It's Good to Have Standards, Re-Visiting the Last Playoff Win, Haunted by a Drop, and Other Bears Bullets

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It’s Good to Have Standards, Re-Visiting the Last Playoff Win, Haunted by a Drop, and Other Bears Bullets

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Snagging a pair of Jordan XIII from the SNKRS app is either the best thing to happen for me this year or the best thing to happen for me so far.

•   This is what Bears football should look like:

•   Big throws in the snow, a tight end streaking down the field, offensive linemen who push others around, and a playoff win at Soldier Field is the stuff I dream of these days. I dream because we can’t experience right now. That the Bears haven’t won a playoff game in 3,653 days is the saddest number. You’d think that alone would nudge ownership in the direction that change is necessary. But nah.

•   Since the Bears’ last playoff game, they have:

⇒   More 8-8 seasons (4) than winning seasons (2).

⇒   More losing seasons (4) than winning seasons (2).

⇒   Lost 3 playoff games, the last 2 of which came in the postseason’s opening round. In other words, Chicago hasn’t advanced beyond the postseason’s first round since the 2010 campaign. Pretty gross.

⇒   Hired 3 head coaches and 2 general managers.

⇒   Employed 7 offensive coordinators.

⇒   Started 11 different quarterbacks.

⇒   Drafted 3 quarterbacks.

•   If you knew Nathan Enderle (Round 5 ,Pick 160 in 2011) and David Fales (Round 6, Pick 183 in 2014) were the other quarterbacks not named Mitchell Trubisky (Round 1, Pick 2 in 2017) who were drafted by the Bears since their last playoff win, then you’re as big of a Bears fan as you claim to be. Respect.

•   Meanwhile, our most recent playoff memory is going to haunt me for a long time:

•   I’m not saying the Bears would have won last weekend’s playoff game if Javon Wims catches that ball. But save for that one whiff, the first-half game-script could not have been any better for Chicago. The Bears mucked that game up good. Their defense balled out, dictated tempo, and slopped it up enough to give the team a puncher’s chance against the No. 2 seed. And yet, it wasn’t enough. If there’s a play that better encapsulates the state of the Bears right now, I haven’t seen it.

•   Kalyn Kahler (Bleacher Report) paints a bleak picture that suggests help isn’t on the horizon and hope isn’t walking through that door. It’s not pretty, but the piece provides perspective as to who the Bears are and what they’re up against moving forward. Nothing like needing to battle yourself and 31 other NFL teams to get where you want to go.

•   OOF. What is even this line of thinking?

•   What an awful and flawed line of thinking. It’s frustrating to read. And more than that, it’s aggravating to re-share. But because I feel a need to strike a balance in the Force, I will do what I must. The results are what they are. But just because other teams are doing things similarly (or worse) doesn’t mean your team has to follow that path. My grandmother used to to tell me “Just because Foolanito did it doesn’t mean you have to.” So just because other teams continue to refuse to adapt and progress, it doesn’t mean the Bears need to follow suit.

•   Simply put, Bears fans (1) aren’t just mad because changes weren’t made, but if they were (2) it’s deserved. It’s not good enough to record back-to-back 8-8 seasons when your team to spends what it spends and moves draft capital at a whim the way it did. Maybe that’s good enough for Florio’s Vikings. But that ain’t it if you’re a Bears fan. TL;DR — It’s good to have standards.


•   Future Bears:

•   And former Bears:

•   Guess I’ll share this for bookkeeping purposes:

•   I’ve got a feeling I’ll be using this .gif in the not-too-distant future:

•   Some interesting reading regarding how the relationship between former Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz turned into “a pissing match” between the quarterback and his former head coach:

•   One ex-Bear continues to do wonderful work outside of football:

•   A rough night of sports results, sure — but we’re here for you:

Author: Luis Medina

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