All day long I heard the football talking-heads express their "stunned" reaction to the Bears lops-sided victory over last year's number seed in the NFC the Atlanta Falcons. All of the other blow-outs (Bills over the Chiefs, Ravens over the Steelers, and the Eagles Pounding of the Rams) were deemed as just another game. The Bears decisive victory definitely stuck out in the minds of many as a reflection of things to come. Even compared to the Packs impressive performance against the Saints, the Cheese-Heads defense gave up over 30 points, while our boys "locked-down" Mattie Ice and crew for 60 minutes.
So what does it all mean? Yes, the Bears are truly for-real and here's why:
- Brian Urlacher is looking even better then he did last year, while Matt Forte is beginning to look more and more like "Sweetness 2" with his ability to turn a short yardage play into a big gain or better.
- Jay Cutler is performing just as we predicted with better foot work, better pass decisions, and better protection. We also have a back up QB in Calab Hanie whose a real gamer, and can make things happen on the field.
- Top draft pick Gabe Carimi is solidifying himself at the Tackle position even better than J'Marcus Webb.
- Devin Hester has made a considerable amount of progress at WR, and looked good on several short screen plays. Hester was even one trip-step from breaking away on the opening kick-off for six.
- Johnny Knox has also shown that his off-season workouts were worth the effort (it will be hard to keep him off the field).
- Lance Briggs has put his contract squabbles behind him, and is picking up where he left off last year.
That's just the tip of the iceberg here. This team is showing a great deal of depth as well as talent in the right places, starting with the defense:
- We have a wealth of reserves at both DT with Toeaina, Okoye, and Paea. At DE we have Nick Reed whose getting better with each game.
- Our reserves on the back end are showing a lot of promise while Major Wright continues to develop into a solid FS with ex-Patriot Brandon Meriweather as his back-up.
- The talent on the D-Line alone has taken a lot off pressure of the back-end of the defense as well.
- Offensively we have depth at wide-out and RB. Dane Sabzenbacher is due for huge a game one of these days (mark my words), and Kahlil Bell can be good for 50 plus yards off the bench. Not to mention that Marion Barber still has plenty of stuff-left-in-the-basement to give a strong effort each time out.
- Roy Williams can be as good he wants to be, as long as he's willing to work for it. Perhaps Mike Martz feels that he's the only coach that's been able to get Williams to work his ass-off, instead of sitting on-it.
- Punter Adam Podlesh has been a great upgrade at that position averaging nearly 50 yards each punt, and Robbie is Golden.
Next week we go to New Orleans to lock horns with an angry Saints team who will be hungry for a victory in their home opener. If we win that game, then the critics will definitely be scrambling. In week three we'll host the Pack. This will be my "revenge proclamation" for that game: Knock Aaron Rodgers out for the season! Just like the Packers did to Jim McMahon in the year after our Super Bowl season in 1986. I hate to be that cold, however "revenge is a dish that is best served COLD......"