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The 2017 Bears’ Greatest Sin: They Are a Bore

| November 14th, 2017

Sometimes fans and football media (bloggers too, for that matter) get so wrapped up in the particulars of NFL action they lose touch with the bigger picture. Snap counts. A-gaps. Running into run looks. Drama between GM and coach. It’s all the stuff that allows us to fill space – whether that’s a newspaper column or blog post or Twitter feed. And with only 60 minutes of game action a week, it’s not that easy to six days of space. Hell, there’s a reason the Chicago Tribune has about nine people covering the Bears.

But this whole sports thing is supposed to be entertaining. This is supposed to be something we do for enjoyment. Yes, for the media it’s a job but these guys aren’t covering Afghanistan or sex abuse scandals or gun violence in Chicago. This is all supposed to be fun. And the 2017 Chicago Bears are not entertaining. They are not enjoyable. They are not fun.

They are a massive fucking bore. And that alone should be enough to get people fired.


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The empty seats at Soldier Field Sunday – against the team’s oldest rival, with actual things on the line – were just the beginning. The Lions are coming to town in the thick of a playoff hunt with a fan base that loves traveling south to Chicago and annoying the shit out of me in Rossi’s. What is that building on the lakefront going to sound like when half the seats are silver and blue?

The Bears have the awful Niners at Soldier Field in December. Who is going to that game?

They have the worst organization in the history of pro sports, the Cleveland Browns, coming to Soldier Field on Christmas Eve!! Who is going to THAT game? Oh that’s right, I am! You’ll see me on television. I’ll be the guy in the stands.

The Bears have a solution to this problem on the roster. He’s 23 years old and he wears number 10. He is capable of doing far more than this stubbornly antiquated coaching staff is allowing him to do. Let him throw the ball early and often. Let him make mistakes with his arm. Let him throw a few interceptions a week if it’s going to come with touchdowns and yardage and excitement. Deshaun Watson threw 8 picks in his short tenure as Houston’s starter. Did anybody care? Nope.

But the Bears are obviously not going to do that with their current head coach. They are going to continually, and predictably, keep running into 9-man fronts and throw only when behind the chains. They are going to continue with an offensive game plan that bewilders color commentators and excites opposing defenders. They are going to keep boring us all to death because that’s how the head coach wants to win.

And the seats will remain empty. The televisions off. The stories unclicked. Because nobody actively seeks out boredom.

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  • Cockney Kirk

    They have the worst organization in the history of pro sports, the Cleveland Browns, coming to Soldier Field on Christmas Eve!! Who is going to THAT game? Oh that’s right, I am! You’ll see me on television. I’ll be the guy in the stands.

    That should be a watershed game for the team since it may very well be that we could pick Jeff out in the stands, it will be that empty.

    While other teams led by mega asswipes like Stan Kronke don’t care about what happens in the stands anymore, the Bears org will be humiliated by the Christmas Nobody Cared. And that’s the fucking coal that Ginny will be getting in her stocking.

    • BearDown100393

      If it brings change bring it on

    • Like when Artoo wore the superman outfit, Jeff should wear like The Tick outfit, out of protest.

      Spoon!

  • Bear Instincts

    Let’s start looking at potentiallly exciting new HC’s. It is boring to talk about Firefox.

  • SC Dave

    *Yawn* What a boring article.

    Sorry Jeff, just couldn’t help it.

  • BearDown100393

    Cleveland has a better front office. And better ownership.

    The Browns will trend upward long before the Bears unless serious change (beginning at ownership) happens.

    The Bears are boring because the team lacks depth. And its starters are simply not very good across the board. This assertion will of course be criticized. Bears fans tend to over exaggerate the abilities of their current starting players. And when some of these players actually make a roster elsewhere and somewhat contribute on the odd play or two, use the video bit as some type of validation toward the quality of the player.

    The last true star from the Chicago Bears was Brian Urlacher. And that was a lifetime ago in the football world.

    This is a bland vanilla football team playing bland vanilla losing football.

    I’d rather win boring than lose exciting.

    The Bears are just bad. Period.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Cleveland has a better front office.”

      That’s why a team that is in DIRE need of a QB passed on Wentz and Watson?

      • BearDown100393

        And the Bears?

