There is a growing consensus that the Chicago Bears are more likely headed for a second-straight collapse than a return to the playoffs and an improbable G-Men like run to a Super Bowl victory. I didn’t say that’s how I feel, but this concern is growing.
I’m actually surprised that the majority of ESPN analysts are still sticking with the Bears this week, not that this means anything.
If your glass is half full:
You know that the Bears have one thing in 2012 that they didn’t have in 2011 for the stretch run: Jay Cutler. Oh, and throw in Brandon Marshall while we’re at it. You remember how sharp Cutler has played since returning from his concussion. And according to the Chicago Tribune, even if the Bears finish 2-2, at least one of four teams in the NFC (St Louis, Seattle, Dallas, Washington) would need to win out.
Unfortunately there are still half-empty scenarios:
Even though Cutler was playing lights-out against Seattle, the offense still had a hard time scoring when they really needed to. The offensive line is missing its best player after not even being good in the first place. Matt Forte isn’t playing like he did in 2011, although we don’t know if it’s Forte, nagging injuries, or the blocking. No receiver (other than the oft-injured Alshon Jeffery) has provided a compliment to Marshall. The defense is battered, slowing down, and missing their heart and soul for the remainder of the season.
And, despite the coach preaching how important victories over Green Bay are when he took over the team, he cannot beat the Packers.
I am still hoping for a solid run and maybe some good fortune in the playoffs. But having been a Chicago Bears fan for 33 years, I’ve seen my share of letdowns and implosions.