It is a sad state of affairs, the Chicago Bears’ offensive line. If I had been Jay Cutler in yesterday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, I would have gone over to Lovie Smith, looked him straight in the eye and said, “I’ll go back in the game when you get some guys who can block.”
You’re talking about your life here. Consider the fact that Cutler was coming off of a concussion; he was sacked an additional six times.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Out-of-sync offense, sluggish defense sink Bears.”
I agree with Mayer; the defense was not as sharp as it has been at times. However, the Bears did score at about the two-minute mark of the first quarter, mainly due to a 58-yard pass interference penalty.
Unfortunately, the Bears’ defense allowed the Seahawks to answer the score, making it 7-7 and turning the momentum.
In all fairness, we have to mention that the Seahawks were coming off of a bye-week and were not the same team that had a 2-2 record. They had obtained Marshawn Lynch. When he ran, the Bears could not bring him down. It reminded me of our sixth-grade football team trying to tackle our 6’2,” 240-pound coach; it was embarrassing.
Lovie Smith was his usual hypothyroid self. He stated the obvious, saying, “Offensively, (we) didn’t get anything done.”
I guess they didn’t. They didn’t convert any third-down opportunities (12) and a couple of them were pretty short. This increased the Bears’ third-down failure streak to 22. That is amazing. However, if you listen to Olin Kreutz in one of my past articles about the loss to the Giants the Bears are essentially victims of the ups and downs of the season; there is never any ability to control their destiny, an odd attitude for a football player.
Mayer comments on the fact the Bears could do nothing against the Seahawks’ pass defense that was ranked 31st in the league. However it doesn’t matter what a team’s pass defense is ranked if they are tackling your quarterback on every play.
The keys to the Bears’ loss were easy to see. The offensive line was not at all valuable. As a result they allowed six sacks and an untold number of hurries. Further, the offense could then not take advantage of the poor Seahawk secondary. Finally the defense, which is always weak against the pass, was surprisingly, in addition to that, weak against the run; they couldn’t provide even remedial tackling.
The pundit logic now is that the Bears really didn’t lose anything because the Green Bay Packers lost to Miami. That’s true, but we still have to play Miami.
Next Sunday, the Redskins come to Chicago. We will be 4-3.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Out-of-sync offense, sluggish defense sink Bears”