When starting this segment, I was hoping to possibly document history in the making with this Bears team...or at least the playoffs.
Instead, here we are attempting to make ourselves feel better for closing out the season with a win over the Lions thus hurting the Bronco's draft pick we gift-wrapped for them.
I'm just thankful it is finally over.
Let's go to the headlines.
We Get It, Jay is Our Quarterback
After passing for 273 yards and tying a career high with four touchdown passes in last Monday night’s win over the Vikings, Jay Cutler threw for 276 yards and four more touchdowns with no interceptions Sunday in the 37-23 win over the Detroit Lions.
By throwing eight touchdowns and one interception in his final two games of the season, Cutler was able to finish the season with more touchdowns (28) than picks (27).
That's a positive...right?
The Bears Get Offensive
The Bears' offense generated season-highs Sunday with 418 total yards and 22 first downs...against the Lions.
Even Matt Forte got in the action (against the Lions), rushing for 101 yards on just 16 carries.
Greg Olsen decided to use the last game of the season (against the Lions) to actually factor in the offense hauling in five receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Olsen annoyed fantasy football managers all season. He will most likely receive a lot of hate mail after this season or perhaps glue for his hands.
Devin Aromashodu, who caught the game-winning 39-yard TD pass in overtime to beat the Vikings, brought in five more passes for 46 yards and two more touchdowns...against the Lions
Devin Hester, who may have competition at all his "positions," had three catches for 75 yards as well...against...survey says?...the Lions
In Defense of the Bears...
The Bears defense was without Charles Tillman and Israel Idonije for the game. Nick Roach joined the injury party and exited the game early as well.
This could be a big reason why Calvin Johnson had 86 yards receiving with a touchdown. That or the fact the Bears defense has not been able to stop anyone with a name even girl fans recognize.
The Bears defense continued to prove that even mediocre quarterbacks will find a receiver if given the time as Daunte Culpepper was 23-for-34 for 262 yards passing with two touchdowns.
However, the Bears won the turnover battle 2-0 as Zackary Bowman intercepted Culpepper and Tim Shaw, a special teamer Bears fans should look at more, forced and recovered a fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff return.
The defense was injured and playing in a game that didn't really matter and it showed.
Robbie Gould is Special
Three-for-three kicking field goals against the Lions for Gould.
Brad Maynard, the MVP of the Bears in my lifetime, however, only averaged a little under 35 yards on his five punts. I hope this is not the beginning of the end for Maynard and his beautiful eyes.
Finally the end to an awful season and repetitive articles I apologize for making you read.
After starting the season 3-1, the Bears finished at 7-9.
The intelligent fan knew the Bears had a lot of holes coming into the season, however, the hype is what really hurt the team and overemphasized their extremely mediocre performance.
And although Bears fans are hearing the word "changes" thrown around a lot, it doesn't seem as though much will happen. The defensive scheme is not going anywhere since, according to Lovie Smith, the Bears have won with it before...four years ago.
For the Bears' sake, hopefully the right offensive coordinator is brought in, but I am not sure any coordinator can win with what is on the table right now. With no draft picks in the first two rounds, the table seems to be set and the meal is pretty awful.
Here's hoping Sports Illustrated never picks the Bears to be in the Super Bowl again...keep picking the Cubs though, SI.