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Bears Mon Sep 14 2009
You lost the season-opening game to your haterd rival, your star quarterback throws four picks and the defensive leader of your team is out for the season. "Other than that, how was the play, Bears fans?" An auspicious start to the season it ain't; but hey, at least Bears fans can still rely on a the given variables/QED-type proofs of Bears fandom, like, y'know: rooting for a below-average QB who throws more picks than TDs and counting on the always char-tacular secondary to give up a long touchdown, "Hey, this one was with less than two minutes left, neat!"
Fortunately, that last touchdown pass that Rogers connected to Jennings on should be the last action Nate Vasher gets for a long, long, time this season. Vasher who, empirical evidence now suggests, must've been possessed by the soul of Deion Sanders in his Pro Bowl seasons has been nothing but one big nagging injury and excuse-ridden, pitch-soaked torch in the Bears secondary in recent years and should be getting familiar with his next defensive assignment: guarding the bench.
The good news? Cutler will not have another game THAT bad this season or maybe ever again in his career. That was a stinker of epic proportions to be sure and if you peep the stats: yes, Jay-Bot 5000 in one night's work threw for one/eighth of his Int totals over the past two seasons and is sporting a ...ahem... "robust" passer rating of 43.2. Still, Jay probably went home got his bed with his Snuggie watched "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and is going to be the proficient quarterback who is capable of galaxy-destroying feats of aerial awesomeness this coming Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers [The Steelers? Their defense, Cutler is going to make look bad? Psh, whatevs. -ED.]
More good news? Urlacher's injury. Here me out, Urlacher in his prime was a terrifying force that created havoc across the field and altered offensive game plans throughout the league. But that Urlacher hasn't existed in our reality for some time, with the injury the Bears management's hand is now forced. They knew looking to the future and restocking their defensive cupboards was going to be difficult and now they don't have to worry about thinking about making the decision they need to make the decision. Not pleasant, but necessary is the culling of the herd/reshaping of a once mighty and brutal defense/life is unfair and hard, et cetera.
More to come later in the not-too-distant future on the status of other notable Bears injuries, Des Clark, et al...