Bears look lifeless early on

Bears look lifeless early on

There are 151 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 22, 2008, titled Bears look lifeless early on. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

On a night when the official 2-degree temperature at kickoff made it the coldest Bears game in history, Lovie Smith 's team played lousy enough early to get the third degree at halftime.

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Jerseyboy

Bridgewater, NJ

#1 Dec 22, 2008
why should we listen to people like david haugh that called kyle orton a franchise qb. For all you guys that cursed me because you said orton was good. ha ha ha ha i got the last laugh.. he's a first class bum and I TOLD YOU SO... rex never had this string of bad games back to back to back. orton is so inaccurate those balls were all over the place. before you call anyone a franchise you need to make sure he can play in bear weather like rex grossman can. orton choked yet again thank god for the defense and special teams. another game orton tried to give away. orton's done in chicago stick a fork in him.
hello

Mount Ulla, NC

#2 Dec 22, 2008
hello
gee

AOL

#3 Dec 22, 2008
Jerseyboy wrote:
why should we listen to people like david haugh that called kyle orton a franchise qb. For all you guys that cursed me because you said orton was good. ha ha ha ha i got the last laugh.. he's a first class bum and I TOLD YOU SO... rex never had this string of bad games back to back to back. orton is so inaccurate those balls were all over the place. before you call anyone a franchise you need to make sure he can play in bear weather like rex grossman can. orton choked yet again thank god for the defense and special teams. another game orton tried to give away. orton's done in chicago stick a fork in him.
Look Swampboy we don't need your negativity. rex is yesterday's newpaper, a used pamper, if you will. Football is a TEAM game. REAL Bear fans support the TEAM not an individual. So take that Rex crap elsewhere. REAL Bear fans get behind the team.
hi there

Homer Glen, IL

#4 Dec 22, 2008
hello wrote:
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mikey t

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Dec 23, 2008
Orton seems to have lost his swagger since he hurt his ankle in the Detroit game. In the guy's defense, the Bears biggest need this off season is to find at least one above average receiver who consistently catches the ball. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a FA (although the bidding will be high), or take a flier on Plaxico Burress, or draft one. I don't think Kyle has any confidence in his recievers right now and it is affecting his play. Olsen, Clark, and Forte are the only guys who consistently perform as receivers. Get the guy some help Jerry!
PT from Oaktown

San Jose, CA

#6 Dec 23, 2008
nice finish, yeah we would blow it if you were still on punt return Bobby Wade, YOU SUCK
Realist

Chicago, IL

#7 Dec 23, 2008
Look, I'm a die-hard Bears fan, but I'm not entirely sure I want to see this team in the playoffs. Maybe it's from years of being crushed by embarrassing nationally televised performances, but I'm skeptical about how this team would do in the post-season. Heck, I'll definitely be rooting hard for them, but I may have to self-medicate prior to watching Bears play ball in January.
Iknowthatguy

Oak Brook, IL

#8 Dec 23, 2008
As for getting wide receivers, first we need a qb who can get the ball down field! The Bears are the only team, this season, not to have a pass catch over 30 yards. As for Burress do we really want him shooting up all the clubs on the near west side!

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#9 Dec 23, 2008
Lets all step back and hope the Kyle stops telegraphing his passes! we would be a better offense, or they going to tell him to look all over the field before we go to houston? that God for the tightends and Good ol'Matt
GO BEARS ITS TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!
Rex may have done better but would the team stand behind him like they did before and give him the pocket??

Since: Oct 08

Dane, WI

#10 Dec 23, 2008
oops in a hurry u can all figure it out
Mike

Palmer, MA

#11 Dec 23, 2008
"They also nearly took the Bears out of playoff elimination."

I know you were excited, Dave, and it was very late at night, but it should either be "INTO playoff elimination" or out of playoff PARTICIPATION."

And I, too, am worried about the Bears' playoff performance if they get there, but hey, 10 and 6 is a good far cry from what we all thought before the season began.
Mason

United States

#12 Dec 23, 2008
Good Morning Bearsnut.
One more post over my morning coffee and then get my lazy assets outside to cut up some wood for my fireplace. That fat-ass isn't gonna come slidin down my chimney!
It was a good game. It looks like your line needs to protect horton or orton better. If the Packers can get through, you are going to have some big problems. It was a great game where no one really deserved to lose but nice the hometown fans got the victory. I wish our team played better at home! Bottomline, whomever gets the nod from the north is just going to be a tuneup for one of the better teams and then home for the holidays.
I don't know what the deal is with Brett. It sounds as if he is giving the Jets the goodbye kiss just as he did the Packers last year. You guys haven't had a good QB since Jimmie Mac (Jim McMahon). I almost wouldn't mind seeing him in a Bear uniform as long as he was happy and you were able to protect him better than horton.
later
vocal

