By Dan Bernstein-
CBSChicago.com senior columnist
(CBS) I guess that’s “unacceptable,” too, right?
After a week that began with self-aggrandizing shouting and then spun into an uncomfortable mess of lying and denials and rationalizations enabled by a complete abdication of responsibility by an emasculated head coach, the football happened again.
The Bears’ 51-23 embarrassment of a loss to the Patriots on Sunday was historically bad football, to be specific: a complete failure on multiple organizational levels, enough that it should shock the system going into their week off. A fortnight of introspection must loom, and by that I mean hard truths actually confronted and not hidden under a pile of blithe assurances from management or any more of Brandon Marshall’s pointless buffoonery.
It’s all getting worse for the Bears, and the deterioration is accelerating. Gone is the silliness about feeling at home on the road and the reliance on mere haphazardness for any sense of optimism. For that matter, we can be excused for not wanting to hear “and it starts with me” or a reference to some things they just “need to clean up” or anything about growing the man or a toolbox of offensive concepts or making these players successful husbands and fathers.