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Data: Numbers Prove Pairing Cutler with Top Defense Will Yield Winning Team

| July 11th, 2016

Another guest column from the artist known as Data.

Every offseason (and throughout most seasons) there’s a lot of talk amongst Bears fans about whether or not the Bears can win with Jay Cutler as their quarterback. Today I’m going to attempt to answer that question by looking at Cutler’s peers around the league.

I identified five players who are, statistically speaking, Cutler’s peers: Carson Palmer, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, and Alex Smith. Including Cutler, these six quarterbacks all have started at least 90 games, thrown at least 3500 passes, and posted passer ratings between 83.5 and 88.1.

Basically, they’ve all been around for a while performing, as a whole, at an average to above average level.

Cutler is smack dab in the middle of the group with 134 starts (3rd), 4354 passes (3rd), and an 86.0 passer rating (2nd).

It turns out you can, in fact, win with a quarterback of that caliber. As a whole, these 6 QBs are 432-379-1 in games they start, which averages out to about 8.5 wins per season. Of the 50 seasons in which these quarterbacks have thrown 300+ passes, 20 have resulted in playoff berths, while 2 more have featured 10 win seasons-the typical threshold for the playoffs-with no postseason. These quarterbacks win more than they lose and their teams perform well enough to make the playoffs nearly half the time.

Despite their similar individual statistical resumes, the team success these 6 quarterbacks experience has varied tremendously. Their career win percentages in games they start varies from 45% (Stafford) to 61% (Flacco), and their rate of making the playoffs ranges from 11% (Cutler) to 75% (Flacco).

What causes these differences?

I looked at three potential factors: individual performance, team offensive performance, and team defensive performance.

Individual performance was measured through passer rating, an admittedly imperfect metric that still gives something of an idea of how well a quarterback performed that year. Since league-average passer ratings have changed from the low to mid 80s to the low 90s in the past 10 years, I looked at a quarterback’s rank among qualified passers within a season. I also looked at interception percentage on a season, since you could argue quarterbacks turning the ball over are more detrimental than what shows up in total passing stats. For offensive and defensive performance, I used a teams’ rank in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, which is widely regarded as one of the better metrics for evaluating a unit.
I examined win percentage against those 4 metrics for all 50 seasons with those six quarterbacks and found some interesting results. Offensive performance and team success had a correlation of only 0.22, meaning there was very little relationship between the two (it’s on a scale of 0 to 1, with 1 being a strong relationship). Individual quarterback performance was a bit stronger, but still low, with correlation values of 0.37 for interception percentage and 0.40 for passer rating rank.

When we look at defensive performance, however, we see a different story. The correlation there was 0.64, significantly higher than any of the offensive factors.

Looking at each quarterback’s career win percentage against career averages in those categories makes that trend even more distinct. The correlation between team success and defensive rank comes in at 0.66, while those for team success and offensive rank (0.25), passer rating rank (0.28), and interception percentage (0.31) all come in less than half that high.

The lesson here is clear. If you want to build a consistent winner with a quarterback of this caliber, you do it by building a consistently good defense.

Of the 50 seasons these quarterbacks have thrown 300+ passes, their teams’ defense has ranked in the top ten 17 times. In those 17 seasons, teams are 171-88 (0.67) when their starting QB starts the game and have made the playoffs 12 times. By contrast, teams from the same group with bottom 10 defenses are 71-113 (0.39) with 0 playoff appearances in 13 seasons.

This same massive split does not happen with offenses. There top 10 units are 144-105 (0.58) with 8 playoff appearances in 16 seasons, while bottom 10 units are 53-50 (0.51) with 3 playoff appearances in 7 attempts. It should come as no surprise to learn that those 3 playoff seasons all featured top 5 defenses.
Now this isn’t to say that offensive performance is completely irrelevant when you have a good-but-not-great quarterback. General managers and coaches should still work to field a quality offense. But the data overwhelmingly suggests that the main focus should be on building the defense, as this has a greater impact on winning games.

Looking back at my original question, it is clear that the Bears can in fact win with a quarterback like Jay Cutler. Even better news for Ryan Pace and John Fox is that the blueprint for doing so is clear: pair him with a strong defense and good things will follow

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  • Frank Schoenburg

    1st!

