There's a character in the wonderful film Pulp Fiction named Mr. Wolfe. He is the problem solver and speaks concisely and doesn't have time for non-sense. One of the Wolf's lines "Let's not go...." well I don't know if I can finish the quote here, but http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001787/quotes has it. This particular quote comes up often in life when people get ahead of themselves, and you just want to shoot their enthusiasm down. It has to be done. Not that we shouldn't have optimism and enthusiasm in our lives, but we also need to be realistic and logical.
"What is your point?" You may be asking, good question, I'm a little lost myself. I guess my basic point is that I have a hard time understanding some people's "This can't fail" attitude when it comes to sports and the Bears in specific. Remember when we got Brandon Marshall, got rid of Martz, and scored 40 on opening day? There was no way this wasn't the year the offense carried us, finally we had an competent offense that would be the focal point of our team, organization, and sports-watching life. In fact before the season started some were bold enough to suggest our offense would have to bail out our defense for the upcoming season.
Boy, they were wrong. I admit I got to thinking this way after the first game, and I was wrong too. I'm not writing this to laugh at those who were wrong or proclaim I knew all along, it's just a warning of sorts. A warning that things could still go bad despite being told otherwise. Just because the organization tells you something, doesn't make it so, just because beat reporters tell you something, doesn't make it so. Watch and listen with your third eye, as Bill Hicks would say. You've been a fan, you've watched, aren't you qualified at least marginally?
I guess it's optimism that can blind any rational thought or contradiction your brain wants you to follow. Blind faith has brought a wave of people clamoring that "Emery is god", "I completely trust Emery", "Don't worry about it, Emery's got it" I just find this attitude so frustrating and baseless. Can't we see what he does and give him a couple years before we are renaming Halas Hall "Emery Hall"? The guy seems like he knows what he is doing, talks a real good game, and has made quick decisions, kudos to him, but that doesn't make him unflappable.
Truth is, I have no idea how good Phil Emery is, will be, or can be. He may end up being our savior and he may just be another in the long list of Bears failures. Let's just let it play out for a bit before we start declaring him our hero.