The following are my thoughts on the NFL from Sunday. And by the "NFL" I mean the "Chicago Bears."
1. The Bears defense has allowed 68 points in six games. They're the only NFL defense to not allow a rushing touchdown and in the redzone they have been flat-out brilliant.
2. Tank Johnson might have had the numbers, but anyone watching that game yesterday saw that Tommie Harris was just as dominant up front. With Ian Scott and Fonsy Booner, the DT position is set for a decade.
3. Alex Brown is terrific against the run, but if he could give us SOMETHING of a pass rush, this defense will become to the best in the NFL. In case you haven't noticed, all of these big pass plays are happening on his side for a reason.
4. How's that Booker for Wale trade looking now? Ogunleye is a beast.
5. You know how you know that Kyle Orton is becoming a pretty good quarterback? Until yesterday, his eyes went Mushin-Mushin-Mushin-out of bounds. Sunday he looked Mushin-Bradley-Des Clark-out of bounds. God, that's exciting.
6. Desmond Clark, 'atta boy.
7. Thomas Jones, I don't know where to start. He's in the top five rushers in the NFL and he trails only Shaun Alexander in the NFC. The first half Sunday was won on Brad Maynard's foot and the second half won on Thomas Jones' back.
8. A big worry I'm having with this Bears team is Robbie Gould kicking the ball through the uprights. We're going to need a kicker that can boot the 40-49 if we're going to win some tough football games against teams like Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Carolina...etc. If I'm Jerry Angelo, I'm patrolling the kicker free agents for next season.
9. If I'm Ron Turner this week, I'm trying to find ways to get Mark Bradley open in space. This guy is lightning quick.
10. Every time Ron has called the fullback in the left flat or the tight end in the right flat, it's been open. The guy just has a terrific feel for a football game. (But run even more, dude, just keep running.)
11. Hey Sporting News, is Brian Urlacher still the most overrated player in football? The man is the best linebacker in the conference right now and might just be playing the best defensive football - period.
12. Last year it was Ian Scott but this year...my boy is Hunter Hillenmeyer. I was adamant about the Bears getting a new strong-side linebacker but Hunter has been filling holes and really doing some good things.
13. Thank God Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez aren't on the Bears schedule this year because they would lose by 100. I think Todd Heap just made his 400th catch.
14. BELIEVE ME I'M NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT ALLOWING SIX POINTS BUT I'd like to see the Bears get a little more aggressive on third downs. They're too eager to drop back and I think keeping this team from getting turnovers. Interceptions come off pressure and pressure comes from attacking when you know a team's going to throw.
15. Be honest. If you were offered 3-3 after six the moment Grossman went down, you'd have spit whatever you were drinking and yelled YES!
16. How good would this team have been with Rex? My guess: 5-1.
17. Regular season games don't get bigger than Sunday in Detroit.
18. Anybody else feel the way I feel about this game: eager. Usually I'd be nervous but I just want to see that defense get right back out there and play their best.
19. John Tait, Roberto Garza, Ruben Brown, Olin Kreutz, Terrence Metcalf, Fred Miller. Love ya.
#2 Marc said . . .
October 25, 2005
Jeff . . . I didn't know you liked the Bears.
October 27, 2005
Here at DaBearsBlog, you are free to kill us or the Bears as you so wish. You are not free, however, to be an asshole. So if you spew racism or ill-meaning foul language (cursing about football is just fine) or anything of that ilk, your comments ain't gonna last long, jerk.