Across The Middle: That’s More Like It

| October 18th, 2017

They did it. They finally did it. The Bears defense delivered a dominant performance; the kind of performance I’ve been begging for.

The Bears have a good defense. I don’t think that’s disputable. But they were far from great and really hadn’t shown any signs of that changing until last week. Their fine performances  always included major blemishes.

Not Sunday. Sunday they were terrific.

This is what we should expect. The Bears are in Year Three with a defensive head coach and a coordinator who came in with a sterling reputation. They’ve rebuilt the entire roster with players the coach and coordinator had a big role in picking out. They should be great and they had just been good until last week.

Maybe the only difference is the takeaways. But, that’s a big difference. If they take the ball away even once against Atlanta or Minnesota — two teams that certainly give their opponents opportunities, especially with Case Keenum quarterbacking one of them — they’d have two more wins.

Don’t get me wrong, the defense isn’t why the team is in a big hole. But, like in 2014, when the offense was supposed to win games, this is a defensive team. With that in mind, I don’t think giving up an 88-yard touchdown to a tight end in Week One was acceptable. I don’t think allowing Tampa Bay to take momentum was OK. I don’t think letting Jordy Nelson kill them should be tolerated and I don’t think Case Keenum leading to 75-plus-yard touchdown drives should be allowed.

With a rookie quarterback and no receivers, the Bears need the defense to win games, not just keep them in it. Last week, they did just that and we should see more of it.

He Is Who I Thought He Was

I missed a lot on my ranking of the Bears roster, but I’m one of the few who isn’t surprised that Kyle Fuller is playing well. Why? Because he’s a good player.

After a slow start, Fuller was terrific in 2015. He was hurt last year. There was no reason to think he’d stink.

I didn’t think Fuller would make the Bears roster because I didn’t think the coaching staff liked him. Vic Fangio flat out called out his toughness and willingness to play last year — a move that soured me on Fangio has a candidate for a head job — and John Fox didn’t seem to have Fuller’s back. They brought in two solid corners and were obsessed with either Bryce Callahan or Cre’Von LeBlanc playing the slot. The writing was on the wall. Then they hit the field.

Fuller isn’t a shut down corner, there are so few of them that that shouldn’t be the expectation, even for a first round pick. But he’s a solid player and that goes a long way.

Catching On

I don’t blame the Bears for shuffling through young wide receivers, but it isn’t going to make a difference.

Tanner Gentry was fine as a UDFA in camp, asking him to make plays against top-10 defenses is a little different. The same can be said about Tre McBride or the three receivers they currently have on their practice squads (should they get called up). No team can lose its top three receivers and not have major issues at the position. But it’s rare to find a good receiver on the street this time of year. They have to try, but it isn’t going to make a difference.

Dowell Loggains and the rest of the offense needs to figure out how to use the actual solid NFL players they have. That means playing big with two tight ends, as they’ve done, but also playing their best receiver, Kendall Wright.

Wright is second on the team in catches (20) and catch percentage (76.9) behind only Tarik Cohen in both. Yet, against Baltimore he played just 31.3% of the snaps. In fact, he’s only played more than 60% of the team’s snaps in one game this season.

I know he can’t run block but I don’t think the run blocking of any of their receivers is going to make a difference. If they’re going to see a significant increase in their passing offense, they’re going to have to get him more involved. He’s the only NFL-caliber receiver they have.

Bring On The Panthers

Is Cam Newton back? I have no idea. Nobody does, not even the Panthers.

After seeming to be back to form, Newton had a horrendous game against Philadelphia that really made all followers, male or female, scratch their heads. I know he’s still dangerous but there’s also a decent chance the Bears can build off last week and take the ball away. If they stop Cam, they’ll stop the Panthers.

This is going to be another stiff test for Mitch Trubisky. After a bad year last year, Carolina’s defense is great again.

Luke Kuechly is as much of a difference maker as any defensive player in the league. But will he play?

I thought Julius Peppers was done three years ago. I was sure he was done after last year. He has 6.5 sacks this year. It doesn’t make sense.

If you’re expecting the offense to break through and control this game, you’re expecting too much. If the Bears are going to win this week, the defense is going to have to do the heavy lifting. We know they can. It’s time to see it again.

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  • Cuck Cooper

    I expect a good game. Period!

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  • That Guy

    I tore my plantar fascia. It took about a year of not doing anything with it before it healed. I imagine if I was working it hard on a football field, it would take longer to heal and get me back to moving normally without pain. Peppers tore his PF; he might have been “done” for so long because he was limited by the pain.

