The pipe dream was that the Jay Cutler-Marc Trestman marriage could evolve into something within earshot of what Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have accomplished.
Following the Bears' third straight loss at home to open the season Sunday, the story was the shouting and anger coming out of the home locker room at Soldier Field.
The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers both won on Sunday to move to 5-2, meaning a two-game edge on the Bears with nine games to play.
When the Bears fell to the Green Bay Packers, overshadowed by the Aaron Rodgers Experience was the fact that the Packers, with a very middle-of-the-NFL defense, never really stopped the Bears.
The last time they were together on a practice field actually practicing together was Sept.