The Arrogance of Mediocrity

I just watched Lovie Smith's press conference following the loss to Minnesota and one thing became very, very clear: Lovie Smith has no clue what the hell is going on with this team.  He mentioned "hanging his hat on" what the team did successfully in their four wins - one against a decent team and reiterated the tired refrain, "we're a good football team".

 

I then read Brian Urlacher's quote from Yahoo! Sports:

"Look, I love Jay, and I understand he's a great player who can take us a long way, and I still have faith in him," Urlacher said. "But I hate the way our identity has changed. We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we'd rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win. Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that's the truth."

And now I understand it.  The Bears - players and coaches and front office - don't realize how successful they have not been as an organization.  Be honest.  What has this team accomplished this decade?  Lovie Smith has made the playoffs twice as a head coach and was brutally outcoached in four of the five playoff games.  Brian Urlacher is 2-3 in playoff games, including two defensive embarrassments during those years where we apparently wore teams down.  These guys are clinging to a non-existent glory period that has given them a completely false sense of arrogance on the field.  

 

Is Urlacher really blaming Cutler for a lack of running game?  Not his buddy Olin Kreutz?  Not the rest of the putrid offensive line or the coordinator?  Of course he is because Jay's an easy target.  He's turned the ball over way too much and looked lost at times.  But the Bears have only abandoned the run in games for two reasons: (1) It hasn't worked and (2) The defense is very fond of allowing thirty points a half these days.

 

The formula has not worked.  Not the Lovie Smith formula.  Not the Brian Urlacher formula.  Not the Jerry Angelo formula.  And the sooner the McCaskey family come to that understanding, the sooner the Bears can begin the process of bringing in a proven formula.  A player selector with a track record of selecting good players.  A coach with a track record of beating good ballclubs in January.  A player who doesn't wax poetic about the glory days of watching Steve Smith break records against his unit at Soldier Field.

 

6-10 is becoming the reality of 2009.  The Bears will not beat hungry Baltimore, Green Bay or Minnesota teams down the stretch.  (Although the only possible saving graces of this year would be keeping the Pack from the postseason with an inspired effort at home or keeping Minnesota from home field.)  That will put the Bears at 22-26 since the Super Bowl.  But don't forget...they're a good football team.               

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  • Brian Urlacher might have gone a little crazy. The Bears haven't had a decent running game since Sweetness. We also haven't been able to rely on our defense in a while either. I think Brian needs to wake up and realize its been a while since that Super Bowl and the Bears having a defense that could get things done.

    It becomes more and more evident as the years go on that the issue is not the talent that we have. It is the coaching.
    Jay Cutler goes from Pro-Bowl to Fantasy Football Nightmare. Perhaps Rex Grossman wasn't as bad as we thought, of course you fumble when you get sacked every second. Cedric Benson couldn't run a lick in Chicago, he shows up in Cincy and runs straight up our asses. These aren't coincidences, our coaching staff isn't good. We need someone to come in and teach our O-line how to block and set up the run. We need someone to work with our Q and tell him to settle down. We need someone to come in and rebuild (yep, you heard it) our defense. We need someone to bring some life to our offense. And we need someone who to come in and start to get players that we need instead of old timers like Orlando Pace.

  • In reply to kow613:

    Nuts....I hate the idea of the Bears(one of the most storied franchises in the NFL) being a rebuilding project. How did we come to this?...again. Why can't Chicago take some pointers from the Colts, Pats, and Steelers? Why is it so hard for the McCaskeys to make a commitment to winning in the greatest football city in the world? Chicago needs an ass kicker calling the shots. Someone that isnt afraid to call out the slackers and seperate the wheat from the chaff. Chicago doesn't play well for the nice guys. They need a mean son of a bitch that isnt afraid to spray some spit while breathing a nasty ass breath on some dumb son of a bitches face for blowing their assignment.

    There's only one name that comes to mind. Ditka....Ditka....Ditka....Ditka

  • I am so sad. And angry. I guess demoralized is a good word. If they don't change something now, then I'm not sure I care anymore (at least until they do.) I put a lot of effort into my rooting for my squad, and I'm tired of caring when it seems like none of them do.

  • Jeff-

    GREAT POST...seriously...You are DEAD ON. Further evidence of this ignorance is the "we are a running team" and the "we rely on our defense" comments...its like they are completely clueless. I think Aikman said it best yesterday when he said "this defense is not as good as some within the organization would like to believe"...

