Chicago Bears: Reaction to Monday Night Football Blowout
Lovie Smith gets out schemed by Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith out for the game with a concussion, Colin Kaepernick making his first NFL start against a Bears defense that is highly regarded as one of the top defenses in the league, you would expect the 49ers to come out and run the football. That’s what head coach Lovie Smith guessed and he guessed wrong.
Head coach Harbaugh knew the Bears defense would overplay the run, so he trusted Kaepernick to drop back and air out a vaunted Bears defense. The players played bad, but this all falls on Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli lap for a poor gameplan. They didn’t show much respect for Kaepernick’s throwing ability and as a result, he put on an air show Monday Night.
Chris Conte and Major Wright played their worst games of the season against one of the better tight ends in Vernon Davis. The defensive line got beat up by the 49ers offensive line all game whether run or pass blocking. No one looked good on defense last night and you can expect some more changes in defensive line-up leading up to the next game.
Mike Tice is in over his head as an offensive coordinator: Mike Tice is continually getting out schemed by opposing defensive coordinators. The 49ers took a page out of Green Bay Packers DC Dom Capers book against Brandon Marshall and play 2-man coverage against the wide receiver. In all honesty, it really didn’t matter that he was double covered since Jason Campbell would either hold on to the ball too long or go to his check down receiver too soon.
The Bears ran the ball, but mainly into a brick wall that was the 49ers front seven. Matt Forte longest run was of eight yards and Michael Bush was pretty much an afterthought throughout the night. The offensive line was pathetic as they maybe have given Aldon Smith the Defensive Player of the Year Award, giving up 5.5 sacks to him.
Gabe Carimi through 10 games looks like another Jerry Angelo bust. Someone who was lauded as a pro ready player coming out of College, he looks like a lost cause at offensive tackle. J’Marcus Webb might not even be in the line-up against the Minnesota Vikings next week.
The Bears have a huge problem on the offensive line; they need to find some solutions fast or they might not make it into the post season this year.
Overall Analysis: Seeing Campbell performance on Monday night, fans should be a little more appreciative toward Jay Cutler. He hides a lot of flaws on this offensive line with his pre-snap adjustments, his ability to move in-and-outside the pocket, and his ability to get the football out of his hands before the rush can get there. The Bears were solely missing that last night at the QB position.
The defense just simply had a bad game that I put mainly on the coaching staff. They came into the game with a sole purpose to stop the 49ers ground attack, and Kaepernick made them pay for it. The team will look to rebound against the Vikings next week.