It's Time For Virginia Halas

I could write a response today to Brad Biggs' Trib column, outlining the number of penalties committed by the most unfocused Chicago Bears team of my lifetime.  I could write how vehemently I agree with Barry Rozner's Daily Herald column, arguing that firing Ron Turner is essentially placing a band-aid on a corpse.  But while I'll be staying focused on objective number one, the firing of Lovie Smith, I do not want this space to become redundant.

This is from Mike Mulligan in the Sun-Times:

Who makes the million-dollar decision if Smith has to go? Or is that the $10 million-plus decision? Who decides the fate of general manager Jerry Angelo or Phillips? The Bears can probably change coordinators and cast off some assistants without consultation, but when it comes to ultimate resolution, there's still one voice that's heard.
Virginia, Halas' only daughter, still attends every game, home and away. She maintains an office at Halas Hall, although she doesn't go to work on a daily or weekly basis. She is her father's daughter in terms of being physically spry and spirited with a mind like a steel trap. She still addresses all the rookies and new players once a year, giving them her perspective on Bears history and the legacy of her father. She doesn't let her children attend those meetings.

It is time for Virginia McCaskey to address Bears fans in the great city of Chicago and around the country.  If her true concern is for the health of the organization her father built with his bare hands, then she needs to make that concern public.  She doesn't need to give a speech to the networks or sit down with Brad Biggs.  She can take a page out of George Steinbrenner's book and release a missive, as long as that missive includes the words "this level of play will no longer be tolerated."


In times like these that great ownership is required and Virginia McCaskey is still the owner of the Chicago Bears.  Wayne Huizenga and Arthur Blank did it.  Woody Johnson did it.  That clown in Minnesota did it.  What will Virginia's legacy be with the Chicago Bears?  The answer today is nothing.  The answer tomorrow can be the ushering in of a new football era that returns the Chicago Bears to the fight and fire that defined her father.  That can't wait another year.  It really can't wait another week.  Virginia McCaskey must take her married name, wrap it in brown paper like a dead fish and throw it in the trash.  

Virginia Halas must take over.  Put on the hat, glasses and long dark coat.  Show up at the hall which bears your name like you own the joint.  Because you do.  Now prove it.          

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  • I would HOPE to see that the Bears' Matriarch realizes what a mess this coaching regime has made of her Father's pride & joy that she will to do what we all know is necessary to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

    I hope she chooses good SENSE over good CENTS.

    However, my hope is severely tempered by the fact that she only PRETENDED to remove her arrogant and incompetant son, Michael, from the Bears' management equation.

  • Very well written Jeff. I hope this piece get's picked up and passed around the AP a bit... enough so to make it onto VH's desk. Maybe you should print it out and send it over yourself? I'm being serious. Why not try? I doubt she reads blogs or has a Kindle.

    It's worth a try Jeff.

  • Great column. And one of the more memorable last lines. Act like you own the joint because you do, indeed! Who is going to lead this organization, and when is it going to happen?

  • Great piece Mr. Hughes, I hope the fire Virginia has left is half as much as you laid out in this one! Beardown Virginia Halas!

  • The question is though, can she take over. She doesn't seem forcefull enough. Her father would not have tolerated Lovie for this long!

  • We have tolerated mediocrity for a long time and i am afraid that it won't end soon. You need not look further than our QB list since forever (excluding Erik Kramer and maybe Jim Miller). You don't need stats, W-L records, championships, etc. Just look at the fucking list. Signing Cutler makes me think we have a chance to change but i'm petrified that all it will do is buy the current fuck up coaches and GM even more time to depress the city.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    wow, i'm really bitter about this subject. i love the Bears and that is why i am this pissed.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    she's senile, and more than likely owning as most owners do, with the bottom line front and center. that doesn't mean lovie is definitely staying though. if stadium revenues go down the next 3 games, and ownership feels that extensive damage is being done to the brand, they'll have to eat the 11mm on his contract and hire a new head coach. i imagine if they did this, then angelo would be gone as well. the monkey wrench is the owners/players tussle and the possible lockout.

    anyhow, she may well clean house, but it will be because her advisors know she's losing money, or putting the franchise in a position to lose money down the road.

    i think we can all agree that lovie and angelo, at least, should go.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I agree that the McCaskey's need to step up, but I don't think Betty White is or should be the one to do it. She's old, she so old its reasonable to assume she invented the handjob. Mike McCaskey is the one that needs to live up to his family heritage and turn this shit show around.

    http://cache1.asset-cache.net/xc/82887237.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF193F1A54CE2C4AF7C23EC8418C492FBE060B01E70F2B3269972

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    A bit off topic, but pretty funny based on the conversation we had about Incognito:

    "Mora said Wednesday that he wants more "dirtbags," specifically across the offensive line.

