Bears Rout Colts: Rapid Fire Recap

Bears Rout Colts: Rapid Fire Recap

I can't imagine a game starting uglier for the Chicago Bears. Sacks. False starts. Cutler throws one of the worst interceptions I've ever seen. The first half of the first quarter was grotesque. But life got better in a hurry. Here are a bunch of thoughts.

  • In my lifetime I can't remember a corner playing a better single game than Tim Jennings played yesterday. I predicted Jennings to have four interceptions and a Pro Bowl-caliber year. I didn't expect him to have two in the opener.
  • So...Jay Cutler is apparently going to throw the ball to Brandon Marshall no matter how many defenders are near him?
  • Cutler's touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery was perfection. No other way to describe it.
  • I'd have to revisit the tape but on first viewing I thought J'Marcus Webb played a solid game at left tackle.
  • If Adam Podlesh couldn't punt, why was he punting?
  • The image of Brian Urlacher spending the bulk of the second half on the sidelines was a little disturbing. If Lovie Smith is monitoring 54's reps in Week One it does not bode well for the man's ability to get through the rigors of an entire NFL season. And Urlacher wasn't fighting it. He wasn't mad. And that might have been the most telling sign. A great career is on the homestretch.
  • Let's retire the Devin Hester end around.
  • I said all along the talk of Devin Hester and Kellen Davis was silly. Yesterday it was Earl Bennett thriving in the slot and Kyle Adams looking like the Bears most explosive tight end on the roster.
  • The depth along the Bears defensive line is borderline frightening and we could spend a few minutes on McClellin, Wootton, Peppers...etc. But I am going to lay the gauntlet for Henry Melton. Let's see that performance for sixteen weeks. Sixteen weeks. Melton has all the talent in the world and the Bears need the push from the middle to have a successful defensive year.
  • Michael Bush belongs on the Bears.
  • So does Blake Costanzo.
  • So does Brandon Marshall.
  • So does Phil Emery.
  • Can't say enough for Matt Forte - both running and catching the ball. There simply isn't a more versatile back in the league. (I still can't believe the contract Emery convinced him to sign.)
  • My favorite play of the day: Kelvin Hayden's hit on Donnie Avery. Perfect technique and perfectly legal, Hayden laid the wood.

It was one of those games you over-analyze at your own peril, as the second half was essentially a runaway. The Bears got a dominant win and move on to the Packers.

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  • We can beat anybody in the NFL.

  • We will certainly be able to beat ourselves.

  • Agreed Irish. But let's as SC and Canada first. Okay to be confident yet guys? Or are you still worried about beating teams with first time head coaches and rookie quarterbacks at home nonetheless. Good Gravy.
    Just a little good natured ribbing boys. Leave the Bears angst behind. This is a very good team.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    This team can be very good, but Viva is definitely right.

    There will be a little angst gnawing at me until we put up big points on a real defense. And there aren't any on the schedule for a while; maybe Dallas is okay.

    But trust me, I will be enjoying this offense, so long as they leave stretches like the opening of last game out.

  • And hey, fudgepacker trolls, you'll be 0-2 in 4 days time. How 'bout them apples?

  • Get some, Irish!

  • The Hester end around was a sure 6 if Kellen Davis lays a hand on his man.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Perhaps not a "sure" 6, but I agree a big gainer. That place should remain in the book IMO.

  • In reply to Crown:

    "Oh that Kellen Davis."

  • It would have been foolish not to rest Urlacher if he was 25 and in his prime. He is 3 weeks removed from a knee scope and has another game in four days which may require he play the whole game and you have a 20 point lead with no signs of them being able to contain your offense. How was that a sign of anything except good common sense? Plenty of things point to this being the twilight of his career but that wasn't one of them.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    I must agree. In fact, Brian out the second half through the end of October would be fine by me unless we need him in there.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    Exactly. The dude isn't match fit. He got a run-out, opened up the pipes and tested the knee ... he escaped without anything else happening. Job done. He'll be fitter again for Thursday and it'll be 4 quarters.

    We can take away their run-game just like SF did. TJ, Hayden, DJ, Steltz(please) ... we can have a little fun with A-Rod too.

    2-0 and in the driving seat.

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    In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    Urlacher did not want to be out. He had his helmet on the whole time on the sidelines. His body language was like a 2nd teamer waiting for his chance to get in.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I got the same impression, BMike.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    Lovie said in his post game that he did not consider 54 in shape to full game and naturally, Urlacher was NOT pleased to be taken out.

