Will we look back at the
Smith is under contract for next season and Sunday's galling overtime debacle might turn out to be just a bad week if the Bears regroup to finish the season big.
But if not, I don't think it's a reach to see the Seattle game as the time Smith moved contract extension to wait a minute.
Smith took the blame for not having his team ready, as well as for a game-turning decision. I believe Smith made the right decision to go for it on fourth-and-inches. The collapse at the end is the bigger problem. The collapse at the end is one of the worst things for a defensive-minded coach such as Smith.
The Bears allowed a 12-play, 97-yard go-ahead drive to a kid quarterback running a college offense late in the fourth quarter. Next drive, Seattle rookie
Smith’s defense looked unprepared for Wilson's read-option and then failed to adjust.
The Bears lost for the third time in the last four games, a spiral that now includes losing to a bad team along with the failure to beat a good opponent. If they can't beat good teams and now can't beat bad teams, then the Bears had better hope they get Illinois in the playoffs.
If, you know, they even get there.
Smith’s football team also lost control of first place in the
Scary thing is, this deterioration could continue when you consider the Bears' confluence of looking old and slow on defense, playing inconsistently on both sides of the ball, and getting injured all over the place.
Look, nobody thought they could stink they way they did down the stretch last season. Even without
Smith’s football teams will have missed the playoffs for an inexcusable fifth time in six seasons. Smith’s football teams will have won one playoff game since the 2006 postseason. Smith’s football teams also will have failed to win the
On Monday, a day after watching his team choke live and presumably after watching video of it, Smith said he didn't know why his defensive ends lost outside contain that allowed Wilson to destroy the Bears.