Offensive Offense as Bears Fall to Packers 27-17

Johnny Knox can't haul in a Jay Cutler pass (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

Just plain offensive.  That’s about the best you could say about the Bears offense.  There were opportunities to take advantage of the 32nd ranked pass defense throughout the day at Soldier Field, but for one reason or another, it seemed like the Bears offense just couldn’t get it together.  Whether it was a drop, a penalty, an interception or a sack the Bears offense fizzled when it needed to shine.  17 points will not get it done against a top caliber offense.  Heck, it might not be enough against Cam Newton and the 1-2 Panthers.  For the record, that’s the same record as our Beloved Bears.

It’s time to face some cold hard facts when it comes to the pathetic offense.  Let’s go bullets after the jump.

  • The Bears want no part of running the ball.  Whether it’s Mike Martz or the offensive line Jay Cutler or any combination therein, they have completely forsaken the legacy of Sayers and Payton.  When you have -1 yards rushing midway through the third quarter, that about says it all.  For a while there I thought that the Bears would not be eligible for Final Jeopardy if they finished the Double Jeopardy round in negative territory.  When your quarterback, who is running for his life, leads your rushing attack with 11 yards, that’s a problem.
  • The Bears wide receivers STINK.  There’s no way to sugar coat it.  There’s no beating around the bush.  Earlier this week, wide receivers coach Daryl Drake asked us to give them a big group hug.  How about a group choke hold instead.   When they signed Roy Williams off the scrap heap, Mike Martz predicted a 70-80 catch season.  At the rate he’s going, he’ll need to go all Wes Welker on the league to get to that level because he’s on pace for a generous 22 catch season.  Undrafted rookie Dane Sanzenwaddle is co-leader among the wide receivers with 9 catches and leader with 2 TD’s in 2 games.  Note, that’s not a good thing.  It’s an indictment on the guys you’ve drafted and brought in here.
  • The offensive line is BAD.  Chris Williams should pack up his belongings and head out to Spain to become a bullfighter because he’s got that whole Ole thing down pat.  Guys were just running by him as if he wasn’t there.  They did a respectable job in the first half, keeping Cutler clean, but there were still breakdowns, oh wait, Frank Omiyale just false started again.  Where was I again?  Oh yeah.  Breakdowns that killed drives.
  • Let’s not forget Jay Cutler in all this mess.  I know the receivers STINK and the offensive line is BAD, but he’s got to be better.  Time to step up and make those around you better.  Stop throwing interceptions.  Stop overthrowing receivers.  Stop throwing off the back foot.  It’s like a broken record.  Over and over and over again.
  • While this game gets pinned mostly on the offense, don’t give the defense a free pass either.  The Packers were able to run at will on the Bears, especially right up the middle.  The defensive tackles got owned.
  • I hate to toot my own horn, but TOOOT TOOOT.  In my Keys to the Game post, I warned the Bears about Jermichael Finley.  I guess Rod Marinelli didn’t read it this week:

Tighten Up

The Bears have given up 11 catches and 151 yards to top opposing tight ends over the last couple of weeks.  Jermichael Finley represents that next elite tight end to face the Bears.  It’s time for the defense to figure this riddle out and tighten up on the Packers tight end.

Throw a shared game ball to Urlacher and Briggs for manning up in the second half and helping make a game of it.  Urlacher had another sweet interception while Briggs had arguably his best game of the season with a few tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Stay tuned for plenty more coverage as we wrap up this loss and as the 1-2 Bears prepare to take on Cam Newton and the Ron Rivera led Carolina Panthers.

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  • Obnxs1

    I call shenanigans on saying Briggs had his best game. He cost Peanut an INT that then turned into 7 points for the Packers and then let his assignment go who had a TD catch while Briggs just stood there with his thumb up his backside. Good for him on forcing a fumble and leading the team in tackles; you can still put 14 of those 27 points right on his shoulders.

    On another note; when does the fire Mike Martz site go up? My God WTF? Forget balance, that was just an all around s%$#^y game called. George needs to step up as president and pull the trigger. Roy Williams: thanks for playing, we’ll mail you your last check. Mike Martz: apparently a “coming to Jesus” meeting after week 2 wasn’t enough; you’ve gone rogue one too many times, Roy’s got your check too. Angelo can’t draft, Lovie can’t/won’t adjust, Tice says fans and media are idiots, on and on and on and on…

  • Obnxs1

    I call shenanigans on saying Briggs had his best game. He cost Peanut an INT that then turned into 7 points for the Packers and then let his assignment go who had a TD catch while Briggs just stood there with his thumb up his backside. Good for him on forcing a fumble and leading the team in tackles; you can still put 14 of those 27 points right on his shoulders.

