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February 5, 2007

Congratulations to Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts. You came out, fought through Devin Hester's run back, Thomas Jones' big run and Peyton's initial interception. You fought the weather and pulled out a game plan that the Bears couldn't adjust to. The vaunted Bears defense was either being dinked and dunked down the field and/or being slashed by Joseph Addai and Dominick Rhodes time and time again. Even you defense stepped up, all but shutting down the Bears offense until it came time to play prevent, and even then, the Bears couldn't really move it against you. Well done, well done indeed. And, coach Lovie Smith, even though you lost, you're still a class act. I hope you go to another team soon, because dammit, if you keep coaching the Bears, it's going to be harder and harder to hate them.

Have heart, though, Bears fans. Even though Indianapolis dominated the time of possession, picked apart your defense, and made you look pretty bad overall (take away Hester's and Jones' runs, and you would have scored 3 points), you still have a quality team. You're only missing one piece. Fortunately for you, Indy's dominance of the time of possession meant that Sexy Rexy wasn't on the field long enough to embarass you TOO much (though one could argue that two interceptions and a fumble and a whole night's worth of poorly thrown passes saved only by Mushin Muhammed's ability to adjust when running his routes was pretty bad). Putting in someone to run the offense (note, Brian Griese is NOT the answer) who is consistent enough that you're not totally being second-guessed would help matters greatly.

You'd just better do it through free agency because Brady Quinn's not going to be available.

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