Richton Park, IL

#13 Dec 23, 2008
orton is luck he has forte, a good special teams, and defense on his side. That guy blew it again man.
MDK

Charleston, SC

#14 Dec 23, 2008
Realist wrote:
Look, I'm a die-hard Bears fan, but I'm not entirely sure I want to see this team in the playoffs. Maybe it's from years of being crushed by embarrassing nationally televised performances, but I'm skeptical about how this team would do in the post-season. Heck, I'll definitely be rooting hard for them, but I may have to self-medicate prior to watching Bears play ball in January.
I agree. They do not deserve to be in the playoffs. I've never witnessed such a laid-back approach to footbal in my life. Lovie has no emotion, therefore his players have none. How can you consistantly win games when you just don't care???

What an ugly win. An embarassment!

Lovie needs to go!
vocal

Richton Park, IL

#15 Dec 23, 2008
gee wrote:
<quoted text>
Look Swampboy we don't need your negativity. rex is yesterday's newpaper, a used pamper, if you will. Football is a TEAM game. REAL Bear fans support the TEAM not an individual. So take that Rex crap elsewhere. REAL Bear fans get behind the team.
yes, rex is done here, but dont protect orton becuase you feel bad for running the same player, in rex, out of town. You are trying to make yourself feel better about how you bashed rex. Orton sucks plain and simple. I wont support a team that is led by a bad organization and a bad qb
vocal

Richton Park, IL

#16 Dec 23, 2008
mikey t wrote:
Orton seems to have lost his swagger since he hurt his ankle in the Detroit game. In the guy's defense, the Bears biggest need this off season is to find at least one above average receiver who consistently catches the ball. T.J. Houshmandzadeh is a FA (although the bidding will be high), or take a flier on Plaxico Burress, or draft one. I don't think Kyle has any confidence in his recievers right now and it is affecting his play. Olsen, Clark, and Forte are the only guys who consistently perform as receivers. Get the guy some help Jerry!
orton is so consistent on the 3 yard pass its great to see his completions. He is a joke people. I actually saw his make a pass that should have gone for -1 yards, but he make the wide outs and forte do all the work after the catch.
He made about 3 good passes, but the rest of them were the typical dink and dunk garbage that gets you traded to miami. Go bears Go bears go and draft about 6 qbs lol
MDK

Charleston, SC

#17 Dec 23, 2008
Mike wrote:
"They also nearly took the Bears out of playoff elimination."
I know you were excited, Dave, and it was very late at night, but it should either be "INTO playoff elimination" or out of playoff PARTICIPATION."
And I, too, am worried about the Bears' playoff performance if they get there, but hey, 10 and 6 is a good far cry from what we all thought before the season began.
And that is EXACTLY why the Bears organization will do NOTHING in the post season. No new talent, especially at the QB and wide reciever positions. Hester is this years joke people! But, you know, well, they did better than expected!

Under-achievers, every single one of them (except Forte).

Lovie needs to go!
vocal

Richton Park, IL

#18 Dec 23, 2008
if we say they underachieve then they have an excuse to be bad. We need to hold this million dollar organization to higher standards. Until then, we wont have a winning team. Look at the blackhawks. If the fans had not rebelled against a bad organization, then they would not be trying to win. This is the same way the cubs, until recent years, did business. They gave the fans bad teams and they continued to fill the stands. The fans shouldnt boo, but they should not attend. Then the will make good moves.
Just observing

Bethpage, NY

#19 Dec 23, 2008
Enjoy the win(ugly as it was)!
Keep your expectations reasonable. This is a team that has no legitimate #1 or #2 receiver. Could Orton be better? Sure. But how do you lay all the blame on a QB when he has no one to throw to? Devon Hester is a nice #3 receiver. Speedy, not always accurate with his routes and drops balls that are in his hands. He reminds me of a short version of Willie Gault. Willie was fast and hands of stone(at times), also.

As far as playoffs go, IF the team could pull it together a little, they can go a round or two in the NFC . There isn't a dominant NFC team this year to strike fear into an opponent.

Merry Christmas Bears fans!
overthehill

United States

#20 Dec 23, 2008
I only saw the second half,(goddam bowling) but I have to say that it looks like Orton consistently underthrows Hester on any long pass attempt. Maybe they should practice.
Receivers? None. If it weren't for the tight ends there would be nobody to throw the ball to. Need to get a couple of pass-catchers, it hurts to see the ball bounce off of the clowns we have now.
And, as it has been all season, the Oline has not a clue about protecting Orton. That's why he gets picked. He has no time to look for a receiver, he has to throw to the first guy he sees. Any quarterback in this league is successful if he has a couple of seconds to make a play.
As for the playoffs, somebody else said it better. The winner of the NFC north will not get past the opening game.

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