Now that the preseason is over, what is the feeling we get from the Bears performances? My feelings are hopeful for the help we will get from the new players, doubtful on my confidence in the high paid veterans on the team, and downright confused on the competence of Lovie Smith and his coaching staff. The move to Kyle Orton, while not invoking enthusiasm on my part, seems to be at least acceptable for the moment. The play of the veterans, especially Brian Urlacher (a non factor), Lance Briggs (who? the invisible one) and Mike Brown (where’s the red cape the bulls keep missing?). Not to mention the veteran corners (“If I had an answer I’d tell you right now,” cornerback Charles Tillman said. “We have to get this cleaned up.”)
But the competence of the coaching staff, especially on defense, leaves me wondering. Bob Babich was succint: “People being able to run the ball is the biggest concern” he said after the Brown’s game. Lovie spent the post game proclaiming his favorite word “VANILLA we were VANILLA”. He summed up the performance of the starters thusly: “I’m disappointed, The plan was to get a couple of three-and-outs and then take the players out, but it didn’t turn out that way. We didn’t play well.” Not only did they not play well, they stunk! Brady Quinn looked like Tom Brady marching up and down the field. At least the subs looked good against the Browns’ subs. Is Lovie orchestrating a winning team by letting them loaf through the preseason, or is he an incompetent who does not know the meaning of the word “training” camp? I fear the latter is the case. Let’s hope I’m wrong and the vets will “turn it on” next week against the Colts. but I fear that’s not the case.