Bears made bad calls on short yardage

The 1-minute-3-second brain cramp the Bears experienced Sunday was not even close to the longest in recorded human history. Full Story
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Rocket Man

Watertown, NY

#1 Sep 15, 2008
Marty Booker summed it up correctly but should have said:

"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"

The Bears should have won this game but "we let them off the hook" (remember the Giants game last year?). Too bad because this "shoulda" win "coulda" spring-boarded this team into doing something special this year. Now, they have doubts. Orton and the offense MUST play much better for a whole game in order for the Bears to win this year and not end up 4-12. The Bears' schedule is very tough this year. We'll see how they do against their former QB next week.
Michael P Coy

Oswego, IL

#2 Sep 15, 2008
how many times did they run the ball up the middle and got stuffed. Pretty predictable play calling and Orton reminded me of his first year where he could not complete or come within 5 yards on deep thrown passes to recievers.
Going to be a long season, but Matt will be fun to watch

Since: Jul 08

Genoa IL.

#3 Sep 15, 2008
Penalties,penalties,penalties! !!!!!This team is not good enough to start drives inside their own 20 all day.

Since: Jul 08

Genoa IL.

#4 Sep 15, 2008
Michael P Coy wrote:
how many times did they run the ball up the middle and got stuffed. Pretty predictable play calling and Orton reminded me of his first year where he could not complete or come within 5 yards on deep thrown passes to recievers.
Going to be a long season, but Matt will be fun to watch
After they used that McKey play for the TD earlier,I saw it coming on 4th and 1 ,you know the Panthers saw it too.
floridabearzfan

Naples, FL

#5 Sep 15, 2008
urgh!!!!!!
Mgray

Riverdale, GA

#6 Sep 15, 2008
Ron Turner is amonst the worst NFL play callers I've ever seen and I've been watching pro-football since 1975. This coaching staff is over matched on Sundays.
jon reva

Elgin, IL

#7 Sep 15, 2008
Time you realize that as other teams will get better the Bears will stay the same and therefore get worse. No talk by the die hard Bear's homers. No air attack. Seventeen unanswered points. Boo hoo baby! Good thing Hester got the green when he did.
Kevin

Mechanicsburg, PA

#8 Sep 15, 2008
If Grossman had Ortons game he would be torn to pieces today. Orton cannot win a game and cannot throw a pass more than 10 yards.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#9 Sep 15, 2008
Third and one, you either throw a bomb or give it to a running back. Fourth and one, you give it to your playmaker which is Forte. Who ever called those last two plays should be fired. They don't know much about football. Great defense once again, offense looses the game. Next years draft, can we draft new owners, coaches, and a damn QB who can throw a long ball.
Sharp Shooter

Riverdale, IL

#10 Sep 15, 2008
Mgray wrote:
Ron Turner is amonst the worst NFL play callers I've ever seen and I've been watching pro-football since 1975. This coaching staff is over matched on Sundays.
Ron Turner called a run play, Orton audibled to a pass. Orton didn't play a bad game, he just made a poor decision in this situation.
omegaman

Nashville, TN

#11 Sep 15, 2008
it was a loss we NEEDED! Hey Ron....you idiot....GIVE MATT FORTE THE D@MN BALL!......
Joe

Newington, CT

#12 Sep 15, 2008
Here the deal Orton needs to play better period. Here had 3 near picks yesterday. So no turnovers in the books, but hey that could have went the other way. So 2 games 300 yards and no pick nad NO touchdowns. With play like this we do not enven have to worry about playoffs. One more week like this and Orton going to know what it feels like to be Rex Grossman. Atleast Grossman can throw the deep ball! I do not know about you but I can't wait for the defense to get back on the field so we might have a chance to score.
Mr Kennedy

Rensselaer, IN

#13 Sep 15, 2008
I guess the Bears will bring the truck load of a$$ kicking on Chuckie dolls TB Sunday.
Craig

Laurel, MD

#14 Sep 15, 2008
Well I strongly thought, it was terrorable offensive play calling w/ 3:50min left in the game. The Bears had 2nd and 4, they drafted Matt Forte to run the ball because we couldn’t run last year. He was averaging 4.0yds in the 2nd half. The Bears had 3:50min and 3 timeouts. They passed on 2nd & 4 why? RUN THE BALL, get the 1st down (move the ball) and get in field goal range or closer use Robbie Gould as an option if needed to kick the long ball (5yr $15mill) HELLO! They resigned him for a reason.



