CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Um, so that happened. I didn't see the Bears winning this game, but at the same time I didn't think they would get their doors blown off like that. For people who are fans of my Tuesday grades and review post, I'm doing things a little differently this week because the overall performance of the line was horrible. It didn't have anything to do with effort, because the effort was there. I said last week that this will be the Bears toughest test of the season, and this past Sunday it sure seemed that way.
My concerns about the match-up were that the DL's lack of pressure in the interior would be exposed against an elite OL and QB, and it did get exposed. The strength of the Patriots OL is their interior, and if the Bears DTs could have been disruptive it would have made the DE's jobs easier. Some fans claim that the Bears didn't show up, abut that wasn't case. The Bears effort was there, it's just that the Pats showed the Bears, and football fans, that the Bears are not in their league just yet. They also showed that the Bears need to get some more production from both DT positions or it's going to be one and done in the playoffs.
As far as QB Jay Cutler is concerned, I hope when he was on the sidelines watching Tom Brady move up and down the field on a very tough defense that he was taking notes. If you want to be in that elite level with the Bradys, Mannings, and Breeses you have to put in the time. Those guys didn't just only rely on their talent; they put time in the film room and with their receivers. Their success is not only because of their talent, but because they have become students of the game. It's time for Cutler to wake up and become a student of the game. He has a golden opportunity to put himself in that group by having a stellar performance in the playoffs all the way to the Super Bowl.