Observations from the Bears @ Packers, Week 17
The Packers fought their way into the playoffs with a 10-3 win over the Bears yesterday; it was a game that the Bears really had no business playing their starters past halftime in, and quite frankly, a game the Packers should have won going away. It was obvious the Bears were just trying to get through it on offense—we didnt really attack the Packers downfield until the final drive. Which leads me into my thoughts on the game:
1) I understand the thinking behind such a vanilla game plan—not wanting to show too much to the other playoff teams, especially one you might have to play again and all—but if thats the case, why play your starters the entire game? If you are not game planning to win the game, why are you keeping your starters in like you are trying to win the game?
2) What is up with our sepcial teams coverage units? Maybe we give them a pass when we played teams like the Patriots and Jets, who also have one of the league’s top units. But the Packers have one of the worst units is football, and they were still cranking out good returns against us. As we go into the playoffs, we will be facing some great return men on the Eagles, Saints, even the Seahawks. We have to get this figured out.
3)Kahlil Bell must be the worst blitz picker-upper in the history of running backs, because I see NO REASON WHY CHESTER TAYLOR IS STILL GETTING SNAPS AT THIS POINT. Maybe simply getting him away from the Vikings was worth the money we threw at him; but that doesnt mean you have to give him the rock.
4) Why are people saying the Packers are so dangerous? We beat them at home when we had not even figured out our offense yet; we almost beat them at their home, in a game that meant nothing to us, but they HAD TO WIN. And we were two bad INTs away from winning this one. They cannot run the ball on us; and the only big play they made all day was a badly blown coverage by Danieal Manning. They have nobody who can cover Matt Forte out of the backfield. If we play them again in the playoffs, which would be at home, and would have to be in the NFC Championship game the way the sedding works, I don’t see it being close.
4) Will Major Wright ever be able to stay on the field? His rookie year has almost been a wash because of all the time missed due to injury. I am willing to give him a pass this year, because the hand injury was a flukey thing; and the leg injury seems to be a recurring hamstring pull that needs a full offseason to heal…but we need to figure out a way to keep that guy healthy.