking most logical dip. The one that’s the best and is right in front of you

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        Ever try french onion with Dorito’s?

      • Just buy the fucking the dip, Yo!

        Which one is the top FS from that list?

        I think I saw some tape of him briefly, and he looked good, but dunno if he officially declared.

      • ButtonShoes

        Pace is the kind of GM who would’ve done the same thing Emery did in 2014: instead of moving up to pick Aaron Donald, he would sit and wait to pick Kyle Fuller.

        • MB30SD

          Bullshit. You’re blanket eeeeeverythiiiing is tuuuurrible about this team. Why are you a fan again?

          Smh

  • BearDown100393

    Fuller has an IR so he goes back on it.

    • what an asshole.

      We should trade his ass to the Browns next yr.

      And while we’re there, sign Pryor.

      • MB30SD

        I like that plan.

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Lol

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Ever seen a healthy looking vegetarian? Most of em look like the walking dead.

  • (2) I would far rather have Kyle Fuller in 2017 than any mid round or later pick. Fuller can actually play. – Jeff

    Has Fuller proven he’s better than Callahan or LeBlanc on a week to week basis? (when he’s healthy that is)

    When we get a 6th or conditional pick, we’ll get that answer.

    • willbest

      Maybe LeBlance. Callahan is competent week to week. Never going to wow you but at least he is the type of guy whose play is going to be elevated if there is elite talent around him.

  • BerwynBomber

    Some shitty Cheese news to lift the spirits?

    Ex-Packer Casey Heyward made the Pro Bowl in his first year with SD, which has to doubly suck for GB given what a shambles their secondary has been most of the year. (Not to mention the now retired ex-Cheese Chaz Woodson also made the PB last year for OAK.)

    Just more evidence of Ted Thompson’s “genius”.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    new thread!

  • BerwynBomber

    Speaking of Cutler, did he have his surgery yet? I’ve seen no news of it since the initial IR announcement.

    • BearDown100393

      Psychic healer.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      he had his surgery schedule in his hands went to toss it onto his desk, his dog intercepted it.

  • Sactowns#1

    I took a promotion about 2 months ago and now I don’t have all the time to mess around with you fart knockers. Sloth misses Chunk!

  • ButtonShoes

    “He’s the fourth cornerback on a team that doesn’t have three good
    cornerbacks. I’d be shocked if he was a significant part of the future
    and surprised if he made the team even next season. So, why were they so
    insistent on sticking with him? It doesn’t make any sense.”

    I’ll tell you why. Because Ryan Pace. He thinks that because New England cut him (which should tell you everything you need to know about LeBlanc) that he found a sleeper. So he gets put in games, and then does things like what happened on Sunday.

    And it’s nice to see someone outline why John Fox needs to go, and go now.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Christian McCaffrey has two things going against him already:

    1) He’s a running back.

    2) He’s WHITE running back.

    He was terrific at Stanford running, receiving and returning, but I don’t see “1st Rounder” in his future. Especially with so many examples of finding a great or very good back, like a Jordan Howard or a Matt Forte or a Terrell Davis, in rounds 2 – 5.

    McCaffrey’s not Zeke Elliot and, as far as caucasians go, he’s not the next John Riggins.

    The last white running back taken in the first round of the NFL Draft?
    Penn State’s, John Cappelletti. Rams, 1974. (Yes, I had to look it up).

    That’s 40+ years ago, boys and girls. I still lived in the Chicago area.

    That same Cappelletti article produced THIS tidbit:

    The last white back to gain 1,000 yards in the NFL?
    Craig James, New England, 1985.

    Craig James. I can STILL see The Danimal stripping the ball from him in SB XX.

  • Annekfreeman

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !sf124c:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !sf124c:
    ➽➽
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash414MarketScanGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!sf124c:….,……

  • Malice Halice

    Has anybody ever NOT buy their woman any Xmas gifts and live to tell it? Especially a black woman? My current situation but I honestly don’t care. Not religious reasons I just despise this woman like Cleveland draft picks the last 6 years

  • Marygvance

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !st134c:
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
    !st134c:
    ➽➽
    ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash424MarketSpecialGetPay$97Hour ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★::::::!st134c:….,…….

© Da' Bears Blog