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Chicago Wins Ugly Affair in Charm City (Rapid Fire)

| October 16th, 2017

Tommy Gilligan – USA TODAY Sports

Listen, it was an ugly affair at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The Ravens offense isn’t capable of playing a pretty game. The Bears coaching staff had no interest in one. Thus you get a game like that. Thoughts…

  • Bears ran the ball 54 times, with 50 called runs. I won’t reiterate what Data wrote well post-game regarding the predictability of their rushing attack. I will just say this: the Bears have to stop coaching like Mike Glennon is under center. Their offense seems to be a combination of 1943 and gimmicks. Take the cuffs off Trubisky and let him play football.
  • Someone told you the punt game would play a pivotal role in this game. Who was that again?
  • Jordan Howard, prior to his 53-yard run in OT, was averaging just 3.25 yards per carry. Completely a product of play-calling. Running on obvious running downs and throwing on obvious passing downs won’t beat a team with a competent offense.
  • Kendall Wright is the Bears best receiver. Why can’t the coaching staff see that?
  • Trubisky’s big mistakes in his first start were trying to do too much when the play broke down. Love that he showed growth in his second start and didn’t hesitate to fling it out of bounds.
  • Also loved Trubisky’s slide technique. Don’t take hits you don’t have to, kid. Just look around the league. Quarterbacks are falling Antietam. (Too soon?)
  • Down around the goal line, Loggains has to let Trubisky’s legs be a weapon. These quick, one-read calls have to go.
  • Adrian Amos played his best game as a Bear but my game ball would go to Kyle Fuller. The former first-round pick looked like a complete, shut down corner. Why did Flacco keep throwing at him?
  • Good to see Pernell McPhee flying around. Looked like a different player from the guy on Monday night’s tape.
  • Akiem Hicks has the same number of sacks as Von Miller. He has more than Khalil Mack and Geno Atkins. It’s early in the season but Hicks is starting to put himself in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. That’s how good he’s been.

  • The kick return touchdown was a fluke play. How are Bears defenders supposed to assume Bobby Rainey wasn’t tackled? And in this day and age, if they hit him and he was down, they are getting flagged for 15.
  • On the flags…stop. The refs just have to stop. It wasn’t roughing the passer on Za’Darius Smith. It wasn’t unnecessary roughness on Christian Jones. These calls don’t make the game safer for players. They make the game harder to watch.
  • Aaron Rodgers’ injury doesn’t mean the Bears are division contenders, even being just two games back. But it does make the road shorter. It won’t take 11 or 12 to win the NFC North now. (I’ll have more thoughts on injuries, the NFL, the division later today.)
  • Quietly having a very good season: Bobby Massie.
  • Not quietly struggling: Cody Whitehair’s snaps. Bears needs to get this fixed or move Cody back to guard. You can’t play center in the modern NFL and be a liability every time the team drops into shotgun.
  • If the Bears had lost this game, the calls for John Fox’s firing would be reaching fever pitch today. The man this staff managed the second half of the game was pathetic. Coaching not to lose. You see a second half like that and realize why John Elway didn’t want this mentality in Denver. Can’t imagine Ryan Pace quietly watched those last two quarters.
  • Have the Bears eliminated the bubble screen and slant from their playbook entirely? Just feels like these are easy solutions to getting the receivers into the game. Play action on first down wouldn’t hurt either but we can’t have everything.
  • Pat O’Donnell update: he’s having his best season.

The Bears should have won this game by two touchdowns. But that isn’t going to be possible on a day you allow 14 special teams points and refuse to throw passes.

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  • That Guy

    Imagine this time last year saying “Fuller is the best player in the secondary”

    • SC Dave

      Yesterday, he looked like a 1st Team All Pro. He was that good; shutting down receivers, taking down runners in the open field, tipping the ball for a bing interception (nice return, Amos!)…

  • Cuck Cooper

    2-0 against the AFC North gets us a rubber biscuit in a tiebreaker. Can the Bears get to 4-4? Wouldn’t that be nice?

