We said we'd never forget. We repeated it over and over every Sunday for weeks, years, decades even. We still say it as often as we can: "We'll never forget." But the truth is, some of us HAVE forgotten. How else can we explain letting Tim Tebow slip through our fingers? We forgot.
You may not know what I'm talking about, so let me refresh your memory about the lyrics to "Bear Down Chicago Bears," specifically the line: "We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation." Remember? The T-formation? A quarterback under center with three running backs behind him? Anybody?
Come on. It was pretty unstoppable back in the 1941, when "Bear Down Chicago Bears" was written. Before the forward pass made it obsolete.
A return of the T formation to the modern NFL might not be too crazy of an idea. The N.Y. Jets currently are practicing some strange direct-snap option offense with backup quarterback Tim Tebow. You may have heard of the guy.
I haven't seen this Jets Tebow-cat offense, but I imagine it's only a running back or two away from a T-formation variant. If so, I'm livid at the Bears for the missed opportunity. That should be our offense.
Nobody expects the Tebow-cat to be effective, but what other team's fans sing about a particular formation? Also: it's hard not to think of Tebow as a prototypical Bears quarterback. He's a throwback to the '40s with his sensible haircut and stern attitude about premarital sex. He also embodies the following Bearsy on-field qualities: Nobody would be worried if he was called upon to be the lead blocker and/or run the football 40 times a game, he seems borderline incapable of completing a forward pass, and he would probably be willing to play defense too.
Sounds like a Bears quarterback to me.
The Bears should have picked him up, because with this offensive line, remembering the T-formation might come in handy.
Ben Johnson is a RedEye special contributor.
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