I don’t know what to say anymore. Really, is there a point to writing about another disappointing Bears loss under Lovie Smith, Ron Turner and Jerry Angelo?
I actually thought the Bears had a good chance of beating the Eagles prior to the 24-20 loss Sunday night. Philadelphia had never won an NBC Sunday night game and the Bears have played them tough the last few years. And the Bears led 20-17 before the Eagles marched straight down the field on a Bears defense that gave a huge cushion and scored seemingly without effort to take their final lead. After this, the Bears had two minutes left to score a winning touchdown. But the Bears offense expended over a minute to move just over 10 yards, and the game ended on yet another Jay Cutler interception, his 18th of the season.
Despite Smith’s contention that the Bears are still in the NFC playoff race, at 4-6 they are out of the running in 2009. As I mentioned a few weeks back, it’s looking like a 6-10 season, but easily it could wind up 5-11 or even 4-12. Denver and Tampa, who own the Bears’ first two picks in the 2010 draft, are happy.
As we all know, Jay Cutler overthrew wide open receivers on three plays that would have resulted in touchdowns. At least for once this season we can’t pin the blame on Ron Turner for those near misses. But Cutler has been known for great accuracy with the deep ball through his career, and anyone that would argue that his talent hasn’t regressed since coming to Chicago is flat out wrong. And at least we know that Kyle Orton would likely NOT have made those throws either.
It seems to me that Cutler’s talent is being squandered, just like so many other former Bears that are now enjoying success as soon as they move to other teams with better coaches and different systems.
There is much more to say here, which I will say as the week goes on. But for now all I can say is this is getting tiring. It’s not getting better this season, and I also don’t see how it gets any more encouraging in 2010.