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Data Responds: Bears at Vikings

| December 31st, 2017

Sorry for the break the last few weeks. I haven’t been able to watch games live due to various holiday scheduling hijinks. Darn that real life for getting in the way!

Before we get into today’s game specifically, reports are that John Fox will be fired today. I won’t miss you as Chicago’s head coach.

In general, this game looked very much like a disinterested team playing out the string on the road for a soon-to-be-fired coaching staff against a hungry opponent playing to lock up a first round bye.

Offense

  • The Bears got the ball to start and opened with a heavy set Jordan Howard run into a stacked box for no gain. On their 2nd drive, they followed that up with a Jordan Howard run into a stacked box for -4 yards. Shockingly, both drives ended in 3 and outs. Oh how I am not going to miss that.
  • On Chicago’s 3rd drive, they threw the ball on 1st down! You’ll be surprised to find out that not being incredibly predictable actually worked. Of course, the Bears followed that up with a FB dive into a 9 man box on 3rd and 1 (why is Michael Burton still a thing?), which lost yardage and forced a punt. Before they could get the punt off, the Bears took a delay of game penalty, because of course.
  • Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky had a bad rookie moment that resulted in a safety. Under pressure, he kept backing up until he was in the end zone, which was the mistake. He then threw the ball away to pick up an intentional grounding penalty, which is a safety in the end zone. My complaint is not with the grounding, but with the fact that he backed up into the end zone first. He could have taken the sack at the 3 yard line, and needs to know the field position situation there.
  • Trubisky also had a terrible throw in the fourth quarter where he missed a wide-open Dontrelle Inman because his feet were not properly set. Despite a clean pocket, he did something weird where he torqued his upper body, which caused him to put the ball far too wide and out of bounds. Those mechanical issues, and the corresponding accuracy concerns, have been a repeated problem this offseason, and are the #1 thing Trubisky needs to work on this offseason.

  • Chicago’s offense struggled mightily on the day, but I don’t know what you expect when Tom Compton, Bradley Sowell, Hroniss Grasu, Josh Bellamy, and Dion Sims are all starting for you. Even with a competent offensive coordinator-which the Bears decidedly do not have-that’s a recipe for disaster.
  • One screen on 3rd and long was quite illuminating as to the offensive line issues due to three starters (and the top backup) being out. Tom Compton didn’t get out in front of the play like he was supposed to, and ran to the wrong spot on the field, while Hroniss Grasu picked up a holding penalty, which was declined because Tarik Cohen was tackled 10 yards short of the 1st down.
  • One deep throw late in the first half highlighted the wide receiver issues. Trubisky threw a nice, slightly underthrown pass on a Josh Bellamy go route. An NFL WR-not even a great one, just competent-works back to the ball and either has a catch or draws a pass interference penalty. Bellamy was not able to do either, because he is not a competent NFL wide receiver.
  • The Bears ran the ball 6 times for -1 yard in the first half. Yep. That’s what a banged-up offensive line and predictable play calling going against a great defense get you.
  • Consequently, they had only 53 yards and 1 first down at halftime. Compare that to their 7 penalties for 91 yards, and that’s about what the 1st half looked like for the Bears.
  • Late in the 3rd quarter, the Bears faced 3rd and 7. Minnesota came with an obvious blitz, which showed well before the snap, but the Bears had no quick route to counter it. I am so done with this coaching staff.
  • By my count, the Bears ran play-action out of shotgun twice, but never actually ran it out of the shotgun. Unsurprisingly, neither play action got any sort of response from the defense, because they basically never run out of shotgun and defenses know this.
  • The Bears finally got in the red zone in the fourth quarter, getting to 1st and goal at the 6 yard line. They threw it 4 times, didn’t move the pocket or threaten with Trubisky’s legs at all, and didn’t even have Tarik Cohen on the field for any of the four plays. Four incomplete passes. Later in the fourth, they got 7 plays from inside the 10, and still couldn’t score. Again, nothing creative, no moving pockets, nothing.
  • The most “creative” call the Bears tried near the goal line was a play action fake, but the Bears somehow leaked two players to the same spot. It’s the fourth quarter in week 17 and they still can’t run a simple play correctly.
  • WR Dontrelle Inman was more involved than he’s been in a while today, and he had mixed results. He caught 5 catches for 94 yards on 10 targets, and drew 2 defensive penalties. He also had an offensive pass interference called against him, but Inman should be back as a reserve WR for the Bears next year.
  • Another WR who should be back as a reserve next year is Kendall Wright, who also saw a mixed bag today. He entered the day 6 catches short of 60 on the year, which would give him a $375,000 bonus. He finished with 5 catches for 28 yards, and dropped the money ball on a quick slant with nobody near him. He has nobody but himself to blame for not seeing that money.

Defense

  • The defense forced a three and out on the first drive, except nose tackle Eddie Goldman foolishly hit Case Keenum late, giving Minnesota a 1st down by penalty. They took advantage and marched right down the field for a touchdown. As Andrew Dannehy has repeatedly noted, the Bears have a penchant for giving up points on the first drive, and it almost always results in a Bears’ loss.
  • Credit the defense for picking it up after a slow start, though. They had a solid game overall.
  • Christian Jones got the start at outside linebacker today. He had been an inside linebacker most of the season, but they moved him after Pernell McPhee went on IR and he’s slowly been increasing his snaps there. He’s a free agent who shouldn’t cost much money, and I’d like to see him back in Chicago next year.
  • Jones made quite the impact play on ST late in the 1st quarter, when he absolutely destroyed Minnesota’s punt returner with a hit that I heard all the way down in Chicago. It looks like he wants to be back in Chicago next year too.
  • Minnesota came out and ran it right down Chicago’s throat on the opening drive. Inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski both repeatedly got washed out in blocks, forcing safeties Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson to make most of the tackles.
  • Speaking of Eddie Jackson, he had a play in the 1st quarter where he was a split second late breaking on the ball for an interception, which would have been an easy touchdown. Jackson was visibly upset with himself after the play. That has happened several times this year. An offseason of film study to help him react a little quicker could lead to a monster 2018 with several more big plays by Jackson.
  • Somehow John Timu and Marcus Cooper both found there way on to the field on defense in the first half, despite the fact that there were players better than them at their position sitting on the bench. Shockingly, both gave up bad plays. Timu let a running back cut back across him, turning a loss into a gain, while Cooper picked up a penalty to negate a 3rd down stop. Cooper found his way back on the field in the 2nd half after Prince Amukamara got hurt, and he showed up in the wrong way repeatedly, including giving up an easy touchdown.
  • Somehow Sherrick McManis saw a few snaps on defense in the first half as well. It’s amazing that this coaching staff can’t even manage to play their best players on a regular basis. And every time McManis is in he blitzes, which is highly predictable to opponents.
  • It was a rough day for CB Bryce Callahan, who picked up two well-deserved pass interference penalties down the field in the first half that cost the Bears more than 60 yards.
  • Callahan did somewhat redeem himself by picking up a punt return touchdown on a nice trick play. Return man Tarik Cohen faked that the ball was coming to him when it was in fact on the opposite side of the field. This allowed Callahan to catch it and run up the field pretty much uncontested. Some Bears fans might remember Devin Hester and Johnny Knox pulling this off against Green Bay a while back, when Dave Toub was still the special teams coach. Perhaps the Bears dusted this one off looking forward to Toub as their next head coach (I kid, I kid)?
  • Cornerback Kyle Fuller had himself another fine game, though not as emphatic of one as last week. He made a few tackles on short passes and broke up a few deep balls thrown his way, but didn’t get targeted much. It seems Minnesota at least knows who Chicago’s best cornerback is and plays accordingly.

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I hope they fire while he is still in Minn. and make him find his own way back to Chicago.

    • I wouldn’t even let him back in the locker room. Fire him on the field.

      • Bear Instincts

        Ruthless

        • BearDown100393

          Hobo mailed it in.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Why change now?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        maybe they can get stadium security to arrest him for vagrancy.

      • SC Dave

        No doubt that would have endeared management to the players.

    • BearDown100393

      He can stay there.

  • John F

    Anyone who thinks a new new coaching staff will fix this is delusional. You can’t keep drafting busts and paying for free agents that can’t play.

    Keep Pace = Keep Losing

    • BearDown100393

      Post more.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Hey look! You’ve found a single like minded individual. Good for you. Banner day.

        • BearDown100393

          There will be many more

    • Bear Instincts

      go purify yourself in the waters of lake minnetonka

    • Obviously just firing a coach doesn’t fix everything.

      But there are some pieces in place on this roster. That wasn’t the case when Fox showed up 3 years ago. A good offseason could absolutely see them making a big jump in 2018. That includes-but is not limited to-getting a better coaching staff.

      • BearDown100393

        Last offseason was supposed to be the good one.

        Alas, we will have to see the impact of a new HC and staff. And pray to the football gods (who do hate us btw) that we will be the incoming Rams.

