NFL  > Chicago Bears  > Don't worry, be Happy!!!
August 16, 2010, 10:19 AM
Ok so we lost a preseason game so... Cutler only played one series and didn't throw a TD pass. He also didn't throw an int either. It was obvious to me that Ron Rivera wanted some Lovie meat so he sent out the Junk yard dogs looking to kill. The Chargers are a Playoff team with the quality 2nd and 3rd string players that a good Playoff team should have. Once our 1st string went out we didn't have a chance and that we knew before the game. I was disappointed in our OL but they have a month to jell, and that we also knew about. We knew that we wern't established on our 1st string OL so what did anyone expect from our 2nd and 3rd stringers?? Cutler and Hanie showed that even though our OL was a seive that they still could avoid the rush long enough to accomplish something. Hanie's injury is worrysome but much better him than Jay and that is why Jay only played one series. Our season is just starting, we have 3 more preseason games to play and the OL has almost a month to jell before the games mean anything. On Defense it looked like Peppers and co knew that it was a preseason game and played not to get hurt. There were a few shining stars like Major Wright. He may be what we've needed since Mike Brown played his last injury free season. Next our special teams are never special in the preseason. Remember last year? No?, well take my word on it they weren't special until the regular season started. Lastly if we do flop this year we get a new coach. Hopefully Cower or Rivera (Yes the same coach of the Chargers defense who just showed up Lovie and co.). So the way I see it "Don't worry.., be happy." we win either way!!!
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August 16, 2010  06:01 PM ET

This is what its all about man, if your team, any team, has a new system, coach, players....now is the time to iron it out. Not everything is going to be pretty, and right now its not supposed to be.
Now's the time to make mistakes, correct them, and be prepared next time the situation arises.
The Bears will be fine....above .500 this year, with the additions in the offseason and a year under Cutlers belt they will be competitive.....and that's all you can ask for.
Good Luck!

August 16, 2010  08:44 PM ET

Phillyfan the name of the game this year is playoffs or new coach. Just above .500 and we get a new coach which won't hurt my feelings at all. We want Cower!!! And would probably settle for Rivera!!

August 16, 2010  08:45 PM ET

Welcome any time Ripper as long as your name isn't Jack lol.

August 16, 2010  11:23 PM ET

We'll be alright.

August 18, 2010  01:59 AM ET

I don't typically use the system as an excuse for not playing well because they change all the time. If teams fail to draft/develop quality backs ups then problems will arise. There's no such thing as it's better for one player to get hurt than another becuase they are just as important to a team's success. Jason Garrett made a great living playing as a back up, but when they called his number he delivered. The days of picking up elite talent freely are gone so drafting is a big deal. The team shoulders the blame for shifting the o-line because they failed to draft well. If someone with the Cowboys gets hurt, I expect the back up to play well. NO excuses. The Cowboys have 5 titles and I'm never satisfied because I require more. The Bears built this problem and then thought they could fix it in one off season-it takes longer than that.People should've learned something from last year-you need more than one qb to win. If all you're asking for is .500 then there's not much expoected. I REQUIRE a super bowl in order to say we've been successful. If not, the season was a waste. Competitive isn't good enough.

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August 18, 2010  06:48 AM ET

Ok by that reasoning all of Fout's and company's careers were a waste. No I'm not that harsh to throw away so many HOF players and great teams. Sure the Super Bowl is the object but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the pizza/roses and enjoy the game some for what it is. Win or loose it's fun to anticipate what's going to happen and to root for "your" good guys. But keep in mind it's just a game and many more serious things are going on for example our troops overseas, marrages, babys being born and just life and being an American or whatever you are. That being said, GO BEARS!!! lol

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August 18, 2010  09:24 AM ET

GoT!

August 18, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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Why is that?

