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Bears do little to to ease concerns in loss to Chargers

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

I've had a few concerns this preseason, but with all of the positivity oozing out of Bournonnais, I thought maybe I was just being overly pessimistic.  Saturday night, the Bears didn't do much of anything to put my mind at ease in their 25-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The Offensive Line
The offensive line features guys in four different spots from this time a year ago, with only Olin Kreutz in the same place.  The new starting line had Cutler under duress for the short stint that he was in the game.  The running game didn't take off either, with the longest run of the night coming on a Caleb Hanie scramble.

The O-line and their early performance, in which Cutler was hit on at least 2 of his 8 plays, certainly played a role in Jay's short night.  Could Lovie and Martz leave Jay in when he was constantly under pressure?

The Secondary
Between injuries and personnel questions, the secondary has been another big question.  When the Bears traded for Chris Harris, a lot of people believed that the Bears had plugged a big hole.  Guess again.  Where was Harris on the Chargers first TD pass.  Check out this highlight and see if you can figure out who missed their assignment?

I will admit that Major Wright made a strong impression, leading the team with 7 tackles (you know, that's when you take the opponent with the ball to the ground.  We should practice that a little bit).  But since every silver lining has a dark cloud, Wright left with a finger injury.  No word on how serious it is yet.

The secondary is banged up, with Danieal Manning sitting out Saturday's contest and Craig Steltz suffering from a leg injury.

Backup Quarterback
There's been quite a bit of speculation about how happy Mike Martz has been with his backup quarterbacks and the lack of an experienced backup.  Caleb Hanie is solid, but still very raw.  He had plenty of opportunities to get reps on Saturday but a shoulder injury could loom large.  If the injury is at all serious, expect the Bears to go get a veteran backup.

It's the preseason, so I'm not reaching for the panic button quite yet.  But I am riffling through my junk drawer to be sure I know where it is.

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