8:42 PM EDT, September 25, 2011
Brian Urlacher created another turnover with another spectacular diving grab of an Aaron Rodgers pass. Miraculously, the Bears still had a chance.
Urlacher gave the Bears possession at their 45 down 10 with 9:27 to go. The Bears might not have deserved it, but they had a chance.
And what did the Bears do with that chance? What did the Bears do with that momentum? How did they seize that opportunity at home?
They faced a third down, they were way back at their 23, they needed 33 yards.
And that’s even with a roughing-the-passer penalty that wiped out a Jay Cutler interception.
Twenty-five yards in penalties will do that to you.
The Bears offense will do that to you.
This was embarrassing for a second straight week. I mean, this is an NFL offense?
The Bears couldn’t run and couldn’t pass. There’s your balanced offense.
Cutler was a mess. He threw two interceptions that counted and one that was called back. When Cutler did have time to pass, he missed or the receivers flat dropped the ball.
And remember, this came against a Packers defense that was giving up more than 400 passing yards a game.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz tried to run. For him, anyway. But the Bears couldn’t block it.
The Bears had 13 yards rushing, an average of 1.1 per carry. Don’t you get that much just by falling forward?
Matt Forte set his contract negotiations back to Pop Warner. Which of his two yards was your favorite?
This was a joke. The Bears offense looked like it had never seen a football field before.
The offense has to start all over. This isn’t even back to last season’s future. This is back to the start of the game’s creation. Lovie Smith needed to address his team after the game by saying, “Gentlemen, this is a football.’’
Sadly and obviously, the Bears can’t touch the Packers’ offensive talent, especially at wide receiver. In fact, the Bears don’t have a wideout who would dress for the Packers. Roy Williams can barely dress for the Bears, and Devin Hester apparently wants to amass as many penalties as receptions.
The Bears had a solid offensive start in the opener against Atlanta. They went backward last week in New Orleans. Now I wish they were still locked out.
I also wish they knew what they were as an offense. What can that offense do well?
Waiting. Wait. Ing.
Martz doesn’t really want to run and the Bears don’t look like they want to block it. Or don’t know how. That’s OK if you can pass, but the Bears have yet to show they can do that, as well.
I mean, name a Bears go-to play. Dare you.
OK, try this: Name a Bears go-to player. Dare you to do that, too.
That’s player evaluation. That’s coaching. That’s playing ability. Another Bears three-and-out.