The 32-7 beat-down the Bears took at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers last night was a loss counted on by many (including our resident commenter JDM). It was just one loss. Every season other than that of the 1972 Miami Dolphins has its disappointments. Could the Bears regain their bearings and come back strong and angry in the next critical game-this week’s division matchup with Minnesota? Sure they could, and I hope they do.
But the Bears had their ass kicked in every facet of the game last night, which is what is frightening to me for their chances this season. Their normally dependable, dominating defense was embarrassed on a national stage. I will say nothing of Jason Campbell’s performance, because no quarterback could have performed when given about 1.5 seconds to throw on every pass play. I had hopes that the offensive line would prove to be serviceable. But they’re not; they’re a collective joke. Every lineman but veteran center Roberto Garza was at fault.
I loved the selection of tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round last year. But after seeing Aldon Smith-a linebacker-push Carimi and propel him 7 yards onto his ass, I don’t know. Is Carimi still in actuality a rookie? Is his knee not totally healed? Or will he be another failed pick? Why can’t any player other than Brandon Marshall be targeted and consistently catch the football? Why does Devin Hester now run backwards on punt returns? Is the team’s 2012 offensive ineptitude solely the offensive line’s fault or would it still be pathetic even if the quarterback had time? Will the Bears win any game in which the defense doesn’t score points?
I have lots of questions, and need to end this piece with an important question for you-the readers. I want to look at the final six games of the season to gauge whether the team has any shot at making the playoffs, now that the Packers have been handed the division lead. The important question for you before I give my opinion is-do the Bears have any shot of beating Green Bay at home on December 16th? Please do let me know.