    One thought possibly for a futher post:

    What is your most immediate concern? Player wise... with SO many holes, we clearly are not going to be able to fix all of them, so where do you start and how? (without draft picks).

  • I am saving my game plan for tomorrow. But I'm cutting ties with a group of players, including some I quite like. I think the offense is not very far off. I think the defense needs specific help.

  • "The Bears haven't had a decent running game since Sweetness."
    Uh, let's not get carried away and post unsupported assertions like THAT one, kow613.

    FYI:
    Since 1998 the Bears, as a team, have rushed for over 1600 yards in a season (100+ per game) on SEVEN occassions including four 1700+ yard seasons, one 1900+ season and one 2000+ season. Also in that span they have had 6 running backs top the 1,000 yard mark and Thomas Jones racked up 948 in 2004 while missing 2 games. Additionally, Walter's successor, Neal Anderson, turned in consecutive seasons of 1106, 1275 and 1078 yards. The third one also in only 14 games.

    True, the Bears currently do not have a running game but to claim they haven't run the ball since Walter Payton retired is, to put it kindly, a gross overstatement.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yup...I just wanted to say that Neal Anderson was underrated.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Angelo cannot evaluate talent anymore.

    From what I saw on Sunday, Pace got thrown around like a ragdoll.

    And maybe he'll get better next year, but so far Gaines Adams trade looks like a wasted 2nd round pick.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    By the way, I was referred to as "what's wrong with the internet" for merely questioning the trade after Adams first game. I was all for it to begin with...but then I read and saw that he has the body of a damn wide receiver when our defensive line is already undersized. Plus he's slow. WTF was Angelo thinking ?

    Adams needs to get back in the weight room or something.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Umm Urlacher.. we have no Oline to even fuckin run the ball, Our offensive play calling consists of 5 plays, and Your defense hasnt been the greatest since 06. Urlacher is just high from all his pain medicine. what an idiot...I swear this team has no fucking innovation or creativity...everything has to be simple and basic.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Brian Urlacher can follow in the footsteps of Zach Thomas and Junior Seau to New England. We can package a deal with Hester included that could land us a # 1 pick...just not the one they got from Oakland...

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    HH did NOT have a great game; he was completely lost in coverage and stripped the ball when 3 other guys had AP stood up. We're not talking Peanut-style forced turnovers, so don't get it twisted.
    Hillenmeyer is an underweight SAM who, while a huge step up from "Baby Ruth" Nick Roach, is not even close to being Urlacher's replacement. He's not fast enough sideline to sideline, and he sure as hell doesn't close gaps, even when unblocked. But, he's all we got at MLB for the time being.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hillenmeyer blows. Handed that TD to McCoy on a silver platter - he's terrible.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Cowher looks a done deal ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW3HI9eDr00

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Nuts....I hate the idea of the Bears(one of the most storied franchises in the NFL) being a rebuilding project. How did we come to this?...again. Why can't Chicago take some pointers from the Colts, Pats, and Steelers? Why is it so hard for the McCaskeys to make a commitment to winning in the greatest football city in the world? Chicago needs an ass kicker calling the shots. Someone that isnt afraid to call out the slackers and seperate the wheat from the chaff. Chicago doesn't play well for the nice guys. They need a mean son of a bitch that isnt afraid to spray some spit while breathing a nasty ass breath on some dumb son of a bitches face for blowing their assignment.

    There's only one name that comes to mind. Ditka....Ditka....Ditka....Ditka

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn. I sure hope our boy Roy is reading the tea leaves and not smoking them. I really don't want to wait until January 4 for a new coach. I want Lovie's dumb ass off this team today! But if it means having Bill Cowher as our coach I'll try to be patient.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If Brian Urlacher prefers Kyle Orton to Jay them maybe we can arrange to trade his dumb ass to Denver and get some of our draft picks back. If he thinks that the only thing wrong with this team is the offense he is clearly delusional. Brian, try putting away the 2006 game films and taking a look at 2008 or 2009 games. Then tell me how our defense "keeps us in the game and makes big plays".

    Fuck!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You know Urlacher called Cutler a pussy,then he did'nt have the balls to admit it.That's the guy i want as my leader.If anybody thinks for a minute we cant lose to Detroit,just replay Sunday's game in your mind.

    That is how bad it is.

