Merry Christmas, Minnesota

The Minnesota Vikings are a playoff team in turmoil.  They've lost two of their last three games.  Their left tackle was benched after one of the more embarrassing performances of the 2009 season.  Their illustriously self-obsessed quarterback and prematurely extended head coach have decided to air their grievances in public.  They have gone from a Super Bowl favorite to battling the Philadelphia Eagles for a first round bye.  And no team in the NFL needs that rest in January more than the one with a forty year-old quarterback.

Have no fear, Vikings fans.  The Chicago Bears have become the penicillin for the NFL's bacterial infections.  Bryant McKinnie won't have much to do on the left side of the line.  Favre will find the passing game's rhythm.  Adrian Peterson will break at least one fifty-plus run.  The Bears will also turn it over a few times to get your defense feeling good again.  On Tuesday morning, the talk in Minnesota will be whether or not they should go all-out against the New York Giants.

This is what it's come to.  Three days after Christmas, on a brisk Chicago night, Soldier Field will be reduced to sixty thousand cold people holding a three-hour funeral service for another season dead and gone.  If Jerry Angelo is to maintain control of football operations, he must fire Lovie Smith and subsequently reinvigorate the 2010 season.  There will be no excitement in Bourbonnais with Lovie Smith.  There will be no expectations, except failure.  A new coach.  A new future.  A new hope.  That's the opportunity Jerry has before him right now. 

And for those of you who want Jerry gone too, I understand.  But I'm willing to give him one more free agent group/draft class as long as there's a new man running things on the field.  Lovie is the key.  The time for doubt was a month ago.  That time has gone.  The team on the field lacks the fire of three years ago.  They lack the fire of Dick Jauron.  They even lack the fire of Dave Wannstedt. 

It's Christmas, Jerry.  You've never had an opportunity to give so many people such a beautiful present.   

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  • Not long ago, we were all giddy about this match up and the possibility of having a key NFC North game in our back yard on a cold December night. This season sure turned fast!

    I'll be there on Monday. Trying to think of a catchy sign to bring. Any suggestions?

    Here are a couple ideas of my own: 2009 Chicago Bears = coal in your stocking...I'll trade you a draft pick for your beer...Yes Virginia McCaskey, there is a Santa Claus and even he knows it's time for Lovie to go...etc.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    a simple "FIRE LOVIE SMITH" should do the trick. Now if only you could get 14 people in your row to each hold up a giant letter and spell that out. Now THAT would make the TV broadcast! F-I-R-E-L-O-V-I-E-S-M-I-T-H

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Whoa. Back up for just a moment. I have given this whole coaching/GM situation alot of thought and I have come to the understanding that we are screwed. Shannahan, the "Chin", or some up and coming coach is not the answer for the Bears at this point in time. Lovie and JA did such a complete and utter job screwing up this team via player selections and free agency signings over the last couple of years that no matter who takes over the reigns, the Bears are going to suck for at least two more years and no amount of coaching is going to change that.

    I think Shanahan would be a mistake which I will not go into right now and I also believe that Cowher WILL NOT take the Chicago job at this point in time even if it was handed to him on a silver platter for the following reasons:

    1) Next years draft has basically already been used up so in a way he would be forced to live with the decisions the Bears have already made via the Cutler trade for next years draft. You know as well as I do that new coaches like to be able to wipe the slate clean and bring in their brand of players starting on day 1. Cowher would in effect be hogtied for another year before he would realistically be able to even start drafting the players he needs to fit his system.

    2) Wherever Cowher ends up, it will be with a Team that is good for Him. Cowher only has about 3 or 4 years of coaching left in him and he will be sure to select a team that will already have the tools in place to compete from day 1, not 3 years down the line.

    3) Next years picks are already wasted no matter who the coach is and I can't think of any scenario which would lead me to believe that this team can be competitive for at least two more years.

    4) Lovie and JA know they have screwed the pooch and will at least have next year to fill some of the needs that they know will lead to their everlasting shame and end their careers should they fail as miserably as they have up to this point. If they don't take the gift of one more year and redeem themselves, they will become leapers that no self respecting organization would come with-in 10 miles of.

    So in short, they have us by the short and curly's for one more year to either get this organization back on track or the they will be unceramoniously kicked to the curb.

    The only other option would be to fire their asses now and replace them with a Tom Cable or Gary Barnett type and I don't think there is a Bear fan alive that wants that scenario to unfold yet again.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Ha, short and curlys.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Van Valkenburg, in his "Five Things We Learned" from the Ravens' victory, notes Fox analyst Brian Billick's comparison of Jay Cutler to Jeff George and takes it one step further: He speculates that Cutler might be the secret spawn of the former Colts quarterback.

