While the Bears aren’t playing well enough to take anyone for granted, the Giants are as beatable right now as anybody in the NFL. They play sloppy football, turn the ball over, have all kinds of trouble offensively and come into Thursday night’s contest 0-5.
Simply put, the Bears must win this game.
And win they will. But there are some things that simply must come off my chest, and you’re the lucky recipient of my ranting this week.
No whining in football
So Brandon Marshall is complaining about not getting enough touches? Doesn’t he understand that he’s helping the team just by being double-teamed on the field? That he’s the main reason Alshon Jeffrey had the most yards in a game of any Bears’ WR ever? Ever?
But no, Marshall was upset because Cutler only threw the ball in his direction six times on Sunday. And I thought Marshall had taken Jeffery under his wing! Shouldn’t he be happy for his protégé?
I know he did congratulate Jeffery, but even Cutler sensed his frustration.
Look, Marshall is still a beast and I love him to death. But he needs to focus on being a good soldier and doing what’s best for the team. That said, he is a competitor and the media kind of goaded him into some of those comments. Following a loss, however, that kind of talk just rubs me the wrong way.
Has anyone seen Julius Peppers?
Peppers has played five games and has totaled just one sack and only eight tackles. With Henry Melton and Nate Collins out for the season, Stephen Paea questionable, Corey Wootton playing out of position and Shea McClellin looking like a bust, the Bears need Peppers to make some plays.
Based on his play thus far, I won’t hold my breath. Fortunately for the Bears, though, the Giants have forgotten how to play offense. They have no running game.
Plus, I believe that the Bears won’t go consecutive weeks without forcing a turnover.
Speaking of turnovers …
The Bears’ offense can’t make mistakes and expect to win in the NFL, even against an inferior opponent. If they take care of the football, they should win this game. But that hasn’t been so simple.
But the Bears ‘D’ has an opportunity to shine on Thursday. The Giants have started four different offensive line configurations, and Eli Manning has turned the ball over 13 times in five games.
Wake up, it’s game time!
Meanwhile, it’s as if someone forgot to tell the Bears what time the game starts. They started painfully slow versus the Saints and have been behind in most of their games so far.
Are the sleepy starts the fault of the coaching staff? Jermon Bushrod seemed to hint at that when he said the Saints used blitzes the Bears hadn't seen and the breakdowns were "more mental than physical."
Maybe this Thursday’s game will be a good thing for the Bears. They certainly haven’t set their body clocks to the right time this season so they should be wide awake by night time.
A good way to get the ball rolling — literally and figuratively — would be for the Bears to make early adjustments to their protection schemes so Cutler isn’t being blindsided and coughing up the football.
Just a thought.
Quit congratulating the other team!
I like Marc Trestman, so maybe I’m a meatball for saying this, but I hated the way the Bears’ coach started his press conference after the game Sunday.
“Let me just start by saying congratulations to the Saints.”
No. You can show respect for the other team without congratulating them.
“I thought Rob (Ryan) did a good job …”
Ryan is not a genius; you just didn’t have your team ready for his blitzes early. Yes, their coaching staff outcoached ours. But it’s a work in progress. Just get angry for once and save the kindness for church on Sunday.
Pound the rock!
Hey, I don’t want to hear that the Bears come “off the bus running” the football any more than you do. But they gave up on the running game too early. Of course, much of that has to do with the earlier point of getting behind.
Run the ball, and stay committed to the running game even if you get behind.
While the Giants’ run defense has been one of the lone bright spots for them this season, against top backs their defense ranks just 27th overall in rushing yardage.
They bottled up the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, especially in the first half when he was held to 14 yards on seven carries. The Giants ‘D’ was also stout vs. LeSean McCoy, who they held to 46 yards on 20 rushes.
But they have given up a ton of rushing yardage, and QBs who can scramble have hurt New York. Cutler had some impressive runs last week, so expect more of the same.
Pay attention to mechanics
No, I’m not suggesting that Cutler study the guy who repairs his car. I’m talking about remembering the mechanical adjustments that the coaching staff worked on with him in training camp and preseason.
When Cutler underthrows the ball, it’s usually because he’s either being rushed or he’s throwing off his back foot. Heck, on one play he threw off no feet!
Even a QB with as strong of an arm as Cutler can’t get away with doing that.
The payoff for Cutler could be huge if the line blocks and Jay can get comfortable in the pocket. That’s because the Giants’ pass rush has been lacking and their secondary depth is thin.
CB Aaron Ross hurt his back last week and is out for the season, while Jayron Hosley and Corey Webster are nursing injuries.
Expect the Bears to utilize misdirection plays to attack the Giants’ Cover-1 scheme.
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