Monday, September 27, 2010

Hate Anger Rage...DAMN YOU YELLOW FLAG


I don't think I've been so angry in years watching a Packer football game. I understand that the Packers vs Bears games are supposed to be closely contested contests that provoke fans to clammer for these types of overhyped games...HOWEVER, this was abismal. NEVER, I mean NEVER have I seen officials at any level of football take over a game with so many game changing calls that went in one team's favor than there was tonight going the Bears way. Now legitimately there were penalties on both sides of the coin, but how on god's green earth can these fools in the zebra outfits call penalties twice on the Packers after what would have been game changing interceptions. The Zombo call is what just drives me mad. The guy is doing his job, sacking the qb, forcing a bad throw which is LEGALLY picked off by Barnett. How the fuck can a defensive player stop his forward momentum into a player, that should have been a non-call. The helmet to helmet call is just so fricken ridiculous now. I mean its not like the quarterback doesn't where a helmet?!!?!? My anger really goes back to the no call in Arizona during the playoff game last year, how in the world does that not get called when Rodgers gets his face nearly ripped off by an Arizona defensive back, but a solid form tackle on a quarterback tonight on Cutler is pretty much out of the question because his helmet hit another players. On top of it those stupid talking heads back up in the box Chucky Gruden, Fat Jaws, and Dinky Tirico just call the game without really questioning what the hell they are seeing. I'm fuming f-ing mad at those clowns. I mean even on the pass interference by Burnett down near the goalline, which Collins had an easy int, Burnett actually has better leverage and position than Bennett, but somehow the refs saw that playing physical on the ball isn't what the NFL is all about. All Dinky can say is, "Well Gruden, that's what happens when you play rookies on defense." Now granted McCarthy blew several calls especially that ridiculous challenge and our special teams got smoked, but look at the numbers, the Bears didn't do jack on offense and basically used 150+ penalty yards to move the football down the field. The one silver lining of this whole shit show is that we get those douchebags at home at Lambeau for hopefully all the marbles, but I suspect that the Bears will need to improve their offense and quick because they can't pay off all the refs in the league, at least I don't think so?!?!?!?!

19 comments:

Rubie Q said...

Awful officiating, I agree, Baffoon. The one that grinds my gears is the holding call on Tauscher that negated the touchdown to Finley. Peppers makes a mistake, bullrushes too far up the field, giving Rodgers an easy lane to step up and make the throw. Tauscher uses Pepper's momentum to steer him out of the play, but nope -- tweet. Peppers gets the star treatment. If that's a hold, then there's holding on damn near every play.

Also: ESPN can cool it with this "the Bears have a great defense" shit. The Bears have been STRAFED the last two weeks -- Green Bay and Dallas have thrown for a combined SEVEN HUNDRED yards against that piss-poor secondary -- only to have the opponent shoot themselves in the foot at the worst possible time.

Finally: Cutler still sucks.

EMoney said...

I can't disagree with anything that has been said. The special teams play and penalties really overshadow a good offensive and defensive effort. Green Bay marched up and down the field without any run game to speak of (i'll address that separately), and the defense actually played really well when you consider that the Bears avg starting position was roughly the GB 42 yard line and Green Bay's avg starting position was probably inside their own 20.

I could go on and on with all of the craptastical things that happened last night, but I'm gonna simply chalk this one up to statistical anomalies, ie. franchise record in penalties, blocked fg (rare), punt return for td (rare). It's still early and we have another shot at these a-holes down the road. Green Bay is a MUCH better team and will win the division.

EMoney said...

Regarding the running game.....I strongly feel that we need to make a move for a running back. Jackson and Kuhn are NOT the answer. I have zero confidence in either one pounding out 1-2 yards in a critical situation. I think we can all agree that Green Bay is a legitimate contender for the NFC crown, but I am less confident with this tandem in the backfield. I liken it to the Crew going all in on Sabathia a couple of years ago......the NFC is down overall and I say we go all in on this year. I just don't think Thompson is willing to give up his precious draft picks to make such a move.

