Just a stinging loss all around. The toughest to take since the Cubs in 2003, I think. The Packers winning the Halas Trophy at Soldier Field was a special kind of awful.
I said earlier this game presented a chance for Jay Cutler to win the city – I didn’t think the polar opposite would even be on the table. Now we’ll have meatballs forever castigating him for this game because he wasn’t “tough” enough (people really burned his jersey?).
I admit, the trauma of the Todd Collins experience piqued my frustration, too. I even retweeted that if Cutler can stand on the sideline, he should play. This is, of course, stupid. I have a friend that can stand, walk run and dance badly in a perpetual ACL-less state – he can’t move laterally or cut quickly though, both of which are prerequisites to quarterbacking an NFL offense.
I know you may have played on a bum knee all season, MJD; but you also helped my fantasy team to 1-12 and watched the playoffs, so maybe the “toughness uber alles” approach has some tradeoffs.
Anyway, this one hurts – it’s so hard to get to the conference title game, and getting back is never easy (right, Vikings and Saints?). Add to that the Bears’ good luck with injuries, and you have to wonder what next year holds.