Sad Day Points in New Direction

I was deeply saddened by yesterday's game.  I thought I could keep a safe distance emotionally and let the game play out in front of me.  I couldn't.  the first quarter - that brutal first quarter wherein the Bears could have been done three touchdowns - took the life out of my Sunday.  Then something happened.

Somebody woke up the Chicago Bears.  
They were flying around the ball on defense.  Hitting everything they threw on offense.  Blocking and tackling with a ferocity that's been missing throughout the 2009 season.  Jay Cutler to Devin Aromashodu looked like the real thing.  I thought they were going to win.  I was sure they were going to win.  
Then our head coach lost complete control, making decisions I couldn't believe a head coach would make.  (I've never been angrier watching this team than those two timeouts pointlessly burned on a ridiculous, impossible challenge.)  Our quarterback and receivers - thirteen games into a season - still had no idea what they want from each other.  And a game the Bears should have won drifted into the loss column as so many during this Lovie Smith era seem to do.
It is time to make a change, Chicago Bears.  If the McCaskey family didn't know Saturday night when they went to sleep, they know now.  The Bears don't need a new offensive coordinator or offensive line coach.  They need a new head coach.  A new direction in locker room.  If that means a new general manager and president, so be it.  The league's most storied franchise can tolerate this no longer.
I'll be in the stadium when (if) Brett Favre comes to town in two weeks.  It should be the last game Lovie Smith ever coaches in Soldier Field for the Chicago Bears.         

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  • I agree with your commentary. This team could be awesome. They're not though. The first quarter was just unwatchable. However, I honestly have no reason to believe that the McCaskey family would rather eat $10 million in salary for Lovie and have a chance to win than lose and make money. They are just notorious for not giving a crap and being tightwads. I hope I'm wrong.

  • I went to Nawlins this weekend to see some good music and eat some soul food so I missed most of the game. I found one of the only bars in the french quarter that had the NFL ticket w/ 5 minutes left in the game and was able to watch the end.

    Looks like DA took advantage of his playing time. Why is it that a bunch of Bears fans on a blog can identify that a big and more physical receiver that our QB likes should have been playing all along, but the head coach cannot?

    I missed Lovie's brain queef with the challenge and timeouts, but it sounds like it epitomizes his inability to think outside the box and on the run.

    I heard there was a lot of empty seats but they didn't show the crowd the last 5 mins. Was that true? Maybe that will resonate with the McCaskeys.

    I saw Cutler arguing with Pep Hamilton, calling off Wrong's plays at the line, and coaching on the field. It looks like he has given up on this staff. I don't blame him, and I sort of like it. It shows the kid doesn't accept mediocrity and wants to win bad. For a minute, I thought too maybe he is sort of sabotaging this thing. I don't blame him for that either. You can tell by his mechanics (now constantly throwing off his back foot/being unsure in the pocket) that he has lost his swag. If the coaches can't help him get it back, then he needs to do it on his own. I'm not absolving him; he has thrown way too many picks period.

    I was impressed with the Saints nation down there in NOLA. I'm not a bandwaggoner, but they were representing strong. Everyone had gear on, signs everywhere, all you hear is "Who Dat?" It got annoying after a while, but I respected them. Plus, they haven't been good for decades and never been to a SB. I'll root for them over the fudge pack any day.

    Man, you people from Wisconsin are pathetic. No one from Chicago or anyone else for that matter goes to Wisconsin if they don't have to. Ho downs, hooking up with 3rd cousins, and banging farm animals is not my idea of a good time. Madison is the only place that is decent because of the Badger tale. I will never go to Green Bay in my lifetime.

    Gilbert didn't play???????????

    I hope we lose to Detroit. That's the only way the pressure level rises high enough to force the McCaskeys to take action.

    The Ravens game is going to be brutal. I see us getting punched in the mouth. Hopefully, Cutler doesn't get injured.

