Chicago Bears' Season: Going Down with the Ship

Leroy KleimolaCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2009

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 20:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws under pressure from Trevor Pryce #90 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bears 31-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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So, The Chicago Bears lost again.  (Chirp, Chirp).  Yeah, I didn't think that was a big highlight.  Plain and simple, this team is awful.  three interceptions on Sunday alone brings Jay Cutler's interception total to a grand total of 25 which of course leads the NFL

The second closest is Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez who have 20, and they are of course rookies!  You can make the argument that Cutler has no one to throw to but think about this.  When your top four receivers; Bennett, Knox, Hester, and Davis are ranked 14th in passing you expect the team to be better than 5-9.

Injuries have hurt the Bears team also.  Right now, the Bears have 10 players on injured reserve including ole man Orlando Pace, and Brian Urlacher.  Along with having Ogunleye and Hester most likely out for next weeks game against the Vikings. It has hurt them all season long and one wonders how much that has impacted the defense having top players like that out.

Head coaching by Lovie Smith: I used to respect this man a great deal.  When he took over as head coach of the Chicago Bears he turned the team around and has had moderate success. However he has been criticized for his poor clock management and arguments over the quarterback position between himself and Jerry Angelo.

Matt Forte has not been the same rusher that he was his rookie year.  Seeing a significant drop in all his rankings, which some people attribute to a "sophomore slump" the running back has not performed like Bears fans would have hoped. The offensive line has struggled as well protecting Cutler, allowing 31 sacks.

All in all, Where do you look? The team hasn't played well.  Many people say they need to give Cutler a season or two to gel. Some say that age is whats leading to the Bears downfall.  But the truth of the matter is what happened to our Solid Defense that we had that got us to the Super Bowl just a few years ago? Well I will continue to support this team and hope that come time for the off season there will be change.