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The Psychology of Uncertainty & Being a Bears Fan

| January 18th, 2018

Human beings don’t react well to uncertainty. We don’t know how to handle it. We hate it so much in fact that, given the choice, we actually prefer to *know* that something bad is going to happen to us as opposed to being unsure. A study in 2015 showed that most people would rather know for certain that they’re going to get an electric shock than to not be able to predict it. The uncertainty caused a bigger stress response than knowing without a doubt that they were going to get hurt.

At this point you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, that’s fascinating Emily, but what the hell does it have to do with the Chicago Bears?”

Well if I had to think of one word to describe how I’ve felt about the Bears the last few years, the word would be “uncertain”. Not in terms of devotion, mind you. I’ve always been pretty ride or die with my sports teams. When I say uncertain I’m talking about having no real idea what to expect from them on any given Sunday since 2012.

Again I can already hear some of the comments. How could you possibly be uncertain about the Bears? They suck! They’ve sucked since 2006! The Cutler era was terrible! They’re basically the Browns! And I get why it feels that way. I totally do. But it isn’t accurate. For a quick comparison:

Last Won Their Division
Bears 2010
Browns 1989

Last in the Playoffs
Bears 2010
Browns 2002

Last Winning Season
Bears 2012
Browns 2002

Number of Wins the Last Three Seasons
Bears 14
Browns 4

The Cleveland Browns are a national punchline. People who don’t even follow football know how bad they are. Prospective draft prospects have openly stated they don’t want to go there. Hell, their own social media manager pokes fun at their perpetual awfulness. Their fans just held a sarcastic parade!



I’ve got a buddy who grew up just outside Cleveland. He was raised an avid Browns fan. Lived and died with the team when he was little. Now he barely remembers to check his phone to see how much they lost by each Sunday. He feels absolutely no stress or discontent about the Browns because he knows with 100% certainty they’re going to be garbage. It’s not that he isn’t still fond of them. He’s just sort of peacefully detached.

I’ve felt a lot of different things as a Bears fan these past few years. I’ve been frustrated, angry, bewildered, bored, and deflated. But I’ve also felt excited, hopeful, and on a few occasions, legitimately fired up. Never once have I felt detached, but I’ve definitely felt uncertain.

Going back to the electric shock study it’s gone something sort of like this:

  • Win first three games of the Trestman era. (Yay!)
  • Final two games of 2013 (Shock!)
  • 2014 season (Essentially one, never-ending, prolonged shock!)
  • Beat Green Bay on Brett Favre night. (Yay!)
  • Lose to Blaine Gabbert (Shock!)
  • Beat the Vikings on MNF (Yay!)
  • Lose horribly to Tampa Bay (Shock!)
  • Beat Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton (Yay!)
  • Lose to Brett Hundley (Shock!)

Not an exhaustive list, but you get the point.

Through all that the Bears still matter to me, even though actively following and rooting for them has definitely caused me to experience way more stress than my Browns-loving buddy. Yes, they’ve been largely disappointing, but they’ve managed to show just enough promise to still break my heart. And since you’re all still here, reading, writing, and commenting on them they’re probably still able to break yours, too.

So I’m still invested, and despite the added stress I’d never want to trade places and be a peacefully detached Browns fan. That said, 2018 is a hugely important year not only for the Bears as a franchise, but also for the psyche of a good chunk of fans who are gutting through the premature aging and probable liver damage caused as a result of rooting for this team.

We need more certainty from the Bears. Certainty that they’re on the right track. Certainty that they have the right pieces both on the field and behind the clipboards. Certainty that they’ll make clear and visible improvements from the last season, and start establishing a true team identity. They need to beat the teams that on paper they absolutely should beat, and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves, instead of choking them away as they so often have in the past.

Right now the Bears are certain about their two most important positions: quarterback and head coach. They know what direction they want to go in. They have a vision, and I’m excited about that vision. I truly believe the Bears are going to be much improved in 2018. But until I see that vision being executed, I’m probably still going to feel a little uncertain, bracing, as I’ve been conditioned for the next shock to come.

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  • antityco

    Well said. It’s not easy being a Bears fan but it’s not like I have a choice.

    • Irish Sweetness

      So this!

      Embrace the suck. It’s more stoic to love your team through the lean … three decades or so.

      Bogey and Bacall had Paris. We got ’85.

      It fucking happened.

  • That Guy

    You make some good points, but I think another good bit of psychology to apply to Bears fandom is a Skinner box, set up for a random reward.

