I saw this graphic from the awesome site “Over the Cap” that highlighted spending on free agency in the offseason. I was surprised to see that the Bears were the top spender! It doesn’t seem that we’ve picked up that much talent in the off season, but I guess Glennon cost a lot of money (not a lot for a QB in the grand scheme of things) and then we had just a ton of other pickups, as well.
It doesn’t seem like we really added a lot of game changing players, but since the roster has almost no talent except for offensive linemen, running back and linebackers (like it is 1985 or something) – we had an immense amount of holes to fill in order to improve the team.
I was joking with Dan about our expectations for the Bears and he said that the goal was “to not be a laughingstock” which was hilarious and an apt description of my feelings, as well. I think maybe it is a candidate for the masthead of this site.
One thing that this points out (again) is that the Bears may be a terrible team that hasn’t won in 30+ years (OUCH) with a front office that is awful at drafting and brings zero innovation, but they are NOT AFRAID TO SPEND MONEY. We all have heard about how cheap Papa Bear was but we should shed that stereotype and replace it with a new stereotype which is that
The Chicago Bears spend big, have the worst stadium, terrible coaching, no innovation, draft poorly, and are locked in a cycle of failure. We celebrate wins that are over 30 years old and know in our hearts as fans that we will never be a competitive franchise. Win or lose, we will booze.
I think that sums it up. Oddly enough, spending money is about the ONLY thing the Bears are good at.