Bears' Smith: 'Tournament has begun for us'
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter
1:29 p.m. CST, December 17, 2012
When it comes to picking up the pieces after a Chicago Bears loss, there is a lot more shrapnel and debris this time around.
First, wide receiver Brandon Marshall marched into the postgame interview room Sunday at Soldier Field and called for accountability with jobs when it comes to the flailing offense
Then, injured middle linebacker Brian Urlacher made his weekly paid appearance on WFLD-Channel 32 and responded to criticism by saying, “Two of the people I don't care about: fans or media.”
On Monday, a day after the team lost for the fifth time in six games, coach Lovie Smith said the tournament has started for the Bears.
Losing is getting to the Bears and time is quickly running out to get things turned around in a season that began with hype, expectations and a 7-1 start. Ever since the slide began with a 13-6 loss to the Texans on Nov. 11, Smith has been able to stand tall the day after defeats and point out the Bears still control their destiny.
That is no longer the case. After the 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field, the Bears are in need of help. First, they have to help themselves with road games at Arizona and Detroit to close out the regular season. At 8-6, the Bears can finish 10-6 and miss the postseason. Their clearest path to the playoffs is winning out and having the Giants (8-6) and Vikings (8-6) each lose at least once. But the way the Bears have played of late – averaging a meager 14.2 points per game in the last six – the odds are mounting against Smith and the Bears.
“Realize what the score is, we lost to them again, but for us, yesterday’s game was a must game for the NFC North championship,” Smith said. “Besides that it wasn’t a must game as far as what can happen with our season. This week we’re to that must game, I mean the tournament has begun for us, so it’s about Arizona as soon as the players get a chance to watch the video. We have to find a way to get to 10-6 and see what happens.”
Smith said there will not be any changes on his coaching staff. It certainly sounded like that is what Marshall was hinting at after Sunday’s loss.
“Everybody involved in offense should be held accountable, even if that means jobs,” Marshall said. “Everyone on offense should be held accountable. It’s been this way all year. There’s no excuse. We still have two games left. There’s still hope but at the same time, we need to be held accountable.”
Said Smith: “I would like to think that all throughout the season we’ve stressed being accountable with every position, with all of us — coaches, players and all of us. I don’t think anything has changed from that.”
As far as Urlacher’s remarks where he staunchly supported the coach and rebuked anyone that would disagree, Smith said he had not heard them.
“First off, it would be hard for me to respond to those comments when I haven't heard the comments,” Smith said. “I just know who Brian Urlacher is. I know that he loves being a Chicago Bear. He's helped us win a lot of football games around here. He's a leader. He's disappointed like we all are right now in a position we were in yesterday and he's going to come to work this week getting ready for Arizona.”
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
Just 6 wins in a row and that Superbowl trophy is all ours!!!!!!!!
Blow me Lovie, just blow me...
Reductio ad absurdum
...it's how we roll...
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Originally Posted by Wolfman
I know coaches sometimes have to say silly ra-ra shit just for public appearances but Lovie is sounding increasingly unhinged to me the last few weeks. Like a man who is completely clueless, grasping for straws, and losing his grip on reality. He is making a spectacle of himself and further reinforcing his reputation for stubbornness by refusing to change anything on the coaching staff, even when called out by his one pro-bowl caliber offensive player. It is his hardheaded ineptitude on the offense side of the sidelines that is greatly responsible for a second straight mid season collapse.
The buck stops with him and he needs to be fired two weeks from today.
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The Bears have been leaving this stuff all over the field and I'm sick of it. And I'm sick of hearing the same from Lovie Dovie.
If I'm going to watch this team, they better field a good product. It's time for a change. Almost 30 years of futility doesn't cut it.
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Trestman - Kromer - Tucker - DeCamillis
I'm looking forward to seeing these guys coach. Hope they're good.
Last I recalled was that in a regular tournament the winners proceed to the next round. Bears Progress will depend on all the right Teams losing. Lovie has it all under control though.
It's still steaming fresh. Must have been another recent press conference from Lovie.
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