So the Bears dropped their first pre-season game 31-3 to the Manning-led Broncos. Fortunate enough to be at the game, there were some things I noticed (mostly negative) but will have to go back and check the DVR for a more in depth look at how the personnel fared. Really, it was just a case of too many beers and too many hot chicks rocking little Forte jerseys for me to fully concentrate on the task at hand.
Now let’s take a look at a few facts here: 1) Jay Cutler was not in the game. 2) Brian Urlacher is missing a knee and did not play. 3) J’Marcus Webb & Co. played for the entire first half. 4) The Bears secondary was picked apart
JC6 was not in the game. That is fine. Bro just had a kid. Those things need to be fed and burped and all that other noise. What I don’t understand is why Jason Campbell only had 5 passing attempts the entire game? This is the Bears #1 backup and is a QB who could be a starter on a handful of NFL teams. Given the Caleb Hanie debacle that was 2011, I am surprised Tice and Lovie did not let him run the offense for the entire first half.
The Brian Urlacher knee issue has officially reached DEFCON 2. I’m not ready to go full “Cocked Pistol” yet but I think all Bears fans know what is going on here. Personal days? Child please. Phil Emery might as well just come out and say that Urlacher is out seeing a knee specialist to see if a scope needs to be performed. Even though we were missing the defensive stallworth, Nick Roach did fine in the middle and Geno Hayes stepped it up on the strong side.
The offensive line….jesus christ. This group played the entire first half and I did not see a single flash of glory out of them. Granted, this is their first game of the season but when you are going against a team’s second side, you should be tossing some bitches around that field. I am hoping Tice lights a fire under each and every one of these guys. At one point, I looked up at the scoreboard and the Bears had managed a whopping 18 yards from scrimmage…and there was about 4 minutes left in the first half at that point.
The Bronco’s receivers were running all the post patterns they wanted to on the Bears. Seriously, with the cushion the secondary was offering, I am pretty sure my sister could’ve hauled in 3 grabs for 43 yards. The Bears need to stop worrying so much about the deep ball and focus on shutting down middle of the field. Playing so deep allows teams to sustain drives, build momentum, kick field goals and win the field position game. Tighter coverage Lovie! Don’t make me say it again.
Overall, I am not taking all that much out of this game. Denver basically said their 3rd side was better than our 3rd side. All that matters is September 9th against the Colts. That is when these guys need to turn it on.
A couple of quick notes:
- It was nice seeing Wright and McClellin making me eat my words. Shea had a solid chase down sack but overall performed poorly against the run. Wright had a momentum killing pick in the 1st quarter but came out of the game with an injury.
- When Caleb Hanie came in, the entire stadium booed him for a solid quarter. It was absolutely hilarious. That season killing bastard deserved it.
- Alshon Jeffery had a solid night catching balls from Josh McCown. Watch this guy break on to the scene in a big way in 2012.