The Chicago Bears are officially dreadful and in need of some serious changes before next season.
Playing in a prime time game on Monday night, against a 5-8 opponent with a struggling defense, the Bears still couldn't keep from tripping over themselves, falling behind 24-0 at one point before eventually succumbing to a 31-14 loss at home in Soldier Field, a place that for so long was a fortress but now seems a burden playing in front of booing Bears fans.
And the Bears players themselves know how bad they are, with tight end Martellus Bennett coming out and accusing teammates of lacking passion.
Tight end Martellus Bennett was asked late Monday night why the offense continues to be so unhinged. "Unhinged?" Bennett replied. "I don't know if unhinged is a good term." Then he paused and reconsidered. "I guess you could use that word," Bennett continued.
Then Bennett made some more revealing comments, calling out his teammates for not giving their all for the team.
Leadership and Passion
"Overall, I think it's rhythm. We don’t really have a flow or a rhythm. I think there are some positions on the team that need to step up with leadership and things like that around the club.
"Overall, I just feel like we need passion to come from certain places. And I don’t think the passion is always there all the time. Overall, it just hasn’t been there."
Asked who was missing the passion, Bennett stopped short of naming names.
"Several people," he said. "I don’t really get into the name thing. They know who they are.”
Cutler Called Out?
This is almost certainly a jab at Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler is a man in a position at QB where there needs to be leadership and passion, but he looks so downtrodden on the sidelines it's almost sad to watch.
Cutler was just 6-for-14 for 56 yards with two interceptions in the first half Monday night. Cutler finished 17-for-31 for 194 yards with two touchdown passes. His rating finished at 55.8 and his 2014 turnover total elevated to 24, an NFL-high, after chucking up three dreadful interceptions to the Saints secondary.