    Someone step on him early in the game.

  • Irish Sweetness

    There is a good receiver on the street. His name is Deonte Thompson.

    • That Guy

      If he was cut from the Bears, he’s not a good WR.

      • Bear Instincts

        He was signed by the Bills

        • Cuck Cooper

          That means our WR’s are way better than him, right? Right?

        • There’s some shitty WR situations out there.

          Bills, Gmen, Bears perhaps being the worst.
          And Browns most likely. They stink at everything.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We have like a week to prize Martavis off the Steelers. He’s a big boy, Mitchell needs that catch radius. I think Gentry is our biggest receiver at 6’1.

        • Irish Sweetness


  • That Guy

    I swear, I can’t read the Tribune anymore. Can anyone?

    Trying to get through Biggs’ 10 thoughts piece, my computer starts going haywire. Open Task Manager, and the Tribune web PAGE is eating up 2.5 GIGAbytes of RAM. And that’s WITH an ad-blocker.

    • Bear Instincts

      Copy it into Microsoft Word and trash it when you are done

    • SC Dave

      The Tribune site is awful.

      • CanadaBear

        I had to laugh when they started limiting the number of articles you could read per month. Not a problem.

        • Just open in new “private” window which blocks all cookies.

          So I heard….

          • willbest

            The print media really dropped the ball on the whole internet. People will pay for content they find valuable.

          • Irish Sweetness

            TV is weird too. Now you have to buy the channel’s app that makes the TV show? All content driven now. Good for writers, weird for granny, who had trouble wondering why the clock on her VCR was blinking. Just subscribe and then download your app and watch it on your phone granny……

    • Cooper

      Fuck the Trib

      Nobody there is even in good enough shape to SF.


      • CanadaBear

        Campbell is skinny enough but might not have the required strength. Wiederer looks in good enough shape to pull it off. He’s probably on double secret probation with the Trib until he gets in worse shape.

        • Cooper

          There is a Lou’s across the street from the Trib building.


      • It’s all part of the plan

        lol, how did no one upvote this?

        • Most can’t deduce SF to be “stand fuck”?

          • willbest

            Oh is that what it means. Like when she has her legs around you and you are supporting both of your weight, or just lean her over the table?

          • CanadaBear

            Took me a minute.

        • CanadaBear

          You shamed me into it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Holy shit. Switch browsers?

  • SC Dave

    Solid article, Andrew. The only bone of contention I might have is this:

    “but I don’t think the run blocking of any of their receivers is going to make a difference”

    While you are probably right, I hope not. Wide receiver blocking last season was an important part in Howard’s success running outside. And could be even bigger in getting Tarik free.

    On Peppers, I’m not at all surprised. He is one of the very best 4-3 DEs I have ever seen, and he’s back playing his proper position. The Panthers fans I know welcomed him back with open arms, and I think he is happy to have returned home to Carolina.

    • CanadaBear

      I thought the same thing but Andrew is wrong. WR’s can make a huge difference blocking downfield. You see it on every run into the second level. Having said that, I would prefer having Wright on the field so they have at least one WR that might catch the ball.

      • SC Dave

        I think what he was saying is that OUR WRs are not going to make much of a difference. Yet another reason that WR is the weakest position group on the team.

        • CanadaBear

          Fair enough. I still think that’s hooey though. The few times Howard or Cohen have gotten loose in the secondary, I’ve seen WR’s blocking for them. If anything, they are better at blocking than receiving!

          • SC Dave

            I’m inclined to agree with you actually. Even though the zebras hate that sometimes, like when Howard’s long TD v. the Queens came back.

          • leftcoastdave

            Bellamy is great at getting the angle and staying on his man without holding. He helped spring many a run.

          • Bellamy is a good run blocker from what I’ve seen.
            Then again, I suppose having stonehands helps.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And Gentry I think, he doesn’t mind getting in there.

    • willbest

      If having Wright on the field means the safety has to line up a couple
      yards further away and a little more to the outside, that is as good as a

  • CanadaBear
    • Cooper

      Shanny would have shit himself if he ever saw RG3 slide out and make that throw that Tr00b made to Wright to set up the winning FG.

      Eyes up, no worries about the hit, no inclination to pull it down and run – sidesteps a goon and makes a clutch throw. That was a bigly win.

      • Bear Instincts

        Definitely would have shit himself. But MT is smart. He always talks about getting the ball to the play makers. That is someone who knows his roll. I trust him to know when to slide

        • Irish Sweetness

          He had a great slide where he just said “fuck it, I have enough yards” and did the Bambi-spread on the old ice pond.

      • CanadaBear

        It was a beauty. Esp considering he really never set his feet.

  • willbest

    Irish is upset that Zeke is allowed to play while his case against the NFL for violating the CBA proceeds?

    I haven’t followed it at all but considering not playing is significantly more harmful to Zeke than playing is to the NFL, it makes sense to allow Zeke to play if he has put forward a complaint with genuine violation of the CBA by the NFL.

    • Bear Instincts

      Have to support the player until they are found guilty in a court of law

      • willbest

        I think there is little doubt he hit her and grabbed her neck. But he won’t ever be found guilty in a court of law because a prosecutor in Texas has decided she is batshit crazy and beyond reasonable doubt is a bridge to far when she has admitted to blackmailing Zeke over some sex tape. The injuries to her arm and wrist could have been the result of her hitting him and he grabbed her neck as a response. Maybe she liked it rough. Whatever you can sell to the jury.

        The NFL as a private employer is applying a different standard of care. And that is their right. If he wasn’t Union they could just flat out fire him for bringing unwanted negative attention. It doesn’t matter if he broke the law or not. However, since he is union, the question is did the NFL follow the rules on player discipline as spelled out in their agreement with the union.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fantasy Will, Fantasy. Had to go back and trawl a few waiver wires. MFers.

      • willbest


  • Irish Sweetness

    The Sam Mills AFL gave food for thought.

    “Low man wins”, right?

    It would be nice to see the Bears end their drafts with two picks of “guys that shouldn’t”. Guys that have no trouble getting underneath somebody’s pads. Who can’t use a guy like that at the POA? The first responder, there to win the battle of leverage and hold up the runner while help arrives.
    You can find more Sam Mills. You can have the top Sam Mills every draft crop if you just draft him and throw that metrics bollocks out the window for a few gut picks.

    Don’t disregard ballers because they’re an inch or two shorter than your computer tells you they should be. Small QBs … no. Short linebackers … different story.

    Foxy gave more food for thought. He looked like a vital man going to the superbowl. Now he looks depressed, homeless and not into it very much.

    • CanadaBear

      You’d better find the right short guys because if you don’t they will get killed.

    • BearDown100393

      John Fox is working overtime toward his old man hobo transformation.

  • willbest

    I watched that game, and Philly was getting lots of pressure with just 4 guys and basically shut down whatever Carolina had as a run game. Between his shoulder injury, his general unease at being in the pocket, and his weak accuracy to begin with it was just too much.

    If Goldman and Hicks can replicate what Cox and his boys did we are going to have similar success. The one downside is Cam did get extra days to rest his shoulder.

    • Cox was a maniac that game though. Just utterly unblockable.

      Yeah, if either Hicks or Goldman can replicate that, that should bode well for the Bears.

  • BerwynBomber

    “They did it. They finally did it. The Bears defense delivered a dominant performance; the kind of performance I’ve been begging for.”

    Although to be honest, lots of teams will be delivering dominant defensive performances against BAL’s offense this year.

    • BearDown100393

      A dumpster fire is less concerning than Baltimore’s offense.

    • AlbertInTucson


      Pumping the brakes on this.

      The only receiver Ravens receiver I can name off the top of my balding head is Maclin and he was out.

      I believe Ben Watson’s nickname is “Methusela”.

      • Cuck Cooper

        Gotta agreen with you on pumping the brakes on our D. Still, they are showing promise.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Hamstrung and hand-cuffed is all.

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  • CanadaBear

    Apparently Aikeem Hicks is quite the funny guy. He has nicknames for just about everyone. Amos’ nickname is spatula hands. Glad Amos got off the INT schneid but the nickname works!

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I wonder what he nicknamed Bellamy…

  • Bear Instincts

    Jonathan Allen out for the rest of the season with Lisfranc injury in his foot. Hate to see the kid go down but glad we did not draft him. Long live MT10!!!

    • willbest

      It isn’t a given that would have happened if we drafted him.

      That being said, I would rather have Trubisky/Jackson than say Allen/Peterman.

    • That’s why he slipped. INJ concerns (like Hooker).

      He was rumored to have chronic shoulders. Add a foot to that now.

      Garrett also missed a few weeks already.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was just thinking about Garret. In a redraft, Cleveland have to draft Watson #1, right?

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “How can NFL not settle this Elliot situation without using up our court system? Isn’t there way better uses for our taxpayer dollars?”

    I thought it was the NFLPA that keeps initiating the court action?

