The Chicago Bears didn’t play a terrible football game last night. They committed too many penalties. They missed too many open receivers. They allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to convert way, way too many third-and-longs. But those things are going to happen to mediocre teams and that’s what the Bears are. They’re a mediocre team.
The next six games have to be intelligently about the 2010 season. Here are things I would do this week.
Relieve Ron Turner. I don’t blame the coordinator for all of the team’s offensive woes but his predictable play-calling and pedestrian scheme does not serve the talent currently on the roster. Every game this quarterback plays under Turner will injure his future with the team.
Play Kahlil Bell. Have you watched the Minnesota Vikings? When Adrian Peterson doesn’t have a hole up the middle, he turns and bursts the run outside. Matt Forte doesn’t do that. Forte lacks any burst at all these days and last night Kahlil showed one and energized the entire running game. Give the kid a shot. Find out if he’s got something.
Start Gaines Adams over Adewale Ogunleye. Ogunleye is not going to be with the team next year so it’s about time the organization work Adams steadily into the rotation. Let’s put that second-round pick out on the stoop and see if the cat licks it up.
This is all very depressing.