Words escaped me as I watched the Chicago Bears look like a happy but blind birthday kid aimlessly swinging at an pinata against the rival Green Bay Packers. I didn’t expect the Bears to win at Lambeau, but I did expect some effort or, at the very least, not an embarrassing performance.
Before the kickoff Bears players were happy and looked ready to play. I asked my roommate, “How long do you think until those smiles are wiped off?”
It only took about 10 minutes.
Green Bay scored a touchdown on its first two possessions because of Chicago’s lackluster defense and a Jay Cutler interception. It was 14-0 by the end of the first quarter. The Bears were out of the game before they were even given time to realize they were playing one.
There’s never been a more embarrassing time to be a Chicago Bears fan. Four times in the past 11 games (and three times this season) the Bears have been absolutely manhandled, and all the terrible play is accumulating into frustration and rage from every fan, sports writer and former player.
Former Bears quarterback Jim Miller compared Cutler to a Pez dispenser. Hall of Fame defensive lineman and former Bear Dan Hampton called the Bears season a “stink bomb of epic proportions.” Michael Wilbon called the team “incompetent” in every single aspect of the game. Peter King said the Bears could not get any more embarrassing. Calls for “cleaning the house” are being made on every sports site. The list of criticism goes on and on with almost every single one of them with a high level of disgust, and for the first time in my lifetime, every criticism I’ve heard is true.
What has happened to this team?
This is not the same offense that was second in the NFL in scoring last season. Cutler and his receivers have not been on the same page so many times this season that it’s difficult to call them professional players at this point. The defense has been non-existent since 2010. Going back to last season, the Bears have looked passionless in key games.
The easy targets are Cutler and head coach Marc Trestman, and while they’re definitely part of the problem, the guilt lies with every player and coach. Losing happens in the NFL, but even the worst teams in the league compete. When the Bears lose, it would’ve been better if they didn’t show up.
Something needs to be done. I don’t know if a firing will fix all the answers, but this level of play should not be accepted or tolerated in a franchise worth $1.25 billion.