    On another note; when does the fire Mike Martz site go up? My God WTF? Forget balance, that was just an all around s%$#^y game called. George needs to step up as president and pull the trigger. Roy Williams: thanks for playing, we’ll mail you your last check. Mike Martz: apparently a “coming to Jesus” meeting after week 2 wasn’t enough; you’ve gone rogue one too many times, Roy’s got your check too. Angelo can’t draft, Lovie can’t/won’t adjust, Tice says fans and media are idiots, on and on and on and on…

  • Obnxs1

    BTW, hearing Cutler in his post game laugh and say “I don’t call audibles” tells me just how much confidence he has in “Mad Martz’s” scheme…about the same level the rest of us do.

  • Obnxs1

    BTW, hearing Cutler in his post game laugh and say “I don’t call audibles” tells me just how much confidence he has in “Mad Martz’s” scheme…about the same level the rest of us do.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I’ve held out hope for this group of receivers but I think you can officially consider me off that bandwagon after the last two weeks. Granted Cutler wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked yesterday but there were a few perfectly placed balls that just weren’t caught when they needed a big completion. Cutler may have been subpar the last two weeks but he is getting less than zero help (I actually think the WRs were a bigger issue than the line this week). They definitely had their opportunities to win this one, just didn’t capitalize on any of them.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I’ve held out hope for this group of receivers but I think you can officially consider me off that bandwagon after the last two weeks. Granted Cutler wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked yesterday but there were a few perfectly placed balls that just weren’t caught when they needed a big completion. Cutler may have been subpar the last two weeks but he is getting less than zero help (I actually think the WRs were a bigger issue than the line this week). They definitely had their opportunities to win this one, just didn’t capitalize on any of them.

  • City

    Hi Boomer:

    So, here’s my two cents. The Packers may have the best WR corps in the league. With as many weapons as they have, they shouldn’t need to run the ball at all. Despite the fact that they got 10 yards on the first run of the day, the Bears pretty much limited their ground game in the first half, but they kept running the ball. Why? Because, the threat of the play-action, was just enough to keep the Bears D off-balance. THAT’S WHY YOU KEEP RUNNING THE DAMN BALL!!! It makes it easier on the rest of the offense, by keeping the defense guessing (at least a little).

    So, screw Mike Martz. IF he can’t figure out that running the ball will actually help his passing game, then he absolutely HAS TO GO.

    And the reason Cutler doesn’t call audibles is because that’s how Mike Martz wants it. He thinks all the complexity in his offense can become a mind-meld between his QB and receivers, which is rediculous. Cutler is going to regress as a QB, if he doesn’t learn how to control his own fate when he’s under center.

  • City

    Hi Boomer:

    So, here’s my two cents. The Packers may have the best WR corps in the league. With as many weapons as they have, they shouldn’t need to run the ball at all. Despite the fact that they got 10 yards on the first run of the day, the Bears pretty much limited their ground game in the first half, but they kept running the ball. Why? Because, the threat of the play-action, was just enough to keep the Bears D off-balance. THAT’S WHY YOU KEEP RUNNING THE DAMN BALL!!! It makes it easier on the rest of the offense, by keeping the defense guessing (at least a little).

    So, screw Mike Martz. IF he can’t figure out that running the ball will actually help his passing game, then he absolutely HAS TO GO.

    And the reason Cutler doesn’t call audibles is because that’s how Mike Martz wants it. He thinks all the complexity in his offense can become a mind-meld between his QB and receivers, which is rediculous. Cutler is going to regress as a QB, if he doesn’t learn how to control his own fate when he’s under center.

  • Chicago Irish

    Closing in on almost 24 hours since the beginning of yesterday’s embarassment, I find myself still with a bitter taste in my mouth. Not because they lost or even because they lost to the Packers, but because I am at a breaking point with the Bears organization.

    1. The same issues of 2010-11 are the same issues of 2011-12. What did they do to address these issues…nothing, zero, zilch, nada.

    2. IMO it never seems like the Bears improve either week to week or year to year. Whether its a player level or at team level, it doesn’t seem like they get better. They can talk about watching the film and correcting their mistakes, but they keep making the same mistakes. That is a direct reflection of the staffs inability to coach. If Lovie says one more time in a post game interview, “we didin’t play good football today”, I’m going to jump through the TV and beat his ass.

    The game yesterday reminded me of the scene from Major League with the two Asian grounds-keepers at War Memorial Statdium – “they’re still shitty”.

