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Who the Hell is Bausby? (Bears/Packers Rapid Fire)

| October 21st, 2016

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I mean, really, what’s the point?

When Matt Barkley enters a game for your team, one of two things is happening. Either (a) your team has a 65-point lead or (b) your team has no other choice. For the Bears, it’s the latter. And the Bears will be non-competitive in every game he plays moving forward.

  • Barkley spoiled what looked to be a heroic performance from Vic Fangio and the Bears defense. With Bausby and LeBlanc in at a corner, the Bears defense dominated the game for much of three quarters until, you know, Barkley. When you see the defense play this well you can understand why many, myself included, thought this was going to be a top ten unit coming into the season.
  • If you were looking for a breakout game from Leonard Floyd, you got it. Two sacks, a forced fumble and a touchdown was exactly the kind of head-turning performance Floyd needed. Nice to see the defensive coaching staff turn him loose on an opposing QB as opposed to having him run ten yards downfield with tight ends.
  • I have never seen a team deal with injuries like this. It’s reached comical levels and from the sound of it, Kyle Long isn’t going to be playing football any time soon.

I have nothing else to say.

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  • SC Dave

    First pick in the draft, coming up?

    • Johnnywad

      It’s looked that way for a few games to me. Hopefully Pace pulls the trigger on a real plug and play football player and not a project with freakish athleticism that’s “just raw”. I don’t even care what position it is. I just want a player we can be proud of on the first snap next season. No head scratchers.

      That said, Leonard was fun to watch last night. But I think that’s as much Fangio figuring him out as it is Floyd coming into his own.

      Go Cubs.

      • Depends.

        Goff was considered “plug and play”. He’s riding pine
        Daq in the meanwhile was considered a “project” and he hasn’t thrown an INT yet

        We just gotta get the right fucking QB. For once.

        • SC Dave

          For. Once.

    • Captain Obvious

      You are underestimating the craptacularness of the Browns.

      • MB30SD

        Agree

    • frank

      Cleveland may not get a win this season . . .

  • I’m calling it now: after the bye, which the Bears will enter at 1-7, they play roughly .500 ball the rest of the year.

    That’s assuming Cutler and the front say stay moderately healthy. Get Floyd, Young, and McPhee all playing at full strength to spark the pass rush a bit, plus Goldman in the middle.

    • MB30SD

      Honestly, why? Who fucking cares about winning now? I’ve never advocated sucking for luck… but at 1-whatever, why wouldn’t you???

      • JayCutlerLovesUnderarmour

        Players do. They’re not worried about sucking for Garrett. They don’t think like fans.

        • MB30SD

          I wasn’t talking about the players dude, we’ve seen what they can do with these coaches and all the injuries. Go fot it, but the results will be the same, so…

      • I’m not saying it’s what’s best for them, I’m just saying it’s what I think will happen. This is a mediocre team that’s looked like shit because they’ve been destroyed by injuries.

        Through 7 games,
        Their starting QB has played 1.5 games
        Their “starting” RB has played 2.5 games (though his backup has been better)
        Their best pass rusher (best defender) has played like 5 snaps
        their best defensive lineman (2nd best defender) has played 1.5 games
        Their best ILB missed a couple games
        Their best CB has yet to see the field

        This is a mediocre team playing like shit because of injuries. They have 1 game in the next 3.5 weeks, which means the injuries should be improving and they should be mediocre down the stretch.

        • Bender McLugh

          but they still won’t win 5. 2 at best.

          • Their 5 games after the bye are Bucs, Giants, Titans, 49ers, Lions.

            I’m guessing they win 3-4 of those if Cutler/front 7 are reasonably healthy.

          • AlbertInTucson

            If Cutty plays and keeps it close you just KNOW Robbie wins that game for the G-men.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            by shanking his game winning attempt!

          • Huge Bears Penis

            dammit did not read the entire post.

        • MB30SD

          Data, are you saying travarhan > freeman?!?! Oh no professor, oh heeeeell no!!! Freeman is a beast.

          Also, are you saying fuller is our best cb?!?!

          • Absolutely on Fuller. Earlier in the year I might have said Callahan, but he has not looked good and Porter sucks.

            Not 100% sure on Trevathan vs. Freeman. They’re both about equally good, IMO. Trevathan has just been hurt.

          • EnderWiggin

            I think Freeman is a more rounded LB, but if you need someone to lay the smackdown at the line of scrimmage, give me Trevathan.

          • Joecashflow

            That’s at least one thing I have noticed this year. With Chicken Dinner in the middle last year, we were soft. This year we got several new faces that can hit, both line and secondary.