    Urlacher is a legend in his own mind, a very good player in his day,but not Singeltary,or Butkus by a long shot.

    I can not believe what has happened to this team,total chaos.

    We are now,Oakland,K.C.or Buffalo,can it get worse?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That comment is stupid. Watch the damn play! HH stopped AP, and before anyone stepped in to help, had stripped the ball. Just because you don't like him is no reason to lie about the play.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Let's not get carried away now with 6-10. I live in Michigan, and if the Bears play like they have been, the Lions will kick their asses up and down the field.....oh God I just puked in my mouth a little bit.....Fire the bums already!

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    It's been a bad season, but no need for silly talk like losing to the Lions ...

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    "Speaking Monday to reporters in Minnesota, Vikings coach Brad Childress called the(vikings) play total "college numbers." Childress added: "Those are college numbers. Those are really how much you get in college. Typically in the NFL, you

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    This is what I felt like after the game ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX4ox7aX_wc

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    I watched the game on my TiVo and was shocked at how much of a pussy Gaines Adams is. A defensive end is supposed to attack the corner like a fucking rabid dog. Gaines plays tentative and with no ferocity. it was sad to watch boys.

    It is also shocking how little the McCaskey's care about winning. Until they sell the team, get rid of Phillips, Angelo and the core coaching staff or all die suddenly, the Bears will limp along like the Hawks under Bill "i fucking ruined hockey in Chicago for a decade" Wirtz. BILL WIRTZ HAD TO DIE FOR THE HAWKS TO BECOME A SERIOUS ORGANIZATION AGAIN.

    The McCaskey family doesn't know football, Ted Phillips is a fucking accountant. He hired Angelo using a Head Hunting firm? Are you fucking kidding me? They don't know football. The Bears have been mired in mediocrity for so long that we didn't even realize how bad it was until now. Ownership must change before this team rebuilds. I am so fucking pissed right now.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    PS, i was wrong about Adams and i fully admit it. i thought we were getting the badass athletic freak from college but we got the soft, spoiled mega millionaire pussy version that has 13 million in his checking account and 1/20th of Jared Allen's intensity. That white trash hillbilly motherfucker.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    So Brian, you mean you *did* say Cutler was a pussy....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    And that's it in a nutshell. We could be anally-abused as fans for a long time to come. Still love my Bears though, can't wait for next year.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Jeff-you hit the proverbial nail on the head. The defense hasn't been good since the superbowl, even then, I wouldn't say they were stout 'd'. A lot of turnovers that year and Hester gone crazy contributed to the Bears championship game. In spite of Lovie, the team got there where he was overmatched by Dungy and continues to get overmatched by opposing coaches. Yes, the "D" is in a dismal state and has been for the last 3 years. Urlacher and Lovie continue to live in 'denial' and until someone from the Bears organization (ie McCaskey) figures that out, we will continue in mediocrity. They've lost their identity and its time for a new regime...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Albert - I was going to comment on kow613's post until I read yours. I would say that we haven't had a dominating running game in many years, but in fairness, there were many years when it was decent, or more than decent. The Bears HAVE to trade Hester or whoever they can (maybe Urlacher, who helped poison the team against Benson) in order to get some draft picks. Trade UP not down to get dominant players, and fix the o-line. Its going to take two or three years, even if everything falls their way, but they can get a second rounder for Urlacher and, who knows, maybe a 1st for Hester if a team thinks they can turn him back into a dominant return man. We free up millions, and start rebuilding. There are no other options.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jeff - I love the headline. The Arrogence of Mediocrity. Sums it all up well. "Trust Me" Lovie said. And this is what they have become. Mediocre at best, and proud of it. The glass half full stuff is sickening. I swear the man really spends no time being critical. I've yet to hear a player say "Lovie is sick of all this and let us know it." Insted it's looking at the positve AT THE EXPENSE OF trying to identify and fix problems. The results speak for themselves. That's a head coach job and he's failed.

    Urlacher's comments were arrogent too, but there is one thing I hope Jay realizes. He is in danger of being considered a LOSER around the league. He has had way too many bad performances to be considered a tough comeptitor. Sure - he's taking sacks and hits and he's tough that way. But not mentally game tough. The INTs are a sign of that, as are the misses of open receivers. He can't help the bad line play - but the other things shows that in a game he can't shake that off and do whatever he CAN control.

