Cutler, too, would do well to get rid of the ball quicker. In fact, he ought to give it right back to center Roberto Garza. Just tell him, “Here, it’s your line, YOU take the ball and stand behind it.’’
The wideouts also didn’t help the quarterbacks avoid sacks. If they had gotten open quickly, they would’ve gotten the ball. They didn’t, and they didn’t. I’m glad that Martz told us he gave Johnny Knox’s starting spot to Roy Williams because I couldn’t find either.
I can see why Bears coach Lovie Smith said Henry Melton is “going to be great.’’ It’s only one game, yeah, and it doesn’t count, but it counts for me that someone in the middle of the defensive line provided pressure, which is the only way Smith’s Tampa-2 base defense can work.
And if Amobi Okoye can do those things against real teams, the Bears have a chance to deodorize the utter lack of upgrade at cornerback.
But hey, at least Tim Jennings surprisingly was in position to cover well enough on a play that forced offensive pass interference.
Kid safety Major Wright was all over my television, just like last year before he got injured. What jumped out was his open-field tackling. First contact, only contact needed.
Best thing about the Bears’ defense wasn’t so much keeping a bad Buffalo team out of the end zone, but the way it gang-tackled, especially impressive on the Soldier Field kitty litter.
Good thing, too, because the slants and wide-receiver screens are still all-you-can-eat, even for a cruddy Bills offense.
Marion Barber broke three tackles on one play inside the Bills’ 15 on the Bears’ lone TD drive. Looks like he’s going to take somebody’s job: Chester Taylor. Don’t be the guy who says Matt Forte. Barber won’t take Forte’s job unless the Bears have lost their minds. Barber is a physical back, sort of a Jerome Bettis with training wheels, but he has trouble staying healthy. That’s why Barber didn’t suddenly kneecap Forte’s leverage in getting a contract extension.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Greg Olsen asked for a trade last year. Olsen said he didn’t. Did so, Angelo said. Did not, Olsen said. Did so. Did not. Mommy, Greg is bothering me.