          • MB30SD

            Hmmmmmmm…

          • SC Dave

            Freeman is definitely better.

          • MB30SD

            Not even close. Dude’s a machine

    • Scharfinator

      Gosh, I hope they bottom out and Cleveland picks up a few W.

      At least in the long term – it’s hard to root against them when I’m watching a game.

    • BearDown100393

      10-6

    • CanadaBear

      I don’t think McPhee will ever be the same. I think he really fucked up his knee playing on it in those last 3 meaningless games

      • willbest

        They weren’t meaningless, we won one of them! we could have had floyd without having to trade up for him if he had lost to the Bucs.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That assumes a LOT.

  • MB30SD

    Man, never been so down in this team, even the 6-10 seasons. This is miserable… and I’m already picking out my playoff chargers dress. Fucking sigh.

    I was one of Fox’s most vocal supporters, now i want him gone on a permanent football vacation, not just the one he’s taken since coming to us.

    • BearDown100393

      John Fox is superior to Grimus.

      • MB30SD

        Meh

        • BearDown100393

          Grimus without Erin? He’d have a coronary.

          • MB30SD

            One can hope

          • BearDown100393

            Look at it from this perspective. The Bears were running second and third stringers out there last night and Erin was still whining and complaining.

          • MB30SD

            Man i hate him. Wanted to punch him through my tv

    • MB30SD

      Ughhhh, i sound like such a pussy. I hate myself right now. Hahahahaha

  • BearDown100393

    The Bears lose Hoyer and Long. Enter Matt Barkley. The kids are playing. I’d hate to be Minnesota right now. Ultimate trap game.
    10-6

  • Bernie Cohen

    Unwatchable! Go Cubs.

    • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

      You tell em Bernie!

  • Max

    Robbie Gould to the Giants

    • MB30SD

      Dooooont caaaaaaare

  • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

    Worst team in football. Browns are better.

    • willbest

      Wish we had the record to prove it.

    • MB30SD

      Stop that

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Hats off to the defense. Horrible season so far. There is a light at the end of the tunnel…unfortunately it’s a runaway freight train about to crash into the remainder of the Bears season.

    Bear down.

    • BillW

      Didn’t see the game – read the stats. Looks like the Pack was forced to pass nearly every down with their RB issues. And yet I think only 2 sacks?

      Maybe the D played better than the stats showed. Were on the field a lot with the offense having a lot of 3 and outs – or because they couldn’t stop the Pack despite knowing they were going to pass nearly every down?

      • Through 3 quarters they gave up 13 points and scored 7.

        They wore down. The offense had the ball for 20 minutes in the game. Didn’t pass 150 yards until the last 3 minutes. The defense wore down after a very impressive first 2.5 quarters, especially considering who they were without (Goldman, basically McPhee, most of their CBs).

        • BerwynBomber

          That was often the story of Lovie teams, but it was more season-related than individual game-related; i.e, you could see the D beginning to wear down from all their load about 3/4 of the way thru some of the seasons.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And until Cutler returns, “They wore down” is the scenario we are stuck with.

  • beninnorcal

    I agree with JW below: this is the perfect example of when the Bears SHOULD lose out for a top pick. But this team, even though they look it right now, is not the Cleveland Browns. They’ll win at least 5 or so games down the stretch, including one or two against superior opponents. That’s assuming Cutty comes back after the bye.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I do not 5 wins in this team’s future, even if Cutler returns and that is still up in the air.

      • Bender McLugh

        agreed. Can’t see them winning one let alone 5 even with Cutty

        • why? They just played 5 games with their backup QB and went 1-4, should have won 2 more of them.

          They have an easier 5 game schedule than that coming up and will be a healthier team for it, including with a better QB.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I respect for your posts as much or more than anybody else’s on this Blog, Professor, but there’s no such thing as “Easier” for this team.

            To me, this feels like 1969 all over a again with 2 more games thrown in just to add insult to injury.

            Next up: Another National TV Halloween Horror Show on a Monday night.

          • Bender McLugh

            Woodsy – This.

          • MB30SD

            I’m a little hurt you don’t have respect for boobies friday Al

          • AlbertInTucson

            Did not say such, MB.

          • MB30SD

            I’m just pulling your leg sir, i agree with your analysis and the lack of respect the rest of us bastards deserve.

          • The Bears fully healthy aren’t beating MIN. Or SEA, NE, etc. Anybody who’s legitimately good.

