Now, before you start yelling at me on twitter, or in the comment section, that I'm overreacting to preseason games, just know that I am not. My reasoning is based on things which were concerns . . . concerns that got crumpled up and tossed in the waste basket as soon as the great Phil Emery traded for one Brandon Marshall.
Expectations are incredibly high this year. Incredibly. So let’s take a look at what could go wrong:
The number one concern seems to be Urlacher's knee. I mean, let’s be real: how good can he be these days? At 34 years old, he’s no spring chicken. News broke that he had gone to Germany to get the blood spinning procedure Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant famously received.
Sounds great, right? Well, Kobe had an arthritic knee. The procedure cleaned it up, and he said that he felt like he was 27 years-old again. But it’s a different situation than the injury Urlacher obtained in Week-17 last year. Urlacher’s knee was scoped after the fact as well. So how well did it really work?
Why is it such a big deal? Because we've seen how bad this defense is without Brian. There is no run stopping ability, and obviously, tight ends will destroy the defense over the middle. I like Nick Roach, but he’s not Urlacher. And even if he comes back, we can’t actually expect Urlacher to be URLACHER . . . right?
People will point to the start of the season last year and tell me, "See, he’s still great!" I’d agree, but how is he going to hold up for an entire season and into the playoffs now? Will he even be able to do what he needs to do in order for this Cover-2 (this year it might be the "Cover-Who?" again) to even remotely work.
Unless you're Green Bay, and you run slants all day.
The safety position is falling apart, and Week-1 hasn't even approached. We couldn't even get hyped about a Chris Conte, or a Brandon Hardin. Though, Conte might be back in time for the opener. Why is this position so cursed for Lovie Smith? Can you trust any of the guys the Bears have back there?
Steltz might be the only one I'm comfortable with . . . as far as intelligence goes.
Stephen Paea is already hurt with an injury that tends to linger throughout a season. Someone who HAS to be a factor is already ailing. The injury bug has started to affect the Bears already and it’s only been three weeks of preseason.
Remember Denver in 2008? Cutler and Marshall tore the League up, and they didn't have a winning record. Are we looking at more of the same from the Bears? Maybe. But the Bears don't have that ’08 Denver offensive line. Instead of Ryan Clady, we have J'Marcuss Webb. So can the Bears keep up if the defense turns out to be a complete waste of space?
Even if they can, things will have to run perfectly.
Some of you may think I’m just overreacting. Again, I swear I'm not. These are real concerns. And if you aren't concerned, reality check please. This season is totally up to the offense, because I think the Bears defense will be giving up a lot of points. But as long as they can just get turnovers like usual, I guess who cares?
Give this re-tooled offense the ball as often as possible.
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