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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 11 hours 58 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 12 hours 8 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 12 hours 20 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 12 hours 31 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 12 hours 56 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 14 hours 49 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 15 hours 6 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 15 hours 10 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 20 hours 45 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 59 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 22 hours 3 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 21 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view