“Finding the balance” seems to be the rallying cry of the Chicago Bears offense. It’s strange how terrible the team is at putting that plan into motion.
We all know the solution. The coaches “know it.” The players definitely know it. Bears fans know it. Fans of the colors navy and orange, bear hunting enthusiasts, and even regular people who just like the way the letter “B” looks on the Bears sideline baseball caps… yep, they all know it, too:
Give the ball to Matt Forte.
Problem is, they don’t give the ball to Matt Forte.
Flash back to 1985. Wham! owned the airwaves, gas was $1.20 a gallon, and the Monsters of the Midway were roaring their way towards a Lombardi Trophy.
Flash forward to 2014 and those same Monsters are looking more like stuffed teddy bears. The team couldn’t have laid a bigger egg in their home opener, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to the lowly Buffalo Bills, 23-20.
Now, the Bears will hit the road to visit one of the NFC’s best, the San Francisco 49ers, to help them christen Levi’s Stadium.
Why did I mention 1985 to start this post? Well, like any other Bears team since, this team can learn quite a bit by studying the ’85 team. That was obviously the last time the Bears won the title.
But there was another significant thing they did nearly 30 years ago that hasn’t been repeated since. Therein lies the key to getting their season back on track in Week Two for the Bears.
We can rebuild it. We can make it stronger.
That was the takeaway message I took from Phil Emery and Marc Trestman’s exit press conference.
We can forget Chris Conte’s mishap (good luck finding another team, Chris). We can forget the final 46 seconds that took the Bears from a playoff sleeper to mediocre sob story. What we should be focusing on is this upcoming offseason, which will be the reason the Bears return to playoff contenders instead of pretenders for years to come.
The Bears ruined Christmas...
Don't try to brighten my spirits with the fact that they can still make the playoffs with a win next this Sunday against the Packers. After last night's showing, do you really think this team, especially this "defense" (and I use that term lightly), will do anything against the top tier of the NFC? They'd likely just bow out in an embarrassing first round loss, one that closely resembles last night's.
Perfect, the Bears have brought out my inner Scrooge just in time for the holidays... I tried to be optimistic. I really did. You think I would know better by now.
They even got some awesome early gifts from the Packers and the Lions. And yet they laid an egg of historic proportions against a team that literally had nothing to play for.
Allow me to introduce a hashtag here: #TypicalChicagoSportsMove (except you, Blackhawks. You guys buck the trend. Thank you for that ray of hope.)
Here's a collection of random, depressing thoughts and stats resulting from last night's trouncing at the hands of the Eagles. I'm sure you'll enjoy!
The name's Joe. Some people call me JoeFlah. Die hard Chicago fan, sans the Sox, through and through. When I'm not injured, I like to lift iron repeatedly. I do way too much research on exercise and nutrition for my own good.