With the Bears now out of playoff picture, most want to point the blame. It's easy to blame Jerry Angelo for assembling the roster. It's easy to point the finger at Lovie Smith for his commitment to the Cover 2. How about Mike Martz and his offensive play calling during the five game slide? What about Roy Williams for not catching that "big brown thing" against the Chiefs... or Marion Barber and his mistakes versus the Broncos? While we're at it, why don't we just blame the McCaskey's?
While it's easy to point the blame at someone, we shouldn't. The Bears were struck with the injury bug and we should look no further than that.
Some want to compare the Bears injuries this season to the Packers injuries last season when they won the Super Bowl. You can't.
The Bears lost their two best offensive players, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. Both combined for nearly all the offensive snaps. If the Packers lost Aaron Rodgers, there's no way they're making it to the Super Bowl and winning it. While the Packers lost Ryan Grant last season too, Grant was not as important to the Packers as Forte is with the Bears.
What about the Bears commitment to Caleb Hanie? Be honest with yourselves, if the Bears let Hanie walk last offseason, fans would've formed an Occupy Halas Hall movement before occupying anything was the thing to do for unhappy people to do. We were all impressed by Hanie's performance in the NFC Championship game. We all thought with a little more preparation he would be ready to go if Cutler were to ever go down. We were all surprised Hanie was that bad.
No matter what's said, Angelo will get the brunt of the blame. The Bears were 7-3 before Cutler went down. You can blame Angelo's draft picks in recent years that led to the collapse but the reality is the current roster that Angelo assembled had the Bears in line to earn a second consecutive playoff berth. It's also a roster with five Pro Bowlers and two alternates. Not matter what arguments you come up with solely blaming Angelo or anyone on the coaching staff, the collapse was attributed to the loss of one player.