Good teams find a way to win. Good teams win games they’re not supposed to and beat the teams they’re supposed to. Good teams win ugly games, and games on the road. Good teams comeback. Good teams also find a way to hold on. Playoff teams do whatever it takes to re-gain a lead with 11 seconds left, only they don’t find a way to give it right back up with 11 seconds left. They execute the 2-minute drill on offense, only the defense doesn’t waste the efforts. Are the Bears a good team? Are they playoff material, granted they are in the one of the worst divisions in the NFL? Will they put this game behind ’em and move on to beat a division rival at home?
“These are the ones that really hurt,” Tommie Harris said. ”The ones when you think you have it in the bag, and, boom, it’s over with. You go back to the drawing board and get everything straightened out.”
“It’s going to be hard to get over this one, but you have to,” Harris said. ”We have so many more games to win, to play also, but I think we’ll finish well the rest of the way.”
I don’t know if I can feel the same way, though the Bears truly present a resilient team. A squad of resilience, one in which you cannot figure out if they’re a playoff team or just a flash in the pan. They give up leads quickly, have the team to flash back to re-gain ’em, yet they still find ways to lose tough games. Which team will we remember? The one which plays strong for 3 quarters or so or the one that cannot finish?
“This one is tough. To trail the whole game and our offense made just a huge, huge drive …” linebacker Lance Briggs said, pausing to find the right words. “We built our hearts up to get them broken down, but that’s football.”
The Bears have their work cut of for ’em. In a blink of an eye this team goes from 4-2 to 3-3. Can they get focused to beat another team they should next week at home? For now, let’s just wait to measure the Bears success and failures. The jury is still out, and will continue to be until proven otherwise. Which team will leave its lasting impression? The one that walked off the Georgia Dome stunned after losing yet another lead or the one that continues to leave hope, though they can show it and then take it away just as dramatically in just a flash – only time will tell which team ultimately will flash the most and out flash the other.
All I can say is don’t overreact – this team could flash back and out flash Sunday’s flash and in a flash could be 4-3 heading into a Bye – just maintain your hopes and monitor your expectations and keep your eyes alertly open or you might just miss this team full of flash. As long as they keep losing to the NFC South and beating the rest of the league – they’ll be 12-4 in a flash, just keep in mind they could easily go 4-12 with this flash mentality.
What makes this team good is what makes them not so good – it’s ability to win and approach any game like its nothing, yet lose any game because they follow each win and play each game like its nothing. It’s that flash which can work so well, yet backfire so easily. I now present to you the flash team: They could win anything and gain everything on one week, yet the next week, follow by losing everything in just a glimpse in a matter of a flash from the previous week – the 2008 Chicago Bears, a team of which flashes brilliance and disappointment all at the same time, all in the same game, for a flash of a moment. Beware of the flash, guard your enthusiasm and prepare for a team that loves to flash.
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