Bears made bad calls on short yardage

Bears made bad calls on short yardage

There are 33 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 15, 2008, titled Bears made bad calls on short yardage. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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

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Lennox, SD

#21 Sep 15, 2008
When will the Lovie Experiment be over? The Bears have done a tremendous job with fulfilling their EOC and I applaud them for that. Now it's time to get a quality coach(s) and let the past be the past. This loss is 30% Olsen, 15% dumb penalties, 60% extemely bad coaching decisions.

Guys that need to sit: Brandon McGown this guy is a practice player who only hurts this team on game day. Same goes for Rashied Davis. As far as mr. hester, over paid and no one is buying the rib injury on a non-hit. Manning and Vasher outplyed you and you are no every down receiver. If Tommie Harris can only play 20 snaps a game, put him on IR on bring back Adams. I have yet to see Urlacher hit anything.but the water bottle this year. Same team since 1991.

Moscow, ID

#22 Sep 15, 2008
I like the ball the security of Orton, but I'm afraid I'd trade it for some accuracy. There were at least 3 potential big plays where he just plain overthrew the reciever. Say what you want about Rex, but he makes those completions the way a starting NFL qb should.
Ron Turner: quit trying to be so smart. Just give the ball to Forte. WTF?
Olsen: Hold onto the ball.
Team: No more penalties please.
Angelo: I still can't believe you let Harris get away. Bigger mistake than drafting Benson. The guy was starting after week 1 in his rookie season. Made a big play in the superbowl while Manning made a giant mistake. And who do you let go? F-ing moron.
Bottoms UP

Las Vegas, NV

#23 Sep 15, 2008
It took a total team effort to lose this game.
Rock Frick

Salt Lake City, UT

#24 Sep 15, 2008
Where is the play action pass???? I thought establishing the run would be able to set something like this up. Am I crazy to think a play action would have been ideal on 3rd and 1?

Put Grossman back in so we can have a chance at completing a pass longer than 15 yards. Orton can manage a game, yes, but he is not a threat and we saw what will happen once opposing teams realize that we are going to do the same style of pass over and over again. Having the safety creep up and plug the run and allowing the corners to jump a pass that was so tranparent my dog saw it coming.

Keep up the good work Forte and continue to make Orton look like more than just an average QB.

Newington, CT

#25 Sep 15, 2008
Da Church of Da Coach wrote:
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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.
Ok if we are playing that game then orton has 5 picks and 2 touchdowns. What can you say now in your make believe world.

Look in real life he is not getting the ball in the endzone and he is also not making good throws. The d-fense and s-teams can't score all the points buddy.

Belen, NM

#26 Sep 15, 2008
It was a very disappointing loss,to say the least! I thought the Defense did a good enough job.The Offense lost us this game.The two turnovers & penalties on offense were big.It seemed to me the Offense was playing not to lose,instead of playing to win! It seems Ron Turner goes away from the run quite often.In situations where you are running well,then you should be grinding out the clock & the opposing Defense? I was also curious why they keep giving the ball to Mckie,rather than let Forte get the Touch down or the 1st down? Why wouldnt you give the ball to the guy who is hot & your #1 back? Turner has got to change his philosophy of playing not to lose,& being conservative & predictable.Turner said they would be able to open up the Play book this year? They really need to practice throwing down field more,Orton wasnt even close to hitting his receivers.They cant be successful all season throwing 6-10 yd passes,& hoping the Defense can win it! They need to be aggressive & start attacking Defenses.Turner has got to start staying with the run,when it is working.Turner probably shouldnt call plays after the 3rd quarter.I believe Orton has the ability to throw down field.Turner just has to remove the leash & stop the conservative Dink & Dunk crap.Teams will keep loading the box & blitzing until we show we can throw down field! I really have not been a fan of Ron Turner.He needs to face reality,that his system just doesnt work at this level.His excuses time after time are tiresome,I just keep waiting for results! My only real negative was Ron Turner,only he can fix it,and he has time.He weighs too much on our Defense to win games,he has to lose that mentality quickly.We lost a tough road game,but I have put the game behind me.Time to move on to next week.I will always support & stand behind my Bears! We will be fine we just need to make the proper adjustments on offense,& I think we will.Lets go Bears,lets whip up on Tampa this week.It was a tough task to take both games on the road,so it is not time to panic! The Offense is still learning & gelling together,they will improve.sorry to ramble on. Take Care Everyone.Bear Down!! GOD BLESS!! GO BEARS!!!