    Look at it this way. Aaron Rogers is getting sacked something like 5 a game or more. Yet his INTs are relatively low and his passer rating is high. OK - better receivers I know. But the point is, if Cutler were mentally tougher, he'd cut back on the INTs and hit the plays when they are there. It's a problem and as the season winds down to oblivion, I hope he doesn't degenerate further.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    kennyd, i'm pretty sure Cutler is not tanking on purpose...i'm not purchasing your conspiracy theory. This team has been fistfucked, in the asshole by Jerry Angelo plain and simple. No lube.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    You can count on Da Coach for the porno talk. Go coach!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    "The Arrogance of Mediocrity."

    Sigh.

    The problem with arrogant people, like the Bear Brain Trust, is that they are the VERY LAST ONES to realize that they ARE arrogant. For example..

    "Coach Lovie Smith did not rule out giving right tackle Chris Williams a shot at his natural left-tackle spot if Pace is sidelined..." --V.McClure, today's Trib.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-01-bears-bits-chicago-dec01,0,6780372.story

    Say WHAT?!

    Why, at this point in time, is there even any QUESTION about moving Williams to Left Tackle?

    Could the offensive line's performance possibly be any WORSE than it has been to date?!

    I know, I know. Lovie just doesn't want to tip his hand to the VAUNTED St. Louis Rams.

    Question: "Why do you keep hitting yourself in the head with
    that hammer?"

    Answer: "Because it feels so good when I stop".

    An old joke, but it seems apropos to the Bears' 2009 season.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    MB30SD, agree with your lists and the mixed feelings on Urlacher. I have his jersey, along with thousands of fans, but I'm not so proud to wear it anymore as I used to be. I think he's gotten by a lot on his freakish speed and size, but Briggs is the real linebacker. He's the only blue-chip defensive player we have, and maybe the only one on the whole team other than Robbie Gould. Those guys are clutch.
    What I'd like to see from Cutler, regardless of the team around him, is a passion for winning and the work ethic to get there. Sure, Peyton has all the tools, but what makes him great is his competitive spirit and freakish capacity to watch film and figure things out. The vibe I get from Cutler is, it's not working, so I'll just shrug my shoulders, yell at a couple of officials, and pout. I'd like to know how much time he spends with the receivers going over routes and how much film he really watches, both of himself and opposing defenses. That's maturity, and I hope Cutler and the rest of the players get introduced to it by a new task master head coach.
    Insanity = doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This is exactly the shit that makes me fucking sick. I know the Saints had the inside line on this guy, but for fuck sake, can we please employ SOMEONE that can make shit like this happen for us for christ sake.

    The headline reads: "Here is the most amazing part about the Saints' emphatic victory over the Pats, writes Peter King. New Orleans' defensive star of the game was desperate for a job just 12 days ago"

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/12/01/mail/index.html?eref=sihp

    I mean, Jebus damn it! Someone in the head office do fucking something... anyfuckingthing!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Lovie's only been in 4 playoff games with the Bears (including the Superbowl). Carolina, Seattle, New Orleans, and Indianapolis, and he's 2-2.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I don't know what Urlacher has been smoking because the elite teams in the NFL aren't "running off the bus" these days. The only elite team with a running back that has greater than 1,000 rushing yards right now is Minnesota with Adrian Peterson. All others are blessed with talented quarterbacks with a vertical passing game and can score in bunches. We've got the right quarterback. Let's put the right team around him.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I agree with the posts about moving Hester back to return duty only. He's been servicable as a WR however at the end of the day, he scored more as a returner (11 career TD's) than as a WR (8 career TD receptions). Only Lovie could take the best weapon in football in 2006 and turn him into an average player 3 yrs later.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ChicagoDave43, you will note that in the course of refuting kow613's statement I did not trumpet any Bear's running "dominance".
    I did not even use last year's running game as an example either for while Forte rolled up 1200+ yards his average per carry was less than 4 yards and we all know the running game was unreliable
    for the last half of the season and stink-out-loud bad in crucial short yardage situations.

    The tragedy these days is that we don't need a DOMINANT running game. Just a solid, reliable one to go with what SHOULD be a dangerous, stretch the field, strike from anywhere, passing attack.

    None of that is possible with what is obviously a bottom tier offensive line. Arguably the worst offensive line in the league.

