What went wrong for Chicago Bears in 2009?

Dec 28, 2009 Full story: Chicago Tribune 19

The gap between expectations and reality for the 2009 Bears has been wider than for any Bears team I've covered in 25 years.

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Reg

Dayton, OH

#1 Jan 7, 2010
Simply put... the organization is cheap. Always has been, and always will be, unless they sell the team. Looking for stars at the bottom of the barrel. Sell the team to someone who value the fans...That is to much like right, huh! There are successful blue prints all around the NFL. Get people from these organizations. By the way...Lovie should have been fired along with his staff. The Chicago Bears organization is now officially an embarrassment to Bear fans everywhere.

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#2 Jan 7, 2010
Reg wrote:
Simply put... the organization is cheap. Always has been, and always will be, unless they sell the team. Looking for stars at the bottom of the barrel. Sell the team to someone who value the fans...That is to much like right, huh! There are successful blue prints all around the NFL. Get people from these organizations. By the way...Lovie should have been fired along with his staff. The Chicago Bears organization is now officially an embarrassment to Bear fans everywhere.
Words of wisdom! The McCaskey family is, and always has been, bottom-line driven. Why spend a lot of money on talent, coaching etc. when fans fill the stands anyway?

They put JUST a good-enough product out there to keep selling seats, licensed gear etc. Pathetic.
Ron Turner

Littleton, CO

#4 Jan 8, 2010
It all started when they traded for the loser Jay Cuntler
E B F

United States

#5 Jan 8, 2010
Ron Turner wrote:
It all started when they traded for the loser Jay Cuntler
It didn't start with Cutler. The Bears have been on the decline since the middle of 06 when teams figured out Rex Grossman and Chicago failed to generate a dangerous pass rush.
Since then, their defense has faded steadily, while an already weak offense has gotten even worse. The only thing Cutler's guilty of is trying to reverse the free fall by throwing that damn pill with reckless abandon. Nobody's home. Bear fans are fucked.
E B F

United States

#6 Jan 8, 2010
The Bears assumed that acquiring Orlando Pace, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Frank Omiyale, and Jay Cutler would make 2009 a better season than their 9-7 2008 campaign, but they didn't realize how fortunate they were to win nine games, so the perpetual disillusion rolled on into the new decade. With Lovie Smith being retained, 2010 will further expose his inability to coach, Jerry Angelo's inability to recognize coaching or player competence, and Ted Phillips woeful skills as team president.
What went wrong in 2009? The same things that have been going wrong since the Ditka era. Abject cluelessness.

Since: Apr 08

Bartlett, IL

#7 Jan 8, 2010
Reg wrote:
Simply put... the organization is cheap. Always has been, and always will be, unless they sell the team. Looking for stars at the bottom of the barrel. Sell the team to someone who value the fans...That is to much like right, huh! There are successful blue prints all around the NFL. Get people from these organizations. By the way...Lovie should have been fired along with his staff. The Chicago Bears organization is now officially an embarrassment to Bear fans everywhere.
No, if you research, the Bears have actually not been cheap for over 10 years now.
they spend at or near the cap yearly and pay there coaches market value.

However what happens is that they mis-spend there money in all the wrong places, consistenly. A few recent examples in a VERY long list includes; the broken Tommy Harris, a nonsense extension to Jay Cutler, stupid money thrown @ Hester (he's not a #1 WR, never has, never will folks) Lovie Smith ( seriously, why? he had little to do with the SB team as did Angelo) Brian (they had him locked in, why the #$% cave in and enchance his contract but hold out on a young and proven Briggs??) Dusty Dvorcak (has not played more then 10 games in 3 seasons and was never established) the list goes on...and on and on.
The Bears mis manage there money just like they evaluate talent....

The not firing of Lovie smith because of the money owed goes against my argument on the surface, but if you thing about it, the timing of the NFL's cap being lifted and the 11 million owed to Lovie if they fire him is understandable. Had that not been the case, i'm pretty damn sure Lovie would of been fired as well.

