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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Packers 21, Bears 13- With a Whimper

The collapse is more or less complete. The Bears could win their last two and get some help and still make the playoffs, but that seems incredibly unlikely. It doesn't matter anyways. This is not a good football team. It's hard to believe it ever was. They were failures in every possible phase today, and they let the division title that was in their hands for half a season go to Green Bay on their home turf.

There will be hard decisions in the future. The end of this season has gone about as badly as you could have ever imagined for the two individuals who have the most control over the team's fate: Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith.

I don't want to say goodbye to either of them, myself. The sinking feeling in my stomach tells me this franchise would be no closer to a title without them than it is with them, but there's also little that can be said to defend either one of them right now. There are plenty of excuses. There always are in a team sport where so many variables play into wins and losses, but the blame for this collapse will fall on the shoulders of these two, and it'll be truly interesting to see whether the axe will come out, and where it will land.

I don't much have the heart for a breakdown, frankly. The only good I saw was in the pass rush early on, and a run game that reappeared for just a few moments. After that it was all bad. The officiating was undeniably bad, but the Bears have no one to blame but themselves for being incapable of scoring points against any defense with a pulse. That Green Bay Packers squad that carried away the division championship today is clearly the worst unit that Rodgers has led since his first year as a starter, and the Bears weren't even close to them in either game. Think about that. Or don't. I won't blame you.

I haven't got the faintest idea where everything will be once the dust settles. I can only assume that I'll be as unhappy as I am right now.


Anonymous said...

Mad bro?

Fro Dog said...

After the game against the Seahawks, I told you that I don't think the Bears had two more wins in them. Then, your friend Erik had this to say to me:

"You don't think they'll beat the Lions, Vikings or Cardinals? Two teams they've already beaten and a team starting Ryan Lindley? A team with zero pass protection against this pass rush?

You are a meatball. Repeat, you are a meatball."

I've been trying to explain this to you for the last few years that the Bears aren't a good team and will never be with Lovie Smith and his guys in charge. The same problems they've had a few years ago are still there. If it's not for two missed field goals and a dropped pass from Randall Cobb (he was wide open too), the Bears lose by three touchdowns. Point being, the defense sucks.

Iggins! said...

I will say we all expected them to lose this game and still make the playoffs at 10-6, which is totally likely. The Cowboys, Giants, and Vikings all have losses left on their schedule (though the Skins may not). If the Bears beat Arizona and Detroit they'll be in. Of course, Zona just beat Detroit by 28 at Detroit. So... man if the season is over because we lose at the Cardinals I think Lovie and Jay are gone.

Erik said...

If not for a couple tipped passes and drops and shitty blocking, they would've won by 50 points and gone to the Super Bowl! Also, how would missed field goals have become touchdowns?

I didn't say you're a meatball because you think Lovie sucks, I said it because you took one loss to mean "This team is bad, and always has been, and will never win another game." They could still get two wins, and I would be right. Or they couldn't, and they would still have won all those games they won before. You're not a meatball because you think they're going to lose, you're a meatball because you willingly ignore dozens of wins that contradict your narrative. I don't think they're a good football team right now. It's open to debate whether they were at all this year. But to say Lovie has never put together a good team and never will is to flat-out ignore much of the last 10 years of Chicago football.