Chicago Bears Week 2 Report Card


The Chicago Bears were sent to detention by the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, dropping their record to 1-1 on the season.  There were very few bright spots for the Bears, but there was a lot to learn from.  The offense looked like they forgot to study, and the defense was schooled by Drew Brees to the tune of 270 passing yards and three touchdowns.  I’ve had time to look over the effort turned in by the Bears and here are some grades.

RB Matt Forte:  A -
I know, 166 yards from scrimmage looks like honors level work from Forte, but I can’t give him a top grade when he didn’t put some points on the board.  He played very well, and I wish it could have rubbed off on the rest of the team.  A solid effort is rewarded, but he needs to petition Mike Martz to hand the ball off to him more.

QB Jay Cutler:  C +
I don’t even know how to fairly grade Cutler’s effort, when he basically had no one blocking for him all day.  He did allow himself to get frustrated and made numerous throws off of his back foot, but overall looked average when he wasn’t being knocked down.  However, he only turned the ball over once on a fumble, so I gave him the + for zero interceptions.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz and Head Coach Lovie Smith: F -
The Bears had no answer for the Saints blitzes and no real adjustments were made at halftime, when they were still in the game.  When Saints coach Sean Payton argued about a late hit that wasn’t called in the first quarter, he called a time out to get his money’s worth.  Then, the refs somehow moved the ball forward two yards and the Saints got a first down.  From what I saw on TV, Lovie did, and said, nothing after the Darren Sproles “touchdown.”  Speak up for once, Lovie!

WR Dane Sanzenbacher: B
The rookie wideout scored the Bears only touchdown against the Saints and showed some real promise.  While he did drop a pass, he showed a knack for getting open and showed he can take a hit and get back up.  I think he has a future as a slot guy for the Bears.

DE Julius Peppers:  D+
I don’t know if it was good blocking or the Bears line wearing down from being on the field too much, but Peppers and crew were pretty much nonexistent.  Peppers recorded only one tackle all afternoon and never laid a finger on Brees.  A bad day for Peppers, means a bad day for the Bears defense.

WR Sam Hurd:  F
He dropped a pass, fumbled his only catch out of bounds and was called for fair catch interference on special teams.  Great free agent acquisition, Jerry.

Bears Fans:  A+
While the Bears didn’t win the game, I saw tons of Bears fans in the stands.  Win or lose, Bears fans always travel well.

There you have it, some good and some bad.  I know the game was ugly but this is the NFL and anything can happen in a week’s time.  Don’t jump off the bandwagon and put your Rex Grossman jersey back on yet.  The Bears will be better and Jay Cutler will find a way to make this offense work.  Fourteen games remain and we all knew the first few weren’t going to be easy.  Let’s put the Saints behind us and get ready for Packer Week!

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  • kjh71can

    Well, the Bears team is a mess after that loss. Can we get Pat Ryan to buy the team sooner?

  • kjh71can

    Well, the Bears team is a mess after that loss. Can we get Pat Ryan to buy the team sooner?

  • City

    Hey guys:

    I have two thoughts about last week’s game:

    1) Throw it away. It didn’t show us anything real about this team. Why?

    The team was down from Brian Urlacher’s mother passing, and as we all know, football is an emotional game. When you see a captain of the team and someone that everyone on the team admires struggling with the unexpected loss of their mother, it can’t help but influence how much everyone has in the tank.

    And, Olin Kreutz gave the saints the best scouting report (for both sides of the ball) that the saints could ever get for any team under ANY circumstances. They were able to anticipate the d-line stunts. And, that, I think is a major reason for the decline in productivity.

    So, I still believe that this is a team capable of making the playoffs (line injuries notwithstanding). BUT…

  • City

    Hey guys:

    I have two thoughts about last week’s game:

    1) Throw it away. It didn’t show us anything real about this team. Why?

    The team was down from Brian Urlacher’s mother passing, and as we all know, football is an emotional game. When you see a captain of the team and someone that everyone on the team admires struggling with the unexpected loss of their mother, it can’t help but influence how much everyone has in the tank.

    And, Olin Kreutz gave the saints the best scouting report (for both sides of the ball) that the saints could ever get for any team under ANY circumstances. They were able to anticipate the d-line stunts. And, that, I think is a major reason for the decline in productivity.

    So, I still believe that this is a team capable of making the playoffs (line injuries notwithstanding). BUT…

  • City

    2) I have come to the conclusion that Mike Martz offense is no longer valid in the NFL against 3-4 teams.

    It doesn’t help that Martz was (once again) a pass-happy idiot who abandoned the run at the first sign of run-blitzing early in the game. Seriously, Martz is not just an idiot; he’s a a*hole for putting Cutler in at the end of the game where he got sacked 2 or 3 more times instead of raising the white flag, put in Caleb and protected Cutler from any more damage.

    But, here’s why I have determined that it is an outdated offense that really won’t work against 3-4 defenses… there is NO WAY TO CALL AN AUDIBLE. Look at Brees, and how many times he was able to adjust routes, playcalls and checkdowns based on what the defense showed. The Bears on the other hand are awfully SLOW at getting plays in; they shift every play, and that locks the play in so the defense can just be aggressive and attack, without worrying that Cutler can change things up. That is absolutely SUICIDE in today’s NFL.

    I thought it was going to take me through the rest of the season to determine if the Bears should stay with Martz. I think I can say with a high-level of confidence, that Mike Martz’s offense needs to go and the longer we stay with him (and it), the more likely Cutler will be injured.

  • City

    2) I have come to the conclusion that Mike Martz offense is no longer valid in the NFL against 3-4 teams.

    It doesn’t help that Martz was (once again) a pass-happy idiot who abandoned the run at the first sign of run-blitzing early in the game. Seriously, Martz is not just an idiot; he’s a a*hole for putting Cutler in at the end of the game where he got sacked 2 or 3 more times instead of raising the white flag, put in Caleb and protected Cutler from any more damage.

    But, here’s why I have determined that it is an outdated offense that really won’t work against 3-4 defenses… there is NO WAY TO CALL AN AUDIBLE. Look at Brees, and how many times he was able to adjust routes, playcalls and checkdowns based on what the defense showed. The Bears on the other hand are awfully SLOW at getting plays in; they shift every play, and that locks the play in so the defense can just be aggressive and attack, without worrying that Cutler can change things up. That is absolutely SUICIDE in today’s NFL.

    I thought it was going to take me through the rest of the season to determine if the Bears should stay with Martz. I think I can say with a high-level of confidence, that Mike Martz’s offense needs to go and the longer we stay with him (and it), the more likely Cutler will be injured.

  • Mr.Pickles

    @City Good point with Kreutz. He certainly has enough insider info to tip off a defense on how to exploit that line all day long and it doesn’t take much scouting to give an offense like the Saints an advantage. Factoring in that the current coaching regime is incapable of any sort of innovative adjustment makes this even more significant.

  • Mr.Pickles

    @City Good point with Kreutz. He certainly has enough insider info to tip off a defense on how to exploit that line all day long and it doesn’t take much scouting to give an offense like the Saints an advantage. Factoring in that the current coaching regime is incapable of any sort of innovative adjustment makes this even more significant.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I’m also scratching my head on Cutler, he made some terrible throws, but none of them were pick 6 kinds terrible, so I guess that’s a good thing.

    As for Lovie’s ability to challenge I think he’s a bit like a dog that’s been hit in the head with a shovel one too many times, he’s all confused and doesn’t know what the hell to do. I would lay money down that Lovie has one of, if not THE, worst challenge success rate in the entire NFL since its inception. I think both the plays you mentioned would have easily been reversed. I don’t know what I’m more heated over, that inexplicable spot for a first down or the fact that no one bothered to raise an eyebrow about it.

    I guess I kinda hope this serves like the Giants game did last year as a rock bottom/wake-up call for everyone to get their shit together.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I’m also scratching my head on Cutler, he made some terrible throws, but none of them were pick 6 kinds terrible, so I guess that’s a good thing.

    As for Lovie’s ability to challenge I think he’s a bit like a dog that’s been hit in the head with a shovel one too many times, he’s all confused and doesn’t know what the hell to do. I would lay money down that Lovie has one of, if not THE, worst challenge success rate in the entire NFL since its inception. I think both the plays you mentioned would have easily been reversed. I don’t know what I’m more heated over, that inexplicable spot for a first down or the fact that no one bothered to raise an eyebrow about it.

    I guess I kinda hope this serves like the Giants game did last year as a rock bottom/wake-up call for everyone to get their shit together.

  • flowermike

    Great read Deez.

    Highlights just played and Jay was being jail rushed every snap. This week could get ugly.

  • flowermike

    Great read Deez.

    Highlights just played and Jay was being jail rushed every snap. This week could get ugly.