Bears keep fine-tuning their pedigree of futility

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It was quite the active week for the Bears, though none of the developments had anything to do with the act of putting on uniforms and playing football, which really is the bottom-line indictment of the ...
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Patrick

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Jan 3, 2009
 
Angelo's ridiculous comments at the press conference are just another example of this franchise alienating its fan base with insulting decisions and behavior. From Lovie defending Rex, Angelo's horrible draft picks the last few years, everything about Urlacher and the defense acting as though they are accountable to no one (save Mike and Alex Brown); this team is the most unlikable I've seen in recent memory. I hope they overhaul this team completely and fill the roster with players that understand that without the fans they are nothing.
Larks Vomit

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#2
Jan 3, 2009
 
Fiddle sticks.
The Bears haven't been... contenders since the dream team of the 1985/86 season and they certainly haven't had a quarterback {leadership} since then either. That's 22 years without being for real. I've stop'd caring.
Forget about the Bears, just like their owners have. A medicore team - at best, that doesn't warrant our time or support.
The upside of not caring any more is that I'm saving a lot of money and I find that I do enjoy having my Sundays back.
Just sell the franchise and be done with it. As it is, this 'team' has no pretense of being contenders, so - wrap it up, wind it down, shut 'em down, sell 'em off, call it day...
allchifan

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#3
Jan 3, 2009
 
There's nothing Urlacher, Smith, Angelo, Turner or Babich could do to make it right...this group of players and coaches are underachieving idiots...and YES Brian I do know football and you have either slacked off, enjoying your extra million, or you simply can't play the position anymore. Orton wasn't the problem, it begins at the GM level and filters down to these idiotic coaches we continue to keep employed.....None of them are any good.....and with the 18th pick this draft is Angelo going to go after another "injured" player or another Benson, or Grossman, or whatever...No the fault is at the front end with GM, Coaches, etc.
Patrick

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#4
Jan 3, 2009
 
I forgot to include the coach that doesn't seem to have the mental acuity to make in-game decisions, refuses to make his players accountable and makes staffing decisions based on personal relationships. I also forgot to include the GM that refuses to draft an offensive lineman until it's too late, pays players for what they have done instead of what they will do and watches most cast-offs play much better after they leave Chicago.
Rod

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#5
Jan 3, 2009
 
Uh they are really only one game over .500. That being said I wonder what they would think of themselves if they really were two games over .500 and in the playoffs. No changes would really not need to be made. Scary.
RHURLEY49

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#6
Jan 3, 2009
 
Hey another Chicgo media idiot that ran Grossman out of a job but refuses to admit they were wrong about Orton. The BEARS sucked this year because the offense was turned into a dink and dunk comedy just so Kyle Orton could be QB. Any other offense is way beyond Orton and everyone knows it. Chicgo needs some real media not just a bunch of idiots which they have now.
Alex

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#7
Jan 3, 2009
 
Tait & Kruetz are above average and aging. The guards Beekman & Garza are fair at best and undersized like Kreutz. St Clair is fair and aging too. The Bears need three O-Linemen

Alex Brown is above average and the rest of the D-Line is fair....

The D Coaching STINKS, they can't adjust or find the right players.....
Doc Wolf

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#8
Jan 3, 2009
 
Giddy up! You are dead on with this column.
boribear96

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#9
Jan 3, 2009
 
So much hate. Nobody gave the Bears a chance this year and yet they finished 9-7. Frustrating? Yes, Tampa, Carolina, and Atlanta are games that should have won. But still not as bad as projected. Marinelli may be the case of a good coach in a bad situation or simply he's not head coach material but there's no denying the job that he did as a line coach. Would be great addition. Cut Kyle Orton some slack.... resign Grossman just to teach him how to throw the deep ball and he'll be a superstar.....and some receiver help.
SoCalRon

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#10
Jan 3, 2009
 
Did anyone see what Ron Rivera's defense did to the Colts (the hottest team entering the playoffs)? That alone should prove Lovie's incompetence at hiring coordinators, evaluating talent or making any decisions regarding the Bears. It's scary to think they would hire Marinelli and expect anything different than this year. It sucks Angelo is using Orton as the scapegoat. I hope after next season brings in a new GM and coaching staff! Right on Rick!
jerseyboy

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#11
Jan 3, 2009
 
your another orton homer bs. have you looked around the league and seen teams like philly playing with rookie talent. the problem is orton is not very good at throwing down field. hello ron turner west coast offense. he had to implement a long game with rex that's why they screwed rex up when they tried to convert him into a dink and dunker. orton missed a lot big throws all year. and as you said i've never seen such a year with as much parity. orton choked when it matter in the big games. bad article
brett

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#12
Jan 3, 2009
 
Orton is a good qb that could be a great qb with better WR, a better OL, and less predictable running game. They need to mix it up with Forte and some else....just like we had Jones and Benson.
why is it

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#13
Jan 3, 2009
 
brett wrote:
Orton is a good qb that could be a great qb with better WR, a better OL, and less predictable running game. They need to mix it up with Forte and some else....just like we had Jones and Benson.
Why is it that when many of these same arguments were made for Grossman the proud card carrying Grossman haters shot them down?

