Oi so many issues today after a good start too....sob. Chicago O: A tale of 2 halves. The O did what they need to do to win games in the 1st, long sustained drives, even if they don't score. B/c of that the D held the game close. The Lions sold out to stop Forte and were getting burned by the pass. Forte was unable to break tackles like he normally does. Towards the end of the 2nd qtr though you saw Cutler wasn't healthy and finally bad JC showed up throwing a bad RZ pick, that would be the game(IMO), not the decision to go for it on 4th and a long 1, 46yard FG's are never given, but at the 2nd of a qtr in the rz, don't throw a pass that isn't there, take the fg, and win the game. 2nd half roles around and it's obvious from the start that Cutler isn't healthy. not one drive over 3 min's, and only 2 over 2 min's....finally at that point wore out and there was no recovering from the lack of O scoring. McCown came in and looked good at times, and sloppy some others, but that should be expected from a guy w/no warm ups since half time. Btw, if you want to know how important comp % is, you saw it today, JC in the 1st, over 60% and had sustained drives, end of the game 50% and constantly failed drives...the one TD scored, by McCown 60% comp. Get it, not hate on McCown, but a required stat that matters for a mediocre at best D to not get worn out and have to be on the field to often. Chicago D: Actually did okay, held a very potent team to 21 points, got a lot of pressure(albeit no sacks), and until the end when they were tired held the rush game pretty much in check. Conte finally made a few good plays, same cannot be said for Major though. DL and LB's played okay minus a few mistakes, but considering you have 2 rookies that should be expected. Tillman had a few good plays, but also got burned a lot, he's looking old and hurt, not a good combo for a CB. Never thought I'd say this, but we need Shea healthy if Wootton is going to stay at DT(and he played well today there). Bass wasn't horrid, but he was far from good. CornyWash got some action...and was a non factor. Chicago ST's: Gould needs to work all offseason on onside kicks, at this point the team is better off kicking deep and hoping for a strip, the odds are better for that working. Gould gets no height at all on the onside kick. Hester made a few good returns, but nothing special, Podlesh wasn't outstandingly good or bad. The st's gave up one big return from what I remember. Something not talked about near enough was the loss of the Bears ST coach, and how hard it's going to be to replace him. Chicago Coaches: welcome to your first clear loss Tresty, yep this one is on you. How you kept Cutler in there until it was to late is beyond head scratching. It was obvious in the 2nd qtr he was hobbled, but I got you trying to finish the half. But to not start the 2nd w/McCown after you have him warm up is beyond me. And it was pretty obvious that Cutler no longer had the ability to play consistent ball. D and DC did all they could to keep you in this, and you screwed the pooch. Det O: Stafford is the weak link in this O, but that's a pretty good weak link. I said it in FA I said it before and after the first game, and I'll say it now, Bush in that O is going to be a huge problem. their OL is amazing and stafford has all day to throw. The Bears OL hopes to be the Det OL when they grow up. I heard they asked for their autographs after the game and gave them a coke hoping to get their jersey's. Det D: Bunch of dirty pricks and it should have cost them more then it did, shame the Ref's blew a few obvious calls. That being said they are still one of the best front 7's in the game and when they decide to shut down the run, you are not going to run on them. They dared a less then 100% JC to beat them and he couldn't. Sadly the Bears were still in the game and had a chance at the end. Det ST's: Hey Det, now you see why Akers lost his job last year, and why he shouldn't be on yours tomorrow? Det coches: If this crew can ever learn to get their players under control this will be a legit contender, until then...they might win the Div, but they aren't going far in the p/o's. Anyone still thinking Izzy is the missing link, he had the same stat's as a 4th round rookie Cornwash, and flat worse then a UDFA in Bass.