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Bears Win One of the Strangest Games Ever Played & a Championship Defense Emerged

| October 23rd, 2017

Here’s how Roger Ebert opened his review of Joe Versus the Volcano, the brilliantly odd 1990 film from John Shanley:

Gradually during the opening scenes of “Joe Versus the Volcano,” my heart began to quicken, until finally I realized a wondrous thing: I had not seen this movie before. Most movies, I have seen before. Most movies, you have seen before. Most movies are constructed out of bits and pieces of other movies, like little engines built from cinematic Erector sets. But not “Joe Versus the Volcano.”

I have never seen a football game like Sunday’s Bears/Panthers tilt. Never. Think about what took place.

  • The Bears attempted 7 passes, completing 4 and only 1 to a wide receiver. And won by 2 touchdowns.
  • The Bears averaged 3.1 yards per carry, with a long of 11 yards. And won by 2 touchdowns.
  • The Bears ran 19 plays in the second half (sans kneel downs) for a grand total of 28 yards. And won by 2 touchdowns.
  • The Bears were outgained in total yardage 293 to 153. And won by 2 touchdowns.
  • The Bears had the football for 17 minutes less than the Panthers. And won by 2 touchdowns.
  • The Bears got 15 less first downs than the Panthers. 15! And won by 2 touchdowns.

You could live to be a thousand years old and never see a game like this again. The iconic “They Are Who We Thought They Were” game from 2006 was not this lopsided statistically. Oddly enough, Trubisky’s four completions were matched that night by Rex Grossman’s four interceptions.


Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers was defined by one moment, one play. After Trubisky’s lunge for the end zone was deemed short, John Fox faced fourth-and-a-foot with about a minute remaining in the first half. If the Bears went and scored, they’d lead 21-3 and receive the ball to start the second half. If they went and failed, chances are the Panthers would have run the ball three times, forcing Chicago to burn their timeouts, but still giving the ball back to the Bears with enough time to score.

There was almost no reason NOT to go. John Fox did NOT hesitate. Field goal. 17-3.

While it’s easy to criticize the call as overly conservative – and Twitter unanimously did so – one has to understand the logic at play here. Fox did not believe the Panthers could score two touchdowns on his defense Sunday. And guess what? He was right.

Danny Trevathan has assumed the leadership void in the middle. (Can’t help but think his suspension for the Vikings game cost the Bears a win.) Akiem Hicks continued to put himself in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard Floyd made Cam Newton uncomfortable all afternoon. Christian Jones played his best game as a Chicago Bear. Pernell McPhee played like it was 2015.

But the front seven was expected to be good. It is the secondary that’s been downright shocking. Suddenly, Kyle Fuller is playing at an All-Pro level. Not Pro Bowl. All-Pro. He’s been one of the three best corners in the league. Since Quintin Demps left the starting lineup, Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos have turned into the modern era’s Mike Brown and Tony Parrish, with Jackson making two plays Sunday the Bears simply have not made under John Fox until these last few weeks. Amukamara, Cooper and Callahan have all contributed.

When Ryan Pace and John Fox took over the Chicago Bears in 2015, they inherited the worst collection of defensive talent in the history of the franchise. In 2017, they have the league’s best young defense. Not a single cornerstone talent on this unit is 30 years old.

Yesterday the Bears won one of the strangest games in the history of the NFL. And a championship defense emerged.

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  • chitownproud85

    FIRST! on the second of CONSECUTIVE VICTORY MONDAYSSSSSSSSSSS

    • Irish Sweetness

      NOLA next week. What do we think?

      • Malice Halice

        Should be another amazing bout for da D. We’ll win under another strange set of circumstances I believe.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They have to open up the playbook on Brees methinks. They can’t pull another Carolina and expect to get away with that. I think they go the other way and he ends up with 25 passes. To beat Brees it’ll have to be like that.

          Kendall didn’t have a catch. Miller needs about 10 catches for us to win?
          And what happened to screens to Tarik? One play he had yesterday!

          • Wright only played 8 snaps yesterday. They only play him in 3 WR sets, which are always passes with this predictable offense.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wow. Our best remaining receiver sees 8 snaps. It’s like Ted Thompson is our HC.

      • SC Dave

        3 in a row

      • chitownproud85

        Not going to be easy. The Aints have rolled off four straight, and are returning home to the dome. The defense is in clear ascent but the offense will need points, and I’m just not sure they are there(even if the Aints defense is probably not on the same level as a few we’ve seen recently). Three in a row, including 2 on the road, is a tall ask. Its not surprising we have started at 8 point underdogs. Logic says it aint happening…but thats why they play the games. BEAR DOWN

      • DaCoaches Mustache

        They’ll be able to run on the Taints. and run they will….

      • Joecashflow

        I’ll be there. Nothing like a weekend in French Quarter and football on Sunday. I was hoping when I booked it, the first day the schedule came out, that it might turn out to be a meaningful game, little did I know. What do I think? Da Bears win a close one on a bomb to Gentry !

  • Irish Sweetness

    You agree with Fox’ decision, Jeff?

    You are inches away from the goal line. If you run, and fail to get it in on 4th … the Panthers are up against their own endzone with an excellent chance for a safety. Instead, what happened was we took the pussy three points and admitted we couldn’t move the ball four inches … .and Carolina moved down the field after we kicked it to them.

    Can’t justify his decision because we won. It was a spineless, ball-less boneheaded decision.

    • Malice Halice

      Agreed, Fox keeps giving me the impression of being the turtle in da race yet he has more than enough reason to be the hare. The game was strange enough for me to watch twice n i still don’t understand how the stat n scoreboard r antagonist. Much credit to da rook Eddie n da stud Floyd tho. DILLY DILLY

      • Irish Sweetness

        So much to look forward to on defense. Fuller is obviously a baller – but seeing him jawing with Cam was just great. CJ is filling in nicely. The safeties have 3 TDs in 2 weeks, enuff said. Prince is nicely quiet. D-Line is balling. Floyd is a legend.

        But what I take from the game is 7 passes attempted, and 4 completed. Fangio’s players will save his job for him, but WTF are Loggains/Fox thinking offensively? They’re making it harder on the kid, not easier. He’s going into situations passing it when the whole stadium knows he has to. That’s just dumb football that cannot be explained away logically.

