Chicago Bears Should Focus on Game, Not Trash Talk

By Clyde A. Speller
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The most important game of the season for the Chicago Bears is just a few days away, and there has been trash talk that has come to the surface. The division rival Detroit Lions are the Bears next opponent, and are looking to have Chicago join them on the outside of the playoff picture.

Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton started the trash talking earlier this week by calling the players in Detroit “dirty.” Lions center Dominic Raiola countered by directing his comments to Melton saying that the Bears’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle is a “clown.”

Raiola went on to say that Melton didn’t deserve to talk smack, and that he didn’t even deserve to be named to the Pro Bowl this season.

As of now, no one else from the Bears or the Lions has chimed in about the exchange of words between Melton and Raiola. Personally, I think for the Bears’ sake, it should stay that way.

It seems to me that whenever Chicago starts trash talking with another team leading up to a game, it backfires and they end up losing. Thinking back to the 2005 season, the Bears were saying a lot in the press regarding the Carolina Panthers, and that ended up in a home defeat in the playoffs to Carolina.

Even looking back just a couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of smack talking between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Needless to say, this resulted in a loss for Chicago as well.

If you ask me, the Bears just need to focus all of their attention on just trying to prepare for this do-or-die Week 17 matchup. A loss will kill their chance of making the postseason.

Trash talking won’t help in any way, shape, or form for Chicago. If anything, it will give the Lions more of a reason to play the role of spoiler in front of their home crowd.

History has shown that talking smack via the media isn’t an ingredient in the recipe for success for the Bears. Therefore, my advice for Chicago is to shut up and take care of business on the field this coming Sunday, and let the play on the field do the talking.

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