No Lovie Lost

lovie smith 9 20 No Lovie Lost

A Bears fandom divided against itself seems to be figuring out how to react to a 2-0 start, and one of the biggest wins for Lovie Smith.

Detractors (operating with the franchise’s larger best interests at heart, of course) had been hoping that the broad expectations of a down year would materialize strongly — enough to clear out the principal actors despite looming labor war.

Those not so tormented — including the vocal throng in Dallas yesterday– have reason to celebrate. 

Smith and his assistants delivered not just the 27-20 result, but an active, convincing coaching performance that seemed unlike so many games previous.

The crumbled protections of the first seven dropbacks (I believe Jay Cutler screamed “F—-in’ pass-block!” to nobody in particular after one frenzied early escape) soon solidifed, despite the loss of Chris Williams and the on-the-fly transposition of tackles Kevin Shaffer and Frank Omiyale.

Mike Martz did his part by creatively scrapping his classic slow-developers for quick strikes. The dump-off to Greg Olsen changed the risk/reward calculus of the Cowboys’ man-blitz schemes, and thus changed the game.

Smith’s personal pupil, DJ Moore, had two interceptions and assisted on a third turnover by holding up Roy Williams long enough for Charles Tillman to pop the ball free.  Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs patrolled the middle of the field like guard dogs.

And even the roster decision of Earl Bennett for Devin Aromashodu appeared to be the right call.

How good are the Bears?  Dunno, really, yet.

1-11 on third down is worrisome, it would be nice to see the odd running lane or two, and Devin Hester’s interpretation of “returning” punts is downright strange.  These are mere quibbles today, however.

Undefeated after two weeks is an odd spot for fans steeled against failure, disheartened by the opener and distrustful of their head coach.  But all must admit it really is better than either alternative scenario.

Terry and I will discuss it all with you this afternoon,as we broadcast from the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan.

  • Chet's Inflated Ego

    I still think The Bears will be fun-bad eventually, but so far they are fun-good. I will admit that I would never have predicted a 2-0 start, So kudos to The Bears.
    It was fun listening to Doug after the game, he was so excited that he needed another slathering of Poly-Grip to keep his false teeth in his mouth!!!
    The real key to the season will be the 4 games with The Packers and Vikings.


    That’s the kind of win that replaces a McNoun opener against the ‘niners in the memory bank.
    Let’s say that there is a lockout next season. Perfect time for the Bears to “steal” Soldier Field and put in pro turf. NFL owners have done things behind a host city’s back before. What is the city going to do, haul in bulldozers and carve out giant exes into it rendering it unsuitable for use?
    Like that would ever happen. . . . .

    • bigtime sucker

      what are you talking about? the park district wanted field turf, the bears didn’t. the park district wants it so they don’t have to re-sod the field everytime U2 or some soccer game or a high school football game or a college game or whatever isn’t bears related occurs and the bears whine about field conditions. Resodding 3 times a year is expensive, labor intensive, and a pain in butt especially with the unpredictable conditions of mid october thru november and december. Go back and re-read the articles from the offseason. it was ted phillips who vetoed the field turf

      • bigtime sucker

        phillips cited player safety as the reason why by the way

      • SPAULDING!

        that is most unfortunate. I wonder how Ted Phillips justifies the longevity of Manning and Warner.
        Sure, guys in San Francisco and, uh, that one guy who now play for the Vikings. used to be a Packer and a Jet played for a while on turf (some lousy turf).
        Hmmmm, The ‘boys did their best work on astroturf. Not now, of course, but fans still wonder who is really at the helm.

      • Denver Smeghead

        Phillips is an ignorant SOB then. The ‘turf’ they use these days is NOT AstroTurf. Player safety on this stuff isn’t nearly the concern it used to be.

        At worst, the turf prevents Soldier Field from hosting FIFA soccer matches… which isn’t a concern of the Bears anyways.

        Either way, the current field situation at Soldier Field is FAR more dangerous than what the newer turf options would present. On this veto alone Phillips should be fired.

  • bigtime sucker

    i thought OB was funnier, was angerly praising mike martz. it was histericle, words on a blog can’t do it justice. ESPECIALLY with laurence on the horn.

    you have to listen to it, about 1/2 way through the 4:00 hour on the pod cast. i almost fell out of my chair. Is my confidence about next week true confidence or fools gold. I don’t know but my head is being held high until we find out. I know Jaws and Chucky and Tirico and booyahh will talk about Aaron Rogers play, and him vs cutler and stuff, but this Clay Matthews? he is someone to concern yourself with and FAST!!!