  • Joecashflow

    No such thing as ugly win, right ? And ….Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins are 12-4 in their last 16 regular-season games. Parallel worlds.

  • beninnorcal

    I didn’t think it was that ugly if a win. Ugly game by specials, but the Bears owned the Ravens in every other aspect, on the road with a bunch of young players.

    • Big Mike

      It was the definition of an ugly win. 11 point lead, 7 minutes to go and your offense gets put in reverse by an incompetent HC. Special teams take a nap and you find yourself in OT.

      With that said, I’m enjoying the victory and indeed, any win, especially a road win against a team that is over .500 is a huge victory.

      • beninnorcal

        Fair enough, but the Bears played some dominant football on both sides and deserved to win. The two PR TD’s are really the only ugly part about it. My opinion, of course.

        • SC Dave

          It was weird, because special teams have not really been a weakness this season before today. At least outside of place kicking.

        • Big Mike

          The Bears played well enough to have a dominating victory. Inept coaching nearly ruined it.

          • Bear Instincts

            These are the type of wins that quells the anger of the masses. More Loggains need to added to the fire under Foxe’s feet. The last game of the 2017 season needs to be his last day as HC of Da Bears

          • Big Mike

            This team has athletes. A solid young corp. Can’t believe I’m saying this and I hope this game wasn’t an isolated instance, but Fuller played like a 3rd yea, 1st round draft choice yesterday. Amos, my goodness his run fits were exceptional and his tackling technique was text book. His closing speed was also very good. If they can keep this up, the Bears are looking at Fuller, Jackson, Amos, Goldman, Floyd (off the top of my head) as fantastic foundational young players on defense.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    After 2 games with Trubs, I think he has pretty much mastered the hand off and taking snaps under center. Next couple of games game let’s try to expand his training. Play Action, Slants, bubble screens, and what the heck lets see how his hard count is. The Coaching staff clearly does not want to overload him, but I think we can expand a little bit.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Trubisky struggled quite a bit yesterday.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Yes that is why I am only suggesting some fairly simple things to start working on next. I am not only worried about Trubs development, I am worried about the health and safety of our RBs. Being to predictable is getting them lit up on plays.

      • BearDown100393

        And yet outplayed a veteran. Joe Flacco was terrible.

        • Cooper

          Joe Flaccid looked abysmal.

        • Bear Instincts

          Flacco has never been elite.
          Elite: Rodgers, Brady & Peyton – these guys make others look good
          Good:Big Ben, Breese, Eli, Alex Smith ect – theses guys are good but need a little help to look good
          OK: Cutler, Flacco – these guys need teams to be perfect to look good

          • Scharfinator

            Yeah Flacco had one post season where he was on fire, but that was about it.

    • Big Mike

      He’s horrible from under center. I don’t see the quick progression on his reads. Keeping eyes downfield going through progressions, while dropping back is going to take him a while.

      • SC Dave

        Don’t let the Triumvirate see that!! They’ll have your head on a pike for suggesting there is ANY problem with The (Savior) Kid that is not the result of John Fox and Dowell Loggains.

        • Big Mike

          He improved. Threw a lot of balls away. Missed Miller on a crossing route, simply didn’t see him. Had one of the WRs open on 2-3 other players, never saw them. That happens. Almost exclusively when he’s under center. That’s one of the reasons the Bears have not passed on first down with him. Takes play action off the table as well.

          • SC Dave

            I’m most concerned with the slow processing. Sure hope that speeds up over the season – it should, but that does not mean it will.

          • CanadaBear

            That was my issue the only time I saw him in college (his last game). Seemed really slow processing. That and Watson always playing big on the biggest stages was the reason I liked Watson better.

          • SC Dave

            Slow processing means he could never be more than a JAG, so unless he fixes it…

          • leftcoastdave

            His cannon arguably won the game yesterday with one spectacular throw. When he sees his misses on tape and starts to get more options he should come along well. That is what I like about bringing him along slowly.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree. I think he will improve on this just not sure how much.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Watson had a CV, a good one. Pace bet on potential, always dangerous.

