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The Chicago Bears thought they were headed to the playoffs not too long ago. Now, they can forget about that.
They'll be playing for nothing more than pride when they close the season at Minnesota this week, trying to stop their longest slide in nearly a decade, after their playoff hopes were dashed with a 35-21 loss at Green Bay on Sunday night.
It's a stunning fall for a team that was cruising along not too long ago. Injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte led to a sharp turn, and the Bears (7-8) never found their way.
Not since the 2002 team's eight-game skid on the way to a 4-12 finish under Dick Jauron have the Bears dropped this many in a row. They had not lost more than four straight since coach Lovie Smith took over in 2004, yet everything crumbled just as they capped off their fifth straight win.
Cutler broke his right thumb trying to help make a tackle following an interception late in a win over the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 20, and...
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Coach Lovie Smith said he liked what he saw from Josh McCown against the Packers on Sunday night. ‘‘The performance that Josh put in last night was impressive,’’ Smith on Monday said when asked if McCown might be considered for the No. 2 quarterback spot in 2012. ‘‘That’s why we can get...
Don’t feel like saying much about this one. As expected, the Bears were throttled 35-21 by the Packers in Lambeau. Chicago is now eliminated from playoff contention after the Bears gave up five passing touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers. It was Rodger’s first five-touchdown game in his career. Go figure.
There were just a few positives. Josh McCown, to me, earned the right...
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said quarterback
Jay Cutler will have pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb on
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed Jay Cutler will have pins removed from his right thumb Tuesday, but it’s highly unlikely the quarterback will return to play in Sunday’s season finale at Minnesota.
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith says quarterback Jay Cutler will have pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb on Tuesday.
Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed Jay Cutler will have pins removed from his right thumb Tuesday, but it’s highly unlikely the quarterback will return to play in Sunday’s season finale at Minnesota.
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The Bears need to start thinking about life after Urlacher. (CSN Chicago)
Lovie Smith is eager to see Josh McCown at...
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith remained evasive Monday about disclosing the potential availability of quarterback Jay Cutler -- who is scheduled Tuesday to have the pins removed from his fractured right thumb -- for the season finale at Minnesota.