Ric, it was "the last straw" so to speak. Everyone here knows I value the offensive line, part of the game. I enjoy watching a fine offensive line work (in recent years it's been other teams....not the Bears). But I admire how a great oline unit can work like a fine Swiss watch. Imposing its will on a defense. Moving opponent around like they were feed-sacks in a hardware store. Move 'em and dump 'em. March down the field. Score.
I keep waiting for the Bears to improve their oline. They understand it's bad. It's been rated as the worst or one of the worst olines in the entire NFL for a few years now.
So, I watch to see each year if they have gotten better. But it's been all talk.
The Clutts thing seemed to embody everything I've seen in the Lovie Smith era regarding blocking. It doesn't seem to be a high priority with him. If it WAS a high priority, something would have been done long before this season to put a better oline in place.
Can you imagine what kind of an oline we'd have if they invested even half the resources they have on the safety or dline positions under Lovie Smith? Even half?
One last point. I am not one to put much stock in what people (Bears) say. I watch what they do. Actions speak the truth. Rhetoric, is cheap. Just look at politicians.
We can agree to disagree on this, and that's A-ok.