Across The Middle with Andrew Dannehy

| October 21st, 2015


• Before we make Adam Gase the head coach of the Dolphins or anyone else, can we at least have him fix the red zone offense? The spread-style scheme he runs is great at getting the Bears close, but they still need to be able to power it in the end zone once they’re there. It’s more difficult to create mismatches when the defense doesn’t have to cover as much space.

• It’s not all on Gase. The Bears have been getting their butts kicked at the point of attack when the other team is able to play their base or goal line defenses. You also saw Cutler miss a throw to Royal and Marty Bennett drop a perfect throw, both would’ve been touchdowns. Players have to make plays.

• Jeffrey didn’t look healthy or in shape, but his ability to make big plays down the field was something the Bears offense needed. It will be interesting to see what he can do when he’s 100 percent. If he wants that top-wide receiver money, however, he has to not lose jump balls in the lights.

• The Bears defense is still ranked ninth in yardage allowed, see how useless of a stat that is? Opposing passers have thrown 15 touchdowns to just three interceptions against the Bears and they’re giving up 4.5 yards per carry. This is a bad defense. I don’t know how they’ll get better this year.

• Is it possible that Jim Caldwell knew John Fox would go uber-conservative, so he knew he’d get the ball back after kicking the field goal? In turn, Caldwell was being smart and going for the win, knowing they’d have to score a touchdown regardless. Is that giving Caldwell too much credit?

• Before the game, I thought (and tweeted) that we would find out a lot about the Bears and I think we did. This isn’t a good team. A good team beats the Lions by 10.

This Still Doesn’t Make Sense

You know what makes John Fox’s decision to trust his defense even more idiotic? Go back to the Bears last two wins. Two weeks ago, they allowed the Raiders to drive from their own six for a chip-shot field goal that gave them the lead. If Jeremy Maclin makes an easy catch against Kansas City, the Chiefs suddenly have a makable 56-yard attempt, instead of a 66-yarder. The Bears defense has not demonstrated the ability to hold a lead, why rely on them to do so? You know who has shown he can win games: Jay Cutler. Just let him do it.

Player of the Week

Cutler. It certainly seemed that he would’ve gotten Caldwell’s vote as he said “It was tough to stop Cutler. He did a nice job moving around, making plays and he was rather elusive. We couldn’t get our hands on him enough times and he kept putting the ball down the field and getting in scoring range in a number of ways.” If Cutler keeps winning this award, it’s not a good sign for the Bears. They need to help the quarterback out more.

Goat of the Week

Fox is the popular choice, but how about Vic Fangio? The way he continuously left Megatron in one-on-one coverage with a guy who is barely in the league in Tracy Porter is just confusing. I get that Porter has been playing well, but this is a once-a-decade wide receiver. Use two guys. Then, of course, in overtime, Johnson found himself one-on-one with undrafted rookie Harold Jones-Quartey. The rookie didn’t have a chance.

Bold Prediction for Week 7

The Bears won’t lose.

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  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    1st thought – if Jeffery did not look healthy or in shape, what is he capable of when he is?

  • Trac

    Child, please! You’re playing the All Blacks MB, you gotta bring more than this.


    • MB30SD

      You make me sad. Traitor.

      And the dude’s name is about as south African as you can get without being a van Der merver. Hes got the most famous game park in the world named after his family… he’s going to make it happen for us man. Yuss like!

      • MB30SD


        You need a refresher coors

      • Trac

        Hahaha. Not a traitor at all my man. I never left South Africa, South Africa left me.

        • MB30SD

          you have a SA and Aussie passport, fine… but you PICKED the all blacks (the yankees and pats of the rugby world). The hated, avowed enemy and nemesis of BOTH your homelands.

          Please explain to me how you are not a traitor sir?!

          • MB30SD

            Oh, and saying you are a fan of the top 3 rugby sides in the world is just silly! I will again say that’s like you saying you like the pats, packers (as a bears fan), and broncos/cards. Pick one! (of course you’ll pick the AB because they are looking like the favorite… where’s your sense of nationalism sir!)


