TORONTO ON - NOVEMBER 07: Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears intercepts a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on November 7 2010 in Toronto Canada. Chicago won 22-19. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
So many Bears fans were up in arms, just begging, pleading, for the Bears to run the ball more. The Bears ran the ball more against the Bills, but the win wasn't impressive enough for some of you. The run/pass ratio was better, and yet talk radio, internet chatter, the talk around the water cooler, is mostly negative. The Bears offense did enough to win, their special teams chipped in, and the defense made plays when they had to. But it's still not good enough for some of you.
Now before you get your underpants in a bunch, I'm saying some of you, not all, and honestly it's not that bad around Windy City Gridiron, as we have a more intelligent readership. Our meathead quota is at a minimum. But some of you need to really think about what kind of team you want to cheer for. Some of you expect greatness in all facets of the team, and when you're griping and complaining about something that has run its course you move on to the next issue.
For example, the run/pass ratio that was such a big deal a couple weeks ago was addressed by Mike Martz by calling about as many runs as passes, so now the lack of a true #1 WR has reared it's ugly head again. Jay Cutler does a solid job in managing the game, and I actually heard someone say he didn't make enough big plays.
The media may be more a culprit in fanning the negative flames than anybody. The wind sock reporting is done more to get a reaction than to do any actual reporting. Some columnists I take with a grain of salt and simply read for a chuckle. And some of the radio guys are just trying to drum up good conversation, but with the way some of them flip flop on topics it just makes for bad radio.
Even if the Bears run off a string of W's, these same people will find an issue with something. But if they get tripped up and lose some games in the coming weeks, those same people will break their arm patting themselves on the back for being so right.
I know this team has warts. The secondary has some issues, the offensive line is far from gelling, and the offense hasn't shown much consistency, but it is what it is. This is a team that has to overcome some personnel deficiencies caused by Jerry Angelo, but the hope is some of the younger players can step up their game. Can they? For Angelo's sake they better.