Bears still cling to that slim chance

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Sunday's difficult loss to the Giants would suggest the Bears ought to start planning for next season.

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Leave it to Beavers

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Yawn
Slickster

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Dec 4, 2007
 
Time for the mathematicians to let go of the "slim chance." The way the Bears are playing, math has nothing to do with it, physical effort and execution are what counts and that has been woefully lacking this year.

As I look back over the Lovie Smith years, I see a team that has disintegrated on all fronts, rather than improved. Even in those positions manned by All Pros, performance has slipped. Worse, their execution - on both sides of the ball - has slipped as well.

Logic tells us that as a team becomes more familiar with a system, they should execute better. Smith has managed to reverse that process.

Right now, the Bears are a rudderless ship, with the captain swabbing the deck and the cabin boy at the helm. If Angelo, Smith, Babich and Turner do not go, I do not see it getting any way but worse.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Slickster wrote:
Time for the mathematicians to let go of the "slim chance." The way the Bears are playing, math has nothing to do with it, physical effort and execution are what counts and that has been woefully lacking this year.
As I look back over the Lovie Smith years, I see a team that has disintegrated on all fronts, rather than improved. Even in those positions manned by All Pros, performance has slipped. Worse, their execution - on both sides of the ball - has slipped as well.
Logic tells us that as a team becomes more familiar with a system, they should execute better. Smith has managed to reverse that process.
Right now, the Bears are a rudderless ship, with the captain swabbing the deck and the cabin boy at the helm. If Angelo, Smith, Babich and Turner do not go, I do not see it getting any way but worse.
This says it all!
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#4
Dec 4, 2007
 
The real idiocy of touting a "slim chance" of making the playoffs is the fact that even if they did make it, they would in no way be representative of a playoff team.
They look so bad on so many fronts this year, it seems like a genuine rebuilding is necessary, starting with the staff and proceeding all the way to the third string bench warmers.
Perhaps the first people to be replaced should be the talent scouts who don't seem able to find any real players in each year's college crop.
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#5
Dec 4, 2007
 
Earth to Vaughn: The Bears stink. They are not going to the playoffs and will likely split the remaining games.
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#6
Dec 4, 2007
 
And if they lose every game from here on in Lovie will proably say "we still have a slim chance to make it to the Super Bowl. There's a slight chance that all the teams scheduled to be in the playoffs could get the flu."

Remember - There's always a chance.
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#7
Dec 4, 2007
 
This is all just nonsense we know even if there is a mathematical chance the true probability is very low.

So why would the team and owners ... etc say this? To keep the flow of cash as high as possible for this crappy season.

40 yr Bears fan
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Coach Smith mentioned that the reason they went away from the seemingly successful no-huddle offense was because they wanted to work the clock. Can someone explain that the objective is to beat the other team not beat the clock!!! The Patriots consider the objective is to win the game and that means putting points on the board. Especially when this year's defense allows the other team to put points on the board.
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#9
Dec 4, 2007
 
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I see the writing on the wall; playoff chances slim to none, even if they miracles their collective buttocks into the playoffs it will more than likely result in yet another loss.

That said...What are they supposed to do now? Start the third string and lie down? Just throw the last month out the window for draft picks? Seriously, do we really want that?
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#10
Dec 4, 2007
 
And for what in God's name are we concerned about "shutting down" several of the Bears walking wounded for the rest of this miserable season?If anything, there ought to be talk about moving some of these perennial walking wounded to make room for players who aren't as prone to injury. The Bears have over-relied on athletes who are chronically hurt or accrue repeat-injuries. It's time to assess what areas to rebuild (how about every area) and figure out a plan on how to get better. The Bears are weak in most every facet of the game.
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#11
Dec 4, 2007
 
The Bears will make the playoffs and play Miami in the SUPERBOWL!
Jim Mora

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#12
Dec 4, 2007
 
Playoffs???!!!??, Playoffs????!!!! are you kidding me? Playoffs?!!!
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Quote: "Coach Smith mentioned that the reason they went away from the seemingly successful no-huddle offense was because they wanted to work the clock."

Then why were 9 of 13 plays pass plays right after we took the 16-7 lead? Smith comment makes not sense or Turner wasn't on the same page! Fire them both.
Da Dead Bears

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Dec 4, 2007
 
The comment above by Fire Ron Turner is dead on. You don't work the clock by passing, you work it by running! What is Smith talking about? We had the lead, MILK the clock by running! Turner was not on the same page as Lovie or they are both just plain incompetent...

Since: Oct 07

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Dec 4, 2007
 
I don't think Lovie even talks with Turner until after the game in which case they both have the same comments to the media: "we'll have to watch the tape to see ..." They should have milked the clock when they had the lead. I mean, we had AP back there, who was running the ball pretty well and we could have brought in Wolfe for some swing passes to change it up a bit. But no, we had to go Bear and out, Bear and out and allow that pathetic defenseive unit squander the lead away.

The Bears should be holding a mini-camp at the end of this year ... meaning they should be giving all players a look in these last few games. They are out of the playoffs, so why not see what you've got before heading into the draft? But no, Lovie is a stubborn fool, who will play his vets too long and likely will lose more to injury before the season's over. Keep Harris and Vasher out. Play Orton, Wolfe, Bradley and Olsen as much as possible. Give Jamar Williams some looks, keep McBride out there, McGowan, Manning(s)-- get them all out there and see what these guys are capabale of (probably not much given the coaching schemes)... but for the love of all that is holy, keep Archuleta on the bench. I've seen enough of that buttclown to know that he stinks.
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Dec 4, 2007
 
Da Dead Bears wrote:
The comment above by Fire Ron Turner is dead on. You don't work the clock by passing, you work it by running! What is Smith talking about? We had the lead, MILK the clock by running! Turner was not on the same page as Lovie or they are both just plain incompetent...
I vote for incompetent!
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#17
Dec 4, 2007
 
Why don't they try actually letting the Defense play? They spent millions on the secondary and then play 15 yards off the receiver. Ron Rivera has got to be laughing so hard he can hardly breathe. I didn't play college, high school, or Peewee Football, but if you give me a receiver open by 15 plus yards, I'll look like Tom Brady.
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#18
Dec 4, 2007
 
If they take a Knee with 15 seconds left in the first half while trailing one more time, I think I'm going to yak on my couch.
Disappointed Bears Fan

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#19
Dec 4, 2007
 
The problem with the Bears is that they continue to think that they will win instead of playing to win. The NFL is a show me league, not a talk is cheap league!! Teams are not going to lie down because you are the Bears! This is the NFL, repeat the Pros!! All you hear week after week is the Bears saying they are going to win six straight, five straight. Come on, they need to focus on one game at a time. Also, Lovie's insistence to teach turnovers rather than confined fundamental tackling is their main problem. Yeah you might get a turnover once in a while but if you are taught that the turnover is a big part of what you do then poor tackling results. As a result the Bears defense has made ordinary backs run like the second coming of Emmitt Smith.
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#20
Dec 4, 2007
 
Playoffs? Playoffs? are you kidding me? Playoffs?!!!

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