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Across The Middle: The Bears, John Fox & a Baby’s Molars

| September 26th, 2017

Teething is a bitch.

My one-year-old son already has seven teeth, all of which he toughed his way through with little complaint, but now he has molars coming in and it has been a struggle.

He has one big, dull tooth bulging into into the back of each side of his mouth. It’s created all kinds of problems. He’s had ear infections, boogers all over his face and just doesn’t seem to want to eat sometimes. The most puzzling part is when he fusses for no apparent reason.

But there is going to be an end to this. He’s going to have all of his teeth and proceed through his life like a normal, growing boy.

In a lot of ways, this Bears season has reminded me of my son’s teething. It’s been painful, but there are signs that things are going to turn around. Whether or not they’re able to finish the job is another story.

Last week was a big win. Things didn’t go their way with the officials, a defensive back made a stupid blunder and they got nothing from their quarterback. But they won. They won because they have a pretty good defense that took a significant step against a pretty good offense. They won because they have two studs in the backfield and a coach who is creative enough to know how to use them.

It was the first September win of the Fox regime. They showed there are things they can do well. The next step is consistency. I don’t know what this Bears season will end up being, and I don’t know what the Fox regime will be, but this was a step.

Now let’s see if we can get another tooth to pop through.

The Next Coach

After writing about Sean Payton last week, the most common response was: “Who do you want to be the Bears next coach?”. To me, the answer is easy: John Fox.

Currently, I think it’s impossible to argue that Fox deserves to keep his job and I don’t think anybody is predicting that he will. But the best case scenario for the Bears is that Fox is either (a) right about Glennon or (b) realizes he’s wrong and Trubisky turns the season around.

If the Bears can go 7-9, Fox will keep his job as it would be hard to not qualify this season as a success. That’s something off of which the Bears, and Fox, can build. The alternative is a new coach comes in, changes the scheme, changes the playbook and wants to get rid of half the players. That certainly isn’t ideal, but, unfortunately, looks like the most likely scenario.

Feed The Beast

This game served as a subtle reminder that Jordan Howard is really fricken good.

Having Kyle Long back helped a lot. Getting Josh Sitton back will be huge too. But this was about Howard and his ability to keep chugging. I don’t know if he was ever tackled by one guy and he often broke multiple tackles on any given play.

The Bears didn’t get him the ball enough in the first two games. In the first game, they were having a lot of fun playing with their new toy — Cohen — and, in the second, the game was out of hand by halftime.

If the defense can keep the game close early, the Bears need to put an emphasis on getting Howard going. He’s their best player. They can’t try to win without using him.

Worse than Tebow?

I’m just going to leave this here:

Bring On The Packers?

The Packers are vulnerable, but does it matter?

At this point in time, the Steelers are probably better than the Packers so, in theory, the Bears can win this game, but I just don’t see them winning many games if they don’t get more out of their passing game.

Through three games, the Packers have been average. And weirdly, Aaron Rodgers is turning the ball over at a pretty high clip. The Bears defense should be able to slow them but we’ve seen this show before.

In fact, I think it was just last year. The Bears were going into Lambeau Field with Brian Hoyer and it was clear that Dom Capers wasn’t afraid of him at all. Capers is going to blitz the hell out of Glennon, just like he did Hoyer. (If Josh Sitton plays, the Bears might have a chance at holding up against Capers’ aggressive blitzes.) They’re going to press the Bears receivers — just as they have in the past and the Bears aren’t going to be able to pass it.

The problem with reading too much into this game right now is that we have no idea who is going to play.  The Packers have a long injury list that includes both starting tackles, a guard, their second best receiver, their best pass rusher and their best defensive player. That could be a problem, but they have Aaron Rodgers and the Bears have Mike Glennon.

If the Bears are going to win, they need Leonard Floyd to break out and Marcus Cooper to stick with Jordy Nelson. But, most of all, they need Mike Glennon to make a few plays without any mistakes. I’m just not confident he can do that.

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  • Cuck Cooper

    Tebow won the Heisman, was drafted in the 1st round and played a weird surreal role in the NFL. I like the idea Jeff but it ain’t gonna happen. Hee hee

    The Packers suck, Bears will win easily on thurs.

    The Bears were very close to 2-1 as opposed to 1–2. Talk of Fox’s future seems premature to me.

    Hope your son grows out of the complications, sorry to hear that Jeff.

    Yes, I like the Bears D and Howard is a beast.

    • Cuck Cooper

      My bad Andrew, I thought Jeff wrote this.

    • King of DBB

      Cuck Cooper?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        waffle?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Did Waffle Rage-Delete?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            yes

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Lost a lot of respect for you, AD. Why would you want John Fox to remain the coach? A new coach is not a bad thing.

    • Scharfinator

      Inconsistency is a bad thing though, which I think is really the source of his hesitance.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        keeping better players on the bench while remaining loyal to a vet is a bad thing too. we have seen it with several players throughout his time as coach.

        • Scharfinator

          Outside of Glennon, who are you referring to?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Howard sat for 3-4 games last year. Meredith was regulated to the bench while White and oft injured Royal were on the field. Makes me wonder who else is not seeing the field enough because of vet loyalty. Oh and the total disregard of the great talents of one Daniel Braverman. (ok the last one is a joke)

          • Scharfinator

            Meredith > Royal? I disagree.

            Agree about Howard, but he had to earn his spot. It’s not like Langford got to go back in after he felt better. Howard earned and kept it.

          • CanadaBear

            One of the reasons Howard sat early was because he wasn’t great at blitz pickup. How did White retard Meredith’s growth by playing in less than 5 games in 3 years? Until Royal was hurt, every coach would have started him over Meredith.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Royal and Cam are completely different receivers though.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Howard, last year.

          • Scharfinator

            For 3-4 games and then Howard won the starting gig? That argument doesn’t hold water for me.

    • SC Dave

      Actually, I think AD made good points about why to not lose Fox. Which is different than good points about why to keep him.

      In a scenario where Loggains and Fangio remain, I would be okay with Fox for another season. But I think it will take a winning record for that to happen. And this team just *may* be capable of that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Why would we change the coach when the issue is clearly the starting QB?

      Can we see how you all feel about poor old Foxy … once Mitchell is in there kicking ass?

  • SC Dave

    “But, most of all, they need Mike Glennon to make a few plays without any mistakes. I’m just not confident he can do that.”

    I’m not confident either, AD. But the guy on the other end of the pass has to catch the damn thing too.

  • ThompsonWay

    I think that Fox is just an average coach but the Bears need consistency at this position. Why roll the dice when Fox brings you Fangio.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Jesus Christ…..
      (loud shotgun report)

  • Big Mike

    My defense of John Fox, begins and ends with 3 facts.

    1) The team he took was beyond terrible. Emery and Trestman gutted the team of youth, speed, talent, identity and morale. We were a talent-less pass happy, no defense pathetic shell of a team.

    2) Injuries. 5 wins his first year, ok.. not bad. 3 wins his second year “WTF” my opinion has been that if the Bears have even an average number of injuries they pull out 6-7 wins So, I don’t know why this couldn’t be a 9 win team.
    3) John Fox is a good head coach, because he has put together and manages a good to very good coaching staff.

    The elephant in the room is the QB position. My take on the QB position is Trubisky will play under 2 conditions 1) coaches think he’s ready, 2) Players feel Glennon has been given a fair shake.

    Did you see how gassed the Pittsburgh Defense looked at the end of q4 and in OT. Remind you of any team? That used to be us. Several guys I coach with are Steelers fan. It’s interesting, all they saw were Pittsburgh’s flaws. They didn’t even notice how we didn’t throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field.

    • SC Dave

      1) Yes, it would have been hard to have a roster much worse. What was it that Fangio said? When asked if the team had been built for a 4-3 or 3-4, and he said something along the lines of “this team has not been built for anything”.

      2) It’s hard to speculate on wins had they not had 19 guys on IR, but 6 or 7 would not have been too much of a stretch last year.

