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Pathetic Receivers Rob Bears Fans of Memorable Moment: Rapid Fire

| November 28th, 2016

I have never seen anything like it. It didn’t matter which Chicago Bear Matt Barkley threw the football to, the ball was going to be dropped. And with the game there to be won, Barkley delivered not one or two but THREE touchdown passes that went through the hands of his pass “catchers”. Josh Bellamy’s drop on first-and-goal drop will be the poster image for this entire, painful 2016 campaign.

More thoughts:

  • Someone needs to explain to me how Matt Barkley went from looking nervous and unprepared to Pro Bowler in a matter of moments. Was it the coverage? Was it an offensive scheme change? Barkley’s first NFL start should have left us with The Matt Barkley Game, a contest we never forget.
  • The Bears dropped ten passes. Ten. And Barkley still eclipsed 300 yards on the day. What could his numbers have been?
  • Barkley now becomes intriguing next week and moving forward. It’s unlikely he’s going to make Ryan Pace after his draft plans but he may provide the kind of young, affordable backup organizations need.
  • Titans second half possessions: FG, FG, punt, punt. Bears second half possessions: INT, punt, TD, TD, eleven dropped TDs. We’ve complained about second half meltdowns this season. This was second half dominance.

  • One bad snap aside, Cody Whitehair has brilliantly held together the offensive line and it’s clear the Bears have their long-term answer at center.
  • Who the hell is Daniel Brown?
  • Jordan Howard needs to spend his ENTIRE offseason with the JUGS machine.
  • Boy, does Pernell McPhee look like he’s operating at about quarter speed. His most enthusiastic moments were trying to get the 93 people in Soldier Field to somehow make more noise.
  • It was obvious for most of the game the Bears were missing their two best defensive players this season: Jerrell Freeman and Leonard Floyd. Screen game and scrambling QB thrived in Freeman’s absence. Pass rush non-existent without Floyd. (But remember that’s a really good offensive line.)
  • #barkleytime
  • Try to ignore the drops. It’s hard but try. The explosiveness of Marquess Wilson jumps off the screen. Bears coaches love him and yesterday is the reason why. Add that ability to a corps of Jeffery, White, Royal and Bears won’t be stoppable. But the Bears have to bring back Jeffery and Wilson has to stay on the field.
  • Onside kick shocked me. So un-John Fox.
  • Adrian Amos can’t be all run-stopper and tackler. Not in the current NFL. He’s going to need to get better with the ball in the air. A lot better.
  • Eddie Goldman is hell to deal with inside.
  • Give the Titans credit. Delanie Walker was brilliant. The Titans offensive line was as advertised. Mariota made lovely throws and his receivers caught everything.

In the end, the Bears didn’t deserve to win. Their defense and quarterback fought like hell to give them a chance and a single unit – the receiving corps – choked the game away. I have never seen anything like it.

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  • Max

    How does Howard only run the ball 18 times??? Loggins gave up in the run so early and for no reason. Howard was averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

    Unreal those drops….

    • SC Dave

      I’m okay with that. This season is only a formality now for guys certain to make the team, and 18 carries is enough mileage for these games imo.

      Regarding Jeff’s comments on Howard dropping the ball, before last week it was not a problem that I noticed. He had 18 catches on 24 targets before then; 4 catches on 13 targets since. So he went for 75% catch ratio to 56.4%. Ugh.

      For comparison, here are the percentages for current league reception leaders per pro-ref.

      Antonio Brownn 68.3
      Larry Fitzgerald 72.9
      Mike Evans 55.3
      Stefon Diggs 76.1
      Amari Cooper 66.0
      AJ Green 66.0
      ODB 59.6
      Julio Jones 62.5

      RBs would be a better comparison, but I gotta go to work.

      • MB30SD

        Slacker

      • catch % isn’t really applicable here. Drop % is.

        Look at several RBs, how many catches they have, and how many drops they have. Will fluctuate a bit based on what source you use for drops, since that’s somewhat subjective (I’ve seen different sources have Bears between 9 and 11 yesterday, for instance). But catch % isn’t really helpful, because that doesn’t take into account how many of those targets were actually catchable.

        • SC Dave

          True, but drop % numbers are less objective as you state.

