Can the Bears compete with any team in the NFL? I do believe so. But that all depends on an offense that has sputtered often times and needed a jump start provided by the defense. However, what if the defense has it’s own problems to attend to and can’t always bail the offense out? Then what Mike Tice?
Let me be clear in the fact that I do not fully blame Mike Tice for the offenses’ mishaps, but some blame must be placed on the first-year Offensive Coordinator. Jay Cutler said it best in his post-game conference saying “It was pathetic, offensively,what we put out there…” There were very few bright spots for the first 3 quarters, offensively. The offensive line was overpowered by the Panthers front four, sometimes Jay Cutler held the ball too long, wide recievers dropped some key passes, nothing went as planned. The run game was working well early in the game, yet Tice seemed to call more pass plays than run plays resulting in under 100 yards running for the offense, against a team they usually run all over. Call it what you will, maybe the guy that called plays against the Packers came back in this game, or maybe Tice tried to establish a passing attack that really wasn’t working, either way the offense couldn’t get going.
Jay Cutler said his ribs did not hinder his performance but note that he did under throw a double covered Brandon Marshall, the play resembled the long pass play to Alshon Jeffery in Week 1 against the Colts, in which the ball almost went out the end zone.
I wouldn’t say that J’marcus Webb took a step back after playing well after the Packers game leading up to this Week 8 match up, but Charles Johnson just bested Webb through the first half and blew past Chilo Rachal when he was at the defensive tackle position. The right side of the line had a decent game as Robert Garza did have 1 false start penalty but played solid along with Lance Louis and it seems Gabe Carimi is taking tiny steps forward in basically his rookie season.
With all that said, the Bears still have things to work on when it comes to the offense. I think Bennett has finally gotten adjusted after ending the game on a good note. Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester did miss their fair share of catch-able balls and need to correct those mental issues. The offensive line needs to be consistent as they get ready for the tougher half of the schedule and Jay Cutler needs to be able to find a rhythm with this offense so that they go into games strong and come out stronger.
So can the Bears offense compete? Yes, they can and will need to if they want to stay first in the division and be highly seeded in the playoffs. The offense isn’t perfect but if they can make sure to improve week to week they can compete with any team.
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Written by Smiley
Raised a Chicago Bears fan. I watch all sports and have figured out a way to watch 12 hours of NFL every Sunday, sometimes watching multiple games at times. I like long walks on the beach with the actress of my dreams with a cup of ginger ale. I am a young person so I have opinions but I am agreeable.