  • bearfaninde

    Numbers prove that pairing Trent Dilfer with a Top Defense will yield winning team

    • SC Dave

      Had loviedo and Ron figured but how to stop passes to RBs, we might have one one with Grossman

      • That and horrendous luck w injuries.
        The Broncos lost Von Miller and were spanked by SEA.
        The Bears that SB lost Mike Brown, Tommie Harris, and a few others leading up to loss.

        Tough break.

      • Big Mike

        Grossman was by no measure Cutler’s equal as a QB. Blaming the defense for anything about that team, is misplaced blame.

        • SC Dave

          The point was that with a defensive adjustment in the bowl, they could have been champions even with a guy like Grossman. Kinda just like the Dilfer thing.

        • CanadaBear

          It’s all woulda, coulda, shoulda but that middle screen or delay to Dominic Rhodes was like Chines Water Torture. After Manning blew the coverage early Lovie was not gonna let that happen again and the Colts lured #54 out of the middle of the D over and over and over. it still haunts all of us because deep down (or not so deep) all of us know that game was there for the taking.

          • Big Mike

            Like most seasons, we counted on the defense to be perfect. Take out Grossman’s pick six, and any degree of competence by the offense and the Bears had this. Mount a drive that ate clock, do something but 3 and out.

          • CanadaBear

            I think the only D stop I remember during the Chinese Water Torture in the second half was Briggs going rogue and making a play.

          • Big Mike

            Didn’t they play about 20 minutes on defense in the 2nd half

            Sent from Gmail on my iPhone

        • Doc Nitty

          Had Lovie stuck with T.J. instead of Benson, I believe we would have won the game. T.J. was killing it on the ground. He was in a groove. They had no answer. Benson comes in and kills two drives quickly. Momentum lost. Fucking Lovie.

          • Big Mike

            Bad offense. TJ would have been the difference

            Sent from Gmail on my iPhone

      • Johnnywad

        Had they simply let TJ continue running the rock down their throats instead of unleashing Air Grossman in the rain, I think they win a squeaker.

    • That D is in contention for all time great. I also submit last year’s Bronco’s D is in that proximity.

      For that type of D we MUST hit in the draft (is Floyd Von Miller , Mo Wilkerson, Watt…?) and complement it w FA.

      We also must remember that Elway let Fox go cuz he didnt believe Fox was a SB winning coach (various rumors abound like that Fox didn’t have his team ready which we saw in more than one first half last season).

      The other MAJOR question is whether Cutty has that Eli-Flacco gene. It’s one thing to lead comebacks in the regular quite another in the playoffs. All we’ve seen so far from Cutty is that he can ride a stationary bike like a Hell’s Angel.

      • CanadaBear

        I kinda agree with Elway about Fox but the Bears were such a mess I was totally OK with Fox being hired. I knew he would at least restore professionalism and at some point start winning some games.

        • Yeah. Hard to argue w results. Broncos were embarrassed in the SB w Fox. Won it w out Fox. Part of the reason i call him Albino Lovie.
          But like u said. Bears needed to at least compete.
          Was hoping Gase wouldve stuck around just in case, but oh well.
          No guarantee Gase is the answer either, but if he turns into another Arians or even Billichick….

          • Irish Sweetness

            Isn’t it fair to say he was part of the crew that built their SB winning squad? He was part of Chuck Noll’s coaching staff remember. He knows defenses, and I’ve never been a huge fan of Peyton Manning’s post-season antics – I feel Fox fell on his sword for the turtle-headed one who could never play well when it mattered most. Elway blamed Fox … when it’s generally on your QB. You can’t scheme against a top defense to beat it, unless you’ve got a wizard. Elway had a choking troll that would shit the bed on him in Manning.

          • CanadaBear

            I agree about Manning and Fox’s pedigree but Denver came out flat in the playoffs and the SB under Fox and the Bears came out flat at least 3 or 4 times last year. That’s on him.

          • Was about to say the same. And a few Broncos, I think even Elway, said as much too.

            A trend we can track this season now that the honeymoon is over.

      • Doc Nitty

        Great closing line. And apt.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And Eli has two rings ….

