Rapid Fire Responses to a Disappointing Bears Loss

| November 11th, 2013


The Bears had an opportunity Sunday to seize control of the NFC North and ignite the fan base for a stretch run. Instead the left the game on the field. No other way to say it. A few thoughts…

  • Trestman’s fourth-and-one go was fine by me but both the play call there and on the final two-point conversion seem so bland for a play-caller with this many weapons at his disposal. Yes, the Bears offensive line is significantly improved but to attack the heart and only real strength of the Lions defense (interior defensive line) seems misguided.

  • Also didn’t like Trestman’s logic. Per Rich Campbell: “Trestman went for it on 4th-and-1 in the first half b/c he sensed a shootout in the making. Should’ve kicked the FG. That’s mismanagement.” You don’t coach the game you expect. You coach the game in front of you.
  • Alshon Jeffery is becoming a start wide receiver. But he need only to have looked onto the opposing sideline to see what a start wide receiver does with an opportunity to win a game. If Jeffery makes those catches, nobody (including me) is talking about Cutler post-game.
  • The only holds I ever criticize are holds like Matt Slauson’s Sunday. He is five yards away from the play there. No need for it.
  • I watched how Rob Ryan defend Dez Bryant last night and I was envious. I watched how Bill Belichick defended Jimmy Graham was I was envious. I will never understand how Mel Tucker decided to play Calvin Johnson Sunday. Even with Charles Tillman, you can not allow Johnson to be soloed in the end zone. Ever. Especially two or three times. Let Pettigrew catch 10 balls. Let Fauria beat you in the seam. Give up yardage on the screen game. Just don’t let the best receiver in the sport win one-one-ones. Tucker did.
  • Thought both Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills missed key block outside on Matt Forte pitches and prevented big plays in the run game.
  • Bears can’t stop the run. That’s just official.
  • Corey Wootton hasn’t put it all together inside yet but if I’m the Bears I put a few pounds on him this offseason and commit to the development. He has a few explosive plays inside almost weekly.
  • Nice game for Chris Conte. Not a great game but a nice one. Solid pass defended on Calvin Johnson and return off the gift INT. But the run angles. Just…awful.
  • Major Wright can’t be long for the starting lineup. What harm could it do putting Steltz out there next Sunday? Isn’t it time to at least send a struggling player a message?
  • Adam Jahns Tweeted me Jon Bostic plays “naturally violent”. Perfect words.
  • (Side note: I currently have good relationships with beat writers at BOTH dailies. This is an absolute first!)
  • This was a game where one would expect – due to injury – Cutler would embrace the system and attack the Lions underneath. He just doesn’t seem comfortable playing that type of game. Lions also did a nice job containing the screens to both Forte and Martellus.
  • Adam Podlesh isn’t good. And he’s not getting better.
  • Has any kicker as good as Robbie Gould ever been as bad at onside kicks? He doesn’t even give the Bears a chance for recoveries. Maybe just work on THAT this off-season? I mean, what else is there to work on?
  • Every time I see the opposing gunner on punts split the two Bears blockers with ease and run unabated towards Devin Hester, I shake my head.
  • James Anderson started this season brilliantly. He’s been invisible for five weeks.
  • The interception at the end of the first half is just a gut punch for the Bears. Absolute gut punch. At worst they are headed into the locker room up 10-7 and controlling the game.

Bears now host the Baltimore Ravens and travel to St. Louis. If they have real designs on the making the postseason you would have to think they need both.

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  • Trac

    Thank you for letting common sense prevail Jeff and for moving away from your knee jerk thread last night. The Bears are a much better team than we saw last night and I have a sense we will have another opportunity to make or break our season. I think there are so many factors and plays to talk about other than Cutler’s play alone yesterday.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I still agree with last night’s assessment. Playing Jay throughout the second half made no sense to me then and makes no sense to me now.

      But yesterday’s game was a simple one: Bears lost the game by not making the plays that were there to be made. Teams are too close in this division to drop TDs and commit penalties to negate TDs. Vegas isn’t wrong often. That game was a coin flip.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Starting at

        ” But yesterday’s game…”

        yes, that WAS it in a nutshell.

      • johnnywad

        Its really just the Bears and Lions until Rodgers is back. The Packers can’t get out of their own way without him. He needs to be back to play at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. That should be the game that sends Detroit into a tailspin.

  • el_caney

    It´s clear, that Cutler Played for his contract next year but can´t catch on why Trestman allowed to him playing with 3 injuries:

    • CanadaBear

      Cutler’s getting at least 15 mil next year if he can suit up. Either the Bears will franchise him, sign him for a ton or another team will sign him for a ton. If he sat on the bench all day his contract situation would be no different.

      • bearsfantillend

        could not agree more

      • it’s marshall’s fault. once he came out and said Jay would be back for the Lions game, Jay knew he had to be.

        can’t let bmarsh down.

  • Jokey

    Is it unfair of me to think Garza sucks because he couldn’t block Fairley on the 2-pt conversion? Jesus.

    • bearsfantillend

      nope, Garza has been the weak point on the line this year, and you could argue last year also but the line was so bad last year it did not matter, its only his leadership qualities and ability to get the line blocking right that keeps him on the team. Both rookies on the line have praised him for his guidance this year.

      • CanadaBear

        Yeah Garza’s not great but he has held the OL together, for better or worse. No doubt a new C is on the wish list this off season. A VERY long wish list.

        • Shady

          Where’s Irish when you need a good Garza quote?

        • bearsfantillend

          on the bright side a new C might be the only thing on that wish list from the Offensive side of the ball.

    • Shady

      Tom Thayer said on The Score this morning it was an impossible blocking assignment for Garza. Another indictment of Trestman. I still can’t believe he lost twice to fuxking Detroit.

      • what happens when we beat GB and Minny twice? does it become a little more acceptable?

        • Shady

          Losing to Gym Shorts twice is never acceptable. Ever. The only way to redeem himself would be beating them in the playoffs. (Playoffs?!?!?)

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I have slowly (quickly) come to hate detroit much more than the packers or vikings. HATE them, their coach, their ‘culture’ of cheapness, and their entire being. Just filthy.

          • Scharfinator

            The team is like the city. Morally reprehensible, full of criminals, and dirty.

          • Cormonster

            I’m starting to agree. Their dirty play just pisses me off. One of my best friends is a Lions fan, and he will not admit how dirty that team plays, and he’s a really smart guy.

          • Billy Jones

            I disagree I hate the cheese heads they are truly our rival.

          • MB30SD

            you disagree with my personal point of view. Uh, ok… sure.

            Billy….. jones………… If that’s actually your real name!?!?!

      • Jokey

        I’m curious what Thayer said – impossible because Fairley was so dominating? Or impossible because it was a 2-on-1 or something?

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    OK, so I watched until halftime then had to go help my step-bro with a car, so I didn’t really watch the second half but got the ‘low lights’.

    Without even checking out the 2nd half, Cutler should not have started this game. I stated that in my own game preview and here before the game. I wondered what Cutler would do in those critical 3rd downs when he bolts for the 1st. Answer: not much.

    It was obvious his groin was still bothering him, and it greatly limited our efficiency.

    Only reason he didn’t look aweful was because of his canon and ability to basically throw with out much push from his base, but what we don’t see are those runs that McCown and a healthy Cutler normally make.

    That no doubt would be the difference in a 2 point game.

    I also HATED Trestman for going for it on 4rth in the first half.

    I agree with Jeff here in that I think Trestman envisioned a shoot-out and began chasing the points early. Trestman must learn when to be aggressive and when to go by the book. That’s the difference between winning and losing.

    I also saw the failed two-point conversion, and once again, running behind our arguably worst Olineman? Very questionable, but there’s some debate as to whether or not that was a McCown audible or not, so I’ll have to reserve judgement on that.

  • BerwynBomber

    Some of these questionable coaching decisions could be attributable to a first-year coaching staff (and a first-time NFL HC) deferring to existing team veterans rather than potentially alienating them (or so the fear might be) by stepping in and saying “no”. Whether that be Cutler telling Trestman he was good to go or Peanut telling Tucker he could handle Megatron one-on-one. Seems plausible given human nature. And could be a season-long development (a coaching staff earning a team’s trust) that, behind-the-scenes, we ordinarily have very little visibility into.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Bears definitely must win next two games. The Panthers and 9ers/Seahawks aren’t fucking around. Our defense didn’t look as horrible as previously, and Ratliff will be back eventually, but he’s more of a wild-card at this point.

    Needless to say, McCown should start the next four weeks IMO.

  • Trac

    Well at least there’s this for some comedic relief. Hee hee


    Jerrah Jones, you sir are pathetic.

  • Trac

    Trestman is moving a little bit on not pulling Cutty sooner. All spilt milk now though.


    • Scharfinator

      Yup, doesn’t do us dick afterwards.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, this morning Peyton Manning is being praised for “playing on an ankle many would not have played on” (Dilfer) and for a “gutty performance”. Meanwhile, of course, Cutler was just playing for a contract.

    • SC Dave

      The difference?

      Manning: 25 of 36, 330 yards, 4 TD. Broncos win.
      Cutler: 25 of 40, 250 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Bears lose.

      Any other questions?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Weak, SC, weak.

        You completely miss the point and while you were so busy trying to come up with a snarky response you also missed the fact that my post did not pose any “questions”.

  • Trac

    What do you get when you cross a lion with a packer? Oh boy do I digress.

