Disappointing is a good word. Upset is another good word. Embarrassing is probably the best word. But surprised, not necessarily.
This was coming. I saw it. I am sure others saw it coming. Most Chicago Bears fans though, not so much. They bleed blue and orange and believe. And why not believe. You get Jay Cut and Pace and the offense is ready to go. The defensive players love Marinelli. Things look good, right?
Not so much. A combination of injuries, bad play calling, and poor coaching has led this team from the rosey path to a dark, dead-end street. The die hards with their rose colored glasses must be beside themselves. This past Sunday must have been their Shock and Awe.
The season is far from over. It is very possible they could go 6-2 in the 2nd half of the season and still get a wildcard. Realistically they will be lucky to go 4-4 and finish .500 on the season. And how embarrassing is that?
I don’t care that they have had some injuries. All teams do. Great coaches get the most out of what they have and what Lovie had was a playoff quality team. He gathered that defense to rile them up, motivate them after going down 21-7. So how did that defense respond? They gave up another 20 points.
I’ve seen some bad Chicago Bears teams. I can remember games dating back to the mid 70s and at no time have I seen a team let down their fan base as much as the 2009 Chicago Bears. This team had potential to win 11 or 12 games.
There were also bad coaches like Abe Gibron, Neil Armstrong, Dick Jauron and Dave Wannstedt. However Lovie fires a Superbowl coordinator and tells fans to trust him that he knows what he is doing. Since the big game the Bears have gotten worse each season. Now Lovie has taken over the D-Coordinator position, in addition to his full-time job and is sucking big time.
I am embarrassed to be a Bears fan right now. I am sure most Bears fans are. The most disappointing thing is that there isn’t much you can do. What are you going to do? You can’t fire Lovie in the middle of the season. Who becomes head coach, Toub, Marinelli or ‘gulp’ Turner? Ahhhhh, Jane, stop this crazy thing. You could fire the GM but he has guaranteed money on the table. He isn’t going anywhere. The only guys I could see being sacrificial lambs might be O-Line Coach Harry Heinstand, DB Coach John Hoke and possibly LB Coach Bob Babich.
However, if the Gods are smiling down upon Beardom the Bears Organization with give the old heave ho to Lovie, Turner, Angelo and the rest of the coaches at the end of 2009.