Thanks to my friend Febster for inspiring that headline. The headline could have read a lot worse than saying MY GOD MAN! As I told him, I think the Bears played like a bunch of pendejos today. What more can I say.
Mild-mannered coach whose team has regressed exponentially the more his signature defense gets exposed tells the team’s fans that his team will play better, then is humiliated? Check.
Said coach’s team is completely outclassed and out of the game by halftime, allowing five straight scores to the opposition. Check.
Petulant, pathetic ex-Bear having a career season has his career best game against his former team after spouting lies all week about how the Bears tried to kill his career, when in actuality the player himself couldn’t give a crap when the McCaskey fan gave him $17 million to stink? Check.
All added up to one of the most embarrassing Bears games I’ve seen in this my 31st season following this team.
I’ve been through three years of Neill Armstrong’s bungling, when he couldn’t control his players.
Five years of Dave Wannstedt making excuses for his team supposedly not practicing the fundamentals he tried to teach him.
Five years of Dick Jauron, including 41-0 and 49-7 losses.
This is Lovie Smith’s sixth year, as much as it pains me to announce that time has flown that fast. In 2005 and 2006, as long as his personnel was healthy, it was hard to find a better defense than the Bears. But round about 2007, Smith’s “Tampa Two” began to be exposed if his pass rush wasn’t on its A game on a particular day. And as we’ve seen week after week, Smith’s defense seems to be getting worse and worse with every passing week. Indeed, I believe the Bears are now the last team in the NFL using the old Tampa Two as their core defensive alignment.
I realize the merits of the scheme. With any kind of pass rush, and with decent jams of receivers on the line to knock them off their routes, the scheme gives up short gains and a lot of cumulative yardage, but limits big plays and usually tightens in the red zone. But at Atlanta and today in Cincinnati the Bears pass rush was nonexistent. The unit played well overall in Atlanta, but today suffered an embarrassment the likes of which I haven’t seen in 31 years in the 45-10 annihilation.
I’m quite sure that tomorrow on sports talk we’ll hear that the Cutler trade has something to do with this loss. Yes, Cutler had three interceptions-but as I mentioned to my guests, when your defense gives up 5 consecutive scores and you’re in a 31-0 hole at halftime, any quarterback that is gunning to get their team back in the game is probably going to throw a couple of interceptions.
I still wouldn’t undo the Cutler trade, not for anything. I wouldn’t have Cedric Benson back for anything. It’s unfortunate that Cedric didn’t want to play like a professional with a $30 million contract when he played for the Bears but decided to turn it on when he got to Cincinnati. But that’s water under the bridge now.
I haven’t seen the exact quotes, but I hear that our coach told the media that it’s obvious the Bengals wanted this game more than the Bears. I hear he said that twice. So I’ll leave it at this…if that’s true, who exactly is responsible if that’s true?
This could be a watershed game for Smith. He’ll never abandon “his” defense, which at this point is clearly exposed. I’ve never been one to jump to unjustified conclusions…people could have been saying FIRE LOVIE since 2007. But the more we see completely absurd, unprepared blowouts like this, I am going to begin to wonder.