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Virginia McCaskey Should Be “Pissed Off” and Other Bears Bullets

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The Bears lost. It stunk. But watching the game at home with my pops, getting his witty commentary as a sidebar to my hootin’ and hollerin’ was nice. I try to enjoy those moments while I can.

•   I concur with the sentiments shared by Mr. Anthony Miller:

•   Think back to where the Bears were six years ago. The franchise was a mess. Its third-year GM had seen a 10-win team under Lovie Smith fall apart and devolve into an 11-loss squad in two seasons under Marc Trestman. Offensively, Chicago took a step back after a wonderful 2013 season when it finished second in points and eighth in yards. Off the field, there was prominent in-fighting and a moment in which a player had to be escorted off the Halas Hall campus for threatening team officials. It wasn’t pretty. And for the organization, it was a flat-out embarrassing time. To be clear, the Bears aren’t at that point yet. But the key word here is “yet.”

•   And then I think back to when George McCaskey relayed Virginia McCaskey’s feelings at the end of the 2014 season, when Trestman and GM Phil Emery were fired:

“She’s pissed off. I can’t think of a 91-year-old woman that that description would apply, but in this case, I can’t think of a more accurate description. She’s been on this Earth for eight of the Bears’ nine championships — and she wants more. She feels that it’s been too long since the last one, and that dissatisfaction is shared by her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. … She’s fed up with mediocrity. She feels that she and Bears fans everywhere deserve better.”

•   I can’t think back to that moment without imagining how the drive home had to feel for GM Ryan Pace after last night’s game. No, these Bears aren’t a public embarrassment. They aren’t fighting each other, the media, or higher-ups in the front office. But from a pure football standpoint, the Bears are a punch-line right now. And that should be unacceptable to the franchise matriarch. The daughter of George S. Halas shouldn’t be pleased with what she saw last night, or with what the team has fielded to this point of the 2020 season.

•   Seriously, this stinks:

•   Tony Dungy hinted on the broadcast that the Bears’ defense threw in the white flag. I prefer to refrain from making that suggestion, if only because I don’t want to speak for players whose livelihoods and careers are at stake when they step foot onto the not-so-frozen tundra. But I can’t blame Chicago’s defenders if they felt this way on Sunday night:

•   Then again, the vaunted Bears defense had 0 sacks, 0 QB Hits, and 0 tackles-for-loss. Not their best effort, to say the least.

•   It’s almost as if coaching is important:

•   That number is three now, but it doesn’t make me feel any better:

•   For the record, it wasn’t ALL bad:

•   Slim pickings from the highlight reel. Sorry, friends.

•   Alright, I got my jokes off about this …

•   … but for the record, the Packers didn’t allow paid spectators to attend Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field. Earlier in the week, the team announced it hosted a small group of team employees and their household families could attend Sunday’s Bears-Packers game. The team did so with the intent to evaluate its COVID-19 protocols in the event they hosted games in the future. Admittedly, it feels like we’re a long ways away from that point. However, I appreciate the effort by the Packers in trying to get ahead of this, rather than just jamming fans into seats because they’ve seen other franchises do it.

•   It’s wild to think about how far the Bears have fallen since having a 17-0 halftime lead against the Packers on September 9, 2018.

•   I can’t help but laugh:

•   If you’ve been reading since before the 2020 NFL Draft, then you’ll know how proud I am of Jeremy Chinn for his performance against the Vikings (despite it coming in a losing effort):

•   Sigh. It’s worth sharing that Jeremy Chinn would’ve relished playing on this Bears defense.

•   Patrick Mahomes is a magician:

•   Tony Romo makes me laugh:

•   Paul Skrbina was one of my favorite co-workers when we crossed paths at the Tribune. So any time I get a chance to share something he’s written, I like to do it:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.