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Getting Real: 3 Things Bears Must Do to Keep Fans Optimistic in 2018

| July 31st, 2018

Here at DBB, we’ve been high on optimism for the Bears’ 2018 season pretty much since Matt Nagy was hired back in January, and we’re not the only ones. Both local and national media are feeling the enthusiasm and energy emanating from Halas Hall, and with good reason!

We’ve laid out all those reasons why we should all be psyched about the direction the Bears are heading in previous, and I fully stand by those predictions. At the same time, I’m not the hardcore Pollyanna that I’ve likely come across as in my last few articles. There’s a limit to my enthusiasm, and there are some actual markers of change the Bears are going to have to hit this season for me to continue to do things like  compare Trubisky to Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I’ve laid out three things the Chicago Bears MUST do to justify continued optimism into the 2019 season. This isn’t a dream scenario list. This is a bare minimum list for me to not sink into a pit of deep, deep despair.

For the purposes of this list I’m not factoring in the possibility of serious injury to top players. Not because it couldn’t happen, but because a) it’s morbid b) it’s largely out of the team’s control and, c) it would cause me to have a very different perspective on the season moving forward.


First.

They have to finish at least .500.

Football is a rare sport in that literally every game matters. You look at baseball, basketball, or hockey and it’s absurd to think that one game would change the way fans view an entire season. But football teams don’t play 162 games in a season, they play 16, and there’s a significant difference between a team going 7-9 and 8-8. Even if that’s only in perspective.

The last time the Bears had a a winning season was 2012. In 2013 they went 8-8 and, well, we all know how things have gone since then. The Bears don’t have the easiest of schedules – of course that’s not always the most straightforward metric to measure a month before a season actually begins. Still, I’m sick of rooting for a losing team. The Bears absolutely have enough talent to earn as many wins as losses.

To put it in perspective, John Fox finished his first season as Bears head coach with a record of 6-10. That was his best year here. If Matt Nagy and a boatload of new offensive weapons can’t manage to win two more games than that, fans might be in for a more prolonged heartache than we’d originally envisioned.


Second.

They CANNOT be the laughingstocks of the NFC North.

When I look at the NFC North this year I see extreme parity.

I know most national media outlets have the Vikings as the team to beat, followed closely by the Packers, but honestly there’s enough talent (and enough weakness) on each team that each division match-up is truly a tossup for me at this point. Outside the division, the Packers have the most difficult schedule (courtesy of CBS Sports), but again, projections aren’t reality.

The last time the Bears weren’t at the bottom of the barrel in their division was 2013. They couldn’t even manage 3rd place after the Lions started the first half of their 2015 season 1-7 (that one win coming courtesy of, surprise surprise, the Bears). Fans are sick of the team being an afterthought and the Bears can no longer be the team languishing in basement.


Third.

Trubisky has to (mostly) live up to expectations.

This is the most obvious and important aspect of the 2018 season.

Trubisky has to show everyone that the hype surrounding him is more than just dumb hope and white noise. Fans and media alike can are prone to getting a little over-hyped in the off-season. Anyone expecting Trubisky to get the Bears to the Super Bowl probably needs to take a few deep breaths. He just has to prove he was worth the number two pick last year. He has to prove he’s the guy to lead this team in the future.

Now what does that look like exactly? A common comparison is Jared Goff. In 2016 he had a passer rating of 63.6 and in 2017 he posted a rating of 100.5. In 2017 Trubisky had a passer rating of 77.5 so his rating in 2018 should be, well, better than that…..

I’m not Data (nobody but Data is), so I’m not going to try and put a number on it, but I will be watching for the following things:

  • Is he clutch in big game situations?
  • Can the team count on him to convert crucial third downs?
  • Does he lead the way when they’re trailing in the fourth quarter?
  • When he makes a mistake (and he’ll make plenty) does he bounce back the next time he has the ball? Is he improving with every week?
  • Is he the reason the Bears win games?