    • Chet's Inflated Ego

      I agree that OB was funnier, but I just get a kick out of listening to Doug’s false teeth rattle around in his mouth…reminds me of my late Grandfather.

      Doug and OB are a real trip, and LoHo is always great.

  • mike in davenport

    Yesterday’s game was the best visible example of why the Bears gave up so much to get Jay Cutler. Even the most neckbeard-happy meatballs have to see this, right?

    I still don’t know how they’re going to beat the Packers next week, but the Bears earned their way out of automatically assuming a loss. If they play their game to the best of their ability, they can hang with anyone.

    • bigtime sucker

      it’s funny though, neckbeard’s and cutlers record, stats(save i believe touchdowns in favor of cutler and unfortunatly, interceptions with cutler more) are nearly identicle, or course i haven’t really looked at anything concrete just what i have in my head, but last year, yardage was about the same, cutler was 7/9 orton 8-8, this year cutler is 2-0 and orton is 1-1 so that’s even.

      • bigtime sucker

        orton out yarded cutler 3802 to 3666 cutler had 27 td’s orton had 21 cutler had 26 int’s orton had 12 orton had the better rating, cutler had more 20+ completions but orton had 2 more 40+ completions, orton LOL had brandon marshall the cutler had blehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, this year, orton has 602 yards 3tds 1int and 101.2 rating so far. cutler has 649 yards 5td’s 1 int 121 rating. completion percentage is only seperated by .5 percent. orton has 11 plays of 20+ yards while cutler has only 8 and they both have 2 plays of 40+ yards. it’s uncanny honestly how their games to the naked eye seem so similar but Cutler just looks the part acts the part and is considered the more talented but in the end the numbers aren’t much different at all.

  • Beverly Brewmaster

    While I’m obviously happy to see the Bears sitting at 2-0, I just can’t get too excited about a team whose offense can’t convert third-and-short and whose defense can’t get off the field on third-and-long.

  • Denver Smeghead

    “A Bears fandom divided against itself seems to be figuring out how to react to a 2-0 start, and one of the biggest wins for Lovie Smith.”

    I do believe you’ve hit the nail on the head for me, Dan.

    I want Lovie gone, but I want my Bears to win; I’m not one of those fans (at least for the Bears) that wish my team to lose simply so we can get a new coach.

    I just don’t know if this team is still any good. Detroit is Detroit, and the Cowboys look like they’re going to underwhelm once again. That, and I think the Bears are in for a rude awakening next Monday night against Green Bay.

    Still, the schedule is manageable, and something like 5-2 or even 6-1 by the Bye Week is not out of the question.

  • Lydell

    What’s the updated Pecota on Lovie’s statue aspirations?


    in case you’re all dying to know, I picked the Lions and the Giants (for 15 confidence points) I did much better this week, but. . .
    I remember saying it was statistically impossible for the Giants to be shut out by the Colts. Unfortunately, I tuned in too late for my “momentum changing mojo” to suay the course of the game.
    The Packers are who we thought they were. or will be who we think they are, or. . .

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    I’m convinced. My ringtone has already been changed to the Super Bowl Shuffle. I’m all greased up for the trip back to Jerryland in just over 4 months.

    All kidding aside, I think that this win is huge, and several things led me to that conclusion.

    First off, Cutler was getting BURIED in the first half, and even though the Bears went into the locker room with the lead at the half, they didn’t feel in control by any stretch. Second, they won without getting the running game going. Third, I don’t care if the Cowboys are in flux. It’s still a tall order for anyone to go into that stadium and win.

    I will say that my preseason expectations of 6-7 wins have loosened up, and after seeing Minnesota take a dump at home unable to contain the madness that is Chad Henne, that second place is a genuine possibility in this division, which could mean playoffs.

  • Likquid Swordz

    I think this Monday night game with the Pack will put us Bears fans back into our collective places. The Lions are the Lions and this Cowboys team lost to the Redskins. I’m pleased the OL adjusted, but that group needs a major overhaul.

