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Don't Be Too Disappointed At Bears' First Preseason Game.

Like many of the Chicago Bear faithful, I was eager to see the first preseason game of the year. Obviously, my main focus was on Bears’ new quarterback Jay Cutler. Many say that his performance was disappointing, and looking at his stats for the game (completing 5 out of 10 passes for 64 yards, no touchdowns and one interception) I could see why people come to that conclusion. However, we have to remember that Cutler wasn’t playing with a full deck. Running back Matt Forte and tight end Greg Olsen both didn’t play. Therefore, it’s unfair to say that Cutler isn’t living up to the hype. The one thing that I am upset about is Cutler’s decision making in the game. The majority of his passes were to Devin Hester, who only had two catches. It seems as if Cutler was forcing passes to Hester while numerous defenders were covering him. In addition, one of those forced passes resulted in an interception. One message to Jay: Just because Hester is the “number one receiver” doesn’t mean that he is the only one you can throw to. But once Forte and Olsen get in the mix, I believe that the offense will click.

As for the defense, my focus was on the pass rush. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the defensive line. The only sack that was generated from the front four was by Alex Brown. The lack of quarterback pressure by the d-line was emphasized the perfect 10 for 10 passing by Bills quarterback Trent Edwards. But just like the offence, I can’t assume that the d-line’s performance will be like this in the regular season. The Bears’ best defensive lineman, Tommie Harris, was inactive for the game. Harris’ presence alone can dictate how offenses prepare for Chicago’s front four. With that being said, I think that once Harris is on the field, we will see exactly what Bears new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli have been teaching the first line of defense.

Clyde A. Speller

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