What we learned KC/Chicago
Is what we already knew; Martz is a jackass, Haine is no Culter; and w/no Forte/Cutler there is no Offense. The whole Bears team seemed off today, in all phases, it was a hard watch; a bit sickening really. This game really show cased how important Cutler/Forte are; and the rest of the O players are nothing more then stop gap depth. There are no other playmakers. If we cannot muster 24-30 points against this team, we are going to get destroyed by the Denver Teblows. That D is for real, and just like today their running game will wear our D out and burn us on a few key pass plays.
Bears O: In the 4th qtr, when they finally went to 3 step drops and quick reads for Haine he looked fine; before that he was getting pressured and confused and looked awful. Once we lost Forte it was over. You just lost 90% of the O w/Cutler/Forte out. Anyone that thought this OL was magically fixed by late round projects and Tice were fooling themselves. The D has to stay honest b/c of Forte and the running game; and Cutler is smart+ has a quick release, on top of a great chemistry w/Bennett. He and Forte make that OL look a lot better then they are, along w/the Max protec packages. Had a Bell sighting and Barber looked okay, but once in the redzone w/out the threat of Cutler, KC's D lined up to shut down the run game; and they did just that. Once that was done, martz became obvious and went pass happy; the OL didn't hold up and Haine got dropped. What was said about the OL can be said about the WR's. Hester is nothing more then a part time slot guy, Knox still won't fight or go after a jump ball(that Int is as much on him as it is on Haine; that DB had a better read on the ball, and just used Knox's momentum to keep him going past where the ball was going). Roy boy had another key drop; that caused another int, and that should have been a TD. Dane seems to have taken his lessons in WR from Knox in that he doesn't fight for balls either. We might have the softest least talented wr's in the league.
**Stop calling for McNabb please, there is a reason he was cut from Wash/Minny, and traded from Phily to a div rival; he's through. Haine/McCown are probably not the answer, but McNabb is definately not; 4-5yrs ago maybe, not now.
Bears D: D stopped KC, but that 3 headed monster of a running game just wore down the Bears and eventually they started cracking. Again we see that this D, when they don't get TO's give up points. Palko being who he is, is why they didn't score more. We saw Tillman give up what should have been an Int, Urlacher instead of getting an int batted the ball down to give KC the TD, They stripped the ball from Bowe, but he was the only one that noticed and got it back. The D did enough to get the job done, but rarely gave the O good enough field position to really take advantage; not that an O w/no Cutler/Forte will take advantage of much. What happened to that pressure the DL was getting early on? This is 2 weeks in a row it has vanished after a fast start.
Bears ST: Well KC's plan worked all but once this week; kick short sub 50yrd punts right at hester and he cannot return it b/c the kick coverage is on top of him before he can do anything. Gould was off and that really did seal the deal. We again had some uncanny flags on a normally dicsiplined ST's.
Bears Coaches: Lovie; I don't know what this team did to make him so good at challenges but damn he is on fire w/them. Martz you can burn in hell...or as I call it Arizona...I defended you all last week; and you came out w/this gameplan? Tice the TE's and other key players make your OL look better then they are. It might be lack of actual talent, it might be you're a bit over rated in the eyes of Bears fans. but if Martz goes' I hope you don't take his place.