The Bears have many questions to ask themselves after a 21-14 loss against the undefeated Tennessee Titans.
How do you lose a game where you shut down supposedly the best running back tandem in the NFL?
How does your pass rush, who is loaded with players like Tommie Harris, Mark Anderson, Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye have no success getting to Kerry Collins?
How does your pass defense, who has everyone back from injury, struggle against Kerry Collins, who hasn’t had over 200 yards passing all year?
The Bears need to remedy these crucial mistakes and fast.
We know they can shut down running backs, but how do you make an ordinary QB look like a pro bowler?
It has happened with Brian Griese, Gus Frerotte and even Dan Orlovsky this season.
On the bright side, the first eight games the Titans averaged 149.1 rushing yards per game and yesterday only produced 20 yards. At half they had -5 yards on the ground.
Chris Johnson who averaged 89.4 ypg rushing had only eight total yards on the ground.
The Bears offense was another story, they came out strong with a six minute drive and Grossman threw a touchdown to Matt Forte, who ran all over the Titans D in the first half.
The next eight drives ended in punts.
The Bears had their share of opportunities as they stopped the Titans on 4th and goal late in the first quarter.
Between Marty Booker, Rashied Davis, and Devin Hester, five passes were caught for a total of 69 yards.
Booker looked like a bad Muhsin Muhammad and Rashied Davis just ran the wrong routes.
Hester had two big returns that I thought could have been returned for touchdowns.
Also, Grossman overthrew Hester on a sure touchdown, which would have gave the Bears much needed momentum.
Grossman shouldn’t get all the blame, but he did struggle to get the ball to his receivers.
He looked in sync at intervals in the game, but just couldn’t keep it going.
His interception reminded me of the one he threw in Super Bowl 41, which Kelvin Hayden returned for a touchdown.
If Grossman played like he did on the first drive of the game and one of the drives at the end of the game, we would have scored a lot of points.
But, the team just looked out of sync and they abandoned the running game in the second half; Forte ran for a total of seven yards.
They need some help and they need it fast because they have a huge game in Green Bay next Sunday and the Packers just came off a tough loss.
If Orton can’t go this week, there is absolutely no way they would put in Caleb Hanie at QB, for all the Hanie fans out there.
You have to give the Titans offensive coordinator some credit for realizing the running game wasn’t working, but the Bears should have figured out a way to get to Kerry Collins
The Bears have at total of five sacks in there last five games.
That really hurts your pass defense.
Quote of the Day:
Rashied Davis said this after a tough loss to the now 9-0 Titans, “Maybe they have some kind of angel around them or something, I don’t know.”
Three Stars of the Game:
1) The run defense
2) Corey Graham- he recovered a big fumble early in the first quarter.
3) Matt Forte- had a big day running and looked great receiving as well.
Just a Thought…
You can blame Rex Grossman for this loss all you want, but the Bears were backed up in the own 10 yard line for most of the game.
Who knows if Orton could have one this game, but it doesn’t matter anymore.
Where was Brandon Lloyd, I thought he was supposed to play yesterday.
He definitely would have helped, anything but Marty Booker.
They must change gears to the Packers, for they don’t want to lose a divisional game, against my most hated team.
Hopefully they can figure this out before this week’s game.