10 things David Haugh knows about the Chicago Bears

As much as anything, I know the Bears should have been thankful Thursday for still having a good shot to win the NFC North when many of us figured they would use December to stage 2009 auditions instead of a ... Full Story
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Marc

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Nov 27, 2008
Vikings 55, Bears 24. Adrian Peterson runs for 266 yards and 5 TD's, including two 99-yard rushes. Forte has another strong outing, 22 carries for 110 yards and a TD but Vikings absolutely shred Bears D. Only positive note is Orton completes 20-27 passes for 200 yards and a TD. The 7 incompletes were drops by Booker, Lloyd, and Hester.
Ya Know Ya Know

Amery, WI

#2 Nov 27, 2008
... and David, I know that Kyle's going to light it up, Forte's going to pound the ball, and the D's going to shove that horn down their throats!

GO BEARS! Beat the the Queenies and make them cry!

“Bleeding Orange and Blue ”

Since: Oct 08

Chicago. Columbus & N. Calif.

#3 Nov 27, 2008
David, I like the insight on the receivers and if they continue to focus on this unit, the Bears WILL find they're guys. I agree that Devin should be back where he belongs, not only playing wide receiver, but on ALL return teams as well. Also, I think this defense is built for sport turf. Our "D" linemen are quick and light and this should prove out for them to dictate in Min. as long as they play AGRESSIVLEY in the Viqueen's backfield instead of waiting for Peterson and their offense..........
Here's a few thoughts of my own:

1. The defense is better off without vash. He was enabling Lovie to keep playing him despite a better corner in the making in Graham. Nathen's play since his injury last year was unacceptable considering his new contract. This should allow Corey to show the Bears what he's all about, just look at how this guy has excelled on special teams. He's a football player. He needs to see the field as much as he can. He's a solid tackler and could probably even play either of the safety positions in a pinch. A Lot more up-side without all of the baggage. It wouldn't hurt to let Craig Steltz play an increased role either.

2. The Bears defense is NOT as bad as they've led everyone to believe, regardless of the stats,( and no, I'm not smoking anything.) This unit lacks consistent AGGRESSION, HEART and PASSION for true Bears football and as Mike Brown put it so bluntly, " when we finally realize that we're not as good as we think we are, we'll start playing better" is the medicine they should have been taking back in week 2 ! Thank you Mike for saying what needed to be said. Lets hope it hit a nerve with your teammates and wasn't spoken too late. It's sad to fathom that these men need such motivation when you consider they're livelihood and the spoils that come with it!

3. Kyle Orton WILL lead this team to wherever his TEAMMATES help him take them. He's more than capable of reading most defenses and running an efficient offense. With Matt forte, Greg Olson, Desmond Clark and co. doing their part, GOOD things are bound to follow. Even sceptics must agree that their much better than most thought they would be and they could yet parlay this season in to one to remember if they play their hand right. They wouldn't be the first team to do so.

4.Play Calebe Haney somewhere in the near future,(garbage time) because he IS the real #2. Rex has nothing to add to the success of this organization as he has proven this season. Moving forward, he should be phased out immediately! I don't want to hear about Caleb being a rookie either,( can anyone say MATT CASTLE?) That crap has been used to keep good talent off the field in Chicago at MANY positions and has to stop! If Calebe poses as a good back-up, let him challenge to try to unseat Orton, it will ultimately bring back REAL competition at the Q.B. position in Chicago like any other successful franchise, not to mention it will add much needed stability immediately. This guy has a place in the N.F.L. and the Bears must have thought so too, so what's the hold-up? P.S. Where's Kellen Davis been and why not throw his way?

5. Bring on the Wildcat or any other formation practiced that will enable this offense to exploit the opposition with our present talent. Football games are WON by teams willing to take chances and we need to utilize this aspect just like other SUCESSFUL organizations. GET WITH THE TIMES!

