By Dan Bernstein-
CBSChicago.com senior columnistREAD MORE: More Regal Theaters Reopen After Being Shuttered By The Pandemic
(CBS) If you were among those pining all last week for the return of the unfairly ousted Lovie Smith and/or the beloved Josh McCown, I’d be interested to know how that looked to you.
Actually that’s not true. I’m not interested at all, because you’re an idiot.
Nobody is saying Jay Cutler is reliable or great or worth his enormous contract or something other than the very symbol of everything the Bears both are and are not, but he’s better than whatever that was from the 35-year-old mediocrity who came into the game with a career passer-efficiency rating of 78.0.
The absences of both McCown and Smith had fans’ hearts growing fonder to the point of absurdity, somehow projecting an idealized alternate football universe in which the misery of the current season is replaced by only good things: the small-sample size passing performance of last season replicated exactly and extrapolated, and Smith’s paternal connection to the locker room bringing out more from the team than Marc Trestman’s professorial drivel.
It’s a loser’s game, and it’s just wrong.
In the dark gray and damp of a rare Chicago day in between unseasonable polar blasts, the Bears proved superior to the mess that the Buccaneers have become under Smith – that unenviable combination of bad and stupid.