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Blame yourselves for Bears' woes

November 22, 2012|By Bag Boy | For RedEye

I blame you and I blame me, but more on that in a minute.

The Bears have been exposed and you knew it was coming. Aging defense, lame offense. Thank you, Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. Thank you for showing us who we are.

Nice to see a team (theirs, not ours) can just plug in their second-round draft pick from Nevada (Nevada?) as a backup and keep humming along. Us? Yeah, we plug in a supposed "veteran" and it's like he's never seen the field before. Again, thank you for clarity.

The Bears, oh man, they're so good—until they play teams that are better than them. And thanks to the modern NFL, there always will be. Because there will always be coaches better than Lovie Smith.

It's our fault. It's our fault because we buy into this crap every year. "Oh, we have an awesome defense" "Oh, man, look at those takeaways." "Lovie is such a great (defensive) coach."

Yeah, it's all great, and Lovie's a great defensive coach and it works until we run into a real NFL team that understands defense AND offense. And that's not us.

2004. Bears hire Lovie Smith. Good defensive coach. Anyone remember who the first choice was? I do. It was Tom Coughlin. Of course he told us to go scratch. He wanted to be with a modern NFL franchise. Nice move, Tom. It worked out. For them.

Not us. We're still stuck in 1922. I need one of those fur coats Red Grange is wearing.

So, the near term: We right the ship, Cutler comes back, and we make the playoffs, it's OK for now.

The long term: Forever just outside the circle of the NFL's truly elite. And we'll take that, apparently, you and I, every year.

The only hope is to move to another mediocre league where we can dominate. Wait, I got it.

The Big Ten. That mammoth, behemoth monument to bigger is better, more is better, bloated, celebration of 14 teams. Please, take the Bears; for sure we'll win every year.

No, wait. We'll finish second to Ohio State. Every year.

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.


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