          • Big Mike

            That’s a real thing. He looked very crisp against vanilla defenses in the preseason. I think it’s mostly on his drop back passing attempts. Harder to keep eyes downfield when you’re dropping back.

    • SC Dave

      Yep, one bite at a time, so he doesn’t choke.

    • BearDown100393

      Trubisky has received too many bad snaps already in 2 games because of Whitehair. Yips?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        That’s on Whitehair, and those are from the Shotgun. I was referring to the snaps he takes from under center. It is time to expand it even ever so slightly. Not saying he has to heave it downfield but give him quick hitting plays that take less thought. Get his confidence up, and break up the monotony.

        • BearDown100393

          He seems to target receivers more accurately while his feet are moving versus standing inside the pocket. Once he figures it out, his arm should be a cannon.

    • Bender McLugh

      didn’t he draw an offsides last game with a hard count?

    • willbest

      He also seems to have a pretty good bead on fielding shitty shotgun snaps.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    The Bears running a ton yesterday does not mean that’s the game plan going forward into eternity.

    It means they saw a way to win a game, on the road, with a rookie QB making his first road start, against a pretty sound defense, and against an offense that had no answer for the Bears D. The philosophy to run the ball, and run it again, and run it some more not only made perfect sense, for that single game, but it worked. It worked really well. They dominated the Ravens but for two special teams gaffes. It doesn’t mean each carry is going to net an average above 4.5 yards. That’s not the point.
    Additionally, taking away the big run to point to a low YPC for Howard is silly. Those big runs are what drives up every good back’s average.

    I suspect you’ll see Trubisky’s role grow with each game moving forward. As it should be. I thought we all wanted to see the quarterback “developed”?

    • Big Mike

      Unfortunately, this is characteristic of a Fox. He just has to go.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Yeah. It’s time. But there are plenty of very good reasons aside from yesterday’s offensive game plan. Going very run heavy yesterday was a good idea in my book.

        I had hopes for Fox this year. And truth be told, I think the Bears are very much still alive in this division with Rodgers out. But I’ve seen enough.

        • Big Mike

          We have tight ends, right? Run heavy is fine. Predictability is not. Special teams mental errors is not. I’m also ready to concede that being a complete dick to the Chicago media is not. But more than anything, this team has a lot of pieces that are good. WR is the only gaping hole. After the season it’s time to move on to a staff that plays to win, instead of playing to not lose.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Agreed. And as far as playcalling and predictability goes, I don’t have the chops for that. I just don’t know enough to pretend to call them out. And I believe you. I’m just think the philosophy yesterday was sound. Execution is another issue altogether. And that’s clearly been lacking.

          • Bear Instincts

            Playing not to lose was the complaint from Denver

          • Big Mike

            I know. When we hired Fox that was a huge step up after the tresticle nonsense. He steadied the ship. Now he has to go.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t think Foxy is a dick to the media. He just never says anything. A couple of weeks ago before they announced MT was going to start, Foxy got up and said that he wasn’t going to tell them the truth about the timing in fact just the opposite. The reporters started laughing at his honesty and even Foxy let loose with a sheepish laugh.

          • Big Mike

            I used to say the same thing about Lovie Smith. Now I see the Cubs manager Joe Maddon engage the media. Maybe it is just an NFL thing, maybe I’m just tired of his unwillingness to offer anything other than obvious insights. I’m not talking about giving away any strategies, or posting bulletin board material. But how about insight to a decision to something that already happened.

          • CanadaBear

            Lovie really had nothing but contempt for the media. Foxy is a little smarter than that. He gets along with the reporters (I think he gets along with almost everyone), just doesn’t say anything.

          • Big Mike

            Lovie bothered me less. Probably because he actually was a winning coach.

