So, for the first time—at least in that style—the Bears put on a show against the Indianapolis Colts that showcased the juggernaut this offense has the potential to become. But was it an apparition, or was this a sign of great things yet to come?
The Bears started out looking like Mike Martz had never left. Looking like the Brandon Marshall trade had only been a dream. Looking like J’Marcus Webb was still their left . . . wait, that part’s true. It was the cataclysmic start of a sack, a false start penalty, followed by . . . just badness that made Bears fans nervous.
But hey, at least the false start wasn’t on Webb.
But the unit figured things out in a hurry. Is it coincidence that the Bears suddenly clicked immediately after Colts’ OLB Dwight Freeney went out with an injury? Probably, but it certainly helped their cause. It was right then that the offensive line started to give Jay some time in the pocket.
It was news to me to hear Jay Cutler say he audibled 50-60% of the time against Indy. You mean to tell me a Bears’ quarterback is allowed to call audibles—something every other QB in the game can do? Brilliant!
The best wide receiver in Chicago Bears history made his presence felt immediately. Marshall was targeted frequently and didn't disappoint for a second. Even the rookie Alshon Jeffery looked every bit as impressive as what we all saw down in Bourbonais.
But, rather than list all the obvious positives, why not move on to a couple negatives I noted—would you expect anything less from me? It’s the negatives, after all, that threaten to derail this offensive freight train.
Cutler tends to stare down Marshall – This was a problem in Denver, and it might be the same story here. Now before I get into this, yes, staring down Marshall as opposed to Dane Sanzenbacher is great. But this could be a problem vs. teams with better corners.
Marshall brought in 9 receptions, but there were a lot of forced throws his way. But Jay is giving him a chance to make a play on the ball. Take the good with the bad, I guess.
Is Urlacher slow because of his knee, or just out of shape? – Say what you want about him, but #54 looked very slow. For now, I am chalking it up to him not being in game shape. Missing an entire offseason will do that, you know. However, I am not at all positive that that’s the case. What can you really expect from him at this point?
Now, to the overall point of this article, can the Bears consistently deliver a dominant performance on offense week in and week out?
I say why not? Granted, the line has to block like they did last week, and I have my doubts there. But they held Mathis off once Freeney went out, and not every team is going to have two premier defensive ends in their lineup. Green Bay will test the line again this week.
With Marshall constantly garnering safety help over the top, Jeffery will see looks with regularity. On the touchdown that Jeffery caught, Jay and Marshall checked into a decoy route, which resulted in the safety going over to Marshall's side, which left Jeffery running by everyone in single coverage. And credit goes to Evan Rodriguez for coming up with a key block allowing Jay to have the time to throw.
The Bears don't even have issues in the redzone now. Bush is as good in goalline situations as anyone, and with Marshall and Jeffery on the outside, it’s tough to guard this entire team. We saw just what Marshall will do to corners in the redzone with his TD on Sunday.
Jay also has this guy—maybe everyone forgot about him—Earl Bennett. Yeah he’s got one of the best set of hands in the game. Even Devin Hester made a nice catch and run. And the Bears didn't even work rookie h-back Evan Rodriguez into the mix in the passing game. Anyone who was at camp will know that this kid has legit talent.
This offense is so complete that it’s terrifying.
Once it all settled down, Jay looked like a future League MVP. Much more than that overrated guy to the North of us, my friends. Thursday night will be interesting. Jay dared the Packers to play press coverage, and he has reason to sound confident, even borderline cocky now that the Bears have three wide receivers who can beat the press.
And that Packers’ defense didn't look so hot last week now did it? Bottom line is this: for the first time, this Chicago offense can win a shootout against anyone, especially when you do it like #CuttyDoesIt.
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