Despite a victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, it still wasn’t enough to get the Chicago Bears into the playoffs.
Chicago also needed Green Bay to beat Minnesota, but that didn’t happen. The Vikings won the wildcard and advance to the playoffs.
The Bears finish the regular season at 10 and 6. Chicago has missed the playoffs five times in the last six seasons.
Now, speculation begins over the future of head coach Lovie Smith who has just one year left on his contract. Smith has an 81 and 63 regular season record over nine seasons with the Bears.
Fans at The White Palace Grill in the South Loop say there is plenty of blame to go around.
“I don’t think Jay Cutler is the right quarterback for the Chicago Bears,” said one diner. Another chimed in about Smith, “as a person, he’s fantastic. I think he put together a great staff, but in the business you have to produce.”