Good to see the Bears starters fight back from a 10-0 deficit to lead the Raiders 14-13 at halftime. Highlights were Matt Forte’s 89-yard touchdown run, which showcased both the return of Forte’s speed and fantastic blocking up front, and a fourth-down Jay Cutler touchdown pass to Johnny Knox. Not to forget the ensuing two-point conversion run by Chester Taylor.
But of course the pass blocking of the starting offensive line (Chris Williams gave up four sacks to journeyman Raider Kamerion Wimbley) was atrocious, as was some of the play of the starting defense. Same problem as last year: missed tackles at the line of scrimmage turning ordinary plays into huge gainers for the opposition, and blown coverages and opposing receivers sitting right in zone holes for easy catches. And let’s not forget, this was against the Raiders who haven’t won more than five games since 2002.
I happened to be in Chicago’s Miller’s Pub Saturday afternoon, sitting by the door at the end of the bar. In walked Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice, towering over the entire restaurant. I shouted “coach them up, Mike!” and gave him a thumbs-up. As he turned to me, he mustered the least-annoyed smile he could before moving to his table. I really like Tice and know he will get everything he can out of his linemen, but clearly it didn’t show last night.
A little to be happy about, a lot to be nervous about. What do you think?