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Bears’ Deliver a Common Message and It’s Not a Good One

Mike Martz addresses the media before Wednesday's practice at Halas Hall. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

After an off day on Tuesday, the Bears were back out in force to kick off Packers week with a multitude of interviews.  As I read through some of them, I saw a common theme.  See if you can pick up on it.

First we get Jerry Angelo, regarding the offensive line:

“We trained them. They’re ours. They’ve got to step up and get it done. It’s that simple. You don’t like to play musical chairs at any position, but that’s particularly true on the offensive line. You want to keep those five guys the same week-in and week-out.

“They don’t have to be the best players, but they have to be players who know each other the best on the field. That’s football. So obviously that’s going to be our challenge, and I’m confident that the coaches are going to get not only the best out of our players but know exactly what they can and can’t do and play accordingly.”

How about wide receivers coach Daryl Drake, when discussing his much maligned wide receiver group:

“We’ve got what we’ve got, and people need to embrace what we’ve got and stop (whining) about it,” he said. “Things are not going to change, so why talk about them? If you’re a true Bears fan why beat them up? They’re ours. …

“Let’s embrace them so they know we love them and they’ll continue to play to the best of their abilities. … Complain about them at the end of the year. But right now, don’t complain.”

Now offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s mea culpa:

“If you’re looking for blame, blame me,” Martz said Wednesday after practice. “It’s just one of those things that happened. We did a poor job of coaching, and we didn’t play very good. We’ve got to clean up what was wrong and what we didn’t do good and move on.”

Heck, even a sore Jay Cutler got into the act in his Wednesday presser:

“We’re going to be fine,” Cutler said. “I’m not worried about it. We’re 1-1. We still have a lot of football left to be played. If this continues, then obviously we’re going to have a problem. We’re going to have to address it. But looking forward to this game.”

Jerry Angelo and Daryl Drake hit you over the head with it, while the other guys brought the common theme – we’re stuck with these guys so just deal with it.   Mot exactly the kind of message you want to hear heading into Packer Week.

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  • Chicago Irish

    The message I heard is…”we have no talent and our coaches can’t get them to improve”.

    Drake’s comment’s pissed me off the most. “If your a true Bears fan why beat them up?”. Um, because they suck!!

    Dear Mr. Drake,

    As a Bears fan it’s not the players I am truly unhappy with. I have come to grips that our O-line cannot block. I have also come to grips that our WR core would be at best #3 WRs on many other teams in the NFL. My disgust is with ownership who, although went out and got Cutler, have done absolutely NOTHING to surround him with talent. Ownership, sir, is the target of my disgust and the people I would like to “beat up”.

  • Chicago Irish

    The message I heard is…”we have no talent and our coaches can’t get them to improve”.

    Drake’s comment’s pissed me off the most. “If your a true Bears fan why beat them up?”. Um, because they suck!!

    Dear Mr. Drake,

    As a Bears fan it’s not the players I am truly unhappy with. I have come to grips that our O-line cannot block. I have also come to grips that our WR core would be at best #3 WRs on many other teams in the NFL. My disgust is with ownership who, although went out and got Cutler, have done absolutely NOTHING to surround him with talent. Ownership, sir, is the target of my disgust and the people I would like to “beat up”.