Bears Show Promise

On my walk over to the game Saturday evening, I was proudly displaying my new Brandon Marshall jersey while my group decided for a quick stop into Kroll’s for a pre-game Vegas bomb. Everyone in the bar was decked out head to toe in Bears gear. It literally almost brought a tear to my eye. Not just because everyone in Chicago is bat-s**t crazy for the Bears, but because this could really be the year where our beloved Chicago team makes a serious splash in the pantheons of football greatness. Now I know every jackass out there with a computer always marks this year as “the year” (similar to Cubs reporting) but I truly believe the Bears possess the necessary tools to lift the Lombardi Trophy in early 2013.

Obviously, that statement should have a few asteriks next to it. The first would be questions surrounding our offensive line. The second would make note that Brian Urlacher is currently being McGyver’d together with duct tape and popsicle stick. The final would circle the injury wagon and, especially after the last game, would wonder if the Bears have the depth to pull off such a great task.

This weekend, again, I only stayed for the first half of the game. In the pre-season, if the $8.50 beers don’t get you, the mediocre play of the third team will. But while I was sitting up in the spaceship, it was very obvious that Mike Tice was taking my advice. He had obviously read my articles and, at least with the first team, used the pass to set up the run. JC6 was tossing gems out to everyone including Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and even Devin Hester (Hester made me eat some of my words on Saturday night). I saw the offensive line provide adequate coverage for our often-sacked QB. There were even a couple surges on the run-block which helped Bush practically walk into the end zone TWICE! What I particularly enjoyed was the defensive line making RG3’s night a living nightmare. The dude who made a living running around had a hard time even staying on his feet (PS – have you seen Izzy Idonije? Bro is a monster).

I mean, don’t get me wrong, the secondary still needs to learn how to stop the under-routes that constantly tear them apart and we need to hope left tackle play will be up to par with NFL standards but the bottom line is the Bears looked good on Saturday night. I am trying not to put a lot of eggs into this pre-season basket but the Bears’ first team showed what they could do on Saturday night. Let’s hope that level of play continues throughout the season.

Like the Silverfox? Follow him on Twitter @ silverfoxplease … his in game tweets are profanity laced and alcohol fueled!

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