  • MB30SD
    • johnnywad

      Sucks. So many chances yesterday. Add that to Robbie missing a field goal in Washington and they could be sitting in the driver’s seat at 7-2. Fuck.

  • BerwynBomber

    The Score reporting that Peanut has been put on IR for six-to-eight weeks (remainder of the season) with a triceps injury. Cutler has a high ankle sprain. Sounds like McCown will go against Baltimore. Cutler still contending the groin injury played no part in his performance yesterday, insinuating that his limitations were due strictly to the ankle.

  • Shady

    Tillman done for the year.

    • johnnywad

      Bears starting DB combo is Chris Conte, Major Wright, Zach Bowman, Isaiah Frey, plus Jennings. And we can’t stop the run. Ugh

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        No Melton, no Irvin and Izzy gone. Just depleted.

        Somehow pass rush will have to compensate.

        • AlbertInTucson

          No, this is ALL about the offense staying on the field longer and longer.

    • MB30SD


    • AlbertInTucson

      “And hits just KEEP ON comin’!”

  • Shady

    If I hear “Next man up” one more time Charlie Murphy is going to choke a butch.

  • Scharfinator

    I was really afraid that we would catch the injury bug last year, right when we were 6-1… Turns out, we just had Lovie calling plays and that caught up.

    This year we’re too nicked up. Losing our DT’s early sucked, but other player’s might have writing on the wall… I think this is Peanut’s last year in Chicago.

    The bright side is that a bunch of rookies and young guys get some experience in preparation for the next season, when Emery can fix some of our D’s needs. And maybe those rook’s can surprise us. 🙂

  • NewBearInTown

    The season isn’t over, but these are the dog days for the Bears. I laid it out last thread – the Bears need either Carolina, San Francisco or Detroit to fall apart for a few weeks. We’re 2 back from Detroit in the division (due to the tie-breaker) and at least one back from Carolina and San Fran in the wild card. We’re also half a game behind Arizona because our conference record is worse.

    We’re 5-4. With Carolina, San Fran, Arizona and Green Bay also in the thick of a wildcard race and having at least an equal record to ours, its not hard to see a 10-6 team miss the playoffs this year. Its really not hard to see an 11-5 team miss either. I could see Carolina and San Fran both finish with 11 wins or better.

    With Tillman on IR, we’re waiting for Briggs to return to give our defense a leader. But our offense is still very much intact. If Cutler misses a week, McCown can hold it down short term. All of our playmakers are healthy, our line is healthy. Cutler will be 100% in 2-3 weeks time. I say this in all seriousness, if we score 40 points a week, we’ll make the playoffs. Our offense can keep this team alive.

    We cannot have another 20 point game. 20 point offensive games are games the old Bears won 27-13. We are the new Chicago Bears. We win games 42-35. That’s our identity now. The Saints are doing fine without a secondary. The Broncos are doing fine without a secondary. We can be the same way. If we do, the Lions will falter, the Panthers or Niners will falter. We will make the playoffs.

    • Maddbearfan

      It would really be fun to see that happen too. The rookies really aren’t doing a bad job of stepping up. As much as I was pissed that Trestman didn’t pull Jay earlier it still could be done.

    • BerwynBomber

      Good post. I remain optimistic. Though Peanut is the franchise’s best CB ever, he was only having a so-so year (due to nagging injuries/maybe age too). So I don’t know if the drop-off to Bowman is as big as it might seem, though it will also have depth repercussions (as almost all injuries to starters do). The Briggs loss, IMV, was much more damaging as Briggs was having a Pro Bowl worthy year.
      In terms of Detroit, their game at Pittsburgh on Sunday should tell us a lot. The Steelers are playing better than when we caught them — 3-2 in their last five games — so if Detroit wins there they might be for real and they will have docked a significant mid/late-season roadie. If not, the NFC Central remains up for grabs.

      • MB30SD

        you’re going to grade detroit’s worthiness on a win against the steelers. Common maings.

  • MB30SD

    Check this out. VERY interesting. let’s hope Dr. Chao is right


    • SC Dave

      That was pretty good. Unfortunately, the little link to the thing about “Men die young, women don’t care.” was not a free article. Would have read that one too.

      Nice find, MB.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Let’s all remember, Veterans Day.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Kudos to Ron Rivera, who is pretty much single-handedly upholding the 1985 Bears coaching tree.

    • MB30SD

      would love to have him as our DC next year, but he’s finally pulled his squad out of the 2-3 year nosedive they were in.

      You forgot about Leslie Frazier Al!

      (hee hee)

    • bearsfantillend

      and you forgot Jeff Fisher, i know he was on IR in 1985 but still counts, and still a pretty damn good coach.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    excuse me sir… I believe you dropped something: http://guyism.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/mccoy-juke.gif

    (get it… like he got juked out of his jock? get it?)

    • Doc Nitty

      That was bitchin’.

      • MB30SD


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