GROBBER’S MONDAY RANTS—Bears Routed by Seahawks

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You could say the Bears are on life support after losing their fourth straight 38-14 to the Seattle Seahawks, but in reality,someone will soon have to simply pull the plug. This late season collapse is the worst for a so called contenting Bears team since the 1989 Bears started 4-0 and then went on to lose 10 of their last 12 to finish 6-10.Calib Hanie threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns and he was sacked four times, three in the second half when the Seahawks turned up the heat.

 As predicted,the Bears introduced their DEFENSE on the PA, so Marion Barber would not get booed until the game started.Make no mistake,that was planned.The Bears started three and out,and the Fans were so bored,that they didn’t even boo much,not even when Barber was stuffed for a 2 yard gain on first down.The Seahags also did not move the chains.Jon Ryan’s punt was downed at Bears 3. Hanie hit Johnny Knox,who fumbled when Kam Chancellor clocked him pretty good, and Earl Thomas recovered at the Bears 23.Knox also shaken up on the play.After quite a delay,he moved both of his arms which is a good sign as he is wheeled off to the Locker Room and taken to a hospital. .

 DUMB AND DUMBER!!! Two stupid calls by Seattle. Three running plays starting from the two,then back to the 8,and they were going to settle for a Steven Hauschka field goal,but an ‘elevation’ penalty on Corey Graham gave the Seahawks a 1st and goal(again)at the 2 and Marshawn Lynch ran it in easily for his first of two TD’s. Another stupid Bears penalty gave Seattle 4 more points than they otherwise would have had.

 After Adam Podlesh punted the ball back to the Seattle three, on a third down,Julius Peppers knocked the ball out of Tavaris Jackson’s hand as he was trying to pass and Israel Idonije recovered the ball in the end zone.An automatic booth review upheld the TD which tied the game 7-7.

 At that time Seattle had ZERO pass rush.Hanie had all day and after swallowing a ten course meal,got a pass off to a wide open Kahlil Bell for a 25 yard score.Even as awful as Hanie has been, you don’t put pressure on, you get burned. Seattle falls in that category.That ended the Bears scoring for the day as they took a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

 The Seahawks outscored the Bears 31-0 in the second half! They tied it on first drive of third quarter when Jackson threw one that Ben Obomanu outran for a 43 yard reception to the Bears 3, then Lynch scored on the next play to tie it 14-14. Fifty seconds later, Hanie was about to be clocked and his ill advised pass went right into the hands of Red Bryant, and the DE had an easy 20 yard waltz into the end zone for his first NFL TD, and a 21-14 Seattle lead.It would get worse. A

A nice punt return by Seattle’s Leon Washington for 36 yards put the ball on the Bears 29.Another interception for Hanie-his third of the game and second pick six-occurred as Brandon Browner went 42 yards untouched, and this blowout was now completed at 38-14. Josh McCown came in with 4:55 left and was 1-2 for 12 points,and 1 interception.When they go to Green Bay,will we hear Lovie say “JOSH IS OUR QUARTERBACK!”? Maybe,but he did not say after the game.

NOTES—Hanie was 10-23 for 11 yards,1 TD and a passer rating of 33.3…..Jackson went 19-31 for 227 yards, 1 TD, was sacked once(when he fumbled for the Bears defensive TD),and had a passer rating of 94.4.

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