Step back off the ledge

September 27th, 2008 - 1:25 pm

It must have been a slow day at the Chicago Tribune, because David Haugh’s column about the ramifications of this week’s Bears-Eagles game was a little extreme.

In his column, Haugh writes:

Unless the Bears find a way to beat the Eagles, winning the next two Sundays on the road at Detroit and Atlanta would have an impact on little more than their NFL draft order next April.

David, step back off the ledge, my friend.

Haugh seems to be forgetting the lessons we learned in 2005, of which I wrote about not too long ago. In that season, the Bears blew a fourth quarter lead — much like they did twice this season — to the Cleveland Browns and then they dropped to 1-3. The Bears then went on to reel off 8 straight wins to surge to the top of the NFC.

I’m not saying history will repeat itself, but, unlike Haugh, I’m not going to jump off the ledge and call it a season. And I certainly am not the type of guy who worries about draft position in September. A lot can happen in 12 weeks.

His column wasn’t all bad, though. He did make valid points that losses to the Panthers, Buccaneers, and Eagles mean that the Bears will lose tiebreakers to those three teams. But again, why are we already assuming the worse case scenario? Why is it farfetched to believe that in 12 weeks the Bears can’t surpass those three teams and not even worry about tiebreakers?

If Haugh’s intention was to unite the locker room and bring teammates together, then mission accomplished. The Bears like to play the “us-against-the-world” card, anyway, and they feed off of negative press. If the Bears go out with an extra large chip on their shoulder because of dribble like this, then job well done.

But I, for one, will not throw the towel in on a fledgling season when so much can happen between now and the end of December.

But, then again, I’m not trying to sell newspapers, am I?