Don't panic, but Bears' offense needs work


Don't panic, but Bears' offense needs work

This was not the Bears offense anybody expected to see.

Just because starting quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte were held out, there is no excuse for the unit to perform so poorly. The running game was non-existent and until the second half the passing game was equally abysmal.

That being said, there is no reason to push the panic button. Teams have gone 0-4 in the preseason while looking terrible and then end up having great regular seasons. I covered the Colts and they were notorious for pitiful exhibition play and then consistently delivered 12-win seasons and a Super Bowl.

The offensive line needs to play better, but the same could be said about the first-team defensive line. They couldn't pressure Peyton Manning on the opening Broncos series as he drove them right down the field before he threw an interception.

There were some good signs and those are easier to point out.

Shea McClellin flashed quickness in space and all of the young receivers looked good. The prettiest play in the game was Matt Blanchard's pass to Chris Summers along the Bears sideline. It was a great throw and effort by Summers to go up and get the ball.

Rookie safety Brandon Hardin showed good range when he broke up a deep pass along the Broncos sideline. His fellow rookie corners, Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy, appeared to play well in their debuts. Frey was in the game early and looked confident.

If there is a change, maybe it will be giving a shot to Chris Williams at left tackle with the first unit. JMarcus Webb doesn't talk like a guy that believes he belongs in the starting group. Other than that, the Bears need to improve in all areas.

Its not time to panic, unless you see the same things in Week 1 versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Iconic 1985 Bears coach Buddy Ryan dies


Iconic 1985 Bears coach Buddy Ryan dies

Buddy Ryan, the architect of arguably the most dominant defense in NFL history, has passed away at the age of 82.

Ryan was the defensive coordinator under head coach Mike Ditka for the 1985 Bears squad that dominated the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.

Ryan engineered the infamous "46 defense" and was carried off the field after the Super Bowl alongside Ditka.

Ryan started his career with the Bears in 1978 but left after that '85 Bears season to become the Philadelphia Eagles head coach from 1986-1990.

His two sons are current NFL coaches: Rex is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Rob is Rex's assistant head coach.

Ryan also won Super Bowl III with the New York Jets, where he served as the defensive line coach.

Brandon Marshall responds to tweet asking if he misses Jay Cutler

Brandon Marshall responds to tweet asking if he misses Jay Cutler

The bromance of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall began in Denver when they were drafted together in 2006, and then shifted to Chicago in 2012 via a trade to complete the reunion.

The two instantly hit it off and developed a close relationship on and off the field, a large reason why the Bears acquired Marshall to help spark some old magic.

But things took a turn when Marshall was traded to the New York Jets last offseason.

Asked on Twitter if he misses his former quarterback, Marshall responded with a genuine answer:

Bears sign Chicago native Tony Moeaki, defensive lineman Marquis Jackson

Bears sign Chicago native Tony Moeaki, defensive lineman Marquis Jackson

Tony Moeaki is coming home.

The Bears announced on Thursday that they have signed the former Wheaton Warrenville South standout.

Moeaki attended Bears minicamp on a tryout and impressed the coaching staff enough to secure a deal.

The 29-year-old Moeaki appeared in 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons last season and recorded three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Moeaki was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third-round (93rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He has 91 receptions for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns in 48 career games.

Moeaki is expected to provide tight end depth and compete for a backup spot behind starter Zach Miller.

The Bears also announced the signing of defensive lineman Marquis Jackson, the twin brother of former Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion and current Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson. Marquis Jackson entered the NFL in 2013 with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State, but has not appeared in a regular-season NFL game. 

In corresponding roster moves, the Bears waived defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi and linebacker Don Cherry.