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Cutler's body language not inspiring confidence

Through much of his disappointing 2009 season, fans and members of the media have noticed that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sends the wrong messages with his body language and demeanor.

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason says he thinks Cutler’s teammates are noticing, too.

“He’s had a terrible year, his body language stinks, his decision making stinks,” Esiason said today on WSCR in Chicago, per the Chicago Tribune. “He makes a bad play, you can see it in his face, you can see it in his body language.”

Esiason said that it’s essential for a quarterback to send the right signals because other players take their cues from the quarterback.

“The quarterback’s No. 1 job for any football team is to inspire confidence in his teammates, to make them believers,” Esiason said. “Somehow they have got to get his confidence back.”

And until Cutler does get his confidence back, Brian Urlacher won’t be the only Bear who questions whether the team made the right move when it acquired Cutler.

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  1. FumbleNuts says: Dec 9, 2009 7:30 PM

    “The quarterback’s No. 1 job for any football team is to inspire confidence in his teammates, to make them believers,” Esiason said. “Somehow they have got to get his confidence back.”
    Paging Mike Shanahan, Paging Mike Shanahan.

  2. sultanofslot says: Dec 9, 2009 7:30 PM

    I blame Smith, Turner, and Angelo. The culture of mediocrity in that organization is overbearing. Lovie Smith is the worst coach in recent NFL history. It shows.

  3. nowathand says: Dec 9, 2009 7:31 PM

    If only Cutler were more like Tim Tebow rather than calm and joking in the huddle, THEN Knox would get more space, the O-line would protect better, Hester would jump higher to fight for balls and his own throws would be more accurate. It’s not too much or too little zip on the throws, and not too little ability of the wide receivers, it’s the lack of confidence.

  4. slipkid says: Dec 9, 2009 7:33 PM

    How is orton’s body language?

  5. JimmySmith says: Dec 9, 2009 7:34 PM

    Considering the WR’s he has in Chicago, maybe the proper body language is bend over and grab his ankles in deference to the GM who stuck him with that sorry group.
    And last time I checked, he doesn’t play defense, another sorry group on the Bears.
    Other than that, yah, he was worth two firsts and a third rounder……worth it that is for the Broncos.

  6. Sports Fan says: Dec 9, 2009 7:34 PM

    Jesus Christ this guy can’t even smile or walk right to suit some people, this has got to be the dumbest crap I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen the great Payton Manning and Tom Brady show similar facial expressions and body language after a bad play and nobody says jack about it.

  7. Fran the Man says: Dec 9, 2009 7:36 PM

    I was SO bummed out to hear that the Bears got Cutler. Now, not so much.
    Not to mention they also gave up the next 2 years 1st round picks and this years 2nd.
    Couldn’t have happened to a better team (Unless of course it was the Packers)

  8. CYGNUS X-1 says: Dec 9, 2009 7:37 PM

    enough already with the piling on cutler.he is not the only athelete who damanded and got a trade and face that’s why most of you hate him.as for his terrible year I defy any qb in the nfl to go to chicago and have a good year.that means brady manning anybody,with the coaches and system they have nobody would have a good year. as for orton he he was good in that system only because he was never called on to throw the ball more than 20 yds. the defense was the only reason he had a winning record while there.again he was fine as long as they were winning but having to come from behind?why do you think you fans who cheered when grossman came back from his ankel injury?his first pass went 40 yds. for a td!the reason they got cutler was because he could make the throws orton could not thus keeping them in games.the coaching staff proved they are the reason for the awful qb play with the awful play calling and turning this young all pro into another grossman.if they had coaches who knew that offense was part of the game to they might not win a superbowl but at least you could watch them for more than a half a game. as for his demeanor how is he supposed to act?yea you just ran the wrong route again and I threw another pick,go team!you would be on him for being a phoney!

  9. RagnarHater24 says: Dec 9, 2009 7:38 PM

    Cutler has a bad rep outside the Bear’s and Bronco’s player circle as well.
    He is a known drunk and all around a%%hole. Jay, get help.

  10. Sports Fan says: Dec 9, 2009 7:38 PM

    You mean like these?

  11. NelsonLRodriguez says: Dec 9, 2009 7:42 PM

    AGAIN with this nonsense?

  12. 4ever19 says: Dec 9, 2009 7:47 PM

    The Bears made an utterly stupid move. The whole NFL and especially the media looked at his numbers and only his numbers. Jeff George had big numbers, too, but he was not a prime-time type of guy.

