There are words to describe the Bears first half performance vs Miami tonight in their week 1 preseason opener. None of them are good. Awful. Bad. Horrific. Crap. Ugly. All of those come to mind. They couldn’t run. They couldn’t tackle. They could not line up right for a punt. Then their backup quarterback who went to Notre Dame, had the intelligence to throw the ball over the middle in the red zone with 5 seconds to go in the first half. The team failed to get any points out of that drive. Jay Cutler got hammered on a few plays. Jordan Mills missed blocks. And Eddie Royal at one point was targeted by Cutler 3 out of 4 plays, everyone in the stadium knew who he was throwing to. Bears ended the first half down 10-3 and it was much worse than that. If the Bears play that way versus Green Bay in week 1, they will lose 127-3.
Then came the second half. The defense forced 4 turnovers. John Fox stopped letting Robbie Gould kick 20 yard field goals and went for it on fourth down. And Ka’Deem Carey and Sinorise Perry helped the Bears run for 166 yards and each scored a touchdown. The Bears for the first time in recent memory might be forced to keep 5 running backs as Carey and Perry are too good to cut. John Timu, an undrafted free agent linebacker out of Washington, had an interception and looked good on special teams. Sam Acho had a sack and an interception. The offensive line gave up only 1 sack. On the opposite end of that, Al Louis-Jean and Josh Bellamy might as well pack their bags. Louis-Jean was one of the first players signed after Ryan Pace got hired as GM. Now he might be the first person cut. Louis-Jean committed penalties, took bad angles and gave up big plays. Bellamy dropped a touchdown and was outplayed by guys who have been pros for 2 weeks. Adam Gase, John Fox, and Vic Fangio have a lot of work to do. Hopefully playing the Colts next Saturday will have them step their game up as that is one team in many ways that can mirror what the Packers do.
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