The Bears' blockers are who we thought they were
The Bears' blockers are who we thought they were
The Giants sacked Jay Cutler nine times, forced him to fumble three times, intercepted him once and gave him a concussion.
Heís not dead yet, but give his blockers time.
How pathetic was the Bearsí blocking? The Giants were missing their leading sacker, and they still slaughtered Cutler, ending his night after 30 minutes because of a concussion.
What kind of joke was the Bearsí blocking? A guy with a bad knee had three of the sacks in just 22 minutes. Everybody gets healthy against the Bearsí line, huh?
Those nine sacks in the first half tied the Bearsí record for a game. The Bearsí blockers got whipped, beaten, pantsed, exposed and ruined. Probably treated for windburn, too. Now we know why Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell snubbed the Bears for an interview: He didnít want to coach a good Bears defense, he wanted to coach against a disastrous Bears offensive line.
Look, if super-sized Brandon Shamumaleuna canít block, whatís he good for? Frank Omiyale, same question. Heck, all of them, same question.
To think, the Bearsí utter and embarrassing inability to block came when the defense was nails. Four times the Giants had the ball in Bearsí territory in the first half, but the defense allowed only a field goal. Still, never did a 3-0 deficit look so lopsided.
And when the Giants roared 90 yards in eight plays to make it 10-0 in the third quarter, the Bearsí inept blockers had claimed its drained defense as another victim.
The Giantsí assault required the type of changes in game plan and line personnel the Bears showed in Dallas. Running plays, shorter patterns, different blockers. But all the blockers were in there Ė- and out of there -- so it was on Mike Martz to tear up half the playbook. Bearsí dink-and-dunk was better than New Yorkís search-and-destroy.
The Bears did try some things. Screens to slow the Giantsí aggressiveness. Running the ball to buy time on passing plays. Max-protection. Yeah, they tried, and they failed like few Bears offenses ever. Jeez, youíd think Jonathan Quinn was running things.
And how angry did you get when you heard Bears coach Lovie Smith say after the game that the Bears are 3-1 in the first quarter of this season? The Bears were 3-1 last season and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Oh, and I donít want to forget to blame Jerry Angelo for part of this, too. He didnít suit up, he didnít walk the sidelines, but he also didnít make the offensive line better. Or even decent. The line was the biggest question coming into this season. Now it might be the greatest culprit in ending it.
Donít kid yourself, this a devastating loss because it was so winnable and so costly The defense gave the Bears a chance. The Giantsí special teams tried to give the Bears the game. But the offensive line and tight ends killed all hope. They killed Cutler, killed the defense, probably killed NBCís ratings, and maybe killed the season.
I mean, if the Bears treat Cutlerís concussion as diligently as they treated Hunter Hillenmeyerís by putting him on injured reserve for the season, then forget it. Without Cutler, itís wait till next year. Todd Collins? Jeez, the guy couldnít even finish the game, and when he was in there, he didnít look rusty as much as he looked retired.
And you, everybody who dismissed the Bearsí limp running game in the glow of one of the worst-looking 3-0 records in a while, now what?
This Bears offensive crud is going to the playoffs?
Smith denied the Bears were making players more accountable this season. Really? Then who benched Desmond Clark one game after he dropped a TD pass?
First play -- no, before the first play, Omiyale commited a false start. Hey, at least he didnít allow a sack.
Bears third-and-10 at their own 49 in the first quarter, and Cutler underthrew an open Devin Hester down the sideline. What looked like a touchdown in a scoreless game instead became a punt. And then Cutlerís brain got turned into oatmeal.
Giants first-and-10 at their own 30, and Israel Idonije sacked Eli Manning. Hey, look! A sack!
Julius Peppers forced Manning into a fumble that Brian Urlacher recovered with five minutes to go in the first half. First play, Cutler was sacked again, natch.
Corey Graham is making a bid for Pro Bowl special teamer.
Hester retuned a punt 35 yards to the Bearsí 45 in the last two minutes of the first half, but the Bears were flagged for holding. 'Course.
But wait. Thereís more. After losing 40 yards because of the penalty, the Bears had to burn a timeout with 1:41 to go. Four games, and they havenít learned how to line up?
The Bears didnít reach New York territory until more than five minutes had elapsed in the second half, and on the next play, third-and-1, Matt Forte was thrown for a loss. Maybe he thought it was fourth-and-goal.
Zack Bowman, benched a week earlier, ripped the ball out of Ahmad Bradshawís arms at the Bearsí 10 and fell on it at the 1 with seven minutes to go. The difference between 17-3 and 10-10? Ha! Forte got nothing, Collins had a pass slapped down, and Forte got one yard. The Bears didnít even want to try. Heck, they couldnít, not with a creaky quarterback and a non-existent running game. Then, two plays after a bad Brad Maynard punt, the Giants indeed made it 17-3 with 4:31 to go. Drive home safely, folks.