        • They’re thinking they don’t want the offense to lose the game by turning the ball over and handing CAR points. I don’t like it, but I can somewhat understand that logic.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Surely if you keep running it into a stacked line, the chances of a fumble increase dramatically? Mitch looks after the ball. And why would they be afraid of Mitch turning it over? He hasn’t shown them anything to suggest he would.

            I have no problem with a run-heavy offense, but you can’t tip your hand like that to a defense. We are not run-heavy .. .we’re run-only.

            And then you’re on the goal-line … and don’t run it? We can’t even stay true to the run-heavy philosophy we set out for ourselves.

        • Malice Halice

          Thankyou. Our guys r SAVING fangio.

          • Malice Halice

            Our D is still badass tho!

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Those players “saving Fangio” have basically shut out an opponent’s Offense despite their own offense not being able to do jack, and having a TOP difference of 17 minutes in the wrong direction. FYI, Fangio has something to do with that.

          • SC Dave

            This Fangio bashing is comical, and should provide you with all the evidence you need regarding the football acumen of the complainers.

          • Malice Halice

            I’m NOT bashing Vic. I jus want u guys to be more real about the situation. Same guy allowed a score on da first possession. We have great players! Our coaching can’t exfoliate their talents. Fangio ain’t bad but as of late y’all tryin to make him look great cuz Eddie Jackson Amos, Hicks n Floyd r doing great at making plays now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I am bashing Fangio, and will continue to do so until he fucking blitzes on 3rd and Long, or at least pretends he wants to create pressure.

            I think Danny T is blitzing on his own, not necessarily by Fangio design. Good players do that.

          • SC Dave

            The Bears sacked Newton five times yesterday, and had pressure on him all game.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Bears are top 10 in Sacks, it’s simply awful.

          • Irish Sweetness

            What does top 10 in sacks have to do with overall application of pressure on say 3rd and long. Being top ten means you’re 10th BTW. Bottom two thirds of the league. Are you happy with 10th? Why not be 1st? This is a very low-expectation blog.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No they didn’t have pressure on him all game Dave, I was watching. I don’t sit there with a pen and pad, but on 3rd and 19 for example, they let Cam stand in there and sure enough he hits McCaffrey for the first down. Do you now understand what I’m getting at? The play was over if you had sent 5.

          • Scharfinator

            So based purely on conjecture, he isn’t blitzing enough because when there are blitzes, he didn’t do it.

            Well shit, I think that we need to keep the D rubbing unicorn dicks before the game, because they’re playing magically. If we’re basing things on conjecture, that is.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s entirely possible if one player is blitzing. For example, a LB might have a key that he sees, and carrying out his task in whatever play is called he can see will be of no advantage.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            So you are saying that a LB is blitzing on his own, leaving his assignments just to get pressure, therefore possibly allowing wide open spaces in the defense, and possibly allowing big plays to happen.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yes. It can happen. All the best players do it, that’s why they’re the best players.

            Jim McMahon changed calls all the time. He was a winner. You think Lawrence Taylor never had passing coverage responsibilities?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            McMahon was the QB so when he changed a call he told the entire offense. You really think Bill Parcells would be happy with any of his players on his Defense going rogue, leaving gaps. Good players don’t leave their teammates hanging out to dry because they decide they don’t have to cover their assignments.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Football acumen.

            I am watching NFL Network. More token tits for some reason. They played the clips of Eddie Jackson and Danny T doing their thing.

            Cut back to the studio. Straightaway the chick says “Good Fangio”. Now I don’t even know what that means, but they all nodded. So it speaks to THEIR football acumen that they see great INDIVIDUAL plays … and immediately credit that to the DC. Incredible.

            If I drive a ball 300 yards and it goes into the hole, what has that got to do with the guy that showed me how to swing a club? In fact no, what has it got to do with the guy that drove me to the course?

          • Scharfinator

            Your analogy would be better if you were comparing a caddy to a coach as they consult real time with the golfers – just like coaches.

            Good caddies enhance good golfers.

          • Scharfinator

            I’m just waiting for someone to say it’s not Fangio, it is the players, then say that Pace (the guy getting all of said players) SUCKS at his job…

          • SC Dave

            I’m sure it has already happened, and more than once.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Pace does suck at his job. Absolutely awful. Worst than Angelo and Emery combined. I can’t believe he still has his job.

          • Scharfinator

            Does Fangio suck tho? Just waiting for someone to say the D players are making all the plays, but it isn’t their coaching, nor the fact that they’re on the team…

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Irish and Malice have already said that it is all the players and Fangio has nothing to do with it.

          • Scharfinator

            Who Pace signed?

            I must admit, I’m confused. Are you fucking with me? 😛

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            now I am confused. Irish and Malice are contending that Fangio should not get any credit for the D, because it is the players making him look good. You said you were then waiting for someone to say Pace sucks. I jokingly obliged your request.

          • Scharfinator

            Thanks! I struggle with tone over the internet.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not really. He can stay as long as he lets the defense apply pressure more often.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            last thread you stated “Specifically – where has Fangio been smart? We won that game yesterday because of Eddie Jackson, Fuller etc. NOTHING about it was strategic”

            How does that not imply that Fangio has nothing to do with the D’s performance?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Really? Jerry Angelo? Sarcasm font?

            He overdid the draft thing all right. I had us sitting pretty and taking Watson, but both would have been there apparently. Shaheen was a reach and not even a need. He’s left us thin at tackle, but I like this defense (players).

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            yes that was sarcasm.

          • Jeffrey B Rosenstein

            Pace is brilliant. The best GM since Jim Finks. Only a moron would pick a moniker like you did though.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Oh no, another person does not like my name and avatar. What ever shall I do?

          • CanadaBear

            I realize sarcasm can be difficult discern on the internet but some people take that to a new level.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            That’s been done. Right here. This season.

          • Malice Halice

            I beg to differ on that last statement. Those guys r clicking now. Fangio is just the manager reaping rewards for his crew hard work as he play princess point a finger. Nothing wrong with but y’all hyping Vic a weebit too much. Give that credit to the guys bro

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just like in San Francisco. He gets the credit, not the players. Buddy got too much credit too. He had HOFers and studs everywhere. He had no answer for the league’s quickest release in Marino except to do the only thing he knew how.

            In Philosophy, Fangio is the diametric opposite of Buddy. We need a DC that is more balanced. Fangio had the league’s most docile defense last season – nothing to do with players – it was the least pressure offered up in the league. officially.
            We run it more often than anyone, and we offer the least pressure (over Fangios’s tenure).

            The middle way in all things.

          • Malice Halice

            Pullin da Buddy card now? Low blow man. Haha, I understand what u saying tho

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            You are worse than Marty McFly. Always trying to get back to 1985. 30+ years ago, time to move on and let it go.

          • Irish Sweetness

            WTF is wrong with wanting a stellar defense offense and a Lombardi?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Coaching? Maybe. Philosophy/identity? Weak. Strategically … he’s weak.
            Nitpicking? Not really. A bit more pressure at the correct times and maybe there were 4 shutouts on Sunday.

            Fangio is not the man you want as DC in order to win a SB. That’s all I care about.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re right. The players coach themselves. They’ve all come to the same conclusion you have that Fangio is without nuggets and they have to take over. Or not.

      • SC Dave

        The tortoise won

        • Malice Halice

          True, but what I’m saying is he is not goin full throttle when he got da juice to. Even Sweetness da God himself said “I can only take so much “ we need our Wr Corp more involved. Unless we saving all da gas for Nola?

    • Scharfinator

      Yeah, with you on this one Irish.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Of course I don’t. I just made the argument above that the decision to go is a no brainer. But Fox didn’t even consider it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ah, okay. You did say he was right though.

        I’m actually worried about Fox. Early onset? He looks grizzly, he’s not making good decisions generally.

        • Malice Halice

          Wanna look tough for the games!

    • SC Dave

      I see no reason to give Carplina momentum by failing to score at the end of the half.

      To say nithing of the fact that the offense was at least not SHUT OUT for the fucking game.

      Lovely confidence builder for our rookie QB, that would be, eh?

      • chitownproud85

        I agree with this. At that particular moment, the thought of getting nothing out of a game in which our offense was basically sputtering and our defense was a force of the old ones, the “3” put us a lot closer to a W than we were previously. Thats just where our football team is right now. Conservative, yes, but I dont know how this team, which cannot score, can make a decision to throw away ANY points, regardless of how conservative it might appear. Just me though.

        • Malice Halice

          If we failed. Cam would’ve been on the 1 against Leornard Floyd (if Vic allows)!

          • SC Dave

            You entirely missed the point.

          • Malice Halice

            As usual. But momentum wouldn’t have switched cuz our D would’ve gotten a safety

          • Irish Sweetness

            So this. A safety … possible TD .. .AND you get the ball back.

          • Malice Halice

            Yes sir.

        • SC Dave

          I was going to write about how we simply cannot pass on ANY points when the offense is that bad, but you already did.

          • chitownproud85

            I was literally staring at the TV mumbling out loud “just take the points, just take the points”. This team has turned me into a broken and battered human being 😛

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s a fair point Dave.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We were 14 points ahead. We could have been 21 with the TD. Then the game is officially over.

          • Malice Halice

            Where’s Shaheen? I’m starting to get worried about his progress. I thought he was our bonafide red zone target.

          • SC Dave

            I’m not sure that Mitch can see more than two receivers on a given play. His processing looks slow.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If you’re reading half the field how do you see more than two receivers?

            Miller is there. Who gives a fuck about Shaheen? A rookie? Miller has the you know what in the NFL. We threw the ball 7 times, how many looks is a 3rd string TE going to get. Why should he get any?

          • Scharfinator

            Trips formation, for one….

          • Irish Sweetness

            I defer to you on that, sir.

          • Malice Halice

            Good point.

          • SC Dave

            It was 14-3, which I calculate as 11 points.

          • Irish Sweetness

            So we were 11 points ahead and could have been 18 – even better.

    • BearDown100393

      In a perfect scenario, Mitch gets the chance on 4th down and finds a way to make the score. I wanted Fox to go for it. So of course, he did not. I’m watching the game on television. Fox is on the sideline with the headset. And the Bears won.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Repost for Woodsy:

    Seven passes attempted. Is that an NFL record?

    Look at this: https://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/pass-attempts-per-game

    BTW – Deonte Thompson had 107 yards on 4 catches for Buffalo and is now their De Facto #1 WR.

    • This is Thompson’s 6th year in the NFL and he’s never even gotten to 250 yards in a season. I’m fine with losing him. He won’t keep putting up numbers.

    • BearDown100393

      He had been in Chicago long enough and was not showing much. Good for him to have a nice game elsewhere but I am hard pressed to really criticize Pace. The Bears need at least 2 bona fide big time receivers to complement Trubisky. Thompson was never going to be either.

  • How this for a bizarre stat: Bears TEs + FBs totaled 84 snaps yesterday (on 38 plays, averaging 2.2 per play). WRs totaled only 64 (1.7 per play).

    • Malice Halice

      Sheesh! Smoke n mirrors so Nola has no clue how to stop us besides the run. We will unleash da 3 rookies this game.

  • Malice Halice

    Another thing. Pretty damn awesome to win 2 in a row n MOST at home! Glad to see the fans stay the entire game for once.

    • SC Dave

      Someone posted during the game that *excitement* at Soldier Field was long overdue. No truer statement…

    • Irish Sweetness

      We hadn’t won two back to back games anywhere since 2015!

      • Malice Halice

        The crap bears fans gotta go thru. Jesus.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Monday morning brings the realizations of what has happened the previous day.

    We’re going to kick the #$#% out of the Packers in two weeks. I just wish it was at Lambeau.

    • BearDown100393

      It has been a long time coming.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Waaaay too long.

    • CanadaBear

      Three weeks. There’s a bye.

  • BearDown100393

    Hard to berate anyone associated with this team on a 2 game winning streak. Wins are wins in the NFL. No style points. Plenty of time to blame and exile bucket helmeted coaches backward riding on donkeys out of town when the Bears lost.

    Let’s just enjoy this bit of success for once.

    • Malice Halice

      DILLY DILLY!

  • Cuck Cooper

    Yesterday’s game made about as much sense to me as Einstein’s theory of relativity. And people say miracles aren’t possible? Hee hee

    I likery!

  • SC Dave

    Fox:

    “When you look at it and you think you got the ball on the one-yard line, and you do something on 1st down and it didn’t work, you do something on 2nd down and it didn’t work, you do something on 3rd down and it didn’t work… what on Earth makes you think something good is going to happen on 4th down? I’ll just make it simple for you.”

    Exactly.