  13. Sourdough says: Dec 9, 2009 7:50 PM

    Cutler being Cutler.
    The Bears got fleeced because Cutler stinks!

  14. RickUpchurch says: Dec 9, 2009 7:57 PM

    He was “Mopey Jay” before he came to Chicago.

  15. virtualplague says: Dec 9, 2009 7:58 PM

    If Cutler’s receivers understood the concept of running a route I think you’d see about a lot less interceptions
    Just sayin

  16. rjgreen3 says: Dec 9, 2009 8:27 PM

    even with shanny, cutler was good at best; but he always made and will continue to make bad decisions at the most inopportune times! jeff george had a cannon and he made bad decisions also! HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF!!!!!

  17. ookie says: Dec 9, 2009 8:27 PM

    @sultanofslot
    “I blame Smith, Turner, and Angelo. The culture of mediocrity in that organization is overbearing. Lovie Smith is the worst coach in recent NFL history. It shows.”
    Blame them for what? Go ahead and blame them for the Bears being bad (because you should), but don’t blame them for some BS that a national talking head spews on a talk show.

  18. magsdad1 says: Dec 9, 2009 8:29 PM

    Fact: He has no protection.
    Fact: His receivers are not strong.
    Fact: His offensive playbook is offensive.
    Fact: His coaching is much worse than it was before.
    Fact: He makes bad decisions.
    Fact: He represents himself poorly in rough times.
    Fact: He consistently blames other players.
    With so many people on the side of either “its not his fault” or “he’s to blame for everything”, it really should be said that this whole circus is a perfect storm of so many bad things happening all at once. It’s one giant sh!tburger and Angelo is the griller.

  19. Gene Simmon's Tongue says: Dec 9, 2009 8:29 PM

    FumbleNuts says:
    December 9, 2009 7:30 PM
    Paging Mike Shanahan, Paging Mike Shanahan.
    ===================================
    He had the same body lanuage in Denver. He’s like the old 7up commercials: “Never had it, never will”. The Bears would be insane to keep him another season.
    You are finished.

  20. DocBG says: Dec 9, 2009 8:42 PM

    # Sports Fan says: December 9, 2009 7:34 PM
    Jesus Christ this guy can’t even smile or walk right to suit some people, this has got to be the dumbest crap I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen the great Payton Manning and Tom Brady show similar facial expressions and body language after a bad play and nobody says jack about it.
    ——————————————————
    Brady and Manning have earned the right to give a teamate a dirty look because they bust their asses harder than every other guy on the team, and inspire confidence. Once cuntler has a SB ring, then maybe he’ll have a little right to express disgust in his teamates, till then, he’s nothing but a big baby playing in a dirty playpen. Getcha diapers ready….
    Cuntler and bears aren’t going to win shit for a long time, and its just wonderful as far as I’m concerned, to hell with the those overrated loudmouths, and their obnoxious, spewing fans. you know why its called the “windy city” don’t you? I doubt it, so go look it up tool.

  21. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Dec 9, 2009 8:45 PM

    magsdad1 says: December 9, 2009 8:29 PM
    Fact: He has no protection.
    Fact: His receivers are not strong.
    Fact: His offensive playbook is offensive.
    Fact: His coaching is much worse than it was before.
    Fact: He makes bad decisions.
    Fact: He represents himself poorly in rough times.
    Fact: He consistently blames other players.
    —————————————–
    Fact: He’s been a loser as a QB start going all the way back to the college level.
    Maybe he’s just a loser and doesn’t have the leadership ability or the “it” factor between the ears?

  22. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 9, 2009 8:55 PM

    Clean out the garage!!!

  23. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Dec 9, 2009 8:56 PM

    As a GB fan I love this. But Da Bears really need to clean house. Its tiring to only have 2 teams in this division.

  24. comment_submission_error says: Dec 9, 2009 9:12 PM

    Cutler is the same guy he was in Denver. As a Raider fan, I miss having him in the division. He’s not a colossal bust like Russell, but he’s always been a flake.

  25. Route36West says: Dec 9, 2009 9:15 PM

    The Bears have an oppurtunity to get Cutler’s confidence back when they play the Packers. If he can some how take advantage of their injured defense and play spoiler to their playoff hopes that will go a long way to getting his confidence back for next season.

  26. Favre On HGH says: Dec 9, 2009 9:21 PM

    Good to hear coming from a Super Bowl QB…
    Oh wait.