    Sad state of affairs. Sorry for the re-post; I just want some answers.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Crown, you're totally wrong about Wisconsin. I've been there a ton of times and enjoyed it every time. I live in a city with a population over a million so it's not like I just got off the cucumber truck. I've known a lot of FudgePacker fans and almost all of them were fun to argue with and watch a game. Can't say the same about BiQueens fans.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    My hate for the Vikings is stronger than my hate for the Packers at this point. I have some respect for most Packers fans. I was just talking shit to the Wisonsinites that I see keep posting on this site Canada. I just wanted to shove in their face how superior Chicago is to Green Bay. I also have lots of respect for Bears fans in Wisconsin, like Al and others.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Gotta agree. I didn't see any trolls today. I have to laugh at the NFL North blog on ESPN. The Packer fans are crying a river about the game yesterday. Newsflash fellas, you won. Oh Well.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, they won canada, but only because as usual this year, we gave it up to them. They play a decent (that hurt to say) team in the playoffs like they did us yesterday and they will get destroyed. I'd be crying a bit too if I were them... but not as much as I am as me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Packers fans might have it worse then us MB. At least we know we are bad and need to improve. It looks as though the Fudge bangers will make the playoffs, but will probably play the Saints in the dome who can score at will. Packers fans are getting their hopes up now for a playoff run, but the reality is that they are not good enough to compete with the top tier teams in the NFC. Being a packers fan is analogous to watching a cock tease Showtime soft core porn movie. You get your hopes up, but are going to be disappointing in the end.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Ha! Well said Crown.

    Agree 100%... our upside is so much greater than thiers. Besides, I'd much much much rather be a Bears fan no matter what happens over the next few years.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I have long been a 4-3 man. I have extolled the virtues of the 4-3 in vigorous debate. I now feel times have changed...players have changed. I have seen the 3-4 work to deadly efficiency in other teams all over the league. The skill at which the Packers have been running it in recent weeks is making me a believer.

    I'm very curious to see a 3-4 implemented over the next few years in Chicago. I think it could be a good thing!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    would going to a 3-4 require a more thorough overhaul of player personnel and coaching than upgrading our current roster to fit an effective 4-3? and can significant steps be accomplished this offseason?
    I've never followed a 3-4 team closely but I'm guessing it means getting a very competent secondary and more dynamic LBs (read that as capable of blitzing). What positions are key in a 3-4 vs 4-3(cover2)?

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    A bad-ass Nose Tackle.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    which we don't have.

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    And I wonder if this team would have hauled in 100+ yds against the Packers had Lovie actually disciplined Tommie Harris a month and a half ago.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB5-yJM3vJc

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    and by yards, I meant the length of the football field in penalties that our OL accumulated.

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    I'd say every suystem requires a competent secondary. If we could retain Williams, look at our LBs : Urlacher, Briggs, Pisa, Williams, Roach (get bent HH!). Tell me those guys can't fly around. Whoever's got the first pick, let's grab the bull by the horns and give them Hester and Olsen or some combination of whoever ... whatever it takes to Ndomukong Suh as our NT. Dominance for about 8 years at the point of contact right there. If we're not the #1 defense before long, we won't be far away. I'm all for the transition, with 4 linebackers there are more moving parts and the D can be finely tuned and adapted to any situation. I keep reading this crap about "it's easier to run up the middle against a 3-4", well, it is if you let them run up the middle. Let's see someone run up the middle if we had Mr. Suh flanked by Urlacher, Briggs and Williams.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    "Man, you people from Wisconsin are pathetic. No one from Chicago or anyone else for that matter goes to Wisconsin if they don't have to. Ho downs, hooking up with 3rd cousins, and banging farm animals is not my idea of a good time. Madison is the only place that is decent because of the Badger tale. I will never go to Green Bay in my lifetime."

    Good. Stay far away.

    Apparently, crown their ass, sitting around writing an epic about the Bears isn't pathetic? Bitching about wanting a new coach for the 17th time in the last 20 years isn't pathetic? Reverting to a typical FIB because your football team lost isn't pathetic? Not knowing the correct form of "tail" isn't pathetic? Do you have trouble with "of" too? I'll say this for you, you got your punctuation correct. Must've taken all day.

    I'm glad the Packers could make your life a little more miserable. Wouldn't have thought it was possible.

  • In reply to pritch71:

    Take a day off from banging your sister?