    • BearDown100393

      Because sometimes you have to demonstrate faith in your players getting the job done. That goes both ways. Assume the best that Mitch and the offense get the ball in the end zone. What does that do for confidence? Assume the worst now. The defense has Newton pretty much on his own goal line and just maybe causes a turn over for more points. What does that do for confidence? I think these Bears are in dire need of the huge play. Now they won. Full credit all around. Not burning anyone at the stake over this decision. Because they won. But would I like to have watched something else transpire? Absolutely. Does that make me any more right? No.

      • Irish Sweetness

        You’re announcing as a team that you have no stones. You say you’re a running team … and then you run away.

        • SC Dave

          No, you’re announcing as a team that you have brains.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            as anemic as our offense was, I would much rather be up 14 points than 11 if we failed to convert the TD.

        • Big Mike

          They ran it three times. Bears need wins. They needed points.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          You seem to be interested in the Bears showing their testicles far too often.

      • SC Dave

        Fair enough. But I’m fine with taking the points – the offense got five first downs. Five.

      • Cuck Cooper

        What Fox was saying is he tried letting them prove it on the 1st 3 downs. This is why the Bears have a FG kicker. I’m not being cute, just pragmatic. Net net, the Bears won a game that most felt they wouldn’t.

    • CanadaBear

      I was disappointed they kicked the FG but I laughed when I saw Foxy say that.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Crazy as it sounds, Trubisky took some smart sacks yesterday. Could have made some dangerous throws when pocket collapsed & he didn’t.

    > This is why I hope they trust him more next week. Even in his first game in PS, EVERY throw was safely directed, even the throw where he tried to hit Deonte with 4 DBs converging on him. It was a ground ball that nobody but the receiver could catch. All of his passes were like that, even the incomplete ones.

    But the times where he could see the pressure around him yesterday, he accepted it, covered up, and went down.

    • SC Dave

      Maybe *one* of those guys is on a practice squad – preseason against people not in the league says next to nothing. Mitch still is adapting to the speed of the NFL.

      Mitch knows, even though so many overly enamored of his current play don’t.

      I like Mitch, I really do. I see what he is, but that is not important. What IS important is Mitchell Trubisky sees what he is. And so his path to better is in sight.

      Examples:

      Sycophant reporter: “… how disappointing was it when they took away your touchdown.”
      MT: “Disappointing, obviously. But I didn’t get in, so it is what it is.”

      [emphasis mine]

      Reporter (Joniak, I think): “Big pass to Tarik late… what did you see there.”
      MT: “…. if I could of led him a little more, he could have walked into the end zone.”

      • bigrobstunner

        Great points…. Need to see these changes translate to the field.

        • SC Dave

          Exactly. And I remain hopeful they will appear when it matters. But I’m going to be patient.

          Although I must confess, I think I’ve heard a Bears QB say “I have to play better” at a press conference far more than I should have.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    Presuming the Defense is the one we’ve seen the last two weeks, and not the one we saw against the Packers or Bucs, prepare yourselves to see Fox do exactly what he did yesterday. Take the points.

    He’s going to be so conservative it will hurt. Take the points. I get it. Run the ball. I get it. Win the games because that’s all that matters. I’ve seen enough of Fox to know that he’s not the guy. But his philosophy isn’t wrong.

    Mtich looks awfully damn green albeit talented and super athletic. And the Bears are 2-1 with him at the controls just trying not to screw up. He’s also made a few plays in big moments that we haven’t seen a Bears QB make of late. It’s not what we wanted things to look like, but it’s working.

    Anybody offering me 3-4 back in August would have taken my money.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We will not see Amos and Eddie do that every week though. And what then?

      People are blinded by Carolina’s 3 points. Carolina put up over 300 yards and 20 first downs on us. And we shut them down?? With 20 FDs??

      Take out our safety play and we’re not that amazing.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        You can’t take out the safety play. It happened.

        Just like you can’t remove the one long run, or the huge pass play, or the handful of sacks that occur in any given game. Games are won and lost on big plays, not averages.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s true.

      • Bender McLugh

        just absolutely wrong, Irish. DL didn’t do squat? please.

        • SC Dave

          I think his weed is too strong.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I am jealous. he should share.

          • CanadaBear

            If you want to come for a visit …

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            lol, I got weed that will knock me on my ass, but it does not make me hallucinate.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, I might have to bypass the dispensary to get hallucigens.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m all out.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I never said that.

      • Big Mike

        They ran so many plays.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        They had the ball for damn near 40 minutes. 300 yards is nothing when your team has the ball for 2/3 of the game. If our O did anything and had any type of sustained drive you could probably knock 100 yards off their totals.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Scoring two defensive touchdowns from deep in your own territory in the first half dramatically skews every stat and in game decision making.

          Those two turnovers may well have wiped two clock eating, ground pounding scoring drives by the Bears offense. Or not. We’ll never know. But that would have essentially leveled out the TOP etc.

          Fuck the stats. The eyeball test told me all I need to know.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            nothing what the Bears did on O yesterday lead me to believe they could ground out a sustained drive. But you are right the 2 TDs from the D changed everything, Fox went ultra ultra ultra conservative.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            I feel the same. But game situation obviously drove everything.

            Sooner rather than later, likely next weekend, we’re going to see what Fox does when the Bears HAVE to score on offense. The Saints won’t be held to a field goal.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Agree, I honestly have a feeling that we will be down by 14 by halftime. Great Defenses over the years could not contain Brees and the Saints, so I think we are going to have problems. We are going to have to really open up the O.

          • SC Dave

            Or just block better and open it up a little.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And the one guaranteed way to piss Brees off and make him have a bad day is ….

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s a point – Fox never intended to pass it 7 times .. but when he got 2 def TDs …. he said fuckit … safe cards only.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We had the ball for 40 mins?? It’s hard to tell with ads and stoppages and heroin breaks …

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            the other way around. CAR had the ball for 40 mins. and damn those heroin breaks

  • Irish Sweetness

    We always thought we’d get pantsed before the bye. Let’s say the Saints are too much for us.

    After the bye it only looks like the Eagles that could pose real problems:

    Packers – W
    Lions – W
    Eagles – L
    49ers – W
    Bengals – W
    Lions – W
    Browns – W
    Vikings – w

    It’s safe to make season predictions now. IFF they let Mr. Biscuit out of his tin …. 10 wins. Playoffs.