  27. Sports Fan says: Dec 9, 2009 9:22 PM

    Brady and Manning have earned the right to give a teamate a dirty look because they bust their asses harder than every other guy on the team, and inspire confidence. Once cuntler has a SB ring, then maybe he’ll have a little right to express disgust in his teamates, till then, he’s nothing but a big baby playing in a dirty playpen. Getcha diapers ready….
    Cuntler and bears aren’t going to win shit for a long time, and its just wonderful as far as I’m concerned, to hell with the those overrated loudmouths, and their obnoxious, spewing fans. you know why its called the “windy city” don’t you? I doubt it, so go look it up tool.
    ……………………………………………………………………………….
    If this isn’t the cat calling the Kettle black, Mr. Tool I guess you have to win before you can show emotion HA HA HA…….LOL……..Tell me some more I love it…….rofl.

  28. bluestree says: Dec 9, 2009 9:24 PM

    No way the Bears can quit on Cutler. If I was Ron Turner, I’d start packing.

  29. Philtration says: Dec 9, 2009 9:41 PM

    This is the same coaching staff that managed to completely shut down Devin Hester on kick returns when no one else in the NFL could do it.
    Lovie, Angelo and Turner could turn Peyton Manning into Joey Harrington.

  30. Merriman's Dealer says: Dec 9, 2009 9:43 PM

    Favre On HGH says: December 9, 2009 9:21 PM
    Good to hear coming from a Super Bowl QB…
    Oh wait.
    ================================
    Super Bowl 23. The Bengals lost to the 49ers 20-16.
    Not a winner, but a Super Bowl QB none the less. Not that I care. Just sharing facts.

  31. mike says: Dec 9, 2009 9:47 PM

    If this does not go down as one of the top ten worst trades ever I don’t know what will…

  32. footballisfun says: Dec 9, 2009 9:56 PM

    So this frat-boy snob from Vanderbilt isn’t inspiring people in Chicago. Color me shocked!

  33. Favre On HGH says: Dec 9, 2009 10:05 PM

    Maybe he has a problem with erectile dysfunction.
    Ever think of that wise guy?
    Does stare down an awful lot.

  34. Scoop says: Dec 9, 2009 10:47 PM

    Dad is probably restricting the XBox 360. Can’t be a football thing– JC’s never minded the losing much.

  35. Jabberwocky says: Dec 9, 2009 10:50 PM

    I agree with the above poster that his performance is a perfect storm culminating in this season. Football outsiders ranked the Bears offensive line in the bottom 3 in the league. While I like Hester, Knox, and Bennett, they don’t necessarily fit in as a “clutch” WR. Olsen is nice, but a one-trick pony- he’s pretty ineffective in the running game. I haven’t seen a worse performance than Omiyale this year at LG…he can’t even balance himself in his stance without falling over; nothing short of horrible. Kreutz is far-gone cause he gets zero push in the running game, and Pace is only decent in pass protection. Finally, Forte has shown he’s not a special back and doesn’t have the ability to juke a blade of grass.
    Cutler will be better than average once the O-line gets an overhaul, and he gets a good offensive mind with “real” credentials coaching him. It’s a little early to say he’s never going to reach his potential. Certainly, Lovie, Turner and company won’t be around to see it.

  36. VonClausewitz says: Dec 9, 2009 11:03 PM

    It’s ridiculous the amount of criticism he gets. So much speculation wrapped up as fact. I don’t think anyone can make assumptions about his character until they know him. And even then it’s all too easy for rumors to shade opinions because most people are sheep and can’t form independent thoughts on their own. He plays on a bad team that isn’t doing what it has to. Does he have culpability in this? Sure. Has he proven that he has what it takes to deal with adversity? I’d say he’s got at least his experiences at Vandy to help him there. Maybe he’s not the most polished leader out there. Maybe that’s a role he hasn’t fully accepted. But he has shown that he can both play at a high level and adapt. So give the guy a breather and let’s see what the management can do to maximize his potential. That is, after all, what you’re supposed to do with young qbs.

  37. Lance19 says: Dec 9, 2009 11:25 PM

    Despite how hard the media tried to make Cutler
    “The Brave QB With Diabetes”
    he’s still got horrible judgement between the sidelines,
    and is a total douchebag everywhere else.
    Philip Rivers is probably too polite to have the last laugh
    (publicly)

  38. salgofnir says: Dec 10, 2009 12:19 AM

    He has not had a winning season since he was in high school. He has become use to being a looser and shows it. You look at players like Brady, Manning, Favre and Elway. As long as they were close and had the ball at the end of the game, their fellow players knew they had a chance. Culter does not inspire that feeling in his team mates.