  • BearDown100393

    Doesn’t being drunk at LPGA make the event a bit more interesting?

    • willbest

      I wouldn’t sit through an LPGA event even if I new for certain Ashley Benson would preform a strip routine during it.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Thank you Captain Obvious!

    • EnderWiggin

      I always think about Cutty going 7-1 with a healthy Urlacher and D.

    • It’s more about the data showing that defensive success has a stronger correlation to winning than offensive success or QB performance for QBs of Cutler’s caliber.

      Obviously a good defense helps. The interesting thing is that it’s more important than the offense in this sample.

      • Big Mike

        So you’re saying hiring Tresmtan was fucking insane?

        • BearDown100393
          • CanadaBear

            You do know one of those two guys you mentioned might be clinically insane! Just sayin’!

          • Big Mike

            So what? Whatever they said publicly was 80% PR. Just like everything in the NFL.

          • SC Dave

            Or maybe they were just wrong. Like most on this blog after the first season and the complete transformation of offensive potency.

          • Big Mike

            That was sort of my point. Trestman should have never been hired. Of course offensive players are going to be positive about an offensive coach. Trestman’s act lasted about 8 games. Then he was out of his element as a head coach.

        • the butch formula.

          Elite QB + opportunistic D = SB
          Elite D + opportunistic QB = SB

          Trestman made a MONUMENTAL mistake in TRYING to follow the first route. He was the QB Guru that would finally transform Cutty from the backpedlling, 4INT throwing, fumbling, chuck and duck doooont care QB into something machine-like Rodgers or Brady.

          It didn’t happen. That was their gambit. Make Cutty into that. Let him, Bmarsh, Alshon, Bennett, Forte rip it up while all the aging D has to do is not be historically horrible.

          Needless to say, the Guru was an idiot, and his disciple more of a James than a Jesus.

          So this time around, POX are opting for plan B.

          Stay tuned….

          • Big Mike

            I think the defense was not even close to opportunistic. But there has to be something between elite, and your description. Cutler is a good QB

  • Sactowns#1

    So after San Diego I ended up going to Reno instead of Vegas. Needed to come back to Sac inbetween and it made the most sense. But I noticed an interesting trend with the odds. When the futures odds opened the Bears had an O/U on wins at 6. That has now moved up to 7. however, their odds of winning the Super Bowl went from 50/1 to 60/1. Needless to say I put $100 on each.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, you watching any of the Tour? A couple of days ago some jagoff with a fright wig was running along side them on a mt climb. The jagoff was not holding his line. Froome got him back in line with an awesome elbow to the back of the head. Knocked the fucker to the pavement! Robbie McEwen (the old Aussie sprinter that told Lance to go fuck himself back in the day) is doing the color commentary until the last 50 km of the stage. Robbie’s funny as hell. I’ve never liked Froome because of his ungainly style on a bike but when he dusted that jagoff, I kinda like him now. Not pulling for him but he seems like a genuinely nice guy so it’s hard to root against him. Rooting for Team Sky is like rooting for Pats.

    • MB30SD

      nice!

      No time sadly canada. it’s either le tour or work out.

      And froome was brought up in SA, so I’ve always been a fan!

      • CanadaBear

        I forgot to tell ya the best part. i was watching the early morning live broadcast (record it and watch it later) when Froome did that. The shot was from the helicopter so it would have been easy to miss. Nobody on TV said anything for a couple of seconds so I didn’t know if they saw it. All of a sudden McEwen starts giggling like a school girl. The other guy knew why but he wasn’t gonna say anything. McEwen finally made some passing remark about it and he was still giggling.

  • Doc Nitty

    So, what you’re saying is, all things being equal (QB-wise), the team with good defenses are better than their counterpart?

    This seems almost axiomatic.

    To really test this thesis, Data, I’d like to suggest another test.

    Over the same time period, look at the teams with middle of the road to slightly above avg defenses (like you did with QB’s). Look at the correlation of playoffs vs QB play in those teams. I’m guessing you’ll see the same correlation.

    Statistics: Moonshine Mathematics. You can make it taste however you want!

    • I was thinking along the same lines. Name the worst defenses in the modern era (2000?) that have won a SB.

      Off the top of my head, New Orleans and GB come to mind.

      But we gotta remember that was the Aints dirty D trying to take out QBs.

      Also, I believe both Ds were very opportunistic and top in turnovers even thought they were subpar.

      Though I do not know the hard #s behind it.

      Not to mention that Brees and Rodgers are a tier above Cutty.

      I think I said it b4, but that’s usu the formula. Truly elite QB (Brees, Brady, Rodgers) with opportunistic D, or the more feasible (for sheer shortage of premium QBs), elite D with opportunistic offense.

      • You’re about to get Jericho’d

        i hate when i have subpar opportunistic all pro safeties and lb’s on my team.

        Both the Saints and Packers had unfuckingbelievable safety pairings.

        Collins and Woodson were both all pro. Tramon Williams was a pro bowler.

        Harper and Sharper were pro bowl and all pro respectively. Both teams had a vicious pass rush and great linebacking.

        • MB30SD

          Harper and sharper…. baaaahahaha.

          Boom, there are your names reno

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Sharper Cosby

          • MB30SD

            yeah man, I don’t get that shit

            Dude was a stud…. rich, buff, good looking cat, had errathing going for him and he’s a rapist. Huh!? WTF is that?

          • DaCoaches Mustache

            Super Creepy rapist too. He was drugging 2 women at a time all over the country and banging them whilst they slept. Creep factor of 10+

          • MB30SD

            really? dang… wtf is wrong with people. chicks probably would have slept with him anyway. weirdos.

        • Well, most teams have good players on D.

          Like I said, I don’t exactly recall either the Saint’s or GBs D being dominant, def not at the Bronco’s or SEA level.

          By opportunistic I mean getting key stops and turnovers.

          Are there worst defenses in the modern era that won the SB? Maybe. I can’t recall. Maybe the Pats I suppose, but they got Bill and Brady (and cheating) so are almost exempt.

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      • That GB defense when they won the SB was one of the best in the NFL.

        • Were they? I don’t remember them being dominant, and allowing a lot of yds, but I do vaguely recall they got sacks and turnovers.

          • 2nd in DVOA, 5th in yards allowed, 2nd in points allowed. They actually weren’t great at turnovers (18th), though they were 2nd in sacks.

            You’re probably thinking of their defense the following year, when they went 15-1 and were 19th in points, 32nd in yards allowed, 27th in sacks, and T-1st in turnovers.

  • MB30SD
  • Defense you say, Data?

    If you were GM would you pull the trigger on Von Miller?

    Appearing on ESPN, Von Miller stated he will not play 2016 under the Broncos’ franchise tag.

    “No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag,” said Miller,whose tag is worth over $14 million. “It just doesn’t make sense in any way.” Miller went so far as to call franchise tags a “league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with.” Miller’scomments suggest he might seriously contemplate sitting out the 2016 season if no long-term deal is reached. The Broncos and Miller have until Friday to work something out. – Roto

    • MB30SD

      YES PLEASE!!!

      Call this man immediately when you are allowed to Pace. IFUCIINGMEDIATELY!

    • AlbertInTucson

      If I’m Denver, I’m calling his bluff.

      You want to sit out a year in the prime of your career, not to mention piss away millions?

      We don’t believe it.

      • I believe he’s thinking longterm. If he sits out this year, Broncos can’t tag him next year.

        Will he be able to make up $14M by sitting out? Maybe not.

        But if he thinks he can make up $10M, sitting a year, resting his body, AND sending a msg for a “measly” $4M might be worth it for him.

        Either way, does Elway want that guy as the franchise face?

        • AlbertInTucson

          He can never make up a year he was off the field.

          Maybe he holds out beyond Friday but I think he plays this year and I think he plays for Denver.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Seems to me this concept was clearly illustrated in 2011. Cutler and THAT defense were good enough to get to the Championship game. Cutler get’s knocked out of the game but the defense still good enough to keep the Bears in it even with Caleb Haney at QB.

    • QB poll.

      How many believe Hanie actually outperformed Cutty in that game?

      (esp considering Hanie prolly got ZERO reps)

      • AlbertInTucson

        Haney’s QB rating was actually better than Rodgers’ that day.