    And if you’re in the playoffs ….

    • SC Dave

      I overly optimistically called for a 10-6 record before the season started. But there is a long way to go, and as Lovie used to say, “it’s hard to win games in the NFL”.

      Although I really thought we’d beat Atlanta, and lose to Pittsburgh. A win next week and I think we’re in a much better position than most expected.

      There were more than one calling for 0-8 at the bye.

      • Big Mike

        I thought this was a 7-9 win team all along. That’s an easy bet thought. I think more than 1/2 the league has 7-9 wins.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Surely it takes time for a team to look like who they are Mike? I think we can guess now. The start of the season is just a lottery guess.

          • Big Mike

            Of course it’s a guess. The whole off-season is a guess. But you add up the pieces and make a guess anyhow. That’s 1/2 the fun. Things I was right about, Amos, Trevathan, Jackson, Floyd, Goldman, Howard. Things I was wrong about Fuller, Glennon, Shaheen, Whitehair, O’Donnel.

      • leftcoastdave

        And I have been saying the floor is 9-7 because of the strength in the trenches.

        The game plan is situational. Don’t need to take risk, then don’t. Mitchell is learning every play, every day. Next week, like this week, will be a big test.

        • Malice Halice

          Vikings were about ball safety. But this saints game I feel is about making big plays to score. Mitchell will let it reign I’m sure.

          • leftcoastdave

            If that is what is needed, I’m sure that is what will happen.

    • BerwynBomber

      I wouldn’t automatically pencil in DET, MIN and CIN as wins. But we will be favored against GB, SF and CLE.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I think we get CIN.

        Detroit sure is Jekyll and Hyde. They looked to be pretty solid to start the season but have shit the bed a couple times too. So who knows.

        MIN? I don’t know. How good is Keenum? I think with time to prepare for him the Bears D will look better than it did for that half of football when he replaced Bradford. I’m guessing that one’s a dogfight that could go either way too.

        I do, at a minimum, feel like the Bears have a chance to win those games. I’ll take that improvement. Feels good to be interested again.

        • Cuck Cooper

          Why Butch… once more your sound logic is amazing. I approve of your message.

          • Irish Sweetness

            BUTCH??????

          • CanadaBear

            You’re responding to JohnnyWad.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Sorry Trac. It’s me, Wad. I changed my handle in honor of Trubisky’s start.

            The guy that works the register at my favorite convenience store is a Bears fan and knows I’m one. So we always chat it up. He was already bitching about Trubisky before he even played a game. Kept referring to him as “Dis Guy Trublinsky”. I still don’t know if he’s doing it on purpose or if that’s what he thinks his name is. Either way, it makes me laugh every time. So I stole it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          DET/CIN are 26 and 28th in average rushing offense per play (we are joint 6th on 4.2 YPC).

          DET/CIN are 27th and 14th in average passing per play (we are 25th).

          So we can stop their run game, and if we do that and they have to pass it … we have the Blues Brothers at Safety!!

      • Irish Sweetness

        We’ll decimate DET and CIN’s offenses … decimate them …… IFF ….

    • Big Mike

      Offense is still not very good. A nice scenario to hope for Irish. Hard to judge Trubisky. He over threw one ball badly, ate the ball 4 times. Our offense in the second half was as bad as our defense was good.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I built in the proviso that it’s only IFF Mitchell is oallowed to become a QB and pass the rock 20+ times. Certainly more than 15. IF we do that and don’t get more injuries on D .. .we could do 10-6.

    • Malice Halice

      4sho! To be honest I think we can WIN em all. Our D can contain ALL dem teams to a field goal, 10pts at most. Vikings D is the only matchup I see that can pose a threat n da eagles cuz they at home. We’re taking the division as well.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        seriously what kind of weed do you guys have? Or are you guys mixing in some other psychedelics?

        • Malice Halice

          I’m sober now cuz I’m at work on da shitter. Our poor O is all smoke n mirrors. Mitchell hasn’t been challenged yet. Our D n run game is enough. Quite bland yeah but nobody can stop us n those that have, their own O has been shutdown by us, the 1st 2 losses was giveaways by Gomer.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Which teams will beat us, Penis? You throw shade on opinions but then don’t counter.

          Thinking up records at the start of the season is silly without having seen the squad develop some. Now we kind of know who we have.

          What’s our season record this year?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            besides the 49ers and Browns, any one of those teams could beat us.

      • Bear Instincts

        Too much pressure on the D and it will crumble. We need to realistic. The D looks like a legit top5 but O needs to start pulling its weight to help them stay healthy.

  • Scharfinator

    Well boys, we’ve matched our win total for last season and we aren’t quite halfway through.

    Improvement is nice.

    • SC Dave

      It would be good, however, to run more than 38 offensive plays next game.

    • CanadaBear

      Fox even joked about it yesterday.

    • Cuck Cooper

      Gasp! You mean the season is 7 games in and it’s not over yet? I’m sniffing playoffs my man. Hee hee

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    So last night, I got bored and went up to the local bar, for a drink. The bartender, who is a friend of mine, suggested that I go play a particular slot machine. Since those machines have become legal I think I have only put $20 into one. It’s was very uncommon that my friend would even suggest this so I asked why. Turns out an older couple had just dropped $5000+ into it and did not cash out, so odds were it would pay out. So I put $20 into it and cashed out 15 minutes later with $635. All in all a good night. Tipped the bartender $100.

    • Malice Halice

      Dilly dilly! I bought something from China n my card was gettin declined all day yesterday Wells Fargo didn’t even call or nothing. Just declined my purchases. My fault as usual tho I should’ve called ahead n told em about the foreign purchase

      • Irish Sweetness

        Wow. Every time I use my Irish bank card here in Thailand they block my card afterwards. Then they’ll phone me form Ireland and tell me my card was used in Thailand, and I tell them I live here, that’s not unusual. Every. Time.

    • CanadaBear

      Good call tipping him a C-Note! I’m guessing it had more to pay out but getting greedy is a killer.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        It was late and around closing time. So I did not have a lot of time to play.

  • The Bears are 3-4 with one win that didn’t come in OT and people are talking winning out? Man, that’s some optimism.

    Their offense has yet to have a single good game this year. Let’s see that start to happen before we talk about winning a bunch of games. I still think this feels like a .500 team. Another strong offseason and the window opens in 2018 (as I predicted in the offseason).

