They may have expected it but this is not what the Bears needed to hear.
Were going to play this thing to win, linebacker Clay Matthews said Wednesday. His Green Bay Packers dont really need the win for more than homefield advantage. But they remember that the Bears, despite having homefield clinched throughout the playoffs, did not let up even a little in game 16 last season.
The Packers won 10-3, got into the playoffs despite the Bears best (more or less) efforts, and repaid in kind by dumping the Bears in the NFC Championship game.
The Bears admit to needing obvious help in making the playoffs, by way of Green Bay and Minnesota losses (to them) and defeats elsewhere of Atlanta, Detroit, anyone with a mathematical chance of squeezing into a wild-card spot ahead of them.
They wont get any this weekend, at least not from the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers already is on record declaring it would be nice to put Chicago and Detroit out of the playoffs.
Matthews agrees, citing the 2010 finish where the Packers beat the Bears in two of the last three games the Bears played.
You throw in the rivalry and bad blood between the two teams, and why would they want to see us in the playoffs? Matthews said. At the same time, I dont think there was another team with as much momentum as we had going into that last few weeks.
It was going to be tough for them to see us again and maybe that played a part.
On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.
The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.
[RELATED: Cautionary quarterback tales for Bears as playoffs move along]
Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?
Listen to the Bears Talk Podcast below.
The Bears have reportedly found a new offensive line coach.
According to multiple reports Monday, Jeremiah Washburn will become the team's new offensive line coach, replacing Dave Magazu.
Washburn worked as an assistant offensive line coach this past season with the Miami Dolphins under Adam Gase, the Bears' former offensive coordinator.
Prior to his season in South Florida, he spent seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, working three of them as the team's offensive line coach after three as an assistant offensive line coach.
[SHOP BEARS: Get your Bears gear right here]
This past season, the Bears ranked 17th in the NFL in rushing with 1,735 yards as a team. Only eight teams allowed fewer sacks than the Bears, who saw quarterbacks dropped by opposing defenses just 28 times. Bears quarterbacks were hit 73 teams, also a top-10 mark in the league.
The Bears also committed a good number of holding penalties, 1.68 per game, which was only bested by seven teams.
Magazu was a longtime member of John Fox's staffs in Chicago, Denver and Carolina.