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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Wrigley Field Bear

Fremont, CA

#143 Dec 23, 2008
I'll just ask a (rhetorical?) question: What does it say about the head coach and the coaching staff in general that the Bears didn't even show up? Or, are they really that lousy that they had trouble beating a 5-10 team at home?
Fact-o-life

Phoenix, AZ

#144 Dec 23, 2008
Arnie wrote:
If someone just read this blog and didn't know the score of the game they would think the Bears lost. All of the bashing of players and coaches you would think they were a 3 win team!
Who ever though that 2 Days Before Christmas that the Bears would be tied for first place?
This team has beaten everyone's expectation. So all of you BEARS bashers answer the following. If we over achieved then what is the reason?
A)We have better coaches than you think
b) We have more talent than you think
c) LUCK!
Bearfanforlife

AOL

#145 Dec 23, 2008
After giving it a lot of thought-

I hope the Bears DO! make the playoffs.

Afterall, how many of us REALLY thought the team would have this kind of a record and this kind of a chance for the playoffs?
While I have been very critical of this team, the coaching staff and GM, why shouldn't the Bears have a chance to complete in the postseason? Heck, if the Cardinals can make the playoffs with a potential .500 record(with 5-, of their wins coming against a PATHETIC NFC west) get in, and teams like the Charges/Broncos stumble bumble their way in. Why not the Bears? Ray Charles can see this teams has holes, no team in the playoffs can be viewed as a STANDOUT.
The Bears played Atlanta to the wire(and should have won) They took away Tennesse's running game(but still lost). So, in a potential playoff scenario, the Bear could compete/win against any of the playoff teams.
L-O-L The Bears could go into the playoffs as a 3rd seed! Imagine that.
9-7 or 10-6 and possible playoffs, the season hasn't been a total bust. Lighten-up Bears fans. We could be in Detroit, or our friends up north(Packers), who's season was a train wreck.
Fact-o-life

Phoenix, AZ

#146 Dec 23, 2008
Yes, the Bears won. Yes, the Bears are 9-6. And yes, the Bears could have easily lost this one like they did 3 other games that could have been easily won. And yes, this would have put an end to this soap opera season. The reason there are Bear fans complaining is that...if the Bears had any type of coaches with a HEART & teaching discipline, we would not have stupid penalties like Adrian Peterson's towards the end of the game that should have sealed it for the Packers. Penalties like the one that caused us the game against Tampa. The stupid coverages that cuased us the Atlanta & Carolina games. With a bit of inspired and smart coaching, these could have been all wins my freinds, and just getting by isn't cutting it. Instead of having teams helping us out just to get in...we'd be in waiting for teams to come to us!
Fact-o-life

Phoenix, AZ

#147 Dec 23, 2008
Lovie has to go for his uninspiring coaching and commatosed look on the sidelines. I bet if Adrian Peterson did that stupid penalty towards the end, Da Coach would be all up on his grill spitting up all sorts of reasons why you cost us the game. I like Lovie's response to that play,"Duh! I didn't get a good look at that play." It happenned in your sideline Mr. Personality. Well watch it on replay big guy and then demoralize the guy by just staring aimlessly into his eyes with your best Whitaker impersonation. Also, what's with the short kickoffs...was it the coach's decision or Mainards? How 'bout the constant play calling for running towards the middle when they couldn't pick up any yardage??? The only plays they ran towards the outside in the end gave them big yards. I mean, I'm not an expert, but would you not go with what's working! And oh yeah, where is the corners jamming the opposing recievers at the line so they don't get constantly for big yard gains and first downs?? WHERE IS THE COACHING??? And by the way, Orton is nothing but a backup qb who can't throw past 25 yards, cannot connect with recievers in stride, and is color blind by the way he threw 2 interceptions straight at Green Bay corners. All this spelled gloom and doom, but if it wasn't for Santa my freinds...we would not have won this game. Enjoy the ride!
sam

Covina, CA

#148 Dec 24, 2008
kyle orton and aaron rodgers both came to the league in 2005 and even though orton has played many more games during that span on monday night the difference between the two was like night and day.while experts like david haugh would try to sell you the idea that the bears buy defense by keeping the offence affordable the question becomes what defence? all those highly paid players like tommie harris and urlacker and others and their head coach who is supposed to be a defensive genius made aaron rodgers look like joe montana.the only reason bears won was special teams and luck.neverthless it's always sweet and extremely enjoyable to beat the packers.
sam

Covina, CA

#149 Dec 24, 2008
the only bears that shined on monday night were daniel manning and greg olsen yet Lovie in post game interviews was gloating like a hero when in reality he is a bum.
overthehill