I'm not trying to be an apologist to the Bears fumbling (pun intended) i'm just trying to redirect the failure in its proper intended bullseye of crap.

Since: Apr 08

Bartlett, IL

#8 Jan 8, 2010
E B F wrote:
The Bears assumed that acquiring Orlando Pace, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Frank Omiyale, and Jay Cutler would make 2009 a better season than their 9-7 2008 campaign, but they didn't realize how fortunate they were to win nine games, so the perpetual disillusion rolled on into the new decade. With Lovie Smith being retained, 2010 will further expose his inability to coach, Jerry Angelo's inability to recognize coaching or player competence, and Ted Phillips woeful skills as team president.
What went wrong in 2009? The same things that have been going wrong since the Ditka era. Abject cluelessness.
Poetry.
my thoughts, 100%
nuff said

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#10 Jan 8, 2010
_DiMz_ wrote:
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No, if you research, the Bears have actually not been cheap for over 10 years now.
they spend at or near the cap yearly and pay there coaches market value.
However what happens is that they mis-spend there money in all the wrong places, consistenly. A few recent examples in a VERY long list includes; the broken Tommy Harris, a nonsense extension to Jay Cutler, stupid money thrown @ Hester (he's not a #1 WR, never has, never will folks) Lovie Smith ( seriously, why? he had little to do with the SB team as did Angelo) Brian (they had him locked in, why the #$% cave in and enchance his contract but hold out on a young and proven Briggs??) Dusty Dvorcak (has not played more then 10 games in 3 seasons and was never established) the list goes on...and on and on.
The Bears mis manage there money just like they evaluate talent....
The not firing of Lovie smith because of the money owed goes against my argument on the surface, but if you thing about it, the timing of the NFL's cap being lifted and the 11 million owed to Lovie if they fire him is understandable. Had that not been the case, i'm pretty damn sure Lovie would of been fired as well.
I'm not trying to be an apologist to the Bears fumbling (pun intended) i'm just trying to redirect the failure in its proper intended bullseye of crap.
Absolutely! I forgot about the Urlacher bonus, that worked out really good, didn't it?

Paid too much money for some (Cedric Benson is my "favorite"), made bizarre draft picks (Garrett Wolfe??), picked up free agents with little to no value (Kevin Jones, Orlando Pace) etc. Garbage, I think the fans could have run this team much more logically.

Yeah, I could see a family business choking on having to relinquish $11 million! All the sports-radio blather about "fire Lovie" was just that = blather. I never thought they'd do that for one second.

Of course, now that Pep Hamilton is gone, everything will be good, right? Later, Dimz!
Ron Turner

Littleton, CO

#12 Jan 11, 2010
I have a PhD in abject cluelessness
sjac009

Wheaton, IL

#13 Feb 26, 2010
The bears need to get rid of some people and need to add people... I might be a little knowledge of pay and everything but people we need to get rid of his Garrett wolfe, kevin jones, Orlando pace... I think adding Ladanian Tomlinson to a two year contract is a wise move. So The bears in the rb position should have Matt Forte, Ladanian Tomlinson, and Kahili bell. Recievers: Johnny knox, Devin armoshadu, Anquan boldin, Earl benett, Greg olsen, Juanquin Iglesas. TE: Desmond Clark... I think very rarely we will have have an I-Formation or something that requires two tight ends with the mike martz situation. If we need two tight ends then motion someone like Jason Mckie or something... We need to get some safties as well... Basically for 2009 we had weapons...we just didn't use them

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#14 Mar 1, 2010
sjac009 wrote:
The bears need to get rid of some people and need to add people... I might be a little knowledge of pay and everything but people we need to get rid of his Garrett wolfe, kevin jones, Orlando pace... I think adding Ladanian Tomlinson to a two year contract is a wise move. So The bears in the rb position should have Matt Forte, Ladanian Tomlinson, and Kahili bell. Recievers: Johnny knox, Devin armoshadu, Anquan boldin, Earl benett, Greg olsen, Juanquin Iglesas. TE: Desmond Clark... I think very rarely we will have have an I-Formation or something that requires two tight ends with the mike martz situation. If we need two tight ends then motion someone like Jason Mckie or something... We need to get some safties as well... Basically for 2009 we had weapons...we just didn't use them
Ya got one wish, Orlando Pace is outta here!

