MADNESS? THIS IS BEARS FOOTBALL!!!
So how do we look at this, Bears fans? There are a few ways.
First, we can talk about the defense–and oh, we will–but anytime you score 14 points you probably aren’t going to win the game. And the Bears scored 14 points because Rex Grossman didn’t play all too well–nor did it look like he had the entire playbook at his disposal. It looked like the the same recipe for failure that we have seen before–Grossman trying to “manage” a game with short routes. He’s not good at that. Period.
On to the defense. Every team kills the Bears the same way. They find the soft spots in the zone and connect on passes all day long. If that isn’t a scheme thing, I don’t know what is. They let Kerry Collins pick them apart on a damp, cold day on their home field, with receivers like Justin Gage and Brandon Jones. It’s unacceptable.
And answer this for me: if the Bears defense is predicated on creating turnovers, why do the DBs play so far off the ball at the line, and why do they let every receiver catch everything thrown in front of them? This is not an attacking defense. They don’t jump routes like they did in the Super Bowl season–but that was a different Defensive Coordinator wasn’t it? This defense is also terrible at blitzing. And they still don’t get to the QB like they should. Doesn’t all that scream scheme?
The division is there for the taking. There is no way the Bears D should be ranked 30th against the pass. For once I wish Lovie Smith and mini-Lovie–Bob Babich–would make some adjustments. Because this pass defense is broken, and all the league knows it.
[tags]Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, Rex Grossman[/tags]