    • Bear Instincts

      MT10 has give the fans hope and the defense is looking legit. Cant fault some people for going a bit overboard

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Do you blame them for being that optimistic? We completed 4 passes yesterday and won by 14 points. Just imagine what could happen if we complete 8 or even 12 passes.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Here we agree, Penis. More passes, and pass-rushes .. .is clearly the road to success. Dominant success.

        Think of a great SB defense that was known for ….. its conservatism?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Bears vs Colts SB. Both teams were very conservative Tampa 2 Ds. neither blitzed like you want.

    • leftcoastdave

      Dude, its the trenches. It’s the D7 which has now made the db’s look great. It’s a top 5 in the league DDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!! And a top 10 O line.

      IT’S THE TRENCHES.

      That is where it all begins.

      • SC Dave

        Except that our Oline was owned all game against the Panthers. The Panthers dline dominated the Bears oline.

        • leftcoastdave

          I think that was more of a loaded box, no?
          The penetration on several plays was problematic.

        • leftcoastdave

          Julius Peppers in particular both penetrated (Mitchell’s near TD) and crashed down behind plays where POA was stacked. But that was JP.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Particularly you-know-where. The blog is most silent on our tackles.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The trenches is where it begins, correct. But ….

        1. Danny T’s interception had nothing to do with the D-line. He read Cam’s eyes the whole way, read everything correctly. One could argue the D-line forced him out there …

        2. Eddie’s returned fumble had nothing to do with D7. The back dropped a long lateral.

        3. Eddie’s returned tipped pass had nothing to do with D7. The corner/receiver tipped it up.

        • CanadaBear

          Who do you think made that fumble possible? If some of the front 7 wasn’t right on top of him, he probably catches the lateral. Not to mention all the guys going after the ball. If you think each group on D works independently from each other, I don’t know what to tell you. After suggesting the D players go rogue I’m beginning to question everything you say about the NFL.

          • SC Dave

            Beginning?

    • Malice Halice

      I’m pretty sure guys would love to join our team this offseason. Quality qb , dependable running backs n a stout Defense. Especially if we close at 11-5. 10-6 most likely tho

    • Irish Sweetness

      I have us losing to NO and PHI. 10-6.

      IFF they unleash Mr. Biscuit. Feed Wright and Miller and Tarik the passes.

    • SC Dave

      Let hope reign for one day, eh JW? Come after it tomorrow 🙂

  • leftcoastdave

    The Pack D lost that game. Brees was sacked only once and had only 3 other hits. Da Bears sacked Cam five times and put eleven hits on him, not counting the flushes.) The running game averaged better than 4.5 yards per carry, taking out Brees’ negative yardage on five runs. Brees did throw two picks, credit or blame to whom? (I didn’t see or read anything about the game.)

    Da Bear D will win next week, just as they did this week, by stuffing the run and forcing the pass, and I mean forcing under pressure.

    The Pack managed over 7.5 yards per carry against the Aints. Da Bears O line will gash the Aints early and often. Look for a big game from Jordan Howard, again, and a HUGE road win.

    • CanadaBear

      Cam holds onto the ball forever. Brees won’t do that. He’s going to light up the D once in a while. Can the Bears score enough to win. I’m guessing not.

      • leftcoastdave

        Missouri.

      • SC Dave

        Perhaps it is a good sign that Cam could not find guys open right away. Certainly Brees processes faster and throws the ball more accurately, but it might be as easy for the opposing QBs as we have become accustomed to over the past decade or more.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Meaning we have to get to Brees, C-BEar … a lot. That needs to be decided at the top level or just under.

        Will we decide to?

    • BerwynBomber

      First Brees INT was an underthrow. Second one was largely due an outstanding play by the GB DB — a rarity but hey they made one.

      Brees has never equaled insane ball security like Brady and Rodgers (though he had no picks their first four and a half games). He’s more about insane/historical production.

      But I tend to agree with your strategy. Should also be noted that Brees’ receiving corps are no-names that he obviously elevates. But otherwise they are probably below average guys. Ted Ginn Jr. plays a prominent role.

      The big question is how real is the Saints D? It’s definitely improved but hard to determine how much given their recent opponents and textures of the games.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn are no-names? I think Ginn is great, we should have gone after him. And did we put a bid in on Calais Campbell? 10 sacks.

        • BerwynBomber

          Honestly, how many people know Michael Thomas?

          Ginn has been a marginal receiver almost the entirety of his career. He is 32 and has only broken 50 receptions twice. The Big Easy is his sixth stop. He’s a #3 at best.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Ginn is just a deep threat, with only average hands. he drops a lot of wide open passes, so yeah he would have fit in with us.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Who’s Michael Thomas?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dave – did you see our O-line on Sunday? 26 rushes for 68 yards.

  • CanadaBear

    What part of going up 14-0 with a rookie QB and a stout D, don’t some of you understand? Once that happened and Foxy was convinced they could stop Carolina’s O, the forward pass was not going to be featured. It makes for a boring game to watch but it also made for a W. Foxy was convinced if the Beloved didn’t turn it over they were going to win. He was correct.

    Now that the players are no longer going to use Fangio’s D and are just going to freelance, the Beloved should win out, or not. Are you guys fucking serious? Just because you hate his D philosophy doesn’t mean it’s not effective.

    • leftcoastdave

      Amen to all of that.

      The armchair QBs, coaches and gm’s are in their prime after this win. Coulda, woulda, shoulda, blah, blah, blah.

      The coaching staff is producing Ws while bringing along a rookie QB learning from as few mistakes as possible.

      Meanwhile, back at the ranch, even with the rotation at ILB, the pressure schemes are evolving week to week.

      Give credit where credit is due.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        NOOOO!!!!! BLITZ, BLITZ, BLITZ, BLITZ, McMahon, BLITZ, BUDDY RYAN, BLITZ!!!! Fangio = IDIOT!

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          All I know is Ryan Pace is a Goddam football genius.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            : Wad steps back quietly and slowly stirs the pot. :

          • CanadaBear

            Now that the D is starting to arrive Pace looks a lot smarter. If MT pans out, Pace will be here for a while. He’s hit more than he has missed. He’s definitely an improvement from the last 2 guys.