      3) It For the first time since Lovie, it appears player development is happening. Even crazier would be to see it on offense, which frankly I have NEVER seen on the Chicago Bears over all the years I’ve been a fan.

      On the Steelers fans, I can imagine fans of *many* other teams wondering how Jordan Howard gets more yards than it seems he should virtually every play. It has to be as frustrating for them as it is thrilling for us.

      Did you see the thing Sahr posted the other thread with quotes from Massie and Leno? The stuff about how much more they wanted to kick ass blocking for Jordan because the latter would not give up despite playing in big-time pain?

      I have not yet watched the All-22, but I suspect it would show Steelers getting snot knocked out of their faces repeatedly by the Bears offense, especially late as you point out. Even Bellamy got in on the act.

      • Sahr Gborie

        if they would play that hard for Howard you have to ask yourself what would they do for a QB who plays like he values there effort. Everyone wants to be appreciated and know that their work is contributing to something greater. But when the guys that’s supposed to put it all together is the one bringing it all down you kind of lose hope. Now I see why those guys supported Cutty. He played for them. Even when he made mistakes. He made those mistakes in an effort to help his team. Glennons mistakes are just Glennon…im tired of talking about Glennon

        • SC Dave

          There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO reason to suspect that Glennon is not trying to help win the game. Nor is there any reason to suspect that Glennon is not playing “for them”; i.e. his teammates.

          Those implications are simply stupid.

          If you’re tired of writing about Glennon then just stop.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            that settles it. at least Glennon is trying, that’s all we can ask for and we should accept it.

          • Sahr Gborie

            are you saying we should accept mediocre QB play?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            why not? others on here have. I just wish we had a mediocre QB starting.

          • Sahr Gborie

            Mediocre QB play will keep us right were we are in the basement

          • Irish Sweetness

            We’ve been doing so since Jim McMahon got booted.

      • Big Mike

        I have to say It was a thing of beauty. The game was so compelling that I was never able to “take plays off” and focus on the OL play. in the all 22 Kyle Long was ferocious. Whitehair played like they made fun of his mom. Leno was a beast on running downs. The Steelers were done. We’re putting together the pieces.

        It would be a lot more enjoyable if the fan base could tone down the rhetoric about Glennon being the anit-christ and Trubisky being the second coming. Glennon’s not playing well. He might not be capable of playing well. Trubisky shows a lot of promise. Maybe he’s going to be a very good QB. Wouldn’t that be fun.

        Bears offense needs some pass catching weapons. All about timing. Remember when we didn’t have enough footballs for Alshon, Marshall, Bennett and Forte? Remember how those teams got blown out.. I’ll take this version of the bears.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          remember when a QB was willing to attempt a pass 10 yards downfield.

          • Big Mike

            Not the point at all. I wallowing in the glory of our OL and Running Game.

          • SC Dave

            Hard to tell if HBP is merely trolling (certainly a tendency of his), or really is so firmly entrenched in that group whose rhetoric you so rightfully disdain.

          • Big Mike

            Jefe takes some blame for this. He set the tone with his Glennon bashing when the Bears didn’t give Trubisky the “right” number of snaps in the pre-season.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Yes, damn Jeff! It couldn’t be that Glennon for the most part has looked like absolute dog shit in PS and his 3 starts. But sure blame the narratives cause no one but Jeff can have an informed opinion on what they see on the field.

          • Big Mike

            You completely miss the point, because you are so set on having an argument. My point was that Jeff set the tone for the blog. He had judged Glennon before the pre-season. He was relentless and over the top of his criticism of the Bears decision to not have a QB controversy in camp.

          • SC Dave

            He’s trolling. I would say at least half his posts are.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            not trolling.

          • Cuck Cooper

            Peeps be peeps BM.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I am saying, I do not give a crap what Jeff has done. I have watch him play. I watched him play in TB. I can form my own opinion. In previous threads I have written all the issues and deficiencies he has. The guy sucks. Put Sanchez in for all I care, he can’t be any worse. I have seen enough of Mike Glennon. Quite frankly, I find it insulting that you just assume because Jeff writes something that we are just sheep following along.

          • Big Mike

            Ok.

          • Irish Sweetness

            This sitrue. We were all seeing how things played out. Jeff had his anti-Glennon narrative before he’d played a down. Mind you, his 5-13 record never inspired confidence. And if people are using Mitchell as a Pro-Pace thing, what about his evaluation of Glennon and his 18M salary?

          • Big Mike

            The inconsistency is startling Irish. “Pace jukes the entire league to grab Trubisky” “Trubisky is amazing” vs “WTF Pace is a clown, he can’t evaluate QBs”. It’s not like Pace and Fox don’t see what we see and more. What STUNS me is that knowledgeable people on this blog and elsewhere think Pace and Fox don’t see what is happening and has some other agenda. The words are just the company line. What are they supposed to stay. Glennon sucks. Teams don’t throw players under the bus like that. Not hard working good character guys. (sometimes not even the jerks). TEAM is important. The other thing is, people wanting to know when Glennon starts. Why in the world they announce that. If they could they should wait until snap #1, to get the biggest advantage against the team they are playing.

        • Scharfinator

          “It would be a lot more enjoyable if the fan base could tone down the rhetoric about Glennon being the anit-christ and Trubisky being the second coming. Glennon’s not playing well. He might not be capable of playing well. Trubisky shows a lot of promise. Maybe he’s going to be a very good QB. Wouldn’t that be fun.”

          This is entirely too reasonable of a statement! Glennon murders BABIES DONT U KNOW

          • Big Mike

            🙂

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Glennon’s not competent enough to be the anti-christ.

            And Trubisky hasn’t yet started a game to be the second coming.

      • Irish Sweetness

        1) That’s a tool making excuses, or if you will, a tradesman blaming bad work on his tools.

        2) “Did you see the thing Sahr posted the other thread with quotes from Massie and Leno? The stuff about how much more they wanted to kick ass blocking for Jordan because the latter would not give up despite playing in big-time pain?”

        Does this mean the opposite is true also? Are they NOT blocking for Gummo?

    • Sahr Gborie

      1. The team he took over was horrible. The team he has now is not.

      2. Taking injuries into account the past 2 years, maybe this team could have been better.

      3. A good head coach who has benched his best player.

      This is very cliched but Fox is old school: run the ball, strong defense, win time of possession. This is a passing league. Im not saying abandon the run and defense like Emery/Trestman but you have to acknowledge the reality of this league. It is impossible to win consistent championships without a good/great QB/passing attack. Fox is not the man to being that to this team.

      Glennon is a liability to this team. I would rather have Sanchez or Zack Miller. In fact give me T.Cohen. i will take anyone over Glennon. The team wins not because of anything that Glennon has done or will ever do. he is so bad they tried to avoid getting him involved in the game.

      • Big Mike

        The team he has now is not horrible and some of that is due in part to coaching. Coaching is far more than gameday. It’s an incredibly complex system of activities, personalities, training and development. Bears are a dropped ball away from being 2-1 against the most brutal schedule in the league. Glennon has played poorly, I watched the all 22. Bears wide receivers are terrible. Zero separation, not coming back to the ball, inability to beat press coverage quickly, were what you’d expect from backups on a team that wasn’t that strong at the top of the depth chart to begin with. Trubisky, isn’t our best player. He’s a rookie QB who 14 starts ago was in High School.

        • Sahr Gborie

          I will give you that coaching is instrumental. System of activities, personalities, training and development all play a vital role.

          Our WR’s suck. A decent QB would/should compensate for their shortcomings.

          Even if i MT is not our best player he is our best QB and our best chance to win. Why do we play the game if its not to win?

          • leftcoastdave

            It is called a rebuild for a reason.

            You do not put the shingles on the roof until you have set the trusses.

            You need trusses to support the plywood.

            The game plan is time of possession smash mouth football.