      • MB30SD

        B.J. raji.

        • SC Dave

          You bastard! And I mean that in the nicest way.

          • MB30SD

            I think you and I can certainly agree to one thing Dave…

            FUUUUCK that fat POS.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Pace’s blind spot #301 :

    Things are slim at WR. Reuben Randle comes on the market. 25 years old, 6’2 208. Caught 8 TDs last season off 57 balls. Produced 8.9 yards per target. Entering his third year. Ticking a few boxes there.

    He will earn $1.1 million on a one year contract for the Eagles this season. Think he wants to be an Eagle? Who’s their QB again?

    Too rich for Ryan Pace’s blood though.

    • CanadaBear

      He would be the 6th option behind Alshon , White, Royal, RB and Miller. Are you sure the cupboard is that bare?

      • yeah, much more opportunity in PHI. He’d be WR4 at best in Chicago. Can probably be WR2 in PHI.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Nobody drops more balls in the NFL than Jordan Matthews. He’s not a #1. Brandon Marshall makes up for his.

          When/if AJ goes down – or God forbid KW – we’ll be exposed. They’ll stack the box, our offense will sputter and die. Rinse and repeat.

          • CanadaBear

            And under that scenario if only we had Ruben Randle to save the day and get us to the SB!

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            And if my auntie had balls…

    • They’re really not that thin at WR though. They have Jeffery, White, and Royal, which is about as proven a top 3 as you’ll find. After that, Wilson is a plenty solid WR4, Mariani looked competent last year, they just drafted Braverman, and there’s a bunch of other young guys competing for filler spots on the roster.

      Last year their top 4 guys all got hurt. That’s not thin, that’s just more injuries than you can realistically prepare for given roster size limits and a salary cap.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The injured Marquess Wilson? Dude has a broken foot.

        Wilson is fine as long as he’s healthy, but let’s assume he gets injured at some point. That leaves us with Kevin and two dwarves. You bracket White out of the equation easily enough. Leaving us with …? Salary cap wouldn’t have been smashed paying a decent WR in his breakout year 1.5M is all I’m saying. An injury will come, and we’re not prepared to absorb it.

        • CanadaBear

          What happened to AJ in your scenario?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Take your pick C-Bear: Shoulder, groin, ankle, pectoral, bicep, vagina ….

          • CanadaBear

            He played through all that in 2013 and 2014.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It could be White that goes down. Either way, we have no guy on the outside to step up. Travis Benjamin was on the market, Mohammed Sanu, Randle. Pace didn’t sniff a one. Randle is easily better than Wilson (injured) or Meredith.

            Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.

          • those are all guys who signed elsewhere to be top 2-3 WRs, whereas on the Bears they’d be WR4.

            The Bears would have trouble getting a guy like that in FA because they want to go where there’s more opportunity.

          • Bender McLugh

            step back from the ledge Irish!

          • SC Dave

            The Alshon injury thing is a pathetically turrible internet meme that refuses to go away despite facts. Even here.

          • MB30SD

            hope you’re right dave. I’ve seen some red flags, but hoping I’m wrong.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I thought Wilson was a disappointment even before his foot injury.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ditto.

        • You’re about to get Jericho’d

          not for a 7th he wasn’t.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Once he made the roster and they touted him as a comer hype he was.

          • You’re about to get Jericho’d

            when he plays he does fairly well though….his body keeps breaking though. That’s the disappointment for me. The kid can’t stay healthy and for that reason we have to find his replacement.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Can’t recall consecutive games where he made an impact.

          • I think part of that is that it’s always been an influx at WR. Bmarsh/Alshon/Royal took turns being injured. And it’s not as if they were just scratched out weeks before hand. Sometimes they would be off the roster as a game time decision, or even “started’ but used merely as decoys.

            It’s hard as a WR to get into a groove with limited snaps. A WR and QB must waltz a few times together to sync.

            When Wilson was given opportunity, he seemed to make the most of it. Kinda like Earl Bennett, which is ideal for a #3 or #4.

            But like Yonny said, the problem is he’s always hurt. He’s always had a skinny frame, and it seems like maybe his body can’t withstand the rigors of the NFL.

      • SC Dave

        White and proven do not belong in the same sentence.