    • SC Dave

      I’m sure glad they “predictably” gave Howard the ball on 1st and 10 from their 7 yard line in overtime. People will say he only got the big run through exceptional personal effort.

      To which I say
      “Yes, duh, EXACTLY”.

      You get the ball in the hands of your best player, keep at it, and good stuff predictably happens.

    • Cuck Cooper

      I’m in favor of the “Dr. Strangelove” approach the coaching staff seems to be taking so long as the Bears keep winning games and getting better.

      Side note: The 85 Bears struggled in several games at the beginning of their miracle season. Just sayin… (he ducks).

  • Big Mike

    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I’m a continuity guy. GMs, Head Coaches, Coordinators, QB’s. I’m among the last of our informed blog community members to call for change. I still think the Bears would have been better off with Cutler/Trubisky than Glennon, I thought the Bears plan to keep Trubisky on ice was the right call. (please don’t open up the debate, I’m saying that for perspective). My attitude here is just old school. The contender needs to knock the champ out.

    With that said, I will say John Fox has to go. Building a 14 point lead and having an 11 point lead late in the game only to effectively stop coaching and hope to win is a disgrace. That punt return was the pure incompetence. An angle kick, shuts down their alignment. Lining up in a way that brings the gunners close to the line, is a great move. A kick to one side of the field or the other is the counter.

    On 3rd and 1, where a first down wins the game, electing to run into the teeth of the defense might seem like smart, power football. A dump pass to the TE, or any number of grown up professional NFL offensive plays would have won the game.

    This team has enough talent, everywhere except WR to compete.

    Adrian Amos.. even without the pick. Best safety play since Mike Brown.
    Eddie Jackson… rookie is legit. closing speed.. damn.
    Kyle Fuller.. if you keep it up. Damn son… that was a thing of beauty. Welcome to the Bears. Don’t know where you’ve been for the last couple years.

    • SC Dave

      Running on 3rd and 1 is fine, especially since the best player on the offense is the starting RB.
      They tried something else on 3rd and 1 and failed miserably; I’ll keep an eye out when I watch the All-22 this week.

      Eddie Goldman may have played his best game as a Bear, but maybe I just happened to be watching his good plays. Another aspect I want to “review”.

      • Big Mike

        Hated the play call, only because it was so obvious. Eddie Goldman was beating the C regularly. He owned the RG. LG held up a bitter better. Spent most of his day in the A gaps. Did a fantastic job.

    • BerwynBomber

      The DBB seems to have a thing for overrating Amos. He has played well the last two games and played okay as a rookie. But I’m still not completely sold.

      Jackson and Fuller are definite keepers. Callahan his also useful as a slot CB.

      • leftcoastdave

        AA and Callahan are both growing into their positions. I hope for the same with Hall, either off the IR or next year.

      • I think Amos fits better where he’s playing now, next to a coverage safety like Jackson. The problem the last 2 years was they didn’t have a coverage S to pair him with, so he got stuck playing that role too much.

        I still think that Amos is ideally a 3rd safety.

      • Big Mike

        I haven’t overrated him. I didn’t much like him last year. My opinion at the time was he really needed to have a veteran leader next to him to do anything at all. Maybe Akumura is settling things down, maybe he’s coming into his own. Maybe it was the fact that Baltimore was very run heavy and he’s better against the run. I guess I’ll look at the GB game to see if looked better there. But yesterday he was dominant against the run and preventing Yards after Catch. Maybe it’s having a very competent free safety next to him. (I know they are supposed to be interchangeable in Fangio’s scheme). Maybe it’s pressure from the front 7. But there were two plays where he closed from midfield to the right (defensive) has and shut down a ball carrier before he got untracked. Playing well in the last two games shows he can do it. He’s coming into his own.

      • willbest

        I think a big chunk of the reason Amos looks better this year is that
        Fuller/Prince/Cooper is a massive upgrade over one-legged
        Porter/LeBlanc/??? and Jackson is a big upgrade from HJQ.

      • Irish Sweetness

        So who’s your alternative to Amos?

