"How many of you guys have families?" Singletary said to reporters. "You mind raising your hands? You scared to raise your hands? So you have kids and every now and then your kids have some misunderstandings or what have you and they forget that there is a father at home."
I absolutely love this enforcer mentality! For starters, yes, I am scared. I am scared of you Mike Singletary. Your piercing eyes and alpha male disposition make me quiver. Growing up with an older brother, we often got into fights (aka my uncle buys us professional boxing gloves for Christmas, and I end up with a concussion on the floor as my brother towers over me in his replica Curtis Conway jersey -- in retaliation, I pour a pitcher of ice cold water on him while he is sleeping). Regardless, we both knew that when Dad got home, the wrath of god was upon us.
Unfortunately for the Bears, I feel like our players view Lovie more as the passive Mother than the dominant Father. The Bears are supposed to be a franchise predicated on intimidation and swagger. We have none of that. Something tells me that if Greg Olsen and Johnny Knox got into a scuffle, Lovie's cookie cutter response would go something like this:
The point is, they key to a winning team, organization, or company, is having a leader on top who inspires those working beneath. I just don't think our players take the field with the fire and inspiration needed to compete. Granted, it is still preseason and these worries could be put to rest with some solid wins early in the year.
However, if this season is a flop, it’s paramount that we bring in a coach who isn’t afraid to answer the question of a Tony Danza sitcom.