            But outside of 2 remaining games against MIN, they don’t play anybody else who’s legitimately good. So I expect a lot of close games that come down to the final few minutes, and the Bears will win some and lose some.

            A lot like last year.

          • CanadaBear

            I think you’re underestimating this team’s ability to shit the bed and piss down their leg at the same time.

          • Doc Nitty

            Not directed at you, but do you know how tired I am of saying things like “We went 1-4 but could have easily won 2 more of them”

            Haven’t we been saying that every year since ’07?

            #HandGrenades

          • willbest

            We took a break from it in ’10

          • I’m just saying they’ve had 3 50/50 games. All against bad teams (IND, JAX, DET), but they have 5 more of those coming up. So they’ll likely get some wins in that stretch.

          • AlbertInTucson

            50/50 games? With Barkley?

          • AlbertInTucson

            They could just as easily be 0-6.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Professor,

            They lost, at home (again), to a team that was 1 for it’s last 18 on the road and a QB that had never come back down by double digits in the 4th quarter.

            And we ALL could see it coming as soon as the Bears had to settle for that last 3.
            And that was with two pro bowl guards and a serviceable QB who, whatever other faults he had, took care of the football like no other QB in Bears’ history.

            Sure, the Bucs, Titans, 49ers all looked winnable games once upon a time, but now? I just don’t see it.

            You have to score SOMETHING to win. They were 31st is scoring WITH Hoyer.

            How does that get any better with Barkley who you think “sucks”?

            Scoring aside, once Hoyer was gone the offense couldn’t even stay on the field
            and the defense, valiant effort that it was, just ultimately wore down.

            I see nothing that changes that for the foreseeable future.

            I think they are lucky to win 1 more this season.

            You counting a on Cutty coming back and injecting some offense?

            That COULD happen but personally, like White’s leg last year, I think Cutler’s thumb is worse than they are letting on, especially since its the same one he broke last time.

          • If Barkley is starting those games, they lose all of them.

            Cutler will be starting, which makes them better than when they had Hoyer.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Well, I haven’t heard that they have signed another QB, yet, which would point towards Cutler returning sooner rather than later and they get the extra day to think about it this week.

  • Johnnywad

    Kyle Long rolled over and saw Brian Hoyer laying there holding his broken forearm together, glanced at the sidelines and saw Cutty standing there in street clothes, then caught a glimpse of Barkley warming up behind Josh Sitton, also in street clothes, and said “Nope.”.

    • BearDown100393

      No Más?

    • Big Mike

      for real?

      • Johnnywad

        No but they did come out on the same play. Its believable isn’t it?

        • Big Mike

          absolutely.

    • BerwynBomber

      Considering Long has been playing all year with a torn labrum he may have looked at Cutty catching a smoke in his sweats and thought something else.

      • Johnnywad

        Yeah. “Fuck this.”

        I really doubt Cutler is standing there by choice. It’s either a really bad thumb or a management decision. But who knows?

        I don’t care anymore. Hoyer isn’t good, Barkley isn’t even a quarterback, and Cutler’s shelf life in Chicago seems to have expired. I hope Pace gets the draft right. If there is a quarterback worth an extremely high pick, it’s time.

        • BerwynBomber

          I’d be willing to take a look at Barkley for a few weeks of practice under his belt. My hunch? He’ll suck. But WTH at this point? See if he has back-up potential. He does look to have a slightly stronger arm than Hoyer, not that is a sole determining factor of QB worth.

          The problem facing Barkley? His first game as a starter could be against MIN. Lotsa luck. Though who knows, for whatever reason I don’t remember the Vikes D looking all-world against us last year.

          • Johnnywad

            Might as well. He’s in the building and the season is shot.

            If Cutler leaves one way or another, I’d actually prefer Hoyer stay on to mentor an early pick QB. He seems like a team guy, has bounced around the league a lot and as such would have tons of off the field experience to share and ball security is chief

          • BerwynBomber

            I agree. Hoyer seems like a team guy who knows his place. Jay might be able to swallow his pride and do it well also. But comes down to cost and to what end.
            Plus, Cutty could play well enough (and has enough fans) that there could be a QB controversy. Hoyer, more than likely, wouldn’t provide that.

            My only thing is draft a fucking QB for once in the last fifteen years. Even if it is in the second or as late as the third round. But if we pass on a QB in the first three round and don’t draft one at all or take a flyer on some in the 4th round or later, I will toss the towel on the Pace regime and have not faith moving forward.

