Heading into Week 6, the Chicago Bears have to recognize the problems developing this season mirror the flaws of the 2010 season.
After looking dreadful at the hands of the ever-improving Detroit Lions Monday night, the road will only get tougher now that other teams have a blueprint on how to beat them. What has fans scratching their heads is how management hasn’t met the demands of what the franchise was desperately in need of from a personnel standpoint. Putting the players in the right position is one factor, but actually having the players to perform the task is one glaring blemish that has come back to bite them.
Mike Martz is a brilliant offensive mind. Nobody can take that away from him, but when you don’t have the personnel to run that offense you see what happens.
Matt Forte has played well above his contract and has the skill set of a Marshall Faulk. Like Faulk, he leads his team in rushing and receiving yards. The one player that has around 50 percent of the total yardage for the Bears doesn’t even have a contract.
He will only increase his value if he keeps this production up. Honestly, it would be predicted that Forte will get the franchise tag, but if they don’t, teams will be lining up for his services.
Minus Forte, all of the Bears' offensive weapons should be evaluated closely if they ever want to improve.
Nobody needs to question Jay Cutler from a toughness standpoint.
Most fans out there who tell Cutler to “put a skirt on” couldn’t even take one blindside hit from an Ndamukong Suh or even a cornerback blitz for that matter. Mike Tice can only make so much chicken salad with the offensive lineman he has at his disposal. Not having a true center or left tackle is a joke.
The argument that Cutler isn’t getting set in the pocket is pointless when he has to literally run out of the pocket just to stay upright and get the ball downfield. There will be a time and place when he finally calls out his protection during a press conference this season. Only time will tell how frustrated he will have to get to lash out on his teammates.
Every team that Martz was a coordinator for was ranked almost dead last in hits and sacks taken by the quarterback.
When the wide receiver that Chicago picked up in the offseason was a washed-up, underachieving and out of shape receiver in Roy Williams (who is known more for his first down pose than his production on the field), many knew that Cutler still didn’t have a real go-to-guy. Having speedy receivers like Johnny Knox and Devin Hester can help stretch the field, but when they need that big reception, they regularly come up short on critical third downs.
Basically, Cutler has two kick returners turned wide receivers, which has not translated to what they really need.
If the Bears continue to show their age on the defense with a Cover-2 that is primitive in the new offensive era of the NFL, and try to run an offense that isn’t a hybrid Martz offense that is adapted to the Bears’ personnel that we saw late last season, look for the same outcome week after week.
If the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions keep playing at this level, the Bears are going to have some rough years ahead of them including major player and coaching decisions.