    Mr. Cowher, please report to Halas Hall…

  • Chicago Irish

    Closing in on almost 24 hours since the beginning of yesterday’s embarassment, I find myself still with a bitter taste in my mouth. Not because they lost or even because they lost to the Packers, but because I am at a breaking point with the Bears organization.

    1. The same issues of 2010-11 are the same issues of 2011-12. What did they do to address these issues…nothing, zero, zilch, nada.

    2. IMO it never seems like the Bears improve either week to week or year to year. Whether its a player level or at team level, it doesn’t seem like they get better. They can talk about watching the film and correcting their mistakes, but they keep making the same mistakes. That is a direct reflection of the staffs inability to coach. If Lovie says one more time in a post game interview, “we didin’t play good football today”, I’m going to jump through the TV and beat his ass.

    The game yesterday reminded me of the scene from Major League with the two Asian grounds-keepers at War Memorial Statdium – “they’re still shitty”.

    Mr. Cowher, please report to Halas Hall…

  • flowermike

    Mike Martz was the only person who would take Lovies job…. even though he represents the exact opposite of Lovie’s philosophy.

    Angelo claims that the Bears did the most, league wide, to shore up the O line.

    Roy Williams and Hurd? wasted effort signing two guys that can’t play.

    The way to maximize Cutler would have been to protect him and create a continuity in offense that would allow him to find a comfort.

    Hope you all enjoyed that season last year because it set us back, not forward. It’s a thin old team. We don’t make adjustments or develop talent. We’re stuck in archaic obstinence with failing schemes that we don’t have the personel to implement.

    Lovie is the ghost of Dick Jauron past.

  • flowermike

    Mike Martz was the only person who would take Lovies job…. even though he represents the exact opposite of Lovie’s philosophy.

    Angelo claims that the Bears did the most, league wide, to shore up the O line.

    Roy Williams and Hurd? wasted effort signing two guys that can’t play.

    The way to maximize Cutler would have been to protect him and create a continuity in offense that would allow him to find a comfort.

    Hope you all enjoyed that season last year because it set us back, not forward. It’s a thin old team. We don’t make adjustments or develop talent. We’re stuck in archaic obstinence with failing schemes that we don’t have the personel to implement.

    Lovie is the ghost of Dick Jauron past.

  • Obnxs1

    @flowermike Listening to a caller last night on the way home from the game who made the point that Lovie has more talent available to him than Wanny or Jauron ever had really made it hit home. He was right. And not just a little more talent; more talent by leaps and bounds. And he’s squandered it away with coordinator after coordinator, bad scheme after bad scheme, stupid pick up(Archuleta, Tinaisamoa, anyone), getting to the big games and wetting the bed, and the absolute inability and/or stubborn refusal to adapt. It killed me watching this front office and coaching staff stumble their way to the NFC championship last year because I KNEW that meant more years of them. And here we are another year older at defense, big money down the drain to bad picks and signings, and a 1-3 record while Detroit and Green Bay are 3-0. I honestly hope Chico comes in next week and hands Lovie and Martz their asses, he deserves the win A LOT more than those two jackasses.

  • Obnxs1

    @flowermike Listening to a caller last night on the way home from the game who made the point that Lovie has more talent available to him than Wanny or Jauron ever had really made it hit home. He was right. And not just a little more talent; more talent by leaps and bounds. And he’s squandered it away with coordinator after coordinator, bad scheme after bad scheme, stupid pick up(Archuleta, Tinaisamoa, anyone), getting to the big games and wetting the bed, and the absolute inability and/or stubborn refusal to adapt. It killed me watching this front office and coaching staff stumble their way to the NFC championship last year because I KNEW that meant more years of them. And here we are another year older at defense, big money down the drain to bad picks and signings, and a 1-3 record while Detroit and Green Bay are 3-0. I honestly hope Chico comes in next week and hands Lovie and Martz their asses, he deserves the win A LOT more than those two jackasses.

  • flowermike

    @obnxs…. Absoulutely right. How good would Jeff Fischer look wearing our colors again?

    Think about it for a moment, our entire draft class of 07 is gone.

    How many wide receivers have we not developed or missed on? Chris Williams? I could go on and on and have. What kills me is that Lovie has a dog house????

  • flowermike

    @obnxs…. Absoulutely right. How good would Jeff Fischer look wearing our colors again?

    Think about it for a moment, our entire draft class of 07 is gone.

    How many wide receivers have we not developed or missed on? Chris Williams? I could go on and on and have. What kills me is that Lovie has a dog house????