Sunday night’s win was pretty amazing, but the 55-14 shellacking showed me more about the Bears’ ineptitude than the Packers’ offensive excellence.
This is a team that has lost 106-37 in the last two games. That is fine in the first two weeks of the college football season when top teams are playing directional schools, but not in the parity-driven NFL.
The most surprising thing is that Chicago is loaded offensively and still cannot get on the same page. Numerous times Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall were seen either running the wrong route or Jay Cutler not knowing what route they were running which ended up being an airmailed pass.
Aaron Rodgers proved how important the quarterback position is by tying an NFL record with six touchdown passes in the first half. It took until the 7:44 mark in the third quarter for the Bears to get on the board.
This game also showed what kind of coaching staffs each team has. Coming off byes, each team had ample time to prepare. The Bears were still licking their wounds from getting embarrassed 51-23 by Tom Brady in Foxboro. So, most would assume — myself included — that Chicago would come into Lambeau Field with a confident game plan that had everyone on the same page. Instead they showed the world they are a confused and scared bunch.
Mike McCarthy came into that game with a plan to step on the Bears’ throats. He knew where the weaknesses were. He knew that Rodgers would own the flimsy secondary and he knew that Cutler would fold if he got behind early. Those things happened and then McCarthy kept charging. From going for it on fourth and goal from the Bears’ 1 on Green Bay’s opening drive to throwing a 40-yard dart on the run to Jordy Nelson early in the second quarter to go up 28-0.
According to the records, the Raiders are the worst team in league. They even allowed the lowly Jets to best them just to ensure that Oakland would remain defeated.
But I would argue that the Bears are one of the worst teams in the league simply because they’ve already checked out. Marc Trestman, who was hired by general manager Phil Emery for his offensive prowess in the CFL, needs to be fired and so does defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. In Tucker’s defense, he doesn’t have a lot of weapons to work with, but most of the time his unit is playing under a cloud of bewilderment which makes it even easier for elite quarterbacks like Rodgers to humiliate him.
So, for all those people that still see the glass half empty, it could be worse. You could be a Bears fan and live through huge preseason expectations only to see them evaporate as the season plays out.
Basically it all comes down a famous song by the Happy Schnapps Combo: “The Bears Still Suck.”
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn