It’s obvious that a fandom is completely dejected and hopeless if it just demands that its team simply remain bad and unnoticed.
To simply fade into the background as a name in the standings in an NFL season. But no, it’s never that easy in Chicago for the Bears. They’re still novelty when they’re terrible, and even more so when they insist on being dysfunctional, weird, and incompetent to a degree that no one else can.
The thing is, without the confusion and mystery, Wednesday’s day at Halas Hall would have been bad enough Resignation of Alan Williams as defensive coordinator. While the core of this is still outside the mainstream, with crazy rumors making the rounds on Twitter, it’s worth asking why this is needs a lawyer to speak for him during a “health issue.” We’ll leave that for another time when we know more.
Buried in that debris is the fact that the Bears placed their starting left tackle, Braxton Jones, on IR because of a neck injury that no one knows when it occurred. He played the entire game against Tampa. Was it on the plane? Drive home? Did he wear it all season, which may have contributed to his poor play? That in itself is a bad day and deserves close scrutiny.
It’s the third game on a Wednesday for the Bears.
That alone would have been enough. And yet there was Justin Fields In his weekly press conference he introduced his coaches, probably rightly so, and then called the media back into the locker room so he could “clarify,” i.e. most likely had a PR person tell him to make it clear that he It wasn’t He kicked out a coaching staff and especially an OC in Luke Getsy that did absolutely nothing to put him in a position to succeed, no matter how limited he may actually be.
It’s clear that Fields has been overloaded with instructions and changes since last season and that the whole thing has made him gun-shy and hesitant. Both Fields and the coaching staff overcorrected last season’s run-happy tactic, both realizing that it alone would not be a long-term winning idea. But that hardly means it should have been abandoned, as was the case in the first two weeks of this season.
But it’s always like that with the Bears. They have to be weird, especially while wasting everyone’s time. It certainly comes from the owners, a group of sheltered weirdos who have never had a job other than driving this team into the ditch and, as a close friend described them, spending their free time sipping room-temperature chocolate milk at a speakeasy in the distance drink northern suburbs. And they have a habit of hiring other weirdos to actually run the football team, and we keep getting that. Like-minded birds and stuff.
They can’t just screw up draft picks or make bad signings, although they can do that in abundance. They need to announce the hiring of a coach without actually telling him. Or get coaches fired without actually firing them. Or let the owner hire a coach who fits his GM’s wishes. Or their All-Pro Center hits another offensive linemaN with a weight on shooting range. Or dozens of other stories that seem to only happen to this organization that long ago lost its relationship with the rails.
It never ends and all we ask is to suffer in peace. We don’t want the Bears on national television any more than you do. We don’t want them to be talked about in the 24-hour news cycle. We understand that we serve as a consolation to make other fandoms feel like things could always get worse. We know it will always be this way. We don’t need it on the front page. And yet…
We would long to just be Arizona. Inconsequential and out of sight. It is the saddest, lost hope.
And now back to Jude Bellingham
Remember that thing I said about Jude Bellingham either being or soon to be the best midfielder in the world?:
As for John Kruk…
Announcers aren’t supposed to feel everything that happens on the field, but we apologize to John Kruk for calling that play by Nick Castellanos that saved the game for the Phillies yesterday afternoon, just because it’s probably what every Phillie fan feels went through:
Boy, this is a roller coaster ride.
To be fair, again, the real play was to drop the ball for a foul ball, and there’s no way Kruk could have expected Castellanos to throw an absolute dart off spin, considering that Castellanos has been a defensive player in the past. Sometimes you just have to go along for the ride.
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