Bears' Briggs: Stop blaming Babich

Bears' Briggs: Stop blaming Babich

There are 18 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 30, 2008, titled Bears' Briggs: Stop blaming Babich. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Linebacker Lance Briggs spoke out Thursday on behalf of beleaguered defensive coordinator Bob Babich, calling the negativity surrounding Babich unfair and spreading blame for the defense's problems evenly.

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J W Chi

Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 30, 2008
Who do we blame the defense's failure on? Over paid underachievers that cannot make up their minds on what Team they want to play for? And they hold out till they find that no other Team wants them? Then they finally come crawling back to the BEARS and cannot live up to the skill level and price of the contract that they eventually sign?

It also includes the players who just go though the motions on game day thinking that the fans would not/could not tell the difference? Heck where can I get a job like that?? I'd bust my butt for 5 mil a year!!!

This defense has lost it's fire and willingness to play at full speed every down! Which is what they train for and are getting paid for.

I am calling out the Defense of the Chicago Bears to play the type of Defense that the have shown that they can play in the past. Scuttle the Cover Two in what ever candy hass flavor or name they call it.

If they play some decent Defense then the Bears might have a chance to get to and actually play in the Playoffs this YEAR (2008).
Review

Lake Geneva, WI

#2 Oct 30, 2008
After further review ... THE BEARS STILL SUCK!
val

Aurora, IL

#3 Oct 31, 2008
Briggs,

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's wrong with the defense. My five year old could figure this one out. It's a basic logic question.
Ron Rivera at the defensive helm, we have greatness. Babich at the helm and everything goes to hell. Now what is so hard about coming to that conclusion.
On the other hand, Babich is a puppet of Lovie Smith, you know, a yes man.
Maybe Lovie has a lot more to do with why this defense isn't functioning any longer.
Now if you want to tell me that neither one of the coaches, Lovie or Babich have nothing to do with why this defense stinks, then I say its time to start showing the exit door to many of the players and start rebuilding.
So which one do you choose, Briggs?
Do the coaches go or do you and a few others go?
Neil

Chesterfield, MO

#4 Oct 31, 2008
Review wrote:
After further review ... THE BEARS STILL SUCK!
Maybe....But not not as much as the Packers!!!!!
bmunos

Sierra Vista, AZ

#5 Oct 31, 2008
Val has a pretty good post here. I have said this before, if we don't see some difference in the way our defense stunts at the line and checks receivers off the line then we are going to have problems. The bottom line with the coaches is, as much as players have to adjust to schemes and plays the coaches have to adjust to what type of players that it has. I agree that we have seen some underachievement this year but I can't let the coaches off the hook. In a bye week they are supposed to take that time and evaluate what is going wrong and figure out how they are going to fix it as well as sit down with their players and let them know where each of them can improve. If all of that happened then we will see it on the Lions' first possession, if not then we will see more of the same.
Florida Jim

Port Orange, FL

#6 Oct 31, 2008
Let me please explain to Briggs and all Bear players:
Lovie is in charge of everything
Turner and Babich are in charge of the offense and defense
Assistants do their bidding
players are to do their jobs on each play, as the coaches call them out
players are to play each play with full enthusiasm and skill
players are not to cause penalties
players are not to act like dunces when they make the play as they are supposed to do
when plays fail it falls on Babich and Turner to correct them
when a player needs to many corrections he is fired.
when either offense or defense fails too often the coach is fired
when the Team appears to be tuned out by the coaches Lovie is fired
Now, do you understand? If so, act appropriately.
krebs

Laurel, MD

#7 Oct 31, 2008
Babich = This year's Adam Archuleta
West Coast Cali Bear

Huntington Park, CA

#8 Oct 31, 2008
Specifically what players are you referring to? You say that you are "calling out" the Bear defense as if you are an assistant of the Bears' coaching staff - Like the players are going to listen to your dumb *ss!
J W Chi wrote:
Who do we blame the defense's failure on? Over paid underachievers that cannot make up their minds on what Team they want to play for? And they hold out till they find that no other Team wants them? Then they finally come crawling back to the BEARS and cannot live up to the skill level and price of the contract that they eventually sign?
It also includes the players who just go though the motions on game day thinking that the fans would not/could not tell the difference? Heck where can I get a job like that?? I'd bust my butt for 5 mil a year!!!
This defense has lost it's fire and willingness to play at full speed every down! Which is what they train for and are getting paid for.
I am calling out the Defense of the Chicago Bears to play the type of Defense that the have shown that they can play in the past. Scuttle the Cover Two in what ever candy hass flavor or name they call it.
If they play some decent Defense then the Bears might have a chance to get to and actually play in the Playoffs this YEAR (2008).
IronMike

Hinesville, GA

#9 Oct 31, 2008
Stop blaming Babich? NO I WON'T. It IS his fault. The Bears made a big mistake when they let Rivera go.
West Coast Cali Bear