  • What scares me this week is that zone between the corners and the safety in Lovie's defense. The Packers know how to exploit that and Luck did a decent job of doing that yesterday. Also, if Cutler and the line starts a game like that against the Fudge we could be screwed. I see a shoot out this week and the Bears can't afford to start out slow and fall behind.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Shootout at Lambo corral. Fo shizzle. Real WRs, giggity giggity alllll riiiight!

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    I don't need to remind anyone, but we are on a 1-7 streak vs the Packers. The margin of victory has been growing. 7,10, and 14 respectively. Points given up has gone from 10 to 21 to 27 to 35 in the last 4 match ups.

    This is the game. Toe to Toe and the early season advantage and bragging rights.

  • SO I've come to the conclusion that the first 10 plays with the average of us starting on the 12 yard line was to just re-cap over how shitty we really were last year.

    Ticey's way to say O.K. Bear Fans, remember this team from last year and then he came back and said...this is Cutty 2.0 my version of a "F" ng REAL OFFENSE!!!!!!...

    btw..... this is for all the conspiracy guys out there.

    and was it just me or did skunk look tentative a KR & PR?.... anyone?

  • OK it was a GREAT win and it made me extremely happy but we still need to work on a few things that are somewhat glaring.

    1. Teach Jay not to throw exclusively to Marshall, Bennet looked good on a few as well so I think if we can spread it out then we can really shoot it out with any other offense in the league. Not to mention the combo of Forte and Bush running the ball.

    2. Our O-line still needs help...I have to wonder if Freeney did not get taken out early what the pressure would have been like. When he was in our line didn't seem they could do the job. There are a lot more Defenders in the league that can rush BETTER than Freeney so it still makes me worried for Jay's safety and making the holes for our run game.

    3. We have to come up with a secondary scheme to cover the center of the field and stop letting these receivers free catches in the zone. If your going to let them have those every time we'll be eaten up pretty quick by the better more veteran QBs. Now if we can get hits like the Hayden hit" more often it might not matter that much but I think hoping for that every play would be unrealistic.

    Our Pass rush was NOT good enough...period.

    For once, I am not going to bitch about the coaching...

    It was a good day yesterday and I think we have a damn good chance to beat the Pack in their own house.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Good points B4E. I was worried early about everything going to Marshall. At the end of the day, Jay did spread it around more than I thought. I also wonder if we just don't know what it looks like when you have a true #1 on the field. Maybe that's what it looks like. I also think that Alshon is going to grow into the league quickly and catch a lot of balls this year. That should help Jay balance things.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:


    1) Jay was locked in on Marshall a lot, but the ball was spread around some:
    Marshall - 17(18?) targets, 9 complete, 2(3?) interference
    Forte - 6 targets, 3 complete, 40 yards, 1 pick-6
    Jeffrey - 5 targets, 3 complete, 80 yd, 1 TD
    Bennett - 4 targets, 3 complete, 50 yd
    Hester - 3 targets, 2 complete, 27 yards, 1 off interference
    Adams - 1 target, 1 complete
    Davis - 1 target, 0 complete
    There was one pass in the play-by-play that was a pass interference that I don't remember, so it's not in that list.

    2) I wondered a lot too about Freeney going out and what that meant. But there were also some obvious first-game jitters and early field position was not great. I'd grade the oline C+ for the day.

    3) That hole has existed in the defense for a long time; it's just the Urlacher has been crazy good at covering it for the last ten years. But you really nailed the solution on the pass rush needing to be better, although I was encouraged by Shea and particularly Melton.

  • It's amazing what a little QB protection can do for an offense. It's also disturbing what a lack thereof can result in as well.

  • This article put a smile on my face:

    Hopefully, on Friday "insert random Packer name" will be telling the media that the Bears didn't really beat us as much as we beat ourselves.

  • Best offense the Bears have had in my lifetime (34 )! JC, Marshall, Forte, Alshon and Bush. FUCK YEA

    Favorite play of the day was Cutler to Jeffery, like Jeff said, perfection

  • In reply to JerseyBear:

    Indeed. Was watching the game at Josie Woods in NYC yesterday (lot of blog tshirts, by the way. nice showing.) and when then ball went up everyone cheered and put their hands in the air. Mind you, this was before the catch was made. There was just a confidence that the play would end up positive.