            If you don’t have Brady or Rogers, not to mention receivers, you do not try to use their game plan.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I think you are way too far ahead in your analogy. We are just putting the walls up, but instead of using a 2×4 as a kicker we are using a piece of flimsy quarter round trim.

          • leftcoastdave

            No, the foundation is concrete. That is the O line and the D linemen. That is pretty solid. With those pieces come a running game and time of possession.

            The rest will come.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            that’s all fine and good, but every year there are teams that are just a QB away from being successful. why waste time with a QB that is of such poor quality as Glennon even in rebuilding. give me someone that is adequate, an Orton level, hell at this point I would take a Hoyer level QB.

          • leftcoastdave

            This is a rebuild.

            You build on your strengths.

            The grind has us 1-2, almost 2-1 with the toughest three games in the league.

            You go with what has the best chance of working.

            You saw our D after being on the field too long in TB didn’t you?

            Control the ball. Keep the D (and their O) off the field.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sorry Dave, been rebuilding for years. Badly.

            Lombardis. There is nothing else.

          • Irish Sweetness

            You’d take Hoyer, who is exactly the same as Glennon?
            And you’d be happy with Hoyer over Mitchell?

          • Big Mike

            A decent QB would make it better, but 300 yards passing with this group is never going to happen no matter who you have. 200yds might not even be within reach, even with Trubisky. I don’t know maybe Wheaton and Wright will get better.

          • SC Dave

            It’s hard to imagine them being much worse without going to the practice squad. At least Bellamy and Thompson make some decent blocks now and then.

          • Big Mike

            I think the Bears WR group is a very strong blocking unit. That is largely a coaching function. Allocating time to it, getting buy-in and teaching proper technique. Also, bottom of the roster WRs are always looking for an edge. Special Teams, blocking and so on.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            You are right no one is ever going to throw for 300 yards with this group…. Wait in week 2 Glennon threw for 301 yards passed to this very group, which at the time did not include Wheaton.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Prescott didn’t break 200 yards did he? Don’t need to throw for three hundred yards. Need to score more than your opponent.

          • Big Mike

            Well we did sort of score more than the Steelers. But man it was ugly. My point is our WR are bad.

          • SC Dave

            There is only so much a QB can do with guys that can’t get open and drop the ball.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Our WRs were fine for Mitchell in PS. He dropped the ball in where it needed to be.
            Top receivers drop the football all the time. Nobody will be talking about our receivers negatively when Mitchell is in there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Deonte Thompson does not suck. Cam certainly doesn’t. Cruz certainly doesn’t. Haven’t seen too much of Wright/Wheaton. Gentry is a prospect.

            Point at another team who can lose three receivers and they look great.

            Our WRs were fine for Mitchell in PS. He dropped the ball in where it needed to be.
            Top receivers drop the football all the time. Nobody will be talking about our receivers negatively when Mitchell is in there.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Oh yes he is our best player. By a country fucking mile.

          • Big Mike

            Jordan Howard is our best player. Trubisky hasn’t even seen the field yet
            Mike

      • Irish Sweetness

        “This is a passing league.”

        That old chestnut gets rolled out time and again. Just rolled out there.

        Ever hear somebody say “all that team can do is run. “Runnin’. Runnin’. Runnin’.”
        All. Day. Long. Fuck that team, right?

        Look at the teams leading their divisions right now – running teams Look at the teams just behind them. Running teams.

        It’s never a bad thing to be able to run the ball. We should be doing it on first and second down all the time until somebody can stop us.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      2) Players feel Glennon has been given a fair shake.

      Why does this matter? And if the players have not seen enough from preseason and the last 3 games to say he’s not gotten a fair shake, then their opinions definitely should not matter.

      • leftcoastdave

        What Leno and Massie said about blocking for Jordan who was injured and giving it all. Considering signing with the Bears? What is their rep for handling FA signings?

        This team is building. Give him a chance.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Hello, you play to win the game. By starting Glennon you are not playing to win the game.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-iJUuPWis

          As far as FA considering signing with the Bears, looks to me like any FA would love to sign because if Glennon shows them anything it is that they can suck through PS and suck through at least 3 games and still be a starter. Great way to build a team.

          • SC Dave

            Are you claiming that Glennon is not playing the game to win? Check-downs beat Pittsburgh, and if Bellamy makes a catch a professional receiver should make, it would have beat Atlanta too.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            No I am suggesting Fox is not playing to win the games by putting Glennon out there, out of some misguided loyalty.

          • SC Dave

            Okay… just semantics then. Peace.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I fully believe Glennon is doing his best, unfortunately his best really sucks.

          • leftcoastdave

            Not to mention Wheaton’s two drops yesterday.

            TOP almost beat the Falcons and won yesterday against a ball control team.

          • Sahr Gborie

            Glennon is getting paid big money for a reason. When you win the game the QB gets the glory. When you lose he should get the blame. Especially is he has done nothing to help his team win the game and at worst has been the main reason his team loses.

            Why is it we would never take this crap from Cutty but we are willing to make excues for Giraffe Neck?

          • SC Dave

            Never took this crap from Cutty?!? HA HA HA HA

      • Big Mike

        The fact that you ask, says a lot. I’ve learned that my opinions about football often go against the grain because of a player, coach first viewpoint. I love the 4th pre-season game, because of the chance to see a player get on an NFL field for the only time in his life. I relate to the practice squad guys. No matter how poorly a NFL player plays, I am very aware of the fact that he is one of the best 200 or so in the world at what he does.

        So for a players first coach like Fox, when you bring a guy in to be your QB, your team believes you. So when you make the switch, the team needs to know you meant it, the guy was given ample opportunity and now it’s time to move on. That means staying the course probably a bit longer than you should. It’s the red shirt underclassmen taking the spot of a 2 year starter. You stick with your 2 year starter, until it is time +1.

        • Sahr Gborie

          i get what you are saying Mike. When you make the switch there should be no doubt as to why. Everyone will be ready to move on.

          However “staying the course probably a bit longer than you should” is what gets coaches the pink slip. That player you were looking out for can get another job as a starter or backup. As a head coach its much more difficult. Plus you are jeopardizing the careers of other players just to make a point. I call horse crap. This is why we are in the basement and the Patriots are on top

          • Big Mike

            Doing the right thing, sometimes has a cost. Fuck the Patriots. They tripped on themselves and landed Tom Brady allowed a mediocre coach (at the time) to experiment and find a winning formula. Fuck GB, same thing. They stumbled on to two HOF QBs in a row.

          • Sahr Gborie

            LoL…i want the bears to “trip” into those kinds of QB’s and coach

          • Big Mike

            Could be Trubisky. If things fuck up the way the blog reacted after the TB game, we’ll have a shot at darnold too.

          • Sahr Gborie

            Everyone wants Glennon to succeeds. But the way he just keeps making these chocolate avalanches its difficult to trust that he will. I would rather lose with MT than endure Glennon’s Chocolate Avalanches

          • Big Mike

            Beat the Packers and all is well.

          • SC Dave

            Speaking of calling bullshit, I don’t think you want Glennon to succeed in any way whatsoever.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I hope that’s all of us, Dave.

            It’s Mitch’s team.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fangio deserves apiece of that loss, of course it won’t fit the narrative.

            He doesn’t need to double Mike Evans? Right, Vic. Keep playing imaginary battleship in your head with the fairies.

          • Big Mike

            Oh you sack happy old bum. 🙂 Hard to blitz, when the steelers have Laveon Bell. DTs need to pressure gaps and sit. No cut back lanes alone. LBs blitz, and miss a run fit, that’s a TD. Bears had strong pressure in first half and had 3 sacks on the day.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            hmm. did not take belichick long to experiment and find a winning formula. 11-5 in his 2nd year as coach in NE but sure he was mediocre.

          • Sahr Gborie

            if only the bears could be that mediocre

          • Big Mike

            Bah.. Fuck the Patriots.