  • In reply to pritch71:

    Since the "fire Lovie" meme is not going to do much unless Virgina has discovered the interwebs in her dotage, let's just pretend he's already gone.
    I like the idea of drafting a top tier fullback with our 3rd rounder. We certainly don't need a TE (the three we have are great when they actually get on the field) and it's going to take all offseason (and probably well into next year) to figure out our WR situation. Bell has shown flashes at RB when he actually gets touches, and I think we can assume KJ and Wolfe are gone. AP is going to be here forever, I think.
    OL needs help at Guard and Center more than anything, but that's going to take a different GM and lots of FA moolah. And JCut and Caleb Hanie aren't going anywhere. So, sure, draft a FB - anyone have any candidates in mind (Momma SLCPunk does not count)?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    The "cheap" McCaskey family is an antiquated notion. It's a pre-cap notion. You can't be overly cheap in the NFL. Cheap owners don't pay a coach 5.5 million dollars.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Cheap owners don't pay coaches 5.5 million, but they don't say bye for 11 million either.

  • In reply to rockmamola:

    Mamola's got you there, Jeff. I just hope he's wrong.

  • In reply to rockmamola:

    Marty would work in Chicago. His brand of football would kick ass in Chicago. You cant honestly tell me that he would have a great opportunity in December and January playing his brand of football in chicago weather?

  • In reply to rockmamola:

    Ill take that over the crap we've had to endure all these years.

  • In reply to rockmamola:

    If we're going to do this we need to do it right. Get Cowher.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed MB. Cowher is by far my first choice. Kubiak my first choice as OC. Second choice Shanahan.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Crown, how about Cowher and... Jimmy Harbaugh as our OC? I know he's pretty much locked up with the trees again at this point (unless he pulls a saban), but man that would be some powerful stuff. Makes my mouth water.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been impressed with him at Stanford too MB. I would rather have Kubiak though who has NFL experience. Oh yeah, Holmgren third. Don't want Dungy even though it doesn't sound he is going anywhere. He was blessed with Peyton and the best offense of the decade. He is the guy that taught Lovie his limp dick philosophy.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I got you crown, I am just anxious to see what JH has to offer in the NFL. But I think a proven OC might be better to clean up the complete mess Lovie and crew have left us with. Any change would be good.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Who ever it is, the better be a good evaluator of talent.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Look at all the mistakes the Bears organization has made in the last 5 years. Leadership starts at the top. To win in this league you cant afford to trade away your talent and then make up for it by filling holes with wishful thinking.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Cowher may become an even more attractive choice considering that the Steelers may make some huge changes in the offseason, he could be useful in bringing over some free agents.

    Regardless of the new head coach (this year or next) is it a lock that the Bears will be going to a 3-4 defense?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Ghost, I JUST read Haugh's nicely written slicing and dicing of
    all the Bears doubletalk.

    David's point about Jamar Williams and his 20 taclkes from last week just standing on the sideline was telling as well.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If I were Jamar Williams I would wanting to be getting the hell out of Chicago. Go to a team that values my talents. That's how I would feel after that slap in the face.

    I sometimes wonder if there is a movement in the locker room that is anti-administration. Williams would be a good posterchild for such a movement. So would D.A.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Agreed - DA was a revelation yesterday. We have 3 very talented, very young WRs who are losing reps to the Other Devin, not to mention the draft pick that dropped off the face the earth in September. Has anybody seen Jaquin???

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Williams is gone to FA in the off-season ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm with you. I'm a Cowher man. Maybe one day we'll be able to get Dick LeBeau at DC too!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Marty would come out of retirement if the price was right.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Why? So we can have a bunch of +0.750 seasons and lose in the first round of the playoffs?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I agree with almost all the comments about Lovie being dimwitted and the team not being prepared at the start of games. I still can't see the McCheapsky's eating Lovie's contract. If they do can him, let's hope they find the right guy. Also, that only solves part of the problem. Angelo has killed us with his horrible drafts and hit and miss FA signings. We need to get rid of both of them.

    Go Bears!

  • The Bears will be 5-10 heading to Ford Field on January 3.Too bad the bad news Bears have to play on a Monday nighter with Minny.Lovie's final game will be in Detwoit.I hope the noob does not put Cutler in there to save his job.

  • I personally think the biggest indictment for Lovie is how FLAT OUT UNPREPARED this team, on defense specifically (Lovies play-calling/scheme, mind you). I mean, I have NEVER in my life watched a team that looked so confused to START the game...this is prior to the other team making adjustments based on personell groupings....

