It really solidified how terrible the Bears coaching staff is. Between this and last weeks collapses it’s clear that Lovie and his people, especially his defensive coaches, are fantastically bad at making in-game adjustments. How many easy quick slant passes did the bum Griese effortlessly complete for first downs. It’s not like the WRs made great moves either, our DB was playing 8 yards off when it was 3rd and 4. Embarrassing.
Also, the Bucs got a huge break on that personal foul against Tillman. Sure, Tillman is a monumental idiot for running in like that (I’m pretty sure a D-Lineman can survive a few punches to his helmeted head without the help of a 175 lb. DB) but that was a pretty egregious no-call by the Umpire and Referee for the Bucs.
Nickelback Kevin Payne needs to be benched, and/or publicly demeaned, for his Pop Warneresque tackling abilities. I’ve never seen a professional player miss so many tackles in 3 games, he constantly lowers his shoulder and bounces off RBs and is easily shed when he “wraps up” WRs. Perhaps the fact that Lovie refuses to allow tackling in practice could be to blame for his apparent inability to see this, I wonder if Lovie has the balls to even criticize a player for such poor play during the film session on Monday.
Lovie (or perhaps Turner, not sure who has the final say here) is driving me insane in his refusal to run the ball with Forte in short yardage situations. In the last 2 weeks, when the Bears were desperate for conversions on 3rd and short at the end of the game, the offense has thrown a WR-screen, a quick misdirection to FB Aaron McKie and a QB draw (when a dive would have probably worked) all of which failed. Matt Forte has been simply unstoppable all season and runs with great drive and effort, he hits holes with speed and always falls forward, yet the Coaching staff tends to forget about him late in games when he’s the most valuable. On a 3rd and 2 he’d be practically a gimme off-tackle. This is inexcusable, the days of Cedric Benson are over, why are they using the same play calling as if he were still in the backfield.
The Bears are still a talented football team and the offense is exceeding the admittedly low expectations. Orton has been consistent and is developing a report with Brandon Lloyd, Forte and Kevin Jones are very productive and the Offensive Line has been doing a good job run blocking and adequate in pass protection. I lay the bulk of these last two losses at the feet of the coaches. Both the offensive and defensive play calling has been cowardly and limp.