We learned a lot about the Bears today. Since I don't want to rehash the same obvious remarks others are blogging about, I'll try to point out a few unique, subtle things I noticed during today's game against the Cowboys:
1.) There is good reason that the Bears kept Earl Bennet on the 53-man roster despite missing so much practice and preseason with a hamstring injury. The guy continues to prove that his Vanderbilt connection with Cutler is legit. He didn't make the flashy plays a la Hester/Knox, but that wasn't his forte last year either. He's scrappy (as evidenced by his inching/clawing/diving towards the first down marker after one particular catch). But his best play of the night came during the Greg Olsen touchdown. He held a fantastic block on his guy AND clipped the defender chasing Olsen just enough to ensure an easy entry into the endzone. He's a blocking machine.
2.) Brian Iwuh is the ish. Some of us were upset to see Tim Shaw not make the 53-man roster this year. Brian Iwuh beat him out by impressing coahes more than Shaw at the linebacking position. But we all know that, as reserves, their true worth would be measured in special teams success. Last year, Tim Shaw was a STUD with capital "S", so some were upset to see Iwuh get the spot over Shaw. As today's game showed us, Iwuh is relentless in special teams coverage. Maybe the coaches are more capable than we give them credit for.
3.) Our offensive staff knows how to make adjustments. Ok, so this one isn't a totally unique take because everyone is talking about how Tice was able to make the necessary adjustments on the O-line to survive the loss of Chris Williams. But we haven't seen offensive playcalling that makes such profound adjustments in... I don't know how long! Watching Mike Martz work his magic makes me wonder even more why Ron Turner called some of the plays that he did.
Let's hope to see more unique and subtle positive developments by the Bears next week. Bear Down!