The Defense got Carolina 3 and out but we had to use all of our timeouts to stop the clock. Using McKie on 4th and 1 with no timeouts was not a good call for that situation plus the Panthers had 8 in the box. Using McKie earlier on 3rd & 1 and for the TD run was a good call because the Bears had the option to use him. This was the time to give the ball to Forte or Jones and we didn’t do it. The SP team’s had issues, 3 Blocks in the Back.



“HEY! Receiving team, If player “K” has his back to you and you can read his NUMBER and NAME then DON'T touch him. It’s that simple.

“<insert witty comment here>”

Since: Jul 07

Chicago, IL

#15 Sep 15, 2008
Good thing for Greg Olsen that the last drive was such a disaster because it took the focus off him. He's the one who lost the game, not the "John Shoop" WR screen to Booker or the 4th down call to McKie. If he hadn't fumbled twice, we would have been taking a knee by then and celebrating another road victory.(When was the last time a tight end fumbled twice in one game, anyway?)

So yes, Ron Turner and Kyle Orton did call the wrong play - twice - by giving the ball to Olsen. From now on, leave Olsen in to block, but throw the ball to Des Clark. At least he can hold onto the ball. Olsen was personally responsible for two Carolina TDs.
Patrick

United States

#16 Sep 15, 2008
JT O' Sullivan and Kurt Warner weren't good enough for the Bears...LOL!!! You really have to try hard to be this bad at evaluating QB talent.
Da Church of Da Coach

Bloomington, IL

#17 Sep 15, 2008
Joe wrote:
Here the deal Orton needs to play better period. Here had 3 near picks yesterday. So no turnovers in the books, but hey that could have went the other way. So 2 games 300 yards and no pick nad NO touchdowns. With play like this we do not enven have to worry about playoffs. One more week like this and Orton going to know what it feels like to be Rex Grossman. Atleast Grossman can throw the deep ball! I do not know about you but I can't wait for the defense to get back on the field so we might have a chance to score.
Uhm before you start pointing out he "has no touchdowns" you may want to actually look at the games. Receivers - in back to back games - getting tripped up at the 1 yard line shouldn't be used as ammo against Orton. I wanted Lovie to challenge the pass to Brandon Lloyd because he was not touched and very wisely stretched the ball into the end zone before the defender touched him down.
GSI

Sacramento, CA

#18 Sep 15, 2008
If you think scoring 10 points on offense is bad (7 on great field position), wait until teams realize that Orton cannot throw beyond 10 yards. Orton is a game manager who is extremely inaccurate down the field, always has been. Hester as a WR will be next to useless with Orton at QB. Remember how open Hester was last year on deep balls? Orton won't get it to him. Where's Rex?
Da Church of Da Coach

Bloomington, IL

#19 Sep 15, 2008
TOM SLICK wrote:
Third and one, you either throw a bomb or give it to a running back. Fourth and one, you give it to your playmaker which is Forte. Who ever called those last two plays should be fired. They don't know much about football. Great defense once again, offense looses the game. Next years draft, can we draft new owners, coaches, and a damn QB who can throw a long ball.
The offense was anemic but a "great defense" doesn't give up 17 second-half points. It's a Bob Babich signature where the defense doesn't play a complete game.

The offense gained 256 yards which is fairly anemic but they had crap starting field position all day long. They started at inside their own 20-yard line on 7 of their 13 drives ... don't forget to add some blame on special teams as well. Face it this loss was a team effort (or non-effort)
BearsBacker

Grayslake, IL

#20 Sep 15, 2008
Rick, you imbecile, the Bears called a timeout with 2:37 left, because if they didn't, they would have wasted 37 seconds of game time as the Panthers wound down the clock before punting. That's a lot of time. You can run three plays in that amount of time. You can run up and spike a ball in a matter of 10-15 seconds. You blaming the Bears for using their third time out to preserve 37 seconds is exactly why you have no idea about the game of football and shouldn't be sharing your opinion. You moron.

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