    "They're both from Indiana, and both strong-armed, knuckle-headed, franchise-killing quarterbacks," Van Valkenburg writes. "Cutler is either the worst good quarterback of his generation, or the best bad quarterback of his generation, just like George. The resemblance has become too much to ignore. At this point, all he needs is a dirtbag mustache."

    Van Valkenburg's parting shot: "Everyone who destroyed Josh McDaniels for shopping Cutler the minute he arrived in Denver should probably pen the coach a handwritten apology."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    McDaniel hate piece
    ====================
    Josh McDick deserves every shovel of manure he was dealt and then some. He's ten times as immature as they were saying Cutler was. Ran the franchise out of town five months before the start of the season ... because he preferred Matt Cassell ? That's so weak it's laughable. I was watching Orton again last night and the commentators are oiling his chain saying he was way the better trade ... this and that ... but all the while it was three and outs, punts, field goals, and the fans booing. He couldn't beat the Raiders with their 3rd string QB in Denver. It's hard to fail given his supporting cast, but he is failing. He's certainly lost the fans trust. Josh McDaniels is a moron, and he's digging his own grave two handfuls at a time.

    Michael Bush looked awesome last night. Monster. Good acceleration burst, good lateral movement and a load to bring down in the secondary. We need someone powerful like him. Mike Bell ? Leonard Weaver ? All will be available. Jerome 'I nearly broke 300 yards' Harrison ?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Didn't Angelo look like Santa Claus with Christmas back in April?

    Unfortunately, the new shiny toy he brought somehow turned into a big lump of coal this year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    MikeV, I have to say I disagree totally with you. Bill Cowher has already make it clear he is interested in the Chicago job - and why shouldn't he be? (If that sounds like a trick question, it's not).

    We have one of the three to four greatest franchises in the sport - I would say it's us, Green Bay for historical reasons, the Cowboys and Bill's former team. He's already been at the Steelers. The Cowboys do not seem to fit him at all (and they will be in the running to try to get him next year). Green Bay is set. So he has one great option, Da Bears. You guys who say "Cowher would never accept our horrible ownership etc." are not understanding the enormous gravitas of your own team. The Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway. Papa Bear Halas. Just because Lovie and crew have pissed all over that great heritage just like Ozzie pissed on the Alamo, doesn't change who or what the Chicago Bears are. And believe you me, Cowher gets that.

    Also, I'm certain Cowher, and every other potential head coach out there, anyone who has been paying attention to the Bears over the past several years, know what a luxury it will be to come into a team where they are replacing a coach that is so God-awful bad as Mr. Lovie Smith. The second they step foot in the front office, the team will have improved immeasurably. When they actually start assembling their staff, each one of those guys will step in to the clueless vortex that was their replacement and have that same confidence - each one will say, My God, there's no way I CAN'T improve things around here. I think that's a big difference from a coach replacing another good coach and coaching staff who couldn't succeed because of lack of talent driven by bad GM'ing or ownership. Everybody, EVERYBODY knows Lovie and Bob Babich and Harry Hiestand and Pep Hamilton CAN'T COACH. They're TERRIBLE and everyone knows it. So that's a pretty good situation to step into.

    I loved hearing those Angelo comments. I could give a crap if he's saying that to save his own ass or because he knows it's necesary - as long as Lovie is GONE we'll have hope in 2010. Even with Angelo still there.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Bear fans. I know things are pretty piss poor for us currently(seems like things are always piss poor for us Bruins, no?) Thanks to a link from Albert from Tucson, I had a chance to read fan blog up in Minny. Man are they pissed at Vikqueens. Can't stop laughing that hometown fans nickname Childress "Colonel Klink" from Hogan's Hero's fame. He does look alot like old Klink(played GAY-LY by Werner Klemperer) I loved that show and watched it all the time growing up in the 60's. http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Colonel_Klink
    If Col Klink is coaching Minny, Loveballs must be our very own Sergeant Schultz...I see nothing!!!!as he pears wistfully at the scoreboard after a TD is scored on Dancing Bears Tampa 2 disgrace of a defense. Jerry Angelo gets cast as Lebeau.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Phil, thanks for writing that. Thank jebus I refreshed the page and read your reply since I was in the middle of writing a damn similar response to Mike. Well written sir and thanks for saving me the extra carpal tunnel.

    The only other (big) item I was going to spend some energy on was the attitude/focus/confidence vs. talent discussion. I truly believe that we lack the fire, the confidence, the attitude and swagger that makes good teams great. And while I don

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Take Action - donate to www.bearfansunited.org and get the message out to the McCaskey Family!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Can I suggest if you are going to donate money, please donate money to a worthy cause, such as Cancer, Food Banks, etc. Not to this crap..Lets not get carried away here people...

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Precisely. Giving money to people as wealthy as the McCaskeys is just insulting on so many levels.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ah okay, so it's for a billboard .... that's cool :o)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Nice. Loved that show.

