The Chicago Bears are still theoretically alive in the playoff hunt. But those of us that do not have our heads up his or her rear-end recognizes that the chances of this team making the playoffs are beyond small and none.
So what happened to the Bears? They were one of the league’s hottest teams and looked to have a championship defense. But, those of us that weren’t blind recognized that there were major holes on this team as well. The offensive line, tight ends, safeties and key third-down stops from the defense plagued this team. Instead of improving these areas, the Bears plugged their collective noses and hoped for the best. But teams started attacking these weaknesses with huge success. What have the Bears done to adjust? Have they sought help at any of these positions? Of course not. They’ve stubbornly watched guys like Kellen Davis just kill this team. And it isn’t like they didn’t see him suck to high hell last season. He’s sucked since he’s stepped foot in the league. Of course, the Bears brought him back with a large contract. All of the above-issues were quite present last year as well. Did the Bears really expect this offensive line to improve with age? Once someone isn’t very good, time and patience aren’t going to fix the problem. And yet, the Bears stuck with these guys.
I’ve been one of Lovie Smith‘s biggest supporters. As of today, I think it’s time for a change. He’s been with this organization almost ten years. While the team has had its moments, I just don’t think he’s a top-coach. I think he’s an OK coach, but not the guy to bring this to the next level. He’s been helped by circumstances like the 2010 NFC North title and injuries last season. This season’s collapse falls squarely on his shoulders. He cannot dodge another bullet. The team can continue to fire assistant coaches and front-office staff, but sooner-or-later, the buck needs to stop with the head coach. I think Smith has run out of lifelines.
I’ll have plenty more on the demise of this team. As for now, I’ve said my peace. This is an example of a Rant My Life type moment. Hashtag the letters #RML with your moment. And of course, you can follow me on Twitter @ChicagoBearJew.