          Normally, I look at career numbers, since they have a tendency (one would expect anyway) to regress to the mean. Now just how much of that is attributable to the quality of the passes compared to ability to get open, catch jump balls, etc., is hard to gauge.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Vast majority of yesterday’s were catchable. They were drops, so technically they were all catchable.

      • CanadaBear

        I read today that he has dropped 6 passes this year. Tops on the team and not all that many targets. Apparently Langford/Carey aren’t any better (or they can’t pass protect) or they would get some opportunities.

        • SC Dave

          He had four in the Jacksonville game, I think. At least three that I remember; two safety valve dump offs, and a shovel pass on a busted play.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Titans have a good run D and keyed on him in the end, forcing Barkley to throw.

  • SC Dave

    The worst part is that if Bellamy or Thompson catch the ball in the end zone at the end, it would have been the greatest 4th quarter comeback in the 96 year history of the Chicago Bears. That would have made a lot of no-shows jealous of those fans that turned out on an historic afternoon; one could imagine some of the ribbing at the taverns.

    But in the end, we’re 2-9. You are what your record says.

    • Scharfinator

      Greatest *offensive led* Bears comeback.

      You can’t tear down “crown their ass”. πŸ™‚

      • SC Dave

        I did qualify with “4th quarter”. Da Site said that a 20 point 4th quarter deficit would have been the largest overcome in Bears history.

    • MB30SD

      Yeah, that would have been “cool”, but wholely meaningless.

      I didn’t want them to lose, but it’s ok they did.

      #top3draftspotplease

    • Irish Sweetness

      Are we leaving out Mac’s Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota miracles? 3 … 4 TD deficits in the first two?

      • CanadaBear

        The KC game they were down 17-0.

      • SC Dave

        A 20 point *4th quarter* deficit has never been overcome by the Bears.

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    When receivers get paid to catch balls, they catch them. When they get paid to not catch them…….they don’t. It’s the Chicago way.

    #franchiseqborbust

    • MB30SD

      Chicago is where wrs go to die

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        Moose quote!

      • Huge Bears Penis

        do they die immediately or is it a slow processes in which their hands turn to stone first?

        • MB30SD

          The latter

  • Huge Bears Penis

    “Someone needs to explain to me how Matt Barkley went from looking nervous and unprepared to Pro Bowler in a matter of moments.”

    I think this is one time that Fox and companies handing out tranquilizers at half time actually helped a player.

    • MB30SD

      Quaaludes

      • CanadaBear

        When they were rampant in the early 70’s, if you couldn’t get laid with a girl on Quaaludes, you were never going to get laid.

        • MB30SD

          :_ (

          • CanadaBear

            They would practically dry hump you in the bar. What’s a horny little Leprechaun supposed to do?

          • MB30SD

            the right thing

          • CanadaBear

            It’s not like they were passed out. They were fucked up, same as me. If I had passed up sex with every fucked up woman I was with, I would have been a virgin forever. It was sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll with a heavy amount of alcohol thrown in. I traveled that path from my teen years until I was around 25.

          • MB30SD

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  • Huge Bears Penis

    A win yesterday might have raised us up in the all important ESPN Power Rankings, but unfortunately we probably DROPPED.

    • willbest

      We are 3 point favorites to San Fran. That is a huge game in terms of draft placement.

      • SC Dave

        I suspect we win that one. Which would mean that Jacksonville, and potentially the Jets, could leapfrog us in draft order. #frownyface

        • MB30SD

          fuck that

      • Irish Sweetness

        Rest anyone that’s got a runny nose, and run the offense through Logan Paulsen.

        • SC Dave

          That might just do it. Especially if Howard has the runny nose.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Interesting game yesterday. Everybody dropped balls – except some dude called Daniel Brown, who apparently plays TE for the Bears. Wilson steps up, after dropping two or was it three in a row? Cam had a nightmare. Bellamy was looking good until the last one. But ten drops about sizes up where we’re at.

    Interesting permutations at QB. I posted a video of Barkley a while back. He’s not terrible. I will pine after Falesy’s dreamy locks until he shows me otherwise. If Shaw comes back healthy the question must be raised – do we even need to draft a QB? We have Jay Cutler, Conor Shaw, Fales and Barkley. I don’t see an immediate requirement. Shaw might prove to be the best of them. I say carry three QBs/ Fukkit. Anyone we stash on the PS is getting pinched. Let someone overpay Hoyer.

    Draft Garrett, then two OTs and a wide receiver. Stand pat at QB and fuck Brian Hoyer.

    Who’s on board … the train is the leaving the station .. TOOT! TOOT!

    GO NINERS!

    • willbest

      I am going to start with the obvious that only Cutler is under contract next year. So even if the rest of the world saw what you saw it would be open season for this crew of QBs that has you thinking “we are good here” But honestly WTF.

      How many Matt Flynn’s and Brady backups do you need to see fail as starters after a handful of great games? The Texans owe Oz like 37 million in guarantees. They are stuck with his awfulness not just this year but next year. He ruined DeAndre Hopkins which is an impressive feat.

      Connor Shaw is 14-28 for 177, 4 sacked, and an INT with 7 rushes for 9 yards in a week 17 don’t give a fuck against the Ravens in 2014. I don’t give a flop what he did against 3rd stringers in the pre-season. It was exciting but lets not pretend he didn’t shit the bed in an actual NFL game. Maybe he gets a second chance, but you don’t bet on him.

      Matt Barkley has 1 quarter of all Madden play, coupled with 1 quarter of serviceable starter, and 2 quarters of less than stellar play (aided by the receivers), all against a bottom 10 defense. In fact, that is about what a second string defense would look like. So we watched our 2nd team WRs and 2nd team O-line, and our 4th string QB play a solid game against what would pass for backups in say New England. He will have a nice backup job next year as long as he doesn’t look like Connor Shaw the rest of the way.

      Fales couldn’t even beat out Jimmy Clausen in whatever alternate universe the Cryptkeeper keeps in his mind. Oh and he actually regressed from last preseason. Which is why the Bears wanted Shaw instead of Fales. And they didn’t even keep Fales after Shaw got hurt. That is David Fales.

      Hoyer’s speciality, in addition to having 80% of his INTs returned for TDs, and the inability to throw the ball more than 15 yards, is throwing it for 300 yards without a pick and still losing the game. Incidentally, his high pick 6 rate is probably a function of his noodle arm since any DB that gets the ball has 1 guy to beat before he hits open field. But at least he didn’t wreck DeAndre Hopkins. I will give him that.

      Cutler is breaking down. Could he be back? sure but Doubtful. Maybe we roll with him as starter next year, but his heir will be holding a clipboard on the sidelines next season.

      Now none of that is to demand we draft a QB. If 2017 looks like the 2013 draft that featured such talents as EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, and yes Matt Barkley as its top 4 QBs then grabbing the Peppers or Garrett seems like the smart play as long as we don’t do something stupid and play ourselves out of contention this week. Because the early buzz is if we are drafting 5th, we will get neither.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        you are wrong. Shaw, Fales, and Barkley are the greatest. Future HOFers!

      • BerwynBomber

        Irish loves Cutty and hates Hoyer as much as you. So I don’t get your anger/annoyance here. Same team, same rooting interests, etc.

        No matter which “top veteran” we begin camp with (Cutty, Hoyer or maybe an outside guy like Foles or Glennon) you’re gonna see some variation of Shaw/Barkley/Fales as the third invite. Even if we draft a kid in round 1.

        Who knows WTF Pace will do in the off-season. The only thing I feel somewhat comfortable predicting is that next year will be the first open competition at QB since we traded for Cutty. And I think that will be the case even if we decide to keep Cutty (though obviously he would be the fave for the starting role).

        • willbest

          You confuse objective observation with cheerleading. INT and 3 and outs happen all the time, all over the league, but when Cutler does it you all get triggered.

          Fact of the matter is I can’t put 20 names on paper who I would clearly want over Cutler, and with the potential exception of Romo, and the hypothetical top 2 best QBs in this years draft, none of them are going to be available short of giving up the farm to get them. Toss in the as good as Cutler group and it rises to maybe 5.

          Now a legitimate concern with Cutler is the $5 million you save bringing in a QB2 to QB your 2017 worth the risk associated with his injury history. He only missed 1 game in 14 and 15 to injury, but has only been healthy for 4ish games this year. These problems only get worse with age.

          My particular beef with Irish has always been his quantity equals quality approach to Football. At least with WRs its somewhat excusable since you roster upwards of 6 of them. But with QBs, its 2. If your practice squad QB is particularly promising you are forced to roster him as well. Even in the 90-man camp roster I don’t think teams bring more than 4 in.

          My beef with the Hoyer as QB1 crowd is that they are conceding the QB1 position at the start. Cutler might not be a QB1 because he is going to miss games, but at least when he is healthy that is what he is. A healthy Hoyer is still a QB2. At least with draft picks you don’t know. Hell with Barkley you don’t know either which is why I said yesterday that I would rather he be Chicago’s QB next year over Hoyer. Now he might cause me to change my mind after the next couple games. But hitting the receivers hands, in stride, 35 yards down the field has been missing of late (even from Cutler who gets it 35 yards but causes the play to end there because of where he puts the ball).

          • BerwynBomber

            Factoring in performance/age/cost/durability, I could probably name close to 30 over Cutty, and toss in a few bench guys too. Now if Cutty drops significantly in price — as I suspect he might — then it becomes a different story.

            Irish is the patron saint of the practice squad/third stringer types. His Cutty love is the exception.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If Alshon and Jay went, it would be interesting to see how he spends that cash.

      • SC Dave

        All I know is that I don’t know what Pace will do.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I just don’t want any WTF? reactions after the first pick.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They brought Fales back. They know a lot more about him than any of us. He’ll get trotted out at some point and we’ll have a look. Nobody knows Fales’, Shaw’s or Barkley’s future .. .but it would be fun to see how it plays out. There’s no rush to draft a QB. Cutty is there next year if we so wish.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          They brought Fales back only because they could not get the kid off of the Lions practice squad.

        • willbest

          They brought Fales back because it was Nov. 20th, and there is literally nobody else around who could learn the offense in time.

  • Weed Superman (GP)
    • AlbertInTucson

      “Tents R Us”?

      • Weed Superman (GP)

        He moved the demand curve for Gabardine.

        • MB30SD

          Ja!

    • “So, [Barkley] whose mission was not to be Jay Cutler was almost as Jay Cutler as you can get with a red-zone interception…Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A Bears quarterback threw an
      interception in the end zone while off-balance as his team seemed to be
      taking advantage of whatever felt like momentum…You had one job, Matt Barkley, and that was to not be Jay Cutler. You failed. David Fales, come on down.” Doomer

      Seems to be down on Barkley.

      Shocker!

      • CanadaBear

        Can’t believe you still read him. I stopped years ago because he wasn’t funny. Unless he makes you laugh, I can’t think of one reason to read that idiot.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          He is the greatest of all time. Future Pulitzer Prize winner!

        • I thought it was Biggsy at first, then about two sentences in, I felt a dark shadow descend upon the earth, but had to keep reading.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “In the end, the Bears didn’t deserve to win.”

    “Deserves got nothin’ to do with it.” – William Munny (Clint Eastwood/Unforgiven.)

    • willbest

      Neither did the Titans. If you let a team get back in it after getting up 3 possessions, you don’t deserve the W either.

  • Weed Superman (GP)

    The explosiveness of Marquess Wilson jumps off the screen. Bears coaches love him and yesterday is the reason why. Add that ability to a corps of Jeffery, White, Royal and Bears won’t be stoppable.

    Gag. Oh, Jeff…

    • willbest

      If Wilson could stay on the field, I would at least entertain the question of which 7th round pick of the Bears the last decade was the best. As it stands, the answer is indisputably Leno.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        It is only Leno because BRAVERMAN has not played yet!!!

        • MB30SD

          HOFer

    • Huge Bears Penis

      Jeff forgot to include Braverman in the WR mix!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hmmm. Why has Wilson only had one game like that? Sims was terrible at CB. The Titans just cut Perrish Cox. They were a bottom third pass defense with bad corners. He had two or three drops just before his clutch of catches. Just as Cutty did not turn into a terrible QB after one game, MW is not suddenly Brandon Marshall. He had a good game after a rough start. That’s it.

  • BearDown100393

    11 dropped TDs??

    • MB30SD

      I think it was hyperbole, but my maths isn’t so goods

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog One thing about Barkley’s performance. There is ZERO reason to consider Cutler, even if healthy, this Sunday. Time to see what the kid has.”

    There is really no reason to see Cutty the rest of the season, period. Ride Barkley a few more games, and if he craps the bed, toss the last two to Fales. If Barkley doesn’t crap the bed, well hey, all the merrier.

    The only legit argument for having Cutler out there — to better evaluate the “young talent” on O — pretty much got exposed as a sham yesterday. If anything, the young talent wasn’t worthy of evaluating Barkley rather than vice-versa.

    • MB30SD

      agree

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  • CanadaBear

    As near as I can tell Pace is a Moneyball type of GM. If that’s true, he will be only too happy to say goodbye to Jay and Alshon. With that money saved he will spread it around to a bunch of ascending players (in his mind) or good value for production. Players like Trevathan, Freeman, etc. If the Beloved get lucky with a QB on his first contract, this might work if he selects the right mix of players. Who knows? Fox makes me crazy but at least the team was playing hard yesterday (something Nessman couldn’t say).
    Also, Trevathan’s knee must be destroyed. Fox made the same statement about Trevathan’s injury as he did McPhee’s last year (pretty serious injury, etc.). Not good.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, that was my argument for ditching Cutler after the ’14 season: get a cheap bridge guy and use the extra dough to buy a couple/few non-QB positional starters.

      Agree about Trevathan’s injury.

      • willbest

        They aren’t that cheap. The Hoyer/McCown QB1 are getting $12 million in guarantees. That isn’t all that much cheaper than paying Cutler in 2017 and cutting him and running with your drafted QB in 2018 than it would be paying Hoyer and then using your drafted QB in 2018.

        • CanadaBear

          I didn’t realize they were resigning Hoyer/McCown. The more the rookie QB’s come in and play decently, the less likely the retreads cash in. There is no way the Beloved are paying Hoyer/McCown that kind of money.

          • willbest

            That is what those QB’s get though. 2-3 year deals for 15-20 million with 10-12 million guarantees. So don’t say there is no way. That has been the going rate on this strategy the last 4-5 years.

          • CanadaBear

            We’ll see. And I’ll say no way whenever I want.

          • BerwynBomber

            It’s Will’s argument for keeping Cutler, but in reality the Browns/TB contracts for McCown are the exception than the rule.

            You know who might be getting post-Bears McCown money next year? Cutler.

          • willbest

            Nonsense. And Daniel, and Cassel, and Leninat or was it Staton and Matt Flynn. For fuck sake, there are dozen of these in the last 5 years. And no they don’t work out, but that is what it is.

            Keep in mind that known QB2 (single year 2-3 million) is a different contract than competes for QB1. Presumptive QB1’s are getting 10-12 million guaranteed and have been for a while.

          • BerwynBomber

            Will see if Pace pays a Hoyer, Foles or Glennon $12M a year. I’m betting he doesn’t.

        • BerwynBomber

          And McCown was a disaster — which makes that contract less likely moving forward.

          How much did we pay for Hoyer? How much did PHI pay for Sanchez a couple of years ago? That’s pretty much your bridge salary the first year. The second year is where you might have to cough up more.

    • willbest

      I am pretty sure moneyball says you pay the elite pass rusher, and tackles, and QB.

      • CanadaBear

        My understanding is you get players that perform well for less money. Get ascending players and don’t overpay (esp in FA). The key is the QB on the first contract.

        • Maybe it depends which “moneyball”

          Baseball or football.

        • BerwynBomber

          It is also based on hardcore analytics rather than a scout’s “eye”. Hence, a scout could love Cutler’s arm all he wants, but the analytics would tell you he is historically an average QB whose best days are likely behind him.

          Btw, the Cubs front office is full of analytics guys.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d be happy for them to carry Shaw, Fales and Barkley. Let them duke it out. Spend Alshon and Jay’s wages on snazzy new FAs. Draft a DE and an OT.

        • willbest

          I haven’t looked in a while, but Jeffery I believe is the crown jewel of this year’s FA class.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    It is about time, sounds like the NFL getting a developmental league.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-to-present-formal-proposals-for-a-developmental-league-in-2017/

  • Huge Bears Penis

    Fox should have been fired during the 2 minute warning yesterday. Why in the hell do you call timeout with 2:06 on the clock? Made no sense what so ever.

    • MB30SD

      he’s a meathead who… Dooooooon’tttttt caaaaaaareeeeee

    • That Guy

      Think about it.

      Call the timeout and run one more play, you’ve got 2 minutes on the clock.

      Run a play, then call a timeout after the 2 minute warning, you’ve got maybe 1:45 on the clock.

      That’s the logic. The only snag is if you’re concerned you’ll lose 20+ seconds on one play later because of a long pass or a sack.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        that would make sense if the Bears had the ball when they called timeout. They didn’t. They called time out to let the Titans punt.

      • willbest

        The timeout allows you to hit the middle of the field or run the ball. It expands your playbook and allows you to choose when you are going to do those things.

        By burning the timeout to preserve the clock when he did he shrank his playbook considerably.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          He called the timeout when we were on defense.

          • Yes, right before they were going to punt.

            Only rationale I can think of is if Fox thought the punt would take less than 6 seconds, and the Bears get to run a play on O before the 2 min warning.

            Didn’t happen.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            Punters have 4-6 second hang times so that does not make sense either.

          • Yeah, I didn’t get it.

            Only other possibility is that he wanted to go for the block punt and get his sp teams ready, but that’s pretty lame too.

            Def was Lovie-esque game managing.

          • willbest

            They did almost block that punt.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            my guess is the clock would have still gotten to the 2 min warning. So they were saving 6 seconds. Why? It was the last TO. That TO would have been more valuable later in the game.

          • willbest

            I think it was stupid to call the timeout, but then I don’t recall the last time I was happy with a Bears HC game management skills.

  • BerwynBomber

    DET signed Logan Thomas (as a TE) to their PS. Interesting because four or five years ago (when Thomas was an underclassman at VTech) there was some talk that he would eventually be the #1 pick in the entire draft. As a QB.

  • Regarding SC’s contention that Barkley’s play yesterday was the best QB performance all season, dunno if I agree. Pros and cons on both sides.

    Pros. It was obvious from the start that Birdcage wanted to throw the deep ball. Something he really didn’t stress with either Cutler or Hoyer. The very first play was a deep ball that drew a PI call. Same happened later.

    Con. Both those deep ball PI calls were UNDERTHROWN if memory serves

    Pros. Barkley made plays in the 2nd half, when games are usually decided.

    Cons. He also threw 2 INTs, and one positively Cutleresque to get them in the 20 point hole to begin with.

    Pros. Barkley spread the ball (theoretically, if they actually caught balls) and threw for 300 yd

    Cons. Against a weak ass secondary (Cox was getting burned, like Chlamydia) in mostly prevent with a big lead.

    Pro. When the game was really on the line, Barkley threw perfect passes.

    COns. None. He really did.

    So, while I understand the contention that it might be seen as the top performance, I would just say it’s top 3.

    Gotta put one of Hoyer’s game in there, probably the Lion’s game (the NFCN leading meows), and yes, Cutler’s efficient game vs Vikes.

    Barkley seems to have split the middle.

    On one end, he went deep like Cutler, but also made some Culter decisions.
    On the other end, he spread the ball around accurately like Hoyer, but came up ever so short for the win.

    Either way, he proved he’s no Clausen and deserves another shot.

    Needless to say, there is NO reason to start Cargo. Even if you’re a Cargo fan, why put him out there with a bum shoulder only to further inj his throwing arm in meaningless games?

    • CanadaBear

      Unlike Hoyer, the WR’s did Barkley in. Unless Barkley gets hurt, I’m guessing Jay is done in Chicago.

      • Yeah, the 10 drops can kill ANY QB.

        Cutlerites seem to think if they admit the drops hurt Barkley, that somehow weakens Cutler.

        Again, a false dichotomy.

        10 drops can hurt Barkley’s game AND Cutler can suck, independent of each other.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          now you are just being idiotic and trolling. Well done.

        • willbest

          I don’t recall Waffle making that claim. Waffle clearly owned your ass on the INT’s and 3 and outs though.

