Horse Collar Tackles Suddenly OK?

I did realize I have one lingering question/frustration about the Chicago Bears’ pathetic loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Of course I will always have lingering frustrations about the pass defense getting shredded by Brian Griese throwing to 2 receivers when they run max protect, but another thought.

I don’t think I saw anything about this in any of the papers today (thanks REAL media).

On the Bears’ sole posession in overtime, the Buccaneers CLEARLY horse-collar tackled the Bears on two straight plays.  First Matt Forte was taken down from behind by Derrick Brooks, and after the play Brooks threw his hands up in the air because he knew he did it.  No call.

Then on the very next play, after a big completion to Brandon Lloyd, the receiver was ripped down from behind.  A call there would have put the Bears very close to field goal range.  Instead the rest is history, Rashied Davis dropped a perfect third-down pass, the Bears screwed themselves, game over.  Grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that noticed this and is wondering why the HELL the refs didn’t see two of these in a row?

Yes, this is not the sole reason the Bears completely blew this game, but these were 2 of the many, many frustrating aspects.

At least the Bears wore navy in their home opener for the first time since 2004.

6 Responses to “Horse Collar Tackles Suddenly OK?”

  1. Yeah I noticed that too, the Lloyd one at least.

  2. I don’t remember which plays I saw exactly, but I do remember seeing some definite horsecollars in that game from the TB side, and none got called.

  3. I was at the bar grabbing the back of my shirt collar and yelling at the TV.

  4. Nice!

  5. I was wondering the same thing, Roy. While Lloyd was getting pulled down, I stood up screaming “Horse-collar, horse-collar!” at my TV. I couldn’t believe the refs didn’t call it. Unbelievably frustrating.

  6. It doesn’t matter!! Rashied dropping a pass. Desmond Clark dropping an almost certain touchdown. Kyle Orton throwing a pass right at a defender 5 yards away from him. Tillman’s stupid penalty. Olson dropping two fumbles. Horse collar tackles. Forte runs getting called back. None of it matters!! It’s an overall meltdown two games in a row!! If one play had changed in the fourth quarter of last week game, we would have won! If one play had changed in the fourth quarter of the Carolina game, we would have won! Why doesn’t Lovie ever get pissed?! Lovie took us to the Superbowl and I love him for that. I don’t ever question his calls when it comes to the Bears, I wait for it to play out before I make a snap decision, but watching this year start off like the entirety of last year, with us giving football games away in the fourth quarter, and not bearing down and putting people away like we should, I can’t F***ing take it! We are the g**d*** Chicago Bears! Get pissed Lovie! Show your team that they have to play four quarters of good football and not three!! I just want to see some emotion. Like someone on our team gives a s***. Is that too much to ask?

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