  • It’s all part of the plan

    Can we all agree that I really took it to Fres last night in fantasy. It was fantasy alright…. a weird german fantasy where all of the studs on my fantasy roster plundered Fres until he was slumped over a couch and not even able to remember his stage name.

    #youplaytowinthegame

    • You’re like the 3rd down back king.

      Kamara, McCaffery and Cohen

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen that strategy.

      Though I did notice Stafford starting over Trub….

      Edit…Oh Fres…

      Member when I said you’ll be haiting Hilton when he blew up for 47 on ur bench, then would get you 2 points this week?

      Ahhhh FF, you fickle mistress…

  • Bear Instincts

    Is John Fox the best coach to get the most out of MT10?

    Is John Fox the best coach to get the most out of the Bears in the next 3-4 years?

    Is John Fox the best coach to get the Bears to the SB?

    • evantonio

      Dave Toub for HC.

  • leftcoastdave

    Elimination Sunday.

    The O line cracked. The D-7 disappeared. Our vaunted rookie QB still remains the deer in the headlights.

    The rebuild continues mid-season with Bellamy being the go to receiver.

    Like the Cubs eternally, wait ’till next year.

    • BearDown100393

      New ownership. World Series Championship.

    • Big Mike

      Rebuilding the rebuild is what started after Sunday’s game.

      • leftcoastdave

        Rebuild redux.

    • Tortured Bear fan

      if that were the case, they will be champions in 2094. 🙁

  • CanadaBear

    Apparently Jeff missed the Bob Avellini years. This team is wildly exciting compared to those teams! I’m hoping Foxy has to go to the principle’s office to get the new plan. Let MT develop. If the O starts to come around and the D gets back to actually stopping teams, maybe he gets to stick around. If he continues with this insane BS of running into 9-man fronts, send W@B packing immediately.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’m all for firing him immediately or at worst end of the season. Sunday was the point of no return.

      I would have been fine if they had gotten rid of him at the end of the year anyway, but Sunday was unforgivable for about a dozen different reasons. I agree with Jeff: Fox’s tenure effectively ended at around 3:00 CT Sunday.

      • CanadaBear

        With ya all the way!

      • Big Mike

        Agreed on all counts.

  • willbest

    “The Bears have a solution to this problem on the roster. He’s 23 years
    old and he wears number 10. He is capable of doing far more than this
    stubbornly antiquated coaching staff is allowing him to do.”

    Evidence not in the record. He holds the ball too long, because he is slow through his progressions, and he is constantly overthrowing or under throwing his receivers.

    “Let him throw a few interceptions a week if it’s going to come with touchdowns and yardage and excitement.”

    They don’t believe the conditional part of your statement. They don’t think the INTs are going to come with a couple TD’s a piece. And they probably figure the best way to bring him along is to never let him get okay with throwing INTs in the first place. Now its okay to disagree that INTs are habit forming, or that this total risk aversion is going to produce a QB too timid to get shit done, but then you are arguing that Fox isn’t an HC that can develop a QB, and I said that much a year ago when I said they needed to fire him if they want to bring in a rookie QB.

    “And the seats will remain empty. The televisions off. The stories unclicked. Because nobody actively seeks out boredom.”

    This incidentally is a league wide problem, and not specific to the Bears. Which in a perverse way absolves the Bears of having to do anything.

    Quite frankly, I think Fox has had his hands tied by Pace in all of this. I have to believe that if he were making the decisions Sanchez would be out there. But he isn’t allowed to put the 2 million dollar QB coach taking up a roster spot out there when the team is paying Glennon 18 million and Trubisky 15 million.

    • Scharfinator

      I’m with you on Sanchez. Would have been much better than Glennon as the placeholder QB… He definitely understands how to let a dominant D run the show.

      • Big Mike

        Sanchez has no on field value. He was terrible the last time he played and he’s gotten older, slower, has no relationship with any of the receivers on the field

        • leftcoastdave

          Did you hear Mitchell’s interview where he spoke of his familiarity with Bellamy as a go to guy? I would love to see Bellamy turn into “the man” for the rest of the season, given how he puts his heart and soul into the game.

          • Tortured Bear fan

            if he doesn’t start dropping passes everywhere as usually does

          • leftcoastdave

            No, the off season hands transplants have largely been successful.

          • Big Mike

            My brother laughed at me when I said this. My quote on Bellamy “this guy does everything pretty well, routes, separation, blocking. He does everything like that. But he can’t catch”. SMH

        • BerwynBomber

          I’ll forever remain unconvinced that Sanchize would have looked as inept as Glennon.

