BEARS WEEK 8 REVIEW
No one needs a bye week more than the Bears right now. But it’s sad in that it probably doesn’t matter.
The wafting stench hovering over Chicago this morning is coming off the lake, where the Bears crapped the bed on Sunday. This one will stink for a long time. Let’s discuss.
Bernard Berrian has had a terrible season. I cannot find stats on drops, but I’ll bet Berrian is in double digits. It’s poor coaching that they have him trying to make plays in the middle of the field.
Cedric Benson resumed his lethargic ways. He dropped an easy pass, fumbled a pitch and didn’t even try to catch a bad pass by Griese. And he can’t even stay on the field for 3rd down because of his poor passing game skills. What is most interesting about the whole Benson pick is that Angelo and Smith made it a point to fill the roster with speed, speed and more speed. But they didn’t do it at running back. I can’t get past that.
In today’s NFL maybe you do need 2 solid running backs. But your #1 had better to be able to play on all downs. Benson can’t. That’s really ridiculous.
I’ve enjoyed watching Archuleta hit people and make tackles. But that had to be the most stupid pass interference penalty I’ve seen in years.
Enough of the trying to jump the snap garbage. Tommie Harris got away with one earlier in the season, but yesterday he burned the Bears badly by getting an encroachment on 4th & 1. Just brutal.
Maybe the Bears made their living stripping balls from runners hands last year, but it obviously isn’t working as well this year. I’d much prefer just tackling the players. I have a new formula. Every missed strip adds 8-10 yards to a play for the opposing offense. It’s beyond maddening.
What exactly is it about Griese that he freaks against the Lions of all teams? You can defend some interceptions, but yesterday Griese had some really bad ones. If they were down multiple scores, you might be able to accept him throwing it up and letting the receiver try and make a play. But in a close game? Brutal.
The Bears come back from the bye with 2 road games. First at Oakland, then a Sunday night game at Seattle. Then they get Denver and the Giants at home.
For a team that can only afford one more loss, it sure isn’t looking good. I thought they would thrash the Lions and head into the bye at 4-4. Now they sit at 3-5 and are likely to be watching the playoffs with the rest of us.