Delusional Bears deserve to be on outside looking in

There are 255 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 28, 2008, titled Delusional Bears deserve to be on outside looking in. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Bears were ahead by 10 points in the first quarter Sunday against a team with no chance of making the playoffs.

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KPR

AOL

#1 Dec 28, 2008
If Lovie can't see this team needs some major overhauling then maybe it needs to start with the coaching staff. The COVER NONE defense showed its ugly side all season long, every team in the league has figured out its weaknesses and the Bears get burned week after week using it. No WRs, an ancient O-line that couldn't open up a running lane through a wet paper bag, and the starting QB position still NOT settled!
Shawn

Newburyport, MA

#2 Dec 28, 2008
Orton isn't the answer....and this coaching staff isn't learning on the job, they're on the job, but never seem to learn.
WeBlewIT

Missouri City, TX

#3 Dec 28, 2008
This really hurts. This painful lose is going to linger for quite awhile.
macko14

Thomaston, GA

#4 Dec 28, 2008
Thank you, thank you, thank you. In this article you have said so much that every Bear fan wishes they could print in the paper. We have got to GET RID OF BABICH. Angelo let Lovie talk him into a stupid choice by choosing Babich over Rivera. Please, please, please Lovie get some help. You are delusional if you think we don't need a MAJOR overhaul. Fire Babich and Turner. And, although I know Angelo doesn't have the sense to do this: FIRE SMITH. If I was near my tv I would thrown something through it when Lovie said:

When you're 9-7, you're close," coach Lovie Smith said. "You don't need any overhaul."

Argghhh! That is so "Dusty Baker". If Lovie is so delusionally upbeat he should move in as Obama's press secretary...after he's done we'll need a lot of false hope, too, I'm afraid.
Mike

Mission, TX

#5 Dec 28, 2008
Ahh, now here is a thought. Ron Rivera as head coach of.....the Bears? Could be good, people want him here. He wants a head coaching job. Lovie...lock the door on your way out please.
Larry

Olympia Fields, IL

#7 Dec 28, 2008
For the first time ever I agree with an Rick Morrissey article.
D Brezden

Canada

#8 Dec 28, 2008
The witless vanilla defense. The makeshift "receivers." The offensive play calling diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. The uncanny ability to turn a strength into, if not a weakness then into neutral.

Who can tell anything about the quality of the players on this team? Is 54 done? How can you know when he's dropped in deep cover all day?

Expect more of the same next season.
mr bright side

Northbrook, IL

#9 Dec 28, 2008
Rivera has proven in SD that you can improve a team's defensive performance with the same players.. Babich has got to go! Invest in a pass rusher-LB like a Harrison or Porter type and of course a real wide out and we could win 10-11 games next year...
FLATBELLYS

West Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 28, 2008
HOW ABOUT THE BAD JOB THE MEDIA AND THE PRESS DID THIS YEAR ! DID THEY EVER STAND UP TO LOVIE AND MAKE HIM ANSWER SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS, NO, THEY JUST LET HIM GET AWAY WITH THINGS LIKE " JUST TRYING TO WIN FOOTBALL GAMES " AND THE WAY HE DOES IT, HE JUST TALKS DOWN TO EVERONE, YOU JUST LET HIM GET AWAY WITH HIS AH SHUCKS ATTITUDE, WHICH IS NEVER VERY ADULT. HE WAS HIRED WHEN THE NFL CAME OUT AND PRESSURED THE TEAMS TO HIRE BLACK COACHES, FOR SOME REASION THEY MUST HAVE EXPECTED THEM TO ALL BE LIKE TONY DUENGY. SMITH HAS TAKEN A TALANTED TEAM RIGHT DOWN THE DRAIN, AND HOW ABOUT THOSE GREAT DECISIONS THAT LOST AT LEAST 3 GAMES. I HOPE IF HE IS STILL IN CHARGE OF THE TEAM NEXT YEAR YOU GUYS MAKE HIM RESPONSIBLE TO THE FANS, PRESS AND MEDIA. IF HE WONT CALL FOR HIS FIRING.
chief nokahoma

Chatham, IL

#11 Dec 29, 2008
morrissey, you are a joke.

cant someone get you to do theater reviews?

your column is a poor imitation of mariotti
Dick Hertz

Bellevue, NE

#12 Dec 29, 2008
Oh, and one more delusion. The Bears were 5-9 against the real teams in the league, the other 2 wins were against the Lions. 'Nuff said.
Dick Hertz

Bellevue, NE

#13 Dec 29, 2008
Make that 7-7 against the non-Lions. Duh.

Since: Sep 08

Bloomington,IL

#14 Dec 29, 2008
Handed to them on a silver platter and they still couldn't produce, oh well we'll all wait until March and then we can start all over again with the Cubs.
ProfessorGAC

Morris, IL

#15 Dec 29, 2008
Mike wrote:
Ahh, now here is a thought. Ron Rivera as head coach of.....the Bears? Could be good, people want him here. He wants a head coaching job. Lovie...lock the door on your way out please.
How about Singletary? He's not a luck in SF, and he's a Chicago legend. I'd be ok with that. He actually made that rotten bunch on the bay win more games then they deserved! I think he might have the goods.
ProfessorGAC

Morris, IL

#16 Dec 29, 2008
Dick Hertz wrote:
Make that 7-7 against the non-Lions. Duh.
The definition of mediocrity! Middle of the pack, win half, lose half. And they almost lost one to the hapless Lions.

Major changes needed or they'll be worse, and significantly so, next year.
Tony

Immokalee, FL

#17 Dec 29, 2008
Right on Rick, not only Lovie but the entire ofence & defence coaches need to leave. And are you kidding me, "Orton to start in 09" This gut has tunnel vision, put him on the same bus with Lovie and crew and trade Grossman for a...Waterboy, if they can get a good one. Whew, what was the Red Flag challenge for the spot of the ball and not that the ball hit the ground. Please, NEW OWNER soon!
GB in the woods

Palatine, IL

#18 Dec 29, 2008
Lovie is right we dont need a major overhaul we need to get a safety two cornerbacks, fire both coordinators two wideouts, a qb who can throw a deep route and three o-linemen and were back. We do not need to change the whole philoshy except on offense. Rivera ran Lovies defense and was 11-5 and 13-3. It is the coordinator who is not putting them in the right positions. Rivera would play some press coverage when he was here. Don't underestimate how important the coordinators are. The bears have started out almost every game we lost with a two score lead and blew those games. We need a O coordinator who will not keep running your rb up the middle when it does not work and one who wont try a fb dive when you need 1 yard to get a first down and run out the clock and win, how many times did we see that in september. If Lovie does not fire the coordinators he should be fired.
dale miller

United States

#19 Dec 29, 2008
If I did this bad at my job I would be FIRED!
tommyb

Rockford, IL

#20 Dec 29, 2008
Right on Rick. This team is in total confusion. The d-backs are the team example. What it is? Coaching. There isn't any on offense, defense, or sideline. What can we do to get Singletary and Rivera?
Beryl Shreve

Dallas, TX

#21 Dec 29, 2008
I couldn't have said it any better - WE DIDN'T DESERVE to make the playoffs.....period!

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