Monthly Archives: November 2009

Cutler’s spark has faded -Shout of the day 11/23/2009

Cutler’s spark has faded :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Carol Slezak.

The above article is the closest to my feelings about the Bears and Jay Cutler that I have seen.  I don’t think it is all Jay Cutler’s fault the abysmal coaching staff on the Bears have created another Rex Grossman. But I do fault him that he  seems to not be able to handle the inane sportswriters’ criticism or the unbelievably bad play by his offensive offensive line. He now is  running for his life even when it’s not in danger. You can only take so many hits until you start flinching. And he is definitely flinching. He now needs a therapist as well as some decent coaching. He can do something about the latter, but he came to the wrong team if he expects coaching. This is the team that doesn’t believe in hitting in practice. And it shows on the field.

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Bears make me sad..and Angry!

Bears - No chance!I am spending some time this evening watching the Patriots and the Colts  play a game I don’t recognize. I spent the afternoon away from football, instead sitting on the 18th hole at the Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament, which was  a display of skill and professionalism by players who play a game they care about and challenge themselves to excel at. It makes me sad to think that a great city like Chicago is represented by a group of athletes who, unlike the golfers, are money grabbing pretenders. It is just very sad.

But watching the game on Sunday night also makes me angry. I am watching two teams that have players that make plays, try their best, succeed at times, fail at times. But these teams have quarterbacks that make plays, hit open receivers and dump the ball when necessary. They have coaches that design plays to take advantage of the other teams’ weaknesses. They have receivers that run the routes and give their quarterbacks a chance to make plays. They have running backs that adjust to the defense and turn failed holes into some gains by ADJUSTING.  I guess I want to say I see pro football as it should be played. And then I think that next week the Bears are going to make fools of themselves again on national tv at night. And I become angry! Angry at the poor coaching. Angry at the quarterback who doesn’t know when to throw the ball away. Angry at watching a team not caring what the other team does, but coach the game as if they are in some dream world, made up by Lovie and the gang. No adjustments.  “We are a running team” they say. But they have no line to run behind. ” We have good wide receivers” HUH? Do you have a Reggie Wayne? Wes Welker? Randy Moss? or any of the others in this game. It is a joke. And I am angry about it.

Tracy Mc Grady on the Bulls? Shout of the Day

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I commented on the blog post on Comcast Sportsnet. I am not sure this is a great idea. Here are my thoughts: I think I kinda like the idea, but after seeing him for years in Orlando I am hesitant. He is kind of a ball hog and not much on defense. Where would he fit? Small forward? Where does Deng go? Shooting guard? Will that hurt Salmons, who is a real plus? And I still get queasy about giving up on Tyrus Thomas. The worst deal John Paxon made was getting rid of Tyson Chandler for a veteran and that did not work. Imagine Tyson and Noah on the front line….. I still think Thomas and Noah are almost to that stage. I would much rather go after a guard, even a jerk like Allen Iverson.

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Lovie:Who is responsible for making the Bears a national joke?

Wojciechowski: Bears have become a punch line

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Sacked!

Jay takes another sack. Will he last the season?

Just read the above article and see how the rest of the country views the Bears. They don’t! Even the networks cut away from the Bears’ game because they couldn’t wait for the last fan to switch the channel. I know I left the bar in disgust at halftime. I didn’t even wait for that slap in the face. What the heck can I say that goes beyond what the  media in Chicago is saying. I do laugh though at columnists like  David Haugh spending a whole column talking about Lovie Smith’s shortcomings, then says he deserves another year of shame. This is kind of like saying I know the problem, but I’m not gonna follow in Rush Limbaugh’s footsteps and say it. Well I will say it. The only bottom line is that the Bears and their fans are now laughingstocks and the management in charge is responsible and should pay a price, not get another 11 million dollars or so. As I said with Ozzie Guillen, when the hell does someone pay the price for total humiliation and not playing like professional football players. It is not the losing. The team had Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers and lost all their games but one. But at least they gave effort. They kept us watching, waiting to see what will happens as the game   goes along. This current team has the fans leaving the bars at halftime, muttering something like “why the hell did I waste that hour of my life?” Sunday’s game was disgusting. I think Lovie Smith should go as soon as possible because he can’t ever get another contract after these sorry exhibitions this year. May as well cut our losses and start over. Before we get worse than Tampa Bay! Or the Cleveland Browns!

Chicago Bears – Still Vanilla?

