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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    Hagsag 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 45 min ago view
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    Eric S 14 hours 26 min ago view
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    johann 17 hours 24 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

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    The E-Man 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 17 hours 50 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 18 hours 9 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 45 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 3 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 19 hours 22 min ago view
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    crunch 19 hours 30 min ago view
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    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 20 hours 25 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 43 min ago view
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    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 20 hours 48 min ago view