Top 5 Concerns Following the Chicago Bears Week 1 Loss

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Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) meets with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after the game at Soldier Field. Buffalo Bills defeat the Chicago Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s season opening 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills exposed several Chicago Bears weaknesses.  It’s only one game, but there are a handful

5. Offensive Line Injuries

Center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson both went down with high ankle sprains in the first half of the game.  Those high ankle sprains could mean a few weeks off for 40% of the Chicago Bears starting offensive line.  It all starts up front for the offense, so any significant dropoff in performance could hamper the strength of the team.

4. Coaching 

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There were some serious questions that came up for me watching the game as it related to the coaching staff.  What have they been doing all preseason?  The Bears had another soft camp with virtually no hitting, no edge.  Trestman gave Lance Briggs a personal day to go open his restaurant after giving Brandon Marshall the go-ahead to go film a TV show on his off day.

The play calling on Sunday was questionable to say the least.  After the opening drive, I’m not sure what Marc Trestman was thinking.  Matt Forte was averaging nearly 5 yards per carry on Sunday, but the Bears attempted 18 rushes while Cutler chucked it up 49 times.  49 times?  The other day I talked about Paralysis by Analysis and some of these coaching decisions just seem like the coaches are outthinking themselves.