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Signs of Things To Come?

By: Greill Kupicky

In the immortal words of the late, great Harry Caray…”HOLY COW!”
What a difference a week can make. I know, I know, call me yo yo. Last week I saw negative and wrote what I saw. Now this week, I’m in love again. What do you expect? I am a Bears fan after all.

My overall perspective is this...After our first game versus Buffalo, I would say that there was unanimous consensus among Bear fans that we needed a lot of work on both sides of the ball. Granted it was the first preseason game of the year, but the Bears looked inept on offense (except for Caleb Hanie) and the defense reminded me of the banner years under Death Spiral Dave Wannstedt’s tutelage. To put it simply, everyone played like crap. I don’t know if it was embarrassment on the players end, or if the coaches somehow lit a fire where the sun doesn’t shine, but whatever it was, I was impressed.

The Bears looked efficient on offense by scoring on their first three possessions. Remember my question last week? I asked if the Bears offense were just playing bad or if Forte and Greg Olsen make that much of a difference. Well, I think I got my answer. If the Bears can continue to improve on offense by finding outside help at the wide receiver position, which will open up the middle for Greg Olsen and Des Clark and Matt Forte, this could be an interesting offense to watch.

When the first team players were on the field, Cutler looked like the pro-bowl quarterback we all know he is. I don’t care which skill player is on the field, they damn well better be ready to have the ball thrown to them at any given time because Cutler has the accuracy, and the arm strength, to make any and all throws. If our outside threats (wide receiver) continue to develop and improve week by week, the Bear’s passing game will take a lot of pressure off the run game. The run game looked great with the first team. Matt Forte showed why he is one of the most versatile, and one of the most explosive, backs in the league. He found gaping holes in the Giants talented defensive line, and used his natural talents and ability to be productive in his preseason debut. The offensive line looked good by allowing Cutler to be efficient in the passing game and opening up holes for Forte to rumble north and south. Their run blocking seemed better this week with Forte in there. If this line can stay healthy and continue to develop its continuity, it should be one of the better lines in the NFL...I hope.

The defense looked resurrected after playing at half speed in Buffalo. Even though they played great, my concerns and questions about this secondary still remain. After taking the week off in Buffalo, they were back in the fray against the Giants. If the Bears can find the right combination at the safety position, get steady play again from Vasher, and have a healthy Tillman again, the Bear’s secondary should again be a turnover causing machine. The defensive line added a good rush and was solid in the run game. I really like Coach Marrinelli. He is going to make our line one of the hardest working, and in my opinion, one of the most productive lines in the NFL. Our linebackers flew all over the field. Our defense looked fast and aggressive, just like they used to. The defense we saw against the Giants is the type of defense that will keep Bears fans warm on the cold days in December without the flask.

Special teams looked good because the Bears have good depth and talent on their roster. A good special teams unit is led by a good coach (as we have already discussed) and good overall talent. They showed this against the Giants. Our kick and punt coverage was solid and the return game was explosive. Special teams will help the Bears in so many different ways this season. It is nice to have that in our back pocket. It really is a very important aspect of the game. After two games of solid play, I predict that there won’t be many concerns about this unit all year.

2 comments:

  1. Greill. very good analysis on the Bears-Giants game. Hopefully the defensive line will continue to progress and secondary will stabilize once the regular season is here. I'm still not crazy about Hester being a #1 receiver as I think he posted a greater threat in the return game. But hey, one never knows what can happen. Let's see how they do against the Broncos!!!

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  2. Hey James,
    This secondary really scares me. All last season and so far this preseason, they have not made me confident that they are capable of helping this team. Forte is the man...I have a man crush on this guy :-) Thanks for reading my post...I read yourstoo and I think it is safe to say, we are on the same page

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