        The kid hits like a truck, and now it would appear the penny is finally dropping in his coverage abilities. Jackson’s a rook – they look like a pair going forward.

  • TomC

    Ronde Barber made an interesting point on the PR TD. He said once Amos motioned the gunners inside in response to Baltimore loading 10 guys for the block, O’Donnell is required to kick out of bounds, because now you have no outside coverage. Then he shanks the next one. So I’m not sure he had all that great of a day.

    • That Guy

      I dunno. If you look at the return, guys just didn’t execute. Yes, they were at a disadvantage, but it’s not like the gunners being at the wings = automatic TD. Because he didn’t break it outside around the coverage. Guys just weren’t in position and didn’t seem to try all that hard.

      I think a bigger thing–that the announcers completely missed for the entire game–is that the ST ace (McMannis) was out of the game.

      • Bender McLugh

        yeah I didn’t even realize McMannis was out until after the game.

    • Cooper

      POD was supposed to angle the kick. Instead he boomed it straight.

  • BearDown100393

    Jeff nailed every point today.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    “If the Bears had lost this game, the calls for John Fox’s firing would be reaching fever pitch today. The man this staff managed the second half of the game was pathetic.”

    1.) I say it should STILL be fever pitched. We need a BETTER Head Coach…PERIOD end of story.

    2.) Special Teams. They SUCK! How in the hell can we fix this? Because it’s in desperate need of something…learn to pursue, learn to take good angles, learn to freakin tackle!

    I’m not getting into Offensive play calling because I think #1 covers it in a nut shell.

    I am glad the Bears Won…Between the refs, special (Short Bus Special) teams, the play calling and our coach it could have very easily been a loss.

    GET RID OF FOX…A FEW WINS IS NOT ENOUGH REASON TO KEEP THIS GUY AROUND ANY LONGER!

    • willbest

      Up until this week our ST had the same number of turnovers as our defense (not really but it was pretty close)

  • The Bears ran 80 snaps on offense yesterday. Kendall Wright-their best WR-was on the field for 25 of them. Zach Miller-their best TE-55.

    Neither played the most snaps at their position (Wright 3rd, Miller 2nd). Together they averaged being on the field for half of the snaps. That’s insane.

    Put your best damn players on the field.

    • willbest

      Miller isn’t a blocker. 55 seems about right for him. I have no idea why wright would only be on the field for 25.

      • SC Dave

        Agree on both points.

      • They only play him in 3 WR sets. That needs to change.

        Their “starting” WRs, Glennon and McBride, combined for over 130 snaps but only 1 target, 0 catches.

        Wheaton played 25 snaps, 3 targets, 2 catches. If he’s the only WR who’s a threat in the passing game, he needs to be on the field. Period.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        from what I have seen Sims is not much of a blocker either.

  • Bender McLugh

    “It wasn’t roughing the passer on Za’Darius Smith.”

    Letter of the rule was called here and I agree 10000% with it being called. Can’t have guys jump-hop-diving from a prone position at the knees of the QB while he’s in the pocket.

  • Bender McLugh

    so much for my prediction of a Top-10 ST Unit.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, really.

  • Cooper

    From Charlotte Observer:

    A month ago, people who voted for Hillary Clinton or Trump weren’t far apart – about 70 percent had a favorable impression of the league and 20 percent negative with 10 undecided – on what they thought about the NFL.

    Then Trump, at a Sept. 22 rally in Alabama for his choice in a U.S. Senate primary, called for NFL owners to fire players who don’t stand during the national anthem. Since then, the gap between Trump and Clinton voters has spiked dramatically, according to the poll.

    The Trump voters now have a far less favorable opinion – almost the reverse of where they stood before the president’s speech in Alabama – of the NFL than the Clinton voters. The gap is so wide now that the NFL now ranks seventh on the list of America’s most divisive brands and only about 20 percent of Trump supporters still support or like the NFL.

    Such is the power of Dear Leader.

  • Cooper

    So I checked as best I could with the DVR.

