Chicago Bears call loss to 49ers 'a wakeup call'

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Published: Nov. 20, 2012 at 09:42 a.m.
  • Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 at 09:47 a.m.

The Chicago Bears can spin Monday night's 32-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers any way they'd like, but maybe the best approach is an honest one.
One Bears player called the game "a wakeup call," and another told John Mullin of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, "That's a different team than I've been watching."
Asked which team he meant, his answer was quick: "Both."
The Bears went into battle minus their starting quarterback, but so did the 49ers. How both coaching staffs chose to deal with that challenge speaks volumes about these two organizations.
Colin Kaepernick, just a week ago, was viewed by many as the 49ers backup who glittered in the Wildcat, but lacked presence in the pocket. Not on Monday night. One Bears player said he expected Kaepernick to "throw a couple to us." Instead, the second-year passer rifled the ball over the Bears, around the Bears and right through the Bears.
Kaepernick is obviously well-coached on a 49ers team that's as smart as it is physical. San Francisco confounded Chicago's previously frightening defense with an array of fronts and formations that left the Bears sucking wind.
For the Bears, it's uncertain Cutler's presence would have changed a thing. Chicago's problems along the offensive line are a carbon copy of what Bears fans -- and the team's quarterbacks -- have suffered through for years. This is a Lovie Smith product that cannot be taken seriously in the Super Bowl discussion unless something changes fast in the Windy City.