I wish we had the balls to bring Thomas Jones back, he was released by the Jets. Oh well, what a mistake to let him go because of Cedric Benson.

Since: Apr 08

Campbellsport, WI

#15 Mar 4, 2010
Otis wrote:
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Ya got one wish, Orlando Pace is outta here!
I wish we had the balls to bring Thomas Jones back, he was released by the Jets. Oh well, what a mistake to let him go because of Cedric Benson.
i say go for it. he would make a great #2..or maybe 1A

i wonder if kevin jones is getting cut however.

Since: Apr 08

Campbellsport, WI

#16 Mar 5, 2010
_DiMz_ wrote:
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i say go for it. he would make a great #2..or maybe 1A
i wonder if kevin jones is getting cut however.
chester taylor lol

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#17 Mar 6, 2010
_DiMz_ wrote:
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chester taylor lol
Yeah, that's what I said!! Angelo is grasping at straws.

What do you think about Peppers? I thought that was not a bad choice, an upgrade over Ogunleye.

Since: Apr 08

Campbellsport, WI

#18 Mar 8, 2010
Otis wrote:
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Yeah, that's what I said!! Angelo is grasping at straws.
What do you think about Peppers? I thought that was not a bad choice, an upgrade over Ogunleye.
i like peppers, thats if he plays (i hear he has a tendency to mail it in during games)

i'm indifferent on taylor

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#19 Mar 8, 2010
_DiMz_ wrote:
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i like peppers, thats if he plays (i hear he has a tendency to mail it in during games)
i'm indifferent on taylor
world's 2nd smallest violin plyain'. Be realistic the circus has come to DA BEARS. MIKE MARTZ, LMAO, Mr Taylor is gonna get sick of being overused. Be 4 you know it Johnny Knoxville from Jackass will be your best player, who knows maybe they will think of another shuffle. It is and always will be Peyton's place. Or is it BRIANS SONG. My point always a soap opera. Peppers can play, but does he want 2 now.Martz is not afraid of confrontation, in fact he is over his MAD HEAD. BTW trade Berrian 4 Olsen.

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#20 Aug 3, 2010
Otis wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely! I forgot about the Urlacher bonus, that worked out really good, didn't it?
Paid too much money for some (Cedric Benson is my "favorite"), made bizarre draft picks (Garrett Wolfe??), picked up free agents with little to no value (Kevin Jones, Orlando Pace) etc. Garbage, I think the fans could have run this team much more logically.
Yeah, I could see a family business choking on having to relinquish $11 million! All the sports-radio blather about "fire Lovie" was just that = blather. I never thought they'd do that for one second.
Of course, now that Pep Hamilton is gone, everything will be good, right? Later, Dimz!
Hey Dimz, are you still on this Topix thing?

We have quite a bit of Bears to hash over! Later, man!

“Let's rock!!”

Since: Oct 07

Aurora, IL

#21 Aug 3, 2010
_DiMz_ wrote:
<quoted text>
i like peppers, thats if he plays (i hear he has a tendency to mail it in during games)
i'm indifferent on taylor
Shit, I can't even write to anyone anymore, I responded to my own post!! What a damn dipshit!

Write back sometime, Dimz! Later!
Fanofthegame

Brighton, IL

#22 Aug 6, 2010
Otis wrote:
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Words of wisdom! The McCaskey family is, and always has been, bottom-line driven. Why spend a lot of money on talent, coaching etc. when fans fill the stands anyway?
They put JUST a good-enough product out there to keep selling seats, licensed gear etc. Pathetic.
The McCaskey's are the biggest part of the problem for the whole outfit. It would be nice to see them sell and go on and screw up somewhere else. All about the green and not about the team

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