Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott went on the air and hilariously denied the Chicago Bears’ odds to win the NFC North.
The Chicago Bears have had a long lineage of elite linebackers. Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher and now Khalil Mack headline the best of the best. Even aside from these guys, Chicago has seen many more great backers, including current players like Danny Trevathan and budding rookie Roquan Smith.
One former NFL linebacker doesn’t necessarily fit that “elite” status, nor is he a legend, but Bart Scott truly gave Bears fans something to laugh about on Saturday. If not an elite linebacker, at least Scott could settle for a comedian.
Scott went on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Saturday and had some strong opinions regarding the NFC North. Hilariously, he picked the Packers to finish on top.
One particular line stood out to me. Just one. After that one line, I nearly had to stop listening because the argument became so ridiculous.
"“The defense is opportunistic.”"
Opportunistic? The Packers defense?
I’m curious how in the world Scott thinks this Packers defense is opportunistic. Let me break it down for him.
The Packers are currently 24th in the NFL with just six interceptions. The Bears are first with 20, while returning five of them for touchdowns. No other team in all of football has more than two returned for scores.
The Packers are 23rd in the NFL with just six forced fumbles (six recovered). The Bears are first with 16 forced and have recovered nine, while returning one for a touchdown.
The Packers are 26th in the NFL with 43 passes defended. The Bears are first with 74.
The Bears are third in scoring defense, while the Packers are 16th.
I think you get the picture.
First of all, the Packers’ defense is not an opportunistic bunch. They traded away one of their top playmakers just a few weeks ago in safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix. The one thing they have going for them is their ability to sack the quarterback — literally, the one thing they are doing right.
Absolutely not. The Packers cannot take the ball away.
Aside from their defense, the Packers’ offense still continues to rely on Aaron Rodgers. Head coach Mike McCarthy refuses to adapt to this new-age NFL. His offense is stagnant, vanilla and hasn’t changed much over the years.
Meanwhile, the Bears are under a young, up-and-coming head coach like Matt Nagy who has instilled a brand new swagger within not only the offense, but the entire team. The Bears are playing confident football on both sides of the football.
I could go on and on, but Scott’s comments are absolutely hysterical. They are flat-out ludicrous. Mark my words: the Packers will not win this division. It ain’t happening.