    Let me bring it into

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice work MB30SD..I did enjoy this!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What a riot, good stuff MB

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you think this situation would be different if we had won that Superbowl in 2006? I'm saying all records/trades/drafts the same, only difference being we won the Superbowl. Would Lovie's head still be on the chopping block?

  • In reply to BTiff:

    Britt. Truth is, if grasshoppers had machine guns birds wouldn't Jack with them. The fact is we were embarressed in the SB and the Bears have been horrible ever since.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    We didn't win the Superbowl though, did we ? Lovie's head was always going to be on the block. He's not capable of winning a superbowl as he clearly proved in deciding that TJ didn't need to run the football anymore, that we didn't need to double cover Steve Smith in the playoffs, can't even manage the game clock etc.

    And I agree with CanadaBear - what's up with the love for Angelo, Jeff ? If Jerry Angelo was a sexual partner he'd be a geriatric junkie with syphillis.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    I have always been a Lovie fan, but I contributed to the billboard people today. Wish the billboard were on Michigan Avenue, not in the burbs somewhere....

    Being the diehard I am, I am still holding out for a Christmas Miracle Monday night. Kind of like still believing in Santa Claus, I know, but old habits die hard.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    MB30SD..Great work on Tropic Thunder analogy. Who would play Rob Slolom (Funnyman Bill Hader)as Les Grossmans lackey??....oh snap...that part goes to Bob "The Bullit" Babich! Oscar's for everyone.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Holmgren out: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/12/21/lerner.holmgren.ap/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Also this (not that it really matters): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/12/21/bears.ogunleye.ap/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks gents. Glad you liked it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I guess holmgren didn't want to hold out for a storied franchise like the bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I hate to keep beating the drum here for another site, but I think this is the best avenue to affect change. www.bearfansunited.org they have bought the billboard that goes up tomarrow in the northern suburbs. The have gotten media attention and have raised 35 hundred grand in one weekend. Check out the article from NBC http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports/Bears-Fans-Unite-Against-Lovie-Angelo-79835137.html

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    How much stuff can you buy in Cheeseland with "35 hundred grand.:) Just sayin.........

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Well, at least next week is on Monday night so I can watch at home.
    If...er...WHEN the game gets out of hand, I can just hit mute and run the trains around the tree. Fittingly, one of the trains I'm running this year is a 3 car CTA "EL" train.

    If you have NFL FIELD PASS, I recommend listening to the Viking broadcast of last night's embarassment. Their announce crew was NOT amused!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Phil,

    I understand 100% of what you said and know exactly where you are coming from. It makes sense the things you said and I wish your plan comes to fruition. That would be great if it did. BUT, I know this ownership too well. I also know that with the lock out coming up and given the current situation I think it is highly unlikely your scenario will play out this year. Do I hope I'm wrong, you betcha. Do I think I'm wrong? Nope.

    I tell you what, if you are right, I will work out an arrangement with you and I will personally send you a gift certificate to the nearest Ruth's Steakhouse on me.

    We will see. God knows that I hope I'm wrong but I don't think so.

    Sincerely, Mike

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mike, I appreciate that, glad you're not upset for the disagreement - I should have added in my post "and I know MikeV hopes I'm right and he's wrong" - and of course my opinion is heavily colored by my fervent hopes. I do think the Angelo comment was no small thing. What will likely happen (I believe) is Lovie WILL be fired, causing great euphoria and giddy speculation about his replacement, followed by a whipsaw of reversed emotion as the name of his successor is announced, followed by a collective "WHO???" from us as we scramble to Wikipedia to learn about the new guy we've never heard of.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jeff, how can you give Angelo another chance? He's been here since 2001 and the only pro bowl worthy player is Briggs. I agree Lovie and staff haven't developed even one player but I see only one blue chip player on the entire roster. Other possible blue chippers are Cutler and Knox but those are hardly locks. Cutler may turn into this decades Rick Mirer trade (with an extra #1 thrown in for good measure) and Knox may end up being a #3 WR. Who knows? I can't think of one other player on the roster with blue chip potential. With 8 drafts under his belt we should have more talent. To be honest, it's worse than when he arrived and it was crappy back then. All of them need to go!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    State of the Union = FUBAR.

    Yup, when you squeedgy-clean your third eye it looks pretty grim for the next two years at least, in fact if Angelo stays his term that's another four years of the same shit, I don't care who gets the 'Presidential' mantle of HC. The roster has serious holes that aren't getting filled, and can't get filled any time soon.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    playing the Bears is basically another bye week for the Vikings. They don't really need to prepare/gameplan/practice this week.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    "DRAFT BEER > DRAFT PICKS"

    /got nuthin

  • Well said, Jeff. The Vikings' rejuvenated Super Bowl run begins Monday.

  • That was brutal. I don't know about you Joseph.

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