    Mora stresses he doesn't mean dirty players or bad guys, just tougher players who bring meanness to a violent sport."

    I wasn't as apologetic (or classy for that matter), but here it is:

    "This soft sack 'o dicks o line could use a down and dirty nasty guy; Bring his ass in here. Damn, someone has to play Bears football around here (mean, not cheap or dirty)"

    Totally agree with Mora. They'll probably pick up RI, unless Mora gets all PC after his statement was published.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep, he gets it. It'll be too bad if we miss out on a young, nasty Guard who won't cost us diddly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    THE ONLY THING THAT WILL CONVINCE OWNERSHIP TO EAT LOVIE'S CONTRACT AND FIRE HIM IS A HALF-EMPTY STADIUM ON DECEMBER 28 AGAINST THE HATED BRET FAVRE & MINNESOTA VIKINGS.

    Nothing less.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    ...which is unlikely since too many people have bought tickets anticpating the Favre matchup early this year. So the stadium is still gonna be full unless:

    1. The Ravens humiliate the Bears like Cincy did.
    AND
    2. Fans who bought tickets decide to say just f*ck it instead of watching this putrid team play.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    let's pray for the worst possible weather to keep fans away on the 28th.

  • In reply to KentuckyBearsFan:

    Expect a game like Green Bay against the Ravens. We played GB hard and we lost because of just a handful of specific plays. GB played the Ravens hard and beat them. we can do the same things but beating the Ravens would take a consistent performance from the D and the O. We haven't done that this year though and that is why we didn't beat GB twice, ATL, and SF. I predict victory because i want Cutty, DA, Bennett and Knox to make some magic.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Check THIS out from Devin Hester everyone. Not sure if this is just his frustration talking, but I hope to Virginia that he's been talking to people who know:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/news/story?id=4748467

    Here's the very juicy part(s):

    "I think there will be [changes next year]," Hester said. "It's been what, three seasons like this, it's tough. There will be a lot of changes, I know that for a fact. I hope it's for the better.

    "[We're] not blind. Everybody sees it. It's going to be a lot of new players, and probably some other things [will] change around here."

    BOOM!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ouch

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "I'm just a player," Hester responded when asked about his use in the offense. "All I can do is go out and make the plays that are called for me."

    So are the Bears calling the correct plays?

    "It's tough watching other teams, other offenses find ways for other guys to get their hands on the ball better," Hester said. "Some plays we had called that ... went in during the week, [we] weren't able to call during the game because of certain situations. They did have a lot of good plays designed for myself and other receivers, but in certain situations we weren't able to call them."

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i will translate:

    "I'm not the Offensive Coordinator, all i can do is go out every week and run bubble screens and fucking reverses and other patterns that don't showcase the fact that i am the fastest and most elusive man in the fucking sport".

    so are the Bears calling the correct plays?
    "It's tough watching the Eagles use DeSean Jackson and the Vikings using Percy Harvin correctly. Other offensive coordinators call plays that could make Johnny Knox and I 2 of the scariest guys to cover in the league. Some plays that Turner calls went well at some point in the last 3 years but once they work once we never fucking call that play ever again. Deep post? what's a deep post? An X drag? it only made Jerry Rice a hall of famer, why would we want to run that in Chicago? it only isolates that guy covering me allowing me to run almost untouched after i catch the pass...blah, blah, blah

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Well done Son. Very nice.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The same thing could be said about the running game. The last two weeks I remember three runs off right tackle. Two were for over ten yards, and the other was a loss because Greg Olson missed a block. They never went back to that play again.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus."

    Exactly who he is at this point and what he'll bring to change the current state of affairs for the Bears is the question at hand. Virginia is old and I can't see her standing up now on her own, what I CAN see is her bringing in a person or persons from the outside and basically saying "Boys...this is your new boss. Any questions?"

    That would be a great legacy.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'd like to add...how about Ditka as General Manager?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Yes, I second! Ditka for GM!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Props to Devin for speaking his mind. I've had enough Lovie-speak for a lifetime. Let's get a real front office in here. The more I hear about how this current regime has been put together (Phillips, Michael McCaskey, et. al.), the more frustrated I get. Arthur Blank would never stand for this. Jerry Jones would never stand or this. Hell, Al Davis would have fired Lovie years ago for ruining Devin Hester. I think any of us schmucks who follow this blog would do a better job than the idiots working (or pretending to) at Halas Hall now. The Cutler trade and the recent Super Bowl run were, sadly, just glaring anomalies in an era of over-hyped, poorly managed Bears football.