          • Doc Nitty

            #SexyRexy2.0

    • MB30SD

      Hahahaha

    • AlbertInTucson

      Ridiculous scenario.

      • MB30SD

        But really funny

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watching now in HD.

    3rd and five, first possession. Totally unaware that Zach Miller is free to the left flat in the right place to make a first down, Hoyer looks for Jeffrey. Misses. Then Matthews slams his helmet into Hoyer’s facemask (the ball has left his hand) and THEN swings him to the ground matador-style. 4th down. WTF?

    • Packers had 2 brutal hits on Hoyer’s head-which is an instant flag in the modern NFL-that weren’t called.

      They call it if your hand grazes a QB’s helmet. But two hard helmet to helmet blows in the pocket weren’t called.

      • willbest

        They probably won’t even get fined. Because Packers.

      • Bender McLugh

        and Hoyer’s first name isn’t even Cam

        • MB30SD

          Hoyer is black?!?!

    • Sactowns#1

      Check out the action at 2 min left in the 3rd. smh.

    • SC Dave

      Callaghan looks like our best DB

  • Sactowns#1

    Breaking Bears new- this just in, we’re fucked.

    • Bender McLugh

      “sigh” – Jeff

  • Bender McLugh

    was there a game last night?

    • MB30SD

      For 2 quarters

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        At the half I just knew the 2nd half was not going to favor the Bears. Weird huh?

        • MB30SD

          Yeah, never happened like that before. : /

  • Bender McLugh
  • 505Bears

    That Bausby guy should have had to hitchhike home. The defense did well as a whole, but got damn tired always being on the field. Offense…let’s see, run it on every first down, get stuffed. EVERY first down, are you shitting me? I thought they were setting up for some play action passes on first down after they kept getting stuffed, but nope. Reminds me of the days of when the Bears used to throw those dumbass WR screens on every first down. Then again, Bears only had like 10 first downs, so it didn’t matter….GO SHITBAGS!!

    • Bender McLugh

      Shoop!

      • AlbertInTucson

        Careful, don’t step in the shoop.

  • Bender McLugh
    • Sactowns#1

      Meh.. It’s still a ford.

      • Bender McLugh

        ha, I knew someone would say that

        • Sactowns#1

          I’m a bowtie man myself.

          • Doc Nitty

            Nobody’s perfect.

    • MB30SD

      Eeeewwwwww.

  • Big Mike

    Hey. I love the Bears. Fuck the Pack. Here’s all I will say. Those guys that were out there like Bausby, good on them for getting to play in the NFL against Aaron Rodgers. It’s almost like youth football when you scrimmage or play up a weight class or HS when a 4A team schedules a 6A team.

    We had our 6th, 7th and 8th DBs, 3rd and 4th guards, 3rd QB, 4th, and 5th WR and one LB playing 1 handed. I liked what I saw in spots. Leonard Floyd, Cameron Meredith, Whitehair, Trevathan, Freeman and so on.

    This season is fucked. Best thing that could happen is to play competitive games and lose all of them.

    Then the offseason starts and you figure out who is the best QB for the next 10 years, for the Chicago Bears. You let him cook for a year under Cutler (bears are accustomed to wating a while to get anything out of their #1 picks.

    Big Mike out.

    BTW – Cubs are killing me. Bears 1 playoff game in a decade, 4- 5 in the last 20 years. Cubs 5 or 6 this week. Too much.

    • *4th QB. Their 3rd QB is on IR.

      • Big Mike

        SMH.

      • Yup. Ppl forget that there was serious consideration about Shaw as the 2nd, at very least the 3rd.

        Barkley didn’t get called in until Shaw was out

        • AlbertInTucson

          Cheap-shotted out.

    • BerwynBomber

      That is why it might be wise to go with Barkley (or a healthy Hoyer) the rest of the way. Cutler would undoubtedly increase our chances for a W here and there but to what end? That same calculation might be at play when Pace decides whether or not to bring him back next season.

      That dilemma might be the ultimate curse of a guy like Cutty — and it’s not necessarily his fault — but he’s kind of a can’t win with him/can’t win without him guy.

      • Big Mike

        I think you still start Cutler, because of the men who are competing on the field. 2-3 wins is still likely the top pick in the draft and you didn’t sell your men out.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, it’s tough for a coaching staff to wave the white flag in any sport. Then again, the players should be professionals. So whether they line up with Cutty or Barkley as their QB shouldn’t compromise their individual standards/

          But I know what you’re saying. Players ain’t dumb.

