Stubborn Lovie Strikes Again!!!
As reported by ESPN Chicago, the Bears practiced inside Friday for the third consecutive day. This is after last week, even after being informed of the weather situation at Soldier Field, the Bears practiced inside all week except for one day; while the Patriots practiced outside the entire week leading up to the game. And we all know what happened last week. We slipped, dropped passes, missed tackles, and fumbled our way to a 33-0 deficit. By halftime. You never want to blame the weather for the loss, but our team definitely looked like we were having trouble adjusting to the conditions. It was reported that a lot of our players switched to longer cleats at halftime. Perhaps if we had practiced in those conditions all week long, we would have been more accustomed to the footing. We could have at least made the cleat adjustment pre-game, as opposed to at halftime.
But moving on to this week—if you were Lovie Smith and the coaching staff, would you not change it up a bit, and maybe get them in the cold a little more? The forecast for Monday night is a low of 14 degrees with a 60% chance of snow. And based on the fact that Green Bay might be starting MATT FLYNN against the Patriots, we could be playing to clinch the division. Not to mention fighting the winner of the NFC East for a first-round bye. Wouldn’t you want to get your WRs used to catching Cutler’s throws in the cold? Get your RBs and returners used to holding onto the ball? Working on the Center-Quarterback exchanges? Have you Offensive and Defensive Lines working on their footing?
Even though we are probably facing a Vikings team that will be starting their 3rd-string QB, the Washington, Seattle, Detroit, and Buffalo game should remind us that we can’t take any team or any situation for granted. And with two potential cold-weather games looming—a home game next week against a Jets team that might be fighting for its postseason life, then a game at Green Bay that could mean going to the playoffs or going home, it seems like the good time to start preparing for this would be sooner rather than later.