    When rats press the lever and they know that every time they press it, they’ll get a piece of food, they press the lever enough to satiate their hunger, and then some. Change the reward to every 4 presses, and they’ll just press the lever 4 times every time they’re hungry/bored/wanting food.

    Now, set the box to dispense a piece of food on a random basis–sometimes after 1 press, sometimes after 10, maybe even after 20, and the rats will jam on that lever hundreds of times.

    This is the principle slot machines work on.

    The last decade, the Bears are that slot machine, that Skinner box. We get rewarded from time to time, but mainly we’re obsessively pounding on that lever, waiting for what feels like a random piece of rat food dropping into our laps.

    • Emily

      Great example. I thought about using it as well when writing the article.

    • More often than not, we don’t get cheese but rat droppings.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dopamine boosts …

  • SC Dave

    Great article, Emily. Glad you’re writing here.

    • Emily

      Thanks! Really appreciate it!

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  • Irish Sweetness

    (whispering)
    [Guys, Emily’s back!]

    (racks brain)

    So Emily, I was thinking about getting a weave … would you know much about that?

    (scratches table with thumb in exaggerated fashion)

    …. can you help me out there …. any ideas?

    • CanadaBear

      I think it might be Jeff’s girlfriend.

    • Emily

      I do not. All my hair is my own. Best of luck on your journey, though.

  • Bear Instincts

    https://sports.yahoo.com/report-mother-brian-urlachers-son-sues-125m-says-portrayed-killer-041719801.html

    Report: Mother of Brian Urlacher’s son sues for $125M, says he portrayed her as a killer

    • willbest

      Urlacher has not seemed particularly talented in choosing his women

      • CanadaBear

        I think he smartened up after getting hooked up with this one. She’s the same one that tried to sue Michael Flatley and she got bupkis from that.

        • willbest

          Wasn’t he running with a past prime Jenny McCarthy for a while? I don’t know how smart that is. But then again he was 15 when she hit the scene back in the 90’s. He probably had some rose colored goggles on that one.

          • CanadaBear

            I don’t follow that stuff too much but I remember he was hooked up with both of those women and also Paris Hilton. Nobody ever said #54 was a Rhodes scholar.

    • Krush12684

      LOL “Tyna”

      • Bender McLugh

        Eat your fooood

  • Jokey

    We’re not in the desperation zone, but getting Glennon was nearly as bad as the Browns getting Osweiller.
    Same salary cap hit. Osweiller had some good starts w/Denver (and horrible starts at Houston) while Glennon was more unknown. At least the Browns got a 2nd rd pick and gave up a 6th rd. Out of all the QBs who went through the Houston QB turnstyle, Osweiller was the only one who made DeAndre Hopkins suck.

  • Scharfinator

    “It’s not that he isn’t still fond of them. He’s just sort of peacefully detached.” I reached this point with the Bears midway through Trest’s second season. It’s just not worth getting worked up about.

    • That’s why I play FF. Right around the time the Bears become irrelevant, the FF playoff picture heats up.

      I just funnel that energy over there come Nov.

  • leftcoastdave

    “We need more certainty from the Bears.”

    Sorry, but if what happens to the football team you like impacts the quality your life, you need help, not more certainty from your favorite sports team. Sports are a fun distraction from reality, not an escape from reality.

    • willbest

      The key is they should be fun. When your team has to scout the fucking refs as an integral component of their game plan, you have a situation where bullshit calls end up affecting the outcome of a lot of games. That puts me in a bad mood.

      • Scharfinator

        At this point you should expect it.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Absolutely.

      Sports are a distraction from reality most of the time, but they are more than that since they involve issues beyond the field and court with real people. It’s not like rooting for Harry Potter.

      The older I get the more I find the other issues more interesting than the actual games. Like the business or medical issues involved. Or at least until the playoffs.

      Are taxes going up because of that new stadium? Which A-hole decided that? How much is the contractor *really* making? Shouldn’t college players get paid and more than the starting quarterback have an insurance policy?

      The other crap that isn’t the game itself puts a light on what we priority as a society and what we don’t.

      What’s the spread?

      • BerwynBomber

        Since the cowardly Kevin Durant joined Golden State my level of interest in the NBA’s different seasons has completely flipped to the following (in terms of most interest to least interest):

        1. Offseason (trades, draft, etc)
        2. Regular season
        3. Post-season

        I follow the Sox and to a lesser degree the Cubs but it’s half-hearted and rest of MLB I follow in only the most cursory of ways.

        The NFL is the only league that still completely works for me even if I take issues with some of its elements (domed stadiums, replay review effectiveness, London games, etc.).