          • CanadaBear

            His first stint with Cleveland was nothing to shout about.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            but that was Cleveland….

          • CanadaBear

            Fair enough but BB was still the HC.

          • Irish Sweetness

            His career begins and ends with Brady. He’ll never put so much as a dent in Shula’s record.

    • King of DBB

      youth, speed, talent, identity AAAAAND morale.

      That is a fucking over if ever there was one.

      I would put Emery in the Worst GM of all time – IN ANY SPORT – category.

      • Big Mike

        He couldn’t have done it without Trestman. There should be a petition to blot his face out of all Bears history. Emery hired him, so his fault. But fuck Trestman and his kumbaya bullshit leadership style.

      • Bender McLugh

        amazing how badly he shit the bed

      • Irish Sweetness

        Top scout for the Falcons …

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Emery and Trestman gutted the team of youth, speed, talent, identity and morale.”

      Yeah, but other than THAT…

    • Irish Sweetness

      How many teams are throwing it ten yards downfield? Why throw it ten yards downfield if you’re able to run and you’re winning?

      • Big Mike

        Have to be able to push the ball downfield. Bears only completed one pass of more than 10 yards and it was short of the first down. 4 total attempts.

  • leftcoastdave

    Pace built to the strengths of the team and Fox has used them to good end. Last year’s strength was the O line and Jordan Howard. You build on that with TEs, Benny the Jet and Tarik the Freak Human Joystick. The passing game? What comes first, crawling or sprinting?

    Somebody mentioned player development. Bullard was benched late last year. Brilliant. Let that young body heal and grow. RRH? Think of him being where Bullard was last year. With Goldman, Hicks and Unrein that is a great combo 5 for the D line.

    Even the game plans have evolved nicely starting in PS. First Q, O line. That was the story of the first three games testing players and developing the skill to work together. Grassu was learned up, but now unfortunately injured. But now Kyle is back and things look to gel again.

    Show Tarik as a weapon. Now use him as the decoy as on Sunday to open up the middle for Jordan. Shaheen is just on the field to block, until he is wide open in the end zone.

    These guys are playing chess while some are commenting upon checkers. They are developing the board with the early moves.

    9-7 is the floor.

    • SC Dave

      Interesting analogy on the opening moves.

    • Sahr Gborie

      i wish i had as much faith in them as you do. I don’ trust Fox

    • Big Mike

      Thank you.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    1.) The Pack is not a great team, but if you do not pressure Rogers on a consistent basis and put him down a few times in the process he will tear our secondary to shreds. We barely could get to Rapistberger last game, if we can’t get to Rogers they will embarrass the Bears Badly on Thursday.
    2.) We have to PASS THE BALL. Establishing the run is great but when you throw the SAME HURT PLAYER into the play over and over again it just plain DUMB. We had other RBs that could have let him sit a bit but I digress, If we don’t pass deep the run game will be shut down.
    3.) If we pass deep I have a bad feeling Glennon will shit the bed and I don’t mean just a small turd, I mean a chocolate avalanche!!!

    BEAR DOWN…BEAT THE PACK.

    • King of DBB
    • Sahr Gborie

      I don’t just mean a small turd, I mean a chocolate avalanche!!!

    • Big Mike

      Did you also think we’d get blown out by the Steelers? Take your eyes off of Glennon for a minute. We got this. 🙂

      • willbest

        I was convinced we were, but that was when I thought that the Steelers would do the obvious and shut down our running game and just let the WR’s do whatever they wanted until Glenon demonstrated he could hit one.

        • Big Mike

          They tried. They stacked the box and we smacked them right in the kisser. This old OL coach couldn’t have been happier.

          • Scharfinator

            A very football approach. They know we’re going to run it. So let’s smash these fuckers in the mouth again and again.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            yep keep doing it until your RB can’t lift his arm.

          • Scharfinator

            I am concerned about him for Thursday, I’ll give you that.

            At the same time, season is over if we go 0-3.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            If we had a QB could do something we would not have to rely on the running game as much.

          • Scharfinator

            Where is that record player?

            It keeps skipping.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Convince me that the best thing for this team is to have Glennon at QB, and I will gladly take a sledgehammer to the record player.

          • leftcoastdave

            1-2, coulda woulda 2-1. One bad game in the swamp where only reptiles thrive.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            One bad game…. what about the other 2? He had one good quarter in 3 games.

          • Johnnywad

            But your efforts and angst are wasted. Change is coming. When it arrives is completely out of our hands.

            Take heart. The Bears are beating the Packers this week WITH Mike Glennon. What could be better than that?

            And I would wager Trubisky is playing by the time we see the Packers again.

            More importantly, how is your nephew?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Nephew is good. A lot of those HS kids, still seem to be in a state of shock, but at least the ones I know are working through it pretty well.

          • Johnnywad

            That’s really good news. I don’t even know him, or you for that matter, but that kid has crossed my mind a lot. It really sucks that he’s been subjected to such a terrible thing where none should exist.

            Glad he’s doing well.

          • Scharfinator

            Even if I like the song in question, if I keep hearing it, I learn to dislike it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            What’s wrong with relying on a running game? That’s the holy grail of football for me. Tough defense, run the ball at will. Control the clock and the game.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            nothing wrong with a relying on a running game, but imagine how much more effective that running game would be if the QB position was willing to throw the ball.

          • SC Dave

            Loggains said it before the game, i.e. that it does not matter if they play 9 in the box, we have to run it anyway.

          • SC Dave

            It was fucking beautiful. And don’t forget, Pittsburgh is NOT a team that normally gets beaten up by their opponent.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Historically, that’s ALL that happens to them in Chicago.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        No I didn’t. I don’t think the Steelers D was all that good and I’m glad they wern’t BUT I think the Packs D is better at killing the run game. I’m hoping our Oline can prove me wrong.

        • leftcoastdave

          They held the Viqueen to 9 points after putting up 29 against the Aints and this week 34 against TB.

          Not all that good?

        • leftcoastdave

          GB gave up 34 to the Falcons and 24 to the lowly Bungles.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That puts us at about 24 .. 26 points.

        • Sactowns#1

          Packers have the 22nd ranked run D and that’s after facing both Seattle and Cincy, both with abysmal offenses and sub par RB’s. Bears have a real opportunity here to run it straight down their throats. No turnovers and staying within striking distance is key.

          • SC Dave

            NO turnovers. Yup.

    • willbest

      Don’t rodgers stats become super human when he faces 5 man rush? You have to get your pressure with 4, if you want to beat him.

      • Big Mike

        Sacks and blitzes are so much fun. Remember blitz happy Buddy Ryan and the Jets. They regularly sucked and underperformed their talent. I heard commentary on Sports radio about the Bears lack of a pass rush. Guess what, when you are containing Bell, you can’t get too far upfield, or you are giving him a running start to the second level. If you don’t maintain containment, Big Ben is outside the pocket and his receivers will just shred your secondary. Rodgers is even worse. You get him on the run and his receivers playing flag football and we’re toast.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Yeah, he’s dangerous on the run I give you that. One of the best at that, but let’s not just chase him…we need the D to PLANT him. and Way more than once or twice.

    • Bender McLugh

      “If we don’t pass deep the run game will be shut down”

      This was the thought going into the Steelers game too, but it didn’t happen. This running train is going to keep rolling, but in order to WIN the game I do agree the pass will need to be established, or at least the threat of pass.

      • Big Mike

        WR need to get open and quit dropping balls. Bears can’t get off schedule. My key is play action on first down, Tight end seam route. Bears were reluctant to throw to the middle of the field last week. Glennon? Matchups? Not sure. Another play I like is a fake “smoke” (That’s the quick out to Cohen at the LOS), pivot to a dive play up the gut.

      • SC Dave

        If you have access to a reply, watch the drops by Wheaton, Wright, and Miller. All easily catchable, and all more than 10 yards downfield. The Sims drop was a little more understandable, as he was hit pretty hard one could argue that was not a drop so much as a good play by the defender. On the other hand, professionals are paid to catch those.