    I will repeat this, I respected Lovie for putting the responsibility on him for the defense this season. However, as with any job, when you take the responsibility, you are also the one who must be held accountable when the shit hits the fan...and it has...

    This team has looked confused, lost, unprepared, and overmatched. Hmm...kind of like Lovie looks patrolling the sidelines?

    I can take losing, when the effort is there. I can take bad bounces and missed calls....

    I cant take a team who looks like its week one, every week of the season. Its week 13....the excuses are gone....and, if V-Mac & comapny are watching, so is Lovie and Ron Turner.

  • Are there aspects to the Bears organization that would attract a top tier coach anymore? I think the weekly humiliation of the franchise may actually downgrade it as a coaching opportunity to well qualified candidates.

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Jay Christopher Cutler, QB. Apply Within.

  • would anyone here be offended if after a tough loss to the packers a bears fan wished death upon Lovie on a Bearsfan post?
    http://www.facebook.com/chicagonow?ref=nf#/posted.php?id=116085385863&share_id=221960162834&comments=1#s221960162834

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Really bad juju wishing death on a person because they are a lousy coach.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I have to say I missed the memo on this, I've been wishing death on Chicago athletes, sportswriters etc for years, when did Chicago sports fans lose their sense of humor?

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Wishing death upon Ron Turner is a weekly ritual with me. It's a cool little wax doll. I've got another one of an 87 year-old woman. Then there's this other box with 13 smaller dolls in it .....

  • Yes. Every top tier coach will be interested because they have a coachable quarterback and a thriving fan base. Every coach in the world knows that if he comes to Chicago and wins a championship, forget their salary...they will make millions upon millions of dollars for the remainder of their lives.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'd like to believe this and you're probably right. But, the organization as a whole is getting beat up in the mainstream press, and a coaching position without GM-like authority for a team with so many needs and no draft picks (as we all know)may not overcome the plus sides.
    The Bulls could say the same thing, and they were only able to get Vinny "what's time management" delNegro

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Green, you're a packers fan right?

    You raise some decent arguments

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    not a packers fan at all, although I do like opportunistic defense and young talented qbs, (green menace is a reference to a post cold war John Esposito article - you made me mention this, haha).
    I am a Bears fan, and the teams you name are the reason I am concerned, the Brown are a historic franchise and so are the Rams for that matter. Think about it, I mean, is any franchise idiot proof? Yeah we have a large and devoted market, its freakin Chicago after all but how much longer will you keep supporting a bad product and thats what the Bears are at this point imho.
    I keep forgetting that we made the Superbowl, its like my freshmen year of highschool when I found myself dating a senior - sounds great, but the reality was more embarrassing than somethign to brag about.
    I have been asking myself that very riddle for a few weeks now, and I have to say that if I remove my love for all things Chicago, I think a coach serving the typical 3-5 years might achieve more success at one of those franchises. There is just so many problems, such a lack of passion for this organization by its coaches and players...
    Sorry I am just ranting now - as bad as things have been post packers week has not been so difficult during the Lovie era, I'm just upset and don't see any silver linings man.

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Sorry for calling you a packer, green. And nice historical reference.

    I have to vehemently (and vigorously) disagree with you re: the rams and browns. Seriously? You see those two franchises on par with our Bears and papa bear? No way man. Noooooo way. Not even in the same universe.

    Also very nice analogy. Funny. But to your point, there are a multitude of things wrong right now, but none as systemic as you would find at the Browns, Rams, Raiders, etc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you're right, I hope that you can excuse my comparison as I've been suffering from a strange sense of camaraderie with fans of crappy nfl teams this year...
    I agree that the current situation could be viewed as a golden opportunity- pairing the right head coach/OC with Cutler. I don't want to do the chicken little dance but I just don't see any indication that the McC

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    I just read the article as well. If you think about it, the Bears have lost practically every game they could have won since the superbowl. It has been said that you make your own luck and unfortunately the luck the Bears have had over the last 2 years has not been so go. We won a couple of games this year when opponents missed a couple of field goals but the bottom line is we are hovering to close to being shitty for us to be able to win most of the games that we have an opportunity to win. Last week I predicted 6-10 and I still stand by that. Hell, Detroit may be a loss as well. I just shake my head when I think of all the Bad off the field decisions Lovie and JA have made over the last 5 years.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

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  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Lovie Smith's still coach of the Chicago Bears? Wow!

