Arrests don't bother players
After watching Chicago's absurdly unimpressive overtime win over the Bucs, I look at the Bears and wonder how Lovie Smith has kept this pack together, like I wonder how Marvin Lewis has kept the Bengals together. The Bears have had lots of player problems this year, which to an outsider could blow up a team. And yet, days after all the bizarre news regarding Tank Johnson, Bears leader Brian Urlacher addressed the media by saying, "We don't have any distractions except from you guys." Exactly. See, what keeps the Bears together is that no one from the offense called out the defense against the Bucs, and no one from the defense called out the offense during the previous month. That could fracture a team. That could impact the energy they put into winning. That could impact the basic faith teammates require in each other. That could call for a players-only meeting, and that would be a distraction.
Arrests matter in life, and what it takes to live a quote-unquote successful life doesn't always assist in winning football games. News of an arrest simply means that the coaches will need to find another player to insert into the scheme and meanwhile say little publicly until a decision is made on the player's future. Inside the Bears' locker room, it's probably a bigger concern that Smith had such little faith in his offense that he elected to run out the clock with 77 seconds left instead of empowering his young quarterback with the chance to rally his team to a regulation win.
I'm not saying it's right. It's just the way it is.
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