        Also, on several of the check-downs I watched, none of the WRs were open. Sure, Cutler might have got one in now and then, but he’s the only guy in the league with a strong enough arm.

  • willbest

    Fox is ideal for next year? 3 losing seasons and he keeps his job? GTFO. Pace isn’t going to go into McCaskey’s office after 2018 when Fox has completed his lame duck season, and ask for an extension to his GM contract with a rookie coach in hand and pie in the sky projections.

    The only scenario in which Fox keeps his job this year is if they make the playoffs, or George has already determined that he isn’t paying for two HC again.

    Tebow is a leader. Glennon is not. Neither can play the QB position in the NFL, but Tebow is mobile. I am shocked that poll wasn’t 100/0 in favor of Tebow. I have no choice but to conclude that 30% of the people in your sample are bigoted against openly devout Christians.


    “Bears were 7.5 point underdogs to the Steelers at home Sunday and are
    only 7 point dogs at GB Thursday night. Vegas is paying attention.” – Jeff

    To the fact that Green Bay has yet to score more than 24 points in regulation? And opponents are averaging 4.5 yards per carry against their D? And Fox ball typically precludes high scores for either team? Probably.

    Then again, the Bears have only scored more than 17 points on the road since Gase left once.

    “Again, idea that ratings are declining is a fallacy. The game that will
    decline is Sunday Night Football because people are footballed out.”

    Ratings are still down from 2015. And Football has a lot of long term problems, even without the short term political hub bub. Changing viewership habits, Changing parent interest in pee wee football, CTE concerns, etc.

    You do have a legitimate point about being footballed out by SNF though. Especially on a weekend when you get a 9am London game. Although you go on to criticize TNF, which between it and MNF tends to solve the problem of too much football on 1 day, while generating the extra dollar necessary to keep cap levels high and the players fairly compensated for crippling themselves long term.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Pace had three losing seasons, too. Again, why does he get a pass?

      Mitch? – auto-pick.

      Tarik? – should have been drafted higher by somebody else.

      J-How? – fuck, even I called that pick seconds before it happened.

      Floyd? – fuck, even I called that pick.

      If Fox gets canned, why not Pace?

      And why do people assume it’s Fox not playing Mitch? He’s clearly not in charge. He didn’t even know they were drafting Mitch – he’s out of the loop.

      • willbest

        Pace as handed Fox. He will get his own HC.

        So your theory is that Pace didn’t shrewdly understand the draft contours and that the only reason he succeeded with a couple picks is because 31 other people F’d up?

  • King of DBB

    I would love to at least see the Equifax retiring CEO do hard time for a clear SEC foul.

    He should at least be forced to relinquish his 18M parachute. What scum.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/equifax-data-breach-cyber-security-josh-shapiro-20170926.html

    • Viva

      No shit…

  • King of DBB

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/steelers-tackle-alejandro-villanueva-apologizes-embarrassing-solo-national/story?id=50095642

    Villanueva is now backpedalling in a move sure to twist Viva’s undies.

    The guy is in a no-win situation. He is ex-Military so he goes out there for the anthem, then the Steeler players give him blowback for doing that – he is popular with the alt-righties but in Tomlin’s doghouse. So he backpedals.

    Bad move. Live with your decisions, man. Do not backpedal.

    • Viva

      He owned it (I appreciate his integrity and looking out for his team/coach). I’m keeping his uni…

    • BearDown100393

      He can do what he wants.

  • Cubsnlinux

    http://deadspin.com/this-is-all-bullshit-1818779588

    I don’t think it is accurate to label NFL owners kneeling down with the players as total BS. After POTUS made inciting comments urging the owners to fire players who kneel, it became imperative for the owners to respond. The owners are free to stand on whichever side they choose to but it is important for them to show solidarity and support for the first amendment rights of their own players. Kneeling down with the players doesn’t automatically mean that the owners support the cause that their players are standing up for but instead one can infer that they support their players to express their opinions however they choose to. Is there an element of showmanship involved in this? Absolutely.

    There actually is showmanship involved in playing the national anthem before every game between two domestic clubs sometimes of the same state every single time. Why do we need this showboating? Playing the national anthem makes sense during international games, during the olympics, on certain days such as July 04 but before every single game? Why do we do this? What is attractive about all this? Is everyone so insecure? I don’t think Apple or Google or anyone else have all their employees stand up and recite the anthem before an important product launch. Then why do we do this before every single freaking game? It must be for the crowd, for pure drama and showboating and nothing else.

    • CanadaBear

      Go to a hockey game between a US team and a Canadian team. You get a twofer.

      • Viva

        Speaking of hockey…the national anthem at a Blackhawks game is fucking awesome…

        • CanadaBear

          They’re pretty awesome at a lot of hockey games. It’s always nice to have a singer do it live in the bldg. In Canada, almost the entire crowd sings along to the Canadian anthem. Gotta admit the Canadian anthem is a lot easier to sing.

          • Johnnywad

            But the Hanwks have, or at least had Jim Cornelius. I don’t know if he’s still doing it as I don’t watch hockey. But that guy was/is the best there is.

          • CanadaBear

            He really brings it!

          • Bender McLugh

            Yep, hes still the man. Pipes for days, gets that whole Madhouse going

    • leftcoastdave

      Yea, all this loving your country crap is icky.

      • Cubsnlinux

        It does seem to create opportunities for people to assess and judge the patriotic levels of our fellow citizens though while not shedding our inherent biases and ingrained notions about others who might not look or act like we do.

        • leftcoastdave

          It gives me the creeps to think that standing together, when we are not really together, is, you know, kinda phony. I know some of those people probably voted for Trump and who wants to sing with them?

        • Sactowns#1

          The jingoism is just ramping up. When you have no ideals or principles for people to get behind you sell them the dream of nationalism instead.

          • willbest

            How do you share ideals or principles without acting in the same manner?

          • Sactowns#1

            Easily, by respecting others ability to act differently. America was never built off of a monoculture, in fact it has always operated in defiance of such.

          • willbest

            But you don’t respect others who act different from you. So does that mean you aren’t American?

            There is your problem with proposition nations. Everybody has to believe in the same proposition, and if they don’t well that needs to be addressed in some manner.

            And I think if you bother to study American history you would realize that things have changed in form and structure. The country has gone through several phases of being highly intolerant to diversity. Your dismay at what is going on right now has happened before.

          • Cubsnlinux

            I think Mike Glennon has united a lot of people from different backgrounds, races and cultures very quickly and faster than a lot of other things

          • willbest

            If you are a Bears fan. I bet if you polled Packers fans on who should be the Bears starting QB this weekend you would get a different answer.

          • Irish Sweetness

            How has it changed? The constitution – not that anyone pays any attention to it that’s in power – hasn’t changed much. And the income tax issue hasn’t changed at all.

          • willbest

            If you read the constitution, that is how it was set up. There were about 12 things the federal government did, and the states did everything else. The Civil War placed the states subservient to the Federal Government, and then the progressive discovered the Interstate commerce clause which somehow means that the federal government can dictate what you can and can’t grow on your own land for your own consumption because if you grow your own tomatoes rather than buy it from the grocery store it means the farmers in Wisconsin make less money.

            Basically, the country used to be about pushing government down to the smallest of the smallest branches, not just states, not just counties, but townships, municipalities, home owner associations, has managed to create a Hobbesian wetdream.

      • Cuck Cooper

        Don’t make the mistake of thinking people that protest either know what they’re doing and or don’t care. This could have been nothing more than a roll call excercise.

    • willbest

      I am not entirely sure what free speech rights you think the NFL should
      stand up for, since the NFL regulates the hell out of the speech of
      their employees.

      Kaep took them by surprise. See a lot of their employees believe in BLM, even though its toxic to its fanbase. If they would have fired/fined/suspended him and forced him to apologize it would have created a lot of disgruntled employees. They thought they could hide behind free speech, though that never passed the smell test since if they believed in free speech they wouldn’t be doing all the things they do to control their players (ie. fining Marshawn Lynch for declining to give press interviews).

