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Last night proud Chicago fans headed into enemy territory (also known as Lambeau Field) as they ferociously cheered on the Bears against the Green Bay Packers during Monday night football. The Bears-Packers rivalry is one of the oldest and greatest in the history of the NFL and no matter what’s at stake for the season this game is always taken seriously. Every educated fan can appreciate the history, but let’s be serious, Bears fans and Packer fans hardly get along. 

Per usual Lambeau was a sea of Green, Gold, and cheeseheads, I mean cheese hats, but finally Bears fans had an amazing response to those horrific cheese hats – cheese grater hats. Take that you cheese queens, we can shred you up.

Cheese graters

It was a battle of the back-up QBs and for the first time since 2010 (yup the Packers had taken the last six games) the Bears defeated the Packers 27-20 at their own sanctuary in Green Bay.

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Da Coach predicted the Bears W

Before last night, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers had won four consecutive games and sat atop their throne in the NFC, but after a serious upset we’ve got a three-way tie going on between the Bears, Packers and Lions. With Aaron Rodgers’ injured shoulder, the Bears injury woes/aging defense and the cowardly Lions, the NFC is anyone’s for the taking. Could our Bears make a playoff appearance this season?

Keep those cheese grater hats handy boys, the Bears end their regular season against the Packers on December 29th. #BEARDOWN

Tillman Named NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for October

It looks like the Bears are keeping the “NFC Defensive player of the Month” honor in the family this year. Charles Tillman made it two back-to-back months for Bears cornerbacks when he was deemed the NFC’s defensive player of the month for October – Tim Jennings won the award for the month of September. Congrats Peanut – you ball stripping animal you!

Tillman received the most praise after he shutdown Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night football. Tillman was glued to Johnson’s side limiting him to three receptions for the 34 yards, a season LOW LOW for Johnson (just ask my fantasy team). He also forced two fumbles against the Lions.

Tillman has 38 tackles (sixth on the team), he has two interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last year was Peanut’s first appearance in the Pro Bowl, but I think we’re going to see a repeat here. He’s making quite the reputation for his magnet like hands in the NFL. He also ranks eighth on Mike Sando’s MVP watch at ESPN for this year – mind you there are only two defensive players on the MVP watch. Not too shabby! (Fun fact: The last defensive player to be named MVP was Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1986.)

The Bears are 6-1 (first in the NFC) as they head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at noon. Keep it up Peanut!

Jennings Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Oh heyyy! Chicago Bears Tim Jennings is the NFC defensive player of the month. The cornerback has been tearing things up this season leading the NFL with four interceptions in his first four games (the streak was snapped Monday during the Cowboys match-up, but the rest of the defense made up for it with 5 interceptions and two defensive TDs.)

A seven-year veteran, this is Jennings first player of the month honor. He had just seven interceptions in his career entering the 2012 season. I have a feeling he may break some personal records this season :-).

BEAR DOWN in the Dumps

And so the hangover of defeat begins to dig deeper into our Bear-fan souls. After the debacle that went down on the field at Lambeau last night (final score 23-10), it’s not great to be a Bears fan this Friday. As the Bears sit 1-1 in the NFC, the question of – just HOW good are the Chicago Bears this year? –  lingers in the back of our minds. The season opener against the rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts went so well, Chicago fans were riding a 4 day high thinking the Bears could make an early presence in the division and then we headed up to Green Bay and watched the Bears offensive confidence crumble into a million pieces of cheese.

Clay Matthews (who is undoubtedly one of the best linebackers to ever play the position) pillaged, ravaged, and destroyed the Chicago Bears offense – specifically left tackle J’Marcus Webb. Cutler was sacked 7 times (3.5 delivered personally from Matthews), finished with 11 completions on his 27 attempts and threw 4 interceptions. Those are some real bad stats.

Part of the problem was Cutler’s cocky trash talking throughout the week wishing the Packers defense “luck” – which came back to bite him right in the a&%…”Heard some talk out of the Bears: Packers secondary not working coverage, bigger receivers … we heard about it,” veteran safety Charles Woodson told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols after the game. “We understand that Jay is excited about his new weapons (referring to Brandon Marshall and rookie Alshon Jeffery), but it’s the same-old Jay. We don’t need luck; Jay will throw us the ball.” Lambeau field is like Jay Cutler’s kryptonite as a Chicago Bear.

