Phew!

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RunDevinRun

The Chicago Bears won yet another nail-biter beating the Seahawks on the road. So far this year, the games have all been close. You can make an arugment that the Bears should be 3-0 and the same can be said that they could easily be 0-3. I will gladly take the 2-1 record they have now. I don’t mean to ruin the moment but this team still has a lot of work to do to convince me they are for real.

Penalties: Six penalties for 60 yards. More importantly, the two straight facemask penalties in the 3rd quarter by Anthony Adams and Nick Roach. Pure stupidity. False starts by Frank Omiyale and Chris Williams might have been by the crowd noise but still is a concern.

Offensive line: Sucked. Plain and simple. Orlando Pace is a hall-of-famer but at this point in his career, he cannot make a block to save his life. Frank Omiyale and Chris Williams have been mediocre. Last year, the line played much better than expected with Josh Beekman and John Tait. Well, Tait is retired and Beekman is no where to be found. Maybe Lovie should consider starting Beekman at the tackle spot and sit Omiyale. Or, Kevin Shaeffer could fill that role.

Offense: For the second week in a row, Jay Cutler marched the troops down the field for a game winning drive. Before halftime on 4th and goal, he just barely got the pass away and still threw it right on the money to Greg Olsen. That play shows what a real quarterback does. And to show how good Cutler is at giving everyone on the field an oppurtunity to catch the ball, four of the five players who caught a pass had at least four catches and the one who had less than that was Johnny Knox who’s only catch was a touchdown.

Defense: The line played very well in this game as well as the linebackers. Lance Briggs had six tackles and an interception which lead to a field goal. Nick Roach had nice coverage on the final Seahawks play and Hunter Hillenmeyer held his own. He got hit in the rib and who knows how long he might miss.

The defensive backs did a solid job but the corners were awful. Charles Tillman and Zackary Bowman let Seneca Wallace play like he was Peyton Manning. Speaking of Tillman, he sure showed how well he can tackle when he let Julius Jones go for a 39 yard touchdown run on 3rd and long. And Nate Burleson? I cannot remember him having a great game since he played with the Vikings five years ago. He had nine catches for 109 yards. The first three drives to start the game turned into three scores. Pathetic.

I am happy that this team is where it is at but a lot of work needs to be done mostly the secondary. Maybe I am wrong too. This team was down 13-0 to the Seahawks yet found a way to come back and win. It is going to be a fight in this division. I still think the Packers are the team to beat but the Vikings are giving a run for their money.

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6 Responses to “Phew!”

  1. Irish Yeti Says:

    Quick question: have you ever played organized football Fro? Like full pads and all?

  2. Sandberg23 Says:

    I’ve been worried about Pace and Williams since that preseason game against Denver. Pace looks washed up right now.

    Sandberg23 Says:

    August 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    As much as Cutler is looking for Aromashadu they better keep this guy on the roster and probably a starter as well. It looks like they got some chemistry there with each other. I was pretty happy with the defense I thought they played a pretty good game, the offensive line did not play particularly great however. Williams and Pace having guys fly by them is kind of scary.

  3. Fro Dog Says:

    Yeti,

    I have played football. Junior tackle anyway. Does that count? But moving on, I have a pretty good idea what you are going to say. You are going to defend Tillman’s play. You shouldn’t. Instead of trying to tackle first, he tries to strip the ball instead. When Julius Jones caught that pass, he shouldn’t have had more than the five to ten yards on that play. Instead he takes it in for the touchdown. Going back to my junior tackle days, the coach always told us to use our shoulder pads to tackle and not our arms. Someone should tell Charles that.

  4. Fro Dog Says:

    And by the way, it seemed like everytime Wallace threw the ball Sunday, a receiever was wide open nearly all the time. I know covering a player is hard but damn, it’s 11 on 11. In man to man coverage, that is the point. Cover your guy and stay on him.

  5. Irish Yeti Says:

    No, I was not going to defend that. I was pissed about that. I know Tillman’s a stud at stripping the ball, but he needs to go tackle first. And Helenmeyer had a great tackle on that one too.

    What I was going to say is that while facemasks are frustrating (especially the personal foul kind), I don’t find them to be pure stupidity. However, I’m too lazy to type out my explanation, so I’ll just say with how fast things move in football, it’s not a stupid play. Just bad luck of where you grab someone

  6. Fro Dog Says:

    I will give you the argument that the things do move fast in football. However, the face mask penalty occurred two times in a row. Half of the penalty yards in the game happened in back-to-back plays. On the first face mask, Adams pulled Wallace down completely with the face mask and ripped him down instead of trying to go for his shoulders with two other teammates around him. That is stupidity.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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