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  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson moves up the field against the Bears' James Anderson on Sunday. The Bears defense couldn't stop the Packers when the game was on the line.

      Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson moves up the field against the Bears' James Anderson on Sunday. The Bears defense couldn't stop the Packers when the game was on the line.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
By Mike North
The Rebel Inside

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm officially done talking or debating the Josh McCown/ Jay Cutler quarterback situation for the Chicago Bears.

Cutler did enough for the Bears to win Sunday, and star running back Matt Forte was sensational.

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But with 6 minutes-plus left on the clock and Aaron Rodgers getting the ball again I tweeted, "Am I the only one who is thinking uh-oh?"

The Green Bay Packers won the game because the Bears can't play defense. Yeah -- the Bears are bad!

Bad like the old San Diego Chargers with Dan Fouts -- you remember those teams would win or lose most of the time to the scores of 48-37 or 62-58. They would make the playoffs, but Fouts never played in the Super Bowl.

Whoever is quarterbacking this team will have to put up a ton of points and pray the Bears score last.

I would imagine most Bears fans will agree the team's draft choices should not feature one offensive player. I plan on getting familiar with the defense stalwarts that may become available. I'm thinking we need a couple of safeties, a couple of defensive lineman and a linebacker to start.

Safety Chris Conte tried but couldn't get it done. He let one go through his hands, and then the last throw from Rogers burned him for a touchdown. So I'm thinking all defense during the off-season.

What the Bears do at quarterback, that's their business. Oh, I have an opinion, but right now is not the time because Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr and Joe Montana couldn't have won titles without defenses.

The passing of friends:

I lost a dear friend, a true Chicagoan, a loyal sports fan and a great family man named Phil Dunne this past week.

He walked into our hot dog stand when he was 12 years old. He was a great kid, who hung out playing video games at our place, and even though I was 14 years older than him we became close friends for the next 34 years. We played racquetball two days a week and every Saturday morning we had breakfast at Mac's diner in Park Ridge.

During the holidays he had some time off, so last Thursday we played racquetball in the morning. We said our goodbyes and his last words to me were, "I'll see you Saturday morning." He died that night in his home of a heart attack. He was 46. I still can't believe it. He leaves behind his wife, Tara, and three great kids, Mairead, Brendan and Keeley.

We were teammates, friends, partners -- we ran together and trusted each other completely. The void I feel is deep. I lost my guy.

• My sincere condolences to my pal of 50 years, Bob Kato, who lost his lovely wife Erin. She was an absolutely wonderful person.

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