Don’t get me wrong I’m as disappointed as anyone with the utterly terrible performance from the Chicago Bears this year, but some people need to get a life, specifically the people running Bears Fans United (http://www.bearfansunited.org), that went so far as to raise money for a billboard in the suburbs voicing their opinion of a coaching staff change. I bet these are the same people that thought Jay Cutler was the team’s saving grace when in actuality Kyle Orton didn’t do that bad last year with the Bears, and look at his performance in Denver this year… I’d say he’s had a pretty decent year. Now I’m not saying that Cutler was a bad acquisition (which most people are saying now), because he’s actually a good quarterback and has a lot of potential, but people put way to much on his shoulders to being with. I don’t think anyone thought that he would lead the league in interceptions, but that’s a different story *cough* offensive line *cough*.
So quarterback issues aside, this group of “fans” are calling for the entire Bears coaching staff to be replaced for next season. Now obviously the team is not going to base it’s decision on what these so called fans want, but I find it pretty pathetic that they are wasting their time and money to try to get the organization to wipe out the entire coaching staff. I will, however, agree with them that Ron Turner is a giant piece of retarded shit and needs to be replaced and has needed to be replaced for years now and maybe it wasn’t the best decision in the world to have Lovie calling the defensive plays, but as a head coach I don’t think he did a terrible job. Sure we’d all love to see him show some more emotion during the games and get into things a little more (he seems a little too nice for his own good), but I think a lot of the problems the team is having is because of the players.
Sure Cutler had a bad year, but he’s still a relatively young quarterback and it’s his first year with the team, give him a break. And honestly I don’t think it was really all his fault, the offensive line for the Bears is probably the worst I’ve ever seen. When you give your quarterback absolutely no time to make a play then of course he’s going to be rushed into things and end up throwing interceptions or get sacked. And with that being said that has the same bearing on Matt Forte’s less than stellar year, if he’s not getting the blocks he needs and the defenders are instantly breathing down his neck it’s going to be impossible for him to do anything. I still think he’s an amazing player, but the rest of the offense isn’t making it easy for him. And again, he’s a young player still trying to figure things out. Then there’s Devin Hester, I’m glad he’s not taking as many returns as he has in the past, that one season seemed to have gone to his head making him think he could make something out of nothing. It seemed as if he would run 2 yards on every return, then turn around and run backwards 5 yards. At least Danieal Manning and Johnny Knox have stepped up in the role of returner and actually been quite exciting to watch. And I think Johnny Knox is going to be a huge asset to this team in the future, kind of like Hester was in his rookie year. And back to Hester, he’s not a terrible receiver, it’s just new to him, I’ll still be behind him next year, I think he’s still got potential.
But enough about the players and the coaching staff, lets get back to these fans. I know every team has their die hard fans that will follow a team to the grave and every team has those fans that will love them when they are doing good and talk shit about them when they are doing bad, but some of these Bears fans are ridiculous. Chicago is known as a sports city, we do love our sports teams, but considering the reputation that Cubs fans have, it should be no surprise that this is how Bears fans are reacting, but I still find it a little ridiculous that a group of “fans” have banded together to attack the team and go so far as to put up a billboard in Arlington Heights telling the organization how they feel. And on top of that their website has claimed to have raised almost $3000 for the cost of this… Who the fuck is donating to this worthless cause? You do realize that it’s not going to sway the organization one way or the other right? Sure they want to keep the fans happy, but there’s a lot more to running a football team than just making the fans happy. What if they did replace the entire coaching staff and then next year we were just as bad, what would your billboard say then? “Our Bad”. No, you would just blame it on someone else.
So while I will agree that there needs to be some changes made to the organization, I do not agree with the collecting of money to put up a billboard disgracing the team that you claim to love. Do you not think that those guys are just as disappointed in themselves as you guys are in them? Nobody wants to have a losing season, especially when such a big move was made in the off season to supposedly help the team. Obviously nobody knew that Orton would start off as well as he did, kinda fell off recently, but still. And of course nobody expected Cutler to lead the league in interceptions, but he does. So hopefully the Bears will make some coaching staff changes and some player changes, but I don’t think that wiping out everyone and starting over is necessarily the answer, I mean Lovie did lead the team to a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman…