Unlike Bears, Carolina on spot

With different organizational mandates, the Bears and Panthers took divergent off-season paths to get to where they are this week as they prepare to face one another. Full Story
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Mike

Seattle, WA

#1 Sep 12, 2008
Thats why lovie has that same grin on his face ; win or lose. Dan Pompei wrote possibly the best line I've read in a while to really sum up chicago's management theory. The Bears won the title two years ago and none of the management is under pressure to win now. At the very least now, people can understand why the management is not concerned about any transaction that occurs to the team. That is what separates great owners from mediocre ones at best. My question now would be this: Do they really have the desire to go back? My answer would be no considering the lack of complacency within the management and no one is at risk of losing their job. This should be another Mckaskey Monumental Moment. Now I know what to look forward to, another year of "We played hard this year, but we were missing something." It's called desire to win, and if the management does not have it the team won't have it and thats the bottom line.
Jeff in Herndon VA

United States

#2 Sep 12, 2008
Dan,
Mike Minter retired during training camp of last season and not during this offseason.
Also Dante Rosario was drafted in 2007 and not 2008.
Mgray

Riverdale, GA

#3 Sep 12, 2008
The Bears need new owners, u know the kind that want 2 WIN. I don't believe 4 one minute that this ownership group has any commitment 2 winning. As long as they make a profit, they are happy.
anon

Charlotte, NC

#4 Sep 12, 2008
Mike Minter retired before last season
Thomas

Batavia, OH

#5 Sep 12, 2008
Stupid... 2 years removed from a Superbowl. Could have beat the Chargers in week 1 last year except for a freak play in which the punt its the camera cable and hits the guy on the shoulder pads and kicks to a Charger.

Carolina drove the field and pulled off a win with a banged up Merriman and LT. Not to mention Rivers is coming off of offseason knee surgery.

The Bears go in and beat down a Colts team with a Hall of Fame QB who is rusty, but shut down Harrison and Addai none the less.

The Bears don't want to win because they bring back 8 defensive pro bowlers and cut a head case non productive 4th overall pick? When did chemistry stop being important? 7 new players mean that you want to when? Shame on guys getting hurt for 7 to 8 weeks last season... the Bears should cut them and bring in bodies, because that shows you are committed to winning. Shame on the Bears for winning week one on the road in a new stadium.

Terrible article. Does writing something positive means you're a homer?
Big Panther Daddy

Charlotte, NC

#6 Sep 12, 2008
we wish you luck, but i know our team will do their talking on the field and not in the news papers, and then we can look at whose off season path was the wiser and then just sit back on sunday & see what happens.
Nish

Redwood City, CA

#7 Sep 12, 2008
It almost sounds like the Bears organization paid to have this article written.

How can you say that two years away from a Super Bowl teams should not be under pressure to win? The Panthers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, the Bears on the other hand will struggle to make the playoffs. These two teams are by no means at the same stage.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#8 Sep 12, 2008
Most disturbing thing in this story?: Angelo is signed thru 2013 so we are stuck with this incompetent buffoon and his vanilla coach Smith. Say it ain't so!
Brendan H

Mount Rainier, MD

#9 Sep 12, 2008
All the people from Chicago who do nothing but trash the Bears - Look at the difference between the 90's and this decade.

We have 3 Division Titles, 1 conference title, and 1 trip to the superbowl. Where were we in the 90's?

We are a stronger organization this decade than we were then, after we fell apart post 80's. Take a deep breath and be glad we are getting somewhere. Look at our division - every title since the inception of the NFC North (not central) has gone to the Packers or the Bears. All of the them. Noone else has had a division title since 2000 (Vikings, Central).

We arent a bad organization, or a bad team. Get over it.
Damani

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Sep 12, 2008
Thomas wrote:
Stupid... 2 years removed from a Superbowl. Could have beat the Chargers in week 1 last year except for a freak play in which the punt its the camera cable and hits the guy on the shoulder pads and kicks to a Charger.
Carolina drove the field and pulled off a win with a banged up Merriman and LT. Not to mention Rivers is coming off of offseason knee surgery.
The Bears go in and beat down a Colts team with a Hall of Fame QB who is rusty, but shut down Harrison and Addai none the less.
The Bears don't want to win because they bring back 8 defensive pro bowlers and cut a head case non productive 4th overall pick? When did chemistry stop being important? 7 new players mean that you want to when? Shame on guys getting hurt for 7 to 8 weeks last season... the Bears should cut them and bring in bodies, because that shows you are committed to winning. Shame on the Bears for winning week one on the road in a new stadium.
Terrible article. Does writing something positive means you're a homer?
Totally agree!! Carolina went to the Super Bowl about 4 or 5 years ago, and have not seen the post season sense(have they even won their division since then?) and the Bears were there just a season ago(injury plagued season at that). So it was time for Carolina to make major changes to their roster! The Bears bring and extend contracts of players that when healthy had them a top five defense. Some of the offensive moves were questionable but after seeing them against the Colts I must say things are looking pretty good right now!!!
GO BEARS!! Soon to be 2-0!!!
Chuck D of Valpo

Valparaiso, IN

#11 Sep 12, 2008
Today is Friday, September 12, 2008. The Bears, White Sox, and Cubs are in first place. Life is good. Go Bears!
bears fan

Charlotte, NC

#12 Sep 12, 2008
go cats
Boomer

Scottsdale, AZ

#13 Sep 12, 2008
That was a good article. It had some interesting facts and also showed a lot of the back work that goes into building a team from two differnet perspectives...Nice job, thanks!
jerry richardson

Charlotte, NC

#14 Sep 12, 2008
In 2005 the Panthers went to the nfc title game and lost to Seattle. At least the Panthers kept it close in the Super Bowl with the Pats. Peyton picked you guys apart in that game.
REM

Peoria, IL

#15 Sep 12, 2008
jerry richardson wrote:
In 2005 the Panthers went to the nfc title game and lost to Seattle. At least the Panthers kept it close in the Super Bowl with the Pats. Peyton picked you guys apart in that game.

Umm, I believe the SB vs. the Colts was a 3-point game in the 4th quarter. GO BEARS.
Stephen

Glendale, AZ

#16 Sep 12, 2008
Damani wrote:
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Totally agree!! Carolina went to the Super Bowl about 4 or 5 years ago, and have not seen the post season sense(have they even won their division since then?) and the Bears were there just a season ago(injury plagued season at that). So it was time for Carolina to make major changes to their roster! The Bears bring and extend contracts of players that when healthy had them a top five defense. Some of the offensive moves were questionable but after seeing them against the Colts I must say things are looking pretty good right now!!!
GO BEARS!! Soon to be 2-0!!!
Are you serious, Do you remember 2005 when the panthers beat the bears in the divisional round of the playoffs 29-13, steve smith had over 200yds receiving against the second ranked defense so yeah we have been to the playoffs after our superbowl year. This article acts like the panthers made stupid moves on offense, maybe we shouldn't let mike walhe go but foster was dead weight, so was dan morgan, there were not quality players anymore. Second in response to another commenter LT was not hurt, Rivers had minor....repeat minor knee surgery 9months ago that had no negative effect on his play, yeah merriman was hurt but he did try to play. The bears were playing a hurt/rusty manning who had surgery 2 months ago and played for the first time sunday and an offensive line without its best player. Carolina will win this game
Stephen

Glendale, AZ

#17 Sep 12, 2008
excuse me let me correct myself before a bears fan has a heart attack, carolina won in 2005 29-21......they still won though.
Ryan

Stevensville, MD

#18 Sep 12, 2008
Panthers fans should read up a little bit more on football before they speak and holy crap did i see another bears fan from maryland we don't see too many of us around here.
go bears bear down
Goldizzle

Charlotte, NC

#19 Sep 12, 2008
The puddy cats are talking mad trash down here in Charlotte, and I hope my BEARS destroy them!

GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!
will

Tuscaloosa, AL

#20 Sep 12, 2008
chicago "where wide recievers go to die"

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