Here we go, we're 1- 0 would've been an ideal way to start the season, but I can't say that I'm surprised our Bears started the season at 0-1. It was a tough opponent, in a hostile environment. And the Bears just didn't get the job done. There was some good, some bad and some fugly...
D-line was down right nasty... Wale Ogun played one of the best games of his career. Ogunleye used an excellent combination of speed and power moves to dominate whatever blockers were assigned to him. Mark Anderson looked (shockingly) solid. I didn't notice him out of position once and he trailed plays with aggression. The DTs controlled there gaps to near perfection on run and pass plays. I gotta give some love to Rush Rod (Marinelli), to this point he's as good as advertised... and loved, loved, loved the chemistry between he and his Rush Men on the sideline.
I liked what I saw out of the safeties. Sure they weren't perfect, but seldom do you ever see a perfect game out of anyone. AA was defending the run and the pass with athleticism and attitude. And AA's football intelligence should only grow. Payne was wrapping up on his tackles with more consistency than I've seen from him in the past. Last but certainly not least was D. Manning. Was he making plays or what!!! ... never have I seen him show such a great combination of attitude and football IQ... I really thought he played great.
Big O plays are alive in Chicago! Last year the Bears were tied for 2nd to last in the league with one pass of 30 yds or more from scrimmage completed. The Bears had two last night courtesy of Knox, Hester and Cutler's arm. This, sadly.... is my only bright spot for the offense, but at least it's something to build on.
The WR's decided to stop running, right when Cutler through the ball their way. Inexperience, nerves and possible poor preparation could all be blamed for that. This must be fixed soon if the Bears are serious about making the playoffs. Way to go, we cut Rideau!
O-line was turrible just turrible... they couldn't beat the Packers to the point of attack. They looked big (but not strong) and slow. I was actually relieved when Frank Omiyale got hurt just so that someone may get in there and do the job... but it just wasn't Omiyale, it was the entire line. I really hope this was just a case of lack of experience with each other. I'm optimistic they can gel.
Cutler was not good, but he did look better when those around him did their job... I'm just gonna leave it at that.
Vasher was awful, but that came as no surprise... I'm just gonna leave it at that, as well. A healthy Tillman and Bowman solve that problem.
The Packers obviously game planned for shutting down Forte and Olsen... the bad part is, Forte and Olsen are the Bears plan A. If Ron Turner and his players can't execute a plan B... we're in trouble.
Injuries - Brian Urlacher (according to reports) is out for the year. This is potentially devastating to a defense that was looking for a return to dominance. It can be very cliche to say, he can't be replaced . Unfortunately in this case, it's no cliche, he can't. That being said, it doesn't mean this D cannot be successful this year. The silver lining of this grey, is the Bears depth at LB. Nick Roach filled in nicely and Jamar Williams has been the coaches darling for years... good thing, because the near future doesn't look good for PT (Pisa Tinoisamoa). The Bears newly acquired SAM LB looks to be out a few weeks with a sprained PCL. Desmond Clark also went down, but it didn't look too serious... with depth of Gaines and K. Davis at TE, the Clark injury is a non- issue for me.
All of the above Bad and Ugly can be fixed through practice, sheer will and determination. The exception to that being the loss of Urlacher and Tinoisamoa in the same game... I think we have to look at free-agency to respectably fill the voids left by them.
Do you agree that most of the Bears problems can be fixed?
Do you agree that we should look to free agents for filling the needs at LB? Or maybe WR?