Bears ugly effort raises major concerns

Lowlights were the exception rather than the rule as the Chicago Bears turned in another preseason clunker in the so-called dress rehearsal Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field.

While exhibition results are meaningless, the Bears lack of execution offensively and failure to mount a pass rush on the defensive side of the ball should trigger alarms to the Chicago front office and coaching staff.

Some familiar problems resurfaced in the sluggish 23-7 beatdown administered by Kansas City. The reshuffled offensive line, hampered by the absence of Kyle Long, struggled to protect Jay Cutler. Blitzing defenders have made life miserable for Cutler and until the Bears figure it out, opposing defenses will be licking their chops.  With the season opener on the road against an active Houston attack unit on the horizon, time is short to mesh a cohesive group together.

Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery’s concentration lapses reoccurred. With the Bears badly needing a spark, Cutler threw a dart to a wide-open Jeffery flashing across the middle. What might have been a touchdown, or at least a huge gainer, went for naught when Jeffery dropped the pass.


One step up for Bears

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Thoughts and observations after watching the Chicago Bears jump out to a 11-0 lead in New England before the Patriots came back to win 23-22 in Thursday’s second exhibition game in Foxboro.

1. The Bears first-string offense, led by sharp play by QB Jay Cutler, displayed marked improvement over last week’s lackluster showing in the preseason opener. Cutler engineered a ball-control, short-passing game to perfection that netted two long drives for scores and would have had another albeit for some untimely penalties.

WR Alshon Jeffery and RB Jeremy Langford enjoyed successful evenings as well. Jeffery hauled in a 30-yard completion from Cutler and Langford ripped off 55-yards on 8 carries, including a touchdown and an impressive 34-yard scamper that showcased his vision and strength.


Five things learned in Bears preseason dud

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1. Not ready for primetime….Much was made of the Bears retooled defense, but familiar problems reared their ugly head on the game’s opening possession. Denver drove76-yards for a touchdown, converting on third down three times, and eventually scoring on a blown coverage.

While many players on the unit are new, Chicago failed to generate consistent pressure and couldn’t get off the field on third down. The secondary appears particularly vulnerable, a concern all offseason.

2. The offensive line has issues…The loss of Center Hroniss Grasu for the season was the first domino to fall, but in Thursday’s exhibition, the Bears failed to execute simple blocking schemes and couldn’t pick up Denver’s blitzers at anytime during the evening, no ma0er if it was the starters or the backups. READ MORE