I received this rant from an anonymous fan and in the spirit of the guest commentaries I published after the season, figured I’d post it. Let him know what you think. Whether you agree or not, I can say it was written with the spirit of a true Grabowski.
With the No. 4/6 seeds in Arizona, Eagles and Ravens doing what we all saw over the weekend, there inevitably will be much talk in the coming weeks about league parity, etc., and we are likely to hear Lovie speak out soon with a similar message about how “close” the Bears really are.
But don’t be foolish and buy into this message – let’s look a little deeper at the big picture with the Bears. First off, I do not want to EVER hear again any kind of uninformed, ridiculous statements that Lovie is a great or even good coach, motivator, person, whatever.
As an example, let’s look at Andy Reid as what I would consider to be a great coach. This year Reid coached through the off-field distractions of his son’s legal/criminal troubles, and while not seeing eye to eye with him, also effectively continued to manage arguably one of the league’s top Drama Queens in McNabb. As a result, Philly will be appearing in its 5th NFC title game in the last 8 years. The Eagles have nearly completely flipped their roster in the last 3-4 years, yet have continued to find a way to retool and keep winning consistently with little or no downtime.
This year alone, they’ve won 2 road playoff games and kicked the crap out of the rested Giants on their home field. It’s obvious that the Eagles have a winning formula that is working perfectly between Reid and his GM and player personnel staffs. What Reid has done this year is yet a further example of this, and all of what he has done is even further validated by the Eagles playing in probably the toughest division in football in the NFC East.
In contrast, Lovie coaches in one of the weakest divisions in football, and has one Super Bowl trip and two playoff appearances that include a first round exit, and now heads into his 6th year on the job. He has now brought on Marinelli (and in acts of cowardice and denial saved his friend Babich’s job by canning three positional coaches) to inevitably stubbornly continue moving forward with the same defensive philosophy that is clearly not working, with a roster full of players that mostly are not getting the job done, which is both his and Angelo’s fault, and no one else’s. Yet Lovie and Angelo continue to get a free pass, and we are led to believe that 9-7 finishes validate the fact Lovie is a “good” coach, but that is BS.
Where is the accountability? There are plenty of other examples besides Philly where a solid formula is/has been working for years – Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England, and until the last year or two, Seattle, to name a few. Why can’t the Bears figure it out? Because Lovie and Angelo are in charge and have no idea what they are doing. And as long as they are here, the Bears will never figure it out. And looking one step further, probably not until the McCaskeys pass away or sell, will you ever really see positive change.
Are season ticket holders supposed to be doing back flips seeing a guy like Marinelli coming here from an 0-16 team to make a lot of money and be some kind of defensive savior, while other teams continue to make multiple year playoff runs? If I was a season ticket holder (I’m not) even if I planned to pass them on to my kids, seeing the level of incompetence on display right now, I would have to seriously consider terminating my plan immediately and find a good place to invest that money instead. But as long as season ticket holders don’t voice their displeasure with what is going on, nothing is going to ever change.