I probably won’t do this for every preseason game but I’m so glad to have football back that I couldn’t help myself. So here’s an abbreviated version of the game comments for this exhibition.
- Bryce Callahan totally blew the coverage on the first touchdown, settling down short as if he thought there would be someone over the top to pick him up. Reports are that his job is far from secure.
- On the other hand, good awareness by Callahan when he came off of his guy to tip the pass that Jerrell Freeman intercepted in the first quarter.
- Freeman looked like he was struggling to cover the Broncos as they came over the middle. That’s not his reputation.
- The Bears starters on defense were getting pressure but, as feared, the pass coverage was letting them down. The pass rushers are either going to have to be a step quicker or the coverage is going to have to be better. The pass rushers are also going to have to do a better job of finishing when they do get there.
- Mark Sanchez looked rather sharp as he guided the Broncos to their first interception. Mostly accurate to the open guy.
- To my eye Trevor Simian wasn’t as sharp its the second team though he did make a nice play to escape pressure and complete a pass to get the Broncos in field goal range at the end of the second half.
- Paxton Lynch wasn’t asked to do a lot bu the looked like he belonged. That’s probably good enough at this point.
- You kind of see why the Bears like Leonard Floyd. He certainly is quick and he’s got long arms. High effort guy. But damn he’s skinny.
- It was entertaining to see Deondre Hall go into press coverage alone on throws to the end zone and defend the ball in the second quarter. The Bears are obviously trying to get a feel for what he can do.
- Lots of missed tackles in the second quarter after the back ups got in Lots to clean up.
- Cornelius Washington showed up tonight. He needed to. He’s in a tough fight to make the roster. It was a shame to see him leave on a cart.
- Jay Cutler actually had some room on the first sack. It looked like he panicked a bit in the face of the blitz. It’s likely he doesn’t trust the reshuffled offensive line to handle that, yet, with some justification. Here’s hoping that sense of trust gets better.
- Bears starters ran the ball for a paltry 1.8 yards per carry. That’s not doing anything to alleviate any anxiety amongst fans about either the offensive line or Jeremy Langford, who got all of the carries.
- Cody Whitehair might need a little work snapping in the shot gun.
- The back up offensive line was simply putrid. Martin Wallace flat out stunk. So did Keith Browner and Gary Williams. Nothing happened tonight to alleviate my concerns about the depth on this unit. Their ineptitude made it virtually impossible to evaluate the players at any other position.
- We got to see two backs in the backfield for the first time in the second half when Jordan Howard entered the game. We didn’t see much of it but it will be interesting to see how much more of that we get once the games count for real.
- I’m not used to seeing teams blitz the safety in the first preseason game but I’m a bit disappointed that it continued to work. The offense didn’t look like they were ready for it and they didn’t adjust. Preseason or not, that’s not good.
- Sam Rosen, Jim Miller & Luo Canellis on the call. They were OK for what they are. Miller was soft in his criticism but I’ve certainly heard worse during the preseason and they don’t give you the job of announcing these exhibition games to be overly critical.
- I thought the starters were relatively clean but once the back ups got in, the penalty flags started to fly. First pre-season game. No need to worry yet.
- Special teams were up and down, both allowing a blocked punt and blocking one themselves.
- In summary: lots to work on, folks.