After a 55-14 shellacking, courtesy of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, it's time to reconsider the Bears' potential and future moving forward. There was so much hope. So much excitement and anticipation heading into the season. All gone. Poof. Up into the brisk Wisconsin air it went on Sunday night.
I'm not going to bother with some sort of "recap" of Sunday night's game, no need for it. The Bears were manhandled by the Packers and Rodgers made them look foolish, AGAIN. He threw six touchdowns in the first half and probably could have thrown six more if he wanted to.
Heads should roll in the morning, plain and simple. If I don't wake up to some sort of news on defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, and/or head coach Marc Trestman being fired, I'm going to walk to Halas Hall and start a picket line. You're more than welcomed to join me.
The Bears have surrendered 106 points in the last two games. ONE-HUNDRED-AND-SIX. Members of the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons are probably dancing in their graves. For those that don't know who that is (don't worry I won't hold it against you), that was the last NFL team to give up 50+ points in back-to-back games.
The 1923 Rochester Jeffersons
Somebody should let Marc Trestman and Mel Tucker know that football in Chicago isn't some joke, go coach in Oakland if you're ok with results like this. I've been alive for 30 years, and I've seen quite a few bad Bears teams. I've also seen some very good ones. This 2014 team is by far one of the worst I've witnessed. The entire team is in complete shambles. The Bears have no identity, no leader, no passion, no nothing. I've never seen anything like it.
So, step number one is obviously firing Mel Tucker. You can't give up 106 points in back-to-back games and keep your job. You accomplished something a team hasn't done in 90 years, Mel. The Rochester Jeffersons, Mel! Oh, and Aaron Rodgers completed 18 passes last night....six of them reached the end zone. Imagine if he completed 18 more...
Marc Trestman is also on the hot seat, maybe you don't can him just yet, but the guy seems to be over his head. Trestman can't seem to adjust during games, and he did not have his team ready off a bye week against a division rival. Not only a division rival, but our mortal enemies, the Green Bay Packers.
Starting with the home opener loss to the Buffalo Bills and the guy (E.J. Manuel) who got benched for Kyle Orton, Trestman has not had the Bears prepared for games. Despite the repetitive rhetoric to the media of "good practices," the Bears have gradually gotten worse as the season has progressed. He's done next to nothing to fix problems on both sides of the ball. He's incompetent as far as I can see.
Bears fans are a patient bunch, as the team hasn't been to the playoffs in almost 5 years, and it's been 30 since they have hoisted the Lombardi trophy. Despite the organizations shortcomings, Bears Nation has remained strong, the fan base travels well and home games are always sold out. The passion and love for the team runs deep, and there's always been one golden rule (or at least in my family), if you aren't going to contend, or be a playoff team, there is one thing you must do to keep us happy. BEAT THE PACKERS. Even Lovie Smith knew that. Apparently, Trestman and Cutler haven't gotten that memo.
Not only are their coaching issues, but I'm going to be brutally honest here and some hard-headed Bears fans will scold me for this. Jay Cutler and his massive contract have set this franchise back. Don't you dare yell, "the offensive line doesn't give him enough time. Or, "he has nobody to throw the ball to!" Those excuses won't work anymore.
The Bears offensive line isn't perfect, but it sure as hell is an upgrade from what it was a few years ago. The duo of Marshall and Jeffrey is one of the best in the league, Martellus Bennett is a top tight end, and Matt Forte is one of the best dual-threat backs in the game. So someone please tell me how you can still sit here and back Jay Cutler until you turn blue in the face?
I'm not saying the Bears should release Jay Cutler or try to trade him. I realize that's not going to happen or should happen. YET. But it's time to sit Jay Cutler and see what Jimmy Clausen can do for the rest of this season, because let's face it folks. It's over. 2014 is finished.
Cutler is the Bears franchise quarterback, he's here for the next half a decade, so what now? How many more weapons can you give a guy? How many more coaches must the Bears rifle through before they find a system that finally works for Jay Cutler?
When do the Bears start to consider other options at quarterback for the future? What is it going to take for the executives and front office to draft a good young quarterback via the draft like most successful teams in the NFL have done? Each year the Bears grasp and reach for journeymen backups and draft no-name quarterbacks who end up being cut before the season begins.
Phil Emery should be paranoid as well, he's got all the tools, but has not executed with his coaching decisions nor his ability to land much talent in the draft. Yes, he did acquire Brandon Marshall, he did draft Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Fuller, but he has certainly missed on quite a few draft picks not to mention completely ignoring the quarterback situation.
Shea McClellin wasn't even a player who fit our scheme and Emery still selected him. As a defensive end, who is now trying his way at linebacker. In that same 2012 draft, Emery did get Alshon Jeffery in the 2nd round, and then missed on almost every other pick that year drafting: Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriquez, Isaiah Frey, and Greg McCoy. All of these guys were busts.
Emery has already publicly stated that he won't take a quarterback late in the draft because he has a theory that "they don't pan out." Yet, he drafted David Fales in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft only to cut him, and also signed undrafted NIU QB Jordan Lynch.
It boggles my mind that they are so sure of things working out with Cutler. It's not like they just acquired him, Jay has been the Bears quarterback since 2009. It's 2014 and the franchise has accomplished NOTHING. Not even regular season wins against the Packers let alone playoff appearances. With only 3 wins, sitting in dead last in the NFC North, I don't see why the Bears don't tank the rest of the season and get the highest draft pick possible, which can be used to take a quarterback.
Also, Tim Jennings...what happened to you man? Didn't you make the Pro Bowl two years in a row and weren't you considered to be a shutdown corner? 13 interceptions combined in 2012 and 2013, Jennings has ZERO interceptions in 2014 and gets burned on a weekly basis.
An organization once known for their defense, the Bears now go down in the record books as one of the worst in the modern era, right next to the friggin' Rochester Jeffersons of 1923.
The "Monsters of the Midway" have been laid to rest. The Chicago Bears defense is now the laughingstock of the NFL. Thanks, Mel. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Bye, Marc. You aren't a bad coach, you just aren't a good head coach. Not in the NFL at least.
Take a seat Jay...just like they say on the North Side of Chicago in the summer, "there's always next year."
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