Dennis McKinnon: ‘Embarrassed’ By Bears

(WSCR) Five short weeks ago, the Bears were 7-3, on a five-game winning streak and appeared to be cruising to the team’s second-straight playoff berth.

And then Jay Cutler went down. And then Matt Forte went down, too.

The affects of Cutler’s loss have been far-reaching, and the Bears’ many weaknesses have been exposed by an inexperienced and under-prepared back up quarterback in Caleb Hanie. When Cutler went down, there simply wasn’t anyone to replace him, forcing the Bears into a downward spiral, ultimately costing them their season.

Former Bears wide out Dennis McKinnon joined The Matt Abbatacola Show to share some of this thoughts on the organization he spent seven seasons with — and won a Super Bowl with in 1985.

“I’ve heard every excuse known to man come out of Halas Hall,” McKinnon said. “As a former player, it’s insulting. It’s embarrassing in terms of what we are supposed to be.”

LISTEN: Dennis McKinnon on The Matt Abbatacola Show

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While the Bears did lose their two most productive offensive members, McKinnon said that’s no excuse for a team playing as poorly as the Bears have played.

“Injuries happen to everybody, but a lot of times you can plug in players who have been with your system for awhile and they’ll play pretty well. We have too many guys that just want to look at themselves on camera and don’t play on Sundays. Marion Barber? I thought he was a power back. Power backs don’t run out of bounds.

“I don’t understand this offense. I’ve found people didn’t realize how great (Cutler) was on this offense until he was gone. The problem I have, and I think all Bear fans have, is how, from a personnel standpoint, could you not know what kind of quarterback you had behind Cutler, for one? And two, personnel-wise, development happens over a period of time. Hanie was here for four years and was still as awful as the first day we brought him here. … Your backup should never be this bad. … A lot of times, when you have a weak link in the chain, as we did when we went to our backup quarterback, your offense is supposed to make plays to cover up. A lot of guys didn’t step up when Cutler went down, offensively.”

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  • Cameltoe Rancher

    Preach on Silky D!!!

    • lisa.B

      oh shut up. you are annoying. youre not funny in print or the radio


    This is the second article to allude to a score personality posting under a pseudonym.
    I know, for a fact that Dan has responded by name, and was direct, brief, and cordial.
    Steve Dahl posted once under the mysterious heading of. . . Steve Dahl. And, he posted a normal sports comment.
    Who do you think is the pseudonym? Who?

  • idicula1979

    To put it in a wau that score fans will understand the Chicago Bears are in sports Hell. They may finish in the middle of the pack or slightly above the pack year after year, and have a few breakout plays every year creating a lot of hype around them. But the thing that puts them in sports hell is their managment and how they are run year after year they seem to have a front office that seems quite content with that. If I can’t get a hundred percent agrrement on that then ask yourself how does the Green Bay Packers the David of the NFL manage to outpreform the Chicago Bears every year.

  • jp

    I am sick and tired of watching and listening to Lovie and his crew year-in and year-out. Lately I have been wanting to watch more of other NFL teams, including the Packers. It has become very difficult to say that I’m a Bears fan as of late. The Bucs fired Morris, whom was an up and coming head coach in the NFL. KC had a breakout season last yr, and has since fired their head coach. I can’t stand the arrogance that comes out of Lovie and Angelo. I’m glad I don’t hear as much from Ted, if at all. Everyone should have been fired after the season we lost to the Colts in the SB, because, we saw exactly what the Bears were all about that season and by no means they should have been in the SB that season – and I for one was hoping that the luck would keep going, but alas Dungy and Manning wasn’t going to have any of it.

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