10:45 PM CST, December 25, 2011
If the NFL really wanted to back up all its big talk about parity, it would’ve made Josh McCown quarterback the Packers.
Sorry, but I wasn’t impressed, no matter what the final yardage was. McCown threw two interceptions when it mattered, and when the game already had been decided and the Packers were playing back, he couldn’t even cover the original 13-point spread.
Have you ever seen a team forfeit an important position the way the Bears have with the quarterback? I’ll hang up and listen for a housecleaning.
Just when Lovie Smith started winning challenges, he goes bad on the coin flip. How do you let Aaron Rodgers start with the ball? Nine plays, 80 yards and 4:34 later, you got your why not.
Robbie Gould pushed a 49-yard field-goal try to the right. When the Bears special teams can’t help a quarterback who was coaching high school a month ago, just forget it.
Quick, someone tell Devin Hester that running straight ahead is easier on a bad ankle than cutting and flitting and dancing and falling down on it is.
Kahlil Bell ran like a guy making a case for Matt Forte’s job. He hit the holes, made one cut, broke tackles and went. If only the Bears had choices at quarterback the way they do at tailback.
And then Bell fumbled on a screen. Forget it.
Then Bell went over 100 yards early in the third quarter when the Bears had a drive going, and then he fumbled at the goal line. Just forget it.
After the Bears defense snuffed out the Packers for a second straight possession, the Bears were moving the ball, and McCown was intercepted by Clay Matthews. They must teach that in Bears Quarterback School.
But I’ll say this: McCown looked more like a quarterback than Caleb Hanie. He stepped into throws, generally knew the safest spot to put the ball even if he couldn’t always get it there, and shows some athleticism.
Of course, a good running game in the first half didn’t force him into a lot of situations where he would play like we feared.
After that first drive, the Bears made Rodgers look like Hanie. Three three-and-outs, pressure that forced some bad passes, almost nothing open deep.
And then Rodgers ran the two-minute drill as if he had been sandbagging earlier.
Zack Bowman gave James Jones an open look on a slant at the goal line.
Why did Bowman give Jones an open look on a slant at the goal line?
Oh yeah, right, because if Bowman was lined up on the inside shoulder, then James would’ve taken it outside the way he did for another score in the third quarter.
Bowman finally made a play at the goal line, and of course he was called for holding. Next play, Rodgers threw at Bowman again. Touchdown, Jordy Nelson, natch. Excuse me, but why was Bowman out there?
Oh yeah, Tim Jennings.
See what happens when you throw to Earl Bennett?
Of course, a receiver with any kind of speed would’ve scored.
But Bennett is the best the Bears have, which explains a lot.
Explains a lot about the Bears cornerbacks, too. They probably look good covering that bunch called Bears receivers, and then look what happens when they face real receivers.
The Bears got a miracle touchdown by a lineman after Bell fumbled at the goal line, and just four plays later Rodgers torched both Bears safeties for a 55-yard score. The one rule for Bears safeties is don’t get beat deep, and two of them blow it to kill any sniff of hope.
Look at me, writing like I’m surprised.
How bad is the Bears’ $3.25 million investment in Brandon Meriweather if he couldn’t get on the field after that?
But I guess this means the Bears will draft a safety for, I don’t know, the 35th consecutive year.
The Bears owned the clock and the yards in the first half, but the Packers owned the scoreboard. In the second half, the Packers owned everything. When does next season kick off?
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