After three forgettable pre-season games, the Bears have shown us nothing that should inspire us for this upcoming season.
It's not about the three losses, but rather the manner in which the Bears went down.
No offense, no creativity, no lighting up the scoreboard.
Nothing offensively from Jay Cutler nor new offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
I know it's only the pre-season, but shouldn't the offense be a little more ahead than they are right now?
They've looked rustier each game—not crisp or smooth in any way.
Cutler suffered through a terrible 2009 season and hasn't taken the early potion of 2010 to re-establish himself as one of the game's great signal-callers.
Martz has a checkered past in which he's made several stops in different cities, only to fall out of favor in no time.
Will his time in Chicago reflect that?
Martz was brought in to spice up the offense and give the team an identity, but they look completely lost in the season's first month.
Maybe they didn't notice this either, but they're in a brutal NFC North division that will wipe them off the face of the NFL if things don't improve quickly.
And I'm including the Detroit Lions in there as well.
The Lions will open up the Bears' schedule in less than two weeks, but it won't be the cake-walk that some fans might expect.
It's quite possible, in fact, for the Bears to lose the season's opener.
A new wave of talent has hit the Motor City, and players like Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, and Jahvid Best don't care about previous versions of the Detroit Lions.
But let's not forget about the other division teams.
Minnesota will throw out the league's second-best rusher, a Hall of Fame quarterback, and a Pro Bowl-laden defense that could literally swallow Cutler whole (if the current play of the Bears' offensive line is any indication, they will by the first half).
But then there's the Green Bay Packers.
They have Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Grant, among others, leading an offense that is actually less-talented than its defense, which features world-beater Charles Woodson, the defending Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL.
As we stand right now, is there anyone who would give the Bears a fighting chance against either powers?
If you say "no," then we're looking at four losses right off the bat for the Bears. One-fourth of the season down the drain.
It likely won't be the defense that is the problem, provided they stay healthy.
All signs point to a lack-luster season being the responsibility of a lack-luster offense—which Mike Martz is supposed to fix.
I realize I need to scale back my concerns and tell myself that it's only the pre-season. The sun will rise tomorrow at Halas Hall and the Bears will still have zero losses in their win-loss record.
Scary times are in store for us fans, however, if things don't change before September 12th.
We're still waiting for Cutler and Martz to show us something, anything, that will give us hope for 2010.
The talent is there in some places, but the coaching has to deliver.
Mike Martz, Jay Cutler, are you listening?
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