what we learned, chi v pitt

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    Mel has to blitz to get a consistant pass rush, but he needs that front four to get more so they can blitz less. These blitzes this year are what are hurting the D in the big pass plays.


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    Two sides to Bears’ blitzes
    By KEVIN FISHBAIN kfishbain@shawmedia.com - Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:27 p.m. CDT

    Chicago Bears outside linebacker James Anderson (50) celebrates with defensive end Julius Peppers (90) after getting the ball from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (Gene J. Puskar)
    PITTSBURGH – The question seemed simple – if you can’t get to the quarterback, why not blitz more?

    “We’ll blitz when we need to, and when we want to,” defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said on Wednesday. “The blitzes complement the base and vice versa.”

    The Bears needed to put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, and clearly wanted to in Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. Tucker called for several blitzes, whether it meant sending linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams or bringing a defensive back, like Chris Conte or Isaiah Frey.

    Major Wright’s interception return for a touchdown and D.J. Williams’ forced fumble both came thanks in part to blitzes.

    Williams stood out in the first half in his sixth career game against the Steelers. The veteran had two sacks – the same amount as the entire team in the first two games – including one that forced a turnover.

    The strategy was far from 100 percent effective, though. Roethlisberger still made the Bears pay a few times for bringing the house. His big touchdown pass in the first half to Antonio Brown (33 yards) came when the Steelers picked up Conte’s blitz.

    Another side to the Bears needing to bring five, six or seven players in the pass rush is that the defensive line still wasn’t able to create pressure on its own, and Roethlisberger seemed to figure things out after halftime.

    Calm Cutler: A common conversation topic during the week was a more calm, relaxed Jay Cutler, and he looked it on the Bears first drive of the game. In hostile territory on primetime television – something that has often left Cutler and the Bears’ offense flummoxed – the Bears marched down the field, with Cutler completing 8-of-10 passes, four of them to Alshon Jeffery. They had to settle for a field goal, but it set the tone early.

    Giving up the big one: The defense continued to allow explosive plays, and on Sunday night those came against one of the league’s worst offenses through two weeks. Roethlisberger’s arm strength, combined with the speed of receiver Antonio Brown, burned the Bears’ secondary one too many times, including for a pair of touchdowns. Five different Steelers receivers had a catch go for 20 yards or longer.

    Neutralizing Hester: A week after breaking his own record for kickoff-return yards in a game, Hester didn’t have an opportunity to directly take over the game – but his presence helped in field position. Zoltan Mesko averaged 29.5 yards on his first two punts of the game. When Hester did have a chance on a short kickoff in the first half, he tried to dance away but was stuffed deep in Bears territory.

    Quick hits: Forte limped off the field with trainers late in the third quarter with what appeared to be a lower right leg injury. He did return on the next series. … The offense didn’t seem to have much trouble operating in the noise of Heinz Field, but according to the radio broadcast, Cutler was having trouble hearing plays in his helmet. ... Michael Bush got only six snaps in Week 2, but short-yardage situations gave him more chances to run, though he couldn’t get much against the Steelers’ front.
     
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    Wootten is owning Shea, on the other hand Kyle is owning his competition.
     
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    Did he even suit up for the game?
     
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    Not only is the team a "work in progress" but Trestman is too. He did make some mistakes tonight, but he seems like the type of coach who will learn from them, and get better as the season goes on. The amazing thing (to me anyway) is that as this new team and coaches are learning and improving - they are still getting wins.

    Before this season began, I thought we'd absorb some losses as the team went through this initial learning curve. Instead the team is unbeaten and 2 games up on Green Bay. You couldn't ask for a sweeter beginning to the Trestman era than that.
     
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    A quick look at the stats: since his opening day misses, Forte has caught ever pass he's been thrown....pretty damn impressive for a RB. Jeffery had the biggest day of the WR's. He had 1 less yard then Marshal, both had the same amount of targets, but Jeffery caught 7 of those 8, Marshal caught 5; although Marshal caught a huge pass in the 4th. Lets call it a tie b/c of the hugeness of that play. the new BU(black unicorn) had a poor game, 2 of 5 for 10 yards. Someone asked about an Earl sighting, well you got it buddy, now chill out.

    Even w/the complete shut down in the 4th, forte still had over 5.4 yards per rush and 6 yards per rec. He had a big night, and he should have had more carries in the 1st 3qtrs. On the opposite, Bush looked like garbage. He looked worst then Forte on short yardage and on goal line. If Forte does go down, the Bears are in trouble. Shea had 1 tacke and 1 qb pressure...that's it? The kid is supposed to be a pass rush specialist and that's it? DJ Williams had a big game, anyone wondering if the team made a good choice to replace Urlacher, after this game, I think DJ answered that question a little. Anderson is an absolute steal though, he's been huge all 3 games, and was huge again.
     
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    Fun stat for the week:

    Currently, the Bears are 3rd in Points for, with 95. Second place is GB with 96. (Technically as of tonight, they are 1 and 2, but Denver has 90 and hasnt played yet, and i seriously doubt they will be held to 6 points or less).

    For you non-math people out there, that is a 31.7 Points average per game. Obviously, this is not entirely offense, since our D has been putting in points as well, but none-the-less, a 30+ points per game average against GOOD defenses is a great thing.
     
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    Ha ha Jimmors. Shea had a lot of snaps. He also had quite a few plays where he got off the line and beat his man... No results. I did not focus on him hard, but I can't forget one rush where Ben got away and it looked like McClellin stopped before the whistle.

    He was down and might have had his legs pinned, but It looked to me like he stopped. Very un-McClellin like.

    I can understand if he gets blocked but darnit, his strength is taking the open shot. He had openings :(
     
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    Yeah, he was just invisible. I didnt even remember him until you brought it up. I was like "oh yeah, Shea is a Bear, i forgot."
     
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    I wasn't particularly impressed by the play of Wootton tonight, or any of the front four for that matter. They are getting no pressure, and now with potentially a serious injury to Melton, it will likely be even worse. Peppers looked pretty slow again tonight to be honest. I wonder if he is having any foot problems again, or maybe the conditioning is still a little down. He just doesn't have the same burst as in years past, although the fumble recover was cool.
     
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    On a side note, Garza had one heck of a solid game overall. He doesn't even look remotely like he did last year. He had some amazing play tonight. Who knew .......other than WeNeedMoreLinemen :-)
     
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