Apparently some people have the amazing ability to read the mind of Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery. At least when it comes to having insight on how Emery evaluates his QB Jay Cutler. I’m not the amazing Kreskin or anything, so I can’t read Emery’s mind, but a lot of Bears fans and Chicagoans apparently think they can. Here’s what Emery publicly said about Jay Cutler, good luck telling me if this means the organization has made up their mind about committing to Jay Cutler or not.
How are the Dallas Cowboys underdogs in this one? Are you serious?
It’s weird how the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Illini and Northwestern all saw their seasons, from a practical sense, end within a week or two of each other. Illinois and NU wrapped up their dreadful seasons this past Saturday, and the Minnesota Vikings OT upset made the rest of this year a moot point for the Bears. So all of Chicago’s NFL and college football teams are pretty much down now. And with Derrick Rose going down, my hometown’s NBA team is done too.
Tis the season right? It’s the most. Wonderful time. Of the year!
Bring on the Dallas Cowboys, are you ready for some football?
Bears head coach Marc Trestman should take heed.
On October 12, 1997, the Chicago Bears trailed the Green Bay Packers 24-17 with just under two minutes left in regulation when they cut the deficit to 24-23 on a touchdown pass. Head coach Dave Wannstedt called for a two-point conversion that the Bears failed to convert, effectively ending the game.
After the game, Wannstedt explained that he opted for the two-point conversion because he did not want to give Packers quarterback Brett Favre a chance to lead his team to a winning field goal in regulation. This explanation defied basic logic because, whether the Bears had kicked the extra point and tied the game or taken a one-point lead by converting the two-point conversion, Favre still would have had the same opportunity to drive his team for the winning field goal in regulation.
The rookie wall may have hit Marc Trestman a little harder than he may have liked. The Chicago Bears start December reeling and stuck in the ninth spot in the NFC. The offense has been better than average, but the defense is regressing far beyond the mean. Tack on Trestman’s self-admittance of second-guessing his decisions and a rash of injuries, and you get a team that is struggling to remain in the playoff hunt.
Marc Trestman was brought in to give the Bears offense an infusion of current day NFL play calling, and that has happened. Jay Cutler and back-up Josh McCown have shown signs of competence leading to near-career and career numbers for the two signal callers. The two have an improved offensive line and legit offensive weapons to thank for making life easier on the field. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, and Martellus Bennett have excelled at various levels in Marc Trestman ’s offense. [Read more...]
It’s that time of the year again. Roll out the hams and turkeys with sides of stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mediocre Thursday NFL football. But before all of the fun and awkwardness that family can offer comes over to your recently cleaned house, let’s take a look at some of the biggest sports turkeys the Windy City has seen in 2013.
To be clear, a sports turkey does not mean that they are not necessarily bad or ignorant. All it takes is one boneheaded or off-the-wall act or decision to be labeled a turkey.
Jordan Lynch bandwagon: This one pains me, but who in their right mind thinks Jordan Lynch is worthy of the Heisman Trophy? Even if Lynch somehow manages to snag an invite to New York for the trophy presentation, it will be a token one. His numbers are more than impressive but have been accumulated against bums. There are at least three other quarterbacks that will rank ahead of him in the voting process, and it is deserved. Like everyone else, I am enjoying watching Lynch single-handedly lead the Huskies to another BCS Bowl game, but have realistic expectations beyond the college football regular season. [Read more...]
Former Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo is in a music video. Yes, the former Chicago Bears special teams star and defender is in a music video that you can watch after the jump. It’s for Cruzmatik’s new single “Clouds.” The song encompasses reaching above and beyond the clouds for anything you want out of life, not settling for less or being scared of success, something Brendon Ayanbadejo is very familiar with.
When the Detroit Lions are your bellwether, your division is another NFC Least. The NFC was considered one of the strongest divisions in the NFL just a month ago. But since then, the Green Bay Packers lost Aaron Rodgers, degrading into a shell of themselves in the process. The Minnesota Vikings continued to stay in the dregs with the Jacksonvilles and Tampa Bays of the world. The Chicago Bears defense went on permanent bye week and the Detroit Lions just continue to act like the Detroit Lions.
They’re like the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA; very talented, but playing dumb. Very dumb. Every games.
We’ve heard Mike Ditka opine on politics many times, and it’s usually staunch conservative. He’s stumped for Sarah Palin, said that he could have beaten Barack Obama in an election, said “if (insert name of Democratic Presidential Candidate in ’92, ’96, ’00, ’04, ’08, ’12) wins it’ll be the biggest step backward this country has ever taken.” So when Mike Ditka arch-conservative says something good about a Democrat, a liberal, or just plain a liberal democrat, it’s news!
Such is the transformative, unifying power of JFK’s legacy.
The Chicago Bears are headed to Nellyville this weekend. E.I. E,I. uh-oh! What’s poppin tonight! Yes, I said Nellyville instead of St. Louis because really what else redeeming is there about St. Louis other than Nelly and the St. Lunatics? And don’t say The Landing; that’s just a slightly less annoying Navy Pier. Everyone makes jokes about the cities of Cleveland and Detroit, but I actually like those places, I’ve had fun there. It’s actually the STL that’s the armpit of the Midwest.
But hey, it’s better than East St. Louis at least. It’s a Midwest Swing y’all. Here comes a Chicago Bears game preview with more heart than Hallmark on Valentine’s Day.
Devin Hester has been dubbed the “Windy City Flyer” and the “greatest return specialist in NFL history,” but is he faster than a cheetah. The Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson is the NFL’s fastest running back and perhaps the only professional tailback in the world fast enough to “set the edge” versus opposing defensive ends.
Both Chris Johnson and Devin Hester will literally go one-on-one in a first-ever race with a cheetah in Nat Geo WILD’s Man v. Cheetah as part of the network’s highest rated week, Big Cat Week premiering Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 pm CST.
Jay Cutler has been ruled out for a second consecutive week. Jay Cutler has been watching a career journeyman win two games that he has missed. Jay Cutler is due for a payday. Jay Cutler continues to separate fans and pundits like oil and water.
What the heck do you do with Jay Cutler?
The Chicago Bears traded everything short of Halas Hall to acquire Cutler in 2009. Since the trade, the former Denver Bronco has been on the rollercoaster of inconsistency, but has benefitted from a regime change. General Manager Phil Emery and first-year head coach Marc Trestman have dusted off the dust on the offensive play calling and have given Cutler offensive weapons and protection to thrive. [Read more...]
I joked all summer that your Chicago Bears telecast drinking game is: ” Marc Trestman is a quarterback whisperer.” I also would accept ” Marc Trestman is a QB guru.” Yes, we’re hearing it all the time from local and national media, but it is warranted. Marc Trestman is as good as advertised when it comes to developing quarterbacks.
Are you concerned about when Jay Cutler comes back? Don’t be too worried, things will be fine with Trestmania in effect. But lets get our #CuttyDoesIt injury update out of the way first.