As it has been discussed here many times over the years, we generally don’t give a shit about stats other than wins and losses. If you look at this past Sunday, the Bears did very well in terms of yards and time of possession. Did it translate into a victory? No. We always say “As long as the Bears win, that’s all that matters.” And that’s true to a point.
However, something was thrown my way yesterday that I could not ignore. Since 1990, teams that have started off 0-2, have managed a way to get to the playoffs 12% of the time. In football terms (or any other way), that is not a very good probability. Some may argue the point of “Well, the Packers, Patriots and Saints all lost too this past Sunday.” You are right. But let’s put it this way: The three quarterbacks on those teams all have Super Bowl rings. The three coaches on those teams, have rings. All three of those teams, have a track record of being in it every single year. The Bears, are in playoff hunts every year, but never make it unlike the teams I just mentioned.
That’s the difference. That’s why this game coming up against the 49ers is big. The Lions and Vikings won their openers. And looking at the Packers schedule, they may not lose another game until the middle of October. It’s time for the Bears to nut up and quit making stupid fucking decisions and that goes for both the coaches and the players. When it’s 3rd and less than a yard, Trestman shouldn’t be over his head by trying to run a rollout with Cutler only for them to throw it a defensive lineman for the 372nd time. When Brandon Marshall catches the ball, he should tuck the damn thing away rather than hold it out for the whole world to see. When the media rightfully criticizes them, they should stop blaming them for being “negative”.
The entire football world is going to be watching this game between the Bears and 49ers this Sunday. Will the Bears finally shut everyone up about their deficiencies or will they prove, once again, that they just aren’t good enough yet?