          • Trac

            It’s not my fault I lived in 2 countries that have the 2nd and 3rd best Rugby teams all time. Push comes to shove, the All blacks are my team mate.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, if I wasn’t a bears fan, I’d probably choose the pats or packers too mate. sigh.

            my uhhh, cousin visited new england and/or wiscaaaaaansin on a 6th grade school trip once

          • Trac


          • Trac

            Like Father like Son. My Dads a natural born Kiwi and turned me into a Kiwi fan before I could walk.

          • MB30SD


          • Trac

            I respect the Boks and Aussies tremendously. They have my admiration, just not my heart.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… wait, where we you *born* again trac?

          • Trac

            In sin my man. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            out the ‘ol pootlynatch!

            …just like the rest of us my maings.

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Yup, you got me.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        Dream on MB, It´d be a fluke and no chance to happen. bet Pumas over Australia.

        • MB30SD

          hahahaha Ghost… you’re as much of a dreamer as I am caballero.

          All blacks v. Wombats is the likely outcome lad.

  • Trac

    On 2nd thought, Fangio kept the Bears close. This game should been won on the field by the players, I blame the players for that. Poor execution is why the Bears lost.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude, Fangio lost us this game more than anyone not in black and white. He let Stafford stand in there all day unchallenged. Unacceptable not to blitz a guy like him. That’s not A-Rod, Rivers or Big Ben in there .. it’s a sap.

      Hopefully we get a top pick next year, and hopefully we get the top pass rusher …. giving us instantly better linebackers, safeties, corners …

      • DaBearsBlog

        He didn’t “let” anything happen. He sent a variety of blitz packages. The people in those blitz packages aren’t any good.

  • Viva


    We need to turn that shit around.

    • MB30SD

      I see what you did there

  • Irish Sweetness


    Know who has the worst pass defense in the league? Detroit. The only team in the league that allows more than 9 yards per pass attempt.

    Other stats I found while looking for good bets ;

    Jets +9
    The Jets have the best pass defense in the league by some margin. 5.4 ypp allowed. They allow 14 points to their opponents. Their D-linemen are so good that Bowles will be running 4-man lines instead of 3, now Sheldon is back. They’re good at rushing the football, the Pats are not good at stopping it. The Colts got ithin seven last week.

    STL to beat CLE 2/5

    The joint best rushing attack (YPP) meets the worst rush defense in the league.

    NYG -3.5 v DAL 20/21

    Eli, I know. But the Giants are creating a lot of turnovers and recovering them on defense. Who’s playing under center for Dallas? NYG aren’t good on pass D, but Dallas have no one to throw the ball, and nobody to throw it to.

    ATL -3.5 v TEN 20/23

    The Titans got hammered by the Dolphins last week.

    PIT -2 will be a bargain if Ben practices well today.

    • Sactowns#1

      I like the Jets and St Luis picks. I really like the Bills (-4) to bounce back this week in London vs the Jags.

  • The GP
    • SC Dave

      That was interesting. Thanks GP.

  • The GP
    • SC Dave

      I take it, therefore, I should not reward it with a click?

  • BearDown100393

    Yes that is giving Jim Caldwell too much credit. Way too much credit.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Why? That’s exactly what John Fox’s track record has been and it’s exactly what happened.

      • BearDown100393

        You asked for a yes or no response in the post. And you received one.

  • MB30SD
    • The GP

      Tokyo taxi

      • MB30SD

        box of death

    • Sactowns#1

      I’m kind of shocked that Suzuki has some of the best looking cars in the slideshow. That Air Triser looks really cool. Now would I ever buy a Suzuki that’s not a motorcycle? Nope!

  • Sactowns#1

    Here’ a head scratcher for Irish and the rest of us degenerate gamblers…. Seattle is -6.5 against the Niners this Thursday night. True, road teams have stunk on THF this season but I just cant see Seattle losing by a TD to a bad niners team.

