It pains me to write that headline.? But like it or not, the Bears are not playing like a good football team through the first three games of the 2007 season.? And until the Bears can muster the ability to take the torch back away from the Cowboys, that’s the way it will remain.
I ripped on Tony Romo last week, because frankly I’m sick of the “Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the history of the NFL” PR machine.? Now instead of being?sick of that, I’m further lamenting the fact that the Bears didn’t take a flyer on?Romo?in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.? As I have previously mentioned, long?before Romo pantsed the Bears last night, I?was familiar with Romo in college and hoped the Bears would acquire him.? (Yes, and in the same linked post, I bash Romo’s PR machine.) But hindsight is?20/20.? Kudos, Tony, on backing up the hype with your play last night.? (Excuse me while I hold back my vomit).
Everyone has an opinion on the current state of the Bears, and here’s mine.? Starting Brian Griese in Detroit?would be the wrong decision.? As evidenced by the 56 points they gave up to the formerly anemic Eagles yesterday, Detroit’s defense is bad.? Rex deserves the chance to start in Detroit.? We’ll see what happens, but that’s my?opinion.
Furthermore, before?anyone blames Rex for any of the Bears’ many current issues, take a look at the running game.? Cedric Benson averaged less than 3 yards per carry last night.? And while you’re looking at the running?game, look at the offensive line.? Its production has clearly dropped this year.
The defense?? They?shut the Cowboys down for roughly 31 minutes of the ballgame.? And considering they were on the field what seemed like 98%?of the game, the second?half breakdown was bound to happen.? No defense can stay on the field for 40 minutes and be forced to win the?game for your team.? Not especially when that defense loses 3?Pro Bowl starters during the contest.
Now I have to say even more emphatically….GO CUBS!