Congratulations to the Colts and their fans !!! Your first major league world championship in any sport is now a reality. You deserved to win the Super Bowl on Sunday and have persevered many years to get to this point. The Colts are NFL Super Bowl Champions … now carry the trophy with dignity and try to act like you’ve been there before (even though you haven’t been there before).
To the Bears: very nice season, but you were totally outclassed by the Colts in just about every facet of the game. Although the game set up nicely in the early going for the Bears with the kickoff return and an 8 point lead midway through the 2nd quarter, didn’t we all kind of feel that the Colts would eventually overtake the Bears? And of course they did rather easily. The Bears were out-coached, out-hustled, out-played, out-blocked out-tackled, out-scored. They Bears were simply “outed” from this game and beaten by a better team. The Colts proved to be the tougher team on Sunday, too, despite a reputation for being soft. And I believe that’s why they won.
Peyton Manning proved to be a huge difference, although it wasn’t just him. Indy played great as an entire unit starting early in the second quarter and really manhandled the Bears, although the score was much closer than the stats would indicate until the 4th. It seemed as though the Bears played very conservatively on offense, and this would eventually haunt them. Defensively, they never recovered from being burnt on their first blitz, so they never blitzed again and Manning picked them apart with short passes. The Bears should have blitzed more … they never touched Manning and he was free to do as he pleased. So what if you got burnt on the first one … does that mean you totally abandon the game plan??? I thought the Bears played “not to lose”, very conservatively, and this contributed greatly to the loss. It’s like they were waiting for the rain to help cause a Colts fumble deep in Colts territory, but it never happened.
Lastly, Rex Grossman lost his composure in the second half, which was certainly a fear of Bears fans going in. First there were the fumbled snaps in the 3rd quarter and the absolutely fatal INT in the fourth. On the INT, what exactly was that???? It’s second and one on about the 45 … a down where you go for a long-gainer … and he throws a half-hearted wounded duck right to the Colts defender. After the pump fake, wasn’t that supposed to be thrown about 20-30 more yards downfield to a streaking WR??? Talk about essentially giving the game away on one play … that was it. You just can’t make crap plays like that in a Super Bowl. Now the Bears need to wonder if they can go the distance with Rex. Maybe this was a learning experience for a young team who will come back smarter and more resolute next year. Or maybe they’ll just turn into the recent version of the Seattle Seahawks. Anyway, I’m disappointed as a Bears fan that we didn’t play more competitively … forget about not winning … but could we at least have mounted 250 yards of total offense and maybe 12 first downs???? Is that asking too much??? This wasn’t just Rex though … it was a total team loss. Coaching and strategy were very shakey, the defense and just plain tackling were quite subpar, and of course the offense did very little after the first quarter. But give credit to the Colts. They were the superior team by far on Sunday. They should challenge for the crown again next season. Way to go Peyton Manning!!!
Bears fans … get over it … we were lucky to be playing in the game Sunday … very lucky. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in a couple weeks …. and March Madness will be here before we know it. Have a great week.