    • willbest

      I suppose Elliot and Goodell could square off in a duel like how people used to do it before there was an impartial 3rd party that could here and resolve their disputes.

      Gotta be honest though, I am gonna bet on whitey to come out ahead on that one.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Celebrity DeathMatch (Sports Edition)

        • willbest

          I was thinking pistols and 30 paces. If its a cage match, then I am going to go with the one that is 35 years younger and in peak physical shape.

    • Cuck Cooper

      Jeff can’t be this ignorant, he can’t be.

      • A7Xthebest

        LOL. Like you even need to ask that question.

    • This is funny.

      FF tangent.

      Zeke’s “avg” on ESPN was about $45. I think that’s what Willie paid for him.

      Great deal for a #1HB, right?

      Eh, not exactly.

      He’s the 6th leading RB in our league (behind Howard). Will had to dole out another $15 for McFadden off the wire (bringing the total to $60) who may be relegated to 3rd down back.

      So, essentially, most FF Zeke owners pay $60 for 8 weeks and possibly miss him in the most important portion – the FF playoffs.

      Freakanomics conference. over.

      • Cooper

        You are the Paul Krugman of Fantasy Economics.

      • Irish Sweetness

        What did Hunt cost?

        Derrick Henry owners are about to explode.

  • “After a bad year last year”…(dusting off editorial monocle) C’mon, Andy!

    That hurts my ear….

    “After a subpar 2016 campaign…” (or anything along those lines). Free of charge.

    “I thought Julius Peppers was done three years ago. I was sure he was
    done after last year. He has 6.5 sacks this year. It doesn’t make sense.”

    It makes perfect sense. When Peppers actually tries, he’s dominant. HIs first yr in both Chicago and GB and now Panthers should prove that. He’s always been a physical freak with questionable motor. The Randy Moss of our generation.

    Except now he may not just be dogging it cuz he’s old and just choosing his spots.

    – Defense great, not good – for once

    And yes, it did make the difference

    However, we allllll gotta remember it was against arguably the most impotent O in the entire league, and Flacco may very well be the worst starting QB in ’17.

    The Panthers may have their issues, but they still have Benjy/Funchess and Dickeson and a decent Stewart who is not even the main RB (Cam is).

    —“Yet, against Baltimore he played just 31.3% of the snaps. In fact, [Wright’s]
    only played more than 60% of the team’s snaps in one game this season

    Great stat.

    And somewhat puzzling considering he’s been the only WR that doesn’t belong on the PS squad.

    Has he played so few snaps simply because Bears are going triple TE? Or were they putting out Bellamy to runblock? (Talk about announcing your intentions)

    Martavious Bryant wants out of Pit – I say we give them a 4rth and call it a day.

    He is a true deep threat (unlike Wheaton who was always more of a slot). Knows route trees. and is 6’4 211.

    All of which we DESPERATELY need. What’s a fourth?

    Also, Bryant is only 25.

    He’s dying to be a #1. We should give him that chance.


    If he gets hit early, he becomes mortal. He seems to not be as reckless with his body as he used to be, so a few early hits makes him more conservative.

    I would spy him a few times with Christian Jones.

    Jones has a lot of short comings, but he’s big, athletic and aggressive, which is what is needed to jack Cam up.

    Let Tre cover and do the rest.


    Our CBs actually match up well with big bodied WRs.

    Fuller/Prince etc are phsycal. This should be fun to watch.

    Callahan IMO is a stud at nickle. As always, just gotta stay healthy.


    They should all run laps till they puke!

    But who’s our gunner now? Any word on McMannis, Cunningham or Bellamy?

    • willbest

      I don’t trust anybody playing opposite a HoF level WR being thrown to by a possible HoF QB as somebody I would want to invest any real money in.

      Especially, when despite the fact that the Packers are going to go 1-7 over the next weeks, we aren’t going to be in contention for the division unless Minny loses some tackles again.

      • The division is ripe for the taking.

        Lions are are Lioning like we all knew they would. Stafford is beat up and playing terrible (so much for the Jim Bob express)

        Vikes, who the hell knows? Keenum is meh. Bradford is pondering retirement. Bridgewater has one bionic knee.

        They’re avg at best. Fuck, we almost beat them with a rook making his first start and no WRs or ILBs.

        But, we gotta win 2 in a row first before any crazy talk.

