The Chicago Bears have been called a lot of things in the past - the worst of which is normally from Packers fans - but in the last couple of days their reputation has taken a hit.
The Bears organization have been criticised for the way that they handled the release of punt returning king and fan favourite Devin Hester and it draws many parallels with how they declined to renew future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher's contract last year, which was admonished by all.
Yesterday Urlacher himself called the Bears head office "disloyal" in the way that they operate and today there has been no let off.
And now, current Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs has had a go at his own team, expressing his disbelief at what seems to be deja vu.
The seven time pro bowler was speaking to Kap and Haugh on 87.7 and had this to say on the situation:
“I’m just a football player and when my time comes, I don’t expect anything more or less than a tweet saying ‘We’re parting ways with Lance.’ Briggs said. "That’s not going to hurt my feelings or anything like that.
That’s more for when you have players with the respect of the people that have appreciated the people over the years, that say these guys should be due more respect for what they’ve done and what they’ve meant to everyone.”
Teams lose their star players and franchise legends, Peyton Manning is an obvious example, but it doens't make it any easier for the fans - or teammates it seems as Briggs went on to say:
“It’s sad, man,” Briggs explained. “We’ve seen a lot of guys come and go. I think we all know our time is coming and it’s sad when it does. I hate to see a guy like Devin — and what he’s meant to this city and this organization — not brought back…”
It's not looking good at the Bears and fans could be set for more heartbreak and anger with Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers also possibly leaving.