First Brian Urlacher last year, now Devin Hester and possibly Charles Tillman this year; much of the fondest memories from the last decade are falling by the wayside for the monsters of the midway.
Chicago Bears fans already have to live with the fact that Hester will most likely break the all-time return record in another uniform, but also having to consider that they have likely seen the last forced fumble via the “Peanut Punch” is hard to grasp.
Day by day, the Bears’ front office is making it known that there are new sheriffs in town and the Lovie Smith-Jerry Angelo administration is a thing of the past, and although the Bears seem to be headed in the right direction, players that have meant so much not just to the organization, but the city of Chicago seem to not be in the Bears’ future plans.
Earlier in the week, Urlacher voiced his opinion on the Bears’ front office, saying that the Bears have no loyalty to their tenured players. The Bears great even gave the example of how the Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed older players like Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller so they can retire as members of the team they played their entire careers for.
The difference between the Steelers and the Bears however, is that Polamalu and Miller played their entire career with the same GM and won a Super Bowl with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. The head of the organization is still intact, and the organization chooses to be faithful to its players who have given blood, sweat and tears to Steelers football.
The same cannot be said about the Chicago Bears. Players such as Urlacher, Hester, Tillman and even Lance Briggs do not have the loyalty of GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman. That loyalty left the Windy City along with Smith and Angelo.
This is a new era of Chicago Bears football; an era where offense is the team’s focal point and a new batch of players are likely coming. The Bears will do anything to get themselves back to prominence, and if that means letting go of players who have left so many lasting memories for Bears fans in the last decade, then that’s what the Bears are willing to do.