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Bears think Israel Idonije gave their line calls to Lions

Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije AP

Lions defensive lineman Israel Idonije didn’t have a single tackle on Sunday, but he may have played an important part in Detroit’s win over Chicago anyway.

Some players on the Bears told Michael C. Wright of ESPN that they think Idonije, who played for the Bears from 2004 to 2012, tipped off the Lions to their stunts. According to those players, the Bears run a “power” stunt, and every time they ran it on Sunday, Lions running back Reggie Bush saw it coming and burned them on it.

The Bears have a new coaching staff this year, but head coach Marc Trestman retained defensive line coach Mike Phair, so the Bears may be doing the same things and making some of the same calls they had when Idonije played on their defensive line. So Idonije might have some information he could pass along to his new team.

But the Bears knew they were playing against one of their former teammates. They should have been prepared for the possibility that Idonije would have some information to share with his new team.

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106 Responses to “Bears think Israel Idonije gave their line calls to Lions”
  1. biscojay says: Sep 30, 2013 10:37 AM

    Excuses

  2. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 30, 2013 10:39 AM

    No wonder the Bears lost to those bums. Oh well, Lions will do what they do best by the end of the year… LI-DOWN, while the bears are in the playoffs

  3. ufanforreal says: Sep 30, 2013 10:39 AM

    Just can’t admit you had your butt handed to you by a team that played better than yours that game.

  4. groleo45 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    If they didn’t change the calls, knowing Idonije was on that line for 10 years, it’s just bad coaching.

  5. thekiy says: Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    What was the play call when they speared Kris Durham on the final onside kick?

  6. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    No, Jay gave the Lions the win. Plain and Simple!

  7. bennyb82 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    If true, this makes the Bear’s staff look pretty incompetent. What would you expect?

  8. jlinatl says: Sep 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    uh, shouldn’t you make adjustments then?

  9. thepftpoet says: Sep 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    NFC North final standings:
    Vikings 10-6
    Lions 10-6
    Bears 10-6
    Packers 1-15

  10. Jason Saidoo says: Sep 30, 2013 10:42 AM

    So, the Bears are the first team ever to face a former player?

  11. oilcandroid says: Sep 30, 2013 10:44 AM

    Of course Idonije gave calls to the Lions. And it’s upsetting as a fan that the Bears didn’t do anything about it BEFORE the game.

  12. cas5875 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:46 AM

    Whats their excuse for going 1-13 on 3rd downs?

  13. blutbaddenbill says: Sep 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    they knew this could happen so the fault belongs to the bears.

  14. mialto says: Sep 30, 2013 10:48 AM

    Bears fan here…plain simple we got beat by a better prepared Lions team, and if they used Izzy’s inside GOOD FOR THEM!

    Lions (3-1) move on to @Packers
    Bears (3-1) move on to Saints

  15. oakfolk says: Sep 30, 2013 10:50 AM

    All’s fair in love and war

  16. steelerben says: Sep 30, 2013 10:50 AM

    Callahan strongly denies any truth to the rumor.

  17. beedubyatoo says: Sep 30, 2013 10:52 AM

    The Vassar freshmen aren’t on their schedule. How are the Vikings going to win 9 more games?

  18. purpleguy says: Sep 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    Trestman can’t possibly be that dumb — he’s from Minnesota.

  19. liondownsouth says: Sep 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    Considering it’s “professional” football, I’m not sure I’d admit this were I a member of the Bear’s organization. I mean, really?

  20. gregmorris78 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:59 AM

    Sour grapes

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    Any time a player or coach changes teams there is the risk of the team picking them up getting valuable intel on the team the player was with.

    This is why division rivals pick up each other’s castoffs all the time. Bears have nothing to complain about if they ignored the fact that Idonije was now with the Lions.

    Its also a reflection of poor coaching in Chicago that they weren’t aware of the possibility and didn’t change up their calls.

  22. jazsrt says: Sep 30, 2013 11:05 AM

    Both teams are playing well past expectations this year.

    A split with Detroit is what I predicted.

    If Detroit took advantage of the information, you can’t blame them.

    I still think that Cutler is a hell of a QB. He had a bad game-these things happen.

    There are still 12 more games to play-I will stick with my prediction that the Bears will finish ahead of the Lions.

  23. realdealsteel says: Sep 30, 2013 11:05 AM

    all team pick up players from rival teams and interrogate them to get secrets. Stop crying Bears. There’s no crying in football.

  24. nflpoker says: Sep 30, 2013 11:05 AM

    Of course, Idonije would do that. What else would you expect him to do?? The Bears didn’t adjust. It’s their own fault.

  25. sullijo1 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    A tiger (Jay Cutler) always shows his stripes (3 interceptions).

    Even Jeff George is laughing at this guy!

  26. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 30, 2013 11:08 AM

    “What was the play call when they speared Kris Durham on the final onside kick?”

    A spinal tap.

  27. deeppurple23 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:10 AM

    And now everyone knows to look for the “power move” on tape and plan for it.

  28. AD2K5 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:11 AM

    Wow, those Canadian really are nice, if they have intel on an opposing team they wouldn’t share it since it would give them an unfair advantage…

  29. dbones750 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:13 AM

    That’s so lazy on that DC’s part. If that’s really the case, he should be fired.

    Good for Idonije, that’s just being a competitor – giving your team the best chance to win. They put it in their gameplan, not knowing if it had been changed or not, and it worked. Good for the Lions.

  30. bleedgreen says: Sep 30, 2013 11:15 AM

    You keep the same calls year after year? Seriously?

  31. immafubared says: Sep 30, 2013 11:16 AM

    What about the three interceptions. Did he have anything to do with that?
    Hey they got outplayed. The game was not as close as the score suggests.

    The Bears were clearly the lesser team.

    I’ve been a Cutler fan. He has the arm but now I’m also questioning does he have the brain? When a new coach tells you your mechanics are bad and your a sixth year player, not a good sign.

    I see da bears parting ways this Winter.

  32. fido1949 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    You mean that somebody actually thought he wouldn’t?

  33. lionmike says: Sep 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    Did Izzy give them inside information 2 years ago when Jahvid Best did pretty much the same thing?

    I guess it’s just easier to make excuses for the bears than it is to admit the truth that the better team yesterday was Detroit.?.? ESPN may not get it, but this is a game that lions fans have been looking forward to because the Lions are a better overall team when they have a speed RB like best or bush.

    All week long we’ve heard how Long handled Atkins and Atkins is better than Suh. Glad that conversation is over. Suh dominated that poor kid. Something about Cutler being behind the line elevates Suh’s game a few notches.

  34. easyeddie says: Sep 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM
    No, Jay gave the Lions the win. Plain and Simple!

    ————————————————

    Reggie Bush had more to do with it. Plain and Simple.

  35. marc0626 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    Bears should have known that before they faced them. Coaches fault

  36. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    Too bad, you got beat deal with it. It was stupid to not change it up. Player always help new team beat old team. Especially the bears because players always leave pissed off at them. Cheap will get you beat.

  37. stabbymike says: Sep 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    he probably did tip them off but they were still outplayed in general.

  38. roxtar10 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    If only there was some way those call signals could be changed so former players wouldn’t crack the code….

  39. serkeljerks says: Sep 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    Annnnnnd….they didn’t think of that BEFORE the game???? Amateur hour.

  40. lions81slappy says: Sep 30, 2013 11:24 AM

    typical chicago sports mentality; we didn’t win so u must have cheated. seriously? grow up please

  41. ajlynema says: Sep 30, 2013 11:25 AM

    michiganstillsucks says: Sep 30, 2013 10:39 AM

    No wonder the Bears lost to those bums. Oh well, Lions will do what they do best by the end of the year… LI-DOWN, while the bears are in the playoffs
    ________________________________

    Is that why the Lions have a more recent playoff appearance? That is saying something.

  42. mblue24 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:26 AM

    Haha. The Bears crying already bc they got blown away. Excuses and more excuses. Just face it. They got beat.