  • CanadaBear

    Been a fan for 55+ years. Totally rabid fan for about 40 of them. These days I get less and less invested in them each year. Some of that is due to losing passion for the NFL in general (fucking refs, fucking replays, fucking challenges) and some of it is due to losing passion for the Beloved. If a lover never loves you back …

  • Krush12684

    I’ve got a buddy who grew up just outside Cleveland. He was raised an avid Browns fan. Lived and died with the team when he was little. Now he barely remembers to check his phone to see how much they lost by each Sunday. He feels absolutely no stress or discontent about the Browns because he knows with 100% certainty they’re going to be garbage. It’s not that he isn’t still fond of them. He’s just sort of peacefully detached.
    —————————-
    Holy well written article! I love how this is phrased especially. A lot of people get called a bandwagon fan when their team isn’t good. So much of it is misunderstood.

    • Emily

      Thanks!

  • Sensual Pastrami

    sad!

  • Bear Instincts

    So about Kyle Fuller…would 5yr/$45mil w $30 guaranteed be considered fair compensation to lock down the CB position for a few more years?

    • I think that’s going to be a tough sell from Fuller’s side. He played like a top CB this year and is still young. He’s likely looking for something like what Janoris Jenkins signed last year (5 years, $62.5M, $28.5M guaranteed).

      I don’t know if he’ll get it, but I’d guess he comes close.

      Here are the recent contracts signed by CBs coming off their rookie deal:

      Josh Norman (5/$75M)
      Xavier Rhodes (5/$70M)
      Patrick Peterson (5/$70M)
      Desmond Trufant (5/$69M)
      AJ Bouye (5/$67.5M)
      Stephon Gilmore (5/$65M)
      Janoris Jenkins (5/$63M)
      Darius Slay (4/$48M)
      Dre Kirkpatrick (5/$52M)
      Logan Ryan (3/$30M)

      Those range from $10-15M. I think Fuller is towards the low end there, but in that range. I’d shoot for something like 4/$50M, with roughly half guaranteed. Try to structure it as basically a 2 year, $25M deal if he can’t back 2017 up.

      • Another thing to keep in mind is leverage. If Bears franchise tag Fuller, he’s probably looking at about $15M fully guaranteed for one year.

        So the franchise tag probably doesn’t help them sign him long term, because then there’s little incentive to take a deal that’s not long-term and carries significant guaranteed money.

        But if they’re not willing to pony up what he wants long term, he might hit UFA, then they’re competing with a bunch of other teams, and who knows what the market will do.

        Fuller is in a great spot here because the Bears didn’t exercise his 5th year option (which was 100% the right call at the time). That has shifted the leverage from the Bears to Fuller.

        • Scharfinator

          Money issues a side, good for Fuller. He came back to life this past season and seems to be playing at where his draft position merits.

          Was Emery right?! :O

          • Have to hand it to Emery that he nailed a few picks. Fuller, Long, Alshon, and Leno were all great for where they were selected, and Corn Wash was pretty darn solid for a 6th rounder too.

            The biggest issue with Emery’s drafts was that almost everybody was high risk. He got some big extra base hits, but that resulted in way too many strikeouts, without enough solid singles.

          • If Pace hired the wrong HC, will be saying the same thing about him in 2020.

          • A full evaluation:

            Round 1: Kyle Long, Kyle Fuller, Shea McClellin. That’s two quality starters + a solid rotational player. Pretty good.

            Round 2: Alshon Jeffery, Jon Bostic, Ego Ferguson. One quality starter, one rotational guy, one guy who washed out of the NFL before his rookie deal was up. Meh.

            Round 3: Brandon Hardin, Will Sutton. Two absolute busts who didn’t even make it through their rookie deals.

            Round 4: Khaseem Greene, Ka’Deem Carey, Brock Vereen, Evan Rodriguez. Carey is the only guy who made it to the end of his rookie deal in the NFL. Who knows how long he sticks in the league now.

            Rounds 5-7 are a crap shoot anyway, and he did solid there with some finds (Mills, CornWash, Leno, Wilson, O’Donnell, Fales have all been solid for that late of a pick).

            The issue is rounds 3-4. That’s a whole lot of nothing from mid-round picks.

      • evantonio

        If only he would’ve held onto those 7 dropped INTs he had this year…

      • He’s more in the Kirkpatrick tier talentwise, but no doubt he’ll ask for Norman $ (last time around, Pace offered an “insulting” amount for Norman, so wouldn’t hold my breath there)

        Think Pace’s top offer will be Bouye.

        If Fuller doesn’t take it, then maybe gets franchised.

        • Agreed, but if I were Pace I’d be negotiating hard before the franchise tag is due, because once you apply that, I think getting a long term deal done becomes a lot harder.

    • ButtonShoes

      TAG. HIM.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Why tag not sign?

        • Because Pace doesn’t like paying for an FA unless he’s cheap, injured, part time or all of the above.

        • ButtonShoes

          Because his production this year is pretty much limited to this year. Let’s see if he can repeat this year’s performance and prove it wasn’t a fluke.

    • Sactowns#1

      4 years for $50 million is my guess. We’ll see.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Vic. Fangio.

      Don’t underplay a professional athlete’s pride. Fuller will get paid elsewhere.

  • BerwynBomber

    “Final two games of 2012 (Shock!)”

    Presumably you mean 2013.

    The 2013 finale requires no reminder for any half-decent Bears fan. But had to consult the archives to remember the penultimate game of that season.

    Ah yes, the 54-11 wipeout at PHI on SNF. Lasting memory of that game was that Cutler broke some type of Luckman record early in the fourth quarter and on the very next play threw a pick six.

    The irony and perfect summation of Cutler’s Bears career in those two plays was not lost on Al Michaels.

    • Emily

      I did! Corrected now. I guess it was too painful for me to even write down the right year….

  • ButtonShoes

    “The Cleveland Browns are a national punchline.”

    Yeah, and the path the Bears have been charting the past few years is seeing them head right on there with the Browns. The Bears aren’t that bad yet but they sure can be.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Horse is a poor mans Zebra.

  • evantonio

    Kiper has us taking Calvin Ridley at #8.

    Would that be awful? Would you hate it?

    • Sactowns#1

      I would absolutely HATE this pick. As we have seen from White, drafting WR’s is very much hit or miss.

      • evantonio

        So for you it’s not about Ridley or the team’s need, it’s about the position?

        • leftcoastdave

          Only rarely should you consider a WR that high regardless of need. But we need Edge and OL. Those are much more high impact players on every down.

          • evantonio

            Calvin Johnson!
            Larry Fitzgerald!

            Man, I’d like to have one of those types.

          • The yr Julio and and AJ Green came out was pretty good. Everyone pretty much knew they would kill the NFL, and they have.

            Of course, we need a WR and it’s a rather sad WR class at the top.

            Bears…

        • Sactowns#1

          The entire “Best Player Available” mantra is a bold faced lie. If the bets player is a Qb are you taking him? What about a center? Kicker? No. Position and immediate impact of the player are paramount.

          • evantonio

            Position is paramount. Yes. And we need a WR. But you’re not saying anything about Ridley. It seems you’re saying WR itself is a risky proposition. So that’s what I’m asking – why would you hate this pick? Because you don’t like Ridley as a player, or because you don’t like taking WR in the first round.

          • Sactowns#1

            Has nothing to do with the player, I just don’t like the risk. Almost every 1st round DL OL player will make an impact but a WR is far more hit and miss.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And takes 3 years to get the soother out of his mouth -and WILL take 3 years for sure with the WCO …

          • Irish Sweetness

            So … last draft … we did neither. Another mark on Pace.

            Position? QB was not needed. No way. Starter and backup were signed already.

            BPA? Fournette … that the Jags picked up for a song in 4th.

    • ButtonShoes

      Depends on who’s left on the board at #8. Ridley wouldn’t be my first, second, or third choice. Hell, I wouldn’t take him unless he was available in the 2nd round. Plus Pace shouldn’t be drafting WRs that high. It’s obvious he has no idea how to.

      • evantonio

        Is it obvious? He’s done it once. It’s admittedly been a disaster, but it’s not like there were red flags around his health coming into the draft.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Geez evan, you don’t get it, once you draft a position in the 1st round and they end up as an injury bust that means you can’t draft that position ever again before the 3rd round. This is common sense. Football 101. I even believe it is in NFL bylaws.

          • Scharfinator

            Lol good shit MHBP

          • willbest

            can confirm. Article XVI section 2

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I guess having a lawyer around is good for something. lol

          • evantonio

            OBJECTION.

            Curtis Enis > Cedric Benson

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            OVERRULED
            2 different GMS.

          • evantonio

            Withdrawn, your Honor.

            Marc Colombo > Gabe Carimi
            Michael Haynes > Dan Bazuin
            Mark Bradley > Juaquin Iglesias

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            After reviewing the history of Article XVI section 2, turns out it was added to the bylaws do to the idiocy of Matt Millen after he had been fired in 2009.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Well. Then we can’t go Guard either. I think according to the rules, Long is now considered a bust and a stupid pick. Heretofor, no first round guards.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            2 different GMs.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            These rules are bullshit

        • BerwynBomber

          Yup, it was that sort of timid mentality that, in part, led to the Clowns passing on Wentz and for that matter Trubisky and Watson.

          Doesn’t matter if you whiffed on that position in the past. If you truly think Ridley is the guy, you select him. The Kevin White pick be damned.

    • BerwynBomber

      Seems like that or OL, correct?

      The clichéd and tiresome response is to trade down, but this year it might truly warrant that hope given that:

      1) our biggest PoN is WR
      2) the high end talent of WR doesn’t seem all that in this draft
      3) and from what little I have heard this is no absolute game-changing BPA that will be available at #8 (though admittedly I don’t invest much time following prospects)

      I suppose we could wait till R2 to select a WR, but Pace better make a helluva second round, Alshon-like selection.

      It was the worst positional group on our team this year by a mile.

      • leftcoastdave

        This is the year to spend on a WR in FA.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          A veteran wide receiver is more likely to help Trubisky than a rookie just entering the NFL learning his first professional playbook.

    • Bear Instincts

      waste of a pick when we can get one in the later rounds and FA. we need help in the OL and the Defense. OT/LT or EDGE. anything less is a waste of a pick

    • leftcoastdave

      Stoopid. He must have a very shallow understanding of the team and coaching staff.

    • CanadaBear

      Is he worth the pick @ 8? Is he the best of a bad lot or the real deal? His size doesn’t scream out draft me but I don’t watch college ball. Pace will have to sign at least one #2 or better in FA and draft a WR early.

    • Bender McLugh

      when was the last time Kiper had the Bears first pick correct?

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Mock drafts are really only useful for the more casual fans to get informed on who the “top” picks are. Usually ESPN and their ilk only talk about the top 5-6 guys on most of their shows. I personally use the mock drafts just to get an idea of who is “rated” in the first round, and then start looking through and investigating positions of needs based on that list. Just a good starting point

        • Krush12684

          Its good data, that shows comparing values of differing skilled players at all different positions…

        • Irish Sweetness

          A WR pick show that the ‘expert’ doesn’t know the Bars and only pays lip service to the “Bears have no receivers…” line.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            not sure you can use the term ‘expert’ when referring to Kiper. I will say the guy does his research on a lot of players, however it is not very in depth. If he was worth a shit he would be working for a team somewhere.

    • It’s hard to trust a guy who’s as big as Johnny Knox.

      than again, Kevin White was an underwear olympic wonder.

      I guess you can look at it in two ways:

      Ridley can be our version Tyreek HIll

      The downside is he can be the next Tyvon Austin

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wouldn’t everybody?

      Receivers need a QB. QB needs protection. OL needs serious help.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        Not all midgets are created equal.

  • catfish44

    saquon barkley!! watched his highlights for the first time. wow, and wow. the speed. the vision, the pass catching skills. the really special cutting ability. this is a potential HOF player. a wild thought about what if he somehow, magically was available at the bears sport – to take, or trade?

    • catfish44

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2kPrHqhjuM saquon barkley on you tube.

      • catfish44

        to be fair, i like all guys named barkley.
        matt: those golden locks, charming smile, and eyes that seem to look into your sole
        charles: big black and bald, what more could you ask for. i would let him drive my taint.. i mean paint.

    • He looks like another Zeke, or maybe even Faulk.

      I guess it would depend on who’s still on the board or how far back to trade, but he shouldn’t be ruled out just because we have no-hands Howard.

      For instance, if the top OT still available, might have to go there. Trenches are what wins in the long run.

      • catfish44

        agree with your trenches comment and about no hands howard. from playing football myself, howard isn’t going to get any better as a pass receiver as some commentators think he might with more work. either you have good hands, or you don’t!! a great running back who is also great as a receiver is a fabulous weapon, as forte was. the bears just don’t have enough difference makers/ playmakers on both sides of the ball.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’s the best pick for me. Won’t be there at 8 though.

  • willbest
    • BerwynBomber

      Meh …
      Stupid rule and always easier to be a good sport when you have won.

      • willbest

        I was more impressed with the punter who was clearly in agony punting throughout the game, knew it was over, and was a good enough sport to go back out and stand there.

        And I thought that perhaps the Saints could have returned it for points. They could have, but it would have only been worth 2 points. This wouldn’t have affected the outcome, so it served no purpose other than Vegas.

