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NFC North 2015 Preview – Chicago Bears

Bears logoIf you can believe it, the 2015-2016 NFL season begins Thursday September 10th on NBC at 8:30pm EST with the Steelers at the Patriots.

That means we only have a little over 7 weeks to go.

Sweet!

Really sweet, because now that the Women’s World Cup is over, it really is drought season.

Therefore, for the next four weeks, I will preview the NFC North division for the 2015-2016 season. I will save my favorite for last, of course, the Green Bay Packers.

Let us start with the team we all love to make fun of in the NFC North – the Chicago Bears.

The problem is, they make it too easy on us.

In my preview last year, I said the best off-season signing for the Green Bay Packers was that the Bears signed Cutler to a huge deal.

That is still the best thing to happen to us now.

It’s hard for the Chicago Bears to really make a lot of moves when there is still so much money tied up with Mr. Debbie Downer, a.k.a., Mr. Sad Face, a.k.a., Mr. Emo.

And moves they need to make. I must admit, I was even astonished when I looked up their record from last season. Gulp. Really? 5 wins? 5 measly wins? Yikes.

Back in the day, when Cutler first came to Chicago, he pushed to get Brandon Marshall to the glorious state of Illinois. However, those days have ended. Mr. Marshall is now a Gang-Green, which, by the way, as a nurse, just makes me think gangrene, which pretty much sums up the Jets as a horrible, stinking, rotting flesh of a team. Pretty accurate, huh.

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Brandon Marshall stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any who, word out of the internets state that Marshall said the best quarterback he has played for is Kyle Orton. Gosh, dang. Poor Cutler, even his go-to-guy didn’t set him in any good light.

Ouch.

So, who do the Chicago Bears have going into the 2015-2016 NFL season? Here is their depth chart.

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Hmm. That doesn’t tell me much.

Some positives to take away. They still have Forte and Jeffery. Green Bay is undoubtedly the team to beat in 2015, at least for now. I’d be very, very weary of those Vikings if I were you, but that is a story for another time.

What I’m saying is, the run is our weak spot. Perhaps if they can get some good run blocking this season, they will have a shot to split the meetings with us.

A super huge positive is the coaching change up.

I liked Trestman. I’m not gonna lie. However, liking someone and seeing results is another story. Winning 5 games is a way to get yourself fired. However, bringing in a new coaching staff for Cutler also doesn’t seem like something Cutler is  too willing to work with.

Interesting, Trestman is the new Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He is replacing Gary Kubiak as the Offensive Coordinator who is now the head coach of the Denver Broncos (who was once the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 1995-2005 leading them to 2 Super Bowl wins, one against Brett Favre and the GBP) … replacing John Fox because …

John Fox is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears!

Huh?

I gotta say Denver … what?!?!?!?

Fine, Denver wants to get rid of John Fox, but you always gotta ask yourself, who are you going to get better than who you already have?

Gary Kubiak is not it.

Here is Kubiak’s head coaching record. This is simply the fact that John Elway worked under him during those 2 Super Bowl wins. Otherwise, there is no reason for this.

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Kubiak record

 

Anyway, I digress. Back to Chicago and John Fox.

John Fox was essentially brought on in Denver when the team was in the same boat at the Bears are now. After multiple lack-lusters seasons, the last straw was the 2010 season for Denver (4 wins). They had a record even worse than what Chicago has now (5 wins).

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Denver record

 

Perfect timing for Mr. Fox.

The following season, 2011, broke even for Denver, and after that had winning records. Unfortunately, the post-season outcomes were not up to Elway’s demands. A humiliating loss in the Super Bowl against Seattle 2 years ago and last year being forced out of the race by the Colts was too much.

Now, onto Chicago.

Fox is bringing with him offensive coordinator Gase. Apparently, Peyton Manning loved him. That’s high praise from someone who can basically call all the plays on the offense and play QB at the same time. Gase spent 6 seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.

Fox also brought on board defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Not sure if this is John Fox’s doing, probably not, but I’ll just throw it in here as well … Ryan Pace will be the new general manager of the Bears.

Ultimately, this is a huge shakeup for the Bears. Much like in Denver, I at least see all of these changes bring the bears up to an 8-8 record.

