I have many mixed emotions after watching the first Bears game. Overall, I thought the game was one deserving of national tv exposure because both teams exhibited extraordinary effort and emotion. In this case Green Bay had the better game plan and execution and won the game because of it. Green Bay did their homework and exploited all the Bears weaknesses. I have listened, read and am watching Monsters in the Morning as I write this and all I hear and see is Jay Cutler’s bad game and what a brat he is, what an overpaid nothing he is, and how he is too arrogant to manage a game. While I agree that he had a horrible game result wise, I don’t buy these wild and extreme opinions being bandied about these blogs, columns and tv interviews. My thoughts follow in this column.
1. The defense played a great game and ended up being the ones that cost the game. The defensive line was outstanding, the linebackers were very good, and the defensive secondary stunk out the joint. With the exception of some big plays by Afalava, the secondary needs to hit the bench. It is not only the pass that beat them, which was inexcusable, but he play after play where Green Bay players were wide open or behind the coverage. The Packers could have scored fifty points if their quarterback was not in survival mode, taking hit after hit, and missing those open receivers. They won’t be able to do this against the Steelers as Big Ben will dish it out rather than take it and we better cover his receivers.
2. One of the biggest costly plays in the game was on the special teams. The snap to Garrett Wolfe in that situation was suicidal. This was as big a turnover as any of the four interceptions.
3. Offense. ???? What was that? Who the hell is that guard who’s name begins with O and is nicknamed swinging gate. I don’t think Rex Grossman ever had to run for his life as much as Jay Cutler did. I am watching the interceptions and only one was a lousy decision with at least a second to think about it. Three of them were desperation passes that shouldn’t have been thrown but they would never have happened if Jay was not running for his life. Greg Olson was double and triple teamed and the Bears didn’t take advantage. The running plays were run when they were obvious and run to please the sportscasters, not as good offensive decision. On the good side Johnny Knox and Earl Bennet, though far from polished, showed some progress. They were never double teamed and should have gotten open, but it is good they did. Devin Hester had a good game and looked like a receiver, not an out of place kick returner. Matt Forte did all he could against an inspired Packer defense and should have some good games in the future. The tackles looked adequate although Orlando Pace looks a little slow and not much help on running plays. The guards………hide your eyes.
4. Jay Cutler (aka brat, devil,etc.) had a horrible first game. Kinda like Elway when he was a rookie. But Jay is not a rookie. He should know better when to take a sack and when to throw it up for grabs. These decisions were poor at best and unacceptable as we go forward. I think Jay Cutler will be a good weapon for the Bears. I never thought we were going to the Super Bowl this year with no secondary and no established receiver to throw to, and now a sieve for an offensive line. But I like the way it looked when after all the adversity, the Bears had the lead because of some passes Jay Cutler made that Kyle Orton (the hero) could not have made. I hope the games improve for us Bear fans, and maybe we could be 2-2 after four games. Because after that we have a schedule that our defense will absolutely have field days against….if the find somebody to play in the secondary.