        And really that is a stupid reason because in terms of fucking with the score, skipping the extra point wouldn’t have even registered in the top 10 mistakes of rules. Giving Ramsey a yellow card probably caused him to be a bit looser in coverage, etc.

        If they need to keep the mob happy, maybe a “A head coach can decline any final untimed play” should make itself way into the rules.

  • John F

    Making comparisons like, “Last Won Their Division” and “Last in The Playoffs” is meaningless. Here’s all you need to know why the Bears suck:

    The Bears have had back-to-back winning seasons twice in the last 25 years (and one of those times was two 9-7 seasons in a row). Not division titles, not conference titles, not NFL championships, but freaking’ winning seasons!

    • The Bears have had a shit run over the last 4 years. Prior to that they were pretty consistently solid or better for the better part of a decade. Overall, they’re basically average (108-116) over their last 3 coaches (a span of 14 seasons).

      That’s not good enough, but let’s not act like the Bears have sucked for forever here. They’re not anywhere close to the Browns, who have averaged 4.7 wins per years with only 2 winning seasons total in the 19 years since they re-started in the NFL.

      • AlbertInTucson

        In an age in the NFL where you see a lot teams do “From worst to First”, 4 years of futility SEEMS like forever.

        • Absolutely, the last 4 years have been brutal. But let’s not act like this team has always sucked. There was a solid decade before that where they genuinely went into every season thinking playoffs.

      • During the Lovie era, the floor of our hopes was WC.

        Kinda like the Chiefs now. Didn’t exactly expect to win it all, but hope was, get in, and catch on fire.

        If it wasn’t for INJs (and Lovie), may have had a SB in those yrs.

        When the Bears traded for Cutler, everyone was thinking SB.

        So, yes, while the Trest-Fox era have been brutal, Bears haven’t my abysmal

        (heck, even that 1st Trestman yr gave hope. Bmarsh, Bennett, Alshon, Bushrod…)

        • John F

          It’s just sad that “at least the Bears aren’t abysmal” is where the fan base is right now as far as team pride.

          • It is. Using the Brown’s as a comp to feel better isn’t ideal.

            However, there have been SB hopeful yrs during the Lovie era, esp when Lach and Skunk were in their primes.

            It’s just hard to remember that feeling after Trest-Fox dumpfest.

      • John F

        I guess you and I have a different definition of what bad football looks like. I honestly don’t see much of a difference between 4-12 and 8-8 (or even 9-7). You still aren’t close to having a serious shot at a championship, or even winning a playoff game for that matter. And this is in a league where 37.5% of the teams in each conference go to the playoffs every year.

  • leftcoastdave

    Say what you will about Eric Lambert, this article lays out the case of why Fangio was hired as a no-brainer.

    http://sportsmockery.com/2018/01/matt-nagy-breaks-convinced-vic-fangio-stay/

    • BearDown100393

      Impressive leadership displayed by Nagy.

      Obviously earned Vic’s respect.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And in terms of cause and effect it’s complete bullshit Dave. The Fangio effect? So the improvement in our defense (from all time bad) is all because of Vic Fangio?? That’s bullshit.
      Akiem Hicks, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Goldman, Danny T, CJ, WY, Leonard Floyd, Amos …. it’s got absolutely nothing to do with the new players, right?

      BTW nothing was higher than 7th in any category. Fumble takeaways listed as #1 which is bullshit also, we’re not first.

      I don’t think Nagy has been watching the Bears. He doesn’t know the Bears. He hired a fkn momo.

      • All those guys you mentioned, only ONE ‘unoffical’ PBer or AP in Hicks.

        ONE.

        Fuller was so good, the Bears didn’t even bother on his 5th yr option. Goldman had a good yr, and for once, didn’t land on IR, but his two previous yrs he was INJ. Danny was good, when in. Floyd was good, but not other worldly like Von Miller. Amos lost his starting job, and was only put back in due to INJ.

        Fangio had to squeeze out production from JAGs like Kwiat, Anderson, Bullard, Jenkins, Acho, Unrein (who also went down), Christian dumbfuck Jones, LeBlanc (ugh, again)…

        If anything, he might deserve MORE credit.

        Imagine if we had another Hicks caliber player at rush? Just ONE more, not to mention ballers at other positions?

        I’m not in love with his bend-don’t-break philo either, but he’s made that D a top 10 unit, and that’s with all the 3 and outs and short fields due to O and specials incompetence.

    • Surprised Bear’s D were #1 in fumble takeaways.

