Bears loss would be huge failure
Losing Sunday would go down as biggest failure since Super Bowl XLI
Nothing illustrated the relaxed mindset the Seahawks bring to Chicago better than coach Pete Carroll playfully answering a reporter's cell phone earlier this week.
"Not now, this is a press conference," Carroll quipped, hanging up. "Old friend from high school."
The loose, celebratory tone that Carroll set suggested it could have been the president calling to offer congratulations for ousting the Saints. That win represented the Seahawks' Super Bowl, after all.
A more serious call awaits Lovie Smith and the Bears at home Sunday. A bad connection between preparation and execution at Soldier Field threatens to ruin four months of progress.
Given the stakes, losing the playoff opener here to a Seahawks team with nine losses would go down as the Bears' biggest failure since Super Bowl XLI, Smith's most dubious defeat.
Can you hear me now?
That's just the way it works in pro sports. The thing about exceeding expectations, especially when least expected, is having to meet them with the pressure on. And the pressure isn't on the team that spent most of the week laughing about their good fortune between vanilla no-foam lattes.
Carroll bounced around like a guy excited about a play date more than the playoffs. He greeted the Chicago media during a conference call: "Hey, what's up?''
You, dude. Fist bumps all around. Such a stress-free team can create anxiety for heavily favored opponents.
Meanwhile, only if the Bears win Sunday will any of the compelling comparisons to the 2006 NFC champions be apt. If they lose, all of a sudden this team will take its undignified place alongside other underachieving one-and-done teases such as the '05 and '01 Bears.
So we interrupt any Chicagoans already polishing the cowboy boots for a Super trip toward their "destination," down the "road" to Dallas for this travel update. It will be the Bears sent packing for the offseason unless they remember what got them this far.
Run the ball. Mix in the short passing game. Protect the football. Rush the passer. Tackle.
If the Bears do that as well as they did at times in the second half of the season, they will convince us that the de facto NFC championship game really wasn't played Saturday night in Atlanta. If they don't, Carroll's own phone will be buzzing with well-wishers starting Sunday afternoon around 3:30.
The Bears are better than the Seahawks and a more complete team than perhaps we have acknowledged in the weeks since they clinched a first-round bye. Now they have to prove it.
When the Bears opened the regular season at home against the Lions, I framed that as a must-win game because a loss would have affected much more than just the Bears' record in the city. How appropriate that the Bears face the same reality in their first game of the postseason.
They can leave a message that they were right all along.
Losing this week or next week is a huge failure.
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We can and will win today. Book it!
Winston Churchill: "Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak."
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They can't lose. Now home field goes through Chicago, go Bears!
I don't know about huge failure, we were not supposed to be a .500 team let alone make the playoffs. Doesn't mean we should extend contracts to Lovie and Co either. Any wins in the playoffs are just icing on the cake to an unexplicable good year.
I refuse to speak of a loss until it's actually a loss.
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if the Bears make it out of this week, how bad do they lose to the packers?
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We haven't even played our first playoff game, and you're already predicting a loss to the fudge packers? C'mon. I guess on the bright side, that means you expect a Bears W today?
look im trying hard to be optimistic but I just dont trust lovie
Originally Posted by BossK
Why? I think Lovie has done great things with what Jerry Angelo has given him. If Angelo was half-way decent as a GM, I think this team could be a great team for years and years. The players love Lovie (no pun intended), and he's led the Bears to the playoffs 3 times, once to the super bowl, in 6 years. Good enough for me. If we find a new GM, or Jerry Angelo miraculously becomes a good drafter, and Lovie Smith doesn't do well, then I'll agree with you.
Originally Posted by nerrad
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