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The Chicago Bears suffered another pathetic loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. The latest was a 55-14 drubbing at the hands of the Green Bay Packers coming off the bye week that pretty much ends the Bears season. Sure, there are still 7 games left to be played, but for any and all practical purposes, the season is over. At 3-6, the Bears would need to win out just to get to 10 wins, but that hardly assures them of a playoff spot. In the challenging NFC, there might be an 11 win team that sits out this postseason.
I’m here to tell you that this latest loss is actually a good thing. How? Why? What are you smoking, Boomer? Here’s the deal. After back to back ass whippings, it’s got to be clear to Bears ownership that they’ve made a colossal mistake. It doesn’t stop with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, a couple of castoffs that they’ve chosen to hitch their wagon. It doesn’t stop with Mel Tucker or even Marc Trestman who couldn’t coordinate their way out of wet paper bags. That stench goes all the way up to Phil Emery and even Ted Phillips.
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The Bears are a team in complete disarray. The once proud franchise is the punchline to a three hour weekly joke that isn’t funny to anyone. The Bears were exposed on national television yet again at the hands of their most bitter rival. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were laughing on the sideline for most of the game. Note to the McCaskeys- they’re laughing AT you, not with you.
Whatever semblance of a plan that existed is smoldering in a wastepaper basket at Halas Hall. It’s time for a new plan and a new direction. It’s time to bottom out, rip this team down to the very foundation and start over. It’s time to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and restart this franchise. It’s time to do the equivalent of what the Chicago Cubs have done by bringing in Theo Epstein. Go and hire a football man to run the football operation.
Ted Phillips is not going anywhere. I think he’s like Tom Hagan, the adopted son of the McCaskey famiglia. He’s on the payroll for life for brokering the Soldier Field deal. Ted is clearly out over his skis in trying to hire a GM. He’s the guy who used a search firm to bring us Jerry Angelo. He also gave us Phil Emery, a meticulous former scout who suffers from paralysis by analysis.
Emery looks to make the unconventional call when the obvious call is right in front of him. How else can you explain passing on Bruce Arians, the 2012 Coach of the Year, to hire the exiled quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman out of the CFL? How else can you explain racking up a bazillion frequent flier miles interviewing at least 14 coaching candidates to arrive at Trestman?
There was a gross miscalculation on the part of Emery when he insisted that his new head coaching candidates keep members of the staff. Reading between the lines, that would seem to be Rod Marinelli, who left anyway out of loyalty to Lovie Smith. Emery needs a football man to hold him accountable for his football decisions. He doesn’t need an accountant (Phillips) to nod and agree with his moves.
The Bears need a President of Football Operations. Move Phillips to the President of Business Operations and give way to a football man to run the football team. Go get Mike Holmgren or Bill Polian. Go coax Jimmy Johnson or Bill Cowher out of the broadcast booth and give the keys to the franchise. Let them figure out what do to with Emery, Trestman and the rest of the Bears football operation. If they want to cut Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, so be it. If they want to drop Cutler and eat the rest of the $54 million he’s guaranteed, so be it. They can’t be afraid to take several steps backward to finally take this team forward.
The Bears haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. They haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2006. They have ONE Super Bowl title in franchise history. The franchise is so seriously dysfunctional it’s almost beyond repair. The McCaskeys can make this embarrassment palatable if they clean house and start over.