          • Big Mike

            If he had been given the offseason as the #1, you are correct. You realize he hasn’t played in years…

          • BerwynBomber

            Of course on both counts.

    • BearDown100393

      Sanchez is garbage. Rotating the cans at the curb really solves nothing.

      • willbest

        Sanchez has more key game experience than the other two QB’s combined. And more playoff experience than everybody on that offense except Sitton.

        • BearDown100393

          Playoffs?!

      • Scharfinator

        Sure it does. One can leaks turn overs. One only leaks when he runs into another member of his own team… 😀

    • BerwynBomber

      Beyond the shitty weather, Rodgers not playing probably had a sizable effect on attendance, even among Bears fans.

      I had one DBBer tell me that the game wouldn’t be that important because beating GB w/out Rodgers would be a hollow victory. IMO that was an insanely arrogant viewpoint but there you have it.

      Attendance might uptick for DET if the weather’s half-decent. Problem now is a 3-6 team playing for next year. And yes a couple of the upcoming games are true dogs — namely SF and CLE.

      Also as you note attendance is a league-wide problem but an arguably overstated one too. The NFL’s popularity probably peaked a few years back but it still is king and does unreal #s. The LA Chargers being a unique exception.

    • WP4Life

      timid approach is stunting #10 growth. With this loss the season is done, play and coach for the long term.

      • SC Dave

        There is no evidence to suggest that a more open game plan would accelerate MTs development.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          there is no evidence against it either.

        • WP4Life

          AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IT WONT.

    • Big Mike

      This is on Fox. Not Pace. The whole takes to long in his progressions thing is curable with reps.

      • willbest

        As long as you don’t mind losing yep. Fox doesn’t have that luxury. He is trying to win these games while develop a QB that has minimal college experience, and the simple fact is you can’t do that. He is compromising on all fronts and the result is he isn’t doing anything successfully.

        His problem is if he goes 4-12 with Trubisky going 12 TDs and 22 INTs then he is out of a job.

        • Big Mike

          He’s already gotten himself fired. A good coach and his staff would not have lost to GB.

          • willbest

            I said this yesterday and Sunday, but to recap. We learned nothing new about Fox on Sunday. The only change was the fan’s emotional investment in this particular loss.

          • BerwynBomber

            Sure we did. We learned that in the biggest “must-win” game of his Bears career his team would come out looking totally flat and unprepared. On both sides of the ball.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            After a bye…..

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And the opponent on a short week……

          • With a a 5th rd 2nd string QB, 2nd string OT, and 3rd string HB getting his first touches.

          • willbest

            But that has been a regular theme throughout his tenure here.

          • Big Mike

            I agree.

  • evantonio

    Is there an official company line to why Wheaton doesn’t get on the field?

    • willbest

      He dropped a bunch of balls and can’t get separation?

      • evantonio

        sounds like a typical bears WR.

  • I’d rather watch a boring team win than an exciting team lose, but that’s just me.

    But there’s nothing worse than a boring loser, which is what the Bears are.

    • BearDown100393

      There’s nothing worse than a boring loser providing no optimism for a better future.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis
  • Big Mike

    That is what the anguish is about. Yesterday’s loss makes watching the Bears similar to breaking down film for position groups. A tedious task.

    • leftcoastdave

      Well, now with the season over for all practical purposes, it frees up Sundays for the rest of the year. I will cantor at 10:30 Mass instead of 9:00am and have more morning time around the house.

      • Big Mike

        I will most likely start gambling and drinking heavily. Kidding… just do life. Might head to a few college games stay overnight. Watch kids I’ve coached play, tailgate etc. Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Maryland (yuk.. but chance to see Penn State) JMU (1aa national Champs)

        • CanadaBear

          Just take Willie and George’s advice. Willie makes a good point. There’s more old drunks than there are old doctors, So I believe I’ll have another round!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwvuMSARQS0

          • Big Mike

            🙂

    • willbest

      But the thing about the GB game is there was nothing surprising about the loss. Sure the TD/fumble challenge was shockingly awful, but the offense plodding around scoring 13-17 points was expected. The D was supposed to win this one, and they failed to capitalize on GB’s woes because without Danny they don’t have a competent captain on the field.