6. Lastly, as a loyal Blue and Orange bleeder, here's to hoping they own up to their faults as mere talker's and bring " BAD THINGS" for A.P. and friends......... starting with a little EFFORT!

GO BEARS,BEAR DOWN!!!!
ryan

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Nov 28, 2008
ur an idiot! matt castle isnt a rookie and as long as manning keeps starting games with 50 yard returns then he should take the kick off honors...
Bears fan Jim wrote:
David, I like the insight on the receivers and if they continue to focus on this unit, the Bears WILL find they're guys. I agree that Devin should be back where he belongs, not only playing wide receiver, but on ALL return teams as well. Also, I think this defense is built for sport turf. Our "D" linemen are quick and light and this should prove out for them to dictate in Min. as long as they play AGRESSIVLEY in the Viqueen's backfield instead of waiting for Peterson and their offense..........
Here's a few thoughts of my own:
1. The defense is better off without vash. He was enabling Lovie to keep playing him despite a better corner in the making in Graham. Nathen's play since his injury last year was unacceptable considering his new contract. This should allow Corey to show the Bears what he's all about, just look at how this guy has excelled on special teams. He's a football player. He needs to see the field as much as he can. He's a solid tackler and could probably even play either of the safety positions in a pinch. A Lot more up-side without all of the baggage. It wouldn't hurt to let Craig Steltz play an increased role either.
2. The Bears defense is NOT as bad as they've led everyone to believe, regardless of the stats,( and no, I'm not smoking anything.) This unit lacks consistent AGGRESSION, HEART and PASSION for true Bears football and as Mike Brown put it so bluntly, " when we finally realize that we're not as good as we think we are, we'll start playing better" is the medicine they should have been taking back in week 2 ! Thank you Mike for saying what needed to be said. Lets hope it hit a nerve with your teammates and wasn't spoken too late. It's sad to fathom that these men need such motivation when you consider they're livelihood and the spoils that come with it!
3. Kyle Orton WILL lead this team to wherever his TEAMMATES help him take them. He's more than capable of reading most defenses and running an efficient offense. With Matt forte, Greg Olson, Desmond Clark and co. doing their part, GOOD things are bound to follow. Even sceptics must agree that their much better than most thought they would be and they could yet parlay this season in to one to remember if they play their hand right. They wouldn't be the first team to do so.
4.Play Calebe Haney somewhere in the near future,(garbage time) because he IS the real #2. Rex has nothing to add to the success of this organization as he has proven this season. Moving forward, he should be phased out immediately! I don't want to hear about Caleb being a rookie either,( can anyone say MATT CASTLE?) That crap has been used to keep good talent off the field in Chicago at MANY positions and has to stop! If Calebe poses as a good back-up, let him challenge to try to unseat Orton, it will ultimately bring back REAL competition at the Q.B. position in Chicago like any other successful franchise, not to mention it will add much needed stability immediately. This guy has a place in the N.F.L. and the Bears must have thought so too, so what's the hold-up? P.S. Where's Kellen Davis been and why not throw his way?
5. Bring on the Wildcat or any other formation practiced that will enable this offense to exploit the opposition with our present talent. Football games are WON by teams willing to take chances and we need to utilize this aspect just like other SUCESSFUL organizations. GET WITH THE TIMES!
6. Lastly, as a loyal Blue and Orange bleeder, here's to hoping they own up to their faults as mere talker's and bring " BAD THINGS" for A.P. and friends......... starting with a little EFFORT!
GO BEARS,BEAR DOWN!!!!
ditka

United States

#5 Nov 28, 2008
What makes anyone think that the Bears are capable of finding a receiver? It appears to me they've had quite a few viable receivers over the years but were unable to develop them. Haugh mentions Bradley in his article. Is there a reason the Bears couldn't get that production out of him? Justin Gage? Bobby Wade? All let go, the Bears didn't need them. They aren't top of the line guys but they're better than the collection of injured unproductive bums they're trotting out there week after week right now. They could have the next Jerry Rice on their practice squad right now and they wouldn't realize it until he's inducted into the hall of fame for some other team. Bleh.
Iknowthatguy