        • SC Dave

          That last sentence all the way Butch. All. The. Way.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            And the first. First sentence is true as well. Division’s wide open. The Bears are a bit of a long shot at 2-4, but certainly not out of the race. Had they beaten Minny and sat at 3-3 I’d be feeling pretty good about their chances.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We just need to take care of divisional games and let the chips fall where they may. With Mitch unleashed, none of our rivals look scary.

        • CanadaBear

          The queens have a legit D. Of the four teams in the division that stands out to me. The Beloved have an emerging D but it’s not there yet. I don’t see the Bears beating them in MN and they would have to do that at the very least to take the division.

        • Irish Sweetness

          And it’s not hard, we just have to run a bit less, and open up the playbook and audibles for Biscuit.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “After a bad year last year”.

      Valid criticism.

      That phrase is Poor Writing 101.

      • Also, as any sorta pro writer, avoid “good/bad” and “very” like the plague.

        Always crisper more engaging alternatives.

        • It’s all part of the plan

          I know it doesn’t seem like it because I like to use colorful language but I’m officially that uncle that buys every cousin, niece and nephew The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Haha, they all groan when they get my gift because they know it will be nothing fun.

          • They’ll thank you when their future employers inform them, “Your verbiage, conciseness and exposition are fantastic! We hired you over the shclub who used ‘irregardless’. Dilly dilly!”

          • Cooper

            Dilly Dilly!

        • AlbertInTucson

          My main issue issue the use of “Year” twice in 3 words.


  • It’s all part of the plan

    I’ve had to take the majority of the day off from work to watch our little guy due to a rare out of the house work assignment for my wife. I’ve had the absolute privilege to use a new app on my phone that breaks down my days to the minute to see how much money making activity I’m engaged in and how much fucking around I do in an effort to optimize my time at the office vs my income.
    Here are the unofficial results:
    5 city workers assigned to my block who have been digging up the sidewalks to install new gas lines have done exactly 63 minutes of work from 8am to 1pm. that’s fucking amazing.

    • willbest

      I can’t complain about my city’s workers. They saved me about $7-8,000

      • It’s all part of the plan

        I was just referencing the time spent at work to work ratio. The work quality is decent.

    • Bear Instincts

      what the name of the app

      • Cooper

        It’s called… wait for it…

        Boot from Rahm

      • AlbertInTucson

        It’s not an App.



      • It’s all part of the plan


    • AlbertInTucson

      That’s probably above average, too.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s a lot. And by design!

  • willbest

    MB I hope you are lurking. I wanted to warn you about this.


    • Bear Instincts

      LoL…i saw a similar story a while back. Most devices that run on Bluetooth tech can be hacked. Also be careful when you use ATM’s even if its your banks. Skimmer devices that can copy and store your card info are all over the place

      • Irish Sweetness

        Sniffer. You can watch all of the internet traffic on say a shared wi-fi connection in an airport or coffee shop. Some people protect their connection using encryption but they and their data are visible upon entering or leaving the pipe of that network (unless on TOR also).

    • SC Dave

      Where do you guys find this shit?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Will brought it up, hard telling what kind of “research” a lawyer has to do for a case. I wonder if there will be a class action suit against them.

        • willbest

          Gotta prove damages.

          • Bear Instincts

            Not really. You would only have to
            1. prove that the person took over the device
            2. they did it without consent
            3. they knew what they were doing/they were aware of their actions
            4. their advance continued even after you said stop (hard to prove without them being in the room to hear you say stop)

          • willbest

            HBP is talking about a lawsuit against the device manufacturer. That would be a tort action for negligence.
            1) Duty
            2) Breach
            3) Cause
            4) Damages

            So it doesn’t matter if the device is hackable, if nobody actually hacks it and rapes you.

            I suppose its possible there make be a fraud claim if they billed it as “safe” or some such.

          • Irish Sweetness

            “The guy hacked my butt-plug … and really gave me what-for … it was great!”

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Is it considered rape if some hacks and takes control of a sex toy, while it is inserted?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        asking for a friend…..

        • Irish Sweetness

          The pleasure is in the pain. Apparently.

          Wait til the Ghanaian Sakawa gangs get wind of this. You won’t be able to switch it off until you transfer $1000 to them.

      • Bear Instincts

        common sense says yes. unfortunately the laws have not caught up with the rapid advance of technology

      • willbest

        Well if I were arguing on behalf of the consumer I would say obviously. But if I were defending the company it might go something like “you consent to getting hit when you get in a boxing ring”

        • Bear Instincts

          Not the same by a long shot. What if Toyot/Nissan/Honda said you consented to get into a car accident when you bought a car?