        • not at all. But they spent a top 10 pick on him, so they don’t want a journeyman veteran stealing his snaps.

          • so yeah, proven was a poor choice of words there on my part. Point is that they’re just fine at WR.

          • SC Dave

            No argument here. I’m much more worried about RB.

          • and OL and TE. WR is ahead of only QB on my offense worry list, and I’dd add only ILB and OLB to that from the defense.

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        Jeffery played half the games last year, Royal even less and White missed all of them, Wilson is already injured…. We might need some depth. And did you really bring up Beaverman and Mariani as options? I think we do need 1 more WR. Roob sounds reasonable. Irish, this may be your most coherent suggestion ever.

        • Yes, they all got hurt last year, which is why WR was a problem last year. You can’t assume they’ll all get hurt again.

          I’m not against another cheap veteran option, but most of those guys who are decent want to go to a team with a bigger opportunity for them and/or a contender. The Bears fit neither bill.

    • MB30SD

      Jesus irish

    • You’re about to get Jericho’d

      he has one working knee Irish.

    • I think your argument for Tall Whites is more compelling.

      If a team suffers two-three injuries at the same position, most teams are fucked there.

      Name me a team that expects their #4 WR to produce like a #1, and I’ll show you a dumb team.

      We went into the season with Alshon, White, Royal, Wilson.

      Wilson is down.

      If both Alshon and White go down, then that’s just the football gods.

      Let’s say even if one goes down, and we’re left with Alshon, Royal, Mariani, Braverman, Bellami (or wherever other camp body we get), that’s still respectable esp on a team that is supposed to be run-heavy.

  • CanadaBear

    Had to laugh at Derek Jeter getting married now that he’s retired. If ever there was a template on how to conduct a major league career you could do a lot worse than use his. Never any trouble. Always good pub. HOFer on the ball field and the dating field. Holy Moly he might have scored more top shelf women than Leo. Pretty sure Leo would have him in volume but all of Jeter’s girlfriends have been stunning.

    • AlbertInTucson

      AND he got the Yankees to pay him huge money when he was well past his prime!

      • CanadaBear

        The Yankees can’t complain about that. He was the face of the franchise forever.

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    • willbest

      Its pretty easy to keep assets earned prior to your marriage out of the clutches of a gold digging spouse even without a prenup. Now the judges will do things like give her all the marital assets, or silly levels of child support, but the bulk of his money is now protected.

      • CanadaBear

        His new wife is making pretty good dough, too. I certainly never once worried about any rich person protecting their assets.

  • Irish Sweetness

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71SIAafj60k

    Notable for two things : Teveze Calhoun is a Bear corner (23). We traded down and away from the beast running in a 75 yard TD at 1:85

    • SC Dave

      I noted that the guy makes one play in the first 1:45 seconds of that video, and it is keeping a guy covered. He gets lucky as shit on an outside run barely nudging a guy out of bounds, demonstrating terrible tackling technique. The other “highlights” are guys dropping balls that he “sort of” has covered and knocking a guy out of bounds on a short pass that looks like a first down.

      Didn’t bother to watch the rest.

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  • bearfacts

    Might be interesting if you trucked this out for the Cutler “haters” to read but I doubt any of then can even spell correlation co-efficient let alone understand it’s significance in this analysis.

    It would of course explain how while Cutler played reasonably well under Trestman given the role he was asked to play and how Josh McCown parlayed his stint into furthering his career to the tune of millions of dollar more than he earned as a HS coach the team simply could not win playing with that sad excuse for a defense Mel Tucker created.

    Jay Cutler is not Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers and no one has ever claimed that he was. What he is is the best QB the Bears have had since the days of Jim McMahon and he’s a whole lot sturdier, more elusive in the pocket, and a far better passer. Given an offensive scheme to suit his strengths and decent pass protection and run blocking like most top QBs get he’s no less capable of taking a team to a Super Bowl than Jim McMahon and whole lot more capable than Rex Grossman provided the Bears defense doesn’t fold like a cheap cardboard box.