  • In reply to CSauce:

    Excepting the schmucks who want Ditka for GM, that is. Trade the entire '10 draft for Tim Tebow? Sounds like a plan.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't know guys, I'm starting to feel more positively about changes. There's just too much energy around this thing and it seems to be snowballing as the season continues to get more dismal. I don't think we beat the ravens this week and seriously doubt we beat even a second string Vikings team the following. We should beat the Lions, but they're playing for pride, and I don't think we

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree MB, I think major changes will happen. If 5,000 fans skipped the GB game, I could see a lot more than that making a statement against Minnesota and embarrassing the team on national TV. That's what got Wanny ousted early.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aside from a person who looks at the bottom line, she just strikes me as being too nice, just like Lovie. What we need is someone with the ruthlessness of her father to turn this franchise around!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    MAybe Virginia will do what her father did - Papa Bear brought in Ditka when he saw enough of too soft Neill Armstrong; I hope she sees that Lovie is clueless and an embarrassment to the team her father brought up from nothing.

    The article says she goes to every game and is very much invlolved from the "legacy" point of view. There is hope - I like the idea of just a few words of encouragment aimed at the fans; something like Jeff said - "this level of play will no longer be tolerated".

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    She's 86 years old. She is not going to make a statement. Except for maybe I've fallen and I can't get up, and i think i just soiled myself.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Touche. Nice words Jeff, don't think old Ginnie feels like she needs to prove anything to anyone though. Change probably isn't big on her agenda, it can't be if Ted Phillips is the best she can do as the president of the Chicago Bears. It's possible she just really doesn't grasp how long he has failed completely at the job. Time dilation. Michael Jackson Doctors ?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Many great posts the last few days that express my sentiments also. I'm numb to this team. I even turned off the Packer game for a while when they had the lead, knowing they would choke. My Mom told me my Dad didn't even watch the game, and his brother ate his tickets for the game, and they despise the Packers as much as anyone - neither of them will wear any green or yellow clothes. I heard there were at least 5,000 no-shows for the PACKER GAME! Hopefully twice as many skip the Vikings game and the owners get the message. If not, I'll be doing a lot more fishing next fall. As "The Dude" said, "This will not stand, man".

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Heh. The dude abides .....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ted Phillips, who is not a football man and never was, needs to go. He is an accountant that got the job in what i believe was supposed to be an intern basis until a real president was selected. that never happened which probably surprised Ted Phillips more than anyone. Ted Phillips who knows about as much football as my fucking cat proceeds to use a head hunting firm to hire Jerry Angelo because Phillips wouldnt have the first clue on how to go about selecting a GM. Angelo proceeds to draft the Bears into oblivion while hanging his hat on a rare find here and there like a weird grandma that collects salt shakers and shit. PHILLIPS, ANGELO and LOVIE and all of the shit coaches that Lovie brought in need to go.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny, you have a cat?!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i know, it's weird but i really just love cats. they don't just blindly show you affection or love. you have to earn it....and even then, if you think you've earned it, your cat may just want to lay in the sun and ignore you.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny, are you sure that's not a girlfriend?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    MBP, you're having a good week. That was funny...

    It's cool Johnny, you just don't seem like the type (not that I really know you). I have two English Bull Terrorists (http://media.photobucket.com/image/english%20bull%20terriers/dogsculpors/Bull%20Terrier/Group4.jpg), and trust me, sometimes I wish we just had a fricken cat.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Agreed for the most part. But once you show the cat love early in its life, then you can basically do what you want to it later on. When that lovely cutesy kitten-y period is over and the little fuckers ruin your Nikes. Air Garfield.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And heeeere comes the 'oh, shit' backpedal. See hester still has a bit of DB in him (from Da Bear site):

    Bears wide receiver Devin Hester used his Twitter account Wednesday evening to clarify comments he had made earlier in the day to a group of reporters during an open locker room session at Halas Hall.

    Asked about offseason moves during the interview, Hester predicted that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think he meant exactly what he said. Devin does not seem like the type to use imprecise language.
    Cutler, on the other hand, has been extremely politically correct in his interviews - which is one reason I don't get the haterade that keeps getting dumped on him. He has not once thrown his receivers under the bus during this long hellish march towards mediocrity.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Totally MBP, check out these Hester nuggets... there's absolutely no finessing these:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can only hope he's right.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm going to the game. I get so few opportunities to sit in that beautiful park and watch a game. So I'll be there. If it's over at the half, I sure as shit won't be staying.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (sorry for the repost Bear faithful, but i really want to see your opinions on this)

    so i was talking about this with my supervisor at work....just stay with me on it for a 2nd:

    we're all salivating at the chance of getting a legit coach, so let's assume (and dream) for 1 second they pick up cowher. cowher's a 3-4 guy, so we would have a serious look at our Chicago Bears in a 3-4 defense. picture it for a second:

    NT - Anthony Adams (switched w/ Tommie Harris, Marcus Harrison & Izzy)
    RDE - Alex Brown (switched w/ Jarron Gilbert)
    LDE - Wale (switched w/ & Gaines Addams)
    LOL (left outside) - Pisa Tinoisimoa (switched w/ Mark Anderson)
    LIL (left inside) - Brian Urlacher (switched w/ Hunter Hillenmeyer)
    ROL - Lance Briggs (switched w/ Nick Roach)
    RIL - Jamar Williams (switched Tim Shaw/another backup)

    and keep the secondary as is.

    now seriously (barring that Tommie will get hurt/Wale's contract won't get picked up), with a few free agent moves, who could SERIOUSLY see this happening? and if it did, wouldn't it be so ridiculous? it would shut down the middle (mark is fast enough to play in space & would probably excel in this), and it would create more bodies to come up w/ exotic blitzes (a new version of the 46...don't know where ppl are coming from). a man likes to dream, but this may not be far off

    *also you can switch any of the personnel w/ who makes more sense, but you should get the general point i'm making

    the only reason i bring this up is b/c we're a speed defensive team, not power. 3-4 takes advantage of speed (look at the packers). thoughts

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, I am in complete agreement brother.

    I would also advocate changes at corner. Obviously Peanut and then Bowman/Graham switching on the other side (we also need to pick up another very good SDC in FA) and then Payne/Alfalfa switching at SS, and we need to pick up a real FS somewhere in FA... or find a way to get either Mays or Berry (have you seen that kid? Wow!) with some backwards JuJu to move up in the draft.

    Our D-line just isn

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Maybe Jerry Angelo had this plan all along... Playing Anderson at DT and having Izzy gain some weight, then getting a light DE who people say is more of a 3-4 OLB, Wale a lighter hand in the dirt DE's contract is expiring... you never know.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I had the same fleeting though FTW. The only reasonable explanation for picking up GA. I just doubt that JA is that smart and has that much forsight.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Hell, going to the 3-4 might do the team some good. The players we have might be a good fit for it. Anything is better then the shit they call defense now.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Al, I really don't blame them. They haven't had the best season either, although I'm a huge Ray Lew fan (aside from the murder charges), so I think they're a little high on their soapbox.

    The thing I liked most about the article was this:

    "You'd have thought the Ravens were going up against the '85 Bears this Sunday instead of a reeling 5-8 team with a coach ( Lovie Smith) who might be fired as soon as the season's over."

    I can only hope this dude is right. Oh, and don't watch the video, it's painful.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Anyone else convinced Devin's tweet playing down what he said was written for him by the Bears PR Department. Here's my first hint: It was a coherent sentence.

    Otherwise, great post Jeff, I agree with you...However, as guys, we all know, Mom is going to do whatever her son's tell her to do...so, unfortunately, I dont think she can make any of those decisions....

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I hate Twitter and the twats that tweet on it. All of a sudden every momo's thoughts become so important they've got to be announced to the planet. Meh. The less they have to say the more they tweet.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Get ready to hear 2 names all day long when we line our sorry asses up against a real hard hitting NFL football team, The Ravens. Ray/Ray. Ray Rice is going to run all over us while Ray Lewis takes scalps and delivers monster hits all over the field. It will not be pretty. One thing I will not accept is when another team out hits us. We're going to get KO'd bad. Prediction 38-3. Must we play these last games? Thanks for the Hope and Change LOVEHAMMER you piece of shat. Keep smiling and looking towards heaven for help while you wear head set on sidelines. Hey.. is that thing plugged in? No worries..you'll soon be working with good buddy Tony Dungy helping thug NFL players reform from acting like animals while out in society. FRICKERS! And all we have is GrandMa Virginia.....we are sooooo screwed for the next 3-4 years it's scary.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Al...looks like an old fashion spanking to me. Problem is that we will be on the recieving end of it.

    LDL will be looking at the Jumbotron seeing if his christams list says were he will be coaching next year

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Here's what they think of the Bears in Baltimore...
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bal-sp.cowherd17dec17,0,4516436.column

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Still like to see Tillman in there at FS. Get a CB in FA and have competition for those spots.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ahuh. Yessuh.

  • agreed. he's a caricature of himself at this point.

  • Dumbest player on the Bears behind Urlacher it seems ... happily flip him and Olsen for the #1 pick in the draft ....

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