        I like Mitch, Jordan, Cohen, Shaheen, Hicks, Goldman. Maybe they above board, just JAGS or most unlikely completely busts.

        But that is not enough. Not by a long shot.

        You are a bad team when your fans are relieved the season is over.

        Its over.

        And nobody is sad about it.

        • Last off-season they reset at QB. That usually means you’re hoping to win in year 2.

          • BearDown100393

            Pace signed Giraffe. That was the plan. An awful decision.

    • Big Mike

      You’re wrong

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      How about a new coaching staff, two wide receivers, one more pass rusher and an inside linebacker? Because that’s what’s missing. And I bet we get them all this spring.

      Plus another off season for Trubisky?

      • John F

        Add two new corners, a left guard, right tackle, tight end, kicker, punter, and a whole mess of competent backups and maybe we can win 7 games next year.

        But don’t expect Pace to do it.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          The Bears starting offensive line was pretty good. Even with two injuries it was still pretty good. That’s better than most of the NFL. But you get down to 1 starter in his natural position and you get what you saw today. I don’t care what team you’re talking about.

          Shaheen is likely your #1 tight end next year for better or worse. I’ll say better, you’ll say worse. Time will tell who’s right.

          Nugent just hit a 54 yarder. So earned himself at least a good hard look next summer.

          We can do this all day. Next year will tell the tale regardless of why either of us says.

    • DBears

      yea… goldman, whitehair, howard, jackson, cohen, floyd, Amos, kwiatowski, Meredith all proven talents with Trubisky, Shaheen, Bullard still with time to prove themselves… oh and Hicks really sucks too! Shut your face. Angelo and Emery really stocked the cupboard for us per you? Yea, white has been a bust due to injury… cant predict that. He singed Glennon and Wheaton… guess to one year prove it deals and now can cut the shit out of them with minimal dead cap. Apparently if your 7th rounder isn’t a ProBowl player you suck as a GM?

      assclown

      • John F

        Bears have NO pro bowl players (alternates are a joke), no impact players, nobody that can change the outcome of a game. They have average players for the most part that would be backups on most other NFL teams. That’s why they have one of the worst records the last three years, not because of the coaching staff. They will be just as bad next year.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          You don’t sports much do you.

          • John F

            You’re right, I must have missed a bunch of wins these last three years.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            It’s comical to me how guys like you just think they should win Championships every year.

            Everybody is slobbing the collective Eagles and Vikings knob. And yet, the Bears last playoff win is more recent than either of them.

            No matter though.

          • John F

            Can I have two winning seasons in a row? Or is that too high a goal?

            I’ve only seen that once in the last 25 years.

          • DBears

            no… we all wanting winning teams but lets be realistic. Pace drafts well and doesn’t screw the team with big FA signings. We had horrible coaching…. I’m sorry, even Fangio was bad….. lets drop our best pass rusher into coverage half the time and blitz once in a blue moon. Most great coordinators get considered for HC jobs…. what does it tell you that he never got a shot? He’s not that great, Fox got canned for underachieving and that short-fat shit OC we have/had was a joke from day one and was ONLY there originally to deal with Cutler because he was such a prick but they had history

          • John F

            So I should be satisfied with the last 25 years of Bears football, got it!

          • DBears

            Then stop watching and get the hell off the Bears blogs.

          • DBears

            honestly…. go look, very few teams have numerous SB appearances outside of GB, NY, Pitt, Indy, NE over that time frame…. we had one in 2006.

          • DBears

            oh. and BTW … there is something all those teams have in common and its not John Fox and Jay Cutler.

          • John F

            Is the right answer “not being owned by the McCaskeys”?

          • John F

            Who said anything about a super bowl? I’m asking for a winning season and am being told that’s too much to ask for.

            Now that’s some low expectations.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not me, dude. One more fucking Lombardi before I die, that’s all I want to see.

            Divisional wins / titles? That’s all noise.

          • John F

            No, I’ll keep watching and bitching until the people who do nothing but make excuses for poor football and seem to be satisfied with continuous losing stop posting.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            let me guess. You don’t accept failure either.

          • John F

            At least I complain about it, somehow that is a bad thing to do around here.

          • DBears

            Complain… but back up your complaints. Don’t say Pace sucks at drafts without proving your case. Yes, White was a miss due to injury… tough to pin that on talent evaluation. I can say he hit on at least a hand full of mid round picks… I’ll take my chances on that discussion of you want to have it… bit don’t just say he sucks with nothing to really justify it

          • DBears

            There is a difference between bitching and offering constructive thoughts. No one is making excuses or accepting Emery and treatman… No one is content with the past 3 season but a fraction of us that also agree with coaching don’t see the reason to fire Pace….. sorry you dont agree. That doesn’t make us complacent… just don’t see the same issue that you do.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Yes. That’s why they hired Pace. And they’re firing Fox. They’re trying to do exactly what you suggest. They’ve tried to rebuild and made two bad hires. They know it as well as you.

