Final Thoughts: Things Look Bad, But Luckily The Bye Week Is Here

Final Thoughts: Things Look Bad, But Luckily The Bye Week Is Here

The Chicago Bears are not the same team that they were last year. Or even the year before. Or even the previous years before that.

Without defensive minded head coach Lovie Smith and tough defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, this defense isn’t even close to what it once was.

The 41 points were the most the Bears ever scored in a loss.

You have to take in account the injuries on the defensive side of the ball took a toll on the unit. However, its not an excuse to make a 1-4 Redskins team look unbeatable.

Adjustments were not made to generate more pass rush or help the safeties be in the right positions. Without Lance Briggs (shoulder), Charles Tillman (knee) the defense was laughable.

They couldn’t get a sense for the play call. Rookie Jon Bostic played admirably in his first career start trying to help with the play calls with Briggs on the sideline.

They couldn’t stop anybody in the second half. It was a rarity to see the Redskins not pick up a first down or heck even punt the ball away.

Some of the calls didn’t go the Bears way on Sunday including a joke of an offsides call on Eric Weems on what appeared to be a successful onside kick in the fourth quarter.

The Bears trailed 38-34 with under nine minutes left in the final quarter and they were looking to get a “possession back”, according to head coach Marc Trestman after the game.

It was a brilliant call, but the offsides penalty forced the Bears to re-kick and they chose to send it deep.

The home team gets the calls on most Sundays, but I felt as if it was a bit uneven at FedEx Field. Rookie linebacker Khaseem Greene was flagged for a late hit on a Robert Griffin III run which didn’t seem warranted.

Some holding calls weren’t called against the Redskins, who were bullying Julius Peppers and Jon Bostic for most of the afternoon. Without the umpire, who was lost to a hamstring injury, only three referees were on the field.

It made things tough to call at the line of scrimmage hence the lack of holding calls. In my mind those non-calls really took a toll on the Bears in the 45-41 road loss.

One thing is for sure. Take away the fact that the Redskins generated 45 points and 499 yards of total offense, the Bears once again proved that they will not give up in any game this season no matter how tough it gets.

With a non-existent pass rush, injuries to star veterans Briggs and Tillman and most importantly a backup quarterback who hadn’t played in over 21 months they still hung around.

It was rough to see Cutler go out of the game with a groin injury. McCown filled in admirably completing 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown.

This season isn’t over just yet. At 4-3 things don’t look too great for the Marc Trestman led Bears, but they will keep fighting through adversity.

Cutler will likely be out for an extended period of time considering the Bears signed Jordan Palmer just after the game and multiple sources have reported it’s a serious injury.

It was a play where he went down pretty easy. I didn’t think he was that injured. But it was apparent when he limped with help to the locker room and eventually placed on a cart to get x-rays.

Cutler will be getting an MRI today as well as Brandon Marshall, who was hit hard in the wrist by reckless Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.

The Bears are bruised up on both sides of the ball. The bye week couldn’t come at a better time. Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery need this time to rest up as well as they were in and out of the action on Sunday.

Some adjustments need to made on the defensive of the ball as Chris Conte was burned consistently by rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who caught all nine of his targets for 134 yards and one touchdown. Maybe its time to see what the younger talent can do.

Mel Tucker hasn’t impressed me much as the defensive coordinator. The Cover-2 relies so much on pressure and solid play in the secondary. The Bears are getting neither of that.

Its not good when your linebackers lead the team in sacks on the season.

Things have to be changed or the Bears could be slipping fast. They were 10-6 a year ago with basically the same team. No more excuses can be made.

Its time to get healthy and ball out.

Playing Green Bay the week following the bye on Monday Night Football should be plenty of motivation to get back to their winning ways.

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