Guess who came off the the bus running? Yup, the other team. Guess who won? The other team. Guess who's going to the playoffs while the Bears get to see them on TV? The Green bay Packers. Maybe the only positive is that neither team will lift the Lombardi Trophy, I think. No, I'm sure. I think know who's going but that's another story. (Chargers and Vikings).
Anyway, back to the Bears. Now, what I'm learning from the Bears this season is that they are not clutch from both sides of the ball, especially when the game is ending. This became apparent ever since the first week of the season against who else but the Green Bay Packers. The Bears are leading the Packers when the defense somehow lets Greg Jennings get through the coverage and score a 50 yard field goal with a minute and eleven seconds left. Then, Jay throws pick number 4 and the Pack seals the deal. The Bears do rally and win their next two games down against the Steelers and Seahawks. Then comes Detroit, an easy blowout. Bye week and then they towards the Georgia Dome to challenge those Atlanta Falcons. This was easily one of the most winnable games of the season. I wasn't at bit impressed with Matt Ryan's performance, but at least he didn't throw an interception in the red zone. If Cutler dose not throw that pick, maybe they settle for a Robbie Gould field goal. The defense fell asleep in that 40 yard touchdown catch by Roddy White witch by the way was a screen. Then Forte fumbled not ONCE but TWICE in the red zone and the second fumble turned out to be the unforeseeable dagger that would soon or later, shred the Bears season into pieces. Another three points there and maybe the Bears win the game by kicking a field goal instead of trying for a game tying field goal. But no, they have to tie the game because of those red zone mistakes. 4th and inches with under 40 seconds left and it's clear that Jay is going for a QB sneak. But a false start penalty by Orlando Pace (man was he a great pickup or what?) forced them to pass. Incomplete pass. Game Over .
That game really symbolized the beginning of the Bears downfall. Then off to Cincinnati. Blow out. The Bears let the Bengals score 31 points in the first half only. Cedric Benson gets his revenge and us fans begin to worry about the team. Cleveland comes and gets harassed by the defense but Cutler really played a poor game against a terrible defense. In comes Arizona and the they put 31 points by halftime across enemy lines. Wow. Losing to the Bengals is one thing, but getting blown out at home really makes you question how well the Bears coaching staff prepared these guys for the game. Then comes the game against the 49ers. All you need to know is that Jay Cutler threw 5 picks. The defense played well, but Jay Cutler threw 5 picks. 5 picks. Since when has Mike Singletary's defense resemble the '85 Bears? Oh the Bears could have won it. Sure! Jay leads the Bears all the way to the 7 yard line. And with 10 seconds left, he takes a shotgun snap on third and goal. He got pressured and looked straight at Olson the entire time. Had he scrambled and looked to his left, he would have spotted a wide open Earl Bennett but instead forced it where two defenders were. After this game, I noticed that they stopped using the screen pass. I also wanted the Bears coaching staff to give a little playing time to Devin Aromashodu. He made such a great grab against the 49ers during the two minute warning that I wondered why the hell the Bears coaching staff didn't put him on the field until that week. Jay Cutler even said back in training camp that he really liked this kid and was looking forward to throwing to his direction during the season.
Now to the Eagles game where Jay Cutler missed a bunch of receivers down field, all that could have gone in for 6 points. The defense couldn't stop a simple QB draw by Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson caught a 50+ touchdown catch and the Bears couldn't hold the Eagles to a field goal when it mattered most, leading to a 10 yard touchdown run on second down to rookie LeSean McCoy. That would put the Eagles up 24-20 and that was how it would end. Jay throws an interception to seal the deal and with that my friends, our playoff chances were slim to none. There was no way they'd go to the Metrodome and beat the Vikings. Sure, they stopped AP. But they didn't stop Brett Farve. Jay got harassed , threw two picks, Forte had no nowhere to run, and that was the last time Jay really looked for Olson. He didn't target him that much during the Rams game, and how do you let that team stick around for 59 minutes?
Then, yesterday, the Bears offense went nowhere for the first quarter and more than half of the second quarter. The defense gives up a 62 yard run on the first play of scrimmage and all I could do is shake my head. Offense goes nowhere, Packers add 3 points. The second position was stalled by penalties. Then, Jake throws and interception. Packers add a field goal. Finally, the Bears offense came alive. All three receivers contributed in some key catches and you got to see flashes of brilliance from Jay Cutler. What a great catch by Bennett. What perfect timing by Cutler. Even though it was ruled out of bounds, that didn't stop him from throwing a perfect pass to Johnny Knox. How good is this rookie? What a catch! They go into halftime with momentum and Anthony Adams recovers a fumble, in a play that saw Aaron Rodgers lose the grip of the football twice. That led to Jay placing a beautiful back of the shoulder pass to Aromashodu. What a great effort, what great concentration, and what a yell that got out of me when I saw what just happened! Packers were quiet, really quiet that they needed a Jay Cutler interception to wake them up and take the lead for good. It's not fair to say that the Packers were quiet when the Bears didn't make any noise either. I thought the defense played well, the offense weren't good except for those two drives, and the special team units didn't do much. I think the one thing that destroyed the Bears were penalties and the lack of focus the defense resembled on that first play of the game.
Overall, it's been a disappointing season for all three phases of this football team, thus disappointing the fourth phase, us, the fans. I'm not gonna be surprised if the Bears win out for the rest of the season or vise-versa. I think that the Bears definitely need to change the offensive coordinator and fire Lovie. Maybe the firing of Lovie Smith won't happen but I can definitely see Ron Turner getting the pink slip and well, with the Bears not having a draft pick on the first day for the second time in a row ( thanks Gaines Adams) the Bears might need to get involved in the free agent market this year. Maybe they'll get a receiver or a safety. Will they resign Adewale Ogunleye? Mark Anderson I don't mind leaving. Will they trade LanceBriggs so that they could get a first round draft or at least a second round draft? Maybe, but lets see. Lets wait 'til this long season ends and lets hope that the Bears will make a strong effort in at least getting to 8 and 8.Through good times and bad times, Bear Down! And have yourselves a happy holidays. Remember, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Lets finish off the year healthy and happy, and again, have a happy holiday!