            If this is where you spout off about the owners, just pick a new team. They’re not selling.

          • DBears

            No! Tayo Fabuluje got cut…. Pace has no idea what he is doing! He sucks! (sarcasm)

          • Irish Sweetness

            He was a good kid with a weight problem. Well, a food problem.

          • DBears

            Its been 25 years damn it!!! (insert child stopping feet and kicking dirt meme)

          • evantonio

            What team would Howard be a backup on?

            What team would Hicks be a backup on?

            What team would Whitehair be a backup on?

            What team would Goldman be a backup on?

            Sims stinks. I’ll give you that.

          • John F

            We have four starters out of the 22 we need ……. playoffs here we come!

          • evantonio

            So said 98% of Rams fans after last season.

          • DBears

            Go back to the 2012 roster… tell me who was worth a damn other than Forte? Garza? Peppers…. all 32+? This roster was shit back then and that is being polite… it was shit when Emery took over and he drafted like shit too so he added shit to shit! At least you could say there are now younger players in place to build from and that is the point… that’s all thanks to Pace with exception of Long and maybe Fuller… Pace was handed crap and he’s made it a roster with some talent… every team has holes and it will never be perfect but Pace at least deserves a couple more season of a new coach and talent development… his early draft returns in my opinion have earned that.

        • DBears

          I’m done with ignorance…. go look up hicks stats or Howards for that matter and compare them to pro bowlers. They have decent talent at some good spots… I’m not going overboard and saying super bowl bound but you are clueless my friend.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Pro Bowl is a joke also.

  • BerwynBomber

    We stand breathless on the clean edge of change.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      deep.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        …or we need more cardio.

    • BearDown100393

      Just like 3 seasons ago.

    • CanadaBear

      I don’t think Foxy will be quoting unknown folk singers!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      What a tool he was.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    wow- Fox press conference – answered 1 question about game. deferred on 2 others and walked off podium.

    • BerwynBomber

      He knows it’s over and also knows his HC career is as well.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      did he drop the mike?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      “Fox, what’s your next move?”

      “I won’t reveal that, sorry”

      “But you’re supposed to be predictable!”

      “Only on the field, yes.”

      • BearDown100393

        Betty Ford is my guess

    • BearDown100393

      It was over for Hobo when Pace signed Giraffe.

      You cannot enter a regular season with THAT as a starting QB and a draft pick with any hope to making the playoffs, let alone 8-8.

      • Bear Instincts

        Did you know Giraffe Gaffe would be this bad? If you did t and you did not tell Pace you are a disgrace as a Bears fan….lol

        • BearDown100393

          No i didnt. Already on record on that

  • BerwynBomber

    Tip of the hat to the STs. That was a nifty play on the Callahan TD.

    Interestingly enough, we also had another trick ST TD against MIN in our first meeting.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Fitting denouement for Fox.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ll give him credit. He was smart enough to know it would turn into a shit show instantly.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Looking back on it now…

    Why the heck did Pace bring in Giraffe? Don’t know if I could let that one go while Pace is still around. Trubisky’s mechanics need a ton of work. They now have to bring in a competent coach AND a competent OC. Even then, we still have a half a year “rookie” for next year. Lots of work ahead.

    • BearDown100393

      Because Pace made a huge mistake.

      • DBears

        I agree….. we are on the hook now for a ton of guarantees to Glennon and we gave up all those draft picks to get him…. we are screwed!!!

        Oh shit, none of that’s true… signing him didnt mean shit for the team except for fans that want to bitch about it.

        • CanadaBear

          He was way overpaid and was way worse than most of us thought he would be (gotta give Jeff credit for calling him a stiff from day 1). He will get a parting gift of $2.5 mil. All of that is a lot of money for a really crappy player. Overall, BFD, ain’t my money and the Bears certainly weren’t going anywhere even if Glennon was decent.

          • DBears

            No harm, no foul…. he sucked, we all know it and its over with.

          • BearDown100393

            5-11

          • BearDown100393

            Agreed. Jeff does recognize a crappy free agent qb when he sees one.

