After a promising 7-3 start and with the offense rolling and Jay Cutler and Matt Forte playing at a Pro Bowl level, we were witnessing a Bears team that was capable of lighting up the scoreboard and ready to race towards a championship.
After Cutler went down, then Forte, the Bears have dropped four straight games to teams they should have beaten. We all thought the Bears could weather the storm and ride the defense and special teams to the playoffs.
Instead the offense has sputtered, the defense (although dominant) has not done enough and the special teams have looked far from special.
All anyone asked was for from Caleb Hanie was to get the Bears to finish at least 3-3 and they would find themselves in the playoffs. By then, we all hoped that Cutler would be back, ready to lead us to (at the very least) a rematch against the Packers for the conference title.
Instead of looking like a potential playoff team, the Bears have looked like the Indianapolis Colts. The difference is that the Colts will probably get the number one overall pick and the Bears seem destined to get a mid-round pick with the possibility of the well running dry of the most talented prospects.
Instead of writing a recap, I'm going to share what the 4th Phase is feeling after the Bears lost to the Seahawks in what could be the last home game of this season:
— Paul (@pdlopez)
— C. A. Romero (@crome8150)
Hanie SUCKS. #4thphase did I win best tweet during the game?
— aloha_aguilar (@aloha_aguilar)
As depressed as most Bears fans are about this lost, the reality is that the Bears still have an outside chance at the playoffs. The Bears will have to beat the Packers and the Vikings while the Lions will have to lose both of their games and the Seahawks would have to lose one of their remaining two games.