Is it me, or does it seem that Tribune writer Dan Pompei works for the Bears’ PR staff? Recently Pompei wrote an article defending Ron Turner. And today he writes that cornerback Nathan Vasher is “born again at safety”, even though the player has been at the new position for a grand total of nine practices.
Vasher’s story is intriguing to me in a disappointing way. How does a player go from a rising star in 2004, Pro Bowler in 2005, very solid in 2006, injured in 2007, to questionable in 2008, then benched at his position in 2009. Oh wait, I forgot, he had a strong pass rush in front of him in ’05 and ’06.
Perhaps I’m forgetting about articles Pompei has written that don’t sound as if they’re defending the Bears organization, and if I see some in the future I will give him his due.
Predictions for Sunday? My only prediction is that it’s make or break time. Win against a strong but inconsistent Cardinals team and there is Wildcard hope. Lose, and unfortunately talk of playoffs will be pretty much futile going forward. True, the Bears will only be 4-4 which will not be worth jumping off buildings. But with the Vikings at 7-1 and facing the weakest part of their schedule any hope of the division championship will be gone.