That will be dependent on the schedule …

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Possible wins are as follows:

Raiders

Kansas City

Redskins

Tampa Bay

Jeez-Louise. I take it back. I see them going with 5 or 6 wins. I just don’t think they have the weapons.

That’s my recap for the NFC North Chicago Bears.

See you all next week!

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Go For Two: My thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 2015 schedule

Yay! The 2015 NFL schedule came out!

A few days ago the NFL 2015 schedule came out. Yay! I love any and all information about the NFL. Well, save for the unending information that is coming out of the Philadelphia Eagles headquarters. Chip Kelly is really going bat-shit crazy with his new role as the Eagles personnel manager. He now has on his QB roster: Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, and Mark Sanchez. Although, Tim’s contract is for zero guaranteed.

Now there is talk that he is going to make a three-way trade to get Mariota.

On to the good stuff …

Here is the schedule for the Green Bay Packers.

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The first thing that jumps out to me is that we don’t have the NFL opening kickoff game. Phew. That has really stung us the last few years. There is a lot of talk about how the Packers have started the past few seasons with a 1-2 start, however that doesn’t take into account our opening games.

2014 Seattle Seahawks (NFL Opening kickoff game). GB lost in spectacular fashion in the NFC Championship game to the Seattle Seahawks. Started season 1-2.

2013 San Francisco 49ers (lost the year before to SF in the divisional round). Started 1-2.

2012 San Francisco 49ers. Started season 1-2.

2011 New Orleans Saints (NFL Opening kickoff game) Lost to the Giants this year in the divisional round. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. We went 15-1 this year.

So as you can see, we started the last 3 years with a 1-2 season, but we played the Super Bowl champions and the 49ers that have been our Achilles Heel the past few years.

We needed a first game break, and we got it this year. Although, we do see Seattle the second week. I don’t know that we are going to beat them this year either, however, in our favor is home field advantage. I do think the NFC Championship game would have turned out differently if we had had home field advantage last year.

Complaints: I think the NFL is over Green Bay. I do not think it is fair to have 4 back to back divisional games, especially in the middle of the season. If someone gets hurt there is no cushion. I think that is ridiculous. I also don’t love the fact that there are two Thursday games, although, we do play on Thanksgiving, as do the Lions, and the Lions also have back to back Thursday games, so at least there is some divisional fairness there.

 

Image courtesty of SFGGothamClub First thoughts on teams. Ugh. I really don’t want to have to play Seattle again, but our nemesis, the 49ers, are going to have an absolutely shit year. What idiots those losers are. To fire their coach (I don’t care what the press releases say, that was a firing), demolish their defense, and as for their offense … jeez. They have no running back. I’m not quite certain who their receivers are this year. I will say this, the Santa Clara Niners have unveiled that all the 2016 Super Bowl activities will be held in downtown San Francisco, in Herman Plaza and on Market street leading up to the Ferry Building. It is called Fan Village. Fuck you guys. We all know Santa Clara is awful. Niners – you want to move your team to Santa Clara? Then deal with the repercussions and get out of my (well, old) city. Don’t bogart the city you left. Try and entertain people in your strip malls in Santa Clara. Yeah, I’m hating, so what?

Thoughts on the division: Look, I don’t know what to say about the Bears. Jay Cutler seems to have lost the confidence of not only his locker room, but the entire NFL. The Bears just lost Brandon Marshall, which is a big deal for Cutler as he was basically the one who wanted Marshall brought over from Denver. Speaking of Denver, John Fox is now the coach of the Bears. That makes me nervous. I can’t think for the life of me why Denver let go of Fox to get … Kubiak? Overall, over 13 years, John Fox has 119 wins and 89 losses. His last 4 years with Denver he has a win record of 46 wins and 18 losses. That’s a .719 percentage. Gary Kubiak over 8 years has 61 wins and 64 loses. That’s a .488 percentage. Why on Earth would you make that trade? I think you always have to ask yourself, who are you going to get better if you let the current person go? If the answer is no one, then you stay with who you have.

Detroit is interesting this year as they have lost Suh. The Vikings are on the brink. They are teetering just at being a winning team. When I look at the GBP schedule, I do not think of the Vikings as an easy win.

