We won't hear from Martz til Wednesday when he has to talk to the media.
Rapid Reaction: Giants 17, Bears 3
October, 3, 2010 Oct 3
By Michael C. Wright
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chicago fell from its undefeated perch in humiliating fashion Sunday. The supposed high-powered Bears offense short circuited against a dominating Giants defense that produced nine sacks in the first half on the way to a 17-3 New York win.
More concerning than the defeat was the nine-sack first half that put quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game with a concussion, and the fact the offensive line -- already depleted by injury -- lost another starter when right guard Lance Louis left the game with a left knee injury.
The severity of Louis' injury wasn't immediately known. But we’ll get into that and more in discussing this tough loss for the Bears, who played their second game in seven nights:
What it means: The Bears no longer own the designation of being the NFC’s lone remaining undefeated team. Still, the club at 3-1 leads the NFC North (by virtue of head-to-head win over Packers).
Offensive line health concerning: Don’t be surprised if the Bears make a move in the coming days to add depth along the offensive line. Left tackle Chris Williams (hamstring) missed Sunday’s game, leaving backups Frank Omiyale and Kevin Shaffer at the tackle positions. Inside at guard, the situation looks just as bad.
Left guard Roberto Garza missed practice time throughout the week with a knee injury, which appeared to force him to miss some snaps against the Giants. Edwin Williams filled in for Louis when he left the game. Earlier in the night, Williams had filled in for Garza.
Rookie offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb could be a candidate for a possible move inside, but the Bears may also explore -- depending on the severity of Louis’ injury -- activating Johan Asiata off the practice squad. At one point in the offseason, Asiata was working the starters at guard.
Run defense penetrated: So much for the Bears’ tough run defense. Giants running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 191 yards and a touchdown apiece on 29 attempts. Prior to Sunday’s contest, the Bears had allowed 119 through the first three games combined.
Active … but not really: Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu finally made the Bears' active 45-man roster, but it’s as if the Bears actually wasted the spot since they didn’t use him.
Cutler targeted Aromashodu 10 times in the opener. Then he played one snap during Week 2 in Dallas, before earning the sideline sweatsuit for the Bears' win over Green Bay. Aromashodu commented (unwisely) on his disappearance from the offense in the week leading up to Sunday night’s game, saying he didn’t know exactly what he did wrong to get on the staff’s bad side.
Some within the organization wonder whether the receiver is talking himself out of town.
“We don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves because when you’re walking on eggshells, you really can’t play well,” Aromashodu said last week. “You’ve still got to go out there, let it loose and do your best. You’re not going to be perfect every play.”
Aromashodu dropped a few passes in the opener and missed some downfield blocks. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz indicated that Aromashodu didn’t fully understand his assignments from the slot receiver spot, which is where the Bears planned to use the receiver. Besides that, Earl Bennett has performed well in that slot role the club originally envisioned for Aromashodu.
Although Aromashodu seems to have a good rapport with Cutler, the receiver could find a hard time getting back into Martz's good graces.
Lucky Lovie: Chicago escaped a possible 10-point deficit in the first quarter when the Giants squandered opportunities in the red zone on drives ending at the Bears’ 4 and the 20. Instead of scoring a touchdown on their second drive, the Giants settled for a 22-yard field goal on fourth-and-2 from the 4. Terrell Thomas intercepted Cutler on Chicago’s next possession, giving the Giants the ball at the Bears' 28. Four plays later, Lawrence Tynes missed a 38-yard field goal wide right.
Corner shuffle: The Bears benched starting left cornerback Zack Bowman last week against the Packers in favor of Tim Jennings. The club started Jennings against the Giants, only to pull him with 1:06 left in the opening quarter to insert Bowman.
The team shuffled the corners throughout the first half, but Bowman took most of the snaps and appears to have regained his starting job.
What’s next: The Bears travel to Carolina to face a winless Panthers squad that on Sunday nearly upset the New Orleans Saints on the road.
If DA was benched for missing blocks, what the hell are they going to do to Olsen and Forte; who did their best to get our qb's killed.
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GameDay: Bears vs. Giants highlights
Published: Oct. 3, 2010 at 11:42 p.m.
In a battle of defenses, the Giants outlasted the Bears to win 17-3. Watch NFL GameDay Final Sundays at midnight ET on NFL Network.
ggs LB Nick Roach, who suffered a neck stinger, returned to the game. He said he is fine.
s Backup QB Todd Collins said he will be available to play next Sunday at Carolina after suffering a neck stinger.
ZachZaidmanNo. Bears say if healthy, he starts RT @Pacifica120s: @ZachZaidman Don't league rules prevent Cutler from playing next week? re: concussion
give them a contract extension lol
Originally Posted by Riczaj01
i think DA being benched was also for having a big mouth.
yep think DA not doing what the coaches asked has alot to do with his situation.. he should ahve talked with graham before opening mouth : )
Originally Posted by motownbear
BradBiggs Just flipped thru the record books. 10 sacks allowed by #Bears matches most ever by Mike Martz offense. Eagles got Lions for 10 on 9/23/07.
skjensen Troy Aikman to @Mullyhanley talking about danger of football: "If I had a 10-year old boy, I wouldn’t encourage him to play football."
BradBiggs #Bears led preseason in sacks allowed. They lead regular season in sacks allowed with 18, three more than Cardinals and Eagles.
DavidHaugh Bears-Giants on NBC earned 14.2 overnight rating, highest in 10 years for prime-time game in Oct. TV violence apparently still sells.