Willowbrook, IL

#6 Nov 28, 2008
One thing the Bears don't need is more competition at QB. If Orton can win ,and he can, keep him there until he starts to collect SS. We need stability. He is not a Farve, or Montana, Manning or even a Big Ben but he is started quality in the NFL.
Bears rJim wrote:
David, I like the insight on the receivers and if they cont atinue to focus on this unit, the Bears WILL find they're guys. I agree that Devin should be back where he belongs, not only playing wide receiver, but on ALL return teams as well. Also, I think this defense is built for sport turf. Our "D" linemen are quick and light and this should prove out for them to dictate in Min. as long as they play AGRESSIVLEY in the Viqueen's backfield instead of waiting for Peterson and their offense..........
Here's a few thoughts of my own:
1. The defense is better off without vash. He was enabling Lovie to keep playing him despite a better corner in the making in Graham. Nathen's play since his injury last year was unacceptable considering his new contract. This should allow Corey to show the Bears what he's all about, just look at how this guy has excelled on special teams. He's a football player. He needs to see the field as much as he can. He's a solid tackler and could probably even play either of the safety positions in a pinch. A Lot more up-side without all of the baggage. It wouldn't hurt to let Craig Steltz play an increased role either.
2. The Bears defense is NOT as bad as they've led everyone to believe, regardless of the stats,( and no, I'm not smoking anything.) This unit lacks consistent AGGRESSION, HEART and PASSION for true Bears football and as Mike Brown put it so bluntly, " when we finally realize that we're not as good as we think we are, we'll start playing better" is the medicine they should have been taking back in week 2 ! Thank you Mike for saying what needed to be said. Lets hope it hit a nerve with your teammates and wasn't spoken too late. It's sad to fathom that these men need such motivation when you consider they're livelihood and the spoils that come with it!
3. Kyle Orton WILL lead this team to wherever his TEAMMATES help him take them. He's more than capable of reading most defenses and running an efficient offense. With Matt forte, Greg Olson, Desmond Clark and co. doing their part, GOOD things are bound to follow. Even sceptics must agree that their much better than most thought they would be and they could yet parlay this season in to one to remember if they play their hand right. They wouldn't be the first team to do so.
4.Play Calebe Haney somewhere in the near future,(garbage time) because he IS the real #2. Rex has nothing to add to the success of this organization as he has proven this season. Moving forward, he should be phased out immediately! I don't want to hear about Caleb being a rookie either,( can anyone say MATT CASTLE?) That crap has been used to keep good talent off the field in Chicago at MANY positions and has to stop! If Calebe poses as a good back-up, let him challenge to try to unseat Orton, it will ultimately bring back REAL competition at the Q.B. position in Chicago like any other successful franchise, not to mention it will add much needed stability immediately. This guy has a place in the N.F.L. and the Bears must have thought so too, so what's the hold-up? P.S. Where's Kellen Davis been and why not throw his way?
5. Bring on the Wildcat or any other formation practiced that will enable this offense to exploit the opposition with our present talent. Football games are WON by teams willing to take chances and we need to utilize this aspect just like other SUCESSFUL organizations. GET WITH THE TIMES!
6. Lastly, as a loyal Blue and Orange bleeder, here's to hoping they own up to their faults as mere talker's and bring " BAD THINGS" for A.P. and friends......... starting with a little EFFORT!
GO BEARS,BEAR DOWN!!!!