          • Big Mike

            I have no false hope about this season. But I’d still be happier if the Bears won 5 games. I don’t see an Andrew Luck type QB out there. I’m no expert. But the kid at Clemson.. seems like a great college QB. Nobody I’d sell out for. Experts can weigh in on that all off season.

            Can’t quit, simply can’t. I still believe the quality of the players on this team is better than last year, and better than the year before. Younger, deeper, more athletic. Better football players. Unfortunately, we have had zero snaps at full strength.

            My youth football coaching note of the day, lost our first game last week. Got punched in the face by a team whose whole season has been about beating us. We expected to win. It was a wake up call for the boys. Lost a player due to injury and lost another player due to his Dad not thinking he was carrying the ball enough and was too good to play at DT. I benched his ass, he quit.

          • Governerd

            Clemson Tiger, Class of ’06 here, I watch Deshaun every chance I get. I am a little worried about Watson’s transition to the NFL, but he does have several key traits I like in a passer: he doesn’t get flustered, he goes through his reads, his accuracy is sometimes awe-inspiring (in fact, I would blame most of his struggles early this season on getting acclimated with his receivers), and really he’s a mature and upstanding young man. Things I don’t like: injury history, slight frame that could use a few pounds, the former picks similar to him who were busts.

          • Big Mike

            Former picks like him who were busts is what I fear. Me, I’m happy with the 5th pick and the best LT in College

            Also, I have a friend who is a huge Clemson fan, who is pumping up Deshaun. The last 3 times that has happened, the Bears drafted Gabe Carimi, Kyle Fuller and Kevin White. (not the same buddy, but a guy who loved a college team, had a guy he liked on that team and the Bears drafted that guy)

          • BerwynBomber

            I’m with you about the not quitting BM. That’s why I hedged my bets, and yes, I would defer to your own coaching experience than my rationale on a blog.

            Agree about no luck, but as you know it isn’t all about the first round. It’s also about being high in the second, third, fourth, etc.

          • Big Mike

            Excellent point. Overlooked a lot. Drafting early in every round creates leverage, gives you options in the draft etc.

            The worst feeling in the world is going into a game, getting prepared to compete, put your body, heart and mind on the line, KNOWING you don’t have a shot at winning.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s why they should trade Cutler if they get any type of offer. That would almost guarantee more losses. Nothing like a pitiful, banged up roster to win the race to the bottom.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yah. Cutty probably beats the pack if Long stays in and the D plays like they did in the first half. But if you want a good pick … that old chestnut.

        • willbest

          I don’t know about that. The refs were just brutal, even if Cutler only throws 1 pick.

        • BerwynBomber

          Cutty basically never beats the Cheese. And rarely plays well against them.

          Let’s not get carried away with the “we win if Cutty plays” stuff.

    • Joecashflow

      Cook for a year under Hoyer, or his better replacement. Cutler be gone.

  • BillW

    Didn’t watch a down – was watching the Cubs. Followed on the Internet.

    Bears get an “Incomplete” this year. I always wonder if this many injuries can possibly just be bad luck, but I see or read nothing to indicate otherwise.

    I don’t believe in luck – good or bad. But that doesn’t mean any of these were preventable with any kind of different approach. Still, I have to wonder if any site tracks starter games lost by injury per team over time, to see if some teams are more consistently prone than others.

    Anyway – we’re not a laughing stock team like we were under Trestman. We just might not be very good with our best (who knows?) , and we’re certainly pretty bad without them.

    I’m all for trying Fangio out – even this year.

  • willbest

    I want to end the season 2-14 with the second win coming against GB at soldier field. I also want them to miss the playoffs because of that one game. I can’t believe how jobbed we were by those refs. You always figure they are going to let the Pack get away with a couple and give them a couple they shouldn’t get but holy hell that weren’t even trying to hide it. And Rodgers screaming for a facemask which looked incidental because the head didn’t even move. Why doesn’t the NFL just give him his own yellow beanie to throw already. It would save time.

    • MB30SD

      I can def get down with dis

  • BerwynBomber

    A nit but I don’t know if our D “dominated the game for much of three quarters until, you know, Barkley”. Our D played admirably well but the Cheese O also looked infected a bit with their own version of Hoyer-itis — they moved the ball well between the twenties but couldn’t cash in upon reaching the RZ.

    Case in point was our goal line stand. All credit to our D — Porter and LeBlanc in particular made outstanding plays during that sequence — but that also seemed a case where McCarthy got desperate. And let’s face it, if Loggains had called a similar fourth down play of running Ty Montgomery up the gut (Eddie Royal?) we would still be roasting him this very moment.

