Chicago Bears v. Detroit Lions: Notable Quotations

rex-grossman-lions.jpgThere is not much really that can be said for the Chicago Bears dismal performance against the Detroit Lions yesterday. Brian Griese looked like Rex Grossman, although he did actually move his feet. The interceptions were still there, the sacks against were still there, and the rushing game was still not there.
You can blame the offensive coordinator, you can blame Cedric Benson, you can blame Brian Griese, and you can blame the fact the Bears defense is decimated with injuries and the secondary is a shadow of what is was at the start of the season.

In reality, though, as Brian Urlacher so eloquently put, the only thing that can really be said is, “We stink right now.”

At least his comment has a bit of hope in it. The “right now” seems to imply that he thinks that things might get better. Hopefully that is the case, although, truthfully it would be difficult to get worse.

Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times also had a notable quotation in his column about the game.

Other than trying Devin Hester as an option quarterback, then having Devin Hester either pitch the ball to Devin Hester or throw the ball to Devin Hester, I don’t know what to tell you. Brian Griese was every bit as stinky Sunday as the Rex-terminator on his worst days, leading to a hopeless conclusion.

The Bears are screwed.

So what do you think? Are the Bears screwed or do they just stink right now? That is certainly not a question that I thought I would be asking this season.

Photo: Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions: Preview

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lionsdetroit-lions.jpg
Sunday, September 30
Noon (central time) at Ford Field
TV: Fox

This season I have had a lot of difficulty predicting the outcomes of the Bears games. Will the defense stay strong? Will Rex Grossman fumble a hand-off (or five?) Will the running game show any forward progress? How many first downs will the team have?

This week, of course, there is a whole additional layer to consider. How will Brian Griese do as starting quarterback? Will he be able to move outside of the pocket, unlike the seemingly statue-like Rex? Will he be able to make completions instead of throwing the ball away on what seems like every other play? Will he let his brain get in the way of his actions? Or will he succeed and show the Bears fans a glimpse of the greatest he had at Michigan and in 2000 with the Broncos?

Not having those answers makes it difficult to preview this game. I am not able to watch the Bears practice, so I can’t see how well Griese is doing. And then there is the matter of the injured defense. Here is the latest update on injuries from the Bears website.

Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears     Friday
Player Pos. Injury     Status
Lance Briggs LB Hamstring     Questionable (DNP)
Ruben Brown G Ankle     Questionable (LP)
Tommie Harris DT Knee     Questionable (LP)
Fred Miller T Knee     Questionable (LP)
Charles Tillman CB Ankle     Questionable (DNP)
Nathan Vasher CB Groin     Doubtful (DNP)
Adam Archuleta S Hand     Questionable (LP)
Adewale Ogunleye DE Hip     Probable (FP)
Adrian Peterson RB Calf     Probable (FP)
Darwin Walker DT Knee     Probable (FP)
Brian Urlacher LB Back     Probable (DNP)

There are way too many players with the “questionable” status for me to really make an adequate prediction for this week. The only thing that I know for sure is that the Bears really need a win.

Chicago Bears Plagued With Injuries

The list of injured Chicago Bears is growing. The number of starters that either did not practice Wednesday, or who had limited participation, is astonishing. This after the Bears already lost Mike Brown for the season.

Considering how poorly the Bears have been playing with a full squad, these injuries, if they lead to players not playing Sunday, could be devastating. Just a quick glance at the list and I am struck with the feeling, “Who isn’t injured?”


It’s Official: Brian Griese is the new Bears quarterback

brian-griese-press-conference.jpgIn announcement that really surprised no one, today Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith officially announced that Brian Griese will be taking over the quarterbacking duties this Sunday versus the Detroit Lions.

Lovie said, “Offensively, we’re not getting a whole lot done. It’s not one person. I just think we need a breath of fresh air, so we’re going to go in a different direction.”

Brian Griese said that he is “ready for the challenge, ready for the opportunity.” He hopes to bring energy, enthusiasm, and consistency to the offense.  The latter of which was sorely lacking with Rex Grossman in at quarterback.

Griese went to the Pro Bowl in 2000 as a member of the Denver Broncos and in college led Michigan to a national championship during his senior year.

To listen to more of Griese’s press conference click here. In the interview, he talks about his conversation with Rex Grossman and how Rex has no animosity against him or the team, despite the demotion.

Lovie Smith to announce quarterback decision Wednesday

brian-griese.jpgFollowing the Chicago Bears loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Coach Lovie Smith did not give the media his usual sound bite regarding quarterback Rex Grossman. While typically Lovie says “Rex is our quarterback,” this time around he said that Rex has been our quarterback and he will have to look at the footage before making any comments.

Smith’s statements, or really the lack of the what he said, have caused the media to speculate that Grossman will be replaced by back-up Brian Griese.

Smith reportedly has already made his decision about who will start Sunday’s game against Detroit and will announce his decision on Wednesday when the Bears return to the practice field.

Bears suffer embarrassing 34-10 loss to Cowboys

tony-romo.jpgThe Chicago Bears did not show up to play last night and lost a disastrous game 34-10 to the Dallas Cowboys. At halftime the game was tied 3-3, but in the second half, the offense could not do much of anything and the defense struggled after several key injuries.

Defensive players Nathan Vasher and Lance Briggs left the game with groin injuries and Tommie Harris left with a knee injury. Offensive player Ruben Brown also left the game due to injury. I will post an update when I hear more about their status.

The defense could not contain Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who completed 22 of 35 passes for 329 yards and 2 TDs. He was intercepted once by Adam Archuleta and sacked twice, but managed to elude several blitzes and dominate the Bears defense.Quarterback Rex Grossman did not show any glimmer of his “good” side and the Bears are likely seriously considering replacing him as the starting quarterback. Grossman had three interceptions and only completed 15 of 32 passes for 195 yards.

Running back Cedric Benson also had a dismal showing, rushing only 46 yards on 16 attempts. After his second fumble of the season, he did not get any more carries. I miss Thomas Jones.

The special teams, which usually has some exciting plays thanks to Devin Hester, also struggled. When the Cowboys actually kicked to Hester, he fumbled twice and only returned two punts for one yard and averaged 17.2 yards on five kickoff returns.

There were a couple of good things for the Bears in last night’s game. Rookie tight end Greg Olsen made his NFL debut and had a great catch near the goal line. I think that if he stays healthy he has some great potential. Punting specialist Brad Maynard returned to the field after missing last week due to injury. This was good for the Bears, because they did a lot of punting last night.

Next up for the Chicago Bears are the Detroit Lions in Detroit next Sunday. Stay tuned to see whether the Bears will have a new starting quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears preview

dallas-cowboys.jpgDallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
Sunday, Sept 23
7:15 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys won their first two games of the season against the Dolphins and the Giants. Their offensive put up big numbers in both games, scoring 45 and 37 points respectively. It will be very interesting to see how they perform when matched up against the Bears defense, which has been rock solid so far this season.

The cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has not yet been challenged this season the way he will when he goes up against the Bears, so this will be a big test for him. Hopefully a combination of nerves and the Bears line can keep his contributions to a minimum.

The Bears offense? It is difficult to predict from one week to another because of the inconsistency of both Rex Grossman and Cedric Benson. As I said last week, I really think Garrett Wolfe needs to get some carries.

Troubled former Bear Tank Johnson signs with new team


Despite being released by the Chicago Bears after a series of run-ins with the law, Tank Johnson did not have too much trouble finding a new job. The Dallas Cowboys signed Tank to a two-year contract.

Tank stated about the signing, “I know I’m not a risk. I’m a highly intelligent person, and I take pride in a lot of things I do in life. Like any other person, I’m going to make mistakes. And I’ve made mistakes. I’m coming to Dallas to be a productive defensive lineman and really solidify what Jerry Jones thinks of me.”

As a result of his suspension by the NFL, Tank will have to sit out eight games and will not be able to play until November 11th against the Giants.


Fashion Show to Feature Lance Briggs

fall-into-fashion.jpgChicago Bear Lance Briggs will be hosting a charity fashion show. The event, called “Fall into Fashion,” is being co-hosted by Chicago Cubs player Derrek Lee, Chicago Bulls player Chris Duhon, and Ultimate Fighting Champion Andrei Arlovski.

Other Chicago Bears who are expected to attend are: Cedric Benson, Brian Urlacher, Hunter Hillenmayer, Bernard Berrian, Tommie Harris, Adawale Ogunleye, Rex Grossman, Greg Olsen, Devin Hester, Mark Anderson, Ruben Brown, Olin Kreutz, Nathan Vashar, Adam Archuletta, Rashied Davis, Israel Idonije, and the Ayenbadejo Brothers.

In addition to the runway show featuring Chicago athletes, the event also has a silent auction and cocktail reception.

Admission is a $20 donation to Lance’s charity Briggs 4 Kidz.

Here are the details:
What: Fall into Fashion
September 21st, 2007 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Where: Enclave Chicago nightclub, 220 W. Chicago Avenue