It was a huge day for the Chicago Bears organization. General Manager Jerry Angelo was relieved of his duties, aka fired, and Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz resigned. The news broke early this morning by the Chicago Tribune. Many Bear fans flocked to facebook and twitter ecstatic over the news. Such sites as FireJerryAngelo.Org have been in operation for years. The general manager has been the opposite of a fan favorite over the years for such blunders as sending Thomas Jones out of Chicago, signing Hurd/Barber/Williams from Dallas recently, drafting horribly, and the checked box fiasco at the NFL draft. A clear cut replacement hasn't been made clear but the organization has stated they intend to hire from outside. This means Tim Ruskell will not be replacing Jerry Angelo, thank god.
Mike Martz also resigned today stating it was over "philosophical differences". This essentially means he couldn't do things how he wanted, after they were proven to not be successful, and got upset over that. Remember when the Bears were 7-3 with a healthy Jay Cutler and Cutler told Martz to "F off" in the middle of a game? The video went viral and was passed around all over the internet. This was the turning point in the season when Martz knew that his tenure in Chicago wouldn't prove to be successful. After a couple abysmal showings and Forte receiving less than 10 carries, the Bears went back to Bears football and had a balanced attack. This is the reason we were successful and 7-3, not his system. Martz also wasn't a fan favorite after we traded away Greg Olsen because of "his system" because Olsen wasn't a blocking Tight End. Well, that left us with Kellen Davis. Thanks Mike!
There is a lot of change in the Bears organization right now and that is a great thing! Expect the Bears to move in the right direction. With staples like Cutler and Forte in the franchise, we can only go up from here on out with Angelo out of town.
With Jay Cutler and Matt Forte on injured reserve and the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, it was hard to fathom why this game was even played. Anywho, the Chicago Bears came out on top with a victory over the division rival, Minnesota Vikings by a score of 17-13. The play of the game came when Charles Tillman intercepted a deflected pass from Christian Ponder in the 2nd quarter and returned it for a touchdown. Tillman is 1 interception for a TD away from being the Bears all-time leader. With this victory, came the Bears 5th straight victory over the Vikings.
The game was rather pedestrian to watch, Josh McCown and Kahlil Bell had solid enough games to muster up a "Meh, not bad" response. McCown found a wide open Roy Williams for a 22 yard TD. McCown was 15/25 for 160 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. He also added 30 yards on the ground on 4 carries. Kahlil Bell had 54 yards on 17 carries. Roy Williams had his best game of the season arguably with 4 catches for 60 yards and 1 TD.
Charles Tillman, D.J. Moore, and Tim Jennings all had interceptions on the day. D.J. Moore's interception in the 4th quarter off Joe Webb would secure the victory for the Bears. A victory that some Bear fans feel as if it was a loss. With a loss, the Bears are drafting 19th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, they could have been drafting as low as 12th.
So much for that whole "return" thing fans hoping for. With the Bears eliminated from playoff contention, the Bears placed injured QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte on injured reserve. Cutler has been missing from action the past 5 weeks after having surgery on a broken right thumb. Cutler had the pins removed and has only been dealing with some swelling. If the Bears absolutely needed Cutler to play, doctors believe he could. With nothing to gain, the Bears decided against an early return.
As for Matt Forte, he sustained a sprained MCL against the Kansas City Chiefs early in December and has missed the last 3 games. It's amazing to see the Cutler-less/Forte-less Bears. It's hard to imagine with them both healthy we were 7-3 and looking like a top dawg in the NFC. Without them, we play abysmal and it pains to watch.
Without Cutler, the Bears are 0-5 and have lost 5 straight games. Without Matt Forte we are 0-3 as well. Now that the Bears are officially eliminated from the season they have no reason to keep them on the active roster. There replacements Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Marion Barber, and Kahlil Bell didn't do well enough to sustain the 7-3 record. McCown and Bell played very well but Hanie and Barber blew it before they could take over and keep the playoff hopes alive.