Ahh, a great time for sports...the NFL is in full swing, college football is awesome, hockey season(I know, I know, not everyone likes hockey) and the MLB playoffs starring the Cardinals! (Go Pirates...errr, Go Dodgers!) I have also been hearing some rumors about basketball season starting.
The Bears now sit at 4-2 after last nights' victory over the "supposed to be hapless" New York Giants who are now 0-6.( I bet Tom Couglin is a real treat when his team is 0-6) Due to the Thursday night game, we will now get 10 days before the beloved Bears play again...which means 10 days of hyper-over analysis. A win is a win is a win in the ultra competitive NFL, but I see one simple positive, and one simple negative...that need to be addressed, and it might be best if the Bears pretend they are a baseball team coming upon the trading deadline.
The positive: the offense. I remember writing in college(talkin' 1989' here) that the Bears offense resembled a dead race horse with no legs that is tied to a tree. I was actually very proud of that description. Unfortunately, other than a few outlier years, that description could be applied to most Bears' offensive teams.
Not this year.
Don't get me wrong, they have only progressed to being a middle of the pack, or normal offense...at the least their offense seems to be into the 1990's now. But after years, and years of muddling offensive coordinators and defensive minded coaches...I believe in Marc Trestman.( and Harvey Dent) Trestman seems to be a bright and creative guy. In video game terms, Trestman is playing with the Madden 25 playbook, while Mike Tice and others were playing four play Tecmo-bowl.(okay maybe eight play). In fact, If Trestman and Tice were to sit down and play chess, or monopoly, or trivial pusuit....I think I would bet my house on Tresty.
The offense is on the upswing.
The negative: injuries on defense. Without any injuries, this defense wasn't perfect, but it was very capable. Major Wright and Chris Conte each appear to be a step slow at safety....and their are age concerns all over the field. I would also suggest putting Peanut Tillman and Lance Briggs in a glass case from Monday-Saturday. Last night, Brandon Jacobs ( a guy out of the league just over a month ago) was able to run through the Bears like the biggest kid on a playground full of 3rd graders...and the reason: the shortage of interior defensive lineman. The Bears have lost Stephen Paea, Nate Collins and Henry Melton...their top THREE interior lineman...can you imagine putting 4th or 5th string players at other positions? (think last year's offensive line)
So...what to do? How about make a trade like baseball teams to when they are "in it". At 4-2 the Bears are definitely in the hunt for a play-off spot, yet if you have seen the Niners or Seahawks play(sure play-off opponents)...you know that their run games would gash the Bears...considering what Jacobs did running behind a makeshift offensive line. So Phil Emery, pick up the phone and offer up a 3rd, 4th or 5th rounder for a starting defensive lineman. Some teams to call: Jaguars 0-5, Steelers 0-4, Buccanneers 0-4, and those Giants at 0-6. In fact, maybe the Giants haven't left town yet...
To win the NFC North over the Pack would make for a great first year under Coach Trestman...but the Bears definitely need some reinforcements.