Let me start by saying that despite the shaky game and the fact that it is only preseason, sovaldi it sure felt good to watch the Bears play at Soldier Field last night.
It’s been a long eight months for Bears fans and after a turbulent offseason that sent Lovie packing and brought in new coach, discount offensive juggernaut Marc Trestman, we are now starting to see the results of a new offensive regime, specifically through the emergence of Matt Forte and the new improved offensive line.
What You Need to Know:
- As expected, the Bears starters only played the first quarter which was enough to show that Matt Forte’s role has increased and Jay Cutler is the same old inconsistent Cutty. Forte had eight carries for 74 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter alone. It’s clear that Trestman has a bigger and badder role for the explosive back that was terribly under-utilized last season. Already, Forte is getting more touches and carries and showing what he is capable of with good protection.
- Jay Cutler is still making me panic. Cutler was sacked TWICE in his first four series – one being his fault for holding he ball too long and the other the O-line’s fault. Regardless, not good. Cutler was intercepted once sending shivers across Bear nation reminding fans what he is capable of. Cutler ended up going 4 for 5 with 38 yards and one touchdown to none other than Brandon Marshall. The Cutler/Marshall bromance is in full bloom this early in preseason. Cutty targeted Marshall on EVERY pass, just like last year.
- The brightest spot in last night’s win was the debuts of the new rookie linemen. The Bears first round draft pick, right guard Kyle Long, middle linebacker Jon Bostic, and right tackle Jordan Mills – all started and played solid the entire first half. Clearly, the area that needed the most improvement, the offensive line – looked good WITH rookies Long and Mills on it. But the biggest hit of the night came from Jon Bostic when he leveled Mike Willie in a crushing hit that showed that Bostic truly might have what it takes to replace Brian Urlacher.
- The Bears D looked solid as always and gave Chargers offense a tough night forcing turnovers left and right.
Your Take Away Piece:
“Yeah, it’s only preseason, but I think the O-line rookies proved they are capable of making a difference early this year with the chance a few of them may even start.”
The Bears will head back to practice this week before heading to the West Coast to take on the LA Raiders in preseason Game 3 on Friday, August 23rd with a 9:00 p.m. kickoff.