If at the end of the 2018 season the answer is “yes” to all these questions, then the team is set for the future at the sport’s most important position. If not, well it’s not quite August and I don’t want to contemplate that possibility yet. I just know that as of right now, the kid still has a lot to prove.

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  • Good stuff, Emily. I think the key will be divisional games. The Bears went 3-15 under Fox against the rest of the NFCN. Have to win more of those games.

    • Emily

      100%. It’s hugely important. Also my dad’s a Lions fan, and it’s really demoralizing to keep taking shit year after year from a Lions fan…. I need it to stop.

      • CanadaBear

        Condolences.

      • leftcoastdave

        Before the season, you need to tell him that after da Bears start kicking butt on the Lions, you promise not to give him back any of the crap he gave you.
        Put Karma on your side while tweaking his beak a bit.

  • That Guy

    Can we put to bed this crap about hard/easy schedules, especially compared to division rivals?

    The Bears will play 2 teams whose records last year differed from teams on Green Bay’s, Minny’s, or Detroit’s schedule. Put another way, the Bears and Green Bay have the same line-up of teams to play for 14 out of 16 games. 87.5% of the games played by NFCN teams will be against common opponents. Those 2 non-common opponents aren’t enough to make definitive statements like “Oh, Green Bay has a tougher schedule this year than the Bears.”

    Especially before the season starts, when one of the non-common opponents Green Bay plays might implode, while one of the Bears’ 2 teams might take off.

    Strength of schedule is real and does exist, but talking about it before the season with division rivals makes no sense whatsoever.

    • I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but I don’t see how Bears can beat the Puke, Loins or Queens.

      Can our pass rush get to Vadgers b4 he dissects us like always?
      Can we actually figure out a way to pull out a win vs the Loins who have won like, what, 7 straight?
      How the hell is Trub gonna score on the Vikes, or our D contain Cousins/Thielan/Diggs/Cook?

      Then they have to figure out how to defeat the Pats, Rams and Seahawks

      That’s 11 games right there.

      Not to take anything away from what the Bears might do, but NFCN is a tough division with arguably the best QBs bottom to top (giving Trub some cred here) and TWO SB contenders and a WC caliber Loins.

      Bears will have to do something they haven’t done since Lovie’s prime: figure out how to pull out close wins, esp vs division foes.

      Anything can happen. Vadge can get a groin. Stafford can regress. Maybe Cousins is outted, or that D suffers catastrophic INJs, but gotta say, it’s gonna be tough sledding.

      But that’s just the vulcan side of me.
      The Klingon part sharpens the bat’leth and roars “Today is a good day to die!”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Step back from the ledge, Butchmeister General. Ponder this.

        It’s the known unknown. We don’t know what this will all look like come game-time,
        There’s no reason why, but I just won’t be surprised one bit if we walk into Green Bay week one and rub their faces in it.

        Who’s GB’s defense? Anyone scared of them? Who is our offense, that’s what’s up.

        Now IFF we have our two starting ‘backers in the middle we got a shot at frustrating Vadgers for the first time in a long time.

        If we can walk into Lambeau week one and wreck the joint then we have a team that’s ready.

        Week One is huge. Your statement game is first up.

        • Johnnywad

          Green Bay traded away perhaps their best DB for DeShone Kizer didn’t they?

          • CanadaBear

            I think the top 3 guys were drafted last year and this year. Hopefully they all suck moose wang and it ruins their season.

          • leftcoastdave

            They drafted two good CBs including Josh Jackson from Iowa. I don’t expect them to “suck” as much as hope they have not progressed too far on the learning curve.

          • CanadaBear

            I knew you would be in love with Jackson since he’s from Iowa. I don’t expect them to suck either but I’m sure hoping.

          • And they signed Mo Wilkerson.

            Their new GM mightve had the best off-season

      • Irish Sweetness

        Vadgers can also get a brainsquash sandwiched between Akiem Hicks and Terry Fuckin Williams!!

        Wait ….

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        This is going to be one of the toughest divisions in the entire NFL.

