Sure, the Bears had a series of problems against the Giants on Friday night. Bears coach
said the practice game was like a final exam, and in that case, the Bears’ first-stringers failed. Offense, defense, special teams -- three-and-ouch.
The Bears’ had no running game and their two-minute offense included
trying to sneak off his own goal line. The starters also couldn’t get in the end zone against the Giants’ backups. Fun.
Special teams gave up a punt block inside their 10-yard line. The Bears cut the culprit, but that means someone else will have to step in and learn to work with the others while blocking perfectly for a rookie punter.
The defense, though, was the killer. It was the unit with questions about age and health, and after Friday night, it had fewer answers than tackles.
ran left, ran right, ran right after starting left, and pretty much ran over the Bears like it was a video game.
Once he got outside the first Bears’ first level, Wilson was plowing through the third level. There was no second level of consequence sideline to sideline.
, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
When the Giants were running,
was getting whipped by an elite quarterback and all manner of receivers.
was going to throw to his left and he didn’t care who the Bears put on that corner and didn’t care which receiver was on that side. He was going to throw left and he did, and
Too often, the Bears' starting defense was slow and tentative, not to mention ineffective up front aside from
That’s the thing: Most of the bad stuff gets deodorized by a good pass rush. The Bears didn’t sack Manning, which isn’t necessarily a big deal if they at least pressure Manning into bad throws.
But no. There was almost none of that. Manning hit on 17 of 21 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The two-time
champion completed 9 of 10 for 96 yards and a score in the second quarter when he torched the Bears defense.
Manning had more time than the Bears secondary could cover, and the vivisection exposed a continuing problem.
Julius Peppers can play. We know that. He was the only starter who looked familiar with the concept Friday night
. He had a great game against Washington the previous week, but sorry, eventually the Bears will play against good teams. Anybody home?
, ollie, ollie, oxen free. The more the Bears move Peppers inside, the more you realize how limp the starters at defensive tackle are.