      Hicks is the best player on the Roster this year, but Danny is clearly the most important.

      • Big Mike

        We had our hope raised. I was in fact surprised they came out flat. In hindsight, that’s a Fox pattern. So is sucking after a break. WTF did they do for 14 days? There were elements of the Game Plan that were new, but the defining strategy in the first half was don’t fuck up. I’m just a Middle School Football Coach. But we treat every possession as an opportunity to get 7 points. The bears treated each possession in the first half as if they’d be really happy to punt. That mindset cost them chances.

        The defense was mauled at he point of attack. I don’t want to hear about Kyle Fuller. This was on the front 7. They gave up 5-6 YPC on first down at least 12 times. It was Trestmanesque

        The Offense should have put up 24.

  • Cockney Kirk
    • BearDown100393

      Good.

    • “Still, for me, the moral of that story was proven so many other times
      during those five Jauron-led seasons: play not to lose every week and
      that’s what you’ll end up doing the majority of the time.” – Wiederer

      Yup.

      Not two weeks ago Jeff was relaying how funny he thought it was that Bears fans wanted Harbs the “master of the ugly win”

      But no one doubts Harbs is aggressive when he needs to be.

      John Fox meanwhile is nearly always conservative like Jauron – no matter what – and that is why he too is the master of the pretty loss.

      29% winning pct
      0-6 when favored
      0-? after bye

      In the words of Green, we are who we thought they were.

      Losers.

  • BerwynBomber

    So … DET. Now that there are no expectations I somehow expect this Bears team to win this one.

    • CanadaBear

      If the D comes to play the Beloved have a good chance of winning. If not, uh-oh. You know the Loins will score some points.

      • BerwynBomber

        Lions still have no running game though. Plus, we get Trevathan back, correct?

        • CanadaBear

          I haven’t heard anything about DT. When the Bears stink up the place they can make any team’s running game look like a juggernaut. It will be interesting to see if the team seems a little down going forward.

    • BearDown100393

      Zero faith in the offense. The defense will have to win on both sides of the ball for the remainder of the season. And that is a rather tedious proposition.

  • Sactowns#1

    What is the benchmark we are trying to reach with Mitch? What do you need to see to say “yup that’s the Bears future”? What would you need to see to say “we need to draft a QB again”?

    • willbest

      Mitch Trubisky is the Bear’s starting QB in 2018, and there is nothing that is going to convince anybody in the organization to consider drafting a QB before 2019.

      • Sactowns#1

        Well just as a thought experiment, if you were GM what would it take?

        • CanadaBear

          Cade McNown level of play.

        • willbest

          He would need to not look like an NFL QB by about week 8-10 next season.

          • Agree. To me, it’s not about stat benchmarks

            He’s just gotta look like a QB, like you said.

            Trub has to look comfortable, poised, and above all, consistent.

            His mistakes gotta be understandable cuz he’s not gonna have the built in excuse of “rook” next season.

            He’s also GOTTA show he’s clutch.

            That he can win some games on the final drive.

        • There really is no thought experiment, Sac.

          Once a GM drafts a QB #2 overall, there’s no turning back.

          The second he benches that QB, he’s as good as gone.

          Pace is now tied to Trub for better or worse.

          If Trub sinks, Pace will go down with the ship.

    • CanadaBear

      No benchmarks, just continued progress.

    • BearDown100393

      Realistically the organization will give him at least next season as the starting quarterback. If he regresses beyond what has been shown now (doubtful but just saying), the clock definitely ticks on Pace. It already should be ticking but then again…. these are the Bears.

      • Sactowns#1

        For moving up in the draft and passing on Jimmy G- Pace should certainly be on the hot seat. The fact that the FAs he has gotten have been 90% busts should mean if he doesn’t spend his big chunk of FA cash wisely next year and land a couple hits then he should be gone.

        • Ah yes, missing on a 26 year old QB about to be paid $25M a year who has 63 passes to his name is just indefensible.

          Don’t get me wrong, I like Garappolo. But there are reasons to look in the draft, most notably that 4 years of the guy you drafted will cost about the same as 1.5 years of Jimmy G.

          The single most valuable contract in the NFL is a quality QB starter on a rookie deal. The odds of that with a top 5 draft pick are historically about 50%. The odds of that with Jimmy G are 0%.

