Quick turnaround for us and the site this week. Here are my thoughts on yesterday’s ultra-fulfilling contest.
- Two mistakes cost this from being a masterpiece. Chris Harris can’t blow deep coverage on the Percy Harvin touchdown grab. He has only one assignment on the play and Harvin was the only viable receiver on the Vikings roster yesterday. And Jay Cutler can’t throw the interception in the end zone. When the Bears get down around the goalline, Martz needs to let Jay improvise less.
- Lovie Smith and his entire coaching staff had a hell of a day, starting with the about-time decision to move Devin Hester to kickoff returns. We shouldn’t give Lovie too much credit for admitting his two-year mistake but we should applaud him for abandoning the stubborness that has marred his tenure.
- Olin Kreutz looks old whenever he is required to pull to the outside but he can’t commit two (two!) careless, nearly drive-killing penalties for no reason.
- J’Marcus Webb is going to be very good.
- I think Chris Williams is not.
- If Johnny Knox were six inches taller, he could be the best receiver in the league. But both he and Devin Hester need to learn how to come back for the football.
- And I give Lovie Smith a lot of credit for the development of Israel Idonije, who has become a bonafide defensive end in this league.
- Henry Melton and Matt Toeaina just make plays.
- Tommie Harris is good at recovering fumbles. That’s the best thing I can say about him.
- 51 yards rushing for AP? You’d need to make quite an argument for me to believe we don’t have the best linebackers around.
- Something about wearing #30 for the Bears, perhaps, because DJ Moore is always around the ball.
- It warmed my heart to see Rashied Davis and Corey Graham make big plays on special teams. It dropped my jaw to see Rashied Davis make a catch in a big spot.
- Don’t be fooled by his one terrific strike. Brad Maynard is having a terrible season.
- Robbie Gould being inconsistent is not something I like.
- Outside of the end zone pick, Jay Cutler showed yesterday why he can be one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. It’s always been said that he needs to be coached and the Bears seem to be coaching him these past couple weeks.
The Chicago Bears are in first place in the NFC North. And the Vikings season is over. Feels good, doesn’t it?