Whereas the Dallas Cowboys are "America's Team," the Bears have quickly become the team that America loves to hate. From ESPN to SI, CBS to FOX, there seems to be a national movement to snub the Bears and discredit all of their accomplishments of last year. It's not just the "expert analysts" either: any article written about the Bears seems to finish with comment boards displaying a fervent sampling of 1.) Cutler ragging, 2.) OL jokes, and/or 3.) the word "suck." Well, I hate to be the one to break it to ya, but teams that suck don't get within one drive of the Super Bowl against a team like the Packers with a second string quarterback. However, as much as we Bears fans would love to believe this phenomenon has cheese behind it, Packers fans have less to with it than Bears fans themselves. There, I said it.
We love a scapegoat in Chicago and judging from the comment boards, there's any number to choose from: The McCaskey's, Lovie Smith, Jerry Angelo, Mike Martz, Urlacher, Cutler - everyone in this city seems to hate something or someone involved with the Bears organization and we have no qualms about voicing our opinions. This is a good, in a sense - the management should be held accountable. However, when our disappointment with falling short of a Super Bowl resonates a national echo of our displeasure, we may be speaking up too much, too often.
This is not to let the "expert analysts" off the hook. These so-called "professionals" can't seem to find anything other than the OL to talk about, each one rehashing the "insight" of the one before: "I can't see this team having any success without addressing the concerns of this offensive line..." News flash, genius: the line will be better than last year, so what does mean, we're going to the dance? If the line was as bad as you make it out to be and we went to the NFC Championship game, the Bears surely will be fine this year.
When it comes down to it, the first three games of the season are either going to accentuate or mute this chorus of nay-sayers. Sure, there's a possibility we may start the season 0-3, but I don't see that happening. I'm not a paid "expert analyst," but everything I've seen and read on this team suggests the Bears are much, much better than the team that everyone -- including many of us -- think they are.