        • Make RedZone Conv% Great Again

          it’s unfortunate that you are now revising even history that occurred yesterday. I’ve been calling for real NFL WR’s for years and we got Marshall in 2012. Fucking 2012.
          The WR’s on this squad are not pro WR’s as I said fucking yesterday. Wilson is a #4,5,6 type WR and even he fucking dropped a TD on a perfectly thrown ball.
          Why do you feel the need to revise history like this? Why can’t you just be honest that the red zone picks were fucking brutal without calling them Cutler-esque like a fucking douche? When is the last time he threw a fucking red zone INT anyway?
          God damn, even when people share your opinion you still find a way to be a total fag.

    • BerwynBomber

      I would go with Cutty’s MIN game, but as is often the case around here, it was WAY overrated by the Cutlerites. Yeah, Jay played well, but it was also nowhere near top of the league stuff for the week. And the MIN D looked vulnerable for about three or four games there.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The question was on Bears QB performance of the season. Other QBs in the NFL would be excluded.

        • BerwynBomber

          Fair enough. I’d still go with Cutty’s MIN game. He played well. Not great but well.

    • willbest

      I almost think you put broken down Cutler out there because Barkley gives you the best shot at winning.

      • Even I would think that’s a dickhead thing to do to Cutty.

        But HCs aren’t paid to be mother Theresa.

        • willbest

          I just want to see Barkley knock the Gatorade table over when Bellamy makes a circus catch game winner from an awful throw from Cutler maybe even after its been tipped by the DB.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Or David Fales.

    • willbest

      There is no Hoyer game that comes close to Barkley. Hoyer never showed the spark of life. And the only reason we won against the kitties is either our D showed up or stafford had a concussion.

      Barkley should have had 28 points on the board which would have made it the most potent offensive performance of the season.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jay made plays to beat Minny that nobody on the roster could ever or will ever make.

        • willbest

          And then he did what he did in Tampa. Although they beat Seattle. I think I would be less annoyed if it wasn’t the pick-6 to Conte.

  • CanadaBear

    In other news, Henry Burris won his third Grey Cup leading the Ottawa Red Blacks (nice name) to a stunning upset of the Calgary Stampeders.

    • BerwynBomber

      Fuck, how old is he now? Like Brady’s age?

      • CanadaBear

        39

        • Weed Superman (GP)

          He’s actually 41.

          • BillW

            In Canadian years.

  • BillW

    I was one of the 93 people Jeff refers to being at the game. I hadn’t planned on going but my older son couldn’t get rid of his tickets and decided to go and invited me – which despite holiday things going on my wife was OK with.

    Very glad I went. Decent weather (though I should have dressed warmer) and we tailgated in the south upper deck lot. Great time with his neighbors.

    And surprisingly exciting in the fourth. We decided we’d leave in the fourth if the Bears didn’t score on their first possession. But they did and suddenly a nice day turned into a great football game.

    I think this is the first loss I’ve ever been to that I was not at all upset at the end. In my mind, they essentially won and maintained their top 3 draft choice. Sure, I’d rather one of those throws were caught and we’d celebrate a win, but OK – the backup receivers suck and the 4th string QB doesn’t. Better than the other way around.

    All I want when I go to a game with the Bears as underdogs is for them to be competitive. They were more than that. With maybe about half of the starters gone (more than half on offense. Not a bad day in my mind.

    Had I watched on TV, I’d be more disappointed. I’ll never grow too old to enjoy high-fiving Bears fans at the game.

  • Long story short, winning teams find ways to win, losing teams find ways to lose.

    Been refraining from the start that we must get over the hump – the losing mentality.

    Or, loser momentum if you will.

    I mean, the Raiders committed 24 penalties against the Bucs a few weeks back and STILL won.

    24! (Not including the ones that were offsetting or declined)

    Other QBs have thrown 2INTs while their team still wins. Players step up, whether it’s the D getting a big turnover, or a returner making a big run, or the receivers/HB making up with clutch games.

    We do none of that.

    When the chips are down, we FIND ways to lose.

    Whether through penalties, turnovers, missed tackles, DROPS…bad in-game management, broken coverages, missed FGs, head scratching ‘returns’, etc

    Bears just find new ways to throw away games.

    Fox must find a way to turn that around b4 the Jan, cuz that loser mentality is like poison which will only fester during the offseason.

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  • Weed Superman (GP)

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/

    only a 1% chance of the first pick.

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