Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye writes a blog for ChicagoNow.com.
In a posting from September 8th, Ogunleye wrote this, “Pop quiz, tell me the
preseason record of the 2008 World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
(Insert Jeopardy game show music here) Ok . . . time is up. The answer is 3-1. I know the preseason doesn't count for anything during the regular season but it sets the tone. We were able to finish on a great note with a win last Thursday against the Cleveland Browns and finish the preseason 3-1.” Sets the tone, huh? What about those 2006 Bears that went 2-2 during the preseason. Really set a tone for a .500 season didn't they? Oops, they went 13-3 (with a terrible quarterback) and wound up in the Super Bowl (only to lose). Not to mention the tone for the season that the Indianapolis Colts, the Bears opponents in that Super Bowl, set with
their 1-3 preseason record. What about the 2004 Patriots who went
1-3 in the preseason and won the thing.
This tone setting thing is garbage, complete trash. A team that is above average at best, with numerous holes in its defense, wide receiver corps, and no forceful backup running back is tone setting in the preseason. Give me a break. Records are crap in the preseason. Complete crap. They mean absolutely nothing. If every player had terrific preseason stats but the team went 0-4, I would be a lot more confident in the Bears than I am now.
It also seems like Wale is drinking a little too much of his own Kool-Aid with comments such as this, “We begin the season with a road game in Wisconsin and we will end with a road game in Florida. The countdown to Miami has begun.” Not to mention, “Even though we lost Dusty [Dvoracek] and Kevin [Jones] for the season, we are fairly healthy as a team.” Healthy? Then why is the defense carrying 11 defensive backs? Hell, in the injury report Charles Tillman was listed as full-participation for practice despite just one day earlier telling WSCR-AM's Laurence Holmes that he was, “50-50,” for Sunday's game. I have to run the store right now, because I think I'm running out. Wait! I found more. For more of Wale's Kool-Aid, a September 2nd post is titled, “Ask Wale: No pressure, just thinking about Super Bowl.” The Super Bowl would be a nice thing, but right now I am focused on the Bears beating Green Bay. Then the Steelers, then the Seahawks, etc. Once I know that we have locked up a playoff spot, I'll be focused on winning playoff games. Then, once the right playoff games have been won, I will have two whole weeks to think about the Super Bowl. Until then, I have some cheese that needs to be eaten.