          • willbest

            The intended function of the thing is to vibrate in your ass when somebody other than you turns it on. Presumably, by shoving it up there you not only expect it to happen, you want it to.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            More along the lines of those Toyotas that excelerated on their own

  • Bear Instincts

    Take a look at two free agent wide receivers, their 2017 salary per Spotrac, and their 2017 stats:

    Six weeks in the 2017 season here are two 2017 WR free agents:

    WR #1, $9.5 million: 48 targets, 24 receptions, 317 yards, 13.2 yards/rec., 2 TD

    WR #2, $2.0 million: 26 targets, 20 receptions, 236 yards, 11.8 yards/rec., 1 TD

    Wide receiver #1 is Alshon Jeffery. Wide receiver #2 is Kendall Wright.


    • Cooper

      I think Jeffery has pissed the Eagles off.

      • Bear Instincts

        if that’s the case they can send him back to us for a 6 or 7

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          he is on a one year deal. what’s the point in trading for him. lose a pick and he might not sign an extension.

          • Bear Instincts

            trade for him if he will sign an extension. if not let him rot in the birds nest

          • SC Dave

            At a price we like.

            I imagine Trubs would be happy to have him.

            But who knows?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Because we don’t have any 6’3 dudes.

    • But a lot of that is because Wentz’ #1 WR is his TE Ertz (reason why I drafted him in FF).

      Ertz I think is in the top 5 in targets – of ALL receivers, not just TEs.

      He’s a target hog.

      The rest, Wentz tends to spread it out kinda evenly. Some Aghlor, some Sproles (when he was healthy), some Alshon…

      I think that would explain some of Alshon’s stats (also gotta remember that the Eagles have been winning and as such, likely draining the clock in the 2nd half of games).

      Not to mention, Alshon is a great run blocker.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And they’ve got Blount and Smallwood. Blount is till a beast.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Our top receiver is getting 2M dollars?

  • Joe Wilson


  • As FUGLY as the last game was, 50+ runs and D teabagging and scoring?

    Maybe Bear football is back.

    Where’s my 80s neckpad…

  • Bear Instincts

    Benjamin leaves practice early. Hopefully he and Kuechly are out for Sundays game.

    • SC Dave

      Luke being out bigger than Benj, but heah, both would be good.

    • This is par course for Benji.
      He’s been nursing a back/leg, misses practices. then balls.

      He kinda did the same routine last week and posted a solid game (99 yds).

      That being said, the way Fuller is playing , may not matter.

      The guy I would worry about more is Funchess and their TE Dickson.

      They usually make big plays esp when the play breaks down.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dickson is their downfield man in his absence, but no Kuechly would be great.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Is Cam Newton back? I have no idea. Nobody does, not even the Panthers.”

    Newton’s a mixed bag. A phemon athlete with a cannon arm who can shed rusher’s a’la Big Ben (or younger Big Ben) and is the league’s top rushing threat of the QBs. But he is also inaccurate, possesses bad mechanics and has a slow delivery. (And there are still questions whether he can read Ds or is merely a read-option guy.)

    I’d be a bit surprised if he ever authors a 2015 season again. More likely, we will see what he has provided this season. Two outstanding games, two stink bombs and one meh. To a degree he’s Cutty w/out the strip stacks and a lot more running ability.

    • and a LOT more TDs.

      I think Cam is beat up. IMO, he went all-in on that 15 season, and lordy, what a season it was. Nearly went undefeated, and b4 losing in SB, they crushed the playoffs.

      IF they had won the SB, they would be in the debate of greatest season of all time.

      I don’t think he’s quite recovered from that loss, physically and mentally.

      He just hasn’t been – dunno – Cam.

      That certain je ne sais quois he used to have.

      Maybe he’s matured and beat up (goes hand and hand). Time has a way of humbling everyone.

      Or maybe this is his Rocky 2 beach moment where he’s trying to regain his mojo.

      Either way, hope he finds it again. Next month.

      • BerwynBomber

        Well, if you’re talking passing TDs he has only had one year (yep, ’15) where he produced a high number. Otherwise, rather Cutty-esque output. (But of course his running ability puts him in a different category than Cutler.)

        Mind, I like watching Newton too, and he’s very unique, but as a pure passer he is only average.

        Plus, I’m always skeptical of one superb year suddenly defining a player. It’s the same thing with Ryan. I tend to think Ryan is more like his other seven or eight years than his MVP year. Same with Cam. Their MVP years are more likely to be the outliers.

        • CanadaBear

          Certainly looks like Meg fell back to earth.

