Bears win convincingly... Pessimism needs to stop!

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Honestly, I'm tired of the attitude some Bears fans have had for most of the season. For the most part, plenty of Bears fans wrote off the team even before the season started. I expect this type of sentiment from the national media, not Bears fans, the greatest fan base in the NFL. We've heard the all the pessimism countless times this season.

Let's recap what's been said on the radio, in the paper and on blogs: 

After the first game against the Lions... the Bears got lucky.

Against the Cowboys... the Cowboys shot themselves in the foot, with their guns still in their
After the Packers... same thing here. The Bears didn't deserve to win
because the Packers committed too many penalties.

Then the flood gates of pessimism were opened after the Giants game and
continued against the Seahawks, Redskins and Bills... Understandably so, but there are plenty of games left in the season for the Bears to turn things around. 

Playoffs or no playoffs, the Bears are still going to stink... What kind of Bears fan are you?

I'd hate for them to make the playoffs because that would mean the Bears
are going to surely keep Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo... Barring a catastrophic collapse, the Bears are keeping both. 

If the Bears make the playoffs, it wouldn't matter because they won't go
far... You should officially lose your Bears fan card and never get it back.  

The Bears will always stink as long as they have Smith and Angelo
running the show and the McCaskey's are too cheap to fire them... McCaskey's are not cheap. They sign their best players to long term contracts, traded for Jay Cutler and signed Julius Peppers. 

Did you see what Jerry Jones did in Dallas? He fired Wade Phillips. Why
can't the McCaskey's be like Jones?... You don't want an owner like Jerry

The Vikings owner, Ziggy Wilf, is on the verge of firing Brad Childress.
Why can't the McCaskey's threaten to fire Smith or Angelo?... Childress
has lost the team, players still believe in Smith. 

For the Bears to be good again, they need to hire Bill Cowher or John
Gruden... Sure they're both good coaches but as for Cowher, you should
expect the Steelers to win the division for a decade when you play the
Browns and Bengals twice each. Gruden would cost too much and probably want too much control. Besides, look at who the Bears have
picked for their head coaches, first year coaches, including Mike

Will the Bears lose another game this season? Probably. Will they have another bad game? Probably. But if and when they do and before you jump off a bridge, just look at their record and where they are in the playoff race.

Keep in mind that it isn't that important that the Bears play well to win and that they haven't peaked. It's most important that they peak at the right time, at the end of the season, while positioning themselves for a playoff berth in the process.

I'm calling out all the pessimists and haters because they deserve it.
They've been loud all season, so I'm going to be loud right back. Stand
by your team or get the (insert expletive) out.


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  • How is the Bears peak higher than this? With that O-Line, Cutler's running for his life on top of WR's still not running routes correctly. If today's 3rd Down Efficiency is repeatable against teams that are actually good, that would be a new high. For this week, they beat a bad team and actually played well in the process. That's the peak of the season and there's little reason to believe this team can be efficient against a team that's actually good at football.

    That said, only a handful of teams in the NFL are actually usually good at football. Of those teams, Philly, the Pats, Jets, and Packers are on the schedule for the rest of the year. There's still little reason to believe this isn't a 9-7 team at the end of the season.

    Every final record has a margin of error. The Bears finishing 9-7 is definitely on the upside of that margin -- meaning this is more like 6-10 or 7-9 team than a 10-6 or 11-5 team -- so yeah, fun season. I wouldn't say it's pessimistic to look at this team as a 6-to-9-win team.

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    TBH, I struggle to seriously see any more Bears wins than Detroit and Minnesota on the remaining schedule. Even a loss this week in Miami wouldn't be entirely disappointing.

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    The Bears are 6-3 atop the NFC North. Every season, every team can lose on Sunday.

    The Patriots lost to the Browns??? Jets barely escape a loss against the same Browns team? Does this make the Patriots and Jets bad teams? The Patriots do not have the same offense without Randy Moss. The Jets have Mark Sanchez and he's not a good quarterback. The Jets do run the ball well but as we've seen, the Bears are pretty darn good at stopping the run.

    The Bears have proven that they can beat the Packers, Lions and Vikings and they could do it again.

    Against the Eagles, the Bears have always match up well against Andy Reid teams and against Michael Vick.

    So maybe you might still think the Bears are a 6-9 team win, at the same time, the Bears could still win most of their final 7 games. With that how is that not pessimism?

    You can't say it's reality either, because at the same time, someone could say 10-13 win team.

  • In reply to Bears STH:

    Yeah, any team, any Sunday, the NFL's a circus of nearly irrelevant sample size in many cases.

    And yeah, as you wrote in your post, "it isn't that important that the Bears play well to win." But it isn't pessimistic to say that a team with less talent that plays well less often than their opponent is much more likely to lose.

    Hence, looking at the rest of their schedule, there's no reason to be disappointed in a 9-7 or 8-8 finish.

    Someone could say this is a 16-0, 15-1, or 14-2 team that by chance has lost three games, but that would be silly.

    If this team isn't over-performing itself, there'd be no reason for optimism or pessimism. They'd simply just be what they are.

    What catches notice isn't the Bears talent, elite schemes, or even better execution on more aspects of the game in most of the games. Winning those games means capitalizing even more so on the strengths and it's great they've so and the result has been overachieving.

    Today was a game where the Bears finally played like their opponent was a bad team. This is a huge step in the right direction. It makes those games against Detroit and Minnesota not toss-ups on the road.

    Are you saying that finishing 9-7 would be some sort of an underachievement for this season? And that starting 6-3 isn't an overacheivement?

  • In reply to LittleAlex:

    Fact is that most people wrote the Bears off before the season started and they were wrong. As a fan, there's reason for optimism, especially since the Bears are 6-3. 6-3 isn't an over-achievement if you believe in your team, so no, for me I'm not surprised. If they failed to make the playoffs, then that would be an under-achievement. One thing that separates me and a lot of fans is faith and belief. If you don't, then why bother even following the team? It doesn't make sense.

  • In reply to Bears STH:

    Yes, that is a fact. Before the season, I figured the Bears would be 4-5 at this point on the way to going 6-10 or 7-9. I was wrong and yes, there's reason for optimism. Last year, you had a lot of faith and belief that made your projections wrong. Big deal. You being wrong last year doesn't mean they were better than they actually were, just as me being wrong this year doesn't mean they're worse that they actually are. The Bears just are, regardless of our feelings and projections.

    I'm optimistic that the Bears aren't less than mediocre, but actually mediocre. And all mediocre teams are capable of making the playoffs, but there are a finite amount of playoff spots. So, every mediocre team that makes the playoffs is overachieving.

    If you don't consider me a "fan," OK. I don't have "faith and belief," because that's just not how I choose to make judgments. I 'bother following the team' because it's a ritual, having grown up here, and more important I enjoy it. If I grew up in Detroit and lived there now, I'd follow the Lions, but reason would deter me from the faith and belief that they're actually a good football team.

  • In reply to Bears STH:

    Oh, how I do agree. Great Stuff STH! I got into an argument with a Viks fans who told me the the Vikings beat themselves and the Bears just happened to be on the field. Check out the numbers:

  • In reply to BearsTwit:

    Thanks Adam, I'm surprised no one has said (I'm sure they're out there) - "Well Favre didn't have his starting receivers."

  • In reply to Bears STH:

    I did, and it's true. They also lost their last 8 games on the road and have a 41 year old QB. Next.

  • In reply to Bears STH:

    Wait til the season's over before you say you called it right. The hard half of our schedule starts now. This is where we see how our o-line holds up and our disregard for Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss pans out.

    Look, we beat one good team this year. Green Bay. They had 17 penalties into the bargain. The rest were bottom-dwellers, there's just no argument there otherwise. The Eagles put up nearly 60 points on a team that beat us, and how we lost to a team as bad as the Seahawks defies belief. Our three remaining division games are all on the road, we have to play the Eagles offense, the Jets, and the Pats - who just pantsed the Steelers. Not one team remaining on our schedule is going to roll over for us. We'll still have to outscore the Lions.

    Fans get behind their teams no matter what - doesn't mean we can't point out that the line sucks or we're short of quality at receiver, or DH should have been returning kicks and punts since whenever. Ted Philips and Angelo have been dragging this team down since day one and it doesn't make us bad fans for pointing that out and bitching about the state of the franchise. Second biggest market in the US for football. One Super Bowl. Pittsburgh ? Six. That's not good enough.

    It's not all bad. Our defense is #2 at run-stuffing. No team allows fewer passing TDs. No team is better than the Bears at stopping opponents on third down. No team allows fewer points scored against them. But as with all things, the glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. It is both.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think your right Sweetness - you're either half glass full or half glass empty. It depends on what you perceive to be true.

    While there might be a concern over the Mike Vick and the Eagles, the Bears have always matched up well against Vick and the Eagles with McNabb because of the defense's speed.

    The Jets are not world beaters, Mark Sanchez looks like he can be confused and make mistakes - something our D thrives on.

    The Pats are just like every other team - they get spanked by the Browns but destroy the Steelers.

    The GSH trophy and the Super Bowl are up for grabs.

    I agree, fans will stand by their team no matter what and have the right to criticize their team, I'm not disputing that but don't you think those "fans" that don't want the Bears to succeed because they don't like Lovie and Jerry are crossing the line? There are plenty of them out there.

    At the same time, you can only beat the teams in front of you and a team is only as good as your record. In the Bears case, this season, I've been above .500 and in 1st place for almost the entire season.

    For the most part, I don't think Phillips and Angelo haven't dragged their feet that much. They've always tried to bring in the best players in free agency. They haven't had much success in the draft but at the same time, their basing their decisions on poor intel - mainly from the scouting department. I think the hire of Tim Ruskell was a great hire and will hopefully fill in the gaps between the scouting department and upper management. I do think they've made poor personnel decisions and at times overly loyal to their beliefs and players.

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