Before leaving the Bears’ third game of the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals I thought it made a little sense to put the first-string offense under a little more of a microscope. After all despite the fact that they were in the game all the way to the third quarter they were unable to put any points on the scoreboard.
Larry Mayer has posted an article on the Bears website titled “Offense moves ball, but fails to cash in scoring chances”.
As I’ve said in other articles the atmosphere makes no sense when it comes to the Bears. For example, two weeks from today (August 29th) the Bears open their regular schedule against the Detroit Lions, a team that by all reports has been improving. As Mr. Mayer reports even though the first-string offense couldn’t score they could take some solace in that they moved the ball. Historically that is exactly what the Bears have done; they have moved the ball but ultimately either stalled or turned it over.
There is no question that the Bears have great offensive weapons. First is Jay Cutler. He truly can pass. However one problem Cutler has is consistency. He can put eight passes together then he might throw an interception.
The Bears obtained running back Chester Taylor who is a fine runner. He compliments Matt Forte. This year Forte is healthy for the first time since his rookie season. That is one reason that you aren’t seeing him in the games as much as Taylor.
The Bears have a wonderful group of wide receivers with respect to speed and hands. Johnny Knox I will put up against anyone. Further Devin Hester has developed into a great “every-down” player. Devin Aromashodu has given the team size and some great hands going over the middle.
As good as all this talent is what I want to know is where have the tight ends been? Desmond Clark and Greg Olsen have been virtually left out of the playbook. This is hard to understand since the fans were told that Olsen was tearing things up in training camp. Teams cannot leave out weapons.
That is what the Bears have done historically. They have left players out of preseason and lost. Then these same players won’t do well in regular season because they didn’t get the right amount of preseason playing time.
It really doesn’t matter how much talent a team has if they don’t manage it correctly they will lose and I believe the Bears will lose often this year.
Chicago Bears website; Larry Mayer; “Offense moves ball, but fails to cash in scoring chances”