        Winner will likely make it to the NFC Championship game, a game from the Super Bowl.

        Are we there yet? uh….this ….is going to take some faith…..that we get there next year.

    • Johnnywad

      There are lots of surprises in the league every year.

  • Jim Wenhart

    I believe the Bears are under the radar. They lost a few they should have won last year, top 10 defense, a bunch of new weapons on offense, and a modern era coach. If they can go in to Green Bay week 1 and get a W…..this team may get on roll. 10 and 6.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Things to be optimistic about (nice one Emily!) …

    1. Biscuit will be fine to great.

    2. A rejuvenated A-Rob makes this so by saving his ass more than twice a game.

    3. Jordan Howard stops dropping footballs on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays.

    4. Roquan Smith proves to be stone cold Spetsnaz, immediately.

    5. Victoria Fangio decides that ultimately it benefits our team if he occasionally threatens the opposing QB by rushing, say, five men at the QB – with the tantalizing occasional tease of a 6-man rush(!).

    • Maybe Fangio switches to the 46. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    • BenderMcLugh

      the “Ravens Rush” in Madden, devistating!

    • Johnnywad

      7th in sacks, 2 shy of 5th last season.

      • CanadaBear

        Those troublesome facts.

      • John F

        Except the team lost 30% of those sacks when we got rid of McPhee, Houston, Unrein and Jones (12.5 sacks total)

        • Johnnywad

          Well, you should be psyched then since you think they all sucked and we’re always hurt. By your measure it should get better.

          • John F

            McPhee, Young and Houston were hurt a lot, but were above average when healthy. Unrein was serviceable. I thought Jones should have been kept, he was competent. I’m not sure who is going to replace all that, there is no one on the current roster that I see.

          • CanadaBear

            Unless they had the current top 5 sack leaders, you would still say the same thing. It’s your outlook. Doom and gloom.

          • leftcoastdave
          • Johnnywad

            You can’t really believe those guys to be impossible to replace. Roy Robertson Harris is going to have a good year. I think Bullard will get a few. I’m betting Roquan Smith will find the quarterback a few times.

            Unrein is a better fullback than DL.

          • SC Dave

            I think Unrein is a lot better than this blog generally credits him.

          • Johnnywad

            My take, I’d say he was average. Serviceable without being a problem. And very replaceable.

            I still have no idea why he wasn’t your 3rd down, short yardage FB every time the situation arose. Aside from the fact that it worked, wasn’t the guy a FB or RB in college? Hand him the rock on a rare occasion. Good luck stopping that for a yard.

        • leftcoastdave

          With less than three sacks each on average, I’m sure we can find five others to produce at least that many.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    I woke up this morning out of a rum soaked haze and see that the only player in the entire 2018 draft that is unsigned is Roquan Fucking Smith???????

    Cade, CedBen, Terrell and Enis are the others that did it.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      You need an intervention. Switch to Knob’s Creek.

      (which I will by the end of next week.)

      • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

        Would never drink that hill swill!!!

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          is there even a thing as good rum compared to good whiskey?

          • leftcoastdave

            Ireland’s gift to man.

          • BenderMcLugh

            For me, Ron Zacapa XO & 23 year are absolutely fantastic on the rocks. Haven’t tried the other two yet, once I find em I will though:
            https://www.zacaparum.com/en/

            Topper’s also makes a fantastic Spiced ruhm, great on the rocks too:
            http://www.toppersrhum.com/products.php

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I tried rum a few times 20 years ago in college. Puts me to sleep (not the effect I wanted.)

          • CanadaBear

            I always thought it tasted like lighter fluid smells.

          • BenderMcLugh

            indeed, terrible stuff does.

            British & American Virgin islands use this to clean their boat engines:
            http://pussersrum.com/

            yeah, not so tasty lol

          • BenderMcLugh

            quitter….heh

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Absolutely. I quit stuff that sucks.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Yo ho ho.

          • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

            El Dorado 12yr 15yr 21yr 25yr
            Clement V.S.O.P
            Neisson Special Reserve
            Lemon Hart Demerara
            Saint Etienne Rhum Vieux

            Not that Puerto Rican piss you lost your butt cherry to in college. Ha ha ha!!!!!

        • CanadaBear

          Never liked rum but I admire your spunk!

      • Johnnywad

        Single barrel 120. My fav.

    • Fake news!

      Tremaine Edmunds signed in May if that makes you feel better.

    • SC Dave

      Maybe we shouldn’t both then, eh?

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Trubisky better start not grunting like Monica Seles after each hit.

    (worked for her though, damn.)

  • CanadaBear
  • CanadaBear

    I’m guessing the Beloved go 2-4 in the division and end up 8-8. Not sure where the wins are gonna come from (in and out of the division) but I truly think they have improved enough to get 3 more wins than last year.

    • willbest

      9 wins or blow the whole thing up. Sell the team, get new president, new GM, new coach, all the way down to new beer vendors in soldier field. Everybody gotta go.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Can’t see them selling while it’s still a license to print money.

      • John F

        Nine wins … that’s a good one ……. 8*)

      • leftcoastdave

        Sunday night statement game win in Lambeau followed by Seattle at home on MNF. That’s 2-0. Cards in Phoenix, 3-0 followed by Tampa Bay at home and Miami on the road.

        That’s 5-0 before the Pats come to town to face an undefeated team two weeks after the bye week with some swag and a fun new O they are all getting to know.

        That is how the season starts.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          16-0 to wrap up the regular season.

  • leftcoastdave

    “This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I’ve laid out three things the
    Chicago Bears MUST do to justify continued optimism into the 2019
    season.”

    Sorry, Emily, but they do not need to do anything to “justify continued (MY) optimism.”
    You see, I am a fan of da Bears. Have been all my life. Paul Harvey once famously told the story of some very long game in baseball lore which went into the wee hours of the night. At the end of the game there remained some x number of fans. He closed with, “and that brings to mind the origin of the word fan, which is short for fanatic.”

    True fans will always be optimistic. Which brings to mind the question of what the sadist did to the masochist.

    Nothing.

    • Emily

      Oh, I’ll still root and be a fan, regardless. The Bears have been mostly mediocre to downright awful pretty much my whole life and I still have nothing but love for the team. It’ll just be hard not to feel a little deflated if this season is no better than the previous four.

      • leftcoastdave

        And what do you think the chances are that this team will not be any better than the previous four? That is quite a low bar. You really think that bar will not be jumped? One to ten scale, where do you put it?

        Why lament that which will not happen? Half full or half empty? No, more like in ten to one territory.

        • Emily

          I fully think the Bears will be better than they’ve been the past few years, but sports are weird and anything could happen.

          I’d say (barring some really unfortunate injuries to top players) there’s a 96% chance they improve on their record from last season, and like an 80ish % chance they are a .500 team.

          • leftcoastdave

            Those numbers, to me, keep you residing in wet blanketville. I’m calling a 90% chance of a 4-1 start and if they win their first game, wild card contender.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    “we’ve been high on optimism for the Bears’ 2018 season pretty much since Matt Nagy was hired back in January”

    I’m not. We’re going to barely cover in the Super Bowl. Bearly.

  • Bob Doll

    For the Bears to win significantly more they must stay healthy, maintain and improve on defense in terms of turnovers and the offense has to resemble an above average unit…to that:
    O-Line; it starts there…know the snap count, match/exceed the intensity of the defense and block the man you are supposed to block.
    WR: run the route and catch the ball when you are supposed to catch it…to be good, catch tough ones too; to be great catch some you are not supposed to and make the first defender miss a tackle.
    RB: Posses the ball, make the correct reads and fall forward when tackled
    TE: combine WR and OL
    and lastly QB: all statistics; throw 2x more TDs..3x for greatness than INT; complete 60+% completion and 65+ for greaness and don’t take sacks you don’t have to…touchdown or check down.

