After the second humiliating defensive performance by the Bears in three weeks, the "Lovie 2" defense has officially been pronounced dead on arrival. 31-7 at halftime; 41-21 final. The "Lovester" and friends, have absolutely no control over their team, as evidenced by the buffoonery of Tommie Harris. (Who was ejected on the 4th play of the game for throwing a punch after the play was dead.) Furthermore, the "Lovester" appears to be over-medicated on Xanax and should at least hide his drugs from the kids on defense. The obvious can no longer be wriiten off as some "knee jerk" reaction from "unknowledgable" Bears fans. Even Troy Aikmen stated as much, "the Bears just aren't a good football team."
The game was over by halftime, and here are some of the Cardinals offensive halftime stats to prove it:
- 31 pts.
- 320 yds. offense
- 100% on third down (6/6)
- 131 rushing yards
What? The Cardinals, (last in the NFL in rushing) ran for 131 yards against the soft-ass "Lovie 2" by halftime! The Bears won't tackle; or can't, and always go high. Poor teaching and fundamentals, period. This is why the Bears defenders are getting run over on a consistent basis, week in and week out. The Bears are also soft up the middle personnel wise, at the DL, LB, and S positions.
As I stated earlier in the week, Tillman couln't be left alone on an island against Larry Fitzgerald, particularly with no pass rush and no help from the safeties. But he was, and the Warner/Fitgerald combo barbequed the "Lovie 2," even without Anquan Boldin in the lineup.
The Bears briefly played some inspired catch-up ball in the second half, but penalties and a seeming lack of urgency stalled any hopes of a comeback. Why didn't the Bears go to a hurry-up when they had a chance in third quarter? Was that a lack of player execution, as some BleacherReport writers and "Lovester" and friends supporters would like you to believe? And don't blame Cutler for the pick late in the game, he had to at least try to make a play and couldn't take the sack at that point.
Various Bears players stated that in the locker room during half the "Lovester" was calm and happy! What? Well then, the "Lovester" must be content with losing; even being humiliated at home by a mediocre Cardinals team. Or perhaps he's smug with the knowledge that he has two years left on his contract and will get paid regardless. In any event, the performances of late should be an embarrassment to the Bears organization, as they are to Bears fans.
On offense, the Bears lone bright spot was Greg Olsen, who caught three TD's. But it appears that Bears receivers stop playing when Cutler moves out of the pocket, and this leads to bad throws and picks as well. Also, why can't the Bears offense put players in motion more often, instead of being static? Even if you are running your base plays, you can disguise them better with motion. It's not that difficult to teach receivers motion before the play, whether young or old. This is why other NFL teams call the Bears offense so predictable.
Cutler's passing stats are even more commendable when you consider that the Bears are usually playing catch-up and have to become one-dimensional. And the offensive line played somewhat better, at times.
Jerry Azumah stated on Bears Post-Game Live that behind closed doors, Lovie Smith has in the past "gotten into players faces" and told them that they have to be accountable for their actions when they've been ineffective. Now it's time for Ted Phillips and Jerry Angelo to do their jobs and tell the same to the "Lovester," Ron Turner, and Bob Babich. The "Lovie 2" is dead!