      • Realistically Trubisky will get at least 2018 and 2019.

        And realistically the Bears are going to suck through probably 2020 or 2021 if Trubisky busts (which I don’t think happens). On the flip side, if Trubisky pans out (which I think he does), 2018-2021 should be quite fun.

        http://dabearsblog.com/2017/data-entry-trubisky-will-determine-next-five-years-for-bears

  • CanadaBear

    In 41 games under Fox the Bears have been favored 5 times. The Bears lost all 5 games. All three years under Fox the Bears have lost their game after the bye. I remembered that before the GB game and that was a big reason I wasn’t shocked when they went down in flames.

    • BerwynBomber

      The Hundley game most reminded me of the Skins game near the end of last year.

      Obviously big difference between Cousins and Hundley but I recall feeling optimistic about the game and it was a chance to knock WAS out of the playoffs. And then we got smoked on both sides of the ball and the whole Matt Barkley fantasy came to a crashing halt.

      Until Sunday the last game we had been favored in was TB game last year. That game effectively ended Cutty’s career in CHI. I suspect the Hundley game ended Fox’s.

      • CanadaBear

        It wasn’t just losing, it was being wildly out-coached by someone that isn’t all that. Every game they come out flat. Sometimes they adjust and sometimes they remain flat the entire game. Sometimes I think they copy Maddon but they bring in a hypnotist instead of a magician.

        • BerwynBomber

          Exactly. We made McCarthy and Capers look like Walsh and Belichick. It’s one thing when Rodgers does that for McCarthy. It is another thing when our coaching staff does that for both of them.

          Ah well. As the grumpy, hooded genius would say, onto DET.

    • BearDown100393

      In 41 games with Pace and Hobo, the Bears have been favored 5 times and lost all 5 games. It goes beyond bad coaching.

      • CanadaBear

        No doubt Pace’s seat is warming up but we don’t agree about how warm it is. Foxy’s pants must be on fire!

        • Bear Instincts

          Pace found the talent and gave it to Fox to do with as he will.
          Pace is not the one telling Fox not to play Saheen.
          Pace is not the one telling Fox not to let MT10 air it out.
          Pace is not the one telling Fox not to give the ball to Tarik.
          Pace is not the one telling Fox to run the ball on 1st down on every play. .

          • BearDown100393

            It will be up to another staff to validate or expose that “talent”

          • Bear Instincts

            That is the whole point. This staff is incapable of doing anything with the talent it has been given. Regardless of how bad the talent is you have to at least try to make something out of nothing. Fox and crew are not even trying. Its time to let someone else have a shot at this.

          • Of course!

            This is what a lot of us have been saying all along.

            Can’t judge ANY GM until he gets his HC/QB combo.

            That’s the way every other sane organization does it, except the fucking Bears.

            That’s why I never bought GPs conspiracy theory.

            Pace was getting 2018 no matter what, even without Trub

            The McCaskeys weren’t gonna fire him until they saw how the team developed with his QB/HC.

            QB is on board.

            Next stop, HC.

            Then we can really start evaluating Pace – his drafts, FA s, and coaching choices.

            You know, like a normal fucking team.

            Bears always do everything backwards.

      • How many of those games were w Cutler, Hoyer, Barkley, Glennon?

    • ButtonShoes

      Make that 6. Sunday’s game was the 6th time. And of course, the Bears lost.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Have we scored on an opening drive this year?

    • RenoBear

      I believe the answer is….. no. Not a single fucking point

    • Big Mike

      No

    • Big Mike

      Have we ever looked good after a bye week

  • Bear Instincts

    The 2017 season is about the growth/development of MT10 because
    1 – he will be able to elevate the play of average WR’s (look at what Erin does for the Cheese)

    2 – draft capital can be spent on building the rest of the team (o-line/special teams/wr’s/defense)

    • R1: edge rusher
      R2: OT
      R4: WR and ??

      That’s how I’d rank it based on needs right now. I wouldn’t mind a R4 DL pick, can always use more depth and talent in the trenches.

      • Concur.

        I would like a NT in the 4rth. A team can get a top 5 NT even in the 4rth if the draft falls right.

        I also wanted us to draft the best K with a 6th pick since Gould was cut.

        Unless Barth begins making them from 50 on a regular basis, I’d advocate the same again.

        With McPhee aging, Young all-but gone, OLB/rush might become a priority

        Though it always depends on who’s available

        Is the 3rd best OLB/Rush preferable over the projected top RT or 2nd best WR, given our roster?

        These are decisions Pace will have to assess.

        Though the main thing he MUST do this Offseason (besides get the HC/OC right) is SPEND $$$ on blue-chip FAs so he won’t have to reach come April

        • I’m down with a K in the 5th or 6th round. Hell, even the 4th.

          Then yeah, there’s always some discrepancy based on how the board falls. You don’t want to reach on a lesser player just because it’s a need position. But ideally that’s how the top 2 rounds especially will fall, IMO.

          I think they’re going to be cutting Massie and upgrading RT in FA. Also adding a WR, plus re-signing Cam and Inman, makes that less of an immediate priority.

          McPhee is shot, Young is old and shot, so the Bears have nothing at OLB besides Floyd, and that’s a spot where good players basically don’t hit FA. I think the Bears need to get a top edge rusher in the draft this year.

          Look at this list of OLB scheduled to hit FA. 3 players who currently have more than 1 sack, and 2 of them are older than 30 (the other is 27 and has 2 sacks this year, and 3 in his 4-year career). http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/free-agents/outside-linebacker/

          • If we pick 7ish, then that’s the way I see the draft playing out for us

            3rd best OLB/rush

            (2 of them almost always go top 5)

            If there’s an elite LT, he’ll be gone by 5 too.

            If the OT class is like this past draft (kinda weak), we could be looking at our choice at OT.

            The top WR typically is also gone 5ish range.

            So we’ll more likely be looking at 2nd best WR (didn’t exactly work out with White who was only behind Cooper in all draftboards)

            yeah, quality OLBs and OTs rarely hit the market, but I can almost guarantee Pace is looking for RT upgrade.

            Don’t know if that’s through draft or FA, but it’ll happen.

            I would stick to trying to draft a great K in the 6 range.

            I might’ve gonna higher, like you, but Aguoyo has scared the shit out of me lol

            I’m not sure Cam is even an option going forward. Last I heard, he had nerve damage, which can kill careers (see Victor Cruz) esp WRs.

            Then again, I didn’t expect shit from Tre this yr, and he recovered like Wolverine.

            Still need a baller at WR though.

            A big fast freak to stretch the field and be a redzone target

            (Pace probably envisioned Shaheen in that role, but jury will be out on him for 2 more seasons).

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    christ, The Kid through for almost 300 yards with this batch of receivers.

    I wasn’t bored. That was exciting enough.

    If Fox had not done (another) stupid challenge we would not be not talking about a boring game.

    • willbest

      The offense was really 1 bonedheaded challenge away from a respectable 23 point performance.

    • Big Mike

      The job of the offense is to score. Can’t do that as much as you need to if your head coach thinks a punt is a great offensive play, plays not to lose.

    • Is Long our best Olinemen?

      Best ability is availability.

      I would contend Sitton is now our best Olinemen, though they’re always hard to judge.

      And although Leno doesn’t get much love, he’s been an Iron Man (knock on wood)

      I think 16 teams would kill for him right now – like the Cowboys for starters.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Leno is better than I thought he’d be. Hroniss is really the weak link. What I find impressive is the fact that they keep swapping interior linemen around and they seem to do well. Might take a hot second, but they really do seem to be “next man up”. Perhaps the offensive line coach is earning his keep.

        • Yeah, I’ve said it for a while now, I’m not that worried about OG (which is why I would’ve traded Long)

          Under Birdcage, we’ve squeezed a lot from OG.

          Whitehair (originally), Sitton, Long, Slausen, Kush, even Larsen.

          This proves that whatever system they got going, they’re good at either evaluating or coaching up the OGs.

          I would have cut the Romanian skater long ago.

          but starting him last game was yet another bozo HC decision.

          I’d have starte Whitehair at C, and plugged in Sowell at OG.

          There’s a reason Howard couldn’t get anything going last game, and it ain’t cuz he sucks.

          • madscout12

            2 reasons. Bad O-Line play and no threat of a passing game. Run blitz every 1st and 2nd down.

      • A7Xthebest

        Long has been quickly becoming one of my least favorite Bears.

        • Yeah, Long is an expensive cheerleader.

          And when things go wrong, he seems to kinda pout.

          Maybe he’s just frustrated cuz he’s always INJ.

