Thoughts on the Second Preseason Game

| August 23rd, 2015

On the offensive side…

  • If I were going to write a book entitled Stupidest Plays in NFL History, sure, Leon Lett is going to be on the cover. But in the chapter dedicated to the preseason, Jay Cutler deciding to neck joust Greg Toler in practice game – video above – is going to receive ample attention. Cutler may not be the most well-liked player around Chicagoland but  without him the Bears will resemble the unwatchable teams from the first half of the previous decade. Taking a physical risk like that is borderline insane. You know how I know I’m right? David Haugh called the play “smart”.
  • Sure seems like Adam Gase is wisely using Cutler’s athleticism in a way previous offensive play callers ignored. They’ve shown a few read option looks through two preseason games and Cutler is being allowed to roam outside the pocket, where historically he’s been most efficient. If injuries are going to keep mounting at the receiver spot, Cutler is going to need all the time possible to allow them to get open.

  • Marquess Wilson actually looked like an NFL receiver.
  • Let’s not sugarcoat things. Bears don’t have a right tackle currently.
  • They do have tremendous depth at running back.

On the defensive side…

  • If Pernell McPhee is going to explode off the ball like that all season long the Bears defense is going to be fun to watch. (But Jack Mewhort isn’t any good so let’s keep things in check.)
  • When Colts broadcaster introduced the Bears defense he said, “Tim Jennings…been around a long time.” That about sums it up.
  • Was T.Y. Hilton ever covered?
  • Bears should have a solid front seven, especially if Shea McClellin and Christian Jones continue to play solidly in the middle. Their secondary, as has been stated her many times, will not be good. Not even close.
  • Colts two-point conversion was not a “rub route”. It was an illegal pick play.

Midfield Mariani!

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