Having lived nearly my entire life in the shadow of Chicago, I’m no stranger to sad performances by the local football team; so much so that I’m just appreciative of quality football teams when I see them and ride their bandwagon for as long as the wheels are on. Sunday night’s tilt by the Bears was an utter train-wreck for all intended purposes; and a once undefeated team looks like the rudderless Bismarck and it’s only a matter of time before she sinks to the depths of the NFC.
The best analogy that comes to mind when witnessing that disaster is General Custer’s Last Stand, with Jay Cutler starring as Custer himself. The offensive line was utterly inept and made anyone wonder how these players and coaches weren’t arrested by either the Chicago Police for 3 counts of attempted murder. Critics, casual and professional alike have labeled this past tilt as simply the worst game ever played by an offense, and yet they miraculously were able to get within field goal distance and putting an emaciated three points on the board. Never before has a team allowed that many sacks before in a half.
This is the Bears team that I knew would take the field at some point in the season and my money is on them not leaving anytime soon. In the first game of the preseason, Cutler was pulled because the opposition was blitzing and forcing pressure. While I’m not going to debate the spirit of the preseason, that’s a telling sign. That line showed glimpses of how it was made put together with off brand Band-Aids and dollar store glue earlier in the year while giving up sacks in the first couple series against Detroit in Week 1 and down in Dallas Week 2. The key to their wins wasn’t necessary going out and dominating the opposition, but rather taking advantage of the other teams’ mistakes, forcing turnovers and a whole lot of luck. Week 3 saw a franchise record set by the Green Bay Packers and Devin Hester returning a punt for a touchdown; without that, the Bears wouldn’t have 3 wins. I’ll give credit to the staff for making the appropriate play calling adjustments and calling plays that got the ball out quicker so Jay wasn’t touched as much. The Giants came out and did their job, they identified the most glaring weakness the Bears had and made the game an absolute disaster for anyone with a heart.
The icing on this disaster cake is the sheer arrogance the managerial and coaching staff showed yesterday and today. Adjustments were never made and quickly back-up quarterback Todd Collins was flattened paving the dawn of the Caleb Hanie era at the helm. Here’s where things get juicy. The field general of the massacre Lovie Smith said that everyone is to blame for yesterday’s loss and “…We’re ending the first quarter [of the season] at 3 and 1.” “This season isn’t over.” Really Lovie?
You marched three quarterbacks out into a proverbial “No Man’s Land” and expected to win!? Let alone get results? I gave you the benefit of the doubt as far as football knowledge but you handed me 60 minutes of game film though all I need are the first 30 to convince anyone that you should never be employed by any NFL or football program.
There’s a point where stubborn and arrogant/stupid diverge and Bears staff has reached and passed that point. Viewers can finally see the utter failings that the Bears organization exhibits starting from the top. General Manager Jerry Angelo in an interview asked – give me some names of offensive line players that could help us? Well Jerry, considering you picked two offensive lineman within your first three picks of a given draft since 2001, one who’s no longer with the team, and the other has been unreliable at best and show no aptitude or skill since being drafted, I’d say you’re a failure at talent identification. Don’t believe me? Here’s the link.
Get comfortable Bears fans and hope that the organization starts actually instituting some of the new found “accountability” and apply it to impact positions.