The NFL Draft is coming up soon, I’m pretty excited. I still want to draft a defensive coordinator, but, from what I understand, that’s not what the draft is about. Darn it! I am looking to get a tight-end, even though Rodgers likes Rodgers. I would like more of a blocking tight-end. Mostly, on defense, we need to replace A.J. Hawk and we need a shutdown corner. That is what I would be looking for in the draft. Based on our schedule, with the Hawks, Niners, and Vikings, we need to draft someone who can stop a Quarterback from moving outside of the pocket, more specifically, making long runs like Kaepernick has done to us in years past and what Russell Wilson did to us in the NFC Championship game. You remember the play, the broken play where Ha Ha Clinton Dix was left standing there like an idiot and our outside linebacker #53 Nick Perry left his man.

Until next time!

 

 

Go For Two: NFL Week 9 Games To Watch

Week 9! I can’t hardly wait! First though, a very small recap of week 8.

Week 8 had entirely too much football on Sunday. Waking up to a Lions game at the brink of dawn on the west coast was a bit daunting. However, it wasn’t as daunting as watching the Falcons blow at 21-0 lead at the half. It was mind-numbing to watch a missed field goal by Prater, turn into a delay of game penalty (replay shows time did not, in fact, expire), and ultimately a game winning field goal. I needed the Lions to lose that game. The Lions were graciously complying with my request until the Falcons and the refs decided to actively participate in helping the Lions win. The Lions fan base thanks you.

Atlanta Falcons coach, Mike Smith, it was nice seeing you on the sidelines, but your days are numbered. You deserve to be fired. I’m not even a Falcons fan, but that shit was crazy.

Don’t be worried though, you won’t be alone. Sexy-Rexy will be your new best bud as you two watch next season from your seats at the bar, and not the sidelines.

Then there is everyone’s favorite lost soul. Oh, Jay Cutler. The best thing to happen to the GBP.

Thank you for being you, Jay cutler. Thank you.

Now on to week 9.

What a week it will be. It seems the entire NFC North division (save for the Vikings, but we all know that they don’t count) is on hiatus this week. I’m thankful for this as it gives me a bit of a reprieve. I needed a mental rest from the absurdity of some of these Lions wins as of late. Plus Green Bay’s offense needs the rest if they are going to have to keep putting up massive amounts of points to counter what our defense keeps giving up.

Saints (3-4) at Panthers (3-4-1): I love that this division is still wide open because they all have shitty, shitty records. All the teams in the NFC South should be better than they are, well, except for the Buccaneers. The Bucs are really just that bad. The Panthers, Saints, and Falcons show glimpses of being good from time-to-time and it makes us want to believe they can be winners — but they just aren’t.

Saints beating up on the Packers? Don’t get too excited Saints.

medalWe had the second to worst run defense, and now, thanks to you guys, we have the worst. Our defense couldn’t stop my 4-year-old niece if she ran the ball toward the end zone — even when she stops to pick some of the grass. We had some monumental bad play calling. Davante Adams, while getting in the mix, had a bad turnover when he just flat out stopped running his route.

What I’m saying is, while the Saints looked good Sunday night, there is a reason they have a 3-4 record. The Saints have all four losses when they don’t play in their dome. Well, welcome to Carolina.

Cardinals (6-1) at Cowboys (6-2):

Ha ha Cowboys! You lost to Washington!

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However, Cowboys will be going to the playoffs because have you seen their schedule! It’s so ridiculously easy they would have to seriously fuck up to not go 6-2 for the rest of the season.

I wonder how the Cowboys will play against a legitimate team, like the Cardinals? It will be interesting to watch.

And watch I will. It’s time I start checking out this Arizona team.

Broncos (6-1) at Patriots (6-2):

The hype of the Peyton vs Brady game will be overwhelming. Enough already. This game is legitimate on its own merits. Two great coaches in John Fox and Belichick. Two great quarterbacks, no matter what those morons said about Brady in the beginning of the season.

I’m honestly excited for this game.

