It took a little over 24 hours after the Bears loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the organization to turn into a straight dumpster fire.
It started with the Bears being embarrassed against the Bucs, losing 36-10. The offense turned the ball over five times, the defense failed to stop Jameis Winston from extending plays and the Bears made no progress in gaining ground in the NFC North.
This was only the beginning of the madness that would transpire for the Bears organization.
Around 1 p.m. today I received a Bleacher Report notification saying, “Most of the Bears locker room has given up on Cutler, players tell B/R his lack of preparation is ‘truly embarrassing’.”
Bears players have spoken out about this report saying that it is not true, but nobody knows for sure. With the way Jay Cutler played against the Bucs, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of his teammates no longer have his back.
The bad news was not even close to being done for the day.
About 90 minutes after the Cutler report, I was at the gym getting ready to do some cable crunches, when I saw a breaking news notification pop up on my phone. Before I started my set I had to read what was going on in the NFL.
Here is the exact notification from NFL Mobile:
Breaking News: Alshon Jeffery suspended four games. The Bears star wide receiver violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.”
Immediately after reading that some words came out of my mouth that definitely should not have been said in a public space. The Bears locker room has given up on Cutler and now his favorite weapon will be gone for the next four games, there was no way it could possibly get worse.
But … It did.
One minute into the second quarter against the Bucs, Kyle Long got his right leg taken from underneath him and he did not return. Long after the game said that he would be alright. Well, that’s wasn’t the case as it was just confirmed around 3:40 p.m. that Long will now miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Right now the Bears are an absolute mess.
But, when head coach John Fox was asked by reporters about the loss against the Bucs he said:
“It wasn’t all bad yesterday.”
Fox couldn’t be more wrong about that statement.