Colin Cowherd’s slam of the Chicago Bears sounds more personal than objective

Chicago Bears, Justin Fields (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears, Justin Fields (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

Mike Martz made flabbergasting comments about the Chicago Bears, and Fox Sports analyst Colin Cowherd joined in to take more shots at the team. When Martz spoke out about the lack of offensive personnel for the Chicago Bears, it drew heavy skepticism, but not from Cowherd.

The Fox Sports 1 analyst coincided with Martz (the former Bears offensive coordinator) and his overly negative assumption about the lack of talent surrounding Bears quarterback Justin Fields. This is after Martz said the Bears’ offense was comparable to the 2008 Lions, who went 0-16.

Cowherd then took another shot at the organization by bringing up the Roquan Smith situation and further divulging how the Bears conduct business.

"“Chicago is going to be bad. And this is a promising year in a week division, and this is why I said a week ago two weeks ago, you got to trade Roquan Smith. Nobody needs linebackers to win anymore. Bears can’t get the 0-Line right. They have one legitimate receiver. Mooney. That’s it. I have real concerns about Zach Wilson, the Jets quarterback, and Justin fields, the Bears quarterback. The difference is they’ve (Jets) done it right. In the last two drafts for young Zach Wilson, they’ve gotten him Garrett Wilson, who may have been the best receiver in college. Breece Hall, who I think is going to be a really good running back. Alijah Vera-Tucker, a Pro Bowl level offensive lineman eventually, in my opinion, Elijah Moore, another wide receiver and Michael Carter, a running back in the fourth round who was a bit of a steal. They’re doing it the right way. Offensive pieces, running backs, offensive linemen, and om back to back drafts. They’re doing it the right way. The Bears are holding on to Roquan Smith. So you’re asking a young quarterback with an unproven defensive coach and one legitimate receiver in a division that’s got, you know, a top five organization Green Bay and a super talented offensive team Minnesota that’s going to score a bunch of points with a new offensive coach? I feel like the Bears operate like it’s a 1958 franchise. They are a black and white TV in a digital world just do not feel like they’re connected. They’re slow to pivot, they can’t figure out the salary cap. The Rams manipulate the salary cap. The salary cap, manipulates the Bears. Give up Roquan Smith and get Justin fields help."

The Jets is the comparison, and that’s the standard? Also, do the Bears not have a plan for what they want to accomplish? General manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus just got there, and they, too, have experienced negativity from day one without even having the opportunity to take a swing at their jobs. Judging from this quote alone, you would think that is the case. As you listen closely, this particular take almost comes across as a personal vendetta, not an objective analysis.

This is not the first time that Cowherd has taken a shot at the Bears organization. But given what has happened this offseason, it looks like, from a distance, that the Bears are being targeted with more prognostications of doom than other teams.

See the preseason broadcast between the Bears and the Seahawks. ESPN commentators Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky spent most of the time finding justifications for the Seahawks’ mistakes while heaping negativity on the Bears, despite Chicago performing better than Seattle.

Colin Cowherd joins the bandwagon of heaping doom and gloom on the Chicago Bears.

Given what the Chicago Bears currently have on their roster, it’s not unrealistic to say that they will not be a good football team. However, many like Colin Cowherd have taken shot after shot at this team, and frankly, it’s reaching a point where it seems more like a routine rather than fair criticism.

It’s ok to criticize the lack of receivers, it’s ok to question the scheme, but questioning every aspect of the team and saying it’s as bad as the 2008 Lions? That’s not good. Furthermore, taking shots at the organization on a repeated basis and repeating the same material over and over again? At some point, a response will be delivered, regardless of whether it’s expected to be taken.

Colin Cowherd is known to deliver “shock jock” material, but the barraging constant negativity of Bears at leisure makes it seem more personal than objective. It’s similar to how Stephen A. Smith mocks Cowboys fans or how FS1’s Rob Parker takes cheap shots at Tom Brady (inappropriately, to be accurate).

The Bears aren’t going to be good this year, but they won’t be the worst as many have claimed, including ESPN’s Dianna Russini. It’s easy to kick someone when they are down, but don’t be shocked or offended if the other person responds or fires back. If you dish it, you’ve got to take it when the tables turn.