It’s easy to place all the blame on Cutler for being a headcase during the Thursday night showdown on NFL network, BUT it all comes down to the Packers out playing the Bears. Chicago has some things to figure out:

  1. Cutler played REAL poorly, but he is not to blame for all the wrong doing. The offensive line needs to block for their quarterback. Linemen are enormous SOBs and they need to do the job they get paid handsomely for. Also, when the offense is having a tough time to begin with, how about we avoid all the false starts (cough cough Webb).
  2. The O-Line was horrendous, however, Cutler needs to learn how to get rid of the ball and not take a sack for a loss of yards. Quick-short passes can be your friend Cutty.
  3. Our much anticipated receivers need to do their job – catch passes. Brandon Marshall our talented addition to the offense cannot drop a catch-able pass in the end zone. Earl Bennett needs to come up on the ball, not drift back and get beat out by his defender resulting in a Jay Cutler interception.
  4. Where are Chicago’s trick plays? That sneaky faked field goal with the GB special teams was slick and not one person on the Bears saw it coming – perfectly executed. Last night Lovie Smith and his staff got out coached…once again.

In the aftermath ESPN published a story about Brian Urlacher and his views on the Bears this season, “maybe we’re not as good as we thought we were,” Urlacher said. “We’ve got a long ways to go, that’s obvious. Maybe Green Bay is just that good, I don’t know, we just didn’t play well. They played good enough to do what they did to us.”

I would agree with Urlacher, we have a long way to go just yet, but no need to pout it was only game two! Green Bay is a well oiled machine with great chemistry and we’ll get another shot at them later in the season. Hopefully Matt Forte’s game ending ankle sprain isn’t serious – fingers crossed. Shake it off, rest up, and let’s take care of St. Louis in game three.

Cleanin’ House – Or Should I say Halas Hall?

Overhaul, that’s an appropriate description of what occurred to the Bears’ management staff Tuesday. General manager Jerry Angelo, gone. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz, gone. Quarterbacks coach Shane Daly, gone. The only remaining survivor is Lovie Smith. After Tuesday’s press conference it’s rather clear who wears the pants in Lake Forest, Ted Phillips is running the Chicago Bears, not George McCaskey. Let us remember that Angelo was a Phillips hire. Should we be worried?

The biggest surprise of the day was Jerry’s termination, I think people expected Martz to leave or be fired. Angelo, relieved after 11 seasons, this 8-8 season not being the best for his legacy, did accumulate 4 division titles and one Super Bowl appearance. Chairman George McCaskey spoke about needing to close a talent gap with the division-rival Packers and Lions – we have to pickup the offensive pace. Angelo had a track record of extremely poor drafts, specifically on offense, and it caught up to him. After 10 drafts, only two first-round picks even remain on the roster, and offensive linemen Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams finished the season on injured reserve. Before Matt Forte‘s success this season, Angelo had yet to have an offensive draft pick make a Pro Bowl.

Phillips said the new general manager will have one restriction: Smith, who is signed through 2013, must be the coach in 2012. Looks like the Bears not wanting to pay-out Smith saved him his job for at least another year. Phillips also said Smith will be involved in the process of hiring his new boss.

According to a league source, the Bears have some considered GM candidates in conference as well as around the league.

Packers college scouting director John Dorsey and football operations director Reggie McKenzie have both been groomed by the impressive organization. The Detroit Lions pro personnel director Sheldon White and Vikings director of player personnel George Paton are also considered strong GM candidates within the NFC states the Sun-Times.

Outside the division, the Bears are sure to discuss Bill Polian, a respected judge of talent throughout the league and was just let go by the Colts. Others popular names for GM openings include Les Snead, the director of player personnel for the Falcons, and Eric DeCosta, the director of player personnel for the Ravens.

The Chicago Bears have some rather stiff competition as they are not only team changing management, the Raiders, Rams and Colts also have vacancies.

The REAL question here is, do we trust Ted Phillips to secure and hire a successful general manager for the Bears? We will find out soon enough!