View from the Moon: John Mullin talks about how the Bears can fix their offense and what they need to do to beat the Panthers on Sunday - 9/28
Wed, 28 Sep 2011|
Explain to all of us in here how they're going to fix what ails this offense that looks awful right now. When they got Cam Newton and -- Rivera riding it and as Chico so eloquently put it this isn't just another football game for him. No it's not it's not another game for Greg Olsen who's -- that the Bears didn't you and approach them for extension and they say well we're not really that interest himself. You know -- a lot of a lot of -- feelings here and you mentioned she goes feelings. As far as what's going to fix this and bottle I'm I'm I'm not a big can of optimism of humble beat reporter -- just bring tiny morsels to your play good morning -- And digest. I don't know what fixes that and and and that was it just an iron -- mention if -- Ricky pro warrior and I are beautiful. I'm I'm not sure this is fixable unless you get better play out of number six. And you get it's it's almost as though he's getting a pass here and it even today when necessity has confidence in his confidence in his -- applied in this first -- No choice. Which is a statement of fact but that's not really what I'm if I'm an O line and I know I'm not real happy to hear that. And if it was asked about Cam Newton is well you know he's video of their protect them all together. They're protecting him really well and they are as good targets downfield practices thought bubble which I have that. You know I I think there's something not right about this and I went back and looked at the first half of that. And try to forget the Green Bay game and the of the seven and completed seven passes were completed. I think only one of those was really comfortable ballplayers receivers over in the overthrew Devin Hester overthrew. Roy Williams who threw behind -- -- tons of bunker twice. Ain't Roy Williams dropped one and everybody should focus on that. I think in this offense as you guys are saying that bet you that runs through the quarterback -- marched through him. I think He has to simplify it worked with what He has and only include the quarterback that because right now. I don't think the execution -- group. Senator. There -- -- and I've questioned for a we're just watch the -- are now Jay looks uncomfortable his feet look out of place his technique what looks off as Mike said anything about that for. You know horn on my technique where now there's -- -- the ball well. Yeah I didn't actually hear what Mike has had to say today I. But the funny part with that that I look back over overtime and and and Cutler in the -- season. When He was only sacked eleven times completed below 62 and a half percent of his passes. Last year when He sacked 52 times we have almost 61% of his -- it's not. I don't know what it is with them and if you're gonna get happy feet don't got looked almost as you get happy feet unload that ball a little too soon. I think some of the problem with him maybe looking back to the new -- game was almost hold onto the ball too long. And what my point there is not really sure what the problem is if that is. If he's not lost confidence in maybe is lost confidence in his receivers as protection may be a little bit himself I don't know word is that you know some of the passes -- threw. Just look like. They're not always that all of faced -- cap would you say everybody fixes. If somebody's got to take control and right now. I don't know would've been always proved to be -- but it certainly has to remember -- right now. -- KCI just don't know if you are going to help both -- enough. I got my thirty miles in do in the rain this morning I was done by about 630 so thank you very much rest in the Axl actually do have a football question when -- not you know you know -- -- as well as anybody do you think He plays the old. -- -- this franchise did to me card though -- his players this week or not. Yeah yeah I think so yeah he's a player and and even Newton said you know you -- taken advantage wherever you find it week to week Lovie Smith does. -- it be hard not to me and even though Chico's not a malevolent sort of grudge holder. Hard not to and players in -- way he's been recognized -- seen as a player probably coach. God is a former player thinks like they do respect how they operate as a way of doing things. They clearly will know that this is bigger a bigger deal for him just as it is for Olsen got I don't know that he'll make that big -- -- deal out of it but. You know the fact is He was let go here and this isn't you're kind of always remember people let you go. -- move and it's chasing after the Yahoo! Sports -- let's look at the offensive side of the ball for the Bears they're gonna see a good young quarterback at least he's looked good through the first three games here in Cam Newton. I got to similarly opener that the Panthers play the Cardinals really try to -- -- nudity and also every down they didn't make Saddam. Do you expect the Bears to throw a lot of different looks and on the play to cover to most of the time but they're gonna try to confuse can do to make life tough on him on the road. No actually don't. You know that they will throw things at me you know Lynchburg a couple of weak side and Urlacher in the middle once in awhile. That's is not what they do and if they -- jury rigging their scheme. Because they think they can get to the rookie. That's where you can get yourself in trouble and you get 400 yard passing games against -- obviously -- you lost to two to the Cardinals and lost to Green Bay. But those were over seven point games so why I would I think when your better bet with this and then maybe that you can talk -- this too. If you have a rookie this is a defense to build on you getting impatient. You know it's not exactly -- built on that'll ever considered defense what lance Louis and Julius Peppers as kind of -- bend but don't break these guys who vandalized either. But I think you've got to stay with what you do really well and and figure this guy might not have seen what what he's gonna see this because. That the mismatch problem I think there will be. This is a team is really built around two tight ends and Jeremy Shockey and and Greg Olsen. Not too many teams run an offense that has that quality of receiver at the tight end position a lot of pressure on the same position. Why -- I got to take exception to is I do every week with one thing that you said. I know your -- one that is our number six however when number six is getting a live it's not kicked out of a play after play. It's not releasing the drop back adult I'll Ive got some time here because he's expecting Clay Matthews or whoever. The question again the offensive line has been nothing short of pathetic. They ran the ball over an average of eight inches -- caring any engines that's to live well and stuck together. Eight inches right it's embarrassing what we're watching right. Now. -- -- -- -- I'm not calling the offensive line good. If you don't don't don't mistake. Point I've been looking at something else as ignoring the problem though they're not good there also missing two starters. And 21 of the one of the particularly gate -- a really good one. You could see -- get maybe this gets back to Mike Martz adjusting the -- realizing I don't have Orlando Pace and and Adam to remove all my life right now. You know there's no excuse in the play there's an end. Everybody's making mistakes here. At some point this somebody's got to grab the flag carrier and that starts at quarterback and the receivers are playing that well let's face it everybody's got to drop. Well Roy Williams has dropped. Devin Hester hasn't dropped Johnny Knox has a drop. Jay Cutler has six over throws USC tell me which is the bigger problem area I'm not. If any of them are not playing well this is not this is not an office and so high powered an advisor Bruce has a bad day there's no one pick him up. You that this. This this -- team doesn't have that again I'm not defending or conduct that they need my defending an offensive line. It just since somebody has to grab the flag and and frankly right now no one's doing.