The only interesting footnote to the 2011 season is their 8-8 record is the first time they have finished with that mark since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978. (I was wrong-see below).
Other than that, all we can say is what a disappointment.
I wrote on Friday that I admit I had the Bears finishing 8-8 or 7-9 prior to the season-my glass was not half full. What I did not predict is that they would fine themselves rolling toward the postseason after ten weeks, as they did. To see the bottom drop out was clearly disappointing.
But losing five of the final six games was clearly due to injury. Fault Jerry Angelo for draft after disappointing draft, and I do, but no other team in the NFL would continue to roll toward the playoffs after losing their top two offensive players. So like it or not, Lovie and Jerry must be given some slack.
(Maybe the Packers could after watching their backups play today, but they are admittedly off the charts offensively.)
You all have a great offseason. Wish I could say it’s all been fun this year-it hasn’t.
Post-note: In my frantic life as it is now, I actually sat and thought for a few minutes through all the years since 1978 before I posted this. Had the Bears ever finished 8-8? I actually looked up 1978, the first 16-game season, to make sure they didn’t. Then I went year-for-year in my head. ’79: 10-6, ’80: 7-9, ’81: 6-10, ’84: 10-6, etc. Totally forgot about 1983. Obviously I knew the Bears finished 8-8 in 1983. But I totally forgot today. I would never have made such a claim without thinking about it, but my thinking today was flawed….’doh!