Some of the disgust I started feeling in the second quarter of Sunday night’s game has worn off, but not the reality of the situation. No, the reality is obvious, despite Lovie Smiths’ smiling, “I have a job until 2011 and you don’t” declarations that his team has X number of games left in the X number of game season pish-posh.
The reality of the situation is, like it or not, the talent, coaching, attitude and management of the Bears lend them to being about where they are at right now. My prediction for 2008 was 7-9. When they started the season 5-3, of course I was pleasantly surprised as were many. But look where they seem to be headed.
Yes, we were all fortunate to see the Bears dominate a weak NFC in 2006 with a great, hungry defense (that now looks bloated, satiated and content now that many of them have been given contract extensions, making them set for life within an economy in shambles) a bad quarterback that had his career year, an old offensive line that had one more strong season, and several players with a lot of heart (Thomas Jones comes to mind). It is a shame that just two years removed, this Bears team will never be that way again, but that’s the reality of it.
And the final reality I’ll mention today is as Brad Biggs mentions in his story: the Bears either win their final four games versus Jacksonville, against the NFL’s top passing team in New Orleans, then Green Bay who kicked the crap out of Chicago, then at Houston, or they don’t make the playoffs. (Even though I have to scrape together $500 and send it to the Bears to pay for tickets to 2 playoff games that aren’t happening at Soldier Field in a million years.)
Disgusted at Sunday night’s 20-point loss? Yes. Disgusted at the drubbing at Green Bay, the stupid mistakes that led to 2-3 other losses in 2008 in winnable games? Yes. When I step back and think about whether I should be surprised the 2008 Bears will probably finish 8-8 or 7-9, I know I am not.