Way back on Black Tuesday, the Bears’ brain trust talked about maintaining continuity after whacking four offensive coaches, including coordinator Ron Turner.
I still don’t understand. Turner was hardly the reason the Bears missed the playoffs for the third straight year. The Bears have spent much, much more money on the defensive side of the ball (Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris, Adewale Ogunleye, Alex Brown, Charles Tillman, Nate Vasher). And that side of the ball is where most of the “talent” and experience resides.
On offense the Bears played three wide receivers who had never accomplished anything in the NFL prior to this season. They brought in a new quarterback who had never worked with any of his receivers. They asked that quarterback to play behind a straight-up lousy offensive line, and their franchise running back did not have a great game against any team other than the 2-14 Lions.
If change was necessary, and it probably was, it should have started on the defensive side of the ball. That’s what was most disappointing about the 2009 Bears.