I’m sure I’ll have more than six thoughts on Fridays during the season, but for the offseason don’t want to commit myself to a twelve pack on Fridays. Seriously.
Following the Packer loss/going into a matchup with a somewhat resurgent Panther team:
1. It kills me to say this, but the more games we lose to Green Bay, the more I can’t help but be reminded of the Wanny/Jauronstedt years. Sometimes the Bears would shock us and keep it close with the Packers. Sometimes they were blown out. Sometimes there was a shocking finish when it looked like the Bears would pull off a win…..but they rarely did. The punt return touchdown that was called back on a penalty made me think of it again. But yes, the Bears still lost to the Packers, which is again becoming a far too familiar occurrence.
2. I’ll say it again as I did after opening week. Just how does Green Bay remain a solid football team for 20 years? The Patriots have now done it for one decade, but I don’t know if I can think of another team that has stayed so solid since the early 1990′s. Losing a Hall of Fame quarterback? Go pick up another one. Need receivers? Pick 3-4 of them in the 2nd and 3rd rounds that become the best group in the NFL Defense horrible in 2008? Great, rebuild in one year into one of the best. Makes me sick, but it’s true. Can’t do much but envy them and hope the Bears are able to rebuild with so many older players. Always hope.
3. I don’t know why but the thought just flashed into my head this morning. How could Jay Cutler NOT be affected by knowing he’s likely to get put to the ground on practically every play. How could he not? Seriously? If you’re the quarterback of the Chicago Bears, getting dropped at practically record levels, how would you not hear footsteps every time you drop back, which would absolutely affect your accuracy and timing.
4. Speaking of sacks, the Bears allowed 56 in 2010. They are on pace to allow 73 in 2011. This made me think to look back over a few other years. Would you believe Ron Turner’s offense in 2009 allowed 35 in 2009 and 29 in 2008? During the Super Bowl season of 2006, 25 were allowed. I think under 30 is a pretty respectable number. Allowing Cutler to get killed in this offense is not respectable.
5. When the Bears have disappointed me over the last decade, one of the things I tell myself, seriously, is that at least I’m not a Detroit Lions fan. I have pitied them over the last 10 years. Looks like I can’t tell myself that anymore, since they’re winning big so far in 2011.
6. The Carolina Panthers look to be much improved. Nevertheless, if the Bears lose to this team on Sunday, the wheels will begin to come off the 2011 season. Despite the Detroit Lions being vastly improved, should the Bears lose to Detroit the following week on Monday Night Football and fall to 1-4, this season will be a train wreck that will only get worse.
I still hope I’m wrong about my pre-2011 season feeling that this year reminded me of the 1992 season with older players expected to play strong but fizzling out. If it does, the good news is we should have a rebound for a few weeks (the ’92 team actually started 4-3 before falling to 5-11) before things fall apart. But of course I hope I’m totally wrong.