Lovie Smith inanities deserve to be reported — chicagotribune.com

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Lovie Smith - Outcoached week after week

The Chicago Bears won a game Sunday 30-6 against a woeful Cleveland Browns team. And yet it looked for all the world as bad as the Green Bay, Atlanta and Cincinnati losses. Jay Cutler was running for his life. The offense failed time after time to score a touchdown. It seemed that these teams have no regard for the Bears offensive line because every play looks like a fire drill. Opposing coaches design blitzes, three man rushes, four man rushes, safety blitzes, corner blitzes, take your pick, They all work. The lack of preparation and the embarrassment they must feel is astounding. Jay Cutler goes to the podium week after week to answer questions and is speechless. The media implies he doesn’t care or won’t admit his shortcomings. The truth is he is still in shock over being used as a tackling dummy play after play.

Does Lovie Smith care? Apparently not. He still designs the  no hit practices. He still tells you they are making progress. His press conferences are obviously a  joke. The Bears have become an embarrassment in their own city. Here is a list of recent headlines in just one paper, the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Will the Real ‘D’ stand up?
  • Bears dread the red zone
  • Have fans lost all trust in Lovie?
  • More like a Brownout
  • The dreaded ‘red’ zone and 10 other thoughts
  • Roughing a quarterback
  • O-line protection not much to savor
  • The blowout none too pretty

And this is in a game that was one-sided. One in which the Bears still looked out-coached. And the answer? According to Ron Turner, the offense guru…..We may have to simplify the offense.

Here is how Rick Morissey in the Chicago Tribune summarized the way Lovie Smith is handling his job:

I woke up Tuesday morning contemplating a boycott of Lovie Smith. This concerned me because it seemed to suggest I had just dreamed of the dull Bears coach, which would mean that even my dreams put me to sleep. And I’m confused enough as it is.

Anyway, the boycott: My thought was that until Smith said something both interesting and truthful (early bet: 2018), no utterances of his would show up in this column space.

How much better the world would be! How much more peaceful! That vein on your neck would stop pulsating!

No longer would we have to stand by as Smith blinked impassively at a scattering of bird droppings and then proclaimed it impressionistic art.

On Monday, having analyzed the video of his team’s woeful offensive performance against Cleveland, Lovie’s search party found a way to put the game in the most gracious terms. You were left to wonder whether he’s teaching football or Intro to Positive Self-Esteem.

“I feel good about what we’re doing offensively,” he told reporters. “There are some things we need to do a little bit better, which we’ll do and go from there.”

Since he arrived here in 2004, “and we’ll go from there” has been Smith’s stock way of saying, “Not only have I not answered you honestly, but now I’m dismissing your question and moving on to the next question that I’ll avoid.”

So why put ourselves through this? Why take it anymore?

As a public service, I pondered the possibility of never quoting the Lovester. I would take a stand against us being played for fools. I would put an end to his maddening platitudes. I would rid Chicago of the strain of repetitive eye rolling.

No longer would we have to ask ourselves, “How stupid does he think we are?”

If the purpose is to infuriate otherwise clear-thinking people, then Smith is first-team All-Pro. More from him on the offense:

“Of course we have tried to do some things differently. When things don’t work, you try to do some different things. It’s a process like it is with everything else. I’m pleased with us continuing to get down in the red zone where we are talking about the red zone.”

Get it? Don’t focus on the Bears‘ problems in the red zone, where they scored touchdowns only twice in seven tries Sunday; concentrate on the achievement of just getting into the red zone. See? We’re all winners! Now, which team mom is supposed to hand out the juice boxes this week?

The patronizing quote made me realize that ignoring him would only enable him. Not calling him on his bizarre take on reality would be to encourage him to continue to believe we’re idiots.

Smith’s philosophy seems to be that public criticism of his players serves no constructive purpose. But let’s turn it around. What do compliments accomplish when they’re not earned?

My personal thought on all this? Is it possible that Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton were not that bad? Do we have coaches that know what a game plan is? Are the players on the offensive line even pro caliber? Are we evaluating talent and bringing in guys like Omiyale as a free agent, Williams and Beekman as draft choices? Who are the backups? Kevin Shaffer? What then heck is going on? Or is it that Lovie Smith that still thinks, as he said last year, we are just playing “vanilla” and will adjust and display what we have when the time comes? According to Ron Turner, we gotta get more vanilla. Is it the players or is it the coaches that are confused? I know I am.