    This front office and coaching staff finally “gets it” and they’re working hard at creating a team that functions like that. The Cutler haters won’t like it much but they’re committed to him now and he won’t be going anywhere else very soon if ever. My guess is that within the next two to three season at most he’ll have another shot at taking his team to a Super Bowl (yes another shot, remember 2010?) and this time he’ll make it.

    • BearDown100393

      He’ll be around as long as Mrs. Cutler tolerates the indignity of living in Chicago.

  • willbest

    I am dropping my kids off at camp this morning and I overhear the following conversation between a couple boys ages 7-8.
    Boy 1: What is with adults playing Pokemon
    Boy 2: They grew up with it.

    Now Pokemon was created in 1995 meaning the adult would technically need to be under 30 to have grown up with it. My town is not generally known for its young mothers so that would be a swing and a miss on the boys part, but he can be forgiven, the creation of Pokemon is probably right next to “In the beginning…” as far as he is concerned. But their overall point of WTF is well taken. Especially considering people’s lack of common sense. Like searching for pokemon in Holocaust Museums.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2016/07/12/holocaust-museum-to-visitors-please-stop-catching-pokemon-here/

    • Sactowns#1

      1995- if you were playing in your teens you would be mid 30’s now.

      • willbest

        But teens weren’t playing pokemon in 1995. The original games were released on gameboys. So 6-12 year old boys. And I was a bit early, US release wasn’t until 1998. Anyway, it seems that the Pokemon Go players skew female. So this isn’t a nostalgia demographic, they have managed to tap a whole new market.

        • Yup. Most ppl I know who play it are chicks, even moms around 40.
          I would guess Pokemon’s Go demographic is prolly the exact opposite of Da Blog’s demo.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I have ZERO knowledge to share on this subject.

  • MB30SD
  • I think this guy is drinking the tradewind, but it is an interesting trivia question. See if you can guess if it’s been done, and if so, how many times and super bears point if you can name who did it.

    “I’m excited about the prospect of Jeremy Langford and Jordan Howard sharing the workload in the backfield this year. Have the Bears ever had two players rush for 100 yards in the same game?”

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/chalk-talk/article-1/Who-will-lead-Bears-defense-in-sacks/f62582d7-ae16-47d8-9bc8-17df6da53a2a

    • Cormonster

      If it has been done, I would guess Walter and Roland Harper. Harper was a few yards shy of 1,000 one year with Payton. A longshot guess from long ago would be Bronko Negurski and Beatty Feathers.

      • MB30SD

        Harper & Sharper

        The name of Reno’s new weenies AND the twins he’ll have at some point.

        • MB30SD

          …or is it Sharper & Harper?

        • Cormonster

          I thought he changed his mind, and they decided to name the dogs Bruce and Kaitlyn.

          • MB30SD

            Not sure, I’m just fucking with him

          • Cormonster

            Me too.

          • MB30SD

            CORM!!!

      • CanadaBear

        I know Suhey had a 100-yd game years ago.

  • MB30SD

    does this look like a recipe for disaster, or is it just me?

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/grillo-portable-grill/

  • Piggybacking off that article MB cited, check this shit out. Hardcore film room on McPhee. Beast!
    Kinda funny that McPhee ran a 4.93. I think Suggs ran the same. Ravens must have some draft metrics draftniks are oblivious to.
    Also, POX may have concluded the same as this guy, so maybe some insight as to their rationale for drafting Floyd, who DOES posses that bend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIMxDfwE6wg

    • MB30SD

      exactly what I thought while watching that when he talked about floyd. I was like, “ahhhhhhhh!”

  • AlbertInTucson
  • StarkyLuv

    It’s a team game. Go figure.

  • You’re about to get Jericho’d
    • AlbertInTucson

      Protecting the Brand.

      Paterno (Allegedly): “I don’t want to hear about it.”?

      How utterly pathetic.

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  • willbest

    Now here is a kid that doesn’t know anything doing something stupid (although perfectly legal).

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2651738-police-threaten-to-pull-browns-protection-over-isaiah-crowell-instagram-post

    • Sactowns#1

      What a bunch of cry baby bullies. They must LOVE Trump.

      • willbest

        Brandon Eich lost his job as CEO of Mozilla because he donated $1000 to prop 8 back at a period in time when Obama held the same position he did. If somebody says something you don’t like, ruin their career. New world

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