Moon talks Bears offense, Panthers on CTL
Thu, 25 Oct 2012|
Insider John 'Moon' Mullin checks in on CTL to talk about the Bears offense and the upcoming matchup against the Panthers - 10/25
For the latest let's -- to palace. All bring in CSN Chicago dot com's Bears insider our buddy John moon Mullin okay move let's talk Bears and Panthers because. It makes no sense of why the Bears are only seven and a half point favorite. Considering they're five and won the Panthers are one in five the Panthers just fired their GM the bear defense looks as good as it's looked -- a long long time explaining me why anybody thinks this game will be close. Well and that's really a betting line desperate for -- you're trying to get cap money on each side that. Why there'd be that much money that it wouldn't be a bigger spread a little curious. But. You know it's more than a touchdown which more and in the NFL that's that's a lot. Now what people and including the Bears remember is that this is a team that as bad as they were they were great last year with a rookie quarterback with 540 yards on this defense. I don't think they're gonna do that this year. But. You know every team wins in the house that we're going to be somebody that not gonna go through the year with with one win. So I think there's all there's little bit of misgivings and I think maybe some -- of people looking at the Bears and saying and as good as their defense is playing. There -- offenses only scored one touchdown and three of the six games so. You know in order to give a big margin you'd typically find those with teams -- explosive offenses the Bears don't have it yet. -- let's talk about the offense because -- you take away the points that Lance Briggs Charles Tillman had scored take away five defense -- touchdowns that the Bears have as a club. The offense is ranked somewhere between looking at the rankings 2225. Which is. Disconcerting. When you figure you've got a franchise quarterback he just paid a franchise running back. Why do you think the offense has -- to the degree that it happens. You know I think the simplest reason why most of the offenses in the NFL going don't. As well as his -- sometimes you still look first at quarterback. You know six has played well successive sixes and not give them the ball away. In fact it's interest thing is Brian Urlacher talked about one of the best things for this defense this year is the offense. That's controlled the ball they they have the time of possession mentioned five of the six games. Covers all real -- only fumbled one time and that was Cutler's. It just hasn't been an offense that has been able to connect other than Brandon Marshall numbers which are pretty impressive. You know it's it's a combination it takes a village has run up -- school for the grip with the Bears. When they run up the score it's been more defensive touchdowns I still think you need to look at -- covers accuracy which is down a little bit this year. What's your take lately and how the offensive line is looked at OJ got. Dig up a little bit in the out lying game because endowment Cox who not only wants to sack you he wants to drive youth -- the Soldier Field -- it was a clean play. But what do you think the O line so far enough through week seven. You know camping is that we talk about the past I didn't think the Bears have an offensive line problem last year as much as a -- tackle problems. Obviously to me that arrow has just gone steadily up steadily up. Jamarcus Webb has has not had a soft penalty since this second quarter of the Saint Louis game. I think the last game was more an aberration. With this team and ironically was at home where for the offensive linemen get penalties some two premium and Garcia chipped to. Yeah I think I overall think it's this is a group that gets better as the year goes on it happened 2010 it happened in 2011. Can remember this team didn't really practice it nearly as much. Run blocking in -- in training camp as it did in -- -- pass blocking because they wanted to work on protection. Mostly it's been better other than -- Detroit game. And the Green Bay game and I would say some of those sacks really go to six. But overall I think what you're seeing. The other running backs at a 140 some yards place can't forget -- either scrambling yards and sometimes those are really indicative Soviet the -- number sale 170. A more important to me is under for those were were Michael Bush and Matt Forte. That's starting to click and I think as that goes on -- the offensive line gets more confidence and the pass protection gets better it's just taken a while for this group to. Get back to the run blocking level and partly because expense which time work on pass programs officers. -- let's talk about the defense in terms of points allowed. Eye popping numbers outstanding against the run that's the National Football League just like the points allowed numbers. There are many people me included full disclosure that thought. They're gonna start to show their age this season they have not they've been better than they were a year ago what are you -- from this defense going forward. Why I've never quite -- -- I'm a big fan of page of course. -- -- If I -- I think if we UC Charles Tillman getting to the Pro Bowl last year mean I'm not sure why everyone thought that this group was gonna fall apart that's one of those stories you can write it and Williams written a couple of years ago. Eventually it's going to be right. This defense is they just they're just it just isn't right yet. I I think people have written off Julius Peppers you know people get into their prime. At thirty will say -- you guys who were were not necessarily their physical peak it's a combination of things have so Tillman is better than I think the reason that he's been. May be -- as a rookie Urlacher slowed down but Brian Urlacher still mentally a better linebacker -- 80% of the ones in the NFL. It in and you know you've got young guys and -- getting they're getting things out of Corey Wootton. -- getting things out of Shea McClellan they're getting things out of Amobi Okoye it's not all the old guys and all that's making young safety each other not older than the deep middle. So it's. You know -- gimmicks that its its collective effort. And I again I never wanted to DH thing anyway but I think people looking for its just too easy used to cliched and I thought that's where did you -- -- thinking about last last one for you. What player has surprised you the most this year -- his plight. You know that that was a good players sort of posed that question earlier today. The more I thought about it quite honestly in that the overall might be Tim Jennings because he wasn't as good as you what -- he's someone with so much better that you have been overshadowed by Tillman lately. But I think if I had to pick one it might be it might be Tim Jennings. But the other rules would probably be too much history of Major Wright and Chris Conte together the safety play. You could tell the Bears weren't that confident because they -- them draft for the sake you have another one in the third round features so. I have to do you put it between either Tim Jennings who worked so hard this offseason and got better. Or or the combined play of the sixties dogs sleep on my guy Henry Melton that's where I'm voting no thank you for the time. Okay guys.