Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Rebuilding Begins

  • The Bears’ marriage to quarterback Jay Cutler, consummated to the tune of seven years and $126.7 million less than 11 months ago, is broken.

    Sources confirmed to the Sun-Times late Wednesday that Cutler will be benched Sunday against the Lions for backup Jimmy Clausen, the Notre Dame alum who’s yet to take a significant snap this season.

    The team informed Cutler of the decision Wednesday, though Marc Trestman didn’t reveal it during his midday press conference.

    The second-year coach, hired in part to mentor the mercurial quarterback, did state the obvious: that he hadn’t helped Cutler improve as much as some of his former pupils.
Well golly, for $126 million over seven years, we'd expect that the coach didn't have to do much "improving" on an investment like that.

We've been watching football a long time (longer than hockey if you must know) and we haven't seen a team completely give up on itself, each other and the fans like this team has. Even during the bad years of the 1970's, they played a full game. They sucked as we all know - Walter could only carry the team so far in those years - but they played 60 minutes. This team...not so much.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago Bears.... Rebuilding since 1986....

12/18/2014 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of the owners and the front office and the Bears might just have a chance of becoming a FOOTBALL TEAM.

12/18/2014 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly what I've been saying - no heart on this team, no drive, they've quit on each other and the coaches.

12/18/2014 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the offseason, we'll see a trade for Kapernick for Cutler. Mark my words.

12/18/2014 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few weeks ago I was at a nonprofit meeting hosted at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. (First thing that struck me is that it isn't just clean -- it's freaking immaculate. I can't think of any public place anywhere that is so spotless.)

The Packers' president was there and one of the things he said that was interesting is that at the quarterly NFL meetings the other owners fly in on private jets and take limos to the Walforf while he and his staff take Delta and cabs to the Marriott. He said that the decision making process at all levels is essentially "all about football" (and by implication, not about ego since there is no "owner"). More than once we heard about the need to "do the right thing" and it seemed that everyone there from the brass to the security guards gave a shit.

At the end of the day it seemed to me that the McCaskeys could start by giving a shit and making more decisions based on what's best for the football side.

But it was still freaking cold up there!

12/18/2014 02:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better Luck Next Decade. I've been there.

/s/ A Long Suffering Vikings Fan

12/18/2014 02:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bears related posts are the only ones that draw me in enough to comment.

The pathetic ownership is to blame.

If all they plan to do is restructure and rebuild while claiming they are not restructuring and rebuilding, just stop. Enough.

Replacing the 3 people you should not have hired won't be enough.
Emery, Trestman, and Cutler is just a good start.

Sell. The McCaskeys are the problem. If this no good city needs to lose the franchise, so be it.
Dissolve the Bears. Move the franchise, rename. Doesn't have to be Chicago.
The team doesnt have to stay in the biggest town in Illinois.
New England serves an entire region reflected in the name.
Move to Rosemont, or Barrington, or Northbrook and call them the Midwest whatevers or the Illinois whogivesashit.

But just give it up. A bunch of millionaire, self serving lazy owners, coaches, and players.

Filthy rich no matter how bad they suck. Shameless.

12/18/2014 03:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

One thing I have noticed is when Payton Manning is on the sidelines, he is looking at photos of previous plays and talking to coaches and players.

Cutler is just sitting on the bench.

12/18/2014 04:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck the Bears!

A shitty franchise with scumbag owners and asshole fans.

I was sharp enough to realize that as a young man in 1970 and place my NFL allegiance elsewhere.

12/18/2014 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous clancy the bartender said...

it starts at the top with Phillips. he got the stadium deal and is now time to get a real football guy at the helm.
bears have stunk it up in the draft room ever since tobin was shown the door. the old man brought in finks and I believe woof woof mikey ran him off as well.
they can hire and fire all the coaches they want. the coaches they really covet turn them down.
free agency sucks in the nfl. just like buying a used car.
scouting dept. has been stealing paychecks for decades. nuff said.

12/18/2014 05:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use to believe the Wirtz family was the problem with the mighty BLACKHAWKS. Then the old man died and, turns out, it was just him. I don't think that's the situation here. It's a real lost cause.

12/18/2014 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oohhh nnooo!

12/18/2014 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We've been watching football a long time (longer than hockey if you must know) and we haven't seen a team completely give up on itself, each other and the fans like this team has. Even during the bad years of the 1970's, they played a full game. They sucked as we all know - Walter could only carry the team so far in those years - but they played 60 minutes. This team...not so much."

Don't forget Lamarr Houston injuring himself and is out for the year while celebrating a sack in a blowout while losing by 25 points. I have to believe that Dick Butkus would have ripped that guy a new asshole if he did that on a Butkus team. Shameful.

12/18/2014 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even on the bench, he will still be the best looking professional QB in the NFL.

12/18/2014 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still love my Bears. If the Bears are not playing, I don't watch football.

12/18/2014 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger The Song Remains The Same said...

Anonymous said...
In the offseason, we'll see a trade for Kapernick for Cutler. Mark my words.

12/18/2014 01:05:00 AM

Dear Lord, NO!
He bloooowws!!

12/18/2014 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reprint, sorry, but still 'on topic.'

The Bears players were trying to come up with an appropriate nickname for QB Cutler.

Although previously taken, they nonetheless decided to call him, 'Fitty-Cent.'(Fifty-Cents)

When asked the connotation, they replied, "He's only good for two quarters."