        • BearDown100393

          This is why the Bears are screwed

          • DBears

            For signing players to one-year prove it deals? Had they not signed Glennon and saved the money…. what good would that extra money have done? Can’t carry all that over from year to year…. there’s no down side to taking a stab at a FA on a team that had a ton of cap space. Should we have just paid Cutler 18 million to get the same results? Would that have made you happy?

          • BearDown100393

            48 games
            34 losses

          • DBears

            right… most of which had to do with a crap roster to start thanks to Emery and most recently crap coaching. Since there seems to be this issue with ownership and GM….. what does ownership need to do and who is your GM??? I hear a lot of complaining but no solutions.

          • BearDown100393

            Its been 3 years.
            Give the excuses a rest.
            That is how we become like the Browns

        • Irish Sweetness

          No, we gave up the draft picks to get a guy that would have been there anyway.

          • SC Dave

            Probably.

    • BerwynBomber

      Bisky started 12 games and will have a full offseason in front of him. It would be absurd to consider him any sort of rookie next year.

      The theory of Glennon made sense. Pull in the youngish back-up and see if you hit the jackpot. Obviously once Pace selected Trubisky, Glennon became less important and more of a longshot. The second bite of the apple, if you will. The mistake was in selecting Glennon himself. But we had seen what the likes of Cutler, Hoyer and Barkley already were. And with the first two we would have seen Bisky even less.

      Bisky missing the first four games should not have a tremendous impact on his development.

      Glennon was a butt ugly mistake but doubtful this team would have made the post-season even with a Keenum or McCown.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The main problem I had with the Glennon signing was the tag. They paid him on potential, and never anything he had done. It was a crazy amount of money for his CV.

        • SC Dave

          Money is not relevant here.

    • SC Dave

      No reason to assume MT would be more “ready” had he been anointed starter day 1.

  • One Brown Bear

    Dear Chicago Bears,

    Goodbye!

    • AlbertInTucson

      LOL.

  • CanadaBear

    I loved the TD on the slant where Cooper just backed up to the back of the end zone daring Diggs to get past him! It worked like a charm. That was one of the easiest TD’s I’ve seen in a while. Now Cooper has a bookend play to go with his dropped TD on the blocked kick. Where does Pace find some of these guys?

  • CanadaBear

    Did you guys see Eddie destroy that FB about 8 yards down the field? Pretty sure that was the FB’s last play in the game. You could hear the hit really well.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Jones laid the wood a couple times today too.

      Gotta look for those small things to keep going.

      • CanadaBear

        Yep! At least they were still balling in week 17.

    • DBears

      I like Jackson a lot, kid can play. Makes Chris Conte look like he was stealing….. and he was cause he sucks.

      • conte is still starting in TB

        • DBears

          Yup… on a team with the 32nd passing defense in the league. Thanks, say something smart next time.

        • BearDown100393

          And look how great that team turned out

      • CanadaBear

        I was actually referring to Goldman. He blew up that poor FB. Although I totally agree with ya about Jackson. I liked the pick and he’s been a player from day 1.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    LOL. Bellamy.

    “Coach Fox is one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around,” receiver Josh Bellamy said. “He’s a fighter. He never lays down. That’s what you want in a coach. When you change coaches, I feel like it’s not the coach; it’s the players that change the culture, not the coach. You might go get another coach and go 0-17. You never know.“

    0-17. Now that’d be something.

    • DBears

      Bellamy couldnt catch an F’in cold! He should pack his shit with Fox and be gone…. just make sure someone else carries his stuff…. lord knows he’d drop it.

      • leftcoastdave

        Josh Bellamy is a player and excellent on special teams, not to mention number two in catches and yards unless that changed today.

    • BearDown100393

      Goodbye Josh

    • Bear Instincts

      I think he meant to say 17 – 0. That would be a hell of a turnaround for this team

  • AlbertInTucson

    LOL.

    Seattle doesn’t know it as they move in to try and retake the lead in their game but, their season is over.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
    • AlbertInTucson

      That was a given.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Yep, I am just hoping the Bears would follow suit and fire Fox today.

    • BearDown100393

      Irsey should go also

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    49ers win to give us a better draft spot.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Top 5 seeds in the NFC were not playoff teams a year ago.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Of the NFC playoff teams, only the Falcons had a WINNING record last year.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      That means….next year’s top seeds will be BUCS, BEARS, NINERS, GIANTS!

      I’ll be ***rich*** as soon as my bookie gets out of prison and takes me off call-block.

      • BearDown100393

        The Bears should expect playoffs.

  • BearDown100393

    Just waiting for it to happen

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blair Walsh misses the go ahead FG for Seattle with :40 left.

    Not that it mattered but,

    Tee hee.

  • leftcoastdave

    So we get to pick 8th. McGlinchy?

  • BearDown100393

    Fire Pete Carroll

    • AlbertInTucson

      Even the Seahawks couldn’t find a reliable kicker and it cost them games this season.

      Being the most penalized team in the league didn’t help, either.

      • BearDown100393

        Overrated roster minus Marshawn

        • AlbertInTucson

          Who in the Seattle organization thought Blair Walsh was a good idea?

          • BearDown100393

            Who is Seattle thinks this team is not trending downward?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nice offensive line there, too.

            They decided they didn’t need Alex Collins, either.

            Collins promptly gave the Ravens a running game they didn’t have.

  • BearDown100393

    48 games
    34 losses
    No extension for Pace.

  • BearDown100393

    Sign Fuller.
    Pace will not find an equivalent replacement

  • BearDown100393

    I like Mitch’s attitude. He wants to do well. Pace owes his quarterback the proper coaching and on field tools to excel in 2018.

    If Pace fails to deliver both by next season, fire him.

  • BearDown100393

    Cut Kyle Long. Be ruthless. All heart. Nothing left of the body. Move forward.

  • BearDown100393

    The best sideline coach was Sanchez.

  • EnderWiggin

    May have been posted, but it is looking like the 8th pick.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      we should take a kicker!

    • BearDown100393

      Any wide receivers out there from D3 with rickets disease?

  • BearDown100393

    Raiders fire Del Rio.

    Your move Gruden.

  • BearDown100393

    Hue stays in Cleveland. Something about not losing his magic…..

    • BerwynBomber

      That’s mind-boggling. 1-31 and he keeps his job.

      • BearDown100393

        Bad teams hang on to bad coaches…..

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          I saw a replay of at least 3 Browns players doing a touchdown celebration today.

          Really? Haven’t won a game all year and doing rehearsed celebrations.

          I bet Cleveland fans loved that.

          • Anthony Shifflett

            Look. They played their hearts out.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Abe Gibron Syndrome”…?

      • willbest

        I see God is getting his chuckles in at Cleveland’s expense early this year.

        • BearDown100393

          He doubled over when Pace decided to sleep on it regarding Hobo

  • willbest

    Bengals send an FU you to the Ravens and the Bills sneak into the playoffs.

    My predictions
    AFC upsets all around Titans over the Chiefs, Bills over the Jags. It won’t matter though because it will be Pats over the Steelers in Foxboro for the AFCC

    NFC Rams over the Falcons, Saints over the Panthers. Vikings beat the Saints, to advance to the SB where Tom Brady does his thing. Pats for the back to back.

    • willbest

      Oh and I have no desire to watch either AFC match up. Since I don’t think any of them are in the same league as any of the NFC teams or the top 2 AFC teams.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Ravens.

      The team virtually EVERY “expert” said nobody wanted to face in the playoffs.

      Well, now they don’t have to.

      Good for Buffalo.

      • willbest

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want the Pats to win again, I just think that is the most likely scenario. There are a lot of other narratives I would like to see happen

        The redemption of Nick Foles, Brees last hurrah, Andy Ried finally beats the clock, McVay the wunderkind

        • AlbertInTucson

          Oh, I’m with you on “No Pats Repeat.”

          Just saw how the Ravens blew it.

          Gave up a 49 yard TD pass, not to A.J. Green, on a 4th and 12.

          • BerwynBomber

            Ouch

          • Anthony Shifflett

            It was pretty bad.

        • BearDown100393

          Foles was terrible in Garbage Bowl against the ‘Boys.

      • BearDown100393

        The Bills got into the playoffs without a starting quarterback.

  • BerwynBomber

    Del Rio arguably should have gotten another year. 25-23 in three seasons at OAK and, IIRC, it was a dumpster fire when he got there.
    More baffling is Caldwell being on the hot seat. He is 35-28 in four seasons with DET with two WC appearances. He has been the most successful HC in DET in the last, what, fifty years? And you want to fire him after a 9-7 season. SMH …

    • willbest

      Carr’s contract got Del Rio fired. It might get the next coach fired too.

      • BerwynBomber

        Not a fan?

        • willbest

          No, I like Carr a lot, but he went from a 96 PR 62 QBR last year to a 86 PR 47 QBR this year, and when the owner locks him up in a top 3 QB contract, that puts the coach on the hot seat.

          • BearDown100393

            I like Carr also. I liked Romo.

            Carr is Romo’d.

    • BearDown100393

      I love Black Monday.

      Especially when it starts the night before.

