Monday, December 29th
I think everyone was surprised of the fight left in the Chicago Bears last night. Others, may conclude the victory over the Vikings is just another glaring example of how underachieving the Bears have been in 2009. In either case, this Bears roster showed the ability to respond under pressure circumstances during the week with the help of some new faces who competed extremely hard for not only themselves, but also their head coach.
Credit Jay Cutler
Much has been dumped on Jay's shoulders for the Bears failures this season and rightfully so. It could have been easy for him to curl up in the fetal position and call it a season versus the Vikings. But, that is what losers do! Quarterbacks, more than any other position in the NFL, need to come off poor performances, like what Jay experienced in Baltimore last week, with their best game. Kurt Warner, of the Arizona Cardinals, has had four poor performances this season. All of them were multi-turnover games that resulted in a Cardinal loss. He answered the bell after every one with a 300 yard multi-touchdown performance, while leading the team to victory. Arizona has not lost two in a row all year. Much of Arizona's success can be attributed to Kurt Warner and his ability to respond even though his team has not run the football well all year. It is what competitorswinners do. They respond when it matters the most. Jay has that ability and with more "comfortabilty" within the Bears offensive system, more consistency and winning should be the end result. Performances like the four touchdown outburst we witnessed last night will be the norm. That is the big if! Everyone assumes changes will be made. Only Jerry and Lovie can weigh the pros and cons of bringing in a new offensive coordinator. Do you make change for change sake? It was only 2005 when Ron Turner's offense was lighting up the NFL and Rex Grossman was being talked about for NFL MVP. Change would bring Jay his third new offense in three years. It is a tough call because I would like to see Jay settle in for a second year under Ron Turner and see what he is capable of doing. I would like to see a new buffer as a QB coach, someone who is very demanding of Jay.