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Plenty of Blame to Go Around as Bears Fall to Seahawks 23-20

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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The Seahawks stunned the Bears 23-20 (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

The Bears fell into a false sense of security.  I don't know if it was the win over the Panthers or the idea that Jay Cutler was coming back, but the Bears came into Soldier Field with a sense of entitlement, a sense that all they needed to do was show up and the Seahawks would just lay down for three hours a head back to Washington state with their tails between their legs.

There is plenty of blame to go around in this loss.  The offense is still completely clueless.  They failed to convert a third down, going 0-12 for the day and 3-40 in their last three games.  That isn't exactly a winning formula.


Even between the offense, there's plenty of blame to go around.  Is it the offensive line?  They certainly play a part.  But it's hard to say who is to blame.  With so many different combinations of players, it's like trying to hit a moving target.  When in doubt, blame Mike Tice, the Rod Marinelli of the 2010. How has he coached this unit up?  What has he done to make chicken shit into chicken salad?  Have them hit the blocking sled

How about Jay Cutler?  He shares a decent chunk of the blame.  It's easy to paint him as the victim here.  He is the guy who is getting bumped and bruised and tossed around like a rag doll.  But he's got to get the ball out quicker.  He has to be more decisive.  He can't keep winding up looking for the home run ball every time. 

The evil genius behind it all is Mike Martz.  He is the guy who calls the plays.  In Sunday's loss, 12 runs to 47 passes.  Balance much?  He is the guy who keeps calling 7-step drops and putting Cutler in harm's way. 

But the guy at the top, the guy who has final say of the product on the field?  Yup - it's Lovie Smith.  Besides putting his rubber stamp on the finished product, he calls the shots on the defense, a defense that continues to get shredded by veteran quarterbacks.

At the beginning of this post, I talked about how the Bears fell into a false sense of security.  They weren't the only ones to fall into a false sense of security.  I did too.  I started to believe all of the media hype and abandoned my post at the front of the FIRE LOVIE SMITH bandwagon. It's time to light the torches back up.   One of the themes this season has been accountability.  After a loss like that, it's time to hold the man at the top accountable!



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johcoh said:

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The Bears need a coaching staff that knows how to lead. Someone that knows how to make in game adjustments. Martz is a brilliant offensive mind, however, he has proven over and over again he is not a true leader. You don't lead by stubbornly refusing to adjust. Lovie Smith is the same. Useless, stubborn jackass! Run the damn ball! 12 running plays. A true leader puts his team in position to win. If the other team knows you are going to pass and your offensive line is bad why don't you pass the ball 40 times. Maybe the running game would not have made a difference, but it would be nice to know for sure, before we get our starting QB killed. His career could be on the line with the amount of hits he is taking. He'll be shell shocked by the time this season is over. I don't know Lovie Smith the man, but I HATE Lovie Smith the coach.

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