United States

#150 Dec 24, 2008
LabDog wrote:
Neither Orton or Rex should ever be a starting QB anywhere in this league, the receivers act like they have never had a ball thrown to them before, the d-backs can't cover, the o-line can't protect the QB, Lovie just stands there looking like he's trying to find his car in the mall parking lot, Ron Turner is an offensive idiot. Time to clean house, starting with Lovie and his band of coaching fools.
All good ideas, but you're not going far enough. It should start with Virginia selling the team to somebody who appreciates football. Once you have a bona-fide owner in place, all of the rest of it will fall into place. All the new owner would have to do is watch one Bears game on tv, and the exodus would begin.
overthehill

United States

#151 Dec 24, 2008
Lots of Orton bashing on this string. Admittedly, it does look like Kyle can't get the ball down field far enough. Too many times I see his receivers trying to come back for the ball because it is underthrown. By this point in the season, Orton should have a clear idea about how far his guys can get down field. One thing we can't see on tv is the wind, but that is a pretty lame excuse: "the wind took it, or the sun got in my eyes, or I tripped on the grass, etc., etc."
However, that being said, Orton is as good as many other QB's in the league. He does not have much of a supporting staff. Tight ends and running backs as a passing game lowers the ability of the line to protect. Need TE's to block, not always be out in the pattern.
Orton gets three tries a series, and if his receivers drop an easy one, the team is screwed. Receivers get a crap-load of money to catch footballs.
I, for one am tired of hearing about how the Bears are a running team and then seeing a Turner gem that throws Forte at the middle of the Dline with no blocking.
Leave Orton alone. He is a serviceable QB. Fix the gaping lack of talent on the rest of the team and maybe we can stop concentrating on Orton.
BearsFan2

Bradenton, FL

#152 Dec 24, 2008
overthehill wrote:
Lots of Orton bashing on this string. Admittedly, it does look like Kyle can't get the ball down field far enough. Too many times I see his receivers trying to come back for the ball because it is underthrown. By this point in the season, Orton should have a clear idea about how far his guys can get down field. One thing we can't see on tv is the wind, but that is a pretty lame excuse: "the wind took it, or the sun got in my eyes, or I tripped on the grass, etc., etc."
However, that being said, Orton is as good as many other QB's in the league. He does not have much of a supporting staff. Tight ends and running backs as a passing game lowers the ability of the line to protect. Need TE's to block, not always be out in the pattern.
Orton gets three tries a series, and if his receivers drop an easy one, the team is screwed. Receivers get a crap-load of money to catch footballs.
I, for one am tired of hearing about how the Bears are a running team and then seeing a Turner gem that throws Forte at the middle of the Dline with no blocking.
Leave Orton alone. He is a serviceable QB. Fix the gaping lack of talent on the rest of the team and maybe we can stop concentrating on Orton.
Bear receivers were among league leaders in dropped passes in 2006, and last year as well.

But it seems the only time this has become an issue is when Orton is playing.

None of this QB stuff will be settled until Rex plays somewhere else. For all those who have called for that the last two years, be careful what you ask for.
MDK

Mount Pleasant, SC

#153 Dec 24, 2008
Jim Griffin wrote:
One question, why didn't Lovie light up his offensive and defensive coordinators while he was at it.
I've been chewing on this for a long time and it was so obvious last night that if I don't just spit it out I'm gonna choke on it...
As I sat there, beer in hand, and a steaming bowl of chilli on the coffee table in front of me, it was as clear as the icycles hanging off the eaves: We don't have bad players, we have bad coaching.
Our guys are as good as ANYBODY in this league, what we DON'T have is anybody who can call a decent play or the correct defensive alignment. they completed all those short passes underneathe because our guys were set back too deep. Babich had them playing "Not to LOSE" rather than to win. and Rodgers just dinked and dunked us all night with that (I own these B------) smirk on his face. Right up until the moment when it was too late, and that scrawny kicker got schooled in why it's so difficult to hit field goals at soldier field.
the Packers were giving up no ground yardage up the middle. So where did Turner run Forte on every third and short I saw? Why up the middle of course. No gain, minimal gain, 2 yards backward and a puff of white powder. My question: "Does this guy even HAVE a thought process with regard to play calling or does he just yank them out of his A--?"
Orton has got to get control of his eyeballs. that was obvious even to me. Send him to the Playboy mansion for a coupla weeks in the off season so he can develope a little eye discipline. If you can keep them from reading you there, the football field won't even be a challenge.
Bottom line here is that both Babich and Turner are past the expiration date on their shelf life. Turners play calling doesn't fool ANYBODY (Hell he set U of I's program back at least 10 years) and Babich's defenses are abysmal. Do the players a favor and put these two out of our misery. And don't wait, do it today.
Well said!!!!!!!

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