  39. nowathand says: Dec 10, 2009 12:48 AM

    I may have been harsh on the author, but I will hold judgment on whether this trade was good or not until a few years from now.

  40. nocheeseplease says: Dec 10, 2009 1:05 AM

    Just beat the stinkin Packer’s this week. My only Christmas wish.

  41. Brewster says: Dec 10, 2009 1:48 AM

    Philtration, great comment.

  42. PolegoJim says: Dec 10, 2009 2:18 AM

    VonC – I appreciate your kind thoughts, but his actions and words provide sufficient debate for your optimistic, but not realistic thoughts about Jay’s character.
    He’s a self absorbed pouting child who rarely accepts the proper amount of personal accountability. He absolutely has failed at dealing with adversity. Ask Denver fans about that.
    Their record may not be ALL his fault, but… leading the league and setting a national record with interceptions… um, yep, that’s on him… and so are his poor public character displays.

  43. Castro95 says: Dec 10, 2009 2:18 AM

    And the media stoops to new lows. Cutler hates talking to you guys so you make up stuff. Cutler is fine leave him alone just he hates you. GO BEARS!!!

  44. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 10, 2009 2:35 AM

    Larry Mayer has now officially gotten on my nerves. The Bears organization pisses me off. Completely far fetched, but a win over Green Bay would fire me up. That always helps in a bad season.

  45. lolcopter says: Dec 10, 2009 3:22 AM

    If Bears knew anything about quarterbacks, they would realize Jay Cutler is not franchise material
    I guess they’ll have to find out the hard way

  46. Drat says: Dec 10, 2009 3:50 AM

    He looks just like the kid on 2 and a half men.

  47. mnmaverick says: Dec 10, 2009 5:42 AM

    Are they friggin’ clueless?
    That’s Jay’s personality. He’s always been that way. That’s precisely why he’s no longer a Bronco.
    He has “Jeff George Syndrome” and he’s a Diebetic Alcoholic.

  48. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 10, 2009 7:30 AM

    He will be in Dallas as soon as the Cowboys save up enough cattle (draft picks) to deal for him.

  49. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 10, 2009 9:24 AM

    Keyboard coaches, Keyboard Scouts, Keyboard Player Personel
    That is what this comment section is right now.
    Because if ANY OF YOU were actually one of these things, you wouldnt be wasting your time posting on Florio’s site
    you people crack me up
    If you know so much about Cutler and how good he is (or isnt), why arent any of you showing your credentials to the Bears Mgmt and making moves for them?

  50. thehoodedone says: Dec 10, 2009 9:35 AM

    To those defending Cuntler’s piss poor play by blaming his coaches and team mates. Look no further than his 5th pick in the San Fran game. He played horribly the entire game ,yet has an opportunity to win that game in the end. With a timeout in his pocket and nothing but green grass ahead of him , he deftly steps up in the pocket and takes what the D is giving him. Er…ummm. no that’s not what happened. He threw the ball at a blanketed wide receiver. Was the receiver blanketed because he can’t run routes?? No , he was blanketed because SF’s entire defense was in the endzone. He sucks.

  51. texasPHINSfan says: Dec 10, 2009 12:23 PM

    When I read this I instantly thought of the Tebow/Phil Simms article. Phil just said that leadership & attitude is great, but throwing mechanics are more important. Apparently Esiason disagrees:
    “The quarterback’s No. 1 job for any football team is to inspire confidence in his teammates, to make them believers,” Esiason said. “Somehow they have got to get his confidence back.”

  52. rlb1130 says: Dec 10, 2009 1:13 PM

    Yeah its a shame they gave up those draft picks. They could have picked up a Salaam, or a Grossman or a Benson..

  53. dirtysanchez says: Dec 10, 2009 1:20 PM

    What should he do when he throws 4 picks in a game? Get up off the ass his terrible o-line made him get knocked on and smile? Or cry? Both?
    I would think you’d want a player, regardless of position, to be pissed when he makes a bad play. But hey, I’m not NFL great like Boomer. Its almost as bad listening to him opining on quarterbacking as it is listening to Trent Dilfer.

  54. WindyCityEasyE says: Dec 10, 2009 2:00 PM

    I suffer through the Bears games every week and I can tell you that Manning, Brees, Brady, take your pick, would all be HORRIBLE on this team as well.
    I keep hearing all the talk about Cutler being another Jeff George. JG had a whole career to prove out what he was. The guy’s only been a starter for 2 effen years for crying out load. He’s a young QB with tremendous potential playing for a VERY bad team.
    The criticism is unbelievable. First he doesn’t care enough. Then he shows that he’s frustrated and now his body language sucks. There’s no pleasing anyone.
    As for the future, let’s not forget another gunslinger that makes questionable throws into double/triple coverage. Oh, but the way, he also has the most interceptions in league history. Early in his career people didn’t think he would ever be good or win a SuperBowl. Now, he’s considered by many one of the best in the game, and by some as one of the best ever. Another hint, he played all but one of his years in the same division as the Bears. Anyone??? It’s far too early to call him the next Brett Farve, just as it’s far too early to call him Jeff George.
    We’ll never know until the team is rebuilt. Angelo bringing him in and thinking that was all that was needed to make this team a legit SuperBowl contender shows all you need to know about how the Bears are run. Lovie couldn’t coach this team out of a wet paper bag. Turner couldn’t coordinate a HS football offense. Wholesale changes please!!!

  55. KyleOrtonsArm says: Dec 10, 2009 5:42 PM

    He’s no Kyle Orton, that’s for sure

  56. JohnM says: Dec 10, 2009 6:11 PM

    Jay Cutler is not a leader. Never has been on any level of competition. And never will be one. He has never led his teams to winning seasons or championships in college or the pros. He may become a good quarterback someday (with the right coach and “O” coordinator). But I don’t ever see him becoming a leader in the vein of Starr, Staubach, Bradshaw, Elway, Montana, Brady, Manning, Brees, McNabb, McMahon, Warner, Rothlesberger and other firebrands. Kyle Orton was much more of a stabilizing leader on that team. And that is why the Bears miss him so much right now. Perhaps one day, Cutler could become more of a Troy Aikman, Eli Manning, Phil SImms type of winning QB. Meaning, one that fits in perfectly and helps a great team win the big one or two. He has enough talent to do it under the right tutelage and system (Martz, Weis, Gilbride, Norv Turner etc).
    Someone above mentioned Hester earlier. He is another talent that the Bears are totally wasting. He is the most prolific scoring threat on their team and they are lining him up outside like Randy Moss and wasting him on deep routes. They should be using that guy in a slotback set, on sweeps & reverses and quick routes every down. Just his presence in the slot or in perpetual motion would freeze Linebackers and safeties from blitzing. That would also totally open up that offense for Cutler and Forte. In other words, put Hester in offensive situations that allow him to make plays just like he does on punts and kickoffs. He is a slotback in the mold of Reggie Bush, Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk, Steve Smith (NC). He could be better than all of the aforementioned if teamed up with Cutler the right way. He has the talent to turn a simple toss sweep into an 80 yarder, or a 5 yard hitch or screen route into a 40-60 yarder. In conclusion, I think the Bears are squandering the talent of Cutler, Forte and Hester by using them improperly and without imagination. Perhaps they need a coaching change after all. Lovie Smith was a great defensive coordinator. But is only an average head coach.

  57. Ross says: Dec 10, 2009 8:14 PM

    Cutler is grossly over-rated. He has the good arm, but there are plenty of QBs with great arms. What makes them great is their competitiveness, decision making process and their smarts. Cutler is an immature brat who had terrific WRs in Denver who went up and got about half the stupid throws he made. He will be the same idiot in ten years, they may get him some receivers that improve the situation some, but he will NEVER win a Super Bowl.

  58. Deese Knutts says: Dec 11, 2009 11:13 AM

    lovie smith is an awful coach. What is lost in all this Jay Cutler garbage is how bad this defense has gotten since lovie smith fired Ron Rivera and took over playcalling. He’s a hack that has someone gotten credit for the Tampa defense- where is was just a linebackers coach- the Rams, where he took a unit and turned them soft with “lovie-type players before jumping ship, and then with the Bears, where it is now painfully obvious that Ron Rivera was what made it a top tier defense. All he knows is the stupid Cover 2- while he stands on the sidelines with that smug, arrogant look with the world collapsing around him. Adios lovie- hopefully no one else will be stupid enough to hire you again.

