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Flash in the Pan: Devastating Loss Unexplainable

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.



  1. eric

    October 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I believe if not for the coaching this team would have already won a super bowl. Bad play calling has hampered this team for the past four years now. Hamilton may have blown the coverage yesterday, but it is the coaches and defensive leaders responsibility to know the situation and relay it to the guy that just came off another teams practice squad. They would have never been in this situation if it were not for the poor coaching.

  2. eric

    October 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Lovie Smith and Ron Turner can’t get it done. Lovie’s cover 2 is a joke it doesn’t matter if its a backup or a starter Tillman was getting burned before he got hurt. If you leave a 15 yard cushion in coverage how are you gonna stop a team from getting first downs. It may prevent the deep ball but your going going to give up 10 play drives and time of possession. There are 2 phases of defense stop the run and the PASS and we definitely cannot stop the pass with Lovie’s antiquated defensive schemes.

  3. eric

    October 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Now on to Ron Turner, we fired this guy once he goes to Illinois and averages about 1 win a year and we decide to bring his pitiful butt back. On a goal line situation you give it to a guy that carries the ball maybe once a game, come on this isn’t pee wee league its the NFL. Turner is a failure and he brings this attitude with him. Ron Turner and his brother Norm are losers, how they both keep getting jobs in the NFL is beyond me.

  4. scodag77

    October 13, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I am disgusted. They couldn’t hold onto a lead for more than 11 seconds. They played from behind all game and almost sneaked by with a win. The Panthers have a better idea of how to win late when they stole a win from the Bears a few weeks ago. Hats off to Kyle for moving down the field and scoring during the two minute drill. Is this bad play calling or poor performance by the defense??? A rookie quarterback doing that well in third and long (6 for 6) is unbelievable. How about some pressure on the QB next week?

  5. Whizzle

    October 14, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I agree with your stance on Ron Turner, he seems to be Jekyll and Hyde. On a drive, he’ll make good calls and then out of nowhere, call the dumbest play ever OR he’ll compile the worst drive in history and then call a good call (fake punt, etc…), very inconsistent, though he seems to be slowly improving from years past.

  6. Mike

    October 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

    While the coaching staff has to suffer the blame for season-long failures, it is the players who must own-up to bad performances each week. Specifically, Tommie Harris, after signing the big contract, is a non-entity. Keep him on the bench. Charles Tillman — notice how a rookie quarterback went at him time after time on Sunday? Why? Because he plays too soft. Nathan Vasher — another big contract (last year), and now he can’t tackle or cover. Thank goodness for Corey Graham.

  7. Russ Loede

    October 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Charles Tillman is by far our best defensive back.

    Charles is a play maker and very good football player.

    There’s only so much a corner can do against a good WR/QB connection when they have ample time to operate.

    He’s a tough customer. He plays through injuries unlike Vasher.

    Corey Graham – I’ve been calling for his #21 awhile now, just like I thought he has impressed.

  8. Eric Cook

    October 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I agree with Eric in the fact that, right now, our cover 2 defense is horrific. Why?
    We are not getting pressure on the quarterback. We have to find a way to get to the quarterback, or get ahead big time early if we are going to win the way this defense is playing. Bob Babich has to learn how to make defensive adjustments in the game.

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