The Bears get shutout in the preseason for the first time since 1981

The Bears get shutout in the preseason for the first time since 1981
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Darrion Weems #77 (L) and Virgil Green #85 of the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field on August 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It had been almost 35 years since the Bears had been shutout in a preseason game. The last time it happened was August 15, 1981 in Kansas City. On Thursday night it happened again.

The Bears were blanked by the visiting Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 22-0 and it didn’t look pretty in all three phases.

Glancing at the quick stats, the Broncos outgained the Bears 344-130 while winning the time of possession battle 36:05 to 23:55. The Bears picked up eight first downs compared Denver’s 18 and each team had a turnover, an interception.

Considering the Bears attempted more punts (9) than first downs picked up (8), it was an ugly night in front of a reported crowd of 48,816 fans. However, it is just the preseason so we need to take some of these numbers with a grain of salt.

The good

Willie Young, Leonard Floyd, Deonte Thompson, Deiondre’ Hall, Cornelius Washington and Jonathan Bullard all stuck out to me.

–Starting with Young, he didn’t record a tackle in his two series on the field, but he looked fresh and full of energy as a pass rusher much like his 10 sack season in 2014.

–Floyd came to play. He had only two tackles, but he looked very quick off the edge, caused to holding penalties and forced double teams playing with both the first and second team defense. He’s the real deal as he showed off his swim and spin moves.

–Thompson had two receptions for 33 yards including a 28-yard grab on a perfect play action fake by Brian Hoyer and Jacquizz Rodgers. Hoyer overthrew Thompson on an interception later in the third quarter, but it wasn’t Thompson’s fault. He looked comfortable in this offense.

–Hall had two pass breakups in a row, both in the endzone in the second quarter. The fourth rounder added five tackles on the night and showed some promise as a lengthy defender.

–Unfortunately Washington was nicked up in this game, but when he was out there he made plays. He had three tackles and a sack and looked strong off the edge. He missed all of last season with a quad injury and needs to avoid injury to stick around.

–Bullard added a lot of athleticism once he came in with the second team defense late in the first quarter. This year’s third round pick had two tackles (one for a loss). He will be a starter at some point this season. Mitch Unrein is simply not good enough.

The bad

The running game did very little, the offensive line looked very weak (starters and backups) and the cornerbacks were shaky at best.

–The Bears combined for 48 yards on 17 carries with fourth-string quarterback Connor Shaw leading the way with two rushes for 14 yards. Jeremy Langford had 10 yards on five touches and looked very average. Ka’Deem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers provided the biggest impact as receivers with 22 and 23 yards respectively.

–The offensive line allowed seven sacks on the night including two on Jay Cutler in the three drives that the first team was out on the field. There was a weak push up front and once the starters went out it was apparent that the depth was lacking. Cody Whitehair struggled after moving from left guard with the first team to center with the second team. They need help there.

–Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan were the starting outside cornerbacks with Tracy Porter a healthy scratch. Fuller didn’t look particularly confident covering Demaryius Thomas. Callahan didn’t either. Thomas flat out embarrassed Callahan on a 32-yard touchdown to open the game up. However, Callahan’s pass breakup later in the opening quarter allowed Jerrell Freeman to haul in an interception.

The ugly

Bears announcer Sam Rosen makes a glaring mistake, Ego Ferguson plays with the third team and David Fales doesn’t look good.

–Jim Miller and Sam Rosen are always a pleasure to listen to during the preseason, but on Thursday night Rosen made a very obvious mistake multiple times. He called Bears punter Pat O’Donnell, Pat Donnelly two times. Someone needs to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

–As for Ferguson, the 2014 second round pick has fallen way down the depth chart. He played well into the fourth quarter with the third team defense, adding one tackle. The Bears are making him work hard for a roster spot after he played in four games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

–Third-year quarterback David Fales relieved Brian Hoyer to start the third quarter. After a quick three-and-out on his first drive, he was sacked for safety just about two minutes later. The 2014 sixth round pick finished with 30 yards on 4-of-8 passing. He looked good over the past two preseasons, but not tonight.

Injury report

Running back Ka’Deem Carey (concussion protocol), defensive lineman Cornelius Washington (knee/ankle) and safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (neck) all left the game in the second half. Washington sat out briefly with a rib injury as well.

Wide receivers Derek Keaton and Eddie Royal, tight ends Ben Braunecker, Zach Miller and Greg Scruggs, linebacker Roy Robertson-Harris, center Hroniss Grasu (out for the season) and guard Amini Silatolu were all inactive for this one.

Next up

The Bears are off on Friday before heading back to practice on Saturday at Halas Hall. They travel to New England on Sunday night to practice with the Patriots on Monday and Tuesday before preseason game No. 2 on Thursday night in Foxborough.

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