The win over the Packers was certainly fun for Bears fans, but for me because of the display of depth where I thought we had weakness.
Omiyale playing left tackle fairly well (with the exception of one whiff on a block of Pickett) when everyone wondered if he was starter material on the right side. Shaffer embarassing media acclaimed Clay Matthews on the right side. Henry Melton seeing good time and playing effectively at DT. Matt Toenia providing solid play in both the run and pass
It's an honor to be scheduled to play on Monday night. It's fun to have the spotlight. But it sure does take all of the fun out of Sunday morning.
I've got my rituals to gameday, and all of them are "blown out" by having to work.
Today I will watch games, but really won't know which one to watch. I bet I fall asleep on the couch. It just isn't the same without the anticipation of Bear football.
So much of the offseason and preseason discussion about the offensive line has been about pass protection. We've been inundated with articles and speculation about how well this group of guys will do. And I suppose there is still question in many minds about this specific subject, especially given the recent injury to Chris Williams.
But it dawned on me this morning, that while we have "held our own" in the passing game (and by that I mean exceeded the expectations of many),
Don't look now, but your Chicago Bears can, and do, make adjustments.
Starting left tackle out and the replacement not getting the job done? Tice switches the players around. At the same time....defense getting too much pressure on the QB? Martz starts calling short drops and quick passes, carving up the defense and putting it on it's heals. Other team running on you up the middle in a disturbing manner? Fill the gaps with LB's and make Romo beat you with his arm.
Seems to me that, although only one week has passed, the trend of offense over defense has reversed. This weekend's games were slugfests. Lots of grinding it out. As a fan of the Bears, I gotta say I like it.
For the last few years it seems that the OC's had something over on the DC's. Stats were through the roof for "skilled" positions. Could it be that the DC's have shored up their deficiencies?
I noticed better disguised blitzes, more 8-9 man fronts, more