    Number of passes from the 3TE set: ZERO POINT ZERO

    Over 20 runs and NO PASSES FROM THIS SET.

    Ravens stacked the box and we STILL RAN IT. And, at times, this WORKED.

    That is a testament to the interior triangle blocking, with Sitton-Whitehair and Long. That was a mauling, just as smashmouth a game as I’ve seen the Bears play in years. Usually they wilt under that level of physicality, far from the Monsters of the Midway, esp under Trestman.

    But this was a street fight. A terribly coached street fight.

    • SC Dave

      The seemingly constantly ignored aspect of three tight end sets is that you have EIGHT guys that should be able to knock people around/down.

      If the other team puts 8 or 9 in the box, so what?

      Okay, its crowded on the LOS, but you have enough guys to block. On all plays regardless of formation, the ball carrier has to beat somebody because he is not blocking anyone, and neither is the QB.

      Get to the second level and there’s often only one defender back there. Experience says we get several (and once in a while a whole shitload) extra yards with Howard matched up in that situation.

  • willbest

    “Jordan Howard, prior to his 53-yard run in OT, was averaging just 3.25 yards per carry. Completely a product of play-calling.”

    You cannot just ignore big plays. Sure they are rare, but they are part of the game.

    “Kendall Wright is the Bears best receiver. Why can’t the coaching staff see that?”

    Probably because opposing coaching staffs know it too so there isn’t a whole lot to be done when the 100th best WR in the league is being guarded by the 40th best CB

    “Pat O’Donnell update: he’s having his best season.”

    Yes, this is the first time I haven’t hated our punter. That being said, he hasn’t been anywhere near elite having two awful punts in back to back weeks.

  • Cooper

    Ravens man up to stacking the box and still getting driven back:

    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/ravens-can-t-stop-bears-from-getting-ton-of-yards-rushing-101517

    • SC Dave

      “Baltimore (3-3) yielded a team-record 231 yards rushing in a disappointing performance against a team that came in with a 1-4 record and with first-year pro Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback.”

      Emphasis mine. Yeah, I sure hated that play calling.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And it nearly lost us the game. With a QB like Mitch unleashed we could have torn them apart. He was put in predictable passing situations.

  • CanadaBear

    I think some people are forgetting that Foxy is coaching for his job. He has to win a few games to stick around. The Ravens lost a starting DT and Foxy was trying to take advantage of it. Everything worked except ST’s. Makes for a hideous game but a win is a win. I’m hoping Pace takes notes on how close the Beloved came to blowing this game due to suspect coaching. Thrilled with the win. Not surprised how unimaginative the coaching was and how close they came to blowing the game.

    • willbest

      Last week we watched Trubisky throw the game away with an INT, and people really wonder why on the road, against another top 10 defense, the Bears decided to not put him in a position to fail unless they absolutely needed him too.

      If ST didn’t fuck up not, once, not, twice, but 3 times, nobody would be complaining about what the offense did. The offense did everything it needed to for this team to win. The Defense carried this team to victory after the ST shit show.

      • CanadaBear

        I agree but when you are that close to grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory, something ain’t right. IMO it’s the coaching.

    • leftcoastdave

      Fox is coaching to the team’s strength. With the great running game he wants to own time of possession and wear down the D. It has worked, mostly. He has a rookie starting QB who has great promise, but lost the game last week with an int. That is to be expected. The quick snaps on third down were not the greatest idea in the world (all leading to sacks), but that is sure to change going forward.

      They’re crawling, for now, but that will change as the training wheels come off.

      I give Fox credit that the 2-4 could easily be 4-2 when the consensus was an 0-9 start.

      • Cuck Cooper

        I can dig this message. Establish a mindset with the O-iline snd our opponents that the Bears can shove the ball down our opponents throats and the field opens up on short yardage.

        I likery, this strageery has kind of a Sun Su element to it.. Hee hee

  • leftcoastdave

    Now the brilliance of Pace can be better seen. He built this team from the trenches outward.