    Horrible call on their side and seemed to signal his McCarthy’s current distrust in Rodgers.

    • willbest

      They moved the ball well between the 20s because of a PI that didn’t have an offset holding penalty.

      • BerwynBomber

        I didn’t see every play or call but the PI’s that I witnessed looked legit — at least the ones on Bausby and the one on Amos.

        Richard Sherman may get away with a couple such plays but otherwise PI.

        • willbest

          They were, but back at the line of scrimmage our OLBs were being tackled.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, I also noticed via the Bears game and the DAL/GB game last week that the Andrew’s point about GB having the “best pass protection in the league” is a bit of nonsense.

            Hell, half the game we (and DAL) were only sending three guys and dropping eight in coverage. Pass protection better be excellent, and as you said they still had to hold to achieve it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I thought Amos made a great play. Bausby’s penalties were brutal though.And some of the PI calls were bullshit anyway.

          • BerwynBomber

            On Nelson? Deep. Nah, that was legitimate PI. Would I have called it? No. But I believe in giving the DBs a lot of leeway. But in the NFL, the Amos PI is called much more often than not.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sherman should have SOOO been the goat last week vs. Atlanta.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Porter gave up a TD and gets burned regularly. I’d like us to bring him in only when the field is short. He should not be a starting corner given our talented DB roster.

      Our D was great in the first half, but got no breathers in the second quarter because of our offensive sputtering both times. Rodgers was only really hitting the outside bubbles anyway. I love our D moving forward (and healthy).

  • willbest

    I see Jeff is doing his best SCORE impression (retweeting idiotic comments to mock them).

    • AlbertInTucson

      Tweeting: A treatable addition…?

  • willbest

    I would like to see the D play well against a non-division opponent first Jeff. The 2 games this year the defense really showed up were against Stafford and Rodgers. The two QB’s the bears D has the most experience with. And yes I know there are a lot of rooks and FA’s. But the Bears front office has been analyzing those guys for years, and even this coaching staff has the games from last year.

  • CanadaBear

    Last post from previous thread. “I recorded the game and watched later. Not going to wade through all the comments. Holy Fuck are the refs ever on the Fudge payroll. Not sure why but every time I see it and it’s blatant, I’m still slightly surprised. If the Bear were any good I’d be livid. Anywho, if Long doesn’t go on IR someone is crazy. This year is no longer about this year. Find out who wants to play the rest of the way. Howard looked like he was running in quicksand. WTF? Is that all there is? Not sure I saw McPhee do anything. Leave it to this staff to rush him out there with no real practice. Gotta give it up to the Mongoose (Leonard Floyd), the young man had a nice game. Hope it continues. One last thing, Erin must be the biggest bitch of all time. What other QB spends most of the game trying to get people to jump offsides due to the hard count? I get it in a crucial spot but that douchebag spent 3+ quarters (I finally gave up and shut it off) doing that.”

    • willbest

      He is also the only QB in the league that snaps the ball just to draw bullshit 12-man penalty as the defender’s heel is still inside the field of play.

      • CanadaBear

        I get that it’s probably the smart thing to do but he looks like a 12 year-old girl that just can’t wait to tattle on someone to curry favor. Not to mention, every pass play that isn’t completed, he whines to the refs and is constantly fishing for calls.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The constant “Hands up calling for PI” after virtually any incompletion is childish.

          • Governerd

            He learned that move from the master, #4, especially the last few years of his career.

          • CanadaBear

            He learned how to work the refs from #4, no doubt. Always schmoozing them and constantly whining about any and every thing.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Yup, some disgraceful calls, even with challenged video evidence to pnder e.g. the ‘completion’ tot he GB receiver that bounced the ball off the ground.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Packer s made their first trade since 2010? Wow. Kniles Davis. Time to get him off waivers.

    • willbest

      Why? They seem content to line up WRs back there

      • Irish Sweetness

        They just got Davis. Montgomery was obviously an (albeit excellent) emergency replacement.

        • willbest

          He was against us because we didn’t like to cover the flat for some reason.

          • Johnnywad

            Whom did we cover, exactly?

          • willbest

            Not Devante Adams, he got the TY Hilton treatment.

  • Goin to Hell with Pernell (GP)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-bears-tv-ratings-spt-1022-20161021-story.html

    FS1, a pay cable channel, pulled a 24 share, for the Cubs.

    WBBM 2, over the air (if you are close to the city) and on all basic packages, pulled a 12 for the Bears game.