      What you are seeing is a bunch of NFL owners running scared, trying to find some sort of compromise and protect the gravy train. But the damage has been done because now they created a situation where despite the fact players can’t pick out their own shoes because Nike demands product placement, the players can antagonize the people Nike is trying to pitch their product to. I am sure that a lot of advertisers have exercised quite a bit of speech to Goodell over the last year.

      To answer your question about the anthem, we do it because we are American. Its our culture. Its our heritage. Its what makes us, us. See what happens when you remove all these traditions or traits that an entire group of people participate in, they lose their common bond. Its not just the anthem. We like our flag everywhere. Other countries don’t do that.

      Its not out of a sense of insecurity. Its out of a sense of pride and kinship. We are about to play a game where somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose, but we are all Americans.

      Its actually rather important that we do this because unlike other countries where everybody has been there for 30 generations, most the people in the US have been here for 5 or less generations. We need customs to bind us together, because we all come from different places.

      • Sactowns#1

        This really doesn’t seem very complicated. The NFL took a punch of money from the US govt to broadcast military propaganda. They then started marching the players out on the field as props. The league never negotiated this part of the players labor so the players are free to do as they like. Lesson 1- Don’t broadcast propaganda and as consumers be aware of what youre consuming. Lesson 2- if you want unionized workers to do something you sure as hell better negotiate it into the contract.

        • Cuck Cooper

          You seem well informed Sac. Be careful, that’s classified as a weapon on mass destruction.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The military completely band-wagoned the NFL.

      • Sactowns#1

        Also, your sociological imperatives are laughable. no, we don’t need to recite silly words or sing bad songs or stand up for a piece of cloth in order to be unified. It is much better to be unified around ideals and concepts than tokens and words.

        • willbest

          If you are unified around ideals and concepts you will act the same as everybody else.

          • Sactowns#1

            So in the great American ideal of rugged individualism we should all act the same. Makes sense.

          • willbest

            For example, if I believed in your ideals. I wouldn’t use the word “thug” because in Sactown that means black person. So you get all huffy and puffy every time somebody around here uses the word.

            You aren’t tolerant of my individuality. So rugged individualism is not something you personally believe in.

          • SC Dave

            My experience with people of the progressive mindset biases me to categorize them as the group of people least tolerant of opinions differing from their own.

          • leftcoastdave

            If you are not progressive, you must be regressive, right? Liberal means good and tolerant, conservative bad and evil. It really is that simple when you think about it. Some people just want to keep what they got and progressives know better what to do with them and their money.

          • beninnorcal

            ‘and progressives know better what to do with them and their money’

            Count me in the ‘not a progressive’ camp as well. Jesus.

          • Sactowns#1

            I would contest that when you use the term “thug” we all get the coded meaning. I would also contest that when you promote such a thing it is not victimless. But this is a pretty tired tactic, that when people point out biases or intolerance in someone that persons first refuge is to play the victim card and act as though they themselves are now the victim of “intolerance”.

          • willbest

            Yes that is pretty standard retort from your kind

            “Well its obvious you are being racist, so I don’t have to be tolerant of you. Racism is bad mmmmkkay”

            Its amazing that pretty much every single thing that you disagree with falls into one of the many many exceptions to the General Rule of Tolerance. How luck you were to be born with such an exacting moral standard to fit Righteously into (present year) morality.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t get a coded meaning. “Thug” means “no-good dude” in my book/culture. There is no color implied.

      • Cubsnlinux

        “they wouldn’t be doing all the things they do to control their players (ie. fining Marshawn Lynch for declining to give press interviews”
        Isn’t that written pretty much in their contracts?

      • Cubsnlinux

        Yes, while we are at it let’s sing our anthem before kids birthday parties, school finals etc. because we are so drunk and fat that we need something to unite us all the time

      • Irish Sweetness

        The flag thing is silly. I don’t know what a flag represents, especially as Bill Hicks pointed out, when that flag is made for a buck in Korea and can be bought anywhere. Flags mean nothing.

        The anthem being used as a platform? Then protect it. You screw around at 8 in the morning, or 6 in the evening while the Thai national anthem is playing and see what happens.

        If you want to portray yourselves as the land of the free and all of that, you’ve got to let people do what the fuck they want when an anthem is being played … or go the fascist route.

        Pick one.

        • willbest

          Freedom isn’t free. It needs to be maintained. If you want to live in a free society, then you have to treat that society with respect. Just like a house. I could shit in my living room if I wanted to. But if I did that, my house would be uninhabitable in short order.

          In the US we have something called section 8 housing. Its where the tenant pays ~$80/mo and the government pays the other $800 or whatever. The problem with these tenants is they treat the place like its an $80/mo apartment, and the repair bills at the end of the lease can be staggering. Of course there is no collecting from the tenant in this situation.

    • BearDown100393

      I stand for the national anthem played every hour during the work week.

      Really I do.

      Every hour.

      • Cubsnlinux

        Very cute

    • Irish Sweetness

      Surely Donald knows you can’t terminate contracts for kneeling down.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • CanadaBear

      You see that occasionally in long-distance sports (running, cycling). You know it’s bad when …

      • Viva

        you shit yourself.

        • CanadaBear

          I’ve definitely had to donate a bandana or handkerchief a time or two when I’ve been out hiking/biking. Otherwise, I would have joined the club!

          • Viva

            Not gonna lie, I have plenty of sleeveless t-shirts.

            I hope hope the bandana and handkerchief were cotton.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh yeah. Always cotton.

  • Viva

    Aaron Rodgers…

    • Johnnywad

      DEAD!

      • Viva

        word!

    • King of DBB

      At some point Fangio needs to stop dropping Floyd into coverage and just allow him to run monster (stunt at will). He will need to be the wide side contain and on the 3rd down and >6 you bring McPhee in and use up one of the 5 snaps per game he can give you to crash the opposite side.

      • Viva

        Sooner or later I think he’ll drop back in coverage, and pick-six an errant screen or check-down. Keeping him unpredictable is ideal (I wonder how much Fangio trusts his guys to at-will anything)…

      • Cuck Cooper

        I’m hoping the point you speak of will take place this Thurs. As a matter of fact, I’m counting on it. Hee hee

    • BearDown100393

      lives with Clay Matthews.

  • King of DBB

    What happened to Demps?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      broke his arm.

  • CanadaBear
    • Cuck Cooper

      1st sign of an asshole? Yup, play the blame game. Next….. hee hee

    • willbest

      ah the honeymoon with Jay is over.

    • BearDown100393

      Send the Giraffe for picks. Dolphins and giraffes just make so much sense together.

      • Sahr Gborie

        No one in this life or the next will trade for the Giraffe

        • BearDown100393

          Heard that about Cutler also. One team’s garbage is another team’s ……

          • willbest

            cutler had the ideal situation. At least it would have been if he still had his cannon.

          • BearDown100393

            He’s waiting for Brandon….

          • willbest

            Has Brandon been kicked out of NY yet?

          • BearDown100393

            Not yet. But soon enough.

          • CanadaBear

            Hasn’t played in Buffalo yet! Would hate to leave them out of the NY convo.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Go get him!

          • Sahr Gborie

            who would commit career suicide by trading for Giraffe Neck?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I heard that from everyone on this blog, which is why releasing Cutler was insane.
            Could have had a nice pick off the Dolphins when that inevitable call came. We just threw it away, for absolutely no reason.

  • willbest

    Just a shout out to Big Mike, I loved reading your coach/player perspective in the comments today. I still don’t like that Trubisky isn’t starting, but at least I now understand a bit about Fox’s mindset.

    • Sahr Gborie

      I understand it but I still hate it.

      DeShaun Watson led his Houston Texans to Foxboro for a last second loss against Brady and the Patriots:

      301 passing yards, 66% completion, 2 passing tds, 2 interceptions

      41 rushing yards

      8 different receivers with at least one reception

      He needs to clean up the turnovers, but took the defending Super Bowl champions to the wire on the road.

      Maybe the Texans would have won if he’d just sat on the bench behind a game manager…

      • leftcoastdave

        The Texans are like the Bears how? The only thing which is relatively intact about the Bears from last year is the O line. The D 7 next in line. From there, a whole new secondary and one pass receiver who is the same – – – Zack Miller.

        Continuity matters. If you ain’t got it, you need to develop it starting with the basics. That would be ball control to keep the D off the field and developing the game you are seeing da Bears play.

        • SC Dave

          The lines are now, and have always been, the foundation of a football team. There has never been a championship football team that did not have good lines on both sides of the ball. Because you can’t beat another good team without them.

          • leftcoastdave

            And that has been the focus of the build. Added TEs, Joker and DBs. Building from the bottom up. Next will come more focus upon the receiving corp, but fix what matters most first. Pace has done a brilliant job.

          • SC Dave

            I agree that the strategy is exactly right. The picks, as always, are a crap-shoot.

            The biggest wild card of all is how the various players become a “culture” and brotherhood, Allegedly, that is what Fox was for.

      • SC Dave

        And Mike Glennon led his team to a last second loss over the team that would have beaten those mighty defending Super Bowl champs if not for the most bone-headed second half of coaching in NFL history.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And, I believe, Glennon hit 8 different receivers opening day.

          Unfortunately, he only seems to have regressed from opening day.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            51 yards passing through 3 quarters.

          • SC Dave

            Hey dude, are you psychotic? You rant about Glennon’s 300 yards vs Bucs being nothing, yet continue to cite this meaningless statistic in a game the Glennon-led Bears would have won with but a single professional-caliber football catch.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            it goes to prove my point. Overall games stats are deceptive. That opening game had people saying it Glennon was OK and in some cases good. But for 3 full quarters Glennon was absolute dog shit. Glennon has basically had 1 decent/good quarter in 3 games. But since our D and ST kept us in 2 games and our running game won us one of those 2, people are willing to give his extreme mediocrity and awful play a pass. I don’t get it.

            As far as the 300 yards vs TB, BigMike said no QB could throw for 300 yards with our WRs. Glennon did it, he was awful when he did it, just imagine the impact of even a slightly better QB would be on this team and Offense.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And that 2nd INT was the game-ending Hail Mary.

      • Sactowns#1

        Oh what should have been. But Pace is too busy trying to prove he’s smarter than everyone else.

    • WP4Life

      2nd this; BM thanks for your insight.

      2 and 2 Thursday night!

  • BearDown100393

    “He’s going to have all of his teeth and proceed through his life like a normal, growing boy.”

    Mitch is growing up really fast.

  • BerwynBomber

    Rodgers has been sacked a league-high 13 times. GB’s Oline is a mess. Top 3 OTs are out as is one of their guards. And though Montgomery is a solid football player he is not an everyday back.
    Their D looks like most of their Capers’ D’s w/out Woodson. They don’t create TOs and they’re a bit soft. Their best D player — Daniels is out — as is their best edge rusher (Perry). A couple of DB rookies (King, Jones) are getting major playing time. And they’re using a safety as their second ILB most downs. Their secondary can be torched (not that will matter much w/ Glennon).
    Rodgers, of course, is the great equalizer 80-90% of the time. But he looks a bit off early in the season.
    If Howard were a 100%, I’d think we’d have a good shot. But I don’t know if Cohen, Cunningham and Glennon will be enough.

    • BearDown100393

      Earlier Rodgers looked like a football player who does commercials.

      He is sort of morphing now into a commercial guy who does football.

      Let (d)evolution happen.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s not so long ago there were folk calling him the GOAT ….

    • willbest

      God help me, I think I am going to crown the Lions the team to beat in the NFCN when I make my predictions after this weekend’s games

      • BerwynBomber

        They look like the best team but Rodgers has fucked them out of a division title either the last three years or two of the last three years in a final H2H matchup.

        I’d go with DET too but …

        #NoteofCaution

      • BearDown100393

        Down goes Stafford. Down goes Stafford.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Too early to crown anybody.

        • willbest

          A couple of my friends make playoff brackets after week 4 and again after week 12. The ones after week 12 are worth half the points as the earlier bracket. Winner ends up with a bunch of alcohol.

          • SC Dave

            That’s funny.

      • Johnnywad

        Thought so too. But that touchdown/non-touchdown and the end of their last game, is so very Lions, and just the kind of thing that can put them into a skid.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Karma for the Tate TD they allowed against the Bears in Motown a couple seasons ago?

          • CanadaBear

            (Insert your own heritage here) I always say I have Irish Alzheimer’s, the only thing I can remember are my grudges.

          • Cuck Cooper

            Me? I’d rather laugh with the sinners and cry with the Saints”, I’m getting too old to hold grudges. I guess there must not be much Irish dna in the ole family tree.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s just a joke. I used to hang onto that shit but at some point you realize you’re sitting around with a case of the ass and the other person is out dancing without a care in the world.

          • Cuck Cooper

            I figured but you never know these days.

          • Johnnywad

            Hadn’t considered that, but now I’m going to cling to it. I want Karma to be be on our side of the ledger.

          • BerwynBomber

            Which was karma for the Megatron no-catch that allowed us to steal an opener a few years earlier?

          • AlbertInTucson

            What goes around, comes around.

        • AlbertInTucson

          How thin he edge is in the NFL.

          The Falcons could just as well be 1-2 instead of 3-0.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “…Olinis is a mess…’

      “..D looks like…”

      All true.

      But those shortcomings rarely seem to manifest themselves against the Bears.

      • SC Dave

        It’s what the rivalry is all about. There are times we beat them when we had no business doing so too.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And will we take advantage of that line, Ber?

      Or will Fangio sit back and let Rodgers have at us?

  • chitownproud85

    Reading the coaches comments about the last game and Glennon is just comical. Look, if they dont want to make the switch yet, fine. I’m not happy with it, but there it is. The thing that gets me is that they are saying things like “he did enough to win the game” and QBs are “judged by their wins and losses” and I can feel my brain oozing out my head and my eyes bleeding. He’s lost a hell of a lot more than hes won throughout his career, and there is no one on planet Earth that thought he passed the eyeball test Sunday, much-less the stat test. It was atrocious all the way around – there is nothing wrong with saying his play wasnt good enough and he needs to step it up. He is a grown man doing a job. Whats with the vehement defense and coddling?

    • leftcoastdave

      Uhm, he’s doing what they want him to do? Ball control win the time of possession? Play it safe?

    • SC Dave

      What is less understandable is the abject myopia of Glennon’s detractors. Stat lines are not helped when receivers drop five of six very well-thrown balls 15+ yards downfield.

      • willbest

        This is true, but every QB has to deal with drops. Barkley had like 9 drops in 1 game. The fact of the matter is that outside of Millar nobody on our team has demonstrated great hands over the years.

        • AlbertInTucson

          i don’t know how they drop anything with those gloves these days.

        • SC Dave

          Alshon was good. Earl Bennett dropped virtually nothing. Olsen had good hands. Forte was excellent.

          So not quite sure what you meant by “over the years”, but you must have meant guys *currently* on the roster. And in that case, you’re certainly right, although I’ll beg ignorance w.r.t. Sims.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        stat lines don’t give you a good idea of how good a QB is either. MG threw for 300+ yards against TB. That doesn’t mean he was good in that game. When you base your opinions on stats only, you are no better than the talking heads on FS1 and ESPN that seem to form their opinions without actually watching the games.

        • SC Dave

          I agree. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Decrying the lack of numbers is no more legitimate than extolling a surfeit thereof.

          Outside the fantasy world, that is.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And his comp % was already high enough. I want to see Mitch, don’t get me wrong, but Gummo is hardly shitting the bed. Kizer threw three picks this week. We won.

