I was going to take today off from posting, and I’m going to take much of this bye week off. Actually I can’t remember another time when I was happier that there was no Bears football on a given week in the Fall.
Nice comments from the fans in yesterday’s post. It’s odd, I know the anger from all of us is there, but it’s more stunned, bewildered disgust than anger. I think Gary’s “surreal ineptitude” comment sums it up. Or perhaps “serial ineptitude” might be another word for it.
It just dawned on me yesterday to remember that it was the Bears organization that decided to fire Ron Turner and most of the offensive coaches following the 2009 season. As disgusted as we are right now, remember how disgusted the fans were following the 2009 season? Buying billboards to show our public disgust?
I was as disgusted as everyone else, but I was surprised when I actually did NOT agree with the Turner firing. I thought it was a sham-in 2009 it was more the incompetent defense’s fault that the Bears went 7-9 than the offense’s. Firing Turner, to me, was a way for Ted Phillips, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith to find a scapegoat for what was becoming more of an overall organizational problem.
So for the second consecutive offseason, the Bears’ organization decided that they could sell the fans on hiring coaching “gurus” to install fancy systems and sell the fans on the belief that they could coach the Bears’ mediocre talent to a higher level. What we plainly have now is a lot of football players that aren’t very good (please see 2008 first round draft pick Chris Williams being pushed straight back into Jay Cutler for the first sack of yesterday’s game).
Jerry Angelo has drafted a succession of players over a 10-year period that are slipping further and further into mediocrity. I am not a Bears fan that wants the 2010 team to fail in order to get everyone in the house fired from Phillips on down. And the unfortunate reality is that a 5-11 season in my opinion won’t even make this happen.
But I will say this: the Bears’ next opponent, the winless Buffalo Bills, almost beat the strong Baltimore Ravens last week. Chicago has proven it can’t play with average teams like Seattle and Washington. If the Bears do lose to Buffalo, who else are they going to beat in 2010?
Then in an offseason when the likes of Bill Parcells and Bill Cowher will be available, we’ll probably get to watch another season of status quo. I am currently questioning why I put myself through watching this year in and year out.