How many on this board besides myself and JABF remember the venerable Abe Gibron walking the sidelines? I am occasionally critical of Lovie, but I remember those days when we couldn't BUY a win, even a cheap one. I would rather give Lovie a 10 year extension than to get someone like Abe back again. The point is JABF, you are right, there are plenty of roses to smell this year.
This is really good:
LINK to the article By the bye: Chicago Bears By Kevin Seifert | ESPNChicago.com
Reviewing the Chicago Bears at their bye: Record: 4-1 Five-game capsule: The Bears are in excellent position after rebounding from a Week 2 debacle at Lambeau Field. Their defense leads the NFL in takeaways (17) and touchdowns (five), getting elite performances from stalwarts (two touchdown returns apiece for linebackerLance Briggs and Charles Tillman) and relative newcomers (five combined sacks for defensive ends Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin) alike. Quarterback Jay Cutler has settled after throwing four interceptions and taking seven sacks in Week 2, limiting himself to two interceptions and five sacks over the next three games. Importantly, he has worked hard to keep receiver Brandon Marshall (35 receptions, 496 yards) involved in the offense. In short, the Bears have the look of the championship-caliber team they envisioned this summer. [+] Enlarge
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0923...s33_cr_300.jpgAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastTim Jennings has had a surprisingly strong start to the season, leading the NFL in both interceptions and pass breakups.
MVP: Briggs and Tillman deserve the attention they've received, and defensive tackle Henry Melton (4.5 sacks) has had a nice start. But the Bears' best player over five games has been cornerbackTim Jennings, who has made teams pay dearly for targeting him over Tillman. Opponents have thrown his way an NFL-high 46 times, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF), and he has responded with a league-leading four interceptions and 14 total pass breakups. Those plays have left opposing quarterbacks with a 23.4 passer rating on throws in his direction, the second-lowest rating against a qualified cornerback in the NFL. (Via PFF.) Jennings has locked down one of the few question marks the Bears had on their defense. Biggest surprise: For as much attention as left tackle J'Marcus Webbhas received since the start of training camp, culminating in the now-infamous events of Week 2, he hasn't been half-bad during the Bears' three-game winning streak. Webb gave up a sack to Dallas Cowboyspass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, but otherwise he has done what you'd hope for from a left tackle: Not drawn attention with his play. He has committed a modest two penalties, one false start and one for holding, and has rebounded admirably from the public embarrassment of his performance against the Green Bay Packers. Stat to note: Offensive coordinator Mike Tice's background is in the power running game, but the most notable aspect of his scheme so far has been the frequency of deep shots down the field. Cutler has thrown 21 passes that traveled more than 20 yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the second-highest total in the league. He has completed 10 of them, including four for touchdowns. For comparison, consider that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford have combined for 25 such throws.
http://www.trbimg.com/img-1349654667...007163842/1280 Bonus stat to note: As productive as Marshall has been over the first five games, would you believe he is behind the pace set by former Bears receiver Marty Booker in 2002? Through five games that season, Booker had caught 37 passes for 566 yards. He finished the year with 97 receptions for 1,189 yards. Looking ahead: The Bears will return from their bye with a Monday night game (Oct. 22) against the Lions, but they won't have another division game until Week 12 against theMinnesota Vikings. That schedule quirk, which leaves them playing NFC North opponents in four of their final six games, will make the final month of the season awfully interesting.
I'm really enjoying this season. Packers are 2-3 we're 4-1. And I get to be around this board with you guys. It doesn't get more awesome other than a SB victory.
it's adding up to a nice year; better then a bad one.
The icing on the cake would be our road trip game to watch the Bears/Packers game in Denmark Z. I'm hoping most of this messageboard will be "in" for it :smile:
Originally Posted by ZifanQ
Explain to me again why we need to drive to Germany to get our beer for Denmark. I'm still not following that one (but I believe ya' if say we have to do it). And I'm hoping we can all stay at your house, to keep costs down :smile:
Because the beer in Germany is cheaper than the Danish ones. It's the same brand etc etc. but due to taxes, and the fact the Danish Supermarkets charge overprice on almost everything because they have to spit out commercial makes almost everything cheaper in Germany.
Originally Posted by JustAnotherBearsFan99
The way I view it is that you shouldn't get too high with the wins, or too low with the losses.
I am rewatching the game tonight. It is soooooooooo great to be a Chicago Bears fan!!!!!
We are #1 in the NFC-N.
Last year after 6 games we were 3-3, and this year we're already 5-1.
This defense is #1 in the NFL in scoring points allowed (LINK).
Our offense is #8 in the NFL in points scored per game (LINK).
We are pretty darned healthy overall too.
Life is good!
Mr Rachal is so happy he's handing out his famous "Rachal Pancakes" to celebrate.
Even gave Suh some Soldier Field turf to munch on.
It's a good year to stop and smell the roses.
Oh, my bad.... I thought you said stop and smell the laces....
Cutler is trying but he got a little cloudy after that Suh hit.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
Of course he's lucky the sports journalists didn't get on him about his "body english".....they'd probably claim he has a sick perversion for footballs. :smile: