Halfway there: Bears strong half means victory

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Halfway there: Bears strong half means victory

Not everyone is ready to crown the Detroit Lions, 4-0 start or no 4-0 start.

They can very easily be 1-3 if you look at their games, said wide receiver Roy Williams, not a renowned football analyst, granted, but still. But they fought so much and been in that situation so many times, theyve finally overcome it in that situation and thats why theyre 4-0.

Are they beatable? Yeah. Youve seen it. Teams have beaten them in the first three quarters, but thats why you play four quarters. Thats what theyve been dong is playing a full game.

Of note here, however, is that the Bears under Lovie Smith are 44-8 when they lead at halftime. If the Bears are up after two quarters, the likelihood of a lapse like those of Minnesota and Dallas the past two weeks against Detroit is very, very small.
Road Woes

The Lions once were the standard for inept on the road. The Bears are far from that level but they are finding it increasingly difficult to beat good teams in their houses.

This is not a good thing for a team going to visit the 4-0 Detroit Lions.

The Bears havent beaten a winning team on the road since the Week 1 upset of Indianapolis in 2008. Since the 2006 Super Bowl season, their only other road win against a team with a winning record that season was Green Bay in 2007.

They lost to their only winning-record opponents on the road last year (Green Bay, NY Giants) and to New Orleans this year. Their combined points in those three games was 19.

And at right tackle

One expectation is that the Bears will open with Frank Omiyale at right tackle and provide the shaky veteran with help in the form of tight ends to that side and backs chipping on the Detroit defender to Omiyales side.

Omiyale has struggled mightily, to the point of being benched against Carolina. But with Chris Spencers fractured right hand in a plastic castsplint, the need is for Lance Louis to open at his usual right guard spot as a matchup against Ndamukong Suh and the inside pressure of the Lions front four. That leaves Omiyale as the presumed better option at right tackle.

At a certain point a guys got to earn his check, line coach Mike Tice said last week, without referring to Omiyale directly.

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.

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
 
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
 
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.

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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
 
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
 
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.

Would the Bears consider selecting Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer?

Would the Bears consider selecting Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer?

Would the Bears consider selecting DeShone Kizer with the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft?

At what point in the draft should they consider taking a signal caller?

Does it make sense for Ryan Pace and the Bears to take at least one quarterback in every draft?

We answer those questions in the video above in the latest SportsTalk Live segment.