Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bears O and D Lines Played Well

Trib writer Dan Pompei studies the game tapes of Bears games and grades out all of the positions and players each week. The D line was dominant and the O line was solid against Atlanta. It is not surprising that they graded out well given the dominating performance the Bears put on this weekend.

The front 4 on defense really allowed the linebackers, especially Urlacher, to work from sideline to sideline unobstructed. As a result, Urlacher was able to make the big interception on a pass thrown to Gonzalez. Julius Peppers and Henry Melton each had two sacks. Peppers is just an awesome force, but if Melton can emerge as a consistent defensive stud, the D can become special.

Are all of the issues on the offensive line resolved - no. But the fact is that the Bears are much bigger, stronger, and faster on the O-line. They are younger and better suited to play against the big D-tackles (Raji and Suh in particular) in the NFC North. The switch to more powerful blocking tight ends will also help to build the power running game. This is critical as the weather worsens in the North.

The thing that is certain is that all of the jail breaks and disasterous blocking from last year is likely behind the Bears. The guys they have up front now are much better able to perform and can become a real strength for the team.

7 comments:

j, k, and s's d said...

From ESPN Chicago:

SLUMPING

1. J’Marcus Webb, LT: Webb admitted in the preseason to not matching the intensity of Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman. Webb also didn’t seem to match up very well in his debut as the starting blindside protector with Falcons defensive end John Abraham. Lined up in front of Webb throughout Sunday’s game, Abraham notched two sacks of quarterback Jay Cutler, and batted a pass to teammate Kroy Biermann in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown. Arguably the most talented player on the offensive line in terms of athleticism, Webb should improve with experience. This is just his second year.

2. Gabe Carimi, RT: Carimi took quite a bit of heat for his performance against the Falcons, and yes, he was responsible for one of the five sacks. But given the fact he’s a rookie, and was starting his first NFL game, Carimi deserves somewhat of a pass. After all, it wasn’t like Biermann -- who was matched up with Carimi -- dominated all game. Based on Carimi’s reputation, his performance against the Falcons will only serve as a motivating factor moving into the next couple of games. Expect Carimi to rebound from Sunday’s outing.

3. Lance Louis, RG: Players typically don’t receive multiple opportunities to assume starting roles, but that’s exactly what’s happened with Louis. The problem, though, is Louis hasn’t been able to take advantage of his chances because of injuries. Louis played less than a half Sunday before leaving with an ankle injury that forced the Bears to insert Chris Spencer. Louis started the first four games in 2010, before being replaced in the lineup by Edwin Williams because of a knee injury against the New York Giants. Louis was already on shaky ground coming into the regular season because of subpar preseason performances.

Look, I'm glad you think this group is the second coming of the Hogs. I didn't see the game so it is unfair for me to comment. Maybe this group is unbelievable. Lets see.

The good news for the Pears is that their offense is predicated on the short passes/screens so there is less opportunity for opposing teams to get sacks. Great. The Pears are good at that. It works for them. I think they recognize that their O line isn't the strongest and they have to be able to do the short passes effectively. They will need to also do better on the run. They only mustered 88 yards and averaged 3.3 yards/carry.

I get it you love the O line and think they are really good. Good for you.

Rob said...

Please, please, PLEASE STOP MAKING STUFF UP ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE. You have a bad habit of doing that, but all it does is make your arguments silly.

I have never said the O-line is the second coming of the Hogs or that it is an elite unit. I have said, and continue to say, that it is a very good NFL offensive line that is young, strong, and athletic. It will get better as the season wears on, but it is nowhere near the liability that is was last year.

Honestly, I have no idea who wrote the nonsense that you are quoting. I listened to the game, have listened to Chicago Sports Radio plenty the last couple of days, read the Trib and Sun-Times articles about how solid the Bears O-line was, read Dan Pompei's film-based analysis, and heard Mike Mayock's analysis based on his "Playbook" film review on NFL Network.

Your quote is certainly not my impression or the impression of anyone else who writes/comments about the Bears regularly. In fact, there is universal praise for the Bears O-line. I am not worried about this unit. It looks much improved and should get better as the young unit works together further.

j, k, and s's d said...

What? You like the O line and good for you. I didn't say you would say this or say that. Based on your comments, you think this is a good group. Is that an incorrect statement?

Rob said...

Here is the kind of thing that I am talking about. Here are two quotes:

"I'm glad you think this group is the second coming of the Hogs."

"From what you say, the Pear O line is a stellar group of guys and we may be seeing several of them become perennial All Pros and have HOF careers."

I've never said those things, but you go overboard and make stuff up about what I think.

j, k, and s's d said...

Geez dude.

Time for you to take a shot of metameucil.

Rob said...

That is the kind of response I expect from you. I make a point, back it up when you question the validity, and then you change the subject.

Typical.

I don't mind if you disagree with a view. I would prefer that you actually have facts to back you up, but you are entitled to your opinion.

However, when you make stuff up about what I say or what I would say, it is irritating and muddies up the discussion.

j, k, and s's d said...

METAMEUCIL!!!