  • Funny how Luck now has a “setback” at the same time Brissett has shown he’s more than capable. To me, Brissett doesn’t look like that much of a step down. Perhaps the Colts want to see what they have or at the very least build a market.

    “Colts GM Chris Ballard said Andrew Luck has experienced
    soreness in his surgically-repaired right (throwing) shoulder and will
    not practice this week.

    This qualifies as a significant setback, no matter how the Colts try and spin it. Luck practiced the past two weeks and appeared to be knocking on the door of playing sometime soon. He’s now again out
    indefinitely, leaving Jacoby Brissett the starter for the next few weeks and further dropping the floors of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.The Colts’ bye week comes Week 11.” – Roto

    • Bear Instincts

      Keep him out for the season and let him heal and come back stronger next year. Why risk injury again?

    • CanadaBear

      Shoulders are funny things. There certainly are no guarantees he will ever have that same fastball.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jim McMahon said after his shoulder was reconstructed he felt better than ever at GB.

        • CanadaBear

          Mac says a lot of things. His arm was never the same after Charles Martin. It’s not like he had a cannon before but he lost a lot of steam on the ball after that hit.

  • lol Well. At least we’re not the Browns. Benching Kizer so they didn’t look like they COMPLETELY whiffed on QB, AGAIN. Wow. That’s a whole new level of Sadness.

    Coach Hue Jackson named DeShone Kizer the Browns’ starting quarterback for Week 7 against the Titans.

    There’s some speculation the Browns benched Kizer in Week 6at Houston to avoid a Kizer-Deshaun Watson matchup after the Browns passed on Watson, who is playing at an MVP level, in order to come back and take Kizer 40 picks later. Kevin Hogan was dreadful in his start, and Jackson is going back to the rookie Kizer. Kizer has far more upside as a thrower and runner, but he has to cut down on the turnovers and sacks taken for this Cleveland offense to get off the mat. – Roto

    • CanadaBear

      Hue not so gently publicly pointed out that Kizer now understands how bad TO’s are from a team standpoint. Stay tuned!

      • SC Dave

        Seems to have worked for Kyle Fuller…

        • CanadaBear

          I’m pleasantly shocked by the turnaround.

    • willbest

      Its a second round pick, I don’t know if that is whiffing on a QB. Wentz is making them look like damn fools. Watson not so much because at least there are 10 other teams that don’t look so smart either.

    • willbest

      On a side note, I am surprised Sac hasn’t had an aneurism over comparing trubisky’s two starts to Watsons.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I haven’t watched Watson yet. My guess was that he would start fast but that Trubisky was more likely to succeed in the league long term. Does Watson look like an NFL quarterback kicking ass, or does he look like a college quarterback getting by on pure athleticism for now? Kinda like a Kap rebooted?

        • willbest

          Well from the limited exposure I saw he is Kaep like, but his ball looks better so there is probably hope for him if he either has Cam’s durability or Wilson’s smarts in avoiding hits when he gets on the move.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Dude leads the NFL in TD passes (15) with only 5 INTs and he didn’t start the season.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            So you’ve got the draft graded on six games.

        • CanadaBear

          The little bit I’ve seen he’s way more accurate than CK.

    • A7Xthebest

      “Playing at an MVP level” made that statement lose all credibility.

  • Bear Instincts

    Mitch Trubisky: “You can’t get selfish wanting to force in every pass.
    That just doesn’t make sense…The throwaways are important.”

    #Bears Why did Cutler never learn this lesson?

    • willbest

      Cutler said a lot of things about limiting INTs and the like. Cutler never acted on it though. How about you wait for Mitch to show you he learns before you just assume he does.

      • Bear Instincts

        No need to wait I’m on a Kool Aid IV

        • SC Dave

          Oh really? You on the Kool-Aid?

          Who woulda thunk it!!

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I thought he showed improvement in that area already from start 1 to start 2

      • Irish Sweetness

        2015. Turned the corner.

  • CanadaBear

    Schedule looks tough next 5 weeks Carolina, @ NO, Fudgies, Loins, @ Phil. The two away games look like sure losses to me. I have my doubts about beating Carolina but the back-to-back home games would be a good time to show the division the Bears aren’t an automatic W (until Erin gets back).

    • The thing about playing ugly is that it tends to drag down the opponent.

      The only two real blowouts came vs Puke and Bucs, but all the other teams really had subpar ugly games

      This Bears team is a street brawler. Other teams are trying to out box and out tactic, but the Bears just keep coming forward with the run and pass rush.

      As long as those two strengths click, always have a punchers chance (and hopefully Trub learns to jab and counter soon).

      If the Bears beat Panthers, I think that would really swing momentum, then…anything is possible.

      Remember when the NO D was the worst in 50 yrs? They’re pretty good now.

      Never know.

      • SC Dave

        Howard epitomizes what this team should be. Everyone on the O that has been asked says Jordan is the man, including MT.

        These guys know.

        Attitude… shit, he’s even teaching Kyle

        • Irish Sweetness

          It’s sad seeing him run out of gas after 20 yards though. He gets clear and can’t stay clear, he’s just looking to fall over.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            ???????? You’re takking about last year’s #2 rusher. He had a 50+ yard run in OT on Sunday to essentially win the game. That came after 35 carries against 8 and sometimes 9 man looks. Runs out of gas my ass.

    • Irish Sweetness

      As long as we beat NFCN ….

  • Sactowns#1

    I’ve seen the people of Walmart website and I think there also needs to be a People of Burger King website. What ever possesses a person to go there?

    • SC Dave

      Whopper Junior. Fuckers used to be on the damn dollar menu.

      Best fast food burger deal ever. By a loooong way.

      • willbest

        That was my Sunday treat in law school. Saturday was a diet of alcohol, and Monday through Friday it was tomato sauce on cardboard (Jacks Pizza)

      • beninnorcal

        Yes and yes, SC. Great minds think alike. That is a tasty little burger indeed. Sac, just try one, you won’t regret it.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve eaten there once in the last 20 years and had some serious stomach distress. Of course, it took the express bus to freedom. Not good.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It is bullshit food, no doubt.

    • BearDown100393


  • Cooper

    Kaep’s lawyer is a guy named Mark Gergaros.

    He claims he has email and that he has two NFL GMs who will say during deposition that they were instructed by their owners not to sign Kaep no matter what

    • That would be the smoking gun evidence I suspected the NFL wall of lawyers would prevent.

      That could be a smoking gun cuz then that would open all the other GM convos if it’s the right court.

      But, I’m no lawyer.

      • willbest

        Not even close.

        Its not even suspicious. Every team has a legitimate business reason for not hiring that fucker
        1) annoys half their fan base
        2) Antagonizes a powerful interest group in city government (police)
        3) team distraction
        4) Doesn’t improve the product (Kaep’s WAR is probably somewhere around 0.25)

        A smoking gun would be audio from the owners meeting stating a desire to blackball him. And the CBA actually spells out the number of owners that need to be caught (14) in order for it to be considered collusion. I would bet money that after Kaep goes fishing (which the NFL will fight, drag, and delay) he loses on summary judgment.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And HE walked away from his 49er contract. He opted out.

  • Malice Halice

    Deshaun Watson should be MVP if he keeps his level of play up regardless if they win or not. Mitchell is WAY better tho, but atleast da Bears got a qb. The browns on the other hand DO NOT DESERVE their 1st round picks. They should only get 1 n the rest should be a lottery to other teams. Watson has the most to prove of any rookie qb this year n I’d say of any qb the last 6yrs. 2 quarterbacks got picked up b4 him n he was considered the best qb in the draft.

    • I agree.
      My main question about Watson was if his “It’ factor was enough to make up for all his defiencies, and thus far, seems like yes (having Hopkins and Fuller catch helps).

      I still wonder about his durability, but he’s sliding a lot more than he did in college, so good on him for that.

      That being said, long term, yup still prefer Trub.

      But gotta wonder.

      What if the Browns had drafted Trub?

      Would he still be in the MVP convo running for his life throwing to Ricardo Lewis and Higgens?

      Doubt it.

    • A7Xthebest

      Was considered by whom? Most NFL GMs agreed that Trubisky was THE guy to draft, IF you were going to take one this year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They were guessing though. Watson had the CV and experience.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mitchell is way better based on what? After a few weeks Watson is throwing 15-5 and tearing teams apart.

  • willbest

    I know this should come from Cheesey but I saw this on the interweb and felt it deserved a shout out here.

    “Packers looking to trade for Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler. There is nobody with more experience throwing to Green Bay players”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Give them Glennon!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Bottom line on NFL Net had QUITE a list of dinged up Panthers.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Benjamin was removed from Wednesday’s practice after re-injuring his left knee, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.”

    He did his ACL badly in 2015. Injured it in week 3. Pulled out of practice on Wednesday.

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  • RedBulls83

    Seeing how well Peppers has played these past years makes you even more pissed at how he mailed it in the last season as a Bear.

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