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    I was never for "Fire Lovie now" but, based on yesterday alone,the evidence that there needs to be an immediate change is positively damning.

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    BREAKING DOWN LOVIE SMITHS COACHING

    1. Decision making concerning player personel.

    I think once a man is appointed the position of head coach, the first thing he should do is be able to do is effectively grade and utilize the existing players first and foremost before doing anything else.

    I have a bone to pick with Lovie in this department most of all.

    A) Thomas Jones. What were you thinking Lovie. The man flat out balls week in and week out. What could possibly have made you trade away our running game 4 or 5 years ago.

    B) Bernard Berian. What were you thinking Lovie. BB may have had his issues but he was the best receiver we had. At least he would have been a great starting point to anchor our receiving game with.

    C) Devin Hester. What were you thinking Lovie. He was the best return man in the game and you caved in to the front office by moving him to WR and trying to make something out of him that he isn't. A number one receiver, Hester is not. Instead of realizing Hester was a game in, game out threat in the return game, you stood by while JA destroyed the best special teams unit in the the NFL in order to save a buck by converting Hester into a position that he is not suited for. Shame on you.

    D) Ron Riviera. Call it intuition or call me crazy but I knew as soon as Riviera was fired that it was a huge mistake. The cover 2 scheme quite honesty has sucked since LS made the decision to go all in with Babich several years ago. Babich should have been fired the day you decided to take over his duties. The Bears defense has progressively gotten worse and I don't see that changing anytime soon with this current format.

    E) Greg Olsen. What a wasted draft pick. I'm not saying G.O. doesn't have potential but we would have been better off with using that pick on a top tier o-lineman. Olsen's blocking sucks and he lacks to strength and power that the Bears thought they were getting when they drafted him. Zack Miller, Kevin Boss and Brent Celek all went in the 2, 3, and 4 rounds. Great eye for talent Lovie, way to go.

    I could go on and on and on but what good would it do. Its obvious to me that Lovie Smith does not know how to evaluate talent when he see's it and in my opinion a team without a coach that is willing to do battle with the front office over player personal is not worthy to be the coach of the Chicago Bears. Maybe I'm giving Lovie too much credit and he really thinks the player decisions he has made have been good ones.

    What I do know is that Lovie is finished. Washed up. Kaput. Its going to take 5 years to right this ship and my only hope now is that the McCaskey's wise up and hire and new Coach and GM, and that they do it soon.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You're blaming Lovie for some of Angelo's failures. Jones being traded = Angelo. Berrian is making double what he's worth. He's barely an upgrade over Hester and Knox will be at least as good as Berrian next year. Hester needed to have the ball in his hands more often than 5-6 times a game. He's no #1 but he is a decent receiver. Rivera, total blunder on Lovie's part. Olsen = Angelo.

    Lovie is a mediocre coach (at best) that can't think on his feet, doesn't have the team ready to play at the start of games, can't recognize talent, even when they step up they're back on the bench (Jamar) and changes the safeties more often than we change our undies. That is enough right there to send him down the road.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    MV,

    Jerry A. shares as much, if not more, of the blame for all the bad personnel picks/pickups/use. They both need to get shitcanned in a big way. I honestly just think they are clueless. Not in a cut down way, I honestly just think they don't have the football brains or intuition to be good at what they do. Just like in business, it

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    Al, have you seen David Haugh's article in the Trib today? I think he echoes your sentiments exactly.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-14-haugh-bears-packers-dec14,0,6480311.column

  • In reply to thegreenmenace:

    And I don't know if the McCaskey's should be overly concerned with eating $11 million. Virginia is almost 87 years old...don't you think she wants to see a championship Bears team before her time comes?

    I know I do!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Unfortunately its all about the money. The Bears franchise makes more money than 3/4 the other teams in the League. We show up and support our team no matter what product they give us. It's time the front office pulls the trigger and hires the best in the business. Its time to stop with these half measures.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Hey, maybe Dick Vermeil wants to come out of retirement?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I would like to see them go and get shottenhiemer.

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