Rubie Q said...

Jackson is brutal. Hit the hole, kid, and stop waiting behind the line.

PaulNoonan said...

Yes, the Bears actually look pretty bad. Terry McAulay is terrible and that Tauscher call was ridiculous.

EMoney said...

Rub - that's exactly it! Jackson dances around before he even hits the line of scrimmage. I don't mind Kuhn as a change up every once in a while, but he is too much of a full back and simply not quick enough. Grant isn't an elite back, but he sees the hole and hits it. I'm afraid defenses are going to wise up on our offense if we can't even manage 3 yards per carry.

PaulNoonan said...

I disagree completely on the run game, and especially if you are using yesterday's game as an example. Running is nice, but it mainly comes in handy when you're ahead late and trying to stay ahead. Having a slightly better RB would not have helped much against the Bears. If they can find someone out there for free, great, but I don't want to expend any resources on the position. Also, Kuhn averaged over 5 a carry yesterday.

Rubie Q said...

Paul:

My concerns re: lack of a running game are twofold. First, Clifton and Tauscher and Colledge are going to get Rodgers killed if he's dropping back to pass 55 times a game. Cliff and Tausch looked old and busted last night, and we're going to face better pass rushers than the Bears' D-line in the coming weeks.

Two, if there's no running game, the defense will drop into zone and take Jennings out of the game, like the Bears did last night. We can't win with just Finley and Drive catching the ball.

PaulNoonan said...

Not every game will be like this. The Bears are currently #1 in the NFL against the run, holding opponents to 2.1 yards per attempt:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2010/opp.htm

Whereas they are only 14th against the pass. (The Packers are 3rd against the pass, by the way, allowing only 4.7 YPA.

Running more than they did would have been a bad idea even with Grant. If the running game need fixing Bulaga and Lang can do more to fix it than Marshawn Lynch.

EMoney said...

Noonan - I'm not just talking about yesterday's game. Since Grant got hurt in week 1, our running game has been putrid! Since week 1, GB has avg'd 3.2 ypc against BUFFALO and 3.3 against Chicago (1.7ypc for Jackson). Further, due to GB's inability to run the ball, McCarthy called 45 pass plays to 13 running playgs for a staggering 3.5:1 ratio. Due to this, and the fact that it is still early in the season, opposing defensive coordinators will find ways to slow down the passing game and potentially get to Rodgers (which is probably the more important thing in the long run). I stand firm on investing in the running game and I suggest Baffoon touch on the need for balance being he is our football "expert".

PaulNoonan said...

They will not have a 3.5/1 ratio every game. Going very pass-heavy against a team like the Bears just makes sense. If you want to improve the running game, fine, but don't piss money/draft picks away on a RB. Except at the extremes, a RB is a RB.

I suspect that Clifton's days are numbered at LT, and that may do more to improve the ground game than anything else.

As to the myth of running, you run when you win, you do not run to win. Successful teams with pass-heavy philosophies include the Saints, the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals who couldn't run to save their lives, and most, but not all, New England Patriot teams.

EMoney said...

1. I will somewhat agree with your O-line comment. We do need to upgrade, and I think we've started to by drafting Bulaga with our first round pick last year....and I predict Thompson will continue to do so next April. However, to play devil's advocate I will say it's not as much the line as Grant rushed for over 1200 yards last year and was off to a good start against Philly until he got hurt. So I think a capable back could produce more.

2. Regarding the "myth of running", last year the Saints actually had a really good running game in the trio of Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, Mike Bell. I would venture to bet as a team they avg'd over 4 ypc. They simply chose to throw alot more and could do so due to the fact that they were great at it and played over half their games in a dome (see also Colts, Vikings, now Texans). Similarly, New England had a solid running back by committee in their hay day, not to mention a healthy and ultra productive Cory Dillon early on. I will give you Arizona last year, but they didn't win a SuperBowl either.

Also, let us not forget where Green Bay plays. Weather is obviously unpredictable in Dec/Jan, and if we would happen to get home field adv, a ball control running game in the slop is a HUGE advantage.

