In a brief “bits” column today, the Chicago Tribune reports that former NFL executive Mike Lombardi has this to say about the Bears:
“The Bears know who they are and that can be half the battle in the league. They don’t try to pretend to be anything else. They changed defensively but didn’t show much in preseason and took some criticism. But they’re blitzing more and their ability to play man coverage allows that. Give them credit.”
I have to admit, to this point in the season, the Bears’ preseason performance, which was my basis for not having much faith in them, has exceeded my expectations. Now they just have to keep it up. It is still very early in the NFL season, but as long as there are more solid performances than mental lapses like they had against Tampa and Carolina, I’m actually excited for their chances.
Now it’s on to Atlanta, where the Bears haven’t faced the Falcons in a meaningful game for the hosts since 1998. I’m hoping there’s no letdown. These have been pitfall games for the Bears in the past, but if they are indeed a good team, they will rise to the occasion.