It’s been a tough couple days around here and I’m sure you guys are struggling, too. Knowing that you didn’t get the job done is a tough pill to swallow, but, unfortunately, we’ve forced ourselves into having to gulp it down.
MAN, I wish things would have turned out differently! I’m just happy the loss didn’t happen as a result of a lack of effort, because this team fought hard all the way to the end, and that’s something to be seriously proud of. Even after we lost Jay, we still almost pulled out a victory, because our team remained determined and Caleb Hanie put together a tremendous performance.
We wanted to go to Dallas -- We wanted to play in the Super Bowl -- We wanted to get some rings -- But, we fell short. And it’s tough knowing that that’s our reality.
BUT, when you step back a bit and take a good hard look at the season the Bears and 4th Phase put together, you begin to put things into perspective, and realize that this was a helluva season! Back in August, all the "experts" picked us to finish anywhere from third to last place, with projected records that hovered around 5-11. Yet look at what we did in spite of the naysayers! TWELVE WINS and only SIX LOSSES, PEOPLE! We made it all the way to the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! And we did it because your 2010-11 Chicago Bears was a team of high character, who was led by a great coaching staff, and supported by an amazing group of fans! This season was absolutely amazing!
Please don’t let what I’m about to say kill the proud vibe we should all be enjoying, but I gotta get a little something off my chest before closing out this post...
I’m very upset and disappointed about the way people have treated Jay, as far as his injury is concerned. Current players, the media and fans have judged him without knowing anything about the extent of his injury and this really rubs me the wrong way. Jay is a heckuva competitor and a heckuva guy, and it pisses me off that people actually think that he’d fake an injury in the biggest game of his life.
Jay has been a leader the entire season. He led us to a 12-6 record and an NFC Championship birth. And for people to downplay what he’s helped us accomplish -- well -- that doesn’t make me happy, at all.
Sorry for the rant, but I had to let those feelings breathe a bit...
Aaaaanyway... It’s been a helluva ride, 4th Phase! I’m excited be a Bear and proud to have you guys as fans!
Don't you guys run off, now that the season's over. Click here to get at me.