    Call for all the fixes you want but NOTHING can or will be fixed until that offensive line isand as I mentioned above, I am afriad that is more than a 1 off-season process.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Did you see what the Saints did to the Patsies last night? That Saint's defense isn't "dominant", but they added a proven defensive playmaker in Darren Sharper (did Kevin Faulk ever come back in after Sharper tattoed him?) and they don't spend 40 to 45 minutes on the field because they protect their QB so he can make life hell for the opponent's defense. Even the evil genius, Bill Belicheat, didn't have any answers last nightand chose discretion over valor at the end so the Saints didn't lay 40 on his boys.

    I WILL be interested to see if the Saints suffer a let down this week against the Redskins.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Alas, Sherman The Shark was wrong...
    http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/shermans.asp?date=20091129

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Place the blame on Bear ownership and management. Winning starts with a good GM who hires the right coach and staff, and drafts or acquires talent. Jim Finks as GM drafted the 1985 Super Bowl team talent, and Ron Wolf did the same for the Packers. Angelo has failed the Bears. Why did he look elsewhere for coaches when people like Singletary,Fischer,Frazier, and Rivera came from the organization?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/01/fisher-could-have-refused-switch-from-collins-to-young/

    If Jeff Fisher is trying to get out of Tennessee, that would be amazing. He's my favorite coach in the sport.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Congrats Jeff on the Red Eye article, read it on the way to work today. Finally, there is someone besides R0cK in this town that knows their bears. This is going to be a long grueling grind getting back to where we should be. At this point, I still think Lovie has his job for next year and Turner is the lamb. Unfortunately, I say Lovie only gets fired if he loses both to the Lions and Rams. I think the McCaskey's leaked to Hub that they were looking at other coaches interest just to quiet down the fans and appease the local media. I don't think they are serious about going and getting a Cowher or Shanahan type guy.

    The comments by Urlacher make me sick. Why the fuck would you say something like that at this point in time. This is NOT your team anymore, your defense is one of the worst in the league, and your free filet mignon days at Gibsons are coming to end soon you limp wristed jealous bitch. I don't care if this guy is on the team next year. What a dumb and selfish fucking thing to say when your team is unraveling. Go party with Piven and Vince Vaughn and don't come back. Thanks, you didn't come close to living up to the Singeltary or Butkus MLB status. But, I'm glad that you were in your best playing shape going into the season....you d-bag.

    I disagree with you Jeff. I don't think there is enough talent on either side of the ball. Maybe we have a couple just above average specialty and position players, but that's all I see. I say that from a biased Bears fan perspective too. This team needs to get their offensive and defensive lines corrected before anything else. As we know, that's where games are won or lost.

    We need a pass rusher most importantly. Someone that can get to the quarterback. I'm so done with Wale. He is a nice head piece and says all the right things, but he plays like the pussy prince that he is. Alex Brown can stay, but hoping that Adams will add 50 pounds of muscle in the off-season isn't going to cut it. I'm still holding out on judging Adams until I see him play consistently. He is a fucking stick figure though.

    Chris Williams moving to the left tackle, like most of the people on here were calling for. Yipdie fucking doo. There's talk Beekman will take Kreutz's center position. Besides those two guys and maybe Garza (who might have a year or two left in him), the O-line needs revamping. Shaeffer is just as bad as Pace. And, I expect to see Omilaye starting next year because of the money...Nice move Jerry. That guy is on you. That's all for now.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    On the coaching issue...I sure hope the Bears fire Lovie and all the assistants minus Toub. Some of the coaches being named as possible hires scare me, though. I don't see how anyone could possibly want Gruden. He did nothing in Tampa Bay. He won a SB in his first season with Dungy's team. Once he had to keep it going and replace talent, everything fell apart, and you see where the Bucs are now. The same as the Bears. A team that used to have a good defense that played a once-potent Cover 2 scheme that has long been exposed. Gruden would be the same as what we have now, just with more screaming and Chucky doll faces.
    Jeff, I know you're high on Jeff Fisher, and I like the guy, too, but what has he really done in Tennessee? They went to one SB and lost, like the Bears. They went 13-3 last year and flamed out in the first playoff game, like the Bears in 01 and 05. They are playing well now, but only after the owner pushed Fisher to start Young. He was going to stick with Collins and maybe win four games this season. They're still not making the playoffs.
    As for Charlie Weis in any capacity...NO. We already have people with no skills and bloated egos.
    My preference would be to get Cowher or Shanahan. They've won SBs and also had more consistent success over long periods of time.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    On Cutler...just a thought, but most Bears fans seemed to automatically put Cutler in the same class as Peyton, Brady, Brees, Rothlisberger, etc. We keep hearing "Pro Bowl" QB. He was in one Pro Bowl. Wasn't Derek Anderson in a Pro Bowl? Not saying he can't be great, just saying making one Pro Bowl doesn't necessarily guarantee future consistent success like Peyton or Brady have done. Cutler may have the arm, but he's got a LONG way to go before he's a top-5 or even top-10 quarterback in this league. I know the line is awful, the running game is nowhere to be found, and the defense routinely gives up 300+ yards and 30+ points. Still, Cutler hasn't shown the leadership, class, discipline, decision-making or a drive for success that we see from the big boy QBs. He blames the refs and receivers and Mother Teresa when things don't go well. He misses wide open receivers when he does have time. He throws some ridiculous passes into triple coverage when he should throw it away or take a sack. I hope with a new coach who can use his talent, he will develop maturity and a lead-by-example mentality, but as for now, that remains to be seen.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Crown, what did they put in RedEye?

