This blog originally started by Dan and I for two main reasons: 1) Ron Turner obviously was an inept offensive coordinator who failed to deliver while wrecking the Bears and Illini 2) No one seemed to be talking about it. When Dan and I talked to “real” Bears fans (the ones next to us in the cheap seats or in the sports bars) invariably when we mentioned Ron Turner they would go into a stream-of-consciousness bitter rant about how terrible he is with his play calling and yet when we turned on the TV or read the newspapers (back in the day when people read newspapers) there just wasn’t anyone calling this out.
While Ron is gone the ineptness rolls on. We know that Ron wasn’t the whole problem – it took a “village” to mess up the Bears this much, to mismanage the talent they had and thus squander our chance for a Super Bowl win back in 2007.
Sometimes sports guys would comment on this site and say something like “you aren’t a coach” or “you don’t know what you are talking about” as if we had to be a pedigreed coach to realize that calling the same 5 plays all day on offense WHEN THEY WEREN’T WORKING was a good plan in the first place. We were judging the Bears by the results THAT WE SAW WITH OUR OWN EYES on the field and they were plain as day; if there was some sort of super-secret plan behind all of it that some NFL genius could see then fine, why are the Bears down in the gutter of the offensive (and often defensive) statistics when the year is said and done?
Now, however, the media too are calling out the Bears coaches on a regular basis, for the same things that we hate the Bears coaches for.
From the Friday Chicago Tribune by Rosenbloom
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said concussions were never a concern when he coached Jay Cutler in Denver. Of course not. They blocked in Denver.
Here’s another one from Rosenbloom
You read Mike Martz talking about all the “positives” in the Bears’ loss to a miserable road team in the Seahawks, talking about the “big plays” the Bears hit in going 0-for-12 on third down, and talking about how excited he is about his offensive line that’s on a team-record pace for sacks, and you realize Martz lives in such a parallel universe that he makes Lovie Smith sound credible.
And Dan McNeil titled his article “Coaches Spinning Serious Fables” with the sub title “Bears offense looks lost despite staff’s opinions to the contrary”
If Martz is just protecting his players, I get it. But he needs to stop insulting the intelligence of a fan base in Chicago that knows bad football.
I also see more and more comments about Lovie’s completely passive style of coaching and general smugness (which Gerry summed up so well in a recent post / rant) in the media which also has made us gag for years.
So FINALLY guys thanks for waking up. It is too late of course, maybe you could have castigated Angelo years ago so that someone else could have done our drafting and maybe we’d have a few more players (or a decent offensive line) but hey, better late than never.
One thing that is different today is that the media is now jumping on the Bears