  • King of DBB

    The history of the anthem at sporting events.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/sep/25/short-history-national-anthem-and-sports/

    In essence, the Cubs started the thing to bring up attendance just as WW2 was kicking off, and it stuck. The Red Sox in Boston did it with a band and it became a thing.

    In ’68, two U.S. Olympic black athletes did a black power fist during the anthem and were kicked off the medal stand for doing it, although they kept the medals.

    It can easily just be removed from pro sports. It’s most egregious in hockey where they play Canada and the U.S. despite many players being from neither nation. Football and NASCAR should stop wrapping themselves in faux-Patriotism anyway, so just knock it off.

    • leftcoastdave

      Coulda’ swore it started under Nixon or Reagan.

    • Sactowns#1

      No shock there. Militarism and jingoism go hand in hand.

    • I think it cheapens it.

      Shouldn’t use patriotism as a recruiting ad.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    Joe Flacco out-Glennoned Glennon this week.

    28 yards passing, I believe.

    • Johnnywad

      Talk about a guy that hit his stride at JUST the right time. He’s banked a serious amount of cash for what really amounts to one really strong playoff run. Hasn’t done much since.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Back or neck issue in camp.

        Have to wonder how healthy is really is, too.

  • CanadaBear

    I was reading an article/comments on the Glennon was OK we won hooey from Fox and Friends. This was my favorite comment BY FAR; Mike Glennon has been horrible. He is a statue back there and stares down the receivers, any pass beyond the dump offs which is all they trust him with is an interception waiting to happen.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Deer in headlights”…?

      • CanadaBear

        “An interception waiting to happen” was my favorite part. Thursday night will be interesting.

    • SC Dave

      Did you watch the drops, Canada?

      • CanadaBear

        I know. That’s why I don’t get on him. I laugh about it some but that’s about it. The Bears have the worst WR’s in the league and I feel pretty comfortable saying that. I think Thursday night should be a good game if the Beloved don’t come out too flat. If the fudge go into that 3 up front and 8 back BS (where they insert a S for an ILB), the Bears will literally be running off the bus.

        Pleasantly surprised by ST’s (I was really coming around on POD until he shanked that last one and Barth has always been meh (at best)) when they kicked ass a couple of times. Special tip of the lid to McMannis. Let’s hope that was just a blip for POD and the Bears get a new kicker next year.

        • SC Dave

          POD has been so good the past dozen games or so I was very surprised that he chose that time to have a shit punt. But pressure can do that.

          I think we, as usual, understand each other. Trust me, I can see the things that make everyone shake their heads at Glennon. At times, he looks like a real klutz out there – like he couldn’t tie his own shoes.

          But as Jeff wrote, there are other instances where he shows he can make accurate, easy-to-catch throws downfield and the receivers just don’t get it. Worst I think was the one to Wheaton early Sunday, where the guy had a chance to make a big “in your face” play against his former teammate and failed. Then he dropped the other chance later.

          The reality is that Glennon has not shown any real reason to be considered as an NFL QB. But the apocalyptic descriptions of some Bears fans are, in a word, bizarre.

          • CanadaBear

            MT will get into a game when the coaches deem him ready. I still think it happens for the Monday nighter. I’d be thrilled if Glennon plays well on Thursday and they win, keeping MT on the bench. No doubt MT is getting into a game in the near future.

          • SC Dave

            It so depends on Thursday. If Glennon is actually instrumental in *winning* that game rather than just *not losing*, I would not expect to see MT before the bye.

            And even then, it depends on the record. Let’s be insanely optimistic, and say the Bears are 5-3 at the bye. Do you play MT?

          • CanadaBear

            Heck yeah. If they’re playing that well I wouldn’t expect a jail break against MT. Glennon would have to make some real improvement in the next 5 games to keep MT on the bench.

          • SC Dave

            Agreed. Only time will tell.

            I’m way too optimistic about Glennon, but I’d so much rather we had the problem of him playing too well to bench.

            And the funny part is the “given” that everyone seems to think about Trubisky. He is a rookie with little big-time experience, and that against only people not in the NFL.

          • leftcoastdave

            That’s like dreaming about trading him for a first.

            I’m happy with ball control, but have a sneaking suspicion we will see more targets Thursday including the unveiling of Shaheen.

          • SC Dave

            I would expect Loggains to have a couple of new wrinkles just for the Packers.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No better wrinkle than a QB who can get it downfield.

          • leftcoastdave

            Amen to all of that. But also consider the issue of how much time Glennon has had with the people he is expected to connect with on any given game day. His go to guy was Cam. The team was forcing him to get White into the game. Both gone. Wheaton missed serious time.

            What can you expect? And yes, there have been drops which may coincide with placement “same page” issues as well.

            I’m damn happy about Bellamy’s hand transplants so far. We’ll see how that develops. Meanwhile, a check down keeps the clock moving and the defense off the field a little longer.

          • Irish Sweetness

            So how has Ryan Pace escaped any scathing comments?

            We pay Glennon 18M a year, on the say-so of Ryan Pace. How does he get away with it? Jay knew the playbook. He’s better than Glennon. He was on the books.
            Pace chose Glennon.

            And if I hear “Glennon got us Mitchell” I’ll scream.

          • Johnnywad

            Because it makes not one bit of difference. Any QB starting for the Bears not named Mitch Trubisky is a bridge quarterback. Whether it’s $10M a year or $18 is not relevant. The length of time we’re stuck with said bridge guy is all that matters.

            Many have said for some time that this was going to be the year the Bears take a big step. The same people also said 2018 is a reasonable expectation for the Bears to be a somewhat legit contender. Whether the first handful of games were to be played by Glennon, or Hoyer, or Cutler, or Kaep, is of no consequence.

            Trubisky will get his seasoning this year and the roster will continue to improve. We may even see the Bears make things really interesting this year before it’s over.

            Next year. That’s the year. Your starting QB will be on his rookie deal, and Glennon’s money will be coming available. I’m still calling this a .500 team this year that nobody will want to play next year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Man, if Mitchell was starting, they wouldn’t want to play us this year.
            Our receivers would look a whole lot better with his accuracy.

          • Johnnywad

            So they’re just purposefully sabotaging the season?

        • Bender McLugh

          Top 10 ST!

        • leftcoastdave

          The Cowboys killed CP with a 3-2-6 dime package last night, all night long, but then da Bears held Zona to 40 yards on 19 carries in PS. Don’t think the Pack will be doing anything other than loading the box.
          Hotlanta got 5.2 ypc against them while even Cincy got 3.7.
          Caint wait. This will be fun.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hypothesis: You can kill any team with a bad OL using any formation.

          • leftcoastdave

            Yup.

            But what can da Bears OL do against the Pack? Atlanta got 5.2 ypc and Cincy 3.7. We’ve got better peeps in the trench and kicked butt on Atlanta who got 2.8 against us.

            Will be fun to see what we can cram down their throats.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I go into every game hoping Glennon will prove my opinion of him wrong, unfortunately through 3 games he has not even come close. But I still hope he has a good game Thursday night. With that said, I am going to try my best not to comment negatively about him again until the in-game thread.

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    • leftcoastdave

      Will that be before or after the coin toss?

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    • SC Dave

      It made a shitload of money, and that’s all that matters.

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  • King of DBB
  • BuddhaJoe

    If the Giraffe can throw just a couple downfield and not turn the ball over we’ve got a good chance. I’m afraid though that no matter how bad the Giraffe plays they’ll keep him the starter if they win. Which of course I hope they do, fuck the Packers.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Andrew Dannehy

    @ChiBearsAD

    Would the #Bears be better off with Tebow than Glennon?
    7:45 AM – Sep 25, 2017

    > Why Tebow? He’s not even on the team, or in football….

    • willbest

      So he is available

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ta- daaaa!

      • leftcoastdave

        Talk softly and carry a big stick?

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