    What a difference a Cutler makes.

  • I feel fabulous after a wonderful Bears opening day!

    It is a shame that lazy greedy teachers union needs to spoil it our victory Monday. I hope Godfather Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes them sleep with the fish! HAHAHA!

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    You bitches are next. Enjoy the week being 0-1.

  • It's Packers Week Bitches!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can't wait until they beat themselves next week.

    We get to do it all again in 4 days!!!

    Anybody know anything about Peanut?

  • Where's Scoop when you need him?

    Per 670, I heard someone stepped on his shin, and he's walking around with a sleeve on it... Seems okay.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    By the way, it's lovely to listen to the Score after an ass kicking.

    Until the dickheads come on in an hour.

  • After reading the political bickering on the last thread between two of my blog favorites, I would like to say this.

    We're past peak oil. The govt knows it. The Saudi's know it. In less than 50 years this lifestyle we're all so used to living will be history. The right can't fix it. The left can't fix it. Nobody can fix it. We have at most 10 to 20 years of relative prosperity left in this country. Before I enter the great abyss, I'm very sure that our entire way of life will be a memory. I'll be in a self built log cabin in the woods using pelts for warmth doing math in the sand. And other than the bears, I won't miss any of it.

    So let's stop hating on eachother. It's all moot.

    Bear Down with your Ball Hair Out. Ornamental or otherwise.

  • 100%

    (what if you manscape it all?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Then you're a fag. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • If you say so Doc. I don't have any idea how you could possibly know. I'm 38 yrs old and somebody, somewhere has been saying that for my entire life. If we run out of accessible crude, I suspect a sufficient alternative will be found. If not, so be it. I just don't have the energy to care anymore.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I agree Doc, but for a different reason. Debt.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Easy. We know how much usable oil is out there. The math says we're past peak development. We're using more and more, for everything from plastics to fuel to makeup, to medicine, to pesticides, to your girlfriends fake tits. It's all made from oil. I'm not alarmist, just interpreting the numbers, and at least mentally preparing for what's to come.

    Do you realize that offshore drilling and potential arctic oil reserves requires more energy to harvest on an order of magnitude than drilling on land? So why do oil companies bother with offshore drilling and such? Because they can't find enough on land anymore. The writing has been on the wall since, oh I don't know, 2001, September-ish. You just have to be willing to read it.

  • Guess we're fucked. Thing is you, me, and everybody else have no way of knowing whats going on out there. Believe me when I say I used to give a shit. I don't anymore. The problem is the information is worthless to me because I don't have any reason to believe the people giving it. You say we know how much oil there is left on the planet. How in theeee hell could anybody claim to know that? If you think its all been discovered and the people discovering it are done looking and infallible and no new technology is going to come along either to find it, harvest it, or
    refine it, you're probably wrong. I don't know any more than the next guy.
    I'm just tired of being fed a line of bullshit. We're going to run out? Fine, fuck it. Just let me know when I have to start shooting my own food. You apparently have the inside track there.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    The truth is out there. I'll leave it at that.

  • Agreed.

  • you're next you packer bitches:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shit. Maybe they need to mic him up every game.

  • Trent Richardson is a badass:


  • are you serious?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Despite blog popular opinion, I have always like Boomer.

  • guy's a fucking tool... but you're welcome to him Doc.

  • No one has mentioned this, but the back up linebackers did a pretty damn good job. I was impressed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like what I've seen from Costanzo.

    A guy at the bar yesterday characterized him as our most under-the-radar free agency acquisition. I'm inclined to agree.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He's apt to become a very important piece to this year's puzzle.

  • Nice win, but Lovie still had to throw in an inane challenge on that spot. They were going to have to call time out at the end of the 3rd anyway so MAYBE he figured "what the heck".

  • Obtained Brandon Marshall to make big plays. Check.

    Obtained Michael Bush to improve the short yardage game. Check.

    Draft Alshon Jeffrey who could just turn out to be Brandon Marshall, Jr.

    Don't you love it when a plan WORKS?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

  • Don't recall any called roll-outs yesterday. Saving that for somebody...?

  • Hey Chicago guys, Is Cutler doing his radio interview tonight? If so, is it on WBBM?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    He's got an hour show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago with Waddle and Silvy.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thank you, sir.

  • So, as I like do, I am listening to the replay of the game via NFL Audio with the opponents broadcast team.

