There’s a rather simple narrative in Chicago right now when it comes to the season-opening loss to Buffalo, and it’s JAY CUTLER’S FAULT. This isn’t entirely wrong, as Cutler threw two interceptions in the Buffalo game, and both led to Buffalo points. In fact, as I went over yesterday, every Bears turnover led to points for the Bills.
But while one of the interceptions Jay threw was terrible, the first one wasn’t really clear until looking at the tape. After watching the play a few times, I feel confident that the interception wasn’t on Cutler, and that he actually made the right decision. It was somebody else who screwed up.
The Bears signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, and while this would have been a much more exciting signing four years ago, it’s still an interesting one today.
With Marquess Wilson going down with a broken collarbone in camp, the options the Bears had for the third receiver spot weren’t very inspiring, and now they’ve got an option in camp that could end up working out pretty well.
If you watch preseason football as nothing more than just a football game, you will be bored out of your mind. By the time the second half starts the field will be filled with players you’ve never heard of that probably won’t make the team, and then that voice begins creeping into your mind, asking you just what it is you’re doing with your life.
And it’s very important to shut that voice up and stuff it back in its little hole where it minds its own god damn business. So how do you do that? It’s simple! You don’t watch tonight’s Bears game to watch the actual game, you just look for the interesting things inside the game.
The math isn’t hard to figure out. The Bears need to make an upgrade on the defensive line this offseason, and one of the quickest ways to do that is on the free agent market. There just so happens to be a defensive end on the market named Michael Bennett, who happens to be the brother of Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The same Martellus Bennett the Bears signed to a four-year $20 million deal last offseason.
So guess who the Bears are expected to go after pretty hard? Well, your mom was totally lying to you when she told you that you were smart, but it turns out you’re not entirely stupid either. It’s Michael Bennett.
As I was watching the NFC Championship on Sunday night there was a feeling I just couldn’t shake. It was a battle between two very good teams, possibly the two best teams in the NFL right now, and it was fantastic to watch, but as much as I enjoyed it, my mind was back here in Chicago for a lot of it.
I kept thinking over and over again was that the Bears have a long way to go. A long, long way.