          Still..

          I also blame him for Grasu being on the team.

          Guilty by association.

  • Doc Hamstring

    Watched some film on the CB Jeff profiled on Saturday, Isaiah Oliver. My thoughts:

    Kid’s a great runner. Great lean, long stride, has effortless power and uses his whole leg. He has long arms, and uses them well to leverage receivers and keep tacklers away from his body when he’s returning punts. Plus, he’s got great reach and soft hands. He opens his hips quickly and easily when changing direction, especially out of his backpedal. He adjusts to receiver route cuts in a blink. He has a good crouch for bump-and-run and the LOS, and disrupts the WR release with (again) those long arms.

    The not-as-good: his feet aren’t quick. His speed comes from stride length, so he ends up trailing the receiver and making up ground. His backpedal, from the limited sample I’ve seen, is not good. It’s basically a 3-5 step warm-up for him to turn his hips and run. I didn’t see any plays where the pattern takes advantage of this (when the WR cuts during the CB transition from backpedal), but again, his hips are very fluid and maybe this won’t be a problem. When he lines up 7+ yards off the ball, then, his backpedal is slow and he “catches” the WR in the pattern. To me, that spells trouble for slants. Then again, any time a CB lines up 7+ yards off the ball, slants are going to be trouble. Finally, he looks a bit light. 6’1″ & 195 is what he’s listed at, right? I guess that’s what Peanut played at. This kid looks like he could and should put 10 lbs of muscle on his legs.

    All in all, he looks like a solid player. In the film I watched, he only lined up on the defensive left. I don’t know if that’s CU’s scheme, or if they set him on the left side for a reason. He’d need to play either side as a pro.

    Oh, and I watched his Decathlon tape, too. Kid is impressive there. The real question is, can he jump out of a swimming pool?

  • SC Dave

    Jeff… excellent tweet on proofreading

    • When I ran my own site for a while, it was very time-consuming. Especially since a few of the writers were not very good with grammar.

      It’s really hard to let somebody keep their own voice and message while re-writing most of what they wrote.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The internet is KILLING grammar and punctuation.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          My kids text me, and half the time i don’t know what they’re even saying. One of them is in 4 honors courses including English.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Proper punctuation is a necessity.

            In the sentence “Let’s eat, Fred! “ vs. “ Let’s eat Fred!”, that comma is very important.

            Especially to Fred.

          • “Grammar: the difference between helping your Uncle Jackoff a horse and
            helping youruncle jack off ahorse.”

      • Luckily for Artoo and Ender, I self-edited.

        Sure that saved them a world of hemorrhoids.

        Only thing is I had to tone down the cursing , but I can spell assfuckery properly at least.

        • EnderWiggin

          Man, you had the best. I’d actually post it before I read it. Eventually, I think you had the permissions to just post them yourself.
          I really, think you and R2 should keep the youtube blog show going. I’d even help you guys.

  • SC Dave

    No Jeff, the Bears biggest 2017 sin, by a mile, is not remaining relevant even as far as Thanksgiving.

    And worst, of course, losing twice to the fucking Packers.

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  • This team is just constipated, and we all know why (One-hard-dump-away from retirement Fox).

    This O could do soooo many things with Trub and O that doesn’t require a degree from MIT.

    Relatively simple stuff that can open up the playbook and put Ds on their toes for once.

    To rehash:

    – more read.

    Howard looked good out of the shotgun. I was a bit skeptical of him getting it from shotgun, but I think that was our biggest run of the game.

    Out of the read, he could give it to Howard, run, or throw it to Shahheen/Inman

    That already stresses D. Just those 3 options right there.

    – (fake) Jets sweeps with Cohen

    . Finally did it after I called for it since day 1. Think this is twice total thus far. But hey, fuckheads, from time to time gotta hand it off to Cohen to make those LBs respect the perimter.

    If you’re really smart, could do a fake jet sweep to Cohen, and Trub can throw it or run it.
    Or if you’re McVay level, maybe even screen…

    – Screens!

    Holy shit. We might have one of the most dangerous screen HBs in Cohen, and naturally, we don’t use him in that manner.

    OR if you don’t like HB screens to slow down Trub getting sacked and 9 man boxes murdering Howard, how about screen to the WR?

    Bellamy can block. Sasheen can block. Wright can get in the way.

