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Monday, July 23rd, 2018



Random thoughts and questions on the Bears after week 2…

I think I liked it better when they were taking a bunch of shots downfield and Rex was making mistakes. Now Rex still makes mistakes and their offense is really boring. It’s totally scaled back and I have to wonder if Ron Turner pulled out the playbook he installed for Kyle Orton 2 years ago. Could the offense be any more boring? Where’s the excitement? I’m pretty sure you should work to your QB’s strength. And that is getting the ball downfield.

I said Benson needed to get 100 against the Chiefs and get in the end zone. He got the 100. And while that is definitely an improvement, he looks slow to me. He runs more like a fullback. He has 43 carries and his longest run is just 13 yards. He’s approaching 300 carries for his career and his longest run ever is for 36 yards. I need to see this guy break one off and I want to see him in open space.

So let me make sure I have this straight–our running back will run mostly up the middle and we are going to throw mostly short passes? Get ready for some low scores!

On some passing downs, how about Wolfe and Hester in the backfield with 3 receivers or even 2 receivers and a TE?

How about moving some of the chains by throwing to Muhammad? And how about that block he threw on Surtain on the play to Berrian. Insane.

I read where Corey Dillon said he would like to come play for the Bears. I’d be all for that, if only to see if there is any difference between him and Benson. Because that is who Benson should really be–Corey Dillon. The young one.

So if it’s Dallas 17, Bears 3 at half and Grossman has 2 picks and a fumble, does Griese start the second half? Should he? I say definitely. It makes no sense to play Rex if you want to run a ball control offense. Griese is absolutely the man for that.

  • dhaab

    Wow. Two weeks into the season and you’re already talking about benching Rex? What happened to all of that talk about how he’s a talented QB who only has one year of experience and will only get better? Can’t have it both ways, Zoner.

    Benson looks slower to you? Reality check time. Cedric has ALWAYS been a plodder who will have good games against below average defenses when the Bears control the clock and he gets 25 carries. The other days, he’ll be average at best. He has no break away speed or ability to get around the corner. That’s why the Bears are basically forced to run up the middle most of the time now.

    Face it, the Bears offense is below average. Muhammad looks very old and he’s simply not getting open anymore. The Bears signed him for too many years and now they have a highly paid average #1 WR. The only reason this team will win 8 games is the D and special teams.

    And, for the love of God, don’t tell me you really want Corey Dillon. He’s just an older version of Benson. What you need is a young and fast RB who can get around the corner.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Dude–you have to really READ what I write. On Corey: “I’d be all for that, if only to see if there is any difference between him and Benson. Because that is who Benson should really be–Corey Dillon. The young one.” That is tongue-in-cheek.

    I didn’t say Benson looks slower; I said he looks slow. That could be due to poor vision, indecision, etc. As for your comment of “Cedric has ALWAYS been a plodder who will have good games against below average defenses when the Bears control the clock and he gets 25 carries.” He has never had 25 carries in a game. Yesterday was his career high and that was 24.

    As for Grossman, I said I would rather them let him throw downfield–his strength. If they will not allow him to do that it would be better for Griese to play, as he is a true ball control QB.

  • dhaab

    Okay, I see what you’re saying about the comparison to Dillon. However, it still is true that Benson is SLOW and the Bears are now forced to be one dimensional without a quick back on the roster.

    In reference to Grossman throwing downfield, I agree that he has good touch at times, BUT he throws some horrible ducks sometimes downfield that lead to easy picks. He threw one really horrible long pass yesterday that should have been intercepted. I just think it’s funny how you’re already talking about benching him two games into the season. :)

    BTW, congrats on your Cubs pounding my Cards. Not that I thought the Redbirds had much of a shot to win that series anyway. That team is dust in the wind. Wonder if TLR will be returning next season.

  • http://www.meaninglis.com Lis

    I’ll admit I’m worried now. Rex’s fundamentals seem to be better then last year which is a credit to Pep. But his decision making has been suspect now.

    With Dallas averaging 41 pts a game in offense, our offense needs to show up.

    Basically we scored 10 pts w/out Hester. I don’t think 10 points is enough to win that many games. And I highly doubt we’ll keep Dallas under 10 pts.

    I also think that the play calling this week was suspect. FINALLY Turner calls a couple screens but he does it when the defense was in a bend but don’t break position. What the heck is that?

    After 2 games I’m also tired of seeing plays designed to go to specific players. That is crap. If you want to get Hester the ball 5 times get him out on the field for 15 plays. Don’t draw up 5 plays that are specific to him. The defenses are sniffing it out.

    I really really hope that Olsen will help our offense this week against Dallas. I’m seriously skeptical though… would our offense would have looked better in game 1 and 2 w/ Antonio Gates? Hard to say.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “I just think it’s funny how you’re already talking about benching him two games into the season.” The coaching staff has already benched him; he’s just still on the field. They’ve taken his strength–as sloppy as it may be at times–away from him. I don’t want to bench him. I want him to start slinging.

    Lis I was already worried.

  • PV

    There’s a chicken-and-egg question here: have the Bears been forced into the less aggressive offense because defenses have, correctly, realized that if they play off and take away the deep balls, the Bears have a tough time scoring? And the point about Muhammad not getting open is a good one – I think that might be a problem for all the WRs.

    This not in defense of either Turner or Grossman, simply what happens when the league has an off-season to figure you out, and you have no consistent big playmakers st skill positions. Unfortunately, the best chance for the Bears is if Grossman can indeed learn to “manage the game”, because then maybe the deep balls will open again, and there will be some balance. Because, believe me, the same thing will happen in reverse if Griese gets extended play – the defenses will creep in, taking away his strength in the intermediate game, because he’s got no arm to beat them downfield.

    A vicious cycle that can only be broken by Grossman improving.

  • PB


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