This weekend’s game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions is direly important for the Bears –who only make the playoffs if they win and the Minnesota Vikings fall at home to the Green Bay Packers. Sure, it feels strange for the legions of Bears fans to be rooting hard for the Packers, but what’s even stranger is listening to the Bears and Lions going back and forth in a battle of the “Who-Even-Cares?” As I hang my head in shame, rest assured, it’s all the Bears fault. And as a fan, it infuriates me.
Let’s recap. First, Bears’ defensive tackle Henry Melton called the Lions a “dirty” team (If you’re going to insult someone, at least make it interesting –this is about the 63rd time the Lions have been called “dirty”). Before the Lions could even respond, Bears’ safety Major Wright passively mentioned that Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford “folds under pressure.” Lions’ center Dominic Raiola then responded by calling Henry Melton a “clown.”
Ouch. I’m sure these players are crying in their respective beds from the caliber of those insults.
Lack of creative insult aside, I would like to quote the “Crazy Texan” from The Simpsons: “What in the name of high school football” are these Bears’ players doing? Despite all the Bears’ inconsistencies over the years, one thing I could always hang my hat on is their ability as a collective to keep their mouths shut. First, I guess Henry Melton let the pro-bowl nod get to his head. The reality is that he is a still-developing defensive tackle and has a long way to go to be considered elite. And why would you waste speaking insults and use one as boring and overused as calling the Lions “dirty.” It would be like coming out and saying the Chicago Cubs choke in September.
Melton’s comments are dumb. Major Wright’s are really dumb. Sure, there is some factual truth to his comments about Stafford “folding under pressure,” but has Wright even taken the time to look over at his quarterback? Not to say he won’t ever beat it, but at this point, I don’t think there is a quarterback who has folded more under pressure than Jay Cutler. Add in the fact that Stafford has about 2,000 more passing yards than Cutler, the comment looks a little dumber still. As a fan of these players, I expected better.
Never mind that it’s a terrible idea to get opponents more fired on a week when you have to win to continue on. As far as folding under pressure, I think starting 7-1 and failing to make the playoffs would qualify.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed the NFL throughout.
Henry Melton Calls Detroit ‘Dirty’
Dominic Railoa Responds