    TNF hasn’t seen a 12 share in ages. Right now the NFL has to be thinking the Bears wll not return to primetime anytime soon.

    Mully and Handley today skipped the Thayer bit. Skipped it. The whole show, they did not talk Bears once. Ignored them, like they did not exist.

    Wake up call George. This town has tuned the Bears out.

    • CanadaBear

      Not surprised. We are some of the hardest core fans around and most of us can’t muster up any enthusiasm for this bunch. Lots of fans (not me) were convinced this team would challenge for the playoffs. Turns out they are challenging for the first pick in the draft. Not to mention, Thursday Night football is rarely compelling.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The bloom is definitely OFF TNF.

        I would keep the Thanksgiving games and give those 6 teams their bye the week before.

        Other than that, it’s a concept that needs to be chloroformed along with the London games.

        Make me commissioner for a DAY and I’ll fix those issues AND replay, too!

        • willbest

          The problem with that approach is 2 of those teams are static, and the NFL would need to end that tradition because all teams are required to share in the misery that is week 4 byes

          • AlbertInTucson

            Rotating the Thanksgiving game locations works for Commissioner Al.

        • Sactowns#1

          BRING BACK SATURDAY GAMES!!

        • Bender McLugh

          seriously, get rid of TNF

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I think they should play games on Wednesday night too.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Because the Thursday games don’t stink enough…?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Except Halloween night hosting the Vikings.

      SMH.

      • willbest

        I love how the NFL bet 4 of the first 24 prime time games on US.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Brilliant.

    • Sactowns#1

      The NFL did this to themselves. By crafting the rules to encourage more offense they have made WR’s and QB’s far too valuable. Only a few teams have great players at either, and the other 26 or so teams are stuck in the mire.

      • SC Dave

        This. They have virtually runied the game.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Matt Barkley was QB. He’s never staying on the field. He sucks.”

    It’s likely Barkley DOES suck, but considering he’d never taken a snap from Whitehair I’m willing to give him a couple of weeks taking reps with the first team before I condemn him.

    Such tweets do the author no good whatsoever.

    • He has thrown 65 career NFL passes. 55% completion, 381 yards (less than 6 YPA, which is awful), 0 TD, 6 INT.

      That’s a tiny sample size, but I’m pretty sure it’s big enough to say that Matt Barkley sucks.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I conceded he probably does.

        I believe “That’s a tiny sample size,” only supports my contention that tweet also sucks.

        And the sample size of tweets that suck is NOT tiny.

        • BearDown100393

          Matt Barkley is basically Twitter.

    • SC Dave

      Tweets rarely give their offer credit.

    • Big Mike

      no, Matt Barkley sucks.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll bet you a dollar he puts in a decent performance against a less than top ten defense, Mike. He’s better than Hoyer going downfield I promise you that. At least he tries.

        • Big Mike

          Nah. Think of it this way. He is the 4th string quarterback of one of the worst teams in football.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This is it. He gets judged after coming down off the shelf with zero reps. There’s a youtube vid of him playing for the Cardinals, and he looked good (in that game). Let’s see him in front of a less-challenging defense first. Anyway, there’s nobody left ….

  • Sactowns#1

    So, anyone know what Rex Grossman is up to these day?

    • willbest

      Sexy rexys back

      • AlbertInTucson

        Apparently, hasn’t thrown a pass since 2011.

    • Sactowns#1

      Or maybe we could get Fitz.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Is Fales still on the Ravens’ practice squad?

    • Huge Bears Penis

      if he is, he should stay there.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The invested a lot of time in him. I sooner see him as Barkley.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I said before the trade deadline we should give the Ravens a 6th for him.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Insult to injury: My FF opponent has You-know-who at QB this week so I’m already in the hole.

    • Big Mike

      fuck the packers.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      I’m starting to think that fantasy football was invented to mask the rapidly declining NFL product.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    John Fox should have won some points with fans last night. That team played hard. They just don’t have enough healthy bodies.”

    The clear sign that your team is pretty pitiful.

    “They played hard”.

    Under Gibron it was always, “We had a good week of practice.”

    OK, I will at least grant that Fox hasn’t lost the team, yet.

  • EnderWiggin

    Phill Simms and Rogers gave #22 LaBlanc a hard time last night, but I think the dude could have a very bright future(someone in the game thread last night called him Forte, hilarious). He kept his cool with master smack-talkers Cobb and Adams in his face all night. Even just getting his first NFL snaps he made some key plays in the red zone. Young, scrappy, and tough – I’ll be keeping an eye on him the next few weeks.
    Bausby on the other hand…

    • CanadaBear

      He wasn’t backing down. Gotta love that!

