By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Bears 3 – Eagles 31
The Chicago Bears’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was no surprise to anyone. The number one team in the league would be red hot at home and they were not about to hand it over to the bumbling Bears. But the game would be indicative of the type of season the Bears have had, heck let’s just say the past several years.
Analysts have stated that it would take three to four years to rebuild the Chicago Bears back into competitive form. Unfortunately, it will take longer and it has to start from the top. President and CEO Ted Phillips of the Chicago Bears has been a part of the organization since 1984. He didn’t become CEO until 1999. It was Phillips who hired General Manager Jerry Angelo in 2001. He managed the team for 10 years.
In those 10 years he drafted some great players; Alex Brown, Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris, Bernard Berrian, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Matt Forte, and Johnny Knox. Angelo was responsible for hiring Lovie Smith who managed to lead the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 and a 13-3 season. After that, it went downhill with questionable trades and draft picks that stymied the team’s progress. In 2009, Angelo traded for Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. It wasn’t until 2011 that Angelo was fired for poor drafting and questionable free agent signings.
Phil Emery entered the picture in 2012 and the first thing he did was fire Lovie Smith, despite missing the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Emery’s draft choices produced mere grade “C” average players. Out of the bunch came Alshon Jeffery whose production was up and down during his tenure in Chicago. However, some jewels in the draftees were Kyle Long and Charles Leno.
The shocking replacement came at head coach when Emery hired Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman of the Canadian Football League. The decision came as a surprise when fans and analysts were almost convinced Bruce Arians would be Smith’s replacement. Emery lasted two years with the Bears.
Now it is Ryan Pace‘s turn.
In the two years, Pace has been heavily involved in what is now becoming an epic implosion of the Chicago Bears. In his first three years, he drafted a non-productive, injury prone Kevin White, which has now been deemed his bust pick. However, players currently on the roster that have excelled for the Bears are Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos, Jordan Howard, Cam Meredith, Nick Kwiatkoski, Cody Whitehair, Leonard Floyd, Tarik Cohen, and rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The pick up of free agency players such as Akeim Hicks, undrafted in 2015 Cam Meredith, Josh Sitton and Danny Trevathan have been great assets. The implosion has been through the coaching of John Fox and Dowell Loggains, poor decision making in regards to the development of rookie Trubisky. Let’s be honest, the presence of Mike Glennon or Mark Sanchez has done little to groom this kid.
Bears fans are crushed and livid, demanding a coaching change quickly. The campaign has caused ticket sales to plummet at an alarming rate and unless the McCaskey‘s trim the fat cat, the Bears storied franchise will be lost for decades. It’s time to stop the bleeding and make some changes, throw caution in the wind and play the next five games with urgency. But the changes MUST START NOW!
The Chicago Bears need to play with hands untied. That starts with head coach John Fox stepping back and letting Loggains throw everything from the playbook out on the field and give this team some degree of dignity. Frankly, Fox needs to stand back and let Loggains do the play calling, because his own play calling decisions are demoralizing this team.
If Loggains fails then the season should end with the dismissal of Phillips, Fox and Loggains.
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