Bears need to trust each other

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The 4th Phase is panicking and the season hasn't even begun. There are plenty of Bears fans who don't trust Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo because of the mediocrity of the previous three seasons. Even though the Bears haven't made the playoffs since the Super Bowl XLI, they've tried everything to improve the team through free agency. Angelo orchestrated the trade of a lifetime in getting Jay Cutler and signed the biggest free agent in recent memory in Julius Peppers.

I don't see any reason to panic. The preseason is the time to work things out. It gave the offense the opportunity to practice their new scheme in live game situations. It gave the defense the opportunity to to practice against another team.

The Bears were able to move the ball downfield against the Cardinals, but unfortunately, Robbie Gould (one of the most accurate kickers in history) missed two consecutive field goals. I trust the Bears will be fine when it's time to dial it up. We can trust that Gould won't miss two consecutive chip shots during the regular season.

Jay Cutler was sacked 4 times, 2 on his own accord for holding onto the ball too long probably because he has yet to trust in the system, his wide receivers and his offensive line. Jay Cutler has to trust his receivers and his offensive line.

What about the defense? The play calling was hardly aggressive but yet the defensive line was able to get a decent pass rush. The defense needs to trust that no one blows their assignment and have to make up for each other. Besides, against the Cardinals, the Bears were without half their starting defense.

In the final preseason against the Cleveland Browns, I'm not expecting anything nor am I looking forward to watching the entire game. However, I am looking forward to the regular season, this being the 25th anniversary of the 85 Bears, and I trust the Bears will not disappoint this season.

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