    Trips, have Inman get the quick screen, and let them rumble (or, if you want Inman and Bellamy to block while Cohen gets the screen, fine).

    This should pull the S away from the box or the blitz. And if it doesn’t, TD.

    (If you’re really advanced, reverse screen, or fake screen hand-off)

    – QB draw.

    Go empty. If the numbers are there, and if it’s man, Trub runs. If not, see above or bomb.

    Give Trub the option. Simple two play audible anyone whoever played Madden can recognize

    – Reverses.

    More on the gimmicky side which only struggling Os must resort. But hey, our O is struggling. Maybe ONE per game if the situation is right (like 2nd and 4 and they’re shooting up field without containing)

    – Triple option.

    Put Cohen and Howard in the diamond formation. Make the Ds guess who’s gonna run it.

    From time to time, PA, hit Inman on a stop and go.

    – More PA.

    Doesn’t necessarily have to be boot, just PA. Self explanatory.

    – Shovel passes.

    Gruden remarked last night how it’s a hot trend and every team is doing them.
    Except, you know, US.

    When I watched Trub tape he was a master of the shovel pass.

    Have NO idea why they wouldn’t utilize one of his strengths. Mark that, I do know why. They’re cucks.

    This league is littered with back-up QBs this season, yet nearly EVERY team, every game, I see these plays on a regular bases.

    Then I flip to the Bears, and I think I’m watching a Navy

    (actually, they too are more creative).

    Like I said, this is all relatively elementary stuff which can jump start a stalling O.

    But, when the man at the helm is constipated, it bogs down that entire team.

    • Sactowns#1

      the absence of the screen game is glaring, especially considering they used to force the Alshon screen like 5 times a game.

  • FresnoBear88

    If it makes anyone happy I took the Bears to the super bowl in madden 18 and won. Beat it on all madden mode (Fantasy draft before season started though).

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      No. you can’t see down the line, it does not show the outside WRs and CBs. Hard to tell distances down field.

  • BerwynBomber

    Interested to see how the Bridgewater/Zimmer lovefest works out for MIN. Keenum is probably not sustainable long-term but I don’t get why you would bench him until his play craters. He is 6-2 as a starter for them.

    Bridgewater has not played in nearly two years. And though he looked like a solid, young QB his first two years, he also did not look like a future All-Pro.

    I’d ride the hot hand for now. Keep the “I love you, man” sentiments separate from depth chart decisions.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Its Bridgewater’s last year on his contract, he is a FA next year. I am assuming they want to see how he recovered from that injury.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Seems like a bad idea while holding a division lead.

        If Keenum gets benched, he’s going to go on to be the next McCown.

    • Lots of interesting moving parts there (Teddy’s knee, his contract being up, and oh yeah, Bradford also on team), but one of the more fascinating parts to Keenum-Teddy is that they’re totally diff type of QBs.

      Keenum is a wheeling dealing let em fly type of QB. He is not afraid to throw down field.

      This is great if you own Keenum, Thielan or Diggs in FF (I picked up Keenum).

      However, in REAL life, his bombs away style can also lead to INTs (two BONEHEADED INTs last week which let the Foreskins back in the game)

      We all know Zimmer wants to win with a Hoyer type QB and grind it out on D, which is Teddy.

      But Keenum I think excites that O more.

      Be interesting to see how it all pans out

      And, oh yea, Bradford still lurking.

      • Malice Halice

        I got Diggs n it doesn’t MATTER whose QB. Diggs is a beast n I still can’t fathom he was drafted the same year as peanut brittle. Vikings gotta see what teddy can do b4 da year is over unless they feel Keenum is da future which I highly doubt. I think Zimmer will land a 1st round pick n then some for either of those 3 qb’s given da stats/success. Vikings are in a amazing position for da offseason cuz they gettin some draft picks out of 1 if not 2 of those 3 guys while still holding on to a young savage ass defense. I’m jealous

  • madscout12

    Jeremy Stoltz‏ @BearReport
    Except for the TD to Bellamy and one 3rd-and-4 in the 3rd quarter, here were the #Bears 3rd-down distances on the final plays of their other 9 offensive drives vs. #Packers:

    3rd and 14
    3rd and 15
    3rd and 12
    3rd and 13
    3rd and 16
    3rd and 15
    3rd and 18
    3rd and 10
    3rd and 10

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