Am I the only one with this perspective? Am I off base, or just no ideas on what is the root cause?
Getting lovie out isn't a good thing but he never gets the team as a whole//blame him and the draft but it is what it is//you can't win without a offense credit phil for upgrading the whole team//but years of dubious draft decisions left holes to fill//no qb that cost two ones and a third no line that got minimal attention//now a defense getting older and money issues//look at the ravens players step up to make plays//you see fire in the bear defense well they got most of the talent for years/the offense with jay and brandon but where is the rb play like the ravens got like 29 yards da bears couldn't get 1 yard so where is the fire if your ankle is hurt let a healthy guy play//breaking down at crucial times with false start calls//where is the fire desire//jeff fisher but that ship sailed
Let me pu my 2 cents in on this. Yes the O line play good and protected Cutler well. However it still can't open the holes needed for the RBs, but then it doesn't help it the OC calls the same damn running play time after time and it also doesn't help when Forte keeps trying to run throught holes that just aren't there. His best two runs yesterday were to the outside, so why didn't we keep running him that way, because of OC sucks. Second out TE couldn't catch fire let alone catch a football. We are just about out of WRs.
Personally, I have more questions than answers regarding this season. I'd like to see how the team and Lovie handles these next 4 games and the post season, before I make up my own mind. There ARE a lot of factors to consider, depending upon how the team finishes.
One scenario could be the team collapsing and the coaches failing to do anything about it.
Another scenario could be the team turning this around, and despite injuries and oline woes, they rally and finish strong.
Emery will have to sort it all out after a full-season "body of work" to look at. I will tell you what I don't want to happen. I don't want to see a knee jerk reaction where we equate "any new coach" with making us better. Don't kid yourself, we could get worse if the Bears don't get it right. A lot worse. Detroit worse.
I just want them to be thoughtful - and any resulting change should make us better, and not "change for the sake of change" to appease the fans.
So JJ -- Gimme your bottom line take on it. Do you think the coaches are ok, or what exactly would you change if you could? I know the RBs are not getting open holes. To some degree, that is going to affect the passing game, but it's not like we don't try the run, so they still have to defend it. They can't just send everyone into the secondary. And we are not getting any production out of the passing game. I know right now we have two WRs that are down, but even with that we still seem not to be able to move the ball other than with Marshall.
So does that mean we just can't pick WR's? I know that Jeffrey seems to be able to catch the ball. Is it either they can come in catching, or forget about it - we can't develop anyone? Is it just the WR's or coaches too? I'm not real happy with Cutlers production when he has protection. The maddening part is that he can do stuff that very few others can do. He is really good at avoiding pressure, he can put the ball anywhere given time, but it is still not clicking.
And like you said -- the TE's. They couldn't catch AIDS in a Turkish bath house. So once again, is that the coaches? It is possible that we can't pick a SINGLE TE that can catch when we have so many?
I see all kinds of issues, but being a businessman, I say it always comes back to the guys calling the shots. If a player has potential, you need to have the people in place that can develop that potential. If they don't then you need to have people that can see that and move on. It seems that we are stuck in the middle with many that do not produce and they don't get better and they don't get replaced.
I disagree,I think the Lovie Smith Bus has passed the stop.
The core of this defense is showing its age,with few accolades to show for it.
It's been one epic failure after another,I'm tired of all the smoke and mirrors.
Years of abject failure to 1)draft,2)evaluate players,3)develop players,4)coach fundamental football;
have come home to roost.
Even with the new additions,this team is still a paper tiger;all show,no go.
There are so many holes to fill on this team,it will take several years to repair the futility of the past.
The best thing I can say,is I have faith in the GM,to do the right thing.
Wish I could say the same for Lovie.
I don't know who the best answer would be,for a new HC,but I do know,it's time.
And while I am not a big fan of Lovie, I do not want to replace him just to replace him. I think that unless we do our homework, we can get much worse. I would rather stay with Lovie than do that.
This off-season might be just as entertaining as the season has been.
Personally, I suspect that part of the reason for promoting Tice was because there was no one else who was qualified, and who wanted the job. Nobody wants to be placed in a position to fail, and then be told that they have to succeed in order to keep their job. I also think this is how we ended up with Martz as well.