Why I'm Fuming Mad about the Bears 21-19 Loss to the Lions

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Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after he got pressured by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

I am usually pretty even keeled about the Bears these days.  Maybe it’s from running a Bears site for a few years or just wisdom coming with age, but I generally don’t get too worked up about Bears wins and losses.  Today’s 21-19 loss to the Detroin Lions is not one of those days.  I am really pissed off about how this game played out.

The Bears missed countless opportunities to keep themselves alive in the division race and win this game, but continued to shoot themselves in the foot (or the groin or ankle, depending on who you ask) time after time.  The loss moves the Lions into the driver’s seat in the NFC North.  This loss basically trumps the Monday night win over the Packers.  The playoffs are certainly not out of the question, but the division title is all but sunk.  

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    I concur with your true assessment of why the a Bears loss this game. Coach T was at fault as were the other coaches for not recommending that Cutler be pulled, if that’s the case. And although the defense played ok we need 2replace Conte & Wright…seriously these are our 2 best safeties? And lastly, either get a new Defensive Coordinator or change to a 3/4 or mixed something up with Tampa 2… Our defensive schemes really suck!

    • BearGogglesOn

      Can’t argue with any of your comments. I suspect the Bears D will look a whole lot different in 2014, both in personnel and in scheme.

  • Fattypros

    Boomer,

    I feel ya, what made it worse was being the only bears fan at the bar with 3 obnoxious lions fans who were even saying ‘Bring out McCown!’

    Soooo many wasted drives…..

    On another note, that second TD pass to Alshon Jeffery with a reversed call must have been payback for Calvin Johnson in 2010 or 11 or whatever, don’t care to look it up.

    Good job to the D, they learned from week 4. Chris Conte surprised me by being useful for once.

    This should have been a W for sure.

    On another note, what’s up with all the forte up the middle instead of to the outside? Is that just to keep the opposing defense on their toes? It’s not really working out.

    • BearGogglesOn

      The second TD pass to Jeffery was called correctly by the same “complete the process of the catch” rule that got Johnson a few years ago. Sadly it was the right call.

      Conte needed a bounceback game and got it. Hopefully he can build on it, as he’ll be under more pressure with Peanut out for a while.

      I was surprised with how poorly the Bears ran the ball against the Lions too. I thought that would have been an area the Bears could exploit, but the Lions owned the line of scrimmage. Goes to show that the O-line is still a work in progress.

  • john graham

    Well it sure wasn’t fair to the rest of the team who went out played for the win.Put your best players out there really not that hard of a decision.The doctor thing isn’t good how many more players play hurt a remember a couple of years ago when they played brown at guard with one arm really bad.

  • Luke the Duke

    I’m sorry, but if anyone’s to blame, it’s not Cutler. How about Jeffery, who dropped 2 TD’s that hit him in the hands?! If not, maybe Slauson, who bear-hugged (pun intended) the D-lineman on Forte’s TD run? Or if. Or, if you still want to overlook all o that, what about the awful 4th down call in field goal range? Cutler played a good-not great, but good enough to win- game, and his team let him down. McCowns doing a good job backing him up, but I’d take Cutler at 75% over a healthy McMown 10 times out of ten. Place blame where blame is needed! BEAR DOWN!!

  • Karen Silas

    Cutler was trying to prove he was the better QB but in this case, throw out the stats! McCown makes the TD’s. Cutler is a maybe baby QB out there limping around trying to prove himself. This game was obviously lost by the coaches and cutler. As a QB you want to give your team the best chance to win. Cutler was thinking of himself and how he could top McCown. The coach wasn’t thinking at all. I hate to say it but, this is a good thing for the bears. Keep Cutler in the hospital and McCown will be poised to win the next four or five games for us without the inteceptions of Cutler in the way. Cutler looks better on the sidelines reading plays from paper than he ever looked on the field. The hell with the the 2 dropped passes, they wouldn’t have meant anything if Josh McCown had been playing because we would’ve been ahead the whole game.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Karen – thanks for your insightful response. I think that Cutler and the coaches thought – right or wrong – that Cutler gave them the best chance to win for most of that game. About halfway through the third quarter is when I thought Cutler lost it and wasn’t as effective.

      Just keep one thing in mind about McCown – he was on the street not once but twice when the Bears came calling. He’s a 34-year old journeyman. He’s played well in limited opportunities. I hope he can keep it up a few more weeks.

  • John Mack

    This is the game where I officially unhitch my cart from the Jay Cutler Bandwagon. After four years of up and down Cutler, I can’t take it anymore! Yes, he was injured and should have been pulled, but it goes deeper than that. First off, I appreciate Jay sacrificing his health for so many years behind putrid Offensive Lines with no help in the wide receiver position (years past for both instances). But this roller coaster has gone on long enough. Again, I know he was injured and I personally wanted Coach T to evaluate whether it was personnel or his system that needed to be adjusted. Josh McCown doesn’t have the same zing on the ball that Jay Cutler does, FACT. But my eyeballs show me someone who makes the right plays, and is efficient. The offense takes the characteristics of its QB. So this season when we’ve looked lethargic, out-of-sync, and lost it was because our QB wasn’t fully in there. Jay’s had some good games and the defense has sucked this season (other than the last two weeks). But true leadership will flow from one side of the ball to the other. When McCown’s been under center the team fights, not just survives. Cutler has more arm strength than McCown, but being a QB is more than just being able to make back shoulder throws. Timing, field vision…hell, McCown was actually operating a no huddle hurry up offense…I don’t remember Cutler doing that thus far this season…or last. I’m not jumping on the Cutler Haters bandwagon either. I appreciate his time here, but it’s time to move on.

    I’m not going to get into the body language talk or anything else. But as a captain, the energy flows from him to the rest of the unit.

    I also agree with Karen Silas that this was a selfish move on Cutler’s part to hurry back in a contract year. He’ll make his money (if not here, somewhere else).

    I’ll leave with an abbreviated quote from Remember the Titans:

    “Big Ju: Well, what I’ve got to say, you really don’t wanna hear ‘cuz honesty ain’t too high upon your people’s priorities.

    Bertier: Honesty? You want honesty? Honestly, I think you’re nothing. Nothing but a pure waste of God-given talent. You don’t listen to nobody, man! Not even Doc or Boone! Shiver push on the line everytime and you blow right past ‘em! Push ‘em, pull ‘em, do something! You run over everyone in this league, and everytime you do you leave one of your teammates hanging out to dry, me in particular!

    Big Ju: Why should I give a hoot about you, huh? Or anyone else out there? You wanna talk about the ways you’re the captain?

    [6 lines skipped for context of my post]

    Bertier: See man, that’s the worst attitude I ever heard.

    Big Ju: Attitude reflects leadership, captain.”

    • BearGogglesOn

      First off, I love movie quote responses. Kudos!

      I am not ready to jump off the Cutler bandwagon just yet. Did we forget Mr. 4th Quarter already? He’s the most talented QB that Bears have ever had. Trestman was brought here to harness that talent. Let’s give it a chance to work for a while.

  • Herman Moore

    Bears lost to a better team. Suck it up, Nancy!

    • BearGogglesOn

      Lions didn’t beat the Bears. The Bears beat themselves.