Time to bring back Brian Urlacher?

God no. But 3 out of 81 fans felt like mentioning him following the Bears crushing 45-41 loss to the Redskins. I’m sure we’ll hear it all season after each Bears loss.

Measuring fan sentiment from the comments on the main Tribune story written by Rich Campbell, there were a few primary themes among the 165 comments across 62 posts by 81 people, 10 of whom will be excluded for off-topic posts:

- 49 or 69% think the season is over for the Bears
- 20 of those, or 28%, blame the defense, with 5 of them blaming Chris Conte specifically
- 9 of those, or 13% total, blame Cutler or say it’s time to part ways with him
- 6 of those (including some of the above) are ready to part ways with Marc Trestman
- 19 or 27% had some version of “Go Bears,” or “they need to do A, B and C this season” or defended Cutler or Trestman from other commenters or generally had something positive or hopeful to say about the Bears.

I often make fun of the chicken little crowd, but with the news that Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs will each be out for an extended period of time, I’m going with the first group that thinks the season is over, and I’m going along with all of those blaming the defense and declaring that it sucks. It does. Chris Conte had a particularly horrible game in a pretty bad overall season, though interestingly 9 people are going after Cutler while only 5 are going after Conte.

Laugh at this commenter, Part 1: Charles D. O’Connor posted 44 times trying to get a plethora of inane points across, mainly that after the Bears offense scored 24 points while the Bears defense gave up 499 yards and 38 points, it’s the offense that deserves the blame for the loss, specifically Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman. He really harps on Cutler’s pick-6 but he sometimes agrees with others that we were better off with the old defensive coaching staff so I’m not really sure what point he’s trying to make here. But whatever it is, it’s worth making 44 times. He posted mostly over a period of about 6 hours on Sunday, but then returned late on Monday to post many more times.  We all have dreams.

Laugh at this commenter, Part 2:

Matt Beal • Follow • Top Commenter • University of Michigan
Figure it out Bears fans, this game was fixed, just like many other NFL and college games every weekend.

In football, quarterbacks throw interceptions and get sacked on purpose, and they fumble the snap or fumble when they get hit. Running backs and receivers fumble the ball away intentionally and drop easy passes, and linemen intentionally blow their blocking assignments.

On defense, cornerbacks deliberately give receivers a nice cushion and let them catch the ball, then let them slip away from their tackles on purpose. And defenders repeatedly miss easy tackles. Manti T'eo missed a ton of tackles when Notre Dame Threw One for the Gipper against Alabama in last season's national championship game.

Record the games as often as possible and analyze them from the standpoint of an investigator whose job is to look for evidence that a game is fixed. I think you'll be amazed at what you find.

See http://sportsfraud.blogspot.com/

I couldn’t include his entire post but wanted to include his URL for those interested. Us bloggers have to support each other.

Back to the Bears, I have to say, this was one of the most disappointing games in a while for a Bears fan. Not only did they lose the game to an inferior opponent, but the game ended with their most important players on offense and defense on the sideline or in the locker room. Furthermore, Da Bears Defense that the franchise is known for, completely stinks. It just gave up 38 points to a bad team, the other 7 came from one of the several pick-6’s Cutler can be counted on throwing each season, though it may have been his last this season since it might have been his last game. And it was going so well, with Cutler pacing to set career highs in most passing categories.

Tough call on what to do with Jay Cutler. I’ve written it before, that I have serious doubts about Cutler’s ability to lead a team to a championship. At the same time, I have serious doubts that the Bears are going to find anyone better. Inconsistencies and all, Cutler is a legitimate starting QB and there are only 20 or so guys out there in the entire world. You either have one, or you’re looking for one. There are questions about every QB in the league outside of Boston, Denver, Green Bay and New Orleans. Cutler’s durability has to be called into question at this point as well, but not to where I don’t think he’s a legit starting QB. I guess it comes down money, as things often do. Cutler is probably not worth $20MM a year at this point and really, he and his agent and the Bears all probably know that. But I don’t know that there isn’t a team desperate enough to offer it, and I don’t know if I’d want to match that to keep him.

A lot will change between now and the day the Bears have to make a decision on Cutler. At this point, I’d say he will almost certainly be franchised tagged after this season, then he’ll come back and we’ll get to do this all over again. And although I have my doubts about the guy, I’m absolutely rooting for him to succeed, and for the Bears to lock him up long term because as frustrating as Cutler has been, he’s less frustrating than the alternative.


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