I'm not saying we need to go out and give away the farm for an elite running back. I think we could find a team with running back depth that would be willing to part with 1 for a 2nd rounder with a throw in 5-7th. Didn't we get Grant off the practice squad? I know Lynch has been mentioned a bunch, but apparently Buffalo isn't budging, which IMO is an absolute JOKE considering they have 3 quality backs (with limited shelf time) and are overall a horrible team that needs many other pieces so why not accumulate some picks?

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

offense isn't the issue gents...our special teams is terrible again! for all the talk about accountability from McCarthy's mouth he needs to do something about it. the company line of we'll have to look at the tape and execute better is getting old. unlike rubie, I'm not about to cut the punter just yet. sure the line drive punt was terrible, but the punt returned for a TD was actually a great punt and hester just hit the right hole at the right time and broke lose. my problem is with the scheme. if you got burned earlier why the hell don't you kick the ball towards the sideline and pin hester to the sideline. I'd much rather give up 5-10 yards of field position bc we are angle punting that give a good (formerly great) punt returner the chance to break one. the bears won the way they always seem to...bend don't break on defense, make one big defensive play and effectively use superior speical teams. that's how they win games. they have to be the worst 3-0 team in the history of the league (and the chiefs are 3-0). smoke and mirrors for the bears right now...the january 2nd rematch will be meaningless IMHO.

Rubie Q said...

My problem with the punter, SBTG, is that he outkicked his coverage by 15 yards on the one that was returned for a TD. With a guy like Hester back there, you don't need FAR -- you need HIGH, so your teammates can box him in on the return. Our guys were still sprinting downfield when Hester caught the ball.

EMoney said...

Meaningless? Meaning Green Bay will have the division wrapped up by then? If so, I agree. Chicago can only win so many games with blocked field goals, punt return td's, and 2 football fields worth of penalty yards. If Green Bay stays the course, things should take care of themselves. (After last night, Detroit should be a good game to correct ourselves)

You are a Baffoon said...

I feel very snake bitten still from this game. It seems everytime the Pack plays the Bears, they end up using the same stupid formula of special teams/penalties/turnovers/blocked kicks to win. I bet that they have blocked at least one kick every other year against the Packers, its just ridiculous. In trying to rationalize last night it's clear the Packers need to get better at the run game some how some way. Whether a new running back is tossed into the mix really doesn't matter. The blocking needs to improve or even Barry Sanders gets stuffed. On several occasions when the Packers attempted to set an edge, Bears defenders beat the Packers to the hole and either stuffed the play for a loss or stopped it for a short gain (if you want to look at the tape check the replays of our so-called blocking TE Donald Lee and Chad Clifton getting rocked into the backfield on several occasions). I will go as far as to say that not even Adrian Peterson could have done real well last night the way the O-line run blocked. One guy who needs to start getting some more time would be Bulaga to help get that going. He's young, he's from Iowa, and he's got some sick tats on his huge Ox-like arms. The guy is going to be a player and I don't think much phases him. He is a rookie though, and I think once the coaching staff see that new blood is necessary, he'll step up alright (I watched him stone Julius Peppers on one of his few dropbacks last night, again check your DVR if you are so inclined). I really don't think the pass protection was horrible, but it is clear to see Tauscher is starting to edge closer to trade in material at the local dealership. Watching Julius Peppers nearly lift Mark's plump "StayPuft" doughy body up numerous times into the pocket made me cringe several times. But do remember this, back during the Packer Super Bowl runs in 96 and 97 the Packers offensive tackles consisted of well a bunch of regular no-name joes who weren't lighting the world on fire by any stretch of the imagination----96, Earl Dotson-Bruce Wilkerson-Jon Michels and in 97, Ross Verba and Earl Dotson. Money hit the nail on the head when describing the mess of November, December, and cross our fingers January will bring to Green Bay which will REQUIRE some improved factors in the run game and better offensive line play.

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Rubie Q said...

Longest.

Comment.

Ever.

You are a Baffoon said...

I agree I definitely overdosed last night...