With two Chicago Bears losses to teams they should have beat lingering in my memory, my thoughts are extremely scattered this week. I was going to take the bye week off from posting, but there’s just too much to say. As Perno said, I am both confused and angry after the team played well enough on defense to win the last two games. Games that they HAD to win in order to be legitimate playoff contenders. Now I am convinced that the Bears are not legitimate playoff contenders. How could they be if they can’t beat Washington and Seattle?
When the Bears finally hired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator in February after a protracted search (what other kind of search is there for the Bears?) I was stunned, a little nervous, but admittedly a little excited. Martz has proven that he is one of the most innovative offensive thinkers in the history of the game.
I was nervous about the potential for the offense being too pass-oriented, which is what got Martz fired from his last two coaching jobs in Detroit and San Francisco, not to mention getting him run out of his head coaching position in St. Louis. But not in a million years did I envision that the 2010 Chicago Bears offense would be historically bad. And after seven games of the 2010 season, the Chicago Bears offense is historically bad. Yes, they have won 4 games and they’re not out of anything at 4-3 and tied for the division lead. But the 1989 Chicago Bears also started 4-3, and finished 6-10. As the Bears are 1-3 in their last four games against beatable teams, I can’t rule out a 6-10 or worse finish this year.
Profootballtalk did a better job than I can summarizing how historically bad the 2010 Bears offense is when they pointed out yesterday that they are awful in so many ways.
I’d have to do some research that I don’t have time for, but I don’t know how far back we’d have to go to find a Bears team (keeping in mind the Bears have been bad on offense for the majority of their 91-year history) that converted on only 17% of their third down attempts. And Profootballtalk didn’t even care to mention that the team is 0-10 with goal to go on the one yard line. This is quite simply unprecedented in the history of the game.
Someone please argue with me with the statement I’m about to make. “The Chicago Cubs will never win another world series. The Chicago Bears will always find a way to play bad offensive football.” Please, please someone argue with this statement, because currently I can’t argue with myself on this. Look at the situation. The Bears currently employ possibly the most physically gifted quarterback they have ever had, two decent running backs, and one of the greatest offensive minds in the history of the game as their coach. If they are as bad as they have ever been on offense, how can I have hope that they will ever, ever be good offensively?
Please, someone convince me otherwise. I’m begging you.