Can’t deny Defense dap, Dominating D deserves its due: Ah, the picture of a formidable defense, celebrating after a job well done. Remember those days? People tend to forget how good a healthy LB trio of Lance-Brian-Pisa really is. I don’t know how long they will all last together, but one thing I know is this; its the key to how successful the defense will be in stopping the run and enforcing the middle part of the field during critical 3rd down passing situations. Think about this way, a defense is only as good as its energy. The longer its on the field, the more tired it gets, and less the chance it has to being effective. Thus, keeping it “fresh” will be the goal this year for various reasons:
1. Health concerns always an issue, less time on field, less chance for injury. 2. Depth, hard to come by, reserves are back-ups for a reason, need starters. 3. Giving up run yards wears down a defense. 4. Allowing 3rd down conversions kills momentum, batters unit. 5. The less chances you give a QB to disect our secondary, the better.
In essence, if we can stop the run like we did on Sunday, that will make teams one-dimensional and it will cover up our greatest weakness defensively -the secondary. As for patrolling the middle on 3rd down, are ‘backers are rangy and instinctive, they have the ball skills necessary, and I like our chances defending the dink and dunk passes with Lance-Brian-Pisa. We will not get picked apart on defense if core remains intact. Its not the pass rush or Julius Peppers, the secondary and its safeties, but the linebackers health that will indicate how good this defense can be, because we all know how good they can play when they are healthy. How good? Good enough to win the NFC North, we shall see.
Matt Forte looks explosive, makes dynamic plays, is a big-time weapon for Jay: Forte is a factor, once again. More than just a playmaker, he’s a game-changer. Without Forte we lose. No doubt about it. The way he runs with the ball after the catch, outstanding. The way he runs routes and separates to get open, uncanny. He dazzled us with his game-winning touchdown reception, and if he keeps this up he’s going to be more than on his way in becoming a premiere player.
Marshall Faulk role? I like it. If the run doesn’t work as planned, go to the pass, utilize his skill in the open field. His hands are superb and that astonishing adjustment on the winner was something you don’t see from wideouts, let alone runningbacks -astounding. When have you ever seen him drop a pass? Practice? The Tulane product made plays you don’t see every Sunday. Turning a simple screen pass into a momentum-altering 89-yard score?
Cry all you want about his missed opportunities inside the 20. Yet, I think it’s safe to say, we can dismiss his inability to enter the end zone in key goal-to-goal moments if he keeps playing like this. Free pass. Forget about it. His real impact and presence will be felt as a receiver and a blocker, not as a runner, unless he’s “running” after the catch. Give me his performance against Detroit every week. It’s not “how” you score and “when” you score, its a matter “if” you score. Six points is six points. Who needs to run the ball anyways? You know who played in last year’s Super Bowl? The NFL is a passing league, more importantly, its turned into a big-play league. Forte is worthy in my book, he makes plays happen, big plays, that is.
Do we know how lucky we are to have an actual QB? Lucky to win the game, yes. Lucky to have such a good QB, not exactly. Jay Cutler gets the job done. Makes something out of nothing. Can make any play he so desires. He can throw. Best arm in the game today? Also, he can run, rather willingly with no disregard for his body whatsoever. No room for questioning whether or not leaves it all on the field. Seriously, he will do anything to win. Competitor. Take the good with the bad, the bad with the good, give me Jay. Gets criticized with the best of ’em. Can we finally realize how good he is considering the hand he is dealt? Wait until the Cutler-Martz connection actually clicks.
Scary good? Propensity for turnovers, ok. However, with that being said, the propensity for an abundance yards, points, and big plays, definitely. With great reward comes great risk, and the Bears are taking a great risk with a high-rolling, dicey offense that could blow up in their face, yet with same the token could produce great reward, reaping one of the most fruitful, entertaining, and potent offenses ranking up there with the best of the best, among the elite the NFL has to offer.
Still not satisfied? Call it what you want but call it, this attack could make some significant noise and legitimate waves for the first time since the days of Erik Kramer throwing to Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham. Yes, laugh all you want, we haven’t been blessed with the top attacks offensively in the Windy City lately, recently, or at all, forever. It also could wipe out, very likely, more than a good chance.
In the end, judge him how you want to judge him, but judge him, but in doing so, remember your judgment should be based on balance as you consider the good with the bad, not just the bad with the good. If you evaluate properly according to his gifts, this gunslinging rocket launcher is coming into his own. The sky’s the limit. Keep taking risks Jay, keep tasking risks, it will pay off at the end of the day, and if it doesn’t the only thing you can do is hold your head up high because you went down swinging/throwing with your guns. Stick to your strengths, take your shots, it’s only worth it, and it’s when you’re at your best, your absolute finest. You have nothing to lose, after all, it’s only Lovie’s job that’s on the line!