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Don't assume all is well - or wrong - with Bears

There are 151 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 29, 2008, titled Don't assume all is well - or wrong - with Bears. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Getting the Bears back into playoff contention will require making assumptions about certain players, coaches and philosophies.

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Mr Football

Brisbane, CA

#144 Dec 30, 2008
Vote here on who will win this week.
Wrigley Field Bear

San Francisco, CA

#145 Dec 31, 2008
Faulty Assumption No. 1: The Bears will be a good team again with Lovie Smith.

Reality: Smith is a very conservative coach who plays not to lose instead of to win. His fear of getting beaten on big plays has caused the defense to lose its aggressiveness and his conservative attitude has infected the entire team. He needs to go. Bill Cowher would probably love to coach for the Bears and he plays Bear football, with a power running game and aggressive defenses that are always at or near the top in the league.

Faulty Assumption No. 2: The Bears can win with Kyle Orton.

Reality: Orton is a good second string quarterback and a team could win the Super Bowl with him if it had a top defense and running game. But Orton will never carry a team. His play early this season exceeded expectations and was a very pleasant surprise, but now that other teams have seen him enough to game plan for him, don't expect to see that level of performance again. The Bears have a great prospect in Caleb Hanie, but this is an organization that ruins quarterbacks, not one that develops them. This is also an organization that will not tolerate a quarterback with a strong personality, which is a good part of the reason that Brian Griese never got a fair chance in Chicago and was let go, even though he's a better quarterback than Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton. And it's also why the Bears didn't get Jeff Garcia when he was practically begging to come to Chicago, even though he's better than Griese. Unfortunately, good quarterbacks have strong personalities by definition.

Faulty Assumption No. 3: Jerry Angelo is capable of drafting good offensive talent.

Reality: With a few rare exceptions like Matt Forte, Angelo doesn't have a clue about offensive talent coming out of college. If the Bears don't force him to hire someone who's competent to evaluate offensive college talent or get another general manager, they'll just continue to draft busts.

Faulty Assumption No. 4: You can win by building a great defense and ignoring the offense.

Reality: While a top defense is generally the foundation of a championship team in every sport, an offense that's bad enough will detract from that defense. In football, a defense forced onto the field too often due to an incompetent offense will eventually fail, regardless of how good it is. The Bears need to spend less on defense and more on offense to get some balance here. Just as Tony Dungy made the Colts spend more on defense and less on offense, which cost the Colts some good offensive players but resulted in them winning a Super Bowl, the Bears need to start spending on offense.
don halpaus

Johnson City, TN

#146 Dec 31, 2008
ron turner has to go, to many plays called to run up the middle into a stone wall.

Chicago, IL

#147 Dec 31, 2008
Orton is not NFL caliber. He is a decent back-up at best. Angelo is correct in making QB a focus for the Bears since they haven't seen a quality QB since Erik Kramer outside of 1/2 season in '06. Even with a #1 WR the Bears need a QB able to get him the ball. Defense has plenty of areas to improve, but regardless the Bears need to score more points and keep the other Team off the field. That starts with a QB to compliment a good RB in Forte. Good luck Jerry. Bring the Bears a real QB for a change.
Backup QB Keeps WRs away

Carmel, IN

#148 Dec 31, 2008
Orton is a back up at best, and Grossman had more upside due to long ball threat. With Grossman out, trade Urlacher for a QB if at all possible. It was stupid not to pacakge Grossman & Urlacher to attempt to get a QB this year if Grossman wasn't given the chance to start.
Turner is a position coach, at best. Get rid of him.
The Bears can't sign any receivers until a QB other than Orton is signed. Won't happen, no receiver would come here for reasonable money and normal incentives.

Dallas, TX

#149 Dec 31, 2008
Hire Mike Shanahan-----right now!!!!!!!!!!

Indianapolis, IN

#150 Dec 31, 2008
Give Ron Turner a raise..........David, are you a writer for the Bears or Packers? 26th in total offense..........26th, and you want to give him a raise? In 2007 they were ranked 26th. In 2005 they were ranked 29th. They've only been in the top 15 once, in 2006, and that was 13th. David, seriously, give Ron Turner a raise? Give him a pink slip - full stop.

Aurora, IL

#151 Dec 31, 2008

You forgot #10.

Faulty assumption...that the bears coaching staff, starting with lovie, will...all of a sudden...know how to coach players, create good game plans, be able to change game plans during the game rather than wait till Tuesday to look at film in bewilderment, be able to utilize players so they can get the best out of each player, stop playing the prevent defensive (known to many as the cover-2), able to utilize some strategy for the first time ever, Angelo able to draft players (especially in the first and second round) that are still will the club 5 years later as starters.... the list goes on and on and on...

Realistic approach....Fire the whole lot of them, starting with Angelo and Lovie. Gets some fire and desire back into this team.
Oh...and I forgot...lastly...we need to have sports writers that have some passion and stop talking about everything but what we really need. If you want an idea about what is wrong with this team, talk to Doug Baffone and Ed Obradiwich. They know exactly what is going on and you can surely learn something from them.

Aurora, IL

#152 Dec 31, 2008
Why don't we all look at this link for a list of draft picks that the Bears have picked over the years. To be fair, Angelo was not responsible for the draft picks until 2004. Can anybody tell me where they are today?

Angelo has got to go. He may have some good attributes. Drafting 1st and 2nd rounders is not one of them. When you look at the list of players drafted since 2004, you have to ask yourself what happened to these players. In some cases, you have to ask yourself why they are today, starting for other teams.
We clearing have an issue with the ability to draft players and we clearly have an issue with coaching them and placing them in the right position to be successful. That is a job for Lovie and Angelo....not blaming thirtiery coaches like the one they let go of yesterday.

Angelo and Lovie has got to go otherwise, we will see another 8 and 8 season next year.
McCaskys !
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United States

#153 Jan 1, 2009
Faulty assumption...the Bears are playing real football...Urlacher is done, Orton is not the answer, Turner must go (our offense is totally offensive), Angelo must go and Lovie as well...neither are capable of doing their jobs, we need WR, Offensive lineman, defensive linemen, a secondary, etc. etc. Faulty assumption is to assum the Bears are close as Lovie said....we stink in all aspects of the game....The biggest faulty assumption is to think that these Bears are even close....

Madison, TN

#154 Jan 4, 2009
Very close but I differ on the defensive line and offensive line. It is time to get bigger on both sides of the ball and one more move Boston College has a run stuffer in Raji move Tommie Harris to DE play a tackle rotation of Raji, Adams and Harrison play Idonaje at a end rotation. Oklahoma, Mississippi and LSU is O-Line heaven. A back up for Forte is easier to find then quality big people. You cannot win without quality big men clearing the way for smaller men.

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