I watched the Bears play last night and I wish I had found something else to do with my time. They lost their third preseason game 14-9. The defense didn’t do well but frankly when an offense is as touted as the Bears’ offense, they should be averaging more than 14 points. The sad thing was that it was the third-string quarterback who got the points. Actually I don’t know what string he is with the pickup of veteran quarterback Todd Collins.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Bears’ website titled “Bears continue to struggle, but have time to right ship.”
I don’t know how you right this ship. For example while the offensive line still gave up four sacks they were much better. First-string quarterback Jay Cutler had much more time in the pocket but still threw two interceptions. However more importantly than that was that the Bears’ first-string team wasn’t able to score at all and yet they played into the third quarter.
Don’t get me wrong, there were flashes of brilliance. You could see the handprints of Mike Martz. Believe me, when a Bears’ play like a reverse lost yardage I didn’t care because they were trying and they were trying something new to put defenses on their heels. It was the mistakes that bothered me such as holding calls.
The most glaring problem other than the occasional lapse of the offensive line was the defense and it wasn’t even that they gave up 14 points. It was their consistent lack of stopping the Cardinals on third and long. They would make two good defensive stops only to give up a “third and eight” or even worse. And there is really no excuse when you consider the fact this is the same problem that they have had all of preseason.
All of this isn’t even the real problem. The problem is a lack of urgency. Head Coach Lovie Smith keeps giving the team “bailout time.” As Mayer reports Smith makes statements like “…the plan was for us to play a lot better in the third preseason game…But we have time.” That attitude will kill a team. The fact is they do not have time.
Considering the Bears’ schedule they need to be ahead of the bar.
Lovie Smith needs to go. As his name implies he is a lovable guy but his time is over. His coaching and his coaching staff aren’t getting the job done.
A good comparison right now is the Chicago Cubs. They failed miserably this year under Lou Piniella. He was having personal problems and it hurt the team. In Smith’s case he is holding the same philosophy and expecting different results.
When the Cubs finally changed managers their attitude changed. The best chance for the Bears is for the same thing to happen. They need to be held accountable for their field failures.