12/18/2014 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago Bears, with a few exceptional years, have not been much of a team since 1965. They rarely make the playoffs and if they do are eliminated early. This is Chicago, a major sports market that makes money for every owner and every sponsor. And, the fans are rabid . I just don't think the owners care about the fans. They make their money and sell tickets so the hell with you.

12/18/2014 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problems with this team do not start and end with Jay Cutler. The decision to pay Cutler a bunch of money had to have been approved at the highest levels of the organization.

The decision to hire a head coach from a minor league team that plays an entirely different kind of football was not made by Jay Cutler.

The decision to use a group of has beens and never weres as a defense was not Jay Cutler's either.

12/18/2014 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Chicago Bears.... Rebuilding since 1986....

12/18/2014 12:19:00 AM


The McCaskeys are the football equivalent of ghetto squatters who live in a place for years after paying the rent only for the first few months...

The credit for the '85 team goes to the foundation old man Halas laid.

Plus "Mugs" died way to soon...

12/18/2014 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When WE get rid of Rahm and McNumbnuts and all they stand for we have a lot of rebuilding to do for our team, the CPD.

12/18/2014 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ssc my two cents worth sell the team to SEISER, he has the money and he could run it to a super bowl,

12/18/2014 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Q: What do the Chicago Bears and Billy Graham have in common? A: They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell "Jesus Christ".

12/18/2014 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The McCaskeys will never, ever, EVER sell. Here's why.

Right now, they own the Bears. That comes with power and status that money won't buy them.

If they sell, then they just become a rich family that used to own the Bears, but had to sell after they mismanaged it.

Unfortunately, in a league where most teams are owned and managed by real businessmen, generally entrepreneurs who built multi-billion dollar companies, they are sorely outmatched. But isn't this just a microcosm of Chicago as a whole?

We're a city run by a few entrenched families (familiar names - Pritzker, Daley, Madigan, Cullerton, et al) who mismanage everything into the ground, everything is about ego, and there's no place here for entrepreneurs.

12/18/2014 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know it's too late for the poor guy but between the two qb's that came from Denver, one of them played all out smash face never say die football with heart and an incredible ethic and took his team to improbable heights that thrilled fans nationwide.

The other one got signed to a costly contract for nothing but a twitchy neck and droopy post game press conferences that may as well be a video loop.

12/18/2014 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the mccaskeys will never sell the are a very politically powerful irish family with deep connections with both the 11th n 19th wards, in other words if they were on the CPD they wiould had been promoted

12/18/2014 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should hire the Blackhawks' management team

12/18/2014 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The money the Bears are paying Jay Sucklure is disgusting. What a terrible damaging decision. Bad QB and even worse teammate.

12/18/2014 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again it's a business, and as long as the idiot fans in Chicago will continue to go to games they can't afford and know more about they're fantasy picks then they're kids friends. Why worry as a owner, Chicago is a city with a captive audience of diehard fans. The best part is you think the owners are the dumb ones.

12/18/2014 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cutler makes more than McCarthy in one quarter of football than McCarthy makes all year.

12/18/2014 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Jay would say, "Whatever".
Now bring in the Police fighter jimmy claussen.

12/18/2014 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 2014 Bears will go down as the worst team in Bears history, even worse than Wanny's back to back 4-12 teams his last two seasons here.

It's like watching a train wreck every week.

12/18/2014 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Wolfgang Froid said...

Sorry but Cutler seems like he is on drugs or something.

The last interview I watched (this goes back several games), he just didn't look like he cared. He looked like he was on Prozac or something.

He just talked with a blank look on his face like he was somewhere else.

Better send him there.

He does NOT lead the team. His mind is somewhere else.

12/18/2014 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster at that non-profit meeting at Lambeau:

Lambeau Field is not just an atrium or a public hall or a football stdium. It is a Shrine!!!

Most of the people that were there helping out were probably unpaid volunteers.

Go there when nothing is happening and take it all in. Food at Curly's is pretty good.

As for Butkus: Remember one game in the late 60's against the Lions. Miserable weather. Bears losing. About 1 minute to go. Everyone wants off the field. Lions are going to let clock run out. Butkus calls Bears last 3 time outs. When asked why after the game he said because there was someong on the Lions O-line he didn't like and just wanted to him him 3 more times.

Now that's a REAL Chicago Bear!!!

The Bears problems are higher and deeper than Cutler. The Team has quit. Receivers don't run the right routes or fight for the ball, line doesn't block. No fire in them. And Jay is not a fiery guy. Just the way he is. But a QB shouldn't have to fire up his team. They should be on fire already.

12/18/2014 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, another problem is that the Bears lost or divested themselves of every player that was a leader.

Kreutz? Urlacher? Briggs? All gone, and that list is by no means complete. Those guys were leaders.

Cutler isn't, and that's OK as long as you have at least one or two on each side of the ball.

The Bears feel truly rudderless, but I feel that it's more attributable to the owners, management, and coaching than to Cutler. Say what you want, but Trestman's only real job is to LEAD THE TEAM. He has failed miserably. Benching Cutler is utter cowardice on behalf of the organization. He was offered up as a sacrificial lamb, but you can replace him with a better fit for the organization and it wouldn't change that much.

12/19/2014 12:58:00 PM  

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