    • Albaro Martinez

      The seahawks are a bad team too. definitely not the same team as last year but the 49ers have far less talent. should be an easy one for Seattle

    • The 9ers areca heckle hyde team, and always play the seahawks tough, esp at home.
      I’m.curious how sea will respond after another late game collapse

  • The Yes Guy


  • AlbertInTucson

    “…he has to not lose jump balls in the lights..”

    Lights or no, that was a terrible throw by Cutler.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yeah, that was just an underthrow, plain and simple.

      • AlbertInTucson

        A throw Jay “owned” in his post game presser.

        • BerwynBomber

          Was a nice play by the DET D-back though. Textbook in terms of defending the fade.

          • AlbertInTucson


          • BillW

            Had Jeffery not lost the ball in the lights, I would hope he’d have the mindset to interfere with the defender to prevent the interception. Take advantage of the most unfair rule in football – OPI is only a 10 yard penalty and you get the down back. I’m amazed coaches don’t teach that – especially in the red zone.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Well I just lost a ton of interest in this election…”

    Like your vote (or mine) matters any more?

    • Sactowns#1

      Support Bernie if you want America to be a democracy again. Biden will be left in the dust come Feb.

      • BillW

        I’m surprised it took Biden this long to realize he shouldn’t run. He made the right decision for himself and his family. President Clinton will reward him with a nice cabinet position.

        • Sactowns#1

          A vote for Biden was just a vote for “anyone but Hillary”. Now that he’s out of the race I expect to see Bernie close the already narrowing gap.

      • Scharfinator

        Its always been a republic?

        • SC Dave

          That was the original plan by people far smarter and better educated on political systems than we are. And even more so than the buffoons put up to deceive us into believing that we have any say in what goes on.

      • SC Dave

        Support Bernie if you want to bankrupt America more quickly. If nothing else, it’s a good idea for that. The longer the can gets kicked down the road, the worse it will be when we finally have to pay the piper.

    • BillW

      If the Republicans don’t grow up we will have Hillary as our next President.

      • CanadaBear

        Repubs are totally fucked when it comes to the presidential election. Both parties need independent voters to get their candidate elected. Independents typically don’t buy into crazy bullshit. The repubs double down on crazy bullshit during the nominating process and can’t backtrack enough once the election cycle starts.

        • SC Dave

          So Carson “doubles down on crazy bullshit”? And why do you care, dude? It’s not your country – I suggest expending your energy on fixing Canada.

      • Haha, the Republicans ARE grown up. America has just out grown them.

        The fact that they even entertain all these clowns for nominees speaks volumes.

        They’re basically just cock blockers now.

        That guy at that party who’s complaining about how shitty the free beer tastes.


        • BillW

          Well, I hate/fear Trump as much as anyone, But the link you provide is a picture from a snopes article that says the linked quote is false.

          Though there is some “truthiness” to it.

        • Sactowns#1

          Same guy at the party is the one who spouts off all kinds of small minded idiotic crap and then yells at everyone that he’s the only enlightened one.

          • Cormonster

            Are you talking about Bernie Sanders or Trump? I think your description could be either one of those clowns.

        • SC Dave

          Oh gawd… I presume you believe the democrats are any better?

    • BearDown100393

    • BillW

      I have never not voted in a presidential election dating back to 1972. I always had a solid reason for my choice too. This may actually be the first time I essentially vote “none of the above”.

      • Sactowns#1

        Look into Bernie and his positions. I think most people find they agree with his policy proposals.

        • BillW

          I will.

        • SC Dave

          The problem with Socialists is that they rarely, if ever, understand that jacking taxes way up on “the rich” and “the corporations” always decreases revenue and ruins competitiveness in the long run.

          Excessive corporate taxation is what has driven employment into the dirt here, and why those that do have jobs have to work so much.

