What I learned from this game: Chicago vs. Detroit, 10/23/2012
Here's what I learned from this game:
1) The offensive playcalling was horrible, the worst it's been since the Packers game about a month ago. I don't think this is any secret. Tice ran when he should have passed, and passed when he should have run. My biggest gripe of the night was when we had the ball inside five yard line and Tice instructed Cutler to sling it all three downs rather than run Michael Bush in from about three yards out. As big as Bush is, I don't think he would have had any trouble making it in one of those trys. Instead of scoring a touchdown, we were forced to risk a field goal opportunity after the previous one in, I think, the second quarter was blocked. So my hats off to the "brilliant" Mike Tice, genius that he is. Maybe some of his opponents are correct in their beliefs that he should get Jeremy Bates more involved in the playcalling and gradually phase out Tice. He keeps getting outcoached anyway.
2) The offensive line was atrocious tonight, the worst since the Packers game. What did we give up, four or five sacks? Garza and Carimi were God awful with their penalties as Carimi was flagged twice for holding and Garza was flagged two times for false starts. Almost all of our penalties came from the offensive line. And Cutler damn near got killed by that crazy-dirty son of a bitch Ndamukong Suh. Suh is the dirtiest player in the NFL and he went unblock on at least two occasions. It seems like the best player on our offensive line was Webb, and that is scary. We really have some issues if we're going to give up this kind of pressure on a regular basis. Tice can only do so much "magic" with this line. Without the right players, it just isn't going to strike awe from opposing defensive front sevens. This is me officially calling for Emery to go after a LT this offseason and to draft one somewhere in the first two rounds in this coming year's draft.
3) Is Devin Hester in decline? I know this is going to rub some people the wrong way, but he's been very vanilla on punt and kick returns this whole season thus far. In the past, I know when the coaching staff has decided to use Hester more extensively in the offense, his kick returns suffer. Maybe he's being run ragged by running routes and trying to catch passes. What do you all think?
4) We have arguably the best defense in the entire NFL this year along with San Francisco and Minnesota. This game should have been a shutout and it wasn't only because the offense couldn't run out the remaining 2:35 off the clock. We gave up 44 more yards against the Lions (the Lions had 340 total net yards) than our offense put up (we put up 296 yards). That is unacceptable, even in victory, and I put the whole blame on Tice for not calling the right plays at the right time. When will the Bears ever have that explosive diarrhea of an offensive that Tice keeps saying we're going to have? So far, I've not seen it.