      I guess they just don’t INT, though as I touched on previously, that may be do to his system of trail tech and our Safeties not being ball hawks (namely, Amos).

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Human beings don’t react well to uncertainty”

    or

    “Who moved my cheese?”

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    I always love the idea of “best player available”. If GMs had any idea who the best players were in the draft none of them would ever be fired.”

    Because even a “Can’t miss” pick, CAN miss.

    • Jonathan Cooper.
      HOF OG and Blog fav.

    • Sactowns#1

      BPA is a total lie. Youre telling me if a kicker is the best player available youre going to take him? Nope.

      • The odd part is, outside of QB, K probably is more directly responsible for wins and losses than any other individual on the team.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Thank god crappy kickers don’t get paid like crappy quarterbacks.

          I don’t want a world where Barth makes Glennon money.

      • AlbertInTucson

        When’s the last time a kicker was BPA?

        SMH.

        • Sactowns#1

          Seabass would be my guess.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        after seeing Barth screw the pooch, yes take the kicker.

        • AlbertInTucson

          In 2000, that would have required taking SeaBass over Brian Urlacher.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The kicker is NEVER the BPA. That’s a terrible argument against BPA.

        If teams did it, they would be better, obvioously. You accumulate good players, instead of a bunch of maybes.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        It’s impossible to know BPA until they
        play a bit.

        Whole thing’s a joke.

  • Bear Instincts

    DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    Anybody projecting the Bears first round pick is just guessing. The TEAM admitted today they’re not sure what this new offense is going to be in total. They certainly don’t know which college WRs fit yet.

    its going to be hard to get impact/value at #8 if we go with a WR. a.brown was 6th round pick. play it safe with something that has more upside:G/OT/EDGE….if they don’t work like expected they make good backups.

    • John F

      We may have to draft the ND guard because Sitton and Long’s days are numbered. Long may never be anywhere near what he was 3 years ago and Sitton is already breaking down.

      • We should’ve traded Long this yr while he still had cache and teams needed an OG.

        Oh well.

      • SC Dave

        I want that ND guard.

    • Bears are running a predominantly WCO, so one can take a reasonable guess what type of WR.

      – Quick/acceleration
      – Able to get YAC
      – Good hands
      – Polished route running

      More AB than Alshon.

      That would seem to point to Ridley, but he lacks prototypical size, something Pace covets.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Not surprisingly, since October, 4 of the top 5 teams with the fewest points per game allowed are:

    1) New England, 3) The Vikings, 4) The Eagles and 5)The Jags.

    #2 was the Chargers.

    • The Chargers would’ve scared a lot of teams in the playoffs.

      Not getting the right K killed their SB run.

      Koo-kurse!

      • SC Dave

        #robbie

  • Malice Halice

    Good piece. Uncertainty it is! I’m more hopeful this offseason, I feel we are going to do damage and for once our O will be more noteworthy than our already great D. I truly believe this.

    • SC Dave

      Presumably, they asked MT about this.

      I hope so anyway.

      • I’m not always sure about asking the QB about coaches.

        Sometimes, some QBs do better with someone riding them.
        Other’s need more the good cop (which is Sanchize)

  • Helfrich sees similarities between Bisky and Mariotta

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/mark-helfrich-sees-similarities-between-mitchell-trubisky-and-marcus-mariota/#comments

    Also cited footwork for Bisky’s inconsistency.

    Hope he’s just drilling that footwork right now.

    From what I’ve seen, that’s what causes him to sail passes.

    • SC Dave

      Yes. Get to work TODAY.

      I mean, you bitches are on the damn payroll, right?

      • Pretty sure he can practice footwork in his back yard.

        • Irish Sweetness

          With Bill Walsh standing there?

          Chucky would have helped him with that.

          • If Nagy is the guy we all hope he is, Trub will get those feet proper.

            Heck, maybe Nagy is the next Chucky.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s a good point.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        He was at Halas lifting when Nagy arrived. No downtime for 10

    • Irish Sweetness

      But footwork is everything for a QB .. it’s everything.

      It’s like looking at a cage fighter and saying .. .he needs to work on his kicking and punching.

      • Well, a QB has to have an arm or else he’ll be Dalton at best, but outside that, yeah, footwork is paramount.

        But gotta remember that Bisquit only started 18 games in college, so he’s raw when it comes to mechanics.

        Two things though. He does have a compact quick release, and he can be accurate from awkward platforms.

        Just gotta get those feet pointed the right way on a more consistent basis, esp in a ‘dirty’ pocket.