    Not rocket science, but rather fundamental…but never mistake fundamentals for easy…they are fundamental however to success…something we have not seen from a Bears team in a long time and why so many bad teams find ways to beat themselves…games are often lost rather than your opponent just beating the tar out of you…that 4th qtr.. I think it might have been Parcels who said, you are either applying the pressure or under pressure.

  • Fisherman695

    Weak link is QB right now, I think he is a 3 or 4 year learner, hope new coach can speed that up.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      ….nightmares of Bortles. NO!!!

    • leftcoastdave

      I don’t agree Tru is the “weak link” and question where the “I think he is a 3 or 4 year learner” comes from.

      Pace and Nagy have not only surrounded Tru with other QBs with experience in the install (Nagy also being a QB), but Nagy has planned out the install with those other two QBs running down each play with its multiple reads into digestible bites. From all indications (viewed objectively?), this “install” of the new system has been gamed out in every respect with new material rolled out sequentially.
      Yes, there have been many speaking of the complexity of the system, yada, yada, yada, but your last point about Nagy seems to be the key and it is his install technique and what he will be calling on Tru to do which will make this a success or failure. Given what we have seen from the systematic approach, I believe it reason for optimism.

      • SC Dave

        There is a form of fishing called trolling, lcd.

        That said, I’m waiting for Trubisky to convince me, and that won’t happen before the Bears go to Lambeau in September.

        • leftcoastdave

          The most fun I ever had fishing was in the BWCA beneath Lower Basswood Falls. Second best was casting a rubber frog out on to lily ponds from a dock on Lake Wisconsin. I’d right the frog on a pad and then hop him over to another, then another until a large mouth would come up and grab him. Got several nice 2-3 pounders that early evening using my then 25 year old Garcia Mitchel reel.

          Trolling is for people who don’t know how to fish, unless its for Walleye, but that’s another story.

          • SC Dave

            It was a pun on the user name, but I’m guessing you saw that.

      • John F

        We’ll all know by Thursday evening which direction things are headed ……….

      • Irish Sweetness

        Not to keep harping on Steve Young saying it takes 3 years to install this offense … but … harpity harp harp.

  • SC Dave

    A few words from Sam Acho:
    https://youtu.be/zoc1pDSGWFY?t=527

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      damn he has great teeth

    • Johnnywad

      Impressive guy. The NFL could use more like him.

      • CanadaBear

        A lot more.

      • SC Dave

        His erudition was no doubt a factor in his selection as union rep.

        • John F

          Excellent use of the word erudition !

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Damn…Acho is a future Senator.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I’m not kidding about this….if he wants to be in politics…..he’s a Senator.

        Congressman first……and then on.

        • willbest

          Acho isn’t a psychopath, sociopath, or narcissist so he isn’t cut out for politics.

          • SC Dave

            Truth

        • Johnnywad

          Why would he, a guy that seems super solid and kind, want to become a cocksucking politician?

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            he’s better than that….but the answer to that is….access to billions.

          • leftcoastdave

            OPM.

    • CanadaBear

      Seems like a genuinely great guy. I opened an account in Mesa a few years ago when I was down there for the winter and worked with his cousin. He was a super nice guy and had nothing but great things to say about Sam.

  • SC Dave

    Some movie on the Bear youtube channel said that over the last 12 games of 2017, the Bears defense gave up the second fewest touchdowns in the NFL.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      this entire video is awesome.

    • John F

      The Bears went 4-8 allowing the second fewest TD’s ….. that’s pathetic …….

      • Malice Halice

        Makes since cuz our offense was so bad. Basically those last 12 was like the Carolina game except we lost most of em.

      • Johnnywad

        Probably explains the wholesale changes in the offseason.

    • CanadaBear

      I love how jacked Hicks was in that Carolina game.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We went 5-11 Dave, put as much lipstick on the pig as you want.

      • leftcoastdave

        Lot of fun plays last year in spite of the record.