Ravens (5-3) at Steelers (5-3):

When did the Steelers get a 5-3 record? I feel like the Steelers cheated on some test. There is no way this team has a 5-3 record. Division match. A game from a gone era. Still completely watchable.

On a side note, I think there needs to be a shout-out to my favorite defensive coordinator Dom Capers! Congratulations! You now are in charge of the worst run defense in the league! How does it feel to be the main reason the Packers are losing games! Hats off to you, sir, hats off to you.

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Go For Two: NFL games to watch week 6

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Lions 3rd kicker of the season

I can not believe that we are already in week 6! What?!

I’m still coming off the high that is a Green Bay win and a week of Lions and Bears losses. Ah. I really don’t want to go into next week. I want to bask in the glory of it all cause you  know it ain’t gonna be pretty like that every week. Ask the Falcons (come on guys? Why couldn’t you just beat the Giants!). The Browns want week 5 to live on forever as well, as they had the best 25 point comeback ever. What about semi-pro hair model Brady, who showed the world he wasn’t done yet. Well, that’s what week 6 is for. To take winners and make them losers, and losers and make them winners. Well, everyone except the Jaguars and the Raiders, they are just losers and I feel bad for them. Seriously. Real bad.

Here are the games that peak my interest…

 

 

 

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Go For Two: Early-season awards

Week 4 in the NFL. The season is starting to take shape. It’s becoming clearer who the good teams and who the God-awful teams are.

Therefore, this week I will be giving out some early-season awards.

So without further delay …

And the Emmy/Oscar/Espy goes to  …

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Go For Two: 10 Random Thoughts – Quarterbacks Addition

1. Why does Phillip Rivers look like such a douchepod? He looks like a guy you would want to beat up in school.

2. Andrew Luck looks like a caveman. Good comeback though.

3. Colin Kaepernick sounds like he’s trying to pass a kidney stone when he calls out his plays. It’s distracting.

4. When it was suggested to Matt Stafford that maybe he go to a quarterback guru to help him with his footwork and improve his game — he said he didn’t need a guru. Really? Who wouldn’t want to improve themselves? That’s the second biggest problem the Lions have after Schwartz. Well, now first.

5. Packer nation thanks the Chicago Bears organization for resigning Jay Cutler.

6. Peyton Manning is awesome. There is no way around it. Mentally = awesome. Physically = awesome. Perseverance = awesome. Skill level = awesome.

7. Eli Manning is not awesome. (Un)awesome. Awesome(less).

8. Will anyone give Tom Brady a high-five during the Patriot’s divisional playoff game? Poor guy.

9. Kyle Orton should become backup quarterback in Denver. I’m just saying, with hair like that, he belongs in a place where weed is legal.

10. Alex Smith has the worst luck ever. Honestly, I wouldn’t ride on an airplane with that guy.

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Go For Two: Game of the Week – Packers versus Bears

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I am so excited for this Sunday’s game! Of course I would make this the game of the week!

Packers versus Bears! Sunday 4:25pm EST. Win and your in! It’s the best way to end the season. This is exactly what the NFL was hoping for when they scheduled all division games at the end of the season.

The rivalry began in 1921. It is the most played in all of the league with 187 regular and post season games between them (the longest rivalry is Pack/Lions). When Lovie Smith first got the head coaching gig at the Bears, he stated his first goal was to beat the Packers.

That’s exciting football if you ask me.

I know my team isn’t the best right now. However, I adore my team. There doesn’t seem to be an asshole in the bunch. Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji — I love them all.

Look at the Happy Holidays video posted on their website.

I hate the Bears.

Really? Jay Cutler? Honestly, I would hate it if he was my quarterback. He is such a douchepod. How can you a cheer a team on with him as your leader?

The Bears didn’t have a Happy Holidays video for their fans. Hmm. Doesn’t surprise me.

All their website had was a trailer for the upcoming game. I’m only sharing it here because I get to see Aaron Rodgers in the clip, and we all know we haven’t seen much of him lately.

Ok, enough of my diatribe about why I hate the Bears — but, truly … a Packer’s fan hating the Bears is kind of what makes the rivalry great.

The other win and your in game is the Cowboys versus Eagles. However, this game is not nearly as exciting with Romo on the bench due to a herniated disc.

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