        • Irish Sweetness

          9 I thought? And he was accurate in pre-season, so there’s that. It’s there, he just lost his groove.

  • The projected cap next season is estimated at $176-180M.

    That’s mucho $.

    Also, by early accounts, the 18 FA class isn’t going to be great or deep, which means more teams may opt to tag or overpay for borderline talent.

    One of those is Jarvis Landry

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/jarvis-landry-wont-be-taking-a-hometown-discount-to-stay-in-miami/#comments

    • Irish Sweetness

      What account has judged every player in the draft, projected their worth into the future, seen the future, and drawn comparative grades with other years using the secret league tables of Nimh?

      But yes, Landry will cost mucho pasta. And why can’t we pay him? All I hear out of Pace is “we have a healthy cap”.

      So spend some of it!

      • Did you read the comments for Landry?

        Lots of Fin fans think he’s an immature knuckle-head prima-donna who’ll check out once he gets paid.

        He caught over 100 balls but still didn’t crack 1,000 yds (8.8yds/catch?)

        Were better off with Alshon, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers I suppose.

        But paying top $ for essentially a slot? Hmmmm

        On the plus side, Landry has been consistent, and healthy, two traits the Bears haven’t had at WR since – Muhammed?

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s a bit too much like Kendall isn’t he?

          Martavis. Do it.

  • SC Dave

    FFS, some damn Kiper mock on TV.

    • That Guy

      Foles-Bortles will be a matchup for the ages. Our grandchildren will speak of Foles-Bortles in hushed tones, reverent, as if they were speaking of the Greek gods overthrowing the titans!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watched Fangio’s presser. Fuller is gone. He mentioned everyone but Fuller.

    • That Guy

      So Fangio is the GM now?

      • Irish Sweetness

        You are aware that Fuller wants Fangio to die, and that Fuller’s contract was not extended.

        I share his pain.

        • CanadaBear

          You’re full of it. Fuller has stated how much he likes and respects Fangio.

    • Cormonster

      OT like all my posts – Who was that female singer you told me to check out a ways back. I believe you compared her a little to Rachael Price.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Dude. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast … oh do you mean Alynda Lee Segarra? Hurray for the riff raff?

  • CaponeBot 1.0

    I am thinking Brady fucked up his thumb. Jags FTW

    • Destroya time. Yolo.

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        Oh boy……….

        Remember, for erections lasting more than a full AFC championship game please visit an ER immediately.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I would make Brady throw left handed before putting in Hoyer.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Bellifat says he can do it!

    • Bender McLugh

      Wishful drinking

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

    Interesting stuff Emily. Keep writing.

    Nice to have other angles and things to consider in the long, cold, Bears off season.

  • Bender McLugh

    Ragone retained on coaching staff, but Helfrich will be working with the QBs most likely. Interesting, maybe he made a connection with Trubisky. Can only be good, no?

    Can’t wait to see Trubs growth this season, and yeah, it would be truly sad if he regressed.

  • Boy, I’m kinda catching up around the league, and other team’s coaching hires are the same ole same ole. Bunch of uninspiring retreads. Take this for example

    Bills hired ex-Alabama OC Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator.

    Daboll is fresh off a national championship with the Crimson Tide, but his roots are solidly in the NFL. Aside from his 11 seasons on New England’s staff, he has coordinated for the Browns,
    Dolphins, and Chiefs. He did not have success at any of those stops, however, and his two-year run in Cleveland was his longest stay. He can blame the talent, especially at quarterback, for those failures, but thesituation in Buffalo is not much better. Even coming off a good season at Bama, Daboll is not a slam-dunk hire. – Roto

    And the Chickenhawks hired Brian Schottenhiemer (more nepotism) as OC and Ken Norton Jr as DC.

    WTF?

    Dunno if ours will turn out, but at least they’re not retreads

    (Except Fangto, but a top 10 defense with no “PBers” is ok by me)

    • willbest

      We satisfied our nepotism hire with a coaching intern.

      • ha, really!?

        I wish I could make a wheel-o-nepotism for the NFL.

        Spin….

        Lands on…Nagy or Reid relative…?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          we hired Toubs son… does that count?

        • willbest

          Toub’s son is our offensive quality coach or something or other.

  • Irish Sweetness

    JAX +9.5 … Holy Cheeseballs Batman!

    Lost to running teams in KC, MIA and CAR (100+ yards)

    7 out of 8 teams in the playoffs won ATS.

    PHI +3??

    Wow. The best runners, the best run defense. How do they not win?

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