Huntington Park, CA

#10 Oct 31, 2008
Good post. So who do you blame? You gotta put the blame on someone. Right? I say much of the responsibility falls on the coaching staff particularly Babich and Smith. Instead of being unbeaten or maybe with a loss, they are what they are -4 and 3. But who fixes the talent on the defensive line? When they went to the Super Bowl, they had a mean pass rush and stop the run consistently. Since their first game, they cannot put heat on anybody. No one mentions the fact that Harris' knee has not been right for more than a season, no one has effectively replaced Tank and we had an indicator of the defense's performance during preseason and last year. Rivera? Babich? Talent? I'd say Coaching!.
Florida Jim wrote:
Let me please explain to Briggs and all Bear players:
Lovie is in charge of everything
Turner and Babich are in charge of the offense and defense
Assistants do their bidding
players are to do their jobs on each play, as the coaches call them out
players are to play each play with full enthusiasm and skill
players are not to cause penalties
players are not to act like dunces when they make the play as they are supposed to do
when plays fail it falls on Babich and Turner to correct them
when a player needs to many corrections he is fired.
when either offense or defense fails too often the coach is fired
when the Team appears to be tuned out by the coaches Lovie is fired
Now, do you understand? If so, act appropriately.

“Bleeding Orange and Blue ”

Since: Oct 08

Chicago. Columbus & N. Calif.

#11 Oct 31, 2008
Bottom line people, it won't matter who we blame because it still falls at the feet of the players. I'm not trying to defend Babich, just being realistic. These players have had MONTHS to YEARS to digest this defense and it's intricacies and have lacked CONSISTANT progress to show for it! Blame Babich if you like, or even the scheme or the other defensive coordinators. Bottom line guys, lay the blame where it truly belongs. Our defense hasn't shown enough HEART and there's no sense of URGENCY, almost to a man with only a few exceptions. There are obvious flaws in the "cover 2" scheme, but they don't rely on each other enough (and I'm not surprised)and the otherwise risk/reward factors that this defense possesses aren't utilized. Instead, they choose to play soft on receivers and too much zone. Combat that with the obvious lack of presents up front and you have what you see today. Coaching can only take them so far. Whether it was Chico or Bab's at the helm, it is and will always be about their EFFORT, REGUARDLESS of the scheme. They got paid so why not bring the game that they claimed they could when they asked for all of that money,(you know who you are!) MAN-UP and do your J.O.B! If I gave that sort of commitment and backed it with all of the excuses that these guys have given, I would SURLY be unemployed! As a Bears fan, I'm embarrassed, and hopefully, they are too. A play here or there is unacceptable so Quit TALKING and start PLAYING before you seal our team's fate. BRING IT!!!! GO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#12 Oct 31, 2008
Good to see Briggs finally accept some of the blame for his defensive unit. I'm not a Babich guy, but if Briggs says its not the DC's fault, I'll accept that for a few more games. But, with the talent the Bears have on D, either some guys are just collecting checks and not trying or they are dumb and don't understand the "complex" calls Babich is calling. Tommie Harris, as the highest paid Bear in history is a bust. Release his a$$ after the season.
Mark

Mundelein, IL

#13 Oct 31, 2008
Hey Briggs,

Quit insulting the fanbase. We pay your check, we can criticize whomever we want to. As far as fault is concerned, I'd say it is a combination of terrible coaching and poor effort on the part of the defense.
MR KENNEDY

Rensselaer, IN

#14 Nov 1, 2008
Babich is a good pal of the head coach. He is not going anywhere soon.That is what the bears do.Trust a multimillion dollar team to buddies.
Mgray

Chicago, IL

#15 Nov 1, 2008
Babich is a scrub and should be unemployed. Period.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#16 Nov 1, 2008
The Lovie is loyal to a fault. This D with its talent should be a top seven defense, NOT 18th!

Why don't they use the game plan they used in the opener? Manning looked dumbfounded. Sort of like how Rex looks all the time.
Bear Lover

United States

#17 Nov 3, 2008
I have been a loyal fan for over 20 years. The Bears are my team, win or lose. I will always cheer for them. But one consistent frustration I have had starting showing last year: a defense with no fire or intensity. I'm amazed that everyone is still trying to throw Urlacher into the same sentence as Samurai Mike. Hasn't it become obvious that he's overrated, lazy and nonexistant? I always hear he's the leader of this defense. Really? Have we seen that the last couple seasons? I suspect that the reason he made such a stink about a new contract earlier is because there is another gold-digger's kid waiting in the wings.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#18 Nov 3, 2008
Bear Lover wrote:
I have been a loyal fan for over 20 years. The Bears are my team, win or lose. I will always cheer for them. But one consistent frustration I have had starting showing last year: a defense with no fire or intensity. I'm amazed that everyone is still trying to throw Urlacher into the same sentence as Samurai Mike. Hasn't it become obvious that he's overrated, lazy and nonexistant? I always hear he's the leader of this defense. Really? Have we seen that the last couple seasons? I suspect that the reason he made such a stink about a new contract earlier is because there is another gold-digger's kid waiting in the wings.
Urlacher is a shell of his former self, like Hester. These guys, once they get the new huge contract stop making the little extra plays and hustles and just say, "Aw, screw it."

Ogunleye, T. Harris, Vasher, and Peanut fall into this as well. the only guy that is still hustling after getting a new deal is Briggs.

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