  43. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 30, 2013 11:32 AM

    easyeddie says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:19 AM
    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM
    No, Jay gave the Lions the win. Plain and Simple!

    ————————————————

    Reggie Bush had more to do with it. Plain and Simple.

    ———————————————

    Reggie played well, no denying it. If Jay didn’t throw those 2 picks. The Lions would be 2-2. shrink your head “Easyeddie” Lions aren’t that good……the final score was 40-32 in case you were watching another game before the end of this one.

  44. dowhatifeellike says: Sep 30, 2013 11:33 AM

    Idonije is going to do whatever he can to make himself useful. So are the other 52. His job depends on it.

    Shouldn’t it be standard practice for the coaching staff to change the verbage year to year? If players can’t remember that “Rocket” is now “Clover” by the end of training camp, how to they understand the playbook in the first place?

  45. judsonjr says: Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    Let’s see Bears lose their Pro Bowl DT and Lions have success running up the middle, must just be coincidence.

  46. hrmlss says: Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    So? Too lazy to change them, got what they deserve.

  47. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 30, 2013 11:40 AM

    Bears fan here. This article literally sickens me. You got beat. Straight up. In ALL phases of the game. If you were truly stupid enough to let this actually happen, then the Bears deserve that loss two-fold.

    And forget blaming it all on Cutler. Yeah, he was bad. Awful, even. But the defense kept getting gashed (16 plays of 10 yards or more) and Podlesh kept punting the ball to their 40-yard line. This game was a total meltdown, signal stealing or not. The defense needs to accept the fact that they sucked and move on.

  48. sactogary says: Sep 30, 2013 11:40 AM

    Duh. Did they think he had signed a non-disclosure agreement?

  49. attyman says: Sep 30, 2013 11:41 AM

    A more accurate statement by the Bears’ players would have been that every time Jay Cutler dropped back to pass he tipped off the Lions defense that a bad decision was about to occur.

  50. footballfather says: Sep 30, 2013 11:42 AM

    “Bears think Idonije gave their line calls to Lions.”

    DUH.

  51. malcolmatf says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    Lmao so Detroit won because a former Bears player gave the team Defensive line tips that they like to do? Lol All 3 ints was because we got Dline tips? The 3 sacks and fumble returned to the end zone was because of the dline tips? Going 1-13 on 3rd down was because of defensive line tips? The league has been talkin about Reggie Bush and he’s been doing an Outstanding job but our defense gets no credit. We forced 4 turnovers yesterday. Our special team played outstanding too. For once i saw a complete team out there. We’re getting it done on all 3 phases of the ball and that’s what win games. So Bears players, Bears fans, save your excuses for someone who cares. The way we’re playing we’re gonna be tough to beat no matter who’s playing across from us. So on that note, Aaron Rogers and the Greenbay Packers, get ready cuz we’re ready!

  52. mack2x says: Sep 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    ……the final score was 40-32 in case you were watching another game before the end of this one.

    ____________________

    Guess you saw only the last few minutes of garbage time scores against a prevent D and 2 rookie corners. Total domination otherwise.

  53. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 30, 2013 11:52 AM

    Lions will be 7-9 at the end of the year. You heard it hear first

  54. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:53 AM

    Just shameful from Idonije.

    No wonder Reggie Bush knew where to run and who would miss tackles.

  55. joshm5683 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:57 AM

    If this is true, then the Bears have no one to blame but their coaches. I remember week 1 when the media asked Harbaugh if he was worried about Scott Tolzein and Senaca Wallace signing with the Packers right before their week 1 matchup and he said not really because they change their calls and signals weekly in case another team gets a hold of audio from game films……..which seems like the logical approach to take, so the Bears coaches would be to blame.

  56. gojags says: Sep 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    didn’t the bears change the entire coaching staff this season? even if they haven’t,won’t the signals change game-to-game or even half-to-half.

  57. basedrum777 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    So basically they had to deal with the same thing EVERY TEAM deals with regarding former players? Wow strike up the band and start and investigation. SMH.

  58. 4dabears says: Sep 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Come on folks, it’s just one game. Lions fans shouldn’t get too excited. We’ll see which team has the better record at the end of the season.

  59. metalhead65 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    newsflash to lions and their fans. beating the bears at home in week 4 is not a playoff win no matter how amped you guys were. same thing that happened last year will happen again we you come to Chicago,and that will be you get your ass handed to you once again. you are tied with the bears and until you can beat them twice in a season just shut up.

  60. mayorstafford says: Sep 30, 2013 12:00 PM

    The Lions D manhandled the Bears all day (until we put reserves in when the game was out of hand). That is the reason why the Lions won. Killed them in the trenches. Killed. The game wasn’t close at all. It’s just one game, though. Incredibly tough road ahead. Go Lions!

  61. ajlynema says: Sep 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    It’s funny to think this is a new thing. The only reason Jon Gruden won his Super Bowl was because he knew the line calls the Oakland QB used. Rich Gannon had one of the best passing seasons that year and used mostly line calls to audible and change the call. Gruden came from the Raiders and took over the Bucs and found out that Gannon kept the same audibles. It’s easy to defend a ball when you know where it is going.

  62. wpayton34 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    To ALL you Lions fans : Enjoy this win cause you WILL NOT beat the Bears in Chicago . Nor will you beat Green Bay next week ! So don’t get all your hopes up too high , you’ll just get let down like always . Yes you beat us yesterday but you won’t beat us in Chicago and you won’t win the division . So smile today cause it won’t last long ……..
    Go Bears !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. jakevo83 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    Any given Sunday… no excuses

  64. dbarnes67 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Lions dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Cutler looked bad because he couldn’t step into his throws. Bears are whiners.

  65. malcolmatf says: Sep 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    To the guy with 0 football knowledge and says the Lions will go 7-9. The only way that would be true is if one thing happens and that’s major injuries. The only team on our schedule I see beating us is the Packers. We play the Browns, Bucs, Giants, Eagles, Vikings again, Bears again, Steelers, Bengals, Ravens, Cowboys, Bengals and Packers twice. Now where on the planet of earth do you see 8 losses coming from? Be serious.. If we’re healthy we can beat any of those teams with no problem.

  66. sbchampsagain says: Sep 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    I sure as heck DO hope Idonije gave that information up to help his new team!

    Amateur hour.

  67. rondayne33 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:15 PM

    Booo hoo hooo. Who cares if he did? Isn’t that a consequence of cutting a former player?

  68. theflyingtad says: Sep 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    Since the Bears are accusing the Lions of this, essentially they are confirming they are using the same D-Line calls they used while he was there.

    Bears should complain that they are either not smart enough to learn new calls or coaches weren’t prepared.

    This is a Bears problem.

  69. steveb9995 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    Or maybe the Lions coaching staff watched film from previous Bears games, and… nah. Couldn’t be. Nobody in the NFL actually scouts their opponents.

    If the Lions play all season like they played Sunday, they’re going to win a lot of games.

  70. whatjusthapped says: Sep 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    Here’s the problem, notice that none of the Bears players are putting their name to these claims, and for good reason. They didn’t want to appear like the 40-whiners.

    Its always best to keep your trap shut after a loss except to praise the other team. Anything else comes off looking like sour grapes.

    Shame on the reporter for publishing quotes without names. But in the end, he is just trying to get his own name out there.

  71. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    mack2x says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:49 AM
    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    ……the final score was 40-32 in case you were watching another game before the end of this one.

    ____________________

    Guess you saw only the last few minutes of garbage time scores against a prevent D and 2 rookie corners. Total domination otherwise.

    —————————————————

    The Lions dominated an average Bears team that has a complete overhaul in management and playbook…..You must be really proud! The Lions were 4-12 last year, Bears haven’t been 4-12 in over 10 years! Keep overrating your average squad….we will see what the Bears do to you at Solider Field later this year.

  72. atepper001 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:37 PM

    Disclaimer, I am a huge Bears fan.

