Sports fans: Da Bears and da bees

By Copy Chief

Somebody had to give da Bears da talk, and it wasn’t da coach.

Face it, the Bears were beyond underwhelming this year. Contrary to what the majority of Bears fans might be saying, it was not entirely because of poor coaching, though.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not praising the 2014–2015 Bears coaching staff, but since the league and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision on the Ray Rice controversy earlier in the season, all I have been hearing is that the simple solution is to fire the person at fault.

Generally, I would agree that people should lose their jobs if they make huge mistakes, but that is not how the sports industry works.

Athletics, like any other trade, require practice and knowledge to be acquired through experience. The Bears can not just fire wide receiver Brandon Marshall if he drops a game-winning catch. Fans and sports reporters may talk about trading him, but the reality is that people make mistakes, which are ultimately learning experiences.

It is clear that former head coach Marc Trestman hasn’t exactly mastered his trade. Although he had to be let go, the Bears’ 5-11 record this season cannot entirely be his fault.

It is unfair to blame a single person for a team’s failure, but Jay Cutler, the Bears quarterback who is supposed to be under contract for the rest of the decade, did not play to his skill level throughout the season. He threw 18 interceptions this year, tying for the second-most he has thrown in a single season. That is the most he has thrown in one season since he threw 26 in 2009.

Fans tend to credit wins to several good things that happened in a game while crediting losses to one specific in-game event.

The outcome of a game never comes down to just one play.

In football, the quarterback has several decisions to make as soon as the ball is given to him. The defense also has to react to the offense, referees have to make calls, and both coaches and weather play a large role in the outcome of a game, too.

Fans typically have either an average or subpar sports IQ, meaning they do not understand the game’s intricacies enough to explain why a team wins or loses. Sports fans may not always want to admit it, but their opinions are not infallible. They are passionate, sure, but passion does not prove an opinion.

The Bears hired John Fox as the team’s new head coach, and commentators and fans will compare him to Trestman. They also found a new offensive and defensive coordinator in Adam Gase and Ed Donatell, respectively.

Gase formerly worked in Denver with the Broncos, who were regarded as a juggernaut offense when playing the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. He may be able to improve the Bears’ offense, which averaged just less than 20 points per game and ranked 23rd this year in a league of 32 teams.

After a horrible season full of low scoring, bad defense and finger-pointing, the Chicago Bears might find solace in a new coaching staff, but only time will tell. Maybe the Bears need a Fox in order to win.