Face it, the quarterback is supposed to make those around him better, not the other way around.

Did anyone think Atlanta was a hotbed for WRs before this season? Look what having a legitimate quarterback has done for them.

Morrissey is an idiot. Orton was at best marginally better than Grossman and Morrissey continues to slam Grossman and says you're an idiot for questioning anything about Orton. It figures.

Rex's 3 touchdowns more than interceptions in 2006 weren't good enough and neither should Orton's 5 more touchdowns than interceptions this season.

Just because he's 'not Rex' doesn't make him good. If you want an honest assessment of his abilities ask someone who ISN'T a Bears fan.
JimmyO

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#14
Jan 3, 2009
 
Now is a good time to look back at when Angelo first took the reins as GM. He had no problem calling Mark Hatley's failures with Curtis Enis / Cade Mcnown "embarrassing" for a franchise and made sure the press knew he never would have drafted Mcnown because he knowns character and ceilings and floors. I look back now and wonder what exactly did Angelo do differently? He drafted some good defensive players but inherited others (Urlacher, Brown, etc.) He has had more 1st rd busts than Mark Hatley had in his short tenure. He has a better track record with rounds 4-7 than 1-3. With Both Tampa and Chicago he and his player personnel staff (Bobby D.) cannot draft offensive talent.
WrecksAlwaysSux

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#15
Jan 4, 2009
 
I see this Wrecksapologist has finally figured out the CAPS lock on his PC. I suppose Mental Midgets must really attract each other.
jerseyboy wrote:
your another orton homer bs. have you looked around the league and seen teams like philly playing with rookie talent. the problem is orton is not very good at throwing down field. hello ron turner west coast offense. he had to implement a long game with rex that's why they screwed rex up when they tried to convert him into a dink and dunker. orton missed a lot big throws all year. and as you said i've never seen such a year with as much parity. orton choked when it matter in the big games. bad article
Mr Wonderful

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#16
Jan 4, 2009
 
I don't know what they put in the coffee at Halas Hall, but it must make one lose all common sense and reason, lower the IQ, and force one to make really stupid decisions.

The only players that seemed to have any 'heart' this season were Orton, Forte and Gould. If the Bears had a team full of players with that kind of passion, we probably would be enjoying the Bears play postseason ball.

When I look at the team, I see a group that doesn't care, doesn't make the extra effort and isn't motivated to change. You can't win games with excuses, bad decisions or penalties.

As for Smith and Angelo, I think they got trapped in a Twilight Zone episode, where the are forced to repeat the same mistakes over and over, torturing all who watch.
I guess that would make Marinelli a perfect fit.
Neil

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#17
Jan 4, 2009
 
Angelo proved he was an idiot when he bought that piece of damaged-goods named Williams. Apparently Angelo was the only GM that didn't know that he couldn't play until he had the type of surgery that many players never come back from.

Since: Dec 08

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Jan 4, 2009
 
jerseyboy wrote:
your another orton homer bs. have you looked around the league and seen teams like philly playing with rookie talent. the problem is orton is not very good at throwing down field. hello ron turner west coast offense. he had to implement a long game with rex that's why they screwed rex up when they tried to convert him into a dink and dunker. orton missed a lot big throws all year. and as you said i've never seen such a year with as much parity. orton choked when it matter in the big games. bad article
Would all of you who have a man-crush on Grossman please give it a rest already. The guy is not playing QB right now because he is a mental midget. This guy couldn't solve the puzzles off the back of a box Coco Puffs. I was a huge supporter of Grossman until it became clear through his performance on the field that he was not a good NFL QB.
Rich W

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#19
Jan 4, 2009
 
I found Angelo's comments on Orton interesting in the ability of this organization to recognize talent, much less use it.

Orton started nearly all the games in his rookie year. Spent two more years on the team and then started most of the games this year. So Angelo is saying they do not know what they have in him. How long do they need?
dirty sanchez

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#20
Jan 4, 2009
 
the bears were last in D the last 2 years. The 2 years prior they were in the top 10. Look at the time of possession, the offense never had the ball much. The offense is the best at 3 and outs and the defense is the worst at 3 and outs but the defense cant stop nobody ever. Brian, where are you running to??! or away from?

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