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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

INJURY BUG Plagues the NFL

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What in the world happened on Sunday? I was feeling pretty down and out after watching the Chicago Bears not only lose to the Redskins 45-41, but also their leaders on both ends of the field. And then I watched the highlights from all over the league and I felt a sense of relief for the Bears injury report.

How could I possibly say the Bears “lucked out” when quarterback Jay Cutler is out for potentially 4-6 weeks (it could be longer) with a groin tear and Lance Briggs is out for 6 weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder?

Well, check out this other laundry list of injuries from last Sunday:

Sam Bradford: Torn ACL

  • He’s out for the year and the Rams are currently auditioning quarterbacks – yup it’s week 8.

Brian Cushing: Broken Leg and torn LCL

  • Texans fans were upset when runningback Arian Foster injured his hamstring after the first possession against Kansas City Sunday, little did they know it was going to get much worse.
  • Linebacker Brian Cushing was later carted off the field. This guy can’t catch a break, he tore his ACL in the same knee last October.

Reggie Wayne: Torn ACL

  • This may very well be the end of Mr. Wayne’s illustrious career as a wide receiver for the Colts.

Doug Martin: Torn Labrum (shoulder muscle)

  • This injury requires season ending surgery for the year 2 Tampa Bay running back.

Jermichael Finley: Out of Intensive Care

  • The Packers’ tight end suffered a serious neck injury when he took a blow to the head from Cleveland’s Gipson during the fourth quarter. He’s regained all movement, but football is the farthest thing from his mind.
  • His recovery process it TBD

And that is just the list of season ending injuries. This bad juju better be out of the NFL. I wish all these guys a smooth and healthy recovery.

*Check your fantasy teams friends, if yours is anything like mine you may not have any active players in your starting lineup!

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.

#DiscountDoubleChoke

Well gosh, this was fast. I think Packers haters were a bit fed up with that ridiculous Aaron Rodgers State Farm commercial and finally had the opportunity to stick-it-to-him. As the New York Giants started to close in on the Green Bay Packers this past Sunday, #Discountdoublechoke became a quick favorite trending topic on twitter (especially in Chicago).

Within just a few hours of the Packers demise, this gem was already for sale – obviously available in multiple colors (black, grey, light grey, and white) and only $17.00. 

The 2011 Packers are now the only 15-1 team to ever lose in the divisional playoff round.   It was by far the Packers’ worst performance this season, Rodgers should have gone with All State and maybe he would have been protected from this #discountdoublechoke mayhem brought on by the Giants!

If you would like to order, click here- Discount Double Choke T-Shirt – The Heckler Store.

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!

Mike Martz: Will He Stay or Will He Go?

The rumor mill is starting to churn regarding the status of Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz. With his contract expiring at the end of this season and quite a bit of offensive inconsistencies, many fans are wondering will Mr. Martz bite Bears dust?

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Lovie Smith snapped when asked if he planned on bringing Martz back. “What kind of question is that anyway?” Smith said, angrily. “At this time, what kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?” reports Comcast SportsNet.

Yes, the question was a bit out of line, considering coaching evaluations are not done until after the season is complete, but his reaction doesn’t bode much confidence on the return of Martz next year. Normally, we would expect a traditional “Mike Martz is our Offensive Coordinator,” from the smooth sailing Smith.

 I think this story might have a different tune if the Bears could have avoided so many crucial injuries. If you take a look back on the season, here is a breakdown:

  1. We looked impressive in our season opener against Atlanta – offense, defense, and special teams all successful.
  2. The next 6 games were a bit rough, not looking dominate in much of anything offensively. We skated by ending up 4-3 going into our bye week. Much of the criticism was pointed at Martz, looking like a stubborn old man who wouldn’t run plays that were working throughout first halves and not playing to his players strengths.
  3. After the bye week, the Bears came back and won 5 straight games, we had fewer interceptions, more QB protection AND increased TDs. The only team, who scored more averaged points per game during that stretch were our rival Green Bay Packers. We all had hopes of another NFC championship throwndown with Aaron Rodgers and crew.
  4. And then Jay Cutler’s thumb was ruined by San Diego, and we were forced to endure the Kansas City loss (who took out Matt Forte), the Tim Tebow and Denver comeback, the Seattle loss (which nearly paralyzed Johnny Knox) as well as our Christmas day demise by Green Bay.
  5. And here we are, our final game against Minnesota starting Josh McCown and with a laundry list of players on injured reserve.

So what exactly would be best for the Bears offense and their overall success? Do we fire Martz and put Cutler on the coordinator merry-go-round just when he was looking confident executing Martz’s offense? Martz is Cutler’s third offensive coordinator since being drafted to the Bears. If you look at quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady they have a few things in common: consistency, routine, confidence in the execution of their offense, and Superbowl rings. They have been able to perfect the original offenses they were given. I believe Cutler has the potential to be great, but would it be fair to throw another coordinator at him yet again? And if Martz stays, is his offense outdated and too predictable? Is Cutler better off with a new offense – actually having control and being able to call an audible?

I have to admit, I am happy this decision doesn’t lie in my hands. YIKES.