What does Phil Emery know about defense?
Other than his top draft picks in his first two years apparently can’t play it, I mean.
What does Marc Trestman know about defense?
Other than his choice of defensive coordinator can’t teach it to the apparent idiots that Emery is paying, I mean.
Remarkably, the biggest question coming out of the disgraceful ending to a Bears season that saw them choke consecutive chances to win the division isn’t Jay Cutler’s future.
No, it sounds as if Cutler already has agreed to a new contract.
“I think we’ll deal with that later in the week,’’ Cutler said Sunday, perhaps tellingly.
So, the biggest question is this: What do the Bears general manager and head coach know about defense?
Emery drafted, traded and signed quality players at important offensive positions, giving Cutler the best wide receiver tandem, tight end, and offensive line he has played with here.
What’s more, Emery gave Cutler an offensive-minded head coach, a quarterback whisperer who could make a hero out of a guy coaching high school football a year earlier.
And despite all of that, Emery and Trestman saw the roster gag in a legendary manner because of defensive ineptitude and stupidity of historic proportions.
The defense allowed a franchise-record 6,313 yards, and remember, this is the NFL’s most historic franchise. The Bears trotted out the worst rushing defense in the league. The once-proud unit laughingly failed to scoop up a loose ball that the packers turned into a touchdown near the end of the first half and failed to cover a speedy receiver deep on fourth-and-8 late in the second half.
Congratulations, Phil and Marc. Oh, and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
If Tucker can coach, he has hidden it exceptionally well. If Tucker can communicate, he has masked it nicely. If Tucker can make players better, those players are in the witness protection program.
Or maybe those players are all idiots.
Nobody at Halas Hall has any answers, apparently. That will extend the stupid because you can’t fix the miserable stuff until you identify the source.
And so, the scary thing is that Emery and Trestman are the opposite of Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith.
The Bears fired a GM and coach whose only knowledge of offense was that they couldn’t make one happen. The Bears replaced them with a GM and coach whose only knowledge of defense is a belief that if you can’t acquire the lamest and dumbest players on earth, then you have to teach them to descend to that level.
Under Angelo and Smith, the Bears couldn’t win enough games where they needed only three offensive touchdowns. Under Emery and Trestman, the Bears couldn’t win enough games where they needed to hold opponents to only three offensive touchdowns.
The Bears didn’t get better this season. In fact, they got worse based on records and dogbreath performances by the defense and special teams. The fear, then, is the Bears simply became different --- failing in a more entertaining manner but still rendering Super Bowl talk laughable.
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