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Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Eagles in denial after beatdown by Bears

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2010
10:06 PM
By John MullinCSNChicago.com

So much grumpiness going around after the Bears 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears arent happy that they were ever doubted. But the Eagles? Theyre just downright fuming that they lost to an inferior team that knows darn well which was the better team on Sunday.

Left tackle Jason Peters declared that the Bears know that were the better team and they got the victory. We let the game get away. Hopefully well see them again and battle from there.

Peters perspective on letting the game get away is mildly curious if only because the Eagles led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and then never again.

Brandon Graham scoffed at a question of whether the Eagles were still the better team. Oh yeah, stated the rookie linebacker with exactly 11 games of NFL experience on which to base evaluations. We just got to play like it.

Very meaningful insight there.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was a member of the secondary that allowed four touchdown passes so he certainly was in position to offer knowledgeable critiques of the Chicago offense.

The Bears were just playing it safe, Patterson said. It wasnt a bunch of 30- or 40-yard passes. It was missed tackles and a lot of short routes.

A lot of people said that about the West Coast offense the San Francisco 49ers ran back in the 1980s too. But Dimitris declaration was that all those 15 and 20-yard gains came off missed tackles.

A casual guess is that Lovie Smith and his staff will read some of these grumps to his players. Maybe hell allude to Michael Vicks assessment, after first complimenting the victors, that we the Eagles just beat ourselves.

Well, at least the Bears were happy with the outcome. Or were they? At least theyre 8-3 and winners of four straight, so you can only be so grumpy when thats your situation.

Then again.

You didnt see that game, safety Chris Harris deadpanned. Were still not as good as you think we arent.

But arent you possibly the best team in the NFC now?

No, not us, Harris joked. Were not the best team in the NFC. Were an average team in the NFC. Were going to just keep chopping wood.

The doubters arent in this locker room playing football. We believe in ourselves, believe we have a good football team and have been saying that since week one. Everybodys been saying we have a weak schedule, whatever the case may be. But we know what we have in this locker room.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

WATCH: Deonte Thompson channels inner Devin Hester with 109-yard return in Bears preseason game

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WATCH: Deonte Thompson channels inner Devin Hester with 109-yard return in Bears preseason game

It's been a while since Devin Hester electrified the city of Chicago with his touchdown returns, but we got flashbacks of that Saturday night.

Deonte Thompson took a page out of the book of arguably the best returner in NFL history by returning a 109-yard missed field goal to the house as the first half expired during the Bears' second preseason game in Arizona.

It gave the Bears a 17-7 lead, and even had John Fox going crazy on the sideline:

Deonte Thompson, you are ridiculous?

Five Bears who can improve their stock Saturday night against Arizona

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Five Bears who can improve their stock Saturday night against Arizona

1. QB Mike Glennon

The Bears’ first team offense as a whole could be included under this subhead, whether it’s the offensive line creating holes for a running back (Jordan Howard won't play with a minor corneal abrasion) or the receivers creating more separation to get open. But the onus is on Glennon to be better than he was Thursday night and prove that 0.0 quarterback rating was the product of a small sample size and not a sign of more serious issues. On the other side of things, a bad game from Glennon only would lead to further questions about his ability to succeed as the Bears’ starting quarterback. 

“I mean, (this game is) bigger than the first but not as big as the third,” Glennon said. “I don’t really know how else to say it. Everything gets more amplified Week 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and then ultimately the season opener. Obviously I want to go out and play well but I don’t want to make too big a deal and put too much pressure on a preseason game.” 

2. WR Kevin White

Cameron Meredith can do a lot to help Glennon’s case, but the Bears have a good idea of what they have in the third-year receiver who’s been one of the more steady performers during training camp. Kevin White is in a different position, having not been targeted at all against the Denver Broncos and still needing to prove plenty going into his third year in the NFL. White’s growth this year may be slow, but he needs to show some signs of that growth during preseason games to build up some confidence for Sept. 10. 

“Anytime you go through some injuries, there’s a whole mental game that plays a part of it,” fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz (more on him in a bit) said. “Just talking to him – I think he’s over it. He understands those things are behind him. His confidence is back in his body with the things that he can do. You’re starting to see that out there on the football field. He’s really hitting another gear, catching these balls, going deep down the field and putting pressure on these defensive backs.”

3. WR Victor Cruz

It was a little jarring to see Cruz, a Super Bowl-winning former Pro Bowler, playing until the final snap of Thursday’s game — even if that had something to do with the Bears not having Daniel Braverman available and losing Rueben Randle and Joshua Bellamy to injuries during the game. But Cruz hasn’t seemed to significantly push Kendall Wright for the No. 1 slot receiver job over the last few weeks, and could find himself on the roster bubble by the end of the month. A good showing Saturday night could provide a nice boost to his chance of avoiding that bubble.  

“I've been impressed with him,” Fox said before the Bears’ first preseason game. “He's got a great feel for the game. Sometimes it might not be just how fast they are physically but how fast they play, and he seems to be that type of guy. He's still got plenty of gas in the tank and we're excited to have him.”

4. DE Jonathan Bullard

Bullard is the only player on this list who flashed last Thursday, with an impressive tackle for a loss probably the Bears’ second-best defensive play of the day behind Leonard Floyd’s first-play-of-the-game sack. He’s had a solid camp, too, showing some promising signs after struggling to show much of anything a year ago. For Bullard, Saturday night will be about keeping his arrow pointing up, perhaps to the point that he could start at defensive end opposite Akiem Hicks in Week 1. 

“He’s definitely stronger, faster,” Hicks said. “He was already explosive, right? He has picked up the game to a point where he can play within the scheme now and see things come and be able to predict the play in order to get a step on the guard or the tackle, whoever he’s playing against. Just the things that come with getting more reps.”

5. CB Kyle Fuller

No player may have a better opportunity Saturday night than Fuller, who should be in line to take first-team reps with Bryce Callahan out and Prince Amukamara missing practices this week with a strained hamstring. What Fuller does with this opportunity could be a major deciding factor of whether or not he’s part of the Bears’ 53-man roster — this coaching staff and front office didn’t draft him, and his fifth-year option for 2018 was declined in the spring. 

“It’s a new year,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said earlier this month when asked about Fuller. “We start evaluating guys by what you’ve seen on the field at this point.”