John Fox put it best after his first regular season game as Chicago Bears head coach.
"You're only in this game to win. There's no consolation prize and no second place. So, you're never happy [with a loss.]"
There simply are no moral victories in the NFL.
The other 31 teams don't give a damn if you're rebuilding, retooling or playoff ready, they just want to knock the snot of you.
So the Bears didn't look as bad as some expected during their opener against the Green Bay Packers, but a loss is a loss. Let's see how their 0-1 start, and dropping a game against a Super Bowl contender, will affect the power rankings.
SB Nation dropped the Bears down 1 spot to 26.
The Phinsider has the Bears dropping down two spots to 23.
The Mile High Report, the SB Nation Denver Broncos site, has long suffered from Jilted Lover Syndrome because of former Bronco QB Jay Cutler. Now that the Bears have ex-Denver head coach Fox patrolling the sidelines, I'd imagine their level of snark to hit an all time high this year. They also have the Bears at 26, and here's what they had to say.
Losing at home with a late interception with the game on the line. Yep, that sounds like Jay Cutler. John Fox starts his tenure as head coach with a home defeat to a division rival in a game the Bears dominated offensively, but could not seem to come away with points. I suspect this team will finish 7-9, because of this guy...
The "this guy" they refer to is of course Jay Cutler, and they even went as far as showing a GIF of a Smokin' Jay Cutler. Maybe I'm biased, but the Smokin' Jays stopped being funny a long time ago.
I fully expected Chicago to get obliterated by the Packers. Instead, they only lost by one touchdown. That has to count as a moral victory for now.
No moral victories.
The Shutdown Corner of Yahoo Sports dropped Chicago 1 spot.
28. Chicago Bears (0-1, LW: 27)
Matt Forte looked fresh and fast with 166 total yards. As long as he continues to look that good, John Fox will continue to ride him.
Over at NFL.com, they boosted the Packers up to the top spot after they beat Chicago, but they dropped the Bears down two places to 27 after their eight point loss.
It was a close contest at Soldier Field on Sunday. You have to love the Bears rolling out the 1940s-era throwbacks. Ultimately, the new-look defense in Chicago faltered in the second half, allowing Green Bay to score touchdowns on three of their four full possessions: Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers on TD drives of 59, 78 and 48 yards -- with the last one coming off a crushing Jay Cutler pick. Another middling performance from the Chicago QB, in case you only watched eight minutes.
Pro Football Talk moved the Bears up one spot!
28. Bears (0-1; No. 29): It's wasn't a win, but it also wasn't a disaster.
Over at Fanspeak, they have the Bears at 24.
The Bears gave the Packers a good game early on and it looked like they might pull off the upset, but things started to fall apart for Chicago late in the game. The Bears Defense is going to be their Achilles heel this year and it's unclear if they can overcome that.
CBS Sports moved the Bears down 3 spots to 25.
They did some nice things on offense and the defense looked improved against the Packers. That's progress.
Bears' fans will take progress after the dumpster fire in 2014.
And I saved the "best" Power Ranking for the end...
The USA Today, who ranked the Bears dead last at 32 this offseason, moved the Bears way up to #27.
Rather encouraging debut for a team with low expectations. But let's hope wheels don't fall off Matt Forte.
No 0-1 team made a bigger jump up USA Today's rankings than the Bears. It's almost like they put the Bears at 32 just to drum up some discussion and to draw eyeballs to their site.