Remember last year when it was all about accountability at Halas Hall?
It was public and loud and demanded like never before. Guys were getting cut all the time, even after wins, I believe.
Then the Bears lucked their way to the NFC Championship Game and everybody got suckered. It’s like breaking a mirror, only we appear to be getting seven more years of bad coaching and bad general managing.
The Bears are in a death spiral this season. They are 2-3 and already three games behind two teams in their division, both of whom they have lost to. They fobbed off a lot of slop that was masked by defense and special teams, but bad drafting and coaching ruined the first, while the NFL changed rules to take care of the second.
It’s over. When you’re holding out hope based on a return to health by a rookie offensive tackle and a slow wide receiver, you’re done.
So, where’s the accountability now?
Bad player evaluations. Bad coaching decisions. Bad clock management. Bad game management. Wasted timeouts. Blown challenges. Can’t even get a play in. Mommy, make it stop!
Where’s the accountability now?
The defense is a disaster in terms of execution and discipline. GM Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith rely on a scheme that has failed in the two most important spots: the undertackle and safety. The Bears can’t get pressure up the middle and can’t get coverage deep. Nighty-night.
You know why Smith can’t fix the devastatingly bad defensive line? Because he watches it go up against that JV offensive line in practice. The Bears’ defensive line looks good in that situation, and it should look good going against maybe the worst group since Air Supply.
How does defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli try to fix this fatal shortcoming? By designing blitzes that don’t get home. Or maybe the players are too lame to get home. Either way, somebody or a lot of bodies need to go home.
To think, that’s the good part of the Bears.
Before the Monday night debacle in Detroit, Angelo noted in the new NFL that “defense keeps you in games, offenses have to win games for you.’’
Yes. Well. Then how does giving Jay Cutler an inexcusable offensive line and an inadequate bunch of receivers help the Bears offense win games?
Trick question. It doesn’t.
When you trade for a quarterback but utterly fail to protect him or get him targets, you deserve to get sacked yourself.
When the coach tolerates the murder of his quarterback by endorsing the lunacy of an old man calling plays like he’s on the run from Nurse Ratched, he deserves to get sacked, too.
Every part of this laughingstock seemed to synthesize on that fourth down against the Lions. The Bears couldn’t get half a yard on third down, which is bad enough for the drafting and development, not to mention an offensive coordinator who never established a go-to play. But that’s nothing compared to what followed.
The Bears went for it on fourth down at the Lions’ 26. They could’ve kicked a field goal and taken the lead on the road, but no. They were going for it. Except they didn’t seem to know they were going for it on fourth down. They lined up, but were running out of time. So, they called timeout. Then they ran a play that got nothing because the sub-sub-sub right tackle got absolutely torched and should’ve been waived right there.