  • I understand they left all the doors and windows to the Metrodome open all last night and the place STILL smells like Bear dung.

  • I don't think you can start talking about roster moves until you establish who's going to be coaching and what the scheme is on both sides of the ball.

  • I mean really, does BU making such a statement surprise anyone? "Brian's team" was threatened with a transition to "Jay's team". And you can be DAMN sure Urlacher did not like THAT idea.

    I've always respected the guy as a football player, but other than that he is really not got much going for him.

  • Urlacher continues to be an idiot. He is absolutely blaming Cutler instead of guys like Olin Kruetz for the lack of running game. And btw, his defense has sucked now for three straight seasons, and crapped the bed in the superbowl.

  • Jeff. Great post, well written... and i hate that we have to even talk about it. This season is ruined, awful, shit.

    Who needs to go? This beast needs to be cut off at the head. Start with Jerry "i look like a hobbit" angleo. Then Lovie. Then Turner. Maybe keep Rod, try to keep Toub.

    Who do you bring in. ANYBODY. this team has more talent than any other 4 win team. We just have shit game plans, no heart, and shit execution. That all amounts to crappy coaching. False starts, 12 men on the field, lining up in the neutral zone, illegal substitutions... this happens multiple times every game. Just pure shit coaching. Look at McDaniels in denver. His team commits 3 false starts in the redzone and the NFL network has to bleep out his ass chewing to the O. Lovie just stands there and looks retarded.

    As for player changes, our hands are tied. But in an ideal world:
    Anyone on this D who does not play LB needs to be evaluated. Peanut is the one bring spot in the secondary... thats it.

    HH played a great game. We would be fucked more without him. Briggs, Urlacher, Williams, Roach... good core guys.

    The D line is awful, in every way. Attitude, skill, etc. We keep tommie harris because he is getting paid so much. everyone else I could leave or take. Gains adams? wtf? wasted 2nd round pick.

    On O:

    Williams goes to LT. Schffer to RT. Olin retires. Our guards suck, but you can't replace a whole OL in one year... much less 5.

    WR: I'd just like to see hester moved back to PR/KR ONLY. Leave knox and benett on the field to grow up. Lets look at our other 3 WR's for fucks sakes. hester is NOT the answer, never was.

    We miss D. Clark at TE. Otherwise good group.

    RB. We need a 2nd RB. Period. Either let Bell have a shot or hope jones comes back. Figure this out.

    FB. do we even have one?

    QB. Jake is the man, like it or not, for 3-5 years. and im ok with that.

    if ND can fire Weiss with 12 million left on his contract, why can't we? the bears have the cash. This town deserves better. Comon.

  • I have to question whether you can revamp an O-line as bad as this one appears to be in only ONE off-season.

  • I would like to see Lance Louis play. The only reason he is on the 53 man roster is because the BT thought he would get plucked from the Practice Squad.

    I have seen enough of Beekman, Garza and Omiyale to know we must look elswhere.

