Having not watched the game live, I was following along on Twitter and with a few friends via text message. It was absolutely astounding the level of hysteria permeating the Tweets whilst my friends were all texting me things like, “they look ok” or “not much to actually learn from this crap”. When I woke up this morning and saw some of the work by the illustrious Chicago media, I expected to be viewing a train wreck. That was not the case. My thoughts on the game last night were overall positive.
Three Thoughts on the Offense…
- Jay Cutler to Eddie Royal is going to be this offense’s security blanket. Expect the Bears to start a lot of drives with quick outs to put them in second and six or less.
- Will Montgomery is a HUGE upgrade at center. He attacked Suh at the line of scrimmage on several plays and frustrated arguably one of the best defenders in the sport.
- Jordan Mills’ false start didn’t bother me anywhere near as much as his completely whiffing against Cameron Wake. He can be a liability on the edge but a few of those in September and Jimmy Clausen is starting in October. Bears need to start looking elsewhere on the roster for a starting right tackle.
Three Thoughts on the Defense…
- Shea McClellin and Christian Jones looked like they’re getting comfortable inside at linebacker. McClellin showed good instincts early breaking on an underneath route to Sims. This was the kind of pass Brian Urlacher scored touchdowns on for years. Shea needs time. Jones shows solid sideline-to-sideline pursuit speed.
- Brock Vereen does not look like a professional safety. Does he do anything well? (Answer: no.) if Vereen or Hurst are prominently involved in the defensive game plan this season the Bears will allow 348 yards passing a game.
- Jared Allen didn’t just look comfortable in coverage. He looked like he’d been doing it his whole career.