Lawrenceville, GA

#27 Sep 15, 2008
Lovie and Turner suck. Angelo has given us no O.

Canton, IL

#28 Sep 15, 2008
BearsBacker wrote:
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 ****.
Agree with this really know nothing about football if you're pointing to the 3rd timeout as a contributing factor in the loss. That's what allowed them to have plenty of time when they got the ball back...too bad couldn't even convert one first down.
Unhappy Bearsfan

Kansas City, MO

#29 Sep 15, 2008
I can't express enough how frustrated the Bears play calling is to watch. Taking a shot deep on 2nd and 1 is understandable, but the next 2 plays on 3rd and 4th down is flat out disgusting!! We claim to be a punch you in the mouth running team, then flippin do it!!! The two Olsen fumbles hurt, but the play calling killed us. I'm definitely a fan of Orton, but by no means has he showed enough to unleash the reigns and allow him to call plays at will, especially if it's going to be a WR screen that had already been ran 3-4 times. Imagine if they would have faked that quick pass and then had Booker take off after the CB committed to the screen. I could go on FOREVER talking what if's and woulda shoulda's....but let's be real here, the offensive play calling of Ron Turner sucks! It sucked when he was at Illinois and it still stinks up in Chicago
Unhappy Bearsfan

Kansas City, MO

#30 Sep 15, 2008
Sharp Shooter wrote:
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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.
Turner gave him a run play with the option to convert to a pass play if something didn't look good. Never should have been a second punch the damn ball in there with Forte.....EVERYTIME

Pleasanton, CA

#32 Sep 15, 2008
No doubt the Bears need to stay positive. All in all, one less shoe string tackle by the panthers ... and the score could go the other way. Yes, it is tough to lose a game your winning the entire time. Good teams will build on that, not hang their head. Now as far as not getting it done on 2nd-1, passing on 3rd-1, that is what drives fans nuts. Come on 1 yard. In three plays? Somehow, someway,the Bears Players have to make it up to us. No excuse, other teams would have made it no problem. So, ask yourselves, was it that hard to block in that situation?
was it so hard to bounce it out a little if your the running back?
give me the ball, i'd got that yard ... come on. YOU"VE GOT TO WANT IT.

Hammond, IN

#33 Sep 15, 2008
truly sad. what hurts most is that they charge what they do for tickets and the team never changes. they should let lovie go so he can get on a real team and show the nfl what he can do with the right backing
fire turner.
Da Church of Da Coach

Macomb, IL

#34 Sep 15, 2008
Joe wrote:
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Ok if we are playing that game then orton has 5 picks and 2 touchdowns. What can you say now in your make believe world.
Look in real life he is not getting the ball in the endzone and he is also not making good throws. The d-fense and s-teams can't score all the points buddy.
Actually numbnuts, you are the one who said "He was almost picked 3 times yesterday" ... I figured if YOU wanted to play "horseshoes and hand-grenades" with his record I would point out YOUR glaring omissions.

Blaming a defensive meltdown, two turnovers, stupid penalties and everyhting else on Orton just won't cut it you NFL retard. I think Orton shares the blame for the loss but by no means does he should the majority of it.

It's funny how "fans" like yourself are ready to bench Orton after one game and conveniently forgot about the Indy game ... or the fact that Chicago was an underdog in both games and came out 1-1. But christ almighty let's not get FACTS in the way of your biatching and moaning!

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