  • chitownproud85

    Ah. Some logic and tempered expectations. Good stuff, and I agree. Lets see progress; lets see .500. After that, we can start the rest of that nonsense. SHOW ME PROGRESS

  • Sactowns#1

    ok, random. Has anyone done a large patch section of stucco before? I’ve got a section about 12ft long and 4ft high that I took out and now need to replace.

    • Johnnywad

      Do you have any background in the trades? If not, I’d hire a pro. That’s a pretty high level of difficulty for a DIY weekend.

      • Sactowns#1

        I did road construction for a year and then did electrical for a year. I’m sure I could do this but i would like it to look good. Not like this guys work http://99likes.com/94252/20-funny-painting-fails-photos-pictures/

        • Johnnywad

          I’m not sure that’s the proper link but it’s still damn funny.

          I’d hire the stucco out. I’ve been a carpenter and then builder my entire life since my teens. And I wouldn’t do it. Aside from the skill it takes to make it look good, there are serious technical issues that can make for very real problems down the road if you fuck up. A small flaw can become a slow leak that you don’t find for years. And it never dries out.

          A small area like that shouldn’t be terribly expensive.

          • leftcoastdave

            That flashing thing ain’t to be messed with. Not to be confused with the artistry which is the finish coat.

          • Sactowns#1

            Thanks for the info Johnny. I went ahead and contacted my concrete guy and he knew a stucco guy who will be taking care of it for me. last thing I want is to spend days doing the work just to find out I did it wrong.
            Oh and yes, that was the right link.

          • Johnnywad

            That’s a good plan

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hire some skilled artist to paint Jimi Hendrix on your house, man. Just do it.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Jimi is in my head. I don’t need no paint.

        • leftcoastdave

          There’s a red house over yonder, . . ..

    • AlbertInTucson

      WAY beyond my skill set or knowledge.

      • AlbertInTucson

        For me, stucco = “Stuck. Oh.”

  • SC Dave

    I don’t know if he’s got the goods, but I hope Roquan has been/will be watching all the stuff on Urlacher. By film, he has at least an outside chance to become the next one.

    Understand the tradition, young man. Relentlessly, obsessively, bust your ass to be mentioned in the same sentence with George, Butkus*, Singletary, and Urlacher.

    Chicago is the crucible in which a pantheon of truly great MLBs has been forged.

    Make yourself the next. If you dare.

    * Still the scale against which any MLB/ILB will be measured.

  • leftcoastdave

    Embedded in a pretty good article by Bill Barnwell:

    “Record in games decided by seven points or less: 2-5 (.286)
    Strength of schedule: 0.532 (Toughest in NFL)

    The worst record in one-score games over the past two years belongs to the Browns, who are 1-11 in those games (and 0-20 otherwise). The second-worst record in games decided by seven points or less belonged to John Fox’s Bears, who were 3-11, including 2-5 last season. And while you might argue that the Browns weren’t really in many of those contests, Chicago lost a lot of winnable games in 2017. The difference between Fox keeping his job and losing it to Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy
    revolves around a few breaks going the wrong way:

    In Week 1, the Bears faced a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line down 23-17 to the defending NFC Champion Falcons with 26 seconds left. Mike Glennon’s receivers subsequently dropped two likely touchdowns, and the Bears did not score.

    In Week 5, Mitchell Trubisky took the ball back with 2:32 left in his first NFL start against the Vikings in a 17-17 game and threw a pick to Harrison Smith, setting the Vikings up for an easy game-winning field goal.

    In Week 6,the Bears were up 24-13 on the Ravens with four minutes to go, only for the Ravens to tie the game over 67 seconds with a long field goal, a 77-yard punt return, and a two-point conversion. The Bears actually ended up pulling this one out in overtime, but it wasn’t a pretty ending.

    In Week 11,Trubisky converted a fourth-and-13 with a 19-yard scramble and got the Bears into field goal range with a 15-yard completion, only for Connor Barth to miss a 46-yard field goal that would have pushed a 27-24 game with the Lions into overtime.