      The fact that it is NYE just makes it even more precious.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky
    • willbest

      fake news

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Yes. I know. He can’t be an HC for two teams. Just thought it was funny

        • BerwynBomber

          Wonder if Pace would hire a D coach. Wouldn’t be shocked but would be mildly surprised.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            I would be closer to shocked. He can’t risk an OC moving on from Trubisky if it’s going well in a few years.

          • BearDown100393

            It took less time for Kylo Ren to kill his father than Pace to fire Hobo.

          • BearDown100393

            What if Pace actually did keep Hobo?

            Would this board still defend Pace?

            Most likely.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            No.

  • BearDown100393

    Gruden going to Raiders.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Per Schefter at Gruden’s former employer.

      • BearDown100393

        Meaning Gruden told him.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Would have been a hoot if that news had broken anywhere else but the 4-Letter.

          • BearDown100393

            It would be great if it turned out untrue.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh, yes. But I think that’s pretty unlikely in this case.

          • BerwynBomber

            Nothing on the four letter’s website yet …

          • AlbertInTucson

            Just watched Schefter on Sportscenter.

            He said they don’t fire Del Rio unless they are confident they can land Gruden.

            Also said nothing will happen until after ESPN’s NFL post season broadcasts.

    • BerwynBomber

      I like Gruden but this is a dicey move (discounting the financial aspect, of course).

      He was on track to be this generation’s John Madden. Why go through 24/7/365 pressure cooker again?

      Ah well, once a coach always a coach, I suppose.

      • BearDown100393

        Because they all return to the grind they swore to leave forever.

        I like Gruden when he does his X and O shtick.

        I don’t like the “Chucky” persona more or less imitating John Madden.

        The Mouse won’t mind Gruden leaving and taking his $ off the books.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, I’m sure the specter of continued layoffs informed some of his decision.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Gotta wonder if he’s lost a step.

        • BearDown100393

          Jon might want to step away from Mark Davis whenever Sheldon Adelson inevitably shows up with Joe Pesci in tow.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, remember Gibbs?

          Before Hoodie, I thought Gibbs might have been the best HC of the modern era. Won three SBs with three different QBs, and only one of whom was really any good (Theisman).

          Then he came back out of retirement and he was barely mediocre.

          • BearDown100393

            Mediocre was a step up for Snyder

      • SC Dave

        You must mean as a TV personality, not a coach.

        Madden was 103-32-7.
        Gruden 95-81

  • BearDown100393

    Earth to Pace: The NFL does not give a flying fack about edict or NYE.

    The rest of the junk teams are firing their junk and hiring new junk.

    Get your junk going.

  • BearDown100393
    • BerwynBomber

      A few parallels exist between Lewis and your avatar …

      • BearDown100393

        Yep.

        I’m concerned about it also.

  • BearDown100393

    I have not looked so forward to a head coach getting fired since Marc Trestman and Lovie Smith.

    Oh…

  • BearDown100393

    I hope Hue Jackson goes 0-16 next season.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So, 8th pick.

    I was hoping Cleveland would manage to beat us, that would have helped us in more ways than one, but they were just plain worse than us.

    So who is it?

    My head says Quenton Nelson. G. You watch the college boys, I don’t. Elite prospect they say. Logan Mankins. If we want MT to succeed, there’s your guy. And if you’re serious about it, you get the OT in round 2.

    • BearDown100393

      Get the HC first.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I’d be feeling real pretty on that 4-1 docket with Foxy’s name on it right now.

    It Lives.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Is there ANYBODY who would take Ridley the WR?

    Cam may be done. But if Fuller goes, then don’t we need a CB?

    • AlbertInTucson

      I don’t even pretend to know who their pick should be.

    • BearDown100393

      Tag Kyle

  • AlbertInTucson

    Any love for Pat Schumur for HC.

    He knows the division.

    Pretty impressive history as an OC.

    Managed to keep the Vikings offense viable even after the the loss of their starting QB and top RB.

    On the other hand, he couldn’t turn things around as HC in the black hole known as Cleveland (4-12, 5-11j.

    Of course, 9-23 in Cleveland doesn’t look too shabby next to 1-31.

    • BearDown100393

      At least he is not Fisher.

    • BerwynBomber

      Jeff’s high on him, I believe.

      • BearDown100393

        That is a ringing endorsement

        • AlbertInTucson

          He and I bump heads often, but he did, early on, accurately assess the QB situation.

          • BearDown100393

            Jeff knows a bad QB when he sees one.

            Does he know a good one?

            Time will tell.

