On lunch break. Here is my 10-minute review of being at last night’s 2008 preseason opener:
- The Bears weren’t kidding when they announced heavier security at games. There was uniformed security, plain-clothed security officers and a ton of Chicago Police officers all over the place. On the stadium approaches, around the stadium, all over the stadium inside the game. I’ve been going to games for 30 seasons now, and it was overwhelmingly noticeable. This is fine by me, but word to the wise, anyone trying to walk up to the stadium with a beer or thinking of anything else will be in for a rude awakening.
- I’m critical of the organization for a lot of things, but I have to compliment them on the professionalism of their staff and security at the game. Several staffers said hello and asked if I needed anything. And they actually played Joe Walsh’s Turn to Stone for one of the highlight segments. Unbelievable considering the music normally played.
- On the Bears’ opening drive, when Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis on an out-route for a first down, Brandon Lloyd was streaking absolutely uncovered down the left sideline. Orton didn’t see him. The fan next to me saw Devin Hester wide open on a fly pattern on another play.
- I’m not a professional scout, but it seemed to me that Orton locked on to his first receiver much more often than Rex Grossman.
- Awesome sack by Anthony Adams, but I believe the first string Bear defense was playing Chief backups at that point.
- It certainly does look like Matt Forte has the flash a Bear running back hasn’t possessed since the 2004 version of Thomas Jones, before he became a workout beast. This makes the selection of Cedric Benson even that much more of a joke. Benson NEVER looked like he gave a crap about football. Forte looks like he will impress.
That’s it for now. Unfortunately I’m thinking this is going to be a long season based on our offensive problems, and the first string defense getting lit up on the first drive.