    1) Really? You don’t think former players help their current teams? Really? If this is true, the Bears should be embarrassed that they didn’t change their calls. Reminds me of the Lovie days. Remember when they didn’t change their hot reads and blitz attack calls for the last game at GB in 2010… we all saw how that worked out.

    2) If it is true, they should be even more embarrassed about admitting it.

    3) I know the defense is stout against the run in the statistics but, I really don’t see why or how (i have watched every game twice). Teams are gashing us up the middle and something needs to be done immediately.

    4) Bad Jay certainly showed up but, the Lions looked pretty complete when they are cool headed. If they ever had a decent coach with good leadership skills, they would be a pretty scary team.

    5) gotta make those catches in the red zone Bennett and Jeffery. And when forte is split out wide and their is a LB on him, run the friggin’ route wheel please. i only noticed it once and they motioned him back in. could have been a big play.

  73. atepper001 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:39 PM

    rushed it…

    5) gotta make those catches in the red zone Bennett and Jeffery. And when forte is split out wide and THERE is a LB on him, run the friggin’ WHEEL ROUTE please. i only noticed it once and they motioned him back in. could have been a big play.

  74. mylionsroaring says: Sep 30, 2013 12:50 PM

    Sounds to me like Gunther had a better game plan than the Bears O-cord

  75. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    40 points. Get used to life without Melton.

  76. kered316 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:55 PM

    Perhaps the bigger problem was Cutler, seeing as how he kept throwing the ball to the Lions.

  77. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    Take a loss like men.

    >

  78. Chad Bartel says: Sep 30, 2013 1:14 PM

    THE BEARS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!

    i.e. Start strong…level off mid season….buckle at the finish!

  79. truehoosier62 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:15 PM

    Nothing makes me feel better than seeing a beat down of the Bears, by a very beatable Lions squad.
    The only thing that might have made it better is if Suh had of accidently taken off Cutler’s head.
    One can but hope.

  80. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 30, 2013 1:21 PM

    @malcolmatf

    I think Detroit has a great team this year, but you’re being a bit presumptuous. Can the Lions beat anybody? Yes. Will they beat everybody? No. Your team did lose to Arizona, so it is a bit irrational to assume instant wins against the Bengals, Bears, Super Bowl champ Ravens (even though they are looking awful), etc. AND it’s only a quarter into the season.

    Best of luck to all in the NFC North, and we will see who shows up on top!

  81. twobluegills says: Sep 30, 2013 1:24 PM

    Please… the Bears are just teed off because they got exposed for the real team that they are….BY THE LIONS.

  82. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    Bears fans living in the past, as if they are a multiple Super Bowl winner (i.e. the annoying Steeler, Patriots, 49ers, Giants and Packer fans) as a defense mechanism when they get exposed and drubbed is hilarious.

    Everyone knows the Bears have been lucky as hell every week thus far, and that luck simply ran out, and Cutler being Cutler returned.

  83. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 30, 2013 1:51 PM

    Why do you think division rivals always at least interview guys let go in the same division? Valuable stuff.

  84. howiehandles says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    “What was the play call when they speared Kris Durham on the final onside kick?”

    Now that one they pulled from the Lion’s playbook.

  85. clemenza58 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 PM

    Whether he gave away the line calls or not, it’s still up to the players to execute.

  86. jaglazer says: Sep 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    bears players admitting coaching staff failure at the must basic level… how much longer can Trestman hold this team together?

  87. somatg3 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:59 PM

    who cares? if the bears are dumb enough that they didn’t adjust, then that’s on them not Idonije.

  88. matteyghoukis says: Sep 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    I can’t believe they’re deflecting like this. I mean my team is 0-4 and were owning it, sack up man!

  89. rockbottom37 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    that doesn’t make any sense because Bears have a new coaching staff w new regime…the bears and their fans are pathetic and they will lose again to Lions at soldier field..Lions were simply more physical and have more talent then the bums of the midway

  90. electstat says: Sep 30, 2013 2:10 PM

    Why wouldn’t he?

