Shit. Had fun at the game, but ... this was an eminently winnable game lost by the Bears coaching staff. When I say "the Bears coaching staff" , I mean "Lovie Smith'. Still, we need to face facts. It appears that the Green Bay Packers can indeed beat the Bears by a single score, just as long as:
- The Bears play their 2nd and 3rd string quarterback.
- Have a 2nd string quarterback who would not be on the roster of any team in the NFL not coached by Lovie Smith.
- Bear quarterbacks score twice as many touchdowns for Green Bay as the Packer quarterback.
- Refs make three critical wrong calls all against the Bears
- The Bear head coach sabotages his own team's final tying drive in the last seconds with a brain dead time-out that nullifies a critical first down, in order to devise a play with the slowest end in football running an end-around that fails to get the first down.
Exactly. I wanted Lovie out before the season started and after this disaster they give him a 3 year extension. Cripes. I hope they at least put a clause in the contract that forbids him from making any challenges or calling any time-outs and plays in the last two minutes of either a game or half. If he just delegates those task to someone else we may have a chance. In any case - some scenes from a disappointing but fun day at the game...
"When they pull the account of this historic game out of the time capsule, this won't be the game Cutler quit on the Bears. It will be the game the 2010 Bears finally ran out of luck and Smith coached his way into the offseason. Why was Collins ahead of "emergency quarterback" Caleb Hanie on the depth chart anyway? Collins shouldn't have been on the roster, let alone in a game to decide the Super Bowl... If Smith signs a contract extension soon, as expected, it will be because the front office chose to ignore his coaching effort against the Packers. Why did Smith punt instead of let Robbie Gould try a 49-yard field-goal attempt down 14-0 in the second quarter? Why run Bennett around left end — a wide receiver who isn't Devin Hester — on third-and-3 with 1:15 left on the potential game-tying drive? Why not use the final timeout to call a smarter play on fourth down?"
More premature celebration