          • SC Dave

            Everyone was all excited whrn Angelo brought Cutler in too.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s one of the reasons I’m not getting ahead of myself with MT. I like him but he’s a long way from a finished product. Who knows if he will ever speed up the processing? If he doesn’t, he won’t be special.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            He’s definitely green. But some of that “slowness” might be due in large part to our illustrious receiving corp. Hard to work through progressions and get the ball out quickly when there’s nowhere to go with it.

            Time will tell. It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like with a retooled group of WRs.

          • CanadaBear

            Amen. Not trying to grind on MT but he has a long way to go.

          • SC Dave

            It is true that you don’t see guys running wide open much.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like with Miller, Wright and Cohen … we don’t know.. we haven’t had a passing game yet.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yah, let’s see him win a few games on his arm … in bad situations … before we anoint him. It’s looking good though.

          • SC Dave

            I absolutely agree, but you know that as I have consistently written so.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Jeez, remember troy Aikman? Or John Elway for about 9 years?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I woke up happy for three months when we got Cutty. Put a smile on my face first thing for three months. True.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Akiem Hicks is the tipping point for me. Pace saw what he was, and Belichick didn’t. That doesn’t happen. Or at least it didn’t used to. How many times have the Patriots let talent go that emerges elsewhere? It’s usually the other way around. And we got him.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Right. Just not enough to pay him. Which is the same thing as not wanting him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Hicks was a money thing though right? Like Danny.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Aren’t they all? Hicks contract was pretty fairnfrom what I remember. Didn’t we all call it a value signing? And instead we are getting an All Pro.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No. You can cut a guy because he drinks … he’s a tool .. .whatever. Hicks was a cap-casualty. Brandon wasn’t a cap casualty for us, they just booted him. Ditka wouldn’t have done that. You all hate him, but he knew how to corall studs in the same locker room, because he was a stud.

          • Irish Sweetness

            IF. And if he doesn’t, then rank amateurs like me who drafted Watson look smarter. And we don’t know anything.

            Pace could have had EITHER Watson or Trubisky … for FREE. Instead we’re 3 picks down. For what? IF that’s smart, while Deshaun Watson is rewriting the record books, then okay.

          • CanadaBear

            NOBODY will ever hire you for NFL personnel decisions.

        • Irish Sweetness

          You okay, Penis? Oh .. ad hominems ….. would you care to step into my office and we can discuss your avatar?

    • Irish Sweetness

      How is allowing 20 first downs and 300 yards effective C-Bear?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        3 points.

      • Cuck Cooper

        I hear you Irish but most of us are just happy with the win. Ahem… perfection will come with time. Net net, the needles moving in the right direction….yes?

      • CanadaBear

        Who won?

        • AlbertInTucson

          They gave 150 yards back on the Jackson returns, alone.

  • Jokey

    Roger Ebert was the master. Miss that guy. Great way to describe a movie, too. It must have sucked to see so many mediocre mass-produced Hollywood formula movies year after year. Like the superhero movies these days. I keep watching them on cable thinking they’ll be great and they are all meh. Not horrible, but just not anything that 10 years from now people will watch again.

    • CanadaBear

      Loved the S&E show all those years. Agreed with Ebert way more than Siskel. When Ebert didn’t like a movie he could be incredibly funny. I liked how much they bickered on the show but if someone else took a shot at one of them the other ALWAYS stuck up for him. I don’t watch Sci-Fi at all so the super hero movies are lost on me. Of course, they aren’t exactly aiming for the ancient demographic when they make these things (other than the soundtracks. Those fucking things could wake up the dead!).

    • BearDown100393

      Jay the Rat was Roger’s magnus opus.

      • CanadaBear

        As far as I know, Mariotta never responded to Ebert’s piece. That shows he has some critical thinking. He would have been no match for Ebert in a war of words.

    • BearDown100393

      Watch Dead Pool and Watchmen.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Sad that Joe Thomas consecutive snap streak finally came to an end. 10,000+ straight snaps is unbelievable.

    • SC Dave

      Holy shit. Iron Man.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        10,363 to be exact.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      And all for Cleveland. Crazy anybody could be so dedicated to such a steaming pile of shit for so long.

      • CanadaBear

        I was shocked when he re-upped with them.

      • BearDown100393

        He caaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    anyone else notice that our passing struggles only really started when they cut BRAVERMAN? That can’t be a coincidence.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “There was almost no reason NOT to go …(“for a TD at the end of the half).

    “Almost no reason” except the 3 previous attempts to get into the end zone on that series .

    I repeat what I posted at that time during the game thread: “Take what you’re given.”

    That 3 points was big.

    Chico passed on a FG to go for it on fourth down when Goldman stuffed Cam.

    If it’s only 14-3 at that time, he sends Gano out to probably make it 14-6 and a 1-possession game.

    Huge difference.

    • BerwynBomber

      Concur. Lovie, I recall, taking points off the board a few times due to 4th down decisions.

      Also, it is about recognizing what type of game you’re in. If you’re looking at 35-31 shootout, sure consider going for it. But in a game like that yesterday? You kick the FG. That was the right call by Fox.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Lovie also could not manage time. He was great at a lot things before the league changed and “Tampa 2” was not so good anymore.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That look he’d give the jumbotron .. .and you saw a kid deprived of oxygen at birth gazing up at it like it had a kaleidoscope inside. So colorful ….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Has Fox used his challenge flag? I remember one that got overturned. A reception I think.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Have you seen calls that merit challenging?

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    god bless Eddie Jackson

    that type of game is once in a lifetime

    (I hope he does it again…I kind of believe in reincarnation)

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      once in a lifetime? whose lifetime? do we have to kill someone for it to happen again? If so, can I make a few suggestions?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I hope not. The games are not that important to me. I just respect the talent and the effort.

        I’ve been following this team since the tail end of Ditka before he went to New Orleans and traded his entire draft for a running back.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          what a party pooper! we could have gotten a posse together. It would have been fun.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            At this point I think if someone tried to kill Eddie he would be resurrected and come back with a vengeance.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            no need to kill Eddie, we could very easily sacrifice someone else.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Christ we are not Aztecs. We don’t have to sacrifice anybody.

          • WP4Life

            MHBP is joking around, unless we have someone from GB around.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            of course…I love the jest.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            …..yes….just joking…..no need to kill anyone {wink, wink}….

        • Irish Sweetness

          He picked the right running back – he saw Walter – but the wrong mind. Ricky was special, but football wasn’t important to him. (shrugs)

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            He was special. But the game has an intensity where it was not for everyone.