          Don’t be fooled by the cooked unemployment numbers, Workforce participation in the United States is at an all time low. Although even these numbers require some thought, since one would expect participation to drop as the population ages.

    • Nixon beat JFK at the ballot.
      Electoral College elected JFK anyways.

      • Gore beat Bush at the ballot. Electoral College elected Bush anyways.

        • MB30SD

          coupla winners right there. smh

      • SC Dave

        That’s how the system works. States are assigned electoral votes and they cast them for whomever won that state. *To my knowledge*, the Electors of a state have never gone against the majority in that state in the general election.

        Personally, I don’t have a problem with it despite periodic “wrong” results.

        All part of the founders trying to protect against mob rule.

    • SC Dave

      Never did.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Electoral College needs to go.

        The dumped it for electing Senators.

        The President should be by direct vote in this day and age.

        Of course, the Supreme Court has basically killed the concept of “1 person, 1 vote” by ruling that corporations are equal to people and can pour as much money into a candidate as they want.

  • BillW

    Andrew makes the valid point that ranking 9th in yards allowed is misleading – the defense isn’t good even though that stat says otherwise.

    So how does that happen? And how are we ranked 9th still after giving up over a quarter mile to Detroit?

    I suspect JWood has the answer. Perhaps part time of possession. Maybe field position issues?

    • BerwynBomber

      Well, for starters, I suspect (w/out looking at all the numbers) that GB, SEA, OAK and KC did not rack up a ton of yards against us.

      So yardage-wise we have only been gashed by two of six teams: ARI and DET.

    • it depends on so many factors. Time of possession and how many plays they can run. How aggressive they are with those plays.
      Teams that get big leads typically play more conservative on defense in the 2nd half, giving up yards but making them use time and stiffening in the red zone.
      It also doesn’t adequately reward defenses that are excellent in the red zone (giving up a 78 yard FG drive is a hell of a lot better than an 80 yard TD drive, but that’s almost identical here).
      I look typically at PPG allowed, or split it up into yards per run, yards per pass attempt, completion percentage, passer rating against, etc. Or just look at Football Outsiders ranking.
      Volume yards is dumb because it’s VOLUME dependent. Just like people used to say Stafford was great because he threw for 5,000 a couple times. Whee… any NFL QB could throw for 5000 yards if they threw the ball 750 times

      • SC Dave

        Well, you DO have to last long enough to throw 750 times.

  • I think saying Caldwell late FG was a stroke of genius is waaay too much credit.

    He’s built from the same conservative cloth as Fox. So he took the points when they were there to take. That’s all.

  • Happy bday to Butch… i survived another revolution around the sun!

    I accept boobs or bit coin. ..

    • Shady
    • happy birthday

    • CanadaBear

      Happy B-Day Butch. Hope ya get some!

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Feliz Cumpleano!

    • BillW

      Happy Birthday

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Happy Birthday. I am waiting to hear back from a Nigerian Prince on a large sum of bitcoin that he is trying to send me. Once i get that all straightened out i will transfer some over to you.

    • Sactowns#1

      Buuuuutch! Get yourself a nice steak and some Jameson cask mate for your bday. Maybe roll a little something up too, put your feet up and enjoy!

      • Maybe you can sit Devonte Freeman for my bday this week in FF lol

        I’ll probably just chill today, and go crazy on the weekend. Yes, maybe even a lil up in smoke.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Marty Bennett received Chicago’s highest grade for offensive player in the Lions game. Surprising, no?

    • SC Dave

      I’ll say. I guess they don’t care about drops.

  • This feature should be called “Ambling with Andy”

  • “The spread-style scheme he runs is great at getting the Bears close, but
    they still need to be able to power it in the end zone once they’re there. It’s more difficult to create mismatches when the defense doesn’t have to cover as much space.”

    And who brought this up in PS? Two thumbs pointing to this guy.

