The Bear Truth: Saints Came Marching In

A tough week for the Bears against a tough opponent...

The Good: The Bears were very much the equal of the Saints for first 35 minutes of game time.  And then Cutler got blindsided (thanks Kellen Davis), fumbled and then like a boxer with a cut over his eye, the Bears methodically got pummeled into submission by the Saints the rest of the game. But they were within a score at halftime, the Bears defense got a three and out, the offense got it within a field goal, got another three and out by the defense before the aforementioned fumble and second half ass-whooping.

Matt Forte played like a man on a mission (for a new contract), busting tackles and (sadly) showing that he's the best receiver on the team. And even though he accounted for 90.5% (rough estimate) of all the good things the Bears did on offense, it didn't feel like they called his number quite enough, what with just 10 rushing attempts while Cutler was running for his football life on just about every passing attempt.

The Bad: The Bears defensive philosophy is to make teams try and drive down a long field, counting on forcing a mistake or keeping them to field goals. That means no 79-yard throws over the safety for scores. To the Saints credit, that was a perfect throw in stride by Brees to Henderson, a ball that Cutler either overthrows or Hester drops. It wasn't make or break, but certainly turned the momentum for the Saints at that point of the game. Still they gave up 30 points on the day and that's without the Saints even trying in the fourth quarter, although one TD was on a short field after the Cutler fumble. Not a terrible perfomance, but they've certainly done better versus this very same team and same offense.

As for Cutler, let's just get the excuses out of the way. The wide receivers and offensive line are still as horrible as ever. The receivers do a poor job of getting separation (Aikman commented on it a few times if you don't want to believe me) and then drop passes right in their goddamn hands for first downs. The offensive line acts like stopping a blitz is something you consider doing only if you're in the mood.

That being said, Cutler made poor decisions and flat out poor throws throughout a lot of the game, sometimes under pressure, sometimes not. It certainly wasn't his best effort as a Bear.

The Ugly: It might not have been so close if not for two rather generous calls in the first half. The Saints got nailed for a roughing the passer that kept the Bears first TD drive alive. A play where the defender was flagged for driving Cutler to the ground, but it appeared to be as clean a hit as you could have made. The following drive, the Bears clearly nailed the Saints receiver after he stepped out and the Bears didn't get flagged. Gabe Carimi could be out for a month with a dislocated knee. Two games in and Mike Martz is back to his 90/10 passing to run split(also a rough estimate) that Lovie had to slap him out of last year.

Big division game versus the Packers next week, where Cutler will undoubtedly be running for his life against the backdrop of about 35 stories of the NFC championship game last year and his lack of "courage" or whatever inappropriate terminology Fox will use.


Like you said no help on o-line or wr this off season and what did Angelo expect?

another NFC Central title and a trip to the NFC championship game of course!!!!

Maybe we need to keep Angelo away from Hendry. At least the Fudge's all pro safety is out. Meh.

Gabe Carimi out for month with dislocated knee.

It was nice knowing you Jay.

Gabe Carimi out for month with dislocated knee.
I'm not sure what his injury really is as this is not a very well thought out description.

If it's a dislocated patella (which is moderately common), it's the same injury former Bears 1st round lineman Marc Columbo (29th pick, 2002) had...and see how long it messed him up. Patellar dislocations do have a range of severity though and partial dislocations (subluxations) can recover more quickly but it's all about how much soft tissue damage occurs to the medial side of the patella and distal quadriceps.

If it truly was a dislocated knee, meaning the entire knee (femur on tibia) dislocated, he'd be out for a year or longer. To dislocate the entire knee, the ACL and PCL get torn (other structures often get damaged too). So I doubt it's really a dislocated knee and just the patella...or it's just poor translation (the media relations person?) by someone as to what is wrong with his knee.
Wiki on Columbo:

In 2002, as a rookie, Colombo was placed on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated patella and femoral nerve damage during a road game against the St. Louis Rams on November 18. He missed the entire 2003 season after being placed first on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on August 13, and then on injured reserve. He also missed most of the 2004 season; he was finally activated from the Reserve/PUP list to the active roster on November 8, 2004. In 2005, he played in the Bears season opener; however, he was waived the next week, on September 13, 2005.


against the backdrop of about 35 stories of the NFC championship game last year and his lack of "courage" or whatever inappropriate terminology Fox will use


This alone makes me not want to watch the broadcast.
I didn't see the Saints game, but I expected the Bears to be 0-3 to start the year. Defense can be great, but no O-line still and decent at best receivers. I can't stomach Forte with only 10 rushes. Make Tice O-Coordinator for christ's sake

+1 for the doc
"Chicago Bears rookie offensive tackle Gabe Carimi has a subluxation -- which is a partial dislocation -- of the right kneecap, which is less severe than what was originally believed, according to a source familiar with the situation."

Do athletes need their kneecaps attached? I am sure you, and probably most others have run across people who can grab their knee caps and move them around. Is that a hinderance is sports?

Do athletes need their kneecaps attached?...people who can grab their knee caps and move them around.
The patella has some side to side mobility when the quad muscle is relaxed and the knee is mostly extended, which is normal. Some people have more joint laxity than others and often it involves multiple joints but the patellar mechanism is one of the areas that we commonly see excess laxity.

If the kneecap is not tracking centrally against the opposite side of the joint called the femoral trochlea, it usually leads to cartilage damage over time, referred to as chondromalacia. The patella has tendons on both ends, the quadriceps tendon above and the patellar tendon below and both are critical for knee extension. A person can put up to 10x their body weight across that part of the knee joint when walking up stairs. The patella by moving the lever arm of the muscle-tendon unit away from the center of the joint gives the quadriceps the leverage to do that.

The quadriceps muscle has 4 parts and the part near the kneecap called the vastus medialis oblique or VMO is a key in situations where the patella tracks laterally or has dislocated laterally (to the outside). The vast majority of patellar dislocations/subluxations are when the patella moves laterally beyond it's tracking groove thus injuring the medial supporting structures including a key medial patellofemoral ligament and the VMO. Much of the rehab on this injury focuses on strengthening that part of the quad.

So I guess that's a yes! Thanks.

More Cutler's not a pussy stuff, sort of..

during Bears/Falcons game? weren't real...

During the Bears’ 30-12 win over the Falcons, FOX aired graphics of three headlines that said “Cutler leaves with injury”, “Cutler lacks courage” and “Cutler’s no leader”. While the graphics were shown, analyst Darryl Johnson said they were “actual headlines from local newspapers in Chicago” after last season’s NFC Championship game against the Packers.

Turns out, they weren’t.

FOX has since been under fire for running the headlines as many believe the network is fueling the criticism Jay Cutler constantly faces.

What's weirder, Fox making up the headlines, or people thinking Fox is trying to oust an NFL quarterback?

Where does it say that Fox is trying to outst an NFL quarterback? They are fueling criticism against Jay, because they think it makes for a good story line.

What's weird is viewers don't know to take FOX sports literally as they turn MLB and NFL into spectacles which have to drum up emotions from the headlines to All Star player giving random kid in stands candy and baseball to having TV characters (whatever that bald guy was)sit in crowd at games and get TV time.

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

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    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

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    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

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