Truth is, even with a full complement of receivers, Smith looks embarrassing with his Davis nonsense.
The Bears coach talks up his big, useless, starting tight end all the time, obviously unconcerned with the massive hole where his credibility used to be.
Smith's deathless quote is that Davis "can do all the things the good tight ends can do.''
Except block, remain upright and catch the stinkin' ball.
Smith’s laughable description of Davis ranks right up there with “
Then again, that's what you'd expect from an addled coach who said he erred in going for it on fourth-and-inches against Seattle and immediately said he would do it again. Wait, you'd choose to make a losing mistake again?
Some would argue that Smith makes that kind of mistake everytime Davis is on the field.
Davis has 14 catches and seemingly as many drops. He has 185 yards and two touchdowns, but the catches are the big thing. Or the little thing -- Davis' total ranks behind 40 tight ends.
Yes, 40. In a 32-team league. That means some teams have two tight ends who are more productive than the Bears' starter.
The issues of Smith's ragged player evaluation and Davis' ragged performance become particularly acute this week in the wake of the injuries to wide receivers.
Hester, the previous example of Smith’s offensive cluelessness, is coming back from a
So, the Bears are down to, what,
I get that. I also get that the Bears’ passing game wouldn’t rank among the worst in the league if the coach knew what he was doing at a position that the rest of the
A couple weeks ago, the Bears faced Minnesota with an offensive line in chaos and a quarterback returning from a concussion. The game plan was reduced to quick, short passes and a commitment to the run even when the run was picking up less than three yards a carry.
The plan worked, with a lot of help from
As the Bears head to Minnesota this week, things seem more dire with
And now the offense is going into a place where audibles go to die. The Vikings' defense will be faster on the turf, so a quarterback needs a reliable safety valve. That's usually the tight end, but the Bears have largely forfeited a position that would help Cutler greatly, especially this week.
But here's the thing: There is a way Davis could help the Bears. Yes, staying in Chicago is a good answer, but it appears he will be making the trip, much to everyone's chagrin.
So, he must make himself useful, and I have an idea that plays to Davis' strengths, or at least his natural tendencies on the field: