Who Dat Bears Team?
Just like Jay Cutler’s voice after he was kicked in the throat there wasn’t much to say after the Bears beat-down in the Big Easy. The Saints 30-13 drawing and French quartering left you wondering though if the Bears are who we thought they were.
The worst offensive line in the NFL was supposed to be better. Right now, it’s not. Jay Cutler has been sacked 10 times in two games. Mike Tice named his starters after week one in the preseason. Jay Cutler could barely remember his name after this game.
“You don’t want to make any statements right now,” Cutler said after the game sounding like Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade”.
“We’ll look at the film and see what we did wrong. I thought we were going to have some of this stuff picked up. We just have to look at the film. We don’t want to blame anybody right now.”
The problem is there’s too much blame to go around. The defense played well at times but could only hold on for so long after the offense failed to sustain any drives after the 1st quarter. And oh yeah, keep Jay Cutler off his back.
Tice is a much smarter man than I about this. But the idea that Roberto Garza, who’s natural position is guard, should be playing center and Chris Spencer, who’s used to playing center is at guard for an injured Lance Louis, seems um……odd. Do you need a PhD in offensive-line-ology to see that maybe you might want guys in positions where they feel more comfortable? Tice’s refusal to do this and make them both learn new positions has been puzzling. But after their performance against Atlanta I thought maybe he was on to something. I’m guessing this week men higher up than he will politely suggest it. And if Tice wants to keep his job after this year he might want try it.
But their pain literally goes deeper. With Louis already out, now right tackle Gabe Carimi could miss time with a knee injury. They also lost Earl Bennett (chest), Major Wright (head), and were without Roy Williams, Chris Harris and Marion Barber.
Either one of two things can happen after a loss like this: this team comes out angrier than ever Sunday and strikes back at the Pack to prove their performance against the guys with the Fleur de Lis was a fluke. Or, it can deeply dampen their confidence knowing they may not have enough talent to compete with the top teams, especially on the road. Cutler’s reaction on the sidelines and quotes seem to suggest the latter.
That’s not to say this Bears team can’t turn it around. They played great in week one.
I guess we’ll find out more Who Dat Bears team is next week.