Bears exposed as fake contender

Some people say the worst thing you can call a football player is soft.

The Bears were soft against San Francisco.

Soft and unprepared. Soft and unresponsive. Soft and stupid. They met the 49ers’ toughness with all manner of embarrassing weakness.

The 49ers stole Gabe Carimi’s lunch money. The 49ers didn’t just punch J’Marcus Webb in the gut, they punched him right into his own quarterback.

But it wasn’t just the two offensive tackles. The 49ers left all the Bears bloodied and wimpering.

The display of soft, bad and stupid football appeared to expose the Bears as frauds among big-boy football teams. The Bears have played three good teams and lost to all of them.

The 49ers out-schemed and outplayed the Bears. That’s bad coaching and bad execution. The Bears showed no urgency, no fight and no clue in a 32-7 destruction that felt worse.

They revealed every Bears fan's worst fears: an offensive line that cannot work in any game plan and a defense that saw the stars look old and the young players look silly. These remain issues going forward because every upcoming opponent will see the video.

The Bears' offensive and defensive lines got beaten up and beaten down from the start. The 49ers’ lines manned up. The Bears’ lines turtled. The 49ers ran and passed. The Bears couldn’t and couldn’t.

It’s amazing that Jason Campbell didn’t get concussed in taking over for a concussed Jay Cutler. San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, meanwhile, looked like Joe Montana while making his first start. Kaepernick had no pressure, while Campbell had no chance.

The Bears seemed to treat Kaepernick the way they treated Cam Newton. They seemed more concerned about keeping the deadly scrambler in the pocket. They dared him to beat them with his arm.

And he did.

Without pressure, Kaepernick stood tall, went through his reads, and had time to find his third option for 57 yards.

Later, a scrambling Kaepernick straight-armed Julius Peppers and Corey Wooton to pick up yardage. It was that kind of complete pounding.

Wait, I think Aldon Smith just splattered Webb again.

Lovie Smith said he wouldn’t apologize when the Bears were 7-1. Fine. How about now? How about after his team failed to show up mentally and physically on national television?

 I’ll hang up and listen for second place.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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