“FIRE CHILLY! FIRE CHILLY! ”

Since: Aug 08

Rensselaer

#7 Nov 28, 2008
Marc wrote:
Vikings 55, Bears 24. Adrian Peterson runs for 266 yards and 5 TD's, including two 99-yard rushes. Forte has another strong outing, 22 carries for 110 yards and a TD but Vikings absolutely shred Bears D. Only positive note is Orton completes 20-27 passes for 200 yards and a TD. The 7 incompletes were drops by Booker, Lloyd, and Hester.
how can you predict something like this. especially a game with 266 yards rushing and 5 td's. and forte isnt going to run for anywhere close to 110 yards on the ground, because of minnesotas 2nd ranked rushing defense and close to being number one.
chi-man

Canada

#8 Nov 28, 2008
just want to say that this Bear's coaching staff knows absolutely nothing about wide-outs, don't recognize one when they have one and don't know how to develope one and don't know how to one if they had one.

“FIRE CHILLY! FIRE CHILLY! ”

Since: Aug 08

Rensselaer

#9 Nov 28, 2008
chi-man wrote:
just want to say that this Bear's coaching staff knows absolutely nothing about wide-outs, don't recognize one when they have one and don't know how to develope one and don't know how to one if they had one.
oh, come on. im sure they know that a reciever catches a pass from the QB.
chi-man

Lethbridge, Canada

#10 Nov 28, 2008
that last line is supposed to read.....don't know how to USE one if they had one....sorry guys
Phil Johnson

Athens, AL

#11 Nov 28, 2008
I really enjoyed your article. Have you visited the website and heard the podcast on dabearcast.com ?? These guys are very insightful, albeit amateurs.
pj

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#12 Nov 28, 2008
Sunday nite: I want some ingenuity by Ron Turner. How about the all but forgotten half-back option play. We never use it, so if used properly, automatic TD. Also, I'm tired of the useless Jason McKie. this guy brings nothing to the table in my book. He must have photos of Turner and/or Lovie. He misses more blocks than he makes....Also, i've been watching the Bears on TV for 35 years, and I don't think I've ever seen the Flea-Flicker. For God's Sake, let's do something different because you know the Viqueens are selling out to stop Forte.
Phil Johnson

Athens, AL

#13 Nov 28, 2008
One additional thought........Your previous article argues that the Bears must be more "consistent." I'd like to offer a counter viewpoint.......the Bears need to be LESS CONSISTENT. Being "consistent" enables opposing teams (i.e. Packers) to dominate the Bears, because they know exactly how to prepare.

When the Bears played the Packers, everyone knew the Packers were weak in run defense, while the Bears have a relatively strong running attack. Therefore, conventional wisdom dictates that beating the Bears requires stopping the run, and forcing the Bears to pass. The Packers prepared well, and the Bears provided exactly what the Packers were preparing for.........a game plan that depended on running the ball.

Winning in the NFL obviously requires innovation, and doing what is unexpected and unanticipated. Instead, the Bears started the Packers game doing precisely as the Packers expected......running the football. A truly innovative and successful game plan would have established the pass early in the game. In doing so, the Bears would have forced the Packers to commit themselves to pass defense, and would have opened up the run. Late in the game the Packers would have been exhausted from defending the pass, and unable to defend the run. The Bears could have easily run against the packers by establishing the pass FIRST, and then eventually dominating by using the run.

The game plan must involve doing the unexpected, being inconsistent rather than consistent. The only way to be a consistent winner and perform well on offense is to confuse the opposition with surprises. The Bears are definitely consistent, and therefore very beatable.

I believe the same can be said about the Bears defense. Remember the confusing and unpredictable blitzes that made the '85 Bears so dominant?

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#14 Nov 28, 2008
ryan wrote:
ur an idiot! matt castle isnt a rookie and as long as manning keeps starting games with 50 yard returns then he should take the kick off honors...
<quoted text>
Uh, you're not too smart either ace. It's Cassel, NOT Castle dou-che.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#15 Nov 28, 2008
chi-man wrote:
just want to say that this Bear's coaching staff knows absolutely nothing about wide-outs, don't recognize one when they have one and don't know how to develope one and don't know how to one if they had one.
I agree; all I want for Christmas is a clean-sweep up at Halas Hall. But it isn't going to happen. Phillips, Angelo and Smith are all in bed together. "Bedtime for Bonzo" comes to mind.
Philtration

Bloomingdale, IL

#16 Nov 28, 2008
Not hard to believe at all. They are an undersized defense built on speed and that gets negated on grass.
Their DEs can get around the corner on turf and that gives them a real pass rush again.
With the real winter conditions coming that is not going to help them.
They had better hope that Forte can run in the bad wheather.
Anonymous Poster

Orland Park, IL

#17 Nov 28, 2008
With the hapless Rams and Lions in your dome sample space of course your statistics are going to be skewed to appear better than they really are.

Let's see how they play with the division title on the line. Maybe the defense will show up and play tough against a quality opponent. I have my doubts given the vulnerabilities exposed (again) against the Rams.

I expect the Vikings to score into the 30s. It will be a matter of the Bears O scoring more.
Eric

Elmwood Park, IL

#18 Nov 28, 2008
Here are 10 things that I know about the bears.

#1 I know that the bears defense sucks and will get gashed by A.P.
#2 I know that Bob Babich needs to go, NOW
#3 I know that Brian Urlacher whined about not getting a new contract, got it, and then isn't playing like he should.
#4 I know that Devin Hester is amazing, but he can't do everything and we have burnt him out. Send him back to a return man and that is all.
#5 I know that Matt Forte is good and should be a premier back in Chicago, but the O-Line is still old and still does a poor job of opening holes (unless they can make every team look like St. Louis).
#6 I know that Marty Booker should be cut along with Babich, NOW
#7 I know that Lovie won't do what he needs to do to win sunday and thats drop the cover two, play some man with 2 deep and blitz, blitz, BLITZ!
#8 I know that chicago is tied with the Vikes and we should win but lets face facts here, out defense is filled with divas and injuries and the refuse to step up.
#9 I know that Lance Briggs is the only Bear thats playing like a mad man and that is what i would like to see out of everyone. We need hard hits on defense and we need to make opponents scared. Instead QBs look at the Bears like they do the lions and thats getting a good passer rating that day.
#10 I know that chicago is going to miss the playoffs, and thats why i am glad im a Tampa Bay fan first and a Bears fan second.
Bleed Cubbie blue

United States

#19 Nov 28, 2008
Jeebs wrote:
<quoted text>
how can you predict something like this. especially a game with 266 yards rushing and 5 td's. and forte isnt going to run for anywhere close to 110 yards on the ground, because of minnesotas 2nd ranked rushing defense and close to being number one.
Actually, Forte is QUITE capable of running on the Queens. He ran all over the Titans, who also happen to have a top rush defense, as well. In fact, the only reason he didn't crack 100 yards against them was the fact that Lovie chose to be an idiot in the second half. He forgot that Forte did quite well in the first half, and barely got used in the second half. We should have kept running him to ram the ball down the Titans' throats. We could have won that game! But thanks to bad decisions by the coaches, and a lack of play by the secondary that allowed mediocre receivers have a great game, we lost a game that was close scoring, despite Collins throwing all over us.

Also, for those who are worried about Peterson, just remember that we've taken down Turner, White, and Johnson. Peterson may make a great play or two. But we've stopped players like Peterson before.

One things is for sure, though. I want Smith gone when the season is over. He is far too rigid in his ways, and won't accept people challenging his defensive scheme, which is why Rivera was let go. He wanted a yes man, and got it in Babich. I'm sorry, but our Cover Who scheme isn't working, and Smith is being too obtuse to realize this. Get rid of him and his BFF Babich when the season is over, and bring in a REAL head coach. I want Cowher!
Philo

Seminole, FL

#20 Nov 28, 2008
If the defense is better for playing indoors, doesn't that mean the Coaches screwed up creating an indoor D for an outdoor stadium?

This is NOT a ringing endorsement for Lovie.

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