Three final thoughts:
- If Mike Tice throws it more than he runs it tonight we may be entering "he's not fit to be an offensive coordinator" territory. You don't have to average 6 yards a clip but if the Bears veer away from the ground game at any point they will end up exposing their issues in pass protection to a ferocious rush.
- I don't believe in litmus test games in November but this is absolutely a litmus test game for Adam Podlesh. We are likely to see twenty punts and Podlesh can't put the Niners in position to be in field goal range over a first down or two. He needs to have his best game tonight.
- I wouldn't want to make my first career NFL start against this Bears defense. I think Colin Kaepernick starting for the concussed Alex Smith is a HUGE deal. Smith is not flashy but he's consistent, accurate and mistake free. Can Kaepernick string together six or seven throws in a row to beat this defense? I don't see it.
Bear down. Cowbear lost on Sunday night but he's never lost on Monday.