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.

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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.
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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Colombo

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.
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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.

brilliance

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

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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
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"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."
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http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/699...

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.
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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.

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/afp20070115...

So I guess that's a yes! Thanks.

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

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Jay-Cutler...

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

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/09/22/fox-ap...

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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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 36 min 51 sec ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 44 min 50 sec ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 20 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 15 hours 23 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 16 hours 6 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 16 hours 17 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 16 hours 23 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 16 hours 38 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 16 hours 44 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 16 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 17 hours 21 sec ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 19 hours 51 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 22 hours 24 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 22 hours 56 min ago view