    I was hoping Gase did that in PS just to see what he has. Now it looks like a staple. I’m not totally against theoretically, and perhaps Gase installed assuming he’d have White, Alshon, Bennett, Royal and Forte in the redzone at the same time, but he’s gotta adapt and find a way to score TDs, not FGs.

    A power run game wouldn’t hurt. Broken record since Barber left town. That’s why every year I scout power RBs we can get late in the draft to complement Forte.

    This year it was actually Zenner I liked. Last year, Andre Williams (NYG).

    • BillW

      “And who brought this up in PS? Two thumbs pointing to this guy”

      Tooting your own horn, huh? What, you think it’s your birthday or something?

    • CanadaBear

      Any chance we can get a smarter version of Barber?

      • SC Dave

        Perhaps barreling headfirst into large defensive players is not conducive to a “smarter version”?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      Was Barber actually successful when he was in town?
      As far as the Power run game, is it just me or did we lose something running up the gut when Long was moved to tackle.

      • At that stage in Barber’s career, he was a bit worn down, but still ran hard and made defense pay. There’s always room for guys like that on any team since they make their own yds if the blocking isn’t there (something Forte rarely does).

        Yeah, Long was a mauler inside. And Grassu doesn’t exactly look like a road grader too me either. Slauson still grades out better in pass pro, I think, so we def need to beef up the interior.

        It wasn’t just Long’s athleticism, but his mauling mentality on the inside.

        We def need that going forward.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          agree, on all points. i always wanted a “Ironhead” Heyward type RB on the team.

      • SC Dave

        Inside run game has indeed taken a nosedive since moving Long outside. Personally, I was never in favor of the move. Despite the fact that Long is good enough to move outside an be a star by all appearances.

  • • Before the game, I thought (and tweeted) that we would find out a lot about the Bears and I think we did. This isn’t a good team. A good team beats the Lions by 10. –

    By this same logic, the Falcons suck too since they lost to a reeling Saints team on the road.

    Sometimes, these games happen, esp in divisional road rivalaries.

    I don’t buy that we’re a “bad” team. We’ve been competitive in nearly every game with Cutler in.

    That’s more than a lot of other teams can say.

    I still say we’re in the 20ish range +/-4

    That’s just shy of mediocre with a whole new staff and many key starters injured.

    I think both Jeff and his doppelganger Andy are still jilted from last season.

    Shake it off. New season.

    Arrow up, boys.

    Be an ideas man, not a negative nancy masquerading as a “realist”.

    “realists” never discover shit. They never inspire. They never innovate.

    • CanadaBear

      I have to admit I agree with Jeff about the Beloved being a bad team but I’m totally down with the “realist” stuff. We are banged up but so are most teams. I saw an article that said the Bears are #4 as far as being banged up. Even with that, Detroilet was offering the game up and only a bad team doesn’t accept that generous offer. Oh well, it’s not like I’m pissed about it. I knew our roster was more than just a little thin but at least some of the FA signings and the some of the draftees look promising so that gives me something positive to look forward to in the next couple of years.

    • MB30SD

      Well done. This.

  • Reflections on getting older. Things I am thankful for.

    Does my junk still work? Yes. Thank god.
    Ok, my hairline receded a lil, but I still got hair!
    I still get carded when I shave for cigarettes.
    I only get called “sir” sporadically.
    I can still pick up on 21 years olds (yes!)
    I can still hit the beach without a shirt and look better than many schlubs.
    I can still pound, but the recovery is more brutal and extended.
    Women don’t make me crazy anymore. I reserve that for the Bears.

  • MB30SD

    If I didn’t have such a massive phallus, I might buy this: http://uncrate.com/stuff/marty-mcflys-2016-toyota-tacoma/

    ’85, thus, this is probably the perfect bday gift for you!

  • MB30SD
    • I expect to see ass on my Bday. Do I really need to specify WOMEN’S ass?

      THAT part I don’t miss about locker room

      That and the odor of sweaty balls and ass emanating through damp granite floors and 1950 lockers.

  • AlbertInTucson

    New thread, folks.

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