            That actually means he had sense and was sane.

            Because the game is insane for a running back or wide receiver. Wide receivers tend to be prima donnas like Terrell Owens. Because it is the only way to survive unless you are Jerry Rice.

  • WP4Life

    Here is to 4 and 4 at the bye week!

    • SC Dave

      Yes. 4-4 versus 3-5 is a big difference.

  • BerwynBomber

    “I have never seen a football game like Sunday’s Bears/Panthers tilt. Never.”

    You must have missed the Dick Jauron and Lovie Smith eras. Substitute Eddie Jackson TDs with one apiece by Devin Hester and Mike Brown, and yup, saw that game more than a few times back in the day.

    • WP4Life

      I kinda miss those defensive battles.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Hester was the best. He could read the field like no one.

      I hope Cohen starts studying footage of Hester. Because he has that speed and talent in him.

      But not the skill yet.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I don’t know if any amount of studying will ever replace Hester’s innate feel for gaps developing before they were there.

        • SC Dave

          His anticipation and vision were both superb. And while speed was his principal advantage, he could read blocks and break tackles too.

          Very unlikely we’ll see the likes of him again. Those two seasons were just magic.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And his ability to change direction without changing speed.

          • SC Dave

            Yeah, that too.

        • BerwynBomber

          Hester deserves the HoF. Eventually. I could see a long wait. No worries. But the greatest return man ever? Gotta be in.

          Don’t discount Toub in all that either. Our return units blocked their fucking asses off. Didn’t we have someone else in that era that led the league in KR average for a year? Wasn’t Daniel Manning was it?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Hester was the greatest returner ever.

            The problem the Bears made was trying to justify his salary as wide receiver.

            He wanted to be Deion Sanders not a wide receiver.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That was the biggest mistake we made. Cost us a return man, and cost us a receiver spot. Nobody won. And we never even used him as the decoy. Send him long and depp every time – somebody has to go with him, somebody has to help. We didn’t do that. Bubble screens.

            And now Tarik – who is screaming for the screen…..nothing.

        • Cuck Cuck

          “When I returned the ball, time slowed down. I was so fast that when I felt like it, I’d go back in time to correct a mistake during a return.”

          Circu -Trac recalling his glory days in H.S..

      • Irish Sweetness

        As a receiver he’s already better .. broke the shit out of his route to accommodate MT.

        As a returner .. .does anyone want to see Tarik return .. or be on offense? MAybe they’re using him solely as a returner now?

      • SC Dave

        My favorite ST play ever, although it wouldn’t be had the zebras not stolen the Knox TD vs. Green Bay. It’s the ruse of the thing, and HH/Tillman and HH solo destruction of Giants down the sideline.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R99YZRJ5-EE

    • AlbertInTucson

      Used to happen all the time in the Gibron days.

      Defense kept them in the game.

      Offense couldn’t get out of it’s own way.

      Usually, even after winning, the opponent would come away so beat up they would lose the following week.

      • SC Dave

        The Bears used to track that, actually.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yes they did. That’s how old Bear fans know.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So. How do you beat Drew Brees?

    I haven’t been watching him.

    Can he move?

    How is he now under pressure? What does their OL look like?

    • BerwynBomber

      Brees gets the ball out fast. And he navigates the pocket exceptionally well.

      Their OL is a bit banged up. (I believe one of their starters is on IR.) So basically they’re rolling with two starters and two back-ups.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Brees has a arm like a mofo but the Saints traded their best tight end to Seattle.

      I don’t know if he has a tired arm.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        like Carson Palmer’s failure recently in Arizona. Not expected.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sorry, I DID expect Palmer’s failure.

          It was inevitable, given his situation.

          He is immobile and the Cardinals pass “protection” stinks and HAS stunk during Arian’s tenure.

  • Sactowns#1

    Ok, I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel yet but so far it looks like gomer reads slower than a myopic 3rd grader.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I think that this is where the run heavy Offense is really hurting Mitch. He has played 3 games and only has 48 pass attempts. Of those 48 attempts most of them are in clear passing and long situations. QBs need to develop a rhythm with their WRs he has yet to be able to do that. You can’t develop that just in practice. Game situations, field conditions, defenses, etc all play a part in knowing where the WRs are going to be. Even short passes can help a QB a lot. Those reads get the QB focused quickly, QBs get to see how a WR is handling the field, they get to see how Defenses react, and it allows the QB to gain confidence.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        It’s going to be hard to read anything when nobody is open on a consistent basis. Let’s see what happens when he plays a shit defense and those guys can get separation.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          How do you know nobody is open on a consistent basis when they only throw it 7 times? I am not saying air it out, but a short passing game is better than nothing.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Fair point

      • SC Dave

        Mitch did mention in his presser that it has been hard to establish a rhythm. They should let him throw a bit more, especially to TEs.

        You cannot get rhythm without first downs, and for the Bears to do that consistently, they need to block well for the run. That did NOT happen against the Panthers.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Siskel & Ebert:

    Enjoyed the show but hated the rating system.

    “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down”.

    So, if it’s not CITIZEN KANE or THE GODFATHER it must be ISHTAR or WATERWORLD?

    • CanadaBear

      I agree but if you watched the show you knew where they stood. Whenever I read their reviews if it was 2 stars or less, no thanks. 2.5 stars maybe and 3 stars or up, interesting.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It’s my understanding that, initially, they were NOT friends and actually kind of disliked each other at first.

        Siskel was only 53 when he passed a away.

        A friend took a college course Ebert taught in Chicago and said it was fantastic and Ebert was a terrific guy.

        The rebuttal he wrote to Jay Marriotti’s farewell is classic.

  • AlbertInTucson

    This week:

    Yes, there is the challenge of Drew Brees and, unlike the Panthers, the Saints now have a running game.

    Mark Ingram has been solid and the rookie Kamera is coming on.

    And the Saints LOVE playing indoors.

  • BerwynBomber

    Lifted this from Peter King’s MMQB column.

    Just 2% of all active NFL players played every snap in 2016. Joe Thomas played every Cleveland offensive snap for 10 years and 6 games.

    King likened it to Ripken’s streak.

    • SC Dave

      That is just amazing.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Per NFL Network and Dion Sanders’ interview with Jackson, yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of the day Eddie broke his leg at Alabama.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    new thread

    • AlbertInTucson

      Thank you.

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