          • I will never forget his immortal words.

            “Enough with Jay Cutler already”

            Couldn’t make it up.

          • BearDown100393

            Paraphrased off Elway

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’d be interested to hear Professor Wood’s Thoughts on the matter.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He would seem to be an excellent choice to tutor Mr. Trubisky.

      He also knows how to use a tight end so maybe he could help Shaheen become what we would all like to see.

      Of course, he’d have to dig up facsimiles for Diggs and Thielen.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! you miserable bastards.

    I’m gonna need copious ammounts of whiskey and sloppy head tonight to get the 2017 Bears out of my mind.

    Alright jerks.

    Also, I keeeled 505 in the FF championship, even with my JV team that included Howard.

    So, here’s to another yr of the Bears sucking, and me winning FF.

    L’chailm!

    • BearDown100393

      The 2018 Bears are the same as the 2017 until Pace fires Hobo.

      Chug.

      • What a wasted yr.

        I don’t know how so many bloggers on here were using the INJ apology for Fox.

        As if they didn’t see his ingame dumbfuckery last yr.

        I was also highly skeptical of Birdcage last yr, but gave him a chance considering Cargo, Barkley and Hoyer.

        Guess my original skeiticism was vaild.
        Oh Well.

        May have to flush Pace too.

        What happens if he does his Ted Thompson impersonation again next FA?

        Stuck with him for another 3 yrs?

        yikes.

        • BearDown100393

          Wipe them out.
          All of them.
          McCaskey
          Phillips
          Pace
          Hobo
          It all must end

          • AlbertInTucson

            Dream on.

          • BearDown100393

            All I got

  • BerwynBomber

    Sat 3:35 Titans @ Chiefs ESPN
    Sat 7:15 Falcons @ Rams NBC
    Sun Noon Bills @ Jaguars CBS
    Sun 3:40 Panthers @ Saints FOX

    • BearDown100393

      Fire Andy Reid.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Bills to the playoffs DESPITE that circus they had at QB from Taylor to Peterman and back to Taylor.

    Peterman had more INTs in 1 game (5) than Taylor had all season (4).

    • Yes, but can you REALLY win it all with Alex Smith or Tyrod without a once-a-decade D?

      Magic 8ball says…not likely.

      • BearDown100393

        No

      • AlbertInTucson

        No argument.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy New Year, folks!

    • BearDown100393

      It will be when Hobo is fired

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  • BearDown100393

    Hire Data to find the HC
    If the HC goes at least 7-9, give Data Pace’s job.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Would he work for the McCaskeys…?

      • BearDown100393

        He already does when posting on Jeff’s blog

        • AlbertInTucson

          I don’t agree.

          • BearDown100393

            Oh well

    • No offense to Data, but I don’t know if I could ever trust football decisions to a guy who likely never played.

      Football is a unique beast.

      Need reason, but instinct and experience are just as vital.
      There’s a reason MB and I coined him “Data”

      • BearDown100393

        Pace played?

        • My point exactly.

          Also, he did play in college if I remember.

          • BearDown100393

            Yeah but that was Dungeons & Dragons

          • BearDown100393

            Eastern Illinois

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            4 years at EIU as DE. still holds some records

  • AlbertInTucson

    Freezing temps in Philly to sit thru a 6-0 “thriller”.

    • BearDown100393

      Aka The Nick Foles Experience

      • AlbertInTucson

        4 of 11 with an INT.

        • BearDown100393

          That will net him Giraffe $

  • BearDown100393

    22 minutes left of a horrible year and the beginning of Black Monday.

    Adios Hobo

    • AlbertInTucson

      McCaskeys Fire On a holiday…?

      • BearDown100393

        They better.
        Everyone else will

        • Bears are like an obsolete monarchy.

          Eating their cakes while family is beheaded.

          It’s ashame. Everyone, even the Puke, want the Bears to succeed.

          But they’re too incompetent, stupid and lazy.

          • BearDown100393

            Family photo like the last czar

          • EnderWiggin

            Nice FF round this week, man.

  • BearDown100393

    12 minutes until the day Hobo is fired.

  • BearDown100393

    Fire Hobo

  • CanadaBear
  • ButtonShoes

    7:29 AM Central Standard Time on Black Monday and John Fox still hasn’t officially been let go. The Bears can’t even fire someone correctly.

    • BearDown100393

      Then fire Pace

  • BearDown100393

    This year’s schedule is brutal

  • ButtonShoes

    And Adam Schefter’s reporting that Fox has finally been fired.

    GOOD RIDDANCE. You’re up next, Pace.

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