  91. beardownfromcali says: Sep 30, 2013 2:13 PM

    The Lions offense doesn’t account for the piss poor play of Cutler. The passes he did make were only possible because of his awesome wide outs. Too many of them were back shoulder, behind them, short or just plain off. Horribly, horribly off.

    Don’t get a big boy contract with that play Jay. Lots of time to prove different, but when every aspect around you has gotten better…

  92. rl7911 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:22 PM

    This is why you don’t hirer a CFL head coach.

  93. bearsbuiltnfl says: Sep 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    All you Lions’ homers are such cakes!!! 4-12 and 0-16 fellas, these records were compiled very recently!!!! You’re not that good. Arizona beat you guys!!! I wish the game at Soldier was next week so the Bears could smack the taste out of your mouths immediately. See you pretentious jag offs and your degenerate team on Nov 10th. Pack a lunch.

  94. rl7911 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    bears fan, if the Lions aren’t any good, what does that make your lousy Bears? Face it, the Lions demolished the old and slow Bears.

  95. drago2012 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    Come on Bears fans just relax!!! Lions are going nowhere very quickly. By the middle of the season most of their players will be arrested or charged with some type of a crime. The Bears are 3 and 1, so far so good. Now they have to go 3 and 1 three more times. This will make them 12 and 4 and at the top of the NFC. Jay just had a bad game.
    DAAAAA BERRRRSSS!!!!

  96. afcdomination says: Sep 30, 2013 2:50 PM

    so lame to use this as an excuse. Jacksonville brought in Ricky Stanzi to get to know the chiefs better.

    this happens all the time, and mostly, a good coaching staff will adjust

  97. ydousuk says: Sep 30, 2013 2:54 PM

    bearsbuiltnfl says: Sep 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    All you Lions’ homers are such cakes!!! 4-12 and 0-16 fellas, these records were compiled very recently!!!! You’re not that good. Arizona beat you guys!!! I wish the game at Soldier was next week so the Bears could smack the taste out of your mouths immediately. See you pretentious jag offs and your degenerate team on Nov 10th. Pack a lunch.
    —————————————————————-

    You mad bro?

  98. chi01town says: Sep 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    Chicago should have traded him to the AFC to keep this from happening. NOW change the plays to stop this from happening again. NO EXCUSES CHICAGO LOST THAT GAME.

  99. GenXJay says: Sep 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    chi01town,
    Which is it?
    Change the plays (excuse).
    or
    No excuses?

  100. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:35 PM

    Both teams have to line up and both teams need to stop each other. Hello.!!!! You cubbies fans just wait until week 7 what will be your excuse then. Sorry fan base One Year Wonders.

  101. m2karateman says: Sep 30, 2013 6:32 PM

    I’m sorry, but that’s all I heard was blah, blah, blah….boo, hoo, hoo.

  102. tripps3 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:37 PM

    Bears turn it over that many times they shouldn’t expect to beat any team.

  103. tripps3 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:40 PM

    I’m getting the sense that a lot of Red Wings fans are here

  104. drewby79 says: Sep 30, 2013 9:19 PM

    To daaaaaa bears fans out there. You talk about how the Lions are such a bad team and how they haven’t been to the playoffs much and blah blah blah … Since 1990, guess who has been to the playoffs 7 times. Both the Bears and Lions. The Lions had the worst GM in the history of the universe and galaxy and still have been there as often as the bears in recent times. Congrats on the Super Bowl appearance and the NFC Championship game. You haven’t been a powerhouse for that long busters. Get off your high horse, your choking on sausage.

  105. gmsingh says: Oct 1, 2013 8:00 AM

    Here’s the funniest part about this whole story: Lions fans are saying “The Bears lost to the better team!” instead of admitting that this story is probably true. Oh well, I guess if they had any brains they wouldn’t be Lions fans.

  106. leovsmith says: Oct 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    The fact of the matter is the Lions have had a good team for 3 years. Their problem is lack of discipline! How many games have they thrown away with penalties? Undisciplined coach and players MAY have learned their lesson? I hope not! Go Pack go!

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