    In Week 13, the Bears led 14-12 with 5:35 to go when they punted on fourth-and-6 from the San Francisco 42-yard line. Jimmy Garoppolo subsequently capped his first start as 49ers quarterback by taking the Niners 87 yards in just over four minutes before setting up former Bears kicker Robbie Gould for a game-winning 24-yard chip shot.”

    There’s more and it is fairly well done.

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24208950/nfl-teams-most-likely-improve-win-more-games-2018-projections-schedule

    • This is what I mean by pulling out close games.
      The Pace-Bears haven’t been able to do it.
      Maybe Nagy changes that.

      • Malice Halice

        He will. We 4real got intelligence on both sides of the ball.

        • leftcoastdave

          Yup!

        • He can’t possibly be worse than Fox.

          • ButtonShoes

            You say that like it’s impossible. Of course he could be worse. Not in the same ways as Fox, but overall? Sure he could. We just won’t know until the games get played.

          • I think at WORST Nagy can be another Chip Kelly, but that is still way better than Fox.

            Only other coaches I can think of who were worse than Fox in the past 5 yrs are Pedo Macadoo, Trestman and MAYBE MAYBE Fisher.

            That’s the short list (Trestman had more wins than Fox, but the team became a soap opera much like with Macadoo, so there’s valid arguments about who the biggest fucktard was)

          • ButtonShoes

            I mean I don’t think Nagy will be worse. I hope so, anyway. But I don’t like saying that a new coach can’t be worse. We’re Bears fans. The last thing we should ever be saying is that things can’t get worse. Experience has taught us otherwise. Or should have, at least.

          • It would be an impressive feat if the Bears manage to hire back-to-back-to-back terrible coaches. That would truly be Brownsian, and would only re-affirm that the real rot starts with the McKaskeys.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nothing can be worse than run-run-pass, no matter what.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Still reading Bill Walsh’s Find The Winning Edge. In terms of close games lost, and a tendency towards …. you look at the coach.

    • AlbertInTucson

      A crappy kicking game will bite you in the butt in close games.

  • Johnnywad
    • Irish Sweetness

      Just saw that my man. Methinks Cam’s leg fell off.

      They have Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr, Cam etc. and then they go out and get Floyd?

      In other news, Pack ILB Jake Ryan suffers a serious knee injury. I am playing the smallest violin in the world, can you see it?

      • Johnnywad

        Oh I see it. I came with my front row, center tickets, my top hat, and my monocle. Saw away.

      • leftcoastdave

        Cruel, but fair.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I thought Floyd had worn out his NFL welcome with his drinking.

      • Johnnywad

        Well, if there was any city comfortable with the drink……

        Could all be much about nothing. But I’m wondering if they’re hedging against Cam’s knee. The link I posted had Ginn as the lock for the #2. And apparently the Saints ran fewer 3 WR sets than most last year. So one has to wonder what’s up.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          That can’t be right. Cam’s knee is fine, and Pace was an idiot for letting him walk, or something like that.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well, the Pats are kicking the tires on Eric Decker.

      • leftcoastdave

        Last I remember, he was going back home to St. Paul where he had the family and other support to straighten up.

        Dude was great and I hope he gets back to football.

    • Is that the same Dr. Pace who drafted White 7th overall?

      • Johnnywad

        Yes. But then again White had never had an injury. Little different than signing a guy to a new deal while recovering from multiple ligament and miniscus tears with almost no track record ar the position, no?

        At least the others were cleared to play while inking the deal.

  • What’s the top story on PFT? That’s right, Roq

    “Matt Nagy: Roquan Smith talks are “at a stalemate”

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/07/31/matt-nagy-roquan-smith-talks-are-at-a-stalemate/

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sigh.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well, at least didn’t blow out a knee.


        Yet.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      a polite way of saying everyone is fucked and won’t budge.

      “World War III is at a stalemate.” The missiles are still pointed at everybody, and the soldiers are still fighting.

      I hate chess.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    the late Scott Weiland – STP unplugged in 1993

    it’s just a great sound

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