The Root of my Lack of Faith

Firstly, please allow me to offer myself up for a slapping from the Bears organization, coaches and players.  Had someone asked me to place my bet for or against the 2010 Bears hosting the NFC Championship game, I would have put my money squarely on there being no chance.

But, in my defense, here is the backstory on my little faith of 2010:

I loved the Ditka era, but at the end I was ready for a chance.  When Dave Wannstedt was hired, I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

When Wannstedt in 1994 brought in Erik Kramer, Merrill Hoge, Lewis Tillman and others, I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

In 1996, Wannstedt made bold moves by signing Bryan Cox and resigning Alonzo Spellman, then he told us all the pieces were in place.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

In 1997, Wannstedt traded our first-round pick for Rick Meirer, a move the rest of the league laughed at.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

The hiring of Dick Jauron.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

In 2000, the Bears outspent everyone in free agency, acquiring Phillip Daniels, Thomas Smith and Shaun Wooden.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

The Bears extended Dick Jauron for three years in 2001.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

In 2004, the Bears floundered in their coaching search until they hired Lovie Smith, who was pretty far down on their list.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.

The Bears won their division in 2005, but were wiped out at home in the playoffs.  In 2006, I 100% fully believed that they would go to the Super Bowl.  They finished just short of their goal.

In 2007, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith told us to trust them, when they traded Thomas Jones for nothing, neglected the offensive line, signed Adam Archuleta, fired Ron Rivera, that these were the right moves.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t.

In 2009, the Bears made a shockingly bold trade for Jay Cutler, and Lovie Smith took over a second job, that of defensive coordinator.  I dreamed and trusted that this would be the solution to get the Bears back on top.  It wasn’t-in 2009.

So after ALL OF THIS BLIND FAITH, I attended a presentation for season ticket holders at Halas Hall in early September 2010.  I listened to the echo-y presentation in the extremely poorly-tuned Walter Payton center during which Angelo, Smith and Ted Phillips told us all once again to believe, that the moves made prior to the 2010 season were the right combination for success.  I and many of those around me rolled our eyes.  We had heard this so many times before!  And the Bears’ performance in the preseason gave fans nothing to think our eye-rolling would be incorrect.

The Bears were right enough in their moves to land an NFC Championship game in Chicago, and I was wrong for never thinking it would happen this year.  But please keep in mind the other 50 times in my life I believed….

Congratulations to the 2010 Chicago Bears. for proving me and a lot of others wrong. Sadly, they have about 95% of America not believing in them this week, and I hope they can use that to their advantage.

2 Responses to “The Root of my Lack of Faith”

  1. Roy,

    I share your skepticism. I think I’m a couple years older than you (I’m 43) and started watching these guys in 1977. The Bears of the 80′s should have at least won ONE more title, if not two. But McMahon’s health, the rise of other top tier teams (Giants, Niners), and Ditka’s ever growing ego brought all that to an end.

    Ugh, the 90′s. Terrible.

    Glad they broke their two game losing streak from the #2 seed. Why wasn’t Steve Smith double covered in 2005?

  2. Yeah, nice post Roy. How about the bringing of Kordell Stewart in ’03?
    Incredible and yet great to be the underdog in this one!

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