Random Reactions on the Chicago Bears
Rapid Reactions on the Chicago Bears
There's a lot of story lines that came out of last night's 13-6 loss for the Chicago Bears against the Houston Texans. It's not like the Texans are a bad football team, but there Bears made a lot of bad plays on route to this loss. Teams are going to lose games, but we saw some of the same concerns raised by a certain person (me) really come true last night.
Before I go postal on this game, there are some positives we can take away. The offensive line played its best game of the year last night. Considering all the hype surrounding J.J. Watt, the Bears gave their quarterbacks time to throw. Now granted, there were some holds and false starts, but it wasn't the fire drill we're used to seeing on a regular basis. The defense continues to dominate. There's no denying that this is probably the best defensive unit in football.
With the good, there's plenty of bad things as well. While I don't want to give too much away, just remember the numbers and coaches 87, 89, 23, 14, 2, OC, HC and I'll also throw in the League Commissioner. I don't like to or ever want to be the fan that rips the officials, but last night's effort by Gene Steratore and company was really bad. The Bears didn't lose because of the officials, but there seems to be a lack of consistency around the league. It affected both teams quite frankly last night.
While losses hurt, the sky isn't quite falling yet. Although it could start raining sky if the Bears are stuck without Jay Cutler for an extended period of time. It could get really ugly.
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Roger Goodell is absolutely full of BS when it comes to player safety. I want him to stop with the charade of pretending like he cares. Until he really starts to implement rules that protect players, we will continue to see violent hits that ruin players' lives.
The hit that Cutler took in the second quarter yesterday was disgraceful and criminal. I do not say this as a Bears fan, I say this as a guy that loves the game of football and really wants to understand why players aren't being more protected. As Cutler stepped up and threw what was determined to be an illegal forward pass, Tim Dobbins of the Texans took at least three steps before leading with his helmet and unloading on Cutler. There was no doubt on Dobbins' intent. He was looking to injure a defenseless quarterback.
If this had been the NHL, Dobbins would have received a game misconduct penalty and suspension by rhe league. The NFL needs to install this same policy. If you're going to talk about player safety and even take it so far to run commercials about how the game is being made safer, but put your money where your mouth is and start really protecting players.
I do not even know where to start. For those of you that regularly read my work, you know where I've stood on this guy from day one. His fumble on the first play of the game and his lack of blocking is painful. One of the major reasons why the have offensive line issues is because Kellen Davis and his fellow Big Ten buddy and almost as much a waste of space Matt Spaeth couldn't block my two children.
I never cheer an injury even when it happens to a guy I dislike. The fans booing Davis' injury last night reiterates my belief that I really do not like or respect 95% of the people that call themselves Bears fans. I cannot stand Davis but I certainly don't want to see him or anyone else get injured. And for those people that were happy he did, shame on you. Go find another football team please. Because I do not want you cheering for the Bears or want to associate with you.
I have a bad feeling we will be seeing Jason Campbell for weeks to come. Cutler's concussion isn't a one-game thing, this one may last a bit. While Campbell is Dan Marino next to Caleb Hanie, I am not sure if he's that much more effective. He checks down to guys throws that have absolutely no chance of working. While he has the physical tools to be better, I am just not sure if he has the brainpower.
Here's my other issue with Campbell. I am a competitive guy. When I see someone that's been a starter in the NFL basically give up and become a backup quarterback, it makes me question his make-up.
New offensive coordinator, same old story. But I am starting to wonder if there's a bit more to this story. Is it possible that Mike Tice is sending in the right play, but his quarterbacks are calling audibles at the line of scrimmage? Tice didn't get this football stupid. I just wonder why the Bears insist on running plays that seem to have little-to-no-chance of succeeding.
I like Lovie Smith. But one issue I have with Smith is his inconsistency with player accountability. Last season (and rightfully so), he cut safety Chris Harris as he continued to play bad football. But with guys like Davis and Spaeth, there seems to be a free pass. I just don't get it. I would rather see Kyle Adams and Evan Rodriguez at this point, but Davis and Spaeth are going to be shoved down our throats. It's time to start holding these two accountable as well.
Devin Hester doesn't suck. It is the fact that he has absolutely no place to run. You can't blame a guy when there's five guys from the other team standing right in his face on every return.
Was this guy ever any good? I saw him miss at least two blocks on special teams last night. Instead of blaming Hester, start blaming non-contributors like Eric Weems.
Adam Podlesh is a cancer survivor and a fellow Member of the Tribe. But he's not a very good punter these days. It is starting to become an issue. As I wrote yesterday (here), Podlesh is paid a lot of money to be a below-average punter. This absolutely has to improve.
Henry Melton is going to be a rich guy very soon. He's playing as well as any interior lineman in the league.
Tim Jennings was quiet the last few weeks or so. But his two interceptions last night showed that he isn't quite done yet. Good for him...it shows how hard work will pay off.