Disgusted Reaction to Ugly Loss

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.

8 Responses to “Disgusted Reaction to Ugly Loss”

  1. Unfortunately, as a life long Bears fan, my hands are tied as to how to find a productive way to voice displeasure with the management of our Beloved Bears. I generally try to remain optimistic, but am at my wits end here. The Lovie and Angelo rhetoric of continually referring to our current record when confronted with questioning (even in the face of a total meltdown) is beyond condecending. So what are our options here? Call into radio shows? Write blog posts? Stop going to the games? Stop WATCHING the games? Should we boycott the Bears and picket outside of Halas Hall pleading for the McCaskey’s to sell the Bears?!? None of this will work of course. However, I’m 100% convinced that Angelo and Lovie must both go (and if Phillips can’t see this, he should go too!). If you put Lovie and Angelo’s salaries together, you could actually entice a Bill Cowher and offer him full control. Or better yet, break the piggy bank and bring in Parcells as GM (dream scenario) and let him hire the coaching staff. We need a football person calling the shots for the Bears and we haven’t had that since Papa Bear passed away. Sad times indeed.

  2. Honestly it should start with the McCaskey’s selling the team. We know this will not happen though. I think Ted Phillips on down should be fired. Even if we do stay afloat and somehow get into the playoffs (I’m beginning to think the Bears will lose the rest of their games this season though), that Ted Phillips and Jerry Angelo should atleast be fired. Phillips for hiring Angelo and Angelo for assembling this offensive offensive line.

    None of us have been big on Lovie, but I have to say that props are given to the way the defense has produced. They arent dominant like in 2005 or 2006, but they are a good defense; and are easily a top 10 defense so far this year.

  3. GEO34, I enjoyed your blog response; finally someone that knows what they are talking about. Yes, it is time that Bear’s MANAGEMENT takes accountability for our team’s ineptness. Angelo and Smith entered this season saying that their roster is the one they are sticking with and feel comfortable with it in making a run at winning the Super Bowl. This purely displays that they do not have a clue as it pertains to evaluating talent.

    They following are facts which were validated yesterday on the Buffone and O’Bradovich post game radio show.

    1. FACT – The Bears will NOT make the playoffs.

    2. FACT – Bear fans with football knowledge (not unrealistic optimism) ARE actually rooting for the Bears to lose their remaining games because they recognize that is the only POSSIBLE way for Angelo and Smith to be fired. They won’t be fired if they end up 5-11 as you stated, but 4-12 might be enough. This is a fact based on yesterday’s Buffone/O’Bradovich radio poll.

    3. FACT – Angelo stated that the quarterback position is where you start in building a Super Bowl contender. According to Buffone, O’Bradovich, and McMichael (Mongo) that is the most ridiculous thing they have ever heard. The offensive and defensive line is where you start to build; winning the war in the trenches should be the first building block.

    4. FACT – I personally know Tommie Harris and he is playing on one leg; he is done. Ever since his major hamstring injury he has NEVER or will be the same. People don’t realize that his hamstring literally tore completely away from the bone.

    5. FACT – The Bears website ran by Larry Mayer is an absolute joke. Out of fairness to Larry, the McCaskey’s have put a gag order on him which prevents him from practicing true journalism. Larry is ONLY allowed to write about subjective (favorable) topics and Bears nostalgia. Let me provide a comparison. Bulls.com beat writer Sam Smith told me that he is allowed to practice true and objective journalism because the Bulls organization has not put a gag order on him; kudos to the Bulls. As far as I am concerned Larry should be fired alongside Angelo and Smith because he is part of the existing malignancy.

    6. FACT – We will lose the remaining games which is actually not my primary prediction. My primary prediction is when the Bears lose their last game of the season against Green Bay on 1/2, our opening day victory (which we actually loss because Calvin Johnson’s incomplete catch should have been ruled a touchdown) against the Detroit Lions will come back to haunt us as it relates to our draft order; that one win will vault us between 4-6 slots in the first round.

    7. FACT – I am still feeling the pain from Angelo’s selection of Cedric Benson in 2005′s first round. He picked the wrong Longhorn. We had Thomas Jones who was an overly reliable running back as well as a solid citizen. Jones did everything the organization asked of him. Angelo should have picked Derrick Johnson to replace Hunter Hillenmeyer as outside linebacker. Johnson is a stud as projected and has started every game since he was drafted. A linebacker trio of Urlacher, Briggs, and Johnson would have been by far the best for several years.

    The following are two options/solutions that I feel may have some traction in fulfilling the majority of Bears fans wishes in getting rid of Angelo and Smith; even Mayer.

    1. Tribune Sports to interview Buffone, O’Bradovich, & McMichael and make it a sports front page story with a catchy subject line. The questions asked would not adhere to being politically astute. Tribune writers David Haugh or Dan Pompei would be ideal since they publish the truth and are NOT AFRAID to criticize the Bears organization.

    2. One of the major television networks does a HEAVILY ADVERTISED hour long special segment with Buffone, O’Bradovich, & McMichael on the panel. Perhaps the program is scheduled after the next three losses which will be consecutive.

    For some reason, I don’t feel radio is providing enough traction in EXPOSING Angelo and Smith; even Mayer.

  4. 8.FACT – Smith’s postgame comments are as predictable as the sun rising tomorrow morning. I would be rich if I had a dollar for everytime he has said “there is a lot of football left to be played”. To top that off, yesterday he became the ONLY coach in NFL history since the challenge rule has been in existence who did not challenge an obvious touchdown for his own team. He admitted his blunder today in an interview. Totally unacceptable for any individual earning his salary. Let’s see if Larry Mayer has the guts to write about Smith’s non challenge that cost the game on Bears.com; NOT.

  5. I think the reason I’m more confused than angry is because I don’t know where this Bears team goes from here. Cutler doesn’t look like he gets it, so they may need a new QB in the next few years (they’ve shown they have no idea how to develop a good QB so who knows how long this will go on). The o-line is a work in progress. Urlacher and Briggs will be out of the NFL in a few years. Next year may not even have any NFL football so that will push 54 and 55 another year closer to retirement. All the coaches will be gone. It will take 2-3 years for the new coaches to have “their players”. If this season doesn’t work out — most signs indicating it won’t — then us Bear fans may be in for a long, sad stretch of Bears football. That’s why I don’t know what to say.

  6. Oh and Todd, I stopped reading your comment when your first “Fact” was just an opinion. As for Larry Mayer, would YOU do something publicly to defy your boss and risk your job and family? Get real, I don’t blame the guy. Go to the newspapers for real news, not ChicagoBears.com

  7. You bet Perno, who knows how many years we will have to wait before we see (better) Bears football ; the defense is playing quite well in their probably last push at regaining their old form from 4 years ago, the offense gave us about a quarter of something that finally “looked” like football and Cutler is going to have two weeks with his psychologist before the next game. That may help. So I’ll keep on watching because it’s an addiction and if not faith, hope is still there. What gets annoying and embarrassing though, is to get into the record books this way every three weeks.
    Who’s Larry Mayer?

  8. Nice oxymoron in your point #2, Todd. Even packers’ fans would not do what you say “Bear fans with football knowledge” are doing.

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