CTL on Bears win
Mon, 24 Sep 2012|
Matt Bowen joins the CTL panel to discuss the Bears' win over the Rams, breaking down the offense's struggles as well as the defense's prowess - 9/24
Monsters of the midway were out full force yesterday defense swarmed Sam Bradford all day long second six times. Picked him off twice and allowed and -- just -- 160 yards of total offense Bears one point 36 thanks to the defense was scored the same amount of touchdowns. As the office and all right is the offense that -- a concern after a second straight sub par game but it just come up against two good defense is -- back to back. Nobody excuse yesterday but I but I was saying goes for the -- obviously look at the actual game -- -- was sort. Produced in front of all of them for the use of like him who came into play in the pro it's almost like this and look. Our defense is good enough because you look at the -- playmakers outside of Stephen Jackson. Still have enormous cheers Danny Amendola came indoors not wonderful pulled into running and inside five or -- The Bears defense under the lights action but that's -- -- McCain fan perspective. They're thinking looking. We have the defense to win this game when he ten points from this game winning field position to win this game. Paulus are the things against my outages hit Tuesday at Kyle Orton might get a plan and it you look we know three things after three games. We know offensive line is about what we expected -- good bad adequate. We know the defense the line the -- much better than we expendable we can focus on that they're on -- record pace for -- congratulations that's a great turnaround. And the third thing we know the quarterback has not played as well he's played worse than expected and he can that can happen and I think that when you look at the big picture. You're not going negative to point out the fact that you know what. This the first time to call his career he's had back to back games with a passer rating lower than sixty. There's something going on here he's got everything at -- at his disposal they got and the weapons that got him his coach they got rid of -- offensive coordinator okay. Get it done you. He's got to produce the plays are there to be made you leave him on the field and you when you're going against the minute Matta gets ramps -- -- against the Colts. When you play the number one defense among the -- On -- it's gonna matter right -- let me read you guys the passer ratings. This is how the league breaks down right now -- all 32 starting quarterbacks Matt Ryan is the number one no surprises when you've won fourteen. Ben Roethlisberger is in that 108109. Kevin -- surprised and wanna wait 105 Andy Dalton Christian Ponder and that 104. You go all the way down to number thirty Brandon wheat and what is he 39 year old rookie out of Oklahoma State from Brandon -- and has a sixty point seven. Number 31. Jay Cutler 58 point six. And Ryan can -- help who was what two years ago wanna see your correct there believing he's known for coming -- hot wife on draft day. 58 point. Corey. Williams put -- that thing is he kidding -- Davey you saw the same thing. How many times are going to be in third and seven plus to get -- to start winning early down and distance. And the NFL's all about third downs of your third into the city of your entire playbook to work. Third and seven plus to about 34 -- you can run defense and some -- are we don't play to win right now we have felt. Two man in cover two is so high ever want players to take the way the vertical game they're saying okay we don't win a first and second down Jay Cutler can't beat us in third seven plus. You know what it comes back to and I don't wanna sound overly reactionary but you read those numbers right it's 31 at quarterback rating. Our expectations just too high for Jay Cutler mean we always have these conversations about whether he's elite quarterback. Maybe he's just we have to accept that he's not gonna lead NFL. Quarterback Charlie talked about all offseason was as soft bright bright you wanna look at The Who those guys are he's not the -- -- also -- tell you -- inside -- take a look at today's daily -- these are Jay Cutler's last eight games. As airport. Last October is the Vikings was the last time you posted QB rating over. Over 100 only three times since sent. As he posted a rating over ninety but it doesn't seem to matter that he's 71 in his last eight games as bears' starting quarterback -- the Bears need a dominant Cutler to win. Well I think they would have with the expectations are what they are because the franchise. Put them there they're they set the standard by building the team around Jay Cutler they said they basically said the off season. What do you want we will get it we will get you Brandon Marshall we will get you Jeremy Bates. We will make US couple possibly could we believe that you were the reason. We're gonna win big. You are the reason and much of anything that they -- Super Bowl contender Duke defense a football team that defense is -- I think that again their surprising us by how well the playing Tim Jennings is the revelation at this stage in his -- make and that's sort of assent. But it's still all about the quarterback. And this is the NFL the NFL's all about quarterback who we're up picking on the got. It is personality is that is a separate issue where I'm at the different the -- isn't different to me turn the personality he's got to produce and he's not producing. That's a factor I thought your column today. Was right on the money -- he's been given all his toys it's time for him to do shut up and put up numbers. -- yes it is good. Should deserve to be done it. Yes we don't have between them. Just yet but was Super Bowl since players are those who election. With the quarterbacks that they have the best provided they go after Peyton Manning consider they have had only real football team's defense upon often when one is it tough secondary. They don't trust out Smith possess one other city in order would give Peyton Manning with the wind simple you have to have quarterbacks -- of. Mean to me I almost look at it the way went Alfonso Soriano came to the Cubs right. You're expecting a superstar player. And he really never produced like a superstar player over the course the contract. And this year when the expectations are gone for him and he goes for thirty in a hundred everyone praises him for the season he had. When Jay Cutler came in here he's a young quarterback at the time he's supposed to be the franchise quarterback the savior. It's coming out this guy that's been -- star were Bob Abilene he was considered the gold standard quarterback priceless what he's been -- hockey you're right I'm pleasantly if he's 17 the last day of the Henry Henry Burris and but Moses Moreno living goes solitude. Again that you can win and what we Smith's formula let's be fair here has been very successful. I mean he has been -- he's still here because. He believed in winning with defense and special teams and getting by the offense. But you know when you have Jay -- he's he's not that the mentality he goes for broke the big play high risk high reward type quarterback. If this is the way you're going to win. Like they won yesterday you don't need. Jay Cutler to be dominant dollar budget -- Cutler okay that's that's what you look at the big picture here I think it's way to early to ask that question. But I think that's where you're headed when you start to accept things like. Yesterday's quarterback performance -- a good game manager in that game and I.