    Is there a better interior 4 d linemen that Hicks, Goldman, Unrein and Bullard? Now the only true weakness in the front 7 is ILB due to injury and the d backs he drafted are all stepping up.

    Same with the O. The strengths from last year? The O line and Jordan Howard. Add Jokers, add TEs, build from smash mouth.

    Mitchell is playing well, but not great. It was wise to keep him on the bench as those third down sacks proved. Eventually he will know the names of his receivers and the game will open up. Until then? You go with what you’ve got.

    9-7 stands.

    • SC Dave

      The 80s team was built that way.

      I like what I see; if Trubisky and Shaheen both pan out, this will be a second outstanding draft for the Pacebot.

      Next season I think WR and OL will be the focus.

      • leftcoastdave

        OL, Edge then CBs, WRs, and LB’s in the draft and in that order, depending upon the value finds in FA. But that is conventional wisdom. Expect Pace to find another unknown or two out of the blue. And he still has Hall coming back who I expect to be a gamer. Should be fun.

        Will AJ’s ego allow him come back down to earth and return?

    • Irish Sweetness

      ??

      I saw Leno and Massie get crushed yesterday. We ran for a lot of yards, but that was sheer brute force and persistence. We punted a lot too.

      Weren’t too many clean pockets around Mitchell, he was running for his life.

  • RedBulls83

    The kick return touchdown wasn’t simply a fluke play. There was no whistle blown to stop the play, so at that point always assume the play is still alive. Bears have had this issue in the recent past on one or two other situations when they think a play is dead when the ref didn’t blow the whistle.

    • SC Dave

      Cunningham was the only guy I noticed that kept playing, but he just couldn’t make the tackle at the 20, or thereabouts.

      • Scharfinator

        He had him too, just overpursued a bit.

  • Bear Instincts

    What the Eagles sent the Giants this morning: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMRNDGoXcAAlyGR.jpg

  • BerwynBomber
    • It’s all part of the plan

      I really don’t want to see him play again. His leg almost fucking came completely off. This is not going to end well. he’s got a slight build and it’s just a matter of time.

    • BearDown100393

      Always the benjamins.

    • Scharfinator

      I wish him the best, brutal fucking injury.

  • I went through and counted plays in which Trubisky was asked to pass yesterday (26 total).

    6 on 1st down, 7 on 2nd, 13 on 3rd

    Mostly behind the chains: 2 on 1st and 20, 5 on 2nd and 11+, 9 on 3rd and 5+. That’s 19 of 26 in obvious passing situations.

    That’s how you get 4 sacks, 4 scrambles, and 6 throwaways in only 26 dropbacks (well, that plus bad WR play).

    They got left behind the chains a bunch then; average yards needed on 3rd down passing plays was over 9. Still converted 6 of 13 3rd downs passing, which is pretty damn good in those situations.

    Weird factoid: they threw it 3x on 3rd and short (4 yards or less). Three incompletions. Baltimore was ready for that, which is not surprising when you consider that, on the season, they’ve thrown in 3rd and 4 or less 17/24 times.

    And the calls were obviously for short, safe stuff until forced otherwise. 4 of 5 catches for 10+ yards were on 3rd and long (9+ yards for 1st). Nice to see Trubisky throwing past the sticks, every catch but 1 on 3rd down yesterday went for a 1st (the 1 was a screen on 3rd and 23).

    • Cooper

      Did you factor in the FOUR times that Cody did a goofball shotgun snap?

      • yeah, I had those charted among the 26. There were 2 in game book, one on 2nd down (the one where he avoided the safety and threw it away), and another where he actually got a 4 yard completion to Zach Miller (on 1st down, I think).

    • WP4Life

      Please fwd this to coach Loggains.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He can’t read.

  • There are two things that jump out when looking at the difference between Bears wins and Bears losses this year:

    1) Jordan Howard. In their 2 wins, Howard is averaging 153 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry. He has at least 140 yards in both wins. In their 4 losses, he’s averaging 47 yards per game (high of 76) and 3.2 yards per carry. When he’s effective, the offense (kind of) works.

