Six months ago, if you told me that the Bears could be 9-7 and in the playoffs, I would have said that the Bears overachieved this year. Looking back at the season, its hard to imagine that this season can be coined a success even if Jay Cutler and the Bears beat the Packers. The evolution of the offense has been nothing short of spectacular. I must give credit where credit is due, but its impact was completely neutralized when you look at how bad the defense became. I never expected the Bears defense to remain in the top 3 in the NFL because the defense is aging, but I never for a moment expected that the defense would be 29th in the NFL.
They can't stop the run. Even I could run for 100 yards. I'm almost certain that any running back in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Game could go off for 100 yards and I don't even know who is playing in that game.
The Bears should not be in a position where they need to win to get in. There should be no reason why they lost to the Redskins, the Rams, the Vikings, the Lions (twice). yet they did. The common denominator in those losses were an atrocious defense. Yes, in some games the offense was not there, but the defense did not help the team.
For the Bears, this is what is at stake: 1 draft spot. Thats really what separates the Bears and Packers currently in the draft order. For the Packers, they could win and go on to the Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers. The Bears defense is so bad that they could win on Sunday and they are just going to get embarrassed the following week by the 49ers. I have no faith in this defense, its pathetic.
Jay Cutlers legacy is supposedly on the line here this Sunday, but one game isn't going to define him. Win or lose, Jay will be back to lead this team next year. Not McCown or any rookie in this upcoming draft. Jay's legacy will be defined when he no longer plays for the Bears. While he is a free agent, I don't see any situation that he is not in a Bears uniform next year.
The Bears very well could win on Sunday and I am picking them to win. I want them to win, but in reality, a win doesn't mean much. This defense is too shoddy for this team to make a run at a Super Bowl. I've started thinking about next year and if Phil Emery can do to the defense what he did to the offense this past offseason, the Bears will be a force to be reckoned with for the next few years. I do not expect that the Mel Tucker will be fired after this year. With an aging defense, I think he will be spared. He did not have the personnel that he needed to be successful. Since he has coached in a 3-4 defense in the past and this off-season representing a transition year for the Bears defense. I do wonder if they will make that transition to a 3-4. This would rescue the Shea McClellin pick. This will be a busy offseason for the Bears.
In Emery we trust
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