This is the first week the Bears have been favored, with the exception of the first week, when they played the Lions, and many were picking an upset. And yet here they are in questionable condition.
Larry Mayer has posted an article titled “Cutler’s limited participation in practice part of evaluation.” What Mayer means in his title and ultimately in his report is that the Bears cannot start or even play Cutler until he has been evaluated by team doctors, as well as an outside neurologist. This evaluation must yield an asymptomatic Cutler at rest and after exertion.
In the event Cutler can’t go, backup Todd Collins will.
In evaluating the game between the Panthers and Bears, I don’t know what to think. You have to believe, at 0-4, the Panthers are going to come out swinging. The only thing that could save them is the dissension on the Panthers with Steve Smith doing just what you should do when a young player like their quarterback struggles: hassle them. I have no respect for Smith. He hit a teammate and got a suspension. He’s loud and it’s all about him, not the team.
The Bears have their own problems, especially with the offensive line. Offensive Coach Mike Martz took the blame for their problems Sunday night, saying that he tried to teach them too much during their week of practice. What was too much, how to block? Sorry, that is not going to fly. Martz pulled the same stunt when they couldn’t score on fourth down at the one-inch line. And then it happened the next week.
Coaches sometimes think if they take the blame, the problems are going to go away, but I’m afraid this one isn’t going away.
The Panthers’ defense played well last week, but I’m not as worried about the offense as I am the defense. We don’t do well at pass coverage, and we didn’t get much of a pass rush against the Giants last week.
I am not going to pick a winner or loser. It doesn’t mean anything until the Bears’ offensive line learns how to function. I say any wins until that happens are lucky wins.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Cutler’s limited participation in practicepart of evaluation”