  • Dang, Max is really serious if he's letting Rash go ... It's sad where this team has taken us as fans

  • with a coaching change, i PRAY they keep Pisa (because look at it....if he's healthy, he's a helluva run stopper). when he was in, Michael Turner wasn't doing SHIT against us in Atlanta. With Urlacher, Pisa, & Briggs at the helm of the LB core, that's a great building block on the defensive side. Keep Peanut, investigate corners, and let's get the clockin' for the future.

    and FINALLY, get a QB coach that knows what the fuck to say to Cutty when he's fuckin' up. remember: he was 4 games away from goin' to the playoffs in Denver before a complete clusterfuck by that defense. Still a believer that in Jay's 3rd year, we'll be SB bound....just depends on if the McCheapsky's will make the moves to make it happen.

    BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • You know what,Fuck Brian Urlacher.This guy aint done shit for 3 years,but piss and moan, cry about contracts HE signed,and stir up bullshit.He has gotten too many passes from the media and the fans.

    What he does'nt like is Cutler pissed on his fire hydrant at Halas Hall.He could have had Chicago in the palm of his hand for the rest of his life,instead this immature asshole is going to get his ass run out of town with a few more aging players if we get the right head coach.

    This defense since the Superbowl has been in a slow death spiral.Urlacher included. He has not even been the best player on this defense for a few years. Briggs holds that title.

    Urlacher needs to shut his pie-hole and play football.Period.

  • Yeah, sell it to US !!! I've got eh ... let's see here ... $2.34 ... fuckit, that gets me Juaquin Iglesias at least.

  • Cowher is an interesting prospect. Maybe we could have Ditka come back as a motivational speaker....

  • My beloved Bears still had me transfixed all the way up to the end of the Vikings debacle. When Favre was standing there, and I believed him, truly amazed at the performance they turned in (in yards, TDs, etc.) that's when I knew the world had ended. Go back and look at that interview; he's like 'yeah, I can't believe it' when discussing how many yards he got - but what he really meant is that he can't believe how badly the Bears sucked. He said it at least twice, maybe three times. I almost hurled.

    Yeah, we could lose to Detroit. Easy.

  • Brian got blocked and over ran this one too.......There are MANY holes in the ship. But the main problem is the anchor affixed to it. And it is McCaskey. I watched that Fave interview. He really tried not to be disrespectful. He gave it away though.

  • I absolutely love just about all the Comments I've read here this morning. FINALLY, people are starting to see what I've seen and been saying for about the past 3 seasons or more.

    I'll just say this...I knew something was wrong, when we were ready to throw Kyle Orton under the bus after having one of the best Rookie seasons for a QB ever (and yes, I know...the Defense won most of those games, blah, blah, blah)...regardless, in principal, you just don't give up on that and put another QB in (in this case Rex)...you build on that. Now we have gone progressively in reverse and it's immensely difficult to troubleshoot and improve when you have so many inter-connected inefficiencies and problems.

    Then secondly, I was done when I heard Lovie's game plan the night before the Superbowl. Am I the only one in Chicago who caught that???? Please tell me some of you guys caught that?? They asked Dungy his game plan/strategy and he basically said he was gonna see what the Bears were giving them and then build their game plan around that (and that's EXACTLY what they did and 7 yd passed us to death in the Superbowl)...then Lovie's response was something super simple to the effect of "we're gonna run"...like he always says (and I might be wrong but I think this was even when they had the two of them sitting next to each other in the historic interview segment). I was sitting there watching this crap on Sportscenter, like "Really? ...that's your response to this genius coach you're up against". I thought to myself "Self, maybe Lovie just said that and doesn't mean it, ya know... to not show his hand". And then I watched that god awful game. Inability to make adjustments, predictable play-calling...and did anyone else notice the catastrophic equipment failure? I'm a former Big Ten corner/safety, so I guess maybe it's just something I've always paid super close attention to because I relied on my footing and speed...but choice of CLEATS. How many times did we slip on passes, missed tackles, blocks - on both sides of the ball???

    Bottom line: The McCaskeys need to put someone in charge who knows Football, because it's quite obvious no one in that organization does.

    ps - One more food for thought tidbit..this is a little sensitive and maybe even taboo...but I used to read and rob QBs like it was my job (wait, it WAS my job)...and I noticed something about 2 games ago. Has it occurred to anyone that Cutler may be purposely yucking it up a little extra...so that it becomes unavoidably obvious what the REAL problem is (ie. the coaching, system and culture)? ;) I have a theory...and there's game film to back it up, if you look closely! Just saying...it may be the only thing that forces the Bears to get rid of Lovie, Turner and even Ang...so my hat's off to Jay if I'm right...it's all he can really do.

