Bears 30, Browns 6

I guess this one’s going to be short.  I was hoping the Bears would beat the Browns in dominating fashion, being that the Browns are among the dumpster of the NFL.  And the Bears did wallop Cleveland.  But as I said to a few today, I’ve never been less impressed by a 24 point victory.

I know, style points do not count for anything in victories.  But I’m concerned about the offense having a hard time getting into the end zone again the woeful Browns.  And I hope Jay Cutler’s tongue heals soon.  Ouch.

By the way, to Dan Pompei, whose writing I do respect…John St. Clair didn’t play right tackle for the Bears last year as you wrote today.  He happened to start every game at left tackle last season.  Maybe you lost that page in your notebook from 2008…

12 Responses to “Bears 30, Browns 6”

  1. I was like, “Yea, we… …did what we are supposed to do.” I was was extremely unimpressed. Why don’t we have one of the best redzone offenses in the league? We have the quarterback, the running back, a pair of great tight ends(supposedly, although I think I would rate Kellen Davis and Dez Clark above any other tandem we have). Why isn’t Kellen Davis used more in red zone situations?

  2. I watched the first few series on NFL Game Centre and listened to the WBBM Radio coverage and I must admit I wondered what the offense was doing! Field position was great thanks to the defence – notably the interception return – and yet to come away with only 3? What’s going on – is it the O-line, receivers or play calling? As Higgins said, we’ve got the offensive weapons so why can’t we get into the endzone?

  3. Not trying to sound too negative, but would agree with Roy’s assessment of not being too impressed with a win over a truly awful team that is just terrible in all phases of the game.

    As far as red zone conversions go, Turner’s playcalling can always be questioned, and you can’t always just say a play wasn’t executed right, and that’s why we didn’t get the points – it goes deeper than that. As if we did not already know the Oline was weak, this game really exposed the fact that it is just a bad line and Cutler continues to get killed out there.

    He’s taken bad beatings all year long, which is getting to be a major concern, and never has any time to throw. I can’t remember the exact time it happened, but during one red zone poss., Olsen was lined up across from one of their lineman, took off at the snap to run a route, left the guy unblocked, who came right in and sacked Cutler who had no chance. We know Olsen can’t block well, but I have no idea what Turner is doing with him out there. When a bad Cleveland team can dominate our line like that for 60 minutes, the problems have reached a red alert level. I can’t stand Jared Allen, but what’s going to happen to Cutler when we play the queens in a few weeks?

    Though the game was over at that point, the inability to put the ball in on 4 downs late after Hester’s nice catch and run speaks volumes to Turner’s continued inept offensive playcalling.

  4. I was at the game, 50 yard line, row 35 in section 437. I had a great view on the entire field and what was going on. I will post my comments and views later. Many things I saw that need to be addressed. The short verison, I too always preach style points don’t count in the NFL, but the red zone offense is a problem.

  5. If Jared Allen lines up against Pace, Cutler will have to learn to throw laying on his back. Replacing Omiyale with Beekman seemed to help a bit, but how can it really be judged against a team like the Browns? There are still some major blocking issues on that O-line.

  6. Our run-blocking is still non-existent. I am watching the games at home, so all I ever get to see are the sideline camera angles. On every single run play, it looks like Forte is just running into a wall with no holes whatsoever. I would love to see an end-zone angle on our run plays. I think he has nowhere to go. We can’t give up on the run altogether, but I think it’s time we embrace what we have (in terms of play-calling) and try to use the pass to set up the run. I think we did a little bit better at this in this game. What happened to our vertical game? We need to get some deep balls to Hester and Knox, some attempts at least, to keep opposing defenses honest. I know it’s hard when the pocket is collapsing, but Cutler does a good job of moving to buy time. Overall, not super impressed with the win, but I thought our defense and special teams played well. The interceptions by Manning and Tillman were fantastic. There is no doubt in my mind that Manning is the best athlete on the team. Hopefully we can get a little momentum going with this win. GO BEARS!!!

  7. Fire Turner. Hire Martz. The guy must be a total d-bag, because the fact that he had the Lions scoring 35 points a game with Jon Kitna at quarterback should get him hired anywhere. I mean really, our ineptness in the redzone is kind of unbelieveable when you look at how well we move the ball in between the 20′s.

  8. Higgins, if Mike Martz was the OC, you’d be begging for Turner to come back. There is a reason why he doesn’t have a job. If you think Cutler gets hit now, wait until he runs an offense that doesn’t believe in pass protection. I don’t like the red zone offense as much as the next guy, but Martz isn’t the answer.

  9. Let this new O-line get some work together.
    The Browns were who we thought they were!!!!

    The next 4 weeks will shed some light on what we have in Chicago.

    Cutler needs protection or we need to see a lot more screens and hitches.

    Olsen must step up with the blocking or he will have to surrender time to K. Davis.

    The Bears will come into their own. I just hope it is not too late.

    Go Bears!!!!

  10. Are you kidding me? You think Ron Turner is even in the same league as Martz? Ron Turner maybe won’t get a college job what with his ruining Illini football and being a complete moron. I am in no way saying that Mike Martz is a magnificent coordinator, but he is well above the level of Ron “players who were bad with us seem to do alot better somewhere else” Turner. Maybe not Martz, but for damn sure not Turner.

  11. Higgins, Mike Martz is good a that the following:
    Ignoring the running game completely.
    Inflating your passing stats.
    Getting your QB sacked six times a game.
    Turning the ball over.
    I don’t hate Turner as much as the average fan, but I don’t think he’s great, either. I would have no problem with getting a fresh face here, but I don’t want Mike Martz.

  12. And I am saying that I remember Detroit putting up way more points than they should have under him. I kind of think our run game has gone by the wayside under Turner too, the only difference is we don’t put up a crap ton of points under Turner. I really wish Shanahan would come in as a coordinator, but we all know that is never going to happen. I want someone else running the show. He has the weapons, and I haven’t seen the results. I am sick of screen passes.

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