Optimism Fades As Bears Fight To Make Playoffs

Optimism Fades As Bears Fight To Make Playoffs (Photo via: chicagotribune.com)

After a exciting 7-1 start, the Bears have lost five of their last six games and could potentially miss the playoffs. Chicago is gloomy and sad and not one person is happy about the organization being in this position another year.

 A few points:

  • What is it going to take in order to get a new offensive line? It’s been failing us for too long and although the team acknowledges that it needs to be re-vamped, we continue to see minimal changes being made. I just don’t get it. With a quarterback as talented as Jay (and with how much he is getting paid), he needs to be protected in order to successfully do his job.  I have faith that Phil Emery notices this and notices how completely frustrated Bears fans are, (how can’t you, though?) and plans on working to correct it this off season. But even then, it’s hard for me to believe that there weren’t any changes that could have been made throughout this season. I just don’t buy it. Someone needs to be held responsible.
  • If you’re bad mouthing the defense after the loss to Green Bay, you need to reevaluate everything. Yes, they gave up some huge plays. Yes, they gave Aaron Rodgers plenty of time to make those plays. But we need to be realistic here– it’s Aaron Rodgers. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he was held to 21 points. It could have been much, much worse.
  • Brian Urlacher is mad at everyone. Brian was out again this week with a hamstring injury, but he was on the sideline being the leader for the team that he is. And he is NOT happy with the media or the fans when it comes to the bashing of Lovie Smith. Obviously, after the way this season has gone, Lovie is fighting to keep his job and everything he does counts towards that decision. The media and the fans have pretty much gone for Lovie’s head and want him gone. I see both ways on this issue which I will get into in a follow up post (Mike Tice, hellooo), but here are Brian’s quotes that I found on CBSsports.com:

“I know there are a lot of experts in the media, a bunch of smart guys out there who know exactly what they’re talking about all the time,” Urlacher said. “They don’t know what they’re talking about. Lovie is the head coach of this football team and hopefully will be for a long time.”

“Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part,” Urlacher said.

“They were loud for a minute there, the boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division that gets booed at home is us. It’s incredible to me.

“Believe it, don’t believe it, we don’t care. We’re going to go out there and play as hard as we can. The guys that are healthy will play and we’ll do the best we can.”

  • Devin Hester is not a valuable route running wide receiver. I liked this whole experiment at first, but now I’m over it. If he doesn’t know the routes or cannot successfully execute them, don’t make him run them. For some reason, him and Jay are just on different pages and that is the bottom line. It doesn’t need to be dissected much further. I’m sure he will be reevaluated this off season.
  • Brandon Marshall loves playing for the Bears so much it makes him emotional. And basically I love this kid. He is realistic about what happened on Sunday afternoon and wants answers. “Everybody involved in the offense should be accountable, even if that means jobs.” Who knows who he was referring to with that statement, but I could not agree more, Brandon.

Overall, the Bears 21-13 loss to the Packers left a sour taste in everyones mouth. From here, we take it week by week and play for pride until further answers have been decided.


2 thoughts on “Optimism Fades As Bears Fight To Make Playoffs

  1. gidard says:

    OK. Hester and Cutler are not on the same page…etc,etc,etc.
    I don’t think it would’ve mattered if they were reading the same sentence.
    The pass was directly to the defender and that attributed to the unfortunately good yardage on the interception return.

  2. gidard says:

    And I think players and media brought up the lack of change on the offensive line AFTER the draft earlier this year.
    That is really a mystery why the Bears allowed the situation to get this out of hand.
    I mean not being able to get a yard at crucial moments is very tough to take as a fan.
    And other teams I’m sure aren’t worried in the least when we line up and say “WE’RE going for it!”

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