What we learnedOakland/Chicago
Sorry for the delay here; had to trim the tree and make dinner. We are not beating any playoff ready teams when we come in w/that gameplan and play like that. D, and the wr's for that matter, dropped to many balls. Our D dropped at least 3 if not 4 int's; that changes this game completely. The WR's dropped at least that many, and that put more pressure on a qb that didn't need any help in that area. The playcalling was not good, but I'm not going to say that was the reason we lost; that is on Haine and the WR's. If we play like this; we'll lose to Denver; this is their style of game, low scoring and Ugly. The Raiders just wore us down on both ends, they stopped the run early which was enough to make Martz not lean on it, then it was just trying to bait our young qb. Their O was able to just outlast our D, who finally wore out from the bruising run play to the WR's making our DB's tire also. The Refs were horrible; they really didn't help us, Haine was inbounnds(does he throw that int if it's 3 and 9? And Louis wasn't a horsecollar.
Bears O: Haine was bad; but had flashes of being a capable backup. Martz needs to get the ball to Forte in passing routes out of the backfield; use him instead of the bubble screen. W/a Def that was going to be bunched w/in 10 yards of the line, you had to try and loosen them up; and we didn't until it was too late. The OL got beat time and time again in the run game, Many times Barber/Forte had to fight just to get to the LoS. When there was a whole they were able to exploit it though. The WR's apparently hate Haine b/c it seemed like they dropped 75% of key balls.
Bears D: Played well enough, but this is what happens when you give up yards; the field position can easily be flipped and the other team can get FG's; and it cost us today. As stated before, they also dropped way to many int's; and got no strips(all the Raiders were taking damn good care of that ball once contact was made). They were getting sacks and pressures which was a nice sign, Jenning got beat on that one play that sealed it; but until then he was D player of the game. Bush wore them down though.
Bears ST: Had a bad day, they also did Haine no favors early on w/some dumb calls. Hester has a bad shin and you have him returning? Sit his ass down and let others take care of it. Hester looked slow and lacked explosiveness. Gould was a badass again, it's a shame we never had field position to take adavantage of him. I wish we had a punter that could flip field position like that Raider Punder could...wow now that's a leg.
Bears Coaches: WTF? Hey we have a really inexperienced QB, on the road in a HOSTILE invornment, against a NASTY D, and you win the kickoff and give him the ball? Really? This D is who has to win these games, and the Raiders O isn't going to be likened to the Packers anytime soon. We should have kicked, taken the ball at the half, and let the D stop the Raiders O on that first drive, and let Haine come. 2nd, we tried to run early, we really did, but everyone knew(including these coaches) that the Raiders were going to stuff that line and not let anyone run....and w/that we were still able to break a few long ones off. It should have been play action constantly. And why the F do you do a cross field screen w/Haine? He doesn't have that kind of arm, and he doesn't have the experience to see when and he can and cannot throw that ball.
Really disappointed in this game, the tempo, the energy never seemed on our side; and after that first knox td, when we had a chance to switch it, they did nothing to build off it. Haine needs a better game next week, or we'll lose to KC...and He needs a MUCH better game against Den, or we lose to them also.