Marc Mariani was installed as the kick and punt returner and appeared to deliver a jolt of energy in an area that has been less than productive.
Matt Forte was the centerpiece of the offense – when coaches finally went to him.
It was an up-and-down day for a group that was expected to dominate a pedestrian pass defense ranked in the 20’s in nearly every statistical category.
Protection allowed Jay Cutler to be sacked three times in the span of seven first-quarter plays, albeit with one sack due to a very poor pass set by tight end Dante Rosario.
In the midst of a disappointing season, many in Chicago contemplated what life would be like with Lovie Smith still at the helm and Josh McCown as the Bears starting quarterback.