  59. JohnM says: Dec 11, 2009 1:38 PM

    Deese:
    I respect your opinion. But what you are saying above is “Knutts”. Awful coaches don’t go to SuperBowls. Awful coaches don’t become perrennial competitors for the playoffs and division crowns. Awful coaches don’t get plum jobs on great teams like that SuperBowl Tampa team and the SuperBowl Rams team before making a bad Bears team good and leading them to the SuperBowl as head coach. Your characterization of Lovie as smug, arrogant and stoic (my word) was also the way many of yesterday described Tom Landry (Cowboys). Landry became a great coach after first enduring hard times as a perrenial loser in the Cowboys inaugural 1st 3-4 years. All teams have winning bursts and losing droughts. Great coaches know how to look very competitive with average to awful teams during the drought years (ala Chuck Noll and Don Shula). Then look great with good-great teams. Lovie is an average coach bordering on good. The Bears most likely, will not fire him this year. But they will rightfully put him on notice for 2010. They will most likely force OC Ron Turner out and bring in a QB specialist like Jim Zorn (don’t laugh; he’d have a great chemistry with someone like Cutler), Mike Martz or Charlie Weis to develop Jay Cutler, and build firepower around Devin Hester, Olsen, Knox and Forte. If it’s Weis, He will grab a super young & speedy free agent tight end like Benjamin Watson (6’4″ tall & 4.5 40 yard dash with great hands) from the Patriots. Watson has been the odd man out in the era of Moss and Welker deep ball in Pats land. Initially it looked like Watson and Brady were headed to Canton together (when Weis was there). A team like the Bears would move him or Olsen outside and make them a big version of TO , Brandon Marshall type wideout.
    At any rate, this will allow Lovie to focus more on recreating a dominant defense (his specialty). Cover 2 works great when you have a monster pass rush and great cover linebackers (Colts & Saints come to mind). The point is this. The Bears are not that far away from being an elite team. and the talent at Minnesota, & Green Bay from top to bottom is not that much better than theirs. They erroneously thought they were just a QB away. Instead they were simply one year and a big difference making wideout and impact tight end away on offense along with a good OC. Next year they will have Urlacher back and will draft a horde of defensive linemen and linebacker studs in the early-middle rounds of the draft for depth. Pro football is so fluid that a good-average team can become great one in a year with the addition of a single player or coach ala the Saints, Vikings, Broncos and Colts. Take Brees or Manning off either of their teams and we wouldn’t even be talking playoffs. We’d be screaming for their coaches heads and calling Sean Payton and Jim Caldwell “awful”. Just like you’re doing with Lovie. Be patient with Lovie for at least one more year. He isn’t that bad. He was just complacent with his staff and a few players after going to the SuperBowl. You’re right about Riviera being a great DC. But Lovie empowered him to do greatness. Now lovie has to replace him with someone of equal talent or do it himself on defense. And I for one know he does have the talent himself on the “D” side of the ball.

  60. WindyCityEasyE says: Dec 11, 2009 5:04 PM

    JohnM, I agree with most everything you said. You just left out one key piece of the rebuilding puzzle, the O-line. Kruetz is two years past when he should have retired but still starting for some unfathomable reason. He’s beat on every play, Pace the same. They need to move Williams to the spot they drafted him to play and rebuild from there. Also, Olson hasn’t blocked anyone all season so they need to stop calling him a tight end and put him into the slot (ala Walker). Des Clark is the only TE the Bears have, just wish he could stay healthy.
    The problem with Lovie is that he’s a players coach. Those coaches tend to only have a shelf life of 3-4 years before the players give up on them. That and the fact that he hires all his friends to be on his staff, they’re all morons and Lovie won’t fire them because they’re friends. Rivera was the genius of the Bears D, not Lovie. The Bears D has gotten worse every year since Lovie sent him packing and the Charger’s D has gotten better.
    Urlacher is my favorite Bear. I love his toughness and the way he flies to the ball, but his best years are behind him. I’d really love the Bears to ask him to drop 20 pounds and move him to SS. With his speed he would be a monster back there for another couple of years. It would also allow him to stay healthy because we wouldn’t be trying to shed as many OT’s.
    As you correctly pointed out, without a pass rush the cover 2 is a easy defense to pick apart as we’ve seen for the past couple of years. That has to change as well or the defensive scheme needs to. The Bears have the personnel for a 3-4 but Lovie will never do it. The cover-2 has been given up by most of the league in favor of the 3-4 because offenses have figured out how to exploit it, especially with no pass rush.

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