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    BEARS SHOULD ACT LIKE A BUNCH OF JAGS
    by The One-Man Swarm

    I don't know what the Bears' itinerary looked like yesterday, but I sure as sh*t hope it included this line item:

    12-3 p.m.: Watch Indianapolis Colts v. Jacksonville Jaguars

    If the Bears did take time out to witness the 44-17 emasculation, they have no excuse not to ravage the Rams with a proportional lack of mercy. In fact, it shouldn't even be all that hard. What could be more simple than following a basic recipe?

    Recipe: Annihilation of a Horrible Run Defense
    From the Kitchen of: Jacksonville O.C. Mike Smith

    - Combine 3 parts run and 1 part pass.
    - Smash mouths.
    - Repeat.

    At a time when all of the talk in Chicago centers around the quarterback position, the Bears would be wise to focus on their run game with the attention span of an 86-year-old man watching MacGyver reruns. If you've never seen this, you've gotta take my word for it. Old men are to Macgyver as zombies are to brains. To paraphrase Vincent Ludwig, they are single-minded of purpose and deadly when they find what they want. If you have an elderly father or grandfather, consider buying him Season One on DVD. This has been another holiday shopping tip from The One-Man Swarm.

    Sunday, facing the Colts' absolute sieve of a run defense, Jacksonville carried the ball 42 times for 375 yards, for an average of 8.9 yards per carry. They repeatedly sent the message that they were the undisputed owners of the line of scrimmage. They kept a dangerous quarterback off the field. They limited the involvement of their own quarterback to 14 passes. And they won another piece of the game each and every time they snapped the ball.

    The Bears' running game has started to peak at just the right time. Two weeks ago, they ran for an impressive 153 yards against New England's stingy run D. Last week, they pounded Minnesota (the league's top run defense) for 92 yards, which is fairly impressive considering how few plays the Bears managed to run. Even more impressive was the 6.67 ypc average posted by Cedric Benson, who has been running people over like Rip Torn in the midst of a brandy bender.

    Tonight, the Bears face the St. Louis Rams and a defense that has been gashed by more runs than a stripper's stockings. They would be wise to pull a Coach Red Beaulieu and straight-up steal the Jacksonville Jaguars' playbook.

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    Re: Bears Should Act Like a Bunch of Jags

    [quote=onemanswarm;149612]BEARS SHOULD ACT LIKE A BUNCH OF JAGS
    by The One-Man Swarm


    Tonight, the Bears face the St. Louis Rams and a defense that has been gashed by more runs than a stripper's stockings.
    That sum's up our run defense pretty well ! lol :l

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      The Rams have seven games this season when they scored less than 21 points in a game. What happened to the 'Greatest Show on Turf'? Well, their running back, Steven Jackson, is leading the team in receptions. This could be the first time Torry Holt has not led the team in receptions since 2001. The Rams defense is suspect and All-Pro offensive left tackle Orlando Pace is done for the year. In the four games played since Pace went down with an injury, the Rams offense has averaged 15.5 points per game while going 1-3. Rams QB Marc Bulger has thrown just three touchdown passes, sacked 17 times and thrown six interceptions without Pace on the field. The Bears on the other hand, have the best record in the NFC. Yet no one, except Lovie Smith, believe QB Rex Grossman is playing well enough to keep his job. Grossman has just 19 career starts, but the patience is wearing thin. With the four remaining teams on the Bears schedule combining for a 14-24 record, it is time for Grossman to regain the confidence of all concerned.

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      6. Grossman has thrown more TD passes than any Bears QB in 11 years.
      7. Chicago has allowed the fewest points per game with 12.5.
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      10. The Bears only give up 12.6 points per game on the road.

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      They remain on track to be the worst run defense in franchise history. Their starting quarterback is on pace to be sacked more than anyone else in franchise history.

      That quarterback, Marc Bulger, questioned the commitment, preparation and focus of some unnamed offensive teammates in eye-opening comments after last week's loss to Arizona.

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      during football season.

      He'd go to the Sunnyside High junior varsity game with his father, who had to
      be there as high school principal. Young Scott would watch the first half of
      the JV game and then run home for "Monday Night Football."

      "It was the only thing I liked about Mondays when I was growing up," Linehan
      said. "So I grew up with it like everybody here. It is special to be on it, it
      really is. It's not just another game."

      Tonight marks Linehan's first Monday night game as an NFL head coach, with his
      Rams (5-7) playing host to Chicago (10-2) at the Edward Jones Dome. Whether
      anything "special" occurs for the Rams tonight remains to be seen.

      They have lost six of their last seven games. They are beaten up in the
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      list of the walking wounded.

      They remain on track to be the worst run defense in franchise history. Their
      starting quarterback is on pace to be sacked more than anyone else in franchise
      history.

      That quarterback, Marc Bulger, questioned the commitment, preparation and focus
      of some unnamed offensive teammates in eye-opening comments after last week's
      loss to Arizona.

      One of their rookie tight ends, Dominique Byrd, was allegedly involved in a
      late-night fracas last week at a club in downtown St. Louis.

      Other than all that, things are just swell these days at Rams Park.

      In terms of impact on the team, Byrd's scrape with the law is inconsequential.
      He has been a non-factor this season. Bulger's comments, however, are another
      matter.

      Will the Rams respond to Bulger's comments with intensity, focus and minimal
      mistakes tonight against the new Monsters of the Midway?

      Or will we see another example of the Same Old Sloppy (bleep) Rams?

      As wide receiver Torry Holt put it bluntly: "We'll either get embarrassed, or
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      To avoid falling into the "embarrassed" category, the Rams have one simple yet
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      Not the Bears' special teams unit, which has accounted for four TDs, all by
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      Not the Bears' second-ranked defense, which has a league-high 39 takeaways and
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