It's a good thing this post isn't 100% Chicago Bears related. I think we all can use the distraction of the other NFL games to get our mind off the dung heap worthy performance last night by Lovie Smith's team. That was a complete and total failure on every level. I can't remember the last time I saw a Bears team so unprepared and lethargic.
For a Grade A Rant on the Bears game, be sure to check out Steven's Notes, Scribbles, And Things Jotted Down (Bears fans are pissed off edition).
It was a great game plan by the 49ers and a spectacular performance by Colin Kaepernick and Aldon Smith. If you're Jim Harbaugh, how do you not start Kaepernick next week? Alex Smith has been a solid QB the last couple years, but Kaepernick has "It". I was shocked with the ease that he shredded the Chicago defense. I was equally as shocked at the inability by Chicago to help out their offensive tackles. At some point you have to try and slow down Aldon Smith.
The good news is, the NFL is truly a week to week league. The bad news is, the Bears don't seem to be able to cure what ails them. I'm already feeling ill rehashing the Monday Nighter (and I haven't even begun to delve into my Sackwatch post), so let's move on to some other NFL Thoughts...
1) I think the NFL should make it mandatory that any player with a concussion has to sit out the next game. There is far to much grey area when dealing with concussions. Even a player that can pass the baseline tests may not be fully healed. When dealing with the brain, it's better to err on the side of caution.
2) On further review, I think I like the Pittsburgh Steelers throwback uniforms. My wife however, doesn't know how any players wearing such a hideous uniform can try and act tough while on the field in those bee stripes.
3) On the Byron Leftwich touchdown run, his body momentarily forgot he was slow, but then remembered just as he crossed the goal line and broke down. And who else didn't realize that Charlie Batch was still in the NFL?
4) I have no issue with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick leaving his starting tight end in the game for the extra point. Rob Gronkowski breaking his forearm is a freak thing. I also loved Belichick's explanation on why he leaves his players in the game, even during blow outs.
"I think you have to be careful when you are trying to run a team to go up to one guy and say, 'Michael, we're going to leave you in the game because we don't really care about you, but Glenn, we're going to take you out because you're really important.' I don't think that's really a good way to approach a team. I've never done that. I don't think that would be a very successful approach to it."
5) That was about as crazy an ending to an NFL game that I can recall, in the Jacksonville vs. Houston overtime shootout. Houston appears to win it in the waning seconds, only to have a penalty wipe out the made FG. They retry it 5 yards longer and the missed FG sends the game into overtime, only to see 3 separate scores in the OT period. And Houston's Matt Schaub made up for his lackluster stat line against the Bears last week by dropping 527 yards and 5 passing TDs on the Jags.
6) And speaking of the Jags, I'll bet their fans are excited to see #1 draft pick Justin Blackmon finally go off. In his first 9 games as a pro he put up 250 yards receiving. In his week 11 game he went for 236, and is now the leading rookie wide out in the receiving yards category.
7) The Kansas City Chiefs are a horrible franchise.
9) The New York Jets are like a zombie that won't die.
10) I agree with the one game suspension to Baltimore safety Ed Reed. There is no place in football for helmet to helmet hits. Not only is it a danger to the guy getting blasted, but the hitter runs the risk of concussing himself. The culture of the "Big Hit" has to change. (The suspension was lifted and Reed received only a fine)