Jack the Ripper I think is what he was talking about...........LOL

August 18, 2010  10:16 AM ET
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I don't typically use the system as an excuse for not playing well because they change all the time. If teams fail to draft/develop quality backs ups then problems will arise. There's no such thing as it's better for one player to get hurt than another becuase they are just as important to a team's success. Jason Garrett made a great living playing as a back up, but when they called his number he delivered. The days of picking up elite talent freely are gone so drafting is a big deal. The team shoulders the blame for shifting the o-line because they failed to draft well. If someone with the Cowboys gets hurt, I expect the back up to play well. NO excuses. The Cowboys have 5 titles and I'm never satisfied because I require more. The Bears built this problem and then thought they could fix it in one off season-it takes longer than that.People should've learned something from last year-you need more than one qb to win. If all you're asking for is .500 then there's not much expoected. I REQUIRE a super bowl in order to say we've been successful. If not, the season was a waste. Competitive isn't good enough.

You counter yourself at every turn and really show how little you know, in your last post you mentioned coaching change doesn't matter and in this post you mention system and in the same sentence mention develop players. Explain how players develop themselves without good coaching or a system/position that suits their skill?

I'll give you an example of how coaching makes a difference; The Bears receivers had trouble getting of jams in the past years, most have all said the Bears have no W.R.'s, under Ron Turner the W.R.'s were not taught how to get off the jam at the line, Aromashodu mentioned in an interview it was not taught or practiced. This year under Martz and with Bruce's aide they are being taught, coaching has everything to do with improving & developing players. Another example the Bears have not used blocking sleds in a long time, Tice brought back the sleds to the O-Line to re-teach the fundamentals of leverage, foot placement and balance.

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August 18, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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That's funny. 47 "wasted" seasons for me by that standard, and getting awfully close to 50. That's about 720 wasted games, compensating for the 9 game season in '82. Sigh. Maybe the Chargers will win one if I click my heels together three times and recite the mantra . . .I REQUIRE a super bowl or we have not been successful.I REQUIRE a super bowl or we have not been successful.I REQUIRE a super bowl or we have not been successful.Wish I would've known that a long time ago. To think that all this time the Chargers playing at .500 is all I've been asking for.

Yeah Ripper why even get out of bed? Don Coryell years were all a waste of time and Dan Fouts was a joke because he never won a SB. Don't even go there with Kellen Winslow, just because he is considered one of the best TE's ever doesn't mean anything because he never won a SB.

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August 18, 2010  11:33 PM ET

Ahh the sweet smell of controversy...

August 19, 2010  03:33 AM ET

The Chargers looked like a team that was last year and intends to be in the playoffs this year. The Steelers, everything depends on their backup QB and if they can run the ball untill Rothlesburger comes back. Speaking of Big Ben will he be ready as soon as he comes back or will it take a game or two to get into playing shape? The Bears have a chance to make the playoffs but are one injury away (Cutler, Urlacher, or Peppers.) from getting a new coach next year. Question, considering the job that Jerry Angelo has done "this year" in putting this team together do you think the Bears would replace him if Lovie goes? If he did such a good job this year I ask; "Why didn't he do just as good of a job the past years?" Sure he got us Jay but other than him he didn't do anything memorable before this year except for Jay. So do they keep him or dump him too? Or does that depend on the Coach they hire? If we do hire a new coach how many years are we from the playoffs with him? Curiouser and Curiouser all the time. When one question is answered 3 more jump up and are asked. The only way to stop this is to make the Playoffs this year. Considering the assistant coaches we have I think we have a good chance because we have the best coaching staff I have ever seen assembled on one team in the NFL that I can remember. But is it enough? At least now we are starting to get some answers.

 
August 22, 2010  03:21 AM ET

Did anyone who saw the game Bears/Raiders see the protection they were trying to run on offense? Meaning did they leave a back in or just leave the linemen one on one? Our lack of tackling shouldn't suprise anyone. This is preseason anyone who thinks that the Bears are going to do their best when they automaticaly will lose the 2nd half due to Hanie's injury is fooling themselves. We won the 1st half amazingly so don't be so discouraged. They are still vanilla on Offense and Defense with their play calling and will continue to be untill we play Detroit especially with Lefevor as the 2nd string QB.

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