Urbandictionary.com has many definitions for the phrase “epic fail”, which we take it from the young people is a newer addition to the English lexicon. One of the better definitions is:
“A mistake of such monumental proportions that it requires its own term in order to successfully point out the unfathomable shortcomings of an individual or group.”
To us, that’s a pretty good way to describe the 2009 Chicago Bears season. The team entered 2009 with the second-to-easiest schedule in the National Football League, and a new quarterback with skills not possessed by a Chicago Bears quarterback in perhaps 60 years. Bears General Manager Jerry
Angelo made several shrewed moves in free agency to assemble what were thought to be the final pieces needed to eek out at least a playoff berth while the core players left from the 2006 Super Bowl season had the least bit of talent left in them. Many were sure the Bears would at least clinch a playoff berth. But instead, fans were forced to endure perhaps the most disappointing season against expectations in 90 years of Bears football.
Entering the season finale of the 2008 campaign, the Bears were poised to clinch a wildcard playoff berth if they could defeat the Texans in Houston as long as they had help from two other unlikely circumstances: the Philadelphia Eagles would have to beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland
Raiders would need to upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida. The Bears jumped to a 10-0 lead behind average-but-adequate quarterback Kyle Orton, but its defense blew it in allowing three straight Texans touchdowns. The Bears would end up losing the game 31-24, but also lost themselves a playoff berth as both Oakland and Philadelphia pulled off unlikely wins. Only the Bears failed to do what they needed to do.
In January 2009, Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith worked quickly in firing two coaches on the defensive side of the ball, and hired deposed Lions coach Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach and Assistant Head Coach. Smith called Marinelli the “best free agent available.” Smith also announced
that while another of his cronies Bob Babich would retain the title of defensive coordinator, in 2009 Smith would take over defensive playcalling for all games-hardly an orthodox move. Once again, as he did in 2007 when he fired popular defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and announced that the media needed to
“trust that he would make the right decisions for his team,” Smith was remaking his staff to his liking to the disdain of observers.
Read the rest of the story on the 2009 Chicago Bears season page. But you already know what happened.