Watching Peyton Manning is always special, especially thus far in 2013. Usually, it would be unfair to compare something you noticed while watching Manning play to your own team, but in this instance, it was not Manning who perfected an art.
The infamous refusal of Chicago Bears fans to be quiet during offensive possessions has gone on for far too long. While Manning was busy carving-up the Oakland Raiders, the television broadcast picked-up every sound from on the field. Every utterance from Manning came through as though he was standing in front of the television.
Anytime the Denver Broncos had the ball on Monday night, Mile High Stadium (or Sports Authority Field – blah) was silent. Granted, Manning is able to accomplish feats similar to last night even when facing loud, hostile crowds on the road, but such compliance from fans is a huge advantage.
The Bears offense has looked more than capable of scoring through the early parts of this season.Marc Trestman appears to have gotten through to Jay Cutler, who has played the best football of his career with the Chicago Bears. The offensive line has played extremely well thus far, and Cutler has improved targets in Martellus Bennett and an Alshon Jeffery with a year in the NFL under his belt. Matt Forte has been utilized perfectly, and has been a huge contributor in all three wins to start this season.
Everything the Bears accomplished offensively during the first two games, they did with fans at Soldier Field screaming the entire time. Imagine what Cutler and co. could accomplish with a silent Soldier Field.
If it were any other sport, incessantly loud fans would be a bonus. The “fire and passion” are part of what make Chicago fans fun to play for (I would assume). However, the Chicago Bears play football. In football, it can help the team you’re rooting for if the quartback is able to communicate with his teammates. The players already know you want them to win; you are at the game.
The fact that this is still an issue is nothing short of embarrassing. Watching Cutler have to wave his arms in a downward motion inside the red zone, so that Roberto Garza can hear him, is painful. The Bears fans at Soldier Field are simply handcuffing Cutler, and the rest of the offense, every chance they get.
There is no upside to this; no reason or validation exists. Yet, every week, it continues. The second game of the season, with the Minnesota Vikings in town, was particularly horrible. If the idea is to build a reputation that Chicago Bears fans are ignorant yahoos, than mission accomplished. If not, the only option is to shut-up.
Bears fans should enjoy this season, especially this early success, but we need to do so responsibly. Cheer after the Bears score, not while they are attempting to.
Thank you, and: Bears.