    • MB30SD

      Agree. Bausby and Glenn are garbage on wheels

      • BuddhaJoe

        Glenn has had a couple of bad games but I thought he was doing well before that. Was I seeing things?

        • Johnnywad

          He looked ok early. Low game speed IQ but very athletic at the point of the catch when he recovered. Now he just looks like a blind dog in a meat house.

          • MB30SD

            that last statement perfectly described him in the second half

        • MB30SD

          As of last night…. yes.

      • Irish Sweetness

        No way is Glenn garbage. He gives up silly penalties because he’s hot-headed, but if you saw him shut down guys like Josh Gordon in PS, you’d have a different perspective on him. He’s really good at sticking to receivers, I think he’s an exciting guy when he gets a couple of years under his belt. He’s immature and aggressive though. Plays rough. But he needs to cut the shit out and put the team first. He might learn that on the bench – but he should always be in there instead of Bausby.

        Hall is really exciting too, moving forward. The safeties are still young. We’ll have a sweet secondary, getting better with each season. Need to build that crushing DL though

    • Irish Sweetness

      LeBlanc looks like a good prospect.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Matt Barkley and Jimmy Clausen are the same guy. That guy stinks.”

    For those of us who weren’t depressed enough already.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d like to see Jefe say specifically where he stunk. Hoyer is woefully inaccurate – his % stats have nothing to do with it, he’s throwing certainties most of the time – at least Barkley has some kind of touch. His first throw of the game was top drawer.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Name a worse QB in the NFL than Matt Barkley.

    • AlbertInTucson

      12 minutes.

      No replies.

      Yeah, that’s what I figured.

      A question that has no answer.

      • EnderWiggin

        4th stringer on a bad team. It adds up.

        • AlbertInTucson

          No. Has to be active on a roster.

    • BearDown100393

      He did beat ODB’s rating (listed because he was sacked with the football).

    • Huge Bears Penis

      currently or historically?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Too soon to say, historically, but THAT list will include WAY too many Bear QBs.

        • Johnnywad

          Like Henry Burris.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Craig Krenzil, Jonathan Quinn, Moses Moreno, Pete Tom Willis, Gary Huff, Danny Weurfel, Rusty Lisch,Bob Avellini…

          • CanadaBear

            You forgot about another 3 dozen!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            My hands were cramping up.

    • BuddhaJoe

      Dan Orlovsky?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I DID consider him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I thought he looked all right when he was able to get a pass off. One interception was a tipped ball, and the other was him throwing as he was hit. He looked accurate enough – but the only two ‘starters’ playing on the line in front of him aren’t much good. He’ll do okay after next week – but the Vikings is a tough first start.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    If Bears are healthy in 2017 they could be very good. But…who is the QB?”

    I am so beaten down I just don’t expect them to EVER be healthy.

    • MB30SD

      or good for that matter

  • BuddhaJoe

    The Defense looked like it could be really good with more time and just a couple more pieces. The thing that sucks about this season is that there’s been so many injuries it’s hard to tell where they’re actually at.

    The O is harder to gauge. I’d like to see what Cutler can do with Howard and the game plan Loggains had for the Lions and Colts game with a few more shots downfield. I think that could be potent.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Howard did not look right last night.

      • BuddhaJoe

        I think it was a combination of predictable run calls and the fact that everybody knew Hoyer can’t throw downfield so they can play close to line of scrimmage.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Carey looked better.

        • Irish Sweetness

          GB have one of the top run defenses in the league. Nobody runs the ball against them. It will be worse next week. We’ll be lucky to get 40 yards on the ground, and they’ll rape us on passing downs.

      • CanadaBear

        He was getting hit behind the LOS but he looked like he was running in quicksand.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, he looks hurt. Season of no destiny.

  • MB30SD

    my intern just told me the new jack reacher suuuucked. Lame writing. that’s a bummer

  • Wobbly Pop

    Hey Da’ Bears Blog you said the 2 most important guys out there are the QB and the guy who can bury him and that everything else is a tie ! A tie ? All i can say is you need to go back and learn football 101 as you have no clue then sadly ! The O line and in particular the tackles are far and away next on the list and if they are what we have had ( for seemingly forever ) the QB has little chance to stay upright , get a rhythm , use 5 and 7 step drops , work play action properly or do much of anything except either run for your life or rid the ball in 2 secs via dink and dunk prolonging drives and giving the defense a shot at you more times !

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