Oct 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) warms up prior to the game with the Tennessee Titans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

If Jared Allen Wanted to Win a Super Bowl, Was Chicago Really the Best Place?

I’m about to make a whole lotta passionate Chicago Bears’ fans homicidal, but before I do I want to point out that’s not my intention.

Well, maybe.

No, seriously, it’s not.

As a Seahawks fan though, I’m a little offended by Jared Allen’s comments of late, suggesting that the “product on the field” in Chicago is the most important aspect of what they are offering him as a player. Not the money, not the atmosphere, not the coaching staff, but the “chance to win” and win big. The rest of it was mentioned as a total package but what gets me is he says in no uncertain terms that he believes the Bears are a Super Bowl caliber team.

Before I address that part of it, let me say that I know Seattle isn’t the end-all/be-all in the NFL. I realize that the Seahawks are just recently experiencing a wave of success that has never been seen around the great Northwest. I also understand that the Seahawks are not the only “Super Bowl-caliber” team in this league, in fact they are far from the only team who could win the whole thing next year or any given year.

That said, the class of the NFC is undeniably West of Chicago and that’s not a “delusional Seattle fan” talking anymore, it’s the facts. Heck, until the Bears prove that they can beat Green Bay (and they wouldn’t have come close had the Packers kept Aaron Rodgers healthy last season) I’m not sure they can be called “Super Bowl contenders.”

OK, so they did take a step in the right direction with the signings of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Dominic Hixon, among others. For Allen’s part, he definitely took a step forward from a Minnesota team who is in complex flux outside Adrian Peterson. Maybe they did take a decisive lead in the NFC North arms race, as Green Bay really has only made a splash this offseason with Julius Peppers. But championship contenders?

If you ask me, money played a bigger part in this whole ordeal and Chicago just happens to be in a decent position to compete in the NFC. He did say before free agency that money was going to be a huge determining factor after all, and $15.5 million guaranteed is pretty solid mullah.

Maybe if the Seahawks were serious contenders at their offer point (said to have come in just slightly lower than Chicago’s), the loss of Golden Tate (though it was the only way Seattle could even offer Allen in the first place), Chris Clemons, Walter Thurmond and a couple other pieces along with no other real splash signings made Allen a little wary that this might not be the dominant Seahawks team of this past season. Maybe he felt the Bears are taking their step up and the Seahawks are lagging behind the Niners at this time, which makes them vulnerable.

A valid criticism at this point, though nothing suggests they won’t be able to recover with the depth they have accrued. Also, an exciting draft pick or two would put this team right back where they were to end the season, on top. And if they had added Allen? My gosh, who knows just how scary the defense might have been?

But alas, we have moved on as fans and are looking forward to a highly productive May 8 – 10 in New York. Only time will tell, but I thought it interesting the comments that Allen made during his press conference. Of course, what else was he gonna say, “I just came here for the money… don’t really believe we’re Super Bowl contenders but I figured whatever it’s just a game anyway?”

Actually, that woulda been kinda funny!

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  • Cupa

    Bears were the number two team in scoring last year. Why would you think that fixing the defense wouldn’t make them serious contenders. You are just a Seahawk homer.

    • jesus christ

      oh yeah……….where were all those points against the eagles? and 6 of their other losses……….i might be a seattle fan but you dont need to be a fan of seattle to know 2 things that #1 seattle owns chicago and #2 the bears arent even playoff contenders let alone super bowl

      • Cupa

        And the best offense in the history of the league scored 8 points in the superbowl. Chicago’s scores in their losses. 32,18,41,19,21,20,11,28 That’s right. The Bears scored 41 points and lost. Bears defense will be improved this year and the team will surprise a lot of people.

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Haha I knew this post would come. Did they really “fix” the defense? The Bears “replaced” a lot of guys, but did they “fix” it? That’s what we’ll find out. To me Allen for Peppers is a wash, so they really need to add a couple key pieces in the Draft to move up in the world. They may have felt close last year, but for Rodgers injury they would have been 3 or 4 games out of the North

      • Cupa

        No, the defense isn’t there yet. Bears defense was riddled with injuries last year too. (Tillman, Melton, D.J. Williams) They signed Willie Young, Jared Allen and Lamar Houston for the total cost that it would have to keep Peppers for one more year. Obviously the Bears defense has a ways to go. Allen just helps them get a little closer. The offense is fine.

  • Pridenpoise

    As long as Cutler is the QB, the Bears will not win.

    • Cupa

      Far,far worse qb’s have won superbowls than Cutler. Also, the Bears were not the team that offered him the most money. The Raiders were.

      • Pridenpoise

        Yes, far worse QB’s on much much better teams.

      • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

        True, but I think we all know the Raiders aren’t in the Super Bowl hunt… LOL

  • JTGleason

    I never try to guess, or begrudge what goes on in another guy’s head. When it looked like Duke’s BKBL Coach K. was going to take a pro job for twice the millions, he backed out at the last minute. Explanation: You can’t get paid enough to replace Happy!

    Whether Jared Allen wants a ring, or thinks he can get a ring, or makes his choices disregarding anything about a ring, its his business. He chose to stay close to home for more money, and I can’t find anything wrong with that. Good Luck, and more power to ya’ Man. The Seahawks will move on just fine!

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      That it is. Simply some observations and things running through my head.

  • Chris

    We injured Rodgers and don’t even start the if they were healthy talk. The bears defense was destroyed by injuries and our offense kept us afloat to even have the win and in game with Green Bay, make no mistake if chicago is healthy we are a legit contender. Seattle thinks they have a defense we invented defense…

  • Chris

    And for the record, Seattle wouldn’t have even had the chance to win a Super Bowl had the bowman not been robbed of his fumble recovery…

    • HC28

      And you do realize that on the very next play the Seahawks fumbled the ball and the 49ers recovered it at their 15 yard line gaining 12 yards in the process?

    • Mechguy

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaahahahah,,,,,,,, Honestly I hate to denigrate anyone’s opinion because we all have our favorites but get serious man,,,Sherman did away with your chance at a score in that game and did it ,,”in your face”. I got a framed pic of the slap and interception. The 49′ers are a good football but they are second best in the NFC west.

  • Rich Riley

    This is why Steve Nash is a hero. Beat up, broken down, should retire. Nope. He wants that money and doesn’t mind saying it. Allen just won’t come clean. Great article!