Chicago Bears Squander Another Early Lead to Panthers: A Mostly Unbiased View
Oct 5, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a touchdown pass as Chicago Bears defensive tackle Will Sutton (93) pressures in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The defense is getting better against mobile quarterbacks and the read option. Remember the week 1 debacle against the Bills? Remember watching Colin Kaepernick run all over the Bears? No more. While Cam Newton is nursing an injury, he’s still a fairly dangerous runner with the ball in his hands. I though the Bears did an admirable job keeping Newton in the pocket and staying disciplined against the option on Sunday. This might seem like small consolation to you, but it shows improvement and that’s what I’m looking for.
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Willie Young could be the steal of free agency. Back in March, the Bears made some headlines by signing defensive ends Jared Allen and Lamar Houston to big money contracts. So far this season, it looks like Willie Young could be better than either of them. Young is 5th on the team with 21 tackles and tied for 3rd in the NFL with 5 sacks. Not bad for a player who’s not even technically a starter, especially when you consider that he’s only due to make a modest $9 million over three seasons.
The offense will find its groove. We were all (myself included) a little too quick to proclaim this offense elite. While they are more than capable of matching up with just about any defense in the NFL, growing pains as they learn the system have to be expected. Everyone I’ve ever heard talk about the West Coast offense (Bill Walsh and Steve Young are the two that jump to mind) has said that it takes three years to master. Last time I checked, the Bears are still in year two. I have no doubt that Chicago will make a run at some point this season and get back to the quality of offense we all very quickly got used to last season. I just hope it’s not too little too late.
There you have it Bears fans. The sky is not falling. There have been plenty of teams that have stumbled out of the gate with worse records than 2-3 and still made the playoffs, and the Bears definitely have the talent to be one of those teams. I just hope they can get it together in time, because I’m getting really tired of hoping for next year…