Former Coltsp resident and general manager Bill Polian delivers his speech during an induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Canton, Ohio.
The best news for the Bears on Sunday happened somewhere other than their game in Detroit and it might not turn out to be much more than a rumor.
But hey, it has to be more worthwhile than waiting for the Bears to commit another penalty.
And so, the story goes that legendary executive Bill Polian would consider returning to an NFL front office under the right circumstances, according to a CBSSports.com report, and the Bears are expected to get into the bidding.
Yes, Polian has been out of the day-to-day business of winning football games for a while, but then, so have the Bears.
When Polian was active, he put together Buffalo’s four straight Super Bowl teams in the early 1990s and then the Colts’ Super Bowl champion that beat the Bears in 2006.
In between, Polian put together the Carolina expansion team that nearly went to the Super Bowl in its second year of existence.
Even at 74 and five years removed as Colts GM, Polian still brings more gravitas and institutional knowledge of the league than any random McCaskey or Ted Phillips.
The Bears had a chance to hire Polian years ago, but it never happened.
Perhaps it was a random McCaskey’s unwillingness to cede power. Perhaps it was cash. That’s always a favorite. Perhaps it was something else equally lame.
But whatever the reasons, those reasons have to go away. Polian would be the football boss with the right to fire anyone. None of this cockamamie stuff about being forced to keep a coach or being forced to keep a GM. I couldn’t imagine Polian taking the job any other way.
And another thing: This wouldn’t some kid GM. Let’s see John Fox try to co-opt Polian’s power.
Yeah, I know, it’s just a rumor, but hey, Bears rumors are far more interesting than Bears football.
So, basically, Cre’Von LeBlanc’s pick-six only gave Matthew Stafford the chance to direct yet another game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Matt Barkley’s TD pass to Cam Meredith down the right sideline was brilliant. In stride. Led the receiver to the end zone. Gave him a chance to beat the best cornerback on the opponent. Why can’t Barkley do that before halftime?
On their opening drive, the Bears drove to the Lions 10, then Ted Larsen false-started, and before the next snap, the Bears were flagged for delay of game. Bearsness is mobile.
The game ended with Leno Jr. and Larsen costing the Bears 70 yards with holding penalties on huge completions that twice would’ve left the Bears inside the Lions 20 in the last 90 seconds of a three-point game. Bearsness is not just mobile, it’s indefatigable.
But hey, at least the Bears get a red zone participation ribbon.
If you hadn’t seen CBS’ graphic, would you have guessed that Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter went to Tennessee?
How bad is the NFC North if the Lions offense is the best part of the division leader and that unit is penalty-prone?
Speaking of penalty-prone, it will be easier to list the Bears cornerbacks who didn’t commit pass interference.
I can’t figure out if Bryce Callahan is making a lot of plays because he’s good and getting better or that it just looks that way because he’s in a fallow Bears secondary.
Oops, no, wait, Callahan PI. Never mind.
The Bears were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. Of course, they were realistically eliminated in September.