Gale Sayers takes aim at Bears

One distinguished former member of the Chicago Bears has not been impressed how things have gone of late.

The Bears have failed to reach the playoffs in the three years since their loss in Super Bowl XLI, and Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers did not hold back in his criticism of the team while making an appearance in his hometown of Omaha, Neb.

"(Jay) Cutler hasn't done the job," Sayers said. "(Brian) Urlacher, I don't know how good he's going to be coming back. He's 33 years old. They need a couple wide receivers, a couple defensive backs. They haven't done a good job.

"If Lovie (Smith) doesn't do it this year, I think he's gone. He had a good team the Super Bowl year. Nothing came together for him the last couple years."

Actually, Urlacher turns 32 later this month, but Sayers was pretty much on the money with the rest of his commentary. It’s unknown what kind of impact the former defensive player of the year will have after missing the final 15 games last season.

The heat is on Smith to produce this season, especially after the Bears shelled out more than $55 million guaranteed in a free-agent shopping spree like the organization has never before seen. Sayers pledges that he will be watching, hopeful for a turnaround.

"I go to every game I can," he said. "Yes, I do live and die with them."

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