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Friday, December 9th, 2016

GOING OFF ON THE BEARS

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It’s time for an NFL quiz. Your defense faces 3rd & 4. Do you play your cornerbacks: A) 6-8 yards off the ball or B) up on the line and jam the receivers on the snap.

Hmmm…nope, it’s not a trick question. And while I’m not a football coach, I’d bet my first born that the answer is B. The Bears, however, do not see it that way.

They have big, physical corners in Vasher and Tillman. I’m pretty sure they were drafted to hit receivers before they get into their routes to give the D-Line more time to pass rush. They were also drafted because they were very good against the run.

But now it seems the Bears have nullified their best qualities, as neither are allowed to challenge any receivers. Instead they let faster receivers catch the ball in front of them and allow them to go crazy for yards after the catch. The Bears defense is bend but don’t break but we break anyway.

Most disturbing is the continued practice of not changing a darn thing. It’s fairly evident that when Dan Orlovsky, Kerry Collins, Brian Griese, Matt Ryan and Gus Frerotte dominate your defense, you might want to make some scheme adjustments. The league–and probably my 6-year-old son–has figured out where the soft spots are in the Bears Whatever-2 and they are getting killed. The talent, while it may not be what it was a few years ago, is still there. There is no way they should be getting beat so badly.

Moving on to another problem with coaching: Lovie Smith’s time management. Smith and co. defended the call to have Orton throw 2nd & 8 from the Chicago 9-yard line late in the first half. I thought that throwing it was OK, but then when it was incomplete on 2nd, they chose to run on 3rd. Ugh. You have to go for it again there! The Pack then used its last timeout with :49 left following the 3rd down run. Mason Crosby hit a 53-yard FG.

“[We were] trying to score points,” Smith said. “That’s normally what you do when you’re trying to move the ball there. We wanted to take a shot. One of the passes we thought we’d have something and it didn’t work that way.” So why not try another pass there on 3rd down knowing they have a timeout left anyway? Because when they didn’t convert on 2nd down they all pooped themselves, that’s why. Either you are going for it there or you’re not. Can’t have it both ways. Terrible calls.

Even more disturbing was the decision to play Orton deep into the 4th quarter when the game was totally over. How moronic was that? It’s a fair question to ask: would this team have a better record with a different coaching staff?

[tags]Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, Bob Babich, Charles Tillman, NFL, Green Bay Packers[/tags]

  • http://www.docksquadsports.com docksquad

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I WENT TO THE GAME!!! WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!

  • http://www.tremendousupsidepotential.com Rickhouse

    I actually had no problem throwing deep to Hester to end the 2nd. They offense hadn’t done anything up to that point, sometimes you need to take a chance. Of course it didn’t work out, but the resulting field goal it cost them didn’t hurt too much either, since they got killed and all.

  • PV

    I like your point that if they’re going to throw on 2nd down near the end of the half, then go for it again on 3rd – but it’s just that kind of in-between-ness that always seems to infect their worst performances. The defense is a study in that kind of insecurity of commitment and purpose – it especially looks that way when they don’t get the turnovers, which usually bail them out. But where’s the flying around and havoc-wreaking? Other than a few Mike Brown missiles, not much of that yesterday.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Rickhouse- I have no problem at all with them going for it on 2nd down either. But as PV restated, I think it makes no sense at all to trade 1 play for another Packer possession–which they converted. So go for it or don’t.

    Dock- I feel for you. That is one of the worst Bears games I have ever seen in my life. And I have seen many bad ones.

    PV- other than Brown and 54′s pick, it was indeed a lot of nothing. The whole point of my post is that this is a defense that does not attack. That was not the case in 2005 and I whole-heartedly believe it is the difference between the Lovie Smith/Babich defense and the amalgam of defenses that Rivera ran.

  • PB

    I had to double check to make sure the color wasn’t messed up on my TV. I thought for sure I was watching the Lions play. FIRE MORONELLI MANG!!!!!!!

  • http://www.nogutsglory.blogspot.com swnole

    I wasn’t able to see the game at all, and I’m glad I didn’t! There’s at least 3 games they should’ve won and this one they didn’t even show up. I’m a huge Lovie Smith fan, but soon people will begin to get antsy.

  • dhaab

    Nathan Vasher is a big, physical corner??? LOL

    Your frustration is understandable, Zoner. I think your simply trying to find someone to blame for the defensive lapses. However, I think it really is a matter of the players on that side of the ball being either older, overpaid (and possibly not as hungry) or just not having the same abilities because of various injuries.

    First off, the Bears have 3 different defensive players being paid QB money. That is pretty crazy when you really think about it. Briggs is still bringing it on most Sundays, but Ogunleye and Urlacher are simply old, overpaid guys who just don’t have the game they used to. As for Tommy Harris (the other overpaid defensive guy), I think his string of leg injuries have robbed him of his quickness.

    I will say this, it amazes me how they don’t put pressure on the QB anymore. IMO, that is the biggest reason so many QB’s are going off on them. This week, they actually responded to many critics and didn’t stack the line to stop the run. But all that did was expose them even more.

    I really can’t see that team winning more than 3 more games. They’ll kill my Rams next week and many fans will think their back on track, but the schedule is brutal down the stretch and I just can’t see the offense scoring enough points to keep them in games. It seems like the rest of the league is catching on to their TE heavy passing scheme now.

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