The 2009 Chicago Bears season began with excitement. Games were celebrations meant to be enjoyed. Now they’re simply to be endured. I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan for 31 seasons. Unfortunately, have watched more than one season that made me embarassed to be a fan of this team. Thankfully it’s been five years or so since I’ve had to say that. But once again, after losing 4 in a row and 6 of the last 7, I’m embarrassed to be a Bears fan.
Although Lovie Smith will undoubtedly say after the game and throughout the week that 9-7 will sometimes get teams into the playoffs, and it’s a series of five one-game seasons the rest of the way or whatever brilliant motivational saying he’ll come up with, we know this season was over two losses ago. And as I keep saying, if anyone thinks this 4-12 to 6-10 season is bad, wait until next year, when Smith, Angelo, Turner, the same tired scheme and overrated, underperforming players will be back with no draft picks to be exited about. I can’t even bear at this moment to think about another hopeless season. This is exactly the buzz we will all have for this team in 2010.
Here are the thoughts I had watching today’s game. Or what the Vikings and their fans called a game:
The Vikings had 225 yards through the middle of the second quarter. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman treated the game as the typical Brett Favre lovefest, saying “the Vikings are just making this look easy.” What team hasn’t made it look easy against the Bears defense in 2009?
Once again, the Bears committed stupid penalties at stupid times and stupid turnovers. And yet Lovie stood on the sidelines with his even, confident glow, even smiling and joking with the referee after Johnny Knox’s stupid fumble. Bear fans, this is your leader through 2012. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Call me a Jay Cutler apologist, but on his second interception I thought it was clearly pass interference. On the first, I think a more experienced receiver might have broken that up before it could be intercepted. Yes, the ball was underthrown, but every single quarterback in the NFL isn’t perfect and will underthrow a ball now and then. The difference is the Bears overall talent is pathetic and Cutler doesn’t have the room for error that other quarterbacks do.
As we all know, the Bears trailed 24-7 at halftime. Johnny Knox returned the second half kickoff to the Minnesota 8 yard line. The Bears were promptly sacked three times. That sounds hard to believe, but we know it’s true. Will Smith just go ahead and make a damn change to a line that is broken, now that there is officially nothing to play for (even though Smith will tell you there is something to play for)? I know the answer is no, but humor me anyway. Since Orlando Pace is a joke, why not play our future turnstile Chris Williams at LT for Pace, Frank Omiyale or Kevin Shaffer at RT, and just go ahead and make the switch to Josh Beekman for Olin Kreutz at center. Anyone that can’t see the warrior Kreutz is done is kidding himself. And why not start seeing Lance Louis? I’m not saying those changes fix anything, they probably don’t, but it’s better than seeing the same garbage through the final 4 or 6 losses.
Finally, since in reality the season is over, shouldn’t we start seeing the vaunted 2009 top draft picks (Jarron Gilbert, Juaquin Iglesias and DJ Moore)? Or is Jerry Angelo afraid this will expose the fact that our top 3 picks from the 2009 draft can’t play?
Sorry to say it, but we’re probably better off that the Bears got their asses kicked today, as (at least to those of us outside the organization not living in fantasyland) this is a proper gauge of where the Bears are really at. And where they are at is they suck, and they’re only going to get worse in 2010 and 2011 under Angelo, Smith, and this staff’s continued tutelage.