Good way to start off the (pre) season with a win on our home turf. There is a lot to discuss about tonight's victory, and we shall discuss what we truly liked and disliked from the game. Follow me after the jump and let the fun to begin!
First on a more serious note let us all hope Zachery Bowman makes a speedy recovery. Word is it was a head injury albeit I'm not sure how serious it was. Anyone with a good source; feel free to give us an update on the situation.
Now for the nitty gritty. Quite a few positives tonight to balance out the negatives.
The Good: Marion Barber and DTs
Marion Barber really looked great tonight as a tough nosed RB behind decent run-blocking. He definitely broke through tackles and was a force to be reckoned with. To be quite honest he is the most physical RB I've seen in quite some time. And to top it off he really outplayed Chester Taylor. Speaking of which...
The Bad: Chester Taylor
Did not impress me at all, looked rather bad compared to Marion Barber. Expect Barber to be bumped up the depth chart next week. But he definitely wasn't as bad as the obvious "ugly" for the night
The Ugly: Pass Protection (!!!!)
9 sacks tonight, with 3 surrendered by the 1st team. Thankfully we took Jay Cutler out before he got hurt again. Where the run blocking was adequate, the pass protection was anything but that. Long road ahead for Tice to evaluate. At least we have 3 more games to figure out the situation, with moves possibly in the fold.
Overall, a rather boring but solid debut for the Bears. A win is a win, and there is quite a few things to be optimistic about. Sound off Bears Fans!
An honorable mention goes to Chris Spencer as he performed rather well in his debut with the Bears. I think he should be receiving 1st team reps this week, perhaps with Edwin Williams as well with EW playing at RG.