  • I dont care if we lose all the rest of our games it it means getting rid of LS,JA,RT!!

    I hate to say that but things have to change and it starts with the coaches!!

  • "The Arrogance of Mediocrity"..thats a good and relevant title to leadership in the Bears' organization. Another might be "Apathy to Fans' as long as Revenue Sharing Exists".

    Has there EVER been any motivation for the McCaskey's to produce a culture of winning and winning championships? Dont fall for the existence of free agency and roster turnover as an excuse that dynasties dont exist anymore, look at the Patriots as an example.

    I have come to the conclusion, that the family who owns the Bears does not care about their team..the family will get paid with the TV money, and to a lesser extent money from ticket holders, and buyers of Bears merchandise..so where is THEIR motivation to spend any more than they have to, to make this team in the image of their deceased father/grandpa, Papa Bear Halas?

    There is NO movtivation for them, none!. They will get paid for the least amount of work that they can, and going the many extra miles it takes to make a culture of championship is against their human nature. Meanwhile the McCaskey clan will continue to prey upon yours and my loyalty to the team with this 'do as little' attitude.

    As for myself? I will NEVER give up on the Bears, but I have had it with the organization from the top down to the coaching staff, and refuse to sink another penny into the organization as a whole. Until the entire Bears nation fan base starts doing this, essentially a boycott, absolutely nothing will get changed that makes a difference in the LOSING culture this arrogant, mediocre ownership shows us, year after year after year.. :/

  • we've become the aint's lets just hope we can bring somebody in like sean peyton that can turn it around in 4 short yrs.

  • Not many. Everybody can see he's a pussy with a wrist injury, and the whole NFL knows his back his shot too.

  • BF, completely agree with you re: both your posts above.

    Anyway, after a couple days of really strong banter here, I'm still left feeling unfulfilled and nervous about what our future holds. Sure, this could very well be a historic time for the Bears IF we take opportunity by the marble bags and drastically maneuver to change our current direction, but given history and the people piloting this ship

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn good list MB. I agree with every single item which is pretty amazing. The question is, not do we think this organization will make the kind of sweeping change stated here, but do they even think that they need to do so. If everyone in the organization thinks like Lovie does that "we're a good football team" then we are doomed to years of not just mediocre, but downright awful performance.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great list - feeling all of that. Regarding Iglesias, I'd reverse (one of many) Angelo's decision to boot Rideau and keep Iglesias. Large manly veteran bodies at WR please. I want to see at least three significant buys in FA. Aforementioned monster receiver. Julius Peppers, Elvis Dumervil, or Casey Hampton. A left guard. Trade Olsen while he's still young and dumb. Why did Cutler have such a boner for his worst receiver ? Only trade Urlacher and his big fat dumb mouth for a first rounder or more (draft Sean Weatherspoon). If Hester isn't going to be utilised on ST then trade his famous ass because he's not beastly enough to be the man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No to pour more petrol on the fire that is Lovie Smith, but did I read yesterday that he said in response to Urlacher's brain freeze that player's have emotions and speak their minds and "there's nothing I can do about that." WTF ? Uber groan. Nothing you can DO ? F**k off.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck it. Let's burn thsi bithc down .... the game on Sunday was the fourth (or fifth?) time that the Bears' organization failed to gain a rushing first down in its history. Two of those on lovie's watch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I love this post. I have been reading for awhile now and don't post very often. But I think this sums up how I felt about this team but couldn't put into words. Lovie has created this culture of we are better than we are in the games. That excuse maybe works when you lose one close one to the Falcons. But you can't just keep saying that. Eventually as a leader you have to be able to call people out. Lovie will never do that and that is why he must go.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie has been pissing me off royally, but I don't see them letting him go before 2011. I expect Ron Turner, Harry Hiestand and Tim Spencer to be gone, but that's it. That's how this organization works. Still, the people who write for Red Eye should be better informed (you really don't know how many playoff games Lovie has been in? It's only been 6 years)

  • Oh, and re: Cutler. I think most of us are more than willing to give him somewhat of a pass until he gets a reasonably solid line, a decent running game to take some of the pressure off, and even one 'real' receiver before we start to get really worried, but he damn well better do some heavy maturing from now till next August.

  • This exact post Jeff. You didn't know or consent?

  • Absolutely correct. A good coach would have won two or three SB with that team, but Ditka was nothing once Ryan left.

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