Tough loss. Disappointing effort in the second half - both from a coaching and offensive line standpoint. The Bears D was OK, but not really as aggressive as they normally are.
The Bears were coming off a big win at home against Atlanta and had to go to the Superdome to play a Saints team that was not planning on going 0-2. At halftime it was 16-10 Saints and I felt like the Bears were playing well - not great, but OK. Except for one Devery Henderson long play, the Bears were keeping the high flying Saints D in check. Forte was playing well and the offense was doing OK. The O-line was really playing well and did not give up any sacks in the first half.
The Bears lost starting RT Gabe Carimi, WR Earl Bennett, and safety Major Wright in the first half, but were hanging tough.
To start the second half the Bears kicked off and forced a 3 and out. They went down and kicked a field goal to make it 16-13. They kicked off and forced another 3 and out. All the momentum was going the Bears way, but at their own 36 yard line in a 3 point game TE Kellen Davis was slow off the snap and allowed an end rush strip sack of Jay Cutler. Five plays later it was 23-13.
That was the key to the game, but there was still time. The problem was that the Bears completely abandoned the run and allowed 5 more Cutler sacks. New Orleans kept the clock running with so many 3rd down plays that resulted in first downs. It seemed like the Bears D could not get off the field. The team just seemed to fall apart after that fumble. They were short handed, but certainly not out of it. I blame Martz for his poor play calling.
That said, it was an unusual week for the Bears. Going down to New Orleans was always a tough proposition, but the injuries made it tougher. However, Urlacher's mother passing had an effect and a lot of the Bears players and coaches were in New Mexico on Saturday at the funeral. I did not feel like the D played a particularly good game - they seemed flat. I did not feel like Urlacher was really into the game and as a result the D seemed off.
I have concerns about the RT position. The injury to Carimi may be serious. Lance Louis, the starting RG was out yesterday but should be back. If Carimi cannot play, it is going to be interesting to see how they handle it. There will be some shifting of players on the line.
Green Bay comes to Chicago on Sunday. They won't be intimidated and I expect them to play well. They need to address their O-line issues but Lovie needs to sit Martz down and tell him not to abandon the run. When the Bears went 7-2 last year to close out the year, and win last week against the Falcons there was a much better mix of pass-run.