The Bears’ offense is bad. No, it isn’t just the offensive line. The offense is bad from head coach Lovie Smith to the offensive coach, Mike Martz, through the quarterback, Jay Cutler, to some receivers — let’s use Johnny Knox and finally the always-odiferous offensive line. Yes, the Bears’ offense is bad, and I doubt they can get better this year. They lost today to the Washington Redskins 17-14.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Bears play giveaway in stumbling to third loss in four games.” Mr. Mayer, who is a class act, is much nicer to the Bears than they deserve.
I have sat through some games that were awful, and I think this game may have been the worst I have ever sat through. The last one that was close was when the Bears couldn’t stop the Giants from sacking Cutler and they haven’t been able to stop teams from sacking him since, other than to keep him out of the Panthers’ game.
Cutler threw four interceptions. That is bad enough, but they were all to the same guy, DeAngelo Hall, who became the first guy to do this against the Bears ever. Johnny Knox was involved in these and messed up the routes, as well as failed to fight for the ball.
If you did not see the game, you would not be able to imagine it.
It started out promisingly enough, with the Bears blocking and then intercepting a pass for a touchdown. Considering how effective the defense would be, only allowing 10 points, they didn’t look sharp on the following possession by Washington.
At the end of the first half, the Bears picked up some steam and actually led at the end of the half 14-10. Then came the second half.
The Bears opened up with a good drive. At first it looked like Earl Bennett had scored, but ultimately the ball was placed on the one-yard line. Naturally, instead of having a back like Forte try to smash-mouth the ball over the goal line, Martz tried to have Cutler, he of a recent concussion, get it across the line behind a line that can’t protect him if he drops back. He was ambushed by Albert Haynesworth (the guy who stomped a player’s face with his spikes) and soon lost the ball. Of course, it might not have been a good idea to give Forte the ball either, since he later fumbled.
Cutler ended up with a 54.3 passer rating.
The Bears are now tied for first place with the Green Bay Packers, who beat the Minnesota Vikings. The Bears won’t stay in first.
The Bears are going into a bye-week. No one is happier than me. I won’t have to watch them.
Chicago Bears Website, Larry Mayer, “Bears play giveaway in stumbling to third loss in four games”