Bears Weekend at Wembley, another step in the right direction.
Back from London with the jet lag finally wearing off. Sometimes a far-away trip across the world can be therapeutic. And after the Bears “Beat, play, Lovie” weekend at Wembley it seems they got their groove back after losing their Mojo in Motown.
Three things I learned from the trek across the Pond. You can’t get a regular coffee there. It’s called an “Americano”. You’re taking your life into your hands if you get into a cab. And the wrath of Lovie Smith scares me.
It’s tough to dispute what Smith said after the Bears bout with the Buccaneers near Big Ben:
“We feel like our arrow is pointed in the right direction. I think our best ball is ahead of us.”
The Bears have found an offensive rhythm and with Jay Cutler’s top target Earl Bennett coming back along with right tackle Gabe Carimi things could get even better for that unit. The Bears defense is the Bears’ defense again and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is starting to show injury-prone tendencies.
Should the Bears get a win against Philly next Monday night and then follow it up with one against the Lions the next week at Soldier Field, the wild-card would seem like a lock for the once spiraling Monsters of the Midway.
That’s why the release of veteran safety Chris Harris this week was such a surprise. True, third-round pick Chris Conte showed his potential and upside Sunday stripping the ball away from Mike Williams at the goal line for an interception. But Brandon Meriweather and Major Wright are more pure free safeties. And Harris while he may not be as fast could have been at the very least a solid back up to the young Conte and a mentor for him. The man is after all a former pro-bowler.
Harris says he wasn’t given a good explanation as to why he was released but many suspect it was the way he spoke about it the first time he was benched when he rolled his eyes and says “nothing surprises me anymore about this place.”
Lovie Smith seems very intent on keeping things in-house and Harris seemed to violate that code of silence with our post-practice interview with him that day.
But I’m not going to go out and criticize Smith for his hasty move because it appears he keeps tabs on his critics. And right now, while I will miss Harris for his spirit, personality and the fact that he was always available to us the media, I can’t say Lovie hasn’t been proving the critics wrong so far.
So I’ll just keep my mouth shut and say, good luck Chris. I for one will miss what you brought to the locker room. I can only hope the decision to let you go won’t come back to bite the Bears in the proverbial bottom.