Matt Forte Gets Slammed After the Whistle
The purpose here is to poll Bears fans as to whether or not the Green Bay Packers are the dirtiest team in Bears history. While most teams have, or have had dirty players from time to time, i.e., Richie Incognito of the Dolphins, Hines Ward of the Steelers, and Rodney Harrison of the Patriots, to name but a few, rarely have teams historically held onto a concept of committing flagrant, intentional penalties against the Bears, whether or not for the purpose of injuring or intimidating them, or merely when the game isn't going their way. The Green Bay Packers however, appear to be such a team. Is this tendency to commit flagrant penalties, late hits, and unsportsmanlike conduct fouls against the Bears just emotional meltdown in the heat of battle, or a deeper, more systematic problem within the Packers organization? I will not go into a complete list of dirty plays from over 90 years of Packers history versus the bears, but rather illustrate a few examples to make my point, and let you recollect your own memories of Packer nonsense when playing the Bears.
Last nights game at Soldier Field was a typical example of the Packers resorting to unsportsmanlike conduct, particularly when the Bears get physical with them and out hustle them. Did they intentionally send Zombo to try and injure Cutler? It certainly appeared that way. it will be interesting to see if the NFL fines him for the flagrant helmet to jaw hit. He came up underneath Cutler's helmet and launched his helmet into Cutler's jaw, like an uppercut that is intended to knock someone out. Then there was the late hit and slam on Forte after the play was whistled dead, reminiscent of the late hit and slam of Jim McMahon in the 1980's which severely injured his throwing shoulder and effectively ended productivity in his career. How about the entire Packer O/L leg-whipping and tripping Julius Peppers last night? What about Clay Matthews Jr. being up around Cutler's helmet all night? Just where does this tendency come from? Don't the Packers think that they can compete within the rules? Is this just residual effect from the Forrest Gregg era or a systemic characteristic of the Packers organization?
Forrest Gregg was no Mike Ditka and the Packers were clearly the dirtiest team of the 1980's. Zombo is no Lance Briggs and last night brought back memories of the 80's. The Packers just couldn't compete with those Bears teams within the rules so they attempted to maim players as a consolation. So with the mountain of evidence that is NFL game tape, when will the NFL step in ans send a message to the Packers organization that even they, "Titletown" USA, have to play within the rules, win or lose? Don't hold your breath because the media and the league have already crowned them as champions at 2-1, something which they haven't earned. On the other hand, what they have earned is the label of being the dirtiest team that the Bears have ever faced. Please feel free to share your memories about Packers unsportsmanlike conduct against the Bears.