    I thought DJ Moore was defensive-speak for Joaquin Iglesias

  • JohnFromCedarTucky

    I think the Bears will end up with about as many wins as they had last year. I was very happy to see the Bears win and the Comboys LOSE.
    The B & B show is Stupid Good!
    Keep up the good work Dan & Terry!

  • JohnFromCedarTucky

    I hope that DanMcNeil took the over on the Lions game yesterday.

  • AT3374

    Good game yesterday , give props to the Bears for playing good enough to win . That Dallas thing is REAL BAD though . Dave Campo and Garrett should be getting reemed for their dumb mistakes yesterday on offense and defense .

    The blitz was working real good then they stopped only to try and pick up the intensity later but the Bears were in a great rhythm passing the ball for any pressure to really matter .

    Offensively they are a mess . Pick a back and stick with one already . And someone should tell Roy Williams that the great ones gesticulate very little when making a catch and at least have the common sense to get to the ground when 4 people are on top of them , trying to strip the ball ( great job Peanut btw ) .

    I’m sure Terry and Dan got a kick outta seeing old plastic face trying to rally his team on the sidelines only to come up WAY SHORT as well .

    Looking forward to the Green Bay game next week

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    I know it’s the Lions, but Vick = wow! Someone’s going to make him their starter next year. He was hitting tight spots yesterday… maybe he learned that in prison?

    Also, Jahvid Best is sick. Detroit is beginning to show me too many players I’m going to hate seeing for the next 10 years. That team is closer to putting it together than I’d like.


    Early on, it looked like the Bears’ offensive line had a devil of a time trying to protect QB Jay Cutler, and FOX Sports’ #1 team of Joe Buck & Troy Aikman definitely noticed it. Once LT Chris Williams left the game with a hamstring injury, it seemed as if the on-the-fly changes with RT Frank Omilaye shifting to the left side and RT Kevin Shaffer subbing for Omilaye made a noticeable difference as the game progressed. I also noticed three-step drops & much quicker releases from QB Jay Cutler. The 59 yard pass to WR John Knox and the 9 yard TD pass to a one-handed WR Devin Hester in the 2nd quarter were things of beauty! I’m not about to get carried away by any means, but Cutler’s passing & Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz’s ability to change plans on the fly were two of the keys in the surprising Bears’ 27-20 win over a Cowboys’ team that appeared for much of the afternoon to be out of sync offensively. Needless to say, if Dallas loses next Sunday in Houston vs. the 2-0 Texans, that seat for much-maligned head coach Wade Phillips will certainly get as hot as the 95 degree temperatures outside the team’s $1.6 billion stadium.

  • sturty6

    Here is the line i assume Dan Hampton was grasping at today.

    “The cock may crow, but its the hen that delivers the goods…”

  • meesohawnee

    Is it me or Hampton sounds like a larger Joe Carter?

    • bigtime sucker

      i go to myrtle beach

  • Joe from Barrington

    Are they ever going to stop the time-out calls that are coming in right before a kicker kicks the ball? There are so many things that have changed, i.e., joining the huddle too late, defensive encroachment, etc., in the rules that speak to intentionally doing what that time out does. They should pass a rule that once the kicker is set to kick, no one can call time out. It is tantamount to right before a player shoots a free throw. No?

  • bigtime sucker

    anyone watch the sportswriters reruns on csn on sunday nights? i caught some of it last night, doesn’t bill gleason look like he needs to have his depends changed but is too stuborn to get it done?

  • Joe

    Bears look like they have a real offense despite lack of talent at receiver and O line. They are getting the most from the players. Defense is nasty esp. front seven. I think having experienced coaches on offense has made a difference.

    • bigtime sucker

      funny, but ron turner was expierenced, he was just bad. having good offensive coordinators and PRO ACTIVE is more like it

      • Joe

        Yeah, I guess I meant good. Martz may be an alleged raging egomaniac but he knows offense. I respect coaches who are willing to bring in experienced coaches who may outshine them, don’t think Lovie had a choice. It reminds me of Dom Capers in Green Bay, a guy who knows what he’s doing.

  • Jaimie in Hoffman Estates

    Yeah, i agree with most of the posters on here,(thats kind of scarry) the Bears will finish 7-9, 8-8, at best. But it was a great game, the Bears were nearly flawless, and it looks like Jay is looking like what we all had expected. I was also watching the game w/ my dad, and he is 59, im 26, we both agreed that, might have been the best Qb preformace in Bears history!?

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