Thayer: Bears Have No Excuses If They Lose To Vikings

CHICAGO (CBS) — Analyst Tom Thayer says even though the Bears have been eliminated from the playoffs and their season will be over after Sunday, a victory against the Minnesota Vikings is crucial.

“The Minnesota team is not very good. They can’t go out there and say: ‘Oh, it was the last game of the year. We had nothing on the line. We went up there, there was crowd noise, we were flat.’ There can’t be any excuses for losing this game.” Thayer told WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Kerner. “They’ve had a lot of excuses in this losing streak, however, they have to go out there and conclude this season a win, start the new year with a win, and it’s a lot better to be 8-8 than it is 7-9.”

LISTEN: Tom Thayer talks with WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Kerner

Thayer also says Josh McCown deserves a “competitor’s chance” to prove himself as a quarterback with the Bears.

“I do believe that he’s shown that he’s a dedicated athlete still, even at this stage of his career, and he’s willing to put in a lot of individual time to be prepared, so I really like that about what I’ve been able to see about Josh McCown,” he said.

But Thayer says the backup quarterback position needs to become more competitive, so that the team doesn’t run the risk of falling apart again as it did in recent weeks after Jay Cutler had to leave with a thumb injury.

“Jay Cutler is the quarterback for the Bears, but behind him, whether it’s youth, veteran experience, whatever your asset is, I think that position needs to get more competitive so you don’t have this scenario present itself again,” he said.

Still, McCown should be given a chance against the Vikings, rather than the Bears bringing in rookie quarterback Nathan Enderle for the final game.

As for the offseason, Thayer says as far as sweeping changes, “it’s always the less the better.” But the Bears need to make some upgrades and “there has to be some turnover.”

For their last game of the season, the Bears take on the Vikings at noon Sunday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.


    winning the game will get them nothing ! losing will get them a better draft pick, so i would play some players to see what they have or dont have, but in the end it is far more important to move up the draft board 3 or 4 spots, is that what they taught you at notre dame mr, thayer ?

  • Palestine Kevin

    Your wrong the excuse will be Lovie Smith cant coach thats a good excuse! He might be safe defering to Minnisota so hell lovie go for it again you arrogant fool!

  • Palestine Kevin

    damn its half time an were up by 1 point waiting to see if im going to have to twist myself into the ground after another bears loss.We S U C K whether we win or not id just as soon lose so we can start putting lovies butt in the frying pan the man cant coach.

  • Palestine Kevin

    More interceptions from Josh McCown he deserves a competitors chance? Really?Sorry Thayer but McCown and the Bears only salvation was the Vikings just S U C K E D ever so slighty more than the Bears I am am sick to death of this loser mind set in Chicago! If George McCaskey had a pair he would fire Angelo and the whole damn staff! This is just pathetic the Bear unorganazation would even contimplate keeping any of them.There should be atleast 11 mooches who claim to be Bears football players that should just save frace and quit they SUCK!

  • jp

    This was the last game of the season that had no meaning. Lovie has done it before where he sat out guys, because the Bears had locked up playoff seating, i.e. Bears vs Packers from the Grossman era. Why play the starters so that they can bump up their stats? Why say it will be a good start to next year with a win when that win doesn’t even count towards next season? The Bears have been talking about accountability for the past 2yrs, and yet it is still the same results. Yes, they’ve made changes, but I don’t think it’s enough to justify accountability. I’d like to see accountability where the stars on this team is actually sat down because they didn’t play to their standards, i.e. Peppers vs Packers last game where he was virtually nowhere to be found. This guy is the highest paid Bears lineman and we’re only saying he has “double” figures in sacks, because it’s only 10 sacks. We can’t just say he only has 10 sacks. With a significant label on his back as a top DE in the NFL, only 10.5 sacks at the end of the season? That is just not good enough, IMHO.

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