As I sit here watching my wife's "Super Bowl", I decided to think toward next year (because I only saw 1 of the nominated movies and it was...meh). One year from now, what will the 2010 season look like? So, without further ado, the Chicago Bears Oscars: 2011 Edition.
The categories are Best Movie, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, & Special Effects. And the winners are:
Devin Hester, of course, for his renewed excellence on Special Teams. Hester moved from "#1 WR" to slot receiver and focused on being an all-world returner again after disappointing 2008 and 2009 seasons. In the 2010 season, Hester scored 5 return touchdowns during the season and also gave Chicago the best starting field position of any team in the NFL. He capped off his incredible 2010 season with a punt return for a touchdown in Chicago's 2nd Super Bowl victory. Other nominees included Robbie Gould and Tim Shaw.
Chris Williams, the 3rd year tackle, started all 16 games at left tackle in 2010. He is the winner for Best Supporting Actor for the Bears. Overshadowed by bigger stars on the Bears, he was instrumental nonetheless in keeping Jay Cutler's jersey clean for most of the season. Cutler was only sacked 20 times, a huge improvement over the previous season. Chris Williams, the best of the Bears' offensive line, deserves a lot of the credit for that. His best outing occurred in the NFC Divisional Round Game, where he limited Jared Allen to no sacks, no tackles, and goaded him into an ejection after back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Allen was seen crying like a little school girl in the locker room after the game.
The writer and architect of the Bears potent offense is Mike Martz. He's the obvious winner for Best Screenplay. All season long, the offense was always 2 steps ahead of the opposing defenses. Martz's game plans, in-game play-calling and adjustments set the Bears apart from every team in the league. Martz called plays for the league's #2 rated passing offense, and #1 scoring team, while working with pro-bowlers Devin Aromashodu & Jay Cutler.
A reluctant coach, who was not even sure he wanted the job last year, Rod Marinelli coordinated a surprising ferocious defense in 2010. His direction of this veteran group deserves this award. The Bears' defense, with pro-bowlers Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris, OJ Atogwe, and Defensive Player of the Year Julius Peppers, was the #1 scoring defense in the NFL. They also led the NFL in turnovers & sacks. Peppers, in his 1st season with the Bears, had 16 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, & 1 interception during the season. He also had 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in the Bears defeat of New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game. Marinelli was cited by every player for his tenacity, motivation, and inspiration.
Jay Cutler followed his disappointing 2009 season with a blockbuster 2010 campaign. He threw for over 4,300 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 13 interceptions. His stunning season was capped off with a 3 touchdown MVP performance in Super Bowl XLV.
Super Bowl XLV was a complete destruction of the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were in their 2nd straight Super Bowl, and suffered their 2nd straight defeat. Unlike last years' game, this one was never close. The Bears debacled the Colts to the tune of 44-0, the first shutout in Super Bowl history. Peyton Manning was knocked out of the game in the 1st quarter after being sandwiched by Tommie Harris & Israel Idonije. The Colts were never in it after that. Hester scored on a punt return, Jay Cutler threw 3 touchdowns, Matt Forte and Chester Taylor had one TD each. Julius Peppers had a safety in the game. Lovie Smith was actually seen smiling after the game. His only post game comment after receiving an 8-year contract extension was, "you like me, you really like me!"
Wow, that's some strong kool-aid, isn't it?