It's strange how timing seems to be uncanny in a sense when it comes to knowing why things happen. Ironically, in the last games played by the Bears and Bucs, we saw all we needed to see to answer the questions everyone seemed to asked two years ago; Why Tresman instead of Lovie???
You can come up with every accuse you can muster for why the Bucs got their butts beat like they stole something last night by the Falcons. The fact of the matter is that the whole nation witnessed the same ill-prepared, offensively anemic, and lack of intensity on the field that cost Lovie Smith his job in Chicago.
Haven't we heard these words before: "I thought I had our team ready to play".... Yes! Chicago Bears fans have heard it to many times to the point that it doesn't sound anymore like an excuse, but a simply state of mind. A mind that is far behind the curve of the rest of the NFL, and it's demands when it comes to winning.
It was me who said that Josh McCown exiting Chicago and going to Tampa Bay was a big mistake that he would come to regret.
It was me who cautioned Bucs fans to not "rush" to excitement just because you have a coach much better than the one bum he replaced. Lovie Smith may have solved a few problems in TB, but like in Chicago, He's created new ones....
The Bucs offense is ranked 32nd in rushing, and 21st in passing. Overall their offense is ranked 30th in the league. SOUND FAMILIAR!
The Bucs defense is playing the old and antiquated cover 2 (which covers no one) which is a Lovie's special. The defense suffers because it's on the field way to long (Atlanta's 3rd down efficiency was 59% last night).
Meanwhile in Chicago, Marc Tresman's Bears played a game in San Francisco much of what we hoped and dream of. A Bears teams with an improved offensive line, and more effective weapons at the skill positions. The defense still has a way to go, but conversely, this unit shutdown the Niners in the 2nd half of last Sunday's game allowing us to outscore then 21-3.
This is what we wanted to see from this new regime, a defense that will bend, but not break, make big plays when it counts, and an offense that can light-it-up at any given time in the game. Now putting things in perspective, it's only one game, but it was a game against a team that we haven't beat on the road in 29 years. The 49ers currently are a team which any one would tell you is a championship caliber team.
In the final analysis, it's really hard to determine what will happen from now till the end of the season. However I will say this, if the Bears are to be successful for remainder of the season, everything hinges on "everybody" doing-their-job. This what we say last Sunday in San Fran. Being a champion requires being consistent week-after-week.
On the other hand, some of our players that have been less-than consistent over the years. This includes Jay Cutler as well.
For the Tampa Bay Bucs, I wish you God-Speed. The savior coach you hired looks in every sense like the dud we let loose 2 years ago. You can also be assured of more troubles at the QB position in the years to come should Smith last that long....