    2) Turnovers. They’ve forced 6 of them in their 2 wins (3 each) and 1 total in their 4 losses. It’s tough to win with a bad offense when you can’t get easy points off of turnovers.

    • willbest

      #1 Seems more like a function of everybody tries to stop our run game, and if they can’t we have a shot to control the clock and stay competitive to the end.

      Isn’t #2 the mantra for the NFL. Like if you win the turnover battle your win percent is like 85%.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He also hasn’t broken 70 yards against good defenses. And when we run into one of those with Logout calling them ….. wow.

  • It’s all part of the plan

    Still trying to sort out my feelings about the Rodgers injury. It was after he obviously let go of the ball and Barr knows this. He then drives him into the ground. Too late of a hit for the wrap and driving into the ground. If Rodgers was in mid throw that’s one thing….pound his ass into the ground, but this was obviously late, the ball was lightly tossed down the field and Barr knew it.
    Tough way to have a team’s season end.

    • WP4Life

      Your kidding right?

      • It’s all part of the plan

        about what part?

        • WP4Life
          • It’s all part of the plan

            lol, what does that have to do with what I posted?

          • Scharfinator

            Justice, at least against the organization

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Charles Martin died. That’s fucking irish justice.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            statute of limitations on the edit feature. That’s called pulling an SCDave. Going back days and weeks and editing comments. Haha, flag, 15yards.

          • Scharfinator

            Days and weeks? It was less than a minute. Bitterness in you, young padawan.

          • WP4Life

            lol – I am not sure there is any help for you

          • It’s all part of the plan

            you don’t understand, I want us to literally fucking kill guys on the field…break their necks, shatter their fucking souls… I just don’t like the driving the QB into the ground after he’s already thrown it.

          • WP4Life

            Didn’t jameis winston take a similar hit last night. Its football. Soft as ever but still football.

          • WP4Life

            At best, its a close call. Live it was not penalized. I am not reversing any play for gb ever. So why care about gb so much. The bears have had more than there share of blatant bad calls.

    • BearDown100393

      So what?

      • It’s all part of the plan

        I try to see all sides of plays like this and how I would feel if that was against us and I’d be pissed because he had thrown the ball and it was unnecessary and extreme. Barr knew what he was doing.
        Believe me, I’m all for fucking decapitating dudes while it’s part of the play and almost fucking puked when Trevathan was called for that IMAGINARY penalty but picking up a QB after the ball is out and then driving him into the ground is BS.

        • WP4Life

          Erin was out of the pocket. No 1 step rule, he is a a football player outside the pocket.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Imagine they sacked Mitchell onto the IR, man. Fuck the Packers. Something terrible happened to their season? Cry me a bucket of cheesy tears.

    • willbest

      I didn’t bother looking at it until now. You are right. Barr took 2.5 steps after the ball is out. So it was most certainly a late hit, and I am surprised it wasn’t flagged as such given who he was hitting. That being said, the hit itself was not excessive and if it had been after 1 step would have been a perfectly clean tackle.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      legal hit, nothing wrong with it. I did not see any malicious intent. Erin got injured, that happens sometimes in football. We see hits like that on QBs almost weekly, but now because someone got injured there is something wrong with it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I fucking love it GPL!

      Put me down in that column. Fuck that cock-knocker. This is football. Let’s win the division now!

      Bye Aaron. Byeeeeee!

  • Tortured Bear fan

    Fox is couching to his way out of town next year.

    • BearDown100393

      His next gig is hopping trains.

  • It’s all part of the plan

    Haha, ironically, Kap might be the perfect fit for the Bears offense right now. Weird.

  • Fantastic read looking back with quotes from many of the main players in the Bears’ win over Arizona on MNF 11 years ago today: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-bears-cardinals-2006-monday-night-football-story.html

  • CanadaBear

    New thread.

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