MAKE THE CHANGE
How embarrassing. The Bears got totally pantsed on national TV.
I concede. It’s time. Start Griese. I’ve been a staunch “Rex-backer”. But you have to make the move. If not for the obvious reasons, then how about these:
– The Bears are 1-2, not 9-2. There’s no strolling into the playoffs this year. The Bears are already 2 games behind the Packers. You make the change now and let Griese start against the porous Lions defense.
– The Bears have a weak running game. It’s ineffective, unimaginative and fails to give the Bears defense a rest. You think it’s any coincidence that the Cowboys came out and scored all but 3 of their points in the second half? The Bears’ D was cashed. A team like the Bears need time of possession in their favor to be successful.
– The pathetic fake field goal attempt. You have 4th down in your opponents’ side of the field. You don’t trust that your offense is capable of coming up with those 10 yards for a first down. You don’t even want to give them a shot. You resort to a gadget play. It could not be any clearer. Make the change.
– The Bears offensive line is showing it’s age. And because of that, Grossman’s inability to move the pocket and his shocking lack of instinct have been fully revealed. It’s all too apparent that Rex needs the “perfect storm” to be successful. An above-average running game to allow play-action passing. To allow the receivers to get open. To allow him favorable down and distance. Pass protection that does not allow defenders anywhere near him.
With so much speed at its disposal, I’m miffed as to why the Bears offense is so boring. Again–why not just put Hester in the backfield and throw him a few swing passes? Or Wolfe? Why not a double-reverse with Hester and Berrian or Bradley?
And I’ve yet to even mention Benson. Mercy. The differences between Marion Barber and Benson were stark. Barber bounces off of hits with his head up and keeps running. Benson plods, gets hit and falls down. There was one play last night where Benson got to the outside with some space ahead of him. And he fell down.
Add to that dropped passes, poor tackling and bad coaching and even the most positive Bears fan has lost a lot of faith. Griese may not be the greatest QB. But everyone knows that this team needs a mulligan, a fresh start. He provides that. And how could we possibly think Grossman can keep coming back from all of this torture?