    Now, in my opinion, the Colts play-by-play guy is the POSTER BOY for "Annoying Homer Guy", and how NOT to broadcast sporting events because he almost exclusively refers to Colt players by first name only. To hear him tell it, Robert Mathis was "being held on every play" and the Earl Bennet catch & run at the goal line was obviously a fumble / Colts ball.
    What a maroon.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I dunno Al... if the call on the field had been a fumble, I don't think that replay would have shown enough to overturn it.

    Perhaps I need to watch it a couple more times, but it looked really close to me. But all's well that ends well, eh?

  • You're right Doc. I'm done with politics on here. I guess I bit on the fifth's comment because I was pissed after such a glorious opening day, one in which the offense was at a level I have never witnessed in my entire life, I became angry that he resorted to political rhetoric or politics at all for that matter. The Bears finally played up to our collective expectation level after a couple years. I'd like to thank Canada for making me realize it's futile. The last point I'd like to make regarding last nights contentious exchange is directed to Al. If you ask people in a poll if race plays a role in how they view and ultimately vote, and they say yes, then I'd say its pretty objective. Waffle had some great insight in his comment that I totally agree with. As far as my sexual escapades and my Billy Dee Williams-like ways; that is over. I shared because I thought there was entertainment and comedy value in it, but its just not worth it anymore. Bear down.

  • In reply to Crown:

    WOH! Billy Dee-like ways?

    You wear a cape? You drink Malt Liquor?

  • In reply to Crown:

    +1 good! take your misogynist, liberal, racial holy war somewhere else Crown. Stop calling honest citizens racist and defending your super hero BHO. This is Bears Blog, not racial holy war blog.

    You should go and protest with lazy greedy teachers unions if you want to share your policies. Hopefully The Godfather Rahm Manual will turn on his hoses and rubber bullets and chase them back to their ghettos.

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Bang Bang!

  • In reply to Crown:

    We're gonna need one more Billy Dee tale for the road Crown, and I strongly urge you to sprinkle one in here and there. I can't be the only douche left on the site telling cocktails.

    Rogers - Fucking Dead!

    If Alex Smith can hang 30 on the Pack then we should be good for 40+.

  • In reply to Crown:

    dude, I don't think we should stop talking about anything on here.

    We just need to realize that everyone has different POVs and don't hammer anyone for them. Be nice.

  • I was just over reading a thread on PFT about Cutler asking for a quite red zone. The plethora of witless, brain-damage induced comments made me once again realize what a great thing we have going here.

    Bear down, compadres!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Speaking of brain damage effects, that would be a *quiet* red zone.

  • So, there's a highly terrible Chicago based rapper named Chief Keef. He gets tons of media attention now due to many other Chicago rappers claiming how his music is the soundtrack to the current violence wave going through the inner city.

    I was listening to many of his songs, with a very objective ear, hating all of them... until... I got to one that uses "Bang Bang" constantly.

    MB, check it. Bang bang!

    (Makes me wonder if Spice got it from this)

  • It's disgusting Willie. Been following the story. Interscope should drop the kid as of yesterday and he better not be on the Pitchfork or Lollapalooza line-up next year. This culture will only change if music executives and people like Kanye West (why is he so into women's clothing?) who found this kid start taking a stand and taking some social responsibility rather than just focusing on profit maximaization. Lupe says he's retiring from the game because he's genuinely scared. We're the murder capital of America right now because what's going on in the South and West sides. It's not even big ganges anymore, but splinters on friends which makes it harder to control. Cops won't go in many of these areas. The whole thing is fucked up beyond belief.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Totally crazy. I just wanted to try to settle things down a little last night because both of you are good guys and it was a needless pissing match. Don't stop posting your escapades. I'm sure the vast majority get a kick out of them. Same with Fifth. Keep posting Govt Mule/Warren Haynes/ Tedeschi/Trucks/ Grace Potter links. It's pretty darn easy to skip them (not unlike Blitz's posts) if someone doesn't like them. That's one of the reasons I'm on here all the time. We're all different, most are pretty amusing and overall, we get along. Just like a real family, once in a while we fight among ourselves but at the end of the day we're still part of the Bears Family. Bring on the Unicorns and Rainbows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Is the concrete behind the end zone slippery? Jeffery and his defender both almost fell on their ass after that play.
    I know it is nit-picky, but they might consider some carpet or astroturf there. How pissed would we have been if Alshon sprained an ankle or knee after that catch?

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